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NPP Deserves Fairness From Critics

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

With increasing grassroot support for NPP and its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD) those two have become enemy no.1 to champions of and campaigners for the corrupt system that is currently in vogue. All signs point towards a national mood for radical change led by AKD and his NPP. It is in that context the recent visit to Delhi by AKD at the invitation of India is significant. He spent a few hours discussing in English with the Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. This invitation would not have been issued without advice from India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAAW) in Colombo. RAAW must have been closely watching and doing its own home work about the rapidly changing political scenario to convince itself of the winning chances to AKD at the next presidential election. Hence their message to Delhi and the invitation followed. The visit also shows that JVP has matured to realize that there are no eternal friends or enemies in politics, but only interests.  When interests coincide, relationship grows and declines when they clash. Yet, nothing is certain in politics and surprises are not uncommon. With that caveat let us look at the fairness or otherwise of some of the criticisms levelled against NPP and its leader by the opponents.

To start with, NPP’s opposition in general is a collective of geriatric leaders, conservative intellectuals and ethnonationalist demagogues who live in and cherish the past, which rewarded them handsomely and are afraid of losing their power and influence to a new system or paradigm as echoed by the aragalaya. The avant-garde of this new system is a new generation of political leaders and their organizations coalesced to gather under the NPP umbrella to be led by AKD. These men and women of a younger generation are not only fully informed of the travails and tribulation of previous models of radical paradigms, which collapsed like a pack of cards when the first crack appeared on their fortresses in late 1970s, but are also intellectually equipped and politically skilled to lead this country into a new era of democracy while remaining as a dependable member with its indigenous trademark in a global milieu dominated by the neo-liberal paradigm. That much is clear when one hears from AKD his call for a “social revolution” to create a “new political culture” with “accountable democracy” and a “market friendly” economy.  Where in these themes one may question the critics are the sediments of an insurrectionary JVP of the bygone era? If not, why do the critics keep on reminding the people of that bloody past? Revolution yes, but violence no has underlined NPP’s socio-economic and political mission. AKD’s political battle for a ballot driven revolution continues to be a polished campaign against a moribund model of governance, economy and society structured on an ethnonationalist majoritarian ideology, which over the last seven decades and more had kept the country divided with violence, riots and a civil war, allowed politicians in power to amass private wealth at public expense without accountability, left the onus of settling the financial debt incurred by those rulers to future generations, and mortgaged the country’s sovereignty to rivalling regional and global powers in the name of development. In short, NPP’s crusade is against a system that deserves no more fine tuning or smoothening but total removal. That is what system change or paradigm shift means as demanded by the Aragalaya.

However, a more reasonable criticism against NPP is regarding its economic policy. Even here the critics are rushing to conclusion and accuse NPP of going back to the failed state-run economic models of past decades. This is not true, but neither does it mean a license to a market economy without checks and balances. NPP’s market friendliness would therefore begin with un unfriendly task of cleaning up rigidities, most of which are artificially created and tolerated by the state in the name of openness and in the interest of for private profit.  For example, there is no free competition in the rice industry and both producers and consumers of rice are at the mercy of a rice mafia in which a former president’s family is said to be associated with. The recent scandal over sugar under Gotabaya’s presidency is another example demonstrating how markets are cornered with blessings of the state. These have to be cleaned up for a healthy market to function.   

However, a more serious question the critics raise is about NPP’s approach towards the IMF agenda for economic recovery. It is not enough to say like every other party in the opposition that NPP also would work with IMF but would renegotiate over some of IMF’s recommendations. According to critics, once the agreement is signed there is no way of turning back. Is that true given the geopolitics in the region and Sri Lanka’s strategic location? Sri Lanka needs IMF as much as IMF’s shareholders need Sri Lanka. It appears from the speeches and media interviews of AKD and NPP hierarchy that there is a fundamental difference between them and IMF regarding the approach towards tackling the problem of economic recovery. IMF believes that recovery and growth should be led by a partnership between the local and foreign wealthy and entrepreneurial classes in a free enterprise market model. IMF was created in the first place to be a guardian of free enterprise economies and the capitalist system. Therefore, its policies are obviously class biased and pro capital. According to that philosophy the wealthy are the geese that lay golden eggs, and that class should be protected from unnecessary taxes and levies imposed by the state. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s two budgets and the latest increase in VAT reflect that philosophy and class bias. An IMF mission of experts is expected to arrive soon in Colombo to discuss the mechanism to introduce a reasonable property tax. Why not a progressive wealth tax instead, which would be more inclusive and therefore bring in more revenue? IMF believes that the investment of the rich and entrepreneurial is the ultimate tool for economic growth and prosperity. The late John Kenneth Galbraith, a renowned economist, cynically compared this approach to feeding a horse with oats for something to drop from its hind for sparrows to eat. Why not feed the sparrows directly?

