29 November, 2020

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Jana-Handa Versus Gotata-Baya

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Jacinda Arden’s star is rising, the sun is melancholy over Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s dream of an empire where he and his military will be masters of all they survey. Both scored landslide victories – actually Gota’s in Nov 2019 and the SLPP alliance’ in August 2020 polled a larger share than Jacinda’s 49%. There is one more similarity but otherwise the contrast between what they stand for and where they intend to take their nations could not be more stark. That similarity is that Jacinda’s government and the Gota Administration both got hold of COVID by the scruff and snuffed it out. Well at least I hope so; when and where a feared second wave may strike and whether it will be dreaded ‘community transmission’ one can never say. Nonetheless, this shared achievement must be recognised. 

The similarities end there. What are the differences between PM Arden and President Rajapaksa?

a) Jacinda stands for an open democratic polity; she is not a dictator in waiting.

b) There is nothing like the draconian 20th Amendment that she intends to foist on the people and authoritarianism will go against every fibre of her being. For Gota, absolute power is the objective.

c) Jacinda is committed to pluralism; racism is anathema. Often, she went out comfort hurt people – non-white non-Christians. Minorities do not live in fear in NZ.

d) JA’s administration is not hand in glove with the military.

e) Both are pragmatists but JA does not rule by personal fiat overruling established procedures and norms

f) Gotabaya commands a slavish Parliament and a servile Cabinet, Jacinda does not

g) The courts in New Zealand are free; a recent crucial ruling proved that our judiciary is sycophantic.

To retain a balanced view, we must also take note of the big differences between the two countries.

h) GDP per capita in New Zealand is US$ 42,000, ours is a lowly US$ 4,100 (PPP).

i) NZ is not coming out a 30-year civil war which eroded democracy, gave the LTTE and the military a taste for blood and polarised communities. White racism legally ended in NZ decades ago.

j) In NZ people are not soaked in, nor is their consciousness submerged in racism.

k) NZ parliament is not semi-educated and corrupt, its Cabinet no refuge for those of corrupt repute. 

I put it to readers that though (h) to (k) are true, only (h) and (i) can be trotted out as excuses for the (a) to (g). An equally important consideration is the difference in character and ideological makeup of the two leaders. Nevertheless, it would be untrue to say that Gota’s administration is already unbridled authoritarian. Alarm bells are ringing and the red lights are blinking and 20A will translate the probable into the actual. 

I will conclude with a few examples of existing worst-case authoritarianism. Chile and Belarus have been in turmoil for weeks with tens of thousands on the streets every day protesting against authoritarianism and rigged elections. As last year in Hong Kong, in Chile anarchists, rioters and arsonists are destroying public property and unlike Hong Kong burning churches.  For the 10th weekend, anti-Lukashenko protesters marched through Belarus capital Minsk despite police threats to fire live ammunition. Lukashenko is the first and only president of Belarus since the establishment of the office 26 years ago. Nearly 80-year-old Alasssane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast has chosen to run for a third term in violation of the constitution (Supreme Courts are pretty useless in all authoritarian or potentially authoritarian states) and warned dissenters “I warn them of trouble”. The current champion, Emomali Rahmon who has ruled Tajikistan for 28 years and awarded himself 84% of the vote in 2013, is running for another seven-year term. In a display of clannism that will do the Rajapaksas proud Enomali has made his son Rustam his deputy just in case he kicks the bucket during his time in office. Beware! Learn from example and from history.

We are nowhere near any of this but 20A will take us there. If Jacinda Arden can tackle CORONA, reconcile communities, preserve security, improve mass livelihood (“to build a fair and better country”) and preserve democracy, why does Gota need near-dictatorial power to aim for less than half of this? He needs it not to advance development but because the Rajapaksa clan’s objective is a perpetual family oligarchy in power.

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    Prof. Kumar David – If Jacinda Arden can ….why does Gota need near-dictatorial power to aim for less than half of this? ….He needs it not to advance development but because the Rajapaksa clan’s objective is a perpetual family oligarchy in power.
    ————————–
    and also to Modernise the Government as per Jehan Perera. ..you see some of your points in A to K needs Modernising!!!!

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      Both leaders are popularly elected but that is where the similarity ends. There is a contrasting quality of life between these two countries. The contrast is in the standard of living such house, education, food, medical facilities, clean environment, good roads and other transport facilities etc as well as the individual freedom and the life without fear of violence. All the above are available to all the people living New Zealand including the minority communities. This is not the case in Sri Lanka. The majority community’s attitude towards minority ethnic groups is to ‘cut off the nose to spite the face’. A heavily polarised society, ethnonational supremacist fervour and a dictator like president soaked in Sinhala Buddhist supremacy does not augur well for the Country. While minority ethnic groups are pushed to live in fear, the majority community is knowingly moving to ‘fall into a pit’.
      Well meaning Sri Lankan’s can only envy New Zealand. They will do that for ever.

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        ” The contrast is in the standard of living such house, education, food, medical facilities, clean environment, good roads and other transport facilities etc. as well as the individual freedom and the life without fear of violence”..

        please include the degree of self-respect of the people of both countries. though it stems from the above qualities.

