16 May, 2022

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Government Strategy For Next Phase

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The multiplicity of problems facing the government and the country and to which solutions are nowhere in sight, is undermining the government’s credibility. Renewing its electoral mandate seems to be a strategy that the government is contemplating. The mandate obtained by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the presidential election was seen as paving the way for a new era in disciplined and development-oriented governance. There were high expectations from him. The massive election victory that the government obtained, both at the presidential and general elections appeared to clear the decks for sweeping change. The president’s military background and successful track record as Defense Secretary, gave people the confidence in change that would benefit the country.  But today it is seen that hardly anything has changed. Corruption is rife and, worse still, the government is not in a problem solving mode.

Corruption becomes an especial source of resentment when it is extracted from a shrinking pie. Most of the population is feeling the consequences of the economic crisis which the government has been unable, or unwilling, to mitigate. The burden has fallen disproportionately on the poorer sections of the population. This is giving rise to an upsurge in trade union sentiment in favor of strike action. It is natural that the trade unions would wish to obtain pay hikes for their members to restore their lost purchasing power. There is soaring inflation caused by the government’s policy of printing money to pay its local commitments. At the same time, the government’s bid to control the price of dollars and to repay sovereign debt has led to an acute shortage of dollars which makes imports more expensive and difficult to obtain. Dr Nishan de Mel of Verite Research has proposed a five point plan for saving Sri Lanka from its debt trap that the government needs to consider.

Compounding the economic problem is the international pressure that has been brought to bear on the government, which can also have major economic consequences that add to the country’s foreign exchange difficulties and to the people’s impoverishment. The most significant of these is the EU’s threat to discontinue its GSP Plus tariff privilege which enables exports from Sri Lanka to gain tax-free access to European markets. The forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva needs to be taken seriously by the government and people on this account. The report to be submitted by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights detailing Sri Lanka’s human rights performance over the past year and the observations of member states is likely to have an impact on the EU decision with regard to the continuation of the tariff privilege.

Indian Pressure

With both international economic and political debts to repay, and with domestic dissatisfaction on the rise, the government’s strategy appears to be to go for elections to regain its eroding political mandate. A similar strategy was followed in the period 2010-15 when the government in its previous incarnation held elections regularly and almost on a yearly basis which demonstrated its popularity and demoralized its political opponents. The government’s public rally that took place in Anuradhapura last week was conducted in a manner that indicates a possible snap election. The rally was attended by the president, prime minister and finance minister who constitute the triumvirate of the ruling family. Their speeches were made in campaign style. The President claimed that local and foreign forces were working together to prevent the journey of the government as they had done to topple the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government when the latter was president.

The media reported that this was the first in a series of campaign rallies organised by the ruling SLPP aimed at future elections. The state media predicted that the most likely was the local government elections whereas private media aligned to the government speculated that it would be a general election. According to the 20th Amendment the president can dissolve parliament after two and a half years of parliament’s term. However, the dissolution of parliament so soon is unlikely as the ruling party has a near 2/3 majority by itself and two and a half years remaining of their term of office. Although its alliance partners are in frequent disagreement with it on some matters, they invariably vote alongside the ruling party on all matters and show no real desire to quit the government and lose their ministerial portfolios.

There is pressure on the government to conduct provincial council elections from both the Tamil parties and India which appears to have taken on the role of lender of last resort. This is a role more usually played by the IMF to which the government has a strong aversion to, at this time at least.  India has taken on the role of taking care of the country’s short term fuel and food deficits in addition to providing large loan facilities to enable the government to tide over its foreign exchange crisis.  However, this can only be a short term solution as no country can go on depending on another’s largesse to provide for its consumption as a long term proposition. India itself has a lot of poor people to look after. India’s longer term support would also be contingent on Sri Lanka’s willingness to resolve the problem with the Tamil people within the country. That would be helpful to the Indian government in its own bid to win over Tamil Nadu state in the interests of India’s own larger unity.

Provincial Elections

Provincial elections are overdue by over three to four years depending on the province. There is a need to first amend the election law which was the reason given by the previous government for not holding the provincial council elections. However, it was widely believed that the previous government did not wish to subject itself to the test of provincial elections when they fell due. The present government too has a problem in going for provincial elections. There is a strong sentiment among the Sinhala nationalist sections who support the government that the provincial council system should be abolished. They see the new constitution being drafted by an expert committee as providing the opportunity for this. An announcement of provincial elections at this time would be seen as undermining this prospect of getting rid of the provincial councils through the constitutional reform process and erode the government’s support base.

In these circumstances, the most likely target for elections would be the local government elections. The terms of the local governments was extended last year till March this year. The government’s presence at the local level will be much stronger than that of the opposition due to its ability to channel state resources to the people. The government recently announced a 40-billion-rupee compensation scheme for farmers hit by fertilizer ban. It also announced a 229 billion rupee relief package targeting government servants and pensioners. When this money flows into the local communities, the electorate may be willing to give the government its support in the anticipation that the country will soon be taking the turn to sustainable growth.

