24 June, 2024

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Ranil-Rajapaksa: The Bells Shall Toll For The ‘Hilters’ Of Our Time!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

‘Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited’ – Robert Kennedy

With apologies to John Donne (1572-1631), it is the reality that funeral bell that tolls for one person’s death, then, will also tolls for others too, Funeral tolling is an old ritual where a bell is rung several times with long pauses between each strike. This ritual is to announce either a death or burial service. As Sri Lanka is facing much suffering going through one of the world’s worst economic crises for most of the year, marked by soaring inflation, food and fuel shortages, and low supplies of foreign reserves, Ranil-Rajapaksa alliance is engaged in collective scheming and machinations as they seek to maintain, consolidate, and grow their power, influence, and wealth–at each other’s expense, irony is that people are still failing to see through this ‘game of  thrones’.

Both Rajapaksa and Ranil camps have been playing cat and mouse with the people of Sri Lanka, exchanging tongue in the cheek ‘accusations’ against each other, while a once proud nation has already reached the ‘failed state’ station. Comical indeed! While UNP stated that ‘Ranil did not take up the job to protect the Rajapaksas or to do their bidding, and that those who had to climb out of the Beira lake in their underwear would do well to remember that Mahinda said at a meeting in Kalutara, that he believed that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has returned to ‘the right path’. My foot! At this SLPP meeting, the old guard resolved to rise up together with Rajapakse’, despite knowing that how out of step both camps were with the people’s aspirations and mood. However, as Mahinda reiterated SLPP will continue this journey by supporting him, in a well bonded ‘Ranil-Rajapaksa’ relationship. 

It looks like that the new government in Colombo, has settled in and received help from bilateral and multilateral donors. However, even with the increased support, Sri Lanka’s economy continues to sputter, and core public grievances remain unresolved and its immediate economic outlook looks grim and the country still seems like a powder keg—susceptible to more mass protests—particularly as the public face new austerity measures. As FP article reported, ‘anticipating more unrest, Wickremesinghe has imposed restrictions on protest in recent weeks, but such moves have only provoked public demonstrations. Sri Lankans have many reasons to come back to the streets: continued economic stress (which could worsen if fresh austerity measures are implemented), anger about an unelected government with close ties to the Rajapaksas, and demands for Sri Lanka to file criminal charges against Gotabaya Rajapaksa—an unlikely prospect as long as his allies remain in power’. 

As it stands, Ranil’s reliance on Rajapaksas’ political party for his parliamentary majority weakens his political credibility in the eyes of the public. Thus, as it looks, many Sri Lankans won’t be appeased until elections take place—and Ranil will not allow it until he serves out a term that doesn’t end until November 2024. Thus, it is not surprising that Ranil regime is authorising crackdown on the protest movement, and criminalising those activists as  they cannot tolerate challenges to the president’s so-called ‘economic relief’ agenda from the street and Ranil’s unwillingness to accede to the movement’s demands for deep political reforms for cleaner and more efficient governance. 

The IMF agreement also requires the government to make a series of delicate policy changes, protest movement was demanding, at least without major international pressure. These potential reforms include abolishing the executive presidency, prosecution and recovery of assets in cases of major financial corruption, and laws to regulate campaign financing. Despite Sri Lankan government’s assurance to establish a Truth Commission on the lines of the South African model, no signs are in the horizon to take the concrete steps needed to end the rampant impunity for crimes allegedly committed by security forces during the war and the politically powerful. As a recent ‘Crisis group’ report stresses, The IMF deal presents important leverage, in order to pressure the government to hold parliamentary elections at the earliest opportunity and on the government ceasing the clampdown on protest leaders, as well as credible anti-corruption efforts.

