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Multiple Choice Or A Binary Option?

By Vishwamithra

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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They say, in less than seven moons we will have elections; an election to elect our next President. There will be many a sunset and many a sunrise before that time arrives. How is the electorate going to decide? Is it straining to protect the status quo or is it willing to challenge that status quo and usher in a new beginning? One would not know. Many surveys and polls have been conducted, as reports reveal. But all such surveys and polls do not seem to have any scientific foundation. Wandering around a thoroughfare and asking a select number of strangers as to which candidate they would vote for is no scientific poll by any a standard. In fact, such surveys should be at the receiving end of public scorn and mass ridicule. Extracting answers to one single question and portraying the outcome of those answers as a credible result of a poll is the most uneducated way of mirroring the people’s choice. Disseminating such ill-informed tests should be done away with. The results may expand some politicians’ ego, but it never helps to uplift their image. On the contrary, they contribute to an image of shortsighted and opportunistic character of those very politicians.

It should be our collective conclusion that we stay away from such farcical enterprises. However, one cannot disregard nor discard the palpable rise of the National People’s Power (NPP) as a mainstream political party and a valid and legitimate contender in any election that would take place within the next one and half years. In the mist of a mad rush on the part of all political parties, namely United National Party (UNP), Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) and National People’s Power (NPP), (Sri Lanka Freedom Party – SLFP– hardly deserves a mention), to galvanize the electorate towards their respective political message, the mainstream media outlets  have decided to grab the headlines as well as securing the unique platform to host debates etc. of the multiple contenders.

It is hardly imaginable for us to ignore those calls by the media. However, ever since the time that the social media began its dominance of information marketplace, the masses whose great majority is enjoying ownership of Smartphones have begun a slightly different journey. Their engagement with this unequaled possession of the Smartphone, the clarity and speed of information have become sharper and more telling. Those politicians who were utterly gripped by a possible narrative of their darker sides of profiles would cost them their elections, are being driven crazy after the advent of the social media platforms.

Whichever direction one looks, they are being overwhelmed by stories after stories of legitimately credible discoveries of warped and disgusting portions of their lifestyles and the way in which they could support such lifestyles. Nevertheless, the activities in the arena of the social media have multiplied exponentially and it is widely presumed that most of these stories do have some allegiance to truth. In addition to this compelling scenario of politicians being found wanting in moderate lifestyles and disciplined personal conduct, it was one of the significant conditions that caused the birth of Aragalaya-22. Also, Aragalaya-22 added a completely fresh and romanticist tinge in that its appeal to all segments of society and the absence of ethnic, caste, religious and class divisions amongst those who willingly took part in the Aragalaya-22 became more imminent.

In furtherance of their cause, Aragalakaruwos managed to marginalize the hackneyed politicians and their sloganeering; they created a fresh demand and appeal to the broad masses that cut across all traditional alliances of all political parties who held power to that date. By doing so, they drew a clear and sharp line between those who enjoyed the fruits of power and those who had not up to that time. They, the Aragalakaruwos, defined the status quo as those who had been engaged in politics in the last seventy six years and the ‘other’ as those who did not have the opportunity nor the privilege to be the ones who did not win elections to occupy the seats of power. The difference between the status quo and the ‘other’ was defined clearly.

Although the opposition and confrontation was towards the Rajapaksas, the country being declared bankrupt, while some members of the Rajapaksa family were seen riding in grand Lamborghini and Ferrari cars, drove home the truth that it was not only the then ruling cabal but all those who governed the country prior to the Rajapaksas were also placed in the same bucket. This compartmentalization of  all politicians, one group in the status quo and the ‘other’ in those who have not being tested and tried to date became quite elementary to understand.

This compartmentalization is the notion that both Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa could not understand. Neither did they come to terms with it. At first, Ranil and Sajith may have surmised that it was only the Rajapaksas that were detested by the country. Having been elected to office by more than 55% of the voting population, both in the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, the Rajapaksas were in a different universe. Gotabaya and his Cabinet were indulging in the usual plundering of the treasury with almost orgasmic pleasure. But when the collapse occurred, they too were taken aback; their dreamworld crashed within days and what began with a minor protest opposite Gotabaya’s private residence in Mirihana, developed into a massive campaign the strength of which even those who planned and participated in the demonstrations could not fathom.

