20 May, 2022

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“Go Gota GO”

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

“The streets are on fire with the chants of fury!”. Were Julie Andrews here today so she would sing in chorus with the people. In every corner of the country, in some demonstration somewhere, on peoples’ lips, every day the chant is the same: “Go Gota Go”. He summoned an All-Party Confabulation; Anura Kumara told him to bugger-off in no uncertain terms, Sajith added his voice, Mano Ganesan and Thondaman followed suit: “What’s the point of talking to him, what can he offer or do, he is finished”. Surely the TNA, Champika and the smaller Muslim and Tamil outfits won’t go unless they have been overtaken by a death wish. The Pissu Sira wing of the SLFP and the 11-Party hoax? Well I don’t know. Finally Gota may well be left all alone to play with himself in a corner, like Vasu. These are truly very strange times.

It looks bad, very bad for President Gotabaya; what can he do? The straightforward solution is to pack up; he has at times shown himself to be indifferent to the trappings of presidential power. The obstacle is the retinue, the hangers on eager for power, privilege and profit. They are distributed in many layers; ex-military brass appointed to positions well above their competence, corporate Chairman and Boards, MPs and former Provincial Councillors fattening themselves in nefarious ways and Viyathmaga pseudo intellectuals. This is not an easy roadblock to circumvent. If nevertheless the President throws in the towel, as he well may and as economic disaster and public anger rage on, then it’s a different constitutionally defined process after that. I find this option attractive because it will certainly spell the end of the Executive Presidency. A dynamic will commence – ask Nihal or Jumpy how it can unfold step by step – but constitutional processes, redefined electoral manifestos and new pledges will be made to do away with EP. I am fairly confident that if Gotha cuts and runs now, EP will be abolished by processes that will happen in the next two or three years.

The other option where the President attempts to hang on to office is fraught with danger. I do not know how many coins Basil has collected in his begging-bowl from India and China and what the IMF may offer by way of rearranging capital-market debt in exchange for fiscal retuning and economic restructuring. But the virus of economic degeneration has penetrated so deep that one can have little confidence that Lanka’s economy will be set right again within say a decade by donations, new debt and restructuring. And aside from economic restructuring, political and social changes on a scale not imaginable at this moment are imperative.

This second option is certainly more troublesome. Would it not be better to go back to a world we know and to hum “Songs we have sung in our parliamentary years”?

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    Rajapakses should not allowed to drop and go. Should be punished fast for all past and present crimes against individuals (Lasantha W, Prageeth E, W Thajudeen….) and the nation.

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      Dear Eratne,
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      Do you live in Lanka, or are you preaching from abroad?
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      I’m in Bandarawela, and the blood still courses through my veins. I hear the pedantic boring cries from those who are abroad.
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      I managed to post a comment, here, before the deadline.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/president-speaks-again-premadasa-breaks-silence-again/
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      Most of you in the diaspora won’t so much as bother to click on that link, I know. You’re only, self-righteously concerned with writing cleverly.

      No doubt those bast*rds deserve punishment; I’m only aware that I have survived so far. I’d like to know that my children and grandchildren are left with some chance of spending their allotted days in this blighted land.
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      Thanks, Kumar; you at least sound genuine. If I have offended others, I crave forgiveness.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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        Dr. KD The US citizen Rajapaksa brothers with their IMF friends and foreign legal firms are set to take over the Lankan Economy in an Over the Horizon (OTH) operation. The US Deepstate has waged Hybrid Economic and warfare on Sri Lanka since 2019 Easter Attacks where religion was used as a smoke screen to attack Chinese investments and the SL economy, dependent on tourism. That is why Zaharan the leader of the Suicide bombers died at Shangri La Hotel and not at a Church or temple. Every year in March-April Lock downs to debt-trap and destroy the economy are organized by external actors. IN 2020 and 2021 it was WHO’s Covid lockdowns also to promote deadly Pfizer mRNA injections.
        Like the Cyborg, DOCTOR OCTOPUS (Doc Oct) ,in SPIDER MAN films the American war machine is squeezing and strangling Sri Lanka which is being primed for a PROXY WAR between India and China in the IOR – just like Ukraine was set up as a Proxy war site between EU and Russia. The new Cold War is a Hot War in the post/colony.

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        S.M,
        As an English teacher, don’t you think the headline is ambivalent?
        “Go, Gota go” means the same as ” come on, Gota, come on” .
        “Get out Gota, get out” is clearer.

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          I agree. It seems like he is being cheered on.

