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Gota Goes: Diary Of A Disaster Foretold

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The Aragalaya has invested the Sri Lankan flag with a new, positive patriotism and the Sri Lankan identity—Sri Lankanness—with a new, pluralist, inclusive sensibility, the sensibility of the youth, of young men and women. Above all else the Aragalaya has been a revolution of consciousness; a liberating cultural revolution.

My wife Sanja’s favorite visual which will probably remain indelible and emblematic is the clip of a young person who had climbed up a considerably tall lamppost, Sri Lankan flag in hand. The lamppost already had a flag tied to it. The climber moved beyond it, and while holding his own flag, bowed and gave a palms-together ‘namaste’ to the flag fluttering from the post, and then did the impossible: he arched his back so that it was parallel with the bar that connected the lamp to the post, lay down on it, and raised the Sri Lankan flag high against the sky.

There is considerable dismay in Colombo at the incidents of vandalism at the Aragalaya occupation of the Presidential palace, the Presidential Secretariat and Temple Trees, and the crowds flocking to those sites. Firstly, “revolutions are festivals of the oppressed” as Lenin said. Secondly, as quite literally a ‘child of ’56’, it reminds me of something my father Mervyn de Silva had written about the so-called Silent Revolution of 1956. A reporter and parliamentary lobby correspondent at the time, he wrote that commuters rode trains and buses without paying for their tickets, saying that it was “apey aanduwa”— “our government” –now. He had also seen a crowd in a benign invasion of Parliament, entering the well of the House and reverently touching the Speaker’s chair. Until then, Parliament had been a remote institution.

Today, the citizenry is queuing up to see the sites of governance and are picnicking on their lawns, swimming in the presidential pool. It is the spirit of freedom, of liberation or, to borrow a phrase of President Ranasinghe Premadasa from a different context, of “peopleization”.

As for Ranil Wickremesinghe, I had commended his readiness to step forward at a time of crisis but I had warned in this column that he was doomed to be a Kerensky, an allusion he should be very familiar with. He should have known that his time to step off the stage of history had come. He could have done so gracefully, to applause. He has chosen to look for wiggle-room.

If Prime Minister Wickremesinghe who is neither elected nor has a single MP from his party in Parliament, attempts to cling to office, the Aragalaya will swell again and find a political target to overrun. That will extend and radicalize the struggle.

The economic debacle that triggered the downfall of Gotabaya has a history. In mid-2018 Dilith Jayaweera and his wife graciously hosted dinner at his home for Gota and his wife, and me and Sanja. Gotabaya had been stung by the public criticism in the newspapers (Daily Mirror, 23 May 2018) of his much-applauded the Shangri-la speech, by me– someone who had supported him, episodically and not uncritically, in late 2016/2017, having been a bitter public critic for many years before that, in 2009-2015.

It was Dilith and our current ambassador to Germany, Manori Unambuwe who had brought about a ceasefire and cordiality between us. That was ending as Gota’s hawkish right-hand man Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara started picking on me in the press by end-2017 for my support of the implementation of the 13th amendment and advocacy that Gota take that stand to firm up relations with India.

Gotabaya invited me to speak on foreign policy at the first convention of Viyath Maga in 2017. I accepted and did so, with my second sentence noting that was not a member of Viyath Maga. (I had declined to attend the opening ceremony at its office).

In 2018 at the second Convention at the Shangri-la, Sarath Weerasekara and Prof Rohan Gunaratna were the foreign policy hands.

During the Gotabaya presidency to date, Gunaratna has been a key advisor to Secretary/Defence (retd) General Kamal Gunaratna.

The decisive turn to the Alt-Right had been taken in 2018 or was already embedded and became manifest. Trump and Netanyahu were clearly the role models and the two ends of the ideological axis that the Gotabaya project was on.

Mahinda Rajapaksa phoned me the next morning and he was deeply disapproving about the drastic rupture with traditional centrism, let alone the center-left. He dismissed as “nonsense…rubbish” Rohan Gunaratna’s foreign relations ideology.

At dinner at Dilith Jayaweera’s in May 2018 I maintained and pressed home my published criticism on Gota’s economic perspective.

Gota instructed his chauffeur to return to Mirihana and pick up a book. When it arrived, he turned to a page in the heavily annotated volume and showed me that he had been influenced by the economic philosophy of President Xi Jinping.

