21 September, 2020

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Gotabaya Autocracy: Inducements And Impediments

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

It has been a constant if annoying refrain of this column that there are powerful class, political, military, cultural and racial-religious forces pushing Lanka in the direction of an autocratic state. Up to now I have taken pains to delineate the factors encouraging autocracy while neglecting those impeding it. This was for reasons of electoral exigency – the country has had two elections on its hands and theoretical nuances needed to be set aside so as not to cloud practical urgencies. I will now depart from this constraint and discuss both push and pull pressures. This essay is going to be controversial but if it evokes healthy debate and provokes constructive comment it is worth the risk.

Let us not fool ourselves, the call for discipline, strong government and a no-nonsense autocrat at the helm has been widespread and gained further ground during the Gota presidency. Regarding COVID, confronted with the choice between biological survival and economic benefit Gota made the right choice. Hence his popularity is not limited to power hungry military-brass, slavish media, crooked and obnoxious SLPP politicos who spotted a messiah to pull their nuts out of the fire, and Viythmaga-Yukthia upstart professionals seeking sinecures. No, it is more widespread. Autocracy-philia spread like a pandemic and penetrated the public mind as a Gota love-in; the abstract concept found personal incarnation. Over 70% of Sinhala-Buddhists and more than a usual number of Eastern Province and Vanni Tamils and Muslims voted for pro-Gota tickets.

A critical feature of this process that I will comment on anon is the emerging relationship between the Buddhist clergy and the hardening autocratic process. I am by no means convinced that the monks will one and all adapt to it. The history of the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka has been rebellious. It did not get on well with Kasyapa and has a record of obstinate opposition to all colonial rulers. The conflict between the Abhayagiris and the Maha Vihara in the 12th century is not at all similar to the current imbroglio but it does show that transformative political events profoundly disrupt the clergy. More on this anon.

Sleaze has been widely commented on so I can keep my harangue brief and pithy. The elections have proved that the public has no interest, absolutely none, in choosing parliamentarians of financial integrity with a proven work ethic. Please let this sink in! It is criminals, rogues and buffoons that are the squad of choice. Twenty to thirty such MPs are government, a few are SJB. All meet at least one, often more than one of the following criteria: murderer on death row; alleged murder; arrested, remanded and/or indicted for theft in some cases of tens of millions of rupees; criminal breach of trust as stock-exchange chairman; passport forgery; abuse of state property and vehicles; unlawful use of firearms; assault, making false statements to the authorities (police or courts), and on and on. Writeups and a rogues-gallery of some photos is in Sunday Times 9 August in a piece by Namini Wijedasa; a fuller list can fill a page. Gota’s Cabinet includes about ten clean and competent choices but also ten others are publicly named and freely identified as “hora, jathivadhaya or buruwa”. The inclusion of so much muck in the Cabinet undermines Gota’s “I will set up a clean and competent administration” message.

On the obverse side of this ugly story is the tragedy that among the defeated MPs were those ranked among the best by Vertite Research an independent agency, say Sunil Handuneththi and Nalinda Jayatissa. Other upright ones too were voted out to make room for scoundrels. I need to make it clear that I am not here discussing the moral debasement of the voting public, though that is horrific. My concern relates to the topic of this essay, the swing to autocracy. Why do people have so little concern for the quality of their MPs? Because their greatest desire is that the Rajapaksas wield supreme power. There is empathy between the cultural character of the people (mainly but not only the Sinhalese) and Rajapaksa mystique. What the Rajapaksas evoke is what Lanka is. It is simplistic to reckon that war victory still enamours Gota to the masses. No, it’s a deeper psyche than that; the Sinhala masses gel with what the Rajapaksas symbolise; what the Rajapaksa phenomenon emanates is what our polity breathes. This will not reverse until the economy collapses; at least till then Rajapaksa state power stands secure.

The UNP was wiped out and Sajith defeated not because of yahapalana’s ineptitude or the bond-scam. There are far bigger and bolder rogues per square centimetre in the SLPP than the UNP or Sajith’s outfit. Nor can the defeat be explained by the split, hugely biased media coverage, campaign restrictions due to the pandemic or the larger turn out of saffron for the Rajapaksas than for Sajith or Ranil. These things mattered but they were not decisive. Even if Sajith and Ranil did not tear out each other’s jugulars, even without the bond-scam, with better media coverage and more saffron robes on stage, still there would have been a huge swing to MR-GR because Sri Lanka psychologically wanted it. Pissu-Sira, had he been on an SJB or UNP ticket would have lost his deposit, shirt and underpants, but on the Rajapaksa bandwagon he romped home with more than 100,000 votes. This proves my message better than words. This is the truth; it is an ugly truth and we are stuck with this ugly truth. 

