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Ranil’s Prospects At The Next Election

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The two parties whose electoral prospects (Local Govt or Provincial) regarding which there is much curiosity are President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s (RW) UNP and the NPP/JVP. At this time, it does not seem likely that Sajith Premadasa’s SJB will encounter any spectacular change (maybe in the plus 10% to minus 20% range) and anything smeared with Rajapaksa faeces will be erased. Funnies like the Vasudeva-Gamanpilla and Tissa Vitarana cartoon strips are unlikely to make an impression unless that get into bed with some entity with a big dick. This leaves RW’s UNP and NPP/JVP as the targets of current curiosity. I have devoted about three or four of my articles to the NPP/JVP in recent weeks, so it is omitted except peripherally in today’s column, giving space to focus on RW. The infighting in Tamil politics and the street-fighing in the Muslim al-Hajj populated fudge parties will of course go on, but both have only marginal influence on who forms the next government. 

I insisted throughout last year that whoever sorted out the long petrol queues would enjoy the political equivalent of the Christian “Life Everlasting”. Today one can hail a three-wheeler or taxi on the streets and the queues petrol partly are gone for a combination of reasons. Hence RW as the incumbent president will, even if grudgingly, enjoy some credit. 

The economy will be the big factor deciding RW’s fate in the coming months . Let me jot down what the main trends look like at this time of writing. There are five points and most of these factors seem to denote a bit of an upturn for RW.

* The bourgeoisie and the upper-middle classes are of the view that RW is a better bet than Sajith or the pro-Rajapaksa horse dung – or so I reckon. 

* 13A, RW’s consistency, the Tamil vote outside the N-E, and conversely rabid monks who are on the war path are the factors to bear in mind.

* Whether the NPP/JVP has the guts to stand against Sinhala-Buddhist extremism will be a big concern as I will explain.

* Somebody is gaming the economy; certainly, India if we take note of what the visiting Indian External Affairs Minister said on his visit about three weeks ago.

* The IMF certainly, and China possibly, want to stabilise Sri Lanka. All their humming and hawing notwithstanding eventually they will.

Let me elaborate point by point. Though I have lost many a bottle of Scotch taking election bets I am inclined to risk it again. There is little animation about Sajith in the minds of the better-off classes. At this moment therefore for these classes it is a two-horse race between the desired RW/UNP and the feared NPP/JVP. A factor that could change this is a showdown over 13A. The Mahanayakes have announced that they intend to mobilise the forces of Sinhala-Buddhism; red-necked reactionaries clad in saffron robes tried their luck with a march on Colombo last week. Ranil gives the impression that he is going to stick with 13A and India obviously will back it to the hilt. Malai Naatu Thamilar (Up country Tamils) will make their own decisions on the issue in time. Opinion in the West is that the time has come to scuttle extremism in Sri Lanka. The balance of forces to end racism is favourable and a stand along the lines adopted by Harini Amarasuriya can settle the score. She told the Island: “It is already in the Constitution and it should be implemented . . . we have a debate whether it is a tenable solution for the national problem (Why the vacillation?). We have no faith in other parties, only the NPP can do this”. Agreed.

I will now turn to the last two points which could be decisive – the course of the economy over the next say 24 months. India wants investment opportunities and the Trinco oil farm and is favourably inclined to stabilising SL. It also seems that the IMF and Western Powers have made up their minds to give Sri Lanka a break; that is an opportunity to come out of the quagmire without imposing horrendous costs. This has global implications. I have argued for some time in this column that the West, India and possibly China are not willing to let Sri Lankan economy collapse and more important let the country flop into anarchy. Why? As one of the few surviving post-colonial democracies this is absolutely impermissible. Giant India is another story. Malaysia and South Korea are off-again on-again democracies.

This however has multifaceted implications for this country because stabilising the Sri Lankan economy over the next say 18-24 months will, in the first instance, be favourable for the Ranil Wickremesinghe Presidency. The downside of this is that RW has an anti-democratic past; it is not without reason that he is known as Batalanda Ranil. He sent his military goons to crush Aragalaya activists who were asleep. I am aware of the cock-eyed demands of some Aragalaya activists such as the Frontline Socialists who demand that their programmes be accepted by the government even if they fail to win a single seat in Parliament!  What planet do such loonies come from? But you do not send out your gorilla troops to batter and bash young people who are fast asleep!! And the Internet is replete with images of the lechery of Ranil’s bob-squeezing cops. No, Ranil’s way of doing things is bad for democracy. 

Rape in times of war is now been classified as a war-crime – good! Those convicted of serious war-crimes at the Nuremburg and Tokyo War-Crimes Tribunals at the end of WW2 were executed. It is a pity that due to prissy modern hang-ups these days, criminals guilty of extreme offences such as murder, torture and rape no longer face capital punishment. This mollycoddling of war criminals must cease.

Economic equations

A group, styling itself the “Ad Hoc-Group of Sri Lanka Bondholders” wrote last week to the IMF Managing Director and said that it “stands ready to design and implement restructuring terms to help SL restore debt sustainability and regain access to international capital markets. It promised engagement with SL’s official creditors towards a solution of the current crisis and restoration of debt sustainability”. The Paris Club (Japan, France, Korea, Germany, US, Spain, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Austria, Canada, Denmark, UK, Belgium and Australia) has also expressed its support for strengthening the Sri Lankan economy. Such initiatives may strengthen the hand of the government. RW will profit politically from the gains in macro-economic stability that these measures will lead to.

My expectation if much of this materialises is that the rupee will improve in the next period (Is 250 to the dollar completely unimaginable?) and limits on capital controls will be eased to encourage FDI and capital flows into the share market. Well-to-do Sri Lankans with now blocked accounts will be glad to buy and sell dollars and this will be reflected in rising house prices, upper and upper-middle class people dining out more frequently, more tourist arrivals and investments in tourism. RW will gain politically among the aforesaid social classes and their retainers and associated factotums. This is not unusual in any country where capitalism makes gains; examples are a dime a dozen in Asia and Latin America. This is not an absolutely certain outcome but cannot to ignored. I am prepared to eat my words with a cup of the finest up-country tea at the Galle Face Hotel lounge if I am proved wrong. 

This throws a heavy onus on the NPP. The NPP/JVP alone can counter-mobilise on the streets and on the villages, on the campuses and the trade unions to use the economic opportunities that may become available from international agencies, IMF injections, debt restructuring and improved import-export trade. An improvement in economic conditions need not be exploited for the benefit of the capitalist classes – other outcomes are possible. To redirect benefits towards the people the NPP must accept a programme and philosophy of social-democracy and must summon a Party Conferences at which it will table, debate and adopt its alternative Party Programme. The JVP must be told to forget its bankrupt past and follow suit. What other options does the JVP have?

In my column last week (12 February 2023), speaking from a left perspective, I demanded an NPP Party Conference. I now repeat this demand in the broader public interest as well. It cannot be ducked.  

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    Bhikkus and Mahanayakes wanted a Hitler and they got a paper Hitler Gota. Gota gave the powers to Ranil and he is showing true colors as a real Hitler.

    Let’s watch where the story ends.

