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Economic Reforms, Corruption & Reconciliation  

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Economic reforms to rebuild a devastated economy and under the direction of IMF is underway in spite of certain important and legitimate criticisms against IMF’s one size fit all approach. After nearly one year of its operation, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, his UNP-SLPP acolytes, and the Governor of CBSL are busy selling to the public the short-term gains made so far. Electricity tariffs and gas prices have come down, no regular power cuts, queues have disappeared, inflation is sliding, interest rates are falling, the rupee has gained limited strength, and street protests have subsided. Yet, more and more people are pushed to the border of or under the poverty line and their number is expected to remain around 25 per cent for the next few years. There is growing malnourishment especially among children which will have deleterious effect on their growth and development, and the so-called income support Aswesuma scheme of RW is not only insufficient but also inundated with complaints about administrative deficiencies and discriminatory selection of beneficiaries. Public hospitals are in a state of crisis with fewer doctors, unqualified nurses, and inferior medicines. As a result, casualty rate among patients is on the rise. At the bottom of all these problems is the income shock faced by the vast majority, and queues that once stood before retail outlets are now appearing before foreign embassies to get visas to migrate. There is indeed an exodus.    

The little stability and progress made so far, as pointed out in previous columns, is the result of a deliberate disinflationary policy. That policy has to come to an end sooner or later. And more importantly, debt restructuring (DR) with foreign creditors is yet to begin, and whether those creditors would accept a 30% haircut as suggested by CBSL chief Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe, is doubtful because of the complexity of the creditors group and its geopolitical wrangling. However, once restructuring is completed debt servicing must resume at the newly agreed terms and conditions, which would place an additional burden on the meagre stock of treasury funds. A number of restrictions that are currently in place on imports, capital transfers, and currency transactions have to be removed and the economy has to face market challenges. IMF’s austerity measures which had already impacted different strata of society disproportionately would continue to do so, and the post-DR economy would no doubt worsen the economic conditions of the lower strata.  Even if one were to ignore these realities and give some credit to the IMF initiative there is one institution, yes, it is an institution, which would make the reforms ineffective, and that is corruption.       

Corruption is civil murder committed by people and organs in power. In Sri Lanka, corruption has is a part of governance and an institution. In tracking the country’s compliance with IMF’s program commitments, Verite Research discovered that of the 33 trackable programs, Sri Lanka had failed in eight by the end of June 2023. One of those eight is the commitment to enact a new anti-corruption legislation.  There is one that was passed by the parliament to the delight of President RW, but according to his Minister of Justice, that is also said to be threatened to become diluted at the committee stage to suit the interests of one component of the ruling coalition. Even then, passing legislation is one thing but implementation is quite another. Many a progressive legislation in the past had lost their effectiveness at their implementation stage. From top to bottom there is corruption. The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is a classic case. Very recently, the Chairperson of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Economic and Physical Plans revealed a startling statistic, according to which only 31,000 of a total of 500,000 taxable income earners had fulfilled their tax obligations, and just 382 of the 105,000 registered companies had been responsible for paying 82% of tax incomes. Isn’t this a sad reflection on the efficiency/inefficiency of tax administration? Similarly, the non-ministerial customs department is notorious for corruption. So much so, it is commonly believed that a job in this department is a guaranteed route for one to become a multi-millionaire. To cite a third example, soon after the electricity tariffs skyrocketed after the last budget, it was revealed that a cabinet minister failed to settle his Rs. 800,000 electricity payment. His excuse was that the department failed to send him the bill. Now, the very same minister who is holding the health portfolio has permitted importation of inferior medical drugs manufactured by unregistered companies in India following his visit to that country. Was there a secret deal between the minister and the exporters? No wonder there is hunger strike demanding the minister to quit. Thus, corruption has not only grown as an institution and become part of governance, but also as an inseparable element of the country’s political culture. Therefore, no economic reform is going to be effective unless this evil is rooted out.  

That conditionality also applies to the issue of ethnic reconciliation. In fact, the country’s post-independence ethnic discord is not an accidental outcome but a calculated result from an aggressive Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian democracy. This ethnonational democracy, rewarded its champions with a social license to build their private fortunes with no accountability to anyone. Thus, corruption flourished on the lap of ethnonationalism. Even judiciary lost its independence and was turned into a tool to strengthen the link between corruption and politics. While these champions of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism were given a freehand to amass wealth and prestige, an army of saffron clad belligerents and Buddhist demagogues supported by archaeologists, and security forces took upon themselves the task of transforming Sri Lanka into a country owned only by Sinhala Buddhists. What is happening now in Kurundoor in Mullaitivu is the latest among a series of such incidents which are part of the main agenda.       

The issue of reconciliation is heating up with continued pressure from UNHRC, and the government in an attempt to reduce that heat has yet again proposed a National Unity and Reconciliation Commission to tackle it. Appointing committees to avoid finding solutions to problems is a well-known tactic of unwilling governments. This commission is one such exercise. In addition to this, RW, before leaving to Delhi, has called for talks with Tamil leaders on implementing the 13th Amendment. There is no point in talking to Tamil leaders, because the obstructionists are not Tamils but Sinhala Buddhist chauvinists. It was they who earlier forced RW’s immediate predecessor to retract the promise he made to Prime Minister Modi in 2020 regarding implementation of the same Amendment. RW’s political aspirations are obviously making him not to topple the apple cart by talking to the majority and provoking its anger. Will Modi insist on the same this time also given the growing opportunities for Indian capital to colonize Sri Lankan economy? To RW also Adani is more important than Sambanthar, Sumanthiran or Wigneswaran.      

Yet, without achieving ethnic reconciliation and ending corruption economic development and prosperity can remain a distant dream. No amount of foreign advice, foreign capital and reform programs is going to be effective without those two. But those two are the products of the same political culture that governs this nation. That culture has to change or be changed. Of all the political parties only NPP seems to have realized this. Will they be given a chance to do this? 

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Mudoch Business School, Murdoch University, W. Australia

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    There are number of articles in this forum and many of the comments all of which highlight the fact it is the majority Buddhist fundamentalism is the barrier for the economic crisis and relevant political crisis. None of the political leadership including RW are prepared to tell the people truth about the real problems and their responsibility to make the changes necessary to the country. RW is not prepared to tell what changes will make the country to get back to a balanced economy. Why can’t he tell the people truth that he can’t do as long as Buddhist Sinhala racism is the barrier?

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      Truth and reconciliation in Lanka ???? Take this for an example. During exhumation of Matale mass grave, 164 skeletal remains were recovered. Prof Raj Somadeva provided a report claiming that these remains were buried after 1984. Attorney Upul Kumarapperuma provided 78 sworn affidavits on missing people to court, for identification among remains. There were 4 to 5 army camps set up in that area between 1988 and 1990. Some of the affidavits were very clear that those who went missing were last identified , in that area ( few were even held in those camps) . But SHAM CID could not find any evidence between 2011 and 2015, connecting those missing to exhumed remains. But CID decided to send samples to China for a second opinion ???? Till then China was never consulted on such matters. Usually samples are send to India or West. Reports from China stated remains dated back to 1950 ????? Fortunately it was not identified as old as “Balangoda Man”. Hence the case was closed. How convenient , isn’t it . Read article “Unearthing grave realities of Sri Lanka’s mass graves” on DM . Now, lets wait for the reports on recent mass grave in North and East. Who knows it may be the great grand parents of “Balangoda Man”

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      Wee said Ajith. It’s a well known and proven fact all Sinhala Buddhist leaders are racists in nature. They came to power through Sinhala Buddhist majority mentality votes. One of their main duties as the leader of this country is to give utmost importance to Buddhism, Sinhala language and the race. Every single Sinhala leader since the independence followed this path, there are no exceptions. The only difference they had in between them was who is showing that they are upholding the Sinhala Buddhist majority mentality at the expense of Tamils and Sinhalese. Some went to the extreme to commit a well planned genocide on Tamils, others spearheaded Sinhala colonization cum Buddhisisation. One introduced Sinhala Only law and his wife started standardization for university entrance. Her daughter conquered Jaffna, the cultural capital of Tamils

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        And, celebrated it as conquering enemy’s country in a “Historical” style. But, they all treated Tamils second, third, fourth and fifth class citizens. One said when he kills Tamils, his Sinhala people are satisficed and happy. He even mentioned in an interview to an international media saying, “I don’t have the time to worry about Tamils. I don’t even care what Tamils think about me. I am simply giving them what they want”.
        One said he is only conducting a humanitarian rescue mission to save Tamils and his soldiers are fighting with holding the “Geneva convention” in one hand and a gun in the other. Still managed to massacre 169,000 innocent Tamils.
        They have no solution for the ethnic crisis. The only solution they have is the “Final solution” as JRJ once said, “I will eradicate this menace once for all. It will be the final solution for Tamils”. The solution is making Srilanka a Sinhala Buddhist only country. Tamils are wasting their time listening to these SINBUD leaders while the same leaders are encroaching Tamil’s homeland in broad daylight.

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          True that such views have been expressed by some SB leaders.
          Do you have any idea of what their Tamil counterparts said?
          When we denounce madness we cannot be selective.

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            SJ
            You say: “When we denounce madness we cannot be selective.”
            ~
            I agree, but there is also a degree of madness. Here is a good example.
            ~~
            Dr. Ameer Ali says: “Yet, more and more people are pushed to the border of or under the poverty line and their number is expected to remain around 25 percent for the next few years. There is growing malnourishment, especially among children which will have deleterious effects on their growth and development.”
            ~
            Defence Budget 2023: 539 billion Sri Lankan rupees (US$ 1.45 billion)
            ~
            This is an example of ultra madness. Where is the priority? Why isn’t there an outcry from the people?

