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Putin Gotabaya In Context – Pun Intended

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath De Alwis

I support Putin, just as I support Mahinda, and with more caution and caveats, am willing to support Gotabaya if the need arises, because I remember what context gave birth to them, what they stand against, and the causes which made/are making/may make the masses turn to them as alternatives. – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Gotabaya is our Putin – Udaya Gammanpila 

Don’t forget that we are living in Russia, the land of the tsars … the Russian people like it when one person stands at the head of the state’, and ‘The people need a tsar, i.e. someone to revere and in whose name to live and labour.’ – Joseph Stalin

This fundamental fact implies that in time of revolution it is not enough to ascertain “the will of the majority” —  you must prove to be the stronger at the decisive moment and in the decisive place; you must win’ (V.I. Lenin, ‘Constitutional illusions’)

Ironies abound. Three years in to his presidency on 15th July 1979, Jimmy Carter made his famous speech about a crisis of confidence that his nation faced. He spoke of how the isolated world of Washington politicians set a nation adrift. When a nation hopes, dreams and vision of its future are muddled, it becomes a crisis of confidence. It was a decade later that that indomitable soldier and patriot Lieutenant Colonel Gotabaya Rajapaksa permanently migrated to that country of Thomas Pain who wrote the treatise – The Rights of Man.

Such a Crisis of Confidence engulfs us in Sri Lanka today. Governance is in a near state of paralysis. The Economy has registered a dismal growth rate of 3.4 percent. Policy planners are adrift, and the people are treated to a deluge of empty rhetoric from both sides of the power barricade.

This missive is penned on Thursday 29th March. Within the week, we will surely learn the details of the denouement of the no confidence motion against the Prime minister. He is wounded. We will discover soon enough how deep and dangerous his wounds  have been.    

Other momentous happenings have been overshadowed by the predicament of the prime minister. The Indian Express – the prestigious print broadsheet has published one on one interviews with the Former President Mahinda, his heir apparent Namal and most importantly the pretender to the throne – former secretary to the ministry of defense Gotabaya who plans to be a deep statesman of a deep state. 

This writer owes an unconditional apology to the author of Gota’s War the humorously Homeric account of the end of the civil war that is brazenly adulatory of the then Defense Secretary.  On several occasions I have described him as a sycophantic profiler of the former Defense Secretary. What can the poor man do, if that was what was told him by the self-proclaimed war hero- the subject of his tome? 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a self-possessed man who loves to possess his self. The man is sincerely convinced that he and he alone ended the war. He tells Arun Janaradanan of the Indian Express “In Sri Lanka, I didn’t create the war, I ended the war.”  The word ‘we’ is not in the vocabulary of our hero, patriot and nation builder.

He is a man with opinions and a committed sense of purpose. With the Indian Express’s Arun Janardanan he unfolds his road map.

You have to understand that peace doesn’t come overnight after three decades’ long war. There are people who were brainwashed ideologically. I won’t say wounds are healing now, as I don’t know what has happened in the last three years. But I strongly believe that what is important is economic freedom for people, before talking about political freedom. Political freedom is necessary, but what they are talking about is devolution and all that. That is secondary. What people needed was food, employment and basic necessities to rebuild their lives… But Tamil politicians put their political interests above these essential needs of people.”

I do not know how many readers will agree with me. The man is not a villain. He is a moron. He simply does not understand that the Tamil people do not demand food. They demand dignity. The Tamils demand self-respect.

The guy asked Stephan Sakur of BBC ‘Who is Lasantha” That probably explains why Arun Janaradana did not broach the subject of dignity and self-respect. What is dignity? Why do the Tamils want self-respect? Aren’t roads and electricity good enough?

That Sri Lanka needs a strong leader with a clear vision is the tantalizing, seductive myth of our times. The imperative of strong decisive leader is intrinsically twined to a virulent nationalism and a reading of a faith that is lightyears removed from the universal values of the flawless dharma that made emperor Ashoka to embrace it and spread it around the then known world.

Nationalism per se is not a harmful or adverse sentiment. But when it is deployed as an instrument of partisan power play in an already fragile democracy, it assumes the ugly character of group incest, idolatry and tribal insanity.  When it is adopted as dogma by a deranged control freak it erodes the principles of truth and justice. It becomes a love affair with an imagined nationhood above humanity. Nationalism of this kind is the inevitable precursor to the ‘national security state’.   

