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NPP/Anura & Reconciliation

By Asoka S. Seneviratne

Prof. Asoka.S. Seneviratne

Reconciliation is part and parcel of economic development efforts in Sri Lanka. However, apart from NPP/ANURA, other political parties (i.e., SLFP/SLPP and UNP/SJB) hardly discuss reconciliation in depth. It is clear that despite the LLRC (2011) and other subsequent efforts for reconciliation, there is a grave need to generate the expected results for well-understood reasons. Reconciliation is a complex and complicated endeavor for which Vision and Political Will are profound. Given the above, reconciliation efforts must be personified with a committed leader. It requires an anchor. Given the various convincing and conclusive reasons, NPP/ANURA is well-equipped to provide the anchor for reconciliation.

Introduction

As this year’s elections are nearing, political parties and their leaders are bustling to discuss various topics, such as economic policies, the country’s massive debt burden/trap, working with the IMF/WB, the increasing cost of living and the poor, staging political debates, stolen public assets, unabated corruption, massive particularly in North and East to show the strength, status, and power of political parties and labor movements or token strikes —no doubt that all are above-important and relevant for the political parties and their leaders.

However, according to my understanding, an equally important subject for all of us at this juncture is well-cemented harmony and unity among the Sinhalese Tamils, Muslims, and others while respecting and accepting diversity among communities. We can name it ‘reconciliation’ because the nation needed productive and constructive transformation from various complications following the 1983 “Black July.” This led to a civil war for 26 years until 2009. An array of the grievances of the Tamil community were the root cause of the ethnic conflict or the civil war. In 2010, the government established a commission to look into the reasons for the civil war and recommend ways and means for harmony and unity among the people while celebrating diversity. The Report of this initiative and subsequent efforts until today have not generated the expected outcomes for reconciliation. Unfortunately, except for NPP/ANURA, other political parties hardly focus on and talk publicly about harmony and reconciliation among the communities.

When NPP/ANURA comes to power, reconciliation will be a priority and a beacon of hope for Sri Lanka’s economic, social, and political development. NPP/ANURA is well-equipped and deeply committed to generating reconciliation outcomes that inspire optimism in a landscape where SLFP/SLPP and UNP/SJB have struggled to achieve social cohesion even 15 years after ending the war in 2009. The unwavering commitment of NPP/ANURA to achieve reconciliation is not just a political agenda but an integral part of its economic policy, aiming for steady economic growth and development based on the principles of sustainable development outlined by the UN in 2015.  Given all the above, achieving reconciliation needs a right-based or thematic approach. The purpose of this paper is to explain the above.

Please note that this article is well placed along my previous articles, NPP: The Unrivalled Choice In Sri Lanka Politics, and NPP – A Reformed & Mature Political Movement in Two Parts.

Given the above, the purpose of this paper is to:

1. To present our experience regarding the failure than the success of the reconciliation efforts since 2011; according to the Report of the Commission of Enquiry on “The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission”  (LLRC-2011)

2. To indicate the primary reasons for the failure of the reconciliation

3. Understanding the essential five thematic principles and 40 sub-components required to generate the expected outcome of reconciliation

4. Based on the above, how NPP/ANURA is well equipped for reconciliation and

5. The role of NPP/ANURA in dealing with the past and building the future together

This article has two parts. Part I explains the historical development and efforts for reconciliation to show its failure. Part II presents how and why NPP/ANURA can generate the expected reconciliation outcomes, or NPP/ANURA is the anchor of reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Part I. Failure of Reconciliation efforts since 2011

Winning the war in 2009 and after 15 years and success/failure of reconciliation based on LLRC Report

After winning the war in 2009, reconciliation has been discussed nationally and internationally. As a result, the Report of the Commission of Enquiry on “The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission”  (LLRC)  2011 marked a significant milestone, serving as the first committed attempt for the purpose and providing a solid foundation for future reconciliation efforts. This initiative aimed to discover and reveal past wrongdoings by the government and other non-state actors in the hope of resolving conflicts left over from the past. This is similar to the Truth Commission established by South Africa after the apartheid regime in 1990.

Among the LLRC’s findings are that Sinhalese and Tamil politicians caused the civil war and failed to offer a solution to the governance of the Tamil community. At the same time, the SLFP and UNP divisions helped this conflict.  Now, the situation is such that most Tamil politicians and the Tamil people hardly want to rely on SLFP/SLPP or UNP for reconciliation due to unmet expectations.

It should be noted that the international community has criticized the Commission, given its limited mandate and failure to meet the minimum standards, including the protection of witnesses. The above concerns may indicate the effectiveness of the commission towards reconciliation. In short, as the report noted, (a) the reconciliation process requires a full acknowledgment of the tragedy of the conflict and (b) a collective act of remorse or regret by the political leaders and civil society of all Tamil, Sinhalese, and other communities. The conflict could have been avoided had the southern political leaders of the two main political parties, namely the SLFP and UNP, acted in the national interest and forged a consensus between them to offer an acceptable solution to the Tamil people. This expression is vitally important to the author because the power and status of SLFP/SLPP and UNP/SJB are no longer significant today compared to the conflict period and NPP/ANURA. In other words, NPP/ANURA has emerged as the country’s only force committed to complete and comprehensive reconciliation.

Following LLRC in 2011 and after five years, the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) conducted a study in 2014, “Commentary on the Progress Achieved in Implementing the National Plan of Action to Implement the Recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission,” concluded the lethargic prosecution of accountability issues and the importance of implementing the recommendations of the LLRC as a first step toward reconciliation and sustainable peace is a significant concern. CPA called on the government of Sri Lanka to implement the LLRC recommendations without delay and with sincerity and commitment while noting that the LLRC report constituted the initiation of a reconciliation process and not the end of it.

Furthermore, we are well aware of the resolutions on Sri Lanka in the UNHRC regarding human rights protection and accountability issues, democratic governance, durable peace, and unity in Sri Lanka, which require reinforcement towards reconciliation, a matter of great concern. Given all the above, it is crystal clear that the LLRC has yet to generate the expected outcome of reconciliation. In short, the primary reasons for the failure of LLRC are clear.

Bill On “Commission for Truth, Unity, and Reconciliation -2024” and beyond. Will it work? 

This section deals with the current status of reconciliation. There are many (a) Commissions of inquiry, (b) Consultation Task Forces, (c) the Office of Mission Persons, and (d) the Office for Reconciliation. These were committed to recompilation after 2011. The latest is a New Bill to establish the “Commission for Truth, Unity, and Reconciliation”, this year (2024).   

This Bill aims to establish the truth regarding the post-conflict grievances of Sri Lankan citizens, (a) facilitating reconciliation, (b) reparation, and (c) sustainable peace. The proposed Commission acknowledges every Sri Lankan’s inalienable or absolute right to ascertain the truth, a pivotal aspect of healing from past conflicts. After being enacted, it safeguards national unity through truth and transitional justice, reconciliation, reparation, and social cohesion. In short, the Commission continues the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC, 2011) efforts related to Sri Lanka’s post-conflict reconciliation efforts.

However, the proposed Bill has been criticized by ICJ (International Commission of Jurists – Advocates for Justice and Human Rights). The ICJ considers the government’s proposed bill to establish a commission for Truth, Unity, and Reconciliation unlikely to advance accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims and survivors of the 26-year-long armed conflict that ended in 2009 and involved widespread atrocities. The ICJ is concerned that the lack of consultation with victim communities and the continued neglect of their demands deprive the Bill of legitimacy.

Along with the above concerns, it is pertinent to quote the following to place the proposed Bill in the proper context based on the thematic approach mentioned, which generates the expected outcome.

ICJ’s Asia Director remarks, “Considering the repressive political climate in Sri Lanka and the absence of the conditions that are necessary to ensure the success of the proposed Commission for Truth, Unity, and Reconciliation, the Bill appears to be more of a legislative maneuver aimed at deflecting the attention of the Human Rights Council and removing Sri Lanka from further scrutiny rather than a genuine accountability measure. The Bill suffers from a lack of transparency regarding the consultation process and non-acceptance by victim communities”. This conclusion reveals a massive vacuum in the new Bill toward reconciliation. Therefore, it will not generate the expected outcome in the right direction.

To be continued in Part II…

*The author 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 writer can be contacted at asoka.seneviratne@gmail.com)

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    Asoka S. Seneviratne,
    Try however much you want, Rules and Regulations, Laws and administration cannot resolve an attitude of the mind problem.

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      That’s true. No one really wants reconciliation. Especially Tamil speaking people. What they want is a federal state. Reconciliation is the Trojan Horse. That’s why NPP/Anura isn’t popular among Tamil. Neither the leaders or the asses.

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        *masses

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          Asses might have been correct because everyone knows that 13A will never be implemented. Even the most liberal of Sinhalese will oppose it fearing it might eventually lead to separation. Even attempting to implement it will lead to riots and bloodshed. So the Tamil leaders and masses should forget it and work with what they have, which isn’t much, but still that’s the reality.

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            Svenson ,

            In 80s , one Tamil organisation approached PLO for help and was
            advised to Speak To India . Does that make any sense where the
            solution lies ? For both Sinhalese and Tamils , India is the Peace
            maker or Breaker . Unshakable Reality .

