20 July, 2024

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NPP – A Reformed & Mature Political Movement

By Asoka S. Seneviratne

Prof. Asoka.S. Seneviratne

The political landscape of Sri Lanka has been rapidly changing, given this year’s Elections. The National People’s Power (NPP) is gaining popularity. UNP, SLFP, SJB, and SLPP treat the JVP/NPP as the common enemy. Among many, the killings/violence in 1971 and 1988/1989 have been used as the primary weapon to attack JVP/NPP, which is sold dearly or very cheaply.However, the killings/violence of JVP in the past is not a concern at all for the majority of people because talking and focusing on them will not help them resolve their problems at this juncture. NPP resulted in a reformed or evolutional process of JVP in 1971 towards parliamentary democracy. The article is based on solid points and is written to defeat or criticize the cheap and malicious arguments of the four political parties combined. Today, the JVP/NPP is a mature and refined political party backed by the masses, outperforming its rivals in the democratic arena. This counters the notion that the JVP/NPP is a group of individuals unfit for national leadership, instilling confidence in its ability to lead effectively and generate the fundamental change people have wanted since 1948.

This article has two Parts. Part I explains the history of the JVP, which the opposition attacks based on its violence, and how the JVP/NPP views and explains the past. Part II describes how the NPP, led by Anura Kumara Dissanayake, has gained popularity irrespective of the past and reached maturity in the context of parliamentary democracy to lead the nation.

PART I. Evolutionary process of JVP from violence toward parliamentary democracy

Introduction

The political landscape of Sri Lanka has been rapidly changing, given this year’s Elections. Headed by Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna – JVP, The National People’s Power (NPP) is a broad-based unification or coalition. The escalation of trust and popularity of the JVP/NPP has meant that four other political parties, namely, UNP, SJB, SLFP, and SLPP, treat the JVP/NPP as the common enemy. The four parties mentioned started attacking the JVP/NPP insolation last year. This year, they are in a coalition, but the only thing we have not heard about is that they have not signed an alliance to work against JVP/NPP. What has happened is similar to bees attacking when their beehive is disturbed

Among many, the killings/violence in 1971 and 1988/1989 have been used as the primary weapon to attack JVP/NPP, which is sold dearly or very cheaply. However, the killings/violence of JVP in the past is not a concern at all for the majority of people because talking and focusing on them will not help them resolve their problems at this juncture. Also, the four parties use many other cheap and malicious tactics to undermine the increasing popularity of the JVP/NPP. Based on solid points, it is in the above context that this article is written to defeat or criticize the cheap and malicious arguments of the four political parties combined.

Insurrections in 1971 and 1988/1989-the Cheap Weapon of the 4-Party Coalition

It is axiomatic or evident that none in this civilized world approves of any form of killing, murder, aggression, terror, or violence against humanity. So does the JVP/NPP. No doubt, the JVP/NPP had been convinced of how the people felt about the so-called brutal killings, murders, aggression, terror, or violence of any form against humanity in 1971 and 1988/1989. In light of the above, on numerous occasions, both nationally and internationally, the JVP/ NPP leadership has profoundly and categorically apologized and deeply regretted what had happened in the past. It is a political and broader apology coming from the bottom of their hearts without either a demand or a request made upon them to do so. It has been an admission to the fact on the ground.  Indeed, such painful memories cannot easily be forgotten or overlooked by an apology.

The JVP Insurrections may have been marked as somewhat dark chapters of the history of Sri Lanka. However, JVP/NPP cannot change or bury the past today. Instead, it has to walk to the future uninterrupted with the experience. This is not a weakness at all. It is the strength in the right direction. It should be noted that JVP was founded as a result of highly marginalized farmers/cultivators, students, labourers, and unemployed youth. This foundation is solid forever. In the above context, the JVP/NPP is determined to march on the democratic path to accord due value and recognition to the people who lost their lives as a result of the two insurrections in 1971 and 1988/1989. So, the profound apology extended and the deep regret expressed are both meaningful and logical. Except for apologizing and regretting what else JVP/NPP has to do at this juncture, the four parties, as mentioned earlier, must explain without looking into cheap politics. In short, UNP and SLFP are not pious people, as I will explain their notorious acts later in this article.

In contrast, JVP is rapidly evolving to meet the expectations of the masses that have been deprived since independence in 1948. As mentioned above, the masses expect a better future under a government headed by JVP/NPP as they have been fed up with the pretty and opportunistic politics of the four parties.

It is not JVP/NPP alone for murders/violence and political apologies.

We all know about the Nazi Holocaust, which slaughtered 6 million Jews during World War Two. After four decades of denying responsibility, Germany in 1990 apologized for the carnage. “East Germany’s first free Parliament admits joint responsibility on behalf of the people for the expulsion murderer of Jewish women, men, and children.” It is not intended to contrast and compare what happened during the Second World War and the two insurrections in Sri Lanka. They are neither identical nor similar. It is a fact that realizing the breadth and depth of the wrongdoings by the JVP in the past extends a profound apology and deep regret. Also, in 1990, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev admitted that the Union was responsible for the massacre of Polish POWs at the Katyn forest. Austria, in 2002, apologized for a clinic at Am Spiegelgrund in which 789 mentally handicapped children were subjected to medical experiments and murder during the Nazi regime. In January 1998, British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized for the 1972 “Bloody Sunday” massacre of 19 civilians in Northern Ireland. If we search, we can find a long list of political apologies extended by the states or authorities, such as Anura Kumara Dissanayake, for brutal killings, murders, aggression, terror, or violence of any form against humanity.   We cannot generalize world experience or evidence for brutal killings, murders, aggression, terror, or violence of any form against humanity.  Once an apology has been extended, it cannot be withdrawn at whatever cost.  On the other side, given the circumstances and situations in which brutal killings, murders, aggression, terror, or violence took place in history.  The JVP cannot change the history or rewrite it at all. Except the JVP has to walk keeping the unpleasant past on its shoulder, what benefits will it bring to the onlookers and for ourselves? None. The four parties in the opposition should look for other ways and means to engage in constructive and productive politics instead of using rotten ideas and hateful campaigns against JVP/NPP.   

We should not forget that UNP and SLFP were involved in kidnappings, murders, assaults, and harassment.  In short, they are not pious people. As it is well known to the public, I will not detail them. However, it is worth mentioning the broad daylight murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of the Sunday Leader, disappeared of Prageet Ekneligoda, for which his wife is still searching for an answer, and  Keith Noyahr of The Nation newspaper was abducted and severely assaulted.  Black July in 1983 took place under the regime of UNP, in which innocent people were attacked, looted, killed, and burned. The notorious murderous gang leader Gonawala Sunil was appointed as a JP by the UNP regime.  Thugs associated with President JR Jayewardene (2008) attacked the houses of the judges. At the same time, President Mahinda Rajapaksa lashed out at the country’s Supreme Court, accusing it of undermining his powers, and issued a barely disguised threat that judges could find themselves the target of violent thugs. Given the two presidents’ anti-governance practices, Sri Lanka is the luckiest country to seek  IMF bailout for the 17 time in 2023.  Furthermore, it is so unfortunate that a few young parliamentarians in the government and SJB are shouting at NPP, not knowing the thug’s behavior and responses of JR and MR in the past. It may be that they are following the footsteps of JR and MR differently with NPP.   

JVP Renounced Violence and Entering the Main Stream Politics in 1994

According to the experience of the political movements in the world, they move along the theory/philosophy, practice, and experience. ‘Marxism is a social and political philosophy that analyses the impact of the ruling class on the laborers, leading to uneven distribution of wealth and privileges in the society that stimulates workers to protest the injustice.’ Given the injustice mentioned above, JVP attacked enemies face to face, but they have retreated and leaned from their experience. The result is that the JVP renounced all forms of violence against humanity and entered mainstream politics in 1994 with only one seat in the Parliament. This marked a significant milestone in the evolving politics of JVP. In 2000, the JVP had ten seats in the Parliament, and it won 16 of the 225 seats in the Parliament in December 2001. The above was significant because the JVP became the country’s third-largest party behind the UNP and the SLFP. The above-mentioned winning spree did not stop there. In 2004, JVP had 39 seats in the parliament. JVP was the Chief Opposition from 2015 to 2018. One crucial point is that the JVP/NPP leader stated several times that it did not engage in any form of violence after 1994, even though their members faced assaults/deaths. The above facts indicate that JVP emerged as a dominant player within the political mainstream of parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka, along with the increasing support of the people, irrespective of the past, associated with insurrections in 1971 and 1988/1989.

Furthermore, it also highlights the structural changes in JVP politics for future consolidation. The critics of the JVP cannot assess and evaluate the above because they are blind in the absence of constructive arguments and acceptable evidence to convince the public of a meaningful engagement. It should be noted that most of the speakers during the elections from 1994 to 2004 talked against JPV based on the terrorist practices in 1971 and 1988/1989. But the people did not listen to them or take care of them at all. The winning spree mentioned above provides solid evidence contrasting criticism of the opposition parties. It is so unfortunate that opposition parties totally forgot the above and talked cheaply about the violence of JVP in 1971 and 1988/1989.  Since 2004, 20 years have passed by, and the popularity of the JVP/NPP is rapidly increasing. However, four opposition parties use the same language or waffle to attack the JVP/NPP, which is in vain and shows nothing but political bankruptcy.

JVP’s Political Alliance with President Chandrika Kuamratunga Government 

The assassination of Vijaya Kumaratunga, the leader of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Peramuna (SLMP) in 1988 by the Patriotic People’s Movement, the military wing of the JVP, is on record.  This unfortunate incident has been a black mark carved on the rock of Sri Lanka politics, particularly for the JVP. Many mourners attended the Vijaya Kumaratunga funeral, the first to be broadcast live on Sri Lankan television by the  Sri Lanka Rupavahini corporation.

This funeral was along the history of two insurrections in 1971 and 1988/1989 in which a large number of people were said to have been dead. The Vijaya Kumaratunga’s assassination took place in 1988, well before the JVP renounced violence and entered mainstream politics in 1994.

Given the above, expecting or believing that Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga will have a political marriage with her husband’s assassin is challenging. However, when the JVP renounced violence and entered mainstream politics in 1994, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, as the country’s President, forgot the unpleasant past associated with the JVP. Anura became a cabinet minister in her government. Some people may view this as a silent political pardon because the government’s priority then was the country and its people. On the other hand, most people were concerned about their welfare and well-being, given the array of economic and social factors that affected their lives negatively, which is similar today.  Furthermore, there is no room or benefit for them to focus and talk about the violence of the JVP in the past.   In this regard, there is no doubt that people will vote for NPP this year; hence, the number of parliamentary seats will increase to over 160. There is no doubt that the outcome of the November Presidential election will be the end of the world for several top politicians, including Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Maithripala Sirisena, Dinesh Gunawardena, and a large majority of MPs and ministers of their respective parties. Anura will undoubtedly win, and Sajith will follow him.