I told him that I had read the book because it had been gifted to Sanja during our visit to Beijing which included our happy reunion at the Foreign Ministry with the then Vice Foreign Minister of China, Li Baodong, who had been my colleague, supporter and friend during my stint in Geneva. I went on to point out to Gotabaya that since I had read the book, I know that he omitted the very next paragraphs in President Xi’s speech he was quoting from, which laid heavy emphasis on the poor and the need for their rapid upliftment through programs of poverty alleviation. Gota replied that for reasons of time and space he had dropped that section and topic from his policy speech!

To complete the story with a topping of rich irony, after my article slamming Gota’s economic policy roll-out appeared in the press, Sanja and I were invited to dinner with Dr PB Jayasundara and Prof WD Lakshman (my old teacher of Economics from Peradeniya). They both commended my critique, PB even more fulsomely than Prof Lakshman.

It was weeks after this that I wrote two articles which were intended to stop the disaster I saw looming if Gotabaya were to be given the presidential candidacy. In July 2018, I proposed that Chamal Rajapaksa or Dinesh Gunawardena be the candidate instead of Gotabaya. The piece on Dinesh was published in the Island of 23/07/18. I cannot reproduce the Island links because the Archives have been deleted but the same piece under different titles appeared elsewhere. They are: ‘Lessons of Mexico’s left populism and the case for Chamal as JO candidate’ and ‘Why not Dinesh Gunawardena?

Those are some predictive markers on the road that led Gotabaya, the Rajapaksas, the SLPP and the country to the debacle of today—redeemed partially, only by the Aragalaya, the uprising of the people.

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    Today is July the 13th 2022. A momentous day for all Sri Lankans. it is a day to celebrate the victory over EVIL…RAJAPAKSAS.
    ARAGALAYA NEEDS TO CONTINUE, until a corruption FREE GoSL is formed. I very much doubt that we can get an INTERIM GoSL that will consist of “ABLE” members of parliamentarians as the SLPP/SLFP/ Leftists still dominate. The new President for the interim GoSL could be Rasamanickkam . We do not WANT any one connected to the previous regime HOLD any cabinet posts. I wish the FIRST/INITIAL action of the President is to release all the political Prisoners.

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      Naman
      2 of the Rajapaksas have fled like little bitches. we need to catch the remaining Rajapaksa bastards and they should be made to surrender all stolen wealth.
      They should all be tried for high treason and punished accordingly.
      Let us not keep any stone unturned this time.

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        Human Touch,
        Rajapaksas gone but that is not the end. Still the country had not agree on what path it is going to take. Now, Aragalya should come up with a future plan for the country even with a new flag, new culture, new rules, new policies. The change should happen now without delay, otherwise the same old Sri Lanka will lead to death.

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          Ajith
          Aragalaya can come up with lots of new ideas and all, but the question is what percentage of the older generation are ready to change?
          I see the majority of the older generation people to be block heads like EE, they will not accept the truth even if is shoved up their ass.
          We just have to be patient till that set of EE like scum are 6ft underground.

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            Don’t worry about the old generation like EE because there are only few, but there are lot of older generation understands the need for change. The older generation are the mostly affected group than younger generation.

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              I just don’t know what Ranil Wickramasinghe is thinking.

              It looks like he has totally lost his mind.

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                What the hell is Fascism?

                Not the dictionary/Wikipedia description.

                But what Ranil means by Fascism in his speech to the nation?


                From the ridiculous to the sublime ridiculous ……… the forte of Lankans …………. should guard our talent with our lives ………

                What would Lanka be if there were no Lankans?

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            HT
            “the question is what percentage of the older generation are ready to change?
            I see the majority of the older generation people to be block heads like EE,”
            *
            Would you like to dispose of all the old folk. Under 80s and over 80s. (As I am 80, I can be spared).
            *
            Seriously, what proportion of the youth care about the other person?

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              Dear SJ
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              Please do not take it personally.
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              You obviously know what I mean, you are definitely so different to EE.
              You are poles apart. There are so many like you, but in your age bracket, there are quite a few EE’s too. The proportion of EEs in your age bracket is sadly higher than other age brackets, that is my point.
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              Please do not take it otherwise. I am so sorry if I sounded crude.
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              Thanks.

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                HT,
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                Unfortunately the truth.
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                You are right EE is unique.
                I think EE and Lester have much in common.

