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Humiliating Legacy Of Our Independence: Incompetence, Dishonesty & Corruption

By Vishwamithra

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” ~ William Faulkner

News in the grapevine is not good. As a matter of fact, it has not been favorable to the Rajapaksas for the last two years. Mahinda, the eldest, is not well. He is sick, can hardly walk without an aid. The prognosis is not auspicious either. Gotabaya, our President is imbalanced, control over his tongue is rather uncontrolled. Basil, the fake wizard of finance, is corrupt. For that matter, all the Rajapaksas are corrupt beyond debate and beyond limits. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest, when the rest of the Rajapaksas, Mahinda, Gotabaya, Namal and Chamal, occupy the 8th or 9th tier, Basil is solely in occupation of the 12th echelon. What a badge to wear.

Nevertheless, those who stand behind these hooligans in the ‘satakayas’ have not realized that their days are numbered too. Not that the elections are around the corner or fall of the regime is imminent, but they have willfully chosen to close their eyes and ears and as a result they neither see nor hear anything that is hostile or critical of their leader-family. Nor would they approach the King and his family to present a brief that contains more negatives than positives. That is the name of the game. The ship is not yet sinking, but the coming signs of a stormy weather are unmistakable. Rats start leaving only a sinking ship, not one that is caught up in high tides and frighteningly swirling storms.

Apart from the corrupt First Family and its obedient clowns, there is another group of pseudo dramatists who are crowding the political theater today. That is those who call themselves the Opposition comprising of parties led by Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Sunil Handunheththi and Vijitha Herath and Sajit Premadasa. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Kabir Hasheem and the rest. On paper, all these Opposition fellows look far more qualified in education, cultural and intellectual stature and social acceptance. Yet the popular feelings are rampant that all our politicians are incompetent, dishonest and fundamentally corrupt. One really cannot find fault with that assessment.

On the seventy fourth anniversary of our independence, it is indeed heartbreaking to pen some disheartening words on the abysmal fate of our nation-state. From D S Senanayake to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, each and every leader and each and every party that they lead need to take ownership of the current misery our people are living through. Everything, in politics as in all else, is relative. We might be able to pinpoint some years and eras that were relatively low in corruption and leaders were relatively less dishonest. But on the larger canvas of national life, the painting that appears is more gruesome in portrayal, melancholy in content and foreboding in messaging. Distorted laughs and shy smiles owe their presence to the fine lines of the artist and should be credited to his immaculate skill and craft rather than a reflection of a true depiction of living reality.

Advertising experts funded by the ill-gotten monies of the politicians have found a way to depict a completely different picture; a picture that oozes out illusions and mirages instead of truth and running water, so to speak. It is indeed an unending sad saga of a beleaguered nation that is agonizing to come to grips with a global epidemic on the one hand and grapple with unspeakable corruption of their political leaders on the other. Their religious leaders, some Buddhist monks who claim to be above mundane judgment, have taken the devotees for unresponsive robot-like followers, are lending their shrine rooms and temples for the most ghastly rituals of day-to-day exchange of money, women and wine.

A culture on the throes of extinction is being dramatized and its swan song is seemingly ghastly and morbid. Seventy four years of deceit, corruption, waste and plain stupidity has been the overall picture that is Sri Lanka. Those seventy four years may be subdivided as follows:

1948 – 1956         D S Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake and Sir John Kotelawala

1956 – 1977         S W R D Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike

1977 – 1994         J R Jayewardene and R Premadasa

1995 – Present   Chandrika Bandaranaike and the Rajapaksas

We have been able to produce leaders from just three families: Senanayake/Kotelawala/Jayewardene Clan, Bandaranaikes and Rajapaksas. R Premadasa was, in fact, an aberration and ruled the country as President merely for four plus short years.

1948 – 1956: D S Senanayake is widely known as ‘Father of the Nation’. But he is also the father of nepotism. Had D S not handed the country to his son Dudley, S W R D would have remained with the United National Party (UNP) and there would not have been a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and no ’56 revolution! Both Dudley and Sir John who succeeded as Prime Minister of Ceylon were thorough failures. Yet the Senanayakes, father and son, and Sir John, whose sister was married to D S’s brother F R Senanayake, did rule the country with some decorum and corruption was not one inglorious badge any of them wore. Had the budget proposal of J R Jayewardene, the first Minister of Finance in independent Ceylon, been accepted by the then Parliament, we may have had the chance to get rid of the ‘Entitlement Syndrome’ that has been the Achilles heel of every successive government since. Free rice was, in fact, one election pledge Sirimavo Bandaranaike could not keep after being elected in 1970.

1956 – 1977: This was the era of the so-called ‘Common Man’. S W R D transformed the sociocultural and religious milieu of the country by introducing the concept of ‘common man’ and paved the way for semi or uneducated men and women to enter Parliament. He thereby altered the entire political culture beyond all recognition. With this alteration of the political setting, the one single element that began an unalterable dynamic was the entry of the Buddhist clergy into the theatre of political drama.

Maha Sanga, the Buddhist clergy, since then became a necessary evil in our political organism and the depths and lengths they trod in order to secure favors, comforts and businesses are continuing to this very day. The involvement of the Maha Sanga also was pivotal in the Sinhala-only clamor which eventually lent itself as a basis for the polarization of the nation along ethnic lines. Ceylon is relatively a small country, at the time with about fifteen million people. Instead of making both Sinhala and Tamil official languages and English as the medium of instruction in schools from kindergarten to university entrance and thereafter, Sri Lanka could have ended up as a thriving social democracy in Asia. Tragically, it was not to be.

Sirimavo, S W R D’s widow, with the help of Felix Dias, S W R D’s nephew, went on rampage on a nationalization of profit making ventures and turning them into white elephants. This phase of our economic development, while distorting the real facts and figures, had a message which had an intrinsic appeal to the local population which was at the time being brainwashed by the traditional Left Wing led by N M Perera, Colvin R de Silva and S A Wickremasinghe that nationalization is the only answer to the ills of capitalism. This was the notorious era of queues, one for rice, another for bread, another for almost every household essential. It was an unreservedly forgettable era and thankfully it came to an end in 1977 until it rose up again in the twenty first century under the present regime.

But in fairness to the two Bandaranaikes, both husband and wife could not be painted with the ‘corruption-brush’.

1977 – 1994: Economic development assumed a fresh meaning and was garbed in foreign imported goods during the first few years of the Jayewardene-era. A few weeks after the fall of the Sirimavo-Felix combine, essential food items were made available in the markets, from the urban cities to the rural hamlets. Employment for our youth, the burning problem of the day, was addressed very seriously by our Minsters of Education, Health and all other line ministries. The transformation from a closed economy to an open economy took its firm roots and has come to stay.

