20 January, 2022

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Sri Lanka Is Having A Moral Convulsion: Is It Too Late To Stem The Rot?

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

Sri Lanka has been facing a dire economic and borrowing crisis, as foreign exchange reserves dwindle, hindering its ability to repay a mountain of debt as the Island nation struggles to recover from the pandemic. Shortages are also pushing prices higher for many consumer goods, from bread to construction materials to gas (in addition to explosions!), triggering protests among Sri Lankans fed up with the prolonged crisis. Gross mismanagement, chronic corruption, nepotism and abuse of power in the hands of few elite families has precipitated another alarming crisis – a crisis of social trust and this is worrying.

Sri Lanka is having a moral convulsion. Levels of trust in this country—in our institutions, in our politics, and in one another—are in precipitous decline. And when social trust collapses, nations fail. People feel disgusted by the state of society. Trust in institutions plummets. Moral indignation is widespread. Contempt for established power is intense. The central focus of democratic governance is social trust. Social trust is a measure of the moral quality of a society—of whether the people at the top and institutions there are trustworthy, whether they keep their promises and work for the common good. When people in a society lose faith or trust in their institutions and in each other, the nation collapses.

Gotabaya has become an epitome of this process of moral convulsion, being in the process of shredding every norm of decent governance, wrecking every institution he touches and reversing every (almost) policy he introduces. Like the proverbial Mahadenamutta, he has an equally disgusting team of Golayaas as well – both ministers and civil servants. Basically, the Rajapaksas have undermined the basic credibility of the government and arouses the suspicion that every word and act that surrounds them is a lie and a fraud. Specifically, the Rajapaksa brand was thus the final instrument of this crisis, but the conditions that brought Gotabaya to power and made him so dangerous at this moment were decades in the making, and those conditions will thus not disappear even if he steps down (now).

Under various Post Independent governments, quality of governance suffered with its tempo exponentially increasing during this regime. Public institutions and the Sri Lankan social order crumbled and were revealed as more untrustworthy still. The nation had many historic opportunities and chances, in crisis, to pull together as a nation and build trust; but did not. That has left this country a broken, alienated society caught in a distrust doom loop. Finally, they threaten to undermine the legitimacy of our democracy and incite a vicious national conflagration that has left us a charred and shattered nation.

The ultimate victims are our future progeny. Many young people look out at a world they believe is screwed up and untrustworthy in fundamental ways. The emerging generations today enjoy none of the sense of security, their elders once enjoyed as they are growing up in a world in which institutions are failing, financial systems collapsing, rulers plundering and families are becoming fragile. They are living in the age of certain disappointment. Millennials and members of Gen Z have grown up in the age of that disappointment, knowing nothing else. This has produced a crisis of faith, across society but especially among the young. It has produced a crisis of trust. As the ethicist Sissela Bok once put it, “Whatever matters to human beings, trust is the atmosphere in which it thrives.”

Falling trust in institutions is bad enough; it’s when people lose faith in each other that societies really begin to fall apart. In Sri Lanka, the devious regimes have been using racist politics to divide people and mistrust each other at grassroot levels, where interpersonal trust is in catastrophic decline. Is mistrust based on distorted perception or is it a reflection of reality? Are people increasingly mistrustful because they are watching a lot of negative media and get a falsely dark view of the world? Or are they mistrustful because their government and rulers are less trustworthy, lie, cheat, and betray their trust more than they used to? People become trusting when the world around them is trustworthy. When they are surrounded by people who live up to their commitments. When they experience their country as a fair place. As social analysts put it, trust levels are a reflection of the moral condition of a nation at any given time. High national trust is a collective moral achievement. High national distrust is a sign that people have earned the right to be suspicious. Unsurprisingly, the groups with the lowest social trust in the country are among the most marginalized and vulnerable such as the minorities, poor and even young adults.

In periods of distrust, surges of populism are rampant. People are drawn to leaders who use the language of menace and threat, who tell group-versus-group power narratives. You also get a lot more political extremism. People seek closed, rigid ideological systems that give them a sense of security. As Hannah Arendt once observed, fanaticism is a response to existential anxiety. When people feel naked and alone, they revert to tribalistic instincts. Their radius of trust shrinks, and they only trust their own kind. This is what happened in November 2019 when Gotabaya and his kind used racism and sought people’s vote on grounds of extremist threat to national security. People drew close to this line of populism and the rest was history; finally deceit and disappointment became the ultimate reality. Consequently, Sri Lanka became a land mired in more and increasing distrust. Sri Lankans haven’t just lost faith in institutions like the law, the government, the police; they’ve come to loathe them, even to think that they are evil. The rot in these structures has sadly spread wider – to be a rot in societies and families.

What can the people do in these circumstances to build social trust? Can they draw from history? The Age of Precarity is here. The stench of national decline is in the air. A political, social, and moral order is dissolving. Sri Lanka will only remain whole if people can build a new order in its place. Time is of essence and time to change is NOW. The people can rightfully blame Gotabaya, his Ministers or whomever they like, but in reality this was a mass moral failure; of those who brought them to power. This was a failure of social solidarity, a failure to look out for each other. cultures are collective responses to common problems. But when reality changes, culture takes a few years, and a moral convulsion, to completely shake off the old norms and values. The culture that is emerging, and which will dominate society’s life over the next decades, is a response to a prevailing sense of threat. This new culture values security over liberation, equality over freedom, the collective over the individual.

When moral convulsions recede, the national consciousness is transformed, new norms and beliefs, new values for what is admired and disdained, arise, and power within institutions gets renegotiated. Shifts in the collective consciousness occur amid fury and chaos, when the social order turns liquid and nobody has any idea where things will end. Afterward, people sit blinking, battered, and shocked ask: What kind of nation have we become? A new culture is dawning.

Historians have more to offer than political scientists, because they can cite examples of nations that have gone from pervasive social decay to relative social health not only in our own past, but in other nations too. People in these eras lived through experiences parallel to ours today. They lived with horrific political corruption and state dysfunction. And they experienced all the emotions associated with moral convulsions—the sort of indignation, shame, guilt, and disgust we’re experiencing today. The cultural shifts we are witnessing offer more safety to the individual at the cost of clannishness within society. People are embedded more in communities and groups, but in an age of distrust, groups look at each other warily, angrily, viciously. The shift toward a more communal viewpoint is potentially a wonderful thing, but it leads to cold civil war unless there is a renaissance of trust. There’s no avoiding the core problem. Unless we can find a way to rebuild trust, the nation does not function.