The division between the status quo and the ‘other’ was made a demonstrably existent social dynamic when some politicos such as Sajith, Eran Wickremaratne and Rajitha Senaratne were summarily chased away from the Aragalaya ground. Ownership of Aragalaya-22 could not be taken away from the ‘other’ by some opportunistic politicians, partners of the status quo. Aragalaya-22 instilled a brand new desire in the minds of the masses for a total change. Aragalaya-22 asked for a total departure from all politicians, from the traditions of customary politics.

What followed Aragalaya-22 was a tremendous advantage  for the National People’s Power (NPP) and its leadership. A country that was used to treating all political parties as essential threads of our political fabric, converted itself, almost overnight, into a one that was willfully rejecting traditional leniency and loyalties to conventional political parties.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), forerunner of the NPP, which was directly identified with negation of the status quo realized that they had a rare opportunity to go before the people with the only party that could be directly related to the change that was coming. Aragalaya-22 facilitated that process and the rest, as they say, is recent history. The people came to accept the NPP as the ‘other’ and the rest, UNP, SLFP, SLPP and SJB as the nuts and bolts of the status quo.

Traditional thinkers and statisticians might consider the notion that a multiple choice before the electorate would favor the NPP in any elections. Theoretically speaking that should be so. If the opposition is divided amongst more than one party, such divisions should naturally favor the ‘other’. But the very fact that all those parties and individual leaders could be identified with the past and therefore the status quo in addition to the fact that Ranil Wickremesinghe has already been cast as a perennial loser, whoever contests as an opponent to the NPP offers a binary option as against a multiple choice for the people.

In other words, Ranil Wickremesinghe alone is the joker in the pack. Although he may be hallucinating that he could somehow or the other manage to present himself to the country as a common candidate, even in the unlikeliest event of Sajith joining him in a coalition, a binary option between Ranil and Anura Kumara Dissanayake offers a much more lucid and transparent choice. Most of our punditry and writers may indulge in a premature celebration that, provided a binary choice is thrown to the people, it would deliver Ranil to Presidency. They have seriously underestimated the people’s disgust and rejection of Ranil Wickremesinghe. A party leader who could not secure a single seat in parliamentary elections surely cannot be a serious contender for a contest between the status quo and the ‘other’.

At the same time most men tend to overestimate Ranil’s ability as a clever strategist and he could turn the tide in an election campaign overnight. Ranil may be a crafty trickster, but he is no strategist. His obsession with himself is massive and beyond the pale. And when such a psyche is entangled in a lifesaving venture, there is nothing he could not do. That is a dangerous trait for a nation’s leader. His favors are handed out to his personal friends who could directly relate to him and his liking. A man who could not see beyond his personal desires and ambitions is as destructive and dicey as those corrupt cohorts who surrounded the Rajapaksas. A binary option whether it’s between AKD and Ranil or AKD and Sajith is a much more accomplishable victory than one that could be achieved by way of a multiple choice.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com                

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    It’s true that the opinion polls may be wrong or incorrect in the final election result and we can’t predict who or what combination of political parties formed or how many major candidates remain in competition.
    At present Anura of NPP is the only candidate who is definitely in the competition. Ranil may be other candidate most likely to contest but still not sure whether he may join with SLPP because most of the existing MP,s from SLPP support him otherwise they lose their parliamentary seat.
    SJB Sajith may think that they have an opportunity to win the election and joining with SLPP supporting Ranil is more risky to him.
    So, what ever happens to the election results, what should the people to do or what should they consider in their decision making.?
    Don’t make your decision based on what they have done in the past rather than recently made gifts for cheating you to get your votes.

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      “Don’t make your decision based on what they have done in the past rather than recently made gifts for cheating you to get your votes.”
      Apologies of the above statement.
      Instead read as:
      Don’t make your decision based on recently made gifts for cheating you to get your votes. Instead Look for what they have done in the past such as bankruptcy, protecting Easter Sunday Criminals etc.