However, as the situation worsened, when thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the Government to take responsibility for the crisis, instead, the Sri Lankan authorities responded harshly to demonstrators, engaging on serious human rights violations previously documented by HR watchdog AI. AI says, ‘the Sri Lankan authorities  do not seem to take any tangle steps to mitigate the widespread human rights cost of [this] crisis, which has cruelly stripped away people’s rights’. Meanwhile , political corruption is continuing, regardless of international concerns, with a rogue filled COPE committee being appointed and a string of corruptive practices continuing amid the economic crisis, as pointed out by former COPE Chair Dr Charitha Herath. 

Already widespread arrests are being made by the Police, throwing the human rights and constitutional rights to free speech to the winds. Ranil’s arrogance knew no bounds with human rights being grossly violated , giving scant regard to all norms of civilised governance and conduct. Many repressive measures are being undertaken  to further bolster the state apparatus, clearly is in response to the eruption of mass anti-government protests, which began in April involving millions of workers and rural poor. They are also in preparation for the inevitable re-emergence of the mass struggles in response to a new round of International Monetary Fund (IMF) austerity He fails to realise that bells will soon toll for him and his likes as well. 

It was due to the international pressure  and that of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka which led the government to take a U turn, a week later and revoke the ban on protests around key public buildings covering large parts of Colombo, imposed earlier by invoking the rarely used Official Secrets Act. Besides, the desperate attempts by Ranil & Co. to demonise the protest movement – particularly the Inter-University Students’ Federation – by labelling it as “terrorist”, should also be deplored too. Already its convenor Wasantha Mudalige and a student monk, are under custody under stringent PTA laws- a law which is being widely condemned by human rights community both local and global for being partial, biased and discriminatory, in application. On September 27, the public administration secretary, following a government directive, also issued a circular banning state employees from criticising the government on social media platforms.

Then, adding salt to the pestering wound relating to the worsening human rights situation, the government released a new repressive Bureau of Rehabilitation bill. Already Supreme Court is due to hear petitions arguing that the bill is unconstitutional. Similar measures like this retrograde piece of legislation were in force during the 30-year bloody communal war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam with many of those arrested declared “ex-combatants” and sent to rehabilitation centres. Some of those arrested simply disappeared, others were tortured. Those that were released have been under constant surveillance by intelligence agencies. Its duties and functions of the bureau set up under this bill, are to “rehabilitate ex-combatants, members of violent extremist groups and any other group of persons who requests treatment and rehabilitation or is required by law to be provided with treatment and rehabilitation.” In other words, any individual from a broad range of political parties or groups, including those fighting for social and democratic rights, could be incarcerated in the rehabilitation centres. Civil rights lawyers opposing the bill say that it does not include any judicial processes and point out that police could arrest anyone and directly send them to the rehabilitation camps.

A UN Report has already said, that ‘impunity for past and present human rights abuses, economic crimes and corruption were the underlying causes for the island nation’s collapse. For sustainable improvement, it is vital to recognise and assist Sri Lanka to address the underlying factors, which have contributed to this crisis, including embedded impunity for past and present human rights abuses, economic crimes and corruption’, the Report said. ‘The broad-based demands by Sri Lankans from all communities for accountability and democratic reforms presented an important starting point for a new and common vision for the future, and fundamental changes will be required to address the current challenges and to avoid the repetition of the human rights violations of the past’ it further said.

United Nations Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif delivering a speech at the U.N. offices in Geneva, in Sept. 2022 too stressed ‘Impunity remains a central obstacle to the rule of law, reconciliation and Sri Lanka’s sustainable peace and development. This impunity continues to embolden those committing human rights violations and has created fertile ground for corruption and the abuse of power, as well as contributing to the present economic crisis.” In response, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry, added the immediate concern was economic recovery, but advancing the human rights of Sri Lankan people was of equal importance.

However, as time and again the global community has seen, successive Sri Lankan governments making commitments to the Human Rights Council that are then broken or disavowed, the international financial institutions, along with the government of Sri Lanka, must also conduct human rights impact assessments before implementing economic reforms. It however remains unclear as to whether these have been or will be conducted. International community represented by the UN as well as the HR watchdogs need to therefore impress upon Ranil’s new government with its repressive HR track records that bells will toll for them soon enough. They should press Sri Lanka on its commitments and call for action now to end the abuses that are taking place, while renewing and enhancing the UN’s mandates to monitor the situation and pursue accountability for past abuses’. 

