3 March, 2024

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National Peoples Power’s Indian Visit: A Boost To Its Status?

By Lionel Bopage

Dr. Lionel Bopage

A National Peoples Power (NPP) delegation led by its leader comrade Anura Kumara Dissanayake was invited to India for talks with India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, the National Security Adviser (NSA) Mr Ajit Doval, and the Foreign Secretary Mr Vinay Mohan Kwatra. Dr Jaishankar’s social media posts denoted positive and productive discussions that centred on bilateral relationships, and mutual benefits.

Comrade Anura is also the leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). This is not the first engagement of the JVP with the Indian Government though this recent visit is being subject to much debate and criticism mostly by political pundits. Social media posts from those affiliated with the NPP and the JVP have interpreted this visit as a recognition by India the potential of comrade Anura of winning the next ‘would-be’ presidential elections. Previously, diplomats did not endeavour to engage with the JVP because it was not seen as a strong enough political force. Circumstances have now changed with the NPP increasingly gaining more visibility, popularity and credibility, particularly among the lower middle class.

The first engagement the JVP had with Indian government was when I was the General Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its Politbureau member in charge of external affairs. We maintained good relations with the Indian High Commission. Even comrade Rohana Wijeweera accompanied me to visit Mr Narasimha Rao when he visited Sri Lanka in the early eighties. We had by then dropped the policy of “Indian Expansionism”. It was dropped in 1972 and was resurrected by the JVP post 1984. The leading comrades like Somawansa Amarasinghe who led the JVP later,  were strongly anti-Indian, that they went as far as wanting to ban Indian imports to Sri Lanka. Ironically, his escape from Sri Lanka occurred via India, arranged by the mediation of comrade Hendry Wickremasinghe. More recently, diplomats of India, US and several other countries have officially met and have held discussions with the NPP and its leaders.

Historically, Sri Lanka being in close proximity with India have had significant cultural, economic, historical, political, and geostrategic relations. India has played a major role in influencing many aspects of Sri Lankan society. Currently, India plays an increasingly significant role in the economic development of the Island. It has been influential also in the international sphere. Given India’s rise to a superpower status, it makes eminent sense for the NPP and the JVP to recognise this reality and develop good relations with India.

Since the JVP’s revival in the recent years and the establishment of the broad front – the National People’s Power, I have not heard them using the political slogan “Indian Expansionism” anymore. As a political activist from my Maoist days, I agreed with the concept of Indian Expansionism put forward by comrade Mao-Zedong when he was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party. However, it was not intended to be used as a weapon against the Indian working class or Malaiyaha workers in Sri Lanka. We wanted to make the working people of Sri Lanka aware of the threat posed by the Indian capitalist class, their collaboration with the Sri Lankan counterparts and their influence on Malaiyaha workers.

It is worth remembering that in the 1980s, particularly at the peak of the LTTE militancy, almost all major and minor political entities in the south as well as in the north were against Indian involvement in Sri Lanka, as reflected in the strong opposition to the Indo-Lanka Accord by the JVP as well as a majority of the Sri Lankan populace and its political movements. Most of the Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu and Islamic religious representatives opposed it. Among them were the current Prime Minister’s Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), and all Maoist groups. The exceptions to this were some Members of Parliament of the ruling United National Party (UNP) such as Messrs A C S Hameed and Gamini Dissanayake led by President J R Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party (SLMP), the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL) and the Lanka Samasamaja Party (LSSP). In the North and East, the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and a few other small groups were also exceptions.

It was President Jayewardene, who invited the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) to Sri Lanka, despite the opposition by his Prime Minister R Premadasa and others in his party. Minister Gamini Jayasuriya of the UNP regime resigned from his cabinet, expressing his opposition to the Indo-Lanka Accord. After the Indo-Lanka agreement, Prime Minister R Premadasa became the leader of the anti-Indo-Lanka Accord campaign. He provided armaments to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to oppose the IPKF, and ultimately pressured India to withdraw the Indian army. The current President Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Leader of the House of the Premadasa administration at the time. There were protests against the Indo-Lanka Accord and the IPKF held near Fort Bo Tree in Colombo.

