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Devolution & The Coming Elections

By Jayampathy Wickramaratne

Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC

Two national elections will be held within the next twelve months or so. In terms of Article 31(3) of the Constitution, the Presidential election has to be held between 19 September and 19 October 2024, being a date not less than one month and not more than two months before the expiry of the current President’s term of office, which is 19 November 2024. Whoever becomes President will surely dissolve Parliament soon, hoping to get a comfortable Parliamentary majority.

Going by present indications, a Presidential election will likely be a contest between the SJB’s Sajith Premadasa and the NPP’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake, but then there are the vagaries of politics. Anything can happen between now and the date of the election. President Ranil Wickremesinghe seems to be banking on SLPP support and has strong support from members of his Cabinet. But there is a group in the SLPP, Namal Rajapakse included, that believes that Wickremesinghe has little chance of winning and that it would be wise to contest the Presidential election on their own and retain the SLPP’s electoral base.

Given the current fractured nature of the Sri Lankan electorate, the votes of the numerically smaller communities will be crucial in the Presidential election. Although devolution is an issue of concern mainly to the Sri Lankan Tamils and the Muslims of the Eastern Province, there is considerable support for devolution among Muslims in the rest of the country and the Hill Country Tamils who have had representation in Provincial Councils and Provincial Boards of Ministers. A sizeable Sinhala population, too, believes power-sharing to be essential to a constitutional settlement of the national issue. They also consider devolution of power to strengthen democracy by bringing the government closer to the people and as a necessary tool for balanced development, enabling people in the periphery, not just in the North and East but in the whole country, to decide on issues directly concerning them. This is according to the principle of subsidiarity; that is, whatever could be more efficiently handled by the lowest tier should be vested in such tier. By all accounts, the Aragalaya has weakened the Sinhala extreme, resulting in more Sinhalese supporting a political solution.

A demand that has gained attention is for local government to be recognised by the Constitution as the third tier of government. Local authorities should be further enabled and given resources to initiate and implement development through their own development programmes. Empowering the people at the village level is essential, and to this end,  elected Grama or Jana Sabhas should be set up to facilitate their active engagement in the affairs of the community and afford them an active role in local self-government. Local authorities must be legally required to consult Grama/Jana Sabhas in policymaking and planning relevant to the locality. One of the key elements of the rich democratic political discourse that took place during the Aragalaya was democratisation.

Not surprisingly, parties of the South are reluctant to flag devolution as a vital election issue. President Wickremesinghe has been talking about the full implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment (13A), but no action whatsoever has been taken, much to the disappointment of Tamils, especially the Tamil MPs who voted to make him President, some openly and others discreetly. Sajith Premadasa told a meeting of Buddhist monks in Galle last August that he was for fully implementing 13A within a unitary state. Premadasa received the highest percentage of Tamil votes after Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in a Presidential election. Since then, there has been radicalisation among the Tamils, as shown by Sridharan’s win over the moderate Sumanthiran at the ITAK sessions, a change that SJB leaders seem oblivious to. Not many speakers on the SJB platform speak about devolution. There is no unanimity within the NPP on the national question, as shown by JVP leaders rushing to counter Harini Amarasuriya’s statement that the NPP would support fully implementing 13A. Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s statement in the North that he would offer neither federalism nor 13 Plus but a multi-racial government and equality between all communities disappointed not only Tamils but pro-devolution supporters of the NPP. He is reported to have said in Canada that while the NPP did not believe in Provincial Councils as a solution to the ethnic issue, it would not move to abolish Provincial Councils if the Tamils considered devolution as a solution. This is not much different from what some other parties of the South stand for.

No party or leader having a chance of winning a national election has publicly said they would abolish Provincial Councils, although some surely wish they could, notwithstanding the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord. It is one thing to accept the reality that Provincial Councils have come to stay but quite another to honestly believe that a solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic crisis lies in all communities sharing state power. Meaningful devolution, both as a solution to the ethnic crisis and a necessary tool for developing the periphery, can be realised only if there is an honest commitment towards it. That is what the numerically smaller communities and pro-devolution voters wish parties and leaders to commit to in the coming elections.

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    Dr.Jayampathy,
    As a constitutional expert and who understands the importance of devolution of power for the future of the country. However the country’s political system and the political parties do not want to touch this factor and educate the people or to include in their propaganda. Instead they continue to manipulate Sinhalese with false propaganda to threaten them that minorities are dangerous and terrorists to kill Sinhalese. They never raised voice against this is this one that brought bankruptcy.

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      Ajith: You used the correct and appropriate word to describe this divide – Sinhalese and Tamils as “MANIPULATION”. This “Manipulation” by crooks in the political field from both sides (Sinhala/Tamil) and very successfully made use to be in politics and enjoy life at the expense of the people.

      Those terms, “Devolution” or “Decentralization” should have been the norm in achieving political stability and prosperity for both the Sinhala/Tamil citizens. But what happened? Those appropriate terms were manipulated to read as “Self-Determination”and “Separatism”. The trouble started from there onwards. This got embedded in the hearts and minds of people to such an extent that we witnessed a “30-year civil war. That is the environment we now live.

      How do we come out of this deluge? In my opinion, we have to have a COMMON SENSE understanding of unity and frame a work plan of mutual understanding of our cultures and economics and ensure a life of living a respectable life for every citizen of the country.

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        D
        “This “Manipulation” by crooks in the political field from both sides (Sinhala/Tamil) “
        You used an important phrase ” from both sides (Sinhala/Tamil)” that the author of the comment will be most displeased with, unless you make exception of the gun-toting types and their admirers.

