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Lord Of The Flies Sri Lankan Version: Strange Experiment: Making A Good Society Through Bad Laws

By Basil Fernando

Basil Fernando

A strange experiment that has been taking place in Sri Lanka for several decades now has reached a peak as the present government is engaged in rapidly bringing out a series of extremely bad laws purportedly for the sake of rapidly becoming a better society. The plethora of such laws that is being discussed and even available in draft forms include a series of legal reforms relating to broadcasting named the ‘Broadcasting Regulatory Commission Bill’, also a draft of an anti terrorism bill and an open discussion on removing all the safeguards available within the labour law for the protection of employees, while the persons who are around the President seems to think that by such “laws” a new kind of utopia will be created which of course rest of the world would see only as a dystopia. 

A strange philosophical notion seems to be the root of this new approach. That notion is that the laws arrived at with the consent of the people is bad for the people. It is the bad laws that have the potential of creating economic growth, social stability and what is strangely known as national security. This notion of national security implies that people should constantly live in fear of intense insecurity.

The idea of the rule of law is now dismissed as a set of words that has hardly any meaning. In fact, all the draft laws and proposed ideas mentioned above goes against the most fundamental notions of one’s foundational principle of the State of Sri Lanka which was the rule of law.  

What is now happening in Sri Lanka, reminds us about the famous novel The Lord of the Flies of William Golding. It is about a group of public school children from the United Kingdom who have been brought up in the public school tradition of law and order who go through a complete transformation after a shipwreck. The boys were out on a trip in a boat which, due to bad weather conditions, drifted away from its course and finally they landed on an isolated island. At the beginning  while hopefully waiting for some rescue, they tried to behave in a manner that they have learnt and to maintain orderly and a decent relationship amongst themselves.  However, as time passes by, there is not seen to be any indication of a rescue mission arriving. Over a period of time, their discipline breaks down and little by little they get used to the chaos. The worst elements among them begin to emerge to the top and lawlessness and orderlessness becomes the new order.  It is this experiment that seems to have attracted those who run the state machine as the nation has suffered its worst shipwreck ever in its history. Now a decisive turn has taken place to abandon the law and a social order based on any civilised norms but instead like fireflies gathering around a light just to meet with their own destruction. 

In this indecent hurry, to turn away from the law and decent civilised norms, a new notion of Sri Lankan Lord of Flies have surfaced. The main crust of these disciples of the Lord of the Flies is the law itself and the judiciary.  Undoing a legal structure that has developed over two  centuries or so is no easy task. Even despite a constitutional onslaught on the legal infrastructure of Sri Lanka through the 1978 constitution the task of completely undoing the basic rule of law framework of the State has not proved easy. People of the country have absorbed some of the basic principles of legal entitlements and taking all that away and expressing agreement to newly proposed laws will not prove an easy task to be accomplished. However, strenuous efforts have been made to install the Lord of the Flies and the new philosophy of lawlessness. One of the key challenges is to create alternative authorities which cannot be brought under any legal controls. These new authorities will also have powers which will hinder the normal operations of the courts. Limiting the powers of courts and expanding on the powers of the authorities directly controlled by the executive is the essential policy lie.

To do this requires particularly, to limit the powers of the magistrates of granting bail as is required under the normal law. Through the exercise of the power of magistrates, the authorities are compelled to use their powers within the framework of law and also to stop them from using their discretion without any regard to the rule of law. This is a means by which citizens are deprived of protection and jail terms of various forms are used as a threat to compel obedience to even bad laws. 

And the most important component that is to be silenced for this purpose is the free media. The purpose of the draft broadcasting law is to control the press and to deprive the people of the information they need in order to live fruitful and intelligent lives. After all, if the aim of changing the labour laws is to take people back to a period even before the 19th Century, and to create slave labour it is essential to keep them as ignorant as possible. In this global age of information, attempting to return to the stone age may seem ridiculous. But, those who pursue the new dystopia seem to feel that that is what they got to do. 

Those boys on the Lord of The Flies realised at the end the pathetic conditions they got into. Perhaps, they learnt a lesson not to get into a situation of this sort again. Perhaps that learning is very much needed in Sri Lanka right now. 

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    How can a bad leader propped up by 130 baddies create a good society?
    Scum of the Sri Lankan society have been elected by foolish people to make laws: And the MPs elect a bond-scam person as the president of the country. What else can you expect? He says people are fed up with elections and postponed one!

