27 October, 2020

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Rajapaksa & Harper Lost Their Re-Election Bids Due To Racist Policies

 By Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

You can fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time” – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln – the 16th President of the United States. History looks at this colossus with awe. A personification of supreme sagacity. Many are the wise cracks attributed to him. On democracy he famously said “is the government of the people, by the people for the people” How many of today’s leaders truly believe and practice democracy this way? He also said “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power

It may sound a trifle strange, two gentleman separated by vast stretches of geographic terrain, having ruled their respective nations for just under ten years, animus for each other well known along with their strategic dislike for Muslims ousted just about the same year and quite comprehensively too. Uncomfortable as it may seem, they had to countenance surprising electoral defeats not because they had under-performed or got marginalized electorally. They were rejected for their notorious wedge and polarizing politics. The strands went far and beyond the threshold. People power showed them the red card.

Just because a politician manufactures and uses racist policies does it make him a racist? Absolutely not. Democracy a proven political process has survived the vagaries of time and retained somewhat of its luster, atleast in the huge compendiums preserved in libraries and places of learning. It’s the person who’s got dissolute not the process. This is a tragedy.

The process does not get corrupt on its own. The person has to introduce the corruptive pill. Once the filth is set in motion wholesale putrefaction is unleashed. There is no special need to explain putrefaction to Sri Lankans, their nostrils have huge degrees of tolerance. When we the people cannot bear the stench any longer another bunch of well packaged pollutant-prone blokes are elected. They may temporarily contain the malodor until such time they introduce their own quota. Delusion always gets the better of the mistakenly empowered voter. This is a vicious cycle that will most likely continue till the descent of Jesus son of Mary.

Why is faith in democracy fast eroding? Why is democracy becoming exclusionary? Why is democracy demeaning, dispossessing, demonizing, disempowering and destroying especially minorities and other vulnerable groups? It’s no doubt on average richer than non-democracies. Despite democracy’s enduring appeal it’s still causing disillusionment and division, why? I don’t have the answer.

Toxic rhetoric, shrill warnings, ill-founded appellatives are no longer third world imports. The west has its own share that too of the hybrid genre. In Canada Marketing specialists with a notoriety for wedge politics are hired for big bucks just to hammer at fellow Canadians for electoral advancement. Deriding people’s belief with offensive language has become mainstream strategy.  All in the name of power and democracy. Now I understand what Abraham Lincoln meant by character. What is certain and obvious is that early practitioners of democracy had character at least most of them.

In the January 2015 Sri Lankan Presidential election Maithripala Sirisena was declared the winner after receiving 51.28% of all votes. Subsequently Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party (UNP) won the country’s parliamentary election in August 2015. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s centre-right party won 106 of parliament’s 225 seats. In both elections the minority vote undeniably played the role of a game changer. Most frontline political leaders and analysts have downplayed this fact to this date. How can leaders convince people to embrace democracy and empower themselves when acknowledgement is either non-existent or procrastinated?

The majority Maithripala Sirisena received at the January 8, 2015 Presidential election was 449,072 votes. Northern and Eastern provinces with its pre-eminent Tamil and Muslim areas gave Maithripala Sirisena a majority of 654,521 votes. Basic arithmetic proves beyond any reasonable doubt how the actual electoral vote castings had been disbursed. Mahinda Rajapaksa lost despite garnering the highest number of Sinhala voters. The Tamils. Muslims and the Christians who had become open victims of nasty wedge politics with attendant violence aimed at them overwhelmingly voted for the opposition candidate.

October 19, 2015 was a historic day for Canada. “Canadians from all across this great country sent a clear message. It’s time for change in this country my friends, real change,” said the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal. “A positive, optimistic hopeful vision of public life isn’t a naive dream. It can be a powerful force for change.” The election ushered in a new era for Canada as Trudeau was swept to power on a vow to change how Canadians were governed and a commitment to end what he branded as the Conservatives’ divisive style of politics.

Mr Trudeau according to almost all political pundits created a record and that too by playing the game strictly according to the book unlike his opponent Stephen Harper. Preliminary results had the Liberals at 184 seats, comfortably more than the 170 seats needed for a majority government in the expanded 338-seat House of Commons. It’s a stunning rebound for a party that had been knocked down to 34 seats in the 2011 election and left for dead.

