2 December, 2021

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CHOGM – A Carnival Is Coming To Town!

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

There is a tangible feeling of an impending carnival-coming-to-town in the air these days in Colombo. The city is being virtually turned up-side-down and inside-out, dusted and vacuumed by the Surgeon General of Lanka’s cosmetic surgery-Urban Development cum Defence in order to make it look pretty to impress the visiting revelers.

Vibrant coloured banners and gadgets decorate the streets and roundabouts, competing with larger-than-life cut-outs of our very own Emperor-in-new-clothes. Trees pruned and some uprooted, innocent homeless dogs banished, roads re-carpeted and of course the pavements/side-walks dug up and some still awaiting to be tiled. In the interim, pedestrians at great risk to life and limb must share the roads with speeding vehicles.

In short, anything that doesn’t look pretty and prosperous is being removed and pretty-looking-things put in its place.

But this is not just any ol’ carnival coming to town, it’s CHOGM!

One wonders if such a din has ever been made by any other member nation over CHOGM during the entire 64-year history of the organisation.

With the exception of Canada, and some reticence on the part of India (caught up in a ‘to-go or no-to-go’ quandary) ultimately deciding if India’s foreign policy or domestic politics will win, some 50-odd countries are eagerly trotting to Lanka to attend our Emperor’s carnival. And, of course, Britain is obliged to come after that massive Rolls-Royce deal they clinched with Lanka (or should it be with the Emperor and his Clan, at the expense of the Lankan tax-payer).

After all it’s getting rather cold in some of those countries, so why not enjoy an all-paid holiday, basking in our warm weather, sandy beaches, friendly smiles and our legendary hospitality – again, courtesy Lanka’s tax-payers.

In order to facilitate this carnival and picnic, thirty-five schools in Colombo are now closed for two weeks “in order to implement a comprehensive security plan for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)” states the official website of the Ministry of Defence & Urban Development.

Furthermore Universities around the country will be closed for one week while the Carnival is in town. Why close Universities around the country when the performance is happening in Colombo?

This is an obvious move to silence any rising voices of dissent amongst our vibrant young student community that will obviously embarrass the hosts – Emperor and Clan – while the ‘foreigners’ are around, the foreign media in particular.

Ironically, while the country’s Universities remain ‘closed’ the first private University in Lanka, a very controversial one at that, is expected to be officially declared ‘open’ during the ‘carnival period’. How about that?

CHOGM in Lanka is not a victory for our country but a massive, opulent and extravagant ego-booster for the Emperor and his clan. It has been argued elsewhere in these columns that “Hosting this event is an opportunity for the host country to make a lot of money”. 

Under different circumstances with a leadership and political administration more open to transparency, decency and honesty this could well be true. But in the current scenario the question begs “who” in the host country, (in Sri Lanka) will be making a lot of money? And will all that “lot of money” go towards the betterment of the country OR will it all wind up in the pockets of the Emperor’s lackeys or both?

Thus far CHOGM has only one significant achievement worthy of being remembered- its stand against apartheid in South Africa. Thereafter it dwindled into a toothless talk-shop that issues declarations not worthy of the paper it’s written on at the end of each meeting.

Perhaps this is why there are no qualms amongst the member nations about a fellow member governed by an administration that has violated with impunity, the core values enshrined in the Commonwealth charter- Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law being given the Chair of the organisation for a period of two years.

Had the Commonwealth been made up of a strong back-bone, this would have been the ideal opportunity to trap our Emperor in a catch-22 situation. After all he will be the Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office (CIO) for the next two years, with the onus on him to uphold the core values of the Commonwealth Charter- Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

Our Emperor obviously realises this. If for whatever reason he is stripped of the Commonwealth Chair, he will use it as a weapon to win the next Presidential election. He will go howling to our gullible masses about the injustice caused to him by the International Community and the usual sympathy vote will come into play again.

Naming and shaming our Emperor in the international arena will have no effect, since, “how can you shame those who have no shame” as one wise one put it. One thing is assured, after the Carnival leaves town- the hungry will be hungrier, the poor will be poorer and the rich will become richer and richest. Budget 2014 will ensure that.

But all will be forgiven and forgotten come the next Presidential election. For the majority of our stupid voting public will never realise, that Rajapaksa is NOT Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is NOT Rajapaksa!

*Sharmini Serasinghe was Director Communications of the former Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) under Secretary Generals Dr. John Gooneratne and Jayantha Dhanapala. She counts over thirty years in journalism in both the print and electronic media.

 

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    The icing on the cake from Hon. Gona would be for the Abans cleaning crew to be in gum boots and overalls during the meeting..

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      Don’t you all rejoice:

      Mahinda has more than 2/3rds majority of CHOGM members on his side; It’s his parliamentary expertise he has put to good use through GL Peris.

      Everything will be democratic through majority voting: Poms, Aussies, Kiwis and their likes can keep their tails between the legs.

      Fxxk the international war crimes investigations.

      He is no Singh to bow down to the woman’s whims.

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      nothing wrong having CHOGM in Sri Lanka.
      But MR & UPFA being anti-imperialist, anti-suddha buggers it is hypocrisy that they are now dancing keeping Common Wealth on their heads. -:)

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        CHOGM in Sri Lanka!!!!!Kukul Charlie & Karavala…

        Meh’rak tota kiri, daft dora;custard,cocao and four cows.

        He eats catholics on Friday.

        Gota “Gooo”ta “Booo”ts

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        Well said Sumith.
        ..and the other factor is that somehow the Tsunami Swindler would use this event for his advantage to boost his publicity to the maximum in order to show this low profile summit as THE biggest event in the world for his gallery day and night for weeks to come. Thus he would score some points.

        Cameron should have boycotted but he didnt do it due to the Rolls Royce deal as Sharmini correctly pointed out. He doesnt have to come all the way here to warn MR on HR issues. That he can easily do from 10 Downing Street. England is playing its game as usual like the WMD bogus game of Tony Blair. Even Obama would be here provided US is a CW country.

