27 September, 2020

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Good Governance And Rule Of Law Not Found Anywhere In The World?

By Charitha Ratwatte –

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Is this statement correct?

A certain worthy, of professed legal eminence, is quoted in the media as having declared at an institute of higher learning that ‘good governance and the Rule of Law are very nice words, but I am not quite sure that they are found anywhere in the world!’

It would be worthwhile to critique this comment further. We are living in a nation in which the Constitution declares that “The Republi of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the Sate to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1) (e).” [Chapter II Article 9.]

The Buddhist expression of the concepts of the Rule of Law and good governance are manifested in the Dasa Raja Dharma, the 10 Royal Virtues, the Buddhist ideal of good governance. The 10 virtues of governance are:

Dana: It is the duty of the rulers to look after the welfare of needy subjects and to give them food, clothing and other necessities of life.

Sila: Beneficence or sharing – the rulers must conduct himself in private and public life in an exemplary manner.

Pariccaga: Donations – the grant of privileges by the rulers to those who serve the nation loyally, acknowledging their loyal service and encourage all servants of the public to perform in an exemplary manner.

Ajjavan: Uprightness, the rulers must be absolutely straightforward, never taking recourse to any crooked or doubtful means to achieve their ends.

Majjavan: Impartiality, gentleness, the rulers’ straightforwardness and rectitude, will require firmness, but this should be tempered with gentleness, and not be over harsh and cruel. A harmonious balance is required between gentleness and firmness.

Tapan: Composure, the rulers must keep the five senses under control shunning excessive indulgence, follow the middle path

Akkodha: Non hatred, rulers should not harbour grievances and act with forbearance and love.

Avihimsa: Non violence – rulers must practice non violence to the greatest extent that is reconcilable with the obligations of rulers.

Khanti: Forgiveness, patience, rulers must conduct themselves with patience, courage and fortitude, in joy, in sorrow, in victory and defeat, act with magnanimity, calmness and dignity.

Avirohata: Non revengefulness, non vindictiveness, non enmity and friendship – rulers must not indulge in ‘bheda’ – divide and rule – acting always in a spirit of amity and benevolence.

In Buddhist philosophy it is emphasised that the evil and the good of a people depends on the behaviour of their rulers, and for the good of the people the 10 Royal Virtues – Dasa Raja Dharma are to be practiced by the rulers. Further a virtuous ruler should practice Priyavacana – kindly speech and not use intemperate language. Artha Chariya – the spirit of service must also be cultivated, this includes living a simple life and not given to excesses –the Madyama Pravipadava – the middle path so fundamental to the Buddha’s teaching. Samanatmata – equality, while retaining the exalted position of being a ruler, a ruler must consider him in no way superior to the ruled and dispense justice fairly, without fear or favour.

No space to exercise absolute power

In the Buddhist tradition in particular, and in ancient Asian governance in general, there was no space for the exercise of absolute power by a ruler. Power was always limited, by convention, by tradition and by philosophical belief and religious precept. Examples of abuse of power and tyrannical rule are aberrations which reinforce the generality of the situation that rulers were subject to conditionality of governance, the violation of which created resentment, revolt and regime change.

Indeed King Mahanama of Lanka, in 428 A.C., wrote to the Emperor of the Middle Kingdom (China), ‘the Son of Heaven,’ in these terms, which well reflects the philosophy and principles which govern the conduct of the ideal Buddhist ruler: ‘Our ancient kings considered hitherto the practice of virtue as their only duty; they knew how to rule without being severe and honoured the Three Jewels; they governed and helped the world, and were happy if men practiced righteousness. For myself I desire respectfully, in concert with the Son of Heaven, to magnify the good law in order to save beings from the evils of continued existence.’

The Marquess of Zetland, one time Viceroy of British India, in the introduction to his book ‘Legacy of India’ says: ‘We know indeed that political science – Arthashastra in Sanskrit – was a favourite subject with Indian scholars some centuries before the Christian era. The Social Contract as the origin of kinship is discussed in the now famous work attributed to Kautilya, the Chief Minister of the Emperor Chandragupta, about the year 300 B.C. And it would seem that the people who contracted for a king in these early days did so in order that there should be some external authority capable of ensuring that the laws and regulations of the various corporate bodies which came into existence were respected. “The King,” wrote Yajnavalkya, “must discipline and establish again on the path of duty all such as have erred from their own laws, whether families, castes, guilds or associations….” It is notable that tendency towards self government evidenced by these various forms of corporate activity received fresh impetus from the Buddhist rejection of the authority of the (Brahmin) priesthood and further by the doctrine of equality as exemplified by its repudiation of caste. It is indeed to the Buddhist books that we have to turn, for an account, of the manner in which the affairs of these early examples of representative self governing institutions were conducted. And it may come as a surprise to many to learn that in the Assemblies of the Buddhists in India two thousand or more years ago are to be found the rudiments of our parliamentary practice of the present day.’