Even though provincial elections may not take place at the current juncture the government needs to consider them for the next phase. Elections to these bodies are necessary as the provincial council system is the best way to bring the ethnic and religious minorities into the mainstream of governance through established state mechanisms. Not just India, but other international actors have endorsed provincial council elections. The resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council in March last year and which will be taken up later this month was backed by 22 member countries. It called upon Sri Lanka to “fulfil its commitments on the devolution of political authority, which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of its population, and encouraging the Government to respect local governance, including through the holding of elections for provincial councils, and to ensure that all provincial councils, including the northern and eastern provincial councils, are able to operate effectively, in accordance with the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.”  Reconciliation in the longer term both within the country and with the international community will depend on a fair and meaningful power sharing solution.

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    Mr Jehan Perera,

    For once in your life, go and get a real job man! ……….. Like the millions of Lankans who do honest jobs.

    You guys are even worse than the parasitic politicians and religious-leaders ………. corrupt to the core!

    You sanitize, legitimize and enable these unreformable, unrepentant, shameless and openly blatant looters, murders and serial-killers.

    You are not stupid enough not to know that the crap you write won’t have an iota of effect/influence ……….. but yet keep on writing and pretending to the NGOs ………. for their $s.

    Man, I feel like puking when I encounter your types …….. wonder which is thicker: your skin or your skull.

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      Nimal Fernando, you are 100% correct, every nationality we find the traitors and haters of the motherland. Sri Lanka (Heladive) 74.9% Sinhalese Aryans,Tamils 11.2%, Indian Tamils 4.2%, Moors 9.2% , others 0.5% according to CIA report

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        Did the CIA report state Chingkalla Aryan? No one is now called an Aryan, especially in western nations, after what the Nazis did. Chingkallams are definitely not Aryans, especially you, and Sri Lankan Muslims are definitely not Moors. Both people are Dravidians of largely Indian Thamizh ancestry.

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            N. Pererass

            Brilliant.
            Thanks.

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        The problem lies not with the politicians but with humans who elevate race religion to God.
        If we want to be proud as a nation should we not at least be independent without borrowing from every neighbours we criticise?
        If we claimed to be Aryans should we not take a blood test freely available nowadays or take an Aryan name and be accepted in Aryan climes on the other side of the caucuses ?
        I have medium skintone,no blue eyes no blond hair, and would fail the scapula test,(how about you?) so a true tropical man, I have have nothing to prove.
        In this warm part of the globe we claim we fully belong and see “strangers” in our midst Even if true, should we not help them with compassion?
        We even called the only near Aryans Lansiya for their authentic blue eyes !

        Please don’t call me a traitor just because I don’t see your reasoning .I may be a fool but I think the president is trying to develop the people economically as a way out amidst the mess so far created.
        On the global scale are we North,south,migrants , religious, secular, Dharmic, compassionate, autocratic ,democratic, vehemently east or West, or just glorifying one while migrating to settle in the other, or are we just simply confused

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      If I have a picture framing business, I would hire a good artist to draw elegant border, insert this paragraph in that, do a expensive ebony or golden frame work and hang it in front of my shop.
      I wonder if the 6.9 Modayas were smart, then Jehan PhD like Sinhala Intellectual(the Viyathmahas) would have been sincere to their hearts.

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      Look at the picture of the display closely.
      :
      Nisshanka Senadhipathi (AVANGARDE -money laun- the condom support of GOTABAYA is also sitting there, why should the bugger be that close to this man ?

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        leelagemalli

        They are all in it together.

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    Jean
    Your Sinahal Buddhist fundamentalism is showing up. Was he successful defence Secretary or a Thug..
    Anybody could have won a war by carpet bombing indiscriminately using cluster bombs and chemicals weapins and killing journalists like prageeth who exposed it.
    Starving raping and killing own innocent citizens is regarded by you as success.
    I ashamed to call myself Sinhala person, while you are preaching for peace seems to enjoy the ill gotten success and on side robbing the country of billions.
    damn shame on you

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    What “STRATEGY” anymore? Nothing. The “MESS” “Rajapakses”, especially under the “Gotabahaya” system of “Government by Iron Fist” in terms of “20A”, created during the last two years in office cannot be corrected and far beyond any repairs. The irony is, “GR & Co,” continues to make matters worse day by day without even realizing the need for a “Change”. Look at and take stock of the day-to-day incidents of violation of “Human Rights and Freedoms” of the people even at a time of UNHRC sessions to begin. Yesterday, “GR” in reference to the strikes that have sparked off in the Health sectors, confirmed what his lackey “Thisskutty,” said: “Don’t attack them, but people will take care of it”. Then the Minister of Justice (a supposed to be a prominent Legal Luminary) said: “Make strikes illegal by making provisions in the Constitution. This President completely lacks control of his “Tongue”. He himself doesn’t know to “Discipline” his speech and live an “Exemplary” life fitting to be a President of a country. So what of any “Strategy” for such a “Leader” to lead a country?

