4 July, 2022

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Epitaph On A Tyrant

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

“Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died in the streets.” ~ “Epitaph on a tyrant” – W.H. Auden

Events outside ‘Temple Trees’ on Monday demonstrate that a patronage network built over a decade has some residual energy left for a last ‘hurrah’.

Tyrants don’t ride into the sunset. Tyrants don’t retire. Tyrants don’t walk away quietly.

Cartoon by Vasantha Srinath Kurukulasuriya

How do tyrants fall?

People put up with tyranny for years. Suffering tyranny often becomes an acquired habit. That is what happened to Sri Lanka until we ran out of dollars. When deprived of essentials needed to survive people were driven mad. The infuriated populace demanded an end to tyranny. They chant “The Tyrant Must Go.”

Now the Tyrant has demonstrated that he is no hurry to go.

The tyrant doesn’t hear the voice of the people. The tyrant lives in a fantasy world of his own creation. It is this fantasy that make tyrants finally fall.

Fantasy compels tyrants build ports that ships do not call on. Tyrants build stadiums in desolate places where no one visits. Tyrants build towers that cry out to the world of irrational absurdity that only warped minds could conceive.

With these insanely preposterous fantasies the tyrant or the tyrannical family has built a Shangri-La that solid earth cannot hold in place. The Tyrant and the Tyrant family will finally perish when the edifice of the make-believe Shangri-La will collapse on them.

What unfolds now in our streets is a simple truth that both Sajith Premadasa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake must pay heed to.

In politics leadership matters. It is the most consequential attribute for the success of a political movement or a party. It is only a demonstrated united leadership that will convince the tyrant that the merry go round is slowly grinding to a halt.

Leadership is not preaching high morals. Leadership is about realization of objectives that the citizenry demands as urgent and immediate, It is a collective leadership that determines where to go and how fast we should go.

There is a tide in the country. It is an impersonal force. It has no patience to appease the ambitions of politicians. The urgent imperative is to remove the tyrant. It does not require political calculation. It only needs the unselfish commitment to swim with the popular tide that has been building steadily for the last six weeks or more.

Those who resist tyranny must decide which side of the barricade they must stand in.

‘GotaGoGama’ to my mind is the post-independence constituent assembly that we never had. ‘GotaGoGama’ tells us something. When people wakeup, when they begin to exercise judgement, political manipulation ends.

The Rajapaksa family has been manipulating our public psyche with the active collusion of a saffron soldiery. This Saffron Soldiery has been effectively obliterated by the young generation with a demonstrated disdain for voodoo beliefs and an equally passionate commitment to science and reason.

Many decent, well meaning, intelligent, educated people voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa and then for his brother Gotabaya. It seems that while running out of dollars we have now arrived at the distilled truth of the Rajapaksa kleptocracy.

Yes. Sixty-nine lakhs wanted a strong leader. They were not stupid or uneducated. Most of them were not corrupt either.

If they were reasonably informed at the time they would have voted differently.

But a majority of them were mesmerized into the belief that a Cobra surfaced from the nether world bearing a message that a redeemer would soon arrive. The prelate who proposed that preposterous proposition was rewarded with the chancellorship of a national university.

There is no doubt that we are in turbulent times. In these uncertain times, human relations must be carefully nurtured. We have no precise road map to determine the best course of action.

That does not suggest that there is no such thing as right or wrong. There is the moral option as opposed to the immoral in which we are currently immersed in.

The young people in GotaGoGama believe that science and technology will lead us to sanity.

While most people are generally decent, there are, unfortunately, some nasty people around, including some who are cruel, greedy, selfish and dishonest.

Mahinda Rajapaksa demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that he is in command of a political machine made up of a large number of political operatives who are power hungry, greedy, dishonest, and as Monday’s events conclusively demonstrated absolutely gutless.

It is time for the opposition to distinguish between disagreements over principles and political goals. Dislodging the Rajapaksa family calls for a unified strategy. A willingness to compromise and patience to arrive at the best tactic is not a luxury but a necessity.

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    Sarath, is that conman Mara in the picture ??? Yoshitha escaped with his wife to Singapore , just before organized attack.

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      Here’s EE ………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZlrMJp6KaU

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        85% of my vote is for AKD …… if he presents a modern economic policy it’ll be 100% …… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyVV6XXfqVc

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          nf, Why…???….because AKD conveniently kept far away from the ‘Aragalaya’? Because he was not even in the parliament when Deputy Speaker vote was held? Because he thinks that his party is the 100% pure, green and clean???

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            Jit,

            Unless there’s a miracle …….. the choices we have are Sajith and AKD. ………. Don’t get me wrong, I wish for a miracle.

            I believe AKD is the better of the 2 very poor choices …….. in politics, one is always left to choose the least worse out of the worst. (And to put a smile on Sinhala_Man’s face: the poor sod doesn’t have much going for him these days! :)) )

            I’m not blind to JVP’s ragging/violence in the universities …….. and their other unsavoury activities ………

            When it comes to the economy …….. the JVP leaves me with the feeling ……. sorta …….. Arts graduates trying to work in the field of Science ……..

            But Sajith has lied about his qualifications …….. a big no no for a leader …….. his claim to leadership is, he is Premadasa’s son ……. as if Premadasa was a great president! ………. Premedasa was a murderer and a land-grabber, way before the Rajapakses: the resemblances are uncanny ……….. just imagine when everything is a distant memory, Namal coming forward and contesting for the presidency because he is Mahinda’s son ………

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              continued

              I didn’t know much about Gota other than he murdered Lasantha ………. and that was enough for me to deduce he will be a disaster ….. murderers rarely make good presidents


              “It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.” — Charlie Munger ……… A quote from a remarkable book I just finished reading. :))

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              nf, yes I WILL WAIT FOR THAT MIRACLE rather than letting it go to AKD or Sajith. Both are hopelessly weak in vital traits such as knowledge and integrity respectively. AKD & the gang doesn’t have a clue about current international trends, trade patterns, business and diplomatic relationships with the west. They just hug far away China unconditionally while attacking India! You can imagine the plight of SL surrounded by the Indian ocean if we antagonize India!! Their history, present and future will be anti Indian. Sajith lacks integrity, has had deals with R gang, never trustworthy, not honest at all and I have never endorsed him as a leader!