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          I’m sure that Kumar used it conscious of the ambivalence, but obviously one meaning is to the fore – for the first option. The other could apply to the second option – and I too dread it. Don’t we have about 600,000 in the armed forces – ten times what a country like France has? Will Gota get them to turn their guns on us? Consider North Korea. Ethiopia / Eritrea – I’m not sure which is the worse State.
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          Another consideration may have been whether his headline or yours would have persuaded undecided voters to read. So much is dished out to us that readers must be selective.

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          Or how about “Gota gotta go.” Like Hip Hip hooray.

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          OC,
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          It was just adopted from MEDIA.
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          Ofcourse, that would have been clearer ” Get out of sights Gota” or ” Get out Gota, get out”.
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        Panini, what is your big point? Why do you get worked up on Erantna’s comment?? Cannot Sri Lankans living overseas make comments about Rajapaksha family?

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          Dear Jit,
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          Before it’s too late
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          Please see my three part response to LM below. I have there described three steps that must be taken to restore our land to a tolerable condition.
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          However, I now realise that all that can follow only if some of us survive.
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          It’s getting ever more difficult here. I can hardly comment without electricity. The huge number of LIKES that he has received is also worrying; they indicate that not much is expected from responses. The power cut times were always given to us in a way that they were almost incomprehensible. The actual duration may not have been more today, but earlier, once the power came on, it was possible to predict that we could work without interruption for some time. That’s no longer true.
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          I may merely have been in a bad mood when the Eratne comment was shown. However, he hasn’t been seen since then, has he? I like it when I see signs of the Rajapaksas being condemned, but all this unrealistic sloganising is going to reduce whatever protest movement we’re mounting ineffective.

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          Jit, you’ll have to make what you can of the above comment.
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          It used to be the case that I used to get my comments to conform to the requisite length, using cut and paste, but that is no longer possible. And you have to be careful with certain spellings. I’ve said this before.
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          Wijedasa Rajapakshe is no related to the ruling family. He’s from the same area. He’s the one who uses the sort of spelling that you’ve used. We’re trying to educate the public. We don’t want to end up confusing. I know that the spelling that I’ve used here is somewhat different from what you’ve used. Please work it out!
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          I had a long chat (more than an hour – I find that when you get back to WhatsApp you’re no longer shown the duration) with Human Touch yesterday. That means of communication is a blessing, but we have to note the problems. I’m sorry that these comments are mainly about the “meta-language” that we use, but at some point we must ensure quality.
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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            Panini, thanks for the advice on my spelling.

            1) If it was about names, then blame me for I sometimes either a) being ignorant or b) do it purposely. Particularly when spelling Sinhala names I do it as per Sinhala phonetics, not English phonetic. Because for me ‘ෂ’ in රාජපක්ෂ should be ‘sha’ not ‘she’. I can see that you were taught by teachers in or immediately after the English era but it is not too late for you to learn it in proper Sinhala way too ;)

            2) If I did misspell other English words, then blame me as well as my spell checker. Although I double check most of the time, some errors may occur – apologies Mr English School Teacher! My generation learnt to rely on the spell checker heavily – so the casualties ;)

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              2/3
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              Ha! “Mr English School Teacher!” I was much more than that at times!!
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              Never mind all that! The Ruling Brothers claim to be of the Govigama Caste! Within that the “Walawwa Class“. I told you that this will become disgusting!
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              Wijedasa Rajapakshe is supposed to be of a lower caste. I don’t know which caste – I try to remain ignorant of these distinctions, but this is said to be – what? “Buddha’s Land”. Don’t you hear Gautama groaning when he hears such talk.
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              The standard spelling used during British times was “Rajapaksa”. Gota uses that. The low caste guy usually claims that he’s really higher if you take all factors into consideration. Haven’t you heard the Karava guys say that the piece of fish is put on top of the pile of rice?
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              Please ask Wijedasa why he uses that spelling. This is as much as I’m going to say about “caste”. I’m a bit of a hypocrite. I pretend to know less than I do – a very good place to start, as Mary Poppins said.

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              3/3

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              Many others observe these distinctions. In a racist society such as ours, you can be quite sure that most people (may be me as well) want to say that we are “superior” to all others.
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              Also, when reading things written by “nasty” writers you may miss some subtle distinctions that they may be making.
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              Also, here’s something called “inverted snobbery”.
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              How many people have you heard labelling themselves, “unforced”: “GambadaIskoleMahaththaya”? A person who does that often has a huge superiority complex, which he’s too clever to reveal.
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              Now shut up and pretend that you never read the comments that I have made today. Indeed, I will say that I never said these things. If you quote, I shall say that the devil had taken possession of me when I wrote all this offensive stuff got written. Steer clear of this man!
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              Use the spelling that the owner of the name uses.
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              Panini Edirisinhe

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                Panini, what do you smoke these days?? Angunakolapalassa quality or Medawachchiya quality??

