12 July, 2020

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Gota’s Vision & Gautama’s Villains

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s (GR) immediate admission after winning the presidency that he was elected overwhelmingly if not solely by the Sinhalese voters, but that he would be a president for all communities was applauded by the whole country and even by foreigners. Some of the measures, which he undertook, such as minimising the traditional pomposity and durbar attached to his office, choosing a leaner cabinet, reducing the tax burden on producers, middlemen and consumers, removing political interference in public appointments, economising public expenses and so on certainly won kudos even from his sceptics. Quietly, they came to accept the fact that in spite of GR’s questionable past, the country needs an iron fist at the top to bring some sanity and order into the chaotic polity and economy created by former regimes. 

However, the most controversial aspect of his vision is the belief in solving the issue of national reconciliation through economic development rather than devolution of power. In an earlier piece, I captioned this strategy as “Political Exclusion & Economic Inclusion” (Colombo Telegraph 19 Dec. 2019), and pointed out that in a plural society, economic prosperity, instead of promoting acquiescence will accentuate antipathy, and the agitation for political inclusion will become irresistible. What is happening in Hong Kong now is a clear evidence of this phenomenon. What is more problematic in GR’s strategy, and in a sense exposes his difficulty, is the argument that the “majority” is not willing for any power sharing. That shows that even if he would be willing as a devout Buddhist, the forces that brought him to power are not. He is unable to release himself from the clutches of majoritarian politics. That so called majority is an emotionally charged mass led by an evangelical group of Buddhist supremacists, whose behaviour and pronouncements are in total contradiction to the philosophy and ethos of Buddhism. The purveyors of this supremacist ideology are the real villains of Gautama. Their advocacy for a hegemonic Buddhist Sri Lanka is in no way different from that of the architects of Hindutva and Islamism. The hidden danger is that these extremist ideologies may feed into each other, deepen divisions, create chaos and ultimately sabotage Gota’s vision.  

There are already signs that Buddhist extremism after taking a short holiday during and immediately after the Presidential election, is re-emerging. For example, slapping a Christian preacher by that pugnacious Ampitiye Sumanarathana, identified as a “saffron clad thug”, attached to the Mangalaramaya temple in Batticaloa, and the erection of a Buddha statue in the precinct of a mosque at Nelundeniya in Kegalle are worrying signs of supremacist resurgence. If these incidents are not nipped in bud by the judiciary and security forces, and if the culprits go unpunished that would certainly undermine GR’s original intention to be a president for all communities. Even the announcement that national anthem would be sung only in Sinhala at Independence Day Celebrations cast a supremacist shadow over it.

Immediately after GR’s victory, the cantankerous Ven. Gnanasara, the secretary of BBS, announced that his organization had served its purpose, that there was no need for it to continue any more, and that he was prepared to dissolve it. Instead, it still operates. The same was said by another priest attached to Ravana Balaya, but that organization also continues to exist. Moreover, radical priests are dictating to the government on who should be charged and on what offences, and who should be released and on what conditions. These radicals are functioning virtually as an alternative government. Is the president’s silence on these matters to be read as condonation? Even if he wants to condemn the highhandedness of these villains his hands are tied because of the forthcoming General Elections in which he expects his brother’s SLPP to win with two-third majority. 

In the meantime, it is imperative that the economy of the country needs strengthening and economic growth with equity be pursued. GR should be congratulated for appointing Professor W.D. Lakshman, a first class economist and, more than that, an impassioned humanist, as the Governor of the Central Bank. With Lakshman’s impeccable credentials, his reported reservations about the supposed benefits of neoliberalism and Washington Consensus are highly warranted and to be applauded. However, the Central Bank does not have a magic wand to produce economic miracles. There is a rising consensus among world economists that in a world of highly integrated and heavily financialised economies, Central Banks are becoming an “institutional anachronism”. Even the most brilliant of Central Bank Governors therefore, can only take care of the macro fundamentals of the economy, and advice the government on the required direction of the fiscal side. Unlike monetary policy, both fiscal and social policies are entirely the domain of the President and his parliament. Of the three, the primacy of social policy should not be under-rated if the stimulus provided by the other two are to produce robust growth.

One neglected aspect of social policy in current literature is the role it plays in building a harmonious society. Without societal harmony an economy cannot function at its full potential, and that harmony is paramount in plural societies. One country that realised this paramountcy is Singapore, a country far smaller in size than and poorer in natural resources than Sri Lanka. Today it is an economic power house. GR’s surrender to the supremacists and his determination to achieve societal harmony solely through economic development does not augur well even to the economy. 

Finally, harmony cannot be achieved through strengthening national security. Singapore has very strong security, but its forces are not to be seen on the streets and in every corner. They are invisible and Singaporeans are moving freely without any dear and contributing maximally to the country’s growth and prosperity. Fear is the enemy of social harmony and economic development. The supremacists by endangering this harmony are jeopardising the nation’s economic recovery, and without that recovery GR’s vision will remain just that.

