18 September, 2021

Blog

Mangala Samaraweera – What Our Nation Almost Lost!

By Sharmini Nagahawatte Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

It took Mangala Samaraweera to stare death in the face, for many to realise what the nation was about to lose.

Mangala has quit parliamentary politics for good, and nothing and no one can make him change his mind. Hence there is no necessity for any politician, be they in Government, Opposition or any other political party to feel threatened by him.

When I last spoke to Mangala, shortly before he came down with the Delta variant of COVID -19, despite receiving both Pfizer vaccines, I asked him if he would consider contesting the next Presidential election. He looked me directly in the eye and said firmly, “NO”!

After nagging him and trying to make him feel guilty about being selfish and not thinking about the nation, hoping I could emotionally blackmail him into changing his mind, he looked exasperated and said “We’ll see”, and quickly changed the topic. “We’ll see” was Mangala’s diplomatic way of asking me to shut up. Mangala and I have much in common. We are both stubborn as hell. Once we make up our minds, nothing, and no one can change our minds. Period!

As an only child, I regard Mangala as my brother from another mother. I want my brother alive. Not a dead politician. Hence, I will be the last person to twist his arm into returning to active politics. Now on the mend from nearly dying of COVID pneumonia, it’s going to take him a long time – probably a year or more – to heal completely. He needs to rest and that’s going to be a tough challenge for his caregivers to keep this hyperactive man in one place.

Mangala is far too honest and outspoken for Sri Lankan politics. The majority prefers the avaricious politician with personal agendas, who whip up racism and makes sugar-coated empty promises on political platforms.

For example, Mangala publicly stated he was a homosexual in his inimitable ‘so what about it’ manner. It takes nerves of steel to publicly divulge to a vociferously homophobic majority – most of whom are closet gays themselves – such an aspect of his private life. Heterosexuals couldn’t care less about the sexual preferences of another. One’s sex life is not anybody’s damn business!

Mangala also publicly admitted to having made many mistakes during his 37 years in politics. I don’t recall any other politician admitting to such.

As a non-beef eater, I froze when he publicly stated that he likes to eat beef and enjoys “putting a shot”. I shuddered at the thought of how the Sinhala Buddhist majority would react to this. But, this is Mangala. He says it as it is, and doesn’t give a hoot for the judgmental opinions of the intolerant.

I realised then, that he was dead serious when he said, “NO” to contesting any elections in the future. Hence, he didn’t need to hide under a hypocritical mask and lie to people to win votes.

In my eyes, Mangala is the epitome of integrity, honest to a fault and the last of a dying breed of such men in this country. Such men and women don’t win votes at elections in Sri Lanka!

In 2019, Mangala invited me and a few others for a meeting at his home to talk about his new vision and mission. Mangala adores dogs and he has them in all shapes and sizes. One podgy little fellow decided to sleep on my lap right throughout the meeting. I too love dogs and all animals. They are far superior to most humans.

Mangala’s vision for Sri Lanka surpasses mere parliamentary politics. His vision is to leave behind a country for our future generations, who will not curse us for passing down an utter mess for them to deal with. As Mangala said, “It’s going to be a long and arduous journey, but someone has to start it at some point”. So, Mangala took it upon himself to start the process.

I joined hands with him – together with a few others who believed and were convinced by his vision – as a core member of True Patriots. We too stand for what Mangala upholds; to guide the misguided youth of our country, most of whom, who have been brainwashed and morphed into racists, bigots, homophobes, extremists, pseudo patriots, intolerant of the Other, etc.

True Patriots is NOT a political party with intentions of contesting any parliamentary or any other election. We are committed to uphold the values of Radical Centrism aka Radical Middle. The “Middle Path” as per the Buddha Dhamma; neutral, upright, and centered.

We are Radical in calling for fundamental reforms, while Centrism refers to a belief that genuine solutions require realism and pragmatism, not just idealism and emotion. One Radical Centrist defined Radical Centrism as “idealism without illusions”, a phrase originally from John F. Kennedy.

