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Mahinda, Minotaur, Lenin And Premadasa

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

According to a recent Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, a Sri Lankan Passport is among the 10 worst in the world in terms of free access to other countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Palestine, Eritrea, Nepal, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Lebanon. If you wonder how this happened to Sri Lanka, juxtapose the previous fact with the following fact: Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in the United Kingdom was summoned to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a meeting related to the issues of renegade Tiger guerrilla leader Karuna entering Britain with official backing from the Government of Sri Lanka.

Rajapaksa clan and its cronies brag endlessly about the tremendous progress that they have made in infrastructure: new highways, stadiums, a new harbor, a new international airport, and a marvelous theater; Colombo looks cleaner; but our inner-structure has been deteriorating. The name “Rajapaksa” is so ubiquitous in Sri Lanka that only the public toilets are not named after Rajapaksas. I think it is better to name our public toilets after some Sri Lankan politicians: Mervin’s mouth; Dayasiri’s tongue; and Wimal’s brain. In 1975, Dr. N. M. Perera exposed 45 rich industrialized families who were controlling Sri Lankan. Now, there is only one: Rajapaksas.

Superabundance of anything turns to its opposite; this phenomenon is known as enantiodromia; Heraclitus introduced this concept. When I was studying in the former Soviet Union, Lenin was so ubiquitous that my roommate, another Sri Lankan student, worshiped Lenin and offered flowers and bread to Lenin, as Buddhists would offer flowers and food to the Buddha; to my Sri Lankan roommate, Lenin was the Buddha of the Soviet Union. We all know what happened to Lenin’s statues when the Soviet Union collapsed. Every Sri Lankan politician is trying to emulate Rajapaksas by introducing their family members into politics, because politics has become more lucrative than selling illegal drugs; in fact, prostitution has become worthy of veneration in Sri Lanka because hapless prostitutes sell only their own bodies to make a living to feed their hungry children; on the other hand, some Sri Lankan politicians have only one goal: To sell the country to become billionaires. Skullduggery, thuggery, and politics have become synonyms in Sri Lanka.

Words such as “nepotism,” “despotism,” “plutocracy,”  “Machiavellianism,” “authoritarianism,” “feudalism,” etc.—well, I can keep on using all the words that I know, but that would be too ostentatious.  Still, I cannot think of a single word to describe this phenomenon in Sri Lanka. If you can come up with the mot juste to describe this phenomenon please let me know.

Sooner or later, Mahinda Rajapaksa is going to realize what he has done to Sri Lanka: He has created a Minotaur-like monster—this political alliance, the UPFA—that he cannot control. Think of what Mahinda said about abolishing the Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka before he came to power. It is similar to what Minos did with the snow-white bull. Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of support. Minos was instructed to kill the snow-white bull to show honor to Poseidon, but he decided to keep it instead because of its majesty. Mahinda promised to abolish the Executive Presidency but decided to keep it instead because of its enormous powers. To punish Minos, Pasiphae, Minos’ wife, was made to fall deeply in love with the snow-white bull. The archetypal craftsman Daedalus built a hollow wooden cow, and Pasiphae climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull, and she pretended to be a cow. The offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. In Sri Lanka, the Executive Presidency is the snow-white bull; Minotaur is the political system that Mahinda has created. There is no labyrinth to hide this monster that he has created; this monster has turned the entire Sri Lanka into an elaborate maze. Seven Athenian youths and seven maidens were sent every year to be devoured by the Minotaur.  Mahinda has to feed his Minotaur by giving ministerial jobs to satiate and control his rebellious politicians. Who is going to kill this Minotaur? Where is our Theseus, the slayer of the Minotaur and the robber Procrustes? The hoi polloi, is that the hollow wooden cow?

If you do not kill the Minotaur soon it will devour you; soon, one of these refractory members that you have created—the biggest threat to Rajapaksa clan—is going to challenge Mahinda when the conditions are ripe; so, kill the Minotaur before it is too late; give up the Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka, before someone much worse than you become our next Executive President. It is just a matter of time. Remember what J. R. Jayewardene did to Sirimavo Bandaranaike?

