18 September, 2018

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Sri Lankans Lack Capacity To Think For Themselves

By Suranimala Umagiliya

What do Sri Lankans want? What are their aspirations? What is the capacity they possess to understand how they may realise their wishes and aspirations? Therein lies the sixty four million dollar question. Sri Lankans want all options open, at all times. It is with profound sadness I pen these lines.

Read a newspaper, watch news on television it becomes clear that Sri Lanka is floundering. All news and views are nothing but centred around the Central bank bond scam. The perpetrators and the politicians who benefited from the scam must be brought to book. Nevertheless, sections of the media (a large segment in fact) treat this scam akin to a dog with a bone. Social media too is equally guilty. Any debate descends to Rajapaksa vs Wickremesinghe or UNP vs Rajapaksas. Sinhala Buddhists vs Tamils and Muslims. That is the sum total of our capacity.

I read carefully and watch news of Cabinet decisions. There is plenty going on to develop the country. Clean water, Improvements to roads, improvements in Health care, structural changes to boost government revenue through better tax collections, freedom of expression and many more. The government does not know how to get their message across. There is no participation nor interest by the people or the media in any of these proposals. They get activated only when the spoils attached to such come in to question. Very often the whistle is blown by a business house that lost a tender even though they too were willing to part with bribes to politicians and government servants that matter to secure a win.

The current hot topic is whether Gotabaya Rajapaksa could run for President at the next election. Are we naive, foolish, suffering from amnesia or all of it? Have we forgotten the dictatorial and murderous record of the Mahinda Rajapaksa reign or do we remember only the roads that were paved by him?

To make it simple I would suggest that the people and the media collectively grab a long sheet of paper and draw a diagonal line in the middle. Now, on the left side start by recording all the ill deeds of the Rajapaksa regime such as, Helping Hambantota, Sri Lankan Airlines, Mihin Air, Sachin Vaas Goonewardene’s looting, Basil’s Maga Neguma and 10%, Daisy Aunties Gems, First lady’s Siriliya and ID card, Mattala, Hambantota Port and Airport, Sale of Army Headquarters to Shangri-La, Port City, hedging deal of CPC, Investing in dud Greek bonds,Mig deal of Gotabaya, Udayanga Weeratunge, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Pumping and dumping of shares in the stock market, Namal and his brothers antics and amassing of untold wealth, lamborghini and Ferrari purchases, fake attempt at bidding for Commonwealth games, killings at Rathupaswela, Aluthgama,. Murders of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Thajudeen, abduction and disappearance of Ekneligoda, torture and abduction of Keith Noyahr, assault on Poddala Jayantha, assault on Upali Tennekoon,embracing Karuna, Pillaiyan and KP, Wimal Weerawansas, Mahindananda’s antics. These are but a few though the list is endless.

Now record on the right side column the ill deeds of the current mob. Bond scam, Arjun Mahendren, Arjun Aloysius, Ravi Karunanayake,Sujeewa Senesinghe, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Bond scam, Bond scam…….Bond scam……………….

This is not to deflect from the corruption of the present government. It must not be condoned. But as a nation are we so bereft of leadership to go back to the same vomit? Why rely on the USA to disqualify Gotabaya when the many criminal cases including murder can be brought about and the truth laid bare. Most of the aforementioned criminal activities were executed under Mahinda Rajapaksa’s watch. A majority of the people yet believe that Mahinda is the best brand in Sri Lanka.

No. Sri Lankans do not have the capacity to understand what is good for them nor their next generation.

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    These are the questions
    Does Srilankan wants continued violence and under developed status?
    Does Srilankans want peace and unity?
    Does the country benefitted from Independence?

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      Suranimala Umagiliya,

      RE: Sri Lankans Lack Capacity To Think For Themselves

      “What do Sri Lankans want? What are their aspirations? What is the capacity they possess to understand how they may realise their wishes and aspirations? Therein lies the sixty four million dollar question. Sri Lankans want all options open, at all times. It is with profound sadness I pen these lines”

      Thanks for the write up.

