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Mahinda, Ranil & The Big Picture

By Sarath de Alwis

සරත් ද අල්විස්

There is an ancient Chinese saying about missing the big picture by focusing on the trivial. This is about the big picture.

The Mahinda Rajapaksa phenomenon is not unique. In human history such men have existed. The French Political Philosopher Étienne de La Boétie spent a lifetime studying tyrants of the type of Mahinda Rajapakse. Tyrants whose tyranny was with popular consent. He produced the classic- ‘Politics of Obedience: The discourse of voluntary servitude.’  

Listen to G.L.Peiris. Dulles Alahapperuma, Udaya Gammanpila or Dinesh Gunawardena. They are different from bullies and hoodlums such as ‘Raththaran Rohitha’,’ Ethanol Arundika’. They are men of more than average learning and acumen. Their category of parasites was described by the French philosopher writing around 1550 thus:

“The despot subdues his subjects, some of them by means of others, and thus is he protected by those from whom, if they were decent men, he would have to guard against himself; just as, in order to split wood, one has to use a wedge of the wood itself.

Such are his archers, his guards, his halberdiers; not that they do not suffer occasionally at his hands, but this riff-raff, abandoned alike by God and man, can be led to endure evil if permitted to commit it, not against him who exploits them, but against those who like themselves submit, but are helpless.” 

Countering the cynical realism of Machiavelli of his time and perhaps Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka of our time, the French Philosopher offers us a taste of juridical idealism that is now lost on our failed or nearly failing ‘yahapalanaya expedition.

Generally, people prefer to be governed reasonably. People do not wish to be governed by the whims of a single man or his brothers or his extended family. But, sometimes the uncertainties of a war can make them seek the leadership of a man who they feel is endowed with such qualities as required to overcome such adversity. The problem then is to get rid of him. Israelites chose Saul. We chose Mahinda Rajapakse.

The deception, the grand looting of democracy occurs in cases where the people, during wartime emergencies, “select certain persons as dictators, thus providing the occasion for these individuals to fasten their power permanently upon the public.” Once on track, the train hurtles through. The commonwealth is no more. Everything belongs to the master.

Emperor Caligula made his horse Incitatus a Consul. Some thought him mad. He wasn’t mad. He was making a political statement to the senate. He could do what he damned well what he wished. Three years in to the ‘Yahapalanaya’ now turning sour we forget that we too had someone wh0 ruled as Caligula did. He did better than the Roman emperor. He made cousin Udayanga ambassador to Moscow and cousin Jaliya his envoy to Washington.

In order to understand the big picture, we must not allow ourselves to become mentally clouded and obsessed with one small part of the truth.

We need to see the big picture and not become obsessed with the small section- the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister.

The sum and substance of the big picture is the return of the Rajapaksa family centric kleptocracy either under the premiership of Mahinda or a presidency under Gotabaya.

The purpose of 8th January 2015 change was to restore the rule of law. Have we done that? The ordinary folk are confused. A General was jailed. He was then made a Field Marshal. How do we explain that in terms of the rule law? Did the court-martial that tried him observe natural justice? The Supreme Court held that a court-martial is a part of the land’s justice system. Can the Rajapaksas, if they get hold of the cookie jar, put our first Field Martial back in jail jumpers?

Have we restored the rule of law? There is a thin trace of doubt on the matter. We have made some progress. But in which direction?

Investigations are made. Those investigated are free to move court for injunctions and writs to safeguard their fundamental rights. Alleged offenders are indicted and await trial. Unlike before, the alleged wrong doers are enlarged on bail. Some fall sick and claim that their maladies are treatable only in foreign climes. Nobody is guilty until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. This business of reasonable doubt needs some explanation.

A lawyer once told a jury that the person his client stood accused of having killed was about to walk through the courtroom door. When the jurors looked startled, the lawyer asserted that if those jurors had wondered, even for one second that the victim might appear, that belief constituted enough reasonable doubt for them to find his client innocent. Now that should please our BASL president.

