19 October, 2017

Children Of A Lesser God

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…justice by its very nature has to have a universal reach, rather than being applicable to the problems and predicaments of some people but not of others”. – Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice)

Rs.1.8 billion was spent on building one kilometre of the Katunayake-Colombo expressway.

That was more than the 2014 Budgetary allocation for Child Development and Women’s Affairs (Rs.1.24 billion), Culture and Arts (Rs.1.48 billion), Telecommunication and Industrialisation Technology (Rs.0.957 billion), Wildlife Resources and Conservation (Rs.1.31 billion), National Heritage (Rs.1.26 billion) or Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare (Rs.0.58 billion).

The total cost of the new expressway was Rs.45.7 billion, reportedly sufficient to purchase 7 tonnes of gold at current market prices[i]. The money spend on this one short expressway is higher than the 2014 Budgetary allocation for Education (Rs.38.84 billion), Irrigation and Water Resource Management (Rs.41.2 billion), Agriculture (Rs.44.47 billion), Higher Education (Rs.29.5 billion), Power and Energy (Rs.23.74 billion), Technology and Research (Rs.3.76 billion), Environment and Renewable Energy (Rs.4.26 billion) or Social Services (Rs.4.3 billion).

The Southern Expressway is a loss-maker (around Rs.5.5 billion annually, due to debt-service costs[ii]); there is no reason to think that the Katunayake-Colombo Expressway would fare any better. This danger is particularly acute given that the new expressway was built with a Chinese loan and the Chinese seems to be more prone to Shylockian methods than even the Americans or the IMF – as evidenced by the sudden punitive increase (5%) in the interest on the loan for the jobless-Hambantota Port. (The ordinary homes of ordinary people near the new expressway have become structurally compromised. They are yet to receive the promised compensation – and may never will.)

According to Fitch Ratings, post-war Sri Lanka has been remarkably unsuccessful in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI); the average net FDI since 2009 is a miniscule 1.2% of GDP. “This is low in comparison with most regional peers and has fuelled a reliance on debt-creating capital….. This has kept the external debt burden at 57% of GDP which is much higher than all other emerging Asian markets, except Mongolia”[iii].

Predictably the largest chunk in the 2014 Budget is set aside for Defence and Urban Development. A recent news item indicates the confoundingly illogical manner in which some of this mammoth allocation might be spent. According to the Daily Mirror, post-war Sri Lanka is planning to buy JF-17 Thunder combat plane(s) from Pakistan[iv]. The jets are being manufactured as a Pakistan-Chinese joint venture; the minimum production cost of a plane is estimated at US$ 15 million. Even if Colombo buys only one fighter-jet and does so by paying only the lowest production cost, it would cost the country a behemothic Rs.1.96 billion.

Why does Sri Lanka, which is not menaced by any armed threat internally or externally, need to buy fighter-jets at such a mountainous cost?

China is reportedly keen to find buyers for the JF-17 combat planes – since 2011. So far only the Pakistani Air Force has actually agreed to purchase the jets. Are we buying weapons we do not need, due to Chinese pressure? Have the Chinese adopted the US/Western practice of tied-aid and taken it to still more execrable lengths? Is Mao’s warning about the ‘Sugar-coated bullets’ of the bourgeoisie more applicable to the international economic policies of his successors?

China is the world’s fifth largest exporter of major conventional arms, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Tiny Sri Lanka reportedly accounts for 2% of total Chinese arms sales[v]. Will we have to spend increasing amounts of our national wealth – and incur more Chinese debt – to purchase superfluous pieces of exorbitantly-priced military hardware, as our ‘contribution’ to China’s growing military-industrial complex?

Are the Rajapaksas beggaring the nation and burdening countless future generations with a colossal debt to appease their Chinese patrons and keep the money coming for their megalomanic projects?

Even as national security costs become rooted at stratospheric levels, the security of ordinary people continues to erode. Ordinary Lankans are menaced not just by increasingly violent criminals and increasingly ubiquitous criminal politicos but also by the discriminatory politico-economic-social polices of the Rajapaksas.