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                Jit, the nerd,
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                Methinks the implication of what you say is that you are more knowledgeable than AKD. Than Sajith, the Malaprop, you may be right!
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                Jit suffers from the same disease as Gota! They think that they know everything!
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                The problem with these half-baked nerds is that they equate “knowledge” with living in a “white society” in what are called “Western Countries”. They include Australia and New Zealand.
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                The question of why AKD wasn’t present throughout at Galle Face………….; yes, I was mildly disappointed, but I wouldn’t try to advise him. Probably nobody wants to take over the country tomorrow, given the mess that is our Economy.
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                Economics of this complexity I know is beyond me.
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                On most matters I accept what a guy like Kumar David says without reservation:
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                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/handunneththi-degenerates-into-chronic-amnesia/
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                I followed up by obtaining Handuneththi’s mobile number and speaking to him. I do check, but I now that leadership of the NPP and strategy is best left to others!

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                  Panini, you are a retired English teacher, right?
                  Supposed to be educated in the good old respectable days…right?
                  You have learnt western classics and social etiquette, right?
                  So you are supposed to be a very refined man, a person to look up to, a noble and exemplary character and a humble man to accept when a weak point is made, right?
                  I just stated that people are not interested about your connections to high flyers or bragging about your links to them – which you always do!
                  Then what do you do??
                  You run amok everywhere shouting, yelling, swearing, spitting and chopping anything and everything in sight like a mad butcher…..!!

                  I rest my case.

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                    Thanks, Jit.
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                    I’m in Maharagama. Was having my hair cut. Now waiting for the dye to be washed off.
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                    Thanks for this comment, which took me by surprise. I can’t possibly send you a proper response today. Got to attend a wedding today.
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                    It’s just about noon.
                    ..
                    Panini Edirisinhe

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                    Jit,
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                    When I tell you that Barber Dimuthu has been cutting my hair for more than ten years, you’ll be telling me that I’m dropping more names.
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                    And Dr Godwin Constantine?
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                    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-galle-face-struggle-its-importance/
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                    He’s Professor of Cardiology in Colombo University. There was a Dr Anura Wijewardena who had operated on my poor left ball in 2009. Then, in 2015, it became necessary for my right ball to be put right. He wanted a report from this cardiologist to say that my heart could stand the strain.
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                    I talk too much is true! I told him about Rajan Hoole’s book “Palmyrah Fallen”, just out. He did the tests, etc, then called for some documents, and returned to me his share of the channeling money.
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                    I guess that you will now tell me that readers are not interested in my balls! However, I know that you will read this, but (out of spite, to prove me wrong) you will not comment on my balls.
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                    nimal,
                    no more here. Please go to the next page of comments on Sarath’s article. I have never met Sarath, but his b-i-l, Indral K. Perera, is my good friend.

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              nimal fernando,
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              Safely clothed in anonymity
              , you’ve said this:
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              “I’m not blind to JVP’s ragging/violence in the universities …….. and their other unsavoury activities ………”
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              Your beliefs here are shared by most “respectable” Lankans.
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              Actually, it is usually the “Peratugami” fellows, ”The Frontline Socialist Party”, led by Kumar Gunaratnam, that is usually accused of complicity in the dreadful ragging that takes place.
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              Most people are so sick of it that if there is evidence of what you say, it’ll be immediately and efficiently stamped out. No, I don’t agree with you at all on this. I myself can’t prove what I’m now asserting, but those sensitive academics who have studied the problem, tell us something quite different.
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              Ragging is perpetrated by perverted sadists who have sick minds. They sometimes have other short-term goals like securing a girl-friend from a Junior Batch. Or they just want to be noticed.

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                SM,

                I’m over the moon when my anonymity irks the inquisitive. :))

                “Safely clothed in anonymity”

                It has nothing to do with my identity! The truth is, you are just an incurable inquisitive bugger!

                There are hundreds of anonymous “commenters” – in fact more anonymous than the handful whose identity is known – why is that my identity is so important to you? :))

                For once in your life, have the honesty to say the truth; don’t try to cover it up with bullshit. If not, you are no different to all the other dishonest scoundrels you are trying to portray “you are on a mission to reform.”

                Reform thyself first! :)) ………. btw, is that Shakespeare …….. or in the scriptures?

                You seem/claim to know the shortcomings of everyone here …….. but seem not to know your own!

                Every morning, stand in front of a mirror for 15 minutes and get to know yourself ……… that’ll lead to a happy life! :)))

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                  continued

                  As for the JVP or NPP or whatever the crap it is …….. your blind uncritical faith in them …………. is no different to EE’s blind faith in the Rajapakses, who can do no wrong.

                  For you, the JVP can do no wrong!

                  You are both the same! You are Judy to his Punch …….. Jaadiyata, Moodiya!

                  Both of you suffer the same malady that’s common to many Lankans.

                  Time for your mental age to catch up with the physical !

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                    Nimal,
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                    I’m NOT uncritical. This response is from a phone.
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                    Jit has sent me a peacemaking response. See my comment just above that.
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                    Observe that there is clear evidence there that I’ve set about checking Hunduneththi’ s credentials
                    ..
                    Panini Edirisinhe

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              It is those who have some sense of justice are who take to left-wing politics. Unfortunately, it is also true that envy of those who are are advantaged leads individuals to sympathise with left-wing efforts to “level down” society. There are exceptions like Kumar David and Harini Amarasuriya who derive intellectual satisfaction from studying Karl Marx, et al. Most of that is Greek to me. I come from a “kapuwoth kola” background.
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              Leftist leaders emerge from amongst such people. Now that there is a dilution of social differences, ability to use the swabasha languages is also necessary. And so we have the emergence of AKD, Sunil Handunetti and Kumar Guneratnam as leaders.
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              Gunaratnam in Sinhalese:
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cVQkUUFgJs
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              and in English:
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCUXNHvf-DI

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              That there can be some overlapping between ragging and politics within individuals (why not try correlating with achievement in sports, for instance.)

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              Part THREE of 3
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              Recently, it became necessary for me to have a chat with Professor Amal Kumarage because of this article by him.
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-fuel-price-hike-repositioning-transport-logistics-sector-to-lead-economic-recovery-in-sri-lanka/
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              He is as determined as anybody to stamp out horrible practices of this sort. After discussing “Highway Robberies”, I asked him pointedly about his views on who is culpable for ragging. He said almost exactly what I have. There is no political ideology or motivation for ragging. These political groups have nothing to do with these dirty practices, and in fact they try to counter them.
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              I know what I’m talking about; you are a not very responsible, but gifted, entertainer. In this matter it is very important that you educate yourself instead of pandering to popular prejudices.
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              Panini Edirisinhe,
              (NIC 483111444V) currently in Maharagama; staunch opponent of ragging in schools (1964 to 1967); Teacher Training Colleges (1969-1970); Universities (1982 to 1986)

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      chiv

      Just before the end of clan’s rule as typical as of similar fascist regimes Mahinda has unleashed his Stormtroopers to begin violent confrontation. The peaceful protesters have been attacked and their venue has been destroyed. Didn’t the police intelligence inform their bosses?