This sickening humbug is threatening to overpower our pursuit of self-realization, our search for fairness, our thirst for freedom and our desperate attempts to appease our collective hunger for equity in social relations.

The exuberance of democracy experienced in the last three years is quietly receding. A forbidding sense of an impending apocalypse is noiselessly nudging in.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is, today a man ready for his tryst with destiny.   He is inflamed with that peculiar kind of passion that drives narcistic people who enjoy the means irrespective of the urgency or the necessity of the ends. After several successes in gerrymandering the legal process to delay proceedings against him, he is confident that he can amputate the long arm of the law by the time we face the next presidential and parliamentary polls.

He has mastered the art of capturing headlines in electronic media with biting, bitter voice cuts . He gives them to waiting media teams outside cort rooms where he regularly appears to mark his attendance or to seek remedies in the form of writs and restraining orders to prevent or delay proceedings against him. They are all politically motivated witch hunts.

Emerging after a Court hearing, two days ago, he gave an ominous warning. We will do it the way Ranil was made Prime Minster and Shirani Banadaranayake was made the Chief Justice he promised.  

Clearly buoyed by the LG polls results he is convinced that victory is round the corner. ‘Look how they voted for the Bicycle and the Naya. We will even use a Mapila and reach our goal’ he chuckles. His choice of the reptile Mapila has a Freudian connotation.  There is a local folk belief that this snake is highly poisonous, which it is not.  It is also falsely believed that the snake sucks out the blood while inducing the victim in to deep sleep. 

Indeed, there is a Freudian snippet that explains neurosis as the inability to deal with ambiguity.   

Radiating a haughty confidence, Gotabaya promised to put matters right when he is back in the saddle. He accused the government of failing to maintain law and order as was done under his watch.  The man is convinced that the ultimate prize is within his grasp.   

The message is unequivocal. When in power, he will start from where he stopped last time. The reference to the apex court of the land is no empty threat. As all dictators are, he is a man with strong opinions. Their beastly and warped opinions earn them ardent followers who misread arrogance for competence and character.

Such is the crisis of confidence that we are in.

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    Unfortunately none of the Sri Lankans mentioned have their kin in Russia or sought refuge there. They all want to go US and West where they get justice. After migrating to the west they come back to Sri Lanka when they want to loot the country and fill their pockets. Stupid Sri Lankans , will import people from US to run the country because they do not have balls to standup . (Dayan Jayatilleke included).

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      Sarath,

      I read your piece with great sadness ………. for the country and its people ……… I don’t even know what to say or write …………….

      We are all prisoners of the society we are born into ……….. we can never walk free of the prison ………… unless like Buddha one walks into the jungle ………. or like many Lankans move into other societies with their own problems ……….

      There’s always an inevitability about Lanka …….. an impending doom ………. that’s how I’ve felt as long as I’ve been a Lankan ……….

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        Sri Lanka’s problem is extremely mailable and politically docile Sinhala Buddhist electorate! This situation is born of their chronic insecurity inflicted on them by the calculated nationalists. Unfortunately the minorities are the political football for the unscrupulous politicians like SWRD, JR &MR. This situation will go on because the politicians have nothing else to offer economically or stoically!

        As for Dayan De Silva, I have no regard whatsoever for him. He is an abhorrent individual and his despot-loving disposition is not a surprise as he is a total humbug and a camilleon! The absurdity of all this is that he thinks that he is the best; a Trump-like individual who is totally consumed by narcissism.

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          LOL lets have a look at Sinhala Buddhist voting pattern, shall we?

          Lets start in 1977. In 1977 Sinhala Buddhists voted for JR Jayawardene and UNP even after it was rumoured he was more friendly towards Tamils and supported Tamil politicians. He won with a thumping 5/6 in parliament. Again in 1994, CBK won handsomely with a 60% that too campaigning for peace talks, devolution. I remember UNPers putting a pottu on CBK’s foreheads in posters. But still she won!

