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RW’s Super Ministry & Ethnic Reconciliation Initiative

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Super Ministry?

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken control of four different ministries in addition to defence. Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies; Ministry of Technology; Ministry of Women, Child Affairs and Social Environment; and the Ministry of Investment and Promotion have fallen under his direction. In other words, he has created a mega or super ministry expecting the State Ministers to assist him. The rationale behind this super control is not clear. It may be a simple exercise of power grabbing hoping to end up as an autocrat, or, reflection of the dearth of talent in his team and loss of confidence on the ministers. However, if things go wrong the state ministers could easily shift the blame onto the President.

The popular view within the international community, including IMF, is that the government of Sri Lanka is incorrigibly corrupt, that the same gang of leaders who led the country to bankruptcy are still in control of power through the parliament and that RW has only a limited space to act independently and make a difference. Thus, given the limited time left for his presidency before going to the polls, he is forced to make a difference not only to impress international observers but also to increase his own popularity at home. That in fact seems to be the explanation to engage in this exercise.  

His predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR), without formally taking control of other ministries, did interfere willy-nilly in their businesses, which ultimately created a Gautocracy and ended in disaster. Whether RW’s experiment, with instructions to the tri-forces and police to take decisive action to control any opposition and maintain public peace, would lead to a Ranilocracy and meet the same fate as the previous one, only time would tell. At least GR had a viyathmaga to shift the blame, but unfortunately RW has none of it. 

Initiative for Ethnic Reconciliation

Ethnic reconciliation is no doubt a precondition for any political and economic stability and development of the country. However, it needs to be pointed out that ethnic estrangement in Sri Lanka did not happen spontaneously, but was a deliberately designed strategy by Sinhala nationalists to hijack democracy and capture political power and convert the island into a Sinhala Buddhist nation state with guest status to all ethnic and religious minorities. A series of communal riots and a civil war all supported by the state went to demonstrate that these nationalists carry short memories illustrating George Santayans’s maxim, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. To counter the ethnonationalism of the majority, minorities also devised their own varieties. In short, inter-ethnic animosity and communal hatred is part of Sri Lanka’s political pathology. The economic cost of this estrangement is what the country experiencing now.     

What is worse is that this ethnic convulsion has created a second Sri Lanka that exists outside the first. It is a Sri Lanka of diasporic elements with no fixed territory but advancing steadily in number with economic strength and ability to influence international opinion to bring pressure upon governments in Sri Lanka. The pressures that the country faced in recent past and facing now from various world agencies like UNHRC and regional groups like EU and QUAD are indeed a reflection of the growing power of diasporic Sri Lanka. This Sri Lanka is not like LTTE’s Eelam, which wanted to divide the country, but one that wants the mother country original to grow, develop and prosper, not as an ethnic majoritarian enclave but a secular democracy, treating every one of its citizens equally, endowing them with the same rights and obligations. The willingness of the diasporic community to invest in the mother country and help through various charitable projects is testimony to its noble intentions. Under these circumstances the ethnic issue demands urgent attention with honesty in dealing with its resolution.    

However, RW’s initiative to appoint a foursome committee, with two of its members representing the Tamil and Muslim communities, as a preliminary step towards drawing up a multi-pronged agendas for reconciliation should be welcomed, but with serious reservation. To start with, this initiative is the result of relentless pressures from outside and future international economic assistance and support to the country is tied to the resolution of this issue. Yet, the reason for the reservation arises from doubting the President’s courage to take a decisive stand on the ideology that lies at the bottom of ethnic estrangement. That ideology, propounded by ethnonationalist Sinhala politicians, academics, intellectuals and opinion makers believe as indicated earlier that the country belongs only to Sinhala Buddhists and that all minorities are their long-term guests. That claim was publicly expressed in no uncertain terms in Kandy on 7th July 2019 by that obstreperous Buddhist monk Ven. Gnanasara. The only Sinhalese Buddhist politician/stateman to repudiate that claim was the late Mangala Samaraweera. How he was chastised for challenging that ideology and made a pariah by a section of post-Cold War Buddhist monks is all history. Will RW rise to the occasion now and be a Samaraweera? That will be his Litmus Test to prove that he is genuinely interested in resolving the ethnic issue.          

Genuine reconciliation cannot eventuate unless that pernicious ideology is erased from Sri Lanka’s political dictionary. Until that happens, whatever the program or reforms proposed by the new committee would be a waste of time, and should be considered as RW’s trick to cheat the international community.

