23 April, 2024

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Politics & Death Of Sanath Nishantha: Some Sombre Lessons & Reflections

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

“If we elect the same corrupt politicians every time, that’s an obvious message that we don’t want a change.”  Sukant Ratnakar, Quantraz

A social media read ‘some deaths create shock and dismay; while some gives lessons’ The  horrific accident which killed both State Minister Sanath Nishantha and his Police body guard on the Katunayake Expressway appears to provide sombre lessons and reflections. The Minister’s vehicle had reportedly rammed a container which was driving ahead, resulting in the accident. As decent human beings, any tragic loss of life generally elicits shock and grief and ultimately the family particularly will have to bear the traumatic lacuna created thereby. While the gory details of the circumstances of his death dominated the social media, the impact of the passing of the Online Safety Act  in the Parliament he was part of, which  dealt a major blow to human rights in Sri Lanka was lost in the process. The fact that a  probe has been launched into the so-called defamatory social media posts on Sanath Nishantha’s death perhaps may bring back our attention to this drastic piece of legislation.

A controversial public figure and politician he was, Sanath Nishantha’s horrific death brought in mixed reactions from the public. In the social media, some were seen to be ‘celebrating’ or welcoming the death, which according to public decency norms, are both harsh and heartless. Also, doing so in public would be very bad too. But we don’t live in a totally polite society today; and besides politeness cannot be totally expected, especially in the aftermath of a severe economic crisis whose authors are the likes of  Sanath, his party and his political bosses. In my humble opinion, in the midst of the people’s frustration aligned with the battle to keep the wolf from the door, the polarization of parties and the crude level of public discourse the nation has fallen into, people are inclined to express their sincere feelings even in cruel ways and they cannot be blamed. As Clarence Darrow once said, “I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.” Sanath Nishantha’s political track records  unfortunately gave plausible reasons for sections of the populace to act in that manner.

It was in 2020 that Gampaha Divisional Wildlife Officer Devanee Jayathilaka hit the news when she stood up to the then State Minister Sanath Nishantha, who was attempting to have government forest land released to build a children’s playground in Negombo. During the back and forth at that public meeting, one of Nishantha’s supporters barked back at Jayathilaka stating ‘we don’t need oxygen’, leading to the Minister earning the epithet ‘Oxygen!”

Politicians often fail to understand that they are not immortal, but act as if. They fail to earn public  confidence and make politics their conduit to earn for many generations , and thus there aren’t more than very few who will be remembered beyond their death. Once elected, they fail to put the nation’s interest  first. The political life of Sanath Nishantha reflected the fast decaying political culture in Sri Lanka, and he related to the ruffian political types  who tried to live by the sword. The likes of Prasanna Ranatunge, Johnston Fernando, Tissa Kuttiarachchi and Mahindananada Aluthgamage were his political compatriots and the phrase ‘birds of a feather’ fitted the clique well.  His life and his untimely death thus brings out many sombre lessons relating to the dirty political culture in this country.

He was also a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksa family and he was in the news recently for having paid the hefty overdue electricity bill relating to Namal’s wedding ceremony. He was a fierce critic of the Aragalaya movement and in fact spearheaded the violent attacks on those protesting at the Galle Face on May 09th 2022, with the blessings of then DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon. Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayathilake were among 22 politicians — including then PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and his son Namal — whose passports were impounded at that time following allegations that they instigated violence. He failed to understand the hungry pangs of the common man and their suffering. In a bankrupt country, with no electricity, no fuel, no medicines, no food, Nishantha and his thuggery gang failed to accept or understand the common man’s anger and their urgent need for basic relief. In October 2023, he was charged for contempt of court for having allegedly  tarnished the honour and image of the judiciary by expressing critical views on how the magistrates acted in granting bail to the suspects involved in the ‘Aragalaya’ protest movement. Many times, Sanath Nishantha was also involved in brawls inside Parliament and once even had to apologize to the Speaker for his unruly conduct.

A legacy of government corruption, nepotism, short-termism, poor economic management, and a crippling civil war have undermined the democratic norms and institutions of Sri Lanka. By falling short of the standards expected by the public, the rulers  have lost any remnants of trust left in their constituents, giving rise to social unrest and violent ways to resolve conflicts. The erosion of Sri Lanka’s democracy is both a product of the power vested in the Executive Presidency and a product of the subversive parliaments which were elected. Sri Lanka is one among a number of countries in Asia attracting legitimate concerns over the erosion of democratic institutions.

