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Competing Interests For Power To Govern Sri Lanka For A Better Society

By Siri Gamage

Dr. Siri Gamage

When a country goes through a period of turmoil and instability, it offers us an opportunity to reflect on the causes of such instability and turmoil for a better understanding of the situation. Some refer to the current circumstances of hardship as an outcome of country’s political culture since independence. Others characterise it as purely economic. Yet others want to explain the circumstances that led to current situation as both political and economic. They argue that if there is to be a sustainable solution it has to be both economic and political. Some writers try to understand the past by way of looking at specific leaders who ruled the country adopting a more personalised approach. Some try to reduce the economic problems to a dollar issue that emerged after the Pandemic. All these approaches are valid to a certain extent. But in this article, I explain several fundamentals we need to keep in mind when looking at what’s happening in the country today and the way forward.

Picture by Angelo Samarawickrema

We have to ask whose interests are served by the existing institutions and institutional framework for managing the economy and polity? Does our representative democracy work to meet the aspirations and needs of constituents? The core functions of a people-friendly government are to a) provide basic services b) security of life and property c) Justice in the affairs of country, locality and inter-personal activities and relations d) dignity of identity as a people and nation e) corruption-free management of the country’s affairs f) Contribute to maintain the country’s moral and ethical order g) maintain law and order to achieve peace and resilience. Taken together, these functions can in the end secure people’s trust in the governance and management institutions. If the institutions are not functioning well and they rather serve the interests of a few due to historical, political or economic reasons, and the people’s trust is lost then it can lead to an anomie situation where people lose not only the trust by also respect. What we witness today is a situation where the government in place has lost both. Periodic situations of anomie can be witnessed including on May 9th. If the mass protests planned for today (9th July) do not end up peacefully another situation of anomie can emerge. It will be not for the good of the country and its people.

We have to accept the fact that the management of country’s affairs has dismally failed. The reasons for taking the country near bankruptcy are many. Ultimately, leaders who ruled the country in recent decades should be responsible. What does responsibility means is another question? Whether they should be allowed to stay in leadership positions needs to be debated and come to some conclusions. But what the current situation shows is that the method used to run the economy and the country thus far is not working and a new method should be found.   Or at the minimum drastic changes to the former method must be enacted in both economic and political fields. Otherwise, we will not be able to find a lasting solution. Remember when we had the conflict with LTTE, various governments adopted different approaches. Some failed. Finally, another approach was adopted to defeat the evil forces. A similar re-assessment of the approach and methodology to address current problems are required if the country is to find a lasting solution. Short term fixes may not help.

Let’s look at the crisis in the body politic. There are serious problems in our governance methodology including the three pillars. i.e. Executive, parliament and judiciary. Various attempts for reforms in these sectors in the past including All party Conferences ended in failure. Before the last presidential and parliamentary elections, there were renewed interest on the necessary reforms but after the elections and the onset of the pandemic discussions became sporadic. Nonetheless, the concerns that the more informed segments of society have about the failures of the governance system including the Provincial councils, the public service, nepotism and politicisation need immediate attention and follow-up action. Any attempt to isolate the economic crisis from these governance issues cannot yield long term results. Need for an independent public service that is not beholden to political manoeuvring is critically important to maintain stability and continuity in decisions made.

When we say that the system has failed the people, what does it mean? Primarily, the resources in the country are not shared equally among the people. A few gets more than their due share and a large majority miss out. There is no egalitarianism in the fields of economy, polity, education, or other important institutions. In a society where the people compete for limited resources, unless there is a just system and processes in place, chaotic outcome is inevitable. Where there is no egalitarianism and associated principles or practices in place, we can’t expect justice either. Justice in the country is a rare commodity. Even within institutions that are in place for the very purpose of ensuring that justice is meted out equally. Long delays and semi colonial practices in the law enforcement agencies prevent the average Lankan from receiving procedural or consequential justice. This is related to lack of de facto citizenship rights on ground. Police stations are hated by people as they function as punishment agencies rather than those that mete out justice. Politicisation of these institutions including the public service is a serious problem eating into the fabric of public institutions.   There is no trust in the institutions, personnel or procedures. When institutions operate on the basis of who one knows it puts the large majority in a different basket. They suffer due to the lack of attention to their needs from those who are in authority.

We all know that the economic and political problems facing the country ought to be resolved. The government says it is taking steps to resolve the economic problem. However, do people have rust in such statements? Not many people are willing to trust a failed government and its leaders. The same applies to the resolution of the political problem also. In this context of growing instability in the socio-economic and political order, it is necessary for the alternative forces, parties and organisations to come up with “an emergency plan” to rescue society and people from the impending disaster. I note that opposition parties and organisations are in dialogue on this very matter. The Sangha organisations and their leaders have also issued a statement (Senkadagala Prakashanaya) with a plan to address the current stalemate. Similarly, Aragalaya activists have issued their political and policy ambitions recently. All these can show the path to adopt. What this shows is that there is an intense contest between the establishment forces and players vs the opposition forces, players and parties in a multiple of platforms including the media, international contacts, parliament, and grassroots organisation. The ultimate result will be determined by the way these competing forces, players and parties overcome the opposing forces. If one side of the power equation cannot overcome the other, the stalemate will continue for a period of time unsettling life and social order. A period of turmoil can emerge as a result. To say the least, it will not be good for maintaining normal civilian life.

