1 December, 2021

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Sri Lanka Heading For Serious Crisis!

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

This is not a prediction, but the reality. Sri Lanka is already in a serious crisis in people’s living conditions, in the economy, foreign reserves, political system, government’s legitimacy, public administration, foreign relations, and government’s day to day decision making processes. While some are long standing, like the foreign reserves/debt, most of the others are absolutely recent, and are the results of unequivocal incompetence and bad management. Even foreign debt have aggravated under the present administration.

If one draws a balance sheet, a credit can be given to Covid-19 vaccinations, but almost all others are utter failures. At the presidential elections in November 2019, 6.9 million people voted with much hope, but all these are now shattered. The slogan touted was ‘Prosperity and Splendor.’ Prosperity has been acquired by the deal makers and fraudsters; no splendor to the country or the people. In economic policy, the government has zigzagged between ‘state-control’ and ‘free-market,’ and the economy and the people have suffered as a result.

Economy and Inflation    

What affects the people in general and their living conditions at present is the thumping inflation in essential commodities. Even according to the Central Bank, the national inflation rate has gone up from 3.7 percent in January 2021 to 7.6 percent in October 2021. As the Trading Economics website has noted, “Prices advanced at a faster pace for both food products (12.8 percent vs 10 percent in September) and non-food products (5.4 percent vs 3.8 percent).” Taking into account the piling up of hardships on people, Moody’s has downgraded Sri Lanka’s sovereign rating from Caa1 to Caa2. Corruption might be another reason for this downgrading.

People’s living difficulties cannot be fully gauged through the official inflation rates. The newspapers and TV interviews with people on the ground have revealed more drastic conditions. Day by day the prices of essentials like rice, tea, milk powder, sugar, bread, coconut, lentils and vegetables have been going up. Men express their anger and women cry referring to their children’s and household needs. One reason for the price inflation is the rapid increase of fuel prices. Undoubtedly the world prices are going up, but in Sri Lanka, the gap between the fuel refinery costs and market prices is also high.

Of course many countries have suffered economically during the covid pandemic. But to alleviate people’s suffering during the lockdowns and after, most countries (if democratic!), have taken measures to supply various payments and relief measures. It is understandable that Sri Lanka has serious public finance difficulties. However, most of these difficulties are due to waste, corruption, and financial mismanagement. The stagnation of salaries in both the public sector and the private sector has also contributed largely to the people’s difficulties.

Zig-Zag Policies

There have been this zigzag policies and U-turns particularly between August and October this year. First the government imposed a state of emergency on essential food items, including rice and sugar, with controlled prices and started to raid the hoarders. Then it created a huge black market and the prices shot up. The government did not have any control. Then the government withdrew all the gazette notifications on controlled food prices, and the prices again went up!

Even before, since March 2020, import controls were imposed due to foreign currency shortages. Since then and until last month the government was going in a ‘closed economy’ direction. After one year’s ‘experimentation,’ in April this year, Basil Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Minister of Finance to implement a change. It is that change that we are experiencing now! In September this year, Ajith Nivard Cabraal also was appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank changing the previous policies.

Now it appears that we are in an ‘open economy,’ more open than before to corruption and ‘money making’ by politicians, their families and cohorts. This is part of the controversy over the discreet deal between the government and the American New Fortress company.

The old dichotomic controversy between a ‘closed-economy’ and an ‘open-economy’ does not have much meaning today. While an economy should be open as much as possible in market sense and also in investments, the State has a definitive role in holding strategic enterprises like harbors, airports, and the energy sectors. In addition, the State also should offer welfare services to the needy, and encourage people to work hard and contribute to the country’s welfare. To motivate people for work and entrepreneurship, the politicians should exemplary, and free from corruption and misdeeds.

Fertilizer Crisis

It was in April this year that the President suddenly declared a complete banning of chemical fertilizer importation. It was like a military order. That was the flaw. There is no question that properly composed organic fertilizer is better for the environment and people’s health. However, that transition requires much time, planning, education to the farmers, and necessary arrangements to be made to produce (or import) reliable organic fertilizer.