First things first. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s two ambassadors to Washington and Moscow, both cousins are accused of swindling the government and are presently avoiding arrest. They have taken refuge abroad.

None can accuse Mahinda of ignoring the realities of the bipolar world of foreign relations and his own relations. His most articulate apologist and foreign policy advisor Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka would no doubt heap fulsome praise for his evenhanded treatment of both Washington and Moscow.

It only serves to endorse the truism of that great sage in journalism H.L Menken. “Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.”

The Man who appointed the two who now refuse to return home for fear of prosecution is yet to tell us why he did it or what the nation gained by his doing it. Don’t blame Mahinda. Nobody has bothered to ask him. By not signing the no confidence motion he is acknowledging a debt he has to repay.

There is indeed honour among thieves, bankers and politicians. They have one thing in common. They deal with what belongs to us and they are all agreed that we are suckers.

Ranil’s plight is different. Everybody wants him to explain about bonds. Added to that, he now stands accused of not doing enough to prevent the boiling over of the tribal cauldron in Kandy.

Here again Mahinda has proved to be the better tactician. He has abandoned moral high ground and now occupies the commanding heights of Sinhala supremacist nationalism.

As a nation state since independence, we have first ignored and later on determinedly resisted a simple inevitable truth. For our nation to take shape, the tribes that constitute the post independent nation must wither or die. What have we done? We have accorded ‘one’ the foremost place and made others retreat in to their respective recesses to survive in existential anxiety.

Whether in opposition or in government Mahinda Rajapaksa is the man deciding the choreography. On the vote of no confidence he says with ill-concealed confidence ‘wait and see.’

Mahinda is not a rabid racist. He is no tribal savage. If at all, he underestimates the potency of the weapon he wields to gain political leverage over matters momentous and mundane, banal and remarkable.

The recent demise of a Buddhist prelate who pioneered Buddhist evangelism in electronic media demonstrated the potency of piety as an identity marker that separates ‘us’ from the ‘other.’

Mahinda’s weapon – Nationalism – Sinhala Buddhist variety is a private and personal attachment held jealously by every person who subscribes to it. In its collective manifestation it takes on the character of a virulent form of statecraft attached to a specific terrain claimed by those who occupy it.

In the age of digital communication, visual imagery matters more than intent, purpose and even the end result. Mahinda Rajapaksa did not sign the no confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. But there he was all smiles oozing with confidence, submitting it to the speaker at the head of JO delegation of parliamentarians.

Man is not what he thinks he is. He is what he hides. Mahinda hides what he is with consummate skill. When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Can we not love our country and also love justice?

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    If Mahinda get power then people like M&s; Ranil; FS ; and many more need find a place to hide .
    Ok.

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      White van is already ready to massacre those 6 milion who voted against Mahinda in Jan 2015. I understand Dr Dayan and Gota already started digging mass graves for6 million people as they did for 60000 people in 1989.

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        2009 is a better repetition.

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      Dr Nass

      “If Mahinda get power then people like M&s; Ranil; FS ; and many more need find a place to hide .”

      Not necessarily.
      Dr Mahinda and his clan are obliged to Dr Ranil, Sirisena, …… state functionaries as Mahinda and his clan are being protected by the present president and the government.

      I just remembered an idiom, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”
      Members of both ruling and opposition parties sit in a circle and scratch the back of the one sitting in the front so as to avoid missing any of them sitting in the circle.

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      Mahinda is nothing if his term was not blessed with termination of war.

