26 November, 2020

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En Route To Promised Land

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Let me bow before you my country, where

It is ordained that none will walk the streets with his head held high.” ~ Faiz (Let me bow before you)

On the 72nd anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa conferred the rank of major general on 17 brigadiers. The list included Deshapriya Gunawardane, the commanding officer accused of ordering soldiers to shoot at unarmed protestors of Rathupaswala. Three people were killed as a result, including a 14 year old boy. 

Three weeks previously, President Gotabaya granted an equivalent promotion to Commodore DKP Dissanayake, making a rear admiral out of the former Navy Spokesman who has been accused of abducting, torturing and murdering 11 youths between 2008 and 2009, as part of an extortion racket.  

The new major general is an accused in the Rathupaswala case to be heard by a Gampaha high court trial at bar. The new rear admiral is an accused in the 11 youths case to be heard by a Colombo high court trial at bar. In short, both have been charged with serious crimes in courts of law. Their promotions send a chillingly clear message to the judiciary. 

These are the President’s men. 

In his Independence Day speech, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, “I’m bound to protect the needs of the people of this country. That is my duty and responsibility. In implementing that I don’t expect any obstacles from public officials, the legislature or the judiciary.” Juxtapose this statement with the two promotions and the kind of judiciary the new president desires becomes evident. It will be a compliant judiciary, one that will not stand in his way.

There is an insidious new myth gaining ground among a segment of anti-Rajapaksa Lankans that President Gotabaya is an improvement on Defence Secretary Gotabaya. His decision to honour two military officials charged with causing the murder of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim civilians proves the obverse. President Gotabaya is no improvement on Defence Secretary Gotabaya. The notion of a difference-for-the-better is an illusion created by a slick propaganda machine.

What Gotabaya Rajapaksa desired as Defence Secretary, he is reaching for as President. When he says that he doesn’t “expect any obstacles from public officials, the legislature or the judiciary,” in his job of protecting the needs of the people, what else is he claiming for himself but absolute power and total impunity? 

In his short stint as president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has gone a fair distance in the direction he promised as candidate. Thanks to the 19th Amendment, he cannot interfere in the judiciary or the legislature directly, certainly not when his party lacks a parliamentary majority. But where possible, he has moved decisively to intrude and reshape. The examples range from the remaking of the CID to issuing an approved playlist of 1000 songs for private buses. He is intolerant of tolerance and suspicious of diversity.  He wants a Sri Lanka that is not just obedient but also uniform.

Militarisation has resumed with a vengeance. The military has a host of new responsibilities, from purchasing paddy to recruiting and training 100,000 youths from low income families to function as minor employees in government owned institutions, especially schools and hospitals. Retired military men have been given top jobs. Even a new committee on poverty alleviation contains a serving general.

The incursion of Sinhala-Buddhist monks into matters of governance has reached a new high. Medagoda Abayatissa Thero who singlehandedly destroyed the introduction of sex education into school curriculum also wants a new constitution sans not just the 19th Amendment but also the 13th Amendment. With Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the president, the most fervid dreams of Sinhala-Buddhist extremism have a chance of becoming reality, if not now, then someday.

Little wonder, then, that the self-appointed patriots are yet to utter a word of protest about the elevation of a military officer whose primary claim to fame was as the killer of unarmed Sinhala demonstrators demanding clean drinking water.

Omens

The manner in which the Independence Day celebration was choreographed is revealing about the distinct nature of Project Gotabaya.

President Gotabaya attended the ceremony attired in casual clothes, and his medals. Wearing the medals was not a personal gesture promoted by vanity but a political move, carefully thought through and well crafted. The master of ceremonies used the combat medals as the framework for his bombastic introductory remarks, hailing the new president as a ‘war-loving (ranakami) war hero who loves the motherland like his life’. If President Mahinda was the Great King, President Gotabaya is the War Hero King of Sinhala-Buddhists and those minorities who are happy in their inequality. The rest are extremists of some type or the other who will be dealt with in a fitting manner.

Then the national anthem was sung, only in Sinhala, by students belonging to all three communities. The act was a total reversion to Sinhala Only – not just the demoting of Tamil language but also the imposition of Sinhala on Tamil speaking Lankans.

Afterwards, President Gotabaya worshipped older brothers Chamal and Mahinda. It was another highly symbolic gesture aimed at laying to rest surging rumours about a Gotabaya-Mahinda split. Probably a Basil Rajapaksa touch, whose advice will weigh with President Gotabaya at least until the parliamentary election is over. 

During the Presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa, militarisation was an instrument of Rajapaksa power. The military was transformed from a politically non-partisan entity into the de facto praetorian guard of the Rajapaksa Family – a force willing and able to overstep legal and constitutional limits in defence of Rajapaksa Rule. 

The second wave of militarisation beginning now is similarly politically driven. But its motive force is not so much the Rajapaksa family as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The new militarisation is not a family project. It is a key component of Project Gotabaya. The aim is the transformation of the military into President Gotabaya’s exclusive power base, independent from his brothers. This is evident in his decision not to hand over the defence ministry to Mahinda Rajapaksa, and in his even more telling decision to make brother Chamal rather than brother Mahinda the State Minister of Defence. If the defence portfolio was given to Mahinda Rajapaksa, it would not have been possible for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to monopolise military affairs. With Chamal Rajapaksa as the state minister of defence, President Gotabaya can have his unopposed way.

Though the defence portfolio remains officially vacant, the Defence Ministry is busy planning for the future. For instance, in late January 2020, the Defence Ministry announced its intention of drafting new laws “to prevent the publication of articles in social media that denigrates people of high positions” and to develop a mechanism to remove such people from social media (Citizen.lk). Even in the absence of additional laws, fear has become normalised. Self-censorship is the new norm. 

A recent development indicates the growing tendency to criminalise any criticism of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The heads of the SLPP trade union in Lake House have written a letter to the new director of the new CID (with copies to the president, the prime minister and the defence secretary) demanding that criminal proceedings be launched against journalists Dharisha Bastians and Anurangi Singh as well as the former chairman of Lake House Krishantha Cooray. Their main crime is working against Candidate Gotabaya during the presidential election. 

The internet is one of the few spaces left for dissenting voices. The planned law is obviously aimed at denuding this space. The only reason it has not been done yet is because President Gotabaya lacks a parliamentary majority. Once he has that, freedom of expression can be transformed into a crime and the legal and judicial disembowelling of democracy will begin in earnest. 

Mahinda Chinthanaya vs. Viyathmaga

The original Rajapaksa narrative redefined Sri Lanka as a country of ‘One Nation, One People, One Leader’; patriotism was loyalty to the One Leader who embodied the spirit of the One Nation and expressed the will of the One People. 

Until Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s victory, Mahinda Rajapaksa was the undisputed One Leader, the only man capable of protecting the ‘One Nation’ and ‘One People’ from inimical forces, external and internal. But now, this hegemony is fractured. President Gotabaya clearly sees himself as the One Leader while Mahinda Rajapaksa will not willingly concede that primacy, so long as a breath remains in his body. 

Mahinda Rajapaksa was either unaware of or unwilling to admit that younger brother Gotabaya had his own very different political project, which was less familial, more openly tribal and militarised. “There is no Viyath Mawatha,” he said in July 2017. “It is just a word for a programme. Clearly this is a carrying forward of Mahinda Chintanaya…”

Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was present on that occasion did not contradict his older brother. “Rajapaksas always go together. We don’t have divisions like others,” was his response to his brother’s downgrading of his political project. He was careful to play the second fiddle until he won the presidency. Not anymore. Perhaps he has been nursing dreams of supremacy for a long time. After all, when he told the Daily Mirror, “If they harm me, it is the country they harm,” he was just the secretary to the Ministry of Defence.