The UNP regime led by President Jayewardene was fighting for their political survival with the LTTE waging war in the North and the East and the JVP launching its armed opposition in the South. The regime had no intention of developing a just and long-lasting solution to the national question. The Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987 was drafted to enable the Indian government to intervene militarily in the Sri Lankan conflict with the approval of the Sri Lankan government. While the Accord recognized the country’s unitary status and its territorial integrity and sovereignty, it also acknowledged the demands of the Tamil population in the North and East. Yet, the Indo-Lanka Accord made the national question of Sri Lanka grow worse. Nevertheless, India’s principal stand on the national question on power-sharing based on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution remains unchanged.

This Accord did not come into effect because of a participatory consultative process adopted with people of Sri Lanka, rather it was unilaterally imposed from above. The opposition of many political entities to the Indian intervention through Indo-Laka Accord and the IPKF can be seen in this light. For the lack of any genuine endeavours to develop and implement a just and long-lasting solution to the national question, all political entities in Sri Lanka need to be held responsible and accountable.

Advocacy of “Indian Expansionism” and “Anti-Indianism” during the 1983 – 1987 period cannot be understood without discussing the global socio-economic and political developments at the time. If we want to be honest and critical when looking at the past, the actions and policies of all the major political parties need to be scrutinised. This is vital given the parlous state the country is in today. However, not a single political entity appears to be brave and honest enough to embark on this vital and necessary task.

In the sixties not only the JVP, but also all other Maoist groups accepted the concept of Indian Expansionism. Those times have changed. Due to the innate nature of neo-liberalism, all its major players overtly and covertly appear to engage in an expansionist agenda. In realpolitik, one needs to consider the changes that have taken place in the regional and international power balance from the 1960s, 1980s, and particularly from 1987 to 2024. The ‘socialist’ camp led by the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989. China has risen as a new global military and economic superpower. India is also becoming an economic behemoth and is aiming to be one of the main players on the international stage. So, it comes as no surprise that Chinese and Indian interventions and tensions in the region have increased.

The NPP and the JVP appeared to have mellowed their opposition to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and the Provincial Councils, which came to fruition as a result of the Indo-Lanka Accord. They have accepted the amendment as an inflexible feature of the constitutional landscape, till a new constitution is adopted and when the executive presidency is abolished. If any of these structural, political, legislative, and constitutional changes would be possible to be implemented, is still open to debate. The JVP has recognised the significant role India plays in the region in political and economic terms. From my point of view these progressive measures are in stark contrast to the positions they took in the late 1980s. Nevertheless, what the JVP proposes as the solution to the national question remains to be developed and elucidated.

In Sri Lanka, any political party intending to be in power, needs to build diplomatic relations with as many countries as possible. Otherwise, political and economic survival will be almost impossible, particularly due to the influential role India and China play in Sri Lankan politics. In the Indian ocean, any political party or coalition expecting to come to power needs to consider how they can navigate the competitive agendas of these two superpowers, while at the same time pursuing a political agenda that favours the interests of the people of Sri Lanka.

In view of the increasing popularity of the NPP in an election year their visit to India should be seen in this light. This visit is the first time the Central Government of India invited the NPP and its leader. This is not unusual given past practices of the Indian government. In a comparative sense, one needs to acknowledge the fact that the NPP has forthrightly moved into the spheres of policy development, social mobilisation, and propaganda, though there is still a long way for them to go. There are problematic issues, shortcomings, mistakes and avoidance of looking at their own past that need to be discussed and rectified. However, in this crucial regard, not a single political entity among the progressives in Sri Lanka can be considered perfect.

Given the superpower rivalry in the region, it will not be a surprise if China too would court the NPP in the not-too-distant future.

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    The JVP, it is here alleged, has changed its spots, many times over. On Indian expansionism, on the 13th Amendment, etc. How far will it go? Obviously, it is not Maoist any more either, if Mr Bopage is to be believed. Then, what is its present political philosophy? Which Marxist ideology does it follow? Is it Marxist at all, given that it is changing? Is the change only a facade because it has to appease the electorate which fears its ruthless past? True the personnel are new. Some of them are attractive figures, like Anura. But, doubts still linger as to whether what is being orchestrated is only for the elections. Now, it appears that the right wing will form a coalition of old leaders to support Ranil. It will seek to conserve the old politics. With Ranil, Anura and the SLLP rump, the Sinhala votes of the 6.9 million morons will get divided. Tamil/Muslim support may become decisive. So, we seen the JVP suggesting through Bopage that they support the 13th Amendment. Evidence for this is weak. Can the JVP make definite pronouncements on the economy and the ethnic issue before we can choose?

