29 September, 2020

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Losing The Narrative

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“There are times – they mark the danger point for a political system – when politicians can no longer communicate, when they stop understanding the people they are supposed to represent.” ~ Archie Brown (The Myth of the Strong Leader)

In the myth, hero-king becomes a tyrant when he turns his back on the source of his power. In the myth, the source of that power is divine, god/gods, who proceed to punish the king for his transgression.

Maithripala Sirisena

The myth depicts a timeless human phenomenon. The only difference is that in real life, the source of the power is not divine but human. When it comes to democratic leaders, the sources of power are the people, voters and especially those social forces that create/sustain a favourable climate opinion.

The punishment is the same, disgrace and fall from power.

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration has not reached the point of no return, not yet. But that disastrous future is not as distant or as inconceivable as it was once. The President’s justification of selective impunity as a policy and the Prime Minister’s attempt to obtain impunity for Arjun Mahendran, in juxtaposition, amount to the first disturbing letters of the writing on the wall.

The defeat of the Rajapaksas did not automatically usher in an era of good governance; it merely removed an insurmountable obstacle on the road to that desired end. Good governance was a slogan and a promise, but not an accomplished fact. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government can sport it like a diadem, but good governance is a goal to be striven for and not a state, which once attained remains eternal.

In the last twenty one months, the administration has acted in consonance with as well as in violation of the tenets of good governance. Among its many departures from its own mandate, the Central Bank bond scam was the most egregious. The removal of Mr. Mahendran from the position he held with such blatant dishonour diffused the crisis. But the fallout of the scam continues to stalk the government; a case in point is the revelation that Perpetual Treasuries, the trading firm reportedly owned by Mr. Mahendran’s son-in-law, made a killer profit of Rs. 5.1 billion, post-taxes, in the financial year ending March 2016[i].

The bond scam has already cost the UNP dearly among one of its core-constituencies – the urban/suburban middle/upper middle class. Unfortunately Mr. Wickremesinghe seems incapable of abandoning that path of self-negation, as demonstrated by the indefensible conduct of the COPE’s UNP members. Elected to uphold good governance, they did the opposite, waging a desperate battle to save Mr. Mahendran, at the risk of causing serious damage to the electoral prospects of their own party and the political legitimacy of their own government.

President Maithripala Sirisena would have gained from the suicidal conduct of the UNP, had he not chosen to do one worse, and defend the idea of selective impunity.

A Dangerous Transgression

Indefensible deeds such as the Central Bank bond scam were serious setbacks, but did not amount to a strategic departure from the promised course of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. The President’s speech signalled such a danger, because, in its essence, it was a demand for and justification of selective impunity.

Pared of embellishments, the speech posits two cardinal principals – some people should be above the law, irrespective of the nature of their alleged crimes; and the right to decide who should be prosecuted and who shouldn’t rests ultimately with the president of the republic.

It is a position totally at variance with the ethos of the January 2015 transformation.

Victory over the Rajapaksas was not the deed of one person or one party. It was truly a victory with many parents and even more caregivers. Those who made it happen were motivated by diverse dreams and goals. The central strand binding these diverse aims together was a simple one – that the post-Rajapaksa future should be the antithesis of the Rajapaksa-past.

Impunity was a key characteristic of Rajapaksa rule. President Rajapaksa regarded the law as a political sword to attack his enemies with and a political shield to defend his kith and kin with. The taking over of the AG’s Department and the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake were the most noxious mileposts in the Rajapaksa march towards total impunity.

Ending that ruinous march was a primary aim of the January 2015 transformation and a central tenet of good governance.

Impunity receded with the defeat of the Rajapaksas, but it did not die. Some people continued to be above the law, the best case in point Arjun Mahendran and his enterprising son-in-law. Mr. Mahendran’s alleged involvement in the bond scam is not being investigated by any of the many institutions delving into corruption and financial crimes. Apart from losing the governorship – for which the credit should go to Mr. Sirisena – Mr. Mahendran has not had to pay any price for his alleged crime.

