18 May, 2024

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Homework For NPP

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Probably, the single most prevalent claim advanced by the proponents of a new paradigm is that they can solve the problems that led the old one to a crisis” ~ Thomas Khun

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it” ~ Max Planck

2024 has just dawned and Sri Lanka is already in the grip of election fever. Led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) every leader or spokesperson of every political party and pressure group is trying to score points by pointing fingers at each other for the country’s poly-crisis.  RW wants to hold the Presidential Election first while the opposition demands a General Election ahead of it. Whichever the election that comes first the issue facing the country today and the choice people have to make is an epochal one. It is a choice between getting rid of the present constitution that upholds a moribund ethnonationalist majoritarian socio-political paradigm and replacing it with a new paradigm based on secular democracy enshrined in a new constitution guaranteeing every one of the country’s citizenry all democratic freedoms, human right protection, economic justice, and above all accountability of governance. This paradigm shift would also entail restructuring the economy in such manner to keep it market friendly but with increased focus on a rejuvenated domestic production sector. The current model has created two Sri Lankas, one for the have lots and the other for the have nots, and in the name of competition and free enterprise it has allowed rigidities to emerge with state tolerance to curtail competition. The economy therefore needs remodeling within the parameters of the new paradigm so that the market would be free of rigidities and domestic producers and consumers are protected from shocks emanating from international competition. Hence, the forthcoming election is not simply one of changing the president or the government but one of creating a new Sri Lanka in which every citizen should be free to contribute to the best of his/her ability and should receive according to his/her needs. The outcome of the election therefore would virtually mean a revolution through ballot.            

Of all the candidates who have advertised themselves as probable contestants for the country’s presidency and political parties or coalitions vying to capture the next government, only Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD) and his JVP led NPP is promising to stage a “social revolution” to change the country’s “political culture” and redesign the economy to solve the crises generated by the current model. Such redesigning would mean that NPP is not going to allow the so-called free-market-open-economy model to dictate economic priorities and shape Sri Lanka’s growth path. This would inevitably push NPP to confront the IMF whose post-bankruptcy recovery plan and growth trajectory have been accepted as fait accompli by all other parties.      

The fact that NPP is determined to run the race solo without coalescing with any of the other parties is further indication of fundamental policy differences between NPP and their opponents. While RW and his UNP believe that the IMF drawn recovery path is the only way to end the country’s poly-crisis, and while the other parties are picking and choosing one or two of IMF recipe’s painful elements such as broadening the tax base and domestic debt restructuring, which are hurting the most vulnerable, and therefore proposing to renegotiate with IMF in that regard, none of them is prepared to change the socio-political paradigm within which IMF agenda is being introduced. IMF itself has pointed out this misfit when it called for governance reform. Also, lessons learnt from the bitter experience of a former coalition between leftists and the SLFP in 1970, which ultimately discredited the progressives and buried their chances of governing forever must have contributed to NPP’s decision to go solo.     

Yet, NPP has more homework to do if it were to receive an intergenerational mandate to govern on its own. The ageing generation of voters, without whose support NPP cannot win, are the most conservative of the lot who would reject any radical change to the old order but may accept some fine tuning based on the inevitability of gradualness.  That generation is still agonizing over reminiscences of JVP’s resurrectionary past and is suspicious of JVP’s NPP garb. Therefore, NPP needs to convince this conservative segment that the current leadership of JVP and that of its partners belong to the post-Cold War generation schooled in the dialectics of a globally integrated techno-scientific civilization, and that their ideology is not doctrinaire but pragmatic and futuristic. That the market friendly nature of NPP’s economic model is a differentiated product within the open economy model needs to be stressed and explained to clear the lingering doubts about JVP’s romantic affiliation with closed economy models.

This does not mean that the new generation of voters are entirely in bed with NPP. True, the Aragalaya generation would welcome the paradigm shift. It would embrace secular democracy with accountability in governance and an economy that is market friendly but free of state-linked rigidities. At the same time, members of that generation are also worried about their own future, not necessarily within Sri Lanka but on a global level. This generation’s outlook and expectations are influenced by its linkage with the outside world through the internet.  But decades of ethnonational politics which brought the Swabasha education has made this generation unfit to compete for employment in the world market, a fact pointed out by the World Bank recently. Would NPP’s educational policy therefore needs to be explained to convince the young generation of voters. The country’s education system including the medium of instruction requires complete overhaul. By getting rid of English Sri Lanka lost a golden opportunity to emerge as an exporter of education at least to the Asian and African regions. Private schools and private universities are not the solution. NPP’s educational policy therefore needs publicity.

Foreign policy is another area where NPP has to clear some clouds. Once again it is JVP’s past that is creating unnecessary fears among discerning voters. With the Indian Ocean looming large as the regional theatre of a new cold war, and Sri Lanka being strategically placed in it, the area of foreign policy requires expert handling, because the future of the economy is closely tied with it.

Thus, governance, economy, education and foreign policy are areas in which NPP has to do some homework to convince discerning voters. The time has come for its campaign to advance from the level of crowd pulling mass oratory and random media blitzes to the level of serious colloquia held at district and provincial levels to explain its concrete policies and face the critics. No doubt NPP has the will and capacity to bring about a social revolution to change the ethnonational political culture, cleanse the economy of mafia control to allow small and medium level enterprises to flourish, establish a corruption free administration in which merit would be the sole denominator for appointments and promotions and to prevent the country being exploited by foreign powers because of its current economic weakness. But more homework is needed to sell these credentials to a suspicious but ageing generation of voters that seems to have an edge in deciding winners.  

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University, W. Australia

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    Maybe Dr A could help the NPP with the homework because it seems the intellectuals of the NPP are unable clear the ambiguity that surrounds their strategy. Apart from 5% & 6% of the GDP allocation for education & health, there are no other costings, but then again, what is the projected GDP that would be adequate to fund, at least, a good health system? There is much about women’s’ rights (which I didn’t bother to read fully) but gender (& all types of) discrimination & abolition of age old traditions should be a moral obligation of any govt. & addressed through the legal system & the judiciary, not a political promise to dance about.
    Anyway, if the NPP membership ”belong to the post-Cold War generation schooled in the dialectics of a globally integrated techno-scientific civilization….”, why carry the baggage of old JVP, which seem to be still in support of defunct communist ideology & even venerating a murderous leader, as indicated by the JVP website? Isn’t AKD the leader of that party as well?
    Questions, questions but no clear answers, maybe Dr A can enlighten the public like me by helping the NPP to produce a clear, achievable strategy in a comprehensive political manifesto so that we can make an educated decision, not based on assumptions & vague promises.

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      Dear Raj-UK,
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      Why don’t you just listen to this?
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGmK-v81DEM
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      This is something that AKD has said only four days ago. It is only 10 minutes, but this excerpt has been put on by somebody two days ago.
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      At this time (03:21) there are only 47 comments.
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      Sometimes distortions happen (I suspect that that happens worldwide with YouTube). I will make another comment, and place in it something which is 1:57:15, inclusive of advertisements. I listened to it all. I made a longish comment. It disappeared within seconds. No human intervention, I’m sure.
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      Lastly, Raj, we will never get anywhere if you keep comparing what is happening here with what is happening in the UK or some other European country. Will they allow a guy who obtained only such meager support when leading the UNP on 5/8/2020, be allowed to be the Dictator that Ranil now is.
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      Please THINK outside the box, and please LISTEN. And listen, not to these 10 minutes, but to the full 117 minutes, 15 seconds that I will place elsewhere.
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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        Dear S-M: “Why don’t you listen?”. Do you think “Raj-UK” will listen? I doubt. What he/she needs is S/L to be UK. It will never be. What we need is a complete change in both of the Systemic PLUS System. I think AKD explains it well in saying “Social Change”. As per the saying: “The taste of the pudding is in the eating”, let “Raj-UK” TASTE it when it is served.

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          Douglas Appu, I told you x times, sweet fairy tales or stage presets alone do not help people move forward. It should be proven in practice. Have JVPs done homework before? The answer is oh, no, no.
          Besides, JVP is not new to Sri Lanka, it is said that it has been active in politics for more than 52 years. Many of them came from rural corners, but none of them contributed to improving the general mentality at the rural level. Agro farmers in sl are far below compared to comparable countries in asia and africa, had JVPrs empowered the mindset of the people last few decades, why on earth did they remain far behind ?

