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Gamini Dissanayake Assassination –Unkindest Cut Of All

By Palitha Pelpola

Palitha Pelpola

“The important thing to know about an assassination or an attempted assassination is not who fired the shot, but who paid for the bullet.”  ~ Eric Ambler, A Coffin for Dimitrios

Two dozen years have gone by after the assassination of one of the greatest men who towered over the political life in Sri Lanka in the second half or the Twentieth Century. Gamini Dissanayake, as I knew him from the year he first entered Parliament in 1970, never ran out of steam. When the average line Minister or Parliamentarian at the time was most preoccupied with mundane duties in his or her electorate, Gamini tackled big things. His vision knew no horizon. Unlike other great politicians of his time such as J R Jayewardene and Dudley Senanayake and R Premadasa, Gamini was neither behind nor ahead of his time. He just fitted into the present as present was defined then. 

Gamini Dissanayake

For instance, J R was far behind his time when he assumed power in 1977. J R, in fact should have been the Prime Minister of Ceylon in the wake of the death of D S Senanayake. When Dudley asked him to take over the wheels of the State in 1951, (source: Pages 258 and 259, JR Jayewardene of Sri Lanka by Professor K M de Silva and Howard Wriggins) J R refused realizing that Dudley was much more acceptable to the country at the time. Dudley had one significant advantage over anyone else as he was the son of the deceased Prime Minister D S Senanayake. Nevertheless, while J R’s refusal to take over the reins set him back almost two and half decades for his ambition of leading Sri Lanka, Dudley’s takeover proved that he was not ready for the grueling trail of political intrigue. R Premadasa on the other hand, who would not have risen to the pinnacle of the United National Party (UNP) but for the fact that J R foresaw the immediate future of the Party lay in the hands of a populist leader whose appeal to the déclassé of Sri Lankan voters, as a hardworking politician whose work and hobby both were politics, as a an ambitious self-driven politician was unmatched and unmatchable at the time and even since then. Yet when R Premadasa, the champion of the déclassé, voice of the poor and an exceptional leader of the underprivileged became a victim of a bomb-blast, some took to the streets and lit crackers expressing their relief or somewhat joy at his death.

Being cheerful at anybody’s demise is an absolutely despicable response to someone’s death. Collective cheerfulness assumes and injects even a more gruesome element into it making it seem ‘acceptable’ or forgivable in specific circumstances. R Premadasa, with all his political plusses and minuses, did not deserve such human trash. Those who happened to light crackers at the death of R Premadasa exhibited, if not anything else, a tremendously low sense of enmity and vengeance.

Bandaranaike’s assassination was the first political assassination in our short history of post-Independence era. Bandaranaike was one single politician who, whether one agreed with his groundbreaking policies or not, whose rhetoric never matched his performance as a pragmatic political leader. In fact his deficiencies in astute leadership of a nation ultimately tragically led Mapitigama Buddharakkhitha, a leading member of the five pillars of his political platform, ‘Sanga, Veda, Guru, Govi and Kamkaru’, to plan and plot his slaying. Bandaranaike led this country for three short years. Some of the policies and programs he injected into the country’s polity had some far reaching effects which are being felt even today. The ill-effects of the Sinhala-only policy, nationalization of some profit making companies and turning them into loss-making ones and placing financial burdens on the country’s ailing GDP are not very fond memories of the man. 

The other two political assassinations, those of Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake, belong to a totally different genre. Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake were both men of immense stature and education. Their charisma glowed wherever they chose to go. They were neither behind nor ahead of their times. By 1977, Gamini had had already been baptized by fire. His very entry into politics in 1970 was remarkable, to say the least. Dudley Senanayake’s read on the gullibility of our voters was much to be desired and below par for an experienced politician like him, four times Prime Minister. Dudley Senanayake was quite sure of victory at the 1970 elections. What happened on the contrary was complete sweep for Sirimavo Bandaranaike-led coalition. The only UNP newcomer to Parliament was, when giants fell by the way side, solitary figure of Gamini Dissanayake.

Yet Gamini lost his seat due to an election petition and ironically, when Felix Dias Bandaranaike introduced an act in Parliament to pave the way for Nanda Ellawala of Ratnapura, who like Gamini was unseated by way of an election petition, to contest again, Gamini was one of the beneficiaries of this ‘act’ by Felix Dias. From that time onwards, Gamini Dissanayake had his focus on much higher ideals instead of just being satisfied with being a Parliamentarian or even a frontline Minister. Gamini never stopped from then on. He once told me that he was one of the best products to market and, do exactly that- market him as one of the best political products.

He also knew his boundaries on the political philosophy that he chose to follow. After learning of the demise of R Premadasa, Gamini and I were travelling back to Colombo from Kandy. He asked me a direct question: ‘Palitha, can we work with Chandrika and the SLFP?’ Before I could reply, he answered his own question. ‘We can’t. The gulf between the UNP and the SLFP is too wide. Our political philosophies are way too mutually exclusive. Our problem was with Premadasa, not the UNP. I’m going to meet Wijetunga (President D B Wijetunga) and rejoin the Party that elected me many a time to Parliament. I’m going back home!’ He said. Gamini’s marketability was exhibited without a shadow of doubt when the Leader of the Opposition slot became vacant. After leaving the Party and having worked against it and the then leader R Premadasa, Gamini came back and defeated Ranil Wickremasinghe by two (2) votes to become the Leader of the Opposition. The UNP parliamentarians wanted a ‘winner’ who could take the Party back to power.

