19 September, 2018

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Possibility Of A Common Democratic Woman Candidate? 

By Laksiri Fernando –

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

The best possible scenario for the future of democracy in Sri Lanka would be to field a ‘common democratic candidate’ for the next presidential elections against a Rajapaksa candidate. Given both the omissions and commissions of the so-called Yahapalana government, there would be no possibility at all in preventing the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) capturing power at the next parliamentary elections. 

If the SLPP or Rajapaksas capture power in both institutions, that would be a considerable setback for democracy, if not a disaster. A balance between the two institutions, the Presidency and Parliament, might be the best possible democratic outcome one can think of given the present circumstances. 

Possibilities for MS and/or RW?

There is no possibility of either Ranil Wickremesinghe (UNP) or Maithripala Sirisena (SLFP) winning the next presidential election, even if they come together to agree upon a ‘common candidate’ between them. The present trend is for them to contest against each other, given the soured relations within the government, between them and between their parties. This would be a disaster for them and the country. There has been a steady decline of the UNP’s primary vote as shown by many observers for the last decade or so. The SLFPs primary vote is completely split as revealed by the local government elections in February 2018, the overwhelming majority going under the SLPP. 

Dr. Deepika Udagama

There is a possibility that if the UNP strongly endorses MS again as the common candidate, like in January 2015, he would probably obtain more votes than RW could get as a common candidate even with the formal support of the SLFP. The SLFP in this respect is completely unreliable given its internal fissures and past record. Therefore, more prospects are for MS as a Yahapalana common candidate than for RW. However, winning the presidential election is quite unlikely given the erosion of democratic base and space of the government. The minority votes that MS could get in January 2015 are largely eroded both among the Tamils and the Muslims for understandable reasons.   

There is a possibility that if the UNP selects a different candidate to RW, for example Sajith Premadasa, he might be able to increase the voter base in the Sinhala dominant areas, but not necessarily in other areas. The erosion of the UNP primary vote is largely due to the unreliable personality of RW, in addition to economic policies and follies. For a new leader to resurrect the voter base might take a long time. There is no such an apparent need for a leadership change in the SLFP. The party is in total chaos due to different reasons. In both parties, a leadership change is difficult given the lack of internal party democracy in Sri Lanka. 

Broken Promises 

Under the given circumstances, neither MS nor RW would appear as a ‘democratic common candidate.’ Although their recent past record is not bad as Rajapaksas, the gap between what they promised and what they have delivered is considerable. 

There is no new constitution, but only a distorted 19th Amendment. Yahapalana decision making has been abysmally slow in all fronts. Although many in the last government have been accused of past corruption or criminal involvement, there is no significant prosecution so far. Corruption is still going on unabated and a recently caught culprit for bribery has been President’s chief of staff. RW is directly implicated in the bond scam. The national debt has increased and not decreased. The people in the North apparently don’t see much difference between the last government and the present, according to well reliable sources. The Muslims are outraged, particularly of the way the recent Kandy attacks on Muslims were handled. 

Democracy cannot be separated from economic development. People in the South are particularly outraged for poor economic performance of the present government. There is a considerable disparity between the declared visions (Vision 2015) and actual performance. Poor economic performance invites authoritarian rule. 

People’s Disillusionment  

When we think about the general political situation, there is widespread disillusionment about political leaders, and political parties. This is what I have realized during my recent visit to the country in July and August. Many unknown people, to whom I have managed to talked to, expressed their disillusionment in anger or sarcasm. As reported recently, a large number of eligible voters particularly in the Colombo district have not registered for voting given this disillusionment. It might be still possible for the opposition or the government to mobilize people to march to Colombo against or in support of the government. Those are their closest supporters and followers. Those demonstrations are however not clear indications of how people perceive or feel about politics, and about broken promises, by almost everyone again and again. 

Breakdown of Representative Democracy

There is a clear breakdown of representative democracy. The elected representatives do not any longer represent the people’s will or aspirations. They largely represent their own interests, or mere party interests, or the interests of their funders. This was clear during the evidence revealed at the bond scam investigations, and in many other revelations about election funding by various sources, international and national, for all main parties and party candidates. The so-called people’s representatives at all levels, who mainly looking after their own perks and befits, have completely betrayed the ordinary people. Many MPs even do not attend important parliamentary sessions/debates and many sessions have recently been postponed for the lack of a quorum. The present crisis in the representative system is not merely because of the erroneous electoral system, but because of the total degeneration of the political culture and democratic ethos. 

Existing Possibilities   

It is obviously not possible to change the situation overnight or within a short span of time, although there is considerable will among certain sections of the society, and particularly among the young, for a positive political change. There might be some sections within the existing political parties or even among the existing MPs who would be willing to support such a change. 

There are various people’s organizations in the country, not limited to the discredited formal NGOs, who could spearhead such a change. For example, the Sarvodaya movement has launched its ‘Deshodaya’ (national awakening) program, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, particularly for this purpose. The whole movement might take certain stages, and would require practical measures, and most important at this stage might be to begin a discussion on those lines. 

The spontaneous drive in search of alternatives, and more specifically alternative candidates for Presidency, was reflected in the recent proposals to field Kumar Sangakkara by some, and Nagananda Kodituwakku by some others. Both have denied the possibility of coming forward, for obviously different reasons. Among them at least Kodituwakku has expressed his continued commitment to be active and fight for change particularly in the constitutional sphere, anti-corruption and rule of law. 

Why Not Deepika Udagama?  

It is in this context that I wish to raise the question: ‘Why not Dr Deepika Udagama as a common, democratic and a woman candidate for the presidential election? This is proposed without her consent or knowledge by purpose, for the sake of public discussion first. Therefore, her wiliness or capacity is yet unknown. If she is not willing, a similar person should be proposed or come forward, possibly a woman with independent and strong credentials. 

Ms Udagama is not an unknown person in public life. Why not a woman for a change? She has no political party or any other partisan affiliation. However, she is completely familiar and knowledgeable about politics. Having been mainly a university academic in the field of law, she is one who has kept her integrity intact. She is familiar with country’s law, constitutional law, international law, and most importantly human rights law and issues. She is the present Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission performing an excellent service. She will be completely reasonable to all persons, communities and all religious groups. This is not her full profile but some glimpses.  

To Create a Balance 

Her name is proposed in a particular context. The country might not be in a position to avoid a political backlash to its democracy, for the omissions and commissions that the present government has committed, unfortunately in the name of democracy and good governance. 

There is hardly much possibility of avoiding the SLPP or Rajapaksas coming to power as the government. Hopefully, they should learn the lessons of the past and behave at least more democratically. However, there is much possibility of avoiding the SLPP or Rajapaksas taking over the Presidency. This cannot be done by the UNP or the formal SLFP contesting separately or jointly, but their active support for a common, independent and a democratic candidate is necessary for a possible win. If they are committed to democracy, they should reform their political parties and contest with new candidates at the next parliamentary elections, at least to constitute a strong opposition. 

A democratic President and a strong opposition in Parliament with new and reformed UNP and SLFP candidates might be the best that the country can think of at the moment for the country’s democratic future.              

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    Dr Fernando,

    Long time no see. Glad you are back to your pen. Hope all is well with you. I will read your article later and will add my comments.

    We need to block GOTLER being elected and ruin this nation by every means. Some senior SLPRs are right the party has enough men to contest for the next election. Once upon a time, you and the panel from CMBO Uni were instrumental to put these guys above the altar. Rajapkashes were made to believe that they are untouchables. Jackson Anthony held a speech as almost every underground miouse could become brainwashed.All that may well be the reason them to behave above the law prevailing in the country.

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      Bubbuladewi

      “We need to block GOTLER being elected and ruin this nation by every means.”

      Why?
      Remember he not only single handedly won the war but also taught a lesson the Demelas will never forget. In appreciation/recognition of Gota’s patriotic contribution to this island, Colombo university senate (members were/are highly educated) voted to bestow a DSc on him. That was the crowning moment for the entire senate and the university.