          Isn’t it obvious that AKD god everything that falls into his stage plays is the same report about allegations and corruption? Doesn’t he know that for decades? Why on earth did he stand for Rajapaksa’s dogs?
          The latest stupid question AKD deyyo outlouds is for what purpose the current president is extending his travel expenses.
          tbc

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            cont.
            That in itself proves that AKD now knows little about how to engage with powerful nations to restructure the debt crisis that Rajapakse Balla deliberately created. Has RW and his mission really wasted so much state fimds on his travels in the last 15 months?
            This is another hyperchondriacal allegation without provable evidence. Isn’t it?
            If we remind you folks, RW was the only leader who had the balls to risk then govt which was ruined by Gota ‘s 3.5 years misadministration. RW riskily took over then govt, which created the unprecedented within the 3.5 years of Gota s tyranny. pEOPLE were not reborn, they should be clear about the levels of falls the country was heading.
            There almost all international relations were kicked away by the idiots, so that nothing could help out to come of the depths the nation was fallen in. iS NOT that so ? Were they able to cover the ship charges in that time ?
            Ironically, the very same JVPrs did not utter a single word, at the time, MAYNA (Mahendra Pariah) took plane loads (300 of PS and other confidiantes of RAJAPAKSHE dogs but on the cost of tax payers) of his PS leaders to UNO assembly 10 years ago, JVP leaders applauded it louder than they could. Remember ?

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        Dear SM – “I made a longish comment. It disappeared within seconds. No human intervention, I’m sure.” Has happened to me many times. Especially when you write something crucial.

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          Ruchira,
          It seems you (or SM) don’t quite understand how CT works.
          When you type in a comment, and press “Post”, it is visible on only your own device. It is visible on other people’s screens ONLY after the moderators approve it.
          If you happen to hit the back button, your comment will disappear “within seconds”, but will reappear after moderation. No conspiracy, I can assure you.
          On other sites like Daily Mirror, the comment disappears immediately, until it is moderated. If there is any bias, it is on DM, which lets through very few comments.

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            OC – Clarify with SM if that explains his experiences? I am not a tech geek, but have a fair understanding how CT and different other sites work. The experiences I have had were not limited to CT, though I’ve had few funny moments on CT too – that could not be explained away by what you have said above.

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            Thanks, old codger.
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            You’re right,

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            Now to give you a green thumb for this comment.
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            There; given. However, I knew all that. I shall now scroll down to another observation that you have made there. The comment that I make there will be more germane.
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            Panini – etc.

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            OC – There are plenty of incidents I’ve personally encountered but I’d refrain from mentioning them as I have no proof.
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            But it’s not just me, there are others to whom similar things have happened. This is one such incident that happened a few years ago that I can remember well.
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            Luckily the person was well known to certain circles as a result it got publicity and eventually if I remember right recovered his material after negotiating with Google.
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            https://www.vox.com/2016/7/30/12303070/dennis-cooper-blog-deleted-google

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              Thanks, Ruchira,
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              I’ve clicked on the link, but it will take time to read all this up.
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              This is the man:
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              I had never heard of him:
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              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Cooper
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              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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                Panini – No I don’t think you would have heard of him. He is not known internationally unless perhaps you belong to the same peer group. He was known to a small group of people because of the content he created and these made a big noise as the content were of culturally significant nature and unique to this group.

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          Dear Ruchira,
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          You’ve said,
          “Especially when you write something crucial.” No! That reflects a quite natural sense of exasperation. The very problem here is that there is no value judgement. But its long term effects can be quite serious, and I think it is well worth my making some longish points to establish this danger.
          $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
          “No value judgement” must be taken with many pinches of salt: YouTube is now all about making money, and lots of it! It is difficult to find out who makes how much, and how it is obtained! After all, so many involved in the communications field are now among the richest on Planet Earth.
          $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
          This is the challenge for Raj-UK, the 117 minutes, 14 seconds that I promised (or threatened him with!)
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaOyYR35QMQ
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          1,209 Comments now, at 00:24
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          One is this:
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          @nisaljayawardena6769
          4 days ago
          DEAR TAMIL, MUSLIMS, BURGHER & SINHALESE LET’S JOIN OUR HANDS TOGETHER TO CHASE THESE CULPRITS, PLEASE VOTE FOR NPP 🧭❌ THIS THE LAST CHANCE TO CAST OUR VOTE TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY.

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          This comment now stands there, among 5 replies to the above:
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          Will continue as PART TWO

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            Dear Panini,
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            “You’ve said, “Especially when you write something crucial.” No! “
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            Then it mist be some genuine mishap. Some tech error.

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          PART TWO
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          This comment is still there:

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          “@Panini_Edirisinhe
          1 day ago
          In communicating with minorities, language is a huge problem. And in saying what I want to here, there are certain things that happen to comments; they happen automatically. I made a long comment just minutes ago; but it’s got removed. However, I did take precautions, and I have it in the large memory of this computer. If my writing seems somewhat odd, it is just to make sure that I don’t lose this!
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          It took a lot of time, finding that. The “4 days ago” and “1 day ago” will change incrementally.
          *******************************************
          You will notice that I have said: “I made a long comment just minutes ago; but it’s got removed.” and “I have it in the large memory of this computer.” So, now I shall post it as PART THREE of this Colombo Telegraph comment.

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          PART THREE

          Here I will give you
          the comment that YouTube removed within a minute from that place below the comment by @nisaljayawardena6769
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          After it was removed from there, I pasted it at the top of the page. Had it remained there, as a “Main Comment”, and I would be able to find it very easily, but not anybody else. I would only have to get YouTube to re-arrange the comments with “Sort by Top Comments”. Here’s more “dishonesty”. When I look, my comment would always be on top. They flatter me!

          160 comments

          @Panini_Edirisinhe
          0 seconds ago

          I’ve been listening to all this, but with a long break in the middle during which I had a long (75 minutes is long, isn’t it?) WhatsApp chat, in English, with Chathuranga Abeysinghe, who is a member of the NPP’s Central Committee (the actual term may be different; please check it out). This is the man I mean, in a 30 minute English discussion:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDs2hFi3_TA&t=273s

          ****************************
          The comment continues; let me continue in PART FOUR, which I have already processed, and comes to 199 words. So, this is Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) asking for your observations.

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          PART FOUR
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          In reaching out to the minorities, language is a huge problem. Almost none of us has “a perfect knowledge” of the three languages that matter in Sri Lanka. “Perfect”? Nothing is perfect in this world! My best language is English – all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. In Sinhala, I’m confident of the last two – that is oral-aural communication. I read Sinhala slowly, but can manage; I can hardly write. Many are surprised when I say that, but that is a fact. And I live in Bandarawela, far away from the capital where alone, too many imagine, that English is known.
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          And as for Tamil, my knowledge is as close to zero as possible. Fortunately, most Tamils whom I meet know some Sinhala. It may be that I’m a bit strange, my name is what you see displayed, without the hyphen which YouTube insists upon. In many places I give my National Identity Card number. I won’t do that here, because all these comments are controlled by a computer, and if I transgress the algorithms, the entire comment may be lost. So, this is one of the difficulties that we have in communicating.

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          PART FIVE?
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          Here, almost as an afterthought
          is 3 hours 41 minutes, of a “convention” in Kandy, just yesterday.
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXMTuzOvBA4
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          | NPP Srilanka | 2024.01.13
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          It’s 02:34, I’ll submit this and get some sleep. I noticed that Dr Harini Amarasuriya commences, at 2:23:15, just a five minute speech, and it must be AKD from there to the end. I won’t try to listen, but it may be that I will sample the last bit of AKD’s speech to see if there is anything new.
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          I rather doubt it.
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          Good night!
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          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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            SM,
            Go get some sleep. You are mixing up YouTube, CT, and some other site.
            YouTube certainly is a business. What do you think businesses are about? But there are contributors who make millions by posting videos. You can too.
            Some sites will ask you to pay for what you read.
            CT is not a business . So be grateful for what you get free.

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              OC,
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              He repeatedly attacks me saying that I post a lot of comments that don’t make sense but most of SM’s comments above are not EVEN focused on the topic of the article. is not that so ?

              Everything you, OC say here is true. Our Satyaguru of Bandarawella seems to know nothing of this. It is an open secret that he is pre-programmed in his frames. So we consider him an educated fool.
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              And is that the general nature of many seniors who are self-proclaimed teachers of TODAY S srilanka? : if that is the case, no wonder people never take things seriously. Now we see it clearly…. alas.

