3 December, 2021

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Sri Lankans Students Studying Abroad Deplore “Coup In Asia’s Oldest Democracy”

A group of Sri Lankan students studying in foreign countries has called upon President Maithripala Sirisena to rescind the decision to prorogue Parliament and for the Speaker to convene Parliament to ascertain whether or not Ranil Wickremesinghe commands the support of a majority.

We publish below the statement in full:

We are a group of Sri Lankan students currently pursuing our education overseas. We write today to express our deep concern about Sri Lanka’s ongoing constitutional and political crisis.

Since 1931 Sri Lanka has had an imperfect and fragile, yet electorally and legally mandated, democracy. On Friday the 26th of October, for the first time since Sri Lanka’s independence, an unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power occurred. President Maithripala Sirisena, violating his oath of office and the mandate given to him on January 8th 2015, attempted to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament for the Kurunegala District, as Prime Minister. This was unconstitutional. The 19th Amendment deleted the President’s power to remove the Prime Minister at will. While the President still appoints the Prime Minister, he has no implied power of removal since this is now governed by explicit provisions in the Constitution. Moreover, the withdrawal of the UPFA from the national government makes no difference: the Constitution does not provide that Cabinet ceases to function, and therefore that the Prime Minister loses his position, when one party in a national government withdraws its support.

In any event, there is a democratic means of settling this question – a test of confidence on the floor of Parliament. Yet President Sirisena and Mr. Rajapaksa did not propose a motion of no-confidence or engineer a defeat of the Budget to remove Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. Indeed even after Mr. Rajapaksa’s illegal appointment, President Sirisena decided to prorogue Parliament, demonstrating what was clear from the beginning: Mr. Rajapaksa does not have the confidence of a majority of the representatives of the people. His covert appointment, the illegal attempt to remove Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, the suspension of Parliament without consulting the Speaker, and the mob-led take-over of State media institutions make it clear that this is a coup d’etat.

The resort to violence and coercion is a chilling reminder of what dictatorship looks like. The coup is being followed by a return to the norms of self-censorship, violence and fear that were characteristic of Rajapaksa-era politics. State media institutions were stormed in the night and security for the Prime Minister and Ministers arbitrarily withdrawn. Moreover, many private media stations are already becoming vehicles for misinforming the public and spreading disinformation. By referring to Mr. Rajapaksa as Prime Minister they are renouncing the constitution and the democratic process, and normalizing an illegitimate regime.

Despite some successes, the government of national unity led by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has failed to stand by many of its commitments on democracy, corruption and justice. Yet these failures do not justify an illegal power grab. Sri Lankans, regardless of political affiliation or their opinion of the Yahapalanaya government, have a duty to rally around democracy and the constitution. Therefore, we call for:

1. President Maithripala Sirisena to rescind his order proroguing Parliament.
2. The Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, to immediately summon Parliament.
3. A vote to ascertain whether the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe commands the confidence of Parliament.
4. All those responsible for this coup to be held accountable for their actions.
5. All public servants to uphold the Constitution and fulfill their obligations set out in law.

The unprecedented events of last week have reinforced the fragile nature of our democracy. They are also part of a broader problem in our political culture. Once more, power is being used purely for political gain rather than towards building people-centered institutions and an inclusive and democratic political culture. These acts damage the health of institutions and processes that sustain democracy, pluralism and rights. They will have a permanent impact on the future of Sri Lanka’s youth.

As students of different ethnicities and religions, institutional affiliations and professional backgrounds we, the undersigned, condemn these recent developments, encourage others to make their voices heard, and commit ourselves to using our education to build a more just, fair and democratic Sri Lanka.

