13 June, 2021

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Covid Is Accelerating Conflict In Sri Lanka

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

My title is not entirely true. The chaos caused by the pandemic is both stampeding the Gota-Mahinda regime’s rush to stamp out opposition and curb public protest, it is also accelerating the intensification of anger against the regime and weakening it. For a hard-hitting summary about the former, assuming that Colombo Telegraph readers may not all read the Sri Lanka Sunday Times as well, I recommend that readers see that Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena had to say on the web version of the paper last week in her Focus on Rights column: 

Having endorsed Ms Jayawardena’s approach I will use my column today towards anticipating how events may unfold in the next twelve or so months. I begin by supplementing the news that people in Moratuwa have come out in protest on the streets and the Attorney General’s “Parody of justice and the Rule of Law”, with another snippet of news from Eheliyagoda. Vasu was surrounded by an angry mob and had to be rescued by the police, a foretaste of things to come and it will be worse for MPs who are in any case hated and known to be crooks – thankfully Vasu is neither; perhaps  people are making a start with those known to be traitors to their principles. 

Previously in this column I have described the next period of say 5 years as one of rising autocracy and suppression of rights, but the sudden social, economic and political power-balance changes brought about by the pandemic has made it necessary to change this expectation. It will be more correct to define the coming say two years as a phase of rising conflict between swelling mass anger and state whose authoritarian thirst is not yet assuaged. The factors creating this new situation are:

* Covid-19 will remain with us probably all of 2021 and into 2022 and the proportions of the pandemic seem to be worsening.

* Prices of food and essentials are rising and shortages are manifest; these trends will worsen for some years.

* Going to work is getting harder and as the economy worsens formal unemployment will rise.

* There seems little prospect of international rating agencies lifting Sri Lanka above junk status in the foreseeable future. This is will aggravate balance of payments deficits and contribute to shortages and rising prices. The rupee has fallen to about LKR 200 to a US$ and could drift to about 250 by end 2022. 

* The Rajapaksa siblings seem to be clueless what to do. Gotabaya’s military cabal I guess will want to go out guns ablaze if civilian unrest multiplies

* The political side will strain every nerve to put the blame on the Muslims and the Tamils. 

* The negative debt repayment outlook will drag on but Sri Lanka may be able to avoid default. However there is a limit to what China will do to bail out this beggar.

* The opposition SBJ, TNA and Muslim parties are gutless and cockles. The masses are not willing to rally behind the JVP, so clear-cut political alternatives are not on the table.

This is the reason why I now prefer to describe the coming years as a period of increasing conflict rather than rising authoritarianism. Authoritarianism will certainly try to increase its heft; 20A give it a degree of constitutional over and the coming new constitution will make matters much worse. On the other hand mass anger may hold these dangerous trends and ambitions in check to some extent. It’s better to leave forecasting open – “unknown unknowns” as Rumsfeld called it.

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    There are two major reasons why Covid is accelerating conflict.
    – The Racist decisions of the Government, especially burial of Covid bodies
    – Government Ministers and Speaker endorsing unproven “Pani” as treatment and not conducting adequate rapid tests.
    If as per the Lady who is supposed to have Danish Qualification, Covid virus can spread through ground water (not sure if she really has a Danish degree as in Denmark they are burying the Covid dead), there is a simple solution. Check the corpse for covid by rapid test after a few days to see if the virus are alive and if so bury when the virus are not alive. She could not suggest this with all her qualifications, how stupid.
    “Pani” is being pushed by Pavithra and the Speaker of the Parliament is because they do not have money to buy vaccine, they are waiting for “pinata vaccine” and want to keep the poor people happy in the mean time. These days we don’t see Pavithra, may be she is down with Covid 19!
    The inability of the Gotabaya-Mahinda-Vyathmaga-Yuthukama Government to effectively manage the situation as in the Phase 1 is the reason why its spreading so fast. Further, when Udayanga’s tourist planes arrive there would be another spread.

