26 July, 2017

Bringing In Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Playing With Fire?

By Chamindra Weerawardhana

Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana

The defining feature of present-day Sri Lankan politics is a sense of sheer inaction. The UFPA, the coalition technically headed by President Sirisena, ‘appointed’ politicos who lost the 2015 general election to parliament via the national list. This was the only way in which it could concoct a joint government with the UNP. The concoction, as such, has been farcical. It has resulted in policy incoherencies at all levels, an absolutely diabolic and inconsistent repartition of portfolios and a situation in which conflicting ideologies collide. The power [non]transfer within the same political class has resulted in the continuity of the ‘vices’ of the Rajapaksa administration, in terms of mismanaging public funds and the continuing condemnation of marginalised groups (e.g. the underprivileged, local university students, the entire state-run system of education, and the national health [non]system). Politics of austerity have been reinforced, the joint government, if not its key stakeholder – the UNP under Ranil Wickeremesinghe, Ravi Karunanayake et al. – being extremely cooperative with the World Bank and the IMF. In the rest of the joint government’s tenure, harsher austerity measures that will adversely affect the most vulnerable are to be expected.

Sri Lanka’s political economy: capitalist and repressive?

The general, if not very basic reading is that neoliberal politics in Sri Lanka ‘began’ in full swing since the open market economic reform policies of the Jayewardene administration. This, however, does not tell the full story. The state structure of present-day Sri Lanka (as in the ‘unitary’ state, a direct inheritance of the structure of a crown colony that covers the entire island, governed separately from the rest of the Imperial possessions in the Indian Subcontinent) and the island’s socioeconomic landscape are deeply interconnected to, and represent an unscathed continuity of Western (especially British) colonial rule. The Crown Colony was exploited as a commercial venture, where cheap labour and a servile local elite (the ‘cream’ of which the British ‘created’, the Bandaranaike family being the prime example) and locally-recruited (and British controlled) law enforcement ensured that the business ventures were run uninterrupted. Where disruptions occurred in the form of communal collisions (e.g. 1915 marakkala kolahalaya) they were brutally suppressed.

Colonial antecedents?

In other words, the plantation economy was the epitome of capitalism, with very cheap, if not near-free labour enabling the British and their senior local officials to make tremendous and disproportionate profits. This was how the Ceylonese economy was built. The exploitative practices of capitalism thus formed an integral element of the political economy of Ceylon, the legacy of which has persisted right throughout the dominion state to the Republic of Sri Lanka. This legacy received an unprecedented ‘kick’ from Jayewardene’s open market reform project, which continues in full swing. The point made here is that the present-day class demarcations, problems of wealth distribution, concentration of wealth among a handful are all elements of Sri Lanka’s political economy with very strong historical antecedents. They are so deeply ingrained in Sri Lankan society that anyone, or any movement that seeks to challenge them face opposition not only from the wealthy beneficiaries of the system, but also, and very especially, from those at the receiving end. This [partly] explains, for instance, the mediocre performance of the JVP, especially at the 2015 general election, despite speculations that the party would perform well. Those who are most oppressed by this rampant neoliberal capitalism are often the first to oppose the slightest move to challenge the system and its functional dynamics.

Persistent impact?

This historical legacy of the political economy of capitalism under foreign occupation is also at the heart of servile and clientelist practices that pervade the polity. The first English language newspapers, to give but one example, used to refer to the Governor of Ceylon as ‘His Excellency’ at all times. In the ‘independent’ Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the President, who still resides in the residencies built for the British governor, began to be systematically referred to as ‘His/her Excellency’ or HE. From symbolism to the practice of day-to-day politics, the sense of servility in the polity – that of bending before political power and political dynasties – is, by and large, a direct inheritance of a system that was imposed upon Sri Lankans with the express purpose of keeping us subjugated, and inferior to those wielding ‘real’ power and control.

Viyath maga: new path or petty ploy?

It goes without saying that this colonial hangover, and sheer servility is evident in all aspects of the present-day Sri Lankan polity. One of the developments that left this writer, like many other Sri Lankans, completely baffled as of late was an initiative euphemistically entitled ‘වියත් මඟ’, which roughly translates as ‘the path of scholars’. This initiative, marketed as an effort to incorporate specialists and scholars into governance at the highest levels, is in reality a sham effort to bring forth a contender to national leadership, to challenge the existing Sirisena-Wickremesinghe joint government.

A problematic protagonist?

