1 October, 2020

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How Much Moral Petrol Is Left In Ranil’s Car?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Ranil Wickremesinghe beat all odds and topped the list of preferences – a feat that was considered impossible earlier. At the base level, shorn off the rhetoric and the tinsel, it is an achievement that reflects the combination of national, international – and even some anti-national – forces. It has triumphed as the new force, replacing the preceding “Mahinda magic”. Wickremesinghe has done what his uncle, the Yankee Dicky did, rather late in his day. Of course, JRJ shot into power with a formidable force behind him. Whether the limited force behind Wickremesinghe has the depth to last the course and go the same distance as his uncle is yet to be seen.

But this strikes a note of warning to political analysts : never write off a political survivor despite repeated failures until he goes down to push daisies. Extrapolated to the current situation, this means that if Wickremesinghe can rise from his grave the chances of Mahinda Rajapakse who is up and running, neck to neck with him, are far greater. Examples of Jayalalitha, de Gaulle and Churchill, or the rejects like S. B. (“Balu”) Dissanayake etc., creeping in through the backdoor, demonstrate that Rajapakses chances, even if he is put in jail, are rosier than that of Wickremesinghe when he was down. In short, a political survivor who is down need not necessarily be out. Also, the eternal,never-failing Buddhist principles of Patichcha-sammuppa-da kicks in to establish that the triangle can be completed only when all the three sides of the same size are there, next to each other. In the case of Mahinda Rajapakse the three sides are there but the line on one side has fallen a wee bit short. It is not down difficult to catch up and fill the gap on the missing side.

RanilSo where ever Wickremesinghe is Rajapakse will not be far behind, breathing down his neck. It is political myopia to write Rajapakse off at this early stage. Even if he steps out or is forced out he will still be there, like a touch-me-not ready to spring back when the time is ripe. The signs are already beginning to turn ominous for Wickremesinghe. He rode into power firing on all his moral cylinders. But the moral riders in his own car are now turning against him. Ven. Sobitha, expressing moral disgust with the entire political class, has confronted Wickremesinghe with his failures to fulfil his promises. Ven. Sobitha is dismissing the new Siri-Wicky regime as a”joke”. Parliament is condemned as a den “for thieves, thugs, drug dealers or ethanol dealers”. His verdict :“The people are laughing at us.” In short, within a few months, the nation has skipped the dawn, skipped the high noon and slipped instantly into a twilight with the light fading fast. To change the metaphor, it seems the Siri-Wicky regime is dying in the cot with uncut umbilical cord hanging loose. To change it again, even the honeymoon seems to be strained even before both parties could even get to bed.

Though it was a personal victory for Wickremesinghe, he has nothing much to crow about now, though they take cover behind a few tit-bits. The overall results did not hand him the power he needed to govern in his own right with increased powers of the President in Parliament – his main political thrust launched in the January 8 presidential campaign. This watered down the full flavour of his victory. He is still dependent on the SLFP to muster the power he needs to be in overall command of the state he plans to lead. After the failure to transfer presidential powers to the prime minister in parliament and after the failure to get the requisite electoral votes to run a government of his own he will have to limp along as half the man he wants to be in power.

As against this, SLFP, along with its traditional allies in the Left, produced the second highest vote-winner, Mahinda Rajapaksa, bringing the SLFP within striking distance of power. In terms of electoral clout the difference between the two is 3. 28% which gave 106 seats to the UNP-led UNFGG and 95 to the UPFA. These two basic figures affirm that neither party won outright power, though, of course, the UNP got the slight edge to grab the throne. These figures indicate clearly the standing of the two camps in the electorate and parliament respectively are not too far apart. Buoyed by the weightier alliances and other external factors, the UNFGG was expecting to deal a crushing blow to the UNFA. But it didn’t materialise. A slight shift either way, in the Parliament or the electorate, can make all the difference as to who would retain power with whom and for how long.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s strong performance is far superior to any of the performances of Wickremesinghe when he was in the opposition. But Wickremesinghe’s grit and survival skills carried him through. Rajapakse, however, gained greater credence and significance when John Kerry took credit for the regime change in Sri Lanka. For Rajapakse to retain a formidable grip on the nation at the end of an uneven battle in which global forces were pitted against him stands as solid evidence of the strength of the forces that are waiting in the wings to regroup and strike back. The fears and frustrations of the UNFGG forces were further highlighted by “Paki” Saravanamuttu, who lamented dolefully that “the (election) result would be disappointing for the UNFGG which had hoped for a clear rejection of the Rajapaksa era – infamous for corruption,state intimidation and Sinhalese nationalism.” His other line is equally damning: “This has potentially given Mr. Rajapaksa a new lease of political life. He’s not out at all.” (The Australian, 19/8/2015 – p.11)