The turning point in the history of the JVP, marked in 1994, will move uninterrupted in the right direction in the future, too. In other words, a massive jump in the JVP or a landslide victory for the JVP/NPP is unavoidable.

In 1971 and 1988/1989, students from universities and other higher education institutions were active with JVP. However, the above participation was insufficient to make JVP a national movement embodied by the masses. This is one of the reasons for its failure and, hence, its defeat. Now, the NPP movement is supported by the masses from every nook and corner of the country. Given the above, it will undoubtedly succeed, as the struggle of the new generation OR ARAGALAYA witnessed in 2022.

JVP/NPP is uprooted in villages and semi-urban areas and hence abandoned

Critics argue that JVP/NPP cannot face and move with people in villages and semi-urban areas because they have been abandoned by the people. They quote that the JVP’s insurrection activities were concentrated and more intensively in rural and semi-urban areas, aiming and attacking police stations than in main cities in the country because most of the JVP members were from the areas described above. Thus, the people in rural and semi-urban areas are not expected to favour or support JVP because of the numerous hardships they encountered along with the two insurrections. However, the JVP has been continuously thriving in rural and semi-urban areas, paving the way for people to organize and come forward to achieve the goals and aspirations that gave birth to the JVP in 1968.

If the people listened to or swallowed the opposition’s claims, they must have vehemently condemned and rejected JVP. If so, massive political rallies like the sea waves of the NPP cannot take place in every nook and corner of the country.

It is worth noting that most of those political rallies are organized and managed by the people of the rural and semi-urban areas of the country. NPP is, therefore, more strategically oriented than their rival political parties of the country in winning the less fortunate peasant farmers and labourers. The JVP/NPP leadership attends and addresses those political rallies without hesitation or fear. The conclusion is that the people suffered hugely and grieved extensively by the two insurrections. However, the same people are at the forefront of the NPP political rallies. This means that the ugly face of the devil or daemon created by the opposition about JVP/NPP to exert fear, confusion, and uncertainty among the voters is null and void.

Retired police and army personnel are in no way with JVP/NPP

By giving a score of the innocent and a vast number of police and army officers who were killed during 1971 and 1988/1989 instructions, opponents argued that retired police and army officers would even never support JVP/NPP for whatever circumstances or situation. The feeling and acceptance that police and army personnel are the people who help and assist people on all occasions, from life to death, based on law and order, have the reasons for the conviction of the people for such a conclusion not to support JVP/NPP. It was in the past or 30 years ago. Incredibly, the personnel mentioned above of all ranks are rallying with JVP/NPP today. Indeed, this was the most unexpected in contrast to the opposition attacking JVP/NPP. We must admit that we cannot change history. But history teaches us suitable lessons that any form of violence is not tolerated at all. At the same time, quoting history or violence cannot heal the economic wounds that people are suffering from. They need a solution or a long-lasting solution that has been in power since 1948 has failed. The JVP/NPP, including retired police and army personnel, with their unwavering support and constructive participation, is committed to delivering the fundamental change people have been waiting for since 1948. In short, this is part and parcel of the evolutionary process of JVP and the parliamentary democracy.

To be continued in Part II….

*The writer worked as the Special Advisor to the Office of the President of Namibia and was a Senior Consultant with UNDP for 16 years. He worked as a Senior Economist with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (1972-1993) before he migrated to New Zealand. The author can be contacted at asoka.seneviratne@gmail.com 

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  • 8
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    So far the author keeps silent on the massacre of Tamil people in Mullivaygal?

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      Ajith, not only massacre of innocent Tamil people but during that war, the Sinhala people too suffered with VP set up suicide bombers in crowded areas and trains too in the far south. Colombo was so unpredictable then. Killing, warring, and robbing has got to stop to cast votes.

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        davidthegood,
        What is the relationship between Mullivaygal and what you say about suicide bombers? Good that you have not said that it is VP who set up the Easter Bombing.

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          Ajith, Mullivaikkal is where VP hid under water during his last hours and got shot too and died. VP is also the one who sent suicide bombers to the Sinhala areas of the south to murder the innocent people and put fear in them as well as kill many Sinhala leaders. It is wrong if innocent tamils were killed in Mullivaikkal. When the Easter Bombing took place 5 years ago, VP in his grave would have passed into soil and no more here again.

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            Did you see with your eyes?

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              Ajith, with what do you see?

          • 8
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            I know very well that Buddhist Fundamentalism and blood thirsty remains in the gene of you. But you are not bothered about ordinary Sinhalese are suffering from your blood thirsty.

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              Ajith, looks like you can see into genes. Great guy

          • 5
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            Hello DTG,
            Try not to take what people say literally. Sometimes they are using Irony or Sarcasm. Unless I am wrong Ajith was being Sarcastic (rightly in my opinion).
            Best regards

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              LankScot, this is a place for serious discussion and not sarcasm.

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                Hello DTG,
                That may be so, but you still need to be able to recognise it and bear it in mind for your response.
                In your response to Sinhala_Man you wrote “which will put so much fear into Ranil, that he will not announce the next date of presidential elections”.
                A little bit sarcastic or “tongue in cheek”?
                You have to be careful in a “place for serious discussion”😉.
                Best regards

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                  LankaScot, if fear is put into Ranil, it is certainly not sarcasm

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                    Hello DTG,
                    Someone that always takes the literal meaning “cannot see the wood for the trees”. This is a form of Autism, but not too serious.
                    Best regards

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                      LankaScot, Autism is serious in a person like you who is always trying to put your twisted meaning to what is written here which needs to be read as such.

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                  LS
                  TiC is not an aspect of the Book.

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                dtg,
                Do you know what is serious discussion? Lies are not serious discussion.

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                  A
                  That is rather rich coming from you.
                  Is it a new resolution?

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                  Ajith what is your lie?

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            dtg
            Your prejudices reach far outside the Holy Book.

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              SJ, if you know the Holy Book, why don’t you lead a godly life, “Judge Not” Mat.7,1

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                Wonder who is sitting in judgment on nearly every one that disagrees with him.
                Does he really know the Holy Book?

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            davidthegood,

            Mullivaikkal could have been prevented if the LTTE had simply surrendered. It is similar to Gaza/Palestine. If Hamas had simply surrendered, most of the deaths (>90%) would have been prevented.

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              Lester:
              “Mullivaikkal could have been prevented if the LTTE had simply surrendered.”
              Yes. We all know what happened to those LTTE fighters and the many civilians, including a priest, who surrendered to the Army at the closing stages of the war!

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                Captain Morgan,

                Eliminating the command and control structure of the LTTE was a brilliant move. Sure, it’s against “international law.” However, Sri Lanka had to do what was in her best interest. The US invaded Iraq based on false pretenses (chemical weapons) and no one held them accountable. Israel obviously takes the cake. Most of the LTTE fighters were rehabilitated without any prison time and nothing happened to the civilians (without LTTE connections) who surrendered to the army.

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    The writer is so overwhelmed by his affinity for NPP he sees no JVPers among them!
    Is NPP regretting JVP’s past?

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      As far as Tamils are concerned, JVP has not shed its racist credentials. In the London event when asked by Tamils, JVP candidate dodged the issue and said that Tamil demands will be settled through a new constitution. He did not elaborate on the features which will be accepted by Tamils. In contrast the organisers of Aragalaya who want to contest have said clearly that they will remove the unitary status and grant self rule to Tamis. Why the JVP cannot say the same thing and prove that they are not racists.

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        Dear Gnana,
        .
        Why can’t you adopt a wider view of the world? After the NPP entered the main-stream they have consistently avoided any hint of trying out strong arm tactics.
        .
        Nobody is going to force you to be reasonable. You ought to be ashamed that you speak like this.

        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        Gnana,

        That’s what the London Tamils want. Tamils residing in Sri Lanka only want to have the same opportunities as the Sinhalese, and under AKD, they will certainly have this.

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          Then why are the Sinhalese afraid of holding a referendum in north and east for independence similar to those in Scotland and Quebec, where economic prosperity outclassed nationalism. You will be surprised at the outcome in Srilanka. For your information, whatever party that will come to power will never treat Tamils equally. If you want to be serious, empower Tamils like Tamil Nadu, which has become the economic powerhouse of India, with foreign investors eager to invest there. If you hold a referendum in Tamil Nadu for independence, it will fail, because people there know that if they leave Indian union, their economy will collapse with investors moving to other states. See in UK and Canada, where these countries give equal opportunities to both with Tamils prospering compared to Sinhalese.

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            Who the hell is this joker to demand a referendum for secession?

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              Sivasegaram, you are the biggest joker in this forum. You have no clue and come out with stupid comments. I have stated that if any one thinks that Tamils will be satisfied with being treated equally, then they must find out by referendum. There is a proposal in the US senate to conduct an independent referendum among Tamils. After Labour party comes to power, UK will also demand it.

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                Apologies.
                I will not dare contest your eligibility for champion conical cap.

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            They know that Tamils from Britain and all parts of the world will come en masse to skew any referendum. Safest thing is to work on have elections, and be like Tamil Nadu where the North of Sri Lanka will be inextricably linked with the South. Prosperity will be assured.

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            Dr. G S, could it be that the JVP candidate’s vision is to cancel the post of president and govern in a parliamentary manner as of old. Then the uncomplaining citizens were looked after well and several northern MPs were in parliament.

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            Dr. GS,
            “Then why are the Sinhalese afraid of holding a referendum in north and east for independence similar to those in Scotland and Quebec, …?”
            Good question.
            Scotland would have been better off on its own, given its oil wealth and small population, but still voted “No”. I am not sure it will go the way you think. But I am with you, hold a referendum and settle the matter once and for all.

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              According to Sivasegaram, you are a joker to suggest referendum. Scottish people are enjoying best of both worlds by being in UK. They are having widespread autonomy short of independence, Scottish law, Scottish police, Full control of their land, Scottish pound, Able to attract FDI, Scottish teams in Cricket and Football. Will the Sinhalese agree to empower Tamils with all these. if Scots leave UK, the value of their currency will diminish, their economy will crash with foreign investors leaving and imported goods will be expensive. If Tamils leave Srilanka, they will be first class citizens where Buddhist priests cannot dance about, their economy will

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                “Who the hell is this joker to demand a referendum for secession?”
                Learn some English comprehension.
                How is your clever twin? He may help.

