4 July, 2022

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Life After This Death?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“All that is solid melts into the air…” ~ Marx and Engels (The Communist Manifesto)

Wickremesinghe

The socio-economic edifice that is Sri Lanka’s informal sector is collapsing. According to the 2020 Labour Force Survey, informal sector accounts for 58.1% of the total employed. That is 4.65million people (62.1% of them male). Most have little formal education (nearly one million studied only up to grade 5 or less; 2.6million between grades 6 to 10). Almost 2 million are in elementary occupations, gruelling work with no job security, severance compensation or even a formal contract.

The socio-economic existence of most informal sector workers is precarious even in normal economic times, their lives built not on rock but sand. They work hard for long hours trying to shake off the stigma of poverty, to cleave to the lower end of the middle class, to improve their living standards and to educate their children. They don’t earn enough to save. A decent house and potentially upwardly mobile children are their sole assets.

The pandemic hit this sector the hardest. Still they could have made a comeback had it not been for that other, worse, plague – Rajapaksa rule. Already millions have lost their occupations, hurling entire families hurled into poverty. Everything they have built “is melting into the air,” including their dreams of educating their children into economic security and social acceptance.

According to the most recent Household Income and Expenditure Survey Sri Lanka’s poorest 40% had an average monthly household income of around 27,000rupees in 2019. Today that sum would be inadequate to live frugally for a week, let alone a month. The middle 60% had an average monthly household income of around 56,000rupees. A sizeable segment of this component must be struggling hard not to be swept below the line of poverty.

According to the World Food Programme’s current estimation, 86% of families miss a meal or eat less in terms of quality and/or quantity. 22% lack basic nutrition. It was these people the IMF chief talked about in her May 2022 BBC interview. She held up Sri Lanka as a warning to other crisis-ridden countries, identifying food and energy shortages and high prices as key causative factors of mass violence and urging the subsidisation of these essentials for the poorest sections.

Unfortunately, PM Wickremesinghe doesn’t seem to have heard either the warning or the counsel. The prices of essentials rose even higher under his watch. Though he talks of the need for a new social welfare net, it is often in anodyne terms. There is nothing concrete that can function as a psychological straw for the drowning masses. The government is not even tagging onto outsider initiatives such as the WFP’s plan to provide monthly vouchers of 15000 rupees to 3million extremely vulnerable Lankans. (Incidentally, imposing another indirect tax to fund greater social welfare would be an exercise in futility as the tax will feed inflation, thus poverty and mass distress).

People battered by prices and crippled by shortages need hope, now. Ranil Wickremesinghe is failing to provide that hope. The consequence is likely to be another wave of violence, bloodier, more widespread, and more mindless than in May.

Anyone who walks the roads, stands in a queue, talks to a Lankan whose life lies in ruins can sense the coming storm. But the political class (of all party persuasions) seems oblivious to this danger. Perhaps the government thinks the police and the military can save them. And the opposition hopes to use the rising tide of anger to gain the heights of power.

The government should remember that behind every uniform is a man or a woman whose family belongs to the devastated half of the population. The uniformed men and women may not turn their guns on their political masters, but many stand aside, allowing whatever will be to will be. The opposition should recall what almost happened to Sajith Premadasa at Galle Face on May 9th. If the crowd had been large enough to block the exit, if he didn’t have an army guard, he and other SJB parliamentarians could have met the same barbaric fate that befell parliamentarian Amarakeerithi a couple of hours later.

Adages are adages because they express eternal verities. The political class should recall what they, like every child, would have been told once: don’t play with fire.

Acolyte Monks, Acolyte Businessmen, and Power Games

While the country simmers, the Rajapaksas are plotting a full return. Basil Rajapaksa’s resignation is a tactical ploy. He seems to be busy behind the scenes pulling strings to undermine the 21st Amendment, the economy, PM Wickremesinghe, anything and everything that would return the masses to the delusion of Saviour Rajapaksa. Dhammika Perera may be his latest pawn in this power game.

Dhammika Perera

Acolyte monks and acolyte businessmen are key props of Rajapaksa power. They also fuelled the Rajapaksa comeback. The role played by Rajapaksa monks in the two elections need no belabouring. The acolyte oligarchs played a no less important role. To mention just one example, would the Rajapaksas have won their landslides without the opinion climate created by Derana and Hiru?

The Rajapaksas have not given up on acolyte Buddhism. In May, while the country was spiralling out of control, a gigantic massive lion statue (the largest in Sri Lanka) atop the Kuragala hill was unveiled. What an aggressively roaring lion has to do with a teaching premised on total non-violence, why billions were spent on a statue while the economy crashing might seem unanswerable until the key role acolyte Buddhism plays in the Rajapaksa power project is factored in.

Today acolyte Buddhism has lost some of its sheen. So the Rajapaksas seem to be focusing on their other key prop, acolyte businessmen. The entry of Dhammika Perera is obviously a prelude to the re-entry of the Rajapaksas en masse. Bring the Business Man into parliament, give him a ministry, puff him up as the economic saviour, make him the PM, scapegoat him for inevitable failure and get rid of him.

In an incisive commentary, WA Abeysinghe compared political monks to a parasitic plant growing on the tree of the Sangha which will eventually kill the host (The Gautama Buddha State and other argumentative articles). Similarly acolyte businessmen represent a warped form of capitalism. They cannot flourish in a land where the rule of law prevails and best business practices are observed. If allowed a decisive role, they will promote their own narrow interests at the cost of the entire economy. Sri Lanka is a living example, our road to this hell opened by the 2019 tax cut.

Weliweriya attack

Business and politics, profits and power converged in Rathupaswala in 2013. The protesting people didn’t want the Rajapaksas to go home. They just wanted clean drinking water. Their water sources were affected by effluents from Venigros, a glove-making factory. Venigros was a subsidiary of Haileys. Dhammika Perera owned almost 50% of Haileys. A trusted Rajapaksa business acolyte he was appointed by President Mahinda as the secretary to the ministry of transport – probably the only senior official to own a casino ever (The Colombo City Guide, Yamu, had this to say about Bellagio: “The Belliago is smoky, bright and generally dodgy… However much they try to glam it up it is still a gambling den…. The ubiquitous prostitutes are the most depressing sight of all, tired and long-faced, working what seem to be interminable hours…”)

So people asked for water and the regime sent the army. The 58th division no less, infamous for its alleged involvement in the white flag incident (the murder of surrendered Tiger leaders and their families). At Ratupaswala, the soldiers herded the media personnel into a vehicle (some were assaulted) and shot at the street lights plunging the area into darkness. Then they shot into the crowd killing three. The fleeing protestors were pursued into houses, even a church and brutally attacked. As a resident of Weliweriya said, “If they treated us like this for engaging in a demonstration one can imagine the situation in the North. We thought they did something big by finishing the war in our country. Now it looks as if they just killed innocent people” (BBC – 2.8.2013).