Signatories:

Amita Arudpragasam – Harvard Kennedy School
Anishka De Zylva Johns – Hopkins University
Anushke Guneratne – Macquarie University
Binendri Perera – Harvard Law School
Chameli Ranasinghe – University of Sydney
Chandima Silva – University of British Columbia
Chantal Sirisena – Harvard Kennedy School
Daniel Alphonsus – Harvard Kennedy School
Deborah Philip – The Graduate Center CUNY
Dhanushka Kadawatharatchie – Cornell University
Gehan Gunatilleke – Oxford University
Iraj de Alwis – Harvard Divinity School
Jeevith Senaratne – University of Notre Dame
Kasun Fernando – University of Toronto
Kirthevasan Kandasamy Carnegie – Mellon University
Luwie Ganeshathasan – Notre Dame Law School
Marihah Idroos – Mount Holyoke College
Maureen Ernest George – Brown College
Ruvini Perera – Penn State Law
Sanjana Hattotuwa – University of Otago
Sanjayan Rajasingham – Yale Law School
Senanee Abeyawickrama – New York University
Senel Wanniarachchi – London School of Economics
Shamara Wettimuny – Oxford University
Shashinka Bandara – Duke University
Shiloh Sumanthiran – Swarthmore College
Tamara Fernando – Cambridge University
Thakshala Tissera – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Vindhya Buthpitiya – University College London
Vishakha Wijenayake – Faculty of Law, University of McGill
T. Waradas – University of Bath

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  • 46
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    My dear sons and daughters. We are proud to see that there is a new generation of young people like you who can stand fearlessly for just and democratic Sri Lanka. THANK you the effort. We have Hopes for better future.

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      The parents of most of this kids come from the Arjun Mahendran class of people.
      They have no link with the wast majority of Sri lankans.
      The January 7 2018 local elections showed that the people have rejected Ranil. But he hung on, and mustered to meet a no confidence vote by BUYING members of parliament using the Bond-Scam money.
      The parliament is made up of crooks. A majority in parliament proves who has more crooks in his hand If Ranil is indeed the mafia king as proven by
      “having more cooks (MPs) on his side”,
      Sirisena has done the right thing.

      But, it is really a battle between two groups of crooks and nothing more.
      And I will add that the Muslim MPS who are representatives my own community are the biggest crooks.

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      KASmaalam and his like minded mates

      Where were these students when LTTE was killing the innocent poor inhabitants of our only nation of Sinhala/Buddhists?

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        In the past all killings in Srilanka were the work of the a LTTE. Now anything said against the Srilankan government by the Srilankan in foreign countries, is the work of the LTTE diaspora. AMEN.

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        Nine years ago they were probably pre-teens

    • 2
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      Sri Lankans Students Studying Abroad Deplore “Coup In Asia’s Oldest Democracy”

      is Shyamon Jayasinghe still class himself as a forever student, studying? the Abroad is true

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      Nimal

      Problem is that these people don’t live in sri Lanka, you need Sl Uni students to make the change

  • 9
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    MY DEAR STUDENT please do not do this. next time when you visit SRI LANAKA you will be detained in katunayake FOR ISSUING THIS STATEMENT AFTER TAKING MONEY FROM SRI LANAKN TAMILS. LIVING ABROAD.

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      Student Signatories to the above statement

      Bravo.
      While the world of academia is maintaining total silence (except one or two supporting the crooks without any moral basis) your foreign intervention is timely necessity and welcome.

      Unlike them hopefully you do not seem to have the need to sit on the fence which makes me optimistic about the future and well being of the country.

      Wish you good luck in your every endeavor.

      “All those responsible for this coup to be held accountable for their actions.”

      Forget it.

  • 8
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    Money to be educated in the West comes from:

    1. Destruction of scared and ancient Lankan forests for foreign investment

    2. Monetary spike from potential division of the country into thirds

    3. Assurances from people like Tony Blair that scholarships in the West will be secured.

    • 19
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      I know that these children are of intelligent, hard working and right thinking parents Names do not suggest that their parents robbed state assets left to right as Ramona’s heroes did when in power. Although you are a cow, don’t judge everyone on SL is dumb like you.

