23 May, 2024

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Living In A Kleptocracy

By Ranil Senanayake –

Dr Ranil Senanayake

While commending the editorial of the 5th ‘Goaded by Greed’ (the Island 5th May 23)  which very rightly points to the actors of this malaise that has become the cancer of our nation, it is also useful for us to recognize the facilitators of this malaise. One is the shadowy ‘permanent government’ or the bureaucrats. It is these people who stay as the government whatever the results of the elections are. The politicians come and go with the vote, but the bureaucrat stays on whatever the vote. This would not have been a problem, in fact the original intent behind the bureaucracy was to have an informed cadre of efficient people to support the working of the government. At one time, when adhering to social norms this was effective. The administration was independent of the politicians and operated as a meritocracy, where good public performance was rewarded by rising in the ranks. The system was controlled by a set of regulations termed the Administrative Regulations (AR) and Financial Regulations (FR). It worked well, until the politicians decided that to enter into the arena and ensured that the most important act to rise in the ranks or be transferred to a position of their choosing, was blind subservience to the I political masters.  In an environment where the politicians are often poorly educated thugs or have despicable backgrounds, where often they could not even operate a simple bank account, the bureaucrat becomes the kingmaker. All of a sudden the politician begins opening accounts overseas, begins collecting ‘discreet’ commissions and other bribes that a invisible to the public. Who is the person responsible for this amazing transformation? the bureaucrat! Who, in participating in the graft and corruption now becomes a kleptocrat. Today this nation does not have an effective bureaucracy, it has morphed into a corrupt kleptocracy that is facilitating the looting of a nation.

The other facilitator of this national malaise, especially in a Buddhist are the monks. At a time when ‘development’ means mindless consumption to enable the financial institutions to roll money over. When ‘greed’ was extolled as a virtue, economic growth as the goal and demonising of ‘others’ as political power.  Knowing three root kleshasMoha (delusion, confusion), Raga (greed), and Dvesha (hate). Knowing that this process was the very thing that the Buddha (and all other spiritual teachers) and warned against. How is it that our monks have not uttered a word about consumerist consumption as ‘development’? As one quip stated “just give one a Mercedes and all will be well “! Tragically this is what we have had to witness these many years. Is this what our monkhood has descended to?  Where are the voices admonishing us against greed, hate and delusion? Where is the questioning of the kleptocracy that this now governing us? It seems that not only are we goaded by greed but we are also governed by greed. Does the cow-towing of the senior monks to corrupt politicians mean that they have relinquished their moral authority? If so, we are indeed on a dismal path.

All this is unfolding before a crisis of planetary proportions that our so-called leaders seems to have no idea of. They did participate in the linking of national development to fossil fuels, which began in earnest in the 1970’s. When to government made a public statement that: No oil means no development, and less oil, less development. It is oil that keeps the wheels of development moving” as a Sri Lankan Government communiqué 1979”. In the knowledge that fossil fuels are the primary reason for Climate Change and knowing what a vulnerable position Sri Lanka could be in through implementing this policy, the statement should be considered a shameful surrender of our nation to the fossil industry.

And now, when we are called upon the face the consequences of our actions in promoting climate change. When we need to respond urgently to the oncoming changes, the best response seems to be ‘appoint another consultant’.  Unless we, the people of this national confront the corrupt political cabal and their supporting kleptocrats, we will become their cattle, goaded by their greed.

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    Dr. Ranil Senanayake

    Well said Ranil!

    We must also add corruption/wrongdoing in agencies regulating key professional groups which include CA Sri Lanka in respect of chartered accountants/auditors who are the first and last line of defense against any form of financial corruption and the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) in respect of legal practitioners. There is ample evidence to support this premise. Of course there are some excellent professionals – the problem is their silence.

    Into this mix must be added the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) also responsible for the conflict of interest ridden ‘bond scam’ at the time it was unprecedentedly removed from the Finance Ministry and brought under the direct purview of then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is now Executive President and Finance Minister. The CBSL must also be heavily faulted for its poor bank supervision.
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    Amrit Muttukumaru

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      Amirit Muttukumaru: My comment comes to you when “14” thumbs have gone down (disapproval) with only “10” (agreeing) gone up in assessing your views.

      What do you think of this “Trend”?

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        Dear Simon,
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        Interesting. Amrit’s comment is a god one, but there wasn’t much that I could do about the DISAPPROVALS. However, after I “interfered”, the score is now 12 and 15..
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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          PE,
          Please read Amrith s comment again. 🙏.
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          U the kind of commenters obviously need lot more time to see it ✅️.
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          How can we ever make for a better dawn? .
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          Good 👍 luck to my motherland !

