29 November, 2021

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Gota’s Enigma: Politicians Rejected By The People Returning As Candidates

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

We are into political education by way of presidential questions and answers. The President is asking the questions and the rest of us are free to provide answers as commoner than the commonest of people. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa doesn’t see the point in people re-electing the same politicians whom they have defeated before. He is, therefore, according to a Daily Mirror headline news story, urging voters “to look for new people without electing the same set of people.” He is asking the people not to elect the current opposition parties to be government again because they were a failure in office and were defeated in the last elections. He goes further, “Even if myself or the ministers in my government don’t meet your expectations, don’t elect the same set of people. Look for new people. This system has to change.” Then some candour, “I don’t know how it could be done but that is the reality.” And finally, the punchline, “Once you chase us away, again you elect us. What’s the point in that ?”

In an interesting coincidence, President Rajapaksa’s quondam military colleague and current MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka also made an observation last week that “people do not see the SJB as a party which is capable of running a government though they have got fed up with the present government,” and even though “around 50 percent of those who supported and voted for SLPP are frustrated today.” Two contrasting political observations from two former military men. The President makes no mention of the dejection in the SLPP ranks, but is asking the voters to “look for new people” if they have grown disenchanted with him. The Field Marshal, on the other hand, is not asking the voters to “look for new people,” but he is telling the SJB and Sajith Premadasa that they have to “woo the dejected SLPP members at the grass roots level,” to reinforce the SJB as an alternative contender.

The short answer to the President’s questions is that defeated politicians are not going away after they are defeated. They keep returning. They nominate themselves to be candidates again and the people are presented with the same poor choices. The fault is not with the people, Mr. President, but with the entrenched political system – politicians, political parties and the process of nominating candidates from the topmost presidential slot to the lowliest Pradesha Sabha membership. The President should redirect the question to his own party, the SLPP, even though he is still not a member of that party or any party. And he should redirect it to his own family, and ask, “Once the people have chased us away, why are we standing for re-election?”

How it can be done

It is not at all difficult to know why, nor is difficult to know how it can be changed. Just tell his extended family that they have been in politics for over fifty years and in power for over fifteen years. It is time to stand down and make way for “new people”. So, don’t contest the next set of elections – from the local government to the president of the Republic. With this simple instruction, the President could change the whole system, and the reality, in one stroke. Once the Rajapaksas voluntarily stand down, Ranil Wickremesinghe and his entourage, and everyone else who have overstayed their welcome span in politics, will have no excuse but to follow suit. Sri Lanka would have been transformed. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be hailed as a hero and revered in retirement. Whether the retirement is going to be in Colombo or California, it will make no difference.

There are other more structural (if he wouldn’t mind the jargon) ways of doing it. The simplest would be to bar all elected officials from running for a third consecutive term. So, every elected official can serve two consecutive terms and will have to take a break in the following election, but they will not be prevented from running again after the break. That will replenish all elected offices every two terms, without preventing experienced politicians returning to service after a break.

The President could quite immediately put an end to defeated candidates entering parliament abusing the National List system. He could sponsor and implement new rules for National List nominations: make defeated candidates ineligible for National List placements; set firm candidate criteria for National List nominations – say 60% to be female nominees, and requirements for socially, territorially and professionally diverse representation. As well, no individual should be eligible to serve more than two terms in total as a National List MP.

Here are questions that the people may want to ask the President. Will he provide for such term limits and criteria for nominating candidates in the new Constitution? Will he facilitate legislation to make the candidate nomination process in all political parties to be open, transparent and include objectively-positive criteria for nomination as candidates? Will these changes be considered in the working of the OCOL (One Country, One Law) Task Force under the leadership of one of Sri Lanka’s most erudite forensic minds? There’s more. What is the point in presidents pardoning criminals, convicted by courts? What is the point in appointing people put away by the courts as Chairmen of statutory bodies and task forces? What is the point, if any, in the Attorney General pre-emptively protecting people who might be put away by courts, by withdrawing indictments?

The President seems to have given up on the highly touted ‘Gama samaga Pilisandara’ (Conversation with the Village) approach and is now making statements and firing questions from public forums. He is addressing the people of Sri Lanka even from far flung forums – at the UN (New York) and at COP26 (Glasgow). In Glasgow, President Rajapaksa tried to show off as his government’s achievements what are in fact controversial actions on the environmental front. Whoever who is advising the President made him miss an opportunity in Glasgow, to join forces with Sri Lanka’s South Asian neighbours – Bangladesh, Maldives and Pakistan to push for global support for economically challenged countries undertaking adaptation measures against the immediate effects of climate change – unseasonal and heavy rains, floods, drought, heat, wildfires and rising sea level.