The immediate effect was on the tea industry and vegetable cultivation. Then came the Maha paddy cultivation season in September. Without fertilizer, chemical or organic, farmers could not continue cultivation. Except in certain areas, the situation is the same today. Although the agriculture contribution to GDP is (under) estimated at eight percent, over 28 percent of the population depend on agriculture and 82 percent of the population lives in rural areas.

In President’s speech in April, he said “the annual sum of USD 400 million spent on fertilizer imports could be used to uplift the lives of the people.” Now what has happened? Perhaps realizing the failure to suddenly produce organic fertilizer locally, the government then decided to import 99,000-tonnes of ‘organic’ fertilizer (solid and liquid) from China. Perhaps there were other reasons.

This fertilizer has proved or alleged to be more harmful than the chemical fertilizer! The government also decided to import 30,000-tonnes of potassium chloride from Lithuania suddenly, but called it ‘organic fertilizer.’ Sri Lanka also had to so far import 3.1 million liters of nano liquid fertilizer from India. All these new foreign contracts may have had some commissions to some politicians.

Within the last three months, fertilizer costs have rocketed to nearly USD 150 million and if calculated with previous imports (Jan-July), definitely exceeding the previous annual cost of fertilizer imports ($ 400m) that the President quoted in April. If these figures are incorrect, it is up to the government to reveal the correct figures to the people.

Elevation of Gnanasara?

The government’s mistakes, blunders or offenses do not limit to mismanagement of the economy, cost of living, or the ‘commission seeking’ deals by the ministers and the appointed officials. The social and public policies are equally disastrous. A recent case in point is the appointment of (Ven.) Galagodaatte Gnanasara as the Chairman of the so-called Presidential Task Force on ‘One Country, One Law.’

‘One country, one law’ is not the correct formulation, if it refers to bringing the civil codes or personal laws in the country to some uniformity or conformity. ‘Uniform civil code’ or ‘common civil code’ might be better formulations. ‘One country, one law’ should refer strictly to offering the validity and application of laws equally to the ‘powerful and the powerless’; the ‘politicians and the ordinary citizens’; and to ‘the rich and the poor’ etc. This is the way the majority of the people must have understood the slogan at the last elections.

Gnanasara undoubtedly is not suitable to either of the tasks. He is appallingly partial, aggressive and a violent man. He is the leader of the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Army) with proven discordant behavior. He has been involved in many violent acts and was in jail for six months for threatening a woman in courts. What kind of law reforms one can expect from this type of person? In addition to this dubious Chairman, this so-called 13 member task force do not have a single woman, a Tamil or a Christian.

Conclusion

There is extreme danger that the purpose of the above moves, on the part of the government, would be to instigate and fuel religious and ethnic tensions in the country. This is in order to possibly tighten a stronger military or authoritarian grip on the political system as the economic and political policies of the government have been utter failures. Galagodaatte Gnanasara has close affinity and relations with Myanmar’s extremist monk, Ashin Wirathu, who was a strong supporter of the military coup in Myanmar.

However, in Sri Lanka, the democratic traditions of the country, people’s awareness, trade union movement, independent media, and civil society organizations are stronger than the spoiled and corrupt political leaders. There are some good people both in the government and in the opposition. It is also unlikely that even the military in general could be bent totally on the ‘whims and fancies’ of political leaders. Let us keep our fingers crossed.

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    Prof Laksiri: Sri Lanka is in the cross hairs of US war on China. – this is the turbulence all over the Global South, as the Covid-19 biowarfare project has backfired on Euro-America it seems?
    The Sinhala Buddhist Los Angeles Diaspora has been Weaponized. US Citizens Basil and Goat are in turn weaponizing Ethno-religious identity politics in the island to Divide, Distract and advance the interest of the DeepState in this strategic island! The sale of the Kerawelapitya Power plant to supply the US war machine in the Indian Ocean is key here. But the Global South is in the midst of coups, chaos in Africa’s Sahel region, assassinations as in Haiti by US Special Forces, regime change operations and proxy wars as in Ethiopia.. This tell us that the New Cold War is hotting up, particularly in the Indian Ocean Region where there is a Hybrid Maritime Trade and Cyber war ongoing.
    In fact this Third World War (with a Covid-19 mask that enables digitalization of Economy and Society, cyber attacks and surveillance), is conducted by the West on the Rest – to make Euro-America and its crashing empire Great Again and re-boot COLONIALISM in the Global south with this new Cyber, maritime trade and sea disaters hybrid Cold War with Covid masks and CORRUPTION PANDEMIC .

