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Mr. President, Can You Hear The People ?

By Ravi Perera

Ravi Perera

But yesterday, the word of Caesar might have stood against the world, now lies he there, and none so poor to do him reverence” ~ Julius Caesar-Shakespeare

It must be dawning on the political novice Gotabaya Rajapaksa, our Alice in Wonderland like President, ex-soldier turned mandarin, that two years is a very long time in politics.

And what a two years they have been!

Henry Kissinger, that shrewd observer of men and matters, once quipped that power is the great aphrodisiac. True, we are a minnow among in the scheme of things, a small country with no real power and only a little money, yet, even in the tiniest manifestation of power, there is the sex appeal. One may think that our shows of power or wealth suggests pathos, a small nation trapped in a self-deluding fantasy, but to those living it, every moment is real; within this 25000 square mile area, there is the crudity of power, the vulgarity of wealth, the thrill of hope and the bitterness of disappointment, aplenty.

The swearing in of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was staged in the historic city of Anuradhapura. Unlike in more settled societies, this important event has no fixed venue, it depends on the whim of the newly elected President. Even the presidential abode invokes ambiguous emotions, an incumbent President who declines to occupy the Presidents’ residence is admired, an act of renunciation! The exact opposite also happens, not so long ago we had a President occupying both the Presidents House as well as the Prime Ministers official residence! For collectors of Third World trivia, the one refusing to occupy the Presidential residence, and the one who occupied both official residences are brothers! However, the abstemious President brother looks up to the indulgent ex-President brother (now Prime Minister), the architect of the novice President’s meteoric career, from an insignificant immigrant in America, to the Presidency of Sri Lanka!

Anuradhapura was an elaborate ceremony, abounding as usual with pomp and pageantry, replete with symbolic gestures. In the excitement, no one asked what these symbolic gestures, symbolised; ‘power’, ‘wealth’, ‘wisdom’, ‘integrity’, ‘justice’? Hope springs eternal, a noble cause begins, a great journey commences; in the absence of true substance, the symbolic will suffice. The great helmsman will steer the ship of State with sure hands, the mere fact of election endows the man with abounding wisdom and skills! But first, the investiture; religious figures bless the new President, children parade, there are traditional dances, cultural pageants, more religious functions, speeches resounding with bombast and of course the festive table is laden with local delicacies. The family was delirious. That was just two years ago.

What followed was a weird interregnum, before the disaster.

No sooner they had the necessary majority in parliament, the new government brought in an amendment to the country’s Constitution(20th). This amendment, in addition to the further empowerment of the already powerful presidency, allowed for dual citizens, in other words, persons who had taken citizenship of other countries by swearing allegiance to those countries, to hold high office in Sri Lanka, the country they had forfeited. It is difficult to conceive of a more humiliating constitutional amendment. That the amendment received more than two thirds of the votes of the parliamentarians, who despite all the woes of a Third World country, had remained faithful to their motherland, is reflective of a country gone very wrong! Their endorsement of the 20th Amendment, denied themselves!

The whole purpose is patently obvious, enabled by the amendment, another brother who was a dual citizen of the United States of America, now walked into the Parliament, as an appointed member, soon to be put in charge of the country’s finances! A low type of cunning, mastery of the “paisa” ruse, was declared to be a sign of intelligence. Glim talkers, wheeler dealers and shadowy corporate fixers were taking charge of the economy. From the low, we were going lower!

And, Alice was sauntering further in to Wonderland.

It is obvious that the President’s mind had been deeply influenced by his early years spent in the Sri Lankan army. The form and formalities; discipline, privileges of the various ranks, uniforms, boots, amulets of an army would have been dazzling for a person like him. Armies  are not famous for their intellectual accomplishments, nor are they nation builders or an economic factor like farming or manufacturing. Depending on their circumstances, countries spend large amounts of money on their armies hoping that they will provide security for the country. It is for their non-political approach, efficient organising and the discipline, that armies win praise.

Needless to say, an army can exist only because the country produces enough, or earns enough money to maintain one. An army is not a country, and a country is not an army. The overwhelming majority in any nation are civilians, doing a million different things, living very different lives. In the eyes of the civilian, the world is complexed as well as nuanced. The average citizen is actuated by need or fancy, not due to ‘orders’ from ‘superiors’.