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        Simon

        Is it true that the Director of Music at the coronation of Charles today is Andrew Netsingha…singhales, Sri Lankan. His father Lucian was also a cathedral organist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Nethsingha?

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          NV: We have produced many “Directors” in the past and present. The latest is “DIRECTOR GENERAL OF TRADE UNION AFFAIRS” who advises President Ranil W. This “Designation” was given to a person who was picked from the “Aragalaya” at Galle Face. Don’t forget we have “Funeral Directors” too. Very soon they will also be in the limelight.

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          N V ,

          In the UK all Dogs bark in English .If you want the Dog to Shut Up ,
          you got to say it in English , no other ways ! The P M is Rishi
          Sunak and London Mayor is Sadiq Khan . Donald Trump once
          called London , Londanistan ! And you see my friend , even in
          Srilanka ,, the president is Ranil Wickramasinha , A Royalist !!!
          PM , A Royalist ! Opposition Leader A Royalist ! Don’t be confused ,
          for me , it is like Sunak is PM to UK ! The World Has Changed and
          keeps Changing , isn’t it ?

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            WW,
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            Is there any other folks that hang on prefering to be addressed them as ” Royalists”, “Peterites”, Brigetianns” or and the like than us the poor folk ?

            Why are they called Royalists? Are they actually Royalists ????

            Why are they called Peterites, why are they called Anandians? There must be some pride, but why to exaggerate like our hell ?????

            To me, the failure lies with the Sri Lankan media: they do not allow people to abandon all these moth-eating traditions, at least today.

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              LM ,

              One day , on a live TV debate , Mahindananda screamed , ” I went
              to Royal , my family is a political family etc; etc ;” in order to
              escape belittling of his opponents . This was just one instance of
              only one man of Mahinda time ! There are millions already making
              a kill claiming such social status and millions more trying to get on
              board the same bus ! There’s no point trying to fault this situation
              while even a man like Lalkantha admits in public that he has a right
              to send his son abroad for higher education . So , everybody wants
              a place in the Race . Listen to Sujeeva Senasingha speech any time
              anywhere ! He starts bragging of his family pride . And these are the
              people trying to convince gullible public that they now belong
              somewhere else and so something different will happen ! Look at the
              background of all those going and dying to get to Italy ! Check what
              they all want to do with their hard earned money . Go to Wennappuwa
              Marawila and Moratuwa areas mainly . Look at the houses they build .
              What for do you think ? They are the “New Hamu.” Old and original
              Hamus were all redicled and disappeared and new ones are emerging
              from drainages to replace them . We are living in a real mad country .
              What I see is , thy are all destroying a beautiful land .

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                Dear WW,
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                The criminal named Mahindananda robbed the last cent of the poor people. So did Rohitha Abegunaywardhana, who was thena house driver in Panadura area. These sons of bitch worked for 1500 rupees/month 20 years ago. WIth the close confidiantness with MEDAMULANA god father of loots, each of them became untouchably rich.
                However, what well paid srilanken academics in Europe could not do, a rich house (2 million british pounds) was owned by Mahindananda by using stolen funds. The location is central London. can you imagine Some people are just barking up the wrong tree.? They never take a single case to the end. The case based on “a palace-like house without an owner in Gampaha” was released from the collection of Basil s cases, but there is still a vacuum, not even a single lawyer had the gut to fight serving the rights of people in this regard yet? What a stupid country? A stupid nation? It is known that JVP has the biggest treasury. However, they remain in their usual “cry baby mode” when it comes to other politicians’ accusations.

                tbc

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                  Cont.

                  Can you imagine why on earth the srialnken courts are not prosecuting these criminals? If we have an independent functioning judiciary, how come few criminals are free? Why are Sri Lankan Americans in the US so blinded by Basil’s wealth? There is no doubt that the convicts did not have a white collar job to earn such wealth. There are plenty of sources that confirm the income levels of all the Rajapaksa’s before 2005. Gotabaya is said to be an IT shop owner. In Europe these types of jobs are done by immigrants who know nothing at all. These are survival jobs in my eyes.

                  .These evil people made holy wealth by misleading and abusing our poor people.
                  I am glad you put his name here because I firmly believe that bugger did not have a minimum income before Rajapaksa came into politics. Had the investigators been honest, at least one of the perpetrators would have been jailed or given the maximum sentence.

