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Rebuild Trust To Achieve Success Even By 2048

By Jehan Perera

ජෙහාන් පෙරේරා

The change that the country is looking for lies in the future possibly stretching to 2048 when the country will celebrate its century of independence. The change that the government has brought may have been sufficient unto the day, especially for the upper classes and the international community they fraternize with, but insufficient for the future progress and wellbeing of the masses of people. This past year and a half has been sufficient to stop the breakneck fall down the economic precipice and into social chaos. The reversal of the bizarre fertilizer ban, the imposition of necessary taxes, the law and order crackdown and negotiations with the international community have sufficed to bring the country to the point where it can climb out of the economic hole it fell into. But the country is still not out of the hole. The shrunken economy will take at least another two years to reach the level it was before the government-made crisis slammed it down with full force of corruption and mis-governance.

In the meantime, the people’s attention is being diverted away from ongoing corruption and mis-governance by an unexpected war against drugs undertaken with induced fervor by the police. Thousands of drug peddlers, dealers, addicts and petty criminals are being arrested and put into remand custody. The prisons that were already overcrowded and starved of resources in the aftermath of the economic crisis are being packed to the brim as more and more arrests of those accused of being part of the underworld and with drug connections are being taken into custody. The situation inside the prisons can only be imagined when the government hospitals are starved of medicine and supplies which they used to dispense to patients too poor to afford them. Now the patients have to fend for themselves.

Whether the spate of arrests will do any good in the longer term is much in doubt. When the house on the hill is pouring out its putrid refuse material on the poor streets below, no amount of catching the rats that breed in the filth will make the problem go away. The house on the hill needs to be persuaded, or compelled by law, to stop pouring its putrid refuse material on the poor streets below. When government ministers have been shown to have assets in offshore accounts and heads of security forces have been convicted by the courts of illegal actions, but they remain in occupation of the house on the hill, it may be said, “Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates and men decay.” (Oliver Goldsmith, 1770)

Grim Economics 

Unfortunately, the prospects of making the country another Singapore, Malaysia or even an India keeps receding into the indeterminate future. The grim reality is that corruption and economic mismanagement continue without a break as before. One of the fundamentals of economic development theory and practice is that tax breaks and tax holidays to encourage foreign investment are unnecessary and do not work. The reason that foreign investors decide to invest in a country is not because they are attracted by the tax incentives on offer but because they feel that their investments will be safe, they will not be looted by corrupt government ministers and economic policy will be stable so that they can make their profits. They would want to have tax concessions also, but this will be an add-on, never the sole or main reason to come into a country.

The news in the weekend newspapers that the government is offering massive tax incentives and tax holidays to a Chinese company that has already invested handsomely in Sri Lanka and has already got a very good deal including a 99-year lease on Hambantota port is beyond belief. This is not to invest in some high risk or novel project, but in Colombo Port which is well known to be one of the most profitable and excellent ports in the Indian Ocean. President Ranil Wickremesinghe has gazetted these tax incentives under the Strategic Development Projects Act of 2008 which will be applicable to the Chinese company and its local collaborators. The IMF has said that this law should either be abolished or suspended until a proper evaluation has been done on whether the tax breaks given under it have been worth the cost to the country. This is because the losses in terms of tax revenues by giving tax holidays can be very large indeed.

According to the news story, “The company is also not expected to pay withholding tax for the entire project period of two years. The corporate income tax exemption is for profits and gains generated from its activities and will start from the first year in which the company makes taxable profits or after two years from the commencement of commercial operations (whichever occurs earlier). Dividends distributed and received by shareholders out of the exempted profits and gains shall be free from income tax for 15 years and one year thereafter. The Value-Added Tax (VAT), the Ports and Airports Development Levy, cess and Customs duties will not apply to imports of any project-related goods, as approved by the Board of Investment (BOI), for two years. The expatriate employees of the project company shall be exempted from income tax for five years (subject to a maximum of 30 expatriates).” These may in effect cost the country more than what they may provide by investments.

Real Reconciliation

It is not only with regard to the country’s economy that the hope of positive change lies in the indeterminate future. This also holds true for the ethnic conflict which lies at the root of the country’s woes. In countries like Singapore, Malaysia and India, enlightened leaders were able to create a family out of the diversity of their ethnic and religious communities. Sri Lanka’s political leaders sought to win elections even at the cost of dividing the family. This continues to be the tragic reality even today, 75 years after the country’s independence from colonial rulers and more than a year after President Wickremesinghe made his bold and shining pledge to bring about a lasting political solution that would resolve the problem before Independence Day, February 4, 2023.