One memorable event during the Presidential Election campaign in 1994 was when Gamini was surrounded by the so-called intelligentsia in the country in an open debate. Gamini shredded them to pieces and showed the country what an intellectual giant she would be privileged to be led by when Gamini Dissanayake held his sway in the midst of a politically-charged debate was televised to the country. Gamini’s death was the most consequential one in the Twentieth Century. There is no argument about that.                           

Political assassinations have occurred in human history more than one could write about in volumes. More and more such assassinations will recur in the future too. In an unforgiving and brutally competitive sphere of human endeavor, politicians, especially in not-so-democratic countries which have not blossomed out to be full and all-inclusive liberal societies- countries that are governed by ‘republican constitutions’- are deeply engrossed in populist and people-oriented politics. In such environments, opportunities for political assassins are aplenty and a quick rise to power is so alluring. Of all political assassinations, from S W R D Bandaranaike, R Premadasa, Lalith Athulathmudali to Gamini Dissanayake, with all due respect and empathy for others, Gamini Dissanayake’s assassination stands out as the most effective and consequential one in terms of depriving Sri Lanka of a potential, as J N Dixit, the former Indian High Commissioner if Sri Lanka wrote in his book, ‘Assignment Colombo’, a ‘Nation Builder’. In fact it was the unkindest cut of all. 

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    Mr Gamini Dissanayake, may have become a Nation Builder had he not been assassinated. But did he have any solution to the ethnic problems in the country. The intermittent violent riots ,some sponsored by the GoSL did great damage to the economic progress of the country. Our Country needs a true STATESMAN to lead ASAP.

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      Naman

      “But did he have any solution to the ethnic problems in the country.”

      This caste class conscious racist was part of the problem.
      Don’t mention that I said this.
      Navin Nayakka is going to write a letter in English condemning me for stating the truth, opinion, perception, ……………. which I may not be able to read and understand. Remember he wrote letters in English to UK MPs and Lords attacking them for being hypocrites.

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      Naman,

      As a close friend of Gamini Dissanayake, this writer profusely benefitted from mega commissions through Mahaveli Projects. Gamini doled out a plump post to this writer in his ministry to facilitate those mega commissions from that disastrous project.

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      Naman
      There is NO solution to the ethnic problem so long as majority of Tamils (Tamil speaking people ) desire to live among the Sinhalese. Nothing makes a Tamil hesterical more than the posibility of relocating into the envisaged Homeland. Ask Sumathitharan.

      Soma

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    Palitha Pelpola

    The Dutta Gamini burnt the Jaffna Library and warned the Tamils:
    ” that it would require 14 hours for Indian troops to come and rescue them but the Sinhalese could destroy them in 14 minutes if they wanted to”.

    “When some decent UNP leaders like Shelton Ranarajah and Renuka Herath Ranasinghe got goons locked up by the Police in Kandy and Nuwara – Eliya respectively their release was secured by Cyril Mathew and Gamini Dissanayake. The role of Cyril Mathew and his political lackeys in the violence are well –known. Some of those involved are still in politics and holding high office.”

    We miss him because we want to know who was responsible for the destruction of Jaffna Library? We miss him because we want to know who stole the remaining books and transported to the south? We miss him because we want to know where those books are kept?

    We miss him because we want to know as to why the library was burnt down?

    JR in an interview to British news paper singled out Gamini as the richest person in South Asia. We missed him when he made all the wealth JR was referring to.

    “Those who happened to light crackers at the death of R Premadasa exhibited, if not anything else, a tremendously low sense of enmity and vengeance.”

    Dutta Gamani was exploring every avenue to plant a bomb under Premadasa’s bum forcing him to carry his chair everywhere he went. Did Dutta explore the possibility further with other Tamil militants. Its difficult to say.

    Dutta worked hard to unseat Prema from his legitimate seat. It didn’t work at the end.
    You should ask the Hindians how useful was Dutta’s service to them.

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    Palitha Pelpola

    His partner in crime Lalith William Samarasekera Athulath shit barrel bomb mudali no doubt was educated enough to use imported mercenaries to bomb the s**t out of innocent civilians.

    These two along with Namal Baby’s childminder tell us something, education has nothing to do with wisdom.

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      NV.
      To err is human.
      To forgive is divine.
      Now that most of the 83carnage people are dead why refresh.

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        To err is human but to deliberately commit genocide ethnic cleansing and war crimes against your fellow countrymen. just because they spoke another language and were not Buddhists is not human but the work of the devil. Just like what the Nazis did. Will you call that also human. This man did not err and was not a human but racist genocidal devil, who knew what he was doing . So what if most of the people in the 83 carnage are now dead, does that make what he did correct. Most of the victims of the Nazi holocaust are also dead, so does that make it correct? Most of the victims of 83 are not dead but are living . I am one. You will not be posting this garbage if you were a victim, shows your racist Sinhalese mindset. Fernando ? This means your ancestors are recent immigrants from Tamil Nadu. Now like most Sinhalese Karawa beating the anti Tamil drum

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          Tamil Nationalism is similar to Nazism. Tamils thought and think they are superior to Sinhalese and can undermine them in their own homeland with their co ethnics in India. Still some Tamil morons entertain that. Their co ethnics did intervene on their behalf creating terrorism in SL but it ended sadly for Tamils leaving scores of Tamil women raped by Sharmas.