This then is the underlying reality. Yes, Wickremesinghe managed to scrape into the seats of power for the fourth time with barest minimum. This does not mean that he had crushed the Rajapakses. Defeated candidates, like Jayalalitha, Wickremesinghe, and Mahinda Rajapakse have many lives. However, the upshot of all this is that Wickremesinghe is enjoying a fund of goodwill right now. His cup runneth over. The current political ambience is dominated by the euphoria of the UNPers which is understandable. Enjoying the sweet smell of success is also inevitable considering the fact that they have been in the wilderness for nearly 20 years. But the danger is in being intoxicated by it, assuming that they have acquired the mandate to do it their way all the way. The time hasn’t yet come for Wickremesinghe to sing : “I’ll do it my way and the others can take the highway.” So Wickremesinghe’s formula of “national government” is not only vital for his survival but also a pragmatic necessity to tide over his shortcomings and escalating issues, if he can. Unlike JRJ, Wickremesinghe has no power to stabilise his power and put his undisputed stamp of authority without the backing of the SLFP, particularly the backing he gets from the CBK-Sirisena duo. His real source of power is in the hands of this SLFP duo, not the UNP MPs. If the SLFPers pull the rug under him he is kaput.

In fact, the MoU between the UNP-SLFP concedes the fragility of the political alliance. It is, for all intents and purposes, a tentative and experimental alliance for two years minimum, with the possibility of extending it further. Legally, under the amended constitution, the President cannot meddle with the newly appointed regime for the next four years. But Wickremesinghe can’t run a stable state and deliver his promises within the time available to him – four or two years — without the backing of the SLFP. The alternative is to tie up with the TNA as a compliant outsider – an unholy alliance which will come at a heavy price. There is one glimmer of hope in all the combinations and permutations of the minority parties : the force is still with the two main political parties. Power hasn’t shifted to the minorities to the extent it was feared by some. For instance, the rise of pro-American Wickremesinghe is a far better bet for the State Department than the papier-mache prime minister, V. Rudrakumaran, of the TGTE in New York. America has found their pliant man in Colombo to do their bidding and in this setting the Tamils in New York, London, Paris are totally irrelevant to their geo-political agenda. At least it has exposed the hysterical lunacy of the extremist politics of asinine Vigneswaram gone ballistic.

However, the fact remains that Wickremesinghe is still sailing in President Sirisena’s “Titanic”. Sirisena, in his convoluted way, sounded the warning when he said that it was he who saved Wickremesinghe’s “Titanic”. He went all out to plug the leaks and if he pulls them out Wickremesinghe will certainly go down with his band. But can Wickremesinghe steer his way through in the stormy seas ahead, with or without the CBK-Sirisena duo ? His main anchor is Chandrika Kumaratunga. Jointly, they led the nation to brink of disaster with their CFAs and P-TOMs. When finally their hidden agenda is revealed the nation will find that they have been plotting and planning to drag the nation back of February 22, 2002 – the fateful year in which Wickremesinghe signed the CFA without telling the President, Parliament, Cabinet, Party or the sovereign people. His style of government, as seen even in his last “100 days”, is to steer the ship of state like a juggernaut, dismissing the thundering waves lashing the hull on all sides. He either goes into intransigent denial or appoints endless committees to the problems he just can’t handle, hoping that if he puts his problems in the freezer the issues would go away. How far can this style carry him? How long will the nation tolerate his idiosyncratic fancies? Which book of R. A. Butler or Gladstone can provide him with the answers to the 21st century problems of Sri Lanka?