        West is not interested in any human value or respect moral or ethics but after money, doesnt matter how even ‘Ballo Marala’. Norway is a classic eg. with its connection with BBS now and LTTE then.
        For us this maybe a ‘podiyan’ summit but for the poor village folks in Sri Lanka Tsunami Embezzler going to be a ‘Pora’.

        Contractor Kamalesh Sharma made him a ‘Pora’ and MR already looks excited and smiles ‘Mama Thamai Pora’

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          Pandukabhaya;
          CHOKKOKOOGOM –
          A Carnival Is Coming To Town!!!!!!!!!!!!
          What Sharmini Serasinghe telling is 100% true.

          Country is in DEBETS, and MARAYA F KING IS PLAYING WITH NEW CLOTHS.
          BUT HE DOES NOT KNOW THAT HE IS REALY NAKED.

          Poor sri lankan’s are Brain washed by Jarapassa Clan showing the Eelam war victory, the war won by Sarath Fonseka, and showing Looted Trophies Captured Boats Guns And Bunkers.
          What they do not know is that, Jarapassa and clan and their Kudu goons looted the coffers of of Sri lanka’s and LTTE’s money, gold, Moveable and unmoveable Properties like Ships, and businesses,{ floating armouries for gun running] after arresting KP and Others.
          And Selling the North and east War debris including Millions of tons of Steel and other metals to Indians.
          and the poor people who come to see the Colombo and Hamba thota new ports, air ports and roads, think this is Sri Lanka’s future investments,
          But they do not understand that, We have to pay up to our nose the 6.5% interest money and loan taken up from 2% from the EXIM CHINA BANK.
          {Do not worry,ALREADY The COMMISSIONS TO JARAPASSA’s gone to Off shore banks}.
          THE Malbaris Jarapassaas THINK ,
          ” WHO wants to CARES ABOUT MOTHER SRI LANKA.
          We Just wants to Pawn the country and collect some Money for Our Family Dynasty”.

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      Good one Sharm – way to go!
      Rajapassa loves white elephants – viz. Hambantota port, airport, conference center etc. but CHOGM is the biggest WHITE ELEPHANT of all – i recon.
      And this in itself is very good for the following reasons
      1. for the last few weeks the Sinhala Buddhist Racist Lambs – Pathala Champika, Wimal Baluwansa and the BBS Balu Sena have observed silence in order to not offend the CHOGM party goers..
      2. After the CHOGM circus on which billions have been wasted it will be hard for Rajapassa to explain to even his favourite Sinhalaya Modays, why he spent so much money on a British Colonialism celebration for Prince Charles 65th Birthday party when he claims that Britain and the US are in a conspiracy to destabilize Lanka!We can have some fun with this one..!

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      dont forget the gloves for the hands and ‘eco’ friendly rubbish vehicles which emit low emissions hahhhaah

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    “CHOGM – A Carnival Is Coming To Town!”

    RATs working to foreign powers are upset.

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      Hey Softy, I notice you take up a lot space on the comment threads of CT. No one will grudge you that if only you could make some intelligent contribution to the topics discussed.

      You also need to work on improving your grammar. “RATs working (to) foreign powers are upset”???????

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        Giri – You know the ‘Masai Mara’ tribe believe that all the cattle in the world belong to them.
        So is the Rajafcukse tribe. They believe that any media in Silly Lanka is theirs.
        Thats the nature of them.

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          Rooster

          “You know the ‘Masai Mara’ tribe believe that all the cattle in the world belong to them.”

          You missed out one important person in this respect owning others properties.

          George Bush junior still believes that he owns oil deposits all over the world, if possible Mars as well.

          Hence Rajabakse is not alone in his pursuit.

          There are others, Banda, Hela, Dim Jim, …..too believe this island belongs to them.

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        Girigoris:

        Your name looks stupid.

        It should be GREGORY. You use the version used by uneducated – rural sinhala people.

        Read it. I corrected your ENGLISH.

        I notice THAT take up a lot OF space on the comment threads

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          Jin_Nutta:
          Even if you wrote only ONE word, leaving out your idiotic pseudonym, you would be taking up far too much space.

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          Jim Softy, Girigoris does not come from the English Gregory, but from Portuguese, as does Haramanis and Paulis etc. etc.
          Who is the uneducated rural now?

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            Rationalist:

            Be rational and is this Portuguese

            Girigoris Perelman was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia) on 13 June 1966, to Jewish parents

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          Jim Sooty,

          You Idiot. He is Russian and his full name is Girigoris Gorbachev.

          Don’t be too smart mate. We know you are half caste but this one is from Eastern Europe not Western.

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      Gotabhaya on war crimes allegations: ‘Produce evidence or shut up’ – applicable to the Commonwealth clowns too!

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      This Ms Sharmini Serasinghe is an anti Emperor person.
      These are foreign conspiracies with the support of Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe faction to tarnish our king his majesty mahinda’s image, who is anyway related lord Budda according to a Catholic actor turned historian.
      Is Cleaning the citi bad? We’ll do a complete cleansing in any case and bring more and more casino investers from everywhere. We will beat Gaylang and Sukumvit in producing and providing sex workers. Srilankan girls will be remebered by men from all over in the near future.
      As out economic expert minister once said we will be able to give loans to the Western Europe too.
      Our plan is to use all local media and show the idiotic Srilanka’s rural public that Cameron is under us now. Singh cant face our king so he didnt come. Canada is ashamed to visit so they didnt come. The Queen really really wanted to come and shale hands with our king but she unfortunatly not well.
      The bottom line is to show Sri Lanka is equal to the USA.

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      I love you Jim Floppy.. You put a smile to my face..

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      Well said Softy !! Absolutely true.

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        Ajith Perera:
        Now that you have put your 1.5 cents in, JinNutta doesn’t have to be alone in the land of the nutters. Good for both of you and don’t forget to send us a postcard from Mulleriyawa or Angoda!

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      You are one of the Jarpassa Rats family’s Bone sucking BIG RAT.
      Wher is your RAT LITTER??????? eating people’s money.

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      So whats wrong in having a carnival?Since that unfortunate incident at Nandikadal,life’s been a carnival to us.