The ‘contender’ that the architects of this initiative have found is Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former army officer-turned-immigrant in the USA, who reportedly worked as a computer operator during his years of expatriation. A citizen of the USA, he returned to Sri Lanka to be appointed to the highest civil service office in the state defence structure, the post of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence. In the past, this post had been held by very senior civil servants with many years of distinguished service. Rajapaksa, on the contrary, was handpicked for the role not for any specific qualification or skill, but simply for being a presidential sibling. Retiring from the military as a lieutenant colonel, there is no record that Rajapaksa had previously worked in public policy, or defence policy formulation, in the Sri Lankan or the US governments, or in an international organisation. Rajapaksa also has no formal academic qualification in public administration, public policy, international politics, defence studies or in a related field. 

Propagating impunity?

Under Rajapaksa’s command, and his elder brother as President, ruthlessness became the order of the day. A match made in hell was the addition of Sarath Fonseka, a senior army officer known for his abject excesses of violence, abusive and macho behaviour, misogyny and bouts of anger, as the army commander. Despite these flaws, Fonseka did happen to be a military strategist, a factor that did play out during the last military offensive against the LTTE, Eelam War IV.

However, the legacy of that war, which has shrouded Sri Lanka in a heap of allegations including sexual violence, excessive use of force, rape and murder of surrendered individuals, acts amounting to war crimes and the shelling of hospitals, was also the result of having two absolutely ruthless individuals, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka, at the helm of the defence structure.

Sri Lanka’s ‘Geneva problem’, or the tendency among Western powers to hammer Sri Lanka at the UN human rights bodies over human rights issues, is nothing new, and dates way back to the 1980s. Towards the latter stages of the war, the government of Sri Lanka had good reason to be conscious of these diplomatic and strategic challenges and steer the military offensive in such a way that the collateral ‘diplomatic’ damage could be minimised. However, what happened with the military victory was the opening of a can of worms, a scenario in which acts of impunity (including thieving gold and other wealth reserves of the LTTE) continued unhindered, from the very top onwards [the sudden deaths of the Airforce officers who transported LTTE gold to Colombo months after the war comes to mind].

Giving Western [pseudo]moral police a field day?

In sum, the tactlessness, arrogance and lack of strategic foresight in the high command of the defence establishment (namely Fonseka and especially Gotabaya Rajapaksa) was the primary factor that made some NGO folk in Colombo, Western journalists desperately waiting to find fault with the government of Sri Lanka, and the ‘moral police’ of Western government bodies and NGOs have an absolute field day in the post-war years. The share of Rajapaksa’s fault in this diplomatic quagmire is higher than that of Fonseka. The latter, being a serving officer, was known to be who he was, and he did not wield ‘political’ authority over the defence establishment. The former, however, was the centre of political authority within the military, and the mere mention of his name would send shivers down the spines of military personnel, from top to bottom. The subsequent feud between these two men that was played out in public requires no reiteration here. In all of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s media interactions (especially with international media) his anger and arrogance would repeatedly come to the surface. Under his elder brother’s second presidential mandate, Rajapaksa took over the Urban Development Authority, and projects were developed, where straightforward commissions and politics of gentrification were in order. These efforts were ‘marketed’ locally as the President and his sibling making Colombo a beautiful city, concealing a reality of nepotistic profiteering.

Rotten politicking: crucial to understanding Meethotamulla?

The Meethotamulla tragedy on New Year’s Day 2017, a result of reckless politicians profiting from garbage dumping (and therefore blocking the development of proper recycling strategies and recycling plants) is best understood in this backdrop. An individual close to Gotabaya Rajapaksa published a lengthy social media post describing the extent to which Gotabaya tried to address the Meethotamulla issue [link not included deliberately, with the intention of not supporting further traffic to such fictional fabrications]. To the reader of that post, some of the points raised may sound convincing, but the reality is clear for the world to see. The most prominent politician of the Meethotamulla area, a notorious drug dealer presently under death sentence, happened to be a close associate of Gotabaya. That Meethotamulla, if not managing waste in the capital city and suburbs, would have been the foremost priority if a sustainability-oriented plan for eco-friendly urban development was in the cards requires no reiteration. That the Rajapaksa administration took its time with this absolute priority suggests that it either did not consider it a priority (which poses major questions on the ‘expertise’ they – especially Gotabaya Rajapaksa – used with regards to urban development), or that they simply did not wish to take action, as the garbage dump was a lucrative venture for many politicians at multiple levels.

Meethotamulla is a case in point that shows that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had no clue whatsoever about urban development, other than running behind commissions.

