29 February, 2024

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President Needs Trust To Succeed In Problem Solving 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The need to cope with the immediate realities of economic collapse and the resulting political protests have occupied the center stage of political interest for the past two years. But now President Ranil Wickremesinghe has brought the ethnic problem and reconciliation process back to the centre stage of national politics, where it should be. The unresolved ethnic conflict continues to exert a baleful influence on the country’s efforts to respond to the economic and political crises. The belief that the ethnic conflict ended on the battlefields of Mullaitivu with the elimination of the LTTE leadership has long proved to be unfounded. The weakening of internal and overt Tamil resistance to domination by the centralized state has been accompanied by a strengthening of external interventions.

At its last session, the UN Human Rights Commissioner declared that whatever evidence they were gathering on human rights violations in Sri Lanka would be made available to any country that wished to use them for prosecution on the basis of universal jurisdiction. The negative image of a country that is constantly at the forefront of UN-level discussions on human rights violations will surely be an impediment to the country in gaining foreign investments. These regular confrontations have taken the form of the tightening of strictures against the Sri Lankan state at every passing session of the UN Human Rights Council. The government’s efforts to attract foreign investments into the country would receive a boost if there is success in the national reconciliation process.

Last week President Wickremesinghe invited all parties in parliament to discuss the implementation of the 13th Amendment and the evolution of a political solution. This invitation was accepted by most of the political parties. Speaking at the all party conference the President highlighted that a decision on this matter should involve input from all relevant parties. He said that neither he nor the previous seven Executive Presidents had the authority to pass new laws to address existing problems and the power to do so solely rested with parliament. However, the political parties that did attend expressed sentiments which reflect the mistrust that pervades the entire political system. There is a belief that political self-interest and power-hunger underlie the actions of political actors on all sides. The government’s conduct has done little to dispel this mistrust. 

Postpone Elections 

The opposition’s arguments at the all party conference in favour of giving priority to provincial elections gets validity on two counts. First is that any reform of the provincial councils to be implemented there needs to be elected provincial councils. Second is the questionable nature of the mandate that the present government possesses. The mass protests during the period of the Aragalaya which forced the resignation of the then president, prime minister and cabinet of ministers would, in a better functioning democracy, have necessitated a fresh election to be held to re-validate the mandate that the government had once enjoyed. Instead those in parliament elected a new president as per the constitution. The new president had both the political acumen and will power to crack down on the protest movement using the security forces at the government’s disposal, but the question of mandate continues to remain.

The basic feature of a democratic polity is the conduct of regular elections at which the people elect their representatives. Sri Lanka has become a flawed democracy in this regard. Elections to the second and third tiers of government have been suspended with provincial elections not being held for over four years and local government authority elections now five months overdue. At the all party conference most of the political parties present called for provincial council elections to be held prior to enhancing their power as proposed by the president. The provincial councils need to be in existence for them to be empowered. Those elected to provincial councils would have greater legitimacy, and knowledge, to point out inadequacies in the power sharing arrangements.

With this background, it is reasonable for people of goodwill to see the need to conduct elections being the priority requirement at this time. The president’s response at the all party conference to the call for provincial elections to be held was to terminate the meeting. Whether this was due to his rejection of this option or to reconsider his position and that of the government on this matter will become clearer in the days to come. From a democratic perspective there can be no justification for the postponement of elections which is an erosion of democratic norms simply based on the government’s calculations that it is unlikely to perform well at an electoral contest. Deputy leader of President Wickremesinghe’s party, Ruwan Wijewardene has stated that 2024 will be the year of elections and expressed confidence that by then members of the opposition will be joining hands with the president.

Start Now

In this scenario, the government may wish to postpone elections for as long as possible, which would extend at least up to September 2024 when presidential elections fall due. However, this postponement of elections to suit the time table of the president would constitute an erosion of democracy. Sri Lanka is no stranger to such election manoeuvers which have been to the detriment of the country. One such occasion was in 1975 when the then government used the fact of a new constitution that it brought forth to give itself an additional two years in power. When it went to the polls it lost resoundingly. Another occasion was when the government held a referendum to extend the term of parliament rather than hold general elections when they fell due. The anti-Tamil pogrom of Black July 1983 which followed soon thereafter set the stage for the three decade long internal war that was to follow.