If the president was genuinely concerned about the trajectory of the FCID and the Bribery Commission, if he didn’t like these supposedly independent institutions playing favourites, he could have talked about the Bond scam and Perpetual Treasuries.

He should have. But he didn’t.

Instead he talked about one of the few things the investigative institutions got right – the Avant Garde scam.

The three former navy commanders and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa have been charged not with a political crime but with a straightforward financial crime. They allegedly took the very profitable business of maintaining a floating armoury away from the Sri Lankan navy and handed it over to a private company. By doing so, they allegedly caused a loss to the state to the tune of Rs. 11 billion.

If the President genuinely has a problem with the case, it can mean only one thing – he wants military officials and civilians of his choice to be above the law. His problem with the Bribery Commission and the FCID is not that they are playing favourites, but that they are not playing favourites in tandem with his likes and dislikes.

There is little doubt that Mr. Mahendran and his son-in-law are staying above the law because they enjoy the patronage of PM Wickremesinghe.

That is impunity in action. That is bad.

The President in his speech didn’t demand an end to selective impunity; he demanded the transformation of selective impunity from an aberrant practice into government policy.

That is infinitely worse.

The president reportedly insisted that he be informed before any legal action is taken against top military officials. It is a demand he has no right to make, constitutionally or morally. It is a demand which violates a basic tenet of democracy – the separation of powers. It is a demand which reeks of the past we voted to leave behind on January 8th 2015.

The UNP and the SLFP have their differences, but these have not yet reached the point of irreconcilability. So the crisis ignited by the President’s speech was smoothed over, in a remarkably short time. The president himself has tried to defuse the crisis he created by claiming that he was misquoted. He reportedly reminded his concerned ministers that he ended his speech with a statement of confidence in the government’s ability to last the full term.

Maithripala Sirisena is too canny a politician not know that even with the full support of the Joint Opposition, he cannot form a pure SLFP/UPFA government. The numbers just don’t add up. Maithripala Sirisena is also too astute a man to replace Ranil Wickremesinghe with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the prime minister because that would be tantamount to trusting his fate and that of his family to the Rajapaksas.

So the government will survive for the time being. What is at really stake is the fate of the politico-electoral transformation of January 2015. .

Friends, Sons and the Writing on the Wall

Thanks to the President’s outburst, the government’s commitment to break decisively from the Rajapaksa past has been placed in doubt. Thanks to the President’s outburst, national conversation has shifted from such important matters as the new constitution, the upcoming budget and the new counter-terrorism law (which seems to be broader in scope and more draconian than the PTA) to confused queries and uninformed speculations.

And thanks to the President’s outburst, an event which sent political shockwaves just a fortnight ago has vanished from sight – the attack on a Colombo nightclub allegedly by a brat-pack loyal to the First Son.

When some employees of Clique, a nightclub in Colombo, came under attack, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa claimed that Daham Sirisena, the son of President Maithripala Sirisena, was involved in the incident. The charge was repeated by the media. A statement by the owner of the club, giving a clean bill of health to all VVIP progeny, past or present, intensified rather than lessen the rumours (it sounded a bit like Minister Mervyn Silva’s victim claiming that he tied himself to the tree). Footage from the club’s CCTV cameras appeared on the internet. The deputy media minister informed the media that the President has ordered the police to carry out a special investigation.

Then the President lobbed his verbal smoke grenade. In the consequent confusion, all interest in the Clique incident. The fate of the special investigation ordered by the President is unknown. According to latest report, the victims are unable to identify the men who attacked them.

That emits a familiar smell, a rank smell from the past, the smell of political brats taking the law into their own spoiled hands.

