23 October, 2020

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Constitutional Changes Create Dynastic Rule

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

With all the debates, controversies and rigmarole surrounding the issue of abolishing 19th Amendment with 20th Amendment, and the demand from certain quarters for a new constitution, there is perhaps one historic outcome from the whole episode, and that is, the virtual establishment of hereditary rule by the Rajapaksa dynasty, at least in the short and medium terms. This feat is about to be accomplished quite unobtrusively through the democratic process but with the help of some shameless Muslim parliamentarians. Sri Lanka earns another first in modern politics.

The direct and immediate outcome of this constitutional exercise is the reemergence of an all-powerful executive presidency, originally created by JRJ.  With little modifications, 20A will effectively roll back 19A empowering the president and make him almost a virtual dictator. This reversal will in turn lay the foundation for the Rajapaksa dynasty to remain in power unless another Buddhist family rises to challenge its dominance. In practical terms, the changes would result in the simultaneous empowerment and disempowerment of the President and Prime Minister respectively.  What is so unique about this inter-positional power reshuffle is that it involves the status of two septuagenarian siblings of whom the junior is gaining at the expense of the senior. Had it been two others from different families this transfer of powers would not have been as smooth as it is happening now. In fact, this was the crux of the problem for the unbridgeable split between MS and RW in the Yahapalana regime. The situation is exactly the opposite between MR and GR. The Prime Minister, who is the patriarch of the family earlier denied a rumour based on his disappointment and frustration that he intended to resign in two years, but vowed instead to continue in office for the entire five-year term, even though he would be virtually reduced, according to one constitutional expert, to the position of a “peon” during that period. The reason for his surrender is obvious. It is all in the family and there are several in line to continue that family rule in the foreseeable future.  

Already five members of the Rajapaksa family are sharing cabinet portfolios and ministerial roles. Commanding sectors such as Defence and Urban Development, Law and Order, Economic Development, Finance and Planning, and Ports and Highways fall directly under them, and it was once reported, though denied later, that almost seventy percent of the national budget fell under their control.  With such control and influence, government departments and offices have become virtual appanages distributed within the family. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely is an old dictum. Even otherwise, as Montesquieu said, “any man with power is led to abuse it; he is bound to find its limits”. But who is going to question the abuser when constitutionally gained omnipotence enables the President to control and shut every avenue of criticism and protest? He is above the law. Period.   

The Rajapaksa dynasty will build its tower of dominance on the strength of three strong pillars: Sangha, the tri-forces and an ethno-centric Sinhala Buddhist business class. Although historically, Sangha had been a highly respected institution that injected and monitored virtuosity in governance, in the current political climate its role goes beyond promoting virtuosity and into a commitment towards establishing at least a de facto, if not de jure Buddhist state in the country. The most powerful prelates of the Sangha hold the supremacist view that Sri Lanka belongs only to Sinhala Buddhists and that only Buddhist manufactured laws should govern the whole nation. Behind the so called one country one law mantra lies this supremacist ideology. Homogenization of Sri Lanka’s kaleidoscopic pluralism is the ultimate vision. Rajapaksa stalwarts have not cleared the air about their commitment to this supremacist ideology except parroting inn public that there is freedom under their reign for all communities and religions.  From the running vocal encounters between pseudo-historians from both sides of the ethnic divide, provoked by the maiden speech by a Tamil representative in the new parliament, in which he referred to the seniority of Tamil language and Tamils in Sri Lanka, one could understand how politically risky and dangerous would it be for the dominant family to distance itself from the supremacist position. This is why President GR adamantly holds the view that the solution to Tamil nationalism is economic development and not power sharing. Given Rajapaksas’ close alignment with supremacist prelates one could expect that even the India initiated 13th Amendment would be plundered of its substance as a result of the amendments.    

Like the Sangha, tri-forces, by virtue of the fact they are under the command of GR, will automatically provide support to the family. The changes GR introduced within those forces soon after he was elected in 2019, by promoting some, demoting a few and rewarding several, was to ensure that his wishes and orders would be carried out without questioning. Military has become an inseparable arm of government public administration under the new regime. The several Task Forces appointed by the President headed by military personal still continues with their terms extended. Moreover, GR came to power on the issue of enhancing the security and sovereignty of the country, and no doubt he would extend that security to his dynasty also. While the Sangha would rally the masses behind the dynasty, the tri-forces will protect it from any threat from extremist elements. 

