23 October, 2017

Chathurika’s Ghostwriter Disappears

The ghostwriter of Chathurika Sirisena’s book ‘Janadhipathi Thaththa’ has gone underground after Colombo Telegraph revealed her name.

Sachini Navarathne

Yesterday Colombo Telegraph revealed the Sirisena’s book was in fact written by Sachini Navarathne and the final proof was read by the President’s Media Advisor and former Editor-in-Chief of the Divaina (Sunday) Gamini Sumanasekera.

Sachini Navarathne, an employee of Media Gang, which is an advertising agency owned by Chathurika Sirisena has been advised to deactivate her social media accounts, sources within the Media Gang told Colombo Telegraph on the condition of anonymity, because they fear of loosing their jobs.

“She was forced to deactivate her Facebook account last night following her employer’s advice,” a close friend of hers told Colombo Telegraph. However on of her friends has sent us a screenshot of her Facebook account prior to she deactivating it.

Sachini, a graduate from the University of Visual and Performing Arts, works as a Concept Developer and Copy Writer at Media Gang. She is a past pupil of Girls’ High School, Kandy.

The much-hyped launch of the book took place at the BMICH on the 15th of September and was attended by almost half the cabinet of ministers including her father the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Chathurika Sirisena’s ‘knowledge of Sinhala literature’ came in for high praise by novelist Kathleen Jayawardena at the launch, but it is now apparent that her contribution was minimal and amounted to a recounting of personal memories which were transcribed and put together by Navarathne.

It was pointed out by a critic that while it is not unusual for books about political elites to be written by ghostwriters it is surprising that one speaker grandly stated that it was the first time that a ‘first child’ had written about a presidential parent in this country.

“The burning issue is not about who actually wrote the book but whether state funds were used for the purpose and for the grand tamasha that was the launch,” the critic said.

Chathurika Sirisena had no involvement in advertising until her father became President. Thereafter she ‘hijacked’ an advertising agency called ‘Media Gang’ which is run mostly on work commissioned by state agencies. Sumanasekera, as mentioned, not only owes his salary to the tax-payer but does not do a stroke of work, according to reliable sources.

As such the book has essentially been funded by tax payer’s money since the true author’s salary is paid thanks to government ads while the editor is also an employee of the state.

The entire charade brings to mind a similar biography, ‘CBK,’ written in 2005 about the former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. The then Auditor General objected when it was found that state funds were channeled through the Port Authority for the purpose of writing the book. This book project was scrapped subsequently due to many inaccuracies even though the true author, a British national had been paid an advance of US $ 20,000.

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    I hope these books are not turning into another money laundering practice!!?
    Let’s see how many copies sell.

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      They will be sold out……. Purchased by the State with taxpayer money.

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        Raijiv, What evidence do you for this allegation ? Only a malicious mind could conjure up false assumptions.

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      Is it not strange that the writer of this pointless article of CT chose to remain ghost ?
      Why did he not write his name and show ownership of this poor piece of journalism ?

      Looks like CT scraping the bottom for filling its space.

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    RE: Chathurika’s Ghostwriter Disappears

    Q. Where will she Re-appear?

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      Ghost writers are not supposed to sneak out betraying paid contracts. This revelation is brutally damaging the trust kept by the author on her ghost. Unfortunately, there are many spooky devils who rummage garbage to find some weapon to hurt targeted persons. GRs trade their skills for money and they should remain behind the curtain if they want more confidential jobs. King Dutugamunu or any other king didn’t build those massive structures, though we honor those great men who led the projects as their creators. None of those masons or carpenters has scratched their name on a single brick. Imaging one mason had inscribed a note that he supervised the work assigned by the king. We do not want to see two authors for this book. Let those who pocketed payment keep quite forever.

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      RE: Chathurika’s Ghostwriter Disappears RE: ‘Janadhipathi Thaththa’

      Ghost writers, advertising companies are hired by authors and companies to carry out specific projects and communicate. That is their carrier. The knowledge and the experiences , are Chatruka’s, not of the ghost writers. Many are losing sight of the real story- the man, Sirisena, who beat Mahinda Rajapaksa,, “Maha Raja”.

      The real story is the path taken by a simple farmer who settled in the Raja Rata, the Anuradapura District, and as to how one of his sons became the President of Sri Lanka, that was dominated by the Western educate “elite”., through the eyes of a daughter.

      This book is based on the personal experiences witnessed by the President’s eldest daughter during the difficult political journey of Maithripala Sirisena, who began as a local political activist and finally became the President of Sri Lanka. This endeavor will be marked in the history as the first-ever biography written by a daughter of a President about her father‘s political journey.