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            Jit,
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            You’ve not
            got my point. Let me put it crudely:
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            This has nothing to do with generations. When I want to show pronunciation I use the International Phonetic Alphabet:
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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet
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            I cannot produce all the sounds there. Why should I? To show that I’m the World Champion in Speaking? There is some joker in Lanka who claims to be the World Champion in English speaking! There are people who actually believe that!
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            In the University I actually lectured in Phonology. And remember that i was named after this guy:
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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%81%E1%B9%87ini
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            Floored by that?
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            But that is not the point; I’m sorry, I’ll now have to hurt some sensibilities, by mentioning an unmentionable.
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            Castes!

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              Panini you are totally lost in the woods! If Sudda fellow did never invade Ceylon, then how do you write විජේදාස රාජපක්ෂ in the language that is available to us which was only Sinhala or Tamil? Would you write it as රාජපක්ෂේ or ராஜபக்ஷே because of his caste??
              Absolute BS!!!
              I thought you had some brains to think out of the box, as a so called school teacher, just not a worshiper of the modus operandi!!
              Even Wijedasa Rajapaksha cannot dictate others to write his name to his fancy ideas, it need to commensurate with the phonetics of the English Language. Not be dictated by some bloody caste!!

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          Lastly, Jit, your performance has been good. Those efforts to communicate with “Sinhala-only” speakers was laudable. Translation is great – but if nobody reads, what’s the point?
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          There’s no need to reveal real names to the whole world. What applies to me, needn’t apply to you. It depends on context, and content. Judgement is necessary. You don’t have to give location, although I do.
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          After I began commenting as “Sinhala_Man” (for a variety of reasons), Rajan Hoole told me that anonymous comments are not taken seriously. That’s when I began to occasionally give my name; now I do it almost too often!
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          You have re-thought your views on certain matters, and you certainly come through as a real person – unlike Eagle Eye and soma. Champa? You’re free to dislike her, but I find it sensible to pay heed to some of her concerns about our Sinhala heritage. In one of her Ukraine comments, she acknowledged that she writes nonsense – must be with regard to the origins of the “Lion race” and previous Buddhas.
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          Think all this out!

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            Thanks for the kind words Panini!
            Re- anonymity, sorry I have to disagree with Rajan.
            I am telling you this honestly, as a person who hardly do google name searches to find out who they are or what they do, when I get to know a person. When it comes to ideas and opinions, I don’t care who it came from and it doesn’t matter to me what they do – the content matters the most!
            Doesn’t matter where you live or what you do to bring food on the table for your family.
            What matters most is, the collective voice most of us air here to see a better future for the place we were born, bred and educated. For the kids of the land to see the light in the end of this deep dark tunnel.
            Rest is immaterial!

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              Jit@
              Brilliant. Thank u. This comment says it all.
              International press analyses it today that Rajapakshe regime did nt care about the voices of the experts from the beginning on. MP Shan Rasapthram fearlessly made it clear to Gravitas day before yesterday🐃🐕😎

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      Stay Gota Stay!

      I want Gota to stay ……… his rule will either kill the 73-year long Sinhala-Buddhist stupor or the country ………. or both: no country, no Sinhala-Buddhists …………

      It’s time to end this self-destroying Sinhala-Buddhist stupidity ………. that does no one any good ………….

      Hunger and hardship has a way of forcing people to face reality and think rationally ………. It’s a price well worth paying to end the stupor in the remainder of Gota’s tenure …… 2 years is a small time ……… than a slow never-ending lingering death ……..


      It’s easy for me to say ……. had lobster for dinner ……….. and I dont even like lobster ……

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        Would Ranil be acceptable if he was typical Lankan-stupid? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmWnoNqoXdM

        The problem is ……. how do you run an economy with a moron like Basil ……. whose only qualification is …….. he is more acceptable to the “Sinhala-Buddhists.”

        Is Ranil’s minor character flaws less acceptable ……… that Rajapakses’ murder, looting, lies, serial-killings ………. because of their better “Sinhala-Buddhist” credentials?

        Lanka has no economic problems: Lanka has mental problems ……….