‘Politicians are crooks.’ This may be a cynical middle-class complaint, but it is also an empirical fact that more MPs with criminal records are being elected to Parliament than ever before. At the parliamentary level, a good number of MPs elected in 2019 face ongoing criminal cases, including serious crimes. Ironically, candidates implicated in wrongdoings appear to  do quite well at the polls. Their success has a chilling effect on those with clean records who might think twice about joining the electoral fray. As a result, the bad equilibrium perpetuates itself; politicians with questionable records are attracted to office while so-called “clean” candidates exit. Candidates with criminal records are disproportionately wealthy, so they have both the means to contest elections, as well as the incentives. Securing elected office appear to grant them some form of immunity; it also gives them a certain degree of protection while opening up a new set of money-making opportunities.

One of the most important takeaways from the corrupt and violent political culture, likes of Sanath were part of , was  that voters who support criminal candidates are usually well aware of their reputations. They are making rational, informed decisions when they enter the polling booth. In places where the rule of law is weak, which means that government is not able to carry out its most basic functions, and social relations between local communities are fraught, candidates can use their criminality as a sign of their credibility to “get things done” for their supporters. Racism is a political tool in Sri Lanka. If politics is viewed as a zero-sum game — that is, if another community wins, ours loses (or vice versa) — voters look for a representative who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect their group’s social status. How Gota came t power capitalising on the Easter Sunday agony was history.

Douglas Adams once wrote of a planet on which humans are ruled by lizard overlords. There’s a paradox: the planet is a democracy, the humans hate and outnumber the lizards and yet the lizards always get elected. It turns out the humans vote for the lizards for a simple reason: “If they didn’t … the wrong lizard might get in.” Researchers refer to three big problems. First, power is magnetic to corruptible people. Just about everywhere you look, the worst kind of people are drawn to gaining authority over others. That’s especially true for people with a particularly destructive psychological cocktail known as the dark triad: Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy. Second, power does tend to corrupt. There’s plenty of research showing that decent, well-intentioned people frequently succumb to the corrosive effects of power. Third, we give power to the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Power is relational: you can’t be a leader without followers. We might wish to forget it, but many of the leaders we loathe most were elected by our fellow citizens — from Hitler and Papa Doc Duvalier to Hugo Chavez, Rodrigo Duterte and Trumps and also from our own Isle -JR, Mahinda to Gota.

Good systems attract good people, and rotten systems attract rotten people. Humans may have some destructive tendencies when it comes to wielding power, but we can counteract them with the right reforms. Political parties shouldn’t wait for corruptible people to put themselves forward. They should seek community leaders who have proven ability to behave with integrity. Better yet, recruit those who would see power as a burden rather than a calling. If we wait to see who steps forward, as we often do in modern society, we have only ourselves to blame when we end up with a power-hungry narcissist in charge. erhaps we should engineer systems that produce saviours instead of hoping that one will simply emerge. Otherwise we’ll continue to be stuck on our absurd Douglas Adams planet, doomed to live with his astute, but unfortunate, assessment: “It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it … anyone who is capable of getting themselves made president should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

Over the last two decades, Rajapaksas and their enablers and accomplices like Sanath Nishantha’s have honed the arts of playing dirty to such an extent that they’ve become almost normalized, encouraging a politics that’s rooted in the worst aspects of ourselves like greed, fear, racism, misogyny, violence, personal corruption and the deliberate erosion of democracy and civic norms. While much can be done to incentivize good behavior though stronger rules and regulations, this won’t be enough without a deeper change (political cultural change) in how we see and practice politics – and how we see elect our public representatives.

Experts have argued that voter disinterest is detrimental to the quality of democracy, and urged for stronger emphasis on civic education and social engagement. Research results also suggest one concrete avenue where greater political attentiveness may produce clear benefits – greater sanctioning of politicians who misuse public office for personal or political gain. There is hope, given what transpired after the Aragalaya in 2022, that the public activism is more likely than has been previously thought to make decisive changes in the political culture  and also turn corrupt politicians out of office. On the other hand, insofar as opinion leaders and members of the media represent the viewpoints of the wealthy, citizens may not gain access to the information that they need in order to know who is and is not corrupt.

