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Gender Equality & Empowerment Of Women & The JVP; Lessons From The JVP’s Evolution

By Lionel Bopage

Dr. Lionel Bopage

Origin of Socialist Women’s Front

Pre-1971 JVP saw a presence of women cadres that could be considered modest. Before the April 1971 uprising there were full-time and part-time women cadres active within the “movement”. Among them were comrades such as Nandaseeli from Ragama, Seelawathi (comrade Osmund’s mother) from Wanathamulla, Kusuma Buddhikorala from Akuressa, Karuna (comrade Gamanayake’s wife) from Rambukkana, Kamani and Sampathi from Ambalangoda, Vitleen and Sujatha (Handagama) from the University of Peradeniya and Karuna from the University of Colombo. The Socialist Women’s Front laid the foundation necessary for women’s involvement in the JVP. Post-Uprising rebuilding efforts expanded the women’s network. Despite their contributions, leadership positions for women remained elusive, mirroring broader societal gender biases. After 1977, the organisation became known as the Socialist Women’s Union. Despite their presence, they were not elected or appointed as leading cadres within the organisation.

After the April 1971 Uprising, some women cadres left the organisation due to political differences, just like many male cadres. Yet, over time, the JVP was able to rebuild a large network of women cadres working as full-time and part-time activists. Unfortunately, the situation was not different to that of the pre-1971 period. None of the female cadres moved beyond from being members of the district committees. The JVP did not have a single female member at the party Central Committee and Politbureau. Compared to the abilities, awareness and activeness of the male cadres, the reason for women cadres being not elected or appointed to leadership positions can be understood in retrospect, only in terms of following the gender biases that prevailed in society at the time.

Political Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities

The JVP, though influential, faced challenges in mobilizing women compared to established parties who leveraged informal networks. The JVP had a strong political network among women, though it was not the robust among political organisations. The ruling political parties always had strong, but mostly informal networks among women. Those parties easily mobilized such networks during election times, to create political waves through the provision of short-term incentives. This was similar to the way the political elite made use of the religious, the trade unions and many rural organisations and networks.

Under those political circumstances, the inaugural Congress of the Socialist Women’s Front marked a pivotal moment in the history of women’s involvement in the JVP. It was held at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo on January 7 and 8, 1982, with over 3,000 women party activists and sympathizers attending. Due to the internationalist stand the JVP had taken at the time, it was able to establish good relations with many national liberation movements and some of the countries who had been liberated from the colonial yoke.

There were two delegations in attendance, one from the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the other from the Ba’ath Socialist Party of Iraq. There were fraternal greetings offered by several movements fighting for their national liberation. Among them were Namibia and South Africa. Our hands of international solidarity had been extended to socialist movements in Vietnam, Kampuchea, and Laos and many other national liberation movements such as the ANC, PLO, FNLA in Angola, FRELIMO in Mozambique, ZANU in Zimbabwe, Fretilin, Polisario, EPLF in Ethiopia, FSLN in Nicaragua, FMLN in El Salvador, and MIR in Chile. Hosting international delegates underscored the JVP’s commitment to global solidarity.

Sadly, the higher echelons of the party including comrade Rohana Wijeweera took an opportunistic stance subsequently and shifted towards an exclusive nationalism that compromised the party’s internationalist position. Comrade Upatissa Gamanayake followed him due to a lack of understanding of the importance of internationalism in the world-wide struggle against neo-colonialism. Later on, the JVP became strongly entangled in a nationalism bordering on chauvinism. Comrade Rohana who wrote the publication, “Proletarian Internationalism or Opportunism?” became a champion of advocating this nationalist outlook through his later writings. That is why, since 1984, there was a total lack of expression of solidarity towards national liberation movements the world over.

Contemporary Progress and Persistent Gaps

The current JVP and the National People’s Power (NPP) exhibit varying degrees of gender inclusivity. The JVP has its own separate political organisation. The NPP represents a broader front comprising 21 diverse groups, inclusive of several progressive organisations in the country. The organisational structure of the JVP appears to follow the standard Leninist model, though as an outsider, I cannot comment on its internal organisational make up and methodologies employed. The JVP has a Central Committee of 28 members, six of which are in the Politbureau. Of the Central Committee members, two are women, and the Politbureau has no women members. Compared with the pre-1984 JVP, a slight progress in terms of gender inclusivity can be noticed. The NPP is seen to be doing better in this regard. The organizational structure of the NPP comprises a National Executive Committee established on the basis of District Executive Councils. The Executive comprises 68 members of which seven are women, i.e., a percentage of about ten.