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      ” it is not Maoist any more either,”
      When was it Maoist ever?
      It was called Guevaraist since its beginning and called ‘Che Guevara kalliya’ even after 1971 April.
      Its savior Bala Tampoe got it membership in a Trotskyist International shortly after the release of the leaders in 1978. It was thrown out of it in the late 1990s after it could not be persuaded to drop its Sinhala chauvinist line.

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        SJ one time I thought you were a serious person. Now I think you are full of hate and prejudice and also half-baked.

        Bala Tampoe was the saviour of the JVP ! ! He as a lawyer appeared for the JVP leaders at the CJC trial but they were all convicted. More like Tampoe wanted to get on the band wagon and use them for his purposes !

        What Trotskyite organization did the JVP join ? What is your source document ? The JVP was proscribed in 1983 and was underground. You say it was following a Sinhala line in late 1990s. This sounds more like your own interpretation. Refer to the source of your conclusions .

        • 10
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          deepthi silva,
          I think you are full of hate and prejudice.
          Better late than never.

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            Nathan,
            According to her, everyone is half-baked because she is stuck in the UK.
            .
            I really don’t know what she is trying to say.

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              Didn’t you notice that I had left out that part.
              What she’s telling is: … you are full of hate and prejudice.

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            It looks like that the 7 of you seem to have not noticed that I had plucked, ‘I think you are full of hate and prejudice’, from the comment of deepthi silva, itself. If you are still happy with your Red Thumbs, may God bless you!

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          DS,
          What made you think SJ is a serious person? He’s just only a Professor. He learned English in Sri Lanka, unlike you who learned English in England from your distinguished English neighbours. I am sure your dog writes better English too, having been born there .

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            OC I get what you are saying, professors from that part of the world often taken as fun figures. May be all his studies were with other people’s money( scholarships from the West !)

            Very pompous and wants automatic deference. But compared to professors in developed countries very little scholastic output , hardly any text books written by them etc.

            SJ says JVP was down and out ! What poor expression !

            Will a professor worth his ‘vadai ‘ write to a gossipy website like this ? many things he says are half truths or made up by stretching unverifiable beliefs

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              DS,,
              Yes, I can see that your Eglish comprehension is without parallel.!
              Yes, SJ foolishly left UK , whereas you sagaciously claimed asylum , and got employment in the City of London. After rising to the high position of Senior Disinfective Operative, in a 40-storey building with 20 toilets on each floor, you retired, not receiving an OBE only because you didn’t ask.
              Whereas SJ is only a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in inferior Sri Lanka, apart from writing poems in Tamil, of all languages! I suppose your dog too writes poems in perfect English?
              Don’t you think, if SJ had married you at that time, he would still be enjoying life in UK?

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                Codger old man, why this abusive reaction, could not handle your beer at the pub as usual ?

                As usual when angry your true self shows, cleaning 20 toilets on each floor will be rewarded here . You seem to to look down on such things as only fit for low caste !

                I thought the general reference to your kind is “toilet cleaners ” although I dont use such terms on a whole race of people . You so proud of your English. The English language has given you as assumption of dignity.

                Why would I consider marrying SJ ? I like dry toilets, when SJ uses it he floods the floor !

                What about integrity, ?I like my man to have integrity. You support RW, Mahendran, Rajaratnam, SJ – all full of BS, but no integrity

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                DS,
                “Codger old man, why this abusive reaction, “
                What abuse? I have written nothing but praise for you and your hard work. I am not angry. It is SJ that should be angry.. Did I say that you personally cleaned toilets? I have cleaned toilets myself. What’s the big deal?
                Does your dog use French when talking to your neighbour’s poodle?

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          ds
          I do not know who you are or for that matter care to know who anybody is here. I know a few from before CT days.
          I have no time to love or hate anyone who has nothing to do with me.
          I am serious when serious comment is deserved, otherwise I enjoy laughing at ridiculous and bigoted comments. What are stupidly boring, I ignore.
          *
          I am not an archive of documents. Ask any one over say 45 years and in any position in the JVP.
          You do not seem to know Bala Tampoe. After the 1971 April fiasco, the JVP was down and out. Its leaders were to face trial. Most of the lower rungs members were released and even treated kindly by the government.
          When no decent lawyer will touch the JVP with a barge pole, BT went out of his way to help the JVP in cases against its leaders. Later JRJ (through someone you may know who) made contact with Wijeweera to make deals.
          You can check on the organization that Bala Tampoe belonged to. He made JVP a member organization of that one of many 4th Internationals that he represented in Sri Lanka. It put up with JVP’s narrow nationalist nonsense even after 1988. It took a decade to wake up and throw the JVP out.
          Ask Bopage why he left the JVP.
          The JVP fell out with the UNP leader by 1981.
          Tell me where I have contradicted myself or lied.

