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Scorpion’s Tail And Societal Vigilance

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that the people preserve the spirit of resistance?” – Thomas Jefferson[i]

Recently several websites exposed a Rajapaksa plan to send presidential campaign material, thinly disguised as New Year greetings, to all military members. Around 200,000 of these letters were reportedly brought to the General Post Office and soldiers were reportedly engaged in readying them for the post.

Mahinda and KPTransparency International Sri Lanka complained to the Elections Commissioner. The Commissioner, having verified the information, ordered the Post Master General not to send the letters. Another Rajapaksa attempt to violate election laws and abuse state property on a massive scale was foiled. The Orwellian military spokesman admitted that the New Year greeting contained a photograph of the President and tried to justify this blatant violation of election law on the grounds that Candidate Rajapaksa is also the Commander in Chief[ii].

The incident demonstrates, again, the Rajapaksa determination to retain power by whatever means possible. It also demonstrates that societal vigilance can foil at least some of the Rajapaksa machinations.

The Rajapaksas called an early election not to give voters a chance to freely choose their next leader, but as a means of further entrenching and re-legitimising dynastic rule. They were obviously hoping to run against a divided and bickering opposition and win, easily. The Maithripala-candidacy destroyed that well-laid plan. But even a united and committed opposition cannot prevail against a political opponent who uses the state as his political and personal fief, without societal support.

Ordinary employees would have leaked the information about the military’s illegal electioneering. There was a similar leak about a reported plan to illegally cast the votes of migrant workers. Someone informed the opposition that fugitive deputy minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama was heading towards the airport via the highway. These are all indications that at least a segment of society is willing, at considerable personal risk, to subvert Rajapaksa attempts to steal the election.

The outcome of this election will decide whether Sri Lanka takes a giant, and in all probability irreversible, step towards dynastic rule – or not. The outcome of this election will decide whether Sri Lanka (including the North) begins to hobble towards some kind of democratic normalcy – or not.

As the election campaign enters the end-phase, the political climate is turning increasingly stormy. Obviously the Rajapaksas thought of the election as a mere rubber stamp. They did not expect defeat but realise, too late, that defeat is possible. The increasingly shrill and inanely illogical rhetoric, comparing an exercise of popular franchise to a Western/Diaspora conspiracy, is indicative of this (somewhat belated) realisation. This week, Basil Rajapaksa surpassed his more intemperate brothers in fear mongering by comparing the election to the chaotic situation in Libya which led to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi[iii].

Libya was created by arbitrarily meshing together several neighbouring pieces of the former Ottoman Empire. It began as a monarchy and turned into a tyranny via a coup. It had just got rid of a brutal despot, who ruled supreme for three decades. Sri Lanka may end up in a similar place, if Rajapaksa rule continues beyond January 8th. But fortunately we are not there yet. We still remember the not-so-distant past when an election meant a real choice and replacing a president/government with a new one was the norm (and not equated with treachery). The habits of peaceful resistance are still alive in us. Therefore there is no sense in comparing the current Lankan situation with the conditions which prevailed in Libya, Syria or Egypt, unless the Rajapaksas intend to hang onto power anti-constitutionally, post-defeat. (Interestingly the Rajapaksas never mention Tunisia, the vanguard of Arab Spring, which completed a peaceful and democratic transfer of power this week. More educated, tolerant and cosmopolitan than other Arab-Spring nations, Tunisians have opted for secularism and democracy – a sensible combination).

Why do the Rajapaksas make these inanely illogical comparisons? Is this mere rhetoric or a reflection of their actual thinking? Are they determined to hang on to power, even if they have to ignite a civil conflict? Are they going to respond to the democratic opposition the same way they responded to the anti-democratic LTTE?

After all, if you come to regard an election as a conspiracy, you may respond to an election the way you would respond to a conspiracy.

Safety in Diversity

The savage weather conditions and the million+ victims should have been the focus of the state, the government and society. Instead, the focus is on an election, held two years before time, for no purpose other than the myopically insatiable greed of one family.

Having called an untimely election, the Rajapaksas are displaying a disturbing willingness to win it by unseemly means.