Recently, I met an erudite gentleman who had taught Rajapaksas when they were students at Ananda College.  A remark that he made still reverberates in my soul: Mahinda and Gotabaya’s father—Don Alwin Rajapaksa—was a real gentleman politician. I sincerely believe him, but what about his children? Have they emulated their father’s decency and his struggle to create a better society in Sri Lanka? Do you think that the Sri Lankans do not deserve their freedom of expression—the mother of all freedoms— that was cherished by your father’s generation? Do you believe that all of us, including the Rajapaksas, regardless of our race, ethnicity, religion, and job or social status must uphold the basic principles of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law? Has the current regime done everything to protect your basic rights and the rule of law? Most unctuous sycophants and toadies would say, ”Well, that is the way in Sri Lanka.” Even highly educated Sri Lankans have said this to me. Well, my friends, that is too obtuse. Do you think Sri Lankans are incapable of creating good governance and a just society? Are we just cultural Buddhists, tartuffes, and our sanctimonious pity is just an elaborate comedy? In twenty five years, do you think that Sri Lankans are going to refer to Rajapaksa family as patriots or as gentleman politicians? Are Rajapaksas on the same par with politicians like N. M. Perera, Colvin R.D. Silva, Peter Keneumen, and Senanayakes? Here is my definition of a current Sri Lankan politician: Take a thug, a rapist, or a murderer, dress him up with a white long-sleeved shirt, a red or blue shawl, and a white sarong and voila, you get a Sri Lankan politician.

I would not say that J. R. Jayewardene and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike were gentleman politicians.  S.W.R.D. was the first politician who exploited the hoi polloi by dividing them into “Five Great Political Forces (Pancha Maha Balavegaya): Sangha (Sinhala Buddhist monks), Veda (Indigenous medicine men), Guru (Teachers), Govi (Farmers), and Kamkaru (Workers); the first force that he chose “Sangha,” subliminally, conveys the message that the other four forces are also “Sinhala-Buddhists.” He did not choose the Sinhala word “Pujya” which denotes those who deserve veneration, and would have included priests and imams as well. Ironically, S.W.R.D. was assassinated by a Buddhist monk: This Buddhist monk was hanged for committing the murder of his prime minister.

J.R. was the first educated Sri Lankan Executive President who used thugs and policemen to intimidate, harass, and beat honorable judges, law abiding men and women, and decent politicians. Even though the current regime hired henchmen to ridicule Sri Lanka’s first female Supreme Court Judge Shirani Bandaranayake—when she was impeached, some people celebrated the occasion by having milk-rice in front of her house—at least, she was not physically beaten.  We all know that she was chosen because of her loyalty to the Rajapkasas, but later her conscience would not let her remain loyal; how come our spineless politicians, university VCs, and educated elite of the leftist parties who used to brag that they were the true champions of the proletariats do not have the same guts to challenge the decisions and deportment of this government?

For the hoi polloi, both Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranasinghe Premadasa illumine the nature of “charismatic” leadership in Sri Lanka. Both have the instinct of a fox in a lion’s clothing. I have seen Premadasa’s daring pugnacity during the 1977 campaign; he was savage in attack; he openly criticized, ridiculed, and challenged Indira Ghandhi. When he became President, he fought and won his battles against hubristic and supercilious Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake, using cunning maneuver.  Both Mahinda and Premadasa understood at a very young age the hoi polloi’s deep desire to ridicule the English-speaking elite and the erudite politicians of Colombo. Mahinda’s cunning qualities of a fox and his Machiavellian politics have won more converts to his cause than the most patriotic Sri Lankan leaders.

On the other hand, I understand why people keep supporting Rajapkasas; what is the alternative? The devil we know is better than the devil we don’t. Because there is one thing common to all the devils that have been in power: each one is worse than his predecessor. If you think Sajith Premadasa is going to abolish Executive Presidency, you are in your own la-la land; when Ranil had a chance, like a cunning fox, he evaded it because he thought he would be the next Executive President. This Sri Lankan mentality of electing the husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nephews, and nieces of politicians is a remnant of Feudalism. Did Rahula claim that he was the Buddha, when the Buddha passed away? I am not Dan Brown, so I do not think Jesus had any children, but Jesus had brothers and sisters; Did James, the brother of Jesus, said, “I am the next messiah,” when Jesus was crucified?

I admire the Sri Lanka artists who keep pushing the envelope. “And Company” is my favorite Sri Lankan TV show. Even though they make allusions to Mahinda as “Chintaka Sabapathi,” I have never heard any allusions made to Gotabaya; perhaps, there will be a character call “Baya Gota”; perhaps, there will be a sign “Jara Passa.”