If this is condition prevailing when Siri-Wicky regime is facing mere teething problems how are they going to meet the pending challenges that are waiting round the corner to grab them by throats and shake them down? For instance, if the moral and the socio-economic conditions continue to worsen – and there are no signs of it improving — can CBK-Wickremesinghe mobilise the necessary forces to hose down pyromaniacs like Vigneswaran and Gajendra Ponnambalam, igniting, in competition with each other, ethnic extremism to grab the title of “the sole representative of the Tamils”? In any case both of them will be starting on the wrong foot because their aim is to revive the blue print they tried it first with their CFAs and P-TOMs and failed in Febraury 22, 2002. The hidden agenda not revealed to the electors threatens to drag the nation back to February 22, 2002 when Wickremesinghe signed the infamous CFA with the one man on earth who never stood for peace and reconciliation. So can they do it this time what they failed the last time? They have nothing in their armoury except to fire their failed formulas. But can they reverse the victory of Nandikadal and drag the nation back to the failed “juck-muck” politics of Wickremesinghe? This is a critical issue that needs another chapter.

As the numbers stand now, this new symbiotic relationship between the UNP-SLFP is more favourable to the UNP than to the SLFP. It will strengthen the UNP more than the SLFP. Though the SLFP will bargain for its pound of flesh it is the UNP that can come out on top, more so because of the ideological confluence of the triumvirate – Presidency, Prime Ministership and Madame Defarge counting the heads that fall from her guillotine. CBK who was booed at election rallies was given a standing ovation in the post-election party room because she has emerged as the Chief Executioner with power to roll heads or fix severed heads. But once Wickremesinghe gathers his Cabinet together the overall responsibility will fall on the shoulders to account for success or failure. All three of them will be watching over each others shoulder to see that the other won’t get excessive share of power that would jeopardize his/her interests. All three of them will be walking gingerly trying to balance the power they share to shore up their political bases.

Every single move from now will be seen as a critical move to get the lion share to consolidate their grip on power. Initially, the internal power-struggle will be subdued and tolerated by all three parties but as time goes on it can turn sour and bitter. The internal power struggle has thrown national politics into a spin. That is why Ven. Sobitha, the leading light of the moral crusade, is moaning about the power vacuum in which the SLFP and UNP power brokers are floundering. That is why the initial term of the MoU is limited to two years – roughly the testing time span for any honeymoon in any marriage, personal and political, except those in Hollywood. But that is to anticipate events that may or may not happen.

Wickremesinghe’s task is two fold : 1. to deliver his list of impossible promises (he has already failed the “`100 day”test.) and 2. to protect his national cup filled with half a million votes. If his skills in keeping the 100 promises within 100 days is any indication of his capacity to deliver then the nation has only one source left to get at least an inkling of what’s in store : the astrologer of President Mahinda Rajapakse who assured him victory in the presidential race! If, as promised, Wickremesinghe can deliver an absolutely free media in a persecution-free, corruption-free democracy, without vindictive politics rejected in the Lichchavi principles which he promised, and transforming the Siri-Wicky regime into a transparent state guaranteeing human rights of all, then his cup will overflow with a million votes next time round. But the Central Bank scandal, the banning of the publication of the Parliamentary report, the decision to cohabit with the very politicos whom he has condemned, his own cronyism, going along with nepotism, etc., etc., within the first 100 days of the Yahapalanaya reduces him to a purveyor of slogans and not substance.

