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Reappearance Of Rajapaksa Cult At Nugegoda

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

It was very true that those who gathered in ‘a hundred thousand’ or those who spoke on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa at Nugegoda didn’t care about ‘corruption, human rights violations or dictatorship.’ As Dayan Jayatilleka has opined they WANTED him for the ‘Nation’ instead.

It was also clear from the speeches and also from the mood of the crowd that this ‘nation’ that they talk about is not the ‘Sinhala-Tamil-Muslim-Burgher’ nation. It is not the political or the civic nation of Sri Lanka. It is the parochial ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’ ethnic nation that they talked about with considerable disagreement of the Sinhalese and the Buddhists as shown at the last elections. It is the ‘nation’ that the admirers talked about without concern for ‘corruption, human rights or dictatorship.’

Elephant Size?  

It was not the size of the crowd that mattered but the contents of the speeches and the statements. It started with ethnically patriotic Sinhala songs and ended with the national anthem which is denied to the Tamil community to sing in their own or known language. The Professor who argued that a national anthem should only be in the dominant language in any country, Nalin de Silva, was on the stage. Next to him was the one time celebrated novelist, Gunadasa Amerasekara, who abominably turned a chauvinist thinker in his senile days. The announcer of the meeting was delighted to announce the name of Dr Dayan Jayatilleka along with those two names quite fittingly.

They all came from left persuasions in old days, let alone Vasudeva Nanayakkara, who gave a mumbled speech talking about a ‘new era and a new age’ under Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ‘imagined premiership’ who was in power as the Executive President for 10 years but ironically lost two years by attempting to snatch six more years on the 8th of January.

Mahinda Pic courtesy Namal's FacebookIt was not the war that the country won under his presidency (when Sarath Fonseka was the army commander) that ousted him from the presidency, at the last presidential elections, but his craving for power even mercilessly harassing the former army commander after the elections in 2010. Of course the minority communities, particularly the Tamils, wanted justice without continuously discriminating them for the atrocities committed by the LTTE.

The crowds at the meeting in size perhaps were parallel to the United Left Front meetings in early 1960’s which I have seen and attended or the DUNF rallies led by Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake in early 1990s which I have not attended. However, a major difference was that, apart from the population of those days, while those opposition forces in the past were progressive in both the social and political nature going against dictatorial powers, in the present instance at least the speeches of the speakers were completely regressive and even going backwards from the SLFP or the UPFA policies in the past or the present.

That is why it was not a UPFA or a SLFP rally.

The Personality Cult

The rally showed the extent to which the Rajapaksa personality cult has/d been built in this country utilizing the powers of the executive presidency and the financial resources of the tax payer’s money during the last ten years or so.

Maithripala Sirisena is a clear contrast.

All those who were on the stage except perhaps Dinesh Gunawardena were direct beneficiaries of the Rajapaksa cult, also excluding of course Dayan at the last stages. The most disgraceful of this pilgrimage was Vasudeva. There was nothing else (except also Sinhala chauvinism) at this meeting but this Rajapaksa cult. They gleefully announced that day by day thousands of people go to Mademulana to pay homage to Rajapaksa. Many of them may be innocent admirers, created and mobilized by the past financial beneficiaries of the Rajapaksa cult.

As it was unashamedly noted by one admirer/beneficiary of this cult: “It was the most emotional, energetic and enthusiastic crowd I have seen at a public meeting in Sri Lanka, and that emotion wasn’t against anyone. It was for someone and something.” It was also mythical, as the same source noted, “It was an energy that ran along an invisible circuit extending from Nugegoda to Medamulana and back.” This is no any ‘science’ but blind faith or worship.

The most articulate on the stage of this cult was Wimal Weerawansa who was glorified as a ‘pure Jacobin orator.’ He was well suited for the whipping task. He told the story of Jesus who was resurrected (apparently by God in this case) and then people venerated him as the God. This is exactly what the admirers or the beneficiaries of the cult want people to do, worship Rajapaksa as the God.

Weerawansa also told the crowd that the people who demanded that Barabbas be released and Jesus instead be crucified thereafter repented to mean that people have committed mea culpa at the last election by electing Maithripala Sirisena to the presidency. There were other stories and when the disjointed stories and the rhetoric were taken out there were no facts or sense. This is the same with those who have admirably written on the meeting.

