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Sri Lankan Democracy: Government ‘Of The Rajapaksas, By The Rajapaksas & For The Rajapaksas’

By Vishwamithra

“But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

We have discussed widely and enough of the options available to the opponents of the Rajapaksas. But what are the options before the governing cabal, the Rajapaksas? It’s not so impertinent to invite our writers, pundits and the general reading masses to discuss the full range of options that could be considered as options or alternatives that the ruling Rajapaksas would like to reckon for their own survival or extinction. Extinction is the obvious alternative which a massive majority of voters would welcome with glee. Yet as history has told us on innumerable occasions, they, the rulers, in a functioning democracy, would never abdicate power even if they find themselves on the brink of certain defeat at the elections.

The ruling party, whether in a developing democracy like Sri Lanka or in those sophisticated west or even in dictatorships all over, always makes every possible attempt to prolong their hold on to the leashes and employ all their wherewithal to hang on, may be forever, come what may.

Yet the governing party does not have an infinite number of alternatives, if they choose to perpetuate themselves in power. An examination of these alternatives could be vastly thought-provoking and even dreadful if they opt for any one of those alternatives.

What are the options available for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his party and their cohorts?

1. Go for a quick Presidential Election without any interference from the center

2. Keep the Presidency running and dissolve parliament and go for parliamentary elections without any interference from the center

3. Dissolve both Presidency and Parliament and hold elections for both at the same time without any interference from the center

4. Assume a dictatorship by dissolving Parliament

5. Hold whatever elections and rig them both so that the eventual winner is their own choice- Gotabaya and Pohottuwa

6. Do nothing and let the present course take its own twists and turns until the due date for the elections arrives

These six alternatives are of vastly intriguing and possible-kind and the potentiality of each being proven real varies from zero to a very definite high probability mark.

Protests are fast becoming the order of the day; in fact, they are as common as the long lines for petrol, diesel, kerosene and all other essential food items. The physical landscape is changing and shadows of economic hardships, cultural decay and political uncertainties are engulfing the nation in double quick time. There is no room or space for middle ground which seems to be disappearing at a breakneck speed.

The average citizen, whether he is an aimless meanderer on unforgiving gravel in a rural hamlet or the solid cement in the city, whether he is a private sector junior executive or a public school teacher, whether he earns a monthly salary or is an unskilled laborer on a daily wage, is driven to the edge of misery and physical and mental exhaustion. Their children are being subjected to the plenty of scarcities of daily needed amenities. In such an exacting economic circumstance, how can the rulers indulge in celebrations of birthday parties and other decadent luxuries? These new realities of life might not have manifested themselves yet for the masses to behold, but the day such realities dawn on them, the outpouring rage and fury may not know limits; the venom and self-pity that they sense may not know bounds. If their last hope begins its final lap of the journey, they might resort to the only means they have within themselves to express their hitherto suppressed anger and wrath. Let us all hope that that day would not dawn!

Above is the cruel context we need to deal with; as a nation, exploited by its leaders, government or opposition, which needs to reckon with. The harshest realities of life and livelihoods are threatening to burst asunder many a relationship and many a friendship. Scarcities of essential items for meager existence could propel the most pious and apathetic men and women into uncontrolled action. The country as a whole is on a fast track to reach such an inauspicious end. So, what can the Rajapaksas do? What course of action or what option as described above would the Rajapaksas chose?

Given the prevailing sociopolitical circumstances, if the Rajapaksas are hell-bent on staying in power at whatever the cost to the country and her people, their only choice is either number 4 or 5. Both of them are frightening options for the nation, both in the short term as well as in the long run. When the walls begin closing in, one finds that only the ultra-loyal cohorts will gather around the power center. They will build an impenetrable defense around the family and those who are inside the fortress will not see what’s occurring outside and vice versa. This is a fundamental element in power politics. It happened on the eve of the 1977 elections and then the actors were Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Felix Dias. That set of friends, relatives and henchmen would let the inner circle know only what they wish and like to know. No person who might have a contrary point of view would dare approach even the moats of the fortress.

What is the option number 4 – Assume a dictatorship by dissolving Parliament

In fact, in the context of the 20th Amendment passed during the current regime, assumption of a dictatorship by dissolving parliament is a redundancy. Gotabaya’s government enacted a Constitutional Amendment within the first two months of its coming into power in August, 2020. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, so enacted, bears as its central feature the concentration of powers in the Executive President, and thereby erodes several of the democratic reforms introduced by the 19th Amendment.