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          Nimal,
          “Would Ranil be acceptable if he was typical Lankan-stupid?”
          He could pretend to be stupid. Deepthi Silva would be quite happy then.
          About Basil, are you sure he’s not pretending to be stupid? Maybe he reads the “Economist” in the toilet?

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            Now we see/ it was right the English to be that backward with handover presuming that masses in this country would never use the brain at casting the votes.
            There is a saying Rae watuna Wale dawal waetene naha/ the same huge mistake would nt be repeated / but our donkeys would repeat it at a stretch.🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃.
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            Only wayout would be leaders with international recognition allow lead the country. Not China but EU and Us/India could better give saline to our nation. Diaspora could play a huge role than appeared to be.think about it😉😉😉😉

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      Yes, but the biggest war crimes and killings were and still are being committed against the island’s Thamizh. However, looks like this is no concern or a bother to you like most Chingkallams. Only crimes against Chingkallams and your former allies Muslims are an issue. That around 140000 innocent Thamizh civilians ( leave the LTTE) were deliberately killed by the Sri Lankan state and armed forces in May 2009 is a nonissue, similarly, over 300000 of them were incarcerated in concentration camps for months, where they were beaten, starved, raped tortured and deliberately humiliated for just being Thamizh and their lands, homes, and farms confiscated for future Chingkalla settlement is also a nonissue. This is the reason 6.9 million voted for him and his fellow racists to do more of this to the Thamizh. Now crying only after the supposed benefits from the marginalization of the island’s Thamizh and now their former allies in the Eezham Thamizh war crimes the Thamizh Muslims have not materialized but more hardship. You cannot progress and develop a county with racist lies and myths, that the land only belongs to you and marginalize commit war crimes and dispossess large sections of the island’s population on the basis of ethnicity, religion, and language.

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      Thank you erudite Prof. KD, we understand your sensitivities, though not many in your age group yet today, not even widen their eyes. But your articles truly help many. It is the srilanken mentality that let criminals be back to power and ruin this nation. Not even today, many among our senior men, seem to have the audacity to call a spade a spade pointing at the mlechcha Rajapakshe family. Though they are well aware of facts about the size of Rajapkashe-loot again and again. Uganda investments and any other hidden deposit in middle east and various other countries will come to light next months no doubt about that.
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      Had Mahinda resigned from active politics in 2015, things would surely have turned out to be a new dawn – new era in this country. However, false rhetorics of Wimal Bruuwase and Vasidewa for their own surivivals, did not let the vicious man take his own decisions. If he would have been a real lovable sinhala leader, he could take the decision by his own. I have no sympathy, even if he MAHINDA would have been hung tomorrow, because I know it very well, this man is the root cause of all varioius political chaos in current day srilanka. This is simlar stinky wanathamulla garbage dumps.

      to be contd.

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        As said above, not many yet today, have balls to say it louder… Instead they repeat about 72 years of local politics. It is just because Rajapakhe terror activities, according to them can be unpredictable; perhaps going beyond POLPOT terror Just looking at the manner, how Rajapkshe criminals attacked the people, alone in the post-war period can be the very examples. Their interests are similar or worst than those of Gadafi, Mugabe, Suhartho or the cruel dictators. Now people will question me again, what is the meaning of mlechcha (mlechcha is treating others going beyond human dignities.

        As nobody else, srilanken Italian is recapping the current situation: His videos sound tobe unbiased to any parties. Sensitive commenters over to you, it is worth watching it.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3dR-6LrJwI

        As of today, some have waken up from their indifferent modes whereas lot more are to join them. NPP/JVP is only option according to YT video comments posts. However, no magics could work even if they come to power, because the metastasized cancer state of the country’s economy will have to take few more years to get back to proper tracks.

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      Dear Eratne,
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      You are spot on.
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      People should raise the question at least today, as to why ONLY Rajapakshes be kept above the law (Low) in this island filled with slaves ?

      No anything about PANDORA papers and the huge amounts stolen by the family:

      Tripolis people went on eating KIRIBATH eating, immediately they saw – Gadafi and his family members were found dead in drains. The days of similar incidents that would please our eyes are nearing – …… Babies would not be able to hurt the wounds of the people anyfurther. I see somthing at the end of the tunnel in terms of the start of their politics – I really dont know when…. let s hope it to be sooner than later.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H27kubRUODk

      I see somethingin Dr Wijesooriya’s what late Dr Kohl saw then in Dr Merkel (as young politician).
      https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/merkel-couldn-t-eat-properly-with-a-knife-and-fork-kohl-1.1952685
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      I am not into witchery, but if there are hidden powers in such prayers. The message is clear,…. people cant tolerate the crime nature of RAJAPAKSHE dogs.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXZp5fUNmTc

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    KD, I am not an economist or financial expert. But I am confident in saying Lanka has NO chance of recovery. The problem started soon after MR came to power. It was not just stupidity and wrong investment but rampant corruption. At the end of war simultaneously there was global recession and instead of major correction Rajapaksas were extravagant as though they owned the country, RW tried salvaging but 6.9 million retards decided otherwise. Covid and Ukraine are just excuses, even with out the end would have been the same.