      It appears the peaceful protesters have forced to use violence.

      Houses have been set on fire, people are dying or going to be killed.

      What the hell is happening.

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        Native, as a SriLankan it’s yet another SAD day in history. As I strongly believe, one way or another, future of our country will be decided by Aragalaya . People may consider Rajapaksas guilty of unleashing violence. But I hold them responsible for not resigning and leaving a month ago. If so the time amd energy could have been well spent in recovery rather than a month of standstill and now nation wide riots and property destruction. Whatever from here after Rajapaksas should be made to pay for the destruction and human losses they caused. The looted money SHOULD be recovered for rebuilding purpose.

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          People should also open their eyes after witnessing yesterday’s events. Mara goes to prsy the previous day. Retrms back to unleash violence next day
          Geets bus loads of thugjs apparently some are released from prison. Invites to official residence, gives money and orders to attack protesters. If not for public support I am sure many lives would have been lost. At least some videos show the police was enabling or even encouraging violence. People should come out of their denial to realize, crimes committed by Mafia family in past against minorities. This may be an opportunity for true reconciliation we never had.

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            It’s upto citizen to make these sacrifices worthwhile. The pain, hunger, poverty, more than a month of resistance against two decades of corruption, may be worth in rebuilding the nation. A true reconciliation will definitely help in rebuilding Lanka , which I dreamed as a child.

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              Mindless organized violence seems to be a tradition in the South of SL. 1958, 1983, 1989, are all good examples.
              Both Mahinda’s goons and their counter-protesters were well organised. Mahinda’s lot were transported, paid, and fed. They were wound up by MR and Johnson. The counter-protesters who pushed buses into the Beira and burnt politicians’ houses were certainly not the middle-class crowd from Galle Face. They mysteriously materialised at strategic places like highway entrances. They almost certainly were organised by a hidden hand, and not driven by lofty principles. This is all too much like 1983. These are the sort of volatile young fellows who might find another target soon enough. Vigilantism is not a good thing, even if the odious Rajapaksas are the targets.

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                OC
                Would you call it entirely “mindless”? I think that it is more focussed and perhaps more dangerous.
                We may be sleep walked into a fascist dictatorship. The protesters should dissociate from the violence and appeal to all supporters to counter it.

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                old codger

                “They almost certainly were organised by a hidden hand, and not driven by lofty principles.”

                True, however who organised the hidden hand is a mystery. However we need to expose the secret hidden hand for the sake future democracy.

                Why does the so called anti government thugs behave like with rage displayed somewhat similar trait, in 1958, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 2022, ….
                Arson
                Stripped naked,
                Organised mob,
                Excessive violence,
                ….
                etc

                Has Elle Gunawansa an experienced hand had any involvement in the riots?

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                  Native,
                  Where is Gnanasara?

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          chiv

          I agree however I also like to add few of my observation:

          In the past 74 years Racism did wonders to Sinhala/Buddhist crooks, war criminals, drug pushers, liars, criminals, unaccountability, nepotism, violence, …. to hide their guilt behind racism.

          Every Sinhala/Buddhist should take responsibility for the mess, especially the Sangha.

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      Of course the US citizens Basil, Goat and bro. MR must go! But we need to stop following the gamed narratives and Pied Pipers on Social Media and demand return of the Yugadanavi Power plant sold to a US company and their assets in LA.
      Who is leading the Protestors and trade Unions to further destroy the Lankan economy NOW? Facebook was used to spread hate and divide the county by CIA bots and tolls in Myanmar and Ethiopia and in the Arab Spring regime Change operations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Frances Haugen the Face book Whistleblower has revealed how social media is used to game elections etc.

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      Mahinda is cunning criminal and a psychopath just as Gotha. He didn’t want to leave the day he lost his election. Then with the help of MS he tried sneaking in violation of constitution. He even arranged a similar protest by bringing thugs in.buses providing Arrack, money and food parcel. He is not a person to be told to leave, even by his own people
      If at all he was forced , he decided to take the country down with him, and that is exactly he did today.

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        “If at all he was forced , he decided to take the country down with him, and that is exactly he did today.”

        Shades of Trump …….. both did the same when forced to leave.

        These dyed and mascara-ed up old farts think they are God’s gift to mankind.

        When he is gone, his hair dye will keep him embalmed for eternity ……. will be placed in a glass mausoleum …… his supporters will flock daily to pay homage

        For what? ……… What the hell has he done? ………… Other than syphoning off $30 billion and bankrupting the country and starving the people.

        Then some Lankans will start saying …….. how great it was during Mahinda’s time ………..

        Such is life!

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        Hi Chiv,
        Good morning.
        “If at all he was forced, he decided to take the country down with him, and that is exactly he did today.”
        Dare say, did it, in his inimical style!!!
        Imitating JRJ style, the calm and friendly, people got emotionally stirred, that there much celebrated hero is being booted out unceremoniously, thereupon convinced that they must do something??!!
        What do they do when that happens, thuggery, assault, destroy the peace, Loot and Rob after consuming Arrack to give “Dutch Courage”???!! Even break open liquor shops on the way??!!
        MS threatened that he will go home in 2018, when threatened of imminent impeachment, but ONLY AFTER SETTING THE WHOLE COUNTRY ON FIRE??!!
        Same b—–r is now MP, as a quisling and leader of party by disception, which is reduced to 3rd/4th position and wants to be PM
        These idiots are best sent home and shouldn’t be elected to the august assembly!!
        What else to expect from Pollonnaruwa – the citadel; one-time Capital of Sri Lanka, 1100 years ago, not inhabited by ignorant planted in that part of country by colonisation!!
        Sad state of affairs in country, rich with 2500 years of Buddhist culture, to boot?? Peace!!!

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        PEACE WE GIVE YOU ETERNAL!!
        IF YOU LET US RULE YOU ETERNAL!!
        TO RULE UNIMPEDED, WHATEVER THE CONSEQUENCES, AND ROB, LOOT, MASQUERADE AS SAVIOURS OF THE SINHALA BUDDHIST NATION!!
        NOT OTHERWISE BY ANY CHANCE – THE MESSIAH

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      The time is 10.34 pm.
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      I have already submitted two comments which have yet to appear. Those were sent in from my mobile smartphone.
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      This comment is being submitted from the Desk-top computer in my Maharagama home. My getting home was quite uneventful, but given the chaos that now prevails, I’m sure that I was fortunate.
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      I intend making more comments on the atmosphere that prevailed in the only two compartments in the train that I had awareness of. I had obtained my ticket about ten days ago using a pensioner’s railway warrant. That is something that I was entitled to. Some readers (a minority) who are often critical of me, will be shocked to hear that I travelled ticketless from the Fort Railway station to Maharagama in the last train for the day on this rather neglected railway line. The train was going to Avissawella.
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      More “discussion comments” to follow.
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      Panini Edirisinhe (483111444V) now relaxing in Maharagama.