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        If Rajapakses do not field a family member, PPP will throw their weight behind, several SJB supporters will defy the party and Ranil is going to win. Tamils are not overly enthusiastic about voting for Sajith or AKD as both of them are vague about rights of Tamils. Common Tamil candidate is a ploy to ensure that Tamil votes do not go to Sajith or AKD. My advice to Tamils is to vote for Ranil, not because he is going to grant the rights to Tamils, but when Ranil finishes his term, country will be in a mess, prompting Indian military intervention.

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          Aragalaya was organised by Frontline Socialist Party, a breakaway faction of JVP which shunned the racist line of JVP. The protest transcended ethnic, religious lines and drew big crowd from all section of the populace. JVP could not rest when someone else is stealing the march. They infiltrated the Aragalaya with their student wing (IUSF). The peaceful nature of the uprising was tarnished by JVP goons settling fire to houses of many pro-government politicians. May 9th violence let off by Mahinda Rajapakse was after that. Every citizen had the right to join the protest, and assaulting SJB politicians is against democracy. This shows that if JVP gets power, rule of law will be breached and dissent suppressed.

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      “may be wrong or incorrect”
      My English is not very bright. Please tell me what the difference is between the two?

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        Hello SJ,
        “My English is not very bright”
        As my granddaughter once said to me “you little liar” meaning she realised I was telling white lies.😉
        Best regards

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        Sivasegaram, I am not surprised as your English was never bright even in school days. Wrong is candid way of expressing and incorrect is diplomatic way of telling the same.

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    Vishwamitra writes in the thrust of euphoria rising from the huge rally of the JVP on May Day. There are still imponderables in the way of the JVP realising what the huge crowds make one predict. There is no guarantee that RW will hold elections when due. He will project himself as the saviour who made the people celebrate New Year with fervour. The IMF, ADB will agree. The “Maha” Sangha could be triggered with incidents of communal violence staged as before. There is still no firm economic policy JVP has announced. There is no policy on the ethnic problem that would make the Tamils and the Muslims vote for the JVP. Without their support, it would not be easy to win power. There are many more tricks to be played to keep RW in power. The JVP should not be complacent. It should go out actively to produce an economic programme. It should announce a policy to solve the ethnic problem. Merely saying they have a new team of truly credible people is yet insufficient.

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      There is no policy on the ethnic problem that would make the Tamils and the Muslims vote for the JVP?
      What is the Ranil policy on the ethnic Problem over five decades. Which government burnt Jaffna library and massacre of civilians in 1983?
      Why Ranil is protecting Rajapaksa family who brought Bankruptcy?
      Who will take responsibility for is the increased poverty, increased malnutrition and increased racism?

  • 9
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    Vishwamithra, It is exciting to speculate, but it is sensible to wait and see the twists and turns that will occur due to robbers not willing to lose and be jailed.

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      DTG
      I sincerely hope you are referring to people like Namal being dealt with justice.

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        Dear HT,
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        “I sincerely hope you are referring to people like Namal being dealt with justice.”

        HT bro, these people who are after Namal don’t know why this bastard son is dressed in “blood stained scarf” and “mustache”. Any balanced thinker would see, that NAMAL should be hanged for all the deliberate crimes he committed during the last 15 years.

        I have now given up hope for a better future in that hell full of “human beasts” rather than “humans”.

        The same murderers of the 89-92 era must kill the rest soon. It wont be not like in CUBA but like Haiti for sure.

        I watch this happen after AKD deyyo Philiphine# started his mission similar to Duterto.

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        Not if they are God-fearing Christian criminals.

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    Seeing what’s happening in Sri Lanka, I think there is no point in writing long comments.
    In short, my comment is “RANIL MUST GO!”

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      Dear Buddhist 1,

      Your assertion, “RANIL MUST GO!”, begs scrutiny. As Sri Lankans, it is imperative that we cultivate objectivity in our decision-making processes. Let us cast our minds back to recent history with clarity. During the tumultuous period when our nation teetered on the brink of bankruptcy under Gota/Mara’s governance, the mantle of leadership was extended to several individuals, including Sajith, AKD, and others. Yet, it was Ranil alone who displayed the fortitude to shoulder the responsibility of steering a nation hurtling towards ruin.