This weekend a big people’s protest took place in Batticaloa in the country’s east to mark 100 Days of Protest against the takeover of grazing land traditionally used by Tamil farmers and herders and its occupation by Sinhala farmers coming from outside the Batticaloa district. This incident has generated so much passion among the Tamil community across the north and east that a professor in Jaffna University tweeted that “Today marks the 100th day of the protests against the illegal, state-aided land grabs and illegal occupation of grazing lands in Myilathamadu and Mathavani in Batticaloa district by forces aligned with Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism. These illegal land grabs need to be seen as part of the decades-long process of altering the cultural and demographic make-up of the North-East. This violence seeks to erase Tamil and Muslim communities in the North-East and their cultures and economy.”

Seemingly oblivious of this reality on the ground, the government is working to strengthen the reconciliation process through new laws that will establish an Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) and a Commission for Truth, Harmony and Reconciliation of Sri Lanka. The problem is that the larger enabling environment for such good and wholesome laws to be operational does not exist at the present time. People in the north and east are living in constrained circumstances with security forces and intelligence operatives from a number of different units constantly questioning them. In these circumstances, there cannot be truth, accountability, reparations or institutional reforms. As a priority the people need a government they can trust, one that will safeguard their land and ensure their personal safety and provide for them a government administration where they could use their language, freely. The provincial councils were meant to do this, but elections to them have been deliberately suppressed for more than five years and continue to be suppressed.

As in the case of the economy and the drug problem, the fundamentals need to be in place and diversions will not do. The longer it takes the broader the gap and mistrust and this may cost the country more and more over time. Unless these problems are honestly, boldly and skillfully addressed, the development that the president has promised and the people sigh for may be a mirage even in 2048.

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    Dear Editor, please do not move worthwhile articles by Ashoka Ekanayake and Rajan Philips so fast from their lead positions by giving place to inane pieces repeating platitudes. Thank You. Cicero

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      Ranil, an unintelligent and ineffectual leader, is using the intelligence and development of other countries as his only basis for running our motherland – his authoritarian rule of torture and death, and paying off the armed forces, his only means of maintaining his power. JP writes well about it.

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      Dear Cicero,
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      PART ONE of 3
      .
      It’s good
      to see you taking seriously the commenting that you do on Colombo Telegraph.
      .
      I’m happy to agree with you about the articles by Rajan Philips. He is an electrical engineer as old as me, but he writes with great discipline, control, responsibility and accuracy on a range of subjects. That all applies specifically to this article, that I have now read and commented on. (Slow and patient work!)
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/no-christmas-in-bethlehem-vatican-breakthrough-himalayan-declaration/
      .
      However, I have to disagree with what you say about this article by Asoka Ekanayake, and his writing in general.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/is-true-system-change-in-sri-lanka-only-a-fantasy/
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      Read carefully the comments by Lasantha Pethiyagoda, nimal fernando, whywhy, LankaScot, Douglas, ramona therese fernando, Lester, and myself (Panini Edirisinhe, alias Sinhala_Man). We are all highly critical of the writings of Professor Asoka Ekanayake. We all appear to appreciate the quality of his English, his personal honesty and goodness, and his sincerity.
      .
      However, all his writing is bad and harmful. It would be a worthwhile exercise for you to re-examine his writing in the light of all the negative comments. Many by me were either totally ignored, or moderated out, to my chagrin.

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      PART TWO of 3
      .
      Please note
      that among the commenters who have crticised are the authors of these articles:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-american-midterm-elections-vis-a-vis-the-sri-lankan-constitution/
      .
      That’s Ramona, with photograph; so these are real, identifiable people. So is Lasantha:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-litany-of-tragedies-that-is-sri-lanka/
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      And myself:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/challenging-three-cheating-thomian-pharisees-and-not-doing-it-from-behind/
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      During the first three months of next year, 2024, there is a possibility of more cheating, but this time I’m quite optimistic that we will have fair play in this minor (non-politcal) election. Our entire society is by now rotten; to imagine that it can be restored the pristine condition that we think prevailed in 1948 (the year of my birth) is wishful thinking.

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      PART THREE of 3
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      As for the other point that you have made, namely that comments on certain articles should be allowed beyond the five-day limit, I don’t think that any article should be given favoured treatment. The cut off time is not decided by any human; a computer does it impersonally. When I first began commenting about eight years ago, there was no time limit, and I may be able to show you (if you request it) how I came back with an apologetic comment about two years after the event.
      .
      Sometimes an article is allowed to be “Top Story” for as long as four days. As firm supporters of the NPP, Dr Ameer Ali and I were thrilled when that happened to this article:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/why-npp/
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      That is the prerogative of those operating this uniquely valuable site. We do chafe sometimes, but we have to accept that rules are rules.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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    How to say nothing with maximum number of words! ……..Jehan has surpassed even his teacher Sinhala_Man!!


    Whatever the loopholes in uncle-JR/nephew-Ranil’s ”constitution” written for themselves – not for the citizens ………. the bottom line is, Ranil has no legitimacy, none whatsoever. He is not even elected to the blooming parliament! …….. Nothing but a puppet interloper fraud ……. the fact he had to scuttle the LG polls amply demonstrates that!

