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Recent Political Violence And Its Consequences

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

It is for the first time, in Sri Lanka’s political history, that a government was directly involved in instigating political violence against peaceful protestors on 9 May, consequences of which had to be reaped within hours even those who are not directly involved in such action from the government side. Given the economic crisis and foreign exchange difficulties the country is facing at present the consequences of these violent events that would badly affect the image of the country and the people. Sri Lanka has emerged as a violent country among foreign observers and critiques.

There were instances in the past that some ministers involved particularly in attacks on ethnic minorities (1983). There was election violence where almost all parties involved. The country is also notorious for a longstanding separatist movement with political violence as the main mode of operation. In 1971, there was a youth insurrection which reemerged in late 1980s in a more sectarian manner. In April 2019, Sri Lanka became a target of Islamic State, with both local and international roots.

Reasons for Increasing Violence

During the initial years of independence, Sri Lanka was a peaceful country. Even the independence movement was characteristically peaceful without going into extremes. Except some incidents related to worker’s strikes, the country was by and large peaceful appreciated by many observers and commentors overseas. The situation dramatically changed in late 1960s giving rise to a strong leftwing organization, the JVP. Even if the old-left parties were advocating ‘class struggle,’ no organization had any military wing or anything like that.

Then what went wrong since 1970s? ‘Frustration-aggression’ theory could be one explanation. This is also the case in recent events beginning with farmers’ protests opposing the fertilizer ban. There were more broader reasons than ‘frustration’ or ‘relative deprivation.’ When it came to long ques and shortages in cooking gas, petrol, kerosene, diesel, medicine, and other basic amnesties, the ‘relative deprivation’ turned into a ‘absolute deprivation.’ Most devastating was power cuts. All these happened within a context of high inflation where the value of people’s salaries and income became absolutely depreciated.

There were broader social reasons. Population explosion with young people becoming large both in numbers and as a proportion, widespread graduate and educated unemployment, dysfunctional education, the gap between rural and urban areas widening both in economic and social terms are some of them. Constitutional instability with amendments like 18A, 19A, 20A, back and forth, also contributed immensely for the youth to join militant political organizations and trade/student unions.

Can any of the reasons, however, justify political violence that became unleashed in the country in recent past or before? Perhaps it is a common dilemma in many countries that human beings have a propensity to violence, ranging from mild verbal aggression to physical violence and vicious murder and everything in between. Aggression patterns, however, vary from country to country, age to age, and male to female. It is a fact that women are less violent than their male counterparts.

From PM’s Office

It was a Monday. Background was for the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign given the increasing protests and because of obvious failures. With the organization of MP Johnston Fernando and others, hundreds of people were rallied around PMs official residence, the Temple Trees. Soon PM asked the people to come in and addressed them in an aggressive manner.

PM asked whether he should resign, and the crowed shouted ‘No.’ They were shouting ‘whose power, Mahinda’s power.’ ‘That means I don’t need to resign,’ he replied. He has further said “You know in politics I have always been on the side of the country. On the side of the people…I am willing to make any sacrifice for the people’s benefit.” [i]

Johnston Fernando, government’s whip, was more aggressive and violent. “Let’s start the fight. If the President can’t handle the situation, he should hand over power to us. We will clear Galle Face.” The crowd cheered. Another person who was closely involved was Namal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son.

Some of the people who were prominently involved were Johnston Fernando, Sanath Nishantha, Milan Jayathilake, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sanjeeva Edirimanna, Saman Lal Fernando, Mahinda Kahandagama, Dan Priyasad, and their supporters. Western Province DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon was clearly involved as an accomplice.

The objectives of the gathering were extremely clear. It is difficult to believe that Mahinda Rajapaksa was unaware. During the apparent interference of the police at Galle Face, his intervention was very clear on the side of the attackers.

Attacks and Counter Attacks

There were two sites that were particularly attacked. While there are different names most popular being ‘Gota-Go-Gama’ and ‘Mina-Go-Gama.’ Apart from around 200 people who were brutally attacked, their platforms, tents, placards, and flags were destroyed. At Galle Face, some people were thrown into the Beira-lake. Whatever the extremes of their slogans and demands, the above protest sites were prominent as peaceful protests.

It is strange to see, however, within hours of the above incidents, over 40 houses of the government supporters, including MPs, were attacked, and burnt down destroying some of the personal valuables. Ten people were killed in the incidents. Below is one incident that Aljazeera reported.

“Earlier in the day, legislator Amarakeerthi Athukorala from the ruling party shot two people – killing a 27-year-old man – after being surrounded by a mob in Nittambuwa, about 40km (25 miles) from Colombo, police said. CCTV footage showed the MP and his security officer fleeing into a nearby building. They were later found dead.”[ii]

Of course, there are contradictory and different interpretations of the incidents. However, it is difficult to deny the involvement of some form of political activists. Who are they? Geetha Kumarasinghe narrated her ordeal in the following manner in Parliament.

“When they were attacking my home, I was trembling in fear and was hiding in a corner of a room. What wrong have I done? I have never hurt anyone. I have sacrificed everything to engage in politics and serve my people. I slogged and slaved in cinema and won many awards through sheer dedication and hard work. They destroyed all my trophies and awards. Why? Why did these young people do this to me? I can never get my awards and trophies back. You all have mothers, I am also a mother, why did you do this to me?” she sobbed.[iii]

Who Indulged in Violence?

One side is very clear. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Johnstone Fernando, and Namal Rajapaksa were clearly on one side. But who were on the other side?

The JVP General Secretary, Tilvin Silva, recently admitted or claimed that “Our party has been there right from the beginning. We have our youth, cultural, student and women wings, at the Galle Face.”[iv] Of course there were other groups and more independent ones. Silva’s attitude towards politics and other parties also became clear when he referred to heckling of the Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, when he visited the Galle Face protest site. Silva said the following.

“Everybody should be careful. People hate to see politicians travelling in luxury cars with security contingents. People detested the politicians’ attitude of trying to stay above them. The Opposition Leader went there in his luxury vehicles with his security guards and henchmen. So, he had to face the wrath of the people.”

Anura Kumara Dissanayake, in Parliament, denied any involvement of the JVP in house attacks and counter violence. He may be true to his conscience. There is a possibility that within the JVP itself that there are two wings operating. Tilvin Silva’s words remind us of the JVPs aggressive and violent past.

Dilemma of Violence

Violence appears to continue. There was a recent incident of people or groups attacking and burning a house of an owner of a fuel station. Undoubtedly there are extreme grievances on the part of the people due to fuel shortages and high prices of consumer items including essential medicine. However, none of these reasons could justify political violence unleashed by the government or the opposition politicians.

There may be deep seated reasons why people in the country are extremely violent. Some of the reasons may go to the educational system and the way students are taught in schools and universities. Moral education should take priority in primary schools. Some reasons may be rooted in the family institution or even religion. Political culture in the country does appear to be extremely distorted or lopsided and change of which should come from all sectors of the political society. What might be important in the meanwhile are:

  • Deplore strongly political violence of all forms.
  • Request the new national government to ameliorate people’s economic grievances.
  • Punish those who have involved or instigated violence without discrimination.
  • Establish Rule of Law and impartiality of the public and security services.
  • Promote non-violence and peace in the country.