We True Patriots are Radical in the sense that we recognise pressing societal issues that need to be addressed viz. upholding Democracy in all its aspects, Reconciliation and Equality amongst all Ethnic Groups and Religions, vociferously denounce Racism, Hate Speech, Ethnic and Religious Extremism, uphold Human Rights of all our citizens, return the Rule of Law to its rightful place, ensure an Independent Judiciary, address Corruption, Waste and Mismanagement, Drug Abuse, Equality of Opportunity for all, a strong Social Safety Net to protect the Weak, the Elderly and all those Less Fortunate, restructure our Education System, the English language to be made the Medium of Instruction, strengthen and modernise the existing Free Health Service, aggressively address issues destroying our Environment, Child Labour, Pedophilia, Animal Cruelty, legally recognising  the LGBTQ community, etc. These are all issues that require bold action which we the Radical Centrists of True Patriots have taken on.

Our mission is to engage and empower the youth of this country to rebuild our sociopolitical nation, now lying in tatters. Given that we are not a political party, we will have to work together with Governments, political parties and Civil Society. If they are willing to engage in our mission to realise our vision is left to be seen. It will be a test of their patriotism!

Our nation desperately needs Mangala at this crucial juncture. For without him, we may not be able to realise his vision for our nation.

There is also no guarantee that we will succeed in our mission, given the dishonest and self-serving nature of the majority of politicians in Parliament, but at least, we can go to our graves with a clear conscience knowing that we tried.

Note: I have added my maiden name Nagahawatte to the By Line as there’s another Sharmini Serasinghe on Social Media who is harassed and abused due to mistaken identity.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 7
    6

    Unlucky Sri Lanka as always.

    • 8
      3

      Good politicians to my knowledge are branded as traitors for the political survival of Rajapakshes.
      :
      Now people are slowly getting it, as to why Rajapakshes returned to power.
      :
      Look alone during the last 3 weeks, Gota Led stupid leadership let over 3000 people in this country fell dead. Today again, I got to know from my friend down there near to Colombo, that her mother died a week ago. She was at her early 80ties, and again one antoher example elderly age group was not given the vaccines.
      :
      WHO and INDIA clearly instructed, that elderly age groups and the vulnerable apart from health care workers be given the priority at the time, two loads of grants were offered to the country.
      :
      Rajapakshes should not be the ones to decide on those grants because it was given to the nation.
      There alone, Rajapakshes proved that they would never have hearts towards the people s issues, but all focusing on their own cases and how they could get exonerated from them.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfgNAc7B8hU

      • 5
        0

        Mangala Samarweera is one of the moderate kind hearted gentleman politicians and a Sinhala patriot. His demise is a great loss to Sri Lanka. My deepest sympathies to his family.

    • 11
      0

      RIP Mangala.

      SL minorities have lost a giant friend.

    • 3
      0

      Mangala Samaraweera – What Our Nation Has Lost!

      It was by instinct, I suppose, I started reading this article virtually as a farewell or obituary to Mangala Samaraweera. It was few minutes ago (7.30pm Sydney time or 2.30pm Sri Lanka time, 24 August). I talked about him with my wife. Then a typed his name on Google. Alas! This morning he has unfortunately passed away. Ada Derana had reported it around 11.45am and EconomyNext at 12.24pm.

      Farewell to Mangala!

      I first came to know him somewhere in mid-1990 during his Sudhu Nelum (White Lotus) Movement. His departure undoubtedly is a lost to the country. RIP.

  • 17
    4

    Sharmini Nagahawatte Serasinghe

    Please stop describing people as “True Patriots”, hope you know why.
    All our crooks, murderers, thugs, Dayan, Wimal, drug pushers, …… and racists have already exclusively appropriated it for themselves and it is not fit for rest of the honourable people to use it.

    By the way Dayan coined a new phrase, “Smart Patriots” or did he?
    Only smart ass patriots can use such glorious descriptions to gloss over their their intellectual bankruptcy, Dayan did that a few years ago.

    ‘Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel’ – Samuel Johnson

    • 10
      2

      Nimal Fernando,

      Have you found a new stick to beat me with?

      • 4
        2

        Let’s not forget Mangala was a primary architect and instrumental in bringing Mahinda to power in 2005. And complicit in bribing the LTTE to stop the vote of the Tamils.

        When these people become old and out of politics after grabbing everything politics have to offer that their unremarkable talents would have not offered them in any field outside of politics …….. and starts mumbling nice comforting sounding platitudes …….. should we get fooled?

        Sharmini is better than this ……… friendship and sentimentality should not get in the way of good judgement that should be based on truth and reality ……..

        But one off is fine ……. I suppose ……… we all have our Achilles heels: weak spots ……. mine is SJ ………..