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              Are you confusing the issue with JRJ seeking (1981) US assistance to contain the rebellion and the response by US was advised to Speak and SEEK Indian Assistance!!???

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                No , I am quite steady . JRJ seeking US assistance and US
                response was News . What I am disclosing here was not
                News so there’s no chance you know it . It was not govt to
                govt talks to be reported . And also , JRJ seeking assistance
                from the US was JRJ’s tricks to convince his own party
                members and supporters that the West will not dare to do
                anything that goes against the interests of India . India did
                have a Free Hand on the issue and that could be the case for
                many more centuries or even forever . It is no rocket science
                that India is able to hear our every whisper . If a man like JRJ
                didn’t have the acumen in our politics about ground reality ,
                who else do you think could have ? And one more revelation
                today from me , this organisation did hold talks with the JVP
                as well , little more than forty years back .

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              Unfortunately, for the island’s Tamils India is now playing the villain and does not really want any reconciliation or any form of self-rule for the island’s Tamils. It just mouths about Tamil rights but in reality, if you really look at what India does, it overtly and covertly supports the Sinhalese Sri Lankan state and the state sponsored marginalization of the island ‘s Tamils. India will cry about destruction of little historically insignificant Hindu temples destroyed in Pakistan/Bangladesh but is very quiet about what is happening to ancient Hindu temples being destroyed and forcibly converted to Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. Even if the Sinhalese want to reconcile and grant self any form of Self-rule to the island’s Tamils, India will not allow it. This is the truth. just look at the attitude and behaviour of the Indian external minister, despite being a Tamil towards the island’s Tamil politicians, or Indian diplomats here when they have discussions with the island’s Tamil representatives, it is like a master behaving towards his servants, not tolerating or brooking any dissent. Do as I say and now you have no choice. It is now what you want but what I want now, you have lost this chance.

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                India has this strange, unwanted and weird fear with regards to the island’s native 3.2 million strong Eelam Tamils from the north and east, it fears our hard work, enterprise and our more progressive attitude towards social problems and has seen once given the opportunity like in the west, how much the island’s Tamils can progress. It also knows the Tamil areas in the island is surrounded by a long seacoast and is quite fertile and has resources. Therefore, it does not want us to come up fearing that we will influence the key and vital Indian state of Tamil Nadu, so wants to damn us. This is an extremely paranoid and unfounded fear how can a small nation of people amounting to 3.2 million influence a nation of 1.3billion or an Indian state with a population of 85 million? Sri Lankan Tamils or even the LTTE had and still have no interest in Tamil Nadu or the greater Tamil country. We only want to and our fighting for our just rights in our land. We may speak the same language and follow the same religion, but we have never been Indian and are different people and even 99% of the people other than a few extremists feel the same way.

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                  Even in the west you will see native Sri Lankan Tamils hardly mix or intermarry or move with Tamils from Tamil Nadu/India and vice versa. Therefore, this fear is extremely paranoid and unfounded but now somehow has taken over them. Only some foolish idiotic self-deluded Tamils still thing India will be the Saviour of the Eelam Tamils when in reality they are not but want to damn us, despite the historical fact that is only a rich and thriving Eelam Tamil community safe and in a majority in their ancient and historical homeland in the north and east of the island that can ensure the safety and prosperity of Southern India, like they did from ancient times. Unfortunately, many anti Tamils, some even calling themselves Tamils now are deciding on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Tamils and they think that we do not matter, and they can get what they want now through the Sinhalese, so we can be damned.

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                    Unfortunately, for the island’s Tamils India is now playing the villain and does not really want any reconciliation or any form of self-rule for the island’s Tamils. It just mouths about Tamil rights but in reality, if you really look at what India does, it overtly and covertly supports the Sinhalese Sri Lankan state and the state sponsored marginalization of the island‘s Tamils. India will cry about destruction of little historically insignificant Hindu temples destroyed in Pakistan/Bangladesh but is very quiet about what is happening to ancient Hindu temples being destroyed and forcibly converted to Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. Even if the Sinhalese want to reconcile and grant self any form of Self-rule to the island’s Tamils, India will not allow it. This is the truth. just look at the attitude and behaviour of the Indian external minister, despite being a Tamil towards the island’s Tamil politicians, or Indian diplomats here when they have discussions with the island’s Tamil representatives, it is like a master behaving towards his servants, not tolerating or brooking any dissent. Do as I say and now you have no choice

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                      It is now what you want but what I want now, you have lost this chance. Even the recent article by an Indian colonel who came with the IPKF here another Tamil Brahmin, when you read it very carefully pokes fun of the Eelam Tamils and he treats them like beggars and sarcastically states he feels sorry for their plight that was largely creation of India. They used the Eelam Tamils and their plight to create the LTTE, to come into the island to teach JR a lesson and the LTTE to do their bidding, once the LTTE refused to do their bidding and they got what they wanted, they showed their true colours. India has this strange, unwanted and weird fear with regards to the island’s native 3.2 million strong Eelam Tamils from the north and east, it fears our hard work, enterprise and our more progressive attitude towards social problems and has seen once given the opportunity like in the west, how much the island’s Tamils can progress. It also knows the Tamil areas in the island is surrounded by a long seacoast and is quite fertile and has resources. Therefore, it does not want us to come up fearing that we will influence the key and vital Indian state of Tamil Nadu, so wants to damn us.

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                      IThis is an extremely paranoid and unfounded fear how can a small nation of people amounting to 3.2 million influence a nation of 1.3billion or an Indian state with a population of 85 million? Sri Lankan Tamils or even the LTTE had and still have no interest in Tamil Nadu or the greater Tamil country. We only want to and our fighting for our just rights in our land. We may speak the same language and follow the same religion, but we have never been Indian and are different people and even 99% of the people other than a few extremists feel the same way

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                      Even in the west you will see native Sri Lankan Tamils hardly mix or intermarry or move with Tamils from Tamil Nadu/India and vice versa. Therefore, this fear is extremely paranoid and unfounded but now somehow has taken over them. Only some foolish idiotic self-deluded Tamils still thing India will be the Saviour of the Eelam Tamils when in reality they are not but want to damn us, despite the historical fact that is only a rich and thriving Eelam Tamil community safe and in a majority in their ancient and historical homeland in the north and east of the island that can ensure the safety and prosperity of Southern India, like they did from ancient times. Unfortunately, many anti Tamils, some even calling themselves Tamils now are deciding on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Tamils and they think that we do not matter, and they can get what they want now through the Sinhalese, so we can be damned.

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            If you want to know what the “Tamil leaders” are really up to, they just lost their bid to have the LTTE de-proscribed as a terrorist outfit in the UK.

            https://www.tamilguardian.com/sites/default/files/NewFolder/2023%20in%20review/Arumugam%20%20%26%20Others%20v%20SSHD%20-%20OPEN%20Judgment.pdf

            Apparently they formed some silly organization called “Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam” to continue the fake freedom struggle. 13A is not what they want, the goal is a separate state.

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              Lester- The goal is a Hindu meta-state in South Asia called Bharat. Bangladesh, Pakistan and even Nepal have publicly condemned it, but our Sri Lankans are happily sleep walking into it for a mere USD 4 billion. A loan for that matter.

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                The loony has escaped from the loony bin. What about all those Govigama Muslims who were after your fake inventions?

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                  Sinhala Buddhists worship Hindu gods anyway. The last “Sinhala” King, like most of his predecessors, was of Indian ancestry. So what’s the big deal?

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                    The Sinhala Buddhist not only worships Hindu gods, but also licks the feet of self-proclaimed Bodhisattvas

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-sTW1XxwrU

                    Those who gathered here should be eating ” GRASS”. How stupid people are fallen to be….. I see someone like SINHALA MAN is also among them…… aiyyooooooooo.
                    .
                    . Some women have been completely brainwashed by swallowing Sinhala Buddhist pills.
                    Buddhism exists elsewhere, unfortunately not in Sri Lanka, where I spent two decades after I was born.

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                Ruchira,

                I don’t see that happening. India is too corrupt to manage itself. I was just watching some documentary about a Latvian girl who went to Kerala. That’s supposed to be uber developed or something. Anyway, two guys used & murdered her. Apparently this happens all the time to foreign women visiting India. The culture there is really sick. 700 million beta males stalking female tourists like in the movie “Friday the 13th.”

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                  Lester the joker and all others that are being tamed by his hearsays@
                  were you born yesterday ?
                  During Rajapaksa’s brutal era, not only one person, but women and children in general had no rights in that society.

                  By the end of 2014, it was known as “not even protecting basic human rights”.
                  The late minister Mangala Samaraweera (one of my heros) had to fight hard in the GG government to iron out all the chaos deliberately created by the Rajapakse thugs, but the great man succeeded. Thanks to his great diplomatic services and then govt, they won EU concessions like GSP plus etc and others back. Remember ?

                  I know all these inside out because I have good friends in EU parliament that are by origin german and french.