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

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    ” RW’s initiative to appoint a foursome committee, with two of its members representing the Tamil and Muslim communities, as a preliminary step towards drawing up a multi-pronged agendas for reconciliation should be welcomed, but with serious reservation.”
    This is another committee to buying time. We have lot of evidence that appointing a foursome committe with two from minorities. If the President is really interested in finding a solution, can he tell openly and public whether he accepts federalism as a solution to the North East Provinces where Tamil speaking population are majority for many centuries. Can he bring bring Sajith, Anura Mahinda and Sampantha and Rauf together with this solution?

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      RW is proposing to get Military officers from Rwanda where there was genocide against the Hutu peoples with the backing of France to train Sri Lanka’s armed forces?!
      \http://www.colombopage.com/archive_22B/Nov12_1668230579CH.php
      .Rwanda is a EU and now British Colony that keeps immigrants who have applied for refuge in Racist UK!
      Also Rwandan military is accused by DR Congo’s government of fueling the M23 rebels so why does US and AUKUS “Force”- backed RW want to bring Rwandan military to train Sri Lankan military to violate Human Right in AUKUS approved ways??!
      Seems that UKUS wants African mercenaries to colonize Sri Lanka with the support of its Economic Hit men RW…

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        Dr. Ameer: The Super ministry for the US Force backed IMF Economic Hit man – Ranil Rajapake , is to ensure that US and its Corrupt Corporates take over and COLONIZE Lanka — in the World war 3 on China!
        When US citizen Basil was Minister of Economic Affairs too he wanted to create a Superminitry to push through the US MCC project but was stimied by court action and the Provincial Councils voting against the Divineguma Bill.
        Now the MCC program is back with the IMF Dollar Debt trap to colonize lanka and set up military bases.

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    RW’s Super Ministry & Ethnic Reconciliation Initiative

    He can give to yonger generation and train, Youths are the life blood of any nation, If we eliminate the young ones and yet we won’t live forever, to whom shall we leave the nation RW’s grabing fo rSuper Ministry

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      “Thus, given the limited time left for his presidency before going to the polls, he is forced to make a difference not only to impress international observers but also to increase his own popularity at home. That in fact seems to be the explanation to engage in this exercise. “
      Good enough explanation. But I don’t think it is going to improve his popularity when he privatizes right and left, and lays on the taxes. There are feelers being put out even about signing the MCC, funnily enough by the same ministers who rejected it earlier. It remains to be seen if the measures he plans can be pushed through in the teeth of opposition by the arch-nationalists and the JVP. But these groups have no credible alternative. Perhaps RW isn’t looking to win the next election, but simply wants to push his program through, come hell or high water.
      Dr. Ali deserves due praise for at least this time dropping the Ranil-bashing attitude. Logical analysis works better than invective.

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        “…deserves due praise for at least this time dropping the Ranil-bashing attitude.”
        OC, you are complementing the form but not the content.
        The tiger has not changed its stripes, but made it more presentable.

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        old codger

        We have the same old problem now in a new package.
        Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), Pubudu Jayagoda is concerned about Hindian invasion of our strategic locations, (how does he define strategic locations), “a number of strategic locations in the district will be handed over to Indian companies.”.

        I can’t remember FSP making such hue and cry when Nimal’s Godfather Mahinda and his brothers sold “strategic contracts” to SJ’s peacefully rising middle kingdom.

        Whats wrong with these people?
        _
        Is nimal fernando playing a vital role in FSP’s policy making body?

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          Native
          Did you see the new and improved Channa Jayasumana making his pitch to a captive audience? Not a word about fallopian tubes or Dhammika’s Peniya. Please also enjoy the efforts of the other Viyathmaga geniuses to pretend that they were the ones who were behind the idiot Gota. I am sure many of the 6.9 million will fall for it.

          https://youtu.be/bq0bg44OhbU

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            Please also enjoy the efforts of the other Viyathmaga geniuses to pretend that they were NOT the ones who were behind the idiot Gota.

