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RW Summons Youth For Economic Marathon

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

At the recent Leo Day celebrations in Royal College, the most distinguished of its old boys, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, invited the youth of the country to join him in a 25-year marathon to transform Sri Lanka into a First World Nation. To honour that invitation, he announced the appointment of a young member for the oversight committees to look into solutions to the current crisis facing the nation. Having dismissed the aragalaya as a destructive element and determined to prevent its recurrence with the full force of state armoury, this overture to the youth is RW’s olive branch, but with a hidden message that there would not be any systemic change, the core demand of aragalaya. With this invitation to the youth and a similar one to the minorities for talks on the national question, RW has emerged as the guardian of a system that ruined this nation in the first place.    

But, thanks to the aragalaya men and women, who caught everyone by surprise and created a political tumult that led to a chain of events ending in today’s Wickremesinghe interregnum, the term systemic change has received wider currency in the debate over Sri Lanka’s past, present and future. Although the youngsters introduced that phrase, they did not explain what it meant to the public except to sloganize it into a couple of demands, “Gota Go Home” and “No 225”. The first had been materialized while the second is not. But the essence of systemic change has been diluted by the RW regime that it now stands to mean anything and everything that the regime undertakes in the name of an elusive peace, stability and prosperity.     

To put it simply, a system is a group of interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules and ideals to form a unified whole. Accordingly, Sri Lanka’s ruling system with its interrelated elements of political governance, economic management, cultural progress and social cohesion are all unified by one wholistic but contentious ideal: Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarianism. This ideal, born in the wake of independence after centuries of Christian rule, justifies its legitimacy on the basis of numerical strength and questionable historical and archaeological evidence. As a means to maintain and protect this ideal, democracy was drained of its substance, economy was hijacked to serve primarily the interests of an ethnic majority, cultural heterogeneity being endangered with homogenizing measures and social cohesion made conditional upon acceptance of Sinhala-Buddhist supremacy. Constitutions were designed accordingly, to uphold that ideal. In essence, the ideology of Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarianism provided the shape and content to the structure of governance, economy, culture and social cohesion. As a result, what came into being therefore was a system that was willing to legitimize even actions of illegality and immorality, so long as those actions were justified as undertaken in pursuance of the supreme ideal. It was this leverage that opened the doors for the progressive erosion of democracy, planned economic mismanagement, politically injected administrative inefficiency and the intentional abuse of judicial independence. Needless to say, the constitutions that were made, unmade and remade by successive regimes remained committed to uphold the ideal while providing ample room for powerholders to interpret the constitutions to justify all what they did and without being accountable to the people who elected them.              

This system is more than seven decades old. During that period the country had witnessed series of ethnic riots, two insurgencies, at least one pogrom and a civil war. In each these horrific episodes, state action whether in support of or against them was justified in the name of the ideal. The civil war that was fought and won with borrowed money provided the victors a social license for prodigality with public funds, which ultimately bankrupted the nation. The system included in its constituency, not only the government and its functionaries but also the private sector, the media, religious establishments, educational institutions, and, regrettably, even civil society organizations. 

It is this system with its overarching ideal that needs to be changed. Whether one calls it a radical reformation or revolution does not matter. The change has to be wholesale and not piecemeal. To bring about that change a new generation of leaders and a new constitution based on secular values are absolute imperatives. That was the demand and mission of the aragalaya youth. They were convinced that the 225 representatives currently seated in the parliament, all of whom are beneficiaries of the ruling system, are incapable of effecting that epochal transformation and hence their second slogan, “No 225”.       

RW has categorically denied that change and his intentions and actions so far demonstrate that he would continue with the prevailing system with some fine tuning. He does not want to abandon the group that put him on the throne, and his own political party, UNP, is now reported to be contemplating in coalescing with PPP to fight the next election. His post-budget overtures to the youth and minorities should therefore be viewed in the context of this agenda. 