    He is not wanted by an overwhelming majority of the citizens: he has zero legitimacy ……. zero credibility.

    No amount of stupid cockamamie articles will not change that.

    Try and get ye head around it.

    Merry X’mas.

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      very well said Nimal Fernando

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      nimal fernando

      Happy Holidays.

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        Same to you, Native. ………. Merry Christmas!

        Dunno when, what, who, ……… but hope somehow, someway our people’s burdens are lessened in the new year.

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          Nimal,
          “someway our people’s burdens are lessened in the new year.”
          I am told by my astrologer that a 5-ton asteroid composed 90% of gold will land in the Medamulana area next year. Talk about two birds with one stone…….

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            OC,

            I know you are the right person to ask. Which bank gives the best rates for fixed deposits?

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              Nimal
              Last time I checked, the State banks were giving the highest rates. But even they were hedging on falling rates. You will get the best deals by investing in short-term deposits, which carry up to 6% more than 1 year deposits. But you have to be in the country for the periodic renewals. If you have more than 5M. you could get a very good deal on Treasury bills through most banks, if you are willing to take the risk.
              Also, you could buy USD off a dealer in Fort and keep it under your pillow.😉

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                Thanks for that, OC. We want to put FDs for old retired servants so they get a steady monthly income. If we give them the money – lump sum – their children take it and they have nothing left.


                My whole family/siblings are here with kids ……. the first time we are all together here since the pandemic.


                As for dollars …… a lot of people have brought some in rather than taken them out. :))

                What are your plans for the 31st? I’ve got my Baila shoes ready.

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                  Dear nimal & oc

                  For me, it’s a nightmare; made worse by too many in my extended family not realising how bad it is.
                  .
                  Panini

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                  Nimal,
                  “As for dollars …… a lot of people have brought some in rather than taken them out. :))”
                  What I meant was, given the way our rupee depreciates, it may be better to buy dollars and sell them at a higher rate eventually. New year plans? Get in the 154 at 11 pm in 2023 and exit in 2024.🤣🤣

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                    OC,

                    I have dollars hidden all over the place :)) …….. can’t take them out.

                    Hope they loosen the exchange controls when the Harbor City is fully functional.

                    Yesterday, someone paid over Rs100,000 for a dinner ……… that’s how expensive things have become.

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                Dear Readers,
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                Why is the monk’s garb the worst form of civil impunity in Sri Lanka?

                Please watch the video below
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWYE6R3_SC0

                Some controversial videos today reveal how Mihintale Cheevaradharya speaks publicly against the politics of the country, which is similar to the controversial act of a street prostitute.

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                  LM,
                  The best way to shut up loud monks is to expose their romantic affairs.

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                    What if they have only perverse sex drama s🤔 ?.
                    1) That Gal sadu from Japan [rumours in air he will get back to the campaigns of Madamulana dogs 🐕 soon]
                    .
                    2) Now the video on Mihinthale cheevaradhariya.
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                    3)Several more will follow on Ghanasara and other roudy yellow pets

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                    old codger

                    “The best way to shut up loud monks is to expose their romantic affairs.”

                    Oh no, Tiran’s law not only prevents people from exposing mischiefs, misconducts and thuggery by saffronistas but people are subjected to immediate detention and subjected to punishment:

                    Excerpt from Daily Mirror report:

                    Arrest those stripped and assaulted monk, two women: Minister orders police

                    Public Security Minister Tiran Alles ordered to arrest the individuals who had assaulted a Buddhist monk and two women after stripping them naked as shown in a video. ……
                    https://www.dailymirror.lk/
                    8 July 2023

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            old codger

            “I am told by my astrologer that …..”

            You should always consult Gnana Akki.
            See how lucky Gota is.
            Stay at home president, enjoying all kind of perks of a serving top official, entitle to impunity for all what he had done in the past including bankrupting the country along with his clan, …. protection for life, …. , able to pull strings, …

            You need to see her.
            When you visit her please take champa and Lester.
            Please arrange a separate appointment for nimal to see her in privacy.

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              Native,
              Lester? I am sorry I am not good at changing diapers.😩

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                old codger

                “….. I am not good at changing diapers”

                I understand “Disposable Incontinence Pants (diapers)” are now available for old people. Can anyone train him to wear these nappies by himself?

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              I thought GHANA AKKI is no longer existing..
              :

              NV wünsche Dir ein gesundes neues Jahr !

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                leelagemalli

                Vielen Dank
                Ich hoffe, dass alles gut wird.

                Thank you
                I hope everything will be fine.

                Why there is not much noise from Champa’s Wimal, …. and others?

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        Native
        greetings of the season

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          Anpu

          Same to you.
          Good to see you again.
          You should visit us often.