In Sri Lanka, thanks to decades of multiparty democracy, neither the bureaucracy, nor the military is politically monolithic. There are government officials of all hues and there are military personnel of all hues. Consequently, if the Rajapaksas lose the popular vote and try to retain power unconstitutionally, they may find the task rather difficult, perhaps impossible. There are welcome signs that the Rajapaksa monopolisation of state power is being resisted from within the state itself – from the top Finance Ministry officials who reportedly informed the Treasury Secretary of their opposition to the rampant abuse of state property by Candidate Rajapaksa to the police inspector who resigned in protest against political interference (he is being persecuted by the power-wielders) and election officials who braved the wrath of a thuggish deputy minister in their determination to implement the law.

Maithripala candidacy was born in an act of unanticipated rebellion. That example seems to be giving rise to smaller acts of resistance and rebellion across state and society. The revelations by the rebels have made many people realise the truth about Rajapaksa rule – that it’s nothing more than government of one family by one family for one family.

Societal-stability or ethno-religious peace cannot be maintained at gunpoint. That is the future the Rajapaksas are offering the Sinhalese. They want to terrify the Sinhalese into trading in democracy and basic liberties for non-instability and non-war. They want the Sinhalese to believe that national security can be achieved only by garrisoning the entire country. They want the Sinhala-South to believe the country will break up if the de facto military occupation of the North and the East ends. They narrate stories of dragons and monsters to turn citizens into juvenile subjects. They will not democratise even marginally if they win; on the contrary they will tighten their stranglehold even further, to prevent other Maithripala Sirisenas and other Sarath Fonsekas from emerging. Claiming popular endorsement, they will make polity, judiciary, society and economy more unfree than ever before.

A scorpion’s poison is in its tail. The Rajapaksas may be willing to risk violent deluge to hang on to power but that does not mean they will prevail. Societal vigilance and resistance can prevent that horrendous future. The Rajapaksas can still be defeated democratically and sent home peacefully. But this may be our last chance to do that.

[i] Letter to William S. Smith, quoted in Thomas Jefferson on Democracy by Saul K Padover

[ii] http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/sri_lanka/2014/12/141226_mahinda_leaflets_army

[iii] http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=116650

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    A very interesting article Tisaranee. No one should be surprised at the lengths this regime will go to win.
    If it has to be by crooked means, then that is what they will do. It is pathetic that all they have is to point out to new construction and brag it is because of them. Of course, no one knows exactly how much wealthier any of them got by all these shiny new ports and airports, however when one looks at the cost of living, that the poor in this country has to face, the high prices they have to pay everyday, and the struggle they face everyday, it is obvious, that this regime has failed those who they now court for votes. They take advantage of the fact that the LTTE was defeated some years ago, and although many around the world may still wonder what the means to the end was, in Sri Lanka, life goes on, and hopefully the people must decide if they want to keep this regime in power, the nepotism, money benefitting a family not the country, lies, corruption, racial tensions, and violence. All the people want is free and fair elections, and not hanky-panky, rigging, bribing, and breaking election laws. I doubt this regime is capable of that.

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      It is sure sign MR is on back foot.
      He is getting the whole cabinet to take responsibility of his family mega corruption. -:)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D63Htia2uQ#action=share

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      Tisaranee,

      Hats off to your imaginations, however flawed they are. You seem to be hell bent on sending Rajapakse home: But I tell you he is home already, well entrenched with moats all around.

      “Libya was created by arbitrarily meshing together several neighboring pieces of the former Ottoman Empire. It began as a monarchy and turned into a tyranny via a coup.”

      That’s right Ceylon was created by putting together Tamil Eelam, and two Sinhala Ratas. Now the Sinhalese claim the island theirs and is a Sinhalese Buddhist country.

      “The Orwellian military spokesman admitted that the New Year greeting contained a photograph of the President and tried to justify this blatant violation of election law on the grounds that Candidate Rajapaksa is also the Commander in Chief[ii].”

      It escapes Tisarnaee’s imagination that hundreds of thousands of Sinhala military people have occupied Tamil people’s private lands given free by Mahinda junta. Would these soldiers rock the apple cart by voting against Mahinda? What about the relatives of these hundreds of thousands of Sinhalese solidiers – wifes, children, parents and others?

