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Quo Vadis? – Feeding The 225; Don’t Wait For The State; Let’s Act On Our Own

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

This has been the most rainy and squally Vesak that I can recall in my eight decades on this planet and it has made me grumpy. The depression in the Bay of Bengal has prepared all of for the couch of some psycho-quack conning folks with fictitious talk of depressions. This essay is in two separate parts unconnected with each other; a) Feeding the 225 and b) people taking the initiative into their hands and not relying on the state.

Feeding the 225

Jesus fed 5000 with two fishes and five loaves (Mathew 14:13-21) and you may reckon that to be a great achievement but he did it only once. Our people in Sri Lanka have to keep feeding the 225 day-in-day-out every day of their lives. And where does it all go? Into political pockets! Import permits for luxury cars, insurance cover for wives, mistresses and sons and of course plain rip-off.

A sharp middle-aged lady mounting the steps of the Dehiwala-Galkissa Municipal Council alerted me. “Why madam do you look unhappy?” I foolishly asked only to be told-off in pristine Sinhala: “Aiyo, 225-ta kanda dena oone ne” (We have to fed the 225, don’t we). Only then did the penny drop. Bribes to left of us, bribes to right of us! The 225 themselves, their catchers and hangers-on (petrol allowances, salaries for aides and drivers), liquor shop permits and Gamage-type rackets that the SJP pretends it knows nothing about). In total the 225 may be cashing in a few million rupees per MP per annum. How many MPs in the current parliament are clean of such nefarious behaviour? I think less than a dozen.

Now that I am about it, a little more politics. I was, I think, the first person who more than a year ago said very firmly that the presidential election would come down to a race between RW and Anura; and it has. Sajith is wailing in the wilderness and the SLFP and SLPP are weighing the prospects of whether to line-up in the RW or Anura camps. Neither SLFP nor SLPP dare put forward a candidate of their own for fear of being wiped out and polling a minuscule number of votes. It seems increasingly likely that both will plonk into the RW camp. Buffalo Lal Kantha’s pronouncements have made this more likely. He has in addition claimed that only the JVP and the Udaya Gammanpila party took a stand against the Tamils, opposed any form devolution and supported the military in the war against the Tigers. The import of his words is this. The JVP-NPP is going to be identified at the polls as a Sinhala party and this will have consequences. Will it draw the already radicalised Sinhala-Buddhist youth in larger numbers into the JVP camp or will it damage the JVP’s image? Time will show.

The upper and business classes and the city middle classes are cheering for Ranil. They are hooked on the idea he will be able to deliver economic growth. The Economic Transformation Bill and the Public Financial Management Bill tabled in Parliament on 22 May are intended to reassure the IMF that the road to reform that the Fund has demanded will be diligently implemented. The Fund will then unlock billions of dollars now blocked and also expedite deals with Sovereign Wealth Funds deemed necessary it is claimed to reassure the IMF and international capital. The Governor of the Central Bank is singing the same tune and has joined Ranil’s choral group. It is likely that the duo will float the rupee open-up the economy and privatise galore in the coming period. This will have political consequences.

Let me make a summary of the principal tasks facing the nation.

1. It is conventionally opined that debt restructuring, unlocking billions of dollars in IMF Funds and reaching agreement with Sovereign Bond Holders (profit seeking finance companies) is sine qua non.

2. Increasing earnings from foreign trade, meaning increasing earnings from export (including remittances and tourism) and limiting imports (except production machinery and raw materials for production), is considered vitally important.

3. Frugality in consumption (to the extent feasible with poverty ravaged masses) is desirable.

4. These three steps will it is hoped attract foreign investment into productive sectors.

None of this is new, it is all the subject of interminably long and boring newspaper columns. (When will our columnists learn that brevity is the soul of wit?)

RW is singing along to this tune and his confidence in saying NO to parliamentary elections before or simultaneously with the presidential poll shows that he believes he is playing from a strong hand. He is indulging in populist measures like issuing free-hold land title-deeds to landless Tamils in the Kilinochchi area, making attractive promises about enhancing facilities at the Jaffna Hospital, and insisting that plantation companies honour his pledge to workers of a minimum wage of Rs 1000 per day. RW is gaming that in a presidential election well over one and a half million Ceylon Tamils, Upcountry Tamils, Muslims and Catholics will vote for him and tip the scales in his favour. (See Note below). In the parliamentary elections that will inevitably follow the winner of the presidency will carry the day.

A racist alliance called the Sarvajana Balaya has, in the meantime, raised its head, led by Weerawansa and Gamanpilla. It has attracted bankrupt ex-leftists of the Communist Party and aging Vasudeva. This too will play right into RW’S hand.

Act independently

An ever-increasing number of organisations have taken matters into their own hands and launched initiatives because the government is flat-footed. Let me give you a few examples. Fed up with the inability of successive governments to do anything to combat communal violence, or to be more accurate because of the aggravation of communalism by governments beginning with the denial of citizenship to Tamil plantation workers by D. S. Senanayake, the father of the nation (sic!), through SWRD’s communal politics and JR’s loathing of Tamils, to Chandrika playing politics, a bunch of Buddhist monks took the initiative into their own hands.

The monks went on an expedition to Europe and the US, sought out Tamil links such as the Global Tamil Forum and others and initiated a dialogue. The initiative is now in motion and grassroots activities are in full swing. Important figures like Hon Karu Jayasuriya (former Speaker), Austin Fernando, Sarvodaya, Jehan Perera’s National Peace Council and Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu’s CPA are involved. Branches have been established in many localities and an active movement is in swing. If communal violence is to be halted and if the state and government are, quite literally, worse than useless, a grass roots people’s movement is needed. It has ben launched; its name is National Movement for a Just Society.

A second example is the need to foster English language competence in all children as a link language between communities and more important because English is the lingua Franca of the world today. (Sounds a bit contradictory, doesn’t it? Wonder what the French feel about the juxtaposition?). Seriously though, English is not just the language of modern technology and business. No, it is in all its pronunciations and accents it has become the Twenty-first Century’s world language essential for everyone. State and government have simply and literally buggered up English in Sri Lanka’s schools so, well-intentioned voluntary organisations, often women’s groups have stepped into the breach.

Two more quick examples and I will stop. Microfinance is now the domain of groups, often women’s societies that have filled the gap since the banking sector has failed to support small and medium enterprises. And finally, cooperatives are providing marketing and investment openings for fishermen. I personally know of one such successful assembly of such entities in Jaffna.

None of this is new, it is all the subject of interminably long and boring newspaper columns. (When will our columnists learn that brevity is the soul of wit?)

The subject of this part of the essay however is in what ways can the people themselves organised in various voluntary bodies do to overcome or replace a sluggish state. To what extent can, for example a popular, a Peoples’ Planning Council, replace the hiatus created by the absence of a State Planning Agency in Sri Lanka. I think a popular public initiative of this nature, can achieve quite a bit.

*NOTE: The absolute core Sinhala vote in the country is the infamous “69 lakhs”; maybe 70 now by natural increase. I reckon that the minorities – Ceylon Tamils, Upcountry Tamils, Muslims and Catholics – are about one third of the core Sinhala vote. That is (1/3) x70 about 23 lakhs. This is why I reckon thar RW is making a play for a clear majority of this 23-lakhs in the presidential poll.

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  • 15
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    If a genuine NPP member like Prof. David can say “Buffalo Lal Kantha’s pronouncements have made this more likely. He has in addition claimed that only the JVP and the Udaya Gammanpila party took a stand against the Tamils, opposed any form devolution and supported the military in the war against the Tigers. ” , I wonder what devout amateurs like Sinhala Man have to say?
    This is the ugly face of the JVP, and no amount of well-meaning platitudes from Harini, Chaturanga, or other NPP members is going to wish it away. If the JVP actually comes to power, these people will be the first for the high jump.