                  The rascals of Rajapaksa hedgemony destroyed the country in various ways. There was no limits. Crime skyrocketed, and everyone knows how. However, mlechcha sinhala buddhist monks utter a word against those rascals even today. That is how this SB dominated hypocrites dominated sl acts.
                  .
                  . By the end of 2014, the entire West had risen against the Rajapaksa regime.
                  Many in the West declared that Sri Lanka was ruled by a tyranny.

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                    cont.
                    By the end of 2014, the entire West had risen against the Rajapaksa regime.
                    Many in the West declared that Sri Lanka was ruled by a tyranny. Many in the UK dreamed of a good holiday in Sri Lanka, but the brutal killing of a British tourist by their thugs, an Israeli-origin but local councilor close to the Rajapaksa family, tarnished the entire image of the so-called tourist-friendly Sri Lankans. Country. The main reason was that the girlfriend of the murdered tourist, his russian or urainian girl, was targeted by Sinhalese gangsters in the Tangalle area. If then prince chars did not involve in that murder investigation,, Rajapakshes would nt have put the killer in jail. Those days, srilanken judiciary was totally manipulated by mlechcha MARA.
                    .
                    With this being the reality of recent past in our country, this joker, Lester is speaking against India which has a population of 1300 million with different cultures, traditions and religions- not even thinkable, Lester is in good mental health.

                    Even a schoolboy wouldn’t dare compare it to other cultures, but our Lester does. How so ?

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                    OC , true, a Latvian female was raped and murdered in Kerala in 2022.. Two locals including a guide were sentenced to life term with no parole. In Lanka Russian woman was raped and killed by SLPP politician whom Mara tried saving Even the one sentenced to death was pardoned by Sira. Global travel agencies rate India a fairly safe country , for solo female tourist.

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                      Chiv,
                      Some jungle geniuses don’t know enough not to throw stones from glass houses.🤣🤣

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                    Gentlemen, you have not taken into account the huge difference in population. SL is a paradise compared to India. Ask any Kashmiri or a Dalit fron Maharashtra or a Muslim from Kolkotta.

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                  Lester –
                  .
                  “I don’t see that happening”
                  .
                  Neither do I.
                  .
                  Yes India is full of pervs. Some of the same stock have infested SL as well, a few of them comment here on CT too, like old codger- the exhibitionist.
                  .
                  They’ve got “the Perve Gene” from Indus Valley Civilization.
                  .
                  Funnily enuff jokers like Wigneswaran think its erudition.

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                    Ruchira,

                    Indians are working at cheap motels in the US while running call center scams. It looks like they are trying the same thing in SL now, thanks to Ranil’s visa free deals. This headline is from 1 day ago: “As many as 137 Indian nationals who were allegedly involved in a large-scale online financial scam across multiple locations in Sri Lanka have been arrested by police, according to a media report on Friday.”
                    You might think it’s a joke, but they are scamming old people out of their life savings. In this video they scam a 70 year old woman out of 80K USD in 2 days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU8lCd-IVZ8&t=623s
                    Of course Sri Lanka has scammers, not on this scale though. In Sri Lanka it’s usually one joker promising a big return on a fake investment. The Indian scam is much more sophisticated, using bitcoin, multiple locations all over the world, and a call center to monitor the whole operation.

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                      Lester – Yeah heard of this type of things done by them. Thanks for the video clip.

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                    How about that maid who got raped in Rajagiriya by a Karawe?

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                      Heard that some Scottish perv trying to make the same allegation got turned away from the police and sent home. But you won’t be so lucky.

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                    “They say there’s no bigger crime than aiming low. I can vouch for you that Sri Lanka is full of criminals.”
                    -Ruchira / June 29, 2024
                    Some people have never heard of consistency. So good at shooting themselves in the foot, like their jungle plumber friends.

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                  HOW MUCH SRI LANKA IS ADVANCED IN THAT SPHERE???? LEAVING INDIA BEHING BY “LEAPS AND BOUNDS”!!????????
                  All CRAP, just to save their souls!!!??? Meaningless Jabbering!!?? The person or group casting the First Stone should be Speck less and clean!!! Sadly, though that is not the case in this instance!??? From the moment, a white skinned Human sets foot on this Thrice Blessed, 2600+ years of Buddhist civilisation, many of this so-called cultured society – Not All as majority are erudite and well disposed, erudite, culturally enabled, who do not bend down to low levels, of Jeering passing LEWD, VULGER remarks, harassing them, their stay in SL!!?? KAPPATI, BEG them as Tourists, to GRAB their USDs to enable the country to Finance, Imports of basic necessities!!?? What a despicable sordid culture, invite as guests and treat them as Imbeciles and as not culture enabled!!!???
                  In any country, Uncouth and Uncultured LOT exists, Normally a VERY SMALL MINORITY, including our small country, which we endeavour, classifying, highly cultural and erudite!!?? NAY!!??
                  There isn’t NEED to be LECTURED on CULTURE, DIVINITY, by UNCOUTH, passing-off as ERUDITE!!?? CULTURED FAKES, in the MAIN but resort to Bad deeds with no respect to Humanity!!??

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                Ruchira,
                What is HINDUISM “META-STATE”??? Achieving Transient State to ‘KAILASH’????

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                  Mahila, I don’t understand your question.

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                    Ruchira,
                    Your contributions as comment on 29/06/2024, response to Lester, reproduced below:
                    Quote,
                    “Lester- The GOAL is “A HINDU META-STATE” in South Asia called Bharat. Bangladesh, Pakistan and even Nepal have publicly condemned it, but our Sri Lankans are happily sleepwalking into it for a mere USD 4 billion.”
                    Unquote,
                    What does “META-STATE” that signify??? Is it to Replace Buddhism!!??

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                      Mahila – educate yourself on the hindu ideology called Akhand Bharat.

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              There is no LTTE anymore, hence not many will feel disappointed by UK maintaining proscription on LTTE. But I’m sure thousands of victims are hoping to get justice from sanctions and Lanka being taken to ICC, as promised by all major political parties. Also I believe, many Tamil candidates ( from all parties) are running to become members of parliament. If elected some will represent U.K government , not transnational.

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            Are you confusing the issue with JRJ seeking (1981) US assistance to contain the rebellion and the response by US was advised to Speak and SEEK Indian Assistance!!???

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            At least you have admitted to the truth that 99% of the Sinhalese are racist to the core and brainwashed with the Mahavamsa mindset and will never acknowledge or admit to the real/actual history of the island, as they then will have to acknowledge to the humanity of the island’s Tamils and their actual overwhelmingly Dravidian Tamil origin/ancestry, native and India and the Tamils were there before a people called Sinhalese and or the Sinhalese language evolved. As you stated it could be the most liberal of Sinhalese, or the most right-wing Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist, the cross-dressing cardinal, the yellow or Khaki pets.

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              They do not realize that almost every successful democratic multiethnic, multi religious or even countries, with regional differences and large areas have become very cohesive and successful because of federalism, which recognizes and practices unity in diversity and allows everyone to grow and have their own space. India, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, the UK, USA, Australia, and many other nations. This has bonded the people of these nations to each other much closely and they have thrived. No wonder this country is bankrupt and a basket case because of the racist Sinhalese majority, who only got power over the Tamils and the entire island thanks to the British. especially the ones who are now living the good life in the west and enjoying all the equal opportunities, that the liberal west offers to them and their immigrant families but want racism, discrimination and marginalization practiced back home on the Tamils. One rule for them and another for the Tamils.

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            Dear Svenson,
            It is not understood correctly.
            Why on earth, why does the so-called powerful JVP not EVEN Make genuine efforts to remove the false concepts seeded and implanted by sinhala-buddhist racism based Rajapakshe mantra and improve the knowledge of the Sri Lankan people? Many would agree with me, that JVP was all along behind RAJAPKASA mlechcha, minority enemy politics. There we dont need any further arguments.

            Any new force that really wants to bring about real change in our country must seriously focus on the “long extending ETHNIC issue”. If they don’t agree with the federal proposals, varied sentiments of people should achieve this by “improving their awareness” of the big MISUNDERSTANDING between “land division/allocation and power devolution”:
            If mighty India can work successfully on union models in that huge country, why on earth Sri Lankans cannot just understand the need to “decentralize power” to regions so that regional administration can proceed smoothly as is the case in tiny Switzerland.

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              Leela,

              “why on earth Sri Lankans cannot just understand the need to “decentralize power” to regions so that regional administration can proceed smoothly as is the case in tiny Switzerland.”

              Switzerland is wealthy. People are not interested in secession. When people are wealthy or well-off, they cooperate to maintain the status quo. If you devolve power in Sri Lanka, opportunist groups like “Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam” will use that to push for secession. Sri Lanka should reach a certain level of economic development before any talk of devolution begins to make sense.

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                Lester,
                .
                My appeal to you such jokers is to give all Sri Lankans a chance to become Sri Lankans no matter what race we are born into. That none of us chose.
                My wish is to see everyone treated with the same spoon. That is what I see in true Buddhism. I do not respect Sinhala Buddhists even if I am born in such a Sinhala Buddhist family. Although I belong to the relatives of the late Dr. Walpola Rahula, I do not accept Sinhala Buddhism filled with sinhala racists today. Mine are practiced in true Buddhism.
                :
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBf1tN8HhE8

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                  Leela,

                  In Switzerland, they banned the minaret on mosques. In Germany, they banned the domestic production of halal meat. In France, they banned the niqab in public places. These are the exact things BBS asked for. It’s not racism, it’s common sense.