The country needs a gender balanced transgenerational parliament to bring about a desperately needed systemic change. Such a change requires a new constitution based on secular democracy. It is one thing to accept the economic rationale for a tough budget in current circumstances. But it is totally a different thing to believe in the efficacy of the budget, given the system within which it is scheduled to operate. Even without the economic uncertainties arising from world outside, the aspirations and targets of the budget could be sabotaged by the very elements that supported its passage enthusiastically in the parliament. It would be RW’s political suicide if he were to control their operation.  

The aragalaya youth has a constructive role to play in promoting systemic change. Political parties like NPP that are vying for power should realize this fundamental truth. These youth are not seeking violence, and aragalaya did not start with violence. It was the stubbornness of a geriatric leadership refusing to listen to the youth and its readiness to destroy aragalaya’s popularity that turned things ugly at the end. RW, the man who benefited from this end, is now waving an olive branch to the youth to join his marathon but without conceding to their core demand. Draconian measures like the dreaded PTA are kept in reserve to force their cooperation. This is an awakened generation and its consent cannot be bought by piecemeal concessions and threats. With this crisis, the country needs a tabula rasa. It is high time that RW’s economic marathon be turned into a relay race instead and the baton transferred to a new generation of leaders.   

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Dr. Ameer Ali
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    1) “The aragalaya youth has a constructive role to play in promoting systemic change.” – Dr. Ameer Ali
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    2) I kindly urge that you use whatever expertise you may have to contribute to a meaningful DEBATE on whether REAL “systemic change” could be brought about by ‘Aragalaya’ or any other WITHOUT addressing the CORROSIVE link between politicians/professionals/private sector/media in FACILITATING corruption and abuse of power?
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    3) Why do you CONTINUE to AVOID this?
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    4) This corrosive link is best exemplified by the recent statement of business chambers led by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) to “call off mass protests” planned for 2 November. Believe it or not, the spokesman was Ernst & Young ‘Senior Partner and Head of Tax’ (Duminda Hulangamuwa) who is also Vice Chairman of CCC. How can an auditor be INDEPENDENT when coalescing with business chambers? Is this not a problem to you?
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    5) Do you believe a mere ‘REGIME CHANGE’ is the answer to the country’s socio-economic and political crisis?
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    Amrit Muttukumaru

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      Thank you, Dr Ameer Ali for yet another brilliant article, whose real meaning has to be thought about before responding to it.
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      I’m doing something paradoxical by responding almost immediately without giving the issues sufficient thought.
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      It strikes me that few would agree that Ranil Wickremasinghe is distinguished in any positive sense. And a Leo Club, honestly! Since these cubs are unable to learn anything meaningful, shouldn’t we say, “Disce aut Discede”.
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      Now “Depart”!
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      And Amrit, be confused no more! Let’s get ready for whole-sale systemic change, by electing new representatives for ourselves. We have to act intelligently; we’re entering uncharted seas. Never mind the mixing of metaphors. Yes, you’re right. the “REGIME CHANGE” has to be more than cosmetic.
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      Veddange Dese, GambadaIskoleMahattaya (NIC 483111444V)

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        I know I am opening myself to a torrent of invective, but
        I wonder why people with giant chips on their shoulders, keep trying to press-gang authors into joining their quixotic tilting at windmills? Surely they can submit more yawn-worthy CAPITALIZED articles to CT? Or has CT, like the evil Wijeya Group, banned them?

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          old codger
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          1) I am well aware that my PUBLIC INTEREST undertakings over the years particularly ‘Naming & Shaming’ has infuriated wrongdoers in high places. I have done so with RESPONSIBILITY to which wrongdoers have no RATIONAL answer other than unleash MERCENARIES in different forms for different rewards. This will not deter me.
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          2) What was the necessity for you to bring in Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL) other than as a subterfuge?
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          3) I am not going to fall for your DESPICABLE ploy of creating a DIVERSION from the issue at hand – urging Dr. Ameer Ali “to contribute to a meaningful DEBATE on whether REAL “systemic change” could be brought about by ‘Aragalaya’ or any other WITHOUT addressing the CORROSIVE link between politicians/professionals/private sector/media in FACILITATING corruption and abuse of power?”
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          4) Your reference to this as “tilting at windmills” is deplorable and must be CONDEMNED by all those seeking GENUINE ‘system change’.
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          (continued below)

