5 February, 2023

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JR/Maithri/Ranil’s Contributions To Sri Lanka’s Bankruptcy

By K. Anaga

Maithripala Srisena, the former president of Sri Lanka has been punished with a fine of 100 million rupees for his part in the 2019 April 21 killing of a few hundred worshipers in various churches. The action was taken against him and others for failure to take appropriate remedial measures to prevent the massacre. This is the first time in the history of Sri Lanka that a President or Prime Minister of the country has been taken to task for their misdemeanor. In this instant, they have not been found fault with for the direct attack but for utter disregard for information received through various sources including India that something drastic is going to happen. 

Their conduct may be due to other reasons, not excluding a move for a change of regime in the next elections. Apparently, Maithri was not happy with Ranil, considered a ‘Cunning Fox’ by many.

Maithri and his officers may deserve this punishment and even more by way of imprisonment, for murder and mayhem let loose.

Whether Maithri is to take ‘abode’ under the bo-tree in Pettah with a begging bowl or at the ‘Royal Park’ apartment complex, is left to be seen.

JR Jayewardene’s Government

But, what about JR? Jayewardene and his ministers responsible for the 1977 communal riots and 1983 pogrom.

The 1977 pogrom was to teach the Tamils a lesson according to JR for voting almost entirely for the Tamil United Front advocating a separate state for the Tamils, in view of the severe discriminatory policies and state-aided colonization adopted by the successive Sinhala governments. 

The 1977 pogrom was a prelude to the 1983 pogrom. My house and my sibling’s houses along with many others were damaged by the mobs, beyond repair.  

In 1983, during the regime of the first President of Sri Lanka, JR Jayewardene, created the infamous black July where hundreds of Tamils were killed and burnt alive due to his deliberate inaction and the statement made by him “If you want war I will give you war and if you want peace I will give you peace”. He conducted himself like a pseudo, Sir. Winston Churchill who told his newly elected coalition government during the war that “I have nothing to offer but blood, tears, and sweat”. Churchill was fighting a foreign enemy but our president JR was trying to instigate/incite the Sinhalese against the Tamils, his own countrymen. This is a clear indication of JR’s attitude towards the Tamils. 

Further, adding fuel to the inferno all over the Tamil areas in the south he said that “I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna Tamils. The more you put pressure in the north the happier the Sinhalese people will be here regardless if we starve the Tamils”

A state-sponsored genocide. Thus LTTE commenced its actions slowly but steadily.

JR’s government in general and these ministers, in particular, Cyril Mathew, and Premadasa together with MH Mohamed were seen encouraging the thugs to do the needful to ensure the Tamils don’t raise their heads. 

Lalith Athulathmudali was not keen to save the Tamils from the mobs, instead, he was concerned about “feeding the Sinhalese” in the Colombo district to ensure his vote bank was intact for the future. 

His voice was heard over the FM meters in Jaffna, directing the bombardment of areas suspected by him as “Tiger Land”, subsequently, after a couple of years. 

Gamini Dissanayake encouraged the mobs and threatened the Tamils with his statement that ‘”If India invades this country the Tamils will be killed within 24 hours”. This was essentially meant for the Sinhalese to swallow it. Well, this utterance is nothing when compared to what he did in Jaffna in 1981. He was complicit in burning Asia’s best library, with over 97,000 books.

Lalith and Gamini were competing with each other for the post of president and in that process, each one of them uttered the most, to rouse up the Sinhalese, but “lost their way”, allegedly due to LTTE’s bombing.

Unfortunately or fortunately none of the above politicians are in the world of the living today. 

The irony, I must confess, is that I was a good friend of JR’s nephew. Both of us joined one of the oil companies and our good friendship continued till he left the company. However, I lost touch with him after some time. I, understand that he passed away a few years ago. Similarly, I was associated with Cyril Matthews’s niece in a company, where I was a manager. She was a friendly girl who cared for me as a vegetarian by giving me vegetable short eats and homemade jam. All good things came to an end, not because of the riots but with the passage of time. 

Notwithstanding all the above, if Maithri and his associates deserve a punishment of this magnitude? What type of punishment should be given to JR and his clan whose multiple crimes are beyond redemption? They are not to be seen. Why can’t the government enhance its request from the IMF to obtain some US$ to be distributed to the victims who suffered in 1977 and 1983? 

Of course, as usual, a commission was appointed by JR, headed by Justice Sansoni, to inquire into the 1977 Communal riots. I made a written submission as requested by the commission. I am still awaiting a response.

The dead cannot be brought to life and given punishment. If JR was dealt with, appropriately at the right time, Maithri would have been cautious and the need to find money to buy a “begging bowl” may not arise.

“One country one law” may not work, but applying the same law and the same punishment for the same/similar crime, may work.

To sum up the situation:

JR’s Government assisted the perpetrators to commit the crime.

Maithri’s government failed to prevent the perpetrators from committing the crime. 

Ranil’s government Continues to protect the perpetrators of multifaceted crimes.

No wonder, the Canadian government entered the fray and did the needful, to a certain extent.