I am very optimistic because the superabundance of any force inevitably produces its opposite. The best example that I know of is Emperor Asoka, who elevated Buddhism to the official state religion. Bloodthirsty Chandasoka (Asoka the Fierce) became Asoka (painless, without sorrow). According to legend, after the conquest was over when Asoka roamed the city, all he could see was a vision of hell on earth. When he saw the corpses, he realized that because of his insatiable thirst for vengeance and power, someone has lost her husband, someone else a father, someone a child, someone an unborn infant. This deep compunction led to conversion: He embraced Buddhism. If Sri Lankans have any decency, sooner or later, they are going to rebel against corruption, thuggery, and lawlessness.

Here is what I think of Sri Lankan politicians: The leader and his cronies eat everything and leave the excrement for the hoi polloi, who occupy the bottom rungs of the social ladder; the hoi polloi fight with each other for the excrement that the leader and his cronies have left behind.

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    The last decent leader that Sri Lanka had was Dudley Senanayake.

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      The writer ^s verbatim:

      ” If Sri Lankans have any decency, sooner or later, they are going to rebel against corruption, thuggery, and lawlessness”

      If srilankens are only represented by VILLAGE MASSES, they have proved not once, a dozen of times sofar how decent they are. Decent people are to decent leaders. Leaders are their representatives. The fact that Ranjan Ramananayake made it clear to his listeners in and out of parliament – a larger majority among the parliamentarians are criminal minded or ones that promote crimes of all forms. The mirror picture of the society today is the prima fassie evidence for this.

      Instead of fighting against, ramphant corrution, thuggery and lawlessnes, masses in the country are pro to them. Lately held experiments – elections SHOWED this to us the dissidents and all folks how our masses have been.

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      Dude Jagath, you are TOTALLY BRILLIANT!

      Machan, keep it coming – real pleasure to read you decoding the THEATER OF THE ABSURD that is Politics in Rajapassa Neverland!

      The concept of ‘enantiodromia’ is spot on to describe life in Neverland that is the Miracle of Asia and its EXCESSES – particularly the insecurity that militarization and Gota the Goons securitization and DEEP STATE generates among common people.. Other signs of enantiodromia are The Tall Towers of KRISH and the Chinese Radio tower the Hambantota port and airport sans ships and planes, the white elephants of Norichclai, the Commonwealth of Clowns (CHOGM) circus… Gota, and of course the Grease Yakka incarnate – GOTA THE GOON!

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      Saul,

      “The last decent leader that Sri Lanka had was Dudley Senanayake.”

      Unfortunately, there were too many Opportunists and racists, they all had to contend with.

      Now Look, at Another Problem… in the Middle East and the UN
      Saudi Arabia accuses the UN of failing to tackle crises in the Middle East

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24586363

      UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he has received no notification from Saudi Arabia that it will turn down a seat on the UN Security Council.

      Earlier the Saudi foreign ministry said it had turned down the non-permanent seat, accusing the world body of “double standards”.

      The ministry said the UN needs to be reformed first.

      It said the Security Council had failed in its duties towards Syria as well as in other world conflicts.

      Mr Ban refused to say whether he would be speaking to the Saudi king about the matter.

      “I understand that some member states, particularly some concerned group of member states, are discussing [this] among themselves,” Mr Ban said.

      The reaction among diplomats to this unprecedented decision has been one of shock and confusion, the BBC’s Nada Tawfik reports from the UN.

      France’s UN ambassador Gerard Araud said: “We think that Saudi Arabia would have brought a very positive contribution to the Security Council, but we do also understand the frustration of Saudi Arabia.”

      “The fact is that the Security Council has been unable to act now for more than two years,” Mr Araud said, according to AFP.

      However, Russia’s foreign ministry called the move bewildering, and said Saudi Arabia’s criticism of the UN Security Council about its actions over Syria “is particularly strange”.

      UN ‘failures’
      Saudi Arabia has previously expressed frustration at what it sees as an international failure to act on Syria, where it staunchly backs the rebels.

      The announcement came hours after Saudi Arabia was elected for the first time to one of the 10 rotating seats on the Security Council.

      The non-permanent members sit on the council for two years, along with the five permanent members – the US, the UK, France, China and Russia.