        • 3
          0

          nimal fernando

          “Let’s not forget Mangala was a primary architect and instrumental in bringing Mahinda to power in 2005. And complicit in bribing the LTTE to stop the vote of the Tamils.”

          People change.
          For example Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero was a hardened racist until he visited South Africa in the early 1990s. He changed.

          Mangala had the capacity to change, indeed he had changed.
          This does not mean I am justifying the deal that he had with LTTE.

          You see now you have changed, giving up on Chinese girl, hope happily married to a rich Kandyan lady with loads of land, silver, ….
          Thats life.

          Take care.

        • 3
          0

          Only now I learned Mangala has died of COVID.

          I was unaware of his death when I wrote my comment …… such a comment is inappropriate at this time.

          I apologize.

    • 5
      0

      Dear Native Vedda,

      Labels mean nothing and they don’t matter. It’s our intentions and mission that do.

      Before we settled on ‘True Patriots’ we called our mission, ‘Operation Rotten Mango’ which described the state of our country.

  • 30
    8

    I don’t think this Sharmini marched with Maithri Gooneratne on that infamous day when they enjoyed the true nature of Mangala liberalism on the road.

    This is too superficial an analysis of a representative of our morally corrupted, double- faced and essentially incompetent bourgeois class. Similar things were said of Chandrika, Ranil and now Harsha and Eran. What have they done ?

    If Mangala had one hundredth of the virtues you say he has, he could not have done politics with Chandrika, Mahinda and eventually Ranil. In him they all found a good lieutenant ! It is like saying you served these three scoundrels , did their bidding, promoted them in the media, benefitted from them, enjoyed the joys of being a minister in a corrupt third world country, but you are a good man !

    Talking of promoting evil people/ideas , what do you say about the time when young Mangala, with only little schooling, no reading habit, no intellectual achievement of any kind, with obscure sexual ways, was the czar of our media ? A period of enlightened media policy ?

    Public discussions should be mature, don’t you think ?

    • 8
      0

      Dear Deepthi Silva,

      Please explain to me the purpose of regurgitating the past. Does such negativity help in any way?

    • 5
      0

      deepthi silva ,

      My take is , this lady Sharmini is just talking about ‘our culture’ of
      politics in which who Mangala is . She may not be perfect on her
      calculation but she is not completely wrong either . Mangala
      deserves some credit for his brave standing on many social issues
      that needed extra ordinary courage to speak in public , which will
      cost him many majority votes ! If you only had half a dozen such
      men in each major party , the country won’t be where it is today .
      His achievement on schooling , reading and other academic
      activities are only secondary . His time at Central Saint Martin
      in London , in my opinion , he gained a good experience about
      life in the U K .

    • 3
      6

      Another scoundrel like all the rest of them. SLFP, UNP, SJB, there’s principles and loyalty for you! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangala_Samaraweera

  • 8
    0

    There is also no guarantee that we will succeed in our mission, given the dishonest and self-serving nature of the majority of politicians in Parliament.

    Why not copy Bangladesh it has become one of Asia’s most remarkable and unexpected success stories in recent years.

    • 0
      0

      RBH59 ,

      What do you mean ? Throw away everything thousands of years old
      and walk into Islam ? Are you plotting to destroy the name of ‘Soora
      Saradiyel’ ?

      • 0
        0

        whywhy

        Problem is you dont know what I mean

        • 0
          0

          RBH59 ,

          Oh dear , I thought you do understand a bit of humour !

  • 10
    4

    God Bless Mangala!

  • 16
    0

    Am surprised that there appear to be no comments on this article so far.
    The author’s articles on Buddhism are well known. Her views are honest and sincere and she quotes her mentor, a Buddhist Monk – this allows her to say things about how Buddhism is/was practiced in Sri Lanka. No one refuted her claims and opinions, as she said the absolute truth.

    Mangala S, is/was a much maligned politician. He held his portfolios with honesty, sincerity and distinction.
    But he could not cope with the present political “culture” in Sri Lanka.

    Empowering our youth and/or elders will be a tough task. Most of them have been ‘brain washed’ or have become resigned to accept the present state of politics in Sri Lanka.

