18 July, 2019

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Sri Lanka Needs A Patriot – A Statesman

By V. Jegen –

V. Jegen

Parliament and democracy are made a mockery by the political buffoons in the country. Last 4 years of so called ‘Good Governance’ has come to an end with the break up of the unsincere unity between the major political parties. The main motive behind the Good Governance govt. is to solve the long standing 70 years old Tamil- Sinhala issue.

3 1/2 years and 83 sittings wasted in bringing out a draft proposal when there are already many drafts and proposals which were done in the past. Now, the cordial talks between the main parties ended and the country is in a back to square one situation where the major parties started talking against the draft proposals and vomiting raw racism.

‘Asgiriya, Malwatha and Mahanayakes are opposing and the Govt. telling that they will be consulted before any serious proposals are made. Why then there should be a Parliament? Buddhist monks from the above three chapters could form the Parliament and run the country, if they are intelligent enough to understand even a clause in the draft proposals. They are only worried about the prime position for Buddhism and undivided country.

It is an irony in this country that the so called leftists in this country are making racist comments and firing speeches bringing disgrace to people like Phillip Gunarwardena, Pieter Keuneman, N.M. Perera, Edmund Samarakkody etc. ‘One country – two nations or one nation – two countries’ was the famous quote by Late Colvin R De Silva, expressing the Tamil – Sinhala issue in a nutshell. The late leftist leaders have openly spoken on the Tamil – Sinhala issue and stood by the principles. But now the so- called leftists, Vasudeva, Dinesh, Wimal Weerawansa etc. are poisoning the Sinhala masses that the power sharing or devolution and federalism will divide the country. What did they study? Karl Marx or Mahavamsa?

For the change happened in 2015, Tamils and Muslims were the backbone. The minorities fully supported the change on the promise that the people who robbed the country, masterminded the mass scale murders, abductions, corruptions etc. will be brought to books and a permanent solution for the longstanding ethnic issue would be found. Why the country is indebted with huge loans from China? Who wanted Hambantota harbour, Mattala Airport and the Port City. Did the people asked for these or is it a one man’s fantasy. In what way these projects contributing for the economy, instead they have incurred the burden on the economy. People who have blood in their hands and made fortunes within the ten years they ruled are now aspiring for the high positions in the Govt. ‘The Presidential candidate will be from the Rajapaksa family’ by Basil Rajapaksa. Where is democracy? Are they Royal descendants?

Sri Lanka co-sponsored the UN resolution 30/1 and 40/1 and agreed for many things including Hybrid Court, political solution, land release, removal of PTA etc. But the President and PM openly rejecting the hybrid court. As the major parties are back to the mud throwing politics, the political solution is thrown into the dustbin. President goes to hand over the lands in the North. Thousands of acres are released in one hand and on the other hand lands are acquired in the North in the name of Archeological  needs but Buddhist statues appearing, wild life preservation and for military expansion. PM during the local Govt. elections, telling the Sinhala masses that he will erect 1000 Buddhist statues in the North. PM should make sure that the Buddhist values are truly followed in the South than planting statues in the North. Majority community should extend both hands towards the minorities who lost wealth, lives of brothers, husbands, sisters, mothers & children in astonishing numbers and their own lands. OMP office is to show the UN and not with a genuine intent.

Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero who was punished for a crime was pardoned by the President and welcomed in his office whereas a child was trying to go with his father who is being held in prison without charges under PTA for many years and brought  by the prison authorities to attend his wife’s funeral. The incident touched the hearts of all but not the President. 

TNA stood up to uphold the democracy in this country and to bring back the situation existed before Oct.26. The PM now repeatedly voicing that all have accepted unitary state and Buddhism as the state religion. For the President, PM and the opposition members the Sri Lankan Military is the super most disciplined army in the world but there are clear, reliable evidences in the UN about their barbarous acts of war crimes in the last war. The Sinhala politicians should acknowledge the fact that Srilanka even though standing independently in the sea, in the world map, Srilanka is still subject to Global political changes. The country needs to adhere to the world norm. Instead of the power hungry politicians making fiery speeches to stimulate the communal fire, they should educate the masses to watch the world and the countries where many ethnic communities live in harmony and how they achieved the unity through a political system which acknowledges the rights of all communities.

Singapore, a country without much resources started the journey towards development in 1965 and now one of the richest country in the world. The per capital in USD is 93,900 whereas the per capital of Sri Lanka is USD 12,800. Don’t these political pundits in the parliament want to see or study how they solved the ethnical problems. There are four languages – Malay, Chinese, Tamil and English recognized as state languages with equal status and all the communities live in harmony which helped the country to advance as a powerful nation not subject to any foreign domination in the globe. How this became possible. In 1965, the power was in a man called Lee Kuan Yew – the father of the Nation, a Patriot and a statesman made it possible. Northern Ireland had a severe violent history which ended with the ‘Good- Friday’ agreement. It is the political will on both sides helped to achieve peace in the area.