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        Douglas,
        It is simple to talk about common sense understanding of unity and frame a work plan of mutual understanding in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a politically and economically corrupted weakened country dependent fully on Regional and International super powers. Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism is still strong in influencing Political parties including NPP.

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          Other than a few Sinhalese, rest are not in favour of sharing power and territory with Tamils in a fair and effective manner.None of the leading political parties fall into this handful who are in favour of devolution. Provincial Council is part of the constitution and therefore there is no difficulty in implementing it fully. They cannot abolish provincial councils without displeasing India. This is why Gammanpila who wanted to bring a bill in parliament to abolish provincial councils has gone silent fearing the wrath of India. JVP got the supreme court to de-merge north and east, when powerful presidents could not do it. If JVP is honest they could file action in Supreme court withdrawing their earlier case and allow merger to continue. No Sinhala party is going to devolve power, but may only pay lip service to it. There should be a Tamil majority legislature to rule Tamil areas for Tamils to live in dignity and safety. Justice to Tamils has to come from outside. Any Tamil who says that he will talk to Sinhalese and settle the matter is a liar.

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            GS,
            What more TESTIMONY OR EVIDENCE required, than 75 years of IMPECCABLE GOVERNANCE!!!??? Facts are stubborn!!?? EXPERIENCE is by FAR, STRIDES better than PROPHECY!!??

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        Douglas,
        “Those appropriate terms were manipulated to read as “Self-Determination” and “Separatism”. The trouble started from there onwards. This got embedded in the hearts and minds of people to such an extent that we witnessed a “30-year civil war.”
        Fully agree with what you state herein!? What’s perturbing is HOW PEOPLE WHO FORGET ANY EVENT AFTER 2 WEEKS – including atrocious Bomb Blasts, still CONTINUE TO REMEMBER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DIVIDE, the original Manipulation!!!???
        There is definitely and IMPORTANT MAGIC in the MANIPULATION!!!???
        That element is that of major SIGNIFICANCE and SOLE SIGNIFICANCE, NONE ELSE!? ‘POLIT(R)ICKS’!?
        Come or GO, Chicago, We must be the ULTIMATE WINNERS!!?? That is the game!!!??? GAME of THORNS, MONEY, POWER, GLORY!!!???

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    Lester

    Where are you?
    Elsewhere you typed:
    “Native,
    Tell us what the Veddas built. TIA.”

    My people lived and live in nature.
    We were happy before the Kallthonies swarmed our island in large numbers and over many years.
    Before the arrival of your lot, we were self sufficient, self contented unlike you lot who always longing for something more.

    What a pathetic question from a pathetic person like you?

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      Native,
      Lester posted a video of a monkey playing ping pong, and he claims that bats use mathematics for echolocation. He implies that the monkey too is a mathematician. Which deduction is correct ?
      1. Monkeys knows mathematics.
      2. Lester knows mathematics.
      3. Lester is a ……

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        old codger

        There is a theory called “Infinite monkey theorem” which states
        “that if you let a monkey hit the keys of a typewriter at random an infinite amount of times, eventually the monkey will type out the entire works of Shakespeare.”

        I think if monkey can …. can.
        Here is a puzzle involves a monkey typing out something a little shorter:

        A monkey is sat at a typewriter that has only 26 keys, one per letter of the alphabet. The monkey types at random, with a constant speed of one letter per second. It favours no letters: all letters at any second have a 1/26 probability of being typed.

        Which of the following is greater?

        a) the average time it will take the monkey to type “abracadabra”

        b) the average time it will take the monkey to type “abracadabrx”

        https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/mar/20/can-you-solve-it-the-infinite-monkey-theorem

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          Native,
          I have a headache after trying to understand the answer. But, on the plus side, there is a very good portrait of Lester.

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            How did you miss the answer, old codger, when you know exactly who is seated at the typewriter!

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              Nathan,
              I didn’t miss it.. The portrait is on the answer page.

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                How can monkey type in English. Islamic mad fellows say that monkeys wrote in Arabic when they scribbled on desert sand.

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          Hello Native,
          The answer is – So long (around 100 million years) that by then the Chimps will be ruling us (Planet of the Apes).
          Best regards

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            LankaScot

            “So long (around 100 million years) that by then the Chimps will be ruling us (Planet of the Apes).”

            Don’t you think it is a better option than drunken Monkeys with razor blades ruling us?

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          A guy who runs around in the forest, half-naked, with a bow and arrow… What was that about monkeys?

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            Lester

            “What was that about monkeys?”

            It was and is about drunken monkeys with razor blades, you know them, ……. you could be one of them.

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        old codger

        Here is something you ought to watch.

        PHIL SILVERS & ZIPPY THE CHIMP – 1956 – “Harry Speakup”
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr2171o39HM

        Recruitment for Sri Lankan Administrative Service

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        OC,
        “BEST KNOWN”, is the adjective at Play for ‘ENHANCEMENT’ at this moment in Time!!??
        Some ‘quirk’ may pose the question ….”of What?”
        At this moment haven’t an answer, may be as Time Progresses, one may Emanate TO eventuate due to deeper process, thoughtfully processed, depending on the MONKEYS’ GROWTH PROGRESS!!!??? Just at this moment, looks as if it is an absolutely, undergoing significant variation in that element and Undependable!!?? Hopefully, it – MONKEY OR SYNONIMOUS CREATION, won’t be ‘STUNTED’!!?? Then it is “THOPPI THOTTAM” for One and ALL!!!??? What for the telling? Please clarify, whether we have to contend with MAN, MONKEY or WOMAN!!??? In the Interim, wish to Thank and Wish, Good Luck to all – including our friendly mathematician OR CALCULUS!!?? Reminds me of Captain Haddock of Tin Tin fame and the “Billions of Blistering Barnacles”, that Haddock encounters in his memorable Imaginations!!!

