15 August, 2020

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‘Maha Dena Muththa’ Thinking, Classified Betrayers And Traitors

By Vickramabahu Karunaratne  –

Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Defence secretary said in an interview “No, in fact I clarified that in the conversation with her over the phone – the very same conversation. All I said was that people are so angry with persons like her who have worked against the war effort and the country, that if she attends a function, 90% of the people would be against her, and that I would be able to point this out to her at such a function. I said such people who are angry  may want to kill her – I never said that I was going to kill her; there was no threat by  me except the lawful threat to sue.” Ok. Here is a sensible man telling a journalist, the real situation in the society as he understands. In fact many of my friends and relations used to tell me that I should be careful in defending the right of self determination of Tamils, as many Sinhala racists are wild and may kill me if they get an opportunity. Of course this was true and I was shot down and with a near fatal injury, I struggled for several weeks to survive. Obviously warning a person, with or without love and affection, of dangers that the person could face is praise worthy if it was done in a personal conversation not within an argument. In an argument especially when the person involved is a champion against the liberation of the Tamil nation it will be some thing different. In fact in the period 88/ 89 if any JVP leader warned me about dangers to my life, I would have certainly assumed that, as a threat. I am sure at that stage, if I had warned a JVP leader about the dangers he is facing, he would have assumed that it is a part of a threat.

Gotabhaya says that people are so angry with persons like her who have worked against the war effort and the country. He does not understand that he is giving a political perspective. Not a factual statement. I can say the reverse. People are so angry with persons like Gotabhaya who used the war cry  and war efforts to decimate the Tamils and brought oppression and misery to Sinhala masses. In fact people are beginning to understand the reality of Gotabhaya type thinking. They were promised heaven and prosperity. But now they are asked to suffer with hunger and misery. At the same time Mahinda promises to the global masters to implement an acceptable devolution for the Tamil homeland. At least that is what the masters of the regime, India, America and others are demanding; and they mean business. Masses, even the least educated can understand this is ‘Maha dena muththa’ thinking. First you cut the neck of the goat and then you smash the pot. Now what the regime has done is first to kill and decimate the Tamil nationality and then take steps to grant autonomy  to the Tamil homeland! Those who advocated, in the previous period, autonomy and peace efforts as a way out were classified as betrayers and traitors to Lanka. The fact is if a consistent peace effort was made then, we could have solved the problem without all this bloodshed and the enslavement to foreign powers. What really happened was to follow the idiotic path of Mahinda Chinthanaya at the expense of an intelligent way out. Bottom line of all this is the inability to see the needs of the other who is living with you sharing the same land and same resources.
I cannot speak for Paikiasothy or Frederica. But I know that I thought the war against liberation out fit is a disaster. That is what Marx and Lenin has taught me and I was convinced to risk my life to explain that. Gotabhaya or any other has the right to think that I am wrong and that my thinking is dangerous. But have they got the right to launch campaigns in public in government owned media organizations to discredit me as a traitor to be killed by stoning, say that they have the evidence that I stood for self determination of Tamils because I was paid by somebody, say that I am a bastard and an illegitimate child born to my dead mother Vimala Kotalawela?. All that is good journalism and patriotic spiritual conduct!  All I can say is that these people do not have the elementary sense of justice.

It is the sense of equality  that creates the entire democratic legal system, Jefferson who said that; at least the bourgeoisie as a revolutionary  class that inaugurated the modern world, fiercely stood for equality  among its youth. Unfortunately that cannot be recreated in this backward society. In place of Jefferson we have Gotabhaya who had easily fallen in to a mess. He might say it is a conspiracy to discredit him. But the fact is he is exposed to be a man without a measure of things he is handling. He can confess “I did not do so. I used words such as ‘bloody’ or whatever, not to refer to her but to refer to the incident. I never used foul language on her – but I used certain words in the context that she provoked me unreasonably, in referring to the incident, as I have pointed out above. I mean these are words that are used very  commonly in America (USA) for instance, in normal usage. In fact a very high ranking officer of the American government (name withheld by this writer) met me and said about the TV programme Hard Talk and the person who does Hard Talk on BBC: ‘You know we are in the same boat… being questioned by that a..shole.’ This person was referring to Stephen Sackur who does the BBC programme Hard Talk. So this is very  common usage, in USA for instance, and they use these words in normal talk – but these people are trying to make a big issue out of it to get at me, because they hate me about the war. In any case I used certain words with reference to the incident; I did not use foul language to abuse her.” He can cry and say what he did was no worse than his masters in the west. But I do not believe that he could rescue what is lost.

 

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    Ms Fredrica Janz, Dr Parkiyasothy and Dr Karunaratna are working for the Tamils. “the Rajapakses” hate all three of you.Please take extream care.You can expect “white vanning” any time.

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      Well, I do not know much about Ms Fredrica Janz or Dr Parkiyasothy. Except what I know, based on media reports.

      However, Dr Karunaratna is a man of priciples and honour.

      Always at the barricades against injustice. Often at great risk to his life and limb.

      I do not think he is working only for Tamils. He works for all, across racial and religous boundaries. The kind of leaders our country needs.

      Any attempt to white-van Dr Karunaratna will be outrageous. There will be consequences for the regime.

      We may not agree with all his ideologies. Yet, we share his dream for a just society.