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        What do you think of “இமயமலை பிரகடனமும் யதார்த்த நிலைமையும்” https://www.virakesari.lk/article/172395

        Those who do not know Tamil could try online translation.

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          Anpu

          Thanks for referring me to Virakesari article.
          I am sorry I haven’t had time to read it as I am focussing on whats on Sinhala and English papers.
          The problem with Virakesari is that I am unable to copy and save those articles for later reference.
          By the way here is something that is very useful for intellectual development of Sri Lankies, SJ does not need to read it learn from it as this paper was written by an Indian (scholar).
          :
          SOCIAL EXCLUSION: CONCEPT, APPLICATION, AND SCRUTINY
          Amartya Sen
          Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and
          Lamont University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
          https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/29778/social-exclusion.pdf

          Joint Himalayan Declaration: A critique By Kusal Perera
          https://www.ft.lk/columns/Joint-Himalayan-Declaration-A-critique/4-756661

          Take care.

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            Thanks Native for the links.
            Regarding saving Virakesari articles – you could get a screen shot.

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          The Title , says Google Translate, is:
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          “The Himalayan Declaration and the Reality”
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          And the body:
          .
          The photograph says a lot, and then this paragraph:
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          Opposition to the Himalayan Declaration prepared jointly by the World Tamil Council and the Better Sri Lanka Sangam Forum, which has Buddhist monks as its members, is gaining ground. International diaspora Tamil organizations, civil society organizations in Sri Lanka and religious leaders have expressed their objections and condemnations to this declaration.
          .
          Much more to come.
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          We, Sinhalese, should be able to agree with it all!

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        Native ,

        Season’s Greetings .

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          whywhy

          Thanks
          Happy Holidays.

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    If most of the problems can be solved by 2048 that will be good, but cannot at least some of the pressing problems be solved within the next 5 years or so?
    There is a whole litany of problems to be addressed and solved so they must be put on a checklist and ticked off one by one so that the citizens can readily observe the progress.
    Many of these problems require only the President’s signature to be solved!
    The attitude seems to be, “We will solve all the problems in one fell swoop by 2048 but are not prepared to tackle them piecemeal!”

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    Jehan Perera
    Thanks for the total picture the country facing today in the economic and ethnic fronts, But you have not lock at a viable solution,
    Is note a proper system changes involving al sectors is necessary’ rather than having piecemeal solutions,

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    Jehan Perera
    Thanks for the total picture the country facing today in the economic and ethnic fronts, But you have not lock at a viable solution,
    Is note a proper system changes involving al sectors is necessary’ rather than having piecemeal solutions,

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    JP
    We know what issues/problems our country is facing.
    We need solutions. These solutions are NOT going to be coming from the current lots of SLPP/SLFP/UNP parliamentarians.
    We need. NEW Constitution that has been passed by REFERENDUM to make sure
    1) QUALITY of the SL Citizens who can contest for the Parliament and for the President post.
    2) Minorities rights are preserved
    3) Judiciary that is independent of political interference.
    4) Independent Media
    5) Secular state status
    6) Clergymen aren’t allowed to dabble in politics and be prevented from promoting HATE/ Divisions in the society
    7) Security Forces treating all communities equally

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    The truth behind ethnic problems and economic problems are related to political parties and political leaders, not to the people. It is they who play double game giving promises to solve the problems but in real they are against to solving the problem. For example with the recent arrival of the Global Tamil Forum plus the Buddhist Monks with the proposals including proper devolution of power. They created image that Buddhist Monks are not against to devolution of power to the North East. Recently Ranil promised to solve the ethnic problem before Feb 2023. Mahinda Rajapaksa gave a promise in 2010 to go above 13+. Ranil-Sirisena government carried out an all party process to find the solutions within undivided country.
    I am sure 90% of the current parliament members are still in parliament and the current parliament also helped Ranil to get through the Budget and all other motions. Why Ranil put foward the full implementation of 13th amendment and get through it?

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    Fact 01 . Ranil had been the PM of Srilanka for 05 times, And if we ignore the final gotas Pin regin, that would leave 04. And i dont recall him serving a full term in any of them.
    Fact 02. Ranil has been loosing voters base since elections from 1996 up untill the latest election, where the UNP secured not to win a single seat (the only seat given was given through bonus seat system).
    Fact 03. It is a shame to see a defeated politician gaining national list seat but somehow Ranil (initally publically refused to enter parliment, he told that jon amaratunga or some one else whould take the UNP national seat), then went back on his word after 6 months came thorught the back door, and shamelessly slid his way to the PM ship thorugh back channel politics.
    Fact 04. Ranil will be 99 years young in 2048

    I think these will help sum up the leadership qualities, traits and skills we have in our the hand of out president. The real caliber of a gentleman no nonsence never mind polician. May god help srilanka till 2048.