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        Max you Animal,
        By your own admission you have confiremd the following.
        1) You belong to the Animal Kingdom ( History has taught us this )
        2) You have sex with your willing partner and then kill her.
        Both the above admissions are on record.
        I have already asked you the following questions and told you that before you answer them you are not fit to post any Comments.
        1) When did you last have sex
        2) Was that with a willing partner ( or may be an Animal).
        3) Have you killed her or have you passed on to another Animal
        ANSWER IT MAN

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      why is then Dr. DJ is not upset ? ha ha hu hu :)

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      Jim Sooty,

      ” Carnival is Coming to Town”

      But the Trapeze Artist the biggest one of all is not coming despite a personal invitation by the Organizers headed by the Criminal Sharma

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    Hi Sharmini,
    This is a revealing article except you called majority Sri Lankans “stupid voting public”. Hey, if you have the voting rights in Sri Lanka, by default, you belong to the “stupid group” too.

    The biggest ineffective organization in the world is the “United Nations”. I know that because I worked there for sometime.I agree with you that Commonwealth is a useless organization too.

    At least Colombo is getting a facelift. That is definitely a plus. Since 1970 we have had corrupt and ineffective Governments. Corruption is not applicable to only this Government. At least the present clan is developing some infrastructure in the country unlike the last Government which didn’t do anything worthwhile at all.

    In Canada, we had the sponsorship scandal involving billions of dollars and recently we have the senate scandal.The so called Western Governments are corrupt to the core as well. The main reason for Canada and UK agitating about Tamil people killed at the last stage of the war is to appeal to the Tamil block vote in these 2 countries. It is not because Harper and Cameron suddenly found “love” for Tamils living in these 2 countries.

    You talk about Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law as commonwealth values , but the biggest human rights violators are the the Western Countries themselves; look at the record of USA and UK in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands of innocent civilians are getting killed or got killed in these countries with zero accountability. Look at the record of India, another “MAJOR” human rights violator.

    Look at the record of Australia and Canada with regard to the aboriginal and native people in these 2 countries. These two countries talk big about rights of indigenous people, but their actions tell a different story.

    My point is when it comes to corruption and human rights, the biggest perpetrators are the so called big Western countries such as the USA and the UK.

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      Zennbanda:-

      “At least Colombo is getting a facelift. That is definitely a plus.”

      Maybe the only PLUS, we get out of the CHOGM Carnival!

      Hope the ‘HOG’s will be impressed!

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        Mr You are talking about infrastructure. There is no infrastructure. Good if there is no mechanism to maintain this good work it is merely the money of the poor people in this country just for an eye wash.there is no quality in what they do.please see it after three or four months after the Carnival.I fully agree with you. Colombo looks beautiful still we do not have a Decent public toilet for the poor people come from outstation to colombo those who pay for these.
        Guess you are far away from the reality.

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          Jim Banda

          Fully agree with your observation.

          Despite all sorts of “Boru Shows” and boastful speeches about Sri Lanka’s proud, civilized heritage, public hygiene is hardly a Sri Lankan Forte in 2013.

          There are hardly any clean public toilets in Colombo or anywhere else. Even if you find them the public does not know how to use them. Municipalities do nothing to maintain standards anyway.

          We are a country obsessed with the façade. And only the façade.

          Colombo’s “CHOGM facelift” will not help Colombo in anyway. Just a super expensive “Boru Show” by Gota & Co.

          Cheers!

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            people like you dont know how to maintain a public toilet .

            It is true that that is one of thing that I thought was a problem . The public toilets in bus stations and railway stations are atrocious . The same way they were before . but I think this will change .

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              Abhaya Premawardena,

              “people like you dont know how to maintain a public toilet.”

              Great to have toilet maintenance experts such as yourself.

              Cheers!

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              Abhaya Premawardena:
              “people like you dont know how to maintain a public toilet .

              It is true that that is one of thing that I thought was a problem . The public toilets in bus stations and railway stations are atrocious . The same way they were before . but I think this will change.”

              No. 1 – I don’t know whether the person you are referring to is any better at what is obviously your your area of expertise – cleaning public toilets.
              No. 2 – I am very glad to see that the CHOGM on which a few bucks are being spent, has as one of its primary objectives the cleaning of public toilets.
              No. 3 – Don’t you think, though, that, in the matter of toilets – public and otherwise – prevention is better than cure and that those who have made this country one big toilet could prevent that problem by going away rather than inviting 50 odd countries to visit?

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            Gota’s next project………………toilet-train the public!

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              Gota Should bring back all those who are cleaning toilets in Canada and UK! They would be well-trained.

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          Why do you want every thing free ?

          Are you a NIKAMA ?

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            There are many nikamass from Hamba Thota Called Dhaja Jarapassas morons,
            And Some hench men Put a hook to Saatakaya Like you also nikamas.
            there are Many of them in the Diyawannaaoya Piggery,
            and all those Nikama Pigs of MADAmoolana eating from sri lanka’s Poor people’s money.
            And Their Bum faced Nikama Wives Do Shopping with Looted money from Killer Ltte rs.
            SO ALL OF YOU JARAPASSAS CLAN AND GOONS ARE NIKAMAS [Vultures].

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            Jim Sooty,

            Ask the Looters MR & Gotha

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            They HAVE refurbished public toilets. Please do your research. It’s very easy to be armchair warriors.

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          J B;
          I am not an Economist but a O/L educated villager from east of sri lanka,
          And I know that, if we borrow on high interest loans,
          it is very difficult to manage our finances on any expenses.
          and
          I read in the news paper that the
          “technical sessions of the Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) on October 26 brought out the concern of economists that the mounting debt would hamper sustained economic growth.
          Many discussants were of the view that much of the high cost foreign borrowing was being utilised for unproductive and wasteful purposes that increases the country’s debt burden, as there is no additional output to service the debt”.

          Who told those governing Jarapassa Morons to get loans on High interests and Increase the interest rates suddenly for 5% from the initial agreed rates????????????????????.

          Who pockets the increased interest amount??????????????.

