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Mahinda And The Monk

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

“There are people who now say, I cannot contest for the third time. They say it at different places. But why bother? It’s the people who decide. Let the people decide that. Otherwise they can go to Courts.”

President Rajapaksa was quoted so, at a meeting of health sector employees called to Temple Trees a week or so ago. The Court that he says the people can go to is not that in Bengaluru which delivered a verdict on TN CM Jeyalalithaa. The Court he says the people could go to is next to “Saanchi Arachchie Watte”. That’s where political stooges ruined the system. Over the past decade or two, nefarious men and women with personal greed for power and position, ruled the nest at Hultsdorp, went into deals with the ruling head and had ditched the same too. Also on deals, with the next in line. To this Court Rajapaksa says, anyone can go for a ruling.

This country, to be precise the part of the country politically called the “Sinhala South”, lives to accept Sinners from high posts as heroes and heroines. Sinners that in any decent and civilised society would have been indicted for saying, “Pardon me. I did a wrong. If not for me, he would have even been in prison”. A public acceptance, a ruling was knowingly and intentionally given that went against the people. Given on the strength of the position held that goes unquestioned. It’s plain abuse of a powerful position, against the people. Yet the Sinhala South is there to applaud him and treat him as a hero. The Sinhala Opposition is naive and frustrated. It is opportunistic too. It provides red carpets to these Sinners to have their dirty linen laundered publicly and with admiration. Here is a Sinhala Buddhist society any sinner, any dirty crook could swap characters overnight and move on as heroes by simply opposing the Rajapaksa regime.

Mahinda Rajapaksa R

UNP will have to address the nagging social insecurity instead, if they want to outflank this “Mahinda and the Monk” combination, publicly and rhetorically opposed to each other, but not so in real politics – Picture courtesy: Reuters/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

The JVP does it, after installing the Rajapaksa regime and defending it right through war. It defended the Rajapaksa regime as patriotic and venomously labelled everyone who opposed the Rajapaksa regime as “traitors, LTTE informants” or as “NGO dollar crows”. For the JVP, there was no crime committed, no democracy curbed, for it was a necessary “humanitarian” war that was waged to eliminate “Eelam terrorists”. What then is wrong with this regime for the JVP to oppose it now? Only thing wrong in this regime for the JVP is that a single family takes home the whole booty.

On the same path, now comes a Buddhist monk, Athuraliye Rathana leading the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) to the laundry. How clean is the JHU and what moral right has it to accuse the Rajapaksa regime for omissions, misrule and corruption? The JHU was a whole hearted campaign partner of “patriotic and Sinhala nationalist” leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2005 November presidential elections. Thereafter they sat in support of everything done by President Rajapaksa’s government. From January 2007, the JHU officially joined the government and Champika Ranawaka since then is a Cabinet Minister (he manipulated to have himself appointed to parliament from the National List, for which Omalpe Sobhitha thero had to resign). This Minister Ranawaka, thereafter came out as the strongest advocate for a brutal war and against minorities. In late February 2007 he said, if law cannot remove extremism, then there has to be other means. “We know about Ravaya and we know what Ravaya is up to. We know that Ravaya sheds tears when Tamils (using a very derogatory Sinhala term) get killed. This is the same thing done by the bunch of so called Leftists. Nothing can be done because of the wild ass freedom in this country.” He was quoted almost verbatim.

This was JHU thinking and their conviction. It is, even now. Their interpretation of “democracy” is one for the Sinhala Buddhist majority only and not for other “wild asses”. Their form of “democracy” would allow any brutal attack on any minority community and would justify such attacks with unbelievable fictional stories spun as facts. They came out with such fabrications, post Aluthgama-Beruwala anti Muslim riots in June (2014). During these 07 years and even before, they were comfortable with all shady and corrupt deals the Rajapaksas are accused of. They sat through consenting to eccentric projects like the 11 bn rupee 1,150 ft tall Colombo Lotus Tower claimed as Asia’s tallest tower, with a garden at the highest elevation. Was pressing to curb all powers given to PCs and agrees without hesitation in having the military deployed in the North and justifies all its repressive activities.

They are still part of this Rajapaksa regime that is held responsible for an extremely politicized and corrupt police department, a politicized and inefficient judiciary and therefore breakdown in law and order. Can Rathana or Champika claim they are not responsible for this rising wave of crimes in the past 07 to 08 years ? Can a silly 12 point demand list put forward by Rathana thero that does not propose answers to the major issues the country is facing, wipe them clean? Their 12 point programme accepts the North and the East to be what they are under military rule.

