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‘Risk’ And ‘Fear’

By Vishwamithra

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Can I take that Risk? If I take it, what can happen to me, my family and my country? These are the nagging questions, the opposition wants the people to ask themselves about the National People’s Power (NPP) and its leadership. But would the people ask these questions and if the opposition is correct in their assumption, how would the people answer them? A totally new context is being created. A challenging circumstance is being forced on the AKD and his Party. As a matter of fact, the fundamental challenge of the NPP remains this very context. And its resolution to the NPP’s favor would be the one they are hoping for.

But the NPP cannot vacillate on this very critical issue. Any hesitancy or procrastination would be seen as conceding to the opposition and that alone would be the death-knell for its desire and wish for an electoral victory, either at Presidential or Parliamentary elections. Seen through the prism of the electorate, these questions are very valid and legitimate. Having launched a political movement in 1971 as a revolutionary party wedded to the Marxian principles and a violent overthrow of an incumbent government, then transforming itself into a mainstream political party committed to parliamentary democracy in 1978 and then again going back or being driven into political exile by the Jayewardene government in 1982, reemerging as a political tool of murder and chaos in the ’87 – ’89 period cannot be deleted from men’s memories so soon and so easily. But yet, on the side of the current NPP, what was in action and what caused all that chaos and mayhem was the old Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and its then leaders  Rohana Wijeweera, Saman Piyasiri Fernando (Keerti Wijayabahu), D M Ananda, Shantha Bandara and Upatissa Gamanayake and the lot.

Yet the current NPP, the successor to the old JVP has a handful to explain and whole lot of justification to do. Whether the masses would accept it or not, such explanation and justifications need to be addressed to the broad masses without any reservation, without any equivocation. The NPP owns the ears of the masses now. They do not need to be hiding behind any innuendos or slogans; its leadership seems to be the only set of politicians the people have decided to listen to. But when the political theater graduates from one of mass-information to one of real campaigning, the gear changes; its grueling adjustments and the uphill climb that the machine has to travel demand that the current leadership take the people into total trust and confidence; it shouldn’t be so difficult as it is to explain away the countless misdeeds of corruption and financial dishonesty the Wickremesinghes, Rajapaksas and the Premadasas have collectively committed.

This is where the mantle of real and honest leadership matters; this is where the people would be able to tell the adults from adolescent children. AKD, Sunil Handunheththi, Wijitha Herath, Bimal Ratnayake, Harini Amarasuriya, Wasantha Samarasinghe and Lal Kantha, either collectively or separately need to take ownership of the issues of the ’71 insurrection and the ’87 – ’89 mayhem. They need to do it before the issue is laid on top of the forthcoming political platform-speeches from the opposition. Take the challenge to the opponent. Make your perceived weakness your prolific strength. That is bold and daring political strategy.

Both Fear and Risk would be exploited to the hilt by the Premadasas, Wickremesinghes and the Rajapaksas for sure. Do not, do not wait until they raise it. Waiting would be playing the traditional game. It would be succumbing to the ways and manners that the status quo would grapple with a subject of this magnitude. Being silent would not drive away the significance or its impact, either positive or negative, on the voters’ mind. Risk (Avadanama) and Fear (Bhaya), two simple words, but used in an adventurous and politically strategic context and if allowed to be defined in terms of the opposition, might seal the deal for the SJB or the Wickremesinghe/Rajapaksa combine. That cannot be allowed to happen.

Prudent planning is planning for every conceivable possibility. Also anticipating what the opposition would undertake to do and then take cautionary and prophylactic measures to counter the anticipated action by the opposition. Idea is to be, not one step, but ten steps ahead of the adversary. Can the NPP do that and can they do that with absolutely one hundred percent success? That is why I have been writing in my earlier commentaries that there is no rest for the tired and weary. Your adversaries, SJB and UNP/SLPP combine can be vicious, nasty and utterly ruthless. You need not be nasty and vicious in your responses, but you need to be equally or more ruthless in your execution of your plans and strategies.

Ranil Wickremesinghe is not a good man. One cannot expect any political decency nor any loosening of his grip of his Executive powers. He belongs to that category of men and women whose vengeful mayhem could reach infinite capacities. Having been unsuccessful in garnering mass support at any and all of his past ventures at which mass support has been a crucial necessity, when all of a sudden gifted with the switch of political power at his fingertips, he could stretch his arms and legs whatever the direction they have to stretch in order to attain or retain his goal. Leave no advantage for him; any and all of the toolkit that is available for every politician should be foreclosed before they pounce upon them.

If Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa choose to brandish the Risk and Fear weapons against AKD and the NPP in the context of mass-trust, use the same weapons (tools) against them. The answer is simple and self-revealing. Can the masses take the Risk once more or not Fear once more the failed persona and the failed political parties. If Risk and Fear is applicable to the untested and untried NPP, how can the people Risk and not Fear the the perennial failures of seventy six years. Drive home the point relentlessly. Repeat, repeat and repeat many times the words of Risk (Avadanama)  and Fear (Bhaya) in their daily utterances. Its use cannot simply be overstated.

In an overall strategy of a Presidential Election campaign, what needs to be done does not necessarily exceed what should not be allowed to be done. Political gaffes and unforced errors committed by the second and third tier campaigners are as critical and of immeasurable value when enhanced and elongated to suit the party that is using such unforced errors and gaffe by one party. Nevertheless, there is no redemption from a committed error, forced or unforced, or a gaffe after they’re committed. They cannot be undone.

The NPP campaign has been in full gear for some time now; only they seem to be adequately organized to run a sustained election campaign, at least it seems so now. Yet, the apathy of the Wickremesinghes and Premadasas cannot be regarded as they are incapable of running a well-oiled and properly organized election campaign. In so far as election campaigns are concerned, running election campaigns on traditional contours is the pride of the UNP and the SLPP. However, in that sphere Sajith falls way behind the UNP. Yet when a binary choice is what has been offered before the people, when clear and unapologetic lines are drawn, the status quo still has an unquestionable advantage. The NPP and AKD and his cohorts would have to face many known and unknown challenges.

AKD has shown so far that he’s extremely capable of handling any and all contingencies. Yet what they have to realize is that election campaigns are not run on paper; nor are they capable of being run according to the planned and plotted fashion. Unpredictable factors would be many and   varied. But having a disciplined leadership and properly trained staff at all levels, political, administrative, advertising and ground-game, are indispensable for eventual success. Speeches on platform is only but one aspect of the campaign. Crowd attendance is necessary but it will not tell the whole tale.  The NPP and AKD have come so far but one day it should not be told: no further. How far and another mile or two would not hurt.

How far could AKD travel? how far could he reach in his endeavors? how high could he climb on the ladder of political success? Only the voters can answer those questions. In the same vein, the voter himself would have to travel with the NPP and arrive at the set destination. When the sun goes down in the distant horizon, when the infinite skies embrace the far away seas at the very horizon, all men and women absorb the spectacle with abundance of hope and aspirations; we as fellow travelers, cannot let AKD and the NPP travel alone; it’s a hazardous journey and a harder capacity would be required to come to a perceivable end. Let us lighten their burden; let’s get rid of the Fear and share the Risk. AKD and the NPP are worthy of it.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com                                              

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    … Yet the current NPP, the successor to the old JVP
    ??
    Writers of articles, – particularly, political columns, have to be wary of what they say, and, how they put it.
    When you say, ‘the successor to the old JVP’, it carries the meaning that JVP is extinct.
    That is totally wrong, and contextually incorrect and misleading.
    JVP is still the Body; NPP is the outfit for the occasion.

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      Dear Nathan,
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      I don’t know whether to give you a Green Thumbs Up😆, or a Red Thumbs down👎 for this comment of yours.
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      However, soon after submitting this comment I will give it a “Thumbs Up” because all that I want is to allow you to know, on your computer, that the comment has actually appeared.
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      After submitting (perhaps after this comment actually appears) I shall explain myself.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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      Nathan.
      The JVP is the Mobile Phone. NPP is the Network.

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      Nathan ,

      ” JVP is still the Body ; NPP is the outfit for the occasion . “
      Just like the UNP and SLPP for Ranil and the same for Mara Group ?
      Have you ever seen snakes skins ? They shed them off for new
      ones .