      Let’s suppose Mahinda loses but wants to retain power: Military (in gratification for the spoils of war from the Tamils) will be all too happy to support his venture to suppress the Sinhalese, especially with the impending war crimes investigations of the military and the junta.

      “They want the Sinhala-South to believe the country will break up if the de facto military occupation of the North and the East ends.”

      Tisaranee, your hero Sirisena also said that he will keep the de facto military occupation of the North and the East.

      “Therefore there is no sense in comparing the current Lankan situation with the conditions which prevailed in Libya, Syria or Egypt, unless the Rajapaksas intend to hang onto power anti-constitutionally, post-defeat.”

      Tisaranee, your imagination is wanting:

      Rajapakses are already in soup with the genocide of Tamils well known to the world now, thanks to Channel 4 and Callum Macrae. Sri Lanka only needs to take one step to be the next Libya, Syria or Egypt.

      This is karma coming back haunting the Sinhalese society. Sinhala ‘societal resistance’ was absent when thousands of Tamils were killed, raped and property plundered or destroyed during periodic anti-Tamil programs, or when tens of thousands of Sinhala youth were murdered like pigs.

      “There are government officials of all hues and there are military personnel of all hues. Consequently, if the Rajapaksas lose the popular vote and try to retain power unconstitutionally, they may find the task rather difficult, perhaps impossible.”

      Really? Your imagination is rather poor, you need to think outside the box. The odds are very high that the military is well greased and ready to support Mahinda, and thereby protect the military interests, both tangible and otherwise. Gota has ready ample weaponry to deal with any Sinhalese riots.

      “Societal-stability or ethno-religious peace cannot be maintained at gunpoint. “

      Sinhalese society wants it that for the Tamils: Mahinda can use the gunpoint without favoritism to Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims alike.

      “They want the Sinhala-South to believe the country will break up if the de facto military occupation of the North and the East ends.”

      So does your hero Sirisena!

      Tisaranee, just say in plain English: I like to see Sinhala Buddhist supremacist Sirisena at the helm rather than the stale Mahinda regime!

      There was never a proper democracy in Sri Lanka since independence – may be for some section of the Sinhalese, but surely not for the ‘others’. Definitely not for Tamils, who are treated like serfs by the state and the Sinhalese society.

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      Dear Ms. Tisaranee Gunasekara,

      RE: Scorpion’s Tail And Societal Vigilance

      “And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that the people preserve the spirit of resistance?” – Thomas Jefferson[i]

      1, Interesting. Quoting Americans Again. Have You heard of Thomas Paine, the author of the Common sense pamphlet, Published February 1776, that sold 120,000 copies for a population of 2.5 million? What about rights of man by the same author or The age of Reason? We all know it was Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and others who played crucial roles in drafting the American Constitution and gaining independence by the American Revolution for the formation of the Republic from the Tyranny of the King of England, George, and the Parliament that served the King.

      Are there ANY Sri Lankan writers of Thomas Paine Caliber, who can write a Common Sense Pamphlet of 47 Pages? 37 Pages?> 27 Pages? 17 Pages or even 7 Pages in Sinhala and Tamil and English and distribute to the rural and urban masses? I have not seen any, so far. Getting Sri Lankan writers to do the Common Sense Sri Lanka 2014, is like herding Cattle (Harak). They make strange noises Baeee, Baeee, and Baeee, only they seem to comprehend. Ms, Tisaranee Gunasekera, can you help the rural and urban masses to get the message? Not everybody has access to social media, as you well know, and the printed word is still very powerful.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

      2. Now, in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka we have a very similar but reverse situation. The Republic is being turned into a Dictatorship and kingdom of Meamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      3. The Sri Lankan Common Opposition politicians took the correct action as true patriots in leaving the “King” Medamulamna MaRa and opposing him and challenging him. Hat’s off to ALL those Common Politicians and the people who support them, tho save the Land of Native Veddaa from the Meddamulana MaRa, Mara.

      P.S. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

      Common Sense (pamphlet)

      Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2]

      Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[4] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[5]

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        Dear Ms. Tisaranee Gunasekara,

        We the People,

        We the People of Sri Lanka, in Order to form a more perfect Nation, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish and protect this Republican Constitution for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from the Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa Dictatorship and Family Dynasty supported by Shills, Whitewashers, criminals, crooks, thieves and other undesirable elements representing the Devil, the Satan and Mara.

