7 July, 2020

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Can President Gotabaya Get His Act Together?

By R Hariharan

Col. (retd) R.Hariharan

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa completed six months in office on May 18. He came after the Sinhala majority voted him to power after they were disillusioned by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s failure to deliver on their promises. The last straw was the failure of the government in taking decisive action to stop the Easter Sunday massacre by Jihadi terrorists in spite to getting advance notice.

The first-time president, an army veteran, has lived up to his image as guardian of Sinhala Buddhist heritage and champion of the armed forces. He minced no words in his refusal to take action on accountability for alleged war crimes as promised by Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council. He did not bother about the political hierarchy of his own party in making appointments, drawing from a pool of civil service and military talent. In his vocabulary, devolution has become a bad word; Sinhala being majority their writ will prevail he declared. It has left Tamil polity stranded as they are encountering a president, who has said a loud NO to their core interest – devolution. Muslims are equally unhappy as the aftermath of Easter Sunday attack has left them cowering from hostile Sinhala backlash in society. Muslim politicians accustomed to cosy up to the majority party in power are spending time to protect themselves from the long arm of law looking into their wheeling and dealing. Memories of earlier Rajapaksa rule are haunting human rights activists as the victims of enforced disappearances due to the war continue languish.

If there is an award for plain speaking politician, he would win it hands down. It is too early to ask the question how much it would benefit him in Sri Lanka politics.

He understood the mood of the nation to lay down his priorities: tightening national security concerns particularly relating to jihadi terrorism, tax cuts and incentives for small and medium enterprises, reducing inflation and beefing up economy and closely orchestrate actions to “curb corruption and prosecuting the corrupt.” He also quickly ordered structural changes to revamp economy and strengthen security apparatus including the intelligence set up and dismantled the corruption investigation set up put in place by the previous government.

The astute President has courted the Chinese, while remaining on the right side of India. It has paid dividends as Indian prime minister Modi reciprocated his gesture advancing a $400 million currency swap facility to bale out Sri Lanka from economic crisis. According to a New Delhi report in the Island, the President on May 23 sought a “special” $1.1 billion currency swap facility to boost Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves under strain after COVID-19 pandemic paralysed the economy. India is likely to meet his request to ‘top up’ the $400 million the currency swap already sanctioned.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic threat has become the biggest challenge the President has encountered in the last six months. It is likely to last during the whole of 2020. As Sri Lanka has a fairly well organised public health system, it has managed the public health emergency better than some of the South Asian neighbours. The number of COVID-19 cases as on May 31 have reached 1620 and 829 patients under treatment while only 10 people have died so far. President Gotabaya has decided to impose a nationwide curfew on May 31 to avoid the unnecessary gathering of people as advised by health authorities. The curfew is likely to continue to till virus spread within quarantine curfew centres is brought under control. But tertiary effect of the Covid virus globally is having a crippling effect on Sri Lanka tourism industry and associated service industries. The other challenge is the loss of remittance income from overseas Sri Lankans which will swell the unemployed figure in the island nation. These are going to test President Gotabaya’s ability to govern under dire circumstances.

Two months back the President was in a hurry to hold the parliamentary election and dissolved the parliament six months in advance. He wanted to gain two thirds parliamentary majority in the parliament to rid of 19th Amendment to the constitution which curtailed some of the powers of the executive president and increased his accountability to the parliament.

However, it seems the COVID-19 has become the spoiler of his aspirations. Sri Lanka parliamentary election, which was rescheduled to be held on June 20, is not going to be held. The Election Commission (EC) has taken the decision to wait for the Supreme Court ruling on petitions challenging the EC’s decision on holding elections on June 20 when the Corona virus pandemic has crippled daily life. The parliamentary election act stipulates five weeks or 35 days as the minimum period for campaigning. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, EC Director General Saman Rathnayake has said the commission would need 70 days to finalise preparations for the election. Rathnayake said more election staff would be required for the poll and to maintain social distancing more facilities would be required.

According to reports, the government is not happy with the EC’s inability to conduct the general election on the scheduled day of June 20. As a result the EC is facing criticism from government supporters. In particular, the EC’s objection to politicising the government payment of Rs 5000 to marginalised and poor families to help them during the lockdown period has drawn a lot of flak from Rajapaksas’ supporters.

The continuing uncertainty about holding the parliamentary election has become a major cause for concern for political parties and civil society alike. As per the Constitution, the election was to be held within three months after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved the parliament on March 2, i.e. June 2.

According to the constitution the President and the caretaker government can rule the country only for three months without a parliament. The President has refused to consider recalling the dissolved parliament, although almost all opposition political parties had requested him to do so. This has triggered a lot of discussion among leaders of civil society and political parties on the future course of action.

