9 August, 2020

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GR Overshadows MR, Cabinet, SLPP & Viyathmaga-Yuthukama Catchers: Perspectives For A Bonapartist Gota Regime

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been winner on four counts out of five in the public relations domain. He has come off champ in the fight against Corona, he is applauded for cracking drug trafficking and clobbering cartels, people approve of his intervention to clean up rotten prisons and he is addicted to monk veneration. (New virus outbreaks and involvement of cops and the STF in the drug trade may tarnish his reputation; let’s see). Where he has slipped is in dealing with the Central Bank but the real reason for that blunder lies deep – the government is facing bleak financial and economic prospects later this year extending across 2021 and maybe into 2022. The adversity is due to corona and a global recession, but the Sri Lankan state too is broke. The electorate however is not tuned in to impending economic bad news  and the plus points are centre stage, therefore Gota is riding high. He is callous to Muslims but the Sinhalese don’t care and the monks love it.

Bonapartism is a term coined to denote a larger than life figure who rises above a shambolic and anarchic scene, pushing aside political organisations, class interests and institutions to restore “order”. Etymologically the term originates with Napoleon who restored stability after a near decade of chaos following the French Revolution; First Consul in 1796 and then Emperor in 1804 basking in glorious victories across Europe. Historically the greatest ‘Bonaparte’ of all was not Napoleon, nor was it Julius who was slain before he made it, but Julius’ grand-nephew Octavius who as the first Roman Emperor took the name Augustus and rose above Senate, haggling patrician factions, disorderly plebeian masses and the army to consolidate absolute power. Many consider Augustus the greatest Roman emperor; he fortified the Empire, spread civilisation and launched celebrated Pax Romana.

Lanka can only caricature Rome or Revolutionary France but there are parallels that create rulers who focus power in themselves. The first parallel is that we face economic ruin (instead of turmoil of war, though we did have one). Second, politics is a disorderly two tribe (gothra) mayhem originating in UNP or SLFP genes; corruption, nepotism and plunder of public funds is rife. Politicians are universally hated; the public is fed-up with parties, leaders and state officials. The minorities resent the military and the police; the country is intensely polarised along racial and religious fissures. This is not much different from that which brewed Bonapartism elsewhere. How often have you heard the refrain “We need a tough Lee Kwan Yue or Kemal Ataturk”, “What’s wrong with dictatorship if it puts the country right” and “Lock up all the bastards and let Gota get on with the job”? This public frame of mind brews dictatorship like yeast matures wine. 

However, the experience of history is that 99% of 20-th and 21-st Century dictators brought only blood, misery and tears. I have illustrated this with data in my 21 June column; they are like Caligula, Nero, Pinochet, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. Greats like Augustus and Napoleon you can count on the fingers of one hand, modern achievers like Lee Kwan Yue and Ataturk on the fingers of the other. The few autocrats who made a mark were unifiers of empire, Europe, city state or nation. Singapore’s Lee is celebrated for unflagging opposition to the politics of race, religion or language. How different unifiers are from exploiters of racial and religious bigotry. Rathana pours venom on anything Muslim stirring up a repeat of Aluthgama or Digana. The authorities do nothing to stop his malicious tirades against Dr Shafi. The Gnanasara outburst at Aluthgama incited riots but the venerable monk continues to snuggle in Gota’s fold. GR, MR and the authorities look away and permit provocation. The parallel of putative GR Bonapartism is with JR’s racism, not with the great unifiers. GR will allow to happen to the Muslims what JR encouraged in 1983 against the Tamils. 

A factor that magnifies the possibility of GR Bonapartism is that neither Ranil nor Sajith can be trusted to block a 20-th Amendment designed to roll back the gains of 19A. It took much struggle, a hard-fought election in 2015 and finessing Sirisena’s gluttony to push 19A through. It is far from perfect due to conflicts within yahapalnaya, but is infinitely better than not having it at all and living with 18A. The government is now seeking a 2/3 majority to roll back to a JR era constitution. The tragedy is that though the electorate will not grant 2/3, neither Ranil nor Sajith can be trusted to block a Bonapartist 20A. Other calculations occupy their minds. Ranil needs to prevent an election or avert prosecution; lacking stature of his own Sajith will seek accommodation and a ladder to climb.