The President’s speech did not reflect the differences between the two component parts of the hybrid government. Those SLFPers who sincerely support Mr. Sirisena are likely to be as dismayed as any UNPer at the President’s insistence on impunity for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. A return to Rajapaksa rule would be uncomfortable and unpleasant for UNPers; but for Sirisena loyalists in the SLFP, such a change can be lethal. If the Rajapaksas return to power, they are likely to treat ‘disloyal’ SLFPers far more harshly than they would UNPers, starting with their former general secretary who played such a pivotal role in their downfall.

Power may or may not corrupt. But it certainly addles minds.

Reducing the expenditure on the presidency was once the President’s proud boast. No more. The allocation for the President’s Office is set to increase by a mammoth 4 billion rupees. This at a time when the government is trying to impose ruinous tax hikes on the ordinary man.

It is one more indication that the government is beginning to lose its narrative.

If the dream of a democratic Arab world was born in Tunisia, it died in Egypt. Mohammad Morsi was elected to take the Egyptian revolution forward and to transform the country into a modern democratic state. But once in power, he ignored that mandate and started emulating sectarian and repressive policies of the past. Instead of placing himself at the head of a broad national coalition, he succumbed to a narrow Islamist agenda. He attacked democrats and liberals who played a pivotal role in the revolution, embraced increasingly authoritarian stances, thinking that pandering to the military would suffice to save his government.

When agents of change feel that change has been betrayed, they either turn inimical or become inactive. Mr. Morsi underestimated and antagonised Egypt’s numerically small but politically influential liberal-democratic forces. He didn’t understand that he needed them to keep the Egyptian military away from politics.

It was a deadly mistake, both for Mr. Morsi and for Egyptian democracy.

Mr. Sirisena’s outburst did not make the government collapse. But it dealt a severe blow to the societal legitimacy of both the government and Mr. Sirisena.

Fortunately, there is still space for both the President and the PM to turn away from the precipice and to resume the journey to the future.

The president should show his commitment to the basic principles of good governance by not interfering with the work of independent commissions and by ensuing that the promised investigation into the Clique attack produces real results. Mr. Sirisena just needs to look at the Rajapaksa sons to know how ruinous impunity is, both to the fathers who enable it and to the sons who benefit from it. Someday, Mr. Sirisena will have to leave office. Someday his son will not have a powerful father to protect him. If Mr. Sirisena’s successor is a Rajapaksa, Daham Sirisena will find himself in the same unenviable position the two older Rajapaksa sons are in today.

The PM should show his commitment to the basic principles of good governance by allowing the police and the law to treat the bond scam as the crime it is.

If they fail, October 2016 will mark the beginning of the end.

Mr. Sirisena’s reported role in preventing the police from covering up the horrendous killing of two Jaffna University students[ii] indicates that he still has the capacity to effect such a change and to guide his government along less dangerous channels.

He can. But will he?


[i] http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Perpetual-Treasuries-month-profit-exceeds-Rs-bn-leaked-CB-report-117433.html

[ii] http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/49119

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    The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration has not reached the point of no return, not yet. But that disastrous future is not as distant or as inconceivable as it was once. The President’s justification of selective impunity as a policy and the Prime Minister’s attempt to obtain impunity for Arjun Mahendran, in juxtaposition, amount to the first disturbing letters of the writing on the wall.

    You look like an eternal optimist.

    Central Bank Scandle and the FCID politics are just two. You don’t talk about other scandles, those from the finance ministry Rs 500 million custom losses for imported cars, duty free car permits etc., etc., It is a very long list for less than two years time.

    How many scandles we need to see that yahapalanaya is another fraud ?

    Simply Ranil should not be in politics. His only weapon is let others others steal and he pretends he does not know anything and to be a saint.

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara

      RE:Losing The Narrative

      “In the myth, hero-king becomes a tyrant when he turns his back on the source of his power. In the myth, the source of that power is divine, god/gods, who proceed to punish the king for his transgression.”

      Yes.