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                    “In Germany, they banned the domestic production of halal meat.”.
                    .
                    No that I knew, when was that , please add a link.
                    .
                    I have nt heard this from any of my Muslim colleagues 😳

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                Besides in switzerland:
                .
                (1) there are two levels to devolution of power, and in the bottom second level there’s direct democracy as the constituencies are really small. Hence DD is possible.
                .
                (2) additionally if you look at the history, federalism in Switzerland has been used to unite small independent entities and create a larger federation for administrative ease, contrary to what Tamils are trying to do here in SL.
                .
                Basically Switzerland and Sri Lanka could not be compared. Very two different contexts and systems.

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                  Ruchira,

                  Good points. Also, keep in mind that Switzerland began as a series of independent cantons that worked together for mutual defense purposes. Switzerland has been following either federalism or a prototype of federalism for around 700 years. That means the groundwork for federalism was there long before actual federalism. Sri Lanka does not have this experience. You can’t go from LTTE terrorism/secession to federalism.

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                    Lester – Agreed. Especially when it’s still the LTTE money and propaganda machinery that dictate the Tamil political discourse, obscuring the aspirations of the average Tamil speaking ppl, with whom I have interacted during my last employment and you are right, what they want is opportunities. Opportunities for education, employment and basically to progress in life. None of them are preoccupied with these ideologies of various nature such as federalism. They are pragmatic and forward looking but lacks opportunities. It looks like there’s a big difference between the aspirations of so called Tamil Leaders and the average tamil folks.

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                    “Also, keep in mind that Switzerland began as a series of independent cantons that worked together for mutual defense purposes.”
                    Some pretend not to know that Sri Lanka too had several kingdoms which were finally united by the British.

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                  Ruchira,
                  Switzerland is what is called a “Confederate State”, a level beyond Federation!!??
                  I believe such was the case of initial 13 STATES United States of America, until 1780’s!!?? Post 1780 the New US constitution of a larger federation came into being!!?? DURING, Confederacy the The southern States were considered a ‘BREAKAWAY REPUBLIC’ UNTIL 1780??

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                    Mahila – The US and Sri Lanka cannot be compared either. There are no black states, white states, hispanic states, jewish states or muslim states in the US. Though there may be soon a Hindu state somewhere in California, unless Joe wakes up and see the reality, from his own house to Brahmins in CA who wants to maintain a status quo of casteism. The US is a huge land mass inhabited by more than 300 million ppl. A federal administrative structures perhaps helps the burden of governing from a center. Can not be compared to Sri Lanka.

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                Any excuse by Sinhalese racists, especially the ones who have fled to the west for a good life to deny the island’s Tamils their just rights and self-rule. Countries like Switzerland became wealthy and prosperous due to their enlightened human rights record for their own people and citizens and treating all their people be they German or Swiss German (63%), French (23%0 Italian (6%) and Romansh (.5%). There all given equal rights and self-ruling cantons, where they predominate, with no other language group discriminating or marginalizing them. It is the same with what was once very poor India, with a far lower living standard than what was Ceylon but now soon to become a superpower and one of the world’s leading economies and engine house. All because of the enlightened policies that was followed by Nehru and other Indian rulers India has become a very cohesive prosperous country. Even in a state like Tamil Nadu and other states like Punjab and the northeast, where they wanted to separate but now realize, that they are far better of economically and politically within a united India, as their ethnicity and identity is safeguarded, and their economic prosperity is ensured. If you now have a referendum in Tamil Nadu or Punjab, you will see that other than a few hardliners the vast majority of the population in these states will vote for United India. The reason is they are respected within a united India.

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                  If the Tamils had been under Sinhalese rule prior to the arrival of European colonials or since ancient times, then the Sinhalese may have a case for a unitary form of government, but they were not, they had their own kingdoms and chiefdoms in the north and east, where their own kings and chiefs ruled them. Even when the eastern Tamil chiefdoms south of Trincomalee came under the loose protection of the Tamil Sinhalese kings of Kandy for a short time after the fall of the Jaffna kingdom, the Tamil nature of these areas were never in threat and the king respected their language culture and the Hindu religion and dealt with them in Tamils not Sinhalese, as the king himself was of Tamil origin. the Tamils of the east considered and treated the king of Kandy as a Hindu Tamil and had no objection to his loose rule and protection over their lands, until the Portuguese captured them soon.

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                    So, how can the Sinhalese state the entire country is theirs and only demand a unitary form of government, when it has never been entirely their but large parts of it have been from ancient times Tamil and Hindu. It is thanks to the British that the Sinhalese got full control of the island and are now since independence illegally trying to use their majority and force of government and the armed forces to destroy and steal whatever rightfully belongs to the island’s Tamils under a unitary form of government or give some form of token provincial council with no land ( state and private) and police rights and the right to determine and negotiate our economic future in our own lands. If you want prosperity and peace, then you need to have equal rights and a federal form of government and self-rule for ancient historical Tamil lands and recognize our language culture religion and our ancient history in our land and not try to steal it and falsely claim it as Sinhalese Buddhist,

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                Another lie by Lester the incompetent liar.
                The Swiss federal system was introduced as a result of a civil war in 1847. The Swiss were smart enough to solve it, unlike those who employed Indian contractors to build Sigiriya.
                https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonderbund_War

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                  What exactly is wrong with federalism or even secession if people want it? Did a separate kingdom not exist in the North in Portuguese times?

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                Lester,
                “Switzerland is WEALTHY. People are NOT INTERESTED IN SECESSION. When PEOPLE ARE WEALTHY or WELL-OFF, they COOPERATE to MAINTAIN the STATUS QUO.” VERY GOOD INDEED!!??
                Fully comprehend you and fully agree with your fears!!?? Is that why you are away from your Motherland!!??? Is it because you don’t want to cooperate with Sri Lanka, or other Lankans at home, continuing to be overseas????
                So, am I to assume, “YOU ARE RICH, POOR, WEALTHY, OR EVEN BANKRUPT”, like your motherland?
                “SIMPLETONS SOLUTIONS” – ‘All matters and ISSUES, PROBLEMS THAT MAY BESEECH’ attention!? You are to be congratulated, on your SINGULAR ABILITY “Quash, Crush and Crunch, ISSUES” into meaningful FITTING Solutions, at the ‘BLINK OF THE EYELID’!?
                Are you still continued to be a SL citizen!!??? Or after going overseas, renounced SL citizenship to obtain Foreign Citizenship!!?? If so, what a Pity, because I was about to start a campaign to ELEVATE you to the EXALTED POSITION of ADIKARU, JANADHIPATHI, based on your quick assimilation of all issues, comprehend the matter and find FAST RESOLUTUONS to all those Longstanding Issued Beleaguering our ‘THRICE BLESSED LAND’, ‘PEARL’, and Resplendent, “TEARDROP” ISLE!!??
                No, not anymore, Gota Like, “BAD FITS” – SQUARE PEGS IN ROUND HOLES!!???xxx

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                Lester,
                How did Switzerland become wealthy, being tiny with many constituent states in Federation!!?? Was it Piracy!!?? Hood-winking the Rich and Wealthy!!?? SECRET BANKING!!???

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                Lester, Sri Lanka is too small an island to break up into separate power groups which can start doing their own thing instead of merging to make it whole and wholesome. It’s like letting members of a family each doing their own thing so that they are like any other group of disconnected people. I agree that devolution will help only people who are trying to uplift this nation to be economically developed and not trying to divide to benefit mainly their group.

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                  DTG,
                  “Sri Lanka is too small an island to break up into separate power groups”
                  Switzerland has a much smaller population (8.6 million) than Sri Lanka. It also has a smaller land area.

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                  Davidthegood,

                  You are right. Sri Lanka has a lot of opportunists who will just use devolution as an excuse for separation. Do you know that the LTTE used “peace talks” as an opportunity to recruit new members, obtain new weapons, and plan new suicide missions? They were never interested in a real peace.
                  Federalism is not essential for economic development. South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan have no federalism. The problem in Sri Lanka as I see it are the separatists (who are backed by foreign interests) and then the rise of Shariah (radical Islamic fundamentalism), which caused the Easter attacks and is likely to cause future problems. Especially if there is no birth control.

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                    *The problems

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            Svenson – A Freudian Slip. I agree.

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        “No one really wants reconciliation. Especially Tamil speaking people.”
        This is utterly ridiculous. Firstly you should define what is reconciliation. The ethnic problem started along with independence and still we are talking of reconciliation but nothing happened yet.

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          Ajith,
          A lot of people who comment on CT are not worth responding to.
          Those who love our land see their insincerity.

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          Ajith ,

          No political parties across the spectrum , want to convincingly
          address any of the issues the country is facing , let alone Tamil
          issue . The issue is the substitute to the Rice From Moon . No one
          in the international community will want to lose 1200 million
          customers for 22 million . Tamil Leaders know this best .
          Everything else is Time Pass .

