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Naked King & The Crumbling State: Seven Decades Of Fake Saviours 

By W. Vishnu Gupta

W. Vishnu Gupta

It was only a year ago that the present regime was installed through a constitutional coup d’état and current unelected leader was touted a saviour of bankrupt Sri Lanka. It is time to take a quick performance audit of the actions of this liberator chosen by the deposed leader in 2022. Among his notable actions are Royal procession known as “Raja Perahera” and meeting foreign dignitaries. Despite the starvation endured by many millions at home he held Raja Perahera in Kandy after 34 years at taxpayers’ expense in February 2023 and rushed twice to the kingdom of the former colonial masters, once in September 2022 and again in May 2023 to be in the presence of lords and ladies and to signal the other world leaders that everything is under control in “HIS” country and nothing to worry about. Then again, it was not enough to assure the coterie of subservient politicos languishing in the political wilderness since their landslide defeat in 2020, so he made another trip to Paris Club meeting and berated the other world leaders on how to fix economic problems while holding the beggar bowl in a subtle manner.

The political shenanigan didn’t stop there so he paid a visit to India and signed many business deals without informing the parliament or people. It appears the trend is unstoppable, so he made another publicity stunt by rushing to Colombo International Airport to greet French President Emmanuel Macron who made a transit stop when he was returning from an official state visit to Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Papua New Guinea. No one knows what was discussed, the people should not be surprised, if it is related to some French project affecting Trincomalee Harbour as claimed by a local politico. Though it is not unusual, he has continued the tradition of his predecessors by appointing the cronies to very influential high paid jobs at the expense of taxpayers while requesting citizens to be patient and endure misery brought by him and his predecessors for another 25 years or more. It is not an unfamiliar request because, the same appeal was made to the great-grandfathers and grandfathers of present generation by every alleged saviour since 1950s. This government is prone to making political mistakes, it has ridiculed and laughed at those who demanded elections, denied release of water to farmers, imported eggs from India, mis-handled religious affairs and sensitivities and introduced 13A to diverge the attention of people away from real national issues. 

The president may be a victim of a political ploy because he was marketed as the saviour by cronies and 134 MPs who endorsed the constitutional coup d’état of 2022. He may be having sleepless nights by now because things appear to be unravelling faster than expected in the economy of country. Exports and manufacturing activities are sliding in the country, people including infants are dying daily due to health crisis induced by corruption, hordes of professionals are leaving the country due to unfair tax policies, farmers are protesting the policy decisions made by the cabinet minsters of Agriculture, Trade, Energy, and Irrigation. In addition, the government’s highly touted fiscal policies are not working, local currency has started to depreciate and no FDI. The news has been very grim lately, meddling with interest rates to shore up the economy with the hope to reignite growth and investment has failed to achieve any traction. The media has not reported the real situation, rising youth unemployment rate, while a worsening debt crisis and deflationary spiral are threatening growth. Given this gloomy scenario, 134 supporters of the president (in the parliament) may have realized that the saviour or the “King” they brought to power is naked. Making derogatory remarks very often about the opponents including “Aragalaya” participants and attributing the economic crisis to them by senior ministers is counter productive. It will be regarded a deliberate attempt by educated populace to ignore the reality faced by the people like an ostrich with head in sand. The government is run by those men and women rejected by the people in 2022, one of the BBC reports on July 20, 2022, reported.

Mr Wickremesinghe is viewed by many as a shrewd political operator who’s managed to cling on in parliament despite his party being wiped out in the 2020 election. It failed to win a single constituency, and its only seat – for which Mr Wickremesinghe nominated himself – was awarded under the party list system reflecting overall votes polled.”

The above assessment is not kind at all, the president’s immediate challenge at the time he received endorsement of 134 MPs in July 2022, should have been to manage public discontent, which means removing the bitterness anger and disappointment about the politicians and governing system within society. Instead of achieving these objectives, the government has further aggravated public discontent and thrown people out of the frying pan into the fire with political shenanigan. 

President’s final hope of retaining power through a political alliance was finally dashed by his one-time deputy, and the current opposition leader this week. The opposition leader indirectly compared the current Sri Lankan government to the regimes led by ruthless tyrants such as Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein or perhaps Idi Amin, well known figures for acts of genocidal and oppressive State terrorism, otherwise he would not have made the following comments reported in the local media. 

He asserted that there exists no accord or alignment with the present President-led government, which he claimed is “implicated in acts of genocidal and oppressive State terrorism.” The opposition party, he emphasised, stands for the third path rather than extreme leftist or capitalist policies. It is dedicated to safeguarding human rights, as well as the economic, social, and political rights of the nation’s populace.

While stating the opposition leader’s reluctance to forge any alliance with a government built on… 

False and deceitful political manoeuvres, he vowed to stand on the side of well-informed and constructive decisions for the nation. The prevailing administration, in Premadasa’s view, is steered by an unelected President, bereft of trust and recognition, indulging in political manipulations alongside an insatiable gang that has financially crippled the country. Their actions are rooted in personal greed rather than the country’s welfare.”

Obviously, the stakes for the president are much higher than for the opposition party, because if he fails to establish any meaningful and formidable alliance before the next presidential election, his political party, UNP and his lackluster political career will be buried forever. He will be registered in nation’s history as the man who brought psychological and strategic defeat finally to the grand old UNP.

Bonhomie between Savior and SLPP

Unfortunately, president’s premature declaration of his intention to contest the next presidential election as the UNP candidate has added another twist to the political woes faced by his government. It seems none of the SLPP stalwarts, especially Rajapaksas are not pleased with the challenge made to their existence by an unelected politico who was brought to power with their (Rajapaksas) blessings and the constitutional coup d’état of 2022. The constitution coup d’état would not have succeeded if not for the support of SLPP of Rajapaksas. It seems, the president was entrusted with the task of protecting SLPP and Rajapasa family and that was the only mandate he received, because most likely SLPP assumed that unelected president was an incompetent and unsuccessful politician and bound to fail by November 2024. Thus, the bonhomie between president and SLPP may come to an end sooner than expected, already signs have started to appear in the country’s political arena including contradictory policy statements. The recent bravado shown by Rajapaksa baby and their minions has exacerbated the political vulnerability faced by the president and the UNP.

The situation in the economic front is not favourable either, it will face catastrophe unforeseen by the current government mainly due to escalation of energy and, world market prices of oil, food shortages, coupled with the drought faced by more than eighty percent of the country. Unlike the other Asian countries which received independence from the colonial rulers after WWII, the successive Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) regimes since 1948 failed to develop any cohesive national policy on Agriculture, Irrigation, Energy, Education, Security, Health, Transportation or Manufacturing sector to avert any possible economic collapse. Besides, what happened to all financial loans, grants and aids given to the country, did IMF, World Bank, ADB and other donor countries fail to recognize that the Sri Lankan politicians have been deceiving the people with the help of a flawed constitution and fake democratic institutions. 

Furthermore, the secretive deals made with other countries vying to gain supremacy in the Indian ocean have already made people vulnerable and put national assets in peril, every political leader seems to possess undisclosed motives threatening the sovereignty of the country that belongs to the people. The current president is not an exception. Under this gloomier outlook, the people, specifically more than eighty percent of the citizenry is bound to encounter unforeseen economic hardships, diseases, hunger, and death in the coming months, perhaps it will be worst than what they encountered under the ninth SLPP fake saviour (or the STRONGMAN) thrusted into power in 2019. The Sri Lankans have been duped or opted to be duped repeatedly by 10 (Ten) saviors excepting Hon. DS Senanayake for seven decades, nine saviors were elected by the people while the tenth one was rejected by the people yet managed to be the president with the help of a constitutional coup d’état. Interestingly all political leaders have shown to possess undisclosed motives or personal agendas and none of them have shown any essential pragmatic characteristics and acumen needed to ensure prosperity, good governance, the rule of law and above all to protect the sovereignty of the nation.   