In a stupid effort to defend themselves, Rathana in an interview with Lankadeepa newspaper (23 October) says they could not see far enough on the 17 Amendment and therefore agreed to its abolition. On the day he launched his “Pivithuru Hetak” he said they voted for the 18 Amendment, but now feel it was wrong. Can political duds who had no idea what they did on very serious issues that were politically fatal to the country, be taken seriously ? Can such irresponsible men come up with a list of fair and just solutions ? They retain their extreme racist veneer in everything they say and do not meet the present challenge of redefining the future of this country to move forward as a decent, civilized country.

Therefore the most important question is, “what is a broad alliance for that is talked of with much fancy and as necessary to defeat Rajapaksa ?” Here in Sinhala South, a broad alliance, a “party front” is talked of as bringing together a “big list” of men and women who claim they are leaders. This old fashioned front today can bring together dozens of such individuals on a political stage who will only criticise the Rajapaksa regime, but cannot offer a comprehensive programme that would provide answers to what the people now need. On electoral politics, these loud voices cannot collect votes either.

In a national election like the presidential polls, the indication now is, people don’t vote to see their “x” go waste. Uva PC elections proved the shift has begun without any opposition alliance. The trend now is to gather in the two main camps. That was why Fonseka’s party which polled 06% in the South got wiped out completely in Uva. Why the JVP that polled over 09% in the South, was reduced to a mere 05.3% in Uva. In a presidential poll, these opposition groups will shrink more.

Already an exodus of  23%  in Moneragala district was seen leaving the Rajapaksas at the Uva PC elections. Even in a provincial election that usually gives the ruling party an edge, an advantage in mobilising voters, it was a massive departure of 21% in the whole province that has a 84% Sinhala population. Without any political alliance, without the UNP offering an alternate programme, in Uva, 19% of the people who left the Rajapaksa camp, encamped with the UNP. This trend does not necessitate any compromises, any gathering for any “front” against the Rajapaksa. It only needs an attractive and a viable programme the large numbers who leave the Rajapaksa fold would want for their future.

It is therefore important to read the emerging Sinhala South that has changed priorities, 05 years after the war was concluded. The Sinhala South has been pushed into an insecure, uncertain life under this Sinhala Buddhist dominance in governance. In Sinhala rural society (11 of the districts have over 85% Sinhala people), local political power had been transferred to thugs and criminals who are now Pradeshiya Sabha or Urban Council Chairmen and Vice Chairmen. They are local “Al Capones” who sit over people’s daily life. It is their feeling of insecurity where education has little hope in giving their children a decent and a secure future. A feeling of insecurity having got to live with increasing molestations and sexual abuse of children, increasing trend in sexual harassment, rape and murder of women, wide spread and almost open peddling of drugs in villages, custodial killings, extortions and brutal killings along with a police department that has lost social trust, that has changed priorities from voting a Sinhala Buddhist leader.

Getting out of such brutality that haunts their daily life, is now high priority for them. Even above the “cost of living” that keeps biting into their meagre incomes. Obviously, life is dear and more important than holding onto a Sinhala Buddhist regime. One that does not take notice of ordinary life in the village. Uva will not be an exclusion from the ordinary. Today, the ordinary is Uva. But that large protest has to have answers. Answers to get back to a decent civilised life. Compromises with Sinhala Buddhist extremism will not provide answers to these frustrated Sinhala Buddhist voters. UNP will have to address the nagging social insecurity instead, if they want to outflank this “Mahinda and the Monk” combination, publicly and rhetorically opposed to each other, but not so in real politics.

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    POOR CANADIAN MAN Vs OUR POOR MAN

    What happened in the Canadian parliament is an isolated incident in which a fanatic, which Islam itself does not approve as a peaceful religion, went on unleashing a rampage at a very peaceful environment to root harm on others. This poor young man took one innocent life and caused injuries to a few other victims too.

    However, this was came like a jovial news for our greedy-ruler to score points and aired a few of his jolly-thoughts (the terrorist word). Canadian and other leaders around the world leaders know very well who he is! He is an opportunist!.

    As everyone knows it now that SL greedy ruler purposely did not want to send his government representation to EU court to stop the verdict, that was going over one year with his full knowledge, happening against all SL communities (Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher, Malay and others. As Hon. Mangala Samaraweera quite rightly pointed the truth out, his aim was but trying to scratch off the remaining billions that is still lying frozen in accounts in EU of a dead organisation.

    He thinks every Sri Lankan is a stupid idiot except himself! He thinks every other world leader is a stupid idiot except himself! He already insulted the Holy Father HH Pope Francis. He played joker role at UNGA by living at Astoria,-the most expensive hotel in the world, by adding more fire on our poorest people’s tummies. All the world leaders were laughing off their heads to see what was happening. The greedy power hungry-ghost!

