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Dawn At Galle Face: Which Tomorrow?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Beyond the barricade

Is there a world you long to see?” ~ Do you hear the people sing (Les Misérables)

“I’m 89 years old,” the grandmotherly protestor holding a hand-drawn placard says. “For the last…89 years I have not gone through so much misery. Every time in the night when the light goes off, I cry… I’m going to the polima (queue) in my old age trying to get gas. I stand in the polima to get a packet of milk in my old age… What is the meaning of this? Haven’t they got a heart?” (Newswire – 6.4.2022).

That misery is worse now, and will become infinitely more in the coming months. The discussions with the IMF seem to have ended inconclusively. Other than trying to lease national assets (the list reportedly includes Katunayake, Ratmalana, and Mattala airports and the southern part of the Colombo Port), the Rajapaksas have no economic plan. They have abandoned even the pretence of governance, their energies focused on staying in power.

The Rajapaksas will not go into the powerless night peacefully. They have a world to protect, and will protect it to death, the country’s and ours. Already one life is lost, two children made fatherless. The residents of Gota-Go-Gama marked the wanton murder of Chaminda Lakshan by laying wreaths outside the Temple Trees.

Nothing, however, was farther from PM Rajapaksa’s mind than political obsequies. Just hours previously he had informed Neth FM that he will remain prime minister, even in the event of an interim government being formed. “What use of interim governments when people with varying policies can’t see eye to eye?” he asked rhetorically, pertinently.

The Rajapaksas know what they want. The opposition doesn’t. The Rajapaksas are concentrating their energies and efforts on jamming every constitutional highway and byway to their ouster. The opposition is too busy squabbling over power that is not yet – and may never be – theirs. The SJB and the JVP are wasting time and energy on who can organise a bigger march, probably as a prelude to a future presidential contestation between Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake. The 11 party ‘Independent group’ is opposed not to the government but to Basil Rajapaksa; their aim is a palace coup to install Dulles Alahapperuma as prime minister under a President Gotabaya.

(A necessary digression. This week the Chinese Ambassador paid a public call on the leaders of the 11 parties in parliament, in a none-too-subtle message to the Rajapaksas about the wages of flouting Beijing’s authority. Obviously China sees Basil Rajapaksa as America’s and India’s Man and plans to regain its grip on Sri Lanka by engineering a power-shift within the regime. China is also pushing the old free trade deal idea as their ‘solution’ to Lankan crisis.).

A three-pronged effort is needed to eject the Rajapaksas from power peacefully and constitutionally.

The first prong is present, nationwide public protests.

The second prong is a constitutional path to a post-Rajapaksa Sri Lanka. The opposition needs to unite around a single roadmap. A major shift in the parliamentary balance is needed to oust the Rajapaksas constitutionally and that won’t happen while the opposition remains in its current state of infantile disunity.

The third prong is the entry of organised labour into the struggle. The strike option needs to be used, though in a way that minimises the impact on the already suffering masses (for example, the health sector should be kept out of it). The business community, if they are sincere about their vaunted support for change, should become a part of this, paving the way for an unprecedented employee-employer general strike.

The revenge of the economy

In a yet another first, the Cabinet gave permission to “cut down trees in state-owned plantations and sell the timber to pay statutory dues of thousands of employees,” according to a report in The Sunday Times.

This news is not from April 2022, but November 2013. The Rajapaksas have habitually caused economic havoc because of their habit of treating Sri Lanka as a cornucopia for themselves and their political and business acolytes.

The national health system is on the verge of collapse because the country lacks foreign exchange to import essential medicines. Yet private hospitals are not facing such an existential crisis. The paucity of foreign currency is affecting the printing of exam papers and school text books, but not the importation of designer goods. Odel, now owned by the owner of Asiri Hospitals (who was appointed by President Gotabaya as Sri Lankan chairman), this opened an exclusive Polo Ralph Lauren outlet in the New Galle Face Mall this year (some of those products have to be imports).

The ship of the nation, state, and people is sinking, while the Rajapaksas and their acolytes lack for nothing.

The current crisis cannot be resolved without ousting the Rajapaksas constitutionally and peacefully. That is a necessary precondition, but not a sufficient one. Even without the Rajapaksas, the road ahead would remain tortuous. Just as there are concrete proposals for an alternative political system, there must be concrete proposals for an alternative economic system. If the opposition does not possess an economic road map, we will lose our way again.

Even with workable economic policies and international backing, conditions will worsen before they get better. For the ordinary man and woman, already overburdened, life will get worse. Prices will rise while real incomes fall and living conditions decline. A large swathe of the lower middle class will sink below the poverty line, a process that is already in motion.

Any massive creation of new poor is deadly for political stability. Beset by unfamiliar economic woes, shamed by social degradation, and fearful for the future of their children, they will be especially vulnerable to any extreme ideology (religious or secular) or ultra-right solution, including a military one.

Sri Lanka cannot emerge from this economic morass without a great deal of economic pain. The question is who should bear the brunt of this pain? Since austerity of a sort we have never known before is inevitable, which segments of the population should tighten their belts most? How will a post-Rajapaksa government increase revenue and decrease costs?

Is the opposition willing to impose more taxes on the wealthy, to increase personal and corporate income taxes, over the objections of their moneyed-backers? The IMF will not oppose such a measure. On the contrary the IMF currently advocates such measures: “Higher taxes for the rich will reduce inequality without hitting growth… Now it seems that it’s time for the politicians to start translating this into policy as soon as possible.”

Remember the time when gas cylinders exploded because of an arbitrary change in their composition? Its victims included a former soldier (who had been disabled after a mortar attack). This Menikhinna, Kandy resident was injured by a gas explosion on July 17th and died on August 23rd 2021. According to media reports, at the time of his death, he was still pension-less.

When presidential soothsayer built a hotel in Anuradhapura, labour was provided by the army.