The seamless blending of Gotabaya mystique into Sinhala consciousness, this symbiosis of the personal with political culture, this choreography of the drama, is what brings the masses into line with an experiment in autocracy. He is the strong man who Asgiriya hailed as an Asian Hitler. The motto of the government going forward will be Gotabaya adoration more than Sinhala-Buddhism. Hold it! What was that, what did I say! No, no, I don’t think it will be that simple because if Gotaism seeks to supplant Buddhism as the nation’s hegemonic faith much of the clergy will revolt. But you see the point is that autocracy needs an autocrat and an autocrat is built by a paraphernalia of mythologies about the Great Leader, the Helmsman, the Saviour. It is not possible to create an autocratic state without a great autocrat at the helm and that is not possible without an “overdetermining” ideological creed to prop up the Great One. Stop for a moment and consider – Tiberius was deified, Napoleon crowned, Mussolini glorified, Peron hyped and Stalin mummified! 

A Gotagaya autocracy too will need the mythology of an overweening nation-wide Gota cult, but precisely this will be in tension with the “leading role of Buddhism”. Signals of alarm at Gota glory’s overreach can already be detected in the saffron-set. Maybe instead of provoking an indomitable foe the proponents of autocracy may reduce the scope of their project and tone down their cult. For this and other reasons – this is one of the controversial hypotheses in this essay – there is a possibility that Gota and his inner coterie may think it tactically wise to retreat a little on their authoritarian mission.

On the political side an agent that may stall the project is class opposition, especially the working class in the state sector. Take the East Container Terminal slated for joint development with India. Assume for argument’s sake that it is a good joint-venture and assume also that far-reaching commitments have already been made to India. On the other side trade union hostility is implacable – the deal the unions struck with Mahinda only bought time. A second example: While in opposition and during the runup to this election the SLPP hyped the notion that the MCC was a sell-out to imperialism; the usual crap at the hustings. Now by hook or by crook GR-MR salivate for the $480 million. But the dogs they unleashed will turn around to bite. There are other examples of how a GR-MR autocratic project may come in conflict with radicals and unions. What will the state do; take the guns out of the armoury?  No one can be sure. That’s why you call these scenarios “Known Unknowns”. The point is this, while a non-autocratic state can climb down, autocracy cannot without eroding its own credibility. 

Everybody says “The economy will be the government’s and a would-be autocrat’s undoing” so I can be as brief semiquaver. Using a broad-brush approach there are three crises; foreign debt servicing, fiscal deficit and third employment. I look at each in relation to what it has in store for the GR-MR outfit over the next one or two years. Dollar debt servicing over the next 12 months (not six, that’s the first course) threatens the very existence of the government, but it is also what it may be able to get around. Yes, we have to find some $4 billion before the end of the year and a like amount next year. If we default the rupee will crash, in that event the Sri Lanka foreign bond yield (effective dollar interest rate) will rocket to . . . 20%, 30% . . . I dread. But the Paksa siblings (all four) will beg, bow, plead and weep for a moratorium on repayments, new loans, enter into SWAP deals, IMF grants and throw themselves at the mercy of Father Confucius, Uncle Sam and Mother India. These gentle worthies will not let us sink; each for his own reasons does not want bedlam in this island. The conditions imposed may be tough, the belt tightened, but in the words of the hymn “We shall be Saved” before we drown in helpless hopeless default.

On the other two concerns – fiscal deficit and employment – I am not whistling so happily in this dark night. I can’t see a way out that does not provoke mass unrest and chaos on the streets. I predict that the deficit will stay for years. Expenditure will exceed revenue by10% of GDP in 2020; countries reaching 15 to 20% are called basket-cases. Lowering expenditure means reducing welfare (Samuradhi etc), cutting wages, “labour market reforms” (euphemism for easy firing, reducing wages and employer friendly labour laws), and cutting spending on health, education and subsidies. Forget it, it can’t be done unless Gota’s Brigades are prepared to spray grape-shot in the streets. Raising revenue implies enhanced economic activity, steeper taxes on the rich and higher sales taxes – on all counts, dream on! 

Economists are those queer chaps who sonorously, and in all seriousness, tell you that if your lovely old aunty had balls she could become your respected uncle. Their chorus right now is “Export, export, sadhu, sadhu, export”. How the devil to dramatically raise exports within a year or two in the midst of a global downturn, a turning inward to the domestic economy in the US and even Europe and when some 60% of the value of our manufactured exports are imported raw materials and machinery? Yes we must look outwards and integrate more, not less, with global partners but since the focus of this essay is short-term political prospects, I conclude with the comment that prospects are bleak. Furthermore. the deficit in the balance of payments will exceed $3 billion in 2020 and 2021 – everyone knows why; I don’t need to elaborate. So it will be hard going for any guns and thunder regime.

To dwell at similar length on the bleak employment outlook would need several more paragraphs. Autocracy and constitutional reform is a topic all of itself. This essay has been an analysis of “What Is” it has not touched on “What Is to be Done”, another huge topic. Editors like imams are frugal about column inches so I have to cut it short and stop the flow midstream despite my enlarged prostate. 

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    David

    Your harangues are not brief or pithy. They are long and pointless. mostly filled with your garbage, and only read by 2 or 3 idiots in this forum like leelas bi.tch and Rj 3452 etc.

