17 April, 2024

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People’s Power Under Siege Within Sri Lanka’s ‘Demo-Crazy’!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”― Abraham Lincoln

The government printer is in the news these days, with  the National Election Commission (EC) announcing that the Government Printer has stated that if funds are not provided, ballot papers will not be printed, posing a fresh hurdle to the upcoming Local Government Elections scheduled to be held on the 9th of March. Opposition circles have accused that there have been pressure from those top in the government to prevent the elections from being held, while the government attributes this to a ‘shortage of funds’ for the elections due to the country’s economic situation. It is still to be seen whether Ranil will opt to follow the bad precedents set by both Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1975 and JR Jayewardene in 1982 and once again deny the people’s democratic right to elect their representatives enshrined in the Constitution, despite the Supreme Court verdict.

The Supreme Court recently considered two writ petitions filed by few partiesc including Professor G. L. Peiris requesting an order to hold the local government elections and opined that there is no need to issue a mandamus order to hold the election as the Election Commission has already pledged to conduct the local government (LG) election in accordance with the law. The Supreme Court thus appeared to follow precedents in 2016 and 2008 where interventions were made to ensure voting rights. Accordingly, the EC will not be hindered from continuing the election process. Saliya Pieris PC appearing on behalf of the EC in this case, is reported to have stated (later), ‘if the Government Printer refuses to print ballot papers for the LG elections,…what will prevent a Government present or future from bringing a Parliamentary or Presidential elections to a halt saying there are no resources. There are grave dangers of monkeying with the system….’

The inalienable right of the people to democratically elect their representatives from time to time, and express their opinion, should be protected under whatever circumstances, and if  they are deprived of that constitutionally given opportunity, there is a great risk of it manifesting  in different forms including violence. In fact, PAFFREL has been taking up this serious issue with the successive governments. They correctly saw political motive behind LG polls postponement in 2021. The then subject Minister was at that time telling the media that the reason for the postponement was the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it was obvious that any citizen understands that it was not just due to the pandemic situation. PAFFREL says, that the Minister of Finance and the Secretary to the Finance Ministry are constitutionally obligated to provide the funds and that if this does not happen, legal action will be instituted against the competent authority.

The argument that holding elections is not a priority at a time when Sri Lanka is undergoing an unprecedented crisis situation does not hold water. Even when the country was undergoing violence in 1980s and even after the worse ever Tsunami, elections were held. The benefit much outweighs the cost (said to be only a day’s national income) incurred in holding this LC elections, which are already being postponed for a long time. There is every reason to believe that the ruling party has much to gain by postponing these elections on the guise of shortage of funds for the elections, having already lost public credibility due to the totally corrupt and inept Rajapaksa rule over the past few years. Election management bodies (EMBs) have always had to cope with these types of hazards. Because elections are a key element of political system, electoral administrators should protect elections from these types of threats.

In fact, when the national economy is bad, citizens might have more incentives to have their interests represented in the national parliament or local bodies, and would increase the utility that they gain from voting even more. Hence, in a context of economic turmoil, citizens would be more willing to participate if there is a political option that is ideologically aligned with them. There is abundant research on how the state of the economy determines electoral results as voters reward or punish the government depending on the economic performance. Recent research works elsewhere including micro and macro level predictors of votes conclude that a worsening of the economic conditions is associated with higher turnout.

Besides, in times of economic crisis, citizens become more attentive and informed and are more willing to respond to the bad situation. Also, economic hardship boosts information, and citizens learn more about parties’ policy positions. In such a context, in which citizens are more concerned about the situation, turnout is a powerful mechanism to express support or dislike toward the policies implemented by the government. This is what the ruling party fears which is expecting a negative outcome if the elections are held.

Democracy requires more than elections, but a country cannot be a democracy without holding genuine elections. They are the basis for democratic legitimacy. Elections give citizens a means to hold their leaders accountable by voting incumbents out of office or promising to hold to account those leaders successfully elected. Elections are also central to making democracy deliver a better quality of life by linking voters’ interests to those in government and allowing citizens to select representatives who reflect their will. However, the downside of this process has been that the most voters limit this duty to the voting booth and fail to hold their elected representatives to account thereafter, which leads to political corruption and nepotism among other evils.