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      ” Prof Laksiri: Sri Lanka is in the cross hairs of US war on China.”

      Exactly my thoughts!

      The Rajapakses have nothing to with the crisis …….. no Lankan ever is ……… they are as innocent as newborn babies!

      Native, what were your first words ……… Ma ma ma ma ……. Pa pa pa pa …….. $ $ $ $ ?

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        NF,
        my suggestion you may please add, gold, gold, gold and white van, white van, white van, which is in the threshold of being reborn! Very soon reality

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          Isn’t this PhD the same one who stoutly defended Gota against the UNHRC recently? What has changed his mind?
          “the ( problems ) are absolutely recent, and are the results of unequivocal incompetence and bad management.” So, then, did Gota win the war in spite of his monumental incompetence, or because it was Sarath Fonseka who actually did it?
          How come Dr. Laksiri wasn’t aware that Gota was an arrogant nincompoop even six months ago?

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            “Isn’t this PhD the same one who stoutly defended Gota against the UNHRC recently? What has changed his mind?”

            OC,

            I’ve stopped insulting our elite …… it has dawned on me that they do a better job insulting themselves.

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            Definitely it was SF who steered the war and rid the country against LTTE

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando,
    It is too late to cry that Sri Lanka is in Crisis now. The people should have realised in 2010 when Rajapaksa brought the 18th amendment to the constitution with the focus on Family Kingdom instead of People kingdom. You may regret now that you also contributed towards the establishment of family kingdom but it is too late. What came after 2009 is the disaster for the country. When you all try to hide the truth behind the massacre of innocent Tamils is a disgrace to the humanity. Still thousands of mothers are crying in the streets to find their children and husbands who were handed over to the Rajapaksas. You all ignored and insult their suffering even now. Now Rajapaksas are not in a position even to listen you all.

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      That’s true

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        Thanks I will check it next days before being passed to CT.

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    ………..Srilanka heading for Serious Crisis ……

    Who has led this Nation state to this Crisis?
    Is it not President Gotabaya and his sidekicks from the Viyath Maga?

    The Colombo University Conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Gotabaya a couple of years ago………..

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    Laksiri, could you please tell this to Rusiri who is crying foul, that rating agencies downgraded Lanka.

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    The country is truly f****d. Incompetent & proven corrupt yobs, from the top, including ministers, continue to hold high offices. A CB governor with a horrendous track record is reappointed. Money laundering investigations by International media are ignored. The govt. & its cronies continue to suck the last drop of blood while the citizens watch helpless. I shudder to think of 2 more years of this pillage & incompetence but I am sure there will be many who are still in denial. Whether there will be a next election, even rigged, is questionable but so far, the opposition has failed miserably to capitalise. It’s time for fresh thinking from the civil society to overhaul the system. The current bunch are pathetically inadequate.

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      The tyrants will make sure there will be no elections in the near future.
      Generations are waiting in the wings to take their turn to be leader to be able to loot and fleece the country, getting their commissions, and their off shore accounts will swell up. The ugly side of nepotism, cronyism, and corruption. Soon we will be the Zimbabwe of Asia.

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    Most of the issues mentioned in the article are due to arbitrary decisions after 20A by the President. Every MP who voted in favor of 20A must be blamed for their stupid act. Vyathmaga, Sawbagya Dakma, Sinhala Buddhist Thuggery etc., have all contributed strongly for the actions of the President. When Mrs. Bandaranaike made decisions based on Buddhist Monks’ request it resulted in genocide and creation of LTTE. Sri Lankan politicians have still not learnt a lessons. It’s much better for Sri Lanka to be a state of another country than being an independent country as all the MPs are crooks and are self serving. There is no law and order. Today, even the Attorney General is able to dictate terms to a Judge, inside the court, as a case is called, when he will submit a decision either to proceed with a case or not. Judiciary is corrupt, Ministers are corrupt, President and his whole family in politics are corrupt. Above all we have the worst AG in the history of Sri Lanka.

    It’s time people rise up and need a Aluth Avurudu Wave (Sri Lankan Spring similar to Arab Spring) to wipe the Parliament clean.