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          Lucian, Lucian, Lucian!
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          Yes, Lucian Nethsinghe
          , the father was a man whom I had heard of in relation to S. Thomas’, Mt Lavina:
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucian_Nethsingha
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          But I have no memory of him. From that entry, I got to this:
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Willcocks
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          That is a really big name, familiar to me through BBC radio broadcasts in the days of my youth, before I began shunning churches. However, even now, I listen to Church Music, but only listen.
          .
          But at STC, I knew this other Lucian:
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          Rev. Lucian G.B. Fernando, who was great on Church Organs, but more famous in the school as a Maths Private Tutor, in which capacity I did NOT know him He was probably older than Lucian Nethsingha, but referred to here long after his death:
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          https://www.sundaytimes.lk/201004/plus/picking-up-the-pieces-a-classical-treat-after-a-six-month-sound-of-silence-418520.html
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          And who is the late Urologist-Author of that article? Never mind! I interacted with his son-in-law only last week!
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          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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        S
        There are a few too many illiterate three-toed green and red frogs around.

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      Whether right-wing or left-wing politicians, kleptocrats are a part of Sri Lankan politics. I have the feeling with the dawn of MAHIANDA CHINDTHANA, their breeding was unbeatable.
      It is needless to repeat how in recent years Vasuddeva has made to be Vasideva (a man who works only for his perks). This may be common to the entire developing world. But is however unique to srilanka.

      However, it emerged in recent times that a family full of kleptocratic brothers hijacked the state, distorting the mindset of the foolish voters. Even today, more than 50% of people nationwide express their anger against Mahinda Rajapaksa reluctantly. That’s what makes me puzzling again and again..

      The whole world somehow rules myth rather than the other way around.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVeMzpxM8yo

      Today, the majority of people in the UK, where democracy is born, are celebrating the coronation of King Charles, and the “Not My King Protesters” are marching in protest.

      The UK economy has proven to be similar to Portugal’s decline and nevertheless, they seem to be spending a lot of money on this coronation. Traditions are associated with the “faith in God” of people who believe that monarchical follies must continue.

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    Dr.RS, Your valid thoughts about confronting the corrupt political cabal enslaving the citizens in this kleptocracy need immediate attention as these robbers are getting more entrenched and rooted so as to never leave from selling this nation. Previous small commissions became massive robberies from the tsunami funds onwards. The best answer is to liberate the robbers, but they appear to be beyond redemption. Hence the need to incarcerate with consequences. No longer should citizens fall asleep.

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      DTG,
      All these so called “Miscreants” are excused and pardoned by the Patriotic, Nationalist of this country forever and they allowed this latitude notwithstanding the resultant Bankruptcy of the Nation’s treasury, for their undying commitment of STEAL!!! Oops Misspelt! “Ingirisith Amathaka Wenewa- due to extreme Patriotism”!!?? So closed to the nation, “first thing we do when we land and get down from Air Plane is kneel down and kiss mother earth – Lanka”
      What’s the difference “STEEL or STEAL” – Identical meaning and outcome – HOME KITTY!!!?
      Source – NEW ENGLISH DICTIONARY – which Oxford University press FORGOT to Publish!!?
      Preparing Groundwork Election 2025!!!??
      Aren’t there 6.9 Millions of SUCKERS in Sri Lanka!!??
      ‘Kadala Dansal’ down prominent address – Wijerama Mawatha!!!
      Pin Sidda Wenda, Adu Gane, Pasyala Cadju Wath Denda Oney!!!
      Cleansing one’s bad Karma needs Significantly Meritorious Act!!??
      Please upgrade as it would not change cost by MILLIONS!!?? SMALL CHANGE!!??

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      Oh yes
      Free education has produced a bunch of rogues.

      No charactor no ethics

      Politicians love them 2 + 2 is 5 noh?

      Ranil is also leaning on corrupt 3rd class bureaucrats.

      Buru crats

      More damage done by this lot…..

      Oh yes

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        SN
        What would no free education have produced?
        Did education with fees produce honourable people? A bunch of criminals responsible for the 1915 riots?
        *
        Education has been free in every developed country, even when paid education was affordable to 90% of the population. Even in the US, most of the schools offer free education.
        Some who bitterly denounce free education are humbugs who want to make others think that they were from well to do families and went to ‘private schools’.

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      “Is this what our monkhood has descended to? Where are the voices admonishing us against greed, hate and delusion? Where is the questioning of the kleptocracy that this now governing us? “
      Where too is the questioning of the majoritarian notion that only Sinhalese deserve compassion?
      “One is the shadowy ‘permanent government’ or the bureaucrats. It is these people who stay as the government whatever the results of the elections are.”
      The days are long gone when “Permanent Secretaries” were Permanent. They could and did lay down the law to impermanent politicians. But SWRD and JR between them changed all that. Now the bureaucrats change with the regime. Cabral, Gamini Senarath, PBJ, Paskaralingam, Mahendran, anyone?