Finally, the ethno-centric Sinhala-Buddhist business class is destined to make hay while the Rajapaksa sun shines.  One of the reasons for the anti-Muslim violence that marked MR presidency before 2015 and Yahapalana regime after that was commercial envy. The ubiquity of Muslim traders and the remarkable success of a few among them especially in Sinhalese districts was an eyesore to ultra-Buddhist nationalists reported to have been funded by a class of Buddhist businessmen. This class along with members of the Sangha worked hard to bring Rajapaksas to power. As long as the regime looks after the interests of this class the dynasty is assured of its backing. 

Given this rosy scenario that promises at least short to medium term political stability even foreign powers like India and USA that are currently unhappy about Sri Lanka’s heavy tilt towards China, would prefer to resolve issues smoothly without embarrassing the regime too much to create instability. Even though the economic and financial difficulties currently facing the country would tempt these powers to take mean advantage of the situation, a politically stable regime is diplomatically more preferable to build long term relationship than a regime mired in instability. This does not augur well particularly in relation to the Tamil issue. Modi’s Delhi would like to strengthen its economic ties with Sri Lanka rather than rocking the boat by insisting on the implementation of amendment 13. Similarly, USA’s MCC and SOFA would also become realities through negotiation with Rajapaksas much to the consternation of the regime’s opponents.  

However, there is one important element that can create a headache and nightmare for the rulers. The economy, which had started sliding already under Yahapalana is collapsing under the Rajapaksas, because of the pandemic and global recession. The economy will be the number one enemy for the dynasty and the first budget of this government will show the gravity of the situation. The future of the country’s exports, prospects of foreign investment inflow, declining foreign remittances, declining tourism revenue, pressure of national debt, falling public revenue and increasing budget deficit and so on are issues that cannot be tackled in ad hoc manner. There is need for a comprehensive plan for economic revival. President GR is issuing economic directives without an overall strategy. His idea of achieving self-sufficiency in food and condiments is good but by simply banning imports he is not going to achieve it. There is one fundamental requirement for solid economic revival, and that is the need for national unity. GR’s grand vision of “prosperity and resplendence” cannot be achieved without national disunity, and that unity cannot be forced upon the communities. It has to evolve from below out of mutual cooperation, understanding and tolerance among the different components of the nation’s plural polity. The regime’s refusal to distance itself from demagogic Buddhist nationalism is a bulwark to achieve it. When economic disaster combines with inter-ethnic and inter-religious convulsion that would be the recipe for the collapse of the ruling regime and the ruling dynasty along with it.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    The issues raised here by Dr Ameer Ali are of the highest level of importance. Yet, this is not reflected in the interest shown in it by the readership in general. Try collating that with this thoughtful observation by Easton Scott:
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    I question the logic of this being the lead article in CT today – isn’t it much lower in the frame of matters of higher import?
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    In relative terms, the readership of CT may be held to be those who consider themselves the elite of the country by virtue of being able to use the language of our last Colonial Masters.
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    On a quite different plane, this article doesn’t evoke much interest either:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-long-overdue-animal-welfare-bill/
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    Since it is scientific treatment by a Buddhist-Sinhalese. Responses may have been different had it been written by a Muslim.
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    The Rajapaksas can get away with this because of the sort of people that form the majority of our population.

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      I should, of course, have put the Easton Scott quote within inverted commas – and also, I haven’t linked you to the article:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/srilankan-airlines-manager-convicted-for-sexual-harassment-in-delhi-did-your-husband-fuck-you-how-was-it-he-asked-she-told-courts/
      .
      My apologies for both errors.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      Replying to Punchi Point you said:
      “I have read many of your comments, although this may be the first time that I’m addressing you. Please try to engage with the issues raised, instead of trying to pour personal scorn.”
      —–
      Regarding Eagle Eye you said:

      “Eagle Eye is racist, but not totally ignorant (and I don’t believe him to be HLDM). He does his evil job consciously.”

      I suggest you practise what you preach to others.
      Don’t be a hypocrite!

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      Sinhala_Man,
      “The Rajapaksas can get away with this because of the sort of people that form the majority of our population.”

      Majority in Sinhale are Sinhalayo. They elected Rajapakshes. Are you implying that Sinhalayo are stupid.
      Get the hell out without insulting Sinhalayo pretending as a Sinhala Man.

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        I am dark in complexion. Most of my genes must have come from South India.
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        Had Anagarika Dharmapala not spouted all that rot about Aryan ancestry, we’d have been getting along fine with our Tamil-speaking brethren. The country would have been prosperous, the environment safe for forests.
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        His reputation is relatively unsullied because he died in time, before Nazi atrocities commenced.

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        Eagle Eye
        You wrote “…………Are you implying that Sinhalayo are stupid.” He is not simply implying he stating a FACT, you GOT it !!!