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          Yes, indeed this was the case with me last time when searching for a toilet. I think, places like CMBO would stay unchanged. It is not only because of rulers, but our people themselves have no care of cleanliness, keeping places clean etc. All these they should be taught from the kindergarten on. Did not you notice how loud they allow music in public places. It is unbearable to anyone who visited the country. Last time, the sound exposure of pvt bus almost broke my ear drums. So was the case in any places I went to buy anything I wanted. Nobody was worried of that. It is like BAILA kade… upon my request, once the pvt bus drivers lessened the sound of the tape, else, almost all passengers uttered nothing. If that was the case in Europe, drivers or conductors of particular bus would have been punished according to the prevailing laws. This is the difference. I trully believe, we need to build the AVERAGE human mind sets down there than the road constructions. Or both in parallel.

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            If they the rulers are pragmatic enough, they should start building the society today than waiting for tomorrow. Discipline should be added to everyone^s life by introducing rigorous laws. Now with the introduction of new high ways, surely, the rate of accidents would become multiple times.. if the respective author would not take due actions. They the fast drivers that abuse the high ways should be charged to a manner it s been done in Europe. They also should have to introduce high tax system to maintain of the roads that have been carpeted these days.
            If there would not be a regular maintenance, those rds would not stay longer.
            In singpore, if one would just drop down the toffee wrapping, he or she would be charged. That kind of laws should be introduced to lankens too. If there is a proper canalization system only, they can introduce payable toilets, I have no idea about all these. I think if CMBO has become beautiful, theyhave already placed this kind of toilets too for the use of public.

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          Well, talking about public toilets… On the opening day, my daughter had to take part as a dancer in the street dancing ceremony. Awful experience. They were forced to wear a single piece body-stocking! They were to dance all stupid day from morning till afternoon and couldn’t at least use a toilet! When asked, they asked us to send them in diapers!
          Disgusting government…

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        ZennBanda (Canada)

        I agree with you. All what the Stupids who left in the island after the exodus by you, is to join the Naked emperor andd steal as much as they can and have a nice time.

        Let the succors who lent to sri lanka look happy when they are all gone to the other world. Some fools left back will settle the bill by all available means left.

        They will form a new nation which will be not what they are trying to preserve. They will be a new race a full cocktail mixture of all BNA.

        So every thing will be Honky Dory.

        Levi.,

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      Yo, what are you doing, arselicking in the west?

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      Zennbanda, Yo, what are you doing, arselicking in the west?

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      Zenn Banda,

      Sri Lanka cannot be compared to any other country! Ours is the ONLY country chosen by the Buddha to preserve and perpetuate his doctrine of Dhamma ( Dharmam or Aram).

      Sharmini Serasinghe , welcome back to CT after a long absence and thanks for a beautifully written and in-depth article.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Dr RN, Your comment about SL being chosen to preserve the Dhamma is really pathetic. In case you have never heard it, it has been said that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit’.

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          on the contrary thats totally untrue and besides which the good Dr hasa valid point!

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          Fred,

          It is not sarcasm or wit. It is a belief that is the very foundation of Sri Lankan Buddhism. This is the island that is believed to have been visited thrice by the Buddha. Even Prince Vijaya’s landing in the island is linked to the story of the Buddha. I believe the essence of Buddhism should guide the destiny of our island. As a Hindu I would welcome it. However, it is not the pervasive statue Buddhism we need, but the essence of the Dhamma/ Dharmam/ Aram, he preached.

          We should be an example to the world and be in a position to cite the failures of the world, as an excuse to mitigate our failures.

          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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            “We should …..be in a position to cite the failures of the world, as an excuse to mitigate our failures”. I don’t know what we are supposed to make of this statement. I give up!

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              Fred,

              Sorry. The sentence should read,” We should not be in a position—–“.

              Dr.RN

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            Dr. RN, You are absolutely correct!

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            Dr,

            I don’t know what kind of a Dr you are. May be you are a Dr of fate.
            Belief is one thing and reality is another. The reality in Sinhala Lanka is that we have suffered for 64 Long Years and we are not prepared to suffer anymore. The teachings of Lord Buddha is an alien Language to the 20 million Racist headed by MR who unfortunately control everything from how we breath when we breath, who we talk to , what we eat and where we sleep.

            You may live in hope that one day the 20 million Racists might become enlightened and grant us equal rights BUT I HAVE LOST ALL HOPE.
            It is time to part company and I am not prepared to play politics with Tamil Lives any more.
            You might ask what are you going to do and how you are going to achieve your goals.
            Like your belief I believe in God and he is at last beginning to answer my prayers and my tears have run dry but we are very close to dry land.
            After March 2014 our fortunes will take a turn for the better and we will see a Quantum Leap.
            Like Menachem Begin Once said ” No More Jewish Blood”

            I say this ” NO MORE TAMIL BLOOD”

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      ZennBanda,

      I didn’t vote for Rajapaksa, so does that make me stupid too?

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      Zenn Bando,

      You say, ‘ At least the present clan is developing some infrastructure in the country unlike the last Government which didn’t do anything worthwhile at all’.

      No wonder when Bandaiahs like you constitute as voters, we have such corrupt in the country in governance. For your information, if not for the Accelerated Mahaweli Programme, which you Buggers ridiculed as the Exaggerated Mahaweli, there would not have been electric power to do anything in this country, not even the Garment Industry providing jobs to hundreds of thousands of that, yet another Corrupt, Murderous Humbug Premadasa, the twin brother of this Grease Piya MR. Yet again if the Economy was not opened, we will be still relying on trunk calls between Kandy and Colombo under your Political leaders, let alone having mobile phones owned even by the poor now, as the Telephone then was a status symbol of the affluent only. There would not have been a prosperous Farmer Community in the NCP today, if not for the DS Senanayake’s Colonies, where thousands of poor landless were settled from the Gampaha District.

