22 September, 2020

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Mahinda’s Post-Presidential Relevance

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Thousands and thousands visiting ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer news. He is arguably the most loved post-Independence leader this country has known; this despite all his many flaws, it must be added. What is ‘news’ and continues to make news is the fact that in an opposition-less context opposition to the current regime has to materialize outside parliament and as such ‘Mahinda’ is a natural rallying point.

The Mahinda-Factor is growing larger each passing day. The longer the ‘Opposition-Issue’ is left unresolved, the more value accrues to this factor. How the Sri Lanka Freedom Party addresses all this is left to be seen. If one buys into the adage that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics, then all is possible including a Maithripala-Mahinda ‘patch-up’ (not in the interest of the nation but for reasons of political expedience). How such a patch-up materializes and in what form, again, are left to be seen. Let’s leave time to decide all that and delve into a different aspect of this phenomenon of Mahinda Rajapaksa becoming a pilgrim’s destination, so to speak.

Many of his detractors have dismissed the phenomenon thus: someone died, others are not allowing the body to be buried. Mahinda is not politically dead, though. That’s why he is ‘rallying point’ for those who feel that the new regime has effectively disenfranchised them. They have a point because the majority voted for Maithripala Sirisena but the country is being run by a man and a party that have not won elections in years. The SLFPers who voted for Maithripala and those who voted for Mahinda both have reason to be disgruntled.

Whether or not one voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa, few would disagree that he is widely credited for defeating the LTTE, ridding the country of the terrorist threat, removing associated fear from the minds of people as they go about their lives etc. Even Ranil Wickremesinghe has acknowledged this. This is why people go to Medamulana. It is less about rising against the Ranil-Maithri Government than about being conscious of the fact that Mahinda helped restore dignity to a nation and a people.

Mahinda April 12 2015A year ago, I wrote about wars or rather continuing wars. Here’s a quote: “When do wars end?  Do they end with surrender, with military annihilation of protagonist, the recovery of livelihoods, reconstruction of houses, hospitals and schools, the return of the displaced, the erasing of things with military signature, free and fair elections and a shaking of hands all around?  Do wars end that way, ever, though?  Isn’t it true that the wars that have truly ‘ended’ for all practical purposes are those which are beyond recall and whose identity-ties have been smudged by the movement of people and dwarfed by event after earth-shattering event? Thrishantha Nanayakkara makes a valid argument thus: ‘All wars have been fought twice; once in the battlefield and once down the alleys of memory’”

We are talking about the alleyways of memory. For the Sinhalese (mostly), Mahinda Rajapaksa represents something positive about who they are. Even after 500 years of colonial rule if you said you were a Sinhalese or worse a Sinhala-Buddhist you would be subjected to all kinds of name-calling. They were vilified as racists, chauvinists, war-mongers etc., etc. Their dignity took a hit. Somehow, during Mahinda’s time they felt as confident as anyone belonging to any other community to assert their identity. There’s gratitude, therefore. That has nothing to do with party politics or returning Mahinda to power.

What’s important in this is that it provides an opportunity for Sinhalese to understand their Tamil brethren, especially those who demand directly or indirectly an acknowledgment of who and what Velupillai Prabhakaran means to them.

Few Tamils would come out and say Prabhakaran was a saint or was utterly blameless. Few Sinhalese would say the same thing about Mahinda Rajapaksa. For all his many flaws, Prabhakaran gave Tamils a sense of community and even pride (we see this even in the extremely racist strains color rhetoric of former Supreme Court judge C.V. Wigneswaran).

There are many differences between the two men, but the key here is that Mahinda is still alive and Prabhakaran is dead. Whereas those who attribute dignity-recovery to Mahinda can assert the fact in tangible ways that reach Mahinda, Tamils who see those positives in Prabhakaran simply cannot. This is perhaps partly why Tamils have agitated to win the right to mourn their dead on ‘Victory Day’. It is as much about remembering kith and kin as about expressing gratitude to an absent leader. You might call it a cathartic need.

The battle along the alleyways of memory will take some time to end, sure. There’s no harm in doing the little things that help us deal with the demons of memory. I can do little better than refer to an observation made by Dr Pradeep Jeganathan three years ago in an article titled ‘Forgive but do not forget’: I am asking that we stop taking sides, because it will destroy us all. We need to understand and remember that we all did terrible things to each other, and in so doing, try to not forget, but forgive each other, and forgive ourselves.