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      “Tissa , Vasu Gammanpilla have to get into bed with some entity with a bid dick, to get elected”. WOW professor I love it. Welcome to our (real) world.

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        I tink this article is pretty much close to reality with less political jargon.

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          KD I challenged you elsewhere that 13 A will never be implemented, and you just stop worrying. But if you think financial donors can arm twist SB Lanla into implementing it, then it’s possible, but the chances of that happening is minimal to none. Anyway if that happens I owe you a single malt scotch, finest of Made in India product. KD, I appreciate your humility to accept when you are wrong.( election results).

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            KD, it’s PAUL JOHN, the best I could afford, professionals tell me worth until the last drop. , sorry I quit drinking two decades ago
            . .

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              “I am prepared to eat my words with a cup of the finest up-country tea at the Galle Face Hotel lounge if I am proved wrong. “

              Ah Prof! …… I bet there were only a handful of single-malt connoisseurs and Galle Face Hotel lounge-ers …….. among the 6.9 million! …….. Now, with the state of the economy, even that handful is counting their pennies.


              Ranil’s electoral prospects? …….. Yeah! let him hold the election and find out!! :)))

              The fact, he is resorting to all his usual devious tricks ……. perhaps, he knows something you don’t, prof!


              Are any of our “friendly-nations” willing to write-off our debts? Where will borrowing more to – now, at much higher prevailing rates – pay off our debts take us? Even before the crisis, our interest payments on our existing debts were in excess of 90% of our income.

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                continued

                I’ve met villagers who have borrowed 25,000 (say) with monthly interest rates …… when they are unable to pay the interest, the interest gets added on …… and before too long the sum owed becomes 10 times the sum borrowed. Lanka’s situation is nothing but just a glorified version of this.

                We can only pray for a fortunate accident/coincidence …….. in their most darkest moments do commies too pray for miracles?

                These guys always have something to sell, so some of it is BS …… but there are some interesting things to garner here ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFDe5kUUyT0

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                  Why I spent nights walking the streets of Athens to pay homage to the only hero I have left …… the man who walked the streets, in the midday bright light, with a lantern ……. peering into people’s faces …… looking for a honest man.

                  We don’t have truth-seekers, come what may the truth is …….. we have true-believers/faith-ers …… who have total faith in Mahinda or Gota or Ranil or VP or AKD or …….. too many total faith-ers around.

                  The people who were in the trenches with me fighting the Rajapakses are now gone missing ……… because they have found the truth they were seeking with Ranil. :))


                  Anybody here seen my old friend Native?
                  Can you tell me where he’s gone?
                  He freed lotta people but it seems the good they hide young
                  You know I just looked around and he’s gone
                  Anybody here seen my old friend …. ?
                  Can you tell me where he’s gone?
                  He freed lotta people but it seems the good they die young
                  I just looked around and he’s gone :))


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

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                    nimal fernando

                    “Why I spent nights walking the streets of Athens……”

                    Tell us the truth, were you to pay homage or kerb crawling?
                    Not at this age.

                    I was too busy looking for Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan (T V P) as his second coming and his existence was reported by one of his Tamil Nadu b***s carrier some 8 days ago at a press conference.

                    Don’t get scared or worried.
                    Those who sit on LTTE’s cumulative assets have come up with this ludicrous fib to cover their back and protect their share of cash and investments which was initially paid to LTTE by ordinary people as part of being protection racket. What they are telling the involuntary contributors or the victims of protection racket is that T VP is still alive the assets would be returned to their National Leader Right Honouable Velupillai Prabaharan, helping the Sri Lankan state to justify the need to maintain a 350,000 member armed force and assure the paranoid Sinhala/Buddhists although Ranil has tentatively agreed with IMF to slash substantial number.

                    nimal fernando
                    I am fine as you know I do not carry other people’s b***s for any reason.

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                  Nimal, we few seems to have found our closure. Earlier the better. Miracles are hard to come in real world.

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          You tink so?

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        The nearest we get to porn on there pages!

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      Ranil is already acting to accommodate the IMF. There is the price hike for electricity. The shortage of medicines will lead to payment and privatisation. Higher education is already privatised and the process will hasten. Public universities will face severe cut downs which may not be a bad thing. Producing unemployable graduates must stop. Ranil and his neoliberal policies will appeal to the rich groups which already see him delivering. The poor are left out. There are two alternatives. They can be marshalled by the fell-fed Buddhist priests on a diet of Sinhala Buddhism or the JVP, turning a new leaf, could offer a socialist alternative. Let us hope the latter happens.

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        C
        True.
        Even if we do not get the IMF loan, the IMF would have achieved its aims.

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          China’s aging man in Sri Lanka

          ” Even if we do not get the IMF loan, the IMF would have achieved its aims.”

          What were or are IMF’s aims?
          What has IMF achieved?
          How has it achieved its aims?

          We are sorry if we cannot deal with your self induced paranoia.

          Why cannot Sri Lanka’s friendly neighbour China help this island by writing off substantial part of the ‘A Pound of Flesh’ loans this country owes to Chinese institutional Shylocks?

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      Ranil Wickremasinghe will prove his metal, although many undermined him that he can never be the President of this country. One of the chief critics of RW then, Mangala Samaraweera later mentioned that Ranil Wickremasinghe is the best President we never had. It is a shame that Mangala is not around to see the transformation. I know of a few Ranil haters and critics who have mellowed, down since of late. This is because after the trauma of No Gas and No Fuel, all know it was due to Ranil’s efforts that some kind of normalcy has been restored. Further it is no secret that if by chance AKD or Sajith succeed as the leader, the whole country will plunge down the precipice and we will not be in a position to get up for a long, long time and certainly not during the life time of many of us. Ranil Wickremasinghe’s biggest Critics are the SJB and JVP supporters and most others are non committal now. Ranil Wickremasinghe will not hesitate to handle errant Trade Unionists and Communal Buddhist Monks who are losing public respect by the hour. Ranil’s concern would be to win over the majority of the country, making Sri Lanka home to all Communities without discrimination based on merit alone.

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        Gamini,
        “This is because after the trauma of No Gas and No Fuel, all know it was due to Ranil’s efforts that some kind of normalcy has been restored. Further it is no secret that if by chance AKD or Sajith succeed as the leader, the whole country will plunge down the precipice and we will not be in a position to get up for a long, long time and certainly not during the life time of many of us.”
        Ranil has 50 years of political life as Minister and Prime Minister but Anura and sajith never as Prime Ministers. the bankgruptcy of the Country, Bond Scam and Easter Bombing happened When he was as Prime Minister. There is no doubt Bonds scam, Easter Bombing, Corona, and bad management of Rajapaksas etc all contributed the Bankgruptcy. The economic crisis is now worse than before in terms of cost of living. Ranil was part and partial of the economic crisis. We have not enough data about the management skill of the Anura or Sajith. Further, it is too early to predict the future.

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          Ajith,

          You say you do not have enough data about the Management skills of Anura and Sajith and it is too early to predict the future.