[i] The PM’s meeting, then the mob. ‘Turning point’ in Sri Lankan crisis | Business Standard News (business-standard.com)

[ii] Sri Lanka MP among five killed as violence escalates | Protests News | Al Jazeera

[iii] Geetha breaks down, asks what wrong she committed | Daily News

[iv] JVP admits it has been behind Galle Face protest – The Island

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  • 26
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    Laksiri, what is wrong with you. The very first sentence “for the first time in silly Lanka’s political history that a government was directly involved in instigating political violence against peaceful protesters”. Did you mean actual presence of law makers among goons ???, or you mean political violence against SB ???? What happened in world Tamil conference, in the same ground zero where Tamil MP’s were attacked ——-. Laksiri, every government has instigated violence against peaceful protesters, to the extend people were scared to protest peacefully anymore.

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      This writer LAKSHIRI FERNANDO is a good actor and (I deliberately avoid calling him with his so called titles) knows it perfectly who promoted violence in this country.
      2005 onwards, we had no room to civilized cultures in this country, and with so called war victory claimed in MR s term, that became even beyond ethics and moral. Self adulations became fake public perception and made people eternal slaves.

      – Media fraudsters painted it for the survivial of MR et al, however as everyone knows it was the collectivity and external powers (india and US) singlehandly put the stop to the 30 year long civil war.

      MR s greediness to power is no differnt to that of a predator animal fighting for his piece from a cadava, being flanked to the concurrent beasts.MR had not the least dignity ot his people. He just abused the gullibility of the masses, that would GO after dhammika paniya or any pirith chants and say SADU SADU not realizing the least. That is known to MR from the begining on… people in thi scounry are ultra stupid by nature. SINHALA BUDDHAGAMA myths have made them eternal fools.

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      chiv,
      Laksiri doesn’t condider Tamils as humans or Sri Lankans?

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      Laksiri Fernando

      “Deplore strongly political violence of all forms.”

      We should.
      However could you specify the period to which political violence relates to.

      “Request the new national government to ameliorate people’s economic grievances.”

      The government should.
      Again, could you specify the period to which political violence relates to.

      “Punish those who have involved or instigated violence without discrimination.”

      The state should.
      However what sort of violence you consider punishable and what period?

      “Establish Rule of Law and impartiality of the public and security services.”

      Could we remind you the laws were there, only problem is that since 1956 none was enforced for political as well as racial reasons. People have lost faith in law and those who are supposed to enforce them. What would you recommend, foreign legal team and judges perhaps.

      ” Promote non-violence and peace in the country.”

      Please speak to public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala’s ghost or maybe with Prabaharan’s ghost.

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        I think I am right -that lies on our SINHALA GENETICS.
        .
        My curiosity awoke me to find more about this estranged writer who nevertheless comes with his articles back and forth , recently, being highly biased to Rajaakshes mlechcha politics.
        :
        To my surprise, people in general feel, if a candidate mingled with varied nationalities, his or her psychology would become more unbiased and very law bound. Paradoxially, this does not seem to be working with SRILANKENs. Why ?
        .
        It is up to you, my beloved CT commenters to explore more on this topic… …. for your info, however, I have found bit more about him on the web. Please discuss this topic here widely… because his disssertation was based on human rights, but the person to have supported high criminals that did lot more harm to all srilankens – is beyond my comprehension.
        See how our so called human rights scholars are upto…… EITHER THEIR DEFINITION TO “human rights” SHOULD BE DIFFERENT or THESE MEN ARE BIRTH FAILURES.

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        Laksiri, you seem to agree in general but call it a personal issue ol mine. Trust me there is nothing personal and I am not alone. The difference is I am not in denial , enabling or condescending such political violence. Why are we bankrupt , dysfunctional and a failed nation after 75 years of IN dependence ???

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        Independent observation show that were are at qualitative change in terms of getting from bad , worse to now ugly..

      • 7
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        Laksiri, Chiv does not make opinions on his personal reasons but one who always talks with common interest on behalf of all Sri Lankans!!

        “……However, independent observations show that we are at a qualitative change in terms of a government (PM as the key) directly involved in instigating political violence as a strategy…..”

        What do you mean?? The obedient RW instigating violence against the R gang member Gotta???

        Surely you are out of your mind…..Ranil will serve the R gang FOREVER!!!!

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          What do you mean?? The obedient RW instigating violence against the R gang member Gotta??? Could you have some international lawyers and justices investigate the 2015’s Central Bank Robberies & 2018’s 4/21? When the bomps went off in Tamils Churches and tourist hotels, A Powerful prime minister under 19A said “they did not invite me for Security commission’s meeting so I didn’t know about 4/21 otherwise I would have for sure stopped Royals planning the attack”. For 6 months a Prime Minister did not attend to security meeting but got time to talk about that only when the 4/21 investigations started! Let accept that but what made Ranil to force 122 MPs abandon the coup case against Mahinda Rowdy, the so-called MR?

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          About two thousand mass and protestors arrested to the MPs houses attack, If Mahinda was the only one did it as per Laksiri, where the prime minister now is to make legal arrow jetting on that rowdy? Laksiri is a known bigotry promoter, sir …..please!. Take it with pinch of salt, don’t throw up! When a Prime Minister brought the most destructive law for the country, the Sinhala Only, Tamils representative peacefully sat and protested in Galle Face, the same way the new ones are doing. The Prime Minister Solomon West Ridgway Dias’s thugs went and attached the Tamils’ REP. Solomon instruction to police were not to stop the hooligans’ atrocities over the unarmed MPs. The MP went into the Parliament with their bleeding faces and blood-soaked dresses. Prime Minister Solomon revived them sarcastically hinting for the victory trophies the Tamils MPs have got for opposing his Sinhala Only. When Ranil was fooling Sampanthar Aiyya with Secret Solution, Laksiri believed it and wrote a book against the Secret solution! Laksiri enjoyed in salary and governmental position for the Oil he sold for the bigotry fires.

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          Eveil Emperor Ranil’s main idea is buying another two years at UNHRC saying that he his using Mahinda Rowdy to rebuild the country to save the 22 millions from the killing hunger. Of cuase 2024 the relection and wither Hitler or one of the family member may come back. Talaiyaddi Bomaies TNA obligated to go Geneva and witness on behalf of The Evil Emperor.

  • 22
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    Laksiri, let me explain this in a different way to help in clearing your confusion 1) Lanka was always a violent country and now bankrupt, dysfunctional and failed 2) respective governments instigated violence against minority and SB condoned such violence until it came to their turn. 3) The violence which occurred that day is nothing compared to violence unleashed on minority. 4) Violence is normalized as part of Lankan political culture 5) until that day amidst crisis, the protesters were the only responsible people and the Mafia family instigated, provoked and turned it, into a violent protest. 5) the same people who were present with Mara that day are now claiming to be innocent victims 6) The same militant JVP was questioning the motive of protesters in parliament few days ago. 7) For convenience there is always a party within party to confuse public 8) Definitely protesters in GF cannot be present throughout nation within hours. Why can’t it be just angry, starving, frustrated public instead of party affiliation ?? 9) In my opinion this ain’t over but the beginning. 10) In short “haven’t we heard it all, seen it all and done it all” .

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      Agree with Chiv. Although Mr Laksiri Fernando’s comments on his facts seem quite fair too

      Violence has been instigated by the government as early as 1961 Sri Lanka Senate Hansard, 2 May 1961. The speech of Hon Mr Edmund Samarakody
      Those who live in denial,to start history from a convenient point of the LTTE is a ploy (This is not to condone violence of the LTTE which was very destructive in every way).
      Had the Tamil protest been entertained in a civilised way I doubt there would have been no LTTE.