During much of its history, Sri Lanka has vacillated between autocracy and democracy. Since 1948, the nation has been a constitutional democracy. It however held regular elections, but sadly power oscillated between two political parties. In 1978, the constitution was however rewritten which bestowed new executive unprecedented power on the President. The Executive Presidency continues to be one of the most contentious issues in Sri’s Lanka’s constitutional and political history. Much of Sri Lanka’s current turmoil points to mismanagement within the Rajapaksa government. The Rajapaksa family are a ruling dynasty which dominated Sri Lankan politics for over twenty years. Under their control, critics described Sri Lanka as a “soft dictatorship, characterised by authoritarianism, democratic backsliding and ethno-majoritarianism.

According to international studies, Sri Lanka is today one among a number of countries in Asia attracting legitimate concerns over the erosion of democratic institutions. Not just economy, democratic values have also been collapsing in Sri Lanka. The recent 22nd Constitutional Amendment, was thought to be a historic and significant political step forward for a country, wrestling with political instability and economic turmoil. Civil society organisations however argue that the amendment fails to markedly alter the current powers of government, curtail certain presidential problems, or address inherent governance defects. Large swathes of power continue to be vested in a single individual holding the presidential office. A large proportion of people want an overhaul of the system. As a Chatham House article in 2019 stated, ‘Under the Rajapaksas, Sri Lanka transformed with astonishing speed from a messy and rambunctious South Asian democracy into a regime that more closely resembled the illiberal autocracies of East Asia. It now looks worryingly as if that style is catching on’.

Surely it did! Ranil’s continuation of oppressive measures to contain public discontent such as arresting activists under barbaric laws and using sinister measures to deprive the people of their right to choose their representatives are clear examples of ‘democrazy’ presently in operation. Ranil Wickremesinghe has already lived up to the reputation he has inadvertently built as an ally and protector of the Rajapaksas. Thus, although the Rajapaksa clan has been dethroned, the enablers and executors remain in power, both in front and behind the scenes. And opportunistic politicians in Parliament are now switching sides or deserting the ruling party ship. Yes! Sri Lanka has traditionally kicked out leaders through the ballot box. However, people waged an Aragalaya in July 2022 and forced powerful Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee – a conundrum indeed, in that sense, which remains unprecedented in Sri Lanka’s history. The signs are appearing that a second Aragalaya may follow soon, judging by the unravelling events, and in the context of Ranil’s stubborn stance in dealing with public discontent with the establishment. He appears to be playing with fire.

Regarding LG election issue, As Jayadeva Uyangoda writes, ‘Sri Lanka’s local elections are a major threat to the ruling class. Rising anger, prolonged economic crisis, painful IMF-backed policies and the government’s anti-democratic tendencies are creating a volatile mix, with Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Rajapaksas and Sri Lanka’s political elites on alert. The overall political context is also characterised by a new polarisation of Sri Lankan society into two opposing camps – in one, the citizens who want more democracy, and in the other, political elites who want less, or no, democracy. The government’s attempts to subvert the EC’s decision to hold local government elections on 9th March clearly demonstrates the de-democratising intentions of the Wickremesinghe–Rajapaksa ruling coalition’. (Most likely outcome) might also mark the beginning of the end for the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa coalition government and the old ruling class they represent, allowing a shift in the political balance in favour of democratic reforms. The negative attitude to local elections of Sri Lanka’s president and his allies indicates a deep anxiety among the ruling elites over the democratic political awakening of the Aragalaya. He thus concludes, ‘the reactivation of the aragalaya in a new and more viable form would be fundamental to keeping the political class in check and sustaining popular hopes for change’.

‘The people of Sri Lanka have an opportunity to rewrite their nation’s destiny’, as Los Angeles Times article wrote in July 2022. ‘Sri Lankans will not forget the excesses of these politicians or how they facilitated and benefited from a political culture that has led to this collapse. Gone are the days of reverence for ministers with titles longer than their resumes. For decades, political parties benefited from pitting one part of the population against another to gain political power. The combustible mix of cronyism, inequality and institutional mistrust that upended a failed government is not unique to Sri Lanka. Exacerbated by the pandemic and pushed to the brink, Sri Lankans have shown how a citizenry will act to correct its course.. 

Indeed Aragalaya protests have redefined the role of citizens and their relationship to the state. Thus, regardless of the setbacks and uncertainties, people of Sri Lanka have an opportunity to build on their recent gains  meaning, that sustained, innovative, and inclusive citizen mobilization has a chance to transform Sri Lanka and create a new vision for their country. Standing up against the viscous attempts of the reactionary Ranil/Rajapaksa’s government to postpone the LG elections is the need of the hour and  another litmus test of their nerves of steel. The international community including the UN should stand in solidarity with them to ensure that Asia’s oldest democracy does not permanently become a ‘demo-crazy’, as it presently is. Ultimately, citizens should feel secure, and they should feel the state is a protector of their rights rather than a predator.