Whatever President Wickremesinghe’s vision of the future might be, he needs to give priority to the democratic process. This calls for local government and provincial council elections to be held sooner rather than later. The value and credibility of the president’s contribution does not lie in whether or not the government wins those elections, but in the integrity of the decisions he makes. Consistency in his adherence to democratic norms would engender the trust of the polity in him and his assurances. The president has started the process of economic reforms needed to set the country on the right track. Now he appears to want to do the same with regard to the ethnic conflict which has plagued the country from the very dawn of its independence. The president has a full year until the presidential elections fall due in September 2024 to achieve these twin goals.

In the course of his public pronouncements over the past six months President Wickremesinghe has clearly spelled out the need to implement the 13th Amendment in the manner specified in the constitution. He needs to do what the seven presidents who came before him failed to do, which is to implement the constitutional provisions relating to the devolution of powers to the provinces, including police and land powers. The process of full implementation can be started with an educational process led by academics, community leaders and civil society organisations. In his recent writings University of Colombo’s Prof A Sarweswaran who was a member of the constitutional committee to draft a new constitution appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has shown how police and land powers even if fully devolved are under the final authority of the central government. The problem in Sri Lanka is the trust deficit, which is all round and needs trustworthy leadership to overcome.

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    “The problem in Sri Lanka is the trust deficit, which is all round and needs trustworthy leadership to overcome.”
    Trustworthiness is one of the main weaknesses of Ranil Wickremasinghe. He became President of Sri Lanka not trusted by the people but he was elected by the members of parliament who were trusted by people three years and the same people who lost their trust on those elected members after three years. The people of this country or the people who supported his political leadership of the UNP showed that he is not a trustworthy leader. Even those Tamil and Muslim political leaders who supported him during the period of Good Governance (2015 -2019) are not prepared to trust him now. Why? Because he is not honest on what he says or what he promise as a leader.

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      Ajith
      The problem with Sri Lanka is not the trust deficit, it is excessive trust on the wrong set of people.
      Democracy has been failing in Sri Lanka for the past 75 years due to the stupid approach the Sri Lankans have towards democracy.
      We have a break from that cycle, RW has emerged in one way or another, much like an administrator or a CEO, who is there to put all the wrongs right.
      He needs time to bring Sri Lanka back from the brink of economic collapse. So far so good, things seem to be turning around. We need to sit back and be patient till the country gets back to shape.
      We have a long way to go. RW has steadied the ship for now, rocking it is not only counter intuitive it is just plain stupid.
      Next step in our journey is for the government to step in and revitalize and overhaul the industrial sector. That is the key to our ultimate recovery.

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        HT and logical thinkers,
        .
        1)
        Lankan electorate tried with traditional politicians who stole votes from stupid people. It ended up bankrupting the country.-Mahinda Rajapakshe politics
        2)
        Lankan voters also tried it with brainless apolitical men. Even the farmers were pushed into the fire from the frying pan. -Gotabaya-Mahinda-Kaputa Rajapakshe politics
        3)
        Now finally a man rejected by the people, he is nevertheless elected by the parliament elected by 6.9 million voters. So now he has got the mandate directly, however, he has got it indirectly. He is in more danger than any Sri Lankan citizen because he is surrounded by human-reptiles elected by the stupid people of this country. Any wrong move could end up costing him his life. Today his relations with those venomous reptiles are forced.
        RANIL WICKRAMASINGHE politics
        4)
        The Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Foreign Employment clearly indicate that more than 0.7 million tourist arrivals have been recorded in the last 7 months of 2023 and the target is to reach more than 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year. Tourist arrivals mean – dollars to boost foreign reserves.
        5)
        Cry babies aka JVPrs are complaining that the current interim government is not getting a single dollar. Lies and misinterpretations make us even deeper. Is that what we expect people to see?

