14 December, 2017

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Dreams Of Being Sri Lanka’s Big King!

By Granville Perera

Sri Lanka doles out media licenses based on political patronage. We have seen this being perfected by successive governments. The license holders provide the patronage to their political masters with absolute reverence that includes the current Yahapalanaya, which has doled out licenses for crossing over Parliamentarians. A long time player in this game is probably aiming to be the Maharaja of broadcasts with the continued blatant prostitution of Media. They have even staged self-inflicted violence to gain the sympathy of the masses. Their long-term ass kissing is their agenda to control politics and the Sri Lankan economy. As nationals of foreign origin, it would be impossible to take political leadership in Sri Lanka, so they have chosen the next best by doing it through proxy and dream of gaining control of the country and the economy through their political and media stooges. The airwaves are not anyone’s personal property, not even the Government’s to dole out to its stooges. They belong to the people and should be used to deliver development oriented free media culture. Media networks need to have integrity, honesty and respect. This People’s (not stooges) Channel needs to be monitored and checked before they place their lackeys at the highest level of governance through influence peddling using our airwaves.

In modern Sri Lanka as in many other global societies, the people who hold the levers of state power control the deployment of vast riches; every decision on the issuance of state mega project is worth billions to someone. The potential beneficiaries of these policies have every motive to influence the political destiny of the country. The Mahinda Rajapaksa dynasty perfected this influence peddling to make Sri Lanka one of the most corrupt, pushing our debt repayment levels closer to 100% of our GNP. The current Government is perfecting these corruption policies, mainly due to the ‘poverty’ that was inherited by its members in the 20 years in opposition. The usual strategy adopted is bribery through cash contributions or commissions, shares and positions of power in the entities to the immediate family, sexual bribes, intimidation and other forms of influence peddling. The Maharaja has chosen to do it through intimidation using the media, calling it exposures “We Report, You Decide” a line copied from FOX NEWS. Their political stooges are given wide exposure in their media network to gain political mileage and re-election.

The Maharaja has cleverly chosen to mislead the nation by portraying their media empire as a Sinhala Buddhist entity, bringing to the fore Buddhist mercenaries and priests who go around temples, doling out water tanks, water pipes, cement and paint to give the impression that the Sasanaya is being rescued by this media network. They also appease the Tamil militants and Tamil Diaspora through their Shakthi network and their chief anchor Sri Ranga of Minnel fame who has been deployed to attack their Tamil speaking political opponents. Who can forget that Sri Ranga was caught attempting to fix a political discussion in a live broadcast during the run up to the January 2015 elections? It is rumored that Rishad Bathiudeen, the Muslim maverick kicked the shit out of Sri Ranga at Temple Trees just prior to the Presidential Election in 2015 due to the attempted intimidation and carrying tales about of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress. They also have an atypical Buddhist priest, Battaramulle Seelaratne Thera who is given prime time news slots to comment on socio political issues that he is clueless about.

The well-invested media strategy to force the Government to bow down to the Maharaja dictates continues by showing successive governments as failed entities. They use approximately 30 to 40% of any News slot to highlight the failures of government by going to remote villages and exposing their poverty, giving a pittance to the poor and showing them as images of benevolence by the Maharaja.

While the general public will see these as generosity of the media network, their motive is to brainwash the hearts and minds of the poor to believe that anyone promoted politically by the Maharaja is to save the nation, thereby gaining control of the country and the economy.

This is not a new strategy. The “Maharaja” started this in the 70’s with Ranasinghe Premadasa, the then Minister of Housing and Construction allegedly being in their monthly payroll. Allegedly their Chief Finance Controller of the group, Ransi Gunasekera used to carry his briefcase with Rs.100,000/= in cash monthly (probably worth 10M or more in todays context) to Ranasinghe Premadasa who in return doled out huge contracts to the Maharaja’s Group. Ransi is still among the living and will certainly confirm should he be questioned by the FCID.