      As my Elders always said Education/Qualification has nothing to do with wisdom.

      It is pathetic once again another regime change is being engineered without addressing the core issues. Is the country looking for another patriotic crook who will defend fellow crooks and mass murderers in uniform as has been the case with the last common candidate?

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        Native Vedda,
        GOTLER is the face of injustice who enforced the notorious PTA and incarcerated hundreds many of whom are still in prison, now called ‘political prisoners’.
        He ordered bombing/shelling of the declared War Free Zones, killing of thousands of civilians, even those militants who surrendered with white flags.

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          justice
          I don’t support Gotabhaya’s candidacy but this is an absolutely wrong assertion.
          PTA is introduced to protect country’s citizens from terrorists.
          What’s wrong with that?
          He only followed all other countries in the world in similar situations.
          The ultimate responsibility of the government is protecting its citizens.
          There are no political prisoners in Sri Lanka.
          Those who were jailed under PTA are hard core terrorists.
          Gotabhaya introduced “No Fire Zones” at the last phase of the war, a novel war strategy, the first humane zone in the battle field in the entire war history of the world, purely to protect civilians from being targeted by terrorists and also to save people from being get caught in the crossfire.
          Our Army never targetted civilians. They only targetted terrorists.
          Oh yeah the white flag!
          Tell me, in the middle of the night, in the pitch dark, in a thick jungle amidst heavy fire, who will see a white flag?
          Our boys at the gun-line fired their weapons in the line of duty at the direction where terrorists fired. That is an accepted rule of the war.
          How do you know your Sun-god surrendered?
          Surrendering is banned for his cadre by the Sun-god himself.. That is why he made it compulsory for all his cadre including child soldiers to tie a cyanide capsule around their necks. He preferred death over surrender. In other words, the white flag was replaced by the cyanide capsule.
          Why did the barbarian terrorist leader surrender without swallowing his cyanide capsule?
          Martyrs don’t surrender., do they?
          Prabhakaran, the megalomaniac proved that he is a coward who tried to flee for his life after sacrificing the lives of his cadre including child soldiers, women and 100K innocent civilians he killed throughout his 34 year terror era.

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          justice

          Sarcasm – the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
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        This looks like an “Aadi vaasi talk”. !

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        Remember he not only single handedly won the war but also taught a lesson the Demelas.

        Why Powerful family finally losing its grip on power on 15 January 2015 loosing the election.

        The finished the war and starting war with the other group to hide there treasures

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      Bubbuladewi,
      No need to block GOTLER let him come. That will be the end of Rajapaksha dynasty.. believe me Dewi we should encourage GOTA to come forward as Presidential candidate. It is 100% guaranteed that Gota will never have even a remote chance. Do you think that “Ada da Rena” and Kudu TV” can change the Peoples opinion. no chance. That is the reason why he is saying ” bug..buh..” when ask about his American citizenship. We know what “Aappa Sira” did after he became a President, but Dr. Udugama so far doing a good job and we can have a hope in the future. But don’t forget that the “Yahapalanaya” has given her the freedom to work independently.

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        Dr Laksiri Fernando writes:

        “The best possible scenario for the future of democracy in Sri Lanka would be to field a ‘common democratic candidate’ for the next presidential elections against a Rajapaksa candidate.”

        Having seen how common candidates become uncommon sharing the same crooked mind and smart ass patriotism people must consider electing the known devils, Dr Mahinda LLD or Dr Gotabhaya DSc.

        Sirisena has been reserving a seat at the top Sinhala/Buddhist table by his outrageous comments, observations and orders, please see below news paper headlines:

        I will vindicate Security Forces at UN – President
        No one can divide country – President
        President wants an end to human rights war on military
        President slams Bribery Commission for ‘hauling’ Gota and navy chiefs to court
        Sri Lanka president intervenes on behalf of accused military men

        As Mahinda the candidate said during his hustings in Vanni just before the 2015 presidential elections”The devil you know is better than the unknown angel, I am the known devil, so please vote for me.”.
        Well the Colombo Academics now have another opportunity to show their smart patriotism, bestow another LLD and campaign for Dr Mahinda as the common candidate.

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        I doubt.

        You know our people and their nature… – would change their prion filled heads within a night. Even a free tofee can move them.
        If they would have been offered a rice packet with a hard drink.. they as you got to see last week, would start street dance performances.
        Can you keep the faith on them ?

        Now the bugger being on a tour to the neigbouring HINDILAND, no doubt

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando,

      RE: Possibility Of A Common Democratic Woman Candidate?

      Good to hear from you and hope you are keeping well.

      A Woman Candidate will drive the Ulama nuts, they will go berserk, and call for Fatwas from all over, when they are directly opposing the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, MMDA, that treat women as chattel, the property of men.

      Why not put a Muslim women as the Presidential candidate, to make the Monks and Ulama go berserk? This will certainly create unity between the Monks and the Ulama!

      After all, if American could have a Black as the President, why nor Sri Lanka a Muslim woman, who does nor listen to the Ulama and the Monks? A Kamel Ataturk?

      PS. The Common Sense Pamphlet?

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      Well! Well! Well!!!
      Promoting a woman candidate is one thing becoming the President a woman President is another.
      We have tried it before chaps!! Very first womaaaan Primeminister of the world? Haven’t we seen what happened to her?? She was stripped naked ( well similar) in front of all the rowdy uneducated Politicians was jeered , shamed, accused of all sorts of things and finally stripped of her title.
      Come on please don’t try it again. There are Vulgar old and young rowdies in the Parliament , To serve under a woman will be a NO! NO! NO!
      To add on to the list, what happened to CBK, the past HC of UK ? Mrs shenuka Seneviratne??
      These women may have done political blunders, they were targeted for their ridiculous personnel allegations by these uneducated idiotic thugs whom we elected to represent the country who spoke filth against women leaders.
      This is a country of Male Chauvinism.
      I wouldn’t like this peace loving lady by the name of Deepika Udagama to be DISGRACED by the State Sponsored Rowdies.
      That’s my point.
      Get somebody stronger to be the next President!
      None of the names mentioned and awaiting are suitable. No time wasters please.
      Still remember all the excitement and hopes of the peace loving honest voters who voted for the YAHAPAL’ s jubilant win became a total disappointment on that night itself on the 5th of January 2015.
      How our Elected PM went to the Temple trees where an alleged coup was taking place , when he came out of TTrees the announcement was Zero.
      Nothing of that sort happened apparently , we all have been Duped! Yes duped for 3 long years.
      The Crooks who lost got ministerial posts, Vehicle Permits were issued left right and centre to all the Nincompoops from OUR STATE TREASURY.

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        Analyst
        I don’t agree with you.
        If women are discriminated in the political arena, then they should come forward to stop that.
        Running away from the issue is not the solution.
        They should fight against such prejudice.

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      One more point for realisation,
      Our Srilanka is not the Srilanka anymore it should be called ” Lanka the Thieves Paradise “
      Just like the few Nincompoops said that the President should have shut his mouth and eaten the ROTTEN CASHEW NUTS, instead of taking action!!
      COVER UP THE “CRIMES AND THE CRIMINALS ‘” That’s why we are in this situation.
      Just like we Paid from the state money to Foreign PR companies to Lie , one such Liar as we know Punnakku eating Lord NOSEy of UK.
      Did we gain anything by Lying?? No !! We produced millions of Liars and Thieves including the Yellow robed so called preachers suppose to Preach wisdom and harmony to our children.???
      Can we trust ???

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      We got to see, also few days ago, how Wahallu /Slaves would act to the tune of Rajakashes.
      Not the expected masses but there had been significat numbers that were fooled by Rajakashe men for a rice packet with a hot drink.
      So that reflected the nature of average mind set in this country.
      No matter toilet or other facilities would have been provided, even regardless their life, they would come to leave their dropings in Capital colombo. Those men amused in that eveent have not the least knowledge on ongoing politics.

      There had been a song in my days in SL – buduhamuduruwane …. that reminded me yesterday.