      Grass eaters led lanken society abused by MEDIA men have painted the picture in favour of Mahinda only, as if he has magical powers to claim a war victory. In the reality, it was a relay race that heled for the last 30 decades,
      90% lankens in general are proved to be passive and easy target of anything. They go after Hakgediya or goma thamba (cow dung heaps) if kattadiyas would recite mantra that eating goma would bring them fortune. They dont listen to their conscience but to follow up the neigbours has been their top of agenda.
      So, media painted Gota to be the saviour even if the bugger had been searcing for greener pastures being out of country for 15 long years. The one who remained sacrificiing his sweat and blood was GREAT MAN Sarath fonseka.. who never thought he should leave the countryeven if the chances were high for him, but sacrificed it to the last minute and claimed the war victory, but credit was grabed as the monkies too the entire portion of the cake.
      Media prostitutes, worked on that again and but not a single word against Rapaaksehs were added but joined hand with them, even if the untruths were what they spread.
      Derana came into being through black lots of Rajapakshe even today, make their head lines even if Rajapakseh would have left a fart… That is how the lanken media work..

      Koreans in general are made to beleive that enitre world is against them. Zimbawians are made to believe so. Srilankens too have been made to that level, even if LITERARY rates are reported to be the highest in the region.
      .

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        “90% lankens in general are proved to be passive and easy target of anything.”

        True. That’s why they were so easily duped by the Yahapalana comedians in 2015 to capture power. This 90% did not know that they were being herded to a slaughtering house with the help of RAW and UNP’s western allies. They saw only the sugar coated word: ‘Yahapalanya’.
        Interesting but sad!

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      A wonderful piece by Sarath de Alwis which should shut up those who confuse him to be a Mahinda apologist, forever.

      A brilliant analysis.

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    Thank you, Sarath de Alwis, for yet another brilliant article.
    In one of his recent articles Dr Dayan Jayatilleka referred to Mahinda Rajapakse as an iconic figure. I found that description quite laughable. If someone had referred to Nelson Mandela or Mother Teresa as iconic figures I would have understood. I would grant the fact that MR was the man of the moment who won the war. But how could anyone (in their right mind) elevate him to the status of an iconic figure when the people who elected him to win the war did not like what they saw of him after the war and duly gave him the boot subsequently?

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      Kumar Paran – “Dr Dayan Jayalalitha referred to Mahinda Rajapaksha as an iconic figure”. An iconic figure, my foot! A bogus Dr, public racist and warmonger making an idiotic statement.

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      Yes, he is iconic in the sense being the biggest fraud SL ever saw.

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      Kumar Paran:-
      There are two Kinds of Icon!
      One is the Mandela or Mother Theresa Icon;
      Mahinda is the Other!

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    didn’t our hamu boy appoint his aunty to UK

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    Sri Lanka is seriously in need of a new man who has nothing to do with UNP/SLFP/SLPP/JVP or Nepotism clan, to contest at the next Presidential Election as an independent contestant.

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    “his evenhanded treatment of both Washington and Moscow.”

    Ah subtlety! ………What subtlety!

    Brilliant piece ……….a true (non-pseudo :)) intellectual tour de force ……. rare among Lankan thinkers ………. Bravo!

    Now, can we have equally brilliant and truthful counter-arguments …………. without the discourse degenerating into mindless personal vitriol?

    Here’s your chance to contribute logical rational arguments/discussions ………….in the moderns halls of Colombo ……….. in the tradition of ancient Athenian halls of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, …………. and last but not least; my man ol’ Diogenes.

    Or unable to face the truth ………… who among you want to hand Sarath the cup of hemlock?

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      N.F.
      CT commentators never read the write up before they begin vilifying the author. I read the comments first followed by the article. It is amusing to see the in how many ways the Sinhala Buddhist cat can be skinned.
      Soma

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        somass

        “It is amusing to see the in how many ways the Sinhala Buddhist cat can be skinned.”

        The public racist Aryan Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala should have been told to keep his racist Sinhala/Buddhist cat inside his amude.

        Then we would have had no reason to respond to your typing.

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        Soma,

        “Sinhala Buddhist cat”

        I suppose you are speaking metaphorically………. and not trying to impose Sinhala Buddhism on cats! ……….. one cannot be too sure ………. :)) …….. things can get carried too far ……….