A Bonapartist regime will go down in tears for two reasons. First, if dictatorship, then in short-order there will be economic meltdown. Readers have been exposed to loads of comments on the economy hence few words will do. (i) Debt servicing will reach “I can’t breathe” proportions in Q3/4 2020; survival is contingent on Chinese and Indian largesse, a moratorium on repayment and MCC dollar deposits. (ii) Balance of Payments will remain in the red for very well-known reasons. (iii) The budget will run a substantial deficit since revenue has declined and budgetary expenses risen, both sharply. And (iv) employment is in bad shape but statistics are not available. A dictatorship will aggravate most of this due to domestic resentment and international antipathy.

The Executive is visibly scurrying like a headless chicken, grasping at every straw to avoid default on foreign debt servicing. China, India and the US have us by the balls and pulling in three (!) directions. The upshot is that the regime has no attention span left to think about rebuilding the economy. There are Task Forces galore, including one chaired by Brother Bail, all stuffed with incompetents who can’t plan for toffee. Fundamentals like the role of the State, the scope of planning (dirigisme), how much trust to repose in business and capital to rebuild a post-Corona nation, and devolution of economic decision-making to the regions, especially the North and East, are issues that will be ducked. Chinese and Indian powered industrial zones, balancing against American, European and Japanese direct investments are crucial; expanding exports and redefining relationships with SAARC and other regional economic blocks is imperative. No progress is visible on any of this.

The second reason a Bonapartist regime will go down in tears is conflicts with and in respect of minority issues – give concessions and protection and you are damned by the Sinhalese, don’t and you are cursed by Tamils and Muslims. This’s all depressing, but I don’t want to be distracted from my topic today, authoritarianism. Let’s think six to twelve months ahead – your expectations are as good as mine but this is my column! My assumptions are: (a) An authoritarian executive, (b) an initially pliant parliament, (c) an effete and ineffective UNP (Ranil and Sajith), (d) an isolated and alienated TNA and Tamil parties, and (e) a JVP-NPP parliamentary contingent which at very best will be 15. That’s one part of the balance of power equation. You can paint a different scene – blossoming participatory democracy, blissful minorities, economic splendour, and thence formulate a dissimilar discourse. That’s up to you.

I just said “one part of the balance of power equation”, the other part is a tricky and enigmatic GR+ Executive vs MR+ Parliament+ Cabinet relationship and how this dynamic will unfold. I won’t venture into family relationships since these speculations are laced with gossip and fake news. My point is that even if an SLPP Cabinet and an SLPP majority Parliament behave initially like poodles of a hyperactive Executive, friction will develop. Parliament will be far removed from an Executive dominated by military brass, Viyathmaga hangers on and Yuthukama catchers. In this strange world, Cabinet though technically Executive, will find itself allied with Parliament. We have not seen such a strange Executive-Legislative relationship in Ceylon/Lanka previously; it derives from the nature of the foetal actors in the gestation of GR Bonapartism. The JR process was different both in incubation and maturity; his devotees were party, parliament and business. The SLPP-in-parliament, though scum in the eyes of purists, will seek their leadership in MR; their kind of eating, drinking backslapping fellow who they can relate to and whose protection they need – vide fraud Mahindanada and Stadium Bandula. 

It’s nice to say that if President and Parliament are from the same stable government will be stable (silly pun!) but given the peculiarity of composition of this Executive clique it won’t be a bed of roses. Political logic will trump brotherly love; observe that I am making no reference to family affairs. Hence while we are at a nascent stage in the gestation of GR Bonapartism we will after the election enter a phase when Executive and the Legislature will dispute power despite their origin in the same stable (or sty) and despite the leaders belonging to the same clan. This is because the parliamentary system has deep 70-year-old roots in the country and will not roll over and die without a fight; the fight will be populist in the public domain, greedy and opportunist in the MP realm. 

All this the Bonaparte, the Executive branch, Cabinet-Parliament, and some power sharing arrangement still to take shape, will have to digest and take on board. With power structure jelly-like, Bonapartism half-baked, the vacuous military ignorant of economics, and still wet-behind-the-ear catchers roaming in the presidential court, Lanka’s economic prospects are grim. This is one Achilles’ Heel of infant Bonapartism, but it has a like-heel on the other foot. “Those damnable minorities!” You can have pluralism or you can have a race-drunk saffron-drugged culture, but you can’t have both.

