29 November, 2022

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In The Springtime Of Tyrants

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Civic passivity and willed blindness were the preconditions for the triumph of National Socialism….” ~ Fritz Stern Leo Baeck Lecture

This June marks four years of Aluthgama and three months of Kandy. The perpetrators of Aluthgama were never prosecuted. Some perpetrators of Kandy are under arrest, though not charged. The fear that they would be released on bail with no case being filed is a realistic one.

In Aluthgama and in Kandy, ordinary crimes were reinterpreted in ethno-religious terms and used as justifications for ethno-religious violence. Monk Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara played an authorial role in this transformation. He did so openly in Aluthgama, at a public meeting where he made an incendiary speech, summoning the faithful to arms. He did so covertly in Kandy when he visited the funeral house of the Sinhala lorry driver killed by three Muslims in an act of extreme road rage. In both places, hours after he appeared on the scene, the violence began. 

Today Monk Gnanasara is behind bars, though not for inciting religious violence or causing murder and mayhem. He is yet to be charged with such crimes. The reason for this governmental inaction is not the absence of evidence but the absence of political will. The Rajapaksas had no intention of prosecuting the saffron-robed rabble-rouser for Aluthgama; after all, he was their man doing their work. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government does not dare to prosecute him for Aluthgama or Kandy; they fear extremist backlash. Though elected to challenge extremism of every variety, the government’s preferred policy is a cross between appeasement and acting the ostrich. 

So Monk Gnanasara was found guilty of a relatively less serious crime – that of threatening Sandya Ekenligoda, the wife of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekenligoda, outside Homagama court premises. Before he threatened Ms. Ekneligoda, he ran amok inside the court, berating and insulting the magistrate. The magistrate filed a case against him which is still being heard. 

The fate of Monk Gnanasara reveals the degree of progress made since January 2015 as well as its limitations. Under Rajapaksa rule, Monk Gnanasara could have threatened Ms. Ekenligoda (or anyone else) to his heart’s content; he could have run amok in any courthouse of his choice. Nothing would have happened to him. Ms. Ekeneligoda’s courage and commmitment made the case against the monk possible, but it is necessary to bear in mind that the case was filed and conducted by the AG’s Department. In his remarks on the day of sentencing, the state counsel quoted Martin Niemöller to highlight the dangers of impunity and the importance of drawing lines. Had the AG’s Department tried to act in a similar manner towards Monk Gnanasara during the Rajapaksa years, the saffron-robed arsonist would have invaded the department with his lay and ordained goons, with total impunity. 

Political and moral cowardice is a hallmark of this government. But it did restore judicial independence and allowed the AG’s Department to prosecute Monk Gnanasara. It’s much less than what the government promised and what we expected. But it is something, compared to what went before. 

In May 2014, the then AG ordered the courts to discharge two men accused of raping a mentally disabled woman in 2010. “The Court had earlier ordered a DNA test to be done because the woman….had subsequently given birth. The test has confirmed that the DNA of one of the suspects had matched with that of the child. Meanwhile the Attorney General had instructed the Magistrate to release the two suspects Susantha Vijitha Bandara and Dharmasiri Bandara from the case. The Attorney General had asked the court to inform him within 14 days of what action had been taken.” 

The two suspects were not men of renown themselves. But they would have had patrons in very high places. Why else would the AG move in a manner so contrary to all norms of justice? He would have done so, because his political masters ordered him to do so. And his political masters were the Rajapaksas in general, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa in particular (since he brought the AG’s Department under his direct control in 2010). 

This horrendous miscarriage of justice in a non-political case, where the victim was especially deserving of protection and common kindness given her mentally disabled condition, was indicative of the way the AG’s Department and the courts were made to function under Rajapaksa rule. Thanks to the unforgivable incompetence and delinquency of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe, that past is where Sri Lanka is headed right now. 

Habits of Amnesia

Ven. Galkande Dhammananda Thero was one of the very few Buddhist monks who spoke out against the anti-Muslim violence in Kandy, while the fires were still raging. Recently he used Buddha’s teachings to enlighten and inform another ‘hot-button’ topic – how the end of the long Eelam War should be commemorated. He did so by asking a rhetorical question – what was Buddha’s teaching about war victory? – and answering with a stanza from the Sukha Vagga (Happiness) in the Dhammapada. 

“Victory breeds hatred in the conquered. The defeated live in sorrow. Giving up both victory and defeat, the appeased live in peace.”

Sri Lanka could have based her post-war policy on this stanza alone, and gone a long way towards reconciliation. Instead, it did the opposite; a policy of triumphalism was adopted and every possible humiliation was heaped on the defeated; domination rather than reconciliation was the desired goal.