      What do you expect when the mean IQ is 79? There are fewer and fewer Sri Lakans with sufficient IQ’s to think for themselves.

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      https://photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html
      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

      However, they do follow like the Cargo Cult, the the Para-Sinhala “Buddhist’ Cult, that is an Insult to The Buddha.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult

      Sinhala “Buddhist” Cult an Insult to The Buddha.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

      With the end of the war, the military abandoned the airbases and stopped dropping cargo. In response, charismatic individuals developed cults among remote Melanesian populations that promised to bestow on their followers deliveries of food, arms, Jeeps, etc. The cult leaders explained that the cargo would be gifts from their own ancestors, or other sources, as had occurred with the outsider armies.] The islanders carved headphones from wood and wore them while sitting in fabricated control towers. They waved the landing signals while standing on the runways. They lit signal fires and torches to light up runways and lighthouses.[15]
      Cargo cults were typically created by individual leaders, or big men in the Melanesian culture, and it is not at all clear if these leaders were sincere, or were simply running scams on gullible populations. The leaders typically held cult rituals well away from established towns and colonial authorities, thus making reliable information about these practices very difficult to acquire.

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        Amarasiri,
        This cargo cult business reminds me of some of our leaders building airports for planes that never came. Similar culture with more money?

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      Country has become worse since independence.

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      Man…. I don’t know how did I miss to read this piece. Nice one Suranimala.

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    The problem is nowadays people in general, but particularly in countries like Sri Lanka where tribal mentality, groupthink and over-politicized media and academia coalesce in a deadly combination – critical thinking just flies out of the window.

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      Suranimala,
      ” Nevertheless, sections of the media (a large segment in fact) treat this (bond) scam akin to a dog with a bone. Social media too is equally guilty.
      Exactly right! Sri lankans may be literate , but it is clear that most of them can’t count, though many in this forum comment on the “scam”.
      This alleged scam costs each citizen Rs.48 p.a. for the sake of argument, but not really, because this is a loan, not a write-off.
      To put things in perspective,Sri Lankan Airlines costs us Rs.700 each. Hambantota port costs each citizen 1800+.
      So why is nobody talking about these things.?
      Probably because Sri Lankans cannot think independently. They have to be told what to think by the likes of Sirasa and the “pundits ” who perform for Killi Maharajah.

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        What I found, BRITO FERNANDO, A FRIEND OF CBK, Ranil’s appointee to Sri lankan air lines is a CIVIL society member.

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      AJAY: IT Is the same thing you do. fo rmoney, YOu protestants, Tele eVangelists try to screw up Sinhala buddhists. where does drugs come from. Now there are shootings and killings every where. Why govt is silent and not solving those. The media doe snot here those gun violence as during the previous govt. why.

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      Sri Lankan’s are lethargic and indisciplined . We are not a result oriented culture. We are koheda yanne malle pol culture. The reason that sports are part of schooling system is to train the youth to make split second choices that lead to success. Of course most our are politicians and civil servants have never played a sport. Hence do no understand the concept of Victory and Defeat and are unable provide posotive leadership ( viz Ranil, Sirisena, Mangala )
      This can be easily rectified by making a compulsory military service of about 3-9 Months. Three being the least and nine being the maximum. This happens in countries like Russia, Egypt, Iserial and South Korea. And it was common in Western countries till after the world War. In ancient times there were rituals that made boys into men. The modern compulsory military service is the modern version. The individual can choose the time of service between the ages of 18-28. This will not only discipline our lazy Sri Lankan men , but also instill the concept of serving the motherland for groups like Muslims and Colombo 7 types.

      There was an article in CT about how low are productivity levels are. In the last 15 years Thailand has added over 200 new products in its export roster. While SL has added something like 6 or 7. This is the level of our creativity and innovation.

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        Come on we are very disciplined. Look at our road traffic, hardly a toot you could hear and our three wheeler fellows are masters of driving skills. We could use them to teach the people in the developed world about road manners.