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      DTG,
      I have heard that some university academic staff members have also committed major crimes with regard to the money allocated for their research work but left the country for greener pastures without working properly.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BILxP8rnf1Y

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rzqv-TooJ8

      So the corrupt nature of our people seems to be built in them. Therefore, I will not be saddened by pointing fingers at others and listening to the eternal cries of JVP people.

      There is a saying in Sinhala Buddhist lore that if one finds a handful of mustard seeds in a dead house, it must be a miracle. In the same way, the corrupt and abusive nature of our nation is intertwined in them.
      My circles and yours too are more or less corrupt. I get mad every time I travel back home.
      Pathegama Ghanissara Thero who contantly fights against myth and myth culture in our motherland clearly states “People are stupider than appeared to be, the amazing thing is that they don’t even have basic knowledge about common issues, but they don’t really know that they are not aware of the basics. .

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    MR doesn’t like being called a Kleptomaniac, he prefers ‘A Man of Steal’.

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      What an excellent progressive measure attributable to a ‘Common man’ friendly Politician!!!??? His wish is granted wholeheartedly!!

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        What should be the very reason, its people to adulate MaRa further? I was 😲 shocked having read a comment of a YouTube video about MARA. That said 👏 ” he is the Husma [breath] of this nation” . Look the size of rawateema [fooling]. So long PINGUTHTHARA community clear this MARAet at will enjoy it.
        May eyes of our modayas be open soon.🙂

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    Dear Dr Ranil Senanayake,
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    You are more sensitive to environmental issues than others. What do you make of this chilling article from the British Guardian newspaper?
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    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/04/its-not-like-chicken-farming-why-manta-rays-are-chopped-up-in-sri-lanka
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    My take on that is that we have to solve most of the issues related to corruption by having our Local Government Elections held; restoring trust in governments, and then educating our entire society here, (and making that a world-wide effort) to ensure human population growth that is strictly sustainable.
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    I may appear to have blithely stretched that all out to encompass the planet, but can we afford less?
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    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444v) of Bandarawela

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      S_M,
      “My take on that is that we have TO SOLVE MOST OF THE ISSUES RELATED TO CORRUPTION by having OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS (LGE) HELD; restoring trust in governments.”
      WELL AND GOOD – YOU HAVE ATLEAST A BASIS FOR THE URGEN REQUEST for LGE
      Rather bemused, how one ENVISAGES SOLVING, National “Rampant Malaise” (CORRUPTION) the holding, “THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS”!!!
      Local Government (LG) in Sri Lanka doesn’t enjoy “Police Powers”, initiate investigation, prosecute culprits and their inability enact enabling Law, successfully prosecute, PUNISH miscreants, and contain rampant Malaise!!??
      Even Provincial councils have “Powers”!!?? The (Provincial Councils) PC’s todate, denied “POLICE POWERS” (PP), claiming, FEW PC’s may SECEDE!!??
      Pray, ENLIGHTEN US (emancipated but Intellect delinquents), HOW/WHAT is the ENABLING PROCESS BEING CONTEMPLATED!!!???
      TO ACHIEVE CONTROL – BRIBERY, CORRUPTION, GRAND LARCERNY, by deemed ESTEEMED, VENERABLY HOLISTIC (Self – Claimed POLITICIANS VIRTUES – none proffered or offered by the SANE PUBLIC AT LARGE) and virtuous Politicians!!!
      All politicians – NO NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS, seemed CONJOINED by “ONE AND THE SAME UMBILICAL CHORD”!!!
      FUNNY STATE OF AFFAIRS Scenario!!??
      The current NPP/JVP claim, OR YOU, w/o accepted, practiced, METHOD, SOUNDS HOLLOW, sending “chilling spiky pain”, contemplating, “WHAT’S IN STORE?”, which may be CONVERSE!!!??
      SEEMS AN ELECTION ‘GUNDU’ AT BEST!!!

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        M,
        SM the Joker would never respond to urs.. Nor has her answered any long awaiting questions regarding the basics of JVP. His cry is not knowing the background properly.