      We have the hero turning into a Traitor, and teams us with the crooks and criminals who fleeced and subjected the people to abuse and killings, and protects them.

      Who is this traitor? Gon Sirisena Gamarala.

      Traitors should be given the standard punishment of history.

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      Good stuff Thisaranee dear as always! Keep it up. My question is: Why is Sunil Handunetti and JVP so weak?

      As Chair of COPE he needs to be a LEADER and refuse to table the UNP fairy tale to exonerate Mahendran. Handunetti has said if every COPE leader gave a report he would table all of them?!

      What sort of joke is this! What game is JVP playing?! Mahendran must now be tried in open court and the funds of Perpetual Tresuries ceased to pay off some of the massive national debt.

      We do not want a Presidential Commission that the JVP clown Handunetti proposed of inquiry that will run another 2 years

      It shows the total INCOMPETENCE of the JVP that they cannot take a stand on this and refuse the lies of the UNP

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        It is not surprising.
        The JVP has always had a historical tendency to run with the UNP hounds and hunt with the SLFP hares.

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      Batalanda Ranil’s mask has slipped for all to see him as a corrupt and power hungry crook, but it is a shame that Dr. Harsha Silva has also gone crooked. POWER CORRUPTS!

      Sujeewa Senasinghe, Ranil’s corrupt attack dog to save corrupt crook Mahendran at COPE sold his duty free SUV permit and should be forced to resign for corruption.

      Hope Sampanthan will be honest and voted against Ranil and Mahendran’s corruption in COPE.

      The UNP is sinking and stinking its filth – worst than Mahinda Jarapassa brothers, sons, in-laws and cronies.

      Long live Ranil-Sira- Mahinda Jarapalanaya in the Miracle of Modayas!

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      “Mr. Sirisena’s outburst did not make the government collapse. But it dealt a severe blow to the societal legitimacy of both the government and Mr. Sirisena.”

      Yes. The Govt. did not collapse. Now they are doing damage control, the damage done by Gon Sirisena Gamarala.

      Bulath Vine, Vettila Vine, Grape Vine News…..

      Oct. 12 comments: President goes into damage-control mode

      Sirisena explains issues to ministers and claims again his speech was misquoted; media staff blamed for not clarifying position

      At Cabinet news briefing, Senaratne gives long explanation of controversial speech, adding to the confusion.

      Official Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne’s remarks, if they were to be taken seriously, do as much damage as the claimed remarks of President Sirisena. Firstly, he has forgotten the fact that the man who led troops to military victory against Tiger guerrillas, was imprisoned by the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government for alleged corrupt activity. This was done after then Lieutenant General Fonseka was praised as the best Army Commander in the world by the Rajapaksas and both, Sirisena and Senaratne were serving in the Rajapaksa administration.

      http://www.sundaytimes.lk/161023/columns/213380-213380.html

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara

      RE:Losing The Narrative

      subject: Gon Sirisena Gamarala and more Vine News

      President directly interfered with the independent courts ? His interview stirs up a hornet’s nest !

      Bulath Vine, Vettila Vine and Grape Vine News. Foreign Diplomatic mission which evinces tremendous interest in the affairs of the good governance in Sri Lanka , and in the best interests of the county has commenced the translation into English yesterday itself of the interview in Sinhala of the president with Sunday Lanka Deepa newspaper , according to reports on diplomatic affairs reaching Lanka e news .

      This is because those foreign countries are of the opinion the live interview of the president with Lankadeepa is an extension of his recent speech going by the newspaper report of his Sinhala interview. Because the president has directly interfered with several cases that are before the courts , the foreign countries are reckoning that as intense pressures mounted on the independent judiciary.

      The speech of the president and his newspaper interview are a direct interference with the following cases:

      His state minister Fowzie ‘s issues before court

      The case before court against retired Navy Commander and

      the murder of journalist Prageeth Ekneliyagoda, which had drawn international focus, and the pressures mounted on courts on behalf of the murderers .

