22 September, 2020

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Democracy In Crisis At Rajarata

By Students for Human Rights –

As we speak now, the students of University of Rajarata are facing the threat of brutal repression by the state using police violence, democracy is in crisis in Rajarata and students are risking their lives to fight a war against the state, to protect the people’s right to dissent. While the news about students’ sit-in at Rajarata has been on the news for the past few days, we do not believe that dimensions of democracy that is being repressed in Rajarata are being represented genuinely or accurately. As students’ who care about democracy, freedom and as students who understand and believe that we must stand in solidarity with anybody being oppressed anywhere to meaningfully protect democracy for everyone, everywhere we want the citizens of this country to know what is happening at Rajarata and what it means for democracy.

The sit-in

Students of University of Rajarata have been engaging in a sit-in action for the last 60 day to oppose the arbitrary suspensions given by the University administration to 27 student activists and because we believe that information and only complete information will make the people of this country understand the level of repression that they, along with us, are being subject to we would like to narrate what caused these suspensions.

rajarata5Although it is a day like any other to most people in this country, 20th of June is a special day for all university students of the country because the Student Heroes’ Day that celebrates the students martyrs who paid with their lives for the protection of the supposed “free” education on behalf of all of us, fall on that particular date. While any government would want their people to forget the ordinary men and women who fight battles for us every day, we as university students want to remember them, not only to respect them and cherish them but also to remind ourselves, that the path has been difficult, the times have been harder and we are here today only because of those men and women who refused to give up. Inter University Students’ Federation organizes a commemorative event, every year on this day to celebrate the student heroes and this fact is not unknown to university administrations.

However, on 20th June 2013, University of Rajarata administration upon the instruction of the University Grants Commission organized a ‘New Year Festival’ on the same day, displaying their blatant disrespect and insensitivity to what is precious for the students. It should also be reminded that New Year in Sri Lanka is celebrated twice, once in December and again in April, as far as we are aware there is no New Year festival that is celebrated in the month of June. Nevertheless, as expected students opted to participate in the Student Heroes’ Day instead of the so called New Year festival of the administration. Any democratic institution or an individual should respect the students’ right to choice; however the administration instead accused 8 student leaders of sabotaging the New Year festival and suspended them for 6 months. The reasoning behind these suspensions then is that students have to obey the university administration as slaves and their social, cultural and political life is disciplined and controlled by the administration. Therefore the students are forced to attend events organized by the administration with the threat of possible suspension if they refuse to. This is a clear violation of the students’ right to make decisions as free adults.

On 27th and 29th of June, after the administration ignored a petition signed by all students who participated in the Heroes’ Day Celebrations that stated that their participation was in fact voluntary, the students resorted to a protest action that also highlighted other problems they face within the university. Following the repressive tendency the administration again suspended 13 students for organizing and participating in the protest action.

On 19th September 2013 Faculty of Management students distributed leaflets within the university against the privatization of their degree courses and the administration again suspended 5 student activists.

Freedom of expression is a right protected under the Constitution of the country and these suspensions are in clear violation of the students’ democratic right as human beings to engage in cultural, social and political activity and to express their opinions on matters that concern them. If a student cannot distribute a leaflet against privatization of university education, what does it say about the democracy within the leading educational institutions of the country? What kind of an education institution wants students to act as deaf and dumb robots, following the orders given to them by the administration? Human beings have the right to live and expressing that life socially, culturally and politically is a fundamental right of the people that is protected by the Constitution of the country.

The sit-in action was launched by the students against this stifling behaviour of the administration that uses arbitrary suspensions as a tool to silence any kind of dissent within the university. The students have been continuously engaging in the sit-in on the road side of Mihintale and the action has managed to win over the supports of democratic forces within the country. Trade Unions, Farmers’ Unions, Religious leaders, student activists from other universities and artists are coming forward to stand in solidarity with the University of Rajarata students who are at the moment fighting a difficult battle against the state to protect meaningful democracy.

Repression through the Courts

Exposing the real political nature of the repression that has been unleashed on Rajarata students, the government has now turned to courts to stop the sit-in action of the students, without even attempting to build dialogue with them .

On 5th February 2014, the Magistrate Court of Anuradhapura upon the request of the police made an order to evict the sit-in in front of the University of Rajarata and warned the students of arrest if it is not immediately evicted. The reasons given by the police are possible harm to public and private property and public nuisance. Sit-in actions were not invented by Rajarata students to fight their administration; sit-ins have been used for decades by democratic forces to exercise direct democracy, to express direct dissent. Sit-in actions became one of the the most popular arms of dissent during the Civil Liberties movement headed by Martin Luther King and the Anti-war movement against the Vietnam War. Any judge should be aware of this. However, the local judiciary has adopted a tactic of being amazed when giving orders against people’s democratic rights as if they are unaware of the history of democracy, the fact that it was never awarded to the people on a silver platter by the judiciary, that people always won the fights on the streets and nobody ever considers those wins to be public nuisance and the real harm to the public is that these orders  have created a vicious trend of criminalizing legitimate democratic weapons of the people.

However, taking up the correct stance against injustice, the students refused to obey the order and another order was made on the 12th of February allowing the sit-in action to continue on a different venue under the condition that three students specifically mentioned and targeted by the courts do not participate in the action. The guardians of justice have adopted a very subjective approach to violate the rights of individuals using the very tools that are supposed to protect them in violation of the right to equality protected under the Constitution.

On 13th February, yesterday, the police attacked the students who were participating in the sit-in and arrested 8 students who were later released on bail. As we speak now today, the students are again facing the threat of police violence and possible arrest.