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    Jehan,
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    Thanks for speaking out more clearly than you were wont to recently. We are all hoping that some sort of election (properly conducted! There now is nobody like Prof. Jeevan Hoole around to cry foul.) will be held soon, so that the Rajapaksas understand how much they are now hated. However, that is in the realm of conjecture.
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    We are all affected by (quoting you) “the consequences of the economic crisis which the government has been unable, or unwilling, to mitigate.” I’m even wondering whether it is members of the government themselves who are now feeding the “Pettah blackmarket” with Dollars. I don’t know enough about Economics to maintain such a charge.
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    We need straight talking, in Sinhala, by knowledgeable people like Dr W.A. Wijewardena. All those who can understand, MUST listen to this full half hour which has come on a few hours ago.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXJVDYS2mB0
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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      Most Lankans are close to starvation, but a handful probably never had it so good. Their prescription for the poor is bread and circuses.
      .
      https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Sri-Lanka-eyes-Justin-Langer-to-replace-Mickey-Arthur/108-231193
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      It’s not only the cricket circus, but we’re so much stuck with the colonial mindset that we can only think of whites from so-called First World Countries as our cricket coaches. Possibly our players, too, will not take orders from fellow browns.
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      Have there ever been full aboriginals who played cricket for Australia? If there were, and one of them was brought in as our coach, would he command respect?
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      That query is quite apart from asking what sort of remuneration these guys are going to get, and in what currency. I understand that the black-market rate for the US Dollar is now Rs 270/=. If our coach is paid entirely in Dollars, he will, presumably have day to day expenses to be paid for in rupees. Will he sell some of his dollars in the Pettah to get his Lankan rupees.
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      Anything is possible with the Rajapaksas running the country.

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    Dear Jehan
    What is the strategy.??
    Am I missing the point? Can see your stated current status . What is the way forward .What the game plan for the government to overcome your stated issues.?. We know your hands are tied; in that you can only air the general situation prevailing in the country and
    not propose solutions. To have peace in the society there should remain a semblance of normality.

    Elections, what about it.?Are they going to go for the long awaited local elections. If so when, every wants to know. The lollies comes first one presumes , so that the stupid electrorate will vote the incumbent. Is that the trick in the bag or the govt’s strategy? .
    What’s the point in all rhetoric and nil substance.

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    All Provincial Councils, including N&E, aptly proved that they were useless, burdensome and corrupt. Therefore, they should be abolished.
    For decades, Tamil politicians played a mind-blowing word game hurling terms such as; Tamil Eelam, autonomy, devolution of power, etc. Currently, the most saleable words are reconciliation and power sharing!!!
    Let’s see the true facts!
    Tamil Party Representation in Sri Lanka Parliament:-
    1970 Parliament – 16 Tamil MPs/151 total seats (10.6%)
    1977 – 19/168 (11.3%)
    1989 – 23/225 (10.2%)
    1994 – 17/225 (7.5%)
    2000 – 13/225 (5.8%)
    2004 – 24/225 (10.7%)
    2010 – 14/225 (6.2%)
    2015 – 17/225 (7.5%)
    2020 – 16/225 (7.1%)
    In addition to the above number of Tamil MPs directly representing Tamil political parties, there are Tamil MPs in other political parties, too. For example; there are 29 Tamil MPs constituting 12.9% of the total representation in the current Parliament, adequately representing Colombo-Negombo Tamils, Hill Country Tamils, N&E Tamils and seperataist Tamils.
    If the international community isn’t clueless, they can clearly see that the power is fully, fairly and quite fittingly shared in Parliament which in turn proves that there is reconciliation at all levels!!!!

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      The international community is cluey but not you. You conveniently left out the fact that at the time of independence the toral Thamizh population on the island was 26-28% ( Indigenous Eezham Thamizh and Indian origin). Now within 70 years of so-called independence reduced to 15.4%. Chingkalla population was 66% now increased to 75% and the Thamizh Muslims who love to call themselves as Moors from around 6% to 9.20%. How come? Did the Thamizh all commit mass suicide? Yes, the birth rate amongst the Eezham Thamizh is very low, however, it is still not below replacement level. The reason is deliberate planned structural genocide and ethnic cleansing of the island’s Thamizh population by the Sri Lankan state from the time of independence. The country may have gone to the dogs but this planned ethnic cleansing of structural genocide of the Thamizh has been very successful.

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        PandiKutti
        Your census statistics are misleading. This is the truth.
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        Before Independence:
        In 1911, Indian Tamils 12.9% and Ceylon Tamils 12.8%
        In 1921, Indian Tamils 13.4% and Ceylon Tamils 11.5%;
        In 1931, Indian Tamils 15.2% and Ceylon Tamils 11.3%
        In 1946, Indian Tamils 11.7% and Ceylon Tamils 11.0
        .
        After Independence:
        In 1953, Indian Tamils 12.0% and Ceylon Tamils 10.9%
        In 1963, Indian Tamils 10.6 and Ceylon Tamils 11.0%
        In 1971, Indian Tamils 11.6% and Ceylon Tamils 11.2%
        In 1981, Ceylon Tamils 12.7% and Indian Tamils 5.5% (The decrease of Indian Tamils was due to repatriation under the Indo-Ceylon Pact.)
        1991-census not conducted
        2001-census was incomplete
        In 2012, Ceylon Tamils 11.1% and Indian Tamils 4.1%
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        You say, Quote: “The reason is ‘deliberate planned structural genocide’ and ethnic cleansing’ of the island’s Thamizh population by the Sri Lankan state from the time of independence. The country may have gone to the dogs but this ‘planned ethnic cleansing of structural genocide of the Thamizh’ has been very successful.” Unquote.
        Do you know why the international community believes your lies of Tamil genocide? Because they are clueless!