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        Somapala,

        Doubt their parents robbed state assets left and right, but they sure give support to a government which is selling off national assets to pay for things like their education.

    • 6
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      You must be from the Banana Republic right?

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      ramona
      Jealousy seems to be working overtime.
      Just because your parents did not care enough to spend on your education all parents are not the same.
      This is sad.

    • 15
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      Ramona Therese Fernando:-
      “Money to be educated in the West comes from…”
      _
      4. Professionals who left a Country, run by Uneducated Politicians to get Employment Overseas, in order to Really Educate their Offspring!

    • 12
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      Is this how ramona therese Fernando, her husband and the children got Western education? It is OK for her but when it comes to others children it is wrong. Such Green Eyed Monsters should be kept away from the civilian society.

    • 13
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      This must be RTF’s own experience. This is how her children got educated in the West. She is serving the white man after getting free education in poor Lanka. Hypocrites!

    • 8
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      Ramona was under Tony’s desk when Blair promised the scholarship. She couldn’t say anything because she had a full mouth.

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        Jim

        That may be the reason for Tony Blair to give assurance to RTF’s children, fully secured Western scholarships.

    • 7
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      Ramona, I missed you for some time. You have come back with a vengeance. If these students went to the west with

      1. Destruction of scared and ancient Lankan forests for foreign investment

      2. Monetary spike from potential division of the country into thirds

      3. Assurances from people like Tony Blair that scholarships in the West will be secured.

      How do they finance education in the East, say China has a large contingent of Sri lanka students, India, Nepal, Australia, pakistan, etc and the local universities.

      were they too financed by the system you describe.

      Are you living in the Angoda area.

      Otherwise, how come 1. Destruction of scared and ancient Lankan forests for foreign investment

      2. Monetary spike from potential division of the country into thirds.

      There is one more way to finance education in the West. You know it well.

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      ramona. Useless commenting. The people are not impressed by any one of the three.That is good.We need to drop this dead loads and move on.The few crackers were organised by the Pala Babas of the opposition and even the Kiributh was organised by them.There was no popular reaction either for or against MY3’s move.

      Now is the time to organise a NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Sorry I am sorry there was an error. We need two parties.These jokers are satiated. Nothing positive will come out of them.

      Since 1977, the solution to the problem was staring at their faces, but they were purblind. If they acted we would be another rich country, money earned on our own, not burrowed.There would be less Monks, temples churches and less walli Ammas.and sooth sayers.

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        With few exceptions, the majority of our elected MP’s are not fit for purpose. The same goes for the many who get in on the ‘National list’, ie, un-elected. A large majority exist to suck-up to the leader of the pack. Few are competent to manage a ministry. The result is that WE ALL lose out. Our education system, and our health system are free. Rubbish! Have you watched decent people scraping together rupees to buy medicines for their sick, or tuition for their aspiring children to be able to realise their dreams. Watch the victimised trying to get justice in our creaking selective crooked system of law and order.
        We need to drain the Diyawanne swamp. Get rid of the self-servers and hangers-on. This alone should encourage decent, capable, people to come into politics, to serve the people, not themselves, or their masters
        Our beloved country deserves nothing less..

    • 9
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      Who is this nutty women? Is she jealous or is she a mentally ill person? Someone said she lives and works in the West? May be she did not get a proper education and therefore feeling jealous of these children studying in the West or she is deeply ill and needs a psychiatric treatment.

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        Her real name is Dingiri Menike. She is simply using a western name for the image.

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      People above:

      In answer to your replies:

      1. Not one of the afore-signed students are from China, Russia, Pakistan etc. These countries do not cost nearly as much as the West. So these countries like China, Russia, Pakistan etc. are ok to study in as foreign students, but only as government appointed students who will bring the foreign knowledge back to the Motherland. Even studying in the West is ok, as long as they are carefully screened by GoSL, and sent out at state expense (money of the masses) to bring back needed knowledge and skill for the betterment of the Motherland.