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              Yes you are an exception, regardless of age you just cannot be changed.

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        If that ARMY OFFICERS who is said to have arranged the plane for the bugger s flee should be questioned without delay.
        .
        No matter what, he could think twice.

        The size of damage singlehadedly made by GOTA s silly decisions … ruined thte economy which was on edges.

        GOTA became the laughter stock to everyone as of today. The name SRILANKA is synonymous with GOTAGO HOME.

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      Naman,
      “I wish the FIRST/INITIAL action of the President is to release all the political Prisoners.”

      There are no political prisoners in Sinhale/Sri Lanka.

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        EE
        <<>>>
        Rajapakses will have that doubtful honour soon.

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          They are like political prisoners already fleeing and some awaiting to fly out.

    • 16
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      According to latest news, Gota has appointed Ranil as acting President (another dictator) and he left the country. This clearly shows that Rajapaksa family has decided that this country should be destroyed fully. It is time for people should be calm and act carefully to avoid further destruction.

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        Speaker just announced that Gota will resign today.

  • 24
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    Though you may have been a bitter public critic (which I don’t fully agree) but a real fool to not know Rajapakas are together in this game. You are one among many retards to believe Mahinda is different from Gotha, Gotha is different from Basil and so on. You now trying to take credit is similar to Rajapaksas claiming ” credit for winning the war “. Try different next time.

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.

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      Chiv,
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      Mahinda is the root cause of all high crimes.
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      If Mahinda did it, how can his siblings be able to ruin the nation.
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      Basil s knowledge is far lower to that of a school goer… but let him become the minister of finance… with the direct okay issued by Gota and Mara.
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      Srilanken new media institutions should be bombarded to have transported FAKE news on and on on the promotion of Rajapakshe criminals.

      Mahinda Chinthanaya would not have gone that far, if BALLIGE putha Wimala weerawanse was taken away long ago.

      Chiv, – it is believed the highest literate state in SL is WESTERN PROVINCE.
      .
      To our surprise, Wimal WEERAWANSE became the unbeatable candidate in that state… how come if people s general knowledge would have been healthier ?

      All because those MYTHS based on ANTI-TAMIL racism and all other so called WESTERN EU invasion were repetaed by WIMAL BURUWANSE.

      I think WIMLA deserves to be hung by his balls… draging before to ARAGALAYA youth.
      That will then become some what consolation to them….

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        Dear LM
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        I think the apex bastard in the whole Rajapaksa saga is that stupid short egg like bitch called Shiranthi Rajapaksa.
        She is at the epicenter of the whole disaster.
        If I had my way i would catch her by her legs and smash her on the ground to bits.

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          Dear HT,
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          She might have thought that acting role of her husband would allow her to be a queen forever. That is a psychological desease being suffered by many women.-
          Deulustions of grandeur.
          .
          https://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/delusions-grandeur
          :
          Hema Premadasa was no different. I still remember – how then journos published about her. This is why I repeat, srilanken media culture is highly corrupted from the day one…. today it is 1000 times more corrupted than then…

          Unfortunately, whole lot of our people treat the kind of criminal women with such deference.

          Sadu-Sadu effect has taken away the grasphing power of the public.

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      The people of the Maldives are not happy that they re harbouring these fugitives:
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      https://themaldivesjournal.com/39405
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      This is how Nasheed and Solih managed to oust Yameen:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
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      That article was written after the crucial Presidential Election was won; the hard work for Professor Jeevan Hoole was before that:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Report-of-the-Sri-Lankan-Observer-Mission-to-the-Maldivian-Presidential-Election-of-23-Sept.-2018.pdf
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      I got there by clicking on the first blue “here” in the main article. That’s the important link. There are three other, less significant links.
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      Nasheed was the then in-law of Ibrahim Solih.

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      DJ, this one is for you ” diary of a disaster foretold”. Months ahead of our Presidential election I said ” it will be a blessing in disguise, for the losing party / candidate”. Of course Gotha won by a comfortable margin.Even then, I reiterated the same prior to general election, and thanks to our retards Mara won by a landslide. That made me much more convinced about the outcome.

