21 September, 2020

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Rajapaksa Bullies Desecrating The Parliament: A Sign Of Things To Come

By Vijithamuni Ranasinghe

Parliament is the house of elected representatives (even though there are a few nominated MPs by various parties). Along with the judiciary, it has a special place in Sri Lanka’s democratic governance culture as bastions of safeguarding people’s rights according to the rule of law. Among other duties, the parliament has the special responsibility of drafting laws that affect the whole country. Generally, it also sets an example to the people by the very behaviour of elected representatives while contributing to the preservation of international image as a torch bearer of people’s values and norms.  

However, since the introduction of the executive President role in the late 70s, two centres of executive power emerged, i.e. one controlled by the President and the other by the Prime Minister and cabinet. Under the constitution introduced by previous President JR Jayewardene, the President acquired enormous powers to the extent of making the parliament a rubber stamp for governing coalitions. In time to come, various Presidents attempted to muscle the legislature by using party and constitutional powers or interpreting the constitution in their favour.  Sri Lankans have experienced situations when the executive Presidents trampled on the jurisdictions of the parliament or the judiciary by measures adopted to intimidate parliamentarians and judges.  Sometimes such intimidations were formal. Other times they were informal. If intimidation and harassment did not work, monetary and other incentives were offered to MPs behind closed doors (not so closed during the current phase?) in order to obtain favourable out comes from the parliament. 

The entry of game kollo (village boys) to the parliament since the late 70s under the leadership of present generation of Rajapaksas ensured that the game chandi (village mafia) culture that was limited to the Hambantota district was incrementally nationalised. Instead of the rule of law, discipline, good behaviour, morality, respect for the other, or decency at workplace, show of power via various means including physical power, use of obscene words, manipulation of the truth and law, and use of the underworld became the mode of operation. Colourful paraphernalia was used by the state apparatus manned by the Rajapaksa extended family (numbering a couple of hundreds if not thousands) and close loyalists to promote the image of a puritanic leader blessed with supernatural powers. However, along with these exterior pretentions, Sri Lanka was transformed to a state where command and control from one family became the source of rule book –not the properly functioning parliament or the judiciary. 

Behaviour where physical power is used to settle matters rather than discussion and consensus building has its origins during the colonial period where the local chieftains appointed by the colonial government used similar methods for tax collection, curb criminal activity, suppress public opinion/dissent, and create enforced consent/loyalty. Though senior Rajapaksas of the previous generation such as DM and DA ignored and even rejected such tactics and conformed to the Buddhist ethos and morality in their public behaviour, the present generation embraced anti-social attitudes and behaviour both for political and personal gain. They knew know boundaries in law, intellect, morality or public life when it came to the sheer greed for power.  They established a deep state within the state for political and personal expediency. This is the only thesis applicable to Rajapaksa rule in its earlier incarnation. Unfortunately, Dayan Jayatilleka has conveniently excluded this from his ten theses (see Colombo Telegraph 19.11.2018).

Fortunately, in 2015 masses who came together against such a deep state constructed on the basis of a personality cult (similar to North Korea), centralisation of power within a circle of family and friends (in fact there were several circles such as inner, middle and outer) defeated the government led by Rajapaksas with much hope for a Yahapalanaya(virtuous) government led by a President who promised a virtuous rule. Though most of those who supported a Yahapalanaya government then were disappointed with the way that both President Sirisena and PM Wickramasinghe broke promises made during the national election campaigns, at least a semblance of rule of law existed in the country until October 26th 2018. The government did not curtail media freedom, freedom of movement and association, expression etc. People lived without fear in harmony except on a few occasions when ethnically motivated riots erupted. Judiciary functioned normally (though slowly). Parliament functioned without the interference from the executive President (gene was kept in the bottle).  Opposition parties were not subjected to undue pressure, intimidation or harassment. Unexplained disappearances of journalists and others who opposed the government also ceased. There was no ruling family as such but only a dysfunctional government that did not understand either the meaning of 2015 people’s mandate or the danger of drifting and inaction in comparison to effecting change for the welfare of many. Under this scenario, the Rajapaksas themselves had no barrier to engage in politics and even establish a new party i.e. Podu Jana Peramuna (Common People’s Front). However, the tensions between two centres of executive power, i.e. the President and Prime Minister continued and even became public. On October 26th, suddenly the sub text became the text before the public eye. President Sirisena made his next ill-considered summersault.

