4 December, 2020

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Sri Lanka, Between The Hammer Of Rajapaksa-Absolutism And The Anvil Of Societal-Indifference

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“This is what happens when men decide to stand the world on its head”. Hannah Arendt (Responsibility and Judgement)

Their greed, our apathy; their fanaticism, our indifference; their brutal aggression, our embarrassing cowardice: such are the basic ingredients of the baleful concoction which is seeping into almost every aspect of Lankan life, undermining Lankan stability and destroying Lankan security.

The unnatural and repeated earth-tremors affecting Ampara and the (mercifully unsuccessful) attempt to divide the Bar Association, the attack on the President of the Colombo Magistrate Court Lawyers’ Association, Gunaratne Wanninayake and the dangerous babblings about a ‘Hulftsdorf coup’, the disgracefully trite decision to withhold funds from the UNDP-sponsored Annual Judges Conference and the road bisecting the Yala National Park which has become a death-trap to the wildlife: these are some of the many disasters generated by Rajapaksa-absolutism, in the enabling atmosphere created by our indifference.

Miracles are occurrences which fall outside/violate the natural order. In that sense, Rajapaksa Sri Lanka is rapidly becoming a land of daily miracles. The tremors in Ampara, often accompanied by massive noises variously described as ‘explosive’ and ‘booming’, are not caused by natural seismic activity, according to the Chairman of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau: “These earth tremors are unusual, as they occurred several times in one day, and some people claimed they heard an accompanying loud noise…. That’s too unusual to be natural. That’s why we are suspecting these tremors are manmade” (The Sunday Times – 16.12.2012).

In Ampara (like in the rest of the East and the North) large-scale economic operations are not possible without Rajapaksa involvement/sanction. Ampara is also the chosen location for the next Deyata Kirula extravaganza. So the tremors shaking Ampara cannot but be of Rajapaksa provenance, as much as the impeachment is or the white-vans are.

Manmade tremors, if ignored, can grow in intensity and destructive-power. GivenSri Lanka’s minute size, the earth-shattering activities in Ampara can eventually impact on the rest of the island. Will we wake up from our self-enforced slumber at least then?

Commenting on the Connecticutelementary school massacre, John Lee Anderson asked, “What does it take for a society to be sickened by its own behaviour and to change its attitudes?” (The New Yorker – 16.12.2012). That question would not be inapposite in today’sSri Lanka, caught between the hammer of Rajapaksa-absolutism and the anvil of our collective indifference. We Lankans have ample reason to be concerned about the present state and the future trajectory of our country. Even if we do not care about politics, we should be bothered by the erosion of the rule of law. Even if the mass arrests ofJaffna students do not move us, we should be affected by the damage done to our environment, to the point of creating unnatural earth tremors. Even if we feel that the assault on lawyers and judges is not our problem, the arbitrary price hikes and the wanton waste of public funds should outrage us.

We must realise that none of us can remain islands of comfort and safety, when all around us the skies are darkening and the seas are heaving.

The Absolutist Project

The Rajapaksas are absolutists. Nothing less than total power and complete control can satisfy them. They abhor independent spaces. They are distrustful of and hostile to any institution which is not under their complete control. They work actively to undermine, divide and, if necessary, destroy anyone and anything standing in their way. No political corner or societal cranny is beyond the reach of their power-grab. Their victims vary from civilian Tamils to the war-winning army commander, from Lasantha Wickremetunga to the weekly-dead at unprotected railway-crossings, from the CJ to the pregnant leopard and the baby elephant killed by speedo-maniacs on Yala’s ‘Death Road’.

To complete their absolutist agenda, the Rajapaksas need the judiciary to commit hara-kiri and be reborn as a Familial tool, as the military and the bureaucracy have done; and the parliament is doing.