The two stories, in confluence, are emblematic of everything that is wrong with our mammoth defence budget. What a post-war Sri Lanka needs is a lean and a smart military. Instead, out military is like our political class, corpulent, unintelligent, guzzlers of national wealth, and focused not on national defence but on defending their own corporate, organisational and personal interests and fiefs.

Is the opposition willing end this travesty by reducing and streamlining defence expenditure? After all, if guns continue to claim the largest share of the budget, the spending cuts will have to come from education, health and public welfare. This will impede national development and increase public discontent.

Is the opposition willing to cut the unjust and unmerited privileges the political class has ladled out to itself over time? Will the opposition announce its willingness to end the most egregious of these privileges starting with pension for parliamentarian, duty-free vehicles, official residences for ministers (including the payment of utility bills)?

The National Audit Commission has recommended that the loss of revenue from the Rajapaksa sugar scam (amounting to 16.8billion rupees in just four months) be reclaimed from those businessmen who were its major beneficiaries. The chairperson of the Human Rights Commission has backed this recommendation, pointing out that “the arbitrary and unreasonable use of state powers affects the economic, social, and cultural rights of citizens.” Will the opposition adopt this recommendation as part of its policy package?

What is the opposition’s poverty alleviation programme, taking into consideration the rapid increase of those living in poverty (the figure may be close to about 50% now)?

The roots of the failure of the 2015 government can be traced to its unwillingness to depart decisively from Rajapaksa economics. Post-Rajapaksa Sri Lanka II cannot afford to remake that mistake. As economic pain renders the present becomes more unbearable and the future more uncertain, the tendency towards nostalgia would gain ground. As Mahinda Mahattaya, Gota Sir and Basil Sir become rehabilitated in public memory, the Family will ride to rescue, be it from their homes, behind bars or abroad.

Dawn or Dusk?

The 1848 revolutionary wave in Europe began with a series of pro-democracy banquets in France. The government of King Louis Phillipe had banned the gathering together of more than six people in public. To circumvent this, the French resistance started holding subscription banquets. The first was held in July 1947 at the Chateau-Rouge Dance Venue. After a series of such political banquets across the country, a final one was planned for 21st February 1848 in Paris. The government banned it. And the 1848 revolution began.

Leaders who dream of tyranny hate laughter. A mocking song would hurt them more than a fiery slogan. Irreverence and joy can be as political as unsmiling contemplation of the ills of the world.

Lankan protests seem to be helping the nation to find its submerged brain, heart, and backbone, to think about issues, reach out to racial/religious Other, and stand up to the powers that be.

A hospital building in Galnewa was opened by village people people. An underground pedestrian crossing in Matugama was opened by a little boy. Motorists peacefully objected to arbitrary road closures for VIPs and persuaded police to open them..

A Tamil couple came to Gota-Go-Gama before going on their honeymoon, the bride still in her wedding finery, holding afloat the national flag. Protestors of all ethnicities sang the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil. A young Muslim mother brought her baby to the protest for a kind of revolutionary baptism; the protestors held the baby aloft reverently before handing him/her to the waiting mother. In a country plagued by rape and abuse, women can be both active and safe in today’s physical and political space of resistance.

This is the Lankan nation in embryo, a glimpse of what we can be. Whether this potential is realised or become a memory depends on whether the Rajapaksas can be ousted constitutionally – and how a post-Rajapaksa administration handles the all important question of distributing economic pain.

As economic and social misery mounts, the public’s energies will be increasingly spent on survival. If the opposition continues to quibble and meander, this historic opportunity to save and remake Sri Lanka will be dissipated. The current stalemate will end in a Rajapaksa or a Rajapaksa-Shavendra or – the worst possibility – a Shavendra solution. And the dawn at Galle Face will be followed not by a new morning, but by a night worse than any this long suffering land has known.

The Go-Gota-Gama protestors and others like them would know the danger of such a military solution. But for the new poor or soon to be new poor (who were preponderant in the protests that followed Ceypetco fuel price hike) the entry of the military will be a welcoming development. The soldiers – like monks – are their brothers and sons in uniform. They will hail a military solution, until the military turns the guns on them.

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  • 23
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    The ghosts of the murdered by the RAKSHApakses now even sinhala peoples acknowldeging this including by the war criminal Hora/Go to America -Gota RAKSHApakse are circling the Rajapakses for their blood. It is inevitable.

    If you dont believe this also that dont believe in the buddha dharma oeace loving religion crap!

    • 26
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      Sister Thisaraee, thanks always for the valuable article. I will get back to this again later.
      .
      Hiru and Derana TV channels make every effort to paint the picture in favours of the discussions already held with IMF: The very same two TV channels made all what they could to bring Rajapakshes to power. Their blatant lies misled the easy targets who are the majority of the voters as no any liked minded leaders ever done in entire south asian reagion. All these were done by putting YELLOW PETS as frontier animals in their political parades. The place being given for a YELLOW pet and the costume, regardless of them being fake or not is really high… and it has been the cancer of this nation. I am afraid, even if I was born to sinhala buddhist family, my thoughts and minds are totally different to that of a typical sinhala buddhist. I do support buddists but never SINHALA BUDDHISTs becuase they are to me FAKE buddhists.
      However, the truth as it is IMF has not yet agreed upon a rapid financial assitance.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULQAwt57FE

      Last night – it was proved that whole lot of people are waiting to SEE the sooner death of MAHINDA RAJAPKSHE, who has still been thinking to hold on to power…. the kind of greediness to power was seen not even in Mugabe/Zimbabwe in his last days.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPuWf2dAhfc

    • 14
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      Please watch the video below.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxKWiFgWGWU
      .
      That is how the INDIANS think of SL and how corrupt RAJAPAKSHES have been. So long sons of bitches in power, getting and kind of rapid financial assistance will be dream.
      :
      Rajapakshes should be forced to step down, if they have at least some sort of care to the people.