The President seems to have thought that he had found the way forward for a country stranded in an economic mire; appoint retired army officers to various positions in the government structure! Even in traffic control, that most mundane of police duties, a ‘stiffening ‘by army officers was observed. There was another pool from which the President readily drew his appointees to crucial positions in the State machinery. This was the self-styled “Viyathmaga”, a collection of motley loyalists, who unblushingly called themselves “intellectuals”. Many of them opted for ambassadorial appointments!

While the men in charge indulged in tomfoolery, dark clouds were already gathering in our economic sky.

A better advised leader would have demurred at charging into unknown territory. Palm Oil is one of the most lucrative crops in the world, presently contributing hugely to expanding economies like Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. There are controversies on its impact on the environment as well as in certain conditions, the water tables. As usual in such controversies, there is no unanimity among the experts, with conflicting opinions, the issue remaining unresolved. We banned the planting of Palm Oil totally, adversely impacting our export income. Plantation companies which had depended heavily on Palm Oil, suffered enormous capital investment losses.

What followed was an even greater disaster, the banning of the import of non-organic fertilizer. The dire consequences resulting from this ill-advised adventure have been written about in every forum, we need not labour the topic here anymore. Someone was tinkering with our vital agriculture sector, without a clue.

Obviously, all our economic problems did not begin in the last two years. They have been building up beginning from 1948, when our leaders became the decision makers. The storm warnings have been sounding for years, with particular urgency in the last two years. In the eye of the storm, there was a strange complacency; a political establishment living in a make-believe world, imbeciles out of touch, were paying no heed to the gathering tornado.

Not only the politicians, but our awkward besides inept bureaucrats too are guilty of many acts of omission and commission. Because the critical searchlight is generally focussed on the politicians, these so called officials escape scrutiny, hiding their corruption, political allegiances and fundamental incompetence from the public. One has to only compare the amount of money spent on any government institution, with its true productivity/efficiency, to realize the truth. It will be a wonder if a letter from a citizen is ever replied by a government department. The country carries a public service which would have been an embarrassment even in the 19th Century; to expect results from them in this 21St Century is like waiting for Gnnaakk’s occult to deliver.

Although the nation seems not have realized then, right from the beginning we have had the misfortune to be ruled by men inadequate to the task; deceitful men, motivated by greed and vanity mainly. Retaining the hold on leadership has been their primary concern, thus we see that the SLFP (PA) has had only two or three families controlling that political party in the past 70 years. The UNP is a mirror image, perhaps four families; father to son or uncle to nephew, the leadership passes. As to be expected, this inbreeding has only resulted in a most corrupt and self -serving leadership, mimicking a role they are unfit to play. Diminished and disparaged, Sri Lanka has now become a country drifting hopelessly in an ocean of debt. In these seventy years, many of our neighbouring countries have achieved newly industrialized country status, some even joining the First World.

Not only for the politician rats now trapped by the surging wave of public anger, but for the entire rotten structure, the bell has tolled. The people await their deliverance.

As for the underserving President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a supine creation of his crafty elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, the time in the public arena is surely over. All the elder Rajapaksa’s bluffs and tricks cannot put Humpty-Dumpy together again. While it lasted, Mahinda played the nation’s psychosis to a tee. He was honest, patriotic, cultural; phoney postures belied by his own actions, as well as that of his immediate family. They indulged in things Western with gusto, Rugby, car racing, designer brands, foreign citizenship and most tellingly, becoming that strange phenomenon, servants of the people who prosper, serving the people!

Many a decision by Mahinda Rajapaksa has resulted in the draining of public money, a criminal waste. A consummate actor, even in casual conversation, the mask remains firm. Our average tele-drama actor overacts, is melodramatic and unnatural. Not Mahinda, he is the ultimate political fraud. An actor’s success depends on the discernment of his audience; Mahinda’s followers were completely taken in by the manipulative “good cop, bad cop” act he plays using his brothers. Mahinda would refer to his President brother in the third person, like a distant figure, a person whose opinions were independent and inscrutable. Of course, Mahinda knew the truth, there were no thoughts; without him, the novice was a mere chimera, created for public consumption.

