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Sorry Women Of Sorry Politics 

By Grusha Andrews

UNP’s “All Men – No Women” constitutional crisis has finished. In true UNP fashion the Galle Face tamasha complete with Flashback playing has ended with Rajitha Senaratne having the last word. He reminds one of Ranasinghe Premadasa, nicknamed Kaanu Kataa, the Gutter Mouth of UNP. Premadasa used to give the wind up speech of UNP rallies of the yesteryears. In traditional Sri Lankan rallies the last speech meant to titillate and entertain the gallery is delivered by the speaker with the highest capacity to utter filth, demean and disrespect opponents and deliver cheap words. In the Pohottu stage this is Wimal Weerawansa. 

There is rising concern about the absence of women speakers in the crucial rallies of the UNP during the constitutional crisis. Hirunika Premachandra was used much like Ranasinghe Premadasa in the Live Streams from the Temple Tress to provide ‘bites’ to an intoxicated gallery. She spoke and spoke till our ears were full of her ignorant logic, rants, whining, cursing, justifications and inflating her own political image. She even came on TV and proclaimed that Kavinda Jayawardana was not petting her, but was restricting her in a corner of the parliament while the infamous chili attack was going on. The rest of us cringed. While our constitution is violated and our republic is sieged, Good Lord, did she seriously think that we care? 

Death: The Jackpot Of Politics

In Sri Lankan politics a woman’s father, brother or husband just has to die for them to emerge to fill a reactionary vacuum. The vacuum may be emotional, race or caste based. Or it may have political utility. The more violent and gruesome the death, better political cash it is for the female aspirant in politics. The list is obvious: Sirima Bandaranaike, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Srimani Athulathmudali, Srima Dissanayake, Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Hirunika Premachandra, Ferial Ashroff, and Vijayakala Maheswaran- the list goes on.  

Dynastic Politics

To recall some of the daughters, sisters and wives of the men who left their female relative as heirs to their thrones: Sunethra Ranasinghe, Amara Piyaseeli Rathnayake, Sumedha Jayasena, Samantha Karunarathna, Nirupama Rajapaksa, Chandrani Bandara, Rohini Kumari Wijerathna Kavirathna, Anoma Gamage, Thalatha Atukorale and Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

Except for Sunethra Ranasinge who notedly served as the Minister of Health and Women’s Affairs under President JR Jayewardene, none of the others in this select list are known for any positive contribution to society. I’m sure the readers can’t put a face to most of these names. The majority of them have apparently “served” in the parliament for so long, now enjoying the perks of retirement. The currently serving women in this list are mainly known for being mere decoration, dolled up to the occasion, in full make up. For example Chandrani Bandara, throughout the constitutional crisis was seen in the front of UNP stage making cute gestures and making cuter faces. I ask you, what great purpose does that serve? What wise word, comment on policy have you heard, coming out of her lips? 

Worse are the likes of Pavithra Wanniarachhci, who, through violent behavior and her consistently filthy vocabulary helps bring the universal reputation of all women across the world to the gutter. Less said about Sudarshini Fernandopulle, the thug doctor who attempted to demolish the Speaker’s chair, the better. 

More dangerous is Thalatha Atukorale who is apparently civilized. Apparent is the key word. When a media person questioned her about the Bond Scam as a contributor to precipitate the constitutional crisis, she sarcastically responded, face twisted in arrogance, “what is the bond scam? Can you explain to me what it is? We don’t have to answer your questions. You first learn about it and them come and question me!” More like a line from a Walawwe Hamu in a cheap teledrama. Looks like the woman seriously thinks she is better than the reporter. Why, one wonders? The reporter may be inexperienced, but he has not scammed the people’s money. The UNP has. See from 0.52 second to see the attitude of UNP’s female politicians. See how they get together to bully the reporter like a scene from Mean Girls. 

Sex, Sexuality and Cheap Celebrity

The author will not waste words to name these individuals. These are the lowest form of female representation in parliament, more dangerous than the former categories of teary widows and “orphaned” daughters. 

Professional Politics: Rosy Among Thorns 

The only professional politician who rose in ranks in current politics is Rosy Senanayake. However, what the current constitutional crisis showed was that Rosy is now a spent force. She was no better than Chandrani Bandara. She was literally just a well painted stage prop complete in her ensemble of fake acrylic nails, stage make up, looking every inch the ageing beauty queen. I say this not to objectify her or reduce her to a past pageant title, but because this is all she was in the most pivotal and significant political crisis in modern Sri Lankan politics. If she were not just a beauty queen cashing in on her past beauty, and in fact a serious politician, she should have acted like one. In spite of her hard earned political career, her recent elitist and out of touch with reality moves to First Fix My Loo has made her the laughing stock of the common man.