There are also some ominous signs arising within the UNP itself. In the hullabaloo of helter-skelter goings-on leading UNPers seems to have gone out of the radar screen. Example: Sajith Premadasa, the Deputy Leader, is hardly visible and in his place the unscrupulous careerist Champika Ranawaka has crept into through the backdoor to Wickremesinghe’s influential circle. First he tried to creep into the bosom of President Sirisena but he soon realized he was not that indispensable to the President. Now he is worming his way into the heart of Wickremesinghe. He sidles up to Wickremesinghe, like a Churchilian dwarf whispering obscenities in the Emperor’s ears. He cultivates the top to impress the power-brokers that it is worth having him because he is the man of the future. All these Svengalian machinations makes him the obnoxious interventionist manoeuvring to oust the traditional UNPers. He is the kind of man who was described by Lyndon Johnson as a man worth having on your side because he could direct his piss on the outsiders, shooting from inside, rather than pissing in from out.

Ranawaka is bound to be a stinging thorn in Wickremesinghe’s side. As it his plate is overflowing and the last thing he needs is Ranawaka. But then in his desperate bid Wickremesinghe has never hesitated to align himself with an assorted variety of wheeler-dealers from Gonawila Sunil to Batalanda brigades. So why not go along with Ranawaka if he is ready to be another Gonawila Sunil to Ranil.

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    Ranil should take the advice of this Mahinda Rajapaksa lickspittle very seriously. He must make sure that Mahinda, Gota, and Namal are jailed for at least 10 years. Better still send the first two to the Hague.

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      Dr. H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE: How Much Moral Petrol Is Left In Ranil’s Car?

      Not only Ranil, Sirisena as well.

      Through the Grape Wine, Bulath Wine and Vellila Wine.
      [Edited out]

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        Dr. H. L. D. Mahindapala

        The truth is bitter.

        Why is truth always..bitter?? And most can’t swallow it.. ? And Get edited out?

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          Dr. H. L. D. Mahindapala

          Gotabel Can Bolt now!

          The truth is bitter. Why is truth always..bitter??

          Through the grape wine the bulath wine the vetilla wine..

          What is the unholy haste impelling AG to release Pass Port to Gota saying nothing incriminating against him ? Who took 16 million bribe?

          Shocking stories shaking the entire country to its foundation are doing their rounds at Hultsorf that a high rung officer of the Attorney general’s (AG) Department had stooped most degradingly and disgracefully to collect a bribe of Rs. 16 million secretly! When the ex defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse is incriminated under the Gun ordinance ; explosive device ordinance; Prevention of terrorism Act (PTA) ;money laundering Act and many others , it is a most perplexing and crucial question , how a recommendation was hurriedly sent to the CID by the AG that there aren’t sufficient grounds to file legal action against ex defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse in this present climate and context when there is already an on going investigation (many others in the pipeline) in which serious incriminations against him have surfaced ?

          Based on reliable sources , three senior lawyers of the AG’s department who are no longer employed there but engaged in the legal profession still, have got together and given this colossal bribe to this high rung officer of the AG’s department.

          Lawyers Kuwera De Soysa, Dulinda Weerasuriya and Nalinda Indratissa were officers in the AG’s department for some time. They are now three prominent practicing lawyers. Hultsdorf informed sources are of the view that they should know the inside out of this sordid transaction.

          It is an undisputed fact that there is a backlog of cases filed by the police and CID at the AG’s department where AG’s recommendations have been held back for many years. Then how come pertaining to Gotabaya’s case which commenced in 2015, such jet speed expeditious attention was paid to give AG’s recommendation ? The CID officers who are deeply in their toils honestly discharging their duties duly with a view to bringing crooks and criminals to book are naturally baffled over this unholy haste shown by the AG to recommend the release of the passport of Gotabaya, the ex defense secretary .

          While long delays are common at the AG’s department, what prompted the department to act so hastily in Gotabaya’s case ? One simple example which bears testimony to the delays at the AG’s department is : when the necessary investigation report along with the other relevant suspicious documents and registers were forwarded to the AG’s department to get its recommendation in relation to a massive fraud involving many millions of rupees, in which the suspect had made forged documents pertaining to a land belonging to a German couple , and has also cheated the State tax department in colossal amounts , the AG’s department has still not responded several years after the request was made to the department for its recommendation. This is only one of the many such instances of delays experienced at the AG’s department where procrastination is a matter of routine.