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            Hello Doctor,
            I am not a Scottish Nationalist, despite having seen a great deal of English Chauvinism towards the Scots. Scotland was a Nation united under its first King Kenneth McAlpin in the mid 800s. King Athelstan became King of England in the early 900s. England and Scotland joined together with the Union of the Crowns in 1603, King James VI of Scotland became James I of England. The Parliaments combined in 1707. Scotland still has its own Laws, Police Force, Education, Church and a semi-autonomous Assembly. Social Security, Health Service and other Government Departments are in the control of Westminster. Peoples of all the Nations in the UK have equal rights (not perfect but pretty good). There is a nationally agreed common language, English, with recognition of Welsh and Gaelic. If you think this could work in Sri Lanka, then invite some Scottish, Irish and Welsh Political/Judicial Experts to give advice on the first steps to Devolution.
            Best regards

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              Best example to follow is Indian type of devolution with safeguards to prevent alteration of demography or imposition of Buddhism, and the right for the courts in Tamil areas to function independently. When there is a good example to follow nearby, why go to far away places.

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                “safeguards to prevent alteration of demography or imposition of Buddhism”
                Not imposition of Hindutva!

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              “then invite some Scottish, Irish and Welsh Political/Judicial Experts to give advice on the first steps to Devolution.”

              When the Irish mention that a million of their kin died in a single potato famine, the proponents of the fake freedom struggle in Sri Lanka will have a tough go at it. After all, “Sinhala-Only” and “standardisation” didn’t cause mass casualties.

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            “If you want to be serious, empower Tamils like Tamil Nadu, which has become the economic powerhouse of India, with foreign investors eager to invest there.”

            Can you name these “foreign investors” and give specific amounts of their investment? I invest in UK/USA financial markets and India is a “non sequitur.”

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              “I invest in UK/USA financial markets”
              In the jungle stock exchange, of course. Seriously

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        Dr. G S, could it be that the JVP candidate’s vision is to cancel the post of president and govern in a parliamentary manner as of old. Then the uncomplaining citizens were looked after well and several northern MPs were in parliament.

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          If you think that going back to the old ways of parliamentary control will make life of Tamils will be better, then I pity your assessment. It was under the old system that discriminatory laws such as citizenship act and Sinhala only bill were passed, discriminatory procedures in education, employment and economic development were executed and riots of 1958 and 1977 were staged. Without proper laws and procedures, Tamils will be at the mercy of Sinhalese regarding economy, land ownership and security. So JVP is not going to settle Tamil problem.

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          Number of northern MPs will not change unless they are nominated.

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    No mention that it was the SLFP and especially the UNP, who repeatedly tortured and killed the JVP in the first place, because the JVP had simply protested against the harsh realties these ruling parties brought upon the struggling Lankan masses, whilst all the while the UNP amassed the wealth of the Nation upon themselves whilst paying zero taxes, such that it eventually gave rise to the insurrections of the JVP who were of, by, and from the suffering Lankan masses.

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      ramona therese fernando

      So, the JVP simply protested about the suffering masses with their violence & destruction. Didn’t they murder ordinary people who defied their ‘laws’ by going about their daily jobs? By the way, no mention of the Rajapakses & their cronies who robbed the country blatantly. Doesn’t that hyped up military strategist who broke the camel’s back worthy of your mention?

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        Raj-UK,

        Well, the only people they could attack were the police who in the midst of doing their daily jobs, were also authorized by the government to imprison, torture, and kill the JVP.

        Rajapaksas and cronies’ fault was their excessive stupidity. Eventually it emerged that their one and only plan for the Motherland was to do overseas investments like Channel Island accounts, and tie it all in with Port City! Look where it got us!??? Didn’t have the brains to work with the intellect and ability of the People (like the NPP will), and then do the alternatives only after there was some decent structure in the country…..like the way Singapore handled it.

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          ramona therese fernando

          I remember very well the JVP murdered civilians who defied orders by going to work as expected by the employers. They had their own kangaroo courts & the JVP ‘reforming’ the current corrupt judiciary could very well be replaced with their own biased system of justice if we are to go by their violent past. If they apologised for their past violence, it is hollow because their ideology & veneration for their past murderous leader can still be seen in their website.

          I mentioned the Rajapakses because there was no mention of PPP in your list of corrupt political parties. Isn’t your observation of the ‘intellect and ability’ rather premature?

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            Raj,
            “I remember very well the JVP murdered civilians who defied orders by going to work as expected by the employers. “
            I too remember the JVP murdering businessmen, and even ordinary teachers. Lalkantha still openly justifies those activities.
            If the JVP is allowed to venerate Wijeweera, why is nobody allowed to venerate Prabhakaran?
            Many new JVP “converts” have selective memory.

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              Raj-UK,

              Any atrocities on JVP’s part was in retaliation to what the despotic governments were doing to them. Businessmen accumulating wealth with taxation not even thought of, and teachers supporting the corrupt system only made the monetary situation of the common man even worse. It was a time of desperation with desperate measures. Certainly their judiciary will be biased towards the suffering masses. Compare that to current government’s judiciary being biased towards untaxed 1% that places the hard work of Nation’s money on things like pyramid schemes and offshore accounts.

              Patiently awaiting returns on investments on government placed venture capitalistic schemes especially on offshore accounts can hardly be considered intellectual or able on anyone or any government’s part. The common man has to suffer to pay back that money taken from them, whilst the investors of this accumulated wealth have plentiful of other resources to subsist upon.

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                Ramona,
                “Any atrocities on JVP’s part was in retaliation to what the despotic governments were doing to them. Businessmen accumulating wealth with taxation not even thought of, and teachers supporting the corrupt system only made the monetary situation of the common man even worse. “
                You are beginning to sound like Lalkantha . So you justify killing unarmed teachers in their classrooms?
                Even Sinhala Man doesn’t go that far.

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                  OC, oc, oc,….why worry about a few anomalous deeds of JVP who were not a even political force then, when a fellow like Deshabandu is running around now? Ranil himself. Some will mention Mahinda and Gota. This lot were/are doing their bad deeds for power. JVP was doing so out of the desperation of starvation. And teachers are not exempt from being crooks either.

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                    Ramona,
                    ” a few anomalous deeds of JVP”
                    Why don’t you read this list of people they murdered?
                    http://www.tchr.net/civil_and_pol_jvp_army_deserters.htm
                    I am not saying the current JVP is responsible, but some powerful members still have the same tendencies.

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                      How do you know they have the same tendencies? Are they their genetic descendants? Such deeds were done around the world in suffering places in those times – from South Africa to Cambodia to Palestine to Russia….to even US. Treble the amount of JVP were first tortured and killed by the governments. They might honor the memory and ideologies of the founders, but it is a different time and setting with greater hope and money availability.

                      It’s like this: In SLFP and UNP times, country had no money. The not-too-bright governments only knew how to accumulate riches for a few by forcing and whipping the money out of the worker class.

                      In this era however, they are reminiscently whipping and forcing the worker class yet again, and yet again accumulating wealth for their cronies. It is done through the concept of borrowed loans with most placed on offshore accounts and wholesale of the Motherland to foreign enterprise.

                      With Social-Democracy of JVP, now called NPP, loans won’t go on the offshore and foreign enterprise accumulating spree, but have an in-country monetary disbursement policy to build up prosperity from local talent. Lots of work but the intelligence of the NPP is excellent!

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              JVP killed Vijaya Kumaratunga for supporting Indo-Lanka agreement on devolution.

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                Tamil Nadu is up there in all of its glory……must play caution. England and Canada don’t have that problem with Scotland and Canada.

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                  England and Canada don’t have that problem with Scotland and Quebec.*

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    To be a leader of a country and to get accepted by major foreign leaders, a person who wants to be the President of SL should have the “charisma” and “the ability to communicate in English”. Especially when a country like SL, which has a very small population, size and economic strength, needs a person with charisma. Unfortunately, Anura Kumara does not have these qualities. If at all Dr Harshini contests the Presidential election, who has these qualities, NPP will stand a stronger chance.

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      “To be a leader of a country and to get accepted by major foreign leaders, a person who wants to be the President of SL should have the “charisma” and “the ability to communicate in English”.”
      You mean Chinese President is not a good leader?

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        Ajith, Chinese leader is well educated in English and did not go to UK with his first wife, which she wanted done. His daughter was educated in an American uni. under a pseudonym. His present wife Peng Liyuan is a soprano and folk singer. Xi looks well accepted in China.

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          dtg
          Too much of literal reading of the bible blunts ones wits.
          You haven’t a clue of what Ajith was driving at.

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            SJ, I am not looking to see where others are driving at. Only what they express matters.

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              To understand what another drives at, one needs wit.

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        Hi Ajith,

        China has clout in the economy, population, and buying power. We do not have any of these. Situation of SL is completely different, we are a country with a begging bowl and need the other countries. China does not need other countries, it can run the way India did so many years ago with self sufficiency in case other countries cut it off, only thing is the growth will be limited.

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      Rubbish!
      .
      By having that London meeting in Slough, AKD showed that this is not something that handicaps him.
      .
      Of course it would have been desirable for us to be able to assert that he knows the three languages that matter on this island. But that is not the case.
      .
      AKD is going to be one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen!”
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        SM

        AKD’s London audience was SInhalese, so his English ‘handicap’ was immaterial. Maybe he would have taken you along as a translator if he intended to reach out to the non Sinhala diaspora. Anyway, as the ‘greatest leader’ SL has ever produced, a good command of the English language, as SP would agree, would be beneficial when meeting all those world leaders &, maybe, you can give him a crash course to get him up to speed. As a simpleton, I am careful with my hero worshipping, just in case I may have to eat my words.

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          Raj,
          .
          “As a simpleton, I am careful with my hero worshipping, just in case I may have to eat my words.”
          .
          What if heroworshiping and gossips would have been the main cuisine of some lazy people?
          .
          Unfortunately, our people are ultra naive than they appear. .
          .
          Unemployed Karl Marx is believed to be a lazy man. You can compare his with those of many idling JVP leaders [90% of them are funded by their donors; they openly defend by saying they dont work for a salary] .
          Not many would respect Maxism today but ours and the like minded radical folks filled with rabblerousers of varied nature go after them yet today.
          .
          Disasters behind the other..
          .
          Light at the end of the tunnel for a next disaster is becoming clear day by day.
          .
          Good luck to our people 😟

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            LM

            Eating your words is bad enough but if its the main cuisine you mention, one shouldn’t over indulge & choke.

            I don’t expect anyone one to work without a salary, unless it’s someone who genuinely takes up politics for the honour & can afford to do so. I believe Karu J was such a person. Although AKD promises to abolish all the parliamentarian perks, if I am not mistaken, the JVP didn’t refuse the perks as a matter of principle. So, having got used to the benefits, I am not sure if they are going to lose it all so quickly.

            Politicians in developed countries usually had successful careers before entering politics unlike SL politicians who are mostly career politicians, not having done a day’s honest work.. Others who have, are usually dodgy entrepreneurs or did mundane govt. jobs, sucking up to the politicians while waiting for their turn. Maybe some NPP members are different, therefore, their CV & disclosure of wealth would give them some credibility.