Trust builds when people feel they are part of a community- or society-wide enterprise that takes their concerns and voices into account—particularly in circumstances where trust is low. When people feel they’re blocked from opportunities because of their gender, race, age, ethnic or religious group, disability, or other reasons, it’s hard to expect them to trust the institutions they feel are marginalizing them. Sectarian divisions in many countries have profoundly undermined good governance and economic prosperity, and all too frequently formed the pretext to group violence and displacement. Sri Lanka is a good example.

In times of challenge and crisis, people however tend to come together. This trend is seen in present day Sri Lanka, when people are uniting on common issues – political, social and economic. Opportunities should not be missed at least this time, to build alliances beyond narrow racial or religious divides created by politicos to gain petty gains. As Richard Hofstadter put it in The Age of Reform, the feeling of indignation sparked a fervent and widespread desire to assume responsibility, to organize, to build. During those past eras, people built organizations at a dazzling pace. These were missional organizations, with clearly defined purposes. They put tremendous emphasis on cultivating moral character and social duty—on honesty, reliability, vulnerability, and cooperativeness, and on shared values, rituals, and norms. Whether Sri Lanka will emerge from this transition stronger depends on its ability, from the bottom up and the top down, to build such organizations targeted at its many problems. If history is any guide, this will be the work not of months, but of one or two decades. Trust can also be rebuilt through the accumulation of small heroic acts at grassroot levels too. Clearly corrupt political culture needs to be changed for the good, for any qualitative change to set in.

None of these steps can occur unless government, business, civic, and other institutional leaders make a sincere effort to acknowledge the problem of social trust, and to take steps to improve their policies, practices, and rhetoric. Public activism is thus paramount so that many institutions which can contribute to greater transparency and accountability can work as they should; to catalyse an independent media sector which can expose corruption and missteps; courts and law enforcement agencies to ensure that even powerful figures can’t act with impunity. Progressive movements should call for so-called “sunshine laws” which can require that government makes its data, including spending and budget information, public. RTI process should be made more robust. Open government and e-government services can reduce corruption by making procurement processes transparent and bringing services directly to citizens. Shady and secretive ‘Yugadanavi’ type deals are a shame to a society believing in democracy, and good, transparent governance.

Leadership that addresses the social trust deficit can come from many quarters. It can come from institutions themselves, whether business, government, civil society, or the media. It can come at the global, national, regional, local, and even neighbourhood level. Citizens can organize and drive grassroots change. As citizens, each of us can take steps to rebuild trust within our communities. We can also demand that the government politicians and legislators we support with our votes and money, and the businesses we patronize, behave in ways that contribute to social trust.

In her book ‘A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security’, author Rachel Kleinfeld suggests that trust is society’s immune system. We need it to protect us against a host of other social ills. Rebuilding social trust is possible and, perhaps, the wounds of social distrust will heal on their own. But hope is not a strategy. A more responsible approach is to take steps, proactively and preventively, to restore trust across government, business, and civic institutions. It’s a goal Sri Lankans as a nation can all advance. This is where public activism can play a pivotal role to make things happen as stated earlier. Sadly, aging leaders who cling to power is an obstacle, as it is particularly evident in Sri Lanka. It is therefore important for young future leaders to take the lead. For, there is greater possibility of showing real progress, with a new wave of younger civil activists who won’t be silenced or strong-armed by the corrupt, and will build a collective voice for change.

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    Trust ??? My Foot. 60 MPs to make merry with local and overseas travel plans during this holiday season. Many have made plans to visit USA ??, UK, Australia where their children are currently residing. Another group of MP s made reservations in Nuwara Eliya until end of December. Thanks to Sir Fail they all are entitled to more than a month of vacation, with unlimited wining and dining. Where are those 6.9 million planning to go this holiday season ???

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      A very interesting thing is happening …….. if you listen to Harsha at 3.0 ……… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFSUJAoiJ7c

      I don’t have the time to do the numbers …….. but the gist of what he is saying is …….. the people who have bought SL government bonds recently at around 16 cents to the dollar (the bonds were selling at such a low rate because holders feared they won’t be paid) …… are standing to gain a windfall! ……… denying money/dollars for basic goods, the government has put aside funds/dollars to pay these bond holders ………….

      What he is hinting is, some of the people in the know ……. Cabrral, Namal, Rajapakses et al …….. have bought these bonds at rock bottom and stands to make a mint …….

      chiv, Native, OC, why didn’t you see this coming? That’s totally behavioural …… and predictable! ……. There’s your billions …………

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        Nimal if true which BOND SCAM the Lankans should be concerned about, Ranl or Rajapaksas. You may be right because Cabrrral is so sure, there will not be any defaults. Think about it the CB governor buying at the bottom and makes sure he profits by making payment. This may be the new definition for insider trading.

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          chiv,

          Earlier Cabrral perfected the art of raiding the biggest pot of gold in SL, the EPF. ………. Now he has taken his rackets global with the dollar denominated bonds.

          A man to watch ……. and learn! :))

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        Nimal,
        Now you’re talking! Where can I apply to get some of these 16 cts bonds? BTW, I have been watching the local stock market. How come it seems to be the best in the world, while people are queuing for milk, sugar, LPG,……. Some shares have gone from Rs.30 to 380 within a year. Something is going on for sure.

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          It is pumping and dumping. Last time around Rajapaksas were ruling with Cabraaaal help market was manipulated by big sharks.Less than 5 % currently holds more than 75 % of wealth. A lot of financial companies in top 100 then later went busted where stack holders lost their money. Have you heard of a single case of insider trading , illegal transaction , unusual activity or price fluctuation investigated by securities commission. I haven’t.

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          Dear oc & nimal,
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          This latest attempt at a bond scam is seriously a possibility.
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          However, the surreality of the situation is such that I’m getting confused.
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          You say that these Dollar Bonds can be bought at 16 cents. Are those American cents or Sri Lankan cents?
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          I’m sorry if that’s a very silly question. A villager like me gets easily confused by what happens in your elite circles.

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            S.M,
            It’s US cents. The rate is 9%, I think, so, assuming that the government pays up, investors will actually get 9 cents on an outlay of 16 cents. Not a bad deal at all. Come on, dig those dollars out from under your mattress!

