27 September, 2020

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Sirisena Comes To Town

By Dushy Ranetunge

Dushy Ranetunge

Dushy Ranetunge

It was a sunny Thursday morning in Havelock Town, as my wife and I opened the front gates of my property to take our vehicle out to go on some errands. Before us were a line of vehicles blocking the private road.

Maithripala Sirisena had come to town. Havelock Town. I explained to a gentleman who was about to park yet another vehicle that this was a private road, and if he was to park, I would regard it as trespass and will have to let out the air of his tyres. He obliged and removed the vehicle, but there were just too many and I could no longer leave the blocked private road.

It seems the commotion was over the opening of a campaign office for Mr Sirisena and several neighbours expressed their displeasure as to what was going on.

My wife and I then walked to the property in which Mr Maithripala Sirisena, Mr Ravi Karunanayake, Athuraliye Rathana Thero, and Rajitha Senaratne were standing, surrounded by a large crowd.

Maithri RathanaWe approached Mr Sirisena and requested if he could spare us 2 minutes. He kindly obliged. I explained to Mr Sirisena, that the road he was participating in opening a campaign office was a private road and that all the properties in this road had a legal covenant written into the deeds stipulating that all the properties within the private estate could be used for residential purposes only. Therefore I explained that if an office was to be opened, that he would be abetting in the breach of a legal covenant.

Rajitha Senaratne then commented that the property had been an office before. I conceded that was so, but that we had expressed our opposition to that “use” as well, and that we expected higher standards from Mr Sirisena as per his campaign promises.

Rajitha Senaratne’s comment was worrying. If a new Sirisena administration was to breach legal rights of citizens within the country, would Rajitha Senarate defend such breaches on the basis that such breaches have happened in the past? Not a very promising comment by a politician presenting himself to the country aspiring higher standards and accountability?

We explained to Mr Sirisena that we were not opposed to him and that we supported him and that we would welcome his success at the pools, but was only opposed to the breach of the legal covenant and trespass on a private road by a large number of vehicles.

Mr Sirisena was apologetic and gave an assurance that they will be leaving by 12.15pm and we thanked him and left. Those in his entourage were kind and moved some of the vehicles to facilitate our exit.

On our return at about 1pm, several vehicles were still in the close, and without warning or provocation one of the political entourage started being abusive. I stopped my vehicle and got down. A politician convoy that started rolling minutes later was blocked.  The abusive man now got into my vehicle and tried unsuccessfully to move it. He seemed somewhat confused sitting in my drivers seat and staring at the dashboard, unable to start a keyless entry automatic vehicle. While I walked up to the tinted glass BMW to speak to the politician hiding inside to complain about the abusive behaviour of his staff and demand an apology from that gentleman of quality, he had started being abusive to my wife and grabbed her phone as she was about to photograph him.

My wife, a lawyer and a lady of formidable character, had punched the man and grabbed the phone back. This had been a response that he clearly did not expect and he was lucky. This gentleman of quality was not to know that my wife has received and continues to receive training by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) in the United Kingdom with specialist techniques to deal with aggressive bahaviour.

She refused to move from the middle of the road, adding to the blockage caused by my vehicle and preventing the convoy from leaving, until an apology was received.

It seems to us, that there is no difference between these Sri Lankan politicians. They are quite happy or may I say ignorant in trespassing onto clearly marked private road with an entry barrier, which has a restrictive legal covenant and block the lawful residents from leaving their homes, but when it comes to them wanting to leave, everyone is shoved aside.

Some of the political entourage were being apologetic and called for that gentleman of quality who had been abusive to return and apologise, but he had got into a vehicle and fled the scene.

The politician hiding inside the BMW did not get down or try to address the issue, while his confused entourage were blowing hot and cold. It was amusing that we saw several instances of people being abusive and apologetic at the same time almost like a duel personality.

I saw and heard another gentleman of quality commenting in Sinhalese that this will be the last time we travel down this road, insinuating in a very Sinhalese rural manner that we will be killed or disposed of.  Intimidation seems to come naturally to these champions of democracy. I found the comments and behaviour amusing, making me wonder if there was any difference between the mindsets of rural Hambantota and rural Polonnaruwa.