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    Fantastic artice.
    But the unfortunate truth from me one who has always wanted to see a power sharing set of federalized Sri Lanka, I have taken a complete U turn on it since of late.
    Sri lankans as a whole do not believe in sharing ( all races, not even among relatives) and it will only create chaos that will lead to huge problems , most people sharing houses, apartment complexes , gated communities , common roads , even public trasports do not want to take the responsibility of do their minimum to take care and at the same time some do not even want to permit those willing to do it to do.
    No it would be a disaster.
    You need a man with rod getting it done .
    And that rod should be like in Singapore fines starting with at least Rs25,000.00 , even jay walking avoiding the crossing , cutting straight across a road a Car without driving up to a U turn all must start with Rs.25,000 fine. If the person can not come up with the fine in one short, let him or her pay whatever they can in Installments, but do not jail them , it will be another burden feeding and housing them.
    The only thing that will work is massive fines and nothing else.
    No way to share power yes to administry areas like Azerbaijan. Where people do not have to travel to Colombo for all their needs, including passports.
    Sri lankans can never run anything united .
    How can a people who emotionally take everything personal run independent states .?
    Madness. Lot of disciplining, training and time to mature thinking out of the box is required badly. And we need 10 to 20 years of hardcore autocratic rule.

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      Dr. Ameer Ali,

      Thanks for the accurate description of the situation of the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists “ in the land of Native Veddah Aethho.

      Gautama’s villains is indeed an accurate description. It was the Monk coup to take over Buddhism.The Chinese do have some answers. Gotabaya should consult the Chinese.

      Let’s go back 2,500 years. Buddhism at that time was Buddha, Dhamma and the Bodhisattas- Sangha. After the Buddha, and Bodhisattas, the monks redefined Sangha as the monks, and made them part of the Triple Gem.This has been brainwashed into the imbecile masses, and as a result they prostrate to the monks and say “Sangam Saranam Gachhami “, seek refuge in the monks, who are the crooks, who hijacked Buddhism for their hegemony.

      The land was doing fine before the introduction of the Triple Gem based Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism “. There was no need for the monks by the first 6 Para- Kings.

      Now the Para-Monks have taken Gotabaya Rajapaksa hostage, because he won with their blessings.

      So, he will have to accept the imbecile monks, Sangha, as the 3rd Gem of the Triple Gem, and be a slave to them. The imbecile laymen will be expected to prostrate to the saffron clad imbeciles who distorted Buddhism and is an insult to the Buddha.

      Solution: Reform Buddhism’.
      It is Double Gem, Buddha and Dhamma Only, not the monks who were abused as child monks

      Imbeciles, mean IQ 79, still can’t figure it out..

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        Dr. Ameer Ali,

        RE: Gota’s Vision & Gautama’s Villains

        Thanks for the accurate description of the situation of the Para-Sinhala “Buddhist” Monks.

        Goautama’s Vision & Gautama’s Villains

        Buddha did not take a position on God. He did not know. Do the monks know?

        Buddhism – Introduction

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

        Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 1

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

        Buddhism The Great Evil — Part 2

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I&t=329s

        Then, the Monks hijacked Buddhism for their own hegemony. and made it evil, just like the Catholic Church.

        Gotabaya is hijacked too. After all the monks hijacked the kings and got them to give 10 percent of the fertile land to the Para-Monks. The kings did fine before the moinks.

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        Bro Amarasiri@

        Buddhism which is being practised in our motherland is not buddhism but BUDDHAGAMA in accodance with Mahawansa.
        Mahanwansa was written and published with lack of lots of information. Since then it has not been subjected to any revisions as other like minded relgious scripts.
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        So given that, Jathaka Katha have been placed before as depicted by Mahanwasha should be revised too….. if we at all expect better buddhist in our god punished country.

        It is almost like without AN APPROPRIATE constituion to the SL, nothing would work properly so as is the case with BUDDHISM.

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          Bro Amarasiri,

          what came to light today is that Madagoda Abhayathisa CHIEERAWA DHARIYA is claimed to have a supermarket by his own ? How come, do monks allow to have them for their own ?-

          Rajaapkshes allowed almost everything under his rule. Now as Minister of Buddhist affairs ballige putha does not seem to utter a single word agains that SAFRON CLAD THUG from Madakalapuwa.

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            Bro Bunjappu

            “what came to light today is that Madagoda Abhayathisa CHIEERAWA DHARIYA is claimed to have a supermarket by his own ? How come, do monks allow to have them for their own ?-:

            ” that SAFRON CLAD THUG from Madakalapuwa.”

            Rajaapkshes Now as Minister of Buddhist affairs, must be thinking that the SAFRON CLAD THUG from Madakalapuwa is a Bodhisatta, described as the Third Gem of the Triple Gem.

            After all, the monks renamed themselves as the Bodhisattva, and hijacked Buddhism. Now Buddhism is a racket, for hegemony and power. The politicians and he monks are hand in glove, in this endeavor, made easier by the imbeciles, mean IQ 79.

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              I have been saying this for over 6 decades, when the Chinese brought a wild boar’s tooth to SL to ridicule the noble faith.Our para Sinhalays fell for it but we didn’t.Our buggars did not understand the Chinese attacked Tibet and brought a lot of distruction,perhaps done the right thing.

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                Nimal,

                In Tibet, it was Monk dictatorship, the dictatorship of the 3rd Gem of the Triple Gem.The populace were the salves of the monks. The Chinese reformed that system.

                Watch the two videos by the atheist , Parts 1 and 2, and what he was saying about Tibetan Buddhism. It is all about monk hegemony.
                Can the Chinese reform the Buddhism in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho?

