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Sri Lanka’s Self-Destruction; I Cannot See How This Can Be Avoided

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha MP

I was quite flattered recently by a mention of one of my books in the review by Michael Burleigh of Talking to Terrorists by Jonathan Powell. Powell, incidentally, had been a few years junior to me at University College, as was the current British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who is of a very different political persuasion. The mention is only in passing but, given that my book has been totally ignored by our own establishment, it was heartening – ‘One book that does not figure in Powell’s bibliography is Rajiva Wijesinha’s The Best of British Bluff, in which this smart Sinhalese intellectual mocks British interference in his nation’s affairs.’

Unfortunately the mention came in the week when any hope of claiming the moral high ground with the British, which we had managed to do successfully half a decade ago, was swept away. What had happened to Chris Nonis had, I was informed, prompted a perhaps kindly, perhaps patronizing, comment from Hugo Swire, to suggest to the High Commissioner that he might now understand why the British had such a critical view of our government. And certainly many of us, who had hoped that our President, given his once shrewd political instincts, would recognize the need for reforms if the dangers the country faces are to be averted, have had to accept that the seal has been set on the self-destruction into which we are catapulting ourselves.

MahindaI cannot see how this can be avoided, but since we have to keep trying, I did point out to the President the need for radical rethinking. To do this successfully, he also needs to reflect on the past, and to understand why we are now in such a weak position, in contrast to the respect in which we were held for a year and more after the conclusion of the victory over terrorism. I should stress that, whatever his current weaknesses, the country must be eternally grateful to him, and to the teams he had in place to deal with the range of problems the country faced, for the relief we have had since 2009.

The decline began in November 2010 when the President had to leave England in what seemed disgrace, after the cancellation by the Oxford Union of the speech he was scheduled to deliver. The tragedy is that he had been advised not to come by the then High Commissioner, as also by  our Deputy High Commissioner in London at the time, Mr Amza, a brilliant diplomat who has also now become a victim of the anger of those who run foreign policy on the President’s behalf.  I suspect the anger is because of the advice he gave. Certainly the then High Commissioner, Nihal Jayasinghe, was nervous about expressing his views in writing, given the forces in favour of the visit. He did however bring himself to write in the end, but his advice and Amza’s was over-ridden. It was after that disastrous episode, compounded by General Gallage having been advised to leave the country hastily in what could be presented as fear of prosecution, that the decline in our international reputation began.

I do not think that fact was a coincidence. Less than two years later, the same trick was tried on Douglas Devananda. Our then Ambassador in Geneva came home to find that his bags had been packed, and he was about to be taken to the airport. When she asked why, she was told that the President had advised him to leave, since he might otherwise have been arrested. The message had come through Sajin Vas Gunewardena.

Tamara, who knew given diplomatic conventions that Douglas was in no danger at all, called up the President, who said that he had been told Douglas was worried. He had merely acquiesced in what he thought was Douglas’s wish, to get away. The message again had come through Sajin Vas Gunewardena.

In this case prompt action by Tamara saved the day. Otherwise one can imagine the reports of a Sri Lankan Minister fleeing Switzerland for fear of arrest, and the gloating of LTTE supporters, as had occurred when Gallage left hastily, and when the President had to come back with his tail in effect between his legs, having been debarred from the Oxford Union.

Such foreign policy debacles have never been investigated. How can they be, when the Minister who is supposed to be in charge of foreign relations is so nervous about losing his position that he simply acquiesces in every debacle? And in all fairness to the man, he contributed to what Lalith Weeratunge has described as shaping the situation, when an attempt was made to sow bad blood between the President and the lady who is now the Indian Minister of External Affairs.

This was in 2012, after India had voted against us at the UN Human Rights Council, something I felt had been a mistake. I believe Sushma Swaraj felt the same, for she had always been positive about Sri Lanka, and was even more so than usual when she headed a Parliamentary delegation that visited us soon after the defeat in Geneva.

However the President had told Lalith, shortly before he was due to meet the delegation, that he wanted the meeting cancelled. The reason was that he had been told Sushma Swaraj had been critical of him at a dinner hosted by the Indian High Commissioner – and that Nimal Siripala de Silva had seemed to acquiesce in her comments.

Lalith realized something was amiss, and persuaded the President that he should check on the facts. Both Basil Rajapaksa and G L Pieris said that nothing of the sort had happened, and indeed Sushma Swaraj had been her usual positive self. Lalith felt therefore that he had set things to right. Sadly it had not occurred to him to find out what had prompted the President’s ire.

I was able to tell him because a few days earlier Harsha Navaratne of Sewalanka had described how Kshenuka had come up to the President, at the funeral of the mother, if I recollect aright, of the Air Force Chief, and spun him her tale of woe. The President had believed this, perhaps in line with the Goebbels view that, the bigger the lie the more it would command credibility, and had left the place in high dudgeon.