A crisis like today can give birth to a better system of governance if the geriatric leadership hands over the reins to the new generation with a futuristic vision, contemporaneous discourse, courage and relevant ideas. The latter understands the causes of current crisis and possess ground level and international experience. Let’s hope the desire and campaign of the new generation will continue until the government changes together with the constitution that give enormous power to an elected executive President camouflaged with a Satakaya!

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    “Remember when we had the conflict with LTTE, various governments adopted different approaches. Some failed. Finally, another approach was adopted to defeat the evil forces. A similar re-assessment of the approach and methodology to address current problems are required if the country is to find a lasting solution.”
    Dr. Siri Gamage,
    After 12 years of end of war with LTTE you say the country used another approach to defeat LTTE and you say approach and methodology to address current problems. Can you explain what was that approach & methodology that was used to the victory? Do you mean massacre of protestors and innocent civilians using military or armed forces? or Are you saying that Gotabaya is an evil?

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      Siri Gamage, governments could have taken different approach, in the first place to avoid LTTE and 30 years of war. All they did was to pretend and sign pacts, only to dump it in the garbage the very next day. People kept knowingly voted for racists, criminals and crooks until they ran out of food, petrol, medicine and other essentials. I advise you to listen to Mr. Sumanthiran’s speech on July 7th, before you write on this same subject. (haven’t we heard enough from the likes of you). You say, leaders who ruled in recent decades should be responsible ?? How naive a person /doctorate can be ???

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      Dear Ajith.
      I understand your pain. But even now let us not hark back to that sordid past. Rajapakses are gone as at this moment 5pm 9/7/22.
      Let us join hands and start anew. Like the Lotus grows from the mud, we can bloom forth in a real united Sri Lanka. We together have the resources – let us pool them for the future.

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        PS :
        I believe as we did today without firing a single bullet – not even rubber – much was achieved as united we stood.

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        My View,
        I am always for the renewed United Sri Lanka where all the communities join together for a better Sri Lanka. Yes Rajapaksas has gone but that is not the end. It is just a beginning. There are lot more to do to create a better United Sri Lanka for all. There are a huge barriers, threats and challenges remain but there are opportunities and resources as well. Hope for the good.

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          Dear Ajith.
          Yes. ” There are lot(s) more to do to create a better United Sri Lanka for all. “
          And that is what I said (and asked for from all), in my comment.
          Glad you understand and hope for it.

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      There are still many Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals remaining as untamed, raw racist. Those are the cow skin clad wild lions, preaching Russian Socialism and now only launching protests against Two centuries old British (European) Colonialism. Last week, when the War Criminal Appe Aanduwa saw this is coming, started to arrest the LTTE boys, who were subdued 12 years ago. This is the fashion Sinhala Intellectuals protected the Sinhala Buddhism for the last 75 years to save their jobs and bankrupted the country.

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      Somebody (one of the protesters’ leaders) said it is not forcing the Aanduwa to resign but turning around the country will be a victory for the protestors. Evil Emperor Ranil invites Valaiththodam Jr to come for a class at this time to be trained on how to capture power. Fearing protestors, he is lying in the hospital. Hitler King slipped away creating much damage to people’s life and property in this precarious time. Arrogant headed Evil Ranil sounds like, by refusing to resign, scheming more cynical tricks to ensure the country sustains much more property damage and loss of lives. Why would a man who didn’t win a single seat in parliament be talking about all party, national government? He has no one to support him to remain as PM out of the 225-member parliament. But he had one in the presidential palace. Now even he is gone. Then why is this Evil refusing to vacate the TTH?

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      No forgiveness at all, MaRA and all Rajapakshes should be executed in a public ceremony. They should get just their deserts.
      :
      I have no doubt, people with some knowledge would agree with me. Rigorous law and order keeps european countries seen civilized. But the very same europeans whenever they are in Hikkaduwa, Negombo or any other places in developing world, behave like ANIMALs. They are the ones who spread drug business to the country.

      It was the biggest lie thatthe elemination of terror in the country would not have achieved, if they were not the leaders.

      THANKS to LATE Mr Kadirgamar under CBK administration, LTTErs and their activities were banned on rich soils. As a result, LTTErs became weakers by month. As a result only, LTTERS could not achieve their goals going by their agendas.

      Born cirminals like Rajapkshes misled the stupid conditioned mind set and lived up their propensities. MaRa was kept above for their survivals. He has abused the fans of artists and media men just for increasing the number of voters. No records left for whatever he wasted billions. SRILANKA s justic systems stayed mum forever as if we have no proper law and order.

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    Aragalaya heroes,

    Do not let this unelected traitor Ranil W. pollute the office of President even for one day !

    Do not let his unprincipled scheming succeed for a minute

    Do not let him open his half-baked mouth for a second.

    Do not let his ugly face or jerky shoulders ever appear on your home televisions any more

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      deepthi silva

      “Do not let this unelected traitor Ranil W. pollute the office of President even for one day !”

      There is not much to be polluted as the past presidents had done more than enough damages. You are rest assured Ranil may have to find Gota’s goons for consultation and advice.

      Why don’t you help Ranil.

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        Vedda This is the last time I will bother with you.Your true self, an ugly old man full of hate for this country writing nonsense. You are out of touch and unable to understand the reality. The people have had enough of the crooked older generation represented by Rajapaksas , Wickramasinghes and even Premadasas.

        Your ideas are consistent with these people , corpses walking .

        Just realize you are just pathetic , abusing a web freedom.

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          deepthi Desperate silva

          Sorry whats your point if there is one?

          “This is the last time I will bother with you.”