As the impeachment travesty raced towards its prearranged conclusion, many a UPFA legislator hurled verbal thunderbolts at the judiciary and proclaimed their readiness to uphold parliamentary supremacy at any cost. But these same ministers and parliamentarians unanimously approved a bill which would erode a key power conceded to the legislature by Sri Lanka’s presidential system – that of financial control. Denying the all-powerful executive president the control over finances was one of the few balancing acts contained in the lopsided constitution of 1978. This is why a three-judge Supreme Court bench (headed not by Shirani Bandaranayake but by Shiranee Tilakawardana) “expressed reservations over allowing the Minister of Finance to withdraw funds allocated for specific purposes”; the bill which facilitates such a power-transfer “presents a direct challenge to the onus of parliament to have full control over public finances” (The Sunday Times – 9.12.2012). Instead of embracing this judicial decision reinforcing legislative supremacy in financial matters, the UPFA majority in parliament decided to the opposite. These self-proclaimed defenders of parliamentary supremacy voted for a bill which undermines parliamentary supremacy by allowing the executive to poach on legislative control of finances.

The UPFA legislators can contort themselves into veritable corkscrews to suit Rajapaksas purposes, in the hope of safeguarding their powerless-positions; but the Siblings are fickle towards all but their own kin. For instance, while ordering UPFA legislators to attack the CJ and accuse the judiciary of plotting a pro-Tiger coup, the Rajapaksas are taking pains to publicly distance themselves from the impeachment travesty – obviously in an attempt to evade international opprobrium. Mahinda Rajapaksa says he did not see the impeachment motion until it became a done deal. Basil Rajapaksa says he too did not see the impeachment motion until it was tabled in parliament. Namal Rajapaksa says he is not happy with the impeachment. If the Rajapaksas are to be believed, the impeachment was done without their knowledge, let alone approval.

The Rajapaksas’ ‘Chinese Monkey’ act regarding the impeachment demonstrates yet again their essential untrustworthiness. They will not hesitate to sacrifice anyone and anything, from the SLFP to the Sinhalese to maintain themselves in power. Any bureaucrat, military officer, judge or lawyer who succumbs to the Rajapaksas today can face betrayal and abandonment tomorrow. They do not even have to oppose the Rajapaksas a la Sarath Fonseka or Shirani Bandaranayake. Like the serfs who signed and investigated the impeachment, they can be turned into scapegoats and thrown to the wolves of national/international public opinion, whenever necessary.

(Interestingly, this inherent Rajapaksa unreliability and untrustworthiness seems to have been grasped accurately byBeijing. A new Chinese loan of Rs 8.9billion for the power sector will not be released until and unless Colombo pays a fee of Rs 627million to a Chinese insurance company).

When will we understand that the Rajapaksas, left to their own devices, will do to Sinhalese in particular and Lankans in general what the Tigers did to the Tamils? What will make us shed our mantle of apathy and open our eyes and our mouths? White-vans pursuing judges and lawyers? Yala denuded of wildlife? A manmade earthquake which kills? A devastating financial crisis, surpassing the ongoing (modern-day) Greek tragedy?

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    GOOD ANALYSIS AS USUAL, TISARANEE. AT LEAST THE LAWYERS HAVE COME TO THEIR SENSES. HOPEFULLY THE OTHERS WILL FOLLOW SUIT. THIS CANNOT GO ON FOR VERY LONG

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      When will we understand that the Rajapaksas, left to their own devices, will do to Sinhalese in particular and Lankans in general what the Tigers did to the Tamils?

      Good Stuff Thisaranee – you always ask the best questions which are in themselves answers to the current rot and ruin in Lanka!
      It will be the MULTICULTURAL team of legal luminaries and professionals advised by a Tamil Family Law firm that will save the Sinhalas from themselves this time round – and Sri Lanka from all forms of nationalist lunacy cultivated by the Rajapassa brothers to divide and rule Lanka – much as did V. Prakakaran.

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        Dodo

        has a very short memory:

        “MULTICULTURAL team of legal luminaries and professionals advised by a Tamil Family Law firm that will save the Sinhalas from themselves this time round”

        Pon Ramanathan saved the Sinhala/Buddhists from the British.