      The Islamic burial issue was to prove a point for vote catching.
      The clever cardinal joined the band wagon and is now lamenting.
      With the burghurs gone first all minorities dealt with S L style

      Please watch below the export of this culture to Australia where the right to protest is denied. This guys patriotic vision is to clear the ground of others.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi1HD8fYOZk

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      Chiv,
      “…respective governments instigated violence against minority…”

      There was no reason at all for the respective Governments that ruled the country after Sinhalayo gained independence from British or indigenous Sinhalayo who accommodated Tamils and Muslims in their country to instigate violence against minorities. But V Tamils who were the most privileged group in Sinhale at the time of Independence did not want to live under Sinhala rule and used every opportunity they could find to unleash violence against indigenous Sinhalayo. First such incident took place in 1958 after the Government changed the English letter in car number plates to a Sinhala letter. As a protest to this move, racist Tamil politicians unleashed violence against Sinhalayo in Yapanaya. After that, on several occasions Tamils attacked Sinhalayo and paved the way for ethnic clashes.

      • 8
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        Evil, ask Laksiri who can help you with his quantitative and qualitative study on Lankan political violence. I really do not have the time , for you.

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        “respective governments instigated violence against minority…”.
        .
        Not only minorities but also masses that stood against Rajapakshe mlechcha politics.
        .

        As of today all is exposed but media mafia stays mum because they are being financed by black money hoarded by Rajapakses and their henchmen.
        .
        😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        BS

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      chiv

      Don’t you think closet racists should instigate riots to divert attention of ordinary people who are demanding a descent life and minimum level of food and other basic security?

      Indeed I was depending on my friend soman and saffron clad Elle however I am disappointed by their inaction.

      • 6
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        NV,
        Morning.
        Those famous would reappear once they are well fed and regained their strength!!
        They are confident their ‘DEFINING MOMENT IS STILL AHEAD’??!!!
        Their supporters are only now in the process of regaining their strength to contribute, because the donations are flowing in too slowly, as ‘Donors’ are not efficient in proving AID in timely manner; So they lament??!!
        Food aid is helping them to recover and they are silent because they do not want to open their mouth, lest they should offend the Benefactor and the ‘Parrippu’ is tasting very good up to NOW!!??

  • 16
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    Laksiri Fernando ,

    please don’t pretend: State sponsored violence against innocent Tamils started in 1956 and climaxed in May 2009 with the genocide of Tamils in Mullivaaikkaal.

    State violence against Sinhalese happened in the Seventies and in the Eighties.

    Once practiced with Tamils (and Sinhalese) for decades , it is a small step to practice on Sinhalese against Sinhalese.

    This State sponsored violent culture will take a long time to eradicate.

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      Thiru,
      “State sponsored violence against innocent Tamils started in 1956..”

      There was no State sponsored violence against Tamils. But there was terrorism sponsored by racist separatist Tamil politicians in Yapanaya targeting indigenous Sinhala Buddhists that lasted for three decades

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        Eagle Dumbo Eye

        “There was no State sponsored violence against Tamils. “

        True.
        There was no state run by descent people.
        Those who ran the state were mostly rascists.
        In the case of those Tamils who in 1956 sustained injury were self-inflicted, they collectively fell on concrete and broke their skull and bones.

        In 1958, 1977, 1983 Tamils set fire to their own properties, in some cases collectively committed suicide, from 1983 to 2009, those who were strafed, bombed, shelled, …. and killed were done only on the request of those who died during the period.

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        Eagle Eye,
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        State sponsored vilence against its own people started since MR – the high criminal came to power.
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        They simply have no respect to human life. Just listen to MR s speech before uneducated crowds gathered to TEMPLE TREES on the very day 9th May.
        :
        This ballige putha feels that same people would tolerate him PUTTING above the law forever. If this would have been in LAW BOUND country, the man would have been torn off to pieces as of today.
        :
        If the bugger did not empower those crowds, no such country wide proper burnings would have happened. His silly nature.. being intoxicated to power….. the harm his public speech made…. is beyond all ethics and morals.

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    When the early Sinhalese leaders starting with D S Senanayke let the Sinhalese-Buddhist racist genie out of the bottle, they did not have the vision to foresee the violent society they were sowing in the country.

    Now we are enjoying the follies our past leaders, and present leaders. I don’t know where it is going to end!

  • 9
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    The book: The Crowd: a study of the popular mind by Gustave Le Bon analyses crowd psychology and explains how collective emotion takes control of crowd actions.

    I don’t think we have seen full crowd action in Sri Lanka yet: Politicians beware; you are a despised lot right now in the society.

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      Thiru,
      “Politicians beware; you are a despised lot right now in the society.”

      Hope that Tamil politicians who promoted terrorism against Sinhala Buddhists are also included.

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        Eagle Dumbo Eye

        “Hope that Tamil politicians who promoted terrorism against Sinhala Buddhists are also included.”

        Strange but true.
        You categorically state by acceptance that Sinhala politicians are despised.
        You changed your mind.
        Is it because of the Vesak or all people are starving?

        Have you heard soman’s long lost Tamil speaking cousin Stalin has sent plenty of food packages to his Sinhala speaking cousins in Sri Lanka?

        Did you receive any?

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    Digging the own grave organizing to be violet sometimes forced willingness his mind and course of resignation with urgency a Major advanced of Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong, Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding cornered him to restrict by his own suppression and went on hiding shows the guilty. All story is comming out from the who indulged in violence and there preparation withness can gathered in short time.

  • 14
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    ‘It is for the first time, in Sri Lanka’s political history, that a government was directly involved in instigating political violence against peaceful protestors’
    .
    The writer must have slept through the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties like Rip van Winkle. Government instigated political violence has been going on for decades. Has he never heard the names Bandaranaike and Jayawardene?

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      Paul
      You are right to draw attention to the selective memory of the author.
      However, Banda did not instigate violence. His fault, however serious it could be said, was one of omission.
      JRJ was actively involved and too often.

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        SJ, that is pure BS!! JRJ was an absolute evil – no arguments, but he was NOT ACTIVELY INVOLVED in violence, particularly in the 1983 riots. It was Cyril Mathew, the type of Rajapaksha gang, or Gnanasara that started all that calamity in Borella on that night in July 1983! And spread across the country through his ‘Sinhala Balavegaya’ henchmen, Elle Gunawansha was one of his right hand stooge! JRJ was stunned for 2-3 days and then only awoke to give orders to the army shoot whoever loots. Even today everyone blames JRJ for 83 riots but I know it was BS from a very reliable relative who was very close to the then government.

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      Paul

      Do you know Banda could not make any mistakes, according to his b***s carriers..

      Banda refused to intervene to stop violence in 1958. According to my Elders he was hiding in naval ship fearing for his life. Oliver Goonetilleke the then Governor General was forced to take decisive action against the rioters.
      Banda unleashed the mad dogs including saffron clad madmen.

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        Native, SJ, when I typed the name Bandaranaike I was thinking of Mrs B.
        .
        As an aside, I think Tarzie Vittachi referred to SWRD as Sol Banders due to his cut glass accent.

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          Paul
          Thanks.
          Are you sure that Mrs B instigated communal violence. She was rather intimidated by communal violence all along, so much so that she went completely out of the way to blackout news of a communal clash in Puttalam (in 1975 I think) so that it did not spread further. Action was firm to stop that local violence. In fact, there was no major communal violence between 1958 and 1977.
          We live by impressions created by various sources that are often subjective and even nasty.
          There is much to criticize in her politics, but one has to be factual. A most objective reporters of the SLFP regime periods is the reputed journalist KKS Perera who offers a balanced picture.

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        Voices interfering with comprehension….mmm…the ball needs serious mending.
        Where’s the shrink?

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        “According to my Elders he was hiding in naval ship fearing for his life”
        Really?
        Which ship, may I know? Tarzi Vittachchi seems to have forgotten this little detail.
        Elders may have meant the man who hid in a ship in 1953.
        *
        In general do not talk to dead ‘ELDERS’ through the ball, especially when the ball hears voices.

