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Resisting Rajapaksa Rule

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“….instead of looking for necessary and sufficient conditions of change we must train ourselves to be on the lookout for unusual historical developments, rare constellations of favourable events, narrow paths, partial advances that may conceivably be followed by others…. We must think of the possible rather than the probable”. – Albert Hirschman (New York Review of Books – 10.4.1986)

Had Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga removed Presidential term-limits, Mahinda Rajapaksa would not have become the President. If the Rajapaksa dynasty takes root, every non-Rajapaksa SLFP leader will be condemned to a life of servitude.

The prospect of such a life-sentence of servility, not just to Mahinda Rajapaksa but to a host of other, major and minor, Rajapaksas, would dismay most SLFP leaders. Their dread of Rajapaksa vengeance would prevent them from voicing their discontent, but beneath this public show of quiescence, discontent will bubble. Nurturing and deploying this silent resentment is a sine-qua-non for any successful project of resisting Rajapaksa rule.

The Siblings, when inveigling opposition members to defect, use cupidity as a key psychological-propellant. The opposition can use similar tactics to cause dismay and consternation in government ranks. A word-picture of an unending Rajapakse future, consisting of unquestioning obedience to every caprice of every Rajapaksa, in every possible sphere, should be drawn for the edification of SLFP seniors and potential Young Turks. Such tactics will not produce lightening results, but those seeds must be sown, if the SLFP is to be persuaded to rebel against the Rajapaksas, someday.

Familial Rule has a critical structural weakness; it is an edifice built on an extremely weak and severely circumscribed base. A patrimonial oligarchy serves the interests not of a large and a relatively varied community but of a small kinship-group. The stakeholder-base of such a rule is, by definition, numerically minute and non-representative. It is to make up for this ingrained – and potentially disastrous – weakness that political dynasty-builders manufacture primordial/ideological/psychological facades and buttresses.

The Rajapaksas have chosen ‘Sinhala-Buddhist maximalism’ as their strategic buttress and their primary façade. So long as a majority of the Sinhala-Buddhist majority believe that Rajapaksa rule is beneficial for them, Rajapaksa rule will survive. But if economic woes continue to exacerbate (as they will), Sinhala-Buddhist masses will gradually withdraw their consent for Rajapaksa Rule. In such a context, the Siblings will need enemies and threats to maintain their Sinhala-Buddhist support base. When necessary, these enemies/threats will be manufactured, even at the cost of pushing the country into a newer and a deadlier war – as is evident from the Rajapaksa-patronage of the BBS.

That is why there will never be real peace or genuine reconciliation inSri Lanka, under the Rajapaksas rule.

The Siblings use their twisted versions of patriotism and national sovereignty to make the Sinhala people believe that they will stand or fall with Rajapaksa Rule. Without debunking this false equation, resistance to Familial Rule will be futile.

The Rajapaksas are bad for Sri Lanka; they are bad for the minorities; but they are worse for the Sinhalese, worst for Sinhala-Buddhists. The Rajapaksas are as disastrous for the Sinhalese as Vellupillai Pirapaharan was for the Tamils and an Islamic-fundamentalist leader would be for the Muslims.

The Sinhala-Buddhist masses must be made to see this insalubrious reality. They must be made to understand that they will know neither safety nor wellbeing so long as the Rajapaksas rule. The nexus between high defence expenditure/megalomaniac projects and skyrocketing living costs must be explained; the manner in which the Siblings use national sovereignty to undermine the rights of the people and patriotism to suppress democratic dissent must be revealed. These exposes must happen primarily in Sinhala language and via popular media.

That is why the Siblings have accorded priority to the task of conditioning/controlling the Sinhala media, both print and electronic.

If this circle is not squared, the Rajapaksas will succeed in making the Sinhala South believe their diabolical lies about old Tamil enemies and new Muslim threats. If the old ethnic-overdetermination is replaced by a new ethno-religious overdetermination, resistance to Rajapaksa rule will fail.

Debunking Rajapaksa-Foundational Myths

Like other political dynasts, the Rajapaksas have created their own foundational myths. The attempt to draw a genealogical-link between the Rajapaksas and the Buddha via King Dutugemunu is just the comic-tip of a vast politico-ideological iceberg[i]. Far deadlier is the equation of Rajapaksa needs/desires with the national good, Rajapaksa interests with national interests and Rajapaksa security with national security.