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    In a two third majority scenario, Gotabaya is aiming to get the executive presidency. Once that is achieved he will take full control over the administration and parliament become a place of worship. Once Gota established his power he will continue fot at least another two terms after this term. Now Gota is 70 and he will retire on his 85th. At that point MR is 90. So, Mahinda’s 3rd term dream and Namals hope to become the executive also dream froever. In Total Mahinda’s dream is over. As we all know the economic status is very weak and to overcome that people have to saccrifice and accept the hardships that is inevitable. You need a very strict descipline and the government sector and private sector needs to cut employees and unemployment will sharply rise which inturn create more unrest. Further Gotabaya fully rely on military power, he has only one solution to silence unrest of the people is to bury them as he did in 2009. Now he has given a free hand to Buddhists Monks and how long he is going to continue to allow them to do because their actions against Tamils and Muslims and western nations and Neighbouring India will create an enviornment for unrest and countries are looking for opportunity to invade Sri Lanka.

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      Being a moron who was given political patronage from the blue-shirted Srimavo Banda’s SLFP to get into the killing of the innocents sad sorry shitty Lankan army he with rigged O/L examination results was able to by force his uncouth unsavoury way as an officer cadet where I am reliably informed that he did bugger all but being drunk for most hours of the day and night…
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      Then in 1989, he after bum-sucking he was placed as the OIC to combat the JVP insurrection being in charge of the Matale area.
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      Whilst there he used his toy pistol to kill in cold blood his own kind of Sinhalese misguided youngsters he saw to the mass killing of these poor living as beggars by executive them when they were pleading for the sparing of their sad lives.
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      When he was assigned to fight the then almighty LTTE he came and came in his amude using his ahimsa always frightened-looking innocent lass of a wife was able to escape to the USA where was gainfully employed as a petrol pump attendant cum cleaner till he came back to his homeland where in the coming till today he’s responsible for many an unsavoury pandu bandu of murdering criminal acts.

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      What does it say about those voting for him? They don’t care which way this country is heading, that Democracy is being eroded and we are on the path of becoming a authoritarian government. They want clean streets again.

      They have dismissed the white vans, Lasantha being brutally assassinated by those now free to once again kill for the Rajapaksa’s, and given top appointments, journalists being threatened and silenced, the massive corruption, and criminal charges against the present “leader” of this country magically vanishing, civilians being killed when they protested for clean water, and the racist attacks on the minorities, and are willing and eager to give these same scoundrels powers again.

      Insanity (stupidity) Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results.

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        Mr Ashan
        Where were you in 1983 and 1989?

        Soma

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    whether they (gotha-mahinda)like it or not there will be two power center which will fight to take upper hand.there are some catchers who will try to please gotha and mahinda.it will be smooth riding for a short period.the big mouth catchers like JOHNSTON,MAHINDANANDA,WIMALAYA,GONPULLE,RATHARAN,PRSANA RANATHUNGA will not be able to balance both ways for a long time.they will try to break free if they can not find any loophole and ways to make money if GOTHA really put pressure on them after august 5th.MAHINDA will be all out to make sure for a stable political future for NAMAL during the period of next period.since his HEALTH IS NOT GOOD AS STATED BY ROSITHA IN KURUNAGALA ,THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT MAHIND WILL TRY TO MAKE NAMAL AS NEXT PRIME MINISTER HALF WAY THROUGH OR EVEN BEFORE AFTER AUGUST 5TH.it is from hear the new developments will start.there are other old catchers like DINESH,NIMAL SRIPALA AND few others.up to now there are very cool.any thing can happen in politics .any body can eat hoppers WITH MAHINDA AND PULL HIS LEG UNDER THE TABLE LIKE MY3.MORE THAN 90%OF SLPP MPS will not be able to sleep well if they are not allowed to make good money in any way.