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        Dear Ms. Tisaranee Gunasekara,

        What are you waiting for the Common Sense Phamplet? Just do it.

        184 councillors leave UPFA to support Maithri

        http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8092:184-councillors-leave-upfa-to-support-maithri-&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

        With the decision today (28th)of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to support common candidate Maithripala Sirisena the tendency of Muslim masses rejecting Mahinda Rajapaksa administration has increased in leaps and bounds.

        Today 184 people’s representatives including MPs, Members of Provincial Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas have left the UPFA to support Mr. Sirisena. Among them there are 8 MPs, 13 Members of Provincial Councils and 163 Members of Pradeshiya Sabhas.

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      I think the single biggest blunder that MR did was to end the war….
      come to think of it so much hatred with these columns and comments
      1. JRJ- was a sweet angel
      2. Premedasa – ditto-
      3. DBW – yeah to some extent he was an angel
      4. CBK – well use your own
      5. MR – !!!???

      so when you look at all of the above, they all DID the same. From JRJ onwards everybody was labeled dictators, cronyism, family etc. Are you serious or are we all blind. Please provide us info that non of the above leaders had their family friends or cronies when they were in power.
      AND what makes you/us think that if MS wins its all going to be smooth sailing..are we to believe that we are going to live in la la land!!! Happily ever after.

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    Allow me paint the big picture here.

    In Australia a sudden influx of Indians resulted in a number of beatings on Indians. Now, white Australia can hardly be labeled “xenophobic”. Although the local population has certain limits to tolerance. In fact migration is a big issue there.

    Now compare and contrast the situation in Ceylon. Over 1.5 million Tamils were imported. In Jaffna and the East they have taken over places where previously Buddhist temples stood. They have taken over entire villages. In the central hills its the same.

    Even though the native culture was disturbed by 1.5 million Tamils, the liberal minded Sinhala were extremely tolerant compared to white Australia for example.

    As if the incursion wasn’t enough these feral Tamils then make a claim for 50% island’s territory. That was the straw that broke the camels back isn’t it?

    Ceylon has dealt with the Tamil problem left behind by British Colonials for 60 years. We have arrived at the last lap. This is where Tamils decide whether they want to be part of Ceylon or perish as an imported Pariah.

    Basically, there is no room for Tamil nationalism in Ceylon. There is no room simply because its not the place for Tamils to have it. The rightful place for Tamil nationalism is in Tamil Nadu.

    So the option before Tamils is this. You get Sri Lankan nationalism either way. The 2 options you have is the soothing transition with My3 or forced transition with Mahinda. I would choose wisely.

    I know instinctively what Tamils will choose however. I know because that is written in their karma despite out best compassionate efforts.

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      “In Jaffna and the East they have taken over places where previously Buddhist temples stood”

      Vibushana

      This is monkey brain speaking. Tamils embraced Buddhism long before Sinhalese. Hence, the Buddhist Temples in Jaffa & East. Not only you have stupid ideas but dangerous ones too. This is in Sinhala a deceitful act of “කොලේ වහලා කතා කිරීම”

      Do not try to sell that has a flawed logic.

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      Vibushna
      You are a prime specimen for a feral human with a frustrated neurotic mind for suffering perpetual fascistic delusions, and your propensity to distort historical facts concerning Lankan Tamils would cause even Gobells to turn in his grave.
      If you were a white Australian you will maintain that the ‘Whites’ are the true natives and not the aboriginals.

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        Uthungan & Asaipillai

        Please bear with Vibhushana.

        Time to time, in fact all the time he hears different voices in his head, sometimes all at the same time.

        Today he hears voices of white Australians, Saffron clad thug Gnanasara, Anagarika Dharmapala (the homeless one), Sinhala Buddha, ….

        Karma too spoke to him this morning.

        Please leave him alone.

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      Vibhushana

      “Now compare and contrast the situation in Ceylon. Over 1.5 million Tamils were imported. In Jaffna and the East they have taken over places where previously Buddhist temples stood. They have taken over entire villages. In the central hills its the same.”

      The Sinhala and Tamils are Paras, Paradeshis form South India and perhaps some Eastern India. Check their DNA.

