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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Three-Month Report Card: What Is The President’s Game-Plan?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

It’s official! President Gotabaya Rajapaksa informed a visiting UN dignitary that the 20,000 so-called missing persons “are all dead”. Reports in the BBC, New York Times and Telegraph (UK) have not been contradicted by him or GoSL. The missing are nearly all Tamils and the President’s half-hearted attempt to pin the blame on the LTTE flopped. The LTTE killed 20,000 Tamils!! That’s as hilarious as Aesop’s Fables about talking rabbits. Sure, LTTE killers eliminated dozens of fellow Tamils, slew some three thousand service personnel in action, killed 600 policemen in cold blood and many civilians perished in its bomb blasts, but to destroy Tamils on a massive scale contradicts the LTTE’s raison d’être. Gota wants to conceal the involvement of the state in the evaporation of missing persons. Thousands were surrendered by their families to the military for ‘safe keeping’. Now this; it’s an awful betrayal!

Mothers are incensed and ordinary Tamils knew it all along. But now everybody will have to adjust to reality; they “are all dead”. Folks are easily side-tracked; the stupid debate in social circles is “The number is too high”, “It’s too low” and such drivel. Of course, Gota would have consulted his officials and this is an official estimate. I find it neither too low or too high and in future I will use it as the best available. Add battlefield losses on both sides and civilians killed deliberately or in cross fire and the total dead in the war is about 30,000. So that’s settled. 

The critical question is not the numbers game; it is why Gota made this revelation. That’s what’s crucial. One possibility is that he blundered and blurted out what he and his officials may have estimated but he spoke without clearing it with his military and political consultants. I am inclined to rule this out. Then we must conclude that the President was aware of the consequences. If he sticks to his story the role of the military can no longer be concealed and a rift with chauvinists and fanatical monks is on the cards. Surely, he realises this; is he prepared for a faceoff? Somersaults are not unknown. Hitler smashed his Brown Shirts (Sturmabteilung or storm troopers) after using them to rise to power and Islamic extremists are used by political leaders who afterwards turn and crush them – Syria, Iraq and Egypt. Nevertheless, it’s hard to see Gota battling Sinhala-Buddhist extremism so as to stabilise a pragmatic regime.

An alternative thesis. He wants to put the past behind, admit the truth, grant amnesty to military personnel guilty of grievous misconduct and issue death certificates. I toyed with the thought that he was seeking closure with the Tamils and clearing the decks for a new dispensation, but proscription of the national anthem in Tamil on 4 February disabused my mind of that illusion and negated Gota’s 4 Feb homily on serving all nationalities. The symbol is the silenced soundbite, the message the missing music. His will be a government of the Sinhalese, by the Sinhalese, for the Sinhalese. Racism imitates a luscious queen of whom it was famously said: “Age cannot wither nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed; she makes hungry where most she satisfies”. 

Gota has no declared ideology and subscribes to no political philosophy; pragmatism is his yardstick. I am of the view that this analytical approach will provide a more reliable way to assess his presidency than attributing to him immovable ideological, dictatorial or racist predilections. Both Gota and we political analysts are in uncharted waters. He has no state-power game-plan and as a pragmatist he will play the cards as fate deals them out to him. Whether he will stumble into dictatorship will in part depend on how we the citizenry, the opposition, the minorities and the international community play their hands. Nothing is fixed in the stars. Hence, we the people can still call the shots.

Enough on that matter; I wish to move on. Though the presidency is far from an Archimedean Point a report card is useful. (An Archimedean Point is a vantage from which one can judge a totality). Three axes along which a report can be drafted are actions to date, policy statements and appointments. Whatever my personal inclinations a column such as this must seem balanced in the public eye. I intend to do just this along my three axes until such time as we arrive at an Archimedean Point. Today’s column will not find favour with those who demand unremitting hellfire against Gota, but my responsibility is to posterity; to write in measured tones and not to cross red-lines till it is legitimate to do so. At the same time we must not ignore the dismal fate of human and democratic rights in the Rajapaksa era. Those who ignore the lessons of history are fated to repeat its mistakes. 