      These interferences have earned the bitter displeasure of the foreign community.

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    Much of the grievances are sad but true.
    Are we not taking too much for granted about key political leaders and the political system.

    It is true that people voted for change. But it was an illusion to expect a UNP-led alliance to bring about the desired change.
    The UNP and SLFP, however, represent different things to their respective support bases, although in real terms they have delivered very nearly the same result since the transformation of 1978.

    As long as the UNP-SLFP alliance is seen to be dominated by the UNP and its agenda, the SLFP will lack credibility in the eyes of the members and supporters. Without distancing himself from the UNP, President Sirisena will have little say among the rank and file of the SLFP.
    As a political strategy, he should have distanced himself from the UNP much earlier and seen through what was behind the Bond Scam and the Acelor-Mittal 65,000 houses racket.
    He was cleverly undermined by the UNP when he offered unconditional release of persons detained without trial or inquiry.

    People forget the crimes of the past when new crimes spring up. Rajapaksa cannot be the option, but who makes him one?

    The tragedy is that the choice is between the UNP and the SLFP or their various combinations and deformations. The JVP is no alternative either.

    It is not about personalities either any more.

    Should we not think in terms of a serious alternative? Should we not think of basic problems? The flawed economic policies since 1978? The willfully aggravated national question? Role of imperialist domination? Indian hegemony? defining the roles of China, Russia etc?

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      SJ/sekara

      “Rajapaksa cannot be the option, but who makes him one?”

      Let us consider leasing this island to China for 500 years.

      “Indian hegemony?”

      You should join JVP and oppose Hindian hegemony just like VP did. Hope unlike VP you would use your abilities to protect this island with less/no human costs.

      “Should we not think in terms of a serious alternative?”

      Bring back Mao and Siri Mao.

      “The JVP is no alternative either.”

      Why not?

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    “Thanks to the President’s outburst, the government’s commitment to break decisively from the Rajapaksa past has been placed in doubt.”

    Rajapakse has popular support, the present incumbent does not. For Sirisena to go after the Rajapakses in the way the author is proposing is practically impossible. Politicians are opportunists, not moralists or philosophers.

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    Tissaranee, spot on as usual,after a long while though.

    You did contribute immensely to bring about the downfall of the most brute MARA regime, through your forthright articles.

    It is time that you keep writing to keep these two morons on check, otherwise they too will fall prey to the power madness they have got into and losing their way.

    Please keep writing and educate these two idiots of their role and responsibility towards the people who brought them to power.

    One is trying to protect the MARA MURDERERS AND PLUNDERERS and the other MAHENDRAN FAMILY and why the hell should we, the people, pay the price.

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    Besides, under external pressure there will be many more “privatization” exercises to come, just as there had been before, during previous governments.
    Does it then mean that all these were also “financial crimes”?
    And that privatization which transferred billions from the Govt to the Private Sector, would result in individual officials having to pay through imprisonment, etc. etc.??

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    President Sirisena was not elected by SLFP voters. He was not elected by the members of the armed forces. SLFP voters and armed forces voted for Mahinda Rajapakse. At the end because of the support of UNP and minority voters President Sirisena became the President. When President Sirisena contested he was out of SLFP and now that he is the head of SLFP he wants to abandon all those who elected him and wants to wear the SLFP hat. SLFP was his party for over 40 years, hence we all should accept that his thinking to a great extent will be based on SLFP ideology. SLFP ideology and for that matter all the political party ideologies in Sri Lanka has been to protect their own group either based on party politics, race, religion or friendship irrespective of the nature of the crime. So President Sirisena’s utterance should be evaluated taking into consideration this aspect. The biggest error he did was not to make the statement as he did in favour of Gotabaya and the navy commanders, which of course is wrong, but accepting the resignation of DG Dilrukshi.