Further the principles of good governance, which results in the right thing being done the right way at the right time would include: participation of all groups, including civil society, in the process of government without exclusion or discrimination, the primacy of the Rule of Law and equity in the process of investigation, dispute resolution and adjudication, transparent access to information, responsiveness to the needs of the governed within a reasonable timeframe, tolerance of different points of view, consultation, compromise and consensus oriented administration, effectiveness and efficiency in a sustainable manner, the accountability of public, private and civil society authorities to their respective stakeholders.

In Sri Lanka we are the fortunate heirs to a legal system which has been enriched by the customs and traditions of legal and customary practices from the world over. The religious influences of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, the personal laws of the Kandyans, the Jaffna Tamils, the Muslims and the Mukkuwas and the legal rules of the Roman Dutch law, English law and United Nations Treaties and Conventions.

Rule of Law

The late Tom Bingham, who became a life peer as Baron Bingham of Cornhill, accepted as the greatest English Judge since World War II, was successively Master of the Rolls, Lord Chief Justice of England and Senior Law Lord of the United Kingdom, in his monumental work ‘The Rule of Law’, suggested eight principles which form the core ingredients of the Rule of Law. They are:
The law must be accessible and so far as possible intelligible, clear and predictable.

Questions of legal right and liability should ordinarily be resolved by application of the law and not the exercise of discretion.
The laws of the land should apply equally to all, save to the extent that objective differences justify the differentiation.
Ministers and public officers at all levels must exercise the powers conferred on them in good faith, fairly, for the purpose for which the powers were conferred , without exceeding the limits of such powers and not unreasonably.

The law must provide adequate protection of fundamental human rights.

Means must be provided for resolving, without prohibitive cost or inordinate delay, bona fide civil disputes which the parties themselves are unable to resolve.

Adjudicative procedures provided by the state should be fair.

The Rule of Law requires compliance by the state with its obligations in international law as in national law.

Lord Bingham succinctly defined the Rule of Law as follows:-’ all persons and authorities within the state, whether public or private, should be bound by and entitled to the benefit of laws publicly made…and publicly administered in courts’.

On a plain reading of the above, it is clear that there is a common golden thread running through the Dasa Raja Dharma, principles of good governance and the Rule of Law. The thread is, plainly stated, “limitations on the authority of the ruler and the protection and strengthening of the rights of the subject”.

Prof .S.A. de Smith, Downing Professor of the Laws of England at Cambridge University, in his leading work, Constitutional and Administrative Law, says, on the Rule of Law: ‘One can at least say that the concept is usually intended to imply (i) that the powers exercised by politicians and officials must have a legitimate foundation; they must be based on authority conferred by law; and (ii) that the law should conform to certain minimum standards of justice, both substantive and procedural. Sir Alfred Denning, later Justice Lord Denning Master of the Rolls, of famous legal repute and intellect, in his Hamlyn lecture, Freedom under the Law, dealing with the powers of the rulers, says: ‘All that the courts can do is to see that the powers are not exceeded or abused. But this is a most important task. “All power corrupts. Total power corrupts absolutely.” And the trouble about is that an official who is the possessor of power often does not realise when he is abusing it. Its influence is so insidious that he may believe that he is acting for the public good when, in truth, all he is doing is to assert his own brief authority. The Jack-in-office never realises that he is being a little tyrant.’
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a proud heir to all these strong legal traditions, which give primacy to the Rule of Law and good governance. To have a person who professes to hold high legal office to declare that he is not sure that these things are ‘found’ anywhere surely only exposes the limits of his knowledge and his dictatorial and lapdog tendencies.

There also has been some discussion, in Sri Lanka recently, of a Sinhala Buddhist tradition of benevolent absolute rulers, with unlimited power, in our past history. Is this tenable?