    That is why;

    Maha Nayaka Theros, Sobhitha THero, Relious Leaders + Messrs Ranil + Anura + SF + Karu + Sampanthan + Hakim + Mangala + Nimal + Maithree + Ravi + Tissa + Harin + Sajith ….+++++ of course the former president and many other thousands of true patriotic intellectuals and scholars from all communities are joining in hands to protect the people and their future and to chase this idiot into the sea as food for fish in the Indian Ocean

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      Senaka,

      all right thinking and right sensing would agree with you mate.
      Right at the moment, even if it is constitutionally legible, they are ready to hold elections. Meaning there is no laws that rule the nation but MR thugghish agendas. These agendas are against almost everything. No justice and laws are bound to their agendas. Longer the man would be the leader of the nation, worst consequences will be the nature of what we the nation would face in the months, years to come. People have to see it this very clearly at this critical juncture of srilanken politics.

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    Thank you Kusal.
    This is one of the best interpretations I’ve come across after sometime. It is even good enough to be presented to the UN. It is the reality. Fear, hatred, violence, lies, deceit, corruption, lawlessness and most of all the dictatorial actions of the President has become the norm in Sorry Lanka.

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      Dear Kusal Perera,

      “Already an exodus of 23% in Moneragala district was seen leaving the Rajapaksas at the Uva PC elections. Even in a provincial election that usually gives the ruling party an edge, an advantage in mobilising voters, it was a massive departure of 21% in the whole province that has a 84% Sinhala population. Without any political alliance, without the UNP offering an alternate programme, in Uva, 19% of the people who left the Rajapaksa camp, encamped with the UNP. This trend does not necessitate any compromises, any gathering for any “front” against the Rajapaksa. It only needs an attractive and a viable programme the large numbers who leave the Rajapaksa fold would want for their future.”

      Thank you.

      Yes, the combined opposition need to have some plan, any plan with 10 Points or some points and distribute to the people. People are looking for any excuse not to vote for Rajapaksa.

      Then there should be an independent common sense pamphlet,, that need to be widely distributed to the masses. Who is doing it?

      Their strategy of using Racism and Religion Intolerance in the name of Sinhala and in the name of Buddhism, is not really working. Had it worked, they would have retained their percentage from 2009.

      No decent Sinhala Buddhist should want these Maras back.

      The problem is with the Opposition. They need to get their act together and clean up this Mara Dynasty that is destroying Buddhism,

      Kusal, Can you be the Author of Common sense, 2014 for Lanka, to free Lanka of Mara?

      Whoever opposition candidate comes forward, there need to be exposure of MaRa corruption and nepotism. There is a dire need for a Common Sense Pamphlet, like what Thomas Paine did in 1776 for the American revolution, exposing King George III.

      What can writers and other do? Expose.. Expose and Expose the Mara regime. What can the writers do? Expose. What can the people do? Vote against MaRa and the criminal gang.

      Can you be the Anonymous Author and Produce a Sri Lankan version of Common Sense in Sinhala, Tamil and English? You will do as much service to Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, just like Thomas Paine did for America and France.You can expand this write up, and get there.

      Say, Because I have Common Sense, I will not vote for Mr. Rajapaksa and their criminal cronies for a continuation of a Family Dynasty, and say that Sri Lanka is a Republic.

      Rajapaksa had the opportunity. The power corrupted them. The People are sick of them. They even used Buddhism towards their ends. Even Sinhala Buddhists are fed up them, and they are showing their true colors.

      An Anonymous Author like Thomas Paine is needed with a Common Sense Pamphlet to expose the King, King George, the Rajapaksa Clan. Read, the Common Sense Pamphlet , by Thomas Paine, that inspired the American Revolution along with the other events. Common Sense (pamphlet)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

      Produce a Commons sense Pamphlet for Sri Lanka and say why it is in the best interest of the people of Sri Lanka to remove the King, aka Rajapaksa Dynasty from power and let the Republic be a Republic and Not a dynasty. This Pamphlet, in Sinhala, Tamil and English, need to be sent to each and every Sri Lankan Citizen, just like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense pamphlet.

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        Kusal Perera,

        Sri Lankan people should be proud of you – at least as one person – to recognize the malice that has spread like cancer in the governance, law, order and decency in Sri Lanka since independence.

        You forgot to mention the dozens of opposition politicians without integrity who crossed over to the government for money and power.

        The situation might not change even if the UNP comes to power, especially with the corrupt judiciary in place for two decades.

        Voters might try hard as they may, but the culture of corruption of majority of the politicians and the judiciary are hard to overcome.

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          Thiru,

          Most of the UNP cross dressers who moved to the government ranks even with the lure of money and rank offered by MR could have been arrested if the UNP had good leadership. With a man like RW holding on to the leadership of the UNP for dear life, an inept and moribund leader, I am not surprised so many MPs opted to leave.

          I shudder at the thought of Ranil being the next president.

          What a sad position we the people of Sri Lanka are in – the proverbial ‘between the devil and the deep blue sea’.