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    President Needs Trust To Succeed In Problem-Solving

    People don’t trust him that’s why he has only a single win by-election then the president has the trust no need to beg. Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them. We have seen in presidential history trust is manufactured during near to elections now all are in run to rush the process without trusting the process

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    Ajith, UNP vote at last election pushed out RW totally making his leadership not trustworthy as you say. Even though Gota put him back for their benefit, citizens dont trust him as his promises keep changing all the time and his policy is suppression. So where is the democratic freedom to protest. Nobody trusts as he clings on.

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      DTG,

      If someone says that the UNP was marginalized in the 2019/2020 elections, what happened to the JVP in that election?

      Why on earth the murderous Rajapakshe were reelected ?

      Thinking is a hard job…..

      The JVPs were marooned in Parliament from 5 to 3…. remember? Parliament could not accept JVP if Harini was not given a chance. Today, thanks to her, JVP-led NPP is somewhat balanced. People may respect her more than AKD, the current leader of Janatha Vimukti Peramuna.

      Why on earth did people think that Rajapaksa was the only force to rule this country. Because people are dumber than they look….. so looking back, the 2019 and 2020 election results should be declared null and void.

      I often question today why on earth Sri Lankans were eligible to vote? 70% or more of this country is no different than four-legged animals.

      They are just talented as malicious actors. Now Udaya Gontadipila is spreading lies about a hop in and hop out tour of the French president to our hell. They are world champions in animating easy targets which is the real danger of this nation today.

      In the last election too, the JVP was thrown, why on earth can’t our people see it yet? That means the people must be held accountable for not becoming an easy prey to the predatory Sinhalese racist forces manipulated by the Rajapaksa dogs.

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      dtg
      I see, on the one hand, people taking a dig at the 6.9 million ‘idiots’ who voted for the winner of the presidential poll in 2019 and, on the other, giving much weightage to the votes secured by a certain party or its candidate.

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        SJ,
        There are many people who aren’t good at logic,

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    First RW needs to trust the people and face an election for presidency. People trusted him when they elected his Govt. in 2015. He did very little to secure the trust. Instead he let the wrong-doers off the hook or put road blocks to their prosecution. Why should anybody trust him now. The thieves are still governing the country, with RW’s blessings. Examine the proposed SLT privatizing proposal. You will find an unsavory organization behind it. Why were the CBSL bombing terrorists pardoned? Face an election on the basis of soliciting trust from the electors! Coming trough the backdoor, we do not trust you RR.

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      nancytwins 17 ,

      ” The thieves are still governing the country , with RW’s blessings ” . it is
      the other way round nancy darling . It is Thieves who are god to RW .
      He got the blessings of thieves . RW does not seek help from god . And
      also , who is the master thief ? Non other than the one broke into the
      Central Bank without giving it a second thought ! And also , it was RW
      who was in need of thieves ‘ mercy and blessings to get to this height at
      once from nothing . Ali Baba and 137 thieves !

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    “the ethnic problem and reconciliation process”

    Jehan buddy ……… it looks like now you’re using ChatGPT to churn out your pieces …….. gotta hand it to ya …… Lankans always find novel ways to screw the foreigners who fund think-tanks to propel/advance the “peace process.”

    Why don’t you cut the weekly crap and simply say ……. the best defence policy Lanka can ever have is to make peace with the minorities; especially the “Tamils.” ……… Then Lanka doesn’t need a Mega defence-force and huge costly armouries: the entire defence budget can be reduced by 95%. …….. All Lanka needs is a small police force sans guns …….. armed only with Ranil-sticks cut from the forests (nothing to import: self-sufficient local expenditure) to maintain law and order.

    Except Maldives, if any of our neighbours attack us all we can do is surrender within minutes. So, what is the bloody use of all the arms? ……… Last time India invaded only Prabakaran and his rag-tag army of barefoot sarong clad school boys and girls were there to defend!

    Any of you buggers out there want to contradict me?

    Or any of you buggers out there want to rewrite history? …….. Create a glorious “Sinhalese” history?

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      nimal fernando

      Many leaders (unwise) complacent and contented and believe in Sloganeering such as “We have made Sri Lanka, now we have to make Sri Lankan*” in order to make Sri Lankan we beat the people forcing them to accept “one nation, one people, one religion, one leader, …. one law, one rotten theocracy” …. … The horrible process of making people believe in the idea of Sri Lankan, that is one country, one people, ………….. goes on and on, …. Ranil is no different hence he should publish Gnanasara’s report on “one law one country, ..”