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          Eagle Eye
          You also replied to Sinhala_Man “Get the hell out without insulting Sinhalayo pretending as a Sinhala Man.”
          He is not in Melbourns suburb is he??. Living off the state like you !!!

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          umberto,
          The FACT is that there is a stupid minority who cannot face the truth that they are the descendants of slaves brought from Hindusthan by colonial parasites after 1505 and trying to distort the history of Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.

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            Is that why you went to live in Melbourne , living on the hands out of the Australian government. When you claimed asylum there did you state that since you are married to a demulu you are being harassed by the then SL government.

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            Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

            Why don’t you for change try typing facts.
            You will feel great.
            Grow up!
            Grow up!
            Grow up!

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        Given that you claim to have an eagle eye, you surely cannot have failed to note that Sri Lanka comes in 86th out of 109 in the global IQ rankings (see: https://www.worlddata.info/iq-by-country.php).

        Now, if, as you say, the Sinhalayo (sic) comprise the majority in Sri Lanka, shouldn’t this alert you to something that should make yourself ashamed, and also make you realise that there is more than an iota of truth in what you claim is only an implication?

        QED.

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          Easton Scott,
          The way Sri Lankan Government as well as people handled COVID-19 pandemic so far shows that IQ figure is rubbish. Those countries with very high IQ (eg. USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan) miserably failed.

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      Great comment my dear Mr Sm?????????

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    Yes, the Rajapaksa Mafia Dynasty is going to rule at least for the next 20 years by consolidating their alliance with the Sangha, the tri-forces, and the Sinhala business class. The monks will continue to brain-wash the Sinhala masses with the ideology of Buddhist supremacy in return for the Rajapaksas genuflecting before them and granting them a preeminent position in the social hierarchy. The military will keep the people manacled in return for the Rajapaksas elevating their social prestige, power and remuneration. The Sinhala business class will back the political interests of the Rajapaksas in return for being allowed to exploit the people and destroy the environment. The Sinhala people don’t realize they’re being led into a nightmare by the Rajapaksas by tantalizing them with the quaint project of ascending the World Stage – at last – to fulfill their historical mission and establishing their rightful, pre-destined position in the international arena.
    .

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      Ajay,
      Twenty years is an eternity in politics.
      If you look at the events for the last 20 years, was there one event you could have seen beforehand. So, keep your hopes in tact.
      ___________________________
      No one knows better than Tamils how the military keeps people manacled. We are still there; aren’t we. Perhaps, when you get a taste of what we experienced, we’ll join hands and coalesce.

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        Why do all comments below this have to be bold? Cancelling bold.

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      Ajay, There are many things in the Universe that humans cannot manipulate. One such thing is the Natural Law (can call Karmic force). People thought Premadasa will rule forever. Did it happen? Same way people, including MR, thought MR is undefeatable in 2015, which was proven wrong. Who thought Senanayaka, Bandaranaike dynasties will vanish? Who thought Maithreepala will be the President? For that matter who thought MR will be the President in 2005. When he became the President a member of famous Athapaththu family of Tangalle said “මහින්දයත් රජ උනා” (Mahinda became the President!!) as if unbelievable thing happened. This 20 years prediction is beyond us. No one can predict, or plan anything in life. There is a way of Mother Nature gives back to the people who try to go against her. By going to Thirupathi, or by being vegetarian or having ropes of thread around wrists, or squeezing magic balls, her wrath cannot be avoided. Good example is COVID, and how it started in China. Going against the Mother Nature is a serious business. Rulers should be good leaders. Buddha said “Devo vassathu kaalena……Raaja bhavathu dhammiko”. Unfortunately we don’t have RIGHTEOUS leaders. We have world class crooks as leaders.

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        Fully agree with leela.

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        Yes , I know the Atapattus of Tanglle. My father was from Baddegama but taught there for twelve years. My two eldest siblings were born there. I was born in Uva. There still are Edirisinhes in Tangalle, and Mahinda Rajapaksa knows that.
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        Since I had proofread a book on the early history of Richmond College by Ananda Dias-jayasinha, my name appeared in the credits. My maternal great grandfather taught there for 49 years. Seeing my name and noting the missing “g” he had said, “This must be one of our people.” My maternal grandmother’s brother, V.S. de S. Wikremanayake, represented that area in the Legislative Council before D.M. Rajapaksa, who was his clerk.
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        Now they aspire to ensuring a Monarchic Dynasty of Rajapaksas.
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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          Sinhala Man.