      Today you buggers are trying to take credit for development, doing window dressings, as beautifying Colombo and opening High Ways. The present Highways will benefit the Rich Urbanites to ply their SUVs whereas the UNP opened a Vast Road net work to open remote villages under the Mahaweli Programme to bring the Poor to the modern world. If not for the UNP TV, Computer, Electronic gadgetry will be magic to this Nation. I can write pages what your present leadership has done leave alone infrastructure development. No wonder with Buggers like you taking residence in Canada must have influenced those buggers also to be corrupt as you say.

      Aney palayang Bando yanda!

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      Zenbanda, why do people like you take words out of context and make irrelevant comments like you do?

      If not for the “majority of our stupid voting public” the Rajapaksas wouldn’t have been around the 2nd time around.

      The Rajapaksas only facilitated the armed forces to finish off the LTTE and for this they psychologically trapped the voter into being forever under obligation. The “majority of our stupid voting public” doesn’t realise this.

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      Dear Mr. ZennBanda,

      I didn’t vote for Rajapaksa, so does that make me stupid?

      Peace Dove

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      What bunkem are u talking man ?

      Do we the lanken in the country have the same rights as the westeners enjoy them ?

      Can anybody express their own view without being caught by current anti journlitic Rajapakshe stasi today ?

      Why then that journalist Mandana left the country ?

      Does UK take that long to investigate crimes similar to the British murder at Tangalle ? This is not the only crime investigation that the Rajapakshe thieves trying to hide from those ” stupid voting public”.

      As one who travels to the country regularly, but have lived on the west for the last 2.5 decades, I notice that there is NO RULE OF LAW in the country today. Is this situation comparable to the status on the west at all ?

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      Zenn Banda,

      No doubt it has hit the raw nerve and you are rattled.
      Let me tell you some thing and ask you a question.

      1) Sri Lankans are not Stupid Voting Public. They are well informed and respond to Racist Calls.

      2) The biggest ineffective organization in the world is the “United Nations”. I know that because I worked there for some time. I agree with you that Commonwealth is a useless organization too.

      If the above is indeed true and who better to rely on some one other than you with first hand knowledge and can you tell me please in simple English as to why:

      MR would spend BILLIONS of Rupees to host the event if there is no benefit to him. You really are out of your mind.

      As for the rest of your comments I find it Crab and Cheap. What do we care if there are other Criminals in the World as for us what matters is that you lot are War Criminals and you should be punished.

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    What surprices me Shamini Serasinghe is that how comes you still haven’t got the pleasure of the free white van ride?

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      Why, are you planning to invite her for a ride?

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    yeah just blame the stupid voting public . may be they know something you dont !

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      Yes they know Mahawamsa!

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        guess that shows that the 98% literacy claim is not an idle one .. :)

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          Yes literate only to read the Horse Racing results and nothing more.

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      If they can know more than what the others know, that should be a wonder.
      State media is the only source of info for them. Abhaya, once you boasted that you are a very successful man having the chance to live on the west (either on the US or UK), why not you guys hold a survey in a form of an opinion poll to ascertain what the masses feel today towards the ruling bunch ?

      You, Banda, Jimsofty and the ilk often add just evasive comments, but seem to stay mum when asked about the constructive responses why ?
      Help us adding why the rulers deny to re enforcement of rule of the law ?
      why dont they allow international war crime investigation ? Since Dr. SB was unconstitutionally impeached, we the locals and other IC have not faith in lanken judiciary. So, now what are the options of the govt in terms of war crime investigations ?

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        I have neither the time nor the resources to hold an opinion poll . and Nor did I claim I was successful , because that is nothing but a facile claim that can never be proven and means nothing. Nor do I read the state media or watch Sri Lankan TV . but I know the country I left and the one I came back to in 2013 even if it was for a short visit . Its not the same .

        Most of which I attribute to the end of the war . but these mega development while not feeding the day to day citizen will have long term benefits . and unlike the typical Sri Lankan thinking a degree from a University is not a prerequisite for intelligence . If it was we will not have Microsoft , Apple or Facebook today . So may be just may be that the rajapakses lack of degrees that satisfy the majority on Colombo telegraph is not a disqualification after all. :)

        By the way about the rule of law question . I dont know . Sri Lanka is not the west . Not the US . It will always be what it is . influence always worked here and still does . I needed help from the police when I lost my US passport . and they did every thing to help me even though they did not know me from Adam . They were not officious and may be did bend the rules a bit . I would never have had that cooperation in the US or anywhere else I lived in . They would have gone by the book . So may be that is the difference . at a different level . But I still love Sri Lanka for that , and not trying to be someplace it is not . even if it drives some people crazy .

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          So just because you got some kinda lanken sorta help at the time you lost your passport, you think the system is fine ?

          I lost my purse filled with some 2000 dollars not ones several times and i had the luck to get it back without any losses. Can you imagine? This was not in SL but in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

          May well be, people are kind. But dont you think that is common to average folks in poor countries. We the under developed countries want to improve our living standards, we have no other options than introducing better system. Be it to Education, Health or other areas it is the same.

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      Chicago Jack Ass;

      They know that Dajha Jarapassa clan cheating them,
      And like Illinois Diasporas Jack Asses support the Dhaja Jarpassas but cannot raise the voices as Kudu goons are sending White vans,
      as nobody wants to end up like Rathupaswala.

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    This carnival is costing every citizen,directly and indirectly,a good sum which they can ill afford.
    Cutouts of the Emperor,his lackeys hope,will impress the visitors about his popularity. This will not happen.In other countries the agenda,and resolutions passed will be the only concern.
    Of course,Sharma who has sold his soul to the Emperer will “guide” the deliberations to glorify the hosts of the confab.
    ‘Human Rights’ will be a bad phrase and will be minimally used – there will be some delegations too, who will hate it.

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    Confirmed Manmohan Singh is not coming!

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      That is why his excellancy president Mahinda Rajapakse invited China priminister to CHOGM even though he is not belongs to GHOGM

      Ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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      RajasH,

      A win for the separatists & communalists as opposed to Indian national interests & the regional interests.

      A win for China too.

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      wow wee a victory for we thamiz .. finally .

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      Dirty Sethu now RajasH

      Go and write in your stinky Nitharsamam. Your very engagement in these columns stinks.