As Jehan Perera, civil society activist says “The direction of Sri Lanka’s democratic process hangs in the balance. As many as seven cases with regard to the general elections and the presidential decree dissolving parliament are pending before the Supreme Court. The outcome of the judicial decision may decide whether Sri Lanka will continue to be governed by the president and caretaker cabinet until the general elections actually take place to bring in a new parliament.”

If that happens the Rajapaksas may not be too unhappy; there is enough precedence the world over in many countries, where the governments have assumed extraordinary powers as part of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. That could have unforeseen repercussions as under President Gotabaya’s dispensation more and more government bodies are being placed under Ministry of Defence (MoD) or under army officers. Article 44 (2) of the constitution enables the President to determine the assignment of subjects and functions to ministers and non-Cabinet appointment holders. In March, he placed the Department of Immigration and Emigration under the MoD. He assigned matters relating to immigration, emigration and Sri Lankan citizenship to the MoD through an Extraordinary Gazette notification.

President Gotabaya has now appointed senior military officers as secretaries to two key ministries. Maj General Sanjeeva Munasinghe, chief of the Army Medical Corps, is entrusted with the running of the Health Ministry, when the country is combating Covid-19 pandemic. Maj General Sumedha Perera(Retd) has been appointed as secretary to the Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development Ministry which is the biggest ministry with enormous resources.

Six institutions including the Api Wenuwen Api Fund (AWAF) and the National Police Academy (NPA) under the Ministry of Defence. The AWAF was set up jointly by MoD and Central Bank to build 50,000 houses for serving armed forces personnel in 2009; the NPA used to function under the Police Department. The Academy of Financial Studies – the training arm of the Ministry of Finance, the National Authority for the Implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention which was under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka Institute of National Defence Studies and the Department of Multi-Purpose Development Task Force are some of the other institutions brought under MoD. The Multi Purpose Development Task Force headed by Maj Gen Nanda Mallawarachchi (Retd.) has been set up with the objective of creating a poverty-free Sri Lanka as stated in the presidential policy statement.

This would indicate the President has more confidence in officers of the armed forces than civil administrators. While it can produce results in the short term, it is against the civil administrative responsibility of elected governments. Under the circumstances, with no elected parliament in place, can the President get his act together to convince the public of his ability to meet their democratic aspirations with a caretaker government? Only Sri Lankans can answer this question.

*Col R Hariharan, a retired MI officer, served as the head of Intelligence of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 90. He is associated with the Chennai Centre for China Studies and South Asia Analysis Group Email: haridirect@gmail.com Blog:: https://col.hariharan.info

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    The question people, mainly Sinhalayo who are the Native people and the majority in this country ask is whether the elected governments fulfilled the civil administrative responsibilities according to their expectations and aspirations?

    “While it can produce results in the short term, it is against the civil administrative responsibility of elected governments.”
    ====
    President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe has already convinced the PUBLIC of his ability to meet their aspirations with a caretaker Government. I am not sure whether he managed to convince NGOs and Civil Society Organizations thriving on $$$$s, Toiyas in Colombo, racist and separatist TNA politicians, Mus Limg politicians who think they are ‘King Makers’ and Regime Change mafia that their ‘democratic’ aspirations have been met or will be able to meet.

    “Under the circumstances, with no elected parliament in place, can the President get his act together to convince the public of his ability to meet their democratic aspirations with a caretaker government? Only Sri Lankans can answer this question.”

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      Eagle Eye,

      As usual brilliant.

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        RAVI PERERA
        Sinhala Speaking Demela

        “As usual brilliant.”

        Do you think so?
        So you trust a Hindian spy more than your single handed Gota.
        What a shame.

        Ask him who killed Premadasa, Athulath Shit Bomb Mudali, Dutta Gamani, Kumar Ponnampalam, Kathirgamar, Who instigated Anuradhapura Massacre, who trained ….. who won the war against LTTE?, ….

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          Thala Veddo,

          Ponnambalam was killed by sinhalayas using under world. The rest by your freedom fighter who were and are a terrorist group.
          I trust Gota or any one who can do you thalayas harm. It is good that the Hindian trained you buggers , because on the long run it led to the birth of Rajiv Ghost and we were able to pack about 800,000 thalayas out of the sinhala land.

          Who won the war against the LTTE ? The highly motivated sinhalayas (Especially when pitted against you thalayas) won it. The very forces that made a monster out of a rag tag Army helped us with weapons and information. Also The Hindians helped us break the LTTE into two.

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            RAVI PERERA
            Sinhala Speaking Demela

            “Ponnambalam was killed by sinhalayas using under world.”

            Why?

            “It is good that the Hindian trained you buggers , because on the long run it led to the birth of Rajiv Ghost and we were able to pack about 800,000 thalayas out of the sinhala land.”