During his presidency, Mahinda Rajapaksa remade the SLFP from a Bandaranaike party into a Rajapaksa party. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is aiming to remake the SLPP from a party loyal to Mahinda Rajapaksa to a party loyal to him. The first step would be to ensure that as many Viyathmaga members and other Gotabaya loyalists are elected and appointed to the parliament. 

Now that his brother’s ambitions are naked, Mahinda Rajapaksa would do his utmost to ensure that there is a preponderance of his own loyalists in parliament. Much would depend on which way Basil Rajapaksa turns. Will he try to maintain a balance between brothers Mahinda and Gotabaya, not just because it makes politico-electoral sense, but also because it would help his own political ambitions? After all Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a septuagenarian who has undergone bypass surgery. Would it be surprising if Basil Rajapaksa dreams of the day President Gotabaya is succeeded not by a President Namal but by a President Basil? 

Whatever their political and personal differences, and in spite of their conflicting ambitions, the Rajapaksas will remain united in their efforts to win as large a majority as possible at the upcoming parliamentary election. Theirs would be a dynamic characterised by unity and struggle – working as one against common enemies while competing against each other for dominance. 

During the tenure of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, there was much talk, sotto voce, about Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s pet sharks. Most of the visitors to his official residence would have seen them, but the only detailed description about them I could find was in the New Yorker in a long essay on post-war Sri Lanka by Jon Lee Anderson. The relevant part makes fascinating reading. Perhaps there is no better time to read it than now, before the parliamentary election, while we still have a sliver of a chance to deny Gotabaya Rajapaksa the absolute power he so craves. 

“After dinner, Gotabaya led us outside. Across his lawn, by the garden’s high security wall, was a huge, illuminated outdoor aquarium. Inside, several large, unmistakable shapes moved relentlessly back and forth. 

‘Are those sharks?’ I asked him. 

‘Yes,’ he said. ‘Do you want to see them?’ 

We crossed the lawn and stood in front of the tank, which was eight feet tall and twenty feet wide. There were four sharks, each about four feet long, swimming among smaller fish. 

I told Gotabaya that they looked like black-tipped reef sharks. He shrugged. ‘They’re my wife’s,’ he said. She knew everything about them, he explained, but she was away on a visit to the States. All he knew was that the tank needed to be changed with fresh seawater every two weeks. ‘They bring it in special tanker trucks,’ he said, watching the sharks. He giggled softly” (The death of the Tiger – New Yorker – 9.1.2011).

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  • 43
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    We are approaching 3 months after the high criminals returned to power.
    What have they achieved sofar, compared to the 100 day program of previous good governance govt

    1) Promises or election pledges are totally obliterated and not even a single word about FERTILSIER offer to the farmers, or 1000 rupee wage offer for plantation tamils, nothing about the anything what was repeated to the stupid masses in this country
    .
    2) Nor CID officers as promised are set free immediately after they returned to power
    3) Nor have they taken steps to reduce the cost of living instead, multiple time price hikes of the daily needs of the commoners

    4)Nor have they done the little that 100 day program of previous govt achieved. i dont thin even 5% of that is achieved by UNEDUCATED BROTHER duo.

    5) But for our surprise, MEDIA OWNERs of the country DONT reveal or utter a single word about the SKY -ROCKETED price hikes of food items today ?

    6) No social media men would do their job as had been before – what has happeend to the SOCIAL media is smilar to that of MAIN stream media (DERANA TV, Hiru TV make the people even more stupidier)

    This is the country our LATE Rev Sobitha Thero predicted – WE ALWAYS SALUTE TO OUR GREAT monks who foresaw it as no other.

    So long the masses would be STUPIDier in a country, nothing could and would turn out to be the benefit of all.
    Abusive MONKS should be made accoutable for the mess created them being the DECORATIONs of the abusive ELECTION campaigns of Gotabaya and his brother.

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      When you walk through a storm
      Hold your head up high
      And don’t be afraid of the dark
      At the end of a storm
      There’s a golden sky
      And the sweet silver song of a lark
      Walk on through the wind
      Walk on through the rain
      Though your dreams be tossed and blown
      Walk on, walk on
      With hope in your heart
      And you’ll never walk alone
      You’ll never walk alone
      Walk on, walk on
      With hope in your heart
      And you’ll never walk alone
      You’ll never walk alone
      /
      Writers – Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers
      /
      We salute our president for his commitment…..
      We salute two heroes who was/is ready to do the ultimate sacrifice for the country
      Rear Admiral DKP Dissanayake.
      Major General Deshapriya Gunawardane.

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        What awaits you is not the silver song of the lark but the gory song of the shark.

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          Thisaranee dear, please, have you forgotten the Easter Sunday Carnage staged by the CIA with Saudi Funding to Zaharan and Co.?
          Have you forgotten that there is a Cold War in the Indian Ocean between the biggest Rogue State in the World, Trumpland, and China and Sri Lanka is a strategic piece of “real estate” for USA which has promised to attack “Cultural sites” in Iran and weaponize religious and ethnic identity politics to advance the US strategy of building military bases on islands in the Indian Ocean?
          Rajapaksas are US citizens remember , certainly his Shark loving wife, But perhaps they may do a better job of protecting Lanka than US puppet bondscam Ranil. It was always during UNP goct.s that worst anti-Tamil and anti Muslim riots happen. Ironically, Rajapaksa may do abetter job protecting ethnic and religious minorities from the US war machine which weaponizes ethnic and religious identity politics to de-stablize the rise of Asia led by China. BTW. Sri Lanka is being militarized like the rest of world because the US which is the biggest arms exporter in the world is militarizing the world to sell arms and grow its economy.

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            Mr. Dildo,
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            Any other Bollywood movies…??

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          Not really, we are now hearing the growl of an old Hyena. The time is ripe for the Hyena to be sent to wherever it should go

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        Sacrifice.for the country. 11 innocent lives and 4 innocent lives are offered as sacrifice to the country you arse hole
        You murderer

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          Mr. Dilshan,
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          People don’t make decisions based on hearsays anymore.
          /
          They fall for that trick on 2015.
          /
          Never again.

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        About what hopes are u ranting here, dimwit Pasqual@ if you are the prototype for our sinhalaya, then good luck to srilanka.

        Waiting next to the foyer of a surgery room, knowing but that the surgeons would have not the least experience to perform the expected surgery, but to save the life the patient, nevertheless to keep hopes ?

        How naive you are my dear, why not you try to start KINDER GARTEN lession let alone today, but please not nursery teachers near to Meda mulana urukotuwa. okay ? There is a saying in sinhala vernacular..if someone has not entered a school premises at least for a shade, how can he know even the basics of this life.

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          Mr. Leelagemalli,
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          Funny this is coming from a person who unconditionally supported MY3/Ranil/Yahapalana victory.

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            For our Karma, there are lot more Pasqual that the LANKA matha has produced over the years, so we have no choice than waiting with patience.

            My wish is Rajaakshes be punished by the law to the very same manner, those got caught in SRILANKEN airline fraud – since MAHINDA Jarapakshe is the GOD father of all high corruption handlings, BP SHOuld fall on his nose sooner than later so that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel for a better future. We fought LTTE led terror then, also we fought terror led by JVPrs then, now the country is caught by a bunch of thugs who have made the PASQUALs even eternal gass eaters fo rtheir power intoxications.
            This country and the people are the most stupidiest in the world, That is what I can see, they are even marching behind today s ethiopians.