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            Leela,

            I don’t think the JVP are as racist as some claim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgdx6lCc-2s&t=95s

            Wijeweera is making a clear effort to reach out to Tamils. He says JVP is not opposed to self-determination, only separation. He has a Tamil speaker there to translate, which is unusual at that time.
            I have never been a fan of the JVP. No one should try to overthrow the government through violent means. On the other hand, the NPP today is probably a more “polished” version of the JVP from the 80’s. AKD is no Wijeweera. We can think of the NPP as similar to the IRA.

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              “On the other hand, the NPP today is probably a more “polished” version of the JVP from the 80’s”

              NPP is not JVP. I think you have only surface infomation.
              :
              JVP is just one another constituent party in NPP. Their barbaric charactor remains as was the case in 80ties. Also lately, KD lalkantha provoked on the public stage, that they would return to their previous mode (killing mode), if their expectations would not be met.
              .
              So, please study it. This is the reason why NPP makes every effort to defend themselves whenever JVPrs abuse their mouth on the stage. Dr Amarsooriya has made it clear several times.

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              Lester

              ” On the other hand, the NPP today is probably a more “polished” version of the JVP from the 80’s. AKD is no Wijeweera.”

              Of course AKD is not Wijeweera and didn’t write their 5 lessons.
              One of the lessons describes upcountry Tamils being 5th Colum which helps Hindian expansion.

              Perhaps after writing each of his five lessons he would have had nice cup of Ceylon Tea. He was captured, severely tortured and burned alive by your Sinhala/Buddhists armed forces.

              AKD must have spent years and years polishing JVP yet NPP/JVP still have old guards who are determined to torpedo AKD’s modernisation project. It is too soon to glorify NPP/JVP.

              The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
              Lets wait and see if Lalkantha hangs/lynches our friend Sinhala_Man for writing in English.

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          Dear Raj-UK,
          .
          I agree
          that a reasonable ability to speak in English would have been “beneficial” to AKD.
          .
          But it is not a sine-qua-non. All my life, I’ve been teaching English. At 55, AKD, is too old to follow crash courses. Perhaps, in some other country, yes. The problem here is that the slightest slip in English will result in hilarity from on-lookers, who themselves my not have perfect English.
          .
          I’m sure that Anura understands English well enough. And it is great that he has not allowed any complexes to grow within him.
          .
          I approve of what you have said here, and you’ve got a Green Thumb from me.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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            SM

            No offense intended, I was just trying to be witty, which is not a strong point for me.

            I would have expected AKD’s foreign tour was to reach out to all the diaspora but I am not sure if he or any of his entourage were prepared to address non sinhala speaking diaspora. In SL, we have this snobbish attitude of laughing at those who are not fluent in English. I have experienced it personally at school & even our teachers considered English speakers as ‘refined’. I know of a family that sent their maid for English lessons so that she could speak to their child in English. At least a village girl benefitted from the employer’s ‘generosity’ but a close friend’s son who attended International School, apparently, can’t speak Sinhala, such are our values.

            If I am not mistaken, Premadasa Snr & Sirisena were not English speakers either, therefore, AKD need not bother too much about it. In fact, many world leaders are not fluent & all speak at international forms in their own language. As a politician, if he is able to communicate in English & Tamil as well, or at least, have provision to translate to reach all citizens, it would indicate a non racist approach that accepts all minorities.

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        Sinhala_Man,

        Only two languages matter on the island, Sinhala & English, for 75% of the population. There is no need to learn another language for official purposes, although some Muslims may wish to learn Arabic (language of Quran).

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          Lester,
          .
          I’m very conscious of the fact that learning English brings a very great deal of prosperity to the individual who manages it; and also it is very necessary for the country to keep up with scientific developments.
          .
          However, farmers (be they Sinhalese or Tamil) don’t really need English. The problem is that nobody wants to be a farmer.
          .
          If you say that English is very important for all, tell me how you’re going to teach it! It just can’t be done; I wish it could be!! I know that my English is very good. Part of the tragedy of this country is that I was not placed where I could have contributed. I know that I have under-achieved. I now realise that it is the system, and its inherent corruption that caused that.
          .
          However, for the political future of our country, it is Tamil that must be considered more important than English. I’ve written this in a hurry, but my mind is clear.

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            Sinhala_Man,

            “However, farmers (be they Sinhalese or Tamil) don’t really need English. The problem is that nobody wants to be a farmer.”

            Well, this is a separate issue. Commercial farming can be a very lucrative profession if modern technology is employed. Sri Lanka has a lot of fertile land that is being underutilized, for whatever reason. Meanwhile, Ranil is importing vast quantities of low-quality food items from India (some may be cancerous) and average people are suffering because protein products (eggs, chicken, etc.) may not be easily affordable. If Ranil has a brain, he will increase subsidies to the farmers, both small and large and encourage them to modernize the farming equipment. Self-sufficiency in food production should be at the top of the agenda.

            “If you say that English is very important for all, tell me how you’re going to teach it!”

            This can be done with AI. Within the span of 5-10 years, there will probably be inexpensive “household robots” with whom you can speak English as much as you want. People think AI is just some ML chatbot. Largely true for now, but wait till the robots come.

            https://youtube.com/shorts/R9fG1dWn3ho?si=Tt8bdMmOIrCH5pzS

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              “Education is imperative in the modern world. That said IT and Academics is not the solution to all the problems and serves a necessary but small segment of the population”
              -Also Lester a while ago.
              At least learn to be consistent.

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                Those who lack education are not in a position to comment on it.

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                  I don’t know about jungle sages, but in my opinion, actually completing a government school education is better than being expelled from S. Thomas’ .

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                    Those who lack education are not in a position to comment on it.

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              Lester,
              Not everyone in a population or immigrant group can learn a language properly. Not only schooling but also the skills that individuals inherit are the main reasons. Many problems of today can be solved if the government works to teach all three languages ​​to many people. The older you get, the harder it is to learn languages.
              Some are smart at langagues, some are not.
              Language is the first thing to pay attention to when we live in countries and abroad.
              If our Tamils ​​know Sinhala, they will feel better, on the other hand, if sinhalayas understand Tamil, we could make good friends in the northern part of Sri Lanka. Languages ​​connect almost everyone like a chain. Fewer problems, people who understand others, if they respect the facts of this life.

              Without some level of language knowledge, it will not be easy for anyone to carry out their daily or work life. I have often heard this when my American and English colleagues attend German-only meetings.

              Tbc

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                cont.
                .
                Lester,
                .
                I know some doctors and researchers in Germany, some Sri Lankan patients cannot understand what the doctors are saying when they enter their hospitals. Some people asked me to be their “translator/interpreter” if I visited them. As a student those days, i could do so, but currently, with my profession, it is becoming difficult.
                Many Europeans assume that university educated Sri Lankans know all 3 languages. I have to remind myself again and again every time the questions come. Actullay, if I knew Tamil, I could have helped many patients.
                .
                Germany was hugely blessed with guest workers (laborers) from Italy, the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and Greece for the automobile companies. . Many of them live in ghettos in Germany today (Turkish ghettos in Germany, Pakistan and Indian ghettos in the UK), and their second and third generations must be there to take care of them on from morning to evening, because these pepoles are lost without knowing german language.
                . A colleague of mine (a Turkish doctor) shared this with me over and over again.

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                Leela,

                Think about the difference between SL and Russia/China/Germany. These countries BUILT their industrial base using their own native language. So the knowledge base for modern manufacturing/science/ etc. exists in their native language. These countries can survive with a minimum knowledge of English because their economy is perfectly functional via the native language. Sri Lanka did not go through this process. I don’t think there is even a word for “hypersonic” in Sinhala. So how do you build a hypersonic missile if you can’t conceive of it, e.g. if the language is missing altogether. If Sri Lanka expects to develop in the future, it will have to build this knowledge base in the native language. English is also important, but it is not the key for survival. The English spoken by educated Sri Lankans and Indians is still better than the typical English spoken by their counterparts in China or Korea.
                By the way, I strongly believe Sri Lanka should build weapons and become an arms exporter. A lot of demand in this area. Recently, Putin met Kim Jong-Un.

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                  LM,
                  ” I don’t think there is even a word for “hypersonic” in Sinhala.”
                  The word is “අධිධ්වනික”
                  “Hypersonic” in any case is not exactly English.
                  “Both super- and hyper-, derived from root words in Latin and Greek, respectively, mean “more than,” so super- sonic and hypersonic mean more than sonic, another..”
                  Did the ancient Sinhalese have a word for p.s.i when they (allegedly) built their 300 psi pump at Sigiriya?

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                    Hello OC,
                    My English Teacher in Primary School said exactly the same and also used television as another example. One of my French Colleagues in Qatar said English is just French badly pronounced. Someone else said it before him. Welsh being an old language borrows many English terms for recent and not so recent nouns like ambulance, alcohol, coma, camera etc.
                    Best regards

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                    OC, I don’t think I ever used the term “hypersonic”. I used to add “hyper” and “hypo” in our clinical data based on our topics. E.g. hypotension, hypertension, hyperactive, hyporactive etc.

                    Hypersonic is familiar to our self-proclaimed guru Lester.
                    I think it should be available in technical books, even though our self-proclaimed expert LESTER may not know it.
                    :
                    BTW: Most of the terms used in IT and software today are not common in any language. Most of them have only recently been defined in their topics.

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                      LM,
                      Many technical terms are available in Sinhala, derived from Sanskrit, as SJ will tell you. But few people use them. It is much easier to buy a CD than a “සංයුක්ත තැටිය”. Certainly you can’t buy a සංයුක්ත තැටිය in Pettah.

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                    Supersonic (අධිධ්වනික) is not the same as hypersonic. Hypersonic is Mach 5 and higher. Can’t expect a low IQ idiot to know the difference.

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                      Try arguing with the dictionary 🤣🤣

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              Dear Lester,
              .
              I suppose one can also screw a robot.
              .
              But then, what is the meaning of “screw“?
              .
              I believe that such robots are available in the more liberal western countries.
              .
              Now this is really true: a student in a Sinhala Medium school, asked me, very seriously:

              .
              To help Tamil & Scottish readers, let me tell you exactly what I placed in “Google Translate”:
              .
              Sir, where do we have to use the word, “bugger”?”
              .
              Good luck, Lester. Try it out, over a long period and let me know the result.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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                Sinhala_Man,

                Yes, human language is ambiguous. Unlike programming languages. In the future, however, the programming languages will probably be just as important as the human languages. If you are familiar with the 10,000 hour rule, mastery of any topic requires at least 10000 hours. A typical school year has about 180 school days. Applying the 10K rule to the 8 hour school day, it would take around 7 years to master a new language. So for future education, it is not efficient to teach three different human languages on top of 2 or 3 programming languages. They try to do this in China and Korea. The parents force their children to join various activities from morning till night. At the end, the child is proficient in almost nothing. An entirely new education system utilizing AI is needed. As I mentioned previously, a corporation can train a worker in 6 months. For typical workers, there is no need to go to school for ~17+4 years. Even the time to do a PhD is only 3-4 years.