Meera Srinivasan writing to ‘The Hindu’, Indian newspaper, wrote thus: ‘The 20th Amendment rolls back Sri Lanka’s 19th Amendment, a 2015 legislation passed with wide support from the Rajapaksa camp — then in Opposition — that sought to clip presidential powers, while strengthening Parliament. The new legislation in turn reduces the Prime Minister’s role to a ceremonial one.

In the two-day debate, opposition MPs broadly argued that the Amendment threatened to take the country on the path of authoritarianism, giving the President unbridled powers, while government MPs emphasized the need for centralized power for better governance’.

Why Gotabaya and his family would want to dissolve parliament in the face of nearly unlimited powers vested in Executive Presidency as per the 20th Amendment? It is to restrict the Opposition parliamentarians from galvanizing the people around the oppressive policies of the government and their consequential hardships brought upon the people. In their own convoluted minds, they would argue that the absence of a legislature would further strengthen the grip that they would exercise and deployment of uniformed men and women on the streets would curtail mass resistance, if there were any.

Option number 5 would be indeed a very desperate act, if the Rajapaksas choose it. Holding elections in the midst of extreme conditions and in extra-distraught circumstances when the masses are not only being weighed down by grossly unbearable burdens such as present day realities, but, on the contrary, are in a mood beyond all patience, could be severely uncomplimentary to the governing party. What the Rajapaksas should not wait for is for that anger and rage to turn into uncontrollable violence. At the same time, some advisers to the Family may be in the process of asking them to provoke such a situation wherein a violent uprising could be branded as a society-destroying mechanism unleashed by the Opposition forces and such violence would naturally and justifiably warrant an equal or even more violent suppression- theory of revolution and counterrevolution.

But what would render an argument for the option number 5 is the strength that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has shown by setting up of offices headed and staffed by army personnel as parallel administrative structures to the district management system in all districts in the country. What was initially described as another cog in the government machinery to hasten the delivery systems of government amenities and facilities are in real terms a parallel system of officialdom that is unreservedly loyal to the Rajapaksa family.

The Police force on the other hand, might not be loyal to the end as they are more closely associated with the daily lives of the masses. Their loyalties are also bonded with those parliamentarians in each district and they owe some sense of loyalty to all parliamentarians, whether they represent the government party of otherwise. On the other hand, military personnel are notorious for following orders, whether such orders are in compliance with the chapters and verses of the constitution of the country.

There is no likelihood of the Rajapaksas choosing any of the other options, i.e. 1, 2, 3 and 6. Possibilities are zero to 5 percent that they would start listening to saner minds and more balanced advice.

But desperate men do desperate things. The Rajapaksas are willy nilly accelerating their own speed towards an abyss, a threshold of desperation. No force is more violent, no man is so disdainful than one who is desperate.

‘Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth’, so said William Faulkner, famous writer of yesteryear. Faulkner, an American writer known for his novels and short stories, was no ordinary man; his gifts to the literary world are immense and immeasurable. When such men write words of wisdom, ordinary folks do listen and they do read.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com

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    ‘Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth’, so said William Faulkner, famous writer of yesteryear. This does not apply to the Sinhalese – Buddhist Race.

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      That is the most racist comment I have read for a long time.

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        Paul
        I will not accuse the commentator of racism, although it was unfair and unprovoked. It is simply that we do not see our own faults.
        Is that why ancient Indian wisdom says that ‘the eye cannot see itself’?
        One could raise the commentator’s concern about almost any.
        How many Tamils dared to speak up against the LTTE when it was in command?

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          SJ,
          “How many Tamils dared to speak up against the LTTE when it was in command?”
          When was Sri Lanka was command by LTTE?
          You are right that you simply do not see your own faults but only look at LTTE only.

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          SJ,
          H himself is a Sinhala Buddhist. Very complicated.

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          Other than agreeing with SJ on this there is nothing really to comment. In my opinion what ever the options this writer may discuss, Lanka has run out of options for any revival.

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        Paul. This is the only country in the world that Buddhism is written into the constitution as the State Religion. Srilanka is the only country in the world where murderers, rapists, drug peddlers, cheats, swindlers, stealing from charity boxes, enrich themselves from donated cash etc., are highly glorified.

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          H the problems in Sri Lanka are not caused by Buddhism being or not being the State Religion. They are caused by corrupt politicians abusing Buddhism and everything else.

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            Sinhalese Buddhists are the biggest hypocrites in the world. Administering of the Five Precepts is the item one in the agenda at all social occasions be it private or public. “If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth’.