United Nations Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights also added,’I encourage the new government to embark on a national dialogue to advance human rights and reconciliation and to carry out the deeper institutional, democratic and security sector reforms needed to restore the independence of key institutions, to combat impunity, to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations, and to tackle the economic crisis’. Although pressure can be exerted from outside, the initiative to stand up against State repression should therefore come from within, locally.

As lawyer/HR defender and a victim of State repression Hejaaz Hisbullah said, ‘It seems freedom is what we carve out for ourselves through courage. Desperate times have pushed people to desperate measures, and they have now overcome their fears and are fighting for their freedom. They are fighting in the legal space that has been created through years of jurisprudence. The theoretical space has now been occupied in real time and I feel is also being expanded. All good news! However, this is not due to any state intervention but due to the actions of people responding to the dire circumstances they find themselves in’.In answer to a question by CIVICUS Monitor, ‘How can international civil society and the international community support criminalised human rights defenders?’, Hejaz responded, ‘When human rights activists are arrested, the state would like the whole world to forget them. They hope grand allegations and prolonged detentions will suffocate everyone’s will and resolve to fight. Civil society and the international community can help us by keeping us alive outside the prison walls: by asking the important questions and putting pressure on the government to justify its actions’.

It is as yet unclear how firm the global/ UNHRC’s resolve will be in taking action for change. However, with an international spotlight on various human rights violations suffered especially by the poor and minorities, those in power may ultimately find it hard to avoid being held to account for their treatment of other Sri Lankans; and to realise that the bells will toll for them soon too, in style. In the coming days, it will be of utmost importance for local pressure be kept alive amid State repression, to ensure that the rule of law is re-established and upheld to provide confidence to the people and restore their faith in institutions.’‘ Failure to do so would lead to the already deepening of the economic crisis snowballing into an uncontrollable humanitarian crisis, never seen before. 

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    Nation’s animal, MaRa make shameless public statements about their SLPP.

    https://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/MR-says-election-not-an-issue-SLPP-can-win-even-today/238-246937

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      “The Bells Shall Toll For The ‘Hilters’ Of Our Time!”
      I cannot comment, since I have never heard of Mr/Ms. Hilter.
      So, who the devil is “Hilter”?

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        Only petty minds see hilarity in a metathetic typo, oc.
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        It’s sad to see you degenerating.
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        You have asked, “Who the devil is “Hilter”? Since you are so dumb: Herr Adolf Hitler.
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        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V; Passport N7789311)

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          SM,
          If I made that mistake, it would be forgivable. If YOU did it, as an English teacher(as you so often remind us), it wouldn’t be forgiven. But professional writers are held to higher standards. They MUST check their copy, especially a headline.
          I don’t think I need to respond to claims of pettiness from one who within a few hours can go from admitting I am smarter than him to saying I am dumb. Schizophrenia, as someone suggested?

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            “Ranil has his proxy here, oc. He’s ten times cleverer than us,” (Oct. 18th)
            “Since you are so dumb: Herr Adolf Hitler.”( Oct.19th)
            So, clearly, the bearer of NIC 483111444V; Passport N7789311 is, by his own admission, 10 times dumber than me. Or is my English comprehension wanting?

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            His schizophrenia may be mild. His is a complex disease. Just imagine, a few days ago, he added in bold the way his sister and all other family members were doing when he came home.
            Paul wonders what will happen next. …. DNA test results ? It should be clear from CT that SM is the main reason some commentators have abandoned CT forever.
            A man who retired at the age of 55 has done nothing but gossip about others. This has been his only hobby. i ask him to be a teacher in English for UVA youth instead…… there his excuse is … he is too old

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            OC
            I know quite a few schizophrenics, some closely.
            They are not that dishonest.

