22 June, 2018

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Have We Divested Ourselves Of Any Pretence To Civilized Behaviour?

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

The title of this piece is in no way intended to be simply provocative but poses a question that is more than legitimate in a nation that, all protestations of a cultural heritage going back a few thousand years aside, has become, as one wag proclaimed it, “The armpit of southern Asia!”

The temptation to say, “I told you so” is great and is one I will not ignore.

I am not the only person writing for the electronic and print media that has consistently decried our slide into amorality and unprincipled and simply opportunistic behaviour.  However, that does not preclude me from harking back to the fact that some of us at least have insisted that good governance can only exist where morality, ethics and principles guide our political institutions and functions.

The fact that all the mainline political parties, bar perhaps the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, have only sought to rationalize their behaviour doesn’t make it okay or even permissible. A Sri Lankan as close to the late Lasantha Wickrematunge as he could possibly be, responded to my query in an obvious context by saying that Ranil Wickremesinghe saw nothing wrong with the very close business and personal association of one of his right hand men with the Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR1) regime. This was at the time that the MR1 regime ruled the roost and the UNP was, supposedly, mounting a principled opposition to it. It should be noted that that “right hand man” has achieved even more importance as a member of the inner cabal within Ranil’s current Cabinet.

I had more than a passing acquaintance, as a senior member of the Kandy Sports Club, one whose association with that organization goes back to the ‘fifties’ of the last century, of the kind of coziness between the MR1 Regime and prominent UNPers.  I have, even today, a CD provided to me by the single most powerful member of the Kandy Sports Club which provides ample evidence of the mayhem that was visited upon the (working class) Kandy supporters by Namal Rajapaksa’s personal security and some of the hundreds of navy personnel, transported to Kandy at state expense in buses that also carried the poles that were used as assault weapons. Subsequent to the Rajapaksa “supporters” hospitalizing several dozen Kandy fans after the Navy team, containing all three of the Rajapaksa progeny, had lost a rugby game at Nittawela, I was delegated to write the official complaint to the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union on behalf of the Club.

To cut a long story short, the letter “disappeared” after the draft was sent to the Club’s office for signature of the President and onward transmission to the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union. On a subsequent occasion, when a letter did reach the self-same SLRFU after an Air Force player discharged an assault weapon on the field of play, hitting the broadcast booth at Nittawela, and we collected the spent cartridge casing as evidence, the complaint was never so much as acknowledged. The only reference to it came from one of the Rajapaksa stooges at the Rugby Football Union who, long afterwards, made passing reference to the incident in the most dismissive of comments to the print media. I expect that further comment is hardly necessary save to challenge anyone to point out a similar incident in the annals of rugby football at any time in its history, anywhere in the world!

The foregoing is simply proof, if proof be needed, of the collaboration of the forces of darkness and those that claimed to be one of “sweetness and light” that emerged after the Presidential and General elections of 2015.

What we are seeing in the racist carnage of recent days and, probably, more to follow, is the result of political opportunism at its highest level.  The MR1 and the MR2 coalitions are two peas in a pod.  The fact that those who’ve orchestrated the anti-Muslim mayhem have succeeded, one more time, in reducing our political discourse to the gutter has only been possible because of the “politics of accommodation,” to put a respectable name to it, between MRs 1 and 2.

The worst of it is that after the total destruction of democracy and communal amity in this country, those responsible for the hell on earth that will be our lot will walk away, continuing to collaborate on the continuing rape and pillage of Sri Lanka or, in the absence of anything to pillage, enjoy their stolen wealth in some salubrious foreign clime, preferably one that welcomes laundered money.

In their public utterances the broad mass of political movers and shakers don’t seem, any longer, to even indulge in the traditional hypocrisies about law and order, honour, fairness etc. etc.

The practice of hypocrisy has been much reviled over the centuries and deservedly so.  However, the fact that it is an accusation that is leveled in countries with a tradition of civilized behaviour is deserving of more than cursory examination.

A hypocrite is one who pretends to a higher standard in the eternal verities while acting in contravention of them and what they stand for. However, the positive side of the practice of hypocrisy is the clear admission that the standards in question are the right ones and those that are required to ensure the very survival of civilization as we know it.

