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Elementary, My Dear Watson

By Upatissa Pethiyagoda –

Dr. Upatissa Pethiyagoda

There is legitimate concern about the levels of formal education of members of our Parliament. There is an alarming prevalence of those who have passed less subjects than is required for recruitment in the most menial of job, can sit in the exalted ranks, while peons who rush around replenishing the water jugs of MP’s, or mow the exquisitely tended lawns around the house, are required to have higher school qualifications. It is peculiar, is it not, that a guy elevated even to Cabinet rank, based on nothing spectacular by way of formal intellectual training, can aspire to dizzy heights, costing perhaps a thousand times more than the salary of a Minor Staffer? This is a complete aberration of the spirit and soul of “The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”. Do we even understand what Democracy means, what is something Socialist and what is a Republic?  Well I do not know, and plead for help from a more endowed and erudite person who can relieve me of my intelligence deficit. 

Not to brag, but I have served our homeland for half a century, in one way or another, and perhaps hold a record by not receiving any pension or other relief of any kind. I will not say “Thamba Sathayak” which is the literal truth, because the Copper one cent went out of circulation more than fifty years ago.  To add to this, I now have to pay a gardener a daily wage equivalent to half my monthly salary for being responsible for a Research Institute with a staff of about 800. Sure, things have changed and it is only my fault for not taking to politics. But I would need to make compromises between clean poverty and corrupt wealth. No envy nor regrets. My country has bestowed on me privileges for which I am deeply grateful. Not even a pinch of envy towards  those who have done,  and still do “Play the System”. I probably sleep better. My dear late friend Dhanapala Weerasekera, then perhaps the oldest survivor from Parliament, would tell us that he continued receive not  an  inconsiderable pension, which was adjusted upwards every month, in accordance with rising inflation. Good for him. As the Squirrel said to the towering mountain “Maybe I cannot carry trees on my back – but neither can you crack a nut”.  

But the point of my narration is that politics is the game. As long as this obscene inequity prevails, the will be no way to prevent undesirables creeping into this Diyawanna version of Valhalla (based on the Norse version meaning “The Hall of the slain” (no, not snail). Only the very opulent societal dregs of Bootleggers, smugglers and pimps can afford the investment – fully worth it for most prospectors. Ronald Reagan made the memorable Quip “I have heard of politics being the second oldest profession in the World. The more I remain in it shows me how closely it resembles the First”. Due apologies to the few worthies who do not merit this negative assessment. But then, “those who lie with dogs will surely wake up with fleas”.

Apologies for this diversion, but as that admirable and impish wit from Britain’s House of Commons, sagely observed “If thou tooted not thine own trumpet, the said trumpet will oft go untooted”.

But to return to my subject, in a masterly solution, by a lovely bit of “Lateral Thinking”, viz: “If we cannot elevate the bottom, why not enrich the top, and thus improve the Average?”. We cannot help but notice, that “Doctors” are popping up like Mushrooms (More accurately “Toad’s Tools), after a shower of rain. Actually a few (allegedly fake) “Professors” are also adding to the mix. I believe that during the Time of Prime Minister Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike, an arrangement was made for “Promising” young MP’S, to follow a course at the Law College. Judging from the behavior of some of the beneficiaries (some of whom still “adorn” the political stage, it could easily amount to “Casting Pearls Before Swine”

What to do? If expectations are not met, why fret, at least the average is improved. Another example of successful “Lateral Thinking”. “Simple my dear Watson” as Sherlock Holmes would have it.

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    How did Upatissa Pethiyagoda managed to pen something not controversial … !
    To his credit, this piece is readable and reasonable.

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      Read as, ‘manage’, not ‘managed’. Thank you.

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      Nathan,
      I think you are confusing Upatissa with Lasantha. Here is yet another Pethiyagoda on Gota’s organic agriculture:
      https://youtu.be/0QtwIyFvKVM
      As you can see, these Pethiyagodas are all highly qualified.

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        old codger,
        Thanks for watching over me. Appreciate.
        Lasantha. No.
        Upatissa. Yes.
        Upatissa writes to my liking, always. See his views on ‘Ragging’.
        But, not many care to read between the lines.
        (I like Lasantha too. But, not when he oversteps.)

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          What connects both are they siblings?
          🤔🤔🤔

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            LM,
            I don’t know. But I know that a village called Pethiyagoda is in Kelaniya. Maybe there are others.