      In less than two years, Sri Lanka has seemingly rebounded to a semblance of normalcy, as if the cataclysmic collapse of 2022 never transpired. Thus, I implore you to set aside sentimentality and ponder one crucial inquiry: who else possessed the mettle to orchestrate this recovery?

      Following this query, we must pose another: if we were to usher in a change of leadership, can we confidently assert that the successor would sustain this positive trajectory? Furthermore, on what grounds can we presume that newcomers would excel amidst the prevailing circumstances?

      Let us tread cautiously, cognizant of the weight of these questions, as we navigate the path forward for our beloved nation.

      Warm regards

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        Brother HT, you read my thoughts, you really do.

        Truth is bitter to this nation controlled by myths and sinhala buddhist mentality.

        Those who wish ” malimawata jayawewa” are just hired lackeys to spread their pretentions on the web.

        Those who promoted GOTABAYA, the man who had nothing in head for sure, was made president in this country being caught by a wave.

        The same is being done by same or Z-genzers today to inflate AKD as the ” panacea”.

        AKD’s background:
        Just a graduate (BSc in Physical Science) from a local university but never has been successful in any of his ministries. He is fluent only in Sinhala.
        .
        Never has he worked in his profession. So how can he be exceptional ?

        He can but point the finger at others since AKD himself has not been in any powerful authority to rule this nation.
        Latter is similar to that of Gotabaya who was driven away by Aragalaytes by July 2022.

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        Human Touch,
        The mantle of leadership was extended to several individuals, including Sajith, AKD, and others.
        Can you please tell us who are the others? Did Gota asked any Tamil or Muslim for leadership?
        Who extended the mandate of leadership? Gota.
        We should remember that the Presidency was a contest between two candidates? Who selected Ranil as President? SLPP which is Ranil did not support SJB in the Presidential election. He supported Gota Rajapaksa in that election.
        What would have happen to Sri Lanka if Ranil was unable to be elected as President or unable to hold President post by next year due to illness or other reasons?

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        Sri Lanka -rebound! Wow, where do you see it? There is more poverty; people have reduced travelling and have reduced even their food consumption. They have cut on their travelling allowing Ranil to import less oil. Trains are getting cancelled and poor workers are struggling to get back to their homes after work.

        The only thing I see is all the crooks and boys of Ranil who were kicked out of politics by the voters are back with him as advisors. IMF-related debt restructuring is still not completed. Local Government elections are not on the horizon. State Terrorism by way of illegal killings in police custody and police misuse of power in controlling crowds is seen everywhere. I am not sure where you see SL has rebounded.

        All Ranil has been able to do is increase the debt more than what he inherited from Gota. There has been no reduction in debt. I can guarantee that two months after the Presidential election, the prices will go up—even double what they were a month ago.

        Rebound?????

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          Buddhist 1
          It seems you have adopted a particularly negative view of the current situation, which makes it challenging to engage in a productive dialogue.
          I’d like to clarify that the circumstances we are discussing now are markedly different from those of a country grappling with shortages of basic necessities such as fuel, gas, medicine, and essential food items, not to mention power outages. The disparity is significant, and while I understand you may see things differently, it’s important to acknowledge these differences to have a meaningful and profound impact about our present context.

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      Dear Buddhist 1,
      .
      This VIDEO can help you refrehshing your memories.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAe5Gkxu_Ao

      Let join hand and kill the rest… by appointing barbarian JVPrs as our rulers.

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        Leelagemalli, I am not a JVP supporter, and I am not a Ranil supporter. Ranil has been a cabinet minister and PM several times. He ruined UNP and does not want to contest under the Elephant symbol.’ Only under Ranil’s leadership did UNP not even win a single seat in the Parliament. All he has done is increase the country’s debt and look after crooks. I won’t be surprised if he gives car permits to the MPs the way he is issuing liquor permits to collect money for the Presidential campaign. He did the same with the Central Bank robbery for the the UNP campaign last time around.