This is the man that a number of ‘intellectuals’ have decided to bring forward as a contender to national leadership. Every Sri Lankan has a responsibility to campaign against the entry of someone like Gotabaya Rajapaksa to electoral politics. The primary reason for this is his lack of expertise and experience for national leadership. Secondly, it is the lack of sustainable vision, and most importantly, arrogance and ruthlessness. Under his command, the army was deployed at the slightest popular protest, the use of violence was unprecedented and terribly excessive. The murder of a fisherman who campaigned for subsidised kerosene oil and the murders of several underage children who campaigned for clean water in Ratupaswela are revealing examples.

No self-respect?

Those intellectuals supporting the arrival of Gotabaya to national leadership are living examples of a dangerous syndrome – lack of self-respect. If they really purported to put in place a ‘වියත් මඟ’ why not promote a true scholar-activist-turned politician for national leadership, thereby challenging dynasties and social conservatisms? What is ‘වියත්’ about Gotabaya? Are these intellectuals conscious of the fact that their lobbying could only lead them to work for a lieutenant colonel of yesteryear? The concept in itself is commendable, if only it really contained a consistently ‘viyath’ component within. It is also a necessary concept for Sri Lanka as the non-acknowledgement of qualifications and skills is the primary reason behind policy inconsistencies and problems of governance. However, to be truly ‘වියත්’ it should be a movement that challenges clientelist practices, nepotism, sexism, misogyny, and majoritarian and patriarchal ills (which would include a strong intersectional emphasis on violence against women and strongly challenging discrimination against non-cis-hetero-normativities).

In the absence of these core components for progressive governance, the ‘මඟ’, or path forward is most definitely far from ‘වියත්’. Instead, in its present form it is all but a petty effort of a cabal of disgruntled individuals to get back to power and carry on business as usual.

*The writer (@fremancourt) is the LGBTQI Officer of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland, and a board member of Sibéal, the Irish Feminist and Gender Studies Network.

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    Bringing In Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Playing With Fire?

    Are stupid Sri Lankan Turkeys actually looking forward to Christmas dinner?

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    gota has blood of innocent people killed by him and his goons on his hands.
    bad move. another war waiting to happen.

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    Chamindra Weerawardhana

    It looks the article has lot of bad blood. What does make you write this article ? You are living the western system. That is why you decided to become a LGBTQ queen. Why don’t you criticize the westwern system which made them to exploit and suck living blood from us in order for them to live good lives at the expense of us, asian countries.

    You talk about experienced politicians. I don’t know about your Northern Ireland. simply irrelevant to me. Who is Camaron, former British Prime minister. Who is Trump. do they have any political experience ? See what kind of blunders Trump make. Only thing is only the Poor Syrains, Poor Afghans know it. HUndreds of them had been killed in order to raise popularity of Trump in his position.

    Why you did not want to give the link to the article written by some one who wrote praising the plan for Meethotamulla by Gotabaya Rajapakse. IT LOOKS LTTE RUMP MAY HAVE GIVEN SOME MONEY TO YOU, MOST PROBABLY by TAMIL CHRISTIANS.

    Most of the things you wrote are not facts. If those arefacts why you hawkish – british govt kept silent about those things ?

    Western moral police while killing thousands in the middle east preach human rights to other nations. IT is believed they are responsible for spreading narcotics all over the world. Probably, that is how they fund their subversive activities. But, they are killers. SO not all the countries can handle it face to face.

    Anyway, good information is what you said about the local politician. It was the Duminda silva, a restaurent owner became a rich Drug dealer was the MP for that area. But, the question is why this govt did not handle the problem they worsened it. NO one can blame the previous govt as that govt was defeated by the voters as they did not serve the people.

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      If somebody tell the truth then they are LTTE sympathetisers. So according to YOUR logic LTTE symptheriders are more honest than BBS terrorists. It’s not my opinion, it’s your opinion and thanks for admitting it, Dimwit.

      In reference to ‘LGBT queen,’ it’s ok for monks to wear saree without blouse but not ok for others to cross dress ??

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      jimsofty dimwit

      “It looks the article has lot of bad blood.”

      Do you detect any Sinha Le in the article? I don’t.

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    Based in Ireland I believe you should be measuring the length and breadth of posterior orifice of Irish men than worrying about Sri Lanka.

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      Why are you worried about somebody in Ireland? There are lots of monks in Sri lanka, without a dorsal office and you could pay attention to their posterior office, and they wouldn’t even know.

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        AJ

        You are constantly insulting Buddhist monks . What is the cause of your hatred ? If you have a dark secret you should discuss it with your mullah and get it out of your system .