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        What is you are a colombo 7 Muslim type? 2 rounds?: p

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    We indeed are a Nation of fools as quite rightly elaborated by you, for even contemplating to field a Suspected Murderer to the highest office of our Nation.

    The list mentioned by you gives a grim picture of what happened during the brutal regime under MARA/GORA duo, which will send a chill down the spine of any sane man or woman.

    Only insane people can ignore that and go about to work for the return of such dark times. God save our country from these maniacs, pretending to be patriots and placating the gullible masses, whose IQ needs to be put to test.

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      How can you say this when we are the miracle of Asia?

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    Don’t they teach Civics and Government and Politics in Schools?

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      Not anymore. All students who studied science subjects in the early days (until some idiot changed the GCE (O) levels to GCSEs’) had to pick one art subject from Geography, Civics or Art and Buddhism & History were compulsory. At least 90% of that generation have left the country are not welcomed by the present system. Sad but true.

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    Suranimala Umagiliya

    Thank you for this eye opener article.
    You are indeed absolutely spot on with your analysis of the Sri Lankan psyche.
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    We lack the ability to think logically and reason objectively. It is our national hallmark.
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    We think and reason through emotion and feelings, most Sri Lankans are emotion Junkies, we see the world through an emotional view point, very subjective in our judgement.
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    I think the root cause of this phenomenon is ignorance. Sri Lankans remain ignorant as we refuse to use our logical capacity. Instead we attach ourselves to everything, emotionally, including our views, convictions and ideas, so strongly.
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    The Buddha had taught us that Ignorance is the root cause of suffering. Ignorance gives rise to greed, anger, etc….everything that is negative.
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    Yet we choose to remain Ignorant. Completely stuck on the neverending journey with samsara and continue desending down this slippery slope forever.
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    Lasith

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      Lasith; Your Staement:-
      “…..We lack the ability to think logically and reason objectively. It is our national hallmark.”

      You are wrong. It is Not a ‘National Hallmark’, or the ‘Sri Lankan Psyche’!
      When we were Young I remember that we Had ‘the ability to think Logically and reason Objectively’! In fact we were encouraged to Reason Objectively

      I believe it is the Current Education System, that has Created this Situation!

      Students are Now pushed to Listen, take down Notes and Reproduce by Rote, in order to pass Exams! They are Not expected to Question and seek Clarification on the Lessons taught by their Teachers!

      This suits our uneducated Politicians, whose only Qualification is the ‘Gift of the Gab’!

      A Complete Overhaul Of the Education System, by Competent Educated Specialists is needed, before We can become a Nation of Independent Thinkers again!

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        Dear Rationalist
        Could you please tell me honestly, how much our Buddhist public have strayed away from our Buddhist 8 fold path with regards to their daily lives, in your honest opinion?
        8 fold path defines and guides the life and conduct of a buddhist morally. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that. We are all taught these basic precepts when we are growing up. It should be the basis of our rationality.
        Don’t just blame the education system, we have to mend the entire moral fabric of our society, the moral fabric was completely destroyed by Mara and his goons. They perverted the huanity we Sinhalese had by various dirty means. They institutionalized corruption openly. They compromised the little decency what was left remaining after a 30 year war.
        They continue to run their propaganda machine in full swing. The present government is not counter attacking to subdue these negative ideas and attitudes being perpetrated. Peoples stupidity doesn’t help. Too bad for a country with a so called 2,500 year civilization.
        Lasith

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          Yes Lasith I agree;
          But it takes Guts to Be a Good Buddhist when ‘All around You’ believe that they are being Good Buddhists, by offering Flowers and Gilanpasa in the accepted Manner, and repeating all the Gathas with the correct Accent!

          They believe that Dana, only means offering Food to Monks! Sila and Bhavana Fall by the Wayside!

          Mara and His Goons set the Fashion, that the more ‘Pirith Nool’ One tied on One’s Wrist, the better Buddhist One was!

          Buddhism is fast Reverting to Hinduism, and the Gods that the Buddha Rejected!

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    Hi Suranimala,

    Get Arjun Mahendran back to the Island and expedite the investigation and conclude the matter within the next 6 months.