    I actually dont read a thing you write. because in summary its all about Gota is a very very bad man… and a few fancy sentences.

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      a14455 –
      The perfect human with no blemishes except getting dislikes/rejects all 24 hours of the day.
      #
      O master, please educate me on the good qualities of gota the Kalla kallathpni of a war criminal president.?
      #
      To recognise one as an idiot you got to be a bigger larger than one idiot.

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      Dear Erudite Professor,

      Really appreciate your current article in which you have analysed it as no other sofar. I think I agree with you with every word you articulated.

      Above all, I am in full agreement with you when considering the the reasoning behind the deat of SJB, UNP and JVP when you make it clear by saying “There are far bigger and bolder rogues per square centimetre in the SLPP than the UNP or Sajith’s outfit. Nor can the defeat be explained by the split, hugely biased media coverage, campaign restrictions due to the pandemic or the larger turn out of saffron for the Rajapaksas than for Sajith or Ranil; whole lot of people are far from truths and facts of the society today

      And my thoughts were it was only connected with MEDIA MAFIA of the country which is solely finanzed by the drug kinpins and Basil Rajakshe et al. However, I now believe, there should be lot more factors people to react against their sanity.

      Now how can the average parents of a lanken family could ever answer the numerous questions posed by their own children ?

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        Dear Leelage Malli
        I am a bit doubtful about your friend’s intelligence. First of all politicians are called public representatives. If you want “democracy” which was planted by the colonial masters, then the characteristics of the society is reflected in the parliament. You professor can not understand it. Until the society becomes more intelligent, you can not expect an intelligent parliament. This is the very reason we need an intelligent autocratic leader. If the leader is democratic, weak leader as happened in last 5 years, you know the result. At least people understood this. Look at now, how he set the scope of task forces, ministries and state minister subject scopes. Very specific (irrespective of long titles) and oriented to ground realities. The president himself monitors the progress. He has developed three groups of leaders.(Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and District Coordinators). At any time he has progressive second string of leaders to replace cabinet Ministers. The message is if you do not do the job, you will be replaced. Which country do not need such a leader?

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          It is a myth GR is driven by Buddhist Clergy. He know where the line is. That is why we have a Muslim Justice Minister. He is a bold sensible leader. What GR has to do is to develop long term strategic policies by the appointed task forces and lock it for 10 years using 2/3 parliament power. Th revision to the constitution must have a clause Government policies such as education, economic, foreign approved by 2/3 majority can only be changed by a 2/3 majority in parliament. Then no one can change those as they wish unless they have 2/3 power. If anyone close to GR is reading this, please tell him to make this happen.

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      Athana methana natana rathana and Ghanasara

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4BbPNaUdcE

      These men fight for the seat. Their Secretary went missing. How come ? i think Rajakshes may have raped and murdered the secretary since BBS dog’s entering into the parliament could be a greater threat to Rajapakshe dogs.

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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n8UJW2mo4w

        srilanken sanga has fallen to depths.
        This is the reason why I fully stopped giving alms to them. Better to feed the stray dogs on the streets.

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      What happened to srilanka?

      https://island.lk/kgala-mayor-present-at-johnstons-duty-assuming-ceremony/

      What happened to the JUSTICE even if incumbent PRESIDENT repeat about his LAW AND ORDER ?

      This man who is under POLICE search to arrest him, but be present in Jonsten bitch s son ceremony ? What happeend to Rajakshes ? What happened to the people ?

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        Please get the facts right

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ciieMi7ljU

        This abusive bitch s sons would ruin this nation.
        If 19a would be touched by bitch s sons, they country would turn out to be a mess.

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      a14455 / August 16, 2020
      why not you start your kindergarten again ? THat can help those criminals and the nation further or not ?
      Asskissers would not help the nation but those criminals only, This is the least you could grasp, if you have a brain the size of a need head. Nowhere in the world people would let maniputate to the manner, ilk, punnaku eaters of your nature are made upto.

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      Law and order in today context, under so called powerful spine president Gotabaya/aka former petrol shed assistant is obviouusly teethless.
      I have no doubt, the law is only focused on the OPPOSITION today. see the link below

      https://island.lk/kgala-mayor-present-at-johnstons-duty-assuming-ceremony/

      If european counterparts would notice the way SRILANKEN bitch sons having grabed the power, how they govern today, not the little funds would be granted to srilanka- the hell in making.

      JAIKA has stopped giving any kind of loans to srilanka
      EU will follow
      Only way out would be that MCC and GOTA led groups to send as CHEAP labor to those countries that they can grant them some funds. Else there is nothing in their programs to recover the economy amidst COVID crisis.
      However, PEOPLE are to be blamed, since they committed HARAKIRi not having thought twice before leap. Not for the first time, but again they did. Coming days, looters will show their colours even going beyond their RED margins.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc8Rdz50uXU

      Minister of Justice

      THe lawyer who twisted everything upside down in CRIME investigations that were filed against Rajapakshes.