          Again in 2001 Ranil won, even with talks of Ranil- Norway discussions, Ranil meeting Gnanakone in 2000 in S’pore. Sinhala Buddhists voted for Ranil! Even after the humiliating and disastrous Ranil period of 2 years he was defeated marginally in 2005 thanks to LTTE.
          Again in 2015 Sinhala Buddhists voted for Ranil who signed a CFA with LTTE, who helped LTTE to bring satellite equipment, who relaxed security measueres in SL ending up having 200 LTTE suicide bombers and informers in colombo. After everything Ranil did to damage soverignity and territorial integrity of SL, the Sinhala Buddhists voted for him in 2015.
          Again the bugger betrayed the country in UN supporting a resolution against SL and its armed forces. Again the Sinhalese voted for him in 2015!

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          In fact Sinhala Buddhists have IGNORED the security concerns of Sri Lanka and Sinhala people. They have IGNORED it while voting and that is exactly why the likes of Ranil and CBK got elected. That is exactly why Ranil still exists in politics. That bugger Mangala calls Sinhalese as Sinhala Buddhist facsists for not agreeing to sign ETCA. Yet he can win the seat in Matara, the heart of Sinhala south! And yet Sinhalese are the ones who are communal minded when voting!
          How did Tamils vote all this while? Did not they vote for the man who peddled in Tamil nationalism most? Were not your leaders from GG Ponna to Wiggie utmost racists? The qualification to indulge in Tamil politics is being a Tamil racist of the biggest caliber. It is proved by electoral statistics in SL.

          The reality is Sinhalese do NOT care about their security concerns and many forces who are hell bent on destabilizing the country and who work for separatist agendas.

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          The reality is Sinhalese are in this state because of extreme narcissism of Tamils. Any academic research done properly without biases would show how narcissistic and racist the Tamils are! The very reason your terrorists were defeated was because of their narcissism. The very reason Sinhalese took 30 years to kill the bugger was their lack of ethnic cohesion and lack of nationalism! If Sinhalese were a more nationalist bunch most of the problems we have today would not exist

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            Sach,

            Well said. Sinhalese are just disorganized and disunited lot. It is no surprise that the man who tried to inject nationalism to the masses were driven away from the very country.

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            Such,

            As usual you write total tosh! All the academic studies carried out up until now by many scholars including the Sinhala academics point to the fact the Sinhala suffer from chronic insecurity; this is an established fact!

            Your problem with the Tamils is that they will not be subordinates! You and your fabricated history! You not only attached the Tamils but also attached the Muslims and Christians! What is your problem? Any conniving politician can wind you Sinhala up and attack, kill, torch, and terrorise the minorities. Why do you do that?

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              LOL why dont you look at electoral statistics? Because statistics dont help your version right? who are those academics? racist Tambaiahs? marxist Uyangodas who are fed with Norwegian Kroners? They publish what tamil racists want to hear and what they want the world to see.
              I wish Sinahlese suffer from insecurity and take into account the forces who try to steal their homeland and tick the fkng vote! Do you think this government and pigs like RW and Mangala would even survive if Sinhalese had a slight sense of their well being! Attacking Muslims? Then why the fk your god fathers in Norway invited those who attacked Muslims to Norway? And laughably those who chased away Muslims from North talk about Muslims. What about settling every Muslim in North? What about creating 7 Muslim villagers around every Tamil village in North? Would you agree to it?

              And do you think peddling words like insecurity help your argument? What is wrong in having an insecurity? Is it worse than terrorism? suicide bombing? Ethnic cleansing? Why is India building up defences in Kashmir? Why is India having at least half of indian army in Kashmir? Is it because of chronic insecurity?

              You lot steal our history, steal our land, kill our people and yes you have provided everything to be insecure about you.

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              If our history is fabricated, why dont you lot bring the correct version out instead of adding an n or m at the end of Sinhala kings’ names? Dont you think fking off to where you truly belong is honourable than stealing other peoples’ homeland?
              Lets speak in one voice and say this is all about history and lets settle this matter accordingly!
              Your problem was in fact Vellalas’ problem was Sinhalese did not remain subordinate as they wished after the Brits left. They came up with democracy and one vote for one person and kicked out the Vellala hegemony. That is what you and your Vellalal politicians hated.