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            Paul
            Let us not sugar coat the ugly situation.
            The major part of the problem is in fact caused by sinhala Buddhism.
            I am a sinhala Buddhist, I don’t have to be polite, I can say it without being called an anti-Buddhist or a member of a minority.
            Let us identify our problems without prejudice and find how to solve them.
            Only the truth can set us free.
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            Like LM always says, Buddhism and Sinhala Buddhism are poles apart.
            Much of the yellow pets 🐱 don’t know their left from their right when it comes to Buddhism. If they did, Sri Lanka would be the most peaceful country in the world.

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          Dear hanchopancha
          While you may be perfectly correct about SL being the only country where Buddhism is “written into the Constitition as the State religion”– expressly — I think that the Bhutanese constitution comes very close to that.

          However, it is far more subtly, more gently, perhaps, expressed. I will look at their constitution tomorrow — which you can also do, of course — & share the relevant articles here.

          I stayed for a while in Bhutan over 20 years ago & was so impressed, so moved by their culture, conduct, & the apparent gentleness of their religion, that I told the king had I been 20 years younger I would have asked to be allowed to work there.

          Some years ago, when the former President wanted to re-introduce the death penalty (!) I contributed articles to the press in all 3 languages, urging the example of Bhutan, another Buddhist country, to be followed instead.

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      HP,
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      sadly, srilankens are far from doing so. You could wait another few decades. Look at how they behave at ques. Yet today, they are shy to express their heart out.
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      This is what Prof Kovoor concluded after having lived in the island few decades ago, that srilankens would not change even if they would be blessed with higher degrees at unis…… just imagine, how their interpretations are made of an ” elephant” who was forced to serve that temple but died by illness few days ago.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._T._Kovoor
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      HAD THE GOOD ELEPHANT BEEN COMMUNICATIVE and WOULD HE OR SHE EVER LEAVE AWAY WITHOUT DETAILING ALL THE HARM HE/SHE WENT THROUGH DURING THE ENTIRE CAPTIVITY ?
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      Buddhism taught to be NON-VIOLENT, but SINHALA BUDHISM TAUGHT TO BE

      ***** V-I-O-L-E-N-T.******

      From dawn to dusk, what we are forced to watch on SRILANKEN TV screens are the violence being promoted by STATE and people but stay behind SINHALA BUDDHISM
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        LM, you are spot on! Sri Lankans treat this elephant most sacred and even worship it but during the 60 years how much sufferance and torture this animal must have gone through? It all happens right in front of the monks and dayakayo but ironically that torture is ‘elephant in the room’ – no one dare talks about it!! Also, did you notice school children worshiping the dead animal? What a horrendous thing to teach kids to worship animals?? We are a nation full of blind worshipers and no wonder 6.9m people worshiped this gang of rogues three years ago!

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          Dear Jit,
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          Love to see you back to pen. Dont forget to usually add yours to this and other forums – RIGHT at this critical days of srilankens. Not just 6.9 mio of mercy cows voted for them, but they have been in a permanent mission of misleading the youth in this country. This is happening even today….. please open and see it wider..
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          To tell you, those who tie a “prithnoole” ( a thread in coloured or in white being tied by sinhala buddhist monks after their chantings) around the wrists of all various Rajapakshes and their backlicking communities have much in common with such elephants being tamed by them. There is no difference between such monks and their pet animals.

          Just look at them and their behaviours closely and study their behaviours please.
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          . Lately, I could not believe my eyes, but the news telecast made it very clear, people would not think twice before going to do anything.

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          Jit,

          All these continue with MONKS stay in their usual mode. How come ? If monks are intelligent and educated enough, how could fabrications become facts to the youth ?

          Any blunt sort of criticisms would not have a space in srilanken press yet today. I added some news about MONKS and child monks molesation practises in many of the temples across the country. that was rejected by CT again and again.
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          That saga- Nagaya carried FAKE RELICS loaded on a PITHALA PAHANA made in Pilimathalawa, revealed it all. …… but srilanken University dons in Physical Sciences or the like fields stay yet mum on not having uttered a single word on it… how come…… how would the kids learn about the truths ?

          Buddhism, that the westerners are used to pratise is based on truthful teachings in buddhism. This is the reason why I respect buddhist monks I got to know in Europe while I fully stopped bending down like a rubber before a srilanken monk….. nor would I offer alms as had been before , today…. knowing that they are just hypocrites hidden behind sanga constumes. My focus is to help out beggars and the elderly who are really in need- if I am to collect PIN for my beloved parents.