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                  Hello Lester,
                  What is your definition of “Mastery”. I have been studying women for at least 60 years and I am still learning. Don’t accuse me of being misogynistic, I have the same problem understanding men, maybe because they have 2 brains, one above the waist and one below.
                  As for China and Korea you said “At the end, the child is proficient in almost nothing”, I am no fan of the Chinese Government, but some of the best Science Textbooks are authored by Chinese Graduates, However Translation is still a big problem https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S106037430700032X
                  Best regards

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                    Hello LankaScot,

                    “What is your definition of “Mastery”.

                    That is a difficult question. It depends to some extent on the subject. There is a famous story about Hardy and a guy named Ramanujan. Apparently Ramanujan was able to pull extraordinary results out of the rear orifices, faster than a teen might snort coke. The problem in maths is that a result is only as good as its proof. This is called “rigor.” Hardy was left frustrated because Ramanujan had little conception of “rigor.” He thought his results came while dreaming from some goddess. Hardy being an atheist did not buy that, so to speak.
                    Other definitions of mastery: the physicist Feynman said you can understand something only if you’re able to explain it to a child. Elon Musk says the ability to reconstruct a theory from first principles is the main criteria. I tend to agree with Elon. Without a grasp of first principles, you often run into Occam’s Razor and other cognitive biases. For PhD training, they have something called “qualifiers.” These exams essentially demonstrate “total knowledge” of fundamentals. The dissertation itself is a piece of new research.
                    Sorry I cannot help you with women.

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                    “I am no fan of the Chinese Government, but some of the best Science Textbooks are authored by Chinese Graduates”

                    Do these textbooks teach that the pressure of the water pump decreases linearly as the elevation increases? You just need to overcome the maximum pressure of 300 psi or whatever at the base to begin the water flow. Some tuk-tuk drivers in Sri Lanka seem to think that the pressure is constant from the base to the peak.

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                      “You just need to overcome the maximum pressure of 300 psi or whatever at the base to begin the water flow.”
                      So, now the unsung jungle hydraulics genius will shortly describe the cow-dung powered 300 psi pump used by the Indian contractors in Sigiriya…..
                      Why do some feel impelled to make fools of themselves on subjects they have no practical experience of?

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                      ““You just need to overcome the maximum pressure of 300 psi or whatever at the base to begin the water flow.”
                      What utter rubbish! The jungle plumber has discovered a “free energy” pump! He thinks a siphon works the same way as a pump. Go away, and spare us your “New Physics “.

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                      Hello Lester,

                      You show me a pipe from 2000 years ago that can withstand a pressure of 300 psi. Or a pump with seals that can produce 300 psi, of the same age. I worked as an Instrument Engineer on Oil Platforms dealing with hydraulic systems of 5000 psi and also Vacuum systems. If you are trying to use the analogy of a Siphon for water flow you are mistaken. The maximum height using water that can be sustained by atmospheric pressure is 33 ft. Go any higher and you pull a vacuum. Didn’t they teach you the principles of Mercury Barometers at School?
                      Best regards

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                      Lester the fake plumber,
                      I know exactly what you’re up to. You have zero knowledge of pumps, but are using ChatGPT to pretend that you do. But ChatGPT gives you nonsense answers when you don’t ask questions correctly. What a faker🤣🤣

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                      Hello LankaScot,

                      You are discounting the possibility of multiple pipes and intermediate (cascading) tanks being used to channel water from the base to the peak.For example, if you have a series of tanks cascading up in elevation, each subsequent tank could be filled with water at a pressure slightly higher than the previous tank but still within a manageable range. So now you have a gradual increase in pressure that matches the capabilities of historical pumping technologies but still doesn’t discount the use of pipes.
                      Maybe you missed the last post I made, where I said the pool at the top used both rainwater and water from natural springs at the base. My initial assertion was that the construction of such tanks and pipes and the pool itself at these elevations requires the utilization of advanced hydraulics. I stand by this assertion.
                      I never mentioned “siphon.” I don’t know why the idiot brings that up; stupid people don’t make sense to begin with.

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                      Some people are so comically incompetent, whether it’s at lying or pretending to be something they aren’t.

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                      Old Loser,

                      Did ChatGPT tell you Sigiriya was built by Indians, like you claimed earlier? It’s very funny to watch a 35 IQ meet a 155 IQ. I bet a drunk dog has more brainpower than you.

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                      Lester the incompetent,
                      I knew that would turn you on…
                      Now be a good boy and go see your shrink.

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                      ” if you have a series of tanks cascading up in elevation, each subsequent tank could be filled with water at a pressure slightly higher than the previous tank but still within a manageable range”
                      More utter rubbish. The pressure in a tank does NOT depend on its height above the ground, but on the level of water in the tank. A tank with ten feet of water on the ground and another with 10 feet of water, but mounted 50 ft higher both have the same pressure if measured at the bottom of each tank.
                      I know what you are getting at, but I don’t think you deserve any favours. Where are these cascading tanks and intermediate pumps anyway?

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                      Hello Lester,
                      In a comment (with no “Reply” box) you have used the idea that I put forward in a previous post about staged tanks as used in High Rise Buildings in the past, however nowadays the water is pumped at high pressure to a Reservoir at the highest level and then distributed downwards using Pressure Reduction Valves etc.
                      There is absolutely no evidence of either of these methods being used in Sigiriya. If you find evidence anywhere else in Sri Lanka (or elsewhere in South Asia) from these time periods, please let us know.
                      Best regards

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                      Old Loser,

                      As usual, you can’t read properly.

                      I’m talking about the pressure on the discharge side, which has to be higher than the pressure on the intake side, in order to push the water to a higher level.

                      Pdischarge=Pintake+ρgh+(friction losses)

                      You lose again. Go pick up another tourist in your tuk-tuk.

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                      Hello LankaScot,

                      “There is absolutely no evidence of either of these methods being used in Sigiriya.”

                      You may be correct. As I said in the other thread, most of my evidence is anecdotal at best. However, the volume of water in the pool at the top is staggering. At 90 (l) ×68 (w) ×7 (h) – dimensions of rectangular pool – the volume of water is 43,260 ft^3 (equivalent to 323,748 gallons of rainfall). I fail to see how rainwater alone could continuously account for such a volume, particularly during the dry season. The interesting thing about this pool, as far as I know, is that the water in the pool never completely dries up and neither does it overflow (indicating a drainage system). Maybe you have a better explanation as to how the water level is retained at the pool, given the dimensions.

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                      “I’m talking about the pressure on the discharge side, which has to be higher than the pressure on the intake side, in order to push the water to a higher level.”
                      More rubbish from an ignoramus trying to wriggle out of a situation he created himself. Any pump must have a higher discharge pressure than intake. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a pump.
                      All the pumps in a staged system can have the same discharge pressure, given equal distances between them.
                      Now go away and try to teach your grandmother to suck eggs.

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                      If there is any mystery about Sigiriya, it can be cleared up by a competent engineering investigation. There is no need for uninformed speculation. Or one could ask the Indians…

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                    LankaScot

                    “Don’t accuse me of being misogynistic, ….”

                    That is our friend nimal fernando’s job.

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                  Lester,
                  .
                  As usual, your comments are based on purely anecdotal information. your comments, in general, contain more assumptions than facts. You prefigure whatever you think is right. As far as I know PhDs can take its preset . PhDs in science and engineering are completely different from arts. In our time, the Internet was not the primary source of our collection of recommended reading publications. Although today’s facility is available, you can expand your building objectives in the thesis based on your laboratory performance based on laboratory tests. That’s why it takes 4-7 years in Germany and the US. I heard it’s shorter in the UK, however, it depends on the thesis.

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                SM,
                “I suppose one can also screw a robot.”
                Your sense of humour is improving. But still a long way to go.

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            Dear Readers,
            Sinhala man aka “our most controversial NPP supporter”, IF HE CAN USE HIS WISDOM, HIS ENGLISH KNOWLEDGE WILL BE USEFUL TO INNOCENT YOUTHS IN UVA AND OTHER POOR STATES OF SRI LANKA.
            If he really wanted to he could start a blanket project on teaching English. Today, you do not need to travel from A to B, any retired person can effectively share his experience on this subject. That way, they can also address/reduce the real harm caused by some ” abusive tutors in cyber”: I believe our older teachers are more role models than today’s teachers (fraudsters).

            Today, increasing number of our young people leave the country and are rejected by foreign employers because they cannot acquire “basic language skills”. This is not acceptable from a country which was colonised by UK for such a long time.
            I know nearly some 50 or 60 lads who went looking for jobs in the Middle East were rejected, and they went back home after experiencing something unprecedented in that part of the world. In the end, they just squandered their savings on a job-seeking adventure trips.

            Tbc

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              cont.
              .
              However, how many retired teachers waste their precious time after early retirement?

              Now everyone is an expert in CYBER, only politicians are blamed, however our professionals in our country get the privilege to retire at the age of 55 or 60, but their experiences (job and life) are not passed on to the next generation. Even some buddhist monks (most of them are though hypocrites) who knew Pali and Sanskrit well have passed away, but they have not passed on their learned knowledge to the next generation. All these do not have a proper system to utilize the experience of retired professionals in this country. Again they will blame the politicians, but if they really wanted to, why couldn’t they build new systems themselves?

              I know a number of older retired teachers across the country who are just wasting their time instead.
              To tell you the truth, in my neighborhood in Germany, even 85-year-old men and women as ex-professionals (health, education, administration or others) take the opportunity to help their knowledge by passing it on to young people in need. People who never obtained “teaching skills” now agree to give something to Ukrainian and Syrian immigrants in the village council. Most people do it voluntarily. That is the nature of some western retired professionals.

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                Hello Leelagemalli,
                The Infrastructure and the opportunities both exist in many Western Countries, however, unless you know different, it is very difficult for retired Professionals to provide any assistance in Teaching/Training here in Sri Lanka. I have a Training Suite consisting of 8 x Win 10 Laptops with MS Office, Headsets and Projector. All part of a Domain with Servers and Mail Exchange. I do some work with a local Private School, but their age group is Primary only. I have a PGCE in Adult Education and a recent Certificate in TESL I look forward to hearing your suggestions. PS I am not interested in working for the British Council.
                Best regards

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        “AKD is going to be one of the greatest leaders this country has ever seen!”.
        .
        Pigs might fly!.
        .
        What is the difference between Gota and AKD ???