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    Gota Goes: Diary Of A Disaster Foretold

    When the country is in crisis he is unable give an daily speach address at face the reporters Issue a call to ACTION every thing is hide and seak. The speach is the mirror it reflects his abilty even Ranil in escaping speach passing the time like 1940 politics.He wants only for Increase his AUTHORITY

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    …He should have known that his time to step off the stage of history had come…..
    So should Mahinda have done in 2015. He will not have been reduced from Hero to Zero. It is the greed for power and arrogance in oneself, that ruins it all.

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    Rata Rakina Viruwa Horan panna yi. LOL

    Now its time to bring pressure in the international arena to charge him on war crimes as well as other murders he is accused of.

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    Does he really resigned, he appointed Ranil as acting Prez,as he is out of the country.
    How dangerous system we have anyone can come through the back door and be a prez not necessarily elected by people.

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    As Goebbels said, ” “Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.” The future of Aragalaya is uncertain. It may have taken “inspiration” from the global mass movement against Putin, which by the way, is failing (ask Boris Johnson). At the end of the day, politics is a gentleman’s game. The masses are simply pawns to be swept aside. So one can predict two outcomes for Aragalaya: either a dictatorship by and for the stupid, or a reversion to the mean, which means “back to business.” My money is on the latter.

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      Jester, you tried hard with that old rent a thumb tool of yours, but just couldn’t bury facts that easily. So called Lankan lion of yours has turned into a pussy cat, fleeing the country. What a shame ??? Do not worry, Aragalaya got rid of Mahinda, Basil and now Gotha. (who would have thought this outcome , few months ago).They also are occupying administrative buildings. People think Aragalaya may loose strength with time. But in my opinion , no military can put up with angry / hungry public, where protest taking place simultaneously in multiple sites, eventually spreading through out nation, replenished daily by more and more people joining the protest and intense domestic and international pressure. If govt try suppressing, will lead to more violence, blood shed and property destruction. More it continues the chances of recovery becomes poor to none.

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        Lets see the credential of our Lankan Lion who turned out after all a pussy cat 1) First to absconded leaving the whole nation in utter confusion. 2) Promised to resign but never did 3) Used presidential immunity as his “out of jail free card” 4) Looted public money and escaped in a private jet arranged by our own corrupted security. 5) He is now so paranoid and scared to be seen in public / among his own citizens 6) refuses to enter airport or other public places, travel with citizens 7) promised to resign and write a letter, which he never did. 8) Told that “he did not want to end term as failed president” but now left prematurely as “missing president”. 9) first to hold presidency for ransom, demanding safe exit and transport. 10) Elected by 6.9 million, only to be chased away and now hated by 20 or so million. 11) Hitler finally ended up in his own citizens hit list.

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        Chiv Joker,

        We know you have never condemned the LTTE (shows where your loyalty lies), so why do you care about Aragalaya? Aragalaya is another nationalist movement of the Sinhalese. Look at the Lion flags. You wanted Gotha to be dragged through the streets, he’s now at a 7-star resort courtesy of the SLAF.

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          Jester, when Rajapaksas could single handedly create Aragalaya in two decades why not LTTE after 55 years of SB racism.What concerns more is 6.9 million retards like you got royally fooled by them. Very funny.

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            Chiv Joker,

            Where is (P)eelam now? Only in your imagination. How much did you diaspora buggers spend to create websites, hire white lawyers, and lick white politician backsides?

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              Looks like you got hurt ?? By the way where is FUGITIVE ??

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                Rumor has it, the “10%” did not take part in Aragalaya because they didn’t want to wave a Lion Flag. One cannot wave a Lion Flag and do fake freedom struggle at the same time. One might lose his aptitude for fakery when reality kicks in.

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              Lester – convenor of propaganda on Medamulanism@
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              Dont you belong to srilanken diaspora ? Why to continue your hatreds toward s tamil srilankens ? Did they do harm to the nation, going beyond the levels of Rajapakshes ?

              By the way, did you find a new side job ?

              How would your SUN gods remunerate you further ? Perhaps Udayanga Weerathunga might have a lucrative job for you in his red light businesses … ?Svetlanas and Tatjanas could do lot more in your next job.
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              You bastard dont even know what you are bubbling. You might be hurt being unable to face the music today. You repeat that you dont respect NAMAL baby, however, Namal baby is said to have arranged their travels this time.
              :
              Your sun gods are unwelcome by even Singaporians today. Gota ‘s start of the end was clear to me, if you would go back to our CT archives.