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        Sure,
        Dear Mr Kusal
        As suggested please author a Commen sense pamplet, so that I will finance the first 10,000 copies.
        CT, you can monitor this effoet and initiate the work. Of course there will be 1000’s to contribute for this worthy cause.

        N.B. Please initial fund and appoint a group of intellectuals to execute it.

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          Yoosuf and Kusal,

          “Dear Mr Kusal As suggested please author a Commen sense pamplet, so that I will finance the first 10,000 copies.”

          Yes, Kusal. Amarasairi will sponsor the next 20,000 copies, and in addition will promote it all over Lanka.

          You will be assured a place in Nirvanna, Heaven etc. fot rour contribution to Lanka, the land of Native Veddah Aethho (People)

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      Thanks Kusal. That was quite a tell-off on the state of the nation. Politics by itself has been foisted on the people, to be in eternal turmoil. The ruling party always on the hunt or lookout to create disturbances to screw the people, whilst they make a quick get away with the loot. When the dust settles, everyone realizes what took place was just a smoke screen to either rush throu a controversial bill in parliament, or to justify a top heavy defence budget for peace time patrol, or something similar in sinister. Blocking access to websites does not help either. One such is CT in which the ‘moles’ and their ‘schemes’ get exposed whilst paying scant respect to the lives of ordinary people. They have right royally bungled up the whole education system including student discipline and attitude, in order to prevent or deprive newer generation of smart and witty guys and gals waiting in the wings to take over. In short, the whole nine yards is beyond redemption and the old guards (some serving as long as 20 years or more) must be retired or removed to make way for fresh hands to take up position, hoping for a cleaner and a better administration. Earning money in politics should never be the motive, but serving the country and duty first, and then they will be amply rewarded for it. We need just rulers who act impartial, where the rule of law is equally applied without fear or favor. No more ‘Ape miniha’ buncum, which has taken the country to these depths. Do we really have any chance to see that day dawn?

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    good article.

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    Well said Kusal.

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    Kusal Perera

    “There are people who now say, I cannot contest for the third time. They say it at different places. But why bother? It’s the people who decide. Let the people decide that. Otherwise they can go to Courts.”

    “President Rajapaksa was quoted so, at a meeting of health sector employees called to Temple Trees a week or so ago”.

    “The Court that he says the people can go to is not that in Bengaluru which delivered a verdict on TN CM Jeyalalithaa.”

    Tell the people that Sri Lanka is now corrupt, thanks to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, that they want to go to an Indian Court in Lumbini or Bodhi Gaya or somewhere in Maha Bharat, India, where Buddha was born.

    Otherwise, he will put his shills, and white washes in place and ask them for a predetermined verdict.

    In any case the Combined opposition need to come together, to beat this Family dictatorship.

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    Thanks Mr. Kusal Perera. The Sinhala Buddhists are idiots.