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      Dear Prof KD, thanks very much as always a great analysis. But u seem to have forgotten the greatest of all, which is GR’ election came into being through mislead of media and blatant lies and promises made on a stupid people dominated society while NZ’ S is highly educated/politically literate and would nt betray easily for mythos and fake hearsays. And the other greater difference is that GR is 30 years older than JA. And JA is a hearted person with a big heart, GR is most known to be a high criminal with a record of alleged high crimes including mass murder also in post war period. 🤔😎🤔😎🤔😎😎😎🤔😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        In short, there are sky-earth differece between an educated young lady and a man with numerous crime investigations. And a society of srilanken nature would make even MAKANDURE MADHUSH a leader, but Kiwis and civilised nations would nt be able to pave the criminals be leaders. This is not overlooked by anyone with some sanity. 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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          Dear LM:
          The only worthy point of this comparison was perhaps to reiterate the question;
          “ If Jacinda Arden can tackle CORONA, reconcile communities, preserve security, improve mass livelihood (“to build a fair and better country”) and preserve democracy, why does Gota need near-dictatorial power to aim for less than half of this? ”

          But a similar comparison of Gotabaya to leaders of several other democracies would have yielded the same worthy question.

          Having said that, I recognize that NZ’s PM Jacinda Arden is trending for all the good reasons, and so highlighting her good deeds is not a bad thing.

          Hoping that SriLanka’s younger generations are inspired by Jacinda Arden and the people of NZ standing by Ms. Arden’s principled leadership.

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            We are doomed, thirisannu would ruin my beloved motherland😐😐🤔🤔😐🤔😐🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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              Mr. LM (Loose Motion),
              .
              Don’t worry.
              .
              We are keeping “thirisannu” like you under control now.
              .

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        Trying to show more “unlikes” was done by Rajapak back licker, Pasquale, these men are more like the BLUE FLIES being found on the heaps dog shit, this is nature of srilanka today ruled by rascals. Travelling to srilanka in the near future ll be not as done sofar. Dark cloud growing above srilanken nation is the signs of its schiksaal/fate🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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          Mr. LM (Loose Motion),
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          Please don’t drag me in to your “Inferiority complex” issues.

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            Ms SCP@
            Go back to YOUR cage. CT is not for u. Go and give service s to the next crime act. Btw the u the fools ridiculed out ABOUT Myanmar and Nepal on their COVID infection rates. But ur masters have ruined country AS OF TODAY not being able to contain the virus spread. Go back to kindergarten, schadenfreude did nt work at all 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

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            People ….. Makandure Madhush was a product of srilanken society.
            .
            In that family alone, his brother was reported to have killed by RAJAPAKSHE REGIME number 01:
            :
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jana-handa-versus-gotata-baya/#comments
            :
            Rajapakshe Regime 02 – is now alleged to have killed MADHUSH….
            :
            These are real proofs to notice that Rajapskshes are mlechcha PEOPLE.

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      I predicted yesterday in response to Rusiripal’s column that very soon western nations will lift the ban on LTTE. There is news today that the courts in UK has lifted the ban on LTTE.

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      Most Muslim MPs will vote for 20A.

      20A will be passed with 160 votes.

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        156/65 for 20A…
        157/64 for dual citizenship…

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          And….
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          Owner of SP’s SJB party SJB MP Mrs. Diana Gamage is voting in favor of 20A.
          .
          How is that for people’s mandate Mr. GATAM

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          Ms SCP@
          You the kind of backlickers, would agree with anyone.. even if your lovely ones would have been raped on broad day light.
          :
          Who else would agree with the kind of 20A ?
          :
          What is the difference between Makanduro Madhush or like massmurderers and Medamulana Rascals ?
          -😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐
          .

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    Dear Prof

    For all those settled in NZ with the “aboriginals approval” welcome to the real world of my Country situated 20 miles across the park strait from India/Tamil Nadu trying to survive as a Nation.

    This is here I would have stopped the comparison. Unless otherwise we physically move the land mass NZ to where SL is and we move SL to NZ location far away from all that is unwanted attention I still would not make this comparison as it will be unfair on NZ in her new location in the park strait. Well she may just seize to exist in few minutes as her wealth/health will be syphoned out of her in this bacterial culture that has no limit in population growth……or may be the Master colour being white may put the locality in its place……never know.

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      Thiyagarajah,

      Is that your point the white race captured New Zealand saw that they could live with the aboriginal, but in the Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe’s case they found it is impossible to live with lion cups and left, taking the democracy and economy, too? Remember Australia, which has almost same population of Ceylon, is one of the Quad partners. Australia is matching India, Japan, US in that. Australia is leasing its ports to China in commercial term. Australia is harboring American Navy. Australia is trading with India and Japan. Same time, to maintain its democracy, it is changing its PMs very two-three years, no dynasty building. Is that country crying because it is near to China, all others are occupying it?
      One has to be a genuine patriot if the country to flourish. But to look after their interest advocating Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism is not patriotism. Arguing that America is doing human right violation in ME, so to match America, insisting Sinhala Buddhists have to do Tamil genocide is not an argument. Nobody in the world is destroying Sinhala Buddhist. Sinhala Buddhists destroying them to destroy Tamils and trying to set up superpowers against each other, to buy arms on 12% interest loans.

      Prof . Kumar wasted our time comparing pointlessly, NZ, a country comes listed as the country best in the world to live in, with the Congo-Amazon Wildlife Sanctuary.

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        Dear M

        None of the above you mentioned.