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        Yesterday, I was hoping that this stand-off would end soon, but now that doesn’t look like being the case

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        https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Sri-Lanka-crisis/Sri-Lanka-asks-What-now-after-PM-exit-and-night-of-fiery-chaos.
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        Bringing thugs in from elsewhere was clearly what led to all that strife yesterday; so today, we’re without a government; only an incompetent President. However, that must change at some point, but how intelligently will people vote?
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        I will tell you what I thought of yesterday’s experience when I was thrown in with strangers for eight hours. I shall do so below, where I’ve spoken of the Podi-Menike journey.
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        Panini Edirisinhe
        of Bandarawela, now in rainy Maharagama.

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      Thank you Mr Alwis, Mahinda is/was a good actor. I always believe that he is not a buddhist but a high criminal in every form. Not even his family would be aware of his true nature.
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      This was what I had been saying all along. Today, that became clearer to all.
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      I am not a fan of vandalism, but those PS members deserve to be thrown to Bere Lake. No matter those crocodiles would continue the second treatment.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77_K1h0ovzM
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofp0ajBNLRY

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      chiv,
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      This is a useful summary of how the protests have evolved.
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      https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/sri-lanka-crisis-decoded-in-10-points-2964066
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      I’m doing all that I can to tell our people that we don’t want to see violence.

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    Events outside ‘Temple Trees’

    What he planned behinde the screen who arranged busses to visit the temple trees and had the guts to distroy the peacefull protest he is dug his own grave and no change left to presdent the police had no power to stop. Now the fears of the peace really protester have gone away He did not have appreciation speech, Fake people are nice when it is conveinent to them or have a hidden agenda Now you cannot fake people Rjapashes supporters drowned in sea are providing withness, no one can intimade the peace full protest now there are more peacefull forces.

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    “A willingness to compromise and patience to arrive at the best tactic is not a luxury but a necessity.”
    It is time for realisation of truth and completely wipe out racism, fundamentalism and corruption.

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    Good riddance. But I will not be surprised if the brother rejects the resignation. It is a game they play so well.

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    Sarath has a vision fro Sri Lanka, the ruling clique has its own: Once they lose power their existence will be in jeopardy. Where will they go? Who will give them refuge?

    The obvious option they have is to set up a military rule, and they hope they will then be protected.

    Future is not easy to predict though: Over to Gnana acca!

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      These scoundrels always have a way of escaping, and many countries unfortunately give them refuse. They will all still be well off, they have milked this country dry, and will live a life of luxury with their families, and extended families. We can only hope our people have the brains to learn this lesson and NEVER vote for a single Rajapaksa ever again.

      Just take a look at the Philippines. Their voters are quite stupid, as they are on the verge of electing the son of one of the most corrupt leaders – Marcos. They have still not retrieved the billions he had stolen. I have no doubt our voters may do the same one day.

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        Make that “give them REFUGE”.

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          Ashan, may nobody give these scoundrels REFUGE any more.
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          Thanks for the wish!

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        The US organized refuge to the Shah of Iran and Marcos of the Philippines, and protected Mubarak of Egypt and Pinochet of Chile.
        Ask yourself, in whose interest junior Marcos contesting?

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    Chiv,
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    The time now, as I begin typing on my phone is 5.15 pm. I’m in the Podi Menike train, which is travelling down from Kadugannawa.
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    I’m in one of the two First Class compartments. I think that the schedule is for us to get into the Fort Railway Station by about 7.30 pm. There ought to be a train to Avissawella at 8.00 pm. Should that be the case, I’ll be able to get my home in Maharagama.
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    We got into Kandy about 4.00 pm. There was no sign of the curfew that we had been told was declared by Gota.
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    I shall submit this, and then continue with “Replies” to this.
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    Can’t submit until the D signal is better.

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      Continuing immediately!
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      We had stopped for a crossing with another train Not sure what the station was. Balana?
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      Lots of tunnels here, aren’t there. The other sim in the phone is an M.
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      I had been careful with the charge on the phone, but then a helpful guy from Beruwela showed me that there is a port for charging a.phone under the seat, and he provided me with a charger compatible with this phone. So, I’ve climbed from 42% to 74% whilst typing.
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      Rambukkana now.
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 4383111444V) usually of Bandarawela, heading for Maharagama.

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      SM, why do you seriously think that CT readers are interested in reading where you go or your train travel itinerary or that you are traveling in elite ‘First Class’? Is there any limit foo your nativity? Snobbery??? What is going on in your brain when you write that rubbish!!! That people are interested in your blinking daily chores? What is next?? Telling us the time you brush your teeth or going to the toilet?????

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        Strange that you read it all, Jit.
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        As I have told readers, Jit, this is one of the few comforts that I’m entitled to for having served the government as a teacher for 29 years.
        .
        My intention, if I have the time, is to tell readers about the attitudes of some of the passengers, and my interaction with them. Some of the worst violence on Tuesday was taking place whilst I was on the train.
        .
        I see the indifference of some young men as ominous for the future of democracy and decency in the country. If you read this comment as well, doesn’t it point to some obsession that you have with what a VishramikaGambadaIngiriseIskoleMahaththaya is doing. Remember that on May Day I travelled to Matara and back to Bandarawela in a very ordinary bus bus; and whilst in Matara, I chanted the slogans given to us.
        .
        You, Jit, can continue working for Microsoft Teams in America.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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          SM, no matter where I live or what I do to buy my food, clothing and shelter, when it comes to tell about my intentions or views to readers, I focus and write the context only. Not boasting about my connections to high flyers or writing everything I do in my daily life or what I plan to do in the next hour…….!