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      Srilanka is an island nation. As many other like minded countries of that nature, containment of the virus could have been possible, if leadership was educated enough.
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      Sri Lanka
      Coronavirus Cases:
      38,639
      Deaths:
      184
      Recovered:
      30,568

      How come COVID numbers went up drastically within the last 8 weeks ?
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      Now almost everything being upside down for those who are hit by unexprecidented conditions while living in Europe, Middle east, Australia and America, are double punished by asking them to pay 3-4 times more than the usual prices for the air passage for one single passenger. Who are behind these highly corrupted bunches… they are nobody else, the close men of Rajaakshe rascals. I have got provable evidence to provide if anyone would want to know the facts on what I have been adding here.

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        Mr. eLM (eternal Loose Motion)
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        By any chance have you ever heard a area called ENGLAND which happened to be somewhere in EUROPE…..?
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        We understand that you don’t get international news coverage in the lunatic asylum you live.
        So you can’t be aware of current international airfares.
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        But at least try to read few Tamil news papers before start lying in CT.

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          Burial of COVID Deaths and SRILANKEN govt’s of barbarians

          If Bangaladeshi (natuarlly sinking country, along with the Netherlands, bury COVID deaths, why not srilankens still stand against their last wills ? – ONLY REASONING THIS IS Rajakshes are heartless high criminals.

          Today people celebrate their Christmas across the world. But our so called buddhists calling them sinhala buddhists, but doing the other way around. We should be ashamed to call us SINHALAYA.

          The last will of the people should be respected by any leaders, but mlechcha Rajaakshes have paid the blind eye on the grave issue.
          :
          We the edcuated expatriates warned the voters enough prior to elections, if BPs would grab power, turning srilanken to another IDIAMINs land is inevitable.

          Irrespective our repeats, PEOPLE voted for them. Today, what they have achieved fort he benefits oft he masses is almost nothing. Former asylum seeker Rajakashe has failed to do the little for his people.
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          Instead, GOTABAYA s abusive forces are deceiving srilankens that make every effort to return home from Middle east, australia, Japan, France, Italy or any other countries by forcing to PAY 3-4 lacks of srilanken rupees for airpassage and quarantining in hotel of their choice.

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        Mr. eLM (eternal Loose Motion),
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        A “proven liar” talking about “provable evidence”
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        That is funny…..
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        May be something like “prisons” in Rathnapura, Kahawaththa & Welimada…..?

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      Buddhist1: The “GR” Government waiting for “pinata vaccine”. Until that “Dole Out” comes, various stunts have been adopted to “DISTRACT” the attention of the gullible. It started with “Inhaling Pot”, then “Sudarshine” and now “Kali Amma Peniya”. The Government asked for a loan of “Rs 10 Billion” to buy the vaccine. Yet” GR & Co,” (GR,MR,Basil,Viyathmaga,Yuthukama, Sanga Brigade) was quick to “Divert” Rs. 10 billion to “Gaja Mithura” nade through tax reductions (sugar & palm oil) and handing over to administer the Port terminal to Indians. This “Gaja Mithuru” virus is much worse than the “Covid 19”.

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        I hope next time one of the Rajapakse brothers, Pavithra, Keheliya, SB, Dilan, Weerawansa, Gammanpilla get sick they don’t go to Singapore, USA or Australia for treatment but to the “Pani Bass”.

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      Buddhist1
      What????? “Unproven Peni”??????? Unproven????
      Excuse me, it is the Western Doctors in Sri Lanka who should IDENTIFY the herbs and the herbal formulae used to create Sinhala herbal medicinal tonics (Peni), not the other way!!! If they are experts in medical science, they should be able to identify the herbal formula of the tonic to understand its effectiveness.

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        To prove any medicine foreign or local is an effective treatment it has to follow an established testing procedure. Identifying a herb does not prove it will cure a disease. If anyone thinks so then its a display of his or her ignorance. Western doctors today recommend herbal medicine as well as long as they have been gone through a testing process.