AKD and NPP would obviously have problems with that approach in the context of Sri Lanka where the real economic sector is dominated by small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, the tax structure should be more generous towards SMEs than to the mega companies and the wealthy. Is that not a reasonable policy? The SME sector needs revitalization via a reverse flow of resources from the financial sector. It is a global phenomenon that the financial sector had been the real beneficiary of economic growth on one hand and producer of economic crises on the other. Financialization of economies is more a curse than blessing to world economies and particularly to the poorer ones. Financial speculators had ruined many economies. For example, in one single year 1997-98 Malaysia lost decades of growth because of speculation on Malaysian currency, which triggered what came to be known as the Asian meltdown. Dr. Mahathir blamed George Soros at that time for the crisis but withdrew his accusation when the two met later and Soros blamed the others for it. Or for that matter who would forget the impact of 2008 financial crises triggered by the housing market in US? Or those of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2022? IMF’s priorities for stabilizing Sri Lanka’s financial sector and expecting growth to stem from that stabilization is obviously shortsighted and doesn’t promise permanent solution to the Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. NPP’s renegotiation with IMF would therefore be constrained by that party’s commitment to system change. IMF’s shareholders would understand the position better than local critics of NPP.

There are also other issues such as foreign debt restructuring, free trade agreements, and reforming state-owned enterprises. In all this NPP would not and cannot behave like a bull in China shop. It has its own team of economic and financial experts to tackle these issues. Yet, the task facing NPP is obviously huge. There can be costly errors no doubt but as the learning curve continues to descend and government remains clean of corruption, nepotism and other evils that are haunting the current one, the impact could be minimized. The critics should therefore be fair in their criticisms. If people are prepared to entrust the government to NPP why not give it a chance? Fear of the unknown is still haunting the critics.     

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University, W. Australia

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    Author:
    “That much is clear when one hears from AKD his call for a ‘social revolution’ to create a ‘new political culture’ with ‘accountable democracy’ and a ‘market friendly’ economy. Where in these themes one may question the critics are the sediments of an insurrectionary JVP of the bygone era? If not, why do the critics keep on reminding the people of that bloody past?”

    I, for one, find fault with the JVP not for their bloody past per se but for their failure thus far to make a complete break with that bloody past by repudiating and condemning it. This is evident especially in their continuing to commemorate “Ilmaha Viru Samaruwa.”

    As long as they remain unwilling to do so, their “democratic” credentials, too, remain questionable and my concern is about how this anti-democratic streak in their nature might manifest itself when they are in power and under pressure.

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      A very good explanation …….. why Sajith and Ranil will accept any crook ……….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4b9k-BW4jE

      I know for a fact ……. Rajitha Senarathne was involved in crooked deals in the importation of medicines ……… once 2 honest profs of pharmacology from the Colombo medical faculty was appointed to the board (or whatever) ……. one of them had worked for WHO all over the world especially in Geneva and had very good knowledge of pharmaceutical companies. When proposals were submitted with higher prices for inferior drugs, he would inquire from the drug companies directly and instruct importers to buy better and cheaper medicines from some other companies. The drug-Mafia and Rajitha just hated them and got rid of them. Then had to bring them back because of the public outcry. ……… But again slowly got rid of them saying they were creating a bottleneck …….