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    Dr. Deepika Udagama was appointed by Bondscam Ranil, but is honest and would be an excellent Candidate with Civil society backing. She will have a mega task!
    Sri Lanka is following the Trump-Obama policy on Financial Crime and Hate crime. Bail out the corrupt and big business let the poor who lost their homes in 2008 financial crash got to hell. This culture of impunity and immunity for financial crime in Sri Lanka must stop and Bondscam Ranil impeached and share a prison cell with Mahinda Jarapassa and US citizen Avant Gurad scamer Gota.

    The Lankan rupee has lost 25 % value since Bondscam-Ranil and Sira started their Jarapalanaya Govt. but no Media including Colombo Telegraph is covering this and Sri Lanka is BIG trouble – soon to be like Greece in the IMF bailout Business which has not worked. Instead Fake news about plots to assassinate clown Sira by another thief Aluthgamage Press and media have lost the plat it seems.
    No FDI will go to Lanka because the PM looted the Cental Bank: No investor with a brain invests in such a corrupt county.
    CT editors pl. cover the fall of the rupee and the massive economic crisis due to Foreign Fake aid from Japan and US (Chinese aid loans are just 10 percent).

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      Don,

      You may be an another to add the two cts worth iin favour of former mafia boss et al.

      But as we know, at the time, ballige putha went for PE towards the end of 2014, their men Wimal Ponnawasnshe himself was in the view – that econmic gathakayos were filled in MR regime.
      And they would almost fall down lanken economy.
      And the fact that the new govt came into being, had no whatsoever plans to get elected thought contested,
      But ballige putha too had been well awaer of today s situation.
      So it came into being no tbecuase of 12 billion loss of Bond scam but all the high loans taken from China and other countries.
      From China he himself said is not 8% but the size of loans matters.
      And all other loans the country had been paying off were coming from former Unp GOVT.
      And for the weapon purchases.
      So not knowing the bits well, to go on licking the balls of Rajakashes should not be done by every means. They did harm as nothing could reverse.
      There, the number of allegations mouting on them are on a rise today,
      They are now scared of being caught, and wanting to return to power.

      I think JVP or other men should be promoted today.
      Nobody else.
      God bless srlanka.

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        Samson Gunawardhana
        To promote JVP???????
        The traitors of the motherland are busy counting money bags which were received for their proposal to see the downfall of Sri Lanka by denying people’s right to elect a President of their choice.
        If their treasonous hard-line Bill is passed, the PM and the President both will be appointed by the corrupt Parliament where votes are bought in the broad daylight.
        The Parliament will be on-sale for any wealthy crook or a drug kingpin or a media tycoon, local or foreign, who can bribe Parliamentarians to elect the man of his choice as the President!!!
        This is what will happen under the “Parliamentary Vote-buying System” introduced by Ranil Wickremasinghe to the Sri Lanka Parliament where Parliamentarians are provoked to sell their votes to the highest bidder.
        After this “Chief Opposition Whip Bill on behalf of the Ruling Government” :) there won’t be a Presidential Election.
        Without a President who is independent from the Parliament who could take prompt, impartial decisions to the best interest of the country, Sri Lanka will be in utter chaos without having a leader to rule the country.
        On the other hand, if there is a situation like Digana where interested parties incited Sinhalese against Muslims and vice versa, the President/PM will have to go for a Debate followed by a Vote to declare Emergency State and by the time the riots will escalate to a blood bath.
        JVP’s “PARLIAMENT FIXING BILL” is not just robbing people’s right to vote.
        It would have grave repercussions to the entire nation making Sri Lanka a permanent anarchy.
        Wimal has been warning the country for months about JVP’s treachery.
        I highly doubt Tamil/Muslim/Estate Tamil political parties will accept JVP’s “PARLIAMENT FIXING BILL” which will directly affect the safety of minorities.

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          Champa@

          Your bed partner wimal is no validity among the edcuated folks in the country

          At least 30% are believed to be educated in this country. Your effort to animate those 70% gulliable people will end up in vain wait and see.

          Champa – now with Wasivdewa and other seniors in SLFP being radically against the ALUGOSUWA Gotabaya or 10% Basil being nominated as the candidate for PE, the internal crisis in the the den is widening.
          Ballige putha makee them even fool until SC will make his stupid brain clear that no chance hehimself would become the next PE candidate.
          This govt with all the hurdles will succeed to promote a goo dleader,
          As is the case in Germany, or other developed world, it takes long to map a leader to a country in today s context.

          If JVP is repeatedl rejected by People, I hav eno doubt, not many or enough mandate would be given to Gotabaya – since his affinity to KILLING tactics regardless of the RACE AND RELIGION will well be considered by masses in the country.

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          Champa the …………………………

          Listen to
          Former Ministers SB Dissanayake & Dilan Perera – Press Conference, September 13, 2018:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=65&v=bHu76JWUYwI

          Read further:
          Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka
          Published on Sep 14, 2018
          Addressing a press conference in Colombo on Thursday, two former ministers from the Rajapaksa administration confirmed that many LTTE rebels were killed after surrendering to the military. Tamil war victims and global rights watchdogs including the UN has been calling for an independent investigation with international participation to determine the fate of tens of thousands who handed themselves over to the military at the end of the war in May 2009.

          Link: http://www.jdslanka.org/index.php/new

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            Hindian Vedda
            Your choice politicians are not my choice. Therefore, I don’t see any reason to listen to their speeches.
            It is their responsibility to prove their lies, not mine.
            Having said that, JO should inquire into these speeches by SB and Dilan and if proved true, they should be expelled from the JO forthwith for uttering blatant lies.
            Between 2007 and 2010, hundreds of thousands Tamils have migrated to European countries.
            I invite UN to first ascertain their true identity as the first condition prior to any investigations.
            1). According to “ICG 2010 & Orjuela 2012”, Sri Lankan Tamils living outside Sri Lanka are estimated at around 1 million.
            2). Out of that, according to “Vimalarajah and Cheran 2010”, the Tamil community in the UK is around 180,000. In Canada between 200,000 to 300,000.
            3). According to Carley Foster, Ryerson University (2007), there were ONLY 143,000 Tamils in Canada in 2007!!!
            4). According to HRW-2006, there were ONLY 120,000 Tamils in UK in 2006!!!
            5). Shall we do the math now? UK; 180,000 – 120,000 = 60,000 new Tamil immigrants have come to UK between 2006 and 2010!!!
            6). Canada (I took the median of 200,000 & 300,000) which is 250,000 – 143,000 = 107,000 new Tamil immigrants have come to Canada between 2007 and 2010!!!
            7). I didn’t even bother to check Tamil migration statistics in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, India, Norway, South Africa, Holland.
            All the MISSING or “Killed” TAMILS ARE OVERSEAS!!!
            We can easily prove that NONE of the LTTE cadre who surrendered to the Army were killed by disabling the lies spread by Tamils and LTTE supporters with these glaring evidence of Tamil migration between 2007 – 2010!!!!!

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              Champa

              How about Michael Morris, Baron Naseby attempt to whitewash the war criminals?

              We know you are not only a racist but also a lying, stupid racist.
              But then you are on a mission to save the most repugnant of Sri Lankans, the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

              Being a lying, stupid racist you are not doing a good job for them in fact you are speeding up the process of destroying the very noisy minority you want to save and promote.

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                Hindian Vedda
                I am as racist as you, Wigneswaran, Sampanthan, Sumanthiran, Sivajilingam, Raviharan and Vijayakala, by right.
                Defending my race against liars is my right.
                I have a right to expose lies of Tamils and LTTE supporters.
                Placing on record the sacrifices made by our Army in saving Tamils in the North from barbarian Prabhakaran is also my right.
                I am not going let anyone distort the truth about the peace brought by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and our Army to all ethnicities by eliminating terrorism.
                Tamils and LTTE supporters should stop vilifying our Army.
                You must remember that we have pains stored in our hearts of the massive loss of innocent Sinhalese due to LTTE bomb attacks though we never hold it against Tamils as we have no grudge against them.
                Former President went to Kebithigollawa yesterday to take part in the 12th commemoration of the Kebithigollawa massacre. This happened in 2006 but I still remember the photo of the weeping father wearing a red t-shirt who carried his little son in his hands and showing his dead body to the former President who visited the scene to console them at the time.
                It was brave Sinhalese who fought against the savage bloodthirsty terrorist leader and his outfit while your Tamil leaders hiding in India and other countries and some in burrows and under the beds.
                There is no discrimination to Tamils from our side.
                When whole lot of new programmes/projects are in place in 2020 under the leadership of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, both people in the North and South will be equally benefited. 100% guaranteed!