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    Nothing will change until the ruling-class culprits/perpetrators are punished and made an example of.

    Ranil hung from a lamppost ……. Mahinda roped and dragged along the streets behind a truck ….. Basil, Gota, Dinesh burnt on a pile of tyres …….. the 225 incinerated alive (or half-alive, if Native is squeamish) in the Kanatte crematorium.

    Now, all ye pristine Buddhists ……. Hindus, Muslims, Christians ……. don’t dare go holier than thou moral on me!

    These have all been done before ……….. in the country of the daily loudly proclaimed Buddhists: Buddha’s own chosen people …….. with the ecstatic approval of the majority.

    I’m just the poor messenger bringing the hard unpalatable truth ……. and a Waldorf-Salad.

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      nf, author says reactionary government postpones LG elections. Really no intention of any elections in the future till 2048 centenary. So what you say may well come to pass except that Gota escaped to China this morning. Villages hide in jungles, more advanced hide in cities, while those who greedily and massively robbed, run all over the world to hide from evil karma. Sad.

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        Native,

        Watch from 4:55 and let us know aloud/upfront if AKD’s accusations about Ranil is true or false …… the reasons he cut electricity and cancelled operations and withhold drugs from dying cancer patients is true or false? ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lE4RwmMBXU

        You always fight for the right causes ……. now don’t go silent or missing …… don’t let OC lose faith in humanity …….

        I’ve no faith ……. to lose. :))

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          Chameera is struggling here to explain how Ranil solved the gasoline and cooking-gas (queues) problem ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezLw9un68h0

          There is no magic to it. ……. Sri Lanka has declared itself bankrupt: we have stopped paying back our loans/debt and the interest on them – which consumed a major part of our income: don’t know the exact figures but believe it was in excess of 90% or greater. So whatever income we get is there for Ranil to spend.

          Let the simple plain truth be known before another myth is created and a great hero is made about good ol’ Ranil’s “economic wizardry/talents!” ……… Like, how Mahinda won the war singlehandedly. :))

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      nimal fernando

      Agree with you but though I would like to see a French Style revolution, holding to account all those responsible for the misery that has befallen the country, I will settle for a Nuremberg style trial with life sentences for those found guilty & the recovery of stolen funds (as much as possible). It is said that over 95% of guilty Nazis & collaborators were never convicted & many were leading normal lives in Germany & abroad after the war, even helped by the Vatican, but that is democracy & how civilised society function. However, in SL, I doubt if any would even be penalised for non payment of their utility bills. Not even the tax man can touch them despite their blatant luxury life style & flaunting of wealth.

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      nimal fernando

      If you start hanging, dragging along street, burning on tyre pyre , incinerating half alive (like Rohana Wijeweera )….. then who is going to hang, drag, burn half alive, …. the last person, say for instant you?

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        “If you start hanging, dragging along street, burning on tyre pyre , incinerating half alive”

        Oh! C’mon Native! …… These have all been done – and still doing – with impunity by the ruling-class to the ruled-class …… and to the defenceless minorities.

        In Lanka, it has never yet happened to the ruling-class: better late than never. That’s the only way they’ll learn their lesson.

        The “limited” burning of properties sans the occupants ….. in the night of 9th May, brought on more changes and fear to the ruling-class than any peaceful-means – they don’t fear – in all the years I’ve followed SL politics.

        “the last person”

        There are too many “last persons” still standing. ……. Needs to finish the work.

        You have waited 75 years ……. are you willing to wait another 25, till 2048?

        How long can you wait?


        Listen to Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain”

        OC is waiting ….. has all the time and patience in the world! …….. That’s a great lover, if ever there was one! :)))

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      Nimal, I totally agree with you. In civilized world such political criminals are either behind bars, some serving life term, if permissible some would have been hanged to death (death sentence), whereas in Lanka, they are free to roam around and continue their crimes with immunity (murder, looting, rape, drug peddling) People who condone, deny, or enable such A.Holes , are the ones pretend to be righteous. I’m not the one to condone violence. But the only way I see these criminals held accountable or punished is, when they are dragged to a public court hearing. See what happened with Gota, who ran away after witnessing the public anger, but returned soon after, him receiving immunity. Today Colombo HC sentenced ex deputy Minister Mayon Mustafa 6 months in prison and a fine of LKR 500 ?????? for financing LKR 42 lakhs through Mohammed Muzammil , in support of SF election campaign, in 2010. Muzammil is currently SLPP member and Governor of Uva. SF is CM and member of Mad House. This guy happens to be a Muslim or a convenient sacrificial lamp to be convicted.