In the 1990’s the UNDP warned about false growth paths which can undermine a country’s future: Jobless Growth, Voiceless Growth (growth without participation, empowerment and democracy), Ruthless Growth (growth which widens the rich-poor gap), Rootless Growth (growth which destroys positive cultural traditions) and Futureless Growth (growth which denudes the environment). The Rajapaksa economic strategy seems to be a concourse of many of these false – and anti-developmental – growth paths. The Hambantota Harbour is a classic example for ‘Jobless Growth’ while the incidents of water and air poisoning in Weliweriya, Dorape and Batakettara indicate that people might find their habitats unliveable in the most basic sense, sans breathable air and drinkable water. (Incidentally, such basic environmental degradation can affect the rich and the powerful as well).

The Supreme Court ruling against the residents of Slave Island has opened the door to mass-eviction of people from their homes/communities in the name of development. Emboldened by the UNP’s indifference (a mindset common to Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa; neither one nor the other has come forward to protect Colombo’s poor who are also UNP supporters/voters) the regime is likely to intensify its land-grabbing. Incidentally, the seven acre prime-land freed from its Lankan inhabitants will be given to the Indian TATA company.

In Kattuwan North, Jaffna, the military has begun demolishing houses to expand army bases. Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya dismissed this dispossession by claiming that it was being done legally: “There could have been legal owners previously. But now the lands have been taken over by the government”[vi].

From North to South, the Siblings will use the Rajapaksa-judiciary to provide legal cover for acts of pillage by the Rajapaksa-state. And ordinary people, of all ethnicities/religions, will be left with no protection, succour, recourse or rescue.

Discriminatory Governance

Discrimination is a fundamental Rajapaksa trait, a defining characteristic of the Siblings’ political and socio-economic policies. Treating ordinary Lankans (including their own supporters – ex. Weliweriya) as ‘children of a lesser god’ is a basic tenet of Rajapaksa rule.

Adam Smith warned that the “disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition…is…the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”[vii] That attitude has become the leitmotiv of Rajapaksa Governance, as is evidenced by sharp contrast between the Siblings’ juvenile excitement about the Commonwealth or their reverential welcome to the likes of James Packer and their total indifference to the socio-economic trials and travails of ordinary Lankans.

An economy can be neo-liberal or state socialist/capitalist; it can be market or state dominated or a combination thereof. But if policymakers do not place human welfare at the centre of development or factor human welfare in crafting and implementing economic strategies/tactics, development will remain an abstraction as far as the majority are concerned.

To use a Biblical parable, it will be the kind of economy where the stealing of the poor man’s sole ewe by the rich man is depicted as development. Isn’t that the Rajapaksa-Way?

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    Question is, how to awaken the people and instil in them their right to fair governance and their concomitant responsibility to properly use the power of their ballot to turf out their representatives if they turn tyrannical?
    Check this inspiring clip out (US-focused but equally applicable in any country):
    http://www.upworthy.com/booyah-morgan-freeman-says-what-everyone-is-too-embarrassed-to-say-about-our-history

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      You idiots do not know what you are talking.

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        Only an [Edited out] like jimsoftly knows what is happening inSL

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          Thanks a million Thisaranee!
          Brilliant and Brave. Hats off to you Madam Thisaranee! You deserve the NOBEL PRIZE FOR GENUINE PEACE.
          You are a brave and courageous citizen of the world!

          Take good care of your self because not only Goon Gota the white van man and corrupt DICTATOR IN WAiTING, but the Chinese mafia will want to take a swipe at you while Manmohan fumbles in Delhi.

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        Only an [Edited out] like jimsoftly knows what is happening in SL

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        JimSofty, Without any doubt you are a prime candidate to the ‘idiot of CT’ award if CT ever decides to conduct a poll. Ruling family controls 47% of the national budget and squeezing dry the wealth of the nation through malinvestment and if people do not vote them out, then HOW? Idiots like you cannot be ignored as they troll with different names.

        To highlight corruption, India’s Mumbai Nashik Expressway costs $4.85m per km, or around one third of what the Katunayake Expressway cost $14m and that is for a 6 lane road.

        Think before you stink in response Jim/Leela/Nalliah/Javi/Lorenzo and so many other names.

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          “stink in response Jim/Leela/Nalliah/Javi/Lorenzo and so many other names”

          Whats up! You seem to have a rocker fart that has tickled your booty?

          IM- PUSS-ABLE.

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          Ceylonese,Javi,dematagoda,
          Going by your comments,it seems to me that your life is nothing but sorrow and agony.Go and see a shrink.I know it’s difficult for you to forget that unfortunate incident at Nandikadal.I am sure that you realize that there is no way for any scientist to bring back to life your sun god Prabakaran.But still there are options.Why don’t you join Prabakaran in his present kingdom?I am sure that you would have lots of catching up to do.As a favor i could ask that naughty chap Gota to help you with your travel arrangements!