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          What the hell is a mullah? I hope it’s a desert, sounds yummy.

          My comment was in response to somebody who insulted one’s dignity, which is not Buddhist tradition. The fact you are quiet about somebody insulting an individual’s dignity, but offended by gay monks ( most of them are) goes on to prove you are a: homophobic, extremist, bigot.

          Every single psychological studies on sexuality point to a single fact : people try to be homophobic, in order to hide their own sexuality. Ex others don’t suspect you are gay, if you are homophobic. The fact you are homophobic, shows you are in a closeted homosexual

          Why don’t you confess your dark secret with fellow homosexual monk, get it out of your system and come of the closet as GAY. be proud of your identity and tell your monk friends to do the same

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            AJ

            I feel nothing but pity for you .Your constant ravings about buddhist monks and their alleged homosexuality, is a clear indication that you have had a very bad personal experience. A good psychiatrist might help .

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              Did you get your degree in psychiatry at the University of BBS terrorism to give you competency to diagnose others with psychiatric problems? Or you are simply one of the monk who is a closet.

              Why dont you disrobe, so you can enjoy c***k in a buffet style (eat and drink as much as you want). Done be ashamed that you are cross dressing gay. Budha left his wife too

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      Patriot the pathetic

      “Based in Ireland I believe you should be measuring the length and breadth of posterior orifice of Irish men than worrying about Sri Lanka.”

      Why are you so obsessed with length and breadth of posterior orifice of Irish men?

      Are you feeling bit jealous?

      You should have spent time studying medicine and become a bowel cancer specialist. Even standardization didn’t help you poor old sod.

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        Patriot is feeling inadequate with his body part, that is why he is curious about Irish guys’ phallic length.

        You should send Patriot a magnifying glass, and he will be sooo happy

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          AJ

          Size doesn’t matter.

          I am not sure women enjoy over sized instruments. Find out from researches.

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            They don’t enjoy nano either, when they have to ask: ‘is it in’. That’s why Jim gets frustrated often

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    It goes without saying that this colonial hangover, and sheer servility is evident in all aspects of the present-day….
    Even before I read the article, I was a bit upset to see this face and lips, painted like circus comics, or is it just a colonial face-over? The article tries to once again blame our problems on the Colonials, even though it is 70 years since the British left. Apparently, the use of “His Excellency” is also a hangover from Colonial times; can there be no continuity and tradition in a country at all?
    Anything done by the British is bad? Are we to also stop calling university CEOs Vice-chancellors? Are we to stop those who get Ph.D’s Dr. XYZ? But then, this Dr. Weerawardhana herself has no hesitation of following the colonial tradition of using the Dr. in front of her name. A colonial hangover? It is interesting how the qualifications of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Fonseka are written down and “violence” of their war. The LGBTQI Officer of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland should tell us what yardstick she is using in judging the conduct of countries that engage in War, and in dealing with terrorists whose barbarity and violence were not excelled even by the ISIS. Do we use lair and others of his ilk of the Labour Party (!) who attacked countries like Irak, and then Libya to rob those countries of their Oil wealth, and caused death and misery to millions of people, and in Ireland, as the yardstick, or do we use the behaviour of India, in dealing with Kashmir ?

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      Bodin the bigoted fagot.

      Why are you directing personal attacks on this good looking woman. what is your problem. if you want to come out from your closet i am very much willing to help you. only enema would be needed. get back to me soon

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    Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana,

    Succinctly articulated!

    It’s good to find there are fellow countrymen who have the ability and the COURAGE to see things “as they are.”

    I have nothing against Gotabaya but one has to face the fact that he is a serial killer.

    It’s surreal that in the 21st century Lankan “intellectuals” think of him as the most suitable for the highest office in the land.

    Is this how far we have come as a country? More than anything, it speaks a lot about us as a nation.

    And what is more bizarre is that many “intellectuals” will read this and still go on making the case for Gota’s ascendency.

    The seed of destruction of our own country is ingrained in every Lankan’s genes. It’s not the Tamil, the Sinhalese, the Buddhist, the Hindus, Mahinda, Ranil, Prabakaran, Wijeweera, ………… it’s just us. To make my case, all I have to say is, take any of the “players” I’ve mentioned out, it doesn’t make a damn thing to stop the country heading towards the bottom. Now, that Prabakaran is dead, has it made the country better? Now that Mahinda is out, has it made the country any better? If tomorrow, Ranil falls dead, will it make the country any better? ………….. It’s just us; that’s what we are. That’s what defines us; it’s our essence.