What then does the balance sheet look like? Gota has taken no action to date that can be called egregiously malicious though his Police and Attorney Generals Departments have not always conducted themselves in ways that inspire confidence. For example, will they charge Ampitiye Sumana? If not, it is quid pro quo for clerical support and we need not hesitate to allege that the president behaves as if he is beholden to chauvinist monks for past and pending electoral favours. In the case of Narendra Modi those of us who let our guard down too early regret not having remained cautious for longer; we mustn’t repeat that mistake with Gota. 

Nishanantha Silva, CID Gang Robberies Branch, who was handling sensitive investigations such as the assassinations of Lasantha Wickrematunga and Prageeth Ekneligoda and the abduction and assault of Keith Noyar has fled the country fearing the regime’s retribution. Silva also oversaw the explosive abduction and murder in custody of 11 Tamil youth. The allegations implicated chief of defence Ravindra Wijeguneratne and former commander Wasantha Karannagoda. Silva has raised a bright red flag but Gota to his credit has not, as far as I know, interfered with the prosecution.

We need to watch the Champika, Rajitha and Ramanayake cases; so far in these cases one cannot accuse the regime of interference with the police or the justice system though Speaker Karu sounded an ominous warning. My caution is not to allege that indiscretions have been committed but to underline the need to remain alert. It is unfair to blame a regime for what it has not done, but may do; no intelligent discourse is possible on that presumption. UNP MP Rahman alleged that resumption of probes into the hit and run accident involving Champika Ranawaka, Rajitha Senaratne for matters involving white-van drivers and the investigation of scandalous phone calls by Ranjan Ramanayake are politically motivated. He also claimed that Viyath Maga is seeking to secure SLPP nominations at the parliamentary poll. Those close to Gotabaya are being promoted as candidates, Rahman said. 

Homes, chambers and vehicles of senior magistrates have been bugged by military intelligence. 

There is a crackdown on public servants who have shown a sense of independence before Gota’s election. In summary signs of heavy-handed authoritarianism are building up but not yet (sic!) full blown.

  “The stimulus package put in place is not sustainable; the extra layer of spending adds to already perilous public finances. The budget and current account deficits required an IMF bailout. IMF conditions are being broken; a crisis is in the works. Tax concessions reduce revenue; economic problems will stop Lanka from getting out of the rut” says economist Razeeen Sally. “The welfare measures may be election gimmickry but reversing them will be difficult” Sally added. Furthermore, PM Mahinda all but declared bankruptcy.

On the upside Ameer Ali in “Gota’s Vision and Gautama’s Villains” in the Colombo Telegraph of 1 January says: “Some of the measures Gota undertook, such as minimising traditional pomposity and durbar attached to office, a leaner cabinet, reducing tax burdens on producers, middlemen and consumers, removing political interference in public appointments and economising on public expenses, certainly won kudos even from his sceptics”. Ali overstates, but hhas a point according to even my grudging UNP friends. To continue with Ali: “The most controversial aspect of his vision is belief in solving national reconciliation through economic development rather than devolution. In a plural society prosperity instead of promoting acquiescence accentuates agitation for inclusion which becomes irresistible”.

Regarding appointments, Tissa Vitrana and Mrs. P S M Charles have been sworn in as governors; good choices compared to the riff-raff that pig-headed Sirisena was flaunting. We can be confident these two will be balanced in decisions and financially honourable. Indrajit Coomaraswamy quit as governor of the Central Bank more than two years before the end of his term, but the choice of Professor Laxman as his replacement is also a good choice. 

Other appointments are awful. His personal travel agent Upul Dharmadasa from Los Angeles has been made Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, Namal’s father-in-law Thilak Weerasinghe and Rohitha’s mother-in-law Diedre De Livera a director of Airport & Aviation Services, the latter two probably Mahinda’s picks. Gota’s buddy Malraj de Silva and Mahinda’s buddy ex-judge Eva have been nominated as ambassadors. The nomination of Abdul Nawaz, who has been charge-sheeted by the Bribery Commission to president of the Court of Appeal and the promotion of Yasantha Kodagoda to the Supreme Court have both sent shocked legal circles. A presidential commission to investigate political revenge during yahapalana includes allegedly corrupt officials. The nadir is C.A. Chandraprema, ambassador designate to Switzerland, accused of a slew of nefarious activities. What’s going on? What on earth is Gota up to! On appointments, with the exception of Vitarana, Charles and Laxman, Gota’s report card reads Fail! He is surrounding himself with froth, not the burnished promises that Viyathmaga proffered at Sahgri-La. He is making extraordinarily bad appointments.