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      “If a genuine NPP member like Prof. David can say “Buffalo Lal Kantha’s pronouncements have made this more likely. He has in addition claimed that only the JVP and the Udaya Gammanpila party took a stand against the Tamils, opposed any form devolution and supported the military in the war against the Tigers. ” , I wonder what devout amateurs like Sinhala Man have to say?”
      I know every political party in Sri Lanka have made the same mistakes in the past and all of them are not prepared to accept their past mistakes even after the bankruptcy. When you hear that Sinhalese Fundamentalists like Wimal Weerawanse recently formed a new political group and in which Communist party is also included. It is time for AKD to explain the public whether they have changed their past.

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        Ajith,
        I was surprised that the Communist Party has joined the racists. The current leadership doesn’t seem to have the thinking capacity or purported principles of former CP leaders. They could at least have stayed independent if they don’t like the Pohottuwa or SJB.

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      OC,
      .
      I am grateful to Dr. K.D for the current public statement as this comes at a time when the JVP is trying to destroy the trust that the NPP has in itself.
      My wish is for more NPP seniors to come forward and sort it out before another “false public perception” takes place. Why don’t our hell people cross-examine? It continued since the day I knew them.

      Although their cyber propagandists are trained to spread no more than “malimawa jayawewa”, none of the Z-genzers know the scale of brutality the JVP is capable of draining the last drop of blood from youths across the country.

      “”The problem is that people are not educated. The problem is that people are educated enough to believe what they have been taught, but not educated enough to question what they have been taught.” – Richard Feynman [1600*900]”

      Tbc

      • 11
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        cont.
        .
        I was born in the south and left the country for Europe (for education, not asylum) long ago. There I thought it must be a hell of radical thinkers and idiots.

        Looking back, most Sinhala Buddhist monks (99%) have no knowledge, however, as far as I know, they automatically become the main guide of rural villagers.
        Even though our “apehamuduruwo” took the lead in the rural corners, many of them were empty vessels. Myths and mystics lead people into a conditioned mind as nothing can reverse it.

        Violence has turned people into “Sinhalese Buddhist thugs”, the priority to non-violence was replaced gradually by the opposite. If True buddhism would have guided, how could the country be fallen with underworld men of increasing numbers ?

        tbc

        • 9
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          cont.
          .
          Southern politicians should be given maximum punishment. There is no doubt that mlechcha Mahendra Rajapaksa’s coffin will be filled with saliva on his last day.

          Society tends to forget the “essentials” within society. Political crooks and media crooks work in symbiosis to establish their lifestyle for the sake of their political power. Dilith Jayaweera (Owner of Derana Television and powerful entrepreneur) was born and brought up in Galle but over time the devil was evolved in him by “Rajapaksa rascals”.

          This is the reason why JVP-led NPP still cannot convince many like me.
          LALKANTHA and the like have no shame (as for me, LALKANTHA is another murderer in JVP), but challenges their “arbitrary killings” as their defense tactics as of today. If society is built according their ideologies, self-justice will rule, and society will gradually tend to the barbarism and feudal past of human evolution.

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            “LALKANTHA and the like have no shame (as for me, LALKANTHA is another murderer in JVP), but challenges their “arbitrary killings” as their defense tactics as of today.”

            “He said, “The more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here. Really, if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.” This statement was given by a President of a Party.
            Does any one see any difference between these two statements?

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              “LALKANTHA is another murderer in JVP)”
              Let us leave other murderers out for now, may I know who Lalkantha has murdered or ever attempt to murder?
              *
              I do see a difference. I do not see why you cannot see any.

              • 5
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                KD Lalkantha is now in his late 50s.

                He is alleged to have been involved in the riot of 89-92. There are no direct charges for any of them. However, if not them, who was behind the abductions of the youths in the south? There were villages in the south, and the heads of the youth were hanged on the fences. Was it all done by the government then? Victimized mothers who have lost their beloved sons will be able to share truth about the abductions.

                https://economynext.com/lal-kantha-says-ready-for-armed-struggle-if-needed-has-advice-for-npp-138493/

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            leelagemalli!”.
            .
            I know you very well.

            .
            We know that although you keep talking in this seemingly sincere way, you are determined to not acknowledge anything good about the JVP. Consequently, you are the most biased commenter on this site.
            .
            I wouldn’t advice anybody hoping for dialogue to waste their resources on a mission to educate a determined villain like leelagemalli on anything to do with the JVP. Never will you encounter such determination to Hate.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        LM,
        “but not educated enough to question what they have been taught.”
        You are exactly right. Most people act on blind faith.

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          OC,
          .
          I think poor SM is in a mess today.
          .
          I clearly state that I will never support the Janata Vimukti Peramuna based on their current attitude.
          :
          And yet, estranged SM dares to advise me to join JVP… can you imagine? He does not dare to answer the number of comments directed at him by “Ruchira”, but he takes the time to harass me. I think SM is an irreversible psychopath. Poor guy doesn’t like to read updates about JVP led NPP. Today, some parts of the country are strongly against the JVP.

          • 9
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            LM,
            “I think SM is an irreversible psychopath.”
            No, he isn’t, he’s just like DTG, who lives on God’s Word. SM lives on AKD’s Word.
            The real psycho is the other guy, who talks a lot nowadays. There is one more psycho who we should hope will out himself soon.

            • 0
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              “leelagemaali”
              .
              After 13:40, about four comments from you have appeared.

              .
              One is this, the very last comment to have appeared whilst the moderators were uploading just now, is this:
              .
              OC and Sinhala_Man,
              .
              Please add your comments on the article below where he has expressed the appalling levels of civil service in Sri Lanka. In today’s country where almost every service is in decline, we should praise the kind of articles that speak volumes. Thank you.”

              .
              It is here:
              .
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/once-bitten-twice-shy-but-it-takes-two-to-tango/
              .
              I have not read that article, and I’m not going to help a liar like you!
              .
              I had thought that although honest, you are haunted by your unfortunate past. Now I see it is worse.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

            • 8
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              OC,
              Thank you. I cancelled my trips and stay back in europe. But whenever I read from SM it gives me allergic reactions.
              .
              As I have told elsewhere, I refrain from commenting on the other person for humanitarian reasons. I studied human psychology for 1.5 years and I knew that he faced many problems because of his unique thinking. SM hangs on to my comments while casually ignoring his “boy”. I don’t really understand it. Besides, SM is in the mid-70s. when would he grow up ?
              :
              We have to have priorities. SM has been brainwashed by AKDISM (no different to Mahinda Chinthanaya) and his little world is filled with all subjective thoughts based on AKD’s HASKAM (wonder making) (not even considered by many analysts). I feel sorry for SM. If he had been with us, the situation would not have worsened as of today.

              • 7
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                LM,
                “, I refrain from commenting on the other person for humanitarian reasons.”
                Yes, that’s good of you. Decent people don’t kick others when they are down.

            • 0
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              Dear old codger,
              .
              I don’t really mind what you say about me. I respect you as an intelligent commenter.
              .
              But what do you make of “ leelagemalli”? </b >
              .
              the other guy ” – I guess you must mean “Ruchira”. I hope that he’ll stay! I haven’t been able to evaluate his comments yet, but I find themflattering.
              .
              What are we going to do about “leelagemalli”?
              .
              Panini

              • 6
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                SM,
                Surely you know that this “other person” has suffered a very public mental breakdown?
                Flattering indeed!

              • 6
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                “What are we going to do about “leelagemalli”?”

                who are actually “we” ?
                .
                Old codger will never support your thoughts. wait and see, how JVP will snap into pieces like a glass wall in the days to come. You will have to commit “Harakiri” that I never wished for you though.