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                  Champa the liar,
                  “You must remember that we have pains stored in our hearts of the massive loss of innocent Sinhalese due to LTTE bomb attacks though we never hold it against Tamils “
                  What massive loss? Ha Ha.
                  Only about 3000 Sinhala civilians were killed . In comparison, the Tsunami killed 30,000. What are you whining about, check your facts.

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        O great economist Don,
        25% depreciation in 4 years. That’s about 6% per year. Quite normal! So what else is new? Have you been living in a hole since 1977, when the USD was just 8 Rupees?
        Go post your fake economics on the Baiya. com website dear.

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      Laksiri Fernando, Don Stanley,
      You both have stated the truth.
      Deepika Udagama is an excellent candidate.
      She will uphold justice for all.

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      O great economist Don,
      25% depreciation in 4 years. That’s about 6% per year. So what else is new? Have you been living in a hole since 1977, when the USD was just 8 Rupees?
      Go post your fake economics on the Baiya website dear.

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    As long as the majority of Sri Lankans are swayed by Sirasa, Derana, and the Saffron Brigade, and people like Malcolm Ranjith, such a thing would never come to pass.

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    A very good thoughtful proposal. However, firstly both UNP and SLFP should endorse and give full support unconditionally for this candidate whoever it is. Secondly the Tamils and Muslims should give their full support. Thirdly, the JVP, and other minor political parties should give their support. In another front, what are the things she or he is going to do to resolve the economic challanges that country face, how she is going to challenge the corruption at the level of parliamentary/ presidency level because most of the parliamentarians and ministers and presidents have involved in the corruption. Not only Candidate characteristics but also policies and the strong determination to challenge the threats are more important because our politics is utterly in a mesh.

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    Ajay
    Forgot despicable kudu hiroo.
    Ranilpaksa and Sillysena should be shot through there shit holes for giving a free ride to the medamulana
    Meeharaka rajafucksa and that stink hole mahindananda

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    Extremely good article.Analyses the political landscape perfectly.Dr.deepika may be the best candidate to put forward as Laksiri says[edited out]

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    Laksiri sir, do you know that democratic socialist republic of Srilanka has refused visa to tamil mothers of missing children to travel to Geneva and present their case. This is the democracy we are living in. So please don’t waste your time. Sampanthan and Sumanthiran are there to look after Ranil and Maithri. They will see that idiotic Tamils cast their vote to either of these cheats and to no one else.

    Do you know that those who won during the last local elections, emotionally charged the voters by playing LTTE songs , irrespective of the parties they belonged to, and got votes. Sam and Suma will repeat the same!! Poor Vijayakala is the only exception to face courts.!!

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      Sri Lanka does not need to give visas for people to go to Geneeva. It is Switzerland that needs to give visas.

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        Puzzled

        Yes I know the Swiss embassy in Colombo issue visas but when mothers of disappeared children applied giving reasons for their travel, it was refused believed to be on the instructions of srilankan govt. You know how governments support each other and why srilankan govt does not want mothers to travel when President is going to be there, so I refrain from elaborating it.

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          Puzzled

          Sorry I missed this point.

          Five mothers applied for visas and all of them were refused. How is that possible without srilankan govt’s request?

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            Sadhu
            May be they couldn’t convince the Embassy that they are coming back.
            Most of Sinhalese businessmen are denied visa by European countries for this reason.

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    Ban Sirasa, Derana and saffron Brigade first. Nominate Dr Deepika as the common Candidate

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    Deepika? Ha ha ha ha. She wouldn’t even get 3%. That 3% would be from Colombo.
    First thing she is against giving Buddhism the top most position in Sri Lanka though 2/3 of the country are Buddhists. She is an LGBT supporter who wants to make Sri Lanka a secular country. Moreover she supported erecting memorials of LTTE terrorists in the North. I can give a long list of reasons to not to vote her.
    Mahinda will choose a good man from his camp who is acceptable to all, especially Sinhalese Buddhists.
    It is highly unlikely for him to choose Gotabhaya, Basil or Chamal.
    Welgama should calm down without putting unnecessary pressure on Mahinda. He seems to be a puppet controlled by a known puppeteer. Welgama was nowhere in Jana Balaya Kolombta, was he? Without even supporting JO’s protest march, his notion that he has a big say in the JO is hilarious.
    One thing is, Mahinda will never give in to pressure.

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      Champagne Champa
      The Hindians will tell Mahinda Mama and he will lend an ear but he will say he will take a decision after consultations with Maha Sangha.
      Subramaniam Swamy Swaminathan Sumanthiran and Trinco Sammy will all jell together.
      Mavai Senathi will be prompted by Uthayan Sarapavan to not miss the stitch up.
      Our Ambassador in Russia will pen a desecration analysis of the whole scheme and life will go on as usual.

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        Uthungan

        Hindians being our closest huge neighbour believe they need to intervene in our internal as well as external affairs whether it is necessary or not. Action or inaction in this island by Hindians is really not about Steering Sri Lanka into desired direction/position however it is deem to be warning shot for other neighbours.

        Hindians don’t have the stomach, resources, wisdom, patience, choices, influence, to stay the course, ………………… they want to be everywhere but failed everywhere. And they don’t care, don’t give damn, ……………….
        The stupid Sinhalese and stupid Tamils are ever ready to get hammered by the Hindians, only two peoples make the Hindians look like and sound like regional power, global power, regional super power, …………….
        Don’t forget they let every stranger who passes by to grope their women folks.

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      champa

      if as you say she has riled the sinhalese and particularly the bhuddhists,then chances of her getting elected are slim,because the sinhalese are 75%,but at the same time chances of rajapakshes or their nominees getting elected are also slim because the minorities are 25%.They will get elected only if the yahapalnaya makes a big blender and nominates the wrong person.Sirisena is not going to get the tamil votes because he has shown that he is a stooge of the armed forces.Let him ask for their vote instead.How do we find a candidate who is acceptable to sinhalese,tamils,and muslims?That is the million dollar question to answer.

      On another note i’am comfortable with Dr,Laksiri’s recommendation that a non politician should be put forward.People are so sick of the politicians that a person not tainted by politics would be immediately getting votes.At the last LG elections independents got 375000 votes ,even beating a minor party like the TNA which got 337000 votes.I forcast that one day independents will beat even the 700000 of JVP.

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        shankar
        Don’t worry about Sinhalese.
        Mahinda won’t choose a Rajapaksa for sure. Want to bet?
        By mid next year, he will fully realize the folly of doing so and risking JO’s victory.
        If Mahinda’s brother, whoever he is, is lost, it is a loss to the entire country, especially for Sinhalese Buddhists. The risk is too high to take.
        Anyways, I’m not worried about it that much.
        My worry is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. I don’t want MPs in his camp and others loyal to Gotabhaya/Basil to put too much pressure on him, as he may have to experience oppression and harassment from the government, close to the election.
        His best bet is to wait until the Presidential Election dates are formally announced..
        Though Sinhalese seem to be so divided that they cannot elect a new leader without being under obligation to minorities, mark my word, one or more Sinhalese, including Buddhist priests will come forward to unite Sinhalese, especially Buddhists.
        Somebody will unite all Buddhists, before the next Presidential election. Two speeches will be enough to make Sinhalese Buddhists realize their foolishness of being divided.
        Having said that, I believe, there will be a new approach to Tamils and Muslims on different lines so as they won’t feel sidelined.
        I believe, Mahinda will choose a non-controversial character from his camp whom he can trust, as in politics, loyalty matters more than anything else. Depending on the person, he may have to face tough resistance to his choice or coercion to choose Gotabhaya. Ultimately he will have the final say.
        Anyways, in the unlikely event, if Mahinda chooses Gotabhaya, an independent contender will contest against him and win the election. In that case, Gotabhaya will receive around 20%, not more than that. The arena is open. They can try.