This kind of crass triumphalism will play a key role in the Rajapaksa comeback campaign, especially if Gotabhaya Rajapaksa becomes the SLPP’s presidential candidate. Already Mr. Rajapaksa has ordered the revival of umbrella organisations of former soldiers and their families (Ranaviru Sansada), according to a report in Lankadeepa. Under a Gotabhaya presidency, every pigmy step taken by this government towards reconciliation will be abandoned. The occasional Ifthar breakfast or Nallur pooja notwithstanding, Sri Lanka will officially embrace Sinhala-Buddhist supremacism and the practice of targeting this or that minority whenever the government is in need of an enemy.

When past is poised to become the future, remembering is of vital importance. In the immediate aftermath of Aluthgama, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was moved to unbridled anger. The cause of this anger was not the violent attacks on Muslims in Aluthgama. That he dismissed as a ‘most minor incident.’ His rage was directed at a peaceful protest by Muslims against Aluthgama. “During the conflict period the LTTE killed people irrelevant of their ethnicity. Certain groups that didn’t dare stage a single hartal campaign during the LTTE period have now started them. Large scale (Maha loku) hartal campaigns are organised for even the most minor incidents.”

When asked about the role of Bodu Bala Sena in Aluthgama, in the immediate aftermath of Aluthgama, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa blamed Islamic terrorism: “If you go through a recent speech I made at the Kothelawala Defence Academy, you will see that I spoke of various potential threats to the country and one of it was Islamic terrorism. I spoke of the possibility. Even at that time many Muslims politicians irresponsibly tried to blame me without understanding what I was talking about or the realities.” 

That was how the Rajapaksas reacted to anti-minority violence while in power. That is the way they will react to anti-minority violence once back in power.

 ‘War heroes’ will be another key trope in the Rajapaksa comeback effort. During the Rajapaksa years, the veneration of ‘war-heroes’ in the abstract went hand in hand with neglect and even humiliation of flesh-and-blood soldiers. While politicians sang their praise from platforms, the actual soldiers were forced to sweep sidewalks, uproot weeds and clean city parks. 

In 2014, Brigadier Deshapriya Gunawardane, of Weliweriya and White Flag ignominy was rewarded with a diplomatic appointment. When questioned, the military spokesman argued that the posting was a reward for his war-time services. The same government in the same time decided to suspend salary payments to disabled soldiers, even though these soldiers had been disabled by fighting in the Eelam Wars. It is apposite to remember that this decision was taken by an institution functioning under Defence Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Eventually, 292 disabled soldiers, representing the interests of around 6000 disabled colleagues, were forced to file a case in the Appeal Court against the government’s decision to suspend their salary payments arguing that according to military regulations, their salaries must be paid until they reach the retirement age.

That was how Rajapaksa concern for the majority community and the minority communities worked in practice. When a horrendous past threatens to become the future, amnesia is not just a sickness; it is a crime. 

Shades of things done and not done

Politico-moral cowardice is in the genes of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. Monk Gnanasara is not the only bully the administration fears. The government succumbed to pressure from fundamentalist Muslim clerics and shelved the MMDA reforms, despite the crying need to redress the egregious practices sanctioned by the MMDA, especially child marriage. The government gave into pressure from Buddhist monks and the Catholic hierarchy and shelved a law allowing abortion in cases of rape, incest and where the mother’s life is in danger. It succumbs every time the GMOA or the private bus operators flex their muscles. It doesn’t have the courage of conviction because it has no convictions. 

The government’s support base consists, in the main of political and religious moderates rather than extremists, social liberals rather than conservatives. By succumbing to extremist pressure tactics, the government is causing this base to haemorrhage. As moderates turn away from the government and politics, the door opens even wider for a new extremist surge, led by its organic leaders, the Rajapaksas. 

Jean Lacouture wrote that André Gide’s cry, ‘Families, I detest you’ is “a slogan that ought to be framed and hung in every presidential palace in the Third World.” In Sri Lanka too, now more than ever. If Gotabaya Rajapaksa runs, he will do so as the representative of the Rajapaksa Inc. If he wins, it will be because he has the full backing of Mahinda Rajapaksa. This is not a case of bad Gotabaya vs. Good Mahinda. This is a familial project, and whatever the internal discontents, in the end, the Rajapaksa family will opt for the candidate best able to return the Rajapaksa family to power.

The SLFP seemed to have metamorphosed from a Bandaranaike party into a Rajapaksa party during the Rajapaksa years. There is no SLFP vote anymore. There is a Rajapaksa vote. Going by electoral statistics, it could be around 38% to 43% of the electorate. The SLFP came into being and lived most of its life as a Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist and socially conservative party. The Chandrika-years marked not a change but an anomaly. The base went along with the party leadership but its core-beliefs remained unchanged. In Mahinda Rajapaksa, the SLFP base found a leader who is akin to them, a leader who gave voice to their innermost desires and fears.