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                LM,
                Perhaps you should send some more chocolates to keep him busy?

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                  Much looked forward to especially Bandarawela!!!??

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                  OC
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                  I think 🤔 it should be a THANAKOLA SMOOTHIE next time. .
                  Just magine how many times he attacked me misinterpreting that I tried to bribe him that way 😔 😪 😢

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        SM

        We have been beating the same drum & will go on till the cows come home but not in tune. I have no time to listen to political speeches & my interest in SL is because it is the country of my birth & I am concerned about the poor people, particularly, my friends who are having a tough time. Political speeches are like ‘promises made in the heat of the night’ but a political manifesto, as expected from any serious party, is a firm commitment but whether implemented or not is another matter. Obviously, Douglas thinks it is too much to expect from a third world country, which I think is an insult to educated people of SL. More so, it is an indication of the capability of our politicians, which questions their competence. NPP has a whole page on Women’s rights, perhaps, other groups in the coalition requiring representation should also publish their agenda so we could get the total picture.
        Cont.

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          Cont.
          In fact, I did listen to the leader of the NPP womens front yesterday but it seems to be just another political speech with no substance, apart from the ‘revolutionary’ rhetoric or maybe my Sinhala is not proficient enough to understand better. Maybe my English too, because I fail to understand Dr A’s reference to the new breed of JVPers who, in my thinking, seem to be still clinging to old ideology (as indicated by the JVP website) despite his claim to be progressive.

          I support Labour in UK but socialism in the guise of communism as implied by the NPP, unless otherwise proved, doesn’t get my vote.

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            Dear Raj-UK,
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            I’m not going to either thumb about your two comments above, dated 13th. Why? Because you’re telling the truth as you see it.
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            I hope that this doesn’t sound rude: if you can’t find the time to listen (and I can understand that) please don’t “find” or devote time to writing negative comments about the NPP.
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            In my very first comment on this article, which appears way below these comments, although dated 11th, I have told Dr AA that I was confused even after reading the article twice. Only you, and then nimal fernando, have got comments in on the 10th, and I delayed somewhat in making my first comment. Seeing it he has emailed me the same day, “There are many questions coming from the intelligentsia about the sincerity of NPP. That was why I published the last piece.”
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            How many words so far? Don’t know. Time to start PART TWO.

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              “…if you can’t find the time to listen (and I can understand that) please don’t “find” or devote time to writing negative comments about the NPP.”
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              An interesting statement. Yes. Nobody can spoon feed others. Information is out there and it is also upto respective individuals to seek them if interested.
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              As per election manifestos and specific details about economic revival programs proposed, their costing and funding, I don’t believe even other parties (other than NPP) have publicised them either, when some of the parties haven’t even decided on their candidate.
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              Therefore I don’t think its fair to find fault with NPP for not doing that. When the elections near, I believe, they would launch their manifestos.

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            PART TWO
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            Raj, I’m glad
            that you have listened to some speech from the NPP women’s front leader. What was her name?
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            When I give a link, I try to give some idea of its content. What’s the point in my expecting a Tamil to listen to things said in Sinhalese, when he can’t understand the language? And if it was a political meeting, what do you expect except a “political speech”?
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            Your Primary and Secondary Schooling were in Sinhala, weren’t they? I’m sure that your Sinhala is adequate. Your English, per se, is good. However, you seem, unfortunately, to attach derogatory meanings to many English words: politics, socialism, communism, etc. Joseph Stalin of the USSR was a horrible man, and so was his form of communism.
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            Good guy though you are, I won’t try to prove anything to you. A futile task!
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            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 4831114444V) of Bandarawela

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              SM

              You have faith in the NPP & that’s your prerogative. I have no interest in politics but, particularly, when the country is in dire straits, I want the people to make an educated decision in the choice of the next governing party & leader, & not make the same mistake as previously when voting for the Rajapakses. I prefer to gather all facts before I make a decision & though AKD is a good orator & appears to be sincere, my conclusions so far of a coalition party of all sorts led by the leader of former terror organisation responsible for mass violence & destruction & still clinging on to communist ideology, & even venerating its past murderous leader, is far from positive. Apart from AKD, the other speakers I have listened to, including the women’s front leader in Galle, have only confirmed my belief.
              My questions relate to all parties contesting the elections, not only the NPP. I comment on ambiguous statements or where I disagree. Readers can agree or disagree with my point of view & hopefully the outcome of exchange of views would be constructive.

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            Raj,
            It is his nature to talk about something else without bothering to answer you or me. That is the nature of this estranged living being that we have known for 6-7 years. The sad reality is that the CT comments wake him up at 4 am Sri Lanka time and make him a perpetual insomniac.
            Even melantonin doesn’t help him get a good night’s sleep today.
            Btw, He has threatened me somewhere, to stop commenting on any article. One of the comments posted to you also read something with similar to the same tone. How does he think he is ? Is he the owner of Sri Lanka? As Sri Lankan citizens we should have the right to express our views.
            Besides, if he can’t tolerate us in a democratic manner, what is the point of him repeatedly talking about a better future for Sri Lankans under an NPP government?

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              LM

              I just ask questions but all the replies I get are to read various speeches. I have better things to do than to listen hyped up or ambiguous political speeches, therefore, prefer to read a political manifesto which clearly states the objectives & the strategy in achieving them at my leisure.
              It appears that SL voters are happy to accept promises made at political meetings & even finds questioning offensive. We are flogging a dead horse & even becoming personal with the comments. A few close friends fell out with me when I asked similar questions about GR governance & 6m voted for him based on assumptions & perceptions. Should we be more cautious now that we have got burnt before?

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                Dear Raj-UK,
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                I have always been polite with you.
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                Please continue to ask questions. Unfortunately, nobody else is going to send you personal responses, and even I’m winding down.
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                You are taking yourself far too seriously.
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                Panini

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            As usual, SM tries to capitalize on each idea with the propaganda of AKD and his men.
            However, it is now obvious as wasteful.
            Why cant this senior citizen instead spend much of his spare time to teach English Literiture to the youth in that region ? Then I would have respected man that much. But his hatreds on knowing things has put him in an isolation. He just abuses CT readers and commenters on and on.
            He is actually killing his precious time.nor does he sleep well regularly. He could instead win the hearts and minds of the students in that area, if he organised his spare time better. I think atlest good psychologist could help him soon setting his mindset.
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            If commenters want to watch those videos of AKD or others, they do it by hook or by crook. Unfortunately, this will not change much the dishonest mentality embedded in SINHALA_MAN.

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            Most of the links leading to NPP stage presentations do not bring us even an inch forward.
            It is very clear to us that AKD cannot bring miracles to this rotten country which has been looted by none other than Rajapakshe Bps for so long.

            Dear NPP torchbearers,
            this kind appeal is to you, don’t let us live in anxiety further similar to the torments of Tantalus – if you still believe that the NPP is the only force for the future of a divided Sri Lanka. Then answer our crucial questions.I have summed up them again below.
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            The following are still not properly answered
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            1) How do they get the ball rolling through raining better dollars?

            We all know that Chandrarange Abeysinghe is not capable of bringing in more dollars as promised by some in Viatmaga before Gota’s vote. Social media has overrated him for obvious reasons.
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            2) How will they maintain the foreign policy which now seems crucial to save Sri Lanka as a bankrupt nation than in the past? What kind of super tactics will the JVP-led NPP bring? We perfectly know their counterpart – Sunil Handunneththi has no whatso ever expertise in Economics.
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            3) How to control the Sanga Brigade which is the biggest obstacle to maintaining permanent peace in the country? Would they derobe them by force ? Why dont they discuss these alarming issues inpublic yet today ?

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              cont.
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              4) The long-standing ethnic issue and how an NPP government will act on it to bring lasting peace to the entire country.- why dont they discuss it yet publicly.