Despite the persistence of disparities, there are certainly marked improvements in a comparative sense. Both the current JVP and the NPP are doing better in terms of women’s participation, especially in the policy making structures than the pre-1984 JVP. But there is still a long way to go. Women constitute 52percent of Sri Lanka’s population; yet female representation in the Sri Lankan parliament is only 5.3 percent. This figure in no way reflects the population’s diversity. Political parties need to prioritize the issue of women’s leadership in order to effect meaningful change.

One could argue that the numerical strength of gender representation may not be so relevant. However, in terms of a qualitative transformation, to neglect the fact that 52 percent of the population is not sufficiently represented at the leadership level displays a clear drawback on the way the organisation approached political work. Again, in comparison, the leaderships of the major political parties in Sri Lanka cannot be said to be doing better in terms of gender representation. Both the JVP and the NPP have quite a long way to go if they are to reflect a proper representation of women. However, this could be compensated by the qualitative commitment and contribution the women’s leadership makes to build a better society and transform Sri Lanka into a better country.

Pathways to Empowerment: Initiatives and Challenges

Realizing women’s political empowerment demands a systemic change that transcends inherent prejudices. A process of successful empowerment of women involves them having a sense of self-worth; possessing the right to determine and have choices, the right to have access to opportunities and resources, the power to control their own lives and the ability to influence the direction of social change for creating a better and fairer social and economic order. There are a number of structural and ingrained prejudices about the role of women that need to be overcome to fully realise this goal.

Recent legislative debates, like proposed amendments to deal with sexual consent, highlight the persistent resistance against entrenched biases. Sexual harassment has been a part of the social and political culture of Sri Lanka. More recently, a bill to amend Sections 363 and 364 of Chapter 19 of the Penal Code of Sri Lanka was gazetted.

According to the current law, even if a girl under 16 years of age has sexual relations of her own free will, it is considered rape. With the new amendments, if a girl between the ages of 14 and 16 has sexual relations with a person under the age of 22 with her consent, there will be no legal retribution against him. This amendment has been proposed under the purview of Minister of Judicial Affairs and Constitutional Reform. The Forum of Sri Lankan Women Parliamentarians has opposed this amendment. The National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka has also advised the government that they do not agree with the proposed amendment. The Leader of Opposition has called for a review of the government’s decision. Whether the Minister has responded to these concerns is not yet known.

Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Examining and honestly discussing past incidents, such as internal disputes over women’s roles, illuminates the journey toward true empowerment of women. Confronting nationalism’s pitfalls and fostering international solidarity remains imperative in overcoming societal biases. For, embracing diverse voices and transformative actions will pave the way for a more equitable and inclusive political landscape. Advocacy, awareness, and quota systems offer pathways forward, which can help overcoming the existing economic and cultural barriers.

Women and their allies could exert pressure on the government and bureaucracy against gender discrimination and other practices that demean women. For this to happen the country’s political culture needs to change both quantitatively and qualitatively. A quota system that brings more politically conscious women in politics will be of immeasurable help for this to happen. Also, society needs to become better aware of the real issues that women are confronted with. Empowerment of women will also contribute to better socio-economic and cultural gains for all.

Conclusion

Celebrating International Women’s Day in Sri Lanka showcased both the progress and persistent challenges in achieving gender equality, particularly within political movements such as the JVP. Reflecting on the JVP’s past efforts, will allow delving into the historical context and contemporary dynamics. Thus, achievements can be appreciated while endeavouring to address the lingering disparities. In this context, it will be of extreme importance to provide better opportunities for awareness raising, building self-confidence, and expansion of choices available, provide better access to education, training and development opportunities, and control over the resources that they will need.

Actions to transform the governance and bureaucratic structures and institutions that reinforce and perpetuate gender discrimination and inequality are important tools for empowering women to claim their rights. Interventions with this in mind will provide practical means to uplift lives of vulnerable communities, particularly in rural areas, with a focus on women’s economic empowerment. This will enhance their capacity by promoting women’s productivity and sustainability, thus, contributing to economic recovery.

Empowering women politically is not an exercise involving numbers alone, but also about fostering a culture of inclusivity, respect, and equality. By confronting prejudices, amplifying women’s voices, and advocating for systemic change, a brighter, more just and equitable future for all can be built.