          The case No. of this massive fraud was 769/12 CM when it was forwarded to the AG’s department for its recommendations . A businessman with powerful political connections from Kalutara has made the fraudulent deeds of transfer Nos. 793 and 400. The case No. is B 7108/12 when it was filed at the Kalutara magistrate court.

          When this is the lethargic state of affairs in the AG’s department , how come it acted with such great enthusiasm to release the ex defense secretary Gotabaya without permitting the filing of cases when he is implicated in so many criminal cases under the Gun ordinance , explosive device ordinance , PTA and money laundering Act ? This action of the AG’s department has rudely shocked the entire judiciary . Specially , legal luminaries of Hultsdorf are in the process of probing into this issue.

          This controversial order given by the AG that there aren’t grounds to file legal action against ex defense secretary Gotabaya despite such glaring criminal incriminations against him , necessitated the Galle chief magistrate Nilapuli Lankapura to release the passport (impounded earlier by court) to Gotabaya to travel abroad.

          In other words , the gateway is now open for Gotabaya to bolt from the country before he is taken into custody in the Prageeth Ekneliyagoda case.

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          Amarasiri, Because even the Telegraph cannot stomach the truth!

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      Truthspeaker Ranil don’t need to worry about that already case against MR & and his entire family is taken by One Mr. Antany Peter on behalf of every one who opposed & victimized by MR in Sri Lanka ICJ in Hague.

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      This Mahindapala [Edited out]

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      Truthspeaker

      “Better still send the first two to the Hague.”

      I suppose you haven’t heard the news that the prison department is recruiting 2 Hangman (Alugosuwa) and has already received 13 application.

      Would you like to apply for the same?

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        SPOT on Dr. NV.
        I love your comments as always.

        Btw, one of those alugosuwas – went missing all the weeks, you know who he is – DAYN JAYATHILAKA the most known self proclaimed poliical analyst.
        Now he turned up adding his usual verbal diarrhea – did you check it ?

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        Native

        You sound disappointed that already there have been 13 applications. Why Native? You dont know the atrocities they have committed?

        If I am to tell the truth, I will be dismayed if an Alugosuwa is engaged to hang them. Such punishment is too mild for the crimes they have committed. It should be excruciatingly painful and slow enough to give sufficient time for them to contemplate the gruesome torture they inflicted on innocent victims. It will be more fitting, to cut off their anaesthetized lying tongues, fry them in oil before their eyes, and force them to eat, then to break their ribs, knee caps, toes and fingers, arms and legs, pull out their teeth with iron pliers, place them on the driving seat of their cars, pour kerosene, set them ablaze, and push them off a cliff quite literally for an explosive descent.

        Would you like to volunteer, to do the honors? Native?

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          Truthspeaker

          You are a sadist you know what it means. You are no better than your supposed enemies.

          “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

          — Buddha

          If you are Tamil read this couplet:

          InnA seitharai oRuththal avar naana nannayam seithu vidal

          இன்னா செய்தாரை ஒறுத்தல் அவர் நாண நன்னயம் செய்து விடல் (திருக்குறள்)

          Make a wrong doer feel shy, by doing him a favour.
          If others harm you, do good unto them, so that they are shamed into realizing their mistakes.

          davidananth.wordpress.com

          “Would you like to volunteer, to do the honors? Native? “

          I will forgive you vile man/woman only if you stop uttering your perverted thoughts here in this forum.

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            Native

            I suggested 10 years jail and or Hague. Then you were looking for Alugosuwas. I was only showing you the way to go the whole hog if YOU wanted to be cruel.

            Not that your friends Mara and Gora do not deserve the punishment I described. They should be willing to taste what they give others, eg Thajudeen. You too, Native, next time don’t serve what you cannot yourself eat.

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            The Bible says, “All have sinned and fallen short of grace”. “Vengeance is mine, said the Lord”. “I will repay”. “Innocent blood calls for vengeance”. “Forgive and you will be forgiven”. There are many verses where we are told to practice forgiveness, to pour do good to those who do us harm. The Bible also says that justice must always prevail. So, let us leave the judiciary to conduct its affairs and not contemplate all manners of painful deaths for others. Remember, we did nothing to stop the wickedness of the MR regime when they really got going. The masses should have come out in protest THEN and many including those who now stand condemned would not be in this position.