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            SM,

            A bond is a glorified promissory note with a yearly interest/coupon rate and a term/date-of-maturity attached. Once issued, can be traded as any other security.

            Mainly 2 things determine the value/price of a bond once in the market ……. coupon-rate vs. prevailing interest rates ……. and the “safety” of the bond (how certain can the buyer be that his money will be paid back at the end of the bond’s term.)

            Bonds issued by stable governments/countries/corporations – that are not about to go bankrupt – attract a higher premium …….. as the buyers can be sure that their money will be paid back.

            Junk bonds (read up on Michael Milken) issued by unstable governments/corporations can bought very cheaply ……. as the possibility of your money being paid back is low. If paid back you stand to make a lot of money – If you bought a bond with a face-value of $100 for $50 and got paid back, your return is 200%.

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              I think, the 184% Harsha is talking about is the return on investment for the bonds maturing next month (January) – Not the interest rate.

              If my calculations are right, a $100 bond is selling now for $54.35 to get a return of 184% in January.

              Hope this is clear.

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                Yes, nimal,
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                I understand that quite clearly now.
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                Unfortunately, we will have to wait until Cabral, with seeming arbitrariness, honours the bond. By then it’ll be too late.
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                No investigation within the country, and a majority of our people will buy the arguments that allowing foreign law enforcement to investigate is allowing foreigners to insult our sovereignty.

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                Sorry, the above calculation is wrong ………….. to get a return of 184% as Harsha says, the $100 bond is now selling for $35.21.


                If you buy the $100 bond for $50 ….. your return is 100%; not 200% – you have to buy it for $33.33 to get a return of 200%.

                Native, your mind is not on the ball! Thinking of Ramona?

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                  Nimal,
                  “Native, your mind is not on the ball! Thinking of Ramona?”
                  How relieved I am that Native has taken over!😳😳

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                    :))

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              I have read up on Michael Milken in Wikipedia, nimal.
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              So, Donald Trump granted him a full pardon. And Milken is still the 606th richest man in the world.
              .
              Yesterday, I had my hair cut and dyed in Maharagama, by Dimuthu, who hadn’t done that for me for almost two years. When I’m there, I talk my head off; it helps me assess the views of other customers.
              .
              One fellow, a male caregiver, said that he knew the rich to be stingy, but also said that the JVP guys availed themselves of duty free motor vehicles. I said check what they are used for. Essential party work. He said, yes, but he would never be allowed to use one. Nor would I is what I told him.
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              How could I possibly get such a fellow to listen to me on “junk bonds”?

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                Thank you SM.
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                The point is if you would talk to them about JVPrs being that clean, they would bring varioius arguments to mitigate yours. I believe the langauge the JVPrs being used for their politics is very complex – it should be a simple langauge to the manner, for example make every effort to pass his message through simple DAY TODAY sinhala phrases (which are being applied in sinhala speechs very often). JVP should work hard to achieve the levels ASAP. Their message should outreach every corners of this country in order people to realize the TRUTHS.
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                Statistics and SCIENCE are greek to the average mind set bearers. Like for example, if medical doctors would use their medical terms or the lawyers would use theirs in normal language, the viewers/listeners would not find it easy to follow
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                SM, I truly believe, the failure lies there. I love to listen to Dr Harini Amarasooriya, but there may be lots of other people out there, that would not feel the same.

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                  Ah, LM,
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                  You’re now beginning to understand that telling only the truth is not enough.
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                  It must be told in such a way that it’s understood.
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                  “We are intelligent, wise, and educated; those others are uneducated menials who cannot think”.
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                  If you think like that, they will understand the contempt that you have for them.
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                  Cleverness. and tongue in cheek, humour, and jokes, are all very well, dear LM.
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                  After all that is done I tell people, very seriously, how I intend voting.
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                  Since it’s their votes, I have no business telling them how to vote.
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                  Do you now realise that Sepal Amarsinghe is a knave who deliberately misleads his listeners to finally get them to spoil their votes just before polling. He did that in November 2020, I say that he will do so again.
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                  Stifle the fellow; give him no oxygen.
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                  By yourself listening, and analysing, and warning us about the strategies these fellows are adopting, you will perform an invaluable service.
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                  NEVER, in your innocence, give free publicity to Sepal’s YouTube site.

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          OC,

          Read up on Howard S Marks of Oaktree Capital Management, the largest investor in distressed securities worldwide. His memos are a good source of info about bonds. He specializes in bonds and he got his start after meeting Michael Milken who gave him a few ideas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Marks_(investor)

          Watch the Rajapakses and Cabrral closely …….. you can make enough money for a grand wedding with Therese ……. :))



          “Some shares have gone from Rs.30 to 380 within a year.”

          Could be just inflation ……… they have printed so much rupees ……….. a lot of printed rupees chasing a few shares on offer in a small bourse?

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        nimal fernando

        “chiv, Native, OC, why didn’t you see this coming? That’s totally behavioural …… and predictable! ……. There’s your billions ……”

        Anyone who has little grey matter knows what has happening in this island for many years.

        Harsha De Silva is too keen on saving war criminals neck and his seat in the parliament than saving this island from man made disaster. Please read what he said in 2014 just before the elections:

        …..
        …..
        “I am telling to the world. We (UNP and myself), will not allow anybody to take President Rajapaksa or any other leader to International court about War Crimes, We will not allow the President whether he won or lose to be tried before war crime tribunals,” Dr. de Silva stressed.
        ….
        ….
        “I am a proud Southerner and a Sinhala Buddhist. I have no desire whatsoever to align with the Tigers and betray my country,” the MP stressed responding to the accusation against him from the government Minister.”
        http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14B/Nov24_1416845441CH.php

        Can he now tell the IMF that being a proud Southerner and a Sinhala Buddhist he has all the rights in the world to access loan facilities from IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, ….. in addition Gota is a strong Sinhala/Buddhists who is the president of this Sinhala/Buddhist country.

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          Native is this coincidence or what ?? Today Chinese Giant Ever Grande was dumped into default. No Grande also has off shore financing arm Tiangi holding which may soon move into our empty Port City. The value of Ever Grade stock today is $ 0. 2 (one time > $ 500). Following EG, there is one more brewing called Keisa Real Estates.