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        According to them SRILANKA s harakiri was committed by RAJAPAKSHE melecha politics.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxKWiFgWGWU

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          “What a post-war Sri Lanka needs is a lean and a smart military. Instead, out military is like our political class, corpulent, unintelligent, guzzlers of national wealth, and focused not on national defence but on defending their own corporate, organisational and personal interests and fiefs.”
          Yes, the military is the biggest drain on the economy. Why does a 3rd world country need a bigger military than the UK?
          The truth is that the military is there to provide cushy employment to the majority, just like the state organisations and corporations. I don’t think even Sajith Premadasa will dare dismantle the military.

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            old codger,
            I am confused. What do you imply when you say, ‘I don’t think even Sajith Premadasa will dare dismantle the military’.
            What is the function of ‘even’ in your sentence.
            .
            In my estimation, Sajith Premadasa is no better than the present lot.

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              Nathan,
              You’re right, the “even” is misplaced. He is as much a Sinhala chauvinist as his father.

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                Dear Both, OC and Nathan,
                .
                Please add your thoughts on the speech below . SP is addressing (24. 04.22) a gathering filled with professionals and business men. let s discuss it here as well. Your inputs can help further.
                .
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSteugU47Xg

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      soman

      Where are you?
      Hope you are safe and well.

      Either you stay home or stay in GotaGoGame for your own safety.
      Or Go to Tamil Nadu for your food security, where the Chief Minister Stalin has promised to treat all of you as Ilangayar (Ceylonese, Sri Lankan, Eelavan, …. ).

      We have witnessed throat slitting, baton charges, shoot to kill policy implementation, .. all kind of …. state thuggery some say it amounted to state sponsored terrorism, …
      Could you indicate whats more in store?

      How about a Shock and awe action?
      Or at least a race riots against the minorities.

      I am saddened and at the same time disappointed with Gota’s perfomance as I was looking forward to an action packed week, months, years.

      Do you still believe Sangha will save Gota’s b***s?

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        NV,
        he might be busy with MYNAHs incontingence adjustments. Not easy to Mynah thesedays because lads have been doing their job to the best by approaching Araliya Gaha Mandiraya today.

        And even Pasqual and that pundit form UK Lester are missing these days.

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      Gus,
      “The ghosts of the murdered by the RAKSHApakses…”

      Are ghosts of thousands of Sinhala Buddhists massacred by Tamil terrorists giving a hard time to Tamils?

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        “Are ghosts of thousands of Sinhala Buddhists ……”
        No they are banished in hell. They are unable to give a hard time to anyone, but your doing a good job representing them.

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      Lester the Jester

      The Chief Prelates of the three main Saffron Chapters threatened to issue a
      ‘Sangha Order’.

      What is ‘Sangha Order’.?
      Who can issue a ‘Sangha Order’.?
      Where do you find authority in Constitution for issuing such saffron order?
      What will happen to the rulers and people if they refused to take ‘Sangha Order’. seriously?

      ….
      When was the last time Sangha’s saffron order was issued?

      Is it something similar to a Islamic FATWA?

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        Auditor Generals become that vociferous today, but what had they been doing in their tenure ? That man Dr Wijesinghe makes every effort to be the uncorrupted person, however, I have no information what he has to have implemented during his tenure. So called revealations were though made by many sofar.
        .
        Btw – why Dadoriya aka Ghanasara of all YELLOW pets are not yet awke ?
        .
        Bp made high remarks about bringing some reports after becoming that panel head, but the bugger s whereabouts are not captured by Pachawahinis (Hiru and DERANA TV channels) these days ….
        .

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        Native today Chief Registrar ?? of Asgiri Inc told, President agreed for interim government. I guess interim with PM Mara and Gotha still remaining but with less power. Have you noticed all middlemen are trying to cut deal beneficial to Rajapaksas and them. Including Covenant man RW, Sangha, disgruntled SLPP, SLFP ……

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      At the time, GGovernace govt was in place, if any powerful leader visited the region, they also paid a visit to SRILANKA. Today, we see, european leaders keep visiting India but not a single word about SL s alarming situation is even mentioning why ? Looking at th elast 7 days, UK premier and EU chief have paid a visit to India. Their multilateral agreements are being signed one behind the other. RW was suggesting that we a smaller economy compared to that of India, would have no other choice but to work with India….. now it is becoming clearer, that could definitely boom our economy, ironically, our mlechcha voters were as blind as bat – now the consequences are compared to a patient in an ICU.
      With this being reality, however, HIRU AND DERANA TV Channels repeat “premier is healthy” even if all is not clear whether the bugger could move 50 yards without anyone s support. This remind me how he siamese brother- Mugabe made public statements even if tyrant was cranky like a dog. Who do you think this bugger is further trying to fool ?
      Are people stupidier than appeared to be ?
      :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGksLD7aAGY
      .

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    How funny at the end of the day it is proven that the tamils are intellectually superior to the now proven beggar sinhalas (rice, medicines fuel, gas all donated from Hindustan, and me I rather die with dignity then be a beggar!!!) BY the fact that a tamil lady from Hindistan had to accompany and hold the hands of the sinhala land finance persons in teir begging mission to the IMF which any way failed!

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      Gus,
      .
      Are we still stuck at this level? I haven’t read the Tisaranee article yet. What’s the point.? She always gets it right.
      .
      What worries me is that too many others (may be including me) haven’t yet learned our lessons.

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        Please excuse Gus and apologize for his constant vile language describing ordinary Chingkallams.

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        Sinhala_Man, ignore Tamil racists like Gus. They don’t represent the Tamil people of Sri Lanka, they represent the Tamils of the diaspora who are still smarting at losing the war. They are gloating at the problems of the Sinhalese forgetting that these problems affect the Tamils too.
        .
        As a matter of interest, it was recently pointed out that there are only two Sri Lankans who have been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society, Malik Peiris (2006) and Kumar Wickramasinghe (2019). So much for that oh so clever Tamil brain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fellow_of_the_Royal_Society

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          Paul

          Forget the Diaspora.
          You too are stuck in the past.
          I have seen video clips that the Sinhala Speaking diaspora too have come out to protest against the rotten state of Sri Lanka, which incidentally was built to benefit the Sinhala/Buddhists crooks (who ruled the country for nearly 75 years) and to please the saffron brigades.