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        pesky the pesty.?
        congratulations you have scored the fastest fifty dislikes ever to hit this website.
        =
        a well done.
        =
        cheers, R. J.

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          Mr. ROHAN JOHNPILLAI,
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          Thanks.
          I consider it as a honour coming from a lowlife like you.

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        What commitment are you talking about ? May be commitment to ruin the country and starve the people ? It is all happening and the Coronavirus will be used as an excuse for the country going back

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          Mr. Rama Kandasamy,
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          Going back from where????
          You mean from “Yahapalana” government standard…???
          You should check your “front” and “back” more thoroughly.

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      Tisaranee

      “The new militarisation is not a family project. It is a key component of Project Gotabaya.”

      The aim is to achieve complete militarisation of this island.

      Recently Gota the hangman assigned Department of Immigration and Emigration to Defense ministry, in addition to 31 other functions/departments including the Police Department, State Intelligence Service (SIS), Registration of Persons Department, National Dangerous Drugs Control Board as well as the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRC) that he has already allocated to Defense Ministry.
      The secretary of the Defense Ministry is none other than Kamal the general who single handedly won the war.

      Now the State Mistake (Error) Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena has started demanding The Department of Archaeology should be brought under Defense Ministry in order to protect archaeological finds from North East of this island. .

      It’s a good idea.
      Similarly the women and children of this island would be assured if Ministry of Women & Child Affairs and Social Security also brought under Chamal and single handed generals.

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        Mr. Native Vedda,
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        Once in life you are correct.
        It IS “Project Gotabaya”
        But not in the way you are implying.
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        Out of 45 US presidents 26 have military background. That is more than 50%.
        Until WW2 almost all US presidents have military experience.
        /
        In any given country military is the most trained work force. And without argument they are the most honest.
        Why can’t we use that to betterment of the country.

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          S. C. Pasqual

          “Out of 45 US presidents 26 have military background. That is more than 50%.
          Until WW2 almost all US presidents have military experience.”

          Are you blaming on leaders’ lack of military experience for lack of progress, development, … in people, education, economics, invention, … and the sole reason as to why this island never won any Nobel prizes, sent rockets to Moon, Mars and beyond, …………………………..?

          “In any given country military is the most trained work force. And without argument they are the most honest.”

          If so don’t you think it was better to have LTTE as trained workforce, which you think most honest?

          “Why can’t we use that to betterment of the country.”

          Of course they are probably running barber shops, restaurants/cafes, hotels, whale watching trips, involved in fishing, agriculture, travel agencies, maybe involved in Kerala Ganja smuggling ventures, prostitution racket, hit squads, kidnapping for ransom, ………………….. effectively.

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            Mr. Native Vedda,
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            Only 1 part need an honest answer.
            \
            Don’t you think with proper guidance and correct education Velupillai Prabhakaran might have been a excellent engineer or a school master.
            And…..
            If we could have used who died as LTTE carders in a paddy field…??

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        Dear Native,

        Yapa’s is a bloody good Idea,

        Did you hear about that Colonel and three Soldiers in Mulivaikal who were guarding the Treasure Hunters who were looking for your Idol Mr Pirahaparand ‘s hoarded stash of Vellala Ladies Thali Gold?..

        Wonder whether Dr Rajitha knew about it the same way as he knew about the delivery of 7 Tonnes which Dr Rajith announced to the Media Scrum in our Port City
        just before the last Election.

        Guess what mate… Now Dr Rajitha has been invited to lead the UNP campaign for the next Election.

        Wonder who Dr Rajitha is going to back .. Is it the UNP Supremo or the Opposition leader Keselwatta Kid?

        Riveting stuff Isn’t it mate ?..
        Your UNP Buddies must be thrilled to bits..

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “Did you hear about that Colonel and three Soldiers in Mulivaikal who were guarding the Treasure Hunters who were looking for your Idol Mr Pirahaparand ‘s hoarded stash of Vellala Ladies Thali Gold?..”

          I also read “The raid was carried out following a tip off by the STF. The STF also seized an official vehicle of the Colonel, a luxury jeep, a cab and a van.”

          Official vehicle, is a luxury jeep!!!! They are the patriotic Ranavirus just like the Saffron Brigade.

          What did Mahinda mean when he said “If India agrees to postpone debt by 3 years, we can convince others too” to Hindu?

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            Dear Native,

            Is your memory 100%?.
            No Ranawirus in the North after Dr Rani’s Defence Minister cleared them all, before your Idol Mr Sampathar barged into the Military HQ in Killinochchi one Yahapalana morning.

            And Dr Rani’s hand picked Army Commander had organised Cheese Scones and Coffee for Mr Sampathar and the Deputy Abraham ..Or was it Premachandran , after their Inspection.

            This is a classic example that even a Colonal Uniform has no impunity now under our new President.

            In contrast UNP IGP Pujitha couldn’t arrest Dr Rani’s Yahapalana Minister Ranawaka ,even after a Hit & Run job in his luxury defender.

            That is the difference our Inhabitnats can see now, even without Prez Nandasena having a majority in Parliament..

            I heard the Politiks in Mulivaikal , Poonryn and Yarlpanam is also getting messy like in Srikotha
            .Is it true Native.?.

            Vellala ex CM Wigneswwarn , Ms Ananathi and Mr Premachadran apparently have become a sort of a Dalit Faction.

            Just like what Keselwatta Kid has done at Srikotha.. -.
            And fighting to death against the Elite , Anglican Faction of Dr Rani. Akila Boy and the new UNP Heavy Deputy Galleon Ravi.

            But Mr Sampathar and Mr Abraham combo seem to be really civil.

            No nasty cat calls , no insults or outright bad words like our UNP , new leaders like Mr Ranjan and Ms Hirunijers use even in public.

            They are having a Round Table conference to iron out the issues in Jaffna city on how to divide the Seats in the North between the Two Factions ..

            I know what is going to happen to your beloved UNP at the next Election.

            But tell me Native,
            What do you think of the outcome for the TNA in the North.
            Specially with our ever green Doughie there with the boys from AVA .

            And KP mates of the Rehabilitated LTTE Cadre Party..RLC fighting for the 80,000 War Widows and the Landless Folk in the Palm Estates..

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              KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

              What do you read from “If India agrees to postpone debt by 3 years, we can convince others too – Mahinda”?

              “And KP mates of the Rehabilitated LTTE Cadre Party..RLC fighting for the 80,000 War Widows and the Landless Folk in the Palm Estates..”-

              There will be new Tamil parties popping up in North and East until Basil/Namal baby stop paying them.
              Find out what Pottu Amman’s loyal cadres are doing? Are they still reporting directly to Gota?

              Isn’t it a shame Hindians are being asked to bail out self confessed strong man? Probably you better lie low for sometimes, it’s good for Mahinda, Good for Gota, …………… Seriously, Gota looks isolated, looks pathetic, appears losing all his marbles, suffering from loneliness, lack of self-esteem ……

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            Dear Native,

            Did Mahinda say that?..That must have put Modi on the Spot.

            Hindu also reported that the first thing Modi told Mahinde was to give your Vellala mates the Federal Homeland aka the Hindian 13 A..

            Looks like a nice counter punch . Isn’t it Native?.