Concluded

Previous parts:

Part 1: Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women & The JVP

Part 2: Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women & The JVP: Capitalism & Empowerment Of Women

 

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    Lionel, Old chap …….. you have migrated to the West and obtained a PhD from somewhere and started this academic jargon ……. Lanka doesn’t function to the western academic mumbo jumbo ……. go back to your youth in a Lankan village ……. how does Gender-Equality/good-treatment women happen? ……. If a man’s wife runs off with another man can a man take it like a man. That’s equal/better treatment of women.

    We had a coconut-pluck-er who loved his wife so much …… he tattooed across his chest “Wimala Sadahatama” “Wimala forever.” ……. Then Wimala ran off with the next door neighbour. Tattooing was available and tattoo-removing was not available in the village …… so for the rest of his life he had to wear a shirt – couldn’t display his chiselled chest like Old Codger. …… He didn’t kill/beat-up Wimala or disparage her: took it like a man. That’s equal/good treatment of women Lankan style. …… If not, it’s all just talk-shop.

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      cont,

      Western influence ……. makes things fashionable but meaningless in Lanka ……. like Colombo-7 fashion-ista Native, walking around loudly mouthing opposition to the death-penalty but insulting women to death in public forums every day. What’s the bloody point?

      Don’t get too far ahead of yourself Lionel, discard this academic nonsense/mumbo-jumbo and teach the meaning of the simple lyrics of other Lionel’s “Three Times a Lady” to Native Vedda and other Lankan men.


      The current good run the JVP/NPP is having is not the popularity of the JVP/NPP …… or their supposed “Equal Treatment” of women ……. but because of the popularity of AKD: his extraordinary talent/gift to articulate Lankan politics/matters in colloquial Lankan terms/ways. Thank God he remained a villager, and wasn’t insecure enough to get a PhD and display it prominently in front of his name.

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        nimal fernando,
        I am enthralled by your Wimala infidelity illustration. However, the PhD attack lacks grace.

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          “the PhD attack lacks grace.”

          Nathan,

          That was intentional …… I’ll wait and see who else will come after me …… then I’ll reply. :))

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            NF,
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            please watch this
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            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXpbasDnm6s

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            Like I’ve written before ………. I’ve lot of regard and respect for Lionel. He is a man of substance: a PhD lessens him. …… Dayan needs his PhD; Lionel doesn’t. …… If ye don’t know what is meant by that, ye never will.

            If you have read the tributes he has written in his non-PhD mode they are much closer to the Lankan-earth/situation ……. than the stuff he is compelled to write in a typical-Lankan pseudo-academic mode because of his PhD.

            That’s why AKD is so popular among the masses ………. and all the prior JVP leaders were always an “acquired taste.”

            Wijeweera was ….. prone to mumble an ideology he himself did not fully understand …… deck himself in revolutionary garb and shout himself hoarse on stages ……… had no coherent message for the average Lankan man/woman out there. ……… I don’t expect this to be understood in Bandarawela; the water is different there.

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              cont

              Like Native, Ranil, myself, ……. who are lucky to have won “the ovarian lottery” ………. have a morbid fear of the JVP (especially the indoctrinated old guard) …….. that our privileges will be taken away.

              Like the days of yore, of the Bolsheviks …… communal-living ….. people will be given only 2 rooms in their large houses and the rest will be given to other families to live.

              I don’t see why Native, Ranil’s neighbour and fellow Royalist should be too worried …… the triangle where the Royal College is situated …… is like the Bermuda Triangle ……. compasses go haywire ……. well, in this case, the hereditary-compass, and pass out graduates with a different orientation.

              Ranil might come to live with Native. After all, it might turn out to be a blessing in disguise!

              Rejoice!

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          Nathan,
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          It is certainly true that nimal fernando writes more provocative and stimulating stuff than any of us.
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          However, it is not for his PhD that I value Dr. Lionel Bopage more, but for a life in which he has openly and consistently stood by his principles.
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          By comparison, nimal is rather a coward; I know that I will die relatively soon, not knowing the identity of this cowardly nimal, whose identity probably is known only to the editor.
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          I wonder whether CT even pays this guy to attract readers to this website. Half my comments are axed, but not nimal’s for sure!
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          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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            Sinhala_Man ,
            nimal, for all intents and purposes, is a normal guy. You are phobic!
            nimal has his charm. Displays his gift of humour. I’ll miss him, if he chooses to stay away.
            I am CERTAIN that he has no relationship with CT. In fact, CT might take up your suggestion(?) if he threatens to walk away!