          Lets forget the diaspora for a minute.
          I wonder whether you noticed it or not, I saw island wide University students irrespective of their race(?), religion, region, gender, … marched through Colombo streets.
          This unprecedented emerging unity endangers the interest of the crooks, saffronistas, politicians, functionaries, 15,000 generals, 400,000 members of people killing armed forces, fattening policemen, …… agents, ……….

          This unity has to be stopped at any costs.
          Any suggestions.

          By the way Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany was very keen on monitoring the young Tamil diaspora. What is she going to do about the young Sinhala diaspora protesting against Gota the satate?

          Is she devising any AI operated machines to monitor them individually?

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            “This unity has to be stopped at any costs.
            Any suggestions.”

            Try putting toothpaste back into the tube. If you succeed there could be hope.

            • 5
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              Bert

              “Try putting toothpaste back into the tube.”

              This is an excellent practical advice to Crooks, Politicians, Saffron-nistas, Functionaries, 15000 Generals, 400,000 layabouts, members of armed forces, …. … also the political, social, economic, strategic ….. commentators, analysts, especially those who are the regular feature of social media.

              Brilliant.

        • 8
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          Many thanks, Paul.
          .
          You’re probably quite right.
          .
          However, since I can’t be sure even about myself (in this sense: I am aware of my conscious sense, but my sub-conscious, and even “unconscious mind” are closed to me – according to some psychologist whose theories may even be wrong!), I will persist with my efforts to communicate. The printed word will be ignored. Telephoning the other guy may cause huge disturbance, unintended by me.
          .
          I have met Dr Malik Peiris, once only, and informally, long ago. You know he’s FRS, although not from the blog that you’ve given.
          .
          The same applies to SLPP supporters, and those who voted for the Rajapaksas. I will continue to address them politely, in an effort to get them to think more clearly.
          .
          However, “the politician-supporters of the Rajapaksas,” shall remain my sworn enemies – and that is now the message that I’m sending them. I support the NPP.
          .
          If that is not stated, I’ll be misleading all readers. And, I reveal my identity, although, Paul, I understand that there may be reasons for you not to do the like.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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            Sinhala Man Gus’s comments which I consider are very childish. immature and abusive does not do any service or good to the Tamil people or their just cause to find justice for themselves and obtain their rights. In fact, it does the opposite, it portrays them in a very bad light, as racists and bigots and gives a lot of fodder to Sinhalese racists, hardliners, and bigots, to justify what they are doing to the Tamils, run them down, especially the diaspora who are in the forefront fighting for Tamil rights on the island. Every time I see his posts I cringe, so different from other Tamil posts. Many times I wonder is this deliberate and diabolical, to portray the Tamils in a bad light and damn their cause. Someone pretending to be a bitter affected Tamil but in reality not.

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          Paul
          Bigotry may be best ignored or laughed at, as such people exist among all communities and are a blot on their respective communities.
          What is sad is when too many people make excuses for them.

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          Admit Gus’s language is not very nice. Really very abusive at times very childish. By posting in this manner, he is only annoying everyone including a lot of Tamils, and not getting his message or point across. However, you are no saint too. Like many others here, you come here and constantly defend state-sponsored Sinhalese racism and marginalization against the island’s Tamils and the war crimes committed on them by the Sri Lankan state and armed forces, wanting the Tamils and the world to forget these atrocities. You constantly leap to the defense of many well-known Sinhalese racists and their racist posts. Like a typical Sinhalese racist and hardliners, constantly running down the Tamil diaspora living in the west, as they are the only people who are able to fight for the rights of Tamils living on the island and bring them to the attention of the world, with regards to all the atrocities and war crimes that were committed on the island’s Tamils and their continuing marginalization.

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            It is because of their efforts and canvassing that the UN and many western nations were forced to take up this issue. They did not want to but were forced to. Sinhalese hardliners and racists do not like this. They also are angry and envious of the fact that more than 90% of the Tamils, even the peasants from the north and east, who had fled to the west have done very well and are thriving. Something that they never expected and always wanted the Tamils to suffer here or overseas. Who are you to speak about the Tamils on the island, are you one of them? The answer is no. You are a Sinhalese hardliner who wants to justify the busy and continued marginalization of the island’s Tamils and therefore like a typical Sinhalese racist demonize the Tamil diaspora who are the only people who can speak out openly and bring the world’s attention to the plight of the island’s Tamils, which Tamils living on the island are unable to do so due to the extremely repressive measures taken against them. Just because the Tamils on the island are largely quiet does not mean they are happy with theire current status and position. They are now unable to protest and show their displeasure due to a very repressive occupation by a Sinhalese army of their lands.

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              Upper-class rich Colombo Tamils do not represent the Tamils, these people are more Sinhalese than Tamil in many ways. It is the Tamils from the north, east, and the estate areas who make up 96% of the Tamils. Yes, the problems now affect both the Sinhalese and Tamils but these same problems, or even worse, were affecting the Tamils from the time of independence, then where were you and the rest of the Sinhalese, when the Tamils protested? Enjoying the fun and supporting the very same opportunistic war criminals and racists and electing them. Now crying and protesting as it has started to affect the Sinhalese too. Never thought this will happen to the Sinhalese just to the Tamils. Lastly, the Tamil diaspora is only largely fighting for the rights of their fellow Tamils living on the island and wants them to live a better life with peace and dignity, with their language, land, history, and heritage preserved and not destroyed by the Sri Lankan state, occupying armed forces and Sinhalese racists. They do not need to do all this as they are now living comfortably but still do this for their own people and sacrifice a lot of time and money for this.