      How wonderful SRILANKA has been ?

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      Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent. Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent. Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent. Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent. Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent. Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent. Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent. Good riddance to SRILANKEN people ! Their family lawyer for all the high crimes, by name Ali Sabry became the MINISTER of JUSTICE. People rise up and be vigilent.

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      Don’t comment if you have not read.

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      a14455
      I mulled over your comment.
      You called them things harangues, and strangely want them to be brief and/pithy.
      Kindly provide us with a sample harangue that is brief and/pithy.
      Even David may gain from it.

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    The present family brother son nephew combination is the weakest to have ever captured power by hook or by crook are rampaging wild buffoons who have escaped from the southern jungles.
    They are the most cunning crooked rulers in the annals o this beggar’s colony.
    #
    Born with greed in their genes they have successfully hoodwinked and rigged both elections and the only manner in which they know how to rule the beggar colony is by bullying and ganankaralama for which they are well known right throughout the world.
    #
    With them being masters in the swabasha lingo like most of the yak population ever since 2005 they have been autocratic rulers and can be put into the waste bins.
    #
    within the next month or the 20th amendment will be passed as the moda voting population on receipt of a few hundred rupees and a bottle or two of raw cockroach ridden kassiipu or molasses gal arrack.
    #
    When they hear the word ‘ money ‘ they salivate with spit running wild down their mouths and wet their already soiled never seen lifebuoy soap wash.
    #
    They will beg to borrow or most likely steal every available cent, the MCC much-repulsed agreement will be signed and the expected US$ 480000.00 will immediately find it’s way into the above mentioned soiled stinky never seem soap amude.

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      rj1952,
      I agree with you. Now that they have said no more talks with Tamil parties regarding their grievances. But what will happen if the Tamil parties say that they wish to be a Territorial Union within India through a plebiscite.

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        Who will arrange your plebiscite? India? They did it Sikkim after annexing.
        Have you seen the voting pattern and how the likes of Pillaiyan and Douglas have scored, let alone the SLFP & SLPP?

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    I don’t see anything crazy in these observations. Now that the Parliamentary Elections in which you were a (National List) candidate are over, you are free from the need to bolster the expectations of your Party – which we usually refer to as the JVP, although technically that is not what it should be called.
    .
    You have focussed on the really big issues; let me as a humbler guy dodge them and record for other readers the fact that the JVP Group has nominated this fine woman, Dr Harini Amarasuriya, as their nominee. This is a 24 minute English video, although the first four minutes are in Sinhalese.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xICIjxBZSqw
    .
    She is passionate here about Free Education, and ironically for us, lambastes by name Professor Kumar David’s own Warden at S. Thomas’, Canon R.S. de Saram.
    .
    BTW, no conclusive result at the Anglican Bishop Elections held on Saturday the 15th, but 51% to Rodrigo of Colpetty, 29% to Brohier, and 19% to Billimoria of Mount Lavinia. Second round necessary.
    .
    Professor Kumar, being a thorough Marxist, has, of course, de-classed himself. Totally irrelevant, or what?

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      Dear Game Iskolemahaththaya, Edirisinghe Mahaththayo !

      Prof KD is gem of a person. I always pray for him. In today context, anyone could harm him or the like fearless voices.

      Btw, thank you for the link. I really like her humbleness. Dr Harini Amarasuriya, has obtained her PhD from University of Edinburgh, as I read somewhere else.
      .
      No doubt she could represent JVP in the parliament in an unique manner. That will definitely be a big plus to JVP.

      However, I DONT THINK FREE EDUCATION has brought much to the SRILANKEN nation when looking back. Teachers who enjoyed pay hikes from the Good goverance, voted for Rajapakshes in the recent election. I know enough if anyone would question me how i am aware of this etc. Asked why they did so, according to them, Rajakshes managed COVID crisis as no other. We in europe have failed according to them. I think the mind set is totally manipulated with their BLATANT lies -that is why I always believe it is the media which made this COUNTRY upside down … nobody else .

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

      Look at the manner people in tribal africa vote for their leaders and how our average did it on the 5th August. Is there a big difference ? No No No No No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No NoNo No No

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        Dear SM,

        see how they abuse the constitution immediately they are blessed with 2/3

        Are srilanken lawyers on a long slumber ?
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD7cn3nEPgk

        If SIRISENA the meeharaka of the nation did not have the right, why should GOTLER have the right to misinterpret the constitutional provisions ?
        :
        Why the MEDIA of the day except SIRASA TV does not seem to act accordingly ?

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        I have now met Prof. Kumar David (about two months ago, actually), but not Harini.
        .
        I wonder when I’m going to meet you.
        .
        Game Iskolemahaththaya wants to suggest that you say “a unique”, not “an”. You see it is the sound that matters. The initial sound in “unique” is a consonant.
        .
        You may start hating me for my pedantry!