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      AKD is certainly very charismatic! And he looks very authentic not knowing too much English and having a translator. World bodies appreciate this and won’t feel intimidated by him. After all, he is not out to bluff his way with slick talk like some of our wannabe slick dick lawyers who to try to wrangle money from world bodies in spurious ways. No, they see that he is sincere in wanting to build up the lives of the common man and produce a more cohesive society where prosperity will soon follow …..quite unlike the current lot who want to rub shoulders with the West but embarrassingly keep failing the people each and every time (although they know how to stay rich and important amongst the suffering Lankan masses).

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      b1
      To be a leader of a country one has to be accepted by the people of the country.
      All else is secondary or less.

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    AKD should do well with professional Translators in order to give good speech in English.

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      I agree, Naman.
      .
      But your comment has been vitiated by the adjective, “professional”.
      .
      Anura is a great orator; that stems from his sincerity.
      .
      There were many video recordings of the London Meeting. I can’t find the one that would be the best for the point I’m trying to make. This is onlythe second best.
      .
      මාලිමාවේ LONDON ජනහමුව | Public Meeting in LONDON | மக்கள் சந்திப்பு | AKD | NPP Srilanka | June 15 – 3 hours 41 minutes
      .
      It became clear that a Tamil translation was provided – using some technology that I’m not familiar with. Just as Google Translate provides amazingly satisfactory translations (not yet “perfect“) of writing, so there is technology which will translate spoken Sinhala into Tamil (via mobile phone is what I understand). It would have delivered to Tamils in the audience, for them to hear via earphones. It mattered only for the live audience.
      .
      Much more difficult than translating the written word, and the result may not have been wholly satisfactory. Wasn’t there a slight but steady hum almost throughout the speeches? That would have been caused by this technology. It would have been absent from the songs.
      .
      Your observations on this, please.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        I watched several videos of that event. Except Dr. Tush Wickremanayake, I could not identify any prominent member of Srilankan society in UK. To gather some riff-raff and claim to have the support of expatriates in UK is not acceptable.

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        SM,
        “Anura is a great orator; that stems from his sincerity.”
        Hitler was a great orator. Was he sincere?
        Your observations on this, please.

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          old codger,
          .
          Hitler was mad!
          That requires a different sort of sincerity:
          .
          https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/134056-the-lunatic-the-lover-and-the-poet-are-of-imagination
          .
          Panini

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            Sinhala_Man (Go between for NPP),
            Below is appended a video clip of Sunil H., interview as of 25th March 2024 – Ada Derana 360!!
            SH, says that they will encourage external University (Foreign) to operate under their government, if they win elections in 10/2024 and GE thereafter as they on Principal aren’t against Foreign universities – Claim their opposition to Private Universities is solely, because government runs down the entities, then promotes Private investor funded Universities for Medical faculty, STEP-IN!!! What convoluted confounded thinking is that!!??? Smart” isn’t the word, with Pirivena education cannot comprehend an issue, does one trust them to Govern!!! AKD and Harini W are enlightened and entirely different ‘Kettle of Fish’ to contend with, as they seem enlightened and capable!!?? This kind of people Sunanda inquires, in interview, whether such graduates, in India given Doctor in Indian Health service after succeeding in Medical Degree – sites, Mysore University, India for Sri Lankans!!??? Of course, they would!!?? Many are so employed, including one person, A Regular contributor to CT!!??
            This shows the erudition, wisdom, Intelligence and Knowledge (OR LACK OF IT) of these “Square Pegs in Round Poles” in Polity!?
            Certain result in utter calamity – worse than 03/2022,
            (TBC)

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            (Part II)
            Bankruptcy, Deprivation, Starvation!? If ever, he becomes person handling the Treasury – Some have already claimed, him to be HEIR APPARENT – Post 10/2024 PE of Finance Portfolio!? Oh, GOD HELP US Sri Lankans and all the souls waiting for Reprieve as if after suffering Gotabaya Misery was insufficient, “HARD ASK” to think of this Kind!!???
            The video of Derana 360, courtesy of LAKVISION TV is as per Link below – 25/03/2024
            As an example only append link evidencing in many US State private universities, awarding Medical Degrees!? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_University_School_of_Medicine
            THIS PRIVATE medical Institution is ranked one of the best in California, USA
            The qualified doctors are eligible to work in US, Canada, The UK, Europe and Ireland, including Sri Lanka, by sitting and fulfilling the obligation of SL Medical service eligibility!!!?? That’s a requirement of all Health services worldwide, not confined only to Sri Lanka or Lankans!! One of my cousins is an alumni and practices in Massachusetts!!?? India too accepts foreign qualified Medics – Doctors – for service in Indian health sector, after FULFILLING THAT INITIATION PROCESS, as much as similar to process in SL for foreign qualified Medics!!?? Equally, Russian American or British qualified Medics!! Nothing sinister about it!!!??
            (TBC)

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            (Part III)
            First step for SH is resign or better take 3-months Sabbatical from Parliament, to JOIN A CRASH COURSE IN LSE, or if HE PREFERS, EVEN DSR of Korea, for him to get up to reasonable level of Knowledge on FDI’s Education and Public Administration and related matters, be more knowledgeable to handle events such as DERANA 360!? Obviating spectator Guffaws of Laughter!!??
            Let alone being Sri Lanka’s, Finance Minister or any Minister for that matter Post 10/2024 under the circumstances is CONTENTIOUS and MOOT Point!?
            Leaving that for you to sort it out, My sincere apologies for having usurped your Privacy, as I didn’t even check what time of day is it in Bandarawela and disturbing you from your sleep!!?? Please bear with me for such inadvertency, and hopeful you are able to understand the urgency!!???
            Fortunate this episode isn’t in the Public domain, as it was in between an almost 1: 45 minute interview and it was shocker – for Sunil H to arbitrarily claim that NOWEHERE IN THIS WHOLE WORLD MEDICAL FACULTY EXISTS IN THE PRIVATE UNIVERSITY DOMAIN; CHIDDING Sri Lankan AUTHORITIES OF LACK OF FORESIGHT!? It seems contradictingly, FORESIGHT isn’t the Forte of SH!?

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        Hello Sinhala_Man,
        Sorry to dissolution you but Google Translate is awful. I tried it for my IT Teaching, however it takes for ages correcting the mistakes. One of my relations speaks excellent English and is a native Sinhala speaker. I translated first into Sinhala using Google and then he translated back into English. The meaning was so garbled in places that he had to completely rewrite the Sinhala. To be fair this was an IT Course that we were translating, not English prose. But with IT you have to be exact in the translation or Students will continually be misled.
        Best regards

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          Dear LankScot,
          .
          Many thanks
          for this feedback.
          .
          Please pardon when I pick a word from your own writing to make this point. If only we could talk freely with you on WhatsApp, we could enjoy many a jest. I agree that our typos can cause all sorts of problems.
          .
          So, you’ve typed “dissolution” instead of “disillusion”. Four typos in getting out that one word! I’m even wondering whether you did that deliberately!
          .
          Each of the mistakes can be explained, but see how the result is uproariously funny!
          .
          I feel that we need some bright young mind with a knowledge of linguistics to go into this.
          .
          My memory has clearly been getting bad – it can be seen in relation to my comments here:
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/deshapriyagates-leaked-audio-recordings-prove-samagi-jana-balawegaya-votes-in-jeopardy/
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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            Hello SM,
            The perils of autocorrect and not proof-reading my comments before posting. But thanks for the spelling lesson. Like I said before we all make mistakes, but some here don’t admit to them😉.
            Best regards

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              The two brainwashing machines of the world meet together for the next disaster. These people have no heart.People are suffering – curse on them !

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdirWn13wQ8

              We should not let become our country to that level by appointing AKD the future leader of this country.

              All these media show to send a message to the world, that they can respond effectively. The real North Koreans are suffering. Truth is hidden like flames buried in ashes.

              North Korean leader KIM has made every effort to send a message around the world pretending that the North Korean government is doing well.

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    Prof. Seneviratne
    ”the JVP/ NPP leadership has profoundly and categorically apologized and deeply regretted what had happened in the past. It is a political and broader apology coming from the bottom of their hearts without either a demand or a request made upon them to do so”
    Last time I checked, the JVP website was still venerating it’s murderous leader, so isn’t their apology rather hollow? Can we trust such a party?

    The JVP still subscribes to communist ideology, & with a bunch of trade unionists & old guard JVP members, its obvious that NPP is a ‘socialist’ party at best or an autocratic communist dictatorship at worse, so can we expect direct foreign investment to boost our economy? What is their strategy for the economic recovery & how do they intend to fund it? I am waiting for all these ‘intellectuals’ who have so much faith in the NPP to spell it out for me.

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      Raj-UK, It is rather taxing to come out of socialist and communist thinking into a democratic mindset. Remember Karl Marx finally lodged and died in UK as a poor man.

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        Hello DTG,
        There wasn’t much Democratic in 1850s England. However the revolutions of 1848 in Europe saw many refugees heading for London
        Marx wrote Das Kapital whilst living in London (1849 -1883). He had an active social life amongst the various refugees in London. He and his daughter spent a lot of time at the British Museum Reading Room where he researched for his book. Engels and others helped with money etc. He also earned money writing for Newspapers and from his published books. His wife Jenny even had a housekeeper (had a child by Marx) so they may not have been rich, but definitely not poor. To learn a little bit about Marx’s life in London see this Link –
        https://www.migrationmuseum.org/karl-marxs-london/
        Best regards

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          LankaScot, thank you for trying to help but I truly want to forget confused Karl Marx who had to escape to UK to live a life without fear in spite of all his philosophy. Not an admirer.

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          Good heavens! LankaScot,
          .
          The things that get turned over owing to you! When I started reading this comment of yours, I was so astounded that I looked at this:
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx
          .
          Scrolled down there to “Personal life –
          Family”
          .
          From there to “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helene_Demuth”
          and this:
          .
          “Frederick Demuth
          .
          On 23 June 1851 Helene Demuth gave birth to a boy, Henry Frederick Demuth, the birth certificate leaving the name of the father blank …
          … stating that, although it has been claimed since 1962 that Marx was the father, “this is not well founded on the documentary materials available”
          .
          and this,
          .
          https://anticapitalistresistance.org/the-sad-story-of-fred-demuth-marxs-son-in-hackney/
          .
          Before finally looking at the link that LankaScot has give us.
          .
          It strikes me that, unless we are careful, the Internet and our computers will re-write History!
          .
          It strikes me that Frederick Demuth died long after the Russian Revolution, whilst the stories started appearing only 33 years after Frederick Demuth died.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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            Hello SM,
            If you look at the picture of Frederick Demuth, I think you will see the resemblance to Marx. By the way Marx’s daughter befriended him in later life, but she believed the story that Engels was the father. There is also a letter that reveals Engels confessed on his deathbed that Marx was the father.
            Best regards

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              “By the way Marx’s daughter befriended him in later life, but she believed the story that Engels was the father. There is also a letter that reveals Engels confessed on his deathbed that Marx was the father.”.
              .
              There are rumours in Slanka🙄 that AKD is said to have an abnormal relationship [may be it s part of Marxism?]with his mother’s yonger sister. Perhaps AKD ‘ s propagandists know more🤔
              .