Wither President Gotabaya Rajapaksa now? was

As the Bard said, only two years ago his word might have stood against the world, but today the multitude is repeating Macbeth   in one voice, “Out, out, brief candle, life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and   frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more, it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”

Mr. President, can you hear the people?

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    Dear Mr Ravi Perera,
    thank you for your analysis.
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    “It is difficult to conceive of a more humiliating constitutional amendment. That the amendment received more than two thirds of the votes of the parliamentarians, who despite all the woes of a Third World country, had remained faithful to their motherland, is reflective of a country gone very wrong! Their endorsement of the 20th Amendment, denied themselves!”.
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    People with a little brain would see, that 20th Amendment was against the mandate, President was given by 6.9mio. As usual, incl, so called powerful buddhist cleargy and Wimal, Gommapila, Uvindu and several other representatives within the ruling coalition, tolerated it, by betraying the people s mandate. They truly knew that the motive of getting passed such an amendment was only to allow their Basil becoming a cabinet minister. I think only very day only, people of this country all together, should have gone on street protesting that amendment.
    For some reason our people are made guinea pigs for the survival of criminal politicians.
    As you articulated it above, it was even worst than that 18th Amendment of MR.

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      continuing.
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      apologies, my previous comment content had been curtailed, due to exeeding number of words.
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      What I meant is if yo guys would question yourself, as to why assets declarations seem to be not effective enough… is connected with the juridiction prevailing in that regard.
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      https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/declaration-of-assets-and-liabilities-3/

      Even if a citizen is given the right to RTI, but he or she is not allowed to give it further to anyone. It is so formulated, even if anyone would be aware of the truths of the illegal wealth, the provision is not powerful enough to punish the high criminals. This is known to MEEHRAKA RAJAPAKSHES an dthe he know that people are utterly stupid in that island.
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      Power to refer to declaration of assets and liabilities.

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    ”Mr. President, can you hear the people?”

    Sure, he does but he is a soldier, a ‘liberator’ (as we are lead to believe) & in the tradition of ancient Sinhala warriors to whom he is apparently related to, the fighting spirit gene in him (but in this case stubborn desperation), he is not going to give up honourably & admit defeat. He will have to be dragged out kicking & screaming. The ‘Ranaviruvo’ don’t believe in surrender & we all know how white flag bearer were treated.

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      Raj,

      His nature was well clear by that interview, he held with BBC Stephen Sackur, a few years ago. The kind of criminals would not see it in a mirror. Nevertheless fools dominated srialnka, elected him.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rouIimgl-Wc
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      May be the language is not yet clear to him. Gota as a former soldier, leaving all fake public perception aside, is a number one high criminal.Some criminals may be intelligent but he is not.

      His was though painted as a man with a vision for the country filled with utterly stupid people, those who could see it beyond,, he would not be suitable even to run a PS.. Perhaps, people s stupidities made him a WEERAYA for a short period. Now time has come to get both Mahindaya and Gota out sights. Longer they wait to make their decisions, much worse it will be for the people.

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    I don’t Blame Rajapaksas for this crisis because they have not changed in 2005 and they are still the same. Their focus, concentration, thoughts and actions was power, money and Family. They are together. It is the people who are divided, It is the people who had ignored their motive. It is the people who encouraged them to engage in violence and to act against people and corrupt the nation.
    It is the Buddhist leadership who also encouraged to violate them the humanity, encouraged to bring all Family into ministry whether they are Americans or not, whether they have criminals or not, whether they have corrupted or not. So, now what is the right you people and clergies have to go them home?

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      The US President, seems to be following a similar path. That country is about to go into an economic recession, taking Europe along with it. In the EU, Germany lacks the strong leadership of Merkel. Boris Johnson is another joker. Putin took advantage of these fools by invading Ukraine. The cost to Russia is huge, West will also pay.

      Farmers all over the world are rushing now to buy manure, which is organic fertilizer. Not only has the price of chemical fertilizer increased by 30%, but the price of manure has also increased. Very likely, there would have been a “fertilizer crisis” even without the banning of chemical fertilizer. The real disaster is COVID-19, which depleted Sri Lanka’s GDP, due to the decline in tourism.