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            old codger (continued)
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            5) You are FAWNINGLY deferential to your hero UNELECTED President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s maternal UNCLE Ranjit Wijewardene, the OWNER of the country’s DOMINANT print media company – WNL. I state with responsibility that WNL is CORRUPT. Have you not described Wickremesinghe who ONLY to you has NEVER done anything wrong as “Brilliant”?
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            6) After I EXPOSED egregious wrongdoing by the ‘Daily Mirror’ and ‘Sunday Times’, I was as you state “banned” by WNL from all their publications. Ranjit Wijewardene has not denied he is personally responsible for the “ban”. Worse than not publishing my articles is the DENIAL with IMPUNITY of my ‘Right of Reply’ entitlements.
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            7) WNL corruption includes (i) The FRAUDULENT ‘Daily Mirror’ claim that its almost full page article titled “Operation Shock and Awe: LTTE Style” (25 April 2003) was ‘Courtesy’ of the ‘London Times’. Its relatively unnoticeable ‘Clarification’ which referred to a mere “inadvertence” was belatedly published as a result of MY persistence (ii) The ‘Sunday Times’ while NOT publishing my article “Accountability for the Tsunami Billions” sent to its editor Sinha Ratnatunga, thought nothing of blatantly PLAGIARIZING my article in its ‘Editorial’ of 15 May 2005 titled ‘Tsunami effect’. The ‘Editorial’ was not only largely based on my article but it also included some IDENTICAL sentences from it.
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            (continued below)

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              old codger (continued)
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              8) Another example of WNL corruption is the REFUSAL of the ‘Sunday Times’ to give my ‘Right of Reply’ entitlement further to its mischievous MISREPORTING on 8 November 2015 of the ‘settlement’ of an alleged ‘Contempt of Court’ filed by then Rotary International President – K.R. Ravindran.
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              9) This must be viewed in the context of Ravindran’s maternal uncle (mother’s brother) Kumar Nadesan being at that time the Chairman of the WNL dominated Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) and ‘Sunday Times’ editor – Sinha Ratnatunga being Deputy Chairman of the PCCSL under Nadesan. Both of them continue in this position even now. Ranjit Wijewardene was inaugural PCCSL Chairman.
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              10) Only because you have maliciously questioned my MOTIVES, I am compelled to state that I was even RESPONSIBLE for bringing a UN ‘investigation’ team from New York to Sri Lanka (26-27 April 2005) to PROBE whether Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) has the INTEGRITY TO AUDIT or provide any other services to the UN to ensure transparency and accountability in the utilization of the massive TSUNAMI donor funds WORLDWIDE.
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              11) Finally, what can one say of an individual who spews venom under cover of anonymity and says –“Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.”
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              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
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              Amrit Muttukumaru

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                old codger (P.S.)
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                1) I thank you for your intervention since it gives me the opportunity to ‘spill the beans’ on the CORRUPTION in Wijeya Newspapers Limited (WNL) and Rotary International (RI) and the COLLABORATION between both entities.
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                2) I unequivocally DEBUNK the FICTION that I have defamed anyone let alone former RI President K.R. Ravindran. I unequivocally state that NO COURT has EVER found me guilty of defaming anyone or guilty of ‘contempt of court’.
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                3) The COURT recently THREW OUT Ravindran’s latest allegation of ‘Contempt of Court’ against me! The ‘Sunday Times’ has glaringly failed to report this.
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                4) The CONTEXT of all this is Ravindran’s maternal uncle (mother’s brother) Kumar Nadesan being the longstanding Chairman of the WNL dominated Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) and ‘Sunday Times’ editor – Sinha Ratnatunga being Deputy Chairman of PCCSL under Nadesan. Both of them continue in this position even now. Ranjit Wijewardene was inaugural PCCSL Chairman.
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                5) In PLAIN words, anyone having a COMPLAINT against the ‘Sunday Times’ has to complain to Ratnatunga about Ratnatunga! Hence, is it any surprise I am not given my ‘Right of Reply’ entitlement?
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                (continued below)