          Why, are you unaware of the doings of Sajith backed by Sakkili Mahendran of Maharajahs who took Sajith up the Garden Path, with the promise that he can oust Ranil Wickremasinghe from the UNP leadership for Sajith to secure the post. Today after the Local Govt Polls decision by Court, that an early Election to Local Govt is not on the cards, both Anura and Sajith the clock is ticking for their exit from Politics from today. Anura and the JVP how they staged strikes in all Foreign manged FDIs to pack them off, needs no further explanation to understand their contribution to the downfall of this country. Only Pundits like Nimal Fernando who belittle Ranil Wickremasinghe, believe that he will fail. On the contrary Ranil Wickremasinghe has come to stay and his critics will have to eat Humble Pie very soon when he turns the Economy of this country around to a developed State, much to the envy of all his Critics.

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            Hi Gamini ,

            ” On the contrary ,,,,,,,,,,,, ” . I can hear a Lol from Lee Kwan Yu grave !

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            “Pundits like Nimal Fernando who belittle Ranil Wickremasinghe, believe that he will fail.”

            Gamini,

            ” Pundits”

            Thank you most kindly ……. but Ranil’s own record of lifelong failure beat me to it.

            There is nothing for the “Pundit” to reveal …… unfortunately the truth is plainly visible! :))

            Read your own comment …….. I feel nothing but pity for you, Gamini. …….. So, I wouldn’t twist it in.

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        gamini’

        That’s a classic lover’s lament!

        Someone you love is wronged …… and you’re hurt.

        You’ve come up with a set of your beliefs ………. like the Mormons or any other religious sect would do.

        Would you care to tackle the facts ……. like the need for 37 + 2 ministers …….. and pay Sagala for advice?

        If you’re Sagala ………. then your lament is understandable ……… and commendable how you’ve kept it muted and low-key

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        Gamini , in my opinion Lanka is a basket case. 75 years of BS is now throughly exposed and coming to an end. Correct me if I am wrong , my understanding is that 1) Ranil may not make the situation worse but cannot make it any better. No one think he can truly help in recovering from bankruptcy. 2) Rajapaksas can only make it ugly from worse. The cause can never be the solution, in a crisis 3) JVP / NPP , no one really knows what they are capable ( economics, financial / money management are not their areas of strength) and these are not the time for trials and errors. 4) Other than keeping the support of those racist Bhikkus , I don’t think SJB, as a party knows what they want or can do??? 5) least said is better about the rest 6) People like Wimal , Goman , Vasu, Sira , Rat Thera , SW , Wijedasa … which ever side they are will see to that the country dosen’t come out of the dumpster. 7 ) regardless the outcome ( there is only one) inter racial issues will never be solved.

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      1/2
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      Dear Kumar,
      .
      I had been writing the comment below directly on to the “Box: below this article:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/politics-is-the-art-of-the-possible-on-our-meeting-with-the-president/
      .
      But I’d taken a long time over it, and comments had closed when I submitted it. But it’s possible to get the comment back from there. Pasted it on to a hard disk word document, where it was reported to be over-length. So here it is as two Parts.

      I must also comment on the love of kassipu by most Lankans but how “high-class” Marxists have whisky to lose in various ways.

      Continuation
      .
      There is just too much information around. And we humans with our limited capacity to work things out, tend to rely less on our capacity to use logic than to believe what gets repeated.
      .
      However, the intelligent guys work out within their reading of a few comments that guys like “leelagemalli” aren’t worth listening to. So most of those who actually write articles dismiss their comments out of hand.

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        Eleven minutest to midnight!
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        We’re to protest in Badulla, 18 miles away for me. I’ll be going by bus – spending on it because we want something done.
        .
        And I’ve been told that Anura Kumara will be there. I’ll be there in the crowd, at least making up the numbers. Will I be asking questions? I don’t know; am willing, but I think it very unlikely. I’m not a leader!
        .
        I don’t expect a long question session.
        .
        We know the answers to most of the short-term questions; long-terms goals must wait until we get this all important round of elections held.
        ,
        Do I think that they will be held? doubtful!

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          Running out of time at 16.15 pm.
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          Not been to Badulla. AKD meets the Business Community of Bandarawela at KenMark “Hotel” at 6 pm..
          .
          But my bike’s headlamp has hardly any light I discovered. the 6 volt battery is O.K. Could it be that the bulb is meant for 12 volts.
          .
          The bike has been with me since 1991. “Duppathage Duka!”

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            Not “Duppathage duka”, but the fate of lazy and indifferent man. Best example is displayed by you yourself.
            You are the best example. One goes to pension from the age of 65 in Europe and slanken private and public employees enjoy it from their age of 55.

            There are no more indifferent and lazy people than our Sinhalese people. I have enough experience with over 45 nationalities to compare it well. Today I work with nationalities from each continent.

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              leelagemalli
              In developed countries, the pension age is 65, thereafter, generous contributory pensions in most cases or the state welfare system for less privileged, ensure a decent life in retirement. In SL, the pension age is 55 for most but may be extended for a few more years at the discretion of the employer. For many, this is a crucial time when children are still in higher education & not yet gainfully employed, therefore, have to seek other employment or revenue sources as life savings or meagre govt. pensions of state sector workers, particularly now, are inadequate even to scrape through. Many of my former colleagues & relatives in SL are facing destitution, unable to find some form of employment because of their age & not because of laziness. I am particularly angry because our politicians enjoy generous pensions on top of their perks after a couple of years in Parliament while life long employees face hardship in their old age.
              However, regarding our general work ethics, I agree with you. Many years ago, as a junior Manager, while at a training course abroad, I became friends with several foreign senior managers working in the Middle East & among them was a relatively old Englishman. Having experienced labour from various third world countries, he related a story.

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                1/Very good morning to you Raj, I am on a business trip, but I am very much concerned about our motherland and its political developments. That is why i dare to add my thoughts to CT, hoping that we should discuss them in depths.
                I have not worked with Slankens. I have observed them only in Sri Lanka. Let me tell you, I have met Sri Lankan university professors who come for PG education in Europe. Unfortunately, I don’t feel good about most of them and how they work in Sri Lanka. They are just like bookworms. Most of them should be able to win a few more for the benefit of the rest of the students. Many are not active for it. They use an opportunity only for their selfish gains. Most of them are opportunists. I don’t know if they can be generalized. See how Dr. Nalin de Silva aka Natha Bhava worked the other day. These people are gods of hypocrites. Senior citizens were adept at working on a wave of racism in the country.
                The result was a fall from the frying pan. Unfortunately, our people consider their professors as gods. Doctors are still true gods. That’s what you get in such a society, even if people finance the degrees themselves.

                tbc

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                  cont.
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                  In general, people do not have a basic idea of what their taxes are as government revenue. No politician has the right to attack saying “we did this and this for you”. Like any other job, it’s just a job. This mentality must eventually undergo drastic changes.
                  .
                  His own personal attacks that he experienced by himself, are the seeds for his raciasm against the west. They were based on the fact that Nalin De Silva was studying in the UK while reading for his Ph.D.
                  ,
                  After he returned to SL, he was like a vicious reptile against the West. What was the result? The botschafts these men spread had a bigger impact on deteriorating our society.