    Now, many who read this will think there is some truth in what this guy is saying but it’s not about me – I’m good – but the other Lankans. Sorry to tell, it’s you I’m speaking of. Just to give a simple example. Look at the way we drive; will we drive like that in another country? What makes us drive in two different ways?

    To find the cause of our nation’s destruction all one has to do is look in the mirror.

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      Nimal f,
      ” Sorry to tell, it’s you I’m speaking of. Just to give a simple example. Look at the way we drive; will we drive like that in another country? What makes us drive in two different ways?”
      I completely agree with you. It is not only driving, the same layabouts who take 1-hour tea breaks and 2 weeks off for New Year happily submit to Middle Eastern slave-driving!
      That said, Dr. Chamindra has written a superb no-holds -barred piece on the bogus intellectuals behind the Gota campaign. I feel sorry for the commentators who are reduced to dragging in Chamindra’s sexual orientation. What has that got to with the subject matter?
      I very much fear that Sri Lankans will fall for the “strong leader” bait and vote in this half-civilized thug in 2020. Our people are in love with “gamey chandiya” types, probably due to the quality of the movies they are fed with.

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        old codger,

        “I feel sorry for the commentators who are reduced to dragging in Chamindra’s sexual orientation. What has that got to with the subject matter?”

        Very true!

        It’s a free world. And that’s Dr Chamindra’s personal business; what has that got to do with what she has written?

        Who should be the next president is of great public interest and everyone has the right to write/talk about it without being subjected to personal insults.

        What some commentators have written reflect more on themselves than anyone else.

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    an excellent analysis but universal suffrage has made things worse and not better
    .people don’t vote with their heads but with their heats or stomachs
    waiting for a benevolent strong man to lead the country is like waiting for godot
    FDB said to govern sri lanka you need a little bit of dictatorship but a little bit ends up a lot with people like gota
    hegel I think said time brings forth the man I hope we can find that person from the younger generation of politicos or from outside to break the shackles of the past and carry the country to peace and prosperity in the future

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    May be this person must be thinking that putting a “Dr” in front of the name makes he or she a “viyath” person. Defeating LTTE militarily has been acknowledged a remarkable feat in contemporary world history by world renown military strategists. Gotabhaya’s contribution and the criticality of MR/GR combination has also been well recognised. Suggest this person to read Prof. Paul Moorcraft’s “The Total Destruction of Tamil Tigers” to get some understanding of the achievements of a mere Lt. Colonel (not a “Dr”) in that military feat.

    GR performed his part. The Geneva campaign was not his responsibility. There was a need for a personality of similar calibre with required diplomatic/foreign relations skills to lead it. It also required same attention to that of the military campaign. Unfortunately, the ruling team appear to have not understood it properly and paid the price notwithstanding the dilemma faced by Sri Lanka in preserving it’s national interests within the existing geopolitical rivalries.

    “viyath maga” has a long way to go if it to be a truly people based intellectual force. However, at least there seems to be an attempt to explore a participatory “maga” that benefits the nation. This may be an attempt by GR to form a competent team because he may know his own strengths and weaknesses, a good trait of a competent leader. I, a non intellectual ordinary person will not hasten to ridicule that attempt at this early stage.

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      Hela

      Its you again.

      “Defeating LTTE militarily has been acknowledged a remarkable feat in contemporary world history by world renown military strategists.”

      Glory to goes to Turban Wearing Hindians on the ground and others who were not on the ground.

      MR is still secretly grateful to VP for winning two elections and a war.

      “Gotabhaya’s contribution and the criticality of MR/GR combination has also been well recognised.”

      MR/GR both on the record stated without the Hindians they could not have won the war. However I still believe without VP’s great support MR would not have begun imagine a victory. Revisit revisit NDTV interviews with MR/GR immediately after the guns were silenced.

      You yarn another piece of Hela story to update Mahawamsa myth perhaps.

      Why don’t you write about people of Hela province of Papua New Guinea?

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      sorry dont confuse her with Dr. Dre, who is of your caliber. She is a real Dr, something she earned, unlike your McDonalds degree in french fries.

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    Brilliant article exposing the shear lunacy of contemplating this uneducated uncultured psychopath as president candidate given the criminal charges that he is facing?
    This on some sub standard brick foot paths around Colombo along with concrete channel drains that are set at such level no road surface water can reach?
    What council would accept this in developed country?

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      Eagle Eye/…../…..

      Brilliant

      Thanks

      Keep it up.