Maithripala Sirisena took the official party, but not the base. In the immediate aftermath of his presidential victory, he could have rebuilt the SLFP as a modern social democratic party. He chose not to. The time for such a transformation has come and gone. President Sirisena might think that by launching regular diatribes against a wide variety of targets he can win back the SLFP base, but it is an illusion. With his antics, he will merely destroy his own legacy and weaken Lankan democracy, perhaps fatally. 

We live in the springtime of tyrants. Authoritarianism is once more in fashion, the direction in which the world is moving. This tendency has been enabled by democracy’s inability to successfully address basic living condition issues. Democracy is, in the final analysis, a numbers game, a matter of straightforward math. That is why in times of growing economic distress and hopelessness, candidates who appeal to the baser instincts of an electorate has a better chance of victory. The solution is not to push more people into the hands of would-be autocrats waiting in the wings. The solution is to do something in the here and now to improve living conditions of the masses and, through such concrete actions,  reignite hope of a better tomorrow. 

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    Really Titsaranee, your calling these people ‘tyrants’ can only be attributed to your ignorance about real tyrants.

    Have these people killed civilians who opposed them, despite the 2014 conspiracy propaganda of ‘white vans’? Have they amassed billions in foreign banks, and if they have, why cant the government catch them. Only Rajitha’s lies about these billions have been forthcoming. (Apparently his teeth are becoming loose fast due to the poison of his lies).

    So, people like you who have been fed on the ‘evils of national socialism’ – over all other evils of the world- see Hitler under your beds all your waking moments. In the meantime they rob your country’s assets, labour and other wealth.

    Using a quote from an unknown Jew each time you write (Fritz Stern? this time) can’t give credibility your views which are naive and over the top in the extreme.

    Have a Bex and a lie down as they say.

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      Tisaranee,

      What a breath of fresh air! In a land of self-created ignorance.

      Keep on lifting the veil of ignorance from a land of imbeciles.

      Godspeed to you.

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        Yes Nimal, it is the warm breath of people like Titsaranee that keeps us old f@@@ts alive in our old age. Is that not right? Happily ‘knaw’ (read backwards) at Titsaranee’s essays, like I do.

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          ” ‘knaw’ (read backwards) “

          Is that experience speaking? :))

          Man, keep it to yourself ……. we don’t wanna know …….what you do behind closed doors in your old age…………

          I take it you didn’t like my comment , eh? :))

          If you didn’t ……… just say so …………you don’t have to let the whole world know your infirmities and limited-opportunities of your old age! :))))

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      Dears, they Mahinda family amassed wealthy and they have billions in their foreign bank accounts, this is the truth. Unfortunately Sirisena is protecting them in order to safe guard

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        Love for themselves, their wealth, and their families enriching themselves at the expense of the people, OVER the love for their country. Shameless weasels.

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      These tyrants have been made as the honest ones by abusive media institutions in the coutnry.

      Why is that ? People seemt o know tnohing but they go after these fitures ?

      Why ?

      Either the facts about the people seem not going to grass root level people or if they outreach them, they are just untruths.

      Gobbels theory. THat was the case in Germany too in 40ties.
      Never ever gulliable majorities stood against them.
      Why people to be hoodwinked this way ?

      . Media men, please wake up and reveal the truth AND real faces of Rajapkashes

      බඩගෝස්තර වාදය ජය ගන්නෙ නැහ මේ ලෝකයේ. highly corruption based on their own pocket filling will never succeed in this world.

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      Against Ignorance,

      RE In The Springtime Of Tyrants

      But you are really showing your stupidity.Know the definition of tyrants.

      Does the low mean IQ of the Paras, 79, have something to do with you? Just curious!

      Definition of tyrant
      1 a : an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution
      b : a usurper of sovereignty

      2 a : a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally
      b : one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power

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        Replying to a shit brain like yours is a waste of time. For that reason I am not going to respond to the fecal matter you spread over this website, under a bogus identity. Those ‘in the know’ in the Buddhi community of this country know who you are, and your ‘para’ theory will get comeuppances on the judgement day that is not far now!
        =
        Until then flash in your shit pond to your ignorant heart’s content, you swine.

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          Against Ignorance,

          Gon Bass, what is your problem? Low IQ and comprehension and Para-neurons short-circuiting/?

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            Amarasiri – Against Ignorance = Ignoramus! This a… h… needs to have his head examined.

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          Such bile!
          Have a Becks and chill man!