            However even 11 years after the end of the “WAR” you are still
            sending your women folks to medieval middle east kingdoms,
            export unskilled human resources in tens of thousands,
            while bringing in labour from abroad to build simple buildings,
            allowing Iranians to build hydro electric projects,
            Chinese to build power stations, roads, harbour and airports no one uses
            Hindians come to rescue every time your thieving leaders run out of funds,
            the so called unintelligent Intelligence fails to follow through Hindian tips,


            Which part of your anatomy does your thinking, bottom or top part?

            Hindians have already appropriated many parts of this island, their presence is most pronounced in the North. As far as they are concerned Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia. North East are supposed to be part of South India, based on their policy of state building on linguishtic lines. You are focussed on Sambandan’s bump while Hindians are focussed on establishing their cherished idea of Akhand Bharat and spreading Hindutva ideology of fascism (proponent Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar).

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              RAVI PERERA
              Sinhala Speaking Demela

              “Who won the war against the LTTE ?”

              Stupid man/woman/it,
              it was VP who won the war and two elections for the clan with massive support from Hindians.

              “The highly motivated sinhalayas (Especially when pitted against you thalayas) won it.”

              Stupid man/woman/it
              The stupid Tamils and Sinhalese are highly motivated when it comes to
              self-destruction, and then gloat who did the most destruction.

              “Also The Hindians helped us break the LTTE into two.”

              Stupid man/woman/it
              Without VP’s active support Mahinda/Gota/Sarath, … would not have won the war. Without Hindia’s active support VP would not have won the war for Mahinda/Gota/Sarath, Assgiria, Malawathu, little islanders Wimal, Dayan, Dhinesh, ……..

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                VP did not win the War, Sinhala kollo won the war. Your VP the coward did not even have the kuppi around his neck.

                Now that you thalayas have lost the war your only hope is for India to have north and East as part of South India. This will never happen. Indians want their influence over the thala heartland Jaffna. We sinhalayas seem to have entered into sort of an agreement with India on that. Rest of the North and East will not be under Indian Control. Lets wait and see.

                Smarting from defeat neda thalayo ?

  • 4
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    A well balanced and well informed article.
    .
    Thank you.

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      Sinkala Pasquali,

      Keep taking the ” Paliative ” medicine.

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        Maggot kali,
        .
        You need “Palliative care”
        .

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          Sinkala Pasquali

          Copy & Paste and that seems to be all you are capable. of.

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      S.C.Pasqual.

      The essayist was a onetime RAW agent. Reading between the lines he is taking a soft approach with respect to President Gota.
      I am glad that your response is also soft; Playing it safe ; Thattu in cricketing jargon.
      Fine; We need you around on these pages; Play safe on a wicket that is turning spin!

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    At the Presidential Election people elected Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the President, because they wanted a ruler who will rule the country with the planning and implementation skills he displayed during the war and later as the Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development. They were also tired of the regular strikes by Doctors and other grades of medical staff and the inefficiency of government departments such as immigration and emigration. Hence, there is a justification for the appointment of well trained and results oriented military officers to these departments.

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      Mr De Mel,

      This is exactly the thinking of the majority of people. He is on a mission to clean the prison system, I hope he will be able to along with his capable military officers.

      I am told there are separate set of lawyers who thrive on the drug industry. They make their living by appearing for the Kudukarayas. Most of the jailers are bribed by the kudukarayas. There are some judges and some politicians giving them cover. Irony is 95% of the drug addicts are sinhalayas while 80 % of the kudu businessmen are Muslims. The International NGO’s will intervene on the pretext of safegurading human rights. Lets sincerely hope he will be able to tackle the drug menace and save the sinhala youth. This will be a tougher assignment than knocking off the LTTE

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      Lal de Mel

      “they wanted a ruler who will rule the country with the planning and implementation skills he displayed during the war and later as the Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development. “

      Oh please!!!!
      The war was essentially a Hindian manufactured one.
      As stupid as always you people were allowed to believe in whatever you wanted to. You need heroes so Hindians created a villain and they also gave a hollow victory to Mahinda and his cronies so that you could focus on your victory and gloat about it until the cows come home. Stupid villagers sacrificed their youth.

      Apart from Hindian/VP gifted victory over LTTE what has been your state’s achievement in the past 72 years, other than increasing export of female slaves, import and sales of drugs, impunity for murderers, presidential victory for psychopaths, ministries are run by crooks, …. wholesale sale of land, …..

      Military is not trained to deal with people, their lives, ….. they are trained to kill anyone and everyone since 1971. If you want to keep the military intact I suggest let Gota start a war against Hindians.

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        Native,
        “they wanted a ruler who will rule the country with the planning and implementation skills he displayed”
        Yes, for example the Floating Market and the Park n Ride system.

