2 December, 2021

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Is President Gotabaya Planning To Pack His Bags?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Some three or four of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent pronouncements do not align with the tenor of his previous actions after assuming office. I will come to that anon but first let’s ask whether this is because events in Sudan and Burma have put coup prospects in hot water all over the world. The very survival of these two regimes is in doubt. Mass uprisings in Khartoum are intensifying; Al Jazeera commentators say “the military will have a hard time retaining power”. The junta has been condemned by the UN Security Council, the organisation of African States and human rights organisations. Nowhere in the world will civilian wrath tolerate military power grabs anymore. In Burma it is civil war; nearly everyone including the ethnic minorities are fired up (Suu Ki is a dispensable spent force). Gorilla regimes are all isolated internationally; even China is a little less enthusiastic about cheering human rights violators. The replacement of Trump by Biden has been helpful.

In Sudan the economy has collapsed; feminine is staved off by international feeding programmes. The economy contracted by 11% in the two years 2019 and 2020 taken together and will shrink again in 2021. Inflation has risen to an annualised-130% rate so far in 2021 (before the coup). It will worsen because of economic disruption and international opprobrium. Are the President’s Vijathmaga morons and chest-thumping military brass (current and ex) flustered by these examples? Is the President smarter than his goofy hangers on? Or is this wishful thinking deluded by an imagined silver lining? What I ask is whether the gloom which many of us saw in Lanka’s horoscope is now tipping over into a funk; are the grim plotters of autocracy backing off? Too early to tell, but in political strategy making one must be sensitive to visible nuances in tone and shifts in power balance.

Here are a few items that caught my attention of late:-

a) Daily News: 11 November 2021

“Gotabaya Rajapaksa questioned the public why they re-elect politicians who they had chased away and urged them to look for new people without re-electing the same set. If myself or my ministers don’t meet your expectations, don’t re-elect them (sic! ‘us’?). Look for new people. This system has to change”. He admitted “government is not delivering, shortages of food, medicines and other essentials persist because of a dire foreign exchange squeeze”. It does sound like a swansong, does it not?

b) Firstpost: Reporting from Agence France-Presse; October 11, 2021

“The people may have a sense of displeasure towards me and the government for not delivering as they expected. I accept that. Not only me but all ministers and MPs should accept it” President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told troops in a speech marking the 72nd anniversary of the military’s founding.

c) The HINDU: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

In the U.S., Gotabaya promises to engage Tamil diaspora. The announcement is significant, coming from a President whose government proscribed several Tamil diaspora organisations six months ago, branding them “terrorists”. The Rajapaksa administration has repeatedly called diaspora groups “pro-LTTE” outfits, accusing them of attempting to revive the separatist struggle.

d) Daily News: 11 November 2021

New members Ramalingam Chakrawarthy Karunakaran, Yogeswari Patgunarajah and Iyyampillai Dayanandaraja were appointed to the Task Force after taking into consideration representations by various parties and the relinquishment of membership by two members. The President also amended the terms of reference: “Presenting proposals for formulating a conceptual framework ideally suited for Sri Lanka after making a study of the said concept taking into account the views and opinions held by various parties with regard to the implementation of the concept One Country, One Law”.

The guy is simply at sixes and sevens; isn’t it clear that in his own mind he doesn’t know what he is doing? Do muddled people make power-grabs, or is it lost-in-the-woods souls that need to rescind people’s freedom of criticism and publication? Could be either. The worst of it is escalating prices. If food prices inflate at several 100% per year it is curtains for any government. There is nothing an internationally debt-bankrupt, misdirected by a dissembling and deluded Cabral government, can do to rectify it.

I asked a well-to-do relative to confirm vegetable price trends reported by the Sunday Times. He went shopping on 14 November and found prices were higher! Mind you this guy enjoys his creature comforts, imbibes whisky by the quart, relishes appetizing food, indulges in delicious sucks and is a reliable reviewer of prices.

“Went marketing today. Returned home empty handed as the prices of vegetables were too expensive and cannot afford to buy. Prices per kilo are as follows.

There is a shortage of gas and kerosene. In view of above any foreign aid for ‘Sadukin pelena unta’ will be much appreciated; thanks. Sincerely, F. Marshal”

Look, this scenario is unsustainable. A financial crisis has become an economic crisis and is on its way to turning into social unrest. Does any jester imagine that an authoritarian solution or a military power-grab can be imposed on an enraged population? In Burma 1200 have been killed by the army so far but civil war continues. Sudan’s fate beckons would-be militarists elsewhere. The uprising has spread across the country; hundreds of thousands have taken over the streets and refuse to back down in the face of gunfire (about two dozen killed by military-police gunfire to date) and tens of thousands more seem willing to fight to the finish. When a people are well informed, when the misdemeanours of a regime stand exposed on all sides and when people are organised, a coup is not a walk-over, it’s a call to mass revolt.

In Sri Lanka the first two conditions have already been met, but unity of the opposition is absent and organisation is still weak. Nevertheless potential plotters must surely be tuning into Al Jazeera and the BBC and seen the fate that awaits take-over bids. Hopefully their ardour has cooled. I must grant that there are people who call me a Dr Pangloss; they warn that true to form, reaction will first unleash anti-Muslim and anti-Catholic violence to divert attention and after that slaughter Sinhala-Buddhist protesters. Well, maybe; but if a regime stands exposed on every issue and the opposition includes every social and ethnic sector, then what?

In closing, two paragraphs about the international dimension. The purpose of the QUAD group of four countries led by the US and India in China containment. This is at odds with Lanka’s status as a de facto Chinese economic colony. The country’s debt burden and shortages are so serious that it cannot avoid sinking ever deeper into some Beijing ditch – due to no fault of Beijing, just our sustained economic folly. Coincidentally or by design this Indo-American strategic thrust is mirrored by a recent development. The Sunday Times reported on the 14 Nov that a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation left for the United States yesterday morning “at the invitation of the State Department”(!) to drum up support for its stand on Tamil issues. It is reasonable to presume that Tamil diaspora groups are also in the picture and that Muslims and Catholics who have been at the receiving end of the regime’s repression and subterfuge, respectively, are watching developments. Neither Lanka’s minorities, nor the Sinhalese who are aghast at the fertiliser-cum-faeces fiasco or watching His Excellency bum Gnanasara, have much respect for the President. The minorities will play the ‘Sri Lanka is becoming a Chinese colony’ card to the hilt if it helps them get Indian and American protection. A government in the dog-box on local issues, broke down to its last kopek and in international human rights abuse crosshairs, can do without India and America staring down its repression-militarisation-authoritarianism curriculum.

