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Port City – What Next?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

There may be differences in semicolons and adjectives but broadly speaking the SJB of Sajith P and the UNP (still loyal to Ranil?) have very similar positions on the Port City Act. They are in agreement that many of its provisions undermine democracy and bypass parliament and existing laws, that it concedes power to China to the extent of making Sri Lanka a semi-colony on matters relating to the Port City and that with the passage of time China’s influence will creep into other domains – finance, immigration and economic policy. However, they are also in agreement that the basic Port City Concept of creating a global financial enclave is an excellent proposition if only in addition to Chinese investment Western capital too is permitted to penetrate. A concise well stated one page summary of the arguments for and against the Bill is available in Verite Research, The Media Analysis, Vol.11, No.18.

Interestingly, the JVP does not endorse the economic concept underlying the Port City but it does not explicitly reject it either. The unsaid thinking in the JVP’s outlook seems to be that Lanka, like everybody else is trapped in a “globalised system” and must adjust to survive. Since socialism is not round the corner nor the revolution on the wing, anyone not supportive of capitalism as a world order has to deal with a conundrum. Socialists face a Luddite Conundrum: One should not oppose improvements that enhance society’s material assets, powers and productive potentials, but in the upshot they will strengthen capitalism, the capitalist class and the capitalist state.

This is no conundrum the sophisticated will say, it’s a dialectic. If you believe that capitalism is the best of all possible worlds and leads mankind to heaven, well that’s a clientele that I am not addressing today. Otherwise, by aiding improvements within a capitalist order aren’t we strengthening it? However, on reflection this is a non-issue. For example we support a resolution of the national question, progressive economic reforms and vaccination and if these are done satisfactorily by a bourgeois state its standing will be enhanced in the eyes of the people, and this is crucial, the prevailing social order will also be strengthened. The answer to this figment then is as follows.

“No social order passes away before the productive forces for which it is sufficient are exhausted; superior relations of production do not replace older ones before necessary material conditions have matured in the framework of the old society” – Preface: A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, Marx. 1859. And added, “At the entrance to science, as at the entrance to hell, the demand must be made”:

Here must all distrust be left;

All cowardice must here be dead ~ (Dante)

The resolution of the contradiction lies in ruthless honestly. The conundrum is superficial, a step on a road. We must be cold-bloodedly honest about potential economics of the Port City and ruthless in the examination of class, state and international concerns. I see many lapses in the SJB-UNP assessment of costs and benefits; there is no rigorous economic analysis factoring in debt and debt-service obligations. Except for a statement by Ceylon Federation of Labour General Secretary T.M.R. Rsseedin there has been no examination of its impact on class relations. Comment so far has been only about the loss of national sovereignty, undermining Parliament and foreign policy implications. The inevitable loss of our non-aligned status has been noted; the balancing of inevitable tension with India has been mentioned but not adequately examined.   

There are two more tricky frontiers; the projects local ‘agent’ and a warning to investors. The agent is the Double-Paksa regime hence it’s not possible to be confident that kickbacks and corruption will not overflow, especially when negotiating with potential investors. The stench from former Paksa-government projects reeks. Second, because investors may knowingly or unknowingly be drawn into activities that infringe on the democratic and legal rights of the people of Lanka they need to be warned that future governments are not obliged to honour corrupt deals repugnant to democracy. Let this be made abundantly clear NOW to potential investors by all opposition parties. Let there be no tears later.

Overall is it possible to give critical support to the Port City despite the lapses this regime has built into it because it has potential to bring economic benefits? I think that for the reasons I have enumerated it is not possible to do that. The Double-Paksa regime is determined to go ahead, some 145 lickspittle stooge MPs will vote to make the Bill law. We will thereafter be stuck with it and we need to plan now how to address this ghastly scenario. Surely not like Hambantota Harbour again!

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    Could it be ‘Here must all distrust the Left’? The JVP are waiting to see which way the wind blows. To them a Peoples Republic of Lanka is no bad result.

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      Dear Paul,
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      Have you deliberately changed Professor Kumar David’s words to change their meaning, or have you made the change because you imagined that this was one of his famous typos?
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      No, he’s quoting from Dante’s Divine Comedy, which was written in Italian. This is another translation.
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      https://www.infoplease.com/primary-sources/poetry/dante/divine-comedy-24
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      So, let’s not get side-tracked by the love of Literature being unexpectedly displayed by Marx and Kumar.
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      To be honest, I had enough wits to spot the confusion, but don’t know much more about Dante.

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        Dear Sinhala_Man, I changed it deliberately. It comes to something when the JVP members are among the few principled MPs left. On the other hand it is easy to be principled in opposition.

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          Paul
          We saw how principled the JVP has been, especially between 2001 and 2007, when they got close to the JHU in policy matters.
          Principles returned slightly after MR split the JVP, but a further split followed.
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          Kumar David is much forgiving about the JVP, but not so much the FLSP.

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          Paul

          Have you had a chance to watch female members of armed forces on motorbikes armed to their teeth (AK47) riding to fight CORONA 19 in Jaffna, as if they were part of special commando strike force on a mission to search and destroy the virus?

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            Native, yes indeed. Gota pretending that he is actually doing something. I wonder whether he got this particular idea from Gaddaffi’s special guards https://www.ndtv.com/photos/news/gaddafis-female-bodyguards-11603#photo-149560

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              Paul

              Who gave Gota and his merry men the idea that armed forces are most suitable experts to deal with Corona?

              People have to first sack the the ruling click then those (15,000) generals who are sitting pretty decorating almost every top job in this island. Kamal(a) our defense secretary is running 19 different departments under his COMMAND. Yet he is in charge for COVID 19 control too. Poor Shavendra who does’t know if he is coming or going.

              Take care.

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            “female members of armed forces”

            Native,

            It’s about time you put a lid on your misogyny! :))

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              nimal fernando

              “It’s about time you put a lid on your misogyny!”

              Man, you got me there.
              That’s a good point.
              You won’t believe my mother is women, my sister is a woman, all my aunts are women, my grand mothers are women, most of my best friends are women, ……………….. how could you accuse me of being a misogynist.

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                “You won’t believe my mother is women, my sister is a woman, all my aunts are women, my grand mothers are women, most of my best friends are women”

                https://www.elle.com/culture/news/a19929/top-ten-hottest-misogynists/

                They all had mothers for sure ………… and some had …….. wives, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, women-friends too!

                Hatred makes bedfellows with EE!

