7 July, 2020

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President’s Backflip Toward Rajapaksa Camp Summons Ranil’s Reserves To Meet The Challenge

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“Yet, the President refuses to act and the PM has to pretend to be acting.”

Keeping a Facade

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, is hard put to it in meeting the very strenuously intricate challenge foisted upon him by his partner in the yahapalanaya government-President Maitripala Sirisena. Inasmuch as Mahinda Rajapaksa never calculated Maitripala’s secretive cross- over after the hopper feed, Ranil even with his more mature political experience, has been taken aback by the Maitri tilt into the lap of the Rajapaksa family.

In public, we notice that Ranil pretends nothing serious has happened between the two of them and that everything is business as before; however, the discerning eye can spot his deep concern. He has to pretend in order to keep a facade going as far as it goes since the alternative is that the government becomes dysfunctional and consequently incurs the wrath of the people who do not possess the political literacy to read into the lines and to make way for margins of tolerance. The Prime Minister or his party men must keep their mouths closed. The latter’s explanation for the bad showing of at the local government elections never mentions as cause the President’s outrageously public assault on them during the hustings. What if the President walks out without taking cabinet decisions? The last time he did that, Rajitha told us that the President had disappeared to go for a call of nature. Nobody believed the story.

Deadlock

The result of this irresponsible retreat by the country’s Chief Executive is to transform the government, which has achieved some substantial gains, into a ghost of what it was before. Hard decisions cannot be taken and every offender has to be placated.

This deadlock was seen and is seen in the current ethnic crisis. Videos are out in social media showing BBS boss Galagoda Atte Gnanasara and other yellow- robers ( or are they robbers?) in planning sessions with extremist youth thugs, during the riots. Gnanasara is seen coming and going to the scenes of action. Gnanasara is treating court summons as nuisance calls or mosquito bites. Yet, nothing is ever done to these fellows. They have to be arrested immediately as they are plotters behind the ravage and the burning. The first step typically done in the event of riots of this nature is to arrest plotters because then the riots will then end there. This never happened and evil men like Gnanasara are permitted to roam at will brandishing their swords.

Link to Defeated Politicians

Many eye witnesses have given evidence that defeated politicians are behind this. The link between Gnanassara and the previous government has gone on record. This ugly monk emerged during the last stages of the previous regime and the former Defence Secretary is reported to have been present at the first AGM. Does one need a Stephen Hawkings to put the equation together? Besides, the previous regime took absolutely no action when Aluthgama was set on fire. Not a single enquiry. Not a single arrest. It is well—known that minorities, which includes the Muslims, are opposed to the Rajapaksa Sinhala-Buddhist dressing. At the last local government elections, too, the Muslims and Tamils did not vote for the previous regime. The Colombo Muslim mayoral candidate who came up from the Pohottuwa made a poor impression despite there being a sizeable Muslim population in the metropolitan, letting Rosy Senanayake of the UNP shoot into the Mayoral seat with a thumping majority of councillors on her side.

From this perspective, the timing of the recent riots soon after the local government elections is also terribly indicative of causation.

Yet, the President refuses to act and the PM has to pretend to pretend to be acting. The decisive and firm action that is urgently needed isn’t taken and the fires are let to burn themselves out in the course of time. Communities are set apart and divisive forces become active and dangerous ingredients in the national polity. Rioters are given a life. Sampanthan prophetically stated the other day that the Pohottuwa will give bloom to Eelam; I say, it will give birth to many Eelams.

Court Cases

One can reason out that the same course will be taken as regards the numerous serious court cases against prominent members of the previous regime. Nothing will be done about Lasantha; nothing about Thajudeen; nothing about the numerous cases of financial fraud and money laundering. Duminda, now in death row, will eventually find release.Let us not be deceived by the rhetoric of Sirisena or the pretence behaviour of Ranil Wickremaesinghe. Maitripala Sirisena has to defeat all the court moves; Ranil Wikremesinghe has to pretend that all is okay in the yahapalanaya front. Maitripala has to make room for Gotabhaya in 2020 in a deal that will presumably fashion him to wellness and safety.