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          LS
          Engels personally helped Marx to a fair degree.

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            SJ,
            It must have been a great sacrifice for Engels to take paternity over Marx’s illegitimate son. I think they must be real good friends who dream.

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              Hello Leelagemalli,
              Al of the Scottish BMD (Birth Marriage and Death) Certificates are on the Scotland’s People Website. However in England as far as I am aware you still have to pay for Certificates. Census is available on a few Websites like Ancestry. Engels only agreed to take the blame for Marx’s sake, but never took official responsibility. I shall investigate.
              Best regards

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          Thanks for ur valuable comments Mr Lankascot.
          I will get back to u on this later. Marx s birth place , Trier 😟reminded me . May be u too visited place once?

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            May be u had the chance to visit Trier [Rhineland- Pfalz]?.
            .

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              Trier
              Founded by the Romans in the late 1st century BC as Augusta Treverorum (“The City of Augustus among the Treveri”), Trier is considered Germany’s oldest city.

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                The revelation of Marx’s affair and his illegitimate child has added a more human dimension to the understanding of Marx as a historical figure, showing a personal life marked by secrecy, complexity, and moral contradictions. This aspect of his biography is often examined to understand better the man behind the influential theories.

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                  I value this observation by you, “leelagemalli”.
                  .
                  I gave it a Green Thumbs-up.

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              Hello Leelagemalli,
              Unfortunately no, the closest I got was Spa in Belgium when I had a short Vacation in the Ardennes where I met some Dutch Biochemists/Geneticists (early users of PCR).
              Best regards

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                LS
                .
                At that time I wondered why so many people behaved so stupidly that they did PCR tests for the COVID-19 tests, not realizing that PCR requires very little of one’s test material. When I entered the UK in covid high days, their reactions at the border labs caused painful flare-ups in my nostrils. It was the same in Colombo, however, the nurses in Sri Lanka had some respect on me for being a biochemist/geneticist.
                Most I get on with today are biochemists, medical doctors, medical researchers and other personnel in medical research. I was also engaged with DNA sequenciing (Germany, Switzerland and Australia) some time back.
                I am wondering to know, what kind of applicatons u had with biochemists and life scientists ? Btw, i thought you are an Engineer.

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                  Hello Leelagemalli,
                  I worked in the Oil Industry as an Electronic Engineer for a division of Schlumberger. This meant that I worked with Geologists, Micro-Paleontologists, Mud Engineers and many other specialists. We were some of the first users of Computers to predict the likelihood of Oil Bearing Strata as we were drilling. Later on I moved to the Diving Industry, working not only with Divers but also Life Support Technicians, Naval Architects and Research Engineers. We were the first to adapt and use the Bubble Helmet. I Installed and Commissioned Mass Spectrometers, Gas Chromatographs etc. When I was on Vacation in the Ardennes, I had travelled from Holland where I was living. The Biochemists were friends of Relations that joined us there. I had not long come back from working in the Ivory Coast which meant that I couldn’t give blood as AIDS was rife there. We discussed the likely origin of the Virus and how PCR was enabling this. I was fairly convinced that Chimpanzees were the source due to their close relationship to humans and the methods of transmission. Bush meat is endemic in West Africa. It turns out I was right for the wrong reasons.
                  Best regards

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                    The oil industry is probably the most diverse place to work. People of all kinds, professions of all sorts from teachers and plumbers to chemists and explosives experts. You can’t get stuck in a rut.

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          Marx came from a long line of illustrious Jewish rabbis. The Jewish influence (Talmud in particular) is definitely there. Here is one example: The Talmud emphasizes social justice, charity (tzedakah), and ethical behavior towards others.
          Marx’s concern for the plight of the working class and his advocacy for economic equality and social justice have a similar theme.

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        So one has to die as a rich man to have claim to greatness!

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      Hello Raj-UK,
      I don’t know of any “autocratic communist dictatorship” that springs fully formed into power. First of all they generally have full control of, or support from, the armed services. Here in Central Province may people have a deep mistrust of the JVP/NPP.
      As I said before it is like watching a multiple Car Crash in slow motion. Nobody here thinks that Ranil has solved the Economic Problems and are equally skeptical of the previous administrations. However if you watch people carefully when you criticise the Rajapakses, you can detect a fleeting look of discomfort that is quickly disguised. It wouldn’t take much for a demagogue of the SLPP to rally these people behind a “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” lie.
      Best regards

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        Sorry “may people have” should have been “many people have”
        Apologies

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          It is just our people are prone to disasters.
          .
          Unfortunately the next is in making🙄

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        LS,
        You are right. The Pohottuwa lot are much more influential than is visible on the surface.

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          OC
          That was well studied by RW long ago.
          .
          His patience is beyond estimation.
          .
          🙄🤔👍

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      Dear Readers,

      I put the blame on entire society today. May be I see it more contrast because I did not live in the country since late 80ties. our people mostly dont question whyJVPrs were backward ignorantly regarding their public apologies.
      Society is somewhere stuck being not able to evolve properly. People in general dont learn to absorb even decisive facts. Deaths and human losses, they treat as just accidents. The place of the human life is totally blurred as of today.

      Sadly, Sri Lanka’s mainstream media (visual and print media) still do not seem to question why not entire senior men of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna continue to publicly apologize.
      Main stream media networks are made questioned and highly criticised for their own passivity in this regard. Occasionally they raise some issues, but they seem to be hiding behind the ” facts about JVPrs in 89-92 barbaric acts”.
      Almost every stream branches were filled with deadbodies as if they were killed like cats and dogs. Older people got sick in their rest of life and they became mentally ill not being able to bear their family losses. How would JVP barbarians ask for a public apology ?

      Tbc

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    If I were a Sinhalese, I have many reasons to support and certainly would vote for NPP. On the other hand, if I were a Tamil, I would remember the racist views of JVP, including their opposition to the 13th Amendment, and then going to the Supreme Court to void the North and East merger. This election unlike Gota’s, will not be determined ONLY by the SB Population of Lanka. The minorities, Tamils and Muslims. most likely will determine the outcome. If Anura wants the support of minorities, he needs to walk the extra mile to win them over. I don’t think he has taken even one step towards that extra mile. Also, the learned professor seems to have no space or heart to touch on minority matters. He is only addressing a trifurcated SB Platform!

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      You’ve made a valid point, Srilankan Boy.
      .
      Professor Asoka S. Seneviratne, six months older than me, has given his email address. We have communicated!
      .
      I’ve had a 25 minute live chat with him on WhatsApp. Voice only. Not a video call.
      .
      He said that he would write soon about the “National Problem“.
      .
      Let’s get this clear. The first objective has to be to win the Presidential Election. As things are now, with almost everybody in the North (and even the East) being dis-satisfied with devolution, I wouldn’t expect unqualified support for the NPP from Tamils.
      .
      Yesterday, I talked to two Tamils in the North.
      .
      “All three candidates” (Ranil hasn’t yet conceded that he’s a dead duck) are wooing the Northern voters. AKD is doing that better than the other two. If only Wiggy could suggest that a Preference Vote be given to AKD! But I don’t expect it.
      .
      The danger of spoilt votes will be too great. Let me now give you my three probable Preferences. Number 1 for Anura, 2 for Siritunga Jayasuriya, and 3 for the Tamil candidate.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        SM,
        “You’ve made a valid point, Srilankan Boy.”
        “Yesterday, I talked to two Tamils in the North.”
        .
        ?????

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          oc
          “?????”
          Bloody patronizing I would say.

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            Indeed.
            .
            SM would never look back. So does our Lester. .
            If anyone would add a word or a sign in support of JVP/NPP, it is good enough him to jump and say ” brilliant”.
            This is a kind of mental illness of rarity. instead, he does not make efforts to extend the discussion …. why ?

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          OC,
          .
          SM is full of his uncontrollable behavior, which I compare to DTG’s behavior regarding his blind beliefs in God. I sometimes thought SM needs psychotherapist.

          If SM had invested his wasted hours in teaching English to poor youths, things would have been positive in UVA province.

          what brought SM#S decorated but ludicrous comments to us CT readers ? Nothing. But to him a lot – personal satisfication …

          Unfortunately, Both of them seem stuck somewhere in their human evolution.

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    To all lovers of NPP, how can a few people in Parliament govern a country and bring in any voted decisions through parliament. Should not NPP invite other mature leaders to unify with them so that the older people lose their fear of JVP insurrections of 1971 and 1988. Nobody wants to give their possessions and taxes for others to freely receive and enjoy without working for them, while the owners suffer loss. Not a healthy situation.

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    ” In light of the above, on numerous occasions, both nationally and internationally, the JVP/ NPP leadership has profoundly and categorically apologized and deeply regretted what had happened in the past. It is a political and broader apology coming from the bottom of their hearts without either a demand or a request made upon them to do so. It has been an admission to the fact on the ground . . . .”

    Readers of the above statement in this article would like to be referred to the specific reports where such apologies were tendered UNCONDITIONALLY, and the precise places dates and occasions where such unconditional apologies were tendered. with the exact wording that was used in extending such apologies.

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      Hello Professor ANI Ekanayaka,
      I am sure that many others (including myself) will second your request.
      Best regards

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        LankaScot, the tendered unconditional apologies mentioned are not well known that can be read as printed. Maybe it is not as accurate as the way we expect it to be. Surely it can be said again in the present context to carry weight again when read by all.

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      Prof Ekanayaka,
      I don’t know if I am wrong or missed their public apology but my thoughts still remain that JVP did not apologize enough for their atrocities committed by their hidden forces in late 80’s.
      This reminds me again and again. We are not clear about their special talents if they form a future government. An economic revival under the JVP-led NPP is almost unthinkable. Nor do they have wealthy allies to support them.
      .
      Every time I come back to Sri Lanka, I meet some families whose sons lost their lives in brutal JVP atrocities, but most of them have not worked on their family losses till date. Although JVP has not apologized to those families, however, the likes of Lalkantha and Nalin Hevage continue their provocations and justify killing them on the spot if the people do not agree. This is far more fascist than the other way around.