When the President sacked Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa to be the Prime Minister on October 26th, supporters of the new purported PM were overjoyed. For them, it was an unexpected Christmas gift and a dream come true.  But for the supporters of Wickramasinghe, it was more than a bad dream. Not only they lost the PM position by Presidential decree but they also lost cabinet positions by executive action for no understandable reason other than personal differences between PM Wickramasinghe and President Sirisena. In a matter of few days, supporters of Wickremesinghe and UNF that he led regrouped and launched counter action in a peaceful way as allowed by the country’s law. When the executive decisions started coming in rows – especially on Friday evenings – Wickrrmesinghe supporters and those of the minor parties went to the supreme courts to seek redress from unconstitutional dissolution of the parliament. The decision of the courts to put on hold President’s decision to dissolve the parliament until 7th December 2018 paved the way for the UNF led by Wickremesinghe and other parties such as the JVP, TNL to enter the parliament that had been prorogued by the President until 14th November 2018. 

Everyone was watching who will occupy the seat reserved for the PM and the cabinet. Rajapaksa and his cabinet occupied them without difficulty. It looked like the parliament was going to proceed its business normally even though there was no clarity about the legitimate government, cabinet or the PM.  To their credit, Wickremesnighe and others in the UNF took their seats in the opposition seats avoiding a clash with Rajapaksa allies on the first day itself. When the speaker decided to obtain a vote on confidence, all hell broke loose. More than who held the majority, for the Rajapaksa supporters the procedure adopted by the speaker to obtain the no confidence vote became the point of contention. Though the speaker had the right to call a vote by voice on special situations as such without going through a lengthy procedure adopted in normal circumstances, Rajapaksa troops did not want to accept this age old parliamentary practice. They instead launched war on the speaker and the UNF supporters in the parliament with the undeclared intention of stalling the process underway to declare lack of confidence in purported PM Rajapaksa.

In particular, what we witnessed on two consecutive days in the Sri Lankan parliament is ugly, animalistic and beyond comprehension. MPs belonging to the Government appointed by the President occupied the speaker’s seat, destroyed the sound system, hurled abuse, threw objects and water supposedly mixed with chilli powder, and prevented the speaker from conducting the parliamentary business in the normal way. Are these the signs of things to come under another Rajapaksa government installed through the backdoor? It seems that since the defeat at the last Presidential and parliamentary elections in 2015, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his gangsters have not reformed at all.  They seem to have learned no lessons from their previous defeat in 2015 after running a government with an iron fist and one-man rule. Instead they have adopted a strategy of bullying and harassment of the speaker to prevent him from exercising his authority to conduct the affairs of parliament according to the parliamentary procedure and wishes of the majority MPs. A situation has arisen where a minority is controlling the affairs of the majority. This appears to be the design of the President also. The intention of currently installed government seems to be to prevent the speaker from following the normal procedure in handling the No Confidence Motion(NCM). Yet these bullies accuse him for not following the normal procedure required for a NCM to be presented and approved. They use a perverse logic where the result is taken to be wrong but not their action that produced the result. Mahinda Rajapaksa has been watching with gee the unfolding drama in the house of representatives just like someone who has attained sainthood. By such actions, senior Rajapaksas today are setting a wrong example for the next generation of Rajas including Namal who have no life other than to depend on the public purse for all their joys. The process and style adopted by Mahinda led family and his supporters in parliament and beyond is to throw the rule book away and rule by decree.  This resembles a theocracy(MaRacracy) –not democracy.