The crime of these students is that they refused to obey, not the values of democracy or rights of the people but the measures of the state that were being taken to repress those very rights and democracy. The suspensions, the court orders, arrests and police attacks all form a very efficient system of repression that stands in front of the students. They are fighting for the basic human rights, to live, to engage, to talk, to dissent and to enforce the will of the people. The institutions that are supposed to protect democratic values in the society, universities and the judiciary have become mere extensions of this system of repression due to their politicized nature.

We have the freedom to express our opinions, to dissent government policy and democracy is meaningless without people’s participation on things that concern them and we need to protect the students who are on a mission for democracy and freedom. University of Rajarata students have decided to continue with the sit-in for the 66th day, in spite of the threats to their lives and judicial and police repression. Please stand in solidarity with them, inform yourselves and free yourselves from state propaganda and join in our fight for democracy and freedom.

Thank you

In Solidarity,

Students for Human Rights

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    Today’s students are the future leaders of the country. Are questioning the very system their lives depend on? Is democracy disguised as kleptocracy in the Island?

    “Democracy is the most vile form of government. … democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as the have been violent in their deaths.”

    — James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, 4th President of the U. S.

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      BRAVO! Thank you for informing us about your protest and struggle, Students for Human Rights! Keep up your good work. Please send this letter to the Commonwealth of Nations Secretatiate in London and tell them how the YOUTH of Sri Lanka are treated..
      The CHOGM circus had a special YOUTH session in Ruhuna Rata with Namal Jarapassa as crown prince while university student from poor communities were marginalized..

      Also, The sad fact is that mainstream newspapers have not reported your struggle. They are into self-censorship to get funds and adverts from the Mahinda Jarapassa regime and its business cronies… Neither the Daily Mirror, Island or Ceylon Today of the corrupt Maharaja TV channels have shown your students for HR struggle.
      THese media only quote the Rajapaksa YOUTH and print hog wash about YOUTH EMPOWERMENT when in fact the silent majority of youth are having their democratic rights stolen.
      Youth empowerment that was a big hit of the UNDP and the CHOGM circus is SRi Lanka means the empowerment of the Rajapaksa Sons and other politicians offspring to be empowered to loot the country. Namal Jarapassa has assured himself of “hetak” with his youth NGO.

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        The Good news is that the Mahinda Jarapassa dictatorship is cracking!

        Today I we saw Goon Gota’s Monitoring MP for the Ministry of Defense, murderer Duminda Silva. booed and forced to flee in his tank/ SUV on Colombo’s Baseline road when poor people who were being forced out of their homes and were abducted protested.
        The Defense Ministry Monitoring MP retreated as the crowd kicked him out.! Soon Mahinda Rajapaksa and his filthy, corrupt, criminal and UNEDUCATED brothers and sons who think they are the kings of Lanka come on the street. I look forward to the day that Duminda’s Boss Gotabaya Jarapassa the white van goon has to put his head between his legs and flee!
        Lankans are now fed of the South Asian Gaddafis – the RajaFuksa Clan!
        Students for Human Rights be of good courage and keep up the struggle to educate the masses Jarapassa family of corrupt criminals..

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          What if the poor people are illegal land occupiers?

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            even illegal occupies, they are citizens of this country. first find them an alternative abode before evacuating them. any responsible government will look at the welfare of the citizens not the perks and luxury apartments for MPs and ministers and the first family only.

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          I too cannot wait for that day.
          I would love to see their horrible ugly faces on that day.
          These buggers and thier cronies every penny should be taken back for overseas banks, every property should be confiscated, their bank account must be froze.

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      You reap what you sow.

      Free education for bath gullos with out job opportunities is the cause.

      Its still a spice colony geared to export to the west.

      Plough the field while your women stretch their legs in the middle east.

      You never fought for independence like the Indians but got it because they fought.

      If you sihala still have the balls then atleast now follow what the brave Indians did not what the sob naked fakir gandhi did by sleeping there for all to feel pity.

      The brave Indians slept on railway lines and stopped the trains from carrying goods which caused the biggest problem for the British Raj.

      Come on you jerks show us what you are made of than killing your own folk and telling the world that you are the biggest heroes of the world.

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        Brave Indians my a$$. Millions of them were willing servants of the Raj. Do you know the size of the British Indian army? Or how many Indians fought for the Empire in two world wars? Even the infamous massacre of Indian civilians at Jallianwala Bagh was carried out by Gurkhas under British command. Do you think you can blind everyone with your Javian version of history?

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          Bestiality Breed,

          2 million jawans gave away their lives fighting from Belgium to Burma
          as much JT’s too fought at Rangoon.

          While the so called sihala buddhist thuppai freedom fighters hid in tamil nadu lungi like the JVP (ask the leader ambude Somewanse where he hid.

          The rest of the karrupa sihala spied for the the japenese so they call you and the bengalis as humans that smell of fish (check human rights watch manchester)

          After the war was over the Indians had the guns.

          Now everyone in lanka has guns so its inevtiable that you get bombed and no boots on the ground. Just like the creation of Bangala in 8 days Lanka in 3 days flat also to test the fourth generation World’s smallest combat jet Tejas Mark I . The 5th Generation superior to the US will be out 2020.

          The sihala seated on a buddha head potty dont read and travel to see but belch and fart and expect others to listen.

          All you do is sell your forked teeth women to the arabs as slaves for you to be involved in incest breeding.

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          “Brave Indians my a$$. Millions of them were willing servants of the Raj.Do you think you can blind everyone with your Javian version of history?””

