28 November, 2020

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Sirisena, Mahinda, Or Puran Appu?

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Who is worthy of admiration and accolades, soft-spoken Sirisena or iron-pumping Percy Mahinda? It seems like that most of us have a distorted notion of heroes; for example, recently, someone compared Palitha Kohona to Puran Appu. Is Palitha the latest incarnation of Puran Appu? If he is, from now on, he should be known as Palitha Puran Appu. The Puran Appus that I revere are buried, not basking in braggadocio of some bootlicking braggarts. Of course, the stories of heroes are worth writing about, because a hero or heroine is a person who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself, or who has found or done something beyond the ordinary range of achievement. A hero’s sphere of action is here and now. There are two kinds of heroic deeds: physical or spiritual. Had it consciously undertaken, everyone would be considered as a hero because everyone has to undergo a tremendous physical and psychological transformation when one enters this world from the condition of being a little water-creature to air-breathing mammal. What action has Sirisena or Mahinda taken consciously in order for you to think of them as heroes?

I know that nature is very aristocratic because one person of value outweighs a thousand lesser ones. Who is the carrier of culture, politics, virtue, or the blackest villainies, individual or the inert mass? If joys of personality are the highest bliss on earth, who is your hero, the Iron-pumping Percy or the Soft-spoken Sirisena?

Even our pseudo political pundits bragged openly with gusto that Sri Lanka should be governed by a tough guy, a macho guy, someone who pumps iron, and a braggart: Percy Mahinda.

Maithripala 2015Instead, a mild mannered, soft-spoken, yet firm and confident, visionary emerged and won, leaving iron-pumping Percy and his pompous pundits totally disillusioned, still trying to figure out what really went wrong. How can we explain this totally unexpected result? In a nutshell, here is what we know about Sirisena and Mahinda.

Sirisena was willing to sacrifice not only his own life but the lives of his wife and children because he made it his life’s goal to challenge Percy Mahinda, because Sirisena firmly believed that Mahinda was a dictator-thug who ruined our country, committed and abetted crimes with impunity, and squandered our national wealth. Sirisena modelled himself on the examples of real heroes because he showed that virtue was better revealed in heroic actions than in empty words. He used his modest lifestyle and exemplary behavior to criticize not only Percy’s distorted vision and belligerent braggadocio but also the corrupt masses of our confused, bigoted nation. Sirisena’s message was very simple: Mahinda, you cannot bully me anymore! The truth is, had Sirisena lost, Mahinda would have impaled, crucified, and buried Sirisena alive, while celebrating Sirisena’s demise having kiribath over his grave. Where Mahinda would have found abomination and enmity, Sirisena found amity and equanimity. Mahinda is the living poster child for the anti-Tamil and Muslim movement in Sri Lanka, who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices and use divisive rhetoric rather than by using rational argument and promoting harmonious existence.

Why are we interested in Sirisena? We are social animals, and most of us are content to live in accordance with the social conventions of our time. But Sirisena is one of those exceptional individuals whose own nature compelled him to reject conventional ways and discover his own path, a dangerous path indeed, like the edge of a razor which he had to cross with his bare hands and feet. This path had only two outcomes: to die or to serve. The end of the real hero’s path is not aggrandizement or ecstasy for oneself, but gaining the wisdom and power to serve others. Instead of controlling and overcoming his irrational savage within him, Percy Mahinda nourished his carnivorous, lecherous, and vindictive desires and ended up being a neurotic: a journey from narcissism to neuroticism. On the other hand, Sirisena gave up his job which would have protected him and had the nerve to face Mahinda courageously and decently—not in the way of personal rancor and revenge—and brought a whole new era of possibilities for Sri Lankans. One of the many distinctions between Mahinda and Sirisena is that Mahinda lives only for aggrandizement and ecstasy, while Sirisena acts to redeem and transform our morally corrupt and beleaguered nation. Sri Lanka seemed like a wasteland under Mahinda: a land where people were living morally corrupt lives, without courage. In a wasteland, outward appearances do not represent actuality. Just as the influence of a corrupt leader corrupts the entire nation, the influence of a vital person vitalizes, and there is no doubt about it. Sirisena epitomizes what Sri Lankans are craving for: authentic leaders, not divisive demagogues and bigots. As one of my colleagues put it, “the latest incarnations of the Three Stooges—Buruwansa, Gonmanpila, and Pissudeva—are roaming all over the island trying to resurrect the castrated-pseudo-Castro of Sri Lanka. These Three Stooges are the pawns of Machiavellian Mahinda. Recently, Mangala Samaraweera said, “We have located a few billion already but it’s not as easy to get to those through an internal mechanism.” This is the quintessential problem in Sri Lanka: a teenage girl was taken to police custody for stealing a few coconuts in order to pay for her school whereas Percy Mahinda and his family keep mocking the new government: “Catch us if you Can.” I would say to Mangala Samaraweera, if you cannot take any action, just shut up. People are getting tired of empty rhetoric. Forget about locating billions, just find some coconuts stolen by them and then prosecute them.