Our country is broken. For too long politicians have chosen the interests of big business over ordinary people and their petty personal interests over nation’s interest. The next election is a crucial turning point for Sri Lanka. Elections are a chance to vote for better policies – and hold leaders to account. Ahead of that there are plenty of opportunities to influence the issues that each political party will prioritise. Cleaning up the stables in the political backyard should be a priority. In the run-up to an election, all parties will be listening to voters to see what is important to them. This is how they develop their manifestos – the collection of policies they commit to delivering if they form the next government. The death of Sanath Nishantha should make us think and reflect on the imperative need to avoid creating more of his political likes and kind while also committing to clean up the dirty politics in this country, long suffering from bad and corrupt governance. Perhaps it will serve well to his memory.

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  • 2
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    … politics on the death of someone …?

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      Nathan ,

      ” …. politics at the death of someone… ? ” First time you see this ?
      Saw the number of politicos at his house and heard their utterings ?
      Number of reporters thrusting their Mics at politicos throats for
      their vomits about the loss of their man ? Heard the comment of
      none other than the speaker Mahinda Yapa ? He said ” if his house
      was not burnt (Aragalaya) this would not have happened ! Because
      he wouldn’t have travelled to Colombo at that hour ! See , the
      standard of the speaker’s politics ! The country is notorious for
      reckless driving and deadly accidents killing thousands every year
      and this dumb and deaf speaker can not focus on that and instead
      it is politics for him , ugly politics and he is our speaker ? You must
      read driver’s statement for the rest and it is Hit from behind case .

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        Thank you, whywhy.

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          Sanath Nishantha died of a car accident …….. the lesson drive safely.

          All else is just human conjecture.

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        Some restraint is called for when a life is lost.

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          N
          Agree, especially in getting very personal.

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        my issue is with the name of paying last respects how much of tax payers funds being abused. Why should anyone waste that much of funds for anyone after being dead.

        See where is this funds coming from ? Acutally the kind of dog
        ‘s charactor should not even keep a day long, abusing the funds of the poor people. This country is the killer of state funds.
        .
        To tell you, that bastardised son of medamulana donkey, today appeared in that policist’s funeral with their ” sataka costume, in order to mislead the nation again.

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

        This satakaya is the cancer to this nation. However, people would fall in the simple trick again and agian. That is the nature of this nation. If they would have been asked to eat COWDUNG, they would not wait a minute, they would queue up to do so. such a stupdi natION by every nature.

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          Dear LM: This late MP – Sanath Nishantha entered politics from the base of Local Government and rose to be an MP and a State Minister. In his days of Local Politics, he was a promising young and energetic youth.

          Now the question is, how did he become such a “Nasty” and a “Barstardly” character?

          The simple answer is His “Leaders” created a “Monster” by the simple method of “Use and Abuse” for self-gain and hold on to power. Ultimately he became a “SLAVE” of the “Master”. I blame the “Leaders” for the creation of these types of “Monsters” and “Bastards”.

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            “He failed to understand the hungry pangs of the common man and their suffering”
            I am no fan of political thugs, but I have to disagree. He understood quite well what his voters wanted of him. That’s why they voted him in, and that’s why there are crowds of ordinary people at his funeral.
            Blame the voters.

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              Douglas and OC,
              my appeal is to social analysts and international experts, including experts of International Monetary Fund. The way the stupid dominated public and the Sri Lankan mood behaves during such sudden deaths of parliamentarians should be carefully observed. They are making it a matter of political gain and it will not be easy to get rid of these abusive people who have messed up the entire nation.

              At Thondaman’s funeral (prior to 2020 GE), we were forced to see clearly how MaRa (the man who is held the godfather of all high crimes of their political conglomeration) acted amid the high risks of the Covid epidemic, which could have caused even innocent deaths due to the easy spread of the virus. Twisting the mindset and votergains of “plantation tamils” is/was connected with claiming victories in elections in srilanka. Unfortunately, even minority leaders are easily caught by such tricks again and again in this country.

              What mattered to them was to mislead the “very insecure and easily vulnerable ” nation and bind them further with their CIRMINAL mantra.

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                cont.
                .
                That’s what applies also here. In the eyes of the poor, how much public money is misused and wasted is of no concern. I work in EUrope and I myself coulnot afford my transport whtin the country today, so costs are really high… so how could the average in that country ?
                The media is more for them than against. They are making every effort to paint the picture against JVP-NPP supporters.