It is this confluence that makes me Plangossian that the regime is on its last legs. Of course it would of be wrong to transmit a “repression is not coming” message since the big challenge remains to stay alert and organise to overcome threats. However, intellectual honesty compels me to share with my readers changes that I discern on the political horizon. Are President Gotabaya, his brain-dead advisors and his pushy junta showing symptoms of a collective yellow liver?

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  • 8
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    … feminine is staved off by international feeding programmes … ?
    My English is not sound.
    Could this be a typo for Famine?

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      Yes, an obvious typo, Nathan. Prof. Kumar often confesses a susceptibility to typos. Nevertheless, his writing is always eloquent. A person who said that he never made a typo was the late Izzeth Hussain.
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      The way things are going, we could have famine.
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      Warning: comments are now over in five days.

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        “Is President Gotabaya Planning To Pack His Bags?”

        His money bags?

        Not yet. ……. The 19 billion is so near and yet so far.

        Gotta beat the brother ……. it’s just a matter of sibling rivalry ……… who’s the best …..

        I did best.

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          Nf,
          ..
          Shares from “Delete Jayaweera- Derana TV owner/ Nishshanka Bp” ?.
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          All these were not overlooked by 8 month of voters in this country.
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          It s high time give it to by bringing this all to Galle Face Green.
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          Not Levin Rathnayake but these men will be thrown with asuchi sooner than later
          🐕🐃🐕🐃😥🐕🐕🐃😥🐕😥😥

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            8 millions of voters. .
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            Sudanese, Somalians, Tahitians, and the like are ones that the world is now referring when talking about our affairs.
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            😥🐕🐃😥🐕🐃😥🐕🐃🐕🐃😥🐕🐃☹

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        Who have egg on their faces? ………. Those who believed …….. not so long ago ………. Gota is the messiah who was going to deliver us to the promised land?

        Are any of ye man/big/adult enough to take responsibility for the unbelievable suffering of the people ……. brought on by ye monumental stupidity?

        Or is it the good ol’ …… “We are professors, we are highly trained doctors, we are surgeons ……. how can we ever be stupid, eh?”

        I can just picture ye hiding in dark corners and squirming ……… hoping no one remembers ye ……….. :))

        Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore ………. I may not see you tomorrow :))

        • 8
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          Continued


          Some of them were professors, some of them were doctors, some of them were engineers, some of the were lawyers ……..
          And all of them were fools … prisoners of their unexamined childhood insecurities (go back in time … examine … cura te ipsum)
          Who were making plans and thinking of the future
          With the energy of the innocent
          They were gathering the tools
          They would need to make their journey back to national salvation-al greatness
          While the sand slipped through the opening
          And their hands reached for the Appachi’s golden ring
          With their hearts they turn to each other’s hearts for refuge
          In the troubled years now fast approaching after the Rajapakse deluge — some liberties taken with apologies to Jackson Browne …….. :))


          Remember …….. Mahinda is not a man ……. Mahinda is a nation? :))

          That’s old hat ……. the newest ……..

          “nimal” is not a man …… “nimal” is the truth

          To argue with “nimal” is to argue with the truth ….. argue with reality ……….

          Native, now how’s that for ol’ modesty, eh? :))

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            Brother Nimal, you are absolutely right. Thanks for telling the reality so eloquently. My only suggestion is for you to put this in a write up than commemt here in CT. KD , My observations are 1) Lanka, a country to live last year is now compared to Myanmar and Sudan. 2) I believe it is neither but North Korea. Rajapaksas are here to stay. If not where can they go ??? 3) Reasons you give may be enough for a government change elsewhere but not in Lanka. You keep over estimating the mentality of our voting public. We only have Ganasara,s , there is no Aung Suyi,s in bankrupt Lanka.

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          nimal,
          Stupidity has nothing to do with educational qualifications. Stupidity can exist with them, comfortably!
          SWRD is the best I can think of. I am sure, you can come up with better – or, should I say worse – ones.

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            “SWRD”

            nimal fernando / April 17, 2016

            All Lankans have a duality, more so with the ones who have gone to some “renowned” universities – this was true of SWRD, Atulathmudali, et al …. GL and all current players – because of our colonial past and automatic respect for anything “White” ( let’s be realistic here and have the courage to face the truth; why do Lankans (Mahinda or many other professed “villagers”) send their children to the “village” schools? To teach them Lankan culture?)

            At one end there is a grand facade of mimicry/aping of the White-man in language, dress, mannerisms, a sort of “out of body experience” which is not inbuilt.

            At the other end, at the core, it’s a Sinhala-Buddhist/Tamil-Hindu pre-historic mindset. Totally separate, there is no connect between the two entities of the duality.

            One can instantly change from one to the other without even knowing. One doesn’t have to guess too hard to know, in a crunch, which end of the duality we take refuge in.

            In spite of the best efforts of the best “educational institutions” around the globe, the modern 21st century Lankan man is not going to arrive anytime soon.

            “The End of History” ……. is not as near as one might think.

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            “”education/training” of Lankans”

            nimal fernando / June 24, 2016

            We are a few/many centuries behind the social evolutionary process. Any “apparent” evolution/advancement we have had in recent times wasn’t due to the natural progression of the evolutionary-process but due to the conquests of more “evolved” conquerors. So, the apparent “advancement” is imposed on us and totally artificial.

            If one can disassociate oneself from the Lankan situation and step back and observe, one can see the struggle the primitive man goes through daily, to come to terms with the imposed artificial “advancement.”

            This is true of every Lankan, in spite of how “educated” one might sound. And I don’t exclude myself; the only difference is I can see it.

            A primitive jungle tribe will not produce “modern” leaders after a brief visitation from “advanced” aliens. It’s just not going to happen.

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          Dear NF.
          ….. Those who believed … not so long ago …Gota is the messiah who was going to deliver us to the promised land?…… Here is one.
          Ven Vendaruwe Upali Thero, the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter delivering an Anusasana on the occasion of an almsgiving marking the 69th birthday of Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that he should opt for military rule if this is what is necessary to build the country. Ven Upali, noting that Gotabaya is referred to as a Hitler, suggested that if that is the case he should be one and build the nation.
          June 2018.
          …. And build the nation he did?…. Or finished it off.