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        NF,
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        I read your comment this time with much more consideration.May be I am relaxing today after a long week of tightened working schedules.

        Today has been a public holiday for us in Germany with a long weekend ahead of us. I used my time to hang on with more reading.
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        Nimal, You are right. It is just that our people are very emotional sort of homo sapiens.
        Look at what WIMAL WEERAWANSE aka thrash bin aka “padikkama” of Mahendra Rajapakshe has got to say today. Those are just rubbish about rubbhish, but to please the gallery making them eternally “gawky”. was the begining of WW not JVP ?
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        The destiny of the man about whom you said, his chest was tattooed with ” wimala forever” is similar to those who tattooed ” Mahendra Rajapakshe ” ‘S photo on their chests today.
        Southern sinhalayas are kawum kanna weerayas. They would fall on broad day light into the same pit no matter if once fell at night.

        I think long before we talk about “gender equality”; our people should be ready to realize and treat one another with much equalities.

        If anyone born to srilanka, he or she shoudl be served with the same spoon on and on. I am totally against them being branded as ” minorities”, they should all be SRILANKEN CITIZENS, basta.

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        nimal fernando

        Thanks for introducing us to the other Lionel.
        Did Lionel say why she is three times a Lady.
        I didn’t hear him saying why.
        Is it because men are stupid, deaf and blind when they are in LOVE?

        “but because of the popularity of AKD: his extraordinary talent/gift to articulate Lankan politics/matters in colloquial Lankan terms/ways. “

        You are 100% right.
        However it appear you haven’t met his old guards yet. They still remain unrefined, unsophisticated, illiberal, parochial, ….. typical Sinhala/Buddhist party men who are not free to think, think independently.

        I don’t believe JVP has panacea to all problems.
        Lets see.

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      Nimal
      He could have altered it to “Wimal”, but that would have been another can of worms….

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      nimal fernando

      “He didn’t kill/beat-up Wimala or disparage her: took it like a man.”

      The coconut-pluck-er should have bronco branded his name below her neck and above her chest. Problem would not have arisen.

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        nimal fernando

        Similarly he should have bronco branded her name on his forehead.

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    Guys, read this also.

    https://www.adaderana.lk/news/98296/massive-setback-for-afghan-women-taliban-vows-to-publicly-stone-them-to-death-for-adultery

    Those who cry loud and shed crocodile tears like Tisaranee Gunasekara, Champawati, Manel like women activists that Israel killing women in Gaza like hell has no word on this. These goats are lined in the blue sacks for sacrifice, like the Old Rowdy King lined Tamils in Mullivaikkal or Hitler King lined them for Oil and food in 2022. There are not any sins those women committed, these women are sins committed by President Bush and Tony Blair. Ha Ha ha Heroes eating dirt!

    Tit for tat……….Revenge….
    Who gave the Nobel Peace Prize for Malala? Why? Where are thy now?

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    Educate women as much as possible. Make them independent thinkers. Provide opportunities and strengthen them financially – make them financially independent. Make divorces easier to get. The last one is important too.

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      “Make them independent thinkers. “
      Make them anything? That effort itself will rob a woman of independent thought.
      Leave them alone and, most importantly, do not patronize them.

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        “Leave them alone and, most importantly, do not patronize them.
        So, you have left the men in CT alone. not forcefully illuminating? In the Afghani donkeys’ case, who should leave the women alone; is Afghani Taliban or the women activists like Malala those who want to have them educated and be on their own? For you, being explicit in your convoluted talks will educate those who cannot understand, so that is a sin. Is that in the same line that training women to think independently will let them to understand something beyond what you like? Your honest wish is that everyone should be below at some level so they can keep knocking on their head, like an age-old dump Sadampi! So, is that the easy way to dodge your dishonesty called illumination?

        If there is an opinion that the women are rights-less, advocating for their rights along with them and making them to understand what their rights are is torturing them, so you are launching for them a new campaign “free them by leaving alone”? If that is your honest philosophy, then why do you dip your nose into every comment? Is that your way of telling ‘Dad is not under the haystack?

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        Say making women think independently will patronize them. Is it ok to illuminate men like you that there is an age-old custom that women should be subjected, and it is wrong in Humanity so that should be eliminated, so please stay away from inventing devices to defeat that?
        ‘What is wrong with making women independent thinkers. How is training them to be independent thinkers going to prevent them being one more group of Paramilitary gang members, if that is what your fear is? Is it ok then if you teach them to be Mechanical college’s Karl Marxism scientists – thinkers?