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              KP,
              “Defence Budget 2023: 539 billion Sri Lankan rupees (US$ 1.45 billion)
              ~
              This is an example of ultra madness. Where is the priority? Why isn’t there an outcry from the people?”
              Perhaps you don’t know that this is one of the two sacred cows of Sri Lanka? The other one is the Sangha.
              Both keep members of one community in gainful and cushy employment . Why would people raise an outcry?
              But, quite logically, good defence planning requires an army to match the neighbour’s. So….😁😁

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                old codger

                I am terribly terribly sorry that I have to confess I have no idea about Sri Lankan Defense nor its budget, however I have a question is it true Alliraja Subasharan (a diaspora Tamil who is big in South Indian cinema industry) has been named as the new investor who is planning to buy Sri Lankan Telecom according to Jayantha Samaraweera (NFF) ?
                ( ජනාධිපති ඉන්දියාවට ගියේ ටෙලිකොම් විකුණන්න වැඩ අල්ලලා – ජයන්ත සමරවීර (වීඩියෝ)
                July 21, 2023 3:15 pm | Lanka Lead News

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                OC,
                “Both keep members of one community in gainful and cushy employment. Why would people raise an outcry?”
                They are the Majority!!!???
                They will not??
                Because the GOVERNMENT IS elected BY the Majority, FOR the Majority, OF the Majority!!!???
                WHY SHOULD THEY ACT OTHERWISE, THAN PROMOTING THAT CONCEPT!!! Majority HAPPY!!???
                Although, not a secular democratic state when it SUITS, SITUATION demands adherence to such Secularism, SL claims so, and then positions itself as “Peoples’ Democracy”!!!
                EYE-WASH & HOODWINK the REST OF THE WOLD!!???
                Sri Lanka is a “PRIMEVAL STATE”, based on “BUDDHIST ADULATION” tarnished by 2600+ years of Sinhala-Elu (Hela) culture, SOME CLAIM AS LONG-CHERISHED Heritage, SPIKED with ‘Fratricidal Tendencies’ in the main, until1815 CE, when it became annexed to British crown!!!
                Until, then Armies of 15,000 to 20,000 men and external invasion, PRINCELY STATES of Indian sub-continent of various Colours & Hues help, sought sustain the Lineage!!!
                In that light, it’s good Idea, maintain Large Defence Force, ensure, aren’t dependent on external alliances!!!??? NOT BAD IDEA as long as we don’t GO OVERBOARD, especially when we had people STARVING AND MALNOURISHED DYING/COMMITTING SUICIDE as happened in 2022!!!???

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              What I resent is that all comments are utterly one-sided and refuse to see (not necessarily accept) another point of view.

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              KP
              What I resent is that all comments are utterly one-sided and refuse to see (not necessarily accept) another point of view.
              Degrees of anything are subject to the scales used.
              When there is total disregard for offences by one category but hyper sensitivity for offences by another, would you not agree that there is need for serious soul searching?

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            “Do you have any idea of what their Tamil counterparts said?”
            A true queen in worthless chaff talks! And you call that also a comedy? Thamash!
            Jayawewa for Jaffna University Alumnus! A long road lies ahead in their lives in meeting their needs.

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            “When we denounce madness we cannot be selective.”
            Look you before mirror and ask yourself you will here the voice “Yes, I am very selective”.

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              At 11.56 am we’re in an air-conditioned chalet, a resort called Lalan Yala, Kirinda.
              .
              Three chalets booked. Family party, but some not really known to me. nimal Fernando will say he’s not surprised.
              .
              There is a quite good swimming pool. My granddaughters learnt to swim at age 2. Already in swim suits at 12.08

              What will old codger say?

              Panini Edirisinhe of Badarawa.

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            SJ,
            Fully agree!
            “When we denounce madness we cannot be selective”
            So what use whether it is Tamil or Sinhalese Leaders point of view!?
            Sure they too are EQUALLY SANE OR INSANE!!!???
            Why PONDER, as long as we have rectitude and ensure Justiciable and Equitable action, notwithstanding any other pressures – As they are IRRELEVANT!!!???

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        ‘It’s a well known and proven fact all Sinhala Buddhist leaders are racists in nature.’
        .
        That alone is a racist and bigoted comment. It seems the Tamils are no different to the Sinhalese.

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          Svenson

          “It seems the Tamils are no different to the Sinhalese.”

          Who said they are different?
          Both share the stupid gene.
          Both cannot live a peaceful life.
          There is only one different between Sinhalese and Tamils. Sinhalese have more stupid people than the Tamils because Sinhalese are majority in the island.

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          Svenson

          “It seems the Tamils are no different to the Sinhalese.”

          Who said they are different?
          Both share the stupid gene.
          Both cannot live a peaceful life.
          There is only one different between Sinhalese and Tamils. Sinhalese have more stupid people than the Tamils because Sinhalese are majority in the island.

          Please keep an eye on most deranged Members of parliament. They are going to set fire to the entire island, does not matter where the fire starts find out where it ends.

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      Ajith: No doubt, “Buddhist fundamentalism” has been one among many factors that contributed to the political and economic crises. What about the associated SOCIAL CRISIS that resulted from both the political and economic crises? When the “Social Crisis” does take place, don’t expect the “Religious Institutions” to survive.

      To settle this “Break Down” one has to correct the root cause. In my opinion, the root cause is the breakdown of the “Political Culture” that functions with impunity and deploys all forces, inclusive of “Religious” rogues to gain and hold on to power. This “Political Culture” of “Impunity” has to be revamped and changed to be “People Oriented” with uncompromising “Accountability” and “Responsibility” subjected to be questioned and dealt with by the Judicial and Law Enforcement authorities.

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        “What about the associated SOCIAL CRISIS that resulted from both the political and economic crises? When the “Social Crisis” does take place, don’t expect the “Religious Institutions” to survive.”
        What do you mean by social crisis? Can you please elaborate this litte more clearer?

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          Ajith: Simply put, it is a breakdown of the civility of society. It is also a deterioration of civil “Morality” that involves the correct and careful regulation of two relationships: Man to himself and man to his fellow men. A code of “Morality” sets a clear, positive, and complete pattern of “Right Living”. In my opinion, the three guiding principles which should motivate society are: (1) Renunciation of Greed (2) Extinction of Hatred (3) Liquidation of Ignorance. In short “Live and Let Live”.

          Look at today’s “Society” in terms of the above considerations. What are we and Where are we? Are we not in “Crisis”?

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            “What are we and Where are we? Are we not in “Crisis”?”
            Yes, I agree that we all are relatively in crises in terms Greed, Hatred and Ignorance but how to overcome these crisis is my question?

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              Ajith: To your question, an answer could be found through (1) Revamping the Education System (from a Competitive base to a Cooperative base enshrined with cultural and religious values) (2) Setting up high standards (Bench Marks) of morales and behavioral patterns (responsibility & accountability norms) from the Highest Executive, down to the lowest ranks in the Public Service service sectors – meaning a Political Cultural Revolution., the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary.

              Don’t think I am day dreaming. It can be done with COMMITMENT.

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      If a majority opinion points to something, it need not be that the opinions are correct. If so, we should accept the outcome of every electoral landslide.
      The majority can be wrong.
      In this instance, it could point to the dominance of a group of people with a certain bias.

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      Ajith

      “RW is not prepared to tell what changes will make the country to get back to a balanced economy.”

      Ranil doesn’t have the b***s to name those who burnt down the Jaffna Library and apologise for the crimes committed by his party senior members and ministers let alone speak truth.

      It is the people who should demand higher standards among politicians, clerics, functionaries, …. teachers, … businessmen, … police, judiciary, … etc and monitor their performance. It is the people who elect the politicians, …. supply various institutions human resources hence the people should take responsibility for their performance. Instead they demand favours from politicians and expect a clean government or state.

      One cannot have the cake and eat it as well.

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        Native,

        You’re an intelligent man on occasions when you allow yourself to be, so here’s a simple question.

        Forget everyone’s ethnicity/race: just think of them only as fellow humans.

        Who among all the “Tamil” leaders – “Tamil” only used to collectively describe a group of people – even came close to achieving what the “Tamils” have been clamouring for all these years?

        Now, for a fleeting moment, if you can think not as a “Sinhalese,” you’ll understand why I admire Prabakaran.

        If one wants to win the 100 meter-dash …… it’s stupid to practice for the Marathon. ….. One has to take the shortest path to your goals.


        All those “Tamil” leaders sitting with Ranil and Dinesh(?) are just going through the motions ……. to get some emotional satisfaction; nothing more ……. and to show ordinary “Tamils” that they are doing something for them – to get their votes. ……. While both, the leaders and the voters, know they can talk till hell freezes over …. but will not get anything from the “Sinhalese.”

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          continued

          Are you an emotional man, Native? ……. Thinking through ye emotions ….. in a roundabout way …… but finally only to feel good, eh? Is that your aim in all your thinking? …….. What is the goal in your thinking? Emotional satisfaction/comfort or getting/finding the truth?


          First thing they teach, when analysing a company/stock as a candidate/target for investment, is to imagine where that company will be in 10 years time. ……. Where will the “Tamils” be in 10 years time? Where will Lanka be in 10 years time?

          I know the answer! ……. That’s why I visit the forum only to find out who the latest gal Old Codger is chasing! …….. The rest just bores me out of my wits.

          And oh yeah ….. to learn the Language of the English from Sinhala_Man ….. and to teach the decorum of the English to Sinhala_Man ………



          “It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.” —- Charlie Munger (the man who taught your idol Einstein to be an Einstein)

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            Nimal
            “only to find out who the latest gal Old Codger is chasing! “
            Has it ever occurred to you that Deepthi may be chasing ME, when she should be chasing Sinhala Man to learn Shakespearean English?

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              nimal fernando

              “That’s why I visit the forum only to find out who the latest gal Old Codger is chasing! “

              In a relationship three is too crowded.

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                “In a relationship three is too crowded.”

                Ever heard of an orgy? …….. You’re very old-fashioned, Native! …… Too bloody square! Daggy! Sinhala-Buddhist!!! :)))

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                  Native,

                  Have a watch; a brilliant movie ………. https://yts.autos/movies/babylon-2022

                  A movie about the early 30s ……. the transition from silent to talkies …… even back then people were not as square as you!