        GG Ponna supported DS to pass the 1948 immigration act which gave rise to Sinhala/Buddhist majoritarianism by ethnically cleansing up country Tamils, 900,000 of them.

        VP fought a war with IPKF while the Sinhala/Buddhists were hiding behind LTTE and their women folks. VP’s stupidity helped Premadasa to preserve Sinhala/Buddhist supremacy, and the state during JVP Sinhala/Buddhist terrorism. Sinhala/Buddhist army was freed from its North East war to kill its own people in the South.

        VP traded Tamil votes for sack full of cash. MR was elected as the president and killed VP. VP sacrificed the Tamil people to preserve the Sinhala/Buddhist supremacy and majoritarian rule.

        The Tamils sacrificed their own life to preserve the structure of the state and its rulers.

        The MULTICULTURALISM you are proud of, has always been there for the purpose of self destruction and the good current examples are Douglas, Karuna, KP, Pillaiyan,…………….

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          Native Vedda, you are wrong.
          GG Ponna DID NOT support DS to pass the 1948 immigration act which gave rise to Sinhala/Buddhist majoritarianism by ethnically cleansing up country Tamils, 900,000 of them.

          First of all, it was Citizenship Act and GG Ponna had the guts of not voting in favor of the act even though he was a Minister in the same govt. Whether he voted or not, the law would have been passed. It was the Federal Party’s mud slinging that made this false accusation to stick on people like you.
          Check the hansard. He did not vote!!!

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          NV there is a lot of truth in what you say in your own inimitable way.It certainly takes a bit of grey matter to conjure up such impish taunts to hit the targets likeDouglas,Karuna,KP, Pillayan and such others.

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    Thisaranee always has an unmatchable vocabulary to express her ideas.Her writings from day one has woken up the people who are privi to her writing.Since of late Ravaya and Lankadeepa carry a good translation of her works so that the Sinhala readers have access to meaningful articles. What about a Tamil translation?

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      you to translate :Get the nana’s to do it for a change; they seem to be scoring high at law.
      Whats the point of their wealth? translate!

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      Sunila,
      You may not be reading the Sinhala press or journals. I doubt you have even listened to a general discussion on the Sinhala radio but we Simple Simons do all that every day. So, I can vouch you from my experience that there are enough and one meaningful articles on every aspect of life written eloquently in Sinhala language in many journals.

      I am sure; Thisaranee’s verbose ramblings could be absolute jewels for half baked WOGs like you but for simple villagers like me it would be rather irksome. That’s why translations of her writing have never become popular. Besides, most readers would soon realize that her writing is full of lies, slur and slander. Like for most subscribes here, it’s all what she smells from afar.

      For thousands of years, we villagers in Sri Lanka are used to a different kind of writing and different style of discussion. Have you heard of things like ‘Milinda Question’. I bet you haven’t.
      Leela

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        You and your ilk of people would never see it as it should be… This is now becoming much clearer to many. But as you have seen it our people i mean majority of them are until today seem to be behaving anything related to respect, dignity of human life even if the buggers in the current regime keep destroying it to the most appalling levels / indifferent.

        See the problem that CJ s been facing today – it is just because uneducated ministers signed and submitted it to the president. President himself LIKE a THOTHTHA BABA shared it to the nation two weeks ago. He was not even well informed about the charges against her / but had to proceed it as the president. IC is ridiculing out pointing at the presidents skills right at this moment.

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          These are consequences / when low grade lawmakers get elected to the parliament. If this is unclear to you and your ilk, u should better need to undergo therapies …. for sure.

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        “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it” – Frederic Bastiat

        What these unfortunate simple Simons in Sri Lanka (the masses) cannot understand yet is that the ruling family has made them into stupid asses. In the name of Nationalist, Patriot, Liberator, savior, etc, etc these simple Simons (stupid asses) are kept in Badaghini while they enjoy Lamborghini. The simple Simons have to pay a huge tax for a simple (Maruti/Tata Nano) family vehicle where as the so called ruling Liberators enjoy tax free Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

        The ruling family is plundering the simple Simons (stupid asses) left, right, and center, and is trying to create a legal system that suits them.