          The brothers Eric Bird Wikremanayake Q.C. [E.B.] and Eric Guy Wikremanayake Q.C. [ E.G ] also have their origins in Tangalle.

          The tragedy is that Monarchic Dynasties are now in the domain of commoners!

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          Dear Game Iskola Mahathayo, hope you are keeping well :)
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          Do you also have your relative in Galle Fort ? I knew one Edirisinghe from Galle some time back now.

          Btw – are those Rajapakshes from Beliatta coming from a WALAWWA ? Or that is another myth being introduced by them over the last two decades. ? If you lived in SL for the last 7 decades, no doubt, you can clarify this for us.

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        leela: Well said. Hopefully, the general public will understand this TRUTH. It will take time but not that long. In relation to what you have said, I would like to reproduce a short statement that was in an article by Lord Patrick Devlin – “Every moral judgment unless it claims a divine source, is simply a feeling that no right-minded man could behave in any other way without admitting that he was doing wrong. It is the power of common sense and not the power of reason that is behind the judgment of society”. That power of “Common Sense” rather than the “Power of reason” now dispensed as “Judgement” in these Constitutional game playing will definitely face its deserved “Destiny” by the all powerful “Natural Law”.

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        This is one of the most uplifting posts on this topic that I’ve seen; well done Leela!

        Perhaps your young bro (Leelagemalli, whose intentions I think are honourable), should take a lesson or two in writing from you!

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          Easton Scott, dear I dont need lessons but I really need to check my posts before them being posted to CT, there u guys ( also I consider honourable) are write and my apologies. GOD BLESS U GUYS SND SRILANKA!????????????

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    The only logic for keeping Rajapaksas in power is the threat of Tamil and Muslim terrorism. If that is not there, no one will vote for Rajapaksas.

    Those terrorists are the best slaves of Rajapaksas.

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      GATAM,

      Your petty game is not enough to make Tamils to surrender to you and remain slave of you. So you be the slave of Royals!
      Best Wishes.

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        Kallaiyuran,

        Stop being a slave and a whipping boy of Rajapaksas. The more Tamil racism is aroused the more power Rajapaksas get.

        The best thing is drop Tamil racism and defuse Medamulana Mafia power. Rajapaksas know you cannot do it! Eternal power! Shame.

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        Mallaiyuran
        The Tamil desire to live outside North East reflects their virtual psychological surrender. Some kind of inner acknowledgement of the superiority of the Sinhala society, which even as a Sinhaleee I am hesitant to declare.
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        Whenever I say in order to create a Tamil only Homeland in the North Tamils (all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival) in the South must be relocated the resistance is unimaginable.
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        I am one Sinhalese who supports the proposal for a Tamil Homeland but the main obstacle is this stubborn unwillingness of Tamils themselves. They are not ashamed of exposing their naked hypocrisy.

        Soma

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          I agree with Soma here. I too support Tamil Elam provided there is a Sinhala Only Elam too. I never supported the war. Instead of war that killed 140,000 humans, in August 1983 SL should have been divided into Sinhala Only Elam and Tamil Elam by relocating people. Muslims had no desire to join Tamil Elam so Muslim and Sinhala combined majority districts will remain with Sinhala Only Elam. But greedy Tamils and greedy Sinhalese wanted the whole island = war.

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            GATAM
            “Muslims had no desire to join Tamil Elam so Muslim and Sinhala combined majority districts will remain with Sinhala Only Elam. “
            Division is based on the language.. They are Tamil speaking people. They will be included in the Tamil Ealam. Next time you will say Tamils in other parts and estates can be in the Sinhala Ealam if they wish so.
            Tamils by definition are “all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival.”
            They all will have to relocated into the Tamil Ealam
            .
            IF YOU ALLOW FOR THE CHOICE OF THE INDIVIDUAL NOT A SINGLE FAMILY WILL MOVE INTO THE TAMIL ONLY EALAM.

            Soma
            (Nothing terrifies a Tamil than the thought of living in a Tamil Homeland)

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              soma

              “IF YOU ALLOW FOR THE CHOICE OF THE INDIVIDUAL NOT A SINGLE FAMILY WILL MOVE INTO THE TAMIL ONLY EALAM.”

              Have ever tested your nonsensical hypothesis?
              Have you got the b***s to even dare asking the crooks, racists bigots, war criminals, saffron brigades, …. to test your nonsensical hypothesis?