                  No wonder you have a hard time dealing with women! :)))

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                    nimal fernando

                    Thanks for the link.
                    My Antivirus software blocked download.

                    “No wonder you have a hard time dealing with women! :)))”

                    Maybe, maybe not.
                    What do you want me do with women?

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                    Nimal,
                    Are you trying to screw up Native’s computer?

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                      old codger

                      You are right.
                      VP’s man in the USA couldn’t stand any criticism of his role model, ….
                      He is playing the man not the ball.
                      Hope I have the best antivirus software money can buy.

                      nimal take it easy.

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                      OC,

                      I’m just taking the mickey out of Native. ……. He always fights the good fight for the disadvantaged: hope I’m not discouraging him.

                      Hope that site doesn’t lead to a virus site from SL. ……. It has been pretty good so far here.

                      I very rarely watch American fare ……. mostly foreign ……. but Babylon was pretty good; a lot of decadence …… perhaps not a film for a straight-laced guy like Native! :)))

                      Have you seen …… https://yts.autos/movies/rashomon-1950

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              OC ,I am very particular about BO, your body odour disqualifies you !

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                DS,
                “I am very particular about BO, your body odour”
                And I am particularly about facial foliage. Remember to shave before you come to the bar.

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                  Eeek..Do you perve on females coming to pubs ?

                  Sick !

                  These Wogs are destroying the pub concept too ! !

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                    DS,
                    Don’t “Aryan” white females in the countries you admire, go to pubs?

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              OC,
              .
              I knew some Malaysian private schools that were looking for old English teachers to teach their advanced students. Some of the owners knew me through my malaysian colleagues in Europe.

              When I suggested it to SM, he thought I insulted him. Actually I meant something else. He always misinterpreted them in his favor. I also discussed this with a few of former Indian teachers (subject – English and Science) who are now working in KL for the past 2 years and improved their economic status. They are forever grateful to me. Think how indians work ! Some Indian fathers (retirees from their former jobs) did so to give their college going chidlren a better university education in the UK, US or Australia.

              And he has hardly volunteered on behalf of the youth of Uva provinc which is said to be short of English Teachers. Not just brain draining, but retired teachers can do more if they come out of their ego-dramas. In the end, it will be a big win for the youth and the society.
              .
              He had once said that he could only teach advanced students. Lack of basic knowledge of English is the main barrier that a large portion of our skilled workers being rejected from foreign jobs in SL today.

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          nimal fernando

          “Forget everyone’s ethnicity/race: just think of them only as fellow humans.”

          You are rest assured I am race, religious, regional, gender, caste, …. neutral. However I am proud to be anti fascist, pro human being, for law and order, human rights, ……..

          “Who among all the “Tamil” leaders – “Tamil” only used to collectively describe a group of people – even came close to achieving what the “Tamils” have been clamouring for all these years?”

          Your poster boy for Fascist/fascism Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan destroyed killed all people irrespective of their , race, region, religion, gender …. in a sense he was not a racist, religious fanatic, …. but a megalomaniac, narcissist and a psychopathic mass murderer.

          Ultimately what has he achieved in 30 years, destruction after destruction, man didn’t know when to stop, …. He trusted all the nasty foreign forces and Sri Lankan crooks, but not the ordinary people of this island.
          Why did he ethnically cleansed Muslims from the North?
          Why did he kill Rajiv?

          Endless….

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            Endless! ………..Endlessly emotional, Native. Cool yourself down before you get a heart attack ……….. give yourself a break and smell the roses! :))

            Did I say the great Prabakaran was perfect? Faultless? Infallible? ……… What human is without faults? Shortcomings? Mistakes?

            But nothing ventured, nothing gained.

            Which other “Tamil” leader ……. did your fascist Ranil sign a Peace-Treaty with? :))))

            Your memory ……. is not even two weeks long! …… That’s one more thing Prabakaran was wrong about! :))

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            NV,

            Is the story of the leader (Wijeweera) of the south the same or different from the story of the leader of the north? All I know is that both of them are born and brought up Sri Lankans.

            Wimal Sakkiliwanse proved it again, that he is stinct hateful to JVP leader AKD. –

            In the end innocent lives had to be sacrificed for the glory of the so-called rebel leaders. Isn’t it?

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            “Ultimately what has he achieved in 30 years, destruction after destruction, man didn’t know when to stop”

            Native,

            “Why do you see the speck in “Tamils’ ” eye, but do not notice the log in your own “Singhalese’s ” eye?

            You may wax lyrical about being a non-racist …….. but this is where you are again thinking as a “Sinhalese” ……….. where did the “Sinhalese” leaders get us from 1948 (75 years? I can’t count but can see the truth …… although I was in those Lankan schools, I wasn’t paying attention: just plying the fool ( but still got the best results after studying for less than 2 months (not 10 years) – before people start flashing their frigging qualifications that are not worth the paper they are written on, at me.) Thank God I didn’t get brainwashed!

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              continued

              They bloody bankrupted the blooming country!! Are your eyes open to see? Your Ranil is more responsible for it: more than even the Rajapakses! …….. By keeping silent and for not taking them to task. Any other leader of the opposition would have done a better job. But he was hogging the leadership for 30 blooming years and didn’t give anyone else a chance! ……. What other “modern/developed” country would let a failed leader hog the leadership of a party for 30 years? A Fascist? ……. Your own words are coming back to bite you in the ass! :))))

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                continued

                Prabakaran was a honest murderer: if he wanted to kill he just killed; there was no pretence …….. Ranil is a dishonest murderer: he has tamashas for his own glory while the children are dying of starvation and lack of medicines!

                People see the 6 million ol’ Adolf killed by straight forward methods ……… but don’t see the 1 million ol’ Donald killed by indirect methods; uncaring cruelty during the pandemic ……. just to try and win an election ……. What are Ranil’s chances of winning the next election, Native? :)))

                Are ye fully blind, Native? Or selectively blind? ……. I know someone who can give your sight back (one way or the other) ……. for free! :)))

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                  nimal fernando

                  “Prabakaran was a honest murderer”

                  And a secular Psychopath.

                  “if he wanted to kill he just killed; “

                  Not a matter of if, but when.

                  “What are Ranil’s chances of winning the next election, Native?”

                  I am sorry I am not Gnana Akki nor Abeygunawardena, therefore I am not in the business of speculation.

                  In case if Ranil is elected then what?

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                Very well said, dear nimal.
                .
                And incredible number of people I had earlier thought intelligent are now not saying what you’ve just said.
                .
                Time servers, the majority of them; it’s rather difficult to analyse the reasons for others acting as they do now.

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          Dear nimal,
          .
          Even I have a sneaking admiration for Veluppillai P., but I don’t approve of all that he did.
          .
          I certainly don’t go along with the view that he was a monster. The terrorism that he unleashed had a political purpose. The LTTE were a disciplined lot, but they were ruthless, and I think that there was always a determination that no Tamil who disagreed with them had a right to live.
          .
          But better than most of our politicians, including Rohana Wijeweera.
          .
          But Anura Kumara is different. For all his popularity he will not “to wade through slaughter to a throne,
          And shut the gates of mercy on mankind,”
          .
          Or so I hope!
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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            “The terrorism that he unleashed”

            The Boston Tea Party …….. was an act of terrorism for the English ……. and the start of their freedom-fight for the Americans. ……. What’s in name?


            Prabakaran’s/Tamils’ killings are terrorism …….. and army/Sinhalese’/Gota’s killings are patriotism, eh?

            Murder by a government of its own citizens is legitimate murder?

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        Vedda, you say the president of the country should name those who burnt the library ! Has any one been found guilty ? Can the president name people who have not been found guilty. Is that responsible governance ?

        By the way who killed Kadiragama ? who killed Amithralingam ? Do you know for sure ?

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          deepthi desperate silva

          “Can the president name people who have not been found guilty.”

          Late president Premadasa accused his party members who were in the parliament being responsible for arson and complete destruction of the Library without naming the arsonists.

          Why can’t the president who is the leader of UNP use the parliamentary privileges to name and shame the arsonists who were key ministers in the UNP government when the destruction took place.

          I wonder whether donkeys value books, old ola manuscripts, journals, …. suppose not.

          “By the way who killed Kadiragama ? who killed Amithralingam ? Do you know for sure ?”

          Rajapaksas should know who killed Kadirgamar. You should approach them, and also find out who killed Lasantha and many others. LTTE killed Amirthalingam and his mate and the assassin was killed by their bodyguard. You should make an effort to find out the truth yourself.

          From 1971 to 2009 the state and the ruling governments systematically killed or made innocent people to involuntarily disappear. The numbers run into hundreds of thousands.

          Hope you maintain an up to date record.
          Could you let me have copies of who killed who report?
          Much obliged.

          Every citizen must have copies of records about all murders, assassinations, involuntary disappearances, ….. which took place all over the island.

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            Vedda you are going off in a tangent !

            Think rationally, not racially !

        • 11
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          Professor Deepti Silva Joke of the Day @

          There are speculations that late Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was killed by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

          • 7
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            leelagemalli,
            You know why I think that our people are smart.
            – Sri Lanka holds the record for unsolvable murders!

          • 6
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            A young PhD explains it in simple language so that everyone can easily get it through their skulls.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFV92mY_1sQ

            Very clear on how to go about economic reforms to get out of the pit. Neverthless, growing number of stupid youtubers make every effort to transport the message in favour of each.
            .now
            Let the foolish hegemonic nation understand the depth of the current context.
            Those AKD and other pundits may have a lot of fairy tales to take power as GOTA did, but the number of knowledgeable people who are increasing day by day clearly shows the obstacle to our nation.
            .

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              Yes, dear LM,
              .
              Very simple language.
              .
              Also quite simplistic. Does one need a PhD to say things as obvious as this?
              .
              LM; I’m sorry to be saying this, because your attitudes seem to have improved, but this particular video lacks depth.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe

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                SM,
                The purpose of the video was to educate the ignorant people who constantly complain that they do not have basic knowledge of economics. If you weren’t born yesterday, we remember you complaining several times that you don’t have the slightest knowledge of economics. The speaker of the video will continue his videos, so anyone interested can follow along.