That is how airports sans planes and seaports sans ships are justified, attacks on the judiciary/media explained and the use of the PTA against democratic opponents/critics defended. When lies and delusions do not suffice, repression will be stepped up, as is evident from the planned re-enactment of the Libel and Slander Act and the creation of a new elite anti-riot squad[ii].

Any viable opposition to the Rajapaksas must unite moderates of all ethnicities and religions and stripes into an alliance of moderates. A key use of the BBS and its anti-Muslim/minority propaganda is to make Sinhala-Buddhists fear such an alliance and to keep the Muslims out of it by blackmailing them with their lives, liberty and property. This, for instance, was the message sent by the arrest and release of Azath Salley.

Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims need each other to protect their basic human rights. The opposition, especially the JVP, must understand that in the current context, any downgrading of the 13th Amendment will only serve to enhance Rajapaksa power. If the 13th Amendment is killed, it will deal a lethal blow not just to minority rights but also to Lankan democracy, because the powers which are taken away from the provincial councils will be concentrated in Rajapaksa hands. Tamil parties too must understand that running to India is an exercise in futility[iii]; only a Southern-Northern-Eastern unity can save the 13th Amendment.

Lankan opposition is too weak to launch a successful frontal political-assault on the Rajapaksas. Nor is the time right for such an assault. Resisting the Rajapaksas cannot/mustn’t be reduced to ejecting the Rajapaksas, immediately. Before that indispensable goal is reached, and in order to reach that indispensable goal, every Rajapaksa injustice and excess must be opposed and thwarted. What is necessary and possible is a network of struggles, a series of single issue campaigns with clear short-term goals. These can be used to inflict innumerable political-wounds on the Rajapaksa edifice, de-legitimising, undermining and weakening it, step by step.

The issues can vary from prices to the kidney disease-epidemic, from the attack on the rugby-referee to the destruction of Mattala-wild life, from the repression of Tamils and attacks on Muslims to the eviction of Sinhala farmers/fishermen/poor. No issue should be too small, no injustice too irrelevant, no victim too unimportant, no method too insignificant[iv].

A series of minor victories can give the dispirited opposition a new lease of life and some badly-needed confidence.

Most of all, the Rajapaksa-juggernaut cannot be resisted unless the opposition discards ‘narcissism of small differences’ (Freud) and work together, when necessary.

Perhaps this process can begin by the UNP and the JVP cooperating with each other to make the protest on May 15th and the token strike on May 21st resounding successes.


[ii]“According to well-placed sources within the Police Department, a special police squad is currently being trained in specialized tactics, to deal with mass protests and riots”  -Ceylon today – 6.4.2013.

[iii] India could – or would not – save the North-Eastern merger; it has failed to deliver 13th Amendment plus.

[iv] It would have taken me several paragraphs to make the point so eloquently conveyed by this single photo: http://www.lunudehi.com/2013/05/mattala2015.html

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    Nothing going to change in the near future,Still there is a way to make Mahinda’s rule a better one , that is to make GR the next president.

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      Wait and see, it would develop in the days to come.

      I have the feeling the days of the top leadership to be vanished to the manner Gadaphis bunch faced it is not that far…

      Every day, what I get to see, is more of their ill practices rather than any improvement either in HR issues or others. But their media machinations are set to continue painting other pictures about them. Like getting more attention towards Mattala and other projects, but all these are red herrings.

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        Simple question that I raise is – can we get on with criminal minded ones if we are not into that ? Some believe president is not involving crimes that have been on the rise – like night car races of them. And the same people seem to confirm that president is not aware of any crime incidents but just his party men perpetrate them. … Alone the incident Duminda silva s crime records to treat as minor issues should have become a great issue party supporters to rethink.

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      Nitwits like you would surely apploud even Paba or Anarkali to be the next president.