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          Dear nimal,
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          Harsha de Silva is one of the most knowledgeable and active of the SJB frontline, an if I were voting SJB in that District he would be one of my coices. He’s not as young as he looks.
          However, it is in the Badulla District that I will be voting (if still living) and I intend voting for the NPP.
          .
          Yes, this statement by Harsha is one that he will have to explain to us.
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          I agree that this statement almost disqualified him in my eyes

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          Native,
          A Southerner with a name like Silva may be a Buddhist, but is he really Sinhalese, whatever that is? Is that why they have to keep loudly proclaiming their patriotism?

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            old codger

            “Is that why they have to keep loudly proclaiming their patriotism?”

            Indeed.
            Prof Gananath Obeyasekere observes that is why we have many noisy minorities who are loud in order to hide their ancestry for example Wimal Weerawansa, whose other names are Sangili Karuppan.

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          “Harsha De Silva is too keen on saving war criminals neck and his seat in the parliament than saving this island from manmade disaster.”

          Native,

          People gotta do what they gotta do to survive in a place like Lanka.

          I have it from a very good source that Eagle Eye is form a very good family with very decent parents of good upbringing and a lot of class …….. who fell in with the Rajapakses and lent them his money …….. now he has to do this to get his money back ……

          Such is the world …….. out there ……….

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            nimal fernando

            Thanks
            I understand his predicament. He has an option whether to be a politician or to be an Management Consultant/Accountant. He is free to chose the latter profession.

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        nimal, I’ve already seen this. I think that leelagemalli had put it on. The site was possibly different, but the contents were the same.
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        By that I mean, the same video, different site.
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        I’m too old to tackle issues of this intricacy. This is probably a huge National Issue.
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        For three weeks you and I exchanged views on a more parochial matter.
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        And there’s also the World Issue of the manipulation of information and attitudes through digital media.
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        Given that those getting away with this virtual murder are now the richest in the World it becomes also the biggest Economic issue today.
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        tbc

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      Hi chiv,
      “Where are those 6.9 million planning to go this holiday season???”
      The claimed holiday ‘Utopia’ of 6.9 million are entirely different, from that of SL parliamentarians!
      That is determined by another, not by themselves!
      it depends on the amount of ‘accumulated Meritorious activity’ during the current exposure.
      No payment of US$ required!!

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      It is all because people s total ignornace.
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      Not just Rajapakshes, people are also equally indifferent and criminal minded/highly corrupted minded, cant dichotamize from facts and falcified information about the rhetorics made by Wimal Buruwanse or the like for their comeback.
      :
      To put the blame on previous govt, they twisted all the information. Now everything is slowly revealing that the loans taken by previous govt were not at all that huge, compared to the sums being wasted by Medamulan Bps. Huge portion of loans installements are from 2010- 2015 MR misadminstraion…. just imagine, if a mad guy woudl load his kith and kind plane load wise, how many millions would loose. That was the case with BP Mahinda pleasing everyone….. as if so called afro triabal leader flew to new york.
      All these were clear to the media, bu tthey idd not reveal since they just fished on the muddy water. Even today, not a single media institution is doing it in favour of the public.
      Media mafia and Rajapakshes are a deadly cancer to whole region. Basta.

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        LM,
        You are absolutely right. All this is due to people’s ignorance. And who feeds this ignorance? One, the clergy in their compulsory daham pasalas, which, like the Madrasas, brainwash Sinhala children into believing all sorts of myths like astrology and snake-oil medicine. So we get even scientists turning to god’s for advice. Second we have the media, which is totally irresponsible. Take the current “gas explosions”. The media shows a lot of exploded tempered glass on cookers. I personally checked with a friend who repairs gas cookers, and he said this is nothing new, and has been happening for years!
        (contd)

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          Not a single cylinder has exploded. There have been fires caused by leaky hoses , but again, that’s nothing new. I suspect this is a ploy by the government to turn away LPG shipments because it doesn’t have money to pay, and the media is being used to reduce demand. Just like the Chinese fertilizer ship. This is an old Rajapaksa trick . First tell people that something is bad for them, and then try to ban it . Milk powder, Glyphosate, fertilizer, palm oil, all got the treatment.

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            Dear OC,

            I do believe that is another RAJAPAKSHE-MLECHCHA trick to avoid bill payments.
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            These are mlechcha tricks on the cost of people, being abused the gullibility of the masses.
            Not SIVURU dressers are yet serious about an island wide protest, even if innocient mothers got killed by explosions, letalone to see any little justice from the kind of murderers ?

            SRILANKENS politics became no different to that WANATHAMULLA garbage dumps- since MEDAMULANA rascals took the lead, may all curse be with their last breaths – that is all left to say.

            By the way, JVPrs and former govt together insisted, that over 16 billions of US dollars were in their PANDORA style deposits outside. Cant the sums help now saving the nation ?
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            Then again the stupid MASSES would start TATOO ” MAHINDA” penis on their chests… right ?
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            OC,

            I think this is a good explanation about the gas cylinders.

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

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              Nimal,
              Yes. Most leaks are due to higher pressure (caused by the different gas combination) . It even happened to me, but, being aware of these things, I fixed the gasket. That said, what is mostly shown on the media is shattered glass cook-tops, an entirely different issue, but good for ratings.

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          Lies govern the country and for what purpose the govts allowed the free education. Levels are much similar to that 40% Pakistan. State revenue would have been increased if only the ones with brains could achieve educational facilities. Today the idiots destroy hard earned privileges like free education and free health. My Japanese friends question how can a govt offer this much of free services? 🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹

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            Apologies
            Levels are much similar to that of 40% illiterate Pakistan. 🐕🐃☹🐕🐃☹🐕🐃☹🐕🐃

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          Oc/
          The days very same people beat so called clergy are not far. 🐕bite 🐕. In my childhood there was a boy similar to Ghanasara by his kunuharupa. He was stabbed to death at his 16. Likewise Ghanasara ll be the first to be caught by a unknown killer soon/ then again Kavibana recited by him would stand out forgetting his all loads of public hate speech.🐃🐃🐃🐃 Today/ I fully stopped giving dana to bps/ except for few good monks. Myths we learned from our buddhist madrasas I ll not respect any more. 🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹

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      Please watch the VIDEO below

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

      We salute Mr Thusan Gunawardhana. The kind of real sons should come forward to save this nation.