                Strange bedfellows? :))

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                  nimal fernando

                  “They all had mothers for sure ………… and some had …….. wives, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, women-friends too!”

                  Even my partner is a woman.

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                    nimal fernando

                    I am sorry I shouldn’t have single out the way I structured my observation and should have been bit more politically correct.

                    Is it politically correct if I write I like/love women?

                    Shavendra the Army chief says “media must be closely monitored”

                    What you going to do about it?

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                  Please, nimal, leave EE well alone:
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                  See how mad he is with me:
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                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-critique-of-the-youtube-broadcast-by-dr-anuruddha-padeniya-entitled-western-doctor-gives-a-thundering-slap-to-western-methodology/
                  .
                  I fear him to be now saying things like:
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                  “And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
                  To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
                  I am determined to prove a villain
                  And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”
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                  And it’s me he intends to take it out on.
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                  Panini Edirisinhe

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      Dear Paul,
      >……….To them a Peoples Republic of Lanka is no bad result…….<
      I am not very sure on that. May be as their accepted social model, but China will deal only with R's and strengthen them. Already there is talk of a "marriage" of SLPP with the Chinese Communist Party. They even "exchanged visits of the two parties."

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        “the SJB of Sajith P and the UNP (still loyal to Ranil?) have very similar positions on the Port City Act. “
        That’s because they are the shadow government. They know that when push comes to shove, they cannot escape from signed commercial agreements, since we have no money to pay for compensation. Remember the Airbus episode? Currently there seems to be a problem with cancelling 3 billion worth of SUV’s.
        I doubt even the JVP would have any viable options.

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        MyView, I didn’t know about the SLPP meeting. Wheels within wheels eh?

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      JVP millions of people come to hear their speaches in any rally and election meetings. At the end of the election, their candidates deposits also loosing in front of the elections. Same as Dogs barking at the moon.

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    Clever pun Paul, but the serious question remains and it’s not about the JVP. The Port City Bill is already, or will be law, in a day or two. So what’s the stand we should take or campaign for in the coming months and years – or after a change of government. Call for its repeal, or prepare amendments or launch action now against its implementation? Time to discuss these options.

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      Great to have people thinking, and responding with wit, and not turning nasty.

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      The vast majority of Sri Lankans are now not opposed to Port City project. The anti-Chinese campaign flopped as people smelled racism. History says the next government will not reverse it or revise it. We have to learn to live with the Chinese, Indians, Saudis, Pakistanis, etc. They are saints compared to some others that lived in SL until 2009!

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    “Port City” – What Next? The next stage to follow would be the respective “Investment Agreements” to be entered between the “Investor” and the “Port City Commission”. Since the “Port City Commission” is established by an Act of Parliament and directly comes within the purview of the President or a Minister to be named by him, the “State/Government” of Sri Lanka is the “Host Party” to the “Investor”. In like manner, the “Foreign Investor” too could be the “Investor Party” of the Foreign Country that entity is registered to carry on business. So, ultimately, it could be “Interpreted” as a “Government to Government” Investor Agreement. This is what happened in the case of the famous “HEDGING AGREEMENT”. The “City Bank” (if I remember correctly) ultimately cited the commercial “Trade Agreement” between Sri Lanka and Germany (Govt. to Govt.) in the “Arbitration” case and won a “Compensation” payment of “US$ 60 million” (again subject to correction of my memory). In another case, a Hong-Kong investor who lost his “Agricultural Investment” in the Wanni, that was “Bombed” by the Army on suspicion of “Terrorist Activities” won an “Arbitration Case” citing a similar “Agreement” between Sri Lanka and the UK, because Hon-Kong was a colony under the UK at that time. I continue……………

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    If anyone thinks the Chinese will only operate within the Port City, they are only fooling themself. Like the writer says, eventually we will be under Chinese rule, whether economically, even political influence. The Rajapaksa’s have sold us to the Chinese, and what they may be getting out of it is anyone’s guess. Our forefather’s who guarded this country like gold, will be shocked at how easily we were given over to China in a cheap platter. Once they step into our country, you can never get them out.

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      A
      ” Like the writer says, eventually we will be under Chinese rule…”
      *
      Where has he said it?
      You must have very good eyesight that lets you read not just between the lines, but even beyond.

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        “They are in agreement that many of its provisions undermine democracy and bypass parliament and existing laws, that it concedes power to China to the extent of making Sri Lanka a semi-colony on matters relating to the Port City and that with the passage of time China’s influence will creep into other domains – finance, immigration and economic policy”

        Maybe not exactly “rule” but they will be calling the shots and the Rajapaksa’s will be the figureheads. It is nothing to do with “eyesight” and everything to do with reading the writing on the wall, and judging China and its record. If you are naive about it, then maybe you are in for a shock.

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          A
          When you cite a source do not add frills.
          It is not very honest.

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            Really, so are you saying we should not give our opinions, or make comments that respond to what is written? What do you think the vast majority of commenters do here? Perhaps it is your first time in the comment section, and it looks like you have nothing interesting to say but only pick on what others say or don’t say.

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        Dear SJ,
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        I know that you are more intelligent than me, but I’ve been a poor ridiculed language teacher all my life. Well, opinion in my town is that I don’t even know English, the language which I used to teach.
        .
        Theoretically, what you say is correct. However, Ashan and me, like the Emperor, Nebuchadnezzar, think we see the writing on the wall.
        .
        But you’re right! Professor Kumar David has not said all that. However, by now, I agree with Ashan and not with Professor S. Sivasegaram.
        .
        I think that you’re older than me, but had you been in my English class, I would have patted you on the head, said, “Good Boy“, and asked you to sit down without being such a boring pedant!

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      Ashan,
      “Our forefather’s who guarded this country like gold, will be shocked at how easily we were given over to China “
      Really? What is the evidence that our forefathers would be shocked, since they have done this all along.

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        You mean after independence we were given over to other nations? When would that be?

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          When did we have ‘independence’?
          It was a deal by the UK government to transfer power to a loyal follower.

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            Ashan,
            The Portuguese didn’t invade the country. How could they, from the other side of the world? They got involved in local disputes, got Dharmapala to donate his kingdom, and used local recruits to fight . Same story with the Dutch and British. So,”defended like gold” is a bit of an overstatement, isn’t it?

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              If you read my comment again, you will see I mentioned “after Independence”.

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                Ashan,
                Did you know that D.S Senanayake kept the British bases here because he was afraid of India?