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    as day by day passes the normally loyal rajapuka supporters are getting more and frustrated.?
    =
    the said promises made during the presidential poll period have not been kept to as promised, the cost of living is sitting on the moon even the rich cannot keep pace with it no jobs schools still shut and the number of corona patients are also increasing by the second.
    heavy rains causing merry mayhem the locusts have begun destroying the agricultueal crops very soon just around the corner there will be no food that even if one has the cash to buy just cannot purchase.
    it is baila dancing time in this nation made shitty by the rajapuka clan.?
    =
    the kallathoni being a big time coward of a mama’s girl not knowing as to what he can do is appointing all his military war criminal mates who have PhD’s in murdering the innocents to key positions to enable the armed forces dictatorship that he had set up mainly thanks to the nearly 7 million moda yhodaya’s who blindly gave him a resounding win on the 16th November 2019.
    =
    as the good god’s work in mysterious ways on a fine day when the rajapuka’s are lying in their birthday suits after a nite of non stop pleasure moaning and sighing his own military task masters may castrate the whole lot of them.

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    What has he said that provokes thought?

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      SJ

      The things that provokes thought for those who care for your mother land is that Gotha is a Liability. Sinkala Lanka is BANKRUPT. and the Funeral Pyre is BURNING which you cant see.because you are BLIND wth RACISM

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        What has Col. H. said that would provoke thought or provide fresh insight?
        What has your text to do with the article or my observation about it?
        *
        If I am blind with racism, so be it. Then I can only be a Tamil racist. Think about it calmly.
        *
        If the funeral pyre is burning, it is match over, and there is nothing more for anyone to do.
        As I said earlier: Keep Kool.
        It will help your physical and mental health.

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          SJ

          If I am blind with racism, so be it

          I am glad you are honest.
          Yes you are a Tamil racist as there no one else in the Island except Dongs and Donkeys

          You are right the Match is over for Sri Lanka under Gotha.

          Covid 19 case are a shooting up.
          Country is Bankrupt.
          No Money.
          The Loan from IMF for 1,5 Billion will probably be refused when MR is elected.
          Gotha has begged India for $1.1 Billion for a price. Chunk of Colombo Port .
          Gotha has lost his cool and gone mental.

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            I say, K,
            You seem to have a far richer vocabulary than the doctor with whom you now cross swords.
            I am glad that you are glad that I am honest. That is rarely to the liking of many.
            *
            Calm down and slowly count to 11 (usually it is 10, but this is in case you miss a number) before answering a question that you will not understand. It may (I mean MAY) save you from appearing like what the doctor often calls you.

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              SJ
              I relish a challenge against Illiterates, Idiots and Ignorant
              I say K
              1) You seem to have a far richer vocabulary than the doctor with whom you now crossswords.

              *** I don’t have to cross VAAL with a SENILE and you are not far behind.

              2) I am glad that you are glad that I am honest. That is rarely to the liking of many.

              *** As you are now downgrading the Pancreatic Researcher you might have earned the wrath of Sonali and Pasquali
              3) Calm down and slowly count to 11 (usually it is 10, but this is in case you miss a number) before answering a question that you will not understand.

              *** Grasshopper your wish is my command. So let us start

              Eka
              Deka
              Moontru
              Nalu
              Paha
              Haya
              Eelu
              Ettu
              Namaya
              Dahaya
              You say a next is a miss number in Sinkalam but we vae one called Pathinontru. Now you see how rich Tamil langue and not primitive like Sinkalam.

              4) It may (I mean MAY) save you from appearing like what the doctor often calls you.
              *** That is because you don’t understand Tamil but the word you are looking for is “ Mighty Kali” . Ellam Inpa Mayam.

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                K
                You counted to eleven, although confusedly and with an interruption. Good. But you could not calm down.
                Try one thousand and one as loud as you can. (It does not matter if you miss a few.)
                *
                You may now have your last word, as I seem to be driving you nuts, which is cruelty that may earn the wrath of the SLSPCA– if not WNPS

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                  SJ
                  EKA) You counted to eleven, although confusedly and with an interruption. Good. But you could not calm down.

                  *** Sinkalam it is desperate stuff coming from you and what you have written above is rubbish.. Struggling to counter attack and repeating what you have already said.. What is there to calm down when you cant even throw a pinch & with your argument blurred it confirms you are plain stupid. You have failed every argument except China has bases in China which even a Toddler knows.
                  DEAKA) Try one thousand and one as loud as you can. (It does not matter if you miss a few.).
                  *** Stupid we haven’t gone past 10 as there is no 11 in Sinkalam by your own admission . Why do you want to count something which is beyond your reach. Man you have to CRAWL before you RUN. You must be a “ NONDY”

                  MOONTRU) You may now have your last word, as I seem to be driving you nuts, which is cruelty that may earn the wrath of the SLSPCA– if not WNPS.
                  *** You are living in your own Dream World not knowing how to wrote.
                  If I had the last world that means I have won and you stupid have lost and cant even crack your nuts and that is the end of the argument.
                  SLSPCA– if not WNPS and if not TNA if not SLPP if not BBS as a last resort CALM DOWN. Master of Vocabulary

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                  SJ
                  EKA) You counted to eleven, although confusedly and with an interruption. Good. But you could not calm down.