            Srilanka’s dear friend China will not just give a moratorium , President Shi will write off the Debt if Mahinde asks.

            Mody hopefully learned to put the Money where his Mouth is…

            This reminded me your Idol Dr Rani going to China ringing all the Bells and Whistles to teach a lesson to President Shi.
            And coming back with the tail between the hind legs , after promising to give extra 7000 Acres to Chinese from Hambantota and extending the Lease by extra 100 years..

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              KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

              “Mody hopefully learned to put the Money where his Mouth is…”

              That is what Manmohan Singh former prime minister of Hindia (2004 to 2009) did when he was fighting the LTTE between 2005 and 2009. As far as I know reading from Media both Hindian and Sri Lankan, Hindia provided Sri Lanka with more than $2 billion dollars, which still remains unpaid.

              Shame, shame, shame …………………

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          What do you read from “If India agrees to postpone debt by 3 years, we can convince others too – Mahinda”?

          “And KP mates of the Rehabilitated LTTE Cadre Party..RLC fighting for the 80,000 War Widows and the Landless Folk in the Palm Estates..”-

          There will be new Tamil parties popping up in North and East until Basil/Namal baby stop paying them.
          Find out what Pottu Amman’s loyal cadres are doing? Are they still reporting directly to Gota?

          Isn’t it a shame Hindians are being asked to bail out self confessed strong man? Probably you better lie low for sometimes, it’s good for Mahinda, Good for Gota, …………… Seriously, Gota looks isolated, looks pathetic, appears losing all his marbles, suffering from loneliness, lack of self-esteem ……

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            Dear Native,

            Now you are close to the border of Blasphemy..
            Ex Vellala Party CM Mr Wigenwaran said even as late as last XMas that Mr Velupulle Pirahaparan was the only National Leader they ever had ..
            And that is a big call.

            Mr Pottu Amman who stood behind Mr Pirahaparan all the way from Duraiappa Stadium to Nanthikdal ,never waived a White Flag to the Srilankan Infantry boys, as reported by their ex Boss , the Field Marshall Retired.

            So Pottu Amman is also in the same League as Mr Pirahaparan as far as I am concerned .
            And I am sure the great majority of the Diaspora , who got the chance to become Foreign Citizens will agree one hundred percent.
            Who is Namal Baby ?..

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              KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

              “Ex Vellala Party CM Mr Wigenwaran said even as ……………………………………..”

              Forget the Hindu Wigneswaran for a second look at the following clip Mahinda the latest convert Mahinda:
              https://www.tamilwin.com/srilanka/01/238281?ref=home-feed

              “Who is Namal Baby ?”

              Good Question,
              Lakshman Namal Baby Rajapaksa is the officially known eldest son of Mahinda and Shiranthi brother of Yoshitha & Rohitha nephew of Chamal Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa and grandson of Don Alwin Rajapaksa. . He was also known to be the notorious leader of Sri Lanka,

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namal_Rajapaksa

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        Lakshman Yapa Abeyawardena rings a bell was he once the Min of Agriculture ? In 2010 he was on an official visit to Vietnam what a disgrace. Ask him what happened ? A disgrace to Sri Lanka

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          Kandasamy.. Please You tell us Mate.
          Was he caught with his pants down in a Red Light District in Hi Chi Min City?…

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            KASmaalam K.A. Sumanaseker

            “Was he caught with his pants down in a Red Light District in Hi Chi Min City?”

            How do you know there are Red Light District in Ho Chi Minh City?
            The majority of the inhabitants are the so called Buddhists and the country is ruled by communists hence there cannot be any room for such hanky panky businesses.

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              Dear Native,

              I go there often for the “Pho”, the real deal from the Street Stalls.

              But that wouldn’t be of any interest to a Hindu Vegetarian , Would it ?.

              But if you want anything else it is available as well, at very competitive prices unlike in Bangkock , where your LTTE hierarchy mates used to go for R&R after their hard work with Solheim and Milliband.

              Anyway , are you full Vegan or just a part time Vegetarian Native?..

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                KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

                “But if you want anything else it is available as well, at very competitive prices unlike in Bangkock , where your LTTE hierarchy mates used to go for R&R after their hard work with Solheim and Milliband.”

                You mean where Rajpal Abeynayake ultimately lost his valet and his b***s while gravitating towards the clan.
                Where is he now?

                Among the carnivorous members of Homo Erectus Vegan and Vegetarian are considered dalits, primitive, uncivilised who do not know how to live the life to the full.

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                  Dear Native,

                  Majority of Vegans and Vegetarians are Dalits among the Hindutvas for sure.
                  But the sad part is it is not their choice .

                  Mahavamsa Land is of course different.

                  Even our Dalits put Unbalakada in all curries. like our Japanese Buddhist cousins do with their Bonito Flakes…

                  So there can’t be Vegans there. Unless they can’t afford Umbalakada at the current price of :LKR 3000 a Kilo.

                  But it is totally different in the West.
                  I don’t think you will find any Vegans in America among the Trump supporters there which is now the great majority..

                  How about your new Homeland , Native.
                  I know all my Diaspora mates in Scarborough , indulge in Pukka Mutton Curry and Mutton Patties in those shops near the Mall.

                  I don’t think your Mahaveeran Mr Pirahaparan encouraged Veganisn .. Did he Native?..

                  BTW Is Your Eelaam PM Dr Rudrakumaran still in New Jersey?.
                  I haven’t heard from him or his gun Senator for a long time..
                  Are they Vegetarians?.

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      The fact is two third of Sinhalese masses do not understand they were cheated by Mahinda family. They will now put the blame on the 19th amendment that is the barrier for completing their promises. Why they have not put forward their budget until now. Truth is there is no money to the treasury or in the country to complete their promises. All this promises are for coming to power. Now they say they need two third majority in parliament to pass these proposals. But if they get the two third power, the parliament, judiciary or rule of law become paralysed no one can ask questions as it was during 2010 and 2015. They had two third majority during that period and had enough money in the pot but everything went on their pocket. Srilankan Airlines is a good example. NYT once published how much bribe paid by China to get their deals.
      It is theme for Sinhalese to realise the danger of giving a two third majority to one political party. From JRJ,Chandrika, Mahinda, to Sirisena all misused their powers for their benefits and cheated people. Gotabaya is not different to Mahinda. Pretending and putting dramas are nothing new. Now saving the nation is in the hands of Sinhala masses. At the same time, Tamil and Muslim Masses should not give an opportunity to exploit these politicians using them as a ethnic weapon.

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        Ajith
        “The fact is two third of Sinhalese masses do not understand they were cheated by Mahinda family. “
        You can’t understand how grateful we feel towards them.

        Soma

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          somass

          “You can’t understand how grateful we feel towards them.”

          We know.
          Did Rajapaksa clan promise to share the Hindian charitable contribution of $500 million with you?

          What did Mahinda mean when he told the Hindu “If India agrees to postpone debt by 3 years, we can convince others too”?

          Don’t break your head over this minor matter.

          Isn’t Gota going to send his Rana-Virus to fight Corona-Virus in China?

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        Both GORA virus and MARA virus are very dangerous than Coronavirus and nobody can protect poor Sri lankans until they are wiped out .

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      The Rajapaksas are relying on Dayan Jayatilleka to use Sajith to get their 2/3 majority… Coalition Government should not fall for this! make Karu the Prime Ministerial candidate immediately to win the elections.
      Only person who can unite a shattered coalition is Karu Jayasuriya.

