26 October, 2020

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It’s Not Daham, It’s Us

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Colombo Telegraph put it well: ‘President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka and President Alexander Lukashenko turned the UN General Assembly into a Daddy Daycare!

Young Daham Sirisena should not have been part of the Sri Lankan delegation. The uploading of the relevant photographs, the photo-editing ‘out’ of Daham and Daham’s disastrous damage-control exercise have been reported and commented on.

The love of doting dads sometimes makes them forget lots of things. For example the difference between right and wrong, the meaning of use and the meaning of abuse. In this case we need not be surprised. Sirisena (Snr) after all was all flushed and excited about having met an old lady called Elizabeth and a war criminal called David in London. He just couldn’t stop talking about it. It was ‘big’ for him. Maybe New York and the UNGA was big too and maybe he wanted the little boy to see a bit of the world. Understood.

But it is not new. We have seen versions of the same sickness. We saw spoilt brats of politicians operating as though the rest of the citizenry owed them a favor. Brats were indulged. In the case of Mahinda Rajapaksa it was all legal, but it left a bad taste in the mouth when Namal did his night race number. Had Daham Sirisena wanted to turn the ‘weva-ravuma’ into a race track during President Rajapaksa’s time, the idea would have most likely been shot down. From above.

But it’s not new. Chandrika Bandaranaike was put in charge of Land Reform by her mother even though she had no credentials to show by way of qualifications for the post. Not illegal, though. Not ‘wrong’ in the way that Daham’s joyride is ‘wrong’.

Daham SirisenaBut it’s not new. Way back in the year 1978, I remember an event at Royal College which was ‘graced’ by the then Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa. As a member of the school choir, I was present. The choir, like the Scout Troop, was called upon regularly to be present at school functions.

There we were, ready to sing the school song. The Chief Guest walked in. Ranasinghe Premadasa in national suit, neat as always. He came with his wife and son. Maybe the daughter was also there but I can’t remember. Premadasa was accompanied on to the stage by the Principal, Mr L.D.H. Pieris. Hema Premadasa following a few feet behind.

I noticed young Sajith tagging along and distinctly remembered thinking that he would go find a seat somewhere in that vast assembly hall. Sajith, at the time was a Grade 6 student at Royal College.

I was both surprised and shocked to see the 12 year old boy following his parents and the principal on to the stage. ‘This is wrong,’ I told myself.

‘Wrong’ because Saith was a student of the same school and although there were no rules against it, students didn’t sit with the Principal on the stage. The Principal did not object, perhaps because the Prime Minister was his guest. It was not Saith’s fault but his father’s.

I can’t remember if it was the same occasion, but there was an event organized by the Students Christian Movement (SCM) where again I was present for choir-duty. Eran Wickramaratne was the President of the SCM at the time. It was therefore his show. He was also the Head Prefect of the school. At the end of the ‘show’, he had to deliver the vote of thanks. I can’t remember who was the MC that evening, but I remember the following: ‘Now I invite the Head Prefect of Royal College Eran Wickramaratne to deliver the vote of thanks’.

Not wrong. Not right either. If a group belonging to another religion had a similar event the Head Prefect would not be asked to deliver the vote of thanks. Eran’s status obtained from his position in the SCM and not his prefecture. The MC was probably careless and anyway it was a trivial matter. But it is such trivialities that add up and give us things such as the Daham Sirisena Syndrome.

On the 2nd of May, 1993 I was returning to Colombo from the Kirindi Oya settlement area after a field visit had to be cut short due to the assassination of President Premadasa the previous day. I was with a team from the Agrarian Research and Training Institute (ARTI). We were traveling in a green Pajero, a common brand in state institutions at the time. Somewhere between Matara and Galle, we ran into a bit of traffic and had to slow down. On our left, in an open space, some people were putting up flags. One of them chided us: ‘ආණ්ඩුවේ වාහනයක් නේද? අඩුම තරමින් කොළ පාට කොඩියක් වත් ගහගෙන යන්නේ නැත්තේ ඇයි?’ [It’s a government vehicle isn’t it? Why can’t you have at least a green flag?].

There is that kind of honest confusion. State is Government, some think. State is Party — that’s also assumed.