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                The fact is that there is a great deal of public discussion initiated by the NPP. I’m not in their inner circle, nor is Dr Ameer Ali. We have to allow younger people to decide many issues.
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                The Badulla District Women’s Convention is to be next Sunday morning, the 21st in Badulla, 18 miles away from Bandarawela, by road. I’ll be an interested observer, from here, using only the mass media. At the Sunday Fair yesterday, one of the guys selling fruit gave me a little leaflet; Sinhala on one side, Tamil on the other. AKD will be there, and the District Leader, Samantha Vidyarathne. All the others will be women. Harini is not on the list of speakers; but Saroja Paulraj is.
                .
                There is discussion, but people like you don’t listen. You don’t seem to understand that none of us can determine what will finally happen, but I’m very open in voicing concerns – openly.
                .
                Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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      Raj,
      I pretty much agree with you on NPP and its true nature. As of November 2019, they are using the same methods to bully this nation. You didn’t stop asking the same question, I raised the same crucial questions. The lone torch bearers of the NPP had not the courage to give a constructive reply.
      They treated it with complete ignorance. Sri Lankans can be easily manipulated. Now a new joker from Egypt is fooling the nation like no one has done before. Even buddhist nuns knelt down before the cheater.
      -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGoUIaAHKKk
      People don’t think anything before doing so. That is srilanken nature. They continued to provide us with links of NPP’s public speeches. I don’t understand this CT editor who was confused . Why on earth didn’t he realize that first? He made further changes in CT. That’s why I believe some seniors are running around CT like headless chickens.

      tbc

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        “leelagemalli”,
        .
        I often get things wrong, but I then apologise.
        .
        The link that you have given doesn’t work. I think that you meant this:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGoUIaAHKKk
        .
        I dare say that such things happen to me as well, but I usually check to see whether what I put on, opens.
        .
        This opened, but I have no time to watch such sick stuff.
        .
        Why don’t you leave us the true residents of Lanka to work things out for ourselves? Stay in the Europe that you love so much. You are welcome to come here and indulge in your Oedipus complex, but do it quietly, please. Don’t try to teach us how to suck eggs!

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          SM

          6m voted for a preserved military strategist & a patriot who saved the nation & Buddhism but what a disaster it turned out to be. People were aware of his dodgy dealings & his family’s hand in the cookie jar, yet, voted with their hearts instead of their heads. A fire can bring warmth but can also burn if not careful, so I would demand more answers from any political party but it’s you who will get burnt with the wrong choice.
          I have a decent life in UK & there are fantastic places outside SL to visit but I feel sorry those in SL who get burnt for other’s mistakes.

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            Apologies, I ment perceived, not ‘preserved’ military strategist. I would like to correct my spelling error before SM takes the trouble to explain the difference & maybe SJ would excuse my, yet again, pathetic excuse of another spell check error oversight.

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              Don’t worry Raj, he can be busy explaining it.
              When we were kids, our parents gave us some toys to keep us busy. Likewise, it is better to give him something to occupy himself with. Sorry for his sleepless nights, but it is the nature of SM.
              To the best of my knowledge he does not give any kind of constructive response to our crucial questions. I have listed them again today. Instead, he just wanted to give us links. Many of those links are not relevant to our questions for which we have been waiting a long time for proper answers.

              If anyone asks about Matara or Galle, he will answer KKS. Unfortuatnely, that is how he sees it.

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    When everything is said and done ……… the only option available: AKD.

    Now that Prabakaran is dead …… who can we vote for ……. Lee Kwan Yew? Abram Lincoln? Tricky Dicky Ranil? Mahinda? ……… My choice Basil is not on the ballot.

    AKD is the best out of a rotten lot: he is yet to rot. ……. He has yet to meet Sinhala_Man, then he too is done for.

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      nimal fernando, stop clowning.
      .
      I have met AKD on the 21st of January 2023, and had a brief but very cordial chat with him.
      .
      My middle name is not Jonah!
      .
      You have expressed your intention to actually turn up in Lanka and vote. Whatever reservations you may have about me, I consider you to be a guy who is reliable in serious matters.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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        Nimal
        Listen to your elders, stop clowning. This is a very serious forum, inhabited by very serious people. Do not under any circumstances make jokes about other people’s gods. Do try and have a brief but cordial chat with any JVP panjandrum you might meet. Don’t let them escape too soon.

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          oc Yes, nimal fernando ought not to be a clown.
          .
          However, I don’t mind what he does. He is honest.
          .
          Now brace yourself, old codger: you are dishonest at a much deeper level.
          .
          I’m quite sure that I can bear being laughed at, because I often laugh at myself.
          .
          You are intelligent and knowledgeable, but in my book you’re a criminal. Sorry, but that is what I really feel.

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            “You are intelligent and knowledgeable, but in my book you’re a criminal. Sorry, but that is what I really feel”.
            .
            In my book u are a mentally sick person who has nt had the chance to grow up. Period!

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          What makes you think that he is clowning?
          There are plenty of others who are well and truly crowning without even realizing that they are.
          Think of all the views on ancient glories.

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      Nimal Fernando, AKD is good and promising and non corrupt. But the only one with raw guts to imprison Moulanas the greedy robbers and murderers of national wealth is Fonseka. He led the victory over LTTE, not the Moulanas now taking credit for it. Give him a chance and see.

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        I am glad that Dr. Ali has realised the JVP is not the sum of its public speeches. Policies have to be spelt out. Sunshine stories won’t do, except for those economic ignoramuses.
        “Private schools and private universities are not the solution. NPP’s educational policy therefore needs publicity.”
        At least that is clear, given the activities of JVP student unions. Surely they can’t be independent of the Party?

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          Dear old codger,
          .
          Let me confess that I’m rather confused at this moment. Please correct me if I’ve got everything wrong.
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh1P9kInQpc&t=611s
          .
          LIVE || 2024.01.10
          .
          It relates to proceedings in Parliament just yesterday. All in Sinhala. By that I mean apologies to those who cannot understand Sinhala.
          .
          In the first 8 minutes 36 seconds, we have AKD talking about the unsatisfactory state of Medical Faculties in three Universities. The Minister in charge then speaks for more than 5 minutes, in perfect Sinhala, and agrees with most of what AKD has said.
          .
          And who is the Minister? I’ve hunted for his name, but it eludes me. Isn’t he a man (fluent in English) with a PhD who represents Jaffna, the sole SLFP member elected from there, as certified by Professor Jeevan Hoole?
          .
          https://elections.gov.lk/web/wp-content/uploads/election-results/parliamentary-elections/JaffnaR2.pdf
          .
          Also
          .
          https://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/All-Island-Final-results-General-Election-2020/155-193400
          .
          The perfect “Tamil Common Candidate” for the Presidency, which is what we were discussing here:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-common-presidential-candidate-from-a-fractured-tamil-identity/
          .
          However, my First Preference will still be AKD, with this man Second, if he contests!
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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            SM
            Suren Raghavan is a National List Pohottuwa MP. He was a former Governor of the Northern Province.

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              oc
              SR was in 2019 made a member of the Council of the UoJ which he failed to attend over a long period and stepped down, on request I assume.
              I doubt if SM’s idol certified anything like:
              “a man (fluent in English) with a PhD who represents Jaffna, the sole SLFP member elected from there”.
              The fluency in English and PhD he may have, but the rest?

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              Yes, that’s him, dear old codger.
              .
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suren_Raghavan
              .
              There are some typos in that, but it does say that he is a National List MP from the “Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance”.
              .
              I had thought that he was the lone SLFP MP from the Jaffna District.
              .
              Would you know who was elected to the SLFP from Jaffna?
              .
              https://elections.gov.lk/web/wp-content/uploads/election-results/parliamentary-elections/JaffnaR2.pdf
              .
              I guess the guy whom we should ask is Jeevan Hoole. He has signed that list, apart from his living in Jaffna.
              .
              Who has signed this? Mahinda Deshapriya?
              .
              https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/30522-official-election-results-parliamentary-election-2020-all-island
              .

              And here it is said how the full 225 got elected.
              .
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Sri_Lankan_parliamentary_election
              .
              Who is the sole SLFP Member of Parliament elected in 2020?
              .
              I’m sure that the explanation will show that I’m an ass (metaphorically speaking!)
              .
              I’m confused!
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe

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                SM
                You may or not be an ass, but that should teach you not to judge people based on their politics or “sincerity “. I doubt SR is electable even in Jaffna, despite the PhD.

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                  OC,
                  SR was born somewhere in the Sinhala-majority areas where he interacted with monks and learned Sinhala and Buddhism, and I believe he is among a small number of Tamil Buddhists in SL. As far as I know, he doesn’t have a support base in the North-East.