I inquired loudly if this was the new Sri Lanka that Sirisena was aspiring to?

While we abhor the rampant corruption in this society that we live in, void of any respect for women’s rights, minority rights, human rights, respect for judicial independence and good governance, a society that I would not want to bring up my children in, it would be a serious mistake to get carried away with Sirisena as the panacea to our problems.

For me the only attraction of Sirisena is that unlike the Hambanthota incumbent, the Polonnaruwa aspirant will be far more vulnerable in Parliament. Other than that it would be a mistake to have faith that Polonnaruwa will deliver on its promises any better or worse than Hambantota.

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    Dushy, dont be a fool of yourself and show your stay in UK and who cares?
    The country need a change to send the Rajapaksa Junta and do not make a issue after getting few quids from the Rajapaksas.

    Pollanaruwa man is not the best though there is not one better than this time to take the challenge for the Hambantota rogue.

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      Dushy Ranetunge –

      “While we abhor the rampant corruption in this society that we live in, void of any respect for women’s rights, minority rights, human rights, respect for judicial independence and good governance, a society that I would not want to bring up my children in, it would be a serious mistake to get carried away with Sirisena as the panacea to our problems.”

      “For me the only attraction of Sirisena is that unlike the Hambanthota incumbent, the Polonnaruwa aspirant will be far more vulnerable in Parliament. Other than that it would be a mistake to have faith that Polonnaruwa will deliver on its promises any better or worse than Hambantota.”

      Remember, they All have been trained by the following, not to respect Law and order. However, if it was MaRa Crowd you would have been beaten up.

      Can you write the Common sense pamphlet Sri lanka 2014, Sir?

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

      SWRD

      JR

      Premadasa

      VP

      MR

      As how to do Politics in sSi Lanka.

    • 3
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      Dushy Ranetunge –

      RE:Sirisena Comes To Town

      But no cutouts.

      But if you go around the City hundreds of Medamulana MaRa cutouts.

      Are they legal? The use peoples money. They use Govt. servants. They have become MaRa servants.

      So, can you do?

      Paint, Black and red Paint filled balloons need to be thrown at the Mara cut ouy face, and let your opinion known.

      After all the cutouts are illegal. So throwing balloons at illegal cutouts is NOT illegal.

      HOW TO do Water Balloon Painting of Medamulana MaRa cutouts.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn5nSFg2e5Y

    • 0
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      This particular Dushy is worried about the parking of a pvt rd while almost every second is worried about their security, dignified life and the basic human rights that are being forcefully harmed by the incumbent MR administration. This kind of men and women are simply the ignorants of our society – not knowing and being unable to distinguish the need of the hour.
      What botherd me all along during my short stay in colombo last few weeks was, whereever I travelled, i was forced to watch the posteres of all sizes showing the current dictator-MR while no such cut outs of thelike are displayed for the opposition. This is strange in a so called democracy where peoples once enjoyed more rights in that line decades ago. There are also some that keep saying that it is a wonder to have highways – not knowing that almost every poor countries build them today than had been decades ago. Those who are not aware them, can watch CNN (africa) to make their aware of the realities. Our people as if they have no idea – some of them are overwelmed by being able to travel on HIGHWAYS: Anyways, I was surprised seeing how much costed us 3 to travel in such a public bus from Cmbo to Galle (420 x 3 rps). Not that much is earned by a trained teacher for local school, how could they afford it was my first question. We went to shopping to Sathosa, Food city, most of the time, I was helpless being unabel to see how the prices of many daily needs have gone up ? Also at Kelaniya Temple, I happened to meet mothers that were deserted by their own children. They spent the weeping and searching for houses for aged. These mothers were not given any shelter by anyone. Most of them were coming from affordable families but their daughters in laws or sons in laws had brought to street. Had the laws of the country in fucntion, these women to destine in this way should be impossible. But that is the truth. All what I had was some hundreds of rps … I gave them each making them somewhat calm. Today the country is a in a mess – no respect and dignity of life while the oligarchs in power abuse the tax payers funds for their exagerating levels of luxurious life styles.