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                  old codger (P.S.)
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                  6) We have it on the AUTHORITY of late Mangala Samaraweera himself while being FINANCE MINISTER under which fell the Sri Lanka Customs that Sri Lanka’s TOP DEALERS in ILLICIT drugs are not those languishing in jail but some of those holding high posts in social service organizations such as some Presidents of Lions Clubs , Rotary Clubs and Buddhist organisations.
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                  7) Samaraweera stridently made this allegation at a press conference claiming “PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE”. His back-pedaling few days later: “Inadvertently, I also mentioned Rotarians and Lions Clubs, which I deeply regret.” does not hold up.
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                  8) Readers can LISTEN to his words in the link given below and decide for themselves whether there is any likelihood of any “inadvertence”? (3:27 onwards)
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                  https://youtu.be/5EYkM_tJYI0
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                  9) I am not going to fall for your DESPICABLE ploy of creating a DIVERSION from the issue at hand – urging Dr. Ameer Ali “to contribute to a meaningful DEBATE on whether REAL “systemic change” could be brought about by ‘Aragalaya’ or any other WITHOUT addressing the CORROSIVE link between politicians/professionals/private sector/media in FACILITATING corruption and abuse of power?”
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                  Amrit Muttukumaru

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                    Dear AM. Your persistence is highly commendable. I wonder you can remember the container in which customs discovered 300 kg of heroin. The Ministry of Bhudda Sasana asked the customs to release it without levying customs duties. After some of the weight loss due to evaporation it was handed over to the Government Analyst for a report which is still awaited.

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                    Mr.A.M,
                    Would you name one media that isn’t corrupt?
                    But, I feel your pain. You ought to take up knitting or some such interesting hobby to keep your mind off these things . But you haven’t mentioned the “Bond Scam” this time. That’s an improvement.

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                      OC,
                      Srilanka ‘s ebola virus is MAIN STREAM MEDIA.
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                      Bond scam was generated by MR-CRABRAL.- this was seconded by former President SORYSENA. TV SIRASA promoted it on the script given to them.

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                      OC & LM, If not for your Hero RW who engineered the Bond Scam by sponsoring Arjun Mahendran as CBSL governor within the first 100 days of the Yahaplana Government, the Rajapakshe rule would not have been able to raise its ugly head. You must throw away your tinted glasses. RW has no mandate from the electorate to continue holding on to the Presidency of SL. He simply saved the day for the recalcitrant President flouting the wishes of the 6.9 million who voted him to office.

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                    Dear Amrit,
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                    All your comments make valid points, and you’re a courageous man to have made them.
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                    However, this is an article about the political changes that are necessary. The problem is that each of us is convinced that our discipline is the most important. Rather like Thakeray’s poem about the blind men and the elephant.
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                    https://allpoetry.com/The-Blind-Man-And-The-Elephant
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                    Let me submit as it is given there! In the title it’s mysteriously become one elephant. Please correct mentally! Running out of time!
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                    So, the Mathematician and logician will want clear thinking, the agriculturist will insist on food production, various engineers will stress sustainable energy, etc.
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                    I’ve learnt a lot from you!

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            Mr.A.M,
            Did I mention your name in my post? But, if you feel the cap fits, you are free to wear it.

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        “We have to act intelligently”

        SM,

        That’s very funny coming from you! …….. Still waiting to see a single instance you act/acted intelligently. …….. It’s still not too late. ……… Better late than never!

        How about starting with an apology to Manel?

        Or even an explanation why you dragged her husband’s name into your “intelligent” ……… whatever?

        Set a blooming example first …… before you start preaching Bana to others.

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          Nimal,
          “How about starting with an apology to Manel?”
          “I, the undersigned, swear never again to mention scawns, iscawns, scones, Shakespeare, Thomians, Wagner, Beethoven, or write to CT at 3.46 A.M…”

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            OC,
            What is missing is NIC number.