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            ●~*”As a favor i could ask that naughty chap Gota to help you with your travel arrangements!●~*”

            Max volsis, “Camembert” – (o|o)

            Julius Cheeser! – (o|o)

            [Gota “Boo”-ts “Booo”tha] space between the ears?(’-’*)

            “DIE” I WANT IT ALL, “DIE” ! (o|o)

            IM- PUSS-ABLE. #-):っ)

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        Brilliant and Brave. Thanks a million. Hats off to you Madam Thisaranee! You deserve the NOBEL PRIZE FOR GENUINE PEACE.
        You are a brave and courageous citizen of the world!

        Take good care of your self because not only Goon Gota the white van man and corrupt DICTATOR IN WAiTING, but the Chinese mafia will want to take a swipe at you while Manmohan fumbles in Delhi.

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      Exact replica of what JR did in 1977. A show of prosperity while increasing national debt, corruption and poverty among masses. No awakening of people or an opposition drive to inform the people happened then either

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    Excellent write-up TG. Most educated fools are also duped into thinking this government is doing good for business.

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    Thank you Tisaranee for that ‘eye opener’…
    One wonders the reason for the majority to remain silent in the face of the mass pillage of our country by the Rajapakse rogues? I think its futile to keep blaming the UNP as they too seem to be powerless finding it difficult to be heard over the media (both government and private) vociferously supporting and praising Maharaja and his siblings. All those journalists who would have opposed or spoken the truth are either dead, disappeared or gone for ever.

    This is like the tactic adopted by Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda (Joseph Goebbels) to win the hearts and minds of the German people to carry out the ruthless persecution of the Jews. The German people were simply brainwashed by the oratorical skills of Goebbels and believed everything that was said.

    Can you blame the Sri Lankan masses for getting carried away when they hear and view, day and in day out, nothing but praise of Maharaja & siblings? It is like an election campaign carried out 365 days of the year. They have taken over the media, both print and electronic. To oppose, (if that’s possible), the poor masses can only turn to “Kala Pattara” and Facebook!

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    The photograph of TG’s article is really hilarious and comical.It look that PB is laughing for himselves.

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      …. and the guy on PB’s left is our regime thief who knows next to nothing of what he may be reading or writing??

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    Great eye opener! Out people buy Rajapassa lies like thefish that bite cheap earthworms.

    Did anyone notice the Sri Lankan flag was not permitted to fly on the occasion of the Katunayake highway opening? Pay up and fly any flag afterwards was what the China man said!

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      Did they fly the Chinese flag?

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    Once again a scientific analysis exposing the callous and megalomaniacal vanity of the Rajapaksas at the expense of the rapidly progressively increasing impoverishment of the Sri Lankan people where ultimately they would have absolutely no say in the governance or determination of their own affairs of their own affairs.Bensen

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    these Articles are like pouring water on to a duck’s back

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      Especially if they are not translated and published in Sinhala.

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    In short selling Sri Lanka to the Chinese for loans to repay loans, to repay loans, to repay loans …… The mounting debt and repayment schedules do not diminish. They increase and increase. Our shrinking income is spent to repay loans and more loans. Finally we will have to sell our souls to the Chinese. The people who pocket half the money will vanish with the loot in a few years and our children will have hell to pay.

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    Thanks for an educative blog. In addition to the jobless, voiceless, ruthless. rootless and future-less growths classified by the UNDP, there is also the ‘War Growth’ that has been reported from the North amounting to about 27%. It is growth that was from the depths of the negative to slightly over zero. Most of the growth was related to regaining a part of what was lost during the prolonged conflict and wars. I spent large a sum of money rebuilding my war-vandalized house in Jaffna. Can this be counted as part of growth? This story is manifest all over the North.

    Yes, the infra-structure has been restored to a large extent and have been modernized. This was absolutely necessary in view of the pre-conflict neglect and war destruction. However, the returns, except for ease of travel and movement of some goods and services, are yet not tangible.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    First of all Tissaranee has not taken into her calculation a most important component of the cost on any government acquisition – the bribe!
    This has to be factored in as the Rajapakse family is entitled to this bribe.