Unfortunately, though the President increasingly now loses his temper when things are not going well, his anger never lasts long for him to want to analyse what has happened. So now he readily dismisses problems as arising from that he claims is an international conspiracy. The altercation between Sajin Vas Gunewardena and Chris Nonis he thinks is connected with the fact that ‘a section of the international community is plotting against his regime to set up a puppet government in the country’, which is the picture he is reported to have tried to present to the Sri Lankan community in Italy, when he recently went to the Vatican, accompanied as usual by the pretty pair.

Whilst it is not an excuse for reneging on commitments, I can accept that the President is not entirely wrong. The attacks on us whilst we were fighting against terror, the subsequent canonization of Sarath Fonseka, the effort to use Sri Lanka as a case study for the extreme version of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, all suggest that we need to be careful. But what the President should also consider is why we seem as a nation to fall into all the traps that are set.

Michael Burleigh’s reference indicates that Sri Lanka can deal with threats if the country is able to use intelligent elements who are familiar with all aspects of the international community, and know how to work with those who can help us, whilst firmly opposing unwarranted interference. But with the President the prey of those who attack the intelligent, whilst also aggressively undermining the image of the country, I see little hope of escape. And that means that the victories of 2009 will be wiped out, a tragedy for which the President will have only himself to blame if he is unwilling to embark on the reforms the country, as well as the leading lights of the SLFP, so anxiously desire. To continue to rely on those who came in through the back door, and who fuel his suspicions of those who were his partners in politics when the going was difficult, is a blunder that will cost the country, and the party, dear.

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    Shame!

    Still in the same government he criticizes.

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      Rajiva Wijesinha –

      RE: Sri Lanka’s Self-Destruction; I Cannot See How This Can Be Avoided

      “I was quite flattered recently by a mention of one of my books in the review by Michael Burleigh of Talking to Terrorists by Jonathan Powell. Powell, incidentally, had been a few years junior to me at University College, as was the current British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, who is of a very different political persuasion.”

      Talking to Terrorists? Do you mean non-State Terrorists and State Terrorists?

      Self Destruction of Iraq with External Assistance?

      In Sri Lanka? LTTE? SL State? Sinhala “Buddhists”. BBS< Sinhala Ravya?

      Who were the Terrorist in Iraq? WMD? Lies? What do they have in Common?

      Kobane is a gift to Assad
      The trap is thinking the Assad regime has the answers to the challenges of extremism.

      James Denselow
      James Denselow is a writer on Middle East politics and security issues and a research associate at the Foreign Policy Centre.

      http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/11/kobane-gift-assad-201411353822585523.html

      Summary:
      However, speaking last month at Chatham House, former UN/Arab League Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi reminded the audience that ISIL was born in Iraq. This birth was largely a cause of the state collapse that followed the 2003 US-led invasion of the country and subsequent disbanding of the Iraqi armed forces including the border guard some 35,000 strong.

      This September 11, as Syria's President Bashar al-Assad celebrated his 49th birthday, you can imagine that he felt confident the direction of the conflict and the future of his rule were heading in the right direction.

      For over three years as Syria's cities were both emptied and pulverised, Assad preached a single and unerring message – that the crisis was the fault of a wider conspiracy against the Syrian state and that it was being fuelled by foreign terrorists. The rise and rise of ISIL has fitted into this narrative perfectly with their acts of savage barbarism dominating the global headlines and their blitzkrieg into Iraq forcing the hand of US re-intervention in the region.

      Today all eyes are on the small town of Kobane, a place many wouldn't have suspected to be touched by history but which was described by the Economist this week as "the Kurdish Stalingrad". The focus on the town and the role of Kurdish forces, ISIL and US air strikes have taken complete attention away from Assad's new offensive threatening to encircle rebels in Aleppo and a devastating new aerial campaign. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in less than a fortnight, Syrian warplanes have dropped at least 401 barrel bombs on rebel areas in eight provinces across the country.

      Kobane is a gift to Assad, allowing the regime in Damascus to push militarily while simultaneously driving a diplomatic charm offensive positioning itself as the rational and moderate player in the increasingly bloody Middle East power equation. Bouthaina Shaaban, nominally an Assad "adviser" told veteran reporter Robert Fisk last week that Syria is suffering from a US attack against the state itself rather than an attempt at regime change. Shaaban suggested that "the conspiracy theory is no longer a 'theory' it is a reality we must confront together". But is the regime the victim of a conspiracy theory or the proponent of one?

      Setting a trap

      The conspiracy theory has long been a staple of the region and Kobane and the rise of ISIL has allowed Assad to set a trap into which more and more people are falling. The trap is thinking that the regime has the answers to the challenges of extremism without examining in closer detail their relationship to and with it. Much like talking to a pyromaniac about the problem of fires, the more we hear about ISIL, the more reasonable it would seem to be engaging with the regime.

      This is partly due to the global nature of many of ISIL's fighters. A UN Security Council report revealed on Friday that some 15,000 foreign jihadis have travelled to Syria and Iraq from more than 80 countries to fight alongside ISIL and other groups. This has led to huge amounts of navel-gazing, especially in the West, as to issues of radicalisation and levels of domestic threat.