Mahinda Rajapaksa states that he will leave the government if a NCM is properly adopted i.e. by following normal procedure. However, his goons are preventing the parliament from adopting the NCM according to the normal procedure – on the pretext of a demand from the speaker to punish an opposition MP for carrying a butterknife the previous day. Under the tense atmosphere, the speaker decides to suspend the standing orders and call a vote on the NCM by voice which is allowed under parliamentary rules and procedures.  But the President as well as Rajapaksa and his goons in the parliament are not willing to accept it. It is like asking someone to go to Colombo but preventing him/her going to Colombo by intimidation and harassment. Then blame the person who is trying to go to Colombo for not going to Colombo. Thus, a no win situation has been created for the majority. Whatever they do will be criticised for lack of authenticity or proper procedure. 

This is a pathetic situation that has been intentionally created to show confusion and the inability of the speaker to conduct affairs of the parliament even though this situation has arisen due to the unruly behaviour of Rajapaksa followers in the parliament. Such a design and situation can lead to another intended destination by the parliamentary mafia led by Rajapaksa loyalists. That is to declare an emergency and take control of armed forces and the police to run the country without having to resort to normal laws (remember during the war with the LTTE, emergency rule was made normal by a monthly vote in the parliament). This way, both Sirisena and Rajapaksa can stay in office and their goons can rule a further period disregarding the parliamentary majority consisting of the United National Party led by Wickremesinghe and minor parties including those of the Tamils and Muslims. If and when an election is conducted, the Rajapaksa mafia can use state resources including the media, personnel and vehicles to their advantage. Basil can even distribute sil redi once again. In Sri Lanka’s post independent history, there has been situations when emergency rule prevailed and civil liberties were curtailed.  Politicians like Sirisena and Rajapaksa are well aware of this historical experience and legacy because they tasted it, smelled it, touched it and lived by it when in power last time i.e. pre-Yahapalanaya period.

What the international response to such a purported design cannot be guessed at this time though there are early signs to understand where the wind is flowing. How the UNP led coalition of parties will respond to such a situation of emergency cannot be gauged either. Without doubt, Sri Lanka is being thrown into a pariah state yet again in the eyes of the international community and right-thinking Sri Lankans – even if the Sirisena installed government led by Mahinda attempts to stay in power with or without an emergency being declared. By the actions of President Sirisena since October 26th, he has brought the government to a paralysed state and the country into a dangerous point. They have brought about a chaotic situation in the parliament to show the public that it is not viable to rely on the parliament and to justify their own argument to go for a general election to resolve the crisis. If the unruly behaviour of Rajapaksa goons in the parliament leads to countrywide violence where opposing party supporters take the law into their hands, God help the country and its people.

All those who love peace, democracy and order in society and respect human values and norms for a rule based society need to get together at this critical juncture and not let this Sirisena-Rajapaksa junta to control their lives any further. They need to demand that the parliament be allowed to conduct its business without harassment, intimidation and bullying by the minority.  President has to accept the majority will in the parliament conveyed on more than one occasion with signed letters and NCMs.

The hidden agenda of the Rajapaksas seem to be to stall and stifle high court cases running against them for the alleged corruption that took place during their rule. However, they are justifying their action –along with the President- on procedural grounds, i.e. saying the NCM was not approved following proper procedure or not punishing a UNP MP for carrying a butter knife in the parliament. These are lame excuses.  

Rajapaksa goons should be kept in their place. Their behaviour in the last few days in the parliament is only a miniature act that the people outside it have to face daily when they come to power. The period up to 2015 change of government bear witness to the pathetic way that Rajapaksas run the country – even though some Buddhist monks close to him think he is the saviour of Sinhala Buddhists and their rights as sons of the land. Right thinking people cannot understand how Buddhist religion and corrupt political culture can go together? More importantly, how yellow Sivura (monks’ robe) and Satakaya (maroon colour cloth worn around neck) can go together for a reconciled nation? It will only create a hegemonic deep state the levers of which will be controlled by a few for the few – not for the many. The majority-whether inside the parliament or outside it- has to awaken to this reality in order to save the nation from corrupt and unruly politicians who say one thing and do another in office.