        Only referring to the fact these 2 countries nor their locations/history are no way comparable period.

        addition – We did have a normal Country in 1970 should we have proceed to develop her without the FP/ITAK/TULF Mafia activity of killing people a Tamil crime against Tamil (I never had issues with others holding different opinion/path etc except for the thuggery and killings in a democracy) we would be in a position to compare NZ or any other Nation for that matter today that we were then.

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        Mallaiyuran,
        The main difference is NZ does not have Tamil and Muslim terrorists, they have only white terrorists.

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          Eagle,
          How sure you are that no Tamil terrorist in NZ? (Isn’t your definition is a Tamil is a LTTE; LTTE is Terrorists)
          Are you sure the Missing Persons Mothers in Vanni looking for Tamil Terrorists, who according Paranagama, Old King, Ranil, OMP, et al, ran out of country, didn’t escape to NZ? Is that Son Prince sure that he directed the Navy to ship them to Australia, not to NZ and Royal Australian Navy of PM Abbot bombed them all in the middle of the sea without missing?

          Anyway how many JVP terrorists in NZ. I know Gunaratnam and his wife were hiding in Australia. (Wife still hiding there, probably)

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          EE
          NZ has no SINHALA BUDDHIST TERRORISTS.

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      TV
      “For all those settled in NZ with the “aboriginals approval” “
      There are many places on this globe where the settlers robbed the indigenous people with the approval of the “indigenous people”.
      *
      The conqueror writes the history, and the naïve happliy believe it.

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        Where is the start of these indigenous people? Neanderthals or Homo Sapiens. .
        How far back to check
        History helps to guide but we cannot correct it except look at at from the personal view of vievwer.
        But we must live in the present.

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    Native Veddah – even Veddah chief thinks 20A is not good for the society.

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/20A-perhaps-result-in-adverse-effects-on-society-Veddha-Chief/155-198301

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      Native?? That’s what happens when you cross the i’s (and dot the t’s)!!

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    Classic example. Imagine if 20A was passed as per Gota’s requirement. If Madush’s murder while in custody of the Police ( when someone is in Police Custody its considered the safest place to be protected) is proved in the future to be a Govt assassinations, then all what Gota has to say is he ordered it and he will go free with no legal action against Gota.

    Which Police ordered Madush to be taken for a raid of another drug dealer? That Police officer and Chamal Rajapakse who is in charge of the Police must resign immediately from their posts and from Parliament.

    Next Human Rights Council this would be an additional issue the Govt has to face. SL has become a dictatorship like Philippines and may become number 2 in the world for political assassinations.

    I hope Madush for his own protection has left the names with a third party to be released if something bad happened to him, of the Politicians who got suite cases from him and also those Politicians who are drug dealers.

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      Buddhist1 – it is obvious Madush’s murder is pre planned and as you t protect the drug peddling politicians.
      Either it’s white van or killed while trying to escape!

      https://island.lk/karuna-amman-appointed-district-coordinator-of-prime-minister/

      coordinate what?
      whit van and hit squad?

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        Rajash,
        Coordinate controlling Tamil terrorists. Being a former LTTE cadre, he is the best person for the job.

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      Now for few years Mathush’s wife will join UNP ,then SLFP then UNP…….. to become an MP, then she will forget. Vijayakala, Sudharshini Fernando, Hiruni, Sashikala Ravi, …..

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      Buddhist1: You say: “Next Human Rights Council……..would be an additional issue the Govt. has to face”. No. I don’t think so. Now, with the “murder” of Madush, the Govt. has solved one more issue that was a burden on most of the “Big Wigs” including the “Rajapaksas”. There will be much more “LINED” up, After passing the “20A” the President will say, such actions (murder of SUSPECTS) are needed for the “Development” of the country. The “Professor” G.L P and PC Ali Sabri will endorse such actions are NEEDS for the “Present”.

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        Alternative Truth!

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      Dear Mr BUDDHIST,
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      Whoever whatever being reported today on that shooting, many like you and I would be well aware of the fact – that the shooting was premedidated act similar to that of JAMAL KHASHOGGI killing in Saudi Embassy in Istanbul Turkey at the end of 2018.

      Can anybody come with the kind of BRUTAL murders during the GOOD governance period, of course excluding easter sunday disaster ? i now believe, Easter SUNDAY disaster was a mass murder architected by Rajapakshes + most abusive SIRISENA. in order to bury UNP forever so that ballige puthas could rule the thanakola eaters dominated OUR MOTHERLAND.
      .
      About Mashush Murder
      All was becoming clear longer they allowed MADHUSH to stay live, the danger would be more towards the politicians. Rajakashes and their men had been close to MAKANDURE madhush and his handlings… former President GAMARALA knows this very well and he kept all the revelations in a pandora box.

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      This weeks developments
      1) premeditated State killing of alleged drug dealer -makandure mafhudh-

      2) Traitors of the nation again gave the permission murders to criminalise the gullible nation.
      .
      3) next week or soon they ll release convicted murderer Kudu dumiya and anyone close to them🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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        The reason for the killing of Madhush under police custody is akin to the very same of most known misterios killing of Saudi journalist JAMAL KHASHOGI IN ISTANBUL, 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔tomorrow ll be darker to all srilankens and brighter Rajapakshe criminals and their back lickers. Trade sanctions to srilanka will be inevitable
        – WITH STATE KILLING OF MADHUSH THIS WEEK RAJAPAKSHE CRIMINALS BURRIED ALMOST EVERY EVIDENCE AGAINST THEIR CRIMINAL DRUG KINPINS, NIMAL LANSA AS DRUG BARON SAVED FOR EVER.