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              And Mr. SJ, I am right in believing that his situation is very complex.
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              I thought for a long time that SM was suffering from a complex health problem.

              Apart from his usual other health problems he has been suffering from insomnia for the past 5 years.

              As he believes, CT forum is the biggest and most powerful website and its influence will be equal to that of UK’s GUARDIAN: Sometimes I feel he lacks even the basics about the situation in Sri Lanka.
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              The isolinism and preconceptions he developed about many things in Sri Lankan society may be the reason why he thought of living in a small world.

              I am really sorry for him.

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          SM what next? Blood Group? Full CV? What is the purpose of all this personal information?

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            Paul,
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            Sinhala man is not proficient in SINHALA language, but he is called “sinnhala_man”. So what else can you expect from such a person?

            He’s hunting us because we’re still against “the 89 murderers who killed my sandbox friends.” who knows that we would next support NPP if they would join hand with other moderates in this society.

            I should have my own right to add my own thoughts that I think are right at the moment. JVP should not be held as a panacea for today’s problems because there are two stupid men behind JVP.

            ALAS, remember how my friends were fighting no tbeing able to exchange their thoughts in 89 ?
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              Leelagemalli I remember only too well the killings of the Eighties. I was living in Nugegoda at the time. Things were so bad the UNP agreed to forming a national Government. Sensing their desperation, the JVP refused and prepared a death list of prominent UNP members. My cousin who is an upright lawyer (and hence a poor man) received a tip-off that his name was on it. He fled the country and returned a few months later. I cannot believe that people are so ignorant of the JVP’s recent history.

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                Paul,
                Tell us more of ur experience about 89, so that many that have no idea about the gravity of the atrocities committed by THEN JVPers.
                They were merciless.That cruelsome era branded sinhalaya as barbarians of unknown nature 😉😉😉😉
                All these truths may be jokes to our so called patriots like – sinhala man- but as an alternative they should prove lot more. 😉😉😉

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                Paul, LM,
                You cannot educate those who refuse to learn. There are also those who claim they were out of the country at the time.
                I think, though, that it is unfair to heap the sins of Wijeeweera and Gamanayaka (or the DJV, which some born-again JVP missionaries probably have never heard of) on today’s JVP. But it has a lot to answer for, including its role in ruining CPC and CEB through unfair salary demands.

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                  OC,
                  I told him x times, 89 took my friends forever. …. I was mercilessly called a stupid fool, because I do not worship JVP today. How can I forgive my murderers over and over again… knowing they killed my best friends. Either I must be sick or reborn
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                  And SM doesn’t know that CT is another small site that doesn’t have the same influence as the FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAUE tabloid in Germany. Despite this, putting me down as if my comments would cause even greater harm to the 22 million people of Sri Lanka…..can you imagine? This guy is crazy.

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                    OC, LM, I wouldn’t blame the present JVP members for the crimes of the Eighties but they must apologise for the party. They must disown Wijeweera and his outdated insane policies. Have they done that? Have a look at their website. https://www.jvpsrilanka.com/english/
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                    They still refer to ‘Comrade Rohana Wijeweera’. They still have laughable goals like ‘Programme of the proletarian socialist revolution’
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                    They still have statements like ‘The JVP was compelled to take up arms on 5th April 1971 against the unlawful, unjust repression of the government.’
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                    And after the Indo-Lanka Accord, ‘The JVP then had only one option to prevent the abdication of sovereignty and the division of Sri Lanka. The JVP took the correct decision to launch an armed struggle to defeat all enemies of Sri Lanka.’
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                    Not a word of apology for their murderous activities. By their own admission their policies remain the same. AKD himself may be a ‘really nice guy’ to some, but people are voting for a party not a person. Eventually he will be replaced by someone else, what then?