          Ha ha Sihala pool passe nool,

          You are living the dream of silver tongue of asia SWRD the sihala buddhist who hid in Tamil Nadu lungi and now you are living his dream – you are afraid of your own shadow
          ________________

          The Gurkas who are also Hindus and the former Hindu Singh to fight the muslims(By the sixteenth century, “Singh” had become a popular surname among the Maratha and Rajput warriors)It was adopted into Sikhism in 1699
          were no match to the original Maraths- todays seals.”Bhosle” the last maharaja of India.

          The Maratha army especially its infantry was praised by almost all the enemies of Maratha Empire, ranging from Duke of Wellington to Ahmad Shah Abdali. After the Third Battle of Panipat, Abdali was relieved as Maratha army in the initial stages were almost in the position of destroying the Afghan armies and their Indian Allies Nawab of Oudh and Rohillas. The grand wazir of Durrani Empire, Shah Wali Khan was shocked when Maratha commander-in-chief Sadashivrao Bhau launched a fierce assault on the centre of Afghan Army, over 3,000 Durrani soldiers were killed alongside Haji Atai Khan, one of the chief commander of Afghan army and nephew of wazir Shah Wali Khan. Such was the fierce assault of Maratha infantry in hand-to-hand combat that Afghan armies started to flee and the wazir in desperation and rage shouted “Comrades Whither do you fly, our country is far off”.[45][46][47] Post battle Ahmad Shah Abdali in a letter to one Indian ruler claimed that Afghans were able to defeat the Marathas only because of the blessings of almighty and any other army would have been destroyed by the Maratha army on that particular day even though Maratha army was numerically inferior to Afghan army and its Indian allies.[48] The letter is kept in the National Archives of India.

          Similarly Duke of Wellington after defeating Marathas noted that Marathas though were poorly led by their Generals but their regular infantry and artillery matches the level of Europeans, he also warned other British officers from underestimating Marathas in battlefield. He cautioned one British general that: “You must never allow Maratha infantry to attack head on or in close hand to hand combat, as in that your army will cover itself with utter disgrace”.[49] Even when Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington became Prime Minister of Britain he held Maratha infantry in utmost respect, claiming it to be one of the best in world at the same time however he noticed the poor leadership of Maratha Generals, who were often responsible for their defeats.[49] Most British Authors agree that Maratha infantry was equal to that of British infantry after the Third Anglo-Maratha war in 1818, Maratha agreed to serve British Empire, and Britain listed Maratha as one of the Martial race

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    Jimmy, NAK, sach, Sarojini, Banda, Hela, Illiberal none, ……..

    These are your kids not LTTE front organisation.

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      Do you know , how LTTE started , from a student movement ,
      When students rights deny, they will look into the alternative way
      LTTE also Tamil kids
      There is no different than the Sinhalese kids

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        Also, we all know what happened the LTTE terrorists

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          eusense

          “Also, we all know what happened the LTTE terrorists”

          What exactly did you do the LTTE terrorists?

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            The stupid ones swallowed the cyanide capsules, cowards like Parayabakaran did not do that but were eliminated by the SLDF just like what the US did for Bin Laden.

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        Why forget the emergence of the JVP.

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        “Do you know , how LTTE started , from a student movement,”

        Was started by low caste school drop outs as a result of SWRD family concept of Sinhala Buddhist only.
        Proof they first killed the Tamil intelligentsia.

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          BARREN SOIL DIGGIN SHUDRAS ARE NOT A HIGH CASTE.

          ONLY IN TAMIL NADU AND LANKA THEY IMAGINE THIS; SERF MAJORITY.

          SWRD ALSO FROM A TAMIL NON-BRAHAMIN NILAPERUMAL KALUKAPUGE.

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            Bestiality breed are shit bucket carriers till we saw you in with your borrowed ambude. You still our arse modaya.

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          And you aim to gain from these school drop outs UNHCR resolution.

          You are an ugly hyena, lower than Dalit.

          Scum of the earth scavengers have no balls to even match up to drop outs.

          Evidence of low beginings.

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            LIKE SCOTLAND BUT FASTER!! HA HA suck this muckshit!!
            Session has become an infection in Indian states. SL may be forced to follow suit after 31st May.I think the south must first get bombed to know the meaning of freedom and for the sake of the Jawans who lost their lives. I will campaign for the Jawans within India.

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            “Evidence of low beginings.

            What is so lib about you offshot bestiality breed beggar folk of SL??

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      Native,

      You back to the jungle and start hunting, what do you know: These stupid kids are financed by the LTTE rump diaspora.

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      lol not LTTE but a JVP front. It is really curious that the new found love of anti Sri Lankan elements towards JVP and TNA trying to reach out to JVP happening simultaneously. Coincidence?

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        Liberal One

        “It is really curious that the new found love of anti Sri Lankan elements towards JVP and TNA trying to reach out to JVP happening simultaneously. Coincidence?”

        Reaching out to each other should have happened 40 years ago.

        It is better late than never.

        I see bit of nervousness on your part. Steady up illiberal one, join the protest, it would be better late than never.

        This would be another chance for you to wipe clean your guilt from your chest.

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          Terrorists either marxists, separatists or those hiding behind native names will be defeated. We have no nervousness about that.

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            Liberal One

            You keep defeating them, but they keep popping up for the last 43 years in one way or another.

            You know why they are popping up frequently?

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              Because there were terror apologists like you to excuse their crimes. If the general perception of the society is to excuse and tolerate the violence of terrorists, they will continue to pop up. Get it?

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                Liberal One

                You can be tough on both Sinhala/Buddhist and Tamil terrorism. However if you are not tough on the causes of terrorism you will see history repeating itself.

                If you stop sitting on your brain you would grasp the point I have made earlier.