      A Tamil friend of mine asked Ranil many many moons ago if he was prepared to accept the idea of “Two nation in One country, nations without borders”. Ranil out rightly rejected the idea. Ranil too reminisces about Rajapaksa’s war victory, however Mahinda is grateful to nimal’s hero V Prabaharan for winning two elections and one war for him, and his clan.

      Making of Sri Lankan goes on …. At what cost, no idea, …

      * “We have made Italy, now we have to make Italians.” – Massimo d’Azeglio

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        “however Mahinda is grateful to nimal’s hero V Prabaharan for winning two elections and one war for him, and his clan.”

        Native,

        More than anything that defeated Prabakarn …….. was time …….. 30 years is a long time …….. and the world changed on him.

        Everyman is a prisoner of his time …….. and even more, every event/occurrence is a prisoner of its time.

        The JVP, LTTE (TELO, EPRLF, ……. and the rest) revolts were 70s events …….. that would be out of place today. …….. Today, revolts have taken other shapes/forms ………


        That’s why I asked you to read that book. I don’t read books now but that was given to me for Father’s Day by one of my kids. I glanced through and ended up reading cover to cover and still read over and over …….. it trains you to think differently …… how to breakdown one’s entrenched biases/prejudices. It helps me to think about stocks …….. I bought META around $90 when it was sold off on quarterly fin statements …….now over $300, in a few months …..

        We have to always challenge our beliefs …… especially the ones that are deemed sacrosanct ……

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        NV,
        What is Gnanasara doing now?? He is unusually silent???
        What is he saying of the full implementation of 13th amendment vis-a-vis One country, one Law!!!
        Of course, no one is suggesting that it will not be One Country, which it will be, BUT MAY NOT BE ONE LAW sadly??? Interesting??

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          Mahila

          “What is Gnanasara doing now?? He is unusually silent???”

          He is very quiet these days.
          Yesterday the courts postponed his case until November.
          His report on “one country one law” never saw the light of the day.
          _
          I am not sure whether V Prabaharan’s mate nimal have had the chance to look at it.

          Do Gnanasara, Gota, Weerasekere, Gevindu, ….. understand the meaning of “Unity in Diversity” , I doubt they even heard of it …. You know nimal failed to teach them.

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            My mother once told me, “Silence is profound.” That is exactly what reminded me, after reading NV s question.
            .
            Perhaps Ghansara is about to work on the Rajapaksa brothers’ next contract.

            So as Drug Traffickers underworld have their hiremen, Rajapakshes still have more supporters to do their contract with their men, even if mothers were n raped by them on broad day light. Just imagine, how Namal baby comes before the people today, as if his Lajja gene is fully inhibited ?

            No one has misled the nation like the perverted Wimal Weerawansa, however, he is still in demand in the Sri Lankan media today, or such is the nature of Sri Lankan perverted media coverage. Can someone tell me why?
            Some might argue that the audience or himself or both are unusual in this country.

            Instead of “Ratana dancing here and there” hidden, he is nowhere to be seen.

            If shamelessness were measured on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest shamelessness and that is being displayed by our people. , our society is peculiar and they are memory losers.

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            “What is Gnanasara doing now??”

            Good ol’ Ganasara was first Rajapakses’ whore …….. then Sirisena’s; who pardoned him! …… Now, Ganasara has been passed onto Ranil.

            Why blame the whore when all the johns/tricks have escaped scot free? …….. Ganasara always hired himself to various johns and did their bidding.

            It’s a bit rich to support the johns and blame the whore.


            It’s like, at the mere sight of domestic disharmony in Pitts ……… OC trying to blame it all on someone else! :))))

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    The question of the Tamil political prisoners is dragging on endlessly and it has become clear that no Sinhala leader has ever possessed or will ever possess the gumption to address this issue and bring it to a merciful end. Keeping people incarcerated like this is one of the worst forms of torture and it shows how heartless the Sinhala Buddhists can be. As long as this grievance and similar grievances continue to fester, the Tamil people will never trust or cooperate with any of the governments that may come and go. What this means is that the majority of our people will have to reconcile themselves to living in eternal poverty.