              With this being reality, I am really sorry about ANOMA RAJAPAKSHE, whom I think is a poor wife, ….. being caught by a Mugabe style man.

              Next comeback of GOTA will be – on the command of US govt… I dont think the bugger would live scot free long. Those die in ques today, would hate him so much… for the mess created by hm singlehandedly…
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              Unlike SHIRANTHI, she never wanted to be in the middle point of any ceremonies.

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                Leela,

                I still remember on CT, you tried to wish some terror supporters for “Avurudu” and they told you to bugger off. Thanks for the good laugh. You have a simple mind, that’s okay, reformation is always possible. Gotha rehabilitated thousands of LTTE cadres after the war, they didn’t spend a single day in jail. Forget about 1983, 1956, 1256, 900, etc. Under the “Thesawalamai Law” these people are not even human. The one good thing LTTE did – even I will admit it – is liberate these people from their Vellalar slavery. Unfortunately, they were used as pawns again by the Vellalar, who hate the Sinhalese. It was Gotha and the Sinhalese-Buddhists who finally liberated these low-caste Tamils from the Vellalar. Mr. Leela, MaRa and Gotha have accomplished great things, not only for Sinhalese, but Tamils. Tamils have to take the next step and integrate.

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        Chiv,
        This guy is pathetic. He can’t even get his thumb machine to work, apart from the umpteen times he’s got caught lying.

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          Those who cannot condemn Tamil Tiger terrorism are not only pathetic, but doomed to failure.

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      Lester,
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      Goebbels is good them to fool you and the ilk.
      .
      However, when it stands against Rajapakshes, you behave as if you are hurt.
      .
      I think you and EE would never see it right. How you guys face your families ?

      We understand that EE would not see his family because he should be in a senior home as of today.
      :
      But what about you ?

  • 10
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    The Devil is gone. But Satan has captured the seat. Schematic Evil is pushing the country towards a Blood Bath. Protestors should protect them too, while showing opposition, because this Evil had a hand in Batalanda curses. It is a fearless monster. He is a master in doing disastrous things in secret. Many countries have pleaded to go for a settlement. But Evil refused to heed. This is a constitution Evil’s team brought in. Evil will give blood and flesh to uphold it without any change. As this Evil has creeped into the position before Gothapayal resigned, this sounds like an internal coup while revolution was taking place outside. International governments must accept the people’s revolution against tyrannical government. They don’t normally accept a coup government. We need to wait and see if the international governments accept this eveil’s government and lend him loans which in the end will be people’s liabilities.

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      Mallaiyuran
      “He is a master in doing disastrous things in secret.”
      —-
      I agree with you 100%.
      • In 2002, he signed the CFA with Prabhakaran without the approval from the President and the Parliament and handed over almost one third of the land in Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo to Prabhakaran.
      • He signed ACSA and SOFA agreements without the approval from the President and the Parliament.
      • He asked Mangala Samaraweera to co-sponsor the UNHRC Resolution admitting that the Sri Lanka Armed Forces committed war crimes.

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        Last 2 is BS without doubt

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      The Devil is gone. But Satan has captured the seat.
      I would have thought that both meant the same guy.

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        ” I would have thought that both meant the same guy. “

        Well…… it is something like Umma and Kali……Sivam is the Rudran and Rudran is the Sivam. In all those cases, for nincompoops, both mean the same guy, but two names. In another way, you can say it Sivam or Savam….it makes no difference!

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    The President made the most sensible decision to appoint the PM as the Acting President while he is away from the country to avoid a dangerous political vacuum and an anarchic situation.
    Had the President resigned, Parliament would never be free to appoint anyone of their choice as the temporary acting President due to foreign interference. Don’t be surprised if I say India will exert maximum pressure to Sri Lanka Parliament to appoint the incredibly stupid Rajapaksa offspring as the illegal temporary acting President. The President’s decision to appoint the PM as the Acting President avoided the country being under an incredibly stupid Rajapaksa offspring.
    Who advised the rioters to storm national tv stations?
    Unlike a powerless appointment from Parliament, the PM was legally appointed by the President to act on his behalf. One-seat or no-seat, the PM will bring the country back to normalcy.
    What we see in Colombo is not a protest. It is an insurrection. The tri-forces and the Police are legally bound to suppress civil disorder/insurrection even by using lethal force. According to local laws, the Police can shoot insurrectionists below the knee to disperse them.
    “Don’t worry my Mother Lanka. You will be fine.”