    What rule of law? Law is an ass, the rulers and the ruled are asses too.

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    Dear Basil,
    .
    You may find this difficult to believe, but I’ve just seen your article today, Tuesday, the 13th, at 18:37. Yesterday, Monday the 12th, I can’t remember the time, I provided links to the two films based on the Golding novel, in a comment now about half way down the 97 comments that the article has already attracted:
    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-typology-of-sri-lankas-presidential-candidates/
    .
    Unsurprisingly, my comment has so far received two Red Thumbs Down, although somebody has given me a Green Thumb. There now are anonymous fellows, evil as Jack, who specialise in attacking everything that I write. I have referred there to Balantyne’s 1857 “healthy” kid’s book, The Coral Island. It had been translated into Sinhalese as “Koral Duupatha
    .
    You, too appear to have read both books, but got them a bit mixed up – not that it matters much. I must refresh my won memory by seeing the later film, in colour, for the first time. It was Ballantyne who described a shipwreck’ Golding made it a “planewreck” of choristers. In the end most of the boys are rescued, but not poor helpless fatso, “Piggy,” who was brutally murdered. Yes, it’s a powerful novel, but one requiring careful reading because of Golding’s sparse style. Let me see the 1990 film.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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      I never understood why Ranil was so hated by the people: his true nature he kept well hidden is now exposed. He’s pure calculating evil. Doesn’t give a toss about the people/country: it’s all about himself.

      There’s no, more despicable, man in the country today. Sorry Ramona, for the arguments when your man gets home today …… the truth has to be blurted out however much unpalatable it is. :)))

      In spite of all his antics, Ranil is a dead man walking …… hope once he is through trying to prolong the old-order, his security-blanket ……. the country does not end up with Namal as the leader of the opposition! …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_f9wo7tfPI

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        continued

        Trump was an evil but necessary interruption/change ……. America was going in the way of many South East Asian countries ……..transferring power within families …… Bushes from father to sons GW1/GW11/Jeb …….Clintons from husband to wife. A very high price will be paid for Trump’s disruption. But the price is worth it, to get off a well-trodden path – especially if ol’ Donald ends up in gaol.

        At this stage, I feel JVP/NPP is the only available necessary change ……. to disrupt the utterly corrupt political setup that was bedded down by JR and his successors.

        Especially if Sinhala_Man can lecture – bombard with emails/whatsapp – them daily with the same enthusiasm about Democracy ……. to improve on the great Democracy they have established in the university campuses.

        Ol’ Donald had his usefulness, so will the JVP/NPP.

        As for the rest ……. development/catching-crooks/exports/democracy/people’s-rights/press-freedom ……. my guess is better than Sumandasa’s!

        Native don’t bother sending me your horoscope: my guessing is always more accurate.

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          Nimal,

          Finally!…..Finally! you agree that JVP/NPP are the best panacea for the land! Good to know that *I* influenced you in my humble way.😊
          _
          Rajapaksas are instigating protests in Hambantota against Ranil’s taxes. But what other avenue did they ever have when installing first-world architecture around the isle? Ranil at least is being realistic with the same capitalistic drive Rajapaksas have. The people have decided that they don’t want to pay taxes for unnecessary infrastructure and unnecessary first-worldism, especially with the Ranilian $10 billion Robot-plan.

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            Ramona,
            “Especially if Sinhala_Man can lecture – bombard with emails/whatsapp – them daily with the same enthusiasm about Democracy ……. to improve on the great Democracy they have established in the university campuses.”
            Not too sharp, are you?

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              Old Codger,

              Oh yes, it is a great democracy indeed, in the University campuses….the only democracy in the land. I forgot to include SJB with them as 25% coalition to temper things down.

              But even the Socialists/Communist by themselves will definitely be a far better bet to what we have had for the past 70 years.

              They began quite sincerely and honorably at first – the young men of the hardworking-suffering- Lankan-working-masses desperate to change the system. Then after Jayawardena’s time, the capitalist politicians got clever and used the country money of these very suffering masses, to pay off their leaders to send them and their children overseas for studies. Trouble subsided for a while before erupting again – 3/4 truly suffering people; 1/4 were the ones who would take their chance to go overseas to study courtesy gov. scholarship.

              The revolts we see nowadays are 100% genuine however, because all of Ranil’s scholarships are going to the military forces.

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          srikrish,

          I would say the story is a microcosm of what happened (is happening) in Sri Lanka. Even if the numbers and complexity are not the same, the same situation exists in none other than our sorry land.