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      Voters will decide. Then political writers will not have a place in the society. Democracy means voters elect their leaders.

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        Democracy is no valid to srilanka. Masses in our country are not knowledgble. They are just easy targets fo vicious politicians.

        We have seen how the voters have abused their vote power over the last few decades.
        So how can we keep hopes on the people.
        People have easily been hoodwinked by most abusive politicians.
        Winning the war against LTTERs within the country has been instrumental Rajapakshe s to be talented leaders even if the truths lie aside.
        Truths are that collectivity of all caused ELMINIATION OF TERROR IN 2009 in the country.
        But media men close to Rajapksehs and their dynasty painted the picture in favour fo their polical surivival and popularity. They score even today on the so called fake victory. That was not a victory just a defeat of terror activities within the country.
        In the post WAR era not just notherners but also anyone coming from other areas too were subjected to deliberate harassments practised by Rjapaakshe under ground mechanism. There, the real face of Rajapakshe revealed to the nation.

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      Againt Ignorance,

      Seriously?
      Don’t be a blind ‘patriot’!
      Have a Becks and chill man!

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    “The Rajapaksas had no intention of prosecuting the saffron-robed rabble-rouser for Aluthgama;”
    All the Sinhala-Muslim riots starting at Gampola in 1915 were started by Muslims. Guys like Tisaranee are trying to twist the truth and put the blame on Sinhala Buddhists and Rajapakses. I think Tisaranee knows the truth but do not want to admit that Mahinda Rajapakse wanted to take action against Gnanasara but it was Champuka who stopped that by threatening to take Maha Sangha to street. Now Champuka is with ‘Yahapalana’ suckers. So he is a nice guy.
    ——————-
    “after all, he was their man doing their work.”
    Gnanasara did not do the work of Rajapakse. He carried out the contract given to him by initiators of ‘Regime Change Project’.

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      Eagle BLIND Eye – Get your cataract removed ASAP!

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    “Under a Gotabhaya presidency, every pigmy step taken by this government towards reconciliation will be abandoned.”
    “That was how the Rajapaksas reacted to anti-minority violence while in power. That is the way they will react to anti-minority violence once back in power.”
    ——————————
    Tisaranee, Are you a soothsayer? If people thought like this, they would not have given power to ‘Batalanda Wadakaya’; guy who handed over one third of the country on a platter to Prabhakaran; guy who exposed the intelligence officers in Millenium City that led to eliminating all of them by LTTE; guy who had a role in 1983 July incident etc. etc.

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    It is a very good article highlights the weaknesses of the Sinhalese politics which is the great barrier for development, democracy and rule of law. Srilanka had the oportunity to be a developed nation in this region but failed so far because of the fear created by Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism in politics. Sinhalese masses are always kept in the dark through this fear mongering tactics. In 2009 they celebrated victory. What does that mean? If it is a true victory, what is the necessity for fear mongering again in 2015? Who creates the fear? It is the loosers of the people mandate for democracy? It is the loosers of who fail to bring peace in this country? It is those loosers to implement law & Order and Justice? Do we understand the meaning of victory? If we have still continue to have more fear after 2009 what is the purpose of victory? Victory is not for a family, Victory should be for the people?

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    Tissaranee
    The answers to these questions are the Theros of Srilanka.
    High and Mighty Theros from Mahasangha , And the low on Buddha Visionaries Thugs like Gnannasara the Prisoner who has been Prisoned for insulting a woman but NOT FOR INCTING RACIAL HATE, THUGGERY, OR EVEN APPARENT MURDER.
    I WONDER WHY THE CHIEF KIRIVEHARA THERO WAS STABBED RECENTLY?? Why the cover up?? Why was he stabbed or shot by whom ?? Why ? Need answers.
    Why was he in SAFFRON ROBE?? Was he not FOLLOWING LORD BUDDHAS PRECEPTS AND TEACHINGS??
    Please Answer !!!
    Like the ones in Buddha amude in Saffron coloured robes misusing the beliefs of Lord Buddha.
    These Wannabes are using the great man’s name and Philosophies together distorting the noble beliefs of the great Philosopher Lord Buddha.
    These thugs draped in Saffron robes are seen everywhere where there a so called Racial tension. These So called tensions are ” EVEN INSTIGATED ” by these Saffron clad bogus followers of Lord Buddha.
    Mahasangha and the ” Malwatte Chapters ” are POWERLESS TO STOP THESE MISCHIEVES DONE IN OUR COUNTRY BY THEIR OWN MEN!!!
    WHY ?? Are they Too Involved in these acts of TERRORISM BY THEIR OWN MEN??
    Why our country is in this state with all the best education and resources to flourish ?? instead we are shivering in pants!!!
    We have to answer the UN , UNHCR, AND TO ALL THE CIVIL SOCIETIES .
    OUR COUNTRY IS MADE OF BUNCH OF ROGUES IN EVERY FIELD SINCE THE INDEPENDENCE 70 plus years ago??
    One justification for the kind of deterioration may be the Crooks ,Murderers and Thieves are justifying their ILLGOTTEN LOOTS by Donating their LOOTS to these High and Mighty Religious leaders PUT SHUT OR SHUT UP.
    THERE WE GO.
    IS THERE ANY THING MORE TO SAY OF THE MATTER??
    All are Greedy . They’re collecting all the ill gotten state wealth belonging to the people of Srilanka to their own families ETC.
    Thus the BREAK DOWN OF LAW AND ORDER.