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    Reconciliation should start with Sinhala Politicians and Buddhist clergy saying SORRY to the Tamil Speaking citizens in SL.
    Then reducing presence of lots of the Defence forces in the North and East and to cease government sponsored COLONISATION of N &E of SL.
    We need to see that GoSL’s security forces getting into businesses and agricultural activities in the private lands & to return in full all the lands occupied by them.
    GoSL needs to recruit Tamil speaking SL citizens into the Defence

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    I doubt very much if RW can rebuild his trust. His days are numbered, therefore, will strive to hold on as long as possible & will do a deal with the devil, if possible, as he had done previously. The billion dollar question is who will succeed him? I don’t have much faith in Premadasa jnr, because, despite his apparent sophistication & international education, he is still trying to ride on his old man’s wave. The alternative NPP seems like pickle to me with mish mash of trade unions, ‘intellectuals’ buddhist monks & others but despite a charismatic leader talking of a ‘social revolution’ & assurance of a bunch of honest & patriotic membership, there is nothing much else of substance with supported evidence of a sound financial policy that will lead us to prosperity by 2048.
    It is a voter dilema. therefore, I hope people will demand more answers from all political parties instead of assuming that everything will be tickety boo by the oratory skills of party leaders.

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    Ajith: Well said, in stating – “Truth behind……..political parties and political leaders”.

    At least, we had some way of an opening toward the aspirations of people in the North and East through the operation of Provincial Councils across the country. Who brought the existence of those PCs to a grinding hold? None other than Ranil W under “Yahapalanaya” and it has been more than five years since all those institutions have been made non-operational and those functions have been brought under a “Governor” – a “Representative” of the President. Denying that representation to the respective people in the Districts, President Ranil W calls for “Unity” and goes around putting on a “Road Show” by speaking to varying outfits of affected communities. Isn’t it such a hilarious show of “Hypocrisy”?

    As you correctly said, what are those political parties and leaders doing? Aren’t they playing a game in deceiving the people? A good example is Wigneswaran who became the Chief Minister and then through that entered the Parliament. Now where is he and does he speak of the Provincial Councils?

    All big-time “Humbugs” in my opinion.

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    What you find in high street shops , you find them on pavements too
    in Sri Lanka and our Politics is no exception . Ranil and Mara are
    such Politicians doing Beirra Lake politics . The people are waiting
    for these lot to leave them alone thinking they were elected by them
    and have to be re-elected to continue . The will soon wake up to
    realise that is not the case .

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      cont……

      Ranil is a man with no self respect for himself ,let alone the
      citizens . The people have shown utter disregard about this
      behaviour of a man who is flying around the globe in their
      name . Can’t anyone imagine of what could be in store with
      such rogue behaviour ? When Premadasa was killed , it was
      not any MP that took over . It was from the same party P M .
      Now , here , it was not an accident and was a well planned
      resignation . If Gota’s election as president was a stupidity
      and many of his actions were reversed , how come his P M
      choice which was abnormal survived and continues to date ?

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    How can anyone trust a guy who does not fund elections, a fundamental right in any democracy? A guy who protects Politicians who stole money from the people and under whose watch bribbery and corruption is rampant in purchasing drugs, oil, gas, fertilizer, sugar, coal and many other things.

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    “President Wickremesinghe made his bold and shining pledge to bring about a lasting political solution that would resolve the problem before Independence Day, February 4, 2023.”

    Not only RW, all past presidents and PMs made commitments and failed to implement.

    What did MR the murderer said in 2006?
    “The unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country must be preserved. This cannot be open to bargain. Our approach has been widely endorsed by the international community, notably India and the Co-chairs have clearly stated and have clearly ruled out any form of division of this country. Our objective must be to develop a just settlement within an undivided Sri Lanka. ………”

    “People in their own localities must take care of their destiny and control their politico-economic environment. Central decision-making that allocates disproportionate resources has been an issue for a considerable time. In addition, it is axiomatic that devolution also needs to address issues relating to identity as well as security and socio-economic advancement without over-reliance on the Centre. In this regard, it is also important to address the question of regional minorities.”
    “Any solution must be seen as one that stretches to the maximum possible devolution without sacrificing the sovereignty of the country. Given the background to the conflict, it therefore behoves on particularly the majority community to be proactive in striving for peace and there must be a demonstration of a well-stretched hand of accommodation.”
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/gotas-policy-statement-the-national-question/ – Transcript of the speech made by R. Sampanthan in Parliament yesterday – 8th Jan 2020

