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Does Anura Kumar Think That The JVP Is God’s Solution For Sri Lanka?

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“A is Bad. B is Bad. Give it to us”

Participating in the Third Reading debate of the 2022 budget Anura Kumar Dissanayake, JVP’s leader stated that “the time had come for people to cry in unison for the harm inflicted on the nation by rulers, since independence.” AKD further asked if anyone could be proud of the way the country had been ruled so far.

There is a logical error in assessing Sri Lanka’s achievements since Independence in a black or white style or ‘cancel culture’ style that the JVP likes to do. They have a logic, I know, and that is to show that all parties to government are equally bad and so the people MUST vote for them next time. This is the logic of exhaustion. But political chemistry never works that way

JVP has been doing this ever since they opted for the democratic path. AKD in particular does his home work so well like no other opposition politician does. He brings out facts and figures so easily from the top of his wonderful memory-and he bashes both the ruling government and the main opposition contender. The peculiar outcome of this tactic is that it brings the main opposition contender to the seat of party. In this way, the UNP -led coalition gets in and out of power and the Rajapaksa-led coalition does the same. Alas, the great whistle-blowing AKD and his party is left out in the cold to be content with 3 % of the votes. The party is a deft protest organizer and has always been able to draw crowds to their meetings. However, the end result is bizzarre from their point of view.

Other Options?

The party never thought of temporarily coalescing with the Opposition, getting into government and white-anting it so that they eventually develop a public backing as “the people who can do the job.” You need clever political manouvering for this strategy.

To re-paraphrase VI Lenin, the idea of getting together but marching separately did not occur to the pre-JVP old Marxists. The JVP, after the CBK debacle, stood to their guns and to their outworn socialist political philosophy and are now dying in slow motion. The old Marxists like Peter Keunemann, NM, Colvin, Bernard, DEW, Vitarana etc opted to ally with the opposition and form a government with the latter. On the other hand, these blokes at that very point forgot the idea of marching separately to make a government of their own. In this way, DEW and crowd-not to speak of smaller fry like Raja Collure- loved the food and meekly became team mates of corrupt governments. Collure is happily settled with his Governorship.

I can imagine, the JVP must be having this murky model in mind when they keep out of both government and opposition parties and shout as loners in a political desert. One must give credit to AKD, whom I admire a lot, for being more principled. On the other hand, politics is not necessarily about principles. Going it this way JVP will lose even the desert and the oases. Hence, they have to act with political wisdom and not with hardboiled truth.

Nothing Done so Far-Ever?

Now, let’s come to the initial springboard of this essay, namely AKD declaring that all Sri Lankan rulers and parties since independence have done nothing at all for the country. A short cut is to quote Lee Qwan Yu’s book and his views therein about the progress the island nation had achieved at the time he visited the island. Lee Qwan Yu took away Lanka as a model; he adopted that for Singapore whereas Sri Lankan rulers of later years abandoned that model and fought on a disastrous terrain of their creation. The thirty-year War followed, our investments suffered, our growth stopped, political crooks took over and earned for themselves. Where we are now is the logical point to which the SWRD Bandaranaike era brought us. Rajapaksas are growing Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism

Our dollar earnings get lower and lower, commission-laden non-cash earning projects are launched. Airports without planes, Harbours without ships, Sport Stadiums where sports persons don’t play and so forth. The forex is now gone and we look up spinning Cabraalian theories. We look at the sky but there’s no rain.

Prior to 1956

Prior to 1956 Sri Lanka was fairly booming. We had Balance of Payments surpluses. Rubber, tea and small crops had their heyday. Maha Vidyalayas and Mady Maha Vidyalayas came up to educate the broad public, universities came up, so many abandoned irrigation tanks were restored and new colonization schemes were established. I established twy myself when I served the government in Polonnaruwa. Kawdulla, Minneriya cake up. Our justice system became the pride of Asia. Our administration (civil) service was well trained with no political interference. I was part of the latter and so I can tell with personal experince. We had a professional Foreign Service. Even as late as the time of JR Jayewardene we had the massive Mahaweli Development project and we had Export Development Zones. Above all we had the revolution of the open economy that we achieved before India.