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          Nimal,
          “I can just picture ye hiding in dark corners”
          Even usually respectable “captains of industry” like Kishu Gomes and the Laugfs Gas guy Wegapitiya fell for Gota’s pitch. Curiously enough, no Muslims or Tamils ( who actually do the most work) . Says a lot about our captains.

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            OC,

            I don’t know who this guy is ……. I fell off my chair laughing …….. at the very beginning he describes how Gota first came surrounded by doctors and engineers talking about Oracle database, nanotechnology …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx0HhIvMeBw

            …….. 5 years lost ……. and then the next one takes us for a ride ………

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              Nimal,
              Yes, the guy is seriously talented!

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        SM,

        I agree. At Dr. David’s age, such things are normal and expected. Notice he also says Plongossian for Panglossian. But the flow of his writing is still great for someone of his age.

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          Agnos,
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          1/2

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          Not such a profound subject!
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          Izzeth Hussain:
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          https://www.ft.lk/article/622120/Izzeth-Hussain-no-more
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          He must gave been 89 when I met him in 2016. I’d been reading his articles since 1980 – in “The Tribune”. He wrote very well, but it was only after CT became accessible in 2015 that newer communication technology allowed me to track him down.
          .
          The problem with him was that he craved some flattery. Also he and HLD Mahindapala were fighting cocks writing quality English, which is why I say that we haven’t identified Eagle Eye.
          .
          What I value about Kumar is his honesty, commitment, sincerity and lack of ego. He has no Wikipedia page, and from Rajan Philip’s birthday article we learnt that his only passport was Lankan. He displays the artlessness of a child. We won’t easily be able to comprehend his more scientific papers, which he publishes under a slightly different name:
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          https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/A-Kumar-David-2082596282
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          He’s committed to Marxism, and to humanism.
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          From Rajan Philips we learnt that his forebears were from Jaffna. For me, he’s not “a Tamil”. He’s a human being; that is what we should all aspire to being.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela.

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          2/2
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          Some videos of Kumar:

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          Kumar David with Faraz Shaukatali 25’ 36”. Faraz “knows everything,” but he doesn’t know Kumar! See at 12’ 15’’. Faraz is a man who knows everything, but he clearly doesn’t know Kumar. Kumar doesn’t say that he’d been in Zimbabwe and Hong Kong for scores of years.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ncoBHQcnn8

          In that interview he was canvassing votes for the NPP.

          Kumar David March 2010 Part 1/3 8 minutes each; locate other parts.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6rIEhYknOE
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          Kumar exercises his stupendous intellect and conscientiously works out social and political problems. Many of us postpone comment because we don’t want to be proved wrong. Kumar knows that life is limited, and so he daringly makes definite predictions. Inevitably, he is sometimes wrong, and then acknowledges it. He never misleads us, and writes with wonderful wit and control. Typo: “deluded Cabral government” – surely he means “cabal government”. He is ecstatic when told that an article has no typos, but we can work out most of those.
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          Homer nodded occasionally; Kumar’s fame may not last as long (he won’t mind our saying that!) Let him also nod occasionally, and let’s gratefully work out the implications of what he says.

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            Dear Sm ,
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            Faraz Shaukatali  is not a knowledgeable journalist. Please listen to him clearly and feel it.
            .
            Thanks
            Lm🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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            Dear LM,
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            I’m sorry some repetition has crept in to what I’ve written above. That was the result of trying to revise what had already been written. Clumsy of me.
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            Why do you think that I have put “knows everything” within quotation marks? He thinks he knows everything, but in fact doesn’t.
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            Farah is not a bad guy. Listen unhurriedly to that interview, and savour some of the unintended humour.
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            Now Kumar is amazing. He has deep and comprehensive knowledge of many quite different fields. However, in other areas, he will humbly acknowledge his ignorance.
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            Of course, I know the many constraints that you work under. I greatly appreciate all that you contribute.

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        ,,,Yes, an obvious typo….
        More likely an oversight of an “Auto-Prompt”.

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        “….we could have a famine.” I do hope your pessimism isnt proved correct, Sinhala Man, I’ve been trying to convince myself that things wont get any worse. That the powers that be will come to their senses, reverse crazy decisions, etc., and steer a sensible path in time.
        —-
        I was “close” to a real famine many years ago. Ethiopian medical students in Amsterdam told me about the horrendous situation in their country, caused by drought and worsened by the govt/the Emperor’s (?) determination to suppress news of it. I think it was Tigray that was affected. The rest of the country was unaware of the famine there. The students had been trying for months to get outside concern and action. They were desperate. They asked if I had any ideas, contacts. I wrote to the director of an ITV programme (This Week), for whom I had briefly worked as a secretary, describing the situation. He had only just done a documentary on the Sahelian drought, so I doubted he would be able to work on something similar again so soon. But I urged him to use all his powers to get the situation publicised somehow. No reply but a few weeks later, still in Amsterdam, I saw an English newspaper with the announcement of a This Week programme: “The Unknown Famine” to be shortly aired.
        I was amazed and so were the Ethiopian medics.
        Within hours of it being shown in Britain, donations poured in. Unprecedented response. From Europe, too. This was 1973.
        But the ensuing events were even more shocking. I must write about it some day.
        —-
        And, alas, the famines there continue — and the political turmoil. A country that is “potentially very rich….. was the poorest country in African in 1974.”

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          Yes, Manel, you must write about it, and about what is happening here.
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          Neither Kumar nor you is doing all this for personal fame or recognition. You don’t do your writing because you think that there is a pie in the heavens, some reward.
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          We’re all doing this so that we may be proved wrong. May what we are saying now forestall the famine that at this time looks inevitable.
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          Read also the article by F.R. Senanayake’s grandson.
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-altar-on-which-we-sacrifice-our-children/
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          In reality, my immediate fear is for the electricity. If it fails, we won’t be able to communicate.
          [edited out]

    • 5
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      More of Shan could help palpable changes to North East.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPWJBEvuct8

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      Gota’s Miracles. Good riddance !
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGXaEkzpmKY

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      In the days to come

      Entire world will be informed that GOTA is found ” committed suicide” in his JANATHIPATHI mandiraya

      will be similar to that of Hitler how he ended up. Today, he could face GHANAKKA but nobody else.
      :
      That will perhaps be a good news to the masses, however MR woul dnot be the interior President. Perhaps MR would fall dead before his brother’s self-suicide.
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      Nor would 10% Molahathano have chances to succeed. :… THe country will turn out to be a place no different to SOMALIA….
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      Not just MEDAMULANA criminals, but PEOPLE and MEDIA mafia men should be made responsible for the mess.
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      This happens when PEOPLE would not care much about “facts checks”:

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      Please watch the following video
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      That should be given a priority
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiGuWo1Otx8

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      KD you have missed the fact that a US citizen who was a high school drop out presented Sri Lanka;s national budget in Parliament and the fact that Goat and Basil Jarapassa ‘s families are US citizens.