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      The whole issue and the dramas which are unfolding in the political theatre are about the ‘NCM’ and the just concluded state sposored Kandy pogrom against the Muslims is about bringing in another GOVIGAMA GARBAGE , yet again, the Local PUSS-TIN (Mass murederer, racist, psychopath and super thief, Gotabhaya. The moda masses are being are being fooled millionth time and still they dont wake up to the real problem behind all of this… the dying economy. They dont have money to pay even salaries of racist lot working in the state institutions. Gnanasara and Champika is going to find 2 million high paying jobs for the Sinhalese only and they are asking everyone to come resigned from Arab Muslim jobs…..also, they are going to make Sri Lanka find 70 Billion dollars to pay for the Foregn loans and then become the Super Jathi Maamaka heroes of the Helayas…. the lot they just made double modayas with the Wanda Pethi saga ( The Wonder Petty theory)

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      Sarath de Alwis

      “Gotabaya Rajapaksa is, today a man ready for his tryst with destiny.”

      Didn’t Dr Gota once plan to take this country to meet its destiny at midnight on 8 January 2015?

      Nehru, Gandhi, Patel, …. and numerous others who were educated in the “motherland” came back to their native land then kicked the empire so hard the might empire withered away.

      Dr Gota spent more than ten years in the land of opportunity, where some of the most important liberals spent their entire life telling the people how to be nice to each other, intellectuals such eminent people as Noam Chomsky, John Kenneth Galbraith, Michael Moore, Stanley Kubrick, ……………… yet he returned back to this island and hopes to enslave the entire people, suppose it is the ultimate tryst with destiny.

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      Well if Russian spoke English and they happened to live closer to the equator, Sri Lankan would have migrated there in large numbers.

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    Gota accused the government of failing to maintain law and order as was done under his watch,
    now no murders,kidnapps and disappearance and he is skipping to appear in court to clear himself from the
    Accusations. On that part he is correct no law in order to force him to appear in court

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    Albania-2; Australia-2; Belgium-1; Canada-4; Croatia -1; Czech Republic-3; Denmark-2; Estonia-1; Finland-1; France-4; Germany-4; Hungary-1; Ireland-1; Italy-2; Latvia-2; Lithuania-47; Luxembourg-; Macedonia-1; Moldova-3; Montenegro-1; Netherlands-2; Norway-1; Poland-4; Romania-2; Spain-2; Sweden-1; UK-23; Ukraine-13; US-60;

    Those are the countries sent back the diplomats in retaliation of Russia poisoning some Russian refugees in Britain. A good number of 30 countries and about 200 diplomats. Though this list includes few bar individual, but other action like Luxumber recalling ambassador is not included.

    Putin may be already on the path of how Hitler demolished the Germany he built.

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      Mallung
      Theresa May has still not produced evidence to support that Russia had a hand in the poisoning.
      Look at the names of the countries and the numbers expelled.
      *
      Wonder if you will agree if someone suggests that Hitler built Germany the way VP built his Tamil Eelam.

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    I sincerely hope that the write is correct and that Gotabya is well on his way to become the leader of Lanka. He has impeccable credentials for it and his ideal and beliefs blend harmoniously with those of the Buddhist Sinhalese who created the hydraulic civilization of the country that was once a powerful force. Centuries of invasions by South Indian Dravidians, mass migration of Dravidians from India including forced Dalit migration during the British Raj has mortally wounded this beautiful land and culture that the Sinhalese created. It is now in death throes due to an exploding Moslem population, mercilessly exploiting the economy to make the Sinhalese poor and robbing from them the country by hijacking it through Moslem votes.

    Gotabaya is the last hope for the innocent Sinhalese. If he does not win we will get to see the creation of the Islamic Republic of Lanka with its largest and grandest mosque entombing what used to be called the Temple of the Tooth by the Sinhalese.

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    I simply cannot understand how a moron who ran away from the war when in high intensity with the killing of Kobbekaduwa, after pleading with Ranjan Wijeratne to release him. He comes back after his brother won the Presidency by bribing villain Prabakaran using the money he stole Tsunmi aid. Not only Dayan but his ancestors too were suckers when the Portuguese landed in the island in 1505. His forefathers are those who said that they are drinking blood and eating white stones. We cannot expect anything better from Dayan and his clan other than licking the balls of the JARAPAKSAS. The kind of patriotism of Gotabaya reflects in the famous Mig Deal, which was responsible for the killing of Lasantha many years ago. The SOB is not suitable to clean the drains let alone be the President.