Instead, the President took to boasting that his “Government took firm steps to reduce imports of chemical fertilizer, and strongly encourage organic agriculture.” Then he underwhelmed: “Although this action has been broadly appreciated, it has also met with some criticism and resistance. In addition to chemical fertilizer lobby groups, this resistance has come from farmers who have grown accustomed to overusing fertilizer as an easy means of increasing yields. This is particularly unfortunate considering Sri Lanka’s rich agricultural heritage.” This is quite a characterization of the plight of the country’s farmers devastated by the government’s most ill-advised and sudden switch to organic agriculture. Not to mention the soaring food prices and the scare of food scarcity. As for Sri Lanka’s rich agricultural heritage, it is useful to keep in mind that ancient agricultural heritage cannot feed the 21st century population of even tens of millions in small countries like Sri Lanka.

Parliament & Courts to the rescue

We have no way of knowing what prompted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to shift gears from Gama samaga Pilisandara to the Socratic method of posing probing questions. But it is not difficult to see that the next national elections are already on his mind. He is getting resigned to the possibility that the next one will not be as smooth as the last one. It could be worse. People may not like him and his ministers. He seems equanimous about not being elected. But he is more concerned that people should not elect the opposition parties to be elected to form the next government. He is asking the voters, “look for new people.” ‘New’ as in anyone who is not at all associated with the present government and the last government. Does that mean the Rajapaksa scions are ruled out? That will be really going new.

It tells you something that someone like President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, with no previous background in politics, should be thinking about the next election which is still more than half the term away. Obviously, the Chinese model of Xi Jinping and the CCP is not going to work for Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the SLPP in Sri Lanka. Last week Mr. Xi got the Central Committee to pass what is called a “historical resolution” elevating Xi to be at par with Chairman Mao and Deng Xiaoping. The pantheon of three in China’s modern history. What might be of interest to the Rajapaksas is that Xi Jinping has also been given a third term as President. No need to look for a third term in Sri Lanka. Just to get through the next three years to finish one term is challenging enough.

The Sri Lankan people, on the other hand, are faced with a bigger challenge. How to get through life in the next year or two, and what help can they expect from the government and the President. The President telling voters to “look for new people,” might suggest that he is subliminally giving up on himself. Where will the people then turn to? In the current system of government, with the country collapsing under the weight of presidential failure, the people can as a first resort turn for help to the other two branches of state, namely, the legislature and the courts. Put another way, it is up to these two branches of the state to rescue the nation. But are they up to it?

In the last few months, the courts have become the last bastion of sanity. Hopefully, they would stay that way for ever and ever. However, while courts can be bold and valiant, they can only step in to reverse bad decisions of the government often after the fact and after much damage has been done. They cannot pro-actively direct a government on matters of policy and execution. That role falls on the shoulders of parliament that includes all of cabinet except its head. The question for parliament, and all its MPS, is whether over the next three years the current parliament can stop itself being a rubber stamp for the executive. Not so much as a counter to the executive branch, but to contain its excesses and guide its actions. It is a tall ask of the current parliament. But the alternatives to the country are grimmer and worse.

To be clear, parliament cannot perform this containment role with its traditional government/opposition divide. And this divide has not been bridged in any meaningful way even after 40 years of executive presidency. Parliament has not evolved to be compatible with the presidential system in the manner of the US Congress and its system of Committees. That such an evolution would take place in Sri Lanka was certainly the ‘technical’ expectation of President Jayewardene, the architect of the presidential parliamentary system.

But politically JRJ did everything to scuttle any prospect of a cross-party alliance emerging in parliament to counterbalance the executive president. Against his own expectations, the first Executive President began the tradition of subordinating parliament to the executive. He initiated and facilitated the unseemly practice of getting crossovers from opposition to become government ministers. MPs would crossover from the opposition to government to become ministers without losing their opposition party membership (thanks to a misguided Supreme Court ruling in the 20th century that came later). There are no crossovers now mainly because the government has a super majority and doesn’t need any new turncoats.