(An aside – that realisation was forgotten soon. Caught in the tide of anti-Muslim hysteria, most residents of Rathupaswala voted for the Rajapaksas in 2019 and 2020.)

Businessmen make worse politicians than even professional politicians, as the examples of Donald Trump and Silvio Berlusconi demonstrate. The reason is the convergence of incompatible interests, power for profit. As Umberto Eco said, Italy’s Berlusconi set up a government “…based on the identification of the party, the country, and the state, with a series of business interests” (Turning back the clock). During Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency, the government planned to turn Sri Lanka into a casino hub. Had he won the presidency, the king of that gambling kingdom would have been Dhammika Perera who already held three casino licenses and was planning to build a 40 storey casino-resort in DR Wijewardane Mawatha, a waterfront casino-resort with JKH Holdings and a third mega-structure with a US or Asian gaming brand.

Whether Dhammika Perera is Mark Antony or Brutus in the coming drama remains to be seen. Be that as it may, by bringing businessmen into politics as Business Men, the Rajapaksas are introducing another cancer into the body politic, comparable to what the JHU did by bringing the institution of sangha into electoral politics. Opening Pandora’s Box is the easy part. Closing it is quite another story.

A Second Wave?

Some crises are opportunities. From the devastation of World War II a new and a better Europe rose. We too can use the moment to build back differently and better.

A functioning economy has to be understood as an economy that functions for the majority of people, at least in basic terms. For years, we equated development with high end physical infrastructure. Billions were borrowed for highways in a country where only 9.3% own a van or a car. An airport was built in an elephant habitat, with a monthly loss of 100million rupees. There was no money to develop small roads and bridges used daily by most people. More was spent on defence than health, education, and human resources combined. A plethora of unnecessary state institutions bled the economy further. Sri Lankan is obvious enough. Why do we have a state authority for gem and jewellery or a Tourist Board, or a Textile Corporation?

Privatisation is necessary. Not the way it was done in the former Soviet Union, but the way it was done right here by Mangala Samaraweera in telecommunication. 91% of Sri Lankans own some king of phone today, a witness to that success. Redress the imbalance between direct and indirect taxes, increase corporate and personal income taxes, and introduce a wealth tax. Defang our oligarchs via laws promoting competition and barring monopoly-formation. Abolish the executive presidency. Draw a clear line of demarcation between politics and religion.

All necessary and possible, none likely. Perhaps because we are yet to face the reality, including the role we played in it, which is also a warning tale about the power of ethno-religious racism. “The people are responsible for giving us power,” Basil Rajapaksa said, and he was right. In 2019 and in 2020 a majority of Sinhalese voted for the Rajapaksas primarily to teach the Tamils and Muslims a lesson. The Rajapaksas authored the current crisis; their religious, business and other acolytes enabled it. But we, the people, too are complicit.

This complicity is probably a reason there’s not much international sympathy for Sri Lanka. The global or even the regional reaction has been a collective shrug. China, on whose behalf the Rajapaksas antagonised Japan, has refused a request for another currency swap. Global and national-economic realities seem to be forcing Beijing to focus on the Pacific region, as shown by its recent diplomatic blitzkrieg in the Pacific Island nations.

India is the only country with a vested interest because it would not want anarchy on its doorstep and boat people on its shores. But Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the former CEB chairman seem to have ended the hope of any more Indian loans, at least for the foreseeable future. Even Gota-Go-Gama protestors seemed to have jumped on the anti-Indian bandwagon, forgetting that in our extremity, the choice is not between good and bad investment, but some investment and none.

A power scuffle at the centre or an attempt to overthrow the government through violent upheavals will only worsen matters. The opposition’s disunity has grown to dysfunctional levels. Even if Ranil Wickremesinghe is removed tomorrow, there won’t be an all-party-government but a few-party government. If Sajith is the new PM, Ranil, Anura Kumara, and Champaka will rage against him. The same will happen if Anura Kumara or Champaka is made the PM.

Overthrowing an elected government by non-electoral/parliamentary means would set a dangerous precedent. In our error-ridden history, that is one mistake we didn’t make. If that guardrail too is broken, do we know who or what will creep in through the gap, if not this time, then the next time?

So we enter the deadliest phase of the crisis (so far) with the country limping to a standstill, and many more Lankans slipping into poverty. The government is clueless. The opposition should unite around a basic minimum programme of economic recovery and social protection. But that too is unlikely. The Galle Face protestors are smitten with their own sense of power and rightness. The people are hurting, hopeless, and leaderless. As author China Mieville said in another (but not dissimilar) context, “This is going to be an ugly time.”

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    Life after This Death

    Life In this world the country went bankrupt and did not understand to take correct action on past two years. How can they understand after death they cover by money in their head, but not in their heart The money is on command

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      “So the Rajapaksas seem to be focusing on their other key prop, acolyte businessmen. The entry of Dhammika Perera is obviously a prelude to the re-entry of the Rajapaksas en masse. Bring the Business Man into parliament, give him a ministry, puff him up as the economic saviour, make him the PM”
      Those who grumble about the open economy don’t realise that it isn’t actually open. Several oligarchs like DP control vital sectors, fixing prices and discouraging competitors. Let’s not forget that DP’s sidekick Nimal Perera was heavily involved in Rajapaksa money laundering. Samantha Kumarasingha, another businessmen who was even on the CB Monetary Board, had a big hand in its disastrous policies. This guy, curiously enough, discourages cosmetics imports, but has factories in other countries.