      Palm oil is not environmentally friendly, unlike rubber. Palm oil can cause soil erosion, putting Sri Lanka at greater risk of natural disasters.

      MaRa & brother wanted accelerated, Chinese-style development for the country. Look at the beautification of Colombo and the expressway. I don’t think they had enough time to implement the other plans. A developing country can do very little in the face of a pandemic like COVID.

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        L
        The US President, not really.
        He is taking preventive measures by sleep walking the country into war so there military production will pull the economy out of recession.

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        Lester,
        “MaRa & brother wanted accelerated, Chinese-style development for the country. Look at the beautification of Colombo and the expressway.”

        That is the reason why ‘Regime Change’ mafia sent Mahinda Rajapakse to Medamulana and gave the contract to Ranil to ruin the economy. He stopped all the projects started by Rajapakshe, sold Hambantota port that could have been a gold mine for this country to Chines for peanuts, deliberately dumped paddy in Mattala airport while there were other places to store paddy, borrowed a huge amount increasing the indebtedness and used part of that to import all kinds of rubbish fattening importers and made the remaining amount disappear and reduced the GDP growth rate successfully from around 7% in 2014 to 2.3% in 2019.

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        Lester,
        “Look at the beautification of Colombo and the expressway. I don’t think they had enough time to implement the other plans. A developing country can do very little in the face of a pandemic like COVID.”
        You never give up, do you? Still polishing Rajapaksa stools for them.
        How come India and Bangladesh aren’t bankrupt? If you read a bit, you might notice that they don’t have Finance ministers who talk of Kaputas, Presidents who don’t ban fertilizer and palm oil, and they don’t appoint accountants as Central Bank governors.

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          Codger,

          India and Bangladesh don’t rely on tourism as the main source of revenue. Sri Lanka is more developed than certain parts of India. I have been to India and seen the pathetic conditions of the poor. One of Modi’s campaign pledges was to build more toilets. If you think India is fantastic, go and relocate to one of the refugee camps. Bangladesh is worse than Somalia. I am not going to waste time explaining.

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            Lester,
            Your Rajapaksa gods are begging from countries without toilets, worse than Somalia?
            “I am not going to waste time explaining.”
            You seem to have enough time to polish Rajapaksa droppings.You could taste them for some overtime.

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              Codger,

              Yes, Sri Lankan Tamils are begging for assistance. That is why TN sent rice.

              “Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday apprised the Centre that Tamil Nadu is ready to ship essential commodities like rice and life saving drugs to Sri Lanka, considering the welfare of Tamils and sought permission for its distribution there through the Indian High Commission.”

              “Stalin spoke over phone to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and expressed his deep concern over the plight of Tamils in Lanka, who have been hit hard by the never seen before economic crisis in their country, an official release said.

              The chief minister told Jaishankar Tamil Nadu is ready to ship rice, pulses and life saving drugs from Thoothukudi port to Sri Lanka.”

              https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/sri-lanka-economic-crisis-tamil-nadu-stalin-offers-help-7859069/

              Without Tamils, this guy would not have shipped anything. He is probably sending 100% of it to Northern and Eastern areas.

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              Lester,
              “If you think India is fantastic, go and relocate to one of the refugee camps.”
              If YOU think SL is so fantastic, why do you and your Rajapaksa gods want to be US citizens? You could relocate to one of the gas queues.
              Do you even know what consistency means? I’m not talking about Rajapaksa stools.

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                Lester the liar,
                You wrote:
                “Most of the power generation in the country still comes from dams initiated during JR’s time.”
                Another lie. Prove it if you can. I’ll give you a week.

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                Old Thosa,

                You are writing pro-LTTE propaganda during a power cut, what does that make you? No wonder even Toilet Nadu refused to take Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. The Brahmins there like Jayalalitha never supported your fake freedom struggle.