      This book is apparently based on the personal experiences witnessed by the President’s eldest daughter during the difficult political journey of Maithripala Sirisena, who began as a local political activist and finally became the President of Sri Lanka. The book apparently reveals many unexpected challenges faced by President Sirisena from the beginning of his political life., which only the Sirisena family knows. This endeavor will be marked in the history as the first-ever biography written by a daughter of a President about her father‘s political journey, if true.

      Probably funds from the Presidential Slush Fund was used for the promotion. Look at it as competition for Mahinda Rajapaksa;s 60 feet cut outs the populace had to endure. Readers, do not be hung up on the ghost writers and advertising agency content writers.

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        The author omits to mention the her Thatha is the only leading politician in this country who has demanded one percent commission -bribe- to approve a government project.
        Author also fails to mention that her lawlessness of her brother and her uncles is a disgrace to law abiding people of Polonnaruwa.
        She also should have mentioned how successful her father was in feathering his own nest.

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          kumara sonnadara

          “The author omits to mention the her Thatha is the only leading politician in this country who has demanded one percent commission -bribe- to approve a government project”

          You may be right he demanded 1%, however the rest of the crooks demanded 10%, 20%, 30%, ……………………….

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    The Core Issue:

    “The burning issue is not about who actually wrote the book but whether state funds were used for the purpose and for the grand tamasha that was the launch,” the critic said.

    Q. Who paid for the expenses of the launch of the book took place at the BMICH ?
    The Presidential Slush Fund?

    Couldn’t Chatuirika get some stolen finds for Mahinda Rajapaksa. He is still loaded with stolen funds.

  • 20
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    What else can you expect from this poor woman? If she has not written even an essay to show her writing ability at high school, what else should we expect? Some idiot who wanted to rob a chunk of tax-payers’ money put a stupid idea to her mind and she agreed; now everything is coming up like cow dung surfaces on water!
    In SL you can buy not only ghost writers but Halloween journalists too.

  • 16
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    Will the Office of Missing Persons which Our Father and hers runs find Sachini faster than it finds the thousand others?

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    Sorry sister, you bit the bullet.

  • 9
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    Poor thing…………So cute, and so young to appear in Mangalan’s MPO register……..I sincerely hope Sachi is in a Safe House among the Paddy Fields , owned by Sira family, sorry Jandipathi Thathi’s Family Rice Empire……………..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “I sincerely hope Sachi is in a Safe House among the Paddy Fields , owned by Sira family, “

      Are you seeking confirmation from fellow readers? Well it seems Gota has a spare white van.

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    Please think of the recent past when the following (just as an example and so not exhaustive) were occurring during a period when even this website (CT) was not accessible to Sri Lankans due to authoritarianism / pseudo dictatorship prevalent in Sri Lanka:

    Journalists were getting killed / beaten / disappeared
    Media Institutions were being set on fire
    Political Opponents were being harassed / beaten /set upon by thugs
    Those demonstrating were being attacked / killed
    White van culture
    Judiciary was being manipulated (CJ appointed / removed at will)
    Media was being manipulated and no media freedom
    Country run by a family / parliament reduced to a rubber stamp
    Thuggery/criminality/bribery/corruption/money laundering prospering with impunity (MR said I have files, but no action!)
    SL Nation shunned by the world powers and considered a Pariah State by the world community
    Various bans imposed by world powers ( e.g. Fisheries Export Ban, GSP+)
    Family cronyism rampant etc etc

    It appears CT is attempting to sensationalise a triviality (in comparison to the above list) as it lacks eye catching events / dramas / incidents to woo the public to its site. It’s all about increasing your audience and/or scandalising those CT despises, isn’t it? Understand that. But at the same time please maintain some balance in your Reporting.

    • 3
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      close ones:

      Shehali Gamage,
      Thushara Jayarathna,

      Even White Flag surrenders did not come through the field! Nobody know how many of them and where they dissappered

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      Gamini,
      Are you trying to prove that we are in a state where ‘Pristine Buddhism’ is practised?

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      ask most of the law abiding citizens now,which period they prefer,90%+ would, now say between 2009 – 2015 at least they could walk and carry on their normal way of life.

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      So, in return for allowing some modicum of free speech, is Gamini
      sugegsting that CT should condone the shenanigans of the Yahapalanaya and say nothing about the mounting scams and propaganada ploys of thsi government?
      No, CT is is doing its job of responsible journalism. Keep it up, CT.
      No favouritism

  • 5
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    Sil Redi Thaththa at work against Janadipathi Thaththa.

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    If CT talks of Sumanasekera not doing a stroke of work as an Advisor, what did Lucien Rajakarunanayake and many other Presidential Advisors of MR did at Temple Trees then?

    Isn’t it a practice all over the world the speeches of Presidents, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries are written by their staff and not by those individuals. They have special staff as “Speech Writers” Who gets the credit for those speeches? Are their names ever mentioned?