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      You said it right. I say ban this religion being exploited by these crooks. Demonstrate outside these place where wrong path is used. Truly an obstacle to the country’s well being.

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    It’s time we Sinhalese Buddhists awaken to the dangers not just to the minorities but to the majority population itself if a Rajapaksa led government comes into power.It would be like Hitler coming into power in an impoverished Germany.One by one our rights as a free people will be taken away and SRI Lanka would be a fascist state.

    Just closely observe the anger and hatred in the faces of all the chena cultivating Rajapaksa clan that reveal that they will spare nobody this time if they are handed power..Ghanassara will attack not only muslims but also the vast majority of fair minded Sinhalese.Forget about freedom if they come.This country of ours is on the brink of disaster if our people don’t awaken to the reality that stares all of us in the face.Remember this time there will be no turning back.The Rajapaksa Devil looms large and menacingly.It is close to tearing our motherland apart-this time permanently.

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      Where were you Kesara during the civil war..not born yet? Rajapakshas prevented the country from falling apart and stopped the misery and danger for the ordinary people by bringing that war to and end, and they will again set the path straight for the island once elected, why do you fear them, why this paranoia? They are strong leaders and decisive leaders, which a country mangled by inaction rightfully need, do you want a Sudan? Do you know what happened there? Read about it!

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        The cause of the civil war and the country falling apart was because of Sinhalese Buddhist racism and fascism . However most Sinhalese and Sinhalese Buddhist fascists , many of them from recently Sinhalised South Indian immigrant communities do not want to admit or acknowledge this obvious truth. Rajapakse clan are using Sinhalese Buddhist fascism to gain power. Sinhalese Buddhist fascism is still thriving in this country and will never allow it to progress or reconcile, as it is based on Mahavamasa fable.

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      I think the name is a misprint. It must be Gobbekaduwa, not Kobbekaduwa like the war hero!

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      K.K.
      Rajapaksa saved us once – also believe he saved you. I remember the days when our family split to take different trasport to Colombo with the hope of part survival and vividly remember the agony of the next door woman who had two young boys in 1989 bheeshanaya time. I remember the RW-VP pact which was entered into without the knowledge of the president. I am infinitely ashamed of 1983 and the Jaffna library which were proved beyond doubt as carried out by UNP thugs, during which periods Ranil W was a powerful minister of the UNP government I am also conscious of the dangers of a federal country based on ethnicity and religion if Ranil comes to power again. I am going to vote for Rajapaksa with both hands.
      Soma

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    These tyrants will do anything to come into power. If they succeed they will try to create their own monarchy ,it will be King Rajapakse ruling Srilankistan. There will be more white vans ,murders ,racism . Thugs ,kasippu mudalalis and murderers will run the show.
    Rule of law and democracy will disappear.

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    Tisaranee

    Seeing people like you still living in this country gives the future generations a ray of hope, only if we have more of you, have you seen what’s happening to this country in the last five years, calamities of different nature—devastating floods every year, epidemic influenza, landslides etc, all the good people are migrating, by the day the country is becoming cursed, we did not have this kind of calamities in the past, does the people wonder why this is happening, the saffron clad thugs who should be meditating in the temple giving up worldly desires to attain nibbana are on the road trying to run the country, thinking they are trying to save the country, but in reality putting the country in to a irreversible abyss.

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      We had an orderly good life under the last colonials and we must bring this back.

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    Of the four comments, three favour G.R and Co. This in itself is an indication of the failure on our part as a responsible civil society to arrest the corruption and inactivity of the current regime. That is all there is.

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      Kumaran
      Read the contents of the no-confidence motion against Ranil and remember how civil society came in support of him. That is our civil society.
      Soma

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    ‘Political and moral cowardice is a hallmark of this government.’