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      Cicero ,
      “So, we seen the JVP suggesting through Bopage that they support the 13th Amendment. “
      You seem to think that Mr. Bopage is a JVP member. A little correction:
      One-time central leader of the Sri Lankan People’s Liberation Front (JVP). Bopage became its general secretary but left the organisation in 1984 due to its chauvinist position on the Tamil question.

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      Dear Cicero,
      .
      Thank you Cicero. I totally agree with you. You have expressed all that I have held in my heart regarding the current situation before our vulnerable people. An unimaginable problem would be to fall for liars again.

      Raj and I asked them to confirm what they were going for with 13 A and other questions, not once a dozen of times so far, but it was like talking to deaf persons.

      However, the big hoopla gets caught up in excessive bragging about their trip to India last week. Even Dr. H. Amarasuriya, a well-known academic in that group, was speaking that this invitation is a yardstick and the opposition leader has not been invited yet.

      Hopefully the NPP will break their silence and give the people relief from the facts. There is not much time left, this time the people must be clear about what they are facing. If they are going to paly with the people like Gota and his men did it, this nation would fall from frying pan to the fire.

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      Cicero, you are usually the first off the blocks, but alas, too many people are now aware how contradictory are the stances that you adopt.
      .
      What choice have we got but to ignore all such as “leelagemalli” and you, although you have a better writing-style than LM?
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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        Cicero,
        Why on earth can’t this self-proclaimed scholar (SINHALA MAN) enlighten us with his response?????????????????????????
        .
        He shoots the messenger and avoids the question.

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        Not only CT but also NPP will soon warn him (so called former Teacher from Bwella).
        .
        As usual, SM just runs after me like the man has nothing better to do. This time I’m helping more CT readers think before misusing their ballots.
        Although I have provided some sources, I don’t usually ask them to select someone just because I add my thoughts. They are free to choose their candidates. So why should I be always targeted to his hate. Mental issues ?

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        Sinhala_Man,
        Of Cicero, you said, ‘Although you’re an an excellent writer of English, and an intelligent man’, on February 10, 2024, within a matter of two days, today you refute yourself, admonishing, ‘how contradictory are the stances that you adopt’.
        What happened to Cicero’s intelligence?
        Whose intelligence should I believe in, now?

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          Nathan,
          SM has different standards. If you cricize or ask serious questions of the JVP, you are unintelligent. If you praise AKD to the skies, and post thousands of mundane JVP speeches, you are highly intelligent.

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            OC,.
            .
            Spot on. U are the 👌.
            .
            Greetings 🙏

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          Dear Nathan,
          .
          Yes, Cicero’s English is excellent, but he’s indulging in what Ruchira described as “control trolling.” I was describing the same technique by saying that people were showing “dis-ingenuousness”. You need intelligence to do it.
          .
          He wasn’t adopting contradictory stances in his comments on the same article. I examined it in some detail in some comments on this article:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/saboteurs-of-system-change/
          .
          It took me some time to find even that; I don’t want to repeat that exercise.
          .
          Nathan, I always take your comments seriously, thus this response. I’ve never complained that you say contradictory things, have I?
          .
          Events are inexorably moving towards a change of rulers, within this year, but it is difficult to say when. It took time for me to make up my mind, but I have identified the honest people, and I’m being consistent in supporting the NPP.
          .
          Some people are trying to appear clever and intelligent; and they are intelligent. I shall consistently say, what I believe in because I’m not obsessed with proving intelligence. If we go on like this, we risk all users of English being considered a nuisance.
          .
          So, good night!

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            Dear Sinhala_Man,
            Intelligence is straightforward; Shrewdness is a complex derivative of it.

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              If someone supports the NPP he or she is automatically branded as an “intellectual” while others who oppose the NPP are the real criminals.

              It has a lot to do with a lack of broader knowledge of South Asian politics.

              The same person recently questioned why we should be worried about India being kicked out and Maldives getting closer to China under “India out and China in”.