Rather than becoming a role model for young girls who aspire to do politics, Rosy comes across as an insecure Barbie Doll of late. True. We do not hold men in politics to such unjust anatomical scrutiny. But it is the women who are body shamed, reduced, vilified for their weight, ageing and wrinkles if they dare to enter public life. It is the moral prerogative of the likes of Rosy, even if she is just one woman- the only woman- to be a better role model. To be more assertive, to stop being UNP’s Barbie. In reality a better, more civilized and a more rational thinker and a speaker than 99 % of the men who spoke at UNP rallies, Rosy did not once give a speech representing women of our country. She was holding to the end of her saree fall, maintaining her signature pose, flashing a demure smile like she was on a beauty pageant.

In fact, instead of profiling Rosy who has earned her political career through hard work, service to the party and attempted policy reforms, the UNP stooped to the level of using Hirunika Premachandra, who can give Pavithra Wanniarachchi a run for her money any day to titillate “the gallery”. Hirunika’s incessant chatter, uninterrupted by the immature and besotted media was actually a barrage of unwise political vomit. Although it served to keep the fight alive, her incessant insults of sexual nature aimed at the President and his purported mistress only showed that the UNP for its “elegant, classy, educated leader” is actually a cesspit of men and women who are no better than their opponents. The UNP will face the repercussions of the behavior of Hirunika and all others who went down to uncouth levels of communication when struggling to cohabitate with a livid President to keep a government in the future. A golden rule to remember perhaps is that till one utters words, the words are your servant. Once uttered, you are your words’ servant. 

It is ironic that Hirunika who has been at the receiving end of the most unjust and inhuman media mafia of sexual deprecation was doing the same to another woman, of whose sexual activity she has no proof of. And all these allegations were made when Hirunika stood to lose her parliamentary term and along with it, her perks. Where was Hirunika when she actually saw these alleged crimes happening? Why did she wait till now? And let’s not forget, it was Hirunika who proclaimed some years ago” I’m a daughter of Mahinda Rajapaksa”. It was Hirunika who went on all her fours to prostrate and worship the feet of Mahinda Rajapaksa. How these politicians think that we have forgotten all!

The reasons for women not being profiled seriously in stages of the UNP is not just the gender insensitivity of Ranil. It is not just that the decisions are made in the UNP within an elite boy’s club. Gender balance is not an organic feature of any of the political parties in Sri Lanka. The women of the UNP are themselves not assertive and even the really strong ones have reduced themselves to powder puppets. 

If the women in the UNP want equal treatment, they should claim their spot on the stage. If Ranil Wickremesinghe is even dreaming of trying his luck against a Mahinda backed Pohottuwa campaign any day, he better wake up from his patriarchal dream, get some good advice from his wife Maithree on how to be a man. He should have the decency to recognize women as a part of his party and society. And to not use them for cheap thrills. Because Mahinda Rajapaksa, across social strata is still the most adored, loved and sexually attractive male politician to majority of Sri Lankan women. Personally, the thought makes me cringe and a bit nauseous. But if Ranil wants the votes of those women, he had better show some solidarity towards them. 

Ranil, for the love of God and love of your party, let a woman speak at your next rally!

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    Grudha Andrews,

    Thanks for the write up. You do understand better. Being a woman, you will not be accused being a sexist and male chuvanist. While many men have recognized this women problem, they will not attack the way they would attack Sirisena, Mahinda, Ranil or Ravi, all men, except Sirisena, whose balls dissolved , when the parliament dissolved, and who would not resign like a man.

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      Grusha,
      You say, “she sarcastically responded, face twisted in arrogance, “what is the bond scam? Can you explain to me what it is? We don’t have to answer your questions. You first learn about it and them come and question me!” More like a line from a Walawwe Hamu in a cheap teledrama.”
      Well , Thalatha was absolutely correct. If there was such a scam, why is nobody able to provide credible figures? If you know any better, Grusha, please do enlighten us instead of repeating old rubbish.

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        “If you know any better, Grusha, please do enlighten us instead of repeating old rubbish.”
        Well said, Raman!!