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      Spot on Chiv! It is the CORRUPTION that sinks SL day by day, since this Medamukalana (central jungles) gang took over. You know why? So called fake Buddhism and Rana Viru patriotism has blinded most of our people, so they do not see Rajapaksha gang pick pocketing their own almost empty wallets…..

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    Having a all party meeting can you solve the hunger.

    A hungry man can’t see right or wrong. He just sees food, If you feed today you are hungry tomorrow.
    Positive ruling enabling the force of possibility

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    History in many third world countries should teach the people something about how very desperate leaders will handle their incompetence or unpopularity when huge forces close to them urge them to cling to power at any cost to others. Those options will surely be tried, perhaps to the detriment of those who get in the way.

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      Yes….Those options will surely be tried….
      The All-Party Confabulation is a sop to buy time. Nothing was achieved except Ranil and Basil shadow boxing and stupido Cabraal spoiling the show for which Gota gave a halfhearted apology. Everyone was happy. It was a put up show by Sira to get some credit. Nothing achieved.
      The current salvage job is for economic and management experts – not nincompoops in the Parliament who have been the cause of this ruin.

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    Nandasena is not going to do the honorable thing and resign as President, he has got the taste of power and money, and will dig in his heels and not budge. His family and cronies will also urge him to remain in power, as they seem to be living the good life, enjoying travel, living in air-conditioned mansions, and having their pictures taken at water parks. Do they have to stand for hours in long queues, and do without gas and fuel?

    We have taken the begging bowl and stretched out our hands from those very sources we once snubbed, and demanded they not interfere with our wonderful country, when they asked us for some accountability. We have severe shortages, basic needs are being rationed, we have to stand in long queues for hours, and our kids are unable to sit for their exams.

    We can only hope that those who foolishly voted for this miserable family, will not be duped to vote for the next in line, in future, because when you vote for one, you get the entire corrupt bunch, just like the time before, and again this time, they hold the highest positions in the country, have control of the country’s economy, and the majority of them are unqualified, inexperienced family and friends, who are there for personal gain, and have no clue how to govern. The country and people always suffer.

    “Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results”.

    Remember this next time you vote.

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      Ashan

      GR is not likely to resign, if at all, he will have to be dragged out kicking & screaming & that goes for the entire Rajapakse clan. Even if does, according to the constitution (in my understanding), the PM will take over but in this case, since MR has finished his quota, the party will nominate the successor. Any guesses?

      Whatever happens, SL is f****d. Maybe a new dawn will rise after 2 years & I live in hope.

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    yes Prof: The revolution is around the corner……………
    It would not take too long to negotiate the corner…………
    Perhaps,we could do another Audrey Hepburn [My Fair Lady ] and sing……….

    I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night….
    And still have begged for more……
    I could have spread my wings and done a thousand things….
    Ive never done before…………
    Sung by Julie Andrews……..
    Cheers…..

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    Any other country and this family would have gone long ago. I can’t understand why they keep staying on and on, from one detrimental blunder to the other. How much more have the people of the Motherland to suffer the madness of this family?

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      They stay to steal, have power, and buy those valuable paintings, expensive real estate all over the world, and make sure their ill gotten gains (stashed away in offshore accounts) keep piling up. This is nepotism at its worst.

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    The very fact that Gota called up an APC is an admission he is lost in the wilderness and failed.
    Had he called this APC 18 months ago, there is some sense that unity was needed at a time of crisis, but they never admitted a crisis but now too late having surrounded himself with Basil & Cabraal and famous home grown solutions.

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    Dear Prof
    People asking the Rajapaksa bastards to leave is one thing, but I think there is a bigger lesson to be learnt here.
    We have to realize that voting for the wrong kind of people for the wrong reasons will not yield the right results.
    It can never happen.
    Our people were carried away by Rajapaksa’s Racist/Fascist agenda plus their fake Buddhist majority prejudice ideology.
    Both these sentiments were aimed at oppressing the already suffering minorities. This was approved by the majority as a way forward.
    Now we can see the repercussions of our collective deranged attitudes.
    We were trying to take a shortcut to progress, and we failed to see the moral implications of our thoughts and actions. How stupid can we be?
    These fundamental mistakes we made are against basic Buddha Dharma.
    How can we wish something good for ourselves while forsaking the rights and happiness of others?
    This is the most valuable lesson we must learn here. Yes, we have lost a lot of money due to Rajapaksas stealing, but if we can learn this vital lesson despite the loss, to me that is enough gain.
    At least we will not make such idiotic mistakes in the future.