    This is what we are left with after 66 years of freedom 80 of franchise

    I read the following:
    1.Comment re Dayan Jayatilake”Jayatilake, let us stop fooling around.Premadasa was an improvement on JRJ at least in that he realised that if JRJ Duty Free concept centred on the Western Province was to continue, realised that many young women will end up as prostitutes in brothels in the Free Trade Zone.Premadasa did not have to honour the IOUs presented to JRJ by the Sinhala and Borah businessmen.To that he was great. But Premadasa did not win that election.Period.That was the first time that an election was fixed on such a scale.After that he did not have stature to solve the social problems created by JRJ which he inherited.He dissipated the goodwill that he inherited by pushing out JRJ.At Moneragala and in the South he acted the butcher. If RW is not the suitable candidate for the opposition, here I am in agreement with him,Premadasa brat is nothing but a good toilet cleaner for the UNP.He can never be a statesman, he cannot meet the leaders of other states unless he assumes the character of Andara. Karu had not declared his interest in the presidency. I am sure that a majority in the opposition, uncommitted and the from the seats of this govt will welcome him. I for one will vote for him.If Premadasa brat with no qualifications, with his racialist trait contest, I will vote with Mahinda. If RW contest, I will abstain. Jayatilake it is best to keep your foul mouth shut.You are no Gamalath or Wickramabahu.
    2″
    Vishwamitra, what Nimal, BBS rep,Jim Softy and the great K.A.Sumanasekara said are true.I will not place Ranil as low, as bad as indicated by BBS rep, but Ranil has no ability to pursue a topic. Remember 2001-2002 when he ran to the US every other week.His other problem is that he suspect those in his own party. I believe the cross over of Karu and Dayasiri were due to his weakness. In Dayasiri, against whatever others say the UNP had a good second or third ranker, who need exposure. That man’s career in politics was ruined jointly by Ranil and Mahinda. Champika is good Technocrat. The day, if under a modified Executive presidency a cabinet of technocrats has to be formed, then Champika deserves a place as much as Harin, Eran, Harsha Anura Kumar, Vijitha Herath Mangala and a few more. The more will come from the JVP. What Ranil did with the Millinium City crowd was very bad. He listened to tales from some. probably from the forces itself. He is lucky that he was not prosecuted as a traitor. Ranil is petty minded. In both Fonsekas case and Shirani bandaranbayake’s case he could have taken a more forthright role. he avoided the problems with semantics.In Shirani Bandaranayakes case he appointed another nit wit John Amaratunga as the UNP man on the panel. He brought Keheliya, Jhonston, Mervin, Duminda,Lakshman Yapa,Ravi all rotters into politics. How do you explain the presence of Daya Gamage and Grero in UNP politics? Luckily Grero had left the UNP but does not buck the UNP like Jhonston or Mervyn, do you mean that Ranil is not carrying IOUs from daya Gamage and Grero. Did not JRJ ruin the industries paid for by the tax payer because he carried IOUs from Sinhala and Borah mudalalis? For all that is said by his crew, RW is still not pro people. He is the one who talked about filling the paddy fields in the Western province.The excuse for that I am told is because the WP paddy fields are low yielding.That problem had been solved by the present Govt by planting traditional rice, which do not require any input of modern agrochemicals and fertilizer. As BBS rep says he is one man who had lost all opportunities provided, either being lazy or did not want to displease MR or as some say, he had been looked after by MR.. Champika is a racist accepted.The BBS accused Lalith K of ensuring the death of Soma priest. That was a false story, they could have pursued that accusation after accepting a Cabinet post-they did not- they came to power using his death.Why did the JHU keep silent on this matter? Was it engineered by one of them for the very purpose of coming to power. You say that the JHU is clean.Can you please explain two things. 1.What happened to the Benz that Ellawala Medhalankara wanted to use as a Kennel? 2. That transaction was justified by Champika and Gamanpila. They came on the TV on a number of days for that purpose.3.Why did they not condemn the attacks, the damage to the Mosques and the killings at Aluthgama? 4. Why did they not condemn Rathupaswela? Why did they vote with the Casino bill? Why did they not condemn Ganansara and Kiram Wimalajothi mudalali? I like to cut this short. Let me end this missive by saying that the UNP may have passed the Senhanayake era, it is the Jayawardena / Wijewardena era that is running the UNP.Ranil is JRJ’s nephew. Coming to Athureliya Ratana was he not one of the first persons to attack places of Christian worship.
    Adrian Perera
    October 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

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      A.Perera

      “Thanks Mr. Kusal Perera. The Sinhala Buddhists are idiots.”

      While Sinhala “Buddhists” have a high ranking position in the idiot Rankings, there are many others and there is stiff competition.

      Could it be due to their low I.Q. Rank of 79 for Lanka with a Majority of Sinhala?

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      Rank
      ——– Country
      ———————– %
      ————-
      1 Singapore 108
      2 South Korea 106
      3 Japan 105

      27 Kenya 80
      28 Guatemala 79
      28 Sri Lanka 79
      28 Zambia 79
      29 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 78

      IQ and the Wealth of Nations

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IQ_and_the_Wealth_of_Nations

      IQ and the Wealth of Nations is a 2002 book by Richard Lynn, Professor of Psychology, and Tatu Vanhanen, Professor of Political Science .[1] The book argues that differences in national income (in the form of per capita gross domestic product) are correlated with differences in the average national intelligence quotient (IQ). The authors further argue that differences in average national IQs constitute one important factor, but not the only one, contributing to differences in national wealth and rates of economic growth. Critical responses have included questioning of the methodology and of the incompleteness of the data, as well as of the conclusions.[2][3] The 2006 book IQ and Global Inequality is a follow-up to IQ and the Wealth of Nations by the same authors.

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    I would like to add my thanks to Kusal Perera. Finally a writer who calls a spade, a spade. I was horrified by the “mix and match” combinations of “common” candidates being paraded by previous writers in CT recently. If there’s no older version of Harin Fernando on offer to voters, it’s best to stick with the issues. The opposition needs to commit itself to a few important points in a campaign for a “Decent, civilized country for all”:

    Reinstate rule of law/equal rights for all
    Ensure that the police upholds the law
    No criminals in parliament
    No corruption and family rule
    No violation of women and children
    No disruption of peaceful protests
    Peace and reconciliation with dignity and justice
    Access to basic goods at fair prices/food security for all

    I think Mr. Perera is right that the time has come when you can’t fool all the people all the time…

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    Kusal many thanks for a very forthright description of the Rajapaksa and the Monk, and what JVP and JHU did in the false pretence of helping the Sinhala Buddhist in the South. Someone in UK told me that Rathna criticised the Lord Buddha for insisting them wearing the yellow robe, and his mother who was listening to Rathne’s criticism has started to cry,as Rathna as a Monk was disgracing the Lord Buddhas teachings.
    Champka is, according to his wife donate Rs 25,000 as maintenance for the two daughters, and Champakas former wife is using that money for the two daughters transport cost.
    How can Rathna still discuss politics when the Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Sector has banned all Monks taking part in politics. With the 12 point message to Mahinda Rathna will be staying put to support Mahinda’s corrupt activities, if not the land he got to construct his Temple may get confisticated. All these in the JHU are more corrupt than even some of Rajapksa relation, but they misled the Sinhala. Buddhist, as they think a yellow robe clad Monks always tell the truth.