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            Paul,
            Maybe crotch measurements and dental records next.
            🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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              Please OC! I haven’t had dinner yet! 😊

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    Why are Christian RW and MR bad for Muslims out of nowhere????? Haven’t those pretending to be Buddhist but Christian leaders empowered Gihadi terrorists, protected Easter Sunday Gihadi tterrorist politicians, etc???
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    If Hija the bogus human rights activist is really innocent, he should have sued the authorities for wrongful arrest, wrongful detention, etc, etc, etc. But he hasn’t, because he knows who he really is. This goes to other Muslim suspects as well.
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    The other thing is, LTTE terrorists were trained and armed by India for Indian interests. That’s why even after Rajiv’s assassination, India protected LTTE. India’s plot is to anex Sri Lanka with the help of Muslims and Tamils.

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      Tony,
      You are correctly identified that RW and MR Families are Christians and they cheated Buddhist Sinhalese. Not only these families but also almost all families ruled this country are Christians and they cheated Buddhist Sinhala. Unfortunately, most of the Buddhist clergies are also doing the same because they were not origins of this island and they were Indians and may be Hindus. You are right that Gihadi terrorists and Easter Sunday terrorists are the creation of Rajapaksa family.

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      Tony boy appears to be the dumber twin version of Eagle ‘Blind’ Eye. This country has no shortage of dimwits. Tony boy which hole did you pop up from? Now you are pulling the Christians and Muslims in here for the faults of the extremist elements among the Buddhists? Well done, you have completely made a fool of yourself.

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      Tony!
      You should be utterly ashamed at calling Hejaaz “a bogus human rights activist”.
      You obviously speak from ignorance.

      Not only about him but also about the present state of the justice system in this country. There are many reasons why he hasnt yet, or maybe wont ever, sue “the authorities”, etc.

      That such a person was jailed for nearly 2 years is scarcely surprising in this land like no other where a doctor of the same ethnicity, could be demonized for secretly sterilizing thousands of women.

      INVESTIGATE before slandering, defaming somebody! More than enough innocent lives are ruined in this country by ignorance & ethnic hatred.

      https://groundviews-org.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/groundviews.org/2022/03/07/the-puzzling-case-of-hejaaz-hizbullah/amp/?amp_gsa=1&amp_js_v=a9&usqp=mq331AQKKAFQArABIIACAw%3D%3D#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16662785675887&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fgroundviews.org%2F2022%2F03%2F07%2Fthe-puzzling-case-of-hejaaz-hizbullah%2F

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    Ranil is not a christian. If God was above him, he would have the fear of God and not kill aragalaya youth. God’s command is “Thou shall not kill” as humans were created in his image. Later image warped by demon worship.

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      It is like camouflaging. For our ruling families Religion is a vechicle to cheat others. Their religion is Power and Money.

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        Ajith,

        However, yellow pets are not so powerful today. yet today people in this country are after ” Rajapakshes”.

        I know rapidly increasing number of Sinhala Buddhists who refuse to give free food to the yellow pets that live in the temple.

        This culture was introduced by me and my friends at CMBO. I thought it would be better to give a free meal to the dogs that go to Oya Dadavata than to feed the Buddhagama monks.

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      Dear davidthegood,
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      I respect you as a Christian who genuinely “fears God” and to whom Christianity is a religion which you practice.
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      In the case of most people today, “the religion practised by them” refers only to a sociological classification. In that sense, Ranil is a Christian, with Anglican Bishop of Kurunegala, the Right Reverend Lakshman Wickremasinghe as paternal uncle. There is evidence to suggest that the premature death of the Bishop (whom most people respected), was caused by what Ranil had a hand in doing in 1983. Also remember “Batalanda” later.
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      I know that my comment will hurt you somewhat, “dtg”; I’m sorry, but this is necessary.
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      “Thou shalt not kill” is one of the commandments of Moses, therefore Jewish. Scholiasts hold that Jesus was a historical figure, but not Moses.
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      Humans were not created in God’s image; “gods” were created in human image.
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      Apologies for hurt caused.