    This is the test, do that and people may reconsider.

    White trivializing the Bond scam is not the solution!!!!!

    I don’t think Sri Lankans Lack the capacity to think – Sri lankans are asking for KPIs Key Performance Indicators especially with relation to ‘Yahapalanaya’

    This is the main reason this government came to power.

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    As I had mentioned else where Lankans have this extraordinary ability to see any issues in party/religion/language lines. What ever may be the issues whether economics,corruption,debt employment,development or infrastructure it all boils down to above said lines. When will be the time where people are willing to get out of this cocoon nest and are able to think and live in reality. Every country has had its moment of a turning point in their political history in which countries like South Africa, Germany (post unification) and eastern block of Europe (post cold war) has managed to turn the corner. Sadly in Lanka the opportunities were plenty but people are blind and deaf.The expected change never happened and there is no signs of it in future.

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      Now, the langiage issue is negligible. SL Army di dsome thing exceptional in visvamadu. Those Tamils really liked the Army officr that helped them. Besides, it is well known that poor Tamils, those who are neglected by their own, like to associate with sinhala people and be Sinhala people. the church is using that Wanni and Mullativu and they are busy there.

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      Chiv;
      “…Lankans have this extraordinary ability to see any issues in party/religion/language lines.”

      They Emigrate to Foreign Countries and set up Ghettos, where they can feel secure that their “party/religion/language” is Intact.

      Then they Complain that these “Categories” in Sri Lanka, other than their Own, are not willing to Assimilate!

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    ROFL! u can’t draw diagonal lines in the middle. Before u comment on other people’s capacity think, u might want to take grade 5 maths again.

    It looks like the CT contributors are going through 7 stages of grief. Isn’t it a little premature. Gota hasn’t been elected yet.

    Also, just because they pass a cabinet decision to resurrect the dead doesn’t mean we’re gonna get “walking dead” anytime soon. Yahalapalanaya is empty bluster, rampant corruption and endless incompetence. People have caught on to that. No amount of bad arithmetic is going to save it now

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    Umagiliya, what have you mentioned, may be correct or wrong as those are not roved by any Special residential Commission or Law courts of Sri Lanka. Therefore, we consider u to now nothing has been roved against the previous regime.
    Having said so, this Yahapalana Government has come to power on a platform against corruption and did the day light robbery of CBSL within first 50 days of the governance and it has been proved by a Special Presidential Commission appointed by the President of Sri Lanka.
    Now, you may say that two have been remanded and asked for the expedition of Arjun Mahendran. But, why no action for Minister in Charge during the day light robbery and the footnote gang involved in that?
    Everyday, Yahapalana tries to sell government properties, they are very relaxed on people call for division of the country on racial lines, no action for commemoration of proscribed organisation – LTTE, Cost of living is sky rocketing, no semblance of relief to the ordinary people of Sri Lanka.
    Yahapalana have come to power on a platform to get rid of all the wrong doings of the previous regime and therefore, they cannot say we are doing wrongs in lesser extent than the previous regime.
    The previous regime whilst fighting the LTTE Terrorist effectively against all odds and against world opinion the nobody can militarily defeat LTTE Terrorists, they gone on a spree of development with a lot of relief measures to the ordinary masses of Sri Lanka as well. This achievement failed by all the previous regimes in Sri Lanka for the last 30 years. Since Mahinda Rajapakse led government achieved this with no uncertain terms, people naturally recognized their Managerial qualities that all the previous governments of Sri Lanka and most notably the present one, which has failed in all fronts hands down.