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    What we have may essentially be a problem of language – please correct me if I’m wrong!
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    This is something that AKD said soon after he was made the leader of the JVP – on “2014 මැයි 30” – the 30th May 2014:
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    The link that I have given is to a re-issue by the then BBC interviewer, Saroj Pathirana. I have, on previous occasions given the other YouTube link:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL1-RW6h7d4&t=12s
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    I’m not sure that I can find it now. Unfortunately, it is in Sinhala, and I have the feeling that users of Sinhala don’t usually raise this issue. Let us discuss all this properly, please.
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    However, AKD has never been recorded speaking either English or Tamil (there are plenty of places showing him getting his statements/speeches translated into Tamil). He is due to address a meeting in London on 15/06/2024. I’m sure that although he will be introduced in English, he will speak only in Sinhala.
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    I have been told, by Harshana Nanayakkara, that Anura understands English very well. His not speaking it is owing to an inhibition by Lankans about speaking English, unless one has a first language command. Perhaps, Harini Amarasuriya (or Harshana) ought to say it in English. And Saroja Paulraj could say it in Tamil.
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    A response is solicited.
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    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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      Dear Panini – it does not matter if AKD speaks engliah or not. What matters is what goes inside his head as a leader of a country.

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        Ruchira: “What matters is what goes inside his head as a leader of a country”.

        This time it is different. What matters is HOW he executes the Policies and Plans that would be placed before the country by the NPP and accepted by the people. It is good for him to get that into his head. If NOT?

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          Douglas- Yes I agree. Execution matters. Especially the wrong doers. :)

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      Dear S-M: What is so “ROYAL” in speaking in English? Does it mean, that a person cannot speak in English, he/she is not fit to be a leader?

      I think what is needed is to have an “Instant Translator” and connect the listeners via an ear-phone or some other device that could air the translation. This is done in Parliament.

      Make available to me a single speech by the Chinese President speaking in English.

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        Douglas Mahathmaya and all other rational thinkers,
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        We are another beggar nation whose status quo is bankrupt for a few more years. How do we pay for simulant translators? In addition, often, what the translators say is not 100% what the leaders interpret.
        For everyone’s note, I have listed the languages ​​spoken in the region (South Asia and Southeast Asia) below.

        Maldives – Mohamed Muizzu – Bilingual (own language, English)
        India – Shri Narendra Modi – Multilingual (own languages, English)
        Pakistan – Prime Minister – Shehbaz Sharif – Bilingual (Urdu, English)
        SRILANKA Premier – Ranil Wickramasinghe – Bilingual (Sinhala, English)
        Myanmar – Prime Minister -Min Aung Hlaing- Bilingual (own language, English)
        Nepal – Prime Minister – Pushpa Kamal Dahal – Bilingual (Nepali, English)
        Bangladesh – Sheikh Hasina – Multilingual (own languages, English)
        Indonesia – Joko Widodo – Bilingual (own language, English)
        Malaysia – Anwar Ibrahim – Bilingual (Own Language, English)

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          PART ONE
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          Please note
          that I’m trying to answer this question by “leelagemalli”, dated June 8, 2024 beginning thus, “Douglas Mahathmaya and all other rational thinkers”. The time is 13:44 (that is early afternoon). I notice that there is another comment, also dated 9/06/2024, by me. I think I made it a little past midnight.
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          Language is much more problematic than most people realise. We focus on a few exceptional cases, and then seek to generalise. This is what leelagemlli himself has given us:
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          Indonesia – Joko Widodo – Bilingual (own language, English)
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          In Indonesia, I believe that the first language is very close to Malay. Yes, I’ve checked that using Google Translate for the first 47 words of this very (TWO-PART) comment – translated first into Indonesian, and then into Malay. The languages are very different from European languages, but as a practical measure they are written using the alphabet that originated from Latin.
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          I’m sure that the two languages are mutually intelligible:
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          https://www.fluentu.com/blog/learn/mutually-intelligible-languages/#toc_4

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            Dear Readers,
            I often use the term “rational thinkers” because I find some to be completely irrational.
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            Please allow me to draw your attention to the language skills of the Indonesian President who addresses meetings in English.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G604qxWaNQ

            In contrast, AKD never addresses meetings in English or Tamil. –

            Too bad, his heroworshippers continue to brag about AKD’s prowess.

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              I hadn’t paid much attention to the sort of man that Widodo is, until I focussed on him quite a bit during the past two days.
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              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joko_Widodo
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              He’s clearly a nice man; hard working. No sign of him being flabby and lazy. Many thanks to “leelagemalli” for being instrumental in getting me to study him. The Wikipedia entry is long, but look at what it says, towards the top of the entry about developments on this day – I’m quoting the day from the Wikipedia entry: “22 April 2024” – he’s on the way out! As usual “leelagemalli” has not read carefully!!
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              As for Widodo’s English, “leelagemalli” has given this nine year old video:
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G604qxWaNQ
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              Widodo’s English is very poor! Don’t take my word for it! Read the listener comments!! There were 321 before I added a comment myself. Most comments in English, note the obvious unfamiliarity with English that Widodo displays!
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              Poor “lilagemalli” has ended up proving the very opposite of what he intended!
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              A lot more coming!
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              Panini Edirisinhe

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          PART TWO
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          This comment of mine can be read here in two minutes, but it has taken me more than 4 hours of think out and write.
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          My earnest appeal to CT readers is to read through this TWO PART COMMENT with the care that it deserves. I don’t think that “leelagemalli” himself will read it. I could, of course, email it to him; he says that he has blocked my emails. True or not?
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          I don’t know.
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          I’m doing it, very politely, and consscientiously, because “leelagemalli’s” intention here is to ridicule Anura Kumara Dissanayake,
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anura_Kumara_Dissanayake
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          a man whom I admire greatly, and who will probably soon be elected President of Sri Lanka, although he stated just yesterday that he will definitely be getting that position abolished as fast as possible. And he says that he will put the economy right.
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          He has not suggested a time-frame for either task; both are difficult.
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          Panini Edirisinhe

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            Sinhala_Man, what you say about AKD is very meaningful and promising for this nation which is bankrupt due to robbing of its finances and assets. Most other countries keep their finances and assets. It is clear that the system change we need is to abolish this presidency behind which the robbers hide, and other leaders wish only to move with kings like royalty but with no benefits for the people or the country. What gain was there for the country when Prince Charles visited here. If they decide on their own to come here it is a different matter. But the tamasha for leaders here is from the citizen’s money. Why do we need a president when the parliament is functioning with the PM only. AKD or any other aspirant should pursue this excellent trend of thought and wish you well.

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              Dear davidthegood,
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              I attach great significance to the positive views
              expressed here by you. I may not always agree with your interpretation of creation, but I know you to be both sincere and earnest!
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              Yes, earnest! That is important. What is disgusting is the indifference and lack of enthusiasm that some display. I hope that these words of yours inspire people to be more positive in their attitudes.
              .
              It’s 01:34; I’ve just finished listening to AKD in Tangalle. My parents had eight children (one died aged 4). We others are a contrasting lot. Anyway, the eldest, my sister next door, was born in Tangalle, where my father taught for 12 years. You’ve referred to King Charles III; he’s eight days younger than me.
              .
              Thanks, again, David.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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        Dear Douglas,
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        PART ONE of Many

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        It is looking ever more likely that AKD will quite easily be elected President if a fair Election is held.
        .

        leelagemalli”, owing to his childhood and adolescent experiences, hates the JVP for what they supposedly did, but cannot now find anything to throw at them, and has now started on Language because we have never heard AKD speak any language except Sinhala. I’m sure that AKD understands English quite well, having done a good deal of his studies in English, even if he answered his exam papers in Sinhala, a language quite different from European languages.
        .
        As for Tamil, although I don’t know know any Tamil, AKD seems to understand a good deal; let me deal with AKD’s Tamil later.
        .
        You may have noticed that I have not been writing all that much during the past few days. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and the writing also has been slow, because I see now that hatred-filled leelagemalli will have to be countered, at least until such time as he poses no threat to our people.

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          Readers,
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          “because I see now that hatred-filled leelagemalli will have to be countered, at least until such time as he poses no threat to our people..”

          I will say it again and again, it is not a vengeful mind filled with hate, but a normal behavior of the innocent victimized mentality. Unfortunately, heartless people would never read it in this life. … aiyooooooooo… !

