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Civic & Political Pressure Mount Against 20th Amendment 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

It has taken more than a month for the concerns regarding the proposed 20th Amendment that have been expressed by a wide swathe of opposition political parties and non-partisan civil society groups ranging from religious clergy to professional associations to find expression within the ranks of the government parliamentarians. Their silence for so long can only be an indication of the dominance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who will be the primary beneficiary. The occasion for the show of dissent came with the seemingly routine release of a suspect detained by the police on suspicion of his involvement in a case but whom the police now claimed no evidence had been found. But the fact that the case involved the suicide bombing that claimed the lives of over 250 persons on Easter Sunday in 2019 and led to the collapse of the country’s tourism sector gave both the arrest and release a significance beyond the ordinary.  It is a regular occurrence that people are taken into custody if they are suspected of being involved in a crime, but are released if no evidence surfaces against them.  

In the case of Riyaj Bathiudeen, however, there was always an element of politics in it. He was arrested a year after the bombings and after there had been a change of government that saw his brother’s political alliance lose power.  At the time of his arrest the police claimed that Riyaj Bathiudeen was implicated in the Easter bombing and there was evidence that he had close links with the suicide bombers and had met with one suicide bomber at a prior to the attack on April 21. Five other suspects, including lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah who continues to be in detention, were arrested along with him. Even at the time of the arrest, it was surmised that it could have been done with a political motivation of putting pressure on his brother to switch his allegiance to the government. The question is how the evidence that the police claimed was sufficient for an arrest should turn out to be insufficient and why only one person should be released when the others continue to be detained. It is to be noted that the rule of law calls for equity in treatment.

Initially, the most prominent critic of the police reversal was the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith who lost more than 200 of his adherents who fell victim to the suicide bombings that occurred in two churches within the Colombo diocese. The cardinal has been persistent in his demand that there should be truth, accountability and justice to the victims and their families who hope that their tears will not be in vain. The Easter bombing in 2019 was a complicated terrorist activity with many many elements to investigate as is evident in the personal testimonies being provided these days to Presidential Commission of Inquiry. The cardinal expressed his dissatisfaction on the release of a key suspect in the case and complained that police itself was contradicting their own statements.  He also indicated that the sudden release could suggest a political deal.

Political Deal 

The political deal in question is to ensure that the government will have a 2/3 majority to pass the 20th Amendment. The cardinal’s concern about a political deal could be a reflection of the difficulty that the government is encountering in mobilizing the 2/3 majority in parliament required to pass the 20th Amendment into law. There have been a few government parliamentarians who have had the courage to state that the 20th Amendment is excessive in its attempt to transfer power from parliament to the presidency. The proposed amendment as it currently stands is an emasculation of the protections available to the people and also to other institutions of state available in the constitution. If even a few government parliamentarians do not vote for the amendment it will fail to achieve the 2/3 mark.

The release of Riyaj Bathiudeen without satisfactory explanation has provided government parliamentarians with a justification to unite openly against any possibility of a political deal. In an unprecedented action 100 of them, which amounts to over 2/3 of the government parliamentarians, have signed a statement calling on the President and the Prime Minister to conduct a full investigation on this act by the police and to re-arrest Riyaj Bathiudeen and enforce the law in a proper manner. While there is no question about Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s commitment to getting to the truth of the Easter bombing and ensuring justice to the victims, the interest of the government parliamentarians is likely to be different. They have made it clear that they would not wish there to be any possibility of a deal whereby his brother Rishard Bathiudeen’s party joins the government to make the 2/3 majority in parliament easier to reach.

The position of the dissenting parliamentarians will be strengthened by the unexpected intervention of a powerful section of the Buddhist clergy. The Amarapura-Ramanna Samagri Maha Sangha Sabha, the umbrella governing body of two of the three main Buddhist orders, has made its opposition to the proposed 20th Amendment very clear and taken the position that the 19th Amendment with its focus on institutional checks and balances and support for the independence of key state institutions is more suitable for the country than the 20th Amendment. It has further asserted that the proposed 20th amendment “is regressive and paves the way for an undeveloped tribal society, that will seriously impede progressive characteristics of human society such as freedom of thought and action, and therefore, the Sangha Sabha decided to make a strong emphasis to the Government that they should not pass the proposed 20th Amendment.” The Buddhist clergy have also stated that the country needs a new constitution and not this constitutional amendment.