                  I know many people in our country behave irresponsibly in various ways. I only know some Indonesian scholars who have worked hard with the German and French governments to cooperate closely with them in their educational programs. tHEY sought sustainable programs for their countries. Not a single srilanken, that go DAAD or other scholarships won such programs between Sri Lanka and Europe.
                  . If they are going to retirement are killing time instead.

                  . It’s just a loss of skills and expertise. Productivity is in ass in srilanka even if any simple simons become very vocal against any hear-say allegations.

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            This NALIN HEWAGE or the like aggressive JVP MPs are a threat to srilanken democracy. He or the like does not allow me to forget 89-92 brutalities. They were real blood suckers.
            I really dont respect the kind of JVP MPs though I have a greater respect to Dr HA and few others.

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      2/2
      .
      Given that LM’s comments get so many Green Thumbs, whereas “Sinhala_Man” is shown Red so much, if my hypothesis is correct, then
      .
      EITHER: the majority of CT readers are unintelligent yokels, OR he’s getting this organised in one of many ways that I can think of; he may know more.
      .
      At this point, there was a long pause in my writing, and I’m getting worried about my security. No, not the threat to my life; after all, we must all die, but one or two things have got lost.
      .
      Perhaps, I should write a thoughtful article on that.
      .
      And there’s one red thumb for the first of the three comments that I’ve submitted here. Clearly, the moment there is reference to a comment by me among “Latest Comments”, there is a team which has been asked to get there and go for “Red”. To what extent does that prevent the intelligent reader from reading what I have written? Not at all, but many have told me that they read articles, but never look at comments.
      .
      This “Reading-Weariness” must be one of the factors that Ranil is placing faith in.
      .
      Time to sleep!

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        AKD & HA can talk. But cannot walk. There is too much venom oozing out with the help from Sinhala_Man itself is enough for the voters to distance themselves from JVP/NPP. It could be good business for guillotine makers when recalling their past terror works.

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          Hancho,
          .
          The biggest joke is that even today JVP is behaving like crying babies but that does not say much about our weakness today. they have not done their homework properly. As to why they were conered to 3%, is not yet analysed by their party specialists.
          .
          They have no answers as to why they behave aggressively again and again. Point the finger at any politicians could easily be done in a developing world of our nature, because no law and order is above in the society. Nor is law and order equally served to every citizen. Reforms to prevailing laws would take long so long 2/3 mandates would agree with such reforms either. Not just politicians, but people too are corrupted beyond cure.

          tbc

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            2/

            They attack anyone in public. So aggressive in every way. They hang on to old outdated theories of Communism. Not even special relations with China. How will Cuba and North Korea help us if JVP takes power?
            They have no practical knowledge about politics. Dr HA is my favorite but she alone cannot do miracles.

            Crowds of the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna meetings cannot be the scale on which the people will vote next.
            Our people are ruled by stupid illusions and their lazy mentality. Most of them eat punnaku 3 times a day if they are asked. They don’t follow “rationality”. They may believe in karma, so for a long time false buddhist binladens (pinguthtaraya hypocrites) destroy their minds.

            tbc

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              cont.
              3/
              JVP was asked not once but several times to submit positive comments to the issues that have been there for some time… but Mr. SNAKE MAN (NIC hunter) usually worships without even reading the comments. SM is very naive, neither he nor similar professionals care much about any facts and truth. Today, SM is behaving like a JVP appointee. How many senior citizens in this country behave realistically? If not only the politicians but the senior citizens had done their duty, the economy, social education or whatever would not have reached such a dangerous situation.

              We are well aware that Sri Lanka is not an oil rich country and is not blessed with rich mineral and heavy metal resources. Export of cheap labor and export of tea, rubber, coconut, garment industries and crops are our only sources of income. Apart from that, Software Builders is doing a good job with foreign entrepreneurs.
              :
              With that said, tax reform is the only way out of the deep hole, at least for a limited time. No matter what anyone says or does, the only way is bitterness. Any man in a tropical country can live for 2 weeks depending on green leaves, so not a single man in that country dies of hunger.

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                My Friend LM: Do you really need to know the “Kadamandiya” view? The Link:

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr2fgPalRa8

                Your kind needs to listen to this.

                Cheers!

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                  Dear Simon MahaTHmaya (not Mahaththaya),
                  .
                  Thank you, but there is no difference between the mouth Chameera and the dirty mouth, Wimal Buruwanse . Actually you know this very well. So what’s the point of listening to CHAMEERA?
                  :
                  I thought I’d pick up some ” real kadamandiya” ideas from the link. So I am somewhat dissappointed.

                  As the promoter of Janatha Vimukti Peramuna, I would like to know the following points from you, hope you will respond constructively.
                  .
                  1) How does JVP gap up current FOREX losses, assuming a higher mandatebe given to them? do they have ” aladin s wonder lamp”….. ? why dont they answer the question yet today ?

                  2) Who are their international allies?

                  3) Do they have special diplomatic connections with the chinese ? As far as my knowledge is concerned… no.

                  3) Can a country that sinks to all deep without “oil or other valuable soil resources” challenge other countries? would SINHALA MONKs aka our pinguthttharaya community finance it ?

                  4) The UN mission for gettting looted money by Rajapaksas back (START) has made it clear, that it will take longer years.

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                    Dear LM: I gave the link for you to fathom what a “Kadamandiya” talk is. This Chamira’s talk is much better than what I hear from “Kadamandiya” folks.

                    Who told you I promote JVP? Please refer your questions to JVP.

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                Dear Readers,
                .
                I know little at first-hand operating from Bandarawela. Assessing country-wide situation is difficult. “leelagemalli” of Düsseldorf, working full-time in Europe, pretends to get reliable information. Impossible, given that he keeps his very name secret. Note that he never names his “reliable friends”. They just don’t exist!
                .
                Mass media are no longer reliable. I’m giving these links with indications only of the contents, hoping that the reliable Simon from the “kadamandiya” in Unawatuna, Galle, will listen carefully and provide us all with reliable critiques.
                .
                I haven’t listened carefully enough:
                .
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX46fWQEQIk
                Handunnnetti
                .
                Statement: 23/02/2023 afternoon. Thirteen minutes announcing plans for mass protests tomorrow, the 24th.
                .

                NPP Sri Lanka | 2023.02.22
                .
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TivRf_EHqw.
                .
                3 hours 23 minutes – at the very beginning the compère spoke in Sinhala and within a minute in fluent Tamil Lal Wijenaike at 34 minutes; 56 minutes Professor Amarakeerthi; more Tamil from 1’ 19” to around 1’ 23”; Lal Kantha about 1’ 24” KD starts talking at 2 hours 13 minutes – compère again used Tamil to introduce AKD.