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                Panini,
                Very well understood!!
                Could you or someone, if need be more qualified, explain, in a “NUT SHELL”, as to why JVP, constituent of NPP, and ASPIRANT for the next/future government (TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE/’CHANCE EKAK’) explain, why they allowed the Chinese Commercial Interest loan???
                That being the 1st after a long string of Chinese Assistance, since UNP’s R-R pact of 1952/53, as GRANT – BMICH and subsequent assistance on SOFT TERM INTEREST) allowed such a HORRENDOUS INSTRUMENT, Parliamentary Approved, w/o Least of all, “LEMON PUFF”, FAKE ‘Fast unto Death’, knowing well MaRa would supply O/Juice!!!
                They were part and Parcel of the Government until 2010!!!???
                ‘FOGGING’ the foolhardy Sri Lankans and VOTERS, AS EVERY SL POLITICIANS DO!!!???
                NO REPENTANCE and No way assured of another REPEAT!? Luck by Chance Indeed!??
                That would amount – the 3rd RIDE TO “PROVERBIAL POT OF GOLD” – at the end of RAINBOW – 2030!?????????

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              I wonder what the young PhD would say about this move?
              .
              https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Adopting-Indian-rupee-as-valid-currency-in-Sri-Lanka-in-the-offing/108-263711
              .
              I was never xenophobic, nor an isolationist. But India wants even the Maldives to allow the Indian currency to be made legal tender there.
              .
              Moves such as this must not be embarked upon without considering all ramifications. At least in the Maldives, there are gong to be Presidential Elections in September:
              .
              https://en.sun.mv/83722
              .
              One time colleagues have fallen out with each other:
              .
              https://edition.mv/news/28480
              .
              I don’t know what happens world-wide, but this CT article by me reflects what I knew five years ago:
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
              .
              Please locate this also:
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Report-of-the-Sri-Lankan-Observer-Mission-to-the-Maldivian-Presidential-Election-of-23-Sept.-2018.pdf
              .
              A wonderful performance by Professor Jeevan Hoole.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka
              .

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                SM,
                “But India wants even the Maldives to allow the Indian currency to be made legal tender there.Moves such as this must not be embarked upon without considering all ramifications”
                So, what ARE the ramifications? Do you really know what you’re talking about, or merely spouting AKD-speak?

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              My Dear LM: I am glad to see that you have taken my advice and taken little REST to re-awaken your talents in analyzing problems by seeing these types of presentations by “Ph.D.” youth.

              However, please note even my “Kadamandiya” comrades know this logic of exceeding the “Expenditure” over “Income” has to be “Bridged” by “Loans” .i.e. to meet the needs. Also, they know either “Income” has to increase or “Expenditure” has to be reduced to keep the head above water. Do you need a “Ph.D.” to do that? I mean no disrespect to this man but still thank him for explaining the very basics.

              Now, I would suggest you get at the “Statistics” (Data) of the performance of our economy published by the CB and Ministry of Finance. According to the latest, there is only a very slender amount in hand (of about Rs. 2 bn) for expenses which is far, far below the amount needed. The meet this CB has already issued “Bonds” (again loans) and printed new currency to meet that demand. That is once again adding to total “Loan Debt” without GENERATING actual INCOME via addition to GDP.

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                Douglas the most kind commenter, I hope you have been having a good times with your daughter and son.
                That you desever for sure. In central europe the temperatures have come down to 15 degrees in the middle of summer for some reasons.

                thanks very your comment focusing on that video of young PHD. This is not for me, but to those who complain not to be aware of the basics of the economics. I do understand some healthy levels of economics and that is the reason me to frown also at Dr Wijewardhana and what he has go tot say about recent past of CBSL.

                Were you aware at the time, MEDAMULANA mafia boss directly handled CBSL since 2008, there was no independent legal entity to CB ?

                People s hallozinations and various other factors (as nowhere in this epoche) kept everything away from formerly functioning. No matter any illegal acts were publicly made, PEOPLE stayed like injected mice on experimental labs.
                :
                Now with them being thrown to all depths only, are gradually realizing that RAJAPAKSHES nobody else, should be made accoutable for the fall of SRILANKEN state and srilanken nation as a whole.

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          DS,
          “who killed Amithralingam ?”
          If you tell me who “Amithralingam” was, I will find out for you.

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            Go and split Veddas hair, both Vedds and Leela will be impressed by your skills !

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              deepthi desperate silva

              “Go and split Veddas hair,..”

              Sorry you can’t have my hair. I am not Sinhala/Buddha to offer you my body parts. Please ask Weerasekere, Champika, Udhaya, Wimal, Sagara, Jayantha, ….. you get ….

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              DS,
              .
              I could get you an old but educated indian man to you as your posts contained such mentioning lately. I mean I can play the ” Kapuwa role” for your hitch. May I ? Your reactions all these weeks are turning even more strange. We feel you are rather a lone wolf in queen’s land.
              I have the feeling your health issues dont seem to leave you in any peace. No matter we repeatedly beg you to behave, you seem dont care about the topic of the article. Deepthi, what is your problem ? You acusse me of not being gentleman like, however we are here to exchange our thoughts on the subjects only. Unlike you we are not going after the attributes of anyone so long the commenters do their job coherently. Sometimnes, you will have a match with our ” Sinhala_Man” who too is leaving private details of him and his family, rather than focusing on the subject, very often.

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    Buddhist fundamentalism, Buddhist Sinhala racism…. not corruption and mismanagement then? Thank goodness for that. Get rid of Sinhala Buddhism and inflation will plummet, corrupt politicians will reform and repay what they’ve stolen…..its all so simple. Look at India. There’s no Sinhala Buddhism there and see how efficient the nation is. No corruption, no beggars, no poverty. Some people need their heads examined.

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      Svenson

      “Get rid of Sinhala Buddhism and inflation will plummet, corrupt politicians will reform and repay what they’ve stolen…..its all so simple.”

      Every murderer, war criminal, rapist, corrupt politician, functionary, lazy state employee, ….. brutal policeman, …. land grabbing saffronista, black marketeer, …………………. robber barons, hides behind Sinhala/Buddhism. Impunity is readily available to those who invoke Sinhala/Buddhism.

      Try liberate Buddhists and Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhism and see the difference for yourself.

      The only people who are allowed to beg is Buddhist brotherhood and sisterhood not the able bodied, unemployed, unemployable, … .

      Once you liberate yourself from Sinhala/Buddhism, first you will feel good about yourself, ….. treat other human beings with compassion. Your typing also will improve, your muddied thoughts will be cleansed, …. you start writing sensibly.

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        NV
        Thanks very much for your valuable comments🙂 .
        .LM

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    The pressure on the Government to attack Corruption has made it to commit to enact a new anti-corruption legislation. And, the latest news is that it has adopted one.
    Laws or a lack of Laws was never a problem. It is the implementation and the manner of implementation that has been the problem. There cannot be Laws to correct that, can there be!
    .
    – There is no point in talking to Tamil leaders on implementing the 13th Amendment.
    The talk is a sham. No Sinhala Leader is sincere about it.

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      Nathan

      “It is the implementation and the manner of implementation that has been the problem.”

      Even implementing the laws is not a problem.
      It is the “lack of will” to enforce/implement the laws is the problem.

      We are living in a greedy society, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, hence no law will get enforced.

      nimal fernando wants to shoot first, ask questions later kind of (Velupillai Prabaharan) VP’s boy. In order to solve problems SJ wants China to rule India and Sri Lanka. Gota believed he would have won the competitive racist medal, if not for Aragalaya. ….. The war monger and war crime denier Dayan believes he has the answer, ………………. Wimal Sangili Karuppan forgets he is the fourth or fifth generation South Indian convert.

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      Nathan, I get your point, but “No Sinhala Leader is sincere about it,” is a bit extreme. CBK may have been sincere, but circumstances were against progress at that time.
      .
      “Leaders” ought not to be making momentous decisions unless with the backing of a majority of all communities, and a new constitution has to be carefully thought out.
      .
      And I agree that it is the implementation that is crucial. We have lost faith in the 225 in Parliament (in a collective sense) and the unelected President has had no credibility since he manoeuvred his way into his present position. Had he solved the problem we had with queues, and then conducted the scheduled elections, we would have had some respect for him.

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        SM
        .
        You are right about CBK. At least once in a dozen you post such good and meaningful comments. Thank you for that.
        .
        Sri Lankan society is against women. This should be clear to you, if not, you may become aware through your daughters and wife.
        CBK warned about Mahinda Rajapaksa and what he is responsible for. She was the first person to publicly denounce Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers as “immoral, uncultured bastards”. It has now become true in front of the majority of society.
        .
        The Rajapakse thugs took the initiative to assassinate the character and lock her up forever so that Malechcha Rajapaksa could have the honor. Today, the entire people of this country, where more than 70 lakh people are living in poverty, fearlessly curse Mahinda Rajapaksa’s politics. All this we have repeatedly warned about in the last few years.

        At the height of the war, CBK managed the Sri Lankan economy a thousand times better than during the two terms of the Rajapaksa regime. It is true that it did not improve due to the brutal war costs and unbearable budget. However, in retrospect it was a reasonable excuse.

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    The bond affair was the single largest controversy that rocked the SL financial sector. There was also a massive VAT scam involving billions of rupees. Then there are some leading corporates headed by tycoons who have been accused of customs fraud, the importation of sub standard protective gear for the forces, inferior quality livestock at heavily inflated costs, and more recently the massive sugar and edible oil scams. Throw in some of the more prominent politicos allegedly involved in narcotics, ethanol, and the mass destruction of protected forests. Significantly, the main actors here have one thing in common – none of them are “Buddhist”. Bribery, Corruption, and Greed transcend all ethnicities and religious beliefs. It’s time to stop the rabble rousing and start thinking and acting as Sri Lankans.