  • 9
    5

    Dear Sharmni,
    I write with all respect for your integrity.
    Pl get Mangala to contest, just like RW he’ll also get to know what is in store for him!
    Would appreciate if you could pl ask your “so called Bro” to first seek pardon from Susanthika Jayasinghe for the following:
    “A row is continuing in Sri Lanka over reported racist and sexist remarks attributed to a prominent cabinet minister. Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera has denied comparing the female athlete Susanthika Jayasinghe to a black South African man but repeated his view that her claims of sexual harassment spring from a deranged mind.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/despatches/south_asia/33278.stm
    “Mangala Samaraweera, a cabinet minister in the Peoples Alliance government also tried to insult me. He said: “No-one’s sexual feelings would be aroused by Susanthika who looks like a Black African young man.” This was said under the cover of parliamentary privilege. This is only some of the harassment I had to endure at that time.” https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2000/11/oly-n20.html
    How despicable his inner thoughts are? aren’t you ashamed to pander to someone like this? You are insulting your great family!

    • 7
      1

      Dear Deep,

      The past is over and done with. Mangala has publicly admitted to having made many mistakes during his political career. As humans, we have all said and done things we can’t be proud of. Mangala is human too.

      Let the past be where it belongs. We can’t go back and undo what we have said and done. All we can do now, is to learn from those mistakes and try to be better human beings.

    • 5
      0

      “No-one’s sexual feelings would be aroused by Susanthika who looks like a Black African young man.”
      Wasn’t it S.B. Dissanayake who said that?
      I believe he was the one accused of sexually harassing Susanthika.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2000/10/09/sri-lankan-olympic-medalist-greeted-by-controversy-at-home/6128b828-cdf3-4f64-8d6f-6d759c493421/

  • 5
    13

    It took Mangala Samaraweera to stare death in the face, for many to realise what the nation was about to lose……….
    ——————
    …….another freemason?

  • 4
    12

    When I last spoke to Mangala, shortly before he came down with the Delta variant of COVID -19, despite receiving both Pfizer vaccines
    ———-
    More staged drama by freemasons to brainwash the public into taking the jab many times.
    They know one injection may not zombify or kill as many as they want.

    • 6
      0

      Dear Humble,

      I have been labeled as an NGO agent in the past. Now I’m a Freemason, am I :)?

      Take care and stay safe.

      • 2
        0

        “Now I’m a Freemason, am I :)?”

        I have tried all my life to be a Freemason …….it’s not easy to become one …….. they have stringent acceptence criteria ……..

        And it’s even more difficult for ladies to become members.

        You shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth! :))

    • 0
      0

      When did he have his second covid shot ? I think it takes 2 weeks after that to get full protection.

      But you are right. no covid shot is a 100% protective

  • 8
    18

    So according to you, mangala being a homosexual is fine but eating beef and drinking alcohol ‘is a mistake’ ?
    And higher ranked masons are all required to participate in gay rituals in their masonic lodges.
    They actually do far worse inside those lodges, including pedophilia, child sacrifice and cannibalism.

    • 5
      0

      Eating beef and drinking alcohol are choices one makes. Sexual oriantation isn’t a choice one makes. Presumably you did not make a choice to be a heterosexual and you were just born that way. Likewise, Mangala did not make a choice to become a homosexual and he was born that way. There is a percentage of the global population who are homosexual and they do not make a choice to be a homosexual.
      Homosexuality isn’t pedophilia. Pedophilia is something completely different.

  • 11
    1

    Mangala was a Minister in the supposedly “Good Governance “ Government from 2015 to 2019. Why did he get the Crooked Politicians of Mahinda R regime behind bars. They did not have the GUTS to do it thereby now we have a Government that doesn’t obey the laws of the Land.
    Our previous rulers let the Easter Bombings to happen and then DENY any prior knowledge of it. They (Victims of the Bombings) was sacrificed to the benefit of the current rulers. I do hope Mangala S will pull through the Covid infection in order to put the country RIGHT.

  • 17
    2

    The problem is most of the Sinhala-Buddhists – in fact most Sri Lankans – like to “put a shot” and eat beef, and you can say about 12% are homosexuals, just like any sample of population across the globe – despite the social personas they like to project. Unfortunately, most Sri Lankans are also like the rest of the world when it comes to politics and social issues: they display nationalistic and ethno-centric tendencies. This entails prejudice against the ‘Other’ and intolerance of diversity – especially when push comes to shove. These are universal tendencies, seemingly rooted in the imperfect ‘human nature.’ Mangala stands head and shoulders above [no pun intended] the other politicians in his approach to the ethnic issue, and in his struggle for equality, human rights and democracy. The writer should be lauded for her ability to retain a 60s style ‘innocent’ radicalism in this era of soul-destroying post-truth politics. I guess all what I’m trying to say is, a heavy dose of realism needs to be injected to the project if it is to move from the drawing board to the real world … unfortunately.