      The Sinhala Buddhist LA diaspora, like the Tamil Diaspora , has been weaponized and now works for the Biggest Rogue State in the world.

      US citizens Basil and Goat are Don Juan Dharmapalas of Sri Lanka now a US and not Portuguese Colony.
      China is isolated and there is a massive propaganda war against it.

      Have you heard of the new US doctrine Full Spectrum Dominance (FSD), through hybrid cyber martime trade wars and take over of all systems using the Covid and Climate Emergencies narrative for Disaster Capitalism digitalization, surveillance and control of populations?!

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      Also “gorilla regimes” is that purposeful.

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      Not important, really, but, incidentally, Nathan, the copy of Kumar’s article in the Sunday Island, which I happen to receive on Saturday morning (20/11), says “famine”.

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        Manel long time no see. .
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        Typo a are self explanatory.
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        Keep safe from Covid!

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          Thankyou, Leelagemalli. You, too.
          From
          Leelageakka!
          Yes! One of my sisters is L!

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        Thank you.

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      Hialarious to say the least by Kumar. Gota packing off? True we are under tremendous pressure & suffering but if the election is tomorrow , Kumar do you think the S/B majority would vote,Ranil,Sajith or Anura Kumara to power? Though we suffer which is true but we will stick by Gota or any Rajapaksha at this moment. Of course Dayan & his christian clan will not but we have a big enough majority to win.Do not compare us with Sudan or Burma, once when Madagoda Abeytissa told how the departed US ambassador did not beleive his word.Please keep making us laugh,Kumar!

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    Pack the bags or pull trigger on him ?

    Ghanakka and the like society experts believe, next MILK RICE eating event would be organised by the people – sooner than later.

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    Why only compare to Zimbabwe why not compare to the US. The inflation here is pretty high also.

    Food is about 50% more expensive everywhere. I suppose Biden will also have to pack up his bags. And the Tamil woman Kamala Harris is the butt of all jokes.

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      A 00000 then why don’t you return to Lanka instead of starving out there???

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        Chive
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        Not worth wasting for a14455.
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        His is pathological so as that of Eagle eye..
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        These animals ll take another decades to grasp it.
        🐃🐕🐃🐕😥🐃🐕😥🐃🐕😥

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      A14455,
      “why not compare to the US. The inflation here is pretty high also.”
      I wonder why people like you don’t leave that US hell-hole and come live in this Rajapaksa paradise. At least you could have such fun licking their you-know-whatspp

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        OC,
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        his is similar to that of our 10% – so called minister of finance of the day.
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        These BPs would ruin the future of the youth in this country. This has nothing to do with their degree titles, if their adolesence was guided by ” srilanken virulent culture/sinhala buddhism/so called srilanken tradition”

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          OC
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          dog’s tail would not be straightened even if you would put it in a bamboo sheath. THis was what my granny repeated whenever we spoke about Medamulana criminals.

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        Pumpkin

        I will do what I want not what you monkeys want. If you look at the world now, not just the US inflation is a given. No country let alone Sri Lanka could have avoided it.

        All these fancy countries are sitting on a giant deck of paper that is burning underneath. The Crash is unavoidable , just look after your investments.

        Dont worry about the 400 Rs Cauliflower. eat Broclli instead. that’s all.

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          “No country let alone Sri Lanka could have avoided it.”

          Absolute lies- these men have not the least knowledge about western Europe.

          I REPEAT NO SUCH PRICE HIKES ARE THE CASE IN GERMANY, FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND: Germany is the ´most powerful economy in EUROPE.
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          I WILL CHECK IT IN UK NEXT WEEK and LET YOU KNOW

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      a14455 / November 21, 2021

      You re liar.
      :
      That is not the case in Germany, France and Swtizerland. I know from my colleagues in Texas and Seatle…. their thoughts are contraditory to that of yours. Why to lie in order to proect the bums of Medamulana criminals ?

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        Mr Leelas.

        Are your buddies from Texas and Seattle able to read?

        Just wait till that giant German Shinitzel does you know what , to your you know what. ..

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          a14455 / November 21, 2021

          No worth wasting my valuable time for an idiot of your nature, but I have to add my thoughts here below. How can they be illierate if they are company managers ?

          My american colleagues are not backlickers of your nature. They would not wait to call a spade a spade. Some of them live in central europe. You the kind of refugees to their home land have no choice but to lick the balls of Rajapakshes. Alone the fact that entire nation is now fallen from frying pan to the fire – should help you waking up from your long slumber.

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          What else can come from a pompous stupid man who does not seem to know who he is ? Entire fake viyath maga is dissapeared as of today. But you the kind of ultra idiots, your general knowledge is far behind the average conditioned mind set bearers (rural mind set) that let Rajapakshe criminals to grab their votes and ruin this nation.
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          You display it as no others moda sinhalayas would not improve their knowledge though living in developed world for such a long time. Enough is enough.

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        Dear a14455.
        The US inflation OVER A YEAR was only 6.2% which is high by their standards. But our increases are over double that. Further the US prices are not only food which is cheap, but more because of higher increases in whiteware and electronics. In our society, the people need the food prices low and our inflation does not matter for consumer products.
        CNN………
        12.9M subscribers
        US consumer price inflation surged higher again in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past 12 months, prices climbed 6.2% — the biggest increase since November 1990. CNN’s Matt Egan reports. #CNN #News #CNNB #CNNBusiness

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          A14455,
          You seem determined to defend your Great Reversing Leader .
          US inflation is only 6%. But many basics here have gone up much more than that here. Rice, in which we are supposedly self-sufficient, has to be imported. Sugar and onions have doubled since 2019. It is this idiotic government that removed the price formula and caused catastrophic rises in fuel prices. Then there was the utterly stupid ban on fertilizer and palm oil. Our actual inflation is more like 60%. Has the US government been that stupid?

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          Inflation of 6% is an average and many food items are up by 50% What is the average in SL ? don’t just show vegetable or rice prices.

