18 May, 2024

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Ranil’s Latest Decoy: 13A

By Vishwamithra

“If the ruler wants to play the game by himself and follow secret policies, he must present a decoy to the masses. He cannot escape the mass; but he can draw between himself and that mass an invisible curtain, a screen, on which the mass will see projected the mirage of some politics, while the real politics are being made behind it.” ~Jacques Ellul

The stirring of the leaves in the woods and their dancing to the melodious breeze would vanish in a little while. A rainstorm is imminent. What it takes away with the branches and trees could be anyone’s guess. Yet the fragrance of fresh raindrops on earth would continue to linger on for discerning men and women to relish. The aftermath of heavy and mighty rainfall has its own intrinsic merits; it’s a harbinger of even better things to come; with the dawn of the sun next morning, the dew that shields the plain green grass will evaporate in a flash. Yet another day begins. That is precisely how the cycle of human endurance spins.

In that ceaseless spinning cycle, Sri Lanka is wedged right in the middle, willy nilly consuming itself like a greedy python trying swallowing an oversized chicken as its day’s supper. Demand for restructuring of our debts is the focus of discussion. International Monetary Fund (IMF) has its own demands and the pressure buildup is seemingly intense. Belt-tightening is becoming functional without finding its articulation by the government’s politicians. Daily shopper carries many a testament to painstaking and frugal living. Politics as usual has adopted its own lewd stance; it has occupied its own exclusive space and those who do not wish to be disturbed by the vagaries of this unkind enterprise are involuntarily heaved into its deepest bottom. 

Sri Lanka today has become the most visible and shameless panhandler of Asia. With a promising future in the early nineteen fifties, Ceylon’s economy ranked second only to that of Japan. Now, even Bangladesh and Nepal are ahead of us. Her rich and flashy coastlines have become the roaming grounds for day-to-day tourists who are in the lowest layer of these wandering men and women from the West. They are looking for the cheapest hotels, cheapest food and cheapest entertainment.

Marauding thugs who also happened to be politicians embarrass the country as well as themselves when they come across beautiful white-complexioned women on the roadside and an incident which saw one of our southern politicians ran after such a pretty visitor with a handgun is still in our memories. The cultural decay was manifestly tearing apart the drapery of our society; socially what was considered first-class and affluent have been exposed beyond recognition and alleged killings of mega players in the business world has shocked an otherwise dispirited wealthy class. At various MacDonald’s restaurants, one can see the gulf glaring in your face. While in a designated area reserved by a wealthy parent the kids of those wealthy parents dance to the tunes of modern day Rap music; outside, hanging on to the window, children of a hapless parent look on, every inch of their being burning with envy and hatred with an unanswered question: why can’t we have the same fun?

Then the economic collapse arrived. Like an old wound oozing its corrupt mixture of puss and blood, the economy first began the bleeding until it reached the unenviable stage of bankruptcy. A national tragedy of massive proportion occurred and yet the politicians would not care a damn. They were still wandering in the wilderness of ill-gotten wealth and comforts. 

Ranil Wickremesinghe understood the underlying dynamics of this crisis. He became the president of the country, virtually has no one to account to. He was not elected as a result he is not answerable to the electorate. He has two more years to govern by virtue of the powers of a parliamentary selection. However, he can only go on exercising those powers as long as the Pohottuwa group of parliamentarians wishes. 

Into this mixture of political chaos only fell the local government election. Ranil saw a way out of this mix and emerge as a winner. In the 1956 General Elections, the United National Party (UNP) was led by Sir John Kotelawala. He was second only to Ranil Wickremesinghe as the leader of the UNP. SWRD Bandaranaike floated his election campaign purely on cultural grounds. A ‘place in the sun’ for the ‘Common Man’, Sinhala to be made the official language in 24 hours and great emphasis on Buddha Jayanthi Celebrations were the leading banners during the campaign. Buddhist Monks led the campaign and SWRD was victorious. The polarization along ethno-language lines so created by SWRD and his Buddhist Monk was so deep and inerasable, it exists even today, especially after the 30 year old war and irrevocable division between Northern Tamils and Sinhalese living south of Vavuniya. No economic issue was even highlighted during the campaign.