By the way, Puran Appu was captured by the British after the failure of Matale Rebellion and was executed by a firing squad on 08 August 1848. Here are the last words of Puran Appu: “if there had been just half a dozen of men like me to lead this nation, there would not be a single white man living in the Kandyan Province.”

I wonder what would have happened to Sri Lanka if there had been another man like Sirisena. We all know that people like Mahinda are a dime a dozen in Sri Lanka.

Most people judge others by their outward appearances, but only our actions reveal our true inner nature and strength. Be careful, the one who looks meek and weak can be mighty and magnificent!

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    Excellent article.My fear is that M3 is failing to apeal to the Nation of Gonnas as advised by DJ.
    He is not showing himself as an original Sinhala Budhist Spesimen. Now champika is seen moving into ” orginal specimen vacume ” while the chest thumping gorrilla in his way to captivity or perhaps DJ will keep him as a house per?

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      I must add that before handing over the Gorrilla as house pet to DJ a permit has to be obtained from the department of wild life as the government has a firm commitment to protect local wild life.

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      Jagath,
      At the time I wrote this comment, there were 14 responses to your article. Most of those who commented share your thoughts about MS. But the strange thing was, by average those comments got 75% thumps down. How do you analyse this, even the sample size is small? I guess MS is still fairly neutral in our Tamil/Muslim brothers mind, and most of MS speeches you & me heard were in Sinhalese, so these thumbs down may not be from Tamils/Muslim Lankans. So people who rejected your appraisal of gentle, brave and intellectual qualities of MS could be 70% of SBs (or Dayan Jayathilake do this with multiple computers, but DJ can’t be computer literate).. Wish I am wrong…

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      Jagath Asoka –

      Sirisena Can be Compared to Puran Appa. Mahinda is a Fake, An Ego oho lives off other people’s Efforts.

      Sirisena is a true leader.

      Sere what Mahinda is saying now, the Ego MaRa. He is still Lying, the Joker! He should trying to be a Comedian, just like Buruwansa.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lMj4MJmiB2I

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    Well said, Jagath Asoka. You are not afraid of white vans or Gota’s gundas in uniform. He can still use his influence to crop up terrorist charges and arrest you because Defence establishment is still not cleared of rogues. They arrested Balendran Jeyakumari with her 13 year old daughter Vipooshika for protesting against the disappearance of her son and kept her in custody in Boosa for nearly an year until the court allowed her bail.

    “Mahinda is the living poster child for the anti-Tamil and Muslim movement in Sri Lanka, who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices and use divisive rhetoric rather than by using rational argument and promoting harmonious existence”. He can still bounce back with the help of his cronies like Buruwamsa and BBS by arousing their anti-racial and anti-ethnic hatred to ignite riots and benefit electorally. That fear reflects in the speeches and actions of the current leaders who have not done much in addressing the problems of political detainees or long standing ethnic problem.

    At least no more razzmatazz shows with showbiz and hiring foreign extravagant publicity firms at the expense of poor masses to indoctrinate them with development projects to stash billions to hide away in foreign banks. We do hope that robbed billions are brought home for the benefit of the poorest of the poor.

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    Buruwansa is engaged in his profession of sucking up to his god MR. Gomanpilla is aching and crying for the lost dream of the neo SB Aryan Empire. PissuDeva is having an allergic reaction to RW as PM.

    The rest of about 100,000 cronies and backlickers are having a hard time after their goldmine, MR and Puthrayo folded up depriving them of bucksheesh, kudu and ethanol. Even Kataragama deviyo has a new caretaker. Chakrawarthy is moving heaven and hell to get back his lost empire.

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    Sirisena has no ego,no greed for power,no greed for money which is great.
    Presidency sits lightly on him,a very rare quality in Lanka these days.

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      there is no other president who could most fit with paving way to abolish the Executive Presidency. Even if many would have added their thoughts evasively, practical side of abolishing the brutal 78 constitution can be made thorugh step by step only. Those idiots can add their thoughts not knowing the gravity… only consesus that anyone coudl achieve can only be made through MY3. His has already proved not to have powergreediness and abuse. Mahinda is the worst president when it goes for good governance even if the relay rece of the war ended up within his terms. They were not magicians to have achieved that but the collective forces played the role – if anyone with a birdb rain would see it LET alone now.