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      S_M,
      “My take on that is that we have to SOLVE MOST OF THE ISSUES RELATED TO CORRUPTION BY HAVING OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS HELD; RESTORING TRUST IN GOVERNMENTS, AND THEN EDUCATING OUR ENTIRE SOCIETY HERE, (AND MAKING THAT A WORLD-WIDE EFFORT) to ensure human population growth that is strictly sustainable.”
      Would have welcomed your proposition, with ‘OPEN ARMS’, subject to the proviso, that it is the GE and not LGE, in which case the existing parliament, resolves to dissolve itself and to facilitate holding the elections, which is possible and legitimate, whether “EXISTING CLOWNS”, busy with their “Monkeyed Inclinations”, agree to do so is questionable!!!??
      Presidential Elections, would enable more stability, but legally not possible until 09/2024!!?
      LGE, is only self-serving and not public interest FOCUSSED in my view as it would not achieve the aspirant or desired end results, which either one of the other two elections is bound to!?
      Unable to understand, how electing Mayors, Chairman of UC’s and MC’s would provide or enable curtailment of Grand Larceny and Corruption!!!??? Not a Possibility at all!!!???
      On the CONTRARY, WE WOULD HAVE ONE TOO MANY OFFICIALS ENABLED WITH LG GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY POST LGE TO RESORT TO EXTRA-JUDICIAL PAYMENTS!!!!??

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        Dear Mahila,
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        There appear to be two near identical comments from you, and I think that I must respond to you, and to whywhy, who mean what you say.
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        I know that what we seek, ultimately, is a decent Constitution, a decent Head of State, and decent legislators. However, I hope that you’re aware of the Third Amendment to the current Constitution which appears to rule out Presidential Elections until the end of 2024.
        .
        Dissolution of the current Rajapaksa-dominated Parliament (which is propping up Ranil Wickremasinghe) would be welcome, but do we really have to discuss again why such a dissolution is almost impossible to take place?
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        Tell me if you really want to go into all that again. I thought that others better qualified than me have settled those issues. The LGE are possible, and will restore trust in the system, and put an end to arguments as to who are trusted by the people. In the South, the SJB also will fare well. I will vote for the NPP. I have little real insight into how the North and the East will vote. Must I pretend otherwise?
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        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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          Therefore, Mahila, what I’m suggesting is that we put maximum pressure on the system to conduct the LGE, which are already overdue. Please take note of the fact that those who say otherwise have stopped even pretending that lack of funds to conduct the Elections is the reason.
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          Such an election will not immediately put an end to corruption, but it’ll become less when individuals (who are imperfect!) begin to realise that fair-play is respected in our society. That will happen as soon as the election results are with us. Ranil may then at last accept the very limited role he has to play for another eighteen months or whatever.
          .
          After two Elections about the end of 2024, we will still be faced with the task of getting a reasonable Constitution (imperfections are bound to be there) in place. Just think of Daina Gamage’s present antics to understand how ridiculous the present state of affairs is. Isn’t she supporting RW at present? Asked because i don’t know!

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      S M ,

      You believe holding L G elections could lead to solving most of the issues
      related to corruption ? It is worth to focus on bigger elections such as
      General and presidential with 6.9 million support , ended with people on
      the streets chasing the elected man Gota out of our maritime borders !
      Other Rajas have all now started barking ! Answers must be sought as to
      what was the significance of the protest ! NO GOTA , YES RANIL ? Answer
      must be found whether the protest was for a No Gota and Yes Ranil !
      In my understanding , one thing is pretty clear , Ranil is there to do what
      he knows best , experienced best and practised best ! Ranil has a power ,
      it is worth to spend time to find the source . It is not one battery power ,
      not either Lakshapahana !

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        why why,
        “what was the significance of the protest ! NO GOTA , YES RANIL ? Answer”
        You are right. Our people will only come out and demonstrate in the streets ONLY when their living standards/ food supply are threatened. Not corruption, LG elections, or ATA.
        They rioted in 1953 ( after JR doubled the price of rice) and Dudley resigned.
        The Aragalaya worked because there was no gas, no food, no petrol, and no electricity. You know who fixed that.
        The current fake Aragalaya of student unions has run out of steam. The people have their gas, electricity, and petrol. They aren’t interested in LG elections or corruption, or ranting trade unionists.

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          OC,
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          Can any of you please tell me if there is any basis if SM ever raises something?

          Uruwari’s Tisahami may have more general knowledge about all things JVP/NPP than our Sinhalese man.
          SM behaves like that only to please his JVP colleagues. Remember, it is the same person who came up with fairy tales about “Senior Advocate Nagananda a flag-bearer” who is now isolated from even the social media platform due to his major shortcomings.