      As well as accusing the council of “double-standards” and demanding reform, the Saudi foreign ministry pointed to its failure “to find a solution to the Palestinian cause for 65 years”, which had led to “numerous wars that have threatened world peace”.

      It also criticised the UN’s “failure” to rid the Middle East region of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.

      And it accused the UN of allowing the Syrian government “to kill its own people with chemical weapons… without confronting it or imposing any deterrent sanctions”.

      The UN Security Council last month finally broke a two-and-a-half year deadlock on how to deal with conflict in Syria after voting unanimously to adopt a binding resolution on ridding the country of chemical weapons.

      Saudi observers say Riyadh would have been working for years to gain a place on the UN Security Council, so such a decision would have to have been made at the very top of the kingdom’s leadership.

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    A well versatiled article,.It should sent MR & to his cronies.

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      This article is a great one no doubt about that. But I still believe, there should be better candidates among the UNI dons and other professional bodies to lead the island nation.

      I wish I could read any constructive comments from that self descriptive – political analyst – Dayan Jayathilaka and Mahela who seem to be a great admirer from DJ.

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      WHAT???.
      It should be sent to Maaraputhraya &to his cronies ????.
      It already sent to the Hothambaya man.
      I am waiting to get in to the WHITE VAN hello.

      Dr Jagath Asoka – Be careful,
      You deserve the white van treatment,
      As you are Unpatriotic to our big boss and his clan.
      So tell me, where to find you?. or
      I will tell my boss to send his goons, like caught KePPaya in Malaysia.
      Then our respected THIEF JUSTICE Can tell the people / U S A government you are hiding, because you cannot find a your underwears and in shame to come to the face publics.

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      Probably with a Sinhala translation

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    Kabaraya likes this article. But, there is too much talk of killing. Too many of our leaders got assassinated. Kabaraya also does not like bestiality. We have better stories than a bull with a queen. We have a lion with a queen. They produced a whole race of people. So, why go for these foreign stories when we are better at it than the Greeks. The hellayas have nothing to offer the Sinhellayas.

    Kabaraya thinks MR is no Asoka. He has dispatched over 70,000 Tamils at one go. He has killed many journalists and rival politicians. He has no more tears to shed. Poor man. Where will he go. His passport is valueless. People are hunting to have him prosecuted in other countries. Even the Chinese dont want him. Where will the poor man go. Be considerate. He has only Sri Lanka, like the Sinhellayas have only Sri Lanka. The Demalayas have Tamilnadu. So, let the man be a gift to the Sinhellayas and lead them into oblivion, feeding them non-halal meat and giving them a dose a day of Buddhism a la the BBS.

    Kabaraya likes that Baya Gota. We may be at the bottom. But, who says we do not have humour?

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      Dont try to misinterpret it – it is helplessness – not the humour. People are appalled by beeshanaya. Who is behind this beheshanya mechnaism – GOTA and Rajapkshe siblings. People^s situation today inthe country is comparable to that we experienced in late 80ties in the Premadasa regime. They cant express themselves. What happened to Nandana Ismail, What happened to Fre Janz and the many others that publicly opened their voices on behalf of helpless masses in the country ?

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      kabaragoya,

      You appear to be very hungry. Then eat the two [Edited out] MARA and GORA!

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    Take a thug, a rapist, or a murderer, dress him up with a white long-sleeved shirt, a red or blue shawl, and a white sarong and voila, you get a Sri Lankan politician.

    Cant agree with you more Dr. Jagath.
    Very well written article.

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      OHHHHHHHHH,
      you mean that SATAKAYA,

      Most of the PROSTITUTES [ Males and females] in Red-light areas all over the world wear that.
      So no deference to our politikkas to them.

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    This should be translated into Sinhala and Tamil and published for public consumption.

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      We have enough journalists to do so, but whether they allow them to appear in sinhala papers is the question. Substance of the article should go to all walks of lives in the country – then only they start even the need of seeing the other way around. They the masses are deaf and blind – made by state media institutions.

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        Use text and personal email to move this article around.

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          This I have been doing all the times but still only few are approached… that is sad..