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        OC,
        .
        SM will surely come next with his bold texts about all kind of “Pethiyagoda” surname bearers as usual.
        SM seems to specialize in the srilanken families even if he is naive about his thoughts about 89-murderers.
        :
        However, SM explanations will certainly clear the CT readership of confusion about “Pethiyagoda”. I learned how he recently added about the difference between “Mlechcha Rajapaksa” and “Rajapakses”. Since then, I think twice before making errors in spellings when typing the surname of ” medamulana rascals”..

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    UP,
    This is a complete aberration of the spirit and soul of “The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”. Do we even understand what Democracy means, what is something Socialist and what is a Republic?
    When inequalities are meant to be considered EQUAL, what do you expect from these minions and scumbags, who cannot count up to 100 in office as Lawmakers!!
    Do they provide pension or social equity and provision for the Hundreds of Thousands of BEGGARS ON OUR STREET???
    These Thackkdiyas have pension, AFTER ONLY 5 YEARS (chicken feed) in this emancipated D E M O’crazy, state backed by 2600+ years of Culture HERITAGE and CIVILISATION, Why not for the street beggars???? Are the latter, Plastic fixtures and not human!!
    They have to be reborn to learn!!?? And this is no DEMOCACY!! Pipe dream!!??

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      Mahila,
      .who are ” we” ? .
      Majority of people are no different to the majority of thickly populated india. They just emulate the other. No matter they were misled by the same culprits before. Cheap YOUTUBE channel holders like Sepsl , SUda and many others spread ” people s grievances ” in order to succeed their dollar gains.
      .
      .youtube company has become their newly found gold mine.
      .
      Are these all not opportunists? Are they not fishing in muddy waters.? Irony is these sons of bitches wear ” purity noole in thick form” representing ” sinhala buddhism ” ???????😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    LP , we should also be equally concerned about the education level of Lankan voters who eagerly picking such buffoons, reason being ” we are left with no choices.” Laughable isn’t it??? A self created system where so called educated knowingly elect retards and then to blame the system , Some even have the audacity to ask what system?? What / why change, where do I find people, after years of real professors disappearing from country. Thing about it, recently it’s reported thousands of qualified doctors left country. The real qualified ones will leave amd the fake will remain screwing tje public. Lately we have seen so called intellectual groups behind every rogue politician, doing social media debates, providing fake information in hope of conditioning naive but racist public. When GMOA is working as political stooges / thugs retired , fake made in Lanka professors show up in local TV presenting propaganda as facts. Thanks for the information on unefucated Siri Mao together with equally retarded Badudeen .M brought down education, to levels they are comfortable. The politicised Pseudo Professors are good at fake propaganda, diverting, deflecting, enabling, denying, lieing, show here and thete , with added conspiracy theories.

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      Sorry, for those auto errors.

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      chiv
      Agree with you totally. I always say that our high literacy rate is limited to reading & writing only, & lacking in critical thinking.
      The father of a very good friend supported MR wholeheartedly because he ‘saved the Sinhala race’. Another professional, voted for MR because he was a southerner, like himself. A couple of my very close friends fell out with me over the handling of the pandemic by GR in the early stages when I criticised the draconian continuous curfew for 5 weeks. They laughed at Europe for the ‘lax’ approach, resulting in a high death rate, which was (apparently) nominal in SL due to ‘decisive’ decisions made by GR. Even a doctor couple with whom I have been friends for a long time in UK, lamented that the Rajapakses were the only politicians who looked after the Sinhala Buddhist & our relationship has been strained since I questioned why only the Sinhala Buddhist, & not all the citizens. This was the thinking of an educated person, enjoying the good life in a foreign country but considers himself as a patriot, & in my view, such a patriot should be paying his debt to SL for the free education he was privileged to have.
      I blame the education system in SL for the eroding values but it is the govt. that is responsible for a sound education system. Whether it is the system or the politics to be blamed is like questioning which came first, the Chicken or the egg. I suppose they came together.

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        Raj,
        .
        let me continue it this way…. Another highly educated person from UoC argued that what other leaders have done compared to MaRa’s records? Don’t forget it was the UoC under Professor L Fernando who was the first to award “Rajapaksa pimpians” with honorary doctorates- srilanken scholars are unique ????????
        .
        Calling him the director of a Colombo pharmaceutical company, another argued that I should learn to pay the Rajapaksa’s debts. My provocative answer was that we would see in our eyes in 2 years…. that i did…. please read below how they reacted before me.
        .
        At that moment (November 2019) I only gave him/them a scornful smile, but today he and many others behave in front of me like a defeated dog trying to hide its tail behind its hind legs … can you imagine?
        .
        One another exampale – my friend who practises as a good doctor told me that I am now a non-governmental organization person and that may be the reason why I stood up against Rajapaksa. The Rajapaksas became gods to them. I asked myself what was the biggest difference between the educated and the uneducated (ie bazaar people) in that dangerous society?