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      Buddhist I,
      “It’s time people rise up and need a Aluth Avurudu Wave (Sri Lankan Spring similar to Arab Spring) to wipe the Parliament clean.”
      Our guys to have spring of wave? Sorry, they are busy.
      They are busy making Kavun and Kokis!
      The PC and Local government elections.
      Then comes the Presidential and parliamentary elections.
      We are an intelligent and emancipated lot and we make democracy work by regularly electing (very frequently so), Matti Motta Modayo as our representatives to govern!!
      6.9 million are not specia and alone!!! They have been identified, at last elections, but there are many more!!!
      We are good at our tax payers’ money being swindled by these politicians, we elect.
      It is our past time and educated hobby!
      All this has to blamed on the British Imperialists, who gave us independence in 1948 without shedding a drop of blood!!!

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    Oh! Where were you D. Laksiri? When you also desert the Rakapakses, we know their time is up. After all it was you who proposed in the Colombo University Senate that MR be given an LLD and GR be given a PhD. The matter was not even on the agenda. But you and VC Hirimburegama did the needful. Mrs Hiriburegama was appointed to the UGC and now is the Ambassador to France. But Dr. Laksiri was not rewarded. Surely, the Rajapakses could have appointed him as Consul in Sydney, where he lives in retirement now. Such an ungrateful lot! Thank you Doctor for waking up, even late. I hope you can convince the other Baiyaas also.

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      Jayasiri Samarakoon

      “………………………. Colombo University Senate that MR be given an LLD and GR be given a PhD.”

      In fact Gota was awarded (bestowed) a DSc.
      Never mind, people change, change their mind, change their mind again, …………… It has become part of our culture.

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    china will economically save sri lanka.It cannot afford to lose a unsinkable aircraft carrier slap bang in the first port of call in the indian ocean where the oil from the middle east to china passes through.

    every upside has a downside to it.During this century the sinhalese will become slit eyed Chingalese.This is all for the best and done by god to get rid of that lazy gene in the sinhalese.

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      i am not derogatory in mentioning slit eyes. sorry about that. i was meaing the slanted eyes the east asians have.Nothing wrong with that as it is merely due to a fold of the skin that covers the corner of the eye.How they got it we do not know.

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        Weren’t you being derogatory and racist, writing ‘This is all for the best and done by god to get rid of that lazy gene in the sinhalese.?
        .
        According to your ridiculous theory, won’t the Tamils too end up slit eyed?

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          svenson

          sinhalese being lazy and chinese being industrious is a fact,not racism.Many sinhalese themselves will admit that and have a good laugh abut it because the sinhalese sense of humur is second to none in the world.They also call themselves modayas good humourdly but i have doubts about that because i have seen how smart they can be when they want to.Why don’t you go and live for soetime incountries like taiwan,singapore and HKand compare the chinese with sinhalese and see whther vis a vis them aren’t the sinhalese lazy,but when you compare with indians and pakistanis they are not.

          I reiterate that the chingalese will be a superior race to the sinhalese and it is all for the best that god is going to do that.Time and again god has done this sending new people to other countries and it has always resulted in good outcomes.

          the north and east will be taken over by either directly or indirectly by india during this century to counter china and the tamils there will not become chingalese.The tamils outside the north and east may migrate to the west,move to the north and east,move to india depending on its prosperity,or just stay where they are provided they don’t face hostility from the sinhalese.Those that stay with the sinhalese/chingalese will also intermarry and become chingalese.

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            shankar

            How is your private life?
            Take care.

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      shankar

      “china will economically save sri lanka.”

      There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

      “It cannot afford to lose a unsinkable aircraft carrier slap bang in the first port of call in the indian ocean where the oil from the middle east to china passes through.”

      In the long term there is no benefit for China holding on to the idea of Sri Lanka being the unsinkable aircraft carrier. In fact there is no strategic value except China can be seen to be a formidable power keeping this island under its control.

      China is not stupid to holding on to Sri Lanka, in practical terms Sri Lanka is a liability for China.

      Don’t forget “When two elephants fight, the grass suffers; and, when the same two elephants make love, the grass also suffers,” – Quote from Kenya.