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          Dear B1,
          “Ranil has become a cabinet minister and prime minister several times”

          We know very well that it is wrong to attack anyone or Ranil just because he has been Prime Minister several times before. The executive can use and abuse the provisions of the constitution only after becoming president according to the current constitution.

          In whatever post he held before, he did a lot of good to the nation, but it was interpreted by the people of Pothuttu as “against the nation”. Animmialistic main stream media became fully a biased enitity in favour of medamualan dogs.
          .
          Ironically, had it not been for him, the situation would have been worse for the Rajapakse dogs and people today. Another riot, similar to the loss of life in the 89-92 era, could have claimed the lives of young people. I always say people are to blame. most of them are like real human beasts.
          .
          Rajapaksa should be hanged for the damage done to this nation with the support of JVP. JVPrs make every effort to be “clean”, but their total agreement to put RAJAPAKSHEs above was an act of retaliation against UNP.

          tbc
          .

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            cont.
            .
            Even former leader of JVP Rohana Wijeweera along with Prabhakarana did not do that level of damage (social, cultural, economic and religious) and now it is almost incalculable.

            Finally, JVP is not YET mature enough to rule this nation. And AKD is just barking like he IS ALREADY the leader of the country.
            Since the outcome of the May Day rally, he seems very aggressive and no proper plan of his future government has come out till now. JOKES would not bring us further.

            At this moment, without the huge support of foreign countries, Sri Lanka cannot raise its head. Basta.
            All these were well predicted by Good governance govt, however, mlechcha srilanken media misinterpreted it since they are a funded entity by BASIL RAJAPAKSHE:
            Truth be heard, Knowing that if a “teenage politician” will be elected in the next election ?????? Would we ever be able to come out of pit ?

            Although the surgeon had no intimate relationship with the people who pretended to be “patriots”; But if his exceptional performances are above others, we should give him the opportunity to save our mother’s life. Do we have other better options?

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            Leelagemalli,

            “Rajapaksa should be hanged for the damage done to this nation”- this is your comment. Who is protecting Rajapaksas today, Ranil? I rest my case”

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              B1,
              .
              Don’t you know that he is protected by ” our people and the head shaved bastards”? Why don’t people throw Molotov cocktails at him even today????????????
              .
              The Rajapaksas were all kicked out of the country two years ago.

              RW’s tenure was created to solve economic problems and nothing else. You expect too much but know the basic realities. If a surgeon performed an operation to save the patient’s life, could the doctor be expected to solve a variety of other problems?

              It’s crazy to blame RW for everything, but he wouldn’t have been president to save the nation if the SLPP led rascals weren’t in parliament. One is related to the other.
              Who appointed those rascals to the parliament? Is that RW? It is the Rhodias of our nation.

              Your thoughts may be similar to that rascal boy who betrayed the nation by yelling before the tourists disembarked.
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRS4dUZwbeA

              It is now being revealed that should not have happened.
              In developing countries, the vagrancy should have been given the maximum punishment. These are rascals that sabotage almost everything not having studied the ” facts”:

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    What ever it is we have to thank again for India to lifting the ban on “onion” meantime the egg price is Rs 30 now used to be 60
    .
    Siya Modi should try lankadeepa rather than katchathivu

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      Hello Kugan2,
      It is Rs 45 here in Central Province and the only onions available are tiny. Maybe they are slowly creeping down/across to here?
      Best regards

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    If the law is applied equally …….. most of those contesting elections should be inside jails: not outside, contesting elections.

    Tells a lot about ….. the choices we have!

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    Having no faith in RW & SP, for me, it’s a one horse race. I don’t mind giving AKD the benefit of the doubt & hope he will keep his promise of bringing all those who committed crimes against the state to justice & will lead by example to eliminate corruption. A Herculean task & I doubt very much he will succeed as it would be opening a can of worms. In fact, I wonder where he would start, from the days of CBK when his party revealed her antics or work backwards from the present. Whatever his plans, I wish him well. Even if a few minnows are caught while the sharks escape, which is to be expected, would be a refreshing change. Accusing & knowing is one thing, proving is another.