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    Wherever is the ‘Sinhala South’ that is referred to ? The South contains a mixed population of various ethnicities and is multi-religious. There NEVER has been an attempt to keep it for ONE unique group, as the LTTE terrorists and others who claim NOT to be terrorists or supporters of the terrorists had done in the NP.

    It is hilarious when it is claimed that the passage of the Amendment 13 is valid and yet the others that followed are NOT. They were all passed under the system which gave us an executive president. As seen from the above it had it’s faults, but it did give us the ability to eliminate the terrorists from our midst, a scourge that had held the country back for 30 long years. To describe that act as a wrong needs a twisted thinking process. Logic it is NOT. The ONLY beneficiary of getting rid of the present system at present will be the LTTE proxy, the TNA.

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      Ram the Monk

      The South contains a mixed population and the minority are being used as human shields. If you ask the question as to where these Tamils came from ( except the plantation Tamils)the answer is staring at your face if your are intelligent enough which is doubtful . It is obvious that you don’t understand the difference between killing for a living by you and fighting to survive Sinhalese terror.

      You also don’t understand the difference between elected representative the TNA ( who polled 87% even under rigged system) and the Proxies such as Douglas and his clowns who didn’t win a single seat.
      That is Democracy which a Monk like you would not understand.

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      Ram, go [Edited out] yourself.

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    Wow Kusal. Saying, as is. A rubber hitting the road moment.

    The Sinhala-Buddhist policies are devouring the Sinhala-Buddhists. Lik Saturn,It devours it’s own children.

    The good news, unsaid in this story is, the Sinhala-Buddhist electorate begins to realize they can’t live in peace. If they wish for peace, then others must have their peace too. Perhaps a new Srilanka is emerging.

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    The Sinhala South is under “AL Capones” of Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabas – as Kusal says.

    The north is under the army – who are/were recently brazen enough to occupy Nalloor Temple totally on the most important last day during recent annual festival – this was totally ignored by the media.

    Now foreigners are banned from the north, lest they report the Reign of Terror there, on return.
    Getting out of & surviving the daily brutality, haunts the northern peoples’ lives – and, MR wants their votes !!!

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    The Canadian PM hid in a closet, just like Jeremy clarkeson hid under a bed (in Argentina). Such heroics eh..

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/11185812/Canada-PM-hid-in-a-closet-during-Ottawa-gun-attack.html

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      Hello Ram.

      What is the connection to Harper in this article may I ask ?

      Btw, in relevance to your post, remember JRJ hid under the table, actually was shoved under the table by PM Premadasa when a grenade was lobbed at their group in parliament.

      Cheers.

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        ” was shoved under the table by PM Premadasa “

        I am sure you understand the significant difference between the above and running and hiding in a closet by himself and this from a man who attempts at every given opportunity to minimize the impact of LTTE terrorism on innocent Sri Lankans in the past. In fact it shows Premadas’s courage in trying to protect his leader in the face of danger to them all.

        However, he appeared with a feigned brave face later on to announce to the world that ‘Canada would not be intimidated’ by terrorists. Now we know different, and yet, this is the man to whom Canadians have entrusted their life and liberty.

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          Ramu

          Where were JR and Premadasa hiding when Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) lobbed two grenades at members of government met?

          Where were the armed forces hiding when Hindian air force dropped chappathi flour in 1987?

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    As expected an excellent piece by Kusal, a true son of Sri Lanka. It’s a terrible shame he is not in politics. He would make a great leader of Sri Lanka.

    Does CT have a Sinhala version? If so this article by Kusal must be published for the Sinhala readers to be informed of what the Rajapaksa regime has done and doing to the country.

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    The see-saw within commentaters of CT will not add an extra Vote against MR unless some form of serios educating the SB Voters is
    undertaken, specially to what would happen to them should MR get an
    illegal 3rd Term, by the track-record of his 9 yr. rule…… Is the
    UNP capabale of even this basic need to not take an opportunity MR
    himself gives us as precious Voters a chance to decide democratically?

    Rigging Votes is a diffferent matter and that WILL have to take place
    as Basil-cum-Deshapriya decides on the turn-out! January 2015 will be
    the one and only chance Dvine Power will give us to make a wise decision….

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    An excellent piece, Kusal. This should serve as an eye opener to the Sinhala South, provided they have the eyes to open!