      It will be great if the Para, Para-Sinhala , Para-Tamils and other Para left the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and went back to Mother India.

      Remember, Buddhism is Para- just like Hinduism and other beliefs mainly from India other places as well.

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

      Tamil-speaking Veddas of Vaharai await war recovery support

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

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      Vibushana,

      Who is Buddhagosha and Mahanama who contributed immensely to spread Buddhism among the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka? Have you got any gratitude for that? Typical Sinhala trait.

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      Vibusana is clearly a part of the Sinhala supremacist cabal that believes in a mixture of false history, bigoted imagination and sheer but undiluted racism. “Over 1.5 million Tamils were imported” says he. While the figure itself is inflated the reality is the British then, foreseeing an economic future for the country, if unutilised Waste land in the Central Hills were converted into Cash crops, found the Sinhalese in the hills were unwilling or unfit to the challenging task of getting up in the early hours of the morning in biting cold for the demanding rigours of the Tea industry. It is the sweat and blood of the imported Indian labour that went to sustain the running of the entire country from the proceeds of their toil – from then to now. These workers were given their residency rights – but again this was withdrawn in 1947/48 on the whims of a PM who merely “feared” they may vote for the Left. A million were inhumanely de-franchised overnight by the derogatory term “Stateless” Where is the justice here in the land of The Compassionate One? Just today Mahinda Rajapakse tells them in Nuwara Eliya they are part of the new Society he is in the process of building and seeks their votes?? Oh! Tempora or Mores!

      So whither, Vibushana, with a name you have stolen from the Indians.

      The rest of what you write is bull and does not deserve the courtesy of a reply.

      Kettikaran

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      There is no point in cursing Vibhushana. He is a classic representative of Sinhala Intellectuals. He has offered ample evidence, in his thought, to treat the Tamils in the way they have been treated.

      Tissaranee like chauvinists are so sad that Tamils elected King Family to whip them, did not give chance to Thissaranee to whip them. She is so depressed for not giving them the chance to whip them. What these UNP propagandists are not talking is, Tamil did not vote to Ranil just because they did not want to take part in the 2005. It has nothing to do with racism. But the shameless thing in the world is the Sinhala Intellectual racists have completely discarded Ranil in 2005, 2010 and 2015 just only for his religion. But she is the one trickily shamelessly naming LTTE as anti-democratic. Does she have a dictionary at home to refer the word “Democracy” at home? She in her own will contending that discarding a man for his religion is the democracy she is practicing?

      These UNP propagandists are constantly issuing treats to the Tamils that will be facing another Mullivaaikkaal if they do not vote to the candidate they are pointing. The Sinhala Intellectual Puppet called Election commission has not taken any action against those showing the Mullivaaikkaal and collecting vote for MY3. Tissaranee is so actively, without missing in any article, threatening Tamils that if Tamils do not vote for Ranil they will be beaten up again. Tamils voted for Fonseka. But the truth is that is what Tamils still got. There was never a Tamils prime minister or President. Tamils always voted for JR, Premadasa, Sirima, Chandrika…. That is all they always got. This twisted propaganda of that Tamils would have been not disfranchised, their jobs would not have been taken away, their schools would not have been nationalized, there would not have been standardization, there would have been no genocide communal troubles, if they have voted for the candidate Tissaranee like chauvinist pointing out all are bloody lies. I know she wants to deny she did not tell that. But she hiding those the things happened in the past and denying actually the what happened in the past 60 years is the one would have happened in the 2005 elections, is false propaganda and out right advocating of what I wrote.

      None of the Sinhala Intellectuals ever opposed the dismissal of C.J.Shiranee, just because she blocked the Divi Negumba, which marginalized the 13A. Sampanthan and Sumanathiran are only ones opposed it in the parliament and it is there in the records. Sinhala Intellectuals’ propaganda is not about the true law breaking. But they want only selective judgments for Sinhala Intellectuals. Tissaranee openly writing “Are they going to respond to the democratic opposition the same way they responded to the anti-democratic LTTE?” In fact what is she asking is can Royal family threat the Sinhala intellectuals the same they are expected to treat the Tamil Pariahs. Is there in anywhere in world it is saying because they were anti-democratic they can be killed 150,000 in five months? What does she mean by “responding to the LTTE”, but that should not be to her, a Sinhala Intellectual? Who are the new democratic opposition? Hakeem, Fonseka, Maithiri, Champika, Athurilia, Chandrika( Ranil is rejected in the past three EP elections)… Who are they, in that sentences quoted as “they”? Wimal, King, Champika, Hakeem, Athurilia, Fonseka, Maithiri, Chandrika.. Aren’t these are the ones responded to the anti-democratic LTTE? What is wrong if the people treat them in the same way they treated others?