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    Since President is the head of SLFP, and head of the Government he should be in the Parliament during the next session and ensure that his party members behave. Lets see , the person who created all this trouble, at least has the guts to come to the Parliament on that day. Or will it be the same as the other day when he had to give the throne speech he was no where to see and was living in a blocked street.

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      All Individuals pushing for the legitimatization of the illegitimate Rajapaksa Sirisena Government, calling for illegal elections, the removal of Rail, the attempts to split the UNP, backing the unwillingness to take action against ministers who vandalized parliament and are unwilling to restore the status quo prior to all illegitimate actions of president Maithripala Sirisena on the 26th of October are being party to the protection of criminals from Ranil Wickramasinghe and his Good Governances Governments Special Criminal Courts…

      Do not get fooled all they want is a way to protect the Rajapaksas Criminal Cabal.

      Stay sharp the citizens of this country should not allow this to happen.

      Stand together as one nation and ask this government to fulfill its promises by allowing the special courts to proceed uninterrupted and refuse to spend tax payers money on an unnecessary early election…

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        Headlines for this day: 21 Nov 2018
        1. World political experts believe Sirisena’s underhand behavior as the president of a state, not respecting the norms not in the slightest can rather be related to pathological reasons. They advise him to SEEK for medical check-up ASAP for the clarity of all
        2. IMF and other international bodies have issued notification about their suspension of loans to SLanka; some international ranks on finances have been rated – lanken being branded as incapable so that things would not be easy to SRILANKA in the near future
        3. SIRASA- TV sender run by KILLI MAHARAJA in its weekly political discussion YESTERDAY (SATANA), albeit they did a greater work in defeating Rajapakshe in 2015, now behaves akin to HIRU TV and Dera TV channels as if RAJAPAKSHES- FAKE premiership can now be welcome. No heavy cross questions on Thilanga SUmathipala, former Deputy Speaker and the key person to attack Current Speaker Hon Karu Jaya in the parliament last week, let express his views as could be recognized …. Last night SATANA PARROTS did not focus on the GREAT DAMAGE made by new FAKE govt, to everyone s surprise, this proves the gravity of lanken media performances worsen the situation but in favour of high criminals and their return, as if RAJAKASHE-SIRISENA govt is legal, they just continued the program. I have no words – these MEDIA men mislead the nation not respecting the norms ?
        4. What we have in SL today is MEDIA MAFIA and criminal Rajakshe Rule. If media would not change their nature, things could lead to the UNEXPECTED turning the island nation to a state akin to SOMALIA. .. where anarchy will govern the country

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        contd.

        5. Defacto govt led by Rajapakshe-Sirisena hold on to power and just ignore what own citizens and the world highly criticize; the greater impact of their undemocratic ruling on country’s parliamentary democracy obviously secondary to them; SRILANKA is respected as one of the oldest democracies in Asia
        6. Hirunika Premachandra, young UNP MP assumes, the reasoning behind SIRISENA NOT to stand against desecrating parliament norms – is to prove himself his main reason to parliament dissolution on 9th Nov 2018 not to allow any human live losses within the parliament. However, notification to dissolution was suspended by a SC decision on the 13th Nov and this will be investigated on the 7th December in Court.
        7. Current political hooliganism led by SIRISENA-RAJAKASHE seems to be secondary to SIRISENA, his rude performances according to Indian experts, have put the island nation that deep internationally; not respecting parliament’s SIMPLE MAJORITY, but to appoint action committees are akin to performances of dictators in the world
        Indian Experts believe – SIRISENA is the loser of the drama, while Mr Wickramasinghe remains decent and educated by his behaviour whereas Rajakashe’s is beyond all levels, he can stay so long people’s respect on him for elimination of LTTE terror.
        8. Commonwealth members highly criticize the absurd behavior of SIRISENA; they even question how come a personality of SIRISENA nature ever came up becoming the president of a country whose LITERACY rate is read as the highest in SOUTH ASIAN region; literacy rate in the island nation is over 90%

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      I read somewhere that controversal WASANTHA SENANAYAKA summersalts his behaviour. If he is that deovted person to the nation, why he failed to deliver in the high days of Rajakashe ballige putha’s authoritarian rule from 2010 to 2015 ?