      2. Value placed on education has to tally with the democratic GDP per country capita. Anything more spent on education, as in the West, comes from a sever imbalance in monetary policy for the masses of Sri Lanka.

      3. Many who worked/work in oil rich countries, unless a top professional like a doctor (where in many cases free education up to tertiary level is given), do not have monetary resources to educate offspring in the West. Those working-class who do, skew the system at the expense of other worker class of the oil-rich countries. Taking commission for wheeling and dealing contracts puts many capable and needy people out of work. Working-class people like my parents, did not have the heart to deprive people of a daily wage so as to send their offspring to the West for education.

      4. Our families worked in oil-rich countries as working class from the time of our childhood. Those working in oil rich countries above a certain salary and wage-level, need to pay taxes to the Motherland – there wasn’t such a system in my time; doubt there is such a system now.

    • 5
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      RTF is slaving for the suddhas in the West and living on suddha’s land in the West and eating suddha’s bread but at the same time blame the West for everything that is happening here. Her children can study in the West but when these extraordinarily bright Sri Lankan children go to reputed Western universities she gets a pain in the ass. Jealousy and hypocrisy at its best!

      • 0
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        Quit falling back on the “jealousy” and “hypocrisy” ad hominem labels. Have you seen the IQ scores of the Lankan masses? Why aren’t you and/or your children helping to develop the Motherland? Why aren’t you showing off about your Phd’s gained there? Why aren’t you creating doctorate courses most apt for the Motherland? Aren’t you ashamed to use the resources of the country to secure egocentric aspirations in Western countries? If you kept your brains in Sri Lanka, the masses could then partake in learning from you. If given the opportunity to be trained in IQ-tests, masses too could also excel. Instead you and your elite crowd are educating yourselves on the hard-work base of the Lankan masses, giving them little opportunity, and then reveling in your glorious intellect in Western countries. What a disgrace!

        As per me, it is about 2 generations of living outside the Motherland (because we were borne poor in Sri Lanka). It was in cold and hostile situations (sometimes worse), and now in a position far removed from natural ambience of the Motherland. Going back will be the same deal as 2 generations ago. But you lot who hold the brains, money and position, abscond!

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          RTF,

          Most of the capable and intelligent students from both urban and village areas of Sri Lanka are deprived of higher (Tertiary) education due to very limited number of state universities and the old fashioned obsolete policies of a few ignorant politicians, academics and politically motivated university students. They will never allow to establish full-fledged reputed private universities or to expand the established state universities of Sri Lanka to accommodate students for a fee (whilst continuing the free education system). It will not only allow many to obtain higher education paying tuition fees but also help the universities to spend more for free education to the poor. This is the main reason why the students who can either afford to pay or get a scholarship abroad (either West or East) go to do their higher studies.

          There are a few people like you who get free education in Sri Lanka up to the secondary level and then go to the West for further education, but then, after completion, stay back and serve those Western countries instead of returning back to serve the mother land. Please do not think that all are like you.

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            Lakmal:

            Your concepts are severely convoluted. This is the typical egocentric thinking of Lankan persons.

            “Bright” students going out to best universities in the Western world takes away a huge chunk of country money that should be used to develop Lankan system and universities. In fact, politically motivated university students continually fight against this dichotomy of thinking that exists in our egalitarian Buddhist nation: the ego-centered Lankan which is a small percentage, vs. the masses who struggle against the ego-centered. Theirs is the correct form of student participation for the country. Politicians and academics create courses most apt for the country and if these so called “bright” persons were around, they would give greater insight into what needs to be develop next for curriculum.
            _
            Ego-centered Lankans who want to improve only their personal brains, do not think of the national consensus of brain-power for the country. If the so called “bright” stayed behind, they could help build up the country to its proper levels. Even if they don’t get into Lankan University, they should help build up the country at the ground base level, and share their so called “bright” brains with the rest of Lankan society. Country IQ level of the Masses will shoot up very quickly. Instead they feel that their brains are more important over overall country development.