                External experts find it difficult to study this psychology. The likes of Sanath Nishant were produced by the “Madhamulan Thirisana” for their political polarization across rural communities. Thisssa Kuttiarachchi is next “human sacrifice” and there are lot more of them are produced by MAHENDRA RAJAPKSHISM for their political survival. These people grew up with Mahinda Dogi thinking, as local thugs. There is ample evidence that the dead have always been behind any mob attack on civilians. However, the media doesnot hype up them today, which is the “srilanken kind of politics”… mlechcha nature is seen in their shadow.

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              OC, absolutely right. Not just SN, ” many of those political thugs understand quite well what their voters wanted of them “. That is why they vote for them, and that’s why many will be re- elected in next elections”. Though they lack empathy / remorse, to even understand the the sufferings, the common man keeps electing these sociopaths. It’s all about choices and eventually having none.

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            Dear All,
            i got to know from a good european friend of mine, that parliamentarians are not allowed to wepanoise even if their body guards should have the weapons. That is considered as a bad qualitity of a politician in civilized europe he further said.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6wFBih7R64

            Rascal culture GREW up exponsentially with MaRa presidency and left behind a society filled with institutionalization of crime culture.

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              Dear Douglas MahaTHMAya,
              rascals and their leaders regionally were cherrypicked and promoted for their grassroot level politicial thuggish culture.

              They are fine at tacklicking, tickling, misleading, abusing the rural mindset of this country. That they have in their RAJAPAKSHE-blood.
              Latest example: Medamulana beast’s bastardised son, paid respect to SANATH nishanth but dressing in Tshirt without wearing a “satakaya”.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4_yXWFcFg8

              Ridiculously enough, the very same bp represented SLPP in the funeral (near Kandy) of that killed , body guard aka POLICIST, however wearing ” sataka and while shirt”…. The difference is huge…. people shouild study it closely, why this ballige putha s son did that in two different ways…. do you think that our people would ever realize the GREATER difference of this fooling yet today ?MEDIA SHOULD OPEN THE WIDER DISCUSSION on this than anything else, then only, we the people can rebuild a society, which would finely notice the tricks of POLITICAL crooks.

              tbc

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                cont.
                Even a plant to grow further, soil and its relevant nutrients should be present in that soil. In srilanka, for the last two decades, media, stupid people, sinhala buddhist fanatism, and all converged to promoted a rascalism led by MEDAMULANA beast.
                And not to forget “kalakaraya, artists, racists and sinhala-chaunists” were caught together by so called ” fake patriotism” introduced by medamulana criminals.
                Not long ago, medamulana dog was found escape keeping in a ship, but today, he visits funeral houses of his diehard supporters without fears, with all other backlickers line up to emulate him. No matter allocated state funds being abused/wasted for their transport unnecessarily, if RASCAL man would take the precedence, it works like a ” domino effect” as people are real fools.
                I am speechless as an observer it closey but being out of the country.
                Now you will come with raising it again, putting the blame on RW as the incumbent to have not done enough to corner MEDAMULANISM…… there you are right, but his appointment was based on saving the nation from ” economic avalanche” and restore some sort of stability. He could do it only being silent with the cruel forces, which are harshly entwined in srilanken culture and populists polticians.
                Please consider these thoughts profoundly to realize it.

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            Douglas ,

            ” Ultimately he became a ‘ SLAVE ‘ of the ‘ Master ‘ . ” Douglas ,
            listen to what The Educated , Attorney At Law , wife of a
            deceased Minister , MP , Businessman says , weeping and bowing
            in front of Mara who pays his last respect to the deceased . ” It is
            always we that bow to you and it so happened that you had to do
            this to us ” Suh is the mentality of servitude by these type of
            creatures that have made Rogues , Kings . Soulless creatures ! Her
            concern was not about the loss of her husband at that moment but
            Mara raising his hands to bow to the deceased ? Will these kinds of
            slavish acts not give Walking Dead Bodies New Life Line ?

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      Nathan

      “… politics on the death of someone …?”

      There were/are quite a number of people made death as their politics.