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    What a shame that Dr David didn’t do a PhD in legal studies , And become a Gun PC like Prez Nandasena’s mate Ali Sabry.

    Dr Rajitha, Mr Ranawaka and Mr Ranjan Ramanayaka, the heavy lifters of Dr Rani’s Yahapalanaya could have had a GUN PC to defend and save them from political victimization by Prez Nandasean and the Pohottuwa…

    Even Uncle Karu and Mr Rahuman of the UNP would have been relieved from their current worries about the fate of the above trio at the hands of the same Police, which was totally controlled by Dr Rani’s hand picked IGP once ,and under the guidance of the Police Commission headed by Uncle Karu himself.

    In stark contrast to those above UNP Trio , another heavy lifter from Yahapalanaya who was not even UNP then, has come come out swinging, instead of keeping MUM like Dr Rajitha.

    Mr Bathudeen who is also being under scrutiny from the same Police ,warned our Pohottuwa supporters yesterday, that Nandasean has Buckly’s getting his own Government without the support of Bathudeen and his clan.

    Pity Dr Ranil does not hire him as the head Coach of of the Motivational team at Srkotha ,with Bathideen specializing in Positive Thinking..

    BTW how did Dr David miss that 300 in Kaththankuddy while doing his Maths about the LTTE deaths.

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    Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Saad Khattak said he wondered as to why Sri Lanka could not become a developed country like Singapore when it had all the necessary assets and a literacy rate as high as 97 percent.

    The High Commission organised a seminar titled “Peace and Stability – An Imperative to Prosperity in South Asia” at BMICH Colombo recently.

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/front_page/Pak–envoy-wonders-why-SL-not-developed-like-Singapore/238-182829

    for the last 70 years since independence …the Sinhala politicians only thing the scream is
    This is a Sinhala Budhhist country f the economy

    ha ha look at the crop of Sinhala politicians sri lanka had/have

    hand over the country to the Tamils to administer

    The Tamils even at this late stage make Sri Lanka the wonder of not just Asia but the world

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      Like many admirers of Singapore the Pakistani High Commissioner is ignorant of the facts. In Singapore a well qualified Tamil or Malay applying for a job will be asked whether he is fluent in Mandarin. If he isn’t he is finished. No Human Rights nonsense there, vandals are whipped, druggies are hanged. If slum dwellers offered basic housing refuse it the slums are bulldozed and properties burned. Two years ago the PM banned Evangelical Christian groups as he said they were disturbing the social balance. The Government has urged highly qualified men to marry equivalent women to maintain high IQs. There is a well known joke about Singaproe being a fine country to live in….you’re fined for this, fined for that …On the plus side crime is low and the nation is clean and efficient.
      .
      The real reason for Singapore’s success is authoritarian but efficient rule where the government is always right and is all-powerful. Lee Kuan Yew imprisoned the Opposition and silenced the Press when it suited him. The Peoples Action Party has run the place with an iron fist in a velvet glove since the breakaway from Malaysia.
      .
      So, is this what the moaners want for Sri Lanka? Perhaps it is.

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        Adrian

        I repeat your post below.

        In Sri Lanka well qualified Tamil or Muslim need to be Proficiient in Sinhala language before applying for a job If he/she ( I added the she) isn’t he/she is finished.

        No Human Rights nonsense in Sri Lanka vandals are whipped, druggies are hanged.
        Gota kicked out all slum dwellers bulldozed the slums and properties burned…to make Colombo pretty ..