  • 9
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    Congratulate your courage Dushy. We would have done the same with all our overseas exposure and courage the democracy taught us in abroad. But my humble advices to you either keep quiet or leave this country.
    If you (or we) blindly trust in law and order, police or judiciary that justice will be done, then you are wrong…….terribly wrong… Personal experience :)
    Beware of dogs mate !!!!

    • 6
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      Amen to that. Kneel down or emigrate.

  • 21
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    Pompous, arrogant and self opinionated writing. Ranetunge had only to write to Sirisena or meet him. Instead he wanted to show the world what a great guy he is. Demeaning and disappointing. If he behaved in this fashion with Mahinda Rajapaksa, he and his wife would be in hospital, and his house burnt down.

    This is not the way good folk challenge and correct the misdemeanours of politicians.

    • 12
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      Dushy has a point. Trespassing! To be fair to Dushy and his wife, I see the larger point as well. Can we really expect real change? With that kind of henchmen in the MY3 campaign.
      I applaud them for standing their ground.

      However, I am not sure whether a personal inconvenience is enough to de-rail a national political movement, desperate for victory.

      In fact, failure to win the election will ensure the expropriation of Dushy’s property in Colombo by Rajapassa cronies. He won’t be the only one.

      If I were you, given the context, I would ignore the Trespassing. Just, way too trivial.

      Cheers!

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        Let us remind ourselves of this rhyme from our young days…

        For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
        For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
        For want of a horse the rider was lost.
        For want of a rider the message was lost.
        For want of a message the battle was lost.
        For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
        And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

        Yes, trespassing maybe “trivial” but what it does reveal is the things to come, even if Mathiri does
        win ?

      • 6
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        Ben Hurling

        The UNP hasn’t unleash their attack dogs yet. Wait.

        Hope you are not going to be disappointed with Sirisena.

        “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

        • 2
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          Native,

          I have no illusions. I know what UNP monkeys are capable of.

          I just expect current dictators political back & fake image to be broken at this juncture.

          We can deal with remaining massive problems in the aftermath.

          Otherwise we won’t even have a chance to get started.

          Cheers!

    • 5
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      Wickramasiri:
      You are dead right. This Dushy is an obviously self-righteous and pompous jackass who is trying to undermine Sirisena while pretending to support democracy.
      If his definition of democracy is the sanctity of gated communities, he needs his head examined.

  • 10
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    Dushy,
    I agree wholeheartedly with you the hindrance caused. But I will take my hat -off for you if you also write about the inconveniences the Rajapakse’s cause us everyday with their ugly and excessive lifestyle. I don’t think you will because you know what will be in store for you. It wont be a BMW in this case but a white van across your driveway….and trust me before your trained wife as you claim raises her hand she will be shot to death and there will be no trace of you or her.

    At a time the country is going through the stress of an imminent change your article seems excessive my friend. Democracy does not exist that is what Sirisena is trying to restore. So give him a chance like the way you will not write anything against MR.

  • 5
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    As I said before, Sirisena is simply old wine in new bottle.

  • 12
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    Listen Dushy , i’ve had some respect for you , but now with this load of bull crap , it’s all gone ! you know what ,sinhalese people who hold British passports tend to think they are way above the average sinhalese people , when they visit SL they always carry that arrogant stupid mentality and waiting for a slightest provocation to unleash their arrogance behavior , you have explained it clearly by describing your wife’s actions , yes those people(MY3 ‘s people) may have acted erratically but any other sensible person would have reacted quite differently taking in to the consideration of the circumstances , i could just imagine how arrogant you and your wife would have been from the beginning of this non issue !

    Nero was fiddling while Rome burning come to my mind , get a life Dushy !

    • 4
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      ¬Rajitha Senaratne then commented that the property had been an office before. I conceded that was so, but that we had expressed our opposition to that “use” as well,¬

      Precedence has always stood the test of time.!