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  • 18
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    Let me touch on just one topic, – reignite growth and investment. (The rest has been burnt to trash by many other contributors.)
    Growth and Investment needs, – Policy, Climate, Planing, Promotion, Protection. Where is the road map?
    Hasn’t there been enough time from the day he usurped the ‘throne’ to begin one, – at least one.

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      nimal fernando

      Where is dealer wheeler Tiran Ales?
      Here is a interesting protest:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3lyudTfAw0

      Now Udhaya Kanapathipillai is going for the softest target.
      Asgiria, Malwattu, Vithura Wickremasinge, Wimale, Champika …. the rest of the natural born racists are waiting in the wings to see if a riots can be started. These fellows depend on Indian food and other supplies, once nourished come out to protest against …… Ponnampalam whom the Tamils believe the least effective politician. Maybe it is Ranil’s strategy to make Ponna a hero out of nobody among Tamils?

      Where are Ranil’s crowd dispersing The Mandalorian- Death Troopers?
      Kanapathipillai could not raise more than three saffronistas for this purpose.

      Where are the rest of the full time saffron clad thugs?

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        Native,

        I don’t understand what the protest is about. …….. There is a placard of a guy with horns (devil’s?) ……. hope they are not targeting SM! It’s just not the ire of the people in the forum he is super talented at rousing …… he leaves nothing but destruction in his wake!

        It’s all about finding political-relevance again ……… all these low-lifes were hanging onto Mahinda’s coattails ……. now that Mahinda is politically dead …… they have to find a new dog to be a flea on ……… and Ranil is yesterday’s dog; dead as a doornail …….. in spite of OC’s best efforts at CPR ………

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        Dear Native Vedda,
        .
        I have looked at this protest by racist Sinhalese
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3lyudTfAw0
        .
        That is the link that you have given us, but it is on a Tamil website, operated by a person named “Gajendrakumar”. The rest is in Tamil, and the two day old YouTube of 15 minutes (entirely in Sinhalese, showing a Sinhala racist protest; I think that I recognsed Udaya Gamampila there) has only one brief comment – in Tamil, which I cannot read).
        .
        I have no doubt about the website being operated by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, MP for the Jaffna District, but resident in Queen’s Road, Colombo 3. I explained a few hours ago, to my elder daughter (Ione) who knows Tamil pretty well (I ensured that that got done about 45 years ago) but who knows nothing of politics. She knew the house, had seen the bare chested Kumar Ponnambalam many years ago offering flowers to Gana Deviyo”, and said that her first cousin (Shaminka) on my wife’s side had said that Gajendrakumar had done law in Keele Univeristy, UK with her (Shaminka). Shaminka knows neither Sinhala not Tamil but speaks English with a British accent, having been in England for the past 45 years, from the age of 5. She is married to a 6 foot 4 inch policeman of Jamaican origin, whom I have met at my younger daughter’s wedding.
        .
        This is the first time I’m putting this information on CT.

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          I see that nimal fernando, a non-racist, has already made a comment referring to NV’s comment, and hoping that the racists were not targetting SM (that’s me!).
          .
          I proceeded to explain to my daughter (in Maharagama, I’m in Bandarawela) the circumstances of Kumar Ponnambalam’s death (on a womanising spree), but that the key figure was G.G. Ponnambalam, QC, one of the most brilliant lawyers ever produced, and a Minister in D.S. Senanayake’s cabinet who sabotaged the citizenship of the “Estate Tamils” in 1949.
          .
          I have nothing against Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, but can’t you see the partial success of Ranil Wickremasinghe’s strategy. RW has a plan, and we must ensure that it fails. Some Jaffna Tamils have genuinely voted for Gajendrakumar, although I agree with NV that he is the least effective Tamil politician.
          .
          I’m glad that nobody has said here that the NPP is a racist organization that is rousing the Sinhalese rabble. In fact, he’s doing the very opposite here in Borella yesterday:
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65budxPVWCE

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          I have done my own checking. At 9.34 pm last night I had a chat with Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole. He said that he’s fed up with the Anglican Church (just as I am, but our reasons differ somewhat) and he doesn’t know what is really happening in the country.
          .
          I have his brother’s book:
          .
          https://barefootceylon.com/products/democracy-stillborn-lanka-s-rejection-of-equal-rights-at-independence-rajan-hoole-kirupaimalar-hoole
          .
          The blurb is reproduced there. I showed the book to AKD on 21/02/2023. He took it into his hands, looked inside; when his eyes rested on the endorsements there I explained that Rajan and I had been classmates.
          .
          Some have asked me if AKD knows English. I say that I don’t know because I spoke to him in Sinhala. However, I did tell him that I had listened to him for hundreds of hours, always in Sinhala. I asked him to stick to that since he would else be a “kaputu kak kak”. I’m sure that he would know a good deal of English, and uses it when speaking to foreigners. What I dwelt on with him was the pressing need to reach out to Tamil speakers, and I repeated it as a criticism at Question Time.

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          How on earth can we, who do not know Tamil, speak to our fellow Tamil citizens, unless they can use (Sinhalese or) English? Perhaps RW can tell us.
          .
          I met my granddaughters many times in July and early August. I believe that their Mandarin Chinese is very good. How good? How on earth can I find out?
          .
          They had Sinhalese Medium schooling in Colombo for nine months, couldn’t cope, and have by now forgotten almost all of it.
          .
          Two days ago I spoke to a guy who now lives in Japan. He (not Kumar David) had worked many years in Hong Kong and told me that it is Cantonese Chinese that he knows. Same script, but accents are so different that they are not mutually intelligible.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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    True that RW has gone on a few trips abroad. Can one denounce all of them as non-essential?
    Even if half of them could have been skipped, the avoidable cost to the country would be a tiny fraction of the cost of a single of MR and his huge entourage.
    Was the author a fraction as critical on that count ever about fmr President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom he once adored tremendously.
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    “It failed to win a single constituency, and its only seat – for which Mr Wickremesinghe nominated himself”
    This is unfair. Let us give the devil his due.
    The seat remained vacant for a very long time. I doubt if anyone in the UNP wanted the seat for himself/herself. He somehow retained the faith of the UNP group despite the humiliating defeat.
    *
    The man hasn’t a clue of Sri Lankan political affairs and delivers sermons from somewhere in the clouds.

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      SJ typed elsewhere under ‘Is Ranil Wickremesinghe Unelectable? By Vishwamithra’:

      “Interesting, I wonder if there was no other SLFP MP in the House at the time?”

      As usual faith in loyalty to Mao, Sri Mao, SWRD, SLFP prevented him from using his faculties. Arrogant attitude blinded him.

      UNP – 140 seats
      TULF – 18 seats
      SLFP – 8 seats

      Sirima Bandaranaike: “Weeping Widow” who Became World’s First Woman Prime Minister
      Posted by Administrator on 18 April 2023, 1:11 am
      By
      D.B.S.Jeyaraj

      (This Article Written in April 2015 is re-posted here without any changes to denote the 107th birth anniversary of the World’s first Woman Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike on 17th April 2023)
      Excerpt:
      Amirthalingam-Sivasithamparam

      I was also present in the old Parliament by the Beira when her civic rights were deprived by Parliament and she was expelled. She was all alone as her party was boycotting proceedings. The rowdy MP’s of the UNP were raucous and boistrous as Mrs. Bandaranaike walked out. It was left to the Opposition leader Appapillai Amirthalingam and TULF president Murugesu Sivasithamparam to flank her on both sides and gallantly escort her out.

      https://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/?p=40631

      It is better to pull his head out of wherever it is, ….
      Any self respecting teenager would refuse to accept his mistakes and refused to say sorry.