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        Thisaranee: Sri Lanka can easily get the economy running by buying OIL and GAS from RUSSIA at discount rates and sending tea to Russia. Russia does NOT trade in Dollars! But the American citizen Goat Rajapaksa – Wickramasinghe regime is staging the fuel shortage to sell Lanka cheap to IMF and Washington!
        The people and sovereignty has been betrayed – as the IMF hits town –the schools are closed and the worst fuel crisis Staged! at the start of the talks on June 9 they staged the attack at Galle Face and the violence with curfew to appoint Bondscam Ranil as PM.
        This is all to enable the asset stripping and IMF firesale of strategic assets of the county – lands, transport, energy and telecom infrastructure and frequencies are all to be handed over the Washington via its Hedge funds and ISB traders that put Lanka led by the corrupt US citizen Rajapaksas and bondscam puppet Ranil into the Debt trap and default for IMF to take over Economic and Energy Policy soverignty.

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          Yes its terribly simple really!
          To prevent Sri Lanka buying Russian oil and gas and get the economy running, they staged the Aeroflot airlines episode to damage the relationship between Russia and Sri Lanka,
          Russia is an old friend which came to Lanka’s assistance in a time of need.
          The US citizens and puppets who run this country are destroying it as the New Cold War kicks in but as Joseph Stiglitz wrote recently in Project Syndicate- The US will lose the New Cold War – First in Asia.

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            D
            “The US will lose the New Cold War – First in Asia”
            Its first phase was waged in Asia and is almost already lost.

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        “Those who grumble about the open economy don’t realise that it isn’t actually open.”
        OC, the problem is what it is open to.
        Even a non-return valve is open.
        So is the US economic openness.
        Check who now demands that Globalisation is implemented in its true spirit.

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        old codger

        Do we know the total value of all top cars that were set fire at Namal baby’s garage?

        Do we know the source of his income with which these cars were acquired?

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      Dear TG,

      thank you for your valuble analysis.
      .
      “Some crises are opportunities. From the devastation of World War II a new and a better Europe rose. We too can use the moment to build back differently and better”.
      .
      I dont think even if Rajapakshe criminals (now almost even little ones are clear that Rajapkashes are true criminals) are gone, so long the soceity remains as it is, it will NOT be easy sl society to allow it happening as was the case in Europe after WWII.

      Not to forget SL buddhagama monks are like ” parasites” of srilanken culture. If they (majority of the monks) would have been real gurus, we would not have pointed the finger at them – but today s crisis – by bringing STUPID MEN/PROVABLE CRIMINALS back to power was solely because BUDDHGAMA monks became similar to decorative animals (as elephants being abused for the traditional perahara parades)- majority of people in this country are blind by superstitious beliefs – not different to Hindu led Indian subcontinent. Ironically, lord buddha s true teachings have no room to spread myths as being established in the country as of today.
      .
      to be ctd

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        Not just politicians, but the people’s attitudes make it happening. Politicians are the elected/botschafler/representatives of the people. Our people regardles of their race, religion or whatever other barriers they struggle with, would not see it beyond. We are not alone – it is the COMMON mind set of south asians as a whole.
        :
        Just imagine, entire country is now in a mess not being able to buy their fuel needs, however, trains were over crowded with pilgrims heading to A’ pura or other places.

        In a civilized country, people would not trust to go out. Their behaviours are similar to that of fearless but stupid – honey badgers.

        In Europe, people would hardly stand against law and order, even if some are not accessed to their three meals. Just look at some part of Romania and Bulgaria. They dont have ” Kos – Jack fruit” ” Del Breadfruit” or any other freely grown green vegetables unlike in our island, nevertheless, they are powerful enough to hire SRILANKENs and other poor nations as labourers to their countries. It is the attitudes of the people to be changed….. until then, nothing would change palpably for the benefit of the masses.

        Latin americans survive on Casava plant or some on Bananas…. in our hell, if they lack of Rice and Curry for a meal or two, they are forced to think that they are starving.

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          “Latin americans survive on Casava plant or some on Bananas…. in our hell, if they lack of Rice and Curry for a meal or two, they are forced to think that they are starving.”
          That is why some still keep complaining about the dark days of Sirimavo’s rule I guess.

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          LM,
          “nevertheless, they are powerful enough to hire SRILANKENs and other poor nations as labourers to their countries.”
          Yes, but don’t you find it strange that Sri Lanka was powerful enough to hire workers from Bangladesh and India?
          Something wrong with the system?😳😳

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          Dear LM
          .
          I agree with you completely.
          But there is a vital thing about their countries and their governance that is different.
          .
          France, USA, and many other countries that are doing good today had fought for their independence. What’s more is that their constitutions were written by the masses for the benefit of the masses.
          .
          In our country there was no serious independence struggle. After WW2 the British were obliged to relinquish their territories as per an agreement with America during the war. So the British handed over power to their srilankan cronies and left.
          .
          The status quo remained the same. Nothing vital was changed from the British constitution to favour the common man.
          .
          Things have continued to get worse under our own rule for the common man. Who do we complain to?

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            HT and OC,
            thank you valuable input. Our people are unique to promote lies as their tradition. It will dawn on us, if we would study the facts and figures of any information in the air. Not about independence, but whatever our people are upto do, are they serious ? Just imagine, how they stay attacking also in today ‘s context. One simple tution master and his bold statements caught my close attention.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Igvba7RhY

            I di dnot like that guy the manner he addresses his audience, but he is right with his predictions.
            .
            “In our country there was no serious independence struggle. After WW2 the British were obliged to relinquish their territories as per an agreement with America during the war. So the British handed over power to their srilankan cronies and left.”

            With this being the reality, they the media not only today, but also in the past constsantly misled this nation. Fake perception has been their tradition.

            See, how proudly they repeat about WARIYAPOLA HAMUDURUWO? Srilankens are made to believe that Wariyapola Sri Sumanagala Thero stood against hoisting the British flag before the Kandyan Convention was signed. It was also reported that he took down the British flag and re-hoisted the Lion Flag.

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    In 74 years we have come a full circle: Back to primitive life is in order; bullock cart for transport; firewood for cooking; cultivate our own food crops; chicken farms or even hunt for food in jungles.

    Vast majority of people will survive the calamities – both natural and Sri Lankan politicians made until a dedicated leader like Lee Kwan Yew (who succeeded) or Velupillai Pirapakaran (who unfortunately failed) emerges. It doesn’t matter the leader in Sinhalese, Tamil, or a Muslim bur dedication, vision, knowledge and the ability to lead the people and build a nation to peace, prosperity and progress.

    Who knows it may take another 500 years for such a leader to emerge!
    We may not live to see such an eventuality.