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        Do not forget within few weeks not only Madush, there were two others who lost their lives in police custody. We are back into pre-2015 era.

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    Unfortunately SL is close to India.

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    We are so far from God and so near India !

    All countries in the Sub-continent stink ! Its people are inferior. You may argue against this, but show us the statistics. A den of inefficiency, buffoonery, a bunch of self-satisfied, know-all corrupts ! Maybe due to their genes , or maybe it is their parenting

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      deepthi silva “We are so far from God and so near India !”

      India is near to God.
      So you are near to God.

      Buddhism
      Hinduism
      Islam
      all originated in India
      even Jesus spent his “lost years” in India
      and may have died in India after the so called resurrection

      so take a deep breath and relax that you are near to God.

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        Rajash

        Islam originated in India??????????????

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        Rajesh

        Are you sure none of them went their for a good joint/smoke and got enlightened? Herbal remedies and spirituality goes hand in hand I hear?? those days no illegality issues perhaps?

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          Thiagarajah Venogopal
          You must know all about JOINTS. AS you are still under rehabilitation the UK.

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            No Bro we can share that after our debate in Sri Lanka. Invitation still waiting.

            Are you a drug dealer in SL?? or a spice dealer to Karainagar from India??

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    Kuma David,

    ” He needs it not to advance development but because the Rajapaksa clan’s objective is a perpetual family oligarchy in power.” You are absolutely right about it.

    They used thuggery in parliament, several months ago trying to come to power through the back door, but failed.

    Then they got the whole-hearted support of all the racist Sinhalese headed by the Buddhist monks to win election of Gota as the president, and MR and the cronies to parliament.

    Once 20A is passed it is too late for the poor Sinhalese who voted for the impending oligarchy to realize their folly.

    White vans , kidnapping, death squads and more borrowing to fill their pockets will follow.

    Dissent will be crushed in the name of “modernization” and poverty will increase.

    Rajapakse clan can well and truly declare “appe Aanduwa”!

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    …… why does Gota need near-dictatorial power to aim for less than half of this? He needs it not to advance development but because the Rajapaksa clan’s objective is a perpetual family oligarchy in power.

    It is not Gota, but the grass eating citizens who vote him to power.

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    Jacintha Ardwn is a decent conservative lady who has been given the honour of leading a nation where the backsides of those privileged to live there including my good self are proud to have our backsides covered all 24 hours of the day.
    She has once again been given the task of leading the glorious salubrious island to heaven/mecca skippering a 7-star luxury cruise vessel luxury democratic to the core
    b.
    Goni billas arse can never be compression to the wonderful attributes that JA possesses.
    c.
    The sordid stinky piles oozing rectums of the rajapuka’s can and w will never be a match to the nearly 6 million and the 75 million docile 4 legged animals living in the islands. can never be compared with the rajapuka criminal pullii gonna 2 legged vile better to be culled disposed of low classed pariah imbeciles of the highest order who are better dead than alive.
    d.
    They are about to bite and swallow the insides of the poverty-stricken peasants who by their stupid sitting shitting on their brains have blindly voted for these on the rampage wild medamulana beasts.
    e.
    They deserve what they are about to receive.

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      Mr rj1952😎,
      U were out s bit and we were worried of ur health, take good care of u from Covid. Your thoughts are important as always.
      GREETINGS
      LM

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        LM –
        a.
        Thanks for the sentiment.
        b.
        Yes I was having an issue or two with my important peripherals
        c.
        Thanks to my mates above I have and am well looked after.
        d.
        Yes, I dread associating with my mate the dreaded coronavirus-19.
        e.
        As I have unlimited calling facilities please let me have your email address to enable me to proceed to the next step.
        f.
        My email address is – goldfinger331@gmail.com.
        [ the local Jamis Banda ]
        Awaiting your favourable response.
        Cheers,
        Rohan. J.

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      rj1952″Jacintha Ardwn is a decent conservative lady”
      Where did you get that idea?
      She is decent, she is a lady, but conservative?
      *
      You are not a lady and your language is not decent. However, are you conservative?

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        By stating that she’s a conservative I meant that she is primped proper and an alluring lady to boot.
        She dresses simply is a down to earth human and has proven her humanity abilities on a few occasions especially the unnecessary plundering of my fellow Muslim brothers who had assembled at the said mosque for their Friday prayers.
        b.
        By her leadership and the impartial reaction, she was able to unite a bleeding wounded country.
        c.
        What’s this diarrhoea you have with regard to my chosen words and style of penning.?
        d.
        If the big-wigs on this illustrious webpage are happy with my selection of words who are you to have a gripe against my good self who enjoys casting my two cents worth of comments.
        e.
        As an indecent human beast please let me know as to where and when I have been stooping to low levels beyond your comprehension and after an unbiased analysis I will refrain from using such written language.
        Cheers, R. J.

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          RJ1952
          “As an indecent human beast please let me know as to where and when I have been…” etc.
          Sorry, I do not know much about your life as an “indecent human beast”.
          I was always wondering where your foul language came from. Thank you for letting me know.

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        Sj
        Why not to focus on the substance? Dont try to imitate our most known traitor for scholars – none other than oxford educated GLP, the right hand of criminal/Rajapakshes 😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐😐?????

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          LM
          Where there is substance I do.
          Where there isn’t I amuse myself.