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        native

        “In the long term there is no benefit for China holding on to the idea of Sri Lanka being the unsinkable aircraft carrier.”

        all the aircaft carriers are sitting ducks for long range guided missiles of which china has many.So china is not bothered about the number of aircraft carriers the US has though it has only one at the moment.
        so why does the US spend so much on these vulnerable aircraft carriers?It is to get the reach it wants to send its fighters and bombers to far away places.Why does it have guam?Because guam is a unsinkable aircraft carrier.

        so you can see why china will help sri lanka.As fr money they really dont give money for us.They give loans to pay back their earlier loans and keep us indebted to them.Gota was right when he told them that he wants investments from them not loans.They are now looking into that and chinese investments will come in.

        ps.curios to know why you want to know about my private life and why you want me to be careful?

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    These blokes have no clue and no intellect to assess the real situation. Complacency and group think overshadow their minds.

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    Lord Krishna’s ” Bagavath Geetha ” states ” Vinasa kale viparitha puththi ” means during bad times people’s own brain would lead to their own destructions. This is what happens to Rajapaksa’s regime!

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    Is Sri Lanka not already in crisis?

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    A good analysis of the current situation. The following line of your article says it all:
    “The slogan touted was ‘Prosperity and Splendor.’ Prosperity has been acquired by the deal makers and fraudsters; no splendor to the country or the people.”
    Government sponsored artificial scarcity of essential items and urgency tactics were in place to allow racketeers to increase prices and rip off consumers who are already in financial distress to the bone.
    .
    For sure, the government is heading for PC Elections and/or planning to bring in a Federal Constitution drafted by a group of criminal lawyers, drug trafficking lawyers & white-collar crime lawyers.
    That is why we see a ‘crying game’ these days.
    – Gotabhaya admitted his failures expecting sympathy from the public.
    – There is sudden recognition for Buddhist monks.
    – Mahinda also showed fake emotions at the recent SLPP convention.
    – Other fake patriots also suddenly become disappointed and read fake riot acts.
    – There comes union protests funded by the SLPP. Whether they are aware or not, Teachers’ strike will continue until the Federal Constitution is passed.
    – Then, there is the Rajapaksas’ famous pre-election strategy of pitting Buddhists, Tamils, Muslims & Catholics against each other.
    – Then, there are all the signs for fake resignations until the election is over.
    I have seen them all! Haven’t you, too?

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      Champa

      Do you remember ever typing this obeisance to Mahinda?

      Truth, Lies & Mahinda Rajapaksa
      Champa / August 5, 2018

      Disgusting! This is a very unfair article.
      Mahinda deserved to be adored by people for bringing peace to Sri Lanka.
      A few writers who are driven by hatred try to deny him due appreciation for defeating LTTE. Nobody who lived in Sri Lanka during 34-year LTTE terror period will ever forget the sense of fear, misery, pain and loss, terrorists brought to people. Army paid a very high price too. If not for the PATRIOTISM aroused in the Sinhalese youth at the time to join the Army, we couldn’t have won the war.
      Mahinda is a charismatic leader. Of course he is a PHENOMENON. His unparalleled leadership gave the strength for Sri Lanka to defeat LTTE and rise from the ashes of a war torn country.
      Continued
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/truth-lies-mahinda-rajapaksa/

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        Champa

        Continued:

        Do you remember ever typing this obeisance to Mahinda?

        Truth, Lies & Mahinda Rajapaksa
        Champa / August 5, 2018

        Mahinda never claimed winning the war as an ‘asset’ to him. How unkind to say something like that. It was a blessing that he won the election in 2005. Otherwise we would have still seeing dead bodies, decapitated bodies and bloodbath.
        Yes. he built Magampura port and Mattala airport on borrowed money from China as they were the only country which offered loans. I am glad he built a port and an airport, otherwise what would Ranil have there to sell other than Dalada Maligawa, Siri Pada or Dambulla cave temple? Or I forgot, he would have even considered selling Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi as it is the world’s oldest banyan tree. After he exhausted Magampura and Mattala, now secretly planning to sell Sirigiya ancient rock fortress to a Chinese company as an entertainment piece!
        The 40% you ridiculed have every right to vote anyone they wish. Mahinda is still the best compared to present jokers.
        If Mahinda is a ‘fake patriot’, please name a ‘true patriot’ in this slave government, if you can.
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/truth-lies-mahinda-rajapaksa/

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          Native,
          Don’t be too hard on Champa. She probably can’t remember what she said last week, let alone in 2018.
          Senility does strange things to people. You will learn when you get to her age.