    However, come the general election, the NPP is not my choice. As I have said before, the NPP is a pickle & it is now slowly unravelling that the NPP & JVP are in contradiction, therefore, it is upto the voters to think rationally, drawing from the available facts, not the rhetoric. The NPP manifesto in the form of ‘Rapid Response’ is not detailed enough as to how precisely they intend to do the good work or how they plan to raise the necessary funds.
    Cont.

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      Cont.
      To be fair, even the SJB manifesto is pretty much the same. On the other hand, the proposals put forward by, presumably, the PPP, with Dhamika Perera in the forefront, is impressive with statistics & numbers but his proposal of raising $5b in 5 years from resident visas seems too easy (50,000 foreigners with 100k bank deposit queing up for resident visas?) When even some countries like Spain (Teneriffe), Greece (Greek Islands), Italy (Venice), Malta, which depend heavily on tourism, are considering restrictions on mega hotel builds & limiting tourist ‘invasions’ to sustainable levels, I wonder if the impact on locals, in terms of affordability & availability of food etc & the impact on the environment were considered I remember in the early 70s, a rich relative took us to a sunday buffet lunch at a famous resort to be told that we had to wait for the ‘second sitting’, the first sitting being for hotel guests, who happened to be all foreigners. Would we be discriminated in our own country just for those $? I heard that some areas are already being invaded (& controlled?) by Russians, so, is this a writing on the proverbial wall?

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        Raj,
        Dhammika Perera is our own oligarch. He only thinks about money.
        Too much tourism won’t be a good thing. Already, lagoon crabs or even tuna fish have become luxuries.

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          Hello OC,
          You are right, I am restricted to Hurulla, Linna, Thondayaa and occasionally Mal Kakuluwaa (when available). I haven’t seen Thalapath for a while.. Haven’t seen much in the way of tourists recently. Visited my Cousin on Vacation at the Rui Ahungalla recently, it was full of Russians.
          Best regards

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            LS,
            Tourists are mostly in the South. I have friends in Galle who are frantically building Air-BnB’s to rent. That means rented accommodation for locals will be very expensive.
            I don’t know if you can get it where you live, but white stingray (Maduwa) is not popular with hotels.

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            LS,
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            Lankan fish shops have given new names to identify new fish species.
            .
            I once bought “new kind of dried fish” out of “Muhudu Kukula/Lalitha”.

            LS, living in the central province you lack real fish don’t you?
            I am used to getting my favorite fish in the South when I go back home.
            :

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          OC
          I fear that even a humble egg & local fruits would be out of reach for most locals if tourism is not controlled to sustainable levels. Everything in excess is bad but if the dependance is largely on tourism for our FOREX earnings & the govt. is allowing indiscriminate building of hotels, the impact on the environment & the average citizens would be disastrous. Tourists will come to SL as long as its value for money because of a depreciated Rupee but there would be the inevitable scams & rip offs from taxi drivers to unscrupulous hotelers, which would deter tourists, in which case, all those hotels that had mushroomed & those dependant on tourism would be in a worse off situation. Even if tourism takes off successfully, it would be the big companies controlled by oligarchs & the rich who would benefit most, the profit being not equitably shared among the employees & support staff.
          Cont.

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            Cont.
            As for Dhammika Perera, he made his fortune laundering black money through his casino which enabled him to take over blue chip companies but that doesn’t make him the financial genius capable of turning around the economy. Does he really has the permission to use the name ‘Bellagio’ for his casino? Anybody who has seen the Bellagio in Las Vegas will realise that DM’s Bellagio is a relatively a shack in comparison. Either DP is unaware of copyright laws or blatantly coping a name because copyright laws don’t exist in SL. Wonder if tourists actually believe DP’s Bellagio is a franchise or affiliated to the Las Vegas Bellagio. Would such a dodgy businessman capable of governing a country?

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              Raj,
              Copyright laws are enforceable here, but the copyright holder probably thinks it’s not worth the trouble. You’re right, DP isn’t quite the financial genius he claims to be.
              There was a big backlash when Maharajah’s dubbed their TV channel “MTV”. They lost, and noe are rebranded as “Channel One”.