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    Trust ?? you must be kidding. Dr. Shaffi is reinstated and his salary arrears are ordered to be paid. His salary arrears were illegally withheld during the period he was on compulsory leave. Most of us know who is the mastermind behind this controversy. One man, one law , one country .

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      Hi chiv,
      What would be the complicity and involvement of the individual who performed an ill-advised ‘Fake’ Satyagraha, opposite Kurunegala G Hospital, (KGH) during this time?
      AKD, for necessary action (FNA) please! Like your proposal for state ministers Shasheendra and ‘New Village’!
      This action, “Athana, Methana, Hithana style”, galvanised, public opinion initiate/instigate & proceed to send Dr. Shafi Sihihabdeen (SS), on compulsory leave – claimed to “protect Sinhala women patients” from being further abused, at KGH, ‘claiming’, ‘Fallopian tube abuse’ by SS!!
      Further, they have become ‘Barren’ – not able to bear children for their husbands?!
      Have there been tests on these women whether or not they had intercourse with their husbands?!
      There are many married, but do not have further consummation process and therefore, will not bear children, but definitely not barren?!!
      AKD, over to you please!!!

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        Mahila, take this incident as an example which was planned soon after staging Easter to keep the hatred and anti Muslim momentum going. See the amount of immoral disgusting people, directly or indirectly involved,in turning this doctor and his family’s life upside down in a matter of 1 to 2 days. 1) a junior lady doctor /colleague who was jealous of his success, initiated the rumor mongering and her husband who is a high ranking police officer, later helped in filing false criminal charges. 2) Many staff from KGH and previous patients who benefited from his services ,ganged up in hundreds to make false complaints. 3) Though the claims were unscientific, irrational and stupid no doctor,colleague,medical council or association came out in support of this poor doctor. 4) Initially the complaint was about doctor earning unaccounted income which later turned into false charges. Are there any who are corrupted more than our politicians ?? Why no complaints or investigations?? 5) Apparently he is a member of UNP and had represented party as a candidate in previous election.Yet no single politician from UNP or for that matter any other party, came out in support. 6) few Muslims made some murmurs and that was it 7) Shafi was arrested, put in prison, send on compulsory leave, his family including school going children were harassed and threatened.

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        Today Athana Methana Hithana style claimed Doctor may be reinstated but not free of charges. He may be considering helping those Barren ( by supplying organic fertilizers and plenty water) ” not so Barren”.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iryiYAPMB6w

      If I were Dr Safi, I would have killed ONE OF THE RAJAPAKSHES and committed suicide.

      This country and nation should not be the pvt property of a rascal family.

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      But Dr Shafi’s hounders are back again — the monkish one. I just cant understand the venom and hostility driving his assailants.

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        Dear Manel,
        .
        “But Dr Shafi’s hounders are back again — the monkish one. I just cant understand the venom and hostility driving his assailants.”

        this is the normal modus operandi AND the levels of mlechcha nature in our motherland. This is not new to anyone. Manel, their adherence to buddhism is conditional. It is only focused on getting somehow elected to the parliament. Real buddhism as buddha taught it, it should well be based on non-violence. I spoke to several medicos in surgery and just discussed in depth how it would have been possible one of the panelists of a surgery be possible to stay suppressing the function of a falopian tube while the main operation is being carried out. They just ridiculed it out.

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        Manel Fonseka

        “But Dr Shafi’s hounders are back again — the monkish one”

        You missed another patriot, Hon. (Prof.) Channa Jayasumana, M.P. MBBS, PhD, FRCP Edin, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals,

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          NV,

          Please dont add his titles, to this page, His professorship is due to lack of proper candidates. His number one qualification is – his affinity to NATHA DHEWIYA…. how can a man with a PhD in Pharamacology ever think of ” KALI AMMA stuff”.
          .
          I think the inventor of Kaliamma- caricatured DHAMMIKA pani maker too would claim the same qualification.
          :
          Above all paper qualification, JAYASUMANAS affinity to INVISIBLE forces placed him above – under GOTA-GHANAKKA leadership.
          :
          Consequences are BEFORE our eyes today.

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        Manel,
        “Dr Shafi’s hounders are back again — the monkish one.”
        Yes, I can’t believe the amount of vindictive venom this snake in yellow can produce. He still clings to his ridiculous “fallopian” claims.
        In a civilized country, such a creature would have been locked up for contempt of court.

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    ”Is It Too Late To Stem The Rot?” I certainly think so.

    SL has been sliding towards a major catastrophe with eyes open for decades but in recent years, the slide has gathered momentum & we are now at the edge. Its a matter of time (weeks?) before going over the edge but who knows, there might be a ledge or something to hang on to. Despite the faint optimism, we can expect to be another Lebanon soon with daily power cuts, long fuel queues, shortage of food & essentials, etc. before ending up as Afghanistan with acute poverty & starvation, ignored by the rest of the world.

    Like Afghanistan, the people chose the ‘known devil’ because if not for self serving Sirisena & lethargic Ranil, the Rajapakses would not be here today. For the average Rajapakse vote base, international relations, foreign aid & investment, are beyond their understanding. The misguided & misinformed sense of sovereignty, nationalism & religious sentiment, even in the face of economic disaster, blatant corruption, gross mismanagement & abuse of power, are too powerful to be removed from their mindset. A change in the regime pronto may slow the momentum but until the voters come to their senses & we have a set of honourable & capable people to take over, we can’t stem the rot.

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      Yes, the effect of these horrible two years of bungling can’t be shaken off
      .
      However, it’s good to have Lukman Harees writing this article with which we can all agree on how bad things have got.
      .
      I mean we have a Muslim writing about the problems that all Lankans face. I have found him a reasonable man, but when he wrote about the murder of Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot he was trying to say similar horrible things had happened elsewhere.
      .
      Never link with other events elsewhere. I said that I was disappointed with that article.
      .
      We must ready ourselves for people similar to the Rajapaksas manipulating voters yet again.
      .
      I don’t prescribe whom others should back. Me – NPP.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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        That earlier comment because I realise how difficult it is to get the average voter to THINK. I think it important to declare my personal preferences We must encourage voting. Those who encouraged abstention in 2020 must NEVER be trusted again.
        .
        Also 35 candidates for President. None tried to educate voters on strategic voting using the THREE Preferences. Professor Kumar David made valiant efforts on this site, but couldn’t get it accepted by his own NPP.
        .
        The manipulation of our thinking by the digital media is what I’ve been focusing on. The DISLIKE button doesn’t work on YouTube, and not many realise it. This is a WORLD problem.
        .
        We then realise how precious an instrument CT is. The drawback is that few of us are young, and we can’t reach the monolinguals. Many living abroad doesn’t really matter because most of you are humble enough on that score.