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      “….In 74 years we have come a full circle…..”
      Surely Thiru!
      Main blame must go to those yellow robies who invaded SL politics in 1956 and destructed anything and everything they got a hold un to!!
      They should be banned doing ANY politics!!
      SL will never be a good country to live until the day these yellow robies are legally punished if they did.

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        The true behaviour of yellow pets are similar to street men and women. .
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        Nevertheless our donkeys offer them yet today a free meal and smart phones .
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        Myths entwined to sinhala buddhism eroded the true image of buddhism in my country as of today.
        .
        We luckily had the chance to experience true buddhism in 80ties or prior to that but since sataka bps highjacked sinhala budhism for their survival politics/ it started to lose the high values/ Mahinda Rajapakshe destroyed srilanken culture turning it a Tahiti state. 😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶

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        “Main blame must go to those yellow robies who invaded SL politics in 1956”
        They were not active in the communal riots of 1958.
        Sorry, they did not invade until Dudley S paved the way with his reserved seats in public transport, Poya day system etc.
        The invasion of parliament was in this century.
        *
        Let us ban robes in politics.
        Then, what about the one in a white cassok doing politics?

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          “……they did not invade until Dudley S paved the way with his reserved seats in public transport, Poya day system etc……”

          Thanks heaps for the jokes SJ!
          You continue to keep us amused!! :))

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          Dear SJ
          Let me ask you this, who was responsible for the Sinhala only nonsense?
          I am told that it was the same yellow pets who pushed SWRD against his will to enact that fundamental blunder.
          That was the beginning of the end for us.
          History tells me that there were hardly any yellow pets prior to independence as most of them had migrated to Thailand in fear of the colonial masters.
          They came back in 1948 and wanted to stamp their importance, the next thing was the cheapest thing they could find, let us start race politics. And here we are…
          Mara realized this and took full advantage. Now we are all paying the price.
          .
          Am I right or wrong?

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            HT,
            “most of them had migrated to Thailand in fear of the colonial masters.”
            No, they were here all along, but kept a low political profile. Being feudal in their thinking, most of them wanted a King, whose nationality didn’t matter.

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    The pandemic hit this sector the hardest
    ———
    That was the whole point of the fake pandemic.
    Wipe out a massive chunk of the human population.
    The intention being to get rid off most of the unemployed, working classes and lower middle (basically most of real humanity who are not freemasons or tares)
    The freemasons bragged about this on the Gergia guidestones in America (maintain world population under 500 million).
    The freemasons in the media played an active role in pushing the fake pandemic, and that includes the Lankan media also.
    The media is a huge part of the problem, and journalists who are involved in deception are going to be dealt with by karma and God. Trying to fake concern for the poor all of a sudden is not going to work.

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    TR you said it to draw a clear line of demarcation between politics and religion. All religions say to do good, but all cannot be true as there are variations of the end time scenario like rebirth here again, soul death which has no karma, nirvana, heaven and paradise, unbelief in their loving creator who made humans in his image. Animals and birds have no soul to choose right from wrong and respond as in reflex action and behavior. Their life comes from their spirit and not from a soul which can become enlightened. In Mat. 24,3 before Jesus died, his disciples asked him the signs of his coming and the end of the age. He answered not to be deceived and troubled with sorrows and tribulations and hatred and offence. Lawlessness and lovelessness would abound with an abomination visible in the holy place. He comes as lightening and saves those who wait for him.

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    We sinhala land are going to be next Singapore – PIPE DREAM.

    Singapore colleagues tell me that their news is full of Lew Kuan Yew’s sayings of bankrupt racist sinhala land and politicians that he forecast decades ago and in he said (news article in Daily Mirror Lanka in May 22) :He was very sympathetic towards the plight faced by the Tamils of Sri Lanka when he states that They were active and intelligent fellows who worked hard and got themselves penalised as a result of the domination of the Sinhala majority’ [2, pg.14/22], he expresses his sentiments further when he states that the ‘Sinhalese who are less capable are putting down Tamils who are more capable’ [3]. The expulsion of tamils resulted in the bankrutcy of sinhala land. In any event why should foreign donors contribute aid when the thieves are still in power and merely ripp off the aid to further increase their LOOT!!! Note that the ceylon tamils are officially ceylonese in Singapore and Malaysia and me in the west use same Ceylonese not the “para” sri lanka

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    “The people are hurting, hopeless, and leaderless. “
    The people did not believe in Lord Buddha. They did not believe Lord Buddha but believed Rajapaksas will save them and Rajapaksas also save Lord Buddha. Unfortunately, Lord Buddha closed his eyes and now in Nirvana!

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    …………….Even Gota-Go-Gama protesters seemed to have jumped on the Anti-Indian bandwagon……….says TG.

    Srilanka over the centuries has had a knee-jerk reaction of being anti-Indian.
    In fact one of the lectures delivered by JVP Leader in 1971 was on the topic of Indian expansionism-whatever that meant……….
    India is extending a life belt to Srilanka to avoid drowning and our guys are looking at a gift horse in the mouth………..

    Srilanka has to fear China not India………….

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    If a (few) Muslim extremists had not carried out the Easter Attacks, Gotha may not have become President. Do you expect the majority community to sit back and do nothing while ISIS builds a Caliphate in the East? Similarly, CBK (moderate) was given at least a decade to settle the ethnic question. At some point, when Moda Ranil started talking federalism, the majority again ran out of patience and elected a hardliner to achieve results.

    “The consequence is likely to be another wave of violence, bloodier, more widespread, and more mindless than in May.”

    Yes, the government has to be careful. Possible hyperinflation will create violence worse than 1983. IMF will demand austerity, which includes major cuts to government spending, but the government should not abandon its generous welfare programs to the poor all at once.

    “The pandemic hit this sector the hardest.”

    The pandemic and Easter Attacks decimated the tourism sector. Foreign remittances could not offset the loss to forex. The lesson is simple. Going forward, Sri Lanka cannot rely on tourism and IMF loans. Tea and apparels are okay, but much more, along the lines of manufacturing, is needed.

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      Lester, we all know Gota used a few crazies among the Muslim population to carry out the attacks. Do you blame the attackers or the mastermind? I will certainly blame the Mastermind.

      So which community does the mastermind coming from? The majority!
      Hence do you blame the majority community for the attck? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

      These Rajapaksas all have to be rounded up, throw them in solitary confinement in jail until they all die.