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    Taking a wider view, each of these has been elected by the voice of the people. Politicians sell themselves to the voters identifying and targeting their concerns. Salesman and saleswoman, you may recall. In NZ they sold somethings different while here we pushed ‘national security’ as prime concern and used the bad performance and in-fighting of the Two Jokers, in a very shrewd way to win over a non-discerning public. You must admit that though we are 92% literate, you cannot judge that as an educated public. With a small population with ready access to news media showing of current trends and affairs, the NZ voters are up on the ball while we are behind.
    The point h) of GDP has an impact on the voting patterns. Having reached a high GDP, the voters think differently, to those with lower GDP who tend to think of immediate benefits. Have we not seen 1956 when there was a wild swing to one side using communal slogans, in 1978 another and just recently the swing orchestrated by hype on religious slogans.
    …contd…..

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    Similarly, NZ did not have such problems as in i) and j), since the Treaty with England was signed in 1840 and over that long time and with diverse immigrants, the population mindset was more cosmopolitan. We had riots and disturbances in 1958, 1971,1893, 1988-89 and 2009 brought some peace. All these divided our people into various cliques each of which was interested to only further their cause or fill their purse.
    In this context much as we desire to be like NZ, we cannot move forward with a fickle voter base, which does not quite understand enough to sift the grain from the chaff, coupled with short term thinking, and these weaknesses are taken advantage of by political sales pitches.
    So may be universal suffrage is the culprit – in theory good but practically can be disastrous.

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      sorry not 1893 – should be 1983.

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      Mr. MyView,
      .
      Don’t forget that we are talking about post 1843 New Zealand.

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        S. C. Passqual

        “Don’t forget that we are talking about post 1843 New Zealand.”

        Was it the same year in which mass migration from South India and mass conversion to Sinhala/Buddhism (including your family) took place?

        Sorry I was under the impression your family left India in the mid 1500 along with Pandyan Erivirar Vellaikkarar Padai.
        I wanted ask you about your family’s Spear.
        Never mind.

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          Mr. Native Sudda,
          .
          I am not surprised about your level of intelligence to assume “1843” and “mid 1500” are in the “same year”.
          .
          And
          Good that all you idiots are supporting what white skin christians did in 1840 & after 1843 using british legal system with crooked translation tactics.
          .
          Can we count on your support to do the same in SL…?

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            Dear NV
            Pasquale has proved his level of intelligence regarding Covid related propaganda for Rajapakses, his gender OP kept him away for the last few wks but the bigger is reborn from yesterday, may Covid decide his future🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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        SCP,
        Why is 1843 significant ? All my views were on current or present time comparisons.
        That is why I said it has that it was a long time since 1840 with a diverse population including immigrants.
        In 1840 when the Waitangi Treaty was signed, estimated NZ population was 80,000 Māori and 2,000 non-Māori – mainly English.

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          Mr. MyView,
          .
          Yes…..
          After the 1840 Waitangi Treaty…..
          After they ran it through the british legal system…..
          .
          That “80,000 Māori” had “British citizenship”
          And…..
          That “2,000 non-Māori – mainly English” had all the lands.
          .
          And….
          Now in 2020…..
          Prof. KD preaching us…..
          “…..Jacinda stands for an open democratic polity…..”
          “…..Jacinda is committed to pluralism; racism is anathema…..”

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            “…..Jacinda stands for an open democratic polity…..”
            “…..Jacinda is committed to pluralism; racism is anathema…..”
            But instead of harping too much on history, JC is trying to correct things living in the present. There were a lot of things that happened all over the world in the past – Crusaders in Europe, invasions by Huns marauding and changing demography, even here, early settlers and indian invaders have caused new bloodlines.
            Can we address and correct all these injustices overnight.
            I hate to get personal but just once, how far back in history can you check your own antecedents and correct any injustices.

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            S. C. Passqual

            “That “80,000 Māori” had “British citizenship”
            And….. That “2,000 non-Māori – mainly English” had all the lands.”

            Of course the English not only got land but Haka war dance. Even the Kiwis have trained their non Maori soldiers Kaka. It is also performed just before any sports event. Nice.

            In your case your ancestors came here as refugees, asylum seekers, …mostly thugs, and crooks you gave us all your grieve and then you stole all our land over 2,000 years. Now this island is populated with about 22 million crooks, war criminals, rapists, drug pushers, land grabbers, murderers, … arsonists, …. liars, … mentally sick, psychopaths, …. masochists, ..

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          Mr. MyView,
          .
          It’s in June 1843 that first violence over land ownership disputes broke out in the Wairau Valley in the South Island.
          .
          Real war started in 1845.

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      MV
      ” NZ did not have such problems as in i) and j), since the Treaty with England was signed in 1840 and over that long time and with diverse immigrants, the population mindset was more cosmopolitan.”
      *
      The Maoris have lost a lot of their territorial rights out of their treaties with colonial Britain. Britain negotiated because the Maori were a warrior tribe unlike the native Australian. The Maori took a long while to rise socially and are still far behind the immigrants.
      *
      New Zealand had a racist immigration policy.
      It is more subtle now.
      A record number of migrants arrived in the 1970s; 70,000, for example, during 1973–1974. While these numbers represent many ethnicities, New Zealand had an underlying preference for migrants from “traditional sources”, namely Britain, Europe and Northern America, due to similarities of language and culture.
      [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_New_Zealand#:~:text=Migration%20to%20New%20Zealand%20began,Treaty%20of%20Waitangi%20in%201840.]
      *
      It is, however, true that NZ is a more decent place than its bigger neighbour.