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        Dear LM: The elephant named “RAJA” passed away. Now the uphill task for the people is to preserve the two long “TUSKS” from being stolen by the “RAJA-PAKSHA”. As per the “Pandora Papers”, there is one “Rajapaksha” (Nirupama R & husband T.Nadesan) who “Specializes” in storing these types of “Artifacts” in secretive storage outside Sri Lanka. They are capable of “Replacing” the actual with “Fake” tusks and taking those to their storage abroad.

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          Elephant named “Raja” passed away, but the other ” Raja” no different to a CHILAW DONKEY is still alive. No matter anything and everything would have caused to the nation, … due to his prevarications and power-greedy tactics, ballige puthas live up their propensities yet today.. No powercuts to them, no whatsoever other disturbances, even if the bugger et al would fully be on the costs of the tax payers. ?

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      Srilanken democracy is being raped by RAJAPAKSHES on broad day light.
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      Elephant is in the room, but nobody utters a single world. So called Judiciary put real humanists in jail, while leaving more space real criminals to do what they dream is right – as no other comparable worlds on this planet today.
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      We all attack former govt not to have done the job well, but srilanken judiciary has proved, that is corrupted as nothing can reverse. World should focus on srialankens more since at least 50 lacks of good people in that country have to face the consequences because stupid majority let them tamed by criminals. Meaning both peoples are their representatives are far from anti corruption systems.

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      My dream is to see Gota-Baya be jailed and let him rotten in a cell in the near future.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQyKIoBh3-o
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      Whenever I see Ranjana being treated LIKE a high criminal – I cant make my eyes believe. This is the environment made by MERCY cows of this country having paved the way, high criminals be the leaders of this country.
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      If this would have been the case in a civilized country, not a single person in that brutal family would let be alive for sure.

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        My friend LM: Please try to understand what happened to Ranjan. Isn’t he to blame himself? In my opinion, he is. He exceeded his limitations and could not exercise “Self Control” and impose “Self Discipline”. Next, when he was given a chance to “Self Asses” his mistake and say “Sorry”, his “Pride” and “Ego” prevented him from being treated as a “Convict”. So he got what he “Deserved” and “Voluntarily,” asked for. That is “Ditta Dhamma Vedaneeya Karma”.

        Recently, in a similar case where Mr. Nagananda Kodithuwakku was accused and was brought before the courts, he promptly accepted his mistake and said: “Sorry” and apologized and said: “I undertake not to repeat what I am accused of”. He was acquitted and discharged. Please note, Mr. NK was humble enough to admit his mistake, whereas, Ranjan failed to do that, in spite of “Advice” from his lawyers.

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          Simon,
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          I beg to differ Mr Simon … . even if RR might have gone wrong,….all good he has done during his terms are unique to him. And him alone to be kept a period of 4 years ? Even animals would go on protest – if they could, but our folks would not…. that has lot to do with our genetics. Dont you think so ?

          Srilanken mass media to be blamed,, to nobody else. Just imagine that KATTADIYA; Raththaran/rapist from your area (/ by name Pushpakumara aka Rathaharan,.. raped a 16 year old school going girl before the eyes of his own father… but saying that it was healing process to the metally retarded younger brother of the girl….. who revealed that … it was RR who fought to service justic to that family….. all others incluing lawyer commuinity stayed mum for some reasons. … remember ?
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf8xDd0qKFw

          Why the prosecutors became silent on this… ? It was MEDAMULANA PERETHADANDA was behind that Pushpakumara…. because he was then a PS leader to that area…. and MR thought he would not be able to count on the voters in that area…. so his direct mediation burried the issue under the carpet.. it was in begining of 2019./ prior to Easter sunday disaster.

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            Dear LM: Thanks. I respect your disagreement that you are entitled to. Yet, all of us must know to abide by laws as well as common decencies in day-to-day life and particularly not to overstep the freedom given.

            As “Sinhala_Man” says, the punishment may be too harsh. Why was it? I think there are no “Boundaries” set for the judges to abide by in these particular types of offenses. That must be corrected soon.