In the agriculture sector, the massive Mahaweli Program, in the trade sector, the monumental development of our Colombo Port, unprecedented housing development schemes, all these giant development was taking place in the country and the management of the economy seemed to have been resting in capable hands. But the rest was yet to come!

Introduction of the Presidential system of government, the Tamil Question in the North and the East, emergence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) and its undisputed leader Velupillai Prabhakaran were all in the mix and the mix did not spell niceties for the greater majority of people. J R Jayewardene who unshackled our economy ended up manacling the same population with the chains of a Presidential system whose hidden elements were really exploited by his successors, first by Premadasa then followed by Chandrika and the present lot of the Rajapaksas.

1995 – Present: Do I need to write anything new as to the current economic stranglehold we are in and the seemingly autocratic governance aspect of the present regime? We are living it and every breath that we inhale and exhale is testimony to that sad saga which has been unfolding, especially during the last decade or so. In fact, one can write a book on each of the above subheadings.

It has indeed been a humiliating legacy of Independence.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com  

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    “Yet the Senanayakes, father and son, and Sir John, whose sister was married to D S’s brother F R Senanayake, did rule the country with some decorum and corruption was not one inglorious badge any of them wore. “
    Decorum and honesty were alien values introduced by the evil foreigners for their own purposes, like railways, roads, etc. All these leaders were educated at evil missionary schools. It takes time for such practices to die out . Nowadays we have enlightened leaders who don’t wear top hats , and have no discernible qualifications apart from saatakayas.
    We have a President who apparently gets his agricultural knowledge from YouTube, and, along with advice from a Buddhist monk, managed to decimate our agriculture. We have gone back to the agricultural methods of our ancestors, with predictable results. We have a PM whose bank account contains many times as much as his salary.
    But we are free of the evil foreigners, aren’t we? But who owns our airports, ports, oil tanks, power stations, etc? Are our leaders citizens of this country?

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      OC
      What has happened has happend, nothing much we can do about the past.
      But what we can do is to act now so we can change the future.
      We have to do what we have to do and hold Rajapaksas responsible for what is happening presently and get them to cough out the stolen loot.
      Then the entire gang connected to rajapaksas must be brought to the full extent of justice.
      With 19 billion USD recovered and all the criminals safely under 6feet, we can make a new start.
      Perhaps if we play our politics right we can go back to glory.

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        Basil Rajapakshe, the king of robbers in the sibuling bunch, repeats that his govt would pay off all the debts one behind the other.
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        In the same time, he has been sending out a message ” at the time war was at its heights, his brother s adminsitration purchased illegal weapons using black money from North Korea”.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY6t495HKS8

        Victor Ivon is making it clear the danger of the crisis – but in a society, its smallest unit – a family cant come to a consensus about their own issues, how can we ever dream of a consensus in the soceity.
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        If one would closely study – biased media is tobe blamed for all the mess. Two terms of MR sowed blatant lies fooling the average as much efforts would be necessary to get them reversed.
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          After 74 years of independence we have hit the nadir ………. elected a well-known serial-killer as the president!

          Everyone is walking around as if it has not happened!

          There’s no record of Odysseus/Homer ever landing in Lanka ……… how did he know? Did he imagine? ………… the lotophagi ………….

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        yuman touch

        What are you touching now?

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          The stinking dumb fuck is scratching his balls.

          Soma

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      OC,
      Gota’s BASIC knowledge about anything is simialr to that of a teenager in early puberty. Today to go for celebrations, but not having achieved little for the benefit of the masses – make him a number one ” laughing stock of the entire south asian region”:
      .
      He has proved it all along since Nov 2019. ” mama thamayi hariyata kore – I am the one to have succeeded it than anyone else” would have become a “movie title ” in the near future.
      :
      A silly man whose publicity came into being through fake public perceptions made by MR-biased TV channels, has now shown “his nohakiyawa- incapability”.
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      Religious men who took the lead of the political campaigns are dead silent today.
      Athana methana natana rathana and Ghansara the mad dog fo the nation behave ” gala uda kakka damapu balala wage – the cat left the excreta on a stone and smeared it everywhere”.

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        Thanks LM
        Why can’t the majority see this?
        Is it not time to act decisively and put an end to this madness.
        Keeping a family of uneducated misfits in charge while we watch them as they sink our economy is sin.

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        LM,
        Why are you insulting teenagers?

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      Sir John had his own set of principles. He said he will never change them until he is proved wrong. He ferociously attacked Chu En Lai during Bandung Conference because he was totally opposed to any semblance of Communism. Sir John Kotalawala Academy is proof of his generosity which none of his contemporaries before or after could match. His playboy type character was legendary. When Jane Mansfield came to Ceylon she said he is a very strong man. In her autobiography she wrote: men in my life are like milestones and I have passed many many miles. Good old Sir John he must be delighting in Heaven.

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      Many interesting things have got said, but there is an inaccuracy in Vishvamithra’s article which old codger, who rarely blunders, would have decided wasn’t worth correcting.
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      Sir John Kotelawela’s sister was not married to D S’s brother F R Senanayake.
      .
      There were connections, but, having spent a few hours exploring the web, I leave it to somebody with greater patience to work this out.
      .
      F.R. Senanayake and Sir John Kotelawela belonged to different generations; the age difference seems to have been only seventeen years, but F.R. Senanayake was married to Sir John’s aunt:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredrick_Richard_Senanayake
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      That was F.R. Senanayake; and this is Sir John:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kotelawala
      .
      That inaccuracy doesn’t really affect the value of the over-view provided by this article.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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    “Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Sunil Handunheththi and Vijitha Herath and Sajit Premadasa. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Kabir Hasheem and the rest. On paper, all these Opposition fellows look far more qualified in education, cultural and intellectual stature and social acceptance. Yet the popular feelings are rampant that all our politicians are incompetent, dishonest and fundamentally corrupt. One really cannot find fault with that assessment. ” You are perfectly correct SIR. We need to have a plebiscite entrust the governing this country to an external power. Instead of going to India with the begging bowl in hand must hand over the reigns to India to become a State of India. Srilankan minds are inherently warped it is beyond all means to untangle this mess. It will be eternal hell.

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      Hanchopancha,
      This Twitter post by Asanga Welikala is interesting:
      “Such an introspection would ask: why in 2500 years of history was 1833-1948 the period when government was, in relative terms, most rules-based & competent, least corrupt & arbitrary? Given it’s also the period when colonialism was at its most extractive, the answer isn’t pretty.”

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        Hi OC,
        Good morning.
        “Why in 2500 years of history was 1833-1948 the period when government was, in relative terms, most rules-based & competent, least corrupt & arbitrary? Given it’s also the period when colonialism was at its most extractive”
        It is clear as crystal that at other times we had governance by Court Jesters and self-serving Clowns transposed as Patriots, even committing Patricide and elimination of possible contenders!