      How could a guy of that high family background to fall that deep, akin to that of WIMAL weerawanse or that ALUTHGAMAGE style low uneducated charactors i sbeyond my understanding.
      Lankens by today, regardless of their family background obvioulsy are ready to even prostitute on broad day light.
      Sometimes not because their honest performances, but to be heard as a good politician. None of them would do their jobs well.
      Had SENANAYSAKE been that DEVOTED to lanken poor people, what has he done sofar ? NOthing… he breaks PRINCIPLES not respecting the party which I think is beyond all morals.

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    The best is postpone the election indefinitely and fire most of the Criminals and Fraudsters Except from the UNPatriotic Samanala Party because they will lose the election. That will make make the Maithripala sirisena the PResidentfor a third time.

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    The Sinhalese leaders disrespected the 1st constitution of Ceylon to disenfranchise upcountry Tamils. They also removed the protection provided in the constitution to protect the minorities without their consent.

    Then they formed constitutions without the consent of the non-Sinhalese communities and violated them with impunity. There was not protest or upheaval at those times.

    How come people seem to be agitated now?

    OK, agreed that Sinhalese are not ready for democracy yet and move on. At least respect human rights and international laws.

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      Every Government since 1948 has had Tamil parties holding the balance of power and forcing through concessions and special deals for their people. How come no Tamil is agitated about this?

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        Stop posting nonsense racist woman with a pure Tamil name Taraki meaning star in Tamil. Tamil held the balance of power and received special concessions! What balance of power and what concessions? All whatt the Tamils received from every successive Sinhalese government from independence is lies broken promises, discrimination , ethnic cleansing , lands stolen, pogroms and genocide, that has now reduced the Tamil population from 28% at the time of independence to 16% within 70 years. Tamils have the same right to this land as the Sinhalese or even more as most of the so called indigenous Sinhalese , are not indigenous at all but descended from recent immigrants from South India. The rest a mixture of indigenous Tamil/semi Tamil speaking Dravidian tribes , and immigrants from the north east and south of India again mostly from the then Tamil country in India. Basically the so called Indigenous Sinhalese are descended from Tamils but beat the anti Tamil drum and claim an imagined Aryan origin. Tamils will never receive any justice from any Sinhalese led government , including the current government , as they are all racist to the core and this includes 99% of the Sinhalese people who are brainwashed from their infancy with the Mahavamasa myth and to hate Tamils. Even during the current chaos, the Sinhalese are still united and busy destroying Hindu temple in the north and east and installing Budda statues . The Sinhalese danced on the streets and were openly rejoicing and worshipping the Rajapakses and their war criminal rapist armed forces when they were busy killing hundreds of thousands of Tamils and committing war crimes on them and are now crying , weeping and howling that the same Rajapakse clan who were their heroes a few years are destroying democracy, as they are now the victims.

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          Siva Sankaran Sharma,
          “Tamils will never receive any justice from any Sinhalese led government , including the current government , as they are all racist to the core and this includes 99% of the Sinhalese people who are brainwashed from their infancy with the Mahavamasa myth and to hate Tamils.”
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          Most of the Demalu in Sinhale are descendants of slaves brought from Hindusthan by Portuguese, Dutch and British ‘Awajathakayo’ who colonized Sinhale. When they left, instead of taking this garbage brought from Hidusthan, they dumped them in Sinhale and left. So if you are uncomfortable in living with Sinhalayo in this country, make an appeal to Prime Ministers of Portugal, Holland and UK to take you to their countries. Then you can live happily. If you want to live in this country, do not grumble. Sinhalayo did not invite you.