      Don’t blame an entire community for the misdeeds of a few. Majority of all people from the Lankan community mean well. There is a minority of people from all communities in Lanka who commit all the crimes. So stop inciting trouble!

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        Tamil from the north,

        No need to debate rubbish conspiracy theories. Gothabaya liberated the country from useless suicide bombers and their 181 kg leader. Just like people accused him of killing journalist Lasantha. If he wanted to do that, why waste time in the Supreme Court? He won the defamation suit anyway, that’s why editor Jansz ran away to the USA at lightning speed.

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          Lestern the Lying Jester

          “Gothabaya liberated the country from useless suicide bombers and their 181 kg leader.”

          Then what happened?
          Listen carefully to Mahinda Immediately after the end of the war and what he told Sekar Gupta of NDTV.
          https://www.ndtv.com/video/shows/walk-the-talk/i-was-fighting-india-s-battle-rajapakse-78680

          Before, during and after the end of the war Gota’s Hora clan stole the entire country, sped up bankruptcy.

          There is no one country Sri Lanka didn’t beg for charity.
          Why don’t you ask Gota to nationalise Sangha’s assets and sell it for the benefit of Poor People?

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            Fake Veddah,

            168 suicide attacks by LTTE terrorists in 20 years. Majority (Sinhalese) will never turn on MaRa or Gotha. You can beg, scream, and cry. Genocide resolution, white lawyer, Norway, EU tariffs, blah blah. Why don’t you relocate to your real homeland across the Palk Strait? Is it because they also banned your fake freedom struggle?

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              Lestern the Lying Jester

              In the NDTV interview (30/05/2009) Mahinda said without total Indian support they would not have won the war. As far as I understand it was VP who won the war for Mahinda. Please stop your boring repetition of grand lie.

              “You can beg, scream, and cry.”

              Of course you can, if Stalin/Modi/Hindia stop feeding the people of this island.

              “Genocide resolution, white lawyer, Norway, EU tariffs, blah blah. “

              There would be a genocide resolution once Stalin/Modi/Hindia/rest of the world chose to stop feeding the people of this island.

              I suggest Champika, Wimal, Udaya, Kamala, Namal, Elle, Omalpe, …. … better learn to open their mouth only to have (Free Hindian) food.

              “Why don’t you relocate to your real homeland across the Palk Strait?”

              Why should I relocate in fact it is you the descendant of Kallathonie convert who should leave. You know your distant cousin Stalin has ordered his officials to treat all people as humans and not as refugees.

              I am sure Tamilnadu would not dig deep into your (pathetic) life.
              The Hindians are planning to operate Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport soon. I will come and visit you in Tamilnadu.

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                Fake Vedda,

                Remember you and London terror doctor were claiming Modi would force GR to implement 13A. You have been wrong with your predictions since the day you came out of the mother’s —. I predict Gotha will be around 6 months from now and you will still be whining about Sinhala-Buddhism.

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              Lester the monomaniac liar,
              “168 suicide attacks by LTTE terrorists in 20 years.”
              Well, so what? The total number of Sinhala civilians killed over 30 years was around 3000. More died in traffic accidents.
              You ran away because of suicide bombers, I suppose. Coward.

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                Old Codger,

                Only 3000 died because PTA prevented hundreds of more attacks. Of course you don’t care, since you are a low IQ rascal who openly supports the LTTE. USA invaded 2 countries and occupied one for 20 years after a single suicide attack.

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                  Lester the lying runaway,
                  What has USA got to do with it?
                  You got caught lying again, and that’s it.
                  Unlike you, I never left the country. I have more brains than one who is more afraid of suicide bombers than suicide bus drivers.

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          Lester, you are an idiot of the lowest calibre. Maybe even a complete mutt. Facts are not debated, facts are simply facts and there is nothing to debate. The court system working the way it is supposed to in SL, are you bloody joking? This is a 3rd world corrupt nation run by murderers, thugs, war criminals, money launderers and rapists. Go and cry me a river!! Additionally when did Gota liberate anything? While Fonseka was fighting, Gota and his uneducated brothers were liberating tax payer money into their personal accounts in Dubai.

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            Tamil from the north, you are the idiot, not me. You supported a psychopath fighting a useless guerilla war for 30 years. Now you are claiming the same person who ended that guerilla war used suicide bombers to become President. What kind of dumb argument is that? No wonder you buggers were buried at Nanthikadal. Even if you remove GR and there is another suicide attack or Ranil tries to negotiate with separatist TNA, the Sinhalese will quickly elect another hardliner. This pattern will repeat itself as many times as necessary. You will never get an ounce of devolution. Your best bet would be to align with Muslims to form a political mindset but your Jaffna supremacy racist mindset would never do that.

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              Lester, you dumb nitwit……….I supported a psychopath? The very same psychopath’s forces assassinated many of my family and friends of my parents. Because I am a Tamil from the north, in your puny little brain you automatically deduced me to be an LTTE supporter. Dumb ass, grow up and get some education. This very same guerilla group was born out of decades long hegemony towards the minorities of the country by the racist elements of the majority, now I realize you are one of them. Idiot!!!

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                “This very same guerilla group was born out of decades long hegemony towards the minorities of the country by the racist elements of the majority”

                So you are trying to justify suicide terrorism based on divide-and-rule policies of European invaders? Your argument is wrong for other reasons. South Indians (Cholas) have been trying to attack Sri Lanka since the 1st century. They destroyed the various irrigation systems, burned the palaces, etc. Prabhakaran came late to the party. He got his ideas from Periyar, the famous Tamil racist who told his supporters to kill the Brahmins. That is what VP did, instead of Brahmins, he assassinated the TULF leadership. As well as Tamil journalists, intellectuals, and others. Yet you are saying all this is okay because a monk told Tamils to go back to India? What kind of logic is that?

                Gothabaya was the one who eliminated the terrorists, if you had any brains, you would support him.

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                  Lester
                  “They destroyed the various irrigation systems, burned the palaces…”
                  They did you a favour. What is the use of irrigation systems if we still aren’t self-sufficient in food?
                  The Tamilnadu farmers, with less rainfall and no 2500 year old irrigation are even donating food .

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                    L is mixing things up.
                    There was British wrecking of major irrigation works on pretext of road construction.
                    But the British revived agriculture in the NCP when there were a few too many mouths to feed in the plantations and in the fast growing urban populations.

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                      The ancient system collapse out of disuse.