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                we all have to gain from eliminating greedy facists who put on a liberal label.

                they are worse than terrorists; hitler, ceasar, musollini…

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                  fuckcriti who cares what fuckshit you say. You are just part of a begging nation sending your mums and sisters to spread legs in camel land. Start licking Indian arse because there is no other way out for you because we wont let terrorist like you into the west.

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      Native Vedda,

      “As students’ who care about democracy, freedom and as students who understand and believe that we must stand in solidarity with anybody being oppressed anywhere to meaningfully protect democracy for everyone, everywhere we want the citizens of this country to know what is happening at Rajarata and what it means for democracy.”

      ” Jimmy, NAK, sach, Sarojini, Banda, Hela, Illiberal none, …….. These are your kids not LTTE front organisation.”

      Yes.

      The Mahanama Sinhala Buddhists Politicians and monks are now going after their own people.

      The Rajapakdsa shills can go only so far fooling the people, because the number od Sinhala Mahanama Buddhist racists is limited.

      Rajarata University is a sample of the repression happening in the country.

      Father Niemoller:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Niem%C3%B6ller

      Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller (German: [ˈniːmœlɐ]; 14 January 1892 – 6 March 1984) was a German anti-Nazi theologian[1] and Lutheran pastor. He is best known for his statement “First they came …”.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_

      First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

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        Amarasiri

        Thanks.

        I came to know about Martin Niemöller many moons ago through my Elders.

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          “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew.”

          … then the Jewish “international community” started going for every one that stood on a principle. They murdered – Saddam Hussein, Gaddaffi and tried it on Ahmadinejad and Bashir-al-Assad until China and Russia started standing in their way.

          Protect the “human right” of the Jews to do what they want! They are God-chosen. Don’t you know?

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            Niemoller,

            “They murdered – Saddam Hussein, Gaddaffi and tried it on Ahmadinejad and Bashir-al-Assad until China and Russia started standing in their way”

            Well articulated.

            Remember Suez Canal 1956?

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      Dear Native
      Blood and violence their fun sports. Democracy for them its a joke. Sinhala Buddhism and democracy two different things

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        J.Muthu

        I am right behind the protesters.

        Where are you?

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      They have the right to protest peacefully. They should not resort to violance, suicide bombing and disrupt life of citizens like what the Tamil terrorist did. Hope they will achieve their demands.

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        Pasel, Thiru, Illiberal None,Amarasiri, J.Muthu, eusense

        Please read my comment to D Peiris under Anura Kumara Dissanayake Is A Capable Leader, TNA Congratulates, TNA Calls On JVP To Work Together.

        This is what I wrote:

        D Peiris

        Please read the article about “Democracy In Crisis At Rajarata” elsewhere in CT.

        This is the kind of state’s brutality that usually make matters worse. Now this is an ideal condition for radicalization of youth who might or might not take up arms in ten to fifteen years.

        Your children or grandchildren could be watching and learning from these youth. Don’t blame them if they resort to terrorism when they run out of peaceful means to change unreasonable actions on the part of state, its rulers and the functionaries.

        Native Vedda
        February 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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          Native Vedda,
          Do you know how many violent protests went on in Universities in The US against the Vietnam war? Do you know how many students died as a result of brutal law enforcement to stop the unrest. Did you see the US “rulers and the functionaries” halting the Vietnam war due to these protest? What was the final out come? Nothing changed the politicians continued the war, students died. Did the surviving students have commemorative events? No, everybody has now forgotten what happened.
          Why are you making a huge fickle of what these students are doing? Even calling it “democracy in crisis”!! You appear to take advantage of these situations to promote your agenda. Even now these kind of things happen in the US universities on a daily basis. Do you even hear about them? Do the US media claim “democracy in crisis”? These are young students and at this age they are rebellious. Once they graduate find a job and start a family; end of story! While I was at Peradeniya there was some kind of protest almost on every weekend! Almost none achieved anything useful. Only difference was there were no media and people like you yelling “democracy in crisis” and blamed the gov. In my opinion the first priority of these students should be their academic work. You are either an extremely negative person or a an anti-Sri Lankan to suggest that these students will “resort to terrorism”, very well knowing the fate of Tamil Tiger terrorist group! For a change why don’t you write advising them anti violence methods.

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            eusense

            What have stories of US students got to do with these kids in this third world third rate kleptocracy?

            “You appear to take advantage of these situations to promote your agenda.”

            What is my agenda exactly? I don’t even know if I have an agenda at all.

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              The point is unrest take place every where. You are just deceiving yourself if you are going to take a student agitate as a fail of democracy. Quite pathetic your desperation to see the country fail.

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                Liberal One

                “The point is unrest take place every where.”

                Good point. Sorry I have failed to notice it.

                The question is why?

                And how do you deal with it?

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              What I sense from all your writings is that you are a supporter of the failed Tamil terror group LTTE. Your are showing a fake patriotism towards Sri Lanka to take revenge from the current administration. If you are a Tamil trying to promote separation of Sri Lanka, that is not going to happen. When people realize of corruption they will get rid of the current gov.. But whoever comes next is not going to separate this country anyway. Tamils will be living as a minority as many minorities in other countries live. Tamils have lost the trust of the SL citizens by resorting to violence and now faking human right violations.

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                eusense, sach, chuti, Trishu, Sarogini,……..

                “What I sense from all your writings is that you are a supporter of the failed Tamil terror group LTTE.”

                How so?

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            ” Do you know how many violent protests went on in Universities in The US against the Vietnam war? Do you know how many students died as a result of brutal law enforcement to stop the unrest. Did you see the US “rulers and the functionaries” halting the Vietnam war due to these protest? What was the final out come? Nothing changed the politicians continued the war, students died. Did the surviving students have commemorative events? No, everybody has now forgotten what happened. “

            4 students died at Kent State and 2 at Jackson State.