    Thisarani, I thought you are on the government side given the hard yards you put to bring this government to power. Has anyone, like Dayan J, changed your way of thinking

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      Chuti Baba,

      Is there anything wrong with wanting justice and fairness?
      And then, isn’t it a virtue standing up for justice and fairness when it’s being denied?

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    This is a masterpiece. My God what English

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    Duwe Thisarani

    I am in no way connected to that other aunty starts with D. We are from a good stock, uncorrupt.

    I fully endorse your below writing:

    “When asked about the role of Bodu Bala Sena in Aluthgama, in the immediate aftermath of Aluthgama, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa blamed Islamic terrorism: “If you go through a recent speech I made at the Kothelawala Defence Academy, you will see that I spoke of various potential threats to the country and one of it was Islamic terrorism. I spoke of the possibility. Even at that time many Muslims politicians irresponsibly tried to blame me without understanding what I was talking about or the realities.”

    That was how the Rajapaksas reacted to anti-minority violence while in power. That is the way they will react to anti-minority violence once back in power.”

    Yours

    Dulcie Aachchi

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    ” Families , I hate you”. No one writes like Thisaranee G. Thank you for this star piece .

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    There we have to consider one thing that is the modern slfp which was architected by rajapaksha after largest single party in srilankan history holding 45.34% vote base as single party .this party of rajapaksas are the architects of 80 billion super capitalism economy of srilanka they have converterd 20 billion mixed economy of innocent leaders like Jr premadasa or chandrika which was handed over to Mahinda in 2005 in to 80 billion USD super capitalism with in ten years. The business community and top level capitalist became die heart supporters of modern slfp because of this business super capitalism.90% of the upper middle class and 70 % of middle class also a die heart supporters of modern slfp.that is why they are winning a places like kaduwela, Homagama ,kesbawa with 50,000 majority of votes. We all seen the top class business community of modern slfp in shangrila hotel.modern slfp the only the top level capitalist party ever formed in srilankan history.this modern slfp and their top level capitalists and their private media are treating a poor small parties like unp or JVP or the innocent leaders like Jr ,premadasa ,chandrika orwijeweera in very bad manner .they are not giving simple respect to the parties like unp or jvp .this a very bad sign for the democracy. The one and only top level capitalist party the modern slfo is holding the entire power of the countries social and economic system even they are in opposition. The point is unp only have 23% vote base ,the JVP only has 6% vote base , these two parties does not have business community, capitalist community ,they are very poor , they following the mixed economic janasaviya system of Jr or premadasa. What is the point of talking about unp or JVP. What is the point of arguing who is their presidential candidate.I can under stand there 15% – 20% people of unp and JVP from middle class is very much worried about this .

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    Here comes the the bitter woman spewing venom, the Gnanasara thera has been convicted of contempt of court and nothing else, and that has absolutely nothing to do with Rjapakshasas. If you have an ounce of intellect you may realize that the above Thera has not been convicted for initiating the said riot, why is that your holier than thou Neoliberal Yahapalas cannot convict him for that? Because there is no evidence? So TG just save your breath and the two fingers that you use to type this muck and as one of the commenters above say have Bex and a lie down.

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      wannihami

      “Here comes the the bitter woman spewing venom, the Gnanasara thera has been convicted of contempt of court and nothing else, and that has absolutely nothing to do with Rjapakshasas.”

      You are out of your mind, out of this world, out there willing to carry the thug’s clanking b***s, …………………. . Why?
      The saffron clad thug was embolden by the protections, support and justification provided by the goons and Gota under the presidency of his brother Mahinda.

      Whom are you to kidding? Yourself?
      What is Neoliberal ?

      The little islanders are known for dropping names. You are actively claiming to be one. If you do not know what exactly Neoliberal means, please ignore as you always have done.

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        There is no such thing called Neoliberal. It is a misleading label created by Zionist criminals to hide their new world religion of markets, Neoconservatism. Lansi Veddah knows that others have fallen to his breathrens’ trap and he, in typically arrogant hymie fashion, abuses those who have fallen for thir deception.

        Destroy the evil-based market neoconservatism for the good of the world!

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          Ah but Wanda Putin Neoliberals are the reknaw-liberals who think the west knows best an zionists are part of them, think New York Times, think Neoliberals.

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            wannihami

            What is Neoliberal ?
            What is reknaw-liberals?

            Well zionists are the best friends of Mahinda who bought killing machines from them who knows how much? Have you forgotten how the Rajapaksa’s were close to Zionists. I know you are in the habit of ignoring facts however as usual I list some of them:

            Israeli military technicians helped Sri Lankan armed forces maintain Sri Lanka’s Israeli-made Kfir fighter-bombers and Russian MiG-27 aircraft.