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                Ashan,
                This was what you wrote: “Our forefather’s who guarded this country like gold, will be shocked”

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                  Yes they will. So would Dutugemunu for that matter. They did not want Dravidians here, what makes anyone think they will welcome the Chinese?

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                    Ashan,
                    The last kings were all Dravidian. Most of the others were of Indian origin, including Parakrama Bahu.

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    Continued…….. It is on record that Sri Lanka State has been faced with such “Commercial Legal Involvements” very many times arising out of these “Interpretations” of already signed “Trade/Commercial Agreements with Foreign countries. In passing this “Porty City Commission” through an Act of Parliament, the Government has established its “Identity” in the “Investor Agreements” and “Boasts” so much of the establishment of an “Arbitration Mechanism” that would solve “ALL” matters. It is not so if one were to read through the “HEDGING CASE”. Have the “Government”, the “Opposition” (SJB.TNA, NPP & others) given consideration to this aspect in the “WHAT NEXT” of the “PORT CITY”?
    In relation to the above “Complications”, have the “Opposition” and the “People” the “RIGHT” to access the “Investor Agreements” that would be signed between the “Port City Commission” and the “Investor” under the “Right to Information Act”? Has this matter received any “Attention” from the Government and the PEOPLE? With the “RECORDS” of already subjected to “VULNERABILITY” arising out of our similar “Investor Agreements”, it is very important to SEE for ourselves what these “Investor Agreements” are? I submit these “Thoughts” for further “ANALYSIS” by Higher Authorities in these subjects. Thank you.

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    KD last year during this time pseudos were busy discussing Lanka being number one in Covid control, soon Covid free, foreigners rushing to our safe haven, some were even suggesting getting treatmentin Lanka.. This year many countries are relaxing Covid restriction including South Korea ( no need of mask for vaccinated).and soon planning to openup for economic recovery. US , UK have vaccinated closer to 50 % of target population. Where as we have been put on travel restrictions list still waiting for vaccines. This year PC is number one for investment
    Next year ???

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      South Korea: infection rate going strong at 600 approx per day. Vaccination status: less than 12 per hundred (first dose only)
      *
      South Korea has extended current domestic restrictions through June 13 amid ongoing COVID-19 activity.
      [https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/481546/south-korea-authorities-extend-existing-covid-19-restrictions-through-june-13-update-60].

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    Dear Kumar,
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    We’ve been most fortunate to have been born in a land so blessed by nature that it can absorb many a mistake.
    .
    But this can’t go on much longer. See what a mess has been made of a country like Haiti.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti
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    These Paksas are just not bothered about Nature. I’m in Bandarawela; we’re conscious of the mess that is the Uma Oya Project.

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    UNP can’t see beyond greedy capitalism (either they are not too bright thus clouded by their udual greed, or they live within their own religious circles and fulfilling e.g. biblical prophesies). That, or they see the ultimate downfall of the Rajapaksas and/or country succession.

    Hambantota port has some potential …..
    tangible benefits from the BRI, even if low at the moment ; good hard day’s labour of healthy work. Quite different from China’s Financial City that will be mostly virtual….intangible set of depressive intangibilities with a continous Democles Sword over Motherland’s head.

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      Greedy capitalism of the early 1900″s I mean. UNP haven’t graduated to the more sophisticated democratically socialized capitalism of the modern world.

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        ramona Grandma therese fernando

        “UNP haven’t graduated to the more sophisticated democratically socialized capitalism of the modern world.”

        Please explain
        “more sophisticated democratically socialized capitalism of the modern world”

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          Certainly NV. Since the 1970′ s, the West has created regulatory bodies like Fitch Ratings, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s so capitalism can cleanly and efficiently take on global proportions to take better care and secure the masses of humanity. Unfortunately China’s Financial City in the Motherland will not be able to follow the rules as it will be the dumping ground of Russian, Chinese, and Lankan billionaires that will be working for an alternate capitalism to the Western one. This alternate capitalism will need underground impetus to get it going, like money laundering, drug trading, body-parts trading, prostitution and pedophilia networks, gambling, and so many other trading vices.These plus the dire risk of Western retaliation in creating an alternate system to the West.

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            ramona Grandma therese fernando

            You have listed many vices of Chinese, Russian…. capitalism which is also found in the west.
            -.
            Just because they have Fitch Ratings, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s it doesn’t mean western capitalism is clean, efficient or ethical.

            You know how western capitalism crashed in 2008.

            I need to see evidence of efficiency in western capitalism.

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              NV,
              Still better than communists trying to be capitalists. Communists just don’t have the long expertise and know-how of Western capitalism. Indeed the bust cycle of 2008 was caused in part by China manipulating global currency. Now it’s boom time again for the US after they put in greater regulatory measures in line with greater protection for the Masses.

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            Native Vedda,
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            What you have not accepted is a reasonable attempt at an answer from Grandma!
            .
            Why don’t you save your fire for a woman like Diana Gamage? I can’t be bothered searching her speeches to identify “The Worst of Diana Gamage”. Could somebody identify it and provide us with the link?
            .
            It’ll be a good learning experience for you!
            .
            I mean this very seriously: whatever we tell RTF, she accepts in good humour, and she tries to be constructive. That she is a bit out of touch with realities in Sri Lanka is true. Are we any better?

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              Sinhala Man,

              Ground realities of Motherland? Ground realities are a bunch of generational politicians running us to the ground ever since independence. My country of origin is a disgrace.

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          Native,
          Lenin is supposed to have said that the highest form of capitalism is imperialism. But some Russian humourist came back with ” the highest form of Communism is alcoholism”.

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            old codger

            “the highest form of Communism is alcoholism”.

            In fact Russians do not have a drinking problem, they have thirst problem –

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              Apparently at one time the highest form of Alcoholism was CBK.

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        ramona therese fernando

        Have the successive govts. since the ‘early 1900’ you refer to, ”graduated to the more sophisticated democratically socialized capitalism of the modern world”?
        UNP is history. It is the present & the future that is relevant.

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          Yes, never in Sri Lanka. People in Motherland are not to bright and greedy.

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          UNP no more in this country now. Not a single MP represents parliament also. People of Sri Lanka teach a lesson for them and their leadership. By bullets LTTE completely wiped out and UNP completely wiped out by Ballot papers.