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        It is interesting to read what the great and wise Mr. Gupta wrote about Sirisena in 2018:
        “Prior to November 14th 2018 MS has been an irresolute Executive of the government of Sri Lanka. Fortunately, he has woken up from deep slumber of three and half years and decided to get rid of the sheepish image and acted as a dependable astute person with executive power at a crucial juncture of nation’s history. “
        I am sure his alter ego Vipuli will have much to say on this? Or is the truth that Mr. VG is a sensationalist who writes for effect, and could be praising Ranil tomorrow?

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          “It was only a year ago that the present regime was installed through a constitutional coup d’état and current unelected leader was touted a saviour of bankrupt Sri Lanka” says our opinionated author.
          But what did he say about events in 2018?
          “Prior to November 14th 2018 MS has been an irresolute Executive of the government of Sri Lanka. Fortunately, he has woken up from deep slumber of three and half years and decided to get rid of the sheepish image and acted as a dependable astute person with executive power at a crucial juncture of nation’s history. “
          I don’t know if there is such a thing as shame or consistency in hack journalism. I must ask VG’s knee-jerk admirers like SM .
          Still, even amateur journalists must know that this is the 21st century, and anyone can access the rubbish they wrote a few years ago without visiting the Lake House archives.

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          Though not sure about the significance , I’m still happy with India’s success in space technology. Occasionally we hear stereotypes and some being outright childish, taking pleasure in running down India, TN , Indians. . . . . . . , today the world is taking note and recognizing people behind this indigenous project, such as Veeramuthuvel , project director of Chandrayaan 3, K . Sivan and many others ( women in equal numbers ) from TN and Kerala. Not to forget the wonder kid Pragg from TN, who out shined all, in recently completed Chess World Cup Final. Whereas our so called smart Lankans, are busy finding , race / religion of King Ravana ??????

      • 6
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        Native,

        Prabakaran scared the crap out of you ……. here’s another operating on a global scale ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXfzU6tS-b4

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          nimal fernando

          “Prabakaran scared the crap out of you”

          I am cool, you too can be, provided you just forget the psychopath and listen to
          Lata Mangeshkar, Bollywood Legend

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnv4Yp2PWJs

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            Native,

            Truth be told …….. I don’t much like the affluent/”educated” class/segment of Indians I’ve encountered overseas ……… but like the ordinary Indians that we encountered in our month-long travels in India after my argument with OC. They are very decent people just trying to make a honest living ……. like millions of others around the globe.


            We didn’t go to South India though; someone warned, if you have a Sinhalese surname you get treated badly ……… guess it’s just a load of hogwash. …….. “Sinhala_Man” is tattooed on many foreheads ………..

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              Nimal,
              “if you have a Sinhalese surname you get treated badly ……… guess it’s just a load of hogwash. ……”. Yes, total BS.
              But Fernando, Silva, Rodrigo,Perera, etc aren’t so rare in India. Even Wickremasinghe. and Nanayakkara. That covers 80% of Sinhalese.

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        Thank you and I stand corrected.
        *
        Any views on the UNP-TULF hobnobbing?

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          Which TULF do you have in mind when you describe that they were outing with the Kiladu Nari Junius Richard and P. Richard, the ill-famous, notorious Valaiththoda Rowdy?
          Kathai Kadda Oruvan Piranthuviddal Kanagi Valvilum Kalaagam Undu. “If one storyteller is born there and sworn, there are shames in the life of Pathini Devivo Kannagi too”. But contrary to the belief of those hustlers, those stories only expose the storyteller’s hobnobbing with Lady Siri Ma O, not Kannagi. Your puny head failed to understand how much you have disgraced yourself by your failed attempts to disgrace all others in all their endeavors.

          Are you depressed that Deva who returned to his original camp, UNP, leaving the SLFPyers in the sea, sounds like going to change his agency to Karuna, seeing your failures? Is that because he thinks you are not dynamic enough to change your skin more frequently to be in his team? Try hard!

    • 21
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      People like SJ, Codger promote Ranil because they know this man has sold his soul to be in power and will even sell his mother for one more day as president -thus these chaps might have a chance at achieving their ulterior motives through ranil.

      Have you ever come across a true historical figure like this caricature figure of Ranil ? A guy whose greatest dream is to attend the queens funeral and be seen in a full western kit all day ?

      Even this is a charade-one time he got his catches at Sunday times to call him Mr Clean .
      does any one think he is clean now ?

      It is the same thing with everything else.His whole life is a fraud

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        desperate deepthi silva

        “People like SJ, Codger promote Ranil because they know this man has sold his soul to be in power …… “

        I don’t know about about SJ (who is still loyal to Mao, Siri Mao, SWRD, .. Pol Pot, Amimayal Guzman,… ….) but Ranil who is a professional politician and a Lawyer hence what else would you expect from him?

        Now tell us who since 1948 did not sell their soul, b***s, beliefs, country, …… ?

        “His whole life is a fraud”

        What about yours, Mahinda’s Assgirias, .. Weerawansa’s, Weerasekera’s .. Udaya’s, ….. ?

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          Codger you sound so repulsive, suggesting sexual things I want to puke at the idea of this coming from an obviously inferior person like you.

          You think you can take moral high ground and condemn all ? Ask OC what he really thinks of lackeys like you and especially those who assume they have something intelligent to say ! OC perhaps pities you

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            Confused Deepthi,
            “Ask OC what he really thinks of lackeys like you “
            Before you start writing, shouldn’t you decide who you’re writing to?
            “suggesting sexual things I want to puke at the idea”
            If you want me to suggest something, you must first specify your preferences. I am a very considerate person, you see, and I wouldn’t want to puke unnecessarily.

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              Codger, It is obvious you are sexually dysfunctional, so you compensate by threatening sexual attack even in a normal forum. You must be an anorexic perve like many of your kind

              This guy Vedda is so inferior that his suggestions are humiliating to any woman. .Kind of man a women will not even want to show her face

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                Clueless DS,
                “You must be an anorexic perve like many of your kind”
                Make up your mind. I can’t have a beer belly and be anorexic at the same time.
                But I doubt that I would be desperate enough to approach you for favours…..
                You’re right, you should keep your face hidden.

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                ds
                “anorexic perve”?
                What has a pervert to do with anorexia?
                How can an inferior creature make suggestions that humiliate any, let alone women.

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            If he is inferior, tell us about u please, are u superior 😔? Whatever u add to this forum has nothing to do with topic being addressed but about ur frustration.. take a breake and be happy DS.
            Good luck to our people!

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        Professor D.S.
        .
        Here’s something for you 24-hour whiners. It will change your future for the better, no doubt.

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

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        Deepthi Silva,
        _
        Yes. Impossible to believe anyone in their right minds will support Ranil’s futuristic ambitions over our starving millions. And that places like the US are supporting him is shocking. How to ever trust them now.

        That SJ and Codger are shamefully indulging in debate points over the suffering Masses for the heck of it, means that there’s huge money involved -stock market and places- that can’t be let go. Or some kind of anger at the supposed poor useless masses who can’t keep up and can’t be forced to produce another Singapore. Or to perpetually keep the 0.1% Sinhalese/Tamil Elite rich to tackle the Sinhalese over Tamil syndrome and vice versa. (but I thought SJ was more for the suffering Masses…..so disappointed).