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    MH , it’s INdepemdence without Democrazy. Years of SHAM now being exposed.

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    I am not commenting about the prevailing general perception of unwillingness to hold elections. Let me confine to the alleged letter (I have not seen a copy of it.) by the Government Printer to the Election Commission. During the so called good old days, most institutions of the Government were departments. There were votes (allocation of money by Parliament) for every department and the area of expenditure was predefined in advance. If one government department wanted, get some work out of another action was taken to perform the same and the necessary funds were transferred with ease. In the case of emergencies or calamities there was another process and I will not go through the jargon of government financing as it can be boring, the salient feature of it being the requirement of the intervention by then the Governor General and now the President. For all intents and purposes the Elections Commission is a statutory body and if they must get something out of a Government Department then cash must be advanced prior to the performance of work. On credit? NO WAY. Deviations! Sacked without a pension! In that context the basic message of GP to EC stands justified.

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      Good Sense,
      You sound logical. I’ll use your data.
      * Elections Commission is a statutory body.
      * There is allocation of money for every department.
      ______________
      What is the primary function (purpose) of EC. Isn’t it ‘holding elections’.
      What happened to the money allotted?

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      GS
      You have made a very important point here.
      As you pointed out, the Government Printer’s hands are tied by shortage of funds. But there is tendency to personalize issues and accuse the Government Printer of being a part of a conspiracy.

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    Starting from ’56 after Banda and Gunda opened the floodgates of the August Assembly to the Riff Raff, a good many of our educated, well to do and a set of vagabonds who aspired to become Politicians to have a meteoric rise in their life style, started to market poverty. Their hearts bled for the Poor who constituted over 80% of the Society. For the last 75 years without exaggeration, most of the Poor have come up in life and are today Professionals and Academics in the system having elevated themselves to the Middle Class, enjoying the comforts only the Rich enjoyed then.Yet they question, what has the country done for the poor, for the last 75 yrs. But none seem to ask or mention the Damage and Destruction of Public Property running in to Billions of Rupees and most of all, the thousands of Innocents who were massacred by them? Now the common cry seem to be that the Political Power of the Country should be handed over to them, claiming they represent the Downtrodden. This is similar to the cry they claimed then, that them being Poor they understood the plight of the Poor best, for the lot to become the Richest in the Country today in one generation, whereas the Capitalists of yore that were discarded made their wealth over a few generations.

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      Gamini,

      Let the people decide!

      Let the people decide who should govern them: in all functioning democracies that’s what happens.

      Even in a country like Lanka, for better or for worse, whenever elections were held they were relatively free and fair …… and reflected the people’s choice. One may or may not agree with the people’s/majority’s choice but that’s an entirely different shindig.

      It’s not for Ranil or Ranil’s lackeys like you and I to decide who should govern.

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        The great privilege/advantage good functioning democracies have …….. is not that they always elect good/great leaders but they have the privilege of voting out bad leaders in short periods of time and replacing them with less-bad leaders.

        In countries where the democratic electoral-process is rigged or hijacked ………… despots/megalomaniacs/dictators/tyrants/maniacs/sun-glassed-narcissists get entrenched until they die or forcibly removed.

        You are clued-on enough to know ……. who.

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          In your convoluted Logic, you say that, ‘The great privilege/advantage good functioning democracies have …….. is not that they always elect good/great leaders but they have the privilege of voting out bad leaders in short periods of time and replacing them with less-bad leaders’.

          Tap your conscience and tell me frankly, did we not have Honest leaders who did Politics with their own money, from Independence till ’56 until the Riff Raff stepped in through the ignorance of the voter who believed they will get Rice free from the Moon, and those elected Politicians started to do Politics from the robbed Public Funds from which they pocketed the major part, to become the Richest in society today?

          Now in similar vein the so called Downtrodden, who robbed Banks from ’71, pointing their fingers at others as Banku Horas, destroyed Billions worth of Public property, killed thousands of innocent people including bread winners of Poor families, question now what has Govts done for the last 75 yrs, are now dressed in Designer clothes carrying Smart Phones trying to creep in to Governance? No wonder when there are a few who think they have the right to decide for the silent majority, supporting such, for crumbs from the table? Thanks to a set of Mediocrity produced from Free Education who think they are Pundits parading in these Columns, who have a Chip on their shoulders.