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          M
          “t is clear as crystal that at other times we had governance by Court Jesters and self-serving Clowns transposed as Patriots, even committing Patricide and elimination of possible contenders!”
          *
          Have you not heard of countries that are hailed as great democracies governed by far worse?
          I will not name any as it could hurt tender sentiments.

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        This is no defence of our endemic corruption. But let us not go over the top to hail the colonial past.
        Nostalgia for the colonial past is based on selective memory filtered through class interest.
        *
        Did the British rule competently handle malaria? (It took a campaign by anti-colonial activists to save lives and restore good health.)
        The book, “Famine, Fevers and Fear: The State and Disease in British Colonial Sri Lanka” by SA Meegama, although not very well written, is reportedly rich in material on health administration under colonial rule.
        *
        The colonial government was clean and efficient just as much as necessary to maximise profit for the empire and minimise trouble from the locals, and keep the middle class contended, even by bending rules where necessary (as in letting go of convicts guilty of inciting communal riots).
        The ‘rule-based’ handing over power to a group of corrupt politicians and the earlier transfer of land to cronies and seizure of peasants’ lands did not strike the middle class as corrupt or arbitrary.
        There is plenty on how the rich got rich under colonial rule. But we seldom question such things.

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          S.J,
          This year we might have equalled the agricultural production of our ancient kings. I can’t decide whether that’s good or bad?

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            Are you sure of that?
            We can always lower the bar if necessary.

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      That is the only solution. India has something like a Trillion dollars in foreign reserves, is self-sufficient in food, makes their own cars, bikes and all manner of consumer goods, has a planned energy policy that includes nuclear reactors and a vibrant democracy – we do not have any of these and never will. The British ruled India – extending from Peshawar in the west to the Burmese border in the East from Delhi; if they had included Ceylon, we would naturally have been part of India when they left. Instead, they appointed a separate Governor for Ceylon ( why, I do not know)
      Finally, our buddhist priests will be overjoyed to join the country which is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama

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    “1956 – 1977: S W R D Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike”
    The author has forgotten the golden era of the hathhavula (1965-70) when we had the poya week, seats reserved in public transport for clergy but not the sick, the old and carrying mothers.

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      You are a chaff my dear Sadaampy; In 1965 Siri Ma O refused to resign for two days after losing the election. It should have been instant. In many Western countries when the counting indicate who would be the ultimate winner prospective looser make his/her concession speech and leave the competition. The whole country went on panic mood for two days, thinking the Langkang Poolandevi, Siri Ma O may not resign after that.

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        Oops.
        Was this rant triggered by bad memories of the great partnership of 1965-68?
        What last evening’s dose?

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          Are you reminding me the days SJV managed to persuade Dudley to sign a pact? If so, I remember it.

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            No, the aftermath of that.

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    On the eve of independence, a brilliant history lesson on governance since independence, written in one brief column with the skill of a poet!

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    A most enlightening read from Vishwamitra .

    Born in an era of austerity under Mrs. B, I remember the hardships very well but JR’s vision of an open economy & capitalising on the opportunities for the Colombo port & the export market for garments, seemed we were on the path to prosperity. However, it was short lived under successive govts. but the biggest blunder was his introduction of the Presidency. Had JR appointed Gamini or Athulathmudali as his successor, perhaps SL would have taken a different path. Certainly, the Bandaranayaka’s have been a curse, from SWRD’s hypocrisy & Mrs B’s ignorance to CBK’s corruption, they have a lot to answer for. Had CBK appointed internationally accepted Kadiragama as PM, instead of the loyal mutt, maybe the course would have changed as well. Anyway, that’s all in hindsight with a big ‘IF’ but, hopefully, now that we have experienced the outcome under shameless, uneducated yobs, from the Rajapakses to Sirisena, lets hope we will elect some honourable people next time around.

    The billion $ question is, what is the best on offer? I have doubts about AKD & his JVP/NPP bunch, as well as, the much hyped but so far deemed impotent Premadasa jnr.

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      Raj-UK,
      “Had CBK appointed internationally accepted Kadiragama as PM, instead of the loyal mutt, maybe the course would have changed as well.”

      Kadiragamar failed to get the support from international community to eliminate Tamil terrorists. If CBK did not appoint the ‘loyal mutt’, probably Tamil terrorism could have dragged on for several more decades.

      If Sinhale/Ceylon did not have racist separatist Malabars who scratched the back of Brits and became the most privileged group and oppressed indigenous Sinhala Buddhists the course would have changed in this country.

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        EE,
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        You twist almsot everything.
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        No doubt you would do it also with your mother who breast fed you.
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        If Mr Kadirgamar failed to get LTTE banned on rich soils, Medamulana ANIMALs would not have fooled you guys – about so called WAR VICTORY.
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        CBK s govt fought the war to the end, until barbarians took the weapons. However, it is unfair to offer FULL CAKE to bitch sons- through false media coverages – but now stupid men, returning to power, prove for what they are capable of.
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        GOTAS CAPABILITIES ARE NOT ALL ITS CRACKED UP TO BE- is becoming clear to even school going little chidren. They may be good and killing and looting, but ruling a nation is far from DA s sons.

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        Eagle Eye
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        Blind as a bat eagle!
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        I can only pity you, you have only one viewpoint for eternity.
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        Your brain must be constipated, it blocked in every way.
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        You are someone who wants to drive forward but looking only in the rearview mirror.
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        A real wack job…
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        You will be an excellent specimen for psychological researchers to show the world what not to be.

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    On the eve of Independence, a brilliant history lesson on governing and politics of post-independent Sri Lanka in one newspaper column, presented in poetic language. Nandi Jasen.

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    Dear OC.
    …along with advice from a Buddhist monk, managed to decimate our agriculture….
    You left out “ably supported by a so-called pediatrician”. But both are silent now and the Prez has to carry the infant.

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      Hi MyView,
      “you left out “ably supported by a so-called paediatrician”
      I fully agree.
      If I am not mistaken, i recall reading in a news item some time ago, that he holds the specialist position of, “Paediatric Neurosurgeon”!!! Specialised in attending to smaller undeveloped needs!!!
      ‘OPERATION SUCCESSFUL, PATIENT DIED’
      The normal form, nothing different and the President was played a ‘Punch’.
      You know what I mean, the usual hypo oath’s skulduggery!!!!

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      Jayasumana has trained in pharmacology, not paediatrics. Regardless, he has brought shame to the medical profession and the oath of Hippocrates by his vicious brand of racism disguised with an academic qualification some say of dubious origin.

      The less said about that other robed and racist charlatan, Ratata haani korana Athana Methana Kothana Ratana “thero”.