        Thanks Vishnu Guptha for presenting it in all of its reality.

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          Yes, dear RTF,
          .
          This duo, SJ and oc are too intelligent to not know what they are doing. They are comfortably off, and it suits them to reduce the rest of the population to thralldom.
          .
          SJ is so knowledgeable that many of his comments are valuable. but he lacks the passionate commitment to bettering the average citizen that would allow him to be a real guide to fellow citizens who don’t lack sophistication.
          .
          As for oc, how can one seriously evaluate the contributions from a guy who is as determined as he is to keep his identity secret. He won’t usually keep quiet when he sees adverse comments like ours. However, my predicting his riposte may prevent it from being detonated.
          .
          You stand in startling contrast: yours is a generous spirit. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate your unwavering commitment towards bettering the lives of the average Lankans.

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            Readers,
            Although SM kept pestering me, I was a bit worried about his health today. His lack of comments to CT worried me. We may disagree politically but I respect him as human beings. Glad he’s back posting as usual.
            .
            The clown of today’s world is about to be arrested, but it still won’t be easy. They talk about something that can still be surrendered.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR8Hx-DX__0

            People’s power in the so-called powerful democracy of the world is against the court order.
            How embarrassing would that be?
            White supremacists don’t seem to respect court rulings in Trump’s case.
            tbc

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            ” a guy who is as determined as he is to keep his identity secret”
            *
            Inspector Jacques Clouseau is frustrated by his repeated failure to reveal the identity of the Pink Panther.
            Any one who will help to expose the true identity of Pink Panther will be duly rewarded by the Police Department.

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              Readers,
              What matters is what someone says. His or her identity wouldn’t matter that much, it’s up to him or her to hide it or not. The same goes for me and all other anonymous CT commenters.

              The reason we continue to anonymize is related to the lack of national security in our home country. That is obvious to anyone but to Sinhala_Man ?
              During my short stay in Sri Lanka I had a false illusion because SM informed everyone about me, my travel address etc. He’s a vengeful, unique guy on earth. I thought Trump was the worst, but when I look closely at the Bandarawela man’s profile and sick demeanor in the mid-’70s, I become ambiguous.

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                I meant, but for Sinhala Man.

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              SJ,
              There are advantages to anonymity. But a guy as determined as SM to broadcast his identity wouldn’t understand.
              As a sop to poor frustrated SM, I will reveal that I am a grandfather, like him. But, unlike his grandchildren, mine don’t have to disown their grandfather at school.🤣🤣🤣

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                SM is further being abused by Vijitha Herath [NPP MP ]for their propaganda. Lonely wolf might have thought, he would do any good attacking anti-JVPrs in public. Corollories are becoming clear now. Opinion poll held recently revealed whole lot of people are still among the group of floating voters. If they would get over 51%, pigs might fly in a country jangi wearing wild elephant 🐘 s are abused for their perahara ceremonies. In a study carried out to find out why “Buddhagama ” became a religion, made clear not a single 🙃 person on the street knew why they hold it as their religion. Kapito?

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                  I also have my anxieties, Dan.
                  .
                  But let me correct you on this.
                  .
                  At a Presidential Election, AKD doesn’t need 51% to become President. A few days ago, there was a half hour video by the Secretary-General of the NPP, Dr Nihal Abeysinghe, that AKD is definitely their candidate.
                  .
                  What triggered that statement was the interviewer asking whether Dr Harini Amarasurya would be the NPP candidate. He said that there are suggestions to that effect by “some people”. You, perhaps?
                  .
                  I can’t now find the link to that, but would it make any difference? You will makeup another story/explanation if I did.
                  .
                  I think I’ve heard Harini also saying (on YouTube, obviously) that AKD will be the candidate. I can’t find that, either.
                  .
                  If no candidate gets 50% +1 of he votes on the first count, the second and third Preferences will be counted. Then the result will be announced. Only two counts, not three. The winner may have (just giving an arbitrary figure) only 40% of valid votes cast.
                  .
                  We discussed this in some detail before the November 2019 Presidential Election. You have a very poor memory, because you write so much rubbish.

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                Old codger you say your grandchildren don’t disown you !

                Could it be that they don’t have standards ? If they did ,they would realize what a inferior, crude, half-baked, hypocritical pretender you are

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                  Thick DS,
                  Read before you rant. My grandchildren don’t know that I write here . SM’s grandchildren do know. Get it?. Comprende?
                  But then, your grandchildren have to hold their noses anyway…..

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              Anonymous users will face numerous difficulties, and the danger will grow day by day. However, such spies never see it right. This is a big failure of our society which is treated with total ignorance by the authorities. If these beasts could understand why some hide behind pseudo names, their lives would be better. If these little things become difficult, how can we ever talk about peaceful and sutainable solutions to people’s problems?

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            “bettering the lives of the average Lankans.”

            I’m average: what the hell has she done for me?

            Average or not …….. it’s blooming OC who has reaped all the benefits!

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              Nimal,
              “I’m average: what the hell has she done for me?”
              You gotta try harder.

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              NF,
              I will keep you updated on what she has been up to over the past few weeks
              She recently commented that only Tamil women go to pick tea in Sri Lanka – this is because of the lack of updates about their homeland. However, it caused some discomfort to some of our Tamil commenters.
              Some people like her think that we only have plantation Tamils scattered all over the island?
              The biggest labor exploitation is the export of our domestic workers to the Middle East and other countries. Indians dont do it even if their poverty levels are breaking records.. Whenever I get to see our women begging in Dubai and Doha airports, my eyes cant believe, some just roam in the airports like ahikuntikayas.
              Ramona did not even mention how our women are suffering in arab countries for a salary of not more than 200 rupees per month. Little did Ramona know that this kind of such tamil-discriminating public statements could further divide the racist dominated nation. My guess is that she must have been drunk at the time, no idea.. but our father Teresa aka the Sinhalese guy interpreted it in her favor. The world is crazy, it really is.

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                Typo
                200 us dollars

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                  Why lie about me leelagemalli? Anyway, most tea-pluckers are indeed Indian Tamils (now Sri Lankan franchised) . I’ve been howling about our Lankan workers in the Middle East for decades, even if they get $200 a month (which is 100x the amount the tea-pluckers earn.

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                    rtf
                    “even if they get $200 a month (which is 100x the amount the tea-pluckers earn.”
                    $200 a month will be Rs 65,000 per month
                    Does a tea plucker earn only Rs 650 per month?
                    Where did they try to teach you maths?

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            wow 😮

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            Dear Sinhala_Man,
            Smart people improve their mind through study and learning, while intelligent people are born with mental sharpness; hence naturally gifted at learning.
            Intelligent people are not necessarily intellectuals.
            An Intellectual uses facts to make calculated decisions based upon sound judgment; The Intelligent are driven by feelings and desires to expand their knowledge.

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              Somewhat over simplified but interesting explanation.
              But, of what use will it be to someone who has already made up his mind about men and matters?

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            “comfortably off”


            To survive, to go on ………we have all become comfortably …… whatever

            Who among ye have observed hordes of string-bikini clad gals displaying their pain on the beaches of Rio? ……… I’m only attuned to Native’s pain; not even my own ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHb5V1MqtrQ


            Hello? (Hello? Hello? Hello?)

            Is there anybody in there?
            Just nod if you can hear me
            Is there anyone home?
            Come on now
            I hear you’re feeling down
            Well I can ease your pain
            Get you on your feet again
            Relax
            I’ll need some information first
            Just the basic facts
            Can you show me where it hurts?