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      Vibushna you Sinkalam:

      Where did you lot come from and here is piece of information for you about your ancestors.

      Sinhabahu or (“Lion-arms”), was the son of a Vanga princess and a lion. He killed his father and became king of Vanga. His son Vijaya would emigrate to Lanka and become the progenitor of the Sinhala people.

      We came in Boats and you swam the Palk straight as you were not human enough to sail.

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    Oh I see! The opposition wants societal support? Where is the hotline that I can call if I want to bring something to the notice of this opposition?

    Somebody called regarding one Maithree and his candidacy. When I asked who he was, there was a sunned silence but no answer. Maybe they did not know. They were just doing the job of calling numbers and saying vote for Maithree or some such nonsense.

    The opposition just wants their own Ghoul on the presidents seat in order to satiate their own greed.

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    As usual, a well written pragmatic thesis by the writer. Please continue to churn such material!

    A devouring Dictator has an unsatiable desire and hunger for power to serve himself and his kith and kin. Unfortunately MR has tuned out to be such a brutal and draconian Dictator who has no desire to serve the people. If one thinks he believes in Democracy, that is furthest from the truth. He only pretends he does and does what it takes to frustrate the will of the people. Such Dictators will not give up power easily. They wil do whatever it takes to retain power. That’s the mind of a Dictator. That’s why ALL need to do their part to ensure all devious plans, schemes, plots, ruses and machinations of this Demon are countered, negated and neutralised.

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      “As usual, a well written pragmatic thesis by the writer. Please continue to churn such material!”

      Please get it to the Common man, the rulal peeple and urban people and to anybody who can read,,

      Currently 96% of Sri Lankans can read Sinhala, Tamil and English or combinations thereof,

      Do get it printed and distribute…

      Talk to JVP. Jatika Vimukthi Peramuna or Peoples Liberation Front.

      They know how..

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    Ms T finally got one thing right..

    That is her admission although not direct, that Srilanka has been one and only one country since the time of our Lord Buddha.

    That is 2500 year unbroken stretch without major disasters or plagues .

    Lord Buddha must have something to do with this remarkable history of Srilanka and her Sinhala Buddhist majority…..

    The question is will it become next Libya?.

    I can guarantee that it will, if CC Sira is allowed to sneak in he will his My Three mates.

    My Three will make it happen whether Sira likes it or not..

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      Sumane:
      [Edited out]. Prepare to go back under the gonbetta from which you emerged after January 8th!

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “That is her admission although not direct, that Srilanka has been one and only one country since the time of our Lord Buddha.”

      Its never been a country but consisted of several Kingdoms except on one or two brief periods. You are reading too much history written by Champika, Ganapathipillai, Dharshini, Kamalika, Nalin De Silva, ………..

      “That is 2500 year unbroken stretch without major disasters or plagues”

      The island may not have experienced natural disasters the country has been left to its own device to create its own man made disasters.

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    Still i mainly see pictures in the news of opposition sitting on plastic chairs during rallies.

    Why didn’t they split up – each of them campaigning somewhere else to cover more grounds?

    Why do I see Malsha Kumaranatunge campaigning at grassroots level and why do I feel that the JVP is doing all the hard work.

    The flooding is likely to help MR remain in power. Remember that it will be 7 more years of MR, then at least 12 years of Namal. By the time it is 2034 how old will RW, CBK, SF and MS be?

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    Sinhala speaking Demela Modaya Vibushana,

    If then we tamils have only one option – Wipe out the whole racists from our native land.

    MindIt

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      TwoFeetTiger

      “Wipe out the whole racists from our native land.”

      Sorry whose land are we talking about? There is only one Native and its my people.

      Rest of them are descendants of Kallthonies.

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    The picture on this article is worth thousand words.