          If there is a genocide of Tamils, Tamil population would not have increased but decreased. Tamil genocide must be a guinness record where population increases when facing a genocide……..The ‘evil’ sinhala gov sent food, medicine, paid for education, maintained an administration in North including LTTE held areas knowing very well these structures help the LTTE terrorism. Injured LTTE cadres were cured at OUR expense in hospitals. That is hardly what a genocidal government does. If we wanted a Tamil genocide we will not have destroyed LTTE but let it continue dragging whole Tamil community to destruction and would not try to stop when LTTE was abducting children. If LTTE abducted more and more children more and more and children would have died. Then the Tamil Nazi army would not have resources.

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            We do know that you are a racist and brain dead. A dangerous combination. There is nothing intelligent about your posts , just plain vicious anti Tamil dribble , that only belongs to the rubbish bin just like you.

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            Sinhalese homeland! It is in the jungles of Odissha and the slums of Tamil Nadu. Any way the north and east of the island has never been a Sinhalese homeland. Even your Mahavamsa fairy tale acknowledges these lands as Tamil that were ruled by Tamil kings and chieftains. Anyway the vast majority of the present day Sinhalese are descended from low caste Indian Tamil immigrants who were imported into the island as slave labour from South Indian by the Portuguese and Dutch. There is a high probability that you will be one of them. The Sinhalese DNA is 70% Indian Tamil and 25% Bengali. So what Sinhalese homeland, All imports from India. Largely from Tamil Nadu. There is nothing original about the Sinhalese language. A mongrel language that is 40% based on Tamil the rest from Pali Sanskrit and everything else. Its grammar lexicon syntax and alphabet is 100% based on Tamil . So where is your Sinhalese homeland or Sinhalese language. Wanker Is there anything original in Sinhalese? They eat South Indian food , music dress dance and everything derived from South India. Other than the Buddhist festivals all their other major festivals are Tamil festivals. They worship Hindu deities worshipped by Tamil Hindus . Pathini. Ayannar Murugan.

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              How come the Sinhalese who came as immigrants from India claim to own the whole island as their homeland?

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        Tilvin Fernando

        It is to remind the present and potential nationalists/fascists what happened in the past. Those who actively participated in the pogroms from 1956 to date use their often substanceless rhetoric, backed by actual violence and premeditated murders to hide their deficiencies as human beings, politicians, …………… and also their loot.

        It’s been followed by their children as if their parents were whiter than white, and demand their own right to legitimate place in the state structure, enjoying the wealth the parents illegally accumulated/looted while they were holding important offices in the government.

        Any self respecting human being would have refunded/repaid the loot back to the state and apologised for the destruction their parents had instigated over a period of time.

        Every destruction has to be remembered by and reminded to the people whether they like it or not. One cannot be selective in remembering events especially the pogroms, violence, war crimes, daylight robberies of state coffer and innocent people, racism, bigotry, fascism, hypocrisy, …

        Would you forget your wife’s birthday, Independence day, Victory day, ………… that day this day, Vesak, New Year, ……………………… ?

        Then what is your problem with remembering the pain, suffering, losses of dignity, property, livelihood, habitat, security, safety, ………….. ?

        The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
        -Edmund Burke

        In about 20 years time I expect you to type the same again:

        “To err is human.
        To forgive is divine.
        Now that most of the 83carnage people are dead why refresh.”

        Well that says all about who you are.

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          “Then what is your problem with remembering the pain, suffering, losses of dignity, property, livelihood, habitat, security, safety, “
          And what is your problem in choosing Thalaivar’s b’day for remembering my child’s death..

          Soma

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            somass

            “And what is your problem in choosing Thalaivar’s b’day for remembering my child’s death..”

            He was your benefactor, who helped you to make new money from the war economy, commissions, …………….. two election victories for your thalaivar the war criminal and the crook Dr MR, ………………. I guess you have his portrait hidden behind your thalaivar MR in your prayer room next to Kataragama deviyo, Pattini, Ganesha, ……………..

            You miss him, don’t you?
            Don’t you find yourself in a situation where you have no cash and no flow, since the end of the war particularly from January 2015?

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      Not only that he and the rest of the Sinhalese racists in the so called Maheveli Department were planning to settle hundreds of thousands of Sinhalese in the Tamil areas. The Vanni, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee and Baticalloa districts under guise of Maheveli development and turn the vast majority of the north and east into Sinhalese areas. They kept this as a top secret and Tamil officers working in the department , were kept in dark. Under various schemes Weli Oya ( Manal Aru) Maduru Oya and some other oya , large amounts of Sinhalese were to be settled and only Jaffna , Killinochchi and Northern Mullaitivu were to remain Tamil , under a vastly reduced northern province. Mannar was to be merged with the North Western province and ultimately settled with Sinhalese. Vavuniya, Southern Mullaitivu to become part of North Central and Trincomalee merged with Polonarruwa to become north eastern. The remaining largely Tamil Batticaloa together with coastal Tamil Muslim majority areas in Amparai to be the eastern province. So the now vastly reduced in area Northern and Eastern Tamil areas are not continuous anymore but now separated by large swathes of newly colonised Sinhalese majority areas that have been created on stolen Tamil lands. This leaked out and this racist genocidal project failed. The 30 year old war with the LTTE also put a stop to all this. Now they are again trying to revive this racist genocidal plan with the help of the occupying Sinhalese armed forces and police. This man was never a nation builder but a nasty genocidal racist thug

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        East was under the Kandyan king and just because British brought Malabars from South India and settled them there, it does not become Tamil areas…

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          Sach,

          “British brought Malabars from South India and settled them in the East”

          Can you show us any authentic evidence to prove this? British brought South Indians to the upcountry. Portuguese and Dutch brought South Indians to the low country to grow cinnamon, coconut, etc. Today they are Sinhalese. Nobody brought anybody to the North and East.