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            Gamini,

            What is your answer to this,

            Watch from 4:55 and let us know aloud/upfront if AKD’s accusations about Ranil is true or false …… the reasons he cut electricity and cancelled operations and withhold drugs from dying cancer patients is true or false? ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lE4RwmMBXU

            Are these accusations true? Please please please answer each specific accusation to the point without beating about the bush. Do you want me to spell them out?

            Past history is history ……. let’s try to deal with the here and now.

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              Ah Gamini who was the most passionate defender of the Bond Scam and Ranil is back ! What happened to Old Codger ?

              Merged with Gamini !

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            Gamini, I truly feel sorry for you: I’m a compassionate man. Ask Native. :))

            “No wonder when there are a few who think they have the right to decide for the silent majority, supporting such, for crumbs from the table? Thanks to a set of Mediocrity produced from Free Education who think they are Pundits parading in these Columns, who have a Chip on their shoulders.”

            Ah! the sense of entitlement!!

            You may not believe this …….. but there are few Lankans more upper-crust than you or Ranil ……….. without the sense of entitlement (to boot!) Who can call you riff raff! :))

            If your vanity can make allowance ….. please trust me on this: you’ll thank me later.

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            Gamini,

            Do you say it was only the Royals who brought $400B to fight with the LTTE, and Junius Richard did everything to evade the war, but the Royals did not allow him? Please read the LLRC report explaining why the JVP and LTTE started two different revolutions. The Evil Emperor who went to New York to set fire to UN Expert Panel’s reports, is keeping the LLRC report inside an iron safe so that no one can act on it. Tell me something, what did the EVIL do to stop Royals organizing Jihadi war to bomb Tamils Churches and tourist hotels? Tell one case in detail of the Impunity King Evil Emperor investigating out of “Library burning,” “Churches & Temple bombing,” “150,000 Tamils missing”, “Tamil Research conference massacre”, …….. Who hooked the Don Stepen on a hang rope for deporting one M Tamils, who were bringing massive foreign exchange, and starting a Tamil – Sinhala antagonism. It was Tamils who got him out of prison when he destroyed Muslims in 1915. UNP is the evil starter of every evil thing and ultimate protector of any evils out in Langkang.

            Did you ever call on the Evil Emperor to ask if he was not willing to investigate Rowdy Royals, to let the UNHRC and ICC do the job? You are also only protecting the Royal Rowdies, joining Evil.

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            UNP intellectuals always cover Rowdy Royals’ asses because they do not want to have theirs exposed which smell worse in destruction of Tamils and Sinhalese of the country.

            UNP started to set up racism to win elections, using the Modayas, because you found they are fools, as per your logic, which you are using to establish that the Sinhala Modayas are born idiots, is that right the? Have you been openly discussing it with UNPyers or just white washing here UNP, for a change? Tamils will remember in their lifetime, that the First Leader Prabhakaran 1 (SJV) started his political party, the FB, in 1949, only to form a hedge against the Sinhala Buddhist racism of Don Stepen. Do you deny that? He twisted the system to make Sinhala Buddhist Modayas to exert absolute control in the parliament and vote overwhelmingly for all the destruction the nasty species of Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals bring to the parliament. It was Junius who walked to Kandy and handed over the baton of racism to the Bald Heads to shoot Solomon West Ridgeway Dias and bringing three major holocausts, 1958, 1977 and 1983 against Tamils. Wash your mouth with Listerine before you start to talk about nasty UNP.

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            Everybody knows Dudley is a good man. But that all were wiped by Cyril Mathew R.G. Senayake, Junious Richard, Stephen Dias….. That is the good many gentlemen of UNP. Tell me which election law or part of constitution UNP brought in Langkang can make the Modayas vote according to democratic principle? From Don Stephen’s Unitary Constitution to Evil Emperor’s 19A, all are only for making the Sinhala Buddhist UNP racists as the only Presidents and PMs. Sadly, none of them worked, but only Royals 22a A (21) worked to make Evils as EP. Can you deny that? Show some faith for Royals’s corrupted politics to make you as the EP, after your corrupted politics failed for 40 to make you as president. Deny it If you have a handy Amude next to you can wear over the Evil Emperor’s New cloth that you are wearing now. The worst racist party in the world and the one, which in 1948, with its Sinhala Pakistani Citizenship Act, allured Ceylon to destruction is “Absolute NUDY UNP”!

            Don’t come up with lame excuses to protect the nasty Evil. Take your hand off, please, so the Protestors can dethrone the Evil Emperor,

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        nimal fernando

        “Let the people decide who should govern them: in all functioning democracies that’s what happens.”