            Supplied Sri Lanka with Dvora fast naval attack craft.
            Israeli supplied arms and ammunition, including state-of-the-art electronic and imagery surveillance equipment.
            Israeli military advisers and “consultants” were regular visitors to Colombo.
            As far as the Zionists are concerned they do not discriminate Hindians, Tigers and lions, they are all same, — monkeys.

            Yet your hero/zero Mahinda went all the way to Israel in 2014 to please hardcore Zionists forgetting his past history of championing Palestinian cause.

            Your hypocrisy knows no bound. So is your master’s.
            Yet you are proud to carry his b***s.
            If anyone with an iota of self respect who is in similar situation would have changed his/her pseudonym and continued typing as if nothing has happened, example, Eagle Eye, sach, shenal, Nuisance, …………………

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          Wanda Putin

          “Destroy the evil-based market neoconservatism for the good of the world!”

          What is market neoconservatism?
          If you haven’t got any idea please ignore my question.

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    Crimes against Muslims by thugs commenced in 2001 at Mawanella.
    This was the beginning.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawanella_riots

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      We need more of that to restore ba,anace. Don’t you think?

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    Do the Sinhalayas have any policy apart from Sinhala Buddhist supremacy. They have had it from 1956 but has their lot improved? Far from it. They are still wallowing in the Mahavamsa mud hole while the Tamils, sent abroad, worked perhaps as street sweepers but their progeny are doing so well, learning French, German, Swedish and English. Wake up a little bit from your stupidity. The rupee is declining. All your current politicians are stealing from the state coffers under the smokescreen of Sinhala Buddhism. All you have for a solution is to alternate between two sets of rogues, the SLFP and the UNP, each outdoing the other in their racist policies. Very soon, you will be the laughing stock of the world, hocked to the Chinese in massive debt.

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      Being a Sinhalese I tend to agree with you.We Sinhalese are friendless and we are under attack from our own leaders and any one honest come up in life will be destroyed by our own leaders.They started with the old Cylinco group where they confiscated the all important life policies of that company by Felix Dias B to form the Insurance crop where employee were cronies of those politicians. I remember how the Insurance Corp operated in the same building while the two directors of Cylinco, both had first names as Justin Worked tirelessly to stay afloat.I had my little office in the Cylinco building and corrupt JR turned on us as well by getting the Tamil Immigration officers to deport my American friend Mr Chute who owned most of our company that employed over 1000 people. Not even the friends in the US embassy came to his rescue. He was locked up at the Slave Island police station and kicked out like a dog.
      Prior to that we Sinhalese too lost our economic base by the same regime of Felix Diaz confiscated the Dry Fish shops of the Sinhalese from the south that had dry fish shops all over the country. The government shut them up to create the utterly corrupt CWC,where worthless cronies were employed. My parent’s garage was taken over to form a co -orp shop where in the night they stole the Maldive fish.
      Then they took over our lands as ‘excess houses, we the boomiputhrays lost our wealth base. Recently the Golden key scam was deliberately created to rob the rest of the assets of Ceylinco.They must have got the lesson from the good old insurance companies in UK to bankrupt the then state of the art insurance company which was known as Marine Insurance in UK, owned by Emil Saundranayagam.That poor chap died in Prison.

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    In the last Presidential and general elections, when all said Rajapaksas would win, I did the math, and said they would loose for they alienated the minorities. In any country where different communities live, no one could expect to win only with the minority community’s vote alone. It’s a worldwide established fact. Now they are well aware of it, and going behind all of them,but it’s real floolishness to expect the minorities to vote for them, for they would never vote again in their living memories, for they cared for minorities below their boots , while they were in power.

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    US is the only country in the world, where renouncing the citizenship is extremely difficult and long drawn process and cost too is huge, even engaging high profile and top caliber law layers, for they check every fine details of the candidate. With all the difficulties, in the recent past record number of people renounce their US citizenships owing to the bad economy, high cost of living, Trump factor etc. So for Gota things are not that easy and rosey to do it.

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      No Ranjit, you just need to walk over to the local embassy and hand over a letter with the passport, probably will take a month, I know it is wishful thinking of some but not the reality!

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    There is enough of blame to go around, but simply put, had the Rajapaksa’s cut off this cancer at the inception, when the BBS Goons, supported by Sinhala extremists, went around the country, spewing lies, inciting, and spreading hate, we would not have this problem today. We need harsh sentences for those committing racist violence against others, burning homes and businesses, and killing helpless minorities. Immediate arrests, and life sentences for murder, should be a deterrent to hate crimes. It is hard to understand any leader, from any party, condoning such behavior, and especially after our decades of bloodbath and tears, the most sensible reaction would have been to start a campaign of promoting peace among all religions, and emphasizing that in this small island everyone belongs here, and should live in harmony.