      May they both be among those whose nemesis is nigh.

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        Mr ES,
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        Jayasumana became a Prof. through recommendations made by Rajapakshe family.
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        If UGC or any responsible authorities would look into the issue, Jayasumana has no sufficient nubmer of publications in Pharmacology. He has published few papers regarding ” UKKD” in Rajarata farming community.

        The manner Jayasumana took the decisions regarding containment of COVID sperad within the island nation.
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        I wonder why our UNIVERSITY dons that have the expertise in the fields stay as if they are made blind and deaf ?????
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        Jayasumana has reacted – no different to DHAMMIKA PANIYA maker, not once several dozens of times so far.
        :

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          The manner Jayasumana took the decisions regarding containment of COVID sperad within the island nation, proved his ablities very well.
          :
          Today the bugger et al, shamelessly make anything and everything to fool the very same nature, lying that they have become the 4 th country to have succeeded the vaccination program.
          .
          Developed world has no regional structure already set up for VACCINATION programs, but WHO had already recognized srilanka as one of the NUMBER countries to have made VACCINATION programs very successfully. At the time, war was at its heights, even Prabakaran allowed nothern srilankens be vaccinated keeping it above on the agenda.
          :
          If people are reborn only, THE BLATANT lies being spread by CURRENT idiots could fool them further.

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        ES,
        The paediatrician cum soil scientist cum historian cum ontologist is Padeniya, though Jayasumana comes close.

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          It is high time to study lot more about the family backgrounds of Paddeniya / Nalinda De Silva/ Madhumadawa/ Donkey Jayasumana/ Sarath Weerasekere or the like .
          .
          That ll for sure reveal u as to why we the nation cut our own grave/.
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          So called western invasions and fairy tales restrict to the scripts made by Rajapakse mlechchca politics.😉😉😉😉😉😉

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        ES,
        I think the one person in the medical profession who was instrumental in Presidents effort to embark on Organic, was a Paediatrician, ex trade union boss – still anchored behind the scenes and at the premier children’s hospital in Borella – manipulating the union to self serving purpose!!
        Not the Professor in medicine

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        “…the oath of Hippocrates”
        Do they even mention it to doctors these days wherever they are trained?
        Some know the stock market better than medicine.

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    Dear Vishwa
    You have chronicled our post independence history VERY abtly with succinct conotations AND SACASAM IN BETWEEN . Which makes it a good reading.

    With out exception all those people were corrupt to a degree ; somemore than the others That’s the difference.
    May be Sir John was a bit different I believe. Apart from the farm he owned in the UK. I believe that’s been given to a trust
    The electrorate is responsible forthe state of affirs in SL. Full stop. You get what you deserve or what you voted for. Don’t complain afterwards

    What is sad is the greed of these people. Unprecedented in the history of any nation apart from
    I would say Morgabi of Zimbabwe or may be even Imalda Marcos of Philiphines with her shoe collections.
    Can anyone explain as to how and what are these hoarders intend to do with the loot.
    When they die what do they take with them. Sweet nothing
    The show goes on. Business as usual.
    SADLY Srilanka has reached a point of no return
    GOD SAVE THE NATION AND THE PEOPLE

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      (Part I)
      RN,
      I agree with you on the scaled corruption of Sri Lankan Leaders.
      in respect of Sir John and SWRDB too. The former by his fathers’ position, ‘Maha Adigar’ and lands owned, whilst the latter had inheritance and fair amount of Trading/Export business and marrying into wealthy family, Attygalle’s.
      That wealth inheritance, impelled them not to resort to any other means to accumulate wealth through other means.
      In respect of the part, “May be Sir John was a bit different I believe. Apart from the farm he owned in the UK. I believe that’s been given to a trust”.
      Yes, it was a position that may be misconstrued as accumulated wealth by incorrect means. No.
      My understanding, by someone knowledgeable of the family, some time ago, was that young Sir JK, after believe Matriculation attended Christ College, Cambridge and the family moved to England for that purpose. They also had close and substantial business connection with The UK. Export of graphite by their trading mining produce company.
      That prompted that investment and what better location and home would suit an Agricultural student than a Farm itself as resident in?

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      (Part II)
      This was during or prior to the War commenced and then he joined the British Army during the war as he could not return home on completion of studies.
      This was well before Independence and SL was part of the British Empire!!
      No Central Bank (CB), Foreign Exchange control and Cabaal or otherwise to Govern the CB!!!!!!!
      Yes he went Fox hunting escapades later on his holidays/sojourns in the UK!!
      How and why fault him, which any sane person with the wherewithal would have done??
      We have in this heyday Sri Lankans (with no transit impediment save for Pandemic last 2 years) are buying property in Pall Mall, Marble Arch and Kensington, the names were displayed prominently (Panama Papers etc.) purportedly for accommodation of their children pursuing higher studies!!!
      Exhibition of Exuberance and illegal wealth of “Grass eating Mee Harakas, wallowing in MUD”!!
      Very Patriotic indeed – New definition

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    Bangladesh got its freedom in 1972 During Bangladesh freedom war, Siri Ma O’s Aanduwa worked with Pakistan to suppress Bangladesh. She brought Pakistan’s military planes with a fake label to refuel them to Colombo Airport. When Bangladesh was getting freedom (50 years ago), it was the poorest nation in the neighbor hood, in contrast, when Appe Langkang (Ceylon) getting freedom (75 years ago) it was the richest nation in the neighborhood. An interesting future possibility is that the Bandaranake International Airport would be bought by Bangladesh for not resettled loans of the Royal government.
    Viva Langkang!

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “…when Appe Langkang (Ceylon) getting freedom (75 years ago) it was the richest nation in the neighborhood.”

      Racist separatist Tamil politicians in Yapanaya ruined that richest nation by spreading anti-Sinhala Buddhist venom among the Tamils in Yapanaya and promoting separatism and violence against indigenous Sinhala Buddhists. These separatists ruined the political stability required for a country to prosper.

      From the Sinhala community, Marxist politicians played a role to ruin political stability. These dong keys introduced trade unions and strikes to this country.

      Prime Minister Lee Kuwan Yew of Singapore put all the trouble makers behind bars and maintained political stability under his iron rule while Sinhale/Ceylon was bragging about maintaining democracy imposed on Sinhalayo by Brits that allowed separatist Tamils and Marxist politicians to play hell in this country.

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        Eagle,
        Noted; Thank you.

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    The writer of the article Vishwamithra and all other commentators are great “Historians” excepting “hanchopancho” who make a suggestion: “……hand over to India to become a State of India”.

    To all other great “Historians”: What is your SOLUTION? Do you agree with “hanchopancho” OR have you got any other PROPOSITION?

    If no “Proposition”, keep quiet, because we already know all that “History”.