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            old codger

            Thanks.
            I agree with you however I get much pleasure out of exposing her hypocrisy.

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            old codger

            Please read Champa’s typing below which is a typical response either from a Tamil/Saivaite or a Sinhala/Buddhist, when they are caught typing misleading the readership, just like SJ, never accept their faults.

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              Keyboard Vedda
              Oh, baby, baby, did you run to your mama?
              I gave my sincere answsers to your first comment. I also asked eight questions pertaining to my 3-year old comment quoted by you. Answer them first.

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              Native,
              Probably Champa has got herself a new dictionary, in which “obeisance” has a different meaning.

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            OC,
            .
            exactly the truth. I have no doubt, CHAMPA will also be offered a Chancellor post soon.
            :
            There were times, Champi could not be without WIMAL Buruwanse or the like low lives.
            :
            Today the very same Champi has turned to be somewhat intelligent… I really dont know what is going on in her head….
            :
            No doubt, BP’s (Nandasena s ) latest public speech caused her to faint again.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeyKyh5ARes

            Not to give a publicity but to laugh at only, I add this LINK here… this BP would have been the most fit person for ” hang man”… what kind of PRINCIPLEs he has been shouting at today ? This ballige putha has no shame…. no doubt, DA Rajapkshe should be an idiot to produce this LAUGHING stock.

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              LM,
              Yes, Champa used to be very fond of Booruwansa and his “balal-as” (cat’s eyes).

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                old codger
                leelagemalli
                “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” — Socrates

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                  Chimpi, it is not slander, it is called comments based on facts. You were a bootlicker of the Rajapaksas and this 3rd grade educated Weerawansa bugger. Additionally, you are a downright racist humbug, now you are talking about slander you lowlife!!!! How is that you are playing a different tune now.

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                  Champa.
                  Why not u be busy about balngoda man and the like theories? That can keep u busy round the clock. Else what u add here is almost like answers similar to “koheda yanne Malle pol” though they are really lengthy comments.. .
                  .
                  Going by the manner 69 lacks of people voted for the branded criminals, our ancestors cant be balngoda man. Food for ur thoughts.
                  .
                  🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃🐕🐃😥😥😥

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          Keyboard Vedda
          .
          What obeisance? My comment dated August 5, 2018 was an affirmation of facts.
          This is the gist of what I wrote.
          1) “Mahinda brought peace to Sri Lanka by defeating the LTTE.” Can you deny that?
          2) “Nobody who lived in Sri Lanka during the 34-year LTTE terror period will ever forget the sense of fear, misery, pain and loss, terrorists brought to people.” Can you deny that?
          3) “Army paid a very high price too.” Can you deny that?
          4) “If not for the PATRIOTISM aroused by the Sinhalese youth at the time to join the Army, we couldn’t have won the war.” Can you deny that?
          5) “It was a blessing that he won the election in 2005. Otherwise we would have still seen dead bodies, decapitated bodies and bloodbath.” Can you deny that?
          I have something to add. Why was it Mahinda who managed to defeat the LTTE? After the Malabari King Kannasamy, ‘unseen powers’ that protect Sri Lanka seem to have brought a non-Sinhalese, non-Buddhist into power in 2005 to wage the war against LTTE that ended with 28,708 servicemen sacrificing their lives, another 40,107 servicemen being disabled and around 22,000 LTTE cadre being dead.
          .
          Continued….

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            6) “Yes. he built Magampura port and Mattala airport on borrowed money from China as they were the only country which offered loans.” Can you deny that?
            7) Can you deny what I said “about Ranil”?
            8) “Mahinda deserved to be adored by people for bringing peace to Sri Lanka.” Can you deny that?
            Sinhalese Buddhists who have good hearts adored and respected Mahinda for bringing peace to Sri Lanka. But he failed to retain that respect. The moment he was brought back to power by Siinhalese Buddhists, he started betraying the very people who brought him to power in every way.
            I will never forget that, the moment the Parliamentary Election was over in 2020, how Ali Sabry conspired with Gotabhaya and Mahinda to delete 18 sections of the Sri Lankan Birth Certificate to ERASE the genealogy of the Sinhalese from records. (If the Historical Archaeologist Gayan Sandakelum didn`t alert people in time, they could have achieved it easily.)
            9) My only mistake was thinking that Mahinda was a patriot.
            What options does Mahinda have now? He has no other option other than handing over the country to a true Sinhalese Buddhist who could save Sri Lanka and her people. When it is the time, he should ensure a smooth transition of power.