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    Trust ! What nonsense is this !

    How can a man who was not trusted by the people even to be a MP ever gain trust ?Whose trust ? May be NGO trust.

    Why don’t these NGO’s publish their accounts ?

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      deepthi desperate silva

      “How can a man who was not trusted by the people even to be a MP ever gain trust ?”

      The man who was trusted by 6.9 Million, yet driven out of his palace, driven out of his office, driven out of the country, …. driven out of his exile/refuge …. ashamed of people worried of noises, undignified, … sought protection and privileges .. from ‘a man who was not trusted by the people even to be a MP ‘…. Funny isn’t it?

      “Why don’t these NGO’s publish their accounts ?”

      Don’t they submit their annual accounts to relevant government institutions or authorities?

      Would demand the clan members to submit all their income for the period from 2005 to 2023 inclusive.

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          old codger

          The assets of Viharas are transferred to and held in the name of serving Viharadhipathi. When they vacate their position the assets are transferred and held in the name of the new Viharadhipathi as if the assets belongs to him.

          In the mean time anything could happen. Viharas also own many acres of land. Most of the Viharadhipathies come from very poor families with too many mouths to feed, pay for siblings’ education, … ..

          I never heard of auditors being sent to Vihare to ascertain its financial position and to confirm the existence of assets belonging to the Vihares.

          I guess deepthi desperate silva’s uncles may have some interest in Vihares otherwise she would have said something about the Viharadhipathi.

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            NV,
            “I never heard of auditors being sent to Vihare to ascertain its financial position and to confirm the existence of assets belonging to the Vihares.”
            How dare we mere ‘Mortals’ demand a Finance Report and AUDIT thereof from the ‘Viharadhipathies’, who speak and report NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, as followers of Buddha!!!?
            It amounts to Sacrilege to doubt not only their reporting earnings and expenditure and in even entertain the possibility of a misdemeanour in ‘filing statements’!!!???
            Almost amounts to Blasphemy.

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            NV,
            “I guess deepthi desperate silva’s uncles may have some interest in Vihares otherwise she would have said something about the Viharadhipathi”.
            .
            .Best example for Viharadhipath was set by Kollupitiya Ananda who later became VC of University of Kelaniya 2 years ago / by being the main actor of GOTA s drama [fake relics carried by a water snake emerged from Kelaniya river]. Miraculously, the monk is yet unhurt by mobs today.alas the levels of people s perception 😅😅😅😅😅
            .
            May be “Abiththyas aka Dana delivery men ” are close relatives of our desperate botox baby 👶.
            .
            Poor DS seems to lack of the basic knowledge about lanken mlechcha led society.

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              What is the difference between a “temple-dwelling Abiththaya- mentality” and “ordinary people in our 2500- old proud nation “?

              There really isn’t much difference.

              They would do anything for money. Lads in negombo and hikkaduwa go with any tourists for cheap sex offers. I know some families offer their young sons to swiss nationals. tHESE youth have no pride but to finance the families and enjoy luxury life, they would not disgree.
              They become sex objects for the families.
              One would say, it is the nature of developing world society. But this was not that sharp two decades ago.

              The ABITHTHAYA (those who distribute alms in the temple, look like life-long beggars, have no care or proper dress) are made to live on temple food, free food for the whole life. These men have no self-respect, because their psychology is damaged by temple living Hamuduru-Horu.
              .
              Sri Lanka is overestimating and generally portrayed with a high image. Paradoxially,even if they are given “a cheap Toffee”, that can mislead them, they betray their votes easily by giving tail-wagging reactions. They interpret it as their kindness ?Universal franshise be offered to SRILANKENs is a greater mistake. They need another few decades to grow up and see it beyond. Basta.
              Best examples are being displayed by CHAMPA (Panadura, Srilanka) and DEEPTHI SILVA (estranged Woman living UK).