At the same time, there are ‘eruptions’ within the government and the question is whether there can be alignments between the erupting government MPs and the lackluster opposition MPs on specific issues that are now critical to the country and the people. The idea of alignments on real issues is not to bring down the government as in the old parliamentary system, but to establish a counterbalance to the misfiring executive president. In the current situation, the onus might be on those government MPs and Ministers who assembled at Solis Hall as People’s Council, to establish a parliamentary council with cross-party participation and assert the constitutional right of the legislature to counterbalance the executive. As I said, it is a tall ask. The alternatives are worse.

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    It’s pointless blaming Gota …… he and his government were elected by landslides ……..

    Our politicians are a reflection of us as a people/society (look at the way we drive on the roads …… look at the way we stand in queues …) they are not aliens fallen from the sky ……. this is us: this is our essence ……… this is who we are ……. get used to it

    Just look at the people in the forum, who believed in Gota (and still do) …….. that Gota is the saviour we were waiting for ……….. are any of these people idiots? Is Dr M M Janapriya, former president of some medical council and his friend Sunil idiots?

    They are by no means idiots ……… but suffer a unique Lankan mental illness ……. they look at reality not from rational-intellect but from some unexamined childhood emotional insecurity …… and will die arguing that the unreality they see/believe is the reality …….

    In the forum, I know what people are going to say/write even before they know it themselves ……… That’s how ingrained peoples insecurities are!

    There’s a branch of investing ……. behavioural economics/investing ……. if you know how people think/behave before they know it themselves …… it can make you money ……. well, not 18 billion (that’s another branch called behavioural looting) ……. but some useful amount ………

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      This part might’ve got cut off

      There’s a branch of investing ……. behavioural economics/investing ……. if you know how people think/behave before they know it themselves …… it can make you money ……. well, not 18 billion (that’s another branch called behavioural looting) ……. but some useful amount ………

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      I agree with most of your comments, but to say “…..It’s pointless blaming Gota …… he and his government were elected by landslides ……..” it seems true, but is not really what it is. It is a joint venture by both people and politicians!
      Actually, it is a vicious circle. People wanted a system to accommodate their own choices – not the law and order that will take care of the common interest. So the politicians – our own people, came forward to address it. That is what happened after 1956, wasn’t it? Sri Lankans DID NOT like the strict governance, transparency, and corrupt free AR and FR systems in the British civil service. We didn’t want the egalitarian values in our governance which was to ensure the individual rights of citizens, keep everything transparent. Instead, we wanted to treat our family, or friend in our public service. We wanted to break the law to get the best for our families. We didn’t care about the right of the eligible, but we wanted to have it for me and our family. Wasn’t it the stark truth that led Sri Lanka to the utter gutter level that we are in today??

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        “Sri Lankans DID NOT like the strict governance, transparency, and corrupt free AR and FR systems in the British civil service. We didn’t want the egalitarian values in our governance which was to ensure the individual rights of citizens, keep everything transparent.”

        Jit,

        I’ve written about this in some of my earliest comments ……… our problems, more than anything, are anthropological (OC, can I use such a term here? :)) ) ……… the influence our European colonizers had on us; especially the English ………

        The influence of the European colonizers was an unnatural aberration/diversion to our natural progression into the 21st century ……..

        This is how we would’ve arrived into the present: 2021 …….. if the European colonizers had not arrived ……… and “trained us in their ways” ……….

        This would be hard for most to digest: the egos get in the way ……… but we are nothing but trained monkeys jumping from tree to tree …….. with a bygone colonial tradition of a fig-leaf covering our nakedness ………

        As a people this is who we are …….. this is our essence.

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          nimal fernando

          “….. with a bygone colonial tradition of a fig-leaf covering our nakedness ………”

          Thank you.
          Is the emperor wearing new clothes?

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        Jit
        “.
        .We didn’t care about the right of the eligible, but we wanted to have it for me and our family.”.
        .
        If MAHINDA loves people he would have retired long ago. He is the most power intoxicated man in politics today. If Nelson mandela has the sane style entire Africa would nt have achieved their goals today. Look at Ethiopia- their economic growth is among leading in that part of the world🐃🐕😥🐃🐕😥🐃🐕😥🐃🐕😥🐃🐕😥🐃🐕😥

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      nimal fernando,
      “Just look at the people in the forum, who believed in Gota (and still do) …….. that Gota is the saviour we were waiting for ……….. are any of these people idiots?”
      —-
      By the same token it is possible to say ‘Just look at the people in the forum, who believed in Prabhakaran as the savior of Tamils we were waiting for……are any of these people idiots?’
      —-
      At least Gotabhaya Rajapakshe is doing something; ‘One Country One Law’ but what Prabhakaran brought was a humiliating defeat for Tamils.