            Indeed, these “bright” students and their families will suck into a system that will inevitably destroy the country for the Masses and destroy the heritage and ambience of the land, for learning that is hardly related to the need of the Masses of Sri Lanka. If they at least went back to the Motherland to share their knowledge, they can be more appreciated. Instead, most stay out and contribute to Western county development.

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            As per me: We did not live off the Lankan system, but contributed to it. We went out when we were very young and contributed to Lankan society by sending much money back to needy people. Schooling were in private schools because we had some foreign money.

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              Lakmal,

              This woman continues to make me laugh.Look at her dumb arguments, she is a well-known dimwit. When a dummy piece like this can take her children and venture out to the West why cannot other Sri Lankan students go to the West for higher education. This is nothing but pure jealousy.

              Please do not waste your time in feeding punnakku to such Buffoons and Goofs who come up with very silly arguments and is famous for blabbering the same thing over and over like a broken record.

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                Silva,

                We did not take money off the Lankan Masses. We worked in other countries. The jealousy label is the usual one you people use to absolve and throw blame off yourselves. Shameful! Just can’t see the struggling Lankan Masses, can you!

  • 17
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    Indeed it is a brave and learned writing to shame the notorious leaders of Sri Lanka who are famous for war crimes and the ruin of the Country. In spite of Sri Lanka undergoing violence and disappearances by the same leaders not long ego, how disappointing it is for the Learned and the responsible worried for the future of their children.

    • 4
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      Where are the Dons who wrote in favour of abolishing SAITM. They too should comment on this for or against.

  • 3
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    I am an academic in an Australian University. I talked to many people in Australia and overseas.

    I and we have a different opinion. The above given statement is irresponsible and biased statement.

    Most expatriates working in Australia are extremely happy that the government run by the Yahapalanaya fraudsters have been ended. They are of the opinion, that Sri Lankan people need an early or immediate parliamentary and presidential election .

    We saw the behavior and abusive words used by the Ranil’s henchmen (Minister of Telecommunications) at the temple trees. We do not need this kind of uneducated bastards to govern our country. It is time to stop this eating of poor people’s money.

    I am happy about the ending of this yahapalanya government and I hope that RW should be charged and prosecuted for Central Bank bond scam as soon as possible.

    • 3
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      Sunil D
      Who your educated sophisticated and intelligent heroes fit to run Sri Lanka?
      . I believe it is the likes of Basil, Weerasangili, Nanal, Lokuge the thug, Prassana double from Gampaha and the long list. I am from Gampaha and see the Malwana and Oruthota stolen properties very frequently.
      I am also living down under. Practically, irrespective of politics, all intelligent people would have been happy if any changes were done following the constitution. Not in the mad ways used by moda Sira.

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      Sunil D,
      “I and we have a different opinion.” Yes, that much is clear.
      How on earth did you become “an academic in Australia” ? Are standards so low? What are you teaching, Toilet Training 101, I suppose.

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      Dahanayake,

      Say what you like as your personal opinion but stop trying to fool people by stating that you are an academic from an Australian university. I googled you, you have all of four citations (Typical academic from an Australian University has hundreds or thousands of citations), and you work in a little known University. And the fact that you spoke to few of your buddies does not mean you know the opinions of most expatriates working in Australia. If you tried to publish papers with the same stupid logic, it is little surprise that you are getting nowhere as an academic. I am sure you are hoping to become a dean or VC in a Sri Lankan University by licking the backsides of the new disposition. You go get those positions, we don’t care, just do not presume to represent academics or expatriates or speak for them.