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          champa

          “I believe, Mahinda will choose a non-controversial character from his camp whom he can trust, as in politics, loyalty matters more than anything else.”

          That will be professor pieris.If mahinda tells him to put a shit and come he will go to the loo and even if he does not feel like shitting will sit on the commode dumping nothing for 15 minutes and come back.When he had gone to the loo mahinda will ask the others whether they did smell the fart and they will say yes.

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            shankar
            G.L.? Crazy! He is known for giving dead ropes to Mahinda. :D :D :D :D
            (Sorry, Professor.)

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      Champa,
      What is wrong about Sri Lanka becoming secular?
      Buddhism is a Way of Life preached by the Buddha who mentioned no “God”.
      Look at India & how it has progressed.
      Our problem is too much religion which most people never practice.

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        justice
        Sri Lanka has been a Buddhist country.
        Before Portuguese, Dutch and the British invaded our country, all Sinhalese were Buddhists.
        Our country should remain as a Buddhist country.
        I have no objection of Christian majority countries becoming secular.
        But not Sri Lanka.
        Look at what is happening in our country? Buddhist can’t build a temple in the North. Officials of the Archaeology, Buddhist priests and Buddhists were not even allowed to visit places in the North. Lands belonging to ancient temples are forcibly taken over by Tamils and Muslims. Our ancient ruins are destroyed. A temple in Mullativu was not allowed to take a Buddhist statue to place in the Viharage recently. Buddhists follow certain rituals when they take a Buddha statues. Ultimately, the Statue has to be kept at the Police Station!!!!
        Being a Buddhist majority country, if our freedom for religion is suppressed like this, if the country becomes secular what will happen to our temples? All shrines will be bulldozed in the North and East overnight.
        TNA MP Raviharan and his gang think that North is belonged to them. If this goes further, we should not allow the Veil Carts to travel in Colombo roads and other areas in the South too.
        I don’t see any reason to tolerate this injustice and sacrilege to our Buddhist temples in the North and East, the history of which goes back to Lord Buddha’s visit to Mahiyanganaya (528 BC) and Nagadveepaya (523 BC).

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          Buddha never visited Sri Lanka. He had no desire to fly.

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        Justice,

        these bathbaelayan have no knoweldge about the world.
        They just add their thoughts thinking they are well learnt.
        They are against federalism.
        They are against any other successful model.
        They only want BUDDHIST clergy to govern this nation to all ends.
        That they did, but what have we gained over the decades ?
        Today, the gap between the wealthy and middleclass and then middle class and under poverty line living are widening.
        Now he says loudly as he could Chinese loans are just 8%.
        But the size of loans are kept in secret.
        And the loans taken to weapon purchase in War period are still being paid.
        All that is known to him, but SRILANKEN airline loads taken to his entourages redued to few in today leadership.
        As is the case with anyaverage business President and PM are seen to fly whenever they are travelling to abroad.
        With all is seen CONTRAST to the high days of ballige putha Rajapkashe- but MEDIA refrain not publishing the truths.
        So people are kept away from FACTs and figures.
        Bandaranaya Airport roller field was fully relaid within shorter period of time.
        And all that were sold out were made to lease of 99% oare good work done by current men
        And those develpment projects are going on but without former kind of PUBLICITY.
        MEDIA MAFIA -run by Rajakashe proxy men make every effort to bring former goons.
        That is almost like the case in Zimbabwe.
        Some leaders see only their pockets.
        RW and MS dont even take them important.
        They just behave like others.
        We dont need the kind of RAJAKASHE regime again.
        If they will nevertheless come back,w e the educated people have to stand against the rascals by driving away them for ever.

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      Champa,

      you woul dlove your bed partner to be the next canddiate right ?

      Not even new york city prostitutes would not say no to you. Since, they are all the same regardless of the location they dwindle.

      Champawathie, please grow up.. never give a chance to abusive politics.

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        Simon de Silva
        Ask Hindian Vedda and tell me which one are you talking about? He is the middle man who should know better.
        I clearly said it is Mahinda’s decision. He will choose the right man I said. What’s wrong with saying that?

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      “One thing is, Mahinda will never give in to pressure.” Depends where the pressure comes from – India or China.

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      CHAMPA: I heard as Dayan Jayathilake got Diplomat post, there are more fighting for similar positions in other countries. Other than that /Common candidate project and Christian church looking for foot fold at the expense of majority religeon and culture is as old as the 1948 independence,
      See Dutch catholics killed and chased out Portugal catholics, Anglicans in Britains Tried to prosecute Vatican Pope when and if he visited England. Every where in very democratic west, the christian church is abpve and before the Catholic church. So the catholic/Christian world must be secular as there are 41000 denominations or different religeons or bibles. Now they die for common candidate as that is the only escape

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        JD
        Dayan is now representing the same government he criticized. The only common thing is he is a supporter of the Federal Constitution.
        Don’t forget we have the Archbishop of Colombo – Reverend Malcolm Ranjit Cardinal who has earned the respect from all quarters for maintaining a good rapport with all communities, especially with Buddhists and also for his relentless struggle to make Sri Lanka drug free.

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      You See , I have found the first MALE CHAUNINISTIC PIG IN THE NAME OF CHAMPA THE WOMEN HATER!!
      He’s not only a women hater, he’s a Pakshe bum sucker too. Talking double Dutch , with double tongue.
      A real serpent.

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        Analyst
        :D :D :D :D
        I am sure you will elaborate me with examples for my double tongue aka forked tongue of the real serpent.
        And what is my party (pakshe) by the way cos’ I have no idea.

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    Dear Dr.Laksiri

    Sorry to dissapoint because you and Dr.Deepika are a non communal people and you meant well when recommending Dr.Deepika for whom i have the highest admiration,but one of our commentators champa has stated that she is for a secular constitution and also she supported the erecting of memorials of LTTE in the north which is very serious.If this is true just imagine how mahina will tear her to shreds at an election campaign.So i will not recommend her anymore if i was you.Instead i would be going for Arjuna Ranatunge who is acceptable to all communities.

    I think he will be a better candidate than sangakkara though both will win in my opinion because the country is ripe now for a imran khan.However sanga has rejected the idea.The problem with sanga is he is too honest and will not use his position to make money.So he will calculate how much he will earn honestly by being the president and how much he will earn by not being the president.He always does that.He could have easily surpassed ponting’s test runs by getting another 1000 but did not do so and retired,but ran off to play english county cricket and reeled off hundreds and hundreds,but who cares for england or its county cricket any more though they still pay big bucks.He could have played for the country for less money.Arjuna is not like that and will always put country first and so far seems to have followed his fathers advise of never to be corrupt.

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    “Given both the omissions and commissions of the so-called Yahapalana government, there would be no possibility at all in preventing the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) capturing power at the next parliamentary elections.”
    A poorly supported conclusion.
    The proposal for Deepika is far fetched as she has no roots among the public. Only the Upper Middle class intelligentsia will know Deepika’s integrity etc. Sirisena, when he contested, did have political roots and base.
    Further, the writer has ignored the need for UNP support for any common candidate. It is unlikely UNP will make the same mistake again. Then, where will the proposal stand??