        What do you mean by patronizing women at large in the world? Could you check in a dictionary to correct your understanding of the meaning of the word patronizing? Your illumination implies that if the women start to think independently, they will end up being patronized by somebody and will not have the ability to free them from that without you illuminating the snootier? If you label others as patronizing women, is that your age-old contention that you should be the sole client of Siri MaO or Vasanthi or somebody else?
        You sound like you are being subjected to somebody’s (paramilitary of pharmaceutical traders….) patronizing you. In that case that is sad man!
        You are pompous and bogus! If you deny that, explain it, why not.

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    Ground reality is very pathetic most of the house holds are women is the bread winners
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    You could see lot of single mums struggling with children,some instances Grandma have to look after schooling food etc for their grand children as both parents has to work for their meets end .
    Some have to leave for ME leave behind the children without the choice.there are lot of social and family break down too .
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    All These disasters created by men.even Mullas to kings.V8 AC palace security congents with pension.

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    Dr. L.B Gender Equality does not come from politics or from religious groups who down grade women. Certainly in the new testament, through faith and being baptized into Christ, Galatians 4, 28 says “There is neither jew nor greek, slave nor free, male nor female as all are one in Christ Jesus, Abrahams seed and heirs according to the promise. I worked for the government for a period and there was no discrimination between sexes in the work force nor salary payment. I am aware that some religions downtread females and use them as slaves. Such people must get out of those situations. Our law says we have equal protection of the law.

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      I wonder what position Christian societies held on women’s rights.
      They had to fight for franchise rights, educational rights and several more.
      Why do they have still to fight for right to abortion? Do they not have a right over their body?
      Islam was a step ahead of Christianity in women’s right to divorce and re-marriage.

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        SJ, It is really pathetic and foolish for the world to fight for rights that are already theirs. Whatever the historical record is, a true christian will never want an abortion and murder. Why divorce to remarry unless they missed their God given partner. Islam is well ahead with several wives who agree with that too. We cannot take responsibility for the world behaviour but only for our actions. Even in Israel there is division in the jewish religion. Calvary belongs to Latin RC and all can go there. The tomb of Holy Sepulchre is in charge of Greek orthodox with a struggle to creep in there for Holy Communion at the slab of Christs resurrection, but possible to walk in. Fear can keep one out of what is needed. That whole church opening is controlled by muslims, but the prayer is to Jehovah and not Allah.

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          “….true christian will never want an abortion and murder.”
          I wonder why there were wars in the name of the faith.
          I remember a very successful Evangelical Christian preacher (Billy Graham?) supporting America’s war in Vietnam, and clergymen blessing American soldiers before they went to fight.
          Deep down Christianity gives way to feelings of hostility.
          Using the Bible to justify the destruction that is perpetrated in Gaza tell us more than what you will like to admit.
          One has to be true t one’s self.

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        Islam was a step ahead of Christianity in women’s right to divorce and re-marriage. It is always Sadampi’s engineering technology to make appear the deprived as the violator or culprit and describe them as the luckiest. Here the Islamic women.
        Yes, Appe Aanduwa military and paramilitaries too were very good in helping the ex-rebels’ family members’ being relieved from the state enforced marriage contracts, over the married parties. Anyway, Islam’s many versions do not recognize the exitance of state, along the people’s rights to have their own government. “Thalak Thalak Thalak” Throw the baby with the bathwater! What is going to be the next development in Muslims women’s marriage law progress……..AI generated automated Thalak messages.
        If Islam is not going to recognize the married parties as they are and going to enforce a marriage unwritten and arbitrarily synthesized a 1500 years ago in the rights order of Alah, Mullah, man woman, then the lowest rightsholder in hierarchy, the woman should have some ways of relieved her out of this unequal life arrangement; otherwise, her next option is only suicide. Then in the haven, if the man woman rights are aligned equal, she can complain to Allah about the injustice of Mullahs and the men she met on the earth.

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      DTG, never mind Galatians 4, 28 what does Deuteronomy 21 say?
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      ‘The woman must be taken to the door of her father’s home, and there the men of the town must stone her to death, for she has committed a disgraceful crime in Israel by being promiscuous while living in her parents’ home. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you.’
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      Fortunately today’s Christians are selective and don’t follow the whole Bible.