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      god help us

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        OMG, Really, it looks god has helped, Can’t you see,

        This looks a self criticism by Tisaranee, & finally some Indisputable Facts ?? Home truth ??, yes

        “..Lankan opposition is too weak to launch a successful frontal political-assault on the Rajapaksas. Nor is the time right for such an assault”

        “..The Sinhala-Buddhist masses must be made to see this insalubrious reality..”
        “..So long as a majority of the Sinhala-Buddhist majority believe that Rajapaksa rule is beneficial for them, Rajapaksa rule will survive..”
        “….but those seeds must be sown, if the SLFP is to be persuaded to rebel against the Rajapaksas, someday..”
        ( Tisaranee, that some day would arrive in, say, in 20 years time, yes, believe me & ONLY when Sinhala Buddhists decide so, not any body, not US/UN/EU/India or lesser mortals like TNA/TGTE /Diaspora. etc. &
        Biggest problem is Sinhala Buddhists have no alternative, becaus if you look at UNP, it looks anti-sinhala buddhist/ anti-sri lankan, pro-west, linked to anti-lankan INGO Mafia, Backbone-less,etc, so masses fear giving power to UNP.)

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          John:
          What a brilliant analysis!
          Now I know why they call the males associated with the oldest profession in the world “Johns.”

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            Good reply Apochchi!…….and now I want to use a JOHN.

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      Stupid guys like you Newton are the downfall of Sri Lanka. Today we are a failed state because guys like you are fully engulfed in the lies of the regime. You do not know what democracy is, what rule of law is and what global economy is. Wait and see very soon SL will not have markets for its products. Have you forgotten what happened and happening to the garment industry with the EU rejecting the concessions they gave SL? Further it is only a matter of time some one from your family will be hooked under the PTA and taken into custody for exercising their democratic rights. Guys like you are the cause for SL to go down the toilet.

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    Tisaranee, this is all and good. But how do we get out of this rut? Why don’t you enlighten us with concrete proposals? What do you think of the abolition of the execitive presidency as a rallying point?

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      ‘Why don’t you enlighten us with concrete proposals?’

      Tisaranee says ‘Perhaps this process….’ in the last para.
      Thats the key point here. For country’s sake these two parties must temporarily keep their differences a side and join hands to fight this dictator for good. One can see that eople now criticising this regime openly, which is a very good sign.
      their days are numbered for sure.

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      1)I think we should get rid of this Executive Presidency and the White Elephant Parliament first before thinking of any developments in the country.

      2)No Ministers or ministries should be allocated to handle Money. Every project and development in every Ministry shyould be submitted to a Highly professional Board of Development Advisers.

      3)All Provincial councils should submit their annual Budgets including their Income and Expenditure, their Infrastructure developments, and all other services, agrictural and Industrial development needs etc, to this advisory board.

      4)This Advisory board should be the only body that should handle CASH IN THE COUNTRY. THERE SHOULD BE NO ONE CALLED FINANCE MINISTER, AND FINANCE MINISTRY SHOULD BE PLACED ON THIS HIGHLY EDUCATED PROFESSIONAL BOARD OF FINANCIAL EXPERTS.

      5) The advisory board should comprise with the best of best scholars in Finance professionals, analysts, auditors, business and marketing professionals, Civil engineers,University Professors, Lawyers,Foreign relation experts, Architects, doctors, biologists,Civil Engineers,Agricultural Experts etc, etc,….

      only this advisory board should be allowed to take decisions on every aspect of Economy with relating to development aspects including…..Industry, agriculture, all Services, transport sector and all other administrations in the country.

      6)Every project should be analysed by this special Board and feasibility studies should be carried out and authorised by them before Implementing, including Finance and Investments, calling for tenders, project evaluations and final payments etc,etc, all should be under this Special consulting board.

      7)This is the only way to develop our country and to safeguard it’s finances by the crook Alibabas.

      Development on a well planned program is the key.

      No more a fake Mattala, Wattala Airport development projects wasting our money, resources, nature and our future generation.

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    Ryt. Never change. untill People will change. So paksas group dominate in this country untill end of world. As well as they are amanded every rule for groups not for peoples.

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      Only way to defeat is by unity of different opposition parties, having a common abortive of defeating the corrupt regime, opposition parties coming to an agreement on common objectives, while there is room for differences in opinion on other policies, and the ability of the opposition parties and the minority communities to present a common list of candidates in elections agreed upon prior to the elections, certainly not after the elections, honesty and the ability to win the hearts and minds of the masses through anew constitution respect5ingthe rights of all citizens would make a huge difference.