I would reiterate that both the MR2 and MR1 are indistinguishable one from the other in the matter of ethics, principles and morality. For the mistaken belief that one or the other is fit to govern us we are going to be paying the steepest of prices.

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    Mr. Pooten: Do you have a long enough Warga Paramaparawa to comment about the Sinhala civilization. Sinhalza people were above the political wrds of Morality and ethics. We were invaded and dominated by European colonials. so our behaviour is mostly colonial. WE do not have given up the sub-servient mentality. Still people are badgering us thingds that we did not do. They are consistently pracitisng Nekkhamma. Now some people are practising VANDE MATHARAM for the guitar. Anyway, Mahinda Rajapakse was pubnished by losing the election. It is not proper still to live on what happened in the past. What is bearing of these new events on the present ORumiththa govt existence and popularity. why you are trying to turn the story around and bring up something compltely unrelated. Ir is Ranil and the gang who was trying to backstab Maithripala Sirisena and tried to win and, things, for some reason, went pretty bad.

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      Jim softy:
      It is said that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” A total lack thereof provides the idiocies that you spout.
      History is about FACT and what the politicians of this country have done and are doing is just that. FACT. Painful it might be for the likes of you, but there is no getting beyond those FACTS.

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        MR. Pooten. YOu Talk but do not explain what you talk to those with little knowledge. Look cruel or it is something else ? What I understood was, you say that I like to keep Ranil and I do not like Rajapakses at all.

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        Mr. EVP,
        “Have We Divested Ourselves Of Any Pretence To Civilized Behaviour?” you ask?
        Depends on what kind of civilization you refer to. If it is Sinhala Buddhist civilization, no we haven’t.
        If it is normal human civilization, yes we have.

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      Jim Softly,

      If we cannot accept the past, we have no hope for the future.

      Reformation starts from the day of acceptance of wrong. The longer we remember the events that were wrong and obnoxious, the lesser the chance of them being repeated.

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        To be born and bred Sri Lankan is to grow up appreciating the rich tapestry that is us – many shades and many faiths living in harmony. Sadly to live so long to see that tapestry shredded by evil men, especially those in saffron, is an abiding curse. So much for an ‘ancient civilisation’.

        Barbarians like Jim Softy and his/her ilk, only make it worse.

        Apil malla!

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      Is this valour? ……….young men going and attacking women and children cowering with fear in their homes?

      These are good at attacking defenceless women and children but prior to 2009 would have run away at the mere mention of “Tigers!”

      I had an old retired uncle who at the height of the Tigers’ mayhem was driving near the fort railway station ……..he was stopped for traffic and didn’t have the doors locked……….all of a sudden a whole lot of young guys came running and got into his car and was beseeching him to take them away from there …………..the reason!……….a rumour that the Tigers were about to attack or had put a bomb……….to hell with “women, children and the infirm first”………..these were the young and the fit who could run the fastest and get to his car first! …………he was an old-school gent who just went and dropped them off in a safe place………..

      If the moronic Sinhala-Buddhists and their instigators have any smarts…………they will see the danger if they extend this to the Tamils……….this time there is no Prabakaran to save them………it’ll surely lead to some form of independence for the Tamils courtesy of India………….

      I for one, will be envious of the Tamils……………as a Sinhalese I have no escape from this crap……….

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      Jim you been drinking too much Kool- Aid your rantings becoming incoherent no doubt you can blame the European colonial’s for this trait just like every thing else. Sure you certainly have not been able to shake off your subservient mentality.
      I don’t like to point the obvious but Sri Lankans are still lining up to get in to the West by hook or crook. I guess it must be the subservient mentality trying to get close to the masters.
      I’m not a great believer Corrupt organization TPI and take their utterings with grain of salt but not every thing they say is falls. Look at the map of corruption indicator they put out.
      One more thing the photo of MR. enjoying backyard game of rugby in pajama shorts with his family a game foist upon Sri Lanka by British Colonial’s with a smile instead of playing GUDU in a sarong go some way to prove some in Sri Lanka are still beholding to colonial subservient mentality like you..

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      Jim Softy,

      A bit rich isn’t it this ‘We were invaded and dominated by European colonials’ lark. After all WE ‘Sinhalese’ hordes ourselves did the first bit of invading to over run the peaceful tree-huggers who were fortunate to cling to this bit of mother earth when it fell off Gwondawanaland.