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            Dear Rational Thinkers,
            .
            Sinhala_Man (though he cant speak and write sinhala for some reasons) aka the self-proclaimed expert on CT may disagree, but we should at least see what’s right today. No more misleads should be allowed.
            .
            1) Why should Sri Lankans have faith in JVP (in the COVER NPP) who has not changed to a political situation without any rhythm apart from vandalism against public property and killing innocient youth?
            .
            2) No other party carried out such massive mob attacks as JVP in 71 and 89 riots. Often their narrow-mindedness deliberately caused great harm. Lawlessness of this country could not investigate them as of today.
            .
            3) Although they have emerged from poor economic backgrounds across the rural corners of the country, they though unemployed candidates have not contributed to improving the “thought patterns” of the people in the villages. That is why reports say that compared to many countries in the developing world in Asia, Sri Lankan farmers and their way of thinking are very backward.
            .
            4) Why JVPs are still not talking about federalism or similar models that surely allow for peace and harmony in the nation.?

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          “When NPP/ANURA comes to power, reconciliation will be a priority and a beacon of hope for Sri Lanka’s economic, social, and political development. “
          Someone asked me (no, it wasn’t Hon. C.V.Wigneswaran):
          “If the NPP/JVP are coming to power in 3 months, why are those JVP unions creating mayhem now instead of waiting 3 months? “

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          Let people who want reconciliation define it. I for once am not interested.

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            Ruchira,
            You are a classic example of someone who is disinterested in something without even an understanding of what it is!

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              Nathan,
              I understand what reconciliation is. I am not interested in defining it for others pleasure here. If Tamils want reconciliation, it is up to them to define it. Each word has what is called an “operational definition”, which is context specific. I am merely giving the freedom for the Tamils to come up with the operational definition of reconciliation in the cotext of reconciliation between Tamils and Sinhalese they want, which I believe is different from what Sinhalese want. Because like I’ve already stated, it, to me looks like Trojan Horse. A proxy to a federal state. You are a classic example of many things. But I’m disinterested in wasting my time addressing them.

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                Ruchira,
                What is a Federal State????

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                  Mahila – I have no idea.

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              Nathan,
              .
              I totally agree with you. Thank you for posting this.

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            Reconciliation with terrorists is an oxymoron.

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              Hello Lester,
              Tell that to the British and Irish. Good Friday Agreement, not perfect, but relatively peaceable.
              Best regards

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              Lester
              In the same vein we should have no business with the JVP either or not?

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                Human Touch,

                When a terrorist lays down their weapons and joins the political process, then they are no longer terrorists. The LTTE never did this.

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            “They say there’s no bigger crime than aiming low. I can vouch for you that Sri Lanka is full of criminals.”
            -Ruchira / June 29, 2024
            How would you define the above? Insanity?

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        Ruchira,
        You have achieved it!!!??? Right on the money!! Hitting ‘Nail Right-On the Head’!!! Masses are without doubt Asses!!?? Nothing much to Imagine, why would they RE- elect someone very well knowing, that individual is corrupt to the bare MARROW after demounting the looter for another term after a hiatus of 4½ YEARS!!!??? If not ‘Asses’, they must be “Looney”!!!??? ‘NUTS’!!?? Someone, somebody, has “Tampered with the screws”!!!??? Good Luck Sri Lanka!!??

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          Mahila – whom are you referring to? Ranil Wickremasinghe was never elected by prople.

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            Ruchira,
            Fully agree RW wasn’t elected by General Franchise of electors!!?? Nothing to do with SL voters!?
            “Why would they RE- elect someone very “WELL KNOWING THAT INDIVIDUAL IS CORRUPT TO THE BARE MARROW” after demounting the LOOTER (01/2015) for another term (08/2020) after a hiatus of 4½ YEARS!!!???”
            I am referring to The Messiah, MaRa, ‘APPACHCHE’, AKA, Mahendra Percival!!??? He thought want more, not enough what he took home from Public Purse and Development Loans till 01/2015!!??

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              Mahila – firstly who helped Mahinda’s election by asking their ppl not to vote having being paid by his brother through another person who now is a prominent minister of the country in Ranil Wickremasinghe’s government. Secondly corruption is alleged and never proven. Thirdly if you think Ranil & Co. isn’t corrupt I can only sympathize with your ignorance. Ppl largely were and perhaps still are grateful for the Rajapaksas who put an end to the war, that plagued the country for nearly three decades. When one comments from a racially biased position one lose the ability of being objective.

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                (Part I)
                Firstly
                1. Who helped Mahinda’s election by asking ………………………… who now is a prominent minister of the country in Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government??
                a. Basil Rajapakse at the Instigation of his Brother, as election Ploy/Tactic!!??
                2. Corruption is ALLEGED and NEVER PROVEN!
                a. Agree with you, on that, but one must understand that the Yahapalanaya government was fractured piece of Polity, with Gamaralalage Sorrysena, as President, constraining, and/or disabling the PM and cabinet to move in that regard!! 01/2015-11/2019!!??? The president had an underlying agreement with EX-President MaRa, which was evidenced as a revolt deposing RW 10/2018 and rescinding when he couldn’t sustain
                3. “If you think Ranil & Co. isn’t corrupt I can only sympathize with your ignorance”??
                a. I have never declared, or made such claims, which appear to be A Baseless IMPUTATION, by you, order to try winning your argument in this instance!!!??? Whilst everyone has RIGHT TO DREAM, shouldn’t attempt to find ‘SCAPE GOATS’ when they cannot find Rationale to their assertions!? Thanks anyway, for your ‘expressed UNWARRANTED sympathy’ in the circumstances!!??
                4. “People, largely were ………..perhaps still are grateful for the Rajapaksa’s who put an end ……………to war for nearly three decades”!?
                (TBC)

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                (Part II)
                a. I am certainly in that group, (to think otherwise, by any means is ENTIRELY YOUR PERSONAL IMPUTATION) of admirers for that FEAT, which everybody else BEFORE claimed as an IMPOSSIBILITY!? I have stated that clearly, in this FORUM and many others, without any reservation, whatsoever, which is salutary and respected!? Wouldn’t include as herein stated all “Rajapaksa’s (not all but Mahinda certainly) alone should be bestowed with that credit!? Managing war Resources both Financial and Materials, Foreign Affairs – keep NGO and INGO wolves at Bay!? Without question Mahinda played ‘CRUCIAL ROLE’ for the Campaign Success!? ALL OTHERS ARE IN THE “CATEGORY” of “WE ALSO RAN”, making Loud Noises, nothing else!!???
                5. “When one, comments ‘FROM A RACIALLY BIASED POSITION’ one LOSE the ability of BEING OBJECTIVE”!!??
                a. Fully agree!!!??? This again is your imputation and not what I have ever, ‘IMPLIED, EXPRESSED or ASSERTED’!!!??? It would be good if you could try and be Gentlemanly, (Sure you are!!??) and withdraw that unwarranted assertion of yours, WHICH IS UTTERLY BASELESS!?
                b. I MUST ALSO EMPAHASIS, SADLY BUT SURELY, IT’S A SIGN OF INCURABLE MALAISE!!?? Or, being sustaining FOR WANT of a MIRROR!!!??? Consult Semages’ in SL – Widest Range!!!???

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                Ruchira,
                You want Proof of Scallywag Robbing, Depositing Loot elsewhere – “Safe-Keep”!!!???
                MaRa and Clan have valuable Attributes, Credits in their Favour!!?? That doesn’t WIPE AWAY DASTARDLY acts undertaken, committed by him, and his acolytes!!??
                Matter of Graft, could you get answer, why he visited ITALIAN Principality – ‘Santa Monica’, – “ITALIAN ALPS”, with entire family, ADC (also Family member) (‘JING BANG’) at Government expense (AS PM’s – “Entourage”) to Milan and thereon!!!??? He purportedly went, make speech to “UNKNOWN, INSIGNIFICANT CONGREGATION”!!!??? Government expense (Year before Bankruptcy) may have led to “Bunkalothu”!?
                Giving him CREDIT for the GOOD that he did, IS ONE THING – salutary!!?? Equally, Horse Whipped and Disciplined for Misdemeanours – If one could call such feats – “Misdemeanours”, well and GOOD!!!??? I grant him that, when one and all – granting pardons for CRIMINALS – including Mass Murderers entire families, – Slashing, Decapitating whilst in custody!!!???
                Crime including Killings, Robbing and Public Looting must be CONDEMNED and Made Accountable, without exception and Any Good Acts even by the same Criminals, Acknowledged and Recognised!!! That’s Salutary!!!
                NOT CARTE BLANCHE IMMUNITY FOR ANYONE – WE HAVE NO MORE KINGS – but REPUBLIC!!??
                ALL ARE EQUAL, with no more “SERFS” and “HAMUS”, be separately recognised, SEGREGATED!?

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        What is wrong with a federal system in principle?
        Is it something so evil that hearing the term itself frightens some people?

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      Worst day of my life ……. just visited Auschwitz ……. bloody depressing.

      You guys better show some love to one another …….. there is no other way.

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        Nimal, I visited the place almost 20 years ago and still have vivid feeling.

