30 September, 2020

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Dear Mr. President, I Will Not Vote For You In The Next Election, I Am Sorry!

By Hema Senanayake – 

Hema Senanayake

Hema Senanayake

“The military is being used to spy, tap phone lines and even hack email accounts…My friends are questioned by the CID the very next day, if they happen to visit me. This is not a harassment that I alone go through, but by anyone who bears views opposing to that of the present governing parties.” If this was told before the UNHRC by the person who told this recently, the UNHRC would admit it as a truthful testimony. This has been said by former president Chandrika Kumaratunge in a recent interview with the weekend edition of the Aththa newspaper.

Not only the UNHRC, the people in the Uva province is increasingly believing it. Repression is what Sri Lankan people hate the most. The Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara truly knows it. Recently he said that, “The only way to ensure unity and national reconciliation is to strengthen democracy. Only through democracy can we get equality for all citizens and build ethnic coexistence.” He said this in his speech at the National Convention on Inter Religious Integration organised by the National Peace Council. At the event US Ambassador Michele J. Sison too, was a speaker.

When the law is broken by the Urban Development Authority at Wanathamulle, people in the Uva province feel it. When the law is broken in the Northern Province to appropriate lands belonging to the innocent Tamil speaking people, the people in the Uva feel the pain. Do you need any evidence for my observations? If so, for this matter listen to what Vasudeva has to tell after the election. He points out that, “the opposition has been able to reap the advantage of the frustration of the downtrodden whose abodes have been destroyed and their self-employment avenues abolished due to the move by Urban Development Authority to remove them from urban areas and grab their lands.” This is not the only reason.

MahindaWhen the Chief Justice was sacked hastily, even though the poor villagers in the Uva province no nothing about constitutional law they intuitively know that the power was abused by the top elected officials in the government. When the political players who sent thugs with full helmets to hang around the office of the President of the Bar Association, Upul Jayasuriya in a threatening manner, they might have thought that the people in the far reaching villages in Uva province are not interested in such events, but they are wrong.

The people who live in the rural villagers in Uva intuitively know how communal violence put into action against Muslims recently in Aluthgama. Those poor villagers do not know how to express their feelings eloquently, but they know what to do when the opportunity comes. Their feelings become to resonate with the eloquent speeches of true political leader and campaigner even though he or she could be young; this is what happened in the Uva election.

I, as an economic analyst, agree that the government is doing something on the area of economic development. They do highway projects. They do rail tracks to North. They stabilized the rupee, brought down interest rates; and I forecasted this, in November last year writing an article to Colombo Telegraph. The article was titled “Budget 2014: No Rupee Devaluation Shocks.” So far, in this year as I have predicted the rupee maintains its value steadily.

Also the government recently entered into a Currency Swap Agreement with China; I wrote that this agreement would stabilize the rupee further. All these economic activities are good and the development is what the government should do. The government is obligated to manage the economy better. Yet, it is the repression that the government should not do. Development and good governance are what people want, not development and repression.

A couple of months ago, in a private gathering, one of my friends who has links to opposition political parties asked me about my prediction in regard to the economy of the country. In fact he was asking whether I foresee an economic crisis in the months to come. His understanding is that, if there is an economic crisis, the opposition has a better chance to change the regime. Even Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka thinks so; he says, “the perception of economic adversity can only impact negatively on his (Mahinda Rajapaksa’s) vote” if the presidential elections delays beyond the first quarter of next year.

Unfortunately for my friend and Dayan, I do not see any sudden economic crisis in the next year. Sri Lankan economy will not face any sudden economic crises at least for another couple of years, even though there are economic difficulties on the part of employees and consumers. It is true that economies like ours could collapse suddenly even amidst growth; but that happens only if the local currency plunged in its value significantly. Sri Lanka experienced such a crisis in early 2011.

However, the Sri Lankan rupee is stable as at now and will continue to be stable at least in the next couple of years. If Dayan’s or anybody’s perception of growing economic adversity is about macroeconomic situation, then that perception is wrong. Hence this should not be a factor for the president in determining the election before March next year.