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                  As for you Sinhala_man. I am not against you as a person, but really as a senior, I am surprised to see how you are behaving in CT forum. You don’t care about other people’s advice. Does not conform to CT guidelines. It is like playing violine to a deaf elephant as common parlance in SL depicts. I don’t mind you promoting Janata Prachanda Party. But my opinion of NPP may change in the near future for good. I respect Dr HA more than in the past today.
                  .
                  I am not angry with you even if you keep threatening us the annonymous CT commenters.If that would appease or please you, that is fine for us. what we called it schadenfreude.. However it’s really pathetic.
                  What you usually include in your comments makes it easier to get a clear picture of yourself.
                  SJ, OC and Manel have explained that you are acting immature.
                  You know Hon MF is older than you, but how smart is she in her comments to CT?

                  tbc

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                    cont..
                    .
                    I am proud to see at least a few such seniors in my homeland.
                    Unfortunately, every time I think of you, I have to wonder why you’re acting so weird. What’s wrong with you ?
                    My good neighbors in their mid-80s are acting like my own parents these days. They have worked over 48 years in their life. They do it without reservations, when they want to share their experiences with others. They still work today on a voluntary basis, by teaching German to Ukrainian and Syrian refugees. You instead hang on fighting with us the CT commenters . See the bigger difference!
                    Even if you or my cousins (your age group) behave this way, it doesn’t bother me as I am not in Sri Lanka. I also do not work in Sri Lanka. I have not worked with Sri Lankans in my entire life.
                    The question why you are behaving so unique may be because we were colonized by Europeans back then. I have few friends in Wellawatte (I got to know them in UK) and every time I visit them back in SL, they behave like fake Europeans in front of me. The mindset of our people has to undergo a paradigm shift sooner or later. Only then can our four young people expect a better future.
                    The common argument may be the colonial mentality. I see some Cameroonians and some other Africans behaving like you…now I understand it well.

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          [Edited out]

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            SM,
            “You have your problems relating to Deed # 53 Dec. 30th 1994 by K.D.M. Wickremesinghe, about….”
            Don’t you think you’re making an utter ass of yourself? You ingratiate yourself into other people’s confidence, and then share their problems in public. Is this any way for a prospective Warden of STC to behave? You need help.

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              Profoundly Thank You OC. MF too advised him in no uncertain terms. The head of the Sinhala_Man is overflowing with excrement which blocks the way for common sense to enter.

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                h
                I fully sympathise with you.
                But avoid abusive response. It only helps the abuser of norms of decency feel that he has scored.

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              OC,
              .
              Isn’t that an indication of his intelligence?

              Everyone else sees that he is an ass and he calls himself to be an intelligent person.?????
              Can you please help him understanding the meaning of ” intelligent”?
              :
              The purpose of commenting on HP is to attack him because SM is birth failure. Sinhala man’s mood changes with bad association. This man is more dangerous than he appears.
              His terror e-mails disturb my work life again and again, because even today I don’t worship JVP.
              He wants me to work with killers of my sandkasten friends. ?
              .
              “Personal information of Hancho Pancha” from the intelligent ideas of the Sinhalese man (aka snake man according to HP).?
              What should be the intention of the Sinhala man? Why is this guy acting constantly like a poisonous reptile?

              May this man be treated by psychologists and psychiatrists!

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              Dear oc,
              .
              How old are you? I’m 74.
              .
              I’m too old to do any full-time work now. A few months older than your “hero”, Ranil. Although there is a hint of sarcasm there, I respect you, dear oc. Are you offering to help me?
              .
              I was the only prospective Warden of STC Mt Lavinia in 1990 August is true. Yes, I should be acting with greater poise is also true. But I’m not that any more.
              .
              See what followed:
              .
              https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/eksith-fernando-v-manawadu-and-others-st-thomas-college-cases/
              .
              There’s a second copy on the Internet, but note the 1983 Legislation embedded in it. That was brought in because of Ralph Alles who had no University degree. Alles went to Zahira, Maradana. Study this:
              .
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahira_College,_Colombo
              .
              After all of that , the next Warden to be properly elected was Dr David Ponniah, who had scored a century in the Royal-Thomian. That was in 2000 AD
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe, VishramikaGambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththayam now resident “hoowak dura” from STC Bandarawela, where he was born.

              .

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                SM,
                There is a way that people expect retired Thomian teachers to behave. There is another standard for Thomian pre-schoolers. You must decide which standard you prefer.

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                  OC,
                  OC, this is not the first time he has behaved like this. Although his intelligence is repeatedly self-proclaimed, he is by no means consistent.

                  Actually none of us cause any kind of more stresses right at this critical stage of the country. Ideal would be all walks of people to get together until economic issues are settled to some extent.
                  .
                  Unfortunately, when a person is mentally ill, no standards can work. I know it from our psychology lectures that mental imbalance can destroy almost everything in a person.
                  :
                  That is what I see in the Sinhala man.
                  .
                  Grandma says bad associations can easily destroy anyone. Naive SM falls for JVP tricks. Language barrier may be the main reason. AKD and his men only speak Sinhala. Sinhalese man speaks more English than Sinhalese (ironically he is called Sinhala_man).

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                  Dear old codger,
                  .
                  Let’s get some things straight. I have worked at STC Gurutalawa after my famous retirement from government schools at age 55. Retirement made famous by LM. In fact my Belgian friend and I together rescued the school in 2007. However, I don’t think that you should think of me as a “retired Thomian teacher.”
                  .
                  However, my Birth Certificate, which is in Sinhalese, clearly states that I was born in S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Bandarawela. It is now known as STC, Bandarawela – owing to the obsession that Lankans have for big things. I cannot remember my birth. However, there are two photographs of me here, which may help you:
                  .
                  https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thomian-pharisees-are-unrepentant-why-this-matters-to-all-sri-lankans/comment-page-1/#comments
                  .
                  Please understand that I’m essentially a “RetiredGovernmentVillageSchoolEnglishAssistantTeacher”. That is my standard, and please treat me as such.
                  .
                  I did gate-crash the NPP meeting for the business community in Kenmark Hotel in Bandarawela yesterday. I will tell you more about it later.
                  .
                  https://planetofhotels.com/en/sri-lanka/bandarawela/hotel-kanmark
                  .
                  Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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                    Dear old codger,
                    .
                    Let’s stop joking about all this, please.
                    .
                    The situation is getting increasingly grim. The time is 12:47.
                    .
                    This is Vijitha Herath MP in serious mood – live:
                    .
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaHNBtgpbUU
                    .
                    Since it is live it is not possible to give you the duration – more than 25 minutes.
                    .
                    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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                      SM,
                      If you are still awake at 12.47, maybe that’s causing all your attitude problems. Try sleeping pills.

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                    Please also take account of these 47 minutes in Parliament.
                    .
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hprEzWb7F0
                    .
                    Parliament Live | පාර්ලිමේන්තු විවාදය සජීවීව | 2023-02- 21
                    .
                    Don’t blame the NPP for any of this.
                    .
                    What the Ranil Raja[aksas are doing is disgusting.
                    .
                    Panini Edirisinhe

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                  OC,

                  Myths rule Sri Lanka.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppaiEgQ16_U

                  Low level srilanken YOUTUBERs… Chamuditha ‘s basicl knowledge is to be examined.

                  Now they have misinterpreted that their health disparities are due to the 5 gram posts. Can you imagine, if a man wearing a robe emphasizes his tone, the ephemeral things that emphasize his tone, things in that part of South Asia will be their easy perception.

                  If A story was picked from Buddhist legends and 5G fiction was left to mislead the ignorant masses, they can end up similar to the outcome of Dr Safi Saga. .. remember ? Why are our people that stupid ?

                  These men in VIDEO should not have studied Electical Eng but something else. However their stupid discuss led me to read more about 5G technology.