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    Very enjoyable reading evincing great erudition and scholarship. I like most: “Mahinda has to feed his Minotaur by giving ministerial jobs to satiate and control his rebellious politicians. Who is going to kill this Minotaur? Where is our Theseus, the slayer of the Minotaur and the robber Procrustes? The hoi polloi, is that the hollow wooden cow?”
    very true. Bensen

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    ‘If Sri Lankans have any decency, sooner or later, they are going to rebel against corruption, thuggery, and lawlessness.’…………..
    or emigrate and write vacuous articles that do not get through to 90% of the population.

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      Your solution would be to keep quiet and sweep everyting under the rug. The very fact that only those outside can pen articles critical of ruling regime only highlights the facts in the article.

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        Spring does not understand winter blues.
        Sadly he also sees only the 90% working at Kentucky’s in the west who are an asset to the multinationals running these sweat shops. The 10% middle class do the same and more with the student visa. Pop gets job as manager of department store leaves his home to his bosses to hire his home as guest home to his company for a cheap summer holiday and sonny boy get into medics. Later the pop purchases home in the west and gets his western nationality. In the 10% deal both governments lose more than the 90% who are chased by the right wing.

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    “It is just a matter of time. Remember what J. R. Jayewardene did to Sirimavo Bandaranaike?” also what Somarama did to SWRD! Things did
    not change?

    Articles from the SL intelligentsia has been lacking – now this is one
    really worthy of the SL situation for all CW Heads to imbibe prior to
    their next Holiday here at SL tax-payers expense.

    The Regime is well supported by its ever increasing paid henchmen and
    planted judiciary, who will not change course and therefore we can expect another decade of family-dynasty, unless another Somarama has been born!

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    ‘this political alliance-the UPFA-which he cannot control’. He admitted this himself in the recent Al Jazeera interview. An excellent hard-hitting piece.

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      Every one of your recent comments in CT is censored, don’t you think it is high time you quit foaming at the mouth when writing responses.

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        His pay master prefers it that way.

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      KOLA ELLA;

      We can understand your standard and your mentality.

      So better try stop to bellowing.

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      Moda Kolla, I suggest you take a cyanide capsule. If you can’t get one ask Karuna!

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      Ela kolla

      Great comment.

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    Very true….

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    An erudite analysis of political evolution in this country, while drawing parallels from Greek mythogy a d the story of Asoka. It was definitely a lesson in a new aspect of Greek mythology. Thanks.

    Lesson: what is wrong cannot continue for long. It will have its inevitable end, initiated by forces within.

    Unfortunately, evil breeds greater evil, until it is uprooted lock, stock and barrel. When will this revolution in favour of what is right and decent happen in this country?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Rajasingham,

      What is this newly enlightened call for “uprooting the evil, rock, stock and barrel?”

      For the last four or six years your mantra has been we need to appreciate what these visonary and caring leaders have provided to the country, learn to live with and get the best of what we have been given and not rock the boat?

      Have you now decided to abandon ship because you have seen the light or you want to hide your former sins by playing ‘holier than the Pope?!

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    Lankans never fought for independence but hid in the Tamil Nadu Lungi.

    Baca Loco Ape shit Baca Loco King Kong rules like Franco the Fascist as long as the hoi polloi are prepared to live with tainted knickers.

    The Dravidians live with the mysticism of the north having been hoodwinked throughout history by hoi polloi

    The Holy One spoke.
    It is lust: it is wrath, born from the “passion” mode: know that this, all-devouring, all-defiling, is here our foe.
    Bhagavad Gita 3: 36- 37
    02.11.2013 Good over Evil

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    ” Words such as “nepotism,” “despotism,” “plutocracy,”  “Machiavellianism,” “authoritarianism,” “feudalism,” etc..” …… these are related to Human Behaviour….

    But unfortunately today there are no Humans ..though we see them as humans actually they are animals….the closest that I could think to describe the phenomenon is ” kabaragoyism..” ( varanus salvator ) …or popularly said ” Gan Kabarayas ” ..they devour anything and everything on the earth…they love human corpse…

    Your last para explains how Chandasoka …became Asoka …having witnessed the carnage at the War….converted to a Buddhist…..the so called humans too witnessed the carnage of the War in the North…but they live on the dead meat… so they are nothing but …GAN KABARAYAS AND SPREAD KBARAGOYISM…THE ” Y ” to respect the animal.