Sinhala Chauvinism

During the speech of Udaya Gammanpila, three political personalities were attacked and mocked in his own style with a winking eye: Azath Salley, John Amaratunga and NPC Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran. It is not true that the meeting was not against anyone. The arguments of the speakers went to deny the validity of the votes of the minority communities at the last elections, the Muslims, the Tamils and the Christians.

Ven. Pallaththara Sumanajothi’s ‘sermon’ (anusasana) was the most pathetic particularly as a chancellor of a university. He defended family nepotism as natural and something condoned by the Buddha himself! His grumble was that his ‘government vehicle’ given by Mahinda Rajapaksa was taken away by the new administration!

It is not true that the meeting didn’t attack Maithripala Sirisena and he “was safe, unchallenged, acknowledged as President.” The main purpose of the big mouthed Weerawansa was to humiliate the President. Strangely enough I didn’t hear anything against Chandrika Kumaratunga!

If Maithripala Sirisena was acknowledged as the President, there was no point in talking about a conspiracy. This conspiracy theory was the main thrust of the Statement of Mahinda Rajapaksa to the meeting which was read out to the crowd with much enthusiasm by Dayan Jayatilleka.

It said, “We were not defeated but deprived of power.” “What we are experiencing is not a defeat but the result of a conspiracy.”

It was abundantly clear that this power hungry crowd of chauvinists don’t have any faith in elections. Elections were held when it was convenient and elections are denounced as conspiracies when they get defeated. No one has to be defensive or apologetic of Maithripala Sirisena getting overwhelming votes of the minorities. They are part and parcel of the Sri Lankan electorate. In a democracy, every vote has an equal value whether it is from the majority or the minority. It is not so long ago that those who ‘lament about the defeat’ even after obtaining 58% of the 74% of the majority votes tried to picture that the Northern Tamil community in the population is just 4%. It cannot be a mistake but a prejudice.

What is very clear from the statements that they have made at the meeting or after that, whether it is Gammanpila, Gunawardena, Weerawansa or even Jayatilleka is that their reluctance to accept the Tamil or the Muslim communities as equal citizens of the Sri Lankan political system. To them until the so-called ‘civilizational core’ of the people, and that means according Jayatilleka is the Sinhala majority, approves an election that would be a ‘conspiracy.’ It appears that Jayatilleka has become the newest or foremost ideologue of Sinhala chauvinists surpassing Nalin de Silva or Gunedasa Amerasekera.

The election ‘conspiracy’ was linked to the defeat of LTTE terrorism and ‘conspirators’ were branded as the enemies of the country. This branding was extended to the President Maithripala Sirisena. Then for Weerawansa, Mahinda Rajapaksa is not a name but a country. That may be the logic for them to consider those who were against Rajapaksa at the elections were against the country.

Conclusion

From the Statement of Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Nugegoda meeting, it is very clear that he hasn’t accepted the democratic verdict of the people at the election on the 9th morning or thereafter. Ironically, he has called the election which he called and wanted, a conspiracy! This is the kind of a Hero that the chauvinists have. I don’t know whether AW Singham (“The Hero and the Crowd”) wrote about these kind of heroes that Dayan mentioned and talked about.

Until this Statement, I was not convinced that there was an attempted (but an aborted) coup on that 9th morning. But this statement changes my mind. This is clear evidence that he didn’t accept the people’s verdict and call(ed) it a conspiracy in addition to saying that “I was not defeated, but deprived of power.” This must definitely constitute one of the clear evidence of the court case against that attempted coup. Two more conclusions are in order.

The Nugegoda rally is nothing but an attempt to resurrect the Rajapaksa personality cult by its former beneficiaries. However, given the history of this cult already built during his executive presidency (2005-2015) and utilizing the financial resources of the tax payer’s money, the present government or the Rajapaksa opposition particularly within the SLFP should not take the challenge easily.

Most dangerous is the chauvinist echoes that the rally reverberated among the people against the minorities. In the course of the forthcoming period, leading to the parliamentary elections, they would try their best to propel these chauvinist feelings among the Sinhala majority. Even the SLFP and the other partners of the UPFA (LSSP, CP and JHU) might come under that pressure unless relevant discussions and forceful political and educational campaigns are launched. There are responsibilities even on the part of the leaders of the minority political parties, particularly the TNA or the NPC leaders, also not to aggravate the polarization. This should not be a cosmetic effort but a genuine attempt at reconciliation and moderating views and feelings of the broader sections and masses.