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        “Prabhakaran as the savior of Tamils”
        _
        Unlike most Lankans, I do not hold steadfast to some belief forever ……. I can change my mind in a millisecond ……..

        Now that I’ve seen Gota and his Generals in action …….. Prabakaran and the LTTE have come down a few notches in my esteem …… now I can see who they were up against!

        Is it any wonder the war went on for 30 years? :))

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          nimal fernando,
          You are one reason why I spend so much time on CT!

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          Rebuilding the society after a long civil war should have started immediately after the war was over but the greedy family intended to gather more and become wealthy on the cost the nation. Today living dead body MAHINDA is 80% punished. His karmic retribution will be unique, wait and see😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “At least Gotabhaya Rajapakshe is doing something; ‘One Country One Law’ but what Prabhakaran brought was a humiliating defeat for Tamils.”

        Prabaharan though fought for his pet project Tamil Eelam, remember he also fought the Hindian armed forces got them evicted and protected the sovereignty (whatever that maybe) of this island while Sinhala/Buddhist armed forces were hiding behind his fat bum.
        Gota, his clan, and his goons are not fighting the enemy invasion but selling the island piece by piece.

        Why don’t you pull your head from wherever it is now and …….. HLD M will be annoyed.

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      Very soon Colombo Telegraph also suspend same as “Sunday Leader ” news paper

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      This will happen near future in Sinhalalese Aryans Country, Sri Lanka Heladiva). Rajapaksa Dynasty will rule this country(Sri Lanka) for another 100 years. King Mahinda, crown prince Gotabaya, Prince Basil, then Prince Namal etc

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        Np,

        U guys and staple would become Chinese Asuchi before long. Not aryans but Rajapakshe looters gave everything to become us a Somalia. 😥😥😥😥☹☹☹

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        N. Perera

        Have you applied for a passport?

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      Hello Nimal,
      Thank you very much for the precise diagnosis of my psychological condition – the prognosis is still better – apparently related to the ‘unexamined childhood emotional insecurity’.
      Your good humour warrants a response!
      Best wishes!

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        Hello Sunil,

        No offence or insult was intended ……… but I could remember somewhere you had written …….. that you thought/believed Gota was going to put the country on the right track …..

        I’m just fascinated by how the minds of Lankans of your calibre work.

        How someone like you came to believe that a serial-killer and a looter was going to put a country on the right track. Why didn’t you believe that Makandura Madush – or better still Charles Manson – could’ve put the country on the right track? How did your mind discern the difference between Gota and Madusha?

        Would you care to elaborate …. so we simple plebs out here can garner some insight into the workings of the minds of Lankan elite?

        Please please please ……. don’t turn it into a battle of egos …… that’s not my intention …… never is ….. but unfortunately that’s what most Lankans always do ……..

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          Sunil,

          Sure, as a trained physician (Psychiatrist?) you are miles better than a pleb like me to analyse your own condition …….. so, why don’t you analyse yourself and let us know how a highly trained, well-travelled, man with a wealth of knowledge and vast experience like you ……. come to believe that a serial-killer and a looter was going to put a country on the right track?

          You will not only analyse yourself …….. but another 6.9 million other Lankans in one go!

          Isn’t that an unreasonable request?

          Can’t think of a better person for the task, Sunil!

          Unlike Gota’s appointments …….. you can’t accuse me of appointing wrong people for positions/tasks! :))

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      nimal fernando

      “….. they are not aliens fallen from the sky ….”

      Alright, how about Eagle Eye, soman, Champa, Shavendra, Kamala, Udaya, Vasu, Bandula, Weera, …. I thought they are from another far away places?

      Have you heard Chamal telling a crowd the government needs to consider reintroducing rationing as the primary mode of distribution of essential goods?
      This is SJ’s dream come true moment because you know Siri Mao imposed a severe form of rationing in the early 1970s according to my Elders..

      “…… behavioural economics/investing ……. if you know how people think/behave before they know it themselves …… it can make you money”

      I thought Investors/Producers and Consumers make rational decision based on up to date information available to them.