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    Ameer
    You continually gets this wrong. 20A is different. It is not to give Rajapaksa Dynasty more powers. It is to give more powers to one Rajapaksa. If I say, most intelligent Rajapaksa in the clan. One good thing is Sinhalese can replace that Rajapaksa by another individual if they choose to do so. If 20A gave more powers to PM and Cabinet or Parliament, changing a Government having a 2/3 power to a different one is more difficult. 20A has extreme and absolute powers . It it is on wrong hand, it would be a problem. It is like a knife. How many people have died in the world due to stab wounds. That is not justified not to produce knives or use those for legitimate use. GR will get this approved by parliament. There is a possibility that a few changes if someone goes to court. However, majority of powers will be given to GR. He will use if for one year and show People the good side of having powers. That will prepare the ground for new constitution and it will be approved by people in a referendum. So, stop crying and let people to decide at the next Presidential and Parliamentary election. Please remember the 100 off people who reads these articles and comments here are not the reflection of general public mind representation.

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      You can dream as long as you are asleep. Don’t wake up, because when you wake up, the things you are assuming is going to happen, will be very different, if ABSOLUTE POWER goes to GR. “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely”. And Rajapaksas are corrupt, lawless bunch to begin with. They have proved it more than enough.

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      Only the blind sing –
      May punchi Lanka obage Gotay
      Ae rekma etthay obage atthay
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      When they open their eyes they will find bayonets facing them.

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      You got a point. This is GR verses MR+NR+Other Rajapaksas. All power goes to GR.

      After 20A GR will be the bum and all other Rajapaksas toilet paper.

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      “Sinhalese can replace that Rajapaksa by another individual if they choose to do so.”
      With Election Commission and all Judges appointed by President through Parliamentary Council stacked 2 to 1, do you really think a govt change as even a remote possibility after 20A..

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    What happened to the cry to abolish the Presidential system by Chandrika [bahubutha viyawasthawa] in the year 2000 and MR in 2005.Is JR the greats 1978 constitution good now.

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    When the 20th Amendment gets legal sanction, it is neither the Rule of the Siblings, nor the evolution of the Sibling Dynasty that would spell disaster. What needs to be watched is the precise wording of the 20 th dispensation (the small print), that would vest power in the incumbent President and his chosen wielders of authority.

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    There are many things bragged about the Aanduwa’s 20A. Yet what is going to be the use of 20A is a question even few in the top tier of the Aanduwa cannot answer, while many others fears about the tyranny it’s going to extravasate. Yes, even Michelle Bachelet, UNHRC High Commissioner, has expressed her concern about 20A. On the 45th sitting’s opening speech HC said the 20A is going to suppress the NGOs and HCRSL, which is hiding under the table after the November, 2019 election. That commission’s Yahapalanaya appointed Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama is resigning. High Commissioner Bechet with many other concerns mentioned the intimidation and oppression taking place to the freedom of expression. Dharisha, editor of Daily News was forced to leave the country because she had talked to Garnier Banister, Swiss Embassy employee, who issued the Visa to Nissanka leave country. Dharisha’s home was searched and later her computer was forcefully obtained from family. But Ms. Dayani Mendis, Lankawe Permanent Rep at Geneva, picked item by item of High commissioner’s points and flatly denied any of them as true.

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    She, after patting on her back for Lankawe’s Covid-19 record & conducting the last election without blood, insisted that the 20A too, will be passed democratically in the parliament, after a fair chance for member to discuss about it. But that is not people feels; they think at whatever the cost to them, the 20A will go though.

    Ms. Dayani Mendis, in replying for the UNHRC, HC, stayed in Lankawe customary ways; flat denial & blaming others for having done same mistakes. This is the famous techniques Lankawe uses repeatedly again & again to delays, evade, and then to completely dodge taking responsibility for its heinous crimes. Before Ms. Dayani Mendis made this speech, Core Group countries’ spokesperson Rita France has said her group has no faith in Lankawe Local Mechanisms. But Dayani Mendis still insisted that her government has told that when it was cancelling the resolution one sided that they would implement the resolution locally. Then she denied her Rapist Army official having done any crime and bragged about the Paranagama Commission and LLRC’s work. The Only part Resolution asked was when War crime investigation was going it has to be open to IC. All other section on that resolution was for local mechanisms.