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              That must be corrected soon ??????????? Not just SINHALA MAN, to the eyes of any one with some sanity, the punishment to beloved RR is too harsh…… if him to be punished that way, …. Rajapakshes – each of them should have been hunge for all the deliberate crimes they committed over the years…. most of them were public secret though.
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              Who would correct it ? Do you have any provable examples looking at the comparable injustices ?
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              Deran TV, Hiru TV and several other social media platforms have been on a common mission of misleading the nation, with the direct support of MEDIA MINISTER who was then known to be one of the senior journalists in srilanka.
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              SF was jailed for a period of 3 years for no good reasons, but did they correct it ?
              RR himself makes it clear ” he is not permitted to add anything to the press today”.
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              MR and his backlickers uttered “blatant lies” – … also continue to do so yet today abusing their powers, but would mainsteam media ever seem to be noticing it ?

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                LM: SF’s “Jail Term” was an absolute “Miscarriage of Justice”. He was “Jailed” by a “Court Martial” order. That “Court Martial” was nothing but a “MOCARY” of the highest order. Why wasn’t corrected? Good question. To whom that question must be directed? Can you find an answer?

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              Did you check the below video ?
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VziXQUu8c0Q
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              I see something in this powerful female personality- Dr Harini Amarasooriya. I really dont know what it is. No doubt, hers will outreach masses all corners of the country in the near future. Dr Angela Merkel s start was no different to that of HA.

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                LM: This lady – Dr. Harini Amarasuriya is my “CHOICE” to be the candidate from NPP to be the next President of Sri Lanka. Hope NPP will make that decision.

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              Simon, as you say, there is no definitive sentences for ‘insulting the judiciary’. Why is it so? Your guess is as good as mine! It is the Parliament that should bring the laws to change that situation but under the current rotten political system would anyone want to do that except for Ranjan himself??

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          I agree absolutely, Simon.
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          Of course, the punishment meted out to Ranjan was too harsh. Ranjan, and all of us who overall support him, must add our appeals to the voices of those who went to Geneva on this.
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          The rotten President must heed our voices and release Ranjan Ramanayake, but the point made by Simon remains valid.
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          Will we be alive long enough to make our appeals? I have submitted a comment relevant to that question, here:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-jackals-and-a-joker/
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          It looks as though it has received approval.
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          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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            Sinhala_Man,
            The harshest punishment ever meted out to a Sri Lankan politician was the incarceration of Sarath Fonseka. It highlights that this talk of honouring our war heroes is nothing but bull shit!

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          Simon
          Let us not approach every issue with the eyes of a slave.
          If we are to consider the justice system to be above criticism, then the justice system must be above blemish.
          You and I both know that our justice system was set up by the British when they were in power to favour them. It was deemed above the law as it was to their advantage.
          Why should we go on supporting a flawed and highly subjective system that favours the rich and powerful as absolute.
          We the citizens of the country have a right to express our honest views without persecution. The law is not considered absolute even in England, where it originates from. Why should we be mute about an unjust system? Why should we support an unjust system to prevail over a man who told the truth.
          When murderers and criminals can go free, does it make sense to punish a man who created to utter the truth.
          Maybe a fine would have been appropriate at worst.
          I will not blame the victim here. If Sri Lanka’s law was that good we would not be in this kind of chaos. Many of the actual criminals would be sitting behind bars.
          Let us not be so insensitive or unfeeling. It just exposes our weaknesses.

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            HT/
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            Thanks you so much/ u articulated it as no others..
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            U made my day🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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            “….our justice system was set up by the British when they were in power to favour them. It was deemed above the law as it was to their advantage….”

            HT, our justice system is a combination of so many legal systems. Roman Dutch, English common law, Udarata Sinhala law, Vihara Devala Act, Thesavalamai, Muslim law etc., to accommodate requirements of many ethnic groups.

            In my opinion it was never intended by the British to have the legal system to their advantage. British did certain things for their own benefits such as Crown Land Act, but legal system was not one of them. Legal system and civil service were the best impartial systems they gave us but which are gone rotten long time ago, thanks to the jokers who took the reins from the Brits!

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          Simon, LM is quite right to have his views that way. Your logic is perfect and valid only for a country that follows the rule of the land and law of the books to the highest standard. In such a land, Ranjan would not have the need to say the things he had said so he would not be in jail at all! But in a land where basic human rights are violated every minute does your standards have any validity? In a land where utterly corrupt politicians and their aiding and abetting bureaucrats who were caught robbing massive amount of national wealth what did our legal system do? “Nidos kota nidahas”!!