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        NV you are right! My father told me the same story that he was hiding somewhere (dunno if it was a ship) and was not available for few days in his office. Yes, he was the one who started unleashing these yellow robies (with rabies??) to SL politics and the cancer we cannot get rid of even in 2022!!

  • 8
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    …. it is for the first time, in Sri Lanka’s political history, that a government was directly involved in instigating political violence against peaceful protestors.
    .
    Laksiri Fernando,
    My delayed reaction to the above position is due to the tussle within me as to whether it is worth protesting the distortion of history. How convenient to dismiss the violence on peaceful protesters at this very Galle Face in 1956.

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      N
      Let us be precise here: The attack was not government organized.
      But the government was answerable for police inaction when thugs attacked the protesters.
      State involvement in major political violence began subtly in 1977. It was in full form in 1983.

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        SJ, are you blind not to see what happened in 1975 Vadukkodai??? Who ordered to shoot the Tamil convention?? Under which govt Tamil youth were killed?? And when they erected a statute to commemorate the desd, which govt ordered the army to destroy it??? Which government attacked so many satayagraha by the UNP before 1977??? It was all under SIRIMA government!!!

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    What actually is happening in Sri Lanka?
    While the country is in a self-made economic crisis, the one-seat illegal Prime Minister is trying to introduce a new Amendment to the Constitution (21A) to transfer unlimited power to him. Who is behind him? The US and India. Abolishing the Executive Presidency and introducing a Federal Constitution to unstable and divide Sri Lanka was a long term plan of these two countries. Then, in 2020, after an American became Sri Lanka’s President, they wanted him to have executive powers through the 20A to carry out their agenda through him. It didn’t work out. Now they are back to the same conspiracy that happened in 2015. I am tired of repeating the same comments. But, I can’t help it. I said from the very beginning that the Sinhalese Buddhists will be taken for a ride again and it happened.
    Where are the protesters? Did they protest to bring back Ranil Wickremasinghe who betrayed Sri Lanka in every aspect? Remember the slogan – “You messed up with the wrong generation”. Is this the choice of the “wise wrong generation”? Did they also swallow an American dead rope as their parents did in 2015?

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      What is next for Sri Lanka? A deadly terrorist attack targetting Sinhalese Buddhists to instigate riots against Tamils. We have already seen the proof. Two months ago, “Daily Mirror” carried out a news item that said the US Intel had thwarted an attempt to send arms to Sri Lankan rebels (and Myanmar). (Similar words.) I was so curious about the term ‘rebels’. There are no rebels in Sri Lanka. And, I don’t think the US Intel made a mistake. That means, while we are fighitng with each other, LTTE terrorists were regrouping, retraining and rearming in India.
      ’Citing Indian Intelligence sources’, on May 13, “The Hindu”, reported that “some erstwhile cadre” had entered Tamil Nadu to “plan and execute” attacks in Sri Lanka (during wild protests).
      On May 11, I posted an urgent note to Army Commander General Shavendra Silva to take control of the country. “The Hindu” published the above-mentioned article on May 13. Nothing happened on May 18. But, the LTTE threat remains, and, IT IS REAL!
      The Gotabhaya-Ranil government has further destabilized the country. One-seat PM has no mandate. Some may try to remove the Army Commander. What will happen when the Executive Presidency is abolished? Think about it.

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        Ya right as ever before go for it , these Royal guys are so wealthy and they won’t race or religion for power.Earstwhile cader at it.
        Anyone who disagrees must be into Elamist logic or bloody western Hitman ! IMF is a Jelous Jester from Europe.
        Those Galle face kids with bandannas from Colomo 7 must have got it wrong like the Capital markets, they told you about at CB

        It could be war again and we need a “Gota come back campaign now”.
        Go for it

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        Champa

        “What is next for Sri Lanka?”

        First tell us “What is the idea of Sri Lanka”?

        LTTE threat, even after 13 years?
        We are assured by Gota, Kamala, Shavendra, ……. and 15,000 Generals they had won the LTTE lock, stock and barrel.

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          NV,
          .
          “What is next for Sri Lanka?”

          To take the position of ” the poorest nation of the world” – with Ethiopia raising their head drastically.
          :
          Thanks go to OUR MEDAMULAN meeharakas. Ironically, srilanken tax payers contribute to protest the melchcha men yet today. The manner NAMAL BABY provokes the angry nation is still seen on TV screens.
          :
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXed8TtYZ-c
          :
          What became clear y day, in COPE meeting was that 7-brained man in that mlechcha family did not allow SLCB to take timely decisions. CR is not a politician of my favourite, but his pertinent question raised in that session, revealed a lot.
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Ranawaka++champika+

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            leelagemalli

            Thanks for the link.
            I will try and save some of it for future analysis.

            Why Sangha is on silent mode?
            Please read Mawbima editorial of
            තමිල්නාඩු ආධාරත් පිල්ලි ගහයි ද?
            මැයි 26, 2022

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              NV,
              any kind of aids would be welcome by OUR 2500 year old heritage- so called proud nation as of today…… see how deep we are thrown into ?

              Thanks go to MEDAMULNA alpha animals.
              .
              Now to tell you some options left… if we would not be able to widen our BEGGING BOWL……
              There is a controval monk called – SAMANTHA BADDA who is said to be the ground of MAHAMEWUNAWA, a buddhist temple built by the rich philanthropists of srilanka.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXuzjWovm_w
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3o4I_p17xM
              :
              This man was caught by huge criticism because his life style is more or less like to that of a MODE DESIGNER on an european soil. Samantha Badda might have entered into SANGAHOOD due to his personal reasons, but what is being practised by him since then is not typical to a BUDDHGAMA MONK. …. it is rather a provocative charactor to them…. however, we dont need to see his whereabouts, if the cat catches the rats.
              .
              Please see the picture of him- byl clicking the link below.
              .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFAYhiQ_mVY

              Now this controversal monk has come forward to help SRILANKA for a better future.
              .
              I though criticised, it is a VALUABLE IDEA, because srilanka is currently lack of LEADERSHIP.
              :

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          Keyboard Vedda
          I mentioned my sources. You are free to verify.
          General Shavendra Silva is to be removed from post or rather to be promoted. That means, there will be a terrorist attack close to the next election. As usual, Indian Intel will inform Sri Lanka in advance to show that they have no hand in it.

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        Champa,
        “One-seat PM has no mandate. Some may try to remove the Army Commander. What will happen when the Executive Presidency is abolished? Think about it.”
        Most probably, you would be overwhelmed by gigantic amount of ‘GRIEF’,
        You may well decide to stop writing in CT??!!

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          Champa,
          .
          Hitherto analyses made by experts revealed that we are a nation filled with ones that would look at the finger when trying to show them the moon; whenever I am compelled to read from you, your comments confirmed the statment again and again.

          Emotional mobs brought them back and mobs destroyed their pvt properties lately….., tax payers will have to bear the burden of the losses because the inflation is now sky rocketing levels. Some say the day a loaf of bread would cost a wheelbarrow of local currency is in making.

          The greater difference is – you do it with a ” history degree/so called self-proclaimed research degree”, while LAKSIRI who obtained his PhD ” Human rights”, now from Sidney continues to do it with a Prof. Title. GLP would do it forever, as if his CONSCIENCE is fully taken away by Medamulana rascals. Unfortunately, GLP behaves yet today as kidnap-victim but wearing his titles further.
          .
          And whole lot of other examples are before you if you would look at all the MPs and former and current ministers appointed from SLPP (crime friendly party made for fooling the very same nation).