          I think that if someone had killed and shot loved ones, he or she would not have behaved differently from me. It is normal for us as humans. Not only that, but even today their barbaric candidates like “Naleen Hevage” or “Lalkantha” have the audacity to hurt our wounds by provoking us more? What humanity do we have in front of us in a country that is “predominantly called a Buddhist country”?
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_JVP_insurgency_kill_list
          :
          And yesterday evening I was talking about my best friend Janaka Seneviratne and some other people in Pinnawala, how they were killed and their heads were on the gates of their houses. Some AKD apologist recently dared to hurt me that killing and torturing 2-3 of LM’s friends can’t be a big loss.
          .


          Tbc

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    One can cite many different metaphors to make the point ‘Wolf in sheep’s clothing’ / ‘ Hard edge of Bolshevik JVP activism robed in soft bourgeoisie NPP garments’/ etc. etc. But they all point to the troubling issue of the true relationship of the JVP to the NPP. When you strip away the facade of benign NPP respectability, who calls the shots in the NPP where the JVP is the dominant partner and the other groups more or less filling material ?? That is the critical question. To invent another metaphor the JVP sounds like the powerful old Russian LADA engine that drives the elegant Rolls Royce NPP body that is so appealing – if one can imagine such an automobile freak !! Take away the engine and what remains is the crude shell of an attractive body that you can sit in but goes nowhere ! Imagine a NPP without the 8 noisy driving cylinders of the JVP engine consisting of AKD, VH,SH,BR, LK, Dr NJ, NH, and WS – and the NPP looks paralytic and irrelevant notwithstanding the remaining 65 members of the 73 member NPP Executive Committee virtually all of them no doubt decent honest and educated folk some of whom I know and have a regard for personally. I suppose all this might still not matter much except for the horrendous past record of the JVP ( about which it is stubbornly and arrogantly unrepentant) and its unmistakable Marxist Leninist sympathies as reflected in its website which still carries the hammer and sickle insignia, the proud image of the monstrous Rohana Wijeweera, and even contains a mini headline titled ” Programme of the proletarian socialist revolution” in its homepage. Such is the JVP that drives the NPP.

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      Professor ANI Ekanayaka – what’s the alternative?

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        Ruchira, the alternative is to allow Major Fonseka a path to get into winning side as he is the only one I know who will jail our robbers and murderers so this nation can start progressing

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          davidthegood

          “the alternative is to allow Major Fonseka a path to get into winning side as ….. “

          Did you mean the lonely Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka?

          “….. I know who will jail our robbers and murderers so this nation can start progressing”.

          Remember he was an army man whose job was to kill and am sure he must have killed many by his own hand and later got many people killed by his orders.

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            Native Vedda, If SF gets elected, he can be an asset to the winning side if given the opportunity to get rid of the robbers of national wealth. We cannot get right in this nation by any other means except by stopping the robbers legally. Try other means and see.

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              DTG I’m surprised that a deeply religious person like you should support SF who was involved in the slaughter at the end of the war. There are rumours that he has joined some Born Again Christian cult. Is that why?

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                Paul, I do not know the total history of SF, but I know that he has said he will deal with the robbers legally. That seemed good enough for our nation to come back to some financial ability and security. At the moment every answer is that there is no money.

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                Paul

                “DTG I’m surprised that a deeply religious person like you should support SF who was involved in the slaughter at the end of the war.”

                It was said he was heavily involved in search and destroy (death squad) operations between 1987 and 1991.

                AKD would not question Sarath as he knows that he should not rock the boat. During later part of the military campaign many members of JVP joined the armed forces for their own safety.

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              davidthegood bad and/or ugly

              “If SF gets elected, he can be an asset to the winning side if given the opportunity to get rid of the robbers of national wealth.”

              On the eve of 2010 presidential elections Sarath Fonseka promised to drag certain people to Galle Face green.
              Do you know why?
              Had he won the elections like, Mullivaaikkal and Kelani Ganga, Galle Face too would have become well known around the world for different reason.

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          davidthegood- beg to differ. Fonseka is a thug in a uniform. Very dangerous. Look at the way he talks in the parliament. He is well known to have an abusive personality. Besides he himself isn’t clean to put other criminals in jail. He is very much part of the problem not the solution.

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      Thank you Professor AE,
      Unfortunately, many inside and outside of CT are silent about the JVP’s record of brutal atrocity crimes dating back to 89-92.Many are forced to admit that JVPrs were saint but UNPers killed the youth in late 80ties. Media stays as if they are born yesterday.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987%E2%80%931989_JVP_insurrection#:~:text=Organized%20into%20cells%20of%20multiple,general%20strikes)%20for%20two%20years.

      We should not be fools to forget all this as the families of the victims are still suffering from their torture. There was no formal investigation into the atrocities and all the ex-criminals including Tilvin, Lalkantha fearlessly came back to provoke innocent people.

      Also, although a few JVPrs got elected to parliament since then, it is clear to many of us that the JVPs have not improved their democratic lifestyle in the last 30 years.

      They were given enough time to prove their mettle, and all they did was stand strong against all investments and any progressive steps.

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      “Bolshevik JVP activism”
      This and the rest of the text is reminiscent of the McCarthy years.
      “monstrous Rohana Wijeweera” . Perhaps, but were the UNP leaders who mass murdered JVP suspects and ran torture camps saints? What about those who waged war on Tamils in the name of fighting terrorism and separatism?

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        “What about those who waged war on Tamils in the name of fighting terrorism and separatism?”

        Well, how do you fight terrorism and separatism, without resorting to guns and bullets? Invite the terrorists for tea and roti? As I recall, that was how TULF Amir went to the afterlife. Maybe CBK with her glass eye is the first unofficial cyborg…

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          Fighting LTTE cannot be a pretext for bombing hospitals and other public places.
          It is much like Israeli forces destroying Gaza to ‘fight the Hamas’.

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      Dear Professor Asoka Ekanayake,
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      About seven months ago, you and I exchanged comments on Colombo Telegraph, and I then emailed you. You replied graciously, although we disagreed on many issues. [edited out]

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      If JVP is voted into power …… you can’t blame the JVP. …….. It’s the unspeakable corruption of the “traditional” parties and their rotten to the core leaders who opened the door …….. and made it possible for them to come to power.

      Except for a very rare few ……politics anywhere in the world is deception: the side that deceives best wins.

      At this stage, the platter of deceptions the JVP offers the voters ……. is more believable than the rest’s.


      The Lada engine powering a Rolls analogy …… can be equally – or better – applied to the Rajapakse family driving the SLFP and later the Phottuwa.

      But political analysts’/commentators’ minds work differently when they “analyse” the “traditional” parties/leaders: for them anything goes. …….. But not for the JVP.

      The “behavioural” signs JVP has shown before obtaining power …… are miles better than the rest of the crooks’.

      It’s 5 months to midnight …… let’s wait and see …… for better or for worse that’s the fate awaiting us ……..

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        nimal fernando

        “If JVP is voted into power …… you can’t blame the JVP. …….. It’s the unspeakable corruption of the “traditional” parties and their rotten to the core leaders who opened the door”

        I wonder whether JVP once in power would let the poor voters to ask the questions listed below especially the last one:

        “What power have you got?”

        “Where did you get it from?”

        “In whose interests do you use it?”

        “To whom are you accountable?”

        “How do we get rid of you?”

        Late Tony Benn UK MP told the voters to raise these questions when they see/meet powerful people.

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          Hello Native,
          Tony Benn, Robin Cook and Dennis Skinner were about the only honest (Mostly) Politicians in the UK ever. George Galloway is too soft on Putin for my liking. Have a look at Cook’s Resignation speech over the Iraq War and how right he was, even though he underestimated the loss of life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dwKkl7Nydw
          Best regards

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            LankaScot

            “Tony Benn, Robin Cook and Dennis Skinner were about the only honest (Mostly) Politicians in the UK ever. “

            I understand Jeremy Corbin (known as White Saint) too is very honest. I am told Zeonists and Patels got rid of him from Labour party.