The same strategy was used to invest and promote his son Sajith Premadasa to the leadership of the United National Party and gain control of the country’s wealth by this mafia entity. They provided hundreds of millions for him to go around the country and dole out money as the savior of the Sasanaya and the poor.  The little fox was smarter and kept Premadasa at bay so that young Premadasa will never see the high chair.

The Maharaja’s new strategy of using Parliament itself started about 10 years ago. They invested in promoting vulnerable characters as candidates through their media empire as well as providing financial support for campaign work. They expected to have 10 to 15 members in Parliament, who would become a force to be reckoned with in times of crisis in government. They wanted to be in a position of power where they could take over SLMC’s Asharff’s remote control to govern. This they achieved to a great extent from the 2005 and 2010 governments. They adopted the Rae’ Migel, Daval Daniel strategy. Outwardly they criticized the Government and inwardly slept with them.

In the 2015 Presidential Elections, they portrayed themselves as the darling of the Yahapalanaya campaign. They contributed heavily in cash and the media played a major role in unseating Mahinda. Yet, their hypocrisy was exposed when their pet Sri Ranga was caught live in “fixing” one of his Minnel programmes.  That is how this media empire manipulated the masses of this country and took them to be idiots.

The King’s proxies in Sri Lankan politics include Sajith Premadasa, Milinda Moragoda, Faiser Mustapha, Buddhika Pathirana, Sri Ranga, Azad Sally, S M Marrikar, The Ranatunga Family, Susil Kindelpitiya and a number of their own staff.

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    What has been said by GP is true. Sirasa brought all third class programmes and Singlish usage into our media. Even the two state TV channels and SLBC follow them shamelessly. All their special programms appears to be promoting the JVP. Once Satana programme had Sarath F and when he tried to say something about Susil Kindelpitiya (who was in SF’s party) moderator stopped it saying “you can’t criticise our people”. In another episode moderator said to JVP representative “we like you”.

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      B S Perera,

      Hope you can remember the Incident during the Satana Program Ranjan Ramanayaka attacked sirasa network for Inviting Gotabaya as the chief guest for the wesak opening from there onwards ranjan is not invited to sirasa network.

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      This Government has to take meaningful action against the Rajapaksas Criminal Network instead of worrying about these Sirasa media people…

      If they put the Rajapaksas Criminal Network (this includes some hiding in the UNP) away for good they will have huge public support and restore the confidence of the people in them.

      If the task is too hard bring in #INTERPOL to help this Government go after these criminals…

      • 5
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        “Riches mostly ruin the foolish,
        but not those who seek the beyond.
        Just as they dismiss the well-being of others and cause harm,
        fools also ruin themselves.” – Dhammapada v. 355

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      All channels abound with large doses of nonsense and low quality trash. Particularly during prime time.

      The fact is, one often wonders whether the newscasts of a particular channel are a political propaganda effort for themselves, to be used at some later stage. The “promotional” stuff they show is certainly not news.

      All in all, a lot of brouhaha and their English question and answer panelists are far from being professional. They are underprepared, have no counter attacks and often show lack of knowledge on the subject enough and worse, they don’t tolerate rebuttals

      Truthfully spoken, they show up as a poor show propped up by a lot of money.

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      Author GP is the Western puppet. The Five Eyes member countries are the masters at occupying the high ground, and translating it into great power. The Five Eyes member countries had killed millions of innocent people, yet they present themselves as moral superiors. In fact, the British knew the meaning of democracy and human rights from the 12th century, but they never practised it while killing millions of innocent people on genocide to takeover others homelands for resources. The Americans, Australians, Canadians and Kiwis dont live in their own country, but on others’ homelands. The Chinese, Indians, Sri Lankans and Russians live in their homelands; but listen to the Five Eyes on human rights, democracy, and rule of law. When this will end?