Yahapalanaya Government

Even the yahapalanaya government that Rajapaksas replaced in 2019 was on the right path of professional government. And this, despise the underhand sabotage of Sirisena. We had Independent Commissions, a government responsible to parliament, no extrajudicial killings, great foreign relations, harmony among ethnic groups, GSP Plus, extension of computer literacy to schools, and so on. That government payed all debts up-to-date and left 7.8 billion in forex reserves. Yahapalanaya did not do enough-true but it had been on the path and that everyone knows.

Thus, AKD, my friend and brilliant man, you aren’t right. You deserve to be at the helm as Ranil Wickremesinghe himself once remarked. Get your thinking right and you will be there.

*The writer can be reached at shyamonjayasinghe@gmail.com

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    There is another AKD who too seems to think that the JVP is God’s gift to Sri Lanka.
    I agree with SJ on that statement, : “Thus, AKD, my friend and brilliant man, you aren’t right. “
    *
    The author assumes that the JVP is Marxist. Can he offer some evidence of Marxist thinking in those quarters?

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    The JVP has tremendous talent. But it must shed its “political virginity” that it thinks it has but hasn’t. The JVP lost its virginity in 2004 when it coalesced with the PA and took up ministerial positions. Its Ministers did not do anything to be remembered. Then they supported Fonseka at Presidential elections and even proposed an electoral front that included the UNP. When the UNP did not respond to that, JVP contested with Fonseka in all districts. JVP supported Sirisena at the 2015 elections and safeguarded the Yahapalanaya government for a few years. JVP is wasting its talent. It must work together with the other parties to throw the Rajapakses out. But it seems to be over-estimating itself as it did in 2019. People will applaud it for the good oppositional role it is playing but will not give them power. If they contest Presidential elections and help Rajapakses to come back, they are finished. But if they help to throw the Rajapakses out, they will get more seats in Parliament and have a better future.

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      JS
      The key question is about sincerity more than ‘talent’.
      The JVP did worse even before 2004. Its downright chauvinism led to the tragedy of 1988-89.
      There was a time in 2005 when it competed with the JHU for rank SB chauvinism
      Has the JVP ever paused to critically review its past, admits errors and apologize?

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    Mr. Shymon Jayasinghe: You say to AKD: “You need clever political maneuvering for this strategy”. For the last two to three decades all the political leaders we had and have even today adopted this “Political Maneuvering” and we have seen the results. Even JVP tried it with Chandrika B and failed and their “Limited” maneuvering with “Yahapalanaya” got them branded as “Rathu Ali Petiya” out of which they struggled to come out till recently. Even the “Left Political” parties you mentioned (CP, LSSP, MEP) did this “Maneuvering” and failed. Have you ever thought of “WHY” that failure was? I don’t think. The only reason was the “Corrupt” (in all respects) “Political Leadership” with whom they joined. So, I am glad even at this late stage JVP has realized that. Now their “Strategy” is: “Anyone who thinks and is ready to work with us, adhering to our Policies and Plans, can join us, but the LEAD will be in our hands”. For that JVP has “Cemented” (with their strategy) a leveled playing field and named it “National Peoples Power” – NPP. If you can now break out of your “Cacoon” and analyze this “NEW” strategy, I am sure your above presentation would be a different one.
    Continued…..

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      Dear Simon of Unawatuna, Galle,
      .
      You’re saying the right things in your comments on this article; I find that there are a few others here as well. You do well to emphasize that it is now the NPP that we have to support; it’s a broader front, incorporating the JVP as well.
      .
      However, I see no comments by you on this article:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/church-of-ceylon-anglican-democracy-choosing-the-best-to-be-put-over-us/
      .
      Some startling revelations there, more to follow.
      .
      What’s getting discussed there is this: the Anglican Church claims that they are doing much for education. The truth is otherwise, especially in the two Uva S. Thomas’ schools. About 90% of the students are Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. Their school fees keep the schools running. At least 80% of the staff are non-Christian, and are exploited.
      .
      The Staff are entitled to elect a Member on the Board of Governors. That never gets done. Case proved there. Go to the comments on that article and see for yourself. There is cheating – proved that no elections ever take place.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe aka Sinhala_Man

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    In all standard democracies far left polls less than 5%. Full stop.