Today it’s the total opposite. What’s utmost in the minds of the Lankan voter is the economy. It is warfare for the parents to feed the children; it’s a battle for the car owners to pump petrol or diesel for their vehicles; it’s a struggle for the small boutique owners to sustain their businesses at the exorbitant costs of their supplies. 

Coming back to the local government elections scheduled for March 9, the most obvious difference between the ‘56 elections and this LG election is, while the ’56 election was exclusively on a sociocultural platform, this one is basically on an econopolitical one. More than six months have elapsed since Ranil assumed Presidency. To date these six months have hardly produced any tangible advantages to the majority of the population- middleclass and the lower middleclass and poor class.

Ranil being a shrewd and cunning politician, being the nephew of old JRJ, has decided to resort to whatever means available for him to distract the voting majority from the economic crisis. He wanted any other polarizing subject to dominate the national conversation. What other subject is there other than the Sinhala-Tamil division.

By declaring interest in the full implementation of the 13th Amendment, Ranil introduced another pivotal subject into the voter’s mindset. Away from the current economic hardships, a socioculturally volatile and politically susceptible people would always seek refuge in a fake patriotism. It is not only leaders, followers too tend to go along this treacherously devious path in order to satisfy themselves that they committed no wrong at the eleventh hour if their patriotism is called into question.

Ranil very cleverly found that secret weapon; his aim is not to serve the people; he simply has no concept of service of man, on the contrary, what he has is service of self. Blinded by and utterly delusional in self-serving visions, our current President is one master in deception, depravity and decadence. 

13th Amendment to our Constitution is quite a controversial matter. Discussion of its contents would bore the average non-Tamil/Muslim politician But its contents and non-implementation to the fullest extent possible by the Executive branch of our Government is much a provocative subject for out Tamil leaders. Devolving Land and Police powers to the provinces other than the North and the East would not be a bone of contention for our Sinhalese political leaders. But they seem to be dreading when these same powers are devolved to the North and the East. These are the after-effects of the ’56 revolution. SWRD’s destruction process of our body-politic is still continuing at alarming pace.

Nevertheless, during the recent Aragalaya period, that Sinhalese nationalism seemed to have gone into a coma. Ranil’s attempt to implement the 13A to the fullest is to reawaken a sleeping giant. That sleeping giant is Sinhalese nationalism. Unleashed to the most ruthless limit during the various racial breakouts in the fifties, sixties and seventies, Sinhalese nationalism bared open the oozing wounds in the Sinhala psyche. It had to reach a climax with a 30-year war, and being victorious seemed to be the answer. But we do not seem to have any empathy for our Tamil brethren. Racial détente along solid principles and a stable architecture seems far away from our Sinhala mindset.

However, Ranil Wickremesinghe playing the 13A card on the eve of a crucial local government election is another crudity of our kind of politics, exclusively to Sri Lanka. Only the National People’s Power (NPP) seems to be in favor of or neutral on the 13A. Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), Maithripala Sirisena-led factions and Pohottuwa groups are totally against the full implementation of the 13A. Blasting rhetorical nonsense such as sovereignty of the nation, national security and territorial integrity would not resolve this issue. Nor would Ranil Wickremasinghe’s underhand political gimmicks offer any solution. We have come back to where we started.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com    

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    Vishwa, Stupid Lankans always come back to where they started, that is anti Tamil / minority rhetoric, Theras protesting in streets and burning amendment / pact, all parties conniving for common / racist cause, promising SB voters, more harassment and insult to minority.

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      One very simple question …….. how is Ranil finding the money to pay for gasoline and cooking-gas?

      It’s a very simple direct question ……. can anyone give a simple direct answer?