            American protests and general opposition to the war was what forced the US government to pull out of Vietnam; American supporters of the Vietnam war say as much.

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        “”Hope they will achieve their demands. “”

        I don’t care how you spice colony slave feel.

        The parripu drop, the ipkf the world assistance to get rid of the mother of all step fathers and the 5 year rope to get things to order has taught
        us that eusence is a borrowed ambude.

        Very soon India may bomb the north and the south to bring the matter to a close but for sure we will not let the nava colomba malayasanya after 48 stay at colombo because they are the southern fascist terrorist.

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          NEITHER DO SINHALESE CARE FOR JAFFNA TOBACCO SLAVES.

          YOUR KALLATHONI MOLLAKATHANI TALK SHOWS THAT YOU ARE A MENTAL CASE AND DESERVE TO BE OPPRESSED IN OUR ISLAND COUNTRY.

          GO BACK TO TAMIL NADU SHUDRA COUNTRY.

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            Javi

            Jakolis writes “GO BACK TO TAMIL NADU SHUDRA COUNTRY”.

            When you go, could you take Sinhala speaking Tamil Jakolis with you.

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            Jakolis,

            Smelly karwela,

            My family home is in the first world paradise where the temp averages 18 with the mountains and the sea. Even my great great grand father was born at cinnamon gardens colombo you are just an arse licking slave nawa colaba malsanya. Go tell your tamil story to sihala bestality breed.

            We will bomb you north south and make that the state of India as it was before- you will have no authority to issue PP or diplomatic postings and interfere in the politics of India via your belching farting sihala buddhist monks who are living in the dalit colonies India from North to South after the Indo/Lanka accord for citizenship

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              BTW you are very interested in Tamil Nadu Tamils well here they are;

              India’s indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas Mark 1- the lightest military jet in its class.Fourth generation World’s smallest combat jet Tejas Mark I . The 5th Generation superior to the US will be out 2020. Tejas can fly 1,700 km non-stop and has “glass cockpit display system”Tejas can fly at a speed of more than 1,350 km per hour

              K. Tamil Mani, director general at the Aeronautical Systems of DRDO, told IANS Thursday that “the aircraft is 65 percent indigenous”. He said the engine, ejection seat and radar are among the components that have been imported.

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                Oh Tamil Mani became director, very nice person.

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              Well, what happened to yo now??

              You cannot win the ancestry argument as my ancestors owned Cinnamon Gardnes.

              We know some mental case shudras came South for greener pastures.

              Feeling sorry we allowed this, but them ash rubbing thalathel pottus were/are not not so welcoming to my people.

              Tejas assembled Aryan techology, not low caste Dravidian stuff.

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                You cannot win the ancestry argument as my ancestors owned Cinnamon Gardnes.

                Pissu “nolib” you must be having sex with a dog.

                you have not seen the castle hidden from the street.We never worked for the government or were interested that is how it stands. Its exports that make the merry ground move.
                No s.o.b ever entered Cinnamon Gardens in 83. you have to be born again thuppai.

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                “Tejas assembled Aryan techology, not low caste Dravidian stuff.”

                Your colour doies go with iranian mullas stools when he eats Dhal like pissu Paul… nool. (^O^)

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            “GO BACK TO TAMIL NADU SHUDRA COUNTRY”

            We westerners don’t need smelly sihala or tamil lankan refugees to create issues for the nations.

            The idea is very simple to understand. All along you played China US politics and now you cannot pay China and are selling the land to China(85% of Htota is owned by China) to use it against India and US. Xi is a businessman (Xi lived in caves go learn) not from Mao. He needs the money because China has a debt crisis and EU may cut or curtail exports.

            India and China have one each of refurbished Aircraft Carriers and several submarines each. China is to build 4 more and needs to build too but it’s now a question of manoeuvrability and India cannot have “bribe taking and giving” known undesirable bestiality breed low caste Sihala Buddhist in the middle so it must change hands. fucknation you are `Going Under`Phew!! 。◕‿◕。

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      I wonder this stupid Vedda has ever stepped in to a university even for rain.

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        Banda

        “I wonder this stupid Vedda has ever stepped in to a university even for rain.”

        You should be happy there is one less moron in this world.

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        Nothing to wonder there, with that amount of IQ i don’t think the kalu sudda even passed his A/Ls.

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          yes, 0 on the fascist register.

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            solib,
            So you are still striking for goota to kick your nuts out of shape? ha ha
            disgusting, smelly, malodorous, foul, little pipsqueak lankan wearing scratchy underware.

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      “Jimmy, NAK, sach, Sarojini, Banda, Hela, Illiberal none, ……..

      These are your kids not LTTE front organisation.”

      What nonsense NV, how can pimps have children? This ponna hathikare only have tip-end living bacteria in this lying mouths and gaping assholes as their living companions.

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        Silva

        “What nonsense NV, how can pimps have children?”

        I am sorry, I didn’t know there 10 Million of pimps in this island.

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      Your heart seems to be oozing with love for these Sinhalese kids!
      But your tone is a roar

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    Higher Edu. minister SB monkey is playing hell

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      but the joke is SB openly expresses the way he even asualts the protesting students.

      President and these ministers should be sent to a work shop where he could learn bit more about ” democratic rights”. Actually CW countries could ask him to do this before him being appointed as the current chair person of CW.

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      John

      State and nature of the state is playing hell.

      I won’t be surprised another set of terrorists emerging from alienated youth of the present in about ten years time.