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            A14455,
            Vegetables and rice are absolute essentials, along with milk, sugar, and LPG.
            Bandula G himself admitted in Parliament yesterday that prices are unprecedented, but you have the gall to try and cover it up while living it up in California. There is slavery, and there is arse-licking. Which is yours?

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              Oc,
              .
              Please go and feed those mercy cows rather than making efforts to wake up brainwashed men that would adulate Rajapakshes foreever. Trump was worst ever US leader to the eyes of many Europeans, his is not comparable with that of Gota who was then a sly comer to AMERICA. MY COLLEAGUES FROM US hate trump’s politics. They are not black Americans. Most of them work in European metropolitan cities in health care sector.from what they say post Trump politics is much better for masses but what trump destroyed is not easy repairable and that s why the Biden-Harris govt looks not powerful enough.Dr Merkels analysis is correct that Trump should nt have been elected.so is the case in slanka, a man who could fit better for hang man position became the president. Now the consequences are clear to even school going children.🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐕🐕🐕😉☹☹☹☹

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    Not only Nandasena.
    But there is a divine shift at work, where the most high is waking humanity up.
    The end result will be all freemasons will be identified and thrown out of power.
    Punishments according to their rank and crimes will also be meted out to all of them.
    There is no hiding from the most high!

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      Dear H.
      ….Punishments according to their rank and crimes will also be meted out to all of them……from the most high!…….
      So may be we abolish Courts and AG’s Dept. as wasteful in time and expense.

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      Humble, this Most High you refer to…nothing to do with alcohol is it? I thought that may be CBK was on her way back, late as usual hic.

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    The Gota-government seemed to be preparing for this, with further expansion of the Pan-Sinhala Military. However, the hostility to the bungling government now comes from all communities. To me, it seems that those who supported the SLPP lack the enthusiasm to counter protests. Will the military shoot Sinhalese to kill? When it was the minorities, they didn’t usually balk.
    .
    There is an additional responsibility on us. This fine, wide ranging article, raises many fundamental issues that must be addressed. It may even be that the bungling Gota did us a favour by allowing the problems to be starkly clear to a majority of the people months earlier than otherwise..
    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-altar-on-which-we-sacrifice-our-children/
    .
    We must not allow ourselves to be lost in the entertainment generated by some popular speakers:
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6mD8Yt6LDA
    .
    In a recession, where we have been printing money, we cannot also increase significantly salaries. If we talk irresponsibly and establish “out government”, rash talk will wreck our efforts.

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    As usual, Prof Kum makes a Malay-pickle of a matter in dragging many subjects, this losing the focus on the main subject. What is there for Gotabhaya Rex to pack his bags when he has not changed his residence? But the threat of a possible take over is gradually becoming real. Can it be a putsch? Too early to conclude. But democracy is thrown overboard then the tyre pyres in the late 1980’s are in the shade. If a soldier in the field takes offence of you that is the end of you. The story goes that if ever Pol Pot (The Cambodian despot) smiles at a person then he is automatically sentenced for the preservation of his skull. Whatever be the public uprisings in other countries and possible international sanctions, it will be the beginning of a long dark era. It is better for the likes of Prof. Kum to pack his bags and be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. It is now known that Wijeweera was sentenced to death from the “Sucharitha” and was cremated while he was gasping for life. That can well be the fate of many on a take-over.

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    GOTH PAIYA Will not pack his back soon.He will wait until some cases still pending in courts against MHINDA AND COMPANY(PVT)LTD ITS DIRECTORS AND SHARE HOLDERS ARE DISMISSED OR WITHDRAWN WITH THE HELP OF ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO IS LICKING THE BOOTS OF GOTHA PAIYA. .

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      Paragon,
      .
      None of the cases removed by using his executive power will not be null and void forever. Once JVP is in power, those men will have to shed their last breath in cells.wait and see NPP is polarising today as no time in the past. It is the most powerful power for srilanka tomorrow ✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌✌

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    gota in the remaining 3 years of his term should try to fix some acute long term problems we face such as air pollution and too much rural people in the country.I know one contradicts the other because when we urbanise the country the already acute pollution of the cities will increase,but that is why his innovative capabilities will be needed to fix both very serious problems.We know that the air is so polluted in the cities that we should actually wear a mask to stop getting lung cancer one day in the mediem to long term,not the corona virus in the short term.If the air pollution continues many peole will have a earlier death than they expect one day.look at this pollution figures.click on the right side which has “view table”

    https://aqli.epic.uchicago.edu/the-index/

    now let us look at urbanisation.look at this and you will see we are one of the most rural communities.It is only by building up the cities we can achieve prosperity.Go to the urban population column and click on the top of it.You will find that You will find that only papua,niger and burundi have less urban population than us.Our large rural country bumpkins are a curse on the country.urbanise them as quickly as possible.

    https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/

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      Good heavens, Shankar, so you’re over a hundred years old! And you’re still mentally agile enough to be alive to discuss the issues that confront us. That’s great; that’s how all lives have to be lived.
      .
      However, I don’t agree with you that the Urban/Rural divide is the most important column in this classification:
      .
      https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/
      .
      It is the fertility rate. We are faced with over-population of the world as a whole. The table gives us information regarding migration, too; however, that is only moving the problems that we face elsewhere.
      .
      Replacement level ought to be indicated by a fertility rate of 2. If population is still increasing, what does that indicate? That people are living longer. I wish you many years more, with your mind active!
      .
      Let fewer babies be born! The unborn will not suffer; of course the foolish question often posed is how do we know wht sort of person missed being born. The question raised even in Gray’s Elegy.

      Panini Edirisinhe

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    for those old me and women who are not very computer literate like me unlike these young people who are always on it.when you go to the air pollution website and click on the table you will get the countries and go to the pollution column and click on the arrow there untl you get india as the highest air pollution.Sri lanka is not far behind.At 100 years and 7 months,i am also struggling on these laptops,but until i die i will not give up and go on living futuristically and not in the past century.

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    During the Budget debate Harsha said “Adagana Nanawa”

    I think its more like “Illan Kanawa”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJN3MRt4hXk

    This is the curse of starving the north using the excuse of war. Sinhalese cheered now they have food but cannot afford it.

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      Bert,
      .
      People are now fed up of Gota s leadership.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGXaEkzpmKY

      The man who came to make real changes, palpable changes behave as if he has no hearts to people s alarming issues.
      :
      TV Sirasa is doingwell, .. if it was not there, not many would realize the ground reality.

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        People are now fed up of Gota s leadership.

