20 July, 2024

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Everyone Loves A Revolutionary; But How Many Will Vote For Him?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The JVP/NPP has launched an all-out campaign in the run-up to the Presidential election due in October 2024. There has been a flurry of seminars, public meetings and international visits by Anura. A sample can be found in the pages of Colombo Telegraph: “NPP a reformed mature movement”; “NPP the unrivalled choice”; “An election like no other” are articles on the Colombo Telegraph website. Some pieces are sugar-highs, others balanced. The talk in 3-wheelers and among my contacts (not all leftists) is “We have given all the others a chance, now let’s give these buggers a break”. Young people, clearly, are motivated.

Nevertheless, what are the nagging worries in people’s minds? The three big concerns in increasing degree of importance in the mind of the Sinhala electorate, (1) Will minority communities vote for the in JVP/NPP in a presidential election or will refrain and undercut the chances. (2) Will the JVP resume its bad old insurrectionary habits and will we ever get democratic elections again. And (3) is a concealed and insidious concern: Does the JVP/NPP have what it takes to pull SL out of an economic mire in an IMF dominated global trade dependent economic world. One connected matter is that if Ranil and Sajith get their acts together in some format, the combo is likely to perform very well.

To take these concerns one by one, my guess is that the Tamils (Ceylon and Up-country), the Muslims and the Catholics will, in substantial majority not vote for the JVP/NPP for the simple reason of historical memory. There is nothing of significance in the JVP’s past record to persuade these ethnic and religious minorities that the JVP will assuage their worries. Above that I understand that Ranil’s campaign in the North (Jaffna Hospital expansion, land grants to Tamils in the Kilinochchi area) and unconcealed support for Ranil by overseas Tamils, will undermine minority support for the JVP. And the JVP/NPP, has to its shame, not endorsed the 13-th Amendment to the Constitution.

In respect of item (2) I am persuaded that the situation is not gloomy. The JVP cannot resume the insanity of the Wijeweera era nor repeat the irresponsibility of the 1989-90 period. I am not worried about an embargo on elections nor the ability to change governments by democratic methods. The country will go up in flames if anyone attempts to withdraw free elections. This is not to give anyone a blank cheque but the world has changed a lot and the fascist option has suffered setbacks. (See last three concluding paragraphs however).

Question 3 is the tricky one. The view that Ranil pulled the country out of a crisis created by petrol queues, gas shortages and even middle-class people begging for just a bowl of rice not long ago, is not uncommon. Crafty RW is cashing in on this and expects the floating vote to back him. I have noticed that that at the grassroots, people feel that this may be so. RW’s gung-ho attitude “come what may I will damn well go ahead with the Presidential election”, helps this. The tricky question is whether people at the grassroots admire the pluck of the JVP and Anura but harbour reservation that the task of rescuing Lanka from its economic sickness is beyond the comrades’ ability. Lanka’s masses represent a pretty conflicted society at this time. The JVP/NPP machine is on an all-out campaign to dispel these doubts. It will be good if it succeeds.

I have in a previous piece made the comment that the hard-core Sinhala-Buddhist UNP voter is very pro-Sajith. I do not conceal that that I do not like Sajith for just this reason. Nevertheless, Sajith is the darling of the hardcore Sinhala-Buddhist voter who prefers him to Westernised Ranil. This remains an uncertain issue in the run up to the presidential election. (If Sajith and Ranil get together on a common ticket, who gets what post is less important, the alliance is probably unbeatable).

Another intriguing question is the future of the Executive Presidency (EP). If either RW or Sajith secures the presidency in October the experiences of Sri Lanka prompt the thought that the bloke will attempt to hang on to it. Mahinda went so far as to try to turn SL into a de-facto dictatorship in perpetuity. Nearly all the MPS in the current parliament were vermin who supported this attempt to abandon democracy for ever and ever. What more is there to say about these Sri Jayawardena maggots? To come to the point the gymnastics pertaining to the future of EP will be a constitutional jinx for a long time.

Anura is the one candidate among the three frontrunners who is relatively free of this curse. Ridding Lanka of EP is a revolutionary step. To those who fear that an Anura presidency foreshadows abrogation of democracy, I previously said, the JVP cannot resume the insanity of the Wijeweera era nor repeat the 1989-90 madness. I am not worried about the JVP/NPP imposing an embargo on the freedom to change governments. Anura is the only one among the frontrunners whose grassroots encourage revolutionary experiments. Abolishing EP therefore may not be a dream beyond the nation’s eventual reach.

I have sometimes been asked “What will the Rajapaksa bandwagon do?” Whether Mahinda commands some 10%-plus of the national vote or not, I find it difficult to imagine he will field an SLPP candidate and expose the feebleness the SLPP. He is also unlikely to throw his support behind the JVP. In a three-cornered (Anura, Sajith, Ranil) contest he will have to choose between Sajith and Ranil. But Sajith is the leader of the opposition to his (current) government so does it mean that, perhaps grudgingly he will back Ranil? Right now, in a formal sense, Ranil is his presidential nominee. This is all speculative and a three-cornered contest means that Sajith and Ranil are stupid enough as to fail to form an alliance of some form. This is premature speculation as nominations for the presidency have not yet been called.

A new development on the global, or at least the European scene, is the dramatic rise of the far-right in the last few months. I will give you just one projection to convey the flavour of what is happening. In France the average projection, rounded off, is that the Far Right (Marine Le Pen etc) will poll about 35% in the parliamentary (National Assembly) elections to be held in June, the Combined Left about 25% and the Centre, loyal to President Emmanuel Macron, about 15% – give or take 3% on each number. Le Pan’s far-right is vigorously courting the middle-class vote and preparing to form the next French government.

In Israel Netanyahu and the Jewish ultra-right is determined to wipe the Palestinian people off the face of the earth (40,000 have already been killed in Gaza) in a genocidal campaign in collaboration with America’s “Genocide Joe” and fulfil the Lord God’s promise of the Promised Land to the Israelites. Opium by the truck load to religious folk!   

At the same time the globe is ever more sharply dividing between the global south (BRICS for example) and the ‘Asian Century’, the exemplary nation is China. Russia, Vietnam and North Korea are lining up along this axis. More about the implications of this some other time.

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    Tamils (Ceylon and Up-country), the Muslims and the Catholics should chose AKD for the Presidential post hoping to see that he will use the Law & Order to trap the Rulers who brought economy to ruins.
    With Ranil & Sajith P there will not be ANY SYSTEM change. We need a SINHALA STATESMAN who cares for multi cultural/Lingual/Religious people. I do hope AKD will not treat the Tamil Speaking Citizens as second class citizens and will UPLIFT the lives of Estate workers.

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      Naman
      It is good to wish and hope, if only wishing and hoping can solve problems, the world will be a better place.
      Wish you all the best

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      Naman ,

      It is very timeous you try to put your weight behind AKD . Basically
      in our politics , it is the left that stirred up as much communalism
      as possible later on making it impossible for anyone else to resist it .
      And today everybody is talking about peace and equality across
      all ethnicities after pushing the country into the deepest ever
      precipice . How much can that change now ? The politicians turned
      their majority public against the minorities across the country
      wherever they lived . What for ? Their selfish hatred filled personal
      political benefit . And after many decades of clean hatred , they see
      they are cornered from all sides now . I would say this very loudly ,
      from the beginning , I mean from the moment of gaining independence ,
      if they worked towards a prosperous multi cultural country , we would
      not have been in this hell today .