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        This Double Gem business is your new slogan Amare? It used to be Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, then Everyone’s a Para baby that’s the Truth, followed by IQ 79.

        In reality Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha have very little to do with the historical Gautama, his teaching or his disciples. In the ultimate sense they refer to Awakening (Buddha), the nature of Reality (Dhamma) and ability of human beings alone to awaken (Sangha). Most of the 79 IQ Paras are as unaware of this as they are of Thomas Paine.

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        without the sangha, Buddhism will lose its direction . sangha is essential

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      Quote
Finally, harmony cannot be achieved through strengthening national security. Singapore has very strong security, but its forces are not to be seen on the streets and in every corner. They are invisible and Singaporeans are moving freely without any dear and contributing maximally to the country’s growth and prosperity. Fear is the enemy of social harmony and economic development. The supremacists by endangering this harmony are jeopardising the nation’s economic recovery, and without that recovery GR’s vision will remain just that.
Unquote

      I do beleive, if anyone – even unlernt worker as SRILANKEN lived 1.5 decades in a developed country could bring some sort of good thoughts to the country of his or her origin. Lankens that work in developed countries have noticed it well, that the better systems in govt sector bodies could bring the country forward. Pvt sector institutions make every effor to be alert on rule and regulations because they have to loose a lot if they would not be otherway around.
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      I though commend GR’s fearless acts self-visting institutions, but i dont think he could change a lot in those systems since corruption, lethargic nature, slow moves etc are part and parcel of those institutions that are not clear to them. Be it Customs, RMV or other bodies, including some popular school managments, they continue with their usual way of business. Even a halfsheet to be taken away from offices should be made highly punishable acts.
      Rigorous, merciless law and order enforcement and implementation is the only way out while introducing better systems.
      If schools are facilitated with computer units, there should NOT be that difficult to capture people’s data into electronic systems. This should long have been made in SL, in order to leave better services.
      We being out of the country, have noticed by ourselves, some european embassies behave very slow whenever we pay visits to them.

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      I agree. Instead of taking every one to courts, govt should give them the option of paying a fine which will increase if they do not pay, and further increase for the second offence. That will save more resources, a convenience to those who wants a easy way out. They should be able to pay the fine at the nearest bank branch not to the officer who wrote the ticket.

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      We dont have good buddhist priests in the country. We should be ready to send lanken monks to foreign countries to get them trained well.

      Why I am telling this is – even if all high harm being done by today# budhisst monks being wrapped around by buddhist monk constumes, so called HIGH CHAPTER monks continue their long slumber as if FAUL TIER -Lazy animals in Amazona do make effort to move from A to B. The animlas are called 2-toed sloths.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTp8W251aiQ

      Besides, having associated with foreign buddhist monks, particularly monks in Europe and California are thousand times more in compliance with true teachings of buddha than that of ours.

      Madagoda Abhayathissa Cheewara dariya, an another Rajapakshe supporter monk – is btw way a business man….. so what more talk you need to know about so called monks in lanken spotlight.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-osig7S7PBQ
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ozbaKMWXkQ

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      What good and unique steps he has taken sofar

      1) Ranawaka – for Road accident – putting into custody for few days
      2) Heart patient – former WHO recognized Heath Minister – to be arrested and keep in custody
      3) Make every step to price hikes of daily need food items – suprisingly PUNNAKKU eating majority seems not uttering a single word against… how come
      4)Self censoredness on SOCIAL media alerts – some sort of media blocks… no main stream media bring any coverages about PRICE hikes even if a Kg of B onions is currently 700 rps ????
      5)Frequent travels by helicopters – being abused by PM President brother also for his families…. from A to B….. no matter, collosal sums of DEBTs to be paid off to China and other in sum over 5 billions of US dollars….. BUSINES AS USUAL BY MAHINDA WASTEFUL RAJAPAKSHE
      6)Allo smear any plain walls with SO CALLED ARTs pleasing some groups in the society, but many would not like it…..
      7)No tourist arrivals went up with the dawn of MONSTER president
      8)Not yet Fertilize subsidiaries are materialized, though sky rocketed price hikes are reported in vegetable prices
      9)RICE mafia has robbed off the tones of rice, across the country and prices have gone up…. nobody seem so be lementing onthe prices
      10) Nothing like as they promised on the election Campaign ever have become realities today.
      So 6.9 millions would have to COMMIT SUICIDE or let the country be sunken ?

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      What are the true evidence people to see, the DUO would be better than prior to 2015 ?

      1) Prior to 2015 – over 2/3 mandate was in the parliement, but what MAHINDA JARAPAKSHES did was abusing the state as no other state leader
      2) Prior to 2015- no ministers were active, but their family consisting of RAJAKSHE SIBLING that ruined the economy taking any kind of loans not considering the INTEREST RATES, but more focusing on their gauges…. widened the gap of the debts taken on much higher interest….. so this year alone we have to pay off over 5 billions of dollars as loans.
      So saving steps of any kind should be taken rather than abusing state on and on
      President as one lived inthe STATE then, seems to be knowing some or some sort of respect about the wastages, but MAHINDA has been continuing his BUSINESS as usual becuase he feels that he can DO anything since his TERM found end to the end of 30 year old civil war.
      .
      I AM VERY PESSIMISTIC; THAT DUO WILL SURELY RUIN THE NATION AND COUNTRY ALL EDGES SOONER THAN LATER:

      People WAKE up and warn this buggers and do whatever you can do, if any high IRREGULARITIES are deliberately done by them.