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              Hello Native,
              Yes Corbyn was stabbed in the back by Keir Starmer ( a known Zionist Supporter) because of his support for Palestinians. As for Priti Patel a right wing Thacherite and sacked for her unauthorised meetings with Israeli Government Officials. Of course the Zionist Lobby has many British Politicians in their pocket and may have conspired to get rid of Corbyn. She is also an inveterate bully – “has been beset by a raft of reports alleging she bullied and belittled officials at both the Home Office and DfID, where she reportedly openly described staff as “f**king useless” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/02/cabinet-office-to-investigate-priti-patel-bullying-claims
              Coming from a Gujarati background she may even be an RSS Hindutwa
              Best regards

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            I’ve got a lot to learn from you, LankaScot. I’ll be back later.
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            For now, what say you about Jeremy Corbyn?
            .
            This video is 52 minutes; there is a longish interview with him that starts at 13 minutes here.
            .
            And this has survived for thirteen days:
            .
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgsMJt8bEvg
            .
            It says “Watch before it is deleted”.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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              Hello SM,
              Yes I watched Corbyn’s video explaining his long-time support of the Palestinians. This is why he was hounded out of the Labour Party. There are many in the Labour Party (much more in the Conservative Party) that are beholden to the Zionist Lobby. These people conflate Anti-Zionism with Anti-Semitism. He is standing as an Independent in Islington. Tony Blair lived in Islington where New Labour was hatched. Here is a good Guardian Article https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/09/blair-corbyn-islington-north-london-labour
              Tony Blair and Gordon Brown thrashed out their famous deal at the Granita Restaurant in Islington after John Smith’s unexpected death in 1994.
              I was surprised at how many Senior Judges are of Jewish descent, when I was working at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Many are not Zionists and some have been involved in Human Rights for many years.
              I have been a Palestinian Supporter/Sympathiser since 1967.
              Best regards

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                LS
                Thanks.
                I hope that people read this informative comment.

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                Thanks, LankaScot.
                .
                Yes, I’m given to a certain amount of Corbymania myself!
                .
                As for Judaism, I’ve learnt to respect the faith of the more liberal sort from this man whom you may have heard me referring to as “my neighbour”.
                .
                https://independent.academia.edu/JacquesHuyghebaert
                .
                An amazing guy!
                .
                Will stop now, with thanks again to you.
                .
                Panini Edirisinhe

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              “I’ve got a lot to learn from you, LankaScot.”

              Starting from A, B, C, …………

              A for apple, B for Ball, C for cat ……..

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                Hello Nimal,
                I even have 26 Laminated Cards for teaching the Children here the English Alphabet. You can borrow them for a small fee😊.
                Best regards

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                  “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”


                  SM is slowly returning to his mental fetal position.

                  How he first discovered the alphabet.

                  A firing squad is being slowly assembled by a compatriot …….. in far off Deutschland ……. where else! :))))

                  Better a bullet ……. than gas.

                  Famous last words …….. Rather ghastly, old boy.

                  A toff anglophile to the bitter end.

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                    NimAl,
                    “A toff anglophile to the bitter end.”
                    No, a toff anglophile stuck in a 1920’s time-warp. A most unlikely JVP apostle😄

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                    Hello Nimal,
                    Still reading South American novels I see. 100 years of Solitude is a very surrealistic book. I take it that SM being a” toff anglophile” will understand the allusions? Do you think that Sri Lankans have an affinity for the brutal, murderous history of many South American Countries/Governments?
                    I don’t recognise your other allusions like “Famous last words …….. Rather ghastly, old boy”.
                    Your expression “SM is slowly returning to his mental fetal position” is a bit like Mary Queen of Scots “En ma Fin gît mon Commencement…” -“In my End is my Beginning…”
                    As one pundit said “And some meaning for us is always present in García Márquez ‘ narrative, no matter who reads or creates it. In this sense, everyone has a foreordained future.”
                    Best regards

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                      LS,

                      I’ve seen unspeakable human cruelty and brutality ……. and unbelievable acts of kindness among strangers. …….. At any given moment …… human nature has great uncertainty …….. sorta Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle ……. can’t pin it down

                      “Do you think that Sri Lankans have an affinity for the brutal, murderous history of many South American Countries/Governments?”

                      We have travelled extensively in Latin America ……. always private tours just for the 4 of us where we pick the local destinations to visit ……… and stay mostly in boutique hotels (not Hiltons et al) to be among the locals. Although first South America was one of the last places we thought of visiting now it’s one of our favourites.

                      Observing people in our travels all over the world ……. what I’ve come to realize is, there are 2 types of people ………. average/ordinary people ……….. and people who want to get somewhere in a hurry – pols, businessmen, money-managers, clergy, Forces/Army-top-brass, you-name-it (people who vie for top positions of any society)

                      I find the ordinary/average people to be just beautiful people all over the world (the jury is still out on Russia …… perhaps 50/50 :)) )

                      I feel the situation is no different in Lanka …… as you yourself would’ve found ……..

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        Nimal,
        I agree with you that JVP/NPP is a much better choice than any other candidates (Ranil, Sajith or any other Rajapaksa or SWRD family). Of Course, JVP, LTTE took arms against the families who controlled and misused the military power for their family benefits. They are our children and they have not robbed the public finance, they have not burnt libraries, they have not massacred and buried our children, brothers and sisters brutally. Even after Bankruptcy and Easter Bombing what evidence you need that the Ruling families are entitled to govern the country? Even now they are prepared to take any action against hundreds of criminals still in power?

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      What is the assurence they could give that they would not commit ” barbaric acts ” of 89-92 nature again? In fact Lalkantha and Nalin Hewage repeat with their rhetoric on oand on🙃

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        Barbaric acts was carried by both
        UNP and SLFP for the past 75 years and what guarantee they have given to people

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          Ajith and all the other liars@

          what matters is the percentages. I have no doubt, it was JVPrs who killed innocient youth in villages.
          Everyone in the south knows it well, Ajith. My family in Galle has reminded me how some of the heads of the murdered youths were hung on the gates/fences of their own houses. Unfortunately, that was not from Govt forces even if some of punishments were given by the govt forces.

          Besides, You didn’t live in the South, so anyone with some knowledge would not agree with you. Why don’t you read what Professor Ekanayake confirmed above?

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            Let the people to decide who is the best for the country and people. It looks that south is more towards NPP.For north east Tamils more damage was done by 75 year rule by both UNP and SLFP than JVP. If you look over all both rulers of the past should take responsibility and voluntarily give way for the change.

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              “It looks that south is more towards NPP”.
              .
              This is for sure 👌 until they go to cast the vote. Immediately they are about to tick the box, they ll come to sense.
              .
              It s because people IN GENERAL don’t respect barbaric acts.
              .
              That s why they couldn’t improve it also at previous ELECTIONS. Period
              .😃

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            By the way, “leelagemalli”, I wrote to Professor ANI Ekanayake three days ago. He hasn’t replied yet. I’ve told him about your complexes. Sorry; I would have greater respect for you if you observed the norms of civilised behaviour.
            .
            ANI has a reputation for being very honest. Also privileged, of course. I don’t grudge him that. I think that he has only one daughter; and this is her:
            .
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/twelve-piano-prisms-dr-tanya-ekanayakas-newest-solo-album-released-worldwide-by-naxos-records/
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe

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              THIS IS AGAIN UR MISINTERPRETION. Btw, Why should I be informed about ur 🤔 emailing to anyone????
              .
              “I’ve told him about your complexes. Sorry; I would have greater respect for you if you observed the norms of civilised behaviour.”.
              .
              Let others decide if my opinions based on my human losses in 1989 are just fictions. .
              .
              I really don’t expect 😕 many would respect the facts regarding JVP barbaric acts in 89-92 insurrection.
              .
              I wish I could read what MF and OC got to say on this.

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          “Barbaric acts was carried (out) by…
          and the LTTE.

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            Hello SJ,
            War is a brutal act. However there are International Laws that should be respected even in War. Way back in 1858 my 2nd Gt Grandfather arrived as part of the 93rd Regiment at Kanpur (Cawnpore) just after the massacre of men women and children. When they saw what Brigadier General Neill had ordered, their Commanding Officer Sir Colin Campbell immediately put a stop to it. Neill had ordered Indian Soldiers to lick the congealed blood from the floor where many British Civilians were killed. Many atrocities took place by both sides – https://tornosindia.com/the-revolt-of-kanpur/
            That was 166 years ago and we now have Humanitarian Laws against these War Crimes, but barbaric acts like these are still taking place with impunity – why?
            Best regards

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              LS
              Agree.
              But WMD have changed the rules of the game.
              Hiroshima was a turning point.

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      Prof. Ekanayaka

      You hit the nail on the head. JVP is not repentant of its murderous & destructive past & continues with their communist ideology, even venerating its murderous leader, as seen in their website. AKD being its leader, obviously, shares that vision. The NPP is supposed have been the result of the ‘Aragalaya’ with new thinking & a change from the old, so why include baggage with defunct communist ideology? Isn’t the JVP old guard too? Maybe the JVP provided the stepping stones for AKD’s political aspirations but if he is the new generation politician, & as leader of the modern ‘reformist’ NPP, why doesn’t he distance himself from a former violent & destructive party, which continues to reminisce the past?