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      Strangely if you were living outside Sri Lanka there is hardly any coverage. Even the coverage I have seen does not show reality. THere was an article saying inspite of Aragalaya the country is full of tourists (which is patently untrue – as the numbers have dropped 40%)

      Makes one wonder doesnt it ?

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      Champa,
      As a honorary Russian citizen, why bother about us plebs in Sri Lanka?

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        old codger
        Of course, I have a connection with Russia. My ancestors were the first inhabitants of the old arctic circle. A special place in Sri Lanka is meant to be ‘activated’. Simultaneously, a special place in Russia and a special place in Canada are to be ‘activated’. There are three places in Russia and I still couldn’t figure out which one is the right one. I have already identified the special place in Canada. It took me only a few seconds. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, my ancestors gave a Sinhala name to a place in Canada, and I only had to translate it into English to identify the place.
        Talking about Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin has hardened his stance on Ukraine. He seems to be impatient. What happened? He has so much power, but he showed compassion to Ukrainian and Azov armed forces who were hiding inside the Azovstal Steel Plant. Remember, former President Barack Obama ordered ‘no prisoners’. US forces mercilessly killed hundreds of thousands ‘surrendered’ Iraqi soldiers and millions of civilians in the Middle East and Afghanistan. In contrast, President Vladimir Putin saved all 2,439 armed men who were hiding in underground bunkers.
        Contd’..

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          Over 6,000 sanctions that were imposed on Russia have created rising inflation, skyrocketing fuel prices and a massive global food crisis. Sri Lanka should also be prepared for eventualities.
          Nobody will believe me, but President Putin was very soft on Ukraine. He warned the US/Britain/NATO to stop pumping weapons to Ukraine. They didn’t. Now, Russia is using its ultra modern weapons. All Howitzers sent by the US have been destroyed. Look at Russia’s demining robot.
          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ygxrm9ZNPns
          We are yet to see Russia’s modern warships packed with missiles. I thought Russia has only one ICBM and President Putin surprised me with 50 ICBMs which can erase the entire West within seconds. This is no joke. Will Russia’s ICBMs jolt and reposition the earth? I will write about it later.
          As regards Ukraine, Mr. Vladimir Putin is unstoppable. He will not stop at Donbass. Contrary to my earlier assertion, he will take Dnipropetrovsk and maybe Kirovohrad too. No, actually, eventually, President Putin will take the entire Ukraine. It is only a matter of time. He will take back all the territories gifted to Ukraine by his ancestors. Guess, who provoked him to do that?

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          Champa,
          “Hundreds of thousands of years ago, my ancestors gave a Sinhala name to a place in Canada,”
          You mean Champagetlostgama?

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            old codger

            “You mean Champagetlostgama?”

            Could you explain to us the plebs what Champa get lost gama means generally.
            Thanks.

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              Native,
              I used to think Champa was mildly nutty. Now, I fear that reading her ramblings endangers my sanity.

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            OC,

            Champagetlostgama is a cool name. My wish would be ” Champaism-godown-gama”.

            Who on earth would have time to stay talking about PRO-RUSSIA in that war, … but idiosyncratic Champa cóntinues….
            :
            She does not seem to have a heart to talk about the danger before us – being close to on the edge of precipice.
            :
            Even if all would stand against, Champa or the like would not be able to see in a mirror. Eagle Eye would though join her in bangwagon …

            She is the only one who stood supporting to Russia with current war with Ukraine. So was she until Nov 2019 on WIMAL BURUWANSE RAJAPAKSHE. WBR became an used condom in Rajapakshe politics today.

            :

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              LM,
              There is a place called Badagini in Australia, and Vickramasinghapuram in India. Champa has many choices for migration.

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              leelagemalli
              old codger
              “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” – Socrates.
              .
              In my first comment on Russia and Ukraine which was posted on 23/02/2022, this is what I said.
              “If the Ukrainian President is wise, he will enter into a truce with Russia.” He didn’t. Then, nearly two months I tried to persuade Ukraine and Russia for a peace deal which was blocked by the US and Britain. Then, I gave up. Now, I only state “obvious facts”.
              WWIII is inevitable. I said in March, if there was WWIII, Russia would be the winner and unlike previous world wars that dragged on for years, WWIII would finish within hours or days. And, I made a special personal request for Mr. Putin to ‘spare’ Canada. In addition to the reasons given earlier, Russia will start to lose if it attacks Canada. British PM Boris Johnson made a failed attempt to provoke Russia to attack Finland. I don’t think Russia will first attack Europe. What is the point? Russia’s first and may be the only targets would be the US and Britain. Having said that, I admire Mr. Putin’s patience, humanity and compassion.

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    Sadly I don’t understand where this “First time in the nation’s History” from Laksiri.

    It seems like some 20-year curse in the country. At least in my lifetime.

    The 1970s 1990 and 2022.

    I think we are a nation of extreme fools. petulant and spoilt. and the same type of fools is our leaders or politicians. We have delusions of grandeur . I feel this will come to a very bad end, this time.

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      a14455 / May 25, 2022

      We thought you might have been thrown to Baira Lake…
      .
      Anyways, you to say – “we are a nation of extreme fools. petulant and spoilt. and the same type of fools is our leaders or politicians” makes us feel that you finally got it …
      .
      People are the utral fools… and their representatives are equally fools.
      Most of these fools are flocked to please a family who has been ruining this nation for the last 1.5 decades.
      :
      Karmic Retribution is getting its way to punish YOUR GOD FATHER of high crimes, Mahinda – he has been rejected by Maldives today….. the size of crimes th bugger et al deliberately made to this nation is beyond all estimations. He knew that the stupidity of the people could help their stay in power forever….. that is why his goons were provoked to go and destroy peoceful …. protesters in GGG on the 9th.

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      A 14455 we rarely agreed on any thing. But thanks to Laksiri, you are absolutely right on this,

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        See some supporters seem to be realizing the criminal nature of murderous Rajapakshes.
        .
        Mynah is reported to have moved in an official residence yesterday but kicking away another deadly sick parliamentarian/ Janaka Bandara Thennakoon.
        Come ahead are real good revelations about the massmurder.
        .
        All these were crystal clear but people cut their by their own😎😎😎😎😎

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    “Tilvin Silva’s words remind us of the JVPs aggressive and violent past.”
    With that kind of reasoning, no political party can be trusted; then why pick on the JVP?

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      SJ, because the comments are closed , I am using this space to thank you for confronting SriRam’s, hypocritical views on Ram and Su . Swamy, under “fear mongering”.

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        Thank you.
        I thought that others will pitch in.

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    Dear Laksiri
    You say : “Establish Rule of Law and impartiality of the public and security services”. Better you to say : Establish Rule of Law and impartiality of the POLICE and JUDICIARY.
    At present MR Namal Johnston Pavithra who started all this are still free while some minions are remanded. Is that the Rule of Law you need enforced by Police.

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    Laksiri Fernando is the man who proposed that University of Colombo should confer doctorate for MR and GR when Rajapakse bootliker Hirumburegama was VC. He does not know Sri Lankan history. Laksisri were you sleep since 50s. What a shame

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      R
      What makes you so sure?
      The award of an honorary degree even to the least deserving has to follow procedure.
      Who/what is you source?
      The man has been unethically slandered once earlier about cheating on Australian Social Welfare.
      We can be a little more civilized if we care.

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        Those who chose not to research before they type has to see whether civilisation has anything to do with their behaviour.

        Having a PhD does not make them another all knowing Mao.