      Some people complement Ranil and Sajith and are a good fit …….. but not with JVP :))

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        Gota has set a great example to the world …… by resigning for giving pardons to death-row murderers ………. other world leaders too resigning …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy-dUScQJIk

        Little Lanka is a trend-setter …… 1st women premiere and all …….. Ranil can set a zillion examples ……. any suggestions, Native? :))

        Ranil has his blind-supporters ……. Mahinda had his …….. Lanka down the pallam ……. without brakes ……..

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          NF,
          Very True, felt as if reminiscent of July 1960, Trend Setter, with the Worlds’ 1st Woman PM, when I heard the news over FRANCE 24!!!???
          Saman Ratnayake and Duminda Romello, all not “in Vain” after all!!?? Making/Remaking History, for GOOD or BAD reasons!! CHEERS!!??

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    Opposition to the JVP/NPP is from the three groups broadly outlined by Dr.Ali.
    Geriatric leaders.
    Conservative leaders. and
    Ethno Nationalist Demagogues.
    and of-course those who keep on harping of their bloody past of 1971 and 1987.
    Indian Expansionism policy of the JVP/NPP HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DROPPED WITH THEIR RECENT VISIT TO INDIA.
    This demonstrates their political maturity.

    Peoples Bank has recently written off Rs.64 Billion of their loans as bad loans.
    Well the Bank post haste acted on the advice of their political masters to save their financiers before the Arrival of the JVP/NPP…………

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    “AKD his call for a “social revolution” to create a “new political culture” with “accountable democracy” and a “market friendly” economy. Where in these themes one may question the critics are the sediments of an insurrectionary JVP of the bygone era?”
    Good question. The answer is that the very nice and reasonable PR from, say, Harini Amarasuriya, does not tally with what the real JVP does with its unions and disguised political agitators.
    Take for instance, Asoka Ranwala, who used to raise hell as President of the CPC engineers Union, He would glibly claim on TV that the CPC could be made profitable, even in the face of evidence that his own union had negotiated a fixed 25% annual increment for all employees. Is this the “market friendly ” economy?
    Is it necessary to mention the ranks of monks heading student demonstrations and jumping over fences?

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      “An IMF mission of experts is expected to arrive soon in Colombo to discuss the mechanism to introduce a reasonable property tax. Why not a progressive wealth tax instead”
      Many corrupt individuals do not declare their wealth, but can be proven to be owners of property. So, a property tax is the best way to get at them. Parliamentarians should not only declare their assets, but give public access to the declarations too.

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        I second both of your comments, old codger.

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          More than collecting taxes ……. a limit should be put on spending taxes …… on Ranil’s useless foreign jaunts …… and In-dependence Day celebrations.

          And stop all the perks to pols and clergy. ……… Kick out ex-presidents from government houses. Give the houses to run orphanages (but not old-age-homes ……. all the politico-geriatrics will use the loophole to stay in the houses: in Lanka gotta have a sharp eye to close all loopholes.)

          Get Christians – not Buddhists – to run the homes! ……. And watch out for ones who’ll change religions …… Another sharp eye needed there.

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            Nimal,
            “Get Christians – not Buddhists – to run the homes! …”
            Careful. You are inviting indignation from Lester & Co.

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        old codger

        “Parliamentarians should not only declare their assets, but give public access to the declarations too.”

        They also should be forced to provide past income details to justify the financing of all assets.
        This should be equally applied to those who worked for the state, including corporation heads directors, every employee, …. members of armed forces, ….. You know what I mean. …. Those who were involved with foreign contracts, such as road building, harbour, railways, power station, …..

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    You cannot ignore the past because the past is necessary to predict the future. If JVP/NPP have realised that some of their behaviour in the past was wrong, then they should accept it with an apology to those who have been affected by their behaviour. We all know that both two major political institutions called UNP and SLFP or their renewed names called SLPP and SJB are still continuing with the same behaviour or attitude which resulted in bankruptcy and still realised that they made wrongs but never apologised to the people. People now want to get rid of them and look for a change. Therefore, it is a necessity for reasonable expectation from the people from NPP do not fall on the same problems.

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      “You cannot ignore the past”

      Was the brazen daylight murder of Lasntha Wickramatunga ignored …….. when 6.9 million devout Buddhists voted for Gota?