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    Thank you Dr.Jagath Asoka.
    Your name itself has an important meaning and what you have said just broadcasts that.
    But we lotus eaters always live in hope for tomorrow and just talk.
    As long as we live that way, we are not going to decide to take the chance NOW,and that is the curse which prevents us doing anything to free ourselves from what we have got badly stuck in.
    We have got used to it and feel comfortable in it,and that is the problem.

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    /*
    When I was studying in the former Soviet Union …
    */

    There you go. Problem diagnosed.

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      “in the former Soviet Union …
      There you go. – Problem diagnosed.”

      [Edited out]
      He is what he eats.

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    This latest rant of a man – one of many – who has seen the evils of Rajapakse and his executive presidency is pathetic.
    Where was he when tamils were slaughtered in batches since independence – AND unarmed sinhala youth during two “insurrections”?
    Only when the sinhalas are being held in captivity,impoverished,all civil liberties denied and now finally a judiciary which justifies all
    crimes against them – not to mention the tamils – realisation has finally dawned.
    Rajapakse rules with an iron grip,via the armed forces and police who have all been granted unwritten powers to arrest,torture,kill & “disappear”,all those critical of the Rajapakses.
    There is no solution except an armed insurrection – by the sinhalas this time – like what LTTE did.

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      Obviously, even the most educated diddn’t see it coming – until it came to their own door step, of course.

      Isn’t that precisely the wisdom that poet Martin Niemöller wrote about in his famous “First when they came… ” epic.

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    Dear Dr. Jagath Asoka,

    Well articulated article. Thank you, a fact we all know well.

    The question is what to do about it?

    Awadiyaw! Awadiyaw! Awadiyaw! Unfortunately the so called socialists all sold out their principles. What a shame.

    “To sell the country to become billionaires. Skullduggery, thuggery, and politics have become synonyms in Sri Lanka.”

    “Words such as “nepotism,” “despotism,” “plutocracy,” “Machiavellianism,” “authoritarianism,” “feudalism,” etc.—well, I can keep on using all the words that I know, but that would be too ostentatious. Still, I cannot think of a single word to describe this phenomenon in Sri Lanka. If you can come up with the mot juste to describe this phenomenon please let me know.”

    “Here is what I think of Sri Lankan politicians: The leader and his cronies eat everything and leave the excrement for the hoi polloi, who occupy the bottom rungs of the social ladder; the hoi polloi fight with each other for the excrement that the leader and his cronies have left behind.”

    The above succinctly summarizes the state of affairs. Thank you, again.

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    “I think it is better to name our public toilets after some Sri Lankan politicians: Mervin’s mouth; Dayasiri’s tongue; and Wimal’s brain.” mouth

    You forgot Azwers filthy mouth.

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      I think not public toilets – but the baldi kakusi – old age toilets that colombo and urban areas then had should be named after Mervin…. mervin is the all last most disgusting person who by force represent the lanken folks.

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    The fact that Sri Lankan passport holders are scrutinised with extra emphasis at airports in developed countries is not a new phenomenon. This explains their mindset in relation to Sri Lankans in general to some extent.

    Sri Lankans have become more and more identified as being unreliable, untrustworthy and without scruples to cheat at every given opportunity.

    It is perhaps an extension of this feature that is reflected in the goings-on at the various socio-political levels of the country and should not therefore come as a surprise to those of who are familiar with our contemporary history …

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      ” Sri Lankans have become more and more identified as being unreliable, untrustworthy and without scruples to cheat at every given opportunity.”

      Very true. I recently came back from Colombo; what I got fed up with was just how incompetent, fraudulent, lying , cheating and scamming Colombo employers and employees are . Colombo must rank amongt the worst in the world for worth ethic.

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        PalmSquirrell,

        “Very true. I recently came back from Colombo; what I got fed up with was just how incompetent, fraudulent, lying , cheating and scamming Colombo employers and employees are .”

        Do you have any comparable observations and statistics on

        a) Sri Lankan Politicians?

        b) Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks?

        c) Sri Lankan Hindu Priests?

        d) Sri Lankan Christian and Holocaust Priests?

        e) Sri Lankan Muslim Mullahs?

        It will be interesting to compare and contrast statistically valid data.

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          I don’t know about the Christian priests , and excepting some real Buddhist monks ,the others are all scoundrels.

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    Bravo Dr jagath Asoka ! excellent , brilliant piece of writing ! CT has been providing boring , useless lengthy articles by ever so boring pundits , just read DJ’s latest storm in the cup article , what a waste of space ?