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      WHO EVER WHATEVER GOOD HOPES ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND NATION HAVE BEEN MADE .— This nation would never change – they would not become a hub in any areas in forseeble times.

      Main obstacles:

      huge blunders have been made by MAHINDA RAJAKSHE rule prior to 2015, even if they make every effort to overshadow it acussing good governance govt for the BOND bank scam.

      In fact, SIRISENA upon the involvment of Mahinda Rajapkshe deliberately refrained the recommendations of presidentional commission onCENTRAL BANK BOND SCAM – for good reasons –

      If he released them going by repeated requests made by JVPs and others, NO GOTABAYA OR ANY ANTI UNP govt would have chance to form.

      So the main HIGH criminal of the day is NONE OTHER THAN most abusive SIRISENA, who neither let RAJAPAKSHE be caught nor let any chances to reveal their multiple high crimes.

      The consequence was – PEOPLE were made to beleive other way around UNTIL they got caught by BLANT LIES.

      Now with almost 2 months since NEW president is elected, but they fail to start with INVESTIGATIONS based on bank scam. .. why ?

      Not a single good step taken by them either, regarding the high promises made by them on ELECTION CAMPAIGNS:

      But for dreamers, let them dream until OUR last cent is being looted by RAJAKSHE rascals.

      I HAVE NO DOUBT; WE WILL BE THROWN FROM FRYING PAN TO THE FIRE: LEOPARDS WOULD NEVER CHANGE THEIR SPOTS:::::
      IF THEY FAILED PRIOR TO 2015 – the same duo with ALL HIGH CRIMINALS AS MINISTERS to iron out and usher new era ? MY FOOT…. PEOPLE are made to permanent fools. basta

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        Any country is as good as its citizens, be it india or srilanka, there is something wrong witb south asian genes! Even in indonesia and philippines are ascending economically while soutj asians are relegating each day, south asians are reglious, cultural fanatics and self inferiority complexed people who all.the time fell to political gallantry

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    Srilankens in general are not learnt to be principled. That talk high but they dont know what they are talking about. We live in Europe for the last few decades, we have seen a world where politicians behave in compliance with morals. Nor would one party politicians, change their party in their life time. Ger,many s SPD candidates would not join Dr Merkel s CDU/CSU party coalition, even if SPDers would in some electorates fall down to all lower levels. So ist the case with vice versa.
    I think it has lot to do with lanken Culture.
    No facts and figures of anything would go to the public. Any untruths would outreach the masses.
    I think MEDIA mafia is the worst institution that change the behavours of the people.
    Untruths and fairy tales in favour of some vicious politicians (Mahinda Rajapakshe and his facists forces).

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      Sri Lankan culture did not have drug addicts, women wanting rot infront of liquor shops and after getting drunk with some stranger wake on some unknown persons bed. That is the democracy everybody is looking for. So, now the govt has teach 12 year old children how to save them from HIV-AIDS and venereal diereses. Those who like it vote UNPatriotic party. They disguise it with the reconciliation , power sharing, Sri Lanka is HUB for every thing including, drugs, weapons murders, prostitution.

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        JD / DA

        Sri Lanka with low intelligence did not have the know how to make synthetic drugs but you got to be stupid to believe it did not have its share of drunks and addicts. It was not prevalent as today but if you compare any country using the time period you will get the same results.

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          True, most of those so-called moral principles came with christian british colonists now some people think those were part of so-called culture and opium and toddy did found in centuries in south asia including sri lanka so as drugs, prostitution, alcohol , and murders don’t you heared that mass slaughters in sri lankan history, and what happened to ahelepola kumarihami and her family

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        Men flocked front of bars and kasippu pots, are you saying it’s welcome?, low caste women even didn’t wore upper garments before british colonists came to this country is it ok?

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        It is important that teenagers are taught that they are growing up and and will be adults and face all kinds of challenges and dangers.sexual education is taught in many western countries but it is done in a very methodical way. We should not disregard this but look at how it can be done in the context of our own society.

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      babalawathie mudunkotuwa,

      “Srilankens in general are not learnt to be principled. That talk high but they dont know what they are talking about. “

      Do you think the saffron clad Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhist” monks . know what they are talking about? Imbeciles, mean IQ 79, accepts what the monks say, and prostrates to them.

      The imbeciles, do not now that the 3rd Gem of the Triple Gem, Bodhisattvas, were replaced by the monks, to claim that they are the 3rd Gem of the Triple Gem, and made the imbeciles to prostrate to them, and maintain hegemony. During repeated prostrations by the imbeciles, the head being lower than their asses, the brains migrates to their asses.

      So, Buddhism must be reformed to Double Gem, Buddha ( the originator and inventor) and Dhamma, ( the philosophy), and keep the monks aside as servants.

      In the West, they only go for Dhamma, the philosophy, as Buddha is no longer there, and monks are not needed, and are just middlemen. See what reformer Martin Luther said about the Pope and the Catholic Church. No middlemen.

      So, Dhamman Saranam Gachhami, Seek refuge in the Dhamma ( philosophy). The philosopher Aristotle would have liked that.