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    Umagiliya, what have you mentioned, may be correct or wrong as those are not roved by any Special residential Commission or Law courts of Sri Lanka. Therefore, we consider u to now nothing has been roved against the previous regime.
    Having said so, this Yahapalana Government has come to power on a platform against corruption and did the day light robbery of CBSL within first 50 days of the governance and it has been proved by a Special Presidential Commission appointed by the President of Sri Lanka.
    Now, you may say that two have been remanded and asked for the expedition of Arjun Mahendran. But, why no action for Minister in Charge during the day light robbery and the footnote gang involved in that?
    Everyday, Yahapalana tries to sell government properties, they are very relaxed on people call for division of the country on racial lines, no action for commemoration of proscribed organisation – LTTE, Cost of living is sky rocketing, no semblance of relief to the ordinary people of Sri Lanka.
    Yahapalana have come to power on a platform to get rid of all the wrong doings of the previous regime and therefore, they cannot say we are doing wrongs in lesser extent than the previous regime.
    The previous regime whilst fighting the LTTE Terrorist effectively against all odds and against world opinion the nobody can militarily defeat LTTE Terrorists, they gone on a spree of development with a lot of relief measures to the ordinary masses of Sri Lanka as well. This achievement failed by all the previous regimes in Sri Lanka for the last 30 years. Since Mahinda Rajapakse led government achieved this with no uncertain terms, people naturally recognized their Managerial qualities that all the previous governments of Sri Lanka and most notably the present one, which has failed in all fronts hands down.

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    What you expect from a country where 90% of population are either educated or uneducated lethargic idiots? SL has high literacy rate and lowest IQ, which says our education system is focusing on memorizing the theories and passing the exams, there is no practical aspects involved. On the other hand, I doubt if Sri Lankans are biologically limited too. The reason I am saying this, I have had the opportunity to oversee some software developers from Russian, China, India and Sri Lanka. For efficiency, neatness and power of applying logics, Russian first, then Chinese while SL and Indians can’t come anywhere near. Indians are worse than Sri Lankans but they are hard workers than us.

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    Suranimala

    With a great expectation the majority of the population empowered MS & RW for good governance.

    It’s mandatory for any leader/govt. to bring culprits into judicial process & give relevant punishments described in country’s law.

    The reason for current impasse is solely the failure of the present govt. to fulfil what was strongly mentioned in their election manifesto.

    Isn’t their inaction clearly reflect their impotency?

    So unless this so called GG govt. prove the crimes committed by the previous regime in the courts of law, people won’t be ready to label them as criminals & in that case there’s great possibility for them to be put into power again.

    So it’s good, not to blame the wise people for their being patient but spur the men in power to get your problem; letting not Rajapakses coming to power, solved.

    Let me say again, please don’t insult people’s wisdom.

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    Mr. Suranimala Umagiliya: Those matters you listed on the “left side” of the paper were the very concerns of the people who (6.2 million) desired to get those sorted out. Did that happen? NO. Then what happened? Those who were entrusted with that responsibility, “PURPOSELY” in the eye of the people , DODGED that entrusted duty. To make matters worse, the very people who came to clear that MESS, got themselves busy with making equal or worse “crimes” and completely lost the “Mission”. In the end the people too LOST complete “BALANCE” of making “RATIONAL DECISIONS”. This “CANCER” has now spread to the every layer of Governance and that is what is your “X’RAY” shows. At the beginning, you referred to and said: ” I read carefully and watch news of Cabinet decisions”. I too do that; but for a different purpose. To me that “Media Briefing” conducted by the “Cabinet Spokesman” is a “Replacement” of the long lost TV episodes that entertained us by the “TRIO” – Samuel Rodrigo, Anestly Dias and Berty Goonathilake. Do you remember those?

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    I am thankful to this honest debate but I am a very busy business man in London to spend some time with you,so sad that I am so busy. I say bring the colonials or their type back to put the country right.