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    This meeting was bankrolled by MR and MR only inorder to try stop inquiries proceeding against himself.

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando

      “This meeting was bankrolled by MR and MR only inorder to try stop inquiries proceeding against himself.” Says, gogomahinda.

      It is about and a rally of the Crooks, Robbers and Criminals, CRC’s. just the IRC’s.

      It is about Crooks and Robbers and criminals and exposing and punishing them, and the CRC’s wanting to continue business as usual.

      Dr. Laksiri Fernando you write quite well, and know Sinhala as well.

      Why not entice some Sri Lankan “writers” to write Common Sense Pamphlets, Sri Lanka 2015, and add these as Chapters to a Common Sense Phamplet? Gota has taken a leave of absence, and Basil as well, and they are not using white vans anymore.

      There was a guy called Thomas Paine, who did such a thing in 1776 for the American Revolution. May be there is a Lotus of Sri Lanka writer who can come out of the mud and expose, like what Thomas Paine did the CRC’s. Also need pamphlets on Sri Lanka crisis. The Crisis caused by Crooks, Robbers and Criminals 2015-Sri Lanka.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Crisis

      The Sri Lankan writers should not worry about Gota’s White Vans any more, and there is a window of opportunity for the Pamphlets. Are the Sri Lankan writers up to the task of a simple Phamplet? Or, are they now afraid of of the CRSs, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Buruwansa, Dinesh Gooonawardana, Goda-Gampila and the “Scholar” Dayan Jayatillaka?

      What is the problem now?

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        You forgot to mention Christians. The Sinhala Christian minority in Lanka, Prof. Laksiri.

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        Good one Prof!
        Dayan Jayatilleke will soon join Wimal Weerawansas party it seems!

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        Divide, distract and Rule was the Rajapaksa strategy and cult for the Sinhala Modayas, but that failed to win the 2015 election.

        These Sinhala Nationalist modayas in Nugegoda have not learned the lesson that the minorities count in a democracy!
        But the question is: Why is Jarapassa and his thieving family not behind bars in prison? Why are Maitri and Ranil delaying locking Jarapassa up?!
        The

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          “Why are Maitri and Ranil delaying locking Jarapassa up?!”

          The same way the Americans kept the Japanese emperor.

          All men are liars and the worst are politicians worldwide.

          2 days ago My3 met Modi and its business as usual- continuation.
          As long as he keeps the external forces happy- shape shape shape
          he can do what he likes internally except touch the muslims- see the Bosnia (for muslim) hypocrisy and Iraq.

          Its your cultural problem- you can only be ruled from outside like till 48- smooth. Same goes with west indies who killed the Arawak (original folk)

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            Javi.


            “Why are Maitri and Ranil delaying locking Jarapassa up?!”

            “The same way the Americans kept the Japanese emperor. “

            Yes, Still 47.5% of the population are Still modayas, Fools, Mootals.

            They need to be gradually weaned from being foolish dogs of MaRa.

            [Edited out]

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          [S.Modaya]

          Calling Sinhalese Modayas is well travel path of one section of the so called Pseudo intellectuals. One will never be able to please this minority simply because they still dream the dream of Late VP.

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    Annnnndddd… The pseudo intellectuals come in to criticize, blame and mock. Spare us oh intelligent ones! ;)

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      well said

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    Oh and one more thing, how would you explain the presence of the handful of Muslim families who were at the gathering? Were they out to be racist or attack their own people? This wasn’t about race…and for those who weren’t there, stop judging from the comfort of your homes/offices. If you’d actually been there you would not be tripping over yourselves to paint a dark and ugly picture of the rally (or maybe you still would if you have a contrary position to strengthen!).

    WAKE UP EVERYBODY! This was about reviving an active opposition in parliament to counter the tsunami of unelected officials who are currently running this 100 day govt. There was a lot of goodwill at the rally…suggest a few of you attend the next one.