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          Madam Grusha, many thanks! Brilliant of course The butterflies are no Feminists, they are an insult to LGBTQ folk..
          Brilliant also, on the bondscam at CBSL denial narrative. Peace Corps bots that support Trumpland’s puppet, Bondscam Ranil are working hard on the CT and social media websites to bury the Bondscam. Meanwhile US marines are operating a air logistics hub in Trincomalee while drones are collective land bank intelligence data- who let the Dogs in? IMF has “embargoed” PCOI Report for 30 years so that Bondscam Ranil who is Trumpland’s puppet (who should be impeached for looting CBSL), and follows IMF and Neo Con Millennium Challenge Corporations’ (MCC) Fake development “advice” in the Cold War against China in the Indian Ocean, continues to promote horse trading in the “Cesspit of Corruption” called the Parliament of Sri Lanka with funds looted from Central Bank just like MR did.
          But Civil society and the NGO ladies who walked the streets for Bond Ranil who ignored them in his victory speech now looks the other way..
          Parliament is a UNP-SLFP corruption racket with the JVP and TNA also indulging in the legalized looting of the people of Lanka. JVP must first bring in a motion to stop MPs crossing the floor of parliament for the highest bidder before abolishing the Presidency which should be kept to check the excesses of the corrupt parliament or legislation.

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        Grusha, Thanks but sorry dear, Bondscam Ranil, who is Trumpland’s puppet in its Cold war against China in the Indian O(Please read John Pilger on the Comming War on China) who works for the Global 1 percent and America First, whose economic policy is drafted by the Neo Con, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Washington DC, with IMF who turned a blind eye, must be IMPEACHED for looting the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and financial crimes against the people of Lanka.

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      Grudha Andrews,

      ” Because Mahinda Rajapaksa, across social strata is still the most adored, loved and sexually attractive male politician to majority of Sri Lankan women. “

      Just curious, as to why?

      The mustache, the body, the bigger balls, the rod or because he was once the King, Maha Rajaneni? What do the Sri Lankan women want?

      Found out what the single American women want in a man Please see link below

      Recognize and Avoid Women Who Are Damaged Goods What about Damaged Men? Isn’t Mahinda and Sirisena Damaged Men?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lAdgC6OZRM

      How Women TEST You and How to Handle it..Does Rajapaksa know something about Sri Lankan woman? .

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65vmi-hxszo

      How do Sri Lankan women Test Mahinda Rajapaksa?

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      Grudha Andrews,

      RE: Sorry Women Of Sorry Politics

      ” Because Mahinda Rajapaksa, across social strata is still the most adored, loved and sexually attractive male politician to majority of Sri Lankan women. “

      What makes women so unhappy? What makes women happy?
      Are the UNP women unhappy because they were not able to be on stage?

      Why Women Are So Unhappy?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx4D95OJUA4

      What is the natural tendency of women? What did evolution or creation want for women? What is the purpose of a flower? Make DNA? Make RNA?

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    Well said. On behalf of all Sri Lankan women folks CT should thank the writer and encourage him to write more about the current political absurdities of all parties including the JVP.
    Among other things in the political arena today:
    1. There is no cabinet yet; the tug of war between the two divorcees are still going on. For god sake come to an agreement and if you can not please hold an election and let the people decide.
    2. Mahinda could not get his due Opposition Leadership until his gang threw chili paste and stock of files at the Yahapalan gang. As a result, even the speaker now acts like a tamed dog. He knows MR very well, and is scared that next time it won’t be chili paste and empty files but something more dangerous that could endanger his position and his party. Therefore, this time, he did not hesitate even a second to appoint MR as the OL.
    This is how you could get things done in SL and that’s why the general public speak nothing much about the chili attack in parliament. Go to any ministry or any department today for example, and you may also feel acting like MR’s MPs in Parliament since it is so difficult to get anything done. This freaking UNP has killed the enthusiasm most government officers had had and they too expect ‘Santhosam’ like ministers, and MPs today.
    What people ask for today is a general election. They are utterly fed up with this tug of war between the divorced duo.

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    A woman in politics should be able have a mind of her own and get men to follow her. Failing which, she should be able to’ Woe the Men’ and get her thoughts embedded in their minds so as to have here own political way. It is true that Srimavo was the first woman prime minster in the world, but she ruled by the reflected glory of her husband.. Similarly CHANDRIKA too ruled by the the reflected glory of both here parents. Unfortunately, even after obtaining 64% of the votes she failed to solve the Tamil problem. She too cheated the Tamils despite the fact the Tamils voted in her favour hoping against hope that she will do the needful. Vijaya Kala in her desperation rightly said only LTTE’s ‘come back’ will solve the Tamil problem. Her reference to LTTE did not mean to take up arms but to possess their determination to solve problems. For saying this she was almost stoned to death. Unless we have women like Indra Gandhi ,the will find it difficult to rule. Here again she depended on her fathers Glory. But the Women Prime Minsters of UK, to my knowledge, were mostly self made- rightly or wrongly.