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                    I said many times, if you think Tamil Nadu is better, go and live there. What is preventing you? The reality is, Toilet Nadu is another Indian sewer. If it was developed to any serious extent, Sri Lankans would be flooding there. Recently they are running to Australia (risky journey) on boats and getting turned away.

                    https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/australia-s-new-government-sends-boat-asylum-seekers-back-sri-lanka

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                      Lester the liar,
                      “if you think Tamil Nadu is better,”
                      My opinion doesn’t matter. YOU can’t prove TN isn’t better at agriculture than your 2500 year old “hydro-electric ” civilization, which in any case you ran away from.

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          ******Gotabaya liberated the country from useless suicide bombers and their 181 kg leader ? once again are u upto fairy tales ?*******

          still caught by fake perception ?

          Media Mafia men in this country painted the picture in favour of Medamulana bastards, because we are becoming clear, that the lucrative Media-Medamulana politics twisted almost everything in this country.

          There are whole lot of evidence how Basil (the most abusive man of that family) twisted the gawky average . Easy targets became their focus because they would not have returned, if they did not so.
          .
          tbd

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            continuing.
            .
            I wonder a man who had then been working as a petrol shed assistant,- or any other survival job doer, continuing to be his exile life (asylum seeker) in the US,not just for 15 months, but for a period of 15 long years, until his brother became the executive president in 2005, how could GOTA be above any other heroic men in order to win a war ? As we know those heroic forces that sacrificed their last blood, being in the war field, should be the ones who should have the expertise how the war could be won … right ?
            Your partial thoughts again and again sound to be just jokes to me and anyone who would respect the facts CANT agree with your lies.
            Could you kindly add little bit more about your postulation ?

            Btw, many among us, the silence expats, I too thought tri-forces and collectivity succeeded the last phase of the war which went on 30 long years. I truly believe it was late Mr Kadirgamar under CBK govt got LTTERs powerless on any rich soils in the world.

            Atleast today, it should be clear to everyone , a civil war came into being, due to the accumulations of huge mistakes repeated by successive leaders of this country.
            .

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    TG,

    True statements about the struggling masses. You lay it out so well, about the existential psyche of these downtrodden groups. These people have contributed much to their country via hard labour in the Middle East. Their struggles are immeasurable.

    Yet, you give no concrete solution, yet of which there are many. You even cautioned against the Mirihana protests and then encouraged Aragalaya. Both actually will work….it is so simple. Both need to ramp up in the midst of the dumb, silly, Megalomanical family……No, evil is not intelligent ; it is perverse and indulgent.

    In the midst of this perverse indulgence, unintelligent, and megalomanical family, no change can come about without Revolution! If there is some blood, so be it. It is Heroic. It is the nature of true Patriotism.

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      It is obvious that Lankan billionaires are not going to build the country back up again. Megalomanical Family has been trying it for over a decade, but it has ended with money stuck at the top for them and their futuristic projects through them, that might only come to fruition after a generation or two….merely to bring it back to pre-2019 normalcy.

      The JVP is right there…right there!… to spread the wealth for the masses and install the social programs for communal style livelihoods that are coming about so naturally anyway, when the country is starved of food, medicines, and transportation. JVP will give it crucial structure.

      SJB is there as coalition to temper any fatalistic spirits, as well as to work with the international bodies to secure foreign aid and loans. A bit of bickering amongst parties aids better democratic consensus.

      Therefore TJ, you should not be defeatist and attempt to put spokes on these very essential positive vibes.

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    good analysis. True that we are driffting into very dangerous phase in our history. There is no possibility of all party government. This is precisely because all the political leaders are corrupt and want only their interest fulfilled at the expense of the people. Rw wants his crooks around. Gas tender is given to satisfy an “influential public officials son financial interest”(Sunday Times 19/6/22). Why cannot RW come out and say sho this public official is? what is he affraid of at the terminal end of his career?
    The bottomline is we need dollars. Borrowing money is going to worsen our crisis and prolong the crisis. Only 2 sources of income is possible at the moment 1 Foreign remittance from expatriates 2 tourism. For the first all corrupt politicians and officials should be put behind bars, we need a leader who will do that. To ensure tourist arrival a separate minister has to be appointed to looked after welfare of tourist by providing travel and special fuel quotafor tourism sector ect.
    RW will have an easy exit from this situation when 21st amendment fails, GR doesnot mind anyone becoming the leader if he is not forced to resign.

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    Lester

    Cardinal ? Malcolm Rajith belief is that the Easter Sunday bombings were carried out by RATPAKSES persons to facilitate the RATpakses comeback to power (enable them to RATeat the sinhala land treasury!!!

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      Cardinal got that strait late in life. He was like many other acolytes doing intentional cover up. I was in a church when this happened and this was the first view I heard from the youngsters there. Scapegoating Muslims had mileage and the pretenders won’t change.

      As someone wise here said 2 days ago, why doesn’t the country keep voting the same president, and I agreed seriously. Every country gets the government in deserves. At least they can do bigotry and Justify it and we know where we are and the cosmic forces will play out.
      Guys Like Dr KD are wasting talent he should watch Dr GL Phd Who has a sad convoluted Jurisprudence, between him and his conscience.

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        “Every country gets the government in deserves”
        Thanks for that food for thought:
        Think of Trump, Biden, Boris, Modi…

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          “Food for thought” indeed.
          Talking of wahaboutism? thought it through my travles (not N Korea)
          Bible thumping Trump was dumped……systems prevailed
          at capitol hill.
          Biden and Boris fallible of course but not up to dirty tricks……….latter
          prosecuted and not pardoned for covid parties !!.
          Modi—-theocracy at work…..bad boys at play
          China or even North Korea is fine if it is the big wish.
          Saw colpetty last month—- Educated Churchill knows best

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            It was only a comment on a thoughtless generalization.
            Don’t like it? Too bad.
            It is unwise to make sweeping statements about what people deserve.
            *
            The US deserved better I would have thought. But look at what mess they are in today.
            Trump and Biden are not accidents. That is how the system is loaded against anything that makes sense.
            India elected a mass murderer. Did it deserve him?
            UK re-elected Boris, well it is hard to recover from some disasters like Mrs Thatcher.
            The system in China seems to work, overtaking the US in many fronts. The country has been fully free of poverty since late last year. I wish that the world’s richest and most powerful country could do that.

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      Gus,
      “Malcolm Rajith belief is that the Easter Sunday bombings were carried out by RATPAKSES…”

      What a dumb assumption!