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    View of the world the reflection is how the monk got sudden guts for such Discriminatory acts roots of exposing the cruel happening today often foreshowed to the world that sri lanka is popular culture as the path to everything contribute to world peace.Will this act be a step the be tracing the history from the world

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    At present situation, Prez. GR is the person who can put the country on the right track. Biggest advantage he has over Sajith is that GR can put a stop to the supremacists without being called a ‘traitor’ by a few sections. We don’t need supremacists, extremists popping up in any community, and all we need is a better country where everyone mingles without a difference. Ordinary people have not yet seen a peaceful, developed SL. Once they get a taste of it, I am sure they won’t go back

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      Fathima,
      that may be a dream.
      Just imagine, how GG goverment handled the issue within their 100 day program and how Rajaakshes do it today.
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      1) How many of the people today 1 st Jan 2020 were able to prepare KIRIATH for the new year ? with all the high prices being made on daily food items ?
      .
      2) Just for their family travels, ballige putha Rajapakshes have been abusing helicopters that cost the state that much but no care about the HIGH PRICE hiks of the food items. They just enjoy all what GOOD GOVERNANCE rule earned during the last 5 years.
      .
      3) At the time, GOOD GOVERANCE govt came into power, RAJAKSHES looters had looted it to the core. Today not being able to bring SO CALLED BANK robberies to invesitagions is connected with the DIRECT involvement of MR goons in that robbery more than Ranil Wickreamsinghes CB issue. Beside, Mr Wickramasinghe just brought that Mahendran as the Governor but he did notinvovle in bank affairs.
      President Sirisena himlsef opened it to the nation by his PUBLIC statement that the losses made by Rajaakshe s rule is 100 time more than that of RW-MS rule
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      4) See why they today just move SNAIL walk is connected with the high loan settlements amounting to 5 billions of US dollars within 2020 – but who made all these if not Mahinda Rajapakshe and his uneducated bunch of thugs as then ministers. They are not ashamed even today to abuse statefunds for their extravaganza life styles. Ballige putha Rajashes should be dismemembered if this nation to raise their head again or not ?
      .
      5) Now Buddhist clergy has U-turned and stand against RAJAPAJSHE mafia network, ,however, I still believe, that a GADAFI style brother-power struggle will cause to punish Mahinda for all the high crimes deliberately made to this nation.

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    Excellent article except for “as a devout Buddhist”. My understanding is that to say devout he must practice Buddhism. Sadly he does not.

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      The way I understand things, a true follower of damma cannot call himself a Buddhist. Or at a milder interpretation, Buddhism is never a tattoo on one’s forehead.

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    Gota has to survive – and leave all his past behind and – and become a man like Gautama, in order to survive in the new role of “saviour of the nation”.
    His brother, as PM will support him. The Mausoleum project and all others have to be left behind, to be hopefully forgotten.
    The best way is to appear to become a disciple of the Gautama – the army, police & judiciary will back him.

    His citizenship is still not clear – but it does not matter, if he can keep the Sangha happy.
    If he ensures equality of all citizens, with all their entitlements, ensure the Rule of Law equally to all, abolish corruption and turn the economy around, people will back him.
    But, the parliamentary elections are due, and will decide his fate and that of the nation.

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    With the recent videos of yet another vicious saffron robed thug, slapping Christians, and behaving like an uncouth barbarian, signs are, considering the treatment of the Muslims, who have had their homes and businesses attacked, and now the targeting of Christians, it seems the minority in Sri Lanka are in for a rough ride. The new president has not shown any signs of uniting the country, and treating the minority fairly. It does not bode well for the safety and security of all minorities.

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      I am born buddhist, if anyone would have slapped on my cheeks, I would hack them to death. I dont care about him being a monk. He has no right to slap anyone. The wording ballige puthas is being used are beyond all ethics and morals. The kind of men to be called as BUDDHIST monks is curse.


      So long racal facist politians would not say anything abou the incident, nothing will work serving justice. Besides, expecting justice under a minister of buddhist affair s- an uethical rascal, is like waiting pigs might fly.

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      Christians already targeted and attacked by jihadists on easter sunday

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    Food is considered most sacred in Islam , no matter to whom you serving .
    Can one imagine just because I wrote a few facts appreciating The President from a view as a Muslim ,they went to.this extend to lash out their hate and especially on a Muslim Man’s food ; what will they do to a Person who is not a Muslim they hate ?
    I am sure there’s a hate campaign going on against some of the few Muslims who are appreciating The President, especially in FB and WhatsApp groups. This need urgent and deep investigation and culprits must be arrested.
    Hope the intelligence will do their part .
    , note.
    The owner had always been pleasant and even todsy he was going on apologising, it’s the waiter .

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      Muslims must not blame opposition to them as racism. part of this is because of Wilpattu encroachment and of course the Easter Sunday massacre.

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    I believe Mr.Gotabaya Rajapakshe , Mr.President is is on a great path in building Sri Lanka , even Muslims supporting LKY were hated then and even considered kafir and enemies of Islam.
    I tell Muslims who are appreciating and supporting the President to continue bravely continue , it’s those in illegal activities who are upset , even if The Muslim numbers are small today no problem , soon The wise Muslim lot will realise and crossover .
    Keep doing your part sincerely without expecting any political favours, but for the sake of the country and to unite the people.
    Crooks do not like peace and unity , they want us to be divided so they can continue. .