      The Blessed One is supposed to have entrusted his noble message to Sri Lanka, and unworthily we have ‘dropped the ball’ in the way that we have continued to persecute our fellow men and women.

      As long as we have the Jim Softy’s and the evil men in saffron, our future looks grim.

      How much more can Mother Lanka endure?

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    There is a joint political agenda or election platform of all the Sinhala Political parties to put the minorities under check regardless of who is in power.

    If you read carefully between the lines of the articles/messages/uttering of MR/RW/My3 and racist political commentators since the riots , there is a common thread.

    We will not compromise on Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka agenda.
    All minorities must toe their line in accordance with this agenda.
    We will not condemn or arrest any one in yellow robe , even if he is a well know thug.
    From time to time there will be riots – but that is to put the minorities in check.
    The collateral is worth the price to preserve the Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist supremacy.
    The throat slitting gesture and the reaction to that by all Sinhala political party is another example

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      Throat Cutting and RAP: Rajash, Rajash, Rajash, you do not seem to know anything about Sri Lankan history or throat cutting gestures. If you knew the first, you will know about Siri Sangabo. He was the pious King who later inspired the first Rap song in the world, which the Americans stole from us. If you are interested, please listen to ‘Siri Sanga Bodhi Maligavedi Den – —“ on U-tube.

      Siri Sangabo was in my opinion the most pious King to have rule Lanka and was a true Buddhist. All this piousness went against him, because your ancestors from Chola invaded us. They usually go for soft targets even now. Siri Sangabo hated violence and went in to hiding. The Cholas went on a rampage of killing innocent people while searching for their main target.

      Siri Sangabo, could not stand the violence anymore and cut his own neck carefully and gave it to the Cholas. What Lt. Priyanka’s throat cutting gesture symbolized was the Metta version of the TC (Throat Cutting) invented by Siri Snagabo. The difference is in the multiple cuts rather than the one cut used by Jihadi John, a hero of mine. Why multi cuts, you may ask? The answer is Siri Sangabo cut his full neck while Jihadi John went for the jugular only. The message of peace that Priyanka was trying to convey to the Global Terrorist Forum (GTF) crowd via his multi stroke TC gesture was ‘Please Go away guys, I will gladly cut my head and give it to you if you just go away and not tarnish the reputation of our country.’ It was a message of peace and harmony full of Metta to the GTF guys. But then it was like pearls before the swine.

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    Are you concerned about any nastry outcomes if Rajapakses come again. Anyway, Rajapakse was punished for what they did. Now, Orumiththa govt has done far more than what Rajapakses did.

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    Gutsy!

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    If the new Government kept the promises and the priorities and went after the Political crooks of the former Regime, they would not be in this mess today. It’s a pity that the President got to work with the most unpopular Politician within and outside the Parliament as the Prime minister of the Country.

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    Nice reading you after some time, just do not waste your time trying to raise the dead, this is a failed state, period.
    Just think how pathetic we are when we have only suspected murderers and swindlers to promote as future presidents of this country which is wallowing in debt and credibility. Feel so very sorry for a whole lot of very good people in this country, but that is fate and the grim reality.

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    Was M.R. first pubnished then punished?

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    Have We Divested Ourselves Of Any Pretence To Civilized Behaviour? You may have, We have n’t. Occupying others’ land is not civilised behaviour as far as we know!

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    Mr Poorten’ s Dad read him Nursery books and Mom sang nursery Rhymes every night about all the good things about Amsterdam, while baby Poorten fell asleep.
    While Thadi Menike’s sons were lying on Mud and Dung mixed kitchen floor, screaming and crying until they fell a sleep while the parents were forcing Koththamalli down their throats.
    So obviously one can’t expect Thadi Menikss and Podimenikas progeny to to talk and walk like Poortens.
    And attend Kandy Sports Club to drink Red Label and brag about the their hobnobs in Politics and their adventures.
    The day when Podimenikas and Thadimenikas also feed Cow & Gate and sing Nursery Rhymes to their kiddies too, Mr Poorten and his mates have to accept the fact that there are two classes of civilization.
    BTW after the Yahapalanaya kicked in Dr Ranil’s Civilization have set the Bar even higher, with his Yahapalana Boys and Girls moving into Luxury Condos and sipping Black Label and Cocktails.