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            old codger,

            Bemused by your comment, and all the re-alignments that i see, I looked and saw Jayasumana at 14′.51″ for just about 15 seconds.
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            How are we to recover when we have inconsistencies of this sort?
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            I’m now looking desperately for some these fellows who have some respect for the people of this country.
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            I’d like to have your views on the soundness of the economics in what I think is a remarkable speech by Thilan Wijesinghe. That is a full hour:
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            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPtfu70Nkko
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            I wonder if Dr Ameer Ali will be able to make this the subject of his next article.
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            Panini Edirisinhe

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    The government of Sri Lanka is incorrigibly corrupt, with the same gang of leaders who led the country to bankruptcy are still in control of power.
    This is true not because Ameer Ali or anyone says it, but because no body can deny it!
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    ‘Will RW rise to the occasion now and be a Samaraweera? ‘.
    Your poser by itself is insulting to Samaraweera!

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    What has Ranil achieved in 74 years?

    He has singlehandedly reduced the once mighty UNP to 0. ……. It’s not Sajith’s fault or Mahinda’s fault or AKD’s fault or Prabakaran’s fault or Buddha’s fault or ………… I hope diehard believers of Ranil are capable of comprehending that!

    If ever there is a monumental failure …….. Ranil is it.

    Wishing and hoping isn’t going to make him a success.

    Will he ever take responsibility for any of his actions? ……… When first appointed, the first thing he did was to suck up to the criminal elements in the armed forces and colluded with them to scuttle the Aragalaya. He signs the documents to keep Mudalige in prison illegally and says he doesn’t know anything, “it’s a police matter, ask them.” Will the snivelling cowardly prick ever have the balls to take responsibility: be a man?

    You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out how this is going to end. ……… This is a journey where we have reached the end even before the journey begins.

    For better or for worse, let the serial-failures, the old farts, vanish and let the youth take over ……… they can’t do any worse than what the supposedly wise and “experienced” geriatrics have done

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      nimal,
      What has Ranil achieved in 74 years?
      That is a very unfair question.
      What has any political figure done for the country in 74 years. Why single out Ranil.
      If ever there was a monumental failure I’d say, SWRD; Ranil has no monument of his own.
      For better or for worse, let the serial-failures, the old farts, vanish?
      Farts, old or new, never vanish; they stink.

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        Geeze Nathan ……… I wanted to put some fire in the belly of diehard Ranil supporter Native: didn’t expect you to take the bait!

        “What has any political figure done for the country in 74 years.”

        Ranil is 74. He is born in 1948, 2 days before Sinhala_Man …… his national identity card details are on the parliamentary website ……… both are identity card freaks

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          nimal fernando,
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          Glad as I was to see your assessment of Ranil Wickremasinghe, I was puzzled to see you saying that he’s 74 years old. He will be that only in March next year:
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranil_Wickremesinghe
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          As you say he’s past the expiry date for a politician; and one who has maneuvered his way into the Presidency of this country to boot.
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          What call can there be to compare a harmless drudge like me, who hurts nobody, with this rascal who’s making a hell of the lives of so many people?
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          Please give us more on the guy who still aspires greatness, but whom we see as a “monumental failure”. Please let me remain in the obscurity of being a “VishramikaGambadaIskoleMahattaya”. I give details of myself only to make sure that guys like you realise how insignificant I am.
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          However, it is going to be millions of insignificant guys like me who will show Ranil what a disgusting blockhead he really is.

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      Dear nimal fernando,
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      It’s wonderful to see you throwing caution to the winds and speaking out loud, clear and unambiguous.
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      I’m sure that I’ll be getting back here.

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        Dear sensitive readers,
        I really don’t know what he means by that. I read this commenter saying somewhere today that NF should be the only clown.

        If we know very well that the current government is controlled not by RW’s executive powers but by a hidden force, why to attack RW in this way? If someone attacks him in public, naive people praise him as “real good, wonderful or equal”.

        Am I the only critic who constantly feels that the Sinhala man’s head should be examined?

        To you sensitive readers… please beware of stupid commenters. No wonder these people have nothing better to do than to do that. With this being the reality, he strongly assumes that he is the teacher of CT reviewers.

        God bless Sri Lanka!