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      Now I come to know that Evil is appointed by a running away War Criminal fugitive as the acting for him. Batalanda criminal is a good actor for Gothapayal, who is a war criminal though! Further my understanding is that the runaway fugitive never handed over a letter to anybody as his acting. It is only an opportunistic coax to protect him from countries taking action on him. He may keep Evil as his replacement, without resigning, until he successfully forces a hard bargain in UNHRC in September 2022. It is an extreme form of abusing diplomatic immunity by a war criminal leader. Protesters demanded him back to do gardening and pay back the debt of what he stole from people. President lost authority when he tried to escape, and that time AirPort and countries refused him access. He apparently lost his diplomatic privileges in that incident, and he did not contest to restore it. A man who is fearing local courts and seeking refuge in foreign soil cannot appoint a replacement from his refugee hosting country.

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      Before the court is ready to recognize the authority in his signature for the appointment for acting, they want him personally present in Lankawe to question his activities which caused him to lose his authority. Tell him to come back and face reality. Then we see if he has authority to appoint a replacement for him. The Constitution is not providing for a president to appoint a replacement for him and runaway. It is only saying in case an incumbent president could not continue, who can take over the presidency. It is predetermined. Evil is already an illegal appointment as PM. Remember the case of Mokan Peris who was appointed by Rowdy Mahinda as CJ and when Evil came as the PM though Yahapalanaya, without any procedure removed Mokan from that job and appointed two other illegal appointments? He cannot accept another illegal appointment. Blind cannot guide blind.

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      Before using force, the Police may advise the insurrectionists to “Cry ‘Uncle’!” and leave all occupied government and private premises.

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    Before the court is ready to recognize the authority in his signature for the appointment for acting, they want him personally present in Lankawe to question his activities which caused him to lose his authority. Tell him to come back and face reality. Then we see if he has authority to appoint a replacement for him. The Constitution is not providing for a president to appoint a replacement for him and runaway. It is only saying in case an incumbent president could not continue, who can take over the presidency. It is predetermined. Evil is already an illegal appointment as PM. Remember the case of Mokan Peris who was appointed by Rowdy Mahinda as CJ and when Evil came as the PM though Yahapalanaya, without any procedure removed Mokan from that job and appointed two other illegal appointments? He cannot accept another illegal appointment. Blind cannot guide blind.

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    I read some amusing news.
    First of all, there is absolutely NO possibility of appointing a Prime Minister!
    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was appointed as the “Acting” President to act on behalf of the President while he is away from the country.
    The Prime Minister post is NOT vacant.
    The “Acting” President post is a temporary short-term appointment (until the incumbent’s return to office) while the Prime Minister post is a fixed one. To explain it further, the Prime Minister will get two salaries; 1) PM’s salary and 2) the Acting President’s salary. OMG, don’t these politicians understand the meaning of the word “Acting”.
    The Prime Minister post would have become vacant if Ranil Wickremasinghe was appointed by Parliament as the “Interim” President, in the event the President resigned.
    In simple terms, both President and Prime Minister posts are NOT vacant.
    Now, sit down and chill out everybody!

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      Oh, I missed one more point.
      No matter who demanded, there is no provision for the Acting President to resign as he has agreed to act on behalf of the President until the President’s return to the country.
      In the meantime, the insurrectionists can say “Baappe” to the Police and go home peacefully.

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        (Part II)
        Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the “Acting” President to act on behalf of the exalted personae His Excellency, President of the Republic, while the incumbent is away from the country.
        Whatever, the shortcomings of Gota, and has many to detail in this short brief, he has more FORETHOUGHT AND INTELLIGENT than that MM (acronym stands for, “Mad Man”) called Sillysena, who was the predecessor in that position (famously claiming to be thaearchitect and executor of the burning of his Fathers CHENA cultivation over a petty dispute) and his trip in 2019, to the same destination (Singapore) without an acting appointment to secure the borders and internal security in this country, enabled the disastrous Easter Sunday Murder and Mayhem!!!
        The Prime Minister post is NOT vacant, in very LUCID LANGUAGE?!!!!
        I have decided to get your valued ‘assistance and guidance’ in all future matters.
        Big thank you on behalf of all of us for this invaluable piece of explanation!!!
        LEGEND.

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        NONE BETTER PROPONENT OF THE FACTS!!??