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      Today is the day Europeans celebrate their CHRISTMAS.
      :
      My wish is all those srilankens suffer in Middle east, Italy and other like minded countries be blessed so that they could return home, but not filling the pockets of Rajaakshes. Please watch the video below
      .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evJ6TmaDdy0

      We warned the people enough, if BPs would be back, HUMAN FLESH WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN THE SUPER MARKETS because Rajakashes are born mlechcha people.

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      Another simple solution is to wash/heat the body. Temperatures above 40 deg. Celsius is said to kill the virus. Hence steaming and gargling with hot water is advised for Corvid patients.

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    Covid Is Accelerating Conflict In Sri Lanka still discussing wasting lot time where ready available message is given by WHO about that the bodies buried 6 feet below the soil cannot transmit.
    Now the 1G virus has turned to 3 Generation Virus and increased the transfer no one spent more time to see what is happening on the earth. Covid-19 will remain with us probably all of 2021.
    Instead of blocking the accessibility it has been accelerated.

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    Kumar David,
    If Rajapakshe siblings are clueless on what to do can you please tell what to do because you appear to be a ‘Master of Everything’. If you do not have a clue please tell who has a clue.

    “The Rajapaksa siblings seem to be clueless what to do.”

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      Eagle,
      ” If you do not have a clue please tell who has a clue.”
      I have one!
      Did you read in the news that a 72 years old woman by the fear of Covid 19 did self-immolation?
      Could you together with Royals do that for the betterment of the country?
      Thank you!

      (Just go man, go and dig some land that may help a plant, instead of CT readers’ mouth)

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      Kumar just told us, and you, Mr Reagle – that we should all consume Kali Amma’s pani toward off Covid-19.

      There are also many “pethi” made by our veda mahaththayas…… I hear that some are quite effective; yes, so they have been given to the armed forces and parliamentarians. One hopes that these smart vedamahaththayas will know what to put in these “pethi” to make all the villains in these two domains impotent, incontinent and hopefully deceased.

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    Conflict, especially with the ruling cabal is the sure-fire way to implement authoritarianism to ” protect the nation, sovereignty and the people”. With 20A in place Sinhalese Buddhist voters have given the green light to Sinhalese-Buddhist authoritarianism.

    What they want is what they will get!

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    The Sinhalese Buddhists are furious with the Rajapaksa government..
    Rajapaksa allies are destroying forest reserves and archeological sites, burning even Bo trees and covering Pagodas with soil. The latest forests destroyed are the Surgeon King Buddhadasa’s Nilgala Forest Herbal Garden and the Nidangala Cultural Reserve. Then there is the proposal to build a road through the Yakkure Waterflow Valley National Park.
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    The most painful thing is that the Rajapaksas are engaging in a form of ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM targeting the VEDDA COMMUNITY in Galwalayaya, Maha Oya in Ampara District. The Vedda community has inhabited these areas for over 20,000 years!!! Clearing the forest and building roads in an area where the community cannot use or afford vehicles is counterintuitive as these roads will only cater for the privileged. In addition to destroying a beautiful ecosystem, it also creates air and noise pollution that endangers the health and safety of the Vedda community.
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    On a separate issue, we are still awaiting a joint statement by the Chief Prelates of the tri-Nikayas against Asia’s largest slaughterhouse and meat processing plant opened in Katunayake by the Rajapaksas.

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      Champa,
      How do you know that Sinhalese Buddhists are furious with Rajapakse government after giving two third majority by them. The problem is that Sinhalese Buddhists do not have backbone to say that true Buddhism is very much different and opposite to what they are practicing.

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        Ajith
        Oh, don’t underestimate the power of the Sinhalese Buddhist people.
        Did you know the Sinhalese are becoming vegetarians today more than ever to stop animal slaughter in our Sinhala Buddhist country?
        Let me give you the statistics related to animal slaughter.
        In 2018, Sri Lanka has slaughtered 192,403 (thousand heads) of cattle and buffaloes and 150,863 of poultry birds for meat!!