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      Dear Human Touch,
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      Your dodging of the simple question that I have repeatedly asked you is reaching epic proportions.
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      According to you, who are the right people?

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        SM,
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        is that that difficult you to understand Mr SM .?

        Even it may not be enough in its size, but right ones are in every community. It is just that they are being easily misled by main stream MEDIA networks.
        :

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        Dear leelagemalli,
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        Part 1 of 3

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        I spend a lot of time on the computer but make relatively few comments because I try to minimise my silly comments. I’ve told you that you make too many comments which you cannot defend.
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        Why haven’t you read the comment by HT before taking me to task? “Wrong” is the opposite of “Right“, isn’t it? This is what HT has said above:
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        “We have to realize that voting for the wrong kind of people for the wrong reasons will not yield the right results.”
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        Isn’t it clear as can be that he’s talking about “Right Candidates” for whom people can vote? In some other place you have said that the current regime will get voted back once they stoke racism again. As for Eratne, he’s asserting that the Rajapaksas must be punished. That has been asserted hundreds of times. It’s now a lot of hot air, contributing NOTHING to the discussion.

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          2/3
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          I have seen you say things like “they should be hanged by their balls on Galle Face Green”. It is unlikely to be literally possible. You’re just indulging yourself – wasting your time and that of the readers. Of course, such comments are popular with readers; that tells you that many readers even here on CT are not capable of reasoning.
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          And it is dangerous. You’ve jumped to Step 3, unaware that there have to be two others that must precede it:
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          Step 1. We have to get rid of the Rajapaksas. Btw: when are you going to learn how to spell that name?
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          Step 2. The next government has to be in place to prescribe punishment.
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          You know very well that there you have the crucial problem. No need to discuss it.
          .
          As Kumar says, the Rajapaksas may hold on for decades. OTOH, if the next elections are as fair as the two that handed over the country to the Rajapakas, they will lose badly. The curses now heard from an overwhelming majority of the people are rooted too deep for extirpation. However, Weerawansa and Ranawaka could well win.

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          3/3
          .
          This is why I object to HT (who says that he used to support the JVP) now making negative comments on the JVP. His choice now is Sajith Premadasa. And you? One good performance from Ranil Wickremasinghe, and some guys want him to be President or Acting Prime Minister, or whatever. What happens? Guys like me will desist from praising that performance by him. Who loses? Ranil. Now, clearly out of contention (after an overly long innings), he can salvage some reputation by showing that he’s acting with no ulterior motive.
          .
          If it was a stranger saying these things, I wouldn’t dare censure. But you’re people with whom I discuss these things on WhatsApp. We have a duty to present to other readers only tightly constructed arguments. To do otherwise is to insult the readership, and risk undermining out joint efforts.
          .
          It is you, LM, who have provoked such a bloated comment from me – which may have the effect of many readers shunning my more pithy comments.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe
          of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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            Dear SM,
            .
            apologies for my prevous comment. Actually I should NOT have added mine. In the mean time, HT has responded to you.
            :
            To the question you raised “who are the right people?” – what instantly came to my mind was – all those, I mean both politicial candidates and voters, stood against Nandasena’s election were the right ones”. Things would have turned out to be different if more people voted against.
            :
            So, I dont think I provoked you or anyone else intentionally.

            And to correct you, it is you who add too much comments all these days, not me. Some of us have no time to even read the articles completely.

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        Dear SM
        Thank you far asking this question once again, I have given you my answer many many times, but since it is not to your taste, you do not want to acknowledge it I think.
        Let me say this once again, first and foremost let us stop looking for easy solutions or shortcuts in the form of NPP/JVP or SJB etc, I don’t honestly think they have what it takes to salvage our country from this state of damage.
        We have to think outside the box, we have to select people who have international recognition and respect as a president (CBK), a very strong and fair person in charge of Law and order (SF), very balanced guy in Justice (Nagananda), prime minister(AKD), a Good finance Minister (?), and so on…
        The important thing here is sideline those hardcore do or die politicians like Sajith, Ranil, wimal, gommanpila, and their type from the system.
        We need professionals to handle these sensitive positions in the future, like in other countries.
        All those scavengers jumping from one party to another for personal gains must be banished.
        Let us start by keeping religion and politics separate.