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      Only way to defeat is by unity of different opposition parties , having a common objective of defeating the corrupt regime, opposition parties coming to an agreement on common objectives , while there is room for differences in opinion on other policies, and the ability of the opposition parties and the minority communities to present a common list of candidates in elections agreed upon prior to the elections, certainly not after the elections , honesty and the ability to win the hearts and minds of the masses through a new constitution respecting the rights of all citizens would make a huge difference. If there is unity, and if the opposition work on common grounds voters would join them.

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        If one or two major parties and some of the minority parties come to a consensus on common objectives and form a coalition to contest on a common list of candidates, there is no alternative other smaller parties would have to join the common list of candidates.

        Contesting alone as separate smaller parties would not help sending any of their candidates to the provincial councils or the parliament. Political survival of minority political parties depends entirely on their decision to join the major opposition.

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    We read the negatives always………….
    Is there any positive criticism?

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    enough is enough there is no point in just writing in these columns only get onto the streets and show your opposition. irrespective of any political party one may belong join up with whoever calls to demonstrate your opposition just to swell the numbers.this is the only way mr will take notice and take a step back.join the demonstration called for on the 15th of this month.

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    Tisaranee has laid out a very clear, if not dramatic, plan and everyone who is fed up with this bunch of criminals needs to pay attention to the steps she has laid out and FOLLOW THEM instead of running madly off in all directions!
    For starters that Wild Man of the Left, Bahu – needs to give his head a shake and stop playing silly games and unite with the rest of those opposed to this bunch. He can embark on his own schemes once the central issue of getting rid of the Rajapassas is dealt with.

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    Generally speaking Sri Lankans including myself, we lack courage to rise up as one nation. The people who did “JVP” had to resort to violence as they did not get the support of the masses. Just take an example of recent candlelight vigil on BBS and Rally for Unity, what was the turn around ? mere few hundreds and there was no participation from opposition, trade unions or student unions. I think this is because each of us think it’s somebody else problem as long as it is not effecting me.

    We always think someone else will do our work. I think getting the masses out on to street in large numbers is nearly impossible. If we don’t go to work we cant put food on the table. Short term loss of job/livelihood is more frighting than long term glory. As we all have commitments, family and a life style. We are not ready to take that mega step. This is mainly because we who live in cities, though we complain we are not overly effected by any of these events. Our lives goes on without much fuss.

    But I think the major reason why we don’t come out in open in numbers is we do not trust each other. Forget trusting person from a Sinhalese, Tamil or a Muslims community, I think we don’t even trust our own kind. We have so much mistrust between us we are not able to stand as one.

    In this context what we need is a leader, unfortunately there is no charismatic, straight and honest most of all a leader we can trust who can rally the masses (we have got rid of all of them).

    We do have couple of rallying points in hand but, in order to start a wave the whole country should be mobilized. this would come at a huge cost of life other practical option is to wait for the next election, but more importantly we have to search and identify that leader who will treat everyone equally, who has the vision to take us forward for this I believe we must shed race/religion based politics.

    I dream of a better Sri Lanka for all of us someday soon!

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    The world’s most governed country
    Does not the man on the street have a right to know who is running his country, or a land on which he was born which is more like it? The Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy, Champika Ranawaka, says criminals are running the economy and the Minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena, says the mafia is running the health sector as if this is not enough, and some extremist Buddhist monks have turned Buddhism into a radical religion have openly said they are racist.

    This is unprecedented, for even during the 17-year rule of the UNP from 1977 to 1994, such branding like criminals and mafia running the country was unheard of. Does anyone then need more proof, for as the saying goes, it has come from the horse’s mouth? Who then will take responsibility? Perhaps the two ministers Ranawaka and Sirisena, of what use will their utterances be, like playing to a whistling gallery, if they themselves who are in a position to act, cannot act. Surely, in Sri Lanka, one cannot expect them to resign, but no minister worth his salt should continue to remain in office with criminals and the mafia doing what ministers are supposed to do.

    Or, are we seeing the birth of a real Opposition now that the Opposition on paper has no role to play for whatever the reason? Apart from an occasional protest by the JVP, the Opposition at large cannot mobilize the masses or are simply pre-occupied with their hidden agendas. If Ranawaka and Sirisena are genuine in their intentions, the least they can do is to mobilize the masses who they claim they work for, and start a campaign to clean up the public services. Of what use will their utterances be other than a publicity stunt?