            There is no pain you are receding
            A distant ship smoke on the horizon
            You are only coming through in waves
            Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
            When I was a child I had a fever
            My hands felt just like two balloons
            Now I’ve got that feeling once again
            I can’t explain you would not understand
            This is not how I am
            I have become comfortably numb

            I have become comfortably numb


            Hope it’s painless ………. and there’s only joy in Bandarawela …….. at 2.33 am ………..

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              nimal fernando

              “Hope it’s painless “

              No pain No Gain.
              Are you suggesting we all take enough drugs to at the same time to feel comfortably numb?
              What a dumb idea?

              Please watch this clown monk:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gztz6byrIKA&t=4s

              Do you know why these saffronistas’ protests don’t attract enough public support nor enough saffron support?

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                Native,
                The best thing that the Aragalaya did was shooing this con artist off Galle Face. BTW, this Battaramulle Seelaratana is Sirasa’s tame hamuduruwo. Give him a few bucks and he’ll say anything.

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              Nimal,
              ““comfortably off” says SM.
              Let’s see.
              I have a house. I am comfortable not to hang out at the Shangri-la. Probably I could afford something better, but I hang onto my ancient FIAT because it is so predictably quirky.
              A TV, but no antenna, for obvious reasons.
              Ah, now SM knows what he should watch out for on the 154 route….

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                Sure SM will book his rail ticket 🎟 soon not to miss his chance asap.
                .
                Remember how he hunted Hancho Pancha and me? That is btw one of his hobbies.

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                “Ah, now SM knows what he should watch out for on the 154 route….”

                I’ll be home for Christmas …… surely do 154 route …… I’m as curious as SM!

                Dunno what he is looking for …… I’m just looking for the swarms of gals around one man’s abode!

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                “but I hang onto my ancient FIAT because it is so predictably quirky.”


                OC,

                FIAT had a nice roadster/spider; quite sought after, seen one or two in SL. FIAT at onetime owned Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo ……… now I think they have sold or spun them off.

                We had an Alfa 1750GTV …… Ah the sound, just out of this world! ……. But couldn’t corner as well as even a modern hatchback: live-axle vs. independent-suspension …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti-p_flovfc …… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW14MFJjW4A

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            A bothersome mistake here:
            .
            Not this phrase: “who don’t lack sophistication.”
            .
            Instead read “who lack sophistication”.
            .
            Typos are inevitable, and I don’t correct them all, but this could confuse.
            .
            Sorry.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe

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          RTF,
          “means that there’s huge money involved -stock market and places- that can’t be let go. Or some kind of anger at the supposed poor useless masses “
          So, why not tell us more about those poor masses living in tents near your palatial house in Pittsburgh?
          Right next to the country club where you go to sneer at the dirty, smelly South Asians serving your coffee?

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            Codger,
            Nooo….not me. I live in a little cottage. I see no poor people around except a few drugged addicted ones who live in tents in the city. But bad case, the US also. Go easy on the typical vitriol, will you. Tell the truth and shame the devil; turn your back and go to heaven for the sake of the Motherland.

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              Anyway, the drug-addicted here are given tents and/or trailer homes with adequate food and sanitation….tents have porta-johns. Even their pets get vet. care.

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                Dear Ramona,
                .
                btw, may I change the topic and ask you some insight info about the arrest of Trump ?.
                .
                Using his supporters as human shields, he declared to the world that according to his interpretation, it was a mockery of the law, and he explained that his arrest was a political motive to take revenge on him.
                The problem with many is that they are very much like blind believers who are blinded by delusion and fall down like in a third world country. How can this be possible ?
                Constitutional analysts say that former President CLOWN TRUMP does not believe in the Constitution. How so ?

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                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhztrZdd0dE

                  No evidence, but Trump has no respect for the truth.
                  .
                  The same is true of MaRa and his supporters in Sri Lanka. He was defeated in 2015, but Bagar did not want to accept his defeat. His joint opposition did not allow MS-RW to rule in accordance with the constitution. Remember?

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        DS
        Read carefully before coming to conclusions.
        Where have I supported RW?
        I only reject unfair and dishonest attacks on RW. Endorsing cheap attacks is easy, but my choice is otherwise.
        *
        “His whole life is a fraud” .
        I doubt while I reject his politics entirely.
        But, even if it is so, is he a worse fraud than any of your great national heroes?

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      “even if half of them could have been skipped, the avoidable cost to the country would be a tiny fraction of the cost of a single of MR and his huge entourage.”
      Are you trying to say that Rw saved the bankgrupted country lots of money otherwise MR would have spent more?

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        Comment on things based on context. The author who makes a big haho about RW’s trips abroad was absolutely mum on what MR did in his time.
        *
        BTW, can you give me some numbers for your lots of money please? Enough to conduct local council elections?

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          The author has a right to ask about RW’s unnecessary foregin trips when the country was in bangruptcy. It is a well known fact MR and his family robbed this country and brought bankgruptcy. It is the RW who saved Rajapaksa’s and still spend millions for keeping Rajapaksa family alive and save.

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            A reader has every right to draw attention to his hypocrisy.
            Yet another has the right to turn a blind eye to it.

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    The writer has a soft spot for DS Senanayake as he blames all the other leaders except him. If you ask me, it was DSS who started the rot by disenfranchising the Indian origin citizens and making them stateless. That was the first blow dealt to the Tamils soon after independence.

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      Then he started the colonisation of Thamizh lands, by settling outside Chingkallams. Starting with changing Thamizh place names to Chingkallam, e.g.; Pattipalai Aru to Gal Oya, Kantalai to Kantale this trend still continues, Manal Aru to Weli Oya Kurunthoor Malai to Kurundi

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      CM
      Agree

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        Captain Morgan

        “The writer has a soft spot for DS Senanayake as he blames all the other leaders except him.”

        Inadvertently, SJ agreed.
        As far as he is concerned SWRD Pandaranayakam, Siri Mao, Mao … could not be blamed, they could do no wrong.

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          A closer fan of DSS has outed.

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            Correction
            A closet fan of DSS has outed.

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      CM,
      Totally agree about “saintly” DS.

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        I agree.
        .
        Fifty years ago few Sinhalese would have agreed.
        .
        His heroic stature has been whittled down. There are many superior-feeling humbugs (the sort who say that they don’t like politics) who will tell you that they don’t agree with us.

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      UNP and SLFP including SWRD both did the same since 1948.

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        SWRD existed in 1948, but the SLFP?

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          Almost all know that, dear SJ.
          .
          You do, so why ask it as a question? Obviously to show that you know.
          .
          Admittedly it’s a bit tricky since when SWRD won in 1956, it was not with a Party named the SLFP. A technicality.
          .
          The origins of Banda’s dissent began some months before DSS fell off his horse, when he crossed the floor. You are knowledgeable enough to improve on even that by going back to the Sinhala Maha Sabha.
          .
          Every reader would have known what Ajith meant; no need for all these comments. It is delaying my initial comment to Dr Ameer Ali’s:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-economy-politics-a-reality-check/

          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V).

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    Savior is asking for another 25 years to make Sri Lanka an another Shangri La. What a ruse, judging by the track record, will there be a country known as Sri Lanka by 2048.

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      vipuli, By 2048 he will definitely be dead and not answerable to humans but is he aware there is a responsibility to eternity. Might go into shock then.

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    Saviors of the corrupt.