      Why one measure for some ….. and another for others? ……… All are served with the same spoon in Native’s house ………

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      “If JVP/NPP have realised that some of their behaviour in the past was wrong, then they should accept it with an apology to those who have been affected by their behaviour. “
      Very correct.
      Why do we forget this when it comes to the LTTE and other Tamil nationalists whose blunders cost the Tamils heavily, let alone what the LTTE has done to other nationalities, especially Muslims?

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        From whom you want apology. Do you represent LTTE in your Sinhalese government or parliament?
        According to your Sinhalese government still LTTE is band by your Sinhalese govt. Did you ever ask for your Sinhalese government for its crime? Why you only Target LTTE? It is clearly shows that are friendly with all crimes committed by SLFP/UNP but a different attitude with LTTE only.

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        Get your fact correct self-hating anti Thamizh with an agenda, who constantly comes here and fawns to Chingkalla racists and to immigrant South Indian origin fake Arab Islamic extremists. Being a Muslim is a religious identity and not an ethnicity, race or nationality. The Chingkallams and Thamizh who are nations and nationalities. Who had ruled their own territories and had their own kings , until European colonization and have their own language and culture. The Muslims on the island have no such thing like this and never had any Islamic kingdoms or had territories or homelands on the island. They are immigrant South Indian ethnic Tamil converts to Islam, some with t dash of Arab or other western Asian who migrated to the island, a few centuries ago and spread out and started to live amongst the island’s Chingkallams and Thamizh.

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          They are South Indian origin Thamizh Muslim immigrants, who are now trying to use their religion as their main identity and not their ethnicity and to justify this, lying about their origin and claiming a blanket fake Arab origin for the entire community, that only a few hundred families. largely living down south partially have and even these families are of predominant Dravidian Thamizh ancestry. The light skinned amongst many of them is through generations of selectively marrying light/white skinned Thamjzh Muslim females, especially amongst these rich trading families. They are not a nation or nationality but correctly should be called a religious community of Thamizh Muslims. Even Professor Amir Ali had stated the term Moor, incorrectly given to them by the Portuguese, had nothing to with their ethnicity or origin but only their religion. Funny you are memory is very selective talking about what the LTTE did to the island’s Muslims but very quiet and silent about what caused this and the immense harm that these fake Arab South Indian origin immigrants Thamizh Muslims did to the island’s Thamizh, all in the name of Islam, and fake Arab origin, that is only in their brainwashed heads.

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            Even the Arabs have stated that the Sri Lakan Muslims are South Asian converts to Islam and have hardly any Arab ancestry and DNA studies have confirmed this, yet they pathetically keep on insisting on this fake Arab origin and behave and imitate the Gulf Arabs to justify a fake separate identity, that the Chingkallams and Sri Lankan state also encourages to deliberately separate them from their actual Thamizh ethnicity, with the help of their selfish power hungry elite and self hating Thamizh, with an agenda like you. What the LTTE did to the Muslims is not even 1% of the immense harm that these fake Arab south Indian origin immigrant Thamizh Muslims had done to the Thamizh from the time of independence and still continuing to do so. All in the name of Islam and their imagined Arab origin. They joined with the Chingkallams to discriminate marginalize ethnically cleanse, commit structural genocide, destroy Hindu temples and convert then to mosques in the Thamizh east, take part in anti Thamizh pogroms down south and in the east, Islamic home guards heavily armed by the Sri Lankan state was committing ethnic cleansing, rape looting, killings in Thamizh Hindu villages and the LTTE was forced to act. Prior to that they never harmed them. you know all this but keep on coming here and deliberately lie.

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    Let us not get sentimental because the NPP is seemingly gathering support.
    There are many matters on which the JVP has to come clean to be trusted in power.
    It is right to raise them now than later when they can wriggle out because they had not committed themselves to the issues.
    The JVP knows what India can do not so much at elections but after to destabilize the country. A US-India partnership can be risky.
    Neutralizing India is therefore politically wise, but to count on any foreign power can spell disaster.

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      “Neutralizing India is therefore politically wise, but to count on any foreign power can spell disaster.”