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    Dear Prof. KD,
    thank you so much as usual !
    This was his plan from the day one. How could he be aware of democracy so long him being infected with millitary mind set. There are good candidates that as former millitary men have governed states but GR would not belong to that category. Just making a fake public perception for his election people were misled by two private TV channels – by name TV Derana and TV Hiru. This they did two years before the last PE. This was their hidden plan. Today both TV channels are blacklisted by a growing number of people in this country. However, I dont think our people would do their job properly. As indian rationalist, Prof. Kovur then articulated it,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._T._Kovoor
    that our people being caught by mythos being spread by BUDDHGAMA ( which is not practising true teachings of lord buddha) would not grasp the facts and figures easily.

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    Prof Kumar :
    I have deliberately mixed the sequence of the names randomly… Caligula, ,Rathana,, Nero, RW, Pinochet, Sajit, Hitler, Gota, Mussolini,Gnasara, Stalin, Napolean, Mahinda,

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      Rajash

      ……. ………………………………………..Ivan the Terrible, Ra Ra Rasputin, Idi, ………………… Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan, Pol Pot, Abimael Guzmán, Saddamed, …….
      Yuvaraj Baby Doc Namal Rajapaksa, …

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    Prof. Kumar says he is skipping the Royal Family matter in this analysis. Rest is pretty agreeable. But the million Rs question is how important the family affairs in South Asian Politics? Can it be ignored in an analysis of Lankawe politics? We know Don Stephen downplayed Sir John, JR, SWRD and promoted Dudley. That is not the important one. But Sir Jon, Don Stephen, SWRD all were related within them. SRWD first broke up from UNP. Then John threatened to brake away. It did not end there. When Dudley was prime minister, he had Sirimavo appointed Gopalawa as Governor General, but did not give a change to Sir John, his cousin. Lankawe political family nepotism and its family feuds are as old as its democracy. After that, with in the families, there were not much feud until Chandrika became the President. This made, later, Anura to go to JR. This Royal family had many stories. It was said Son Princes draw their gun on Younger Uncle Prince. The new war is between King and Old King. Old King never allowed in this time King to stand for election in any electorate. NCM, Local Council Election, Coup time …..he made sure King would be out of the country. King was deprived of a membership in Slap Party. There was good chance King getting the Chairmanship of SLFP. But Old King has already prevented it.

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    KD,
    What have Demala and Muslim minorities have done to bring stability to this country?
    They brought only:
    Instability
    Violence
    Terrorism

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      Kalla Thoni EE,
      Do you think over seven decades this land ruled by Muslims and Tamils or Kallathoni’s DS Senanayakes, SWRDs, JR Jeyawardena’s, and Rajapakse’s?

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      Eagle Eye, Demala and Muslim minorities tried to match the Instability, Violence, and Terrorism unleashed by the Sinhalayo brothers but could not replicate their degree, depth and ferocity. Poor imitators, indeed!

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        Eager-less P…..?
        What a silly statement to make as to what the Muslims and the Tamils have done for the motherland.
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        Till 1956, the minorities especially were running the administrative aspects efficiently.
        The Moors kept the wheels of commerce ticking along.
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        After 1956 when the modayas took over by force the once economically in the black nation has been going downhill on reverse gear and is now the worlds best biggest Lord Buddha’s own begging bowl carrying beggar colony.
        Efficiency and laziness to do an honest few seconds of work are at its rampant highest for the last 64 years.
        =
        Being about to score an aged 100 you might and should gracefully retire from getting so many dislikes whereby you have now become the national joker outside the pack, being called old Mr Udurawana of Kandy fame.
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        Stop acting in this petty jokers role and think of that wonderful Demala meenachi who has been able to hold you in sanity and made you live a long life in absolute bliss.

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        Don’t fall into EE’s trap of racism.

        If ethnic groups blame each other the winner will be Rajapaksas. This is a trap.

        Steer clear. Keep your racism under wraps else another 2009 will happen. Guess who will be celebrating.

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        Nathan,
        Vellala Tamils (Demala) in Yapanaya brought:
        • Federalism (by Chelvanayakam in 1949)
        • Separatism (through Vadukoddai Resolution by Chelvanayakam and Amirthalingham in 1976)
        • Terrorism using Dalits (The financing, internationalising, propagandising, were all done by the Vellala Tamils, taking cover in safe havens in the West. The non-Vellala Prabhakaran and his gang merely carried out the killing, torturing, persecuting and the general don key work for the Vellalas who were manipulating the Vadukoddai agenda in the background.)

        and created instability in Sri Lanka.