          “East was under the Kandyan king”

          The arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century and the fall of Jaffna Kingdom led to turbulence in the Northern and Eastern districts of Ceylon. The Tamil Hindus of North and East came under severe atrocities, they were attacking the Hindu temples and forcefully converting to catholism. The only kingdom left (existed) in Sri Lanka (both Kotte and Jaffna kingdoms fell into the hands of the Portuguese) was the Kandyan kingdom and therefore many of the old Tamil Hindu principalities of North and East sought protection from the Kandyan king. (The Kandyan king being a south Indian by origin, the Tamil Hindus had no problems being under the Buddhist Kandyan king rather than the Christian Portuguese).

          During the 17th century, the king of Kandy invited the Dutch to fight the Portuguese and take over the areas they have captured. The Dutch re-captured some parts of the Eastern and Northern Province (including Trincomalee and Batticaloa) from the Portuguese and handed it over to the king of Kandy. (That was the period when Robert Knox landed in Trincomalee and was taken as a prisoner to Kandy because Jaffna kingdom was no more).

          However, the Kandyan rule of East does not deny the Tamil presence in those areas. Some parts of the Eastern and Northern Province coming under the Kandyan Kingdom made no difference to the Tamil position in regard to the inhabitancy. The Tamils would have had and yet have no objection what so ever to the rule of the kandyan kings and see no inconsistency in the Tamil claim to those areas even under the Kandyan rule.

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        Tamils are a community that has parallels with German society during Nazi period. Tamils think they are superior to others, in Sri Lanka they are superior to Sinhalese (sources- Rajan Hoole’s record, TECW by Mark Slater). While they suffer from superiority complex which results in them making wrong political calculations in their existence they also suffer from inferiority….Because of their inferiority they have created a history. They have revised history in a manner every thing under the sun is related to Tamils or came from Tamils. Tamils were fed with Nazi type propaganda where Tamil was the first civilisation, Tamil is the first language, oldest surviving language, Tamil is the mother of all language, Telegu, Malayali, Kannada and even Sinhala came from Tamil, some even claim Sanskrit, Korean, came from Tamil…..That is Tamilmytho mania where the whole Tamil community suffer from a psychiatric disorder. It is this thinking that make them and their leaders say Sri Lanka was essentially a Tamil country, Historically SL is a Tamil country and Sinhalese came from Tamil bla bla bla………..Now this is the root of conflict…..Add that to Tamils’ superiority complex over Tamils. Tamils thought they can take on Sinhalese…and finally ended up with their kith and kin in pieces. ………..SO my dear Tamil Nazi, we are not the root cause for the destruction you brought to yourself with your psychiatric disorder.

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          There is nothing original about the Sinhala language.
          The island didn’t develop the Indo Aryan language ‘Prakrit’ (later known as ‘Sinhala’) on its own. It happened due to the Indian oceanic trade and migrations. Tradition came over the Indian Ocean to this country. ‘yaksha’, ‘naga’, ‘deva’, ‘ravana’, etc are Indo-Aryan mythology which was adopted to the island history. They are not indigenous to the island. In the Pali Chronicles, they are clearly depicted as mythical creatures. The concept of yaksha-naga-deva mythology is a widespread phenomenon that was shared across south Asia. It was part of the package we got when the Indian Tradition came over the Ocean. Even the terminologies, ‘yaksha’, ‘naga’, ‘deva’ are derived from Sanskrit. The adoption of Naga names during the early period was a fashion among local people (including kings) who had adopted the Indian Tradition.

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    This must be the Nayakka , whom Native Vedda keep blaming for burning the Jaffna Library, where Mr Pirahaparan did his reserch on Eelaam.
    Welgamaya yesterday said it was Loku Banda from the Pohottuwa,
    I know Madduma Banda is with Dr Ranil.
    Was Loku Banda with Nayakka then?.
    I am confused.

    Anyway it was cool for Dr Ranil’s Uncle to use Keselwatta Preme to keep the “declasse” under control.
    I didn’t know they had” Declasses” even then, when the UNP had ruled our inhabitants for that long ‘
    Thanks for the new term anyway ..
    It is better than “Dalits “. which sounds Hindian
    Wonder whether Nayakka coined it.

    It was really bad to light fire crackers when Keselwatta Preme was blasted off the earth.
    Wonder who did it?. “.
    I know the Muslims in Galle lit crackers and fed our Sinhalayas Kiribath in Jan 2015 ..
    But it was just a celebration of a Political Assassination by Dr Ranil & My3Sira..

    If that Banda didn’t do those changes , Dr Ranil and his mates wouldn’t have this current problem of finding jobs for 60,000 Uni graduates..
    Even Dr Ranil’s guard dog Rajitha wouldn’t have had to face the GMOA , J Pura Specialists and blokes like Padeniya whom one Yahapalana Minister called a Padadaya….
    Which is really a declasse term ..