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            old codger

            Dr Ali writes “RW Summons Youth For Economic Marathon”

            It appears Ranil is comfortable with old men who failed this country in recent years. He gathered R Sambandan, Champika, …… Gevindu …

            Shamindra Ferdinando reports that Gevindu Cumaratunga (Law Maker) referred to the “….. constant demand for devolution of powers and special status to the Northern and Eastern Provinces,…”

            I suspect Gevindu who in the past regularly gave Gota his proposals for a new constitution (every time he saw Gota at public functions he pulled sheets of papers from his pockets and piously handed them over to him) was very unhappy because of the presence of non Sinhala/Buddhist people, unhappy Ranil has invited them to this all party meeting.

            I admired his determination to prevent democratisation of this island.

            He should realise devolution of power within Sri Lanka is just like naughty boys are appointed being classroom monitors, prefects and head prefects. Had the state and Sinhala/Buddhist leadership chose the path of development of Federal Structures this island could have avoided all forms of destruction, foregone development, ….. It also would have prevented Indian intervention. People like him should be named and shamed made to take responsibility for what had happened since 1948.

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              Native,

              “Gevindu Cumaratunga”

              What’s your beef with the guy? …….. Never heard of him.

              We should concentrate on things we have even a remote chance of achieving.


              “Youth For Economic Marathon”

              What about the real Marathon? ………. Women’s track team.

              All they need is Native at the starting line ……… and OC at the finishing line.

              Women run away from Native ……… women run towards OC. …….. As fast as they can.


              “we can still take our shirts off in public, without causing people to run away” —- That requires a team vote. :))

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                Nihal,
                Gevindu Cumaratunga , MP, is the grandson of Munidasa C, who was a prime mover in the Hela movement.He has predictably loud majoritarian opinions, and is currently shacked up with the likes of Weerawansa, Jayasumana, and Weerasekara.

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                  old codger

                  Even his granddad’s Hela movement was dead on arrival. He couldn’t sell it to the urban elites. If he saw the extent of Sinhala being Sanskritised, he would definitely turn in his grave.

                  If you happen to see him please check his pockets, you will find various versions of draft constitution, probably in Hela language and letters.

                  How does Dinesh stomach all what is happening within and without the Parliament? Is Nimal friends with Dinesh?

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                nimal fernando

                “Women run away from Native ……… women run towards OC. …….. As fast as they can.”

                Thanks for telling truth.
                What about Sinhala_Man he will be offended if you don’t connect him to women?

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    “RW Summons Youth For Economic Marathon”

    Youth — Where are the girls?

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      Bring Ramona!

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        “The country needs a gender balanced transgenerational parliament to bring about a desperately needed systemic change. Such a change requires a new constitution based on secular democracy.”
        Those are fightin’ words, Dr. Ali!
        OK, let’s see if even the “Aragalaya youth” can set up a political party that openly promises to abolish the supremacy of Buddhism, abolishes ethnic-based parties, introduces purely merit based recruitment to state employment and education , and abolishes polygamy and other laws for Muslims.
        I will vote for such a party, but I think a civil war within the Aragalaya is more likely.

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          Dear OC,
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          Beloved OC, correct me if I am wrong.
          First of all, we need to see where we went wrong. It is a big deal for the common people as their eyes and ears are permanently polluted by television programs every evening.
          Television is the primary source of information for people today. By and large people do not care much before criticizing anything or better yet they are deaf and blind.
          Now the time passed and our elders were then longing and waiting for the newspaper delivery man to come to our parents houses. Reading is secondary to Sri Lankans today.

          tbc

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            cont.
            Middle class families and whole lot of Sri Lankans (majority of voters for the so-called elections) are sitting in front of television channels every evening, while their wives and children are forced to sit behind and waste time.
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            . So how can the common people keep a space in their heads to see the danger falling into the abyss? At other times they sit and prostrate themselves in front of low levels such as the “sermons of Buddhagama monks and chanting of Pirith”.
            As citizens everyone should be ready to see it again and ready to contribute their little what they can. Only then can morality be built for the enormous task before our nation.