    Soma
    ( SJ once pointed out an exception)

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      Soma,
      The Marxists have been in and out of power quite often in Kerala and West Bengal. Nepal and Nicaragua too.

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        Old codger
        Even God cannot lift 3% to 51%.

        Soma

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          soman

          “Even God cannot lift 3% to 51%.”

          If an utterly corrupted 10% can become the country’s Finance minister with no qualification and a coward who ran away from his command when his garrison came under attack can become the secretary of defense, you are rest assured anything could happen.

          By the way Basil has gone to his mother country to borrow loans. The Finance Minister of Hindia Nirmala Sitharaman a Tamil from Madurai (BA, MA, MPhil,.. ) will speak to him with charm. How difficult it is for Basil to have a descent one to one chat?

          You should have gone with him?
          Do you think Basil is clever enough to convince Nirmala that the Sri Lanka needed the loan and not his clan?

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            Native,
            Did you know that the Northern power contract given to China has been quietly suspended? That’s how Basil prepared the ground before his begging trip. Perhaps the cancelled fertilizer too is connected?

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              OC
              There has been Indian pressure which failed. But the TNA had been at it.
              The last pronouncement of the TNA/FP delegation to the US was that they will not let China enter the North-East. (A mighty declaration by a group that cannot stop a single unlawful settler. Do not spoil their fun. They can declare that they scared away the Chinese.)
              Basil has gone to great lengths to please the US and India of late, long before his recent mission.
              The Chinese could have stuck to their guns, as they do with the fertiliser issue, but they pulled out saving embarrassment.

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              Old codger
              For your information:
              India to buy $7B of power plant equipment from China
              https://www.reliableplant.com/Read/16873/india-to-buy-$7b-of-power-plant-equipment-from-china
              Any comment?

              Soma

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                Old codger
                Further:
                CHINA MAKES UP 80% OF THE TOTAL IMPORTS FOR INDIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY.
                https://m.economictimes.com/industry/renewables/china-solar-gear-makers-threaten-to-scrap-pacts/articleshow/84770365.cms
                Any comments?

                Soma

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                Soma,
                The Indians themselves can’t produce power plants at the same cost as China. It’s plain economics to buy stuff where you can get it cheaper.
                The other thing is, since it is going to be set up in India, they can check for spy equipment (even imaginary ones), which they can’t do in Kayts.

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                  Soma,
                  Despite their public political differences, India and China get on quite well commercially. The Chinese even have factories in India. Some Chinese stuff is cheaper in India than here, in spite of our reputation as Chinese stooges.

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                    Old codger
                    But Sri Lanka should not buy from China!
                    .
                    Only Tamils are unashamed of this level of naked hypocrisy.

                    Soma

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            NV: Our Finance Minister who has “Upgraded” his qualifications from “10% to 25%”, with the falling inflation rate, has obtained another qualification on his visit (at Peoples expense) to India. Did you see the “Photo Ops” given to him at a wayside food outlet attending the “Practical Test” of cooking with the use of a table “Gas Cooker”?

            The next “Practical Test” was given at a “Public Washroom” and the picture showed that he walked away in a happy mood. For that, he would definitely get a “Ph.D.” because he has proven experience in “Washing Out Public Property”.

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      S
      There are several more exceptions of late: Peru elected a leftist President: Nicaragua overwhelmingly elected a leftist Presidenr & Parliament; the ruling left swept the board in Venezuela’s governorship and local government elections, and the opposition that ended its4-year boycott, admitted defeat rather than question the results.
      Chile has a Communist Party member as Mayor of Santiago.
      Nepal still holds an overall left majority.

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        SJ
        Thanks.
        In those countries you mentioned are the land ownership, health and education , business and manufacturing largely in the hands of the state? I mean how far those countries have moved left?

        Soma

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          Soma
          I cannot write essays here.
          Each of the ones elected to power has done much to free the national resources of foreign control and to uplift education, health and living standards.
          The most powerful piece of evidence is that the US is doing its mighty best to topple these lawfully elected governments.
          *
          BTW, your comment claimed less than 5% support at the polls.