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        “leelagemalli!”,
        .
        Now you appear to grant that they have apologised, but it becomes, “apologised enough”!
        .
        I hope that readers are beginning to see the dishonesty in that statement.
        .
        With regard to Languages, please regard your comment here, in සිංහල (Sihala):
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jehan-perera-7-june-2024/
        .
        I have got help from Google Translate, and have been given this!
        .
        “We are another nation of beggars who will be bankrupt for a few more years. How do we pay for simulated translators? In addition, often, what the translators say is not 100% what the leaders interpret.
        For everyone’s note, I have listed the languages ​​spoken in the region (South Asia and Southeast Asia) below.
        Maldives – Mohamed Muizzu – Bilingual (own languages, English)
        India – Shri Narendra Modi – Multilingual (own languages, English)
        Pakistan – Prime Minister – Shebaz Sharif – Bilingual (Urdu, English)
        SRIALNKA Premier – Ranil Wickramasinghe – Bilingual (Sinhala, English)
        Myanmar – Prime Minister -Min Aung Hlaing- Bilingual (own language, English)
        Nepal – Prime Minister – Pushpa Kamal Dahal – Bilingual (Nepal, English)
        Bangladesh – Sheikh Hasina – Multilingual (own languages, English)
        Indonesia – Joko Widodo – Bilingual (own language, English)
        Malaysia – Anwar Ibrahim – Bilingual (Own Language, English)”
        .
        Got it?
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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          There is no relation between my former comment and what u got to say here, please elaborate!
          All what I revealed was the truth. That has nothing to my comment 😐 being dishonest.
          .
          Please 🙏 understand the torments of those parents first before jumping to countercomment. Except Douglas not anyone with some balanced thoughts would ever 🙄 agree with u. Shame on ur cold-hearted nature towards the dead youth. 😔

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            “leelagemalli”,
            .
            PART ONE
            .
            Why
            did I give that quote from here?
            .
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jehan-perera-7-june-2024/
            .
            Because the translation that I have given is probably identical (I can’t find it now) to what you told us when you were trying to compare the English abilities of Joko Widodo and AKD. You haven’t heard AKD speak English, so how can you say that his English is anything short of perfect?
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            My own assessment (after listening a little more to Widodo) is that their levels of English are about the same (I avoid the word “identical“). They can both understand English well, but can’t really speak. Hold on! I have heard Widodo use some “elementary English”. He answers a question with “Yes”.
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            What would Anura say? ඔව් /ov/. A Tamil reader wouldn’t know what to make of the two Sinhala letters. The two slashes in /ov/ indicate sounds. That is standard practice in Phonology – a subject that I know so well that I lectured in it at the University of Peradeniya. Strictly speaking, I should have inserted the phonemic symbols between those two slashes.

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      ANIE
      Fair enough, but will you make similar demands of the UNP which was in power in that period and committed far worse crimes?

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      Dear Professor ANI Ekanayaka,
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      I have provided these two links for “leelagemalli”, at least a dozen times:
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      https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=331470387010716Sorry for the crimes committed by the JVP”, Anura Kumara Dissanayake told BBC’s Saroj Pathirana http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL1-RW6h7d4&t=334s භීෂණ සමයේ ඝාතන ගැන අනුර කුමාර සමාව ඉල්ලයි ජවිපෙට එරෙහි අපරාධ ගැන ජනතා අධිකරණයට Anura Kumara apology
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      What you see in each case is identical. The video has been recorded ten whole years ago, soon after AKD assumed leadership of the Party. Note that he looks much younger than today.
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      Perhaps, we should ignore the first link. It may be that “leelagemalli”, who doesn’t have a Facebook page, will not be able to see it. I have such a page, but I hardly ever visit it.
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      Other videos from the same source are to be seen here:
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      https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/sandeshayabysaroj
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      Please pose whatever queries you have, after viewing these 14 minutes in Sinhalese.
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        SM:
        What Prof Ekanayaka referred to was an UNCONDITIONAL apology. I don’t see it in the video. While expressing regret for the atrocities committed by them during the second insurrection, AKD says that there was a past series of events that lead up to them, including their proscription in 83.

        A similar qualified apology was heard from AKD on his recent visit to Canada. Again, while expressing regret, he said that the atrocities they were accused of were not “opa pathika” (pali expression). In other words there was a justification for those events.

        This is similar to some pro-Palestinians/Hamas supporters, when asked if they condemned the events of Oct 7, saying that history did not begin on Oct 7.

        Lalkantha, a senior JVP politburo member, is totally unapolegetic about their atrocities during the ’87 era. Vide his statements that I have reproduced in a comment below.

        I have also repeatedly pointed out in CT comments that as long as the JVP continues to commemorate their two insurrections, calling the insurrectionists “heroes,” and refuse to make a complete break with their bloody past, their “apologies” are hollow and unconvincing.

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          LJ and other rational thinkers@

          Thanks for stating it right. I really appreciate it for the sake of my then mates that were brutally killed by JVP criminals.

          I am amazed at the dead silence of our people regarding the atrocities of JVP during the brutal era of 89-92.

          I left my belongings in Peradeniya and ran for my life. How many of others could not ?
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          AKD mentioned it in handful of his public presentations, however, they lacked the courage to convey this to the victimized mothers in the southern part of the country.

          So I believe not much has been done about it yet. Ironically, KD Lalkantha and Nalin Hevage are inciting those victimized parents and families and justifying why those sons of victimized mothers were killed by their barbarians… .

          why to hurt the wounds of the victimized mothers further ?
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          So how can they forgive the JVP barbarians? The term “mlechcha” fits well to JVPrs.

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      Prof. Ekanayake

      The statements of the author that you quoted in your comments are either due to ignorance of facts on his part or downright mendacity.

      You can ask blind supporters of the JVP/NPP such as this author to produce reports of such unconditional apologies until the cows come home but to no avail. Probably he is just echoing the wishful interpretations of JVP votaries of the meagre “apologies” tendered by AKD in the recent past.

      According to a Sunday paper column, Lalkantha, a senior JVP politburo member, when asked by a YouTube interviewer if they were sorry for the atrocities committed by them in the ’87 era, had replied, “Why should we be? It was part and parcel of the rebellion and had to be done. We did yesterday, we’ll do it today and do it tomorrow.”

      As far as I know, AKD has not reacted to that. By his silence to Lalkantha’s statements, AKD is either showing he has been insincere in his “apologies” or his inability or reluctance to control fellow JVP members. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for a Sri Lanka under a JVP/NPP government.

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    Part I
    Sri Lankan voters generally have voted for an alternative to boot out the existing regime. Look at the recent history. In 2015, the Pakses were voted out. Is it necessarily because the voters had faith in the elixir “Yahapalanaya”? Then came the 2019/2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The hotch-potch government had to be voted out and the voting patterns, especially in the coastal belt reveal that the bogey of securing the nation was not necessarily bought even by the those who were affected by the carnages that took place. The fact that quite a lot of people with good standing, who shuddered to think of the JVP then, are determined to vote for the compass is again because of the disgust of the country’s legacy in government and governance. Listening to the current JVP/NPP speakers and the answers given to questions can be psychologically satisfying. The reality is that whoever wins votes must govern with public acceptance. How would they ward of the racketeers linked with global power politics? Managing the economy from its current dicey state is very challenging. Merely stating that we will be clean managers (which is sine qua non) is not enough.

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    Part II
    Good wine needs no bush. The JVP/NPP oriented co-operatives have done very well, going into higher technology, venturing into areas outside the traditional domain and winning the loyalty of the staff. Fortunately, they have not been subjected to the pressures of the big racketeers because co-operatives are not that important for them. But Sri Lanka as a whole, because of its geographic position is a different kettle of fish. The Foreign Minister of India of the new Modi coalition government is visiting Sri Lanka not only to discuss the routine bilateral issues but also to examine the current status of “Indian” projects. The leader of the JVP and consequently the NPP has admitted in public that they do have relationships with the Communist Party of China. They were about to depart to China in December 2023 when the Indian invitation (or Summons?) was extended, which they subsequently honored and was given much publicity. It was after that the JVP leader made the statement to the effect that Sri Lanka is in the “Indian Zone” (අපි ඉන්නේ ඉන්දියානු කලාපයේ) which he has never mentioned before. The change in stand of the Amul taking over Milco too is noted.

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    Part III
    The effect of the Indian encounter is visible to the keen observer. What about the “commitments” to China? Those are not available in the public domain. However, one notes not only the visit by the JVP to China but perhaps its reciprocation headed by a junior minister. The biggest challenge for any good government or governance is the quick buck winning racketeer. Initially, the local racketeers may not have a place in the possible NPP government. However, if they operate through “agents” of powerful governments then will the NPP stand firm or bend like the bamboo tree to the direction of the blowing or simply break down? Alas! Sri Lanka has only two recorded incidents of standing firm. One was Premadasa ordering the exit of David Gladstone. The other was Mahinda Rajapakse, telling in the typical Southern style, to David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner to mind their own business after a King Coconut drink under the tree. Yes! Any Sri Lankan government that is not “flexible” runs the risk of being toppled one way or the other. Of course, in the election season no political party can ever afford to provide answers to these thorny questions.

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    Author:
    “We should not forget that UNP and SLFP were involved in kidnappings, murders, assaults, and harassment.”

    ” Black July in 1983 took place under the regime of UNP, in which innocent people were attacked, looted, killed, and burned.”

    Yes, these things did happen but the important difference is that no one proudly COMMEMORATES them as do the JVP with their two insurrections.

    As long as they continue to religiously commemorate them, any “apology” in regard to the atrocities committed by the JVP during the insurrections is insincere and hollow.

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    Author:
    “The assassination of Vijaya Kumaratunga, the leader of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Peramuna (SLMP) in 1988 by the Patriotic People’s Movement, the military wing of the JVP, is on record.”

    The author is old enough to know that but a there is disturbing trend among young JVP/NPP supporters, observable in the social media, to deny that the JVP was responsible for such incidents.

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      Leonard Jayawardena

      “The author is old enough to know that but a there is disturbing trend among young JVP/NPP supporters, observable in the social media, to deny that the JVP was responsible for such incidents.”

      Forget the young JVP/NPP supporters how about the old guards who periodically repudiate what exactly happened, as if people are so dump to see JVP/DJVP perpetrated violence. The old guards and their supporters continue to fudge the issues, including state perpetrated violence against young people, perhaps the leadership does not want to rock the boat while making preparations to govern the country.

      The hypocrisy of all is that Somawansa and his gang of a few (Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist/Sungist/Maoist) used to criticise LTTE violence, only LTTE instigated/practiced violence.

      Well that is their hypocritic revolutionary past hopefully AKD will deal with their (JVP’s) past and exorcise ghosts of Wijeweera and Somawansa,….. and clip Lalkantha’s both ears.

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    ONLY VISIBLE REFORM IS THAT THEY HAVE CHANGED NAME OF THEIR PARTY FROM J.V.P TO N.P.P.

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