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        Pandi Kutti
        For decades, the international community was misled by Tamils with their lies and fake history.
        Even your comment is full of misinformation.
        I don’t know who these ‘Eezham Thamizh’ were.
        According to colonial records, first, there were Mohammedians a.k.a Malabaris.
        Then, from 1901, Mohammedians were divided into two categories; Ceylon Tamils and Tamil Muslims or Muslim Tamils.
        Then, from 1911, Ceylon Tamils were ‘subdivided’ into two categories; Indian Tamils and Ceylon Tamils.
        In summary, there were three categories of Tamils; 1. Indian Tamils (Hill country Tamils) 2. Ceylon Tamils 3. Muslim Tamils or Tamil Muslims or Mohammedians or Muslims.
        Then, post-independence, Ceylon Tamils were further divided into four ‘sub-subcategories’ (by themselves), namely; Jaffna Tamils, Batticaloa Tamils, Colombo Tamils and Negombo Tamils.
        Altogether, there are 6 categories of Tamils living in Sri Lanka whose traditions/customs/lifestyles vary from each other, namely;
        1. Jaffna Tamils (Northern Tamils)
        2. Batticaloa Tamils (Eastern Tamils)
        3. Colombo Tamils
        4. Negombo Tamils
        5. Indian Tamils (Hill country Tamils)
        6. Muslim Tamils (Tamil speaking Muslims)
        I hope the international community will eventually realize the sheer absurdity of their suggestion of power sharing between the majority Sinhalese and ultra-minority groups of Tamils!!!!

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          Yes deliberately trying to divide and rule the Thamizh, a common policy started by the British and continued by the Chingkallams. Similarly, there are lots of categories of Chingkallams too.
          By religion
          1) Buddhist Chingkallams
          2) Protestan Chingkallams
          3) Catholic Chingkallams
          By region
          1) Kandyan Chingkallams who think they are the real and superior Chingkallams, especially their upper castes, who ironically are largely of South Indian Thamizh ancestry
          2) Low country Chingkallams.
          3) Southern Chingkallams
          4) West coast Chingkallam from south of Colombo
          5) Negombo/Chilaw/Puttalam Chingkallams all very recently converted to the Chingkallam identity from Thamizh but for still Thamizh is the home language, for many of these so-called Chingkallams. Many of them have opportunistically run to the west, especially to Australia claiming to be Thamizh fleeing Chingkalla persecution, just like the Muslims.
          By caste
          1) Govigamma Chingkallams
          2) Karawa Chingkallams
          3) Salagama Chingkallams
          4) Durawa Chingkallams and many others

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            Other than the Govigamma the rest are all descended from immigrants from South India, again largely Thamizh who were imported into the island during the Portuguese Dutch era to do menial work and now make up half the so-called Chingkalla Aryan( sic ) population. Even half the so-called Govigamma like the Pandaranaickams, Thampi Mudaliyar Jayawardene, are of South Indian Thamih origin. You can see from the family names dead giveaway. Pilli( Pillai) Mudali( Mudaliar) Hetti( Chetty) Arachchi( Arachchiyar) Koon/Kone( Konar/’Kone) Tunga/Thungan, Sekara/Sekaran, Banda/Bandara/Pandaran. The list goes on.
            Just look how they vote on caste region and religious lines and read all the marriage columns to realize how divided the Chingkallams are by region, caste, and religion. The Asgiriya and Malwatte chapters will on ordain upper-caste Chingkallams and the lower castes like the Karawa, Salagama, Durawa, etc had to start their own orders Amarapura again divided along caste lines. No Chingkalla leader can be from a low caste. Premadasa was an aberration and was bumped off and the blame conveniently laid on the LTTE. Yet they talk about the Thamizh and try to divide them but being in power try to hide and cement all their regional, religious, and caste differences.

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              A generation ago Rodiya and Berewa ( Drum beaters descended from the Thamizh Pariyar who beat the Parai or Para Mela. Berewa and Bera and Pariyan and Parai) were treated as outcasts and their women were not allowed to wear bloused. Shall we continue or had enough?

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            PandiKutti
            The British didn’t divide Tamils. It was your own Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam who was entrusted to carry out 1901 census divided Mohammedian-Malabaris into Ceylon Tamils and Muslim Tamils. The difference between Ceylon Tamils and Indian Tamils was made in the 1911 census again. Then, after independence, it is Tamil scholars who are responsible for the division of Ceylon Tamils into various other groups.
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            Before the arrival of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, ALL SINHALESE were propertied and self-employed in the plantation/cultivation sector, craft sector and service sector. They didn’t work under anybody. The Sinhalese caste system was introduced by the Dutch and the British. The Sinhalese Buddhist landowners who were planters/cultivators were categorized as Govigama, while craftsmen and servicemen were categorized based on their occupation. Like my paternal great-grand mother & grandmother, a large number of Sinhalese Buddhist women were self-employed planters. Before the arrival of the Portuguese, all Sinhalese were Buddhists. The Buddhists who were subjected to forced conversions under Portuguese rule were later on unfairly categorized as low caste.