                Besides, OC has made it clear that you took “AKD’s word ” to the manner DTG took “god s word”. . Isn’t that clear enough to get you?

              • 7
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                SM,
                “But what do you make of “ leelagemalli”? “
                If you are willing to listen, I have some advice. The tit-for-tats between the two of you are pointless. If you don’t like what he says, ignore him. He has as much right to an opinion as you have. Not everyone who criticises the JVP is automatically your mortal enemy.
                .

                • 5
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                  OC,
                  .
                  We were taught this in our teenage years or we learned it growing up. Unfortunately, SM may have missed them for some unknown reasons. That may be the reason why he has a desire to persecute others for no good reason.

                  That is why he thinks that two people who spoke against the JVP will break it completely. Guy is said to have studied logic…..however, self-proclaimed statements. … ?

                  How narrow minded? And we all have freedom of expression. He does not know the basics of democracy. Isn’t it time for him to look back?

            • 6
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              Hello OC and Leelagemalli,
              As a retired Academic of the old school, Sinhala Man thinks that CT is full of Intellectuals and Post Graduates and addresses them appropriately. Before my father died at 83 he showed signs of mild forgetfulness etc. Sometimes he would tell the same story a couple of times in the same day. I am sure we have all been guilty of this at times. My sister has OCD (from her teens) and has to check if she has switched the sockets off at least twice before she leaves her House.
              We can forgive people for idiosyncrasies that they have little control over (that doesn’t include the Psychos). I have watched children with ADHD growing into fully compos mentis adults, but I have also see some with deep-seated anger unable to control this as they get older (really Toxic personalities)..
              Best regards

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                Dear LS,
                Thank you. Btw,good to hear you are a retired academic. I think many of us are PG or post docs.

                As far as I’m concerned, SM’s comments are often about others or completely off topic. He torments me and Old Codger round the clock, evoking the murderous JVP behavior of the brutal 89-92 period. I could get him a parade of victimized mothers whose sons were abducted and tortured by the JVP in 89-92. I think for the sake of my mates, I should risk it int he near future. I owe that much to my then friends and aquaintance.
                .
                If I travel back to SL next, I will do that and send him the video for everyone’s clarity. At least those who underestimate the BRUTAL PAST OF JVPrs will finally see what they are mostly capable of.
                .
                SM feels that if I criticize the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna for no good reasons. And he is forced ot think I could be the biggest resistance against them.
                Last year I thought the guy would hire contract killers on my short vacation.
                Whatever comments, poor SM made today, they were all about Leelagemalli . what a pathetic man. ???? All I can do is to wish him sooner recovery !

              • 5
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                LS,
                “We can forgive people for idiosyncrasies that they have little control over (that doesn’t include the Psychos). “
                Yes, as they get older, many become obsessive. They tend to think the answer to life’s problems lies in one person, or God. A form of OCD?
                As for psychos, one has had a spectacular implosion recently. I wait for the next one….

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                  OC,
                  .
                  “As for psychos, one has had a spectacular implosion recently. I wait for the next one….”

                  This country was battered not only by thirty years of brutal civil war and JVP rebels but also by the complete apathy of the people.
                  The recent “stuggle/aragalaya movement” has caused many of us to open eyes.
                  It is a positive sign for some prospects.
                  Japanese socio-psychological experts say that if our people had gotten rid of their “false superiority complex about their own race,” they could have developed the country in many ways today.
                  In retrospect, many of our Boomers (those born since 1945) are more confused in today’s declining society. To my surprise, they shamelessly point fingers only at politicians. They cannot answer why the next generation was not properly guided.

                  Tbc

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                    cont.
                    .
                    All professional groups, not just politicians, need to go back and think about where they went wrong.
                    Countries develop not only by their politics.
                    Especially former teachers behave in a very primitive manner, unable to differentiate between good and bad.
                    If the teachers had performed their duties properly, the situation would not have turned into such a dire situation.
                    However, while Lalkantha (a 60-year-old JVP blood sucker rebel turned politician) is keen on tuk tuk drivers wearing their campaign stickers, people today bow down to the former rebels. I wonder people are taken to another ride as had been deceived in Nov 2019.
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq4OV3CMlV4&t=122s

          • 0
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            leelagemalli.
            .
            The time now is 13:20 on 31/05/2024.
            .
            I had begun to write a response to you, giving the time as around 12:40. I lost it because I accidentally closed the browser. Whilst writing that comment myself, I went up and gave yours an additional “Dislike”, making the tally 2 Likes, and 2 Dislikes. Why?
            .
            Because when I checked these comments around 10.00 am your comment which I’m now responding to was not on display. But my comment below this, from which I’m now quoting was on. In other words, you saw it, but wrote a deliberate lie. My comment was written before Dawn, but the date is 31/05/2024.
            .
            ~~~~~~~~~~~~

            “I’m giving you the best advice that I can. You needn’t transform into a supporter of the JVP. But try not to be unfair. Distance yourself somewhat from all these developments.”
            .
            Given that you would have surveyed all then comments before you ventured to tell me this lie. I find it difficult to forgive mendacity of this sort. I don’t do it.
            .
            Lying is disgusting!
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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              SM,
              “I give you the best advice I can give you. You don’t have to convert into a JVP supporter. But try not to be unreasonable. Stay away from all these developments.”

              Yes you are right. And in agreement, I apologize for my swift comment.-

              However, please don’t try to advise me. To be honest, I don’t consider you a balanced person. You are not mature in the topics we care about at CT.

              Btw, You are the one who unnecessarily interfered the thread where I was discussing caste and religion in Sri Lanka with OC. It causes my entire focus to go haywire.
              I am well engaged with some scientific and medical based data around the clock, however, I have been alert to issues in Sri Lanka for the past 30 years.

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                If there is any reader who considers LM a balanced person, please defend poor LM.
                .
                Perhaps Ranil Wickremasinghe will come to his aid.
                .
                What a mess LM has got himself into today!
                .
                For the past thirty years
                LM.has really been trying to come to terms with his Oedipus complex ( he’s acknowledged it in one of the now live comments).
                .
                Must all of Sri Lanka suffer because of the problems of LM & the family he belonged to can’t be looked at by him rationally?
                .
                Now it’s he himself who has revealed all.
                .
                I’m on.my mobile phone again.; so I can’t link you to other places where “leelagemall” has exposed himself.

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                  Dear Readers,
                  please ignore. This is the usual sick notes of a man who does not know what he is writing about. I can only laugh at this guy. Not a single comment leads us to share our views on the topic. But about his thoughts about others. What disease is he suffering from?

          • 0
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            leelagemalli
            Don’t you think it ridiculous <
            /b>for you to be voicing concerns on behalf of
            Ruchira?
            .
            In actual fact, I have told him in one place that I will be getting down to answering his many disparate questions. Why don’t you mind your own business?

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              SM,
              It is a psychopathic state to perceive that one has the right to forcefully annoy someone. My final advice to you is please find a good psychologist/psychiatrist and that will be of great help to us for meaningful discussions about CT. Almost all of your frantic responses will be very harmful to us commenters. So be careful about it.

    • 5
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      oc
      There are other NPP partners who are resentful of the JVP’s line on this and other issues. But they see the JVP as their only option.
      JVP is a bigger risk for the LSSP tradition of leftists than the SLFP was to the parent party. At least one knew where one stood with the husband and wife.

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        SJ,
        I wonder if the NPP is a fall-back option for AKD?

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        Hello SJ,
        In my twenties I met a Sri Lankan politician on a few occasions. His proper name was Michael Van Der Poorten, but he went by the name of Mike Banda. I think he was part of the SLPP or LSSP at one time. One of the times that I met him he was with the famous actress Vanessa Redgrave and her brother Colin.
        Was he well known in Sri Lanka?
        Best regards

        • 3
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          LS,
          Never heard of him, but Emil Vander Poorten used to write a lot on CT. May be related.
          There wasn’t any SLPP when you were in your twenties, for sure.

