28 September, 2020

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President Mahinda Will Learn From Mandela

By Rajiva Wijesinha – 

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka is deeply grieved at the death of President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. He was a beacon of civilization in the 20th century. Without his idealism and his inclusive vision, South Africa would not have been able so swiftly to escape the shackles of apartheid and the resentment to which naturally such a loathsome political dispensation gave rise.

Nelson Mandela suffered grievously for his commitment to freedom, a freedom that was denied to the native people of South Africa for many years under colonialism, and then under an ostensibly independent country in which the vast majority of the population were still enchained. The monstrosity of that regime is difficult now to comprehend, but the manner in which it was supported by many countries that claimed to uphold freedom is a blot that the rest of the world will find difficult to forget.

It is a mark of Nelson Mandela’s wisdom and humanity that he ensured that the monstrosities that occurred, and their defence by those who pretended to know better, were forgiven. When the apartheid government realized that reforms were essential, they were lucky to find a reliable partner with whom to negotiate. Both the then ruling party, and the African National Congress, which had suffered so grievously, were mature enough to entrust negotiations to individuals of stature, and they achieved a result that must be the envy of all countries that have experienced conflict.

While clearly South Africa has further to go to redress the balance that was perverted for so long, the inclusivity of its constitution and the manner in which old enemies have worked together in many official positions should serve as a lesson to the world, and in particular to this country that has also been prey to divisions. There are of course differences in that the perpetrators of abuse were willing to negotiate, and benefit from the generosity of Mr Mandela and those in the ANC who followed his lead. In Sri Lanka we had to face terrorists who were intransigent. But that is all the more reason for generosity after we overcame them.

In this regard Sri Lanka would do well to respond positively to the suggestion made by the current South African President regarding the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are aware that South Africa has, with total commitment to the sovereignty of this country, been endeavouring to promote reconciliation, and it is a pity that we have failed to take advantage of its goodwill. We must recognize that, while the LTTE moved into ruthless violence with indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets, which was never the case with the ANC, there were those who, in their defence of the apartheid regime, characterized the ANC too as terrorists. Understanding as we do the resentments of those who suffered under apartheid, we must recognize that, while there was no such institutionalization of discrimination in this country, some majoritarian decisions created resentments that need to be overcome, and they cannot be ignored if reconciliation is to be received.

The late C R de Silva provided a great opportunity for the Sri Lankan state to move towards Reconciliation through the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. It is a pity that, despite the commitment of the President and the Cabinet, we have not moved swiftly to implement the recommendations of that Commission. The Liberal Party had hoped that, if only in appreciation of what C R de Silva tried, the government would have devoted more energy and attention to what he proposed.

Now that the death of Nelson Mandela reminds us too of his record, we hope government will at least now pay greater attention to the advice of his successor and move towards a similar inclusive solution to our difficulties. His Excellency the President will be travelling to South Africa, and while expression of condolences at this sad moment is his principal reason for travelling, it is to be hoped that he will also take this opportunity to understand better and take forward the spiritual legacy of Nelson Mandela.

* Statement of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka on the death of Nelson Mandela

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    Fantastic piece professor, so who is the vice president of your party?? Is it some guy that killed hundreds and thousand of kids and innocents?? Go get fucked you cockroach.. You will burn with Karuna and Maha Oura..

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      ‘There are of course differences in that the perpetrators of abuse were willing to negotiate, and benefit from the generosity of Mr Mandela and those in the ANC who followed his lead. In Sri Lanka we had to face terrorists who were intransigent. But that is all the more reason for generosity after we overcame them’

      I did suggest a fortnight ago that you should stick to literary affairs and drop these forays into stupidity. You don’t even seem to be able to read, understand and sort out the differences in the SA scenario and that in Sri Lanka.it would, [given your age…and my comparatively vastly dvanced age] be a waste of efort todrive some sense into your head.