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              Not going to wast time with an out and out Chingkalla racist

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        Pandi Kutti,
        “The country may have gone to the dogs but this planned ethnic cleansing of structural genocide of the Thamizh has been very successful.”

        There was no planned ethnic cleansing of structural genocide of the Thamizh by indigenous Sinhala Buddhists who accommodated them in their country. But there was a planned ethnic cleansing of structural genocide of Sinhala Buddhists by separatist Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians in Yapanaya who declared war against the Sinhala Nation and outsources killing Sinhala Buddhists to Dalits in Yapanaya.

        What happened to Sinhalayo who lived in Yapanaya? Massacred by Tamils. Now there are hardly any Sinhalayo in Yapanaya. Prabhakaran continued with the massacring Sinhala Buddhist campaign started by Dravida invaders in 3rd Century BC.

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      Champa your figures are totally correct. Go to CIA report, 74.9 % Sinhalese Aryans in Sri Lanka (75 years back, 86% Sinhalese), 11.2% Tamils, Moors 9.2%, Indian Tamils 4.2% others 0.5%. In Malaysia 57.3% Malays, 22.9% Chinese, 6.6% Indians and Indian Tamils 08% others. All these reports from CIA

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        Everybody read the CIA report.
        Most people need food so skip the blood test.
        While N.Prera keeps on dreaming !!

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      Champa

      “For example; there are 29 Tamil MPs constituting 12.9% of the total representation in the current Parliament,…..”

      Will you please let us have a list of these MPs’ names, respective electorate and party name?

      “All Provincial Councils, including N&E, aptly proved that they were useless, burdensome and corrupt. Therefore, they should be abolished.”

      Recently you yourself admitted the government is corrupt. Why don’t we abolish the government, state, ……?

      What evidence do you have to indict North East provincial council for corruption. Are you saying both Councils are corrupt because both are run by Non – Sinhala/Buddhists and the Tamils have 12.9% representation in the parliament.

      What could the Tamils buy with their 12.9% representation?

      Are you alright?

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        Naative Vedda
        Your comment confirms that you are not the original Native Vedda, but an imposter.
        How do you find how many pupils are enrolled in a school? Your answer have the clue to find out all the details of 29 Tamil MPs mentioned in my first comment.

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      Champa
      TNA represents only Hindu Christian community in Jaffna.
      They have been using various permutations and combinations of ‘Tamils’, Tamil People , Tamil Speaking People ,Tamil Nation, Ealam Tamils, Eazam Tamils etc. etc, only to bamboozle India and International Community.
      A political solution is sought for only Hindu Christian community in Jaffna- India should understand that.
      They want to keep Eastern province under their jackboot – India should understand that.

      Soma

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        soma
        Yes, it is what it looks like. But, the TNA is only a puppet in the hands of India. It is India which makes all the seperatist demands through the TNA.

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      Champa,
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      Sake of accurarcy, please add your links for your above comment. You cant just add your thoughts arbitorily.

      As SM makes is very clear, we are close to starvation, but you the kind of ill fated women to hang on the sinhala racism further ? Ethiopia is the best example, that nationalists and their thoughts did not bring anything but since they change their attitutdes only their economies turned out to be flourished today. Ethiopia under current leaders are doing a great job making them bieng the leads among sound economic growths in africa today.

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    Corruption is how the Rajapkshes maintain power. Mahinda invented Corruption as a tool to propagate himself. With no corruption the Rajapkshes loose power since all the crafty undeducated asses that support him will stop doing so if they are caught and their schemes of piledging are halted. Similarly all the thugs and hoodlums will withdraw their support if patronage is withdrawn. Electing the Rajapkshes means ushering in terrible forms of corruption in every single sphere thereby ruining Sri Lanka from top to bottom. That is the lesson the voters have to learn the hard way by experiencing all the hardships they are now having to face. The president is a class A moron. He created the problems he is now facing. He has absolutely no experience or track record of running a anything. Even his stint as SOD has been mostly unremarkable but falsely portrayed other wise. The only feasible next phase is for this imbecile to step down and go back to his home country. Let the Yakkos pick up the pieces of a shattered mess he has made and attempt to repair this nation. It is high time the entire country rises up and makes this demand.

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      Thiha,
      “Mahinda invented Corruption as a tool to propagate himself.”

      This is what the ‘Regime Change’ mafia kept on repeating to brainwash the voters during 2015 election campaign but those dong keys could not prove a single case of corruption during their rule from 2015-2019. Those guys who charged Rajapakshes for corruption eventually robbed the Central Bank not once but twice and allowed the main culprit to escape. Another culprit is now wearing tie and coat and sitting in the Parliament.

      The guy who told about 18 billion US Dollars failed to find where that money is hidden. Few guys went to Dubai to bring that money and had a great time over there and returned empty handed. Now the guy who told this story has gone to hell to see whether he can find that money there.