        • 4
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          LS,
          .
          Maybe this will help you further.
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Banda

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            LS,
            Seems like an interesting character, eventually getting involved in pointless doctrinal splits, as Leftists of those days were prone to do.
            In contrast to the situation today, Left-wing politicians of those times were of various ethnic backgrounds and much better educated.

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      old codger

      Did you know Sunil Hadunnetti had already apologised to Elon Musk for wrongly addressing him as Economic Hitman?

      Is JVP replacing UNP?

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        Native,
        No, I didn’t know that. When?

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          Native,
          The government has issued a gazette offering Permanent Residency to “persons of Sri Lankan origin”, like the Indian OCI scheme.
          Is this a way to get two birds called Diana and Basil with one stone?

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            old codger

            “No, I didn’t know that. When?”

            Hadunnetti apologises to Elon Musk
            https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Hadunnetti-apologises-to-Elon-Musk/108-283892

            Shape of politics to come.
            So the West, Hindia, China and Japan together have already found an alternative.

            Aragalayas should be warned and reminded of 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.
            Given that the Army is on their side JVP/NPP could experiment Year Zero at any cost.
            Pol Pot and SJ would be proud of their achievements.

        • 2
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          old codger

          “No, I didn’t know that. When?”

          Hadunnetti apologises to Elon Musk
          https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Hadunnetti-apologises-to-Elon-Musk/108-283892

          Shape of politics to come.
          So the West, Hindia, China and Japan together have already found an alternative.

          Aragalayas should be warned and reminded of 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.
          Given that the Army is on their side JVP/NPP could experiment Year Zero at any cost.
          Pol Pot and SJ would be proud of their achievements.

  • 12
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    A friend recently sent me a clip of AKD in a very inspiring speech where he pledges to ‘clean the swamp’ with the abolition of all perks & privileges of politicians. Whether he will be successful or not with his pledge, I am happy to vote for him just on that note. He continues by appealing to the farmers & fisher folk, as well as, teachers, for their contribution & promising the infrastructure necessary to achieve all that.

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      Apologies, my comment got posted accidently before completion.

      However, as Prof. D states, I am concerned about the hard core JVP in the party AKD leads. Instead of a pickle of all sorts that form the NPP, I would like to see the NPP in the guise of the ‘National Movement for a Just Society’, shedding extremists or opportunists in the party. That is, if the NPP denies the existence of such members. So far, the women’s & Bhikku fronts, trade unionists & hard core JVPs do not inspire confidence.

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        Raj,
        .
        At least today their rehabilitation is the need of the hour.

        – Lalkantha (Venomous Reptile in Human Disguise)
        – Nalin Hewage (Venomous Reptile in Human Disguise)
        – Sunil Handunnetti (Venomous Reptile in Human Disguise)

        Over time, their poison must be neutralized with an appropriate antidote. Their toxic reactions can spread hate in the long run. I thought senior monks would lead that effort, but over time nothing came of it.
        They still don’t respect anyone else’s thoughts, how can they be politicians for a country where multple numbers of political parites are existent ?
        .
        By nurturing them with good values ​​instead of the cruel mentality instilled in them by the village thugs, we should take them to civilized cultures.

        AKD’s recent travels abroad seem to have taught him much about the civilized way of life.
        Now recently he has voiced that he has to move forward with stopping RW once they get the power. NOthing new about his own plans were exposed yet today.

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      Hello Raj-UK,
      “Clean the swamp” sounds a bit Donald Trumpish. Do you think AKD is aware of Trump’s reputation (and maybe soon, proven Criminality) for Corruption?
      Best regards

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        LS,
        Representatives of AKD promise that almost everything will have to be cleaned, not just state and societal corruption, but their plans are stil not disclosed
        And almost everyone is wondering how. AKD led groups also don’t have Aladdin’s magic lamp.
        *
        While JVPrs make every effort to boycott the discussion based on the “Economic Board”, the SJB is reluctant to face the “Leaders’ Debate before the Economic Debate”.
        On 6th June JVP led NPP leaders agreed to go for a #debate but till today SJB has failed to reach an agreement on this.
        *
        While listening to a discussion on ITN TV today, I was impressed that a UNP candidate called for a round of talks with all party leaders so that people’s opinion can be easily changed positively considering the critical situation facing the nation today.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOSUNrPpcJw
        *
        I think it is important to revive the economy to some extent before making other tangible changes.

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        PROVED. Few more pending.

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          Sorry above is the response to LS comment. Those pending ones are much more serious offenses

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            Hello Chiv,
            Thanks, unfortunately I don’t think that they will be concluded before the Election.
            I feel sorry for Voters in the US and UK – what choices – Trump or Biden -Sunak (maybe) or Starmer. I once met David Milliband when he was Foreign Secretary and thought that he would make a good Prime Minister. Then for some reason (possible interference by the USA?) his numpty brother Ed was elected Leader of the Labour Party. So much for my instincts😢.
            Best regards

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              LankaScot

              “I feel sorry for Voters in the US and UK – what choices – Trump or Biden -Sunak (maybe) or Starmer. “

              True.
              Do the people have real choices now or ever?
              The final decisions are made by merchants of death, Military Industrial Complex, Wall street, ….. and few other unelected CEO’s and through various means consent of the people is manufactured.

              Look at the way in which Sri Lanka is being structured and the nation is being built, how power is skewed in a few hands.

              Racists and Fascists are being openly celebrated and people are willing to vote for them. Politicians are scared of Saffronistas and saffron clad thugs, even they have been elected to parliament.

              Look at our learned friend nimal fernando who admires tin pot Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan or the learned professor SJ who believes China, Mao, Pol Pot, Abimael Guzmán … who could do no wrong.

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                Hi NV,
                .
                “Racists and fascists are openly celebrated and people are willing to vote for them. Politicians fear saffronists and saffron-clad thugs, who have been elected to Parliament.”

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk-fTGeknlA

                That is why I am forced to say that our people are racists or passive racists beyond the level of Zionists in Israel. Like burnt firecrackers covered with ashes, their communal thoughts are embedded in them.

                Today, those who then painted walls for a jollyful moment, are now hired by NPP on the cost of some hidden fund raisers whose whereabouts are not yet clear to anyone. Those youth and their whereabouts are similar to that of underworld groups of drug mafia networks. They are mostly coming from Z-genzer groups and unemployed lads that would do any low-deed to surivive.
                .
                Now the NPP rally crowd is #paying attention, however, most of them seem blindsided. Even our Bandarawela NPP diehard supporter doesn’t seem to know about “New Economic Plans” of a NPP govt. These sound to be similar to GOTABAYA-Number 2.

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                  Hello NV,
                  .
                  This what ATHANA METHANA NATANA RATHANA has got to say today (unfortunately, the video is in sinhala)
                  .
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIspHHJrMZk&t=1425s

                  If I were Dr Safi, I would have to become a suicide bomb. These men in safron cloak are said to be our ” fake SINHALA-BUDSHIST MONK”.

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                “Look at our learned friend nimal fernando who admires tin pot Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan”


                Oh C’mon Native! ………. Sinhalese killed even worse than the Tamils: most times sadistically. It’s not about killing!

                Prabakaran had matinee idol looks: that’s what all you wonky-eyed, bucked-teeth, bandy-legged, knock-kneed, midnight-black that Lucifer would’ve envied Sinhalese can’t handle!!

                For better or for worse ……… Pol Pot was a leader. ……. Can you even compare a jelly-livered gutless killer like Ranil to him? ……. And you’re his slave!

                For Chrissakes man ……. pick a leader who leaves a historical footprint to be a slave of!