          Keep bothering me it would not bother me at all.

          Try explaining to me.

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            Native,
            “This is the last time I will bother with you.”
            GROBR?

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    Media reports say that the cannibal (sinhala lives eating) of Ruhunu departed his official residence under an ambulance bed (not white van) of his official residence.

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    We hear the same old majoritarian Sinhalese thinking from this man.

    “Contribute to maintain the country’s moral and ethical order” What moral and ethical order did the country and its evil Sinhalese rulers follow when it came to the Tamils;

    Attacks by the armed forces when Tamils protest peacefully since 1956? Let loose periodic pogroms against Tamils, killing thousands, raping the women and destroying or grabbing their properties? No justice to the 100,000 or innocent Tamils killed at the end of the war? 1.3 million Tamils left Sri Lanka because of the atrocities of the Sinhalese and their state for 74 years.

    You are just one of the Sinhalese majoritarians with Mahavamsa mind set as far as the Tamils, or even Muslims are concerned.

    Please stop preaching morality and ethics, please say something truthful.

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      You conveniently forget how the LTTE killed thousands of innovent ivilians with their suicide bombs in buses,trains and other public places. ! Are hou suggesting that a new government should not conribute to maintain moral and ethical order?

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    I have bought a TON Of FIREWORKS and am getting ready to let it off soon as news of FINAL DEMISE of the RAKSHAPAKSE.

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    The author has listed the core functions of a people-friendly government. Missing among them sadly is the main task of taking the country forward. Every other function is to enable this forward growth.
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    The author describes the period of LTTE. He calls is, ‘we had the conflict with LTTE’. This is a reflection of a lack of understanding of how LTTE came into being. He makes LTTE look like an external entity. No. LTTE was an ‘aragalaya’ of a section of the youth.
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    He describes LTTE an evil force. He overlooks the reality that a more evil force was the Government itself. Was vanquishing LTTE a proper fix? What a sad outlook.
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    No writer, who cannot view the ills of a country with the right perspective, can offer an answer to the malaise the people are facing.

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      “LTTE was an ‘aragalaya’ of a section of the youth.” A. violent one indeed! It was different from the current one.

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        Peradeniya Critical Tradition,
        While accepting that it was an ‘aragalaya’, you are forgetting that the youth protesting belonged to a section that was not of the ruling class.

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        PCT
        The LTTE never believed in mass mobilization.
        I was a command tradition that it had.

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          Correction
          It was a command tradition…

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    The time is 21.27. One thing that I can assure you of is that I’m quite safe in a peaceful Bandarawela where I participated in the NPP protests from 2.30 to 5.00 p.m There must have been about five thousand people, chanting the slogans that were set by the local leaders.
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    It is said that there had been an SJB protest rally from 9.00 am. They had held on until 2.00 pm when the first NPP protesters arrived – at the same venue – the roundabout in the town – from where there are roads to, respectively Colombo, Welimada and Badulla. Since the reports that I got that the SJB rally had not attracted such large crowds came from NPP sources I don’t think much store can be set by that. this appears to be the most recent report.
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    https://indianexpress.com/article/world/sri-lanka-protests-live-updates-president-gotabaya-rajapaksa-8018936/
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    By the time you click on that link, what you see may not be th same as what I now read! The report says that Rani has resigned as Prime Minister, but closer examination shows that he has only twittered that he “will resign”.
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    Hopefully, by the time this gets approved by CT, the ambiguity would have disappeared.
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    Electricity conforms to the “new normal”. It’s on, after the power shedding.
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    Panini Edirisinhe

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      “I’m quite safe”

      What a shame!

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    “Remember when we had the conflict with LTTE, various governments adopted different approaches. Some failed. Finally, another approach was adopted to defeat the evil forces.”

    MaRa & Gotha were personally involved in the effort to defeat Tamil Tiger suicide terrorism. For this, they should be commended. Running a country requires a different approach. Building infrastructure (ports, roads, bridges, etc.) alone with foreign money (loans) is not enough. Within the framework of capitalism, long-term sustainability requires the presence of a well-educated class and a strong middle class. Stupid people and poor people are not productive. After 2009, MaRa should have given incentives to the (Sinhalese) diaspora, not just China, to invest in the country. Reverse brain drain plus capital infusion and technical transfer. Unfortunate that billionaires like Chamath Palihapitiya invested in useless outer space projects rather than the mother country. 2009 was also the time to experiment with homegrown solutions like microloans and organic fertilizer as small-scale pilot projects. The situation is tough now, compared to 2009, regardless of who is President.

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      L
      “MaRa & Gotha were personally involved in the effort to defeat Tamil Tiger suicide terrorism.”
      Every soldier was far more ‘personally’ involved.
      Have you given thought to the fact that there was a change in attitude of the US towards the LTTE after 2001?
      Did that not have a big role to play?
      The intelligence reports on LTTE supply vessels made a big difference to the war.
      *
      Do you not think that Sarath Fonseka did much more than either brother to win the war, and also made bigger personal sacrifices in the process. that does not make him eligible to be a political leader, but how he was treated by the brothers is not something that any decent person will endorse.

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        SJ,

        Under the CBK regime, many good generals died and much territory was lost because of lack of coordination between the government and defense ministry. 2001 was important but more important was MaRa’s refusal to engage in “peace talks” with the LTTE while the latter re-grouped. This prevented them from launching a massive onslaught after the “peace talks” ended. The LTTE was never able to counter-attack, the best they could do was launch a mildly successful attack on Anuradhapura Airbase. SF was a good general, no doubt. He had a plan to win the election and jail the Rajapakses. This equates to anarchy, for which the penalty is death. He was let off with a light sentence.