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              Champa

              It is not Mahinda and his clan brought peace to this island.
              There has been no war it doesn’t mean there is peace.

              Are you living in one of VP’s bunker or on the Planet of Apes?

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                Keyboard Vedda
                They were not ‘Mahinda’s clan’. They are our Sinhalese village boys, the majority of whom were in their prime, who sacrificed their limbs and lives to bring peace to this island. If it was not them, prove who did.
                Not only that, our servicemen donated blood to wounded terrorists and civilian patients even in the height of the war. Can you deny that?

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                  Champa

                  “They are our Sinhalese village boys, the majority of whom were in their prime, who sacrificed their limbs and lives to bring peace to this island.”

                  They were stupid enough to join the armed forces because they were unemployed or unemployable, did not have opportunity find good jobs. This was the only avenue left for them to earn a living.

                  In the early 2000 I asked a number of soldiers why they chose to join the forces, first they said the usual crap, serving the mother country, bring terrorism to an end, Demelas to be taught a lesson, …. and so on. Finally they agreed they joined the armed forces for the money, whether they are alive or dead their family will be better off.

                  They wanted to feed their family.

                  This crap about patriotism, protecting mother country, …………… just forget it. Racism and their inability to win LTTE (Baby brigades) also played a small part. However it was VP with massive help from Hindians won the war for Clan. Please start speaking to real people instead of like minded racists.

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                    Native Vedda
                    What a stupid logic! Those who have just left school can’t count as jobless youth.
                    Your callous disregard of humans who sacrificed their limbs and lives to end terrorism in Sri Lanka is on par with your barbaric hero Prabhakaran who kidnapped youth, women & children and forced them to be suicide bombers and fighters.

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                      Champa

                      Oh please………
                      There was no logic, that was what happened.
                      Maybe you were mentally and physically detached from ground reality.
                      Either you are from a middle class family or damn stupid.

                      “with your barbaric hero Prabhakaran”

                      Where did you get this very stupid idea if people don’t support your empty rhetoric they must be for barbaric hero Prabhakaran.

                      It was Premadasa who was very close to VP and Mahinda who bought services from VP while members of armed forces were buying trading with LTTE.

                      Don’t forget it was the Barbaric LTTE which fought the HPKF forces and got rid of them completely while Gota, Kamala Gunaratnam, Shavandra, ….. and 15,000 would be generals were hiding behind VP’s fat bum.

                      Please Champa take a few minutes to fill your empty head.

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                      Champa

                      Can you find out from Kamala Gunaratne as to why he abandoned the Mankulam garrison and ran away into the forest?

                      These are the kind of people who talk how they won the war and boast how they crushed LTTE until cows come home, and how they are tough on Tamils, all kind of bull, and being stupid Sinhala/Buddhist you are ready to buy all their bull.

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                Dear NV,
                .
                Champa does not know what she has been uttering all the time.
                :
                Those were the days, that CHAMPA defended his god beloved Thunmulle Wimale whatever we warned her about the condomized culprit.
                .
                Brother NV, I travelled to our home land last two weeks, which is now being ruined by Medamulana criminals. I spoke to TUK TUK driver to Uni lectureres whereever I met them. Most of them, behave as if they did not support to MEDAMULANA criminals to grab power. And many of them still question, what was the option ? Some among them scratched their ears and back ends, not being able to respond to my questions. TO my surprise, many of them were locally produced GRADUATES.
                .
                To the question, as to why GOTA cant even control the price of daily needs, some prevaricated, that the covid crisis doest allow them to do it etc… two graduates from Jayawardhanapura went on saying their wonder making talents about ” vaccination marathon”: But they were not known that chinese vaccines were relatively expensive than the other two manufactured and introduced from WESTERN Europe.