      Considering our economic squeeze and various other problems, non-alignment principles will be favorable to our country (22 million) in nature. We are more fragile than the Maldives (0.6 million), which now makes more enemies than friends. It is said that the newly elected president does not have the support of the parliamentary majority.
      Our SM will probably inform us more about the current situation in Maldives, however, the SM has been sidelined for some reasons. Raj and I await a positive response to our repeated questions about NPP.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG5nVhlHU3I
      :
      It is doubtful what AKD et al will share with their audience tomorrow when they visit Sri Lanka tomorrow,. Reports say they were very against indian investments to north province as back as 4 weeks ago. They had highly cirticised “Indian investment” in Trincomalee and elsewhere. .

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        I emailed “leelagemalli” four days ago (on the 7th February) remarking that he now seems to be getting more reasoned comments from him, and that “my comments will change accordingly.”
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        Judging by what I see above, this doesn’t seem to be happening.
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        My wish that “leelagemall” should be more rational seems to have combined less reality than was warranted. Some people just don’t appear able to work things out so that we can have peace and tranquility.
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        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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          Namal speaking English …….. did he go to Sinhala_Man’s school and was he Namal’s teacher? …………… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNplX9loI7M

          Most people believe, knowledge of English is an advantage ……. here is one example where it can be a great disadvantage/danger to a country/people/society/citizens

          People carry, within themselves, unexamined myths …….. that are accepted as gospel truths ……. and the gospel is very popular with OC and Ramona ……. in Mudukatuwa …….

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            Nimal,
            Didn’t you know that Namal and his brothers all went to the “school by the sea”, aka S.Thomas’?
            Yes, SM’s school full of Pharisees.

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          Dear Rational Thinkers,
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          This man must be mentally ill, trying to show the world that he is still in a relationship with me. The truth is that I ended my relationship with the estranged person two years ago. Why he lied to CT, I still don’t understand. I have blocked all contact with him.
          I have no doubt CT will come to him soon with another warning. Good luck Sinhala man

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      “There are many matters on which the JVP has to come clean to be trusted in power.”

      Of course, does JVP receive funds from China. Are they loyal to peacefully rising kingdom? Does JVP still maintain party to party special relations with Communist Party of China?

      Why the party’s trade unions keep deafening silence when contracts are given to Chinese companies while they are up in arms when Hindian companies receive contracts?

      JVP never surrendered their arms.
      Are they going to surrender them or sell them in the black market?
      Maybe they need the arms for the next armed uprising which would fail anyway.

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    Contains Ali’s usual rigmarole about the NPP alias JVP. We all silently support it because it is not voting time yet. But, caution exists. There would be cIapital flows out of the country if JVP comes to power. One can be certain about this. The IMF program also will become redundant. So, what plan replaces the debt-ridden nation. The JVP has not laid out any concrete plans for this. Its anti i-Indian tirade of the past has gone because India is the big power in thet region. So, Anura plays ball with India. There is no plan about the ethnic issue. It is the same old slogan that if left to its devices in the socialist state that the JVP which wanted Tamils killed, the language issue will not be an issue. So, forget about the language problem. About, secularism, JVP is best placed to bring it about but, Anura was taking the tray to the Mahanayake’s the other day. So, what is new? That is the big question for the JVP and its supporters like Ail to answer. Maybe, they will not liquidate Ali, though he is well over the age limit and is a Tamil Muslim, doubly liquidatable. Before getting liquidated, Ali will have to tell us something more concrete about the JVP.

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      Dear Cicero,
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      Although you’re an an excellent writer of English, and an intelligent man, there have been many inconsistencies that I have pointed out below Dr Ameer Ali’s previous article:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/saboteurs-of-system-change/
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      Please note that I have taken immense pains to substantiate what I have said:
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      Cicero / February 3, 2024
      **************
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      This business of system change that Ali and the JVP go on talking about has to be examined:
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      84 comments below that it is my response to that:
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      Sinhala_Man / February 4, 2024

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      Dear Cicero,
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      PART ONE
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      Although I read this article yesterday, I did not respond……”


      Please follow that reasoning in 4 Parts.
      You have been criminally inconsistency in what you have said, across many articles:

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      Please study those complaints carefully.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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        You have been criminally inconsistency in what you have said??
        Is ‘our’ language instructor not trustworthy anymore?