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            Only that purpose they returned to power/ .MS-Ranil govt did lot more good within their 1st two years/ not harming the majority/ however beliatta cattle thieves did allow the good governance to educate the nation/ however srilanken mlechcha media fraudsters did nt transport the message to the slaves dominated rural corners/ .
            Today they the voters became victims of the day 🤣🤣🤣🤣
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            ✌✌✌✌”In a land where utterly corrupt politicians and their aiding and abetting bureaucrats who were caught robbing massive amount of national wealth what did our legal system do? “Nidos kota nidahas”!!”.✌✌✌✌
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            🐃🐕😎🐃🐕😎🐃🐕😎🐃🐕

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      Hanchopancha
      Are you saying that we the sinhala buddhist dont belong to the human race?

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        I am not just saying it but solidly asserting that. I have lived and worked with practically every race under the sun and can assert it with total conviction. I have no means to verify the truth. But a CJ a staunch Buddhist was interrogated by a police patrol inside a car with a woman and without his pants, parked in a public highway at the dead of the night.

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          HP
          Wow
          What a dicey situation it must have been…to be found with his pants off.
          I can only imagine the embarrassment to the cops to find their master in such a precarious situation.
          Hahaha…
          To be honest, if I were the cop, I wouldn’t have bothered, whether it was a CJ or a common man, as long as he was not disturbing the peace or causing a public nuisance it is his private business.
          Police are worse offenders of the law. They rape girls and women right inside the police stations.
          Like you said most sri lankans are hypocrites.

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            HT,
            This very same ex-CJ would in later years appear on TV, attired in white suit, in a series of programs explaining Buddhist precepts.
            Can you beat that for hypocrisy?

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              Hello HT, OC &CT . There is a classic digression here. This whole saga was published by the then only investigative Weekly the Sunday Leader which turned out to be an excruciating pain to many; published the sordid story in fine detail. If the Sunday Leader report can be reproduced for the public to have a good read, it would surely generate a public out cry to compel the judiciary to free our Mr. Ranjan Ramanayaka from jail.

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                Hancho, I wonder if u remember an article in CT years ago, by Uvindu about this. I have just looked it up.
                It was on 4/9/11, titled “Sarath Nanda Silva: Corruption Vs CORRUPTION”.

                To quote Uvindu: “In 2005, a series of in-depth investigative articles were published in The Sunday Leader on the ‘Helping Hambantota’ scandal, where it was alleged that post-tsunami reconstruction funds received by the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa were being siphoned off into a private bank account controlled by him.”

                Could you be thinking of these articles? They should be pretty easy to find. Probably CT has them all.

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                  Oh, no, these are about Helping Hambantota
                  Sorry my mistake.

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                  Perhaps Suranimala or Fredericka Janz could come to the rescue of Mr.. Ranjan Ramanayaka to get him vindicated. The car belonged to the husband of the female he was with and she, his subordinate. A senior Police officer had also appeared in the scene and having recognized the two VVIPs had advised the two duty officers to “handle it with care” before leaving the scene. All the three Police Officers had made entries in their respective log books duly as well as in the Station Registry. Srilanka, with her Gorgia Pashas all those police entries disappeared without trace. The end of the Story.

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            The very same CJ /had the guts to say it in public” if I did my job well Mahinda Rajapakshe would nt have ruined this nation “. Alone this public statement would have BEEN enough if this was made in an ANY law bound country in Europe.
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            Ironically he and Mahinda are showing colours even more than they did earlier to the very same today/ this is called wonderland SRILANKA 🐕🐃😎😎😎😎😎😎

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    Sri Lankan “Democracy?? or KLEPTOCRACY : KLEPTOCARCY Government of The Rajapaksas, By The Rajapaksas & For The Rajapaksas’

    AMENDED AS FOLLOWS:

    But desperate men do desperate things. The Rajapaksas are willy nilly accelerating their own speed AND THE SINHALA PEOPLES towards an abyss, a threshold of desperation. No force is more violent, no man is so disdainful than one who is desperate. MAY THE BUDDHA ASSIST IN THIS!!!!!

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    Rajapakshe bashing is the name of the game of those who suffer from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’.

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      EE
      I agree that ‘Rajapaksa bashing’ is a cheap and easy substitute for serious comment.
      But don’t you agree that they do deserve some bashing after all what we have seen recently.

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        Dear SJ
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        I agree with you, Rajapaksa bashing is cheap and lethargic, we have been complacent for far too long tolerating a band of thieves and traitors/plunderers.
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        It is high time the people took definitive actions to not only depose the Rajapaksa criminals from power but find pertinent punishment for the entire gang of Rajapaksa’s ass lickers/hanger-on’s/praise singers as well.
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        I would not spare the racist/Fascist/ brain-dead/psychotic types like Eagle Eye, Soma, Champa and the rest while we are at it.
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        Let us eradicate a few bad guys to get our country back on track.
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        Let us restore human dignity for everyone who is titled a Sri Lankan.
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        Let the law start to punish actual criminals instead of looking for scapegoats.
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        Let the new leaders be decent, honest, straight-talking, proactive professionals who will hold our common aspirations paramount.