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          Champa,
          If Sinhalayo stop eating meat think how many Muslims will lose their livelihood. Then these Muslims will make a big hue and cry saying Sinhala Buddhists are discriminating Muslim minority by becoming vegetarians.

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        I think all religions are been corrupted and distorted after centuries after the passing of the founder which is leading to conflicts between countries and between communities, have become a curse. We are now better off without it.Happy Christmas to you all from UK.

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      I forgot to mention that the Sinhalese should visit Vedda Chief Wannilaththo to show solidarity against ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM.

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      Champa: Chief Prelates are not against the “Meat Processing” plant, because they have read a FB posting by someone who said: “This Meat Processing Plant is to feed the imported meat from one side and the cows will come out as the end product”.

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        Well done Simon.

        When did those meet buckets by life became animal rights activists?

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    Mr KD, I have no doubt the wat they the govt gets on with Covid has not improved flattening the curve in the containment of the virus. Look at how they smiled the poor gullible masses in kegalle. Experts make clear even President Trump was found to have in his wards, meaning the kind psycho problems are not uncommon. As responsible govt not to have corrected it yet but let people be in anxieties tell all about their weakest nature of governance. Why srilankens to fall this tribal levels is beyond understanding 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    I would wish that these signs of the gradual gloom descending on us were not there, but I have no doubt that they are real.
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    One can’t, of course, easily intuit one’s mind – recognised by Shakespeare’s Henry IV:
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    “Thy wish was father, Harry, to that thought” as he said when he caught his son trying on the crown after he thought his father dead.
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    We may not approve of the Rajapaksas, but if the economy crashes it won’t be fun for any of us.
    .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_are_known_knowns
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    How long before we start going off our nuts?
    .
    Thanks, Professor Kumar, for alerting us to the dangers ahead.

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    If it is a conflict then Gota will prevail.

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    Unfortunately, the so called intellectuals appointed to the cabinet and their lackeys are nothing but imbeciles. How could a country prosper when the leaders have no basic educational qualifications or any specialization. We dream of becoming like Singapore, but the difference is education which is sadly lacking and instead, we have murderers, convicted felons, drug and alchohol dealers, rapist and thieves.

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      The reality is, we will NEVER be Singapore, or anywhere close. It ALL depends on the leaders and the people. Singapore is a multi religious nation, and they seems to respect all, and get on with each other. There are no Buddhist monks calling the shots, spreading hate, and attacking the minorities, and there are no corrupt leaders dividing the country. They are united, respect the law, and work towards progress.
      That would be a miracle here.

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        Ashan,
        Singapore prospered because of ‘Iron Rule’ of Lee Kuan Yew. He did not allow Tamils to play hell. Chinese ruled the country and Tamils had to fall in line with Chinese rule. Where as in Sinhale the descendants of Dravida coolies brought by colonial rulers started playing hell soon after Sinhale gained Independence.
        JR Jayawardena had a vision to develop the country but Indians who were in the ‘Socialist Camp’ at that time did not want to see a prosperous country under a capitalist system as their neighbor and used Demalu to destabilize the country. Killing 13 soldiers using ‘Jaffna Boys’ in 1983 was the first move. Later, India trained and armed Tamil terrorists who ruined this country. Demalu ruined the country and blame Sinhalayo.

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          So where did your buddhism come from, genius?

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            Ukkirabuththan,
            Dumbo, what from where Buddhism came to do with Demala Tamil and Muslim terrorists ruining this country?

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            Eagle ‘stupid’ Eye, worships a philosophy. Buddha is not God but he has been made into one. Did Buddha ever say he was God or did he ever have Godly powers? Eagle ‘stupid’ Eye is dumb and illiterate, please forgive him.