Why are we not ready to follow these examples? Democracy centered in the Parliament not at all suitable for a country where a multi ethnic communities live. In Srilanka only two major communities live. North and East are predominantly and historically occupied by Tamils and Muslims. By devolving the powers and empower them to  manage their own affairs except the national security, by making each and every citizen of the country to feel Sri Lankans, by addressing the reconciliation in real terms not in words, the country could move forward towards prosperity. Foreign countries have no chance of using the ethnic issue to exert pressure for their own self- interest. To do all these, we need a person with patriotism and statesmanship qualities. 

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    Aye up! what’s this?

    . . . 3 1/2 years and 83 sittings wasted in bringing out a draft proposal. . .

    Mr Jegen, you surely mean DAFT proposals.

    Bloody time wasters; they fooled US the people will their bullshit and not a thing was done.

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    Mr Jegen

    You write . . .To do all these, we need a person with patriotism and statesmanship qualities.

    Well Sir, you don’t ask for much do you? It will be easier to find a teetotaller in the Nippon Hotel bar than to find a politician with the qualities you outline. They are an extinct species in sunny Sri Lanka.

    Good luck!

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    Yeah, Jegan is talking of an non-existent entity. Many idiots believed that Gamarala is the best out of the lot in 2015 and just see how he has become. One of the worst politicians appe Dukka Deepa ever created. Are you then talking of Ranil, MR, Gotta, Nanayakara (a moron without any nanayam), Weeramonkey Beraya, or Gamon-Pulle the menace? Or are you referring to Blind Eagle or HLD or such ran away heroes? We are finished Jegan and the rest you all talk are mere speculation and theory.

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    The writer is damned right in his assessment of Sri Lanka. Specifically, the third paragraph sum up the dreadful blunder Sri Lanka has made and is still making , since independence in 4 February 1948. These monks (except for few like late Sobitha Thero) who professes to follow Buddhism are never closer to Lord Buddha‘s teachings. They have become scourge to civil upliftment of Sri Lankan society. Also, Sri Lankan have been instilled some fear about invasion by Hindus or Muslims. Very ridiculous mindset and must change to get a stable Sri Lankan society.

  • 6
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    “Sri Lanka Needs A Patriot – A Statesman”……Dream On….
    Nice to have a dream

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    Jegan,
    You have yet to understand the fact that the term patriotism does not have well defined single meaning; and that the term is used by many interest groups including extreme racists & religious fanatics. In any case, I can agree if you intend to mean a “visionary” leader who can build a “national” (across all ethnic groups) consensus on all the major issues affecting all ethnic groups. I think that, in a short term basis such as in a time of election, this is feasible & necessary as well. However, for the long run, this only a romantic dream simply b’cos, in this fast moving world, it won’t take a long time for an emergent contingent event disrupt the prevailing consensus without any prior notice at all. The world is too interconnected that such sudden events don’t even have to local any more. It is strange even to see such a suggestion proposed as a solution for crisis situation right after shattering the building consensus on ethnic reconciliation!
    Also, it appears that Jegan is falsely conflating another already discarded idea along with consensus building: Reducing the power of the parliament. It appears that he is proposing a Singapore like quasi dictatorship. But, didn’t we experimented such a system since 1977? Are we forgetting that it finally led to 18 A and a huge debt crisis thereafter? Yes, Lee Kuan had power but he was a visionary leaders as well. In our case, MaRa had more power than LEE did but he lacked the most important quality of not only the vision but also the understanding of the need to get able support. I think that it is an utterly foolish notion to forget the bitter experience of 18 A. We may not get everything done in rapid motion as we like under a democratic system but considering the HR & the freedom of speech, parliamentary democracy is thousand times better!

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    ” TNA stood up to uphold the democracy in this country ……”
    Jegen, you are a good joker. Don’t you know TNA being unofficial partners of UNP went all out to bring back the UNPgovt. There is no democracy now and before October 26th. How could they uphold the democracy when it was non existent. Come out of your dream world, sir.

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      Mayan

      “Don’t you know TNA being unofficial partners of UNP went all out to bring back the UNPgovt.”

      If TNA & JVP didn’t take the stance both took the days ensuing the coup (28 October) what would have happened to fragile democracy? The same evening Gota was gleefully present at Rajapaksa’s residence. He would have ordered a number of white vans and put them into active service immediately.

      Are you in competition with KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere for the best career option, Mahinda’s official b***s carrier?

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        Tho thoge ammage hutta carrier neda? Parangi Lansi vesige putha, writing under bogus names, hiding in stolen land at Halgolla. You mother fucking hyena, come out and say your filth if you have balls. You dickless, widow fucking moosala kariya. Thova Kandy town ekedi hamb wunoth thoge ata deken ellanawa Bogmbara. Gon Menikagei, Benjamingei hora rape eken descend wena kariya.

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        Dear Native,

        You got it all wrong. Mate…

        If TNA and the JVP didn’t take that stance on 28 October .250 Catholics in Srilankawe and 50 Foreign Citizens would have been alive Today, along with 500 more with out having to have white canes and , walking sticks and even wheel chairs.