        Here is the proof:
        I Propose To Revoke Doctorates From GR & MR
        By Laksiri Fernando –

        Excerpt:

        Vice Chancellor
        University of Colombo
        11 October 2015

        I wish to draw your attention to the conferring of honorary doctorates in 2009 to the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the University of Colombo. As you may know, I was the proposer of this motion at the Senate on the 29th of May 2009 which was carried unanimously and later approved by the Council of the University.
        The premise for that proposal was that both the President and the Secretary of Defence had rendered an immense service to the country by bringing an end to the nearly three decades of war that bled the country and even disrupted the university education. The citations for the event would speak for the more specific reasons. However, the subsequent events as well as what have transpired later as their immediate past actions have shown that both have exceeded their powers vested in them by the people.

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/i-propose-to-revoke-doctorates-from-gr-mr/

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          Native, you mean it took 6 years for Laksiri, to complete his quantitative and qualitative analysis , to come to this conclusion. Excellent job in bringing this out. Now I remember Laksiri mentioning this in CT. I will be honest, in questioning ” who gave doctorate to Laksiri ???? “( Laksiri this you may consider as personal)

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            chiv

            My comment is meant for all knowing Mao’s b***s carrier.
            Education alone does not give people wisdom.

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              “…Education alone does not give people wisdom…..”

              Absolutely NV!! Wisdom comes from the ability to emancipate the mind to fathom beyond the surface to the furthest depth. For that no academic qualification is essential, but helpful. Mark Twain never had a formal qualification but hardly any one could beat his level of wisdom.

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              Got it and I too agree education alone does not give people wisdom. Worse will be , for obvious reasons (race, religion, distorted views of political system) education, blunting people wisdom.

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              “Education alone does not give people wisdom.”
              That reminds me that you had some kind of education.

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                “That reminds me that you had some kind of education.”

                I never pretend I am educated, in fact I have been confessing to many in this forum that I am bit thick.
                Hope you don’t want to compete with me.

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            chiv

            “I will be honest, in questioning ” who gave doctorate to Laksiri ????”

            Although it is too personal now that you have raised it in public will that precedence be applied to others too?

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            “who gave doctorate to Laksiri ???? “( Laksiri this you may consider as personal)”
            *
            This is a cheap jibe that reflects badly on the writer.

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          Thank you for that clarification, which also exonerates LF, as a person who rectifies an error.
          It is Roger who is clinging on to the old story.
          *
          Did I claim that LF had no involvement? Take the glass ball to its shrink

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            SJ

            “Did I claim that LF had no involvement?”

            FYI
            This what you typed above

            {What makes you so sure?
            The award of an honorary degree even to the least deserving has to follow procedure. Who/what is you source?}

            Can’t help if you are suffering from dementia (senility).

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              Dear NV,
              .
              Do honorary doctorates mean anything?

              It is also known by the Latin phrases honoris causa (“for the sake of the honour”) or ad honorem (“to the honour”). The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master’s degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution or no previous postsecondary education.

              I think only reason behind the honorary doctorates to RAJAPAKSHES should be their ” unbelievable affinity to high crimes of mlechcha nature”. This they have managed to the thier best with the DIRECT approval of sinhala buddhist monks and stupid majority of the country.
              :
              What are considered to be HIGH CRIMES ?
              .
              Murder, Money laundering acts and genocide.

              Rajapkashes are known to be well smart at all these high crimes. Nevertheless, KALIAMMA controlled srilanka paved the way them to return and ruin this nation… THAT THEY MANAGED TO ITS BEST AS OF TODAY.

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        ” I wish to draw your attention to the conferring of honorary doctorates in 2009 to the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the University of Colombo. As you may know, I was the proposer of this motion at the Senate on the 29th of May 2009 which was carried unanimously and later approved by the Council of the University.”

        OCTOBER 11, 2015 AUTHOR: COLOMBO TELEGRAPH169 COMMENTS
        I Propose To Revoke Doctorates From GR & MR

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          A
          That is something that one should respect Laksiri for.

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        “The award of an honorary degree even to the least deserving has to follow procedure. “
        Really, … Really……. Really?

        Don’t worry with your Badiudeen Degree and scholarships & airforce appointments. It is too late for anybody to question it. But may I suggest to new readers to read in CT about your argument against the properly submitted VC application of Dr. Thiyagalingam, because he was Just a Tamil having US citizenship? How many times have you already written supporting Deal Dasa’s re-introduction 19A as 21A to unseat Younger Brother Prince from Parliament. Please submit us a letter from Vasanthi explaining under what any least procedures she wrote on the UOJ letterhead for students and staff that they should vote for Chitanta Government?

        Just don’t play Kuranku Cheddai (Monkeying around) always if you have nothing to write! Just write your usual “Really” that will do!

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        He was not slandered, its a fact, let the man come out and deny it.

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      Roger,
      .
      Unfortunately, our people are memory losers. Or they take almost everything for granted. Such a bastards dominated nation.

      Not only that, but also this man was behind them at the time 52 day coup created a situation appointing Mahinda Pattapal hora of the nation as the premier in that MS-RW govt…. was promoted by Laksiri Fernando again and again.
      :
      The kind of so called Prof title wearers should be made accoutable for the mess created in SL.
      .
      GLP is the other- who behaves as if his SPINE is fully robbed out by RAJAPAKSHE family.

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      Laksiri lives in Australia and I do not know what he does there for a living but the damage he has done to SL by promoting Rajapaksha gang sometimes back is so destructive, so I hope he will pay for his sins one day!!!

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        Jit,
        .
        Anyone with some sanity would have to agree with you. Further to yours, during that 52-day coup, Laksiri shamelessly supported. I really dont why our senior citizens behave like this. Has that lot to do with sinhala genetics ?
        .
        If Karmic retribution would work, he will never be able to pay for his sins because all what the kind of senior knowledgeable citizens have made it beyond estimation.
        .

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        He is in retirement.
        And why should his private life bother us?
        Cannot we stick to the issues before us?

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          SJ,
          Do you mean this article is a private matter?
          What are those issues?

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            To discuss an article one does not discuss private impertinent matters concerning the author.
            It is a matter of ethics– so forget it.

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              This is not political science in a classroom to go by only the underlying science. Author’s intention of presenting one side justification must be unmasked by exposing the past conducts of the author. In real politics the conduct, sanity, hypocrisy, his/her freedom to express the truth, and reliability of the author is most important. That is the main reason no body wants to believe you, Laksiri like communists’ talks.

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          SJ, who raised anything about his ‘private’ life??? The real issues??? Well, one real issue we painfully face today is, so called academics openly supported or are still supporting a rogue gangster family that bankrupted the country AND that is NOT a private matter either!!

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            Jit

            This man is going Ga Ga.
            He cannot remember what he wrote a few minutes ago or a few lines above leave alone his ability to succinctly argue the issues.

            Those who knew him believed he was an intellectual giant among Tamils. This man cannot even remember any facts. Without any facts he dismisses anything and every thing that others consider right.

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          This is very correct.
          .
          Unfortunately, the srilankens in general focus more on the pvt life of anyone.
          :
          That is almost like their CULTURE.

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        Jit

        Please note contribution of closet racists is more damaging in the long term than racists who just use violence on a regular basis.

        Is there any easy test that could be applied to identify dishonest intellectuals?
        Racism and dishonesty among educated class are the main factors which have been destroying this country since 1948 resulted in the island begging from every country possible.

        How do you propose to liberate the people of this island from such dangerous dishonest intellectuals.

        We don’t want to use nimal fernando’s shoot the crooks method of salvaging the country.

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          “…..Is there any easy test that could be applied to identify dishonest intellectuals?….”
          Ha…haaaa…..NV, something like a lie detector?? A ‘Dishonesty meter’!!!