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        whywhy,
        “Basically
        in our politics , it is the left that stirred up as much communalism
        as possible later on making it impossible for anyone else to resist it .”
        It is partly true that it is the Constitution that was produced by Dr. Colvin R De Silva and DR. NM Perera in 1972 brought Buddhist Fundamentalism into politics.

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    Although it is apparent that Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Sajith Premadasa and Ranil Wickremesinghe will be the only serious contenders for the Presidency of Sri Lanka, realpolitik based on their respective popularity and constitution would dictate that SP would scamper home as the winner on the second count for the following reasons:
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    Although AKD and SP would most likely be tied in terms of votes (AKD could have an advantage) with RW being a distant third, SP would benefit from the preference votes given by those voting for RW. It is very unlikely that those voting for RW would give their preference vote to AKD.
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    It must be noted that RW who managed to become an MP by a whisker at the 2020 General Election on the UNP National List would have been sent to relative obscurity at a presidential election under an overwhelming thinking electorate. SP most likely would be the beneficiary of this ignorance.
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    Given the current political discourse in this country, its bleeding for the most part will continue unabated no matter who comes to power.
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    Amrit Muttukumaru

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    Naturally , everyone has a soft corner for truth and honesty and for right
    from wrong but the crucial issue is majority is Addicted to habits . And ,
    the other major issue with most of the Revolutionaries is , They Don’t
    Speak The Politics Ordinaries Can Digest . So , the majority of the crowd
    the Revolutionaries are drawing , return home empty handed but with a
    sympathy that won’t yield any results . Nevertheless , this time around ,
    more than anything else , the oldies have contributed enough to the Rebels
    through their own actions all their life . There could be some difference but
    no one knows how much . So confused .

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      “The view that Ranil pulled the country out of a crisis created by petrol queues, gas shortages and even middle-class people begging for just a bowl of rice not long ago, is not uncommon. “
      RW indulges in a bit of overkill on this issue every chance he gets. It is just as ineffective as Sajith preaching to schoolchildren.
      The reality is that prices are much higher than three years ago. Some items, like ginger, are luxuries, because money for imports is limited. So, Ranil, in the eyes of 3 wheeler drivers, doesn’t get credit for rescuing us from a Haiti-like situation, but gets blamed for 330 rupee petrol.
      Very few understand economics, not even some with degrees in it.

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        OC
        Lots of prices came down about 6 months ago by about 25% to 30%, when the rupee appreciated against the dollar. However most people will conveniently forget this.
        Prices of things like ginger, Lime, turmeric, onions etc are volatile as their prices are connected to their supply levels.
        Some items are seasonal while others are imported, as supply varies, the price fluctuates. This is normal.
        It is not entirely the burden of the president to control prices, the agricultural department should study the dynamics of demand and supply and encourage farmers to cultivate things like ginger in excess to compensate for periods where there is no production.

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          HT,
          “Some items are seasonal while others are imported, as supply varies, the price fluctuates. This is normal.”
          True, but people tend to see only the high prices. There are FB memes complaining about the price of tomatoes (700 per kg), but the same tomatoes were only 90 per kg 2 months ago. The opposition always has the upper hand.

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          HT and all other rational thinkers@

          If our health memories can be recalled, RW came to solve all that was destroyed by GOTA.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDhg4T0xRSY
          To which SP and AKD reacted as “mimos”.
          :
          Today BABY Sajith dreams of grabbing power. So is infantile AKD. They are only crying as usual.
          As of today, neither of them have a big picture about critical situation of the day. Ranil can’t solve all the piled up problems in 2 years. Shakray can’t do that either.
          :
          No shows, now nothing like big parties, beach parties were done at people’s expense… People are really disgusted. .. As Harin confirmed recently, Ranil is working without pay… All of them are talking about something else now. ::::: Youtube beggars also make the same mistake.
          I think if RW is not given a chance to move on, he should get out of politics and take care of his retirement, he should not act in an advisory role either, because these people are real hypocrites, they should fall deeper.

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            Dear LM: “…if Ranil is not given a chance he should get out of politics…….” My friend. Ranil W will never be given a chance and neither he will be allowed to retire.

            He will be called upon to ANSWER many questions and most certainly that process of answering will be very painful. So no peaceful retirement.

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              Douglas aka Simon,
              You may dream of imprisoning him. But it’s just a dream. We know very well that without him this nation would have sunk deeper. Our people are not grateful. He took the risk not to save the Rajapaksa but to save the nation. To date, he and his team have successfully done so.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYKy41ti32s
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              The situation is similar to the terminally ill patient admitted to the ICU, but the patient’s various problems cannot be resolved without saving his life. Similarly, RW did his job to the best of his ability, for which I am grateful to him. Many others will see next how hard it is for him.
              .
              You and other pundits are brainwashed by inexperienced AKD led cry babies as always.
              If anyone thinks RW should be jailed, AKD should be jailed several times over with their killers who have killed dozens of my peers.
              You are in a dream and hallucination of someone who has recently exhibited in a form of a mental breakdown. If you are not able to improve your awareness, please better rely on your “kadamandiya” people. They may know how barbaric JVPrs were in 89-92 brutal period.

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                Dear LM: You are a mirage image of Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Prasanna Ranatunga, Tissakutti, Kanchana Wijesekera, S.M. Chandrasena, Mahinda Amaraweera, Wajira Abeywardana and a whole lot of others who are phobic of a NPP Government.

                My “Kadamandiya” colleagues are now aware of all that happened in 89-92, thanks to the social media presentations by investigative journalists. All of them are above par excellence in understanding the events of 89-92.

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                  Douglas,
                  I THOUGHT YOU CAN GRASP THINGS BETTER.
                  .
                  You hypocrites don’t care until your loved ones are kidnapped by murderous JVPs. You’re lucky you didn’t get hurt like I did.
                  .
                  Those are the selfish levels of the Sinhalese who are being brainwashed by the radical SLPP or the JVP.

                  We are not such radicals but liberal Sri Lankans who wish the best for the majority of the people.

                  I tolerate anyone with some decent principles, but the corruption and abusive nature is ingrained in Sri Lankan people (not only them but South Asians as a whole).
                  My hatred for the Janata Vimukti Peramuna was conceived at the University of Peradeniya, where I left my belongings and ran away. Only that brutal RAGGING was impossible, because most of JVPrs and their confidiantes had some sort of hidden propensities. They just lived up them by hurting the freshers.
                  :
                  My dear friends (best buddies I would say) Janaka (Peradeniya Medical Student) and Ranjith (Colombo Medical Faculty) from your area near to Habaraduwa/Unavatunata lived till they were brutally murdered by JVP without just cause.
                  You come from the same HOTPOT area where most of JVP barbarians lived. As people from that area you must be well aware of the barbaric nature of BPs born to the lower classes of that society, who envied anyone without any reasonable reason but they started killing them pleasing their fascist agendas.

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                  BTW, How are they colleagues?

                  They are just your people in your neighborhood.. right? What are you talking about ?

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                My friend LM: You say ” He and his team have…….” Please listen to the Media Briefing given by Dr. Harsha de Silva, today (01-07-24) regarding the proposed debate over the “Agreement” with Debt Holders.