        One year ago Govet backed suicide bombers killed predominantly Tamil Christians in churches around the country on Easter sunday

        Govt backed mobs in yellow robes attacjed Muslim Properties

        The Government has urged highly qualified men to marry equivalent women to maintain high IQs. (sorry this cant happen in Sri Lanka Sinhala modayas marry sinhala modayas to produce more Sinhala modayas )

        Instead Sinhala army men are forcefully settled in the NE ans urged to marry Tamils to produces high IQ children

        in Sri Lanka ….you have to corrupt govt officials for this and for for that

        …On the plus there is no Plus side in Sri Lanka
        .
        Sri Lanka laways had authoritarian but inefficient rule where the government is always right and is all-powerful

        Sri Lankan leaders white van and kill any one and imprison any one who oppose them
        in Sri Lanak the Opposition and silenced and there is no Press freedom

        so why is Sri Lanka not as successful as Singapore…..they copy Singapore on everything …as per your comments

        .

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          Rajash,
          “In Sri Lanka well qualified Tamil or Muslim need to be Proficiient in Sinhala language before applying for a job If he/she ( I added the she) isn’t he/she is finished.”

          Native Sinhalayo made a blunder by giving citizenship straightaway to ‘Para’ Demalu anf ‘Para’ Muslims. Sinhalayo should have given ‘Resident Permits’ with conditions that ‘Para’ people should acquire Sinhala language proficiency and ability to sing National Anthem in Sinhala before granting citizenship in Sinhale.

          Though it is late it is not too late to impose such conditions. After all Sinhale is the Land of Native Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo. All the others are ‘Para’.

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            Eagle Eye
            is that all you have to say on my post

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          Rajesh, simply admit the fact that Sinhalese are the majority and 80% population.

          Yes,, minorities need to do some adjustments whether they like or not for their survival.

          Not sure you are living Sri Lanka but in a dream world,

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            All Sri Lankans are living in a dream world.
            when they wake up it will be too late

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            Even according to your government statistics Sinhalese are 74% of the country’s population and 75% of the country speak Sinhalese as their mother tongue and 25% speak Tamil as their mother tongue. Which is a high percentage for a minority language , moreover this minority language is far more . vibrant richer , advanced and spoken more widely throughout the world , especially in the region. 15 .75 million Sinhalese speakers comparted to around 80 million Tamil speakers. Whether you like it or not stupid racist Sinhalese speakers like you , with should come to terms with it . Especially part European Sinhalese half/quarter castes with Portuguese surnames. Just because you are now in a majority in the island , thanks to the British and later state sponsored Sinhalese racism by all Sri Lankan governments , since independence that reduced the Tamil population from around 26% at the time of independence to around 15.2% now , does not give you or the rest of the Sinhalese most of whom are descended from recently migrated South Indian low castes to marginalise and discriminate the island’s Tamil population and treat them like shit. They have a far older history than the Sinhalese in the island and are native and indigenous and ruled their own land and the Sinhalese had no peep into these lands, until the British gave them and their lands to Sinhalese racist like you on a platter in 1948. Understood racist

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          What bullsh1t……..always lies…..in Sri Lanka no one can get a job if he doesnt speak english ……
          Sri Lanka is the only country to give privileges to a minority language ……what happened to minority languages in TN?

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        Adrian,
        “Lee Kuan Yew imprisoned the Opposition and silenced the Press when it suited him.”

        It is a pity that Sinhale did not have a leader who could do the same in this country in 1948. We should have deported all the racist separatist ‘Para’ Demalu (e.g. Chelvanayakam) from Hindusthan and given the descendants of slaves a warning that anyone talk about separate State or Federal System will be dealt harshly.
        Similar warning should have been given to Muslims who were given refuge in Sinhale by Sinhala Buddhists.
        Rotten democracy imposed on Native Sinhalayo by British gave ‘Wal Booru Nidahasa’ to ‘Para’ people to play hell and ruin the country after country was given nominal independence.

        Though it is late, it is not too late to take such actions.

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        Yes exactly this is the system this country needs to make it a developed country
        Out all the rotten politicos in the current political scenario – only Gota has the back bone to implement such a programme

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      ‘The Tamils even at this late stage make Sri Lanka the wonder of not just Asia but the world’
      .
      They tried that from 1979 to 2009 but it didn’t work. They are now resorting to prayer with average IQ of 79 according to Paramarasiri.

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        Adrian you Sinkalam

        Prayer sometimes works. Have you noticed MR the Hambanthotta THUG went to Varanasi & Thirupthi after eating stale LADDU to pray for Gotha the CRIMINAL to save him from the State Departmentmet Clutches. MR tried parying to Lord Buddha which hasnt worked so he has turned to Hindu Goddes. Pathira Kali.