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            Ramona,
            .
            Here’s news that you were hoping for:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48QANE0Ke1o

            Lakshman Kiriella for 6 minutes speaking of co-operation with co-operation with the NPP on “certain issues”.
            .
            I have never met Lakshman, but his wife, Charmaine, was a year senior to me in the S. Thomas’ (then Preparatory) School in the valley below my house here in Bandarawela. Her brother, Philip Jayawardena, was with me for twelve years across three schools. Philip has been in New Jersey for many decades, and used to commute to work in New York, or so the VishramikaGambadaIngirisiMahaththaya who has never been outside Asia, understands.
            .
            Charmaine and I had a very long telephone chat in 2015 when she was wanting to launch a public Relations exercise teaching English in the Kandy District. I’m sure that it was well-meant; I know that I ought to have done more in life, but I also know that I’ve escaped many hazards by being wary. Lakshman and Charmaine’s outlook is too different from mine for this to have ever clicked.
            .
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshman_Kiriella
            .
            This may be the sort of SJB-NPP co-operation that you were hoping for two days ago.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)
            .

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      ‘Unsurprisingly, my comment has so far received two Red Thumbs Down..’

      Can you blame anyone Sinhala_Man? They are responding to irrelevant rambling, incongruous digression and bizarre detours.

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        Paul,
        Are you one of those “anonymous fellows, evil as Jack, who specialise in attacking everything that I write.” ?
        Don’t push your luck 🙂

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          Ha ha ha OC, he would test the patience of a saint, but I feel he is a kind hearted chap underneath it all. I suppose we must be tolerant and let him have his little ways.

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    The paradox of silencing the free media is that President RW had a close relationship with the Press from day one. Lake House was established by his Grand father D.R. Wijeyewardena just prior to Independence. Even though it championed the cause of the UNP in its early days to the extent that SWRD called it the Gutter Press in the 50s .
    By 1970s the govt of the day nationalised Lake House and to this day remains the mouth piece of whatever Govt in power. The next stage is the print media and the electronic media is to be gagged.
    From the frying pan into the fire…………….
    Koheda Yanne Malle Pol……….

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      Plato,
      You must remember that SWRD won despite the media of the time being against him, and his wife lost even with full media support. People will usually find out what’s going on.

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        “his wife lost even with full media support”
        Not entirely. The credibility of Radio Ceylon was already weakened by the time SWRDB went.
        The credibility of Lake House was wrecked fast by sycophants.
        They were not the only effective media in 1977. The Times group was a formidable force that took advantage of the decline in following of the Lake House.

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        OC
        “People will usually find out what’s going on.”
        Unusually optimistic of you.
        Mainstream media anywhere have been pretty devious for very long and swayed public opinion at the critical moment in favour of their person. The Internet and social media gained credibility because of loss of faith in the mainstream media.
        But now where do we stand?

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          SJ,
          Yes, may be too optimistic nowadays, with all the talking heads on YouTube, and so many gullible listeners. Still, people will find out, but it may be too late.

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        O C ,

        ” People will usually find out what’s going on . ” Yes , that is what
        they do for a living in every nook and corner . That’s what they do
        in their work place to increase productivity so that the salaries can
        increase ! I read somewhere : ” Stupid people talk about persons and
        intelligent people talk about ideas .” Yo know what our people and
        politicians talk about in and out of their work hours , if any !

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    Now that SM is busy removing logos …… I’ll take up JVP propaganda for a while.

    A good explanation of what’s going on ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCXbvnLxqfE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ymZQWyGXQw

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      nimal fernando

      Where do you find time to listen to these speakers who speak the same news that we already knew. Anyhow I listened to both links about 10 minutes, could not stretch my patience beyond that limit.

      This morning when I checked Ceylon Today I found its editorial surprisingly mildly critical of our “Functionaries” SLAS, but not sufficiently enough. Recently you had a go at me for criticising/blaming/accusing ….. the the entire thieving lot. Please read the following editorial:

      Non-politicised bureaucracy, needof the hour
      By Ceylon Today

      June 14, 2023 2:02am
      https://ceylontoday.lk/2023/06/14/non-politicised-bureaucracy-needof-the-hour/

      It appears Ranil has found his b***s but the the leader writer has lost his.

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        “listen to these speakers who speak”

        How else would I keep my spoken Sinhala alive? …….. And wits alive?