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        Thank you for digression from the main subject. Well Maoris lost the their rights and quite some culture and customs over time. But now the demography there is such that they do not have a single pure Maori presently but if ancestry proved, there are benefits they are entitled to under the Treaty.
        Regarding immigration policy, each country fixes it to suit their own purposes and may be their affinity for countries mentioned is for easier integration as well as to avoid problems some countries like France and UK are facing with some immigrant groups who want their culture and religion to find equal prominence. I wonder how one might feel if you get someone to stay in your property with you, and then he demands equal rights to build a place of worship in your land.This is only a view that some used to state.
        Of course we do not have this problem as very very want to settle down here except some retirees – so we can take high ground regarding others immigration policies.

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          MV
          “…wonder how one might feel if you get someone to stay in your property with you, and then he demands equal rights to build a place of worship in your land.This is only a view that some used to state.”
          *
          To how many would it occur to ask the same question about Churches in any of the settler colonies of the Americas, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand?
          About Churches in much of Asia ans Africa (excluding the Horn of Africa)?
          Do you know how many Hindu temples exist in London alone? (There are the Buddhist Viharas too, but fewer.)
          Where do Jews worship?
          Why do we pick on one religion?
          Most immigrants went to France and UK from ex-colonies and were wanted there since WW2 as cheap labour. decades later, chaos created in their lands by the West by waging war and provoking civil unrest drove then out of their lands.
          They were not invaders.

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            “Why do we pick on one religion?” To whom is this addressed.
            I have said “a place of worship” – I have not picked on any one religion. May be your “WE” includes others and you, as for me I am not guilty.
            “They were not invaders.” I have referred to immigrants, not invaders.

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    The saying : Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely – holds. Where human nature tends towards the evil while it needs conscientious effort to do good.
    So it is that except in Singapore where LKY got 64 out of 65 sets and with a conscientious effort did good, here in 1956 landslide brought Sinhala only with only 8 UNP MPs. 1977 JRJ made a Constitution to give extreme power to himself with 142 seats. Now in 2020 we have 20A with 145 seats to bestow more extreme power to one individual.
    Ayn Rand’s novel Fountain Head shows that it is one committed individual who can change things.
    You cannot digest food in a collective stomach – it is only in yours.

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      Sorry – regret not Fountain Head. It was Ayn Rand’s other book, Atlas Shrugged in this context.

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      “You cannot digest food in a collective stomach – it is only in yours ” When Tamils wanted to eat their food it was other bellies grumbled and stole their food. Now they they have to chew and feed back to Tamils. UN & (UNHRC) is has to find a mill for Tamils to find tummy(ies) to grind their problem.

      (Microsoft windows, when it cannot mill on its machine, it secretly use the another machine’s tummy in the network neighborhood to mill the load. This is not considered as hacking because windows doesn’t allow any user control in this load sharing theft. Neither of the two users would have come to know what happened either. I am not sure if that is registered even in Windows’ event log)

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      F
      Are you aware that leaders of opposition parties (like Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam) have been systematically harassed.
      The text from “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._B._Jeyaretnam” below says something noteworthy:
      In 1981, he became the first opposition politician since Singapore’s independence in 1965 to win a seat in Parliament, when he defeated Pang Kim Hin of the governing People’s Action Party (PAP) in a by-election in Anson Single Member Constituency. He was re-elected at the 1984 general election, but lost his seat in Parliament in 1986 following a conviction for falsely accounting the party’s funds.
      His conviction was subsequently overturned by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which called the conviction a “grievous injustice”. Jeyaretnam returned to Parliament after the 1997 general election as a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP). However, he was stripped of his NCMP seat in 2001 when he was declared bankrupt after failing to keep up with payments for damages owed to PAP leaders as a result of a libel suit.
      *
      Singapore is still the soft police state it was under LKY.

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        Yes S’pore governance may be as you say – I only used singapore in a different context to show how power corrupts but also how power can be used for good cause.

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          F
          Can then absolute power be a good thing even if it makes a country a police state?
          If so, should we not give GR too a chance the way LKY was given to transform the demography of Singapore.

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      F, you say
      “Ayn Rand’s novel Fountain Head shows that it is one committed individual who can change things.”
      What will happen if there are several committed individuals?
      *
      I doubt if that is the way history is made.

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        Yes I should have said committed to a good cause and for country.
        Churchill and LKY are good examples of one committed person, while the founding fathers of USA is an example of several committed to a good cause.
        Of course there are many who committed themselves to bad causes, Hitler being one.
        Well that is history.

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          Of course several committed to a bad cause is conspiracy.

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          F
          Churchill, the bomber of Dresden, the man woo shamelessly expressed racist views about dark skinned people?
          Hitler was no worse than Churchill when it came to racism.
          That, sadly is history.

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            Churchills view on skin colour does not detract one from the fact that his determination and commitment to Britain, took the country to victory.
            With regard to Dresden, in times of war, one who kills the enemy or maims him fatally wins. It was equal retaliation for Germany trying to bomb Westminster Abbey. In war, draw first and shoot.
            Civil Law does not hold.
            To kill one is murder by the Law,
            But to kill thousands take the glorious name of War.
            Though End does not justify the Means, there are some exceptions one has to go by.