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

                Dr. Harsha had a direct discussion with Ranil and requested him to produce the complete agreement to be discussed at the Finance Committee because RW has asked him to get the agreement to debate it in Parliament. of which Harsha is the Chairman. Ranil W has REFUSED and said that it is a SECRET document and cannot be released. It is not available to the Parliament even. Then what is to be debated in Parliament? This is how RW is “working” with his “team”. Please know your facts before directing accusations.

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                  Douglas,
                  The video is no longer available to us in Europe. How come ?

                  So something is fishy !
                  .
                  I know Dr. Harsha da Silva himself. He is now in unprecedented trouble. Time will bring him to the right place.

                  He is knowledgeable compared to the empty vessels such as your dear AKD and his men. A good work was also done through “Surasaviya” which saved a large number of patients. He also did a great job with the late Minister Mangala Samaraweera in reinstating the GSP Plus concession. He is an educated and honest person. His status cannot be compared to a wild eater like Sunil Handunnetty.
                  .
                  AKD was a minister but did nothing concrete during his tenure (Katinbataka Kola Sitawana Kayyanayake).

                  By the way, who do you think advises me not to comment on CT?
                  I never thought you would get Panini-Edirisinha syndrome. By the way, your comments are currently not meaningful as before. I thought they were a good reflection of the old days.

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                    “leelagemalli”! (Douglas is no problem)
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                    Is this the supposedly “missing video”?
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIhP3bms1DM
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                    As I write it is getting played (30’:31”) in another tab on this very computer.
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                    This is what Douglas had given, and it doesn’t open even in Bandarawela.
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iixNvHIqzvg
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                    The message I got says, “This video isn’t available any more”.
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                    Never mind whether there’s anything fishy or not, get the Presidential Elections conducted. Since “leelagemalli” says that he’s a “dual-citizen” (which Kumar David and I are not!), he is welcome to come here and vote for his beloved Ranil. I don’t know whether Ranil will contest, and I don’t know where “leelagemalli” is registered to vote, although I know his email address, and the town he is in! That town is not in Sri Lanka.
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                    If I’m more specific about the location of the town (or city!), then there will be complaints! No such problems with either Douglas or me!
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                    CONDUCT ELECTIONS!
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                    Panini Edirisinhe – i.e. විශ්‍රාමික ගමේ ඉංග්‍රීසි පාසලේ ගුරු මහත්මයා TheRetiredVillageEnglishSchoolmaster, (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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                      Dear Readers,

                      Please help me understanding SM’s comments.
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                      If this estranged but old man himself knew proper Sinhala, would he ever be called “Guru Mahatmaya”? Uruvarige Tisahami doesn’t even call him “I am Mr. Tisahami”.
                      Why cant PSYCHOLOGISTS guide this individual for our good ?
                      I don’t know what is behind his comments. That’s probably why most people don’t treat him with “green thumbs”:
                      Most of his comments look like beautiful vesak lanterns trying to attract visitors. There is no sense in his HEROWORSHIPPING about AKD and his meetings.

                      Good luck SRILANKA !

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        Dear old codger,
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        This statement of yours puzzles me: “Some items, like ginger, are luxuries, because money for imports is limited.
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        Ginger is grown in Sri Lanka; I don’t grow it, but most of what I buy from farmers at the Sunday Fair is grown here. One doesn’t buy much of it, but the prices don’t seem excessive. I cannot tell you hove many rupees for 100 grams because I can’t remember what I paid.
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        I understand the rest of what you say. I don’t understand economics. Many things said on this page with, at 06:13, 65 comments, seems to rest on misunderstanding and mistranslation. The word that I have just typed in gets underlined in red. I mean translation errors. No problem now! Shouldn’t “mistranslation” and “translation errors” mean the same thing? What is suggested for me is “mistranslated”. There seems to be no problem with my writing “misunderstanding”!
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        I’m sorry if I seem to be retreating into imbecility.
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        “Panini Edirisinhe විශ්‍රාමික ගමේ ඉංග්‍රීසි පාසලේ ගුරු මහත්මයා – i.e. TheRetiredVillageEnglishSchoolmaster, (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka“
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        I even had problems copy-pasting even the above!

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          SM,
          Ginger is indeed grown here, but not enough of it. That’s why it costs 3000 rupees a kilo nowadays.You would have paid 150 for 50 grams.
          It is the same with other stuff. Usually, when there is a shortage, the government allows imports, but at the moment, it cannot import as much as it wants due to IMF rules.
          Now, don’t blame the IMF.

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            OC,
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            People have land, but they are too lazy to grow even easy plants.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYgPfUIg9rM
            They are wasted before evening TV series. During the day they wait for others to do things for them. This mindset is warped.
            They are waiting for the government to give them everything they want.
            This mindset needs to undergo a paradigm shift.
            That south east asian countries, people are like termites. That is why Vietnam is running a good economy today. Our people live round the clock gossiping or licking the BO-Tree. What else needs to happen for people to start doing things on their own? If SAMANTHA BADDA could do smart agriculture, why not the others ?

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          Hello SM,
          CT uses American English, I write in UK English, so many times you will see red underlining for words that are correctly spelled. CT’s dictionary is not very extensive and doesn’t recognise some words that are properly spelled. If you hyphenate
          mis-translation it stills comes up with an error, but sometimes hyphenation works.
          Best regards

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          TheRetiredVillageEnglishSchoolmaster, (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

          “I’m sorry if I seem to be retreating into imbecility.”

          Bad association seems to have destroyed you. You were more human before getting close to JVP activists.
          Not a single person would treat you with a “green thumb” today.
          I don’t mind being labeled a disgrace, but you live in Sri Lanka, not me. I truly respect every living being. But I do not support corrupt and abusive cultures. Nor am I respect killers.

          Unlike sinhala racists like Tony, Lester, Jayasumana, Dayan Jayathilaka or Nalin de Silva and several others, you had high virtues. My mother said often, “Maluwa nasinne kata nisaya”
          However, like a glass wall shattering into pieces, all close to you move away from you. Trust kept on you is dying down. All good people turned away from you. Looking back, it’s sad.

          Any leader who can handle it with diverse thinkers (reflecting the cross section of Sri Lankan society) should be the leader to save Sri Lanka. Everyone else will have to practice Sri Lankan politics, which is not at all like the easy-going policies of Western democracies.

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    How revolutionary’ is the VP/NPP?
    As revolutionary as the LSSP after 1964? Perhaps a little less.

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    I think AKD is all good, but he does not seem to focus on the true nature of the current economic problems the country has been facing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-VOGTO9qpk

    Caretaker President , Wickramasinghe is right having done his part sofar with a smaller cabinet, however, much is left rgarding criminals be punished through strengthening the law and order of the country.

    All this can be done with a sizable mandate in parliament on the elected president. Now the situation is like ” catch 22″, so, he should be very careful whatever the decisions are being made. Unfortunately, neither Sajith Nor Anura seems to be grasphing the little about it.
    I think the inside of the wound that the country is facing today is not seriously taken by A and S yet today. They as usucall play their stage presentation for grabbing power. The very same was done by RAJAPAKSHEs as Joint-oppoistion and this nation was ended up in a disaster by July 2022.