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      G Panditha
      The Grass eating Garden Gnomes , the Illiterates of Srilanka , whether they’re educated or not they’re just Donkeys who follows the leader Donkey.
      This is the story of ” ignorance” of our Srilankan donkeys.
      They pretends to be ” know it all “. in fact they’re just the. ” FROGS IN WELLS'”
      This the effect of Swabasha Education brought on by the other Race Hate Politicians eroded knowledge of ” general knowledge ” for that matter.

      To publish any material you need a Professional Writer , Proof Reader , a Publisher.
      Speech writers are used by Prime Minister’s , Presidents or others for centuries so too in
      Publishing a book.
      There’re are professionals in every step of the way until the final stage of Publishing.

      This Sachini Navarathne has suddenly been put in the limelight for her own publicity or mischievously by others to dis respect Presidents Daughter .
      These are trouble makers just in the way of the Author Chathurika Sirisena.
      Sad state of our beloved country.
      The WORD ” JEALOUS ” is the cause of this uproar.

  • 3
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    All leaders or actors or who ever does a biography have a ghost writer . so its no big deal to harp about chaturika .

  • 6
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    Dear Chathu,

    You write so beautifully
    the inside of your mind
    must be a terrible place!

  • 4
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    No one is too old for fairy tales

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    Isnt this same Gamini Sumane used to be actively in MR’s media unit? And, was heading public censor board under the previous rule? CT, pls reveal this double actor too.

    By the way, Chathu should have given this task to Irvin Weerackody – a seasoned political campaigner for the govt to get a better job done.

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    max

    I heard that there is a MALAYSIAN SINHALESE ASSOCIATION, KUALA LUMPUR actively eating Sri Lankan food because they have nothing better to do.

    Why does the Sinhalese diaspora need a separate organisation in Malasia. The estimated 10,000 Sinhala Kallathonies still want to retain their identity rather than assimilating into Malay or Indian community. You should advise them.

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      They might be following you Native. Not ready to accept the country’s foremost culture while keeping their own identity!

      Bdw, Nativz, talking subject is something else. :-p

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        max

        Why does the majority Malaysian Sinhalese belongs to Amarapura Nikaya? Were they belong to some sort of Sinhalese caste hierarchy in Malaysia? They keep low profile and I am told they do not start a riot or participate in it?

        They seem completely different from you lot. Are they scared of Malay big knife Parang?

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      Who are the Sinhala Kallathonis? The Salagama who came from Saligramam in Kerala and had to be carried from their boats by the Marakala Muslims, the Karave who claim to have come from the Kuru or Kaurava clan but are really fishermen from the Malabar coast, the berava and the durawe also brought from India for labour and the Kandyan descendants of the Nayakka kings. Please Native Veddah, who knows all, enlighten us. Maybe I should ask Sumane as well.

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        MS, Leave me alone please…….. You deal with Native……..He is the Ayotollah of the Kallathonies whom he think came to our Mahavamsa Land…….I have enough to do trying to absorb all these Dr Ranil, Dr Harsha and Fundamentalist Eran’s Eonomic Stats , which promises to take us to Singapore not Malaysia……..
        I like Malaysia better…….I don;t know why the hell they want to eat Mallun , Chicken curry and Dhall, there…. when there are so many Malay, Nonya, and Chinese Malay Fusion dishes….. and sooo cheap………Even Malay girls are so friendly……..May be that is why Dr Ranil doesn’t want to take us there……..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          ” You deal with Native……..He is the Ayotollah of the Kallathonies whom he think came to our Mahavamsa Land”

          I beg to differ.
          The Ayotollah of the Kallathonies or the Mahanayaka ‘Great Leader’ of the illegal migrants is the Assgiria Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana who looks like a typical Tamil Nadu politician.

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        Salagamma never arrived from an imaginary Saligrammam in Kerala but from the Coramandel coast in what is now Southern Tamil Nadu. Low caste/slave indentured labour imported by the Dutch to work in the Cinammon estates down south. The Karawa are descended from various immigrant fishing castes eg. Paravan ( now calling themselves Bharatha) Mukkuvan, Thimmilan and Karaiyar from what is now modern Tamil Nadu, Kerala, ( when they migrated Kerala still spoke Tamil) and a few from Southern Andhra Eg Karwa name Waduge/Baduge. Durawe are another low caste ( tree climbers) originating from Southern Tamil Nadu the Pandian country. Now all these communities trying to deny their recent low caste Indian Tamil immigrant origin and claim all sorts of origin from other parts of India. Anything other than Tamil.

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          And the fake historian with nothing to back him up comes

  • 8
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    Sirasa Killi Maharajanos media coolies what have you got to say about this whole episode.
    As usual white wash MY3 and Mud on Ranil.
    Way to go sirasa!