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        “In the meantime, the insurrectionists can say “Baappe” to the Police and go home peacefully.”
        It is not an insurrection— yet.
        It could become one depending on how matters are handled.

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      (Part I)
      Champa,
      “NO possibility of appointing a Prime Minister!
      Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as the “Acting” President to act on behalf of the President while he is away from the country.
      The Prime Minister post is NOT vacant!”
      My dear friend Champa, you have said a mouthful, whilst none other has been accepting the blatant Logic and Rationale, including the 225 Law makers in our parliament, called Honourable MP’s and the Speaker included too??!!
      Not grasping the facts and consider the situation that has developed in the past 24 or 36 hours; That is reality!!
      In full agreement with the “Aragalaya” too, that present 225 are UNEDUCATED, NINCOMPOOFS and MISFITS (unable to understand the developing situation) with a ‘HEARD’ instinct for the job as SL MP’s, to serve the citizens in an optimum manner? AMPLY qualified to be shepherd, Mee Harakkas and Kaputas and not intelligent citizens!!
      They should go ‘Lock, Stock and Barrell’!! Useless Cargo NOW?!
      Back on your splendid achievement let me thank you, without reservation, that Sri Lankans, one and all are indebted to you, for explaining the fact and the resultant NO possibility of appointing a Prime Minister!

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    EE

    Which is better the sinhala land being handed by the Ratpakses to the Chinese?? who are fundamentally racists towards other asian races as ask any minority singaporeon or malay malaysian or malay indonesian! or if possible ask Uighurs

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    The Overseas Press use of adjectives in describing the Ratpakses is telling. sinhala land is now number 1 news in the world higher than Ukraine war. The words being used are “THUGGISH, CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT and other words words of similar nature. No way can the Ratpakses strut the world stage>

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      Gus,
      “The words being used are “THUGGISH, CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT and other words words of similar nature.”
      —-
      These words are not so bad as treating Sri Lankans as “Terrorists’ during the period Tamil terrorists played hell in this country. During that time travelling with a Sri Lankan Passport was a nightmare. I had a difficult time convincing immigration officers in several countries that I am a Sinhala person and not a Tamil who are terrorists.

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    We do come across many “Did I not say so?” experts on these pages.
    What guarantee is there that another member of the family would have spared us the tragedy?
    There was more to the crisis than bungling by GR alone.

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    Gota is trying to fool the entire Sri Lankan community by delivering a message about the fact that he is unable to control the prevailing burning situations in the country and, therefore, appointing Ranil as the acting President until such time he is away from the country. This statement has also been officially released. A president who has lost not only the confidence of the people but also the officials at the airport, who ran away by illegal process claiming, is still the President. This is similar to writing a last will to Ranil as his next of kin. His letter is not legally valid nor acceptable.

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    Seems that the Goat RATPAKSE EVEN wanted to FLEE TO enter Hindustan the land from which is thuggiish ancestor Vijaya came BUT was denied entry.

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    Pirapakaran and his son both were killed by single bullets. The RATPAKSES are being killed by MULTIPLE DAILY BULLETS!! IGNOMINY FOR THEM RATPAKSES!!

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    Seems that the sinhalas are finishing off the process started by the LTTE!!

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    Dayan: Sorry Bud you are a Rajapaksa supporter. Now you are trying to be a hero. I know you are seeking redemption for your past. You helped this family to steel the wealth of SL.
    Now make my point By the constitution Ranil can be President until 2024. He is acting and the speaker does not have a resignation letter from Gotta. The letter they have states he is unable to attend to the presidential duties and there for he is appointing Ranil to be Acting until Gotta come back or mentaly stable to attend to presidential duties. Lets see how this circus is going to go next week. The Young Protesters stay on task and say they do not accept any of the 225 criminals in the parliament. No Pramadasa no Wickramasinghe either. Bring a young well educated open minded forward thinking all inclusive candidate. Other wise we have to wait for another protest in 10 years. Good Luck Sri Lanka

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    The best brain, most knowledgeable, a man of action has been produced in Sri Lanka !

    We must send Dayan J ( and his wife) to Ukraine, Afghanistan, India, China, Africa and he will solve the problems of all those places because he knows !

    Maybe even declare him an asset of all humanity and lend him to other stars and planets to solve their problems !