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              Lord Buddha never claimed to be a god and he told Anannda that if claim to be a god then he would be adding himself to over hundred of Gods worshipped in the country, instead he wanted his followers to adhere to his simple teachings that would lead a person to Nirvana, perhaps not another world.I think Nirvana is a state of mind,ie as he said if one supress the evils we are all born with from birth like greed,envey,jelousy,etc then we will be at peace with one another, at peace with ones self which I try to attain. He said all creatures have these negatives for ones survival. He notice even a very young child had those negative qualities from birth.What a great revelation. I think we have more Buddhist like people in the developed countries than in the third world.My evidence is the reckless way we drive on the roads,just compare the third world drivers with first world divers who hardly use the horn or try to overtake from the wrong side showing ones selfishness and Sri Lanka can’t claim to be a Buddhist country because they all are much against the basic teachings of Buddha.

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                Subject to other views, I think ” we have more Buddhist like people in the developed countries than in the third world” is because they are those that embraced the Philosophy out of conviction of the Principles, and abide by that. This holds true for any one converting to any other religion too.
                In ” Buddhist” countries, it is more a vehicle for other things worldly and not adherence to the Phiolsophy, whether a monk or layman. ( of course many good followers are there but in a minority).
                Some pay lip service only as it suits. Politicos.
                Whatever “label” by birth only creates division.
                It is better to study other religions also and say you are “….xx….” by rational analysis or just move on by faith through the accident of birth.
                Whatever it is, it should not be cause for any human conflict, and we live in hope !!

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            Buddhism came to SL from the Ashokan Empire. (It excluded Tamil Nadu).

            There was no country named India at that time. The Ashokan Empire was a Buddhist kingdom that included parts of modern Nepal, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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              Fathima Fuckshima,

              Asoka was never was a Buddhist. Like Buddha, he too was Hindu from Birth to death. The Gujarat kind of Mahawamsas twisted him as a man of Buddhagama. Like our CT Ferryman, he too was Sinhala Buddhist, was spreading the Buddhist philosophy. Buddhagama never existed and not even now, other than in earthquakes rocking Kandy, Daladha Maligawa. Asoka killed 18,000 Jains because a Jain monk had drawn a picture of Buddha praying the feet of Mahavira. Buddha did it as a Hindu because Hindu’s do not reject any religions unlike Buddhagama. It is argued Asoka never became Buddhist; neither followed any Buddhists’ thoughts. He always did all what the Kandy Ayatollahs are doing, preaching hypocrisy! Only a small fraction of Asoka deported (150,000) refugees reached Lankawe. (posibly more than 700, men, women, children included –refugee families). That Asoka’s refugees mixed with the Tamils lived in here, but no 700 special Tamil women imported from TN. Odessans lost their culture and transformed them into Tamil culture. They are wearing Reda Hatta and eating Appa. Kannagism and Buddhism stared to flow into almost at same time by Manimekhala and her Periyamma (?), (Kannagi). The statue praying of Saman, Sivan, and Murugan existed from prehistoric time. Mahanama, wrote Mahavamsa, is a Telugu Pundit from Kanchi. Manimekala’ s academic progenies nuns wrote Thivuvamsa.

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          @egaleeye The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart”

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            Oma Yang

            “@egaleeye The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart””

            Eagle Eye is sitting on his head.

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            Oma Yang, please write this in simple Sinhala language for Eagle ‘dumbo’ Eye. The language you have used is very difficult for this fool to understand. Even regular Sinhala will be hard for him.

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          Eagle Eye has got his head so far up the Royal Backside each time he blinks the royal toilets flush. Stop and use that brain of yours ….but then again that too must be all mushy and yellow.

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          Eagle Blind Eyed Modaya,
          Lee Kwan Yew’s Deputy Prime Minister was Rajaratnam a Jaffna Tamil. The present Deputy Prime Minister Shanmugaratnam is a Jaffna Tamil. Sinhalayas have had Sinhala Only for 72 years. They have become a pack of beggars. They should be sent back to India where they came from to tap toddy, peel cinnamon and beat drums so that the rest of us can prosper

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        Minority politicians are no better!

        Only solution is to split the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably.

        If Singapore remained part of Malaya, it will never become a developed country!

        Similarly, if Sinhaland remained part of Sri Lanka, it will never become a developed country.