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    I’m glad that there now is serious discussion of this very important subject of who should contest the Presidency in early 2020. Not much time to go. Bring up names now.
    .
    Dr Laksiri Fernando, this statement of yours is most misleading: ” recent past record [of Mithripala and Ranil W] is not bad as Rajapaksas.” I think that most readers here would agree, but the Rajapaksa supporters are like Trump’s. Whatever the Rajapaksas do, 30% of the electorate will always (well, for the next ten years, certainly) always support the Rajapaksas. The Bandarawela Mayor has passed away, aged about 50. All the Rajapaksas are likely to be at the cremation on the MC Grounds tomorrow. I went to the house today – don’t want to swell the crowds at the funeral.
    .
    Float names by all means, but let there not be unbecoming rivalry. So, best wishes to Deepika Udagama. There are a number of articles on the subject of who should contest. We feel the lack of a man of Sobhitha Thero. Now, now, isn’t that a negative thought? The Rajapaksas can certainly be defeated, but we must commit ourselves to the task.

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      Mr Sinahala_Man,

      it has been a show by Rajapakshes to this date. Rajapkashes are used to travel to courts almsot everyday to see support those alleged men. There shoudl be new laws .. if they are not avaialble yet in prevailing law contents, that no many are allowed to block court premises unnecessarily.

      These are just fund wastes – these buggers seem to have no hearts about the significant fractions of the poor inthis country.

      They have been given funds to as them being former presidents but Rajapkashes has always been abusing his secrueity and funds for petty occasisons such as visiting any one temples, courts or anywhere. See how much of funds have been abused by them that way ?
      If he is a people s leader, he can save some funds and do some assitance to the poor of the poor right ?
      Ms CBK has not been abusing the funds athe way Rajaakshse has been doing. Both have been given equal amounts of funds.
      CBK and current President and PM seem to be not abusing their funds for their security and entourages as is the case with Rajakshes.
      Rakjapkashe does everything in a big manner as he has no hearts for the poor.
      Ridiculously, those very same people rally round to support him in rallies. How come ?

      I think lanken KEWUM eating sinhala modayas, who are the majority want just the show.
      Giving them a rice packet plus a glass of arrak would have been more than enough to betray them to any abusive men with their universal franchise.
      These men have not the least knowledge about the POWER of Universal Franchise. Right ?

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    This is one of the stupidest ideas ever presented by Laksiri Fernando (He has presented plenty
    before).

    possibly he is referring to a woman he knows, a ‘poththa rathu’ Fernando at that, probably.

    How can a woman be any better in this country? Look at the example of that Rosy woman. From the time she got in, she has been repairing the toilet at her residence, and importing office furniture costing millions. She is a curse on the poor rate payers of Colombo.

    We need to get rid of these so-called ‘academics’ who come up with such hair brained ideas fiorst, if we want to develop.

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      Ham Burgher,
      You appear to despise women.
      Are you a misogynist ?
      If so, what made you one ?

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        If I am a misogynist, your ‘better’ half made me so. Ask her how she did it.

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      ham burgher

      “How can a woman be any better in this country? Look at the example of that Rosy woman. From the time she got in, she has been repairing the toilet at her residence, and importing office furniture costing millions.”

      what about uditha devapriya importing hundreds of chairs for 640000 rupees each.

      When a woman blunders her gender becomes highlighted,but when a man blunders his gender is not highlighted is it?I think more women need to be in politics.

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    THIS IS NOW THE TURN FOR MY3 TO GIVE A CHANCE TO RANIL AND MAKE HIM COMMON CANDIDATE.THE POSITION OF COMMON FEMALE CANDIDATE IS THERE A POSSIBILITY TO PROPOSE FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE WHO RETIRED HURT MRS.SHERANI BANDARANAJAKE.

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      The day Ranil, a sober educated gentleman and a true statesman can contest an election and win ,is the day that this country would have matured like Great Britain and the Western democracies. But that day is still far off. Our country consists of a bunch of fools and hypocrites and is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future . So the educated statesmen will have to don the cloak of fools if they wish to contest and win.

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    It is not about the ‘right’ individual but about the right programme

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    Most probably the Hindians [NVs terminology] will decide the issue of who should take over in 2020.
    After all, Dr.Subramaniam Swamy, a close buddy of PM Modi, notwithstanding his maverick status in Indian politics has proclaimed that MaRa will be the next President! Has someone told him that the 19th Amendment has a hole through which MaRa can creep thro?
    SriLanka is truly at the cross roads after nearing 3score and 10 [70] years. Complications have set in!
    I only hope that the country rejects dialysers provided by either China or India.

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      plato

      subramaniam swamy is a nutter.He has said all muslims in india must become hindus.

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        Shankar

        You’re correct, that subramanswamy is certainly a nutter. Birds of a feather flock together.
        MODAMULLA crowd too are nutters in our country, so say no more.
        Nutters reunion you may call it.

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    Sri Lanka needs a strong Statesman or Stateswoman (Definition in dictionary : a skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure) as its next President. There is no place for novices. Forget Ms. Deepika. He or she has to be accepted by the International community as we cannot survive in isolation. He or she needs to be able to bring about reconciliation and be a fearless Leader of all religions, races, castes, genders etc. The present unity government will be the first and last in Sri Lanka. Is there that Statesman or Stateswoman somewhere in Sri Lanka. The answer – NO. Come the next Presidential elections the voter has to choose from the same old recycled garbage politicians. They are all absolutely good for nothing. God Save Sri Lanka.

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      steve

      if what you say is right,let us hope then that the JVP will be successful in abolishing the presidency.As you say no point in having a president if they cant do a good job.

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        Shankar
        Quoting from Tarzie Vitachchi’s book “Emergency 58”
        “Governor General Sir Oliver Goonetilleke declared a State of Emergency shortly after noon on May 27, 1958 and deployed the armed services to quell the rioting while the Prime Minister merged into the shadows. According to Vittachi, a senior journalist at the time; “The Prime Minister, for reasons never openly stated by him anywhere, took the unprecedented step of passing the buck back to the Governor-General—thus making Sir Oliver Goonetilleke virtual ruler of Ceylon.” If not for Sir OEG thousands of more Tamils would have died and property damage would have been huge. SWRD either did not have the balls to handle the situation or was playing dirty cheap race politics. Sri Lanka could face many similar situations in the future. Power only in the hands of a Prime Minister is risky. There has to be a President (not with Executive duties) with sufficient powers to take control of the country when needed and even override the Prime Minster in certain situations.

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          steve

          did ex president stop the aluthgama riots.Did current president stop digana riots.

          We do not have a knight in shining armour like sir oliver anymore.Piles of trash,LG,PC,Parliamentary,PM,President.5 layers of trash.Make it 4 better no?

          Sir oliver was not a politician.So what we need is a president who is not a politician.He should be able to heed the people and call for fresh elections.

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    Unemployed Native Veddais talking about the Political philosophy of the Wanna be Preseident I suppose.

    As my Elders always said Education/Qualification has nothing to do with wisdom.

    So, Ask your Elder to close all the universities and schools and train everybody in the youth Parliament.

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    Why bother about GOTA and Basil? Yesterday the US Supreme Court gave a verdict on rescinding US citizenship, in which, it was clearly stated that no US citizen could rescind the citizenship for the purpose of obtaining personal ambitions or goals outside USA. With this decision the fate of GOTA and BASIl is sealed along with those of the “VIYATH MAGE” and “ELIYA” – (“BRAHAMINS”. ) 71 Million Rouge, Wimal and many, many others(including those of the “RANA VIRU”) waiting to ESCAPE free. Again the talk of “Common Candidate” is mooted by another set of defunct “BRAHAMINS” and we already have experienced and tasted the effect of such a movement that was spearheaded by Rev. Sobitha. Forget it. Instead, why not an “INDEPENDENT” who will not be a “SLAVE” of any political party or combinations; but a “MASTER” – LEADER who stands for Justice and Fair Play with a Common Sense know how..

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      Hahaha douglas, in which United States? The United Imaginary States inside your head? Do you know that fake news really upsets Trump? Spreading fake news regarding US supreme court decisions may even be illegal.

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    Dr. Laksiri does not have an understanding of the common people. What happened to the country by appointing a common President and a “Clean” PM. Central Bank was cleaned. Economy was vaporized.
    Please confine to your subject without intervening in politics. People will decide whom they want at the correct time.