        We have sorted out who is or who is not a Buddhist in Lacille’s …….. piece/space ……..

        Lets figure out the rest of the puzzle ………

        Who is a Sinhalese?

        Can you please define a rational scientific method/criteria? ………. DNA? “Lion-blood?” ………

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          Nimal F.
          As far as I am concerned ‘Sinhalese’ is defined by exclusion.
          Sampanthan aiya says ‘Tamils must be considered a distinct ethnic entity.’ Probably he is the DNA expert who can help us out. Hakim is playing a different tune to separate out another couple of millions. I take the rest in this island, save a few who wish to be referred to themselves as ‘Burgers’ and ‘Malays’, as “Sinhalese”. Native Vedda on this column who claims exclusive right to the island can also greatly assist on this topic.
          Soma

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            Soma,

            “As far as I am concerned”

            So the basis for inclusion or exclusion is man-made ………… and not based on any rational criteria? One can opt …… in or out? Like the Bandarinayakes, Rajapakses, King Rajasinghe the last, ………….. opting to play for the Sinhalese team? All what’s required is a Sinhalese make-over, eh?

            I don’t have the time to elaborate ….. Let me tell you briefly ……..an anecdotal yarn from my childhood …….. how this makeover/makeovers take place ……….

            There was a “Sinhalese” family next to a cousin of a Muslim friend of mine ………. the family had a strange brood; very dark ones interposed by very fair ones ……….. the “Sinhalese” husband and the wife were very dark …….. and my friend’s cousin was very fair ………. the penny never dropped for the hardworking never at home “Sinhalese” husband …………….

            Come Poya-day ……. the whole brood gets into White and goes to the Buddhist temple

            In the recent Sinhala/Muslim troubles ………. I am sure some children went looking for their own fathers ………… for some flambé ………

            Talk about chickens coming home to roost!

            Believe what you want ……… but don’t expect me to ………. it’s crazy to hang on to a concept of “racial/ethnic” purity of a small island of hot-blooded men and women …………..

            If you say that the demarcations are ……… just teams that we choose to play for ……. then that’s a different thang!

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            continued

            Now into some wild speculations …………… :))

            In SL context …… I believe the whipped up troubles between the Sinhalese and Muslims ………… is a deep-seated insecurity among the small-made dark Sinhala men ……… and the real or imagined virility of Muslim men ………

            A terrified to face ………… penis envy …….

            Why was that Rugger player not just killed ………… but the horrific torture? ……… compare the two rivals …… Rajapakse boy and the guy murdered ………


            A real-life example of Carl Jung’s warning that what is not made conscious will be lived out as destiny.

            “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

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              nimal fernando

              My Elders once told me the Moorish Ibn Batutta had had lovely time in this island in 13th Century. He was a prolific breeder who must have fathered a few in this island.

              Do you know what did happen to them, his descendants? Did they consider themselves as Islamic Muslims, Sinhala/Buddhists, Tamil Saivaites or just an ordinary human being?

              How do I find out whether any of Ibn Batutta’s descendants participated in the recent riots (1915 to 2018) against the Muslims, looting, destroying their businesses and homes ?

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            somass

            “Native Vedda on this column who claims exclusive right to the island can also greatly assist on this topic.”

            If you respect our wishes why are you still here?
            Had you left this island with your Tamil and Sinhala speaking brethren I wouldn’t have to boringly recite my message to you the descendants of Kallthonies day in day out .

            Get ready pack your bags – must be bulky after the recent Kandy riots.
            Catch the next returning ganja boat to South India. Don’t forget to take your uniquely identified Muslim brothers with you too.

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    Even in a cynical way the article explains why MR is the better choice to rule at the present moment. Unlike Ranil who doesn’t need popular consent, it is the popular consent that sustains MR. Therefore what ever he does, MR has to maintain the populous happy. i.e. he has to maintain some level of economic, social and ideological equilibrium in a stable manner with the subjects.

