27 May, 2019

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“Shrimath” Sirisena’s Darling Sajith

By Grusha Andrews

We are all looking for a hero. For hope. Our leaders loot our money, bond scam, and kill journalists, send rockets to space, appoint fake Prime Ministers in fly by night constitutional coups, spread religious extremism and deforest our earth. They do as quacks and astrologers advice and bathe statues with milk and perfumed waters in India. 

When the constitutional coup of October 2018 happened people wanted to believe that at least some good came out of it for the largest democratic party in Sri Lanka, the United National Party (UNP). The UNP loyalists, tired of not having a UNP President in over 30 years thought of their ‘go-to’ answer: Sajith Premadasa. Finally, they thought, our opportunity to escape the jinx of Ranil’s unending defeats. A breath of fresh air, all those allegations of illegal excavating archeological treasures, demolition of Buddha statues, weren’t really proven and the then President’s son was never convicted, right? We can gloss over all that and label him our hope, they thought. After all, he elocutes English, he is educated, Ranil’s much wronged victim, the UNP’s messiah.

Well, they thought wrong. 

Let’s go fact by fact. 

Not A Graduate Of London School Of Economics and Political Science!

To quote Sajith’s own website: “A graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science of the University of London, his degree covered the areas of economics, politics and international relations. Following his BSc at LSE, Sajith decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Management at the University of Maryland, near Washington DC”. 

If one dissects the convoluted words, it is obvious that Sajith never did graduate from LSE. The name of his degree is never mentioned, glossing over the truth with the words “areas covered”. In October 2013, Colombo Telegraph, in an exclusive exposé revealed that the educational status popularized in his website, Facebook page and paid biographies written, claiming that he graduated from LSE, was a lie. Sajith Premadasa accepted to Colombo Telegraph that he never graduated and an aegrotat “degree” was all he had.

What Is An Aegrotat “Degree”? 

The aegrotat degree is a British tradition of awarding a degree to a candidate under the presumption that he or she would have satisfied the standard required for that degree, if not for intervening circumstances such as serious ill health or even death. It is, therefore, an exemption to the normal definition of a degree as an honors degree with a classification or a pass degree without classification.

It is in essence a document issued to a student who remained registered in a university, was not expelled, and did not have the capacity to finish the course work of the degree. 

Screenshot from http://sajithpremadasa.org

An aegrotat “degree” does not denote any competence of the person for his registered course, because by definition it is issued to a person who never did obtain the education, required to graduate. Simply said, it is a document issued on shallow logic such as “talls for security – shorts for labourer” which Sajith Premadasa is quite familiar with. 

Sajith: The Measles Medical Miracle

Speaking to Colombo Telegraph in 2013, Sajith Premadasa acknowledged that he had only sat for his first year exams at LSE because he had been “sick with measles and then a paralysis of his legs which prevented him from sitting for further exams”. His official website cleverly evades the year of his graduation from LSE. But extrapolating, one can estimate that he was in LSE between 1987 and 1992 because he finished high school in 1986 and was in university of Maryland USA in 1993 “studying for his Masters”. 

According to the official epidemiological data of the United Kingdom, confirmed by Public Health England (PHE), there were no reported cases of Adult Measles in otherwise healthy adults in the UK between 1987 and1992. According to PHE, the oldest child to contract Measles in the UK during this time was 13 years old. 

Further, lower limb paralysis as a complication of Adult Measles is exceptionally rare and does not last more than two weeks according to the systematic reviews and meta analyses published in peer reviewed journal articles that have analyzed global epidemiology of Measles in the last two centuries. 

If Sajith’s was an ultra-secretive case of Adult Measles (a common childhood disease) resulting in paralysis preventing him from attending LSE for three full years, he is an amazing specimen, given that he walks just fine now. This case of Adult Measles that escaped the eyes of the vigilant British public health system, makes him not a political case study. He is a Medical case study. 

However, these are only the independently verifiable data. The author is not privy to the personal medical records that are legally and ethically the confidential documents of Sajith Premadasa. These verifications have been carried out, comparing the statements issued by Sajith Premadasa himself about his illness to Colombo Telegraph with published official health statistics of the British Government. 

Sajith Has No Masters In Public Management From Maryland University 

The claim made by himself that he obtained a Master’s in Public Administration is also a blatant lie. In spite of the official websites, Facebook pages and paid biographies’ claims, Sajith Premadasa neither finished his MSc, nor graduated. In fact it was a “facilitated” period of a quasi- internship (which begs the question- “internship for what, exactly?”) done in the USA. 