      I FOUND THIS TOO IDIOTIC FOR WORDS AND SIMPLY MAKE REFERENCE IN THE VAIN HOPE THAT YOU WILL SERIOUSLY CONSIDER PSYCHOTHERAPY[ i WILL BE HOPING TO GOD THAT YOU WILL NOT DRIVE THE PSYCHIATRIST TO GO HALF AS BLOTTO AS YOU ARE;” It is a pity that, despite the commitment of the President and the Cabinet”…IS THIS FOR REAL OR DID YOU HAPPEN TO BE NEAR A LAND MINE EXPLOSION,[ NO, NO, I DON’T MEAN ON THE BATTLE FRONTS, I MEAN ONE SHOWN ON TV]THAT ADDLED OUR BRAIN SO BADLY ?

      AND HERE’S THE PEACH THAT CAN ONLY COME FROM A LUNATIC: “Understanding as we do the resentments of those who suffered under apartheid, we must recognize that, while there was no such institutionalization of discrimination in this country…..”

      HEY PROFESSOR, YOU’VE BEEN READING NTHE WRONG CONSTITUTION. AND WHILE I’M AT IT, I MIGHT AS WELL TELL YOU THAT THE FOLLOWING ARE ALSO NOT INSTITUTIONALISED :STRAFING CIVILIANS, KIDNAPPINGS AND KILLINGS IN CUSTODY, GUNNING DOWN VILLAGERS ASKING FOR WATER, KICKING CJ’S OUT FOR DARING TO UPHOLD THE LAW, PERMITTING KILLERS TO RETAIN THEIR SEATS IN PARLIAMENT,GETTING STATE MEDIA HEADS TO CALL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS “PROSTITUTES’, WHO ‘MUST BE TAKEN OUT’ [ON STATE RADIO !!]RAPING WOMEN IN CUSTODY, GUNNING DOWN JOURNALISTS, ALLOWING MINISTERS WHO LEAD GANGS OF CRIMINALS TO SMASH UP TV STATIONS TO GO FREE,PERMITTING ROBED THUGS TO SMASH UP PLACES OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AND BUSINESS HOUSES, PROHIBITING RITES OF OTHER RELIGIONS TO BE PERFORMED,PERMITTING KANGAROO COURT KILLINGS BY THE POLICE AND ARMY, UNLEASHING KILLERS TO SMASH UP LEGITIMATE PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS OF VALID DISSENT..NEED I GO ON, SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU TALK THOUGH A MIKE IN YOUR COMMODE?

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        Excellent Winston. This moron does not that even know that Mandela was declared a “terrorist” and that he headed and advocated violence during the earlier time of his life. Whom are trying to fool Prof? You have only
        succeeded to show your ignorance of the freedom struggle in South Africa.

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      Come on… This is not a dignified way to speak to anyone. That being said, I disagree with his assessment of Mandela. I think Mandela was a violent terrorist plain and simple. And, his presidency and his party has brought South Africa to the verge of being a failed state.

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        i don’t subscribe to pretensions and affectations of so called ‘cultured’discourse. I’d rather doff my hat to a truly sincere human being, give my food to a beggar, hold the hand of a dying child in a hospital, heal a broken marriage or help a widow and the motherless.But for heaven’s sake count me out when assholes try to whitewash killers and corrupt truth to lead foolish,innocent people astray for the objective of clothing killers in white vestments.

        In my world, they’re bastards and need to be told off in the language that bastards understand best.Don’t look for apologies. I ask for no quarter and give none.

        Maybe you’ve not been touched yet by the blood of innocents that has been callously shed by the animals that despicable men such as Wijesinghe and men of his ilk try to whitewash. I treat men as men deserve to be treated and treat assholes as assholes deserve to be treated.as the CT says it ” truth is revealed via a process that journalism unveils, peeling off every filthy layer of lying hypocrisy until vile men such as wijesinghe are exposed to the light of day.

        We are talking of good men being brutally put to death, thousands killed as dismissively as one applies BAYTICOL to kill the ticks and fleas on a dog.

        I don’t believe in the niceties of cultured discourse being extended to such vermin.
        Ever heard of throwing pearls before swine ?