          I am sure even if there was one invented….the maximum numeric value displayed should be closer to a trillion, if it was ever to try our academics!!!

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            Jit, remember GMOA agent Padeniya invented a test to detect patriotism. unfortunately when he self applied it was found to lack sensitivity and reliability. I guess Laksiri can come up with alternate quantitative and qualitative analysis. MY FOOT. We are bankrupt not just financially but economically, intellectually, morally, spiritually, constitutionally ……

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          NV,
          .
          closet racists are the majority in our hell. They are everywhere in the country. Some dont know how racial they are. They are made to bear condescending mindset.

          Recent targeted killings of INNOCIENCT civilians and journos in Gaza trip caused me to compare with that killing of a MP (no matter who and which party he belonged to, but the manner he was killed was beyond all ethics, as if we treated the poisonous reptiles in our backyards) on the 9th May by so called BUDDHGAMA adherents.
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSYcGT3I6qQ
          :
          If that was otherway around, things should have worked much better for all of us as of today.

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            Poor young men had joined in a training on” care giver” organised in Badulla lately . These courses are carried out by the govt authorities enabling them foreign jobs. However these young me were not addressed by them in a polite language/ as I got it from them last week. Some of the participants are graduate level candidates. I wonder why our authorities behave so yet today? This they call is the culture in the country/ ?😎☹😶🤔🤥🐕

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    Laksiri Fernando –”It is for the first time, in Sri Lanka’s political history, that a government was directly involved in instigating political violence against peaceful protestors”
    ===============
    Did you just wake up from a coma?
    have you forgotten the 1958 peaceful satyagrha at Galle Face against the Sinhala only act?
    The successive Sinhala Govts was attacking Tamils all the times.
    Specially the Rajapaksas were attacking even peaceful gathering of remembrance of the loved ones who died in the 30year war.
    ====
    Its an irony that the Galle Face Green which was the site of the 1958 Satyagrha is now the site of the Gotta Go Gamma protest to kick out the Rajapaksas

    Its also an irony that the Galle Face Green which was the site of the 1958 Satyagrha also staged for the first time Mullivaikkal Remembrance instead of Sinhala War victory parade. This was inspired by young Sinhala activist and even invlaid soldiers who

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      …lost their limbs fighting Gotta’s war,

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    Laksiri,
    Please don’t waste anymore of your time and all others??!!
    There is a vacancy occurring right now, I am told in a high flying ambassadorial position!!””
    Are you willing to take it, which you have been always seeking after!
    You may have to translocate up north from your place 6-8 hours flying time!!??
    Don’t waste time, thinking where?!!
    You could spend some time with the ‘Kimono’ clad???!!
    Good opportunity, to promote SL!!

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      ‘There is a vacancy occurring right now, I am told in a high flying ambassadorial position!!’
      .
      Apparently, of all the long queues in the country, this is the longest.

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    Laksiri Fernando,
    You were once a Marxist before you became an apologist of Rajapakses became a pacifist surpassing even that of Mahatma Gandhi.

    Everything should happen non violently, peacefully in a respectable, gentlemanly proper manner.

    All that is well and good.

    It will be a field day for the corrupt crooks called politicians who have all the prospency to reappear under our liberal democratic system and continue with their good/ evil works. Your advice is to do it in the proper way within the constitution.

    Is it a feasible option?

    Marx Weber had said “Governments have the monopoly over violence-legitimate monopoly.”
    Marx Weber never was a Marxist, he had insightfully defined a modern state .
    On the contrary, Marx had said that revolution is not a picnic and that violence is the midwife of revolution. Who are we to believe?

    We are in the midst of a revolutionary situation and appealing to Gota’s good sense to go home has failed. He refuses o go voluntarily, peacefully. The non violence movement is in a impasse.

    All measures within the constitutional framework have failed. Violence of those engaged in a revolution is always defensive.

    Where do we stand today?

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      Was Laksiri F a Marxist?
      Can we have reference to any of his writings suggestive of his Marxist thinking?
      *
      “Marx had said that revolution is not a picnic”
      When did he? (I will like to add that to a blank page at the back of one of Marx’s works in my possession.)
      *
      There is an excellent gem mine for researchers like you in “https://www.vice.com/” to find fascinating quotes.
      Good Luck.

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        SJ,
        Thanks,
        Laksiri Fernando was an LSSPer in his student days. –at school in Moratuva and also at University of Ceylon Peradeniya and also while he was a lecturer of Political Science at the University.

        LSSP was a Marxist party and a member of fourth international.

        You will be surprised of What Mao had said on this subject.

        Let me quote,

        “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.”

        And I repeat, Marx had said revolution is not a picnic.

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          Mentally retarded child run around and create havoc. Hopeless we to cool the child, pain saying “Nature’s Fault”, But still even in the metal hospital, a civilized place for the ones revenged by nature, they keep it on restraint. You keep trying, that is undeniable. But if you are successful in shutting that torn off mouth, you are a god’s gift for CT.

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          “And I repeat, Marx had said revolution is not a picnic.”
          Kindly say when and where. (Or is it that you could not tell between Marx and Mao in your haste to name drop??)
          *
          If you still insist that it was Marx who said it, please help I need it badly for my blank pages.

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            “You were once a Marxist before you became an apologist of Rajapakses “
            What does this suggest?
            *
            It points to a past closely (if not immediately) preceding his loyalty for Rajapaksa, which cannot be much earlier than this century– not some school kid ‘Marxism’ or undergraduate fancy that you claim.
            Otherwise the reference is impertinent.
            *
            Do not wriggle too much, it is bad for your intellectual health.

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    “There may be deep seated reasons why people in the country are extremely violent. Some of the reasons may go to the educational system and the way students are taught in schools and universities.”

    Yes, this is the point I was making in another thread before terror supporters started spamming. The roots of violence are in narrow-minded thinking. One solution is multi-lingual education. Learning a second language like English allows the individual broader perspectives in all areas of life, not just increasing the chance of employment. Although this alone is not sufficient. One also needs to learn to think logically to filter out useless information and conspiracy theory. This is the problem of “too much information” (information overdrive) which few are talking about.

    “Violence appears to continue.”

    IMF assistance is contingent upon austerity. The government will print money, but spending will be limited. People will have to be more self-reliant to fight inflation, which will be high for a long time. Violence is not the answer.

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      Lester

      “People will have to be more self-reliant to fight inflation, … “

      Brilliant.
      Like Siri Mao and her merry men do you suggest the island produces
      All medicine,
      Food
      Fuel
      Aircrafts
      Ships
      Motor vehicles
      Computers, accessories, chips, ….. all softwares,
      From yarn to clothes to buttons, machines,
      Weapons
      Communication systems, mobile phone, …
      Surgical instruments,
      …..
      …..
      …..
      Poor Modi discusses about aid to Sri Lanka in the following documentary:
      PM Modi dedicates to the nation and lays foundation stone of development initiatives in Chennai
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE-TCO8brxE
      You will see telecast contains both languages.

      Watch and learn.

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      IMF recommendations are not new to SL or the like minded countries. Any country if want to recover for good, should work for austerity measures. Greece is going through their measures imposed by EU for such a long time now. It is believed that they have gone to them 16 times sofar.
      :
      However, it is also known that IMF prescriptions could not be fully fulfilled by SL govt except for 6 turns out of all 16.

      Safeguaring BASIC HUMAN rights would be a dream for SRILANKENS so long RAJAPAKSHES remain politically active in this country.

      Either Rajapkshes should be convicted for all high crimes they committed… or they should be put eternal exile. There are enough proofs them to be put in jails for their rest of life.
      :
      Vasidewa like drid pumpkins spread lies on IMP making them a darker devil than appeared to be. We must not rely on anything if Vasidewa OR the like LEFTIST-JOKERs anymore.