    Thank you “hanchopancho”. You must have read the letter addressed to Modi by Mr. Sampanthan.

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      Simon,
      I have made Hanchopancha’s suggestion before.
      If we take it up, we may not have toilets (according to some) but we will definitely have cheap parippu, flour, cars (but expensive petrol), and a rupee which doesn’t evaporate. Also, a higher authority who can lock up the Boss if needed. That’s mostly what we need, isn’t it?

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      SIMON,
      .
      All commenters added their thoughts cant be historians.
      .
      Hanchopancha, as an octagenarian adds his thoughts not thinking twice. This is not the first time.
      .
      Not to hand over to India but to ask westerners to return would be the only wayout considering that colonial masters governed the country better than the bunch of idiots produced by mother lanks did it.
      :

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        Dear LM: What I meant was, all writers and commentators are a great bunch who all the time “Re-record” the history that we all are very familiar with, but do not offer any “SOLUTION” to get out of the problem. For how long are we to go on like this? We know well what happened from 1948 to the present day. All agree that there must be a WAY OUT to be what we must be. But do we OFFER any solution? Instead, we keep on harping on the wrongs, failures, hypocrisies, corruption, mismanagement, waste, familial rule, etc…that happened and happening to date. Good to have that in mind and formulate our NEXT move to correct the course. That is not happening and that is my worry.

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          Simon/
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          I really can understand ur pains beloved Simon.
          .
          This became even more after watching so called independence celebrations.
          .
          All these we warned prior to their election..
          .
          In a civilised world/ these men would be punished with the highest their code.😉😉😉😉😉

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            Dear LM: I saw some good news today. The Election Commission headed by Punchihewa has proposed to the Parliament to establish laws to “RECALL” the Peoples Representatives if they are “Violating” the “Peoples Mandate”.

            This same proposal appears on page 20 on the heading “Peoples Representatives” of the booklet titled “Rapid Response To Overcome Challenges” issued by the NPP. It says:- “Constitutional Reforms to Include Right to RECALL Peoples Representatives

            That is the type of “Suggestions” and “SOLUTIONS” I expect from the writers and commentators of this valued page CT.

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          More of Simons/ Sinhala man/HT/ OC and the good souls could turn mother lanka a good place only if the media mafia would be crushed. .
          .
          The biggest threat is that the commeners are kept in dark for their commercial gains..
          .
          Political literacy is very low in rural corners/ they are fooled to believe that the state funds are coming from the own pockets magical Rajapakshes/ 😉😉😉😉🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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      Simon,
      your question will be responded soon.

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        Mahila: Thanks. I do hope my question i.e. What is the SOLUTION will be answered. I do constantly look for and work towards the “Solution”, of course having the historical background to the “Mess” that we are in.

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    Ceylon/Sri Lanka was never ruled by a Sinhalese Buddhist leader (except late President D.B. Wijetunga).
    From the independence of Ceylon in 1948 up until the present time, all the Heads of State were/are either Christians or converted Buddhists for political gain. Among them, four even had non-Sinhalese roots, namely; Bandaranaike (2), Ratwatte, Jayewardene and Rajapaksa (2). Together, these non-Sinhalese have ruled the country for 49 years. Interestingly, 16 out of 19 racial and religious riots (since 1948) have occurred during their time!!! Both the Tamil New Tigers/LTTE and the JVP were established and dismantled during the same period causing massive loss of life. In addition to that, a major attempt to establish a Muslim Terrorist Group coupled with another set of racial riots is ‘delayed’ by Covid-19.
    I have a question for the Sinhalese Buddhists.
    Since 1948, all the Heads of State were the choices of the Christians, Tamils and the Muslims. The Sinhalese Buddhists did not have a choice other than elect ‘Hobson’s choice’. There seems to be lots of efforts to continue the pattern. Are we going to fall into their trap AGAIN or are we going to elect one of our own choices?

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      Champa,
      “Since 1948, all the Heads of State were the choices of the Christians, Tamils and the Muslims”
      When were the Senanayakas converted?
      Wasn’t R Premadasa a Sinhala Buddhist in your opinion? Is it your grouse that he wasn’t a Goiya?
      It seems to me that you want to disown the mess that you created yourselves.

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        old codger
        D.S. Senananyake was a Roman Catholic, who went back and forth conversions from Catholicism to Buddhism and Buddhism to Catholicism.
        R. Premadasa practiced Jainism, not Buddhism.

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          Champa,
          “D.S. Senananyake was a Roman Catholic, who went back and forth conversions”
          Where is your reference for that? Perhaps you know better than Brittanica:
          “Brought up as a devout Buddhist, Senanayake remained in that faith but was educated at the Anglican St. Thomas College in Colombo. “

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            OC
            St. Thomas College, Colombo was a closet Catholic school.

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              Dear SJ.
              You may be referring to St. Josephs or St.Peters.
              S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, is an ANGLICAN boys’ private school in Sri Lanka. Started as a private school in Mutwal, by Rt. Rev. James Chapman, the first Anglican Bishop of Colombo, in 1851, it was founded as a college and cathedral for the new Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon. Moved to Mt.Lavinia in 1918. So DS – born 1884, would have been at Mutwal.

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              SJ.
              It seems even MV has failed to see the tongue in your cheek….

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                OC
                I was surprised.

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            old codger
            I thought Google was your friend!
            Did Britannica mention anything about the Bank of England transferring 1 Billion Sterling Pounds to Ceylon in parallel to granting independence in 1948 and how our rulers spend it over the next consecutive decades?

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              Champa,
              I am sure you have heard of “Koheda yonne malle pol”.

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                Poor Champa will never see it.

                Only comparison before me is Nandasena ‘s pompous statements in public. No matter even little ones would comprehend it, but Champa ?????

                Who can help her ? I think CHAMPA is isolated in her own asylum so that she would never be able to come out of the pit she is fallen in.

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          Champa

          “R. Premadasa practiced Jainism, not Buddhism.”

          What do you practice, racism, opportunism, fascism, Sinhla/Buddhist occultism, mysticism, ………….

          By the way what are the differences among Jainism, Buddhism, and Anagarika’s Sinhala/Buddhism?

          If you cannot clarify my above questions please ignore me.

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            Native Vedda
            I am not your mother to do your homework.
            I learnt the difference between Buddhism and Jainism by myself. I suggest you do the same.

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          You attack everyone in public, but not yet Rajapkshes why ?
          .
          Ms. Champa,
          Dont you see, all together what Rajapakshes have been upto made this nation upside down as of today. Why cant you yet call a spade a spade ? Latha Mangeshkar s death is moved by entire region today, ….. I have no doubt, that imminent falling dead of Mahinda Rajapkshe would surely be a ISLAND wide party – with all involving to the style of Rio de Janeiro carnivals.
          :
          Is there any leader who paved the way all myths and astrological belief as Mahinda Rajapkshe has been upto. Yet today, those few PACHAWAHINIS- TV channels and thier whitewashes start on daily telecasts with astrological predictions.