A Question Of Integrity 

The constitution of Sri Lanka does not spell out any educational qualification requirement to be a member of parliament. However it warrants that he be of sane mind. There is a general erosion of the moral fabric of our society and there is a dangerous loss of faith of the public in politicians who have exhausted the public with day light robberies of public funds, lack of transparency and blatant lying. 

Whether Sajith Premadasa has a degree from LSE or a Masters from Maryland University is less of an issue compared to the lack of integrity of Sajith Premadasa and his paid cronies who glorify him as the messiah of the UNP. A person who is a fundamental liar about his bio data is unlikely to deliver Sri Lanka to an era of integrity, good governance or prosperity. 

No Inheritance, No Salary, No Petrol- Yet So Much Give Away Money? 

The besotted UNPers, tired of Ranil and his antics are dreamy eyed about Sajith Premadasa. Our ears hurt listening to his repeated claims that he does not draw a salary, nor use an official vehicle or petrol. Sajith Premadasa’s father was born to abject poverty in to a household in Keselwatte in Central Colombo, home of slums, poverty and inequality. 

Sajith Premadasa, therefore does not come from old money. 

He has never done any job other than being a parliamentarian. And he does not collect a salary for the one job he had been doing. He does not appear to own any proclaimed business. However, whenever he visits a rural temple he donates 50,000 rupees of his own money to the temple. Further he donates lakhs to schools, charities and voters. Where does this money come from? Does money grow on trees in the Premadasa garden? Only someone minting money, like in a fictitious novel can have this sort of disposable wealth. 

Sajith: A Root Cause Of UNP’s Erosion

The number one cause of UNP’s unsalvable erosion and degeneration is unarguably the undemocratic in-party politics of Ranil Wickremesinghe. His pig headed and leech like hold on to the party leadership created unprecedented and repeated defeats of the UNP. He alienated the rural voter base and the patriotic voters by coming through as a non–nationalistic, western valued misfit to our culture.

The main workload of tarnishing the image of Ranil was singlehandedly initiated and carried by the Maharaja Network, predominantly the Sirasa TV. The biggest lackey of Sirasa TV in the UNP was and is, Sajith Premadasa. The other lackeys were of the caliber of S M Marikkar, Buddhika Pathirana and Harsha De Silva. 

Whilst Sirasa TV was executing unethical journalism, stooping to unbelievable depths of mudslinging and character assassination of the leader of the party, Sajith, the aspirant of leadership remained the darling of the TV channel. He went from door to door holding his characteristic pocket meetings criticizing the leader, portraying him as a stooge of the west, destroying his image. By doing this repeatedly for good 15 years Sajith has finally made a formidable contribution to thinning out the rural support for the UNP. These criticisms were telecasted over and over spilling the negativity to the whole country. Sajith today is a victim of the unwinnable UNP that he helped created with Sirasa TV. 

Sajith: UNP’S Anti-Campaigner

In his 19 year long career in politics Sajith has not engaged in one cerebral discussion in a single TV program on governance, constitutional reforms, economics, ethnic conflict, international relations or policy reform. He has not contributed in any way to TV debates that drive the crucial election campaigns. All he has ever done is engaging in the anti-campaign, undoing the party efforts and running to Hambantota, criticizing Ranil during all elections. 

He has been engaging in Rajapaksa style politics “gifting” houses as he pleases and naming “Udagam” after this man and that. Recently Poddala Jayantha, the brutalized journalist scathingly told Sajith pretty much to go to hell and reminding him of the track record of his father, infamous for sanctioning murders of prominent journalists during his rule. 

Sajith: Darling Of Sirasa, Darling Of Sirisena

Whose darling you are will also reveal whose enemy you are. If you watch the video below, it will summarize the phenomenon called Sajith. President Ranasinghe Premadasa was the last president in three decades to call himself “Shrimath” (“exalted Sir”). He was a man oppressed by caste, social inequality and a victim of the English speaking “cultured” men who imparted their superiority complexes to give him a massive inferiority complex. Sajith of late is bestowing the honorary prefix of “Shrimath” in front of Maithripala Sirisena, without Sirisena ever asking anyone to do so. Sajith shrewdly understands the mentality of a man who has climbed the social ladder from small origins.  If you listen in the video below the love returned to Sajith by “Srimath” Sirisena, it will rest this article’s case.