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      Angered Sinhalaya. At least within the first 40 days, ALREADY EMPTY TREASURY did not lose 20 billion. Now, the treasury is empty. Every thing is run as current account.
      Remember, every MP was given a profit of Rs 3 million from BOND SCAM. TNA – parliamentarian drivers, HAKEEM – BODY GUARDS are in the list of profit sharers from bond scam.

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      Dear Tissaranee Gunasekera,

      Thanks for articulating the new actions of the Rajapaksa Tribe, elected by the popular vote of the imbeciles, mean Measured IQ 79, who prostrate to the saffron clad monks, calling the religion Buddha-Agama, Buddha’s Religion, distorting Buddhism and insulting the Buddha. The monks are happy, even though they got the senior Monk treatment on their backs as child monks, a very clear case of child abuse.

      The actions you are describing are the NEW TRIBAL RULES. Of course many are in conflict with the constitution and the ethics of a civilized society.

      Are the Paras civilized?

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        Mr. Amarasiri aka mean IQ 12,
        /
        Have not seen your idiotic comments about GOD with big words in….
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-different-god-in-response-to-an-indifferent-god-by-shyamon-jayasinghe/

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        Amarasiri,
        Are the Paras civilized?

        No! ‘Para’ Demalu are not civilized. If they are civilized, they will not slaughter Native Sinhalayo who gave citizenship to their ancestors who were brought to Sinhale as slaves from Hindusthan by colonial parasites. Native Sinhalayo are civilized. That is why they accommodated the slaves brought by colonial parasites and abandoned in Sinhale.

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    Not allowing the national anthem to be sung in Tamil is a shame……..
    Hope it will be sung in Tamil also next year.

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      As if IT IS made only to SINHALAYA – the name should be changed as ” SINHALAYA balu sinhalaya anthem” if it is not for all.
      We should be ashamed to be sinhalaya.
      BPs should be burnt down by bringing to Galle face green.
      See, not a single pledge is fullfilled yet but they continue big talks about gaining 2/3 my gosh, punnakku eaters dominated srilanka is sinking.

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        Binaramali Hapuarachchi

        “BPs should be burnt down by bringing to Galle face green.”

        We should have brought Piripakaran Bellige Putha to Galle Face Green and given Sharia Law punishment as a lesson for ‘Para’ Demala barbarians.

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        Binaramali Hapuarachchi,
        “As if IT IS made only to SINHALAYA – the name should be changed as ” SINHALAYA balu sinhalaya anthem” if it is not for all.”

        National Anthem is for all citizens but unfortunately ‘Para Bellige Puthas’ and ‘Para Bellige Duwas’ who live in Sinhale thanks to the decision taken by Native Sinhalayo to give citizenship to ‘Para’ Dravida slaves do not want to recognize that the National Anthem is for all.

        Native Sinhalayo should have given Resident Permits to Dravida slaves and Muslims and lay down a condition that they should pass a test to show proficiency in Sinhala and be able to sing National Anthem in Sinhala before granting Citizenship.

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          What if your were rejected by AUSTRALIAN migration, just because you got your aussie citizenship by betraying the country. Real ones – tamils and muslims should have got the chance to do so. But you guys, made hay while the country was in a mess, but talking high about so called, partriotism. My foot, what is your staple food, BP Eagle eye ? Rata thanakola I guess right ?

          Not even few more years to go with your kicking the bucket, why you to habour that much of hatred towards TAMIL srilankens or Wellala Tamils ? Is your tamil wife coming from FISHER community ?
          I met various caste of tamils in Europe and at Peradeniya. Most of them are more human than our SINHALAyas. I would fight for TAMILS, Muslims and Burghers since our BP sinhalayas are so stupid.
          :
          I have stopped helping SRILANKENs any more. We the ones who helped them at the time TSUNAMI hit country was robbed by BP Rajapkshes. Very same stupid SINHALAYA voted Rajakshes again to get fucked by the abusive family. So we are now so annoyed by those 6.9 mio voters. They should go to hell, being faced TRADE embargo in coming months.
          I dont see a bright future for srilankens if they would not STAND against RAJAKSHES.
          Today I got to know the GOD fathers of DEBTs kneel down before MODI asking extensions to pay off the huge debts. They are very proud of the actions. If UNP, JVP or any other suggested them to do so, things would hav ebeen painted very bad for them. I think THERE SHOULD be a force built against RAJAPAKSHES rascals if we at all want to achieve our FINAL goals- which is economically flourished within shorter period of time now:

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      when Sri Lanka gets independence from the Rajapakse family , ….a new national anthem will be sung in all languages

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    an excellent masterpiece of an article which is articulate in all it’s aspects.
    =
    now the kallathoni who’s aboding on the royal commode has already been recruiting his mates to plum employment positions.
    =
    this bugger has got confidence only in his uninformed a mates who have committed a sadistic crime and his American swabasha conversing uncouth uneducated corrupt greedy for the ill-gotten monies mongrels who will not only dance to his wily tunes and help him and them to become billionaires by the time he completes his 5 or 10-year terms.
    =
    I was talking to a very respectable Sinhalese lady friend and she was crying, groaning and moaning that the hospitals do not carry stocks of the much-needed drugs for diseases similar to cancer, etc.
    =
    this respectable lady an exception to the rule also said that the cost of living had already reached the moon the average joe blog who has not seen an increase in his or her’s wage just cannot meet the rising deficit changes to the by the second depreciating Lankan rupee.
    =
    the sooner this goring like a wild buffalo rajapuk, his armed force mates, the members of his extended family and the wasi passata hoiya bribe-taking sex maniacs are sent for a court trial and if any of them are found guilty they should be jailed for life in one of of the world’s most primitive jails which has many an unlit underground where they have to relish on their own droppings and drink their own urine.?
    =
    any diplomatic or any postings to plum positions for his own kith and kin is not occurring this confuses and worries me a lot.?
    due to these types of happenings, there’s a good chance of my entering the gates of Saturn’s hell much before my due time.?
    =
    cheers, R. J.

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      Why is anyone not saying anything about RW-MY3 fiasco that lead to all this?

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    Big Brother knows best..
    So now, are we going to be
    ‘ One of those completely unquestioning , devoted drudges..’
    ( 1984.George Orwell)

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    Thisaranee,
    On this point, I agree with you fully.

    The scary thing is that the media is already surrendering to GoRa’s power. For example, media is giving lot more publicity to the story of vehicle imports than to the Airbus and the Bond scam. I think that the vehicle import story is an exaggeration designed purposely to divert attention from Ra..kse family involvements in several corrupt deals.

    Speaking of surrendering to myths about GoRa, I heard one chief monk saying at Pohoya ceremony at the opposition leader’s office that he is happy to see Sajith also learning to become as clean as GoRa ! This statement sent shivers along my spine b’cos of the the thought that if one of the biggest state criminal ever in SL politics could be seen by leading monks in such an inverted manner, how could the country be saved from an impending danger of turning the country into a military dictatorship.

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    Once President Gotabaya gets a Parliamentary Majority freedom of Expression can be transformed into a crime and the Legal and Judicial disembowelling of Democracy will begin in earnest.

    Tisaranee has warned us well in advance. That crucial event is scheduled for April this year.

    CT, Plato and all other like minded columnists will have to rest on their LAURELS[ ! ] IF President Gota obtains that majority hook or by crook!