                  *** Sinkalam it is desperate stuff coming from you and what you have written above is rubbish.. Struggling to counter attack and repeating what you have already said.. What is there to calm down when you cant even throw a pinch & with your argument blurred it confirms you are plain stupid. You have failed every argument except China has bases in China which even a Toddler knows.
                  DEAKA) Try one thousand and one as loud as you can. (It does not matter if you miss a few.).
                  *** Stupid we haven’t gone past 10 as there is no 11 in Sinkalam by your own admission . Why do you want to count something which is beyond your reach. Man you have to CRAWL before you RUN. You must be a “ NONDY”

                  MOONTRU) You may now have your last word, as I seem to be driving you nuts, which is cruelty that may earn the wrath of the SLSPCA– if not WNPS.
                  *** You are living in your own Dream World not knowing how to wrote.
                  If I had the last world that means I have won and you stupid have lost and cant even crack your nuts and that is the end of the argument.
                  SLSPCA– if not WNPS and if not TNA if not SLPP if not BBS as a last resort CALM DOWN

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    Col. (retd) R.Hariharan
    You should tell Mr.Modi not to give any money to Gota because (1) the Rajapaksas cannot be trusted with money and (2) they resort to cheap shots against India to rile up the Sinhala-Buddhists and steal their votes.

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      Ajay,
      Modi is not a fool like Gota. Modi knows very well Rajapakses’ are corrupt and they will not going to spend this money on development or improve the economy as they did with Chinese money. The money given Chinese made Srilanka to become a slave to them. The country is now indebted to China and could not refuse anything to China. Similarly now Rajapakse’s are begging for Money from India and they have now put Srilanka in to a never ending trap by India. In Total Srilanka is going to be a part of India and China. Rajapakse’s may get US citizenship to all.

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        Wishful thinking by a man smarting from defeat

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          RAVI PERERA
          Sinhala Speaking Demela

          “Wishful thinking by a man smarting from defeat”

          It is indeed pathetic.
          However gloating a hollow war victory even more pathetic.
          Both Gota and Mahinda said on record (NDTV) without Hindians they would not have won the war.

          You are being humbugged by crooks.
          In order to see through it all you need to ask yourselves question such as
          WHO, WHY, WHAT, WHEN, HOW, WHERE, WHY NOW, WHY ME, ….. but then you need to pull your head from wherever it is now.

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    JVPrs have dont whole lot of good things representing opposition over there years, but that could only be possible if the ruling govt would leave some space opposition forces to protect democratic rights of the people. That is why we all thought without JVP s bold actions during the last 4.5 years, not even the terms ” BONDs” and how ” HOW THE REALATED DEALINGS in CB” could become known to the masses. Likewise, if there had not been a Tsunami disaster, people ( I mean 98%) within the country would not even know what § tsunami§ means.

    I think all these should repeatedly be discussed in local press, knowing the ground realities of people’s awarness. As some commenters on CT repeatedly mentioned ” srilankens in general feel that they are literate but in the reality they are not” – is very right looking back.

    I think, GR will be easier to manipulate the masses and bring them to SOMALIAN/Mugabe led ZIMBABWIAN style state, if oppostion forces would further be SUPPRESSED with direct involvement of MEDIA institutionas such as ” Derana TV and Hiru TV” senders. As many would be aware, masses would not read the news papers today, as had been in 80ties and prior to that, they would only rely on TV news to make their perceptions about whatever is the matter. That is it:

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      Apologies – it should be – JVPrs have done whole lot of things on behalf of the people, representing the VOICE of the masses, but when it went to elections, they were given nothing. It is like SHAMLESS pickpocketing being done by the people. I dont think that only JVPrs could do it, but young UNPrs; young Tamil moderates , moderate muslim leaders and even SLFPers could do lot more together with CIVIL society activites in saving the land than – old set of all parties. It is high time, people to think back and do the due if not today when ?

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        leelagemalli,
        “JVPrs have done whole lot of things on behalf of the people, representing the VOICE of the masses,”

        Is that the reason why people call AKD ‘Rathu Ali Petiya’?

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          Mr. Eagle Eye,
          .
          JVP has done lots of things for the masses.
          .
          Like keeping our Universities as scary as possible for masses.

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        LM
        Had yopu dug up some medium term memory, you would have been a little more reserved in your thoughts about the JVP.

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    I think this article is published by CT little too late. The SC had already made its decision. So only the last two sentence of this article matters any more. “Can the president get his act together to convince the public of his ability to meet their democratic aspirations ????? only Lankans can answer to this question. Dont you think they have answered just by electing Gotha ???? they do want a military rule (didn,t you hear the call for Hitler) where there should be no such aspirations , at least among minorities. Gotha is following the aspirations of Sinhala majority. I bet if all hose military men stand for elections , most will get elected and it will still be called DEMOCRAZY. Colonel may be you are our neighbor and even had the chance of residing in Lanka for sometime, yet it seems you have not understood that “we people are from land like no other”.