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    Grusha Andrews ~ “Sorry Women Of Sorry Politics”.
    Dr Jagath Asoka addressed the same in CT 19 December in “Prof. Maithree, Misogyny & UNP”
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    Under representation of females in human endeavours, the world over, needs to be addressed .
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    One may start with the question: If half the lawmakers are females, will there be violence in parliament wells, here and elsewhere?
    Why is it that the goons who wrecked havoc in the various pogroms against minorities are males? The instigators are males?
    Pol Pot? Stalin?
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    Srimavo B and CBK had weakness but both had genuine concerns about the poor.
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    Sorry Grusha to have to disagree with your conclusion ~ “Ranil, for the love of God and love of your party, let a woman speak at your next rally!”

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    It must be accepted that women are strong enough to do politics equally/better than their fellow male beings/counterparts.

    But the problem is, it’s mainly the women who communicate sensitive things like love, kindness, sympathy etc. in any community.

    So if women are taking all the important positions there’s a great possibility/threat that their inborn great qualities will be exploited by enemies or foreigners in any field (business/military etc.)thus making the country lie in their grip.

    That may be one of the reasons for Muslims to keep women masked & handcuffed; not/minimized to be approached by non community members.

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    I see Champika Ranawaka by the side of Ranil. Ranil never gives his seat to any capable person. Ranil’s Two favorites are Sajith who always talk Udagams and nothing else, and now NAveen Who will talk about his father . Champiake Ranawaka should understand who Ranil is and Ranil even tossed out Cunning Fox Wijedasa Rajapakse. Both Ranil and Mahinda do not like educated or Capable. I can not believe even Sarah fonseka was dumb to go at MS.

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    Author has lot of point. We less care about Ranil start to show his prowess or muscles to woe women. Let him first properly attract the men with a serious speech. Then he can do the difficult thing of going to women.

    The fault of underperforming women is the fault of Buddhism Only constitution- the notorious, men dictating misogynic religion. The fault of underperforming women is the fault of illiterate and mature voters. The fault of underperforming women is, as author said, entrance restriction to women-they need a ladder from a male family member. The fault of underperforming women in Lankawe politics is because there education is not an element; thuggery & rowdyism are easily understood, recognized and appreciated in Lankawe politics than erudite intelligence or learned professionalism.

    I would suggest two ways:
    1). Bring at least 15% seats for women in parliamentary election. Of cause first – second batches will be unqualified cronies. In the North, Old King had formed a Widows only party to oppose TNA and muscle sympathetic support SLFP. All those drawbacks have to be tolerated at the start.

    2). NGO getting into that, with a double edged sword. Without party affiliation they can help women to enter to politics, raise fund, and stand for their favorite party. On the other side helping voters to recognize quality women, support them, vote for them and stand with them.

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    Do we finally know who the admirable Grusha Andrews is? This is the Sinhala article:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/grusha-andrews-19-december-2018/
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    “Today authored by Grusha; yesterday by Punya Samarakoon, with a photograph as well. So, we now know who the admirable and erudite Grusha Andrews is.” That is the comment I’ve just put in there. Well, we need somebody to save us, and almost all that Grusha has written so far has been admirable. We men have messed the country up sufficiently!
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    However, all these articles ought to appear in some site that is viewed more by Swabasha readers.

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    Professional Politics: Rosy Among Thorns

    Roses has thorns or thorns has roses , For this meeting they refused to talk next meeting they talk.
    This gathering of people to thank people for the restoration of democracy.

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    First of all I like the look on MR ,s face when Hirunika is taking her oath. Reminds me of “that dirty old man look”. Anyway Grusha, WOW , you just keep surprising me.What an article. I dont think any one can do better in addressing this issue. A country who picked the first woman PM,(where US has failed until now) the present state of women in politics is pathetic, stereo type and almost to a caricature, that, it is not a surprise how men had passed biased sexual innuendos at Rosy frequently during parliament sessions. Where in a country like India, Sonia, Mamata, Jeya, Mayawathi —etc are not only power houses but have made their name in political history. In the recent US mid terms the number of woman candidates who succeeded shot up exponentially. Grusha , please keep writing on issues like this ,which majority conveniently avoid.

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