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    Sarath must ask himself who created the crisis of confidence in the first place. Who brought it upon the nation? The nation was quite confident just 3 years ago………………..

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    “The imperative of strong decisive leader is intrinsically twined to a virulent nationalism and a reading of a faith that is lightyears removed from the universal values of the flawless dharma that made emperor Ashoka to embrace it and spread it around the then known world”
    A very good piece Sarath.
    Unfortunately, ‘Silly Lankan’ ‘rouges in orange robes’ and the leaders are doing the opposite. The ‘Buddha Damma’ is being practised and followed to the letter, as mentioned in the ‘Thripitaka’ by western monks, lay communities, even children, and numbers are growing.

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    “Gotabaya is our Putin – Udaya Gammanpila “

    What is the common thread?

    All three are accused of major fraud and the kangaroo courts does nothing.

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      Jay Chambers- make no mistake “those of the Buddhist Sinhalese who created the hydraulic civilization of the country that was once a powerful force.
      the hydraulic civilization was by the Indians.

      If not tell me why the hydraulic civilization did not extend to the dry south – kataragama, hambantota

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      Gamanpila : is shouting today because of the backbonbelessness of the ruling duo

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    Pardon me,but your pun is not showing. Try to be a little more clever and you will finally get there. All is not lost, though your hero is a goner.

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    Gotabaya Rajapaksa – “Political freedom is necessary, but what they (the Tamils) are talking about is devolution and all that. That is secondary. What people needed was food, employment and basic necessities to rebuild their lives. But Tamil politicians put their political interests above these essential needs of people.” – Unquote

    So, by the same token if the British had decided to remain as colonial rulers but offered a tiny bit more political freedom and much much more food, employment and basic necessities to their subjects, instead of self-respect and dignity, Gotabaya Rajapaksa would have recommended the subjects to accept the offer.

    If this is his capacity to nation build, and should he becomes the nation’s leader, Gotabaya Rajapaksa would be the most ill-prepared nincompoop to hold such an high office as I cannot recall for the life of me any of the past presidents or prime ministers of Ceylon/Sri Lanka ever suggesting that Tamil people’s aspirations could be satisfied by providing them with economic betterment at the expense of political freedom. I don’t wish to say Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a moron but he certainly talks like one!

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      “So, by the same token if the British had decided to remain as colonial rulers but offered a tiny bit more political freedom and much much more food, employment and basic necessities to their subjects, instead of self-respect and dignity, Gotabaya Rajapaksa would have recommended the subjects to accept the offer.”

      Of course yes. He proved it by running away to the USA and working at a 7 Eleven for more bread than he would get in Sri Lanka until his brother became President. When that happened he saw the loot was better in Sri Lanka than USA and moved back.

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    What a down to earth brainless Modayas this community is! This war criminal can do nothing to save his properties out in the world other than fully agree to West while letting the Sinhala Intellectual writers make him as hollow hero and let the Modaya Community Celebrate on it. (The Hero Making Modaya Sinhala Intellectual writers still cannot believe of that fact Wimal revealed told that 42 of them were accused as war criminal? Latter West removed it only expecting returns for that.)

    How their properties now on the out of control hands, the same with their Hero Names, which is also spinning out in the control-less planes. The family is whirling on hurricane, spanned by them. Their hope is taking use of the “Foreign Exchange Fraud Amnesty Act”, which Ranil enacted to facilitate them to bringing in as much as possible, without world and Modayas sensing it. When China retaliated, by carving and taking part of sovereign Colombo Port’ sea as Colombo Pong Cing for the proposal of India repairing ever down Nuraicholai Power plant, and it forfeiting sovereign Hangbangtota Harbor from Ranil, who were using an unevaluated promise of closing down Colombo Pong Cing, then the West has perfectly understood who these Sinhala Intellectuals and the leaders are. The drama NCM, little by little, revealing why was this drama NCM is and where it going is, under the control of West. Old Royal family, who now under control of IC, never was in the NCM, though the Synthetic lawyer Son Prince signed the motion. It all another paid Coolie, Thero De Silva’s gimmicks portraying as Old Royal fermenting and churning the cream, a winnable NCM. It all drama, following the LG election gimmick, where Ranil used the date to defused the pressure he foresaw at UNHRC sitting with a claim of Sinhalese are voting against him because he agreed with UNHRC in 2015.