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          Lester the Lying Jester

          “Under the CBK regime, many good generals died and much territory was lost because of lack of coordination between the government and defense ministry. “

          Please name those “good generals”. How did the generals become “good generals” without killing people, or tainting their hands by blood? If they hadn’t killed how did they become Generals?

          “SF was a good general, no doubt.”

          Is it because for the simple reason he uttered racist comments in public and harbours racist ideas in his stupid head? Further he wanted to drag members of clan all the way to Galle Face commons, this he said on the eve of 2010 Sri Lankan presidential elections.

          Are you too a psychopath hiding behind Sinhala/Buddhist cover?

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            Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

            How does one fight a war without killing people? Is it similar to pretending as a Vedda while Tamil “friends” translate “poetry” on the weekend?

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            Lester the Lying Jester

            Here is an excerpt from the lonely Field Marshall:

            “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people,” he says.
            “We being the majority of the country, 75%, we will never give in and we have the right to protect this country.
            “We are also a strong nation … They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things.”
            Stewart Bell,
            National Post ·
            Sept. 23, 2008
            http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=832374

            In case if you need support do not hesitate to ask SJ.

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          Lester
          Without US and India deciding to support the war against LTTE the chances of victory were weak. The LTTE contributed far more to the victory of the government than the Rajapaksas by its own way of making enemies.

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            SJ,

            “Without US and India deciding to support the war against LTTE the chances of victory were weak.”

            The so-called pivot point – “War on Terror” – was in 2001. Yet it took 8 more years to defeat the LTTE. If the USA was actively involved in defeating the LTTE, it’s very likely the war would have been over in a few months. The main reason for Rajapakse’s success was the purchase of heavy weapons and ignoring international pressure (including from the USA and UN) to engage in peace talks. These heavy weapons were then used with minimal restraint to box the LTTE into a corner. The weapons were purchased mostly from China, Russia, and Israel.

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        Lester,
        Most importantly, in research and planning, do not set the end goal/objective and find reasons and information to support that pursuit!??
        First find the contributory factors necessary to achieve, investigate/research the integrity of such reasons and factual material thereof and not hypothesis to support furthering that process to fruitful completion to ensure success and conclusion.
        Not because “so and so said so” – Athana, Methana, Hithana Naluwa, how much he may be held in esteem – definitely not as an agriculturalist and Agronomist!!

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        SJ,
        Morning,
        You have hit the “Nail right on the head”!!!
        It was every element of SL Military and commanders thereto.
        It is rather insinuating that the claim was otherwise??!!
        That myth, made the R Bros Inc., to think they are invincible or not replaceable forever, and get away with HR, Rape and murder???

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      Lester the Jester,
      MaRa & Gotha were personally involved in the effort to defeat Tamil Tiger suicide terrorism. For this, they should be commended. RUNNING A COUNTRY REQUIRES A DIFFERENT APPROACH.’
      Happy to note that this wisdom and emancipation of thought have dawned on the 6.9 million and it is not one and the same ‘misconception’ and electing a ‘Hitler’ to enable “self-starving” – destruction and despair!!!
      What paradigm change it seems of attitude, from ‘The messiah’ is capable of delivering ALL!!

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        Mahila the Government School Idiot,

        You fall into the category of stupid/poor. You cannot even write a proper paragraph in English. An paradigm shift in education, of the Singapore variety, is needed to correct this imbalance.

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          Lester the incontinent ungulate,
          “You cannot even write a proper paragraph in English”…….
          “An paradigm shift in education, “
          Why don’t you go back to your private school and learn how to write a sentence in English before you try to teach others about paragraphs?

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            Lester the “educated ” idiot,
            “Mahila the Government School Idiot,”
            Perhaps you don’t know that your own paymasters went to government schools. Yes, Basil, MR, and Nande.
            Do their stools taste better now that you know?

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          All road and construction work was started by CBK administration/ but Medamulanism painted the picture in favour of them.
          .
          Now people are gradually realizing it.
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          RAja became untouchably wealthy after 2005..
          .
          If anyone would come with counter arguments/ please provide us with source to prove other way around.
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          BELIATTE rascals would hurt even own mothers for their selfish gains.
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          MaRa a wife is equally complicit for all high crimes/ .
          .
          If we could see all these vicious individuals be imprisoned that would have been more than enough to start help out our nation again☹😶😎💪🐕☹😶😎🐕☹😶😎

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          Lester Lying Jester

          “You cannot even write a proper paragraph in English.”

          Do you know why if true?
          The consequence of stupid Sinhala only language policy.
          You cannot have racist policies and avoid its consequences.

          Since you were/are self sufficient in everything from A to Z why do you want Mahila to have an excellent knowledge of English.
          _
          From 1948 on wards Sri Lanka has strengthened itself as a Sinhala/Buddhist state hence the rest of the world should be dealing with Sri Lanka in Sinhala only.
          Why are you undermining the country’s place in the world? Its a shame.

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            Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

            “The consequence of stupid Sinhala only language policy.”