    Who is with Ltters ? While accusing RW and other of being pro tamil Diaspora ?

    DJ should answer the nation ? why are these blatant lies ?

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    MR will be pragmatic on the 9th morning and step down,making way for the new President.

    MR will step down as he wants to maintain remnants of his “legacy” … the young ones and rogues will change their minds after the truth sinks in by noon.

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    This morning News (Tamil – Europe) says the EC will cancel the PE should the Army or
    Forces intervene with the Tamils from Voting on 8-1-15. I do not think the EC has
    guts to do it, but may be MR wishes to have the PE postponed following the unpredicted
    trends? He has 2 yrs. to make a decision again, after locking up some with ease!!

    Is not Gota more eloquent,when he says ” So what?” Because he has a Plan of his own – MR not being able to curb Gotas Plans?

    Will this E.C. be able to put in writing to the Secretary MoD that no members of the Forces leave their Camps (in Uniform or not) on 8th/9th January, without THE ECs EXPRESS SANCTION. This should be copied to Lalith Weeratunga and an acknowledgement sought by return. The movement of the Army to places anew like Polonnaruwa should be re-allocated to their original places as at day of Nomination. This includes Army activity in the N/E from 7th morning and patrolling be curbed. Only on the request of the Police that they can leave their Camps for Official work. WILL the EC have the guts to do his duty??

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      “may be MR wishes to have the PE postponed following the unpredicted trends?”
      Exactly for the same reason EC must be thinking (or forced to ) along that line – TO POSTPONE

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      Punchinilame

      What the Election Commissioner has said is H M V (His Master’s Voice).

      When a mind works in disoriented ways, signs are ominous.

      As if fairness to Tamils is to be meted out, the poll in the country is threatened to be cancelled.

      Impending defeat of incumbent President is inadvertently let out.

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    Thank you very much Thisaranee.

    Your presentation is highly commendable.

    Everyone must be very wise and must vote for Maithreepala Sirisena to expel this Robbery Regime.

    Mahinda, Gotabaya, Basil and Mahinda’s three sons and other henchmen such as Wimal Buruwansa, Mahindanada, S.B., Nimal Wanacharapala, Mervyn and so on have completely destroy our motherland.

    Vote for Maithreepala Sirisena to have better country for our future generation.

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    Societal Vigilance and Support is very important after the 8th Jan, in the event of Mahinda Rajapakse loosing the election and using illegal means of not relinquishing the Executive Presidency.

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    EVERY BODY IN THE SOUTH UNDER ESTIMATING THE REAL DANGER.RAJAPAKSE AND PONSEKA THE GENERAL WERE HAVING TROUBLE NOT ABOUT WHO WON THE WAR BUT ABOUT WHO GET THE MAJOR PART OF LTTE GOLD MINE.KP THE FOREIGN HOLDER OF LTTE WELTH SURRENRTERED WHOLE THIG TOGETHER WITH HIS SOUL TO RAJAPAKSASS.THIS GOLD MINE CAN STILL BUY MORE PEOPLE OF THE CALIBRE OF PONSEKA.IT WILL BE A HEAD LINE IN FEW DAYS THAT PONSEKA AND SAJITH THE MAJICKS NEELING DOWEN IN FRONT OF RAJAPAKSAS GOLD MINE-JAYAWEA TO KP.

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      VANNARA PODIYAN

      What is the meaning of your name?

      Does it mean young male monkey?

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    TG:

    A scorpion’s poison is in its tail. The Rajapaksas may be willing to risk violent deluge to hang on to power but that does not mean they will prevail. Societal vigilance and resistance can prevent that horrendous future. The Rajapaksas can still be defeated democratically and sent home peacefully. But this may be our last chance to do that.

    *** I think the above is a wishful thinking and I am yet to be convinced that the Sri Lankan electorate are mature enough to rise above their prejudice and vote with their Heads rather than their Hearts.
    MR speaks to a different audience who form the majority and have done so for the last 64 years.

    My preference is for MR to prevail so that the International Community can punish Sinhala Lanka through Sanctions to change the Sinhala mind set once an for all. NEVER AGAIN.

    A Maithri win will scupper our plans in the short term and delay our March towards FREEDOM.

    I hope MR wins by hook or by crook

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