    Unfortunately, our disgraceful politicians, have their own agendas, and selfish ambitions, and citizens belonging to the minority being slaughtered, will not make them put greed aside for the good of the country.

    Another good one Tisaranee!

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      Navin,
      “and citizens belonging to the minority being slaughtered,”
      Let me remind you that when British colonial pigs were ruling this country, Demalu and Muslims joined British and slaughtered Sinhalayo who fought against British rule. Actually after British left Sinhala politicians made a blunder by not chasing Demalu and Muslims who went against Sinhalayo back to India.

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        Aw stop with pointing to the past, it has nothing to do with the present. We are dealing with racist scoundrels setting one Sri Lankan against the other. You should stop being a trouble maker, and justifying hate crimes.

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    [edited out]what Mahinda Rajapakse saying is this Protestant work began since 1933. Mahinda Rajapakse was Stupid in order to not to identify who his enemies are. HE knew how to beat these Protestant BA@@@$tards. but his corruption screwed him up. He was for himself. Otherwise, Protestants or Tele Evangelists won’t be any where near him. BBS bhikku is a hero. He should continue what So many Bhikku’s in the past did. I read, that one bhikku was was shot dead by the english speaking British protestants. LEt them kill, contimue your work. IT is muslims and chritians who can not live with people and not we sinhala buddhsits. WE allowed the failed post independant colonial education to ruin Sri lanka with the help of wanna be yuppi elite.

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      a hat trick Jimmy Boy. Go celebrate

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    How far that little candle throws his beams in this naughty world. The Merchant of Venice.
    Tissaranee, keep going,we need you for all seasons, not just Spring, in this terrible world of the Rajapakse tyrants!

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    Eagle s eye

    The best thing ever happened to this country is the arrival of the Europeans and especially the British, if not for them this country will be having many tiny kingdoms including a Tamil kingdom in the north, and there will not be avcountry called SriLanka, and most importantly you will be with your loin clothes and your women folk will be topless, for more information read Robert Knox descriptions of the inhabitants of this island during the Europeans arrival

    Also don’t be so stupid to say the Sinhalese were fighting the Europeans, this is utter nonsense, when the Portuguese were ruling, the Sinhalese sucked up to them and became Fernando’s and Perera’s and when the Dutch were here, the Sinhalese became Dons and Juans and when the British ruled, it was percival, Solomon Dias and junies, the only king who fought the Europeans was the kandian King, but he was a Malayalam king or from Kerala and not a Sinhalese.

    Therefore the best thing you should do is remove the status of Buddha and hang the photo of the British queen or monarch and look at her in the morning and evening with flower offerings because if not for them there wouldn’t have been a Sri Lanka.

    So stop writing that bull crap of Sinhalese king and nonsense again

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      Obviously Eagle Eye is short sighted or unable to see straight.

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      Concerned citizen
      Please research on the arrival of the group named as ” Sinhalese” in SL. don’t you think it was a phenomenal created by the Buddhists of SL after the arrival of jolly good boy Prince Vijaya and his merry men?
      There’s no such groups ever existed in the whole wide world except in Apeh Aaanduwe SL.
      Please research on that first, from where the word Sinhala and Sinhalese came into use in this country.
      It will be an interesting point to analyse!!

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    Whatever said and done, Gnanasara (May his muscles increase) has out paced others.
    Remember when MS was on a State visit to Japan, MS got G down to Japan to negotiate a deal with GR?

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    Very good freedom of expression here. I love when Mahinda Rajapske got people to flatten their JAws and brke their hands IT is unfortunate Rajapakses screwed up everything.

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    Tisaranee Gunasekara,
    .
    Thanks for a perceptive and balanced article. Not everything can go in to it. So, you have mentioned Ven. Galkande Dhammananda Thero as a monk who aptly quoted the Buddha and has done all he possibly can to reconcile.
    .
    Let us not forget Ven Vijithat who had been a Pradeshiya Sabha Member for Mahiyngana. Do you remember what was done to him for pleading on behalf of Muslims? They circumcised him:
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    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14A/Jun19_1403199864CH.php
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    Sandya Ekneligoda’s courage it was that finally carried the day, but this also represents justice for Vijitha Thero as well.
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    Not vengeance; that a Buddhist should not hanker for. This sentencing of Gnanasara sends the message that should have been set long ago to all those who try to understand the Dhamma.
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    Buddhism is not an easy religion to follow; but it always points in the right direction; just that weak religious board-carrying humans too often ignore what should be obvious to any thinking person.

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    LTTE was protestant struggle. that is still on. What way to lose since 1933. Now, it is time reverse all those back.

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