          MR s royal astrologer once said, that MR would not leave home without wearing 35 or more talishments in and out of his body.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuvOO06QY64
          As I know it by my own experience, Pattapal horas (kings of looters) only go after myths and all kind of invisible forces to that levels because they are the only ones to know the size of crimes they have committed in their entire life.

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        OC
        Haven’t you figured out that Champs is a closet Christian?
        It is that category that attacks other Christians most.
        *
        Have you not herd of the jackal that fell into a dyeing vat and turned purple and pretended that he was sent by Indra to be lord of the jungle, and ordered all jackals out of the jungle lest he be discovered?
        You should know what happened on a full moon day when the expelled jackals started howling from nearby.

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          S.J,
          You know Champs lives in an alternate universe with Jambu.
          She needs humouring.

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      Champa @

      why do you always feel that srilanka should be ruled by a SINHALA BUDDHIST ? :
      :
      Our sinhala man dress you in cloak, to look like Mahinda Rajapkshe s stupid wife lately. What comes to my mind instantly, whenever i readyour comments – why not you the kind of women go and seek psycho therapies ?
      .
      No matter what religious beliefs you possess, so long the candidate would be knowledgeable enough to do the job – I think the need of the hour is to handover the leadership to a young leader who would be capable of standing against looters AND media fraudsters.
      :
      Who are these looters ? ANSWER – Rajapkashes
      .
      Who are these media Fraudsters – ANSWER – Derana TV, Hiru TV and few others among the printed media institutions.
      :

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        leelagemalli
        Yes, only Sinhalese Buddhists can save Sri Lanka for they possess innate ability and innate knowledge.
        Our Sinhalese Buddhist ancestors have left us one last resource, which is large enough to pay all debt and take people out of starvation, malnutrition and poverty. Only a Sinhalese Buddhist has the innate knowledge and ability to tap the said resource. There are eight apolitical Sinhalese Buddhist males who have the ability to get Sri Lanka out of debt.
        For 74 years, Sri Lanka was plundered by non-Buddhist rulers who had no compassion towards the needy. It is time for native Sinhalese Buddhists to take over the country and show the difference!

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          Corrupt politicians who ruined the economy led Sri Lanka into a debt overload. What is funny is, they often put the blame on people for debt burden and even have the audacity to call citizens to be united to ‘rebuild’ the country, as if disunity is the reason for Sri Lanka’s economic crisis!
          Cartoonist Awantha Artigala has summarized Sri Lanka’s situation beautifully, in his Independence Day cartoon.
          .
          https://www.ada.lk/cartoon/2022-02-04/14-389948#

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          Champa

          “It is time for native Sinhalese Buddhists to take over the country and show the difference!”

          1. Who are the so called native Sinhala/Buddhists, the term itself was concocted by the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala.

          2. Where did they get “nativeness” from? Can you define “Native”?

          3. Buddhism came to this island only about 2200 years ago, Buddha was born 2500 years ago.

          4. Sinhala language itself is part of Indo Aryan group of languages. Did Hanuman the monkey god brought it with him when he jumped the Palk Strait or did the southern monkey engineers bring it when they were brought to build the Ramar Sethu Bridge?

          “Only a Sinhalese Buddhist has the innate knowledge and ability to tap the said resource.”

          5. How long do you intent to bulls**t?

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          Champa,
          thank you. You as a learned person, could you kindly explain what kind of innate ability and innate knowledge you ve been refering here ?
          .
          Please come with the examples so that CT readership could comprehend what you ve been talking about.
          :
          My question: If our sinhala buddist leaders had the talent to settle it, why on earth, also in the post war period – durin gthe last 12 years, they rather got caught to the CHINESE investment injection ? making the entire nation ” debt trap number one” ?
          .
          To tell you, even if I am not a historian, what i think no need any good politician to be a ” sinhala buddhist” but a candidate with some vision about the country – free from corrupted mind set- have the instinct to respect law and order and treat all equal….
          that could make him or her a good leader.
          As many are used to say, I dont think that we should put the blame on all the leaders since independence, but provable looters like RAJAPAKSHES should be punished regardless of their age/fake adulation/or whatever other titles they are wearing.

          Then only they can heal the wounds of the nation. That will help generating a booming future.
          :
          Goodies over to you, get together to reubild nation for a better future ! tomorrow will be too late !

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        LLM,
        I fully agree. No need for it to be a Mahinda Rajapakse (Sinhala Buddhist) or Lakshman Kadirgamar (Tamil Christian – converted to Buddhist at state funeral cremation!)
        What you need in a leader in a nation, is quality to understand the needs of the community, their caLLM,
        I fully agree. No need for it to be a Mahinda Rajapakse (Sinhala Buddhist) or Lakshman Kadirgamar (Tamil Christian – converted to Buddhist at state funeral cremation!) or Ranil Wickremesinghe (Sinhala Christian). Immaterial
        A competent person who would discharge his duties in a collegiate manner for the larger interest of the community, and good administrative ability and to listen and comprehend good counselling.

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      Sinhalese are a wide and varied group with influences from many. So the notion of a Sinhalese Buddhist ruler is nonsensical. and Calling Deaf and Dumb Wijethunge(who did nothing of significance ) a true Sinhalese is even more nonsensical.

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        to be contd
        But srilanken SINHALA supremacists to feel that their RACE is above anyone else s is connected with their RACISM-related genetics and how they have been brought up by the enviroments like that of yours. Just expose us where you or the like grew up in your adolesence.
        :
        Psychologists and human building experts are in the view that anyone who were nurtured by stupid parents/teachers/and religious monks have ruined their future by sowing seeds for racial spreads.
        :
        You are said to be a Eng graduate who got graduated from Peradeniya – please study the profile of NDS ( so called patriot – Dr Nalinda De Silva)- just go to his circles where he read for his PhD thesis and post doctoral trainings…. that will help you understanding as to why the kind of MEN even if their academic accomplishments are world standards, nevertheless them to be like ” athana methana natana rathana- elected only MP in red robes in the parliament today….

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      Champa
      .
      Did you forget to take your pills?
      .
      The Buddha said; a man is an not an outcast by his birth, but an outcast by his deeds.
      .
      Please contemplate over this and answer me, who is a true sinhala Buddhist? What should be the cast?
      Should the person be from down south or up country to qualify?