      Taiaiake Alfred is a Kahnawake Mohawk educator and writer and the founding director of the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Governance Program. He accused those celebrated the 400th birthday of America in 2007, as turning a blind eye to the genocide of the continent’s native people. “It’s hard for a native person to be anything but shocked and saddened to the core by the effrontery of it all. In essence, a surreptitious celebration of the conquest of our homeland, and the destruction of our people; in the service of imperialism, and the expansion of the white race. It marks the era that saw indigenous peoples ravaged by diseases introduced by European settlers; on average, Aboriginal communities lost 75 per cent of their populations, and the dispossession of their homelands by fraud and deceit – not a single treaty entered into by the English Crown or the US has been honoured by the settlers.”

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        Antany Peter,

        Kohede Yanne malle Pol.
        Dont divert and spin the story to your choice!

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    Its high time time to put the Maharajahs in their place. They may be super rich, but they are not one iota more important than the beggar on the street. These assholes are not even corrupt politicians. They are just a bunch of crooks exploiting the hard working Sri Lankans with the power of their money. They were nobodys from Jaffna who launched their business in Colombo selling Parker pens and Quink. These rascals should not forget their humble origin and try to screw the ordinary people. How dare they try to interfere into the governance of the country. These megalomaniacs should be taught that it’s the people who make decisions through their elected representatives in this country. People should rise and kick their dirty butts.

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      Mudson;
      “Riches mostly ruin the foolish,
      but not those who seek the beyond.
      Just as they dismiss the well-being of others and cause harm,
      fools also ruin themselves.” Dhammapada -verse. 355

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      Thank you , well said. I had several conversation with Shevan Daniel and he tried his level best to stop me commenting on their FB page. Please try to get the sinhala translation of this article where the general public would get a true picture of Prostitution of Media.

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    The abuse of the airwaves by their media network alone should be enough to bring them to Justice. When Maithri Gunaratna got the Kurundu Polu, they highlighted and showed every single Ranil-Mangala supporter prior to any identification parade. They became the prosecutor and Judge. When the whole country was showed these faces, WHY DID THE COURT have an identification parade???

    Battaramulle talks crap all the time and is used to attack UNP.

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    Its time the nation got together and beat up these mercenaries who are the real blood sucking leached who are destroying the clean politics that is needed in the country. The Asshole boss spends at least 50% of his time planning attacks on Ranil and the UNP.

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      Fazly S.

      Its time the nation got together and beat up these mercenaries who are the real blood sucking leached who are destroying the clean politics that is needed in the country. The Asshole boss spends at least 50% of his time planning attacks on Ranil and the UNP.

      Not only Sirasa, Shakthi, another two notorious channels MR proxy channels hiroo and therana.
      Its high time to Invite foreign Judges as we have a corrupted Justice system headed by minister of Injustice Dealdasa Rajafucksa.

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    Granville,
    Very good write- up! It is about time these meddling hypocrites are exposed. Recently they had a media campaign going against the ICTA chairman, Muhunthan Canagey for involvement in the Google Loon project and the National payment platform. It was done in a most humiliating manner with daily personal attacks on hom. He was given no opportunity to respond. The same old Maharaja-sponsored hacks duly read their scripts, presented as “public opinion”.
    I suspect this had more to do with some personal animosity towards him than anything else. I believe there are personal factors involved in their treatment of Arjuna Mahendran, who is said to be a Maharajah relative . However, nothing much is said about Thiru Nadesan, another wheeler- dealer and relative, who made a lot of money on the Airbus deals.
    You have not mentioned Wasantha Samarasingha and Namal Karunaratna of the JVP, and Dilan Perera who are regularly featured. Then there is the alleged “Voice against Corruption” , another Maharaja front.
    Their News broadcasts are sickeningly slanted, being 60% opinion and self-promotion and only 40% news. Foreign news is about 1 minute, if at all.
    The Maharajas need to be exposed. What they are trying to do is gain political power by proxy.

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    Mangala has got the biggest assault so far. Now that he is incharge of finance, he should send his men to check the Kallathoni money.