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    Gothapayal has officially said that he was going to resign on 13th. Instead, he appointed an Evil acting for him back in the country to have his diplomatic priorities preserved. The crook is, after conveying his official decision to the Speaker, he flew on a military jet, but not for any official duty. What are the Royal rascals thinking? The government properties, facilities and officials are something their concubines brought with them for the Royal to get indulged? Parliament, Speaker and others who have the control over the expenditures have to call INTERPOL and bring this guy back home, sue for abusing a Military jet to his escape out of the country after making a decision to resign and having had conveyed that to the Speaker. Hopefully some international telephone companies are recording all the calls this guy is making during this escape drama.

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    In all aspects Gotabaya Rajapakshe must be considered a deserter from his post of duty, absent from duty inappropriately. In real life for example an army deserter would be heavily dealt with. How is it that Gotabaya Rajapakshe be taller than law of the land? They say Caesars Wife should be whiter than a white lily.

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    I would guess that GR has not resigned on purpose. He has appointed Ranil to get rid of the protesters and sort out the mess. If Ranil succeeds GR will return, if Ranil fails GR will remain abroad. Just a guess.

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    DJ.

    You know it’s more than about Gota reading a Chinese book on the upliftment of the poor. It is more about Shangri la for them, the rulers, come what may to the Lankan masses…..
    Such was the mandate they thought they had with the people even if it took the people a generation or two of suffering. So, they indulged in speculative finances via alternative networks. They won’t resign too soon because they are still waiting for it all to come to fruition…..like compulsive gamblers gambling obsessively……only incarceration or death will stop them.
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    Like the Mafia when they fall out, the Terminator was terminated by his OWN!

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    RW says: “Only people with ‘Hitler-like mindset’ torch buildings: Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe on burning down of his house” RW has confirmed that the sinhalas who torched the Jaffna Library and torched tamils houses and businesses were sinhalas with a HITLER MINDSET!!! an observation that the ceylon tamils all along were aware of.

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    Dr. D.J, Aragalaya was precipitated by a weird Executive President, whose family robbed the nation unlimited. Only if we can experience the love of our heavenly father in his protection and provision for his children who respond in obedience to the truth of what is right or wrong, this positional power hunger and craving for wealth to the point of murder will cease. Only a desire for good leadership with compassion will remain. Why should a family rob and rob and rob and then start to run and run and run into this hell, that hell and other hell. Only solution for a self absorbed selfish governing body, unaware of citizen votes, and denying their creator father with image of dictator, is to do away with the executive presidency. Constitutionally urgently cancel this EP.

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    Dr. Dayan J, once again a exercise in objective brilliance. Fools reading this will not understand don’t bother with them. Unfortunately you will never be able to make the descent into parliament, which right now contains some individuals who cannot show respect and therefore deserve non.

    It seems to look like a regime change, but let us wait until next elections shall we to see if the dream of vistas of splendor is alive and well or will be be enjoying the IMF’s austere benevolence.

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    VERY VERY URGENT – 1
    Yesterday I said what we see in Colombo is an insurrection, not a protest.
    Today, I want to say, if this insurrection is not controlled using maximum power, this volatile situation will facilitate a terrorist attack. Remember the warnings of a terrorist attack published on “The Hindu” on May 13? I said this before when I mentioned about the “The Hindu” article. The terrorist threat is REAL. Not only LTTE, a group that comprised of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim will also join them. I even questioned the Defence Ministry’s inaction to conduct a full investigation on the matter.
    On May 11, I urged General Shavendra de Silva to deploy military forces in every part of the country. Soon after my comment, he was removed from the post of Army Commander on the instructions of Namal Rajapaksa. Even SDIG Ajith Rohana was also transferred on his instructions. I urge the Acting President, appoint SDIG Ajith Rohana to cover Colombo. What was his previous position? I don’t remember now. Tell him to talk to insurrectionists and warn them that if they don’t leave voluntarily, they will be removed by force.

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    DJ:
    “In July 2018, I proposed that Chamal Rajapaksa or Dinesh Gunawardena be the candidate instead of Gotabaya.”

    Your objections were based on policy tilt, not sheer incompetence, racism, war crimes, or corruption. Someone with foresight wouldn’t have proposed Chamal or Dinesh as alternatives. Far from foretelling a disaster, you were playing the same games you had been playing all along, shifting your allegiances to meet the moment, showing an utter lack of any principles.

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