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      Native,

      SB’s had to fight off Chola invaders. Had they not done so, the island today would be another colony of India. By the way, your distant cousins in Australia, USA, Canada, etc. had it much worse.

      “The tribes of Indians inhabiting this country were fierce savages, whose occupations was war, and whose subsistence was drawn chiefly from the forest… That law which regulates, and ought to regulate in general, the relations between the conqueror and conquered was incapable of application to a people under such circumstances… Discovery gave an exclusive right to extinguish the Indian title of occupancy, either by purchase or by conquest.”

      Chief Justice John Marshall, Johnson and Graham’s Lessee v. William M’Intosh, 1823

      If this “Chief Justice” John Marshall lived today, he would be the equivalent of Darusman or Sooka. For $1000 USD/hr, he would write reports on “genocide” in Sri Lanka while claiming Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

      Did you see the US response to mass graves in Gaza? “We are still in contact with Israel.”

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        Hello, my racist Kuchi Koo, how are you? Still telling fairy tales? The first Tamil Chola invasion took place during the rule of Vankanasika Tissa (111 AD-114 AD) when Karikala Cholan invaded the Anuradhapura kingdom and took away a large number (12,000) of captives to work as slaves on the irrigation project he was building on the Kaveri River in South India. While Mahanama Thero (King Dhatusena’s uncle and author of Mahavamsa) was whipping up Theravada Buddhist nationalism by portraying the Tamils as invaders and foreigners and portraying Dhatusena’s struggle to liberate Anuradhapura from 27 years of Tamil rule as a heroic act, Dhatusena’s favorite son Moggallan fled to Tamil Nadu and returned with a huge Tamil army and defeated his half-Dravidian/Pallava half -brother Kassapa in 491 AD.

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          The first Chola rule in the island of Sri Lanka began only in 993 AD when Raja Raja Cholan sent his Chola army, which conquered the Anuradhapura Kingdom. After Raja Raja Cholan, his son Rajendra Cholan continued by adding the island as one of the provinces of the Chola Empire known as “Mummudi-Chola-Mandalam”. Sri Lanka remained a Tamil Nadu (Chola) colony under the rule of Raja Raja Cholan and his son Rajendra Cholan for eight decades (993AD –1077AD). It was Rajendra Cholan who later abandoned Anuradhapura and established the Polonnaruwa Kingdom.

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            On the other hand, the archenemies of the Cholas were the Thamizh Pandian /Pandu of Madhura in Thamizh Nadu who were the close allies of the Royal house of Sri Lanka from the beginning of Sri Lanka’s history. It was the Pandian/ Pandu kings who ruled Sri Lanka most of the time. They were not invaders but invitees. Even in the Vijay story, the Pali chronicle says, Ling Vijaya and his men took wives from the Pandian/Pandu Capital “Dakshina Madura” which means southern Madura. From King Pandu Vasudeva to Parakrma Bahu, most of the Saivite as well as Buddhist Kings and their Queens of Sri Lanka were from the Tamil Pandya dynasty. The Deepavamsa calls King Pandu Vasudeva (504-474 BC) as Pandu Vasa (a Pali or Prakrit equivalent of Pandya Vasa meaning one from the Pandian country i.e., a Pandian by his nationality). It was the tradition of the early Buddhist writers in Sri Lanka to twist the Dravidian/Thamizh names (of kings and places) sometimes out of recognition in transforming them into Pali or Prakrit (later Sinhala) forms. After the death of Pandu Vasudeva (Pandu Vasa) his eldest son Abhaya (Prakritised form of Apayan in Tamil means ‘he who averts fear’) became the lawful king.

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              Abhaya’s son, King Panduka Abhaya aka Apaya Pandian received help from his ancestral city of Madhurai in planning the city of Anuradhpura. King Panduka Abhaya gave his son a Saivite Tamil name Muta Siva (elder Siva) and King Muta Siva’s son was Devanampiya Tissa who promoted Emperor Asoka’s Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

              The Mahavamsa calls them either North Indians (maybe because Buddhism came from there) or invaders from Tamil Nadu. If you study/analyze the Pali chronicles, most of the Bahu kings of Sri Lanka have Pandian connections or rather they are all of Pandian descent. Whenever the Pandian/Bahu kings of Sri Lanka such as King Parakramabahu were waging a war against the invading Cholas, it was a Pandya – Chola war which present day historians have misinterpreted as a Chingkalla – Thamizh war. Today the names of the old Pandian kings (such as Kula Sekara, Chandra Sekara, Vira Wickrama, Parakrama and so on) are adopted by the Chingkallam (not Thamizh) and they have succeeded in misrepresenting the Pandian Thamizh foundations of Sri Lankan civilization as Chingkallam. Most of the rulers of the island were either native Thamizh/Vanni chieftains, or Dravidians tribes (Nagas), or Pandians/Pandu or Cholas or at least half Tamil. Even the Pali chronicles do not call any of them Chingkalla Kings. Please read history properly Jeser Kunju.

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                By quoting from Lord Valentia’s Travels and from an article of Joinville which was published by the Royal Asiatic Society of Ceylon, Mudaliyar Simon Cassie Chitty wrote in 1838, “The Singhalese, though forming a distinct nation, and differing in their religion, language and manners from Tamils, had no kings of their own race, but of the latter, and according to Lord Valentia and Joinville ‘a Singhalese cannot be a king of Ceylon; that is every person born of a Singhalese father or mother is excluded from the throne’.” Even though the Saivite Tamils were living in many parts of the country such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa (a capital built by the Cholas), Padaviya, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Tissamaharama (where Tamil Brahmi potsherd inscriptions were found) and so on, it was only after the 12th century CE that the island became more divided politically and geographically between the two languages/religions with the Jaffna kingdom being established in the North East, closer to the Tamil mainland.