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    Thick heads after thick heads not much difference,now intact with executive prez to create more mayhem, If this Mr Nice really wants to implement 13A he could but leave it to Harmaduroes
    Now kilo of ginger is Rs 2000 people just drink plain tea ,shall we ask India or Pakistan again imagine by 2048,
    Chained elephant had his turn for cruelty, all in the name of

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    Naked King & The Crumbling State: Seven Decades Of Fake Saviours

    Ranil Stood with Aragalaya for system change now Pohotuwa merged him with the Votes power of Pohotuwa for their survival and Ranil is continuing the same

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    Mr Gupta makes a good assessment. But, others are possible. Wickremasinghe will hold onto power simply because he will have the support of the Sinhala ruling classes. Not one does he talk of the fact that in 75 years, despite there being no economic plan, the Sinhala politician has been able to hold onto power by stoking Sinhala Buddhist fanaticism. This will go on. Behind the smokescreen raised by Buddhist monks and now generations of the Sinhala Only educated who have no avenue of escape to foreign lands, the strategy of the Sinhala politician is always assured of success. Patronage is endemic in the Sinhala psyche, preserved by caste and social hierarchies and the “Maha” Sangha. This attitude is entrenched among the Sinhalayas. Wickremasinghe has the resources and the skills to use the situation. Rajapaksas have to preserve their immunity. So, we will go on as before. After all, Wickremasinghe gave us gas, petrol etc.He is manipulating the situation with the help of his foreign masters. Don’t forget the latter in the equation.

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    Hi Cicero

    Agree with you about the situation, however as a Sinhalese, I would like to say that the politicians of all parties representing current 225 in the parliament are equally responsible for this, that includes every Tamil speaking politician (Hindu, Christian and Moslem) as well. Every citizen in the country was duped by these politicians. Hence we all are responsible not only the Sinhala Buddhists. Fundamental question is why can’t we all be Sri Lankans instead of being allowed the dirty politicians to label us as Sinhala and Tamils based on our language or label us as Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

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      V
      All of them duped us.
      But some of them unleashed terror.
      Would they not need special mention?

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      Dear Vipuli, I share your sentiments but I do not agree with equal blame. The large majority of the Sinhalese stood by and watched while Tamils and Muslims were being killed before the LTTE who were a ruthless bunch. Some Sinhalaese, very educated ones, such as those at universities, profited from the situation as they could take the jobs of the Tamils who went abroad. So, I do not agree that we are all on an equal footing. At present, it is only the Sinhalese who can be manipulated as far as power goes.It is the “Maha” Sangha that leads the stupidity. They need their Benz cars. The Rajapakse acolytes and idiot sons are still there. The witless Tamil politician and the fence sitting Muslim counterpart has little power to influence outcomes in SL.

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        C
        An absolute majority of Tamils silently endorsed the forced expulsion of the Muslims from the North.
        They nodded approval of lamp-post hangings and other acts of cruelty.
        I can go on.
        To cut it short, should we not do some soul searching before pointing fingers at other communities.
        What we see here is a chorus of denunciation and name calling when our serious flaws are pointed to.

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          However, you are very quiet and silent about the large Muslim contribution and participation in the Eezham Thamizh structural genocide, marginalisation and war crimes. This started long before the LTTE was born. Forgotten about all Muslim politicians, starting from Sir Razek Fareed to Badruddin Mohammed the recent Indian origin minister Mohmmed to the Shaitan from Mannar and Hizballah and the immense damage they did to the island’s Thamizh, especially in the Thamizh east, where they wanted to dispossess the indigenous Thamizh and Thamizh Vedda and convert the east, with Chingkalla Buddhist help into a fake Arab Wahhabi Islamic state. It was only. April 2019 bombing that put a stop to this successful execution of this plan. This is all fine to you. You are always very silent about this but very quick to condemn the Thamizh. Have you forgotten the actions of Southern Muslim mobs looting, burning and destroying Thamizh homes businesses, during every state sponsored anti Thamizh pogrom or the heavily armed Muslim home guards, killing raping and ethnically cleansing Thamizh villages in the east, that forced the LTTE to act.

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            t was all these incidents down south, in the east and finally the last straw Muslim treachery in the north. Spying for the Sri Lankan armed forces and hoarding arms in their mosques, that forced the LTTE act. Who asked them to do all these acts? Prior to this, despite all what the Muslims did to the Thamizh down south or in the east, the LTTE and the northern Thamizh treated the local Muslims very well. The Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors as they love to call themselves are ethnically immigrant South Indian origin Thamizh. There is definitely a little bit of Arab, Afghan, North Indian and other western Asian in a few families, however this still does not make them Arab or anything else. They are still Thamizh. However, for selfish and perceived political and economic gain and advantages they denied their actual Thamizh ethnicity and identity and deliberately made their religion their main identity and to state that they are different from the rest of the Thamizh, claimed a blanket Arab and other western Asian origin, that only a few hundred families amongst a population of 1.9 million partially had, will not amount to even 50000. Even these people had a distant male Arab or tow ancestors and were of predominantly of Thamizh Dravidian heritage.

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              Everyone has a right to an identity as chosen by him.her– like you identifying yourself as a wee pig.

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                Smile from the Pigsty. Hi, SJ Thaatha you love my identity? Nice. Yes, this little piggy loves to identify itself with all the piggies and other unfortunate animals cruelly slaughtered for their meat for human greed and consumption. My identity only creates empathy, smiles and joy, other than in grumpy you. Does not create hatred and friction, just like the lovely identity of my heroine Miss Piggy. However, their identity is based on lies and myths in order to gain all sorts of advantages over others and mischievously encouraged first by the British and then later by the Chingkallams to divide and rule has only caused misery, hate and mayhem, even to themselves, and not brought the joy and wealth that they thought they will receive. other than to a small minority, who selfishly created this identity for themselves and their families to benefit by dividing and playing power politics based on religion and fake ancestry.

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                  Yes everyone has a right to choose an identity but this identity should be based on truth and facts and not on myths and lies. If they want to identify themselves separately from the rest of the Tamils due to their religion fine, but it should reflect only their religion but also their actual origin, heritage and ethnicity, not a fake origin or ethnicity that they hardly have. So it should be Muslim Tamizh or Thamizh Muslim, not Moor, Arab, Camel, Onyx or whatever takes their fancy or is the flavour of the month. Capice?

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                But you, SJ, are a famous and brilliant man whose identity is known to most regular readers – and to all well-informed persons in this country.
                .
                My view is that you lose stature somewhat by being so fussy.
                .
                Panini Edirisinhe

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          SJ,
          You can go on repeatdly same old story of Muslims evacuation of Tamils from North which happened in 1990. You always hide the truth about massacring of 53 Tamil Political prisoners in 1981 or drilling of eyes of a Tamil prisoners or burning of people in Colombo streets. You nodded silently endorsed everything by your Sinhala masters.

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            He is a self-hating Thamizh and has his own agenda, so wants to please the Chingkallams and Thullukans and endorse all that they did to the island’s Thamizh. Therefore he constantly comes here and belittles the Thamizh bloggers, finds fault with everything they post, minimises what they suffered and tries to justify their suffering and marginalisation at the hands of the Chingkallams and Muslims by trying to blow out of proportion whatever happened to them, which was nothing compared to what the Thamizh had suffered from the time of independence and still suffering.

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    Captain Morgan

    Who disenfranchised the “Indian origin citizens” and made them “stateless.”?
    Ceylon or India? Or both?
    The obvious solution would have been to give them CHOICE to remain in Ceylon or go to India. Yes, their voluntary choice.
    Even today India should consider granting dual citizenship to this suffering lot and give them a CHOICE to remain in hopeless SL or relocate to prospering India.
    (They struggled for Rs.1,000/- a day ‘before’ rupee collapsed which is now about Rs.400/-)
    .
    Soma

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      Soma,
      “Even today India should consider granting dual citizenship to this suffering lot and give”
      They do, since 2014, to those who can produce documents.
      A choice was given, either register for citizenship (hence the “registered citizens “) or go back. One cannot register if one is illiterate. So, even if their grandfathers were born here, they went back, including many half-Sinhalese ones. Given the reversal of circumstances, I don’t think their descendants are grumbling.