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          Nathan
          The guy is sleepy.

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            Yes, Nathan.
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            Somebody had said that my English is ‘perfect”. Of course not. I make many typos. I may have been sleepy, but that shouldn’t be given as the reason for my writing this:
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            “You have been criminally inconsistency* in what you have said”
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            mea culpa
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            Please correct to inconsistent*
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            That was a ”mistake.”
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            Much has been said about AKD’s English. On Saturday, the 10th, I had a long meeting with Chathuranga Abeysinghe. We conversed in English. When necessary AKD uses English (example in India), but he will make the same words wrong but it will be an “error”. The example I quoted was his use of “lost” for “loss“, even when speaking සිංහල.
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            Not crimes, surely!

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            And keeping in mind that we cannot take it for granted that those reading what we write here can understand languages other than English, I try to be apologetic when I link anyone to material in other languages.
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            But English is allowed in the සිංහල section of CT:
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            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jehan-perera-09-february-2024/
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            Thanks, Nathan, for not asking for a Tamil Section!
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            Panini Edirisinhe

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              Dear Sinhala_Man,
              Forget it!
              I understand both in English and inTamil. I’ll never complain if something is not in Tamil, if everything is only in English!!

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    Good ol’ country boy AKD is looking dapper …… wearing a Ranil suit ……. and a Donald tie. ………. Way to go!

    A cowboy hat and boots and a guitar …….. will make him a star ……… in Nashville, Bandarawela.

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      nimal fernando

      “A cowboy hat and boots and a guitar …….. will make him a star ……… in Nashville, Bandarawela.”

      Perhaps he is a
      Rhinestone Cowboy or grindstone cowboy.

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    JVP is received a lot better today than it was at anytime in the past.
    There IS a reason.
    Not that JVP has shed its past; but because the rest of the parties have been found wanting.
    There is a big difference between being accepted and being received!

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      Nathan,
      But there are some conundrums around transparency and accountability. I feel that what Dr. Harini Amarasuriya always says is different from her JVP colleagues.
      Raj-UK and a few others are right, people fell for the same tricks in November 2019 as well. Sri Lanka’s mainstream visual media and social media deceived the nation, including the youth, who joined as “first-time voters – nearly a million”. Besides, our human propensity and aptitude for easy prey proves to be really high. They don’t seem to learn anything from previous negative experiences.
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      1) How do they bring in more dollars? Taking advantage of the worsening situation in the Maldives, Incumbent tourism minister is making every effort to capture more tourists.
      2) How can they marginalize “Sinhala Buddhist monks harassing Sri Lankan politics” as many are still not convinced that AKD is not declaring one world against the Monk Front?
      3) How will JVP-NPP solve the long-standing ethnic problem? THEY ARE DEAD SILENT ABOUT THAT:
      4) Privatization of sinking companies. Dr. Harini Amarasuriya has confirmed that private enterprise is approved.
      5) How will they continue to implement the IMF recommendations? And with national policies?

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        Dear LM: Re. question No.3. Please read page 21 captioned “Sri Lankan Nation” in the Policy Statement titled “Rapid Response to Overcome Current Challenges” issued by the NPP.

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          Douglas,
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          Please take it serious and add the link aways. Thank you.
          :
          We dont need to make roundabout, but to come with bold answers clearing the growing anxities of the very same stupid dominated nation.

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        Therefore, “leelagemalli”, let us have Dr. Harini Amarasuriya as the leader of the Party, and as the next President!
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        She’s not interested, you fool!
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        You will have to think of cleverer strategy, “lelagemalli” to create divisions within the NPP! You just won’t succeed!
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        Please don’t confuse this LM strategy with that of Kumar David, who appears to have said something as crazy, but I don’t mind Kumar. And Kumar is quite happy, whatever we say of him. Kumar doesn’t mind being labelled as now getting dotty.
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/will-karu-jayasuriya-be-suitable-as-an-interim-president/
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        I tell you, LM is plotting all sort of crude strategies, which don’t make sense to any intelligent reader.
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        So, beware! Anybody agreeing with what “leelagemalli” says will immediately be labelled as “unintelligent” by me.
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        Ruchira warned us about LM’s “concern trolling”. This is what that is said to be:
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        https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/concern_troll
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        There’s much more on that subject, if you have noting else to do!