        WHY?
        They knew he did not have the education for the job he was applying for.
        He did not have the experience.
        He carried a family name that was reputed for looting the country.
        He was accused from murder to major fraud with cases pending.

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          Bert,
          .
          dont you know that it is fully based on ” south asian conditioned mindset” which is more guided by myths and lies than the facts ?
          .
          Ghanakka or DHAMMIKA paniya maker are rumoured to be number one advisers of NANDASENA as of today, with everything being passed on to that ” red colour pirith thread” being seen using by them and their close men and women. I am also a born buddhist as many in my home country, but just wore it until few days ….. never went after those myths…. because I know I respect ” buddha dharma ” more than any false buddhgama adherents are used to display.
          :
          Alone that says HIS CAPABILITIES or not ?

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          Bert,
          Good morning.
          “He did not have the experience”,
          True, that everyone knew.
          Situation was he was going to be “tutored and mentored on the job” by his ‘Aiya’, the most experienced and “Savvy” politician in the country, since 1970!
          Unfortunately, that magic is not working.
          Why? Don’t know.
          May be the ‘Malli’ is not executing the way the Savvy Aiya is telling him to do! or,
          Aiya does not know to mentor !! Blame the coach for the failure of the captain and the team!!!
          Problem solved, but situation is near explosive after 2 years.

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            Mahila,
            ..
            Gotabaya proved AS OF TODAY that his common sense is no different to that of JOKER SORYSENA, who had the sickened morals to reappoint recording breaking high criminal – Mahinda Rajaakshe as the premier of 52 day fake govt.
            :
            Gotabaya has no hearts to detect the gravity of the problems people in this country is going through right at the moment. WADAKAYA mentality holders cant see it right. So this is the reason we then warned Gota would have been good to be ” hangman ” if gallows was reimposed but for governing a nation, he has nothing in his profile.
            :
            Even an any lower ranking MILLITARY officer with the direct support of his brother as the president would have completed ” colombo beautification ” or the kind of projects. That was unfortunately misinterpreted by the people, calling him repeatedly as a ” deliverer”. But what happened to him after becoming most empowered president after JR, is lack of political exp cornered im by hour.
            :
            Now he has become the KING of madayas, being directly attacked by his educated state authorities.
            And lack of experience being transparent and accountable make him PAINTED as GIANT MODAYA.

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    I kinda came a bit late for this discussion but I could not stop ROFL after seeing the head photo of the article. Gota sitting on a chair with huge book shelves behind him?? What the heck is that?? With an education up to year 10 or GCE O/L, why he is posing as a learned man or one reading so many books like a professor?? Do you believe that he has read any ONE book in those shelves? By looking at his shambolic ‘koththu rotee’ presidency, I doubt if he pulled even one single book out of those shelves just to have a look at the front cover!!!!

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      Jit,
      .
      head photo is a selelction of CT.
      :
      But to pretend him to be educated, the bugger s background is chosen to be in a liabraty. But the reality of the man and his background should be – dead bodies filled EASTER sunday disaster, or blood sucking monsters or …. fierce sharks with sharp teeth for eating flesh and bones…..
      So dont take it serious please.

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    I can hardly believe this, Kumar. I studied your friend’s list last night. Today, a hot sunny day, I went into Bandarawela town, and typed this list in before looking again at the list in the article.

    21/11/2021 – 12.30 p.m. Retail fair in Bandarawela
    .
    Beans, carrot – Rs 400/= per kg; Pumpkin (largish, round) Rs 80/=
    .
    Beetroot: Rs 240/= ; Smallish Potatoes 160/=

    Cabbage 140/= ; Okra (Ladies’ Fingers) 160/=

    Brinjals 280/= ; Limes 500/=

    Pineapple Rs 150/= in supermarket – more elsewhere (fresh and ripe – inspect stem, cut immediately you buy) ; Woodapple Rs 80/= They are collected from under the trees in the jungle. I bought more than 2 kgs. Three months ago they were Rs 300/= Two Kaththakolumbu mangoes for Rs 100/=

    There is a wholesale fair half a mile away. You can’t buy quantities less than 50 kgs there.

    The fair goes on until dark, when prices may come down somewhat. A number of villagers turn up from the Wellawaya Pradeshiya Sabha, some from as far away as Tanamalwila. They bring okra, snake gourd, wood apple, pumpkins (banned for me, owing to potassium content) and bananas.

    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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      SM,
      .
      This is what I really like in your comments…. you prove it having examined by yourself.
      :
      5 weeks ago or so, I had to pay a pineapple Rs 350 /- that was near to Mawnella.
      And Kathathakolumbu mangoes for Rs 200 or more. Ambul kesel was 160 – 200 a kg… may be you have cheap prices in your region.

      Rajapakshes have made it that anyone could sell anything for any arbitory prices. This is to keep sellers happier. Is not that so ?Customers friendly principles are far from mlechcha politicians.

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        Pineapples were very expensive about five weeks ago. More than Rs 250/= per kilo, so a large fruit was over Rs 400/=. They’ve come down in price.
        .
        I don’t know all the prices. The costliest mangoes currently available are “KJ mangoes”. I got on to those last year as a result of Kumar David having spoken of “Alphons” mangoes. If I knew what the letters KJ stood for I’ve now forgotten. a trivial subject. The nephrologist has forbidden the consumption of bananas for me.
        .
        Going on the prices that i have quoted for you, it looks as though produce coming from the Moneragala District (I’ve referred to it above as the Wellawaya Pradeshiya Sabha) has to be disposed of at cheapish prices after bringing it here. A good deal of our carrots, beans and beetroot may be going direct from here to other areas, via the “Wholesale Fair.”
        .
        Trade and commerce have to be properly organised; only those knowing the ropes will know how it is done.
        .
        That said, we certainly must now allow some middle-men to reap the bulk of the benefits.
        .
        None of us can provide anything approaching “expert opinions” on all these subjects. I therefore forwarded only the raw data.
        .
        Now, go along like a good boy, and see what Janapriya has said in Sinhala.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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    It is important that the people of Sri Lanka should send Rajapaksa Family from Sri Lankan politics but it is more important that the people should ensure that those who elect or select to govern this country should come on conditions such as:
    1. No Criminal records;
    2. No corruption.
    3. Had at least five years of continued residence in this country.
    4. No more than 10 years as ministers, prime ministers or presidents.
    5. No more than 30 ministers.
    6. No special status to any religion or race, or gender.
    7. Not more than one million (example) worth of assets or wealth .
    8. No change of political party or no ministerial for changers.
    9. No Monks or Priests (any other religious) in Politics.
    10. No any other family members in politics.

