20 October, 2020

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President Rajapaksa Delivers His Welcome Address

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

[In a parallel CHOGM, perhaps….]

Fellow Commonwealth leaders, ministerial and parliamentary colleagues, delegates from around the Commonwealth, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I extend a warm welcome to all of you on behalf of the citizens of Sri Lanka, a resplendent and resilient land whose cultural ethos if marked by anything is signature by the privileging of the quality of equanimity.  We take our joys and sorrows, fame and misfortune, profits and losses, praise and blame with a smile.

It is customary to allude to our shared past, refer to complexities of that past and the resolve by members to reinvent the collective that emerged from these commonalities.  We are gathered here, men and women from different cultures and of different faith. We will speak about the commonwealth of values and the responsibility and accountability embedded in the idea of membership.  If I were to pin it down to essence, two words remain: free and equal.

Re-invention implies a break from the past, a forgiving and forgetting, a restoration of civilization, recovery of dignity and such.  This is good.  It is good because it says that condescension has no place in this forum.  It is good because there can be no more ‘talking down’ or ‘talking tough’.  That’s what equality means.

What does ‘free’ mean?  It means we can be frank with one another.  It means we can be friends.  The Buddha whose teachings more than anything else has shaped the culture and civilization of this country, talks about two categories of friends, those who are virtuous and those who are evil.  True friends will criticize to face, with praise in absence; evil friends are not really friends, they smile to face and ridicule behind the back.  Let us be true to one another, therefore.  Let us have conversation and not monolog.  Let us draw deep from the philosophies that have nurtured and sustained us during the colonial encounter, given us the strength of character to recover from the bludgeoning we’ve received and venture forth with confidence to expand the horizons of freedom.

Of all things bequeathed to my country during colonial rule, one stands out: the opportunity for my people to encounter a man called Jesus Christ. His life inspires, his word empowers. Some of us are theists and others are atheists, but both categories of people can benefit from the Sermon on the Mount, which prescribes ways of being and engagement that resonates with the teachings of the Buddha Siddhartha Gauthama and Prophet Mohammed.

Let their teachings frame our deliberations and guide is on issues of propriety.  I do not have to tell my learned and respectable friends that stone-throwing is what we wanted to put behind us when we became members of this august body. We can and must resist the human urge to be passionate for passion dulls reason. We must instead privilege wisdom, exercise caution and always keep in mind that we, as recipients and givers of much blackness in the past, would do well to recognize complexity and acknowledge context.  If we do not, we would quickly slip to a point where statement degenerates into shout and conversation becomes a competition to see who has the shriller voice.  We can do better, I am convinced.

We have met before.  Many times.  We’ve made our points, talked about commonalities and the commonwealth of ideas and values.  And yet, it seems that we have allowed rhetoric to triumph over substance.   Perhaps out of a reluctance to state the disconcerting, chosen to skirt vital issues that are also common to many of us.  We have on many occasions chosen to look the other way when member state bullies fellow member state, when member state joins with non-member to bully fellow-member and when our members themselves are perpetrators of aggression that is an affront to our collective humanity.  We have to decide, friends, whether we want to continue like this.

We could chose to tread the tired paths we’ve walked on all these years.  We can make the same tired speeches drawn from easy templates.  We can use this forum to spout venom, we can paint ourselves as saints who can do no wrong, we can air our pet peeves and we can say a lot without saying anything of substance.

If that is the best we can do, I am afraid that this gathering is a colossal waste of time.  If we, as a collective, cannot come up with creative and pragmatic solutions to the problems that beset our peoples such as poverty, hunger, limited access to health and education, development that compromises the idea of sustainability, the poisoning of soils and people by toxic substances, the hoodwinking of less-informed consumers by unethical pharmaceutical companies and so on, then we might as well resolve to close shop.

This Commonwealth of Nations can be better that it has hitherto been.

The people of Sri Lanka warmly welcome you.  Wherever you go, there’s one thing you will find.  A smile. We hide our sorrows well, we spread the joy.  We say to you, ‘Come, partake’. And to those who’ve seen this country through borrowed eyes, I can do no better than say what the Buddha Siddhartha Gauthama said of his doctrine, Ehi Passiko, ‘Come, Explore!’

Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta

May all beings be happy.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Sorry Malia, I read more than three paragraphs, I gave you a chance once again. Please Malinda, I’m assuming from your past posts it would be a repeat of the verbal diaoreah that you trash out day after day.