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          OC
          How much of it do they pay as tax?
          Below is an excerpt from a court judgment (https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1405360/):
          “For these reasons we answer the question put to us by saying that the assessee temple is a public religious trust, and, as such, is exempt from taxation in respect of the income derived from the trust in question by virtue of Section 4(3)(i) of the Indian Income-tax Act.”
          Besides, are we sure that all donations are declared?
          Also donations are tax exempt and may explain the massive donations by businesses and individuals.
          I do not think that a temple needs to be of a particular description to be free of shady donations and tax dodging,
          God, like man, dislikes taxation.

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            SJ
            I suppose religions and NGO’s are similar. Aren’t religions technically NGO’s?
            But Tirupati at least feeds its visitors well.

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              old codger

              Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib of Amritsar feeds people 24/7/52 basis. Don’t you think we should send all 6.9 million to this Sikh temple for their well being?

              The Golden Temple – Harmamdir Darbar Sahib Amritsar India – Documentary – by roothmens
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmRmqGIymWI

              Watch this documentary from 28.00 minutes.

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                NV,
                Thanks for the link..
                Indian kind of superstitous levels are no where in the world.

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              OC,
              Clarification requested please??
              IS THAT THE REASON ALL OUR FORMER AND CURRENT Presidents and PM’s visit Thirupathi??
              Interesting indeed, helping Sri Lanka Manage ‘FOOD CRISIS’ well – grace of ‘THE ADHEENAM’!!!?
              Very thoughtful of them towards the POOR, some even CHARTERING aircraft to go from all the way from Uganda!!!?? Is it because, SL is backward country without A FUNCTIONAL AIRLINE OF IT’S OWN!!!???
              Or is it because they have ‘RUN DOWN’ the national carrier, ‘chasing off’ the magnificent expatriate CEO, because of his unique FAULT of making profit within 1½ years of assuming office – Must agree, with then president, NOT DONE FLEECING POOR Sri Lankans 15years ago!!!??? Well done Sir or HE!?
              Present FEAR OF POLITICIANS is they are expecting the aircraft to ‘FALL OUT’ of the sky any moment because of “OLD age and flickering engines” as they say, “may join MH117”!!!???
              Operation Aggrandisement is not yet concluded and premature to EXIT anytime NOW!!!??
              What do they allude that in Pristine Sinhala so that there is good understanding of the Vernacular!!!???
              “THANNAWA” which Prince Siddhartha, the Gautama the Buddha advised his disciples to STEER AWAY from it!!??
              We behove, pronounce all to ‘Sacred Buddhist’ Precepts!!?? Not ‘Supremo’s’!!???

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      deepthi desperate silva

      “Why don’t these NGO’s publish their accounts ?”

      Why doesn’t the state publish the details of Mass Graves?

      Here is something for your bedtime reading:
      https://www.ices.lk/_files/ugd/fba0ea_5c1bd22f81f44c4ebcd3d835a702d60b.pdf

      Mass Grave Sites in Sri Lanka: History and Legal Framework
      By Sophie Bisping

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        If Veddas are the only supporters Ranil has ….

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          Deepthi Silva,
          Whilst agreeing with you, as segmented support of opinion, it is definitely better IQ and wisdom exhibited than the 6.9 Million, whom were seeking “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, reaching Starvation and Bankruptcy instead!!!???
          Achieved through concept of constricting ourselves to “ORGANIC” fertiliser ‘DITCHING’ the TRADITIONAL methodology, which enabled country, over period of ‘3 decades plus’ to achieve self-sufficiency in at least Rice production as a STAPLE and other essentials, NOT forgetting TEA and RUBBER PRODUCTION, countries main Foreign Exchange earner to decrease too!!??? Thus, relegate population to Starve, in a country renown as ‘GRANARY OF THE EAST’!!!???
          Spectacular achievement, all attributable to some ADVICE by the Athana, Methana, Natana self-acclaimed Agricultural Expert and Intellectual “KNOW-ALL”, being the cause of the Dilemma!!??
          Soil scientists, Agricultural expertise was not sought, instead the above individual graduate of a famous monastery along with the advice of politically aligned Doctor, who specializes Neurology was sought and obtained to REACH THE ABOVE DISASTER!!!???
          What a spectacular deal by 6.9 million to achieve the “TARGET”!?