        All met to me F2F back then, started biting their nails infront of me when I met them in Nov 2022. Can you imagine ? They said, I am right in all predictions, that Rajapakshes are born looters, born hoodwinkers.

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          Raj,
          as I told you above, my predictions about the eleciton of GOTABAYA and RAJAPAKSA rascals as leaders again, ended up similar to a bull entered to a porcelain house….
          I am sorry for Gota’s unedcuated wife, who never behaved like Hema Premadasa or murderous Shiranthi Rajapaksa. She was decent during that 3 years.

          Today, fully naked GOTA should search for thoughts before showing up anyone. Can you imagine his psychology today ?
          publicly Baby licking-tactics of MaRa is turned out to be ear-cratching gestures not being able to face the very same ” fools dominated audiences”. However, these men are thick-skinned and born criminals… so they dont care fine feelings of the very nation (at least some of our people can think properly, I assume).
          That is why bugger MaRa makes efforts today to iron out his ego through flower-trampling ” SAMANTHA BADDA” or the business men and pleasers of philathropist community of the poor nation.Are these not ” jaw droping scenes for us ” ?
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PHb4KG_PT4

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      Chiv,
      he is not LP but UP. Have no idea them being blood related.

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        LM, thanks for correcting me. That was me not an auto error.

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    “Actually a few (allegedly fake) “Professors” are also adding to the mix. I believe”
    I believe GL Pieris and Channa Jayasumana are genuine, but their performances don’t “improve the average”.
    Ashu Marasingha, formerly an associate professor at Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan , may be forgiven because he has been molested by so many dogs…..

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      OC
      ” molested by so many dogs….”
      Dogs only, no b******?

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      OC,
      .
      How can a sane person say that Jayasumana is real?

      Also, I know that if there were other candidates for that vacancy in Sabaragamuwa University, he would not have been given the post of professor. He could remain as a lecturer.

      And Jayasumana has no record of postdoctoral publications at the time of awarding the title. SJ or any other former professors at sl universities can correct this here.
      So the question arises, Jayasumana s titles are similar to the Ph.D.’s of “former prankster minister Marvin Silva”?
      Srilanka press is to be blamed, that they have not digged the information and clear the doubts, of the viewers, in contrary, they have always wrongly put the ” prefixes” in their daily newscasts and printouts.
      .
      To tell you again, I listened to Jayasumana (kaliamma controlled natha dewiya) speak at the Geneva sessions without acknowledging the harm the Sinhalese are doing to the minorities. Indeed, if he is as intelligent as the title suggests, he should have added “peace and harmonizing-making words”: that’s what a scholar with such titles should add in such internationally recognized sessions.
      .

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    we had a permanent secretary of foreign affairs who was a professor, doctor and admiral. What an accomplished man. Then there is a very black man who is a doctor, a backside (rear) admiral and an aryan all rolled into one.We have the cream in Parliament. How did we go wrong?

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      Cicero,
      .
      Answer to your question:
      .
      https://www.onmanorama.com/lifestyle/keralaspora/2020/07/05/sri-lanka-rationalism-malayali-prof-abraham-kovoor.html

      Whole lot srilanken at the end of the day behave alike… no matter they wear any level of ” academic titles”:

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        cont.
        Fake Prof. Jayasumana – another cheap man hand picked by Rajapakshe clan for their sinhala Racism based propaganda.
        :
        Dr Sarath Wijesekara – caught in the act having damaged BUDDHA statues to gather their kind of proof materials to mislead UNHRC sessions annually holding in Geneva. He should be hung by muslims in this country. :::: THE DAMAGE this man singlehandedly done to muslim community is beyond bearing.
        .
        All these men have much in common than appeared to be – they are all myth followers than rational thinkers.
        :
        These men are the CURSE of srilanken CANCER which twisted this beautiful land into a SOMALIA (in making)

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    “Those who lie with dogs will surely wake up with fleas”

    I do not know Sinhala, but I do not think, still, my inability to master the languages is causing me this confusion- Who infected, whom with ticks? The dirty men are infecting the poor dogs, or is it the other way around? A recent parliament talk show reinforced my confusion, rather than clarify it. I come to that one- or two-lines tater, first here is my saying, ducted from Langkang political experience.