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    Superb 5 star analysis by Jagath Asoka.

    My only observation is the analyst failed to elaborate on Perry Mahinda’s cunning facet of his character.

    I understand Perry Rajapakse is going to visit India soon This may be to boost his chances of contesting the elections and becoming the Prime Minister of SriLanka. He is going to meet up with RAW and the political leaders.May be he wants to stop the Indian investigations regarding the bank accounts out side SL.

    Another plan may be to make Tamil Nadu’s stupid politicians to protest against his visit to India so that he can use that for his election campaign.

    The other plans may be to visit Buddha Gaya, Nalanda, and Vishnu Temples in Kerala and Andhra.
    will he visit Dalai Lama.I don’t think so

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      The most likely reason for Rajapaksa meeting RAW and Indian politicians is to warn off india from helping to find his stolen billions by threatening to expose India’s complicity in the war crimes. Rajapaksa has threatened to do so before and it is a real threat to india’s standing in the world.

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    Kohona as Puran Appu? Seriously.. then our DJ will be the Gongale Goda Banda ?

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      KO GONNA as Puran Appu is a big joke. Incidentally, all the lap tops Rajapakse gifted are being overworked on the thumbs up signals for pro Rajapakse messages.

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    Sirisena seems a true moderate and not a humbug. Hopefully he will deliver peace and progress to the country.

    Sengodan. M

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    The best advice for the entire Government is contained in these words:

    “I would say to Mangala Samaraweera, if you cannot take any action, just shut up. People are getting tired of empty rhetoric. Forget about locating billions, just find some coconuts stolen by them and then prosecute them.”

    The vast majority of the people are eagerly waiting for this. People, being what they are, are looking for excitement. Giving them only talk, without action, Maithripala is already alienating them. Hope he understands this reality and tone down the bana talking. If nothing is done, the Government is going to be branded as “just like the previous corrupt lot” and swept away at the next election.

    Send Mahinda, Gota, Basil, Namal, and a few cronies, henchmen, and bootlickers to jail for “stealing coconuts”. Then space can be found, to investigate the bigger crimes, and keep the bastards in jail for ever. It will give great satisfaction to include Dayan Jayatilleke, the great “scientific” facilitator, among this lot.

    If they don’t Mahinda will be back. And Sirisena will be a dead hero. Do we want that?

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    Just when we all were losing hope MS came in quite unexpectedly. The hour has produced the right man. Let us be grateful.

    Let the 3 stooges and all those who pay homage to the Medamulana Mafia (MM) beware. Appearences could be deceptive. MS is a man who is prepared to sacrifice everything for his convictions. It is dangerous to play with such people.

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    As the author says, “A teenage girl was taken to police custody for stealing a few coconuts in order to pay for her school” and another jailed for 2 years for scratching the Kedapath Pavura of Sigiriya while the treasure hunters who destroyed sacred places under MR are not even talked about today.

    This is what our country is athis is what our people are. They forgive and forget the wrong people.

    As one Buddhist priest pointed out, not even Prabhakaran had done such damage to Budhdist sacred places in the area that was under his control.

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    So sirisena has a spotless track record does he? To me this article sounds like someone is busy trying to inject some vitality into the still rather lacklustre image of sirisena. A panegyric if any I’ve read to date as opposed to a clear-headed analysis of facts.

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      Who is writing this crap as if he has nothing to key on to. Sounds like Charles Perera of Canada the worshipper of southern thug

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    This time some sane writing from Jagath Ashoka, which I applaud!

    MS grew up his humble, pre-teens in the village next to mine at the opposite side of the same rice fields, attending sunday school; so I do know how those formative years could set a good man’s destiny provided he has got the right grey matter between his ears. A man down to earth and no pretenses, I wholeheartedly wish his success and efforts to straighten up the crooked arrows of our politicians. I would have given him another 10-years to do it, but at the same time saddened that he would step down after 5-years on his own choice.

    After the General Election, the crooked thug from the South could come back with gahalaya’s axe and eliminate all good deeds of good people.