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      Suren Perera: Just BS. LGBTQ boy is accusing everyday. IF there are proper journalists that is another court case in a proper society. He find $ 18 billion, 30,000 lakhs, and how much shiranthis Rajapakse spet for the King’s suite in a Paris hotel. many more. He got help from USA, INDIA and from that Weiliamuna- UNP guy. Nothing found yet. except one of his boy/girl friend and said here that He was a GAY – boy. He proved it by kissing Penthouse ravi in front of the camara. He iis still lieing in Down south.

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    What Granville has not spoken is about the sexual scandals of the big king. He abuses all the attractive girls and gets them to make breakfast after a night together. Of course he looks after them well

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      Angry Brother – You forgot that his son Namalfucksha also got most of the attractive girls (including his flying angels) for his biological needs and left them in the lurch. He calls himself a “lowyer”, like father like son.

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      The ladies from the late 70’s and 80’s will give an full account. Trying to be a saint now. I think he want to be Sri Lanka’s Donald Trump at the next election.

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    The media has a duty by the country and plays an important role in a Democracy. Unfortunately for the country Sirasa no longer plays that role by being completely partisan and getting directly involved in party politics.Prejudices and personal vendettas have no place in media ethics and Sirasa has failed the nation and is no different from the Govt controlled media.
    Hope MS doesn’t fall into Kili Maharajass well laid trap

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      The Maharajas did a U- turn on the Port City affair. They were against it pre- election and then suddenly started a brick-collection scheme to build some monument inside Port City. Probably the Chinese paid them well!

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        old codger

        “The Maharajas did a U- turn on the Port City affair.”

        If one is well connected one’s race, religion, region, gender do not matter. I was told during the 1983 riots Maharajah’s were protected by Dutta Gamani who destroyed Jaffna library and the collection of old books.

        Maharaja’s brother in law had a large collection of books in Colombo. Dutta Gamani sent a lorry to his house, fetched the books and later handed them safely to Maharaja’s BIL.

        Being a racist do you think Dutta Gamini would have helped to protect anyone else’s property or book collection during the riots?

        Well connected tend to lose less.

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          NV,
          I hear that Canagey came under attack because he criticized the sale of TV/ radio frequencies at low prices to the Maharajahs. They are still attacking him even after his resignation.

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      He already is a lackey. He gave them 6 additional frequencies after he was elected

  • 4
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    Well said GP. You are spot on. If at all I watch this channel just see how biased and self promoting they are. The exposure of “Dathu” during wesak etc is a false front to show that they back the sinhala buddhists, the latest is patronage of the Hindu’s. All the politicians that appear on their channel are paid goons. The Govt should take control.

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    Mr Granville Perera, your statement about Ransi Gunasekera carrying a briefcase with a hundred thousand rupees to Mr Premadasa is totally untrue. He had rented a house from Mr Premadasa, he was a member of parliament at the time, not a minister. The rent was a couple of thousand rupees, and a brief case was not needed to carry that. For a hundred thousand rupees you could have purchased a house in Colombo 7 at the time. If the need arises I am sure the rental agreement could be fished out .

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      Ayanthi Gunasekera

      “Mr Granville Perera, your statement about Ransi Gunasekera carrying a briefcase with a hundred thousand rupees to Mr Premadasa is totally untrue. “

      Are you telling us Premadasa was a saint before he was being killed by insiders?

      Find out about commission that being levied by Premadasa from a UK based Indian paper supplier. When the supplier went to see him following year to renew his contract Premadasa demanded increased commission. He wanted additional % on previous year contract and increased commission on future contracts because he found out the supplier had charged exorbitant price and made a large profit on the first contract.

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    Ayanthi Gunasekera ,
    To accept your view many readers like me would like to read a rejoinder from our mahadena Muktha DJ. Hopefully in that DJ will confess about the media ethics he follows.