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          Yes, indeed, My dear Iskolemahathayo, I make lot more grammar mistakes and typos on and on. Forgive will you, may be sometimes, I dont care much about them before being posted out.
          :
          I comment on CT while being pressed with unexpected situationS, but I have been a regular commenter for the last 7 years or so to this wonderful page where I got to know senior guys of your nature – gentle personalities not from Europe but from my motherland. That makes me proud.. really does.
          :
          I am so grateful to you looking at the manner you having controlled over the CT posts over the years Mr. I really do.
          My thinking would not fit to the average mindset, because I have not lived in that part of the world for such a long time. Nor would I want to come back so long rascals are the majority. But I know my commitments to my native country. I will continue my support to the elderly people in that part whenever I have time to do so.

          No, I will love you more – as to a senior and a good ISKOLEMAHAHTHAYA who would even die for justice. who would die for enforcement of proper law and order. Have a great day !

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          Dear Mr SM,
          .
          This is for you.
          Dr Harini Amarasooriya is a humble personality. Please listen to this video.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BGKN4R_Afc

          May be I will say good bye to srilanken issues next days. Whay you seem to be taken aback thesedays ?

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            Dear “leelagemalli”,
            .
            “By their fruit, ye shall know them.”
            .
            Yes, I listened to the full hour of Dr Harini Amarasuriya. (which is the spelling that she uses?). She has come from the sort of privileged background which makes it much easier for a person to sample a variety of lifestyles and experiences, and she’s honest enough to acknowledge it.
            .
            I think that the message that she’s a desirable M.P. has got through to people. Just below my house, separated by a road (I can talk to him from my garden) there is a stalwart SLFP guy, (my age) who is now with the SLPP. Yes, he told me that the JVP National List M.P. is excellent, whereas the Parliament still mostly has rogues.
            .
            Apart from commenting at length on Sepal Amarasinghe videos, I took the trouble of visiting his house. That was after phoning, emailing etc. Not just before going there. I missed him. It doesn’t matter.
            .
            He’s doing immense damage to all movements that can lead to positive changes. Some of the things that he says can sound nice – that’s how he gets round people. At the crucial moment, he lets you down.
            .
            I saw that link only now, saw that he was talking about Ranil Wickremasinghe – a waste of time.

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          I knew that leelagemalli would respond positively, but so have others. I’m glad. Correcting language has to be done cautiously.

          There are many sites giving advice on this point. I have chosen this – why? You will see that most of the responses are by foreigners. To a Native Speaker these things come naturally. Grammar becomes necessary only when you want to master a foreign language.
          .
          https://specialties.bayt.com/en/specialties/q/23003/which-is-grammatically-correct-quot-a-unique-quot-or-quot-an-unique-quot/
          .
          Use correct English, but don’t let it be an obsession.

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            S.M,
            I don’t know much German, but I feel our friend Leela writes English with German grammar. He does get his point across anyway.

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        “However, I DONT THINK FREE EDUCATION has brought much to the SRI LANKEN nation when looking back. “
        *
        Look back harder.
        Do not let a moment of frustration wipe out pages of history that this country was proud of as a leading light in education for much of Asia.

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        What is wrong with tribal society?
        Their system of democracy served them well, and societies were stable and self sufficient, that was until others arrive to rob them blind, claiming to civilize them.
        I think that we are rather addicted to colonial values and have a blinkered view of democracy.

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      Dear Sinhala Man,

      Please listen to the video below. Why people let that Rocket baby to take part in ministerial ceremonies ? If offsprings of european counterparts would take part in their political meetings, people would would not tolerate it at all. That alone proves that rank and file in srilanka are even more stupdier than appeared to be.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lag-ndivr5E

      What do you make of this video ?

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    Sorry all that bold:
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    I don’t see anything crazy in these observations. Now that the Parliamentary Elections in which you were a (National List) candidate are over, you are free from the need to bolster the expectations of your Party – which we usually refer to as the JVP, although technically that is not what it should be called.
    .
    You have focussed on the really big issues; let me as a humbler guy dodge them and record for other readers the fact that the JVP Group has nominated this fine woman, Dr Harini Amarasuriya, as their nominee. This is a 24 minute English video, although the first four minutes are in Sinhalese.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xICIjxBZSqw
    .
    She is passionate here about Free Education, and ironically for us, lambastes by name Professor Kumar David’s own Warden at S. Thomas’, Canon R.S. de Saram.
    .
    BTW, no conclusive result at the Anglican Bishop Elections held on Saturday the 15th, but 51% to Rodrigo of Colpetty, 29% to Brohier, and 19% to Billimoria of Mount Lavinia. Second round necessary.
    .
    Professor Kumar, being a thorough Marxist, has, of course, de-classed himself. Totally irrelevant, or what?