      As a matter of principle, the JVP, as the people’s party, did not object to Parliamentary perks & privileges & benefitted as well. Now AKD promises to abolish all that, so, if I vote for AKD, am I taking a ‘risk’ of AKD not fulfilling his pledge? How will he do it?
      Cont.

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        Cont.
        A rational citizen will not be taken up by the rhetoric but will consider all the facts & ‘read between the lines’ to make the conclusion. The ‘risk’, if at all, will be a ‘calculated risk’ with the greater chance of making the correct decision but the ‘fear’ is that the average citizen will vote for an unknown devil hoping it will be an angel, & in this case, the NPP, as there is no other credible alternative. Didn’t the same happen last time?

        I have respect for AKD more than for RW & SP (the other contenders being insignificant) as a person but his political affiliations are not to my liking. Unlike, Vishwemitra’s appeal to NPP hierarchy, it is not up to any individual but a party policy statement that should clear any ambiguity. As for me, the communist JVP connection, trade unionists & a mishmash of groups, from women ‘liberators’ to political monks & a whole bunch of all sorts demanding representation, doesn’t give me any confidence. The risk factor can be overcome with rational thinking but the general fear remains because SL is going nowhere, only deeper in the shit hole but, maybe, not drown if we demand better politicians & accountability. Sadly, I don’t see NPP delivering.

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          Raj-UK: ” Sadly, I don’t see NPP delivering”.

          Be assured, that NPP will deliver.

          By the way, did you listen to yesterday’s “Debate” between AKD and Sajith P, which turned out to be a “Discussion” as Sajith P didn’t (absconded) attend?

          Very interesting. Please watch it and comment. Thank you.

          Another link for you. Google – Karrige Channel and watch his factual presentation of “83 Black July” ( 83 Kalu Juliya). It is in Sinhala.

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            Douglas

            Premadasa jnr wants to impress with his ‘sophistication’ & command of the English language, which his old man lacked but he is not fooling everybody. Nevertheless, he has inherited his old man’s gift of the gab & able to talk his way through in SInhala & English. It would have been interesting if SP & AKD went head on with the debate but a one sided ‘discussion’ is no better than the usual speeches we hear at political rallies.

            Last night I watched a BBC production of a political debate consisting of leaders or senior members of the 7 main political parties in UK. They answered questions from the public & the answers were fact checked immediately by a team of journalists. Tory trump card was that under Labour, the average household would be paying £2000 more on tax which the fact check team dismissed as unfounded. This is the sort of debate SL citizens should be offered. The details of each party objectives & strategy, sources of funding, etc. are all in their respective manifestos but in backward SL, political parties deflect important issues either by avoiding or with unsubstantiated political rhetoric
            Cont.

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              Cont.
              For me, the JVP connection is the Achilles Heel of the NPP. The Trade Unionists in SL have always been destructive as well, therefore, all indications by my understanding, is that the NPP is ‘socialist’, moderate at best to extremist at worse, either way, not my cup of tea. The 20 or so other groups in the coalition all point to a mish mash & all of them pulling together is wishful thinking. The old saying too many cooks comes to mind, that is if the JVP allows them representation. To me, the writing on the wall is clear but to many, after suffering under the regular mainstream parties, the new kid on the block seems to be the automatic choice, simply because there is no other viable option. Last time round, we voted for GR with big expectations & we don’t seem to have learnt, getting carried away with the rhetoric.

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                Hello Raj-UK,
                One of the problems here in Sri Lanka using a BBC type debate with 7 Politicians is that you would never be able to Fact Check all their lies😉.
                Best regards

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              Raj-UK: Yes. We too have such debates conducted by several TV channels. The only difference, those debates turn out to be “Dog Fights”. I am sure, you have missed those debates.

              I watch those because that is my FREE entertainment – Human Beings traveling back to Animal Stage. I would request you to watch at least one. Then you will see the difference – also you will notice our efforts to CHANGE that CULTURE.

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        Honestly, dear Raj-UK,
        .
        Are you actually such an imbecile as your repeated comments make you out to be?
        .
        Have you heard these fourteen (14) minutes on YouTube? Yes or No?
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL1-RW6h7d4&t=56s
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        Were you a Tamil with no knowledge whatever of Sinhala, I would have said that the initial mistake made by you in not ascertaining the facts, exculpated you to an extent. But you, and I, can, with relative ease, understand what had been said a whole year ago. What do you mean when you that the JVP has not “repented”? You’re writing in English; in the YouTube video you are listening to AKD speaking in Sinhala. You’d better compare the Sinhala apology with with your understanding of the conditions given by the the Jaffna bereaved.
        .
        I have given you the initial links to start your request-off; now the responsibility for following through rests with you.
        .
        How is it that you’re unable to respond?
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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      Professor ANI Fonseka: You said: ” I suppose all……except for the horrendous past record of the JVP…….”

      Not only you but very many, including the then Governing Leaders (1989,) want JVP to accept all the killings and apologize for those “Horrendous” killings.

      That is very “Professorial” advice and a well-designed RUSE to conveniently credit all the killings to JVP and come clean of their “Para-Military” outfits such as “PRA”; “BLACK CATS”; “YELLOW CATS” etc. that were engaged in mass murders. That is why, “Professors” have elected to IGNORE the statements made by the JVP recently viz. “We are sorry. We accept that some unwanted and irreparable damage was done during the past”. The “Professors” want JVP to say: “Yes. We accept ALL the murders that took place during 1989”. These are old-fashioned “RUSE” that will not work now.

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        “Professor ANI Fonseka:”
        Who is he?

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          I think it should be a typo error by our JVP propagandist, Douglas 😉

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    Apologising for past mistakes – in this case has to come from the heart. Its very clear that NPP’ers do not have the heart to do that. So it will fall in to deaf ears only, however much Vishwamithra or other apologists for JVP plead.

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      W
      True.
      Has the UNP apologized? Has any other ruling party?

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    How far could AKD travel? how far could he reach in his endeavors? how high could he climb on the ladder of political success?

    The country is certainly full of criminals, rascals, revengers and other types of criminals. The JVP and other trade unionists have continued to oppose any kind of agreement introduced to the nation by successive governments, however, they have crossed 100 in the last two years after the RW “Gotha government” threatened to take over.

    Future minister of economics, Sunil Handunetti (with zero experience in finance/economics in practical world) dared to publicly attack world’s ICON of Entrepenuers, Elon Musk lately…. what the bugger came down to do was connected to mislead the gallery as their former Colleague Wimal WEERAWANSE continued with such public rhetorics being a permament slave to Mafia boss.

    https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking-news/Hadunnetti-apologises-to-Elon-Musk/108-283892

    Tbc

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      cont.
      .
      RW’s bold and practical actions led to the normalcy of the country left behind by the Rajapaksa rascal brothers and their brutal politics.

      This is what louded to me by two german and french politicians lately. They compared it with that of Greece and its fall noticed 13 years ago.
      .
      He did them with the help of majority of evil politicians, elected by the evil majority. That’s the world wonder I see here.

      This is the truth and it is well accepted by world leaders in Europe, India, US and everywhere. But even today he is not sufficiently informed in the country.

      Although the numerous agreements, pacts, memorandums and others were favorable to the nation, all of them were treated as “red cloth to the bulls” by the JVP. JVPrs are their acts are the cancer to this beaten nation.

      tbc

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        cont.
        .
        Despite the fact that progress is unarguably clear, those who are trying their best to hold power and do their own politics are again spreading blatant lies to mislead them as usual.
        People are well aware of this vicious cycle but their stupidity allows them to fall for easy tricks…. that is the danger before them….. They are like guinea pigs in labs as of today.
        :
        When it comes to committing crimes, some of our people are pro- active and the majority are passive. This is why total social cleanliness should have been prioritized as soon as we were freed from a 30-decade civil war that set back 3 decades of various progress.

        In 2009, rich nations would have helped the elected government if they had asked. Now 15 years after the end of the war, we are still struggling to meet the basic needs of the island’s population of 23 million. How ashamed should we be????

        As a result, by July 2022, the country and the nation became a “bankrupt nation”.
        This is obvious to the JVPs, but they too are making efforts to hay while the sun rises. Rape victims are more vulnerable to any form of aggression. This should be clear to the media and Sri Lankan scholars. We must refrain from feeding the nation with untruths to bring us to another state of disaster.