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    “What will make us shed our mantle of apathy and open our eyes and our mouths?”

    We know Tisaranee, all of us who want this government toppled are handicapped by this lack of interest on the part of the public.

    What could be the problem? THey think there are no issues and we make them up?

    In that case we have real problem because our entire group will not add up to more than 500 people.

    Are we getting really desperate?

    JJ

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      Jagath – you ask “What could be the problem? They think there are no issues and we make them up?”

      As Tisaranee said it is “our mantle of apathy”, and unfortunately we are all guilty as charged. Until there is a surge of dissent from “the public” nothing will change.

      I hope you saw my response to your ridiculous assumption on (https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/masochism-and-customer-service/) about $$ sponsorship, bootlicking and playing both sides. If not, please check. Hopefully you will make sure of your facts before making similar accusations in future.

      I did notice, however, that the symbol (gravatar?) is different to what is displayed on your comment here, so it may be possible that you are being impersonated

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      Not so much in the public . Some one has to rally us JVP is doing their bit but the main opposition as a whole is a sleep .we must never support these men who, are turning their backs on us at this hour of need. My vote will never be coasted for RW. Who is eating with our money with out doing anything
      Children’s heads are bashed
      Golden Key money being embezzled by first the Kotalawelas, then the accountants
      Prison massacre
      Theft of the museum
      White vans
      Drug peddling
      Killing
      Judiciary being attacked.
      Prices going up and wastage going up as well
      Where is the opposition? Not only the leader ,where are these time servers?
      Please some one who has the leadership qualities come forward and give us leadership

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        You had SF. You’re testing the CJ now. When she fails, why not try Thisaranee. Then there is this whole heap of ‘leaders’ in the NGO circus. You can try them one by one; start with Mr. Pakiasothy.
        Leela

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          Leela,
          Try them for WHAT?

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          Leela

          All because of Vattukkottai resolution.

          Let us abolish Vattukottai.

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          Leela and her Ilk ..

          I spoke to many of the common man on the street / almost everyone seems to be in the opinion that the current regime could do almost everything according to their own conditions. They consider neither the general rights of the citizen in the country nor the regulations as given on the constitution.

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    Most professionals and academics I meet are very critical of this govt. At the lower levels and youth, they are aware of the situation but too engrossed in their jobs and social activities to think about these matters. Normally it is the people who are affected who protest. As adults we are concerned about the future of our children and want a better country for them to live in.

    Compare with the situation in neighbouring india where people are on the streets to protest against the gang rape of a female. The case of the homicide and gang rape in Tangalle is now almost a year and its is almost forgotten? Rapes and killings are occuring on a daily basis. Women travelling by bus are being harrassed by perverts. Recently one was arrested in Colpetty and fine Rs 10. No one seems much bothered.

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    Thank you for your strong voice, Tisaranee. We need it to go on exhorting us less bolder folk. But it is hard enough to keep one’s head above water here anymore. If you come out on a platform here maybe more of us will be emboldened to join you. Otherwise, at the rate things are going I fear I shall soon be yet another rat who flees the sinking ship and then writes from abroad to ask my fellow Sri Lankans to take on the fight I didnt have the stomach for.

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    SUNILA MENDIS,
    YOU DO NOT NEED A TAMIL TRANSLATION. NEELAKANDAN, SKANDARAJAH, AND FEW MORE EDUCATED TAMILS ARE JOINING HANDS WITH SHIRANI BANDARANAYAKA.

    TISSARANEE,
    YOU WILL SEE THESE WELL EDUCATED TAMILS WILL FIGHT WITH THEIR PENS WHAT VP COULD NOT DO WITH HIS GUNS.

    THEY WILL STOP THESE ARROGANT IDIOTS, “WORKING ACTIVELY, UNDERMINING, DIVIDING, AND DESTROYING ANYTHING AND ANYBODY IN THEIR WAY”.

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    Thank you Tisaranee for your inspirational article….and I thought of jotting down some of my thoughts.