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        old codger

        I am sorry, India should take back all those Sinhala/Buddhist converts.

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        OC
        I am relieved to hear that. Note CHOICE is the keyword.
        But this literacy issue is saddening.
        .
        Soma

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          Soma,
          “But this literacy issue is saddening.”
          Apart from having to pay 250 USD while being illiterate.

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      soman

      I have been looking for you all over the place to share my ignorance with you.

      Any comments on Hindia’s Chandrayan 3, you should be fuming from top to bottom, and start worrying about the stark reality of the poor, toiletless, beggar population, dirty, smelly …. uneducated, ….. Indians, ….

      Your colonial master is doing it brilliantly well, …. listen:
      Chandrayaan-3: British media targets India, UK news anchor says ‘India
      https://www.facebook.com/watch/?extid=NS-UNK-UNK-UNK-IOS_GK0T-GK1C&mibextid=2Rb1fB&v=1489298855233264

      For their convenience Loans and Investments are categorized being Aid.

      Surprisingly Wimal Weerawansa has sent his congratulatory message to India probably thinking if you can’t win them join them.

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        NV
        A poor comment
        .
        Soma

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          soman

          Your South Indian cousins are not only doing well in their own country but abroad as well, except you lot in this island.
          I wonder why?

          Anything to do with your ancestor’s conversion to Anagarika’s Sinhala/Buddhism?

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            NV
            You seem to have landed on moon even before India.
            Congratulations.
            .
            Somaa

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              soma

              “You seem to have landed on moon even before India.”

              No I haven’t however I might consider relocation in the future.
              Like Dutta Gamini people in this island are increasingly find it very difficult to stretch their arms and legs simply because your stupid people both Sinhala Buddhists and your Tamil brethren are putting up structures believing, these structures alone will take them to heaven, and further. People are being suffocated unable to breath, and cannot stand noise pollution, ….

              Sinhala/Buddhists (nothing to do with Sinhalese nor with Buddhism) are bent re-branding the physical landscape of the island, under armed guard, scatter brained politicians while supporting other scatter brained saffronistas, do not seem to understand how the island’s beauty and people’s lives are being ruined. On the one hand people are starving, some 800 doctors are forced to leave, … instead of saffronistas are all over the island threatening violence, even the MPs are warning violence against OTHER people just because people demanded their right to live in their land.

              Why don’t you consider sending all your saffron clad thugs, racist politicians and MPs, war criminals and thugs to moon, so res of the people could live in harmony.

              When you go make sure you take Elle Gunawansa, Prince of Darkness, Kanapathipilla, Tiren Ales ….. with you in the first passenger flight.
              Have a safe journey to SHIVSAKTI space station.
              Modi may need some politically motivated political Buddhists.

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    On the ground , on the earth surface , I picked up three Olympic Medal Tables :

    2012 London 2016 Brazil
    1 US 104 Medals 1 US 121 Medals

    2 China 88 Medals 2 China 70 Medals

    3 Russia 82 Medals 4 Russia 56 Medals

    34 India 6 Medals 65 India 2 Medals

    2020 Tokyo

    1 US 113 Medals

    2 China 88 Medals

    3 Russia 71 Medals

    34 India 7 Medals

    While I am proud of India’s Moon journey , I hope at least in another fifty years India will
    catch up with the race on the earth too .

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      Whywhy
      Any scientific achievement anywhere, be it next door or Siberia is another step forward for mankind.
      It is wise to refrain from predicting future after this “Artificial Intelligence” thing popped up in 2023.
      .
      Soma

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        Soma,
        Olympics and AI are poles apart, – Physical and Mental.
        BTW, Another chess phenom has come up in India.

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        soman

        “Any scientific achievement anywhere, be it next door or Siberia is another step forward for mankind.”

        You are being generous to human being everywhere, however when your South Indian cousins are reaching milestones in science and technology, you should be extra happy. Why aren’t you?

        Remember when India successfully(?) tested its second atomic bomb (Prof) Nalin de Silva not only welcome it but congratulated India. You seem you are bit reluctant to whole heartedly welcome India’s achievements. Is it because you are bit jealous, could not bear the thought a country that was dirt poor a few years ago but now….. and feeding us too?

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        Soma ,

        Appreciate your attention to my comment . I thank Nathan and
        Native for saving my time with their views on your reply .

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      WhyWhy,
      There is a good explanation for this. Chinese, Ethiopians, etc aren’t vegetarians. This is the best argument against vegetarianism. It might produce great scientists, but very poor athletes.
      But you could also ask:who is the largest producer /exporter of:
      Two- wheelers
      3-wheelers
      Sugar
      Tea
      Milk
      Rice, and many more.
      Some things are more important than gold medals.

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        old codger

        “But you could also ask:who is the largest producer /exporter of: “

        Beef and human resources too, and Sri Lanka’s benefactor?

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          Dear whywhy,
          .
          You may have missed the point that NV was making.
          .
          The answer that NV was expecting was “India”. I thought so , too, but I checked the web:
          .
          https://www.drovers.com/news/industry/major-beef-exporters-and-importers-2023
          .
          That was the first response. Further search for Wikipedia articles gave me this:
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef
          .
          It agrees, but under the sub heading “National cattle herds” it puts India at the head, with Brazil only second.
          .
          Oh, the things we do to animals!
          .
          But then I eat almost any kind of meat/ sea food that is available, unless I fear that those species are threatened with extinction.
          .
          I have never done the actual killing, but I hold myself to be as guilty of animal cruelty as the butcher.
          .
          What all this means is that I have never (knowingly) eaten cats, dogs, or monkeys!
          .
          Did we finally export any monkeys “to the zoos in China?
          .
          I greatly admire the principles of vegans, but I lack their piety/discipline.
          .
          I agree with you about Rishi Sunak, Sadique Khan, Barak Obama, et al.
          .
          You are good, honest, and intelligent!
          .

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            Dear S M ,

            Thanks . My idea was to save time from Soma , and Nathan
            and N V did the job . Beef matter is for Old Codger from N V .
            I ignored that because O C wanted to match my medal table
            with India’s export achievement and OC got my reaction for
            that . N V is honestly another guy I love to read . Anyway .
            thanks for your attention and compliments .

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              I too love NV.
              .
              Used to love oc no end, but now he’s turned into Ranil’s lackey.
              .
              To most the even greater transformation is in “leelagemalli”, who once even couriered chocolates to me!
              .
              The problem is that he now tells lies about me. He even claims (ad nauseam) that I don’t know Sinhalese. Admittedly I hardly ever write it. And I don’t boast of even a third language. I know only English and Sinhala, in that order.
              .
              LM is personally a capital guy, I’m sure!

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        o c ,
        I do not think I should get into a ” Nutriients ” debate on Vegie and
Non Vegie foods at this moment . As I said , I am proud too about
India’s moon mission , and before that , I was already over the
moon about English Men selecting Rishi Sunak their Prime
Minister . And I was over the moon about the same English Men
Electing Sadique Khan the Mayor of London . And one more
addition , honestly , I was over the moon when Americans elected
Barak Obama Their President . All that because I truly feel I am a
Global Citizen . The people of these two countries displayed their
readiness and willingness to place their Trust on these individuals .
Such is the direction the world is heading today . Already Lakhsmi
Mittel is a successful steel businessman , Qatar Royal family owns
the biggest department store Harrods in London . The Million dollar
question is , where are we heading today in our country , even after
seeing all these ?
        Ok now to the point , ” Some things are more important than Gold
medals ” . Did I say anywhere , Gold Medals are more important
than anything else ” ? The significance of the Table of Gold Medal is
for anyone to go beyond the triumphalism and concentrate on
skipped priorities to obtain this desired dream , in Modi’s word .