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      Dear LM: You say: ” ….he does not focus on the true nature of the economic problem”

      Can you please discuss the true nature of the economic problem that Anura has failed?

      Your analytical thoughts on such problems (economic, political & social) would bring us to a much-awaited conclusion about your daily dose of foul-mouthing and a never-ending harangue of Rajapakse bashing all of which are so widely known to us.

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    Fatigue has set it. Desperation is creeping in. A blankness stares at our face!
    Will any decision be right. Do we have an alternate. Is it one more trial and error?

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    … if Ranil and Sajith get their acts together in some format, the combo is likely to perform very well.
    Kumar David, I bet all in. The combo is not going to happen.

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    … Sajith is the darling of the hardcore Sinhala-Buddhist voter.
    Kumar David, Seldom do I see eye to eye with you. In this instance, I do.

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    Prof. K.D, the last two paragraphs of your article drew my attention due to the questioning of a biblical truth which says that the Lord God has given the Promised Land to the Israelites. Gen. 17,10 Eternal Covenant with Abraham and Gen.35,12 to Jacob/Israel “the land of Abraham I give to you and your descendants forever”. It is certainly opium for the unbelievers and atheists who do not know that the current war is not against Palestinians but against the Iranian backed terrorists, Hamas, Hasbullah, Fatah and the other Islamists trying to grab Israel for Allah as their land. Ps.83 The meaning of Israel is “one who prevails with God Yahweh”. God created all humans, and anyone can live in Israel except terrorists attacking it. All born will die and return to God or eternally away from God and this is not opium.

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      DTG
      “the Lord God has given the Promised Land to the Israelites. Gen. 17,10 “
      But the Israelis deny Jesus Christ, while the Muslims at least give him respect as a prophet.
      Why do you, a Christian, keep supporting the Jewish unbelievers?

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        old codger, this is not about supporting Jews who don’t believe. Jesus, born a Jew to redeem from sins, is coming back to Jerusalem when they will accept their messiah, Israel mourning for their mistake. Zech. 12,12. His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives from where he ascended. Zech. 14,4. Muslims mistakenly worship Allah who was never on earth like Jesus and most of the Quran is copied from the bible or how could they write about the same Moses and Abraham in Allah worship. Taking Temple Mount came after Jesus died, as Muslims worship towards Mecca and the black box. Mat.24 and Dan.7 gives end time scenes when Jesus will destroy antisemitic nations and rule from Jerusalem in kingdom power. More too.

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          DTG,
          “Muslims mistakenly worship Allah who was never on earth like Jesus and most of the Quran is copied from the bible or how could they write about the same Moses and Abraham in Allah worship. “
          Both the Bible and the Quran are based on the Hebrew Torah. Allah is simply the Arabic name for God, and that is what Arab Christians call him when praying in Arabic.
          Perhaps you don’t know that some Bible stories, like the story of the Flood, are copied from much older Babylonian stories.
          https://www.worldhistory.org/article/227/the-atrahasis-epic-the-great-flood–the-meaning-of/
          As I said before, you must read other people’s religious books too.

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            old codger, the Hebrew Torah is the bible Old Testament revelation from Jehovah God, the Creator of the universe. Humans are made in his image. Allah is not simply an Arabic name for a god who was worshipped by Mohamed in Mecca Kabbala black box and is Islamic, eliminating even you and me if we do not worship him. He can’t remove sin. Jesus was sent by Jehovah God who loves his people and wants to remove the sin that Adam and Eve and humanity fell into. That is why sinless Jesus has all sin laid on him, and carried sin away in death and was resurrected and ascended to glory. Demonic deception takes humans away from God but fallen Lucifer will be in hell. Mat.25,41. There are no Babylonian stories outside the bible Tower of Babel in Gen.11.

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              old codger, you want me to read other people’s religious books. I feel sad at some of the demonically deceptive things in them and hence lose my peace as I know the end result when those rituals are done. So, I have to cut myself off those things which they do.

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                old codger, this is not a Palestinian/Israeli war but terrorist attack on Israel on October 7th by terrorist groups of Hamas in Gaza, Fatah of West bank, Hezbullah of Lebanon, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terror groups funded by Iran whose President Raisi was killed by the devil they worship. Qatar and Turkey too. Sad they think they can win against purposes of Creator God Jehovah who wants sins forgiven in order to reach heaven. Terrorists brain washed to believe that they can go to heaven by murdering Israel who is in God’s plan for return of Jesus to Jerusalem for his kingdom. The underground city built in Gaza has tunnel network under mosques and hospitals with electricity, motorable, weapon manufacture, cash safes, bunkers etc.

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                  DTG
                  I think its time to take your medication again.
                  Please keep your fanatic ideas about Israel to the relevant forum.
                  On CT we discuss about Sri Lanka.
                  It is sad that other readers have to talk to you like you are some kind of vegetable everytime before you snap out of your idiotic Zionist mode. Are you some kind of sadist/psych who enjoys being publicly insulted.
                  Do you enjoy insults.
                  It is a serious sickness.

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                    Human Touch, if you think only you have any right to publicly insult any writer here, continue with your sadistic sick mind imagining you are god. Satan too thinks the same. I hope you get healed soon or you will have consequences not from me.

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                      Human Touch, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33,12

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                      DTG
                      Kindly respect yourself first of all and others will respect you too.
                      In your case neither do you respect yourself, nor do you respect your fellow CT writers, always involving Israel and quoting the bible on baselessly on discussions pertaining to issues in Sri Lanka goes to show that either you are in the wrong chat or you don’t give a damn about the main theme of this forum.
                      Please join a religious site and fire away with your radical Zionist radical ideas. If not respect us and spare yourself the insult.
                      In short you are an incorrigible nut case who doesn’t know where you belong, you keep blowing hot and cold like a lunatic.
                      If you really were a good Christian you would be much more considerate to fellow CT writers.

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                    Human Touch, I only quote the bible here and not my made-up thoughts. Have no desire to disrespect any writer here who expresses his thoughts in CT. I do not write to fight or insult any.

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                  DTG,
                  “whose President Raisi was killed by the devil they worship.”
                  Didn’t you say the other day that your God killed him?
                  So, who killed Ariel Sharon? Who killed Anwar Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin?
                  Your God is irrational, it seems.

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                    old codger, Raisi blasphemed Jehovah on April 23rd, the day of Passover. Lev.24,16 says any who blaspheme name of God shall be put to death. 2nd powerful wicked Persian Haman in Esther, executed Jews on gallows like Raisi and May 19th was shavuot/Pentecost Jewish feast. Many parallels to Raisi inviting his own death.

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                  old codger, it is recorded here that you are a Muslim. Without meaning to offend your religious beliefs, if I offended them, I did it without intention and am sorry. Still, I consider the Hamas groups as terrorists trained and equipped by Persia/Iran who will be wiped out in the future according to the naming in the bible in Ezek.38,5 as Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Turkey, joining the northern Gog of Magog as Russia and few others. This is not a story that I made up, so leave me alone.

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              DTG,
              No matter how much you deny it, Allah is the name used for God by Arab Christians , like the ones in Lebanon. I have personal experience of this.
              .
              https://www.reddit.com/r/Catholicism/comments/17dz3me/do_arabic_speaking_catholics_use_the_term_allah/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=mweb3x&utm_name=mweb3xcss&utm_term=1&utm_content=share_button
              .
              Similarly, the word “God” is not used in Sinhala or Tamil either.