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      You will note Dr. Laksiri was there as well. It does not mean everyone there supported MaRa. It is difficult to imagine a similar rally by President Maithripala Sirisena happening or even allowed to happen if he had lost the election. Just as the Rajapakse goons mobbed Maithripala’s meetings before the election and nobody got arrested, they would have committed murders and got away with it. That was the norm under the Rajapakse/Weerawansa coalition.

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        Hi Sylvia,

        Perhaps you know more on this, but as a general reader I think Dr.’s writing is ambiguous enough for one to construe it either way. I understood that he hasn’t attended the rally by the lack of a positive “I too was there” statement, and more importantly by what he seems to have taken away from the rally (if he had indeed attended it) being a far cry from the immense goodwill felt by all at the gathering that day regardless of race or ethnicity.

        Perhaps Dr. himself would be kind enough to clarify whether he physically attended the rally or watched it online if he so feels inclined to help us understand the basis for what I personally see as his negative and frankly fear-mongering views on the intentions and persuasions of the crowd …? :)

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          Sylvia Haik and Citizen,

          To put the record straight, I was not there. It was in fact an advantage. At present I am in Sydney, Australia. I listened to the full record for over five hours taking careful notes and replaying for clarity. My analysis or critique was based mainly on the speeches given and the background information I know of very closely about the speakers and their politics.

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            Thanks for setting the record straight Dr.! Appreciate it :)

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    The more I read about Sri Lankan politics today,

    the more I realize that it no more than the barber saloon rubbish:

    If you dig it, you will get hair, and hair and nothing worthwhile.

    Will it go on ad infinitum?

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      Just pray for world war then you can be certain the remainder will think and like Israel nick it because it would be with sticks and stones.

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    Prof. Laksiri,

    Thank you very much for your references, analysis and conclusions. The whole theme of the Nugegoda meeting was against the future of this country. The participation of Dayan Jayatilleke was disgraceful. A golden opportunity to heal this nation after the war was wantonly wasted by MR and his myopic and loud mouthed cronies. The current opportunity too may be scuttled by the wastrels who appeared on stage in Nugegoda and the shortsighted fools in the TNA, unless the government acts wisely, but with firmness. A law against propagating hatred against ethnic groups and religions in this country and seeding divisiveness should be passed as soon as possible. The participation of Gnanasara, the yellow robed thug, who yet remains free despite the mountain of evidence against him, defined the intents of this group, more than anything else. It also highlighted the apparent inability of this government to do what it has to do, with the powers it is vested, within the law and the norms of justice.

    The stated vision and mission of this government is a fragile seedling that has to be nurtured with extreme care , much
    effort and utmost vigilance. This government should not accommodate crimes against this country, under the excuse of good governance and tolerance.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      It is the puppeteers in the diaspora who pull the strings on the TNA that needs to act wisely because they are the ones who interfere and scuttle every effort living in their dream world Eelam.

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      “The current opportunity too may be scuttled by the wastrels who appeared on stage in Nugegoda and the shortsighted fools in the TNA, unless the government acts wisely, but with firmness.”

      shortsighted fools in the TNA?

      Do you mean the Tamil MOOOTals தமுள் முட்டல்ல்ஸ் ?

      Still a lot of them left. முட்டல்ல்ஸ் Velupillai and முட்டல்ல்ஸ் Mahinda seem to have failed to clean up the முட்டல்ல்ஸ் .

      Deja Vu.

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      Dr RN how are you? Hope you are well.

      In the south it appears that corruption as a public concern has only a slight and wavering lead over racism as a vote getter. ( The inability of the UNP to stage a few token arrests of corrupt politicos has swung the momentum away from the UNP). Yet where others see a beginning of a Mahinda comeback. I think it was Wimal and his ilk’s swansong. Treating MR with respect as an ex president is one thing. Yet not even the SLFP old guard want him back. Now that the Wans’s have barred there teeth the My3 Ranil combine will hit back. My 2 cents anyway.

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        Bed Rock Barney,

        Thanks, I am keeping fine. I was not commenting for a while, because I was observing the post-election gradually emerge .

        Dr.RN

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    gogomahinda

    While we are on the subject of Rajapaksa Cult At Nugegoda could I cite an excerpt from an self proclaimed expert on all matters that the people and leaders have ignored until he mentioned it:

    Excerpt

    The logic of the cult of personality and the workings of megalomania demand a grand achievement. This doesn’t mean he will go to war on Nov 26th, but that while he is still 50, he will make a decisive, historic move, and I don’t mean a conversion to federalism. So if I were CBK, I’d avoid an ostrich posture on security, and not return from Delhi this time around without signing a solid defence agreement. I’d also repair that Palaly runway, fast.