                “Moving the resolution, Ms. Jayalalitha virtually likened Prabhakaran to the dissident Saudi millionaire, Osama bin Laden, saying India should launch ‘concerted’ efforts like the U.S. did to nab the Al Quaida chief. “

                The EU revoked the passports of anyone who joined ISIS. Sri Lanka should do the same and revoke the citizenship of anyone who supported LTTE. People like you deserve to be stateless, as your extremist views are a threat to the community.

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              Dr Lester compares a subcontinent of 1300 mio with a small Island of 22 mio. If dohe so with Kerala state/ it would have been a match.
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              This is why I feel that the staple of Lester should be Ratathanakola/ no doubt he should start it from kindergarten.
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              These men are prototype for Gota s interllecttals.
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              Get well soon Lester!🤔🤔🤔🤔🐃🐃🐃😎😎😎

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            Lester

            “India and Bangladesh don’t rely on tourism as the main source of revenue. “

            Who told Sri Lanka to rely only on Tourism?
            Did India and Bangladesh tell you?

            “I have been to India and seen the pathetic conditions of the poor.”

            Yet you are standing in front of both countries with your begging bowls.
            You should be ashamed of yourself, your Sinhala/Buddhism, and your poverty.

            “If you think India is fantastic, go and relocate to one of the refugee camps. Bangladesh is worse than Somalia. “

            Then why the hell are you begging both countries?
            Whats wrong with you?
            If your island is so good you should be giving India, Bangladesh and Somalia.
            I understand why you have poverty in this island however I cannot understand there is scarcity for gray-matter inside your thick-head.

            “I am not going to waste time explaining.”

            Thanks, we know why.

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              Native,

              What’s the difference between begging and borrowing? Sri Lanka has to pay back all of the money it borrowed. No free money.

              By the way, have you figured out why your heroes surrendered with white flags? Probably the worst ending for your fake freedom struggle. Look at that, they begged the whole world to save them.

              As the Sri Lankan army closed in, rebels made a desperate plea to a Sunday Times correspondent to help stave off annihilation

              Marie Colvin
              Sunday May 24 2009, 1.00am BST, The Sunday Times

              IT was a desperate last phone call but it did not sound like a man who would be dead within hours. Balasingham Nadesan, political leader of the Tamil Tigers, had nowhere to turn, it seemed.

              “We are putting down our arms,” he told me late last Sunday night by satellite phone from the tiny slip of jungle and beach on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka where the Tigers had been making their last stand.

              I could hear machinegun fire in the background as he continued coolly: “We are looking for a guarantee of security from the Obama administration and the British government. Is there a guarantee of security?”

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                Lester’, is it as desperate as Rajapaksas calling India for help, pleading for much needed food , fuel and medicine but didn’t look like Kaputas in a hurry to go home???

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            No time to explain about India and Bangladesh but your type has enough time to beg from both ? ?
            One busey dude you are !
            Heave you seen beggers in China and New York? I have seen plenty
            but fact is its getting better.
            Heard of GDP ?
            These countries are several times your size friend….you need to organize a piss -up in your potty little brewery and stop the leakage.
            Ask a master brewer how its done and they might even give you Champagne instead of kassipu and even get you sober.

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              Busey? With this “English”, you must be another re-incarnation of Rohan/Sankaran Sharma/Pandi Kutti. GDP and a country’s “size” have no relation. France, Italy, Japan, and UK have a higher GDP than Russia. You Eelamists need to go to back to school. Why did your terror leaders beg Obama to save them at Nanthikadal? Too funny. Looks like the rats drank bottled water when they begged Norway, should have drank kasipu while they had the chance.

              https://www.tamilnet.com/pic.html?path=/img/publish/2006/01/ltte_nor_delegations_25_01.jpg&width=800&height=400&caption=

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        Lester the clown,
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        My million dollar question:
        How many more days would you be continuing your backlicking job to them ? No doubt you the kind of slaves should be generated by INF (In Vitro Fertilization). I have no any other explaination for your permanent cry.
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        MaRa & brother wanted accelerated, Chinese-style development for the country. Look at the beautification of Colombo and the expressway
        Unquote
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        The truth as it is, MaRa and his abusive brothers along with their hedgemonists never saw it right.That became clearer yesterday. Most of them are litterally the criminals.