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        nimal fernando

        By the way I could see the young columnist Uditha Devapriya has written a column on “functionaries” and Ranil. Though for some unknown reasons he has tried to carry a balanced view on the voluntary resignation (perhaps pressured to resign) of Director General of Archaeological Department, nevertheless in his recent articles he demonstrates his maturity, which I welcome. Here is the link for his article:
        Kurundi issue and the problem of identity
        By Uditha Devapriya
        https://ceylontoday.lk/2023/06/15/kurundi-issue-and-the-problem-of-identity/

        Then the question arises about your defense of the “Functionary” caste (perhaps equivalent of Brahmin/Saithrya combined) .
        ‘You are either with us or against us’!!!!!!!!
        What do you think?

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          Thanks for that Native, …….. I’ll read Uditha’s later ……. it’s easy for me to listen, while doing other things.

          I feel you are too harsh on the minor functionaries ……. while being too soft on the pols.

          Functionaries are duty-bound to carry out the orders of the pols …….. if they are to keep their jobs.

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            nimal fernando

            “Functionaries are duty-bound to carry out the orders of the pols …….. if they are to keep their jobs.”

            I don’t think so.
            Functionaries are the permanent guardians of the state, its constitution, its assets, protect its people, their actions just, reasonable and acceptable to all people……………. implement policies, advise the crooks to behave themselves, they maintain law and order, take the crooks to task, charge them under law.

            When these functionaries joined the service what were they thinking? What were their ambitions? Did they consider themselves being Mafia soldato, foot soldier at the beginner’s level?

            The justice department (still you can influence) should independently look into first their pattern of promotion and then their net assets.

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              Native,
              ““Functionaries are duty-bound to carry out the orders of the pols …….. if they are to keep their jobs.”
              –I don’t think so.”
              You know better than that. After the CCS was disbanded, (not that it was all that great either), some functionaries have been tying themselves to trees….
              Functionaries join the service for the pension, not any high principles.

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                old codger

                “““Functionaries are duty-bound to carry out the orders of the pols …….. if they are to keep their jobs.”

                I did not write the above.
                It was nimal fernando who wrote it.

                I agree with you however they also believe they rule their own kingdom.

  • 7
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    My God! Perfect analogy Basil Fernando! Difference is, we are past learning. We need prayers now. No, we need an Exorcist!

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      Basil Fernando,
      More than your article, your reference to the “Lord of the Flies” -The 1954 novel by the Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding evoked an interest, out of proportion to the theme of your article, that went beyond the theme of your an analogy for present chaotic situation with a number of laws with far reaching consequences in the pipeline.

      The Isolated boys in an island far removed from organized society without any adult to guide with diverse possibilities of how they could manage resources and people in a small society. It is not a surprise that they failed and ended up in chaos.

      What would have happened if there were females too. Does everything depends entirely on human nature?

      The possibilities are many and there could be many provoking questions with many answers for sociologists and thinkers in genera!

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        srikrish,

        I would say the story is a microcosm of what happened (is happening) in Sri Lanka. Even if the numbers and complexity are not the same, the same situation exists in none other than our sorry land.

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    What the recent history of bad bills that were struck down by the Supreme Court shows us is that the Minister of Justice (so-called double Masters holder and Constitutional expert) and the Attorney General cannot draw up bills that are in line with the constitution of the country. Imagine if this happened in another country, by now the AG and the Minister both would have resigned on their own. Here they do not care and still sit in their seats. What does this show? It shows we Sri Lankans are the fools to keep these guys in their present positions. Above all the President too does not care and he is interested in only appointing his UNP boys (kicked out of the parliament by voters) to various top positions so that by paying high salaries and benefits to them he can build the election war chest for the next election.

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    A country can be brought down by terrorists or by President or politicians. Hence the PTA or equivalent laws should define terrorist’s as those who abuse constitutional responsibility placed in them. This includes those who resort to violence and those who are corrupt and abuse powers vested in them or those in the parliament drafting laws with ulterior motives to violate HR issues. These characters should be reprimanded with CR withdrawals and heavy fines and imprisonment. Also PTA laws should equally apply to all of them.

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    Strange experiment: Making A Good Society Through Bad Laws

    One bad apple spoils the whole barrel but people are not apples Through Bad Laws,
    People are not progressed to good, as the bad low Sri Lanka’s fertilizer ban experiencing a severe economic and humanitarian crisis with high inflation, rising commodity prices, power shortages and a lack of fuel.