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      Ajith,
      You are imagining a “Utopia” – we had one, in the early forties but ruined it after the British handed it to us.
      Banda started the rot, and his widow made it worse.
      Corruption is the cause of our ills – commenced with the “Helping Hambantota” case.
      Thus commenced and ‘prospered’ the family who recruited others like themselves.
      It is not too late – send the army to barracks/train them in agriculture and put them in the paddylands – 300,000 AND their pensioners are being paid for nothing.
      We have the largest idling army in the world.
      Prune the non essential parts of the public service.
      Gota cannot do it – he will be ousted by the army which increases its budget annually.

      This is what China did, after the revolution.

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      Ajith
      and also they should have passed the ord levels unless they have represented the country in sports such as arjuna.Even peons and drivers nowadays have it, while 98 of our 225 representatives in the national parliament don’t have it.In the provincial parliaments it must be worse than the national.Minimum educational qualifications are a must otherwise when we call them our representatives that means the country is a uneducated one isn’t it.Aren’t they supposed to represent our qualities and values too? your’s is a great comment and very wise one too.Only some modifications are needed.Insert the minimum educational threshold instead of no 10 family members.

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      You’ve pointed us in the right direction, Ajith, but some of the things that you have spoken about can’t really be implemented.
      .
      However, tackling corruption is not rocket science if all of us firmly insist on it.
      .
      I’ll get back to this.

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    Gota should never have become president. He is a total fool.

    But the problems are bigger than political clans. The problems are structural.

    Unless the island is not divided into 3 mono ethnic nations with relocation of people, things will get far worse. Starvation and deprivation will lead to riots, looting and mass murder.

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      GATAM,
      “Unless the island is not divided into 3 mono ethnic nations with relocation of people,..”
      —-
      Who is going to bear the cost? Sinhalayo will bear the cost if relocation is to their ancestral homelands.

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    What another set back ,the govnt agree to accept the “pora” to have good relationship with China,have to pay originally agreed 9M USD plus delay charges of 35M USD,

    If he has some conscious and concern of the people and the country, accept the failure and should called for an election,
    The way it goes most of the people are on the street than at home, either queuing for essentials (it’s good to have bi

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    Cont
    More protests gas,fuel,……what’s the take on the Sangam also don’t blame the 69,he said he is not a politician but he is a patriotic that is the question,he doesn’t wants to loose his US citizenship he managed to hid when he put his nomination.

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    I post an extract from the article written by Ms. Tisaranee Gunasekara, some time ago. I highlight what rocked my heart and mind.
    “Sri Lanka’s future cannot be secured unless the military is sent back to the barracks and religion (every religion and their officiating priests) is taken out of politics. If that is not done, militarisation and political religions will continue to poison even a post-Rajapaksa future, with their immoderation, intolerance of dissent and propensity for violent solutions.”
    “The creed of the extremist is immaterial. There are no good extremisms, just as there are no good racists.”
    We are a people soaked in mythology, false, empty religious practices and a superficial lifestyle that is swayed by a drink and a packet of rice. We fight to get anything that is distributed free and keep demanding for handouts from the rulers.
    Giving to society or to our country is alien to most of us. We hold no respect for public property or even to the God given natural environment that our country is enriched with.
    But most of all, we do not have love in our hearts for the “other” who holds a different point of view, be it religion or language or at times even our place of birth.

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    Literally , looking at the heading , I can not help laughing . What did JRJ do after
    creating the Executive Presidency ? Run away ? He used it to tear away Sirimavo’s
    civic right . Gota is not here to destroy Namal’s dream but to make it come true .
    And 20th amendment was just a guarantee towards that end ! Gota won’t return to
    the Petrol station under any circumstance . And then , this price index of our
    comrade KD , should be cut in half or more to see the real picture because Rural
    populace go for 500grm and some items less than that . In seventies , purchase power
    was mostly 1/2 lb in villages and in some Towns . So , the reality is different than
    the grocery price and gas cylinders . These are still not enough issues to start chasing
    away the Executive . There are more serious issues like low Dollar earnings and
    higher spending. High corruption , Bad politics , Wasteful development projects ,
    questionable judiciary , weakening health and education etc; etc.

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      spot on why why.Yours is a practical comment while kumar david’s is a theoretical article because he is a professor intellectual who generally are not practical.Or is he on a fishing expedition i wonder?to see what he catches out of his article which is the bait.

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        Shankar,
        .
        “to see what he catches out of his article which is the bait.”

        May be the current one is not the best, but his previous articles definitely paved the way many commenters to heart out their thoughts.
        :
        Right athe moment, not sufficient space is provided on other websites, because many seem to be suffering from ” bheeshanaya”.

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        shankar ,

        You are a long time contributor on this forum and your reply to my
        comment is highly appreciated and valued . Thank you .

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    The problem in Sri Lanka is not the president or even the politicians. it is as Basil said the massive Govt sector.

    If Gota wants to do something that is not political he should get rid of Half of this. and let the private sector handle it based on supply and demand. The Govt sector is just like the University crowd complaining about the free food from the years gone by. Get rid of them and lets see how they manage. Every clown and their grandmother wants to picket and strike. look at these freeloading farmers. They freeload on the fertilizer and in spite of them and the population dying do not want to use organic fertilizer. Screw them .

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      a14455
      you are absolutely correct.the bloated public sector is a drain on the economy.Also i think the UDA gets the highest chunk of the budget.Nowhere in the world does this happen,only under gota.Also the tax take is very poor and not enough to fund all these luxuries.Also we should concentrate on quality,not quantity in the public sector.This is a oppotunity to do a performance appraisal of every employee.

      As for the farmers you mention they indeed have been spoilt with fertilizer subsidies and i remember at one time our elephants were eating all the vegetables thrown out by them at dambulla wholesale market where traders come from all over to buy.

      the correct way to solve this is to allow only very high quality fertilizers into the country and not subsidize it while at the same time going on the path of organic fertilizer.That is the correct risk reduction exercise to use at this juncture.Gradually over time you can reduce the fertilizer being imported with the organic one.

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        A14455,
        Why don’t you mention that others idle bunch, or are they too holy to be touched? I mean the ranaviruwos. At least the farmers know what they’re doing.
        At least Gammanpila finally admitted that he shut down the refinery because it’s cheaper to import fuel than employ overpaid layabouts in an antiquated refinery.
        It’s time to go back to colonial practices. Import labour and skills from wherever is cheapest.