Also, even though I am not a political analyst, if the perception of economic adversity would arise from an “impending blow in Geneva in March,” then, it is also wrong because international community will not put any sanctions that will affect the macroeconomic situation so easily and quickly. Therefore this also should not be a factor for the president in determining the timing of the election.

However, if Dayan’s perception of growing economic adversity is related to the distribution of the distributable output of the economy, then it can be a true observation. I know that people in this country know a better and simple word for a distribution crisis of the economy in developing economies; that word is “corruption.” When you put another word in combination of the word “corruption” then it will give a deeper and more realistic meaning and that word is “nepotism.” If somebody claims that the economic adversity would arise from the “corruption and nepotism,” I would not argue against it; because it is a possibility even though the overall economic impact is less.

In the economy, the macroeconomic growth matters; and the distribution is equally important. The distribution of distributable output determines the wellbeing of each and every family of the nation. People expect the government to devise proper economic distribution policies. When the government fails to do it, the distribution distorts making good number of families to suffer with economic difficulties in spite of the macroeconomic growth rate looks better. Corruption and nepotism further enhance the distribution distortion; but this is more visible than the policy failure. Corruption means that certain individuals or families are allowed to appropriate more distributable income that they are not legitimately or morally deserved. In other words they rob the distributable income of others, Period.

In view of above, Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has a better advice than Dayan’s. He suggests that, “the governing system and the economic policy has to be changed.” In brief what he suggests is to pursue development with good governance, not development with repression. Good governance is not just subjective thinking of any ruler instead it must be backed by institutional arrangements. Such arrangements if we had a few in our system, was destroyed by the 18th amendment of the constitution. When Vasudeva voted for the 18th amendment of the constitution he might have perceived that the good governance was something subjective, not objective. Let us ignore his lapse and let his true conscience be out.

Like Vasudeva, I respectfully request the President to change the cause if you count on my vote. Or else, I will not vote for you Mr. President, I am sorry

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    Need Vasu’s name be used to cover up this bankrupt narrative?

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      Good analysis here Mr. Hema Senanayake. The mal-distribution of economic growth is reflected in Environmental and social disasters. There will be massive erosion upstream and down stream of the Colombo port city project and will affect poor coastal communities.

      The Chinese-Colombo port city will be a an environmental disaster and social catastophe for vulnerable coastal communities. It is being built for the business community and Namal’s Formula 1 car race track and more Casinos.

      Where will the soil for the new city come from? What of the erosion of coastal areas given wave patterns and sea level rise. Where is the ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS? This so called Colombo port city will be an ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER for impoverished coastal communities on the west and south coasts of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is far more exposed and vulnerable to environmental disasters and sea level changes due to its EXTREME EXPOSURE at the tip of the South Asian land mass. There is no land on either side of the island to buffer or protect it from shocks or Tsunamis that originate far away! Because of this it will be more difficult to reclaim land from the ocean because of this. Also, sea level rise can magnify a COASTAL COMMUNITY NATURAL DISASTER when there is erosion upstream and down stream of the Colombo port city project. The Chinese Colombo port city should be ABOLISHED because it is an ENVIRONMENTAL disaster in the making for coastal communities along the western, southern and northern coasts – a SLOW TSUNAMI!

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      Dear Hema Senanayake

      RE: Dear Mr. President, I Will Not Vote For You In The Next Election, I Am Sorry!

      “Not only the UNHRC, the people in the Uva province is increasingly believing it. Repression is what Sri Lankan people hate the most. The Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara truly knows it. Recently he said that, “The only way to ensure unity and national reconciliation is to strengthen democracy. Only through democracy can we get equality for all citizens and build ethnic coexistence.” He said this in his speech at the National Convention on Inter Religious Integration organised by the National Peace Council. At the event US Ambassador Michele J. Sison too, was a speaker.”

      Hema Senanayake, thanks for a very good analysis. Can you be the Anonymous Author the and Produce Sri Lankan version of Common Sense in Sinhala, Tamil and English? You will do as much service to Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, just like Thomas Paine did for America and France.You can expand this write up, and get there.