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      Fahim,
      you are made to believe – let s say so … right ?
      :
      You and the stupid villagers are made believe for their survival. But time will show you guys it clear as crystal. Once they failed, but the very same looters and hoodwinders to allow ruin it again – is the big mistake done by VERY SAME PEOPLE:

      My only wish to NATURAL FORCES .. is to work on MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE and take the bugger away from our sights sooner than later, so that we can see a better srilanka at least for our youth.

      And Gotabya be charged for all high crimes he has committed under his brother s authoritarian rule.

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    AA,
    You are half correct this time. That is b’cos the racism is among all; not just among Buddhist monks. They all feed from each other. But, I don’t believe that Buddhist monks pose an insurmountable barrier as long as there can be a consent among political leaders on how to proceed on an agreed upon policy. Racism is only of many un-Buddhist like traits among monks. Unfortunately, instead trying to find a common ground, major political parties – MaRa side, in particular – are trying to make a “beggar’s wound” out of it for the simple purpose of winning elections.

    I agree fully with you on the point of direct relationship between economic development & the peace. I see three major barriers standing against ethnic harmony: 1. The lack of any meaningful action plan at the grass-root level where such a discussion and action plans truly needed. The real issue exists at the community level where a small handful individuals – monks included – ignite hatred that later swallow the whole nation. 2. Party politics turning to racism as an easy way to garner votes. 3. Media joining the politics to support their side by fanning racism. The last Prez election was one of the best example where the last two points showed it ugliest head due mainly to the point one.

    Despite much talk about “social democratic” aspect of W G Lukshman’s economics, I doubt whether he ever had a well thought-out action plan to identify true grass-root level barriers that impede economic development at the community level. If there was one, then how did his favorite MaRa regime never stop manipulating racism for political gains? This is a hugely important issue b’cos, as I pointed out in my comment to Nimal Siripala’s CT column on Dec 31, 2019, I strongly believe that the reason for the current Muslim phobia is their recent relative gains in wealth & power.

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      Missing end:
      ……These gains in any community irrespective the race must be viewed as the way forward. Instead of being jealous & suspicious, policy makers & grass-root activist must do is to find ways adopt such success stories communities lagging behind. Unfortunately, racists like Medagoda Abhayatissa are trying to portray such gains in Muslim communities as potential threats to traditional S/B social systems. When these racists are given shelter under MaRa’s political umbrella, it is very unrealistic to have hopes on GoRa’s vision in ethnic reconciliation.

      I also would like to warn Muslim opinion leaders like AA not to confuse matters by putting BBS with other racists monks. I think that Galaboda’s reason to dissolve BBS is the defeat of Jihadism; not the hope that GoRa would destroy Muslim power. As I explained to AA before, I don’t believe that BBS leader sees the eye to eye with Medagoda on the Muslim/S.B conflict. Misidentification of facts itself is a huge impediment to find resolutions.

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    The Sri Lanka Pohattuwe is the equlllent to The Singapore PAP which completely wiped out all other parties .
    Dame like the early days of PAP and LKY .Mr.Gotabaya Along with Pohotuwe will secure 215 seats leaving 10 to good Tamil boys and none to the naughty boys who us cry g in the payment now .
    Cherio Rani kola

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      Fahim you may be dreaming. Within that 69 lacks of voters, tehre are lot more that would not support POHOTOTUWA palahoras.
      So you will see this clearly in the upcoming general election results.

      There are also raped women that would want to get raped again and again, you the kind of CITIZENs may be like that. So that are still the minority.

      The bunch of thugs that are surrounded by GR today are unedcuated ballige puthas.
      They will never get elected in the next election.
      Enough is enough

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    Mr. Ameer Ali: I think the govt democratic govts of Sri lanka should prohibit the civic rights of all those bhikkus. Politics and power sharing never go together. Therefore giving more power will not work. There are no public in the world who say give me power instead of good living conditions and a future to my family. Would Mr. Ali go for power in your naturalized land instead of employment, a house with a swimming pool and happy future for you and your family.
    Muslim or Tamil politicians do not work for their people. They all want good lives for them and their families. Even Sambanthan lives in Colombo -7 even though he is no more the Opposition leader.
    Tamils and Muslims in the North and East did not vote Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Yet he has invited to cooperate with him. I think if he reaches them good living conditions to them, they would go with them. His 100,000 employment to poorest families is a very good reach to poor tamils and muslims. Buddhist temples with the help of well wishers can give food parcels to selected very poor families. They will definitely appreciate it.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali,
    Your thoughts are welcome. Yes economic development and social harmony are the two pillars for the future. Unfortunately, Gota and Mahinda came back to power through the back door. They strengthen the power of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists through the fear strategy. Sinhala masses strongly believed that NGOs destroyed our country, any help from western countries are a threat to Sinhalese, any devolution of power will bring separation and ISIS is on our door step.Development can bring some harmony but that is not enough. You cannot bring development with strict leadership and using military power. Development need investment. Investment need Finance. Finance is not free. Whether it comes from China or USA or India there are conditions you have to accept. Whatever the propaganda you used to strengthen Buddhist Fundamentalism can turn around against to you as well. You accepted the loan given from India. Every one knows that you have agreed to India’s conditions. You can I have not agreed to give more powers to Provinces but there are lots of unknowns to the public. Similarly You are now going to China to get more money from China. Whether you like it or not you have to get it and there is no escape route. You also wanted to not to cancel the US millennium proposals. You can’t escape from USA conditions as well. You can increase salary, free fertiliser and reduce the number of security to you and your gang but you are going to increase the number of security personal and military equipments. More military in the street means more difficult to public freedom and it will have impact on social harmony. You can control people but you can’t control Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism.