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    He felt West will not count when Old Royal opposed UNHRC in three years ( 2012, 2013 and 2014) but still lost in two elections of 2015.

    These Sinhala Intellectuals and 8th graders walk into the crowd bare naked and claim that they are wearing a China given ultra-modern luxury cloth and then every Modaya in the Community nod his head as agreed. Lankawe spanned down on its first spiral when Don made the really toiling workers stateless. It took broader circle when Sinhala Only removed the intelligent Tamil employees. Another circle was with Nationalization and standardization. Then the war and then corruption of $18B circle after the war. Now the ever biggest spiral circle in being spanned under the pus headed Prime Minister, who is acting his own No Confidence Motion drama with his acting colleagues, the villain, Old Royals, who keep slipping on every importance incidents after the 2015 loss. Mangala the World greatest liar went to North, eat Appa from CV and then revealed, that he was only a Trojan horse came to North and No Secret Solution for Tamils. Mangala is the one who successfully misguided the world on UNHRC resolution 30/1 by signing it at high to evade the pressure but hoping to cheat latter.
    Those guys, ran away from Temple Tree House, is running away from even the voting instance of the No Confidence Motion. What a shame! The Sinhala Media is choking (by sorrow or happy?) not being able to reveal the truth and none of us know any truth at all on anything going around. If someone guesses something, we are now bound to believe it.

    This particular was guy ousted by family during the LG election. The Younger Brother Prince was, by spreading hate on Secret Solution, spreading the carpet in the LG election to parade the imbecile Lawyer as the newly crowned Son King.

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    “I support Putin, just as I support Mahinda, and with more caution and caveats, am willing to support Gotabaya if the need arises, because I remember what context gave birth to them, what they stand against, and the causes which made/are making/may make the masses turn to them as alternatives. – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka”

    I support Putin, just as I support Mahinda because both of them are anti democracy, both of them are almost dictators, both of them misused power. Putin helped to massacre thousands of civilians in Syria like Mahinda massacred thousands of Tamils in Srilanka. Putin put political opponents inside bar as Mahinda put his political opponents inside bar. Putin used white van to abduct and murder journalists and Mahinda did it successfully in Srilanka. I like white van rule, I like murders, I like cheating, I like EPRLF terrorism, I like Mahinda Terrorism, I like blood in this land. – Dr. DDJ

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      Ajith,

      If not for Putin would rather see us having a corporate dominated sham democracy? I think we would better off with us a benevolent dictator rather than living in a sham democracy ruled by few wealthy men.

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    Modayas voters answered call of hate and the election was won. But the Lawyer’s new status is the dynasty river may flow passing, but from another tributary, this Hero Brother Prince. When this guy returned from America, Younger Brother Prince claimed, the Elder Brother Prince will not have chance in Slap Party. But now it is dawning as he will be the SLFP official candidate, sponsored by West.

    When Younger Brother Prince showed the Lotus Bud as the hand grenade made to throw on Tamils the Modaya voters seeing the Bud in the ballot Paper as grenade, voted for that. The idea of showing only Bud in the ballot paper and not campaigning against the Old Royals’ on the Secret Solution were other gimmicks of pus and discharge oozed out Ranil’s brain. Thanks to Buddha, Ranil paid to that very good, not from Old Royal Family, but from the UNP back benchers, who misunderstood the drama as real troubles UNP facing. Now all the Trojan Horses, (Chandrika, Mangala, Indrajit, New King…) are crowding the North in more numbers than the 150,000 rapist army whom already flocking the North with iron fisted hand. All these Arjuna are throwing their arrows simultaneously at the one enemy they see, the Northern CM, CV, who is only real TNA person not believing the Secret Solution, which Ranil killed after first 100 days.
    But, as per the writer, the freedom of speech is something a greatest boon the Pus Headed Leader brought down to earth so Tamils should be obligated and be subject to his preaching of “New Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism of Lankawe” the same old wine, delivered by new master. But we saw when the highly industrial TN workers were converted into Buddhism, what kind of Biriyani and arrack consuming cinnamon peelers they became.