      Palla Dushy, if you & elk were so concerned then the precedence should have been handled- sour graps looking for kappan
      Buruvas/Buro pawul!

    • 8
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      Excellent comment Sri Lal.

      These Kalu suddhas are the scum of the scum on earth.

      They show they are big shots here and come to ruin Sri Lanka.

      This Dushy Ranatunga, initially talked against Tamil homeland. Then once he migrated started to write for Tamil homeland and against Mahinda Rajapakse.

      Now, I think he got some money and is writing for Mahinda Rajapakse.

      They show how low they are.

      • 2
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        Jimbo Bimbo, Bimbo
        Where you going to go e o ,
        Bimbo, Bimbo
        What you going to do e o.
        Bimbo, Bimbo
        Does your mommie know, that your going down the road to see a little girlly o
        ___
        I believe for every drop of rain that falls
        A flower grows
        I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
        A candle glows
        I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come
        To show the way
        I believe, I believe
        Gentleman Jim
        Jimbo , Bimbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Gu0dE2A60

  • 8
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    He is making a mountain out of a moldhill. Probably he is trying to shown Maithree in a poor manner to the reading public.

  • 4
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    Maybe the legal crap is justifiable at least in theory. In situations like this with a lot of excitement and expectations, you are lucky to have had this response! Imagine if Duminda, Marvin or sumathipala was there with their polu (pole) hamudawas what the outcome may have been? In situations like this mob reactions are highly likely and the resultant damage will be formidable and many who took part will repent later (within hours!) Be thankful that Sirisena apologised although the promise was not kept by others! Arrogance does not work, it is counter productive! Even at this stage of your life it is a worthy lesson!

  • 4
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    If without any power, this is their behavior.

    Imagine if they had power, frightening.

  • 3
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    Is a common man article and by most of the comments, the truth hurt. shadu, shadu.

    • 1
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      Nonsense,

      Patriot, you ask your friends or relatives in UK about this notorious Dushy Ranetunge.

      This man was a headache to late Lasantha Wickremasinghe, the editor of the Sunday Leader.

      To know about Dushy refer to achieves of the Sunday Leader.

      Dushy is a man to write fiction and to discredit whoever he doesn’t like.

  • 7
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    Are you serious ? The country is on the verge of entering an era of dictatorship and this guy has to write about such a mild inconvenience.
    Yes, if this happened that is wrong. But is this something to crow about in a national media ?
    If you want to really highlight some issues about MS, then investigate and publish; so that the general public is educated about MS before they choose to vote for him.
    But this smells of a very poor attempt at throwing mud using a small incident. This shows how small a man you are !

    • 0
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      Absolutely.Typical touch me not attitude.Not a damn care about what we are facing at the moment.He does not seem to be happy about the leadership moving to village base.Dushy take the next flight to Heathrow.Why take heartache for our problems.We can do without you Dushy.

  • 3
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    Dushy, you are a professional trouble maker.

    Where ever you go, you create problems and say that you are right.

    Are you try to say that you have a house in private road.

    Be accomodative

  • 0
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    Dushy, you are a professional trouble maker.

    Where ever you go, you create problems and say that you are right.

    Are you try to say that you have a house in private road.

    Be accomodative

  • 0
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    Tissa went for LKR 500 Million according to the UNP Mangal Faction Rag from London.

    Just imagine how much our Dual Dushy must have pocketed if he has joined Tissa and Kotedeniya….

    I mean, LKR 500 may sound astronomical for our Dalits..In fact they wouldn’t know how to count to a Million even.

    But a Property in Havelock Town with its private Rd must be worth at least a Mil in British pounds. ..Right…

    And it is only the holiday Pad for Dual Dushy and his Karate Missus…..

  • 0
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    Well he has done it again and in fact this time its not only him, his wife too has joined !
    This little chap called Duh-she just needs your attention ! Or in other words he is suffering from [Edited out]

  • 2
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    This is ‘poetic justice’ for Dushy. He has deflated many motor vehicle tyres in this lane during the past and I know several victims of this including old aged people who parked the car in this lane.