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    The world over there are politicians, businessmen, conmen, godmen and the like whose claim of qualifications are questionable.
    Grusha Andrews has presented a case here – compellingly and no holds barred.
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    Grusha has done this in good faith and MUST research and present other similar cases in Parliament.
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    PS: Should RW have a crack at the Presidency?
    Of course “Yes”. He handled the 6 October coup d’état with grit. We must give him a chance to deliver. If he does not, then we go for yet another from the bloody lot.

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      Grusha Andrews.

      RE: Shrimath” Sirisena’s Darling Sajith

      1. “We are all looking for a hero. For hope. Our leaders loot our money, bond scam, and kill journalists, send rockets to space, appoint fake Prime Ministers in fly by night constitutional coups, spread religious extremism and deforest our earth. They do as quacks and astrologers advice and bathe statues with milk and perfumed waters in India.”
      You just DEFINED the characteristic of the the Paras from India Illegally occupying the Land of Native Veddah Aethho..

      2. Grusha, Amarasiri objects to the use of the words Shrimath” Sirisena, to a Traitor, Quisling, Sevalaya, Mala-Perethaya and Pachaya.

      3. “The constitution of Sri Lanka does not spell out any educational qualification requirement to be a member of parliament.” Nor do they specify the IQ levels, when the mean IQ of the populace is 79.

      4. “In his 19 year long career in politics Sajith has not engaged in one cerebral discussion in a single TV program on governance, constitutional reforms, economics, ethnic conflict, international relations or policy reform. All he has ever done is …criticizing Ranil during all elections. “

      So, low IQ Sajith Premadasa qualifies, just like Sirisena, even though he never graduated. Did his father Ranasinghe Premadasa graduate? He graduated from the street.

      5. “The number one cause of UNP’s unsalvable erosion and degeneration is unarguably the undemocratic in-party politics of Ranil Wickremesinghe. His pig headed and leech like hold on to the party leadership created unprecedented and repeated defeats of the UNP. He alienated the rural voter base and the patriotic voters by coming through as a non–nationalistic, western valued misfit to our culture.”

      So, in the “democracy” we have undemocratic parties, and Rail W is heading one such party UNP? Not Traitor Sirisena?

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        Gusha dear, thanks but lets look for a real hero?! Mine is Mr. Sunil Handunetti of the JVP -for next President of Sri Lanka to clean up the corrupt Cesspit called the Sri Lanka Parliament.
        As COPE Chairman, Handunetti systematically stayed the course and exposed the biggest financial fraud in Lanka to date. Sunil Handunetti must be fielded by JVP as a Presidential Candidate. he will win hands down! JVPs AKD has unfortunately disgraced himself, supporting bond Ranil and playing constitutional amendment games to distract everyone when we all knew that the 20 amendment would not fly.

        The biggest problem in Lanka is corruption and MONEY POLITICS today; The Bi-partisan UNP-SLFP corruption racket was brokered by Trumpland in the name of Fake Reconciliation, to push its own agenda of setting up military bases in Trinco with US Citizen Gota’s Avant Guard company or Bondscam Ranil undermining customs and immigration institutions just as he did the Central Bank with Washington Consensus fake advice.
        . Bondscam Ranil’s unconscionable looting of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka the most important financial GOVERNANCE institution of the country which is why there is no investor confidence or FDI coming to Lanka at this time and only a debt trap.
        Bondscam Ranil should have been impeached but is protected by his Trumpland puppets who have “embargoed” the PCOI Report on the Bondscam for 30 years – Washington Style while clown Presidential clown Sira tangoes on. Washington is setting up military bases and writing policy in Lanka today. All in a days work!

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          Right on Dodo! Sunil Handunetti for President of Lanka should be the cry from Civil society and those who want to clean up this country that is rotting from Cesspit Parliament down!
          The younger generation must lead, so lets start a citizen’s movement for reform to:
          1) ban anyone over the age of 60 contesting and
          2) ban cross overs in parliament and ensure anyone who does so loses the seat.

          The culture of corruption and the UNP-SLFP bi-partisan corruption racket is a direct result of USAID democracy training programs and so called trips for politicians to Washington over the past years. So too US aid to Justice sector and Bribery Commission strengthening has de-developed the rule of law and promoted a culture of impunity, bribery and corruption. This is why MCC fake “Aid” is a Curse on Lanka.