    Secondly the workers on any Chinese project has to include the food, travel and lodging cost of the Chinese workers. Rajapakse regime feels that Sri Lanka does not have unemployed people to work on these projects, this is another factor that Tissaranee has not taken to account.

    Thirdly Gotha is buying all these military equipment and has such a large budget for defense as he is planning to fight India in the future. This too is the view of Rajapakse family. The defense pact signed with the Chinese may be forcing them to buy these planes.

    This is how the country is run today. The stupid voters of Sri Lanka are blind. We are only worried about our “Bajawwa” with the Arrakku bottle.

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      While factors you mention may have increased costs, one factor that was obviously costly was that the kTunayake Expressway was built most of the way, above ground on pillars. It is like a long bridge. This was probably necessary because of the nature of the terrain ( Muthrajawella swamps) and land acquisition issues. Further, it was a long envisaged project that was conceived during Sirimavo’s premiership and the time leading to the non-aligned conference, that was struck for decades. Anyone who has been caught in the Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela gridlock , would appreciate the need for this project.

      Dr.RN

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      “Rajapakse regime feels that Sri Lanka does not have unemployed people to work on these projects”
      In fact I remember a time, when the Cotton Spinning Mill in Minneriya was being built in 1976 by the 4th D&C regiment with Chinese Aid. The Chinese did not bring any workers, they were so impressed with our own ‘Baas Unnahes’ that they wanted to take them back to China. That was 37 years ago, before our greedy Politicians started sending our Technically qualified Staff to West Asia(the Middle East)to collect petro Dollars.
      Sad! Sad! Sad!

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    It is ironic that Tissaranee is highlighting these figures which are quite revealing and diabolical. Except for one or two like Dr Harsha, all of our stupid economist and financial wiz kids are quite silent. No doubt they enjoy travelling on this 50 Bn highway, which they do quite often, to complain.

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    if we are be believe this cow , the government should be feeding all the poor people with bath and watalappan . to borrow a biblical parable its is better to reach a man to fish than give him fish .

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      Agreed Abhaya.
      But is the GOSL teaching ‘a Man to Fish’ let alone giving our poor rural folk a better Education. It seems that the GOSL believes, it is better to keep the Rural voterbase under-educated, and fed ‘with bath and watalappan’ so that they don’t see how they are being taken for a Ride with all this EyeWash called Development!

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        Dear Watalappan Abey, ‘Rationalist’ is right on with his points above ! Unfortunately, a Village BULL like U can’t see thru’ your village idiot Rajapkses’ schemes !
        Birds of a feather…..Pls. educate yourself even now beofore you take your dirt nap !

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    Why couldnt they have developed the train for this short journey. At a fraction of this cost, they could probably have even laid another track. Such a train could also have done the trip in 30 minutes or less.

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    Every thing the Rajapaksa’s do, is “boru show..the opening of this grand highway has coincided with CHOGM.
    Again, when there is a festering wound, the rajapaksa’s think putting a plaster over the wound, would impress the world. They HAVE to show the country is doing wonderfully well, and distract them from the loud accusations of human rights violations, the missing citizens up North, unsolved murders and disappearance of journalists and those who criticize the government, and the attacks on minorities by saffron robed thugs. Shame on those countries who are encouraging and enabling the rajapaksa’s by attending this circus.

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      well said Dhaksha ! 100 % Boru Show !

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    How much would one kilometre of our Katu to Colombo Expressway cost to build in 2030?

    With our Per Capita doubling up every 10 years, probably a lot.

    Going by the 30 Percent hike in Wellawatta pads since Nanthikadal e ,it will be hell of lot more.

    Besides how can we expect our Diasporians, and other visitors who take Carbon Fibre Dreamliners to spend time in our beautiful island to stay in the sweltering heat for hours before they can check into our posh hotels like the Packer Joint on Bera Lake.

    By the way , I am told that our Diasporians love the digital bandits in Ladbroks in London, Crown in Melbourne, Harrahs in Niagara and even in PM Rudra’s turf.in NYC.

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    “Are the Rajapaksas beggaring the nation”??? Although the dominant State media and much of the kept-Press embarrassing statistics from reaching the people it was recently reported Bogambara Prison Superintendent could not pay CEB and Water Bills. Both facilities are
    in the process of being cut off. Inmates are now fed on Soya-based meals as Vegetables, Fish and meat are out. This trend is expected to spread to many other State-run institutions – all indications of oncoming bankruptcy.