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    Interestingly, last week, Old King sat on the Opposition leader’s Chair, in the parliament.

    When Dudley lost in 1970s, he sat in opposition but not on the leader’s chair. It was explained he was the son of the National Father, so would not like to lead the opposition, but only the government.

    But, though he enjoys high influence, he is only a MP like other 8th graders.

    Old King Cannot become President anymore. But, Old King did not want the premier post. Probably a minor job.

    He cannot have the SLFP leadership as he is not the EP. He can’t accept Slap Party leadership. That may be is good enough for the petties like GLP.

    Old King did not sign the No Confidence Motion. It was explained he would not lent his signature to minor matters. (Probably D.M.Jayaratne is no longer with him to fill in the blanks for him.)

    He, later this week, blamed that the foreign countries are blocking the national reconciliation taking place. The News report reported only that much of his statement on national reconciliation. We do not know the what he meant by that. Did he meant Yahapalanaya is not able to do the reconciliation with Tamils because the foreign countries are blocking it? Or are they influencing him by threatening him from taking any responsible post and get into the government and doing the reconciliation? It was believed he was even scared to sign the no confidence motion to topple Ranil and annoy the foreign countries
    Interestingly, last week, Old King sat on the Opposition leader’s Chair, in the parliament. We donot what motivated him to do that.
    When Dudley lost in 1970s, he sat in opposition but not on the leader’s chair. It was explained he was the son of the National Father, so would not like to lead the opposition, but only the government.
    Old King cannot become President anymore. But, Old King did not want the premier post.

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    Need to put the boot in to Boétie. What fucking relevance is something said or written by a 16th century French ‘closet’ homosexual (partner of Michel de Montaigne). As a fag who died at 32 and a half years of age, what wisdom could he offer the world? Nothing until the anarchists got old of his weird opinion to promote themselves. More important question is why should we, in Sri Lanka should start worshiping such a two-bob philosopher while we have much better dharma given by the Buddha? Is that because Sarath de Alwis has come across this ‘gem’ in a random Googling expedition? Sri Lankans, reject H..U..M..B..U..G in all its forms, coming from politicians or journalists!

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    Mr. De Alwis,

    Your article is a bit too soft in that it questions nepotism and corruption, but does not display enough outrage at the murders, the white van abductions, torture, the wholesale slaughter of innocents, the fear and absence of freedoms, etc.

    By the way, it is H.L.Mencken, not Menken.

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    Nimal Fernando;
    “Or unable to face the truth ………… who among you want to hand Sarath the cup of hemlock?”

    The Rajapakses would gladly hand Sarath the Hemlock, if They are allowed by the Public to make a Come Back!

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    What Rajapaksa accused of is the small picture. What he stands for is the big picture. War is the big picture. Sovereignty of the nation is the big picture. Fedalism leading to breakup of country and the resultant incalculable bloodshed is the big picture. Jaffna library, 1983 and 89′ Bheeshanaya is the big picture. Transport infrastructure across the country is the big picture. Rural electrification is the big picture. Foreign funded regime change agenda is the big picture. Yahapalana racket and the total failure of governance is the big picture. Cost of living is the big picture. Rajapaksa’s cousins is the small picture while Mahendran is the big picture. Vishvamitra, Thisaranee and Sarath oiling their anti Rajapaksa propaganda machine for 2020 is the big picture.
    Soma

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      somass

      “What Rajapaksa accused of is the small picture.”

      If he, his clan, his devoted b***s carriers, and subdued state functionaries are in the picture he occupies 99% of the small picture.

      However if one draws a bigger picture in a large canvass certainly he occupies large part of the canvass, say less than 99% and rest is occupied by past politicians, tyrants, crooks, murderers, arsonists, racists, saffron clad thugs, Sangha, …………………………………… definitely it includes you, Shenali, Dayan………………

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    I read this piece of writing completely regarding the resemblance of hottest and earlier
    technologies, it’s awesome article.