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    Col. (retd) R.Hariharan
    Gotha became President after the Sinhala majority voted him to power after they were disillusioned by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe .
    The first-time president, an army veteran, has lived up to his image as guardian of Sinhala Buddhist heritage and champion of the armed forces. He minced no words in his refusal to take action on accountability for alleged war crimes as promised by Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council. In his vocabulary, devolution has become a bad word. It has left Tamil polity stranded as they are encountering a president, who has said a loud NO to their core interest – devolution.
    *** Despite his Macho Man image Mr.Modi has proven to be a weak leader while Poompuhar is burning. Sadly the mantle of Super Power status comes with responsibilities and Mr.Modi has failed the Tmils while COLONISATION is taking place at an unprecedented pace and when Gotha leaves office in 9 years ( to face prosecution in US ) North & East would have become another Jerusalem with Sinhalese Settlement. Tamil Language , Heritage and Historical Places which have stood the test of time would be destroyed and over run. Gotha would have achieved what Gemunu and others have failed because MODI turned a blind Eye.
    Mrs.Ghandi would have taken decisive action and kept Gotha on Check. She would not have allowed Gotha to get away with things such a PARDONING a Convicted Killer.
    Mrs. Ghandi gave birth to Bangladesh. Modi is overseeing the Destruction of Tamil Land and heritage such as “ Nallur “ Temple.

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    India wants a place in the Security Council and rightly so. Mr.Modi has an opportunity to show leadership by taking decisive action in Sri Lanka as India did in the Maldives. China was trying to spread its wings and Maldives ( 2000 miles away ) was in danger of falling into the hands of China and once China established Military bases it would have been too late to eject China . I remember India openly joining the Election Campaign to influence the outcome and got an India supporting Government insisting on an Indian Military presence.
    But in Sri Lanka Mr,Modi is allowing Gotha to run riot due to complacency as Sri Lanka is only 22 miles and in the knowledge Sri Lanka can be brought under her control with a Couple ships and military planes landing at Palaly controlled by India. But without devolution under 13th Amendment Gotha is colonizing Vavuniya Mullaithivu Mannar , Trinco and Batticaloa and it will be too late
    Unless timely action is taken it will be too late. What Gotha does frankly is a matter for the Majority. Gotha and his Cohorts are all THIEVES & CRIMINALS. There is no RULE OF LAW.

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      Maybe because Modi and Gota have one thing in common – their racist and discriminatory policies when it comes to the minority Muslims.

      Their racism is quite selective. They work so well with the Arab nations, because both nations need that Muslim money badly, the number one revenue for their respective nations, the reason they send millions of their people over there for, that wonderful remittance that helps sustain their nation.

      Muslims bad, Muslim money Good.

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    Going by his last stint as a leader of this country chances are he won’t be able to lead with honesty, fairness, equality, and strive for a peaceful nation. So far the first few months have indicated that now with the powers he is seizing, it is going to be far worse, for the minority, and those who will, like any democracy should, oppose and stand up to his policies. Opposition will be met with brute force, white vans, journalists killed, missing, and threatened, and every time he wants his naive supporters to take notice or justify his actions, he will allow racist thugs to kill and destroy property.

    There Are None So Blind
    As Those Who Will Not See

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    K
    May I please know the number of countries with Chinese military bases?

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    SJ

    You really are ignorant. China has taken over strip of Islands in the South China Sea and America has raised objections to no avail as China has men on those Isalands. already
    Maldives would have fallen if India hasnt influenced the elections in Maldives. Search through the archives and listen to the speeches by Indian politicins.
    MR & Gotha calved out large chunck of land to China and India had to muscle in and Gotha admitted that he was warned by Modi. Why do you think Gotha & MR were summoned to Delhi. In the 6 months Gotha has not been to any other Country.

    China has many African Countries alligned with her although no miitary presence,

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      K
      You are telling me something that I already know, but thanks for the kind effort to educate me.
      But I still do not see where China has bases in foreign territory.
      Does the US own any part of South China Sea?
      You are not answering my question but going at a tangent like a typical parliamentary politician.
      I think that basic training in teaching may help you to answer questions to the point.

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        K
        Sorry. You were telling me that China has military bases in China.
        How daft of me!

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          SJ

          You have demonstrated your Ignorance.
          Read the following
          The South China Sea disputes involve both island and maritime claims among several sovereign states within the region, namely Brunei, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of China (ROC/Taiwan), Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

          China has the 3rd largest army in the World and uses forcr to occupy these Islands.
          It also occupies Indian territory

          Sovereignty over two relatively large and several smaller separated pieces of territory has been contested between China and India.