        I’d rather call up Lasantha’s kids and spend time with the loved ones of those put to death by the scoundrels defended and whitewashed by Wijesinghe.For the record, there’s not an ounce of shame in such men who never miss a chance to glorify scumbags.

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          Rajiva Wijesinha says: “while there was no such institutionalization of discrimination in this country,” ————————————————————————–This is a blatant lie as the US state department has for many years continued to state that there is institutionalized discrimination of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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      MR said he fooled Singh for 13 Ammendment. -:)
      He will fool Prof Rajiv and rest of the world on implementation of LLRC. MR is a master tactician in taking people on ride.

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        it is rather betrayal.
        At least now stupid general public should open their eyes.

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      We had our own version of Mandela in the form of Prabakaran.What a shame that we lost that wonderful human being so early!

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        By the way proff,where’s that liberal party?Next time around there will not be any back door entry.You will have to contest.These liberal party fellows are cool dudes,Amarathunge,Asitha and now we have this Proff.A bloody set of free loaders!

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          There are No differences of free loaders like Dahja Jarapassa, His clan, Fleas and leaches like you all.

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      You have no place in the spiritual world whereas Rajiva has as to why he comes out with true articulation of his views towards Mandela and this country. This depicts the paucity of lexis of this ‘Penetrator’

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    “we hope government will at least now pay greater attention to the advice of his successor and move towards a similar inclusive solution to our difficulties”. RUBBISH. Zuma who was booed when he rose to speak is hardly the leader whose advice should be sought. However for Rajapaksa’s, purposes of expediency this advice is good enough and opportune to hang on to. Bensen

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    The man continues to write nonsense. Mandela took to arms against an oppressive regime, the same way that the LTTE did. He was a communist. His struggle succeeded. The LTTE’s did not. The same guys who called him a terrorist now praise him, The LTTE sullied itself by killing innocent people and resorting to suicide bombings. It cannot be argued that its initial recourse to arms were unjustified. That is the reason that the Tamil struggle will continue. Rajapakse cannot learn neither is this “professor” a good enough teacher of a barbarous tyrant and thug. We have moved beyond Truth and Reconciliation. It has been pointed out several times by CT correspondents that the LLRC was a whitewash. It has also been pointed out by CT writers that the conditions for the success of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission do not exist in Shitty Lanka. Instead of Bishop Tutu, there is the Boru Balls Sena. Instead of a proud South African judiciary, there is a scumbag judiciary in Shitty Lanka appointed by Rajapakse. The hogwash that the “professor” keeps spewing in the hope that his master will throw him some bacon simply will not work. He keeps trying but nothing keeps happening. Poor fellow. He could at least have watched the successor Zuma getting booed and the desolate Rajapakse, sit alone, with the backs of other leaders turned away, while Obama was talking of tyrants who persecute their people. Good that he has gone to see Kenyatta who is indicted before the ICC. Hope he got some types as to how to defend himself.

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    The President now goes on a holiday jaunt to Kenya to get advice, to be wined and dined by a president being accused as a war criminal and wanted by the International court of justice. And who is on the delegation the usual sycophants GL world roving Peiris, who wastes public money on canvassing failed dictatorships to vote against the U.S. Sponsored motions at the UNHRC Sajin Vaas Gunawardene another uneducated moron who advices the President a Balapitiya thug and Shashindra Rajapaksa who has suddenly come to the limelight as a potential expert on foreign affairs. What a waste of money and Sri Lankan Planes sit on foreign runways catering to the whims and fancies of these uncaring politicians,going bancrupt . And who pays, us the idiots who voted for these corrupt bastards.

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    Our President and those around him are beyond learning any thing that is right. They are instead intent on teaching us what is wrong! We are avid learners too, having come out of cram shops we call our schools and Universities. Our President need not have gone physically to South Africa to pay homage to Nelson Mandela. If he had stayed here and read Barak Obama’s funeral address ,understood the essence of Mandela and set this country on a new course, it would be a more substantial and meaningful tribute. What MR and his government are doing to this country is the very antithesis of what Mandela stood for, lived for and did. Mandela laid down firm foundations and defined the values for a resurgent , rainbow nation. The present government here is dismantling even the enfeebled foundations left and the values that have endured with a determination that is frightening to behold.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran,

      I have to agree with you.