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                    Isn’t he from Nuwara Eliya? Or have I mistaken him for someone else… 🤔

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                      I think that he once claimed Jaffna Tamil origins.
                      So what?
                      What he says and does are what we should be concerned with.

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                      No, He isn’t!

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                    Agnos,
                    Thanks.
                    I believe his mother is Sinhala, and father Tamil. He probably was appointed as the token Tamil Pohottuwa MP.

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                    Did he belong there ever?

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          Unfortunately it took that long.

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            “leelagemalli”,
            .
            What took “that long?”
            .
            This is how you make so many comments!
            .
            Most of them are meaningless.
            .
            That is why I try to be as specific as possible in all circumstances.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka.

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              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka.

              I thought that was obvious to everyone but you. My response was to what the well-read OC added above.

              And I’m not one to add too many comments to CT articles. It’s you and Malla. Many of your comments have recently been rejected by CT. Why ? is that because they were meaningful ?

              Since this is obvious to everyone, I don’t think I should waste my precious time explaining it to you.
              Btw, if you think my comments are worthless, why do you try to quote my comments in every one of your nonsensical comments?
              .
              This author, Dr. Ali, went on to write against the current government, which only came up to remove what “Medamulana Thirisannu” aka high criminals had deliberately created.
              Dr Ali s confusion amazes me because I always thought he would lose his focus and fight. Contrary to my thoughts, you always praised the writer from the day he appeared on CT.
              And you continued to email with him.
              Looking back I feel like “birds of a feather flock together”.

              I have never appreciated Dr. Ali’s economic thoughts. I myself questioned that if he was a senior economist by education, all he could have done was return to Sri Lanka and contribute. Has he done it?

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        Known to be a major league women abuser including his own, among other things.

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          Dear Ruchira,
          .
          What you have posted is a response to some comment. May I know by whom?
          .
          I ask because I have just submitted a comment (not yet approved, obviously) in response to what “old codger” has said.
          .
          My comment is just above yours, and those viewing, later, on computers, may imagine that yours is a response to my comment, because the indents are tiny. I feel that if viewed on a mobile phone it will be clearer to whom you are responding.

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            Dear Panini – Sorry for the confusion. I should have addressed it specifically, knowing how these comments thingy here works.
            .
            That said my comment was in response to what davidthegood has said:
            .
            “AKD is good and promising and non corrupt. But the only one with raw guts to imprison Moulanas the greedy robbers and murderers of national wealth is Fonseka. He led the victory over LTTE, not the Moulanas now taking credit for it. Give him a chance and see.”

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              Dear Ruchira,
              .
              Perfection is found only in heaven,
              a place which I don’t really think exists.
              .
              Before sending you this comment, I’ve conducted some experiments on Colombo Telegraph as well as on YouTube. On the latter (i.e. YouTube) there is no human intervention – I’ll come to that in another comment.
              .
              I have checked on my mobile phone. To make doubly sure that I’m accurate let me give me even the model: Samsung S8+; rather old but good. Yes, the indents are greater.
              .
              However, something even more insidious has happened. This Ameer Ali article was the “Top Story” wasn’t it? It has now been replaced by “something else”. I’m deliberately not clicking on “Home”. I did a couple of times before commencing this comment. Then you get here:
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/
              .
              And on that Home page it hasn’t got placed anywhere! Inadvertently misplaced. This has happened before. I’m going to email CT (and Dr Ameer Ali). No need to trouble the editor. What this means is that a new reader coming here will not see this article at all! It can still be got at from the links visible as “Latest Comments”. White letters on a blue background, or by going through the Archives, where you have to select the month.
              .

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                Dear SM – Yes funny things have happened to me as well on the interwebs. I did not notice the issue you mention above. There could be genuine mishaps as well as deliberate acts of sabotage on the internet that no one would ever know. That’s a pretty expensive phone you have btw – An ‘S’ series!

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                BTW SM, – Add further to my previous comment; I saw a news item somewhere that the govt is using the intelligence services to find out about those are planning to defect and join the opposition. If you read the HRW report on Sri Lanka that the CT has posted, it also mentions the use of surveillance to monitor civillian activists and dissenters. Hope you have not been the subject of such govt endeavors by being an ardent supporter of AKD and NPP.
                .
                On the other matter on which this post was about, not being perfect is one thing, being an abusive personality is quite another.
                .
                Have a great Friday and a weekend ahead!

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                SM,
                I don’t know about you, but the said article is at No.2 on my CT home page. Don’t read too much into these things .

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                  Yes, old codger, it is now there.
                  .
                  It wasn’t there for more than twelve hours; and I have known this to happen before, when an article is made to descend from being “Top Story” to being merely “a story“. I don’t know why, but I will hazard giving you my thinking.
                  .
                  The CT computer servers that determine when the comments have to stop because the five days are up. Nobody will ever interfere with that. However, placing an article either among Stories, or among Opinions is done manually; and unless done, will never appear in either category. Therefore I emailed, and I have stated that I was going to do it.
                  .
                  However, links were still available through “Latest Comments” and through “Archives”. I checked through “Archives” before acting. All this I have already stated. Please check, but there’s more to come in a “SECOND COMMENT”.
                  .
                  So says “TheVishramikaGambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththaya”
                  .
                  Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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          Ruchira,
          The Field Marshal?

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            OC – Yes.

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      “AKD is the best out of a rotten lot: he is yet to rot. “

      It is the parent’s duty to keep the child dirt free. If they allow it to wallow in the mud, it will. If they are particular in keeping it out of dirt, they will be shy to play in dirt. Here the NPP must teach the masses what clean politics means. That is the obligation of first-generation leaders who want to introduce the changes. Then the second-generation leaders must be kept clean by the learned masses. In other words, cleanliness is the result of healthy interaction between the masses and the leaders. British rulers did not train people on democracy. They just pushed in the Universal Franchise. Then when the racial fights started and it was hurting the country during the State Council time, probably because of war and for other local benefits, Colonialists did not fix the ruling leaders’ negative behaviors. Then, after freedom, within a generation all the democratic cultures learned from Britain evaporated through the roof.

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      So, the NPP has to give a good introduction to the masses to how to deal with their leaders, including selection, calling back, rewarding and punishing. Then only any changes they are thinking of introducing can last and give benefits for the people. The Soulbury constitution’s damaging elements won’t be present any more. Now look at Rowdy Rambo’s situation. The government is not ready to fix him. People have not pressured enough for the government to act. So, he continues his lower than the leech’s life very comfortably. I don’t even have to mention Rowdy Royals’ case.
      We don’t know what is waiting for in the future. But if cultural changes introduced need to be effective and be lasting, it must be designed for both leaders, and masses, and introduced at the same time.

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        Dear Mallaiyuran,
        .
        It is true that the Constitution of Sri Lanka is a mess, but it would be good for us to keep in mind that when it was enacted by J.R. Jayawardena it wasn’t yet a total mess.
        .
        The total mess was because of all these amendments:
        .
        http://defensewiki.ibj.org/index.php/Amendments_to_the_Constitution_of_the_Democratic_Socialist_Republic_of_Sri_Lanka
        .
        Some of the problems, I will not be able to understand unless I waste a ridiculous amount of time on it.
        .
        We suffer now because of the Third Amendment; owing to it, we cannot elect a new President until September 2024. This amendment was to satisfy JRJ’s wanting to get elected a little earlier than originally envisaged.
        .
        And then, owing to some other amendment, the provision for MPs who had been elected on a quota for the District to change Parties.
        .
        The results of tinkering can be quite unforeseen.

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      nimal fernando

      “AKD is the best out of a rotten lot: he is yet to rot. ……. He has yet to meet …….”

      No he is being surrounded by rotten old guards.
      The old guards within his party and outside, like the Tamils (who are the believers in utopian Tamil Kingdom in the good very old days) longing for and believing in advanced Socialist Sinhala/Buddhist racist, centralised, ………. isolated self reliant hydraulic civilisation (kingdom).

      I am sure once they are in power they will introduce all kind of draconian laws, …. you will find a little tin pot dictator a Sinhala/Buddhist version of (Pol Pot/Velu Prabaharan) ruling and further ruining the island.

      old codger may have to help our Sinhala_Man escape from island’s open prison.

      You will become one of their first batch of traitors because you hold liberal views.