      Say, Because I have Common Sense, I will not vote for Mr. Rajapaksa.

      Rajapaksa had the opportunity. The power corrupted them. The People are sick of them. They even used Buddhism towards their ends. Even Sinhala Buddhists are fed up them, and they are showing their true colors.

      An Anonymous Author like Thomas Paine is needed with a Common Sense Pamphlet to expose the King, King George, the Rajapaksa Clan. Read, the Common Sense Pamphlet , by Thomas Paine, that inspired the American Revolution along with the other events. Common Sense (pamphlet)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

      Produce a Commons sense Pamphlet for Sri Lanka and say why it is in the best interest of the people of Sri Lanka to remove the King, aka Rajapaksa Dynasty from power and let the Republic be a Republic and Not a dynasty. This Pamphlet, in Sinhala, Tamil and English, need to be sent to each and every Sri Lankan Citizen, just like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense pamphlet.

      Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2]

      Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[4] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[5]

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    Mr. Hema Senanayake,

    “I respectfully request the President to change”.

    Seriously? I hope you are not day dreaming.

    Instead expect wire tapping of you by an increasingly paranoid Hambantota Clan. Using state resources, meant for national security.

    Cheers!

    PS: I share your concerns. Thanks a lot for choosing not to vote for a family run, dictatorship in our country.

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      Ben Hurling

      “Instead expect wire tapping of you by an increasingly paranoid Hambantota Clan. Using state resources, meant for national security.”

      Many in this island have respectfully requested the President and others to change their behaviour, respect law and order, human rights, …. etc. Now whoever is in power refuses to change. Of course initially these requests are through peaceful means.

      How long people are going to remain peaceful? If there is no recourse to justice people will assume the right to protest violently.

      Down the line in about ten or fifteen years time you will be complaining about Sinhala/Tamil terrorism.

      Think about it.

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        .
        For the sake of national security….we have to vote for the clan.

        :-)

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          I agree with Aratai.. If people decide to defeat Rajapakse family, country will become a turmoil. Because R family cannot survive, cannot exist without power. Example: Rajapakse sons are the first sons of president/PM who openly drive Lamborghini & Maserati type cars. After losing power, can they drive those cars or even keep them at home…
          Remember the military exercises happened just after the last election.. Gota would take over if people decide to defeat Rajapakse family in the next election…(My theory:-)

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        President Rajapakse,

        I do not feel sorry,
        Because I did not vote for you,

        AND I WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU,
        OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS In my LIFE TIME.

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    Did this dude ever vote for Rajapaksa?….

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      I don’t think dude ever voted for MR.

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    That will be one whole vote less for MR. How shocking?

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      According to a recent post a mere Rs 2500 bribe may be sufficient for him and the family to change their minds.

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        Is it the same amount both ways Ram? Or do you need to offer more to get them to vote opposition?

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          This was with refernce to the Rs.2500 drought relief payment made to some 100,000 families in UVA just prior to the UVA election, allegedly with the help of a corrupt judge. The suggestion was that the way one votes could be affected by a one off payment, a slight to the people of UVA and elsewhere, who can make up their mind in the privacy of the polling booth.

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    probably all these acts are needed in a nation turned traitors.

    Hema Senanayake, what difference that one Vote make??
    What a statement from an Intellectual like you? Could’nt you do better than this ?

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    Mr Hema;

    “All these economic activities are good and the development is what the government should do. The government is obligated to manage the economy better”.
    What is the use of development with exorbitant interest and commissions from full contract sum goes to Looter clan?????????.

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    The nasty things this government has done to the self employed people is irreversible. Case in point is the shops given by the UNP government at Bristol Street in Fort. Gotabaya Rajapaksa destroyed all these shops overnight without a hoot for the families who were eking out a living. Today that very spot is used as a car park for the rich. This is right opposite the YMCA.

    Apart from this tragedy many homes and other small businesses have been deliberately destroyed under the pretext of beautification along with other brick and mortar development.

    Are the families who have suffered this cruelty going to vote for this authoritarian government in the future. My answer is no. But if they do then they deserve more that might come their way.