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            Dear Dinuk,
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            I’d like an under 60 myself (I’m already over 70), but I don’t think that you should write such things into the Constitution. I think it unwise to disqualify any citizen of Sri Lanka the right to contest any election on grounds of “over-age” (underage would be O.K.), gender, sexual orientation, education or previous employment (two terms only as President, I approve of). Even dual citizenship ought to be allowed, with so many fleeing the country for political reasons.
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            On the other hand conviction of non-political crimes should debar a person from contesting.
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            My ideal candidate would be 50 years of age, and “educated” but you cannot rule out the possibility of the best person in certain circumstances being different.

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          Dear Dodo,
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          If the JVP runs a serious candidate then it is unlikely that anybody will achieve 50% on the first count of votes. What happens then? Answer: no return to the polls by us about two weeks later.
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          I have posted this question many times on CT. Having read your comment I thought I’d better check with a guy who ought to know, but didn’t two weeks ago. Just checked. They will count the preference votes cast for those candidates, third and downwards who have to drop out, however close they might have come to the two leading candidates.
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          So, given your scenario, Handunetti has to be first or the second on the first round. The probability is that he will be third; the Pohottu candidate and the UNP candidate being the first two. Anyway, let’s suppose he’s among the top two. They will not look at the Preference votes cast for the guys who are first and second. They will count the Preferences for all those who have dropped out. All those ballots where a second and third preference was not cast will be considered “insignificant”. Then only the “significant” losers ballots will be counted. You can’t really expect a tie with that many votes cast. I think that if it is really close, then one can expect weeks of recounts and court cases. They may have to go back to the “insignificant” ballots to see if there were some vague marks that were rejected.
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          Anyway, the end result will be that one of the candidates would have won 50% of the significant votes or there is that twelve million to one chance that there is a tie. This will be the case even if the winners tally will be a mere 40% or less of the total votes cast. That wouldn’t matter, provided it has been a clean election, although racists (especially) who have lost will keep making snide remarks.

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            Dinuk,
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            This is how it worked in the London Mayoral election in 2016:
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            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_London_mayoral_election
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            Sadiq Khan with a working class and Pakistani background was always ahead. Zach Goldsmith, an aristocratic man with Jewish background was his main opponent. Perhaps, I could make it more interesting by saying that he was the former brother-in-law of Pakistan’s current Prime Minister, Imran Khan:
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            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jemima_Goldsmith
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            That’s Jemima.
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            But what is important is that we study the system of voting. Quite a lot of people had cast preferential votes, unlike the case in Sri Lanka. We are far too much controlled by the leadership of the two major political parties, and we have little say in whom we’d like as candidates.

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    Sajith Premadasa is Srilankas version of Santa Claus.But as commented above,from where is he getting his funds to dole out the gifts? He of-course is not to the Manor born!

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    I read a different version of Sajith education. That is all lies. RP send him to, my version, both to Englan and to Boston to make gain some qualification but failed. [edited out]

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    I think Grusha Andrews is the best journalist we’ve got today.

    What a hand what a pen!

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    Nalmen.
    You are right.
    Actually, at the Presidential Election Petition hearings Counsel for Mrs.B, H.L.De Silva P.C.EASILY THE MOST BRILLIANT COUNSEL AT THE BAR THEN argued on the basis that an Election which was not free and fair was by no means an Election.Most lawyers who followed the submissions that he had made in this petition were in awe for his masterly presentation.True the court did not hold with him,but the fact remains that Premadasa Snr defeated Mrs.B BY RESORTING TO VIOLENCE, whereby voters were prevented from exercising their vote.
    JVP helped Premadasa Snr.
    LTTE helped MaRa.
    Eventually Premadasa finished off Rohana Wijeweera and his gang and MaRa finished off Prabaharan and his gang.
    We need to move away from violence in our Public life. History has a dirty habit of repeating itself!
    Sajith and Namal will continue with the same style,if elected.Fortunately,there is a big IF.