So this is not just about Daham Sirisena being a Daddycared brat and an obnoxious one at that. It is not about the President being incapable of seeing ‘wrong’ in his son (and daughter too, let us not forget) acting as a proxy of sorts, never mind anti-nepotism pledges. It’s a problem that is resident in the general understanding of the political and the inevitable perversions that arise.

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    “”There is that kind of honest confusion. State is Government, some think. State is Party — that’s also assumed.””

    Man’s love of words is his first step toward ignorance,
    and his love for definitions the second.

    Therefore only her majesty can have a 8 horse drawn carriage!
    Go find who when where the 6 horse carriage was driven to change that law to 8.

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      Just one another example, whichever is your alma mater- Haward, if your genetics would not make it – you cant be a true journalist. You would also shoot around the bush for your supper. This MS has been proving that even if his parents afforded him a Harward education.

      Young chaps, please learn it from this man s behaviour. That is a greater lession to you for sure.

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    Malinda Seneviratne Mahinda Rajapaksa Shill and White-washer

    RE: It’s Not Daham, It’s Us

    “Young Daham Sirisena should not have been part of the Sri Lankan delegation. The uploading of the relevant photographs, the photo-editing ‘out’ of Daham and Daham’s disastrous damage-control exercise have been reported and commented on.”

    You are beginning to make sense now. What happened? [Edited out]

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    Extending the ‘entitlements’ of ‘power’. Practising what one preaches is no longer in fashion. Just compare the pre election rhetoric with post election reality. Do voters really think before casting their vote?

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    Not wrong. Not right either.

    Now I invite the Head Prefect of Royal College Eran Wickramaratne to deliver a vicious public caning on the choir boy’s smart ass.

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    Is political bias also part of ‘Us’ when interpreting ‘brat politics,’ ‘daddy care’ or ‘nepotism’ Malinda?

    How come that you have a soft approach when saying the following? I quote:

    “In the case of Mahinda Rajapaksa it was all legal, but it left a bad taste in the mouth when Namal did his night race number.”

    As far as I have personally known most dealings of MR were nepotistic and beyond.

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      This is very right sir.
      To see it the way as this PARTICULAR Harward Graudate sees it I think very partial. I really dont know why ?

      This man and Dayan Jayathilaka would continue makin efforts to correct MR, but with bills left by him amouting millions will prove the truth of our stance about MR soon.

      Germans call it – lügen haben kurze Beine(lies are short live)

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        “To see it the way as this PARTICULAR Harward Graudate sees it I think very partial. I really dont know why ?”

        there is no logical necessity in human affairs,

        the english/americans have such bad logic that even the dialectic Karl Mark was unable to see the `way they do things`

        blessed are the fools for they are happy people-stupid buddha!!!

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    A Royal chorister no less!!!

    Good training there must have stood you in good stead when you started ‘singing for your supper’ under the Rajapakses!

    Here again you are a bit late in the day, wouldn’t you say, to start pontificating about the abuse of Presidential power where nepotism is concerned???

    When will you ever learn that your history is here to haunt you and that you can’t get away with your hypocritical meanderings any more?

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    Preferences bestowed through lineage is not uncommon in modern politics. Think about the Clinton and Bush families from the No.1 democracy. Most of the times it is related to trust. During MR rule this was very prominent, especially with leaving it to Gotabhaya to sort the military matters.
    However, we all must remember that when we said farewell to feudal system and embraced the democracy, the power transition based on lineage, characteristic of monarchs, is expected to cease. At the same time the challenges in retaining power is the same for the kings as well as the heads of modern states. It is absolutely essential that those in power surround themselves with the most trustworthy people, often found within the family circles.
    In this context I have no complains against Sirisenas. But they should have paid attention to the fact that it wasn’t that long ago the charges of nepotism were leveled against the previous Executive. It is still fresh in our minds that this is something, inter alia, that people accused Mahinda of for the entire 10 years of his rule. To me if anything this is a PR disaster of mammoth scale and PR is absolutely important for sustaining power.

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    Whatever, the President hasn’t lost his demeanour. Let’s see whether this is going to be repeated. I’m waiting for some reporter to question this at a public forum from Ravi or Ranil!