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          Dear leelagemalli,
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          Why is it that you gush about people, to later express disenchantment? You first contacted me on Chirstmas-Eve, 2020. You had expressed so much admiration for a YouTuber, but on Christmas day you said: “You are very right about ” SEPAL AMARASINGHE”. He is not as honest as kept the faith on him at the beginning. He behaves himself today as if he is “know-all character” in each of his videos”.
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          Panini has contempt for Sepal, but great affection for LM!
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          I didn’t think much of Sepal, ever! You? I still consider you very well-meaning and essentially decent, but utterly sentimental, and like most of us hypersensitive. “Constantly?” – Never applicable to you, dear guy!
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          Let me see if nimal fernando himself resents being called a clown. He’s very intelligent; clowning is his genre, undertaken with gusto and vivacity. It’s an art.
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          Damn! The lecherous buffoon prefers insults to praise.
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          GambadaIngirisiIskolemahattaya

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    By the time RW reach for ethnic issue ,his time will be gone how his golden promises in 2015,all that Sobitha There’s hard efforts gone in the vain.
    We all United as Sri Lankans, they had long term plan,then immediate 100 days program,
    Similarly we might in same scenario again ,now Raja is putting his heads up
    He knows the mantra very well. Got red handed of tsunami fund all are past.
    Bandula,Nanayakara, Soorawamsa, Johnston…same old faces in different colours.for RW its like golf club just for leisure.
    Hard efforts of Aragalaya missed the point of goal I think may be wrong
    Minority parties should have dialogue with Kandy Mullahs.

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    We cannot expect RW to commit political suicide whatever be the pressures from outside. The reference to Ranilocracy and perhaps limiting the history to Gautocracy is not accurate. The illness started with Premocracy and I am informed of experiences reflecting the extent of micro-management to very minute details. My informants do not recall instances of Richardocracy. I see no reason why a President should have any Ministry (Defence could be an exception) under him when Secretaries to all Ministries are hired and fired by the President at his whim and I am informed that some Secretaries involuntarily rise from their seats whenever they are required to answer a call from His / Her Axcellency. It is a wonder if they did not soil their garments with excretions. Such is the power of the President. Political leaders don’t suffer from Amnesia but feign them. It is the voters who can be made to forget the past by offering sweeteners at the right time, since we are known even to accept a “Headache” if it is offered free of charge. “Rice from the Moon”, “8 pounds of cereal” and recently, distribution of building materials are some of them.

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    Drawing attention to Manel Fonseka’s comment here:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/when-the-gatekeepers-of-academic-standards-integrity-commit-fraud-what-is-left-of-the-sri-lankan-universities/
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    The book launch + discussion is on Friday at Trimmer Hall, Vembadi Rd, Jaffna (near the Clock Tower), Fri, 11 Nov, 4pm. (That’s today)
    Speakers: Devanesan Nesiah, Swasthika Arulinganm, Ahilan Kadirgamar, Kirupa + Rajan Hoole.
    All are welcome.

    “Democracy Stillborn: Lanka’s Rejection of Equal Rights at Independence” by Kirupaimalar & Rajan Hoole, 2022, 730 pp.
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    A few other details:
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    https://www.sarasavi.lk/index.php/democracy-still-born-6245993016
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    And
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    https://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/79741

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    “Until that happens, whatever the program or reforms proposed by the new committee would be a waste of time, and should be considered as RW’s trick to cheat the international community.”

    Given RW’s record, it is most likely a trick to cheat the IC. However, I do not trust the so-called ‘International Community’ either, in this case, the West and India. If RW looks after their interests or in a worse case, does not do anything to harm the IC’s interests, they will remain mostly supportive of him.

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    We were discussing the sleights of hand employed by politicians in response to this article.
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/from-rope-bridge-to-shipwreck/
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    Dr Ameer Ali (who can’t read Sinhalese) may have seen and appreciated this play in his University days. Here is the full Sinhala play produced by Henry Jayasena:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbnEkMjva3s
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    The production is old but it has been placed on YouTube only about 15 months ago; it is of reasonable video quality, and the audio quality is excellent.
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    This is the Welsh critic Raymond Williams discussing some of the issues now facing us:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyZnHaQtih8
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    10 minutes
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    These observations are very topical. What do others feel?
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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    If I am not mistaken, almost all Presidents of SL have taken the Finance Minister portfolio for themselves, despite having no finance or economics background or even knowledge. Sunak was the Chancellor of Exchequer before he became PM & so was Gordon Brown but none of them took that additional responsibility when they became PM. Sunak was elected because he is an economist with a proven track record & despite many disliking him for various reasons, was accepted that he is the best man for the job in the current crisis time. Obviously, he will be behind the Chancellor & the the buck stops with him but even so, he has enough on his plate without the additional portfolio. In comparison, our Presidents & PM wear multiple hats, so, either they are super human or have no actual work, therefore, able to juggle several Ministries at the same time. Of course, there are deputy ministers & subject ministers to take some of the responsibilities but why can’t one person take the responsibility for his or her ministry as in developed countries? We already have a bloated Parliament, so aren’t there qualified people who can take that burden off the President?