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                “King Panduka Abhaya aka Apaya Pandian”
                “Aka” by whom?
                “පණ්ඩුකාභය” is the name it is Pandu and not Paandu to allow extrapolation to Paandava rulers.
                *
                So it is not just SB bigots that distort local names, other bigots can be just as rotten.

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                  I was waiting for the spiteful old Thaatha to nitpick and was not disappointed. However you agree with the comment other than Pandu and Paandu. Good

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                    If truth hurts you, avoid falsehoods and spare the pain.
                    So it is Paandu— according to which credible historian?
                    *
                    You are pathetic.

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                      Yes I an and you are lying, manipulative, nasty obnoxious and spiteful. Happy.😍.

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            So who was this guy some people call ‘Ellalan’?

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              Oh, please tell us all knowing nitpicking spiteful old Thaatha, we eagerly await. Is it your father?

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        Lester

        “SB’s had to fight off Chola invaders. Had they not done so, the island today would be another colony of India.”

        Aiyooooooooooooooooooo Lester
        You will have to do some fact check before you start typing.
        There were no SBs when Cholas invaded the island.

        The last time when Hindians invaded this island it was another of your cousin Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan, the psychopath stupidly fought them and kicked them out of the country while the so called SB’s were hiding behind his fat bump, and behind their women folks.

        Why don’t you just ask your Field Marshal, Generals, …. Admirals, Air Marshalls, ….. Saffron Chandiyas, ….. ?

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          NV
          “Aiyooooooooooooooooooo Lester
          You will have to do some fact check before you start typing.
          There were no SBs when Cholas invaded the island.”

          if anything comes from LESTER, he does not seem to care about facts is what I realized from the begining on.

          This bad habbit may be infected to him from RUCHIRA BABA whose harangues did not contain anything but provocations to someone.
          .
          As it seems, For some reasons, after SINHALA NEW YEAR celebrations, Ruchira baba behaves somewhat timid, either he might have overdrunk his father’s hard drinks or something strange might have happened.

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          “There were no SBs when Cholas invaded the island.”

          This is a false statement. Cholas burned down cities, caused damage to the irrigation system, etc. The Chola invasion of Sri Lanka took place in the 10th century, during the time of Rajaraja Chola I and Rajendra Chola I. Buddhism had been in Sri Lanka for hundreds of years prior.

          Put down the arrack and get some education.

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            Cholas burnt down cities and damaged Irrigation systems. Which cities and which irrigation systems? It is they who founded the city of Polonnaruwa from an ancient military post. Its original Thamizh name was Pulainari. Why do they have to burn down cities and irrigation systems in a colony that they were going to rule? I am a young girl or woman and if I can find google and find these things a nasty middle aged racist man also can and stop posting racist lies and rubbish, that you read from Chingkalla extremist sites like Lanka Lies.
            https://thegmsperspective.com/chola-rule-in-sri-lanka-history-impact-and-significance/

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            Lester

            “Cholas burned down cities, ……”

            Is that a reason why we have seen their majoritarian ruling descendants burning down and or destroying Libraries, Properties, Temples, businesses, humans alive, ….. ….. tyre pyre, floating dead bodies in rivers, …. ?

            Can you cite evidence for Cholas burning down cities?
            Don’t hide yourself if you cannot find evidence, ……

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            L
            The Chola invasion was one for seizure of power.
            They conquered and ruled for fairly long spells. Then they were driven out.
            Burning down libraries could have happened under Hinayana clerical guidance against the Mahayana.
            The decline of Anuradhapura occurred over a few centuries and causes include the Chola invasion, but not exclusively or predominantly that.
            Rivalry among aspirants for the throne was an important part of the violent history of the island (or for that matter much of South Asia). They hired mercenaries from South India, invited kingdoms to intervene and it went on until and after the British took control.

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              Buddhism disappeared almost completely in India. It would have disappeared in S. Lanka too, had there not been resistance to the Cholas. This is the main point. Whether the Cholas were ethical or not does not matter.

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                “Buddhism disappeared almost completely ….”
                But then, you are no Buddhist. Why would you bother?

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              “The decline of Anuradhapura occurred over a few centuries and causes include the Chola invasion, but not exclusively or predominantly that.”

              The Chola invasion was the predominant cause. That is why the capital had to be moved to Polonnaruwa. Some government school fools (not you) don’t even know the basic history. They cannot debate using standard English. And then some separatists are trying to re-write history.

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          Now the Chingkallams are going to the lease the Mattala airport that was built by the Chinese to line the pockets of the Rajapussies to an Indian company. What my Jester Kunju say? May be the new Mahavamsa fairy tale will distort this also and state that the Hindians and the hated descendants of the Cholas forcibly came and took over the great Matala airport that was built by the Chingkalla Veeraya Mahinda Rajapussy, with help of the noble Chinese and there was brave resistance. Jester Kunju maybe you and I can do a duet and dance like this to celebrate the takeover of the Matala airport by the Hindians. My darling SJ Thaatha can come watch and cry, that this white elephant built within a wildlife area by his beloved Chinese is now being run by Hindians. We can dance round the city of London, mountains, airplanes. Whilst SJ Thaatha cries.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbssrIapnuQ

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            The Cholas and other South Indian Thamizh dynasties like the Pallava, are responsible for some of the most beautiful architectural monuments not only in South India and Sri Lanka but also in SE Asia like Angkor at, Borobudur. Local people may have built them the inspiration and the architecture is typically South Indian Dravidian. Cholas burnt down cities and destroyed Irrigation systems. This was the work of the Chingkallams in the north and east and still continuing.