In the days preceding to the election Justin Trudeau made the following controversial yet impressive speech at the McGill Institute. “To me, pluralism means diversity, and diversity is at the very heart of Canada. It is who we are and what we do. We do it better than anyone else on earth. So well, in fact, that we often take it for granted. So let’s remind ourselves: Canada is the only country in the world that is strong, not in spite of our differences, but because of them. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I believe the root cause of our success is a uniquely Canadian idea of freedom, of liberty. That’s the idea I want to develop with you tonight”

Continuing He said “First, I want to argue that Canadian liberty is all about inclusion. We have had deeply regrettable moments. But the history of this country is one in which we are constantly challenging ourselves and each other to extend our personal definitions of who is a Canadian. This is a good and important thing. It is good for us, good for our country, and important to the world.”
South-western Sri Lanka a couple of years ago witnessed a fatal mob attack. Muslims were explicitly targeted. It was one of the largest and most deadly in recent years, wounding 80 Muslims and killing four with unprecedented loss to property. It was carried out by the BBS – a militant Buddhist organization led by Buddhist priests and their erstwhile supporters with complete state patronage. This was considered poetry by some political analysts for the Sinhala heartland. Numbers for Mahinda Rajapakse would start to clink, like that of a cash register. This was the pathological rationale of the day. Designing to destroy and draw blood had become electoral strategy in this day and age of enlightenment, how strange?

The counterparts in the west aren’t any less different either. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper was not subtle about his use of cultural differences as a trigger for fear during the election campaign. His government pressed its case against a Muslim woman fighting to wear her niqab during her citizenship ceremony — and lost. It unveiled a “barbaric cultural practices” tipline for Canadians to report on their neighbors. Recently a four months pregnant Muslim hijabi was attacked while going to pick up her daughter from school. The niqab controversy reappeared after the federal government said it would appeal a court decision allowing for Muslim women to wear the face covering during their public citizenship oath ceremony.

In this day and age it’s all about inclusive politics. Pitting fellow countryman against each other for parochial electoral distance is frowned upon. The 2015 General Election in Canada taught all political parties a great lesson on what constitutes “Canadian values”. We Canadians are ready to show the compassionate, inclusive Canada. Come join us.

We also urge the Sri Lankan leadership to join hands in friendship. Mr. Justin Trudeau is man for all occasions. He is smart, handsome, dynamic, compassionate and committed to true and entrenched Canadian values. Grab the opportunity to do business with him. Reach out to Canada, reach to the Sri Lankan diaspora in Canada. Build a truly inclusive Sri Lanka with progress and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

Mr. Sirisena, Mr. Wickremesinghe get hold of the man and get to know him better. Meet him at the next Commonwealth conference in Malta and strike a lasting relationship with the bloke. Sri Lanka needs Canada and vice versa. Seek Canada’s help to build Sri Lanka. She is the epitome of magnanimity.

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”  – Abraham Lincoln

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    “She is the epitome of magnanimity.” Are you sure ?

    Will the smart patriots Dayan, Tamara, Weeravansa, Dinesh, dual citizens Gotha, Basil, Palitha, Bogollagama, Millinda Morogoda, Vasu’s daughter who is in US and the likes , ex SL Rohan the expert who doesn’t believe in political solutions but believes and advocates state terror, agree with you and endorse your view ?

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    I forgot to add 2 more names the Canadian expert Bandula Jeyasekara from Kurunegala and HLDM down under expert.

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    If a man in a niqab can vote, in Canada, as shown below, wont an election be flawed?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoTE59bxb6g

    Will moslem women wish to vote wearing the niqab in Sri Lanka, and will they be allowed to vote?

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      Under Canadian federal election rules, a person is allowed to vote while wearing a face covering, as long as they take an oath attesting they are eligible to vote and show two pieces of identification, at least one of which shows their current address.

      In Dorval, a man voted while clad in a clown’s costume while another man in Gatineau, just across the river from Ottawa, voted in a ghost costume and a woman wearing a potato sack on her head cast her ballot. This is Canada by the way.

      “It doesn’t matter what kind of covering it is. It can be a mask or a niqab but there is nothing to stop electors from showing up with a covering. They are welcome,” Dugald Maudsley of Elections Canada said.Canadians can vote by mail and in that case, aren’t required to provide a photo ID.Once again this is Canada. Its this Canada Harper tried to take away from the people.

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        I have worked in UK’s election booths and the voter has only got to give his or her name and address which is checked on the register. He or she can wear anything they like and no identification is required. However, if the Register shows, that voter has already voted by an imposter or other, then ID is checked and a misdemeanor is deemed committed by the imposter and the punishment is severe. A pink ballot paper is issued which automatically cancels the imposter’s vote, traced by its unique ballot paper number at counting stage.