Reduce Burden 

Faced with pressure from religious and civil society, and his own parliamentarians, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has hastened to deny that the government has entered into any political deal. He has stated “I am not prepared to hand over the power of arresting or arbitrarily releasing people to politicians, as happened in the past. I will also take actions to rectify any omissions or mistakes made by the relevant authorities or officials.” In an attempt to dispel public perceptions that the government was prioritizing a 2/3 majority in parliament to pass the 20th Amendment he said, “I emphasize that our government has not entered into any political deal with Parliamentarian Rishad Badurdeen. I assure my citizens that I will not forsake the trust that they have placed in me and I will most certainly continue to work towards strengthening the built trust.”

The real problem is with the 20th Amendment which is akin to the elephant in the room for the government parliamentarians. There is a strong demand from the people for a strong government that does not fail to perform like the previous government where the president and prime minister undermined each other. The current government does not suffer from the same constraint as they come from not only the same party and enjoy a 2/3 majority in Parliament, but also the President and Prime Minister are from the same family.  But the proposed amendment is regressive in its focus on empowering the presidency at the cost of all other state institutions, including parliament, the prime minister and ministers, and would reduce them all to a relatively powerless condition.

President Rajapaksa is held in high esteem by his colleagues in government who would not wish to oppose him and want him to succeed in leading the country to development and national reconciliation. In handing down its determination on the 20th Amendment Bill, the Supreme Court has ruled that four clauses need a referendum of the people along with a two-thirds majority in parliament unless suitably revised, while the rest can be passed by a two-thirds majority of parliament alone. Hopefully, the process of revision at the committee stage within parliament will lead to constructive changes in the 20th Amendment so that it does not elevate the presidency and diminish the other institutions too much nor put too heavy a burden on the presidency that no single person can carry. 

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    Jehan Perera,
    You say: It is to be noted that the rule of law calls for equity in treatment.
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    When was the last time you were able to identify ‘equity in treatment’ of citizens of Sri Lanka. What makes you associate ‘the rule of law’ and Sri Lanka.

    You say: The cardinal has been persistent in his demand that there should be truth, accountability and justice to the victims and their families.
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    Is the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, ever known for consistency when it comes to the application of truth or accountability or justice to ‘victims’. You are better off picking some one else, should you wish to add succor to your arguments.

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      Equity in treatment vanished in 1948, when law to remove citizenship of Tamils of recent Indian origin was passed. Rule of law vanished in 1956, when mob culture was introduced which gave impunity to those who attacked Tamil Satyagrahis.

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    Seems necessary in light of country unity. Sri Lanka is not a WEIRD country (Western-Educated, Industrial, Rich, Democracy). We cannot set up a government like these WEIRD countries. Amendments should read that President is executive where military is concerned; where country unity (anti-federalism) is concerned; where majority in not being disadvantaged by the whims of any minority. Judiciary can’t be trusted because too many are for the federal state. Yet, it’s the commercial side of things that is worrisome. For example, trying to get rich through competing world powers including the oil-rich ones in the ME is suicide.

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    MAHINDASANGA NIKAYA IS BEHIND THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY AMARAPURA RAMANNA SANKASABA AGINST 20TH AMENDMENT.HOME AND HOME MACTH BETWEEN MAHINDA SNAKASABA,BASIL SANKASABA,AND GOTHAPAYA SANKA SABA WILL STATRT VERY SOON.ABITHIYAS LIKE THAT OF WIMAL,GAMANPULLE,NIMAL SRIPALA,VASIDEVEA MUST GET READY AND HOPE WILL BE BALLING THEIR GOGLEY BALLS.

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      Paragon, what happened to that Ghanasara? .
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      Why do Malawathu chapter stays mum?.
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      Meaning that they would love people ve ruled by a dictatorship?.
      .
      Why do high chapter monks remain unconscious yet today? Amazon sloths could move faster like 1cm per hour. But our malwathu and others to ignore today’s danger??????????????????????????

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    Now the danger is another false flag attack maybe staged to shore up the flagging support for 20 A. Something like what happened on Easter Sunday.

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      Or the infamous ‘drama’ enacted by Namal Kumara, who was paid by the then Presidential Secretariat to get credits as victims, by Siraa & Gotaa, and nothing heard of the episode since after vilifying the Police Officer. Here the blame is on the media for hyping it without proper investigation of Namal Kumara’s credentials.