    Take a cue from the Muslims in Uva. They all voted for non-Muslims barring a stupid 4000 donkeys. The so called Muslim alliance ended up with nothing. Shows the people are drifting away from narrow minded politics.

    Aman

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    Good riddance of bad rubbish.

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    IGP ,, police dance for the government musicbut badarawella OIC,fail to dance with IGH , he was transfered. election undemocratc election last ten years, waste of public tax money.

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    Simply, this bugger (MaRa) will not count on your vote since he has many other means of attracting votes of poor destitute people of Sri Lanka, This has been the practice of majority of Presidents and kings of Sri Lanka and their ruthless accomplices; the yellow robed rogues who manipulated affairs of this country in favour of foreign interests and local rogues (initially of the terrorist King Ashoka of India who was a ruthless terrorist and was white washed by Mahawamsa)

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    Oh God, Former President Mrs. Chandrika Kumaranatunga. She did not and will never vote in favoure of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha. It is 8th wonder if she does.

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    IF Majority of the Sri Lankans were intelligent, decent, who does not support crime,stealing, encourages democracy, the ruling thug clan shouldnt have got a SINGLE VOTE.

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    There is a proverb “Dogs bark while the caravan goes on” so let all the dogs, including the UN & Western dogs howl, and there will be no regime change for decades.So learn to live with thuggery, intimidation,
    nepotism & one party rule.

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      Its neither the caravan that will stop nor the colossal mountain that will come down due to barking of stray dogs backed by their masters up west, the defeated LTTE sympathisers, NGO and human rights crusaders, TNA , UNP, JVP, any other detractor. Yes there is thuggery, corruption, wastage, intimidation as seen with any developing country in all the continents and more specifically in Sub Continental context as well as with all the parties that were in power in Sri Lanka in the past.

      But would that impact the common man to the extent of influencing the outcome? And has it impacted the past voting ? Not at all.
      Its the majority opinion that matters and as ‘Lanka Watch’ has rightly asserted, the incumbent will be re elected amidst reduced majority. Have no doubts whatsoever folks! Yes people like a strong leadership with a backbone who stand by the motherland and develop the country. All other factors will be normally overlooked unless it is directed at or effects the general public in their normal day to day life.

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      Western “dogs” buy 50% of SL exports under their tariff systems, helping developing countries. China buys only 1% of SL exports, but gives high interest loans without any hesitation .. Who should be the real dog in Lankan eyes? Your name suggests you Watch, but do you See.. There is big difference….

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    There is a proverb “Dogs bark while the caravan goes on” so let all the dogs, including the UN & Western dogs. India and North/East Sri Lankan dogs howl,but there will be no regime change for decades. So learn to live with thuggery, intimidation, nepotism & one party rule.

    Ltte cadre, (which consisted of unemployed youths of N/E) is dead and gone and some rehabilitated and leading a peaceful life with their families, but Ltte slogan is the one that you hear in any political meetings in the South these days and as long as the Tamils are marginalized in every field, the majority will vote for the party that
    rewinds and plays the Ltte song on the TV, media or political meetings,
    all know how gullible our people are, so how do you expect a regime change.?

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    Problem in Sri Lanka is having respect to the power hungry, public fund robbing, whole family and its relations (who are not qualified to be in these position, if there qualified I have no problem) are on public funds earning a pay check, robbing in millions with commissions,transfering what they rob to the innocenct tax payers who with greatest difficulty putting food on thier tables, people who encourage thuggery, nepotism, creating impunity for their close associates and themselve to murder ,rob rape, and with the idea of commision doing loss bearing projects. You should no call him ” I AM SORRY” its none of any idiots business whom y ou are gonna vote. EDUACTE THE PUBLIC WITHOUT KISSING ASS OF A ROGUE. I dont when this will happen but most of the sri lankans are like you. STUPID!

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    I voted against MR last time.

    This time I will vote for MR.

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      Thalaivar, you said it right as there will be only one candidate contesting the presidential election

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    From the looks and writing Mr hema senanayake does not look like a royalist or st thomas. I do not think he is catholic action either. Why are people like him turning away from the government ?

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