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    “On the 2nd of May, 1993 I was returning to Colombo from the Kirindi Oya settlement area after a field visit had to be cut short due to the assassination of President Premadasa the previous day. I was with a team from the Agrarian Research and Training Institute (ARTI). We were traveling in a green Pajero, a common brand in state institutions at the time. “

    Wasn’t Thaththi or is it Apachchi the head of the Agrarian Research and Training Institute (ARTI). True Kirindioya is not New York.Yet, an acknowledgement would have been in order.
    “ඔබ මතු බුදුවන දවසේ
    මා රාහුල කුමරුන් සේ
    සෙවන පතා, අද මෙන් පැමිණෙන්නෙමි
    සුළැගිල්ලේ එල්ලී… !

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      Yes Sarath,

      In taththi’s Pajero to tathi’s official residence at ARTI.

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    Malinda,
    Why don’t you join forces with Jathika Bikku Front , Dayan Jeyatilleke, Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakara, G.L. Peris, Tissa Vitharane , Dinesh Gunawardne , Udaya Gamanpilla and the likes and spear head a campaign to create a ” “Pivithuru Samajaya “.

    There are many ways to get funds for this.
    From the drug dealers, corrupted politicians and their cronies, tax evaders, money launderers, bringing back all the illegal money hidden in the foreign banks by these people and generous funds from China & other Asian countries.

    If you can succeed in this campaign to at least 50 %, then SriLanka has hope to produce better politicians , better religious and community leaders. That will result in good governance.
    Also you have many case histories from 1947 for you to learn .One of the case histories is JR’ s failed “Dhamica Samajaya “.

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    Where was this Linda when the Rajapaksa brats were holding fort? Currently Namal is probed how he bought over five Companies worth over a few thousand million from his meager salary of an MP? When they killed fellow Ruggerites for them to dominate the field? Honestly can not someone silence this bugger Linda like how the Rajapaksas silenced so many? Bambuwa also should know his limits but sadly he is also one of them.

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      Medical professionals beleive that ones akin to Malinda should have gaps in his information. If a person remains healthy only we cant rely on his information. Journos of the kind to loose key information the way Malinda, DJ and that Gonpala from the Aus – they should all have been suffering from syndromes of the partal kind. How can these men see them in the mirror today ?
      Are they that shameless ?
      In the days to come, you will see it Gamaini, all the heaps of bills amounting to millions each will have to be paid by MR et al. Alone for that matter, lanken AUTHORITIES have to harras him. With latest information surfacing right now prove that former UPFA secretary has confessed it – that they were kept away from any kind of fund related issues. Then who had been organising all the buses to bring people across the country?

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      gamini ,
      is it not coool to talk of rugger bugger like the sound of crickets on a hot summers day, when you are losing the 100’s of millions of business nama baby invited with the 7’s international.
      almost an year on you have no sponsor but donkey dung thrown at the lounge??

      yaha-poo!enga poo.

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    Malinda has raised some points that MS must pay attention to – for his own benefit. However, Malinda has based his argument on legality.

    The issue here is conflict of interest. President Sirisena’s paternal interests clearly conflict with his interests as the President. Malinda is correct on one thing. This is a common occurrence in Sri Lanka. Conflict of interest galore! I am surprised that Malinda has not mentioned conflict of interest even once.

    Mrs B, while denying international education to Sri Lankan youth who could afford it, educated all three of her children in western universities. None of them had the credentials to get scholarships on open competition. Presidents Premadasa and Rajapakse wereboth worthy competitors to Mrs B in this regard.

    The President must keep his parental duties and presidential duties separate, so that there will be no conflict of interest between the two. There is nothing wrong with his taking Daham to NY. Most world leaders take their family members on official tours. However, special care must be taken to limit family members’ participation to private matters, or to functions to which the family is invited. They are not to be portrayed as government representatives, because they are not. More than anything else, it is an insult to world bodies to include these immature, unelected, and let us be honest, half-educated family members at high level discussions.

    The truth is that the President has failed the country on this occasion. Hopefully his advisors, if he has anyone worthy of the title Presidential Advisor, will discuss this matter with him and give him the right advice. Even more hopefully the President will learn from this mistake.