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “What a dumb assumption!”

        What is the clever assumption?

        Malcolm is a cross dresser, underneath his Catholic Vestments and symbols you will find a set of Kasawatha – කසාවත.

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          ‘By Vatican News staff reporter
          Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith alleges that the government has been covering up the investigations into the Easter bombings of 3 years ago in order to protect the brains behind the attacks. Since the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks were not being implemented to protect the real culprits, he said he was taking the case to the international community.’

          >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
          Dumb,deaf ,blind or diabolical ?
          Feel free to check sources in vatican .

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    The sinhala barbaric army has again opened fire on tamils which they dare not do against sinhalas. Personally this makes my HATRED and the requirement of the DESTRUCTION of the sinhala land. I will be marketing to all and sundry that the sinhalas dont deserve any fioreign aid when the starvation bites!!!

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      Gus,
      “I will be marketing to all and sundry that the sinhalas dont deserve any fioreign aid when the starvation bites.”
      —-
      Sinhalayo can do marketing to boycott Tamil shops and Dosa Kade. Sinhalayo can survive without Tamils but Tamils cannot survive without Sinhala customers.

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        Eagle Thaatha, Chingkallams boycotting Thamizh restaurants and grocery shops and Thamizh doing vice versa will only end up as tragedy for all, especially the ordinary Chingkallams and Thamizh. In Colombo, I used to eat in Chingkalla eateries and purchase goods from Chingkalla shops, as I lived in a predominantly Chingkalla area, just outside Colombo and it never bothered me. I liked the Jaffna form of Thosai, idiyappam, Puttu and other traditional food, cooked at home compared to the type of food served by most Thamizh Thosai Kadai, which were largely run by Indian origin Thamizh, therefore hardly patronised them. Did like their Vadai and Boda though. However liked the Rolls, Mapang etc served in the Chingkalla eateries. Hope you are not boycotting your Thamizh wife’s cooking and food.

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          Sorry Mas and Maalu Paan

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      Gus enjoy your hatred, it will kill your rotting heart faster.

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        S
        It is sad to see such sick comments like that of G.
        CT is only helping to whip up communal hatred with its editorial policy in thse matters. I doubt if what are edited out are a fraction as sick.
        The moderator of CT comments can have more sense and edit out such language.
        Regrettably Tamils seem more notorious for personally nasty and racially hateful comments. There are fewer from Sinhalese, but they are there. There was a nasty Muslim, who thankfully seems to have faded out.

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      “the requirement of the DESTRUCTION of the sinhala land.”
      G, what a sweet character you are– and of course the endorsing brigade of green thumbs.

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      Gus

      “Personally this makes my HATRED and the requirement of the DESTRUCTION of the sinhala land.”

      Not to worry.
      The Sinhalese and Tamils are known to be famously capable of self destruction.
      Don’t wish bad things for ordinary people. The are basically stupid.

      Did you wish bad things for Tamils and their honourable National Leader before 2009?

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    Life after this death:
    Mahinda Rajapakshe and Gotabhaya Rajapakshe will go to heaven for the merits (Pin) they accrued for:
    • Saving the lives of Sinhala Buddhists by eliminating barbaric terrorists
    • Restoring peace in the country so that people can live without fear that they will not be blown into pieces by a suicide bomber.
    • Liberating about 300,000 Tamil civilians kept as a human shield by terrorists.
    • Liberating about 300 children recruited as child soldiers by terrorists
    • Pardoning terrorists who committed crimes against Sinhala Buddhists
    —-
    Basil Rajapakshe to hell for deliberately creating the economic crisis so that he can sell vital assets of this country and make money so that he can have a comfortable life in USA.
    —-
    Chamal Rajapakshe and Namal Rajapakshe – Undecided

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      Eagle Eye, A bit messy as to how MR/GR restored peace when Zaharan’s suicide bombers killed God’s people in churches on Easter sunday, in order to go to heaven or to win an election. Weird type of merit. The last book in the bible shows the end time unholy trinity like the triune true God, deceiving all on earth Rev.13, 14. The human Antichrist and False prophet with Satan himself are the three who surface for all to see. Rev.19,20 shows the first two leaders alive in the lake of fire, and Rev.20,10 shows the devil too tormented in the lake of fire.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Mahinda Rajapakshe and Gotabhaya Rajapakshe will go to heaven for the merits (Pin) they accrued for: ……..”

      How do you know?
      Any chance you are being trained by Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena or/and Gnana Akka?

      Please tell me if I have any chances of to travelling and reaching Black Hole and when?

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    Correct. They will have no hesitation to open fire on Tamils who dare to argue or protest, which they will dare not against Sinhalese protestors, even under grave provocation, as seen during earlier incidents, when they went on a rampage in May 2022. Even the latest incident in Kuroonthoor Malai proves that even if the Sinhalese are starving, without medicine or fuel and receiving aid from India and Tamil Nadu for food, fuel medicines and other essentials, they are not grateful and still indulge in their anti-Tamil anti-Indian and anti-Hindu activities [edited out]

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      This is why the Sinhalese voted for all these racists from the time of independence, especially the Rajapakses and the current government, to ruin and destroy the Tamils, no matter what. Tisaranne as usual is absolutely correct to notice none of the Sinhalese political parties or the Sinhalese Aragalaya protestors ever mentioned or protested about this or showed concern [edited out]

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        Siva Sankaran Sharma,
        “This is why the Sinhalese voted for all these racists from the time of independence, especially the Rajapakses and the current government, to ruin and destroy the Tamils, no matter what.”

        Did Tamils in the North vote for racist separatist Tamil politicians to ruin and destroy indigenous Sinhala Buddhists? These politicians are responsible for promoting terrorists who massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades to grab their land.

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      SSS

      ‘They will have no hesitation to open fire on Tamils who dare to argue or protest, which they will dare not against Sinhalese protestors’

      Really? What happened in 1971 and 1987-89?

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    “People battered by prices and crippled by shortages need hope, now. Ranil Wickremesinghe is failing to provide that hope. “

    why is the author not mentioning gota.he has much more powers than the PM who becomes a eunuch when the 19th amendment was abolished.What can ranil do other than just hope enough USD can come in through tourism and remittances and exports.Gota has to focus and revamp these 3 sectors.