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              Sorry Angkor Wat

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        Lester,
        “Did you see the US response to mass graves in Gaza? We are still in contact with Israel.”
        Are we sure, those in the backyard of the Gaza Hospital aren’t that who were killed by HAMAZ, or died, whilst seeking medical assistance at the Hospital, which under siege, prior to occupation by IDF – just to accuse IDF of Genocide!!!??? They must have planned it from the outset, from the 4th of October 2023, knowing Jolly Well ICJ case would be filed by South Africa Mid way around 3-4 months down the track!!?? Great Effort and Good Contribution!!!???

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    “He is reported to have said in Canada…(the NPP)…would not move to abolish Provincial Councils if the Tamils considered devolution as a solution. This is not much different from what some other parties of the South stand for.”
    The JVP was and I suspect is still against any form of devolution based on ethnicity.
    The issue concerns exercising of the powers of the Provincial councils.
    Even the NPP does not recognize the existence of three Tamil speaking nationalities.

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    It’s all in the hands of Mullas in Kandy to understand

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      Why have Mullahs to be drawn in?

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    Ruchira

    Elsewhere you typed

    “Ruchira / April 25, 2024
    1 2
    Is Religion The Opium Of The Masses?
    .
    No. It’s the Opium of the asses. Not the masses.”

    In Sri Lanka the masses are the asses, at least 6.9 million of them at the last count.

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      NV,
      .
      No doubt Ruchira Baba and Lester were among those 6.9 million donkeys.
      :
      Today, at least CT reviewers and commenters know about it wihtout any doubt.

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        NV,
        .
        No big talk.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifJs3gkl3t0
        No misleading rhetorics as MEDAMULANA BEASTS did. NEITHER is he flanked with head shaved uncles in his gatherings. No fooling as MARA and GOTA did.
        No false promises
        But people are not yet realized the truth.
        And he is telling it upright in saying that only a powerful market economy export-oriented can be the only model for our island nation.
        .
        It is also not true that we have vast mineral resources that even AKD-led groups only dream about.
        We need to create more bridges between Sri Lanka and other countries so that we can exchange our products.SJB should finally understand what the nation will like.

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          leelagemalli

          Thanks for the short link.
          I agree with what he says.

          “We need to create more bridges between Sri Lanka and other countries so that we can exchange our products.SJB should finally understand what the nation will like.”

          Those who still believe in driving the economy to self sufficiency should be exiled to North Korea along with SJ, Wimal, ………. Champika, ….
          We are not going back to 1960s, 1970s, ……

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            NV,
            .
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnzJ2Gu00vY

            My grandmother told us over and over again that we must first know who we are.
            If we deludedly think that we can compare ourselves to powerful communities, we will be held back.
            Unfortunately, for the past 15 years, MEDAMULANA CRIMINALS brought our Punnaku eaters (the majority) for a ride. PEOPLE BECAME ETERNALLY STUPID.
            .
            I think sinhala race should go down to earth and see what happened to us…

            . We, a bankrupt nation thanks to MEDAMULANA DOGS brutes, must start from scratch. Truth is truth. Not a single country has been able to catch the big criminals within a short time after coming to power because such criminal investigations have been going on for decades.
            If people would fall on AKD s rhetorics, in the next election, our people will also fall in the same trap. Next time, RW or any other leader will not be able to save the nation.

            AKD deyyo does not seem to understand this for so long, some invitations sent by some foreign groups bless him.
            I think his role today is similar to that of “Wimal Buruwanse” who went to Italy promote MEDAMULANISM not once but dozens of times. Dont forget, WIMAL buruwanse *s begnining was JVP torture house.

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      NV,
      This time count would be Early 10/2024!!?? This time count is less!! Some gone overseas, some have learnt Life-time Lesson, post starvation who wouldn’t participate in this activity!? Once Burnt, twice shy syndrome!? Most of the ASSES have been converted to DONKEYS and fighting shy of taking sides!!!??? Wants ABSENSE!!!???

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    “He is reported to have said in Canada that while the NPP did not believe in Provincial Councils as a solution to the ethnic issue, it would not move to abolish Provincial Councils if the Tamils considered devolution as a solution.”

    The simple solution is, anyone on the island should be allowed to live anywhere on the island. The purpose of “devolution” in whatever form (provincial councils, federalism, etc.) is to restrict certain ethnicities from living in particular regions and owning land and property. Sri Lanka is a very small country with 2 main languages (English is the link language). In Switzerland, there are 4 official languages and the standard of living is very high, so federalism does not give any particular group an advantage or incentive to discriminate. India is massive (geographically) with more than 780 languages. One could make an argument here that federalism is necessary to accelerate economic development. No such thing applies to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, a small group of people are hellbent on separatism. They lost the war, now they want to try a different approach to achieve the same end.

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      Lester,
      “anyone on the island should be allowed to live anywhere on the island.”
      Agreed. But there is a huge difference between that, and starting mono-ethnic state-sponsored colonies, or planting Buddha statues where there are no Buddhists.
      Now, don’t drag mathematics into this.

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        oc
        ‘Anyone being allowed’ is fine as long as it is a natural socio-economic outgrowth, but not as cynically planned colonization to reduce a local majority to a minority.

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          SJ,
          Majoritarians consider colonization to be the same as independent migration.