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      Easter Sunday brought a Sinhalese path to the East and North opening way for Sinhalese Aryans settlement and it will come slowly in that area, no one can stop also. It’s our mission and vision. The only country that completely wiped out the worst and deadliest terrorist organization called LTTE and their leadership. Only DIAS-PODA barking for PEE-LAM.

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    Needless to say we all know SIRISENA is MODAYA. He does not respect any facts but keeps on lying no matter even 10 year olds would make him a laughing stock. But he said once, cultural forces are much more stronger than any other forces in myths led srilanken society. I think even an ultra modaya (fool) notices that danger before the nation is like falling down as nothing can reverse you, neverthless, professionals and JVPrs to stay lifeless today is beyond questionable.

    May be JVPrs are finally convinced, nothing can help recovering the society. There is a saying in vernacular, still water is deep – likewise, I think, they may have another agendas.
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    Or they may wish, majority of people to fall even deeper.
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    But in the same time, they dont seem to see 8 mio of voters that stood against MARAYAs ????

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    Though there have been a few government parliamentarians who have had the courage to state that the 20th Amendment is excessive in its attempt to transfer power from parliament to the presidency, you will note that subsequently their courage has leaked down their trouser legs in fear.
    Further in saying ” I assure MY CITIZENS that I will not forsake the trust” smacks of Royalty and absolute power. Better a democratic “My fellow citizens.” Mentality counts.

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      My citizens is very possessive and authorirative while my fellow citizens is a democratic way to say the same by equating everyone including the speaker.

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        ? ? ? ? ?

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      ? ? ? ? ?

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      Our fellow intelligent citizens voted wisely last elections (President and Parliament) This is the power of the ballot papers. Gota’s theory ” do what as I say not as I do and he proved to the world after the wiping out of LTTE and their leadership, never say die to the Sri Lankan soldiers

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    Dear Jehan

    “The Buddhist clergy have also stated that the country needs a new constitution and not this constitutional amendment”

    Do they understand without the 20th the later is impossible to be delivered??

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      Thiagarajah Venugopal “Do they understand without the 20th the later is impossible to be delivered??”
      ——————————————
      you mean the “latter” or “later after the 20th”
      ???????????????????????????

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        Dear Rajash I menat “latter” tq.

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      Hey thiagarajah venogopal
      I was surprised that you were not among those people from Jaffna who joined SLPP and got their membership certificates, to show to get jobs. Where were you??
      For your information you don’t need 20th amendment to draw a new constitution, your drug damaged brain would not understand this simple fact.

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        Dear Umberto

        Thank you for the feedback.

        My wish is to have a consistent leadership (it could be you our head of state too I will support) with the military backing to be in place maintaining law and order so one does not go around and abuse the other as a bench mark/platform for Nation building activity. I estimate we need about 15-20 years of iron grip for all of us to go about loving each other (just as you and me do etc) and unite and Nation build together. Sort of a military settings under the disguise of democracy just as what we did in Jaffna from 1970 – 1977 – 1981 but without killing anyone per se.

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          Therefore the content of the constitution itself we do not know yet (look forward to it) but when it comes and passed as the platform we want the same to be around to implement without any ambiguity and set the cause for our nation once and for all…..then the next lot will not come start a new journey as we have done since Independence??

          Therefore it is an important precursor specially the last parliament was wasted on constitutional assembly as the 13th should go too.

          Please note I do not support Presidential Admin and a strong believer in Westminster style parliament with improvements always. But making an exception after observing the TNA since the war ended in 2009 and realise something drastic need to be done to rid of this folly. Without this and the Muslim minority parties politics around I would not even have supported any change to the constitution nor do we need a Presidential position let alone extended term. This would have been the Majority (I do not mean Sinhalese) view too.