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    Excellent Sharmini Serasinghe!

    Forget CHOGM. We cannot depend on others. Sri Lankans must deal with this menace on their own. And we will.

    The clan will be invited to pack up and run sooner than we dare to imgine right now.

    Just to put things into perspective, I found this on BBC Sinhala website:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/sri_lanka/2013/11/131108_kandy_cancer_hospital.shtml

    A nation that cannot provide enough ruidmentary beds to die on. To it’s weakest citizens, the cancer patients. Who deserve and need everything we got as a nation.

    Yet, we have no problem importing brand new limos for CHOGM. Never mind night car races. And international Rugby fiestas.

    May I invite clan members to turn up at CHOGM in their newly imported Mercedes Benz cars. Escorted by hundreds of other back vehicles and secuirty details.

    In a show of further mockery of our cancer patients, who paid taxes to Sri Lanka throughout their lives.

    Shameful!

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      Well said, Ben. This madness seeps thro’ all the fabric of our shitty lives and even the sick cannot die in dignity. What a state we have got ourselves into.

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    This pretty Media personality and the spokesperson for the Cosmopolitan Intelligentsia calling Cameron a “jelly back” and a “wimp” is a bit harsh. Isn’t it?.

    Unlike the 52 other heads of Nations Cameron is not coming to see how well our country has progressed since the departure of Mr Prabakaran and observe the freedom of travel, freedom of earning a living and working in any part of the land,clean cities and the magnificent infrastructure that have been put in place.

    He is coming to help Ms Pillai to drag Rajapaksas to the Hague.

    Shouldn’t Ms S be writing about how good it will be for her supporters to watch when Cameron takes the stage and deliver the threat to Rajapaksa and instill fear in other lesser Heads too not to muck around with any terrorists in their neck of the woods who have the backing of the West.

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      Sumane,

      Rajapaksas to the Hague! I’m sure you will be there to hold their hands and wipe their tears.

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      Sumane,

      When will this happen: “He is coming to help Ms Pillai to drag Rajapaksas to the Hague.”?

      I’m waiting for the day the JUNTA goes to the Hague, aren’t you?

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    The real carnival will start when foreign leaders publicly demand an international investigation when they meet with the press.

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      They can demand these in pubilicaly any where in the world with any press, who cares

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      Park, don’t bank on this anytime soon. Those coming to town are drawn by the free tamasha and the opportunity of an overflowing trough to get their long snouts into. It well be ‘me wage sapak uppita hambawunne natho…’

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    The matter of Indian PM attending CHOGM or not is not a matter of foreign policy vs domestic politics for that country? How can foreign policy be devoid of domestic politics? The former at best could only be a reflection of the latter.

    Sengodan. M

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      This is domestic electoral politics overshadowing the national interests.

      The larger country acting like a bully doesn’t further the regional interests. It allows intervention of other competing forces into the regional politics.

      Domestic electoral politics have their limits in imposing their will regionally.

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    ‘Great’ feat of journalism – calling the voting population of Sri Lanka stupid. I mean c’mon!!! Make those 30 years of journalism count woman!
    It feels like you’re blaming everyone and eliminating all hope for a solution. Maybe that’s what Sri Lanka needs – more people actually thinking of solutions than just mulling over the problem..

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      Dinuk,

      Our fragrant Sharmini has done her job and highlighted the problem.

      The solution is in our, the voters, hands; except of course that the electorate is heavily skewed towards yakkkos and dumb cuckoos who vote in fear of the arses, thugs and crooks who put themselves forward.

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    furthermore Universities around the country will be closed for one week while the Carnival is in town. Why close Universities around the country when the performance is happening in Colombo?

    Of course, out of 365 days 250 days those universities closed due to your JVP clans, so why you were worrying about two weeks

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      In that case why dont we close those Unis permanantly and make Rajafucksake type generations from now on. Anyway Gotha and machan Gnanasara busy doing that big time.

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    Sharmini Serasinghe,
    Excellent article. It is true when you wrote ‘CHOGM in Lanka is not a victory for our country but a massive, opulent and extravagant ego-booster for the Emperor and his clan.’ This reminds about the Industrial Exhibition held in Colombo during Srimavo’s period. But what happened she, too, was routed at the General election and JR swept in with a huge majority. During those period there was the Exchange Fraud episode while the White Van episode is in this regime. Let us see what happens in the five Provincial Elections in the next year. Will these Five Provinces follow the precedent set by the Northern Province.
    The after effect of the Industrial Exhibition also saw the Banks and the Financial Companies showing payment of higher interests, which practice may take place after the CHOGM on account of the malignant economic policy carried out by this regime. Apparently now even the Middle-East employment opportunities seem to be bleak. Will China and Pakistan provide employment opportunities.
    Neverthless, there are some dramas to be staged when tough messages are sent to MR. What is the position of Wimal Weerawansa about the CHOGM. Will he boast about comrades during the CHOGM carnival fiesta?
    Good work, Sharmila. Write more.

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    One wonders if such a din has ever been made by any other member nation over CHOGM during the entire 64-year history of the organisation.

    Only you are wondering about this, SL had 30 years war, non of those counties didn’t had that problem, of course govenment have to change the infrastructure in this country before or after the CHOGM, what is the issue with that , you are expecting these changes should happen with your political allies , madam shamini don’t lift your cloth and show your nakedness to the world

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      Kris,

      “……..madam shamini don’t lift your cloth and show your nakedness to the world”

      What are you man, a homosexual?

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      Kris; [Ruhu.. Ferd….];
      Oh You Are an another Sex maniac,
      You get self satisfaction seeing of lifting women’s cloths and looking at their nakedness.
      Like your bosses, ex; Kudu Merwiya, Kehelgedi Rabukkwalla, Kudu Dimiya
      If you do not Have a Wife, GO AND FLY A KITE ALONE MAAAAN.
      Do not show the world that you are a gentile less human.

      what a shame For CHOKKOGOM of F KING’ goons are behaving like Sex maniacs??????????.

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        no no kris is not rohan ,this bugger is another fellow i know of

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        he must be trying to follow our hero david blacker in lifting clothes!!!