    I think…. A new people’s constitution should be introduced with clear cut rules drawn on President and Parliament with stringent Laws relating to budget allocations,calling and executing tenders, country’s money management, possesing personal Assets after they hold the responsible positions.

    I still wonder why Govt. acquired Shell Gas company paying a huge sum to them (I still don’t know what the final figure was, but it was listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange) and I defenitely believe ….infact of acquiring Shell Gas paying a huge sum, Govt. could have easily built a third Gas company some where in Tricomalee, so it could have served the Nothern, Eastern and the Central Province Markets with low and efficient transport costs.

    Similarly acquiring the APOLLO HOSPITAL….I still don’t know why Govt. with chief as Gotabaya Rajapakse acquired a Privately run with a very good customer service given by the Apollo Hospital, acquired by paying them a huge sum of money, without building a private Hospital somewhere in Kandy with that money so the people in Kandy could have served better.

    Similarly acquiring Hotels, apartment complexes and other businesses by govt. Ministers and their family friends.

    My Point with A new constitution introduction should be…….that all the Ministers and the Ministries including the President SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE AD HOC DECISION MAKING TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT. THEY SHOULD ONLY SUBMIT THEIR NECESSARY FORECASTED PROJECTS AND EXPENDITURE AND INCOME BUDGETS TO A NEW “BUDGETS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE” Which should be comprised with ‘QUALIFIED BENCH OF PROFESSIONALS’.

    Also this bench should draft a “Master Plan” according to country’s needs and priorities, both for income and expenditure and should advise necessary ministries.

    NONE OF THE MINISTERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HANDLE MONEY OR CONTRACTS ANYMORE INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT…. OTHER THAN SUBMIT THEIR PROPOSALS TO BE EVALUATED AND FINALISED AND EXECUTED BY THIS COMMITTEE.

    THIS “BUDGETS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE” SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CALLING, AWARDING AND FINAL INSPECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTION OF PAYMENTS FOR PROJECTS AND CONTRACTS AND SEE THE MONEY WELL SPENT AND INCOME GENERATED WITH TRANSPARENCY.

    Ministers should be responsible only on internal matters of their ministries day to day issues and porposals and suggestions only.

    This is the only way I see that we could avoid STATE CORRUPTION AND STATE EXPLOITATION OF PEOPLE’S AND TAXPEYER MONEY WHILE PEOPLE HAVE LOST FAITH AND INTEGRITY OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNMENT…..PERIOD.

    NO PRESIDENT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE NOMINATED AS THE “FINANCE MINISTER” OR ALLOWED TO HANDLE COUNTRY’S CASH BOX. NEVER AGAIN TO CREATE ANOTHER MONSTER TSUNAMY JACKPOT THIEF.

    WHILE AT PRESENT THE COUNTRY IS GOING ANOTHER NATURE’S WRATH…..GOSL HAS NOT MADE IT A ‘NATIONAL DISASTER’ OPENLY…..SHYING AWAY THE GUILT OF TSUNAMI ROBBERY…..AND PEOPLE WHO ARE AFFECTED SUFFER SILENTLY….NOT THE PRESIDENT OR THE MINISTERS.

    ALSO THERE SHOULD BE MORE OF THESE ….TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT BOTH CITIZEN AND THE COUNTRY FROM ‘NEW CULTURE OF POWER AND MONEY GREEDY POLITICAL MASTERS’

    Please let me have your comments and also please contribute to Any other suggestions you have to save our country from absolute Hambantota comedy central muppet show duplets.

    Hope and pray a new dawn will shine on Sri Lanka in coming New Year 2013.

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      Excellent ideas, Jayantha. How to get it done does seem to pose a problem, doesn’t it?

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      Jayantha,
      No two words; you are brilliant. So, there is an ample room for you to improve on your bright ideas. To do that, I suggest, you read an interesting book named ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ by John Perkins. First, Google and read as many revives as you can to understand how the US aimed to develop economies of the third world countries. Wish you the best.
      Leela

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        Leela,

        I have visited those sites you mentioned long ago. If you are more interested you can also read news letters of “Lyndon La Rouche”. He is also another left wing Facist idealist. But the point is the general public pay little or no attention at all to these conspiracy theorists. Also you have to compare apples to apples….. and not apples to oranges.