Prof. L.S. Dewaraja in her path-breaking book ‘The Kandyan Kingdom, 1707-1760,, says of the Sinhala Buddhist king, at Senkadagala Kande Mahanuwara: ‘To foreigners the power of the king seemed unchallenged. The king, Knox declared, “Ruleth Absolute and after his own Will and Pleasure; His own Head being his only Counsellor.” D’Oyly remarked that “the ministers advise but cannot control his Will”. In practice however, the Kandyan monarchy was far from being an unfettered personal despotism. It followed the traditions of the Indian monarchy which, in spite of the quasi religious sanctity and the great authority vested in the personality of the ruler, which was in no way and absolute monarchy. The Kandyan king exercised supreme power, but his power was not personal and it was hedged in, by safeguards against abuse. The most relentless of these checks was sirit, the conventions of the country, which every ruler had to follow, and which if violated would turn popular opinion against him.’

The Dasa Raja Dharma and related rules were a very important part of these conventions.

Prof. Dewaraja further says: ‘The king was expected to avail himself of the advice of his ministers and before any innovations of importance were introduced it was customary to consult the chiefs and not infrequently the chief monks also. The royal council consisted of the two Adigars, the Disavas, the Maha Mohottala or chief secretary and the Rate Ralas. …If on any occasion the members of the council made a unanimous representation to the king, it was laid down that the king should uphold their point of view.’

Even the present, much vilified, criticised, but most times, unsurprisingly strengthened, used/abused and supported by its erstwhile critics, when in power, the constitution of Sri Lanka, ends with the following invocation:

‘Devo Vassatukalena
sassasampattihetu ca
phito bhavatu loko ca
raja bhavatu dhammiko’
(May the rains be on time, may the farmers have successful harvests, may the ruler be just, and by these happenings may the people prosper.)

So, the conclusion is inevitably that power is never unlimited, nor absolute; it is and always has been constrained by the Rule of Law and the principles of good governance.

It certainly may be argued that it can be questioned whether good governance and the Rule of Law can be reached to a 100% in any jurisdiction at any given time. The reality and immaturity of the democratic political process may certainly cause aberrations. But that does not mean that we should not strive to achieve it and that those whose duty it is to protect the ordinary citizens’ basic fundamental and human rights from abuse by the Executive and the Legislature can go to seats of higher learning and mock these concepts and express puerile doubts as to whether they are ‘found anywhere in the world’. The statement only exposes the speaker’s pathetic and slavish mindset. The Dasa Raja Dharma, the principles of good governance and the Rule of Law are entrenched into Sri Lanka’s constitutional practice, and must be upheld.

It is in the natural order of things that, everything is time-bound, even an autocrat’s power. Let’s give the last word to undoubtedly the most successful strong man of Asia – retired Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, the veritable doyen of all autocrats who ruled with an iron hand, with no concerns for principles of good governance or the Rule of Law. Like Mahathir of Malaysia, Suharto of Indonesia and Ne Win of Burma, he was a proponent of Asian values, which gave priority to national issues over individual freedoms. To them the Rule of Law and principles of good governance were Judeo Christian values, which were not applicable to Asia.

Lee at the end of his days writes: ‘…What is next, I do not know. Nobody has ever come back. I’m reaching 87, trying to keep fit, presenting a vigorous figure, and it is an effort, and is it worth the effort? I just laugh at myself trying to keep a bold front… I’m not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honourable purpose. I had to do some nasty things, locking fellows up without trial. Close the coffin, and then decide. Then you assess me, I may still do something foolish before the lid is closed on me.’

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    Good-and-must reading material for our ”Chief Justice” and his patrons.

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      Did you read the conclusion?

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        Charitha Ratwatte confuses rule of law and good governance with democracy.

        The leaders and countries he cited: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Burma may not have had full democracy, but definitely they had rule of law and good governance. For example Saudi Arabia has rule of law and may be acceptable governance, but definitely no democracy.

        Sri Lanka has a semblance of democracy – violating minority rights etc., but rule of law and satisfactory governance have ceased to exist now.

        Is what is going on in Sri Lanka today acceptable to him, I ask?

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      Thanks for this erudite exposition! It is way over the head of Mohan Peries who was only “joking” about the rule of law when he said that he does not know what Rule of Law and Good Governance means”!

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        Charitha Ratwatte endorses that rule of law and good governance are Western concepts not applicable to Asia.

        Do you agree with him?

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          Thiru good governance is the technical dimension of INCLUSIVE governance which is to say democratic governance.
          Singapore, Malaya, Burma etc are examples of non-inclusive and nepotistic governance.. minimalist democracy perhaps..