    Sengodan. M

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    When are these Christian NGOs going to learn to give some respect to the Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants of the country who are the great majority?.

    Rajapaksa is the only leader who has given a decent standard of living to this great majority.

    With the current Budget ,the per capita will reach USD 4000 next year.

    Minimum wage has been increased to LKR 15.000, with the Private Sector being asked to give the workers minimum LKR 10,000.

    8 % Economic Growth to maintain the 7 % plus rate since Nanthikadal.

    Reduced prices through reduction in taxes.

    More Pension payments

    These are real time measures to lift the living standards of the poore

    And the UNP reckons these are gimmicks.

    One thing is clear.

    There won’t be TNA Police or Land Titles for the North.or BBS Police or UNP Police with Land Titles in the South.

    President has give a clear message to the Opposition.

    With the Monk or without, they can go to the great majority and ask whether they want separate Police Forces in their Provinces with the Chief Ministers holding title to all public land, there?.

    This is going to be the most simple Election campaign after the Colonists left.

    But the most significant remark in the Presidents pre Budget speech is, his request to the TNA leader Mr Sambandan to help the Government to bring Economic Development to Dalits in the South as well as the North.

    That is what the NGOs should encourage if they love the Dalits and work for the betterment of their living standards ,as the NGOs publicize in their colourful brochures.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      Have you skipped Kusal’s comment about Sinhala/Buddhists South?

      I will make it easy for you:

      “They are local “Al Capones” who sit over people’s daily life. It is their feeling of insecurity where education has little hope in giving their children a decent and a secure future. A feeling of insecurity having got to live with increasing molestations and sexual abuse of children, increasing trend in sexual harassment, rape and murder of women, wide spread and almost open peddling of drugs in villages, custodial killings, extortions and brutal killings along with a police department that has lost social trust, that has changed priorities from voting a Sinhala Buddhist leader.”

      Please read it for your own good.

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        Dear Native,

        When did you visit Sinhala South last, my friend ?????.

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          “When did you visit Sinhala South last, my friend ?????.”

          Do you also want to know whom did I visit last, where did I stay? How long did I stay? Did I enjoy Kandyan hospitality?

          You are a stupid man. You should have asked me a relevant question, did I come from South? Am I married to a Southern female?

          Veddahs live all over the island. We travel, visit, go on pilgrimage, … inspect the state of nations, collect honey, hear complaints from Southerners as well as the Northerners, meet the poor inhabitants, console them, …. on a regular basis.

          Now what is your problem? Is there a white van ready and waiting to show me around the island?

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            Dear Native,

            never knew you work for Paikiosothy.

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              K.A Sumanasekera

              “never knew you work for Paikiosothy.”

              I don’t work for Paikiosothy. However I do work. How about you?

              Are you having lots of fun while your mother, sisters, grandmas, aunts, wife, etc are toiling in medieval middle east kingdom to keep you an idle all day every day of every year?

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                Dear Native,

                Our Dalits don’t get protection visas to get well paying cool jobs.. Do they?.

                Or the Dole which is at least 6 times our per capita. income….

                What about our Dalit kids little tummies?

                You can’t just keep filling them up with gone past the Use by Date Powdered Milk and .Wheat Flour.

                They don’t have rich Relos in the West to send monthly checks either through Western Union .

                Do they ????

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                  K.A Sumanasekera

                  “What about our Dalit kids little tummies?”

                  Their tummies are full with 8 measures of free grain from moon. You shouldn’t be worrying about them as the Sinhala/Buddhist state promised to safeguard Buddha Sasana which of course bring rockets full of rice from planet Lunar.

                  Now the Chinese are planning to send their rockets on Lunar Mission, which include the more sophisticated Chang’e-5 mission, planned for 2017, is going to bring back lunar soil to earth. Later missions hopefully would bring back grains harvested on Lunar soil and sold it to your inhabitant. Wait few years.

                  You have rich friends in China who I believe equally as benevolent as the inhabitants of Kotte. Leave it to the Chinese to feed you.

                  You just continue your party while your women folks are being abused in the Middle East yet nothing is being done to protect them or or finding alternative employment here.

                  Blame it on Vellala Christian Diaspora.

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                    Dear Native,

                    Did you know that the Great Chinese launched their Asia China Development Bank only a couple of days ago?.

                    And the seed capital is USD 850 Billion in cash ,all from Chinese…

                    It will totally focus on developing the Infrastructure of South East and and South Asian countries..

                    Even India signed off with 20 other Nations.

                    In spite of your buddy Kerry begging Hindians and Aussies not to do so.

                    Wonder why?..

                    May be they have to find new markets for Best Before Use By Date passed plain flour.

                    Guess what our Srilanka is one of the pioneer members ,

                    And we may be eligible for a total discount of what we owe them for the great Infrastructure they have gives us including the North South freeway ,for Dalits to travel to Jaffna on CTB buses.