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    Now Dayani Mendis is saying her Rapist army didn’t commit any War Crimes; So Lankawe is not going to investigate the War Crime. Then even if Lankawe wants to implement the rest of the resolution, locally, then what is the point in one sided cancelling the resolution? It was UNHRC’s earlier, High commissioner, Jordanian Prince, Zeid, who forced the Paranagama commission’s investigation closed because that commission openly used the CID criminals to go homes of missing persons, threaten them and control missing persons’ relatives. LLRC refused to accept an offer by UNSG’s Expert Panel or allow its officers watch the LLRC commission’s proceeding. It refused to meet the Panel’s members, who all were world renowned Human Rights Activists-Lawyers. At end it refused share commission’s data with Expert Panel. Still LLRC said that there were evidences of Armed forces having committed excess to amount War Crime; as they didn’t had mandate to work on that area, they recommended to appoint another commission to clarify that part. Now 10 years have passed form Commission’s decision. Nothing happened on that part. The Hakeem submitted a National Action Plan for American State Secretary, out of which nothing has been done.

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    If Dayani Mendis is saying that her government is going to do something left on the withdrawn Revolution 30/1 and if that is true, as they know there are now many changes have come and lot of grey area has devolved, they might have given a new action plan at time of withdrawal of Resolution. Their word that they will do something locally is really a shameless lie. Now Ms. Dayani Mendis is reading the report written at home probably by GLP or Ali Sabre. When Ms. Dayani Mendis was sitting on the internal stage and lying through her teeth, on the camera focusing at her relayed that scene worldwide. How could be the Sinhala Intellectual can be such pathological liars not minding anyone or even paying attention to Core Group’s statement?

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    Let us go to 20A one more time. It is the biggest gymnastics the new Aanduwa had done. It bragged itself as having 2/3 but still there is no 151 MPs. Then they brought it hoping to pass donkey trading. They are working on Rishard’s involvements in 4/21 to make him to corporate with him. This is for what Hakeem came out with the idea of Muslim Minister’s Union resigning and brings Ranil’s Yahapalanaya to death. Now there is nothing like that he can try on Royal Government. The investigation may not stop unless Rishard make a move. Fearing of the end, Hakeem offered himself to make the move, but begging he should not be handled by the old case. 20A already went for a review. They say they don’t want to release the review because if they correct the 20A with the review, it would allow people see their government as a weak one. So they are ready to act like Hitler and Mussolini to make the people feel that the “Royal government is a tough one”. After it has fallen to this critical juncture, now King is saying that it was he who responsible for the 20A was being submitted as it was.
    Comedy Thamai!

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    One more ‘Adonawa’. I guess because:
    1. This time Sinhala Buddhist Supremacists made so called ‘King Makers’ redundant;
    2. Curtailing imports is going to affect Muslim traders who imported everything under the sun during ‘Jadapalana’ Government using foreign currency earned by Sinhala women toiling in Middle East and got rich;
    3. Very interesting things are coming out at the PC on Easter Sunday terrorist attack by Muslims; things that never came out at the Parliamentary Select Committee ‘Naadagama’;
    4. Opportunities are slim for Muslim politicians to play the usual ‘Monkey Game’ jumping from one tree to the other;
    5. Fear that Muslims are going to lose some of the privileges they enjoyed. Ex. Muslim men having fun with young chicks legally.

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      Biased Eagle,

      You cunningly avoided Tamil terrorists. Is that because your government includes the Tamil terrorist who killed Buddhist monks and bombed the Dalada Maligawa? It also includes a senior Tamil minister who chased away Sinhalese in Jaffna in 2010.

      You can’t judge 2 million Muslim from the action of 15.

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    “Finally, the ethno-centric Sinhala-Buddhist business class is destined to make hay while the Rajapaksa sun shines.”
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    Why not Sinhala-Buddhist business class make hay while the Rajapakshe sun shines? After all, Sinhala Buddhist Supremacists brought Rajapaksas back to rule the country after Sinhala Toiyas and minorities sent them to Medamulana in 2015. So Sinhala Buddhist Supremacists should get the dividends.
    ‘Para’ Malabar Vellala Demalu made hay while the British sun shined in Sinhale. The only bank in the country was Bank of Ceylon. Sinhalayo used to call that Loka Na Than’s Bank because only Demalu could take loans to do business from that bank.
    ‘Para’ Muslims made hay while Thambi Muttuge JRJ Open Economy sun shined and Ranils ‘Jadapalana’ sun shined.
    Now, it the turn of Native Sinhalayo!!!

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “Now, it the turn of Native Sinhalayo!!!”

      Who is this Sinhalayo?