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    Thanks Sharminie fo the excellent piece and please keep it coming.
    CHOGM the circus of clowns is the only way the Medamulana rogue/uneducated morons show to the world that hey,,, come and see we have washed our hands which was soaked in blood and now we can shake hands with some world leaders.

    I sincerely hope Indian PM did he right thing and Cameron the PM of old blighly will call for a war crimes tribunal as well as good governance from MR and if not face the consequences.

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    Hi Sharmini,

    At the end of your article, the editor of Daily Telegraph introduces you as a person with over 30 years experience in journalism. Quote “She counts over thirty years in journalism in both the print and electronic media.” Unquote.

    By looking at your photo you do not look a day older than 30 or 35 years of age, meaning you may have started writing just as you came out of your mother’s womb. Pardon my ignorance but again you may be 65 and may have spent some big bucks on an expensive plastic surgeon to make you look the way you do in your photo.

    So what the heck is wrong with the King spending big bucks for the “Dog and Pony Show”. After all this is his show. Do I see sour grapes.

    JP / USA

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      Hey Jay,

      If you follow this lady on facebook you will know that she does a marathon walk for seven miles every morning in and around Colombo. Her speed is over 4.5 mph. Many have tried to keep up with her and given up(including myself).

      She recently shoved a man obstructing her path into a ditch.

      Rumour has it she’s a Karate black-belt.

      So you better watch it!

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      Jay, the writer was born in 1963, which makes her 50. She’s a mother of a 30-year old son.

      No plastic surgeon has touched her face……… (good genes :-))

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      Are you nuts ?

      Look at her face.

      She is old, may drop dead within the next decade.

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        Mrs. Serasinghe,

        Please excuse the rantings of my husband Jim.

        As you and others on CT may have realised by now, Jim is mentally unstable.This is caused by frustration because of his impotency. Even Viagra doesn’t work for him.

        He spews venom on CT comment threads like excreta hitting a fan
        since that is all he can do. He’s an uneducated, jobless bum and a curse to me and the children.

        Yours,
        Mrs. JimSofty

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        Jim Softy,

        “Look at her face. She is old, may drop dead within the next decade”.

        It’s now obvious you are a woman and not a man seething with jealousy of Sharmini.

        Or else, how could a normal man even with partial vision say this of her?

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      J P;
      Do you feel Jealous of her beauty.
      What about that Bum face with Plastic surgeries At T- Tree Abode.

      But I think My better half is more Prettier than MS Shiranthi.
      Did you compare with your better half???????.
      Oh man, I feel sorry for you guys, for that SHOW GOM Emperor also.

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      Why you the perverts seem to be interested in her appearance rather than the substance of the article ? aney apoi :(

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    We should depict larger-than-life cut-outs of our Emperor and clan without-any-clothes!!

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      “We should depict larger-than-life cut-outs of our Emperor and clan without-any-clothes”

      Totally agree with you mike. The cut-outs should be positioned closer to the airport- the first thing the foreign visitors will see soon after they land…………….they will run back home for dear life!

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    Circus is a good word to describe this event. The ring master surrounded by the various animals and clowns delivering their best to entertain the public at public expense. The cracking of whips and the roar of the lions.

    Now the locals will believe that their Maha Rajathuma has made it to the top with all these foreign dignitaries flocking to the ‘Asianu Ascharya’ and paying homage to the mighty emperor. Also visiting his backyard in Mattala and Hambantota.

    After the event Rajathuma and company can enjoy picking the crumbs and distributing the loot to their hirelings. Thats why these people are called ‘the stupid voting public’. They enjoy watching the animals being fed even when they are starving.

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    Sharmini,

    All very thought provoking. Alas, there is nothing we can no do about this anachronistic humbug that is the CHOGM.

    MR and his regime are capitilising on this heaven-sent opportunity to set the scene, set the agenda and set the menu. The troughs will overflow and the snouts will be on overtime, given the exotic fare that is being urgently prepared even as I write. It is best that our poor hungry masses do not scrutinise the mouthwatering dishes that are being served to our brown sahibs and the visiting ex-colonial masters and other freebooters. Pictures of the kurrakan satakaya and his ‘foreigners’ will be beamed into every home in our magical island and the gullible cuckoos will marvel at the saviour of the tribe rubbing shoulders with the great and the good.

    Your forecast for the next Presidential election is grim and foreboding. But I fear our psephologists and political analysts will probably confirm what you say.

    It will surely lead to another seven years of this shitty madness.

    May the Gods of our magical island have pity on those who must suffer!

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      Springkoha@,
      I like your comments. I really do.
      See how can they protest against C4 team at their arrivals ? if this is not organised by Mervin or the like – who has the power to do so in a country where not much freedom is given to express ownself.

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        Andre, Thank You.

        You are spot on! Demo’s that get the nod from the powerful are all well and good but if we, average citizens tried to express ourselves there will be unhealthy repercussions that could be injurious to our wellbeing. Still, we must take every opportunity to get our message out. And not to lose hope. This madness cannot go on forever.

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    “For the majority of our stupid voting public will never realise……”

    How very revealing of the mind set of these self appointed pundits..!!

    It is also a grudging acceptance that the emperor enjoys mass support with no challenge in sight.

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    “Rajapaksa is NOT Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is NOT Rajapaksa”

    Sharmini Serasinghe – if you have a problem with Rajapaksa, then attack Rajapaksa,not Sri Lanka.

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      Cutting off the branch………….

      I would strongly advise you to read the article again. You have obviously not understood it. Perhaps the second time your brain may be able to absorb it.

      Where on earth has the writer attacked Sri Lanka?

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        MM (Jnr), you are absolutely correct. Cutting off the branch’s ….. brains are embedded elsewhere, and you know where???

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        Have you heard the saying “Cut the goat’s neck and protect the pot.”

        Ask MM(Snr)

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    Well said Sharmini, excellent !!!!!!!!

    only few Srlankan.s have the backbone to write articles like these. – stupid voters, I totally
    agree. Srilankans voters are not only stupid they are politically illiterate .