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          For Sri Lanka to become a developed country it has to get rid of its “Racist Politics”. In order to do that the first step should be to ensure that all those who are born and live in this country are “Sri Lankans”, not Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Christians or Catholics. Can this government achieve it, I do not think so and can the Buddhist Monks make this a reality, that too I do not think so.

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          Gatam

          I could not have put it any better. That is why Majority of the Tamils
          -live outside of North and East in Sinhala areas historically.
          -during the war any displaced people also needed up living amongst Sinhalese people
          -After war no one returned
          -the folks who left for better pastures else where as toilet washers goes refugees also do not want to return with their families
          – that is why Indian workers also did not want to leave SL after Independence…if life was better in India they would have all left not limited to the last 10 year category GOSL was focused on..
          -Majority Muslims live amongst Sinhalese
          – All the Minority party representatives including the PLOTE/TELO also live in the South.
          – All the diaspora now have best of 2 world now invested in Colombo and hardly anything in Jaffna…..is left to the Indians new comers to be facilitated for future flotillas from Tamil Nadu.

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            – is why a professionals like Hon Wiggy MP can be in Jaffna after had a great carrier in a terribly destructive unjust crooked Sinhala Country and his upbringing in Colombo and now realise no one told him about the Sinhala abuse of Tamils after retirement.since 2009.
            – This is why Colombo has been sold off to Tamils (now upcountry too) around the world and Sinhalese have been moving out to rural places. May have stopped now?
            -this is why NPC did not have to do anything following the tradition of Mp’s from North and East and sit their and pass 400 ++ resolutions. No one to protest/demand justice from this monstrosity.
            – May be there is no need for anyone to do anything in North and East as GOSL does more than enough anyway as before since independence.
            -So if this trickery to continue Sinhalese have to look inwards and focus on their future development work.

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              Then the challenge is what would one do with all the Tamils down South then? would be like a Brexit scenario??

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                Few more question though

                – Once the landmass is full in North and East would you be letting them all to move into Sinhala land??

                – Would their be barbed wire fencing/walls/mined areas/security and armaments defending boarders 24/7 then not sure there will be enough land left in the North and East……please ask the UN to check the security protocol and land mass requirement before wall building just incase lines are drawn in the sea? the continentalshelf is very deep after (2000 m) a small distance from the shore and around SL is difficult to reclaim land as well.

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      Oma Yang,
      There is no intellectuals appointed to the ministry or cabinet. I give you three examples of Cabinet Ministers.
      Wimal Weerawanse:Weerawansha passed eight GCE O levels and started studying GCE A level but was expelled for not attending classes.
      Namal Rajapakse. Son of Prime Minister. After school Rajapaksa joined Cardiff University to study law.He then went to City University London from where he graduated in September 2009 with a third-class degree law degree. Then he joined law college in SriLanka. It was alleged that Rajapaksa sat the exam in a special cubicle that was set aside for him and the college’s principal accompanied him.

      Douglas Devananda: He was arrested many times in the country under Prevention of Terrorism. He was a militant trained with PLO. He was charged in India for abduction and murder etc.

      The same government was in power in 2005 to 2015. If you know the level of corruption, murders, bribes and racism in this country made the country to this level instead of Singapore lever. They never had a dream of bringing SriLanka like Singapore but their dream is to bringing their family’s wealth like Singapore .

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        @Ajith…for a moment I thought you were taking the piss…but these three classic examples prove my point

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      Oma Yang,
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      that Woman, Fernandopulle… is said tobe a specialist in medicine. But she stays mum in terms of PANI BEEMA promotion instead of making efforts to order the vaccine.
      :
      So what more talks we should need to see how inteliigent our parliamentarians have been.
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      I think, no longer, people will come to protest against RAJAKSHES. That is my wish. Enough is enough. We should finally fight to drive away the Rajapkshes from our sights. They are born to mislead own people. I really dont know why people let them being fooled this way.