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    There’s little pretence in my case. I’m a villager, despite my good command of English, and my not being given to xenophobia. The only other language I know is Sinhalese, and I speak it with the confidence of a native speaker. So I call myself “Sinhala_Man”. Yes, regrettably most Sinhalayo have proved stupidity.
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    I don’t know any Tamil at all. Having been a language teacher, I have “a sense” of other languages but can’t understand any of them.
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    All regular readers, including you, know my name and citizenship. There may be some who dare not be so open for a variety of reasons.
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    Given your vitriol, you owe us transparency.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) aka “Sinhala_Man”

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    Some openness from you please, Eagle Eye.
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    Thanks,
    .
    Panini

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      Sinhala-Man,
      What openness you expect from me?
      I have shown my openness in my writings. If you have any issues with what I write, you are free to challenge instead of writing nasty things. Who I am is immaterial.

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        Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

        “What openness you expect from me?”

        We don’t want you or your beloved crooked rulers to show the kind of openness you show to every Tom, Dick and Harry whoever passes by this island, your naked back side while holding a begging bowl.

        ” Who I am is immaterial.”

        It is important as we are well aware of you true self. You are an impersonator who desperately wants to be part of the original islanders, using fraudulent identities and unsubstantiated claims.

        You will be better off going back to your ancestral home in South India. Go, Go away.

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      Dear Mr SM,

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      Do you think he would ever grasp it ? Eagle Eye is said to be now in his early 80ties. So, if you expect him to be open ? Pigs might fly …. if he would change his nature.

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        Leegamalli,

        Yes pigs may fly; but our Bald Eagle cannot fly; but only sit around & lie. All Sinhala Buddhists flying high in the sky associating them with Mahawamsa, bragging that they have the oldest history and they are decedents of a lion. But Bald Eagle has abandoned the Mahawamsa and digging deep into the ground to lie with Balangoda Veddas a civilization wiped out long ago. Eagle has no ability to realize, like it happnded with the Mahawamsa, there a day will come soon that he has to abandoned the digged ground in Balangoda & swim across in the sea to Vangalam(Bengal) to tace his fore fathers.

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    All bad rulers in the world came into the scene as good persons. With power only they became bad rulers. In SL people appointed a person with a history of murders, frauds and corruption, and wanted him to be a good leader.

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    Today in PCol MP Harin told, prior to Easter a CID personal ( he gave the name too) who was involved in the case of statue demolition , had contacted his father who was then in an ICU and warned about the bombing next day , and soon after his father had called and warned the daughter NOT to attend Easter mass. Harin did not hide and was explicit about it. (Lankans have tendency to shoot the messenger). Harin the previous day told probably the churches were aware of this warning too. Now just sit back and think for your self. Of course the Lankan voters attitude/mentality is “who cares now, we got our man in power”. (MS too ). It matters to families who lost their near and dear ones. Harin is giving this evidence under oath. If true , just think about the statements then made by MS the crook, Ranjith the cunning hypocrite , CID/TID/Intelligence/security —etc. You can have all the constitution you desire but it will not stop such acts ,planned by the very same who create those constitution.

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      chiv: What Harin said was under “Oath”. Now think of the otherside of the coin. What made that CID man tell that to Harin’s father in ICU? What do you think? My opinion is the “SLAVISH” and “HYPOCRATIC” mentality and the behavioral patterns of those in Law Enforcement. Why he selected a “Politicians” father? Nothing to get surprised, when even the “Top Boss”, IGP becomes a “SLAVE” and says: “Yes Sir, Yes Sir. I will not arrest him. I will get the file”. After that conversation with the “Politico”, he issued immediate instructions to the Police not to arrest anyone without his permission. This was the situation in the country under “Yahapalanaya Maralaya” that sent the people mad and frustrated to “Bring Back” the “Devils”. Now the “Devils” have been brought back, the people cannot and must not look for those “Protruding Deadly Teeth” that are ready to “PREY” on everything and anything. Isn’t that the situation in the country now? Let the PEOPLES “Common Sense” awake in times ahead.

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    If such a ‘dangerous’ proposition can be passed through the Parliament what does it say about our Parliament? Logically this shows that bad things can happen even when the Parliament is powerful. So whether Parliament is powerful or the President is powerful it is all the same.

    This Westminster model is not a democracy run by our representatives. It is a committee of Party Leaders. So long as our representatives have no right to vote CONFIDENTIALLY according to their own conscience we are fooling ourselves.
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    If the MPs could vote CONFIDENTIALLY the 18th amendment would never have even been proposed, let alone passing through the Parliament.

    Soma

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      Soma,

      Let me ask a question. When the secret voting is in place, how is it, for 72 years, only radicals, war criminals, rapists, murders, drug dealers, male prostitutes and uneducated 8th graders being selected to Parliament? The truth is Sinhala Buddhist voters know nothing about democracy or Westminster Parliamentary System. They know only Briyani- Arrack voting and their reps.know only kleptocracy. You just try to white wash the Kandy Ayatollahs system as equal to democracy. But it is 1000 times worse than Sharia.
      Sorry man. Absolutely no prejudice.