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        Yes I should have said committed to a good cause and for country.
        Churchill and LKY are good examples of one committed person, while the founding fathers of USA is an example of several committed to a good cause.
        Of course there are many who committed themselves to bad causes, Hitler being one. Of course several committed to a bad cause is conspiracy.
        Well that is history.

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          The founding fathers who committed genocide of the indigenous people, indulged in slave trade etc.?
          Hitler killed only a small fraction of what the US did since WWI.

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            Please google and find out who the founding fathers are, before you write up your Jaffnauniversityhistory.com

            What is the small fraction who have found out? Could you give the link for your statistics. Or are you trying to be the Goebbels for Lankawe Hitlers?

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            Are we not being distracted by not sticking to the issue (not persons views) and mainly out of context of the time these examples of commitment, were given.
            Whatever the founding fathers were personally, the fact is they committed jointly to a good cause AT THAT TIME. Further remember, it is easy to say now in hindsight, that they contributed to the slave trade, but AT THAT TIME, it was the order of the day. That is why – judge not history out of context of time.

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    Prof. Kum compares Rt. Hon. Ms. J Arden with His Axecellency NG Rajapakse. What a poor comparison. Don’t forget the Sovereignty of New Zealand lies with Her New Zelandic Majesty Elizabeth, who normally resides in UK, and not with the Prime Minister. As a nation it minds its P’s and Q’s and commits to decency as opposed to Sri Lanka. There is no way that Ms. J Arden could stretch herself beyond a certain limit. Judges in New Zealand are Her Majesty’s judges and not that of Ms. Arden. HERE? Although the sovereignty lies with the people on paper what were they offered as nominees to the post of President? The main candidates were SRP and NGR. SRP let the cat out of the bag at an early stage by comparing the source of his pronouncements to that of the Lord Buddha (What I say comes from “Sri Muka”). NGR? “I am the executive president, so what I say is as good as that of a circular”. In other words, my word is sacrosanct. So, what is the basic difference between the two? NONE. The average citizen must demand a better quality and decency.

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    Gota’s thought:

    It’s the constitution stupid, let’s fix it once and for all; no more amendments to it. According to 20A what I say is the final word, constitution and the law. You got it? Amen.

    If you don’t agree with my decree I will send a white van and you will disappear without trace.

    Let’s get on with it. The international community aided and abetted us when killed and burried hundreds of Sinhalese youth merely suspected to be JVP cadres. Then we committed mass murder of Tamils mounting to genocide and the international community couldn’t do anything. We are so powerful, thanks to 23 countries.

    We will have our Rajapkase dynasty from now onward, and the international community can’t interfere in our sovereignty. Sinhalese Buddhist rajya jaya weva

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      Thiru

      “Gota’s thought:”

      Its a news to me.
      Unusual when did he start thinking?

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    I will also like to remind the readers, following the mosque carnage Jacinda, stood with those victims in support, met the victims and religious heads, personally apologized and consoled some of them and participated in a Friday prayer. Not that stunt, our Ranjith made by making a statement, GR/MR duo visiting the site and promising to provide much needed security by getting elected. KD, this melancholy is what made me to say “it may not be that bad, loosing this election”. Amid the current breakout,(like wild fire) it is disappointing to see you too have joined the so called educated bandwagon, with Upatissa, Harsha and few others in believing Rajapaksas version of Covid management. As long (i ) is concerned Lanka is the only country to have 30 years of civil war and two bloody insurrections in the name of DEMOCRAZY. Rest assured, there will be plenty Lukashenkos to come in Lankawe.

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    other comparisons.
    1. Packed cabinet with members of the family.
    2. Changes constitution to enable one member of family to join cabinet and the line of succession.
    3. Grooms a succession as in a monarchy.
    4. Avoids accountability by reducing the supervision of the auditor-general.(though prevented by the courts)
    5. emasculates external control of power in the state through a Parliamentary Council.
    6. makes the military assume civilian powers (though during Covid they did a good job}

    the future trends are visible from 20A which is attributable to the President.

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    Prof. Kumar David,
    I am not happy with your comparisons. It is disgrace for Jacinda Ardon with a person who had a huge record of crimes such as abduction, murder, illegal passport maker. A recent good example is the murder of illegal drug dealer Madush.

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      Ajith.
      Good you reminded us again with ‘illegal passport maker’.
      That was when he sent Karuna with a fake passport to UK.

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    Jacinda Arden vs Gotabaya Rajapakse.
    New Zealand vs Srilanka.
    The two cannot be compared ah;
    Srilanka is a Land Like No Other!

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    Maakanthare Madush’s Maamee(Aunt) questioned if Tigers can be pardoned, why cannot a good childlike Madush. That is how she described her child, who was taught with Sinhala Only education, sent to University with Standardization selection method and went to Dubai do hard work with other women doing housemaid jobs. She is devastated that her child was doing the menial job for a penny or shilling in a unaccustomed foreign land to feed the hungry family, but the Muslim DIG brought him here to hang on the order of Supreme Court.
    Tamils has to go alone because, there are light years distance exists between the Sinhala Buddhists’ understanding of politics and rest of the world’s politics. Today her nephew is a victim of the criminal government because she remained as a victim to be poison fed by racist Colombo Media and Sinhala Politicians. I doubt if any politicians in this woman’s district might have been talking in her electorate about “Sinhala Only”, “Annual pogroms celebration”, “Standardization”,” Vaddukkotai Convention”, “Separation War”,” OISL listing 42 of her leaders for war crime accusation” and UNHRC’s “Transitional Justice Resolution 30/1”.
    She is talking about pardoning Madush like Tigers, but into that fool’s head it did not go it was the murderous government illegally killed him. What a Sinhala Buddhists’ servitude to their masters, but not any Patriotism for the country!