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    ALL THESE guys who are now cabinet ministers and state ministers who even have no power even to appoint their wife or mistress to be appointed as private secretary position lying low and awaiting to get nomination in coming general elections.once elected they will show their true faces and fight for cabinet positions and their RIGHTS TO RUN THE GRAVY TRAINS.MAHINDA always allow his ministers catch hallmaaso and he catch all big fishes in the sea of making illegal money.MR.GOTHA THE FORMER GOD FATHER of all money making mafias now trying to be RE-BORN BUDDA and control every body making extra money.before trying to make others good he must if possible not to appoint the following born corrupt leaders as ministers as cabinet or state ministers.
    mrs.abavithra vanniarachchi
    mr.sakili s.b. dissanakake
    mr.dilan (sadu)perera
    mr.makidnanda aluthgamage
    mr.johnston (rose bred)perera
    mr.wimal (double passport)weerawanse
    mr.udaya(pansala abithiya)gamanpulle
    the above guys are some examples.there are lot of new comers for musilm and tamil communities to jump in to GOTHA EXPRESS to make quick bucks.
    BATTICALOA-SAKILI VIYALENDRAN(karumaya amman permission is a must)
    KARUMAYA AMMAN(if given national list appointment)
    BASEER SEGU DAVEED
    HASAN ALLI
    ATHAULLA(madu kaakaa)
    DOGLESS DEVANANDA(mannal kallan)
    if gothapaiya can leave these guys in his administration only he can run his government with out getting bad name

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    Yes, yes, yes….. we have to learn Buddhism from Muslims now. Aney Anichang….

    BTW, Sinhalese trying to survive the onslaught of Tamil and Muslim hegemony is not supremacy. Take a look around – in which ever direction one turns in Colombo, Muslims have taken over. Same in Kandy. There’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t try to dictate to us, otherwise the last of the Sinhalese who are sympathetic towards the Muslims will turn to the other side. We are simply sick and tired of ethnic politics. No more devolution. If you want devolution, go back to Tamilnadu, there the power is devolved to the Tamils. This island is too small to house and maintain the Tamils and the Muslims. And please educate your people on family planning than trying to find fault with the Sinhalese. The Muslim population is only second to the Tamils in having too many children. Also, why don’t you write about Muslim Sharia courts trying run the country than trying to speculate about Buddhist monks? From ancient times, Buddhist monks have been consulted in this country about matters of law, order and rule. You cannot change that. A section of the Sanga will always be consulted in important matters. That is a protection for the people not a threat. Again I tell you, if you are unhappy about the Sangas central role or any other issues here, just get back to Tamilnadu, there are plenty of Tamil Muslims like you there who don’t have to put up with Buddhist monks. Really….. ! Tamils and Muslims are simply aliens here and they do not understand the Sinhalese and they most certainly do not have a heart.

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      Punchi Point
      Punchi Brain
      Punchi Willi

      ” we have to learn Buddhism from Muslims now.”

      The public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala learned Protestant Buddhism (Sinhala/Buddhism) from an American military officer Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and earned loads of money from occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky .

      What is it that preventing you from learning Buddhism from Muslim and your women earning money from Arabs?

      “This island is too small to house and maintain the Tamils and the Muslims. “

      Isn’t it because you have a Punchi Brain, Punchi Willi and suffer from p***s envy?

      “The Muslim population is only second to the Tamils in having too many children. “

      Could you cite census to support your bigoted conclusion.
      If you can’t then don’t bother.

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      Punchi Point, do us a favour and please take that little willy of yours and shake it somewhere else , instead of here

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      A comment without facts, but full of arrogance and hatred. Statistically 8 percent Muslims can NEVER take over the 70 percent Sinhalese, so it is all in your racist brain. Obviously you are no statistician. When there is discrimination, and violence against the minority, there will be anger, resistance, and even extremism. Stop thinking you own this country, when our history shows the minority has a right to live here, has contributed here, has fought for this country, has sacrificed for it, and has every right to be here. This country will never progress without the contributions of the minority, and haters like you with “Punchi” brains who are unable to realize it, and do harm to the country, by having that sh*tty attitude, should leave and maybe live in Tel Aviv or Myanmar.
      Haters are the aliens. Haters who spread venom about the minority are causing irreparable harm to the country, and promoting ethnic violence.
      Shame on you.

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        Shame on you, instead telling us goto another country you should have move to your desert or those 57 countries where you belong, even though some of those lands robbed from us the buddhists like afghanistan, pakistan, bangladesh, maldives, indonesia, malaysia, tajikistan, uzbekistan, kyrgystan, kazakhstan, turkmenistan it’s don’t matter, have a good life there under the sharia, sri lanka government should offer free one way air ticket to those who willing to go and strip their citizenship, if you want sharia or partial sharia like mmda then go, here there will be no sharia or partial sharia,

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    Muttetuwegama Maha Thero came out swinging yesterday to assure us that he gave the Blessings of the Triple Gem and Tied a Pirith Nula on Dr Rajtha not only because Dr Rajitha was critically ill in Lanka Hospital , but also Dr Rajitha is a very decent Man , who never robbed or did any corruption ever in Lnakawe Politics.
    – .
    And Dr Rajitha is believed to be the Politician who has more affection and love for Mr Ammer’s clan than for the Gautama followers.