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          Continuing,
          Not even a DS (down syndrome) suffering person would ever decide to go for replacing fertilizer with ” organic manure” knowing that the country country s economy is shortly before a free fall. But stupid Rajapakshes never respected the experts and their recommendations. So the consequences are clear today, entire agro farmers in the country are fallen to all unexpected levels. According to them- their losses are said to be by 50% since govt banned fertlizer imports.

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          Leela the UNP licker,

          What is happening with your protests? Your useless opposition cannot even organize properly. This was a real opportunity to overthrow Gotha, all you can do is round up some chooti babas to chant on Galle Face? This is why your hero CBK was chased out of the country. Ask Ukraine president to send a few mercenaries.

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            Lester,
            No batteries for the green thumb machine again? How pathetic you are!

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            Me and being UNP ?
            The Chooti Babas succeeded lot more than all what Gota + MaRa gained since the BPs returned to power.
            – Chooti Babas cornered Gota and Mara to their 4-walls (you and the pampers changers to them have got lot more loads of services to deliver to them)
            – Chooti Babas made Kaputa/ugly american the most powerful laughing stock- sending him out of office
            – Chooti Babas sent all THAKKADI ministers home – if these men would be found outside-their lives are uncertain- ask your buddy Jonnie and Aluthgamage to challenge this-ALuthgamage and Johnie will have to face the music sooner than later. The harm they both did is beyond any estimations.

            Me a UNP supporter ? FYI, I was among the few that stood against SENIOR Premadasa in early 90ties- being proactive with AI.

            Leaving all aside, the damage that your beloved Rajapakshes made to this nation is beyond all ethics and morals. MaRa hung on pirith chants at Temple trees, as the last straw until yesterady

            how cheap the bugger is fallen into.
            – no matter MAHANAYAKA theros warned him repeatedly -that proved his boundness to buddhism.

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          Leela, we know you lost every battle, now bitter and supporting some UNP horas in their C7 gated bungalows while hiding in Germany. Anyway, watch this video: “How fertilizers and pesticides have caused cancer in Punjab” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJYMnseyBy0. Thousands and thousands of cancer cases resulting from chemical fertilizers. Punjab is the third largest producer of rice in India. Some terror supporters claim Sri Lanka is begging Toilet Nadu for rice, when TN is only the eight largest out of 17. The farmer he talks about in that video will sell his rice in the market, but not let his family touch it. Whether you agree or disagree with Gotha, fertilizer ban was the correct way to go until the cause of cancer was objectively determined by experts.

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            Lester the liar,
            Where are the “dozens of scientific papers” to prove that CKD, is caused by pesticides?
            So now you post this pathetic video by some nut like you?

            State Punjab
            Life expectancy at birth 2019 –
            2014–17 72.4
            2010–14 71.6
            2002–06 69.4
            Above are stats which prove INCREASING life expectancy in Punjab. Idiot.

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              Srilankens are shortyl about to die today not because of the contamanations made by agro chemicals,
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              but mlechcha politics played by a criminal family born to Medamulana grounds.
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              What this dimwit Lester is repeating about excessive use of chemicals started during the highdays of 2005-2015 regime.


              No direction relation between glyphosate and UKKD is found yet.
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              If there are, please add the links of the publications for everyones knowledge…. this bugger lester would not come back to us whenever we ask him to be constructive…. my gosh… it is just wating my precious time with ekind of stupid men.
              Those close to BPs imported agro chemicals beyond all levels and let the Rajarata be flown by them… this was a highly lucrative business to Mahinda and his hedgemonists.

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                Leela,

                “No direction relation between glyphosate and UKKD is found yet.”

                Then why did Bayer pay $10.9bn (£8.8bn) to settle 125,000 lawsuits related to glyphosate-based cancer?

                https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53174513

                Leela, if you are so convinced, Bayer should hire you as their lawyer. Maybe you can add Arjuna Mahendran and moda Ranil to the defense council as they are also masters of denial.

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                  Leela,

                  These are the facts.