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      History shows a different picture. While fighting for a Tamil homeland, Tamil groups killed each other and finally LTTE succeeded by killing all others. This is the reality. if ever Tamils in the north are given self-rule, that will not last for long because they will kill each other as usual. Another example is the TamilNadu. Singapore became a developed country only because of one country loving ruler. That kind of Rulers dont exist in Sri Lanka.

      What TNA has done to improve the lives of the north? nothing

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    Not a grand article. Even in TV discussions, they badger the new govt saying, it is already three months but nothing has happened. Remember, Mahinda Rajapakse became the PM for 52 days or so during October 2018 and one of the first things he did was appointing KAPILA CHANDRASENA as the CEO. Then what could Maithripala Sirisena have done. Only the president can not do everything on his own. I heard some of these appointments are common friends of both. Their secret dealings may not be known to both and only to one person.
    The most pathetic thing I heard, JVP, UNP all come to TV and say President did not do anything even then they like to gang up (do you get) with him. Yet, they do not understand, President is debilitated with the 19th amendment and the corruption addicted parliament. If the parliament is honest, they should bring right away legislation to dissolve it and go to elections. So, the president can go his way. They predict Yahapalanaya like situation as President and Prime minister were playing different maneuvers. Now he has an interim govt and experienced career politicians pull it another direction. Just imagine it is Maithripala Sirosena re elected and go with the PM from Pohottuwa. Then that president gave fell from to “the FIRE FROM THE HOT PAN”
    You ACCUSE sINHALA BUDDHIST sUPREMACISM. But you do not explain what they did. Did you read present day situation of Tamils (Tribalist only) , protestants and Muslim extremists before 1505.
    It must have been 99% sinhala buddhists. now, the situation is different and their backers of US needs you are aware.
    No one is talking about very uncooperative, just talking very corrupt parliament and quick need to change it. Even JVP implies that president must pull the govt until September 2020 and he dissolving parliament on March 2nd is for his liking. They simply do not think about the country.

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    Declaring bankruptcy is just political. A country where people are paying Taxes can not go bankrupt. Only thing is their future earnings are used to pay debts. Sri lanka is doing that. Women in the middle east and men South korea are sending money. Govt issue Treasury bills every months. Mangala was thebest for that. Their 90 days, 180 days and 364 days Treasury bills are to support foreign financial firms (from which they get a cut) and they can not wait until the remittances come from overseas (I do not know DINar people also have to wait their earniungs because sales are in dollars (get it).

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    Even though we here about many appointments, I have seen only a judge receiving the appointment letter. Some of these reports are just suggestions and not any accepted appointments by the President.

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    Prof. Kumar David

    RE: Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Three-Month Report Card: What Is The President’s Game-Plan?

    Game plan is the hegemony of the tribe, and the tribal “rules “and “traditions ” are above the Constitution and other traditions, so that the tribal hegemony can be maintained.The problem is that many of the tribal members are know crooks and scammers.

    As part of part of this strategy, the saffron clad monks are made to believe that they can maintain their hegemony, the imbeciles to prostrate to them believing that the monks are the 3rd Gem of the Triple Gem, and the monks can be left to maintain their “lifestyle” in the Temple without being “molested”: by the authorities on the monk training given to child monks on their backs.

    Has any Para- reached or attained Nibbana, extinction over the past 2,300 years? No credible independent reports., yet.

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      Amanasiri,
      Game Plan of the President is none of the fk@ng business of ‘Para’ people in the Land of Native Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo or other ‘Para’ people in the world.

      “hegemony of the tribe, and the tribal “rules “and “traditions ””
      Yes, Native Sinhala tribe wants to revive rules and traditions that they developed over a period of thousands of years when they evolved in this country and destroyed by ‘Para’ colonial parasites.

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        Eagle Confused Eye, Eagle Amana Eye,

        “Game Plan of the President is none of the fk@ng business ..”

        Looks like it is the fk@ng business of the monks. They are insulting the Buddha.

        Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

        She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

        ‘Misbehaving’ monks video goes viral

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAhUDodF4VY

        A video showing misbehaviour among monks has caused a stir in Thailand, with images showing the followers of Buddhism on a plane, wearing sunglasses and carrying designer bags. The country’s governing religious body is investigating the footage.