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          Average voter mentality is well connected with no such development but focusing on the self gains there alone they prove their thinking patterns. Yesterday I was compelled hear some saying that ” we voted for their comeback but we have to line up in ques today by our essentials ” – as if they are more worried of being in ques” . Average dont seem to know as to why they let criminals to twist their mind ” 😎😶😎😎😎😶😎😶😎 for getting away from their crime investigations ” 😎😎😎😎

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        Dear Sinhala_Man,
        I learnt my English late in life, as an adult.
        It is never too late to learn. I believe in it wholeheartedly.
        Now, another effort to learn, – from you.
        … I don’t prescribe whom others should back. Me – NPP.
        My question is, would it be incorrect, if I were to say, ‘I – NPP’.
        For me, it looks that ‘I – NPP’ would be the appropriate way.
        Thank you.

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          Nathan
          .
          Perhaps I should have written: “Me? – NPP.”
          .
          I see that as an abbreviation of the question: “And what about me?”
          .
          Don’t worry; your English is good.
          .
          What if you knock on a door and are asked who it is?
          .
          Put this in the Google browser, and enter:
          .
          You’ll get dozens of explanations: both forms are acceptable.

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            Dear me!
            .
            What you should put in the browser hasn’t got in, because I “surrounded” it with the “greater than” and “less than” signs.
            .
            Google “It’s me/ I”.
            .
            The Internet allows us to do so much. Unfortunately trillionars control it.
            .
            Google this name and see what Wikipedia says about him:
            .
            Sir Tim Berners-Lee
            .
            It looks as though he’s lost.

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            Sinhala_Man ,
            The inclusion of the question mark, makes a big difference. Thanks.

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          Dear Nathan: Don’t be in a hurry. Too early. Wait till 20th – the day NPP is having a meeting to unveil its “Policies” and “Action Plans” and also to appoint a “National Executive Council”. This time, let us make a SENSIBLE and WELL CONSIDERED JUDGEMENT after NPP unveils its “Policy” and “Action Plan” and most importantly the “PERSONS” who would be presented to us.

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          Nathan,
          .
          May you the kind of srilanken be bred in order to expect a better srilanka at least for your future generations. We should promote more about NPP. Not many would be aware of NPP yet today. I had a chat with one of my relatives y day (who is from Cmbo), he was not aware of the difference between NPP and JVP. He was in the view, JVP would have been good at brining good arguments, but their public langauge is not plain enough to transport the message to grassroot levels. Latter is the reason, JVPs to stay stagnated over the decades.

          The message you;, Nathan could send out is huge – this should be clear to your age group at least today.
          :
          Each time, when I read it from our Sinhala Man, Nathan or the rest few, I repeatedly question, why dont we see any other new faces (new commenters) appearing on this CT platform.

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            leelagemalli,
            You ask quite an interesting question, – Why don’t we see any new faces on this CT platform.
            The answer is simple, in many ways!
            .
            The younger generation is not immersed in politics as we do. They have ‘social platforms’ to spend time on.

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              Thanks to both LM & Nathan.
              .
              Colombo Telegraph is a weak and poor site, but doing its best. Its reach is limited.
              .
              LM is commenting like mad in the Sinhalese Sectiop of CT. So is Champa, and on these issues she too is good. On certain other things we just can’t agree with her.
              .
              I have done what I could in miniature. LM.has weighed in on those, but most others appear afraid of sacred cows.
              .
              The crooks effectively hang together. We are failing to act together and with seriousness of purpose. We cannot possibly get anywhere if we don’t stop defending crooks actions.

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                S.M,
                “Colombo Telegraph is a weak and poor site”
                It may be poor, but it certainly isn’t weak. You ought to know that Mahinda had it banned during his presidency. You don’t need to ban weak websites.

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                  OC,
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                  I am in full agreement with you:
                  :

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        What does he think when he visits Kattankudi, sees women clad in black from tip to toe ,hears the lament of Easter Sunday victims and watches the videos of thousands chanting Allahu Akbar when a man being lynched and burned?
        And religious edicts like apostates must be killed?
        Moral enlightenment?

        Soma

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          soman

          “What does he think when he visits Kattankudi, ………………..”

          It is the Islamic Republic of Kattankudi.
          Why do you ask?

          ” ………………. videos of thousands chanting Allahu Akbar when a man being lynched and burned?”

          What did you chant when you were watching or participating in the various riots since 1956?

          “Moral enlightenment?”

          Are you kidding? There is no moral enlightenment for racists, murderers, rapists, …. war criminals, …. am sure you will fit into at least one category.

          Now tell me, what good has Sinhala/Buddhism done to you, …. and to this island?

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            Native
            It has protected the islanders from invaders, occupiers and terrorists.
            If the Sinhalese practised Buddhism they would have been extinct by now.
            Sun God and his faithful followers like you would have loved that way I know.

            Soma

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              soman-

              “It has protected the islanders from invaders, occupiers and terrorists.”

              The last time this country was saved was when your favourite Tamil brother the Psychopath VP kicked the invading IPKF out of this island while the brave patriotic Sri Lankan armed forces were hiding behind VP’s bum, including Kamala Gunaratne and Surgeon General Shavendra.

              “If the Sinhalese practised Buddhism they would have been extinct by now.”

              The way things are you are going to extinct anyway. Since you practice Sinhala/Buddhism (Anagarica’s fascistic cult) hence don’t blame it on Buddhism.

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            Native
            “What did you chant when you were watching or participating in the various riots since 1956?”
            I know how this question occurred to your mind.
            You suddenly remembered those glory days when you guys were clapping and cheering while watching LTTE videos circulating among the support groups. LTTE recorderd every event of their heroic acts for your viewing pleasure with footage of gruesome torturing of captured soldiers and scattered pieces of human remains after bomb blasts. Remember they had assigned a cameraman for recording the blasting of Rajiv Gandhi which even helped idenfy those involved?
            Relax. I am sure you still have those old tapes in your cupboard.