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        Nimal,
        “can anyone give a simple direct answer?”
        Very simple. Let’s say YOUR income fell from zillions of dollars to 300 a week. Would you still buy a Harley? No.
        Would you buy Ramona a Givenchy bag? No.
        Would you eat at the Waldorf? No
        SL has about 3 billion dollars in reserves, up from a few million. It is refusing to pay the 7 billion it owes this year.
        So, petrol/cooking gas/parippu/onions yes, to keep people off the street. But no electricity for students, operations for patients, and maybe no elections. Can it get any simpler?
        Here are all sides on one platform:
        https://youtu.be/bKpzVpwNFoY

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    Who exactly destroying the beautiful country.
    Attitude is country belongs to SB only. Tamils goos to tamil nadu Muslims goes to Saudi. We are above 2500
    13 A couldn’t implement by past prez because VP is not up for it at all.
    Now he is gone ,these modayas beliefs anything Soorawamsa Weerasekara golden robes says.
    These powers given to all provinces not only for north and the East I believe.
    Now Lithuania wants truck drivers from super Lanka while toilet Nadu providing IT engineers
    Noever learn to respect fellow citizens.
    King is Christian PM is Hindu mayor is Muslim

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      “Politics as usual has adopted its own lewd stance; it has occupied its own exclusive space and those who do not wish to be disturbed by the vagaries of this unkind enterprise are involuntarily heaved into its deepest bottom. “
      Only Vishwamitra can provide us with such gloriously mixed metaphors.
      But we still don’t know if Vishwa is for or against 13A. Come on, put your foot where your mouth is….

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    A terrible fate will befall this country very soon. The majority community will be the most affected by this impending calamity. The combined actions of unprincipled, self-centered and corrupt politicians along with those of SB monks and nationalist hardliners will make this inevitable.

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      Dear captain Morgan,
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      All of us Lankans want the economy to improve, so as to live comfortably.
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      However, we now want something else as well. We need justice and fair play, and in practical terms we ought, as the first step in that direction, to have elections.
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      Now, here’s something that has just come on. Good news:
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      https://economynext.com/sri-lanka-risks-of-losing-eu-trade-concession-over-pta-german-envoy-112711/
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      The world must put as much economic pressure on the illegitimate Lankan government, so as to help us, the people. We’ll be called many dirty names for saying things like this, but it’s not our fault. It’s Ranil who has to make moves different from what he has been making recently.
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      Do I consider the EU move one that is friendly towards me, in Bandarawela? Yes, very definitely. Paradoxical? If so, it is again Ranil’s fault, the worthless scum!
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      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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    Another projection started for coming back, VP is alive

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      cugan: “Another projection started for coming back VP is alive”.

      Yes. It is a “PROJECT” by Basil Rajapkse/Rajapakse Clan. Remember, the “Rana Viruwa” slogan of Rajapakses. The slogan would be “VP IS BACK”. Hand over the reins to Rajapakses – the WINNING TEAM.

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        Cugan / Simon yes, VP is alive, as well Thaj, Lasantha, 40 of those missing Journos, and many others too.

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          C
          In fairness, did anyone claim that ‘Thaj, Lasantha, 40 of those missing Journos’ are alive?
          Simon
          This canard originated in Tamilnadu and sources have been linked to the BJP.

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      Cugan,
      VP is a creation of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists. There is no death for Creations. Buddhist Sinhala love VP more than Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha will not give power and money but VP gave them power and money. There was a claim that millions worth of jewels was stolen at Daladha maligawa by Rajapaksa family but Monks did not worry about it because Rajapaksa told that he killed VP. Why Sri Lankan government showed VPs body to the public if they have killed him and his family. Those who claim that VP is dead never show his dead body. VP may still in the hands of some one because VP is needed not only Sri Lanka but also India and other countries. Truth is not out.

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        “VP is a creation of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists”
        How does that explain the killing or silencing otherwise of all political rivals?

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      c
      Search for the authors of the canard, you will discover more.