    Did Padeniya go to a Mahavidyalaya?…

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Don’t forget your other favourite king of backhander, 10 to 30% was trained by the same same racist crook.

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      Killing Gamini Dissanayake was Chandrika’s contract to Prabakaran to make sure he will not become the future president. Similarly, killing Lakshman Kadirgamar was Mahinda’s contract to Prabakaran to make sure he will not become the future prime minister/president. Boycotting the election in the North & East was also Mahinda’s contract to Prabakaran to make sure Ranil will not become the future president. Killing Lalith Athulathmudali was Premadasa’s contract to Prabakaran.
      Deiyo saaki, there is a big list……..

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        Mahbabando, so please come with the evidences.

        I can imagine MR to have contracted Prab, but other two are not even thinkable.

        Even if MR has done lot more harm to this nation, people are made to believe that Rajakashe is th eonly man to do the job for grass eaters dominated srilanka.
        Today, press freedom is there, but the press is caught by Rajapkshe supporters.

        Just raise thequestion, even if heart patients could go dead, but there are masses, that are kept in dark in terms of the reduced price of STENTS for example.
        For some reasons, Media intends people to stay away from the facts.

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        Thank God there is no more Prabakaran for any future contracts. Gamarala Silysela, Mr unclean Ranil, Hitler Gota, and so on can breathe without fear.

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        Maha Banda, Whose contract was it to kill my friend G.V.S.de Silva ? Who started the war?

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    ‘Two dozen years have gone by after the assassination of one of the greatest men who towered over the political life in Sri Lanka in the second half or the Twentieth Century’.

    You call this hoodlum a great man? He burnt our beloved Jaffna library with the help of that low class mongrel Cyril Matthew and 200 drunken cops. You must be completely out of your mind to call this dirty racist scoundrel a great man.

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    Bandaranayake,Gamini,Lalith,Ranjan,premedasa,prabhaharan.

    Every act of violence brings us closer to death.God’s wrath is just and is his action against sin.

    banda-instigated riots with sinhala only to obtain votes..Laughed when seeing tamil politicians being hammered in galle face.
    gamini-burnt the jaffna library.threatene to kill all tamils if india invades.Released all thugs in custody to riot against tamils in 83.
    ranjan-burnt wijeweera alive.Killed lots of youth in JVP insurgency.
    Lalith-cut the fingers of tamil youth.Threw acid on wife.
    premedasa-tortured and killed richard de soysa.
    prabhaharan-too numerous to mention here.

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      @Shankar, hats off to you my friend. Great comment and I could have not said it better.

      Bandaranayake,Gamini,Lalith,Ranjan,premedasa,prabhaharan – every one these fellows is a murderer. I will include the entire Rajapaksa family in there as well, they are not only murderers but also congenital liars and thieves.

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    Palitha Pelpola
    “He just fitted into the present as present was defined then”. You are right.
    He was known as Mr. 10% with the Mahaweli Project; was behind the burning of the Jaffna Library; threatened to wipe out all Tamils if India intervened after the riots of 1983. The only great tribute will be what he did for Sri Lanka cricket.

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    The author describes the history from his perspective. Yes! Sri Lanka lost several capable people, all due to murders/assassinations. Some of them are Lalith Athulathmudali, R. Premadasa, Gamini Dissanayake, all being UNP’ers. The actual culprit of Athulathmudal’s murder is not clear while the murders of Premadasa and Dissanayake are widely attributed to the LTTE through a suicide bomber. Ironically the fatal bombings of Gamini Dissanayake and years later the unsuccessful bombing of Chandrika Kumaratunga, being the competitor of Gamini Dissanayake in the 1994 Presidential Elections, were all by an LTTE woman suicide bomber. Clearly, the LTTE used all kinds of techniques to influence Presidential Elections and decided to act against the candidate whom they thought was either dangerous to them or treacherous to them. In the case of 1994 elections, it was perceived that had Gamini Dissanayake won, he would have easily mustered the Indian support to decimate the LTTE. It was the belief that the card of Chandrika Kumaratunga in the 1994 elections was on peace and amity which suited the LTTE agenda but in actual practice it was not the case, leading to the Town Hall bombing. Ranil Wickremasinghe too was considered a man of peace when he signed the peace treaty with the Thalaiver (The German translation being Führer), only to be described subsequently by the LTTE ideologue as a cunning fox. The influencing by the LTTE in the 2005 Presidential elections coercing the voters of the North to boycott the elections can be viewed in the light of the foregoing where Ranil was considered a man who had let them down and possibly engineered Karuna Amman’s defection. The role of the LTTE in democratic framework of Sri Lankan politics cannot be discounted.

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    This kind of sloppy sentimental writing is typical of cunning political operatives . They mislead the reader and fool future generations.

    Gamini’s own brother in law Pethiyagoda ( chairman Tea Board) once wrote that Gamini took caste very seriously and thought that since he was born at a higher elevation (Kandy ?) he was superior to those living in lower areas ! He treated Premadasa disrespectfully.

    From a struggling middle class man Gamini became a millionaire after becoming a minister ( Mahaweli Development ) even owning a big property in Alfred House.His son Navin was in the MR Cabinet for a long time and his other son Mayantha was caught on camera worshiping MR.

    Like modern day Sujeewa Senasinghe,also from Kandy, Gamini Dissanayake later claimed that he came from a very rich family owning thousands of acres and did politics only because he loved the poor people ! Not sure whether Gamini also had a front man to collect like Ravi K for Lalith Athulathmudali ,the other bogus pretender.