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    Excellent analysis (as usual), Tisaranee.

    “The PM should show his commitment to the basic principles of good governance by allowing the police and the law to treat the bond scam as the crime it is.”

    He should, alright, “and can. But will he?”

    Unlikely!

    “Mr. Sirisena’s reported role in preventing the police from covering up the horrendous killing of two Jaffna University students[ii] indicates that he still has the capacity to effect such a change and to guide his government along less dangerous channels.”

    “He can. But will he?”

    Judging from his very ‘iffy’ (and hypocritical) character – most unlikely!!

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    From the first day both forgot and abandond yahapalanaya.Sirisena did not even get one SLFP vote.But after winning the P.Election he made people like S.B.Disanayaka, Anura priyadharshana yapa, Dilan Perera,Nimal Siripala ,all ministers.These people up till the last moment were strongly supporting Rajspakshas.Sirisena announced that he wants to be a servant and not a king.Very soon Sirisena forgot that and he has now become a king.
    Secondly i (like all people) thought that Mr.Wikramasinghe is going to deliver this time at last.He too from the firstday made huge mistakes.He is a very arrogant person.All the corruption cases ,Murder cases against the previous regime has stalled.Both these guys have made a deal with the Rajapaksas.It is cristal clear nothing will happen.People are fed up how the country is been run by both of these guys.Both are no leaders.Both are liers.Very soon i think (i hope not) that Sirisena is going to join with the Rajapaksas again after this COPE report.
    This has been like this for the last 65 years.This is not going to change very soon.This is the curse of the Kuweni for this country.

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    Tisaranee Gunasekara

    RE:Losing The Narrative

    Thanks. Yes, expose, Expose and expose!.

    Some “news” from the Bulath Vine, Vettila Vine and Grape Vines.

    With Sirisena Gamarala at the helm of “Yahapalanaya”, “Good Governance”

    Ghouls dance and prance after the ‘Cyanide speech’ which spewed up perverted justice

    (Vine News, 22.Oct.2016,) Following the recent ‘cyanide’ tale of the president which set fire to his tail , the murderers and the corrupt who were defeated by the People’s force , but unfortunately are now appointed to high positions are being exposed and they are making a wild display of their true colors. As a result the masks are getting removed of the double faced , double dealing masqueraders like Wijedasa Rajapakse , Vajira Abeywardena and Rajitha Senaratne who are pretending that they are with the good governance.

    The president of good governance recently articulated his resentment against ex defense secretary Gotabaya the devil incarnate , and the ex commanders of the forces being hauled up in courts , the crimes they committed notwithstanding.

    Vajira Abeywardena via ’Rana maga osse’ ( through battlefield) said, the implementation of Mahinda Chinthana (the most abominable ,discarded and crooked chinthana ) is not wrong , and even if the State officers commit wrongs , he would not allow them to be hauled up before courts.

    Wijedasa Rajapakse alias most notorious ‘Deal- dasa’ who announced as long as he is the Justice minister he will not allow Gotabaya Rajapakse (the notorious criminal) to be brought before the law , after the president’s odious and offensive speech , began lashing out at the Civil Organizations which made supreme sacrifices and unwaveringly committed themselves to install the government of good governance in power.

    Wimal Weerawansa the other notorious fraudster also began opposing monks who committed crimes being brought before courts.

    Infamous Dilan Perera whose putrid and corrupt antecedence is well known , and who was appointed as the SLFP media spokesman after the good governance president became the leader of the SLFP , and through the national list became an M.P. to secure a State ministry post charged , the leaders who risked even their lives to steer good governance government to power are dictators. Besides , summoning an SLFP minister to court is wrong, he added.

    Rajitha Senaratne toeing the same line said ,those who committed ‘small’ offences being summoned before court is wrong. He was in favor of criminals who have committed serious offences only being brought hauled up in court , while frowning on criminals charged with ‘mini’ offences being summoned before court.