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    Did you mean pun or Fun? There is nothing there. No Pun, No Fun.

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    Sarath de Alwis is, what he is alleging others to be that is a moron.
    Just think about it, isn’t as Gota says what marginalized people need is economic freedom?
    Don’t they need freedom from poverty, freedom for upward mobility and freedom of living without pandering to the politicians or terrorists?
    Sarath de Alwis, tell me, how people can live in dignity if they don’t have enough to eat, a roof over their head or hope for their children to get out of the poverty trap, the credit trap, and the trap that they are held in by the politicians?
    Sorry mate you are nether clever enough to pun, nor wise enough to be a pundit, so may I suggest that you just give it up.

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      wannihami

      “Just think about it, isn’t as Gota says what marginalized people need is economic freedom?”

      No he demands “give me another chance to be president for life, I won’t miss any of you, I will guarantee everyone a lavish handout of pain, indignity or humiliation. If you want to die please arrange an appointment to see me.”

      “Don’t they need freedom from poverty, freedom for upward mobility and freedom of living without pandering to the politicians or terrorists?”

      True they need freedom from poverty, opportunity to progress, right to life, …………. indeed a redistribution of domestic and foreign property is urgently needed, freedom from state sponsored terrorism and corruption free state is all welcome.

      “Sorry mate you are nether clever enough to pun, nor wise enough to be a pundit, so may I suggest that you just give it up.”

      Well did you intent to crack a well meaning joke?

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    While thanking Sarath de Alwis for being kind enough to preface his article with a quote from me, I crave his and the readers’ indulgence to amend that quote, which I find slightly incomplete. It should read as follows:

    “I support Putin, just as I supported Lenin, Stalin, and Premadasa, support Mahinda, and with more caution and caveats, am willing to support Gotabaya if the need arises…”

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      Die-Yarn – Please don’t skip your prescribed medications!

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      Dayan,

      People know that you are a despot lover! Stalin in particular is a mass murderer; if Gotabaya were to come to power, he will probably achieve stalin’s feat in terms murders committed!

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    Irrespective of political leaning, one has to accept that Putin is a person with vision. He has to tackle the continuation of the Cold War.
    The Lankan civil war is nowhere near the Cold War and it is claimed that a decisive end has been reached.
    Gotabaya is no Putin
    Sarath de Alwis: Did you have in your mind Pudd’nhead Gotabaya in the title? Or simply Pudding Gota?

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      K.Pillai,

      Make no mistake about Putin; he is a complete thug. His vision for Russia is to recreate USSR! He is creating cold war conditions for his own glorifications at the country’s expense!

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    Putin is an excellent leader. The West tried to break Russia with sanctions, so as to expand the NATO presence in Eastern Europe, but Putin played his own game. The same thing happened in Syria. The West had a clear plan to fragment Syria into pieces, until Putin stepped in. The author is correct when he says “When in power, he will start from where he stopped last time.” Last time, GR went after the drug kingpins and cleaned up Colombo.This time he can deal with the Wahhabi menace and continue the economic deals made with China. The West is in a state of decline, it is important to form alliances with emerging powers (China/Russia), especially as the yuan gains traction over the petro-dollar.

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      Good point. both Mahinda Rajapakse and Ranil played the West’s game. that is why they became and will become just toilet paper.

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    I wonder from where the writer got the alleged quotation from Stalin.
    A Google search led me to a book titled “The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929–1953: …” by Anita Pisch, ANU Press, Dec 16, 2016.
    The author does not give a source but says: “Stalin is famously quoted as having said: ‘…”
    This is the kind of sick writing that people incapable of serious study indulge in.
    But gossip is more interesting than fact, so that even now many like to believe that Lenin said “Ends justify the means”. (That view is close to Machiavelli.) What Lenin said was that means determine the ends.
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    Putin is a Russian nationalist, and has to be seen in context of the US which nearly succeeding in destroying Russia as a power by using Yeltsin. Putin turned things round.
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    His crime in the eyes of US imperialism and its loyal servants is that he has frustrated US attempts to isolate and weaken Russia so that a politically and economically sick US can call the shots for a few more decades.
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    DJ’s admiration for Putin is no good reason to denounce Putin.
    Putin did not have to cheat to win the election. He is popular, and it is US imperialism that made him very popular.