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            I don’t think that there’s much time left for me to make comments here. I think that I’d better let Jit be. A slight, unmeritable fellow, not worth bothering with. I won’t say that he’s a bad fellow, but let him continue to enrich Bill and Melinda Gates.
            .
            To get back to the people on the train, there were eight young rowdies. They talked loud, in uncouth Sinhalese. I know the type. If they knew some European language they would flaunt a few words in it. I’m not sure where they got in; I think that it was around Nanu Oya. The seats on the “Podi Menike” can be turned 180 degrees. They wanted that done to my seat around Hatton. I told them, “No, that’s meant to be done at Kandy since the engine is detached there, and attached to what had hitherto been the rear of the train.” The idea is that all passengers face forward when the train is running.
            .
            Well, they got some seats turned round, to form an alcove of 4 X 2 seats; I hope you get my meaning. Why? So that they could play cards!
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe, tbc

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            Continuing……
            .
            By now, our mobile phones were bringing us news of the chaos in the two “Gamas”. They were indifferent to both the fate of the country, and to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Mind, I didn’t try to “teach” them; I know whom to avoid. I feel sorry for Jit; he’s not a bad fellow, but don’t you see how pig-headed the guy is?
            .
            To get back to the rowdies. I did try to communicate with them. I was genuinely wondering what “MynahGoHome” means; I asked them. They said that was a play on the first two phonemes in the two words. So, they are against the “Multiple-Paksas”. The question is, how can these fellows be trusted to use the franchise? Being Panini Edirisinhe, I did try to tell them about the NPP, and how Harini Amarasuriya isn’t a member of the JVP, but they just weren’t interested. At best, just before the elections, they would listen to half an hour of Sepal Amarasinghe on YouTube, and you know how that s likely to end.

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        Dear “leelagemalli”,
        .
        Don’t you feel flattered when Jit says that I boast of “high connections”, meaning you, probably? Ah, no. It could be GambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththaya’s pupil, Amal Kumarage. But wait; I don’t think that I should descend to Economic-Migrant, Jit’s level of pettiness.
        .
        Jit has not been commenting very long on CT. I remember that when he first appeared here, he was running down most of today’s politicians, who come from humble backgrounds. His great hero was Dudley Senanayake, whom I also acknowledge to have been one of the better Lankan politicians. But how shallow Jit’s thinking is! For him, proof of Dudley’s honesty was how much money Dudley had in his Bank Account, and how many pieces of clothing he had.
        .
        What he doesn’t realise is that Dudley was not a man who would ever have been reduced to starvation. He took to “gentlemanly politics”, but his brother went in to business:
        .
        https://www.senanayakefamily.org/family-legacy/robert-senanayake/
        .
        I think that Freudenberg & Co. had many important agencies. The family was rich:
        .
        https://www.senanayakefamily.org/family-legacy/
        .
        Jit thinks that he can call me “a snob” because I have said that I travelled down to Colombo First Class in the “Podi Menike”.

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    People should be cautious about the opportunists who change their colours.

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      and colourless opportunists like NGOs.

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    Like you ate Kiribath in 2009, Tamil will not cook PONGAL but we pray for peace

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      Dear Tharma,
      .
      There’s much that I can tell you about what happened to me that day, but, look, it’s 1.30 am. Please ask me another day; you’ll like what you hear!
      .
      Not all of us Sinhalese are racists, you know!</b>

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    To be kind to the Rajapaksas, they were the most patriotic of all towards the Masses (to the Sinhalese mostly). However, their advisors, as Namal Rajapaksa said, gave them wrong advice.

    Their advisors told them that as the Sinhala brain did marvelous things with money in Western lands, they had to be encouraged to do very well in-country as well.

    They forgot, or did not realize, that that Democratic Capitalistic System was not in place at home like in the West, and anyway, the fellows who did well overseas, were ones who had taken large chunks of the money of the hardworking-suffering-Lankan-Masses to roll around in the West.

    Hence the shame; hence the woe. 😔

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      Rajapaksas were just not bright enough to install a Democratic Capitalistic System in the country.

      This system was never really in place since Jayawardena’s pro-capitalistic time. Along the line, all leaders tried, but it was easier for Lankan leaders to amass wealth only for the Elite. None were too bright, and extremely selfish. Mafia systems emerged to fill in the spaces. Yet they relied on this global system to prop up the country’s monetary reserves.

      Enter Rajapaksas, and the mafia technique became extremely polished. So polished that all the alternate global monetary techniques came into place – money laundering, crypto, change of global order…..everything the others already did, but at a far higher level. Very clumsily done; very obvious.

      Hence the disgrace; hence the misery. 😥

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        When Gotabaya entered, the expanding debt burden was very obvious. The previous government, the UNP, hadn’t a clue on how to deal with it, except to merge with India via land-bridge. Now, Gotabaya had the confidence of the Masses and had the golden chance to consolidate and even out discrepancies and income inequalities. The people would have thanked him for it, even if it meant rigorous austerity measures. Instead, he went the pro-capitalistic way of Donald Trump (meant for America), tried to entice investment that did not work, and failed on taxes. Hence the suffering; hence the strife 🛐⚡🔥💥

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          You are an ill-informed person. Yahapalanaya was a disappointment, but Mangala brought in two consecutive budgets in 2018 and 2019. We were on our way to recovery.

          Rajapaksa ‘patriotism’ was just a show to get in to power to plunder. Chinese used their greed to get us lock stock and barrel.

          I sure hope that the next govt will investigate and try to recover the plundered money, stored outside the country.

          Find the killers of Lasantha and Wasim!

          These crooks built a band of thugs and criminal at PS level and at the temples using the crazy ethnocentrism of the Sinhala Buddhists. Divide and rule. It worked for the British.

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            Mangala (yes, a good man indeed), together with the UNP, would have sold Mother-Lanka lock, stock, and barrel to USA. Now, nothing wrong with a bit of USA….maybe ¼ USA. Any more than that and it would have been the 2/3 : 1/3 division, land-bridge, ancient forests and farmland converted to corporate buildings, displacement of rural people, and American air-bases. No, our country won’t be divided and ruled with a possible American colonization perspective.

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              RTF, what is the other option Rajapaksha followed? Selling Mother-Lanka lock, stock, and barrel to China?? Your sesame seed sized brain cannot fathom that half of the current financial crisis is created by mega loans borrowed from China @ 10% or more interest on bloody white elephant projects that gave billions of commissions to Rajapaksha gang?? Show me just one project USA sold to us in the last 50 years that sent SL to bankruptcy!!!

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                JiT,

                At least China kept us a United Island. USA and West would have divided us into thirds (hence Lanka’s aversion towards places like the US). We seem to be going towards it anyway….probably a big US plot against Motherland (Kamala Harris at the helm).

                Rajapaksas shouldn’t have gone into excess on the offshoring….all the money of the hardworking-suffering-Lankan-Masses vanished into these off-shore accounts, and now vanished into the “global system.” R’s should have been more vigilant and prudent for the country instead trying to take these huge risks that no other country at our level dares to do.