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      Eager-less P….y.?
      Being in your advance demented senile age of 89, why don’t you being one of the globe’s best lead puss-wedilla petty Klu Klux clan racist about to invade Saturn’s hell of an empire at any moment retire gracefully when the goings good for you.?
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      Being the soul bed-mate of a decent Tamil thangachi you have become an never to be an unrivalled exponent in multicultural multilingual and multiracial fornication but you are always criticising the Demala Tamils and the Muslim minorities.?
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      I have classified you as a grandeur HYPOCRITE who daily eats crumbs laid out from an adoring Tamil damsel but never appreciate the all-round qualities of the said person and the said race.
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      You have never had the balls to reply to any of my 150% out of 100% facts.
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      Come on, be a man not an after 8.00pm in the dark Bullers Road hanger-on.?

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “They brought only: Instability Violence Terrorism”

      You mean it is the Demela Gene among the Sinhalese causing all these political madness?

      Let us see who these Demelas are,

      D S Senanayake – a Nayakar descendant of South India
      Pandaranayakam – a Nayakar descendant of South India
      J R – A Chettiar descendant of South India
      Dutta Gamani – a Nayakar descendant of South India
      ….

      Rajapaksas – …… Perhaps pirates of the Malacca Strait, descendants of Malay Mercenaries, ……… British Lackies, …

      Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa – South Indian
      Rohana Wijeweera – a Karava Revolutionary/General according to karava.org therefore he is also a descendant of South India.

      Who else do you think we should include in your list?

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      Eagle Eye – demented man@
      .
      You have the audacity to raise this question -? I am very ashamed to read your kind of comments, yet after 30 long year war, destroye dthis country and its minorities livelyhoods more than that of the majority people.

      Not long ago, in the aftermath of EASTER SUNDAY BOMB DISASTER- there were sinhala mob groups and their leaders inflicted riots in several cities inthe country. Madhumadahwa, Sarath WEERASEKARA and the like were the master mind for example the riots set in colombo suburbs. – there MUSLIM leaders stay without taking the revenge. Was that not the action for the stablitiy of the country ?
      :
      Muslims, Tamils and any other minorities are also srialankens, and they have the same rights that you EE and I as sinhala race enjoy. If anyone was born to this land should have the same rights not to restrict to the books but in practical life.

      EE, please grow up and try to see it right before your last breath is shed.

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    Gota was advised by a Buddhist monk to become the next Hitler. He just follows that advice.

    Please translate to Sinhala language and give wide publicity. Otherwise there is no impact.

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      What/ No impact?
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      Even after claiming hora degrees from two American Ivy League unis and using countless avatars?
      +
      What a pity!
      _
      Isn’t it time the cad found a job, rather than living on micro finance pin bath?

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      Gatam,
      .
      Ironically, the very same buddhistmonks call him to be a spineless person.
      :
      See, now almost everything is in the state of gallimaufry. Now people would see it right, the situation under MS-RW was not that bad.
      :
      Today, almost everything is in chaos. Nothing is achieved or fullfilled sofar. Already 8 months gone.

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        Ironically, the very same buddhist monks callhim today a spineless person.

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    After fifty years of politics, all that MR wants is to put his feet up on a hansiputuwa, read, and take naps. But Shiranthi is hell bent on making Namal the president, so MR will probably die on his feet. The struggles within the Rajapakse tribe will be interesting to behold.

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      Sarath P,
      .
      I had an eppphany – that is… no matter they the vicious Rajaakshes would do whatever they could twist the gaping mindset of them, divine forces would not stay silent forever.
      :
      I heard Rajaskehs sons enjoy untouchable wealth today, while destitute people in UVA and very many corners of the country struggle for some drinking water.

      Their appartments cost the state, over 1000 millions or so.. as some politicians reveal it today, But no records for their inherited family wealth over the decades. How come these bugger sons be blessed with such amounts of wealth as of today, .. these men are provable blood thirsty suckers of the poor man – poor man are the majority and they have more in the collection of TAX PAYERs funds. But they dont have proper and enough knowledge that those funds are their assets.