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          Dear HT,
          .
          Thank you for your valuable comment above. Many would agree with you for sure.

          CBK is yet silent about the ground situation. May be she has her own reasons to continue her silence. As she did it in 2015, may be she could do the job again at this critical juncture of nation.
          .
          I think international press releases warn tourists from EU not to visit the country. The situation is worsening by hour.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpISyeHz73Q
          .
          Btw, I think Dr Harsha De Silva or Honourable Eran Wickramaratne could do the job well, if they would be appointed as the future finance minister. Both gentlemen would not belong to the category of corrupted politicians.

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          “…………We need professionals to handle these sensitive positions in the future…”

          Wrong HT! Politics is different from professionalism. People, normally idiots, choose politicians and they will never be professionals because people are generally idiots.

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            Dear Jit
            I agree with you on your view that the likelihood of people choosing Progessionals over politicians would seem as per past voting habits.
            Then again is this practice of choosing politicians for their sweet mouths, that has lead to this catastrophe?
            Should we not change our stupid idiotic ways if we want to change the situation.
            We still have relatively selfless professionals at our disposal should we choose request for their services.
            We should all collaborate and make a list of good guys and what position they are suitable for, regardless of party, ethnicity, religion, cast or creed.
            LM has contributed 2 names for Finance, I have mentioned 4, please give us some more….

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            Jit,
            You’re right. Our professionals are as bad as our politicians, if not worse. Cabral, Godahewa, Channa Jayasumana, all those incompetent generals running state bodies, and all the Viyathmaga lot are “professionals”.
            We need FOREIGN professionals.

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              OC,
              .
              You talk about SL professionals…. what is good in srilanken context today ? SL doctors (medical) think they are the best until they leave the bounderies…

              Engineers just because a handful of hard working ones earn some credit would fee that the lanken eng faculties are the best….. however, their ranks land even few hundreds/thousands after that of some unis in poor africa and latin america. Jayasumana grabed his Prof title not because of his provable records on PostDoc studies, but thanks to MR’s recommendations. So was the case with Mervin SIlva s doctorates. If entire world did not stand against, today, Gota and MaRa would have been cited by MEDIA Fraudsters as ” Dr Gota and Dr MaRa”…. both brothers would have been good at high crimes, but them to be adulated the manner SRILANKENS are made to believe ?

              Are our religious monks (so called buddha puthrayas) hiding behind their red robes are genuine ? No…. all these would not be clear to many that live in the island but entire world knows it better today.

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              1 of 2……Dear HT, OC and LM,
              Three of you have added rich ideas about these so-called professionals in SL. It is absolutely right for you to say that we don’t actually have true professionals currently living in the country. Some of the Asian countries, where there had been a long pedagogical history in their societies, have proven to have produced better and clever intellectuals. However, Asian collective social values are a hotbed for nepotism, favouritism, and corruption so the educated people with good moral values do not stay there. Most of them migrate to egalitarian societies that value individual rights that do not tolerate nepotism and corruption etc., so they can lead the ethical life their education enriched them with. I am not saying that ALL migrated professionals are ethical nor ALL remaining professionals in SL are unethical. There certainly could be exceptions but insignificant, as the polarizations I stated generally seem to be more realistic. This is the plight of Sri Lanka today. The very reason why most professionals that came to do politics end up equally corrupt like the Rajapaksa gang.

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              2 of 2 ……….The worst is, professionals know how to steal cleverly than the uneducated rogue and the country coffers are eternally siphoned out methodically, Eg. Cabraal. To change this trend, either the general public should be clean to appoint only the clean politicians, or a clean dictator should take the reins. To me, in the SL context today, both categories DO NOT exist, and any scenario is not a possibility!! The only time it could happen was in 2015 with the Yahapalanaya where a certain segment of good hearted, civic minded people got together irrespective of their party politics, to establish a cleaner government. But you all know what happened. What I fathom is both Ranil and Sira originally wanted to punish the R gang but succumbed to some deal brought in by the R gang later, resulting a serious friction between the two. I’m not sure what it was and why, but that’s just what happened.