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        What about Wahabi intolerance that is spreading Sri Lanka too? Why is Saudi Arabia arming terrorists? Do you accept SECULAR DEMOCRACY? YES OR NO? DO YOU ACCEPT that Western nations steeped in DEEP CHRISTIAN VALUES are better than Arab nations? Do you see people running to become citizens of Saudi Arabia or do we see tons of Arab refugees running to Christian White Germany ?What are Wahabis killing Shias, Yazdis, Christians and Hindus? Why is India SECULAR and peaceful and is home to third largest population of Muslims? Why do you people look at Saudi Arabia as your spiritual center when those camel riding backward racist bedouins never even had a real nation until 1926? Sri Lanka, India existed for thousands of years as ancient civilizations with education, universities etc. Except for the Ottaman Empire and before that during the times of Salahuddin, a lot of those Racist Arab nations were created out of thin air after World War I to divvy up their oil by US and Britain. So you are Dravidian Tamil speaking Muslim like us. Follow SECULAR nations. DO NOT follow Saudi Arabia.

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          Nauffer

          “What about Wahabi intolerance that is spreading Sri Lanka too?”

          What about it? Where exactly did you spot Wahabi intolerance in this island? Was it in your paranoid head?

          “Do you accept SECULAR DEMOCRACY?”

          Do you? If you really do,what are you going to do about Chapter II of the constitution? How secular is the Sri Lankan constitution with Chapter II?

          “Why is India SECULAR and peaceful and is home to third largest population of Muslims?”

          Really?

          Have you ever learnt about medieval Islamic/Arabic scientific inventions and universities. First university was founded in Fez, Morocco in 859?

          Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world
          Olivia Sterns

          “a lot of those Racist Arab nations were created out of thin air after World War”

          So was India and Sri Lanka 100 years prior to First world war.

          January 29, 2010

          “Why do you people look at Saudi Arabia as your spiritual center when those camel riding backward racist bedouins never even had a real nation until 1926?”

          You would be surprised to hear the idea of a nation didn’t exist before 19th century.

          Why do you stupid people visit India/Nepal on pilgrimages from North to South?

          Why don’t you factcheck before you start typing or check your head whenever you get the itch to type?

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            “Why don’t you factcheck before you start typing or check your head whenever you get the itch to type?”

            These people wouldn’t know a fact from a fart, NV.

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    He had worked for KKK for when he was young.

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    Justin Trudeau’s dad Pierre Trudeau was a close friend of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and President Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremasinghe should use the opportunity to refer to this affinity and get closer to Justin Trudeau.
    Its time to reesatblish this friendship. The diesel engines that were gifted to us by Canada during the Pieere Trudeau era are still running and a reminder of the Trudeaus links with Sri Lanka

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    Harper also spend millions of public funds for his campaign.
    Harper did NOT loos because of his policies against the Islamic
    immigrants, but because he was the meanest prime minister ever in
    Canada. Fortunately, the Muslims don’t have much influence here
    as yet.

    A poll showed that 80% of the Canadians are against the use of
    the muslim head covering (Niquab) and Harper opposed a court decision to
    allow women to wear a niqab during a citizenship oath.

    If 80% of the people’s wish is that the face must be revealed at the
    citizenship ceremony, didn’t this woman who was seeking
    citizenship at least as a courtesy to the host people agree to
    make a goodwill gesture to them?

    If you arrive at an Islamic country with a statue of Jesus would they allow
    you to bring it in? No, they bang it and crush it in front of you
    art the airport it self.

    Trudeau said “To me, pluralism means diversity, and diversity is at the very heart of Canada. It is who we are and what we do. We do it better than anyone else on earth. So well, in fact, that we often take it for granted. So let’s remind ourselves: Canada is the only country in the world that is strong, not in spite of our differences, but because of them. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I believe the root cause of our success is a uniquely Canadian idea of freedom, of liberty. That’s the idea I want to develop with you tonight”

    And do you think Muslims want Diversity? Why are the suffis and sunnis and other Muslim sects at each other’s throats in the Middle East? Isn’t the same thing happening or not in Beruwela, Sri lanka, and various places all over in the Eastern province, and where ever the Muslims are? If your co-religionists are in favour of diversity, how come the Mosque in Kotehena is threatening the Hindus against their ceremonies?

    The Saudis, the richest Muslim leader nation, and such nations are not even willing
    to take even ONE of the destitute refugees leaving Syria and other countires and heading for Europe.

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      “If you arrive at an Islamic country with a statue of Jesus would they allow you to bring it in? No, they bang it and crush it in front of you art the airport it self. “
      Do not generalize. This might happen in Saudi Arabia, but NOT in UAE, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, etc.
      By the way, try arriving in Sri Lanka with a tattoo of the Buddha on your arm. That’s different, is it?

      ” And do you think Muslims want Diversity? Why are the suffis and sunnis and other Muslim sects at each other’s throats in the Middle East? Isn’t the same thing happening or not in Beruwela, “
      All religions do this. Try and propagate Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka and you will see.The Catholic Church grumbles about fundamentalist missionaries.

      “f 80% of the people’s wish is that the face must be revealed at the citizenship ceremony, didn’t this woman who was seeking citizenship at least as a courtesy to the host people agree to make a goodwill gesture to them?”
      80% of Americans used to think blacks were less than human.That did not mean they were right.