    Leave alone the seriousness of what Ministers Ranawaka and Sirisena have said, their remarks or declarations have only proved one thing – that Sri Lanka is a country everyone wants to govern and is probably the most governed country in the world. Take the case of a minister or a government VIP doing his rounds, racing from one place to another. His gun-toting escorts become the virtual owners of the highway. There is no such thing as a Highway Code for them. No need to stop at traffic lights, no need to stop at a pedestrian crossing and, no such thing as the right of way. In a nutshell, no decent man will mess with a gunman with a vocabulary that has the choicest of street slang. Very soon, there’ll be another group that will supervise people’s bedrooms or tell parents who their sons and daughters should marry.

    In a few weeks time, another event in the country, Vesak will be observed. Some say to celebrated with heavy metal and disco music at dansals, magnificent street decorations and lighting systems, plenty of wayside trade stalls and food. In other words, a carnival-like situation will prevail in the towns and cities while some Buddhist monks in contrast will exhort over their temple loudspeakers the virtues of the Enlightened One.

    We ourselves will be totally confused to listen to the lilywhite preaching of the temple monks while at the same time take note of the boisterous behaviour of some Buddhist monks who have entered public life not to sustain the Dhamma, Buddha’s teachings, but to promote a distorted version that calls for the subjugation of one unwilling race while imposing their culture and doctrine on them.

    Today, not only has Buddhism lost what was said to be its tolerant image, but its so-called keepers have today become the country’s most sacred cows for no one dares raise a finger to challenge them. One man already did so and is paying the price.

    We will spare a thought for the former spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama who called on Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Myanmar to halt attacks against Muslims. The Dalai Lama will no doubt be like the proverbial voice-in-the-wilderness and Sri Lanka would have by now brushed off his sentiments. The Dalai Lama himself was a victim of the people he is now trying to change. He was refused a visa when he wanted to visit the Dalada Maligawa, a place of sacred Buddhist worship in Kandy, at the behest of the Chinese Government. But at least, he has shown what Buddhism is about, and will continue to remind who speak of Buddhist identity but
    do not.

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    TG writes good write-ups, no doubt.
    It would be so interesting if Tisaranee and all other anti regime journalists come out with a collective suggestion how to unite the two main opposition parties to fight against this most weak leader ever came to power, otherwise he is been portared as a powerful king by the fake Buddhist patriots. This unification of UNP and JVP would be the only solid power to chase this regime away. If these two parties dont join as a untited force or united front then their leadership must be forced to do so by the professionals, TU, Jouralists and the public in the country. Once its done they can choose their own ways or even remain as coalation partners as long as their marrage lasts.

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    When does this woman going to finish quoting irrelevant passages from people we have never heard of?

    Is she following them may be because their skin is pale?

    Isn’t her own chest-beating not enough?

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      Quotesick:
      Just because you “have not heard of” the people Tisaranee quotes certainly does not mean that they have been important to the recent history of man. Anything but. It is STUPID, IGNORANT people like you who believe the Sinhalese are some kind of master race who have nothing to learn from ANYONE that are the problem. The Rajapaksas are only a symptom of that problem.

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    Harping on a Sinhala Spring is not foreseeable – the examples in the
    Muslim world were the effect after decades, which may also be the time
    frame for SL. Is a Democratic country to endure this stress?
    The alternative is to educate the majority voter. It can be by say the
    media unit of the UNP publishing a FREE weekly paper (UNP Businessmen
    can buy advt. space?) These should be freely available via “cells”
    in work places, Schools/Universities, Village Societies etc. The
    contents must include “quotes” from various published sources, specially the internet, even late information, which will all go to educate, in the vernacular, how the Voter is being Governed today. There is no dearth for Writers of facts.
    cc to Mangala S.

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      punchinilame:
      Yours is an excellent and practical solution except for one snag: the “movers and shakers” in the UNP are beholden to Mahinda for one reason or another and will do nothing to jeopardize their relationship with him. Check a recent issue of the Sunday Times(?) that detailed the near-nervous breakdowns that Malik Samarawickreme and Mangala Samaraweere suffered when there was a signal failure as MR called the latter on his birthday and the connection was lost in mid-sentence! They nearly croaked because they thought that MR would think that MS had deliberately “cut the line.” That single incident epitomised the “relationship” between the UNP hierarchy and MR and clearly indicates the kind of Veerayas in the UNP!
      Another picture that told a thousand words was the UNP rebels jollifying (with MR present) at Chamal Rajapaksa’s birthday party the evening of the first day of battle over the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake.
      I’m afraid you have to look elsewhere if you want opposition to the Rajapaksa gravy train!