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      This Bishop Election per se may not interest many of us,but it is of some significance because the Anglican Church controls a number of schools which I’m familiar with. I wouldn’t, on the other hand, say that they ought to figure as prominently as they do in the life of our country.
      .
      It’s a complicated system that they have. After third-placed Rev. Billimoria had been eliminated, there was a run-off between Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo and Rev. Perry Brohier. The former would seem to have won easily. Of the 112 priests, 61 for Rodrigo, and 51 for Brohier. This is inadequate – there had to be at least 60% of the “House of Clergy” for the winner. The Rodrigo advantage among laity was 163 to 78 – more than adequate.
      .
      So now what happens? It’ll be referred to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. What is shocking is that fears are being expressed that Welby will ask the now-retired Bishop, Dhiloraj Canagasabai for advice. Dhilo’s attitude appears to be “anybody but Dushantha” and some expect that Brohier will be appointed Bishop.
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      I have little faith. That, too, will evaporate if there is blatant cheating.

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    The UNP was destroyed and weakened by Ranil. He refused to allow Sajith to take over, dragged his heels, was incompetent, fractured the party, and did the Rajapaksa’s a huge favor by making sure they had no strong opposition to run against. What is he getting in return?

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      Ashan,

      If you are in the view UNP to be destroyed by RW, then what would be the reason JVP to be marginalized ?

      I think as Prof. KD made it very clear, the blind believers of the Rajakshe rascal supporters pro square centimeters in the country is much higher than any times before. They approached the people by any means. If they would want to prostitute for their personal gains, they had guys and women to do so. It was also not difficult because lanken people in general are easy to manipulate. You dont need to have studied rocket science to learn it.
      Just imagine the teachers and other public servants though enjoyed over 10 000 plus pay hikes since CBK adminstration allowed it, but as if the dog would bite the help hand, ungrateful people did not vote for them.
      SJB led by SP worked like a bee in terms of his housing projects. I had some videos where he showed himself, that he is no comparable to other leaders but worked diehard to keeping records. Nevertheless, pas horu (soil diggers), drug traffickers overtook him and his party men how come ? if people would see it wise ?
      I think this nation should be punished by all divine forces for behaviours. THat will come sooner than later.

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    Come on, Give us your predictions about the future of the regime, like it will only last six months.
    /
    Hurry up, because we want the government to last for ever (after the 19A is buried).
    /
    Only a prediction like that from you could ensure our hopes will come true, because they are always WRONG.
    /
    Bye bye to Taiwan.

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    The main reason for the destruction of the UNP and Ranil and Mangala in particular is the budget proposal that gave a monthly allowance to Tamil tigers’ living kith and kin. That should never have happened. Now Rajapaksas will not leave power for 25 years.

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      Rajapaksa Dynasty another 100 years ruling this Sinhalese Aryans country Heladiva (Sri Lanka)

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        Hela Diva what is that? You mean Eelath Theevu ? Sinhalese Aryans don;t make me laugh , you pathetic dark skinned Australoid Aryan wannabe

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      You mean people will vote them in, election after election, for another 25 years?

      Soma

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      Yes Tamils demanding justice or Tamils receiving compensation for state sponsored terrorism against them is an anathema for you, as you are another Sinhalese racist. May not like the Rajapakses but dance to the same anti Tamil music

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    ” The elections have proved that the public has no interest, absolutely none, in choosing parliamentarians of financial integrity with a proven work ethic…….
    ……It is criminals, rogues and buffoons that are the squad of choice. Twenty to thirty such MPs are government, a few are SJB”

    Abolutely…I uploaded a detail list in this blog;

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksa-government-pledges-to-support-rti-act-and-rti-commission/

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    “Pissu-Sira, had he been on an SJB or UNP ticket would have lost his deposit, shirt and underpants, but on the Rajapaksa bandwagon he romped home with more than 100,000 votes”

    ha ha how true

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      Pissu Sira would have been dismembered to the manner that JAMAL Khashogigi ended up, if SIRA was a part of another country. He sits today with the men that he reiterated would have burried him under 6 Feet. Remember ? Now I feel, it was an another political game he played over to destroy UNP and JVP. He can be seen as at the architect of the current situation which civilized world would think as the worst in many decades in srilanka. Not a single EU head came down to congradulate Rajapkshe rascals even if days passed since they claimed a 2/3 victory all island by misleading the nation again.

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    Prof Jumar David

    The massive victory of Gota in the Presidential election and SLPP in the 2015 General election could be traced to 2015..

    Kumar David and the others with their single issue were instrumental in the 2015 Presidential election victory of Sirisena.

    .The civil society watched in silence from March 2015 the betrayal of Yahapalanaya after their victory.
    As a result, the voters were disillusioned.

    Why blame the majority poor innocent voters who were compelled to switch their support to Mahinda.

    Did the voters have any real alternative in 2020?

    You treat the voters as asses and finally blame them for all your faults

    Only Kumar David and his cohorts could be blamed for the sorry state the country is in!

    The civil society was in deep slumber after 2015 victory and the hare had reached the winning post.

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    Prof Kumar David

    The massive victory of Gota in the Presidential election and SLPP in the 2015 General election could be traced to 2015..

    Kumar David and the others with their single issue were instrumental in the 2015 Presidential election victory of Sirisena.