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    There is a saying in Russian that if you point one finger at Evil, four fingers pointing at Jehan PhD. One has to wonder if anyone there who is the one in Langkang has any problem, because everybody is outperforming at lecturing to other. After Tamil Genocide War, Old Rowdy King said that there was only one race (Sinhala Buddhists) in Langkang. Journalists and Social Workers & Activists were rounded up and white vanned. Nimalka Fernando, Frederica Jansz, Tissanayakam, Iqbal Atal and the like were running out of the country. NGOs were treated as Suthu Kottiya’s spies. Hitler King, that time he was only a Gothapayal, summoned a meeting for NGOs. Jehan PhD might have been on the front line because of the NPC’s full-fledged support to Rowdy Royals’ propaganda. When came out of that meeting, he declared that Graceful Hitler had promised every facility the NGOs’ needed, and he wanted to work with NGOs. Later Jehan PhD was active in the team that was converting Tamils into Sinhala Buddhism in the name of “Creating Religious Harmony”. Jehan PhD partnered with Rapist Army in bullying the Jaffna University students, in the name of rehabilitating them instead of playing Nathasuram at freshmen reception, playing Dhovil to Kandyan Dance. Now our PhD has learned that you can wash for anybody, but people take their freedom to place their faith on whom.

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    Recently even the American Ambassador said, “We cannot do all the things for you; you need to do for yourself-something too”. It was not sure what she meant. The IMF failed to secure the challenged loan restructuring deal from China. Lemon Puff Veerya, the arch enemy of America, said she was not doing anything but spending her time in Colombo fashion shows. Well Lemon Puff Weeraya split and destroyed JVP only to have 2006’s notorious budget gets passed so he could get a minister position. Now Lemon Puff, who lives and thrives on delivering racist Sinhala Buddhist’s rhetoric, has been designated as the most failed Sinhala Buddhist politician in Langkang. Ex. Indian ambassador, Global Baglay, from the day he landed in Langkang, unleashed a long list of anti-Tamil actions. After the utterly failed “Modi-Evil”’s last meeting at Delhi, Delhi decided to allow Bagley to quit. That is not some delusional story about some superpowers. In 2010, Ponny called “Tamil Nadu Politicians are comedians’ ‘. Even after giving all loans and arms to fight the war against Tamils, Sonia administration could not make Ponny to retract his word. Sooner or later, Evil is going to call each Western Embassies’ employees and say, “You are just a bunch of Comedians’ ‘. This is not reading between lines, but that is what Evil openly said in the German DW interview.

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    The IMF came up with the Idea of saving Langkang, by pressing China to write off the loan. But the IMF could not retaliate to his lambasting of West and India on the On the Western TVs. India and the West, this time, inescapably stuck in the China loan quagmire, which they created. After wasting the country’s resources and destroying the peace of people for 75 years, Evil got hold of the IMF’s Kondai and had the loan money spit out. In front of Evil, there is no talk of trust building. The IMF released the second tranche and there is no foreseeable hold in the West to refuse the third tranche for any reason. The IMF explained they had to release the 2nd trench, because there are going to be big riots in Langkang. Come on Man! Is that an explanation from an International Body to lend for a Bankrupt country, which is accused of setting up annual celebration of riots and pogroms to carry out Genocide? In other countries if a riot or pogrom appears, it means the people are pested by their government; they are struck with poverty for unbearable length. Yes, that too happened in Langkang. But it was the IMF who imposed a cut on the saved EPF, cut on social supports though budget and enforced an indirect Tax rise.

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    What a comedy when the thief who is stealing the peasant is loudly crying “Thief, Thief, Thief”. If one looks at the order of the events, they may wonder if the next pogrom in Langkang is being organized by the IMF, instead of the usual sponsor, Appe Aanduwa. Who is disabling the government’s hand and creating misery for people?
    There was one Protest in July 2022. That time it was West and Sinhala Buddhist intellectuals like Jehan PhD insisted that Evil, the one rejected by the public, had to lead the country otherwise anarchy was going to set in. Now, if we are not just discounting IMF’s “Riots Coming” as the naughty boy’s wolf cry, at least the IMF is realizing that destroying the freedom deprived, Ceylonese masses’ hard fought Protest 2022 and appointing Evil as the head of the land and pumping unwanted loans did not push Langkang politics anywhere to a direction the people can see the dawn in their life after 75 years of winter because this week Evil was exasperating saying “He needs to have the loan restructuring done (probably before he set the election date for EP).
    Poor Jehan PhD, after painstakingly drafting that long essay hoping that he was on the side of commoners, not even one of the comments is casting any faith on his words. Then building trust? Who for what?

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    Part I
    If anybody were to ask the simple question “Who is in charge of Sri Lanka?”, the answer naturally is His Axcellency Ranil Sriyan Wickramasinghe. One can say that “No! No! he only exercises the authority vested in him under the constitution and carries the burden as mandated by the constitution”, implying that he alone is not the creator and curer of all the ills the public witness in government and governance. But he can do something if he desperately wants to. How? No one can forget that as the President cum Finance Minister, he did an abracadabra to the local government elections by effectively throttling the Elections Commission, however independent that it is said to be. So, he cannot do the usual “Let them do the way they want, and I will have the last laugh”. Author alleges overcrowding of prisons, which naturally is a threat to the security, due to the “Allesian plus Bandu” operation against drugs. Axcellency then must give directions, shift the prisoners “of good behavior” to open camps to give way to drug abusers and traffickers. If “Carltona” was good for Maithripala then it is good for Ranil as well.