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              You know what happened to the masses in Rathupaswela ? They only asked for water !!!

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      I think this Burupala donkey coughing proxy Mahinda Rajapakshe would not even be rejected by the worms in his grab. This man has no brains to see it right let alone today. THIS NATURE of people should not be in journalism to create more divisions among our folks rather than finding better and sustainable solutions to the long awaiting ethinic problems amongst the lanken communities.

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      For once, I agree with Dr. Mahindapala. It boils down, when analyzing all things to NATIONALISM. MR is a die-hard, Sinhala-Buddhist who kissed the grounds when he got off the aircraft and stood against all odds during the closing days of the war. Now that says something, which no one can deny. The greater majority of the Sinhala voters stood with MR, despite the exposed corruptions of all of his family because they are proud of their leader. The best advise to RW, My3, The Unite States, The E.U., all who are looking at dragging MR, GR etc to the Hague and very specially to the die-hard diaspora, die-hard Tamil politicos in India and last but NOT least the winners of the North and the East at the last General Elections: DO NOT ROCK THE ALREADY OVER-BURDENED BOAT. Let My3/RW settle in for at least two years. If the boat goes under, the fires that will rage through the nation will make the 2005 Hurricane Katrina look like a gentle breeze.

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        Kumaran, Your name sounds Dravidian. The majority of the Sri Lankan votes was against MR.

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          I am not Dravidian, I am a Sri Lankan. Agree, but consider the flip side.

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      Truthspeaker ==>H. L. D. Mahindapala

      “Ranil should take the advice of this Mahinda Rajapaksa lickspittle very seriously. He must make sure that Mahinda, Gota, and Namal are jailed for at least 10 years”

      Through the Grape wine, the Bulath wine, the Vetilla wine…

      So there is a God after-all.. the man who quit the army on a medical condition recorded as Depression; the maintenance man of a computer lab in an American University; the glorified Secretary who thought himself a war hero; the shameless fellow who called a lady a pig who eats shit…. and now the alleged cold blooded murderer who ordered the hits on Eknaligoda & Lasantha and countless others is in uncharted territories !..

      His big Brothers protection is no more, so what comes of a coward who has no army to hide behind ? No dogs to bark on his behalf and no lackeys to take the fall ?

      The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, pride and arrogance; he had it all. His cruelty stemmed from weakness. He imprisoned the man who once saved him when he was ambushed by the LTTE and now he has to live forever watching in envy as that very man graces with pride as a Field Marshal.

      He has to come to terms that the journalists he allegedly ordered killed or hurt, live as heroes and martyrs in the eyes and minds of the public.

      He has to live with the indignity of being hauled into the FCID, CID, etc., like a dog on a leash for the crimes he once committed and wors, he has to read articles like this and shut up and do nothing..

      oh! Gota… Karma is a B…, isn’t it ?

      He considers himself a devout Buddhists and yet the hypocrite lived and thrived for 15 years in a capitalistic Christian nation, he unleashes Communal-ism through his cronies in a nation still healing, and now Balu Bala or whatever couldn’t secure a single seat!

      The man who once worked as a Security Manager for the Maharaja group, is the same man who 15 years later rared sharks and elephants.. is it from the money he ‘allegedly’ stole from us ?

      He gave the floating Armoury on a platter with no tenders called to the person who once purchased his home in the USA.. isn’t it vested interest ?

      He harbored or associated with drug dealers and murderers as if they are angels draped in white Satin.

      He claims he beautified colombo.. no argument there, but what you should understand is, he was handed over 253 Billion rupees of our money in 2014 by his big brother !! Any idiot can do what he did with that kind of money.

      He talks about Karma and his religious beliefs… yet he “allegedly” siphons money for the MIG deal to ‘Bellimissa Holdings Ltd’, a company confirmed by INTERPOL as non existence after the deal!