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        “There were/are quite a number of people made death as their politics.”
        .
        The scene where CBK signed a pact on the coffin of Vijaya comes to mind, as tragic as it may seem, if there was a family of politicians that politically benefitted from death, that would be Bandaranayakes.
        .
        “Four leftist Sri Lankan parties officially formed an alliance at the funeral of an assassinated movie star-politician. Clad in a white mourning sari, Chandrika, widow of murdered leftist leader Vijaya Kumaranatunga, signed an agreement on behalf of the People’s Party, setting up the United Socialist Alliance. Leaders of three other leftist parties–a socialist party, the Communist party, and a small Trotskyite group–also signed the agreement on a rostrum where Kumaranatunga’s coffin rested. The coffin was then placed on a funeral pyre and set afire in view of several hundred thousand mourners in the capital of Colombo.” – Los Angelese Times.
        .
        https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-02-22-mn-30037-story.html

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      Nathan

      “… politics on the death of someone …?”

      There were quite a large number of people who were/are responsible for the death or forced disappearance of a large number of innocent people. Shouldn’t we talk about them?

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        Native, so so righteous but yet hypocritical. Remorseless people like Nishantha are called Sociopath / anti social personality . Few died and some wete critically injured and disabled after Nishantha’s thugs unleashed violence against Aragalaya. I feel for those victims and their families who sacrificed for rest including few in CT who told us “Aragalaya was nothing but rich kids partying in GF.”

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          Its history by which a deceased is remembered and not by theatrics and sentiments. According to Lankan logic it’s okay to kill but should not remember the deceased as murderer. Now one is replaced by another gun totting, Lohan Ratwatta.

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    For Lankans there is never reflections or lessons to learn, even after 30 years of war, two insurrections, Tsunami and now bankruptcy. Just look at the expressions of Prassana, Mahindananda , Johnston …. at the viewing. Apparently Sanath knocked down a poor cyclist and killed, while driving under influence. Police later altered the case to say his driver was responsible for that accident. Sanath arranged thugs to attack Aragalaya, and continued to threaten them with bodily harm. Recent video of him in parliament grabbing the documents out of SP , talking filth and threatening others, are still available for public viewing. GOOD RIDDANCE.

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      Sanath Nishantha s provocation did not keep him alive longer. I thought it was natural forces above divine forces.

      the list of potential miserables that will die next days, THe precipitated dark cloud above srilanka: iF THAT would be the case, how would it be beneficial for the nation:
      – Mahendra Percy Rajapakshe (Godfather of lanken high crimes)
      – Johnsten Fernando
      – Basil Rajapakshe
      – Yoshitha Rajapkshe
      – Namal Rajapakshe
      – Gotabaya Rajapkashe
      – Prasanna Ranathunga
      – Rohitha Abeygunawardhana
      – Wimal BUruwanse
      – Channa Jayasumana
      – Mahindananda ALuthgamage

      Assume how would be without these men our motherland ? thAT WILL definitely be a paradise within 5 years.

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    Harees, All humans leave some good on this earth even though they have major flaws detected or spoken of by their close associates. The request has been worthy as it has been to clean up dirty politics, which is a message needed in the Diyawanna very specially. Mere talk has no clout on the tear filled deeply corrupt robbers.

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    A controversial public figure and politician he was,

    To be popular making controversial is to become to show that i am a fore front runner for the party not for people , additional controversy actually decreases likelihood of discussion create division within someone’s behavior to cover up faults that is done. faking of facts during aragalay submerging people choice.

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    “Political party behind offensive comments on social media against late Sanath Nishantha – Minister” (Amaraweera)
    .
    https://www.dailynews.lk/2024/01/27/politics/368659/political-party-behind-offensive-comments-on-social-media-against-late-sanath-nishantha-minister/
    .
    It reads: “A probe has been launched …”
    .
    On whose order based on what legal authority I wonder?
    .
    “…individuals were found posting such offensive comments on a regular basis and under fake accounts…”
    .
    What exactly is a fake account and who has defined it?
    .
    Wasn’t it found that thousands of people who appeared celebrating the recently held UNP national convention on their Facebook page, were infact ‘fake’ accounts?
    .
    Minister seems shocked at the response and try to blame one political party as the sole orchestrator of the phenomenon. I wonder if that’s true? And what proof he has to support the claim?
    .

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      Continued…
      .
      Though there were no social media people around the country rejoiced the death of President Premadasa too despite he was a President elected by the people of the whole island and the tragic nature of his departure. People set fire to crackers and cooked kiribath.
      .
      Our school principal called an emergency assembly on the first school day following the incident to plea and advice not to celebrate the event and not to particularly speak ill of the departed President! Such was the response.
      .
      The good minister shoukd rather worry about the calibre of people that come to occupy the Parliament. If there’s anything shocking it would be that.