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    Am I in cuckoo land or in a dreamworld.?
    I just read that this now esteemed story writer is a contestant at this much talked about the upcoming general election for the JVP alliance.?
    If so, what on earth does he gain by singing unnecessary untrue plaudit about a mass hysterical killer of a kallathoni president?
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    He has forgotten what a ripple the coronavirus-19 is having on the daily livelihood of the daily wage earning poorest of them an ordinary citizen of this penury poverty-stricken all NO nation.
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    My research also confirms that the everything is in a NO citizen is now plainly sick of the political games being played by the various contenders and as according to my reliable sources how can you expect one to vote on an in a deep state of hunger.?
    If you were in this status quo, what will be more important -?
    Providing all the daily meagre basic needs for your good self and your family –
    or to cast a vote under duress for an horu boru corrupt mentally broken individual.?
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    If one I was forced to undergo this type of pleasurable trauma I will look for the basic requisites for mine and those dear to me.

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    President Gotabhaya appears to be the only crowd puller in SLPP. The reason is his leadership in tackling Covid-19, Drug menace and revitalizing the sleepy public sector. I had a need to contact the Central Bank two days ago and found that hardly anyone bothered to answer the telephone. Hence, his stern words to the Central Bankers is justified.

    He certainly faces the Herculean task of steering the Covid affected economy with an acute balance of payments crisis. Unfortunately his Cabinet colleagues appear to be unaware of it. Unless there is strict control of all new capital expenditure proposals, fully funded by low cost funds, the country credit rating will move from bad to worse. It is regrettable that the vital Light Rail project funded by low cost Japanese funds is being shelved, perhaps because it was initiated by the previous government.

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    Bonapartism ( Executive residency) is a must for Sri Lanka. Parliamentary democracy has failed for last 70 year. Why do people repeatedly expect decency from parliamentary system which is going to be filled up with corrupt people or people who will get corrupted with their position in the parliament.
    Executive president can use his or her power without bending to wheeler dealers to put action into work. Work can be done quickly.
    As long as presidency is limited to two terms for one person and he is elected by people and people has power to not to elect him again if he is not serving well what is all the fuss.
    people and all pundits need growing up.

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      Jack,
      Executive presidency is in this country since 1978. It is more than 40 years. First you should know little bit of Srilanka before telling bulshit facts. Let us know why the executive President failed in 2005 to 2015?

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    Old King nasty never cooperates with anybody. He will not change that in time too. He did that to China and was taught appropriate lesson. He keeps with him Mervyn, SB Dissanayake, Champika, Thero de Silva like guys who works both ways simultaneously. Old wants 2/3 to change the constitution in his way. This will put him more odd with IC. This will become more burdens on economy & will affect the ability of King in managing it. King will not sleep without maneuvering something to topple another one. King caused everything he that needed to force him to resign from government 2 years earlier, last time. His last four years were filled with murders, looting, raped, arson…. Politically IC had convicted 42 criminals with OISL. More and more left the country as refugees and ME Coolies. Many sank in the coast of Australia hoping to get a place to work. One can easily embezzle China loan moneys but being Lee Kwan is not that easy.
    King had showed as good shepherd in Colombo beautification. But, yet have to show his capacity as strategist.
    From 1948 country has been trained to vote for free Biriyani. Chinese and Koreans built Korea and Singapore. So without proper people, Korea or Singapore is not possible in Lankawe.

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    Prof. Kumar David

    “Political logic will trump brotherly love; observe that I am making no reference to family affairs.”

    Exactly. The chances are that MR, being the seasoned Politician he is, has ALREADY figured out the Direction the younger Bro, GR, is moving in, and has Already Planned his Counter moves in which he has the Full support of the rest of the Family.

    “Hence while we are at a nascent stage in the gestation of GR Bonapartism we will after the election enter a phase when Executive and the Legislature will dispute power despite their origin in the same stable (or sty) and despite the leaders belonging to the same clan.”

    Again, don’t you think that GR would have already been Notified of MR’s counter moves which will take GR nowhere should he try any (mis)adventures? Shouldn’t GR know his limits, which should prevent any Public confrontation between the Executive and Legislature?

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    What people wish is what they get in return. They deserve it.

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    Evil Eagle, what have Rajapaksas done to the minority to bring stability to this country ???
    Instability,violence ,Rajapaksas sponsored terrorism (white van, kidnap,political murders),division, hatred,insecurity, fear,military rule —etc —-etc.

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