              Uncle Nathan, are all those NPP supporters smart? Who says that? Sinhala comments on every YouTube video contain “Malimawata Jayawewa only”:

              OOH, What are the qualifications SM to be our GURUNNANSE ? Is he a political analyst? Or a social analyst? a historian? Has he seen the world?

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        SM ,
        “but alas, too many people are now aware how contradictory are the stances that you (Cicero) adopt.”
        When did one man in Bandarawela become “too many”?

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          OC,
          SM gets jealous when I give you such a compliment. That is my motive. Biological weapons ! alas our silly babies in 70ties. “Chethanaham bikkawe kamman wadami”–
          SM generalizes things about others without good reasons. It must be pathological.

  • 9
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    Lionel,

    Is a status boost …… what’s required, now? Top on the list?

    I guess you were a free thinker in your youth …….. that led you to join/form JVP: you were a better thinker then. ………. Drop the phony Dr title ……. it compels you to think and write in bogus “academic-style.” …….. Lanka is awash with them. ……. What we need is free-thinkers not bound by any constraints – constrains, external or internal.

  • 0
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    Superpower in the region invites NPP

    The NPP leader is seen as a remarkable leader by Indian The vision he has for growth and development of people is the highest calling of leaders his effort is appreciated. Let not your action go unnoticed NPP has become a person of value Shri Narendra Modi has been ranked as world’s ninth most powerful person by Forbes magazine in 2015,Indian way is the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

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    “As a political activist from my Maoist days, I agreed with the concept of Indian Expansionism put forward by comrade Mao-Zedong ….it was not intended to be used as a weapon against the Indian working class or Malaiyaha workers in Sri Lanka. “
    I remember well in the 1970-71 JVP campaigners declaring that they will uproot all tea and plant manioc after sending the Indian loyalist community to India. It was anti trade-union as well, and declared that the youth was the revolutionary class.
    It was therefore thoroughly denounced by Comrade Sanmugathasan, who offered the most coherent Marxist criticism of the JVP’s line as anti-Marxist.
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    Mao was not the author of the term “Indian Expansionism”. (China’s reference to India’s hegemonic policy in South Asia, a policy which still survives as seen in Indian pressure tactics in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and even Bangladesh.)
    The JVP was much influenced by the likes of Regis Debre.
    It pursued the notion of the youth as a revolutionary class and the urban guerrilla revolution.
    *
    Lional Bopage may have been a closet Maoist, but I never saw evidence of his ‘Maoist policies’ reflecting in JVP statements up to the insurrection, some time after which the JVP developed close bonds with JRJ and Bala Tampoe, (a genuine defender of JVP detainees who appeared in court for many leaders).

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    Be it NPP or UNP or SLPP or SLFP. or SJB, the leaders of these Parties should declare that henceforth they will TREAT the minorities with respect and to let them live peacefully without being harassed by buddhist clergy or Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists. Let the law be dished out EQUALLY to every SL Citizen

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      “Let the law be dished out EQUALLY to every SL Citizen”
      It is true that so far whether it is UNP (SJB) or SLFP (SLPP) or Left or Right or JVP/NPP were failed to realize that they were against to treat Tamils as equal to Sinhalese. Even after they were bankrupted economically because of the same reason they are not prepared to accept the truth to go forward positively.

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    Guess when NPP equalizes the monetary playing-field by taxing the Lankan US$-Billionaires (who will be reduced to Lankan US$-Multi-Millionaires), 13th-A won’t be necessary…..there will be much Lankan unity. AKD never spoke about the land-bridge, whereas Ranil continuously mentions it, calling it other names like “enhanced connectivity infrastructure.”

    Trillions of Lankan rupees will be spent by Ranil on this “connective infrastructure” in his futuristic 2048-3048 plan. But AKD would rather use the Trillions to build up in immediacy, the Lankan monetary structural base and Lankan business potential, from 2024-3024.

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      Alas Ramona, a land bridge looks like an inevitability …….. what a bummer! ……. I hate Modi even more than Ranil.

      So many to hate; who to love? You at least have OC!! ………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBI5jdEZo28

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        That’s not Anura saying anything.

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        Nimal,
        I don’t think Ramona understands Sinhala anymore, especially when Harsha is talking economics. Even those two ladies with him seem befuddled,.
        Fun fact: The per capita income of Tamilnadu is now higher than Sri Lanka.