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    It is very interesting to see how Rajapakse family makes deals to get the maximum power for their safety than the safety of the country or its people. For them it is always Muslim politicians they come to give a hand. For 18th amendment, it was Rishard and Hakeem helped to get two third majority. What is 18th amendment? It is to give Mahinda to more chances to become President and hand over the power to his son? We all know that helped to grow the corruption, misuse of power by ministers, abduction and murder of journalists, and many other. Now for 20th amendment they want to go back urgently to get more powers for them immediately even though they have all institutions (President, Prime Minister and Ministers) from the same family. So, why they want it now? It shows they are going to do something without telling the public or to their parliamentarians. What is that something?
    Are they going to sell part of Srilanka to their friendly nations?
    Are they going for a to bring complete military only state?
    Are they going to remove the status of Buddhism from the Constitution and arrest all the Monks who create violence?
    Are they going to arrest the Prime Minister and his family?
    Are they going to bring back Basil into the fool?
    Are they going to arrest all Muslim and Tamil politicians who are against to them?
    God knows!

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      Ajith,
      “It is very interesting to see how Rajapakse family makes deals to get the maximum power for their safety than the safety of the country or its people.”

      When Rajapakshe family risked their lives to eliminate barbaric Tamil terrorists who slaughtered Sinhalayo for three decades they did not do that only for their safety. Their courageous act of liberating people in Sri Lanka from megalomaniac Prabhakaran whose hobby was killing innocent civilians benefitted all the people, including Demalu.

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        Hope all those valiant Forces personnel who died or got maimed, and top officers like Fonseka Shavendra Jagath Dias Fearless Gamini (sorry only a few mentioned here) will not feel let down when all the credit goes to U NO HOO family.

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          Ferryman

          “Hope all those valiant Forces personnel ……………………………………… Fonseka Shavendra Jagath Dias Fearless Gamini ……………………. all the credit goes to U NO HOO family”

          Did you mean Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan (TVP) family? It’s an open secret TVP won the war and two elections for the U NO HOO family.

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      Ajith
      It is not only muslim MPs who gave rajapakshas a hand , bit also Prapaharan, if not for him MR would not have won the presidency. Remember.

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    It is still not too late for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith to state,like some sections of the Buddhist Clergy that what the country needs is a new Constitution, where there would be country wide discussion,and not this anonymous drafted 20th A.
    Since the April 2019 bombings he is the Prince of Denmark. Hamlet cannot be staged without him!

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      I don’t know about Hamlet but I could say that Sri Lanka is an Omlet.

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        Wimpy u are spot on?????????????????????what else u can expect from a nation whose staple food needs to be replaced with thanakola ????????

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          leelagemalli: You say: “what else………whose staple food NEEDS (my emphasis) to be replaced with “THANAKOLA” (my emphasis)” Don’t you know that has already been replaced with not only “Thanakola” and also together with “PUNNAKKU”. That is why the “Maharajah” sought Cabinet approval to “BAN” slaughter of “COWS” – the “TWO LEGGED” fed and rared by hin and his family with the assistance of a band of “Cow Boys” from “Civil Societies” (Yuthukama, Viyathmaga, Eliya, etc.) and “Bikku Peramuna” – the “Denga Denga Balavegayas”.

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            Simon,
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            SPOT on.. ! If people would not go on protests, no doubt 20A will be passed in the parliament. Those punnaku drinkers would not betray the nation once again.

            See that Mad Monk BBS lead is still under the bed. What happened to his FAKE patriotism ?
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            What happened to JVPrs ?
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            What happened to UNIVERSITY dons that teach POLITICAL SCIENCE ?

            What happened to the historians ?

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              What happens to the TNA? What happened to the Vaddukkodai Resolution? what happened to the 13A? What happened to the LTTE? What happened to the entire LTTE leadership? Everyone knows what happened to Rajiv Gandhi. After the killing of the Rajiv Gandhi every one knows now BJP came to power in India, thanks to Prabakaran

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                N. Pererass

                “What happens to the TNA?”

                Nothing really. It survives. Do you want to book a space inside Sambandan’s Amude in case IPKF Mark II arrives?

                “What happened to the Vaddukkodai Resolution?”

                It was dead on arrival on 14 May 1976.

                “What happened to the LTTE?”

                Do you think you need VP’s bump to hide from Hindians in case if they revisit?

                ” What happened to the entire LTTE leadership?”

                Do you consider Gota is in trouble and does he need VP to help him out?

                “Everyone knows what happened to Rajiv Gandhi. “

                No, not really. Actually tell us what exactly happened to Rajiv Gandhi?

                “BJP came to power in India, thanks to Prabakaran”

                Are you sure it was VP who helped BJP to come to power like VP helping MR to come to power?