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    OMG !, A self criticism by Tisaranee, ?? OMG !!, & finally some Indisputable Facts ?? Home truth ??

    “..Lankan opposition is too weak to launch a successful frontal political-assault on the Rajapaksas. Nor is the time right for such an assault”

    “..The Sinhala-Buddhist masses must be made to see this insalubrious reality..”
    “..So long as a majority of the Sinhala-Buddhist majority believe that Rajapaksa rule is beneficial for them, Rajapaksa rule will survive..”
    “….but those seeds must be sown, if the SLFP is to be persuaded to rebel against the Rajapaksas, someday..”
    ( Tisaranee, that some day would arrive in, say, in 20 years time, yes, believe me & ONLY when Sinhala Buddhists decide so, not any body, not US/UN/EU/India or lesser mortals like TNA/TGTE /Diaspora. etc.)

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    We have to keep speaking and writing against tyranny and injustice. It is the least we can do to uphold truth and justice. The key to demolishing the edifice of Rajapakse Totalirism is to question its validity and expose its hollow results. The edifice stands on an empty foundation of lies and deceit. Once the deceit is exposed people will stop believing all the false propoganda and lies being propogated by the Govt media machine.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    -Joseph Goebbels

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    I feel that more Sri Lankan men should adopt the national dress and reddish-brown strip of cloth around the neck. That way, Sri Lankans of all flavours and colours can develop a common identity.

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      Chee Chee Mao all over.
      Beware he would pass a decree that it is only for him and his family to don that costume.

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    The fact of matter is that MR won the war against LTTE and for that singhaelse are grateful But MR and his family has done more damage to economy in recent time: He built Air port, Sea port, Cricket ground and Express way to Hempaththota. What else you need? This is not real patriotism rather regionalism: to record his name in history book. But at what cast. At the cost of national economy. I wonder where do all our best economists and Academics live in Sri Lanka. Who would advise them to build an Air port in this part of Island/ Who would advise them to build a Sea port on this part of Island. Who would advise them to construct Express way to that part of Island: All part of Sri Lankan should developed in a gradual process but not in this way,. It would be argued that if Express way was build en-route to Jeffna it would be more profitable because a lot of people will use it to go to North, Central and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka it it would have created more jobs and more economic activities and more profits. If an Air port was opened in Jaffna it would have brought millions of Tamils from Europe and South India to boost Sri Lankan economy and it would have enrich Sri lanka in many ways like that of tourism and import and Export business from India and other parts of world. Now people of Sri Lanka had to pay interest alone in billions for this unwanted projects. It is estimated each and every Sri lanka got £ 2.400 on their head to pay back for all these unwanted projects. We all know what happened to Greek and Spain after when they had mega project on loan borrowed on high interests and they had to pay back loans and interest. Then counties become near bankruptcy. At least they had European union to help them and I wonder if China and India will come to help us in any financial difficulties like that. I do not say that mega development projects are not necessary but there are necessary but should be done in order of priority and it should aimed to make profits. It should be viable and sustainable. I think these should be done in some other part of Island where Sri Lanka could make profits. I thinks that these are some of political blunder of MR and family and what about other blunders. All the world knows that I do not need to tell you.

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    Another great analysis by Tisaranee.

    Read today’s headline news.
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2013/05/12/6000-passengers-at-mattala

    Mattala will be another Rajapakse Museum very soon. Last month Mattala electricity bill alone was 10 million rupees with a 6,000 “fake” passengers landing.

    Each passenger costs (10,000,000 divide by 6,000) 1,666 rupees to electricity board. How about the Salaries, logistics, maintenance costs, security, transport costs etc. in Mattala. How much they may be running into. The only foreign airline, Air Arabia stopped landing at Mattala.

    Mattala is the biggest ever White Elephant and the environmental disaster Rajapakses ever created in Sri Lanka’s history, currently running at 20 Million Rupees per day as operational costs with no returns and an electric fense been erected to safeguard from animal and human poachers.

    Already Sri Lankan and Mihin Air running at 50 Million rupees per day in losses. Buying 10 Brand new Aricraft at 2.5 Billion dollars, and last year’s losses at 164 million rupees.