Icons help, but we can grieve and celebrate with or without them. Indeed the fact that icons are necessary is a sad reflection on our ability to grieve sans grieving framework. Mahinda may or may not be politically relevant in the coming years, but it can be argued that if his post-presidential contribution is nothing more than helping Sinhalese understand through their ‘loss’ the losses of their Tamil brethren, it’s achievement enough.

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    Malinda Seneviratne. MaRa Shill and white-washer.

    RE: Mahinda’s Post-Presidential Relevance

    Mahinda Rajapaksa, A Modaya, a Mootal, a Fool and a bad loser.

    Why can’t hos shills like you communicate that to him?

    Is your IQ also close to 65?

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      Amarasiri.
      You and your IQ of 65 again. Your gratuity will be drastically reduced or you [Edited out] if you do not add a few other words to your limited English vocabulary. You will have to find another menial job very soon.

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        gigurawa

        “You will have to find another menial job very soon.”

        Does it matter if he did menial job or white collar one as long as he is in a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay rather than sending his spouse to Medieval Middle East Kingdoms.

        When are you going to get a job as there is no offer of 8 measures of free grain imported from moon?

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        gigurawa Mahinda Rajapaksa Girawa, Parrot,

        Malinda,

        The average Intelligence of the Modayas, Mootals and Fools and Shills who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa must be close to 65, given their actions.

        Example: The Intelligence of a former Minister of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Wimal Buruwansa. His IQ must be well below 65.

        Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s Speech on Wimal Weerawansa

        Wimal Modawansa says: 2/2 = 0. Do we need these Idiots?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UMO0jqC7ww

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        Gigurawa

        Do you say that doing a ‘menial job’ is disgraceful. What do you call then, all the robbing, stealing, wasting, ripping off the state assets by some politicians? What do call all the rides using Airforce helicopters and not paying for them? What do you call then the misuse and rip off of Airlanka, degrading the Airhostesses working in this instituition? There are many more and the list is too long.

        The culture of Sinhalese coupled with the philosophy of Buddhism has not taught these as good , respectable jobs.

        These are bitter pills which you may find difficult to swallow.

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      Amarasiri, the essence of getting a point across is to do that without being insulting the writer. This does not apply to Dayan Jaytileka, but otherwise it is so.

      No one in his right senses would like Mahinda Rajapakse. But the truth is, a serious study will have to be made to check why he still remains larger than life.

      By the way, who is a ‘Shill’? I have been intrigued by this word but didn’t bother to find out.

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        Justice & Fairplay

        “Amarasiri, the essence of getting a point across is to do that without being insulting the writer. “

        Agree, that is the recommended standard mode.

        However, when you deal with Modayas, Mootals., Fools, Shills and Cronies, Liars, Crooks, Robber and criminals of Mahinda Rajapaksa, there is a dire need to take the non-standard mode.

        Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies used White Vans, caused religions riots etc to stay in power. Now how does this compare with Amarasiri pointing out the truth about these Modayas, Mootals., Fools, Shills and Cronies, Liars, ?Crooks, Robber and criminals of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

        Justice & Fairplay, there was NO Justice & Fairplay with Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies.

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          Amarasiri,

          Don’t you think your style of classification slams a door shut on the face of someone willing to be more ‘middle of the road’ than before? If so, isn’t that itself a victory?

          I see Malinda as one such. Therefore he must be encouraged than condemned. (My take).

          Can you answer just one question please? Why, despite all the accusations NOTHING has been proved against Mahinda Rajapakse and his clan? Now he has become brave to question about these accusations himself.

          I would have loved to see some persons being sent behind bars had they done what they were accused of, but tell me why the government hasn’t moved one inch in that direction?

          Does this not imply to every reasonable man, that these accusations have no basis after all and were FALSE?

          Tell you what, even reasonable men and women MAY not vote for the UNP led government again, because they haven’t dealt with the crooks of this land, as a priority.

          In my view, cleansing up the rampant corruption would have taken greater priority than 19 A. Now, because of 19A, the crooks -if any – have managed to get away because their help is needed?

          Many instances of ‘poor governance’ available, if you asked me. Pity really, because we will never have another President like this ever again.

          You still haven’t answered me as to who a ‘shill’ is.