        The point is how far we are behind them…in all aspects.

        When we talk about a Rabbit in the Moon….they send rockets into it.

        What do you think they do in those SPACE LABS…. AND THOSE THOUSANDS OF SATELLITES IN ORBIT… AND NOW SENDING ROCKETS TO MARS…AND DEEP WATER SUBMARINES AND AIRCRAFT CARRIERS WORKING 24 HOURS 365 DAYS PER YEAR etc.,when we cannot even properly check and distribute the Gasolene which are extracted by them from thousands of feet underground and brought to our door step.

        How did the British selected Colombo and Trinco as the ideal ploaces to build Harbours……in 1700’s …and not Hambantota. Similarly Growing Tea, Rubber and coconut plantations at exact locations….and the Colombo Knady Train and road network with drilling Kadugannawa rock,Peradeniya University for higher education and Laksapana as ideal for Power Generation…..and Trinco Oil Tank farms….etc…etc..in 17 and 1800’s.
        How about Portuguese building Galle Ramparts with such elegance in 1500’s and it’s a world heritage today.

        What is going on with the GOSL today……when they promote and spend so much on Tourism and wild life………..the little left over forests are been cleared….and the Elephants are dying on daily basis trying to fight for their lands for survival……What are we going to show the Tourists in future other than the skeletons of those dead animals…….Only dead may know where we are headeing for.

        The difference is when the West and their leaders are doing everything…Good and Bad to outsiders… TO RAISE THEIR ECONOMIES AND THEIR EMPIRES……OUR LEADERS DO EVERYTHING TO DESTROY OUR ECONOMIES AND THE LITTLE WE HAVE LEFT IN OUR COUNTRY.

        That is the difference my friend Leela.

        Hope you understand now.

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    J R Jayawardena passed a constitution that made it possible for him to do anything other than making a man a woman. Sarath Nanda Silva gave a verdict that made it possible to buy Members of Parliament,jettison the desirable 17th Amendment and pass the 18th amendment, with the concuurence of the Supreme Court. It gave the President absolute power over the Police, Attorney General, Elections Commissioner and now the Judiciary. Now we can expect this Suharto type regime to last a simillar time!

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    The Sri Lankan priorities are very different to what I would consider obvious. Their rationale also seems quite schizophrenic. The Regime has figured it out and therefore can play this game for a while.

    All I hope is that people will come to their senses before the Country completely destroys itself as that is the consequence of the route being taken.

    Unfortunately as always it will just be a history lesson to world, about how a regime managed to successfully destroy a country, with the help of their populace who gave them a mandate to do so without realizing their folly until after the fact!!!

    May God Help this beautiful, and bountiful country to check itself before that happens.

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    Dear Tisaranee
    You can write 1000 more columns like this,still the common sinhala man will vote for MR for several more years only because of one reason that,he is the one who defeated tamils and he is the one who killed more tamils in the recent history.

    As long as this deeply rooted hatred is flourishing in sinhala minds if not rajapaksa some other koodapaksa will come and fill the gap.No god will help your beautiful and bountiful country.

    Dont be judgemental on what tigers did to tamils,I think tamils are the better people to judge that.

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    Tissaranee, you are excellent with hardly any one else in a distance to equal you in your critiques of Rajpakasa regime that can have your readers spellbound and transfixed to the regimes’ threatening horrors that are being concocted on the people. No doubt these exposures make Rajapaksas’ stand crucified in the eye of the public despite machinations to the contrary through an enfeebled legislature and enhanced presidential powers aided by a meek and suppressed media.It is unfortunate that you cannot reach the masses.