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    Udaya Gaminpilla blamed Ranil that he did not just sold the Hangbangtota Harbor or gave out free of charge additional 5 villages land, and its detrimental result of country’s water resources and electric power sucked into that, but an additional one million visa for Chinese workers. All the Yahapalanaya or the UNP or the SJB Label(-)1 (lickspittle) voted for that. Now What Ranil, Mangala, Vaalaththodam ……..has got to tell about? UNP-SLFP-UNP-SLFP-UNP-SLFP-UNP-SLFP-UNP-SLFP-UNP-SLFP———-

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    Does China know that there are 200,000 Tamils living in the immediate neighborhood of Port City and there were at least 9 bomb attacks within 1 mile of the Port City in the past 35 years?

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      G
      When was the last of the ‘at least 9 bomb attacks’?
      What was the involvement of the 200 000 Tamils in the bomb attacks?
      Tamils were the main victims of the biggest bomb attack in Colombo.
      *
      Despite overwhelming Sinophobia among Tamils, did any Tamil group go out on anti Port City demonstrations or indulge in campaigns as the UNP did in 2015?
      You seem to relish stirring mischievous suspicions.

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        SJ, just look at the anti-China comments and other comments made by the same crowd. The link is obvious.

        They hate it = it must be good for SL.

        Street protests are outdated. China does not (allow) or understand street protests anyway.

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          G
          My comment on was a response to yours.
          Do not make excuses to cover up your mischief.

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            SJ,

            But still the rule of thumb holds.

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              I know the rule of the thumb in electromagnetism.
              Which rule do you have in mind?
              I look only for serious responses.

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                Great, SJ.
                .
                You seem to actually read comments by GATAM. Few others do.
                .
                However, let me assure GATAM that I never use a thumb without reading what you have said.
                .
                I just read something of yours, and the thumb I gave you is red. I’m just a little chagrined with CT for not allowing “double thumbs”.

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                  S.J,
                  Do you think G would write such gibberish if he knew that particular rule?

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      Gatam,

      You don’t need to live within a mile of Port City to plant even thousand bombs. Have you forgotten that ISIS from Arab came from Bomb Churches and Hotels in East, North and Centre to help the master mind to become your boss forever. If you need advise, please contact the master mind.

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        Arab? ISIS? What are you talking about?

        SL was never bombed by Arabs or ISIS. All suicide bombers in SL spoke one language. What might that be?? I wonder!

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          Some were bilingual.
          May I name the second language?

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          Bombers may be used one language. Do you know What language the master mind spoke with bombers?

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        You sure it was ISIS ha came from Arab?? If you listened to parliament debate it does not look so.
        One commits the crime while the country is made to believe something else.
        This is like a thief running with the villagers looking for a thief.

        Haven’t we seen this movie before ?
        Lasantha / Kadirgama / Thajudeen to name a few.

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          Burt,
          It is not ISIS or Arabs planned or came here to bomb targeting Christians and Westerners . From master mind to suicide Bombers are from Sri Lanka (some may be dual) for political advantages. Putting the blame on Tamils or LTTE is a well known practice among Srilankans (According to Gatam Only Sinhalese are Sri Lankan) for many years.

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      GATAM

      Have you conveniently forgotten the number of Chinese bombs and Shells dropped on Tamil Speaking people in the North?

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        Vedda’s son,

        That’s one big reason why SL supports China and most Sri Lankans support China. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Isn’t it?

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      Thanks, Burt.
      .
      I looked at what the American woman was starting to say.
      .
      It seemed to make sense. One reason why I stopped was that it wasn’t Youtube. I’m now paying my internet provider extra for Youtube; I don’t know whether that “Facebook” thing was also going to be deducted from the weekly 15 GB of Youtube that I’m given.
      .
      I acknowledge my poverty.
      .
      Can the idiots who are still hooked on the Rajapaksas listen to it all and tell me if a villager like me must listen to it all?
      .
      BTW, I do understand English as spoken by an American.
      .
      From the “remote” Uva Province.

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        S.M,
        You can get 30 days worth of FB, WhatsApp, and YouTube for about 250 bucks now. Ask your provider.

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          Yes, oc,
          .
          I’ve been asking the providers to put up extra towers on my hill. They say that they’ll come after the current lock-down is over.
          .
          Part of the problem is that I’m still depending on this fifty-year-old landline.
          .
          The other problem is that I don’t access my Facebook even once a month. So, I’m unlikely to look at any video on FB, at least until I’m given a monthly package of at least 50 GB.
          .
          Something like that is my thinking at present.

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    Jadam, do not worry about Tamils. See today’s picture of a massive “sink hole” opened up next to Kothmale dam. ( a suitable place to quarantine people like you). If Covid is man made , you may receive more gifts from People Republic Of China.

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      Chew, it opened up for people like you. China is in SL to stay. Isn’t it? Some love it, some hate it. I love it since you hate it!

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        JADAM, you are true to your name Bro. I want China to stay and if possible , take over as in HK. For that matter I do not mind anyone other than our own.

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          Chew, not to worry China is investing in the north too! You won’t be left behind.

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      Really, chiv!
      .
      I hope that you don’t get too nationalistic about “Tamils”, and adopt a xenophobic attitude towards all of us “Southerners”!

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    Prof Kumar David,

    Port City- What next?. It is a good question with eager expectation! Why should we always be pessimistic whenever we deal with Rajapakse presidency?.

    We are living in a capitalist world. All our attempts democratically or undemocratically to destroy capitalism and build up a classless utilitarian communist society failed.

    Now we do not have any immediate prospect of succeeding in our efforts. We have no alternative, but to live with it.

    It is a fact that SLPP ,UNP and SJB all broadly support the initiative of Port City with minor reservations.

    As good democrats, let us hope that the present set of Capitalists along with capitalist China succeeds in building a prosperous Sri Lanka and in the process do not drag us into a bottomless pit.

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    Monaco & Dubai caters for the rich & famous, therefore, maintains a clean image, while Macau, with its Chinese influence, has a seedy image & the likely centre for all types of illicit operations. Very soon, SL will be joining Macau as a transit point for all types of smuggling, made possible by a free port, & money laundering with lax laws. The fact that the area can be legally controlled by even non citizens of SL & not accountable to SL Parliament, would be an open invitation for China, which already owns half the land, to take control.

    China wants to control the Indian ocean & now has easy access to SL ports, & at the same time, has cornered India, now totally surrounded by China ‘friendly’ nations. If we are believing in a prosperous SL, a playground for the rich, attracting their yachts to the marina & conducting business in a new environment, instead of Singapore & Hong Kong, dream on. We will only be attracting drug lords from all over the world & probably controlled by the Eastern Mafia with their gambling dens & vice rackets.