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                old codger, if you have personal experience of Arab god Allah, that is fine. But it is not the same as Creator God Jehovah of Israel. Why would Islamic Hamas attack Israel.

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                OC,
                “Similarly, the word “God” is not used in Sinhala or Tamil either.”
                How about “AANDAWANE”!!!??? Is that Tamil, Sinhala, Sanskrit or even Urdu!!!???

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            Hello OC,
            The Epic of Gilgamesh comes to mind. The Sumerian version of Noah was Utnapishtim if I remember correctly. The Black Sea suffered at least 2 Major Floods. The first was about 9,500 years ago and the second around 7000 years ago. During a dive in Tarut Bay to recover a Coastguard Outboard Engine we saw some broken pieces of Pottery on the sea bed that one of our Geologist friends suggested might be Ubaid. Some Archaeologists (Danish) have speculated that this area may have been the site of Dilmun (Garden of Eden). Bahrain, Qatar and Tarut Island all have fresh water springs due to the Geology of the area. Fishermen in Doha told us that fresh water could be found at sea in certain places between Doha and Halul Island.
            But don’t tell DTG that I (and maybe yourself) have probably visited the Garden of Eden.
            Best regards

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              LS,
              “But don’t tell DTG that I (and maybe yourself) have probably visited the Garden of Eden.”
              That might be a bit too much for DTG to bear, two infidels getting there before him.

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                old codger, no problem. The more who go there before me, the better.

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              LankaScot, glad to hear that you visited the Garden of Eden as you would have met Jehovah God and your eternal future will be glorious.

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    How revolutionary is the JVP? Parties aligned with them were behind the burning down of MR ministers houses. As the negotiations with the IMF progressed into crucial stages rampant strikes were initiated by JVP/NPP affiliated trade unions Stalin included. So The JVP/NPP have destroyed private property and engaged in Strike action aimed at under mining the legitimacy of the current government and in doing so stalling the debt restructure. The stupid slogan we will renegotiate the terms of the IMF agreements is often heard. We are the miscreants who borrowed ridiculous amounts of money knowing that we cannot pay it back. This happened because we repeatedly voted for the dumb and crooked Rajapakshe family. The lender has the upper hand. We cannot dictate terms to the Banks. If the JVP/NPP thinks this is possible then knowing their revolutionary mentality on display we will end up with all aid cutoff because we refuse to adhere to the terms. When that happens the market economy that AKD talks of will be limited to the Sunday pola. Market economy needs trade. Trade needs rules. Break the rules or refuse to adhere to them and down comes the economy. Therefore, vote for the NPP/JVP and this will be your fate.

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    Dear KD
    What kind of revolutionary only complains about others all the time?
    A true revolutionary comes up with solutions to existing issues and gets their hands dirty by fixing them. Unfortunately, this isn’t your kind of revolutionary.
    He complains non-stop but has no practical solutions to the problems he criticizes.
    Talk is cheap; it’s easy to complain but much harder to take action.

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    The Heading:
    Everyone Loves A Revolutionary.
    Very attractive. In fact, excellent.
    Wouldn’t it be an insult to Rohana, to call Anura a revolutionary.

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    the problemfor anura is sajit.sajit has still not been given a chance to show what he can do.People have seen mahinda,gota.sirisena,ranil what they can do or can’t do.They will give a chance sajit now.

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    “We have given all the others a chance, now let’s give these buggers a break”
    That seems to be the only intelligent thing to do as we will get the same results as in the past if we vote for the same set of faces again.
    It also appears that RW and SP will resist any attempts at ‘System Change’ whereas the NPP led by AKD will be strongly in favour of it.
    As for the economy, I am confident that AKD and his advisors will be able to manage it well enough to keep our heads above the water.

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    1/
    Alas, Sri Lanka’s next disaster is unfolding. It is high time to see that we should work saving this nation from any further disasters. Most of Sri Lankan citizens like guinea pigs are gradually being slipped the crocodile mouth of power-hungry political crooks. if the ball would be passed the ball only to the JVP and only to the Rajapaksas is DEFINITELY a big disaster because we know how racial and radical unique both beasts are. Rajapkshes looted the “vulnerable” for the power greed, while JVPrs have killed over 50 000 or more innocient youth for no good reasons and always radically against finding a sustainable solution to long standing ethnic issue of the nation.
    .
    A few months (3 months) before we got caught in a crocodile’s mouth (JVP/NPP), the people seem to be unaware of the danger before them. Whether we should become a North Korea or advance democracy through collectiveism are crucial questions that the people must clarify soon.

    1) People have forgotten it again. This is common to our people, be it Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim, Sri Lankans.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJSsq2fW5ZE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC0XdrxglVM


    Tbc

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      cont.
      2/
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxdXrS7a_IM

      By deliberately diluting Rajapakse’s crimes, for which the JVP has been forever complicit, they now try to be clean by throwing the accusations ONLY at all other previous political leaders. Besides, JVPrs are not new to lanken politics, over 52 years they are in active politics in the island.
      . Regardless of the issue, JVP hardliners (most of them are radical sinhlaa buddhist and racists as well) kept the RAJPKSHES above the law by empowering them as Sinhala-Buddhist sympathizers.

      It means that the mad Rajapaksa’s committed whatever great crime was instigated by the JVP hardliners aka all-time demonstrators in this country. Whether they were pro-development or not, they started their protest on the very first day. The local university freshers’ harassment is the mirror image of the fascist nature of the JVP criminals.Most of them had crime-friendly behavrious now or ealier.

      2) Also during the GG government the factions led by Rajapaksa as the “former JOINT opposition” made the country so fragile that the Muslim fundamentalists chose that place as their bombing ground to launch their terrorist attacks.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2-ZSLyiILA

      Tbc

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        cont.
        .
        MaRA aka Rajapaksa’ Mlechcha behaviour:
        He read the weaker nature of lanken voters long before others did. Cultural powers are held above by people than any facts and figures. This weaker mindedeness of our people was not a secret to him. Former Spore Premier or the like statsmen that worked for the good of the people, never abused their own people. Unfortunately, Rajapkashe rascals, Like the raped woman was subjected to repeated rapes, unculatured MARA et al played with the innocient mindset of the people for living up his power greedy propensities.
        How mlechcha he/they should be. ? Pinguththarayas (sanga-thieves) held the torches all along for RAJAPAKSHE- PREMDITATED high crimes.

        Can sinhala-racist / Dayan Jayathilaka or the like men ever close their eyes peacefully ? Ultra racist Dr Nalinda De Silva did not, ironically he was forced to shed his last breath in the US where he hated most.
        .
        Knowing that the former President Sirisena is a weak person by every means as a the head of state, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the so-called “self-proclaimed political analyst Dayan Jayathilaka” along with the Oxford-educated law professor puppeted Sirisena on and on.
        .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFEEkf4FUsQ

        Consequences were collapse of everything inlcuding economy and being caught by EASTER SUNDAY tragody.


        Tbc

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          cont.
          All the dead and injured by EASTER SUNDAY DISASTER could CONTINUE their lives peacefully further, if serial killers were rejected by the very people. However, at the expense of the dead RAAPAKSHE-SIRISENA played their political games.