    “and burdening countless future generations with a colossal debt” This is an old story. It is said when an infant comes into this world in this Miracle of Asia he/she is already in debt by nearly a lakh of rupees.

    “to appease their Chinese patrons and keep the money coming for their megalomanic projects?” It is reported today a newly built bridge on the Colombo-Avissawella Road has collapsed and traffic in this vital trunk road is being diverted. Shoddy jobs, crooked Contractors,
    massive Commissions for kakkas in-between and the country is being
    made to bleed. Who to tell, hullo – in plain ingreesi.

    Backlash

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    All the boru show at the opening of the highway is good to feed our modayas vanity. If the presidents of other developing & developed countries spent such time , effort & money in opening their highways, which they are not such modayas to do anyway,they would not have time to do the real work as in those countries highways and freeways are found in every county & state!!

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    Thanks T.G. for another epic. However, I feel that your article is still missing that customary anti-Rajapakse ‘bite’. Now, please don’t let the Rajapakse family down by going easy on them. Afterall, they are counting on you come election time for another landslide victory. The stronger your ‘bite’, the greater their margin of victory ;)

    Btw, talking about ‘children of a lesser God’, I can understand you feeling this way especially since your God happens to be Ranil Wickremesinghe :)

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    Despite Ms T’s quotes from the Holy Book,Srilanka is now placed at 60 in the Prosperity Index.

    This is a jump of 11 places since Nanthikadal.

    This Index is compiled by people from Cameron’s turf..

    So no one can say it is rigged or jigged unless the survey sample was exclusively from the Cosmo Intelligentsia in Colombo.

    And guess what?.

    It is 43 places ahead of Manmohan’s Turf.

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      K.A.SUMANA akke,[Edited out]

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      So much for the P index – “50.7% of the population don’t get the required 2,030 per day kilo calorie requirement. 45% of Sri Lankans go to bed hungry. Infants up to the age of 59 months, 19% were stunted, 11% were wasted (psychologically exhausted)and 22% were of low weight.” Source FT

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    Infrastructure investments can be only be deemed prudent if the capital invested is recovered within a span of 7 years. This is not a possible in the case of Sri Lanka as the added costs on ‘intro fee’ in some cases double the actual cost of the project. So the root problem is not infrastructure it’s pure greed. The downside of Democrazy.

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    President Mahinda Rajapaksa approved the NPA guidelines to create a corruption free Procurement system in 2006, as the old NPA guidelines approved by the former President Chandrika Kumarasinghe Bandaranyaka was up graded. In his approval, President ordered all the Government departments and Other authorities to follow these guidelines.
    As a result of these guidelines Former Army Commander who was not responsible for the Hi-Corp tender, was imprisoned for Two years.

    Now Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Chairman and Managing Director of the RDA MR. Premasiri should be charged for VIOLATING the NPA Guidelines completely and awarding contracts to the Chinese companies at ver exhobitant costs.

    As a CharteredQuantitySurveyor and a CostEngineer still I am searching for a reliable solution to see why Katunayaka Expressway cost Rs. 1.8 billion per kilometre. It is true some parts of this road passes through the Muthurajawela Swamps, but to construct One Km of a roadway in Sri Lanka on borrowed money doesn’t speak volumes about the capabilities of Jayasundera and the RajapaksaRegime.

    Sustainable development is not to construct expressways at ver high cost when alternative construction methods are available. In a country like ours, corruption gets priority over the Sustainable Development methods in Sri Lanka as Rajapaksa is selling the country to Chinese as the Loans will get compounded for not servicing the loans. At present every child and man and woman owes Rs. 500,000 per head to China and the IMF and WB due to bad economic management of the CB and the Treasury.

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    ” justice by its very nature has to have a universal reach, “

    The ICC, a neocolonial tool of oppression, is the perfect example, which has NO jurisdiction over US criminals, and it’s biggest supporter is the US.

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    The Rajpakse regime has no option other than to do projects that please China. The reason is it’s mainly China that protects the family from going in front of ICC. Rajapkse has bought Chinese influence by selling off the country. The diaspora has bought the western influence using it’s voter base and forcing innocent Tamils living abroad to pay for the “course”.
    Non of these parties will help innocent Sri Lankan Tamils or Sinhalese people. Sri Lankans of all ethnic background should realise this. The extremist elements in both camps will not do any good to their communities and country as a whole.