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        “I thought Investors/Producers and Consumers make rational decision based on up to date information available to them.”

        Native,

        The company has never made a profit: perhaps never will …….. check why NIO went from $1 odd to $60? That’s behavioural. Made a ton on it.



        I know what you are going to say even before you know it yourself ………. and that kind of intuition scares the hell out of me as well! :))

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          nimal fernando

          “……. and that kind of intuition scares the hell out of me as well! :))”

          Okay, I will shut up now.

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            Native/Nimal we have a white van operator appointed as president, political con artist as PM, corrupted Mr. 10 % as FM, back door lawyer and now a Minister Namal and many more hailing from the same family, elected by 6.9 million, supported by intellectuals ??, promoted by prelates and monks. That says a lot about the country and it’s people. SJ, of course belongs to a different/special species, who can justify such things.

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    Sri Lankans have a very naive perception about western agencies like world bank, IMF and UN. West has never been interested in helping the third world. Their own only interested in making sure we don’t f up the resources and sea lanes that they need. About year ago USA officially sanctioned an agreement made in secret with UK and EU to promote renewable energy in the 3rd world. The reason being they don’t want the remaining oil supplies used by what they call useless bottom feeders. They also plan to kill 80% off population of world by 2030. The vaccine is killing people not covid. Covid is the ruse to get people to take it.

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      “….The vaccine is killing people not covid…”
      Which planet do you live in?
      Don’t you see the clear evidence that vaccinated people are having a greater chance of surviving Covid than those who are not vaccinated?
      What research outcome can you produce to support your blatant statement??
      Are you denying science? Then why do you use your computer to spread your fallacies??

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        Jit
        Numbers drastically decreased with the introduction of vaccines not only in Europe but globally.

        These are facts. Nevertheless animals dominated srilanka, would nt seem to respect facts for some reasons?
        .
        Their conditioned mind set is filled with myths so as people in Europe behaved in medieval eras☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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    The good news is that SL with a small population is not a target unlike India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Also the heat and humidity, poor storage facilities might have lowered the potency of the vaccine. The spicy food is a natural disinfectant.
    Also the vaccine was tested on cacuissians, mongoloid and negroid. Lankans have all 3 in variations plus a heavy strain of austroloid in them. The one group that they didn’t experiment with.

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    Rajan: How does a US citizen present the National Budget of Sri Lanka in the Parliament?
    Is this not a scandal that must be covered up by Dividing and Distracting the people with racist Un-Buddhist Monks on commissions? Who benefits from and who has weaponized religion in the past? Please read the book; “Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s Secert Strategy in Southeast Asia” (Yale UP 2017),

    Sri Lanka is ruled today by American citizens, first families of Basil and Goat Rajapaksa. The Sinhala Bhddhist Diaspora has been weaponized against the interests of the people of Sri Lanka and to serve US Deepstate military-business interests, hence also the sale of Kerawelapitiya power plant under Covid-19 lockdowns to prevent protests. The US is waging a mighty propaganda war aginst China which is increasingly isolated and withdrawn in order to re-colonize the Indian Ocean region with its European and Anglo allies using the Covid-mask.. Lets not fall for the projec

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      Dinuk,

      “….How does a US citizen present the National Budget of Sri Lanka….”

      You have a valid question. But don’t expect any answer!
      Because the more important question of asking ‘is Gota eligible to contest the Sri Lanka’s Presidential elections in 2019..’ was not asked by the then Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya! He said that was IRRELEVANT!!!
      How bizarre!!!
      Had he asked that question then, and ensured that ALL candidates must have Sri Lankan citizenship to contest the Presidency, then we would not have Gota as our president today.
      Can you sense what happened then?? Your guess is as good as mine !! :)

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    Gota is using the concept of ‘One Country, One Law’ as gimmick with an undesirable Committee. He has released a number of notorious convicted criminals and promoted them in an unjustifiable manner against the democratic norms. Country is experiencing famine & poverty in spite of all his military tactics. I am afraid Gota will be assassinated by his own people. History repeats.

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    Good article though it has been based on uttering of a mad fool.

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    Walk the talk: Join the JVP!

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      I will if you do too.

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        soma,
        Most importantly, Gota must.

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      ramona therese fernando: A small, but a must correction. “Join the NPP/JVP”. Agreed?

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        Simon,
        NPP also, but as JVP is a different group of people, they must change their name…..or merge with NPP.