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      nimal fernando, Why not add to your only option, the only man Fonseka who could add the necessary strength needed to carry out the process in which the robbers will be jailed. As long as they are free to continue robbing, this nation will be bankrupt by all other schemes.

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    Dear Dr Ameer Ali,
    .
    I have read through your article twice, with a long interval between the readings. I feel that there is a healthy degree of heterogeneity in the leadership of the NPP, and I’m happy with the way that they are setting about organising themselves for the elections that must be held this year. You may not have seen this “news item” when you wrote your article:
    .
    https://www.dailynews.lk/2024/01/10/admin-catagories/breaking-news/339512/president-named-national-candidate/
    .
    So we now know that Ranil has got himself nominated to run. It looks strange that a political party should decide on the dates of this Presidential Election (September 2024), and also some other elections.
    .
    In Anura Kumara Dissanayake the NPP has an excellent candidate, mature, intelligent and capable of dealing with most issues. I wish he spoke Tamil and, perhaps, even more, English, and I agree that he hasn’t, so far met with outstanding success in getting users of those two languages on board.
    .
    Your article may have subtleties that I cannot yet comprehend. I hope to return here to see if any commenter has come up with something interesting.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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    Before anything in “Short/Medium/Long” terms strategies is talked of, what NPP has to FIRST understand is the “PULSE” – the HEART BEAT of the people. What does that “Pulse” or the “Heart Beat” tell and cry for from a Government that is waiting to take over Governance that is asking to replace the present Government?

    It is nothing but to provide immediate RELIEF from the day-to-day sufferings suffered due to the high cost of living reflected through – the inability to find three meals a day; avail of medical care; provide education to the children; spiraling high cost of necessities such as electricity, water, gas etc. These are matters that the NPP is well aware of and cries out in a loud voice. and a “Lethal Weapon” used against the present and past administrations.

    Before “PREACHING” all other “THEORIES” of “RECOVERY” methods and strategic plans, the NPP has to find a SOLUTION to the above-mentioned CRY of the people. Remember, even Gauthama Buddha said: ” Before I preach FEED this man and relieve of his HUNGER”.

    So my question to NPP is – How would you give RELIEF to the people who are crying for survival in their daily lives? Are you READY to FEED the HUNGRY and HOW would you do it? If you cannot, be clear you have no DEVOTEES to listen to your “PREACHINGS” of those “Short/Medium/Long” long-term strategies and plans.

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      Douglas
      “So my question to NPP is – How would you give RELIEF to the people who are crying for survival in their daily lives? Are you READY to FEED the HUNGRY and HOW would you do it? If you cannot, be clear you have no DEVOTEES to listen to your “PREACHINGS” of those “Short/Medium/Long” long-term strategies and plans.”
      Excellent! I couldn’t have put it better. But I suspect you’d spend a long time waiting for the answer.

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        OC,

        What if Sri Lanka becomes another North Korea that isolates their leaders from the outside world?
        Chanduranga Abeysinghe is said to be the solution for NPP, – Will the NPP monetization machine solve the problem?
        Or will Chaturanga be useless like Jayasumana who claims to be an inter-intellectual to the gallery?
        The JVP-led NPP has never explained how the international community can be balanced in today’s context.
        Can we believe that Sri Lanka is strong enough not to have such relations without them to continue as a sinking ship?
        Like a mad dog, AKD questions about the foreign trips of president….. ?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em3UUAKlT-0
        Let’s talk about homework, what they should do instead is speak their hearts out on these critical issues rather than AKD making the same statements 24 hours a day. Peoples are caught by anxities as no others today. The truth is both people and their represenstives are corrupted in this hell.

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          Dear LM: You are out of touch with what is happening. Haven’t you willingly ignored the number of Foreign Diplomats (both Western and Indian) who called on NPP at their headquarters in Battaramulla.? The most recent was the invitation by China. I think four representatives (two from the NPP Central Committee & two from the NPP Lawyers Forum of NPP) are still in China. Why are these Foreign Missions so keen to meet NPP? Have you ever given thought to it?

          Haven’t NPP through AKD in that TV discussion (S-M has given the link) spoken their “Hearts Out” on the critical issues we are faced with? Please put on your thinking cap rather than just be critical of what is laid out.

          “The truth is both people……are corrupted in this hell”. Is Ranil W included or excluded?

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        Raj,
        That is why I say some of Douglas s comments are really 👌. Unfortunately SM 😕 is confusing us on and on by abusing the Web space for his totally irrelevant responses. Most of them belong to the category of ” koheda yanne malle pol type”. Unfortunately telling something to him is like working with the deaf. Aiyoooo!

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      “Before anything in “Short/Medium/Long” terms strategies is talked of, what NPP has to FIRST understand is the “PULSE” – the HEART BEAT of the people.”.
      .
      Exactly.
      .
      They should nt waste their precious time anymore but to answer the crucial questions of the rank and file. .
      .
      Longer they dodge them, SLPP sakkiliyas mislead 😕 the very same voters as done sofar

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        Longer they stay away from them, worst it ll become for the suffering nation

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    It is important for the SL voters to rally behind AKD and hope for the best.
    In 2015,We thought we got a Government of GOOD GOVERNANCE, but turned out to be great disappointment to all of us. SL can hope in 2024, some miracle will happen and the EVIL ONES will be defeated.

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      There is nothing wrong SL voters to rally behind AKD compared to going behind Rajapaksa or Ranil Family. If the people go behind AKD people may want to know how they are going to meet the major challenges.

      Firstly he has to face the two major elections called the Presidential election and parliamentary elections. Has he got enough candidates throughout the country, particularly from the North, East, and Central. About more than 75% of the military is now in the North East and they occupy peoples land they interfere in people affairs. Further, Buddhist monks built number of Buddhist temples illegally in peoples land. Almost 95 per cent of the Police serving in the North East are Sinhalese. There are number of people who lost their loved ones after handing over to the military at the end of war. These are some of the internal immediate challenges for NPP to get the votes of the North East Tamil.

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    The biggest positive for Sri Lanka today, is that a majority of the educated youth don’t have hang ups about race, religion, caste or class. They are very much aligned with the concepts of the NPP.

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      P
      Are you sure?
      If so why will not the JVP/NPP dump some of its its old chauvinist baggage?

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        SJ,

        Maybe as a party looking to increase its support base, the JVP/NPP is unwilling to criticize some of the chauvinistic old guard for fear of splintering the party. They might be hoping that the old guard will change or be outnumbered by more moderate members gradually as the party moves in a new direction.

        I would focus more on whether the NPP can get to at least 25% of the Sinhalese vote. I don’t follow SL media other than CT, so I don’t know what the polling shows. If the NPP can get to at least 25%, then it will be a serious contender and then minorities can consider working within the party to try to change it for the better.

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          Agnos

          According to Dr A, ”the current leadership of JVP and that of its partners belong to the post-Cold War generation schooled in the dialectics of a globally integrated techno-scientific civilization, and that their ideology is not doctrinaire but pragmatic and futuristic. That the market friendly nature of NPP’s economic model is a differentiated product within the open economy model needs to be stressed and explained to clear the lingering doubts about JVP’s romantic affiliation with closed economy models” So why bother with the old guard baggage? Won’t they influence the modern NPP grand plans as implied by Dr A?
          Could Dr A or SM explain this to me?

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            Hello Raj-UK.
            Yes in Sinhala – කුණු kuṇu. Whoever wrote it has swallowed all of the Management-speak and Post Modernist/Structuralist Philosophy, stirred it all together and regurgitated the result (dialectically). For a good example see Alan Sokal’s hoax article mentioned in this link https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/new-sokal-hoax/572212/

            Best regards

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    I must confess that I’m at this moment somewhat confused. However, this 40 minute (it really starts to make sense after about 2 minute silence) YouTube in Sinhala is probably relevant to what is going on:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDja4tMizXM
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    Press Conference NPP Srilanka | 2024.01.11 – it had appeared just two hours ago, and I’m still listening to it for the first time.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (

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      Dear Readers,
      Not a single head of state of the corrupt nature of Mahinda Rajapaksa is charged by their laws in a short period of time. Not even greeks were successful in charging their corrupted leaders wihtin last 10 years.
      I dont believe in miracles. But poor folks do because they have no choice.