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    Those boys on the Lord of The Flies realised at the end the pathetic conditions they got into.

    In the Switzerland of the East, when the Guardian Angels, British rulers left, Sinhala Buddhist Modayas took Ceylon back to wherever the Ehelepola and Pilimatalawe stopped. (The story of Kumarihami rape by King in a late evening after sending her husband on duties is a similar story like in 1958 that the bodies of slayed Sinhalese were being airlifted, iced after cutting them into pieces. These utterly ill-taste-full tales, concoction, by Sinhala politically motivated writers & remain unquestioned by the Sinhala Intellectuals, who both groups enslaved them for power and money, rejecting the decency, gentleman-ship, and civilizational norms. Another leading story is when Vijaya’s grandmother slept with a wild lion and later their son murdered the grandfather lion.) Basil wants to mention the JR constitution but hiding the 1972 constitution and the history of Siri Ma O, who nationalized Lakehouse because it published an obituary of democracy when her tyrannical draconian blood, chilling ruling was unleashed on the mountains & the plains of the Ceylon’s’ beautiful Landscape.

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    Britain was contracted to curb the ghostly dramas of Sinhala Adhikarys who kept pushing around the desperate King who was threatened by foreign invasion, to make him fall on the net of foreign invasion and steal the kingdom with a small snatch of their fingers. As soon as Britain left, in the same year, Don Stephen brought Indian Pakistani citizenship act, MMDA, and the Gal Oya project to dismantle Indian labor colonies and create Sinhala Prison released criminals’ criminal colonies in Tamils’ area. This willful destruction of others’ lives is far away from the boys and girls who lost themselves in a shipwreck. The Basil’s adamancy in refusal to accept the prophecy of Martin Niemöller, who was more popular in Ceylon, but only next to Germany, and he advancing his taletelling is the usual example of the special species Sinhala Intellectuals’ behaviors. The Man who animated the 1915 Sinhala – Muslim ‘s riot was made prime minister, was an indication of Sinhala Intellectuals returning the lesson Martin Niemöller gave to the world right back to him, while world War memories were still in front of the eyes, afresh. How do you compare the boys and girls who started a life from the textbooks lessons they learned in the class but deviated because of the pain of the ill-fated life.

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    What happened to the new management of Lanka, who received 150 years of training, started with a full setup, had well intact the Game Plan layout & script to make the Ceylon to Switzerland and the customer supports like UN, Commonwealth Organization if they lost the past to get correct mapping instructions? Where did the convocation certificate Britain give them as the first democracy in the east got lost? The truth is every Sinhala Intellectuals wasted his and her talents to scramble Tamils’ life instead of building a life for them. This is in no way similar to the path lost kids who could not find in their determination the needed resolve to abide by principle. This is what said in Tamil “Keduwaan Keadu Nainiappan.” The one who looks at self-destruction first looks for destruction to others. This is the reward for the hard toil of the Sinhala Intellectuals earned, 365/24 for 75 years. Further there is no indication that the Sinhala Intellectuals have realized anything, or any time sooner would do it before anything worse happens to the country. If Basil Class preachers want to take the salesperson ship of Martian’s prophecy for understanding of the Father of the nation, Don Stephen action, different things start to happen.

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    If this had happened to the British Ceylon, imagine what worse could have happened to British India or British East Pakistan? How did they manage the mountainous atrocities they had in front them to become such gorgeous nations? India is still stuck with China and Pakistan on many fronts. Bangladesh took on a massive troll (Pakistan) and dwarfed it. The achievements of Modaya rulers like Rear Admirable, Rambo, Lemon Puff Weeraya, Evil Emperor, Rowdy Old King is creating JVP, LTTE and Porters like youths & have those youths’ lives & futures burned alive.

    The metaphor he presented, a Classical classic work (story) it seems, does not match the Modaya Community, denoted by the narrative in the essay body.

    It is not just for Basil, but for anybody preaching is easy, but the problem is with following it. That is why he is sitting and inventing lame duck excuses for his side and throwing slurs & curses at enemies. I agree that Basil, in contrast to many other earlier times, in the remaining text, tried here to make a point.

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      “British East Pakistan?”
      Nice one!