        TNA and the JVP must offer a Public Apology to the Cardinal in Colombo, before they ask our Catholic brothers and sisters to vote for them and their UNP mates at the next Election…

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          By the way it is official a team of Singaporean Cardiologists and heart surgeons have found Gota’s heart during an open heart surgery.
          Singapore Foreign Minister also visited Gota at hospital to perhaps congratulate the team of doctors who found his heart. Rejoice, Rejoice

          Mangala has asked the members of UNP to support Baby Premadasa as the next presidential candidate. Are you now friends with Mangala?
          I am sure Dayan will be.

          The war criminals have lot to apologise for what they did between 2005 and 2015. I am too bored to list them and educate you.

          How do you rate Pathikada which turned five on 1 July 2019?
          Don’t you think it’s bit silly and boring?

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            Native:-
            They found Gota’s Heart!
            But they missed out on Gota’s Brain!!

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    Mr.Jegen

    The per capita gdp figures you have mentioned are terribly overstated . Singapore is at about US$ 65,000 and poor Sri Lanka at US$ 4000 ( certainly not US$12,000 as you write – that would have put us ahead of even Malaysia) .
    This leads one to believe you have not done your homework prior to writing an article which some may have found thought provoking , otherwise.

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      The Oracle,
      Yes, Jegan did not clearly explained the figures. The figures he quoted are Per Capita GNI, not Per Capita GDP. However, the fact is true that Srilanka’s economy was equalent to Singapore when we got independence but there is a massive difference now and the the main reason was Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism. I am sure you know the difference between GNI and GDP.

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        As at 01 July 2019 the WB estimates the SL per capita GNI to be US$ 4060 . It has clearly been the corrupt , inept , self serving politicians who ruled SL since 1948 who are responsible for the present situation we are in rather than the “Sinhala Buddhist Fundsmentalism “ that you often write about .

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          Yes. You are right. But it is in the name of Buddhism by self serving politicians. They are the fundamentalists.

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    Then of course we have more than enough options , Wimal , Gamman Pillai ,
    Aluthgamage (more from SLPP) ! As for a statesman , it is something we
    don’t need but just as a side dish , S B is not a bad option , he can call Range ,
    Rishad and some more in case of an emergency , after-conspiracy service !

  • 1
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    Is is possible to clone a good leader for Lankawa?

  • 0
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    We never had and will never have. George V is he an option ???? He seems to have excellent vocabulary and articulating skills.

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    Ade Anna V. Jegen,
    Are you an Eelam Tamil or a traitor to Tamil Eelam. Dont you know Eelam Tamils have a great statesman, our Thalaivar Velupillai Piribaharan. How did you forget that ? Thalaivar is the one and only leader of Eelam Tamils. Follow his path. The great leader gave his life for all of us Eelam Tamils. Do not expect us, true Eelam Tamils to remind that again. If Pottu Anna is alive , he would have spanked your sorry ass into red.
    Tamils quest is for Tamil Eelam. Thalaivar is our only leader.

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    “Sri Lanka needs a Patriot, A Statesman”!
    But where can you Find such a One, in the Present Sri Lanka?
    All The Educated and The Intelligent have left their Motherland during the Rajapakse Era!
    Patriotism is an Expensive Luxury, for Those wanting to Educate their Children to be Proud Citizens of the Modern World; not Just Heirs to a 2,500 Year History, with nothing More to look forward to!!

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    Native Vedda: In your comment you referred to “Pathikada”. You know who conducts this “SHOW” for “Maharajah”. If I remember correct, isn’t he the great “Counsellor General” who was based in Toronto, Canada? Then afterwards he had different assignments in various countries and once he was a “Delegate” to the UNHRC in Geneva. In Geneva did he lose his Passport and Wallet at “another location” while being “Off Duty”? When did he become a “Journalist”? Just observe and study the way this “Journalist” conducts this “SHOW” – “Pathikada” Very true to the name and meaning “Pathikada” he does justice to represent “One Side”. Is he another “VEERAYS” to you?

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      Douglas

      Pathikada is one programme that is not in my “must see” list. It is silly and bit boring.
      Bandula Jayasekara is repetitive, trying to be too polite, …. talks too much, … like our KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera, …

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      Douglas ,

      There are no medias in the country that are playing’ Neutral’
      in politics ! All TVs are biased , they have a party to appear
      for . Under such a circumstance , one will not expect the truth
      to surface unless for a fun ! In a country that is labouring to
      live on racism for a century , racist incidents are no news ! A
      country that is full of corruption from the Head down , can that
      be any news ? Airport seize of contraband items on a daily
      basis , could it be news ? The whole bunch of politicians busy
      running towards police and courts on a daily basis , news ?
      In my view , the situation in the country today is , who destroys
      the country fast in different names ! Dozens of TV shows a week
      is just doing that , Pathikada no difference !

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