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            oc
            Sad but true

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        They want a replacement to Anagarika Dharmapala to provide inspiration for “Guys with Lame excuses to Follow Buddhism”!!!!???? They must find some excuse, so the reason to resort to ………. you know what!!!??? Devoid of ANY Dayakas IN THE VICINITY and almost in an ABANDONED STATE, the Holy and Revered!!!??? This is the amount of reverence these Jokers adduce and allude to the most revered person, who enunciated Supreme Theology, which forms the majority religion of this country!? They claim to be CRACY, INTELLIGENT, KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE, following and pursuing that Theology, or should I say in Breach of it!!! If cannot follow such basic precepts, WHAT CALCULUS for them!!!??? They must have picked up that from Tin Tin, Captain Haddocks, “Billions of Blistering Barnacles”!!!??? What a JOKER!!!???

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      Hello Lester,
      There are Places/Cities in the UK (e.g. Leicester and Bradford) that have large immigrant populations. These areas arose gradually (without State intervention) due to immigration from the British colonies. These Indian, Pakistani and West Indian (mostly London) people worked mainly in the Textile Industries.
      In Scotland the Highland Clearances in the 1700s and 1800s were by the absent Landlords backed by the State. Land was stolen, people displaced and houses demolished to make way for sheep farming etc. Many left Scotland forever to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The old Feudal Clan system was destroyed.
      Prior to this, massacres (e.g. Glencoe 1692 and Culloden 1746) by the (mostly) English redcoats, ensured the forced loyalties of the Highland Chiefs. In 1603 they had even tried to wipe out the MacGregor Clan in its entirety (an attempt at Genocide)
      Despite historic discrimination against the Scots, Irish and Welsh, nowadays there is a degree of Autonomy in these countries, with overall control by the UK Parliament. You can live anywhere you want, Scotland has its own Legal and Educational System. There are problems but generally it is against the Law to discriminate against anyone.
      Whither Sri Lanka?
      Best regards

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        Hello LankaScot,

        The same people who were clamoring for a monoethnic state are now clamoring for “devolution.” The end goal is the same. With police and land powers, they can have a de facto monoethnic state and build a militia that yet again engages in armed struggle. During the time of the LTTE, they mastered the art of smuggling.Whether weapons, food, or fuel. The distance from Tamil Nadu to Jaffna is 405 km. Obviously the Sri Lankan Government has to treat this behavior as a security threat.
        Land is a finite resource and people are going hungry in the country. If you make better use of the land, then this problem can be solved. Demographics will be changed, but that is inevitable. Large and even small populations spread out. England conquered 6 continents, but people are accusing the Sinhalese of racism for wanting to live on a tiny strip of land 7.7 times smaller than Spain.

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          Lester,
          “The distance from Tamil Nadu to Jaffna is 405 km. “
          What is your credibility if you can’t even get that right?
          On the other hand, you don’t live here, and aren’t a Buddhist….

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            Codger,

            Since you can’t do basic arithmetic, you wouldn’t know that distance is relative.

            “The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between Chennai and Jaffna is 379 km= 235 miles.”

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              Lester,
              “Shortest distance between Chennai and Jaffna is 379 km= 235 miles.”
              Why Chennai and Jaffna, when we talk about Tamil Nadu and Jaffna (Peninsula)!!??
              Why not Thuthukudi (Tuticorin) to VVT or Myliddy??? Shortest Seafaring distance “straightline” – Coast to Coast – 18 or 19 Miles 30 Kilometres – Colombo Fort to Panadura!?
              Historically, people have gone for 9PM show (cinema) in TN and after the show returned to SL for 3-4 hour Nap before going to School or Work next morning!!!???
              What’s all this fuzz about??? CALCULUS AND MATHEMATICS!!??
              Complicating and compounding the most simplistic matters to UTMOST CONFUSION!!!?? The DECEPTIVE need confounded confusion as EXISTENTIAL NECCESSITY of all Politicians – Name them and none are any exception, their Survival Instrument!!?? ELSE DOOMED!!??
              Good Pastime – No wonder!!!???

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              Lester,
              “The distance from Tamil Nadu to Jaffna is 405 km. “ is what YOU wrote.
              NOT Chennai, NOT Jaffna.
              Grow up.
              “Demographics will be changed, but that is inevitable. Large and even small populations spread out.”
              There is plenty of empty land in the South. Instead of building empty airports or useless stadiums there, why not give it to Tamil farmers to cultivate?. Obviously they are quite used to producing more than the Sinhalese, even without water.

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                Chennai is the busiest airport in Tamil Nadu, so what’s your point?

                Plenty of land in the South, okay, why don’t you buy some and grow food, rather than begging the monks, who you bash on this forum.

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                  Lester,
                  “The distance from Tamil Nadu to Jaffna is 405 km. “ is what YOU wrote.”
                  You lied. As usual.
                  “Plenty of land in the South, okay, why don’t you buy some and grow food,”
                  I’m not complaining, and I live here. You ran away and have no right to preach.

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                    You’re too poor to run away. And I never said shortest distance. Next.

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                      Lester,
                      Too poor? I’m not that poor or stupid that I can’t live here.
                      “And I never said shortest distance.”
                      Ah yes, but you forgot the Emirates service that gets you from Chennai to Jaffna via Dubai…..
                      Stop being childish.

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                      ” I’m not that poor or stupid that I can’t live here.”

                      Well, we know you don’t go to the alms-giving to carry out scholarly research… as for the other one, readers can judge. You might be able to hop on a boat to TN, but places like UK want either skilled workers or those from war zones. It’s evident you belong to neither category despite your terrorist cheerleading.