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            justice & Fairplay

            “I see Malinda as one such. Therefore he must be encouraged than condemned. (My take)”

            Initially, Amarasiri gave the benefit of the doubt to Malinda Seneviratna and the posts were generally positive. However, it was later on thjat Amarasiri realize that Malinda was a Shill and white-washer of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Amrasiri was fooled like many others who gave the benefit of the doubt to Malinda. However, such Skills and white-washers need to be exposed to protect the innocent and people who give the benefit of the doubt.

            CT tag line says ” TRUTH IN JOURNALISM IS A PROCESS”

            Malinda Strategy is “SHILLING AND WHITE-WASHING IN JOURNALISM IS A PROCESS”.

            So, expose these guys, shills.

            To Cover up, he may come up with 80 facts and 20 Shill and Whitewashing stories.So, need to expose these shills.

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          “Justice & Fairplay, there was NO Justice & Fairplay with Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies.”

          Amarasiri, don’t you think this should be directed at the present government than us?

          What are you doing about say, writing an open letter to the President stating your views so that you pressurize them into taking note.

          There is no point in venting your spleen on an individual who has a different viewpoint. If you have something to say or indeed wish to accuse in the style that you do, I would really suggest that a letter to the President and published in the CT would be the way to go.

          Mind you, there may be quite a lot who may support such an article from you with their remarks.

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            Justice & Fairplay

            “Amarasiri, don’t you think this should be directed at the present government than us?”

            Emil van der Poorten –Said That.

            “The Need For Accelerating The Pace Of Prosecutions”

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-need-for-accelerating-the-pace-of-prosecutions/

            Punishing the culprits and reform need to go hand in hand. However, remember years of misgovernance and corruption cannot be done overnight.

            Getting rid of the corrupt Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, in itself, is a great achievement. My hats off to these guys for getting that DONE.

            However, they have a lot of garbage and baggage to clear, and meanwhile the Crooks and Criminals are still at large.

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      Amarasiri – you are creating a laughing stock of yourself with mindless insults that have no objective relevance to the posts you comment on. I tend to avoid reading your comments because of this. You will serve yourself better without all that repetitive rubbish you indulge yourself in, so maybe you should have a think about what you write if you want to be appreciated.

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        Jango

        “Amarasiri – you are creating a laughing stock of yourself with mindless insults that have no objective relevance to the posts you comment on. “

        “IN JOURNALISM TRUTH IS A PROCESS” Colombo Telegraph Tag Line.

        Amarasiri may add, “IN SCIENCE TRUTH IS A PROCESS” – The Scientific Method.

        “IN SHILL JOURNALISM LYING IS A PROCESS” – Actions of shills and Whitewashers, many like DJ, Mahindapala, Wimal Buruwansa at al.

        You do have a point, but why is that Mahinda Rajapaksa stands our uniquely among all the so-called “Leaders” of Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho? Three Things.

        1. MR was the “Leader” when the “Maveeran” Velupillai Prabhakaran was defeated. Never mind, VP did not want to assassinate MR, but wanted to assassinate Gen. Sarath Fonseka. MR after the 2010 Presidential elections imprisoned Gen SF on false charges, and wanted the glory of defeating LTTE to himself.

        2. He was the most corrupt Sri Lankan “Leader” since Independence.

        3. He was the most racist Sri Lankan “Leader” since Independence.

        Now, Amarairi is standing out from among the crowd, 48% of them are Modayas, Mootals and Fools, and pointing out why they are fools, repeatedly. Why repeatedly? Because it takes so many infusions into their wood-heads to get the message across. Sri Lanka needs multiple editions of the Common sense pamphlet.

        So Amarasiri is making laughing stock out of the Modayas, Mootals and Fools, repetedly.

        Did Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Foucault make laughing stock of themselves by repeatedly advocating the Heliocentric model of the planetary system, as opposed to the geocentric model of the ancients and the church? According to the Modayas, Mootals and Fools of the Church and those who followed the ancients Yes. However, in the end they became the laughing stock.

        Still 25% of the Americans, 34$ of the Europeans, and 48% of the Sri Lankan,mostly those who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa believe so, including his astrologer and Wimal Buruwansa of 2/2 =0, “Fame”.

        The Modayas, Mootals and Fools neeed to be retrained. The Americans and Europeans hot not fully succeeded on it wither.

        Shill, Definition:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shill

        A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing that they have a close relationship with the person or organization.