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    If there one single reason for the state of the country, it is racism. Until such time, it is addressed, country can not be salvaged. Everyone especially NPP is the worst racists which was a declared pol8cy in 1985 and Lionel Bopage left JVP on that score. Visvamithra thinks they are in favour or neutral.
    I am not sure whether they were behind the burning 13 A by Monks.
    SJB and SLFP are inherently racist. UNP has been during JRJ’s period undoubtedly.
    Ranil is only leader who is a non racist but a very weak leader even though many say he is a fox. But I doubt it because he is not intelligent enough to be a fox.
    He is being pressured on 13 A by BJP who wants to get a foothold in Tamil Nadu. Try to imply any other thing is absurd

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      D
      “Everyone especially NPP is the worst racists which was a declared pol8cy in 1985 “
      Was there the NPP 38 years ago?”
      That is news if it was.

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    Token burnings won’t do: burning just for effect ……. just for show.

    Now you realized, why they should have burned down Ranil’s house ……… with him in it.

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      The green thumb is further indication of the quality of mind we have here.

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        So they are the majority now!

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    //Only the National People’s Power (NPP) seems to be in favor of or neutral on the 13A. Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), Maithripala Sirisena-led factions and Pohottuwa groups are totally against the full implementation of the 13A. Blasting rhetorical nonsense such as sovereignty of the nation, national security and territorial integrity would not resolve this issue. Nor would Ranil Wickremasinghe’s underhand political gimmicks offer any solution. We have come back to where we started.//
    After years of opposition to 13A and the provincial council system, the JVP/NPP is now ready to support the full implementation of 13A. Wimal Weerawansa and Somawansa Somarasinghe, both die-hard racists, were responsible for influencing the left-leaning JVP to oppose 13A.
    As for SJB Sajith Premadasa, he has declared that he will support full implementation 13A, but only within a unitary state. Maithripala Sirisena was supportive of devolution when he was president, but now he is in true colours! He has said that he is opposed to 13A, since Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country and the Buddhist monks are opposed to 13A.
    Sirisena should be excused since his knowledge of the art of governance (Effectiveness, Accountability and efficiency and global politics were mediocre.

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    Thirteenth Amendment again!!!
    Since February 2015, I think I have written over 500 comments against this 3.5 decade-old 13th Amendment which introduced Provincial Councils to Sri Lanka. Let me write again.
    1. What is the 13th Amendment? It was an OUTCOME of the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord signed by the then PM of India, Rajiv Gandhi and the President of Sri Lanka, J R Jayewardene (JRJ) on July 29, 1987.
    2. What is the reason for JRJ to formulate a Peace Accord between Sri Lanka and India? Obviously, the reason was to persuade India to sign a legally binding international accord with Sri Lanka to never repeat another “Eagle Mission” violating Sri Lanka’s airspace and intervening in Sri Lanka’s internal matters. (Background: On June 4, 1987, Indian Air Force air dropped food supplies in Jaffna in support of LTTE terrorists who were encircled by the Sri Lanka Military.)
    3. The 13th Amendment was JRJ’s “bait” to lure India to sign the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord according to which India can never enter Sri Lanka’s land, air or waters without prior approval from Sri Lanka. Rajiv Gandhi had no clue what he signed. Maybe he had blind faith in JRJ as the latter was of Malavari origin.
    Contd’………

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      4. What was the 13th Amendment for? Was it for “reconciliation”? Of course not. It was an INFORMAL DEAL between India-created terrorist outfit, LTTE, and the Government of Sri Lanka to “persuade LTTE terrorists to lay down arms and to be a part of the country’s democratic process.”
      5. India took the responsibility to force LTTE to lay down arms which never occurred. Instead, with the full backing of India, the LTTE continued unleashing terror until 2009. In other words, the core condition of the said DEAL, which was the basis of the 13th Amendment, was never fulfilled by India or the LTTE, although Sri Lanka fulfilled her part by introducing Provincial Councils. Therefore, India has ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to demand Sri Lanka to fully implement the 13th Amendment.
      Contd’……

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        6. JRJ was a shrewd lawyer. But, why didn’t JRJ fully implement the 13th Amendment? I think this is how his mind worked. He didn’t trust India or the LTTE. He was fully aware that it was India which created, nurtured and armed LTTE to fulfill India’s separatist ideology in Northern Sri Lanka. Therefore, instead of establishing Provincial Councils only in Sri Lanka’s North and East, JRJ established them in other parts of Sri Lanka too, thus disclaiming special privileges for Tamil speaking people in North and East.
        On the other hand, full implementation of the 13th Amendment grants greater autonomy to North and East which was what India wanted. However, it would definitely pose a serious threat to the existence of Tamils and Muslims in Sinhala-majority other provinces as there is a high possibility that the Sinhalese will pass a law declaring those provinces as “Sinhalese-only Provinces”. I don’t think I have to elaborate further on that topic. (Then, there is another serious matter. Not only India, the USA is also behind the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. I will write about it separately.)
        Contd’…….