    This action of deflating tyres is a highly improper act as was highlighted by a previous commentator in the Island newspaper:

    Sirisena Comes To Town

    I read Mr Dushy Ranatunge’s above titled article in The Island of Dec. 05 with interest and did feel really sorry about the inconvenience faced by his wife and himself. However, I have a couple of issues about his article and decided to write this.

    Like Mr. Ranatunge I, too, live in the UK and maintain a second home in Sri Lanka. My second home is not on a Private Road but in a gated complex and just like in Mr Ranatunge’s property, mine, too, has all the covenants to guarantee property owner’s privacy and free movements. But, unfortunately or shall I say fortunately, none of those covenants give us a right to behave arbitrary and let off air from an obstructed vehicle. Being a LSE graduate Mr Ranatunge should know this applies not only in Sri Lanka but in the UK too. In both count-ries the law is very clear on this type of arbitrary actions. I would like to invite Mr Ranatunge to read about the Norfolk farmer Tony Martin, who shot dead a burglar who broke into his farmhouse at night. In spite of a massive public outcry the Old Baily found him guilty for manslaughter and sent to jail. In a nutshell, the judgment was very clear; you are not supposed to take the law into your own hands. As a resident in the UK Mr Ranatunge should know clear legal definitions related to obstructing access roads or driveways (yet again from the UK). Though our access is obstructed we do not have arbitrary powers to do criminal damage to another person’s vehicle. Blocking an access road or a driveway is an offence and it is a police matter. Legally, we have a right from access road/driveway onto the street but not from the street to the access road or the driveway. So letting the air off the tyre is a no, no, no.

    The next issue I have is about the formidable CPI trained lady Mr Ranatunge is bragging about. Having visited CPI website I was so impressed to read their opening slogan “Nonviolent Crisis Intervention”. What a contravention! Not only Mr Ranatunge but now his good lady too getting carried away. After all, she happens to be a Lawyer, what a shame.

    I am more than capable to grasp the main story Mr Ranatunge has laid on the table but between lines, may be inadvertently, he is displaying he too disregards the law and does not hesitate to take the law into his own hands.

    I must reiterate that irrespective of the colour I do not condone the way the politicians and their henchmen behave and I really feel sorry for Mr and Mrs Ranatunge for what they had to go through. It is obvious the new and old politicians behave the same way and have become a law to themselves. But we as ordinary citizens and especially Mr Ranatunge as a journalist should not jump the same tarnished band wagon and take the law into our hands.

    Gamini Dissanayake

    Is this what Dushy learnt and practised in the UK ? He should go back to UK without coming to his so-called second home to avoid the winter.

    At least we now know who has been behind deflating tyres in this lane in the past. We have taken serious note on this for necessary action in the future.

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      There you go…

      Lucky my Holiday Pad is in Wellala Gardens….

      Experience in Deflating neighbours car tyres must be included in Gota’s Dual Citizenship Interview List…

      BTW, Wonder what would have happened to Dual Dushy if he did this in East London?..

      He would most probably become a gelding, unless his Karate Missus acted as the body guard..

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        Bunker sunker Sumane,

        All men lie but you are stinking with loads of lies.

        “”BTW, Wonder what would have happened to Dual Dushy if he did this in East London?..””

        Sumane when you want to lavishly dish out statements then you must study the art and culture of that region for at lest 3 generations especially when its across continents.

        One does not even need bird brains not to get caught in the east end- shall not tell you more of society.

        BTW heard of forest they would save him (alternative next to dog racing.)

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    K.A Sumanasekera

    “BTW, Wonder what would have happened to Dual Dushy if he did this in East London?..”

    Tell us what would have happened?

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    The return of the WOG (western oriented gentleman)! According to Sri Lankan law the house in question was rented by the landlord to tenant. If a third party like our Mr. WOG wants to intervene on the basis of a so called covenant he should do so legally, not by deflating tires. I also note that MR Dushy spells his sir name Ranatunga differently. Let us summon Freud here ! Old Freud will find the woggy-land rich indeed !

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