    Why Prabhakaran will lose

    http://www.island.lk/2004/10/17/features12.html

    Guess who wrote this piece of advice, none other than the self confessed war monger and a smart ass patriot Dayan Jayatilleka

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      You have done it again, Native ! Well done.

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      Native Vedda

      Thanks for the Link and Excerpt

      http://www.island.lk/2004/10/17/features12.html

      Another Excerpt: (Looks like there were a lot of Tamil Mootals,முட்டாள், with VP then as well, and they were a majority, and a few still left now)

      “Prabhakaran’s devotees are already preparing for his birthday. The Tigers are applying pressure, Pongu Thamilishly, in Trincomalee, hoping for a Sinhala backlash. Historically the East has been the flashpoint (’56, ’58), and a Sinhala communal response could politically drown Karuna if the Tamils rally around Prabhakaran, reminded that their Sinhala neighbours are the oldest foes. The Tigers are also murdering Muslims so as to trigger an Islamic response that can be depicted as fundamentalist to the US, India, and the world community. Consider also this context, the latest columns by Taraki, Tamil Net editor who recently received a dishonourable mention from his former homeboy (or “area mate”, in Peradeniya dialect) Karuna. Taraki whips out a mean analysis, reconstructing the strategic interests and perspectives of the USA, India and China in the region and as they impinge on Sri Lanka. It’s a doosra, trying to simultaneously deter and signal each power that it is functional to have the Tigers around to counter the others. The old game: cross-dressing as an Israel-in-waiting, hustling for a sugar daddy.”

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    LF asserts with the exception of a few, that most supporters of Rajapakse have benefitted financially through their support for the Rajapakse(s). Wouldn’t it be the same for new new appointees to positions of prsetige and power under the Gamarala and RW? Well, prof. LF, you need to put your head down and get lot more runs on the board for RW and co. to come under their spotlight to get you the post of prestige you clamour for. Your memories of ’70s, ’80s are somewhat under a haze not to remember that the events of July 83 occured whilst RW was a cabinet minister, and the massive kickbacks afloat through infrastructure development (Mahaveli diversion)too occured during that period. You have chosen to support a devil against another devil and the lack of intellectual honesty on your part is much in evidence. Research is about honesty and, the lack of it will make one’s publications make it to the nearest waste paper basket. Perhaps LF has nothing to lose!

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      LF is a known trumpetier for the UNP and the Eelamists,you can not expect anything different from him. While refering to dictators he simply forgets that RW is the worst dictator SL ever seen and he predent to ignore My3’s dictaatorial acts in appointing a minority PM,kicking a CJ out, threatnening to dissolve parliament if SLFPERs refused to vote for the mineee budget.

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    this meeting was a clear indication that the current government is on the verge of collapse as a result of those who’ve been involved into this good governance thing have the same mindset, like this writer..

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      sinhalaya

      “this meeting was a clear indication that the current government is on the verge of collapse as a result of those who’ve been involved into this good governance thing have the same mindset, like this writer..”

      Okay, the government is going to collapse.

      If that is what you want you can have it.

      If MR forms the next government the country is going to collapse. What next?

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    The constant voice of concern of an educated man of reason who clearly loves to see the country united and reconciled as a land where all our major races and religions live in peace and harmony. There are many such in the diaspora – now Tamil, Sinhala and increasingly Muslim – who show keen and abiding interest in Sri Lanka’s present and future.

    But majoritarianism is a dangerous foe in a plural society. The cunning, shrewd and unprincipled politician draws heavily from there.
    A simplistic and generally ignorant majority voter – Yes! We know of the flimsy 98% educated boast – has been taken for a ride before.
    There is no guarantee he will not be fooled again and again while the meagre resources of the poor country are squandered in the name of Sinhala Buddhism “under attack”, Patriotism and the Motherland.

    Mahinda Rajapakse and family are fighting their last battle for survival. They have no other alternative to finance their habitual and profligate appetite than to get back to the “business of politics” – hook or by crook. They will even risk setting the whole country aflame to gain their bitter end.