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    Now that Naga has gone under the grass, the Colombo elitists are praying for another cat’s paw to get their morsels out of the fire. What qualification does Deepika has in governance?

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    It’s going to be Rajapase vs common candidate again.

    How to find a common candidate here in SL?

    There’s nobody, even the vaddha chief isn’t trustworthy now. we have to import somebody or find an alien.
    The idea, common woman candidate is silly in politics because people should not be divided as men & women (@ least in politics).
    It’s a discrimination.

    Once upon a time RW, the persevering but uncharismatic UNP boss tried to flatter youth by offering bracelets but failed because masses don’t want/ like favoritism except some low IQ idiots.

    Why should more opportunities be made available for youth when equality is stressed in the constitution?

    So it’s good to understand that all the candidates are common & letting people to decide whether anybody is anti democratic or not is the best.

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    I propose Namal or Dallas Alahaperumal to be the next presidential candidate. The reason? They can distribute rotten milk packets and Arrakku to savage parades. See what happened to Janabalaya Kolambata.

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    Dr. Udagama may sound a good choice on paper, but the rural Sinhalese-Buddhist people who vote may not appreciate the concept of human rights, etc. They are probably swayed more by rural charisma and nationalistic speeches. So Udagama cannot be a competitive and pragmatic option. The Presidential candidate should be someone who can win over rural Sinhalese voters while also carrying Tamil minority votes. It should also be someone who hasn’t stayed too long in politics to be tainted by corruption allegations.
    At one time, Sarath Fonseka, despite being seen as part of the oppressive military by the Tamil people, was a pragmatic choice to take on MR. But he probably no longer has adequate support and is not a viable option either.
    So it has to be someone already in politics and with national exposure and name recognition, but untainted by corruption scandals. Such a person should be appealing enough to the Sinhalese-Buddhist rural voters, but be committed to gradually transforming their attitudes, and bringing about a commitment to fairness and justice for Tamil and Muslim communities as well. A transformation of the voter base’a attitudes to one of facing the challenges of modernity, as well as the pressures from China and India, without being racist toward other communities, is what can eventually lead to a better Sri Lanka.
    Some of the young UNP’ers may need to shift a bit to the left and contest with the support of forces opposed to the Rajapaksa family’s domination. Such UNP’ers may need to change the party’s name slightly, something like the ‘New UNP’ in order to distance themselves from the corruption and other scandals of the old UNP, while moving its economic policies somewhat to the left in order to shore up its support base.
    A totally new person can’t get enough traction in a year or two to win elections.

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      Several months ago, I mentioned on CT that Nagananda should form a new anti-corruption party along the lines of Aam Aadmi in India, and that party should try to win seats at local government, provincial and parliamentary elections.

      Once that party’s base expands, Nagananda may one day become a competitive candidate for the Presidential election. But right now he is not a competitive candidate, and he made the right decision not to contest.

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    Dr.Laksiri
    “There is a possibility that if the UNP selects a different candidate to RW, for example Sajith Premadasa, he might be able to increase the voter base in the Sinhala dominant areas, but not necessarily in other areas. The erosion of the UNP primary vote is largely due to the unreliable personality of RW, in addition to economic policies and follies”
    What you have said here is the answer to the UNP candidate winning the next election.
1.UNP must get a official feed back from all their card carrying members of who they prefer as their leader.This is pure democracy at its best.You can’t impose on party members a leader.The leader should come from bottom up,not top down process.
    2.Then the party can see how many have voted for sajith,ranil,navin,harin,arjuna,karu,ranjan etc.This will give legitimacy to the person selected and the others will have to shut up because they know that they have been beaten fair and square in a internal party democratic process.
    3.person getting the highest votes should be the leader.This is what the rank and file of the UNP want and this is what the UNP gets whether it like it or not.
    Once that is done the UNP plus JHU etc will increase their vote base from 30% to 35%.The SLPP vote base will come down from 40% to 35%.Both parties will be neck to neck.
    Now the UNP will be in a better position to tell the SLFP to support their leader as the next presidential candidate.It is a joke to have a president who can garner only 12 per cent of the vote.
    Even if sirisena puts a deal through with mahinda he won’t have enough to be the president because SLPP plus SLFP will be 35 plus 12=47%.At the moment he can 40 plus 12 =52

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      shankar
      Dreaming?
      Sajith will never win the Presidential election.
      Buddhists will never vote someone who has an obsessional craving for temple treasures. Even recently he received the wrath of Sinhalese for ‘deploying’ Housing Ministry officials to dig the ancient Vijithapura fortress site and bulldozing the area afterwards. Upto-date there is no investigation.
      I bet Ranil won’t contest at the next Presidential Election and lose his Premiership and Presidency both.
      He would be happy to field Sajith knowing his sure defeat.
      Ranil is trying to amend the Constitution through a Private Member’s Bill by JVP to scrap the President Election.

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        champa
        “Ranil is trying to amend the Constitution through a Private Member’s Bill by JVP to scrap the President Election.”

        Can he do that?Correct me,but i was under the impression to abolish the presidency you would need bill passed by two thirds in the parliament.Does he have 2/3?I’am not sure of the current composition of parliament.

        as for your mention of sajit,i have not mentioned him.I have merely said if the UNP follows a democratic process of electing their leader from a bottom up process from rank and file.Surely if as you say the buddhists are angry,then even the rank and file of the UNP which are mostly buddhists will not vote for him.

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          shankar
          I posted a comment as a reply to Samson above, about this Bill. Pl. read it.
          About the composition of the Parliament, UNP = 106. UPFA = 95. TNA = 16. JVP = 6. SLMC = 1. EPDP = 1. At present UPFA is divided as 24/25(? Govt.) and 71/70 (?JO). JVP needs 150 votes (2/3 majority) to pass the Bill!!
          JVP’s “Parliament Fixing Bill” (similar to match fixing in cricket) has the backing of Ranil.
          But the majority Sinhalese Parliamentarians both in the UNP and the SLFP/UPFA won’t support, I believe, as they know it will irk their voters.
          Maha Sangha has already expressed their strongest opposition.
          As for Sinhalese, having a President with specific powers outside the Parliament is a must.
          Even for minority parties, having a strong President who has his own powers is more beneficial than having a ceremonial President who is controlled by the Parliament.
          On the other hand, the power of the Executive President cannot be transferred to the Parliament in installments or in full, according to whims and fancies of the JVP and Ranil.
          Even if JVP ask a “Punchi Singho” in a village, he will say, by way of a Private Member’s Bill, JVP+Ranil cannot make J R Jayewardene (an Executive President), a William Gopallawa (a Ceremonial President), the same way; William Gopallawa (a Ceremonial President) was made a J R Jayewardene (an Executive President). :D :D :D
          The only way is via a New Constitution passed by 2/3 majority in the Parliament followed by a Referendum.
          JVP is in la la land these days.

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            champa

            thanks.So we are saddled with a president.So therefore must choose carefully.

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        Champs,
        Our poor naive Sinhala Buddhists in some villages who think they are “UMP” will vote…
        But the UNP Elite in Colombo wouldn’t have a bar of Keselwatta Kid..
        My Elders tell me his Daddy got rid of a whole generation of potential Elite leaders from the Party..
        Which paved the way for Dr Ranil to be in charge for a quarter century. And the Kid to be the Deputy , just on paper mind you……

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          K A
          I don’t think there are UNPers in villages anymore. That is why Ranil and Mangala started distributing free money (loans) targetting their former supporters by way of “Enterprise Sri Lanka”, a UNP style stimulant. The interest they say is paid by the government. For how long? One year, maximum. After that those people will have to take loans from micro finance companies at high rates to pay the installments of the government loan.

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        Champa ,
        There is no need to keep all these ancient relics. We want to go forward, not backward. If every pile of bricks is a monument, then there will be no space to build houses.
        Even in UK, if an archaeological site is found in the path of a highway, it is thoroughly investigated and then covered up. Only in this idiotic country will the highway be diverted.