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    I am sick and tired of hearing tales of ‘Ethnic Reconciliation Initiatives’.
    The subject bespeaks of the larger issue of a ‘divided’ society.
    Does unifying a society require a ministry? It requires a mind, an attitude.
    That reminds me of what Chandrika once said. ‘Now, that the war is over, I’ll give the Tamils a little less!’
    The war is long over. There is no chance of a war again. She could say that she would give Tamils a lot less!
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    This is how smart our Presidents have been in restoring stability to the nation.

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    maybe this is due to the intense pressure he is facing from the UN at the moment.Chandrika was the person who was really interested in giving the tamils the maximum possible but ranil scuppered the deal.Chandrika and neelan tiruchelvam went directly to the tamil people bypassing the LTTE and neelan lost hislife and chandrika one eye because they dared to do so. I don’t know whether ranil was scared of his life too when he sabotaged chandrika,but now he does not have to worry.

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      S
      Chandrika had severely diluted what she supposedly had in mind.
      (Also she later waged a notorious war for peace, did she not?)
      She sent delegations to the North soon after her election, but the delegations lacked credibility. Will you call this seriousness?
      I do not call her communal in her thinking, but seriously question her sense of purpose. I had worked with her on a small but serious project two years before she returned to the country from London, and speak from first hand experience.

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        sj

        i forget it because it wa so long ago but at that time i was bewildered that first the LTTE scuppered the chandrika/neelan proposals and then ranil and the UNP joined them and scuppered it too.I belive some senior UNP’ers were against it.

        Before you attack chandrika due to a personal dislike i suppose because she fired you you should tell us what part of her proposals were not in the interest of the tamils.

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          S
          The fact that CBK diluted her proposals has nothing to do with the LTTE.
          It was plain electoral opportunism.
          There were reversals in other policies as well following election.
          Will you still claim that “Chandrika was the person who was really interested in giving the Tamils the maximum possible”?
          If you will, some important qualifiers need adding.

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      Dear shankar,
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      I agree. All of us think of ourselves first. But we are concerned about others also.
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      I have never met Chandrika, or even been at a live meeting which she addressed. But I do listen to everything of hers that is on the web.
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      I did meet Neelan Tiruchelvam once, when he came to the Peradeniya University. I think it was in 1986. Wonderful guy!
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      The way Ranil is now acting, I think that he has much to worry about. “They that live by the sword (or whatever instruments of torture that he employs) shall die by the sword”. It is almost inevitable.
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      That doesn’t mean that I personally advocate violence.
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      I have lost count of the number f times that I have stated that at any election I shall vote for the NPP. I sincerely believe JVP to now eschew violence.
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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        dear sinhala man

        [I have lost count of the number f times that I have stated that at any election I shall vote for the NPP. I sincerely believe JVP to now eschew violence.]

        it is not the violence that thepeople are worried about from the JVP.That is long gone but why is it that the JVP can never get a million votes.Always it stops with its block vote of 600000-650000.The JVP shold tell anura kumara that if he next time at the general election is unable to get a million votes then he should resign the leadership.They are like the UNP that kept on keeping ranil and now has come down to 250000 votes,much less than the JVP now.AKD has done better than ranil but has not been able to increase the vote.so he must go at the next election or even before.
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          Dear Shankar,
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          Shankar,
          There is something that many people in our society do not recognize easily, and that is language and its simplification. Wimal Buruwanse “heroized” the “medamulana born criminal dogs” not using facts about them, but blatant lies, but by abusing his mouth peace and “trash bragging”: I am not saying that JVPs should stoop to that level, but there must be some trick to win their hearts knowing that our majority is dominated by “punnakku eaters” rather than head users.

          Although a surgeon holds super lectures in teaching sessions, but the same individual tremours not performing well with ” scalpel”, so what would be the outcome of a severe operation ?

          . It is the plain and simple language being used to educate commoners of a society who are the decisive factor for election outcomes.. It should be a simple language using conventional Sri Lankan style stories. Only then can they understand the essence of what JVP always says.
          The late Prof. Ananda Guruge was considered a good speaker when he went to give Buddhist lectures in the state of California. For that he was awarded the highest awards. Many have revealed to me that his Buddhist stories are easily polarizing because they are based on today’s life stories.