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    Mr Sarath if you are dreaming for some job even at your last few years of life under Ranils government that may last only for few days you may do so but do not sling mud at others without concrete evidence. Do you need a brain wash to remind you that all empty headed gay members and Royalists are governing the country today that had made us to live beggars life . Do you know how many of these cabinet ministers are truly honest except a few such as Sagla, Ranjith Madduma Bandara , Gayantha to name a few. Do you know how much money in billions are changing hands to defeat the no confidence motion in saving gay member government. You a journalist that no one knew found a top place in Air Lanka now Srilankan Airlines as a Country Manager even without knowing ABC of aviation through the UNP jokers and now you are writing about MRs deals. If you have even a fraction of self dignity stop slinging mud at others.

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    remember what happened in UK
    churchill won the war but the british people rejected him at the very next election
    why ? because the people felt that winning the war was not a justification to make him a peacetime prime minister
    so attlee replaced him
    dayan has never learnt the lessons of history

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      nalmen,

      Then after 5 years later Atlee too was rejected and Churchill was brought back in again.

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      Naimen. Dont compare Churchill and the Rajapakka brothers. Rajafucksas killed there own people.

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        Tilvin
        Some wires of your brain are crossed. Mistakenly you are associating tyre pyres and Batalanda with Rajapaksas.
        Soma

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        Tilvin Fernando,

        Churchill not only killed his own people but brought destruction upon the entire world.

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    Mr. de Alwis,

    Why hasn’t Sri Lanka come up with a national motto that people from all communities can rally around?
    India has ‘Satyameva Jayate.’
    The US has ‘E Pluribus Unum’ ( Some also have ‘In God We Trust’)
    Even if they may not live by such mottos, it is something to remind people about in times of crisis.
    I think the absence of any such motto is not good for Sri Lanka.. Let the current regime come up with something that is level-headed and unifying, something overarching for people to aspire to, rather than be mired in nationalistic bravado.

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      Agnos

      Sinhala/Buddhist national motto:

      Kill the Veddah, Rob the Buddha and Blame the Sudda.
      Or
      Sunday Sil Monday Kill.

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    for me, therr is bottom feeeing journalism. Everybody know what Mahinda Rajapakse is doing. HE is a just MP right now

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    Dear Mr Alwis,

    your articles are getting better with every article. Shameless DJ has no answer to this. [edited out]

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    The author write well, but what he writes is fundamentally flawed. Suggesting that an inept, scurrilous, loser such as Ranil W. can in any way lead Lanka is like suggesting the much flawed Hillary Clinton can lead the US. The voters of Lanka have shown again and again that they can make the correct choice that fits the moment.
    Lanka is facing an apocalyptic Armageddon that is must face when the current population of age 40 and above retire and start dying off and the Moslem population surges to well over 40% by 2030. Already the Lankan economy is largely in their hands. Lankan Moslems are fighting for ISIS in record numbers, and the Jihadis who return with impunity to Lanka get to corrupt the Moslem youth, who think nothing of brutally massacring a poor Sinhala youth for a mere minor road accident. In their rage against the Kafir Sinhalese, the fury and wrath of Allah is visited upon the innocent with the utmost fury.
    Lanka is already late but it can be surmised that finally there is light at the end of the long tunnel of ignorance and apathy that has engulfed the Sinhalese. They must appoint the only person who seems to be able to handle the Moslem hydra with the necessary lethal and annihilating firepower, which is Gotabya or Champiker. How that is done does not matter, what matters is achieving the goal of changing the wimps who are in power today and replacing it with patriots such as Gotabya. In the process if grand dad Mahendra also gets a position of power that should not bother anyone.