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          Dear Human Touch,
          .
          It was after this comment of yours that we had the long WhatsApp chat, wasn’t it?
          .
          Regarding your recommendations, has CBK ever suggested that she’s going to again take on a leadership role? Since she’s not going to take on such responsibilities, you will have to look elsewhere.
          .
          Sarath Fonseka for a contribution in the short-term, yes. But he’s getting on in years:
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarath_Fonseka
          .
          Somebody much younger must be found

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    All Political Parties must from now on should renounce religious or ethnic basis for their Parties.
    We need to bury ethnonationalism especially Sinhala Buddhism, if we are to seek peace and prosperity in our country.

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    KD,
    Very good article. Hopefully, the masses are enlightened in voting in future elections
    Will they?
    Perhaps a translation in native tongues may help!

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      Hopefully, Mahila?
      .
      Given the stakes taking chances on that isn’t on for me.
      .
      You’re right about the great need being to reach out in the Swabashas. But we shouldn’t feel guilty about using English. For one thing the world needs to know. But much more. a responsibility devolves on us to discuss this intelligently, with Tamil views also expressed, and then pass it on to others during informal chats in Swabasha where our personal convictions are voiced.
      .
      We need a trilingual President:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O93Gy-MkhIM
      .
      I have yet to listen to the next:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q3CC_5fc8I
      .
      Jit, I’m working on a response to you – my friend!
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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        SM,
        Shanakyan is not just trilingual (even MR claims to be trilingual), but intelligent, young, and truly educated.

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      Mahila,
      .
      It is very sad to see, that the same articles are not translated to sinhala and tamils yet today.
      :
      Many of us seem to have much hopes about a better future atleast for the youth in this country but not yet being able to get some retired bilingual talented men to voluntarily do the job ? if the message would not be transported properly, how can we ever expect any tangible changes ?
      I really dont know what our senior retired men do from dawn to dusk. Most of them do nothing, but stay bashing, that is it. Time has come each and everyone has to pay own contributions. Enough waited…. now to act as one in order to get rid of CRUEL politicians out of our sights.
      Paying lip services, doing nothing enough are very typical to our people s gentics (not just sinhalayas but also tamils and muslims too).

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    #GoGotaGo but then what?
    The whole lock stock and barrel should go home
    #GoHomeRajapaksas is already trending
    add t that
    #GoHomeAllCorruptPoliticians
    #GoHomecorruptRetiredArmy
    #GoHomeCorruptMonks

    Ranil is poking fun at Basil and Cabrall attending APC.
    Ranil thinks he has the answer.
    Gota is licking Ranils arse.

    Does Sri Lanka want a Gota Ranil or Mahinda Ranil partnership?

    Sri Lanka need to kick every one out
    For this to happen Sri Lankans have to pay a price.
    That is further Economic Hardship. A fail state

    Then only Gota throw the towel and walk out which will create a domino effect and all will walk out.
    Remember all politicians are in to this mass scale corruption together and they are covering up each other for too long.
    All will be exposed or all will run away
    But there is still the 6.9
    God help Sri Lanka!

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      Rajash

      “Gota is licking Ranils arse.”

      You are being unfair to Gota a self proclaimed strong man, who is a Sinhala/Buddhist, who liberated this Sinhala/Buddhist island from Demelas, and rescued 500,000 of them from LTTE, …… all in a days work, ….

      Please be grateful to him.
      Gota also promised to liberate Tamil people owned land from armed forces, …… release all Tamil detainees from detention, …..
      Gota also wants you (the Tamil Diaspora) to come back and invest in Sri Lanka and rescue 21 million people.

      Gota has not explained how he intended exercise control over overbearing armed forces, political b***s carriers, commission agents, stupid state functionaries, saffron clad thugs, ….. most of these unpleasant people are used to make unearned income.

      Is Tamil Diaspora willing to pay for these corrupt funtionaries.
      What is the guarantee their investments are safe and won’t be appropriated legally or illegally or won’t be set on fire.

      soman should guarantee members of his gang also understand their obligation to protect life and foreign investment.
      Only thing soman could do at this moment is publicly renounce his close association with Elle.

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    Gota gota go!

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    Go! Go! Gota Go!
    Who will save us now?
    Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily
    Like fools we change fellows.

    Any body averse to the current lot get the satisfaction of packing the fellows out, if not boot the buggers to the sea. But then? Another wretched fellow who is either a kleptocrat or surrounded by such blood suckers? The new first lady might say “No Rice? Eat grass”, akin to “Eat Cake if you have no bread”. Yes! The pot is boiling. If the deal struck with Dr. Jayshankar is meaningful then there would be an IPKF. Those fellows might even burn the author and even me alive leave alone closing CT down (denying access) and consume women and children for pleasures of the flesh. Please don’t open the bottle of champagne too soon.

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