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          7. Moreover, Sri Lanka’s Constitution recognizes Sri Lanka as a Unitary State. Under a Unitary State, no province can be independent or autonomous. It can happen only under a Federal State. Therefore, before fully implementing the 13th Amendment, any traitor has to convert Sri Lanka’s Unitary State to a Federal State, which is impossible as it requires a ⅔ majority in Parliament followed by consent of the majority citizens in a countrywide Referendum.
          Provincial Councils and Divisional Councils are white elephants which should be completely abolished and all the funds that are allocated to maintain them should be diverted to the welfare of citizens.
          The 13th Amendment is a “Gordian Knot” (a knot that nobody can untie). Therefore, I want the Sinhalese Buddhists to chill-out. Sri Lanka can never be divided. We are the majority. We are not dead. Buddhism is under a grave threat. It has happened before under the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. We have passed more calamitous times than this. But, Buddhism survived. We survived. SinhalaDwipa survived.
          My only worry is, children are starving. Women and elders are starving. If you can, please, donate food to the needy. “Daana” (generocity) comes before “Observing Seela” (moral conduct) and “Practicing Bhavana” (meditation).

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      Champa

      “Obviously, the reason was to persuade India to sign a legally binding international accord with Sri Lanka to never repeat another “Eagle Mission” violating Sri Lanka’s airspace and intervening in Sri Lanka’s internal matters.”

      Whoever gave you that idea?
      Hindia did demonstrate it’s idea of exercising Hindia’s sovereignty over it’s Sinhala/State of Hindia.
      _

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    I think the starving people should still be able to muster up some courage and get rid of their oppressors for good…..it is not as hard as it might seem…..many countries that were ruled by people who acted against the welfare of the people were given summary justice and it is the people’s right to claim back their country from the parasitic vermin..

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    This is a disgraceful column.
    While pretending to come from a left point of view Vishawamithra is going all out to obstruct the implementation of 13A. This column carries the tone of a SB racist who wants to place obstacles in the way of implementing 13A. Attacking Ranil can be done in ways that push 13A forward. This is just what the columnist refrains from doing.
    Kumar David

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      Prof. D,
      Exactly what I thought. Some authors have painted themselves into corners with indiscriminate anti-Ranilism. They can’t bring themselves to say something is good if Ranil does it. They are casting their lot with the likes of Weerawansa and Weerasekara. So sad.

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        No, dear oc,
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        we will have nothing to do with the likes of the Weerawansa and the Weerasekera whom yo have mentioned.

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        OC and Dr KD,
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        The truth is that many even today are not interested in implementing 13A as promised to the international community. Culprit makers run their hidden agendas being against any kind of solutions.
        Main stream Media twist aveage- mind set on the order of entremists and racists in the country. Such antipathy is growing rather than supporting to permament solution to the long standing racial issue. So long they would lag not being able to build up a consensus, nothing would work for any kind of betterment for the nation.
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        It is just our animal-like People don’t take it seriously. The yellow pet monkeys bring their parasitical theories and distort its ideal. I think, yellow pet monkeys can be compared to “blood sucking” ticks.
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        RW and CBK are the only leaders who are working whole heartedly for a devolution. for a permament solution for the long lasting ethinic issue.
        No matter what anyone says or does, RW and CBK are both more egalitarian and pluralistic than Rajapakseism, which is dominated by racism and sinhala chaunism.