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        (Part I)
        “The guy who told about 18 billion US Dollars failed to find where that money is hidden”?
        Really?? Are you kidding??
        After re-election in 2019, emboldened and with failing health, made a famous trip with close family to Rome.
        All were amused as to why a sworn and avowed Buddhist should go to Rome of all places in this world and ‘not passing thru’ whilst on some other mission??
        Enlightenment dawned only a while after, that a publicly undeclared trip to a ‘Principality of St. Martin’ was undertaken whilst in Rome!!!
        That principality is famed for illegal investors and money laundering too. Other reasons for visit too.
        Failing health and concern for the, ‘futures’ and continuity of the estate in the family!!!
        Incidentally, one may recall, that immediately prior to, and the ‘eve’ of the 2015 January elections, a visit of similar character was undertaken similarly, under the pretext of “OBTAINING THE BLESSING OF THE POPE”, along with the others in tow.
        Whether, it was a trip to lock up safely the loot, is not known, as the trip itinerary was top secret, as was the case Pre-2015!!

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        (Part II)
        Well future, leaders may have to research and find it, because the ‘Criminals are always ahead of the detectives’ and IT HAS NOW BEEN DECLARED AS NOT IN DUBAI.
        Dubai was most probably used as the changeover or Transit point to Destination “St. Martin”!!
        Certainly, not as ultimate destination.
        ‘Dubai’ being Dubai will not be the “best money haven” without very good connections to St. Martin and Panama!!
        Who Knows?? God only Knows!! The famous saying of former CJ!!

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      The term corruption and crimes are just synonyms for “Rajapakshes” produced by DA Rajapkshes those todays.
      .
      If anyone would oppose me, please come with constructive arguments. THey would do any lowlevel hoodwinking the people guillible nature again and again.

      After figthing a war went on to 3 decades sons of bitchs have the audacity to repeat that it is not a war against minorities.

      We the majority should be very ashamed to have allowed sons of bitchs produced by DA Rajapakshes to allow represent us.
      :
      What should more happen people to comprehend this ?

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    “Reconciliation in the longer term both within the country and with the international community will depend on a fair and meaningful power sharing solution.”

    As usual JP starts with economic problems and ends with power sharing.
    There was meaningful power sharing after Ranil W. handed over almost one third of the country to 11% Ts but separatist Ts rejected that and went on massacring Sinhala Buddhists to achieve their objective of creating a separate State as mentioned in Vaddukkodai Resolution that contains a manufactured history of Sinhale to justify their demand for a separate State. By so doing, separatist Ts rejected the Unitary State, 13th Amendment, Provincial Councils and power sharing. Once they rejected ‘meaningful power sharing’ as a peaceful solution to end Tamil terrorism, the Government of Sri Lanka had no other choice other than to launch a military operation and eliminate separatists who violated the Constitution of Sri Lanka. So, JP again talking about a ‘meaningful power sharing’ that was rejected by Tamils is a joke!

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      Eagle,
      You have no idea of what is a constitution or a law. A came in 1987 long after war was declared for Separate state in 1976. 13A is ruling by nasty, dirty, senseless, merciless puppets like Jeevan Thiyagarajah or Rapist Army commander, Chandra Siri or Tamil Buddhists Ragavan, or Karuna’s friend Mrs.Charles……… No where in the 13A said that the Tamils elected reps can take a decision and do anything. There is nowhere said an election to PC has to be conducted to elect a rep. “By so doing, separatist Ts rejected the Unitary State, 13th Amendment, Provincial Councils and power sharing. “ Yes Tamils rejected all those. But by doing that, if you say that Tamils rejected, ‘meaningful power sharing’ you don’t the meaning of wht is “Meaningful”

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    Jehan,
    “The president’s military background and successful track record as Defense Secretary”

    This is propaganda, much beneath your dignity to spread. What is so successful about killing almost 100,000 Tamils?

    Anyone prepared to kill civilians and scorch the earth could have ended the war. It is just that most sane commanders till then thought it was wrong or that the repercussions would be terrible.

    I believe the international opprobrium and the economic crisis we are facing as a nation are because of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. I see no heroism in what he did. We became barbarians under him. You too by calling his war effort a success!

    Let’s please hear no more about success at the war. It was a disaster for Sri Lankans, especially Tamils. Your calling it a success is to encourage such future barbarous executions of the innocent. There is no heroism in it.

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      Jaffna Man,
      “I see no heroism in what he did.”

      Those who faced a humiliating defeat and suffering from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’ will never appreciate what the party that defeated them did. Is eliminating Tamil terrorists who were branded as the deadliest terrorists in the world by FBI and those who bragged that they cannot be defeated militarily and massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades not heroism?

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        You seem to trust FBI assessment now when it suits you well.

        The childish Sinhala/Buddhists need to hype its enemy’s ability to terrorise them, in order to cultivate sympathetic audience, justify its own state sponsored terrorism, stockpiling huge quantities of armaments, security equipment, …. and show its stupid population that the state was fighting a formidable enemy, hence people were hoodwinked by the government, … hidden its own corruption ,,….

        The clan needed cover.
        Formidable enemy LTTE provided one.