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      “Macau, with its Chinese influence, has a seedy image etc.”
      *
      The following Internet summary should explain:
      “Gambling in Macau has been legal since the 1850s when the Portuguese government legalised the activity in the autonomous colony. … Gambling tourism is Macau’s biggest source of revenue, making up about 50% of the economy. Visitors are made up largely of Chinese nationals from mainland China and Hong Kong.”
      *
      Gambling in China is illegal under Chinese law and has been officially outlawed since the Communist Party took power in 1949. Any form of gambling by Chinese citizens, including online-gambling, gambling overseas, opening casinos overseas to attract citizens of China as primary customers, is considered illegal.
      *
      China took back Macau 20 years ago.

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      We will also see more prisoners from China, come into this country, and crime rates will even go higher. The Rajapaksas have betrayed this country.

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    What happens in Zambia is a classic example of the chinese influence on poor nations . Now over 70% of the construction projects are done by the chinese using chinese workers. They have given loans without any conditions and given a lot of money to corrupt politicians. This is exactly what is happening in Sri Lanka. Useless projects like Mattala airport, Hambantota harbour, conference hall etc. are some examples. Chinese will buy prime properties in Colombo and control our economy thanks to one corrupt family who receive massive grafts from the chinese.

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      How about Singapore, Rwanda, Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, etc.?

      They are doing well thanks to China.

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      Appuhamy
      Very true if any auditor general’s could fearlessly reveal the truth, none of those now in leadership would further be able to see in the eyes of 6.9 millions of voters. Those voters would nt care much about their stupid decision s since half them are born stupid, they are the most gullible people in island population, that are the easy target of vicious Rajapakshes ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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    The comments appear to have overlooked the intentions behind the idea of wanting to have a Port City.

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    There are possible ways for the population to reject the Port City, but very unlikely that the population has that kind of resolve. Feeding one’s family is a bigger priority for the poor.

    Those citizens who object the Colombo Port City can boycott by shunning it; they can refrain from taking up employment in the Port city as well as servicing the port city from outside of its confines. Just as well, Lankan businesses can refuse supply of goods and services to the port city.

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      That will be economic suicide for them, not the Port City.

      After an initial opposition, now most Sri Lankans support the Port City. One big reason is the silent but sustained opposition from Tamils in the society. All Tamil MPs (except ministers) voted AGAINST it. This is why most Sri Lankans now support Port City.

      SL needs China to balance India and 3 million Indians in the island.

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        GATAM,
        .
        There’s nothing bad with the “Port City”, per see.
        .
        There’s plenty wrong with how the Double-Paksa government handled it.
        .
        I remain staunchly opposed to the current programme concerning it. Take the case of the “brand new ship” that is on fire outside it. Not many have commented on its newness. I have seen reports that we just didn’t have the equipment to put out the fire, and that we had been too stuck up to ask for assistance from India.
        .
        I hope that you will not try to explain away this reaction of mine by saying that I’m a Tamil masquerading as a Sinhalese, or something like that. There used to be people saying things like that; they have not been much in evidence recently.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V) aka “Sinhala_Man”

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          Sorry, “per se”.
          .
          There seem to be plenty of gremlins in the most recent computer programmes. I mean CT’s equipment and the free version “Grammarly” that I installed, thinking myself clever.
          .
          This CPU itself is one of those imported second hand to Sri Lanka, and it’s running a Windows 7 copy that I don’t think is legal.
          .
          It may be said that we’re beggars, living in a “beggar country”.

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        GATAM,
        Tamils have nothing much to lose in SL so they shouldn’t make a big fuss about Port City. Sinhala rich and political class live a different lifestyle and if the worst comes to the worst, they will leave the country so they don’t bother about Port City.
        I fear for the hard working Muslim Community who mostly depends on trade sector will be affected seriously as more Chinese come and live in SL they will eventually takeover the trade.

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      Sugandh,
      No alternative s but to surrender to the Chinese. We attacked RW for having met a deal on the lease of Hambantota harbour, but so called ultra patriotic Rajapakshes were silent in that moment. Why? Because they knew it very well that Ranil had no better options other than that in that critical moment.This is now connected with a domino effect, one behind the other Sl will have to sell off national resources. All these would nt have happened if Rajapakshes the architect s were true, honest and genuine leaders to this nation. Ranil was the scapegoat looking back. 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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    No data provided in this article. That is the real question, the gain in GDP if the port is built. Not whether Stalin or Adam Smith would park their boat in the harbor. From my research, the gain will be massive, especially given the strategic location.

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      Lester,
      “From my research, the gain will be massive, especially given the strategic location.”
      Are you also the analyst that predicted 10000 ship visits per year for Hambantota and 50.000 flights to Mattala?

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        Petrol station coolies don’t know that feasibility studies were conducted by a leading Canadian engineering firm, not Mahinda Rajapakse.

        “It was the Canadian International Development Agency—not China—that financed Canada’s leading engineering and construction firm, SNC-Lavalin, to carry out a feasibility study for the port. We obtained more than 1,000 pages of documents detailing this effort through a Freedom of Information Act request. The study, concluded in 2003, confirmed that building the port at Hambantota was feasible, and supporting documents show that the Canadians’ greatest fear was losing the project to European competitors.”

        The terms of the loan were excellent. The debt was very little: “Of the $4.5 billion in debt service Sri Lanka would pay in 2017, only 5 percent was because of Hambantota.”

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          Lester

          “We obtained more than 1,000 pages of documents detailing this effort through a Freedom of Information Act request.”

          We don’t need the entire (1000 pages) studies however we would be grateful if you could let us have the executive summary (whatever that is).

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          Lester,
          “Of the $4.5 billion in debt service Sri Lanka would pay in 2017, only 5 percent (225 million) was because of Hambantota.”
          Even fake engineers should know that Sri Lanka ultimately couldn’t pay even that. At least now, admit that both projects were white elephants. Was it the Canadians too who advised that prize conceited idiot MR to name them after himself?

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            Codger,

            Your “yez sir” application for butler must have been rejected. Let us calculate how much in tourism revenue Sri Lanka lost from 30 years of kallathoni wars. Assuming a minimum of 3 billion USD, the total comes to $90 billion USD. That is only tourism. If other sectors are factored in, the total is at $500 billion.