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                  leelagemalli

                  Thanks

                  Now people are frustrated and angry.
                  The situation has reached boiling point, could turn into violence.
                  Take care.

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                  There were also times Champa was close our ultra racist Eagle bp.
                  .
                  Champa got divorced from Thinmulle ballige putha long ago and now behave as if she is reborn .
                  .
                  There were also times Champa behaved no different to Kelaniya temple chief monk aka Cheewaradariya who now became VC of University of Kelaniya. To tell you I made effort to speak to the Cheewaradariya last week, but ge did nt face me and behaved asif he did nt know me in person. Kelaniya temple looked like similar to a deserted place today. Devine forces may have done something because fake relics kept adjacent to real relics created some unknown problems🐃🐕🐃😥🐕🐕😥🐕😥

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              Chimpi, merely because you twisted the wording of #1 and #8 doesn’t mean you have stated more points. They mean the same idiot.

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            Chimpi, 1) “Mahinda brought peace to Sri Lanka by defeating the LTTE.” Can you deny that?

            TFN: are you bloody mad witch? What peace is there in this country after these low lives defeated the LTTE? It is the same as before. At least when the dreaded LTTE was there, these low class Hambantota rascals were scared to even get off their vehicles. So shut the hell up about peace.

            Chimpi 2) “Nobody who lived in Sri Lanka during the 34-year LTTE terror period will ever forget the sense of fear, misery, pain and loss, terrorists brought to people.” Can you deny that?

            TFN: who created the LTTE? Stupid woman conveniently forgot what happened to the Tamils in 1957/58/77/83.

            Chimpi 4) “If not for the PATRIOTISM aroused by the Sinhalese youth at the time to join the Army, we couldn’t have won the war.” Can you deny that?

            TFN: Patriotism? The poor Sinhala youths were used by the rulers to achieve their goals. These poor youths had no education, no food and no jobs. So their desperation was taken advantage of by the racists from the south for their own gain.

            Idiot, go back to wherever heck you are from!!!!!

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    Laksiri, to save everyone’s time, I have two questions. Do you sincerely think that you are not a part of this situation/problem, rather than a part of the critic? [edited out]

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        Laksiri Fernando (Author),
        … What happened to your second question Jit?
        Very clever of you!
        If you are seriously looking for an answer to your question, you sure could ask me.

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        Isn’t it too obvious what the Editor did Laksiri? So what is your answer to my first question at least??

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        Laksiri, the second point has been removed, but there is still the first question. Why don’t you respond to that? Or are you like the remaining herd that blindly followed Gota to total destruction of this country?

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        Lakdiri,

        Name of god why are nt u busy with ur PSAvalues and own health rather than irritating the wounds made by ur direct involvement? As academics close to them u could have done lot more good educating them immediately after the war was over. That is how Gernany did it with a newly introduced constitution. If done so, u the kind of senior academics would have earned some respect as done somet6 to this nation. Instead what u did was torch holder activities to Medamulana deliberate crimes. Moreover u the kind of learned idiots boasted about their high criminal acts such “52 day fake govt”. To me u and Wimal Buruwanse acts are no different. May all gods punish before long😥😥😥🐕🐕😥🐃🐕😥🐃🐕🐃

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      LF,
      .
      is shamless so as his masters. I dont know how he would face his circles in AUS.
      .
      This man was the chairman or the like of WUS, and the harm he has done to this nation, by his pen, is not forgivable.
      :
      At the time, he wrote to CT about his previous exp, i thought the man should be a nice person, but the articles he brought supporting 52 day FAKE govt which was the turning point of all the disastrous consequences…. I changed my mind.
      :
      Stupid remote villagers as voters are forgivable but ones wearing academic titles, but do the same is not forgivable. Why dont these men see it right yet today ?
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      Entire disaster is MAHINDA RAJAKASHE and his mlechcha politics based on selfish gains to the survival of their families.
      :

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    People elect to self-destruct their country by design – democracy. Obviously, democracy is a crazy system of selecting leadership.

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      HussainFahmy,
      … democracy is a crazy system of selecting leadership.
      Only if crazy people are hold the majority of the electorate!

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        Only if crazy people hold the majority of the electorate!

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