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      SJ,
      ” He is popular, and it is US imperialism that made him very popular. “

      Can you go a little bit more detail on this. I like to hear about it. Otherwise it is going to sound like
      This is the kind of sick writing that people incapable of serious study indulge in.

      If Yeltsin did not force Communist Party to backoff, Putin would not have been in the pages of history book. You know Yeltsin did everything with the help America. They even named their Legislative Building as White House. When Clinton went Russia, the people shouted to him to marry Monika only because Russian liked the connection of America those days. From the day Lenin snached the power from poor farmers, until Yeltsin crushed the communist party, Russians were only conveyor belt produced toilet soaps. Reagan did not honor his promises to Gorbachev. One cannot blame Reagan too because Gorbachev never had enough time to exert his control over the communism and establish a permanent friendship with West, but rather thought of rehabilitating the communist party. The elephant he wanted to pet, throw him on the earth.

      SJ can I ask you a question? The other commentators are writing Thero De Silva so nasty to Ranil and UNP because something happened to him in Borolla. Anything happened to you also? Or do you think Thero is right but the commentators are sick to attack him.

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        Mallung
        One needs to understand what US Imperialism is to understand its role in world events.
        US agenda for Russia was on track with Yeltsin, but did not suit Russia. Putin derailed the agenda.
        As for Putin’s overwhelming popularity, plenty of his critics agree on that. What makes you think that he is unpopular?
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        Mallung, BTW, do not get stupidly personal when you cannot meet an argument.
        I do not know you, and care zilch about the identity of any creature writing on these pages.
        Shall we leave it at that.

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          SJ,
          Mallung, BTW, do not get stupidly personal Is that the superior points you are talking about? First, please show some grace, rather than treating other like dog.
          “What makes you think that he is unpopular”
          Read my comment before you attempt to prove that you are the greatest in blasting back. Is there something wrong with you to put into my mouth the words I did not utter? Why would you do that? Any reason? Where did I say Putin is not popular? Well, you don’t care others’ comments, but you write reply for others for they didn’t write?

          Learn to establish a context to your talk, instead of quipping, in your writing. When you concocted that I wrote Putin is not popular, you did not assign any attribute to the word popular. Once have I established that I did not say he is unpopular, it cannot be denied even by God that he is becoming one of the world’s most unpopular president, like Hitler and Old King, whom enjoyed popularity within their community but the history rated as worst presidents in the world.

          Putin openly poisoned twice recently to British refugees. This time, 30 countries, about 50% of them are Ex-Communist countries, have retaliated to Putin. Does that means if Russia gets into full democracy, he would have got only 50% of the votes he got? Then he gave refugees status to Edward Snowden, a man spied against America.

          Putin is not Russian Nationalist. He, as I said, becoming Hitler. He suppressed Chechnya, but Britain allowed free referendum for Scotland. He captured Ukraine’s Crimea because Ukraine wanted to be in NATO. He split Georgia, because it elected a president he didn’t like. Now he is working in Eastern Ukraine. Because Northern Ceylonese is speaking an Indian Language, would Sirimavo have allowed India to annex North and East to India? Which Dictionary showing this as Russian Nationalism?

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      spot on
      US & their allies are great hypocretes

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    Sarath De Alwis: Putin Sacrificed his family life or Marraige to serve the country. He was a KGB officer and he could have died easily. HE saved himself and becme the president. Tell me who has been that devoted to the country in Sri lanka ?. gotabayaha Rajapakse may have been highly polluted by other rajapakses. He cannot forget his blood. Rajapakses even in JAckaol opposition or in Pohottuwa were looking after their interests. WE know for money Journalsits write anything and there are people to cheer those writings too.

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      Jim softy Dimwit

      “Putin Sacrificed his family life or Marraige to serve the country.”

      Who is Alina Kabaeva?

      “Tell me who has been that devoted to the country in Sri lanka ?”
      Why not Dr Gota (DSc) ? Or Wimal Weerawansa?

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