26 October, 2020

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CHOGM And Post-CHOGM

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Once the final CHOGM document is released we will be in post-CHOGM Sri Lanka.  The Commonwealth hasn’t changed much since it was formed and given realities it is unlikely that the Colombo Summit would see change in color, tone or substance.  That’s no fault of the host or the participants; it is, as a wit put it, akin to an Alumni Association meeting up several decades after the particular school ceased to exist.  It has been, is and will likely be a platform for moral posturing and affirmation of principles and values that few if any abide by, least of all those who swear by them.

This CHOGM has been about off-summit antics as much as the summit itself.  Channel 4 clearly found the proceedings too boring to cover.  The Bodu Bala Sena had to get into the action too.  The NGO circus, as expected, came to town.  The UNP was reduced to a rent-a-premises outfit, a come-down that puts it on par with the Communist Party.  Good entertainment all around.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was making a pitch for expatriate Sri Lankan Tamil votes.  He issued a warning about calling for an ‘international investigation’ into allegations regurgitated by people who really don’t care about reliability of source or the principles of proportion. He did not let anyone utter a word about the Chilcott Report.  Instead he played the old colonial tune called ‘Divide and Rule’ to which, sadly, judge-turned-politico Wigneswaran was only too happy to dance.

Not wanting to be quite the fish out of water at his media conference, the man watered his surroundings with friendly foreign media. He fielded scripted questions and shied away from the local media.  That choreographed exercise made his somber pronouncements about freedom and democracy sound rather incongruous.  He looked quite a hero on turf deliberately made soft for his tender feet giving the impression that had he ventured from comfort zone he would have ended with bloodied nose.

His Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, had already done what he could in this regard.  He sent a minion to get a photograph that could be used as proof of support for that vociferous vote bank whose key movers and shakers have given an extra oomph to criminality in that country.

Then there has been the foreign media.    Selective, prejudicial and kept.  Wait, quite happy to utter falsehood, we could add.  Australia’s ABC reported that the Indian Prime Minister was not attending because of human rights violations in Sri Lanka.  Neither Singh nor any of his emissaries has stated anything of the kind.  BBC and other Cameron-friendly media stations carefully edited out anything and everything that might embarrass those who are virulently anti-Sri Lanka.

The Youth and People’s forums deliberated, debated and finalized position-documents on their relevant subjects.  In a context where the main forum yields little, the only positive remains the energy and enthusiasm shown, not that which was expended.  The Business Forum was different.  Well-attended, this forum of pragmatic people focused on costs and benefits, might prove to yield something tangible and substantial, unlike the main event and the other two side shows.

By and large, the circus stole the thunder from the event it was supposed to frill.  Colombo got more than a facelift.  That’s something to cheer.  The question that will continue to be asked is ‘was it all worth it?’  Well, there’s one positive that will stay: if there’s a will, things can be done and done fast too.

Tomorrow, Monday, we will be in post-CHOGM land.  The allegations that were voiced pre-CHOGM and tossed around during CHOGM will be heard again and again.  Counter-allegations will not be picked by the anti-Sri Lanka media circus.  Nothing will satisfy the likes of Cameron and anyway there’s nothing in Sri Lanka’s Constitution about having to adjust policy, law and ways of being to suit the whims and fancies of a colonial has-been.

The only thing they’ve achieved by their antics is to strengthen the hand of the government, not because the government is made of saints, but the devilry of Cameron’s ilk makes the government look good in comparison.  Cameron and others must understand that when they attack the government, the people will not forget that it is the entire country that is threatened.  That plays into the hands of the regime.  It doesn’t make it any easier for those who want to expand the territories of democracy (and we are not talking here about the pet poodles of the West in the NGO sector).  Cameron would not care less of course.

Post-CHOGM, we live in the same Sri Lanka, pretty much.  With much less clamor and squalor.  Let us to our familiar pace and ways return.  We could do worse.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Before Shogum, Tangalle PS Chairman remanded. After Shogum, Tangalle PS Chairman released on bail. We still live in a country, minus Justice and Rule of Law.

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      Main point is that if Rajapassa had not willing JUMPED into the CHOGM WELL he would not have a ticking time bomb of an international inquiry from the British on his head!

      What a friggin clown this Godeya village idiot Rajapassa is -wasting billions on a British Colonial relic organization CIRCUS that celebrates colonialism and now protesting British colonialism..!

      Rajapassa and the Sri Lanka foreign ministry have got their brains up their ASS and knickers in a ROYAL TWIST!

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        This bloody ‘Lanka Rani’ doing a copy-cut-paste of the identical words on almost all the new posts on CT.

        What a damned fake!

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      Malinda Seneviratna and Safa.

      Listen to the video clip by JVP spokesman on the CHOGM Event.

      Very revealing. It is in Sinhala.

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdXt_tor450

      Summary:

      1. Budget , Rajapaksa’s inability to provide economic relief for the people.

      2. Casinos, but no tax relief.

      3. ?

      4. CHOGM, no funds nor allocated, but RS. Billions spent, with no accountability

      5. Rajapaksa economy is outside the rev and exp bill

      6. Leasing 5 year lease and after 5 yrs, the officers get the vehicles.

      CHOGM

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/

      only 25 of the 54 heads of state showed up.

      The CH4 trip to Jaffna was blocked by the Govt Goons.

      The Govt and the Country is worse off now, and the only thi g to show for it Mahinda;s Ego, being Chairman for the next 2 years.