      Surely, our President did not have to go there to respect Mandela’s legacy. And sadly, he will not pick up the essence of that great man’s life.

      Here is the real Gem in Obama’s speech: “There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.”

      Cheers!

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        Agree with you both, but as for Obama, his speech is fine but his actions are that of a hypocrite.

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          Well, unlike MR, Obama has to grapple with the Senate and House of Representatives. He cannot get his way. By contract, MR is the king in Sri Lanka; he is willingly executing his chauvinistic ideals!

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            I agree with Dr RN, Ben and burning_issue.

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            Under JRJ,Gamini Dissanayake spoke against the
            stripping of Sirimavo’s civic rights in parliament.
            Gamini and Lalith were trying to impeach Premadasa
            and faced consequences.Well their honor and dignity
            were touched and they too reacted to the detriment
            of the party and the danger came to all three from
            outside the party,all that’s history now.What I’m
            trying to say is,even the present govt MPs can fight
            against anything that challenges their responsibility
            towards their voters,anything that goes against their
            hearts.This is not happening because they are so
            greedy of power and wealth and they don’t want to live
            without them.A dangerous disease.

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        Perhaps MR might be able to claim ‘something lost in translation’ as will those who followed the schizophrenic sign language translator.

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        Ben; could this Jarapassa his clan or his stooges understand what Pres Obama said; “There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.
        Jarapassas are gone mad with looted money and forcibly wrested power.

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      Dr.RN@,
      at last you seem to have analysed current regime and their affairs directly.
      Thanks for that. As you made it clear, why should he at all be present in SA spending another huge sums that the statisticians will have to put as wastages. Lanken carrier reports confirm the losses made since 2005. This was lately raised by one UNP Mp in parliament. Not to take them any serious, but to do his and their way – make it worse right at the moment. Let alone, MR should have good advisers to get him time and price worthy decisions.

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      more than the funeral look where he is now, in Kenya with leaders wanted by the ICC !!!!!

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      I like the renewed enlightenment in your statement “What MR and his government are doing to this country is the very antithesis of what Mandela stood for!” Quite a turn around from your past cheer leading for MR, celebrating and re-reafirming that you had such solid confidence in MR’s democratic convictions. You live-and-learn I guess -but would be good to realize your limits and avoid doing propaganda work based on half-baked intelligence.

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      Dr.Nar,we could have taken P.M coordinating sec with us to
      the funeral so that S.A learn something from us how
      efficiently we run the govt and the govt runs the customs.
      We have a 2600 yrs old traditions that the rest of the
      world got to know!If they can’t understand us,they are
      very unfortunate!We have Suriyapperuma “Nakiya” to remind
      India’s Singh of his correct date of birth!!We already have
      many Nothing-Mandeylas in our parliament.Dalailama has to
      learn from our Galaboda and Desmond TuTu has a good teacher
      in Mervyn!Where was this prof when Nelson Mandela was alive?

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      Did you read the article or just the heading?

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    Rajiva thinks that the death of Nelson Mandela will spur his President to suddenly think about reconciliation!!! Is this going to be his “enlightenment” time?

    He has not done nothing for the last four and half years!! Rajiva is also in some way responsible for this!! He and Peiris and several others were defending their President and his actions, when the whole world was against caging the “already suffered” innocent Tamils behind barbed wire fence!! More than that they were silent when rapes, starvation, torture, murder, imprisonment, abductions, disappearances, land grabs were the order of the day. Things have not changed a bit even today.

    There is a saying that you never can straighten a dogs tail!! That is how the Sri Lankan leadership is!! The advisers he has are just there for the money and the perks!! (If not for this job, they will be unemployed)They do not care about the country or human lives!!!Sri Lanka is a cursed country.