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        One time a drunkard was walking home with a piece of Vadai in his hand he bought at a toddy hut to bite with the drink he was taking. It was night, dark, a thunderstorm outside and raining. The unsteady drunkard who was separated from reality and the truth of the world he was walking, and he was stuck in the sky believing he was cleaning CT. dropped the Vadai, not being able to stand up for the situation. Now he put his hand on the road to pick up the fallen Vadai. Only a frog which was floating on the rainwater got caught in his hand. Because of the overwhelming effect of the Deva Badu, without any proper feeling in his hand or mouth or any other part of his body, he bit the frog thinking it was his Vadai. The frog shrieked in his mouth in the pain of death. The drunkard, who still could not come to the earth said, “I paid 5 Pence to buy you from the Toddy hut owner, you are shrieking expecting me to let you go?”

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          “One time a drunkard was walking home with a piece of Vadai in his hand he bought at a toddy hut to bite with the drink he was taking.”
          Nostalgia for the days of palm wine amid the clutter un-prescribed ‘medicines’!
          Sad!

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        Because you are lacking senses of where in the world that you map, standing is not making you a person like to be a clown. You openly established what a jealous, hate filled soul, who picks Diaspora Tamils to show your traitor’s mind. But other commentators have reduced you to being always in full fear of openly describing your opinion in front of others. There is a self-enforced gag order for you, by you, even in CT where everybody describes what they think of Langkang politics. Sad, your panicky mental condition of the matters you write has made you think that you are fooling the readers by declaring all the dump that you heap here is a joke. Well, that is the biggest joke I heard. You are not cleaning CT. You are polluting CT while still cleaning the lords’ toilets. The cow died long ago. But the tick remains sticking to the dead cow, hoping the cow will start again to eat and give blood to the sucker. Do not pain me for fibers drilling your nose to wake you up but curse the kids.

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          Tell us things about British Bangladesh too.

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            Promise!
            Bullets to penetrate any thick skins of water buffaloes.

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              Water buffalo from British East Pakistan: who will bother to shoot at you?

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    “Monks, MPs, a catholic priest requested MS to free Shramantha Jude” Daily Mirror.
    These are the kinds of leaders above requested the then President to pardon a convicted murderer, and he did.

    This the kind of society with unprincipled leaders we have.

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      T
      You may remember the Chief Minister of a certain Provincial Council who supported the plea for pardoning four convicted accomplices of a saffron clad murderer in Tamilnadu in a note to a newly elected Indian Prime Minister.
      The matter got prematurely exposed and nothing came out of it though!

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        Do you know a Northern Tamil Minister dodging to go to Tamils Nadu because he is indicted for murders he committed there?

        Foolish talk is different from Chaff’s empty talk. Chaff tries to show a tendency that he/she is too smart on everything, but it never had any content in it. Fool sheepishly hides a whole pumpkin in the plate of rice, like some Saddampies try to hide their master Deva’s crimes. But the unbearable talks are from the Sakuni & Kuni hybrids, which convulse to clean CT. Karumums!

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    The law of our country does not ask anyone to maintain a Temple , Church or
    a Mosque . Why then the law protects them ? Why does the law not provide
    protection from hunger ? We do have in front of us , the question of law first
    or culture first ! If it is the law first then we are all Srilankans first .

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      Even with the law first we will remain our petty little selves above all else.

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        S J ,

        Very true but still , the damage will be limited and minimum !

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          But will we be all Sri Lankans first if it is the law first?
          Law has little to do with justice and fair play

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    whywhy whywhy whywhy whywhy

    “Why then the law protects them ? Why does the law not provide protection from hunger ?”

    Good questions.
    You should direct your questions at SJ.
    His old flame introduced the CHAPTER II, BUDDHISM in 1972 constitution. By the time drafting constitution was in final leg, Colvin the author of the constitution the darling of the left had already lost his b***s. Sirimao kept the pair in her handbag.
    Colvin and his mates never recovered from it.

    The CHAPTER II stipulates:
    9. The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism
    the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of
    the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while
    assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10
    and 14(1)(e).

    This why people behave in a strange way.

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      N V ,

      Thank you N V for adding more colours to my comment , S J has
      has already added his share in one line with perfection .

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    Now its George Orwell’s “1984” all over again in Sri Lanka. Truth is lie and war is peace. Terrorists who kill thousands daily from lack of basic medicines in hospitals and starving the children are making rules to make saviours of the people seem like terrorists. The oppressors warn the people not to trust their saviours and pretend that they will eventually save them, maybe in 2048. These scum of the earth, the parasitic vermin and their enablers must soon get summary justice before its too late.

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      “the parasitic vermin and their enablers must soon get summary justice before its too late”

      Agreed!