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                      Lester,
                      “but places like UK want either skilled workers “
                      So, scraping unmentionables off the sh.. mill is skilled work?🤣🤣🤣

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                      Old Codger,

                      By your own admission, you worked as a minesweeper. Quite a “salary” there. No wonder you are obsessed with fecal matter. An old, frustrated, broke, loser. The definition of “stupid” is not the inability to understand. The definition is more similar to an infinite loop. The same dumb talking points over and over again.

                      “I know words. I have the best words.” ― Donald Trump

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                      Lester,
                      You seem to think that living in the cold and windy UK, scraping away at a job that real Brits won’t do is everyone’s dream.
                      What a loser.

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                      Lester,
                      “By your own admission, you worked as a minesweeper. “
                      What an ignoramus. A minesweeper is a small warship. I disabled bombs in public places, free. Do you think everyone works for money?
                      I didn’t run away from bombs, unlike some cowards.

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                      Old Codger,

                      Again you are caught lying. You specifically said you disabled mines for the STF, equivalent to minesweeping or mine clearing. The STF doesn’t hire unpaid volunteers. And what is a “scraper?” This is FOB English. You are a waste of time.

                      “A minesweeper is a person, animal, or vehicle that is responsible for detecting, neutralizing, or removing mines to make an area safe. This can refer to either landmines on land or naval mines in the water.”

                      Lying POS can’t even backtrack his own lies.

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          Lester,
          “Land is a finite resource and people are going hungry in the country.”
          You must have used CALCULUS to find the relationship between, “finite resource” and “people are going hungry in the country”, but DEVOID OF FCATUAL MATERIAL!!!??? I wouldn’t blame CALCULUS but go to the ‘Jugular’ at “FACT MANUFACTURING” traits by SB’s!!???
          In one single, INNOCENT (APPEARS SO) act, can see the DECEPTION to bury the WHOLE PUMKIN, in a PLATE OF RICE!!?? Mahadanamuttha’s FUTILITY!!!???
          The people in this country, NOT ONLY WENT HUGRY, BUT IN FACT WERE FORCED TO STARVE – AN ACT OF GENOCIDE, UNDER HUMANIATARIAN LAW, ON Sri Lankans, AS A WHOLE, SPECIFICALLY THE POOR AND DOWNTRODDEN RURALS, by INEPT, ILL-EDUCATED, FOOLISH INDIVIDUAL, acting at behest of, persuaded by, Athana, Methana, Nattana, Rathane, and ‘Paediatric Neuro-Surgeon’, hailing, ‘name synonymous’, Wayamba Township (YAPAHUWA Kingdom) – individuals, DEVOID of knowledge on “SOIL MECHANICS, PLANT NUTRITION” – IMMEADIATE BAN – Chemical Fertilisers, GO STRICTLY ORGANIC Fertiliser!!?
          Low and behold!!!??? The SL Agricultural Sector, ‘BOTTOM FELL-OFF’, leading to Crop-Loss, FOOD SUPPLY!!?? With no FUNDS too unable imported food substitutes!!!??
          “GOOD TRY, ATTEMPT, BUT DOESN’T PASS MUSTER”!!!???
          Good story – ‘CROWS, whether CALIFORNIAN or Sri Lankan’ IMMATERIAL!!!
          BOTH sound same KAAK! KAAK! BOEING DOWN!!??

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          Hello Lester,
          Sorry to Nit-pick but when did England conquer South America or Europe? In reality only North America and Australia were totally controlled by the British.
          Best regards

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            LankaScot,

            You are correct, the English did not conquer South America. Although they did and still own quite a few islands in the Caribbean. For example, they had sugar plantations in Jamaica and Barbados.Regarding Europe, the metric for “conquering” is again the setting up of a colony or seizure of land by force. In addition to Gibraltor, there is Ireland and Scotland. Ireland was fully colonized, while Scotland was conquered by England once in the 13th century by Edward I, once in the 14th century by Edward III and once in the 17th century by Oliver Cromwell.

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        LankaScot,
        I can see the pains people take to make Lester see reason.
        Is it worth the effort and the agony.
        Lesters are better left alone.

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          Nathan,
          If Lester didn’t exist, we would have had to invent him, just for entertainment.

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            old codger

            “f Lester didn’t exist, we would have had to invent him, just for entertainment.”

            Can our invention replace the real thing, original Lester?

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              Hello Native,
              I am always hopeful that people are open to changing their minds, when they think through the reasons for their beliefs/opinions. J K Rowling the author of the Harry Potter stories has been attacked for being apparently “transphobic”. Basically she says that the difference between men and women is real. I agree, men have a Y chromosome women don’t – which is an objective test (no matter which parts of your body have been surgically removed).
              Listen to this teacher questioning a student regarding his anti J K Rowling beliefs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFJ-6qHuMe0
              There is always hope for Lester, unless he is a trans woman pretending to be a man 😉.
              Best regards

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                LankaScot

                Thanks brilliant.
                Let us wait for Lester’s come back.

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            What an amazing story??? BUT TRUE!!!!????

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          Nathan,

          A guy who supports terrorism talking about reason. That’s a good one.

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            Lester,
            Terrorism, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Even you could be described as a terrorist by some people.

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              Go and tell that to the police, see how far you get.

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      “The PURPOSE OF “DEVOLUTION” in whatever form (provincial councils, federalism, etc.) is to RESTRICT CERTAIN ETHNICITIES FROM LIVING IN PARTICULAR REGIONS and OWNING LAND AND PROPERTY.”
      That is what one would simplify and put down to as a “Load of Bull Excreta”!!? Could be made to understand, equally, Thana Kola Eating Variety, trying various ruses – Mathematics, Calculus et all!!!??? Which federal State or Nation does such idiosyncrasy happen or exist!!!??? You don’t need a federal state or devolved state, if any one community doesn’t want another community to own land in any specified area of the state!!!??? That explanation abounds on stupidity and emptiness of the Cranium!!?? Unless congenitally, deposited elsewhere and due to inevitable, unnecessary “weight loading”, doesn’t perform to standard expected performance levels!!!???