        tbc

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          2/ The people of this country are being misled by racist thoughts. NPP/JVP seems not wholehearted about implementation of 13A. Their fairytales on public stage focusing on 75 years of rule etc…. could provide the suffering people with the effect similar to ” powerful songs” that tops in every week. I see that is similar to thought of far poor indian average about their hindi songs and films. Most of hindi-films are produced in hilly areas of switzerland, misleading those poor indian cnema fans. However film industry in india is booming as no times before.
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          As a sensitive srilanken, I truly believe, if the minority issue is resolved or if some cornerstones are laid for it, the rich Tamil diaspora could be the main catalyst for revitalizing Sri Lanka’s economy. In the same time, burgher srilankens should be encouraged to help out their motherland giving the equality feelings. We should work on more ” srilankeness” than anything else, then only we can achieve our goals.

          tbc

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            3/ All that positive will follow later. It will be similar if IMF bailout would be given, then all others will follow consecutively. The European Union and other progressive nations will join hands to extend their true support to the country and its nation.

            As if it is a secondary issue, there is no focus on that subject in many of their crowded rallies today. Ranil is just being told how stupid people can bring “Aladdin’s magic lamp” after paying them. All in all, I feel this country and turning it into Somalia or Sudan every time I am forced to read the news from our hell these days.

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      KD , where is obstruction when there is NO implementation. You really think, Ranil wants to implement 13 A after 35 years or so ???? I really don’t know what Vishwa’s intentions are but there is no implementation of 13 A to worry. SB prefers starving more then sharing. May be from LA it may look, there is light at the end of tunnel which never ends in Stupid Lanka. 35 years have passed and all the senile politicians have been arond not to implement. Earlier the better to come out of DENIAL avoiding further disappointments.

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        Ranil ought not to be talking about constitutions, amendments.
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        Stop putting obstacles in the path of the holding of Local Government Elections on the 9th of March – and otherwise shut up, Ranil.

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      This comment from Professor Kumar David came as a bit of a shock to me, but it must be taken seriously.
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      So, yes, we must not criticise the 13th Amendment in such a way as to prevent meaningful devolution to the Northern and Eastern Provinces, and to others if that becomes a necessary condition for such devolution.
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      Professor Kumar speaks out very clearly as he always does. Before seeing his comment, I stated that I was thankful for this move:
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      https://economynext.com/sri-lanka-risks-of-losing-eu-trade-concession-over-pta-german-envoy-112711/
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      However, I do feel that the Sinhalese people are so hostile towards the very term, 13th Amendment, that we may have to find some other term for it.
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      Mine is a comment that is horrible in terms of being too long, etc. Let it therefore serve only to direct attention to Professor Kumar’s much more important comment.
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      All this shows what a cunning fox Ranil is; so watch out! Well, let me say that this is not the time to discuss the said amendment.
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      Panini Edirisinhe

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        These 65 minutes of YouTube represent the reaction of NPP lawyers to the obstacles currently being placed by the Ranil government to the conducting of the poll on the 9th of March.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYc1KGNvIGI
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        I have no time to listen to it all now. I hope others will listen intently and sound warnings if we are in fact falling into traps set by Ranil.
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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          Please listen to this curt statement by Ranil Wickremasinghe in English – only 95 seconds, but the Dictator seems to mean business.

          https://english.newsfirst.lk/2023/2/18/after-economic-recovery-next-year-sri-lanka-could-decide-future-it-wants-via-a-ballot-president

          He seems to mean business, but we cannot accept that, and we, too must mean business. However, we must maintain the moral high ground that we currently hold. It accordingly becomes even more important that we act consistently and with restraint, but at the same time we cannot be cowards. .
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          This is going to be a very difficult time for all of us.
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          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC: 483111444V)

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        Thanks for the link.
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        😎😎😎😎

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        Dear Sensitive Readers,
        Buddhism in srilanka took a different path under Mara who misused it to establish political power in our motherland.

        Entire world compared it with that of Myanmair and its buddhist terror against Rohinja minority. Idiotic RAJAPAKSHE biased yellow-robe clad forces in srilanka tarnished the image our elders maintained over the decades.
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        MaRa’s ideology was more inhumane than it appeared. It is in his DNA saying one thing in public and doing something completely different.However, that was welcome by stupid masses on and on…. meaning…. whole lot of people in this country are no different….. most of them are MARA-like.