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      Not important. I just stated a fact. I am not a Maharajah Fan or a Premadasa Fan

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        Madam Gunasekera, I have been part of the conglomerate for donkeys years to know every single crooked activity of Killer. I have even had to count the money your respected husband carried, but I was a small fry and no one would even remember me. Thank god Mr Gunasekera went to Zmbia, otherwise he would have been killed by the Maharaja’s mafir

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    well done GP – but you missed out sujeewa senasingha who too gets out of proportion publicity. RW and mangala should watch out.

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    Many of you have missed the other journalist cooley of Maharajah, Bandula Jayasekera.
    Every morning on weekdays at 0600 am we could see his PATHIKADA.
    90% OF THE TIME HIS 30 MINUTES IS USED TO SLANDER PM RANIL.
    BANDUILA, YOUR SLIP IS SHOWING !

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      mugalan – Former “Ambassador” Bandula Jayasekera (BIJAY) had a rollicking time with the fairer sex during his tenure of office in Toronto/US/Aussie. He also left behind his wallet in a red light area in Geneva and went back to pick it up accompanied by Rajkattapal Abeynayake, his “mango” friend. Both of them are Medamulana Meeharaka ass lickers.

      BANDULA, YOUR ZIP WAS SHOWING THEN !

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    It is well known, in Sri lanka everybody is corrupt. that includes so-called journalists, top beaurecrats and media organizations. There was a story about media frequenceis had been undersold to MahaRaja orgnization and the govt lost billions over that. Maithripala Sirisena was accused. Top Boss of something was asked to resign. Yet, Maithripala did not explain it to the public. Is it becuase, Sri lanka does not have that many media organizaatios that could afford an auction of the frequences. One thig, Sri lankan journalsits are highly biased. Never honest. The previpus govt accused MAngala Samraweerwa alone having EIGHT such media outlets all ran with foreign money. None of these journalists talked about that. They were silent. they talked only about Journalsts being harassed, murdered, beaten and finally media freedom. It is well known journalsits are just scum.som openly say, I got the free laptop. Poinsts in the article should be true. but, It looks like this media campaign against Mahinda Rajapakse. Because, bond Scam is not the Only robbery carried out by UNP. There are many things such as Galleon Ravi giving away ship loads of imported vehicles with low gaxes, Ranil increasing perks and benefits for MPs, Country losing Rs 3. billions of Taxes, while poor people and the maids working in the middle east has to pay for everything, gove allocating another Rs 755 million for MPS’ travel expenses. IT looks that is just the fuel allocation. But, I think, Granville Perera began the election campiagn suporting the UNP and exposing Mahinda Rajapakse. I hope public understand this as all are thieves. so-called Journalists (right word isnot that, CT won’t allow it) writing only one sides, because they are bottom feeders.

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    I am most certainly not ,saying that President Premadasa was a saint. Those days Mr Premadasa was a big shot and we were nothing. Our house was getting flooded and we had to move. If some one gave Mr P money Ransi Gunasekera was not that man. He did pay him rent every month. I am not asking you to accept or not accept that statement. You are welcome to do as you please.

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      Madam Gunasekera, your darling hubby may be too embarrased to admit what a lackey he was to the minister of housing. Just ask him again and you may have surprises which are 42 years old. Your hubby was a good man respected by all, but he had to be the courier boy for the big raja

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      ayanthi
      ” Our house was getting flooded “

      was it with water or money?Be specific please.I’am confused..

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    This axe handle is cutting the media freedom while sitting on that branch.

    A hypocrite is accusing other hypocrites.

    This is about taking a thorn with a thorn and letting let the second one too inside. This guys is saying only Kili is dirty journalist in Lankawe. This is the Sinhala Intellectuals mind. Aren’t they preaching Emil Mahendran had bankrupted the country from 1948? Now Kili has corrupted the Lankawe clean Media? Where was this white lion when the Lankawe had earned 174th status out of 179 in media freedom?