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            Until JVP give up their old ideology and communism and opt for a truly democratic Socialism with Secular values, somewhat like Sweden, they can’t come to power.
            But JVP is an extremely important balance of Power and better than as a main opposition than the current one.

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          Soma,
          “In those countries you mentioned are the land ownership, health and education , business and manufacturing largely in the hands of the state?” Nowadays, that doesn’t happen given the various trade agreements that practically all have signed up to (except N.Korea and Cuba?). That model doesn’t work when you can be put under crippling political and commercial sanctions.

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            OC
            The point that I tried to drive home with Soma was that there are popular left parties and alliances, and that they dare to defy the Empire.
            *
            The US is having most trouble in its backyard. They thought that they had reversed the Chavez phenomenon, but they have made things worse for themselves.

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    Continued…..You also said: “They have to act with political wisdom and not with hardboiled truth”. What “BS” is that? If it is not “Hardboiled Truth”, what is “Political Wisdom” you propagate? Now the JVP/NPP “Demands” from the Government in power to tell the “TRUTH” to the people and they are doing it to the best of their ability with the available statistics. They (JVP/NPP) said: “Don’t expect a smooth travel with us. Everyone has to make sacrifices if we are to get out of this hell hole”. Isn’t that the “Hardboiled Truth” and “Political Wisdom” PANACEA that the people must be fed with? I think you are still ” Cacooned” in that “Old School” of politics.
    You also recommended: “You deserve to be at the helm as Ranil Wickramasinghe himself said”. What “IDOLATRY” is that to quote “Ranil Wickramasinghe”. Need I go into details of what your “IDOL” did to UNP? This man who completely erased the identity of UNP from the political arena had even the (could not even secure a people elected single seat in Parliament) oddity to enter Parliament through the “Back-Door” (National List)
    For your information and as far I have observed, JVP is neither “Anura Kumara Dissanayake” nor at the “Helm”. That “Setup” is incomparable with other political parties.

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    “Does Anura Kumar Think That The JVP Is God’s Solution For Sri Lanka?”

    Dunno about God no one has yet seen ………. but certainly a better solution than Gota and the Rajapakse inc. Don’t you agree, Shyamon?

    Or do you suffer the same unexamined childhood emotional insecurities ……… that most other “educated” Lankans are blessed – they say God acts in mysterious ways – with? :))

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      nimal fernando

      ““Does Anura Kumar Think That The JVP Is God’s Solution For Sri Lanka?”

      Unlike Somawansa, Anura Kumar does not believe he is the God.
      The way things are Gota might consider himself as the God.
      Cardinal-Priest of San Lorenzo in Lucina, Malwathu and Asgiria will agree with him.

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    People are fed up with both SLPP and SJB. Two sides of the same coin.

    JVP won only 1% of the polls the last time. This percentage can only go up.

    But JVP can never rule the country.

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      Even God cannot lift 3% to 51%.

      Soma

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        soman

        “Even God cannot lift 3% to 51%.”

        Have you consulted Wimal Weerawansa?
        He is a brilliant mathematician, specialising in Abstract Mathematics (whatever that maybe).

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    Shyamon, let me ask you a very simple question: on what grounds must the voting public of this country vote for the SJB as you seem to imply here?

    As a corollary, on what grounds are you asking a party that has so far remained objective and impartial dilute their principles to get power? Are you not advocating the very same abandonment of principles that has led us here in the first place? As Simon said before me, you’re asking the JVP to play the same game we are now sick of. You’re not asking them to reform, you’re demanding they conform.

    So I ask again: why do you think the people of this country will vote for a SJB government that has the JVP as a junior partner?

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      Shymon is suggesting a formula to make 3% to 0.3%.

      Soma

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    JVP past haunts them even today. Merely carrying the sickle and hammer flag does not make one a Marxist/Communist. One cannot forget Wimal Weerawanse was once a front-line leader of the JVP, He quit the JVP and became one of the worst communal rabble-rousers like KMP Rajaratna.