        “Shill” typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that they are an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) for whom they are secretly working. The person or group who hires the shill is using crowd psychology to encourage other onlookers or audience members to purchase the goods or services (or accept the ideas being marketed). Shills are often employed by professional marketing campaigns. “Plant” and “stooge” more commonly refer to any person who is secretly in league with another person or organization while pretending to be neutral or actually a part of the organization he is planted in, such as a magician’s audience, a political party, or an intelligence organization (see double agent).[citation needed]

        Shilling is illegal in many circumstances and in many jurisdictions[1] because of the potential for fraud and damage; however if a shill does not place uninformed parties at a risk of loss, but merely generates “buzz,” the shill’s actions may be legal. For example, a person planted in an audience to laugh and applaud when desired (see claque), or to participate in on-stage activities as a “random member of the audience,” is a type of legal shill.[citation needed]

        Shill can also be used pejoratively to describe a critic who appears either all-too-eager to heap glowing praise upon mediocre offerings, or who acts as an apologist for glaring flaws. In this sense, such a critic would be an indirect shill for the industry at large, because said critic’s income is tied to the prosperity of the industry.

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          Amarasiri, understood about who a shill is, now.

          Thanks.

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            Jusice & fairplay

            Malinda Seneviratna, Dayan Jayatillaka, H L D Mahindapala, Wimal weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkea and a host of other Shills and Cronies of Mahinda Rajapaksa fall within the definition of Shills and whitewashers.

            They mislead the innocent and trusting good people.

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      Number one Laptop Journos of the kind of MS is rare, but he has been making every efforts to be good books of Most abusive presidet of all times – Mahinda Rajapakshe. For his reasons this could be valid but the issues affect on the masses, these men MS or DJ should rethink before being make public articles of this kind. Gone were the days of power round up of Rajapkashe – my thanks go to all that 6.2mio and not forgetting 0.9Mio young ones joined to voter elibigbles in the last election in the chasing away the most abusive creature. All the silent masses do feel relieved since 8th January even if the situation is not going to be easy for the time being. Had the man been reelected, he would have created the country /nation further debtors while he and his family would have been merry making on the cost of poor tax payers funds.

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    An asset stripper of the nation, he qualifies to the dustbin unless of course he is sent to the US for stealing from them. That is where the big money is. He is a superb confidence trickster for stealing and hoarding!

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    He did win the war – Humanitarian Operation or not. Give him a Noble prize and let it
    end there. Sri Lanka needs a Statesman like leader and 8th Jany. took that direction –
    lets us work on it.
    There cannot be a come-back of a changed MR for Sri Lanka any more. He is equally dead – these pilgrimages have other unholy meanings!

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    Those thousands and thousands of peasants visiting Rajapaksa weren’t enough for him to win the election. There are many more thousands who rejected him.

    The decent thing for the thieving despotic deposed dictator to do is not to stir up trouble in the country. He is showing himself to be a bad bad loser dreaming of a comeback to power by any means possible. The country cannot afford a further Rajapaksa term in power.

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      Yes .
      Thousands and thousands of Tam ils, Muslims, Estate Tamils and Catholics as against millions of Sinhala Buddhists who gained their lost pride after 30 years of humiliation by Separstists, India, the big brother and imperial west

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        Gigurawa the pilhuduwa @,

        all the named ones are also srilankens btw ?

        What kind of lost pride you have been refereing here ? You the idiots are born to destroy sinhalese folks. I am ashmed to see that your representatives are still in action while my elderly parents have fully changed their mind sets asking us to behave as we are all srilankens. My 90 year old father added me his thoughts lately – making it very clear we the sinhala should change our opinions towards any kind of minorities. Not because while continue to live on the west, but from my school going age on, I had been supporting any kind of mintorities, that have relieved me. You guys are a shame to the nation.
        What matters you ve been educated if you cant sense the gravity of the ethnic problem as yet. Our soldiers got killed – their fighters and thousands of civilans got killed inthe battle we had for a period of 30 years. If you are not in the view to see it right let alone today – you guys could better join DJ or the like so called opportunites but there will be no chace for you for sure. Enough is enough – we should treat everyone regardeless of our religion and ethnic background. Learn it first right before making every effort to ba pundit to us on this valuable forum. Thanks. Maralathoni from Milano, Italy

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        Granted that he showed the two fingers to the west, it dose not give him the right to do what he wants with the country and its assets. He dfoes not own the country, he was appointed as a guardian. This Sinhala Buddhist feeling of gratitude has been absued to the extreme end by this selfish man. The sinhala buddhists that you talk about have been taken for a ride by this confidence trickster. Has he shared anything with you, your family and community that you live in? Go and see the state of schools today, of hospitals and the rural health, rural environment that has been decimated byt his cronie local and national politcians who have become mudalaalis. Has he given anything for the welfare of the next generation, no! He has been hoodwinking you with enormous dansal and useless night races, to show off and to mesmerise people, and you have been made a fool of while he is ensuring that he and his extended family will wallow in luxury for the next several generations. You have got roads roads roads and vehicles, most of them free for the elite and hangars on, free out of your taxes, blood and tears. Larger the expenditure on the roads, larger is his cut; he is billing it all to you and the nation to pay back, whereas he is laughing all the way to bank, by getting a massive commission as a back hand.