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    Tissaranee, you being one distantly connected to UNP, should come forward
    and assist Managala Samaraweera to set up a village-oriented media unit
    without delay, so that particularly the village-based voters and senior
    students (some now under the Militarized Principals) in the Maha-vidiyalays can all be educated of the need for a Democratic Regime
    change as soon as possible. Keeping at this continuously will achieve
    the aim for the change, and not spordically with each political-event
    as they occur. Let us be practical, as the agenda of the Rajapakses
    will be very difficult to overcome, knowing their proven track-record.

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    This comment is especially for the reader writing under the name “Leela “ We invite you to write an article expressing all your ideas on the what is happening in Sri Lanka today You criticize NGO’s. You never say anything against Rajapakse siblings. You condemn other writers expressing their views on undemocratic acts of the Rajapakse family rule. It looks you have a contract to defend the “Royal Family” like Wimal Weerawanse.
    Leela, I presume that you are not an agent of the Rajapakse’s. Could you please declare frankly whether you endorse the impeachment of CJ, bogus charges against SF and putting him in jail, releasing criminals like Duminda , tolerating people like Mervin Silva in the Cabinet, taking away media freedom, politicizing police, public service and now the judiciary? Do you believe our standards in rule of law and human rights, media freedom improving or is it deteriorating? Don’t you believe present rulers are heading towards total dictatorial regime?

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      Mahen Silva

      Have you noticed one thing, he/she has stopped mentioning Vattukkotai resolution.

      Tsunami destroyed parts of the island. Origin of this disaster can be traced back to Vattukkotai resolution. TA person died at the ripe old age of 100, he died because of Vattukkotai resolution. his has been Leela’s line for a long time.

      Why did Leela stop blaming Vattukkotai resolution for everything wrong with the island?

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    Women seem to have much stronger backbone than males. Tissaranee hahas ever been bold and forthright since I began to read her well-researched articles from 2001 up to the present, now CJ Shiranee Bandaranayake.

    What’s happening to our “Wholesale trader of judgements”, sarath silva. Gone dormant. His business bought wholesale by the r’s.

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    Thank God, Rajapaksa was not around when Dinosaurs became extinct.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Thank God, Rajapaksa was not around when Dinosaurs became extinct.”

      Since the incarnation of Rajapaksauros, the clan has come to be known as
      Tyrannosaurus “tyrant lizard”. Hence there is no place for other sauros (lizard).

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    After struggling with this constant barrage of Quotable quotes,readers may find the following helpful,to get a fair idea of how it is going in Ms Thisarane’s “favourite”hunting ground for bad news.

    Socio Economic Stats from 2007 and 2011,an important period or rather most important period in post indipendent Srilanka.

    2007. 2010

    Per Capita 179k 272k

    Unemployment 6.0% 4.9%

    Inflation 15.8% 5.9%

    Foreign Investments 702 Billion 862 Billion

    Tourist Arrivals 448k 655k

    Can Ms Thisaranee be kind enough to enlighten the “Sinhalese in General and Lankans in particular”how the above Socio Economic performance compare with what Mr Prabakaran and his Terrorist outfit did to the Tamil people.

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    Mr. KA Sumanasekera, Please note that it is natural when there is no war in the country, economy would invariably improve. We have no hesitation in giving credit to Rajapakse’s for ending the war. But that does not mean they themselves can impose fear psychosis created by Prabakaran. Majority of the readers do not endorse Prabakaran’s policies even for a moment. We all condemn Prabakaran for all the terrorist acts and destruction he did it our country. What Thisarane points out is Sri Lanka is heading towards a dictatorial regime now, with no rule of law, justice or fair play. Please do not mix up the issues. Thisaranee is not hunting for bad news; bad news is already there- Rajapakse family and bunch of crooks in Parliament trying to punish judges who give orders against them. Democracy is at stake. People like Thisaranee are doing an excellent job in trying to create awareness among people. What you are doing is just supporting the dictator, giving the message that they can do anything to our country provided country is developing. It is this mentality which helps dictators to do more and more bad things. They need not fear of agitation from general public, so long as economy is improving.

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      In a nutshell, KA Sumanasekera and Tissaranee`s thinking. Well said.