            Soma

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              soman

              “LTTE recorderd every event of their heroic acts for your viewing pleasure………… “

              Did LTTE film their attack on Mangulam Garrison of which Kamala Gonaratne was the commander who abundant his soldiers and ran for his life. Would you say Kamala acted heroically?

              He still hears voices in his head mostly LTTE noices.

              You should stop talking nonsense and start focusing on your redemption.

              By the way do you believe in feminism (you don’t have to be a feminist to believe in feminism)?

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                Native
                Yes he ran away and you starved the soldiers to death.
                Reminiscing of old glory?
                Screaming soldiers under torture, spectacle of scattered human remains, Blood of Kattankudi prayers , blood of Arunthala child priests??
                Daily playing old tapes?

                Soma

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                  soman

                  “Reminiscing of old glory?”

                  No, I am remembering your heroes. .

                  “Screaming soldiers under torture, spectacle of scattered human remains, Blood of Kattankudi prayers , blood of Arunthala child priests??”

                  Yet, Mahinda, Gota, Basil, ….. made a deal with your sun God for a fee, amounting to almost Rs 165 Million.

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                    Native
                    That is how much your ‘national struggle’ was worth in Sri Lanka rupees at the prevailing exchange rate.
                    Why should they pay more?

                    Soma

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          soma,
          .
          There are two admissions that I have to make.
          .
          ONE: I had stated that your comments had improved somewhat.
          .
          TWO: I have said that it was good to see Lukman Harees writing something tha all Lankans can accept. In doing so, I had admitted some disappointment with his previous article. That may have been unnecessary.
          .
          Your response is horrible, but it provides justification for my second admission. Few Lankans can resist the temptation to start stereotyping a person the moment you behold a name.
          .
          Is Lukman from Kattankudy? Is he even a Muslim? From other articles, written by him I had concluded that he is a practicing Muslim, but nothing about where he’s from.
          .
          I apologise for what I did. Now, please explain your comment.

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            Sinhala man
            To begin with I have no respect for anybody who is not prepared to openly admit that killing apostates is an abominable notion.
            Muslim writers here preach us about minority rights in Sri Lanka without making any attempt to educate us about minority rights in Muslim countries and giving any example to follow.
            They also do not assume any responsibility for rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Sri Lanka which led to sordid events like Easter mayhem.
            While they have chosen to self isolate with burkas, robes and beards they are blaiming us for ‘alienating’ them!
            .
            Your comment on my improvement is heartening. I will not label it as condescending. I will try even further continous improvement.

            Soma

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              soman

              “Muslim writers here preach us about minority rights in Sri Lanka without making any attempt to educate us about minority rights in Muslim countries and giving any example to follow.”

              Are you planning to relocate to Sialkot in Pakistan, Herat in Afghanistan, Al-Baghuz Fawqani of Syria, …… ?

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        Sinhala_Man: Please see my comment addressed to Nathan. Please wait till the 20th to see what we would be offered by NPP.

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      Raj,
      There is no shortage of “honourable & capable people to take over, “
      The problem is that none of them are Sinhala Buddhists. I believe R.Sampanthan would make a very good President, Sumanthiran a good PM, Eran Wickramatatna an excellent Finance Minister, Harin Fernando a good Foreign Minister, etc
      But t the ignorant voters depend on even more ignorant clergy to recommend who to vote for, so these people will never get the jobs they deserve. A yob like Mahindananda will always be preferred over someone like Chanakyan.

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        old codger
        Agreed, that is my point. The majority Sinhala Buddhist vote base will never vote for an outsider, not even a Sinhala Christian as President. Even CBK preferred MR as PM instead of internationally respected Kadiragama, despite Kadiragama being a Buddhist. SWRD, & even Wijaya Kumarathunga, when entering politics, appeared to have converted to Buddhism (I remember Vesak pandols outside Narahenpita residence of Wijaya, depicting him with his wife & children, dressed in white with offerings of flowers, though I doubt if any of them ever visited a temple like that). Until this racist mind set is changed, we will have yobs running this country. We are in this shit knowingly. Unfortunately, the entire country is suffering because of 6.9m misguided citizens. Hope at least some may have come to their senses now.

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        old codger,
        “I believe R.Sampanthan would make a very good President, Sumanthiran a good PM, Eran Wickramatatna an excellent Finance Minister, Harin Fernando a good Foreign Minister,”

        Although Sampanthan and Sumanthiran were in the fake opposition, they worked together with ‘Yahapalana’ Government and ruined this country.

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        Old codger
        Sampanthan ? What about his past record as promoting LTTE as the sole representative of Tamils?

        Soma

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          Dear Old codger,
          I ask for permission to interject.
          .
          Dear Soma,
          – Sampanthan promoting LTTE.
          No Court accepts Statement under duress.
          .
          Are you so desperate to clutch onto such inadmissible past.

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            Nathan,
            Sampanthan is a racist separatist who was involved in passing Vadukkodei Resolution to create a separate State within Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo and declared war against Sinhala nation that led to creation of LTTE Tamil terrorists who massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades to grab their land.

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              Eagle,
              “Sampanthan is a racist separatist who was involved in passing Vadukkodei Resolution to create a separate State within Sinhale,”
              If your wife wanted to divorce you, you would have to part with half your property. That’s the law in Canada. That’s what happens if you mistreat your wife. Is that why you’re so against separatism???
              If a state mistreats its minorities, separatism is the result. You have to treat the disease, not the symptom.
              How come you don’t live in this fake Sinhale? Are you a separatist?😂😂😂

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                I am not a fan for PR, but he is telling the truth here.
                .
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm_lMRIEkiE

                Just to put the blame on all predecessors to mitigate the burden made by Rajapakshes is a big trick.
                :
                Mahinda is the real big TOMPACHAYA of the country. He must have no right to move free today, but PEOPLE of this country are MERCY COWs…. and rata thanakola should be their staple.

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                old codger

                “That’s what happens if you mistreat your wife. “

                Eagle Blind Eye
                In other words if you don’t treat your women folks well, then neighbours and strangers will start groping them in front of you, your women folks will start enjoying it, eventually they just move into your house which of course bad but you couldn’t do a thing about it.

                You see now that is what happening in this island. Hindians will move in anytime, China man is all over the island, they are vising north flying drone which is by the way banned in this island by the prince of darkness Sarath Weerasekera, …. facilitated by army, navy and police.