    The JVP lost the support of the Tamil people when they went to the Supreme Court to annul the temporary merger of the northeast. JVP founder recognised the right of self-determination of the Tamil people. But the present JVP has jettisoned his policy. On the unit of devolution, JVP is opposed to provinces and agree only at the district level.

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    Some people over-estimate the JVP and AKD and his comrades think they are the next government. They will get more seats but not the government. To get rid of the present menace, all Anti-Rajapakse political parties, societies, associations, trade unions should form a joint-front and they should select some genuine persons for the next elections.

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      Very good idea to evolve another “Maru Sira”!

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    Jayasinghe you thought Ranil was god’s answer to Sri Lankan problems !

    God said let there be a Mahendran ( Bonds) , Paski (Pandora) and Rat-watte (Sri Lankan airline fame) .

    Ranil wanted to create a image of a all knowing , haughty and cosmopolitan man about the world !

    These 3 realized the fools’ weaknesses and played their game of flattery and worship.

    Is the fourth man down under ?

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      Deepthi De Silva. As the writer says, Ranil and Yahapalanaya did a very good job and were on the right path for 4 1/2 years. It is a shame that government was not allowed to go further. Pohottu chaps are jokers when compared. In comparison to Gota, the fool, Ranil is like Einstein

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      Part I
      Deepthi,
      Good point.
      What about Panama Papers before Pandora or ‘Panadura’ Papers?
      What about those involved in the previous scam of Sri Lankan Bonds during 2010-14, Greek bonds mishap and loss, Oil hedging fiasco?
      All that is SL peoples’ Money, played out by people in position and trust to boot!!
      What fancies my thought is, why ignore those miscreants culpable of those episodes during the previous UPFA regime, who are now back in the “Saddle”!!!
      Why not??? Because, they do not belong to the minorities.
      Pandora Papers according to your narrow vision, perhaps is limited to Paski, Thirukumar, Mahendran for Bond Scam. RW being minority accommodative!
      Why not Cabal Cabral, who caused the previous Bond scandals, other covered with a blanket, ‘white washed’, and bestowed with the cabinet rank?
      These Able Lickers are having a good time enjoying and probably continuing the frolicking too, with the blessings of the ‘Powers that be’, voted in by the intelligent and ‘enlightened’ 6.9 million SL voters, (perhaps not to the extent of Gautama, the Buddha) contributed by genetic, periodic and convenient “memory loss”, in their re-electing the ‘country robbers’!
      My foot!!!!!

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      Part II
      Every ill this country undergoes is attributed to, “previous regime to the one in power” – Blame Ranil W, MS or some other, but not me! Why not?
      You will never get a sensible answer!
      There is no rule of law and equality, untrammeled by ‘Ethnicity, race, caste and religion’.
      That was on display, even at the funeral of the most eminent Foreign Minister, SL ever had since independence, an Anglican life long and consistent attendant at the services of the Sunday mass at the Cathedral every Sunday he was in Colombo, had to have his state funeral converted as a Buddhist and cremated????
      Unthinkable to have a Non Buddhist as a Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, who help eradicate terrorism, by getting most countries to ban LTTE as a Terror Organisation.
      One country, One Law?! Gnanasara please pardon me for calling for “One country, One Law”, which is your sole prerogative and ‘privileged subject’.
      Sadhu Sadhu!
      Nonplussed!!!!
      We are not marching steadfastly towards emancipation, but ruination and utter annihilation!!!!!

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    Shyamon, don’t know the answer but can there be anyone worse than Rajapaksas ?? As you say, since independence regardless of sporadic economic growth, not one leader had the courage or sincerity to address the minorities issue. ( if at all made it worse including JR) . End result thirty years of war and we are now left with family rule. Economy without unity will not yield prosperity. (may be to the ruling family but not to people). That too a lesson Lee Qwan Yu learned from our failed nation.

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      To add to my above comment, I doubt AKD or for that matter JVP will be an exception.

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    The next government to be ,,
    ========================
    The political party and leadership both are totally irrelevant.

    One simple question,.how do you intend reaching every single most interior villages and it’s commumities and make sure all their needs are addressed from income , housing , healthcare,.etc ?