    F.N. Stein

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      The bottom line of this biased article is weeping Prof Lasiri and the UNP stooges are panicking about the General Election. Give us our REAL PRESIDENT back. Bring it on General Election.

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        Gon_Senna,
        ¬Give us our REAL PRESIDENT back. ¬

        He is looking for Pluto till then go swim to Mugabe land.

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      @elu kolla

      Long time no see !!

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        Ella kolla,
        Long time no SEA?? Phew!!!

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    This reflects the thinking of a large segment of our population. They are not very smart to fathom it all out, and are so enamored by the Rajapaksas that they ignore, or are ignorant about, the long list of crimes, and that they played this country out. Perhaps the sum of billions of Rupees cannot be fathomed by them.
    The minorities present there must have been a handful, which means the majority Sinhales who gathered to show their devotion, agrees with Rajapaksa policies, and their crimes.

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    Mr LF, a factual correction. The rally was big about 10,000; certainly not the number you mention. The 1963 United Front meeting was about 10 times bigger and filled much of Galle Face. This venue in Nugegoda can’t accommodate more than about 10,000.

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    The Nugegoda rally was nothing but a reminder to the present SLFP hierarchy that they are not the sole owners of the SLFP and though they are ever ready to suck up to a few bones thrown towards them by the backdoor government and the kitchen cabinet, Ordinary SLFPer is not prepared to that nonsense.

    Dr.Laksiri apparently doesn’t see anything wrong with the last election which was a daylight robbery by Michele Sesson and the $ Euro mafia.

    Chandrika with her foolish foul mouth proved all speculation true of the conspiracy.

    Maduluwawe thero now looks silly having shovelled the dung.

    It is up to the poeple to feel that they are under a dictatorship and no amount of goebellizing it will make the people feel that way.

    We are yet to see a single fraud exposed in the open except Pa.Cha.Ranawaka selling books in the hundreds claiming they expose corruption.
    If there was corruption as claimed by the Pa.Cha.and he knows about it,he must not be make a profit out of it but have the guts and expose them.

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    Would someone throw some light on the contents of the SLFP Constitution.There may be provision for the Central Committee to nominate a Presidential candidate…..but certainly not for a Prime Ministerial cnadidate- before a General Election.For MR to make a comeback he will have get nomination to contest a particular constituency and win it in a general election – and become an MP ( he is not one now).If the party wins the highest number of seats in Parliament the PARTY (not the lost causes and the dead left that promoted this event)will decide who the Prime Minister will be.I trust that this is the trend.

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    hhhhm didnt know that there were many buffaloes in Nugegoda

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      The buffaloes are numerous. MR, Weerawansa and their other criminal associates/racists should be strung up at the altar of a new free, fair, pluralistic Sri Lanka.

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      Those buffaloes will send the current unelected government home soon.

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        please grass them – preek preek preeeek!

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    I think this meeting was bankroled by the Chinese. Putting pressure on Ranil not to cancel port city project.

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    Luxury, you seems to got heart looking at the crowd. But this is a natural attempt to fill the gap in todays politics in response to making “OPPOSITION” an appendage to UNP & Sirisena rule.
    Even if Mahinda is not there, the real voice of “Real Opposition”
    will emerge. Try to digest it instead of crying, getting terrified or shouting.

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando’s article is always well balanced, insightful and based on facts and figures. We want you to write more and more frequently to enlighten the modayas(Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim) of this country. Historically people of this country are more inclined to Chauvinism and emotive speeches (North as well as South). It is time people put the country first then the race,religion, language and the creed. Those chauvinist crooks who organised and attended Nugegoda wants to come to power by any means to enjoy the perks and benifits.

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      Alvar

      “Dr. Laksiri Fernando’s article is always well balanced, insightful and based on facts and figures. We want you to write more and more frequently to enlighten the modayas(Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim) of this country.”

      Need to Write the Common sense Phamplet sri lanka 2015, now that Gota’s white vans are grounded.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

      You hit the nail in the head. That is the core Problem.

      We want you to write more and more frequently to enlighten the modayasமுட்டாள்(Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim) of this country.