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          oldcodger
          I pity you.
          You say this because you don’t have roots here.
          Which archaeological sites did British government cover up? They even preserve ancient Roman archaeological sites. If they covered up something, I don’t know, may be burial grounds, it could be after ascertaining that there was no archaeological value.

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            Champa

            “If they covered up something, I don’t know, may be burial grounds, it could be after ascertaining that there was no archaeological value. “

            Don’t worry if you do not know.
            It won’t take more than a paragraph if you jot down all what you know.

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              Hindian Dimwitta
              I said I don’t know because it was oldcodger’s idea not mine. I told him to elaborate.
              Learn to read and understand before jumping to conclusions.

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            Champa,
            I don’t know whether to be sad or angry at the extent of your ignorance about other countries, which is typical of many Sinhala Buddhists like you. The Mahavamsa-ist education you received is the cause. Literacy and education are two different things.
            As to my roots, I live here and my ancestors did. If I know about UK for example, it is because I am curious, unlike frogs-in -wells who think they live in Paradise.
            https://www.archaeologists.net/find/clientguide/legislation

            from the above site:
            “Where the demand for development is found to outweigh the need for preservation of the historic environment, destruction of assets can be permitted but offset by an improved understanding of what happened in the past, normally through excavation “
            https://www.livescience.com/58587-roman-settlement-discovered-beneath-england-road.html

            In Sri Lanka, any idiotic monk can claim ownership of any old heap of bricks and proceed to make money showing it to credulous baiyas .

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              oldcodger
              I stand by what I said. You have no roots here same like some others who have an animosity against Sinhalese especially Buddhists.
              If not Mahawamsa, this country has no written history. Those who ridicule Mahawamsa have nothing similar to claim.
              I am not interested at all if UK government chose to destroy their archaeological sites over development. You are interested because you want that to happen in Sri Lanka too because you can’t stand that fact that Sinhalese have over 2600 years of history and a well developed civilization with monumental evidence.
              Again I am not bothered about UK government’s insensitivity. When we were a colony of the British, they destroyed many of our ancient ruins, burnt paddy fields, killed our men, women and children and stole our treasure and wealth. I don’t see any difference between people like you and colonial masters who have no heart.

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                “Sinhalese have over 2600 years of history and a well developed civilization with monumental evidence.”
                Ha ha, you think 2600 years with nothing but dagabas and tanks to show is a “great civilization” ? Lots of bana but not even a Kama sutra!
                Idiots who think that the Buddha flew here and that they are the spawn of lions (as per “written history”) will believe anything.
                Take it from me, this is only a minor offshoot of Indian civilization, retarded by the scheming Buddhist monks, whose one aim was to keep the people in their paddy fields, instead of thinking why they had to build all these dagabas for idle and fat monks.

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                  oldcodger
                  I pity people like you who are driven by hatred which is shown in your comment.
                  For your information, Ancient Sinhalese Buddhist Hydraulic Civilization, which is the second oldest and second longest after Chinese Civilization, was built on Buddhist heritage and agriculture where kingdoms, people, irrigation tanks, dams, canals, temples, dagabos, farming, literature, medicine, dancing, music, angampora and poetry were part of it.
                  I repeat, you have no roots here.

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                    Champa,
                    Did your “Sinhala Buddist civilization” produce any real music? If so, name just 5 pieces?
                    Art? Ha ha ha, the Greeks were making much more realistic and beautiful statues and frescoes 500 years before the Sinhalese.
                    Dancing? Even remote African tribes have better dances. Angampora etc. are Indian imports. Ayurveda itself is an Indian word.
                    So what else is new?

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                    oldcodger,
                    You are sounding as racist as Champa when you talk about Sinhala culture. Sinhala culture does have certain good qualities, you know.

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                    Champuka the ignorant,
                    If all you have to boast about is history and no progress, I feel sorry for you.
                    The Tamils have always outperformed Sinhalese, given a level playing field. Name just ONE Sinhala individual who comes close to what MIA has achieved in entertainment if you can. Or name ONE Sinhala BBC presenter of Keshini Navaratnam’s quality?

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                    Champa,
                    Time you ran away as usual. Oldcodger has taken away all your clothes.

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          oldcodger

          Have you noticed Champa’s colour of avatar has changed from nil patta to kola patta?

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            Hindian Dimwitta
            I noticed the colour difference only now. It is not intentional.
            That green avatar is as authentic as the blue.

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    Surest way to re-enthrone the Rajapakses!
    What kind of idiotic thinking!

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    How about Mrs Weerawansa

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      Kugan

      How about Champa, sach, Nuisance, …. Gnanasara’s mistress, …. ?

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        Hindian Vedda
        Champa???????
        Wow, Hindian Vedda, I never thought Yahapalanaya traitors’s side is so bankrupt that they now even consider an erstwhile enemy of theirs like me as a common candidate?

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          Champa

          If this country could sanitise weeping widow, racists, bigots, despots, family of thieves, murderers, liars, war criminals, thugs, ………………. and sell them to the people as being patriotic leaders why not ignorant stupid lying pimp/slave traders owned professional who has dedicated his/her life and “organ” to make people happy, in return for money, status or affection?

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            Hindian Vedda
            LOSER!!!!!
            Your reply doesn’t make sense at all.

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      how about rosy?

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        shankar

        How about your poster boy Black and Decker or Malinda?

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      Dear Kugan,
      .
      I’m not finding fault with you, but facetiousness is not going to help. The outlook is grim. We are not yet the worst example of a “Failed State”, but we are getting there.
      .
      Dr. Laksiri Fernando’s bleak assessment of the situation here, after a two month stay, is absolutely correct. Even young people of reasonable intelligence say that the present regime is so disgusting let us get back to the Rajapaksas, things can’t get worse. Things will definitely be worse under the Rajapaksa family. Once there, no escape for even our great grandchildren.
      .
      Around 1983, I had to study everything that V.S. Naipaul (he later won the Nobel Prize, and died a few months ago – try Wikipedia) had written. Novels and Travel Books. He rarely names the countries in which his novels are set – they are often an amalgam. I think “Guerillas” is set in Haiti, and I studied that sad country in some detail. The Rajapaksas will be quite happy ruling the way the Duvalier family did there. Naipaul is a horrible writer to read, but he wrote so compellingly.
      .
      I will certainly vote enthusiastically for Dr Deepika Udagama whom I have never met; have listened to her father. But I fear that we are mostly paralysed people. Grusha Andrews has written an article, still collecting comments, which trashes Nagananda Kodituwakku, who I feel is our best bet. Grusha faults him for insulting the average voter – yes all of us. We have our faults. Nobody has thought of a common Tamil or Muslim candidate. Why? Obvious. In Deepika’s case, there is one ugly word that nobody has yet uttered – and I don’t want to either.
      .
      Let us understand how impotent we have become.

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      Kugan,
      “How about Mrs Weerawansa”
      And some Viagra for the B.F.

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    Have you all gone Barmy! Army?? Oor just Bonkers??
    When Rome was burning , Nero was playing the flute over and over again. Apeh Aandu we is bankrupt Champi is burning the cinders.b

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    Isn’t the Madam , able ,willing and keen, to give the Elite Anglicans, and the Vellalas another dose of Yahapalanaya?.
    Who who can match the Madam when it comes to Politics…
    She got the breeding, experience, the backing of the West, the NGOs, TNA ,Muslim Congress and the Colombo Elite.
    Where in Lankawe can you find such a complete candidate with such a formidable backing to be the next President?

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    Should abolish the prez system and stick with the parliamentary system,this is mockery of JRJ,PM and Prez is in different directions then comes the opposition and joint opp no progress at all,

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      I don’t think it is the system that the problem in srilanka it is the mentality of the majority community’s that is the problem. Srilanka never had such a problem before 1948. Devolution of power existed before 1948 in this island. All communities lived peacefully before 1948. It is not the people create policies. Politicians create policies to divide people. The objectives of our politicians are power and money. Politicians never talk about economic policies, they talk about religion and language but they never practice religion or language of their own.

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