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      ww
      point takem
      But it is not medal count that will matter for greatness.
      Elimination of abject poverty, if it ever happens, will be an achievement to be very proud of

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        “Elimination of abject poverty, if it ever happens, will be an achievement to be very proud of”

        I wonder why Siri Maoism (from a to Z) which was basically stupid, racist, anti democratic, anti progressive, anti growth, anti knowledge, .pro stagnation ..pro Sinhala/Buddhists, nepotistic, antimeritocratic, …. policies … did not eliminate abject poverty?

        Introduction of Sinhala only language policy, standardization, foremost place for Buddhism in the constitution, import substitution, …….. land reform, cooperative movement reform, ….. being the first women prime minister, Indian ocean being nuclear free zone, didn’t eliminate abject poverty, did it?

        I know it is tempting to say something stupid like a teenager. Please feel free to say, and act like teenager if that could make you happy.

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          “I know it is tempting to say something stupid like a teenager.”
          You have yielded to your temptation.
          Do not tempt others.

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    What ever said and done there is a silver lining for Sinhala cinema “Lyca” going to take it to the world stage..
    .
    What Soorawamsa going to do another lemon puff saga

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      cugan

      Good all the filthy rich are willing to invest in Sri Lanka and hoping to change its business culture, production methods, …..

      However the worrying thing is there is no guarantee for their investments, or for their life, …. from Saffronista lead mob, vacillating on decision or policy making, imposition of random ideas of socialism, unreliable on police, army, navy, … for protection, safety and security, …. above all 10, 20, 30 …. eventually 100 percent commission payable to politicians and functionaries, …..

      When you have an unsophisticated middle class and parochial feudalistic political crook supported by corrupt class of functionaries, …… ……

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        Native Vedda,

        The filthy rich are investing some of what they already took away from their Motherland…..such a lucrative place it was, and still is. No wonder they want to reinvest the slave-trade money, and streamline the money-making process to elevated standards

        Rest of the suffering Lankans will remain in mobs, planet of the apes style, with King Louis paying off the monkey soldiers to keep them in place…… the only grand concept our Sinhala leaders learned from the British Colonists.

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          In the meantime, suffering monkey masses of both India and Sri Lanka will bow down and worship the Indian moon landing…….Trincomalee Indian Project to garner profits for the Indian moon walk.

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            Ramona,
            “In the meantime, suffering monkey masses of both India and Sri Lanka “
            Never learn, do you? Such a talented coconut, brown on the outside and white inside.

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              Said as a tough-love metaphor. If we “evolve” along robots and moon-tourism lines, we will indeed be living in sci-fi dystopia. We might as well all be apes.

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          ramona grandma therese fernando

          “The filthy rich are investing some of what they already took away from their Motherland”

          This is a news to me.
          Most of them who went abroad only in their Amede.
          Airfare or the boatfare was paid by selling their ancestral land, grandma’s Thaali, a promise to pay by dad’s future income, … or those kith and kin who had are already settled abroad paid for the passage.

          You will do well to remember the well to do were not only chased out of their homes by setting fire to their houses, businesses, …. robbed by your mobs (your, uncles, brothers, nephews, boyfriends, …) lead by compassionate saffron clad thugs aided by police, in 1977 and 1983, …. and kappang karayos, …. and destroyed by indiscriminate shelling and bombing by your Rana Virasus, …

          So where did you get the idea … “some of what they already took away”?
          I love to believe what you type, however without evidence …. I don’t want to look stupider than you are.

          You are confused or you possess a valuable scatter brain.
          Please try and jog your memory, you might remember a few faces that bankrupt this country.

          “Trincomalee Indian Project to garner profits for the Indian moon walk.”

          Indians would have seen to that everyone is adequately rewarded. So what seems to be your problem?

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            NV,
            _
            Ohhhh no, no, no, the Lankan filthy rich are NOT the ones who took some of their podi-ancestral land money to set up in the west to live the western lifestyle and send drippings back home.
            _
            Naaaaa, na, na…….the filthy rich are those who have/had vast estates and plantations bequeathed to them by the British, placed the profits of them on international offshore accounts, are still very patriotic towards the Motherland, reinvest into the land now for the Ranilian-India-China Robots and Trip-to-the-Moon futuristic ventures, and party in the Motherland for kids’ summer holidays. Certainly not the Tamil ones who got their homes destroyed in riots, unless they managed to force out from the suffering Tamil Masses, LTTE money, now placed on key persons who now do the same as the aforesaid, and are awaiting the alternate Eelam.

            As per Indian Trincomalee scheme, once the Indian-Walk-on-the-Moon Futuristic Venture takes off, it will remain within those Elite circles and won’t even drip down to the suffering Trincomalee masses or any masses both Indian and Sri Lankan, who at this time are being chased away from their very lands, and with Zero compensation!

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    “The Sri Lankans have been duped or opted to be duped repeatedly by 10 (Ten) saviors excepting Hon. DS Senanayake for seven decades ….”
    As far as Tamils concerned it all started with DS. Details are here
    https://tamilnation.org/indictment/

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      A valid view which sadly is not upheld by several who trace the beginnings to 1956.

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    Anpu, Cicero and Captain Morgan,

    You and some others seem to be very unhappy about the Citizenship Act brought by DSS and it is understandable. However, if DSS didn’t take that bold initiative, at that time, Ceylon would have ended-up as the newest colony of Tamil Nadu most likely. DSS had to stop the DAILY arrival of boatloads of illegal immigrant known as “Kalla Thonis” from Tamil Nadu and Kerala (Malayalis). Obviously there were Tamil descendants of approximately 60,000 Tamil Laborers brought by British to work in the Tea Estates, None of the Estate laborers (Tamils) who resided in Ceylon for Ten years without going back and forth between India and Ceylon were affected by the law introduced by DSS. Unfortunately, there were 10 times more Kalla Thonis than the Tamils/Malayalis who qualified to obtain the Ceylonese Citizenship under what DSS introduced. 100000 Tamils and Malayalis qualified under this rule. DSS did what should have been done to protect the country today known as Sri Lanka. So do not blame DSS, just because your ancestors did not conform to the laws of Ceylon. All civilized democratic countries in the world has almost identical rules to control illegal immigrants.

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      Vipuli
      Did you read the information in this link?
      https://tamilnation.org/indictment/#D.S.Senanayake

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      Vipuli aka VG,
      “However, if DSS didn’t take that bold initiative, at that time, Ceylon would have ended-up as the newest colony of Tamil Nadu most likely”
      Tamil Nadu is not an independent country to have colonies. In any case, the Srilankan kings for 200 years were from what is now TN.
      You seem to suffer from the common irrational fear of “Demala” invasions. Don’t you think, if by chance we were a part of India, we wouldn’t have to go begging to them periodically? What are you being superior about?

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      VG aka Vipuli,
      “DSS had to stop the DAILY arrival of boatloads of illegal immigrant known as “Kalla Thonis” from Tamil Nadu and Kerala (Malayalis). “
      What exactly is the connection between illegal immigrants after 1948, and those who arrived even 150 years earlier? What justification did DS have to expel legal immigrants while ignoring those who arrived in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, for exactly the same purpose? Perhaps you don’t know where Champika Ranawaka’s ge name comes from?

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