      The stupid state has not learnt anything from the past.

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      John

      How many monkeys you have in your den?

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        Ajith

        “How many monkeys you have in your den?”

        None, I suppose there is no room for more than one.

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    S B is more concern about his own children

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    This is also part of the learning curve. However, if these folks think administrators are bad, wait until they get a bad boss.

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      Let me rephrase that last sentence…

      However, if these folks think administrators are bad, wait until they get a TOUGH boss,

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        Both are as bad!

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    There are many layers of repression alluded to (but not fully unpacked) in this statement.

    Clearly, the state’s actions ought to be roundly condemned. The way in which they appear to be circumventing the right of the students to engage in peaceful protest is truly reprehensible, and reflective of the broader erosion of democratic structures in our country.

    At the same time, we should also stand in solidarity with those students who are routinely ragged and vilified-with no regard to their sense of humanity-by this Inter University Students’ Federation (affiliated with the JVP) and its allied unions in Sri Lankan universities.

    Comrades, you cannot eat the cake and have it. If you truly stand in solidarity with all peoples oppressed everywhere, then you must also publicly denounce your own role in ragging, stop(at times violently) disrupting unions that oppose you, and stop defending students found guilty of ragging from being suspended/expelled.

    You will garner greater public sympathy if you have the courage, and the intellectual acumen, to safeguard human rights and democracy at all times — and not only during moments when it suits your own interests.

    In solidarity,
    Bandana1948

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    As a post-script, it is important to note that student martyrs are usually memorialized during the “Il Maha Samaruwa” which occurs in November. So both this event held in June, and the New Year celebration organized by the University in the same month, are highly unusual and suspect.

    There is more this story, and we would love to hear it, comrades.

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      November memorial for 71. June memo for 88-89

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    The whole country is suffocating..

    ‘And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history:
    repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.’
    (John Steinbeck.’The Grapes of Wrath’)

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    What did Kuttimani say at the High Court ruling on the Neerveli Bank robbery in 1982?

    “This Army camp at Elephant Pass will come to Kalutara tomorrow. This Navy camp at Gurunagar will come to Hambantota tomorrow. This Air Force camp at Palali will come to Matale tomorrow. This same weapon that was raised against us Tamils today will be raised against you the Sinhalese tomorrow. Only then you will realize how reasonable this fight of ours is.”

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      It happened in 71 and 88- 89

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        Pissu CSM we will bomb you.

        Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others, merely because you were born in it”.

        Patriotism is to politics what faith is to religion: The unquestioned acceptance of information that is either unverified or that may actually be in conflict with factual evidence. Patriotism is the incubator of wars.

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    SB has put his son to supervise private universities. He should put his wife to supervise state universities. His keep can be in charge of the UGC

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      All over the world there are private universities. Name the countries there ain’t any private Universities.

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    Why does government want to suppress memory of student heroes

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    signed
    Students for Human Rights

    Hope you learn quickly

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    jarapassas hate to educate poor people’s children,
    because they are not educated, jealous of others getting free educating and only cheated to get their bogus degrees.

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    Yeah we have seen this phenomenon in early 1980s. Where did it end up; the so called enforcers of human rights in the form of immature juveniles murdering the people who were just going about doing their daily job. And where did the juveniles end up, dead under the trees, corpses at road junctions, filling local rivers, in threshing fields as half burnt corpses. Some cowards and rabble rousers escaped to Australia and UK, to reappear in the present day as respectable party leaders. You know whom I am talking about those big mouths! Yeah, go back to those days again. Free education, free food and clothing provided by parents are not good enough for them. They want to create anarchy all over again. No I will not support this lot.

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    Another example where free education at university level has failed.

    Can anyone enlighten me as to how many countries have complete free education at university level?

    Jagath

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      Does it matter we have it we want to protect it.

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        CSM, You write about interference.
        The land does not belong to anyone’s father.

        The Sinhala Buddhist monks working like free masons from the south of india to the north is of concern.
        The fascist Banda who hid in TN lungi (like JR SWRD, Somawanswe,NM Colvin)
        assisted these tatte motte boys under the Indolanka citizen pact.
        You are fucking nation same as Mao Nepal just with with authority for DPL post Scholarhips etc almost equal to a nation with 1.3 billion so you think you can lift your sarema. Go put your head between your legs because we like to bomb you.

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    Do not worry, attack on Students will be added on to the charges against SL in the next UN session. How stupid can this government be, they are feeding on to the charges. The list is growing day by day. How stupid are the leaders of this government!

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      What Human Rights? This is just a one project by the bankrupt JVP and their ilk. Sack the bastards and give all that chances to those who are willing to study and work hard thereafter. Right now, we want hard workers not bloody protesters.

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      Expel the arty farty thugs and the matter ends there.

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    These dump students are ruining the higher education in Sri Lanka. This has been the case for many years. These guys shouldn’t be allowed to enter universities and ruin the education of the rest of the students. Over the years, how many innocent students got killed and physically handicapped because of the criminal behavior of few students. Those who create chaos in universities should be fired so that the rest can continue their education in peaceful environment. Imagine time and money of how many students are wasted by the few criminal minded students.

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      Saman

      “These dump students are ruining the higher education in Sri Lanka. This has been the case for many years.”

      How did they manage to enter Uni if they were dump, is it through standardization?

      “These guys shouldn’t be allowed to enter universities and ruin the education of the rest of the students.”

      Students would not eagerly ruin education if you make education interesting, relevant, useful, taught by professionals, run by effective managers with less political interference, tough curriculum, …….

      Don’t blame the students blame the masters.