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      athal sumane

      The issues that are paramount to our country are upholding the pillars of democracy namely Justice,equity, Freedom and representation. Not freebies

      your arguments on dalits may be valid in certain instances, Your slip is showing when you conveniently forget the core themes which are the true guardians of the people.

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        Ken Robert,

        Paikiosothy’s booze bill was LKR 350,000.

        His helper Hotta forks out LKR 100,000 plus for a bite with his mates.

        Our President has to plead with the Private Businesses to pay their workers at least LKR 10,000 a month.

        What a shame your Elite buddies don’t seem have the paramount needs of Justice, Equality ,Freedom,and Representation.

        Do they have Gyms to trim down the Booze Bellies?

        Or should Rajapaksa make their Memberships Tax Deductable , when the Revenue Boys start going after the Tax Dodgers .

        t…

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          “Do they have Gyms to trim down the Booze Bellies?”

          You need a temperance movement to educate the inhabitants about “Mathata Thitha” or End to Alcoholism.

          Your mates close to the clan obtain liquor licences for free of charge and sell them to the highest bidders, irrespective of the numbers of already established taverns in a particular area, even close to schools and holy places. You don’t need gyms if you close down the taverns mushrooming every nook and corner of this thrice blessed island.

          Why don’t you visit this island once in while?

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      Every one who reads K.A.S know his preoccupation with the word “dalit”, which is not a word in Sinhala, Tamil or English!! With the so called 2500 year old civilization, there is no word in the Sinhala language! He must have had some bad experience with this caste issue. He always brings it up whether it is relevant or not.

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      K A Sumane

      Are you able to convert USD 4000 into SLRS , if not it will be 520,000 at the current rate of 130 / USD. If you divide this by 365 days do u know the answer – O kay it will be Rs 1,424.80/day . What can you do with this for a day . An average family able to have their minimum standard meals without dinner, and also they have sleep early since they will have nothing to pay for CEB

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        Good to see that some of our Opposition cheer squad at least, are up to speed with arithmetic

        You think your mates Ranil, Sobitha and Sambandan can give us a P C I equivalent to at least the average Dole in the Diaspora lands, which is about USD 24,000.per anum.

        If they can , why don’t you guys at least show us how it will be done and our Dalits will listen.

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    It UNP get TNA support in public they will loose Singhala vote. So it is better TNA to not expose their support in public. Even TNA tell or not, Tamils will vote for UNP. UNP should target to obtain minimum 40% Singhala vote. If they can obtain 40 % UNP will be victorious.Also Shobitha thera can gather total opposition support than Ranil. Ranil wants to abolish presidency . So then why he contest? So Thera should be the presidential candidate.

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    Kusal

    Mahintha and the Monk is like a married man and a Prostitute.

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    The truth is that the rule of law and justice system failed throughout the period since 1948.

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    Kusal Perera is blaming the Sinhala South a dn where it is ? In Colombo, Galle or Matara ?

    HE is talking about a Sinhala -buddhist society when Mahinda Rajapakse is HALF -CATHOLIC and a former FULL CATHOLIC. His chief Justice and many others are Catholics Tamils or Muslims. He has Tamil or Indian relatives.

    Why only Sinhala-buddhists are emphasized because KUSAL PErera is Catholic ?

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      Jim Softly

      Interesting observation !

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    Buddhist monks are the curse of Sri Lanka. I believe that if not for these monks, the problems of the Sri Lankan Tamils would have been sorted out during Bandaranaike’s time.

    The behaviour of some of these Buddhist monks is worse than that of thugs and rowdies. If you want proof see this video and listen to the utter filth dished out by the Chief Priest of the Batticaloa Viharadhipadi Sumana Thera. Not just stopping with his vulgar language in which he even called Minister Pavithra a bitch , this Buddhist priest physically attacked a public servant who was just trying to do his job. Policemen were standing there but they were just watching. He should be disrobed and put behind bars like a common criminal. Unfortunately in Sri Lanka this would not happen.

    Here is the link to the video:

    http://www.tamilwin.com/show-RUmszARZKXmr1.html

    This Buddhist monk is a disgrace to the whole Sinhala Buddhist community.

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    Kusal,

    Good analysis my friend.

    But offer us a better alternative than the UNP.

    It is led by RW, an inept and moribund leader who missed so many golden opportunities to capitalise on horrendoes errors of the MR regime. I for one will not want to see RW in the helm. I assure you it will be no better.

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    it is like the nice outer cover of a book with its contents re totally differnt by people s first thoughts have been manipulated for their favor. This man in power is a failure – sometimmes not in terms of being radical against terrorists but in the post war episodes in the country. Anyways the war victory they the Rajapakshes grabed from all who really deserved to be- cant be the same song for all years. They will not be able to abuse people by selling that all along.

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