        I agree.
        However the people must make informed (rational) choices.
        Is that what happening in Sri Lanka?

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          Native,

          “However the people must make informed (rational) choices.”

          Say, the people were “informed” to kingdom come and rational to the N-th degree ……. who could have they voted for in the last parliamentary/presidential election? …….. Ranil?

          C’mon Native! say it out loud! ……… Who could have they picked?

          That’s why I say, the solutions will happen by accident/coincidence.

          All we have is the evolutionary process ……. rapid lightning changes …… quicker/faster the better …….. with fire, burnings, violence ………. if the need be.

          Ranil is a dazed lost man ….. a man frozen like a deer in the headlights …….. bungling and bumbling to perpetuate the past: the only thing he knows and comfortable with …… his security-blanket


          Do you want me to talk about Ranil’s supposed “economic wizardry?” :))

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        Gamini,
        “The great privilege/advantage GOOD FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACIES have …….. is not that they always elect good/great leaders but THEY HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF VOTING OUT BAD LEADERS in short periods of time and replacing them with less-bad leaders. – NF”
        FULLY AGREE WITH THE SENTIMENT EXPRESSED BY NF!!
        Until Sri Lanka could elect sensible legislature and amend the constitution to award the POWER TO THE ELECTORATE TO REVIEW ELECTED MEMBERS of the legislature, and to take appropriate action to review and terminate the non- compliant and erratic Lawmakers during their elected term, the parliament and government should at least, amend constitution to reduce the frequency of election to 2 or 3 years as ‘Bridging/Temporary/Interim’ measure
        Presently, once elected there isn’t any measure to remove elected, inept members of Parliament, for 5 or 6 years – elections!!!??
        Then after 5 years they become eligible for pension and retire!!!???
        None other privileged Sri Lankan!? Confined to Parliament Members!!! Not qualified 8th grade!!??

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        Prevention is better than cure!!??
        Remediation should be timely to be fully effective and meaningful!!

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      Gamini:

      You are back again on your devotion and selling UNP molded socialism, “Destructive”, racist, kleptocracy Don Stephen’ UNP. UNP, after working hard for 40 years under the leadership of Evil Emperor, maintained silence after UNP had wiped out itself in the last election. You are presenting your own CBSL wealth numbers. But, IMF, WB, credit rating companies, lenders, WHO, WFO, UNHRC, UN ….. have not received your numbers yet and they all are giving out completely opposite numbers to your’s. About 60% of the people do not eat three meals. Income distribution is the worst in history. Dollar parity with Rupee is more than 200 times- I mean 200 times, from 1948. Out of that unmeasured percentage of common people income was swindled by political masters printing money and devaluing down the rupee of common people. Little by little all the freedom people got from 1931 to 1948 is absorbed by Colombo Rulers cum Royals. No freedom to election. No freedom to express frustration by protest. Modaya community’s Sinhala Intellectuals like you have turned the Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe into Prisoners land.

      Jayawewa for Gamini’s country the Welikada!

      (PS: Gamini, can you come back from the Star you are living back to earth, so we can talk some politics?)

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        The article convey that election is a synonym of Democracy. Unfortunately it is not so!
        People power is something else, it is usually majoritarian whether you adopt the first past post system FPPS or proportional system or a mixed system with bonus seats and national lists which divert the system in favor of authoritarian tendencies.
        The present system with the present electoral system is one of the culprit that produced
        the current corrupt parliamentarians again and again with no way out for the people to send the culprits home or to jail.
        What we should to fight for is not for the elections but for systemic changes where the entire governing systems need to be changed that includes, the constitution itself, then electoral system and judiciary and law and order systems among many, many others.
        Our target is not piecemeal system change merely to change the leaders, but a revolutionary systemic change that transforms entire democratic system.
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          “Our target is not piecemeal system change merely to change the leaders, but a revolutionary systemic change that transforms entire democratic system.”
          *
          A lot of people here seem to want a “systemic” change.
          Can you at least please tell what the”systemic” change that you have in mind will look like.

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            SJ,
            Gladly yes!
            But I shall be brief for obvious reasons, especially when dealing with a leading intellectual
            Like SJ
            Let me take an example – China, the People Republic of China in 1949 had made revolutionary systemic changes in China, some of them virtually copy from Soviet Experience, but mostly innovative and made changes whenever needed even without following any ideology and overall it was a success.
            The systemic changes need not be always violent, peaceful democratic transformation is also possible,
            There are many ways, find your own way innovatively!