            The problem is not necessarily language. Sri Lanka failed because unlike East Asia, it had to waste 70 odd years accommodating minorities, including fighting a civil war. Sri Lanka was ahead of China at the time Deng opened China to trade. This war created a massive brain drain. If one is stupid, the language of communication is irrelevant. Here we can see, you have been yelling rubbish about Sinhala-Buddhism for many years. Finally you got your wish when two leaders resigned after some goons used power of numbers to trespass on private property. This is probably your lifetime achievement. The reason to learn English is to industrialize quickly by attracting FDI and obtain economic security. The other way to industrialize is to take risky loans from countries like China. This is not sustainable if there are shocks to the global economy. Developing countries do not have a buffer.

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      “MaRa & Gotha were personally involved in the effort to defeat Tamil Tiger suicide terrorism.:
      Lester,
      The Sinhalese people also now proved undoubtedly that MaRa & Gota were personal interests than people or country of Sri lanka. Within 10 years of the end of war with LTTE, real suicide terrorism brought in 2019 to this country not from LTTE but from some who had some personal interests in the power.

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        Ajith,

        MaRa and Gotha had the right idea, but the wrong timing. They wanted accelerated development of the Chinese variety, but as I said, Sri Lanka does not have either the brains or sustainable FDI to do that. In Sri Lanka, the so-called experts can barely handle energy generation without regular blackouts. It makes no sense to pursue mega-cap infrastructure projects without some kind of technology transfer to the domestic side. Example, if China built a nuclear reactor in Sri Lanka, it would probably decay within a few years, given the lack of domestic expertise. As I said, this lack of domestic expertise arose from the brain drain.

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          Lester the inconsistent liar,
          “if China built a nuclear reactor in Sri Lanka, it would probably decay within a few years, given the lack of domestic expertise”
          And you also claim that that the ancient Sinhalese had hydro-electric power, while now saying the Sinhalese are too stupid to do anything.
          Maybe you are pissed off that the Sinhalese finally woke up and threw your fake Redeemer into the garbage?

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            You criticize Rajapakse, Sinhala-Buddhism, monks, etc. and support. Take your Tiger flag and go to the “Aragalaya” if you have any guts. The irony is you are standing in bread and gas queues while criticizing an ancient people who were self-sufficient.

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            “And you also claim that that the ancient Sinhalese had hydro-electric power”

            I claimed that they had hydropower which is not necessarily equal to hydroelectricity, but given your lack of missing brain cells, you don’t know the difference and are unaware that “power” can be used independently of electricity.This is an example of what I meant by “stupid people and poor people are not productive.” Thanks for proving my point.

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              Lester the incompetent liar,
              You did claim that the ancient Sinhalese invented hydro-electric power.
              Still, if you can, give us one instance where they used water power to produce any work?

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                Hey Lester,
                You must be sooo pissed off that your great hero who “defeated terrorism ” had to run away from unarmed civilians. How sad. It seems he left his false teeth behind.

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                You must be suffering from dementia, similar to your heroes who thought white flags can save them.I just said hydropower is not necessarily electricity. Either that or you are plain stupid.

                “Hydropower (from Greek: ὕδωρ, “water”), also known as water power, is the use of falling or fast-running water to produce electricity or to power machines.”

                Do you see the word OR?

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                  Lester the braying ungulate,
                  “Still, if you can, give us one instance where they used water power to produce any work?”
                  Answer the question. You know you can’t.

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                    Do you admit the LTTE were terrorists? Answer yes or no. You know you can’t.

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                      Lester,
                      So you can’t prove that the ancient Sinhalese had hydropower or anything like it. Thanks for proving my point.

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                      I gave you a chance to denounce the LTTE, without any pre-conditions. Since you refuse to do so, we can reasonably infer you are a supporter of a banned terrorist organization. It brings into question your psychological status as well as past history.

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      King Clown Lester,

      “MaRa & Gotha were personally involved in the effort to defeat Tamil Tiger suicide terrorism.”
      .
      Personally involved ? My foot.

      They have succeeded at misleading you the kind of PINGANAs forever.

      I am sorry to insult mercy cows, but you the kind of slaves would not have right to be called by any other names.
      .
      It isa public secret to entire world, Rajapakshes are champions. at high crimes.
      :
      Not only Gota, Mara and all these Rajapakshes but also their slaves are also tobe blamed.

      They should all be executed for a better future. If this would work, then our youth can expect dawning of a new future. I WILL SPEND DOLLARS IF THIS WOULD BE ORGANISED. I WILL GET POWERFUL SPONSORS TO HELP OUT SRILANKA: UNTIL THEN; I WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING FOR THE BENEFIT OF THIS NATION AGAIN.

      Lester, one of the powerful, Rajapakshe supporters @at least for this, please provide us with sufficient proof materials. – People incl. you werefully misled by local media channels, as if Gota was the man to have handled the elemination of terror.

      NV, OC have proved you are no different to that MAHINDA KAHADAGAMA or the like uneducated buggers. You cheap men ruined this nation along with MEDAMULANA meeharakas.

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        Leela,

        A few things MaRa accomplished: winning the war, building infrastructure (especially roads) & beautifying Colombo. This is more than your hero CBK who lost land to the LTTE and ran away to London with one eye after negotiating with terrorists. Appreciate that MaRa did not turn on the protestors. In 1989, China used 300K soldiers to crush demonstrations. MaRa could have used STF easily to suppress the buggers, it would have damaged the reputation of SL on the global scale. These are the people they liberated from terrorism, MaRa did not want to guns on them. A Catch-22 situation.