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      Svenson, there is a vast difference between the armed forces fighting and killing the Sinhalese JVP and or the Tamil LTTE and killing innocent Sinhalese and Tamil civilians, who are now desperate for food, medicine and other essentials from their families and are protesting as a last resort, as they are now helpless and have no other means or showing their displeasure, anger and frustration of not meaning to do anything else. Anyway thanks for reading and replying to my comment.

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      shankar, More than hope, people need the reality of gas, petrol and diesel, electricity, fertilizer, milk, sugar, dhal and non hyper inflated food and goods and sell their produce. No country will give dollars which will definitely be robbed.

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    My warning to the President is to deploy troops, mainly in key areas, and, in general, all over the country. I even made the same request to former Army Commander General Shavendra Silva before he was removed on the instructions of Namal Rajapaksa. What is Gotabhaya waiting for? Sri Lanka never had a coward like him. As the CDS, Shavendra Silva should have advised the President to deploy troops. Something big is brewing, and it is coming from within. I won’t be surprised if Gotabhaya and Mahinda are both killed this time. As the top most military officer, General Shavendra Silva should be ready to take over the country. Additional troops should be deployed at government TV and radio stations. It is common sense.

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      Champa, Yes the leader will trust in troops but Jesus will return with angelic hosts in his powerful armies to destroy all who destroy the world which belongs to its creator. Psalm 24 states “The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” To ascend we need clean hands and a pure heart and in the kingdom, not in parliament.

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      Something big is brewing alright but it is not from within. It is in the pacific. Whatever is brewing in SL is a storm in a teacup that its selfish politicians brought about.They can call all the kings horses and all the kings men and put naughty humpty dumpty in power again and again and again.
      I speak of the pacific not to deflect but to say it will affect the bigger democracies and autocracies in the region.Till then lets borrow in secret and deny in public.

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        F
        Are you suggesting New Zealand?
        I that that she is a good lady.

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      Champa

      “Something big is brewing, and it is coming from within.”

      Yes true, your Sinhala/Buddhist paranoia and the usual diversionary tactics, blame the victims and the minorities for all ills.

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      Champa/
      .
      Why not let it happen ? The name Rajapakshe is turning “allergic ” to almost everyone as of today.
      .
      Rajapakshes get just their deserts. Gota may be coward but what is with devine forces? Why do Gods become tolerant to Mahinda/Gota/Basil/ and all what not? 😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶💪💪💪💪😶

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      Champa,
      “Additional troops should be deployed at government TV and radio stations. It is common sense.”
      Don’t you think that would be a waste of manpower? I don’t know anyone who watches the government outlets.

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        old codger

        “I don’t know anyone who watches the government outlets.”

        Champa lives in her own planet.
        Planet of Mahadanamutta where many clever things happens.

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    Hello Tisaranee, a very good article and a good insight into what is happening. . Hope there are lots more lovely Chingkallams, like you, Chingkalla Man, Human touch, Leela, Ajith and Noel Fernando, Manel Fonseka and others similar if I have missed out on their names. Sorry and less like the Jester, Rotten pear, Eagle Thaatha, the fake Viking and others of their ilk. The country would have progressed and been a paradise. However, sadly it was not to be. We can only hope.

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      Pandi Kutti aka Siva Sankaran Sharma aka Rohan aka Gus,

      Keep dreaming about your fake freedom struggle.

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        What! You are indeed a Jester. All this time I was AKA Siva Sankaran Maama AKA Rohan Anna and now into this mixture have added Gus too. Lol. As per you, I seem to have lots of Avatars. Very soon I will be AKA every Thmaizh whose opinion you do not like or not agree with. I am just an ordinary piglet that snorts and playfully chases cackling. hissing geese like you. Maybe you are losing your cool in the London heat. Go and take a dip in the pond.

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      Pandi Kutti,
      “The country would have progressed and been a paradise.”

      If Sinhale/Sri Lanka did not have racist separatists like SJV Chelvanayakam, GG Ponnambalam, R. Sambanthan who declared war against the Government of Sri Lanka and Sinhala Nation and promoted LTTE Tamil terrorists who massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades to grab their land to create a separate State for Tamils in Yapanaya the country would have progressed and been a paradise.

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        Eagle Thaatha, how was your wife’s Jaffna Thosai? Hope you enjoyed it and did not boycott. SJV Chelvanayagam, GG Ponambalam and R. Sampanthan have all only demanded just Thamizh rights and a federal solution. It is only because of all the racist attitudes of all Chingkalla leaders from the time of independence, that separatism arose, as they all marginalized and denied the island’s Thamizh their just rights and committed all sorts of crimes against them, that even the UN is investigating. The Rajapakses are the worst. They are hell-bent on not only destroying the island’s Thamizh but their former allies the Muslim Thamizh. Before independence, the Chingkalla leaders promised the Thamizh leaders to vote for a unitary state and that everything will be fine, the island will be a truly multi-ethnic, multi-religious land where all live equally but soon after independence when the Chingkalla majority who were only 66% at that time, gained power, started to impose a Chingkalla Buddhist only policy, that they had secretly planned long before independence. Their first move was to make the one million Indian origin estate Thamizh, who had lived on the island for generations and most of the foreign exchange stateless and soon after other moves to marginalize the Thamizh followed. Now reaching its structural genocidal end.

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    TG, This death too is judgment in justice and righteousness. That judgment comes on all is so very clear, as spelt out in the last book of the bible, Revelation. The 7 sealed judgments in chapter 6 are naturally seen as conflict, scarcity, plagues, death, martyrdom and the 7th seal leads to the 7 trumpet judgments, which even includes destruction of vegetation, seas, waters with wormwood, locusts from the bottomless pit and bound angels released from Euphrates. Many supernatural events defy explanation but men do not repent of their sins and continue in disobedience, missing inheritance till 7th trumpet declares the kingdom, and satan can only be on earth being the unholy trinity with Antichrist and False Prophet. The last 7 bowl judgments of wrath against sin are horrible and may all humans escape them by choice.

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    ‘Life after this death?’
    .
    Actually it is the politicians who use religion and talk about life after death. The hungry masses are more concerned with life before death.

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      SJ
      I was referring to tensions between Bejing and Hanoi,Manila and even KL.Ming dynastys Taiwan and Australia may be termed western Job if we wish.But its not you or me but their perceptions, the sea economic zones etc etc. that will dictate even for SL.

      Also made a posting above on your “food for thought”

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