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        Road accidents in Sri Lanka kill more people than anywhere else in the region. Sometimes predestrians and just ones walk on the road sides are easily victimized by their fast driving and get damaged very often.

        They don’t respect speed limits at all. Srilanken bus drivers according my european friends as they experienced it were like devils on the roads. . Also the SN#S DEATH accident, the authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to this.This country should be brought back to normal levels only through harsher laws. Those drivers should be warned by death penalty if their careless driving would kill anyone.
        .
        1) The driver AND his status about under the influence of alcohol or not mentioned in many of the videos… YOUTUBER beggers repeat the unencessary info but nothing focus on the essential info.
        2) If the speed limit is 110 or 120 km/h, why should they the authorities allow overspeeding to those idiots ?
        ? It was reported that the speed of the V8 was over 140 km/h at the time of the accident
        3) Why are people and the authorities/police not aware of this driver’s repeated road violence records that have been reported over the years? Is it because they are Rajapaksa supporters?

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    Thank you Mohamed
    I could read your article from beginning to end.

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    THEY HAVE ARRESTED THE TRUCK DRIVER AND THE DRIVER WHO DROVE THE JEEP OF SANTH NISHANTHA.AT THIS RATE THERE IS GOING TO BE A THREAT FOR ALL DRIVERS OF MP,S AND MINISTERS AND ITS LOOKS LIKE ANY ACCIDENT RIGHT OR WRONG DRIVER WILL BE MADE TO ANSWER AND SUFFER.IS IT A CORRECT AND RESPONSIBLE WAY TO HANDLE A SITUATION?

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    Good to see Mr Harees writing about pressing issues relevant to SL. Speaking ill of the dead is in bad taste but when it comes to SL politicians, there maybe an exception to that rule & Mr H has conveyed the message well. We need to call a spade a spade & naming some of the despicable punks is in line with true journalism, particularly, considering the fate of those who had the guts to expose the truth & the current suppression of freedom of speech in the guise of ‘fake news’ reporting.

    Its one less political thug now but there are many more who should meet with a similar fate. Mr H maybe soft peddling in his wishes but, though, I don’t want to rejoice over a death, I would say good riddance in this case & hope all those living punks will all rot in hell some day.

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      Raj UK – for once I agree with you whole heartedly.

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      Dear Raj,
      Dear rational thinkers,
      As soon as I saw the crowd for SN’s funeral or since he died in that accident, my mind was wondering why MPs and Ministers are misusing fuel provided by the state for their personal entertainment. I wonder why not many of you CT commenters joining here from outside world feel the way I feel it ?
      -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FLGYxRVV7Y
      Mahendra Rajapakshe be appeared in that ceremony twice (his 200 service personnel give him security) – all these are not fund abuses ?

      Even after IMF and other world bodies are aware that this country is a debt state and is trying it is best to recover, neverthless people nod their head, because they are being preyed by political crooks such as Mahinda Rajapkashe. Why should we be compelled to watch how NAMAL BABY is kept above in his ” SATAKAYA costume”. Popularism is their opium so that STUPID people again are be misled.

      In Europe, I don’t think high profile politician personally visits such funerals. Finally our people must be aware how SLPPrs waste public money in this bankrupt country by hanging by a hair today. if politicians would nto set example, how would the authorities take it ?

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    Wonder if its the beginning of another widow political leader?
    .
    https://youtu.be/aj2DJDjyIvI?si=jfArUOwSxhhEgx9t

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    Road accidents in Sri Lanka kill more people than anywhere else in the region. Sometimes predestrians and just ones walk on the road sides are easily victimized by their fast driving and get damaged very often.

    They don’t respect speed limits at all. Srilanken bus drivers according my european friends as they experienced it were like devils on the roads.
    Also the SN#S DEATH accident, the authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to this.This country should be brought back to normal levels only through harsher laws. Those drivers should be warned by death penalty if their careless driving would kill anyone.
    .
    1) The driver AND his status about under the influence of alcohol or not mentioned in many of the videos… YOUTUBER beggers repeat the unencessary info but nothing focus on the essential info.
    2) If the speed limit is 110 or 120 km/h, why should they be given more impunity
    ? It was reported that the speed of the V8 was over 140 km/h at the time of the accident
    3) Why are people and the authorities/police not aware of this driver’s repeated road violence that has been reported to have been violated over the years? Is it because they are Rajapaksa supporters?

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