  • 6
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    “Since 1931 Sri Lanka has had an imperfect and fragile, yet electorally and legally mandated, democracy. On Friday the 26th of October, for the first time since Sri Lanka’s independence, an unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power occurred. “

    SL politicians have engaged in using unconstitutional means towards illegal transfer of power on many occasions. And each time with increasing audacity and vigor. Circumventing the constitution was practiced by Srimavo, JR and Chandrika under various exigencies. As in the past once those in power exercises such measures a new normal is established. Only when the new normal is broken we come out to engage in a brief period of outrage until the new new normal becomes the normal!. This is what makes us the Sorry Lanka.

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      Absolutely right Sam. I was waiting for someone to point out that this is not the first time power has been grabbed by unconstitutional means.

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    I wish these students well (being an alumnus of several of the represented institutions myself). However their point (along with those of the Friday Forum among others) is lost. The saga of contemporary politics in Sri Lanka as with many other countries is one where the forces of the elite and the non-elite are pitched against one another. There is mutual contempt and/or disrespect, and common ground is thinned away or nonexistent. Eloquent pieces like these fall on deaf ears. Neither Maithreepala nor Mahinda nor their cronies and families can begin comprehend the prose let alone the points raised. What we need is to band together behind a common candidate who has the respect of all quarters of the population, one who is currently outside of this political mess, who has a track record of respecting a meritocracy and egalitarianism, and is educated and competitive (Kumar Sangakkara comes to mind). Let this dark chapter pass and pave the way for a reformer. Lets work at this in an intelligent and strategic way.

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    Just like Ranil’s UNP to get some rich kids studying overseas to support his lost cause.The Sri Lankan children living here know the reality

    Children of the rich, please consider how your parents coming from a third world place made their money to educate you in First World countries . Exploiting the poor people of this country, bribes and commissions.Or may be they had thousands of acres like Serasinghe and kirriella.

    At least you admit you are students ( not all knowing like Ranil W) . keep studying There is a lot to learn

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    Foreign governments should state that they do not recognise the MR government as the lawful government of Sri Lanka
    The Buddhist clergy could have not involved themselves in this matter

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    These are kids of the ‘RICH’ and famous.
    The appear to have schooled in the same International School in Colombo.
    Hey Guys, do you realise that your mums and dads are likely to have indulged in ‘illegal’ practices to sponsor your education in these stupid white man’s institutions? Shame, if you haven’t.
    Guys, why, didn’t you go to Govt School in SL and get good marks in AL’s and complete your first degree in a SL University? Were you born stinking rich?
    You snobs, you were mollycoddled by your rich and famous parents who screwed the motherland and its masses to send you guys tho these fancy Universities.
    At least, keep your gaps closed and enjoy the corrupt wealth provided by your Mums and Dads. Disgusting.

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      Another Green Eyed Monster, these people should be kept away from civilized society.

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    Excellent!

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    Beautiful children.. (:
    God bless you,each one.

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      The children who get sent to labour-camps is the Middle East are also beautiful.

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    Do not waste your time our bright sons and daughters. It will be a miracle if this ill educated man reads your plea.

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    Do not slander or defame students.
    Read it and form your own opinion but don’t attack them in ugly language.

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    The students should be lauded for writing this. When most of our so called scholars, Pandits, and religious leaders are cowardly justifying the dastardly act of the President, these students have demonstrated an unassailable sense of justice and fair play, and intellectual astuteness. Yes, the media in Sri Lanka quickly got into the act by reporting precisely what the coup plotters wanted the people to know. Except for the meagre coverage of their initial reactions, Ranil and other UNP leaders were virtually shut out by the TV networks – both private and state-owned. There was no discussion about the constitutionality of what had transpired. The situation remains the same to date. As the students perceptively point out this amounts to “normalizing an illegitimate regime.” In fact, all along the media outlets – especially Sirasa, Derana & Hiru – have been an integral part of the conspiracy to oust the PM and his government. In Sri Lanka, democracy is only a shell game.

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    These are not students but a bunch of NGO stooges….seriously how can say Sanjana Hattotouwa is a student ???????????????