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        Mr Ben
        Agreed,
        But there is a lot, [bunch of idiots] who are commenting on these blogs cannot understand what is happening around them.
        if somebody says or comments against the Present situation or government They are traitors , LTTE ers, else Or anti Sinhalese, or religious extremist,
        there is another group, With the payroll of ruling party .

        But Mad Dogs And hyenas will bark and howl but the Caravan will pass the settlemant and reach the target.

        by the way, I am fed up now doing all those contract goon jobs

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      B. Ganendra

      Except the Maris Kade female journo [Edited out], the other two (WK and Parki) are spin doctors with only big lip service. Can somebody lighten me up on any constrcutive contributions these spin doctors have done to Mother Lank?.

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    Dictatorship by the 4 brothers is on the agenda and every move by them
    slowly and steadily cannot be overcome is this so-called democracy.

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    Paki Sothy et al of the NGO cartel are [Edited out]. They cannot do anything to change perceptions .

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    I greatly respect Mr. Karunaratne and his principled stand. When all around us we can see the crass opportunism of the one time doughty fighters for the rights of the people, now shamelessly crawling in and out whether for position, power or money while trying best to justify their betrayal of all what they stood for.

    I admire his courage,his fearlessness and his perseverance all the while knowing that he is doing a thankless job to keep alive the ideals of a society of justice, truth honesty and fairness alive. The pendulum will swing sooner or later, that is the eternal nature and truth of things, and the people of this country will then recognize the horrendous harm they have done to the soul of this nation by their blindness, stupidity and indifference.

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    I wish to add my own sentiments to those of others here expressing their appreciation to the steadfast stand of my friend Bahu on the National Question and other issues affecting all citizens. It is both difficult and unprofitable for a politician to be outside the box of
    pseudo-nationalism that goes as Patriotism in the country. But Bahu is one of those rare men in public service, like our leaders over 50 years ago, not to steal and make ill-gotten fortunes – but to serve the people and the country. In as much as the politics of 1956 was to destroy our society and also contribute to its steady economic decline that has pushed into a low income country (the middle income claim of Cabraal is nonsense) so will this stance of false nationalism – the only platform of the Rajapakses and their servile cohorts that keeps them in power to clean up the meagre resources of a crumbling state.

    Hopefully, the day is not far off when Bahu, Tissaranee, Sumanasiri Liyanage, Saravanamuttu, Uyangoda et al will be celebrated in all 4 corners of the land for battling regardless against the prejudices of racism, communalism and bigotry. But the injury to the Nation’s unity and its economic well being will take a very long time to heal.

    Senguttuvan

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    Too big a jump for the uneducated Gota from petrol shed pump jockey to defense secretary?

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    Janaka – well said.

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      LTTE ass licker. jelouse of War hero

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    Bahu has been maintaining his political stance right from the beginning and he has raised his voice for the rights of the oppressed whole his life. My lone vote at [different elections he contested] has gone to the right man and I have only that satisfaction in Sri Lankan electoral system. If people think before they vote at elections, atleast there would be few politicians in human form in parliament.

    Maryam – Melbourne

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    It is rather symbolic that bad language in English should come to mark a point of no return for this regime. This is my impression – whether I am right or wrong only time will tell.

    They are using the systems that the English gave us and they are abusing those systems. In fact they have finished destroying them. In the absence of an opposition except for a few credible people like the author there is a sense that the people must forge their own way – that new alliances must be made if we are to salvage a future for our children.

    The countdown has started – we have a long way to go but we have entered a decisive phase. Let us not waste time now.

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    I agree with Dr.Karunaratne. After the war ended the GOSL had the best opportunity to solve the ethnic issue. But it politicized it to make the family of kings where the crown is passed among the family members. Also to hijack 300,000 odd refugees to obtain foreign aid failed and ultimately tax payer had to burden it. The only decisive phase I see is the country is plunging towards an economic catastrophe with heavy economic burden to people, unemployed youth, breakdown in social, communal and security and hope of future.Once the hope and trust disappears anything is possible. Looking for scapegoats now will not bring any results but aggravate it.

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    What is this Media talk all the time by so called Journslists and so called media wingers. Just because you put on a Media Label that does not give you permission to attack a duly elected government. Even the Terrorists used the Media label to further their own ends. The Leader News papers and their editors who are a bunch of rabble rousers think that their viewpoints are of paramount importance. Lasantha bloke tried to undermine the war effort against the terrorists when the war was on. Now that Janz woman is doing the same. Someone should take a coconut branch or a buwalla and smack their backsides till they learn to act in a responsible manner.

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    Where is this Bahu when the terrorists were ruling one third of Sri Lanka. If not for Gota and Mahinda this Bahu would be licking the back side of the Sun God Praba. Now that the war is over all these pundits have come out of the wood Work.What is this Media talk all the time by so called Journslists and so called media wingers. Just because you put on a Media Label that does not give you permission to attack a duly elected government. Even the Terrorists used the Media label to further their own ends. The Leader News papers and their editors who are a bunch of rabble rousers think that their viewpoints are of paramount importance. Lasantha bloke tried to undermine the war effort against the terrorists when the war was on. Now that Janz woman is doing the same. Someone should take a coconut branch or a buwalla and smack their backsides till they learn to act in a responsible manner.

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      Well Done,
      I will tell my bosses to to give you a salary increment.
      you are trying to do a good ass liking job for my bosses.
      Tell your weera thonga i remeember him.
      JULAAMPITYE AMARAYA

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