        After thirty years of brutal civil war, which destroyed almost everything in this country, a civilized society should not have allowed such uprisings further.
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        However, MaRa’s racial politics and media bias reinforced the picture of “false supremacy of the Sinhalese”. Artists such ” Jackson Anthony” or the like compared ” son of a bitch” may be blood-related to BUDUHAMUDURUWO…… and so-called educated fools held torches. GLP should be mentally ill as no others. I don’t think GLP or such educated fools will be able to take their last breath easily.
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        Remember how the Sri Lankan Buddhist BINLADEN aka Ghansara invited “Ashin Vertu” to Sri Lanka during that time?
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        https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/12/only-takes-one-terrorist-buddhist-monk-reviles-myanmar-muslims-rohingya-refugees-ashin-wirathu

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      KD
      Vishawamithra cannot even pretend properly.

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    Sadu’s dosent wants to pay electricity. Kiri baths doesent wants to pay tax,just leave us alone not asking for separation only a state power we had enough of these corrupt loyal Buddhist ,we can look after of our own affair affairs, you jeep the army and navy in the north and the East.
    Crime in north and the East so far high gangs going around freely with swords police is there to monitor the protesters only , no development improvements
    Following hon JRJ quote if tamil ….Sinhalese will be happy
    Jai weya Sadu sadu sadu
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    RANIL president for life, NO MONEY for Elections.

    :)

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    “In that ceaseless spinning cycle, Sri Lanka is wedged right in the middle, willy nilly consuming itself like a greedy python trying swallowing an oversized chicken as its day’s supper.”
    Can the author paraphrase this sentence for poor me?
    “…consuming itself like a greedy python trying swallowing an oversized chicken”
    A stunning analogy indeed!
    BTW
    A python can swallow creatures much bigger than any oversized chicken!

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    “Nor would Ranil Wickremasinghe’s underhand political gimmicks offer any solution.'”
    The fact is not only Ranil but also almost all the political leaders play the same gimmicks for 75 years. The people have not changed or no signs of changing in the near future. They only worry about petrol and light, not about gimmicks.

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    My immediate thinking of the 13th Amendment being in the focus right now, when there are more pressing matters to be addressed, such as, the economy & the high cost of living, is a survival strategy of Ranil. The devolution question is nothing new & need not be prioritised just now, unless to deflect the more serious problems the country is facing from the people. The obvious disapproval of the 13A by the racist Sinhala Buddhists would cause tension, an excuse for RW to postpone elections & also promote ‘Bring back Gota’ sentiment, once again to save the Sinhala nation & Buddhism.

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      Raj UK, you’re absolutely right. When RW said he needed another 25 years to come out of bankruptcy but will solve inter racial issues, before INdependence, it was obvious he was up to his old tricks. It was the ace card of all SB politicians, but Ranil decided to use, before others could. His talks with minority didn’t go beyond the first meeting (see CVW article for recent one to one meeting with Ranil, typical BS) 13 A is now 35 + years old, older ( >35 years) than many of the retarded off springs representing our Mad House. Before it was JR , Premadasa. Sr , now followed RW, Sajith.

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      Raj,
      Why does JJB (NPP) not say a single word or anything specific about the devolution of power to the provincial councils?

      They do not criticize sinhala Buddhist monks who drink blood of this nation either.

      . What do people think about these crucial issues that JVP/NPP does not raise such a voice even today? JVPrs are only crying babies not showing any wholehearted efforts about alarming issues of this nation.

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    i don’t think it is decoy as the author claims.India is exerting a lot of pressure on him i think.That is why mahinda has also shut up because he does not want to antagonise india.India seems at the moment the only hope for ranil and mahinda as china is not cooperating with the IMF and as a result the IMF is not releasing the money.After foreign minister jaishankar’s visit only 13th was brought ot by ranil.How can you blame him.he says it is part of the constitution and has to be either fully implemented or got rid of from the constitution.Ranil also knows devolution is good for the country.

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