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      I hope the prof reads the comments and the votes for the comments.

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        Unfortunately the prof doesn’t care a hoot about the comments and votes from public. All he cares about is that he is able to balm and calm the nerves of an increasingly nervous MR clan.

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      Your comment is the best out of all here :) well done … bravo

      ” There is a saying that you never can straighten a dogs tail!! That is how the Sri Lankan leadership is!!”

      This is exactly the case.

      And the ministers seem to be stand still even if the issues of their ministries are there. ….. I really dont know for what purpose the regime has appointed ministers if not to react promptly ?

      a) what is the role of Minister of Justice today ?
      b) What is the role of Minister of religious affairs today ?
      c) What is the role of Customs and harbour related fortpolios today ?
      d) What is the role of Minister of Education, if all these Universities are in a mess as never before ?
      e) What is the role of Minister of Defence – if majority of the citizenry are beyond anxieties when it goes about social security ? Rape cases that were not heard in the past few decades – like a Septuagenarian being raped lately, buddhists monks being that violent..

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    The South African Blacks did not merely suffer from colonialism as we did in Sri Lanka or India. They suffered near-total dispossession of their land to the newly arrived. However, they were spared the ignominy of being nearly wiped out as was the case in the US and Canada. They were confined to tiny inhospitable bits of land, the Bantustans. The Boers had even claimed that there were no Bantus when they arrived in the ‘promised land’. Apartheid was the result, pursued with vigour. The British arrived later but there was no relief for the Bantus.——
    ————- Sri Lanka escaped such treatment to a large extent. We suffered limited dispossession in the central highlands mainly, and ethnic dynamics changed for the worse for the Sinhala and the MUslim, with the resultant political power shifts. We in Sri Lanka extricated ourselves from a planned fate similar to that of the Bantus, before it could happen. Mandela was instrumental in the liberation and the emancipation of the Blacks. Rajapakse liberated us in Sri Lanka, though the emancipation is a little slow in coming.

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      ram ………… “They suffered near-total dispossession of their land to the newly arrived.” ……….. True. However it is also equally applies to my people……. You have a very short and selective sense of history. ……..May be it is to do with Sinhala/Tamil hypocrisy. “We suffered limited dispossession in the central highlands mainly, and ethnic dynamics changed for the worse for the Sinhala and the MUslim,” ……….Most of the land belonged to my people prior to Sinhala/Buddhist, Muslim or European occupation and settlement.

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        Your mask is slipping.

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    South African truth and reconciliation was just one thing- Zimbabwe was not getting anywhere trying to fight with the whites. The South African blacks were separate from the main rank and file of the ANC who had fled the country to escape the Oppressing white regime.The best option was to reconcile with the whites. The people were made to vent out their feelings and settle down . This cannot happen in Sri Lanka . We have an election in the North and the Chief Minister is not even allowed to travel in parts of his territory. The Governor wants to poke his nose into everything that happens there. This never happens in other parts of Sri Lanka. First of all democracy means what? Under Premadada each electorate got the same treatment for housing etc irrespective of which party was the winning one in that electorate. Do we have that democracy now?.

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    “President Mahinda will learn from Mandela” When??
    He did not learn when Mandela was living. Is he going to learn now that he is dead? Where is Rajiva Wijesinha’s common sense?

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      Wickramasiri, pity MR was not at Siddhartha’s funeral. Might have learnt something there ? I suppose ? You suppose ? Wijesinghe supposes ? wijesinghe never had ‘common sense”…if he did he’d never write crap on these websites and make a total ass of himself.He’s also wrong in that MR learnt a lot from Mandela’s fighting days. God forbid if he’s gone there to did deeper into what was then done.Tomes have been written on it by the more objective commentators. Heck,I met Oliver Tambo in Abu Dhabi back in 1982 [ exclusively, at the behest of an Arab lobby]and from what he told me about the ANC and Mandela… and the purpose of his visit to gulf countries, there sure was plenty to chew on as to the political allies Mandela had.Thankfully I did not allow myself to be used by the peculiar Arab lobby that was backing the ANc at the time to raise funds and gave Tambo a cursory report in the “Gulf News” at that time. Many things are done behind the veil of ‘patriotism” and freedom struggles. we’ve seen plenty of it under the hands of Prabhakaran and MR.