    This guy doesn’t want to talk about the news pieces that Aloysius has imported the most modern press instrument to beat all Lankawe media, even Hiru, Therrana… Not being able to hide his personal grudge against Sri Ranga, he is calling “Rishard the Muslim maverick Kicked Ranga”.
    Comedy Thamai. Even that is only gossip. Then who kicked the “Unni” out of Old Royals ’ship?

    You can sleep with a tick dog and brag that you are clean, but what about one who praise Rishard as a maverick?

    But the world knows the real story was Old King accused that maverick had stolen 5000 acres in Wilpattu and Vanni jungles. What happened was the Muslim ministers, the better leeches than Sri Ranga, who gained by Aluthgama, used King Abdulazeez colony to suck to the last minute of that ship wreck.

    None of the leaders came forward to put back Lakehouse for auction for privatization. Rajpal led the Daily News and Mervyn beat the Rupavahini.

    Is this guy is looking that Aloysius the last Demelo is finished and let us look for other minorities like Kili?

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    One funny statement, is UNP politicians came to power after 20 years, so they are “poor”, that is why they are stealing. Journalists are supporting one group of theives over the others. Anyway, Mahinda Rajapakse does not have a good history except the war winning. that is also was not his determination. Just a blind hit. Anyway, Mahinda Rajapakse supported thieves. He had the President fund. He abused that too. No ne talks about that. I think it is the same with this govt too. Journalists should not support one group of theives over the other. That is just dishonesty when they should be honest to readers.

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    A very bold exposure by Glanville Perera, all the more so,considering the financial clout of this particular electronic media outfit. SriRanga, a catcher of the King,is a Dr.Jekyl Mr.Hyde type who has been caught with his pants down.
    If there was one person who was attacked on a regular basis it was none other than the PM-RW. a GUTTER MEDIA OUTLET, I AGREE!

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      “If there was one person who was attacked on a regular basis it was none other than the PM-RW” Here one UNP devote shedding tears for Ranil but opposing Kili shedding tears for Old King.

      Do you mean Old King’s acolytes like Kili are constantly attacking Ranil for not investigating Lasantha or Thajudeen murders?

      Or, is that your point Ranil is clean in CB scandal?

      Did Ranil said or didn’t in the last election that he would clean the corruption?

      The National Unity was formed for two year term to change the constitution, including removing Presidency. That time limit has ended. Do you accept that an opposition candidate can accuse Ranil for that or no? If one did that, how is your Baba Ranil is being hurt?

      Say even SAITM or GMOA issues, Isn’t that a policy difference of left – right and without violence, they should have their media share to secure their interests.

      By reading from here, I have not come across any main points on the media that is unreasonable to blame on Ranil.
      Other than the “LTTE revivals” stories all other accusation of Colombo media or Old Joint Comedy Club having on Ranil seems to true.
      If you think there are false accusations, then, is Ranil having a problem of bring a libel suit against Sirasa?

      Readers here are not Thero de Silva or Mahindhapala. Most of them are in middle path. If you really feel something unreasonable to accuse on a country’s prime Minister, you write about an essay in CT.

      You are blind walker, but you advice to others not to step on dog poop! Don’t you?

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    As mentioned in this article, they are not mainly driven by power. They use the power of their media to blackmail/promote politicians in order to get favors done which will benefit them economically. Hence, their ultimate objective is purely money greed to the core. Ranil Wickremasinghe does not seem to be falling into their trap and this is probably motivating the owner of this media empire as his last career challenge to throw everything at his disposal to overthrow Ranil Wickremaisnghe.