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        yeah the 20A is becoming a scrambled omelette

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        Whimpy Kid
        the wimp
        _
        “I don’t know about Hamlet but I could say that Sri Lanka is an Omlet.”

        A clever arrangement of bad eggs will never make a good omelet.
        – C. S. Lewis

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      Plato
      It is too much to expect that from an imbecile.

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      Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith will not say or do anything against Rajapakse gang. He knows that inquiry on Easter bombing is going nowhere. At presidential commission, Sirisena is blaming his defence secretaries, members of police and armed forces, Ranil and UNPers. While others are pointing their finger at Sirisena for all the lapses. It will be a blame game and nothing will come out of it. Only those at lower level and few in middle level will be found fault, while those at top level will not be touched. Will Cardinal bring his flock to the roads as promised.

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    Game over Rajapaksas. Looks like the two Americans GR and BR are on one camp and most others on the other including MR. Loyalties of 145 MPs are challenged. They have to choose between MR and GR. If GR continues, NR has no future. He is planning the make his son the next president. And the others are up in arms. They all want to be president!

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      Is this a come back by the MR clan?
      All the Hora MPs like MR because he lets them rob the country without any restrictions.

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        Whimpy,
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        Come one tell us one single achievement of GOTLER during the last 10 months ?
        :
        If that COLOMBO lad – SCPasqual was alive, he would go on saying ” CONTAINTMENT of COVID19 ” But today as I am writing this, entire world is speculating that srilanka is a huge crisis by both COVID and unpayable huge loans. Thanks go to RAJAPKASHE bitch s sons.

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          China trusts only MR and want him to take over presidency. They will do their best to topple GR and install MR, who otherwise cannot be elected president. Fact that Chinese delegation gave equal prominence to both, proves their partiality towards MR.

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      Rajapaksa Dynasty rules this country for another 100 years. This brave family knows this country belongs to Sinhalese Aryans (Helayans) They know Heladiva for Helayans.

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        N. Pererass

        “Rajapaksa Dynasty rules this country for another 100 years”

        There won’t be country for them to rule.
        You will be surprised if a country remained for them to rule.
        If things remain as bad as this Hindians may be forced to take over the entire island declaring this land being the Sinhala State of Hindia with minimum restructuring, north east being part of Thamil Nadu, some relocation, Weerawansa, Weerasekera, Fonseka, sent to their ancestral homeland South India, …. Gota could remain the Governor of the Hindian’s Sinhala state, …. Mahinda the Chief Minister, ….

        SJ will be appointed as the Ambassador to China …..

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    If 20A is moved and passed in the Parliament, Sri Lankans can be sure that GSP+ and US Tax Concessions will vanish. There is also the possibility of Canada, Australia and UK also making moves to hamper exports to these countries from SL. Rajapakses may give concessions to USA during Pompeo’s visit such as signing MCC or making slight changes to it and calling it with another name and then signing. If MCC is not agreed to and if 20A goes through USA is going to come as a ton of bricks on Sri Lanka.

    For one man’s selfishness and a Family’s greed all Sri Lankans have to face a bad tune.

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      Antagonize USA – end up searching dust bins for food as in 1975.
      Antagonize India – end up getting parippu bag dropped as in 1987.

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      Buddhist 1@
      .do u think many down there sesnse it? Not the slightest. Elephant is in the room, no body question s why? People are made silent incl that “Bbs head – Ghanasara” civilised folks would have gone on week long protests. But majority behaves as if they are under drugs yet today. ????????
      Xxxx
      “For one man’s selfishness and a Family’s greed all Sri Lankans have to face a bad tune”
      .?????
      .

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    Was there democracy when megalomaniac Prabhakaran ruled North and East after Ranil Wickramasinghe gave one third of the country on a platter to him? During that time, Kangaroo courts, summary executions were order of the day. Guys like Sambandan, Sumanthiran, Wigneshwaran behaved like poodles at that time. They knew what could be the outcome if they challenged him.

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      “Was there democracy when megalomaniac Prabhakaran ruled North and East “

      Balda Eagle, you took away the 1 million Up Country Tamils’ votes because Leader Pirapaharan was going abolish the North East Tamils’ democracy? I thought you always do something if somebody else does something, aren’t you? For you, America is doing war crime in Middle East so you are entitled to do the same to Tamils in Ceylon. In that case you can take away Tamils’ freedom because Leader Pirapaharan too did that. You know, you might have studied some logic in your ages and would not be such and imbecile if Badiyudin Mahamud had allowed Sinhala kids study in O/L, A/L. Sorry man!