                What are you going to do about it?
                Talk more about Malabaries?

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                Then why do you consider Sinhala Buddhist society as superior?

                Soma

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            Nathan
            Under duress?
            Worst insult to Sampanthan whom Old codger wants to promote as the president of Sri Lanka.
            So he promoted LTTE while hiding among the enemy to save his life?
            How many innocent lives would have been saved if he did not commit that dastardly act?
            What a shame!

            Soma

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              soman

              “Worst insult to Sampanthan whom Old codger wants to promote as the president of Sri Lanka.”

              Okay do you want old codger to promote Gnanasara, Elle, Omalpe Sobitha, ….Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana … or Kamala Gunaratne, Surgeon General Shavendra, Mathemetical genius Wimal Weerawansa, Gamanpilla, Namal Baby, ……… Douglas, Champika (recently stated his campaign in Jaffna), Gevinthu and his new constitution, Baron Naseby, ……. ?

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          Soma,
          Did you, in 1989, dare to come out in public and condemn the JVP?. I know I didn’t.
          The LTTE and JVP are history. What matters is to have incorrupt ,capable people running the country. The Sinhala Buddhists have had 72 disastrous years. Time to give others a chance. Otherwise, it will be foreigners.

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            old codger

            “What matters is to have incorrupt ,capable people running the country.”

            Sorry what did you say honest, capable, ..people? Are you planning to hire a few from abroad?

            soman will commit ritual suicide the moment he sees honest, capable, ..popular people in the ring. I don’t want to miss him.
            Please don’t do that, soman and his fellow 6.9 million cannot afford to leave their comfort zone.

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    Fools who trusted the Rajapakse family are now learning the truth. Why people voted for dual citizens is a mystery. Sri Lanka will never progress under those whose loyalty and wealth lie elsewhere. The “synthetic lawyer” who holds the largest number of portfolios is dreaming of becoming president.

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      The same fools will vote for him too. Our people never learn from past mistakes, the Rajah Regime showed them who they were the first time, and still they voted them back. Now the entire country is suffering the consequences.

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      justice,
      I get a glimmer of hope when you say,
      Fools who trusted the Rajapakse family are now learning the truth.
      I was thinking that those who backed that Family can have no capacity to learn.

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        Nathan

        You mean VP who also backed Mahinda in 2004.
        Please remember VP the psychopath also had no capacity to learn.

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          A man who has no capacity to learn as the sole representative?
          What about Sampanthan aiya’s capacity to learn?

          Soma

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          NV,
          .
          Mahinda s health is even worst than appeared to be. His hernia is reported to be the biggest problem.
          :
          We the born buddhists, would not hate even the enemies, but what i got to my mind instantley, Karmic retribution would not leave MAHINDA RAJAAKSHES for all the deliberate high crimes, his politics made to this nation.

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        Nathan,
        .
        It is good to dream that the bunch would even make effort to see the truths. Look how many of them have come forward to stand against – GAS-CYLINDER-BLAST issue even if almost everyone’s kitchen has turned to to be a ” Nandikadal” as of today..
        It is the nature of our SRILANKENs (there the race and religion play no role) most of they would not have guts to join protests. I have no doubt, if any kind of gas leaks killed or hurt anyone in Europe, they would have reacted within an hour.
        .
        Civilized cultures would not respect any hurts on human life. But so called BUDDHGAGAMA dominated our people would not even wake up even if their lovely ones would have been abducted and tortured. That is the greater difference…. SRILANKA and Europe.

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      justice,
      .
      Please don’t leave the “mystery” dangling in the air.
      .
      Suggest an explanation; hopefully somebody else will say something, and the result will be your learning some aspect of the mistakes made.
      .
      Leaving it like that will amount to your suggesting that the majority are inferior to “US”.
      .
      Your attitude may have led to some deciding that the “arrogant” UNP must be voted against

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    Nepotism
    Cronyism
    Corruption
    Racist policies
    Administration filled with unqualified cronies, felons, and crooks, basically yes men.
    Blunder after Blunder
    Selling the country bit by bit to China
    Appointing racist thugs in saffron robes to spear head committees overlooking the interests of
    the minority.

    Recipe for disaster. Who in their right mind can look at the above and think we are heading in the right direction?

    Albert Einstein
    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

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    “In Sri Lanka, the devious regimes have been using racist politics to divide people and mistrust each other at grassroot levels, where interpersonal trust is in catastrophic decline.”
    —-
    This is a blatant lie. The regimes that ruled Sinhale/Sri Lanka since independence never used racist politics to divide people. The two main political parties formed after independence were United National Party and Sri Lanka Freedom Party. There is no racism reflected in these party names. It was Tamils who used racist politics and Muslims who used religious politics to divide people and create mistrust for their political survival. Look at the names of political parties of Tamils and Muslims. Then you can figure out who are racists and religious fanatics.

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      Electoral regiter should not recognise party names like HELA Urumaya, TAMIL National Alliance and MUSLIM Congress.

      Soma

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        S
        The Electoral Register merely recognizes the eligible voters.

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      It’s official. Today Fitch downgraded Lanka’s foreign currency long term default rating to CC.. If interested refer official Fitch rating link for details. This will make it difficult and cost more to import goods.

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    SJ
    Sorry, I thought it registers parties too.
    What is the proper word for the document that records party names?

    Soma

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      Soma,
      Ever heard of the Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna? All Sinhala Buddhist. Or the Makkal Congress, all Muslim. People always know who they are voting for. Names make no difference.
      This country will only progress when a non-SB leadership is given a chance.

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      soman

      “What is the proper word for the document that records party names?”

      Answer to your stupid question:

      Names of Recognized Political Parties, Approved symbols, and the list of Names, Addresses & Telephone Numbers of the Secretary of each Party by The Election Commission upto 31 st of December 2020

      https://elections.gov.lk/en/political_party/political_party_list_E.html

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        Thanks a lot, Native

        Soma

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          soman

          “Thanks a lot, Native”

          You are welcome, any time.

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    The basic issue is the Party Leaders of all political parties giving nominations to unsuitable contestants, this also includes the President as he/she is too supported by the Party Leaders.

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      Without any feasiblity studies they built harbours, play grounds, electric towers and conference halls, to the same manner they introduced STINKY manure to the villagers.
      .
      Now the consequences are becoming clear, even peasants would shout at the leadership today.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBHvEqVVhzk

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