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    SL voters, tired of the same corrupt politicians & having no choice, elected a man hyped as the saviour of the Sinhala race & Buddhism, just as white Christian middle America voted for a non political ‘successful’ businessman to make America ‘great’. Either they were unaware or in denial about his credentials as a ‘patriot’ who avoided paying tax & his apparent dubious business practices after being declared bankrupt several time & in debt to foreign banks, including Russian. Similarly, GR’s vote base, the Sinhala Buddhist supremacists, are in denial about his various corruption & murder allegations, & just like Trump, uses strongman tactics & has no strategy (apart from the ‘viyathmaga’ hype), surrounding himself with cronies, pardoning criminals & alienating the rest of the world (apart from China). One does not need Prof. David’s intelligence to understand the ‘coming colours’.
    Cont.

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    Cont.

    More seriously, the handling of the pandemic is highly questionable & casts doubt about the Govt.’s credibility & capability. Despite the initial claim that SL has controlled the pandemic better than developed countries, the Govt. seems to be totally in the dark now with the Health Minister resorting to divine faith & publicly promoting home recipes of unlicensed aurvedic medical practitioners & snake oil merchants who should be, instead, investigated for misleading gullible public. Having reduced the Health budget allocation, SL may not be in a position to buy the WHO approved vaccines & it will probably be the Chinese who will come to the aid, donating their vaccine, the catch being, the poor recipients will be the Guinea pigs.

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    Prof Kumar’s predictions are extrapolation of the current trend, but without numbers. The General expectation is they all to become true.
    In case of Exchange Rate, he placed a number $1=250RS by 2022. We said the Rs 200 level to be achieved by 2018, start and 300 at 2019 start, after the Mangala 2017 Act. This was expected from that time external confidence on Lankawe economic growth and actual performance of actual economic growth. Though they both were negative at the end of Yahapalanaya, MCC, EU’s GSP+, and Japanese’s proposal of $1.5B lRT and the Western involvement in reinstating Yahapalanaya delayed the trend expected to Rupee. From the start of 2019, the Royal Government put a halt to imports and dwindled of the economy, to hide indicators during the elections. Now the Rupee is plummeting against dollar, without any protecting hand, like an orphan in the open snowy winter landscape. This can make rupee to compensate all past missed measures during the last two years, without any production increment or the trading confidence. In another word, rupee may fall many times faster than the relevant inflation at home. It can go even beyond 350. This Corona winter Lankawe badly needed the blanket of LRT $1.5B loan & MCC .5B grant. You won’t be able to find in any encyclopedia a better practical example of mismanagement than this.

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    It is necessary to look at this problem from a rationalistic point of view.. I of course agree with Ms Kishali Pinto Jayawardhana .

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    Dear Prof Kumar
    You have mentioned above of the “Opposition”. What opposition One asks. Zero itself is nothing, but without a zero, you cannot count anything; therefore, zero is something, yet zero. -Dalai Lama
    Therefore, the opposition need to be a voice, however small the opposition be, a voice of some significance. Sajith seem to have been bought over, TNA, no comment only the JVP leader seem to have some semblance as an opposition.
    What a sorry state of affairs. Doing nothing is not a choice

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    Dear Prof Kumar
    You have mentioned above of the “Opposition”. What opposition One asks.
    ” Zero itself is nothing, but without a zero, you cannot count anything; therefore, zero is something, yet zero.” -Dalai Lama
    Therefore, the opposition need to be a voice of some reckoning, however small the opposition be, a voice of some significance. Sajith and his SBJ, seems to have been bought over, as for TNA and the Muslim parties, apart from some windbags, uttering something in the parliament, no comment; only the JVP leader seem to have some semblance of an opposition. Is this enough? No, but something is better than nothing
    .”The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner”. Gorden B. Hinckley
    What a sorry state of affairs. Doing nothing is not a choice. The country is in a dire state, we are definitely going to be another Venezuela.
    Ratnam Nadarajah