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      Eagle Eye,
      There was no democracy under Prabhakaran. Now that Prabhakaran is no more does North and East enjoy democracy. You never allowed North and East to taste democracy.

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      Agree Ranil tried to do a deal with Prabaharan but failed. However, Mahinda Rajapakse paid money and got Prabaharan’s support, blocked voters and won the Presidential election. All the politicians in SL are born CROOKS, only difference is one is worst than the other. Today KP, Karuna and Pillayan all are with Mahinda. Who is the worst TRAITOR?

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      Dear EE,
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      This is an argument which is typical of us Sri Lankans. We really shouldn’t be falling back on this sort of thing all the time.
      .
      So we blame European expansion from about 1492 onwards; the Portuguese, Dutch and the Brits coming here, Christian missionaries, American Imperialism, Indian involvement in our affairs, then Chinese involvements (you rarely mention that) – instead of sticking to the subjects on hand.
      .
      We do need somebody who goes against the usual trends seen on this forum, but please don’t repeat ad nauseam.
      .
      May I take this opportunity to ask if you are indeed Mr HLD Mahindapala who lives somewhere in Australia (and this is of no consequence to me – with a wife of Tamil origin). I don’t think that you are.
      .
      Why don’t you clear up that doubt about identity, and where you live.?
      .
      Your comments would be of some use if you were able to sometimes, at least, tell us something that we don’t know, or give us a fresh perspective.

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      Yes there was a democratic Constitution at that time without concentrated power on one individual and yet we overcame hurdles like two Southern insurgencies and the Northern one not forgetting the Coup of 1962. During that time, Kangaroo courts, summary executions were order of the day was only in the North as it was the same by the Southern insurgencies but we survived on a democratic constitution. Democracy works for many countries where the citizens are educated and discerning enough and not having a feudal mentality and happily accepting like when the Elected say : My citizens, like Royalty. In democracies they say my fellow citizens indicating equality.

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        Remember : Friends Romans Countrymen. Does that not sound wonderful.

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      Wow u compare a rebell leader with a leader got elected by so called election? This prove u are standing on your head? Eagle we could just ignore u if u lived in srilanka, but living in Melbourne but continue untreated for ur health problems, is unthinkable . Perhaps u may be living in a prison.

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      They knew what could be the outcome if they challenged him.
      So this is the future back again after 20A for the objectors and non conforming citizenry.

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    People miss the most important aspect of the 20th Amendment that is the president including GR cannot be prosecuted in or out of office. Think about it. He gave up the US citizenship, and has only Sri Lankan citizenship I assume. He is a mass murderer of both Sinhalese and Tamils, and has committed serious war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    One day, like what happened to Saddam Husein, some future government installed by a foreign power to resurrect democracy, could convict him for all the above crimes and hang him. Sadly, the proposed constitution will not protect him from such a situation.

    Future is something we cannot predict.

    So the best constitution for his survival till his natural death is the one he proposed: He will run the country by his edicts until he dies. With proposed constitution who can challenge him?

    Think about it, it makes sense. God save Sri Lanka!

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    The Sinhala Buddhist people wanted a people’s chief to rule like a king of yore..benevolent and caring, where people benefitted from his largesse..the bovines who use their franchise in Sri Lanka never get the difference between fodder and human food..so they keep expecting different results doing the same thing, which would seem illogical to a rational thinker..

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    Evil Eye, is this another creation of yours like the one you shared with Rusiri. (X,Y and Z of P Bank).

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    The author has written on many subjects, thus making it difficult to comment all of them within 200 words. But let me provide a simple remedy for anybody in authority. BE HUMBLE. Just because one does not use an official residence or makes his travel convoy simple does not make him humble. The ability to listen to a number of different opinions dispassionately and intelligently sift out what is suitable and timely for Sri Lanka is the need of the hour. True! Machinery in Sri Lanka seems complicated than anyone thinks, particularly with matters concerning the 04/21 affair and the determined arrest and the release of a particular attorney who was portrayed as a part of the 04/21. Hence if one is elected as the leader of Sri Lanka be a leader to all Sri Lankans. If SRP too is aspiring for Sri Lanka’s leadership in the future, now itself let him train for that shedding his old habits.

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