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      Dear Plato,
      .
      We don’t like the new “Brave New Order” under Gota.
      It is our duty to “subvert” it by all peaceful and legal means, and by showing his . We should not really do anything that is dictated by hatred of Gota and his supporters. This is not going to be easy, because as Tissaranee says, Gota is “intolerant of tolerance”. I’m determined to remain implacably but non-violently opposed to the direction in which the country is being taken. However, I’m not a political leader and I’m not going to be doing anything futilely dramatic at that level. So what can we do?
      .
      Covertly helping reactionaries are some fellows who pretend to be with us. Our Anglican Bishop who is accused of being criminally gay, although we have no proof is one of them. It is not gayness per se that worries me. These guys (adding Gnanaponrajah, sacked from St. John’s but not defrocked) are predators, abusing the considerable authority that they have in certain ghettoes are quite different from a guy like Pete Buttigieg. I’d be quite happy with him as POTUS, because those sections of people’s lives that are truly private, don’t really worry me.
      .
      How do I meet you, Plato? I need your support. are you going to be present at the alma mater on Friday to vote for two BoG members? There don’t appear to be major problems there. But will you help me rout the criminals in the two Uva schools? With your incisive and witty comments?
      .
      Let us always do what we can!

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        Dear Plato,
        .
        No, I won’t be at Mt Lavinia for the AGM on Friday, the 14th of February 2020. There won’t be an “election” of two BoG members, sicen there are only two nominess – one a Halangoda, the other I can’t remember.
        .
        Instead, I will be at Gurutalawa, probably Friday evening to Sunday morning, Transporting bedding (including a blanket) and a lounge suit is a problem.
        .
        We don’t yet know the date of elections for Branch School elections, but the supposedly gay Bishop and the Priest-Headmaster seem intent on cheating. Yesterday, I gave “bellyful” to the Priest-Headmaster of the Bandarawela school at the Police Station, in the presence of the HQI.
        .
        It looks as though the Headmaster of the Colpetty school is honest.
        .
        In the present impasse, we’ve got to be content with what little we can do.

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        Dear Plato,
        .
        No, I won’t be at Mt Lavinia for the AGM on Friday, the 14th of February 2020. There won’t be an “election” of two BoG members, since there are only two nominees – one a Halangoda, the other I can’t remember.
        .
        Instead, I will be at Gurutalawa, probably Friday evening to Sunday morning, Transporting bedding (including a blanket) and a lounge suit is a problem.
        .
        We don’t yet know the date of elections for Branch School elections, but the supposedly gay Bishop and the Priest-Headmaster seem intent on cheating. Yesterday, I gave “bellyful” to the Priest-Headmaster of the Bandarawela school at the Police Station, in the presence of the HQI.
        .
        It looks as though the Headmaster of the Colpetty school is honest.
        .
        In the present impasse, we’ve got to be content with what little we can do.

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      Plato

      “Once President Gotabaya gets a Parliamentary Majority freedom of Expression can be transformed into a crime and the Legal and Judicial disembowelling of Democracy will begin in earnest.”

      First things first.
      Self proclaimed strongman Gota was scheduled to visit China on 14 & 15 January unfortunately his official visit was cancelled for unknown reasons.

      The elections can wait or completely abolished but his visit to China cannot be postponed for stupid reasons. The people of China are being cut off from the outside world, locked up in their own flats either by vigilantes or by Chinese state functionaries.

      Therefore Gota and his Rana-Virus must go to China to liberate/free innocent Chinese people from Chinese themselves as they did in 2009.

      Hope you will convince Gota as to why his trip to China is most important than his Elections in April this year.

      For some reason if he cannot return to this island from China he should not worry too much as his brothers are staying back here and they can deal with any eventuality.

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    TG, it was you guys who paved the way for a Gotabaya reign, first through a failed project called yahapalanaya and then sidelining Mahinda. Now don’t complain even if he gets absolute power. Also note you all wanted SF, another military man as the executive president at one time. Was it hatred towards MR that blindsided you all?

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      At present, one can’t sideline Mahinda or Ranil for their political maturity and do the politics, mainly because of India’s interference. Example, MS couldn’t tackle India, RW was playing his tricks. Now it seems that India is not happy with Prez. Gota, MR is in India

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      Hela,
      Did you forget that it was MaRa who feed GoRa with the taste of politics and used his military style authority to go after his critics? GoRa was MaRa’s personal choice for the presidential candidate. MaRa used GoRa during his regime only b’cos he could trust him better. He would still appoint another equally trustworthy military man if GoRa wasn’t available.

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        DP,

        MR appointed GR to the defence ministry because GR was the most trusted and capable military strategist available to MR. The victorious outcome of the war proved it. MR supported GR in politics because 19A prevented MR to contest. Consequently people were deprived of choice. GR was supported politically because he was the next best candidate from SLPP camp who could win the approval of the majority especially after Easter bombings. MR wouldn’t have gone for another military person if GR was not available. He would have most likely supported a civilian politician keeping the controlling strings of party machinery under him.

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          Helass

          “MR appointed GR to the defence ministry because GR was the most trusted and capable military strategist available to MR. “

          MR appointed GR to the defence ministry because nepotism runs in the family and GR was an American.

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      Helass

      “TG, it was you guys who paved the way for a Gotabaya reign, first through a failed project called yahapalanaya and then sidelining Mahinda.”

      Let me get this clear.
      Didn’t you vote for him?

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    Adolf Hitler commenced entrenching the Third Reich in this manner.
    Gotler is doing similarly.

    TID will be re-established and many more will be roped in – to await trial which will never come.

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    As predicted, the Rajapaksa’s have come back with a vengeance, and as one can see they are rewarding the scumbags, murderers, and making sure they are appointed to vital positions, where they will comply with their orders, and since their records show they are ruthless, they will not hesitate to kill and get rid of anyone who criticizes King Goat and his ruthless family, or some hapless sportsman, or young person, who glanced twice at their women. Two names – Lasantha and Thajudeen.

    Free speech and freedom of the press are no more, and we are on our way, once again, to a plutocracy, which after they win the Parliament and have the majority, will see the manipulation of the Constitution, laws, and the seizing of powers, which will ensure years of Rajapaksa reign for generations to come. Those who voted for the “strong man” they wanted, will rue the day they did, or is this what they really want?

    You want sharks, you got plenty now.

    A good dose of reality Tisaranee, well written as usual.

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    What TG says about the Sharks is true. The biggest Ornamental Fish breeder in the country is Ananda Pathirana. It is he who gave the Sharkes to Gota. He had been complaining that the Sharks had been fed with Bread and the Sharks had been suffering. Before the real diets of the Sharks could be given, they lost in 2015 and Ananda Pathirana had to remove the Sharks. The Sharks will be back if they win the GE. Then there will be a regular supply of meals the Sharks like.

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      from one Rohan to another,
      =
      hopefully, this time around it will be not the victims of the white vans.?
      =
      cheers, R. J.

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    Towards the promised land, what promise what land? Mahinda who signed an agreement with SLFP before the Presidential election is now violating it, Gotabaya who promised harmony among various races has blocked Tamil National Anthem during the Independence celebrations. None of the promises given to the people by Gotabaya, including not to appoint family members and rogues to various corporations and boards is being violated…. what else, where is the road that leads to the promised land, in fact which land is he talking about?

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    Gotha has been a professional soldier most of years of his working life and has received training and acquired skills to perform that job only and majority of the time knew only to carry out orders coming from the top. Unlike SF who was a born military man apparently Gotha joined the army as he didn’t have any other choices.