    .The civil society watched in silence from March 2015 the betrayal of Yahapalanaya after their victory.
    As a result, the voters were disillusioned.

    Why blame the majority poor innocent voters who were compelled to switch their support to Mahinda.

    Did the voters have any real alternative in 2020?

    You treat the voters as asses and finally blame them for all your faults

    Only Kumar David and his cohorts could be blamed for the sorry state the country is in!

    The civil society was in deep slumber after 2015 victory and the hare had reached the winning post.

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    Dear Prof Kumar David,
    It is not easy to explain the reasons for the massive victory of the SLPP although your essay covers a range of reasons.
    Over the longer-term, Sri Lanka has the potential to come out of the debt trap, unless politicians continue to rob the country. This is particularly the case if our debt is in US Dollars. We witness a massive effort by the US to debase the US Dollar, which is intended to monetise its debt. This effort should be seen in the context of the US response in August 1971 to stop the convertibility of US Dollars to gold. As such, I would argue that Sri Lanka’s USD denominated debt will also be less burdensome in the future.
    I entirely agree with you that Sri Lanka will experience huge difficulties in the short-term.

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    You mean people will vote them in, election after election, for another 25 years?

    Soma

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    This notion that you have to be an ‘autocrat’ to embezzle state funds and appoint whomever you want to whatever position as you wish is wrong. They can be done under democracy more smoothly.
    With party above the individual and leader above the party system, and slavish sycophants bowing around SRI LANKA HAD ALWAYS BEEN AN AUTOCRATIC STATE between elections.
    With nothing to gain more who wants to be labled as an autocrat I wonder.

    Soma

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      soma

      I am sorry are you talking about Rajapaksa family/clan?

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    Sorry it should have been tortoise

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    What are you trying to drive prof, after spilling out all the words at your disposal? Autocracy-philia of the authority and their cohorts and Autocracy-phobia on the part of those who are not in agreement with the authority. Can you, prof., or anyone tell me, whether it would be any better had the other main contender for the Presidency got elected? My answer is NO. It is the same song with some variations. It is not the display of words that matter now. What matters is to equip the opposition who has a few numbers to be an effective opposition so that their would be appropriate checks and balances. True! The Government of the day would steam-roll but events should not go unnoticed by the opposition and highlight the same for starters.

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    Until the Chola Princes kept capturing and ruling Ceylon, It was known as Granary of East. It took a different civilization when it was taken over by Britain. During that time, to fight back Christianly (certainly not for freedom), Anagarikam introduced his jealousy Buddhism, now has evolved into Sinhala Buddhism, unique to the Island. By 1833 Competitive economy was introduced, mainly at that time for Britain’s advantage for cheap, imported goods. In 1931 almost about in 10 years of Britain introducing Universal Franchise Democracy, it was introduced to Lankawe too. Then Tamil – Sinhala – Muslim leaders complained that was only Britain destroying the Island. These three are the ones causing all current problems in Wildlife Sanctuary SinhaLE Lankawe. The tiny Holland like countries was able to destroy the defenses of the Island and rule them because the country was century behind to the advancement to the Europe. Just a trading company was able to bring its navel guards and rule the countries. India’s problem was extensively indebted Muslim rulers willing gave up lands to Europeans. Dom Juan too, but that was for in exchange of Portuguese servant girl gave away Kotte. Kandy was lost because of cruel fight between an uncle, his nephew, whose wife’s and children’s heads were churned in wooden motor, by uncle’s order. Country lacked the knowledge of world’s trend.

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    Kandy Ayatollahs’ Sangam is occupied by violent thinkers of school who believe Nazism as better form of government to keep citizens in control, in this civilized century, instead of education to uplift the Island into and with the civilized world. Tehran will not come out of Ayatollahs’ hold itself. Neither Kandy. There is no talk of educating & changing religious extremism. Just the mild caste problem of Hinduism could not be changed by education. Changing Kandy’s Hitlerism is not a project for educational change. We have been of the opinion that Buddhism will be spoiling Lankawe until a Sinhala Thirunavukkarasar is born to annihilate it. The need to a new path was suggested by the experience of Tamil Nadu’s and North East of Ceylon’s, in 4, 5 &6th centuries.
    Competition, as its name suggests, is not Alms giving in Buddhism for the free lunch for the 20,000 strong unemployed, mostly young male army. It is about competing, showing the talent and winning. To thaw its aggressiveness to suite to the weaker demography, democracies introduce various social programs. That needs lot of Tax income form the abled workers. The countable team of Lankawe young working group is ME home aids. This crowd is encouraged by Aanduwas, instead of FDI, for foreign exchange for import luxuries.