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              Lester,
              If your figures about the war are correct, why is the defence budget more than what it was 10 years ago?
              The truth is that your kind simply can’t manage a country. How can people who combat Covid with Hooniyang govern a modern state? Plus, you don’t let others do it, unless of course they’re Chinese. Given a level playing field, the minorities consistently out perform you. THAT and nothing else is the root of the problem.

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                SLR has depreciated against USD since 2009. Military spending as a percentage of GDP has decreased since 2009:https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/LKA/sri-lanka/military-spending-defense-budget. Do they teach the difference between nominal & real in butler school?

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                  Lester

                  “Military spending as a percentage of GDP has decreased since 2009”

                  Haven’t you heard of creative accounting.
                  PS
                  Creative Accountancy
                  The exploitation of loopholes in financial regulation in order to gain advantage or present figures in a misleadingly favourable light.

                  Between 2005 and 2009 Hindia financed the war to the tune of nearly $2 billion.
                  As the finance minister where did Mahinda account it?

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                  Lester,
                  “Do they teach the difference between nominal & real in butler school?”
                  You have twigged me at last. Congratulations!. Yes, I am the Queen’s real butler. Now I remember it, you’re the nominal Sewage Engineer who turned up with a wheelbarrow last week to look at HM’s
                  blocked toilet. Did you really eat all of it?

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          Lester

          “Petrol station coolies don’t know that feasibility studies were conducted by a leading Canadian engineering firm, not Mahinda Rajapakse.”

          Brilliant, have you met all of them?
          Why do you think “Petrol station coolies don’t know that feasibility studies were conducted by a leading Canadian engineering firm”?

          If you knew about the feasibility studies you would have let us know the link to such document.
          By the way have you had chance to study the feasibility studies?

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            Native,
            Why are we all getting dozens of thumbs? Has CT’s readership suddenly increased due to Lester?

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              Native,
              It’s hundreds now.

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          Lester,
          .
          Please provide us with links whatever PRO-Rajakshe info you add as posts to CT readers.
          :
          I was little bit silent about your COMMENTs, because you failed to add SUPPORTIVE references to your claims.
          :
          With all is becoming clear that GOTA and his criminal net works becoming the laughter stock to us all, also in tiny issues such as provide of VACCINEs to the people…… look at that incident in Moratuwa.. if that happened in UK or Germany, that thug – mayor would have been put in jail … giving a lession to rest of the country.
          :
          Jonsten should be hung by his balls for all the misleads… the kind of men proved to have high crime records, but your THUGS let their CRIMES investigations be exonerated… nithos kota nidhahas… … all these are real curseful acts… that high crimnals would be caught by delayed KARMIS retribution sooner than later.

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      Lechter the gester!
      Ur masters are ultra hypocrites, the real face is being exposed today. U too are naked today. But wait and see how it works for u soon.
      Truth ll succeed!
      😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        Lester !😉😉😉😉

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    What’s next. Simple answer, where will Basil or another Rajapakse will go next to Dubai or some where else to collect his commission.

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    Lester, most ‘petrol station coolies’ are honest citizens, while most ‘Sinhala Buddhist politicians’ are corrupt scum of the Earth. Sad but true.

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      Paul,

      Is that why the LTTE was banned in 32 countries? Coolies tried to get USA to revoke Gotha’s citizenship but failed miserably.

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        Lester

        “Is that why the LTTE was banned in 32 countries?”

        Perhaps we may not know the real reason why LTTE was banned (while Tamils were allowed to work along with other people) perhaps the sole reason being VP worked for Mahinda and Premadasa as well.

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    Before we discuss the Port city “ONE STOP SHOP, we have the failed HAMBANTOTA project. We spent billions on the Hambantota Port, Mattala airport, Conference centre, Suriyawewa stadium and over 100 km of four lane roads in Hambantota, flyovers etc. frequented by cattle. Over 3000 acres have been handed to the Chinese in Hambantota to develop an industrial city. Not a single investor has turned up. We can add to this, the NELUM KULUNA as well. We were told thousands of ships go past Hambantota and we can attract them and Mattala to attract tourists. It is 11 years since we opened the Htota port. The only ships we see coming there are the Colombo bound car shipments that are offloaded and transported by road to Colombo at a cost of Rs 15000 a car. The other ships are Chinese secret ships loaded with Uranium.

    It is the same “Economists” that promoted and built Hambantota white elephants that promoted the Port City. Claim is to create a new Singapore or a new Dubai style financial hub in the Port city. How viable is this idea? Even India with a 1.3 Bn population has not attracted a Financial City. One cannot have financial cities like bus-stops around the world. We have New York, London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai and Tokyo as the leading financial cities. Each of these centres has a solid local economy to support the financial activity. What do we have in Sri Lanka? A bankrupt, very small economy and apart from black money what can we put in the Financial City?

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    Lester when you refer to ‘petrol station coolies’ you are referring to all Tamils, not just the LTTE. You are making a racial slur, can’t you see that? Often people refer to ‘the Sinhala Buddhists’ they too are guilty. Better to specify exactly who you mean.
    .
    Most people of any race working in petrol stations are honest. Most of our politicians are corrupt.

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      Paul,

      The minorities were practicing caste discrimination within their own communities for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. What they accuse Sinhalese of – job discrimination, bias in university admissions, land ownership, etc.- they were already denying to the lowest ranking members of their own community. Secondly, the British recruited large numbers of minorities for civil service positions as part of their divide and rule policy. After Independence, some (Sinhalese) tried to correct the imbalance, but were called “racists.” At this point, the lower ranking members of the minority community (Karaiyars) rebelled against the higher-ranking ones (TULF Vellalars) and took over the political leadership. Despite being fanatical extremists who resorted to suicide terrorism and other methods, this group (LTTE) could not achieve anything concrete, other than taking advantage of a stupid creature known as CBK. Again, the old caste lines – 80 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu refused to join this movement.

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        Lester,
        Whatever you might rant about caste among minorities, the fact is that you guys cannot compete.
        Look even at agriculture. If the Northern farmers were given the same facilities as Mahaweli farmers, we would be exporting food. As it is, even with water shortages, they outperform the southern transplants in the Mahaweli. Even the Tamil farmers in Tamil Nadu ,with less rainfall produce far more per hectare than Mahaweli farmers. So much for your joke of a “hydraulic civilization”. Just hand over all agriculture to the minorities. They will pay you to sit at home, supplementing the Middle East income.