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        But never mind; I don’t have the final say.
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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          My short answer to your provocations above@
          Oh no, the manner Harini made stupid and overstated statements on that ” so called invitation by indians” , I now take MORE time to read about her. : what does HARINI know about AKD ??????
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          SM, First read my comments and see if I have forced anyone. It is up to you or naive people of your nature to take as you feel and others will take as they think is right. There is freedom of choice yet. No one is forced to feel obligated to do something.

          I just want to warn my fellow people about the dawn of GOTA Episode 2 if they would abuse their votes.
          You the kind of so called sinhalaya who does not know sinhala langauge, cant know the true feelings of the people. period. In between, I appeal you to learn more sinhala and try to understand srilanken problems properly.

          Honestly saying, I have not read any serious commments from you other than your blind heroworshiping to AKD. That is classical eample of Stupid people how they act in our country again and again.

          We warn you again, look it up for “intelligent” and talk about whether you’re intelligent enough to chase us again. Thank you. Your responses are like a run amok.

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    The credibility of this writer is now slowly diminishing, reaching the level of a self-proclaimed political analyst, and a gobbler like Dr. Dayan Jayathilaka, an extreme Sinhala nationalist who supports Rajapakse-tribalism.

    I think it is very irresponsible of AKD to accept the Indian government’s invitation for them to go to India. The result will be like a litmus test.
    Not Even 4 weeks ago, Indian investments were caught by cirticism of AKD.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6m7bnOjQt8
    I now believe that what Indians call “JVP’s invitation” should be a taming shot to JVP and they should come clean soon and cooperate with Indian investors in Northern Province as soon as possible.

    There were speculations that the JVP, which covers the NPP today, is quite liberal. However, the fact that they dropped “Principle 5 of their own code of ethics” is pretty amazing to anyone with any sense.
    tbd

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      cont.
      As the NPPs led by JVP leader AKD strongly opposed any Indian investment in Northern Sri Lanka, I could not find a valid argument in this regard. However, AKD should not be the only one to act as a blessed youth with some handy gifts. Additionally, some speculate that the JVP is Sri Lanka’s most immatured party.
      as they have always opposed trade agreements, trade pacts and any form of privatisation. They call Ranil Wickrakasinghe “Vikama Sinha” (the guy who always sells local property to anyone). :
      Who to believe here?
      And some platforms of JVP and NPP still loudly say that they are against Indians and their investments.

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        Dear LM: ” The credibility of this writer is diminishing……..to the level of DJ……. who supports Rajapakse tribalism”.

        Is it because the writer asked –
        “NPP Deserves Fairness From Critics”?

        That “Fairness” asked from you, a critic of NPP reached the level to equal this writer to that of DJ and Rajapakse tribalism”.

        Would like to know from you how this writer reached that level of DJ and Rajapakse tribalism.

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          That “fairness” demanded of you, a critic of the NPP went to the extent of equating this writer with DJ and Rajapakse tribalism.

          If I may draw your attentio to the articles already published by DJ, he is clearly inconsistent. Before long, our Sinhala_man said very clearly that he never thought that Dr. Ali came with a contradictory article. Again, the current article is somewhat in favor of the NPP.
          ..
          We expect writers to remain neutral and present facts so that CT readers can benefit from factual information.

          Regardless of the hullabaloo and inflated claims already made by NPP-biased interpretations, as trade unionists are directly supported by the JVP and Vanguard, it may be a common plan drawn up by India and the US and other allies in that line to ascertain how they should go about the future of Sri Lanka. i believe This is a real threat to any kind of foreign investment in this sinking country.