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          OC,

          It’s nice to rub shoulders with Tamil Nadu because they are rich at this time. However, land-bridge at this time will entail trillions of Lankan RS. that suffering Lankans will be taxed exponentially further for, so investors promissory notes will be honored (and promises might not come true).

          It looks, in the end, like the China silk belt road scheme. See what happened to that! We should utilize the money to build up our structural base, and once we are out of bankruptcy, then we can consider a land-bridge (although the gods might not like it). In the meantime, it will be so much cheaper and a job-creating enterprise to use ships to transport goods between the countries.

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            ramona therese fernando

            “land-bridge at this time will entail trillions of Lankan RS. “

            Did Hindia ask Ranil to share the cost of construction?
            You typed above that Tamil Nadu is rich at this time hence why don’t you tell your cousins to dig deep into their pockets. I don’t think they are expecting any contribution from Sri Lanka.

            Be nice to them.

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            Ramona
            Nobody asked us to pay for the bridge. India will build it because it will be easier for them to use our ports to ship vehicles to Europe. Have you ever see a car carrier? Our people will make lots of money selling food to car carrier crews.
            So, tell me what happened to the silk road scheme?

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              OC, it will be a joint financial venture between the two. India will put in hard cash of a trillion, and on the Lankan side, Ranil-Harsha will excitedly write the promissory notes of another trillion to investors. Yes, in the meantime, our suffering Lankan masses will have to sell hopper and vadai packets to Indian carrier crews to pay for the impossible taxes further heaped on them. Thanks for envisioning the scenario.

              How much better it will be with Anura building up our financial structure from within our core base. In about 4-8 years, we wouldn’t need the land bridge with Indians stomping all over us.

              How to pay back the loans borrowed? Tax the Lankan US$ billionaires..quite a number of them around….any remaining repayments will be a far easy breeze. Indian electricity grids? Restructure our own and place the promissory notes meant for the land-bridge on the green-electricity venture.

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                Hopefully our farmers whose lands Ranil is smugly trying sell to Indian investors so sweat-shops for Bollywood sari production, won’t sell out as they know the money they get will only enable them to purchase a hot apartment in the city + increased energy usage. Now they can feel the sulanga breezes from the kandarataya and don’t need much electricity.

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                  ~ …… Ranil is smugly trying sell to Indian investors for sweat-shops for Bollywood sari production,…..

                  The Silk Belt hung us out to bankruptcy, didn’t it.

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                    Perhaps, economically-untrained AKD, unbeknown to him, has stumbled onto some truths about state ownership, price-controls, safeguarding local industries, …….. Switzerland have them all and is one of the richest countries even though they don’t have much natural resources ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEBU0QkhYNI

                    Ignore Native’s promotional blitzes …….. he works in the Indian embassy ……. his daily propaganda, he gets paid for, is always insanely pro-India …….. and insanely anti-China ……… Like Palki’s …… that’s why Palki is the only woman he doesn’t hate! :)))))

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                      nimal fernando,

                      AKD is trained in the economics of greater socialism, but is certainly showing himself clever enough to incorporate some capitalist technique into it, in line with global networking.

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    One should define “expansionism.” From the political side, it is the projection of military and economic power. A true superpower (Soviet Union, USA, China) must project both. So far, India has only projected limited economic power. On the military side, it is very weak (excluding nuclear weaponry). It lost a war against China in 1962, it was resoundingly defeated by the LTTE, and it cannot take back Kashmir from Pakistan, despite a massive investment towards that end. In contrast, it was Chinese support that helped North Korea fight the USA to a standstill and prevent the USA from defeating the Vietcong. Now China is threatening to take Taiwan, which has global economic ramifications. China also took Tibet by force. China’s economic clout is 100x of India, that is why China is a permanent member of the UNSC and not India.
    Given all of the above, there may be some limited economic benefit to S. Lanka by aligning with India. But it should not become economically dependent or compromise any sensitive national security interests (e.g. Trinco Harbour). There is no military threat whatsoever to Sri Lanka from India.

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      But it always gave a good beating to Pakistan somehow.

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      Lester

      “It lost a war against China in 1962, …”

      On the other hand Hindia still believe in Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai.

      You don’t remember Hindains accepting the surrender of 93000 Pakistani troops, lost nearly half of it territory, which it’s all weather friend China and mango friend Uncle Sam couldn’t stop although both had nuclear arsenals.