 What goes on is a Drama of Good vs Evil

In this way, the alignment of the President with his erstwhile enemies the Rajapakses, have no doubt tilted the balance of power toward the latter. Concomitantly, it has weakened the government very badly.

A drama of historical proportion is on in Sri Lanka. It is like the central drama in the Mahabharata between Good represented by the Pandavas and Evil represented by the Kauravas. In our context, the Yahapalanaya forces that demand systems guaranteeing the liberty of the individual, human rights, law and order, transparency and social justice represent the Good.The latter include both the civil organisations and allied political players. On the other hand, the evil forces are camouflaged as banner-careers of Sinhala Buddhism. This is exactly how the Nazis dressed themselves up.These forces of evil will want the cases squashed and the government dissolved before the mandated year, 2020. Moving to the edge of their seats the audience wonders with nervousness: will they really make it? Regain power? Never give back again?

On the other hand, as is typical of drama, sometimes the ‘evil’ shows up as being about to triumph but that becomes a delusive climax. What we are, hopefully, witnessing with fear and trembling right now is such a delusive climax. As in the Mahabharata, let’s hope the real climax of the triumph of the Good will eventuate.

 

*Shyamon Jayasinghe can be contacted on sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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  • 4
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    ranil has only himself to blame
    he protected the rajapaksas from being jailed for 3 years
    and now sirisena is sleeping with the enemy to protect his family,s business interests after 2019
    what a dunb ass

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    Maybe the writer is referring to the “reserves” left over from the bond scam, which will be needed to “meet the challenge” by bribing UNP MPs to vote against the no-confidence motion…:))

    • 10
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      Seriously ? DR. DJ ? A smiley face at such a serious issue, regardless of its veracity? WOW!

      • 3
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        Yes it is a poor comment from DJ. Frivolous, flippant and unworthy of an intellectual – pseudo or not; given the circumstances.

    • 18
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      Dayan the D……, So you see only Bond Scam as the only robbery which happened in our thrice blessed Buddhist State. At least the main rogues are in the prison and Mahendran is also served an arrest warrant and if you need Ranil, take him also in through judicial process, we have no qualms about it.

      In the same vein, why the f…don’t you speak bout your murderous duos KENEHELIKAM also, you need the list you b……, here you D…….

      1. Brutal Lasantha Murder.
      2. Savage Thajudeen Murder.
      3. Barbaric Welikada Murders.
      4. Rathupaswela Shooting.
      5. MIG Air Deal.
      6. Sri Lankan Plunder.
      7. Fugitive Udayanga’s connections with your Murderous Duo.
      8. Another rogue family member of your Murderous Duo, Jaliya.

      Why the f… are you suffering from Selective Memory Syndrome, you bloody i….

      .

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        Simply brilliant.

        Sira and MR have only one trump against RW that is Bond. I am 100percent sure courts will dismiss the case due to lack of evidence.
        What about the 12billion entrust fraud. Nilwala fraud, Mutur killings trinco student killings. Raviraj. Joseph. Taraki etc.etc

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        http://www.eelamhomeland.com/infor/Lest_We_Forget_p1.pdf

        Ansar,
        You have forgotten or do not know of the series of murders of batches of Tamils from 1959 to 2001.
        Now it appears to be the Muslims who are targeted.

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        9. Hedge scan – Billions of Rupees
        10., wasted USD50 Million for failed commonwealth games
        11. Norochcholai scan
        12. wasted USD300 M for a Airport in Bird santuary
        13. wasted USD1.2 Billion for a port without any ships to call
        14. stolen LTTE Gold reseves
        15, White van killings
        16. create BBS and Rawana Balaya etc
        17. Burning Muslim business places like ‘No Limit’ using Military intelligence
        18. Shirani B’nayake inpeachment with a ‘sham court’ withe members like 8th grader Pannikiya Wimalasena
        19. Send Emirates managment and appointed 8th grader planter B-I-L and make Airline lost billions
        20. Sil Redi – robbed TRC – 600 Million

        the list goes on and on

    • 1
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      If bribing is involved Ranil will have to find enormously more as 2010 to 2014 earnings would be difficult to overthrow.