          You cannot really talk of ‘good governance’ sans democracy because good governance takes inclusive democracy and EQUALITY of opportunity and before the law (not necessarily of outcome) as a requirement…

          So, afraid that your interpretation of CR’s article is off! Nor, does CR say that GG is a western construct or a non-western construct – merely that it is a CONSTRUCT or ideal that can be better or worse..

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      “Justice is Not Found Anywhere in the World” – Well, that will be the next quotation from this so called Chief Justice

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        Law of the jungle may be OK with him!

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    His subterranean lowness, the First Cheap Justice (or is it second after that another recent cheapo fellow?) of Sri Lanka has made some pointed comments about ‘good governance and rule of law’ being ‘nice words but something not practiced anywhere else in the world’.

    I say to him: “Well, you boot-licking slum-dog, I beg to differ.” True, Asia’s recent history is rife with examples of autocrats (most of whom have come a cropper despite vast wealth stolen from their respective lands) such as this author quotes, but there are many liberal democracies in the world where people have manifestly more freedom and rights than in this bounteous land of ours.

    Unless of course, people speak up and agitate for what is right.

    To correct the author, this Cheap Justice’s remarks were not made at an institution of higher learning, but rather at the Kotalawela Defence Academy, whose wards are men and women seeking a career in the armed forces. Just imagine – these new ‘grads’ are not only impressionable, they are also soon to be thrown at civil society and will be armed to the teeth. What impression will these (cunningly contrived and no doubt well-orchestrated) remarks have on them as they are let loose to oversee and suppress civilian activity?

    Is this just another nail in the making for the coffin of democracy and rule of law in our dear country?

    Sadly I fear so.

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      Jaathi_Aalaya,

      You are right, this guy is justifying the lawlessness in Sri Lankan regime.

      Rule of Law and good governance are a must in in an orderly society; even some kings and dictators practiced rule of law and good governance though they didn’t have democracy.

      The author brings all the ideal stuff to impress the readers and then sneaks in his disregard for rule of law and good governance.

      These are the types of advisers hanging on like leeches to the murderous junta.

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    thanks CR for this illuminating analysis of Buddhist ideas on political power. I wish SL politicians – especially the buddhist ones – know a fraction of this information. Buddhism was one of the most equalizing forces in India at the time it was founded by the Siddhartha. I only wish our current politicians can pay more attention to how the Buddha was able to unite a large swathe of people from all parts of India to mount a successful challenge to the rigid caste-bound inherently discriminatory society that was India in 6th C BC.

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    “Donations – the grant of privileges by the rulers to those who serve the nation loyally, acknowledging their loyal service and encourage all servants of the public to perform in an exemplary manner.”

    Our govt acts on this concept most of the time to the detriment of all other citizens. The most loyal are given laptops, duty free permits, concessionary loans, other peoples land, state lands, business permits, bank overdrafts, tax holidays, free foreign jaunts etc.

    Loyalty is decided by the family. You are either with us or against us. If you are with us you also love the country, If you are against us you are a traitor???

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    Charitha,

    Thank you for the nice article. Every society found on this Planet evolved with a Monarchy system, where the Monarch was selected by the subjects for his erudite knowledge, at a time there was no Education system as today to impart knowledge, for his vision, his benevolence and human kindness. This system of such Leaders are even found today in colonies of animals, ants and insects. Whereas man has discarded that system and replaced with a system that enable the corrupt and the vicious in society to ascend leadership, in more ways than one. It is such, who make these public pronouncements to cover their own follies in trying to protect their Political Masters for the benefit of their own survival. The chip on their shoulder can be easily spotted through their words and deeds, no matter what position they hold in society today.

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    Wherever on earth can one pick a government that is humane???

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    Great article! I doubt if our Cheap Justice fellow would have thought this far or had the desire to research or indulge in such intellectual discourse! After all this scoundrel of a man had reached the pinnacle of power and exhibits signs of intoxication of the same! I do not believe Lucille Dahanaike, his cousin would be proud of him!

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    My Elders tell me this Ratwatta was a UNPer in the past.

    Shouldn’t his old Party re enrol him to restore Good Governance and Rule of Law before the next assassination attempt,or knee capping….

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      Your friend says good governance is a Christian concept not applicable to Asia.

      Why are you applying it to the UNP?

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Shouldn’t his old Party re enrol him to restore Good Governance and Rule of Law before the next assassination attempt,or knee capping…. “

      UNP is not in power, can’t you ask your favourite clansmen to restore democracy in this island?