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        Sinhala_Man, Dont apologise, as there is no hurt at all. Jesus took all my sins and forgave me so I could forgive others freely. So much freedom now. You and I differ as I am only believing the promises in the bible and you seem to also have your own thoughts and intellect called free will. So be it. Gen.1,26 says humans were created in God’s image. Exodus 20,1 says God spoke all these words and vs.13 continues as “Thou shall not murder” Deut.5,5 Moses says, “I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord” If you say Moses was not historical, then you deny that pharaohs existed. In all humility, I can suggest that you visit Jerusalem and Galilee and experience the sites of reality in gospels of Jesus when he became a man and then the empty tomb. My good wishes to you.

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          Dear davidthegood,
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          Thanks for a wonderful (and sincere) response.
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          There are lots of thoughts in my head, but writing is always slower, and more taxing. Maybe we could discuss this further; it gets interesting if other readers join in.
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          About he points raised by you about the pharaohs: with the pyramids being there, who can doubt them? That’s not really objective, is it? Well the truth is that 4K to 5K years ago they were a dominant civilisation. The Israelites in Egypt would have been a rather obscure little problem, now seeming important because so many study “scriptures”.
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          The same, more or less about the huge and dominant Roman Empire. About a year back, Professor Charles Sarvan wrote, in CT, about he private meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (who gets revealed as a wonderful man owing to tings which he never thought would be read by others.
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          tbc

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        Dear davidthegood,
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        Marcus Aurelius had the Empire thrust upon him. He didn’t want it.
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        But if you study in detail, there can be no doubt that the Christians were the “Araglakaruwo” of the time, and Marcus A. was forced to “persecute” them. He wasn’t reading the Old Testament in Hebrew; he was reading more “worthwhile” Greek Philosophers. Didn’t he, actually write in Greek?
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        The Romans kept meticulous records, and there can be no doubt about the horrible crucifixion of Jesus. Rising again, and the Ascension? I don’t know. I’d say the same when told that Gauthama thrice visited Lanka.
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        If all this is kept private by adherents of religions, no problem. Try to prove literal truth; lots of strife.
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        Religions: “By faith, and faith alone embrace, believing where we cannot prove”.
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        Nothing wrong with that!
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        My wife and daughter did visit Jerusalem and Galilee, about three years ago. They were gushing. I asked them about the plight of the Palestinians. “Oh, they are horrible barbarians”.
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        There’s no satisfying some fellows like me!
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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          Dear SM, I’m being serious for once. Gauthama Buddha visiting Sri Lanka cannot be compared to the Resurrection because the first is not the basis of Buddhism, while the second is the basis of Christianity.
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          Personally, I think both are myths. The Buddha had better things to do than take foreign trips.
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          This is the problem with all theistic religions, they start at the very top with metaphysical notions of God, soul etc. things that are impossible to prove or disprove. Because of this their adherents oscillate between faith and doubt.
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          Buddhism starts at the very bottom with suffering, a matter known personally by all of us. A matter not subject to faith or doubt. A certainty. All of us have dis-ease from the most minor irritation to a terminal illness.

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            Paul,
            I think that a great ‘miracle’ was performed by Gautama Buddha when he persuaded a woman who pleaded with him to bring back her dead child to life that birth and death are by natural law, by simply asking her to bring a handful of sesame seeds from a home where no death has occurred.
            That should have been a death blow on all miracle making at the expense of laws of nature.
            Sadly many Buddhists too believe in the supernatural.
            But the Buddha’s words on impermanence, soul and God are about the most scientific in any religion.
            Each of us responsible for our thoughts and deeds and thus their consequences.
            All else are excuses to blame another.