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      DS and trust @
      If your little brain can see it again, it was Rajapaksa’s racism that stood against the UNP, not UNP supporters. Criminal Rajapaksa brothers planned to be acquitted by prosecuting their various serious crimes. It succeeded during Gota #’s reign. Gotabaya did not succeed in anything but getting their court cases exonerated.
      .
      It is said that not a single person in the Rajapaksa family is free from any type of major crime. That is public secret.

      Dr Safi Saga – Now Revealed, He’s Clean – The Rajapaksas got to be away from public appearence today. … they each bit nails in front of Dr Safi today.
      .
      Promoters of Vanda Kottu (bread meant to sterilize women) – Rathana the fake monk marks the rever today like a dog would do, since his is not resecpted by anyone. They cannot come out of their hiding places.
      .
      To Fake Prof. Jayasumana Nathafewiya, there is no place to hide today. His professorship, which was usurped thanks to Mara’s connections, is now in jeopardy.
      .
      Sarath Weerasekhara the man who was behind putting fire to mosques and churches to prove UNHRC the level of premediated sinhala buddhism is now in danger. his public appearence is inhibited so as much as the Viatmaga people including Gotabhaya.

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    President needs tact.

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      Nathan

      “President needs tact.”

      President needs b***s.

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        NV,
        That’s a well-known fact!!!?? Absence Of!!???

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    “President Needs Trust”. What does it mean? Do we need to GIVE trust to him? OR

    Must he not WIN trust from us?

    The title of the article suggests that the President cannot WIN or GET trust and that is why it says “NEEDS” trust.

    He will never GET trust neither he could WIN trust. That’s for sure.

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      Douglas

      ” Do we need to GIVE trust to him? OR Must he not WIN trust from us?”

      Ranil also needs to earn respect from people.
      He has become a slippery eel now, not only he does not speak truth but also openly expresses in words and action that he is clever. However people now perceive him being a clever dick.

      It is time he sacked all those lying b*****ds who are claiming to be running the country and those trained professional liars (the diplomats) representing this island out in the world ( for not effectively lying for the good of the country, instead one wanted to spend billions to collect every action by young members of diaspora and monitor them through out the universe, another didn’t know the Tamil name for this island and made a big ado about it when The Guardian news paper published it, another dumb ass in uniform gestured throat slitting, who still serves in the army, .. Kohona (unlike his job as the war crime denier) on the other hand couldn’t lie enough to convince China to assure IMF and the Paris Club. … ) …

      Therefore Ranil has to deal with many things before dealing with what is fundamentally wrong with this island.

      Namal baby issues meaningless irrelevant press statements almost every day, …. Could Ranil find him a good school .. to start at the very beginning, because Namal’s plea pains me, ….

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        My thinking always “Santha Thomas” – GOOD!!!???

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      Presidents’ need to be honest and not speak with forked tongues.
      .
      It may be that some will want me to clarify what I mean by that. I won’t.
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      We, citizens, have better things to do with our time than to clarify what is so obvious,
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarwela

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        Joker Sinhala man from CT,

        The truth is that the President is the single most vulnerable person as he is surrounded by Rajapakse criminals (record breaking criminals)and their minions inside and outside Parliament. He is like walking in a cactus field. However, he does something… This is what my neighbor insisted to me yesterday. He is a German who until recently served in the European Union Parliament.
        .
        Now about you, why don’t you try to be honest yourself and give us the long awaited answers of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna? Not only me, but many others will be grateful to you if you reveal what specifics the JVP led NPP brings… basta.
        .
        If you’re honest, do you miss it over and over again? You remind me of Crabs stories.

        Why on earth are you testing the integrity of the President who risked it for the nation a year ago. To tell the truth, not being able to manage the state revenue, the nation was not given medicine, cooking gas, fuel, but interim govt alone saved the people from starvation. The JVPs cried long before the Rajapaksas destroyed this country, but that’s because they can’t do anything but cry in public and blame anyone.

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    Dear NV: You want: “Therefore Ranil has to deal with many things……”

    For the last Forty Years in his career, he has dealt with many things until he was KICKED OUT from his own Parliamentary seat ( even his “Manapaya” votes – Preferential votes were not counted) along with his own party – UNP.

