24 May, 2022


Our Duty; For All Sri Lankans Living Outside Sri Lanka

By Chinthaka de Silva

Chinthaka De Silva

Chinthaka De Silva

Less than 24 hours to go to bring about the change that whole of Sri Lanka needs with a new political culture that can represent all communities in an equitable and just society be it; Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and Burgers. 8th of January 2015, two years before the due date of the presidential election, all Sri Lankans are presented with the opportunity to reverse the current political culture rampant with all misdeeds.

As you may be aware Sri Lanka is the oldest democracy in South Asia. Through the “donoughmore commission” in 1931, it enables the general elections. Sri Lanka was the first nonwhite country within empires of Western Europe, which was one man, one vote and power to control domestic affairs.

Today we have a duty to educate our friends and family who lives in Sri Lanka to use their voting power on the 8th of January 2015 (Thursday) for a true change. Sri Lankans living abroad are better informed and should use this opportunity to inform your friends and family back home.

Today our parents, family members and friends have fallen to dire economic hardships, our brothers and sister’s education system has failed up to university education. This is the only opportunity to exercise their voting right intelligently and to bring about the change our mother Lanka needs. If we failed to do so Sri Lanka will fall under a dictator for the foreseeable future.



Just to remind you the lost opportunity of this current regime to address the grievances of the masses on their fundament societal needs; food, health, and education and to manage the cost of living. What they address was mega projects of white elephants to the society. Burdening with more borrowings and increase taxes on the basic household necessities, to recover and service the debts of current regime borrowings. Today the rule of law is broken down by nepotism and family rule rampant with corruption all over Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has a long-standing history of international engagements with United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, G77, non-align movement and SAARC. Today as a country we are isolated from international community for contradictory actions by the current regime in UN and with Western states.

Very recently this regime failed to send a team of expert to contest and mitigate the lifting of LTTE ban by European courts. This regime was quick to put the blame on the opposition leader and within hours of the court ruling all mud posters island wide went up directing blame on the opposition leadership due to inaction from the regime.

We must ask the President, why he did not intervene in the European Union case as the Sri Lankan government did not come forward even though the Opposition leader was in possession of a copy of the case file? This issue was raised on 27th October 2014 by Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe to-date this regime has failed to inform the public why they failed to take action.

In order to gain the respect of the international engagement and to restore democracy we need this change with a new political culture by moving out of party politics.

No democracy is perfect and there are honest and rouge politicians everywhere. If you ignore to vote or casting a protest vote only relinquishes control to current regime. On average, these protest votes have the potential to change, I especially urge all parties under the Democratic National Front not to waste this opportunity to make a vital change due to indifference or pessimism.

Once again for all Sri Lankans living elsewhere, it is our duty to inform all Sri Lankans friends and family to use their vote intelligently. The gift of democracy has the right to be chosen by the people, for the people, to the people. All citizens right to vote should respect the gift of democracy and this will be the last chance of your basic right and to unite Sri Lanka after the civil war in a true sense.

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    Chinthaka de Silva –

    RE: Our Duty; For All Sri Lankans Living Outside Sri Lanka

    Yes. Less than 24 hours to go to bring about the change that whole of Sri Lanka needs with a new political culture that can represent all communities in peace and prosperity and join the rest pf the nations and mankind.

    What can you who are outside at this moment do?

    1. Contact your relatives, friends and others in Sri Lanka and encourage them to vote on the 8th.

    2. Let them know this is as important as the Country’s Independence, because we are trying to get Independence from the Medamuklana Mahinda Rajapaksa Dictatorship and Family Hegemony.

    3. Remind them that this is the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and not the Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa Dynasty and Kingdom.

    Vote, vote and vote.

    Wish All Sri Lankans a few Era in Peace and Tranquility.

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    Chinthaka: Though I hate to sound the word “Chinthanaya”, your name “Chinthaka” looks quite relevant at this moment of time. Thank you for your article. It is such a coincidence, at around 8.00 p.m. (Sri Lanka time) our telephone started ringing and my nephew ran to the phone saying that is a call from……our uncle. He was right and immediately my nephew requested him to come on the “Skype”. To tell you the truth, my nephew was rather “sceptical” to vote the Common Candidate as he has had no experience of this candidate not being a well known person, other than a Minister and a Secretary of a political party. I do not blame him for that. I heard my nephew explaining his concerns to which his uncle from abroad gave a very commendable patient hearing. He asked two questions: viz. (1) Are you satisfied and happy with what you have today? (2) If not do you want to change it? My nephew said NO to No. 1 and YES to No. 2. Next I heard his uncle telling him very softly and convincingly: “What you do not like GIVE UP” and “CHANGE” it to a “Better” situation”. He further asked, if you YOUNG people are not doing that, DO NOT EXPECT OTHERS TO DO IT FOR YOU. I believe those few words told a “book” full of “Political Philosophy” and carried the message very LOUD AND CLEAR. At around 10.00 p.m. he (my nephew) made a decision, (after discussing with a few of his other friends) to go for that CHANGE. It is relevant to mention that my nephew and his other friends are the “Fist Time Voters” in this election.

    So let us see how it works.

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    douglas ,


    “It is relevant to mention that my nephew and his other friends are the “Fist Time Voters” in this election.”

    There are close to million of them about 8% of the voters.

    It is rather unfortunate, the voters have not been informed and educated about the issues.

    It is further unfortunate, not a single Sri Lsnkan Writer, to my knowledge, produced the Common Sense Phamplet Sri Lanka 2014 to educate populace. The closest the voters have is the Common (sense) Candidate Maitripala Sirisena’s Election Manifesto.

    In 1776, Thomas Paine produced a 47 page Common Sense Phamplet for the Americans, that played a crucial role in the American revolution

    Common Sense (pamphlet)


    Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2]

    Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[4] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[5]

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