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          DA Rajapakshe was another baggage boy to Bandaramayaka family. .
          .
          MR grew up in that inferior mindset.
          .
          That is why bugger had no hearts to bring reforms but to fill up their pockets for their might.
          .
          Matalan airport/ Humbugtota harbour and all those white elephant projects were made to hit Bandaramayaka name. .
          .
          But ballige puthas achieved nothing for the benefit of the masses but to their Keith and kin.
          .
          No leader even Prabakaran did that much harm to srilanken s compared to the greater harm deliberately made by Mahinda Rajapakshe the all time high criminal/.
          May his last breath be all difficult if Karmic retribution works 🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹🐕☹😶🐕☹😶😎

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            Mr.Leela,

            “No leader even Prabakaran did that much harm to srilanken s compared to the greater harm deliberately made by Mahinda Rajapakshe the all time high criminal/.”

            Where were you in the 90’s, some of my friends narrowly escaped suicide bombs. Aragalaya buggers can demonstrate because of MaRa, he gave the freedom. You talk about Kadirgimir, when I saw these buggers jumping in the pool, I remembered LK was assassinated by a LTTE hit squad in his own pool. MaRa gave the country freedom, no one else.

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          Lester Lying Jester

          “winning the war,”

          A lie, it was VP who won the war for Mahinda and his clan with some support from Hindia and America..

          “building infrastructure”

          Another lie, landed this island into a huge debt trap, benefited Chinese companies, workers, suppliers, … and the clan and cronies. ……

          ” beautifying Colombo”

          Really, when did you visit Sri Lanka last?

          “In 1989, China used 300K soldiers to crush demonstrations. “

          Please don’t offend SJ and his fellow Mao’s ***** carriers.

          ” MaRa could have used STF easily to suppress the buggers, it would have damaged the reputation of SL on the global scale. “

          He actually used STF and he has been using long queues to kill unarmed civilians. What reputation?
          Are you sure you know what you are talking about?

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            Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

            Yes, Rajapakse buried your heroes in the mud at Nanthikadal. For your reading pleasure:

            1. Nadesan
            2. Pottu Amman
            3. Soosai
            4. Charles Anthony
            5. Pulidevan
            6. Fat Pig
            7. Some of your relatives

            You can cry to Norway, Navi Pillai, UN, USA, UNHRC, no one cares. Have a nice day.

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              Lester the lying Jester

              “Yes, Rajapakse buried your heroes in the mud at Nanthikadal.”

              Oh please.
              It appears now Rajapaksas are buried alive in their own lies, seem they do not have a place to sleep, eat, bathe, …… they are on the run, the racist murderous armed forces could not protect two or three individuals, from unarmed civilians, and now you are telling us they won the war.

              I don’t mind giving the Rajapaksas refuge.
              I am sure old codger, would do the same.
              SJ could arrange asylum for the entire clan in China.
              Subramanyam Swamy might consider putting them up in his house.
              Why don’t you take them as paying guest?

              Probably the clan may want UN, USA, UK, UNHRC, …. provide them security for their entire clan. How about asylum in Siberia, or Ukraine, … ?
              Are you willing to cook for them, clean their laundry, sweep their house and garden, ……………. wash their toilet, act as the runaround boy, … ?

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                Fake Vedda (The Tamil Speaker)

                “Are you willing to cook for them, clean their laundry, sweep their house and garden, ……………. wash their toilet, act as the runaround boy, … ?”

                That is what you and the Diaspora did for Prabhakaran for 30 years. He drove a Pajero and swam in his private pool while underage Tamil children went to the front line with cyanide capsules.

                https://i0.wp.com/thuppahis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/prabha-1.jpg?resize=480%2C640

                The difference is, GR will not have the same fate as Fat Pig. 2009 was the Apocalypse for you Eelamists. This Aragalaya are some Tik-Tokers making noise.

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              Lester,

              If all what you repeat is right, … how on earth,… Gota was unable to protect his presidential residence yestreday ?

              We were forced to hear fairtales about his war end fight plans. The very same man to have been unable to protect even his official residence ? How can a man of that low level ever be possible to have commanded a brutal war ?

              See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far See, LÜGEN HABEN KURZE BEINE -Lies dont travel far

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                Leela,

                “If all what you repeat is right, … how on earth,… Gota was unable to protect his presidential residence yestreday ?”

                Because he is not a dictator. Chinese police are beating protestors every day now who are victims of bank scams. Corruption is much worse in China and India than Sri Lanka. I predict China may have an “Aragalaya” any moment now. If the people can let go of their passive aggressive Confucian mindset. India is a useless toilet.

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          MaRa and his accomplishments ?

          My foot. Thanks to CBK s terms, she could convince the world that LTTErs are arhythless terror group. As a result, UK, Germany, USA, India and other powerful nations banned calling it a terror organisation.
          :
          However, Harvest was reaped out by DA Rajapkshe’s bastard sons for their political surivival.
          .
          I am telling you – what the MaRa s real accomplishments are:
          :
          1) MaRa embezzeled the funds – over that we collected from europe and texas…. that is one of his most known accomplishments as I can read it yet today.

          2) How many were killed by the direct mediation of MR ?
          .
          3) MaRa appointed his WIFE as the incharge of his GOLD BUSCUIT business, which made them untouchably rich. These golds were stolen from nothern SRILANKENS.
          4) Look at the poverty levels in NORTHEN province and UVA- if those GOLDs were given to those poor folks- things would have worked well for their upliftment. That is how we can work as REAL BUDDHISTs, going by true teachings of buddha.