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          OC
          Rip Van Winkle is writing fairy tales about Aragalaya.
          The Aragalaya that he is talking about vanished into thin air the day RW got tough.
          There is another Aragalaya or a few growing out of its roots.
          RVW has to wake up to it.
          I doubt if there will be a civil war within that Aragalaya which may have a purpose that you may not approve of, and I have an open mind about.

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      Taboo!!??

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    “Accordingly, Sri Lanka’s ruling system … are all unified by one wholistic (sic) but contentious ideal: Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarianism. This ideal, born in the wake of independence after centuries of Christian rule, justifies its legitimacy on the basis of numerical strength and questionable historical and archaeological evidence.”
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    Buddhism remained very much intact despite some wilful material damage by the Portuguese. The Portuguese had their way by getting round the rulers. The kingdom of Kandy was preserved until early 19th Century. Conversion to Roman Catholicism was most among the west coast and perhaps mostly Tamils, of whom a good many changed their linguistic identity early last century.
    The Dutch tormented the Roman Catholics more than they did any other religion.
    Buddhist awareness surged under the British, under whom a threat to Buddhism seemed real.
    A whole new non-Buddhist elite emerged who owned property and had disproportionate access to prestigious positions in the colonial administration.
    Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarianism I will say began with the “Buddhist awakening” in late 19th Century. Even foreigners like Olcott played a big role.
    The Sinhala Buddhist-Muslim conflict had to wait until 1915.
    *
    I think that the author will seriously read history before seeking to oversimplify it.

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      I HOPE that the author will seriously read history…

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    The fact is that majoriarian Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism is very dangerous and it is the prime factor contributed to the current status of bankgruptcy and the collapse of the rule of law in Sri Lanka. We have to thankful to Aragalaya for initiating the awareness of system change and to prove that people can use their power to make changes to the system. However, it is impossible for Aragalaya to bring the system change to the administration without the participation of the people who can bring changes.

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    National debt of Sri Lanka 2022
    Published by
    Aaron O’Neill
    , Dec 2, 2022
    The national debt of Sri Lanka increased significantly by 35.9 billion U.S. dollars (+70.75 percent) in 2022 in comparison to the previous year. Therefore, the national debt in Sri Lanka reached a peak in 2022 with 86.61 billion U.S. dollars. Notably, the national debt continuously increased over the last years.

    The indicator describes the general government gross debt which consists of all liabilities that require payment or payments of interest and/or principal by the debtor to the creditor at a date or dates in the future.
    Find more key insights for the national debt in countries like Bhutan, India and Afghanistan.

    Read more
    Sri Lanka: National debt from 2012 to 2022
    (in billion U.S. dollars)

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    Release date
    October 2022
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    Sri Lanka
    Survey time period
    2012 to 2021
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    * Estimate.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/531949/national-debt-of-sri-lanka/#statisticContainer

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      “the national debt in Sri Lanka reached a peak in 2022 with 86.61 billion U.S. dollars”

      We are well and truly done ………. even Mahinda Rajapakse cannot help …….. his 18 billion is a mere pittance.

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        nimal fernando

        “We are well and truly done ………. even Mahinda Rajapakse cannot help …….. his 18 billion is a mere pittance.”

        So tell us what should we do to get back on our feet?
        By the way when did you become SJ’s understudy?
        You don’t need a Guruwarayo.

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    Keeping the system without change as promised to the robber family and then false invitation to the youth for planned change is a contradiction of an insecure and deranged mind having no known purpose. These youth are not fools to be misled by politicians. This is a new age with a countrywide successful aragalaya

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      davidthegood

      “These youth are not fools to be misled by politicians.”

      How did the politicians, their cronies, state functionaries manage since 1948?
      Aragalaya has a lot to learn, understand the fundamental issues, including the structure of the country, …. haven’t worked out what is the idea of Sri Lanka.
      Mere Sloganeering does not help.
      FSA is trying its best to hijack the first wave of youth moment which appears to support the idea of democracy, restoring it and bring accountability and transparency.

      Come next elections as usual the same youth will line up behind the old corrupt politicians and saffron supporters.

      They still believe this is not only a Sinhala/Buddhist country but also tyranny of the majority should be tolerated.