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/sri-lanka-10-airbus-aircraft-073911919.html#D7wXmCH

    All govt.Corporations run at an unbelievable losses while absolute muts running all the Government Ministries and the President relying on his Astrologers advises on Economic development and projects.

    A total breakdown in the system and an economic collapse in sight.

    When it comes to survival, no amount of conspiracies, bullets or suppression could supress peoples uprising on economic issues.

    It’s time for opposition parties to wake up and stay away for some time from their Airconditiond VIP Parliament club and help and educate poor people to tell them the truth and help them to get on with their lives, Justice, liberty and freedom of speach.

    Sri Lanka Could be heading for a total economic collapse…………. A Rajapakse Gangnam style Hara Kiri.

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      Sorry…..Sri Lankan last year’s losses at 164 million… DOLLARS.

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      Why What about the 50 Rolls Royces at 35 million pound sterling each to be imported to the CHOGM?

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        Probably that was the deal that Cameron agreed to come.

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        50 @ 35 million pounds each! Who is going to use them after CHOGM? Another Mattala MRI Airport!

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          who is going to have the garage to service them- walkers mafia.

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        gamini correction its £350k each not million

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        All the CHOGM European and other delegates have travelled in Rolls Royces before. Therefore why Rajapakses want to get down Rolls Royces again for a CHOGM short ( 3 days) stay.

        Why don’t President promotes out native ‘Bakki Karatte” bullock cart for the CHOGM delegates to travel from their Hotels to the meeting venue which is more Native and exciting for them.

        They will be much delight and happy to travel in a “Bakki Karatte” bullock cart which is more economical,save valuable foreign exchange, environmental friendly and more native and a rare opportunity for them than a usual foreign made Rolls Royce.

        Just a thought Mr. President.

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    I see Tisaranee is getting more creative in her writing. A Pulitzer perhaps, one of these days. Or better yet, a Nobel Peace Prize. Few have taken the “fight” against the Rajapakses to the very depths of…Colombo Telegraph! While managing to remain anonymous the whole time. Indeed, if Santa Claus had a guest column, Tisaranee would outdo him. Sadly, despite her Colombo Telegraph renowned eloquence, the few “facts” in Tisaranee’s “gems” have been recycled so many times, that put to a different use, both the Ozone layer and global warming could be fixed simultaneously. :)

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    Ms T has become the Political Advisor to the JVP as well.

    There is a good possibility that the Grand coalition of Ms T may have four Ministers and three D Ministers also in the near furure,if the stories in local media about them out sourcing some their work to Underworld Honchos are correct.

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      Sumane,

      Does your Rajathuma think that he could get away by lying. Your Moth…r Fuc…….r Maharaja is the biggest Alibaba in Sri Lanka’s History. What happened to Tsunami Donations……What happened to VP and Tamil Refugees captured over half Ton Gold, Lorry loads of Foreign and local currency, their belongings, their property,their vehicles, furniture etc. Who Robbed them. Where are the graves of over 140,000 murdered dead bodies of Tamils rest.

      Who killid Prageeth, Lasantha, Kugan, and scores of Journalists, Human right activists, surrendered LTTE and Tamil refugees etc.
      Who killed Gen.Janaka Perera,Jayaraj Fernandopulle, Lakshman Kadirgamar and scores of others.

      Watch the following video.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsgObhGAIbg

      How is Mr.10% family doing. 10% to each member of the family. We have the list and we will produce in correct time and catch all the culprits..

      How you think you could getaway using your White Van goons, paid coolies and all the Media and fake Foreign conspiracy Baila Jokes.

      Don’t think you….Hambanthota Gas Gembas could fool all the people all the time while using white vans to murder the patriots.

      May be in your villege uneducated foolish coolies who vote for a piece of Kiribath and other Colombo Educated shi…t eating Pigs like GLP, Mohan Peiris like wandibattayas are been well bribed by the Medamulana Alibaba to talk good of him, but not the real intelligent patriots and writers like Tisaranee could ever be Bribed and fooled. When are you getting your next Medamulana BMW….for lifting your ar….e.

      Remember Your Maharajapaka’s Days are numbered.

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    I like your article it is 100% true well done you have understood the graveness of the rajapakse rule it is destruction of sri lanka by the rajapakse family.first it was praba now it is by the present dictator family finally it will be like in iraq egypt libya.

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