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          LM ‘How far could AKD travel?’ probably as far as Bandarawela. Even if he is as sincere as Panini, its only a matter of time before he is ousted by Lal Kantha or some other faction within the party.

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      leelagemalli

      “How far could AKD travel?”

      Under natural born racist Somawansa Amarasinghe the JVP established party to party relation with Communist Party of China although Hindian RAW helped him to escape Sri Lankan Army death squad and DIG Premadasa Udugampola’s goons.

      In the case of AKD the JVP is trying to patch up with Hindians. Only recently JVP noticed our Giant neighbour and it’s potential for further growth.

      Now AKD has a difficult task to perform, balancing his relation between Hindia and China, basically he must learn to sit on the fence, …..

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        NV,
        .
        AKD (BSc in Physical Science) with no the slightest international practical experience.

        What he knows (his arguments) is more comparable to Wimal Weerawansa’s (a school dropout). Wimal Weerawansa manipualted Gallery under the leadership of Mahendra Rajapaksa. That is how people were brainwashed in favour of RAJAPAKSA-CRIMINAL-CHINTHANAYA. I see AKD doing something similar to Z-genzers.
        .
        From his recent foreign trips, he seems to have changed his personality quite a bit. Positive or negative ?
        Either he avoids answering certain questions today or he is used to pay a smile instead. However, more seriousness and lack of experience is noticeable in his person today than ever before. If a leader without experience becomes the leader of a developing country, he will end up to the same manner like monolingual Maithripala Sirisena.

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        “Only recently JVP noticed our Giant neighbour and it’s potential for further growth.”.
        .
        Since his return from India, he did nt utter a word against Hindia but yesterday. It was about the bill passed in the parliament ” Electricity Bill”.

        Not only that nowvonly they feel to continue with ” ongoing IMF recommendations ” in future NPP govt..
        .
        Who will support 🤔 NPP Internationally? .
        .
        N. KOREA, CHINA, CUBA, RUSSIA? 🫠😅

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    Successful Socialist countries that will give Lankans the burning zeal and desire to vote for NPP/JVP :

    Iceland, Armenia, Moldova, Croatia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, China, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Greenland.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/15-socialist-countries-succeeded-130731664.html

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      Hello Ramona,
      I have spent time in 7 of the countries in your list. What is your definition of “Socialist” and how do the above Countries in your list meet your definition?
      Best regards

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        LankaScot,

        My definition of Democratic Socialism (also the definition of the aforementioned Socialist countries):

        1. Cap the riches of individual ownership profits at $10-million ($10-million ÷ 300 for Sri Lanka).

        2. Flat tax on all drawing wages and salaries, and the profits on commercial enterprise.

        3. 5%-10% Tax collection to be put into the unavoidable global American enterprise to keep in touch with global capitalistic ventures, where Motherland might benefit a bit through the global innovative processes. Offshoring to become transparent

        4. Private ownership (nothing wrong with it), thus becomes a comfortable situation for all.

        ps. ok, some of these countries probably have a billionaire or two, but that is AFTER they first made it comfortable for their masses; didn’t work them on starvation diets to the bone…..and so the billionaires or two fulfills definition 3. The billions of these billionaires are probably not their own as they are the custodians of the national wealth and are subject to transparency and scrutiny.

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          Hello Ramona,
          Not a mention of Socialism in your definitions. Where is Nationalisation, State run Education, Health Services, Roads & Transport, Housing, Water, Electricity and Communication Infrastructure?
          Even Wikipedia give a simple explanation “Socialism is an economic system in which major industries are owned by the workers, rather than by private businesses. It is different from capitalism, where private actors, like business owners and shareholders, can own the means of production” – https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
          Best regards

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            LankaScot,

            You are just quoting encyclopedias. You have to extrapolate on them and give fresh outlooks.

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              Hello Ramona,
              That’s called Revisionism, now look it up if you don’t understand.
              Best regards

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                They are corollaries, LankaScot.

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      Ramona:
      “Successful Socialist countries that will give Lankans the burning zeal and desire to vote for NPP/JVP :….”

      None of the 15 countries you listed developed economically through socialism, which even in the article you linked to defines as “an economic theory that stresses the ownership of means of production by society instead of private individuals.”

      What you mistake for “socialism” is actually social welfare, which is a system that provides health care assistance, free education, unemployment benefits, etc.

      Some of the countries in your list, e.g., Sweden, became rich through Capitalism and the wealth so accumulated together with high rates of taxation has enabled them to be able to afford their generous social welfare systems. The other countries in your list became richer after they transitioned to a market economy from socialism and opened up to the outside world. In the case of China, the growth of the non-state sector has been the driving force in its development.

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        Leonard,

        Assistance, free education, unemployment benefits,…..these are all the result of ownership by means of production by society. Entrepreneurs in these intelligent countries gladly pay their taxes without accumulating their gains via hard work of the Masses. And these Entrepreneurs still remain rich…very rich indeed. This is a far cry from the accumulations of our Lankan billionaires class with offshore accounts accumulated from the hard work of the Masses, sanctioned by the Lankan government as its only investment scheme – highest risk venture.

        Yes, the 15 countries mentioned became rich through Capitalism – Socialized Capitalism, which is the true definition of Socialism. Motherland should follow suit.

        Market Economy you mention was always a Socialist policy, that morphed into Capitalism for the post British Colonial and American empires to hold the shots. Poorer countries did some morphing of their own to keep up, whilst staying true to to their natural Social values. All except our dumbo country Sri Lanka, eternally trying to have and prove the pre and post British and American look at the expense of the natural being of the Lankan masses.

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          Ramona:
          “Yes, the 15 countries mentioned became rich through Capitalism – Socialized Capitalism, which is the true definition of Socialism. Motherland should follow suit.”

          Countries such as Sweden, one of the countries on your list, became rich through Capitalism BEFORE they introduced social welfare systems, which you and others of your type mistake for socialism. I am referring to wealth accumulated by such nations in pre-twentieth century times, during their pre-colonial and colonial times. Social welfare systems were basically introduced in the 20th century.

          I think you need to educate yourself–in the present case on the basics of the political and economic history of various nations of the world–before you presume to comment. on things you have no clue about.

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            Leonard,
            _
            You need to be able to have lateral expansive thought on the theories you read about. Yes, one or two of those counties became rich on Capitalism. Once they accumulated the capital, they immediately Socialized for they realized they could produce better that way. Some Capital accumulators were sulky at first, but soon came back to when they realized looking after their workers was more fulfilling. The other counties looked on, learned, and followed suit. Nowadays, that kind of rabid Capitalism of the old century is no more. Only Sri Lanka is determinedly trying to convert to it, and through no power of Entrepreneurship, but by utilizing the hard work of the Masses through all kinds of devious tax-schemes, and placing the money of these suffering people on the global investment structure of the hard-work and ingenuity of other countries, trying desperately to make a quick from it (worked only temporarily to remove the petrol queues).

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              The other countries* looked on, learned, and followed suit.

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          Hello Ramona,
          The system that preceded capitalism in Europe was called Feudalism. By the time that Columbus discovered America (1492) Feudalism was on the decline in many Countries. The Black Death in the mid 1300s had decimated much of European populations and led to workers in Agriculture being paid wages and the beginnings of a Market Economy. By the 15th Century trade had expanded, my old City of Aberdeen has a Company called The Shore Porters Society founded in 1498. Even older is Aberdeen Harbour Board founded in 1136. The expansion of Ocean going Shipping led to more Trade and the beginnings of Colonialism. The Industrial Revolution of the late 16th and 17th Centuries accelerated the Capitalist domination in many parts of the World. Remember the East India Company was pretty much in charge of India and other South Asian Countries. After the Reformation people began to propose Socialist Philosophies like Marx and Engels, John Stuart Mill, Jeremy Bentham and may others. A large Working Class fought for better Living Standards and conditions of work forming Trade Unions. Only after this did Governments, under pressure, begin to enact Social Policies.
          Best regards

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            Hello Ramona,
            Sorry, I should have said “Reformation and Enlightenment” instead of just Reformation. The Reformation took place in the early 1500s and the Enlightenment in the late 17th and the 18th Centuries.
            Best regards

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            LankaScot,

            Capitalism only came about after the White man feudalized our places. It was on the decline but was roused up nicely in the colonies. From 1400’s onwards, the market economy (copied off the Arab during the crusades) could not sustain, and newer markets and products had to be discovered. Colonization of peaceful enlightened societies ensued. Then, after copying and assimilating all our philosophies, sciences, math, medicine……they started the industrial revolution. Thank God for the social philosophies they copied from the colonies east and west of them, for they implemented the ideas into the trade unions. But I give credit to the White man for making good use of what they copied and assimilated and taking it to the next level. Unfortunately, it also involves nukes.