      But the “too late” is getting ever by passed by “late only”, by Ceylonese and IC, whose members specifically are responsible for international justice. One of the most famous and influential Prime Minister, Edward Heath was prosecuted two years ago for being indecent towards a junior, half a century ago. The current generation of him can well feel proud of their country while Langkang celebrates the UN listed, the massive raping of an oppressed community as victory to its rapist Army. President Trump who went to drain the swamp in the White House, facing the courts immediately after leaving White House; that is even before his popularity and influence, which were earned at White House are drained out. That is because these are the countries that created and nourished ‘Western Style Democracy”. These actions are their conch’s new calls for many more victories on the successful path of civilization of the lives of earth and to set many more examples in the years to come. Western countries keep going ahead & lead on many matters because of their flair for self-critical honesty & self-conscience for justice.

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        Yes, wealth is the Catenary arch of the dome of civilization, but crooked Langkang dwellers only blame that they were deprived of civilization by the West, but that is just because they are only jealous looking at Western wealth. 2500 years of lie is the prime example of what the Sinhala Buddhists are and what they are, i.e., mere bogus, chaff but filled with extreme greed. Look at this: Vegetarianism has been practiced in South Asia for 5 or 6 millennia. But how quickly does the West advance on this, within one or two decades? I do not know about other governmental intuitions here, but New York City opened a unit to guide, train, share and promote “plant based whole food” in its neighborhood. The Bald headed Langkang created bigotry laws to fight Halal, captured the control of that business from Muslims and enriched their wealth. I do not think anywhere in the world another country which manipulated the religious matter of Halal to the wealth earning of one ruling family.

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      These are the countries where South Asian are currently leaders of the ruling institution and it is not any accidental because, many out there are competing to come to the top, anew too. The interesting part is the rubbish, who peddle political power locally, not prepared to allow the achievers to come back and do the service for this own country. The classic example is of what happened to Dr. Thiyagalingam in UOJ.

      The shame part is the Chest beating of “Westerners ruled us, that is why we……” is not dying in Langkang, so they can start a new life there, with the education that many of them are getting in Western Universities. Cheap and puny Langkang pests are jealous of Western hard-earned wealth, but blind and downplay West’s flourishing, long-cultivated sincerity on the things that they do. Ceylonese disastrously missed catching the fundamentals of democracy & civilization from Western Democracies, during their overruling of Ceylon or at their schooling days in Western towns.

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      Yes, wealth is the Catenary arch of the dome of civilization, but crooked Langkang dwellers only blame that they were deprived of civilization by the West, but that is just because they are only jealous looking at Western wealth. 2500 years of lie is the prime example of what the Sinhala Buddhists are and what they are, i.e., mere bogus, chaff but filled with extreme greed. Look at this: Vegetarianism has been practiced in South Asia for 5 or 6 millennia. But how quickly does the West advance on this, within one or two decades? I do not know about other governmental intuitions here, but New York City opened a unit to guide, train, share and promote “plant based whole food” in its neighborhood. The Bald headed Langkang created bigotry laws to fight Halal, captured the control of that business from Muslims and enriched their wealth. I do not think anywhere in the world another country which manipulated the religious matter of Halal to the wealth earning of one ruling family.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda

      “These scum of the earth, the parasitic vermin and their enablers must soon get summary justice before its too late.”

      Summary justice, though I don’t believe in violence and arbitrary justice I could recommend one who is a great fan and follower of Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaran and his methods, it is non other than our nimal fernando.

      He is not an admirer of already established “rule of law” or the “due process”. What I gathered from him is that he does not want to waste time. He might volunteer to help you.

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        “who is a great fan and follower of Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaran and his methods, it is non other than our nimal fernando.”

        Native,

        You’re putting words in your own mouth! ……. But thank you most kindly: I’m honoured!!

        Your hero Ranil ……. or any of his 37 + 2 ministers are not worthy of even carrying his shoes. :))

        As usual ……. the Sinhalese are not even capable of producing a redeemer that would even come close! ……. Look what they have produced: Ranil !! …… ROFL 🤣


        The only reason you like Ranil is because he is a Sinhalese! …….. However hard you try, your racial-bias jumps out! :))

        Try to be honest just for a fleeting second ……. imagine Ranil is Tamil. ……. The fire of your wrath will burn even these parts ……… :))

        Who are we trying to fool, Native? …….. Ourselves? …… as usual ………

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        “Summary justice” ……. “arbitrary justice”

        Like how Ranil imprisoned Wasantha Mudalige?