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    Hi, insane, no two cents worth bugher, mad dog, jealousy and frog in the well, Romana Therese Fernando, it’s because of people like you, this God blessed country is in this sad plight. We got be immensely proud of these young sons and daughters of our mother land and learn to get the best out of them for the good of all. I left the country in 1974, in that dark period, with greatest difficulties, with nothing, from then to date, travelled to all four corners of the world, and several countries. I met thousands of our fellow country men and women, and most their achievements are unimaginable, in any field you name it, and most of them left the country with nothing, just a suit case. If we tap their talents, knowledge, experience and wealth, this country could be made a paradise for all. Indians and Chinese are doing it, and all those driving their economies and the forwards march are the overseas Indians and Chinese, and they accorded them pride of places, and they appreciate their real and true values, and gain hugely out of them.

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      Hey Rohan,

      We are not talking about the struggling people who went out and did well in other countries’ well established egalitarian systems. No, we are talking about those with money and brains that use the work-base of the Lankan masses to heighten their intellect and then take it out to the West (money included) to show off their personal success-story.

      I don’t’ know about the Indians- they are very much like the Sri Lankans but with 170 millions untouchables living in abject poverty. But the overseas Chinese left the Chinese shores over 2-3 centuries ago. Modern day Chinese a very nationalistic and tend stay in their country and contribute to its development.

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    Please add me also to your group.
    I totaly agree with the content of your article

    Dr.Nilanga Samarasinghe – University of Luzern,Switzerland.

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    I’m sorry they did not mention that this abuse of the constitution is not unprecedented. The UNP cancelled the 1983 General Election, banned opposition parties, controlled the press and routinely used death squads, torture, and kidnappings. I haven’t forgotten, even if they have.

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      Interesting comments. (i) Do you mean to say that there was no provision for a referendum in the 1978 constitution? (ii) Let us get this clear. You agree with those who say that President Sirisena abused the constitution? Would you like to tell us which Article of the constitution he abused?

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    ramona. Useless commenting. The people are not impressed by any one of the three.That is good.We need to drop this dead loads and move on.The few crackers were organised by the Pala Babas of the opposition and even the Kiributh was organised by them.There was no popular reaction either for or against MY3’s move.

    Now is the time to organise a NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Sorry I am sorry there was an error. We need two parties.These jokers are satiated. Nothing positive will come out of them.

    Since 1977, the solution to the problem was staring at their faces, but they were purblind. If they acted we would be another rich country, money earned on our own, not burrowed.There would be less Monks, temples churches and less walli Ammas.and sooth sayers.

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    Sri Lankan Students

    Any country will feel proud of you. The arguments neatly detailed and the course of action trotted out logically, sensibly and boldly. Now the call is for accountability. As the problem festers you will surely demand impeachment. Let the dishonest pay the price.

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    Is Sanjana Hattotuwa that NGO money hora also a student now? well well working for NGOs to put down the country helps the pocket and career. isnt it?

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    Elections have been postponed, opposition leader post have been held by the government, chief justice appointed illegally…………..where were these fellows?

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    In addition to Sanjana Nanayakkara being there, all these so-called students look like they come from Harvard, Oxford, and other so-called fricking ‘prestigious’ universities.

    The ‘prestige’ label of these unis do not come from academic excellence, but by money and contacts network they allow.

    The village idiot of Washington D. C. , George W. Bush also went to Yale, a so-called prestigious uni.. So what more to be said.

    This bunch have suddenly banded together under a bogus group name to bat for their sponsor, PUK Ranil.
    Bugger them all.

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    Dear Students,

    It is apparent that you neither understand the game of politics as played in Sri Lanka, nor the Constitution of the Democratic Social Republic of Sri Lanka with 19 amendments annexed to the original version.

    Even if some of you may be even majoring or doing post graduate studies in Political Sciences, I highly doubt if there is a common understanding of the ground situation in Sri Lanka.