          A good leader as a leader should be able to convince his opponents on national issues even if they hold different opinions. This is what we have been forced to study in RW-leadership for the past two critical years (90% positive achievements, even if some misinterpret it for their favour).
          .
          Is AKD capable of doing the job as a leader?
          If yes, why on earth, considering that the people of Sri Lanka are more or less corrupted by nature, can’t he join hands with others?

          catching the sharks is clear to the President Wickremesinghe, but it is not yet the right time to do it. I believe he will remind the Sri Lankan judiciary to investigate them properly when the time comes. Now that the catch-22 has caught on, he must work with the absolute adversaries, as he promised to do so
          . The revival economy is similar to the fate of a terminally ill patient just admitted to the intensive care unit of a family with various other problems. JVPrs should use their brains to see it from a bigger picture.

          Tbc

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            cont.
            .
            .Today’s political analysts should analyze it clearly. If they would do the job properly, people will fall deeper.

            Did Mlechcha Rajapakshes allow all the economic plans of GG Govt under Sirisena/RW? No?

            How can they allow the same plans today after Mr. Wickramasinghe was elected caretaker president after Gota’s dismissal? Why did the Rajpakshe play with innocent human lives like this?

            Going to the International Monetary Fund is like dragging a dog to the bath of the Gota-Mara government that never agreed to go but under RM and MAHINDA RAJAPPAKSA the same people allowed it…..isn’t that paradoxical? Are these dogs politicians?
            .
            Rajapakse’s greedy politics has no basis in the country’s #economy and future. They were playing with lives for their political greed. MaRa should not be kept away from a prison cell , is not that so ?
            .
            Again the main person to blame is Mahendra Rajapakse, he is the cancer of this nation who has misled the stupid mentality of Sinhala-Buddhists who use brainless emotions and SB myth. He simply abused the poor people for living up his hidden propensities. This is beyond all ethics and morals.

            Tbc

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              Under RW and MaRa …

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                cont.

                The Easter Sunday bombings turned innocent people into “easy human scapegoats” for which the then President was held responsible along with the Rajapaksas.
                The President sirisena of that government banned Mr. Wickramasinghe as Premier and kept him away from the national “security council meetings”.
                Sirisena and Rajapaksa will have tobe hanged for this alone before our eyes.

                3) Now again, knowing that the Rajapaksa mania has consumed the psyche of the people, the Rajapaksas are only doing this to keep power in their hands.
                According to my close observation, giving a single mandate to JVP or Rajapaksa by studying them carefully can turn the current situation to a worsened one without doubt.
                It will be another disaster that sinks us deeper. It is the fault of the people (voters). We have no assurance that mainstream media will sufficiently improve public awareness. Social media videos are also not up to the task. The future of Sri Lanka is in jeopardy…. This is no joke.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_QoFZzXZ68

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                  Dear LM: Thank you for providing all those links and a special thanks for awakening our memories to the historical incidents that brought this country to her knees by Ranil/MY3 and a come back administration of Rajapakses.

                  The people chased away the Rajapakses for good reasons, but their PROXY – Ranil W must be highly commended for the excellent way he is PROTECTING them.

                  Have you forgotten that the Government we have now is “Ranil Rajapakse”? Who put Ranil W to that seat of high power? That “Pohottuwa” of which MR is the Chairman and with his 134 votes in Parliament.

                  Please don’t waste your time and space of this valued page by narrating your HARANGUES that we are already know and heard.

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                    Douglas,
                    But the ridiculous truth is that you have hidden the murderous and pure nature of JVP in the nice book of NPP.

                    The biggest question would be how NPP/JVP will surprise the economic miracle immediately after grabbing of the MALIMA-mandate. HOw realistic it is ? Rumours say once they grab power, they change ongoing IMF recommendations? GOTA even made effort to make this country the first be blessed with 100% organic country. But ended up in a food scarcity:
                    .
                    Even though you make every efforts to push the nation into the crocodile mouth of a gang of fascists whose barbaric acts in 1989-1992 were similar to most rhythles rebels of the earth , you don’t seem to have the slightest knowledge of the reality of the country (economically , socially and religiously).
                    – Who are their future foreign partners? (NPP#s diplomatic ties unclear) (North Korea, Cuba ?)
                    – Revenue enhancement for dollar avenues (how they enhance tourism and various other revenue streams)
                    – Economic revitalization (NPP’s economic revitalization process is not clear)
                    – Settlement of huge debts (NPP does not care enough about this)
                    – Paving the way for an export oriented economy (how, do we have mineral wealth, oil wealth or anything else?)
                    – permament solution for long lasting ethinic issue

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                      Dear LM: You being a “Rational Thinker”, I never expected you to twist facts, such as “NPP’s leaning towards North Korea”; and “NPP to cancel the IMF agreements” and all that you say in your comment. Do you know that a delegation of the IMF visited NPP Headquarters at Pelawatta, Battaramulla, and held discussions with the NPP’s Economic Council? That meeting was probably to ascertain what a Government by NPP would do with the IMF deal. At that meeting, NPP had said that would be with IMF but would re-negotiate certain terms and conditions to which IMF had expressed their consent.

                      I gave the above short note to tell you that a person like you must not steep to low levels of fabrication of facts and misguide the people however much they appreciate your concocted facts. It is fortunate to note, that, now the large number cannot be misguided with false facts.

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                      Douglas,
                      He’s bragging, he’s great until he got to the top in his carrier life… respect, but your views are no different from Kayyaanakayas… what happened to you?
                      .
                      Could you explain with facts as to why blatant lies are being spread by AKD deyyo to those brainwashed women in his gatherings ?
                      Your thoughts will definitely help us to clear doubts. We expect you to be reasonably reliable with your information.
                      .
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX6ktbppH4E

                      The president explained it today how his administration will continue without taking any further loans, he questions if it refuses to lend to a country branded a “bankrupt state “, how could he have extended the loans during the last 2 years ?
                      Why on earth are JVP-BPs spreading blatant lies? Hell to the JVP dogs. What is the difference between SLPP and JVP? One should have POWER-GREEDINESS but is the time to do so ?

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    The question is whether this country need another revolutionary or armed struggle that caused the bankruptcy? The power greediness of the political culture remains the same as before the economic crisis. Not a single political party or political leader prepared to think about the country. Every leader claims that they are the best but over the past 50 years we all experienced their best which lead to the bankruptcy. They are creating an environment favourable for another bloodbath in this soil because of their greediness of power. All these leaders tell us that if they don’t elect them the country will go worse than 2022. Does it mean that Sri Lanka has only three individuals who can save this country? What will happen to Sri Lanka if all three candidates face a fatal accident while they are on the move?
    SWRD was murdered? Premadasa was murdered? Gotabaya Rajapaksa was chased away? Rohana Wijeweera was murdered? Viyaya Kumratunga was murdered, Gamini Dissanayake was murdered, Kumar Ponnambalam was murdered, Amirthalingam was murdered? The list goes on and on but politics of murder culture continues.
    Stop the greediness of the power!

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      Ajith, another blood bath in this soil cannot save the country as you say quoting the murdered list which is very long and of high class. Only way to defeat these greedy robbers is to defeat them legally under so called “cannibalistic judiciary”. Executive presidency does no good in this country and needs to be abolished as fast as possible before more irreparable damage is done.