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      Plato’s wise comment is worthy of his master Socrates.
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      I wrote that sentence, then found the judgement in this case and skimmed though it:
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      https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/001-SLLR-SLLR-1992-2-SIRIMAVO-BANDARANAIKE-v.-RANASINGHE-PREMADASA-AND-CHANDANANDA-DE-SIL.pdf
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      156 pages of what seems to be two judgements really. Four judges signing the majority decision of 64 pages, and Justice Goonewardena submitting 92 pages. Both judgements holding for Mr Premadasa, but Justice Goonewardena making no order as to costs, which were granted by the majority four. Said to be the longest of cases, taking three years to complete (sitting five days per week?).
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      Just emphasises that if an election is held, it be properly held.
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      By the way, Plato, some years before this, I happened to be sitting waiting while some case that was not in any way mine was heard, before a small Board. I didn’t know who this H.L. de Silva was, but I reported to my cousin, Elanga Deshapriya Wikramanayake, that I had witnessed a soft-spoken lawyer who seemed brilliant. Elanga smiled. I didn’t then know that the two lawyers were great frends.

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    A good one Grusha. When a politician tries to pretend he has educational qualifications it is a fraud committed on the public. Sajith had ample resources and opportunity to get a real degree. People with far less privilege have done it. His failure to graduate clearly indicates that he can’t be anywhere as nearly intelligent as he pretends to be. Anyone can talk with an accent. A person who aspires to be leader of the UNP, and the leader of the country, can’t be a fraud or an idiot. It appears Sajith is both. The Measles observation is priceless :). Excellent investigative journalism. I don’t think Sajith counted on this level of scrutiny when he decided to tell his little lie.

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    My dear Grusha

    Your Sinhala version is better than this. Are you bi lingual?

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    I hope and pray that a white van is not following this noble lady after writing this very brave article

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    True Ranil has a local LLB degree. I would have liked him to have a foreign degree too – some good law foreign post graduate qualification.

    As the nation’s next President, he ought to have had exposure to fine foreign education (he was also a former education minister, and a really good one)

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      Dear Good Advice,
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      You have written: “As the nation’s next President, . . .” as though he’s already been elected, or is at least sure of being elected.
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      How can he get elected? He’s not getting my vote. He’s too old, and he hasn’t been any great success for about the 45 years he’s been in politics; years during which the country has slipped back into poverty, individuals hating one another owing differences in language and religion. I’m convinced that the generalisation that Sri Lankans have nearly identical DNA is only wrong to the extent that no generalisation will hold good 100% of the time.
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      Ranil’s strategy: Ensure that he gets UNP nomination for Presidential Election + Blackmail all minorities into voting for him + Buy himself some Sinhala support by doing favours to some (mainly Royalists) + Rely on Party Machinery throughout the country to deliver some votes.
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      The possibility of success is there, but my FIRST and SECOND preferences will go to those young persons whom I consider honest. He will probably get my THIRD Preference. I would consider those who don’t understand this paragraph to be politically uneducated. They don’t deserve to participate in the process, but, unfortunately, they make up 99% of our voters. The system is well explained here:
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      http://aceproject.org/ace-en/topics/es/ese/ese01/ese01c
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      Sri Lanka and the Municipality of London have that system. Local admirers of the Brits may like that pairing.

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    We in UK closely follow Lanka. We think London School of Economics and Maryland University must take legal action against S Premadasa for lying that he has degrees from them

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    My dear Grusha

    I do not know anything about you even whether you are man or woman. But, I can say you are brave to write like this. Keep writing my dear son/daughter

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    the faces of Premadasa and Sirisena in the photo tells a stroy that they are up to something corrupt

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    The West and the US have made many successful stories of people without degrees, be it business or politics. Now even they start to think if university degrees are worth the time and money. Why bother about Sajith’s degree when a degree has nothing to do with one’s leadership qualities.

    Degree is to pick one out of ordinary. The extra-ordinary doesn’t need the support of a degree to get picked. If SL doesn’t produce those extra-ordinary, it is a different story. Look at some of popular corporate bosses without degrees. Look at some of our PhD holders how ordinary their thought are, and some even involve in inciting racial violence.

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      What you say is true ………… but this is not about degrees/qualifications.

      But about people’s proclivity to claim them when they don’t have them ……. and going to great lengths to lie about them

      Sajith, although has no qualifications/degrees goes to lengths to claim them.

      So the question is ………… is such a person suitable for the leadership of a country and what else will he lie about to the people.

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        nimal fernando, very true. Missed it

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    On this National Day tributes must pour overwhelmingly to Grusha Andrews for writing such a fine article which diminishes our sorrows and worries to some extent

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    I have read Grusha Andrews

    Grusha Andrews is fit enough to be this country’s common candidate

    Grusha Andrewws deserves ‘Lankabhimaana’ award

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    Grusha, you are a gem

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