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          “If the Northern farmers were given the same facilities as Mahaweli farmers, we would be exporting food.”

          Ask the Tamil diaspora to subsidize the Northern farmers. The same way that they subsidized the LTTE to buy C4 and blow up banks, trains, and buses.

          (Sinhalese) Sri Lanka was self-sufficient in rice and food production for thousands of years. Even in the dry-zones, which means Sri Lanka was ahead of the West for thousands of years. Sri Lanka never had mass cases of starvation, e.g. Ireland and India even though kalathonies burned cities and destroyed infrastructure during their invasions.

          Sri Lanka’s number one export is tea. This was made possible by the hard work of Indian Tamils, not Jaffna Tamils. Jaffna Tamils opposed citizenship and fundamental rights for Indian Tamils

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            Lester,
            “(Sinhalese) Sri Lanka was self-sufficient in rice and food production for thousands of years.”
            Yes, the population was about a million, and most of them worked the fields. Didn’t they teach you that at the Sanitation school? Also, why don’t you read up the Mahavamsa story about famine? Self- sufficient my foot!

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              OC
              Even in self-sufficient countries there can be famines for various reasons such as drought, war and epidemics.
              There is reference in the Tamil classic Silappathikaaram to food imported to South India from Lanka.
              There are times when it is best to ignore the comments of Lester.

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                The number of thumbs is bewildering.
                How many thumbs do some people have?

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                  S.J,
                  I think the thumbs are the work of some malicious software. It’s curious that one Rajapaksa troll gets most green ones. Looks like the Rajapaksas have decided that banning CT doesn’t work. Yesterday the site wasn’t updated. A coincidence?

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                    OC
                    Malicious or benevolent, I like that software.
                    It is fun.

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              old codger

              SJ types:
              “Even in self-sufficient countries there can be famines for various reasons such as drought, war and epidemics.”

              There in self-sufficient countries there can be famines for various reasons such as drought, war and epidemics EXCEPT CHINA.
              Under the leadership of Mao famine didn’t happen, except in the imagination of the West.

              Please refer to:
              China’s great famine: 40 years later
              https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1127087/

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              Codger,

              There were one or two famines (Beminitiya Seya) due to Chola invasions. Cholas severely damaged the existing hydrologic infrastructure. That does not mean the civilization was not self-sufficient. 99% of people in the world at the time were still farmers. Most people today are still farmers. Farming has probably evolved more than your limited brain capacity.

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                Lester,
                You still haven’t explained why Tamil Nadu can export food, even without water, no toilets and no 2500 years of civilization.

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                  OC,
                  .
                  When has Lester returned to us with constructive arguments ? He is no different ot that Eagle Eye.
                  .
                  Rev MR is breaking the silence.
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJLAAySml3k

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          “If the Northern farmers were given the same facilities as Mahaweli farmers, we would be exporting food. “😎😎😎😎😎

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            ??????😉😉😉😉

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              Careful LM. Most Tamils here are quite happy for a Sinhalese to criticize the Sinhalese, the Buddhists and the Government but they won’t stand for criticism of a Tamil. SJ and a few others are happy exceptions.

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                Paul

                “SJ and a few others are happy exceptions.”

                Don’t you think SJ is a self hating Tamil?
                He thinks China, Mao, Siri Mao and himself are beyond criticism.
                They could do no wrong.
                On the other hand he believes any or all criticism against Mao and China are part of west’s propaganda.

                In fact he wants China to take ownership of all countries including, Hindia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, …Arctic, Antarctica, ….. Maldives, Bangladesh, Russia, ….. Japan Mongolia, …………….. all asteroids, …. Moon, …..

                In his many previous typings he argued every square inch of the globe .was …. once ruled by China.

                Recent Chinese spin is the showcasing of Chinese/Sinhala princess as if she has claim over our land.
                SJ would love it.

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                Paul,
                .
                What matters is that the truth should come out let alone today. We the sinhalaya should start ciriticising our criminals. In the same time tamil srilankens should also do the same on their people.
                .
                Gone were the days, those so called BUDDHGAMA followers let them be misled by politicians. Now with some sign emerging people slowly to detect how vicious circle runners aim at them AND their votes. Just look at the very same THATTAMAMALA are in hibernation mode today while the land is about to be sold out to abusive chinese. Why ?

                I belong to a powerful buddhist family in down south/Dr Walpola Rahula. Anyways, my thoughts are different today. I would respect only real good buddhists. Not hypocrites that practise anything and everyhting being hidden behind the SANGA CONSTUMEs. Lst time, i was asked to provide them with SMART phones as ” pirikara” can you imagine ?

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          OC you have finally exposed your innate racism, congratulations.

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            Paul,
            I can’t be a Tamil racist because I am not a Tamil. I am only pointing out inconvenient facts to those who believe everyone is treated equally in this country.

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            Paul,

            “OC you have finally exposed your innate racism, congratulations.”

            Very strange that most Tamils cannot accept the LTTE are terrorists. Refer to OC, Vedda, even SJ, although SJ has a slightly more balanced opinion. I am rather surprised at the extent of brainwashing, as JVP (Sinhalese terrorists) did not brainwash Sinhalese in a similar way. JVP today are still marginalized despite joining the mainstream politics. Because of their past actions and useless agenda of anarchy, they will lack the popular votes to run the country. On the other hand, some Jaffna Tamils are still dreaming of a fake state built on Tamil “ingenuity.” We saw this “ingenuity” in action: suicide terror, child recruitment, lamppost execution, extortion, and drug smuggling.

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              Lester,
              “as JVP (Sinhalese terrorists) did not brainwash Sinhalese in a similar way. “
              Ah, but to brainwash someone like you, there is an essential requirement, a b… n . Please fill in the blanks.

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        Jester, from London, as we are now aware. Stop being such an odious Sinhalese racist. Shame on you. You want to live in the west and enjoy all the liberties and the good life it offers but want genocide and repression of the Tamil people back home and therefore without batting an eyelid, will post all sorts of rubbish, misinformation and twist the truth. All South Asian people practice the caste system. It is even practiced in Muslim Pakistan and Bangladesh. Sinhalese also practice the caste system not just the Sri Lankan Tamils. Just read the matrimonial columns and you will see that Sinhalese parents only want partners for their offspring, belonging to their caste or from a higher caste. Everyone is aware even now most Kandyan Sinhalese, even from the lower castes , consider it below their status to marry into low country Sinhalese families. Unless they are from rich landowning so called aristocratic families. Sri Lankan Tamils will elect leader irrespective of their religion or caste, however Sinhalese will only accept leaders who at least nominally Buddhist and belonging to the Govigamma or some other higher caste. When MP are chosen to represent a Sinhalese electorate , religion and caste comes into consideration.