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                Leave Gus alone, other than him, have you ever seen anyone from the Tamil diaspora, who advocates and wants the destruction of the Sinhalese people and rejoices in this. The answer is no one else. In contrast look at the behavior of the Sinhalese diaspora and their comments here. Other than a few enlightened ones like leelagemall. The rest advocate Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and the continuing marginalization and destruction of the island’s Tamils. Just read all their comments on this forum, from Australia, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, I do not have to mention their names or identities. Noticed you never attack them or their atrocious behaviour of spreading deliberate anti-Tamil lies and misinformation as you most probably agree with them. Hate the Tamil diaspora for what they stand for and do and love the Sinhalese diaspora for what they are. Says a lot about you. Lastly, Gotabaya may go and another government may come in like the so-called Yahapalanaya last time but the position of the Tamils will not change, they will continue to be discriminated against and marginalized. For a short time, the Sinhalese may state we are all one people and should be treated the same, as they need the support of the non-Sinhalese, to alleviate the suffering that they themselves are largely responsible for but still do not want to acknowledge or admit.

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                  However, when things go back to normal, most of the Sinhalese will revert back to their minority hating anti-Tamil selves and will want to elect opportunistic racists and start this cycle again and it looks like the west, India, the IMF, and the UN also wants this, as a more corrupt racist government, with lots of things to hide is very easy to manipulate.

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      Gus
      “How funny at the end of the day it is proven that the tamils are intellectually superior to the now proven beggar sinhalas”
      If statements like this come from a typical Tamil, I cannot think of a more daft group of people.

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        Gus

        The Chinese are much cleverer than the daft group of Tamils because they did not have leader like Mao or Siri Mao.

        By the way how would you rank Jews, below or above Tamils?

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          The ball is getting the better of the brain

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            True, it depends how close you are …..

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          My God Native Vedda your ego is out of control !

          Comparing Jews to these pathetic Tamils ! Only reason I will consider them is because of Mahendran, Aloysious, Nadesan and Paskaralingam !

          The guys are really enjoying the good life in Western countries ( not in Tamil Nadu) They must be cheating every system !

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            deepthi silva

            “My God Native Vedda your ego is out of control !”

            I am the least egotistic person in this forum, country, world, …………. You ask any fellow readers in this forum, they will vouch for me.

            “Comparing Jews to these pathetic Tamils ! “

            No doubt they are.
            However don’t forget, like you Tamils share their Genetic (DNA) with their brethren Sinhalese and Tamil Nadu Tamils.

            We also saw how Sinhala/Buddhists elected their leaders and where they have ended up with, very admirable position in the world. By the way I wonder why I kept reminding myself of a kakistocracy (is a government run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.)

            “Only reason I will consider them is because of Mahendran, Aloysious, Nadesan and Paskaralingam !”

            Another brilliant observation.
            You should add the following names to your incomplete list:
            Basil
            Gota
            Mahinda
            Namal
            Wimal
            Udith
            Udaya
            Tsunami Hora
            …..
            ..

            “Only reason I will consider them is because of Mahendran, Aloysious, Nadesan and Paskaralingam !”

            Why? Please explain.

            “The guys are really enjoying the good life in Western countries ( not in Tamil Nadu)”

            Who?

            Sorry I never been to Tamil Nadu.
            Please tell me about it.
            Don’t they eat, drink, have fun, ….. but they don’t seem to beg loans, food, medicine, fuel, …. from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, IMF, China, ….

            Yet you seems to be very proud person.

            Please help the people of this island to exist, survive, …. recover and thrive. Therefore take all your relatives and role models (clan and their cronies) to where you live.

            First you must learn to shut all your orifices if you seriously want to help the people.

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      Gus,
      .
      I dont think you were born yesterday.

      Even if srilankens would end up being ” bankrupt”, it is still not new to the world. Look at Greece. Greeks were known a powerful nation in Europe. Yet today, after 7-8 years, their economy is shrinking.

      Dont forget Nirupama Rajapakshe’s husband is a tamil srilanken. Uganda/embassador who is said to be handling MR s investments (in that part of the world) is also a tamil srilanken. And dont also underestimate temporary minister to finance – Ali Sabry is a muslim srilanken.He became baggage boy to MR family even betraying his own community. If Sabry did the job as he sworn in as a lawyer in compliance with approbation, Gota would not have become the president but his most appropriate position ” hang man”. All in all not just sinhala srilankens but also all other races should be equally complicit to the today s fall of the nation.

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      Gus,
      “I rather die with dignity then be a beggar!!!”

      But your ancestors who came from Hindusthan did not do that when they became Stateless. They begged indigenous Sinhala Buddhists to allow them to settle down in Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.

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    “I’m 89 years old,” the grandmotherly protestor holding a hand-drawn placard says. “For the last…89 years I have not gone through so much misery.”

    My dear grand mother
    “I know your suffering but it is not me who made you to stay in poverty. It is true that I am greedy of power, greedy of money and you also knew very well that I and my family are not bothered about you or your grand children and you know very well that my brother is a thug and criminal he ran away from this country and another brother who is popular for 10% and he also ran away from this country and you know well that I am not a buddhist and I hold much believe in “Thirupathyan” and you know my sons are involved in many crimes. I and my family remains same and you can’t change. It is you who asked me to bring my brothers from USA and you asked me to be your king and face the reality. What can I do? Did you change. Even when you reach 99, I know you will come to me”
    King.

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      A
      No comment on the thoughts of Gus?

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        SJ,
        I am sure he is not insulting Sinhalese by saying this but its intention is to say that Sinhalese should understand that Tamils are not enemies of Sinhalese as promoted by Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists including the current Regime and treating Tamils as equal to Sinhalese is always good for the country and Sinhalese people.

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          A
          I recognize that you are on the same wavelength.
          There are others too.
          Have a ball.

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            SJ,
            Thank you for your assessment over your wavelength. I know you don’t like equality wavelength with supreme Buddhist Fundamentalism and I know you are the same wavelength with like EE.

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      Ajith,
      “For the last…89 years I have not gone through so much misery.”