    Although he had worked as a system administration at an university/college such jobs have a narrow scope with tunnel vision and such workers always could seek remote help from IT service if the issue is complex.

    Three months have passed since he was selected and apart from the media shows not much has been achieved and lets wait and see the performance after a one year. With MR demanding his pound of flesh and pointing out to GR that he was elected with majority of MR votes, and MR corrupt party members around him including Viyathmaga advisory clique, GR is in a very difficult position. Man is not a genius and has no special education, reading or training to handle SL’s diplomatic, economic and social aspects even to challenge the advice and instruction including dead ropes received from the toxic group.

    As the days pass people will observe GR depending more and more on his military buddies for survival and will experience conflicts with what he wants to achieve against what MR wants, whose main objective is to pave the path to playboy NR becoming the country’s leader. This may at some point drive to GR frustration and behavior becomes irrational ( interview with Fredrika) and at that point his media moguls want be able to cover him any longer.

    Latest is MR tour party to see PM Modi included MP Chillie Ranaweera and Yoshitha. Someone needs to tell MR to get his head examined by a doctor. Or is this because his has reached an old age where the behavior becomes childish.

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    “These are the President’s men.”

    But they are not the President. It is erroneous to conclude they reflect the President’s values or way of thinking. The author is searching hard for ways to incriminate Gota… pet sharks? It is too early to say whether Gota’s presidency will be a success or failure. There are some important external factors beyond Gota’s control. For example, a global recession will likely cause the economy to slow down. This kind of factor has nothing to do with Sinhala-Buddhism, Basil Rajapakse, or Gota’s pet sharks.

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      Lester the jester

      “There are some important external factors beyond Gota’s control. “

      Gota is the self proclaimed strongman.
      Nothing is too big for him to handle, nothing is too small (for him to notice or) escape his attention. He claimed this is a Buddhist country however it appears his brother proved otherwise.

      Look at the photos attached to this news item:
      https://www.tamilwin.com/srilanka/01/238281?ref=home-feed
      Now he is being transformed into Hindutva, or Metamorphosis.

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    The trouble will start few months after general elections when MRS.SEERANTHI RAJH will smell the rot and will be made to make sure about the future prospect of MAMAL RAJH and his dream of NEXT PM OR PRESIDENT.AS THE WRITER PREDICT IF BASIL ALSO HAVE HIS OWN AMBITION FOR THE BIG POST THEN HOME AND HOME MATCH AND FIRE WORKS WILL BE DISPLAYED IN PUBLIC.MAHINDA RAJAH WILL BE IN REAL TROUBLE.

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    Hmm… All the cockroaches that scurried under the rocks after the bright spotlight of People’s decision was shone on the rotten Yahapalanaya carcass in last election are crawling out again. Same lot will again disappear for a while after the People will give a good thumping to motley crew of idiots fielded by the opposition in the general election. President G will make Sri Lanka great again for sure regardless of what these foul creatures will say. MSLGA!!

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    Prez Nandasena didn’t go to Royal unlike Dr Ranil and his mate Dr Mahendran and most pf his Yahapalana Cabinet…. How Cool …

    10.3 % return from the first ever Srilankan USD Sovereign Dollar Fund in 2019.
    And 12.5 % is the forecast for 2020 .

    It is all in US Dollars which the investors can repatriate any time, any day from CMB to any part of the World..

    This can be done while sipping Cocktails in Kinsbury if one wants to..
    And all this is taken care of by CAM -Ceylon Asset Management Company in Colombo Port City, who have nearly 10 Investment Options covering all Sectors of our Lankawe Economy.

    Asia Securities Boss who was with Induweeri @HydePark was all optimistic that Lankawe Economy will perform really well in the coming years.

    And predicting 20% growth in the CMB Stock Index by the end of 2020..
    And this dude seems to know his onions, being based in Singapore.

    I don’t know about Dr Rani’s mate’s Ruppiah Bonds issued by Aloysious . but his successor Dr Samy’s USD Bonds seem to be helping the US Dollar Bond investors quite well.

    These . are the real indicators to the e goodness or badness of Governments when they change hands.

    Surely Investment Community specially in the Developed Nations in Asia must have noticed some goodness in Prez Nandasena’s Government.
    -.
    After all what really matters to the poor inhabitant community who are the great majority in Lankawe,is how to a get job, earn decent Quid and put the food on the table for the kiddies..

    Despite backing Dr Rani’s UNP, I thought the top end of the Town , the Elite , the Anglicans and the Vellalas, alsoiare interested in increasing their Net Wealth and indulge in the Good Life with Tax Free Mercedes Maybachs, Beemer SUVs . Lexus and Range Rovers, like Dr Rani’s Yahapalana ruling mates. did.

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      K.A. Sumanasekera, I had a drink with Dulindra who runs Ceylon dollar bond fund last year few months before the election. He was not very optimistic at the time. Now he is all smiles about the future performance. I am planing to continue to sip cocktails in Cinnomon Grand laughing all the way to the bank!

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        Lak de Silva Good on you mate.

        You must be are one of the sharp Elite in Colombo..

        I am also doing my own due diligence on that Ceylon USD Fund.
        What I am not sure is whether there is any guarantee on the Capital by the CB , because it is a Sovereign Bond Fund.

        I will be happy with even 10% per anum for the next 5 years as long as the CB has some control over the Capital.’

        I don’t like to pay 1200 even in Ruppiahs for Cocktails , when I get 100ml good Pol at Kinross on my home turf. while sitting on the Beach…

        BTW I am not going to ask who you are going to vote at the next round..

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          K.A. Sumanasekera, I quickly figured Duli was a sharp cookie after the first drink. Also he is the grandson of SL’s beloved author Martin Wickramasinghe. You won’t go wrong parking any assets needing quick liquidity in his fund. Hard to match 10+% returns on funds needing high liquidity. Can enjoy great bottle of single malt scotch without any guilt on such returns!

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          KASmaalam

          “I will be happy with even 10% per anum for the next 5 years as long as the CB has some control over the Capital.’”

          Just pop in, NSB is offering 9.11%, they are willing to offer you better rates if you could con them.

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    Rule of Avan Garde and the shark of Sharks has just Begun.

    Sharks and Tank remind the Caging and killing of tigers at Mullivaikkal and the Tamil Genocide.

    All crimes buried and the Killer Shark fortifying and immunizing the Criminals against the rule of law and Natural Justice.

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    “If President Mahinda was the Great King, President Gotabaya is the War Hero King of Sinhala-Buddhists …”

    It is not “IF’. Native Sinhalayo who have suffered immensely due to atrocities committed by ‘Para’ Demala invaders from Hindusthan treat the rulers who defeated those invaders in high esteem. President Mahinda Rajapakse (King Gamini Abhaya aka Dutu Gemunu reincarnated) defeated ‘Para’ Demala War Load Prabhakaran (War Load Elara reincarnated) who fought a war with the Sri Lankan Government with the intention to carve out a part of the country for the descendants of Dravida slaves brought to Sinhale by colonial parasites and unified the country. Therefore, Native Sinhalayo treat Mahinda Rajapakse as a KING who saved this country from ‘Para’ Demala invaders born in Sinhale because Native Sinhalayo were kind enough to give citizenship to their slave ancestors who entered Sinhale illegally.

    King Gamini Abhaya had ten valiant warriors. One of them was GOTAIMBARA. Gotabhaya Rajapakse (Gotaimbara reincarnated) helped Mahinda Rajapakse to defeat ‘Para’ Demala invaders. Therefore, Native Sinhalayo have immense respect for Gotabhaya.