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    Jit is a very recent contributor to CT; I’ve been at it longer, and I live in Uva.
    .
    I’ve been following Laksiri’s articles for quite some time; I got to know him, through reading him and making comments, especially around the end of 2019. He has some sort of compulsion to voice opinions, but rarely has there been a man less consistent than Laksiri. He and his wife are in a home for the aged in Australia, and he must keep writing. He’s had a successful life; why can’t he rest on those laurels?
    .
    He has knowledge and experience, which he likes to exhibit; however, owing to his woeful lack of consistency on issues, I no longer take him seriously.
    .
    chiv is a delight; he always writes from his experience, and is always fair. I wish he would give us an actual article, from his gentle, Tamil perspective.

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      SM,
      .
      To be exact he is from Sidney/Australia.
      .
      It is very strange to see, why he supported our high criminals led govts again and again even if LF is reported to have worked on his PhD thesis on ” Human Rights”.

      What brings his knowledge and experience, if he or the like scholars stand by Rajapakshes (most known high criminals produced by our mother lanka) ? His is similar to a surgeon whose scalpel was used to stab his patients rather than using it in the surgery.
      .
      Might well be, his definition to HR is unique .. or what do you make of this ?

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        LM , he thinks very highly of the Australian system but somehow believes we Lankans deserve Rajapaksism, in short family kleptocracy ( a new school of political system after Maoism, Marxism, Capitalism, Socialism). Doctorate in HYPOCRISY, not HR.

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          Chiv/
          We should call a dissertation aiming at a research work based on srilanken so called intellectuals and their political slavery/ that will then reveal lot more for the future generations in shaping up their future. .
          .
          I think it is the mind set of them where they were raised/
          .
          Examples
          Former Prof GLP
          Former Prof Thattrala in current parliament.
          Former Prof Vitharaba
          Former Prof Rajeewava Wijesinghe
          Self Proclaimed Dr Jayathilaka
          Former Prof Nalina de Silva
          Former and current Fake Prof Jayasumana
          ..
          Please help me expanding this list / all these did lot more into the erosion of this country than their little contribution made to the upliftment of this nation 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃☹☹☹☹☹

          .

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            Good one LM! Well, I started writing the names of so called ‘academics’ with PhDs who have supported these many corrupt, rogue regimes and politicians but unfortunately the pen ran out of ink….!!!!
            So what I can comfortably declare is, yes, all those fellas are having that ‘permanent head damage’ syndrome as the acronym ‘correctly’ depicts!

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            LM , Lanka is a prime nation for such research study. Other wise how can most literate country get to this pathetic condition. ” Intellectual dishonesty and political slavery “.Remember the Oxford / Cambridge returnees from the time of our INdependence to now honorary doctorates in crime, corruption and murders. But the voters seems to have regressed from literste to illiterate, ignorant, stupid or retards.

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          Chiv, that is absolutely a ‘disease’ not only most Sri Lankan academics, but also many others domiciled in western egalitarian societies suffering from. I have openly questioned some of them “what do you think why it works so well here and not in SL?”. None of them could answer clearly (or didn’t want to) that the rights of individuals are highly protected in an egalitarian democracy while it is quite the opposite in a collectivist society like SL where individual supremacy is shunned down to herd or family needs. N.B: Human rights, individual rights etc are always ‘stated’ in the constitutions but we all know that they do not mean a thing or worth the paper they are written on!!

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          Chiv,
          .
          He is not alone, please check below my previous comment. I have added a list of like minded Prof. title wearers, but more or less they have much in common than I ever thought before.
          .
          You may add your men to the list as well.

          If they were born to the island, regardless of their race, religion or whatever other barriers, most of them, as Prof. Kovur added it in his analysis, a few decades ago.

          when punnakku are served, these so called interllectual giants become the one to grab the first chunks.
          :
          PLEASE CHECK IT AGAIN, DHAMMIKA PANIYA WAS DRUNK BY MBBS HOLDERs, ENGINEERS, UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS WHILE THEY THREW -PIRITH CHANTED WATER FILLED CLAY POTS TO RIVER BRANCH…… in the same time.
          :
          This has nothing to DO with ONE Family’s Kleptocracy, this was the same in early 80ties, going after PREMADASISM.
          .
          This people would never have the ablity to read them out of MYTHICAL FRAMES.
          .
          Anicca Vata Sankhara! අනිච්චා වත සංඛාරා!अनिच् वात सङ्खारा ! අනිච්චා වත සංඛාරා!

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    The moral education should take priority NOT ONLY in schools and Universities BUT ALSO in the TRAINING of our SECURITY Forces.
    The way they tortured raped and killed several innocent Tamils in SL with impunity shows the GREAT need to carefully select and train them in protecting the SL Citizens.
    The GF Aragalaya wants to see a National Government that DOES NOT have the current CORRUPT parliamentarians.

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    The GF protesters’ first and foremost is for NGR to resign from the post of President

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    Those who chose not to research before they type has to see whether civilisation has anything to do with their behaviour.

    Having a PhD does not make them another all knowing Mao.

    Here is the proof:
    I Propose To Revoke Doctorates From GR & MR
    By Laksiri Fernando –

    Excerpt:

    Vice Chancellor
    University of Colombo
    11 October 2015

    I wish to draw your attention to the conferring of honorary doctorates in 2009 to the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the University of Colombo. As you may know, I was the proposer of this motion at the Senate on the 29th of May 2009 which was carried unanimously and later approved by the Council of the University.
    The premise for that proposal was that both the President and the Secretary of Defence had rendered an immense service to the country by bringing an end to the nearly three decades of war that bled the country and even disrupted the university education. The citations for the event would speak for the more specific reasons. However, the subsequent events as well as what have transpired later as their immediate past actions have shown that both have exceeded their powers vested in them by the people.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/i-propose-to-revoke-doctorates-from-gr-mr/

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      Thanks god they srilanken press hardly prefixed whenever they put Rajapakshes on their articles/ that I think is should be commendable looking back..
      But ridiculously enough if u would archive the very same press did it with Mervin Silva again and again as ” acharya Marvin Silva/ this is a very good point to notice how srilanken main stream media to be blamed for the mess. .
      .
      My neighbors ‘ dog have saved his and others life x times / but german govt never award a Dr Title to the dog yet today 🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

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      Laksiri or the like could think twice before going to offer them the title if their conscience was healthy in that PIT. .
      .
      European profs of any field did so /no doubt they would have commit HARAKIRI on the following day itself.
      .
      Laksiri is not alone with the kind of being complicit, spineless GLP can bring u x number of examples, have these me the legitimacy to wear these titles further??????? Truth is even Juliampitiya amaraya as multi murderer can wear a prefix so long Rajapakshe made culture prevails in my natural beautiful home country. .
      .
      As full blood transfusion could heal a blood cancer patient, almost everything should be subjected to a palpable change in my home country/
      .
      After that only we should think of a Singapore or today s fast growing Ethiopia/ basta🐕🤥🤔😶☹😎🐃🐃🐃🐃

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      I apologize for saying ” you lived on welfare / public assistance without contributing.”. At the same time, firmly standby the rest I have said here”. Sorry again

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    Eveil Emperor Ranil’s main idea is buying another two years at UNHRC saying that he his using Mahinda Rowdy to rebuild the country to save the 22 millions from the killing hunger. Of cuase 2024 the relection and wither Hitler or one of the family member may come back. Talaiyaddi Bomaies TNA obligated to go Geneva and witness on behalf of The Evil Emperor.

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