    • 4
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      Dayan,
      How much Mahinda paid to get the UNP secretary in 2015 to cross over from UNP to SLFP

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        EVEN DAYASIRI WAS PAID. But that burried under the carpet since current stupid President gave him a cabinet ministry.
        That SB and other 2 balligeputhas were full blood MR men.
        I think Mr Sirisena should step down.

        He should give his position to someone else, in the civil society. I believe there are good monks that can do the job properly than any senior politicians, if people are not yet ripe to pass it to JVP.

    • 4
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      just guess who is this guy ? He has always been agasint RW because of his overflown jealoucy.
      This guy would never see it right that the 4000 billions of state funds that FORMER men have robbed out in varied manner put entire state that bankrupt.

      When would this bugger become wise. never in my life. even if I would live longer than the guy would.

    • 2
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      Traitors like Dayan similar to those which jump from branch to branch, what other comment can one expect from him.

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      Inane, irrelevant and fĺippant, given the circumstances.

  • 3
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    president’s antipathy towards ranil is the primary reason for him tilting towards gota.next week mahinda says that a no confidence motion is being brought against ranil.Mahinda says that even UNP’ers are going to support it.Let us see what happens if ranil is gone.mahinda says he will support a SLFP candidate as pm and the JO will support the SLFP plus UNP governemnt but will not join it.

  • 4
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    I believe the writer, as a senior civil servant of then Queen’s Ceylon and perhaps subsequently the Republic of Sri Lanka (later qualified as democratic & socialist) is fully aware of the famous saying “in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies but permanent interests. The writer, in my humble view should not view from the landscape of his adopted country. There is no doubt in what the writer says, one is blunt in his response while the other is diplomatic (cunning) in his response, both of them are doing the same thing. Clearly the expected action from both of them are not in the interests of both of them. WHY? Is it because both of those in authority have skeletons in their cupboards and any court case would be their undoing as well? There could be many other possibilities. Clearly there is no clean governance and if one were to expect that in Sri Lanka then he or she is in a fool’s paradise.

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    You should be renamed’ wailing Saimon’ of Kuliyapitiya, wailing on behalf of that Mr Dirty, Ranil. If you had any other work to do (apart from the bogus Lion’s Club), you wouldn’t be wasting time writing such rubbish. A mail order bride would be probably be a better alternative!

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    The President is behaving like the fickle woman who agrees to an arranged marriage and after going through a grand wedding ceremony lives with her husband for three years; then she changes her mind, renounces her marriage and decides to go away and live with her former boyfriend!

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      estate labourer
      what choice has she once finds out he is gay.She manages using a vibrator for three years but now is sick of it and yearns for that gorilla like face and body of her former boyfriend on top her squashing her nearly to death and his heavy breathing on her face and his grunts of satisfaction on her ears.This has happenned not only to sira but to many women i personally know having married and finding out the husband is gay.

  • 9
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    Mr. Symon Jayasinghe, I love your article. I read it several times over.
    I am deeply enthralled by your intellect and clarity of language.
    Please write more, it’s truly enlightening. The flow of language too is marvellous.

  • 0
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    MS realised that the loyalty of the Armed Services and Police is NOT to GoSL. MS and RW will never be able to match the perks.
    Very soon the two will have learn to co-exist.

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    Dayan the D……, So you see only Bond Scam as the only robbery which happened in our thrice blessed Buddhist State. At least the main rogues are in the prison and Mahendran is also served an arrest warrant and if you need Ranil, take him also in through judicial process, we have no qualms about it.

    In the same vein, why the f…don’t you speak bout your murderous duos KENEHELIKAM also, you need the list you b……, here you D…….

    1. Brutal Lasantha Murder.
    2. Savage Thajudeen Murder.
    3. Barbaric Welikada Murders.
    4. Rathupaswela Shooting.
    5. MIG Air Deal.
    6. Sri Lankan Plunder.
    7. Fugitive Udayanga’s connections with your Murderous Duo.
    8. Another rogue family member of your Murderous Duo, Jaliya.

    Why the f… are you suffering from Selective Memory Syndrome, you bloody i….