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              Dear all involved with Panini and myself discussing about Jesus. We do not blame others and our thoughts and deeds have consequences. Buddha’s words are scientific, and I don’t fully understand nirvana. The next Buddha is not Siddharta Gautama, whereas Jesus is the same who will return to Jerusalem when called upon. Palestinians are suffering humans, but if in Jerusalem they will not support that return to get rid of evil and the devil. The bible revelation, first says what will happen and then it has happened everytime. Eg. Jesus seed will be born of woman, not of man. Red sea parted and Jordan parted to bring back Israel. A pledge covenant at mount Sinai and finally the covenant of exchange with Jesus, can eliminate sin and give increasing peace. He said “I am coming soon” Every blessing on PE with godly wife and daughter. Peace to the rest who discussed. Look up for intimate divine energy from above.

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    Mahida-Ranil both are political hypocrites who would do anything to remain in power. Both have lost the respect and confidence of the majority of Sri Lankan; knowing very well the people are more politically mature and desperately waiting to send them punished legally for all their wrongdoings as well as for defrauding the wealth of the country. Moreover, Ranil is playing Uncle J.R. came to remain in power disrespecting the will of the people.

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    Basil is apparently master minding an agreement with RW to form an alliance between UNP & SLPP for General Election.

    Details are yet to emerge. But they will field common candidates and avoid criticising in public each other’s party.

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      R/
      For sure, SLPP along WITH UNP will not achieve their goal in next election.
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      Their opposition (JVP/NPP, SJB, young men of SLFP, and all anti-Rajapakshe sentiments in this country) along with young intelligent voters 🙄 from various other civil society groups will surely defeat them.
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      My worry is JVP donated NPP WOULD ever BE able TO MAKE ANY COMPROMISES / their radical and adamant character 🤔 would nt allow them to mingle with any other party members . Perhaps if Monsanto would help them producing new sinhala traits to work with, things can change rapidly for the benefit 😉 of all.
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      In the line of making compromises, it is the major part of active politics which is but not yet 🤔 respected by JVP/NPP yet today.
      No matter 22 millions suffer adamant JVPrs would nt seem 😕 to allow some room for working 💪 with others.
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      Rally crowds can please them, so as bigger audience could please theatre performances of the kids..
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      I hope JVPers 🙏 will come out of their boxes sooner than later. Their public speeches would nt bring us forward if they can’t prove 😉 it practically. And the fact is they are not new to srilanken politics.
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      To me, agree or 👎, they are more or less like current day local graduates 🎓 passing out from local universities.

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        In the line of making compromises, it is the major part of active politics which is but not yet 🤔 respected by JVP/NPP yet today.
        No matter 22 millions suffer adamant JVPrs would nt seem 😕 to allow some room for working 💪 with others.
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        Rally crowds can please them, so as bigger audience could please theatre performances of the kids..
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        I hope JVPers 🙏 will come out of their boxes sooner than later. Their public speeches would nt bring us forward if they can’t prove 😉 it practically. And the fact is they are not new to srilanken politics.
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        To me, agree or 👎, they are more or less like current day local graduates 🎓 passing out from local universities.

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    One fox and a thief are in discussion.

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    Thanks for another well-thought out article, Lukman Harees. I also appreciate the Ecumenism displayed by quoting John Donne.
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    Just as much as “No man is an island”, so let us strive to ensure that this island over which “spicy breezes blow” is a pleasant home for all her children, once we are rid of the Tyrant.
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    Although creeds often mislead, we, who value sincerity will not quarrel over details, but rejoice in the commitment of the author of this who never saw Ceylon, although buried in Madras.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj5Uu3b7N3o
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    An Anglican hymn for “leelagemalli”. He’ll recognise it immediately!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGPM0nDEDfQ&list=RDGMEMMib4QpREwENw3_jAc0YgNw&index=7
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    And this even more significant:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBmCcSz6HWw
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    The same composer’s (Haydn’s) trumpet concerto has a similar tune, and I linked it once, but it is actually the above, the slow movement of the Emperor Quartet, that is the German National Anthem. It’s lovely!

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