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    Darling ,

    West have been attacking SL since 80s but SL hardly waged a proper diplomatic battle. The recent western attack on SL is thanks heavy internationalisation of the SL war by RW government in 2001-4.
    Norway is a prime mover in all this.

    It is the stupidity of RW that has resulted it. You or any UNPer has no idea, including RW on global politics . If they did they wont have attacked china and land themselves in this.

    And again your allegations abt Gota, MR and even SF are nothing pure UNP bullsh1t. UNPers could not imagine how this village baiya, did what their so called super intelligent RW could not do and this is the explanation they give.

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    Lol! A rather desperate sounding piece of writing..Well,dear Dr. Chamindra. .every right thinking Sri- Lankan has a responsibility to throw out this ineffective hopeless administration called Yahapalanaya.. which has been anything but that!!!

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      words

      “every right thinking Sri- Lankan has a responsibility to throw out this ineffective hopeless administration called Yahapalanaya..”

      And elect another ineffective hopeless clan which has a record of brutality under its belt, supported by all the public racists, war criminals, thieves, rapists, murderers, thieves, ……

      By the way, could you name one right thinking Sri- Lankan.

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        The pathetic remnants of the LTTE speaks…

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    I do not mind where CW is, but she seems to be more “Viyath” than “Viyath Maga” stooges.

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    A pile of garbage higher than ‘meethotamulla’. A senseless, tasteless, baseless crap! How about Mangala Samare as next presi in SL Chaminda? In the event of his presidency, LGBTs’ will have a prominency and you can think of a return home and.. who knows you might be eligible to hold a ministerial post as well.

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      max

      ” How about Mangala Samare as next presi in SL Chaminda?”

      Has Mangla ever been the National Hangman of this island?

      Why not Mangala?

      ” In the event of his presidency, LGBTs’ will have a prominency and you can think of a return home and.. who knows you might be eligible to hold a ministerial post as well.”

      If Weerawansa, Champika, Basil, ….. and other corrupt cronies were able to hold important ministerial portfolios why not LGBT and others?

      By the way, how come SLFP didn’t protest against the appointment of SWRD Banda as the party leader and then voted in as the Prime Minister?

      Is it because Banda’s racism was so strong people and the party didn’t mind him being elected to parliament?

      A prominent member of parliament always symbolically sat crossed legged in front of SWRD Banda.

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        Hey NV, this is the gayest cabinet of SL of all time. One openly gay liberal Pro US anti Military guy in M*****a and so many married gay men giving their gay partners important ministries when they are just incompetent juniors. US educated man in high powerful position and always with R***l at all times on foreign trips or visits to garbage dumps. How queer is that? So leave Mangala alone. This is the gayest gay friendly Cabinet in history of Ceylon. Look at those who were once mango friends of you know who.

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          KussiAmma

          “this is the gayest cabinet of SL of all time.”

          It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice. – Deng Xiaoping

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        Native

        Why not? That is what Samare has been doing now. Hanging the entire country in the gallows of Geneva!

        I havent denied LGBT participation in the cabinet. All I said was if Mongal Samare is able to secure the head of the country post, LGBTs’ will have a better chance to “serve” the country.

        SWRD had no option but to listen to the Sinhala Buddhists who had been denied their voice ever since Sudda extended his cruel to hands this island.

        SWRD’s appointment as the head of SLFP without any hindrance may be somewhat similar to Ranil’s case as the boss of UNP. :p

        You seem to be interesting in Cross legged scenarios. I of course dont see any relevance here in this conversation.

        Cheers

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          max

          “You seem to be interesting in Cross legged scenarios. I of course dont see any relevance here in this conversation. “

          You have been sounding like a gay-bashing homophobe in your earlier remarks.

          My point was that SWRD Banda was alleged to be a closeted gay. His true sexual preference was not known to the public. However he was elected to the parliament under his racist SLFP banner. The point was the people voted for him because he was the best racist there ever was. Racism trumped over homophobia. Had the public known his sexual preferences would they have voted for him?

          I understand most gay-bashing homophobes are closeted gays themselves. Are you one of them?

          By the way when did he turn a gay, was it before his marriage to Siri Mao or after? If it was after I could understand his plight.

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            Native V

            For Sinhala Buddhists, one’s sexual orientation does not matter as long as he’s culturally a S/B. Take many examples of non S/B kings in the pre 1815. When it comes to cultural flexibility S/Bs’ are among the top most nations! Did we consider Dudley’s, Daha’s or Ranil’s sexual behaviors when we voted for them?

            Stop bashing Mahavamsa, stop ridicule S/Bs’. But criticize them. Constructively.