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              “Capitalism only came about after the White man feudalized our places. “
              RTF, you really are full of riddles.

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              Hello Ramona,
              ” Then, after copying and assimilating all our philosophies, sciences, math, medicine……they started the industrial revolution”. Then why did you not have an Industrial Revolution of your own? What type of Economic System did you have before you were “feudalized” by the White man?
              Have you never heard of the Greek and Roman Civilisations with their multitude of Scientists, Doctors and Philosphers. The Iron Age began around 1700 BCE in Romania then Greece and spread to India later. The Yamnaya brought Horses, Wheels, Chariots, Iron and the Vedic Culture/Religion to North India around the same time. The Scots and Norwegians also have a high degree of Yamnaya DNA. This was brought by the expansion of the Corded Ware People and the Beaker Folk into North West Europe.
              Best regards

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                LankaScot.

                We did not need an industrial revolution. We lived in salubrious climes unlike the White man suffering in freezing temperatures and hence needing to stay warm, created the coal industry.

                Before the White man, we had a Social Democratic Monarchies. Our Indus Valley Civilization with its plethora of Doctors, Scientists, Philosophers, Mathematicians, Architects, Musicians, was about 2,000 years before the Greek and Romans.

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                  Ramona,
                  “with its plethora of Doctors, Scientists, Philosophers, Mathematicians, Architects, Musicians,”
                  Just to satisfy my curiosity, would you name one Sri Lankan , mathematician, Scientist, or musician from 2000 years ago?

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                    OC,

                    As I have commented in other articles, we Lankans are of the same gene pool as of the Indus Valley Civilization.

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                  Ramona is right. Just look at the architecture. Achieving the shape alone of something like Jetavanaramaya or Ruwanweli is an engineering feat (for people at that time). Sigiriya was built at a very high elevation, yet there is a swimming pool at the top. It shows advanced knowledge of hydrology. The fact that people were able to do farming alone (weva system) in the dry zone tells you something. For the benefit of LankaScot, many Sri Lankans who go abroad are also engineers or chemists or work in some IT capacitiy. The country is in its present state due to a combination of colonial exploitation, Tamil Tiger terrorism, and a brain drain. East Germany is still backwards, 79 years after WWII. It doesn’t mean Germans are lacking.

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                    Hello Lester,
                    I have been to the top of Sigiriya twice. I walked past the frescoes on the Mirror Wall and immediately thought of the Ajanta Cave Paintings in India https://library.si.edu/digital-library/book/paintingsbuddhi1grif
                    Sigariya was re-discovered by another North East of Scotland expat, Major Forbes of the 78th Highlanders in 1831. I have even dipped my hand in the Bathing Pool. There is no evidence of advanced hydrology there. However if you look at the Roman Valve systems from more than 500 years before Sigariya you will see modern looking pipe systems https://www.valvemagazine.com/articles/ancient-roman-valves
                    They even had Wooden Force Pumps “The concept is attributed to Ctesibius of Alexandria (ca. 270 B. C.)” https://books.openedition.org/pcjb/405?lang=en
                    I know of Sri Lankan Iron and Steel production that is possibly 2nd Century BCE. As with all Archeological excavations it is important to gather all the evidence and produce a comprehensive Report.
                    As for Ruwanweli Maha Seya – built by Dutugemunu – It stands 103m high and has a circumference of 290m. Impressive, so is this – at 146.6 metres, the Great Pyramid at Giza (2600 BC) was the world’s tallest human-made structure for more than 3,800 years. Also compare Roman Architecture from the same period as Dutugemunu
                    Best regards

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              Ramona,
              “Then, after copying and assimilating all our philosophies, sciences, math, medicine”
              Just to satisfy my curiosity, would you name one Sri Lankan , mathematician, Scientist, or musician from 2000 years ago?

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                OC,

                As I have commented in other articles, we Lankans are of the same gene pool as of the Indus Valley Civilization.

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    Apart from its failure to deal with its past, the JVP still has not addressed the ethnic issue in any proper manner or presented a coherent economic policy/ Its absence of experience in governance aside, these are the two pressing problems of the moment. The JVP had taken a stance of virtually eliminating both the Tamils of the North and the hill-country Tamils. What is their stance on this now? On the economic issue, it would appear that they would continue negotiations with the IMF though this does not sit well with their profession of socialist solutions. It is very clear that the IMF has certain definite prescriptions for economic crises. They do not sit well with any entity that professes socialism. The JVP is full of rhetoric. It attracts crowds. More substance shown in definite politicise on issues that matter is what is required. Mouthing the slogan of regime change simply is not good enough.

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      Cicero,

      All Socialist countries take out IMF loans, even Russia.

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        “..even Russia”. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia took loans from the IMF from 1992. Was it socialist? is it socialist?

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        Ramona,
        Russia hasn’t been a Socialist country in many years. Where have you been sleeping?

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          Cicero; OC

          Russia is a Socialist country (leaning towards Communism), and very much like China. Being large countries, some elements of Capitalism is dabbled in line parley with the undertakings of the Capitalistic world, which both places curb quickly if it gets out of hand.

          Both countries used the system of Communism/Socialism to build up the livelihoods of their suffering Masses before experimenting with the alternate the unavoidable Capitalistic system to look after their economic wellbeing. All is about looking after their Masses to the best of their ability.

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            dabbled in parley with*

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              Compare this to our silly Motherland: From glorious visions of Monte Carlo to Panama, from Dubai to Singapore, our megalomaniacal politicians from Jr’s time with the support of the business community, have worked the suffering Masses to the bone to have that look. Business community full of sorrow for the situation sits giving soirees and religious renewal programs and collect money for charity to dole to the suffering masses. What a smug feeling.

              When the crunch time comes about paying their due taxes, they will quickly vote for the side that will continue to keep their billions in offshore accounts. Look of power is what their will use to skew the minds of the Lankan Masses. That and rigged elections with a few billion rupees doled out to achieve the end.

              And now our Motherland is also bring sold, left right and center to mostly India, land-bridge and all, to achieve these sordid ends.

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                Ramona,

                “And now our Motherland is also bring sold, left right and center to mostly India, land-bridge and all, to achieve these sordid ends.”

                Don’t worry, we will kick out India, Ranil, and all the India supporters if there is a pressing need. Sri Lanka will not be flooded with low quality JASI’s (just another sh–).

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            Ramona,
            “Russia is a Socialist country (leaning towards Communism), “
            Whatever floats your boat. But you should get an encyclopedia published after 1991.😄

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              OC,

              It is common knowledge that Russia……Russia!, of all places stays true to her Marxist-Leninist Principles. Like China, temporary foray into Capitalism is to boost this up ; it was a hopeless endeavor trying to combat it.

              https://www.heritage.org/progressivism/commentary/putin-the-marxist-leninist

              https://www.newsweek.com/russias-putin-says-he-always-liked-communist-socialist-ideas-419289

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                Ramona,
                “It is common knowledge that Russia……Russia!, of all places stays true to her Marxist-Leninist Principles.”
                Did you actually read that article, and Putin’s references to the Bible?
                But, hey, if it makes you happy….

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                  Good thing he also referred to the Bible isn’t it, OC?

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                  Hello OC,
                  I read both articles, the first one was by an obviously right wing Author – Lee Edwards, Ph.D. “Founding Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation”.
                  The second one by Newsweek is more balanced “Putin said Lenin laid “a landmine” underneath Russia when he opposed Stalin’s idea that separate republics should only have a “broad autonomy” and insisted instead that they should have the right to opt-out of the union whenever they want to”.
                  Putin’s statement says it all about his attitude to the breakaway republics. He disagrees with Lenin on the right to opt out. That shows why he is in Ukraine.
                  Best regards

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                    Putin is a bad one. Anyway, Russia, whether it is capitalistic, socialist, communist, aristocratic, feudal, and so on, never knew how to look after her people.