    Mistakes are human. Learning from one’s mistakes is smart.

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    The Srilankans are suffering with the decease which is incurable. The ignorant ones only supports the baddies.
    They simply cannot grasp the situation and make a rightful decision.
    They just complain that the new government is worse blah blah blah, if you ask them what’s the solution do you want the past Regime? NoooooooNooooNooo.

    Who are these people?
    Haven’t they got a piece of brain cells to make an educated / intelligent decision of their own. They’re like Sheep bah bah bah black sheep follow the sheep they only stop when they come to the threshold.
    Until then follow the sheep in the front. Idiots is not the right word.

    We all know that there is no place again for this illiterate thug from Medamulana and these sheep knew it as well jolly well. They will just waste their breath and energy to drum up evil.

    Is it all do with the centuries of various mixtures in the blood which has produced… Dumbos? Dumbos of generations pathetic failures in this beautiful country.
    These dumbos will never let the CURSED SRILANKA TO BE RECOGNISED HIGH INTERNATIONALLY.

    THEY WILL KEEP ON THIS COUNTRY SL AS A PARIAH STATE.
    CURSE OF THE DUTUGEMUNU’S AND ELLARA’S of Ancient SL.

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    [Edited out]

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    The grave diggers left in U.S. High commission were not very happy to see the President news from the grapevine.

    They almost sabotaged our Presidents visit with a ” nincompoop ‘ to greet the President’s arrival . When it was questioned by the President why this character was allowed ? the fools from the High Commission had said that they were not aware.

    Same as when a man carrying a gun appeared near the Prez in the form of Namals security. When questioned the gun became the water bottle.
    The Present government is still tolerating these lies and high jinx.

    These yakkos who sang for their suppers for the Meharraka did not have the guts to write anything because of the white vans? or because they were bought by the Horrapassa crumbs to sing his songs.
    I know it’s my second assumption is the right one.

    The state should be proud of the armed forces but not for the wrong reasons.
    Human right violations should not be tolerated by any state let alone by a so,called Ex President but then he is not recognised by anyone in the world as a statesman but a clown.
    Sorry for our SL.

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      The Analyst without a brain speaks again.

      If you have a brain you will know that Sirisena’s claim he risked his life to come forward as the Common Candidate was a hoax: there was no threat. He has an understanding with the Medamulana goons. That is why there has been no criminal cases filed against Rajapaksa or any of his goons up to now. That lackey Attorney General, of both Sirisena and Rajapaksa, refuses to file criminal cases even against KP, the mass murderer. He says there is no evidence. Gotabaya the White Van director is still free. Thajudeen, Ekneligoda are other similar high profile cases. So it is clear Sirisena is in cahoots with Rajapakse. What threat to life are we talking about? If Rajapakse when he was President was intent on killing Sirisena it would have been as easy as taking a pee in his backyard – yes, pee in the backyard is what what uncivilized barbarians do.

      That Sirisena did not know that his welcoming party in the US was organized and headed by a Porn Shop owner is another lie, because he got caught. One of the first instructions he would have directed to the SL Embassy in the US would have been to organize the welcoming Party through his supporters and clearly told the Embassy who is supporters were, and who will head the Welcoming Party. There is no reason to suppose they did not do as instructed. The rest, after the story of the porn man leaked, is an episode of ‘blow hot – blow cold’.

      No one disagrees that Rajapaksa, the ex-President is not recognised by anyone in the world as a statesman but a dangerous clown. This is exactly why we do not want Sirisena, unless he will atone and reverse course, because all his actions so far have shown, that he is going to surpass all the villainy of Rajapaksa. WE DO NOT WANT ANOTHER RAJAFUCKSA.

      If you, Analyst, will buy and an ounce of grey matter, from the meat shop closest to you, and replace with it the shit inside your cranium you will understand. Unless of course you are singing for your supper.

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        Truthspeaker here with cow dung filled in his cranial cavity and eats cow dung as he enters psychizophrenic stage.
        Poor chap’s really trying hard for the impossible.
        CT please watch this psycho who can damage your reputation.