  • 7
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    Dr Ameer Ali: “Yet, without achieving ethnic reconciliation and ending corruption economic development and prosperity can remain a distant dream.”
    ~
    Well said. Will Sri Lanka ever have a clean government?
    Integrity, Propriety and Incorruptibility
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-439LLbLjTU

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    I wonder our big mouth guys like Keheliya , Mahindananda , Harin et al
    are still unaware of corruption charges that rocked Singapore recently .
    Three scandals involving Transport minister Iswaran , a business tycoon
    and resignation of two MPs on extra marital affair . All within short space of
    time . Singapore is our inspiration ! Why Keheliya not yet removed ?
    Singapore PM authorised the arrest of his cabinet Minister Iswaran and the
    business man Ong Beng Seng . Our President , PM or the Speaker , don’t want
    to make it a Singapore ? Start cleaning from among your buddies , time to
    become Singapore ! No More Day Dreams ! Be real and act fast !

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      WW,
      Why was it not possible to remove Keheliya, who pretends to be one of the rascal gang leaders (others are Rohitha, Wimal Weerawanse, Johnsten, Udaya Gonthadipila the like) in Pohottuwa? Reluctantly or even if the interim government is given the presidency, can we ever forget those rascals and their society-twisting nature ?
      Dont you remember the days of formerly known ” JOINT-OPPOSITION led by medamulana mafia boss (Key man of lanken destruction)” ?If son of bitch ever thought of upcoming dangerous fiscal years where people in this island will have face the unprecedented regarding loan payments ? Were there any kind of foresseble wisdom in that MADAMULANA brains ?

      Not just these crimnal politicians, but also, people are to blame equally or in more volumes. They are always ready to dance to the tune of the thakkadiyas.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq8ylT8BuXA

      tbc

      • 7
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        cont.

        2

        Keheliya was the spokesperson for the brutal MR administration and was very loyal to Rajapaksa and the Hegemony. Plus, he’s clearly the number one back man in the POHOTTUWA rascal-bund. I don’t know what education he actually has, however, from what he says publicly, he doesn’t seem sensible enough to be a health minister, much less a pimp leader on a red light corner.

        Just think about the practicality? Although some progress has been made since assuming power, the situation of the President is like walking in a cactus field.

        The President has not the least right to stand up against the thugs who supported him to vote in Parliament.
        Not in politics, if a group does not work together, how can even a board leader move forward?

        If he does, it will be the last day of his presidency. This is critical as appeared to be but there are different aspects of his interim presidency. In a country where hearsay and sarcasm become “headline news or breaking news”, what improvement can we expect?

        ttbc

        • 8
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          3
          .The biggest problem is that many of us do not agree with the JVP led NPP but they are the only alternative and had some kind of positive thoughts about them in our heads.
          However, with the revelation of Wasantha Samarasinghe’s silly statements in public and AKD’s lies in the Parliament yesterday, people have now ambiguities on confidence in the JVP’s public speeches.
          Now people are slowly realizing that CRYING babies led NPP would be no different to VIYATHMAGA of Gota – time will show it sooner than later..

          Now, in the midst of many difficulties, according to international journalists, there is some progress within the past year whoever whatever being slandered on RW. Some experts already predicted, RW is patient as no other leaders. Foreign exchange reserves have risen to positive levels and foreign remittances have reached to 2 billions or more in the past few months of 2023.

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          “leelagemalli”,
          .
          Please direct your questions about why crooks are tolerated to Ranil Wickremasinghe. He’s the guy who’s protecting them.
          .
          It’s 4:40 on Saturday the 33nd. No updates on CT for 18 hours.

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            SM
            .
            Unfortunately, your little brain will never be able to grasp that in this life.
            – The whole country is pro Rajapaksa. You live in the poorest state next to the North Eastern Province, and you should know that there were poor people during Mara’s two reigns as well. However, their media houses misled the people and buried the true statistics to popularize their politics. These were long-term plans of Rajapakshe- criminals.

            Even the dead know for real that enslaved or brainwashed people are in the grip of Rajapakse thugs. Media fraudsters, artists and various other prominent forces are remote-controlled by Rajapaksa’s slbingls even today. Any outright lie could be in favor of Rajapakse politics. People are made to be ever more gullible and stupid than they look.
            The Sinhala Buddhist monks who are held above in the lanken society, jacked the Rajapaksa criminals forever so that nothing could easily move against them.. Good buddhist monks were made -sanga-criminals- and made them connected to ” Rajapakshe perks at the expense of people s funds”:

            tbc

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              cont.
              .
              The people have TODAY finally believed that none other than Rajapaksa is the savior of this decadent state they have created. Your relatives, my relatives and others supported Rajapaksa EVEN some university professors who received world recognition.

              In retrospect it will be questioned whether their main food was grass or not.
              :
              Now in today’s context, in this interim situation, since there was no ” JOINT opposition style opposition”, even good and favorable laws and reforms could be easily passed. That is what the RW led government is doing. He knows that neither he nor CBK or anyone else will have the mandate given by its people. So no other alterntaive but to use RAJAPSKHES and their mandate to make the changes- There is a saying in sinhala vernacular, to cut the pig flesh by keeping it on a pig.ඌරෙකු පිට තබා ඌරු මස් කපා දමන්නැයි සිංහල ව්‍යවහාරයේ කියමනක් තිබේ..

              Think about this, even if your kind of stupidity doesn’t allow you to see beyond it.

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                LM,
                .
                So, you and Ranil Wickremasinghe think those sufficient reason for allowing the Rajapaksas to continue prospering, do you?
                .
                And then you often have the brass to ask me why I don’t blame the Rajapaksas sufficiently.
                .
                Ranil is much more to blame than any politician. You are hypocrites.
                .
                nimal fernando is one guy who usually says things very similar to what I do, but Dan Silva is just too scared to attack him. Instead he thinks me so poor that he can “rag” me any way he wants.
                .
                As a hate-word “worm” would best suit you, but R.H. Tawney’s tadpoles shed more light on what you amount to.
                .
                https://www.dannydorling.org/?p=4895
                .
                Panini Edirisinhe

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                  1
                  Panini Edirisinghe, a silly but staunch JVP supporter, this message is to you! No more dodging of real questions please. That will really save our precious time.
                  .
                  We are dealing with seirous commenters (NV, OC, LJ, MF, HT, Simon and the few) on CT articles. That i repeat for your total ignorance.
                  Had I been there, I would have dragged to a psychologist/psychiatrist in your vicinty, That could do lot more good to our CT readers.

                  I am sorry, I m not living in that country. Anyone knnown to me here would not wait long to go to a psychologist, if he or she is not clear about their own behaviours. However, I do believe my knowledge about many things is a way better than that of you and the like ilk, who dont oversee the problems of the poor majority.
                  I really dont know why a person of your nature continues to be so stupid, I really dont know..Actually, I had some respect on yours until shortly. My getting to know you was based on your dedication for a better future for our people.
                  Even a loyal dog would become unpredictable, we have to be cautious about the dog. Now you will criticise me taking examples using animals. However, there are more of animal charactors in Humans. That is known to everyone. Thus, I am very cautious about you the like of learnt pundits today. Your behaviours are unpredictable mostly… so JVPrs will position your soon.

                  tbc

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                    2
                    As many others, I too, distanced from you today for the same reasons. However, not only me, many realized that you are clowned by JVP today for no good reason.

                    what do your family say about your reaction?
                    Can they digest you at all ?Your start of commenting would be fine, but it always ends with your family, your own boastings or that of your relatives; is not that amusing ?
                    .
                    May I ask you again to bring your answers about JVP at least today.?

                    PLEASE sake of our valuable time, dont make round abouts it is just procrastination of time.

                    How many more times you will want to dodge our questions. For the last 6 months or longer, we have been awaiting your CONSTRUCTIVE answers.

                    We ARE becoming impatient today, what you have to say about the crucial unanswered questions directed to JVP and NPP (please see below).

                    : You the kind of SENIOR men should finally see it right. We dont allow you to divert the youth and destroy their future again.
                    .
                    tbc

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                      3
                      At least come with your answers so that you can clear our doubts. I do believe, JVP has no answers to all of following crucial questions.

                      1) How will the dollars rain after they seize power? Do they bring ” aladin’s wonder lamp” ? They are the ones who warn lanken labourers not to remit a cent to the country, remember ? If they are hearted, would they have ever made such hateful statements ?
                      .
                      2) How do they maintain good policies with “foreign politics”, being staunchly opposed to world affairs and following “Wimal Weerawansa-style theories of western aggression”? To me, not even modern CHINA would not agree with JVP hardliners.

                      3) Above all, how do they relate to “Sinhala monks and their involvement in Sri Lankan politics”? Experts repeat that lanken crisis is made because the unnecessary impunity and respect given to SINHALA buddhist monks are the main cause for lanken fall.


                      May you be the like EASY PREY be blessed with more brains. Tomorrow will be too late.

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                      Correction:

                      To me,
                      .
                      2) How do they maintain good policies with “foreign affairs s”, being staunchly opposed to world affairs and following “Wimal Weerawansa-style theories of western aggression”? To me, even modern CHINA would not agree with JVP hardliners.

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        Thank-you, dear LM, for reminding us of Chamara Sampath Dissanayake:
        .
        https://www.themorning.lk/articles/O0CHsJW69ibp02ua1YGI
        .
        Sorry, I’m skipping the video that you have provided. I accidentally met the guy many years ago. I hold the view that if a non-criminal manages to get votes he has to be allowed in to Parliament – once – until he is found out. That this fellow studied only up to Grade Five in Naullla Maha Vidyalaya, Demodera, (I have visited the school a few times) and sold vadai on the train shouldn’t necessarily disqualify him; but vote for him, myself? – good gracious, no!
        .
        I suggest that readers either watch the YouTube provided by LM, or read the article given by me. If you do both, you are a moron!
        .
        I hope you understand clearly the symbiotic relationship between him and Ranil Wickremasinghe, the five times failed Prime Minister of Lanka.
        .
        And now we are denied even Local Government Elections! Reason: no money!
        .
        Contrast with the Singaporean speech that KP (I don’t know who KP is, nor do I want his NIC) has referred us to. I have already submitted a comment thanking him, since up to 12:34 nobody has liked his comment. Wish I could slap him on the back! My like will come tomorrow.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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      WhyWhy
      “Our President , PM or the Speaker , don’t want to make it a Singapore ? “
      In Singapore, one party has controlled the country since independence. The media is tightly controlled. Demonstrations are not allowed. Cabinet ministers are paid as much as CEO’s of companies. Is that what you want?