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    All the past 74 years since independence the same politicians from the majority community had played the role of cheating their voters and remaining in power and failed the country to be identified as one of the 10 most feminine countries. Their present drama of Mahinda’s party and other break-away groups jointly electing Ranil to be the President of the Country is the worst that happened in the world. Unless all these 225 are eliminated and new blood of youngsters is elected to power nothing would change.

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    RW Summons Youth for Economic Marathon
    Aragalaya made Ranil to be president without people vote Ranil proved that without people vote you can be president. And now without saying Aragalaya he changed the word to youth and requesting promoting systemic change RW Summons Youth for Economic Marathon for him to reflect or look like I am a smart president Every expert was once a beginner. Ranil with his expert he is till a beginner the transparency is not cleared IMF is which could be approved for disbursal is still extended besides urgency of the sri lanka

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      RBH59

      What is your point if there is one?

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    Dr.A.A, All this SB Supremacy due to insecurity has not worked to build this nation, but devastated and destroyed it by producing a large robber family without any productive jobs, but fleecing the nation for luxuriant life styles with cannabis and casinos. Citizens are ignored. The corruption continues and the head who encouraged aragalaya, once he got in, suppressed aragalaya with PTA imprisonment. Again he is offering youth for reforms, in spite of the hoos, and will surely destroy the youth after he gets his objectives. Cannot trust this senile loser again taking the robbers back to the temples which enjoy their gifts. Nothing good happens when any wait for another party to feed them, as we only reap what we sow. Learn this early.

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    These fellas only knows to masturbate in the school lavatory. What Economic marathon for them?

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      What does it make you? A peeping Tom?

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        SJ, excellent . I was thinking hard to come up with an appropriate response, you beat be there. Apparently Regie , missed out of his adolescence busy fighting the war ???. Regie is a world renowned financial investor and one time advisor to Gotha. R. So least we can do is, give due respect.

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      Regi Shemale bugger, think why and how you ended up in a 3rd world army? Buggers who amounted to nothing ended up in the SL Army, buggers who had some intelligence ended up either in the Navy or Air Force. If you had been studying when you were supposed to be studying and not partaking in activities in the lavatory as you mentioned these boys are/were doing, you would have ended up in the Navy or Air Force. Even in this low class rowdy army, you did not last long and retired as a 2nd. Lt, which is the lowest of the commissioned officers, so what happened to you bugger? Then to make ends meet you ran off to Canada and ended up in the GTA with hopes of pulling your family out of financial hardship due to your stupidity. Some or other by cleaning lavatories you came up in life and retired a cleaner. Even in Jaffna, if you had at least fought in the front lines, I could have given you an ounce of respect. But you sat inside the kitchen and cooked for others, hence you are alive today.

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      Reginald Shameless Pererass

      “These fellas only knows to masturbate in the school lavatory. “

      You mean Wimal, Champika, Udaya, Gevindu, Dinesh, Weeping Weerasekera, Nalin, Shavendra, Kamala, …….. ……………..?

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    We appreciate Mr. Muttukumaru’s effort in naming and shaming the corrupted professionals in the Langkang system. But insisting that this area deserve any special attention than all other

    political, Sinhala Buddhist religious, cultural, social, educational corruptions which all stemmed from anti-Tamil racism and led the country to be robbed by professionals and politicians and dumped the laymen in the middle of the ocean without any redemption is not any valid argument. Or insisting fixing the professions will fix the system is also not valid because though few professionals are working for them and politicians to destroy the country, many who try to work for the masses are also victims of this racial political system. These weak class professionals may not work with the protestors but isolating them will isolate the middle class and educated crowds, who need to contribute to protest more than students. Do we want to sell our forest to buy only one tree, out of that forest? Delaying the Protest (Or the Aragalaya) for a unit’s sub-optimization is not a strategy. It does not mean that Mr.Muttukumaru must stop his fights against corrupted professionals because it too supports Protestors. Fighting corrupt politicians needs specific and internal knowledge. But Dr. Amir wants everybody, especially the educated classes and the middle class, to understand the basic problem and contribute more to the protesters’ protests against the Government.

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