  • 7
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    Sira is surrounded by Psychopaths and fraudsters. That SOB Arundika is one.

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    Author, ghost-writer, ghost proof reader and so on. As to whether there is truth in what CT supposedly unearthed is yet to be established.
    But the lot got good advertisement for free.
    But the piece gives a good insight into how life goes on among the elites.

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    Sachini is a pretty journalist who can write well. Ghostwriting is not a crime. CT’s old hags are jealous of Sachini’s work. But if state funds are used for this launch, it must be investigated.

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    Gamini Sumanasekera and our erstwhile buddy,of CT fame, K A Sumanasekera are blood/ urine relatives!

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    Pet peeve of mine.
    See what you wrote here CT because they fear of loosing their jobs.

    Very often mistaken in social media and with the new Twitter generation even amongst Americans but seen more often amongst our S.Asian people. That is the WRONG LOOSE Sirs. Loose is like burul (බුරුල් ) in sinhala meaning your belt is loose or the cow is loose or a President’s son lets loose at a club or on a beach etc. or I have a loose motion

    Paraduna or aka lose(පැරදුනා / නැතිවුණා ) is fear of LOSING. Cheers. I don’t know much but if we got those words wrong our 10th grade teacher would cane us back in the days.. :-) Ooooohh lighten up you folks now.. Don’t lose your coconut and let loose thugs.

    As for using Ghost Writers, that is not at all uncommon. I believe even Winston Churchill used ghost writers and definitely I know my fearless kind, compassionate, racial good christian leader Trump used them a lot. His English vocabulary and speech is less than that of someone in 8th Grade.

    Give this young daughter of a President a break. From what I hear she conducts herself well and is standing in for her mother at many functions etc to help out her simple father.

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      Manonita M Ratwatte

      Winston Churchill might or might not have used ghost speech writers but he was Nobel Prize material – Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.
      Perhaps you can assess the literary quality of ‘Janadhipathi Thaththa’. If it is mediocre then we can all forget it provided slush funds was not used.

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    We are all guilty of talking big nowadays no? What Aney? Since Sirisena-RW coalition took office, everyone is a brave talker including myself. Even as emigre’s we didn’t dare write during the previous regime’s period. I say give this kid a break. Investigate corruption and deals but writing a book to promote her father and promote herself is not a big deal. From what I hear, she conducts her self really well. රස්සාව නැතිවුණ දවසට ගෙදෙර ගියා ; පම්පෝරිය නැතිවෙනවා for all Leaders and Mr. Sirisena at least does not seem to scream filth at people or yell at people and seems to act with a certain charming simplicity of a traditional leader. What aney.

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    Even the Buddha had someone else write the Mahavamsa!!

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      True! True! Even Jesus and Mohammed delegated. I cannot say how Moses managed those tablets of stone, but he just went behind the bushes at the top of the mountain, and hey presto! he returned to face his people with Ten Commandments. I would love to know who was the ghost writer then.

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    whats all this fuss about
    most politicians speeches are written by speech writers
    a very few like anandatissa de alwis ,lalith athulathmudali and g l pieris could speak off the cuff
    even famous peoples autobiographies are written by ghost writers
    who paid for it is another matter

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    RE: Chathurika’s Ghostwriter Disappears
    Q. Where will she Re-appear?

    In a Sri Lanka Embassy in a plush Western Country.

  • 0
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    What’s the fuss !!! Not the first time and certainly not the last, no one will serve time and by SUNDAY next everything would be forgotten.

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    Why all this fuss about Ghost busters and Ghost writers the book was authored by Bell Pottinger courtesy of Killi Majaraja funding.

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    If she was of humble beginning and did not even work until Dad became Prez she must be a wizard to throw such a grand booklaunching ceremony which even a long standing professional writer could not afford. Some people have all the luck, eh ?

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    Hi Analyst,

    “Swabasha Education brought on by the other Race Hate Politicians eroded …” “Donkeys who follows” “They pretends to be ”

    Well, er… ahem. Sorry but your English grammar is atrocious. May be a little less self-importance is needed here

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    There is no such necessity for such novels to be published on the expense of tax papers money. I do not see where this could help but the only way I would see it trying to rub someones ego here. When there are other important factors to be addressed in the country one would assume instead of spending time and using public money to write about books, to use that valuable time for some value added purpose. Presently right now the media has become more of a gossip rather than a daily new bulletin. It is very much evident such novel cannot be scripted by the so claimed author however I do not see why even such delegated. Today we have reached a point no one even wants to watch live cricket, nobody even wants to scan the newspapers, there is so much happening in our lives today people are all disgusted about everything. We see/read political differences, corruption, robbery, etc. I wish this could all change for the better.

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