      This grandmother is suffering from amnesia. She has forgotten how people suffered for three decades when Tamil terrorists massacred innocent unarmed indigenous Sinhala Buddhist men, women, children, Buddhist monks and even fetus of Sinhala pregnant women using suicide bombers, claymore bombs, AK47s, chemical weapons, swords and machetes just to grab land belonged to indigenous Sinhalayo in NE to create a separate State for the descendants of coolies brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Dutch.

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        EE,
        .
        Grand ma may be suffering from age related health problems.
        :
        For sure, she is not suffering from your kind of ultra racism against minority srilankens.
        Sinhala buddhist racists have ruined this country as of today. In the days to come, people will hang Rajapakshes by their balls. No doubt about that.
        .
        Please contact your nearest psychologist, but not infecting him/her.

        Get well soon !

        LM

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        Retard Evil , the 89 year old was saying she was not receiving or living on welfare like you. How would you know her misery???

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          Chiv,
          .
          we perfectly know EE is a mad person, let alone to wonder what his thoughts about the miseries the senior citizens of that elderly lady is thrown into ? It is just wasting time. He is not alone, there are lot more in that category still alive in our home country; scattered almost everywhere down there. I am telling you, you will also find them in nothern soils for sure.

          As as a medical professional you know it very well, EE or the like men belong to PISSANKOTUWA – psychitric wards. His hatreds are comparable to that of supergau which damaged a few millions in Japan.

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    So whose hand do the sinhalas seek Hindustan on Chinkistan.

    Hindustan from where the thug vijya came or chinkistan from were thugs will come to make sinhala land a mining pit, a dump , source of cheap labour, source of human organs and make sinhala land a country of indentured debtors (same as paki land) for Chinkistan’s benefit.

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      Gus,
      “…sinhala land a country of indentured debtors…”

      A descendant of an indentured laborer from Hindusthan brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers talking about a country of indentured debtors.

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    My ceylon tamil friends in Jaffan say that there were chinese females adopted by ceylon tamils from returning from malaysia and SIngapore in Jaffna. In Malaysia there are many chinese adopted by ceylon tamils and indians.

    NEVER ever heard of a chinese adopting a black child and sinhalas dont delude yourselves you are all black in the eyes of the superiority complex chinese and look forward to your treatment when sinhala land becomes chinkalaland!

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      “NEVER ever heard of a chinese adopting a black child”
      You cannot blame the Chinese population when the state had a one child policy.

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        Bert
        You are more intelligent than to respond to such racist remarks.

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        Bert,

        Times have changed. I have seen Chinese girls being married to the blacks in Europe. But you are right, there are not many.
        Earlier it was like that the Chinese are very conservative with in intercultural marriages. OOH, They are born racists. Their racism is smilar OR multiple times more than that of Eagle Eye I would put.
        .
        Plese watch will you the video clip below.
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xsD0uOEIgY

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      My uncle in Malaysia adopted an orphaned Chinese baby girl and brought her up with his own daughters and even gave part of his wealth to her. She was the only daughter who got married and that too to a Thamizh Christian pastor. However, please do not demean these acts of spontaneous interracial kindness by bringing up unnecessary issues of race and running down other people. Again one of my relatives in the west adopted a white Eastern European baby girl and is bringing up this child as their own, together with their own children. Why are you so bitter? We were also badly affected by the civil war and the 83 riots, ( I was not born then). So were many of our close relatives, you do not forget this but do not have to be bitter and nasty to others because of this. Nothing comes out of this hatred. This is my advice take it or leave it. Sorry I am much younger than you but had to say this.

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        Piglet
        A most welcome comment from you.
        What makes you think Gus is older than you?
        There is little sign of maturity in his utterances.

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          It may be that maturity is directly related to age !, but there are exceptions,age does not always correspond to wisdom?

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      Gus,
      “…you are all black in the eyes of the superiority complex Chinese…”

      I have been to China several times and worked with Chinese. They are highly civilized people who do not look down upon people based on their skin color like the so called ‘CIVILIZED?’ people in western countries.

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        In Europe the chinese are not welcome.
        :
        They have already identified them as blood suckers.
        :
        Rajapakshes thought that the Chinese would treat them special. Now the country is shortly before a free fall – only Hindians are the ones to give your sinhala buddhists dominated srilanka – saline.

        Indians through their local new telecasts laugh at us from their both ends.
        :
        Curse go to sons of bitches in Medamulana
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxKWiFgWGWU

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    Rata Rakina Viruwa has screwed this country to a point that there is no tomorrow.
    Today every one is concerned of the lack of foreign exchange but that is not the only problem Sri Lanka is facing. Even if we get enough foreign exchange tomorrow the population cannot avoid the ruin that this govt has created. Even the new governor has to play the cards that are dealt.
    The state of the economy is so bad that it will take time to recover.
    Rata rakina viruwa’s stupidity has ruined the agriculture sector.
    Mismanagement of Covid has drowned the tourist industry.
    With lack of fuel and over 10 hours of power cut production has gone to the dogs. No offense to dogs.
    The rupee has depreciated almost 40% during the last few months and it will still go down.
    Why should a foreign investor bring in Fx and invest in SL? His return on investment is in Rs and when he converts to USD it turns to a crappy investment.

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      Bert

      The island is inflicted with 75 years of Sinhala/Buddhist problems.
      It started the second day of Independence.
      Our independence Dead on Arrival.
      Even today many Sinhala/Buddhists believe they are the chosen people.
      ….
      ….

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      Bert,
      Srilankens in general would never learn lessions from the past. They are real meomory losers. Even if their lovely ones would have been gunned down, they would not change their affinities to corruption and abusive culture. That is like nothing can help them easily. Young ones may be different, but it can take another few decades to see them awakening.
      .
      Be them sinhala, tamil or muslims, they are all the same at voting to stupid candidates.May be sinhalaya (my race) they are the most abusive of all various races. THey would do any low work for their selfish gains. Rajapakshes have proved it as any one even with a little brain would get it easily.
      As people are too corrupted, they cant see the difference easily. Young generations surely make palpable changes – by introducing good values to prevailing systems. HAVING studied how CMBO Uni lad and laddettes performed it day before y day, I though it was in Paris. They are simple great – their message would go viral, as an x ray would traverse through a materie.