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    Part 2
    The author, in dragging the ultra-futuristic number of 2048, implying that Ranil alone to be the magical curer in rebuilding the trust seems fair as per Part I of my comment. NO! The trust got lost long ago. To us, the medical manipulation of declaring a death through cyanide poisoning is new to us and were devasted by the loss of trust. But medical and specialist manipulations in giving “false evidence” is nothing new if we saw the film “Uthumaneni” by late Gamini Fonseka in the mid 1970’s. It was a local politician cum actor, now “silenced” through a conditional pardon, who once told “මල්ලී මුං ඔක්කොම යාළුවෝ” (They are all friends or partners in crime). So were the rural elite. The same syndrome is now visible in the national political sphere. In Singapore its transport minister was suspended and arrested for alleged corruption and in contrast is the drama that is unfolded in the investigation of human-immunoglobin case. If Prez Ranil can sack the sports Minister for reasons known to the wise, why not the other one for reasons known to the ordinary to rebuild trust? He was transferred from one treasure trove to another.

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    Part 3
    If there is No trust, how can citizens trust one another, trust their elected trustees? In such circumstances can there be an economic development? Would investors step into a cesspool of mistrust? Giving a bonanza to some companies is neither here nor there in attracting investment. The rules-based regime is one strong pillar for attracting foreign investment. Axcellency need not look far. He needs to refer to the comment made by the then Secretary of State of the USA, Mike Pompeo, in the visitor’s book of the Presidential Secretariat. That speaks volumes and Ranil should know what to do. How can there be reconciliation of any kind if there is no trust? Why was Ranil ultimately described as a cunning fox by Anton Balasingham? Because even if he agrees to anything something unknown will take place to effectively negate the agreement. The mature politician Mr. Sampanthan once said which I understood to be that “it has to be an agreement between the ordinary folk of the North and the ordinary folk of the south.”. Ranil may not get elected in the next Presidential elections but let him do something good that will be remembered by all.

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    This joker even dared to call the Constitutional Council an extension of the Executive. What a joke!
    CC cannot be claimed by the Parliament, or the Judiciary, or the Speaker as its extension. CC was born of the Constitution and only belongs to the Citizens of this Nation. Ranil over and over is proving to be a lunatic!

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    One thing I always notice in Jehan Perera’s articles is that he restates the obvious, with some detail, but always beats around the bush, ignoring the elephant in the room. The bastards that have ruined the country and are continuing to live free and luxurious lives says much about the starving millions who help keep them in power, to suck whatever blood is still left in them. The first priority is to concentrate on how to rid the country of the parasitic political, religious and corporate classes and allow an educated young network of genuinely committed individuals to bring the country out of this mess. Talking about finer points of governance at this stage is silly at best.

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    Ranjan Ramanayake was a life time UNP parliamentarian. He had the privilege to talk about the derailing and/or malfunctioning of the court system. He criticized the way the courts and judges functioned in UNP’s partner, SLFP (Slap Party) government. He was imprisoned and his people’s elected parliamentary position was annulled by Evil in a private bullying negotiation, unknown to the parliament. What we see here is for the UNP’s evilness, illegal arrest and punishment of UNPyers are not an issue. But corrupting the justice system and protecting their partners, the Rowdy Royals have priority. The Election commissioner had won a court order that the finance minister cannot block the funds allocated for election by the budget of the parliament, the body directly represents the people. Evil, who superimposed his executive authority over his Finance minister position and said no court can overrule any parliament decision, so they decided to cancel the election by depriving the election commission of the funds allocated in the budget. The IMF who adored the Langkang’s budget 2024 and expressed satisfaction must understand what a bogus procedure the Budgeting of Langkang kleptocracy government has. All the checks and balances built in the constitution among government branches have evaporated, though the IMF is adoring the pressure release from the constitutional cooker.

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    Think about this case: Your neighbor, who is a judge in the local court, had a son. One day the boy took your bicycle pump, lying near to the fence. The Judge has two options. He brings the pump with his son, hands over the pump to you & tells the son to fall on your feet and plead sorry. You would just take the pump and would say “I just got my pump, that is it matter; please go back home. I don’t want to be at a party in which anybody is being humiliated”. Or else, your neighbor can take the pump and the boy to the police station and leave them both there and come home. He never can claim “Because I am a judge over and above being your father, I have to imprison you for your theft” and lock up the boy in the basement. Evil cannot have mixed and matched the EP authority with the Finance Minister position, because finance is parliament’s duty and mutually exclusive from Executive authority. The law is not anything in the books, tightly bound with hard cover. It’s the sincere, overt, behaviors of the honest minds, who are conscious about their civic duty. One doesn’t need much hard logic to interpret the law in the right direction, but you need it desperately to mis-interpret that to justify Evil’s Administration’s functions.