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      “Sri Lanka is a very small country with 2 main languages (English is the link language). In Switzerland, there are 4 official languages and the standard of living is very high, so federalism does not give any particular group an advantage or incentive to discriminate.”
      Gobble DeCock AT IT’S BEST!!??
      There are 4 official languages IN SWITZERLAND, because that country is made up of 4 ethnic communities and equally well recognised 4 Languages!!! Not something Picked out of a hat, because that country has proliferation of Nincompoops!!! On the contrary, they are more intelligent than those inhabiting this Island!! One who was acclaimed as an Intelligent of all, when the claim was for devolution of Power to 2 Regions, went down to 22 districts and settled down to 9 provinces instead of 2 Regional federal units!!?? Great minded desire to confuse and confound the issue!!!??? The Mattaya’s are now pondering wasting everybody’s time trying to resolve the ‘IMPASSE’, using CALCULUS!!!??? The guy is the best, because he CONFOUNDS THE ISSUE better than the previous genius called JRJ who was able to do anything but change A MAN to WOMAN or VICE VERSA!!!!??? COMEDIANS AT WORK – FREE OF CHARGE TOO!!!??? ENJOY!!??

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        Government school jibberish, not worth reading

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          Ethno-religious phobic schools understandably do not educate on the subtle difference of ‘Jibberish’ and ‘Gibberish’!!??
          The former resonates with a Musical Band in Geelong Victoria and the latter is about Language!!??
          Nonsensical language or “GOBBLEDYGOOK”!!!???
          ENJOYING IT THOROUGHLY!!!???
          Must admit with alacrity, it is very enthusiastic and encouraging diversion on a stressful busy day!!?? Good to know, you enjoy Music and Musicians’ diversion!!???

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            Mahila,
            Lester the private school student doesn’t know the difference. But then, he also thinks Tamilnadu is 450 km from Jaffna, measured using calculus.

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            This is what happens when stupid people hear words they don’t understand. We have one idiot typing “gobbledygook” in caps and another repeatedly typing “calculus.” I recommend a “dictionary” but you need to be literate for that.

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              No, not calculus. Measured using an oscilloscope.

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    We need elections!
    .
    People are waiting to next see how May Day will pan out, but before that, I’ve got to see how AKD is going to fare in Stockholm.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYFVwkK7X0M
    .
    That will be at 5.00 pm, Lankan time, today.
    .
    Meanwhile, here is the SJB’s voluble lady from Moratuwa; she’s too loud and passionate for my liking.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5vwfEqq8t0
    .
    But she does talk sense here.
    .
    Panini Ediisinhe/i>

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      Poor Sharlon . He was totally overwhelmed and couldn’t get two words in. Voluble is an understatement

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        OC and NV,
        .
        Just watch the video below how lanken state authorities work.
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJS7bJ0qdMk

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          leelagemalli

          Thanks
          The rest of the world is going at a very fast rate with AI, Algorithm, Robotics, nano technology, …… our Excise department is stuck in the early 1980s.

          In another 10 years time we will see manual ledger covered in dust, men with pencils hanging from their upper ear, darkened rubber, ….. sitting on the floor in front of short tables, …

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      Sinhala_Man

      AKD has been travelling North, South, East and West, ……..
      Why hasn’t he visited SJ’s peacefully rising China?
      Doesn’t China need to advise/brief AKD on matters relating to Democracy, Human Rights, Rule of Law, … …….? .

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        Native Vedda, I dont know about SJ’s peacefully rising China but a few days ago, a news item said that China is now sinking under water and that Taiwan now has earthquakes. AKD seems to be wise in his travels.

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          davidthegood

          ” ……a news item said that China is now sinking under water and that Taiwan now has earthquakes.”

          I too watched that clip on whatsapp.

          SJ believes in all sorts of imagined things like China has decent foreign policy, the Weeping Widow (SiriMao) practiced smart foreign policies, …. Banda was an angle…… Sambandan and Amirthalingam were born with tails and horns, …. Mao was the only …….. PolPot was the only wise theoretician, ……

          AKD maybe wise before the elections, however people will become wiser sometime after electing him.

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        NV,
        I have a kind request from SM, he must watch the video below. I believe SM has some knowledge of Sinhala language.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCTiCcd7M88

        He has been misled byJVP in the last 3 years. I hope, he would not shoot the messenger as usual.
        I just want to make his sleepless hours productive.
        .
        I wish LankaScot could see it too, but I don’t think he understands good Sinhala: it’s so sad.

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          Hello leelagemalli,
          Thanks, my vocabulary is getting better and I understand most of the Grammar rules (which many Sinhalese ignore 😎). I know the Alphabet but read slowly and have to look at a book for the use of kombuva. People talking too fast is my biggest problem. The Sinhala Dictionaries don’t help – unless it is simple words, they are terrible. Either that or my understanding of English is at fault. Sinhalese/English School books are full of anachronisms and Victorian usage that even Charles Dickens would complain about.
          Best regards

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            Hello again leelagemalli,
            With the help of my wife we had a look at the over-simplistic sociological bollocks that tries to extrapolate young children’s behaviour to that of adults. Skinner was debunked many years ago. “Practice Delayed Gratification” – when you get to heaven all your problems will be over. Isn’t this what the Abrahamic Religions teach?
            Best regards

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