    Gamini’s role in the burning of the Jaffna Library and the 83 riots remain dark .

    Boot licking articles must be avoided by self respecting professionals

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    Addendum : For a fact we know by the end of there carrier Lalith and Gamini had earned enough and more political enemies than friends, within and out side of party,.

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    Shocking. According to Sky News the murdered journalist body parts were found in Saudi counselors garden. If this incident had happened with in Saudi, people would have not even come to know or the blame would have been shifted to some one else. This is how Lanka was until few years back. So any media news coming out of Lanka cannot be trusted until verified. But Lankans are little smarter than Saudis in concealing and conniving. They have the ability to stage a war as a rescue mission with zero casualty and make world to believe and congratulate for a job well done.Soon it will be 10 years and the world still do not have any clues????? Even today you can see the “number game” doing the rounds.How many journalist were murdered (some years ago)in Lanka and still not one had been answered.That is why we are called a MIRACLE COUNTRY.

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    Palitha do we actually know who was behind the burning of Jaffna library?????? I AM JUST CURIOUS.Also what if we had a ME TOO moment in Lanka. Imagine the crap coming out of it. Already in play in India (least expected country). For sure most of the politicians names will be listed. The question will be who is not ????

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    On August 2012, Minister of Health and SLFP general secretary Maithripala Sirisena alleged that during the 1994 presidential election campaign, all campaign details concerning the UNP presidential candidate Gamini Dissanayake were being secretly passed on to his opponent, Chandrika Kumaratunga by Wickremesinghe. Minister Sirisena made this disclosure while addressing an election committee meeting held at Siripura, Polonnaruwa. Sirisena asserted that he has ample proof to validate his claim and allegations.. Consequently, both parties started to challenge each other for open media debates.
    (Sorce: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranil_Wickremesinghe)

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      In December 2001, even the army prevented voters from the eastern province from voting. A case filed by seven Tamils was tried and verdict given by a supreme court bench including Wigneswaran.

      http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=8600

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    Palitha Pelpola has not mentioned the burning down of the Jaffna Library in 1981.
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    In 2013, Retired DIGP Edward Gunawardena (EG) thought it was an inside job. Professor Carlos Fonseka got up one morning and found out that the Chair of SLMC is to be filled. Carlos suddenly agreed with EG. Perhaps Palitha Pelpola is seconding Carlos.
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    Never mind. GR invented the word ‘whitevanning’. Gamini Dissanayake introduced the word ‘bibiliocide’ (formerly bibilioclasm) to the English Language.
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    Palitha quotes Eric Ambler ~ “The important thing to know about an assassination or an attempted assassination is not who fired the shot, but who paid for the bullet.”
    Confucius say “It is not who wrote what. It is who paid for the pen”.

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    Eagle Eye with a tunnel vision, Knowing MS now, do any one care what he has to say???? The same
    MS years after worked with RW (trusted) for his own campaigning ????? Next time when you meet MS please ask MS, who he trust most RW or MR (for that matter any one from SLPP /JO / SLFP)

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    May this wonderfull leader of our Country walk through the gates of Heaven and sing with the Angels and the birds of the Sky!!!!

    If not for this great leader, that menacing edifice called the Jaffna Library would have not only made the Savageous Terrorist more ruthless but also it would have given the Savage and yet another weapon in it’s murder against the Sinhalese civilian – education.

    The enormous vision this leader had has helped reduce the war from perhaps a 60-100 years to just 30. It certainly helped the number of Sinhalese civilian casualties that happened many years later.

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      @Retarded Shemale Perehera: here we go with singing praise to the racist scumbags, Dissanayake was a dirt bag hooligan. Yes, you are one, so you identify yourself with one, who happens to be your kind. Jaffna Library was a menacing intellectual edifice to you because you never understood what education meant……..you never had any!!!!! After many years in the army as a coolie, you retired only as a Lieutenant? It tells me you never went anywhere even in the military let alone education. By the way what were you doing in the military, were you the Army mascot or official clown of the army?

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        Tamil from the north

        The only purpose of the Retarded in this forum is to wind up those who hold on to their principled positions. He enjoys being humiliated by CT readers, a Sadomasochist, ………………….

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          NV, I as a Tamil categorically say that both our ancestors robbed this beautiful country from your ancestors. Now both these idiots are too busy fighting to see who this land belongs to. Who cares? We are all there, so why don’t we get along? I live in beautiful Canada. We have so many ethnic backgrounds living in Toronto and there is no race war being declared on the streets anywhere. Even the Sinhalese and Tamils generally live in harmony. It is sad to see these monkeys hating each other there.

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            Tamil from the north

            By the way I am told over 300 languages are spoken in London making the capital the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

            My Elders told me the Colonial masters tried their best to make them believe Britain was their mother country. It looks like the children have arrived home from different parts of their former colonies.

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              NV, I am not sure how many languages are spoken here in Toronto but I am sure many languages are spoken in beautiful Toronto. I have been here for so many years and came as a child. Until today I have not felt any threat or fear from anyone. I only wish and hope one day everybody in SL will have that freedom irrespective of their belief, creed, culture, ethnicity or background. I wish you all the best too man.

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        TFN,

        Your opinion about this great man counts to nothing. Every election he would win with a thumping majority. People would flock to the polling booths to vote for this man.