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    It appears they are downgrading ratings using credit agencies and then shorting the currency. Their trip to the IMF is the perfect choice because they have a lot of control there, too. They simply need to take control of a destabilized and twisted island. The current trajectory is leading to this outcome. If the President wants to avoid this situation, he must tell the island about the Buddha’s true history. This can potentially lead to 20 million ambassadors inviting the Buddhist world to the island. The solution is to marshal the Buddhist world. Rajapaske must go because corrupt political monks are stopping him from revealing the real history. A new interim leader should remove the current head of archeology, who is also preventing the true history from being revealed.

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      Jumbu,
      “A new interim leader should remove the current head of archeology, who is also preventing the true history from being revealed.”

      Indigenous Sinhalayo who have documented historical information for more than 2500 years do not hesitate to tell the truth about their history unlike Demalu from Hindusthan who came out with a manufactured history of Sinhale presented in Vaddukkodai Resolution to justify their bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ because they do not have a history in this country.

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        BS – Manufactured Truth recorded as history!!
        Lion fathered human race for instance???!

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          Mahila,
          Eagle must find it very difficult to hide his tail. Maybe his pants have 3 legs?

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        There is chap called “Gus” here. I think he works at the British HC. The troubles with the Tamils was manufactured by the British in such fashion. The Tamils ought to know this now, so should you.

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        It would seem crazy to me that as a follower of the teaching, I cannot give you any advice. As such, I see you reacting negatively (call it anger if you will) when others post things that are disagreeable. Each time you respond in such a manner, you leave a stain on your sub-conscience. The stain builds up and becomes unbearable. It keeps you awake at night, makes you sick, and makes you live in fear. This is why you feel the need to be here every day, reacting the way you do. Your thoughts have become a slave to your own. The tragedy is that you don’t realize how temporary things are! Over time, everything changes and eventually ends. Thus, today you are fighting for things that are fickle and useless. Youtube has a channel called “Authentic Dhamma”. There you will find more information.

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      What you are saying is induced by “excessive” printing of money, which was done with tacit approval by government and by Cabal Rala and Attygalle!!!
      Downgrading by Credit rating is as a consequence of the excessive PRINTING of money!!
      Not the other way about as suggested by you!!
      Please, try to understand the chronological sequence???

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    The strike option needs to be used, though in a way that minimises the impact on the already suffering masses
    ————-
    The correct way to conduct a strike, especially if it involves government workers, is to continue providing the services but for free!
    I believe they have used this method in Japan a few times.

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      “The correct way to conduct a strike, especially if it involves government workers, is to continue providing the services but for free!”

      In theory this sounds good. As you have mentioned govt workers do you know how many are living pay cheque to pay cheque? My guess will be over 60%. So how are they going to support their family?

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        One has to be willing to lose his/her or her life if serious about standing up to tyranny.
        My life was sabotaged in many ways (including attempted murder), because i spent so many years as a whistleblower exposing the freemasons.
        But due to my strong connection with God, he has taken care of me, and protected me.
        But he was waiting for that leap of faith, repentance and total loyalty to him first, before he accepted me into his fold.

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    Any massive creation of new poor is deadly for political stability
    ———–
    Actually it was planned decades in advance by the freemasons.
    Look up the first agenda on the Georgia guidestones.
    Their intention was not to keep large numbers of poor people around, but to have them all ushered into concentration camps and exterminated.
    But these plans are not working out for the satanists, thanks to divine intervention.
    The Most High is sending his Holy Spirit into a growing number of people, so they are suddenly waking up and resisting!
    Visit Mark Alan King and his gematria website for more info.

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    While I generally have great respect for Tisaranee’s analysis, I find the future provided here rather bleak. Why should the poor opt for a military leader and the military when it is precisely such a leadership which has landed the country in this mess? I think the poor understand that they made a mistake in entrusting their lives to a man who has no experience in running a country. The poor I know are greatly enraged at the President and are angry at themselves for making that mistake. The same will hold true if Shavendra has designs to stage a coup. If a military regime comes into power that would not be with the support of the poor, however hungry they might be. Moreover, will the IMF, World Bank, etc. provide a loans to a military regime? Which independent economic experts will support a military regime to negotiate with multilateral agencies? If a Gotabhaya-Shavendra or Shavendra regime sees the light of day, the economic path will be even more disastrous, than the current disastrous one. When there will be no longer any money to pay wages in the armed forces, in which direction will the guns be turned?

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    Some MP,S Are trying to be very smart at this time by informing they are independent so that RAJAPKSAS will offer them some millions of rupees to keep them to support them or offer them a state minister positions.NEED OF THE HOUR IS FOR SAJITH,ANURA,AND THE SO CALLED INDEPENDENT GROUP TO ACT TOGETHER TO OUST RAJAPAKSAS WITH OUT THINKING ABOUT BECOMING NEXT PRESIDENT OR PRIME MINISTER.THE MORE THEY DELAY THE ARE GIVING MORE CHANGES FOR RAJAPKSAS TO HANG ON TO POWER.

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    Frightening to know that all the private places are doing well with the money from off-shore accounts (fashion shows included), whilst the Masses are starving. From Odel to Sabry to Coomarasamy, this is the game plan with the Rajapaksas! What a cruel set of people. Yes, why the hell aren’t Sajith and AKD not getting together and doing something about this?

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      ramona therese fernando,
      “…why the hell aren’t Sajith and AKD not getting together and doing something about this?”
      —-
      Because they are clueless about how to overcome the foreign currency problem.

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        Everybody is clueless about that. It’s hard work for the Lankan Masses for many generations to come.