      THE WORLD SAT BACK AND WATCHED AS APARTHEID’S WANTON KILLINGS SENT MULTIPLE THOUSANDS TO THEIR GRAVES. TO ME mANDELA WAS AN ACCIDENT OF HISTORY AT A PARTICULARLY DECISIVE JUNCTURE THAT SAW NUMEROU FORCES AND FACTORS COALESCING TO FORCE HIM TO SHIFT TO A PACIFIST ‘RECONCILIATION’. IF MANDELA DESERVES PRAISE IT’S FOR HIS SAGACITY, IN THAT HE READ THE WRITING ON THE WALL RIGHT IN A FUTURISTIC SENSE AND SUCCEEDED IN PERSUADING BLACK AS WELL AS MODERATE WHITE SENTIMENT HIS WAY.

      DOFF MY HAT TO MANDELA FOR THAT..NOTHING MORE.I’M AFRAID WE’VE NOT HEARD THE LAST OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SAGA.NOT BY A LONG SHOT.HECK, EVEN SRI LANKA HAD SECRET ‘UNDER THE COUNTER; OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED TRADE WITH THE APARTHEID REGIME VIA NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES.EXPORTERS IN THE COCONUT SHELL COAL AND TEA INDUSTRIES WILL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT.

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      Did the Tamils and their UNP ally learn anything from Mandela?

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    “President Mahinda will learn from Mandela”
    If he would ever reach far near to those of Mandela^s – then pigs might fly…

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      He should be made again, so that he could ever learn from others.

      From what he has been doing with SInhalese, Tamils and others, after the war is over, one can categorically say that he is not the leader to lead this nation restoring final peace among all sri lankans

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    Rajiva,

    Tamil people of Sri Lanka suffered grievously for their commitment to freedom, a freedom that was denied to the native people of North Eastern sri Lanka for many years under Sinhala colonialism. we don’t need a commission to find the truth. It is already there and it is crystal clear. The Sinhala state continuously targeted innocent Tamils violently and ruthlessly through its military and unethical and inhumane methods that is never practiced anywhere in the civilized societies. It is the fact.

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      “The Sinhala state continuously targeted innocent Tamils violently and ruthlessly through its military and unethical and inhumane methods that is never practiced anywhere in the civilized societies. It is the fact. “

      Please elaborate!
      and what those metods fouind no where?

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    I agree with rajiva about the truth and reconciliation commission and the LLRC.This is the only way to move forward for this country.The other alternatives will create more bitterness and acrimony in the country.

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    Excellent analysis Rajiv. I give credit to ColomboTelegraph for sensationalism : giving the inappropriate title (since you have not referred to Mahinda in essay)..

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    Your statement about Mahinder will take a lesson from the great Mandela is bull. We know that you are a torch bearer to Mahinder or else you will not get your perks. You tried to be too smart at S.T.C as subba and at the end you had to go. So now you hold the candle to your boss

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    Prof. Rajiva strongly campaigned in support of the LLRC and the implementation of its recommendations. When dilly dallying over the implementation of the recommendation started he expressing various excuses on behalf of the Govt. Now he says “……. it is to be hoped that he (the President) will also take this opportunity to understand better and take forward the spiritual legacy of Nelson Mandela.”. We all know the proverb “Learning from the cradle to grave” but let us not forget that when nothing that is learnt is ever praticed all what was learnt will end-up in the grave and buried for ever.

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    “The noose is tightening around President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his racist regime that conducted a genocidal war against the Tamils in 2009. Developments in the last couple of years, especially in recent months, do not bode well for Rajapaksa and his coterie of evil men. – See more at: http://www.theweekendleader.com/Opinion/1746/a-not-so-good-year-for-rajapakasa-and-his-coterie.html#sthash.euFnJRpZ.dpuf

    http://www.theweekendleader.com/Opinion/1746/a-not-so-good-year-for-rajapakasa-and-his-coterie.html

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    Only since after some one passed way his weaknesses come out.