      The truths is that Sri Lanka is now hanging on more than Greece then. Considering its actual collapse, how can the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna-led NPP please their audience without proper planning more than the current caretaker government? Is the known devil better than the unknown devil? All this determines the future of this country. Mahinda Rajakashe was worshiped by many foolish people of this country so as that joker from Egypt is doing today. Deception and its proclivities are genetically predetermined for this race.

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        Dear LM: What a statement you make in: “Is the known devil better than the unknown devil”? You have, in all your comments, made it a “Mission” to “Exterminate” “Rajapakses” – the present devil. Having said that, you are suggesting that this “known devil” is “Better”. That looks like Ranil W’s “Mission” and you support it.

        As I said earlier, you seem to be suffering from “Jet Lag”. My Dear – Take a rest!

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    ““A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it” ~ Max Planck”
    Could we say this of the theory of relativity? It was accepted by active members of the old school.

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      SJ – perhaps Planck was referring to a norm for which there are always exceptions.
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      See this also:
      https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/aer.20161574&&from=f

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        I have no grudge with Planck. Many such utterances by learned people are not well studied statements and said in light vein.
        To make norms and theories of them is another matter.

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          SJ – True, bit did you check the link I have shared above?

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            R
            Sorry I have not.
            I rarely look up links provided as it distracts me from what i am doing.

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    As for homework, the author needs to do much himself.
    It is not a matter of developing new tricks to win elections, but developing a programme to overcome not just local reaction but global reaction as well.
    The JVP/NPP still parrots its old narrative about achieving socialism while imperialism is weighing down on our backs.

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      ” but developing a programme to overcome not just local reaction but global reaction as well.”

      JVP-led NPP needs more training sessions in Sri Lankan politics. It became more clear with AKD’s statement in parliament a few hours ago. He questions the current president’s foreign trips……. ?He must be a blind leader.

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    We need the Party Political Leaders being QUIZZED by TV presenters in order to get the voters prepared for the coming Elections parliamentary or Presidential. TV presenter could ask the public to provide the Questions

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      Naman, One question could be whether they have done any robbing of national wealth.

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    Political parties go to the stage with a set of ideas called platform or Manifesto. Western democracies try their best to stick to these words. These are reflections for the party’s political policy or philosophy. Sometimes these are put out by the party, like the Old SLFP’s Mahidha Chintanya: a short summary of this appearing somewhere else on the Web.
    Abstract
    Mahinda Rajapakse came to the Presidency on a promise of bringing peace to the island under a plan that he described as Mahinda Chintanya or Mahinda’s Thoughts. Prior to the election, he entered into a pact with the radical JVP and the JHU. Next, he ensured his election victory by arranging a poll boycott in Tamil areas— by striking a financial deal with the LTTE. Once elected, he began to change the rules of the game by insisting that a solution to the ethnic problem should be sought within a unitary constitutional framework. This flew in the face of a meaningful devolution of powers to the minority Tamils. A face off with the LTTE was inevitable—and he saw to it that this happened at a time of his choosing.
    So it’s black and white in Langkang like a country, you put forward a manifesto to win the election and after the election you go ahead with your agenda once you get elected.

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      M,
      No Strange thought??? This was “the Form” always Pre-Independence, Dominion Governance time for sure!!!??? Same Stereo Form!!!
      Successor predates the predecessor!!!
      GAME GOES ON UNIMPEDED!!!???
      Operative Theorem to success and March Forward!!! Or Was BACKWARD!!!???

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    This is why people need new blood, a systemic change. So, based on the above introduction, what NPP is going to say on its platform is, evidently based on Langkang political culture, is instrumental to win an election. This is going to be a challenge or “Sathiya Sothanai” to the NPP, provided it is expected to introduce the badly needed systemic change to the country’s ailing political culture. Langkang poverty can anytime trigger many riots and/or even turn into famine and kill millions by hunger. At that point we can ask the question “Can NPP start its manifesto with “We will even go to Moon and bring rice”, after it is to stop that kind of political marketing the systemic change is needed, Here needed is honest victory, telling truth. Another question is what part of the manifesto truly catches the vision of the masses. Mahinda Chaitanya was not as much of a racial document, as was believed the Rowdy Royal family were. After many years of war & pogroms UNP had with Tamils, people were looking for peace with Tamils. The incompetent nature of the SLFP politicians who received that mandate failed the matters promised in the manifesto, that was providing a solution for Tamils and taking forward the country. The peace hand stretched by Chandika, without a political solution even for an interim term did not bring peace.

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    The NPP need to realize that the peace message propagated by Chandrika failed to reach the Tamil population, as indicated by the systematic Tamils’ turn out for EP elections, because in the 75 years history, governments did not propose any solution even for an interim period while campaigning with dubious peace talks. 3rd world parties continuously invent cheating ways; their masses take too much time to realize it. Our point here is not just reminding Tamil’s problems, but about gaining time in positive methods while attending to difficult & not easily solvable long-term problems. All these times it was only Tamils’ problem that was not an easily solvable long-term problem, but now the country’s financial situation is also a problem for which a time cannot be predicted to be solved, even though the Central Bank Governor and the country’s president have uttered so many false hopes. So many commentators are willing to offer their way of thinking and their way of solving the country’s problem in line with the author’s advising title (in a university teachers’ tone) “Homework For NPP”. If we broadly categorize these commentators (though CT is not a true representative of suffering masses) people’s expectation is high on prospective presidents’ achievements. They need immediate food for hunger and want protection from the lawlessness and order-lessness of the recent governments. These two are the first priorities for NPP.

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    NPP needs to ponder deeply in Frederick Herzberg two factor theory. Herzberg tried to study the labor problem in work places and came up with the Two Factor Theory. One of the two factors is the Hygiene factor, which is the one we are most interested in currently. Another one is the motivation factor which analyzes what causes a labor team to contribute to the workplace as much as he/she can. If the NPP wants to give systemic change with high expectations for the country whose physical condition is the bottom of the well, they need to start from the side of Hygiene factor. The naming convention of “Hygiene factor” is, Herzberg thought, because the hygiene factors are basic and essential for them to come to work and start the work, in the same way without hygiene a man/woman cannot prolong his/her life. Adequate food supply for the masses is not coming from anywhere but the Government repeatedly juggling with the exchange rate and inflation rate thinking People are only Modaya and if they say “You are not hungry” they will not feel hungry. Central Bank’s crooks present manipulated inflation rate and/or exchange rate.

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    Here is the proof of the central bank data’s reliability: The common vegetable Drumstick, a favorite of Langkang’s, is Rs 3000 a kilo. In my time, people do not buy drumsticks from markets.

    Now the price of a kilo drumstick is Rs 3000. This is not imported. This is not cultivated so there is no need for fertilizer or gasoline; they come from a semi-wild tree that appears in the backyards and nearby forests. I have not done the market research into their scarcity and the reason for that high price. This minor demand vegetable has become a substitute to major cultivated vegetables. As this ones’ supply cannot be influenced, the price is facing stiff in-elasticity. If the other vegetables are showing elasticity to demand for the inflation (or rather deflation) and softening exchange rate, the demand of the drumstick might have been killed. The rate reported by CB has no relationship with the other forces active in the market. It looks like CBG Nantahala doesn’t eat Drumstick, so he doesn’t know the situation.

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    NPP need to understand the hunger is hygiene factor and using the tourism revenue, foreign employment remittances and printing paper money (at this time, do not worry about the opponents of MMT – we too one of them) import seedling grains, fertilizer, kerosene, gasoline, diesel and support the farmers to bring maximum out of their lands. Use the security forces’ physical power to indemnify natural disasters like flood and drought. That Is a way to keep the masses cool from interfering in governmental actions that they cannot be enlightened of. While NPP finding ways to feeds the people temporarily, they must explore ways to engage them in local productions like

    Before we go to the other point, we like to have a word, on the heating up of election fever, reflected in the actions of non NPP parties.

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      Thank you, Mallaiyuran for these comments which are quite different from what we are used to from you.