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    Poorten,Poorten, what a hooten. Few aliens understand or appreciate Sinhala culture or civilisation. I suppose Poorten would hail the US as a civilised society where people pullout automatic rifles and shoot down defenceless children.
    Or is US civilisation so great that they destroyed an ancient civilisation in Iragjustto get hold of their oil reserves. The same US is now advising this govt on good governance. Why rake up a story of Kandy Sports Club when the mayhem created by Yahapalana goes un abated.? Why don’t you talk about World war 1 k. Or the slaughter of the Sinhalese at the Uva rebellion 1818 where every single male over 18yearsof age was hunted down,.their women raped, their fields set on fire. That is effing British civilisation.

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    Will attempt to answer Emil van der Poorten’s concern ~ “Have We Divested Ourselves Of Any Pretence To Civilized Behaviour?”
    ‘Civilized behaviour’ is relative. How the outside world see us matters. Outside world often look at the behaviour of our leaders.
    How have the leaders reacted to the present crisis yet again faced by Lankan Muslims? The obvious thing to do to deescalate the tense situation is for the main players MR & MS/RW to jointly say on TV for example that the infertility additive rumour is a canard. Clearly MR & MS/RW do not want to touch this. Why?
    ‘Civilized behaviour’ is not the forte of the bloody lot!

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    I am saddened by the low IQ racist commentary by so called Patriots living outside Sri Lanka in response to Emile. FACT is EMIL IS 100% Sri Lankan domiciled in Sri Lanka. In addition, fools like Sumaney engage in venom filled ignorance. Jim Softy probably learnt English in Japan because he seems to be incapable of writing a grammatically correct sentence nor a coherent one with a thought.

    This was a sad but true commentary on the situation. Thank you Sri Lankan person named Emil.

    Rest of you hiding behind so many pseudonyms you bare your ignorance and low IQs here very well. Keep writing Emil keep writing.

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    A sad fact of life is that no matter how long you take to build up a civilisation, you will still end up with dregs. In Germany it was Hitler, In the US it is Trump, in Ours we have the Percy’s, the Jim Softly’s, the Shenali’s, the Gnanasara’s, the Champika’s….too many. 25 years or 2,500 makes no difference.

    Right now the enlightened world looks on at us and sighs,; when will they ever learn!

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    Still bashing MR. Pooten appears to have totally forgotten that he and others of Kandy SC fame brought a wonderful palanaya full 3 years ago. Poor fellow still suffering from nightmares received from the big wigs from Kandy SC (you know who and you know what).

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    Percy, K. A. Sumanasekera, Galagedera Banda, Jim Softy:
    (Assuming that all of you are not one and the same person, something one would be entitled to assume, given the uniform viciousness, stupidity and illiteracy displayed in each case)
    Given your accusations of goodness knows what, it would be interesting to know how your “bravery”, “nationalism” etc. etc matches the rank cowardice of writing under pseudonyms!
    Clowns don’t have to proclaim the fact. Their actions and words speak for themselves.
    One question, though: which circus did you (singular or plural) escape from?

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      Poorten,Poorten
      I have reasons for using a pseudonym, and I don’t intend detailing them here. My question to you was seeking the reason for your stupidity in writing about Kandy club and two notorious reActionary hacks. Name dropping does not impress anyone other than those gullible UNP followers who can’t think for themselves.
      Your effing yahalapana is setting the country on fire and is now contemplating controlling social media as it does not like public opinion. I suggest you write about that rather than on some silly club house fancy gossip.

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        Percy:
        “I have reasons for using a pseudonym, and I don’t intend detailing them here.”
        One need hardly guess what they are!

        Sorry, but it isn’t my “effing yahalapana” because unlike those who write under pseudonyms I haven’t been under any tables with my tail between my legs, waiting for scraps from those who killed and ransacked the national treasury to stash their loot in the Seychelles and other “safe havens.”

        I have to admit, though, that there is the odd (“effing”) phrase that sounds vaguely like English in what you succeed in having published in CT. Hooray!

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    Jim softy and Percy:
    Whatever you wrote recently, you need to repeat because what appeared under your pseudonym most recently was the only comprehensible thing you guys have come up with. It read, “This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/
    Please keep up the good work and pass on the idea to the rest of your pseudonymous, racist, bigoted, Sinhala Supremacist friends. Please do.

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