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          Hello Nimal and Chiv,
          My mother watched the German Bombs dropping on Aberdeen from her home in the Countryside. The Family moved into the City and their school, Middlefield was badly damaged by Nazi bombs on April 21 1943. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/past-times/6433574/april-aberdeen-bombing-middlefield-school/
          They didn’t know about the Holocaust until after the end of the war. At Secondary School I saw the horrific pictures of Auschwitz in the History books. I used to ask how people could let this happen. The usual answer was Fascism. But what is Fascism and how can we guard against it? Some even call it “Political Religion”
          According to Robert Paxton ” Fascism in power is a compound, a powerful amalgam of different but marriageable conservative, national-socialist and radical Right ingredients, bonded together by common enemies and common passions for a regenerated, energized, and purified nation at whatever cost to free institutions and the rule of law”.
          Here in Sri Lanka we have many of the elements that gave rise to Fascism in Germany and it will take more than “love” to counter them.
          Best regards

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          Chiv,
          Good to read from you again.
          .
          I don’t think we Sri Lankans should necessarily go to Auschwitz in Germany, but to the north and south of our own country where some mothers are still fighting to mind up where their beloved sons were taken (war and JVP riots claimed the lives of young people in Sri Lanka.
          The place being given to a “human life” in srilanka under RAJAPAKSA REIGN was beyond all acceptable levels.
          .
          Recent decades we never heard the kind of brutalities from any of the neibouring countries.

          I know dozens of srilanken families. Every time I go back there I will keep the secret information with me as it may completely destroy my charity work (helping the elderly people and homes for children of my choice) that I have planned in my motherland.

          However, although black Germany cannot be confused with their black history, nevertheless, in recent decades, they have made a great contribution to the development of poor countries. It was then that I learned that Sri Lanka was devastated by the December 2004 tsunami. Germany had donated a huge sum to rebuild the country. I learned it from good colleagues.

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          “I visited the place almost 20 years ago”

          Did you get a “scholarship” to visit?

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            What is problem actually 😕? .
            His scholarship or his visit to Auswitz?.
            .
            Why u always tough it from the wrong end? .
            .

            To me as one lives in Germany 🇩🇪, what matters is whole lot of germans today are anti xenophobia.
            .
            But our sinhalaya s are radically against their own minorities,even after a 3 😁 decade- long brutal war.U and late Dr Nalinda De Silva are the best 👌 examples to us. U guys talk about zionistic jews but not considering the level of sinhala racism across the country.
            😳😳😳😳😳😳

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              LM,
              “His scholarship or his visit to Auswitz?.”
              Losers in dead end occupations make a habit of questioning other people’s qualifications.
              They are embittered individuals driven to boast publicly about their alleged skills, like programming, mathematics, etc, which they don’t actually use. If you investigate, you will find that these characters are solitary, without families. We should feel sorry for these sad creatures.

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                OC,
                Any school leaver can become a programmer. I work with Polish and Indian programmers on our biomedical applications. Younger is smarter when you start young.
                .
                Btw, I have a great idea. Maybe some will like it.
                .
                If we are alive, we should also build a museum (which can be named after Lester) to showcase how the racists in Sri Lanka acted.
                Above all the likes of late Dr. Nalin de Silva (he was an allergene to me from day one), Eagle Eye, Lester should not be forgotten.
                The following are also the main roles:
                .
                Gevindu Kumaratunga
                Mahendra Rajapaksa
                Gotabaya R
                Dayan Jayathilaka
                Wimal Buruwansa
                Channa Jayasumana
                Jananayake Tuition Master
                Sarath Weerasekera
                Morning Gontadipila
                Athana Methan Natana Ratana
                Mangalarama Pissuballah



                This is an endless list.

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              LM, it’s not xenophobia or racism / Zionism, the guy really thinks, “people need scholarship to visit Auschwitz” , because Lanka was generous where people needed Gotha’s permission ( not scholarship ) to visit their largest open prison in the world.

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                Chiv/ OC,
                “Lanka was generous where people needed Gotha’s permission ( not scholarship ) to visit their largest open prison in the world.”.
                .
                Rajapakse-slaves would never realise it. Lester is the best 👌 example .

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                Why do “people need scholarship to visit Auschwitz”!!??
                “Thought it was part of the Great Land and Grandiose Sri Lanka, but located in Poland”!?
                Probably going by the SAD experience in Lanka GR should be generous and well disposed towards you, when people need to visit the Rehabilitation Camp to see relatives!? Some people still think in this modern era of High Erudition, that the ‘WORLD GOES AROUND Sri LANKA’!!?? Semblance of Bigotry or Self-elation or Vanity!!!???
                “What for the Telling”???

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              It should be Auschwitz. Thanks Chiv !

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            Lester – He probabbly got one from his Ivy league connected Lemons.

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              Ruchira,

              I figured that part out. If you are a “low caste” in India, the government will give you a scholarship. Our friend here has a parent who falls into that category. The cutoff for NEET is pretty wild. A UR (no reservation) candidate needs at least 117 marks to qualify, while an OBC needs only 93. Not only that, but 37% of all seats are reserved for low castes and others.

              Reservation quota for OBC (Other Backward Caste) and EWS (Economically Weak) in medical education

              Ministry of Health and Family Welfare follows the reservation policy of 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in the All India Quota (AIQ) Scheme for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical / dental courses (MBBS / MD / MS / Diploma / BDS / MDS) from the academic year 2021-22 onwards.

              So 37% of all seats are going to people who don’t even qualify. If you’re a Brahmin or not part of the UR category, now you’re competing with the remaining 63% who are all high scorers similar to you.

              If Sri Lanka had a policy like this, the UN would be conducting genocide investigations.

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                *or part of the UR category

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              Ruchira,
              “Lester – He probabbly got one from his Ivy league connected Lemons.”
              Don’t you start throwing stones from glass houses.
              You are the one who admitted to raping your maid. You are the one who spent time in Angoda by your own admission.
              Behave yourself, or you will be treated the same way you treat others.

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    ANURAKUMARIA Before Going To JAFFNA,BATTICOLOA AND TRINCO PLEASE START YOUR RECONCILIATION PROCESS FROM ASGIRIA,MALWATTA AND OTHER BUDDIST SUPREME COURTS IN KANDY.WITHOUT GETTING THE RULING FROM THIS SUPREME COURT IN KANDY YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE YOUR RECONCILIATION PROCESS WITH TAMILS AND MUSLIMS IN SRILANAKA-JAYAWEEWA TO KANDY BUDDIST SUPREME COURT.

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      Paragon, today RW visited Malwatu, Asgiri Prelates to discuss country’s economic / financial progress and presented Greater Kandy urban plan for their approval and blessing. Didn’t Kapputa family do the same (for years) then how did country go KAPUT ??

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        Whereas Mara, decided to skip such meetings and hence left to China to have high Level talks with PM and FM. When in need of loans, talk to creditors and not debtors.

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      Paragon,
      .
      thanks for your comment.
      They are cheating the same audience to the manner Rajapakshes did. Basta

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        The political maturity of the opposition leader is further questionable.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOo8kO1LEk4

        It will take another decade for the opposition leader to learn the basics. Not only the children but also the opposition leader suffers from mal-buddhi.

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    The JVP has a sordid track record of being anti-Tamil beating the traditional Sinhala – Buddhist nationalist parties. JVP has no stomach for devolution of power. If at all it is at the district level. During the war, the JVP boasted of recruiting 60,000 Sinhalese youths and sending them to the war front.

    It is the JVP, JVP alone, went to the courts to delink the Northeast amalgamation. Something the traditional communal parties did not do.

    Even now, Anura Kumara Dissanayake is evasive on implementing the 13A fully. He is only harping on providing three meals a day, and jobs to Tamil youths. That shows his stark ignorance of Tamil demands for self-rule under a federal structure.

    JVP and AZnura are promising a new constitution. What is the JVP does not have a 2/3 majority in parliament?

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      Dear Thanga,
      .
      It is true that the past of the JVP is not such as to inspire confidence in Tamil-speaking citizens.
      .
      However, please see what Svenson says above. I have no idea who he is, but what he says is quite correct.
      .
      Panini, etc

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    Ranil is the indulging Grand Old Fox. AKD and SP simply do not have that Presidential Oomph. The best is to scrap the presidential elections and have the general elections instead reverting back to well tried and tested good old parliamentary system and nominating a President as a figure head.

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      hanchopancha,
      .
      I tend to agree with you on this,
      but given the present situation, we’ve got to elect AKD as a necessary first step towards bringing back the “good old parliamentary system and nominating a President as a figure head.”
      .
      However, I have also seen you being critical of “Proportional Representation”. If you think carefully about what is going to happen in the UK elections next week, you will realise just how unacceptable “First Past the Post” is.
      .
      What has gone very wrong with Proportional Representation in our country is allowing MPs elected on that basis to cross over.
      .
      Chandra Jayaratne has been consistently calling for the power of voters to recall the MPs who cross over:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/chandra-jayaratne-wants-eran-to-practice-what-he-preaches/
      .
      He’s right, although I find that I haven’t made any comments below that article.
      .
      The man who has become a joke for this is Professor G.L. Peiris. Unfair. He ought never to have taken to politics, and he’s always been an “appointed MP”. In other words, by defending him here, I’m undermining my own argument. True! But the point is, that he has usually been crossing over from a corrupt government to the opposition. But once there, his erudition is such that he gets appointed a Minister.
      .
      Panini,etc

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        The first and foremost task for who ever forms the next government would be to recover the stolen money from the government coffers. I do not think knees of AKD, NPP, JVP and many others would be strong enough to stand up against Rajapaksas.
        If that can be achieved then Srilanka could start lending to IMF.