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    “The battle along the alleyways of memory will take some time to end, sure. There’s no harm in doing the little things that help us deal with the demons of memory. I can do little better than refer to an observation made by Dr Pradeep Jeganathan three years ago in an article titled ‘Forgive but do not forget’: I am asking that we stop taking sides, because it will destroy us all. We need to understand and remember that we all did terrible things to each other, and in so doing, try to not forget, but forgive each other, and forgive ourselves.”

    The US education has shown Malinda the need to forgive each other and not forget the lessons of history.

    I always felt that Malinda has the potential to remain objective at times when he is not clouded with partisan thinking,this piece is the best example.

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      Peace or what your real name is.
      May I ask you to be objective and free from bias before passing judgement on other’s impartiality and objectivity.

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        Gigu – why don’t you practice what you preach? I guess the old habits of HLDM die hard!

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          Jabberwocky

          “Gigu – why don’t you practice what you preach? I guess the old habits of HLDM die hard!”

          It is the Low IQ Problem of those who follow and vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa.

          They do not know Shinola from shinola shit.
          Doesn’t know shit from Shinola.

          http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/114000.html

          We Have Wimal Buruwansa claiming 2/2 =0,

          Then we have Mahinnda Rajapaksa claiming an *-month old baby saying Jayawewa, when he came c;lose, even before the baby said Mom and dad.

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      Peace, I agree with you on this, fully.

      Malinda is not a Dayan Silva.

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    gigurawa

    “May I ask you to be objective and free from bias before passing judgement on other’s impartiality and objectivity.”

    May we also ask you to do the same?

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      Native Vedda

      RE: gigurawa “May we also ask you to do the same?”

      How to you ask a Parrot, in Sinhala “Girawa”, Especially if it a Mahinda Rajapaksa Parrot, where the average IQ of the Parrots as a group is 65?

      Just curious. It will take millennia of evolutionary process.

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    The number of people visiting MR increasing by providing transport for excursion to visit the new zoo.

    You can see the type MPs parading there as they desperately need protection against the forthcoming actions for fraud and theft.

    Malinda as usual giving a nice journalistic twists to please his leader MR.
    Malins too must be missing the free food he would have enjoyed until 8th January.

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    It’s good that Rajapaksa has built up the Sinhala race. Sinhala race did indeed need the building up. But the way it was built up was just too goday : screeches of “ape ratae” triumphalism, fanatical waving of flag with ferocious Lion looking at Tamil and Muslim stripes, shameful envoys to Bengal to establish Bengali DNA, furious beating of rabbana by angry looking women, forcing of Tamils to sing the national anthem in Sinhala, when they want to sing exactly the same anthem in Tamil (words and tune being the same- it’s not like it is a different anthem).

    And so, because of the apparent dimwittedness in the building up of the Sinhala race, Ranil goes to the other extreme. He is practically selling the Sinhalese race to India!

    This is the way to do it:
    1) Bring back Rajapaksa as PM. Rajapaksa’s goday-technique is still better for the Sinhala race than Ranil’s cut and dried, sell the whole country off with Sinhala race forever more to be a diasporic one.

    2) Change the flag to stripes in proportion with the country demographics (80% width for Sinhala race)

    3) Tamils to sing national anthem in Tamil (although Sinhala will be encouraged also)

    4) When giving back Tamil lands, strict zoning rules to be enforced e.g. residential areas to be residential areas – Tamils and others will not be able to build business facilities on residential lands without permission e.g. to produce and trade with Tamil Nadu thus imbalancing the rest of the country.

    5) Move back with China (we really did not realize that moving in with USA would mean going via India, and also destroying our ancient farmlands with GMO-crops so our ancient fruits and grains can become part of the international stock-trade and money-market creation)

    6) Show love and acceptance towards fellow Tamils. Three language policy would be most apt……better than all the math-learning which Lankans use as a tool to migrate.