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            You are correct most of the Tamil in Chingkallam south , all low castes and untouchables imported from South India became the present day Sinhalese Karawe, Salagama, Durawe, Hunu , Hali, Berewe and many other castes now making up 50% of the present day Sinhalese. Only the Indian origin estate Tamils imported to the Sinhalese south have proudly and stubbornly retained their Tamil identity and they are persecuted for this. Hardly any of these low caste/untouchable South Indian imports were ever settled in the Tamil North East . Just a few thousand and they got assimilated into the low Nalavar caste. Even during ancient and medieval times , all the South Indian immigration and invasions targeted the Sinhalese parts of the island and not the Tamil areas. Eventually all these Tamil invaders and immigrants who remained behind got assimilated as Sinhalese and not into the Sri Lankan Tamil identity. This is the reason the present day Sinhalese share 70% DNA with Indian Tamils and Sri Lankan Tamils only 17%. You can lie but DNA will never lie. Sri :Lankan Tamils are the descended from the ancient Naga/Yakka Dravidian tribes and the original immigrants who migrated from NE India. Their DNA proves this 55% DNA common with the original Sinhalese who were the same and 28% with the Bengali. Good try. It is not Sinhale it is a Pali corruption of the ancient Tamil word for the island Chingkallam meaning red land or copper coloured land.Chepu or Chem + Alam = Chingkalam. Sinhalese has no meaning just jibberish not justify this name , the myth of a lion was invented. Just like the Slavic Macedonians who arrived later to ancient Greek Macedonia and took the ancient Greek name for themselves , the original Sinhalese who evolved from the native Tamil speaking Dravidian tribes who converted to Buddhism did the same.

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            Eagle Blind if most of the Demalu( Tamils) are descended of slaves brought from Hindustan by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British , as you falsely state. How come that there was a powerful Tamil kingdom called the Jaffna Kingdom that ruled the entire north, the Trincomallee district north of the Mahaveli and the north west coast Chilaw/Puttalam coast , that was famous for pearls and pearl diving and the east was ruled by Tamil Vannimai chiefs?. All this long before the European colonial era. How come even your Mahavamsa myth constantly refers to the lands to the north and east of the island as Tamil lands and not Sinhalese lands? How come half the indigenous Tamils belong to the upper Vellalar caste and most of the rest to other middle castes with low and untouchables consisting only a small percentage. You can move a few castes up the caste ladder but untouchables and low castes can never become upper or middle castes. Lastly the most important is the DNA. How come the Sri Lankan Tamils only share a 17% DNA with Indian Tamils , whereas the Sinhalese share a 70% DNA with Indian Tamils. If as you state was the truth it would have been the other way around. This proves contrary to what you state it is the Sinhalese and not the Sri Lankan Tamils who are largely descended from low caste and untouchable immigrant Indian Tamil slaves and indentured labour who were imported into the island during the Portuguese, Dutch and British era. These people were all settled in the south and hardly in the north and east. Stop lying and trying to distort history to suit your Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist agenda. There is a very high chance that you are descended from one these low caste Indian Tamil slaves. Blind Eagles should not be allowed to soar as this will end up as a disaster for the eagle and others.

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        Taraki

        “Every Government since 1948 has had Tamil parties holding the balance of power and forcing through concessions and special deals for their people. “

        What did the Tamils achieve for Tamils, their party and for themselves individually?

        Let us start from 1970.
        The weeping widow had 2/3 majority put Buddhism in the constitution, introduced standardisation, ruined the country, ……………….
        The old fox had 2/3 majority to begin with.
        UNP ruled the island from 1977 to 1994.
        Chandrika had majority when she was elected in 1994 didn’t need Tamil support. …. Rajapaksa didn’t give two hoots about anything but made a deal with you brethren VP and won elections.

        Are you not making funny noises from right inside HLD M’s buttocks.
        Your inborn racism now turns you into a complete moron.

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      ‘OK, agreed that Sinhalese are not ready for democracy yet and move on. At least respect human rights and international laws’

      Oh how very reasonable it all sounds. Just remember it was the Tamils who put Sirisena into Parliament.

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        Taraki

        ” Just remember it was the Tamils who put Sirisena into Parliament.”

        Brilliant, there were 6,217,162 Tamils who had voted for Sirisena in 2015 while the total population of Tamils remained just over 3,100,000 in 2011. The Tamils have to control their birth rate.