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    Well written SDeA. Indeed frauds and designs had been legalized by the politicians of the likes of MR. Why are the judiciary hell bend to fall in line? SNS openly admitted giving false verdict. MP admitted being a prostitute. There are many as such. If professionals behave in such manner what could not be expected from layman? Clergy is another lot who are yearning for luxury at the expense of beliefs. Finally the sovereignty becomes the sucker. Security forces are blinded with laws to protect the wrongdoers. There is no organization within state. It is driven by blind faith everywhere.

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    Sarath, What is the value democracy? If democracy does not fill the hungry mouths, create jobs or alleviate poverty. Something is always better than nothing!
    You have the luxury to demand democracy, Not the poor sods who try to meet ends at the end of the day!

    May be you should write how to solve the poverty in the country! Your yahapalna expedition has put the masse to the fire from the pot!

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      Yes, Srinath, This what these so called intellectuals don’t understand! Most of them live in rich countries and earn in $$$ but talk about democracy in SL!

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa: </bI have a picture of Mahinda Rajapaksa hanging on the wall of my drawing room here in ME, next to other Devas like, Skanda Kumara, Saraswathi, Hanumantha et al. When Silvestra, my previous housekeeper, first saw that picture she swooned- literally. Same thing happened when a new Philippina housekeeper (Thelma) took over on the departure of Silvestra.
    The reason is obvious. He is like a big Hollywood hero for them. With his charming smile, pearl like teeth, broad shoulders, muscular arms and all the other traits that makes a man a man, he rivals even Hollywood personalities like Dwayne Johnson. I do understand that for some commentators here in CT, for whom all such stuff is part of the daily diet, it may not mean much. But for Pilipinas who are used to men most of whom are more feminine than Reese Witherspoon, or at the most manly like Namal , it is heavenly stuff.
    May I ask those who hate Mahinda, whether they have ever met him in person? If they had, they would have found him to be a very charming man, the charm being a natural thing that oozes from his person. It is like a magic spell that engulfs you. The prime example of a ‘victim’ of this phenomenon is Geetha.
    For me of course, what matters is that he ended the war. I prefer womanly women – not manly men. But just imagine what would have happened if Ranil or Sirisena were in charge at that time. Doesn’t that thought experiment make you love Mahinda?

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      So you see, there are four categories of people and that can choose from.

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    When Mahinda was in power and was being criticized for being a dishonest person, I used to say, if he ends the war, I don’t mind even if he earns billions of Rupees. Human life cannot be assigned a high enough value, especially if the person is a son, a daughter, a father etc. By ending the war, he saved not only Sinhala lives but lives of Tamils, Muslims etc. too. One should never underestimate or forget the service done by him to us all by this single act alone.

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      We live in a selfish world, People soon forget the magnitude of what he achieved!
      I am pretty sure history will do justice to him!

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      Edwin
      You have stolen my thoughts, the very words humming inside my brain. Yes what matters is Mahinda ended the war and as you say just imagine if Ranil who signed up a pact with VP were at the helm..
      Soma

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        somass

        Mahinda did not end the war. It war was started by the state and it was ended by the Hindians with the greatest help from your your brethren VP.

        You lack political and strategic sophistication to understand “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer, – Sun Tzu 孫子; Sūn Zǐ; (c. 6th century BCE) or The Godfather Michael Corleone.

        Ranil by his pact with VP exposed LTTE’s strctural weeakness, ideological bankruptcy, ……………………………. inadequacies of Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer – “One People, One Empire, One Leader” sloganeering which eventually lead to the major split among the organisation.

        Its alright if you want to atribute the war victory to Dr Mahinda as long as you don’t believe in it. Sinahala/Buddhists fascists need something to claim theirs and gloat. What else is there to claim as their achievement?

        somass,
        when did you first start buying the claim that Dr Mahinda (LLD + 3XPhD) won or ended the war?

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        soma, great minds think alike.

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    Some commenters suggest a new version of corruption is acceptable and divine to boot. The name is “Patriotic corruption/nepotism”

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