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    That is where their pretentious gentleman logic has betrayed UNP-SLFP dubious parliamentarians. In other words, even if Evil dodges his corruption in his EP duties, the law must recognize his Finance Minister position’s openings for application of law for the corruption he initiated like preventing the election. That is the job for future government and social service lawyers. You know the time when a ship load of narcotics was coming to Langkang from Pakistan, America called and told the Royal Rowdies to hold the ship in the Ceylon Port. Then the ship vanished in the middle of the sea and never reached Langkang ports. Chandra Jayaratne sued and obtained a court verdict that the Old Rowdies and their Central Bank acolytes were responsible for the economic collapse. When D.M. Jayaratne was the PM, Old Rowdy used to bully him a lot. He tacitly got D.M. Jayaratne signed and cleared a container full of narcotics from customs. Old Rowdy tactics was, like he made the New King to commit the White Flag Murders, he wanted to walk D.M Jayaratne through some other paths, in case if he refuses, Old Rowdy was looking forward to implicating DM Jayaratne in many other drugs smuggling case with the red hand prove of this. These are examples of Sinhala Buddhist racist Gentlemen doing humiliations to Sinhala Buddhist racist gentlemen.

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    For the humiliation Jayaratne received at the hand of Old Rowdy King, Jayaratne was a SLFP founder like Rowdy King’s father. I can show many examples for my point, from pressmen like Lasantha, Ekneligoda or many CID policemen, it could be 700 of them. Their feathers look alike, i.e., they are all the Mahavamsa trained Sinhala Buddhist racist gentlemen, yet they don’t flock together, rather they flog each other in the cover of night. The dog eats dogs if it can’t smell the blood on the other dogs’ mouth. Kodeeswaran was the union president of the Ceylon Tamil Clerical servants. The clerical service was fully manned by Tamils those days. Like all other Tamil clerical servants, he too handled all three languages. Tamils held most of the retail business in the south, deep middle in Sinhala only population. Those traders trained and became proficient in Sinhala without any classes or tests. Things were going smoothly. You might have heard true stories of how many Sinhala families were hiding Tamils in 1956, 1958 riots. Until the formation of Pancha Maha Bala Vegaya, the Sinhala-Tamil rivalry was only practiced by few like Don Stephens and Solomon Wests……. It was with racist mind Solomon West Ridgeway Dias introduced the Sinhala only. There it started that the dogs trained on Mahavamsa only eat human flesh, at all times they can find it.

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    Those Tamil clerical servants who didn’t have certificates but lead the other Sinhala employees were dismissed. Offices lost most senior members, before the British trained office culture was transferred to juniors. That is the result Tiran Alley showed recently in his tele drama of having a telephone call with an unknown actor who was pretending to be a drug trafficker. While more than a month of so much fanfare was going to impresses IMF with police touring and killing the drug addicts, other than Tiran Aleys farcical dramas, no new serious trafficker was identified or arrested. There isn’t any special news in newspapers, other than some Ministers and MPs are having their cases released from prisons with the excuse of securing prison space for drug arrests numbers which IMF was waiting to see and be impressed with. On one Thanksgiving morning, President Clinton officially pardoned a turkey. In the late-night Jay Leno said, any turkey released by the president is found on the road, brought back, and locked up by police on the same evening. (Turkeys can’t be that kind of rowdies, though a little bit peckies). Like that any gentle man brought to Langkang prison with accusation of drug relation will be released by IGP, DIGs, SPs SSPs…… & the material found with them will be sold by store keepers on the open market in the daylight, on the road.

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    Here is another case of classic trust building of Appe Aanduwa. To introduce the Surendran Kadirgamar II, some ministers tried to dupe Tamils that the diaspora are not racist (example implies Suren Surendran), while there are many diaspora organizations are banned by the government (even GTF was banned until recently, before they were lured into this project). The fundamental fact is the dogs feel satisfied eating dogs, only if they don’t find a human being. So, if the Tamils want to volunteer for the UNP-SLFP criminals they can easily join Surendran. Others can follow the path of those scarified them for the freedom of Tamils and can work with that dedication to bring an international investigation on these war crime- genocide criminals. It is ok Tamils being explicit racist for the purpose of securing an international investigation of the Tamil genocide. Tamils need not to be brainwashed by Jehan PhD’s titles like “Rebuild Trust To Achieve Success”. Tamil should recognize the straightforward behavior and should build their friendship. If somebody selling “Diaspora are not racist” to build a secret relationship & trust to lure in to a secret solution, don’t buy it; walk out of that deal.

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