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            Panini Edirishnghe/Sinhala_Man/Snake_Man/. You are indeed is the theoretical definition of the Skunk who makes the entire JVP/NPP union to stink inexorably disgusting to the likely sympathetic voter. For you Oranges and Lemons are all the same. You do not know where vulgarity ends and decency begins nor visa versa. Lets forget an apology. Until today, there is no admission of guilt, not even a syllable or consonant of even in that sense nor form coming from JVP/NPP clique for the devastation caused by the JVP Tsunami better know as The Insurrection which stuck this nation which by no means is second to the quantum of destruction caused by the real one of 2003. If that was the order of destruction that was brought upon the nation when they had no leg to stand on, the enormity of the mighty tornado it can turn out to be from a position of power could turn out to be exponential. Thank you LM for putting the Man down to where he really belongs.

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            S_M, ” Don’t trouble Dr Harini Amarasuriya MP and Colombo Telegraph readers about it. ” Indeed I am not. Nevertheless, she as a MP and a Legislator carry a duty and the responsibility to make sure that Courts of Law adhere to the highest judicial standards and uphold the constitutional rights of all citizens sans any discrimination. She appears naive and ignorant to grasp an abominable crime of turning justice upside down, turning on its head by its very own guardians which is a serious a crime as incest.

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            SM!
            Re “Charles Cooray” & his deed data, how dare you invade & expose people’s private lives!
            I wonder how many others on CT regret giving you access to their real names, place of residence, emails, etc.

            Somewhere you even announced where I live. Since when is it yr business to inform everyone here about that? What have you got up yr sleeve next to regale CT with?

            Get a life, S_M!
            And leave ours alone.
            Maybe I’ll ask you a question about something that puzzles me

            Why is it necessary to tell us what the time is when you post?

            Please stop hunting down this ‘n that about CT contributors. Their private lives are their private lives. And if they chose to reveal something about themselves, that does not mean you are free to broadcast it here or anywhere else!

            I am extremely surprised that CT didñt censor yr revelation of HP’s name.

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              MF. Thank you. It is high time the Editors got woken up to this menace. This Sinhala_Man certainly is a mental case and must be shut out from this forum to maintain sanity. As I have said it in the past he barged into a conversation I had with Fahim Knight and he wished to get more details in order to assist me. In good faith I copied to him a copy of letter I had sent to the Secretary of Human Rights in UK. It was on strictly private basis. I took him into my confidence believing him to be educated and a cultured man and certainly not as a guttersnipe. It is a breach of confidence. Hope OC will get to read this message.

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              M,
              .
              Thank you so much for your timeworthy comment. I really appreciate that.
              .
              This example should be an eye opener to other CT commenters. Not many would even question why SM behaves like a teenger again and again. I really dont know why ?
              .
              Although not even 5% of the Sri Lankan population is represented in the CT forum, it is becoming clear that many people do not dare to open their thoughts as to why SM misbehaves on CT.
              That is comparable to lanken public bus commuters in colombo that stay ” deaf and blind” even if some innocient commuters are molested in front of them , in crowded buses. People s ignorance and indifference are rapidly on a rise today.

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              Manel
              This should be a forum for thoughts.
              But those who cannot fight idea with idea resort to personal abuse and character assassination.
              I think that CT permits anonymity and is duty bound to protect it.
              *
              Too bad, you and I cannot civilize humanity.

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            Editor, CT
            It is time that some people get blacklisted for abuse of privilege.

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              China’s aging man in Sri Lanka

              “It is time that some people get blacklisted for abuse of privilege.”

              How the “Great Firewall of China” Works to Censor China’s Internet
              CHRIS HOFFMAN
              https://www.howtogeek.com/162092/htg-explains-how-the-great-firewall-of-china-works/
              When did China extend its “Great Firewall of China” censorship instrument to its friendly neighbour?
              Did China appoint China’s aging Man to spy on CT visitors and ban them selectively because he does not understand ideas, or remember facts, …. or Mao, Siri Mao, Banda. and their lackeys make no mistakes?

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              China’s aging man in Sri Lanka

              “It is time that some people get blacklisted for abuse of privilege.”

              How the “Great Firewall of China” Works to Censor China’s Internet
              CHRIS HOFFMAN
              https://www.howtogeek.com/162092/htg-explains-how-the-great-firewall-of-china-works/
              When did China extend its “Great Firewall of China” censorship instrument to its friendly neighbour?
              Did China appoint China’s aging Man to spy on CT visitors and ban them selectively because he does not understand ideas, or remember facts, …. or Mao, Siri Mao, Banda. and their lackeys make no mistakes?

              Or
              Is it Joseph R. McCarthy’s ghost or his secret admirer talking?

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            What has been edited out must have been at the request of “hanchopancha”. The 8 “thumbs” indicate that many would have seen it.
            .
            I stoically accept the judgement of the CT moderators. I think that I had publicised there the details of HP’s Court case.
            .
            HP has said some inaccurate things about how those facts came to me. Around 2018, there was a guy calling himself “Fahim Knight” who used to have his own “Fancy Avatars” which used to take various forms, most typically a man dressed as a knight in “Arthurian Legends”.
            .
            There were some commenters who were attributing all the economic woes of the world to machinations by “Freemasons”:
            .
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry
            .
            I “defended” them, and soon Fahim befriended me.

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            I’m placing this Second Part also as response to what has been “edited out.”
            .
            Judging by what happened to the First Part, [It begins “What has been edited out”],
            this comment, too, I feel will drop down about fifteen places.
            .
            Continuing:……………. I was a Freemason for upwards of five years a member of the NuwaraEliya lodge, persuaded by Jacques Huyghebaert, my Bandarawela neighbour:
            .
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfUqL_1OGmc
            .
            Sapere Aude 227 – From Universal to Metaversal Freemasonry by Bro. Jacques Huyghebaert
            .
            Jacques and Fahim had a chat via my phone. Jacques said that Fahim had clearly done Masonry in Singapore, but not in Lanka.
            .
            Fahim had passed my contact details to hancho. He pestered me to “do something” about his land.
            .
            So, I did not have to go in search of the “Court Cases” – they came to me.
            .
            Half past three – I’m sleepy!

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              S_M. Please do not make up stories and lies. You specifically said that you do not know “enough of his case” to Fahim Knight to help him. I took you to be a good Samaritan. It confirms your height of hypocrisy.

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        Pseudo Intelligent SM and his supporters,
        .
        As usual, the Sinhala man does not tolerate anyone who opposes his thoughts.

        His bad company clearly ruined his character (if he had one). Patience and tolerance are something that can be trained. How can our society ever be rebuilt with “zero tolerance” being displayed by so called former teachers?

        The Sinhala Buddhist monks (Buddhist Binladin) must change their attitude for good because they must eventually learn to respect everyone equally. likewise, our Sinhala_man or such naive seniors should learn to change their attitude.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNOPnC98PN0

        . If one measures SM’s childish tendencies, he scores 9 out of 10 (the highest). At present his masters may be Vijitha Herath and that Nalin Hewage (said to be another assassin in 89).

        It is sad that JVP loyalists have destroyed SM’s good values.