                Any yes, their unpayable mega-borrowings for white-elephants from China put Motherland into this mess that is going to last for decades. It looks like China’s debt is only about 5-10% of all the debt, but the China highways brought in cars and petrol from loans from other places. So these Chinese interrelated loans would be around 30%. The rest of the loans from IMF and other places are for essential items conducive for country sustenance in global capitalistic trends.

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                  Damn all the loans from the time of Jayawardena that has accumulated over the decades. They got us nowhere. They put us into shameful, embarrassing circumstances.

                  It’s time for the austerity of the JVP-FSP if we want our country to rise from the ashes. After our ridiculous dallying in Western-style liberal capitalism, JVP-FSP will be a face-saving measure. Masses will have a more affinity towards their government then, to build up again from the ashes.

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                    Jayawardena certainly created money-making devises in the country. But it stopped just there – at the money-making! There were little to no regulatory procedures, no adequate taxation on those who made money off their surrounding environs and people. No, it was big house upon big house and other personalized infrastructure that sprang up, to the fury and rage of the struggling Masses around. Many murders were committed during these times, culminating in the insurrections by the labor forces, eventually leading to the war of separatist terrorism.

                    Very little has changed since then. There has been some effort, but too often it is filled with nonchalance, some amusement towards the common man’s anger, abject greed and corruption, and eventually, militaristic torture and death control.

                    It’s time for the JVP-FSP takeover that will bring some relief and dignity to the Motherland. 💝🙏🙏🙏

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                    rtf, rubbish! I dont like JRJ but to be fair, all the loans obtained at that time were used for projects such as Mahaweli, Samanalawewa, Ruhuna university, Colombo port etc., They all are still high yielding socio-economic mega projects and the loans were always around 1% interest with grace periods like 10-20 years in some cases.

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                      JiT,

                      They may be high yielding, but for whom?

                      Lack of proper democratic capitalistic channels never spread out towards the Masses.

                      No, returns went towards the Elite. Even that university showed it, for after all the money spent on it, jobs were not created. Lankan brains went abroad- were encouraged to go abroad. Those brains that go abroad only sit contributing to the Elite pool for more brains to go abroad. Lankan leaders and Elite are too stupid and selfish to grow the in-country solution. Only JVP-FSP can do that, but the Elite won’t give them a chance even in Parliament. Outright revolution is the only solution. All of Pottuwa has to go. All of UNP has to go. SJB can be allowed to form a coalition with JVP-FSP.

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                  rtf,
                  1. You prove that USA ever divided SL before Rajapassa gang and China united it again. I need empirical evidences or peer reviewed articles, not your ‘appa kade’ theories!
                  2. The difference of Chinese loans are that they were used for white elephant projects as we all know. ALL IMF and WB loans were used to do economically important high yielding investments such as Mahaweli project. Re – carpeting of roads – no we did NOT need all village roads to be carpeted because SL cannot afford it. R gang did it just to suck almost 40% commissions out of the projects.

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                    JiT,

                    What do you think UNHRC is about? It’s about playing dividing/uniting games with our Motherland till all of Sri Lanka is one big giant US corporate structured building.

                    Yes, agreed about the 40% commissions by Rajapaksas. It was them showing their clout towards the Elitist UNP’s. For shame. enough tribalism. We need normal Lankans running our Motherland- the JVP-FSP with some SJB will do it.

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                J
                “Your sesame seed sized brain”
                What matters is how well a brain is used.
                There are others too who imagine that they are bright and call anyone that disagrees all manner of things.
                It reveals more than a lack of civility: a deep seated sense of insecurity.

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                J
                Do some reading before you blast off.
                Umesh Moramudali:
                https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/the-hambantota-port-deal-myths-and-realities/
                Deborah Brautigam and Meg Rithmire:
                https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/02/china-debt-trap-diplomacy/617953/
                Expose any lie that you may find.
                That will be more productive.

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            nt17
            “Chinese used their greed to get us lock stock and barrel.” Kindly explain how?
            Did you not notice anything unusual about the US and Indian operations in the past several months?

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          RTF
          Your slips are showing.

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          Dear RTF,
          .
          I admire your courage and honesty, but it is misplaced; too early.
          .
          What we are now conscious of are these four brothers (I think that there are more, but they’ve not been in the public eye) who were rogues, murderers, racists, and much else.
          .
          There is substance in some of the things that you say, but nobody is going to listen to you now.
          .
          Indeed, they will probably go down in History as having been as bad as Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Hitler, Stalin, the Duvaliers of Haiti. Mass murderers.
          .
          Not worth your while trying to show that they were the victims of History, or whatever.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe
          of Bandarawela

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            SM,
            “these four brothers (I think that there are more, but they’ve not been in the public eye) who were rogues, murderers, racists, and much else.”
            Whatever they might be, they could hardly be racists. They worship at Tirupati. Look at their relatives. Nadesan is a Tamil. MR is married to an Eurasian Catholic. His children are Thomians. At least one married in a church.
            They simply use the racism of the voters to their own advantage.

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      Dear RTF,
      .
      You do enjoy swimming against the tide, don’t you?
      *
      The Frog (1896)
      .
      by Hilaire Belloc
      Be kind and tender to the Frog,
      And do not call him names,
      As ‘Slimy skin,’ or ‘Polly-wog,’
      Or likewise ‘Ugly James,’
      Or ‘Gape-a-grin,’ or ‘Toad-gone-wrong,’
      Or ‘Billy Bandy-knees’:
      The Frog is justly sensitive
      To epithets like these.
      No animal will more repay
      A treatment kind and fair;
      At least so lonely people say
      Who keep a frog (and, by the way,
      They are extremely rare).
      *
      *
      Hear it recited:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiGF2Qg_h8w

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    Achievement Squre Galle face green

    Having the emergency power how did the rajapashe gang ransacked the peacefull protest.
    Peaceful protest wins over the hearts and minds of the majority belongs only to honourable and courageous people

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    Sarath,
    Thanks once again a masterpiece.
    The big question is from here what is the course, The Architect and Navigator?
    Hope sensibleness prevails and thuggery and misery avoided, and humanness prevails supreme!

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    One gets the impression that the big blunder made by the Rajapaksas is to allow or instigate their supporters to attack the peaceful protesters. They erred in thinking that the security machinery under the President would prevent a backlash. The backlash has materialised. That would make it far more difficult for Gotabhaya to finish his term. His minister of health who as part of his brains trust played a leading role in crucifying Dr. Shafi, has been among the earliest to jump ship.