    .

    • 3
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      Ansar

      “In the same vein, why the f…don’t you speak bout your murderous duos KENEHELIKAM also, you need the list you b……, here you D…….”

      You have once again conveniently forgotten war crimes and crimes against humanity committed not only by the clan but also by the state.

  • 0
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    Shaymon please write more and be the joker for CT site.
    Were their jokers serving in the former civil Service?

    • 3
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      Another mentally retarded Thonda. Just shut the f..kup. Bring in the International judges

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        21. CSN fraud
        22. Krish Fraud
        23. Browns hill Matara
        24. Malwana
        25. Hello corp etc etc

    • 1
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      Thondamany

      “Shaymon please write more and be the joker for CT site.”

      Why do we need Shyamon when we have you, somass, Shenali, Dayan, HLD M Rajeewa, KASmaalam, lal loo, sach, ……………………………………Jimmy, ….. ?

  • 3
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    To the credit of Shyamon, he is using diplomatic language to paint a gloomy picture. Till the Central Bank scam came into the open both Sirisena and Ranil had a healthy working ship relationship. But things turned sour thereafter. To Sirisena Central Bank Treasury Bonds is the only scam that took place at the Central Bank. A careful reading of the report shows the scam has been coming down at least from 1997. Ranil thought the sale of Treasury Bonds should be open and transparent. So he asked Arjun Mahendran to change the system from secret placements by a few to public auction. But Mahendran let Ranil down by not withdrawing himself on the grounds of conflict of interest. His son-in-law Arjun Aloysius aloysius was one of the primary dealers who entered the fray. Not only Mahendran did not withdraw citing conflict of interest as a reason he was heavily involved in raising the amount from one billion to ten billions. Within a week of buying the Treasury Bonds Aloysius off-loaded the bonds to secondary dealers at a thumping profit. This led to the charge of insider trading. It is reported Perpetual Treasuries borrowed ten-thousand billions from state-owned Bank of Ceylon. If this is the case why did the government sell the bonds direct to Bank of Ceylon? Why allow a middleman to make a fortune. And Sirisena should have extended the probe way back from 1997 not from 2015. Did he do this to save Mahinda Rajapaksa in whose cabinet he was a Minister?

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      Thanga

      “Did he do this to save Mahinda Rajapaksa in whose cabinet he was a Minister?”

      Sirisena has already established a sound principle on the first day of him assuming office, no matter what happens no war hero would be punished even if they raped his daughter, wife, mother, grandma, grand daughter, aunt, daughter in laws, sisters, nieces, ………………

      Why would he go against his own “principle”?
      For his own survival he needs to portray himself as “one of them”.

  • 0
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    Thanga has given the best and most succinct account of the Central Bank issue that I have read.

  • 0
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    Kumarasamy Gunasinghem. Thank you for your generous comments about my article.

  • 0
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    Rohan Gunaratne. Thank you for your generous comments

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    At a time of this nature, people should standby Ranil as he is much better than most of the fraudsters from SLFP, SLPP etc. who are all liars as well. Sanja had mentioned elsewhere recently that she was trained to identify snakes easily by her uncle or father. I wonder how come Dayan was not detected on time.

  • 0
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    Thanks to the GREED our politicians have for power and privileges to
    live off hard working citizens , like leeches , people like Ranil is safe
    though general public keep kicking him out at every given opportunity !
    Mahinda and his family think , Srilanka is in danger without them !
    Ranil think however much is he rejected by the common man and the
    men of his own company , he must be the only hope for them . Never
    mind their rejection ! Reincarnation of Jesus . Stories are created for
    them to work for everyone’s benefit and writers like Shyamon do their
    bit to give proper interpretation to what is unfolding . To get to power
    they need crisis , to stay in power they need crisis and to get out , the
    same crisis needed ! Fiddling with the constitution started in 72 , now
    forty five years on , it hasn’t stopped . Existing laws don’t protect even
    decent innocent civilians . PCs are running based on understanding
    and surrender- to the – centre mode ! All this because low grade votes
    choose low grade heads and together they create what they want , low
    grade situations !

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