    Wonder what questionable Part of Nandasena does Mr Ameer refer to here?.

    We all know Prez Nandasena did not do corrupt deals at the Central Bank, Or on our Cancer Drugs, or CT Scanners , Or MRI Machines or Fishing Vessels, Or FDIs ,Or Scanners in Customs.Or the CWE. Or Samurdhi ,

    Nandasean did nor rob the EPF , Or the Samurdhi Funds . Or the ITN Cash Assets ,Or the CWE Assets, Or Public Lands , either in Colombo. Or in Mannar or in Horana.

    So he is clean as a whistle in the Department of Bribery and Corruption.

    Prez Nandasena hasn’t threatened or plotted to kill any or even hang any Opponents in Galle Face Green or in the Srikotha or the Slave Island Office Windows , let alone our lovable political opponents who got done by that 7 Million.
    So I do not think there is any issue there either.

    Prez Nandasena hasn’t staged any Bogus Media Shows to betray the good Image of the Nation.

    Nandasena hasn’t had any Dosh to invest even in a Three Bedroom House in Jambugasmulla let alone the Gregory Place or Paget Road ,Cinnamon Gardens unlike where the previous Yahapalana Rulers are settled in now..

    BTW , I wonder where Mr Ameer’s Muslim Political Leaders, Bathudeen and Rauf Hakeem and even Abdul Rahuman are living after moving out of our Yahapalana Tax payer Funded Government Houses?..

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    Punchi Point
    Punchi Brain
    Punchi Willi

    ” we have to learn Buddhism from Muslims now.”

    The public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala learned Protestant Buddhism (Sinhala/Buddhism) from an American military officer Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and earned loads of money from occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky .

    What is it that preventing you from learning Buddhism from Muslim and your women earning money from Arabs?

    “This island is too small to house and maintain the Tamils and the Muslims. “

    Isn’t it because you have a Punchi Brain, Punchi Willi and suffer from p***s envy?

    “The Muslim population is only second to the Tamils in having too many children. “

    Could you cite census to support your bigoted conclusion.
    If you can’t then don’t bother.

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    Very true You cannot develop an economy that is based on rule by fear and hatred. Only those inducing the fear will benefit. The vijith mags guys will prosper. Others will be left behind. They will be the majority.

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    Let me remind Ameer Ali that:
    • It was ‘Gautama’s villains’ that gave a piece of land to build a mosque in Kandy.
    • It was Gautama’s villains and Sinhala Buddhists that allowed the Muslims who faced slaughter by Portuguese to settle down in Sinhala villages, marry Sinhala women, convert those women to Islam and breed like rabbits.
    • It was Gautama’s villains and Sinhala Buddhists that allowed ‘Para’ Muslims to build mosques all over the country.

    May be Islam religion does not teach to be grateful to those who helped. Instead of been grateful, the Muslim community allowed terrorists to massacre Sinhala and Demala Christians and want to turn this country to an Islam caliphate.
    Sinhala Buddhists now regret for the decision taken by King Senerath to save ‘Para’ ungrateful Muslims from slaughter by Portuguese.

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      Pls tell us what did you learn from Buddha? You are a liar.

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      Well said 👏

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      It is important that teenagers are taught that they are growing up and and will be adults and face all kinds of challenges and dangers.sexual education is taught in many western countries but it is done in a very methodical way. We should not disregard this but look at how it can be done in the context of our own society.

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      so true

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    The days are not far off when President Gotabaya will lament…..

    Save me from my enemies and deliver me from my friends…..

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    the shark rearing gobble of a monster who claims to be a 100% pure vegetarian should be the noble prize winner year after year and this honor should be showed up his ? after he attains nirvana.
    RJ@1. I have a close buddy of mine who was at one a bodyguard to this monster at the back of his Colombo. 7 govt paid for the mansion he with the magnanimous gestures of many a benefactor who under duress had to part with their hard-earned monies to appease to keep this reincarnated devil of a Saturn happy.
    the sharks were fed with many an unsavory victim of his many a white van enterprises who caused many a ripple on the many nipples of the hapless Sri Lankan masses who had no other choice but to live in abject fear pissing in their pants.
    RJ@2. the sad victims were coated with sweet perfumes and fed to the man/woman ravishing breed of sharks.
    RJ@3. came January 8 – 2015, he and his siblings were unceremoniously booted out and for more than 4 and 1/2 annum the citizens of the sorriest planet on the globe are known to one and all as shitty Lanka had absolute freedom of every right. you name it they had it till fateful black Saturn day which fell on the 16th day of November 2019 which was a full moon Saturday.
    RJ@4. being the lord buddha’s full moon day when all the Lankan Buddhists run amok as the globe’s finest lunatics. they on this sad fateful day to democracy gyrating sensuously with a former miss Ceylon now after being kidnapped was at one the time the first lady of this shitty sorry Lanka. some of the misled Christians which included many a catholic who is blindly loyal to this cardinal of a beast also blindly voted for the gobbler.

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    hey beggar, have any Muslim dominated country give at least the minus religious rights for Buddhist who live there. Your are only a mere hypocrite hidden behind mustache.

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