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        Dear oc,
        .
        Singapore is not my idea of perfection, but there is much to be said or that sort of society where crimes are tracked down and severely dealt with, irrespective of who the perpetrator is.
        .
        Those who have not yet heard this speech by the Singaporean Prime Minister recently, please do so now.
        .

        It’s only 12 minutes; it will also come as a revelation to some Lankans who imagine that they speak perfect English.
        .
        oc is not included in this criticism; his command of English is excellent, but I haven’t heard him speak.
        .
        Lee Hsien Loong may have a Chinese sounding name, but his English is perfect.

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    Twenty-one comments on display so far; none of them sanguine in their expectations. Dr Ameer Ali says in his last paragraph that “Of all the political parties only NPP seems to have realized this.” That is true, but there is a huge problem of the NPP having too few speakers of Tamil among their supporters.
    .
    The sentiments expressed there are excellent:
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikhrFkfWqw – 47 minutes; where are the 40 minutes of Q & A that he promises after four minutes?
    .
    AKD focuses here on the degeneration of values in the country, rather than on the elections that we desperately need, but which RW will not allow. And all this talk is in Sinhalese. There is so little interaction among those speaking Sinhala as first language, and those speaking Tamil (a language I don’t know at all). English helps, but too few know the language.
    .
    So, yesterday, I went along to the JVP headquaters in Pelawatte,
    .
    https://www.jvpsrilanka.com/english/
    .
    met the intelligent young man on duty, and showed him precisely this article, and said that I’d try to return to discuss these issues in a week’s time.
    .
    There is to much Comrade Wijeweera, on that page, but not in the five storey office itself.
    .

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      Dear RATIONAL thinkers,

      Not a single word came about the repeated quetions we raised, about JVP-led NPP, however, holding a tortch to AKD is continuing.

      This nature of sinhalayas is common also back then in colonial period.

      How stupid senior citizens of this nature should be to behave thus ? My nephew who lives in SL(27 year old Engineer) said lately, that things would never change for the good of the masses, until the conditioned mind set would not work slightly.

      It is worth listen also to the following videos:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnSjJSaXG7Y

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm7JAlargSQ

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        cont.
        .
        .. either these men have nothing in their head or they would never learn to respect the anxities of the people whose psyche was totally abused by rascal siblings (CR, MR, GR, BR and bastard sons) produced by Late DA Rajapakshe.

        I myself listened to a fact refered by incumbent minister for foreign jobs (Manosh Nanayakkara) in Parliament yesterday, it was all about ” JVPrs emphasized srilanken workers in ME and other countries not to transfer their remittances to their home country, because Rajapakshes abuse those funds”:
        This was a fact, but AKD denied vehemently to have made it in the parliament. So the AKD’s credibility is sinking in a way, but those crowd-geil people would always fall on the easy tricks of anyone.
        .
        My repeated revelations about the level of stupidity of srilankens revealed even more by a groupd of unedcuated security men (Genetics- Sinhala Race) the manner how they welcome a Thakkadiya-style Minister of Uva province.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq8ylT8BuXA

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          LM,
          .
          We, the people of Lanka
          (whom you hate so much), need every Dollar that can be sent to us by our humble workers in the Middle-East. They ought not to hand over their meagre savings to Ranil/Rajapaksa.
          .
          When Manusha Nanayakkara and Harin Fernando crossed over (to whom? I can’t remember, but I think that it was to the Pohottuwa), you told us that both were wonderful fellows (like Ranil?). I remember stating a few years ago that Harin had been very popular a dozen years ago, but that is no longer the case. It’s up to you to find out why?
          .
          I’m not going out of my way to make an enemy of Harin who had been my son–in-law’s classmate at St Joseph’s, Maradana. Suffice to say that my s-i-l, who is a peace-loving man, was neither mortal enemy nor bosom friend of Harin.
          .
          I have little idea what sort of person this Manusha is, but all that you have said makes me feel that you have distorted, as usual! Why not provide proof, the way I usually do?
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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          Dear LM,
          .
          We, the people of Lanka
          (whom you hate so much), need every Dollar that can be sent to us by our humble workers in the Middle-East. They ought not to hand over their meagre savings to Ranil/Rajapaksa.
          .
          When Manusha Nanayakkara and Harin Fernando crossed over (to whom? I can’t remember, but I think that it was to the Pohottuwa), you told us that both were wonderful fellows (like Ranil?). I remember stating a few years ago that Harin had been very popular a dozen years ago, but that is no longer the case. It’s up to you to find out why?
          .
          I’m not going out of my way to make an enemy of Harin who had been my son-in-law’s classmate at St Joseph’s, Maradana. Suffice to say that my s-i-l, who is a peace-loving man, was neither mortal enemy nor bosom friend of Harin.
          .
          I have little idea what sort of person this Manusha is, but all that you have said makes me feel that you have distorted, as usual! Why not provide proof, the way I usually do?
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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            “We, the people of Lanka (whom you hate so much), need every Dollar that can be sent to us by our humble workers in the Middle-East. They ought not to hand over their meagre savings to Ranil/Rajapaksa.”

            It is worth repeating them not to cut the life line of majority of our people in the island, even if their malcious mind would not allow them to do the opposite.
            Nalin Hewage and Saman Vidyarathne or the like would be behaving on public stage, like ones entered to ” school big match” parties, but the very same audience would not allow them to fool them any further since they are well aware of the foolish alike agendas of medamulana dogs.

            JVPrs, in general, may be fond of thrilling crowds being present in their rallies, but they should finally reveal, what better systems they could implement, once they would be the ruling party in this country. How they would bring ” dollar-rains” once they are elected and how would they get on with interntional communtiies with their ” conservative mindset” etc… all these are becoming crucial to get rid of our anxities for the sake of the youth in this country.

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          Post Script
          .
          I think that someone has to tell you this, “leelagemalli”: you are a very generous man who thinks that you’re helping lots of people.
          .
          Perhaps, you are saving some people from starvation. But at what cost?
          .
          You turn them into beggars who supplicate you for all sorts of things; you may not realise it, but you humiliate them.
          .
          So you couriered me not only chocolates, but also toothpaste, disposable razors, and vitamin C lozenges. That was done not expecting anything in return. I realised that and expressed my gratitude. You may not have realised it, but that was your way of enslaving a poor village teacher, which I am.
          .
          Then you realised, gradually, that though poor, I had rich relatives. How rich? Ah, that’s where you made a mistake. They are generous, but I don’t want charity. They are generous and are willing to help, but I have my sense of dignity. You persist in your efforts to rob me of it.
          .
          If you go on like this, I shall have to put you in your place.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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            S.M., who claims to be a formerly schoolmaster.

            Dignity is only earnable depending on how one would act focusing on alarming issues of a society. However, it can also be upside down, if the society is totally misled as is the case of our society in srilanka.

            There is a huge mishap in that line of our society for the last 15 years or so. Learnt professionals stay mum as if armazonian sloths struggle to move a to be. Their indifference and total ignorance have made the people even stupidier.
            I myself believe, since CBK left her office, its erosion was multiple time more. LANKEN style media houses painted the picture in favour of their commercial gains by being close to rascal politicians such as MAHINDA megalomaniac Rajapakshe.

            Lanken educated folks, what they should avoid is Not just emulating anyone because any simple simons would force you to do so. That they have repeated more in recent years as if their senses are fully inhibited.
            #
            tbc

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              The very same mistake was made by you once in terms of joker Nagananda Kodithuwakku who now remains in social isolation. NK is a good lawyer, but not possessing sureity of instinct in terms of understanding lanken politics (hypocrsiy based politics of the criminals). .
              Not only politicians, but also people at large in our (architected by DA Rajapakshe s rascal sons) are to blame. I really mean a huge portion of lanken soceity including my relatives and aquaintances. That should have been clear to him long long ago, since he is 15 years older than me.
              .
              my only wish in this life is to wish you or the like senior citizens who is obviously educated enough to give hand to others be blessed with more brains. Any citizen of us is automatically responsible for our own mess.
              .
              For your knnowledge, I am telling it again, The purpose of providing links based on JVP and other subject is mainly for your (CT readers) discussion. No personnal gains on me. I am though a lanken in europe for decades, I have devoted my precious hours for the sake of our poor people. It is becasue I lived in that country little bit more than 2 decades.

              tbc

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                3.

                Without taking sides, like it or not, believe it or not, at least a few people like Old Codger, NV, my brother Human Touch, Simon (Douglas), are becoming aware of it, however, it will take a few more decades for you to grasp the little things. Me the kind of unbiased, pluralistic and anti-sinhala buddhists are the tiny minority in our sinhala community, which is becoming clear, also even more evident to me during my last month s trip to the country.

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            SM
            .
            Let me remind you again, we are serious CT reviewers, not asking for your rich brothers and sisters or anyone, but constructive comments that focus on the subject.

            “But I have a sense of my honor. I will not escape your attempt to rob it.”

            You may have unique interpretations of your pride and whatever you have to say, but that is way beyond our focus. So I can assure you that I never tried to destroy your honor. This is your idiotic analysis of your ridiculous thoughts again. What does it bring me?
            :
            Thank you and may our senior citizens be blessed with brains.

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        LM,
        Calm down. I see slight changes. This conditioned mind seems to be waking to reality. Let’s see what happens at the next visit to JVP HQ. I don’t think they are as tolerant as CT.🤣🤣

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          OC,
          Whose next visit ?

          Now the JVP wave is mixed with vague thoughts. Allegations can be the lifeline of a political upsurge in a country where almost everything is Somalia.
          AKD’s thoughts will be debated by Sri Lankans across the country.