        Let us all realize that we all aspire for the same goals in life, let us not get in each other’s way, instead let us learn to collaborate and coexist as decent civilized human beings.

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      Who won … ?
      Do you still think we sinhalaya claimed a victory ? It was just thanks to CBK and her FM – they were able to get the LTTErs banned on powerful soils of the world. But the harvest was reaped by a bunch of high criminals produced by DA Rajapkshes. In the
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      Who was defeated ?

      All srilankens… because so called FAKE public percetion was made allowing Rajapakshes rascals be adulated for no good reasons.

      That caused then to marginalize UNP and JVP – end was to allow former PETROL SHED assitant be elected as the leader of a nation whose literacy rate is the highest in enitre SOUTH ASIAN region.

      Consequences are before the eyes of all srilankens as of today.

      ARE U HAPPY NOW ?

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        Dear LM,
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        I was employed by the Government of Sri Lanka to first impart Literacy to the people of Sri Lanka, and then proceed to educate them.
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        I now present my report to you.
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        I worked diligently at both tasks. My colleagues and I have succeeded in imparting Literacy. A very high percentage of Lankans can write their names; they are literate. We have failed woefully in the task of educating them.
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        From where did you get the information that we have the highest literacy rate in South Asia? I have taught in the Republic of Maldives. They have an even higher literacy rate than Lanka. That is only my observation. Who has measured “literacy rates” and what were the criteria used?
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        https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/10-most-literate-asian-countries.html
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        To be continued.

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          SM,
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          To answer your question, – from diverse sources. However when comparing it with other regions, our SA region is only better Sub saharan africa. Please check it on the statistics. Dont forget there are numerous websites, that provide with falsified information on the subject.

          https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/SAS/south-asia/literacy-rate

          .Similar Country Ranking
          Country Name Literacy Rate
          East Asia & Pacific 95.77%
          Latin America & Caribbean 94.29%
          World 86.48%
          South Asia 72.95%
          Sub-Saharan Africa 65.47%


          what is literacy rate ?
          Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world. Those Kadamandiya clans of Unwatuna and B wella can also read and write.
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          No I am not parroting but please recheck it on the web. THere are enough information that srilankens (22 millions) are the highest among SA folks ( Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka; Afghanistan and the Maldives are often considered part of South Asia as well.). Btw Maldives is the tiniest of all ( 0.5 million ))

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        Continuing:
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        Therefore, please drop “Sri”, “saubagya” and the like epithets when referring to Lanka, unless you can produce proof of what you say regarding “highest literacy”.
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        Forget literacy now; focus on Education. Provide definition of the concept, how defined, etc. I meet many University Graduates (many English Medium from recently set up Universities) who are not educated. All of them can converse in Sinhalese or Tamil. Even many of those who have studied in the English Medium cannot converse in English.
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        English is a foreign language, and Lankans need not be able to converse in English, but what if they have studied in the English Medium? What if they are not employable?
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        Given all this, dear LM, stop parroting about our “literacy rates”.

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        Dear LM
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        We may be literate and all. How much of our so-called literacy actually translates into actual gains?
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        It all ends when we listen to Derana and Hiru in the evening sitting sheepishly in front of the idiot boxes and swallowing the bullshit being doled out.
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        We have built a nation of literate “non-thinkers”, confused by devious wordplay by unscrupulous media houses, turning on one another instead of realizing the truth about the band of traitors we call leaders, who are leading us to oblivion.
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        Being able to read and write is one thing, but being able to interpret the truth and put it into perspective is entirely something else.
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        You don’t need to be literate to understand the difference between good and bad, or fair and unfair, or justice and injustice.
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        You don’t have to be literate to understand that our future as a nation is bleak under the present government and something drastic needs to be done before it is too late.

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          HT: “You don’t need to be literate to understand the difference between good and bad, or fair and unfair, or justice and injustice”. A BRILLIANT definition. Thank you for your input into this question of “Literacy”.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      How did you manage to type 15 words in a cohesive way?
      Keep up.