        No need to be violent towards a fellow blogger. It’s all for the goodness of our country.
        Your comments are your views and let others comment their views.
        [Edited out]

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          Are you that bankrupt in creative thinking to always copy what I have to say? I referred to the “shit in your cranium” that should be replaced with some grey matter bought from the meat shop closest to you. You respond by saying I have “cow dung” in my “cranial cavity”. Earlier I mentioned that “Analyst” does not sit well on an ignoramus. You responded simply by saying I should change MY name, although you could not find any untruth I spoke. Is there any difference between your intellect and that of a ten year old, except your sycophantic adulation of Sirisena?

          The thrust of my argument is that Sirisena is a cunning scheming selfish copy of Mahinda Rajapakse well on the way to surpassing the Rajapakse villainies of the past. For the past month I have been consistently saying we should all try to stop Sirisena in this devilish enterprise.

          Do you have any argument to show that I am wrong? Aren’t you ashamed to use the pseudonym “Analyst” when you know you do not have the intellect to respond to the substance of my comment?

          PS: Congratulations on your discovery and display of the word “psychizophrenic”. Impressive noise, like that made by an empty vessel! To hell with analysis!

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            Truthspeaker , thinks his cow dung filled cranium with the the name like that is not pseudonym.

            Why do you use pseudonym ? Don’t you know the meaning? you want to be anonymous, so any one can remain anonymous . who the hell are you to dictate ?
            Go and eat cow dung if you don’t have any valid points.

            I can Analyse very well how your grey matter works to bring back RAJAPAS and your mind is working in reverse order..
            You’re playing a psychological ( mad) game to promote your idol.

            However you try to promote your Idol It clearly shows you’re insane. You will only end up soon in an institution.
            Watch out there is a psychizophrenic reached to third stage on the loose on CT and his pseudonym is Truthspeaker.
            Go on repeat everything I wrote psycho…..

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              I suggest you read your comment aloud to yourself. You will hear the noise of an empty vessel. That cranium of yours needs serious attention. It does not permit you to be able to understand simple written text; nor to make appropriate connections. Sad some who truly belong in the animal kingdom are born in human form. Misfits. Aney pav.

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        Truthspeaker:-

        “– yes, pee in the backyard is what what uncivilized barbarians do.”

        Peeing in the backyard is what a civilised environmentalist would do, because ‘Pee’ contains Nitrophosphates which form the basis of good fertilisers!

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        You idiot remember the day, that MR licked the airport ground by hearing the wrong news that the forces have freed nothern on a day MR returned home from a foreign trip – that was later reported as wrong since to that time, the war was still going on, but to manipulate you the ilk, he himself knelt down and start licking the very ground.. that was just a media display to further twist you guys brains if you ever have got it.
        But the current Pre and PM would not even think of it, since they have still been making very effort to save the nation. Just imagine, if the bugger MR had been in power, what would have we been facing by today ? For sure, he would have been conrered to hague, which I think is fair to one reason since the bugger just thought we are all stupid as he had been.

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    Samuel mate can we just imagine if our current President and the Prime minster was in power when the war was going at full scale in May 2009.Imagine British,Americans,French screaming and wailing virtually turning up in our door step to stop the war and rescue the Terrorist King Praba. The current President and the Prime minister would have wet in their panties and hide under Chandrikas
    Saree. The King Praba would definitely be our current Defence Minister

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    The petty mindedness of the Sinhala-nationalist commentators is beyond belief!So Ms took his son to New York and to the UN.Big deal! Next Seneviratne, you will condemn him for daring to have son at all and call it corruption!

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    Malinda,
    You write beautifully,forcefully and sensibly, Not that I agree with every word you write, but be fearless.It doesn’t matter you support Mahinda. This is still a democratic country no?

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    I disagree

    It’s most DEFINITELY Daham and his Dad.

    After all, none of us went traipsing off to UN with no official position !
    It’s no different to gate-crashing a party. And that, definitely is a No-No, an act guaranteed to label one a Pariah for a number of years

    At least in the society I keep

    But I forget, these a politicians sons, like the offspring of MR, Mervyn Silva and others. Daham is no different.

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