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    I am not sure Sri Lanka is t he only place that can be slammed for this. India is the same. And look at the USA now.. Demagougery and outride race baiting in the guise of illegal immigrants is winning Trump support from his base and a segment of white society. It is more than likely it will enable him to be re-elected. Latest was his showing up on stage with families of victims of kids killed by illegal immigrants. Now how is a child killed by an illegal immigrant different from the vast majority of people killed by American Born people? for example 67% of the rapes in the USA are committed by Whites. 52% of the Murders by African Americans. How is a kid dying in South Chicago or South Central LA or Atlanta at the hands of drug thugs different from a kid killed by an illegal immigrant. He is succeeding in demonizing All Illegal immigrants because of their skin color and race. Hispanic illegals are the target of his hate and it is winning him votes. He lies. When he uses words like “Infest” and “being overrun” he is using Nazi and Hitler like speech patterns to demonize. FBI DATA shows illegal immigrants are as HALF as likely to commit crimes compared to native borns. Also look at these FBI statistics.
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/tables/table-21

    So it works like a Swiss Clock to race bait and generate ignorant thought to win. Vast majority of illegal immigrants in USA are economic refugees just like the Whites from Ireland or Europe who came her a few decades ago or 200 years ago to settle. They were illegal immigrants in the eyes of the Native Americans. Demagoguery works for Trump.

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    In 2015, 6.2 million dumbitiots showed that they do not have the capacity to think. They just got carried away with fabricated stories and voted to a guy who did not have a track record of doing anything right. While he was the Minister of Health, it became a real mess. During the last three years both President and PM have demonstrated that they are incapable of running the country. When the voters sent President Rajapakse home guys like Umagiliya would have told ‘Wow! Sri Lanka has Bright People’. Now having got fed up with the performances of this duo, people are turning towards Rajapakses because they managed to eradicate LTTE terrorism that lasted for three decades and got the economy moving with around 7.0% growth rate. When people are turning towards Rajapakses, guys like Umagiliya say ‘Sri Lankans Lack Capacity to think for Themselves’.
    Umagiliya is another guy suffering from Gotaforbia! Majority of people in the country do not suffer from that disease.

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    Author writing something like never heard of Yahapalanaya promise to UNHRC to investigate War Crimes. It is not just Old Royals even many others out of the 42 listed in the abandoned OISL reported will be prevented standing for election after that investigation. Author wants to protect Old Royals from UN electric chair. Author wants to have saved Old Royals from any hold USA may have. Author approved Ranil’s going to New York to have the UN expert Panel report abandoned. Author wants to hide anything really serious about Old Royals and prefer Ranil to investigate the vehicle abuse. Author wants to investigate where Old Royal can easily turn the table around, but would not be finally caught and punished in reality. Author is looking for Hitler who would kill only Tamils, but not Sinhalese. Author looking for Hitler he would eat beef but not ban Chinese massage parlors. Author is looking for a Hitler he would ban women working in local restaurants, but will expert to Middle East do that all in unknown land. Author feel Modaya mass is following an uneducated hypocrisy, so wants to educate them a learned, sophisticated hypocrisy!
    What low class hypocrisy the author is portraying!

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    Suranimala Umagiliya
    We, the silent Lankan majority share your angst.
    We are confused. We may have to choose one of two very baddies. At one stage we did think rationally but we got addicted with language/religion-divide. SLPP has shown that this can be recycled with gay abandon. To make things worse we thought that corruption/nepotism/impunity are evil. No more.
    We do see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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    PS: Do US citizens posses this “Thinking for themselves” attribute?

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    there is violence right now. those days the western media in Sri lanka would bark saying it is KAruna’s paramilitary, White vans, Grease yaka and blah….blah.. blah.. Now it is shootings every where and some are well planned contracts. Even in Stadiums people are shot poiint blank. LAw enforcement is sleeping.
    Suranimala You are stupid. Govt is not allowed to take the message. IT is Mangi like people whio are very busy. PEople like you support creating oproblems by giving undue publicity and they create problems. In the middle when the media is busy, Mangi, another agent is busy introducing the required legal platforms for the west. I think gotabhaya Rajapkse should plan well and not be selfish. The figth is more serious than we think. Just like the last time civil society is very active. Looks all with bond scam money.

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    YOur writings are CRAP. USA like those people. Look around the world, what many countries, many leaders are and were. Your writings are stupid. Anyway, I understand your objective, good for dumb sri lankan voters. YOu are process of dumbing voters. south India also tried for centuries to take over Sri lanka.

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      Jimbo,
      I think you know a lot about CRAP, since you are in the Canadian disposal industry?