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    The so called ‘ethnic problem’ in Sri Lanka is a minor issue between Malabar Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya who became the most privileged group in Sinhale and lost their privileged status earned by scratching the back of British and indigenous Sinhalayo oppressed by British with the support from Malabar Vellala Tamils who introduced certain changes after they became an Independent Nation blown out of proportion. The Malabar Vellala Tamils drummed up losing their privileged status as discrimination against Tamils and marginalization of Tamils. The changes introduced by Sinhalayo after Independence had no negative effect on vast majority of Tamils who were marginalized and oppressed by Malabar Vellala Tamils. So, highlighting Malabar Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya losing their privileged status as an ‘ETHNIC PROBLEM’, ‘TAMIL PROBLEM’, ‘NATIONAL QUESTION’ or ‘MINORITY PROBLEM’ is a big joke.

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      Eagle,
      “The so called ‘ethnic problem’ in Sri Lanka is a minor issue”
      You’re right for once. The real issue is the economic disaster brought on by fighting a war with borrowed money.
      Prabhakaran is dead, but you have to admit he, not Gota, won the war.

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        Eagle Eye or the like would never see it right.
        :
        The kind of slaves misunderstood the profile of GOTABAYA aka Mandasena (Now not even Nandsena).
        .
        Post turtle is the best term to describe GOTA s fate
        .
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_turtle

        Now the very same stupid people should keep him on the floor level.


        Not a single simple issue is now settled by sons of bitches through MEDMULANISM.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4u0jR0goIE

        Pani Dhammika s younger brother is dead by COVID, but not a single man in Medamulana cave is yet caught by any kind of life losses.

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        old codger,
        “The real issue is the economic disaster brought on by fighting a war with borrowed money.”

        It was Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians in Yapanaya who declared war by passing Vaddukkodai Resolution that contains a manufactured history of Sinhale to justify their claim for a separate State and outsourced fighting to Dalits in Yapanaya. So, Tamils as well as Muslims who promoted terrorism should take the responsibility for the economic crisis. Indigenous Sinhala Buddhists have to go through hell because they accommodated these people in their country.

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          “POLITICIANS in Yapanaya who DECLARED WAR by PASSING VADDUKKODAI RESOLUTION” (1976)
          So, the deduction is that 1956 and 1958 (Emergency ’58) came about after 1976???
          What a cynic and ‘B Sh____r’?
          This is the “low down propaganda”, one can resort to, in this world, propped by those people elected by 6.9 million, who conveniently, did not remember history for 5 years.
          How will they remember, what happened 55 years???!
          They seem to remember only up to 45 years ago!!! Or are they young ‘Fiddlers’, born 45 years ago??
          “Thoththa Babbo”!!!
          All the while, casting doubts (nay blaming) others of manufacturing facts, fooling all and sundry born thereafter, (who constitute the majority of eligible SL voters) whilst they are at best in that foray!!!!!!!
          They are not playing politics with the ‘racist card’ to their advantage, but playing “Pandu”!!!
          “Nero Playing the Fiddle, whilst Rome was on Fire”!!
          HLDM Nero is at it with abandon!
          Alternatively, as the years have progressed, and ageing sets in some may have discovered 1956 and 1958 were occurrences after 1976!!!!!!!!!
          TRUE FOR SOME THE SUN RISES ON THE WEST!!!! IS IT????

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          EE,
          “The real issue is the economic disaster brought on by fighting a war with borrowed money.”
          Wish to tender a small amendment,
          “The real issue is the economic disaster brought on by commercial loans from international market with high interest, PREDOMINANTLY from Chinese origin for, SELF-EGOISTIC AND AGGRANDISEMENT, ‘DEVELOPMENT WORK’, POST WAR, WITHOUT PROPER ROI study conducted by independent authority and inflated Bill of Quantities (BoQ) for all projects and ‘OTHER INVESTMENTS’ (D A RAJAPAKSE MONUMENT ETC.) SINCE 2006.”
          Most of the borrowings are 2008 to 2014 and after that to upplement repayment of these 2008 to 2014 loan and Interest payments!!!
          Mostly the crisis started, after the war ended in first half of 2009!!!
          Are you trying to suggest that R Bros Inc., BORROWED POST WAR, CLAIMING IT AS WAR EXPENSES, TO LINE THEIR POCKETS????
          Some can’t wake up and see sunlight, blinded by the previous night’s work, WITHOUT MENTIONING WAR EXPENSES!
          NOT FOUND IN MAHINDA CHINTAHNAYA!!!
          Not to mention that things not said therein didn’t happen!!!
          Like for instance, WHITE VAN ABDUCTIONS AND TORTURE!!!

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          “So, Tamils as well as Muslims who promoted terrorism should take the responsibility for the economic crisis.”

          Who promoted state sponsored terrorism against ordinary innocent people from 1970 to date?

          Who terrorise this island in April/May 1971 and between 1987 and 1990?
          Do you consider Wijeweera, Somawansa, Wimal Sangilige Weerawansa, ….. being Malabar Vellala Tamil politicians in Yapanaya?

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        old codger

        “The real issue is the economic disaster brought on by fighting a war with borrowed money.”

        Was it true Hindia gave £2 Billion to Sri Lanka to buy food, medicine, etc between 2007 and 2010? Has Sri Lanka repaid the Hindians or the loan has been written off being grant?