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          Please clear the doubts
          .
          What is the greater difference between NPP and JVP?
          .
          Thank u
          LM

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          ramona therese fernando: The JVP has already merged. All the three MPs are from NPP and also did not contest the symbol “Bell” – the traditional symbol of JVP. The Chairman of NPP is AKD and he presides all the NPP meetings. JVP is a “Constituent” political party of NPP. In all future elections, the contestants would be from NPP and the symbol will be “Malimava”.- “Compass” and not “Bell”. The problem is “JVP” is still not “Marketing” the alliance “NPP”. That is a mystery.

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            Simon,

            Too many factions within the leftists. In the meantime, the UNP is taking over (hope Ranil doesn’t show his face).

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      ramona grandma therese fernando

      “Walk the talk: Join the JVP!”

      Why?
      Do do want JVP to implement/enforce “Kola Sanniya” or “Dahaaṭa Sanniya” Economics?

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    …The fault is not with the people, Mr. President, but with the entrenched political system – politicians, political parties and the process of nominating candidates from the topmost presidential slot to the lowliest Pradesha Sabha membership…….

    How true – shades of Shakeseare : “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
    We have been underlings because the politicians have usurped the civil power by making the Constitution to suit themselves as “lawmakers”. It is this that allows them to dominate. But the Constitution should be a document made by the people. Therein lies the solution – a Constitution of the people, by the people, for the people.
    This we must insist on. To change the system totally.

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      Well said My View,

      Constitutions must be formulated by the people, the ordinary people. The politicians, the professionals including political scientists and constitutional lawyers, the bureaucrats and the military men should not be allowed to formulate constitutions.

      These people are all criminals and co-conspirators.

      Constitutions should have in built mechanisms to safeguard the people from politicians, professionals and other conspirators. They have their international counterparts who will come to their aid.

      They coin slogans like good governance, democracy and similar jargon to hoodwink the people.
      People get themselves mobilized internationally.

      How is the question?

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    …….There are no crossovers now mainly because the government has a super majority and doesn’t need any new turncoats…….
    True for the daily course of Parliament business but remember the betrayers – ‘temporary crossovers’ of the “eight’ and a “female” to get 2/3rds for 20A. True, they were not made Minsters as that cadre was full but may be other benefits followed – who knows – never “something for nothing.”
    What consciences they have ?

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    “President could change the whole system, and the reality, in one stroke.”
    Exactly. President has the power to change the whole system and incorporate all the necessary standards and restrictions and accountability procedures in changing the whole system. He need to take first step to accept the mistakes openly and publicly he made during his career as a military person, as a defence secretary and as a President. There is nothing to loose to accept the wrongs. So he need to change the mentality that made him to make mistakes. He is not an uneducated person and he his mental status is not bad to assess his own behaviour in the past. For example, whether he followed the rules and regulations and all the characteristics and standards, qualifications, eligibility when he came to give nominations from USA to Sri Lanka. Being a brother of a former President is a qualification to him to become the head of this country?

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    -The simplest would be to bar all elected officials from running for a third consecutive term. So, every elected official can serve two consecutive terms and will have to take a break in the following election, but they will not be prevented from running again after the break. 

    YES, NO CONSECUTIVE THIRD TERM.

    Dear Rajan P
    Rather than being a passing comment I only hope that one day you will personally meet Mahanayake and the Cardinal and impress upon them of this necessity.
    We will be saved if this could be included in the Constitution under preparation.

    Soma

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    The way to stop the rejected politicians from coming back to power and for people to elect honest politicians, the new Constitution must have the following clauses:

    – Anyone wanting to contest an election (at any level) should not own any business or should not continue in their profession. If they have businesses already registered in their names it should be placed under a blind trust.

    – Minimum education and maximum age for a person to contest an election (at any level) should be placed. Minimum qualification Grade 12, maximum age 65.

    – Anyone who has been fined by a court of law or sent to prison, even he or she was pardoned by the President, would not qualify to contest an election (at any level).

    – All Police, Military, Prison and other civil defence departments should recruit strictly based on the ethnic mix percentage of the citizens in the country.

    – The composition of Judges should be based on the ethnic mix percentage of the citizens in the country.

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      “All Police, Military, Prison and other civil defence departments should recruit strictly based on the ethnic mix percentage of the citizens in the country.