          Hope yu have learnt something. I know you are going to dispute it.

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            My question was: Where does China have bases in foreign territory?
            Do you have an answer? Why are you beating about the bush?

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              Sound like your Wikipedia search didn’t hit any target? So you are too happy that before you touch the keypad you have white washed China’s international crimes.
              Do you honestly think that one dump question is enough to white wash China’s illegal activity in the international arena?
              1). China is the only country has bases on islands lying in international waters.
              2). China’s object of controlling small countries with Silk route is clearly established.
              3). China is the only big country deploying troop today against other countries for active boarder war (Against India).
              4). China hastily opened its biological weapon dump too early now depending people like you to hide.
              5). China is the only main country in the world occupying or struggling to add more countries to it.
              6) China very badly lost to Philippine on the sea boarder case. But Manipulating the Philippine dictator to win it.
              7). China uses economic muscle to grab countries like Myanmar, Lankawe, Philippine and Pakistan.
              8) China these days even controlling many countries with its computers.
              If China didn’t have any military basis that means what for you?

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                Don’t say that the Chinese have got you on the computer!
                Keep off he computer, as they may even kidnap you using 5G Technology.
                *
                Meantime, go easy on the unprescribed medication.

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                  China hack computers, kidnap people, falsely arrested four Canadian Volunteer workers, brain washing in Million in their prison camps……. You understand you cannot defend China so fooling around like joking.
                  “as they may even kidnap you using 5G Technology.” You Modaya, energizing people only in Star War movies.

                  <i." Keep off he computer" I have only she computer, so what do I do? You are a buffoon man! Keep cool for the time being!

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              SJ

              I missed this one because as you instreucted I wascounting but got stuck after 10. and as you said in Sinkala no 11 doesnt exist. Let us see if I can answer your question is couple of sentences

              No 1

              My question was: Where does China have bases in foreign territory

              Eka) Under internatinal law if one Country occupies another Country ( albeit a piece of land with inhabitants who have their own jurisdiction) like China has done by force and set ip bases in South China Sea that is occupation and by definition foreign bases

              No 2

              Do you have an answer? Why are you beating about the bush?

              Yes

              Deka ) Answer as above

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                My question was: Where does China have bases in foreign territory?
                *
                Start counting to 1001. Sweet dereams.

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                  SJ

                  You are so daft. Count up to 10 as that is all Sinkalam has. beyond that numbers are in Tamil & English which is an alien language to you.

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                    Where does China have bases in foreign territory?
                    Start counting

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    Gota can not deliver what we expect from him. His administration is like a pickle. He is not a capable and visionary leader.He came to this position by chance. He is not equipped with leadership qualities and political experiences. Problem is not with him it is with us who appointed him as president. He is like a puppet. He is being drawn by the people who nominated him as presidential candidate. His party is directly depend on nationalism and Buddhism because people do not believe other political promises anymore. So it is our responsibility to be cautious and think how to protect our freedom . If we let this political game continue nothing will left for future generation. We need a new system which define suitable qualification that are necessary for a politician and a close monitoring system to regulate them. Today not only politicians but voters are too corrupted ,that is why failed and incapable politicians are reappointed.

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      Gota is going to rule with an iron fist. He has installed a group of war criminals, CONVICTED murderers who he pardoned, and basically military men, who have killed, and will kill for him. Sri Lankan citizens who disagree with his tactics and policies, and who have the courage to speak out against this brutal regime, better be warned. White vans, assassins wearing helmets on their bikes, and killer squads, MISSING DURING THE PAST REGIME, will soon start again to silence the democratic voices. Who can forget the brutal killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was brutally killed a few days before he was supposed to give evidence about Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s corruption in arms deals before a judge?
      Voters wanted a man who will meet dissent with violence, and they got one. People protesting contaminated water, were killed before to safeguard a Rajapaksa crony, and it will happen again, and again.
      Gota is so ruthless he will be willing to turn his uniformed killers loose on unarmed citizens, if they dare to speak out or protest.
      All you have to do is look to their past history, to know what our future will be.
      We have been warned, the signals have been sent by them, and be ready
      Sri Lanka is taking a turn for the worse.

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        Ashan,
        You say that Sri Lanka is taking a turn for the worse. I am sorry. I don’t have your imagination. What could be worse than what we are already experiencing.

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          N
          If it cannot be worse than its is now, why are so many people here agitated about the current spate of events?
          The threat of fascism is close to real.

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            SJ, What is in a name. Except for the name, don’t we have it already!

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              If you know what fascism really is, you may not make such comments.

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                Very vague and poor defense.

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                  N
                  I defended nothing.
                  I reiterated what I said
                  I warned about an impending danger which you still seem to take lightly.
                  To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

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          Nathan,
          Ashan looking from Muslims politicians perspective. Until now (2019) it was only year around felicitation for Hakeem, Rishard……Unless Ali reestablish, it is going to be a turn of events.