    “Any Langkang politician lies on anything, will fly with his own plane. “Peter Hall refused to carry Old Rowdy King & henchman on a fully occupied Sri Lankan Airlines plane, so now the Rowdy King employs a Sri Lankan Ambassador to fly his own planes. Further, our Rowdy King is a master, expert, “professionalist” in the World’ Oldest profession to do it with Thai and Ukraine girls and do the second oldest profession with the Sinhala Buddhist Modayas.

    To come to the parliament debate, two days ago the Evil Emperor challenged that he would put all those who release money to election purposes. I do not know how he managed to steal a Law degree, though Siri Ma o helped his little Twin (Ols Rowdy King) to steal a law degree from Langkang Law college.

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    A simple advice is, he could have avoided the current embarrassments from IMF and its stringent conditions, if had put his twin brother in prison and had squeezed back all the money he embezzled, when the 5 International countries were warning the Yahapalanaya Aanduwa. That money was at that time $19B. The full year budget for 2023, for all election expenses is only Rs10B. Anyway, what a brave Napoleon that guy is, blackmailing the government officers. The Evil said though he trained well another thief, Vaalaiththodam, in the fleas spreading second profession, that Madaya is not showing his learned lessons in a skillful manner. I felt Valaiththodam was beating his master in blackmailing when he challenged in turn that in his time, (yet to materialize) those who did not release money, would be put in prison. Why cannot he sue the criminals now, but waiting for his own dictatorship era to dawn? Then I was thinking of the Modayas in the UNHRC who are waiting for the Aanduwa to investigate the ones who had command responsibility when the War Crime was committed.

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    Somebody please comments on the legal understanding of the Political Guru, the Afghani Donkey and the Disciple, the Keselwatta Donkey that what is a command responsibility, when (time and incident) a crime was committed, who the criminal who committed it and to how to use the government resources to the get the victims the redress?

    No election can help to correct Langkang political curses. It is a completely abused process from 1948, with Indian Pakistani Citizenship Act, by a Telegu Christian Nayaka, Don Stepen, to fool Sinhala Buddhists Modayas. That is why I keep telling, forgetting about the IMF loan and the and the Diyawanne Lake farcical show, the LC election that is put to hide the IMF loan saga. Help the Protestors to dismantle the Ma O brought freedom to Ceylon. Help Protestors to bring real freedom from real dictatorship pests.

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    Yesterday in Parliament there was an exchange of words between the Leader of the House/Minister of Education, Susil Premajayantha, and a female MP – Mrs. Kavirathne. The “Duo” got into a heated argument and can you imagine how this Minister/Leader of the House described this female MP?

    ” I don’t know what this “HU……..” is telling”. Imagine this Minister is a Lawyer who boasts of a practice of ten years in courts and more so served in Parliament for several years and is today the Leader of the House and the Minister of Education. That exchange of words came on “Youtube” and Social Media. I don’t want to link it here, because it is so “Savagery” to address a female with such a word.

    This MP Mrs. Kaviratne has already made a written complaint to the “Speaker”. What that “Dry Wood” do is the next biggest question.

    If the so-called “Learned” Minsters behave in this way, isn’t better to have “Less Educated” in that “HOUSE”?

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      Simon,
      The Lawyer lawmaker may have wanted to say<
      “I don’t know what this “HULLABULLOO” is about” and due to familiarity of usage has used, whatever it was and causing strife!!!???
      The famous adage, “When you sleep with Dogs, you wake up with Fleas’, may have become reality! If not grossly mistaken, knowing the electoral division/suburb, that propels him to parliament as I understand, is Wanathamulla – Billingsgate of Sri Lanka!!!???
      He is truly and faithfully representing his electorate, supporters and Voters!!!??
      He has to learn to COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY with his vote bank in his pursuit of profession – represent them for his existence and in ample measure indeed!!!???
      Erskine May and parliamentary procedure and Practice, not even Gentlemanliness – immaterial!!??

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        Mahila: That word he used not ended as you presumed “HU…….BLLOO” but began with “HU…… and ended with “THIE”. That was very audible and clear.

        Someone said that is how he addresses his wife when he gets into an argument at home.

        Please don’t insult the people of Kotte from where entered politics in entering as a member of the Sri Jayawardenapura, Kotte, now MC and earlier a UC. I know that Council well because I have worked in that prestigious place for eight long years as a public servant. Fortunately not during this “BASTARD’S” time.

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