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      Dear leelagemalli,
      A word of advice.
      When (if) India invites a budding Head, making the right decision is a headache!
      A President may excuse himself the honour at ‘that’ particular time; not a somebody!

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    As I commence writing this comment, at 03.45, my first response to an article that I first perused about eight hours ago, there are 12 comments on it.
    .
    There seems to be gratitude for Dr Ameer Ali for having written it, but at the same time, we have, again, some who support AKD, whilst others are suspicious. Let me, therefore, do my own thinking and writing; but one thing is clear: Anura is now the man everybody is talking about.
    .
    Those who criticise the NPP talk mainly about the past of the JVP, in which there certainly is much that was not to be boasted about. However, what we now have to emphasise is that the present leaders are a younger lot. And have no fear on that score because these are intelligent people who were not around when the JVP had to struggle through the murkiness of those times.
    .
    This is my simple and straightforward initial response.
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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    I shouldn’t be asking this question; Still, wish to know the answer!
    Look at the picture.
    How composed is Dr. S. Jaishankar; How nervous is our man!

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      Nathan,

      Jaishankar is a seasoned career diplomat who joined the BJP later when the country of 1.3 billion people was already ascendant. AKD comes from a party that is looking to go from 3 to 50+ % support in a country of 22 million that is facing several crises. What is more, having historically taken an anti-Indian position, the JVP/NPP has to take a different, uncharted course now. The nervousness is to be expected.

      It is understandable for Tamils to be skeptical about any JVP/NPP evasiveness on the ethnic issue. After all, a large number of the 6.9 million that voted for GR have to switch to the NPP, and they are unlikely to have a fundamental change in their outlook, except for a temporary change in allegiance under conditions of bankruptcy, petrol queues, power cuts, high inflation, and fast-rising poverty levels.

      But because the South may well see a pro-NPP wave, pragmatism demands that a sufficient number of Tamils work with the NPP to support the party and AKD and get a seat at the table to discuss issues that are nationwide, as well as specific to the North-East.

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        Agnos,
        By now you would have noted that I am indifferent to any ascension of JVP.
        JVP cannot be any worse than any other leading party.
        In the same token, JVP will not be any better for me or for you.
        (Reading between lines, ‘Ameer Ali’ benefits!)

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          – Reading between lines, ‘Ameer Ali’ benefits!, corrected to:
          Reading between the lines, ‘Ameer Ali’ benefits!

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            Nathan
            That’s not such a deadly error.
            Are you catching Bandarawela Man disease?

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              Thanks old codger. I was doubting my version. As usual, I googled.
              I was happy that I caught my error, before someone else did!

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          Uncle Nathan,
          You say so
          .
          “”By the same token, JVP is not any better for me or you.

          Why on earth is our self-proclaimed Pandit Sinhala_Man harassing the few who are clearly against the JVP wine in the NPP bottle? (please read SM’s comment in 10th position above).

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      Yes, it is a bit strange to see AKD in full lounge suit, and he does, look rather ill at ease in this photograph.
      .
      I have more to tell you about all this, but I’m tired and sleepy.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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    I can stand with the writer Ameer, How foolish it would be for peolple to wait till The JVP apologises last of past “allegations” against it, but readily pardon the crimes of the others. Working against people’s wishes, and faith, abandoning the so called Saubhaagyayee daekma” and supoorting the opposite? RW can hold on to his outdated political/ economic doctrines and force poeople to suffer , while there is no visible light the end of the tunnel. Meda mulana is still dreaming of power but wandering with no alternative detailed. In such a dangerous void, NPP has every right to take the lead.

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    NPP Deserves Fairness From Critics

    NPP impression is high that why the invitation

    India Creating new capabilities and deploying solutions for rapid, sustainable, and resource-efficient growth; India is focusing on strategic people to play a progress game And India shopping such people in view of future progress mutual higher ambitious Our commitment deeper A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all A lot of us think international relations is like a game of chess. But it’s not a game of chess, where people sit quietly, thinking out their strategy, taking their time to move forward Decade-Ahead Forecast This invitation issued choosing the NPP Head by most probably by Intelligence the appreciation that the Indian feels for NPP leader Why they did not choose the so-called experience politicians

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