      Listen, quite interesting.

      DeJa Vu.

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      Aiyaio … Someone is going to give us a lecture on independent judiciary in Sri Lanka now. Even the same Malinda may start the march!

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    If your analysis conclude that CHOGM has strengthen the hands of Rajapakse regime it shows that Sinhala masses have become more and more racists and unlawful activities such as corruption, human right violations and genocide are accepted forms of governance.

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      I am in complete agreement. Free laptop is still working.

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      Ajith, you sounds like like you have doubts about how racist Sinhalese are ? I don’t.

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    Malinda, seriously, are you so heard-hearted and insensitive to the vision of distraught mothers brandishing pictures of their missing ones to dismiss them as mere “allegations regurgitated by people who really don’t care about reliability of source or the principles of proportion”? Remember, these are not mere statistical numbers but are living, breathing mothers grieving for their loved ones now lost and unaccounted for. Thank your stars that at least you can count your children every night before you go to bed and be happy that they are not on their way to god-knows -where in some white van.

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    Good points, Malinda. And well put.

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      @Dr Romesh Senewiratne-Alagaratnam

      Brilliant comment.Your my hero! What would the world be without people like you? More power to your typing fingers. May the blessings of all the Gods and Goddesses of the universe be with you and Malinda.

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        Duhwood Blocker

        ” May the blessings of all the Gods and Goddesses of the universe be with you and Malinda.”

        Don’t the gods and Goddesses have any other useful things to do? Please let me have their CVs if they are unemployed.

        If they aren’t employable, lets send them to leadership training courses.

        BTW where is your twin?

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    SL received 2 free warships from Australia worth more than $5 million.

    CHOGM was well worth it.

    Tamilosers can get back to howling.

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      Fuku Chan,
      Now you fools could dream that you can use those two old Australian gun boats to intimidate more poor Indian fisherMan…
      I don’ think His Excellency T Abbot would be able keep his promises about repairing those two old boats and present SL…
      Anura l

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      Fathima (Lorenzo)
      Two Patrol boats that was destined to the scrap yards that require a major overhaul to patrol the seas in the Indian Ocean has now become warships?
      circa $ ?? billion (yet to find out what it cost – Perth spent $1.4b) expenditure on CHOGM and you equate it to a $5m gift ?

      Well done Lorenzo. You must have graduated from Cabraals School of Economics.

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      Fat(Lorenzo) Fukasimba.

      You Idiot, Those Old patrol boats are Leaking and beyond repairs.
      Tell Jarapassa and Hothambaya to Take some JUTE Oil strings and Buckets to get there when they bring them here.

      Lorenzo) Fukasimba,
      I forgot some important thing,
      Remember the Dumb Jaraspassas, that All the Ozes like James Parkers too are Descendants from the UK’s Deported, Persona Non Grata Scoundrels and Thieves.
      So this may be an Another TROJAN HORSE.

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    King of Sri Lanka and Emperor of the Commonwealth of nations will be going to Scotland in his new clothes (stark naked) for the Commonwealth games not far off in the future: Geneva might provide an exciting interlude.

    Whole pack of media wolfs will be hounding him in the trip to the cool climes of Scotland.

    Consolation: He can go home with plane load of straight malt whiskey.

    Will maligned Malinda go with him to report how his master was hailed?

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    CHOGM is a complete success as per Malinda. -:)

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      Sumith – for brain dead people like you, YES IT WAS !

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    The voice of local Tamils crushed. Now they get international voices for justice.I don’t blame Cameron .He at least redrawn the attention of the international community regarding unpunished war crimes committed by the Maras regime during the last phase of the war.Regarding the majority Sinhalese voters support, Mara will remain in power for another two decades if he lives as he crushed the Tamils along with their voices in Sori Lanka.Majority Sinhalese will praise him for this by supporting him in the elections despite of what ever bad things he doe’s for his own community

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    Can someone untie the tethered (Malinda) goat

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      no point, it’s a waste of time and effort ! only thing, it might save the rope…..

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    No wonder the UNP joined Harper, although not for the same reason.

    Prez’s popularity must have gone up a fair few notches.

    Even India now disowns the Bullington Kid after coaching him on his way to CHOGM.

    Interesting indeed, interesting.

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    Malinda is well equipped to speak about “minions” – he should know!!

    And then he says, “Then there has been the foreign media. Selective, prejudicial and kept. Wait, quite happy to utter falsehood, we could add ” – sounds pretty much like his local tribe, doesn’t it?!

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    Ahh thank God for the comments, Malinda caught me on the headline and i knew the comments would be good.. I didn’t even read one sentence of his article as I know the comments will tell the story..

    Great stuff CT, I knoe what you are up to.., it’s good to get these kind of articles out in this forum to truely see what these waste of [Edited out] are really like. i just wonder how many of these [Edited out] like Malinda will be created this year.. Every year a young man/women gets converted into their system, that’s all you have to think as far as religion now.. No matter who you classify yourself as Sinhalese, Muslim, Tamil, [Edited out] Hindu, [Edited out] Catholic, [Edited out]Buddhist, [Edited out] what ever you have in your fucking hearts..

    Who the fuck are you? Do you even know who or what the hell this life is? Are you going to live forever? What do you need to do in this life to be happy?

    Can someone give me a Lamborghini and a fist full of dollars.. I will be the happiest person alive, you are all cockroaches!!

    PS: Sorry to all the good hearted cockroaches, no pun intended my brothers…

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