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      Amanasiri,
      When Tibetan monks fought against Chinese, they were very good monks and heroes to these ‘Para’ imbeciles but when Sinhala Buddhist monks try to save this country from ‘Para’ Demala and ‘Para’ Muslim extremists and ‘Para’ Neo-colonialists, they have become an irritant to these BPs. Buddhist monks have played their role as saviors of the Sinhala tribe for more than 2000 years. If that has become a problem to ‘Para’ BPs they can fk off.

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        Eagle Confused Eye, Eagle Amana Eye,

        “Buddhist monks have played their role as saviors of the Sinhala tribe for more than 2000 years.”

        They all are Paras, per mt-DNA haplo groups in their bodies. Science, ,odern generics has busted many myths., including the lie that the Para-Sinhala are natives in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

        https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112

        Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

        The Para-Sinhala Tribe, the Para-Sinhala Kings , the subjects and the other Para-tribes that coalesced with the Para-Sinhala tribes, did fine before the ADVENT of the Para-monks from Bharat, Damba-Diva, to establish the monk-hegemony, to get the kings subjects to prostrate to the monks, and donate young boys to be donated to the Temple, to perpetuate the monk hegemony.

        For the monk upkeep, the kings had to donate, give, about 10 percent of the best lands to the Temples, and the kings subjects had to work these lands, in addition to the frequent protestations to the monks, to maintain the monk hegemony.

        The Para-monks fooled the populace, to believe in the Nibana, extinction, which so far over the past 2,300 years, no Para-imbecile has attained. Same story with the Catholic Church. Has any Catholic , Para or not, over the past 2,000 years go to heaven? May be still stuck in purgatory

        “Religion is the opium of the masses” -Philosopher, lover of wisdom, Karl Marx.

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      Amarasiri, do the child monks taste the senior monks excreta as in the past.

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        Nandamal bahubutha ,

        “Amarasiri, do the child monks taste the senior monks excreta as in the past.”

        This is a question for the child monks. Maybe , Eagle Confused Eye, Eagle Amana Eye, may have the answer.

        All the data show is that the child monks, and occasionally other boys, get the monk-treatment in their backs. After all, the Alter Boys, have been getting treatment from the priests as well. It is part of the standard operating procedure, the process.

        Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

        She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

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    “Three axes along which a report can be drafted are actions to date, policy statements and appointments. Whatever my personal inclinations a column such as this must seem balanced in the public eye. I intend to do just this along my three axes until such time as we arrive at an Archimedean Point. “

    Prof Kumar has issued a “FAIL” for the “appointments” axis but demurred on the other two. Why? Is he still looking for the Archimedean Point?

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    OK Dr. Kumar, since you accept the 20,000 figure of those killed, shall we then say that troops of the GoSL killed 10,000 and LTTE killed 10,000 – half and half – blame shared in equal portion among the killers? – civilians were caught in the cross fire and LTTE was killing those who wanted to leave the NandiKadal area and cross over?
    Can we lay this old war to rest having equally divided blame between the two parties to war?
    Can we now focus on the future rather than the past? A new war is being stoked against Muslims, using Muslim youth and corrupt politicians as a “cats paw”, as we saw at Easter Sunday carnage last year, by the biggest Rogue State in the world. There is a new “Clash of Civilizations” being organized between Buddhists and Muslims in Asia, the 2 largest religions in the Indian Ocean region, just like the Christian-Islam ‘Clash of Civilizations’ was organized and ISIL set up to sell Uncle Sam’s weapons and boost the US economy..
    Let us address the coming threat instead of obsessing about past criminals?!

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      Oh forgot to mention: while blame for the 30 year was in Lanka is and must be shared between the Gosl and LTTE, the biggest culprit is India’s RAW and IB that set up an nurtured Tamil militant groups and thuse turned civilian conflict between a majority and minority group as has happened in ALL post-colonial countries in Asia and Africa into a WAR.