          5) Unfortunately, almost all pvt TV channels incl SIRASA TV misled the nation being close to Rajapakshe family. You the kind of RAJAPAKSHE slaves would never see it beyond because you dont

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      Lester the Living Dead
      .
      How could you have expected anything other than stealing from a bunch of uneducated thugs from Madamulana.
      They did what they knew how to do best – steal.
      .
      What are you going to do now Lester? You will find some new ass to lick and worship.
      .
      Or you can take my offer, I will dig your grave, you walk in and lie down and I will cover nicely. This is a more dignified option rater than remaining alive and receiving all manner of insults.

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        Lester is the best representative for SRILANKEN AVAERAGE mindset.

        Today, I can enjoy with having my sekt, … knowing that my predictions worked even if I am not a soothsayer about Rajapakshes. I knew bps grabed power only to get exonerated from their cime investigations.

        Aragalaya the manner they started is commendable. However, they have been hijacked by various groups as of today.
        .
        He would remain loyal to Rajapakshes until he would have been taken away by mobs in near term.

        Anichchawatha Sankara to Lester !.
        .
        Srilanken Expats over to you in UK, please

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        Human Dung,

        Rajapakse still controls the Parliament. Military helped Gota to escape to Maldives. He has their loyalty. Aragalaya buggers can expect visits from STF in the middle of the night, very soon. See what happened to Donald Trump’s thugs who invaded their capital building. 20 years in jail.

        What are you going to do now Dung? By your own admission, you are a failed coconut farmer. Why don’t you try the refugee boat, join Leela in the “street business.” 100% legal in Germany.

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    Dont count your chickens ………. are the Rajapakses really gone? ………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBfbZZWxqns

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      No. Gotabhya is buying time until W’day to resign. If those who led the protests go home in the meantime as the speaker has requested, he may come back. Guard yourself Aragalaya supporters. Scheming by the powers that be can bring about a different result than the one you hoped for.

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        PCT,
        .
        From my POV, even if GOTA would not want to go, but his days are numbered. He should be ultra fool. This comes, when a person with lack of credentials would be appointed as the leader. So people are to be blamed for the mess.
        .
        At the begining, Aragalaya was clean, but having studied the manner how some mobs set fire on houses and pvt properties, I now have lost my respect towards them at least to some extent.

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      nimal fernando

      “Dont count your chickens ………. are the Rajapakses really gone?”

      Don’t worry they haven’t gone yet.
      The Rajapaksas have corrupted (threatened) enough people who are part of the state structure, to undermine any government other than theirs (2015 – 2019) render them ineffective.

      Now I have heard the same conspiracy theory for more than one month, where did the arsonist get oil to burn down such large houses etc. Why haven’t the intelligent arm of police, army, navy, air force, STF, Sarath Weerasekera’s (Prince of Darkness) village grasses, TID, NIB, ….. which discover LTTE’s attack plan almost every month have not found any substantial ………………

      Of course there are conspiracies and conspiracy theorists.

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      nimal fernando

      Please listen to Dr. Chaminda Malalasekara who speaks sense. You may not like him.
      https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?extid=CL-UNK-UNK-UNK-AN_GK0T-GK1C-GK2C&ref=watch_permalink&v=2860225177456244

      He is not advocating violence.

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        Native, Thanks ……… when did I ever advocate violence? :))

        All I’ve said is, I understand the role violence has played in history ……… as a tool of political change.

        If change can be achieved without violence ……… like yesterday (hopefully) then it’s a bonus.

        But I still think all the Rajapakses and Ranil …….. along with Sinhala_Man should be hanged in the Galle Face Green. ……… Don’t you?

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      Dear Mr NF
      .
      I think it is time to catch the remaining Rajapaksa Bastards who are still in the country and bring them to justice.
      .
      Mara, Namal, Shiranthi, Chamal, Rohitha, and that other idiot son of Mara should be taken into custody at once and dealt with ASAP.

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        HT,


        they will just get their deserts soon. I would love to see SHIRANTHI faces the music. None of them have rights to continue their life styles anymore. Aragalaya youth should better focus on that.

        Self adulations and mlechcha MEDIA coverages misled the nation… yet today they have been in that mode…. Derana TV should be kept away from functioning any more.

        Truths succeed, unfortunately slowly so long MEDIA mafia remains controlling the mind set of the gallery.

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          Leela,

          “they will just get their deserts soon.”

          “Buru katha witharai”… looks like Gota is enjoying Maldives while Aragalaya buggers deface the official premises. It is the JUST karma. TBH, you can have Namal. I never liked that bugger.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odGvzRnjfJ8

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    “Competing Interests For Power To Govern Sri Lanka For A Better Society”
    Competing interests for power, yes.
    The purpose— which of them cares?
    The Aragalaya needs to go on as an all island mass struggle regardless of who among these competing interests seizes power,

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      SJ,

      I don’t see any intelligence behind this Aragalaya. Mostly a few young adults throwing pillows into a swimming pool and setting fire to buildings while documenting the experience for social media. JVP was much better organized. A mass movement needs brains. Running a country is not the same as making a Tik-Tok video. However, in retrospect, the timing of the “Aragalaya” is perfect. The government cannot retaliate, lest Gotha be demonized as a Putin. That would bring international sanctions leading in turn to anarchy and perhaps another civil war. MaRa/Gotha still have the support of the military, which is very important for future political ambitions of the Family.