    • 6
      0

      Dear Ajay Sundara Devan,

      Mankind across all frontiers are being given a thundering shakeup by the pandemic.

      It is treating the entire world as one. Mother Nature has caught mankind by its necks and squeezing the life out of us.

      Humans are dropping dead like flies. Those who survive this catastrophe will be the strong ones; the strong in body, mind and integrity. The rest will perish.

      Hopefully, as John Lennon imagined, “imagine a world as one……..the world will live as one”, those who survive will make this a reality.

      Right now, “those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad”. In Sri Lanka, it’s happening top down.

  • 14
    0

    Ms.Sharmini Serasinghe
    Thank you for the write-up on Mangala.
    His beloved mother Khema Samaraweera and I had been very good friends – colleagues working together in the Editorial Admin. Dept at Lake House in late 1960s. She was a charming lady. Four of us, close friends including Khema, have had occasions to join at lunch, at Greenlands, Bambalapitiya. I am in the twilight of my life. Hopefully, Khema is still around. I cherish those sweet memories. Mangala, Khema’s boy, May good health envelop you, spurring a quick recovery.

    BTW: Mangala’s aunt (father’s sister) was married to my good friend, Swimmer Anandan from Valvettiturai. University love affair. I believe, on Aug.8, 1984, even as the Air India plane took off from Heathrow, London I picked up copy of “London Telegraph” and was drawn to a box news: It was shocking to learn that my friend Anandan had died the previous day, while trying to cross the English channel.

    • 4
      0

      Dear Karikalan S. Navaratnam

      Mangala’s mother Khema Samaraweera passed away in 2008.

  • 5
    0

    Addendum:
    Sorry, must read, “while trying to swim across the English channel”

  • 5
    2

    May Mangala get well! One year recovery time will be too long for any politician.

    ( My difference with Mangala, though he is one of the very few Lankawe politicians who are not a racist and he didn’t take racism as a weapon to come up in his political life, but that he knowingly lied to Western politicians and diplomats that Yahapalanaya was intended to solve Tamils’ problem and investigate the war crime, while Ranil was aggressively using that window to drench more deeper with China in order to block any IC’s effort to resolve Tamils matter.That made Western politicians to goof on their foreignpolicy toward Lankawe and that hurt Tamils a lot. Now Mangala gave up on Ranil. If he had done this in 2016 or as late as at the start of 2017, Lanakwe might have been saved from the hands of China. By mid of 2017, Ranil had completed his Hambantota sale, purposely avoiding the using IMF for trade loans and using Middle East servant women’s ForEx earning to pay off China loans)

  • 9
    0

    Great article. Mangala’s comment that he will not stand for the “next presidential election” gives the message that he believes that there will be a next presidential election. The same question was asked from RW recently by another reporter; and interestingly (and possibly chillingly) his answer indicated that there will not be another presidential election… because the constitution will be changed. The question then is, what will be the next – changed – constitution be like? Would it turn Sri Lanka in to a Monarchy or a Kingdom with a “Royal” family in place?

    • 3
      0

      Dear nimal_w ,

      Right now, we are all facing the harsh reality of an unpredictable future for mankind. Let’s first focus on staying alive and later worry about elections.

  • 4
    0

    Poor guy was sick with the deadly Covid? May he get better soon.

    • 0
      0

      Living in the fantasyland still.

  • 4
    0

    IN THE RECENT PAST,perhaps somewhere during 2015-2019, Mangala organised a meeting at Matara,in the deep-down South and invited TNA Leader Sampanthan to put across the Tamil perspective to resolve the National Question.
    In a deeply divided Nation-State for Mangala to initiate such an enterprise, though it could cause some Political damage to him clearly proves that he is indeed a Politician with Liberal views, a commodity that is almost extinct from the Sinhala and even Tamil sides of the Political landscape.

    True; All politicians have skeletons in the cupboard. But then it is just not the politicians alone!

    But, Mangala, I believe is indeed A Pearl among the Swines.
    I hope he recovers fast and rethink his STUBBORN decision to exit from the Public life of this country.
    This is all the more so since this Island State is reaching a point of no return due to a single extended family!.