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    I think the violence meted out to me by the sinhala armed forces has caused PTSD as every person I meet I make negative comments about the sinhala peoples. One man propaganda war against and about the barbarism and bullshit about the peaceful buddhist dharma CRAP sinhalas

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    It is the culmination of a process that was triggered in 1978.
    But the fragility of parliamentary system was evident in a series of events starting with the citizenship issue. But seeds of destruction were buried in the soil well before that.
    We take notice only when it hurts us in some way.

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    ALL the articles in Colombo Telegraph seems to be directly or indirectly RajapaSHE bashing. SO IT SEEMS by EE view point that these authors suffer from a Defeat Syndrome.

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    “But desperate men do desperate things. The Rajapaksas are willy nilly accelerating their own speed towards an abyss, a threshold of desperation. No force is more violent, no man is so disdainful than one who is desperate.”

    TRUE! That being the case, SL may not have the satisfaction of seeing the abyss because one who is more desperate and hurtling towards the abyss at supersonic speed will unleash his nuclear arsenal to relive his desperation well before then!

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    Further to my post about the constitutional role of Buddhism in Bhutan:

    Article 3 of the Bhutan Constitution deals with Spiritual Heritage:
    1. Buddhism is the spiritual heritage of Bhutan, which promotes the principles & values of peace, non-violence, compassion & tolerance.
    2. The Druk Gyalpo* is the protector of all religions in Bhutan.
    3. It shall be the responsibility of religious institutions & personalities to promote the spiritual heritage of the country while also ensuring that religion remains separate from politics in Bhutan. Religious institutions & personalities shall remain above politics.

    * The King (the Druk Gyalpo) is the Head of State & the symbol of unity of the Kingdom & of the people of Bhutan. And “as a Buddhist” he is the upholder of the Chhoe-sid – the dual system of religion & politics, temporal & secular.

    Article 9 deals with Principles of State Policy:
    20. The State shall strive to create conditions that will enable the true and sustainable development of a good and compassionate society rooted in Buddhist ethos and universal human values.

    The National Flag & the National Emblem symbolize the dual traditions – spiritual & secular…based on the four spiritual undertakings of Vajrayana Buddhism. …2

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    ….2
    The Constitution upholds the right to freedom of thought, conscience & religion, equality before the law & protection from discrimination on the grounds of race, among other things, but also has strictures applying to politics.

    Candidates & political parties shall not resort to regionalism, ethnicity & religion to incite voters for electoral gain.

    A political party shall be registered by the Election Commission on its satisfying the qualifications and requirements set out hereinafter, that:
    (b) Its membership is not based on region, sex, language, religion or social origin.

    I am under no illusion that Bhutan is without its problems – that of its treatment of its Nepalese minority for instance – but I feel it has some lessons for us. The idea of Gross National Happiness for instance. And isn’t it strange that a landlocked country like this, cut off from external influences for centuries, deeply conscious of its cultural heritage, has adopted English as it language of instruction in schools?

    In fact, Bhutan offers our political class an example they might think about.

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    We have only had an executive Presidential system since 1978.
    Parties in Opposition parties are eager to overturn it but once in power, cling to it through thick & thin.

    How different from the Bhutanese monarch, Jigme Singye Wangchuck (b. Nov 1955), who abdicated at the age of 50/51, even 2 years earlier than he had intimated he would.
    He became monarch (the 4th hereditary one in his line) in July 1972 but wasn’t crowned, I think, until 2 June 1974 (strangely, the same day & month the Brit Queen who has clung to her throne for decades was crowned, & also my mother’s birthday).

    In June 1998 he devolved full executive powers on the Council of Ministers that was elected by the National Assembly of Bhutan. Since then, Bhutan “entered a new era of governance, supported by many other measures to increase integrity, accountability & transparency of govt.” And Bhutan became a democratic constitutional monarchy. In 2006 he abdicated, passing his role to his son. And his departure was mourned by his subjects – not longed for as is the case here.

    Alas, I have no answers for Vishwamithra but perhaps a group of young SL politicoes should spend some time in Bhutan, study the Gross National Happiness idea & see if they can pick up anything to apply here.

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    Nice try. They say you can try to straighten a dog’s tail by putting it through a straight piece of pipe. But when the piece of pipe is removed the tail curls back. Singhalese Race is just the same. The Three Chapters of the Lords teaching are still in pristine condition. The Foreign Missionaries fed this Nation with teachings to stratospheric heights. Singhalese never improved even by one iota. It is because of the polluted blood chemistry. They are always on the ready to trade both their mother and father just for half a penny.

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