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        NV, don’t waste your time man. This Saman [Edited out]is a programmed monkey with Jarapassa lunacy. This maggot is only responsive to muck and anything civilized will only pass through this empty head without touching a single neuron cell. The [Edited out] is brain dead.

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          Silva

          “NV, don’t waste your time man.”

          The more they write more is revealed about their state of mind which a three year old child could beat these morons by large margin in IQ assessment.

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    If they are students what are they doing instead of attending lectures……

    Don’t they know the that the people and the GOSL are investing in their free education?

    If they do not want to attend lectures and agitate, GOSL must chase them away and give those places to students who are interested in studying.

    Suspensions need to stand. Kick out those agitate.
    These are not future leaders they are future SCUMS.

    Free education and why provide jobs? They need to think on their own after 4 years of UNi and engage in some viable self employment as they have been groomed to think.

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      They r been unfairly suspended u fool…. Read the article before commenting.

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        Wise owl the urge to bomb south is great. I like to so that world can have a peaceful island with less 2 legged animals.

        suspended- that is the right academic tool. i have seen it happen to a SL tamil at IIT.
        Then the students don’t repeat. The fascist, marxist parties who loiter the campus and seduce the very poor and gullible with cups of tea etc. are seen as the plague.
        Go start a brothel like the rajapassa clan.

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    I say students in Sri Lanka enjoy better human rights than students in Western countries. What more to say than our students get free education from kindergarten to the university whereas in Western countries like the UK, students have to obtain loans or get their parents to pay fees to get their university education. Taxpayers in Sri Lanka pay not just for these rascals tuition fees but for their lodgings as well. Not many countries in the world are generous towards the students as Sri Lanka. Still, these students are not appreciative or grateful.

    I am told that few extremist buggers compel many an unwilling bystanding students to take part in these protests just like their ilk have forced entire universities into ragging jamboree at one time to expand their extremist political views. These bugger must either get into full time education or be sacked.

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      Quoting from yours:

      “Taxpayers in Sri Lanka pay not just for these rascals tuition fees but for their lodgings as well.”

      Can you mix all the students´issues up into one single cocktail ?

      So very same ilk you represent to stay DEAD silent while Rajapaskes abuse tax payers funds for night car races or overloaded presidential entourages or … etc.. can you please make this clear to the readership ?

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        Cannot night races be considered as promotional material for the tourism industry. I consider it is. Afterall, tourism has grown up by 37% last January when compared to January 2013.

        Elected politicians are the biggest trouble makers in most democratic countries. They can be dangerous if not contained tactically. Thailand is the best example I can show as a case in point right now. If large presidential entourages is a means to keep these bastards quiet then I say its very cheap hence worth it.

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    Saman and Thondananaru,Have you ever attended a University or even a school.You do not seem to realize the psyche of the students. They hate injustice. It is with such concepts that the world developed.I have one thing against the University students, they go to temples but do not demand that the priests should be barbecued.

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      It’s part of the culture- Dansal for protest. Pansal to kill.

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    Just get rid of the Student leaders and Chase them out of the university and any other ones who wants to do politics and not their education.

    In Sri Lanka Students are given education free of charge. IF they want to waste that money, they violate far greater social rights than their own rights.

    Ask them to first their living and then do human rights.

    Just get rid of those students from the University.

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    Please kick these trouble makers out of the university. There is absolutely NO need to listen to their demands or fear their threats.

    University students should not engage in politics of any kind.

    Free education is a privilege not a right.

    If you enter university, do your studies, get your degree and then once you graduate you can engage in politics at your own cost. Mysteriously, the buggers who make the most trouble in the university for other students by disrupting academic activities and fighting for everything from justice to human rights loose all these interests when they get their first job offer!

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      Navin

      A proper free education should be right and should not be considered as privilege.

      Every person in this land must have the right of access to free education irrespective of their age.

      One doesn’t learn much at Uni however has the opportunity to learn how much one doesn’t know in this world.

      Today’s students are the future leaders in trade, industry, banking, education, trade union, state institutions and political parties.

      An excellent rounded free uni education could create a level playing field for all, which I am sure would bridge the gap between privileged few and underprivileged rest.

      They need role models too who can inspire them.

      Role models, MR, Gota, Mervyn, Duminda,Rajpal,Malinda, ………….. mmmmm

      Who is afraid of free education? Only the privileged caste class conscious few. I suspect you are one of them.

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        What people are entitled for is access to good education irrespective of their age, caste, creed, religion and what not.

        Any education that is not affordable cannot be considered “accessible”. In USA, a medical degree cost 250,000 USD. This is not within the reach of many entering medical school. To make education “accessible” the government provides student loans. The point being education does NOT have to be FREE for it to be accessible.

        No one is entitled for a “FREE” education.

        Not just education, no one is entitled for anything FREE. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Everything has to be paid for by somebody. If you get something free, that is because it has being paid for by someone else. So be grateful and consider yourself privileged because there are so many others in the world who do not get education and healthcare among other things for free.

        Irony is that the education of these white collar buffoons is paid for by those who could not enter university because they didn’t make it through the selection process. Not because they were not qualified but because the process is competitive. These people are riding on their tax money and broken dreams.

        These students and our people in general are obsessed with their rights that they forget totally their responsibilities. If you were to dig into the grades of these donkeys you will be surprised how well they perform.

        The norm in other countries is that any student who has been awarded a fellowship or grant that doesn’t perform well will have these “privileges” withdrawn.

        Any student who takes time off his studies for political work is neglecting his first responsibility – which is his academic work.

        Please purge our university system of these rodents, leeches and parasites.