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          hanchopancha ,
          Nobody will dare to touch MARA & CO that finished off LTTE .
          That is their shield . APPACHCHI is the name on it . They not
          only stole our money , they are held responsible for our
          Bankruptcy by the highest court of the country and now , where
          are they ? Is it not ‘ nip in the bud ‘ the right spot to start off ?
          Who is watching them reorganise ? Under the name of ? And
          how will it change after gaining some conditional limited time
          authority ? We have cunning jokers and funny audience !

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        … G.L. Peiris has usually been crossing over from a corrupt government to the opposition.
        Wrong. He is the epitome of corruption.
        Do you remember the Law graduate Namal Rajapaksa?
        End of story!

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          “He is the epitome of corruption.”
          .
          Once in a while even Nathan could tell the truth.

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          Nathan,
          “Running with the Rabbits and Hunting with the Hounds”, for his “SUPPER”!!?? Exemplified, fully accomplished, UNMATCHED Law Professor!!??

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          sorry,, Namal Rajapakse did not go to university. He went to Law College. In fairness, whatever GL did, he had nothing to do with Namal Rajapakse’s legal education. jPlease fact check

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            I said, ‘End of story’. I have no reason to revive it. Check the facts, yourself, please.

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            2/5

            .

            GLP asked me how good my Sinhalese was; “not very” was my unnecessary answer. In actual fact, I feel that my ability to use Sinhala, and my ability to get along with non-English speaking persons is much greater than that of the average “Thomian“. Incidentally, I rarely call myself a “Thomian”.
            .
            I didn’t then realise that GLP’s Sinhala is excellent.
            .
            I came a cropper when this saintly man:
            .
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabez_Gnanapragasam
            .
            asked if I was a baptised and confirmed Anglican? I said, “Yes”, but I had my doubts about the existence of God.
            .
            This set one Board Member implacably against me until 2016, when he became my sincere friend. I don’t name him unnecessarily. Happily he is still living, and maintains a witty Facebook, but about 2018 he thought he was dying of cancer, and he asked forgiveness of me. I told him that I had whole-heartedly given him that many years previously.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe විශ්‍රාමික ගමේ ඉංග්‍රීසි පාසලේ ගුරු මහත්මයා – i.e. TheRetiredVillageEnglishSchoolmaster, (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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          Dear Nathan,
          .
          Gamini Lakshaman Peiris
          isn’t even an Attorney-at-Law. I’m sure that he must have visited the Law College but would never have followed a lecture, or sat an exam there.
          .
          He may have delivered a few guest talks or lectures there.
          .
          I have “met” him a couple of times; yes, it may be only twice, and I’m sorry that I didn’t greet him the second time. We must not swallow all the stories that we are told.
          .
          There are two “Attorneys-at-Law” named Namal Rajapaksa. One is MaRa’s horrible son, the other contested the Presidency:
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Sri_Lankan_presidential_election
          .
          Namal Rajapaksa National Unity Alliance 9,497 0.07″
          .
          I don’t know who the Principal of the Law College was, who helped cheat MaRa’s son in as an Attorney. The second names may be different.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela

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            Dear Readers,
            .
            Quoted from Wiki@
            Academic career
            Joining the academic staff of the University of Ceylon, he went on to become a Professor of Law and the Dean of the Faculty of Law before taking office as the second Vice-Chancellor of the University of Colombo following the assassination of Prof. Stanley Wijesundera during the height of the 1987–89 JVP Insurrection. He served as Vice-Chancellor from 1988 to 1994 until leaving to take up politics. He had Fellowships from Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London. He was a Rhodes Scholar of the University of Oxford (1968-1971) and All Souls College of the University of Oxford in 1980–1981.He was a visiting fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London in 1984 , distinguished Visiting Fellow of Christ College, University of Cambridge and SMUTS Visiting Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the Cambridge University (1985-1986). He was also Associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 1980 and once became a Senior British Council Fellow in 1987.

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            Sinhala_Man,
            Ignorance is bliss!

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            Thanks, Cicero.
            .
            1/5
            .
            This is, of course, something that I had pointed out independently of you.
            .
            My responses have been delayed somewhat owing to problems with my computer software. Those have now been happily “remote-resolved” using
            .
            https://anydesk.com/en
            .
            without having to move my computer at all.
            .
            Regarding Professor G.L. Peiris, he was a brilliant student who had already left S. Thomas’ Mt Lavinia by the time I entered that last school of mine for two years only. He would probably have taught Ranil Wickremasighe – the greatest disservice done by him to this country.
            .
            https://www.parliament.lk/en/members-of-parliament/directory-of-members/viewMember/123
            .
            That shows how fast he got his early promotions.
            .
            He was on the Board of Governors of the STC schools for many years and was one of those who interviewed me in 1990, to be the Warden of the Mt Lavinia School.

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              2/5

              .

              GLP asked me how good my Sinhalese was; “not very” was my unnecessary answer. In actual fact, I feel that my ability to use Sinhala, and my ability to get along with non-English speaking persons is much greater than that of the average “Thomian“. Incidentally, I rarely call myself a “Thomian“.
              .
              I didn’t then realise that GLP’s Sinhala is excellent.
              .
              I came a cropper when this saintly man:
              .
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabez_Gnanapragasam
              .
              asked if I was a baptised and confirmed Anglican? I said, “Yes”, but I had my doubts about the existence of God.
              .
              This set one Board Member implacably against me until 2016, when he became my sincere friend. I don’t name him unnecessarily. Happily he is still living, and maintains a witty Facebook, but about 2018 he thought he was dying of cancer, and he asked forgiveness of me. I told him that I had whole-heartedly given him that forgiveness many years previously.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe විශ්‍රාමික ගමේ ඉංග්‍රීසි පාසලේ ගුරු මහත්මයා – i.e. TheRetiredVillageEnglishSchoolmaster, (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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              3/5
              .
              “Forgiveness” is very important in Christianity
              , but it can surely be granted only when there is genuine repentance.
              .
              I have known many Anglican Bishops, but at the very top I would place Jabez. His only child, Thayalan, was a year senior to me in the University. I insisted on meeting Jabez when he visited Bandarawela. We talked for three hours in “Walthamstowe” the sprawling Bandarawela vicarage. I told him about my association with Quakers, and my reading from adolescence on. He realised that it is only those who take religion seriously who take the trouble to actually dissociate themselves from religions.
              .
              Not once in my life have I described myself as a “Buddhist”, but I will not take a stand against all Buddhist clergy.

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              4/5
              .
              To get back to S. Thomas’,
              it was a good school but with some strange people on the Board of Governors. You can deduce as much from the comments on this article, can’t you?
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/chelvanayakams-124th-birthday-the-need-to-honour-him-with-transparent-cms-administration/
              .
              I tried many times to get on to the Board myself, to represent the Three Branch School Staffs, but there are corrupt Heads of school who, to use the phrase used by Bishop Jabez are intent on “Empire-building”. Google “Thomian Pharisees” to see where I have written about them.
              .
              Try this:
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thomian-pharisees-are-unrepentant-why-this-matters-to-all-sri-lankans/comment-page-1/#comments
              .
              There were elections in 2024 as well. The Board Secretary, Hiran Molligoda, organised it very well, and I contested. This time there was cheating by the Headmaster of the Bandarawela school. Scum like this must be named, shamed and punished. This is corruption, as bad as anything that we have seen from the Rajapaksas and Wickremasinghe.
              .
              I’m hopeful that the relatively young old boy of Bandarawela, now a Colombo businessman who was elected with the blessings of many teachers, and without my curses(!), will turn out honest.

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    What is the use of all this nonsense? Reconciliation has to come from the heart. Let the future President get hold of the Mahanayakas and tell them that the sangha is going to be cleaned up with or without their leadership. All monks will have to be registered. A new ecclesiastical court must disrobe all those such as Gnanasara. Child ordination must be abolished.
    .
    Of course, all this is just wishful thinking.

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      Paul

      “Of course, all this is just wishful thinking.”

      You are right, even under JVP/NPP/DJVP, …. government the Sangha will not be cleaned up.

      I am worried about JVP/NPP/DJVP ….. taking over the state like weeping widow’s government AKD will be forced introduced most of Weeping Widow’s failed policies. In the name of self-sufficiency drive I am sure the old guards within the NPP are dying to ban all imports, including phones, computers, ….. pushing the country back by 1000 years, to Dark Ages, ……

      In order to avoid such circumstances, I am planning to take up or learn
      talking drums, pigeon posts, smoke signals, marathon running, …………..

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        Native, your worries about the JVP are well founded. At best it will be back to 1970 with queues and ration cards; at worst, I daren’t imagine.