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    A three pronged effort is needed to eject the Rajapaksas from power peacefully and constitutionally says brilliant Tisaranee.

    The first prong is present nationwide public protests.
    This first prong will clinch the issue IF [ there is a big IF ] all other forces join the protests………… Trade Unions, Gvt:sector employees, Teacher Trade Unions etc etc…….

    The political parties like the SJB AND JVP are only thinking of their spoils once the Rajapaksa dynasty leave the Public arena……..

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    What you are saying is induced by “excessive” printing of money, which was done with tacit approval by government and by Cabal Rala and Attygalle!!!
    Downgrading by Credit rating is as a consequence of the excessive PRINTING of money!!
    Not the other way about as suggested by you!!
    Please, try to understand the chronological sequence???

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    Youtube news report said that israeli jew bought 5 kilos of rice for each person in Snthosa queue somewhere and also in another queue gave Rupees (tolet paper) 2000 for each person to buy medicines. This is interesting as the Israelis ina Goebbels type experiment trained Eeelam tamil tigers and the sinhala army same time in the same camp. Also israelis facilitated the genocide of ceylon tamils. The only genocide that matters to the humbug jews is theirs. NO difference to Jews stealing palestinian lands and Russia taking over its historic lands in Ukraine.

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    I consider that my anti sinhala land and anti barbaric sinhalas propaganda is significant redundant (but will not stop and has more foddeer) because the majority media TV. on line web etc etc is full of negative i sinhala land and anti RAKSHApakeses content. EVEN to the extend NOTING that if these protestors were ceylon tamils or muslims that RAKSHApakeses would have LET LOOSE the barbaric sinhala armed forces with the support of the barbaric sinhalas and kiled )murdered raped) the ceylon tamils and muslims!

    IGNOMINY AND DISGRACE THE RAKSHApakses are EXPLICITY and constantly facing in the local and International Media but like the natural mind set of a significant sinhala populace in the same circumstances in respect of their support of the looting arson murder rape of ceylon tamils IT IS WATER OF A DUCKS BACK! NOTE saw on youtube a very recent incident one of the sinhala rogues in saffron robe masquerading as a buddhist monk abusing in filth tamils who visited a tamil historic religious site!!! Why should I feel any sympathy (and I have none,; only joy and amusement) for suffering and dying sinhalaasas my only experience is that of barabaric sinhalas

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    Australian indigenous persons are of dravidian heritage supposed to have come to Australia 40,000 plus years ago from India. Eelam is 30 km from the dravidian south of India. Possibly walked across shallow seas to EElam 10000 plus years ago if not earlier. It is the sinhala persons with their manufactured history that are the invaders. The sinhala persons claim to have descended from the THIUG vijaya who was kicked out as NO GOOD by his father.

    Dravidians were also buddhists for a period of time.

    People like EE are rewriting the barbaric sinhala history and now obviously shown that the sinhalas are lacking in intellectual capacity to even negotiate/beg independently without Hindustan assistance with the IMF

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      Dravidians and Australoids are two different people. Dravidians are classified as dark-skinned Caucasoids and Australoids are not. Yes, they did travel through the South Indian coast, coast hopped, and arrived in Australia. Remnants of this migration are still found amongst certain tribals in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some of the so-called Dravidians, especially the lower castes and tribals have Australoid in them or are actually Dravidianized Australoids, and some later south Indian migration to Australia would have injected some Dravidian into the Australian Aboriginal DNA. Indian Australoids and different from pure Australian Australoids. Indian Australoind is more like older or primitive Caucasians. Of course, most modern Australian Aborigines are now more European than Australian Aborigines, other than the ones from the remote Aboriginal settlements in Western Australia, Queensland, and Northern Territory.

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    The RAKSHApakses were feasting on the blood of ceylon tamils to the delight and approval of the “Buddhist??” barbaric sinhalas. NOW having realised that the RAKSHApakses have also at the same time been feasting on their sinhala blood to their economic detriment (“anonymous has publicly released known RAKSHApakses direct assets overseas of ONE BILLION USD) the sinhalas are now protesting.

    The RAKSHApakses will only leave their positions after having feasted on MORE SINHALA BLOOD!!. May the buddha bestow his blessing on them descendants (blood and mentality) of vijaya RAKSHApakses in their endeavours !

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    Gona Blind HLD,

    [Are ghosts of thousands of Sinhala Buddhists massacred by Tamil terrorists giving a hard time to Tamils?]

    Do you mean from 1956? What an AH you are. If you have any guts come to SL.

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    The only way for the Parliament to move forward is to dismantle the Party structure. The Party leaders have their own agendas that prevent them from working towards the National interest which is the urgent need of the hour.

    All MPs should become Independent MPs and a Donoughmore style of Government established with 15 Committees for each Ministry consisting of 15 MPs each. The Chairman of the Committee elected by each group will be the Minister. The Ministers can then appoint one of them as the Prime Minister.

    The way to move forward is for the protesters in each area to push their respective MPs to get out of the parties that they belong to, so that some sort of meritocracy can be achieved in the Parliament.

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    Sri Lanka has gone bankrupt thanks to illiterates at the helm of affairs since independence. The majority of them did not go anywhere near a university even to take shelter from the rain.

    In fact, the rot started much earlier with the formation of a pan Sinhala Board of Ministers during State Council days.

    Donoughmore’s constitution (1931) gave universal suffrage (one man one vote irrespective of education or property rights) which gave the idea to the Sinhalese politicians that being numerically in the majority they can enjoy political power at the cost of other minorities. Scheming Sinhalese politicians deftly played the Sinhala Only and Buddhist Only cards to capture power.

    Sri Lanka cannot be saved from her miseries unless we have a progressive, socialist, secular, federal and democratic constitution that confers equal rights to all. The need of the hour is a fundamental change in the STRUCTURE of the government, not just tinkering with 19A/13 A.

    Sajith Premadasa, the Opposition leader says he will implement 13A fully which shows how ignorant he is about the history of the country.

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