      – The composition of Judges should be based on the ethnic mix percentage of the citizens in the country.”
      .
      I thought the merit based is the enlightened way.
      .
      Mr Buddhist what about distribution of business icences and everything else like land in Colombo based on ethnic mix?
      .
      Didn’t you guys oppose ‘standardization ‘?

      Soma

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        Soma,

        Do you think there are no qualified honest persons to be appointed from all communities (based on the ethnic mix of the country) to these positions? If you think so you are biased.

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        soman
        .
        Have you applied for a passport?
        Now Gota is struck with windfall income/gain with unexpected increase in application for new passports.

        If the trend continues as it is, this time next year, Gota would have paid off all Chinese and other major loans.

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        Soma,
        You have the capacity to think rationally. (But, you don’t always use it.)
        .
        ‘.. the merit based is the enlightened way’.
        Had you had preferred it all along we would not be in the mess we are in today.

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    Why should Gota conceal his assets in USA to the Sri Lankans. Here are the assets. Ayoma Rajapaksa, wife Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has two houses and they are ^1& 1341 Wickham Ct, San Dimas, CA 91773 ^2& 303 S Cataract Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773. If this is the case with other Rajapaksas won’t the Sinhalese get frustrated with the unprecedented high cost of living and his style of military rule on the pretext of democracy. Now the latest news is Sri Lanka wanted to sell another 55 acres within the Greater Colombo area to foreigners in order to secure dollars. What is the point in calling that Sri Lanka is an Independent State.

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      A person having 2 houses in the USA is not a big thing. This shows, if Rajapakses stole money, they are good at hiding it as well. Owning 2 houses does not prove they stole. However, we all know they stole, so there should be a more stringent investigation to find out where the stolen money is hidden. For example, why not lock up Nirupama, only run behind Thiru?

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    Gotabahaya Nandasena Rajapkse should have examined his own conscience and asked the question: “Am I a suitable candidate for the Presidency of Sri Lanka? I am of the view that he instead, “Sought” an “Answer” to a more important question than the country and its people, in that, he asked: “How can I and what is the best and the safest way to “Escape” a long “Jail Term” for numerous court cases that were lined up to be heard in courts. I am certain he received a variety of “Counseling” and “Advice” from his “Legal Team” that included the present Minister of Justice and a “Gang” of “Professionals” who were destined to suffer the same fate. To his “Credit” he lined up a “Team” of “New Faces” (as he is advocating today) and named it “VIYATHMAGA” and was “Chosen” to be its “Chairman” on 04 Feb. 2016. During the last two years of his tenure, “HE” and his “TEAM” achieved what they intended and wanted.

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    How far the country has come under a law and order president.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhNC6CoOyks

    Should we now call it the “Low and Odeur” presidency?

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    Bottom line all political crooks in Lanka are confident that our Lankan voters are retards.

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      Good systems can only be applicable to educated societies look at the east Europe after fall of USSR. .

      Srilankens and south asian conditioned mind set will mislead themselves for ever. It is entwined to them if society experts would nt implement due reforms. ☹☹☹☹☹

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    ”…“Once you chase us away, again you elect us. What’s the point in that ?” At last, words of wisdom from GR. I trust GR is not delusional to think we are dumb enough to believe that he is referring to the opposition & not himself & his bunch of yobs, including his own family.

    SL certainly needs fresh thinking, capable politicians but considering the gold mine that is SL politics, it is doubtful if any newcomers are not seeking that pot of gold as well. Anyway, it is the parties that nominate the candidates, & us, the poor voters, have to decide the best out of a bad bunch, depending on our ‘patriotic’ & religious beliefs, not necessarily, the competence of the candidate. The Afghan peasants faced a dilemma, the fanatic Taliban or corrupt ‘reformers’. Either way, the country was f****d, so is SL. Can we expect any one with guts to come forward & abolish the perks of the politicians, including their generous pensions & vehicle permits? Until then, we have the pleasure of voting for same yobs or those from the same club.

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    Gota is right. The ones who keep voting back the same rotten lot cannot be very smart. But I hope he also realises that, by the same token, the fellows who voted for him in such numbers were just as dumb!

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      Yes Fred same bayyas voted for his brother elected Nandaseeni and his crooks back to the parliament and all is ruined as of today. Gota does nt know what lips drop before the nation. Dew Gunasekara is right calling Gota a puppet. What more powers he should require to make palpable changes? Regarding rotten law and order? 🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃😥😥😥😥

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