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    Dr Arun Vincent

    says I am wrong.

    I am not wrong but bit thick.

    “First of all, it was Citizenship Act”

    Sorry I was carried away by what I wanted to say. I am surprised to see you have good eye for detail, shall we say nitpicking.

    You say:

    “GG Ponna had the guts of not voting in favor of the act even though he was a Minister in the same govt”

    I take your words until elder commentators throw light on this unresolved albeit an important issue.

    So Ponna being a clever “di.k” had the cake and ate it.
    Why didn’t he vote against the bill?

    After all the people who became stateless over night were from “lower class, lower caste, recent Kallathonis, collectively known as Vaddakkans. Therefore caste class conscious dated Tamil Kallathonis could not and will not stomach the idea of sharing the land, resources and opportunities with them. Of course they would have been direct competitors to the Racist Tamils and racist Sinhalese.

    These stateless Tamils were the backbone of the economy who toiled and died in the most inhospitable terrain.

    You say:

    “Whether he voted or not, the law would have been passed”.

    He could have resigned on a point of principle which he refuse to do.

    “It was the Federal Party’s mud slinging that made this false accusation to stick on people like you.”

    When a university for Jaffna was proposed it was Ponna who demanded a Hindu university and derailed the project.

    You say:

    “Check the hansard. He did not vote!!!”

    I will, have you?

    If you have, please e mail a scanned copy to Colombo Telegraph I hope they will be happy to forward it to me.

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    Mahen Silvas even among the inhabitants, can focus on “democracratic rights of special interest groups” because they don’t have to worry about where the next meal is coming from.

    Feedom from fear of suicide attacks , freedom to travel and freedom to find work to feed their dependents is what the great majority are focussed on after this regime freed the Nation from the Terrorist induced paralysis, and put in place a raid development program to make the poor rural inhabitants achieve a descent standard of living.

    And that is what this great majority think important to them in order to educate their children on a full stomach,and eventually make them the Mahen Silvas in future.

    But some .a miniscule proportion of the inhabitant population , who are high achievers of high nett wealth have joined the rabid anti regime and anti Rajapaksas band wagon and are wittingly and or unwittingly side with others , mainly overseas based to arrange regime change.

    If anyone can provide tangible evidence that the opposition characters , who are being presented as the alternative, can do better to benifit the rural poor inhabitants, whch is 90% plus of the Sinhala Buddhist among the inhabitant population,they will lend a receptive ear.

    Until such time it is the duty of the few here who try their best to expose the hypocracy of these anti Srilankan and anti Regime elements who keep this incessant onslaght on everything Srilanakan with exaggerated and and false info based propaganda.

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    Thank you Mr. Sumanasekera for expressing your honest views. It is no secret that majority of Sinhalese Buddhists thinks the same way. They just compare period with Tiger bombs in Colombo and now and are happy that they do not get killed or attacked now, and Sinhalese supremacy is restored now. As a result they ignore all the human rights violations and bad governance, media suppression, large scale corruption and nepotism and any bad thing happening in the country. This attitude is ideal for even a good regime to move towards dictatorship. Power corrupts even a good ruler; absolute power corrupts a person fully. On top of all powers executive presidency has, majority of the people have given a blank cheque to the government to do anything they like. This is like the time when we were under various Kings in Sri Lankan history. Ordinary masses believed King is the God’s representative and King could not do any wrong thing. It is sad most of the Sinhalese people have the same mentality even on this modern age. Today more and more people value rule of law, good governance and also media freedom. These indexes are measured along with economic indicators to know whether country is progressing or not. The fact that we do not have a good honest opposition leader is not an excuse to endorse or keep a blind eye to the injustices of the dictator. Mr. Sumanesekera should realise that if we continue to tolerate rule of the jungle, and unjust acts of government politicians, our country will soon be like North Korea or Iran. Our country will be isolated in the world. A good Buddhist will not hesitate to work according to own consciousness, he would condemn the bad things whoever does. For a good Buddhist, humanity comes first, before your community. He will condemn the bad thing irrespective of the person who does

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