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              Thank you for the compliment.
              But unlike other intellectuals here, I believe in common sense, and simple answers will do.
              You are telling us what your “systemic change” cannot be.
              Can you tell us what it can be at least, as you do not appear to know the way there.
              *
              Sadly, this oracle, like the other oracles calling for “systemic change”, can only make profoundly empty declarations.

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                Yes! it is People Power.

                People power could do incredible thinks like sending home Gotabaya Rajapakse.

                First have faith in the people, they could do marvelous thing.
                Be an optimist,
                SJ
                You are a pessimist, may be all your life , you can win the world.

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      gamini

      How are you?
      Good to hear from you.

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        Native,

        Thanks. Keeping alright. Appreciate your concerns.

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      G
      “… opened the the floodgates of the August Assembly to the Riff Raff,….”
      It is news that assemblies have floodgates. Thanks for the info.
      Can you please name any of the ‘riffraff’ who entered the august assembly behaving worse than some of their erudite parochial counterparts?

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      Paul: 20 Top Officials of the “Security” establishment “Visited” Sri Lanka in two Military Jets. They had discussions with the President, Deputy Minister of Defence, and Secretary to the Defence Ministry and US Embassy staff. But didn’t meet the Prime Minister. Why and a “Big Why? They have already left S/L.

      In the meantime, Gota and his Wife let S/L to Malaysia en route to China. Both entered the airport through the “Cargo” despatch area.

      Any idea why through the “CARGO” despatch area and why immediately after the “Defence” contingent of the USA left the country?

      Just CURIOUS.

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        SIMPLY PUT, WHAT’S UP!!??????

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        Simon,

        Had not the Kitchen Brains wound up the American and British bases in Trincomalee, we certainly would have been spared of all the agony we went through for the last 60 yrs in our search of a Crown for Non Alignment for Queen B. Sanity at last, as we are a mere pawn, in a large board of Chess.

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          Interesting.
          Did SWRDB have “Kitchen Brains”, as it was he who was PM when the foreign bases were kicked out.

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      Paul
      We will get used to it.

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      Just dreaming. Stupid dominated nation would never see it right. There is a saying how the cows would behave looking at a fast moving train. The outcome of the election s would be similar even if few more votes would be added to NPP rs. It ll then be 8% instead of 92%. 🤔🤥😎😎😎😎😎

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    Gota the great took cargo channel to board the plane thats the door again.
    .
    His friendly meetings with villagers was a utter show off to fooling the people.
    Does he apologised to the people (69 kiri baths) forget the rest ,still he didn’t admits nor took the blame.how he damages to the country .where were all the dollars gone.muddallais whole till gone but cashier still there no action at all.why?
    After JR with his invention the power given to “executive ‘ with live “PTA” along with “foremost “…
    Velu categorically rejected even the 13A(,that was the last rotten bullath left on the plate) but he knew who he is dealing with and the characters .
    .
    Lot of us Thamils dont agree with him but he had the principles as a leader its right or wrong. A leader given his whole family even this 9 yr old child what a mankind given lemon puff even gives ministry for l puff to Soorawamsa, we have batik minister why not
    .
    When he was there he puts all these chandi (patriotics)heads and prelates to confine in their cubicles.
    .
    To make kiri bath we have to import rice and cracker coconuts
    I don’t have that much of knowledge with from 75 yrs can work out the rest 2500 they all good under invaders.
    .
    But we minorities still can survive your leaderships won’t make us any difference at all .

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    What democracy are you talking about? Didn’t you all support the insurrectionists who robbed the country’s democracy last July? After that, do you think you even have a right to talk about democracy?
    Last year, Sri Lanka’s democracy was attacked by the US once again. The US Ambassador in Colombo openly aided, abetted and funded insurrectionists to overthrow the “democratically elected” Sri Lanka’s President. It was the first time something like that happened in Sri Lanka. Why do NGOs, INGOs, and Tamil and Muslim politicians support a political party like JVP/NPP which has a violent past? Because, JVP/NPP leaders do not respect Sinhala Buddhist social values, human lives or human rights; They do not respect the right to higher education for youth; They are anti-Sinhalese and anti-Buddhists; They do not recognize Sri Lanka as a country of the Sinhalese; They promote secularism so that the historical rights of the Sinhalese Buddhists in their own country can be denied. Moreover, they are not against alcoholism, illegal drugs or commercial sexual exploitation.
    As a result of JVP insurrections in 1971 and 1989, tens of thousands of educated Sinhalese Buddhist youths, who were lured to JVP’s destructive ideology, were killed by the then governments.
    Contd’……