        Some Jewish brotherhoods change some Europeans in a short time. One family I know was a good couple, until they came to know fratenity in Telaviv. They lived peacefully with their three children previoulsy. After visiting some fraternities in Tel Aviv, the father of the family acted like he’s standing on his head. That is exactly what sinhala_man demonstrates attacking me again and again.

        May SM be blessed with sooner recovery !

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        Late Night: 1/3
        .
        The time is now past 10.00 pm, so in real terms another day than the above comments.
        .
        I’ve made another comment here a couple of hours ago:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-fuhrer-in-the-making/
        .
        All that is said there also is the truth. I understand that Ameer is writing articles in Tamil as well, a language that I don’t understand at all. Let’s all applaud what Ameer is doing. Too many people are nit-picking what others are saying.
        .
        Two new Youtubes for you today, in Sinhala:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9lHNxqRkz0

        CBK 25 minutes, 20/02/2023 – Today, and I listened to all of Chandrika.
        .
        Great. Readers, please don’t talk about the past, or about how you want a somewhat different plan for the future. First get the election going.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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          SM,
          thanks for the link of CBK s speech.
          .
          Although our people don’t remember, CBK did better in her first term.
          .
          Without her, the country that was devastated by the 2004 Tsunami disaster would not have recovered. There is no doubt that no powerful country would have provided funds after the tsunami had Mara been in power.
          Our people are ungrateful.
          Media goons and other highly corrupt henchmen of Rajapaksa misled the entire nation by spreading stunts against CBK and other leaders.

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        2b/3
        .
        The numbering and the time may be confusing.
        .
        We’re agitating now for the elections. Now there’s all this:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXrbTxB5H-s

        මාලිමාව වෙනුවෙන් හිටපු රාජ්‍ය සේවකයෝ | මාධ්‍ය හමුව | 2023.02.20
        62 minutes – comments not allowed.
        .
        I haven’t listened properly to all of that, but it consists of comments by retired professionals who were employed by the government. I will have to listen only tomorrow morning, but when will the updates come?
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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      Thiru it seems the Sinhalese and Tamils have a lot in common. Tamils wanted a Fuhrer. They got VP who forgot to take his cyanide capsule, ran away and got shot.

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        Vast difference. Chingkallams elect and want nasty racist Fuhrers to discriminate against Thamizh, marginalize them, ethnically cleanse them, and commit war crimes / structural genocide on them. The Thamizh wanted a strong man/leader and not a Fuhrer or although he later turned out to be one to deliver them from Chinghalla racism, tyranny and the Chingkalla Fuhrers. Not to discriminate or marginalize anyone, like the Chingkallams wanted.

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          How do you know that VP was shot, he is a very proud man and the probability is he either shot himself or took cyanide. . This is what the Sri Lankan state and the rapist Chingkalla \occupying armed forces and the Chingkalla establishment state. Now there are stories that he may be alive( I doubt it) or his wife and daughter are still alive( possible). The Sri Lankan state never gave a death certificate for him, which was required by India, due to the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. They state they confirmed his death by testing his DNA. Strange you do not get results of DNA testing within 4 hours and which close relative? Usually a sibling or parent. On the other hand, we all know the Chingkalla Fuhrer ran away overseas, discarded by the very same people who elected him, with his tail between his legs and went around the world begging for asylum and refuge, which was refused and still shamelessly wants his American citizenship reinstated and most probably will do anything to regain this. Please read between the lines with regard to doing anything. His fake patriotic family is well known for this. Incite racist and religious extremism to benefit them and loot the island’s wealth. Their puppy dogs are still doing this on their behalf.

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            “…the probability is he either shot himself or took cyanide”
            Being Superman, perhaps he did both, and even split his scalp as an image showed.

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              I thought you are the all-knowing nitpicking superman with a super scalp, that eternally looks towards China to worship

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        We do not know, what really happened to VP, other than what the Rajapakse government and the Sri Lankan Army stated. Not very reliable and many times lie. Whether VP was really shot dead by the Sri Lankan armed forces or not or he killed himself, or even if he is still alive, according to some sources. However, we do know at the orders of the now disgraced Sinhalese Fuhrer, the VP’s 10-year-old son, who was captured by the Sri Lankan armed forces was given a biscuit to eat and definitely shot in cold blood. This is a war crime, deliberately shooting innocent unarmed civilians, especially children. There is no excuse to shoot him, just because he was VP’s younger son.

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          “We do not know, what really happened to VP….”
          I am truly surprised.
          Please check with the Tamilnadu BJP.

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            Why were the members of the Tamilnadu BJP on the ground witnessing the war and Prapakaran’s death? Maybe all-knowing you were there witnessing everything, as usual, to faithfully report back to China.

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    “Let’s watch where the story ends.”
    There is no ends in this story. Same problems, Same people, Same political parties,same constitution amendments, same politics, same political parties, same military, same mahanayaka’s but none worried about country, humanity, justice, crimes, corruption, drugs.

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      A,
      The story can only be changed by rebuilding society. I don’t think it’s impossible to achieve.
      Every family in the nation of 22 million can better use social media platforms to communicate. If Southeast Asians can achieve it, why not us South Asians who are the 22 million most literate in the region?
      The mindset of every citizen should be refreshed by feeding them with facts. They should be fed “facts and factual information” about the country’s deep decline. We must teach them how we can ever rise from our deep falls. The more facts they are fed, the better the results will be. The result will then be a catalyst to turn violent criminals and corrupt friends into fighters against injustice, corruption and crime.
      :;
      Sinhala Buddhist binladans (Buddhist monks) should be thrown in the fields to obtain fruit. Everyone should contribute to productivity regardless of race, religion and other factors.

      tbc

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        cont.
        .
        Buffaloes being poor animals must be retired. Although the majority of Buddhagama monks lived at the expense of the poor and needy people, what the monks did in Sri Lanka was not enough. They are fully indebted to this people.

        Not a dozen of monks do their job as ” DHARMAYA PRACHARAYA” twisting the society into a good one. Most of them became ” STARS” through Medamulana criminals.

        Shameless sinhala buddhist monks are healthy enough to work hard and Samantha badda thero (formerly a joker but now he has set examples) has proved it so far. Anyone who has the talent to revive the people should come forward from their cave. The government should deal with them rather than the guilty minded idiots.
        People should finally stop holding unnecessary rallies. Until a common purpose is served for the public. We can achieve that by stopping unnecessary imports. At the same time, exports can be increased through effective agreements between countries.

        Many Sinhala Buddhist monks (99%) entered monasticism simply to live out their hidden tendencies. They have proved to be child -molesters…. no doubt about that. I have got proof materials to stand against them. I will work on this whenever returning to the country next.
        Most of them are child abusers. This cannot be compared to anything found in any other religion. The Ghanasaras, Medagoda Abeytissas should look into the actions that distorted this society.