          I don’t take him seriously today because his “common sense” is well known

          .It is just wasting time. I though have some respect about his links, but nothing beyond that. If someone keep eating shit, let it.

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          O C ,

          Exactly ! There’s no point now combing Ranil’s Horoscope , he is the
          president and how he got there , Aagalaya is responsible . Aragalaya
          can not chest-beat only for the riddance of Gota . Ranil is never a
          man of virtues ! He is only a politician , a full time one ! He eats , walks
          and sleeps politics , nothing else ! JVP / NPP actions are only helping
          Ranil consolidating his position and which in turn push JVP / NPP
          support base down ! No need for much ado , Ranil has already given
          what the public wanted , never mind the cost is the song they love for
          quite some time . It is a Song Ranil Loves too .

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            For now, Ranil appears to have had some success, but it won’t last, dear whywhy.
            .
            It is a tricky time for the NPP; but they know that. I’m keeping in touch with them, dear whywhy.
            .
            Other readers may have forgotten, but you, dear whywhy will remember that i told you how I was interviewed very seriously as the Head of a School. At Mt Lavinia! That was messed up (mostly by me!) but since I didn’t take over there or anywhere else I now stubbornly say that I’m a VishramikaGambadaIngirisiIskoleMahattaya.
            .
            These are now the people whom I must vote for when LGE are finally held.
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            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYUllV6XgJQ&lc=UgzW3q79rkdn33c_6Et4AaABAg
            .
            I agree that it’s not a very fashionable lot. Only I have commented on the 69-minute video. Number 5 on that list is Nimali Priyangika. Her husband, Ruwan Abeysekera, was the candidate in 2018. They live less than 300 metres from my home, but the entry to their abode is such that I don’t risk going there. She was nominated this time because of the mandatory women’s quota. A ruse, you say? Partly, yes, but this sort of regulation slightly, but permanently, alters the balance.
            .
            Number 18, young Ranjith Kumara of Diyabibila, is my actual area representative. Don’t worry if you can’t quite understand.

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              I’m sorry, this video is not 69 minutes, it’s only 69 SECONDS
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYUllV6XgJQ&lc=UgzW3q79rkdn33c_6Et4AaABAg
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              I know that posting too many.comments that don’t contribute much relevant information will result in nobody reading my comments. I try at least to ensure accuracy and clarity.
              .
              My placing before you the candidates of the NPP is my way of saying that all these villagers matter. I have stopped reading what some persons who reside abroad say because there is no sense in what they say, nor any rationality, but I do welcome the views of others who try to treat us with a modicum of respect.
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              Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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    I agree with the author. There are three major issues – the result of which is the present state where SL is. They are Judiciary, Law and Order (Police and Armed Forces), and Buddhism.
    Why Judiciary? The judiciary is today acting as a servant of the politicians. Starting from the AG who cannot draft a bill without the Supreme Court finding numerous clauses in the draft bill violating the clauses of the constitution, followed by the Judges in all the different courts making decisions (there are a few who follow the rule of law) in a biased manner. Take for instance the case of Shafter’s murder. The case is being dragged on. Why didn’t the Police or the Judge ask/give permission to get DNA and to investigate the cellphones and laptops in one go? Inefficiency or to cover up a crime? Why is a “kappam” Minister given a suspended sentence when Ranjan was sent to prison, that too on rigorous punishment? I can go on to show more examples.
    Law and Order – starting from the Minister who is trying very hard to appoint a crook and a facilitator of murders and under whom suspects under police custody have been illegally murdered by the police, as the next IGP.

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    It is the first time that an author directly calling Buddhist monks as one of the facilitators for the national malaise. I appreciate him for his bravery.

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    A thought-provoking article. Thank you.
    How administrators are advanced and how Ministers pick their Senior Staff also need to re-examined.

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      How Presidents pick Vice Chancellors?

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    DTG,
    All these so called “Miscreants” are excused and pardoned by the Patriotic, Nationalist of this country forever and they allowed this latitude notwithstanding the resultant Bankruptcy of the Nation’s treasury, for their undying commitment of STEAL!!! Oops Misspelt! “Ingirisith Amathaka Wenewa- due to extreme Patriotism”!!?? So closed to the nation, “first thing we do when we land and get down from Air Plane is kneel down and kiss mother earth – Lanka”
    What’s the difference “STEEL or STEAL” – Identical meaning and outcome – HOME KITTY!!!?
    Source – NEW ENGLISH DICTIONARY – which Oxford University press FORGOT to Publish!!?
    Preparing Groundwork Election 2025!!!??
    Aren’t there 6.9 Millions of SUCKERS in Sri Lanka!!??
    ‘Kadala Dansal’ down prominent address – Wijerama Mawatha!!!
    Pin Sidda Wenda, Adu Gane, Pasyala Cadju Wath Denda Oney!!!
    Cleansing one’s bad Karma needs Significantly Meritorious Act!!??
    Please upgrade as it would not change cost by MILLIONS!!?? SMALL CHANGE!!??