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                  nimal fernando
                  our learned friend

                  “For Chrissakes man ……. pick a leader who leaves a historical footprint to be a slave of!”

                  How many skulls (skeletons) do you want these leaders to leave behind as historical footprint?
                  Too many between 1971 and 2009.

                  “Can you even compare a jelly-livered gutless killer like Ranil to him? “

                  Did you know Ranil has recently converted himself to Sinhala/Buddhism. He is going to protect Buddhism because the constitution demands him to do so. Now he is responsible for not only protecting constitution but also (Sinhala/)Buddhism. You know what happens when a politician want to take care of Religion as well as Constitution.

                  Constitution mandates that any govt should accord priority to Buddhism – President
                  https://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=99586

                  Now it appears Ranil validating what SJ’s Weeping Widow did with 1972 Constitution (and JR’s 1978 constitution), saffronaisation of constitution.
                  Why now?

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                    I saw that report somewhere, dear Native Vedda,

                    .
                    Religion, when it is worth anything, is personal. Over the course of centuries, all religions have become safe, conservative, and boring.
                    .
                    I had already commented on this (a Daily Mirror report, I think) and old codger took issue with me. I think that I responded to oc.
                    .
                    Now I find this:
                    .
                    https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/more-equal-others-%E2%80%93-sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-pm-buddhism
                    .
                    I’m glad that Ranil is getting exposed in this way.
                    .
                    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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        LankaScot

        I used that phrase because the average US citizens were fed up with likes of the Clintons who were dominating the Democrat party (Sanders would have been a better candidate than Hillary in keeping with the Obama legacy), However, it has been Trump’s own Republicans who, in my opinion, made Capitol Hill the swamp with likes of the Bush family & now he is adding water, instead of draining the swamp.

        Trump was no better but the white middle America was taken in by the rhetoric. Doesn’t that seem similar to SL? AKD is not Trump but I am not sure if he knows where to start draining. As for his appeal to farmers & fisher folk, they could certainly need a helping hand with new technology & marketing their produce but I will be surprised if the appeal will taken seriously by the teachers, now that we have got used to a tuition culture.

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    RW is a nephew of JR who once said more I hurt the Tamil Speaking Citizens (TSC) more I please the Singhalese. RW & MS had a chance to bring in a Government of Good Governance in 2015 but miserably messed it up because of them fighting each other. MS allowed Rajapaksas to get power in 2018. Had MR been allowed to be the PM and we did not bring back the fox RW, we might have prevented the Easter Bombings.
    Tamils should not cast their votes to RW as he just trying to deceive TSC once again. RW proudly claims that he was the man who engineered the SPLIT in LTTE which finally led to annihilation of the organisation that wanted TSC to live in their own land.
    If the NEXT Government of SL is not willing to reconcile with the minorities the Isle isn’t going to thrive .

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    It is TIME for the political leaders that is thinking of being the next President of SL, should publish his manifesto NOW. Is the Draft of the new constitution available for the public to see? It’s time for a new constitution to put to the public for a referendum that satisfies the minorities.

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    You cannot clean the swamp like AKD says. There are many other who promised to clean the swamp and ended up joining the swamp. This is hopeless wishful thinking. All democracies are inherently corrupt. No escape from it. The USA is run by Oligarchs who have gamed the political system and the media. Voters are brainwashed into thinking they live in the upside down world. Corruption in Sri Lanka has to be managed. The main revenue making departments of the government have to be cleaned up on a priority basis. Laws updated. Law enforcement cleaned up. The list is long and none of it can be done overnight. This is why AKDs rhetoric is no more then mere B.S. Also is there an alternative to the vision of RW from AKD besides just small talk. Then there is the big Lal Kantha, Hundunetti, Tilvin brigade. These are violent communists with a very nasty track record voicing their opinions in no uncertain terms. My dear voters please do not cut off your nose to spite your face by voting for an idiot brigade of no nothings promising to give the moon and the stars. It ain’t going to happen and by voting for them you will end up in a worse mess than before.

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    Dear Panini – Continuing the extraordinary story from previous days…
    .
    There’s more as to why I am being hunted down this.
    .
    I am crazy both literally and metaphorically and very creative too. My head is full of ideas, some of them are worth billions. Not just rupees but dollars. You know like a creative genious… and my interests are varied it spans from food to politics to quatum physics to psychology to space travel. That’s why I left Medicine. I didn’t find the profession appealing.
    .
    As a result I have on my own reading on various other topics sometimes even followed online course on online learning platforms comducted by various international institutes including universities.
    .
    TBC

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      One such course was WOrld Bank Groups, Online Learning Campuses, yearly course held on an online platform called EdX, in colloboration with the Harvard Uni, based on WBG’s, annual publication called ‘World Development Report’ (WDR)
      .
      We usually have tests and assignments during these courses and a final project needs to be submitted to be evaluated by peers.
      .
      In 2020 the course was titled “Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains”, in this course as the final project I submitted a presentation titled: “A Wishion for Sri Lanka: Transforming Sri Lanka into a World Class Economy”.
      .
      TBC

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        I used the word WISHION to imply that its both Wish and my Vision for my country.
        .
        In which I articulated a vision in several steps, provinding enough basic information, based on what I have studied from the course, as to how Sri Lanka could be transformed into an innovation hub in this part of the world while becoming one of the best economies in the world – like Singapore or Japan.
        .
        A vision that is far more superior to what anyone else has so far produced for Sri Lanka – including the likes of Nirmalan Dhas who has articulated his own vision sometime back.
        .
        This vision seems to have got the recognition of some quarters, including investors as a possible blue print to develop the country.
        .
        TBC

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    It’ll be all nice, sweet and hunky-dory ……. initially.

    The true face/nature comes out when the going gets tough ……… economically and then takes a hit in the public-opinion.

    Are they “democratic mature” enough to tolerate dissent? Hand over to an alternate Party/leader if the country wants? ……….. Like, it’ll be handed to them, through a relatively open, free and fair election.

    Their history and shenanigans in the University campuses …….. does not bode well. That’s the mindset.

    I’m still looking forward to the day JVP takes over …….. out of shear frustration …….. for lack of any alternatives: the best out of the worst.

    I’ve already booked a flight for Sinhala_Man …….. when turbulence hits and the hordes come looking for him.

    Hard choice ……. it’s either turbulence at home or turbulence in the air.

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      PS ……. Of all the pols I’ve listened to, at this point, AKD has a believable honesty/sincerity ……. that has struck a code with the people: not the rest of the JVP/NNP. JVP’s popularity is nothing but AKD’s popularity.

      Only thing he’s cagey about is a solution for the issues of the minorities. He has to be careful ….. if not, his adversaries will pounce on it and will lose the SB vote. So far, he has traversed the treacherous terrain well.


      It’s an utter waste of time to talk about any of the other pols ……… Ranil offers only a Nietzsche-en after-life: 2049.

      Suffer and bear any earthly hardship till 2048 ……. for your heavenly rewards.

      Am I the only one who suspects ……. he’s in cahoots with Pastor Jerome?

      They have the same message.

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        nimal fernando,
        “Only thing he’s cagey about is a solution for the issues of the minorities. He has to be careful ….. if not, his adversaries will pounce on it and will lose the SB vote”.
        What do you want me to understand from that.
        If AKD is guarded, should I take it that he has a solution not palatable to his SB voters.
        Or, you yourself wish to remain guarded?

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          Nathan,

          I know what you are getting at …. one has to first win, for any solution. Don’t want to get drawn in at this stage; don’t want to upset anyone’s apple cart.

          It’ just another 5 months; be patient. ……… My gut feeling is, the minorities will have the best chance …….. after the elections. That they haven’t had in a long time.

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            nimal,
            I don’t want to fall out with you over a trivial matter such as this.
            I agree that the minorities will face less hassle. Chance.. ? I’ll let time decide.