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      But DJ would never grasp it – back and forth he comes with his idiosyncratic texts… he is compelled to feel that he s been KNOW ALL of the current day srilanka. Not long ago, he himself was against MR regime. But for unexplainable reasons, he is now again pro MR while adding any evasive point to mud the opposition, but repeatedly adding supportiv contents in terms of Premadasa. We all hated premadasa regime in late 80ties. Undergraduate took 9 or more years to complete their degrees thanks to premadasa. Universities were closed back and forth. AI reported the missing numbers of youth to that time were over 50k.

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        that’s because he is so desperate , he wants to be noticed & heard.

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    A true picture of Sri Lankan politics today beautifully painted by Dr Asoka. All I can say is previous leaders who misused their powers were eventually toppled by the people and that will be the case with this dictator also. The sinhala masses who can do this are happy at present because the victory over the Tamils is still fresh in their minds. Also adulation for Rajapaksa for this is still widespread. The economic hardship the people are enduring is not too much to make them want to revolt. When it really starts biting Rajapaksa will have to resort to brute force and that’s when his regime will unravel. Sadly, when that happens Sri Lanka will be in dire straits – heavily indebted to China and the country in a state of anarchy.

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    “The question is what to do about it?”
    Reality: Only an R Vellala can do the kal thuki padenar.

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    Jagath,

    I greatly appreciate your very courageous writings, and for pointing out the inherent flaws in both Sri Lankan and Sinhala societies. Many thanks.

    I would like to place on record that Tamil society and individual Tamils have their own flaws – which require serious introspection. The LTTE activists and members have still not realised this.

    with best wishes,

    Indran.

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      Yours may be not welcome on this platform :)

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      [Chris] Comment By Rhuwan Ferd ??????

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    Dr. Jagath Ashoka,

    “..Words such as “nepotism,” “despotism,” “plutocracy,” “Machiavellianism,” “authoritarianism,” “feudalism,” etc.—well, I can keep on using all the words that I know, but that would be too ostentatious. Still, I cannot think of a single word to describe this phenomenon in Sri Lanka. If you can come up with the mot juste to describe this phenomenon please let me know..”

    Well, include “Machabagoism” in Wikipedia with all the connotations and ultimately the world will know what it means.

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    Well over 80 percent of the inhabitants don’t need passports.

    Do these people care about free access?.

    Even among the rest who need one , most are only interested in going to work in the Mid East and they don’t have any hassles.

    The problem is with the hoi polloi mates of this writer, whose TR, PR , refuge and protection visas haven’t been converted into passports.

    And his elite mates in Colombo who want to be treated like Suddas .when they buy a cattle class ticket to EU or the States.

    But they can’t see the reason for this predicament .

    Three decades of Terrorism,,Invention of the suicide bombers,and smuggling arms and explosives and the problems associated with these activities put Srianka in the group that the writer has mentioned.

    But he seems not to realize that whilst the rest of the group still carry on their merry way killing innocents , with car bombs on a weekly basis, our inhabitants have been spared this agony for four years now .

    Even Jagath’s paymasters perhaps don’t acknowledge the fact that Srilanka is a terrorist and terrorism free country now.

    Give them another 10 years and , most countries will welcome our inhabitants with open arms.

    The great majority of the inhabitants will unanimously agree that it is better to share the excrement left by their own leaders than live on the excrement of Camerons and Harpers.if that is the message this Dr wants to convey.

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    Dr Jagath Ashoka,

    “..J.R. was the first educated Sri Lankan Executive President who used thugs and policemen to intimidate, harass, and beat honorable judges, law abiding men and women, and decent politicians..”