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    J.R.Jayawardena started it and was later polished by his nephew Ranil Wickremasinghe, Rajapaksas and Maithiri in looting the country in a fashionable way. Does this country need a Cabinet of more that 60 Ministers, Seputy Ministers and State Ministers with extra Security guards. Should Parliamentarians be given pensions and what is their contributions to the country other than plundering the assets and gaining fat commissions. Even Chandrika is no better. People had to be vigilant. The best days had vanished with Dudley Senanayake & Sir John Kotalawela.

    • 3
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      AR, you could not have said it better. The family robbed the dollars. So no money was left to run the country.

  • 1
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    Listen to these six minutes of Swastika Arulingam, speaking TODAY, as I think, and in clear English:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDT_rpCncBc
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    Our problems partly exist because when people like this speak out clearly, we don’t unreservedly back them.
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    Far too many Lankans are cowards, wanting others to do the dirty work.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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      Thanks for the tip, SM. This is the first time I have picked up a website from u & I’m glad i did. I’ve heard of the speaker before but cant remember which party, if any, she is involved with. Must find out more about her.

      • 0
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        Although one comment suggests that Swastika is confusing revenue with profit.

    • 0
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      Her name is spelled Swasthika …….. not Swastika …….. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swasthika_Arulingam

      Bloody lousy great freedom-fighters ………. can’t even get a name right ……. giving a courageous lady a Nazi black mark.

      Keystone Cops to the fore, eh? ………… No wonder Lanka is in the dumps.

      • 0
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        “Listen to these six minutes of Swastika Arulingam”

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          nimal fernando

          I guess you are disappointed that Swasthika is still free and not being arrested and remanded, held ………………. like Wasantha Mudalige …
          Have you noticed unlike some arm chair revolutionaries like China’s Man in Sri Lanka I can assure you Swasthika has b***s?
          Aren’t you being bit jealous about her audacity?

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            “China”

            I have a soft spot for all things Chinese. …… I had a Chinese girlfriend, born and bred in the US but the grandparents were from Taiwan. We are still in contact. Had the best pair of legs in the whole darn universe! I met her in English 101 …… a long story. :))

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        Nimal
        You may well be right, but it is spelt with and without the “h” all over the web.

        But I checked with her uncle, a well-known architect (our house was his first building after he graduated). He said he wasnt sure but he thinks it’s without the “h”.

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          Manel,
          The English rendering of non-English names is inconsistent. Remember Peking?
          And of course Bandaranaike, Bandaranaike, Wickramasingha, Wickremesingha, Wickramasinhe, Wickremesinghe,……

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            OC
            Renderings of local names have serious caste connotations so that even foreigners shall not dare misspell.
            “Bandaranaike, Bandaranaike”: one should be Bandaranayake. It is an exception to the spelling identity rule as few non-Govis had opted for that name.

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          Manel,

          I was taking a mild dig at SM ……. he takes things so seriously.

          I think, before Native’s cousins, the Nazis hijacked it …….. the Swastika had some religious/cultural significance to some societies. I can’t remember exactly where now – perhaps in the old palace in Split, Croatia – where the swastika is carved on the rock columns. It was built by a Roman emperor ….. so predates the Nazis. The hotel is on the back wall of the palace; just a beautiful place.

          Is the architect ……. Anjalendran?

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            The Swastika is usually associated with India but goess back to the Indus, civil., at least.

            Maybe I shouldnt answer yr last question — in case the powers that be start gunning for Swastika.

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          Manel
          There are two places where only one of the spellings will be accepted: the bank and e-mail address.

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    The subject concerns the country’s economy I guess.
    How come that the opening up of the economy in 1978, that also led to huge foreign debts besides wrecking the local economy (including agriculture), is totally overlooked?

    • 5
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      The foriegn debts started with SWRD with Sinhala only act and massacre of civilians in 1958.

      • 0
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        Hurrah!
        Another great invention by Ajith.
        I suppose congratulations are in order.
        BTW, I wonder who provided the loan?
        *
        As it is time that we had our history rewritten, who will be better suited for the job than the great scholar Ajith?
        But his natural talent seems to be for writing fiction.
        Yet, as much of written history is fiction, Ajith will do a splendid job.

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    Not only Ranilil, Mithiri, Ranil or Rajapaksa family contributed to the bankgruptcy but each Sri Lanakan also contributed to this bankgruptcy. It is we who reelect them repeatedly for nearly 75 years without any conscience after it is well proven that they are robbing again and again in the name of country and Buddha.

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      Will you not please tell us who who provided the loan to Banda?
      Is it a secret like the TNA strategy to secure Tamil Eelam?

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    What happened to Sirisena & Co is a precedent which I hope will be a lesson for future leaders. JR & his cronies are dead & gone but their legacy will not be forgotten, the tarnished name being the only form of punishment. Perhaps, if they were held responsible, we would not be having worse yobs as leaders today. Anyway, the past is past, its the present & future that is important.

    It’s not only the lives lost by violence but lives lost due to starvation & desperation are equally important & those responsible for creating this situation by mismanagement, corruption & syphoning state funds should be the next investigation. Maybe some of the ill-gotten wealth could be recovered instead of burdening already taxed citizens further with misery & destitution.

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