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    Lester, I cannot fault you. You are absolutely right, caste is still a most important matter in the Tamil community. Far more so than among the Sinhalese. (This is the beneficial effect of Buddhism on the Sinhalese.) You are pointing out the hypocrisy of the Tamils who complain of discrimination. Fair enough. But does that mean that you can call all of them ‘petrol station coolies’?

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      One Sinhalese racist supporting the other. Caste being more important to the Tamils than the Sinhalese . Please read this.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/caste-and-exclusion-in-sinhala-buddhism/

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        Rohan25 you are as much a racist as Lester. Tamils are capable of racism as much as anyone else, a fact that is always overlooked. You only have to read the comments from your fellow racists infesting these columns to know this.

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          Paul,

          You are correct, in that I have a low opinion of most Jaffna Tamils. However, I have never condoned violence on them, other than LTTE leadership, which were a direct threat to the environment, society, and economy. I have suggested that this group leave the country, for their own mental sanity, as they seem hell-bent on pursuing an impossible agenda of separatism. On the other hand, I said that Indian Tamils are hard workers. As well as acknowledged the intellectual contributions of Brahmins. You can see that the issue is with Jaffna Tamils, not all Tamils. Funny thing is, Jaffna Tamils, because of caste, hate the other Tamils as well. In India, the “Dravidian Movement” chased the Brahmins out of TN.

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      Paul
      Caste in Tamil society does not operate uniformly across the Island.
      Jaffna is invariably identified with all Tamils.
      The caste structure in the southern Eastern Province does not have Vellala social dominance. Mukkuvar are the most powerful caste group. Untouchability was not a strong social phenomenon there.
      Trincomalee district has mixed influences. The naval base and employment in the dockyard encouraged communal tolerance. There was caste hierarchy but untouchability faded out fast post-SWRDB.
      Hill Country Tamils are predominantly from Dalit castes of South India, but for traders, supervisory staff and the like. Caste is a factor and much of the elite are still from a galaxy of upper castes.
      *
      Struggle against caste oppression was initiated in Jaffna by what became the Jaffna Youth League. It was more progressive than southern parties until the Left entered the scene formally.
      There was bitter struggle against untouchability in 1967-72 in Jaffna, led by communists. It achieved much, but residual casteism in the minds will remain as long as conservative ideologies persist.
      *
      As for Sinhalese, their caste hierarchy has more to do with South Indian influence and even origins of some groups.Some castes were really downtrodden. (Have you seen the Sinhala movie ‘Senkottan (check spelling) or novel of same title on the life of a dhoby caste family early last century?)

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        SWRDB introduced legislation in 1957 in consideration of such problems. Discrimination in the public sphere has virtually gone, but hierarchical attitudes and caste identity persist in marriage and politics. It does not hurt social harmony as much as the residual casteism among Jaffna Tamils.
        As for Sinhalese, their caste hierarchy has more to do with South Indian influence and even origins of some groups.Some castes were really downtrodden. (Have you seen the Sinhala movie ‘Senkottan (check spelling) or novel of same title on the life of a dhoby caste family early last century?)
        SWRDB introduced legislation in 1957 in consideration of such problems. Discrimination in the public sphere has virtually gone, but hierarchical attitudes and caste identity persist in marriage and politics. It does not hurt social harmony as much as the residual casteism among Jaffna Tamils.

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      Paul,
      what about in sinhala community as of today ? Look at the marriage proposals on daily circulating news papers. And most of all, Dont you know how HIGH CHAPTER monks treat yet today their other sector monks ?

      As for me, those high chapter monks are not knowledgeable enough to maintain their status. They just stay as if kimbula kirimati gilala wage- crocodiles fed with clay, while abusive monks running amok on minority srilankens…

      Not long ago, I myself, noticed some commenters on CT started ” sinhala kulaya”… at the time, my father was upt to that, I attacked him and left home with my 18. Since then, he behaved somewhat taken aback regarding my thoughts towards caste/creed/religion. I may be a mutant born to sinhala race, but my fight would not be ceased even if I left the country for Europe long ago.

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    Whether one likes it or not, the entire reclamation of land and other basic infrastructure is Chinese money only. Obviously, it is therefore the Chinese who want it to be a success story, hook or by crook to get the Return on Investment as quickly as possible. Akin to the dicta of Deng Xiaoping “Black cat or white cat, if it can catch mice, it’s a good cat”, they would yearn for investments, “Black money or white money if it can provide a boost to the port city, it is a good investment.”. They prefer a very quick decision-making process within the reclaimed area to retain “investor-confidence”. If Prof. Kum entertains the possibility that every “potential” investor would have to pay a “Santhosam” to the current ruling elite then so can the Chinese and for that reason would they like to see that everything they did goes down the drain? So, the safeguard to have a say in the governance is further fortified. It is extremely difficult for a normal man not exposed to “leftism” to see the relevance of the leftist verbiage of the article to the subject matter.

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      GS
      “Obviously, it is therefore the Chinese who want it to be a success story, hook or by crook to get the Return on Investment as quickly as possible.”
      *
      They will want by their money back. True.
      But they are very patient investors.
      Knee-jerk reactions are rare.

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    Lester,
    You mentioned “It was the Canadian International Development Agency—not China—that financed Canada’s leading engineering and construction firm, SNC-Lavalin, to carry out a feasibility study for the port.”

    Should we be concerned about the engagement of SNC-Lavalin for the feasibility study given the humongous corruption charges and sanctions that were imposed as a result of its illegal business practices?

    https://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/world-bank-lifts-sanctions-snc-lavalin-two-years-e/

    SNC-Lavalin was charged with corruption in 2015 for offering around $47m in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade to 2011. These charges were dropped in a 2019 settlement with the Canadian government for a fine of C$280m.

    “The [World] bank debarred SNC-Lavalin Inc. and over 100 affiliates for 10 years in 2013 for its misconduct in relation to the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project in Bangladesh and misconduct under another Bank-financed project.”

    Another on-going investigation;
    https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2021/feb/23/sc-defers-hearing-in-snc-lavalin-corruption-case-to-april-6-2267854.html

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