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    A most appropriate title to this essay and the times that we live in.
    A google search defines KLEPTOCRACY…….
    In a kleptocracy corrupt politicians enrich themselves secretly outside the rule of law,through kickbacks and special favors from lobbyists and corporations,or they simply direct states. funds to themselves and their associates……
    The essayist identifies the two principal beneficiaries.
    1] Bureaucrats.
    2] Buddhist clergy.
    The aforesaid are the associates.
    Perfect.
    This fits MaRa like a glove………

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      Plato ,

      ” A most appropriate title to this essay.” Yes , and it has a synonym that
      would Tailor Fit and plain to the eye . THIEVOCRACY . Rule by Thievery .

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    In Sri Lanka, corrupt politicians are enabled by bureaucrats, bribed by big business, protected by the police, backed by organized crime, exonerated by the judiciary, whitewashed by commissions, glorified by the media, blessed by the monks – and voted to power by the people.

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      ASD,
      Very Concise but Comprehensive Compiling of Characteristics Attributable to Sri Lankan Politicians; Matchless Perfection Indeed???

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        Mahila,

        it is not only politicians but their voters are too highly corrupted. just to hype up that POLITIIANS are corrupt is a myth. lanken media prostitutes did the job for their commercial gains. wE ARE raped by srilanken media fraudsters on broad day light.
        :
        Last election: 6.9 millions out of 15 million of voter elegible voter for a man who idled in the US for his own sake, at the brutal war was at its heights. Was that not similar to driving your care against the wall intentionally ?
        .
        Who promoted GOTA, our own press right ?
        :
        The point is not just politicians majority of this country are entwined with corruption and abusive nature. THat they ahve in their blood.

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    Ranil is just perpetuating/prolonging the utterly corrupt system he helped his uncle JR to usher in. Ranil only knows the past and feels comfortable in it: it’s his security blanket. Many old-timers feel comfortable in the past: it’s their security-blanket too.

    It’s time for antiquated stultified old farts to leave the scene. Haven’t they already fucked-up enough?

    Let the young usher in something new. It’s their future ………. let them have it.

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      Nimal,
      I never suspected that JR was Ranil Senanayake’s uncle…

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        OC,
        It is true that they are the UNCLE/NEPHEW party (UNP)
        Don’t think RS is a member of UNP, but RW is and Leader, Chairman, et all manifestly rolled-into-one for convenience, control and deliverance, excluding process of winning Elections!!!
        The Specialist handyman of all trades but Master on NONE, explains the repetitive election failures, but that is no measure of his Capability to Govern, devoid of Popularity which is wanting – significant Lacuna!!??
        Which presumably he would continue and soon, called UNP Leader Unlimited!!??
        Nimal probably referring to RW! NOT RS!!?

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        OC,

        Ouch! …….. Didn’t know a mild jab at your Ranil (well, Wickramasinghe :)) ) would hurt you so much! Sorry.

        Unlike Sinhala_Man ….. I’ve no bugaboo about your support of your beloved R …… &R! :))

        Besides you have stood in every “shortage” queue from Sirimavo’s time. I appreciate/acknowledge your practical side. ……… Well, practical ……. in more ways than one! :)))


        Wasn’t this Ranil Senanayake ……. a big influence on the perennial fasting-to-death organic-farmer Ratana Himi?

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          Nimal,
          I’m not hurt at all. I share Ranil jokes as much as anyone else. I’m not deadly serious like some Honda riders….
          As the Honda rider recently discovered to his horror, I have no principles. I have self-interest.

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            Nimal,
            Seen the latest Ranil joke?
            Ranil is congratulating King Charles, who asks him, “You’re Rowan Atkinson, right?”