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        Mallyuran, thank u for your great comment. U are spot on ??????????????

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      soma

      “If the MPs could vote CONFIDENTIALLY the 18th amendment would never have even been proposed, let alone passing through the Parliament.”

      You got a point or two there.
      In fact if the MPs had b***s, and could vote CONFIDENTIALLY most of the bills/Acts/Laws, Constitutions …. would not become part of the statute book, including constitution 1972, 1978, PTA 1978, various citizenship Acts, Finance acts, … none of the war criminals would be still controlling the state apparatus.

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        NV
        They need confidential voting to save their b***s.

        Soma

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          soma

          “They need confidential voting to save their b***s”

          You/them don’t need any elaborate parliamentary rituals to save your/their b***s. I wonder whether you and them need b***s at all provided you/them really understood the following quote:

          The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! – Gloria Steinem

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    The SLPP, instead of bothering with the 20th amendment, they can suggest a Monarchy.

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    Say good bye to DEMOCRAZY and welcome to vistas of splendor, virtuous and disciplined nation. Mr. Ameer Ali, to me this sounds like we are the next Pakistan. A family dynasty ,established by people to run a bankrupt country, owned by Mullahs (sangha), military and businessmen. The picture says it all. The constitutional council run by MR, BR, GR, CR ,NR and the dummy GLP in the middle.

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      As if democracy was soooo good!

      e.g. 1948, 1956, 1977, 1981, 1983, 2009

      We Tamils don’t want any of that. We want Tamilcrazy, not Democrazy, not Autocrazy, not Meritocrazy.

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    My Grandmother whom I loved a lot and still miss her, always had a saying for every situation. Last night when I was in bed and thinking about 20A, subsequent PM’s commission and after decision made by the President in the Cabinet not to accept the suggestions but wanted the way it was gazetted, my mind shifted on to a question – what would my Grandmother say in such a situation. Well got the answer “Its like rain pouring on a buffalo”. I think that would be the most appropriate view.

    With all the opposition from all groups of voters, democracy loving professionals and learned religious leaders, its clear that the Government we have today is made of Buffalos.

    How do you treat a Buffalo if you want it to do what you want it to do? Well you shout and beat. We cannot beat our Rajapakse Family-SLPP Govt members but we can shout at them. How can this be done?

    There are two ways –
    1) Walk into every MPs home and office and demand immediate withdrawal of 20A gazetted clauses where dictatorship is introduced.
    2) Shout, what I mean by this is “Hoooooot” at every SLPP MP including the President, when ever pr where ever you see them, it can be that they are in a car passing you…

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    Amir Ali or whoever did the Headline of this blog got the wrong end of the stick.

    “Dynastic Rule Needs Constitutional Change”

    is more appropriate

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    The current position is that no body in SLPP is going to open their mouth against GOTHAPAYA. most SLPP AND SLFP MPS are just watching the situation without knowing what direction the government.there are more catchers who supports MAHINDA wants him to take the upper hand as they are not sure about their CABINET AND STATE MINISTER positions once the 20th amendment comes in to effect.there are lot of muslim MPS who can not eat or sleep with out 1/2 or 1/3 minister position waiting in line thinking and fighting among as to who should jump out first.if this situation arise the leaders like HAKEEM AND RISHARD will jump out first to make sure about cabinet positions.SAJITH HEMADASA will have a tough time to keep his party intact.but most ardent supporters who voted for this government will see the moon with in 2 years after 20th is passed.the match between SLPP-SLFP-ELIYA AND VIYATHGAMA AND ANOTHER MINOR GROUP WILL START SOON AFTER NEW CABINET FORMED AFTER 20TH AMENDMENT.GUYS LIKE WEERAWANSE ,GAMANPULLE,WEERASEKARA must get ready to find excuses once muslims are given positions in government as they were shouting from roof top against muslims during and after elections.no politician in srilanaka is worried about the country,every body needs minister positions-JAYAWEEWA.

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    WOW, just because democracy was made into Democrazy in Lanka, by Lankan politicians dose not mean democracy is bad. It works well in many other countries. Today Hemasiri told PCol, MS promised unlimited retirement perks and offered a diplomat position of his choice to Pujitha, for taking the blame after Easter. Rings a bell buddy. This is about Lanka and its politicians elected by the very own people, and nothing to do with Democracy. It is not the Tamils/minorities alone who elected such criminals. Denial seems to have no limits and now Democracy has become the scapegoat. Whats next ????

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