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      NC: YOu are disnoest. Who di dthe Cantral Bank robbery twice. one during the 100 day govt. one after the 100 day govt even neglecting the COPe report I suppose. Actually media outlets are corrupt. They don’t say anything about Ranil wickramsinghe’s grand theft. Four leaders of the UNP got toghether and robbed the bank. It is Ranil who appoint his royal college buddies and did the theft. His other buddys Paskaramlingam also another thief who did the same during the R Pemadasa times and boufht houses all over the world. Why Ranil also is silent to thefts and he supports thefts. You journalists you know how UNP found money to spend for the election and how rewrded those people. This Cental bank hoist is for the next general and presidential election. where is Ranil’s Lichachi-Malla type kingdom, Ten million jobs, ?HE juist delyaed the colombo-finacial city what ever, because he was talking he di dnot check it. Insted he had to delay it. It is the ame thing with Hambanthota. HE checked it with USa, UK, India to see whether they would bought. Now he sold it for 99 years. think about and Macu had been been sold for 99 years.

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    @Granville Perera,
    I agree with your article although the photo of that Maha-Maraya with a red satakaya around his neck that deserved to be hanged after being deposed is quite in-appropriate and deceiving. I guess that proves your point that media deception has always been a calculated stunt to prove that majority of our masses are brainless and get fooled all the time. Quite right and I agree. Everyone of the dreaming Maharaja’s that intended to be King for life earned a big Letter (grade) of “F”. If you place this F they earned before the word “King”, this shows their accomplishment. This is why we all fget F’d all the time.

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      Wala Gemba,
      That is Kili Maharaja himself in the background with glasses. It is very difficult to get a pic of him in public. His name is not mentioned or visuals shown on their channels.

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    Good on you, Granville, for exposing corruption in the mercantile sector.

    The business conglomerate in question took full advantage of the liberal policies introduced by JR in 1977, moving on from pens & ink & plastic pipes. In the early stages, apart from creating jobs with attractive salaries & perks for national sportsmen, presumably, to boost the company image, the company policy was to ‘invest’ in immediate family members of, possibly, up & coming junior politicians of all sides (so that someday the favor will be returned in multiples), as well as, influential, but, even, fallen politicians, who were all in the payroll. The Premadasa connection, was perhaps, the long term strategy, & the services provided, financially or otherwise, for the rich & powerful, was no secret, particularly, to those who worked in the group of companies.

    For a business to make massive profit, it needs an (unfair) advantage over it’s competitors, & in SL, it comes in the form of political patronage, bribery & even intimidation, not to mention exploitation & breaking a few laws in the process. This conglomerate is just one of many business operations in SL, perhaps, on a larger scale. However, to continue being at the top, the strategy needs to evolve. Politicians come & politicians go but the real power from being at the top comes from controlling the media because those in high places can then be made puppets & the masses kept happy with ‘fake’ news.

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      For businesses and businessmen to reach the top, it is no longer political connections,
      The Buddhist priesthood at its highest levels has entered the fray. For businessmen,
      industrialists, State high officials, uniformed men to move to the next levels they need a sponsor in the Priesthood – preferably an influential Mahanayake or two. This is Sri Lankan
      Buddhism now- that remained free of all this ugly influence only a few decades ago. Buddhism in Thailand fell for this some decades ago – and now Burma/Myanmar has fallen. Smaller States like Laos, Cambodia – and even Vietnam, appear to suffer this fate.

      By all accounts, it looks as if Buddhism will re-emerge, in a much smaller way, in India – the original home of the philosophy. Big business has hijacked the religion in all other
      lands.

      Pandaranayagam

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    Granville Perera in “Dreams Of Being Sri Lanka’s Big King!” highlights the role of the media in Lankan politics. Had there been TV in mid-thirties, Goebbels would have changed history!
    Lankan democracy has evolved into “A Game of Two-halves” – the two halves is from the super-rich without a definite dividing line. The HAVE to protect each other.
    Democracy has lots of skeletons which are released to haunt/control the voters – the media is one. Once in power, money invested into this will be made several fold.
    Remember about ten years back a Colombo TV station was vandalised under the personal supervision of a Senior Minister? Journalists have disappeared.
    Thanks Granville for the courage shown.
    Granville is really also posing the question “Do we want this media oppression era again?”