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        I once told DTG about the Quakers. Some of them don’t follow anything in the Bible, although the Bible is usually placed somewhere in the room, and they usually say that they are Christians.
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        On that occasion, I told DTG that Quakers were pacifists and always told the truth. But I said it knowing that Richard Nixon claimed to be a Quaker (his ancestors were), and these Friends had no mechanism for contradicting him.
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        Has nimal come across any Quakers? Quaker Oats, possibly, but that business by started by people who didn’t even call themselves Quakers. He may have found them less interesting than Lionel the coconut plucker.

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      DTG,
      “Certainly in the new testament, through faith and being baptized into Christ, Galatians 4, 28 says “There is neither jew nor greek, slave nor free, male nor female as all are one in Christ Jesus, “
      There were a lot of women burnt at the stake by the Inquisition in the 15 th century, and by Protestants in the 17th century. Weren’t all these women baptised Christians?

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        This woman was not burnt, she was only hanged.
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        https://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2007/10/mary-barrett-dyer.html
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        One of the Quakers I’ve told you about. She may earlier have been a baptised Christian, but Quakers have no baptism.
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        By the way, although I admire them, I’m no Quaker.

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      DTG,
      “He who is without ovaries shall not make laws for those who do”
      – Fallopians 5:12

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    “Confronting nationalism’s pitfalls and fostering international solidarity remains imperative in overcoming societal biases.”
    Can the author enumerate the ‘ Nationalism’s pitfalls’ ? Should NOT the NATIONAL solidarity precede the International solidarity?
    The question still remains in the minorities on HOW the President AKD going to tackle their ISSUES?
    At present, the Minorites feel that Sinhala Buddhists Supremacists are hellbent on suppressing their RIGHTS by utilising thuggish Monks & state defence. This is highly DESPICABLE.
    LP —>Please do address the issues of minorities + empowering the Tamil speaking women that was widowed by State Terrorism.

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    Thanks Lionel for concluding your brief on behalf of Women in just 3 parts……….
    You left the original JVP FOR GOOD REASONS. Their political trajectory in the subsequent years left many of its original members in frustration.

    The present JVP ostensibly, we are made to believe, is a Reconditioned,Refurbished outfit
    drawing lessons from the past……………
    Comrades Nandaseeli, Seelawathi,, Kusuma and Sampathi were the pre 1971 models as you say.

    The Reconditioned JVP now has Comrade Harini [ With a new human face NPP ]
    Comrade Malkanthi, Comrade Manel et al.

    If and when the JVP AND ITS DEJURE NPP, capture the organs of State Power in the few months ahead MEN may have to take things lying down with the Empowerment of WOMEN.

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned eh? [ William Congreve ] ……………

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    Dr. Bopage,
    If your views are shared by your party (I assume that you are a member), I think the NPP has a great future awaiting it. Harini Amarasuriya’s appointment to the national list shows your party to more than pay lip service to women’s rights. Thank you for that.

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    We are in 21st Century and it is time to stop using the words Comrades and Cadres as they sound radical leftists.
    Those who took part in the “Aragalaya”
    are the citizens who is desiring a CHANGE for good in the way we are being RULED. I met few of the ELITES in the capital City who are VERY tensed up at the thought of JVP karayos coming to power.
    I am not sure of the reasons for it. If they are GOOD citizens of the motherland they should NOT have any fear.

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    Ranil W who is compared to the cunning Fox. will not easily surrender the power that he is enjoying at present. He may the darling of the Americans & Indians. We do hope that the Elections will be very peaceful and FAIR. We don’t want to see a similar catastrophe like 21/4/19 prior September/october 2024. Elections should take place under any circumstances

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      Jaffna Man, Naman,
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      I agree.
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      However, there always seems to be that conditionality. We have to trusď,

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        That was incomplete when I sent it in, from my phone, with a mistake in the last word.
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        But it’s already been approved. This addition may take hours.to get displayed.
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        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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      Thank you, Naman.
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      This, very seriously, must be the wish of us all.
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      JRJ, the uncle, was very concerned about how History would judge him. Let us hope that Ranil also is somewhat concerned. If he displays that much self-regard I think that he would salvage something of a reputation.
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      When he finds himself unpopular, even when he is a candidate, may conduct himself as Dahanayake did after the first election in 1960.
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      It may also mean that he will be able to die in his bed, and not a-la-Gaddaffi.

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