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            Allegations can NOT be the lifeline of a political upsurge in a country where almost everything is Somalia.

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            OC,
            Later I saw it. I think self-proclaimed CLEAN men/JVPrs will give him a warm welcome on a red carpet tomorrow.
            :
            or
            .
            Will he be killed on the spot like they did to my brothers and thousands of the youth in 89?
            For me, the JVP of Nalin Hewa and Wasantha Samarasinghe is unexpected. Nalin hewage dares to call Ranil Wickramasinghe be a ” tribal leader” in a public TV channel … can you guys imagine ?

            They probably believe that whatever statistics they have at hand are logical sources to point the finger at anyone. Nalin Hewage is clear enough to say that Ranil Wickramasinghe is the mastermind behind the bonds that the Rajapaksas have deliberately hidden. Any kind of accusation can be made but it should not be abused for their political enemies.

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          OC and other viewers, the following links are for your discussion.
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASt4GJ1UFdI

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NxHZ0pWqB0

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            OC,
            .
            If such treaties could ever be accepted by the same people, if it were adopted by GOOD-GOVERNANCE govt?

            Malechcha Rajapaksa acted only for their selfishness. This is the cancer of this nation.
            .
            The same irresponsibe nation acts differently on the same treaties because they received the mandate. Would they ever think so, if they have brains ? If the youth of this nation are ever to be given a good life, this nature of our people must change gradually.

            People, see clearly, today, the rascals are no longer on the protest side because they are elected to Parliament. Who is to blame for the real crisis licensed by the stupid nation?

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              LM,
              The purpose of the treaties is closer economic integration with India, which is a good thing. But Ranil’s earlier attempts were defeated by protests from the JVP, the monks, and others. There is no sign yet of significant opposition. He couldn’t have done this if he was hamstrung by electoral considerations.

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                LM,
                I think the most significant proposals are for closer links to the Indian Rupee, and the resumption of talks on ETCA and a land bridge, though the latter sounds like one of Ranil’s pipe-dreams. However, all this will be opposed by the JVP eventually.

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                  OC,
                  .
                  Indeed.

                  But how many people see it right? Now YOUTUBE channels are making every effort to confuse the fierce nation by saying that RW may have sinful thoughts about it. can you imagine These human beasts will not be found anywhere else except in this hell called “Sri Lanka”.
                  .
                  Btw, I hope our learned Mr. Bandarawella will stop dodging our questions about the JVPs. He called me in public ” most despicable man” now turns out to be a liar to us CT readers. He makes every effort to divert our focus.

                  Read my latest comments (out loud) addressed to our most powerful JVP promoter of the day.

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          old codger

          “I don’t think they are as tolerant as CT.”

          True, I completely agree with you.

          nimal fernando should be tasked to explain to JVP that there are precious things in life, called “Unity in Diversity”, “Tyranny of the Majority” …. … “Freedom of Thoughts”,…. habitat, livelihood, safety, security, democracy….. the party leader should not be allowed to decide “what I eat”, “when I eat”, “How many times”, “When I go to toilet” “How many Times”, …. sleep with, how….. How many times, …..

          One of my latest recurring question, “why didn’t Sinhala/Buddhists vote for Siri Mao in 1977 although she added special status to Buddhism by article 9. Hence constitutional Sinhala/Buddhism didn’t work for her.

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          Dear old codger,
          .
          Your comment
          raises the potentially important issue of how the public ought to interact with political parties; I shall try to answer that, and related issues, at the bottom of this page. I telephoned the JVP headquarters today, and they remembered me all right.
          .
          I emailed the young man, Jagath Basnayake, with whom I had a long chat on the 20th. whywhy and Douglas comment only when they have serious concerns. S, please scroll down.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe

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            SM,
            “. I telephoned the JVP headquarters today, and they remembered me all right.”
            I really admire the straight-faced lack of irony with which you say that…🤣🤣🤣

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            SM,
            “. I telephoned the JVP headquarters today, and they remembered me all right.”
            I really admire the straight-faced lack of irony with which you say that…🤣🤣🤣🤣

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              old codger,
              Although the two comments look mistakenly identical, they are unmistakably not!

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                The extra smiley, Nathan?

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                Nathan,
                My tab has a mind of its own.

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        LM,
        .
        You have given us here two YouTube links that insult all Lankans.
        .
        I did not know who this Rasika Jayakody was. I see that the horrible clown has been writing articles even on CT.
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/political-optics-what-the-appointment-of-a-new-chief-justice-means-for-the-country/
        .
        I will have more to say about this tomorrow.

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          SM

          do you expect them to lay a red carpet for your welcome with them, for your diehard work in the line whitewashing the blood stains of JVPrs ?
          .
          Please correct yourself. … is it correct to say “You have given us two YouTube links that insult all Sri Lankans”?

          All this is for CT readers discussion. I think these two draw attention to the unseen side of the JVP allegation – public speaking

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            Dear Dan,

            Why don’t you also talk about the culpability of Ranil Wickremasinghe, the UNP, and the Pohottuwa politicians. Instead you support them all.
            .
            There has been no whitewashing of what the JVP did, in reaction to what was done to them, and to the Tamil-speaking people. There is little to discuss. Acknowledge your own faults, then we can begin to move forward.
            .
            This change of heart must be demonstrated by conducting all scheduled elections at the correct time.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe

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      Dear SM ,

      There were three things I noticed that were not quite comfortable
      with each other . One : Degeneration of values that was attributed
      to seeking wealth . Two : Life of Srilankans in Australia and the
      life in Italy and France , a comparison after his visit to Australia .
      Three : Begging from the public , just one term of power to judge
      them . They , the JVP / NPP admit the rot is 75 years old and they
      also admit the culprits who caused this rot will not easily give up .
      What then makes them believe 5 years suffice for them to prove
      their skill where the rot has taken 75 slow years ? Nevertheless ,
      one of the best speeches AKD made , The Degeneration of values
      in recent times was the most real and a result of deep digging .
      That was outstanding performance . I watched this last week and
      to appreciate it , I was waiting for the right time . Thank you for
      that .

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        Thanks, whywhy.
        .
        Your comment and mine have this in common. We have both appreciated the seriousness of purpose displayed by AKD in this speech:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikhrFkfWqw
        .
        I repeat the link so that there can be no mistaking what we here refer to; I have made many comments below the YouTube.
        .
        whywhy, I agree that it won’t be possible to undo 75 years of misgovernance in five years, but then, the NPP has not made such a rash promise. Apart from the “home-truths” that AKD tells here, the NPP has many times underlined that attending rallies, etc, will not entitle them to state employment and such like.
        .
        I’m spending two weeks here in Maharagama because today I saw my two grand-daughters after two years. My daughter and they are putting up with my son-in-laws parents in Pita-Kotte, but we’re going to Yala for a couple of days. They decide such things!
        .
        Your comment has strengthened my resolve to visit the JVP Headquarters tomorrow, to follow up.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) normally of Bandarawela

        .

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    Is Ranil an honest power broker? Does Ranil has the powers and capacity to deliver what he offers to minorities?

    What all Sri Lankans must understand is, whatever is offered to the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils cannot be offered only to those PCs, it will be offered to all the PCs.

    In my view, it’s not only the Police powers that will be difficult to pass, its also other powers which Ranil offered to the Tamil parties cannot be put into operation without the support of his own Ranil-Rajapaksa government members supporting it to provide a 2/3rd majority to pass the bills. Has Ranil got the ability to get the required votes?

    Coming to Police powers, all over the world in various countries there are local police forces established in addition to a central police force. The local police force has certain restrictions within which it has to operate. For example, the local police force can only take action on civil matters and not on criminal matters. Such an arrangement and amendment would provide adequate protection to all PCs and the people living in those areas. The only people who can oppose such an arrangement would be RACISTS and POLITICIANS WHO ARE CROOKS.

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      Buddhist1
      “The local police force has certain restrictions within which it has to operate. For example, the local police force can only take action on civil matters and not on criminal matters. “
      You are mistaken. Local police forces in other countries do investigate criminal matters. County police forces in the UK do, and State police in the US. In the US, the local police chief,(Sheriff) is in fact an elected officer! In India too, it is the same, with States running their own forces (Telengana Polce, Kerala Police, etc.) Central authorities interfere on invitation.

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      Buddhist1,
      “For example, the local police force can only take action on civil matters and not on criminal matters.”!!
      You are horribly wrong. Regrettably, I must disagree!!!???
      Please read more and enlighten yourself. Even news clips advising the various crimes being investigated as of today and TV clips on News Casts, world Wide and am sure you’ll be enlightened otherwise!!!
      UK, USA, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, India et all!!!???
      The whole idea of devolution is for the officials in the extremities to function, independently and with Integrity, which would have close scrutiny, than IGP and AG sitting in Colombo than being located within 50 to 75 Kms instead of 400 Kms away!!!

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    It is very discomforting to see the way Ranil W has resorted to changing the existing laws and introducing new legislation in a hurry, making use of the majority vote in Parliament. This “Majority” he has in Parliament will definitely vote for anything and everything, because it is a game of survival for them.

    Unfortunately, the main Opposition party led by Sajith Premadasa has not shown much of the expected input while most of these legislations are debated. Very few are presenting mature and intellectual presentations seeking amendments, but instead get engaged in a campaign in mud slinging at each other. The next largest party, the TNA is non-existent

    Do these New Legislations receive the attention of the public? No. Even the Academicians are silent. The Civil Societies are nowhere. What is happening to this country? Isn’t it a ONE-MAN show with a “TAMED and SLAVISH majority that ruins the country?

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    Will the NPP given a chance to end corruption & bring in economic development through racial harmony? Certainly, if they can convince the sceptic public as to how they intend to do so.