    Please listen to the speech below, this is telling the real truth on what is really going on in this world. We are all guilty though, talking about rubbish issues when there is a way bigger issue that we need to deal with in each and everyone of us..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RYlAPjyNm8

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      Sorry Mali, nice bull sheit speech but your nose is too brown for you to be able to replace Bell Pottinger.

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      Load of Tosh – this guy call himself a journalist?!

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    what a load of cobblers.

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    I read the first line…and (yawn)

    wakey! wakey!

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    Tamils keep howling like female dogs.

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      you mean howling like fathima

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      Sinhalese like male donkeys. Exactly what you are doing. Tamils got what they wanted in the CHOGM. Getting thing done is what Tamils are good at.

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    As you are saying it is not happening in Sri Lanka

    What does ‘free’ mean? It means we can be frank with one another. It means we can be friends. The Buddha whose teachings more than anything else has shaped the culture and civilization of this country,
    Take free ride on people
    There are no friends in Mahinda regime
    The yellow rope bold head thugs insulting the Buddha teaching
    What is shaping the country Chinese loan

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      “There are no friends in Mahinda regime”
      I am sure that you mean the defeated Tamil terrorists.We don’t need toilet cleaners as friends.In fact we have too many friends at the moment.Each trying to out do the other.Mad rush to be friends of Mahinda.In fact it’s house full!To name a few,Charles,David,abbot Sharma,and all the kings,queens,presidents,prime ministers of the CHOGM.So who wants these idiotic defeated Tamil terrorists as friends?

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    Finally Malinda, You speak for the President and Quote the Buddha too – What a combo.

    Previoulsy you did a better Job, supporting him from the Bush. With artilles like the “MUlsim in Me”. That was better, because now it is clearly the “Malinda in Me”. Since we all know you as you can see from comments it is no longer that entertaining.

    Where is your Junior partner, lets hope he has not quit on you. We need more Malinda’s not Less. Please do not leave out Muhammad and Jesus Christ they need to be included.

    Sings of absolute desperation ?

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    Commonwealth is not so high on religon, it has its own charter, values and principles, what is common to all. If we can follow these core values it is better for all than talking about religon which hardly anyone really understands or follows.

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    This kind of writers are very cheap.
    They seem to have no backbones to stand against the truth as it is. Entire world is criticising SRILANKA today (having known more about through start of COMMONWEALTH summit 2013 in SL) in terms of post war related performances, but this vomiting figure repeated himself.

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    What do you think? Whether this guy Malinda or the other guy Rajpal is better? At least Rajpal says ‘we don’t kill journalists anymore’ and claims that the protestors really brought sticks and iron bars.

    See Rajpal’s struggle:
    http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/19870853/sri-lanka-human-rights/

    See who runs with the sticks:
    http://colombogazette.com/2013/08/02/army-probes-weliweriya-incident/

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    Malinda,

    Either you are a dumb ass who still cannot understand Rajapakse tricks, or you are another Rajapakse Bag carrier……or curia service attendant.

    Remember Hitler had a much more better vocabulary, talking skills….orator and crowd deceiver.

    Rajapakse is a comedy actor, and sorry to see you are yet to study and know him. His motto is…. Do what I say, but don’t do what I do. But the intelligent have already judge him.

    Keep writing until you attain Nibbana.

    Budu Saranai….Badu Apitai. Sadu Sadu Saaaaaddduuu.

    Remember Donkeys are a Born Race and never be corrected, no matter what they do. Please Talk to Duminda.

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    boring. Blah.

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    Great job Malinda. Publishing Mahindas speech as Malindas article. No bible this time. Perhaps Mahinda has got it out from you.

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    /* We can make the same tired speeches drawn from easy templates. We can use this forum to spout venom, we can paint ourselves as saints who can do no wrong, we can air our pet peeves and we can say a lot without saying anything of substance. */

    Then MR send his goons to attack Sirikotha.

    Milinda, how would you expect people to air out their frustrations ?

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    Ha ha, most likely his last speech before the ICC get to him. Malinda can interview MR in Hague then.

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    “This Commonwealth of Nations can be better that it has hitherto been”.