    Can you also provide us full details as how many interior vilages are there , number of families , their present status to begin with?

    How on earth is this possible?

    Even if 225 members form a national government you can never ever develop this country by hugging the entire Island.

    For the Sake of God , do we have any political party willing to give more power to the people ?

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    Fahim Night: Yes. There is a way. A Constitutional Amendment ( or in a New Constitution) a “Provision” has to be made to state that the Political Party that has “Offered” the People a “Manifesto” to vote and secures the “Governing and State” function must be named a “Legal Document” and brought within to explain that as a “RIGHT” of the PEOPLE. If such a Political Party that secures the Governing Functions “Violates”, “Neglect” and or “Fail” to function within the “Manifesto” must be considered a “Breach” of the Constitution and a Denial of Rights. Then an any “Citizen” or a “Civil Society” or a “Political Party” must be entitled to file a “Human Rights” case in the Supreme Court and seek a “Directive” against that “Violation”, “Neglect” or “Failure” and claim “Compensation”.

    A good example. The “Manifesto” -“Saubagye Dekme” (Vista of Prosperity and Splendor) of “Pohottuwa” (SLPP) categorically stated that the use of “Chemical Fertilizer” would be replaced with “Carbonic Fertilizer” over a period of “10 Years”. What did President do? He unilaterally decided to ban the use of Chemical Fertilizer without any notice and without stipulating a time frame. If we had a provision like what I explained above, this President and his Government would have had the days numbered in office. That is how Peoples Power must be brought in.

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    SJ,

    They ARE God’s solution! In these pandemic times especially, all monies need to be socially/communally consolidated.

    For over 60 years Motherland has been playing around with capitalism and look where it has got us to. UNP coming to power means another type of capitalism where the rich won’t get taxed, and Lankan masses will have to scrape and labor away in the oil-rich countries for a country debt-burden that can never be paid down. And also Ranil’s interaction with the Rajapaksas is very worrisome indeed.

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    Let me be Candid , but Judicious in expressing views , So help me God!

    @Simon,
    Well you do have a point and I agree with you.

    This is what happens when you try to draw a political alliance with members you know are the wrong lot , in reality everytime there is a government electected by our people , the majority of all ethnics are convinced by a certain selfish segment with ulterior movitives & the end result is , the sincere lot of voters are betrayed.

    Even if any President or PM is elected and given majority in parliment be it by an alliance or A Single Party
    To.be continued

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    @Simon;

    Reply cont 2
    It is ludicrous to expect any political leader /leaders or a whole political party to develop a Country of 65,610, sq km with 21 million multi-racial & Multi-religious populations; with certain Villages being interior and neglected, some are not accessible.
    To be Continued

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      Probably my final comment about the Article.

      It’s not ANURA KUMARA,’s thought.
      It is a bad habit of Sri Lankan voters,
      Every time they feel a political leader becomes an obstacle the voter the Leader elected becomes a devil from God and then any new Candidate is seen as the survivor. But it’s all about “certain voters”personal concerns and nothing about being patriotic
      Cheers

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    @Simon cont 3
    With a Constitution that saw the worst riots islandwide, 30 years of a separatist war, and the return of the insurgency, to bring a country that had some reasonable international reputation once and forced to its knees, by the dictatorial constitution with the full approval of all the parliamentarians since 1977 to date, I dismiss HE past President’s self-praise of reducing executive powers, he had the power to abolish it once and for all and decentralized powers.
    No one Politician has ever to date have a practical answer and the true aspiration to give the people more power .
    Cont

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    @Simon, cont 4.
    To be outright and brutally frank, Provincial Council Elections without a centralized system of administration with curtailed powers by the people of that Province protected by The Supreme Court and The Federal Law Bureau will only add to the financial drain and that too money we do not have to spend on a Provincial election.

    Where are our priorities?.

    The only hope is to first and foremost abandon this one law one Country Task Force, people outrightly see it as an obvious attempt to divert attention over their grievances. ….. This Task Force was a bad decision.
    But it is never too late to reverse and move on.
    Cont.