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      Nicely laid out. Today look what happened. The Islamic Radicals are a danger because they do not adapt and change when they migrate but instead want everyone to accept their crap in the name of religious freedom which does not exist in their backward Arab nations . Wahabis and Shias all killing each other. Wahabis raping women and children. So no, when people go to western nations they need to CHANGE like we Sinhalese and Tamils change and adapt. We like Bacon and pork. We are free to eat and drink as we please. We do not want your Madrassas in Sweden or Canada or USA preaching isolation and hate like Wahabis but instead be like peaceful Billions of Muslims.

      Two suicide bombers struck at mosques in northeast Nigeria on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding more than 100, an official and witnesses said.

      A massive blast in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, killed 27 people and wounded 96 during Friday afternoon prayers that were crowded with officials helping to inaugurate a new mosque, said Saad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency.

      Radio stations broadcast urgent appeals for blood donations. “We call on individuals to come and donate blood to save lives,” Bello said.

      In an earlier attack before dawn on Friday, another suicide bomber killed 15 people in an explosion at a mosque in Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and birthplace of the Boko Haram armed group, according to a self-defense fighter who helped remove the bodies. He spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

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    Stephen Harper is not a racist. He is probably the best Prime Minister Canada ever had. It is wrong to call him a racist just because he does not support radical Islamists. He did not support Tamil Tigers either.
    Anybody who compares Stephen Harper with Mahinda Rajapakse must have his head examined.

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      @Yohan Heenatigala

      I heard he was setting up a “Barbarous Cultural Practices” hotline where you can call in and report anyone if you think they are carrying out “Barbarous Cultural Practices”

      I think the last time this was carried out was when old Mrs. Hitler’s little boy was running Germany.

      Gosh, it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that were I living in the Canadian Utopia under Stephen Harper, I might be reported for my Barbath and Pittu !

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    Today any moron can become a hot shot journalist peddling their two cents’ worth talking trash. Thanks to the internet and Wikipedia. Meaningfully bearded Mr Idroos’ cloaked contention is that Stephen Harper and Mahinda Rajapakse lost the elections because they followed racist policies towards the Muslims. Which western democracy does tolerate people coming to their countries vowing to cut the throats of the unbelievers and practise female circumcision and claim government subsidies for their other wives? I honestly believe that Canada should ban hijab and other torturous female garbs forced on their wives by men who are scared that their Houris will be defiled by the prying eyes of other men. Why I want hijab be banned is that their English is so bad I have to lip-read them when they talk. Harper lost because Trudeau claimed the share of the votes of the defeated NDP which was the opposition in the last parliament. On the other hand there were two million young voters who wanted ‘a change’. How about this for a change? First thing Trudeau is doing as the prime minister is legalizing the use of marijuana. Like father like son! Rajapakse lost because of the votes of the northerners irked by the death of Prabhakaran. Today Rajapakse-bashing has become the favourite pastime of the Sri Lankans. They can do so in comfort as there are no bombs going off in buses and hidden in trash cans maiming and killing innocent people. There are unproved reports of Ali Baba caves stashed in foreign countries by Rajapakse. I don’t condone corruption but tell me the name of one Sri Lankan leader in the past who had not resorted to such practices. Tell me one Sri Lankan government that completed more infrastructure development projects than the Rajapake government. it is true that there had been some excesses with regard to the 30-year war. Can poison be killed any thing other than poison?

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    Harper was lieing to people. only the businesses believes him because it was good for their profit margin.

    Mahinda Rajapakse cheated the whole world and his karma came back to him. Mahonda Rajapakse’s lost is classic.

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    Islamic Logic

    According to your religion I have the freedom to practise my religion. According to my religion I have the freedom to kill you. Therefore according to your own religion I have the freedom to kill you.

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      Socrates

      Sinhala/Buddhist logic

      Sunday Sil Monday kill

      A good Tamil/Muslim/Christian is a dead Tamil/Muslim/Christian.

      Kill the Veddah, Rob the Buddha, Blame the Sudda.

      Hindu logic

      A dead Dalit is a good Dalit

      Christian Logic

      “Thou shall not kill” – and the Christians believed in it but didn’t learn from it.

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        Native Veddha is saying
        Socrates Sinhala/Buddhist logic
        and so on.
        But this was also the Logic of Prabhakaran and the Tamils who wanted the North
        cleansed of Muslims and Sinhalese.
        Our people have not yet been restituted, although the Sinhalese should be thankful to us for the help the Muslims gave them to win the wars.
        Sinhala/Buddhist Logic was needed to get rid of the LTTE. The native veddha has never criticizedthe LTTE. So he must be an LTTE Veddha.

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