        I wonder whether both Single handed surgeon general and Kamala used part of the Hindian donation(?) to buy their uniforms. By the way surgeon general and Kamala are rarely seen in the public, walking on red carpet.
        Do you know why?

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          Native,
          “Was it true Hindia gave £2 Billion to Sri Lanka to buy food, medicine, etc between 2007 and 2010? Has Sri Lanka repaid the Hindians?”
          According to reliable sources, Cabral printed Indian Rupees and sent them via Uganda.

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            old codger

            “According to reliable sources, Cabral printed Indian Rupees and sent them via Uganda.”

            Not North Korea?

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      Why should it further be named as” so called ethnic issue”- would Medamulananism ever be possible/ if there were no such hatreds and divisions in this country? .🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃
      .
      We just walk on circles by leaving space real criminals be our leaders.🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕 I have no doubt if CBK led humanized politics continued/ we would nt become number one ” debt trap to Chinese monsters”.😶😶😶😶
      Today we are led by street wankers that would nt be good enough to become Gramasewakas/ self proclaimed weerayas for the gallery.
      .
      Consequences are clear/ not COVID but lack of vision of former pimps went hidden in the US are to be blame for the current fall in Economy and everything in this country today.
      .
      😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌😌

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    Rajapakse Family does not care about law & order, Justice, the constitution, or even the Parliament or the cabinet of ministers. They think that they are the kings of the country and can do what they like. All they want is to steal money and make Namal the next President. Unfortunately, there is a dispute on Namal’s matter within the family. He has no character, education (copied law exam), or even capability to be the head of the country. If he becomes the President we will have a new set of young thugs who will become ministers and will rob four times more than the present Rajapakse family.

    When Gota became the President, although I hated his actions during the war, I thought having lived in the USA he would have shed his village thug mentality and become a civilized honest person who will turn the corrupt country around. That did not happen. Under him, the family and friends of the royal family started robbing again. Today most of the economic issues the people are facing are due to Gota’s family and family friends such as GLP, Cabraal, Mahinda, Namal, Shashindra, and other sidekicks robbing the country and telling lies to the people, and cheating the international community with lies. In which country a payment would be made for a shipment of rejected fertilizer?

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    Gota did not win any war himself. Indian RAW helped sri lanka win the war by providing intelligence including re arms shipments and now regret it as sri lanka is becoming a china colony which is a threat to india.

    Anyway me for one and I am sure thare are many others laugh and jeer what has become of the sinhala beggars that have to borrow money USD $500 milion plus from Bangladesh which when created Henry Kissinger said will be the basket case of the world. Now it is beggar sinhala country which is a basket case and beggar case

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    I wish this writer will wake up from his induced slumber and read some of the comments by readers and attempt to understand their disappointment. This writer appears to live on another planet as he understates burning issues in Sri Lanka as mere trifles. Better luck next time, huh..

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      Dear LP,
      .
      he has been like that from the day one.
      .
      The kind of srilanken so called self -proclaimed made it worst.
      :
      The best example is DJ or the like men yet today to play the violine pleasing some hidden men.
      :
      I believe this they have in their blood.
      :
      Now entire world is realizing RAJAPAKSHES are even worst than appeared to be. Now few more weeks to go with next UNHRC session, it will be clear to the nation, that our nation would love to see it beyond, but criminals produced by DA Rajapakshes dont seem to do it happening.
      People die today by starvation, not being able to focus on their 3 meals. Weeks ahead it iwll be clearer …. now they have stopped talking about Ethiopia buut would start adding our ISLAND nation to the list of the groups of poor countries.

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    I can’t see anything wrong what the guy is saying – the country is going down badly, the regime is bluffing the farmers and retirees, the country is to be separated into other countries that India is going to oversee all. He is warning us all this time.

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      ramona mother therese fernando

      “…… the country is going down badly …..”

      Since February 1948.

      Is it true Modi is planning to visit Jaffna straight from New Delhi using Jaffna Palaly airport?
      Is he going to declare that North East will be merged with Tamil Nadu and the rest will remain as Hindia’s Sinhala state of Hindia?

      If true as a true authentic Sinhala/Buddhist what can you do?

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    Jehan, Why so servile to the West, is it the funding?!
    The best thing that could happen is the END of GSP and its plus /minus facility and EU colonial control of Sri Lanka’s Underwear and Tourism dependent Service Economy and servile business community. Fake captains of Industry!
    Foreign aid, particularly EU and Japanese, are what Economists call Dutch Disease”.

    Sri Lanka has been manufacturing underwear for and massaging White tourists for too long and needs to transfer technology, INDUSTRIALIZE its economy by value addition, TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY and utilization of its valuable Minerals and Ocean Sea bed, Coastal and Fisheries resources that are being looted by EU – Particularly Germany, France and Japan.
    These same Fake Development Donors are looting Sri Lanka’s valuable Rare Earth Minerals and Rare Earth Elements – particularly Germany and Suiss is looting Lanka’s valuable Graphite and Zircon. France and Spain the Fisheries and Japan is the biggest looter of them all – from Coastal seabed minerals to Fisheries, while selling back Lanka’s looted Fish as “humanitarian aid”! What a joke these so called Donors are. Also forcing Pfizer injections on natives of their post/colonies to kill them!

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