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    Although not being a Ranil/UNP fan, it should be mentioned that Sirisena and his SLFP cabinet ministers are telling the country that Ranil and his ministers were working against the country/people. How can Sirisena and clan say this when they also had a voice/power in the cabinet while Sirisena was the head of the cabinet. Sirisena left Mahinda in 2014, saying the same thing but, during that period no cabinet minister was allowed to go against anything proposed by Rajapaksas. During that time they also would have had a “Sudu van fright”

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    Dear Author and all participants,
    In Sri Lanka politicians are not Leaders of the people. They are expert dramatists acting different roles as and when the situation arise. The CB drama was played when it was necessary to safeguard the MR crimes. MR and MS are now playing to safeguard MS and RW from the forthcoming March 2019 UNHRC session and also from the local TNA demand for a new Constitution. Have you ever seen your politicians working for the progress of your Country?

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      Richard@I cant agree with you fully, albeit as a whole, most of them behave like as you explain here. That is common to many developing countries. However, lanken culture is totally different to that of any other like minded countries. Vietnam can easily rasie their life styles by being able to adapt better systems, but lankens would have to struggle since varied cuplrits by any means would stand on your way. Here, not just business men, politicians only, but hugely MEDIA institutions… for their selfish games promotes only the crime doers.
      Let me bring you good systems introduced by some good politicians in the country.
      1)See, Lalith Athulathmudali, LATE minister then introduced a bursary to all unprviledged undergrads entering local unis. That is even commenable by developed world. Where i am based in Europe, some country do offer some sort of bursaries so taht the students can completed their studies but they are bound to pay them after completion of their courses

      2)And those projects that UNP govt then brought to lanken development BASED on Mahaweliganaga .. brought that much to the nation.

      3) Late Mr Kadirgamar did yeomans service to the country getting LTTErs banned on the west and where they LTTErs had proactive acitivities. His services had not been made, do you think any leader would ever be able to bring the CIVIL war into the end ? No way ..

      And also wrong to be that pessimistic, that we cant find any good amogn some young MPs and Ministers. Each and every country, you have good and talent personalities.

      My worry lies somewhere else, that the MEDIA mafia that is taken a ride in this country today- permanently mislead the nation. That is why masses would still go after HIGH CRIMINALS.
      Like for example those who at once question what is the point of DEMOCRACY ?
      ජනතාව දරිද්රතාවට යටත්ව සිටින ප්රජාතන්ත්රවාදයේ වටිනාකම කුමක්ද?
      மக்கள் வறுமையின் கீழ் வைத்திருக்கும் ஜனநாயகத்தின் மதிப்பு என்ன?

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    Best thing is to put these thugs in jail.

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    “Right thinking people cannot understand how Buddhist religion and corrupt political culture can go together?”
    Buddha pointed out the consequences of bad action and advised to refrain from such acts. He did not give Commandments. It is up to individuals to decide what they do. Whereas in Christianity there are Commandments. Thou shall not kill. But there are several Christian countries (e.g. USA, UK) whose main source of income is selling arms used for killing human beings. Although countries like USA, UK are proponents of Democracy in the world, they keep on selling arms to an autocratic regime in Saudi Arabia that go on killing innocent men, women and children in Yemen. Several Christian countries in the West are responsible for killing thousands and thousands of civilians in Iraq, Libya and Syria. Whether we like it or not these are realities in life.

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      Eagle Eye
      “ Right thinking people cannot understand how Buddhist religion and corrupt political culture can go together.”
      You are perfectly right .
      When wrong thinking crooked people capture power illegally
      unrightiounessly right thinnking people certainly cannot understand.

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    Parliament is the house of elected representatives///

    By the people for the people from the people…..