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              Nathan,
              .
              AKD knows
              that he can achieve only so much.
              .
              I’m sure that he wishes sincerely to do as much for the Tamils as is possible. If he tries to do much more, he will jeopardize all good he aims to do.
              .
              However, where you could do something is to point out any mistakes he’s making in his plans to improve the economy, etc.
              .
              It is going to be very difficult to get back all the Rajapaksa loot. However, we will have to pay back the loans Sri Lanka has obtained. We will have to pay back the loans he has obtained, claiming it is for the people as a whole. Rajapaksa and Ranil are totally to blame.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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                SM,
                “It is going to be very difficult to get back all the Rajapaksa loot”
                Do you have any evidence that the “Rajapaksa loot” is a significant proportion of the 57 billion DOLLARS we owe?
                If you do, please present it. I know the JVP keeps talking about it, but that is directed towards the largely economic illiterate voters. I do hope you aren’t in the same class.

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                  OC,

                  Thank you OC. Prove to us that SM is economics savvy. He looks no different than Jean Grand Ma (a poor burger lady with the foul mouth) who has become clown to ARAGALAYA promoters as of today.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOHcSn622VI

                  These two charactors have much in common as I studied it lately. Both love to heroworship for some petty gains. She is also in the same age group.
                  .
                  Let me give you one good example: In response to the repeated question of the late Honorable Minister Mangala Samaraweera that Gota’s government deliberately ignored the fuel subsidy at the beginning of 2020, SM also completely ignored it. I could not believe it, but we in Europe enjoyed the subsidy almost for a while. A period of 8 months.

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            nimal fernando

            AKD has already told Jaffna people he has no planes to trade political solution for votes. Ranil ignores any mention of political solution. There is consensus among and across political parties, “Now that Army is in control of North East and Sinhala/Buddhisation rapidly progressing, Tamil speaking people are fighting among themselves, the west and the powerful actors ignore human rights abuses, war crimes, … why rock the boat by talking political solutions”

            Namal is too busy enticing saffron thugs in the east.

            So forget the minorities.
            Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan helped to politically and militarily weaken the Tamil Speaking People’s legitimate struggle.

            Instead of working along with people across races, religion, regions, he alienated progressives through out the country, region, and rest of the world and helped the Sinhala/Buddhists to centralise and consolidate state powers which benefited the crooks, political class, saffronistas, armed forces, merchants of death, racists, fascists, ……..

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              NV,
              “AKD has already told Jaffna people he has no plans to trade political solution for votes. Ranil ignores any mention of political solution”

              AKD is making roundabouts. .. People are worried.
              .
              I think some videos of “paradise bird” called “Samantha Badda” evoke the mood of Sri Lankan thought. Earlier I didn’t like the guy, but since he is someone who feels that even criminals have good qualities, I happened to watch some of his videos today.

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

              This does not mean that I respect this monk, but this person, as a “motivational coach”, can help young people more than one can imagine.

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        nimal,
        .
        The rest of the JVP/NPP deserve credit for being humble enough to acknowledge the correctness of AKD’s vision.
        .
        I have told you that on Tuesday I met Handunnetti in Bandarawela only because Chathuranga Abeysinghe called me minutes before their meeting for businessmen was about to start. I’m not a businessman, obviously, but its at fora of this sort that I can make a contribution. Don’t underestimate people like Handunnetti.
        .
        The problem is lower down. The guy who is the organiser for Bandarawela has neither the intelligence nor the time to fulfill his role. I had met him just about five days previously, and told him that I’d like to get into these discussions. Did he deliberately abstain from telling me about this meeting? Difficult to tell. I feel that he’s just not got the time to devote to these Party matters.
        .
        During question time, I pointed out that it was mainly Sinhalese who were present, with one reason being that the Hindus had that festival where the juggernaut disrupts all traffic. I granted that, and warned that this is an area where we are weak. The NPP record on race relations is poor.
        .
        There were not many Muslims. There the Muslim community is to blame. Those prominent in the town would have been invited.
        .
        It will be like that; the weaknesses are there. And now I’m tired. How much can I do?

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          Dear Readers,

          A big feud is developing between Lalkantha and AKD the clown. It will explode revealing the truth.
          .
          If anyone is interested more, Please check the video below (in Sinhala) for your clarity. I have studied it carefully and the exact minutes where you listen to their explanations are also given below for your easy guidance
          Link:
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3naEtTT7u0k
          5.10th min from 11.52 min video – AKD ‘ s defending explanation
          7.52th min from 11.52 min video – Lalkantha confirms his thoughts again

          1) Lalkantha reaffirms that judicial powers should be vested in villagers – AKD Deyo is making every effort to defend such highly controversial stupid statements from ignorant Lalkantha.
          .
          2) AKD makes every effort not to deviate from Ranil’s political philosophy of empowering the rural masses, introducing them as equivalent to “Licchavi units”.
          :
          3) Our promoters are playing the violin without knowing what is going on with the contradictory statements of AKD and Lalkalantha #.
          Lalkantha behaves like a rebellious village thug we experienced in the late 80s. Grandmother beautifully said, “Dog’s tail will not straighten even if you put it in a bamboo sheath.”

          My million dollar question: Why don’t we give weapons to the thugs in the village created by the Medamulana rascals?

          Lalkantha has hinted that if they fail to seize power, they will fall back into their brutal past. Next insurgency is in making.

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            cont.
            2) AKD makes every effort not to deviate from Ranil’s political philosophy of empowering the rural masses, introducing them as equivalent to “Licchavi units”.
            :
            3) Our promoters are playing the violin without knowing what is going on with the contradictory statements of AKD and Lalkalantha #.
            Lalkantha behaves like a rebellious village thug we experienced in the late 80s. Grandmother beautifully said, “Dog’s tail will not straighten even if you put it in a bamboo sheath.”

            My million dollar question: Why don’t we give weapons to the thugs in the village created by the Medamulana rascals?

            Lalkantha has hinted that if they fail to seize power, they will fall back into their brutal past. Next insurgency is in making.

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    The Govigama Buddhists who occupied positions of power not only had discriminated Karawa and Salagama people, they have actively sabotaged their lives, particularly the lives of exceptionally talented ones with the potential to succeed in life, with the help of various others, like minority ethnic groups such as Tamils, Muslims, Parsis , Christians, Burghers, Malays, and people of other castes such as Durawas etc, and at times people of the same castes too who perhaps were less deserving but had managed to succeed by sabotaging other more talented folks of their own caste due to their collusions with the aristocratic Bodu Govi who had held onto political power in the country for the most part of the post independence period history of Sri Lanka.
    .
    TBC

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      These aristocratic Govi Buddhist Class has been well supported by those whom you could losely refer to as “the people who run the world”- or those who had run it up to now. They are the rich and the richest that the old industrial revolution produced. The oil barons that the petrolium industry (Shell, Caltex, BP etc) produced, the other petrochemical and allied industries such as fertilizer industry (eg: Dupont, Bayer, Baurs, CIC, the list goes on) the plastic manufactures and industries that dependent on them like Cola giants such as Coca Cola and PepsiCo, the weapons manufacturers, (Raytheon, BAE Systems, Boeing, Lokheed Martin etc etc) they are varied and numerous.
      .
      TBC

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        They have the so called soft power as well as the hard power to influence world affairs, from waging pre-emptive wars like the Iraq war to soft operations of regime changes in countries that are not politically favourable for their operations, including assasination of world leaders that are not aligning with their agendas.
        .
        The issue is though they have been in power upto now, their world view and the value system with which they had been operating on, hasn’t been not only problematic but now have run into limitations.
        .
        The perfect example is Climate Change which directly caused by burning of fossil fuels.
        .
        TBC