        Keep up the pantomime: belly-laughs, Native …. that’s all what’s left in these difficult times ……. to fill the stomachs of the starving. :))

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        “These scum of the earth, the parasitic vermin and their enablers must soon get summary justice before it’s too late.”

        Line is not propagating violence but calling for swift action- “summary” is satirically used to mean no more time wasting: “immediate”.

        But the satirical fact is that even Prof. Pethiyagoda knows Evil Emperor is the king in dragging the issues forever and summarily kills them at the end, letting down the victims in the middle of the ocean, as they are. That is why we consider writing and reading to beg for justice from an Evil is utter waste of remaining life, which is already wasted for much long because of basic needs of life bankrupted by the political Devils and Evils.

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        Don Stephen, Bathiudeen and Junius created the LTTE. Siri Ma O and Junius created JVP. We yet know nothing about the cooking of the IMF & Evil Emperor in their vessel. One has to wait until the follower or appointee of the Evil Emperor comes to the chair and opens the lid of the Genie vessel. Then the blame of killing, right appropriately and duly, will go to the arrow, letting the hunter escape with state guards and pension. Then it is “LTTE” did it “JVP” did it. While convulsing to revenge and violence is that much thicker in the educated Sinhala Intellectual, Viyathmaga, political society but it is they who are preaching patience and peace to the victims or the losers, who are only mere laypeople- youngsters,

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    This is Tharindu Uduwaragedera who strikes me as being both honest and sincere speaking yesterday for eight minutes.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNyTjlPGt4w
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    I have made the following two comments below it.
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    “Panini Edirisinhe
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    This is what I was expecting. I haven’t got sufficient knowledge of Economics to evaluate this , but a close friend, a man who had been a World Bank consultant himself, with whom I talk daily when he is in Lanka, had told me that we could expect this development. This is not a matter for rejoicing; it is tragic that they’ve continued to rob even this year. But now we are quite sure that our hunches have proved right. For now, I will say no more.
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    Below that I have said this:
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    Those who want to see what I write (my apologies for it all being in English). Please google my name. Possibly add these two words as well: Colombo Telegraph. I’m a few months older than our Dictator, Ranil. I clearly identify myself. Some of us have got to stick our necks out; else we’ll all perish.”
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    To be continued

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      Dear All,
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      Continuing with the above comment:
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      “There are are seemingly countless ways of communicating today. CT is monitored by humans. The comments that we make on YouTube get automatically deleted by algorithms that operate there. I’m trying to see how we can overcome the language divide. There are some articles in Sinhala on CT; none in Tamil.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/harsha-gunasena-8-june-2023/
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      That’s a donnée -just or unjust. I don’t know any Tamil – another donnée. In the Sinhala section comments are allowed in English.
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      This particular article, by the utterly sincere Harsha (he has not established direct contact with me) appeared in English as well:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/political-buddhism-in-sri-lanka/
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      I’m trying to see how, in this country, we can cross the language divide. I get numerous requests to teach English, but I do almost nothing, however I advice on how learners can help themselves. Infants are receptive to multiple languages, but after adolescence learning has to be cognitive, and I know for correction of errors teachers are essential; but how much can I do?
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      A. Levels in languages other than Sinhala, Tamil, and English (e.g. Chinese, French) are at elelmentary level.

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      From Bandarawela”

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    Nothing will change until a new constitution brings in “AGE and TERM LIMITS” to
    “ELECTED OFFICE” to retire the “OLD FARTS” who have ruined the country.
    Fortunately the country is blessed with young bright people to do a good job and unfortunately the culture of impunity is a major obstacle for progress.
    WAKE UP.

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    A man who has been recommended by the Batalanda Commission to revoke his civil rights is that the GENTLEman we indirectly talk about in this article. The report clearly identified evidence of use of the Batalanda housing complex as a torture camp. It is the time white van use for kidnap started under the direction of that man. We have innumerous evidence within the party itself for not step down regardless of his failed vision for both party and his own victory by democratic means. His arrogant behaviour is the reason why the govt headed by him in coalition course due to his temper tantrums if he can’t get his own way both with CBK and MY3.

    Later, he sought sanctuary to use the law as his friend to achieve his own goals. There is no way out without he removed from the system by any means.

    At this rate we end of having more amendments than article in each of the chapter if we allow this man to head the governance. God bless the Sri Lankan Constitution.

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