      “… it was resoundingly defeated by the LTTE,..”

      While Sri Lankan armed forces were hiding behind VP’s fat bump and their female folks. I thought Sri Lanka enjoyed sovereignty which was protected by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

      “and it cannot take back Kashmir from Pakistan,”

      Hindia does not need to take over POK, instead the people are clamouring to join Hindia.
      Watch this clip:
      We want to join India’: PoK residents clamour after FIR against Shia cleric
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSOYk5WYX9o

      You should always refer back to the original source materials:
      “The last major war China fought was against Vietnam in 1979 at their border and it resulted in embarrassing defeat.”
      ( https://www.rand.org/pubs/commentary/2019/05/vietnam-is-the-chinese-militarys-preferred-warm-up.html )

      “Now China is threatening to take Taiwan,…”

      The China Taiwan conflict has been going on for the last 70 years.

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        Sorry too long and too many words


        Lester

        “It lost a war against China in 1962, …”

        On the other hand Hindia still believe in Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai.

        You don’t remember Hindains accepting the surrender of 93000 Pakistani troops, lost nearly half of it territory, which it’s all weather friend China and mango friend Uncle Sam couldn’t stop although both had nuclear arsenals.

        “… it was resoundingly defeated by the LTTE,..”

        While Sri Lankan armed forces were hiding behind VP’s fat bump and their female folks. I thought Sri Lanka enjoyed sovereignty which was protected by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

        “and it cannot take back Kashmir from Pakistan,”

        Hindia does not need to take over POK, instead the people are clamouring to join Hindia.
        Watch this clip:
        We want to join India’: PoK residents clamour after FIR against Shia cleric
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSOYk5WYX9o

        You should always refer back to the original source materials:
        “The last major war China fought was against Vietnam in 1979 at their border and it resulted in embarrassing defeat.”
        ( https://www.rand.org/pubs/commentary/2019/05/vietnam-is-the-chinese-militarys-preferred-warm-up.html )

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          Lester

          “Now China is threatening to take Taiwan,…”

          The China Taiwan conflict has been going on for the last 70 years.
          Why does not China just walk the walk instead of talk the talk?

          “China’s economic clout is 100x of India, that is why China is a permanent member of the UNSC and not India.”

          As for the Seat at the UNSC please read the following:
          Jawaharlal Nehru’s decision to ‘favour China’ for UNSC seat led to Chinese aggressive behaviour
          https://www.wionews.com/opinions/jawaharlal-nehrus-decision-to-favour-china-for-unsc-seat-led-to-chinese-aggressive-behaviour-206268

          “there may be some limited economic benefit to S. Lanka by aligning with India. “

          Not just limited economic benefit to Sri Lanka it was Hindia which provides security (1971 & 1987-1991, and from 2005 to 2010), political and diplomatic cover ( between 2005 to date ) and economic cover (2004 Tsunami, between 2005 and 2010 $2 billion funding for war, from 2021 ….. $4 billion + food items, …. ) for Sri Lanka.

          I still believe it is not worth educating you.
          However whether you are capable of learning or not it is our duty to ….. educate you.

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            Lester

            Don’t forget, your distant cousins in South India are feeding your Tamil brothers and sisters who escaped your atrocities (1983) and went to Tamil Nadu.

            A few Rohingya refugees were not allowed to live in this island.

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    The JVP was proscribed by JRJ in the aftermath of the July 1983 pogrom against the Tamils to show the world that the JVP had a hand in it.
    It should have been JRJ who should have been proscribed; Not the JVP………..

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    All these war of words, all this clamouring by the Indian and Western diplomats to meet and chat with the JVP’ers is the result of a questionable survey carried out amongst 500 participants! Isn’t it ridiculous to jump to conclusion that JVP is going to form the next government based on this half baked survey? If the sample is 5000, across all the 25 districts then some credibility could have been given to the findings. For a party that is yet to declare it’s Economic, Foreign and Social policies, more importantly their solution to the ethnic issue and their stance on the privatization of bleeding SOE’s, plus in allowing accredited private universities into the country to prevent Lankan students going abroad with dollars to study etc., the dream is too big. Their only revealed policy so far is that they will imprison the Rajapakse crooks and bring back the looted money, which is most welcome. Yet for the masses to fall for rhetoric’s once again and vote without using their head, will surely spell another disaster with the after effects lasting for further 25 years.

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