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    The inside story, after MSs UK visit revealed recently, to show where the Regime
    stood:- by Suresh Perera
    “With President Maithripala Sirisena’s revelation to Sandeshaya, BBC’s Sinhala Service in London, that there were plans to “destroy his whole family” if he lost the presidential poll, political sources recalled how the then common candidate was escorted under cover of darkness to an estate owned by a close friend in the Kurunegala district.
    Just days after the January 8 presidential election, The Sunday Island learnt how the drama unfolded at Dodangaslanda, a sleepy village at the far end of Kurunegala bordering the Matale district, but political sources politely declined to discuss details as the President himself had not referred to the episode earlier.
    During his recent visit to London, President Sirisena told BBC Sandeshaya’s Saroj Pathirana in an interview that he wouldn’t know whether he and family would be alive today if the elections favoured the other side. “That was the democracy the Rajapaksas practiced. I know that only too well, he said.

    On the day of the poll, Sirisena had cast his vote at Polonnaruwa and decided to leave home to a secret destination as there were credible reports that he and his family could be harmed if they remained in a location which could be easily traced after the outcome of the election was announced the following day (January 9), the sources recounted.

    As darkness fell, the convoy of vehicles cut across Dambulla and headed towards a coconut plantation at Dodangaslanda owned by Kiran Atapattu, a close friend of Sirisena. The village was asleep as the black BMW vehicle carrying the common candidate approached the estate, the sources said.

    Not leaving anything to chance, the vehicle snaked its way in pitch darkness along the narrow dark road leading to the sprawling plantation. The other vehicles in the convoy were halted at a point en route to prevent information of the exact location leaking out and also to ensure the villagers were not alerted, they recalled.

    Later, some other vehicles deemed “safe” sneaked up the estate road one by one and spread out to be parked under some coconut trees. Every possible precaution was taken to prevent word getting around, which, the sources explained, could have endangered the life of the common candidate and his family, if the worse came to the worst.

    “After dinner, Sirisena, accompanied by his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari and children Daham, Chathurika and Dharani, son-in-law Thilina and grandchildren, relaxed as news of the vote count filtered through.

    Many were the calls that came through and some officials kept him abreast of the developments in Colombo, the sources said.

    There were many who asked him where he was, to which he replied “Polonnaruwa”. Concerned about him remaining in his North Central province home base, he was advised to move to a safer location as there were reports of a sudden build up of troops in Colombo, they noted. “The situation was becoming increasingly tense as reports of a possible coup attempt also did the rounds”.

    Sirisena was selective in answering telephone calls as many within the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime could not be trusted and giving away his hide-out would have been disastrous at that critical hour, the sources pointed out. “Some callers specifically wanted to know whether he was at home in Polonnaruwa.

    It was a long night and as news emerged that the common candidate was steadily making headway and victory was predicted, a jubilant Sirisena decided to leave for Colombo the following morning. An aide fixed a Sri Lankan national flag on the front of the BMW car as he prepared to depart, the sources said.

    The President-elect thanked Kiran Atapattu and his family for their courageous efforts and the bold resolve to offer him protection, despite the horrendous reprisals the move would have triggered if Sri Lanka’s voters had decided otherwise.

    Villagers of Dodangaslanda gaped as Sirisena’s car, with the Lion flag fluttering in the gentle breeze, cruised down the estate road after it became clear that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on his way out, the sources elaborated.

    It was ironical that Sri Lanka’s incumbent Executive President had to remain under cover fearing for his life until the final outcome of an election in a country which was at one time described as a “five-star democracy”, they pointed out.

    President Sirisena also told the BBC Sandeshaya program that everybody now harps on democracy, but if he was defeated in the presidential poll, how many people would have been killed by now. “In addition, we know how many people would have had their limbs broken, how many would have been jailed and how many would have been thrown out of their jobs”.

    “If I lost the election, there was a plan to imprison my whole family and destroy us”, he asserted.”

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    The formation of the promised National Govt. today puts MR and his come-back in the
    back-burnner. The Govt is well set to move forward as a very Democratic unit and
    Society will get tuned-in with time. MR can forget his 5.7 mil. back-up, as this
    figure is in itself made up of “purchased” votes and bribed politicians. Even Meryn
    the pious Buddhist has been importing 250 barrels of Ethonol every month, as revealed
    elsewhere.

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    Dr. Jagath Asoka

    Please read pg 18: Description of Puran Appu (Poorangapoo) and Gongalegoda Banda in Recent disturbances and military executions in Ceylon by J Forbes 1850

    The book is available for free download
    Forbes: Recent disturbances and military executions in Ceylon.

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    Dr. Jagath Asoka: You have given a GOOD & WORTHY advice to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: “If you cannot take action, just shut up”. I feel all these people in the business of “Governing” today are trying to live by these type of announcements than taking action, or, waiting for the election time to showcase some dramatizations to win majority in Parliament. But all of those who resort to such tactics must know the people of today, the voters, are much more enlightened than what they are assessing. So be prepared to face unimagined surprises.