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      JVP/NPP leaders are not Marxists or Leftists. Marxism is a scientific doctrine. JVP’s founder Rohana Wijeweera had no clue what Marxism was, neither the leaders of NPP.
      JVP was against the working class which is proved by their list of murders and attacks to economic centers between 1987 and 1992. (I don’t have the 1971 list.)
      1) The following people were killed by JVP members purely for their refusal to follow JVP orders.
      24 Buddhist monks
      2 Catholic priests
      50 Principals
      1 Vice Chancellor
      1 University Professor
      487 Government officials
      *In addition to that, JVP members killed,
      3210 Collaborators
      70 Politicians
      1735 Government supporters
      206 Military personnel
      342 Police personnel
      98 Home-guards
      .
      2) Attacks on religious shrines:
      The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy.
      .
      3) Acts of arson:
      553 CTB busses; 113 Government vehicles; 29 Private vehicles; 15 Bus depots
      Contd’…….

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        4) Acts of vandalism:
        680 Post offices and 18 Postal vehicles
        294 Kachcheris (District offices)
        103 Agrarian Service Centres
        73 Tea factories, 38 Estate bungalows and an unknown number of Tea Collecting Centres and vehicles
        40 Banks
        24 Railway stations, 16 Trains and 12 Train tracks
        21 Main government offices
        9 Government schools
        8 Mining Corporation branches
        7 Fertilizer Corporation branches
        6 Cashew Corporation branches
        5 Plywood Corporation branches
        4 Building Materials Corporation branches
        2 Distilleries Corporation branches
        1 Timber Corporation branch
        1 Telecomunication Building, 84 Major telephone lines and 12 Telecommunication centres
        4 Paddy collecting centres and milk collecting centres
        3 Weaving centres
        5 Sarvodaya centres
        2 Main power stations, 9 Sub-stations, 13 Electricity pylons, 132 Electric transformers, 69 Power lines and 25 Electric meters
        183 Homes of military, police personnel and home-guards
        33 Private buildings, 20 private houses and an unknown number of houses of provincial politicians
        An unknown number of Trade Union centres and social centres.

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          C
          Fine.
          The JVP did many bad things in that period.
          What did Premadasa’s UNP government do in the meantime?

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            Chimpa, while you are at it, list all the people murdered by executioner Gotha, assets held by Myna Mara, deals and kickbacks received by Mr. 10% Basil, alleged girl friends and mistresses of Prince Namal, lies uttered by Pissu Sira, attempts made by RW to stay in power, what did Prema do in the mean time???? Sinhalese youth killed by SB governments including both insurrections??? Current List of Unsolved political killings / forced disappearance in Stupid Lanka, total amount of money looted by Rajapaksa governments through food scams……. There are more to be listed when you are done.

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    A US backed another major insurrection is in the offing to remove Sri Lanka’s current President and appoint their latest lackey to the High Office. Looks like not possible, but not difficult either. The conspiracy will originate from within, same as the previous half succeeded, half failed mission.
    Soon after Gotabhaya was ousted, I said the Defense Secretary who failed to protect the former President and provide adequate security to his official residence and office should be removed. (I also said he should be provided with the same security even after letting him go.) I have nothing against him. But, country comes first. Ranil will pay for his lack of wisdom and, after him, the country will be run by a US backed puppet regime. It is all about proxy wars. The USA is urgently looking for a military base.

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      Putin s supporter, Champa would never wake up from her pissu mental state. This woman is beyond cute. Her conspiracy theories are just fairytales. The kind of Pingonas are misleading this stupid nation from the day one. .
      .
      May u be with some brains. Alonecur thoughts that u are no against kaliamma controlled Gotabaya is more than enough judge about u .
      Get well soon!.
      .🐃🐕🤥🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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    Advertise Tomorrow that Somalia has unlimited number of visas for aged
    between 20 and 30 , and then talk about who is left over to vote for Future
    Generation , Country and Democracy ! Such is the Beauty of Love of Today’s
    Generation For Mother Land !

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    MH, You highlight the oppressive measures of the leader as Rajapaksa protector and citizen predator. Aragalaya will be doing its own work, but the only solution is to abolish this executive president. No other plan or programme will eliminate this greedy power hunger to do the Luciferian five I WILLS, secretly being birthed in all these worldly leaders who are only self focussed and giving absolutely no thought to the citizens they are supposed to be looking after. This dictator power entrenched in bowels must leave or there can be no progress.

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