            Cheers

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              Maximoron@

              your servile behaviour proves as NV questioned in his comment (I understand most gay-bashing homophobes are closeted gays themselves. Are you one of them?)

              You may be a gay even if you have been married as you once added. We perfectly understand that you can NOT continue your life entire life on the sums being offered by RAJAPAKSHE BLACK MONEY FOUNDATION.

              Even the sums grabed by Rajapaksshe are believed to be amounting to oligo billions of dollars, they will not hire you for the entire period… the day they call you as an ” used condom” is nearing.

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                PayyagalaSiddilebee,

                Seriously, get a life.

                Is Rajapakshe black money foundation is bigger than Ranil-Arjun black money pit? [Edited out]

                Your crap does not have any value. Your a shame to those peaceful, decent people, Muslim, Sinhala and Tamil in and around Payyagala, in Kalutara District!

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                  Please dont shoot the messenger.

                  We see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of Ranil-Arjun BOND scam losses.

                  But we dont see the grabs amounting to oligo billions .. deliberately made by Rajapakshe idiots. Alone the fact Mr 10% to have wasted billions of rupees for his place building is revealed, now he is caught in the act. Please wait crabs would not stay live in hot water long.

                  My saddness is men not even worth to the flies found on Rajapakshe faecal pits to defend THE BUGGER ET AL on and on.

                  I only know once I happened to call one of our buddies as Payyagala siddilebbee.. for our own security, I dont want to expose myself.

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                    And not to forget,
                    Your pay masters are proved to be the high criminals in all possible way.

                    Thadjudeen killers, did not even respect the body parts of the dead, but passed them to SAITM for making money. Remember Max Moron…

                    I really dont think that you re worth to waste my valuble times.

                    Pietyless buggers, will have to face it soon. I challenge you, ask your beloved leader et al to join in a forum they could explain each and every allegations levelled at them, but with facts. Are you ready ? Please ask them to avoid prevarications. Just animations the poor for vote grabs would not last long… now people slowly become knowledgeble thanks to the improvment of freedom of expression.

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      He She is certainly smart enough and would make fools of the uneducated uncultured filth?

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      Maximoron, please why not you go back to prior 8th Jan 2015 and see, had GLP been the minister, the situation following UNHRC sessions would have ended up in favour of getting your beloved leader being pushed to long awaited electric chair, not just that, but the nation being blessed with sanctions of various kind. Why you the ilks seem not seeing it yet ? I am not into local politcs, but as one who has been watching these issues, being out of the country feel,so long Maxi moron are the masses in this country, nothing can work for the betterment of anyone.
      Mangala may be an emotional man, but his team succeeded to win the hearts of international community. It is a team work lead by Pres MY3 and PM.

      Remember the days, MR et al, made wet their cloths, shortly before the last election repeating ” i would have been sent to Hague or any other places to go for execution for all the high crimes mastermined by Rajapakshes”:

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        No electric chairs in Europe and no death penalty?
        This was fat uneducated uncultured rascal playing to village donkeys he did nothing to help?

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        Simon aiya, your NOT worth of a respond. Sorry. I have better things to do.

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    Bringing in Gotabaya Rajapakse: Playing with Fire?

    Srilankan Intellectuals are indeed a strange lot.Perhaps,they want to bring in Gota and see what it is to be like to go from the Frying Pan into the Fire!

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      Does not matter who. In Sinhala politics only two things matter: 1. who is more anti-Tamil? 2. Who is more Buddhist?. So this has been the cycle of Sinhala politics. Delude the masses, get as much loot as possible, keep it in foreign banks, enjoy unlimited luxuries, educate the progeny in foreign lands…. It is time to have a good war crimes trial with Gotabhaya and Mahinda as the only accused as they bear command responsibility for the white van killings, the Tamil genocide by the army, the killings of journalists etc. etc.

      It is obvious that the local judges simply cannot do the job. They are like sarath silva who will dispense justice like tooth paste.

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    Please go back to Sri lanka and get important work done. Just writing from foreign places will not help. SL and India have always had a live and let live policy. In India Hijra or Eunuchs are widely present. But you cannot force values and change. Look at the backlash in the USA. Pence the Vice President is anti gay. A lot of new Trump government people are Christian Rightwingers. Christian rightwingers have queer views on gays and even womens’s right to choose an abortion etec. Pence is a bizzare man. Trump does not mind nor care but will go along with his Christian fanatic win of the Republican party and ok any anti gay legislation. Atul Keshap will no longer have the freedom to pose with Lesbian leaders of Colombo with the Rainbow flag. Inclusive mantra is now exclusive: whites, Christian whites only US.