    You cannot simply judge JR by the above. To use your own summary of your long post why I say this:

    “..Here is what I think of Sri Lankan politicians: The leader and his cronies eat everything and leave the excrement for the hoi polloi, who occupy the bottom rungs of the social ladder; the hoi polloi fight with each other for the excrement that the leader and his cronies have left behind..”

    it is this excrement consumption of the hoi polloi, emitted by the “Top”, which JR put an end to. The excrement eating hoi polloi with no brains but brawn-any many lacked that too-the ration happy dependence, the slavery mentality, the hunger and poverty, the repression of SLFP racist governance of divide and rule, the authority of the Sanga and the industrialist-these were the antisocial and anti-development factors that JR attacked and subjugated. In fact JR’s vision was to transform SL to now Singapore. It is within this overall development project as against the SLFP et al racist and ration mentality that the actions of JR must be judged. JR’s using of thugs…harassing judges… are all part of the overall project of projecting the country to the future, prosperity, development where had the so called “honorable judges, law abiding men and women, and decent politicians” been allowed to team up they would have toppled the JR government and stalled the onward march of the country relapsing to Banda/Sirima era of poverty and hunger, racism and excrement eating. Like MARA he did not build a rogue familial rule plundering and corrupting the country from top to the bottom. Like SLFP, Sirima, Mahinda et al he did not shut the country putting on all sorts of barriers, hal polu, miris polu but liberated and opened it to the vistas of future prospects and prosperity. If SL today is in some sort of development and financial strength it is solely due to JR’s vision and mission.

    “..when Ranil had a chance, like a cunning fox, he evaded it because he thought he would be the next Executive President..”

    You see, the scalpel is used to cut flesh. We usually do not cut our flesh and therefore throw away the scalpel. We rather keep it to cure diseases. EP in itself is not bad. It was created after studying various systems of governance in the world to create a stable government in the pursuit of country’s development dream. JR satisfactorily achieved this end. He could not achieve the final objective due to RP Lalith Gamini in-fighting and the Indian backed LTTE problem. But he did not abuse the power like the present day politicians do. Why Ranil did not support abolition has to be judged against this background and his JR like disciplined and incorruptible character. We all sing the byla, “api okkoma rajawaru, okkoma situwaru bla bla” but who calls you and me kings? Likewise we talk of pure democracy but do not know the meaning of it or try to preach “perfect” democracy while promoting and ideologizing “charismatic” democracy! This is the myth they have woven round Ranil that he is no charismatic! Leave the charisma to monkeys, but Ranil has delivered when he took over in 2001/2002 and thereafter the monkeys relapsed to their “charismatic” mode by electing a monkey and are now paying for it heavily.

    I regret that the writer has diminutived himself in the above well-structured and factual article by trying to put history makers of the country into wrong category.

    PS: There was is and will never be a politician in the world that is “picture perfect”. These people have to be measured on pros and cons basis and arriving at a median performance.

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      You may be right.

      Not average folks are sensitive enough to realize why the opposition is seen weakened today unlike had been in the past. Masses seem to have memory losses. Religious forces, local media and several other element are seen and ruler^s abusive mechnisms keeping the uneducated masses further away from the fact and figures or balanced views. No transparency and accountablity in terms of current day srilanka is fed to them. These majorities would not even raise the question why…. stupid masses have been struggling for their daily meals. This is what we experience in the country today. Poor arab countries would have done that. They are though poor, they always raised the question why the rulers act against the own folks. So long our villagers allow rulers tactics to abuse them further… nothing would change in that country.

      I wonder why the folks stay mum even if the rulers go beyond the margins in terms of their rule of order issues. LAWLESSNESS IS GOVERNING. NOW JUST BECAUSE UK AND THE OTHER COUNTRY PUT ENORMOUS PRESSURE ON SL STATE, THEY ARE ABOUT TO INVESIGATE BRITISH MURDER CASE. But the idiotic leader how he would stand before the set of questions that the IC would raise him in the summit – ?
      I still believe only leader that generates a better future is RW. He is edcuated, cultured, respectful and most experienced opposition candidate.

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    “nepotism,” “despotism,” “plutocracy,” “Machiavellianism,” “authoritarianism,” “feudalism,” I cannot think of a single word to describe this phenomenon in Sri Lanka. If you can come up with the mot juste to describe this phenomenon please let me know.
    “Rajapaksanism” sounds original SriLankan, venerable, deep rooted, ubiquitous and everything high and mighty- a word like no other from the miracle land of Asia. Hope the word best describes the phenomenon in the local context but means differently to the out siders.

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    Sri Lankan politicians don’t allow even the excreta for the poor! They are great at eating it also known as ‘jarawa’. Do not expect the people to change! We need a great charismatic alternative with vision and commitment! Not the RRRRR… nor the other R..anil! Not sajith or Ravi! If there is a threat MR will destroy the person under the chinthanaya principal, using the slogan Subha Anagathayak!

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