      Militarizing a civilian conflict and making it a war was the handiwork of India, which did this to all her neighbours to be the superpower in the region, and blame must be placed there too.
      So, three parties are to blame for the 30 year war in Lanka – GoSL, LTTE and India’s RAW and IB. This was confounded by the US-EU International Humanitarian, war and peace industry that prolongs dirty wars in the global south for its own benefit and that of the arms industry in the global North.
      US citizen Gota on whom CIA has a 500 page file and could have tried him in California, seems to be aware of this complexity. Wheels within wheels

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    Dr. David

    Compliments on your most discerning exposition, presented in an unchallengeable manner. This commenter does not differ from any of your observations or deductions. For the ‘fail’ report, you have secured a distinction.
    The article is the very best of your recent ones.

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    I believe that like Trump, the SL president is quietly normalising racism and bigotry as well as war crimes. When these acts are in the mainstream for some time, initial shock and disbelief wear out and are replaced by accepting the inevitable while despair is gradually overrun by exigencies of surviving in a bleak landscape..

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      Lasantha,
      You are correct but I think that GoRa has a long-term plan to win over minorities!

      I can understand the average S/B voters taking such a racist stand but it is unfortunate to see some leading “yellow robers” throwing voice-curs attacking the US. Whether the US got the facts correct or not, I do believe that the US position must be appreciated on the ground that they expressed a serious concern on a well known HR issue. I’m certain that Cardinal Ranjith would never express his opinion b’cos he represents both Sinhalese & Tamils Catholics. It is the “yellow robers’ who always come with racism even when the issue like this has no racism involved at all.

      I think that true Buddhist monks have much to gain by being impartial on HR issue b’cos it provide an ample opportunity win the confidence across racial boundaries. Buddhist monks, by definition, must be raceless. And yet, they have become the most racist. It is unfortunate that Buddhist monks don’t follow their own auth to abide by Buddhist principle of staying away from family traditions & politics. Buddha responded to his father’s concern about begging on the street by saying: “That is your kingdom; this is mine”! He never asked help from his father to win the competition; he did it by himself by the logic of his own theory. But, today, Buddhist monks need the Gvt to do everything for them. I think that, much of the racial hatred can be avoided if Buddhist monks do what they supposed to do!

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    The world doesn;t care about failed leftist clowns in fancy dress issuing report cards on a true leader voted in by 6.9 million Sri Lankans, including Tamils.
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    The test will be set by those people and the president will live or die politically by that judgement alone.
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    The jokers in the meantime can start looking for a less funny dress code! if they want to be considered serious.

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      Adrian, If David is a clown what are you? Are you receiver of enemas frrom the safron robed gentry?

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      Adrian

      The jokers in the meantime can start looking for a less funny dress code! if they want to be considered serious.

      *** What rubbish are you talking about ( funny Dress Code) when Sinhala Lanka is standing NAKED in the World without ny dress. Why do you need a Code. You need a loin cloth to cover your embarrasment.

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      Adrian van Twest
      One more point in actuality hard working ordinary Sri Lankan majority don’t care about these intellectual idiots who are afflicted and suffering big time with derangement. But still have to admit it is bit of fun to read their opinions and to have a chuckle every morning knowing when they wake up each day for forcible future and open their eyes only thing they can look forward on a new day is to see that majority don’t gives too hoots about there opinions.

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    Well,……Gotabaya is trying to be……Innovative. After all, nothing else really worked in the capitalistic sphere, and he is unwilling to take the more communistic line. So all kinds of weird and unnatural money makers are chosen from the polity. But there is dire warning: Most are a band-aid, show-and-tell solution; a sudden jump in business dealings with the money of the struggling masses of course, and things like IMF funds meant for the betterment of the Masses. Fingers are crossed that all will eventually come to fruition. All is a Show of Lankan entrepreneurship brains, over the nature of reality of Lankan money as pertaining to the country as a whole. Very risky indeed. One person who shouldn’t be there is of course alleged war criminal Shavendra Silva. Why rock the boat even before we have settled our debts is the question. Greater wisdom is the keynote.
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    We like Gota’s tough stance as pertaining to Sinhala control of the Island. I mean, we wouldn’t want Lankan Tamil solidarity with the greater Tamil nation of India to have that unholy advantage over the struggling masses of Lanka.