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      to stop bold

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    Most of those opposed 20A has given good explanations. Sampanthar Ayya kept his on constitutional- legal side. He was saying the 20A violates sovereignty. Constitution has an obligation protect people security and sovereignty. Constitution has to place full MPs in the parliament, not the ones constrained by EP. Judges and election commission must be interference free by constitutional appointment. So it seems it will be interesting to all Ceylonese, IC, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhist & Christians. If CT has a copy of it can you load it please?

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    Ajith you are right. Lankans are not just in denial but have unlimited ego. The comparison should be with late Madush and not Jacinda. Also not NZ may be Pakistan (see what is happening right now).In the name of democrazy all they had is religious / military / family dynasty(Bhuttos, Sheriff) /autocracy. Govt are propped up by military and religious fanatics.

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    Namal Rajapaksa’s recent facade including his tweets etc have given me the impression that he’s making an effort to emulate the trending leadership style of Jacinda Arden. However, whenever his true colours shine, e.g. his unwavering support of 20A, it easy to see that it’s all merely mimicry and strategic marketing.

    That begs the question;
    Do SL’s young leaders think that the future generations are going to be progressive, liberal democrats, and, hence, political platforms have to evolve accordingly to cater to such a new generation of voters?

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    The professor has misjudged Jacinda Ardern. She is as authoritarian and dictatorial as they come- ever has democracy yielded the worst leaders.

    Under her egalitarian socialist hand she will softly but surely smother the Kiwis. And they will be lambs to the slaughter in the years to come.

    Ardern hates humanity. She hates the beauty it produces. She hates its colour and variety. She hates its dynamism. She conceals this hatred with incredible political accuity. She wishes to mold and mold she will, to the suffering of all.

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      RM
      You made me laugh and laugh non-stop for two days!
      How can I ever thank you?

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        Why, the UOJ VC post is now permanently attached and hands cannot be changed? Too Sad………Cannot be dead end still!

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    Thank you for digression from the main subject. Well Maoris lost the their rights and quite some culture and customs over time. But now the demography there is such that they do not have a single pure Maori presently but if ancestry proved, there are benefits they are entitled to under the Treaty.
    Regarding immigration policy, each country fixes it to suit their own purposes and may be their affinity for countries mentioned is for easier integration as well as to avoid problems some countries like France and UK are facing with some immigrant groups who want their culture and religion to find equal prominence. I wonder how one might feel if you get someone to stay in your property with you, and then he demands equal rights to build a place of worship in your land.This is only a view that some used to state.
    Of course we do not have this problem as very very want to settle down here except some retirees – so we can take high ground regarding others immigration policies.

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    “very very’ = very few

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    In a few hours, Parliament will decide Sri Lanka’s destiny, but what they don’t know is that Sri Lanka’s destiny was written thousands of years ago.
    As usual, some of my comments sent to a Sinhala daily newspaper were edited and the others were not published.
    I want to reiterate the fact that there is a connection between the 20th Amendment and Mike Pompeo’s visit.
    What they want is to sign the SOFA Agreement. MCC is only a tool to facilitate it.
    If SOFA is signed, 15-20 permanent American military bases will be set up all over Sri Lanka, occupying 10,000 to 20,000 acres of land for each base.
    They had 20 bases in the Philippines occupying 90,000 hectares of land and in 2017, Duterte reduced it to 5. Now the US wants to establish naval and air bases in new territories.
    America’s interest in Sri Lanka is simply not because of China. The real purpose could be something deeper than that, which may have something to do with our forefathers.

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    Muslim Leaders are the best politicians in the world. They have to be honored in the new Mahawamsa Version. Yahapalanaya and Royals got together and orchestrated the 4/21 to prove that Muslims are not king makers. Sinhala Modayas unanimously voted to Royals. Now Muslim leaders have made proved that they are not just king makers but Emperor Makers. It was the West & India brought the regime change in 2015. But Muslim leaders got together and resigned from Yahapalanaya.It made the regime change go failed. Now, as double jeopardy, they again got together and voted to Royals to make them as emperors. Sinhala Buddhist Politics is only 2500 years old. But Muslims are doing it for more than 1500 years.

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    while senile KD and his treasonocus buddies engage in idle talk the 20A has passed with support from the SJB SLMC and other muslim parties.
    Cheers all

    I think covid is public domain now so if KD knows what is good for his old ass he should keep his holes shut.

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    Trying to show more “unlikes” was done by Rajapak back licker, Pasquale, these men are more like the BLUE FLIES being found on the heaps dog shit, this is nature of srilanka today ruled by rascals. Travelling to srilanka in the near future ll be not as done sofar. Dark cloud growing above srilanken nation is the signs of its schiksaal/fate🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔😐😐😐😐😐

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    NZ is a modern industrialized country with a significant GDP per capita whereas SL is a developing country (polite for loser) and prone to tribalism although it does have a great recorded history…these two cannot be compared..

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      LP
      NZ is not quite an industrialized country.
      “Agricultural products—principally meat, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables—are New Zealand’s major exports; crude oil and wood and paper products are also significant. The major imports are crude and refined oil, machinery, and vehicles.”

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