      My Elders tell me that you ought to check your reality often as many times as possible, may be three times a day.

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    Instead of Dasa Raja Dharma Ceylon began to follow Karl Marx. That is where the problems began I feel.

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    This is another worm coming out of the work work to support the lawless regime of the mass-murderers.

    He mentions all the lofty principles at the beginning, but concludes that anything is OK, and what is happening in Sri Lanka is acceptable: Meaning those principles are bull shit, and can be ignored! What a hypocritical idiot he is. He is contradicting himself!

    “To them the Rule of Law and principles of good governance were Judeo Christian values, which were not applicable to Asia.” This is another bull shit by a Sinhala/Buddhist supremacist:

    Lew Kuan Yew had an iron fist in ruling but he maintained the rule of law to the letter. No BBS or any other cronies’ bull shit of attacking Mosques or Churches was tolerated. His benevolent rule made Singapore a first world country. What have we achieved? Endless strife because of Sinhala Buddhist madness, and becoming poorer and poorer – Sri Lankan women work as domestics in Singapore!

    Yes, to some extent he was autocratic but fair to all the ethnic groups, Chinese, Malays, Tamils, Muslims, Christians, etc.

    These are the “intellectuals” responsible for downfall of the rotten state of Sri Lanka today. Certainly, Tamils, Muslims or Christians don’t want be part of this madness.

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      The UN must take steps to dismantle this lawless state, instead of doing nothing like what did in the latter part of the war: Otherwise disastrous consequences like the genocide of Tamils during the war can happen in the future too.

      The world ignored the massacres of tens of thousands of Sinhala youth by Sri Lankan regimes, and they got emboldened to commit genocide of Tamils. If this trend is nor arrested there is no guarantee this will not happen again and again with people at the helm with warped thinking, like the author, have.

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    charitha must be congratulated for pointing out that the statement is false. The Rule of Law certainly prevails in the western democracies in Europe and USA. Even in other democracies in South America it prevails although like all human institutions they are not perfect. But when does an imperfection nullify the very existence of the Rule of Law? That is when the ruler and his cronies become above the law and can get away with crimes. This situation exists today in Sri Lanka with the collapse of checks & balances and the absolute power of the President

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    Charitha is million times better than the plagiarist professor who taught him law. Every man has his own rule of law and Rajapakse rules according to his own rule of law which is the exact opposite of what others understand it to be. He has destroyed Sri Lanka a million times more than Prabhakaran could have done. The system that could have been built up into a great legal system was dismantled not by Rajapakse alone, but by a succession of Presidents with great damage being done to it by the Bandaranaike family and Jayawardene. The Rajapakses are only accelerating the decline. Facile est descensus averno. Easy is the descent to hell. That is the way we are headed, with all the murdering, looting and arson that surrounds the country, mostly done at the bidding of the leaders by mobs urged on through ethnic and religious hatred. The rule of law has become a distant dream for Sri Lanka. Buddhism is also an equally distant dream when greed for power rules the day and all who stand in the way are disposed of in the most ruthless manner. Let us hope that now that Charitha has identified the problem, he will address his mind to the possible solutions (leaving his chum, the inept Ranil out of it).

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    Good adjunct to the piece by Dave Rush. This ‘ Thrice blessed land’ should be like no other. It has to be the best.
    It was also the land visited by Rama, a Vishnu Avatar, to rid of the very pious, but arrogant and besotted Ravana- the almighty Rakshasa King of Lanka. To the Hindus, Buddha was also a Vishnu Avatar. This visit by Rama makes our land a ‘ Quadruply blessed land’. This should make this land ‘ The land’ to live in.

    Kumbakarna , the brother of Ravana, when forced to fight in the war against Rama, finally agreed in despair, saying, ” Vithy pidithu untha nindrathu ( Fate is pushing me by my neck)”- Kamba Ramayana. Kumbakarna understood what was wrong and tried to explain it to his brother Ravana. He wanted Ravana to release Sita- Rama’s wife, who was the epitome of virtue- , an advise that fell on deaf ears. Ravana was killed and Lanka was in ruins.

    Is fate pushing us by our necks inexorably towards a destiny we cannot yet comprehend?

    What went wrong and why? It is obvious for everyone except those who have a strangle hold on our destiny!

    Once again an article full of lessons- to learn , understand and contemplate.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    Our friend says,

    “To them the Rule of Law and principles of good governance were Judeo Christian values, which were not applicable to Asia.” – meaning To Lee Kuan Yew, Ne Win and Suharto.