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    Home aids income lacks tax revenue. Goons and Horas in government borrow from lenders, and then earn commissions, based on borrowing, i.e. higher the indebtedness of the government, higher the income for politicians. Further, these workers have no pension or unemployment benefits……. So when these workers return back to country because of the business cycles in the host countries, naturally, they and the country fall through holes to hell. China holds these crazy barrower countries by throat and force feed with loan and milk their lands. Until democratic nations get together and fix China in the same way like USSR, there is no hope for barrowers. The house Amina entered and the country China entered cannot survive.
    After the Legislative Council leaders, in 1931, King has been a well-known advocate in recent time for “democracy is not suitable for Ceylon” campaign. He explained Lankawe was ruled for 2,000 years by Kings so that is only how they can live in future too. He opinion is, unlike the countries grown out of monarchies, Lankawe will not be able to make it. Now he has been invited to ascend to throne nominated by Kandy Ayatollahs & elected by Sinhala Buddhists.

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    So far all barometer readings of the Aanduwa are suggesting, years to come, the sky will remain darkened and relentless torrential pouring will be the future of Lankawe. If God sends Noah’s Ark only the heads can be kept above the water! Prof. Kumar, the leader on this forecasting in CT, has flooded it with many evidences to establish his meteorology. So we need no to going into that. We can look at the things outside of his inundated narratives. Because, it is 22 million’s not 150, 000, life or death, looking in as many as possible angles still provides some relief. Then you plan your life whether to sue for your lost one at SC in Hulftsdrop or Federal Court in California, or ICC in Hague or even decide to feel satisfied with Avai’s advice, i.e. “Dead ones never return to earth back, you just feel happy by aiding the poor, eating full stomach, & waiting patiently for your end too” .(Nalvazhi :10)

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    Still King alluring the country into autocracy is sounding for me like stealing Kanapathi Statue while Pooja is going on to him. We hear about the magic show. We go to the theater and buy the ticket to see the magic. But we start to believe the magic only after watching it happening. We need to know how this is going to happen. Japan already pulled out of its most important project, “The Express Train”. India announced yesterday to develop the Nicobar Island as Transshipment Terminal, instead Colombo. In March 2021, the next review UNHRC of Lankawe is coming. Observers saying the Core Group may draft another resolution. Foreign Investors have pulled out Colombo Stock Exchange. American Ambassador Alina Teplitz said that her government is ready to work with Lankawe’s new government. Because of the certainty that is missing in that statement, it paves way to speculate uncertainties surrounding that statement. In one line, “America is not sure the path Lankawe may take”. So descending into autocracy cannot be as easy as another war without witness, to hide and seek. What all these meaning is the whole world is watching the next step of Lankawe, for them to take their step.

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    CT
    This is getting boring.
    Total comments – 40
    .
    Out of that…….
    leelagemalli – 15 (38%)
    Same rubbish bullshit again and again article after article.
    .
    Sinhala_Man – 4
    a14455 – 1
    Atu – 2
    upali1942 – 1
    rj1952 – 2
    AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM – 1
    Ashan – 1
    Pamankada Shelley – 1
    GATAM – 1
    N. Perera – 1
    Rajash – 2
    Sunil Abeyratne – 1
    soma – 3
    srikrish – 2
    Good Sense – 1
    .
    .
    This is on 17th – 10am
    Get the correct count on the time you all see this…..

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      SCP
      Be patient.
      You just missed the one who pipped SM to second place.
      Is the pattern any different elsewhere but for the few that pass virtually unnoticed?
      Several are unintentionally funny. Just enjoy the fun.

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        Yes. Of course.
        .

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      oh dear S. C. Pasqual.

      he is indeed leading a boring life.
      He sits at his desk all day and count who is posting how many in all CT blogs :(

      now that the election is over the Rajapaksa’s seems to have cut his wages and zero hour contract

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    S. C. Passqual

    “CT
    This is getting boring.”

    Is it because you don’t seem to ask those hard questions for example a few from Bucket List Dictionary list:

    Do you feel like you’ve lived this same day many times before?
    Are you living the life of your dreams?
    What would you do if fear was not a factor and you could not fail?
    What causes you stress in your life?
    Am I truly proud of the person that I am?
    Are there any toxic relationships in my life that need to be dealt with, such as carrying Gota’s b***s?
    Am I in control of my life?
    What makes me happy, not carrying Gota’s b***s?
    Am I contributing to the world?

    Who am I most jealous of and why?

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      Mr. Native Vedda,
      .
      What made you think that I should live my life to your standards..?
      .

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        Ms SCP,
        .
        You would never be able to achieve even near to the standards of NV in this life. Pigs might fly.
        :
        Please go back to your KINDERGARTEN and see it further. We are very sorry to see, SCP or the like ilk are being abused by Rajapakshes and their henchmen for theiir political survival.
        :
        I dont think that I am the only person who felt, SCP should be an ultra idiot – along going by what he comments on this and other pages.

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        S. C. Passqual

        “What made you think that I should live my life to your standards..?”

        Stupid man I didn’t ask you to live your life to my standards, they are so high you won’t be able to begin to meet those standards.

        And it is too rich for you to expect us to comply with those standards that are being decreed by war criminals, racists, bigots, saffron clad thugs, crooks, fascist tendencies, liars, ………………….. which violate every moral, ethical, legal, ……rules and practices.

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