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        Human Touch
        Of course, the evil deeds against humanity and the nature committed by the Rajapaksas were what made them outcasts.
        In the time of the Yahapalanaya government, both Mahinda and Gotabhaya shed crocodile tears for children and farmers. Today, they waste billions of rupees on tamashas while people are starving. As revealed by Mr. Basil Fernando in one of his articles, a father had borrowed two raw papayas to feed his starving children and another family of four had only four small rotis. I remember someone saying that Tamil children in the North attend school because of free lunch. What may have happened to them? They may have died from hunger! In a situation like this, the very first thing a Sinhalese Buddhist ruler would have done was cut down ALL unnecessary expenses and feed his people!!!!!!

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          Champa
          .
          I am glad that you are admitting the truth about the Rajapaksa traitors.
          .
          By now you should know that selecting a leader on the basis of his religion and ethnicity is a blunder.
          In future we should select competent people instead, regardless of caste and creed.
          .
          Mara and co have been deceptive right from the beginning, I began to see their true colour since 2009.
          Most people were blinded by their propaganda and are seeing them for who they are only now.
          After the damage is done.
          .
          You are talking about Gota and Mara shedding crocodile tears after the Easter attack, it seems quite obvious who was behind the attacks now, don’t you think?
          .
          Anyone who is overcome by Thannhawa is doomed.
          Mara and family are a very good example of this.
          It is rudimentary Buddhism, you should know this.
          .
          The sooner we can admit the truth to ourselves the sooner we can find a proper solution.

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      HI Champa,
      “There seems to be lots of efforts to continue the pattern. Are we going to fall into their trap AGAIN or are we going to elect one of our own choices”
      The last election choice by 6.9 million Sinhala Buddhists (not by Christians, Muslims, Indians or Americans except the 2 – of which one was the contender for President and the other now entered parliament after amending the constitution as a nominated MP and FM) elected as desired the president and parliament!
      Only thing is voters memory failed!! Amnesia!!
      Could not remember what happened 5 years before election date for almost 12 years!
      What a goof up??
      Uneducated and immature voters (people0 and that’s why we are in this conundrum, nothing else!!!

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      Champ a
      .
      By the way if I remember right, you were one of the greatest supporters of MaRa! On the basis of how Buddhist he was…..
      .
      How come you are saying that he is not a true Buddhist anymore?
      .
      I seriously think you need help 🆘
      Please visit Angoda.

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        HT,
        .
        Champa s is a good example for the age group. (S)he represents the age group again and again.
        .
        The kind of SRILANKENs would have nothing against to go for ” EATING KIRIPANI – eating curd and honey in a funeral house”.

        What happened to the last brain cells of the kind of srilankens?

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          Human-Touch
          I think you have a very bad memory!
          On this very forum, in mid 2017, I revealed the Rajapaksas’ Catholic Malaccan origin.
          I exposed Mahinda’s duplicity in supporting the sale of Magampura Port to China. (Pohottuwa boycotted the Magampura Act Vote letting Ranil to go ahead with the deal.)
          When Mahinda+Pohottuwa supported Ranil’s Federal Constitution, I wrote against Mahinda.
          When Maithri appointed Mahinda as the PM in late 2018, I was vehemently against the move and I did not stop until Mahinda resigned. I even hinted at a possible assassination plot targetting Maithri.
          The Rajapaksas’ plan was to hold elections in early 2019. Had they succeeded, Easter Sunday Muslim Terrorist Attack could have been ended up with massacring Buddhist monks and devotees, and destroying temples. (All Sinhalese Buddhists should be grateful to former Chief Justice, Honourable Nalin Perera for his impartial decision to restore Parliament in 2018 which prevented a possible Sinhalese Buddhist genocide in April/May 2019.)
          I also said that if Gotabhaya was elected, being the majority, the Sinhalese Buddhists will suffer immensely and that there will be an escalation of rape cases. (Last year, there had been over 10,000 child and women rape cases!)

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            Champa
            .
            You may have said these things about Mara and co on occasion, but you have been a staunch supporter of Mara, through the years.
            .
            And you often use religion as your basis for the love of Mara.

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        Please dont send CHAMPA to Angoda -… knowing that the patients in that hosp are real mild patients as I got to know.
        .
        We ve been reading from CHAMPA for such a long time. Hers to have not been changed , other than her love affair with WIMAL Buruwanse is seen now a hidden story – proves everything about the person.
        .
        If anyone would learn from her the history, tourist arrival will decline drastically. I am afraid, that is not what we expect right at the critical situation of the the DOLLAR begging srilanka made by Medamulana bitch s son.
        :
        I miss my beloved MANGALA SAMARAWEERA…. his wisdom is what we miss today.
        :
        His FUEL FORMULA was subjected to make him a laughter stock – not a single good MEDIA JOURNALISTs came out to respect him.
        :
        Today words of Mr Mangala Samaraweera is reechoing my ears. He foresaw it so as our late Rev Sobitha Thero.

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      (Part I)
      Champa,
      Your reference, “From the independence of Ceylon in 1948 up until the present time, all the Heads of State were/are either Christians or converted Buddhists for political gain. Among them, four even had non-Sinhalese roots, namely; Bandaranaike (2), Ratwatte, Jayewardene and Rajapaksa (2). Together, these non-Sinhalese have ruled the country for 49 years.”
      Well and good, but they were duly elected by the people in a democratic elections!
      What we all must bear in mind, whether Christians, Muslims, Tamil, Burgher, Indian, the names you have mentioned were all notable participants in the freedom fight to gain Independence from the British Empire. A few went to prison, though they never were able to become PM or President.
      They contributed immensely towards the freedom we enjoy as an independent Sovereign country, after the Reign of King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe came to an end in 1815.
      In any case what is the issue, and do you feel, they are inadequately equipped to decide for the betterment of the republic? How and why and what is the inadequacy??
      Are you confident that all the following are not Christians converts to Buddhism for furtherance of their political career and persuasion?

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      (Part II)
      Detailed below as an example to high light thepoint:
      1. DON DAVID Rajapaksa
      2. DON MATHEW Rajapaksa
      3. DON ALWIN Rajapaksa
      4. Mahendra ( now Mahinda) PERCIVAL Rajapaksa
      5. BASIL Rohana Rajapaksa
      The person under 4 has the foremost importance as his tenure is the one caused indebtedness , specially to the Chinese projects, without proper RoI, EIA and corruption to Himalayan heights!!
      All the first and second names are Christian and definitely not Buddhist name.
      So they are also a family of Christian converts to Buddhism to pursue politics and power!!!
      So what are you talking about 46years out of the 75 years of Independent Sri Lanka??
      It should be 70 years of the period elected and ruled by Christian converted to Buddhists.
      Are you suggesting that the Sinhalese Buddhists did not elect them??
      Very Funny Indeed.
      Who is scape goating whom?? Please give us a ‘Break’!!
      That is not the cause. I would dare call it SB Phobia, a replay of Easter Sunday episode as Muslims’ attempt to take over SL with ME Emirs’ help, or Kotti Friday like stunt to attain once own designs!
      We are now in a worse situation than ever before!!