    For you to be in such prestigious Universities or Business Schools, should be either due to your high intellect or that your parents wealth can afford you to be where you are.

    If you’re a recipient of a Rhodes or a Fulbright Scholarship, your IQ should speak for itself, and thus not be a signatory to such hastily drafted documents.
    That only leaves us with the Student population in these prestigious Universities, who have no brains to there but ONLY the financial backing from the riches of their parents.

    For them, my message is, “Come down to earth”, since you people have the sparest cognizance of what is happening in our motherland.

    You need to conduct a proper “due diligence”, of the hear-say facts that flows down the grapevine, before you start on commenting of the holistic nature of the situation.

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      Dharshana,

      Instead of merely and perhaps unfoundadly criticizing the students as being unaware of the ground situation, don’t you think you need to then substantiate by pointing out which ground reality, as you know it, that contradicts the student’s concerns.
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      Just unsubstantiated criticism and beating about the bush because you would like a particular outcome is not very professorial, is it? Unless of course you too were decorated by the institutions that decorated Dr. Mara, Dr. Gota and perhaps even an almost-Dr. Namal!

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      Great. Here comes another ‘Academic’ of the ilk of Dahanayake above.

      Those students, even though they are mere undergraduates, could make a coherent and logical argument for their case. You, ‘Professor’, on the other hand, despite presuming to advice them, could not make a single coherent rebuttal of their arguments in your lengthy comment. Are you not ashamed, Professor, to lose so badly to mere undergraduates?

      If you are a real Professor, why don’t you get a bit professorial and make a point-to-point rebuttal of their statement, or at least present your own point of view, presumably contrary to theirs, in a logical manner, instead of randomly accusing them of not knowing some vague ‘ground reality’ just because they are studying overseas?

      Sporadically throwing phrases like “due diligence” and “sparest cognizance!!!!????” into your comment, without having any idea how they are used properly in English, does not make you a Professor either.

      Finally, if you wish to measure the IQ of a person by the political stance they take, then clearly the IQ of a professor who implicitly backs a corrupted bunch of murderers just because they killed “the enemies of your race” – Tamils and Muslims – should rank at the bottom of the pile. But then again, a madman thinks he is sane and the rest of the world is mad, so I guess you think these students have low IQ.

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    We, the lay-Lankan-old-timers, were dismayed by the erosion of democratic values and the onset of ‘the-majority-has-it-all’ syndrome.

    Gratifying to see the concerns of the new generation. Thank you signatories. Please continue the thrust.

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    These Clintonian liberal clowns will keep popping up until they push the disgusted Sri Lankan electorate into the doomsday option this time next year of a Bolsonaro backlash. Nice going guys and gals.

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      This guy was a Clintonian liberal clown a few years ago and now he thinks everybody is like him.

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    To understand the comedy taking place in Lanka and clowns who are involved in it you do not need any degrees . Just common sense will do. So any one trying to present this as rocket science please do not waste your energy. And for all constitution experts, Lankan constitution is good enough and handy to pack meal parcels and nothing else..Though you experts know very well either you are in denial or pretend to be imbecile (some of you may not make your living if you admit) . So please do not joke around. And for all who are criticizing these kids please try getting into one of the colleges, let alone doing any fellowship.This goes for the professor and fake Doctor.Your jealousy is so naked and apparent you,ll sound like school kids.Noble Laureates ,modern tec, R and D,genetic mapping,stem cell research …etc cannot be sponsored by parents money. Didnt MR wanted one (noble) through back door.(Lankan style). Last but not least how many of you claiming to have titles earn it purely on merit?????

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    stay dumb and destroy the country. MR is a crook and MS is a guy who wants to be President for life. we dont need gota white vans, we need freedom. make sri lanka great again by coming out on the streets. walk to president house, and make as musch noise as possible, we need rule of law, not gota law or gamaya rule.

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    MR will create history by heading a cabinet which had the shortest lifespan in world. Well done you are in the records

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