    Under the circumstances , the people for good governance who are most rudely shocked naturally , are compelled to question on the following :

    If former Ministers (like Fowzie) commit wrongs , yet because they are with Maithri , they must not be brought before the law
    Ex Defense Secretary who committed crimes should not be brought before the law.

    Former commanders of the forces who committed wrongs should not be brought before the law

    The former State officers who committed wrongs should not be brought before the law.

    Except the former rogues , the mini rogues shall not be brought before the law.

    Monks who committed offences should not be brought before the law , and since soldiers of the forces are ‘war heroes’, they should not be hauled up in courts .

    In other words what these hypocrites and masqueraders are asserting is , the government of good governance has been formed to bring before court only the beggars , vagabonds and destitute who commit offences ; and all of them mentioned hereinbefore shall not be hauled up before courts no matter what crimes they commit .

    This is what is called ‘ Munge ammage reddha’ ( the threadbare skirts of their mothers) in raw Sinhala.

    It is unfortunate these scoundrels who are performing the “Sira dance” and the “ghouls’ dance” haven’t the grey matter to realize the day their mothers’ threadbare skirts drop down ,not only their mothers but even the good governance will be stripped naked.

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    We all collectively keep forgetting that US Sri Lankans suffer from a unique disease- convenient ammesia. To expect the President and PM not to, is a little too optimistic. They just hope we all have permanent amnesia.

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    Dear TG,
    That was an excellent analysis. Both Sirisena and Ranil wish for impunity for their favourites. Old habits die hard. But as you have elaborated both have forgotten and forsaken the source of their power, the civil society and the minorities who put them where they are. Sirisena has now turned to the nationalists hoping to lure them with his new found mates, Amaraweera and Dilan Perera who worked tooth and nail to defeat him.
    Ranil on the other hand ready to sacrifice everything including his party to save the crook Mahendran and his son in law!
    What for? What has he got to gain?
    Can someone make this duo Sirisena and Ranil to read this article and digest it for their own survival.
    So that they could walk away from the precipice.

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    Wow ! we have some great prophets- all doom and gloom- they should look inwards and see what there histories are like – then stop pontificating !

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    Tissaranee, I have been a longtime admirer of yours and wondered how on earth you survived in the Democratic Socialist Republic as it is so inappropriately called.

    For the sake of all the saner people, both in Sri Lanka and abroad, keep going. You are, and have been for years, doing a wonderful job when most of us have taken the easy path (and not the right path) and fled. Good on you, and shame on us.

    What Sri Lanka needs are more Tissaranees. If they are no longer being produced, you need to be cloned

    Brian Senewiratne

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      Tissaranee, I have been a longtime admirer of yours and wondered how on earth you survived in the Democratic Socialist Republic as it is so inappropriately called.
      ————-
      Banana Republic is the correct name for it

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    “The three former navy commanders and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa have been charged not with a political crime but with a straightforward financial crime. They allegedly took the very profitable business of maintaining a floating armoury away from the Sri Lankan navy and handed it over to a private company. By doing so, they allegedly caused a loss to the state to the tune of Rs. 11 billion.”

    How could this be a crime?

    If it is a crime, privatisation of all profitable state enterprises including the past and the ones that are being planned by current regime would be crimes. Secondly these kind of decisions require cabinet approval. That makes all members of the past cabinets including Ranil, CBK and Sirisena criminals.

    I believe those who filed this case knew the absurdity. Yet they did it on the advise of the regime leadership to tarnish Gotabhaya and his loyal commanders. Thisaranee is just an acolyte of the present dispensation spewing rubbish. However her writing indicates that she senses the anger building up among the ordinary folks.

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    SUPERB ANALYSIS ! I was waiting for you to come out with this and maybe CT can copy it to the powers that be, so that they can chew it masticate it and take it into their fogged up thinking and get back to the path of “GOOD GOVERNANCE” that we all need.

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