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      Champa/
      .
      Are u really blind and deaf? What more to occur u or the like to wake up and become serious about the danger before us/ .
      .
      Sinhala supremacy led by Rajapakshe s already destroyed our nation/ this is no means excusable/
      As was the with Saddam/ Mugabe/Mubarak/ Suhartho/ Gadafi/ or the like , Rajapakshe too will have face their destiny soon/ we ll see them fall dead like animals in the days to come/ their last breath ll not let them without indescribable pains / but all they would nt bring much because the wound left behind the criminals beyond cure/ look at Zimbabwe/ look at lybia 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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        Leelagemalli,
        Seeking in perpetuity, being beguiled by prospective leaders and disenchanted with broken promises to guide the flock to the Promised Land and not within grasp of the eternal bliss, devastated dreams and confused mind.
        Whatever your claim is, that the leaders for past 75 years were duly elected by Sri Lankan voters (Not by colonial, Neo Imperialist, Reactionary forces).
        The Srilankan electorate consist of a majority of at least 65+% Sinhala Buddhist voters.
        How come, they were ridiculously fooled in to believing by this claimed Sinhala Christian turned Buddhists Leaders over and over again!!!!!!!!!!!
        Are they such gullible people, with all the free education Free of Charge (FOC) thanks to the tax payers of Sri Lanka?
        If they are such fools, who cannot think straight, the only conclusion one could draw is that they are immature and do not deserve to decide their destiny.
        Whether a Sinhala Buddhist Leader or otherwise, please do not allow this electorate to elect by their voting which has proven immature and thoroughly incompetent!!!!
        Self dis-enfranchisement seems to be the only alternative, which is demoralising!!!!

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          Mahila,

          thanks for your comments as always.
          .
          It is the media to have made it. To the style HITLERs stasi services did the job of the propaganda for hitler s popularity those days.


          No matter the facts would lie aside, the very same would be telecasted or broadcasted again and again, peoples would not have space in their little brains to see it beyond. Goebells theorem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels
          .
          .
          If elec media would be seen as the only prime source them to keep them updated on the issues, given that media would not work in favour of the public but in advatageous of their pay masters, every blant lie based on voter gimmiks would work.

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      This is being one’s own dreamland!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    One can attribute the current situation of SL to many crucial mistakes made during the 74 years of Independence.
    1)—-Making Sinhala as sole official Language and neglecting English & Tamil
    2)—-Introduction of Swabhsha in to the Educational Sustem
    3)—- Introduction of Standardisation for the University Admissions
    4)—-State Sponsored ACTS ofTerrorism against the minorities
    (Worst was burning of Jaffna Library)
    5)—-Lack of meritocracy; Lack of an Independent Audit Commission, Lack of Independent Judicial and bribery Commission
    6)—- Not taking the minorities on board in order to achieve Economic Prosperity
    Etc etc etc
    We all know why we are in the current state but still can’t find the way OUT being TRAPPED in deep shit.

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    Same old story makes no difference. The whole island goes from bad to worse.

    Instead divide the island into 3 mono ethnic nations and relocate people. All problems will be resolved.

    Give it a chance.

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      No luck with the Survey Department?

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    The real tragedy is that Sri Lankans or at least the majority are unable to be satisfied with what they have achieved. It is no longer the sick country that was ravaged by colonialism . But the minds of many who have been affected by colonialism like the one on this site are just simply unable to cure themselves of the magic of the Suddhas.

    For me when I look at the country it has developed beyond what I grew up in by leaps and bounds. Through that all the country has kept with the democratic traditions and has never really experienced a coup. They were able to win the so called unwinnable war. and thank goodness they are not Singapore or some other autocratic state.

    But the one misfortune of this country is the slave mentality that our people, that cannot escape the defeatist attitude . the Sudda did a very good job of leaving behind slaves who still yearn for the colonial masters. The inability to rejoice in our own successes and looking up to some nonsensical notion that has been planted in the minds of these people is the worst disease.

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    EE
    You can not blame the Tamils for voicing to get their rights in their own country and for the uprising against lots of heinous crimes committed by various governments of Ceylon and Sri Lanka on the peaceful Tamils. Singhalese were Jealous of Tamils success economically. The JVP could not tolerate the way the various GoSL ruling the country and hence took up arms. But they weren’t successful as USA etc were intolerant of any signs Communism or socialism.
    We need the NEW constitution that prevents crooked uneducated people getting into the Parliament of SL.
    Why can’t we have at least three versions of the Draft constitutions and put them for the REFERENDUM

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    At last, one person has attempted in demystifying Lanka’s so called independence. It is nothing but a sham just like democrazy, low and odor and constipation (constitution) we have had until now. The fun part is, different authors try finding suitable time line, when our independence turned into IN dependence. Equally there are believers, pseudo patriots, retards parroting on the same lines and racist passing the buck on a community. The truth is, Lanka was never independent of racism, corruption, immorality and religious divide. Thank those who occupied our land, if not our politicians would have sold the entire country in piecemeal by now. Vishwa our public is equally incompetent, dishonest and corrupted.

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    OC
    Locking up MaRa and co is too kind.
    We should introduce Sinhala Kings style of punishment to deal with them.
    At the end of the day they should be made an example of for the rest of eternity in Sri Lanka.
    I will start settling the account with that dwafish, shapeless, gold thieving woman.
    Wow it reminds me of the French revolution…

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      You were the guillotine operator and part time pickpocket, I remember.

      Soma

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        soman

        “You were the guillotine operator and part time pickpocket, I remember.”

        Who was?
        Gota, Kamala, Fonseka, Pottu Amman, …… are you talking to the mirror?

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      HT,
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      LOCKING up would not be sufficent at all.
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      I think if it continues the way it has been upto- people would start praising Prabakaran for sure.
      :
      Gota seems to have not the least idea about anything….. his brother to have added that our previous regimes to have bought weapons from NKOREA- would have its repurcusions to a manner MARCH UNHRC sessions would corner us sooner than later.

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    The article is similar to reading about politics on South Africa, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Why suddenly corruption has become a big issue in these postcolonial countries? Especially if corruption is dated to 1990s or earlier in ALL these countries. It seems industry or corporate is supplying a certain vocabulary to take over as new elite. IT sounds conspiratorial but a look around the Indian Ocean will tell you the reach of the corporate as well as the reach of their discourse. No one is denying the corruption but the resonance in all postcolonial countries atleast warrants acknowledgment of this uncanniness. I would suggest to tread very carefully in using vocabulary that paints vast swathes of politics with a single brush. Language often speaks through us and there is only so much we can do. Better to think a little more nuanced manner.

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