        The Jaffna Library was a breeding ground for Tamil racism where all the cunning planning took place against the genocide of the Sinhalese people.

        Mister, let me tell you something. If your people planted bombs inside our buses murdering hundreds of our people, if your people grabbed our children and based their heads against walls at Kent and dollar farms, if your people attacked our villagers, let me tell you very kindly that the last thing you should be worried about is a good for nothing Library.

        You start the war, you better expect the consequences. And boy wasn’t the May 2009 Nanthikadal episode a work of art? It was like a “Wap Magula” gone horribly wrong. Prabha all dressed up like a Farmer and all that.

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          Retarded

          “The Jaffna Library was a breeding ground for Tamil racism where all the cunning planning took place against the genocide of the Sinhalese people.”

          Well, please keep your head where it is now, possibly HLD M is sitting on it. Don’t pull it out.

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          @ ado Retarded Shemale Perehera: this pariah gamini dissanayake is nothing more than a low class filthy piece of garbage. You are a loser who joined the army because you could not add 2+2. Any mutt could have carried a gun and pull the trigger, so you were a perfect candidate as you had both qualification…………mutt and the ability to pull a trigger! What would a bugger with a gun but hid under a bed while he (proclaimed) to have been in the army know about education let alone the majestic Jaffna library? If it wasn’t for the military you little sh&t would have been some servant boy in some rich guy’s home cleaning toilets. This library had manuscripts going back thousands of years. This was our history and gamini the low class sh&t and that sakiliya bugger called cyril matthew burnt the building down to wipe out our history in the country. Were you so afraid of the intelligence of the Jaffna boys and girls? Were they too smart for you? Anyone is smarter than a bugger with a gun. At least some of the soldiers fought like soldiers and I have respect for their bravery. But you are basically a coolie in the army and no one can validate which section of the army you worked in……………..the toilet section or the uniform cleaning section. Can you enlighten me on your activities while you were in the army or was that a day dream of yours?

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    Assassinations are uncivilized acts and politically motivated assassinations are despicable. As to who bought the bullet in the case of Gamini is still a matter of conjecture.
    .
    Palitha Pelpola may remember the various pogroms in which thousands were cut, chopped and maimed by goons unchecked for up to a week.
    The GoSL of the time never prosecuted any. Was this the unkindest chop of all?

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      @K. Pillai, how do you expect the GOSL to prosecute the killers? GOSL was the sponsor of terror back then and continue to be today? Do you want them to prosecute themselves?

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    Palitha,
    Ha Ha Ha Ha! You were Gamini’s private secretary and trusted ally for a long time!
    Can you honestly claim that Gamini was squeaky clean and did not do a Basil Rajapakse in getting hefty commissions from the Mahaveli Projects (all were carred out without a single environmental assessment causing massive irreversible damage) and you in the process didn’t get your share for being his secretary? Any analysis of a politician can be accepted only if you also talk about their failings / robbery / thuggery as well. Gamini’s role as an anti- Tamil is well document. Having studied in a chauvinistic school like Ananda, a guy like you may see this as perfectly normal. Don’t waste our time by posting rubbish. We are not interested. Jayalath

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      If he was his private secretary he would have been part of the inner anti Tamil circle that was planning all sorts of horrible acts against the island’s Tamils . Indian origin and native. Eg Burning the Jaffna Library , anti Tamil progroms. large scale ethnic cleansing of Tamil in the north and east and settling thousands of Sinhalese under the fake Mahaveli development , that was there solely to Sinhalise the Tamil north and east. This man also must be an anti Tamil as ” birds of a feather flock together”. Shame on this man. How dare he come here and post this garbage and praise this racist war criminal and anti Tamil and even does not mention what he did , unless he agrees with what happened and what was planned

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    Yes white supremacists and neo Nazis say Hitler was a nation builder too , when in reality he destroyed his own nation and people , as well as other nations and people in the name of a racist ideology , just like this Chingkallam Kamini Tissainayakam. Now other Chingkallams in the name of Chingkallam Buddhist Fascism and a Mahavamsam fairy tale are calling this well know anti Thamizh , who was responsible for the murder rape killing of thousands of Thamizh civilians, the destruction of their homes businesses and properties . the deliberate burning and destruction of the Jaffna library and the attempted large scale ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Thamizs from their lands in order to settle Chingkallams , is now called a nation builder. All these Chingkallam politcians from the time of independence have never been nation builders but a bunch of lying racist low lives who have destroyed this nation, in the name of Chingkallam Buddhist Fascism. and still continue to do so.

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    Maha Banda, Whose contract was it to kill my friend G.V.S.de Silva ? Who started the war?

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    Palitha, I don’t know why you consider Gamini as a great intellectual and leader. He had not even entered university like Athulathmudali or Ranil Wickremeasinghe. He was an attorney at law from Law College. This means he is average academically. On the other hand, I can’t consider him a visionary leader. If he was that he would have solved the tamil problem and brought a great Sri Lankan identity to all her people. This would have made all people united and worked for a developed Sri Lanka. By seeing only the distance of his nose, he participated in programs that led to thousands of death, a 30 year war and the matter has gone to the UN. Sri Lanka is now trapped internationally. He is no match to a man like Lee Kuan Yew. Lakshman Jayakody said in Parliament as ‘ how a man living in a rented house down Siripa Road, Thimbirigasaya and practicing at Labour Courts can build a mansion at Alfred House Gardens and own apple orchards in Australia.