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          This itself has necessitated that we as a planet and people inhabiting this planet need to change their course if we are to continue to live successfully on this planet. Because we so far do not have a planet B to escape to. This is the only home we’ve got. We screw this place up, no place for future generations to live. Without such course correction even the survival of our species, the human species, could be potentially threatened.
          .
          Given the banckrupt value sysyem of these people (those who had run the world up unitll now) instead of accepting that we need to change, they are busy denying that Climate Change exists. They like old codger on Colombo Telegraph lie, deceive, deflect people from the truth. Massive amounts of money has been channelled at this.
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          TBC

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            So why are they doing it – without changing?
            .
            Change is difficult to begin with we are creatures of habit. And no one it appears know the scale of change that is required. For example its not just about switching to renewable energies like solar or wind-power, which in itself is a daunting task. It is also the way of life we have accustomed to – consumption based capitalist economies. More we consume, more the economy would flourish. But more we consume, more sick we get. Obesity to Diabetes to coronary heart diseases are diseases of the affluent, due to excessive consumption and other modern day lifestyles. Simply cutting down calaries and going to the gym isn’t going to help address the issue at a scale required. What not many people don’t know is these diseases are also calles civilisational diseases. They are part and parcel of the way we have structured our world and lives throughtout the course of the modern civilzation, which some refer to as the Western Civilisation for obvious reasons.
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            TBC

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            Hello Ruchira,
            “Because we so far do not have a planet B to escape to”. Yes we have, first the Moon as a Base to Launch from, then Terraform Mars. Wait for Lester to Patent his Warp Drive and then we’ll do the same to Europa. There are many Solar Systems out there that have Exoplanets much like Earth, possibly with life already. So in a hundred years or so we might be ready for Proxima Centauri b, only around 5 light years away. Of course if DTG is right then Armageddon will have happened and we will be no more.
            Best regards

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              Climate Change is an emergency, We don’t still have the technology to terraform Mars or to have a successful base on Moon. But we’ve got it covered and ppl are working on it. Perverts won’t be allowed on board.
              .
              “There are many Solar Systems out there that have Exoplanets much like Earth, possibly with life already.” – an assumption.
              .
              Plus if there’s intelligent life like us that will require a bloody invasion. Like how the Europeans colonised the world.
              .
              “So in a hundred years or so we might be ready for Proxima Centauri b, only around 5 light years away.”
              .
              What would the population of earth in 100 years. It’s 8 billion now. Musk think we could go upto one trillion. Can you evacuate one trillion to Proxima Centuri b or wherever you want to go.
              .
              One must underdtand the basic concepts b4 commenting. Colonising the universe and evacuation of a species of entire planet due a climate crisis are two very different things. If you can’t understand the difference, trying to show off isn’t going work.
              .

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                Hello Ruchira,
                I am well aware of the Environmental problems that we face on Earth. However most of the World, except Africa, has either moderate or little growth.
                However, my comment was done partly tongue in cheek but also to show that problems can be overcome given time and effort. We are now in the position of having a workable Nuclear Fusion System that can produce more Energy than it consumes. This will result in a substantial reduction in the need to burn Fossil Fuels. It obviously needs much more work to be done and is also very expensive to build. I would imagine in the not to distant future that the most developed Countries will reap the benefits before the Developing Countries catch up. If I wanted to show off I would tell you that way back in 1969 I told my sister that in the near future we would have flat screen TVs on the wall and that by plugging an Electronic Chip into the TV you could show a whole Film. She reminded me about this when she visited Sri Lanka last year and as she said “Great ideas are only useful if you do something with them”.
                Best regards

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                  Nuclear energy has hidden dangers that industry would rather not speak of, proponents of which too would deny as usual – the same way some denies “climate change”. I was merely pointing out your apparent lack of understanding of the difference between colonising space and emergency evacuation of a planet by an inhabiting species. Complex ideas when thrown out of context appears as showing off whether intentional or not. Nuclear Fusion Technology as far as I am aware of is still in its infancy, yeah I’ve heard that it is promising. Thanks for reminding. But Energy is not the only issue we are facing that endangers the planet. That was the whole point.

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                  LS,
                  “that in the near future we would have flat screen TVs on the wall “
                  Arthur Clarke had flat screens on his Jupiter spaceship even earlier, but for some reason, complicated keyboards too. But we still don’t have a permanent Lunar base, let alone a Jupiter spaceship.

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                    Hello OC,
                    Clarke’s 2001 (Kubrick 1968) was a brilliant film as was Blade Runner (Ridley Scott 1982) , but both were a little over optimistic on the time scales. I stayed up until the early hours in June 1969 watching the BBC 1 coverage of the Moon Landing
                    A little more up to date – I used to train the Judiciary how to use Dragon Naturally Speaking and I thought that this would lead to the demise of keyboards. So I tried it myself and failed miserably to train it with my accent Later editions were better but still not good enough. I have not tried any since about 2015, but maybe they have improved. If Star Trek’s Engineer Mr Scott could speak to his computer, I should also be able to.
                    Best regards

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                      LS,
                      Nothing irritates me more than those AI-dubbed videos on YouTube. So generic and character-less.

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                  Dear LankaScot,
                  .
                  Any adult human with a certain amount of education knows that breaking up an atom releases a huge quantity of energy.
                  .
                  However, what has been stressed again and again, is that very small quantities of toxic nuclear waste are then left behind as a result of the process. I believe this only because I have consistently been told this. The nature of my understanding of this is somewhat different, but how is that going to be disposed of? Even shooting it off into outer space will not rid us of the problem.
                  .
                  Over time, this waste will “break down”. but the time it takes is said to be thousands (makes little difference if it is a million!) of years.
                  .
                  We have a real problem here.

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                    As for intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe:
                    .
                    We know nothing of the Universe in terms of time and distances. I clearly cannot prove that there is life elsewhere.
                    .
                    Given that all living things keep exchanging atoms (or whatever the tiniest particle of matter is – proton, electron, or whatever) whilst they are living, but that the process must necessarily stop (the living thing dies) it becomes impossible to find out. There could be ways of overcoming this (send off a male and a female with adequate supplies of food and energy) – seems theoretically possible – but doesn’t feel feasible unless there is some other form of “travelling” that hasn’t yet been found out.
                    .
                    Much better to humbly stick wit what we know!
                    .
                    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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      Lester
      “The Govigama Buddhists who occupied positions of power not only had discriminated Karawa and Salagama people, they have actively sabotaged their lives, particularly the lives of exceptionally talented ones with the potential to succeed in life”
      Lester? Lester??. Lester???

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        OC my Jester Kunju is very busy listening to this love song I am singing to him and feeling very happy, so has left his little helper and messenger Ruchira Baba loose here. You can keep on calling him in vain, but he is listening to me singing like this in a hall in London and is in heaven and will not hear your cries.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpLwMxOP1aA

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          PK,
          He seems to be a bit embarrassed with Ruchi, who is singing a different tune.

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            He is so diverted with my singing and love song, which he thinks is meant for him but in reality, for another, that he has not noticed that his precious Ruchira Baba has is now singing to a different tune and also a different song, that he does not approve of. Poor Jester he did not realize the song was not meant for him.

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            R’s purpose is to be heard.
            He cannot keep saying Amen all the time, can he?

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        OC,
        I have not lived in the country for the past 3 decades, nor have I worked with Sri Lankans. I had some communications only with some lecturers of CMBO and PERA (faculties of science and medicine) but I did not interact with them. We could not go properly with them and we clashed.
        I never cared about caste, religion but my parents and relatives liked it. I have seen my grandparents and relatives not treat workers like “cinnamon peelers”, “fruit pickers” and so on. (Late 70’s and 80’s).

        Forced to think otherwise, I left home at the age of 18, unable to get on with my father. Not just caste and creed stuff but also father’s abusive nature.