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        Native Vedda

        My concerns exactly

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        Hello Native,
        During the lockdown and the power cuts, I learned (relearned) many things that I had forgotten from my Childhood. How to strike Gini Pettiya (matches), how to put a candle in front of a mirror to give better light, how to light a wood fire and cook using a clay pot on a traditional clay stove. Here is a modern one – charging 4 peoples phones at the same time from my UPS. Oh and covering the shop’s Deep Freeze with a Quilt (Duvet) to stop everything defrosting. The list is endless, you don’t realise the things you take for granted until they are gone. So dig out your old paraffin lamps and get them in working order. I only ever ran Half Marathons – 1 hour 23 minutes at age 40 (long time ago).
        Best regards

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        Native,
        “am sure the old guards within the NPP are dying to ban all imports, including phones, computers, “
        I am told there are warehouses full of Motorola brick phones and Windows 98 computers going very cheap.somewhere in Texas. Get ready.

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      I sympathise with your frustration, Paul, but is it possible, really, to “register” monks? I have actually given your comment a Green Thumbs-up, but I disagree!
      .
      We’ve got to be realistic!

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        Thank you Sinhala_Man, you are right, it will never happen.

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          Paul,
          One has to Agree, BLATANT truth!!?? It WOULDN’T HAPPEN!!???

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        S_M,
        “…….but is it possible, really, to “register” monks?”
        Why Not??? Then it would be apparent, these Monks have received the ‘Ordination’, Year of Ordination, Place of Ordination and which sect they belong to or represent!!!??? Simples as that and nothing more complicated and the Registry is maintained By the Department of Buddha Sasana at Taxpayers’ expense with no cost to the Sangha, as they already find it difficult to pay the ELECTRICITY BILLS, which await Public Donations for settlement these days!!!

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        Hell SM,
        If it was possible for Scotland to do it in 1560 for Ministers, why not today in Sri Lanka? Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae https://www.familysearch.org/en/wiki/Fasti_Ecclesiae_Scoticanae
        Best regards

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      Paul,
      Very Good Idea, should have commenced at least in 1959, to curtail, rout-out, Imposters and Truant Clerics

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    While acknowledging that economic progress is unattainable without the settlement of the economic crisis, this preliminary account skirts around many facts. The Sinhalese political leaders from the very inception were intent on treating the minorities as a lesser people. It culminated in the civil war, precipitated by successive murders of Tamils in 1954 to 1983. The JVP had a role to play. One of its five precepts was the elimination of the Tamil problem quite ruthlessly. The Sinhala Buddhist capacity for blood-letting was demonstrated by the JVP and the armed forces during the uprising. The writer tries to whitewash this, portraying the NPP( the JVP with new initials) as different. It will take a lot to show that they are different. Therein lies the problem. “System change” of which we hear repeatedly in Colombo Telegraph, does not spell out solutions either to the ethnic or economic problems. Instead, a lot of words are repetitiously doled out by academic persons who are not representative of the JVP (NPP). and we are expected to passively accept such wisdom. Let us have the leaders of the JVP provide the solutions not self-appointed surrogates, who live abroad and want to make a come-back on the coat tails of the JVP (hopefully).

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    One insuperable issue for the Sinhala leader to face is accountability. The culture has been built up of treating the armed forces as heroic saviours while the Tamils think of them as war criminals. The world shares the Tamil belief. It would be difficult for the JVP or any Sinhala leader taking a stance that favours the Tamil or the international view. Also, since the war ended, the Sinhalese institutions like the archaeology department have grabbed Tamil lands. There is a concerted effort to continue such land grabs by creating historical untruths. The ethnic divide gets further entrenched. Anura or other leaders have had nothing to say about these because the Buddhist priests will oppose them and the new player in Sri Lankan politics, the armed forces, will oppose them. We will see foreign interference in the problem as before bringing more misery to the country.

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      Cicero!
      .
      Yours is a wonderful comment.
      It sums up the dilemma, but I feel that this time rationality (and AKD) will triumph.
      .
      I hope that other readers will carefully read the comment by Cicero, whose real identity I don’t know.

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        Sinhala_Man, this is precisely why the future leader (whoever he is) must convince the (m)asses that the Sangha and the military have no place in politics. But who will do this? It won’t happen under RW who has just attended Sarath Fonseka’s book launch.

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          Paul,
          I think blind believers like SM or unintelligent citizens need more tuition on the subject. He is blind or ignorant of many things. His ego problem makes him even blinder misleading his comment contents. Some dream of a Singapore in Sri Lanka but do not realize that he/she has a role to play as a citizen.Produtivity is not a definition for them.

          To the best of my knowledge SM or similar have wasted a lot of time not seeing things right.
          Many of his statements based on crucial questions about NPP are laughable.

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      “We will see foreign interference in the problem as before bringing more misery to the country.”
      BOTTOM LINE!!! Agree!!??

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    Hello Panini, You seem to support Svensen. Do you mean to say, “Tamils should forget their political ambition, and work with what they have, which isn’t much, but still that’s the reality?”
    I thought you talked to the learned Prof and convinced him to deviate from his last week’s essay to pen this essay to convey a more conciliatory note to attract Tamil voters!

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      Dear Srilankan Boy,
      .
      I’m a bit confused by what you’re saying here.
      .
      I’m old and tired.
      .
      I agree with that comment by Svenson.
      .
      If memory serves me right, I have been appalled with many other comments by Svenson; it’s not clear to me what sort of person Svenson is.
      .
      I’m not trying “to attract Tamil voters“. We’ve got to leave our society in a healthier state than we now find it.
      .
      I’m sorry if, in the process, I have said some things that are contradictory.
      .
      Aren’t you further muddying the waters for us? I don’t know you what you’re trying to do here.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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    Samantha Vidyaratne is an interesting character in explaining 76 year
    rule . I do watch him wherever he is spotted . In one of such meetings ,
    he happened to call the freedom we got was not the real one and that is
    why we keep selling back all what we built , back to our masters . If this
    is coming from the bottom of his heart then our masters have a reason to
    panic over a possible system change ‘ the mantra ‘ these days everybody
    is roaring . Others are trying to play ‘ all music ‘ is pleasant to our ears as
    long as we are the game changers . Far away , clouds are getting darker
    and darker .

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    ‘If memory serves me right, I have been appalled with many other comments by Svenson; it’s not clear to me what sort of person Svenson is.’
    .
    Thanks Sinhala_Man, I’m not sure either! Which man can claim he really knows himself?

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      Very true, Svenson.
      .
      I have some computer problems. Please excuse any problems caused by that.
      .
      It also so happens that there is an OBA ExCo (on line) meeting going on as I type this at 19:36 Lankan Time.

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        My computer problem has now been solved by my computer maintenance friend in Padukka. He used Anydesk to take control of my computer for an hour. We had to download an earlier version of LibreOffice than I had got in two days ago.
        .
        Another problem had been my removal of “cookies” – but that was necessary.
        .
        Dear Professor Prof. Asoka.S. Seneviratne,
        .
        You’ve been doing yeoman service to the country of your birth with articles like this:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/npp-a-reformed-mature-political-movement/
        .
        and now you have got yet another part of this article accepting comments:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/npp-anura-reconciliation-part-ii/
        .
        They are all of great value, yet I fear that having so much to deal with confuses an old guy like me (although I’m a few months younger than you). May I suggest that you space them out more.
        .
        This comment of mine is designed to link the articles because, once they are not displayed on the opening page, it will be very difficult for us to discuss them
        together.
        .
        To be continued

      • 2
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        CONTINUING
        .
        Another important article is:

        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-choice-on-the-way-to-the-polling-booth-sajith-vs-anura/
        .
        There Dr Vipula Wanigasekera, from the prestigious Edith Cowans University of Perth, Australia was willing to concede that a VishramikaGambadaIngirisiIskolemahaththaya like me had made a valid comment on the possible outcome of our Presidential Election.

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

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      SM !
      At least Svenson has a sense of humour, unlike some jungle liars with mathematical pretensions.

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        OC,
        .
        Why do some self-proclaimed pundits feel the need to explain to others their computer problems, how often they went into the little boys’ room, how often they changed their diapers, etc.?

        The same guys don’t seem to care about the topic the author addresses. However, they dare to advise us on how to behave…..my foot… …
        .
        Does it have much to do with the title of the article?
        .
        Why on earth can’t these people separate their private issues from the public? Perhaps they felt lonely in their refugee camps. Or have the murderous JVPs manipulated their mood?

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        Dear Readers,
        it is worth watching the video below:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rToo7OcQUiA

        1) Suba Aranchiyakdha, Asuba aranchiyakda ? Lucky or unlucky? Good news or bad news?

        2) The SJB leader is stupid and the AKD is overwhelmed by the crowd at his rally, which is mainly dominated by women. AKD is now no different from other party leaders, he is even ready to welcome American investments. How come? A balancing act?
        why on earth his movement stood against any bilateral pacts int he past?

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      Hello Svenson,
      Me, I’m the only man I know, unless I’m Schizophrenic then it’s both of us😉.
      Best regards

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    Sinhala_Man,
    .
    ‘Another problem had been my removal of “cookies” – but that was necessary.’
    .
    There is no limit to what our Sri Lankan doctors can do.

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      Svenson,
      Wicked.

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