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      RH
      It was a lack of choice.
      Bringing back people to their side was getting harder and harder.
      The choice was between using the forces and thugs to break up.
      I do not think that the violent reaction to the attack was altogether spontaneous, while some of it will create excuses to impose oppressive rule in the name of law and order.
      It is time for emotion to give way to serious political thought and politicised mass mobilisation that unites the many.

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        SJ,
        The violent reaction seemed very well-planned, like 1983. This time perhaps the Rajapaksas will bear the brunt, but who will it be next time? Seems like some lessons are never learnt.

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          The economic recovery is going to be long and hard. I wonder who these vigilantes will target in a couple of years?

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          OC
          Thank you for this sobering observation.
          There are a few too many happily endorsing what happened as divine retribution, because the targets ‘deserved it’.
          The power struggle to come will not be democratic by any means

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          OC: I think there is big diffrence with 1983. Then, it was planned top-down by the master thug, JRJ. This one is more bottom-up, lower down the hierarchy, people are feeling hungry. They are beginning to see the abuse of power and theft. If by “well planned” you mean synchronous attacks on ex-minister’s houses, that is the power of mobile phones. But some of the thuggery entrenched in SL culture is also coming out.

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            SAV,
            I saw the guys checking buses and beating up Mahinda’s goons, and I did visit Galle Face with its peaceful protesters. The two groups were not the same.

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              Dear oc,
              .
              I guess that I will never know who you are – I mean your identity, etc.
              .
              But what a marvel you are. I never thought you a woman, so you can’t be pregnant!
              .
              But what a pregnant and significant comment by you:
              .
              The two groups were not the same.
              .
              But let’s bless them for beating up Mahinda’s goons.
              .
              It’s sad; but Realpolitik does need some muscle also on occasion.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe

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                SM,
                I’m certainly not as marvellous as you see to think. But thanks anyway.
                The problem with people who beat up other people is their unpredictability. You never know, they might be gunning for you next.

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    SL Tyrant Rulers had been divisive and been clever to appear to be very religious and patriotic. Their pseudo nationalism has now been exposed. Their misdeeds has been exposed to the general public. M Sirisena and Ranil W should resign from the Parliament and make way for clever incorruptible erudite politicians to rule the interim GoSL

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    Tyrants are enabled by corrupt businessmen.

    Rascals like Nimal Perera, Sumal Perera, Ishara Nannayakkara, Dilith Jayaweera, Reynor Silva, Ishan Silva, Hans Wijesuriya , Ashok Pathirage and Nissanka Senadipathi must be immediately brought before a peoples Court for collaborating with the corrupt Rajapaksa regime too rob the people of this country in various ways.

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      Deepthi Silva
      You are correct. They should be tried in court and punished.
      But, the guilty know in their hearts what they have done, hence most of the collaborators will skip the country and wait somewhere safe till things cool down.

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      You missed the biggest name in Rajapaksha black money investments – Dhammika Perera!

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        Spot on, Jit! There isn’t a bigger wheeler dealer in the country.

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          OC
          Some of the lot place their bets both ways.

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        Jit does know a few things; the problem is that he thinks he knows everything.
        .
        By my calculation, you are about fifty years old. So your learning years are over. It doesn’t really matter; you don’t matter much, nor do I.
        .
        But yes, oc, fellows like Dhammika Perera also have to be investigated. And Raynor Silva; it was only a few days ago that I found out what’s what:
        .
        http://3mana.com/maleeka-sirisenagesanath-jayasuriyaraynor-silva/
        .
        Yes, I know that I’m sullying myself by dealing with sleaze!

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    We would not have reached this mess had ex-Chief Justice Sarath Silva returned a
    honest verdict over Mahinda Rajapakse at the Inquiry of Mahindas roll in the Rs.80
    million Tusami funds hijacking. This Judge boasted of his ruling to save Mahinda
    casually to the SL media.

    Can SL Lawyers pursue the matter to have the Judge & Mahinda in Court?

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    A Week is a long time in Politics remarked onetime Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
    The News in is that MaRa has sent in his resignation. Still some would not be too sure especially due to the wily ways of the Rajapaksa cabal.
    But, I hasten to add ; A Day not a week is a long time in Politics.. Apparently houses belonging to MaRa at Hambantota and Kurunegala have been torched………………….
    It was just this early afternoon that MaRa sent in his men, with the usual Lunch parcel and Booze to thrash the daylights out of the Protesters.
    In the evening the houses are torched.

    Well, that is even less than a day…………..
    Dear S.De.Alwis.
    My notion of Karma is that you pay for it in a next birth.
    But.it appears it is not necessarily True…………….
    What do you say? After all you led the Y.M.B.A SOMETIME AGO…………..

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    Since independence the favourite past time of the sinhalas abetted by leaders like JR were the torching tamils properties. Gota and mahinda even torched live tamil civilians,. Now they have these things happening to them. ONLY one word a bunch of IMBECILES!!!!

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    The “People’s Struggle” should NOT ALLOW an all party GoSL to be formed. We don’t want any of the Members of SLPP & SLFP or Ranil W to be part of the Interim GOVERNMENT OF Sri Lanka.

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      Naman,
      “We don’t want any of the Members of SLPP & SLFP or Ranil W…”

      You don’t mind having corrupt UNP and SJB politicians. The other day, AKD exposed how the leader of SJB swindled billions from Central Cultural Fund.

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    Rajapaksas and their advisers miscalculated big time.
    They thought that #GotaGoHome is indeed a seaside party. They thought they can send some goons with crow bars to #GotaGoGamma and attack destroy the tents and attack a few protestors and they will al run away. They failed to understand that #GotaGoHome is no confined to one or two locations but it is the people of Sri Lanka even the 6.9 million.
    Mahinda started the violence and in the end paid for it. Properties belonging to him and his fellow SLPP MPs/Ministers were torched down including his fathers memorial and museum.

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    First thing first. Tit for tat may not turn out to be an effective protest. Not all of us are always successful in controlling our anger. Still people should not respond to provocation. Even the babies understand that the Royals prepared in many prongs to deal with protest, and only one of them is this morning thuggery. We don’t know how much of the left out they will grab while running away with one leg slipper, while showing a cover-less back. We yet to face the others. It is better to have a planned response, not an instant reaction. Fox ex. Buses are your property Mahinda has been using to transport his people. Repossess them, don’t burn. Protestors know this is only a minor victory. But there are indicators many may follow. Protests too have to go long way. So, it should be maintained the environment for a longer protest. And protect yourself too as you know there is no medicine available for you if you get hurt.