  • 1
    0

    Mangala took both injections. He is sick. The disease is not any political tool or toy as our Appe Aanduwa employs it. Lankawe’s population is 55th. and by tomorrow it will be 60th in Covid-19 listing. All these times the Covid-19 was seen as developed democracies’ disease. Now Lankawe the beggar, dictator country has uplifted itself into there. It happened to Lankawe just because it wanted to use the Army to treat the people and it sacked doctors out of their position. Isn’t that what China did, but still controlled the disease? So, what is the point of the Royal Family being trained by the CCP by Tele Training Classes? I saw on the news that in a hospital, six medical doctors and 80 other staff members are sick. That is really dangerous news. The employee unions cannot bring out the real news of how this happened. Aanduwa is sacrificing important people to Kali Amman to prove that the “Rapist Army Did it”. But the truth is, in the North, after closing the roads, the Rapist Army is raiding the people’s residences, riding motorcycles, during day & night, wielding swords. Will this behavior convince people to believe in lock out and voluntarily restrict them inside the houses?

  • 1
    0

    I hope that “We will see” would not happen and that firm “NO” would remain “FIRM”. Even, “By Chance” “we will see” comes forgetting that firm “No”, Mangala will receive a “Firm No” from the people like that was experienced by his former boss “Ranil W”.

  • 6
    0

    Sharmini closes with, “we can go to our graves with a clear conscience knowing that we tried.” And now Mangala has died.
    .
    He was one of the few who always spoke the truth, but we live in a land where nobody is fair by people of integrity. I remember that when it transpired that Mangala had exerted some of his influence to get himself the Astra-Zeneca vaccine early there was petty criticism of him. I’m sure that he knew that to do any good, he had to look after his own health.

    When of the “Paksas” displayed himself unnecessarily at the Kandy Perahera, how many of our hypocritical citizens dared censure the fellow? I never met Mangala but during the last decade, I’ve been carefully following what Mangala had been doing and saying. We need politicians to run a country, but here is clear proof that however good and honest a person is, our society is full of people who refuse to look steadily at what is happening. Even the best are unappreciated.
    .
    Mangala, despite worldwide gloom, there will be a few who remember your honesty with gratitude.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

    • 0
      0

      Spot on Mr Iskolemahaththaya. SL SOCIETY IS FULL OF PEOPLE WHO REFUGE TO LOOK STEADILY AT WHAT IS HAPPENING.

      “When of the “Paksas” displayed himself unnecessarily at the Kandy Perahera, how many of our hypocritical citizens dared censure the fellow?”

      People are made to believe that PAKSEs are above the law. No matter Pakshes would anything, people stay silent for unexplainable reasons. Even if over 60 age group was not prioratised with anti-COVID jabs., people stay silent yet today.
      :
      MAIN STREAM media seem not doing enough to improve the awareness of the people. MEDIA + Mlechcha Politicians work together so that nothing can help any palpable changes.
      .
      Imagine, not many would have guts to criticise the high criminals in public why ? It is like elephant in the room, nobody is telling a word.

      Mangala was a fearless politician. His kind of politicians are rare in SL. Like no others he had guts to criticise – CHEEVARADHARIYA- that should be made accoutable for today’s mess. The other honest man in SL politics (whoever would attack him being not educated enough), Ranjan Ramanaayake.. he is jailed for no good reasons today with entire media being stand still.
      .
      Mangala, there are no goodbyes, where you will be , you will be in my heart.
      .
      REST IN PEACE !

  • 6
    0

    RIP. According to latest news Mangala, is no more. Two noted people who are activist and progressive in their own way are no more with us. Reportedly they both are victims of Covid related complications. Other is human rights lawyer and activist Colombo based Gauri Thavarasa. She is some one who has fearlessly appeared for people who were illegally framed by Gotha. She was appearing for both Richard and Hizbullah. There are two Sinhalese youth I met, told me they are alive today because of her. She has fought many human right cases under threat and duress, during the White Van regime. What is confusing is that news says, Mangala was treated in a private hospital and was unresponsive for past two days and when they tried to put him on Vent he passed away. There has to be some error in reporting (hope so) because he should have been on vent much before and not at the end. The current situation seems much worse than anticipated.

  • 7
    0

    R.I.P Mangala. You were Sri-Lanka’s last hope for civility and compassion.

    This song by the late Leonard Cohen makes me think of you:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQOpeJ8YHrE

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.