        Considering that, what are the surnames of Karawa and Salagama? Please let us know a few surnames. I think you can explain them better.
        Some of the upland castes also look down upon the caste ” Govi budu”. Can you explain a little more about caste in Sri Lankan society today? Thank you.

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          LM,
          You can download this very good book on the subject:

          https://noolaham.org/wiki/index.php/The_Karava_of_Ceylon?uselang=en
          There is also this interesting FB page:
          https://web.facebook.com/KaravasriLanka/photos/?paipv=0&eav=AfZYy7lHnaXNQMNylmVO6TON5SKUJ5_1ZbZOMJcVYhYPipWhDQaeIHJKCgjao6OkPCA&_rdc=1&_rdr
          .
          Caste exists in Sinhalese society, perhaps less rigid than among Tamils, but nevertheless its influence is pervasive though not talked about.

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            Hello OC,
            Thanks for the link, I have just downloaded and started to read about the Karawa. The more I read about the Sri Lankan Castes, the more that I am persuaded that my Traveller (Gypsy) friends in Scotland are related to some of these groups – maybe from Sri Lanka, maybe North India. Have there been any significant migrations from here in the 10th Century or thereabouts as the first mention of them is around that time in Scotland. Most of the Scottish Travellers have been Tinsmiths/Metalworkers and anything having to do with Horses. They also have a tradition of collecting Fresh Water Pearls and Gemstones.
            Best regards

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              LS,
              The European Roma are said to from Gujarat.
              https://youtu.be/WUqYO6490UQ?si=Qao838f1-WxQiJjE
              The Sri Lankan gypsies are also of Indian origin but speak Telegu.
              Yes, the Sri Lankan caste system is very much alive, though kept under wraps and taken out only when necessary 😄

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              Hello LS,
              We have already discussed here in the forum. LS shared me earlier on “Travellers”. I always wondered where the gypsies were from in Europe. I compared them to the “Ahinkuntika community” in Sri Lanka. Some believe that European Gypsies are ex-Romanians. Others say from India. But the truth is not clear to me.
              https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/summaries/gypsy-roma-irish-traveller/#:~:text=81.6%25%20of%20people%20from%20the,were%20born% 20%20%20 outside Europe.

              The Sinti are a subgroup of the Romani people most commonly found in Germany. They arrived in Austria and Germany in the late Middle Ages as part of the Romani migration from the Indian subcontinent, and eventually split into two groups: the Eftavagarja (“Seven Caravans”) and the Estraxarja (“from Austria”).

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          “leelagemalli”,
          .
          Isn’t this the crux of the matter?
          .
          Please try to be more objective in analysing the situation.
          .
          There can be no doubt that the JVP (knowing that they had been unfairly blamed for the holocaust) committed some acts which were extremely cruel. There can be no excuse for some of the things that they did.
          .
          But please try to understand that the JVP today is quite different. Don’t try to drive a wedge between them and the NPP. There are respects in which some vestiges of previous experiences are still present.
          .
          I’m giving you the best advice that I can. You needn’t transform into a supporter of the JVP. But try not to be unfair. Distance yourself somewhat from all these developments.
          .
          Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka@

            Your COMMENT above is completely inconsistent as usual (if someone asks where he is going, he replies that he has some coconuts in his bag).

            Crux of the matter – my comment above is to OC. If you read it closely, you will understand. You chased me as usual. ?????.
            *
            First let me ask you who do you think you are to adivse me?
            If OC, NV or others brought it up, I could discuss it further. I consider them “fact checkers” and unfortunately, you don’t fall into that category.
            *
            Unfortunately, we are forced to believe that you have no knowledge of the things you are talking about. You may be good at some “English Literature” lessons but not at “Basics of Sri Lankan Politics”. Your judgmental behavior has hurt many of us time and time again. However, we thought, you are the one who never look back your mistakes.
            *
            To explain to you, I would never become a JVPr, maybe NPP if they had a relatively better “economic plan” for the future of the nation, which is caught up in blatant lies on lanken politics.
            *
            CBK and RW couldn’t do what they thought was right because the people were taken for a ride by the “criminal majority” in this country. JVP is/was complicit in any of the protests.

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              cont.
              JVP is/was complicit in any of the protests. Today they cannot escape their responsibilities. In retrospect, both leaders were repeatedly misunderstood and misinterpreted by the country’s media. The Sri Lankan media is a mafia that cares little about the impact of their responses.

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    Dear Panini – continuing the story…
    .
    So there’s a new paradigm of people among the intelligence who ‘run the world’ that has recognised the need for this task to be undertaken and they are willing to give those who are willing and has the required complex cognitive capacities to carry out this task a space in shaping the future of the world and the planet. This where our team draws our strength. We represent this new paradigm. The threats for us comes from the old paradigm that tries to resist this and wants to sabotage our efforts going to great lengths, even killing our family members and destroying our families and lives.
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    So how does all this related to us in Sri Lanka?
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    TBC

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      In Sri Lanka the old political paradigm represented by the SLPP-UNP-SJB-SLFP & Others that align with themselves like minority parties and individuals like Patali have been captured by the old paradigm that ‘run the world’. This includes people like Nirmalan Dhas too who knows about this phenomenon but for some reason does not seem to able too see what exactly is going on in Sri Lanka. I suspect its because of his racial prejudices by way of being an Indian Tamil, at least in part.
      .
      So why am I being hunted down by all these people as I am some sort of a serial criminal that should be exterminated from the face of the earth?.
      .
      Ideas!
      .
      The hundreds, thousands, and millions of ideas that run through my head every second, minute, hour of the day. These ideas are valuable and are about changing the course of the world.
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      TBC

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      Before getting into her a quick note on Patali Champika Ranawaka (PCR).
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      The coalition of the old political paradigm consisting of SLPP/UNP/SJB/SLFP et al seems to be entertaining the idea of fielding PCR as a common candidate for the Presidential elections.
      .
      He isn’t a man of integrity either. looks like he could be bought with sexual bribes too, and he now seems to have joined those to whom these ppl have promised sex with Leila if they were to support them. To which he seems to have readily agreed.
      .
      In addition his past has been marred with allegations of sexual scadals too.
      .
      The below story needs no further explanation of his character.
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      Do we want a President from whom we can’t protect our girl friends?
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ex-personal-assistant-says-champika-ranawaka-tortured-him-because-he-didnt-let-him-have-his-girlfriend/
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      This is when he was just a minister. How would he behave once he become a president with executive powers?
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      TBC

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    If Sri Lanka had a viable middle class, the elections wouldn’t matter so much. A robust economy combined with checks and balances can generate wealth regardless of the President’s IQ.During Trump’s term from January 2017 to January 2021, the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a total return of approximately 56%, which translates to an annualized gain of about 11.8%​.

    Due to Tamil Tiger terrorism, Sri Lanka does not have much of a middle class outside of Colombo.

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      Lester,
      You are right, – A viable middle class is the Engine of Prosperity.
      Search within you. Be true to yourself. It was you, and no other, who did it to death.

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      Dear rational thinkers,

      “If Sri Lanka had a viable middle class, the elections wouldn’t matter so much”
      .
      Is that the only horror that Sri Lanka has faced in the last 50 years?

      Janata Vimukthi Peramuna burned public property one after another. And let’s not forget how their mobs burned them in May 2022. Our people must wake up from their hibernation and reveal the truth to the nation.
      .
      Today, the people have been fed with false information by repeatedly saying that the brutal killings by the JVP in many areas including Galle, Matara, Ratnapura, Beliaatta, Tangalle, Hambantota, Kurunegala were done only by the government and the battalion camp. If any reliable journalist comes forward to prove this information to the nation, those mothers who lost their beloved sons are the best example. If the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna-led groups continue to bully the nation, it will succeed in the coming days.

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