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            Dear LM,
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            In the above comment I see some of the features that I find disturbing about your incessant activity. You have a very poor opinion of Lankans. One point that I made in my email last night was that you should gradually bring yourself to forget Lanka, and integrate more fully with Germans. You have never said anything that makes me feel that you don’t get on with your Caucasian countrymen, but why not reduce (and finally eliminate) commenting. Listen instead to this:
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            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKy0Lyl4g-s
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            I will never approve of using “tricks” to win hearts. Can’t you, yourself, not desist from insulting human beings as “punnakku eaters”? To call people “commoners” is insulting. The word incorporates a sneer of superiority which “lazy”, “unsophisticated” and “careless” don’t convey.
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            In the first paragraph you seem to think that the JVPers are preferable to Wimal Weerawansa. Why call him “Buruwansa” here? You’ve said it so many times that it is no longer a joke. Also, I have a problem when you say that the NPP “should”do certain things when campaigning. If you mean to be helpful to them, “many thanks”!

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              Dear Reader I am very concerned about the gossip of our Gurunanan-style childish man: I don’t even read his comments fully today because he keeps attacking me. I have some respect for our people, but I believe most of them are real stupid people. That proved us x times so far. Sinhala man’s behaviour proves it further.
              :
              My own experiences and facts from recent trip:
              The public bus conductor throws his betel nut through the front door blinding and deafening all the passengers of the crowded bus. Not a single word is spoken against a single person among the passengers.

              So isn’t a cross section of society used to using public transport?

              The noise exposure is so high that the EAR drums are damaged on the spot, but not a single passenger dares to open his mouth…
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              Last but not the least… The same people introduce another man with the same IQ as DHAMMIKA Paniya Maker… sadu saud effect is becoming a hit…

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNPnOunUqK8

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          Dear shankar,
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          I was thrilled to see you saying this:
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          “It is not the violence that the people are worried about from the JVP. That is long gone.”
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          Fears stemming from 1989 was my worry.
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          On second thoughts, that’s too exuberant! Some among the NPP guys are not my idea of human perfection, but they have some quite good prospective MPs.
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          For instance, this handsome young medical doctor:
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxNFEWKSSo8
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          I’m still getting used to these people. The first time I’ve heard him speak English. I know that he isn’t isn’t fluent, but they can always fall back on Harini. This Dr Jayatissa was an MP earlier, but that was before my present enthusiasm for them began to grow.
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          I selected him because two days ago I linked readers to a 2-minute video of him in Sinhalese saying why he thinks election prospects are now better than in 2020.

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    If recent reports are correct, both official languages are now taught to school children. Similarly, it is reported that there is a program to make Government Servants proficient in Tamil. These are great initiatives. The habitual whingers, of course, might say ‘too little, too late’.

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      P
      Sadly, what happens in practice is different.
      Legislation can enable something, but cannot deliver it. There is much work to do.

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        SJ
        “Legislation can enable something, but cannot deliver it”
        On paper, we have one of the best Constitutions in the world.
        But we also had Sarath Silva and Vass Gunawardena to implement it.

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          OC
          How come that you get green thumbs for saying things that got red when coming from me?
          Perhaps, this is no place for reasoned responses.

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            SJ,
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            That is the nature of Sri Lankans. They do things without studying what they are doing. That’s why I called them not serious.

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            SJ
            “this is no place for reasoned responses.”
            Amen to that. Would an ID number help?

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              OC,
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              Our so called SENIOR men have ruined this platform as of today. They have fallen down to the levels of NIC collectors and share their gossips instead of coherent comments. May be senility and ” frog in a well” nature has put them above.
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              I am totally disturbed by watching a video, which is similar to that of the dawn of ” Dhammika Paniya Maker”. I question today, if this nation would ever see it right.
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNPnOunUqK8

              Compare those are proud of ” BUDURAS at Somawathiya” with these SADU SAUD crowds…… if one PHYSISTs would interview this crowd, the truth will come out ” glass clear” but there is no place for the truths in that doggy society.