    Let me add:

    We as a nation with a very long history straddling thousands of years, while being proud of many events , have to be ashamed of many others. We have to be better on many fronts than we have been in recent decades. I also take this opportunity to say sorry to the families of those who have lost their lives, those who are maimed for life and those who been hurt in many ways by the events preceding the wars, during the wars and there after. I say sorry that we have this legacy to deal with in this ‘Thrice Blessed’ land. I say sorry to every Sri Lankan- old, middle aged and the young. I pledge as the incoming Chairman of the Commonwealth, to make every endeavour to make my country a shining example in compassionate governance, rule of law, dispensation of justice, equal opportunities for all and special care for those who cannot compete on a level field on account of disabilities”.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Presidente of Wonderland Delivers His Welcome speech…..

    [In a parallel ShowGon, perhaps….].

    Dear Commonwealth leaders, ministerial and parliamentary colleagues, delegates from around the Commonwealth, { YOU BLOODY IDIOTS].
    other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

    I, The Two [ Three] horned self crowned, unofficial F king of wonderland, extend a warm welcome to all of you morons on behalf of the cheated poor citizens of this Island,
    Once a resplendent and a resilient land, whose cultural ethos are destroyed by me my clan and my goons.
    We, the privileged clan take our joys for our families and blame the misfortune to west and Diaspora and
    If the there is fame and praise we take with a smile for our family and our goons.
    We do not give any profits to the nation but
    collect illicitly all commissions from all Under hand contracts and embeceled funds to our accounts.
    and blame all the misfortunes of my moronic governance to the people and opposition and hide .
    then run away with smiles, hoodwinking the stupid people and you all lot..
    We have no solutions to the problems that beset our peoples such as poverty, hunger, limited access to health and education,
    development that compromises the idea of sustainability,
    As we are enjoying from their money and on their Tax accounts,
    as we get profiteering by companies by the poisoning of soils and people by toxic substances they sell,and

    the hoodwinking of less-informed consumers by unethical pharmaceutical companies and getting kickbacks and dong nothing to stop for that.
    My friends, no need to tell Casino Kings, Fresh Flesh shops, Heroin mafia, Abductions and Ransomed killings, and rapings. All those are rolling around Money and power.

    freedom human values and equality are dead subjects of my Governance and I humbly ask you to Practise.
    I am fully aware that this gathering is a colossal waste of money from my people and their time which I ordered to steal from them.
    Now We the governance took ride on two religions and the philosophy of Buddhism.
    That is the Easiest way to cheat and hoodwink the people of this Island or any.the opportunity for my people to encounter a man called Jesus Christ. His life inspires,
    with the teachings of the lord Buddha, the Siddhartha Gauthama and Prophet Mohammed, we can fool and cheat on you all idiots as we do to our So called country men.
    And we control the Extreme Buddhist factions who are not real Buddhists, but Buddhism salesmen, who do all the juggleries hiding under the saffron robes and Satakyas.
    as you say, GO GEREEN AND Vote For the BLUE MORONS.

    Wherever you go in this island , you will find A smile. they, the oppressed people hide our sorrows and smile,
    we spread the joy with APE MINISSU.
    We say to you, idiots ‘Come, partake and enjoy as we do’.
    And to those who’ve seen this country through real eyes,
    I can say is, what the lord Buddha, the Siddhartha Gauthama said of his doctrine,
    Ehi Passiko, ‘Come, Explore!.
    but Do not make Films or Noises’.
    If they do any miscreant, We have Stand by forces to Deny flatly and protest against and impose them Non grata .

    And my BRO is having a the Best Cleaning Party in the world.

    Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta
    May all beings be happy.

    Raja Bhawathu Dhammiko,
    The Governance regime be just.
    {Similarly, copied Like J R J said in Tokyo}.

    JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA.
    [is an O/ L educated, Sinhala villager from Northeast of wonderland, not a Harvard educated Cheap editor and done a cut and paste job. with a limited vocabulary, there are many mistakes in writings].

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    Malinda,

    Thank God MR doesn’t use you as his speech-writer.

    Had he used your speech instead, people listening to it would have died of old-age!

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    Empty head, wait till March 2014 when you can have the pleasure of meeting your noble, esteemed, president in the Hague to ask him hiw he is enjoying his stay in barracks!!!!

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    The fact is the Government spent a lot of money to project its image. The TNA got its message delivered and acted upon with the least amount of expense.

    A LESSON TO LEARN!

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