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                Hello Ramona,
                Even Lenin didn’t stay true to his Marxist Leninist Principles. Look at his New Economic Policy of March 1921, which was a return to Capitalism. I don’t agree with the analysis here but it does document many of the events – https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/1851743/why-lenin-had-to-reintroduce-capitalism/
                Best regards

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                  Leonard,

                  Of course they had to return to Capitalism for a while. The aristocrats vanished from Russia with the wealth of the nation and invested in Swiss Banks and other 1st world money making enterprises leaving Russia with no capital at all.

                  Communism/Socialism was a new concept at that time. Capitalism was an age-old concept that morphed from the feudal system of aristocracy and became a democratic in the capitalistic age to spread out the wealth to a few plebeians. The structure was already there. Communism/Socialism on the other hand, being a new concept, needed some help. After a century, Socialism is well structured to give a good governing structure to poor and developing nations such as our Motherland.

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                    LankaScot* I mean.

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                    Hello Ramona,
                    Please take the time to read Adam Smith “The Wealth of Nations” (Scottish Economist) and if you have more time Karl Marx “Das Kapital” (Capital in English). Leelagemalli could probably translate from the original German. Capitalism is not an ideology, it is a system of production and exchange of commodities. The ideologies come from the conflict between those that own the means of production and those who produce the commodities.
                    Best regards

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                      LankaScot,

                      “Capitalism is not an ideology, it is a system of production and excha
                      nge of commodities.” Well, that is actually the definition of Socialism without the slavery tactic.

                      I’ve read some parts of Wealth of Nations and Das Kapital. All are concepts from the the countries Europeans colonized or tried to colonize as during the Crusades.

                      But I have to admit that the Scottish thinkers and inventors were a cut above the other White people…. Highly structured, well organized, duly religious, highly inventive, and of great mathematical skill.

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              OC:
              “But you [Ramona] should get an encyclopedia published after 1991.”

              We, for our part, need to keep an ample supply of sedatives and other medication to counteract health effects due to the exasperation and despair caused by interactions with Ramona’s comments.😊

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                Leonard,
                The only person who can tackle Ramona is DTG.

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                Yes Leonard, sedatives are good for people who find it difficult extrapolate their thoughts. Lateral and expansive thinking is something that is worthwhile developing. Some have it naturally of course….actually everybody has it, unless they get trapped by money they have invested in wrongful enterprise. Will pray for those who are sorrowfully caught up in the evils of Mammon 🙏

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    The Tamil Speaking SL citizens needs to vote to the least evil Sinhala Leader in the upcoming presidential election.
    This time around it HAS to be AKD of NPP and vote for the 🧭 Compass election symbol. Sajith P or RW can not be trusted by Tamils as well Singhalese as they REPRESENT status quo —-> allowing the “PARASITES” of the state to survive and THRIVE.
    NPP we hope will bring about the change that every sensible right thinking voter is demanding

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    If my vote helps elect a leader who will create a just and fair society where all Sri Lankans are equal and have equal opportunity, I will gladly cast it in favour of the NPP candidate. The others have failed miserably.

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    There is really no time to lose anymore. The old parasitic political system that everyone except the JVP practice or believe in, must be dismantled at the earliest opportunity. If there is no election due to the utterly corrupt and power-hungry greed of the old and decaying criminal cabal manipulating the system, the people must rise as one, and bring about the change that is in dire need. The Aragalaya of 2022 must be repeated with ten times its previous magnitude. No autocratic dictatorship will be able to withstand such an uprising.

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      Agreed but this has nothing to do with the JVP. Preserving democracy which the old cabal desecrated is a common duty of all citizens. But, there is more to be done. The ethnic and economic problems need to be solved.

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      LP, If there is no election, what you say needs to happen is the only answer to rid this nation which has been robbed and plundered with corruption and greed. Please get activated and lead.

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      “The old parasitic political system that everyone except the JVP practice or believe in,”
      Are we sure about it?
      We have not forgotten the games that the JVP played since 1994, I hope.

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    Srilanka has lost both its Made in Europe Politics and Made in India Buddhism .
    D S found UNP is no more and the SWRD SLFP no more . How is it different to
    Wijeweera JVP ?

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      ww
      The UNP and SLFP of its founders were choked by succeeding leaders.
      Can you seriously say that of the JVP?

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        S J ,

        J V P must explain why an N P P and why JVP itself leads it ?
        Sugar coated bitter pills ? Bitter pills ok if pills will do the job
        and side effects are clearly printed . In the case of UNP,, SLFP
        and their off shoots , same ingredients different Brands . So ,
        my conclusion , one direction , endless pit .

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          Everybody owes an explanation.
          The SLFP for the MEP in 1956 the UF in 1970 and all manner of alliances since 1989.
          The UNP for the ‘Hath Havula’ and all its alliances since 1994.
          Most alliances are led by the strongest partner.

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    LP,
    Ceylonese got their Independence on a plate, without any bloodshed. JVP & LTTE wanted a change in the system of GOVERNANCE but the Super powers made sure it failed. Both Discriminating on the basis of language race and Cheating the poor by taking big portion of the cake , should be despicable.
    Up country estate workers has had the WORST DEAL over 200 years. The revenue of the GoSL over the seven decades had been very badly distributed. Getting the public ADDICTED to free rice etc made the public lazy.
    Drug addiction promotion by people with political influence etc had detrimental effects especially in the North and East.
    We need the good uncorrupted non-racist Sri Lankans to get together and RUN the country—-> National Unity Government

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      Naman, National Unity Government is an excellent idea but can you ever imagine SL leaders getting together and very specially submitting to other leaders. Basic SL philosophy is “save your self by spelt means and then go into nothingness and that’s it.” In for a rude shock one day. I find that children who obey their parents are more trustworthy than the “I know it all” type.

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      “Independence on a plate, without any bloodshed.”
      N, it was a deal with the Brits. They could keep their military bases and most of their assets.
      Things changed only after 1956.

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    The only hope for the NPP is to join SJB and form a coalition. This would ease the voters’ minds and enable them to vote in droves to the coalition. After a full term of four years, at the next election, the NPP can contest alone. By then, people would have gained the confidence they are seeking in the to NPP as a party that can rule the country.

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      B1,
      I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve worked for your job and experienced what happens next in your team. How did you see them moving them forward? The same is more or less the case with a society or population.

      There must be a basis upon which some sort of consensus can be built. The JVPs, who are the most vocal of the JVP-NPP alliance, have proven themselves to be AGAINST for any pacts, agreements between countries, especially with the West.
      .
      How do you ever think things will improve when all doors are closed being given a chance to a facist ideology?

      Isn’t that what the JVP-NPP ideology is trying to achieve? Will it ever succeed? I think sometimes it’s because the majority of our people are dumber than they seem.

      Tbc

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        cont.
        .
        A leader or candidate who is able to harness both “evil forces” and “progressive forces” can make a tangible difference in a group, society or population.

        I think it is gradually happening in the country today in the POST-ARAGALAYA period. Reports will soon make clear how much they have achieved in the last 24 months, “preventing the country and the nation from falling even deeper.”.
        .
        . Like it or not, heterogeneity is the reality of every population. Their population distribution is unique from nation to nation.
        For the most part, South Asians are controlled by invisible forces such as “religious and cultural myths.”
        Considering all this, you will now understand that voters are not only NPP supporters, but also UNP, SLPP, CP, TNA, SLFP Moderators, UNP Moderators (SJB) etc.

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      B
      “The only hope for the NPP is to join SJB and form a coalition”
      You can be funny when you decide to be.

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        SJ, All these discussions will get this country nowhere if the national income for running the country is robbed. The priority issue is to stop the robbing. The citizen’s tragedy is the same whether there is no income or if the money is robbed. To effectively govern, must save income.

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          dtg
          I am having fun with most of the comments, including yours among other bigoted ones.
          I offer no answers to problems as nobody really wants any around here, as each has bags load of answers.

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    Comment being made at 15:59.
    .
    This rally:
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdsPnnRx7Vc

    has commenced just 24 minutes ago! Will we get AKD’s latest update on the situation in this country? The speakers are just climbing on to the platform! I have no time to listen to this now. Will do so later! I’m very hungry and I must get myself something to eat, and visit the Sunday Fair (ඉරිදා පොළ) to get myself some fruit. I will give some of it to my elder sister who lives next door!
    .
    This meeting is in Tangalle, and that is where my elder sister was born on the 5th of November 1942, and Rajan Hoole was born on 16 December 1948, exactly 178 years, to the day, after Beethoven , whose piano works the guy plays exquisitely, was born in Bonn! I can’t!
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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