    Yet, it is troubling that the national anthem did not have any wording in Tamil this time. Tamil DNA in Lanka’s own Sinhala people, the fact that there is a sizable Tamil population that belongs to the Motherland (that Tamils inhabited the Island pre-Vijaya, and eventually took on the Vijaya script, religion, language, and possess only a percentage of Vijayan DNA), all make the adding of some Tamil as a necessary Elixir…a Benediction…..to sooth our troubled land. One stanza in Tamil would have enhanced our soft and graceful non-militaristic Anthem, and wiped out all ills.

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    Well, it is the political corruption of close friends and relations. When he appointed his pal Kamal as defense Secretary I knew the game has started. That was followed by appoints of friends who have no qualifications except appearing behind him when Gota was interviewed, They forgot to hold an umbrella. or a flame. many LA friend will be ambassadors Gota learned the habit of lying If he could lie India it is very easy for him to lie about his US citizenship

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    While talking numbers KD was careful not to mention 280,000 Tamil civilians saved from LTTE imposed cage/human shield. That is why LTTE is responsible for many civilian deaths because the cowards hid behind children and the elderly. KD also seems to have “forgotten” 12,000 LTTE cadre being arrested, taken through rehabilitation and released (given amnesty). Accordingly KD’s biased report card itself is a failure.

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    Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Three-Month Report Card: What Is The President’s Game-Plan.

    *** Gothas Game Plan is to survive .under Immunity as a foreign head of State. But he is on DEATH ROW for another 9 years and 9 months The US State Department has by banning Shavendra given the ulitimate Warning that Gotha the Sinkala DIASPORA is not safe. If American Citizen means anything then America has to take action . By declaring Shavendra the WAR CRIMINAL a Personna Non Grata US has acted. Let us wait and see.

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      Gotabaya Rajapakse’s game plan visible. He will make sinhalese nation (2500 years history and that time everyone called Sri Lanka, Heladiva, helayangay country. Sri Lanka is Sinhalese Aryans country

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    wtf is this guy writing ? He is giving succour to LTTE propaganda abroad ! Well he may well be one of them ! Easy for any Tom Dick and Harry to cast aspersions without any proof and those gullible will swallow anything in print. Guys like this are a curse on earth.

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    To all the Gotha Lovers.

    Gotha must be shitting in his pants. State department has confirmed through Shavendra that Gotha is considered a War Criminal. But as an American Citizen he committed all the Crimes and still passing laws to get rid of people like him. What a laugh and Joke. NUT CRACKER. the Sinkala DIASPORA. One of this days he is going to resign and Flee to China just like he Fled to US of A.
    FLEE , FLEE & MORE FLEES.

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    Is there an estimate on the number killed by JVP and the number of mainly unarmed JVP killed by the military and police during the two insurrections?

    Nobody was bothered by the JVP killings!
    They were the nation’s youth frustrated by actions of politicians/governments.

    Why are JVP related deaths only – forgotten?

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    If anyone interested please read details of initial court procedures in Udayanga,s case. The previous CID officers who had worked on this case were transferred and a new team was handed over the case just few days before Udayanga showedup, out of no where. A cerficate needs to be filed for any amount more than 25,000, in this case it is in millions , and yet it was done. Still the CID was requesting to take him in custody . When the Judge questioned, answer was “we have no idea, we are new”. This is what is called a SHAM where illegal activities of Rajapaksa men are legalized by the current Govt. Loo and Odor of Silly Lanka. A diplomatic positionis getting readied for this shit head. too., so that he can be of help making new deals. Happy Times for Stupid Lankans.

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    Prof, here is one (game plan) for you. Great news to all Silly Lankans. Lanka has decided to immediately withdraw from UN resolutions which they signed not once but twice. As a commentator mentioned elsewhere Stupid Lanka will be the first to vote against them in the history of UN. Damn right. Very funny , dont you think so Prof ???? And UNP gave statement saying all Silly Lankans should avoid applying visa to US until they issue one to Shavendra. Except UNP politicians and their family and relatives. Great Idea. Why not do the same with US owned companies say lets start with Google, Micro Soft, Intel and those cardiac stent makers , which by the way, quite a few UNP shitheads may need in near future.

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    “Ltte killed dozens of fellow Tamils” ………….and I stopped reading the rest.

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