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      Rank
      ——– Country
      ———————– %
      ————-
      1 Singapore 108
      2 South Korea 106

      28 Sri Lanka 79

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    If a Company Chairman is voted out by the Board of Directors and sent into retirement, will he want to claw his way back into the same Company as a General Manager just because some middle level Managers want him to take up the post. If he does that, then it is because he wants access to the ‘files’ that are in the Company drawers.

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    I am a Sri Lankan living outside of the country, but keep abreast of the political happenings. There was no such big gathering ever before against an incumbent government in such a short time of just 40 days. It just shows the popularity of MR among the Sinhalese, and their disillusion about MS government which is topsy turvy in most aspects.
    They have short term plans for 100 days, and not having any long term national plans for the future of the country, both internal and external relations. They want to just please US, UK and India and are on the verge of antagonizing a super power China due to lopsided statements. Turn coats like Rajiva Wijesinghe are fighting to get a cabinet minister post as if that’s why they supported MS. TNA got disgruntled within 30 days after supporting MS big time.

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    Dhayan did a extremely great service to the country. It is repeated and accepted by every Sinhala Intellectual. Now they are blaming him. Blame is the thing they did when he worked for Varathar. But, that is how he, spied and learned to destroy the 13A, Freedom fighters, Tamils…. Now some are cursing and abusing him. Once he redo another service, they all will drop down their current claims and will start to praise him and the Old King. This is just the Sinhala Intellectualism. Confused crown is nodding its head to both ways, when the Sinhla intellectual interpret the events in their ways.

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    wow laksiri very good man. no racist loves tamils, naughty sinhalese buddhists. What a pluralistic man how he is worried about cult mentality of uneducated stupid inferior sinhalas…..and what a good man he is even ready to serve the country to Americans of course in which he doesnt live!

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    yes. It is wonderful to live in peach and harmony with other ethnic group without and differences. after all we all are humans. But the problem is are they, well rather most of them extending the same friendly hand. To me it seems like all of them are working towards some common goal while we all expecting for a ethnically equivalent society. And I truly fear in the long run when sinhalese become the minority things wont be as me expect.

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    LF seems out of touch with practical and actual ground realities! This happens to men when compensated handsomely !

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    100,000 Nugegodians alone were in that massive crowd.. Dr Lacksiri should brush up his Arithmetic,

    What a speech from Weerawansa.

    He didn’t mention even once the biggest threat facing Srilankans, which is the creation of Ethnic based separate Homelands in the North and the East.

    But all those people there are angry that a rogue Prime Minister is running their affairs, and planning to partition the Nation to please the Vellala Tamils who live in Colombo and their mates who have settled in Western Countries.

    And give SLMC a homeland too for helping Ranil to become the rogue PM.

    Will Ranil front up to Mahinda Rajapaksa to try and become a legitimate PM with a majority vote?.

    After seeing that massive crowd,I have my grave doubts.

    Will Ranil send the UNP stooges to cause trouble and, declare emergency and postpone the Elections?.

    It is most likely.

    As Weerawansa said 5.8 Million who opposed the rogue PM must be now be close to 100, not just 74 percent .

    But they should be extremely vigilant against the agitations by the UNP, JHU and JVP goons who will do anything to keep the rouge Regime in place.

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    I don’t know who this writer is. Looks like he is the man from the present cult to counter attacker Dayan. As we see Sri Lanka from outside, with the recent change of government, LTTE supporters and Western powers are in a better position to achieve their goals. Though I have done my studies in US, still I can understand the ugly ways they are treating countries like Sri Lanka. With the current Sri Lankan foreign minister’s short vision attitude towards US, I think Sri Lanka going to be in big trouble soon, unless people elect a leader similar to MR. It is true MR regime was not perfect, but at least they had guts to face bloody US, UK and Canada.

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    “VISEN VISA NASI” …. that’s the only reason we need MR back.

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    Dear Dr.Fernando

    Reappearance Of Rajapaksa Cult At Nugegoda.

    I have always said that the Majority Sinhalese are born RACISTs headed by MR and supported by people like Dyan. The soution to the problems is not going to come from within. The Nugegoda gathering was a sharp reminder to UNHCR that the atttempt by MS to delay the report is to save MR from being indicted to the Hague.

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando [Edited out]. When sinhalese buddhist talk about there community they are wrong. But [Edited out] and Extremist Tamils can talk of division of the country and a seperate state, they are right.

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