      But .. the worst is now out, sources tell us, those who have been interrogated for the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda and others have already claimed that the order came from him !!

      What right does he have to take a life of another ? remember the kids who were shot on the streets for asking water ? Can a man not express his opinion in a free country ?

      Whether he pulled the trigger or not.. all this happened on his watch. Just as he and his brother take the glory of winning the war, so then he should be responsible for these heinous crimes.

      The sins of the past are catching up. Knowing our politicians, he may still escape, but from Karma.. he never will… So there is just one thing for him to do and that is run like a chicken across Ethiopia !

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      Truthspeaker, Some of them in your list should get about 50 years, so that we don’t see the likes of them EVER again.
      This lickspittle or shitlicker has his uses I must say…

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    “So why not go along with Ranawaka”

    Ranil beware of the Blairian advice given by the devil incarnate.

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    This paid and hired bard singer is back harping his MR Rajaa tunes all over again, all the way from Down Under.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala

    Types:

    “How Much Moral Petrol Is Left In Ranil’s Car?”

    Good enough to make a political Molotov cocktail which triggered a revolution with out a shot being fired, on 8th Jan and continued on 17th August. That is for the starters.

    A liberal space now exist for people to have meaningful conversation and democratic debate. The baton has been passed to the people. It is up to the people to carry the flame to ignite the minds of young and old.

    A period of renaissance is possible, it is imperative, no need for the people to carry dead wood, the biggest drag on progress, ……… hope people know when they see one, and they know how to ignore these drags.

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    I read ur previous articles… most were proven wrong because you are biased in your opinion.. you are inherently pro-mahinda.. so your predictions tend to be biased… it only fools you.. not the reader though…

    Why dont you write an article about mahinda handing over a part of sri lanka to a chinese company via port city project… what has it done to sri lanka?

    If ever a war breaks out with china and india or any other country i will gaurantee these areas are going to get bombed…

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    As usual I never bothered reading your crap.

    As a response to your caption.

    HOW MUCH OF TORTURE, MURDER, CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM , MAYHEM AND RACISM IS STILL LEFT WITH MARA AND COMPANY INCLUDING YOU ?

    Kindly reply you………………?

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      Ansar,I know you were looking back over your shoulders to see if anyone was watching from behind you when you were reading this piece secretly though you say you now don’t read HLDM’s opinions.

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    A lot more petrol than your car.

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      Simon,

      This bugger HLDM’s car runs on Kerosene and not on Petrol, because he never could afford Petrol. Once the Bugger has accidentally drunk Kerosene thinking it was Gal and the Bugger has gone wonky. Hence his silly utterances.

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    Mahinda’s can never rise again. The only place for him to now is where he’ll be soon taken, that’s the cooler, there he’ll cool all that fire he breathed.

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    H L D Mahindapala, at what price will you sell your soul for? Editorship of the Observer, again?

    Remember the days when you were brown-nosing President Premadasa as the editor of the Observer?

    For the entertainment of the readers, the Colombo Telegraph should reproduce some of HLDM’s editorials in the Observer.

    That would strip naked this cheap hacker for what he is!

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      I agree 100% with Ken that Colombo Telegraph should reproduce the Observer editorials of Mahindapala during the late 80s. The prize catch would be if he has written anything about MR taking human rights issues to the UN!

      Here’s a challenge to you Mr Mahindapala:

      Stop dipping your dip-stick into RW’s petrol tank, and reproduce, for the benefit of CT readers, some of the things you wrote in the Observer in the late 80s and was paid for by the then authorities, for example when Richard de Zoysa was killed, .

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    What ails thou – O ! Mahinda ——– Pal-ah ?

    Is it your failures?

    The BIGOTRY that you espouse -leads clearance to that.

    The UPFA and the SLFP factions ( Not withstanding the support of M.Sirisena) will have to pay the price of their wantonness.

    So – bat on with your double takes ………

    Your continuance will just reduce your span of life according to the understanding of the Mahinda faction.