    There has to be corruption as his school friend Nimal Cooke was a Director of Maharajas who were agents of Balbour Betty the Contractors of Victoria Project. Even a school kid knows Maharajas skill in getting and giving kickbacks. So, do such people deserve public memorials and celebration of their memory. They appear to have robbed public money of our country. Let the public be the judge who Gamini is ?

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      Sunil

      “If he was that he would have solved the tamil problem and brought a great Sri Lankan identity to all her people.”

      I am sorry, is it a “Tamil Problem”?
      My Elders think otherwise.
      Is it not a Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on rest of the people, Sinhalese, Tamils, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, …………….?

      Please define what you consider “a great Sri Lankan identity”.

      I have no other issues with rest of your comment.

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        Who the hell cares what your elders think? Unless they are former soldiers. Are they ex-servicemen? I doubt it.

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          Retarded

          “Who the hell cares what your elders think? “

          The wisest of the wisest do listen to them.
          Idiots like you don’t even begin to understand their basic philosophy.

          “Unless they are former soldiers. Are they ex-servicemen? I doubt it.”

          We do not have soldiers in this island, the ones who wear uniform are either war criminals, thugs or men with twisted head. You are a living example of retired men in uniform with twisted head.

          Are you still suffering from shell-shock, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety as a consequences of war caused by VP’s bata slippers baby brigades?
          Go get counselling or go smell Tamil women

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          @Retarded Shemale Perehera: why do you keep talking about the military? You were only a servant boy in the army. So shut the f&ck up!!!

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    If JR was the King behind the Mahaveli Project, GD was his General who implemented it. The Mahaweli Development program is the largest multipurpose national development program in the history of Sri Lanka.
    .

    The double arch Victoria dam, the center piece of the project, is a marvel of civil engineering and the only such dam in South East Asia at the time it was completed. The term double means the dam is arched horizontally as well as vertically. The double arching allows the dam to be constructed with much less concrete and still have the same structural strength. Local engineers played a huge part in its design and construction.
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    We do not see JR’s name given publicity on any of the plaques of these sites. On the other hand, at the Abhayagiri Stupa in Anuradhapura, I was shocked to see a recent Stone carving side by side with the old stone carving by King Mahasen, giving credit to MR for its reconstruction. I am sure that strict laws pertaining to archaeological matters were violated by that act. No one is supposed to carry out such new constructions within the Maluwa of the Stupa. But it has been done to satisfy the oversized ego of the man. But then MR is MR and that is it.
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    The resettlement of people, a crucial part of the overall program, was one of the largest of such programs undertaken anywhere in the world. It was carried out under the direct supervision of Gamini Dissanayake and is a prime example of his management and leadership skills.

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    Why does the Piss Pot Vedda start its comments with direct insults like Edwin necrophilia, Somass, Champa profession, retarded shamal, the list goes on and on? Not that it matters to me. Just the sort of behavior one expects from a dirty kalaveddah who pisses on his partner before and after the act. And not stopping with that gets pissed too by the partner.
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    Now, I have a theory about this disgusting habit. Those insults, just like the pissing, is just a way of saying ‘I love you’. The worse the words are the more the love Kalavedda has for the target.
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    Why does it think of GD as an enemy? It is not only because the Kallathoniness of the Kalavedda. There are other reasons. The Victoria Dam, though huge, has no ceilings. It could have been designed with thousands and upon thousands of square meters of ceiling space. That would have been enough for all the Kallathoni Veddhas in the Thalathel Deniya – sorry – Theldeniya area are to settle in, fornicate and piss. But Damn it. The Dam has no such facilities.
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    It is all the fault of Gamini.

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      edwin, When you begin, ‘Why does the Piss Pot Vedda start its comments with direct insults’, what strikes me most is the insult you yourself hurl, at the start itself. You are trying to outdo him, aren’t you!

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        Yes.

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    Native Vedda, you have misunderstood me. I mean Tamil problem as the problems faced by the Tamil community of Sri Lanka.

    Whenever I interact with an Indian from any part of India, they first consider themselves as Indian and then as Punjabi, Gujarati, Maharashtrian, Tamil, Telegu, Malayalee. They are all bound by that common identity as “Indian’. This makes them a strong community in international cities. Sadly, it is not with Sri Lankans. We consider ourselves first as Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burger. All this is because we have not created conditions for the minorities to feel safe not only physically but also from cultural loss of identity. This is why Gandhi created the federal system in India where linguistic states were carved to safeguard the identity of the natives. Sadly, this is not in Sri Lanka. Only if we realise this and with strong safeguards for the territorial integrity and security of Sri Lanka, will Sri Lanka be that great nation that it is always was.

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      Sunil

      I mostly agree with you.
      However the minorities never run the government. It has been the majoritarian tyranny that alienated the minority away from manufacturing single identity and the majority that supported individual tyrants do not seem to understand the value of enshrining the idea of “Unity in Diversity” among all people, recognising and preserving all identities of this island including, language, people, religion, environment, heritage, shared sovereignty, shared values, ……………… friendship, compassion, rule of law, ….

      It’s not too late.
      If you could convince Champa, sach, soma, wannihami, Paul, Taraki, Eagle Eye, ………………… and their fellow fascist members of this forum of benefit of being part of a country that believes in Unity in Diversity, it’s not a difficult task to convince the rest of the country.

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