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    YOu are not going back from your Euro funded comfortable job in Ireland. Ergo your views on CT are just that; views not of any value to SL.

    All of the Tamil Tiger clowns and Terrorist diaspora hate Gota. You go along with that crap. He was a Database Administrator at Loyola. You dismissively call him a “computer operator”. He was a Lt. Col in the SL Army when he left because Premedasa as President discriminated against him because he was MR’s brother. He is the one who CHOSE Sarath Fonseka to lead the army to victory. Fonseka was on his last legs with Chandrika refusing to extend his tenure as a Military person. She did not like Fonseka and thought he was a danger and a cad. Fonseka in turn thought Chandrika was bloody bitch and was waiting to fix her. He is the one who reduced Chandrika’s security. So go ahead and laugh. See how many votes you can get running against Gota.

    By the way Gota Will NEVER become President. Tamils and Muslims will not vote for him and UNP Sinhalese will vote for Ranil. He is a better administrator if you remove his inferiority complexes and raging tempers(something he shares with Fonseka). Future? Ranil as President.I like that but at least get your facts right.

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    I thought both MaRa & GoRa have
    honorary Dr title in front of their names. Dr.DJ also has a cuban / Che linked one. Aren’t these pitiless three are so called “smart patriots ” too.
    Yet GoRa beats DJ because of his dual citizenship ( SL & US ).

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    Country need proven leaders to bring forth development!
    Mahinda style brought results and current ignorant lot has no clue other than to get rich!
    Way forward with GOTA! Country need jobs, education, roads, tanks, food security more than so called human rights,

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      Srinath,
      “Country need jobs, education, roads, tanks, food security more than so called human rights,”
      Yes, certainly we will get a lot more jobs in the army, and a lot more empty highways to nowhere and more useless ports and airports, this time named after Gota. I wonder if the new budget airline they set up will be named “GOAT AIR”?

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        old codger

        “Yes, certainly we will get a lot more jobs in the army, and a lot more empty highways to nowhere and more useless ports and airports, this time named after Gota.”

        Who said we have useless ports and airports? They have been turned into sanctuaries for reptiles, birds and animals?

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      The people down there are upto recyle the garbage dumped to mountains while you and the ilks remain recyling the Rajapakshe faeces. I really dont know why you need to fall that levels, as one who blessed the refuge in Queen s country where democratic rights are held so valuable than anything else. Srinath Gunasratnam, please wake up, your young generations would question you, why you guys let rascals to lead the folks than to a civlized men that could represent all folks decently. Why you say, the current bunch is ignorants.. What could one do when considering the statistics in terms of debts left by Meeharaka Rajapakshe led adminsitraton. What happened to Jaliya Wikramsooriya, former sl ambassador to the US and Wijetunga who was the secretary of former president ? They are not seen in today s spot light, but these men have been made criminals since their authorities allowed almost every high profile funds wastes went to billions.

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        Sam Fernando

        “Why you say, the current bunch is ignorants..”

        Nearly half of them served under MR, including the public racist Champika.

        Isn’t that enough to prove as to why srinathan gunaratnam is also an ignorant and a stupid MR’s foreign b***s carrier?

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    Gotha in this pic looks sooo fat that he resembles Buddha

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      The laughing Buddha of the Chinese. The fasting Buddha of the Indians has bones poking out. Buddha was represented differently by different people. In whatever way he was a Noble One. Gota is simply not that.

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        Very true. Yes I was referring to the laughing Buddha of the orient.

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      AJ

      Just out of curiosity, what did the Prophet look like ?

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        I don’t know how that ‘A hole’ looks like. And my understand is that nobody knows how she/he looks.

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          understanding*

          sorry to disappoint you that I am a not a bloody Muslim. dont try guessing my background with brain, which got acquired a degree in fries from McDonald. it will take you light years to guess my background. (now dont try to guess what is light years)

          i just speak the truth from my bottom of my heart.

          ps: i heard monks are miusing the sacred tooth for their own pleasure in Kandy. shoving the tooth up theirs.

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    Apparently some of the surviving tigers said that their 200kgs of gold taken by our military should be used for helping Hambantota?

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    Srinath,
    “Country need jobs, education, roads, tanks, food security more than so called human rights, “.

    Yes,yes, we will need to give the army more tanks to hide in when the Indians decide to invade.Preferably Ukrainian ones supplied by Cousin Udayanga.

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