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      Ajith
      .
      It is imperative to understand that behind every leader lies a dedicated cohort of supporters who uphold their ideology. This symbiotic relationship is particularly evident in Sri Lanka, where political leaders astutely gauge public sentiment and adjust their platforms accordingly, reflecting the beliefs of their constituents.
      .
      These leaders adeptly exploit public naivety or indifference to bolster their support base and sustain a lucrative political enterprise. In this competitive environment, ethical considerations are often sidelined as politicians conform to prevailing sentiments and assume roles that cater to these dynamics.
      .
      When the public harbors misconceptions or skewed perspectives, it profoundly impacts government policies enacted by these elected leaders. The electorate’s misguided attitudes can sway decisions and hinder progress towards policies that benefit society at large.
      .
      As conscientious citizens, it is incumbent upon us to foster a positive attitude towards our fellow citizens. Such a mindset fosters the discernment needed to select leaders genuinely committed to the common good. Regrettably, achieving this ideal scenario remains a distant prospect in our current societal landscape.

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    “We have given all the others a chance, now let’s give these buggers a break” If not for this reason, would anyone give a rat’s arse for the NPP? Seems like musical chairs, so will we go back to square one next time round if AKD/NPP fail to deliver or will AKD be the choice for the next few years whatever the outcome? We voted for GR with much expectations but it was a disaster, yet, we don’t seem to have learnt & still making assumptions hoping for the best, when we should be questioning & demanding answers to burning questions. I can understand the average man on the street but when ‘academics’ unofficially promote the NPP, it questions their integrity. In that context, at least Prof. David, despite his leftist leanings & sympathy towards the NPP ( if I remember correctly from his past writings), has my respect for not blindly promoting the NPP & singing hosannas to AKD. One question though, the statement ”…The JVP cannot resume the insanity of the Wijeweera era nor repeat the irresponsibility of the 1989-90 period…”, it is not the violence per se but the JVP policies that are concerning. The JVP is still venerating the murderous leader & Marxist ideology, particularly, with the old guard still seemingly pulling strings unrepented of the past, how sure are you? If AKD is not the facade, why is AKD the leader of the JVP as well & tolerating the old guard?
    Cont.

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      Cont.
      I prefer AKD as President because he appears to be sincere & his behaviour is commendable, even compared to ‘sophisticated’ SP. SP & RW have cupboards full of skeletons, therefore, my reason for voting AKD as President but the NPP forming the next govt. is a definite NO. I would prefer the SJB without SP, forming the next govt., & with the powers granted to the all powerful Presidency, hopefully AKD will keep the SJB govt on their toes. In such a scenario, I expect AKD is mature enough not to put a spoke in the wheel like slimy Sirisena but work together for the overall benefit of the country.

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        Raj-UK: You prefer to vote AKD to be the President, but a big “NO” to NPP forming a Government.

        Can you please give your reasons for not wanting an NPP Government?

        We don’t need another “Sirisena/UNP” Government. We had suffered enough and that enough is enough. Please note AKD is not going to be elected as a JVP. Even now he is an MP of NPP. He is the “Nominee” of a registered political party named NPP.

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          (Part I)
          Douglas, AKA S____,
          Long time before we engage again!!
          I have no objection in NPP ‘forming a government’, Post AKD elected as President!!??
          My question is why they aren’t – NPP, JVP (Irrespective of the Colour, Shade or Hue) of the past, DISINCLINED to forming government in a coalition with any other Progressive political Parties!? I am totally averse to the suggestion that ONE single party should have Majority to ‘STAND ALONE as Government!!?? Which means all decisions TEND to be taken at the sole ‘Whims and Fancies’, and oblivious absence of any other view enabled discussion, negotiations!? Worst case scenario is 2/3rd majority, which permits Policy and Governance, Resulting in Decisions, agreed by the “KITCHEN CABINET”!!!??? Meaning not INANIMATE (Storage units), BUT ANIMATE, nevertheless in my opinion, seriously harmful and must be avoided at all costs!!! In my humble view, there is nothing in this world that cannot be humanly ‘NOT ACHIVED’, by Intelligent, Common-Sense, Discussion 1-on-1 as humans, throughout lifetime of Humanity!!?? ALL Governments – 1970, 1977, 1982 (Referendum) 2010, 2020 – had 2/3rd Majority – at times elected or imposed, by Subjugation of Minority Political Parties to “Prop and Exalt the elected Head of Government” (HoG)!!??
          (TBC)

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            Mahila,
            .
            Long before the dhammika paniya maker (schizophrenic) opened his mouth somewhere in front of the monks of the Malwatu high chapter or so, the same nation thought that what he had playfully hand-mixed was the panacea to prevent Covid-19.
            -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v87n9_JJ2K8
            Wimal Weerawansa (WACHALAYA of MaRa propaganda machine) hoped that it would become a profitable transaction. This is a country filled with an “incredibly high stupid majority” whose knowledge will never improve if myths and mystics are kept away from them.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM8hjoHJ79c
            .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co5ZWEATHQU
            However, the corrupt media was not good enough to mislead the nation. The same was the case with the selection of the cabinet including Gotabhaya. what happened ? Ended with scarcity of an unprecedented nature. With this being the reality, I think we can definitely expect the AKD-led team to either waste another 6-12 months or put the country in a position where nothing can help turn it around.

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          (Part II)
          Recent History, Replete with such instances, of which recount a FEW, 04/1971 Insurrection, Emergency, 07/1983 Riots and 07/1987 Insurgency by RW – Not Ranil, but Rohana and Last but not Least 08/2020 election, for personal Ego-Boosting Occasion – amended constitution – went in to DEEP SLUMBER thereafter at the “WHEEL – CONTROLS”!!?? No Accountability for Failure except Chemical Fertiliser BAN!!!???
          TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE DISASTER – COUNTRY BANKRUPT, AGRICULTURE DAMNED – FERTILISER POLICY, STARVATION, FAMINE, DEPRIVATION OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES – BASIC STAPLES – RICE, LENTILS!!?? Exorbitant price of vegetables and other consumables!!
          All these demonstrate from start 1971 to Finish, for Captains of Politics Inability to Discuss, Debate, Argue and in Sanity Prevail on others for consensus!!!???
          The result, DISASTROUS AND IMMEASURABLE, SUFFERING OF THE MASSESS – SOVERIEGN PEOPLE OF LANKA, none else other than those simpletons!!!???
          One thing clear is in spite of all reasons stacking up against such deposition of 2/3rd majority and ill-effects, the people/voters aren’t disinclined to abort voting ‘En Masse’ – 6.9 million of them with highest Erudition, Intellect, Wisdom, Political Acumen and Standing to provide such insane majority!!??? WHY??? That’s beyond my comprehension!!??? Never ever should be allowed to Happen!!!??
          My personal Advice is, “Consensual-Governance”, if unable to resolve – SEEK Referendum!!??

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            Mahila: Thanks. You are aware of what happened when JVP entered into a coalition with Chandrika and learned the bitterest lesson. Even with that, they once again gave support to MRA and finally to Ranil in 2015. We knew, one fine day they would decide to stand on their feet and never to socialize with these proven rogues. You know what happened to all other “Leftists”- the so-called Progressive elements, including NM, Phillip, Dr.SA, and the bandwagon that followed and the present-day living Vasu, Tissa Vitharana. I am glad, even JVP decided to change course and form a new front – NPP. Let JVP be a part of NPP but not the “Decider”. At least we now have a “Break-Water” to block any ultra-factions encroaching on our Democratic way of life.