    Stay Safe – sweetie

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    I have come to a conclusion based on my study (which was done during my free time)

    After an extensive study the results show Rathanawalli and this Mhi Pala[Edited out]

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      Why not publish the full comment ? not fair ! its an observation If Mahipala can write so much crap my crap also should be allowed. Come on CT moderator. I agree it’s crap what how should u reply to crap it should be with like. any way hope next time u will let it through !

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    Jo Jo,

    Thanks for your sarcasm, let me give it a thought. But I will make sure you are not one of the peeping toms when and If I do.

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    [Edited out]

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    HLD is dreaming when he says MR is running neck to neck with RW.The difference is that RW never was or never will be a racist.So his perseverance and absolute integrity forced not only the minorities but even sinhalese to vote in such a large unprecedented number.On the contrary MR will never be trusted by the minorities and even the majority Sinhalese will never forget the murder, plunder and mayhem carried out under his watch.

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    Mahindapala;
    Why can’t you develop some decency to appreciate something good as good. You are an eternal cynic and a pessimist. I would be surprised if you have any appreciating friends. Now you have to go on harping at least for another 5 years hoping for a Mahinda resurgence. That is up to you. See for example SL does not need party politics. In that sense everyone together ( nationally united) working to develop the country is better. While the UNP can form a government on their own it goes for a national government. Is it still bad?
    Nilame

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      Nilame

      For your information, HLD is not a total cynic or an inveterate racist. He is open to tolerance to a certain degree and indulges in ‘reasonable use of Tamil’ after dark.

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    [Edited out]

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    Oh Boy… I really took the trouble to read this. Comparing this with Dayan (although I do not agree with Dayan either), At Least to a certain extent you can read Dayan but this man…M, Pala is a waste of time.

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    This article is biased to support MR

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    Mr. Mahindapala:

    How Much Moral Petrol Is Left In Ranil’s Car?

    Did Mahionda Rajapakse have any Moral Petrol ?

    If he were that good why he had to scream and dance that much just to become a Prime minister?

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      Wow ! What a transformation !!!

      Born again, Jim Softy !

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    H.L.D

    I think you should change your glasses. Clearly they are distorting your perception, showing only what you want to see rather than what is really out there. Also from a fashion point of view, they’re so last decade. C’mon now old lion, [Edited out]

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      Off The Wall

      “I think you should change your glasses.”

      Why, does he look like a paedophile or a pervert in those glasses?

      You are being cruel to him.

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        [edited out]

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          kutty

          “[edited out]”

          Thanks for keeping it brief.

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    Leave aside moral petrol in Ranils car how much of morality (or is there any at all) is left in you H L D Mahindapala?

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    Shut up you [Edited out]; you lackey of the imperial west (which is why you are living down under).

    You are such a third rate journalist, it is surprising you still get space in news media.

    [Edited out], but there is plenty of juice in Ranil’s don’t worry.

    [Edited out] have you EVER heard of any regieme anywhere in the decent world, with a track record as bad as that of Rajapakse’s.

    [Edited out]

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    Politics means the techniques if lies and cheats.

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    Mahindapal is writing a homw much petrol in Ranil’s car. [Edited out]

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    How much moral paraffin is left in your broken down car and bitumen in your brain as grey matter? Same Q applies to your friends like DJ, Malinda, Rajiva & others.

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    Age has caught up and the ink in this man’s pen has dried up long ago. So he is trying to dip MR’s pen. Ask Pavithra Wanniarachchi whether their is ink in MR’s pen. She knows about that better than Shiranthi R.

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    Question from Mahindapalan: How Much Moral Petrol Is Left In Ranil’s Car?

    Answer: Enough to get to your house to kick your backside.

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    Has anything this man written in the last 12 months come true?

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    Our country needso brains not braun right now, difference between RW and MR. Mahindapala’s long article only portrays a view of what the future might be. Will the truth or the lie prevail. RW has principals MR has none. Education is the means of realization of the future of Lanka

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    Mahindapala, How much of dung is found in your head?

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      Ebola da Silava

      “Mahindapala, How much of dung is found in your head?”

      Why do you ask?

      Is it because he is sitting on his brain?

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