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    The amazing part is one journalist say, UNP Cabinet ministers are stealing because, for 20 years they could not earn anything. Yahapalana govt had issued 100 or more car permits to politicians. the revenue loss was Rs 3.1 billion and now they want another Rs 755 million for the other vehicles or travelling. that is all taxes from poor people. Because rich escape taxes. See perpetual treasuries. How come Galleon Ravi screamed about going to Pamankada and got a big political donation from Rajarathnam. That happened during the Mahinda Rajapakse govt. that money laundering case was saved because of technical problems. Johnston Fernando also got LTTE money is a UNP. though Mahinda Rajapakse allowed, Rambukwella is another UNP who screwed up Mahinda Rajapakse. Even Basil Rajapakse was UNP at one time. How about KAru Jayasooriya, Is he a Saint ? tghere are more now in so-called SLFP but jumped to every side. They are not most did by Basil Rajapakse because all are in the same boat.

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    He comes from Jaffna which makes him ‘a national of foreign origin’? Please clarify Mr Granville.

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    This same Maharaja recently claimed a good part of prime Dutch Hospital in Colombo Fort. Maybe corrupt UDA or some minister did a crooked deed in his favour. Thanks to Gota the Dutch Hospital was saved.

    Maharaja’s cousin Cornel Perera is claiming the Hilton Hotel without investing one cent on it.During JR/Paskaralingam/Choksy era he got various dubious documents done in his favour saying he was the promoter of the project.

    These guys are trying to rape the country with the support of corrupt officials and politicians.
    How can a self respecting journalist work for Maharaja

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      Cornel – Maharaja’s cousin??? That’s a new one.

      A.D.J. Perera

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    As Nationals of Foreign origin it would be impossible to take political leadership in Srilanka …….so says Granville Perera.
    The last King of Ceylon was a Foreign National crowned as SriWicrema Rajasinghe and subsequently betrayed to the British!
    I am by no means an admirer of the Kili Cabal but how come he is a Foreign National?
    A Tamil is a foreigner eh?
    The essayist has spoilt an otherwise good write-up by bringing in racial overtones!

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    Adrian.

    Perhaps, Granville is treating Jaffna as a separate State and as such Kili Maharajah is a Foreign National?
    The last thing young KILI would want is a separate state!

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      The well-informed and sartorially elegant Granville that I knew was a gentleman in every sense of the word, as we know the term in local parlance. It appears he clearly has an axe to grind against Kili. I have no problem there. With his deep involvement in the electronic media Kili knows he is playing with fire, which is probably why Maha kept out of the MTV part of the Organisation. But what on earth is “As nationals of foreign origin, it would be impossible to take political leadership in Sri Lanka” …..???? Granville clearly errs grammatically when he talks of “nationals of foreign origin” BTW, Kili – or for that matter any Tamil as things stand today – has every right to claim political leadership to, if he wants, in Sri Lanka. Our respected Prelates have not gone that far – yet.

      Kili’s type of doing business – in this snake pit of media mafia, if you like – is left to him. The Murdochs, Roger Ailes ? (Fox) Ted Turner all have their own method of staying on top in this dangerous business. Surely, we have not fallen to such sad levels where even gentlemen like Granville of the Trade Chambers world we knew, have been poisoned by rank communalism?

      Pandaranayagam

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    How can you say Killi is a foreign national. They are from Kokuvil, Jaffna. Came to Colombo in the 1930’s and Killi’s father (S.Rajandram) set up family and they lived in many areas including Jambugasmulla, Nugegoda and Fairline Road, Dehiwala (between 1930 and 1945) and then finally to Inner Flower Road, Colombo 7. So, they are complete and full Sri Lankans but with dual or triple passport holders. They are innovative businessmen – thought of media and mobile phones decades before.

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    P M should appoint a commission to go into Maharajas for last 50 years. They have cheated payment of duty to Customs.They stoop to any level to get their jobs done. They also acted as an agent for a foreign country’s intelligence agency. Now they are blackmailing those don’t favour them. How much they have made from Mahaweli Project. Proper inquiry will bring out lot more

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