    If president cannot work with Ranil he change him why are other Minister change, people elect to be in the parliament to represent them. Non of the new are minister people choice. You vote
    your future through the people choices it is citizens validated to replace corrupt or incompetent rulers. It is dismissing of any hidden agreement if a single man does

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    Had there been a powerful Senate, there will be no room for politico-criminal gang. From the time, the 1971 Constitution came into force, the political leaders wanted to enjoy enormous powers without the system of Checks and Balance. It was the same when the 1971 Constitution was replaced by J.R.Jayawardena with the 1978 Constitution. It is this Uni-cameral system which brought undesirable political leaders through the back door by the powerful Presidents. Now Maithiripala Sirisena brought Mhinda Rajapakse through the back door unwanted problems cropped up and it is time Mahinda Rajapakse will have to go back through the same back door.because of interference of Supreme Court as well as that of chaos created by the stupid President. It is this Uni-cameral system which allowed room for fraud, white van abduction, case of disappearances, misappropriation of funds, interference with the judiciary, disruption of law and order, etc.

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    Vijithamuni Ranasinghe’s worry “A Sign Of Things To Come” though real, pales, when we look at the ‘happenings’ over the past few weeks.
    Put together they are sinister and ominous, getting worse by the hour.
    We may lose the chance and freedom to go after the truth.
    .
    For the last seventy years or so we had “…..Bullies Desecrating The Parliament” The Parliament is still there but the democracy we evolved has not delivered.

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    Along time ago, my late father said, as nation we will never prosper, cos of our Crab in Pot Mentality, where in one will always pull the other one down and along with it the whole country. He was lucky to have grown up in the time of the British during his youth and experienced first hand both sides of independence. Maybe till about 1992 we had leaders of credibility and some class. However with MR and Clan taking over the reigns of the country our standards have been taken to all new low just like the rupee plummeting against the dollar. We love dwelling in the past and bringing up old dirt as nation. But no one has the courage to do something about it. They fear the clergy and losing face to religious sentiments.

    Sincerely hope and pray everyday, that our leaders will truly put country before self and work towards the overall betterment and benefit of its people. Leaders talk about creating jobs and wealth, become the next Singapore. Menial and short terms Jobs can be created overnight but long terms sustainable growth cannot created overnight if the level and quality of education is poor. Education will and be the catalyst to spur the next generation of entrepreneurs, Technology innovations and businesses emerging in Sri Lanka. This would certainly provide the jobs we require.

    Sigh….this is all but a dream!

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    “Rajapaksa bullies are desecrating Parliament.”… Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaa.
    It is Dr Ranil’s stooges who brought Carving knives to Parliament and started the ruckus..

    Dr Ranil’s Rainbow Treasurer called the President a “Padadaya” in front of Colombo TV .
    Wonder whether it is Parliamentary Language ?..

    Now Ammata Digial Harin says he is the one who gathered the 2/3 to save Dr Ranil.
    And called the President “Aappaya “..
    Harin is now demanding that he should be made the PM.
    In other words telling his Boss to Piss Off…

    May be this writer has seen only Dr Ranil who was wearing his DB Suit even while holed up in Temple Trees….
    How sad……

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    The sad truth of it all is that the Les Miserable of Srilanka have to confront powerful groups of Bandits and Highway (Bank) Robbers on each side of the political divide.

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    “It is like asking someone to go to Colombo but preventing him/her going to Colombo by intimidation and harassment. Then blaming the person who is trying to go to Colombo for not going to Colombo.”

    However clearly the author might express himself, there will always be some people who will not be able to make any sense out of it – that includes even some intellectuals, political analysts and journalists!

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    Dear Vijithamuni Ranasinghe,
    It is very good balanced analysis of the country since the introduction of executive presidency in this country. However, the misuse of power and deterioration of the governance principles goes back with the introduction of Sinhala Buddhist nationalsim into the politics.Buddhist leadership now keep silent even though they knew well that President and his appointment of PM is illegal and immoral.We have to remember what the President said after removing Ranil: He said I will not allow North East merger, I will not allow Federalism. If that goes on, It is on my dead body. This is a heroic speech, similar to what Mahinda. Fake Patriotism. How can it is possible to have two-third majority in parliament without SLFP support even if Ranil continues to be PM? Truth of the matter is that racism continue to play to cheat Sinhala masses. Tamils knew well that both UNP and SLFP will not solve this issue ever. Even the Tamil political leadership give up their demands, now they have got Muslim community to cheat for another 100 years. The real victims are poor Sinhalese.

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