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    More bad to come before your efforts start yielding any fruits or goods. So, reserve your energy – save your power to stand strong for long. Crying and feeling misery never saved anybody. But we all do that more importantly than seeking for a way-out quagmire. Remember? Your target is not chasing the de-crowned Mahinda or even the 21st century fox Ranil. Your final destination is recreating famous Ceylon political culture i.e The Very First Democracy in the East with voting rights even to women (1931)”. Ceylon took the first antidemocratic backward step as soon as the UNP grabbed power in 1947, by passing the Indian Pakistani Citizenship Act. Your true freedom is about to be yours soon. First you need to clear the hyenas and following that set up example for the future generation how to maintain the Ceylon’s one time’s ups – (education, wealth, social harmony, civilized secularism, upholding of democratic tolerance…….) Bravo, you have got the torch in your hand. Search for all that you lost in the dark days and rediscover your superior honor and pride within the world human societies. You sure footed. Victory is yours, not Mahinda’s or Hitler King’s or Foxy Ranil’s. So go for it with confidence!

    Jayawewa! !

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      Well done moderators, keep the rubbish out of these columns.

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        They have not kept you away, maybe they love fake Vikings living in the UK, who hed Reindeers for their Sukker Papa in Norwegian Lapland.

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    We need to focus on a certain flight that originated in Lagos, Nigeria at 1.05 pm that arrived at CMB, Katunayake airport at 3.55 am today 10th May 2022. This aircraft, a Boeing 747 Cargo version with flight number BSC4024 belongs to a cargo airline called Aerostan is a cargo airline based in Manas International Airport, Kyrgyzstan.
    What is curious about this particular arrival is that, when I checked the flight history of this aircraft, it has flown into CMB, Katunayake at 6.11 am on the 5th of May 2022 from Lagos Nigeria with flight number BSC4044 and departed for Mombasa, Kenya on the same day with Flight Number BSC4021 at 10.42 Am.
    Similarly, there is another recorded flight by the same aircraft (EX-47002) into Hambanthota Mattala Airport on the 28th of April 2022 with Flight number BSC4044 the destination out of Mattala is unclear.
    Similarly, its sister aircraft with Reg number (EX-47001) also a Boeing 747-200 Cargo aircraft has arrived from Lagos Nigeria on the 5th of April at Mattala Airport Hambanthota with flight number BSC 4024. It departed on the same day at 4.28 pm.
    It should be noted that a 747-200 cargo aircraft can carry in excess of 100 Tons of cargo.
    Incidentally, these flights started after the “GotaGo” campaign on the 31st of March.

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    Now that Gotagogama is being rebuilt I hope that it does not turn into another Tiananmen Square.

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      Paul
      You still believe the West’s narrative of Tiananmen.
      We have heard the same lies again and again against every opponent of imperialism.

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        SJ there was a funny reference to Tiananmen Square in an episode of The Simpsons. There was a notice in the Square which read ‘In 1989 At This Place, Nothing Happened’.

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          So you take it from a liberal comic strip.
          It is a lot better than NYT, WSJ or Washington Post.
          But the truth escapes the US public because the odds are heavily against anything that hurts US interests.
          More witty and just as falsifying will be a cartoon showing a placard in Baghdad: “There were no WMDs here”

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    Really DE, Have you looked up the word ‘Tyrant’ in the dictionary?

    May be MR has been a cunning manipulator, somewhat dishonest at that. But a tyrant? He certainly doesn’t qualify to be classed as a tyrant. He is a persuader of any and every cause, a trait the rogues around him exploited.

    Part of his problem is that he thrives on peoples apparent affection and adulation. The economic problems to a large part, was caused by his decision to give fertilizer free to farmers for many years. Ultimately he created a monster that his brother couldn’t stop, causing their downfall.

    So, DE, learn to use words with proper meaning. Your religion and other interests in Sl are dead, no matter what happens.

    BTW, the Cardinal is a rogue who should be jailed pronto,

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    Someone said the naked guy in the image is Blind alias HLD. Well fed pig but fully drunk on free drink. Poor bloke visted SL to be a guest speaker at Temple Trees on that freedom day function led by Rohitha, Jhonston and some prisoners. But unfortunately this turned to be this goons last. In fact they shoulds have given this Blind Moron a Musolini like treatment but our guys are not blood thirsty animals. Now is the time to organise a judicial commission (not with the a..se licking judges and AGs) with honest, experienced lawyers and judges to institute a legal process to inquire into the crimes, murders, abductions, theft, interfering with justice and to recover the assets from SL and from abroad. It is a beig job but it has to be done. Now the political goons will realise that politics is not for looting or thuggery but to serve the country. Get GL, Sitha Acca, Diana aunty and geetha archchie to have a holy dip in Beira Lake to wash off their sins. By the way there are some dhemalu arse lickers like Doglas, Pillayan, Karuna, and Sri ragavan a good naked parade along Galle road.

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    I do hope from NOW on TRi-Forces will take ORDERS from the Interim Prime Minister & GR will be a dummy President.

    Release ALL the Prisoners[held under PTA] for whom still no charges had been made.

    Recall all the High commisioners and Ambassadors as well as the PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS that were made without meritocracy & that appear to be Political.

    Make sure all the government Servants are working efficiently and effectively without political INTERFERENCES.

    Fix the foreign currency equivalent SL rupees

    Make all the tourists to SL to feel safe and they are welcome to enjoy the paradise Island

    Make sure the Provinces could get investments from the Diaspora and Foreign countries.

    Make the Anti bribery /corruption body + AUDIT department independent and powerful

    Release Ranjan Ramnayake immediately and make him a minister

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    Continued
    “Aragalaya” needs to make sure that the Politicians and Businessmen who got /made money &Properties illegally do not escape from the country.

    Need to make sure the Goons and the incitrors of the yesterday’s violence are ARRESTERED ASAP

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    The protests and their result has left Gota holding the reins of power, just what the protestors did not want. He now is the only man holding the country together. Even a few of the Twitterati have asked ‘if he goes what will happen?’. They need not worry, he will be here for another two years, during which time the dictatorship that they thought they had got rid of will become a reality. A return to Democracy? No chance, pig Pandi Kuttis might fly.

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    The public should be mindful that the Rajapaksas will now resort to every trick in the book to remain in power. Remember the Grease Yakas and the Goni Billas they created in the past? They will unleash Racial Violence to rule with the Military. the balance period.

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      Very true, Gamini.
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      Not many will understand that, but I hope that at least those reading this will be mindful of what you say.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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      The police will soon restore ‘law and order’.
      Unless the GFG movement becomes an island wide campaign with a serious political program, it could be back to business for the family.
      I did not want to discourage the campaigners, but now it is time to warn:
      Do not underestimate the State Apparatus.

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