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      Dear RN,

      wish you merry christmas and happy holidays !
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      I have no doubt, if Dr Rajitha Senratne were the minister he would have achieved world leaders to get the people soon vaccined. Also going back to the days of post Tsunami disaster, if CBK as external affairs would have been simialr to that of Rajakshes… surely, not many would have spent on behalf of srilanken victims. We should be well aware of the fact, that we srilankens are another hungry folk in the world.. who cant be alive without the support of the developed world. Interdependence is a must…

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        Dear LM
        Wish you a very best festive season’s Greetings. May the good lord bless us all with good health.
        The SL is on a denial mode LM. This cannot go on any further. The time is running out
        “You have the right to work, but never engage in action for the sake of rewards, nor should you long for in action.” Lord Krish to Arujun at the battlefield. This is very akin to the state of affairs in SL.
        We all live in a bubble, when one bursts the chances are that rest will succumb to the forces of nature

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      ”Zero itself is nothing, but without a zero, you cannot count anything; therefore, zero is something, yet zero.” -Dalai Lama
      *
      How did the Romans count I wonder!
      (RN, it is a only lighthearted remark)

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    Prof Kumar David,

    It is not Covid, but the government that is accelerating conflict.

    Unfortunately to our horror, Covid treats everyone equally without any racial, communal, religious or gender bias.
    Hence you cannot blame Covid on that ground

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    Wish all a Merry Christmas. On this day of Christmas let us be serious and face the situation that our country is undergoing. We did appreciably well in handling the “First Wave” of COVID 19. With the WHO listing us in the “2nd” place to have done well, we switched gear to a “Celebrity” mood and overlooked what may come upon us. That is how our Politicians behave and nothing to wonder about. Then the next “wave” came from “Brandix” and “Peliyagoda Fish Market”. Now it has almost got out of hand and uncontrollable. Now we have to “Realistically” and “Practically” hurry in to find a “Way Out”. To do that, ALL (politicians, civil society, public officials) have to come together and work in unison rating this pandemic as a “National Issue”. It is nothing but the TRUTH, that we cannot “AFFORD” to import the widely used “Pzier” vaccine for the reasons (1) the cost (2) the unavailability of storage facilities in the country (-70C refrigeration) Presently our Hospitals have -2 to -8 C facilities only. Considering these two factors, we have to strictly follow (1) Preventive and (2) Remedial measures for which that “Unanimity” is a “MUST”.

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    I hopped in to my collage, the UCL a few days ago and I was told by someone sort of a cure is invented by one Dr Catherine Houlihan in conjunction with Astra Zeneca. It’s on trial will be available soon, provided other will allow it. It’s unique which build the immune system very rapidly. So lets hope for the best but keep away from snake oil doctors and be guided by science and WHO.

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    Gota has had enough of the bumbling Viyath Muggers, the plundering Pohottus and the pain in the ass monks. These days he is ruminating if he could only turn the clock back … … to those nondescript but carefree days in LA … … minding a 7-Eleven Store … … selling Lotto, Pepsi and Hubba Bubba bubble gum … … “No Problem … … Thank You … … You’re Welcome … … Have a Nice Day.”
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    And then he mutters to himself: “Now that’s what I’d call LIFE … … Not this HELL”

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    As I mentioned prior to gen elections our vista of splendour may come out of this pandemic in time ( which now seems to be a long shot) only to enter much larger pandemics called DEMOCRAZY , economic meltdown, junk bonds (lankans were discussing scams now left with junk), inflation, unemployment, public revolt,ever depreciating Rs, mounting debts, wrong priorities leading to bankruptcy, lack of food supply, hunger , China invasion, US coming up with Geneva sanctions and more. To counter these self promoted evils the only weapon our govt has is military suppression ,
    the next North Korea. Well deserved. I am sure lankans have watched hungry feeble Nk are conditioned to fake a smile while singing and praise their supreme leader for vistas of splendor. You too will master those skills in no time

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    See all the comments and suddenly Mr .ZERO , from no where comes up with his HERO theory/ thought. How did Roman’s count??? You being Mr. Know it all why don’t you find out and enlighten us..

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