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    IT is VERY Stupid to say that only the PRevious govt was theives. ITis the Sri lanka media responsible for this mayhem. both large media organizations and crap eating Journalsits write these articles. IT is the same 225 that is being recycled. Crimes are it is at the same levela nd the law enforcement is not solving. At least the previous govt tried to solved and broke the jaws of some journalsits and those anti-War ones are histroy. Very good work. It is not only the bond scam. the govt is slowly not training more of those with the the help of India. Bond scam is one of the worst or most humongous that happened in the world. but for the world it is pocket money as it is the Rs 160 per dollar. there are so many other things happened and continue to happen and evry one is silent. check Mangala Samraweera, Ranil’s Vision 2025, John amaratunga paying to CNN for tourist promotions, Importing CArs without duty. why Cricket is bankrupt. Politicians can make false reports just the way RaVI THE THIEF BECAME THE BEST FINANCE MINISTE RIN aSIA JSUT BEFORE fcid EXPOSED HIM.

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    SuranimalI write something you won’t believe. I heard some people appoointed by the govt to different govt institutions are thieves, incompetant and lack expertise to do the job. Yet they do not fire them. the reason is some foreign influence wants them their. they are really cash strapped. They want Manampitiya Bridge to repaced with a new big bridge. Ask Mangi.

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    Another thing Suranimala does not know is Mahinda Rajapaske has pleged support to both China and to USA. Because, the last time he explained that china is the one helping us most giving Aids, so we are with China but still Civil society were against him.. He was angry with India because it is India which a vast destruction in Sri lanka by supporting LTTE. Still Indian rupee Kaakkas were agains thim.So, what ever you talk who ever comes as the govt, things will be as usual.

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    American voters, specifically white low educated, low income ones think what Trump and Foxnews TELLS them to think. 63million voted for this racist Demagogue Trump. He’s generating hatred towards Hispanics everday. He falsely claims illegals carry out more crimes than Americans. Not so. He LIES but racist White majority specifically those who claim to be WHITE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS love him. Fox news tells them not to care for illegal immigrant kids now. He uses words used by NAZIS and HITLER to demonize them.

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    This must be the only instance in the history of the country that there was a scam and then a proper investigation and finally the money recovered, also this must the only instance where 90% of the media is going against a sitting government.

    This is utter incompetence from the UNP government, if there are this incompetent then no one cannot blame MR and GR,

    The UNP should be deafeted not because of anything else, but due to this stupidity and incompetence

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    Suranimala Umagiliya – very good list for the log book…..what is missing, like a sore thumb, is the war crimes committed by the Rajapakse regime some of them for your log book …..deliberate killing of innocent people in the no fire zone, killing of LTte carders who surrendered, rape murder of LTTE Femlae fighter.

    any particular reason you left these out of the log book?

    Sri Lankans, specially Sinhala Buddhist, definitely have a good capacity to forget…..

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      Rajash,
      “specially Sinhala Buddhist, definitely have a good capacity to forget…..”
      Same or worse with Demalu. They cannot remember the heinous inhuman crimes committed by LTTE butchers against Sinhala, Demal and Muslim civilians.

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    You seem to be the living proof of the title of your article. Get a brain you twerp!

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      Point blank
      Why wait looking for a brain in the land of miracles(of Asia) when you can be lawyer without one.So pointless having a brain in that country which is also known as Darmadeepaya. One doesn’t need a brain to get to the parliament so why bother?
      Too busy to spend more time here.

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    The piece clearly demonstrates the limitations of the thinking capacity of Umagiliya…………Nothing else.

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    Umagiliya’s observations are spot on. He should have added that our countrymen also have quickly forgotten how the JVP brutalised and intimidated our nation just a few years ago Further, he has not noticed that the problem is unfortunately, world-wide The Americans voted George Bush Jnr. into power, not once , but twice!
    The blame lies squarely with DEMOCRACY.
    Winston Churchill once said ” The best argument against Democracy is a 5-minute
    chat with the average voter.”

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