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            Raj,
            I would be more worried about the effect on the country of another disaster like Covid wiping out tourism. There is no sense in putting all your eggs in one basket.
            Don’t we ever learn from experience?

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              OC

              There are countries like the Maldives & Dubai which are attracting up market tourists but I think SL is not looking at the tourist industry from a balanced perspective (many British tourists have only a stopover in SL from their holiday in Maldives). We have no other industries to compete favorably in world markets. We had GST concessions to promote our garment industry, yet, late comers like Bangladesh & Vietnam have over taken us. Our only other worthwhile export, tea, is no longer world famous. I don’t see ‘pure Sri Lanka Tea’ on the shelves of supermarkets but ‘Darjeeling’ is. Call them missed opportunities & now we are depending largely on tourism but if unregulated, we won’t have the eggs nor the basket, as you have questioned.
              Cont.

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                Cont
                Our other export is cheap labour & even that is not regulated to ensure workers are not ripped off by unscrupulous agents (usually there is no fee charged from employees but SL agents profit from both), a minimum wage, ensure their health & safety with mandatory insurance provided by employers, investment advise on their return, etc. Whether it is tourism or cheap labour, its exploitation & all current political parties seem to be blind of the fact, probably because they think it would kill the golden goose.

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    The latest Ranil W’s appointment to “High Posts” is the appointment of Zainul Abdeen Nazar Ahamed as the Governor of the North Central Province.

    Who is this Zainul Abdeen Nazar Ahamed? He was the Environment Minister who lost his Batticalo Parliamentary seat on a landmark decision delivered by the Supreme Court.

    Rail W moved the incumbent Governor Mahinda Yapa Aneywardane to Southern Province to accommodate him.

    What a shame on Ranil W to act as a savior of Democracy and proponent of Good Governance and Justice! Still, he wants to be the “Common Candidate” and calls upon all other political parties including NPP to join him to govern the country without shame. Anyone to join him (RW) must check his/her mental status.

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      Dear rational thinkers,
      .
      why to worry that much about changing governor postiions ? even police posts should be changed. It is the nature of pollitical rule be it in asia or europe, it is the nature. However, interpretations can be varied.

      Back in the 80s, Sri Lanka’s Red Rallies for May Day were as dominant as music festivals. I don’t think it is a one-to-one representation of political will and people’s suffrage.

      If one looks at the demographics of Sri Lanka’s population, the 15-64 age group dominates at over 65%. we have to target them if a real change in the “conditioned mindset” is to be the case.
      .
      It is in them that the real change of heart must take place. Human psychology says, it is engrained in the youth mentality in their growth. Whenever I read YOUTUBE COMMENTS on Sinhala videos, most of them are from young people who are full of jealousy and hatred.
      How does AKD DEYYO (panacea of the people right at the moment) change their mentality he himself acts like that ?

      To me, barbarians should not be the leaders. They should first be civilized by a process.

      However, I have heard JVP filthy mouth NALIN HEWAGE has been punished by NPP these days ?

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        LM,
        Here is a May Day rally from long ago. Lots of people you might know.
        https://youtu.be/1hEmtkPUqnY?si=woLztqo1Bdj5MRuy

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          Thanks a lot OC.

          I really appreciate the link.
          I have been looking for this for so long.
          The crowd cannot be the gold standard indicator that the JVP will be the winner of the next election. We need to help Sri Lanka’s leading pingonas to refresh their minds on factual information.

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          OC,
          .
          What do you say about the last comment posted by sinhala_man whose thinking is stuck somewhere in evolution?
          He compares me with that of Prof. Nalin De Silva who just kicked the bucket. Actually, we are trying to avoid ” Gotabaya Episode 2″.

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-war-revolt-against-military-capitalism-in-us/comment-page-1/#comment-2489534

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    The Indian Ocean Paradise Isle had been a cursed one since a person called Vijaya landed in it.
    When will be the’curse’ will be lifted is a big question.
    Minorities want Law and Order re established in the country
    Economy will improve as well as there will be peaceful co existence between different races and religions

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