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    Conclusion
    @Simon.
    Nothing anyone can do, be it any leader or party to take this nation to the level of 1st world and pull it out of this situation unless someone is brave enough to first decentralize and introduce power-sharing with all the people by replacing the Constitution.

    What is needed is to win the trust of the people back, and the confidence of the West especially THE EU.

    I am not trying to be biased, but to be practical, at this moment trying to ask any South Asian nation for help may not be the right thing.
    IMF is far better.
    Or even some Gulf states or The EU.
    Quote :
    Hon.State Min. Dr.Fernandopulle.
    Finally, decision-makers will make their decision.
    Unquote.
    Let’s live in hope rather than die in despair.
    Need of the hour is a trustworthy hand as a grip on.

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    Part II
    Every ill this country undergoes is attributed to, “previous regime to the one in power” – Blame Ranil W, MS or some other, but not me! Why not?
    You will never get a sensible answer!
    There is no rule of law and equality, untrammeled by ‘Ethnicity, race, caste and religion’.
    That was on display, even at the funeral of the most eminent Foreign Minister, SL ever had since independence, an Anglican life long and consistent attendant at the services of the Sunday mass at the Cathedral every Sunday he was in Colombo, had to have his state funeral converted as a Buddhist and cremated????
    Unthinkable to have a Non Buddhist as a Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, who help eradicate terrorism, by getting most countries to ban LTTE as a Terror Organisation.
    One country, One Law?! Gnanasara please pardon me for calling for “One country, One Law”, which is your sole prerogative and ‘privileged subject’.
    Sadhu Sadhu!
    Nonplussed!!!!
    We are not marching steadfastly towards emancipation, but ruination and utter annihilation!!!!!

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    AKD surely does not think he is God’s solution to this ailing economy but on the
    contrary , the 2500 yr old History may have run out all other options ! I remember
    what George Bernard Shaw once said : ” Progress is impossible without change,
    and those who can not change their minds can not change anything.” My view is ,
    Honestly if there is one party that is capable of any meaningful change , that is ,
    no doubt , JVP and at the same time , members like Vijitha Herath need to keep
    their Bellies from being Sticking out like that of familiar ones from the rulers !
    Bellies are signs of Over Eating and also possibly due to excessive Ego !

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    Mahila, You don’t have to write so much about the subject-“why not”! Yes there are many rascals who should have been jailed by the 2015 government of which Ranil was PM. He did not. Instead they were defending Mahendran by writing foot notes. Ranil reappointed the scoundrel Mahendran Governor.

    We attack the Rajapakses very much.Well deserved.

    Are you sure Ranil did not benefit from Mahendran/Aloysius ? Is Ranil honest ? Is he selfless ? Is he capable ? (In any other job and in any other country, a man who has led a party for 25 years and about 5 times prime minister would retire !)

    The people decided to vote against Ranil and the UNP, refusing to give him a single seat, not even in Colombo.

    Do you need further proof that a rascal has been thrown out ?

    As to Yahapalnaya good work, show us a single statistic-did the growth rate improve ? Did the debts go down ? Did we get more investments ?

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      Deepthi cannot see what’s going on under her eyes. Mahendran is awarded a pension by the government.

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    As for me which political party or political leadership is irrelevant.
    Only a pragmatic politician like LKY can save this country, one who has the iron in him to dare to do it.
    First and foremost whoever that person is, he must be willing to change the Constitution to decentralized power-sharing, replace The executive President with a Ceremonial President.
    Reduce parliament to 125 members.
    However, Racism and bigotry must be crushed.
    It takes a fearless man willing to walk through hellfire to implement it and change a lot of faulty systems and waste of public funds
    A man who is willing to walk through hell for this heavenly Cause.
    Lee Kwan Yew made some very practical statements about what it takes to make a 3rd nation a 1st world nation citing Singapore.
    You need that Iron in you to face anyone who stands in your way.
    You need to believe in your conviction even in the face of a sword. (I have used my interpretation to avoid copyrights)
    Willing to negotiate and bargain with all stakeholders and willing compromise and bargain and compromise until what will be the best to move the country forward is achieved.

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