    So, Prof. Wijesinghe should wait and see until people start talking what kind of weaknesses Mr Mandela had.

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    Prez Mahinda learned from mandela a lot. That is why he initiated the LLRC but the TNA and other pro-LTTE elements barked it was a “HOG WASH” and other washes.

    Mahinda is still ready to talk on the matter. Why do the TNA and their Catholic gangs are not prepared to participate in it?

    White minority of SA participated and made corrections and suggestions.

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    TNA has learned nothing from Mandela. That is the problem now. It took 25 years to accept the provincial council for them. I hope they accept the LLRC after another quarter century!

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    MR has missed the bus on reconciliation, Sri Lanka has missed a great opportunity to reconcile as a result of the leader’s failure to initiate reconstructive measures to bring communities together. Rajiva being a learned man fails to make a true assessment of the miserable failures of this government to address these pressing issues and his article has no purpose other than to score a few brownie points with the regime….Sri Lanka will live another day but without real hope.

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    Codswallop in its most pristine and distilled form.

    What used to be the free media and critical writers now live in fear
    to say what they want and even fear for their lives in this fascist
    society. Here is a perfect sample “It is a pity that, despite the commitment of the President and the Cabinet, we have not moved swiftly to implement the recommendations of that Commission”

    Good Sir, there is no such thing as the “opinion of the Cabinet” to speak about any longer. It is now Mussolini’s “I am the State|”
    The jumbo Cabinet of Ministers, that should really meet in a soccer stadium, is nothing but a Congress of grinning monkeys bereft of any thinking faculties. It is, Professor, the President himself – you fear to mention – who lacks the commitment to move swiftly to implement the LLRC. It is so unfortunate in entering the world of Rajapakse-dominated politics you have lost your capacity to constructively criticise and teach.

    R. Varathan

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    is black chingala modaya rajapaksa planning to take a third wife.

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      yeah you can apply!

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    If you or anyone for that matter thinks anyone can instill any sense into MR and his BROS and the XXL Cabinet you are the biggest fool, idiot and liar on this earth for believing so or making us to believe so…
    It would be only the wrath of God or a hand that is being fed by him will bring his demise and his rule et all .
    I pray day and night for divine intervention and i hope that many sensible citizens soon start praying for our future to be safe.

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      but why is that very same figure who went even to Geneva raising the voice for improvement of HR earlier, becoming the other way around , few years later ? Why the bugger seem to see no advantage reestablishing inde police commision, reenforcement of law and order etc… he could win the hearts and minds of the people more if he did so ? What is standing on his way if he is clean and honest ?

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    What is there to learn?

    To stay in power until 82 years old?

    That means MR is going to be in power for another 16 years!!

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    “President Mahinda Will Learn From Mandela” Or Mangala?

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    Very well argued Winston de Valliere. Very
    cogent. Rajiva talks of being like Mandala.
    How can people who reek with revenge, who
    are out to destroy every perceived enemy,
    allows unabated corruption, family bandyism,
    cronyism and ignores all the laws of the land
    resemble Mandela. Not even his back side.

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    There is one thing positive that can be said about this reprehensible (sub-) human’s column comparing Mandela to Rajapassa: the responses to it brought out a whole pile of facts about what an absolute [Edited out] Rajiva Wijesinha is!
    Keep writing, Rajiva!

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    Both Liberal Party and Rajiv Wijesinghe can learn something -a different perspective -from the old Diplomat Bandu de Silva on Mandela and the appropriateness of South Africa’s TRC to SL? The link is: http://WWW.ceylontoday.com. guest column, 23 dec,2013. and http://WWW>colombotelegraph.com 27 dec2013.He was the first Sri Lankan to meet and talk to Mandela soon after he was out of long incarceration in prison.

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