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    “If you cannot take action, just shut up”

    Won’t take action due to Political reasons – same old story.

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    Dr. Jagath Asoka

    Sirisena, Mahinda, Or Puran Appu:

    I don’t see the connection between the threesome.

    Puran Appu was the only personality to emerge from Sri Lanka’s history, clad in the garb of folk hero. He rose from among the common people And he dared to challenge the mightof British Imperialism at its peak of power and glory during the Victorian era[4] On 28.07.48 Puran Appu led an attack on Matale. This was successful. However, the other leaders who attacked Kurunegala and Wariyapola failed. Governor Torrinton in a letter to Earl Grey, the Colonial Secretary in London dated October 9, 1849 “I remind you of the last words of Puranappu. He held up his hands and said if there had been half a dozen such men as me to lead, there would not be a white man living in the Kandyan Province. This is true. If there had been such leaders without doubt for a time we should have lost the country.

    *** But the rise of Srisena was not to fight Colonialism but to get rid of the Hambanthotta Thug.
    But there is a difference between the two personalities.

    Puran Appu fought the British and had the Nation behind him.

    Sirisena fought Percy but didn’t have the Majority behind him and if not for the Tamil vote Percy will still be reigning supreme and that is where the comparison ends.

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    Sirisena, Mahinda, Or Puran Appu?

    In the current context I would keep Sirisena but change Mahinda to Ranil and Puran Appu to Chandrika ( not with the same meaning)

    The visit to the North by MS, RW. CBK brings home the news in no uncertain terms that whoever holds power in Sinhala Lanka the status of the Tamils will never change.
    Puran Appu fought to free Sri Lanka from British oppression. Mahintha fought to subjugate Tamils and MS as it is claimed fought to Free Sri Lanka from Mahinthas Tyranny. But look where the Tamils have ended up.
    The three Musketeers went to Eelam to hand over 233 acres of Tamil Land back to its rightful owners( it is claimed ) but the elected CM was side lined.
    If any one believes that we are free from Sinhala Rule they are mistaken.
    There was a clear message to the Tamils from MS, RW & CBK that the Sinhalese are the masters and the Ruling Class and Tamils are second class citizens and NPC CM means nothing.

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    The essay it self does not merit a comment except the adivice to Mongal mangal.
    It should also apply to others as well, especially to MR.Pamankada! who seem to think we are all ‘Chinese with hair bundled behind’ imported by MR.

    Dr. Jagath Asoka tries to make My3 a mighty warrior out a tiny mouse.

    My3 came forward at the insistance of CBK and for the money, never intended to win. It was Modi’s force Hanuman that made it possible quite unexpectedly. It was so unexpected, they,after 70 days still can’t figure out which way to head and feeling around like the blind in the darkness.
    MR may have done wrong,many tear their hair to highlight this point but so far none have come up with a shred of evidence as the good doctor said’to prove a theft of a few coconuts”
    But none can claim that they have done more to this country than MR and those who today demand his head are but down right ungratefuls.

    It is amazing that no one is interested in the waste of our money today by this cabal called a government.
    All the stalled mega projects costs in millions of dollars for each day they are delayed and if the present cabal don’t get anything in thier hat the projects will be dumped and more millions will be paid in compensation

    ‘WITH OUR MONEY’ and sadly nothing to show for it.

    HAPPY!!! you should be.It is jahapalanaya after all.

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      “”The essay it self does not merit a comment except the adivice to Mongal mangal.””

      NAK is the Islamist sponsored has got his knickers in a twist just like david blacker.

      The Story of A Father and A Crow | Nouman Ali Khan- NAK

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    do not belittle puran appu!! he was nowhere near these fakes you get in sri lanka today!! keep your own whimsical ideas to yourself and do not waste the time of the readers!!

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    Dear Dr. We got hammered from war created by JRJ for 30 years and R premadasa went down with that. MS said many times that MR is the real leader who finished it.. what MS want was the Premier ship which was unfairly denied which, somebody made him bold. He doesnt need to sacrifice any family members because Mr. Parba already dead. ONLY people who lived in Sri Lanka 1981- 2009 and who sacrificed a family member/ got injured can understand the beauty, taste etc of war.. This reminds me a famous Chinese saying ” Can wake up anybody who sleeps but NOT who pretend to sleep” GOD bless my MOTHERLAND..

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    Dear Dr. now you got a golden opportunity to write a citation to make Mithree’s brother Weli Raaju (who got a head injury and ended up in hospital) equal to Weera Keppetipola or Madduma Bandara since he has sacrificed his head as per your basic requirements .. this will make you a double doctor …

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