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      a14455 / November 22, 2021 (MERCY COW OF THE DAY)

      Who expanded govt sector jobs ?

      Even Gota s elections pledges were ” we will give you govt jobs regardless of your school certificates”. It was to twist the mind set of the most vulnerable. mind set. Over 70% of voters live in rural areas of the country. And also promised them about offering fertilizers on affordable prices. However, not a single word near to their pledges are in their action plans. Nor would the respect the peasants and their dire demands todays.
      .
      Gota wanted to change a lot in RMV or PASSPORT dept, but nothing was changed since his ballige puthas, former uneducated millitary men were appointed as overseeing officers. Whatever the decision Gota took during the last two years backfired, but his POMPOUS BEHAVIOUR continued. This family memebers have not the “lajjawa” gene in them. That is common to any rascals who are the majority in that SLPP virulent bunch.
      :
      My wish is DIVINE forces to react with DOMINO effect and take them from the sights of people liberating them from the their clutch. Even any released high criminal could govern the country better, than Nandaseeni, aka modern day ANDARE.

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      A14455,
      “The problem in Sri Lanka
      is as Basil said the massive Govt sector.”
      Yes, and who makes up 90% of this “massive government sector”? Not Muslims. Not Tamils. Why is this desire for cushy jobs ingrained in them? And of course they are the ones that expect a moron to give them splendour and prosperity.

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    What another set back,”pora” has to be accepted with the original payment of $9M along with delay charges of $35M in order to have firm relationship with China,
    It’s all in reverse…..he used to goes to villages after villages now villagers are coming down..
    If he is honest and sincere to the people and the power he has,should call for an election and resign make an interim or hand over to military as the wish of 69 and the sangam.they the forces doing more civil jobs as well as masons jobs anyway,
    “Sir” you’ll will be in the history of new chapter.lot of people are not at home they all in the streets either protesting or queuing up in the outlets.in this juncture someone came up with the an idea of “ban” the 1/4 bottle of arrack
    Young prince opened the meat factory in Katunayaka,this year “ban” cattle slaughter.
    Sir you loves your adopted and secure stable country you people are very fortunate.
    You are gran now tells your story. Not as bed time

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    A Maritime Story – Part I
    ~
    I would like to tell you all a maritime story.
    ~
    Once upon a time, there was a passenger ship called Ceylon. On 4 February 1948, the ownership of the ship changed hands and the new owners subsequently named the ship Sri Lanka. They wanted the ship to set sail for the land of prosperity but unwisely decided to have a two-tier system for the passengers: Upper Class for the elite passengers (Sinhalese) and Second Class for the non-elite passengers (non- Sinhalese). To all intents and purposes, the elite passengers wielded absolute power due to their numerical strength and therefore controlled the ship. Non-elite passengers were made to just tag along.
    ~
    The elite passengers kept on appointing different captains enroute to the land of prosperity (Don S Senanayake; Dudley S Senanayake; John Kotalawela; SWRD; Wijeyananda Dahanayake; Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, JR, to name a few). Sadly, though, the captains were so ill-suited for the job they kept on navigating the ship into stormy seas (racial riots, internecine warfare and finally a costly bloody war).

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    A Maritime Story – Part II
    ~
    There was hardly any harmony among the passengers on board. Consequently many of the non-elite passengers were either thrown overboard or they decided to just jump ship. Thankfully, a number of them managed to swim off to safety to new lands of opportunities (Australia, Canada, USA, UK etc).
    ~
    There was still no harmony on board the ship despite the comings and goings of the several captains. It then dawned on the elite passengers what they really needed was a captain like no other to take them to the promised land. So they appointed Captain GR. What the elite passengers didn’t realise was that the new captain couldn’t tell a compass from a sextant – for that matter any of the maritime instruments used on board for competently navigating the ship. Worse, Captain GR decided to appoint personnel completely unsuited for several of the key positions among the crew. So, the crew was no better than the captain and nothing was therefore shipshape (and Bristol fashion) on board the good ship Sri Lanka. Because the leadership was rudderless, the ship too became rudderless.

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    A Maritime Story – Part III
    ~
    Unfortunately things started to get worse on the ship (fertiliser fiasco, food shortages, price hikes, dodgy deals, backhanders, etc), so all the passengers including the elite passengers started to revolt against the Captain GR and his crew. Even some of the elite passengers decided to jump ship but it was not easy for them to leave the ship (long queues at the passport office). In the meantime, the ship started to spring several serious leaks (currency swaps, poor credit ratings, currency depreciation, depleting foreign reserves, import controls, etc) but Captain GR and crew were still clueless as to how to steady the ship.
    ~
    Will Captain GR be forced to use distress signals, flares and emergency beacons to save the ship or will he be forced out by the revolting passengers or will he use the weapons on board to quell the revolt? Only time will tell!

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    A Maritime Story – Part IV
    ~
    More importantly, though, unless there is harmony among the passengers, no captain (of whatever persuasion) will ever be able to save the good ship Sri Lanka. Do the elite passengers on the ship have the good sense to realise this truth? Because truth will always prevail, no matter!
    ~
    May God bless the good ship of Sri Lanka and all who sail in her.

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      KP

      absolutely brilliant.

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    Once upon a time, there was a passenger ship called Sri Lanka and it had three decks. On the first deck were the Sinhalese politicians. On the second deck were the Tamil politicians. On the third deck were the Muslim politicians. The ship sank, who was saved?
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    Sri Lanka was saved.

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      svenson

      that is why prabhaharan never sent a plane loaded with bombs into the parliament.

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      Brilliant, Svenson!

      So, all hands on deck, now!!

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      Also once upon a time, a southern beach boy became a trophy of pillage and raid from far away Viking land and went on a long voyage on a Viking longboat, from south Sri Lanka to somewhere in Norseland. In typical Viking ancient Norse tradition, he was renamed Svenson after his new Viking Far ( Father or daddy. ) meaning son of Sven. Now in order to please his Far he either lies on his back or seen herding reindeer in the far north of Norseland. Was he saved or was the voyage from the southern Sri Lankan beach to far north Norseland worth it? Please answer son of Sven. How is Far? When we were small, at college during morning chapel we used to sing a hymn ” There is a happy land far far away” Most probably the son of Svan is still desperately singing this hymn.

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    Thankyou, Leelagemalli. You, too.
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    Leelageakka!
    Yes! One of my sisters is L!

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