        Political entities outside universities who make use of immaturity of these students for their diabolical ends (politicians, journalists, human rights activists, what have you …) are no different from LTTE who used children as their foot soldiers. I can recognize quite well who is really concerned about students.

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        “Who is afraid of free education? Only the privileged caste class conscious few. I suspect you are one of them.”
        I disagree with you. It has nothing to do with privilege class. Did you not have an JVP insurrection because there were no jobs??
        I know of several high caste poor families with very bright kids scoring over 90’s and the parents with 2 children are finding it hard to afford to send them to places like Harvard, Cambridge so that the CV speaks for them later on. So the kids are finding very different ways to get a place there.
        The low class of India have around 30% reserved seats for education and jobs. I can tell you many Here is case.- the job of deputy registrar at an IIT was reserved for SC and this was attended by a meticulous hard working Brahmin with a first class BSc . J. Party came to power and immediately the post was advertised so a high flying SC with PhD filled the slot. 2 semesters passed and he was caught fiddling the admissions with foreign students and the running rate was $50k back in the late 70’s.
        If one pays nothing you have no idea of the value of it eg CT for free. One must pay something at least. Today Japanese are some of the cleanest in the world because from childhood at school they are taught to go on all fours and mop the floor. They a rich first world so why should they do it??
        Both ANS Kulasingh, and Cyril Ponnamperuma were poor like the refugee chetties and could afford nothing but these two bright kids were sent to the states- one Bio Chemistry and the other pre stressed. However, at the same time a rich Kshatriya went to New York and created a record yet to be broken PhD Chemical Engineering 1 Year. His student again a Kshatriya with photographic memory was lured by the pentagon because he knew all branches of Engineering. The man is still there.

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          “Who is afraid of free education? Only the privileged caste class conscious few. I suspect you are one of them.”

          The one with the TWA syndrome like Navin et al.

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      Navin you southern monkey Mahanama Buddhist monk stop using idiotic and abusive terms on the citizens of the nation first.

      Even a poor country like India subsidises and it is not the cowboy US that you finally lick arse that you are comparing.

      The ratio for engineering 5 years course Rs 1:300 student: state.

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    These students are not studying for external matters.

    Once they get out of the university then they protest for not having jobs.

    Once they get the jobs they don’t work or contribute instead they strike for more money.

    What is their contribution to the country from which they got their education free.

    JUST DISCIPLINE THEM.

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      The SL politicians that give Mahanama Monk Navin and you Mahanama monk Jimbo have set the trend- POWER where one does not work.

      Kaddafi your dream boy gave it free but they turned against him after education because they were not free to hold power where one does not work.

      This is what is haunting the present regime who know not the limits of Power is a fast moving world.

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    Where is the BBS/SR/RV to give justice for these students?? Time for Gandasara and he’s goons to come out from under the goata’s sarong and for once to something useful.

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    Students cannot engage in politics at the taxpayers expense. This is why we do not see any politics at any of the private sector colleges which conduct lectures for overse degree courses.

    The other point iis we need to allow private universities to be set up without a curtailment in the free education. Let market forces decide about suitability of candidates.

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      The free education is from the tax payer of whom the Students’ families are a part of.

      The University Heads who are paid by the Tax Payer is engaging in politics.

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      “Let market forces decide about suitability of candidates.”

      That’s the way it should be so that they may learn or let them go plough the field than involve in terror tactics.

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    I would suggest all who have some brains and a vision to rectify this wrong done to educated youths of this countrybforbtheblast 4 decsdes or more.

    can each university which is an autonomous unit, have their own code of ethics and have a written law how to discipline students. when ever an offence or insult to the university authority is done the punishments are given according to whims and fancies of the authority and the disciplinary committee.

    the situation as told in this article is only an insult to the authorities and not and offence or breaking of a law in this country. when the university authorities are not concerned about the youth and their problems or their policies conflicts start. most of the time the arrogance of authorities aggravate a seemingly negligible issues in to a volcanic proportions.

    I appeal to all Deans of faculties and Vc’s of universities to be proactive regarding student’s issues without being reactive and provocative. Youth seek truth and justice. Please sit on your tables put your heads together and formulate a set of rules how to, when to take disciplinary actions. what is the accepted code of conduct for student’s and their freedom to engage in political activities as par with internationally accepted norms.

    each faculty should have their set of laws in place the punishment for an offence should be in place than arbitrarily punishing students for negotiable ofences when the student leaders are involved. univeristies are not merely degree awarding institutions but they should produce leaders with a vision and principles to take this country forward. I’ m sure the present SL politics without principles do not give freedom to such a system.

    I’m amazed how the comments go on defending and justifying one side without looking at the issue in an unbiased mind. when will SL mature ?

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      CSM,
      Arty farty beggar boy in free education.If they are expelled you wont find them involving in politics for the next 5 years again. That is how they do it even in the largest democracy India where students pay something 1:300 at least.

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        Why are Indians worrying about Sri Lankan affairs look after your street people than putting your nose in to SL Javi. If u have oohing else to do fly a kite

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          Born in Ceylon Cinnamon Gardens and even my great great grand father. While your family were looking for food in the bins- do you get that your arse liking pervert.

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    It is not the Democracy in crisis. It is the Free education and student discipline in crisis.

    Students are taught free of charge. when they behave like this govt tend to move away from that.

    Besides, Students devalue the importance of the university education and ridicule it.

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    Well what did you expect. The country is run by a Mafia Clan called the Rajapaksas. Dissent is settled with brute force as it happenned at Weliveriya. Whitevanning is still active. Government sponsored saffron robed thugs are running amok. Student protest will be dealt with by the same means – brute force. Democracy is dead in Sri Lanka my friends. So go along with the brutal authorities, otherwise …………

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