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    Dear OZ dispora organise a collection to bail out the cricketer who representing the pride land.safe guard them may be future sports ministry got the current credentials

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    This is the last chance for Ranil to mend his failures. He will be out of action very soon either kicked out or from old age. So he has nothing to lose for having tried. If he succeeds, then his name will be etched in history as true statesman and if he fails then he will have to follow his predecessors into the dustbin of failed presidents.
    So he should know that he in a one-way street and face whatever it takes to achieve this mission for the greater good of the country.
    Good luck to him.

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      pakisB,
      You sound new to CT. Ranil doesn’t bend. He doesn’t mend.
      He was put out of action by the voters; he is doing Mahinda’s act!
      Statesman and Ranil are two words that do not fit in the same sentence.
      Dustbin? You have just dipped into it.
      Will Ranil bid farewell, for the sake of the country?
      He is a humbug.

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    All these committees and investigations are an eyewash to hoodwink the world/international community and the UN, buy time to complete what the Chingkallams had planned long before independence to create pure Chingkalla Buddhist Fascist land and they are well on their way. All Chingkalla-led Sri Lankan governments have been doing this from independence, forming committees to investigate, all sorts of things, to hoodwink everyone and buy time to implement their agenda. We know what happened to the so-called Sansoni Commission created by the JR government after the 1977 anti-Thamizh pogrom, was dissolved, as soon as they realized it was going against the Chingkallams and the then UNP government. Chingkallams are very good at this. What is stopping them from immediately implementing and granting genuine and just minority rights, linguistic, ethnic and religious and safeguarding human rights and a federal form of government to the Thamizh areas? Everyone knows the problem and how to solve this. Do they need a committee that is full of yes men and quislings to advise them?The Chingkallam will never grant any just Thamizh rights unless they are forced and compelled to by the UN and the international community and so far other than words they have miserably failed. Especially Britain which created all these problems for the Thamizh.

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      As for the Christian Chingkallams and the Moors or Thamizh Muslims, I have little sympathy for them, as they went along with the Chingkalla Buddhists and were and still are largely co-partners in their anti-Thamizh genocidal dance. little realizing one day the same fate will befall them. The Thamizh who had an ancient history and claim on the island are the main target and still are, as once they are marginalized and destroyed, it will be a cakewalk and very easy to destroy the others,, who do not have any ancient historical or territorial claims. These other minorities never realized this basic fact and truth, that the safe and powerful Thamizh minority is also a protection for them but gleefully joined the Chingkalla Buddhist Fascists on the basis of a common ethnicity in the case of most Christian Chingkallams or religion and a fake and imagined Arab origin in the case of the Moors, despite sharing a common language, ethnicity, heritage and origin with the Thamizh. Now the county is bankrupt going to the dogs. People are fleeing on boats, planes or any other way with a severe brain drain. Yet they do not care but the Chingkalla Buddhist Fascist agenda should go on.

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    Police brutality was most famous in the country when Bastiampillai like draculas were walking in the north in human bodies. That dracula metaphorically drank female blood. Now there is a video clip circulating, in which a male dracula is brutalizing a policewoman and getting in a police van. These women police were expected to be in watchful of the women who were arrested for protesting against the Langkang’s most infamous act called “Police Terrorism Act” (PTA) which authorizes to do anything to any Tamil or even Sinhalese who object anything the Appe Aanduwa does. If the male dracula treats the female police like this in order to police-sit the female arrests, where is it just for women in this country? If this is happening to a female police officer in the public road, who knows what will happen to the arrested in the closed, police torture chambers? What a shame these Wildlife Sanctuary Appe Aanduwa has a women police team. Aaaahhhhhh Taxpayers’ Money! Pay the Tax or Stand In the Line” No other choice, please!

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    Dr. Ameer: The Super ministry for Donald Lu’s US Special Forces backed IMF Economic Hit man – Ranil Rajapake , is to ensure that US and its Corrupt Corporates take over and COLONIZE Lanka — in the World war 3 on China and the Rise of Asia in the Asian 21st Century. Have you read Kishore Mahbubani’s book on the subject?
    When US citizen Basil was Minister of Economic Affairs too he wanted to create a Superminitry to push through the US MCC project but was stimied by court action and the Provincial Councils voting against the Divineguma Bill.
    Now the MCC program is back with the IMF Dollar Debt trap to colonize lanka and set up military bases.

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    Srilanka would be better off being colonized by US which believes in Principles of Democratic values rather than by China which is ruled by one man according to totalitarian principles and dissidents shipped out to Gulags.

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