    But “Rajapakses” knew his weakness (political greed) and”USE” him and at the same time “ABUSE” (look at what “Pohittuwa” MPs including Namal – “Pody Myna,” say at meetings) to safeguard their interests. Ranil has been made a PUPPET in the hands of MASTER PUPPETEERS” of Rajapakses.

    But all are enjoying till the water boils.

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      Douglas,
      Thereafter ‘FUN AND FROLIC STARTS’!!!???

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      Douglas,
      You had mentioned somewhere that why on earth are we encouraging Indians to implement 13 A in our country.
      To tell the truth, even for a small agreement, if someone with some common sense looks at it, if external powers are not involved in this country, it is almost impossible to build a consensus. For example, roads and construction may not work if Chinese or other investors interfere in such projects.
      They are good at accusing anyone, JVP has not worked with farmers to improve their agricultural knowledge as of today,
      Sri Lankans are on record as having the poorest farmers in the entire world. We are overestimating our self-aggrandizement, but we cant even do simple things by our own.

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      Douglas,
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      See, this morning Sagala Kariyawasam (a Crow backbencher with an LL.B. degree) forced me to make a public statement that he was proud to hear them called “slaves”.
      can you imagine
      This is the country where you live for ages.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or9jBIum7bI

      There are still plenty of “Rajapakse loyalists” ready to get “Mahinda’s Lingaya” tattooed on their faces. That is the appalling social level that the Rajapakse criminals make.

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    President needs trust- does this mean trust that he can get his 13A passed by the Parliament with a two-thirds majority or trust that he becomes a winner even if it’s not passed, just by showing the non-majority community he tried hard and failed and it’s not his failure? A political googly!

    Ranil is not an honest straightforward person. Remember how he supported Aragalaya but took a 180-degree turn when he became the President? Trust is something that is earned not given.

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    Dear LM: You say: ” If external powers are not involved, nothing can be achieved”.

    Agreed. That is the predicament of this country. In the example, you give of China, it was out of the stupidity and criminal mindset of our Governing authorities that we got embedded in a huge debt problem. Those “Lenders” (Foreign) had a gala time in making all the decisions (planning, estimating with the commission rates of 10 to 20%, contracting, procurement, and spending) on all those projects. That is how the Auditor General has found that “Billion” are unaccounted for and no NET ASSETS values are added to the country compared to the total loan debts

    If you think and suggest that “External” powers be involved, without proper checks and balances on the part of our Local Governing Authorities, no wonder we would fall into the dark hole. It has happened already. That is why I questioned this Indian involvement in “13A’ and many more to come.

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      Dear D,
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      They injected it where the poor nations could be tamed and turned into pro-China leaders. From srilanka they selected, uneducated, uncultured rascals produced by DA Rajapakshe.
      Also the Indian press made it very clear that the Rajapaksas were close to Chinese entrepreneurs like no one else and that is how Sri Lanka was bankrupted in a short period of time.

      However, it is not being reported in the country by the local media outlets that are still affiliated with Kaputa Rajapaksa’s campaigns.

      Your bazaar-community is so far from reality that it will teach you and many others that we are already in the dark.
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      And you talk about us falling into a dark pit. Haven’t fallen for it yet? Sri Lankans do not seem to know the depth of the debt we will have to pay in the next few years and how much burden the people will have to bear while maintaining the Rajapaksa’s luxurious life.
      The crying babies (JVPrs) may have thrown a bunch of accusations at anyone, but they still haven’t explained to us how they can surprise traditional politicians after wresting them from power. Dollar gains and brain drain are the most painful projects we have to focus on in the next few years. It is said that more than 600 university professors have already left the country for their future.

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    Further to my earlier comment, Ranil is fast becoming, or maybe he is already a dictator. In his recent speech, he said that Parliament is the only place of authority and he will not take any orders from any other institution/organization. Well, the only other organization other than the Parliament is the Judiciary and the Presidency. Since President is making this statement although camouflaged what he is really saying is that he will not take orders of the courts either.

    Today no one respects the judiciary, not even the President based on his statement. Why? It’s because, since J. R.. Jayawardena’s time, the judiciary has surrendered itself to the politicians, especially to the crooks in the parliament. Judiciary has dug its own grave.

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