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    The JVP is carrying baggage from the past. Communist ideology is past its sell by date & the JVP should be buried like its murderous founder. NPP certainly seem to have the answers, so why get bogged down with a defunct party built on terror & violence?
    SL voters always had the choice between bull shit & horse shit, both shit either way. It is the same now but the NPP is seen as coming out smelling nicer because we are already in the cess pit. PPP & the SLFP are non runners & so is the SJB. Much hyped Premadasa jnr. is still desperately riding on his old man’s wave. Apart from being presented as ‘sophisticated’ & educated than his old man, he has not been able to make a name for himself all these years in politics. It is very much the case with the UNP under RW’s leadership but there are (relatively) credible people, such as, Eran & Harsha from whatever party they represent to come together as a force against NPP/JVP.
    The NPP, as far as I am concerned, is JVP wine in a more appealing bottle, which is why I hope that a new set of politicians from the civil society will come forward & sweep away the cobwebs & the dirt at Diyawanawa.

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      Raj,
      .
      If you ask college students who is behind the unbearable harassment on campus (ragging on freshers)…..they will immediately share the truth about the hypocritical nature of JVP and front dogs. I am also a victim of brutal gang bullying in Sri Lanka. Today, its level is a thousand times more dangerous.

      So what if they become the leaders of this country?
      .
      Even though the convenor of the interval, Wasantha Mudali, was arrested, I did not intend to remove him from it because I believe that they are the kind of rebels who are destroying the university education in Sri Lanka.
      His mother revealed that WM had not visited her for the past 3 years. He entered university 13 years ago but he is still in the university without completing his basic degree (3-4 year course).
      Are not he or similar parasites criminals?
      Not even 5% of eligible students are selected for public universities in Sri Lanka. Poor students get cornered not having chances to study their courses.

      Why are university students wasting their precious time misusing public funds when the reality is like this?
      First of all it should be clear that we are a nation of beggars.

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    Social democracy……nah, JVP-NPP won’t use it. It means the rich people socializing the country money amongst themselves, with a Ranil-type, or even Ranil himself as overseer ; Ad Hoc bond holders shuffling their bond cards. Hardworking-Suffering-Lankan-Masses are wiser these days and seek a complete change. No more do they want the crumbs from the Rich’s fancy restaurants.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HFAfhHDmy4&t=72s

    The IMF bailout would not have been a reality if Ranil had not acted boldly.

    https://star.worldbank.org/

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    MR.RANIL WAS CALLED MR.BEAN AND NOW YOU ARE CALLING HIM REAL HITLER.FOR HIM TO BE A REAL HITLER HE MUST HAVE THE GUTS PUT ALL YELLOW PETS(THADAYAAS) who are creating a problem against 13th amendment behind bars for him to become the next elected president with at least to get some support from tamil-muslim political parties.HOPE MR.FOX WILL NOT GET FOXED IN COMING MONTHS.

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      paragon, Ranil is having perahara to get Asgiri Malwathu SB votes in addition to 13A for tamil votes and IMF loan. He is shrewd bataland. No more elections as lack of funds reason will persist with the permanent president till death. Abolish this executive president so that one day the future generations can hope for nation’s stolen dollars to be recovered and robbers jailed.

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        dtg
        To abolish, should not the opposition put their heads together together and take appropriate steps in parliament?
        I cannot think of any other way right now.

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    Sri Lanka does not need more democracy. It suffered due to too much democracy. The freedom of the wild ass is what led to its destruction at the hands of greedy no nothing idiots. Singapore did not get to where it is by being a darling democracy. Singapore was lucky to elect a powerful dedicated and disciplined leader who made sure democracy did not get in the way of the countries advancement. PM Lee Kuan Yew stomped out the opposition and threw it in jail lock stock and barrel. Ceylon unfortunately never had such a leader. Our Pukka Sahibs clung to all that is Westminster and the result was a government that swung wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other undoing each others policies and ruining the country. Our voters knew a strong leader was needed but could not see the forest for the trees. It went for the Greedy stupid MR and then the utter retard GR. Finally they have the right man. I hope they choose wisely for their own sake. It is time to stop wailing about democracy aka RW. It is also wise to recognize the JVP and its absolutely anti democratic past particularly its conduct in the Universities where democracy is treated by them as a nasty joke.

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    I know the JVP only too well. This is a party who brutally murdered their opponents, sometiems hacking the heads off their victims in the presence of their family and kids, issued death threats to loyal government servants including my own father. I also witnessed first hand how they brutally assaulted and kicked out any University student who happened to be have registered political affiliations to any other rival political party. The same goes for the cigarette smoking foul mouthed affiliated goon monks. The JVP was funded in the 70s first insurrection by the North Koreans. Not sure who backed them the second time. Probably some equally nasty communist dictatorship. It is thru the need to brutally put down these two insurrections that violence and the lack of respect to human life got ingrained in our society. The Buddhist clergy have been a abject failure in this regard having fanned the flames of racial hatred and violence. Therefore, to you loyal JVP sycophants go and get your heads examined. To all of you who love to bash RW even to the point that he gets blamed for things he did not do, you are the reason this country is where it is.

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      Thiha

      I agree with you about the JVP. They doesn’t hide their communist ideology & still pay homage to their murderous leader, & if the NPP is coming forward as a progressive bunch of capable new generation politicians, I can’t understand why they have to get in to bed with an old school revolutionary lot, responsible for the destruction of public property & murder of innocent people. Anyway, the point is that you are against the role of monks in politics as I do but why is it that you have faith in a man who doesn’t have the guts to keep the monks in their place? Obviously, politicians are worried about the wrath of the monks scorned, the influential force behind the larger vote base, but RW will never have that vote, however, now that he is in the hot seat, why doesn’t he crack the whip & put them in their place? At least, he can retire with his head high as a man who brought some reform to the political system & prove you right.

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      “The JVP was funded in the 70s first insurrection by the North Koreans.”
      Amusing example of your factual reporting.
      This story floated for some months until debunked. There was little evidence to syupport this claim– something which the UF government initially accepted under pressure from the UNP and its rightist allies to suspend diplomatic ties.
      An examination of facts exposed the lie, and diplomatic ties were fully restored.

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        T
        “I also witnessed first hand how they brutally assaulted and kicked out any University student who happened to be have registered political affiliations to any other rival political party.”
        Can you name a few who were kicked out please?
        There was JVP violence as well as misdeeds, but that was more than matched by that by the UNP goon squads and the state machinery.
        Why did so many people light crackers in the South when RP was killed by an LTTE plant?

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    “In my column last week (12 February 2023), speaking from a left perspective, I demanded an NPP Party Conference. I now repeat this demand in the broader public interest as well. It cannot be ducked.”
    *
    What if it is ducked?
    *
    Demanding things like party/alliance conferences is done as an internal process, not by public declaration.
    (Did the LSSP and NSSP have something called party discipline? Perhaps not, they are after all not Stalinists.)

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    Ranil’s Prospects At The Next Election

    Ranil said he will go ahead and continue with his unpopular decisions to ensure that the bankrupt country recovered from the economic crisis. Even in good time unpopular decisions was made to turn the country to bankrupt

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    Elections for Ranil.W.IS A DIRTY WORD. He has set 2048 as the year when Srilanka becomes a first world country. By then His Excellency would have hit a Century. Year of Birth 1948………………….
    President Ranil.W.rolled up the Electoral Map and shoved it up……………the day he occupied the Presidential Suite in full suit……………..

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