    TG, Do you have a problem with what Native Sinhala Buddhists do?

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    Peopple did understand very well the atrocities committed by Rajapakse regime especially the current president Gotabaya. During the 2015 election people gave a clear mandate to Maithripala and Ranil Wickremesinghe to rule the country diligently for development without corruption.. But what happened beyond that had become a history, both of them ran the country like bunch of jokers filled with corruption and not focused on national projects, but infighting etc. that pushed the frustrated people of the country against the wall, no option but to bring back Gotabaya as the leader. People of this country had been suffering for too long without sensible development plan for better life style. It is a long overdue which every citizen of this country deserve. See the state the railway and buses, people are clinging on risking their precious lives whilst the rich plying on luxury vehicles.

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    “The rest are extremists of some type or the other who will be dealt with in a fitting manner.”

    This is sheer BS coming from a ‘Sankara Toiya’.
    These two leaders did not or do not treat ‘The rest as extremists’. They rehabilitated thousands of LTTE terrorists, gave them vocational training and released them. Of course, if there are extremists; Sinhala, Demala or Muslim who want to create problems they will be and should be dealt with in a fitting manner. When threatened, Sinhala Buddhists cannot keep on chanting ‘Karaneeya Metta Sutra’.

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    In voting for Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 we saved the country from Wickramasinghe – Prabakaran agreement and in voting for Gotabhaya Rajapaksha in 2019 we saved the country from Wicramasinghe – Sampanthan agreement.
    If we reelected UNP that would have been expression of our agreement with their Federal constitution and what we would be witnessing these days is Ranil clan being busy with that project.
    Attempts to break the country into federal units my friends is the beginning of the next cycle of bloodshed. Thankfully gods saved us from that though from a long term historical perspective it could be a temporary respite.
    What TG is talking about is inconsequential.

    Soma

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      somass

      “In voting for Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005 we saved the country from Wickramasinghe – Prabakaran agreement”

      VP got the vast majority of the voters in the North to boycott the elections VP won the elections for MR, of course for fee. VP also won the war for MR. Hindians were mostly pulling the strings behind Gota and Sinhala Village boys died to keep Rajapaksa clan in power.

      Please tell me what were the turbanistas in military uniforms doing in the North and the thousands of Sri Lankan members of Armed forces doing in Hindia between 2005 and 2008? Did they go on a tour?

      Now that this National Hangman has confirmed Tamil missing civilians had died, could he tell us how did they managed to kill themselves, perhaps they committed enmasse suicide?

      How did he know those innocent missing people had died?
      Does he know the date on which they died?
      Where had Gota and his goons buried the remains.

      In 2016 Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa confessed to Mahasangha on camera the remains were buried within army camps perhaps under newly built Buddha temples in the North. Wimal … …. …. once again told the media disappeared are all gone under the ground.

      What are you doing here, you should be engaged in digging out the skeleton and bury them under MR/GR valavu or under Sinhala/BUddhist temples, or drop them into Indian ocean, or acid bath?

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        “Lament of a Terrorist “
        A poem by Key Board Veddah.

        Soma

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    I am excited to hear from one of the most crazed, pathological haters of Lankan culture and people, that her worst fears are being realized. This is wonderful news. This woman’s worst nightmare would be the best thing that can happen to the innocent people of Lanka. The country needs a strong leader, who will annihilate the enemies of the land such as the Moslem ISIS monsters, bring discipline to its people manipulated by Marxists to who prompt them to protest every single executive action and prevent progress. Gotaby should relentlessly pursue a majoritarian agenda, respecting Lankan culture, and ensuring the welfare of all people. Lankans are never going to thrive in a Western democracy, which in reality even the West is not able to get to work for them too well. The European people and Western culture may get somewhere with classical democracy, but in a tribalistic country like Lanka, a strongman is needed badly. Its a good thing that the strongman was actually elected by popular vote. You can keep the do-gooder type crazed Western diplomats and journalists at bay now. Otherwise they will whine about illegitimacy of the leadership. Lanka must now deliver a strong political set up through popular vote that can put the country on a economic and educational war footing. The best people should be given ample chance to serve the country creatively and well. Gotaby must ensure that he wins another 1-2 terms to have longevity as President and have clear succession planning so that a younger version of strong leader is groomed to take over from him. With these actions and by playing the global politics astutely Lanka can emerge in Asia as a developed country.

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    In three months they have ruined everything.The time has come to give the voting asses aka the stupid Sinhalese an ultimatum. Keep being lied to and enthralled by the cheap entertainment dished out by Derana and Hiru while they wipe you out or change your goddamed vote by educating your selves of the facts. You wont have a country left if you let these pathetic morons, cheats and murders rule over you for another five years. It is also time for the other side to accept that they need to kick these buggers lock stock and barrel out and right into jail indefinitely. To hell with democracy and all the other bullshit excuses Ranil used to stall and stall and let these fellows get away.

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    Tissaranee. You an early warning system. Not sure whether the Sinhala majority who elected GR will listen to you. They may give GR his 2/3 in parliament.
    As for the National Anthem I doubt whether the Tamil medium schools will sing it at all in their sports and other events. If they do they will do so in Tamil. If they are forced to sing in Sinhala they will react. Which will lead SL into chaos.

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      N. Ethirveerasingam,

      It should be made compulsory to hoist Sri Lankan flag and play/sing the National Anthem in Sinhala at the assembly in schools that receive public funds. No public funds should be given to schools that do not follow this requirement.

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        EagleEye
        Great recommendation. You must get Gota to implement it. And watch the consequence.

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    I just read a hilarious news from our “Silly Lanka”. Prasanna Jayaweera, the “chilli powder expert ” was added to the list in the last moment, to visit India with MR. He too met Modi and Rahul with MR (I guess he shared his expertise in “Chilli Powder Attacks”). Following which, he proudly uploaded his pictures in FB/Social media , taken along with Modi and Rahul, under the caption “Today had the opportunity to meet Gandhi,s grandson Rahul Gandhi, ???????”. That, says it all. Silly politicians in turn elected by our very own Stupid Lankans.

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    The good lady has written well. But even as he rewards his old buddies and recruits new admirers, Gota The Enforcer will not forget that he did not get where he is today without making a few enemies.
    The future will reveal the extent to which of his many nemeses (yes, he has more than one) will go.
    But let us wait and see; after all, no point getting the amude on when the river is 7 leagues away. No?

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    Madam, Thank you for speaking out. I already have mentioned about the typical Lankan mentality/excuse for picking a known criminal one of which in this case is , “yes he was bad then, but not anymore”. There are so called Born Again religious bigots but Lankans have found ways to improvise and coin this to their corrupt politicians. Lankans are the first to rehabilitate , not just criminals but their politicians too. I am not sure who takes credit for such BS. Is it the voter who came up with such stupid excuse or the politicians who have successfully conditioned their average thinking followers into imbeciles. “I am not expecting any obstacles from public officials, judiciary or legislatures”. (why leave The God ??? all checks and balances are effectively neutralized by this threat).I am sure this will make President Trump envious and jealous.(he badly wants to do the same but cant). In simple English this translates to “its my way and the only way”. Nothing surprising. This is what Silly Lankans wanted, and they indeed are getting in abundance. They have been conditioned to translate this as “strong leader” and not an authoritarian or dictator. Lets wait for the public to get on to the streets, requesting for some basic need , and then may understand the full meaning of it.

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