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            Dear old codger,
            .
            Even I don’t discount “self-interest”,
            but I’d say that such self-interest is best served by acknowledging that we don’t live alone in this universe. Taking a phrase out of my head (i.e. not checking to see if that was what J.S. Mill said), “enlightened self-interest” that takes account of the greatest good of the greatest number.
            .
            In the context of Sri Lanka, we’ve got to think in terms of 22 million Lankans who matter. Although the majority of those Lankans may not know what is best for them, that doesn’t mean that what some old people deem to be best should prevail. We have to make way for the young; we have made enough of a mess.
            .
            I’m glad that you at least grant me seriousness of purpose. I hope that you will also grant that I’m sincere in what I say. As such, it is rarely that I use sarcasm, or try to impress with wit. Too much is accepted without proper understanding. That was why I avoided saying “old farts”, and settled for “old people” above.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe

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              SM,
              “that doesn’t mean that what some old people deem to be best should prevail. We have to make way for the young; we have made enough of a mess.”
              I suppose that means we shouldn’t take you seriously either?
              .

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            BTW who is Honda rider?🤥

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          By education, Dr RS is genetist and he would nt agree with Athana Methana Natana Rathana [AMNR virus].
          .
          😅😅😅😅

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    SJ
    There is nothing wrong with free education.
    Only thing is those who benifit from free education should remember that they have an obligation to the country more than others.

    If there are shortcomings in free education they have to be corrected.

    Education is not enough.

    Students should be thought to be good citizens.

    Ethics and character building should be part of education.

    Not just passing OL and AL.

    What ever said and done Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksha recodnised this.

    That is why he wanted to introduce a military training for under graduates.

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      SN
      Thank you for that clarification.
      But my comment concerned: “Oh yes Free education has produced a bunch of rogues. No charactor no ethics”
      One has every right to react strongly to wrongs, but also a responsibility to be accurate for one can offend the innocent..

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      Sargent ,

      ” That is why he wanted to introduce military training for undergrads.”
      In my view , whatever Gota tried to do was , more of a cut and paste
      what he saw in the US and other developed nations . The way he
      challenged a village teacher to speak in English was clear evidence
      about His Practice of Ethics ! True , education in our country needs
      wider reforms which might need Greater Support of The General
      Public of All Cultures and Religions And Colours of Politics to succeed .
      Education started with Religion and Churches and gradually got
      separated from the Church in the developed world from where it was
      exported to their colonies . W are still sticking to its ancient form
      with little headless changes led by political benefits . Definitely Free
      Education Must be Limited at certain Level and encouraged to Pay
      As You Go . This should be considered part of the wider reforms .
      Education for jobs stopped in the West about fifty years ago We are
      not yet updated and children over twenty are suffocating their
      parents over Tuitions and even Overseas Follow ups joy trips , making
      life a hell for everyone ! This Madness has to stop !

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        Dear WW,

        You are dead right about Gota’s copy paste responses to Sri Lanka issues. They all ended up in vain.
        Organic manure instead fertilizer caused starvation in rural folks.
        That is why he was driven away from the country breaking all records among the elected presidents. However, ducking down his head, he was welcome by its people again. howcome ? Are both Gota and its people equally stupid and morally sick ?
        Gota s moral nature was well proved long ago in a BBC hard talking.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rouIimgl-Wc
        His HIKHIK hicoughs revealed his true face by betraying this nation until the world isolated the nation by end of 2014…. remember ?

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    Confronting corruption is the conclusion of this author’s article. But how? The assertion that the bureaucracy worked well with its standard rules until the politician intervened (Yes! Somebody said “Now we have JR instead of AR and FR”) is a facilitating element that finally united the politico with bureaucrat to plunder the nation. The bigger issue is the very unrealistic pay packet that bureaucrats, from the very top to the rock bottom, draw that tempts them for corruption. Increase it? OMG! The entire pay bill would eat the economy when it is half eaten as it is. The politicos packed it with “Development Assistants” expressing fears that the unemployed graduates might revolt like in 1971 and 1988 under some crank. The general perception is that any bureau of Government functions because of that vital 20% of the staff, the rest being pen-pushers and shirkers. A man might say “Why not shed that 80% off and distribute the emoluments among the remaining who would then get four times increase?”. Easier said than done. One might say procure more investments to employ the troublesome graduates if not “export” them. Damn it! How can a system corrupt to its roots procure investment?

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      All religions clearly state :

      DO NOT STEAL

      but stealing has become the norm in SriLanka.

      Who started this ?

      Leaders?

      Who got apple orchards in Australia?

      Corruption is breaking the system.

      Breaking the system means Anarchy
      And misery.

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        Sargent ,

        ” Who got apple orchard in Australia ? ”

        Nearly ten years before Apple Australia !

        Who was The Karawala Kumaraya ?

        Who was Dasa Group and what were they doing ?

        Thieves are Thieves and they were in Thievery ever since they got
        independence and that is why I prefer to call them THIEVOCRATS !

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