    Maybe its only the NPP who are talking about holding to account those responsible for mega corruption, abuse of power & mismanagement of public funds but that maybe because they had no chance to ride the gravy train themselves, yet. RW was not corrupt but his cronies were & he is loyal to even his opponents, after all, they are all in the game of politics together & it would be opening a can of worms. Premadasa jnr. too, has baggage. His old man had soiled hands, so its a subject better avoided. I would be happy to see these punks who robbed the country & brought misery to many, locked up & the key thrown away but in reality, it’s not going to happen. Knowing & accusing is one thing but proving is another. AKD has been blowing the whistle all his time in opposition but nothing has come out of it. I am sure if NPP is given the chance, it will be hot air too, & eventually, run out of fizz, like a can of soda with the tax payer footing the bill.

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    This is the second section of the NPP website, significantly different from that of the JVP, to which I have provided a link above.
    .
    https://www.npp.lk/en/about
    .
    That’s the second section of the English version. In some sections a good deal of the material is still in Sinhala.
    .
    There is more Tamil than I would have expected in the Tamil version:
    .
    https://www.npp.lk/ta/policies/education
    .
    I can’t understand it; I leave it to those who know the language to evaluate it. However, in my interactions with the members of the NPP, I have spent an inordinate amount of time inquiring into how the NPP is reaching out to Tamil speakers, because that concern should not be allowed to go by default.
    .
    The impressive and well-maintianed building clearly belongs to the JVP. It is only just off the main Borella-Kottawa Road on which 174 buses ply, a two minute walk from the Pelwatte Cargills. Most of those performing duties appear to do so on a voluntary basis. The office is indeed open 365X24 hours, but if one wants to make serious inquiries then that should be done during working hours on weekdays.

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    the most important reforms are to make sri lanka competitive.We won’t be able to survive if we do not become more competitive than 1428 million people next door to us.taiwan is able to survive because it is more competitive than 1425 million people as a neighbour.It beggers belief how sri lanka when it is much less compettive than india is not going to become bankrupt again.

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      i should end my comment by stating “again and again”.

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      Shankar,
      .
      Reforms in prevailing lawful provisions are essential to improve integration among powerful countries.

      Bilateral and multilateral agreements are catalysts for all countries in their economic progress. If we reject as small nation, there are enough investment partners for them. That should be clear to our “human beasst” by today.

      It is the long awaited injection to boost the economy of any country. Investment friendly laws and regulations are imperative.

      This is independent and whoever is the leader of this nation should have taken this step long ago. The constant resistance of the people, but at the same time blaming the politicians is contradictory.

      Vietnam is booming with investments thanks to their such agreements. So is Ethiopia and the European Union today. Indonesia and Germany make agreements like this, but our people fight inside and outside the parliament… what nation?
      But our people did not agree with their “Lingeba mentality” and were forever put in the stagnant lake like “Baira”. Then the Janata Vimukti Peramuna continues to accuse the politicians and the 75-year rule of the politicians.

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    Deals leelagemalli
    .
    You have been saying so many insulting things about me and my family, that I feel that I must say a few things to ensure that your mind is cleared of miconceptions.
    .
    That I’m a poor man is correct, but I have my sense of dignity, and I never asked you for chocolates.
    .
    Explaining this becomes difficult because we are off on a family trip to Yala.

    But explain I will in a few moments.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) normally of Bandarawela.

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      I’m still in Maharagama.
      .
      The previous comment was sent in from a somewhat primitive Tablet that I was experimenting with; one without a sim, but working on my Maharagama SLT wifi.
      .
      Now I’m back on my desktop computer.
      .
      To put some comments in quickly, we are a family that you will not understand, but every word that I have ever put down is true.
      .
      After I was born in 1948, a sister was born in 1950. She’s in Colombo and is accompanying us to some hotel in Kirinda. She was in the Law Faculty a year junior to your hero Ranil. She was a banker, and now a childless widow, she doesn’t know what to do with her money. She disliked RW all her life, but now seems to think this arrangement whereby there are no queues is fine.
      .
      Next to her comes my sister in Sydney, the only one in the family who had some State School Education in Ceylon. It may be that I will explain. later, because somebody wanted to know my attitude to Private Education.. It’s easy to tell the truth, but it does take time.
      .
      Anyway, she’s in Sydney, married to a very nice guy who was about three years junior to me in STC Mt lavinia. I didn’t know him then. They are both accountants. How rich? This may indicate to you, nosey parker. They have a son and a daughter.
      .
      tbc
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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        Oh, SM, how many more times do we have to remind you of one thing?

        Dear Leonard,
        where are you ? Didn’t we remind SM last time that he needed corporate ideas?
        .
        What does the present article have to do with the self-proclaimed English teacher SM and his family gossip? He will continue about his sister and her life for the xth time in this valuable public forum where we are accustomed to exchange topics of high interest.

        Today, the President of the country attacked that even the heads of departments are not intelligent enough to answer simple questions. When I am forced to read Panini Edirisinghe’s statements and family gossip again and again, I am speechless. Is it unfair to call this stupidity? That means mental illnesses spread like COVID virus in 2019 today.

        May our SENIOR citizens be blessed with brains !

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        Dear Readers,
        .
        I would like to know what the present article has to do with SINHALA MAN sister’s educational institution and where she is?

        I guess we CT readers aren’t stupid enough to force ourselves to read this kind of bragging from a pompous commenter over and over again.

        Today, the quality of CT is declining.

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      Continuing:

      This was the son’s school:
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King%27s_School,_Parramatta
      .
      And this, the daughter’s:
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tara_Anglican_School_for_Girls
      .
      Note this: each became the Head Prefect of their respective school.
      .
      The daughter attended a Sydney University (I don’t know which). I did see her about ten years ago when she visited Sri Lanka on her honeymoon. She’s married a white man, got pregnant twice, and has three children (identical twins the second time).
      .
      Both my Aussie sisters visited Bandarawela in October last year.
      .
      And the son? He’s older, about 40 I should think; not married. His University: Oxford, UK, and he’s a barrister, having obtained a First Class in Law. I’ve not seen him for thirty years, so I will have to make inquiries to tell Nosy Parker more. They are all very religious; my b-i-l’s grandfather was a Baptist Minister. .

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      My Brisbane sister may well be the most deeply religious of the lot. Born in 1956, she was the swimming captain and so forth in school. Lankan school! CMS Ladies’ College where even my grand-daughters spent nine months in the Sinhala classes.
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      She had a very distinguished career in Hotels in Lanka, but the experience made her determined never to get married. She migrated (ultimately to Brisbane) about thirty years ago, taking my elder daughter with her for a three-month holiday. My mother was then baby-sitting in Sydney. Anyway, she there found this man of Irish descent, but told us before the marriage that there were not going to be any children.
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      As for my youngest sister, please see the comment that I have made here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-tribute-to-late-merril-j-fernando/
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      What you see was modified from a WhatsApp that I sent Eran, after he sent me what amounted to the article, via WhatsApp.

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        Koheda Yanne malle Pol -comments in terms of the topic of the article.
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        Good luck to srilanka !.

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      What has Eran Wickremaratne got to do with my youngest sister?
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      Well, Eran’s father, Rev. Colton, officiated at her wedding; I was there, and so was Eran. He was also at the reception, and he knows my b-i-l..
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      But I was not; I’m glad. It was 1985; I was just finishing my late University degree, and that evening I was acting, at the Lionel Wendt, in a production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” directed by this guy:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Burge
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      At the end of the performance (the production was an expensive hotch-potch) both Guy Halpe (the Profesor’s son) and I were carrying coats on our arms. We discussed. His band had been playing at a wedding at the Inter-Continental (the only five-star hotel at the time – now the Kingsbury.)
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      I said, “my sister’s wedding”. He said no, and there was only one wedding at the Inter-Con. I repeated, “my sister’s”. Gave the names. He was stunned. He said that all the most important people in Colombo were there. Yes, the Jayawardenes. JRJ had patted both my daughters, who were serving cake, on their heads.
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      To me, Junius Rex was already the instigator of the 1983 pogrom. And that led to the banning of the “innocent” JVP.
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      I hope that you now get it!

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      This youngest b-i-l is one I hardly know. I’ve met him about four times. Three weeks after the wedding he left for Chapel Hill University, North Carolina. My sister followed three months later. His PhD is in computer software. I’ve just got, in my hands, the copy of the thesis that had been given to my mother: “Recursive Methods and Bounds for Performance Evaluation of Stochastic Networks”. Chapel Hill 1989. Don’t know what all that is. Handsomely Bound.
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      Inside, it’s even more esoteric. I looked just now at the References, wondering, perchance, if Panini (the Sanskrit grammarian) was there. No. Disappointment.
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      I remember nimal fernando expressing surprise when I said that my sister lives in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, or Durham, but didn’t know which.
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_Triangle
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      So there! it’s time (3:09) to stop, shower, and pack for Yala. I was told 6.30 am.
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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        I think that I must state here that I have a good deal of respect for Eran W (whom I hardly know) and for Dr Harsh de Silva (whom I don’t have any contact with at all.)
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        Their ideology may have been mine, but what to do with Ranil Wickremasinghe- Rajapaksa, having ruined the U.N.P., and Sajith Premadasa nothing to write home about?
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        I repose faith in AKD.
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        VishramikaGambadaIngirisiriIskoleMahaththaya (NIC 463111444V)

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          At 11.56 am we’re in an air-conditioned chalet, a resort called Lalan Yala, Kirinda.
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          Three chalets booked. Family party, but some not really known to me. nimal Fernando will say he’s not surprised.
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          There is a quite good swimming pool. My granddaughters learnt to swim at age 2. Already in swim suits at 12.08

          What will old codger say?

          Panini Edirisinhe of Badarawa.

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        SM,

        You have an impressive list of who’s who ……. as relatives/acquaintances!

        I’ve none ……. if I get married, I’ll have to have Native and Old Codger as witnesses! ………. court with danger ……. not being able to trust either one of them with the bride!!

        Count yourself lucky!


        “Chapel Hill University, North Carolina.”

        There is no Chapel Hill University ………… University of North Carolina is in Chapel Hill. Good university and Chapel Hill is a nice area …….. most of NC is nice.

        That’s where Michael Jordan played college basketball ……. Tar Heels

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