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    This is a long awaited project that is vital for the further economic development of Sri Lanka. Anybody who travels from Katunayke airport to Colombo on regularly basis will know this. I’m confident that all investments made on this highway will be quickly recuperated based purely on the large volume of daily traffic between these two points. I cannot understand why people write such rubbish. I can only have guess that these are elements who don’t want Sri Lanka to progress or have axe to grind to the Rajapaske family.

    Congratulation..!! to Mr. Rajapaske for doing what should have been done many, many years ago.

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      Nalaka, the original design for the Katunayaka High way was prepared in 1962, and in 1963 it was handed over to SEC under then Chairman Mr. Kulasingha. this road was to provide easy access to the New Katunayaka Air Port to be constructed by the Canadian Aid. The initial work of for the New Air Port was under the PWD, and I was responsible for the setting out roads and the Air Strip before Canadians arrive. On one of our visits to Katunayaka with the D/Director Road of the PWD, he saw Mr. Kulasingha at the side of the Katunayaka road and he instructed the driver to stop the car we were travelling. As soon as Mr. Kulasingha saw the D/Director came running and said good morning Sir. Then after exchanging few words the D/Director told Mr. Kulasingha, you may do the filling of the Muthurajawela for another 10 years, but before that we will complete the New Air Port.
      It is true that the Muthurajawela stretch was a very difficult terrain but to spend Rs. 1.8 billion to construct one kilometer is a colossal wastage even fo the development of the country as the cost of constructing this road project is impossible to recover and this may hamper many other very important developments the Rajapaksa government can do to develop the country.

      You are also a person thinking about yourself and praise the construction as it facilitate your travel. But why not think of the entire nation as a whole and think why should we spend this huge amount of money to construct 24 kilometer when the approach to the Kelani Bridge is another problem for the motorists. Your thinking goes parallel to Rajapaksa Brothers thinking as they think about how much money they can make out from this project and not the 20 million people of the country suffering without medicine, Hospital and proper Education and even they get a Degree have to wait to get a chit to get a Job. As a educated person you should be ashamed of yourself as the funds they spend to construct 24 kilometer can provide many other valuable facilities to the Sri lankan people if they think correctly and consult specialist in the construction industry.

      If they consulted any one with a brain they should have advice them to get a paralleled Railway line to Katunayaka from Colombo Fort and o run express from Colombo Fort to katunayaka in 20 mts.

      What development you can achieve from this road other than facilitate people to reach the Air Port. This may bring some wealthy people to Colombo in time for the new Casinos coming soon, but the ordinary Sri lankan will be the loosers.

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    T.G,
    Thanks on behalf of all decent Srilankans.
    Thanks for talking for the poor and voiceless.
    Thanks for fighting by writing this one sided war of our times.
    I feel ashamed to be defended by a courageous woman while sitting here doing nothing myself, but ….thank you!!

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    Upasiri De Silva

    It seems that only anti-Rajapakse sentiment is allowed for reply here, no ? Anyways, congratulations on a well-laid plan for a road, despite the cost.

    You ask “What development you can achieve from this road other than facilitate people to reach the Air Port.”

    For a start, this will allow transshipment of goods more easily than what is achieved now. I am not sure if you know but the current road to Negombo/FTZ is choked with containers – a new highway (whether it is in Sri Lanka or Timbuktoo) will ALWAYS facilitate development (unless it’s going from nowhere to nowhere which in this case is certainly not the case) – This alone is enough to justify the cost of the road which successive governments have been promising at election times, since 1962 but only these folks have the b@lls to deliver.

    Thisaranee (and I laugh at these @rselickers singing her paeans as if she is worthy of a Nobel Prize !!) would rather have Sri Lanka back in the 40’s with the natives properly put where they belong and getting around on bullock carts, while the Old Guard Elite maintain their lordship over them, while being knighted and called “Sir”

    So let’s try to look at Sri Lanka objectively instead of allowing people like Thisaranee, because they are firstly motivated by “Hate Rajapakse” than “Love Sri Lanka” –

    Have you noticed that people like Thisaranee rarely propose a solution for what they say ails Sri Lanka ? Their only act is to rail against Rajapakse

    Sure, there is very likely corruption in Sri Lanka. Does THisaranee seriously tell us to believe there is no corruption in other countries, including her country, the UK ?

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