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      ramona therese fernando

      If anything, your pathetic plea from 1 to 5 will definitely destroy Sinhala race.

      You can change the stripes however you cannot change the DNA. Therefore Sinhala/Buddhists are as self destructive as their Tamil brethren.

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      “Rajapaksa’s goday-technique is still better for the Sinhala race than Ranil’s”

      I tend to agree, and MR said he has realized his mistakes on TV. He won’t be able to do any corrupt acts in the future or use helicopters, so the country is safe from being ‘robbed’ in the future. (Nothing has been proven, however)

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    Frankly I think, we will dismiss this latest effort of Malinda’s at our own peril.

    Those in power now, had better take note. Basking in the glory of the presidential election aftermath and taking many things for granted may exactly be the way MR wants it.

    Ever heard of the Trojan horse?

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    In my view, there are many ways MaRa can help Mother Lanka to be a proud nation in the world again. He himself has told that had made mistakes. Therefore the first step Mahinda should take is to retire from active politics but help in other ways as a vetron.

    For example become an advisor to new or revitalised Anti Corruption Bureau set up by MS , as MaRa knows how to catch a thief based on his personal experience ( eg the mistakes he made ).

    Another way is to join Maha Sanga and clean up the political culture practiced by most of the SL politicians , and help to write new ethical codes so that there is new hope or PIVITURU HETAK for the younger generation and generations to come.

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      Ambdekar reborn

      One addition to your suggestions, Help MR and his family to return all wealth taken away from the state which would help the budgetory deficits.

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    Do not ever compare Our president Mahinda Rajapaksa with the cowardly murder Prabakaran. Prabakaran is a maniac who murdered Sinhala children and pregnant mothers in thousands!! He is coward who shot thousands of police offices after taking their weapons from them. He is maniac who massacred Buddhist monks !!
    If Prabakaran represents Tamils , then they all are cowards and muderes just like him!!!
    As for our dear president Mahinda Rajapalsa, YES he brought dignity to us Sinhala Buddhists !

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      Another racist rant from another “dear MR” idolizer .

      With bigoted clowns like this what is the chance of having equality for ALL citizens in SL?

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        You are the minority. Be happy with what you have.

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      Prabhakaran did not kill BUddhist monks but his assistants KARUNA and PILLAYAN did. And you know where these TWO and KP are now ? So where does that place your DEAR LEADER ? You guys are so screwed up that you do not even realize that MR and family have ripped off the Sinhala Buddhists. Do you think that all the money that they looted is from their FAMILY GARDEN TREES ? Come on wake up from your RACIST SLUMBER. MAHINDA SAVED A GIRL (SRI LANKA) FROM RAPE (LTTE) but then HE AND HIS FAMILY RAPED THE GIRL(Sri Lanka) IN TURN !!! This is graphically what Mahinda did to our country.

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    Malinda – glad to see an almost seismic shift in the gist of your recent posts and hopefully the more objective stance will continue.

    Your statement; “Few Tamils would come out and say Prabhakaran was a saint or was utterly blameless. Few Sinhalese would say the same thing about Mahinda Rajapaksa”, goes a long way towards confirming what many of us always saw as these two individuals being two sides of the same coin! The similarities of characteristics between the two of them are amazing, and I’m glad that you are finally acknowledging this fact.

    Keep it up, mate…

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    “He is arguably the most loved post-Independence leader this country has known.”

    It is very odd, but the same person is also, “the most hated post-Independence leader this country has known.” And unarguably to boot.

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    The face language tells it all,a dejected Rajapaksa, not sure of his comeback .
    His karma has taken hold of him, all because of the wrongs he did.
    The buruwansa and the failures are adding more cow dung to his comeback trail,they are all hanging onto him to escape the slippery road that they have created.
    Shame on the Rajas and his failed entourage,for trying to comeback after being rejected by the majority of the Sri Lankan people,WE THE MAJORITY WHO VOTED FOR MY3 DO NOT WANT YOU, PLEASE GIVE THE NEW PRESIDENT THE RIGHT TO RULE .YOUR TIME IS OVER, NEVER WILL IT COME BACK MR RAJAPAKSA.

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    Had some respect for Malinda Seneviratne during MR’s days, but now he shows his real colours by clamouring after the man he, and people like Dayan J love to hero worship.

    Your credibility as a person who values democracy is being completely dismantled by this kind of article. At least it shows us how to judge your opinion in the future.

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