    If there is no rule of law and good governance, then logic dictates that there is lawlessness, bad governance and possibly anarchy. Isn’t Sri Sri Lanka a striking example of near anarchy?

    We can’t claim that logic is not acceptable to Asia:

    If so why do you use western inventions: cars, phones, planes and almost all creature comforts; why don’t you go back to the Asian way going on bullock carts.

    This Asian value is a camouflage for authoritarianism.

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    CR@;
    THANKS FOR THE GREAT ARTICLE.

    JVP leaders points out how abusive they the dept of statistics turn the number from 5,4% to 5,5% – then it 5, 5% as 6% of economic growth, they have been making in order to show the world bodies that there is a growth of 6% in this country at this juncture.
    Everything is caught, but nothing seems to be done against.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IKYWkWYnTw

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    Charitha has always been UNP. But his writing has always
    been detached, constructive and well argued. We need more
    and more people like that to give humbugs like Dayan Jayatilleke
    a good rest.

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    “.. ‘good governance and the Rule of Law are very nice words, but I am not quite sure that they are found anywhere in the world!'”

    Someone may have quoted above in order to justify the Rajapaksha anarchy pervading throughout the country. What we must strive to achieve is not perfect good governance and the rule of law but best possible of same. The issue is fairly simple to solve. We must identify the contra facts and the hindrances to it. The thing that comes first is the Rajapakshas, their henchmen, goons and supporters. Then come the bastard professionals, law enforcement people, priests, artists, media bastards who sniff the posteriors of Rajapakshas. Rajapakshas do it by destroying the law and order and bribing/intimidating/killing of the corruptible aforementioned. The solution is to efface the Rajapakshas from the face of the earth and punishing to the maximum of those who colluded with them. There has to be an either a peoples’ spring or an international intervention. International intervention is the recommended way because the fake Rajapaksha cardboard heroes would succumb to it like meek dogs hiding their tails between their legs.

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    ‘good governance and the Rule of Law are very nice words, but I am not quite sure that they are found anywhere in the world!’”

    What an absurd utterance from a supposed erudite and a person holding the Office as CJ of a Country. We all know that man is not perfect and is liable to commit wrongs in society. That is why all Modern societies have systems of Justices to keep check of events by dispensing the Rule of Law to all and sundry without favour to any and this man has the brass to openly flout, which he has done in ample measure to secure the post and also have the cheek to say so, without any shame. This CJ will certainly go down in the annals of Legal History of this country as the most Servile ever to hold that Office. O tempora! O mores!

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    CR, if Sri Lanka has endowed with a unique history of culture and politics, then why can’t we set an example to the rest of the world by putting up rule of law and governance for the democracy!!!!!!!! AS you explained in the name of “Dasa Raja Dhamma”.

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    C.Ratwatta caption of his essay is really interest:”….Good Governance and Rule of law not found any where World!” this is actually a welcome, which outcome from CR,that version is result of unrestrained operation of this Globally by USA, EU, UK,and Japan old mode of Democratic machinery.
    The very reason is nothing that many of Wealthy Nations used their wealth to reinforce the Idea that world Governance is futile best,
    when it leads to dangerous meddling that interfere with Political Sovereignty, independence and democracy of developing countries, both economic market and technological determinism.
    In fact this big power ideological condominium formed in alliance between wealthy capitalist nations; and ours in the progress of representative democracy that has been undermine by rich nations that healthy in expanding the NEW potential for peace, stability,national development prosperity.
    That is why the World ‘LOST RULE OF LAW’.
    Major democratic nations no longer even try to Control our own destiny by not only that try to suppressed through majority people democratic decision making.
    Global western values of Democratic has change, due to change civilization of Asian mode of values. West has not take into account and not accept ongoing changes due to rudderless.
    Due to such process politicians and political parties in RICH Nations in power that effort to paralyze the rule of law and its ability of Government to serve key interest people of World and Global order.
    For example USA in that Tamil terrorist hired congress men legion of lobbyists to block any Sri Lankan developing peace decision about that serve future of public interest. Even some USA congressmen sincerely believe that many have often written that there is some ‘PUBLIC INTEREST’. But is not that!
    Global politics and parties need be more Cleaver, Intelligent and Wisdom based leadership from FAIR GOVERNANCE. And turn to for World Rule of Law ongoing democratic order alternative Leadership.
    Unfortunately bankruptcy and decline of Major nation-democracy its political system that, now required pool of decision makers by wisdom of collective.

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