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    Gota is the prisoner of his own propaganda.

    He will not be able to go back on his ppromises, otherwise his credibility will suffer among his supporters.

    He has no choice, but to have to depend on army and face the consequences locally as well as internationally. So far, we are not aware of any of his visionary economic policy.

    China will not make any rash move that will damage their carefully built international image.

    Maximum they could do is to grant massive loans at commercial rates, that will bring Sri Lanka deeper and deeper into debt trap.

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    Article 44 (2) of the constitution enable the President to determine the assignment of subjects and functions to ministers and non-Cabinet appointment holders.

    According to 44(1) deciding number of minsters in the cabinet & their subjects and the responsibilities are of PM’s authority. Under 44(2), President takes over any remains that is not dealt with. The confusion here is PM recommends and president appoints the ministers for the subjects. The SOE are assigned by President. President may no longer(After November 2019) be able to hold any ministries. So I don’t know what will happen to the left overs which are mentioned in 44(2). But during Yahapalanaya time, New King simply rejected Ranil’s recommendation and appointed whom he preferred. That is the reason Ponny never got Law & Order or Defense or any other ministry. Ranjit Madduma Bandara, who was not recommended by Ranil, got the Law and Order.
    No point in subjecting the current cabinet for long discussion. It is having very minimum number of minsters. King decided this was only a temporary arrangement until the elections is held. After the constitution is amended, King may add ways to bring in Military leaders as ministers to cabinet. Sri Mao became a Senator first and then moved to Prime Minster. This kind of political power maneuverings are common in Lankawe.

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    As each day passes by, the usually loyal Rajapaksha (Will be Hereinafter referred to as Rajapukka in my responses) supporters are getting more and frustrated. This hardly surprising,
    The Election promises made during the presidential campaign have not been kept. The cost of living has taken off and is off the charts. Even the rich cannot keep pace with the highly inflated necessary living expenses. The long term effects of COVID-19 can only be described as adverse at a minimum to dire in the extreme in all aspects of Sri Lankan lives,
    Heavy rains causing merry mayhem, the locusts have begun destroying the agricultural crops. Very soon, there will be no food left to purchase, even if one has the cash to buy.
    The Rajapaksa Clan is, of course, “Singing, Talking, and Dancing Baila ” quite merrily without any worries.
    The Fake President, the Psychopathic and Murderous Gotabaiya Rajapuka, being a Monumental coward of a man out of depth and not knowing his priorities, has made some questionable appointments by elevating all his military war criminal buddies high positions of power. Their only qualification is in murdering and mayhem, as evidenced in the latter stages of the civil war.
    It looks to me as if the President Gotabaiya Rajapuka is now laying the foundation for a “Quasi Dictatorship,” or a “Full-Blown Authoritarian Regime.”

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    Colonel gave his “Udal, Aaavi, Porul Yavume” (Body, soul, property) to bring the War Criminal King to this decorated elevation. P.K. Balachandran, Colonel’s not-born together twin, after his last visit to Lankawe, went back to India and declared that he had fixed the auspicious day and time for King’s sweeping victory on March 28. He claimed on March 28th Sonia will be the Queen of the world when King had finished with the election. One time a full team, Nirupamma Rao, Nambiar, Colonel, Siva Shankar Menon, Narayan, Swami… were warming their hands on Tamils blood for China’s commission Old Rowdy was getting. The camp is now dismantled. Colonel is alone now and ailing without any constructive subject to write.

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    Our president is doing just fine. Which act do you want him to get together?
     
    The 3 problem-causing elements you have mentioned have all come into this country from outside, uninvited and by force:
      1. Tamils
      2. Jihadi Muslims
      3. Covid-19
     
    ∙ Number 1 in the list namely the Tamils have caused millions of deaths and billions upon billion in losses throughout history, not to mention the destruction of our ancient cities causing bloodshed and mayhem. Over 16 brutal invasions upto colonial era and then in recent times over 600 suicide bombs, causing thousands of deaths one being your Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi in addition to occupying 40% of the island by force and laying claims to much more.
    ∙ Number 2 i.e the Jihadi Muslims have caused about 300 deaths and some few hundreds more injured and a couple of billions in losses. This problem is now most probably solved
    ∙ Number 3 i.e Covid has caused 10 deaths upto now and a few billions in losses.
     
    Which one of the trouble-causing elements is most dangerous and has done most harm to this island is easy to see.

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    Good Old Colonel H again …..on the payroll of Rajapakses

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      R
      Colonel H has more powerful paymasters I suspect.

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        Like the Rajapakses he is greedy

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    Answer is simple ! The moment GR won the race , it was confirmed he got his act
    together . He can now retire as a ONE TIME PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY !
    And people won’t be disappointed , they will soon see the RESULTS of their
    choice .

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