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          Douglas,
          .
          May I know who ” this WE” ?
          .
          You and your bazaar (Kadamandiya)people?

          The danger before the nation is immense. AKD’s election as the president is surely similar to be the second episode of Gotabaya. This is not coming from me but from world experts.

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          Douglas

          I respect AKD as a person. His conduct & speech is better than the average politician & I appreciate his pledge to serve justice, which, I would assume is making the judiciary independent & restoring it’s integrity by weeding out opportunists who are a disgrace to the profession. However, whether he would deliver on his pledge is another matter but I am happy even at the thought of the Rajapakse clan & all other cronies who have plundered the country behind bars. It would be a bonus if he can abolish the Presidency & all the parliamentary perks.
          However, I would have more faith in him if he stepped down from his leadership of the JVP because that indicates his compliance with old JVP ideology. As for the NPP, my conclusion is that it is a bunch of all sorts, including Buddhist monks, & in reality, I can’t see the synergy of them pulling together. Particularly, the JVP piggy backing & the trade unions are a matter of concern to me. Their strategy is vague & the old guard JVP pulling the strings once in power is obvious & for me, as they say in Sinhala, ‘coming colours no good”.
          Cont.

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            Cont.
            I would say it would be an opportunity, particularly, for the SJB, to prove as the better option if they are prepared to ditch the undesirables in the party, including SP, & come out with a credible political manifesto, detailed & costed. It would also bring faith if the ‘shadow cabinet’ (who’s who) is disclosed along with their wealth. In such a scenario, I hope AKD, as independent of the party, would be able to crack the whip & hold the govt. accountable Sirisena was an uneducated slimy yob whose sole objective was to outdo the Rajapakses & worked against the govt. in power, the UNP, at every opportunity. I trust AKD is better educated & sincere enough not to amulate Sirisena.

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              Raj,
              .
              “I trust AKD is better educated & sincere enough not to amulate Sirisena.”.
              .
              But what if he fails to get on with all diverse kind of poisonous reptiles in human disguise in our country 🤔? .
              .
              As u know are well aware of the fact is whole lot of our people are more peace breakers than makers. So how would AKD 🤔 or like crying babies would ever come close to build consensus for common issues?.
              .
              He can become the leader, but what is beyond his election 🤔 😳 😏 🙄?.
              .
              Drinking tea and stay arguing?.
              .
              Is that what we are dreaming of, as a bankrupted nation?
              .
              A leader should have the talent to make compromises and give the chance to majoratarian wish?
              .
              Would that 🤔 ever be thinkable with a PORA KUKULEK of AKD nature? Is parliament ragging dominated Peradeniya campus? .
              .
              Promoters over to u, ur constructive answers will comfort us to some extent. 🙂🫠😃😉😉😉😉

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              Raj,
              .
              “I trust AKD is better educated & sincere enough not to amulate Sirisena.”.
              .
              But what if he fails to get on with all diverse kind of poisonous reptiles in human disguise in our country 🤔? .
              .
              As u know are well aware of the fact is whole lot of our people are more peace breakers than makers. So how would AKD 🤔 or like crying babies would ever come close to build consensus for common issues?.
              .
              He can become the leader, but what is beyond his election 🤔 😳 😏 🙄?.
              .
              Drinking tea and stay arguing?.
              .
              Is that what we are dreaming of, as a bankrupted nation?
              .
              A leader should have the talent to make compromises and give the chance to majoratarian wish?
              .
              Would that 🤔 ever be thinkable with a PORA KUKULEK of AKD nature? Is parliament ragging dominated Peradeniya campus? .
              .
              Promoters over to u, ur constructive answers will comfort us to some extent. 🙂🫠😃😉😉😉😉😃😃😃

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    There is a need to abolish the executive presidency, so that humble rulers will govern Sri Lanka, without robbing the nation. A Prime Minister is more than enough.

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    Sri Lanka’s Challenges and the Need for Systemic Change
    1. Limited Natural Resources: Sri Lanka’s natural resources are limited, and the country lacks rare earth materials, making it vulnerable to external dependencies.
    2. Unharnessed Ocean Resources: Despite its strategic geographical location, Sri Lanka has failed to harness its ocean resources to its advantage.
    3. Economic Quagmire: The country’s economic situation is dire due to a culture of borrowing, which has led to a significant gap between government spending and revenue generation. This has resulted in a lack of progress in processing and exporting end products, improving the service industry, and exploring alternative revenue streams.
    4. Policy over Personality: The focus should be on policy decisions rather than individual personalities and freebie offers. This is crucial for a sustainable future.
    5. Commodity Price Fluctuations: Commodity price fluctuations should not be a decisive factor in presidential elections.
    6. Lack of Foreign Policy Education: There is a need for educational sessions to enlighten the public on how foreign policy works to balance the interests of regional and world powers to Sri Lanka’s advantage.
    7. Economic Illusions: The notion that RW can solve economic problems is an illusion. Economic challenges are often artificially created to force leadership changes, as seen in the past by western powers.

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      Sri Lanka’s Challenges and the Need for Systemic Change Continue…
      8. Systemic Change: For meaningful change to occur, there needs to be a change in the pillars of the system. However, religiously strong militant Buddhist nationalism and unresolved community trust issues hinder systemic change.
      9. Development Hinges: Development across the country will be determined by either the majority or minority sentiments depending on the area chosen for development.
      10.Military Rule: The example of GR’s military rule shows that forceful change is not effective.
      11. JVP/NPP Limitations: Choosing JVP/NPP will not lead to meaningful change, but rather further annihilate the country, leading to increased economic pressure from the West due to incompatible policies.

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        So Dayan, Given your position stated in the #11 above, what is your proposition, if not JVP/NPP?

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    AM
    As you pointed out the voters may prefer Sajith P as their SECOND preference. With SP too the corrupt system will continue. Hence AKD team need to plan their election strategy carefully.
    Will a Tamil person contesting the Presidential election help AKD?
    Voters can vote AKD as first choice and Tamil person as second choice!!!!

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    Corruption Allegations: Both parties UNP & SRI Lanka have faced allegations of corruption and mismanagement, and open doors to NPP

    YounGer voters and first-time voters, who are generally more open to change, are a key demographic for the NPP. Public dissatisfaction with the handling of these issues by the current government can drive voters towards alternatives like the NPP. Traditional parties have faced criticism both PArties has put the cpuntries to bank rupt for their governance. This dissatisfactio provides an opportunity for the NPP to gain support. The NPP’s outreach to India indicates an intention to maintain and possibly strengthen bilateral relations. India’s support or neutrality could influence the NPP’s standing domestically.

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      RBH59, as you say, traditional parties’ governance kept us bankrupt. This was so obvious after the MARAS stole the Tsunami funds. They continued to be robbers and murderers till now. If a President can’t recover this loss legally, he is not of any use to the resulting poverty-stricken citizens. Presidency must be abolished to stop further damage or whole nation will be sold.

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        RBH59, todays daily mirror article “President paints a rosy picture” is worth reading to abolish this presidency, even after appointing Rosy as his advisor. Let the PM and parliament govern.

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