                  Sri Lankans transitioned from paraquat to glyphosate to control weeds in rice paddies around the mid 1990’s
                  – This was also when kidney failure first became evident
                  • 65% of test subjects tested positive for urinary glyphosate, and an additional 28% excreted AMPA (a breakdown product)
                  • High cadmium, arsenic and lead, along with low
                  (depleted) selenium levels in well water

                  https://www.uniteforsight.org/conference/ppt-2019/Stephanie%20Seneff%20PDF.pdf

                  Correlation does not imply causation but it is very suspicious that kidney disease began as soon as the transition was made to glyphosate.

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                    Lester,
                    Enough gobbledygook. Don’t you understand English? Where are the dozens of papers proving that CKD is caused by fertilizer?
                    While you’re about it, please also post the scholarly papers to prove that the Sinhalese invented hydro-electric power 2000 years ago.
                    Faker.

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                    Lester aka Gota bag boy@
                    Just hearsays or anecdotal info would nt be accepted as scientifically significant. Not only just glyphosate-heavy metal derivatives but also other compounds show similar patterns on histogram s taken from UKKD disease patients. That is where the world experts onvthis subjects lag as of today/ please read further before coming to conclusions/ please respect the dichotomy of science and gossips/ my psychologists in research could help u more/ please give us a break 😎🐃🤔😎🐃🤔😎🐃🤔

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        Lester,
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        Plese watch the video below how your Gotabaya wasted the tax payers funds.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxGt79a9n8k

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    We can hear the people alright, electing parliaments and presidents and then admitting they made a mistake. Without votes none of these politicians would be where they are now.

    They talk of elections: is each party so crazy as to put forward 225 unknowns for the list of candidates? All new faces?

    Maybe the voters should go home first : and think.

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      Vanguard , you mean there is only 225 known people among millions in Silly Lanka ??? Ask your colleague Regie, the fund Manager.

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    Ravi Perera,
    Well written and delivered article.
    “Hit the nail on the head”
    ‘Chimera’ was the part liked best!!!

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    “chimera”, is the reason, he jets to “Thirupathy” than any other and frequently than any other Srilankan would do??!!!

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    Such lyrical prose! Pleasure to read. ⭐✨

    So true, everything, except for the Palm Oil part. They are ugly plants that take up so much of ground water; natural beauty of the country gone. Put in oil-palms, and our tourism will be no more. Tourism is an interesting all-encompassing occupation that spreads the wealth to the masses. Oil-palms is a boring ugly industry that will concentrate the plantation wealth for a few.

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    Well said. But the voters all over the world are same. They will vote for same idiots over and over. That is human behavior. A good person cannot win elections. Only money can win elections. How do you fix this problem? Will the politicians pass a law to limit the amount of money they can spend on election? Will they pass a law they can only tell the truth and not lies about their opponent. We are talking a human behavior change. Not an easy task. President will not leave until his time. Parliament is weak. Judiciary under the presidents thumb. NO USE of talking about.

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    Seems it’s not only the President who is not hearing the people, there are still cronies like Eagle Eye & Lester too, who are deaf as well as blind, living in denial, maybe waiting for divine intervention for a miracle. After all, all those trips to Hindu kovils in India & advise from Gnanakka should bring some benefit. Still, the loyalty of some faithful Sinhala Buddhist patriots has to be admired. Obviously gullible, even stupid, but certainly loyal to the saviours of the Sinhala nation to the last breath, even though the nation has been robbed & raped by the same saviours. What a pathetic bunch, still waving the banner for a bunch of yobs who should be tried for treason.

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      What is pathetic, that MaRa/Gotha put an end to 30 years of suicide terrorism? Sending your “white flag” heroes to the bottom of the lagoon as chutni for the fish? Maybe Rajapakse associates stole a few million from taxpayers, I will admit that. A few million is not going to make a difference for the future of the country, considering total debt obligations are around $51 billion. Can you find any politician who is honest? US and UK are selling billions worth of weapons to Ukraine. Massive profits for defense contractors and kickbacks for the politicians. Fonseka’s son-in-law (Hi-Corp) did a similar thing; he ran away to USA when the police came. Terror supporter Raj Rajaratnam swindled investors out of at least $60 million. Then there is moda Ranil’s comrade Arjuna Mahendran. Compared to these guys, Rajapakse are small fish.

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