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        SJ,

        The racists like the fake vedda/Rohan and UNP buggers like Leela were hoping for Gotha to be dragged through the streets Gaddafi-style. That will not happen, ever. Gotha is too smart for that, plus he has the support of the military. Gotha made one major mistake and that was running out of gasoline. Combined with blackouts, quite a few went into a rage, hence the “Aragalaya.” The protestors needed to “vent” and all their rage was directed at one man. This was a bizzare protest, given that there was very little violence or looting. No shops were damaged. Many protestors mistakenly believe the wealth of the country is concentrated in the hands of one family, a rather extraordinary proposition.

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          Lester
          What some individuals hope for is not very relevant.
          I do not think that the protesters were after anyone’s blood.
          Their anger is reasonable, and nothing was done to appease them.
          Gadaffi was killed to serve US-France greed for control in N. Africa.
          GR made many more mistakes than with fuel.
          It started with the cremation of the Covid dead. Then the fertilizer fiasco.
          there was a string of shortages of milk food and other items.
          Together they made a bad situation worse.
          GR’s biggest mistake was his choice of advisors.

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          Lester the Lying Jester

          “Gotha is too smart for that, plus he has the support of the military. “

          His birth was a humongous mistake.
          Now he is in hiding.
          His brother is in hiding.
          His other brothers, nieces, nephews, …. are in hiding.
          Today their greatest intellectual ally Wimal Weerawansa ….. watch this comedy show:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFY_TjL1sns&t=10s

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          Lester the delusional,
          “That will not happen, ever. Gotha is too smart for that, plus he has the support of the military.”
          Yes, he’s so smart that he had to run away to Maldives. What a coward!
          And this is the guy you say single handedly won the “war”?
          How pathetic can your heroes be?

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          Lester the Living Dead
          .
          Have you not heard?
          .
          Gota, has fled the country under the cover of darkness like a thief. (Elder brother Ali Baba) is still around.
          .
          Now we need to round up the rest and deal with them. If you are around you can tag along behind Maras Amude for old time’s sake.
          .

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        Lester the lying Jester

        “I don’t see any intelligence behind this Aragalaya.”

        That is because of the 100 years of Sinhala/Buddhisisation effect. Call it Public Racist Anagarica Homeless Dharmapala effect.

        ” Mostly a few young adults throwing pillows into a swimming pool and setting fire to buildings while documenting the experience for social media.”

        It is good the young adults could not deny what they did in 2022 unlike the crooks, war criminals, murderers, …… their stupidity is on record.

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        Lester u the kind of eternal Pingonas would nt grasp the level of harm deliberately made by Beliatthe cattle thieves.
        .
        So we cant expect u to get the motive behind our Aragalaya.
        .
        Pigs might fly if u the kind slaves would ever change ur attitudes / thinking patterns/ youth can have better things to do if they would nt have realized the danger before the country/ .
        .
        Road sweepers of ur nature would lot more time / we treat u the kind of pathological sick men with patience.😶☹😶☹🐕😶☹🐕😶☹🐕

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          Leela,

          “So we cant expect u to get the motive behind our Aragalaya.”

          Wealth of the country is not with Rajapakse only. See here:

          “Swiss leaks reveals that a approximately $58.3M (Rs.7.73Bn) had been placed in Swiss banks by Sri Lankan nationals. The maximum amount of money associated with a single client connected to Sri Lanka was $10.7M(Rs1.41Bn).”

          https://www.newsfirst.lk/2015/02/10/r-s-7bn-placed-swiss-banks-sri-lankans-2007/

          $10.7M is not a lot of money, comparatively speaking. Aragalaya buggers said Rajapakse is worth billions. Can you see now, they are wrong? Raja is probably worth a few million USD at best. My guess: Ranjan Ramanayake, Lohan Ratwatte, Dhammika Perera and others are wealthier than MaRa clan. Uncle Ratwatte was doing good business during CBK times. Bond Scam Ranil is one of the Swiss account holders, no doubt.

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            Lester
            Swiss band or no swiss bank. Rajapaksas are the biggest rouges in SL.
            They should be made to cough out every single penny they have stolen.

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              again and again people are tricked to their come back.
              .
              Some media men went on explaining it as ” Rajapakshes s talent”:
              -‘
              As of today, the man who promised national safety has failed to protect the gates of PRESIDETIAL RESIDENCE from plunderers.

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    The better society is Island-wide Sinhala ghetto with blessing of Hinida?

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      KA,
      .
      at the time, 52 day COUP took over the power, Hindians were describing it was an eruopean style situation. In Hindiya, no coalition govts would not win….. meaning that their systems are even far inferior. compared to that of SRILANKENs. I think…. even if some democracy is said tobe there in India,…. what we have been facing in that SOUTH ASIAN REGION is common to each folks more or less.
      .
      It is the people s MIND SET, let them highly corrupted politicians be elected.
      :
      Just imagine, that Dr Subramaniyam Swamy, was asking INDIAN govt to support Rajapakshes at this highly critical state of their politics.

      I think it is the MINDset needs to be changed. with a paradigm shift. So long that would not fix, nothing will be there, that VOTERs could do. As usual, they would repeat voting without KNOWLEDGE.
      .

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    “We have to accept the fact that the management of country’s affairs has dismally failed”

    Mr. Siri, in a democracy, who is in charge of the management? Is it not the People? Is if fair for the people to make a mistake, in 2015 an then in 2019 and ask the innocent people of this country to pay?

    We don’t need a new government, we need new people. We need good citizens. No one came into Parliament or the Presidential palace except by the will of the People.

    We need intelligent voters and civil behavior. Hopefully the religious leaders will step forward and give some advise on how to conduct a protest, and respect people even those in power.

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