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    Two days ago, Ex UNP Vice President Kabir Hashim delivered a well drafted attack on the Evil administration and CB. That was well drafted, that is why systemic change is needed to fix the political culture of Langkang. Let us clarify our policy on this too. All the countries of the world are UN members (Other than small 6 places). They subscribe to most of the UN resolutions and conventions. The UN has undertaken the responsibility of maintaining world peace and the flow of global trade. In other words, all UN members are obligated to contribute for the fulfillment of these two objectives. Langkang for a long time, supplied soldiers to UN peacekeeping and made money from the UN. Now Langkang volunteers to work with the countries who went to protect the commercial ships in the red sea. Israel is not having a war with the world, but with Hamas. So, the consortium standing in the Red Sea to protect commercial ships has no reason not to protect Israeli commercial ships. In total The Langkang Navy in the Red Sea will be shooting the Yerman rebels’ war ships in-order to protect Israeli commercial ships. UNSC, two days ago condemned the Houthi rebels’ attack on the ships passing Red Sea. It is under these circumstances that Kabir came out with his alternate truth of Evil’s hanky-panky dealings with IMF & UN

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    Two or three days ago, Western Asian countries’ ambassadors met with the president to question the reason for this decision to send the navy to the Red Sea. They were replied that Hamas is an International Terrorist group, so they need to deal with it. Houthi rebels may not interfere in Israel’s initiation on that. Habir, Harsha, Eran, Mangala Rajitha and others were treated by reasonable politicians in the Old UNP. So, they were good at making use of it too. They all were in the defense of Evil protecting Rowdy Royals. Valaiththodam split from the UNP only to stand for the presidential election but wanted to be with him in the parliament election. Then split again because could be satisfied with the number of the seats Evil wanted to give SJB. Now, after the Red Sea deal they want to show they are not close to Evil. For some time, some of these politicians were claiming it was they who were the first to say Langkang should go to the IMF. Kabir Hashim, until the Evil Emperor’s declaration to send the navy to the Red Sea, rarely attacked Evil in the parliament. He said Evil’s Monster Child VAT18 and EFP fund drain as a haircut were not asked by the IMF. They are still not ready to condemn Evil’s dastardly acts.

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    They are protecting each other but reacting opportunistically to the growing popularity of NPP while condemning Evil, horning the IMF, which is the one giving loan for fighting in the Red Sea. It is portrayed by the Evil UNPyers that the CEB employees enter people’s private houses to cut electricity and arrest students and women in the name of fighting drug trafficking and money laundering.

    To come back to our next problem the NPP needs to pay attention to is the violent, unruly policing the government is carrying out with all kinds of explanations, the other hygiene factor, or painful experience people are having from the security forces and government paramilitaries. For example, NPP can postpone the systematic fighting of drug traffickers (, most of them are the UNP-SLFP union political stalwarts), but they need to stop the security forces and impersonators entering people’s homes, arresting them, taking them to police stations, touring and murdering them. Evil threatening people peacefully organizing against his Monster Child VAT18. He is preventing pressmen going to public places and collecting news. He is against social media. If a thief enters a house, the neighbors have a habit of getting together and deterring the petty thief. People started to live in their home with fear only after the unlimited police and security forces ransacking their homes and properties.

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    If the people get today’s food, next thing they look for a place called home to peacefully rest, sleep and alleviate their physical pain. So, the next thing NPP needs to attend to is protection from Government Bulldogs. People have no way to stop an impersonator entering their home acting like a CEB employee. Now people do not have to eat, above all they cannot rest in their houses without fear even with their hungry stomachs. This is really a cursed situation. People are looking for protection and the government which wants to protect them needs to cancel the PTA, Social Media security acts and other artificial tyrannical acts devised by UNP-SLFP union to keep the people under their jackboot.

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    Other priorities on the hygiene factor of people’s lives are health care, then education and employment. All development related matters must be considered as Motivation factors and to be left for two or three years later. A party wishing to bring systemic change must prepare itself to stay in power for at least three or four consecutive terms. This we saw in Japan, Singapore, India, Vietnam and even lately in Bangladesh. A desperately needed political system in developing nations is a true democratic party emerging as capable of holding power to few terms, consecutively. But in Langkang, recent decades trend was (After Siri Ma O’s -obituary of Mr. Dem. O. Crecy.) True tyrannical parties coming to power and trying to hold on to it using election frauds, changing the term periods through constitutional amendments, and using military and party thugs. In April 2022, Old Rowdy kept thugs in Temple Tree House and launched on the peaceful protesters. Water cannon, tear gas, Batton Charging, arbitrary arresting under PTA all is used systematically by the UNP-SLFP unions to protect them in their residential Palaces. Ponny, who was a right-hand man of the Rowdy Old King, was put in the hand of his own army, while he was hiding in Cinnamon Grand Hotel, for the reason that he stood against Old Rowdy in the election.

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    While NPP tries to invent ways to feed the people temporarily, they need to engage people in hut industries, Handicraft works. This will give an opening for local technology and give some directions to exports, instead of waiting for the Volkswagen factory to arrive. If agriculture, hut industry & handicraft are developed China’s loan or IMF loan wouldn’t be needed. Further no current loans can be repaid soon. For some time borrowing and investing will be gone out of the question. First thing somebody must invent ways to generate money to pay back all loans borrowed and deposited in foreign and invested in the stock markets. Still there is some opening to FDI, if the local labor market starts to show efficiently, the craving to get out of the country cools, law and order is fixed………Then as long as Deal Dasa and Tiran Alley is in the country, no investor would like to come.
    To repeat a point, the Royal Rowdies came to power promising peace, but completely burned down the country. This is why I said earlier, while trying to save the country, the NPP should try all that it can to keep the party clean and gain acceptance from people for longer time and implement changes from one after another to make sure the systemic change had pervaded every aspect of the people’s lives.

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    People must be explained the difference between the country mouse life and City mouse life. Country mice just eat whatever the yams and grain they get and peacefully sleep in its dark corners. City mice endure for nothing special. People should be ready to cooperate for a temporarily lower, but sure life instead of IMF loan and go and fight in Red Sea. This is going to wake up back the Jihadis, who died in Easter Sunday bombing. Greed for China loan has made the Langkang as the future war front of World’s super power. Even if the NPP rejects their loan, they will unlikely easily go away. The only way for NPP to solve all these problems in one single solution is to educate the masses more. Educate the masses more so they will know what to expect and where to guide their government. Educate them to be foresighted. Educate them to be satisfied to build the country without loans.

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    What sort of man is Dr Ameer Ali?
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    I have relatively recently been talking to him on WhatsApp. But he doesn’t talk much to me. Is that because I don’t have a PhD?
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    Now, here is Dr Ameer Ali being interviewed in English:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3Xiz_M7zns
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    EPISODE 1: DR AMEER ALI. MY FATHER & AMA AZEEZ. KATTANKUDY. TELLING LIFE. BIOGRAPHY. LIFE STORY.
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    I put this comment on, but it was promptly rejected!
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    “A wonderful story; I have spoken to him using electronic media.”
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    There were no other comments! What sort of policy does YouTube have?
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    And here’s another, in English:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ0K-Z0FmeQ
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    Dr. Ameer Ali – Sri Lanka: WHY THE UN RESOLUTION IS A NECESSITY – Side 46th UNHRC Session. UHRC
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    A 23 minute video in Tamil.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad0k19YXH_s
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    Keynote Speech by Dr Ameer Ali
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    Contributed by Panini Edirisinhe of Banarawela

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      Dear SM – I can see your comment on YouTube. I have experienced the same on YouTube. It is probably because they have what is called mirror sites. The content probabbly takes time to get uploaded across their mirror sites. Meanwhile some may experience it as disappearance. :)

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      SM,
      “I put this comment on, but it was promptly rejected!”
      I really don’t know why you present a FALSE image of being persecuted by everyone from YouTube to CT moderators. If you don’t know anything about things, please don’t comment on them.
      I checked, and your comment is there.

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        oc
        In fairness, CT always says that a comment has been rejected.

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    “It is a choice between getting rid of the present constitution that upholds a moribund ethnonationalist majoritarian socio-political paradigm and replacing it with a new paradigm based on secular democracy enshrined in a new constitution guaranteeing every one of the country’s citizenry all democratic freedoms, human right protection, economic justice, and above all accountability of governance. “
    I totally AGREE.
    WE NEED AT THE PRESENT JUNCTURE A NEW CONSTITUTION
    passed by presenting it to the public[ DUAL+SINGLE citizens of the country].
    How about creating OCSL [overseas citizens of SL status for all the children and grand children OF the dual citizens]. It will improve the country economically/culturally/academically!!!

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    Peoples Republic of Sri Lanka? Do the Saudis know something that we don’t? https://www.spa.gov.sa/w1882419

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      Mysterious world indeed, that we Encounter!!!?

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