    Sri Lanka, the land like no other.

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    “Furthermore Universities around the country will be closed for one week while the Carnival is in town. Why close Universities around the country when the performance is happening in Colombo?”

    SRI LANKAN GOVT IS WEAK.

    Those Teacher “RATS” should have been FIRED right on the spot and should have disciplined the University.

    “how can you shame those who have no shame” – You are certainly one of those.

    Are you the wife of a failed politician from the NORTH . …….. Province ?

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    [For the majority of our stupid voting public will never realise,]

    It is the same public’s money that paid your salary, benefits and perks when you were a Sinhala – speaking tiger in the Peace Secretariat.

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    Similar feelings and sentiment as a fellow Colombo dweller. I wrote a poem about our head titled ‘Emporer’s new clothes’ some years ago long before the full circus and kind of intuitional?!Shared it with my kids and lost it but must dig it out again as inspired by you have put it so eloquently and sharply. Congratulations and thank you. But you and I both know it will all fall on deaf ears….. but evrything changes and it is a matter of time. Hope we one day reap the full benefits of thw post war situ and it does not go wasted like the post tsunami did, Take care.

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    Shearmini, good account about the circus. As you mentioned about the only use CHOGM did by helping the Demolition of the Apartied Regime in South Africa, it was not the CHOGM who was responsible for that. The then Antiapartied movement in Sydney Australia got the reluctant Chairman of the CHOGM, PM of Australia Bob Hawke to help dismantle the Sa Regime did the trick.
    Man size cut out of the Emporer will create a poor image of the Emporer and prove what most people trying to prove about the appalling conditions in Sri Lanka about Human Rights. What ever the Emporer do he make mistakes when it comes to Western values and values respected by other nations by trying to show off his ignorance.

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    Hi Sharmini,
    I agree that the cost is high, but sometimes we need to host such events which have international participation to show case our country to the international community to make them understand the true harmonious situation we have and the beauty of our city. Modesty is a good human quality but it does not get us the much needed publicity.

    Most individuals do not know where Sri Lanka is situated on a world map and believe we are a part of India. But events such as this allows us the opportunity to show the world how different we are to them as our city is much cleaner and our people are far more cultured. CHOGM is not an influential body in any sense, but there will be news coverage on this event carried in the media of the countries we wish to reach and that is worthwhile. In a situation where we are being black marked hugely amongst the larger western and European communities which have a significant population of Sri Lankans, saying there are huge human rights violations, we need to use every given instance to show the good things about this beautiful country. All these so called influential nations are being dunked in so much adverse publicity which is spewed by the anti-srilankan elements and we need to counter it by showing the truth at every given opportunity. They have the spunk to accuse us of these misdemeanours when they are committing the same crime in a much more larger scale on foreign soil under the guise of ‘peace-keeping’. Furthermore, CHOGM may not be influential on a world stage, but these member countries also have seats in the UN and other more important regional and international bodies and it is good to have them as our allies.

    Talking about corruption, every government around the world today is riddled with it. It is not something unique to SL. Let’s focus on the facelift the city is getting along wit the much needed infrastructure development. It makes me proud to see how beautiful this country looks with these much needed improvements. If you travel to the other countries in South Asia and Far East Asia you will realize that we have elevated ourselves to the ‘cleaner and more beautiful’ category which makes me proud.

    Yes it would have been wonderful if we could have achieved all this without the burden of heavy expenses, but sadly it is not so. I would liken it to paying a dentist to have a bad tooth extracted. We are spending to gain goodwill and good publicity to counter the unjustified anti-sentiments publicized against us by subversive elements for their personal gain.

    There is no gain without pain!

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      I agree with this . For a small country with 20 mil people its not like we will get to host the Olympics . Heck we dont even get to Host the Cricket world cup on our own . and yes countries around the world compete for these global events . and its not because they are crazy .

      CHOGM will not a huge deal is a mini coup for a country like Sri Lanka . and yes Im glad Sri Lanka is not dirty and disgusting and full of beggars and can show its best face to the world .

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      Gee ,

      “Most individuals do not know where Sri Lanka is situated on a world map and believe we are a part of India.”

      those individuals must still be living in seventies or early part of eighties in a very rural areas without any modern communication , except those most unfortunate individuals rest of the world knows exactly where SL and what it is ( thanks to LTTE suicide bombing ,Cricket , ceylon Tea etc )

      “Talking about corruption, every government around the world today is riddled with it. It is not something unique to SL.”

      how convenient for regime stooges to justify mega corruption , what a dumb statement ?

      “If you travel to the other countries in South Asia and Far East Asia you will realize that we have elevated ourselves to the ‘cleaner and more beautiful’ category which makes me proud. “

      bet you are proud of your regime achievements as well as yours . personnel

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    ” Our Emperor obviously realises this. If for whatever reason he is stripped of the Commonwealth Chair, he will use it as a weapon to win the next Presidential election.”

    don’t worry about it , either way is a blessing in the guise for the great spin doctors , remember last presidential election , Gen fonseka suddenly became a LTTEer , so there won’t be any surprises this time too,

    1) if CIO position were to be awarded : look , its not only our majority patriot srilankans but also over 2 billion people and their leaders have given the consent and approved for the right ,balance path of post war development strategy and governance style of our great king .

    2) if CIO position were to be deprived : Look defeated LTTE , powerful LTTE affiliated NGOs and powerful western governments (international conspiracy )are busy working overtime towards eliminating of our greatest king and his patriots for defeating the LTTE , in other words they are preparing to take our king and his patriots to Hague.

    So It’s a win win situation for both cases.

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    Good article, Sharmini. Colombo’s ‘face-lift’ is costing the taxpayer millions. One would assume that none of the countries represented at CHOGM have poverty, slums, shabby tenements,or potholed roads: what a farce. I read today that Prince Charles celebrated his birthday with the children in one of India’s biggest slums! A slap in the face for Sri Lanka??

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      How so pumpkin ? stupidity knows no bounds does it . So in your learned opinion prince charles celebrated slum dwelling ? lmao :)

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