      Dozens killed in Syria barrel bomb 'massacre'
      However, speaking last month at Chatham House, former UN/Arab League Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi reminded the audience that ISIL was born in Iraq. This birth was largely a cause of the state collapse that followed the 2003 US-led invasion of the country and subsequent disbanding of the Iraqi armed forces including the border guard some 35,000 strong.

      Into these ungoverned spaces flowed foreign fighters seeking to join a Sunni insurgency allowed to flourish by the sectarian dynamics of the post-2003 Iraqi body-politic. Syria's border with Iraq became known as the "Ho Chi Minh Trail" for foreign fighters entering the country. Assad, wary of US success in Iraq leading to thoughts of unseating him, was happy to allow fighters to travel east.

      While there is no clear evidence of the Assad regime having direct command and control of groups operating on the ISIL-spectrum there is certainly anecdotal evidence that Damascus was happy to see the extremist contagion as splitting opposition against him and appealing to the West's primary concern of global terrorism.

      Assad withdrew his security forces from large swaths of the country as the scale of the rebellion became clear. Defecting Syrian intelligence officers have reported that Assad released known "Islamist militants" from prison to subvert the peaceful protests. Visitors to Aleppo reported earlier this year that while the Jabhat al-Nusra HQ was left untouched, Assad forces pounded the FSA facilities.

      It is hard to know whether Assad, who had a long-standing extremist "challenge" from Jund al-Sham before the 2010 crisis, could ever have predicted how ISIL would grow in size and lethality. However, faced with a choice of enemies, ISIL at present serves the dual purpose for Damascus of splitting and hurting the opposition while keeping the attention of those who could pursue regime change on a different threat level.

      US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel's "leaked memo" criticised Obama's plan for not having a clear policy towards Assad and Syria. Kobane is hiding the cracks in wider US policy, and its biggest impact is giving Assad a free hand to effectively consolidate its own conspiracy theory.

      James Denselow is a writer on Middle East politics and security issues and a research associate at the Foreign Policy Centre.

      The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.

      Source: Al Jazeera

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      Rajiva Wijesinha –

      RE: Sri Lanka’s Self-Destruction; I Cannot See How This Can Be Avoided

      Do you think this has something to do with the low I.Q. of Sri Lankans?

      28th November, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 20
      Editorial Corruption And Society: Analyse This!

      http://www.thesundayleader.lk/archive/20041128/editorial.htm

      Corruption And Society: Analyse This!

      “The book IQ And The Wealth Of Nations makes interesting reading. IQ, of course, in not an absolute measure of intelligence, for IQ tests do not measure absolute intelligence (whatever that is) but only intelligence related to certain intellectual skills. Nevertheless, the fact that broad patterns emerge from IQ scores does suggest that they have some utility. IQ And The Wealth Of Nations seeks to correlate IQ with national development, and indeed there is a correlation. With an average IQ of just 81, Sri Lanka ranks pretty low. China, by comparison, has an average IQ of 100, while Cameroon, at the bottom of the list, scores an IQ of 67.”

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      Privilege can be a terrible thing. By definition, everyone can’t be privileged, and so, at the very outset, privilege seems unfair. Wealth, intelligence, talent and good looks are all attributes that could give rise to privilege: indeed, anything inherited, whether material or genetic, leads directly to the creation of privilege. It is privilege that gives one an edge in a competitive world: oh, how Darwin would have loved the idea.

      Since universal franchise seven decades ago, Sri Lanka has evolved – albeit in fits and starts – in a socialist direction that seeks to mitigate the impacts of privilege, offering a square deal also to the underprivileged. And quite rightly so. Historically however, the elimination of privilege has focused largely on the elimination of social privilege: inherited land, inherited money, and inherited class connections. That bathwater however, has almost always been accompanied by the baby of inherited talent. The historical focus of socialism has been more about chopping off heads to make tall people short, rather than building pedestals on which short people could stand. For the latest manifestation of this warped logic, take Sarath Amunugama’s attempt to make ours a more equal society by depriving everyone of a car through punitive taxation, rather than making everyone the owner of a car through financial empowerment. Whatever it is that he got that PhD of his in, you can bet your life it wasn’t economics.

      Universal franchise tends to put enormous power in the hands of the underprivileged majority, for it is they that get to elect the most highly privileged people in the country: politicians. And this is not just in Sri Lanka. Even in the all-powerful United States, privilege and its elimination play an important role in the electoral system.

      The book IQ And The Wealth Of Nations makes interesting reading. IQ, of course, in not an absolute measure of intelligence, for IQ tests do not measure absolute intelligence (whatever that is) but only intelligence related to certain intellectual skills. Nevertheless, the fact that broad patterns emerge from IQ scores does suggest that they have some utility. IQ And The Wealth Of Nations seeks to correlate IQ with national development, and indeed there is a correlation. With an average IQ of just 81, Sri Lanka ranks pretty low. China, by comparison, has an average IQ of 100, while Cameroon, at the bottom of the list, scores an IQ of 67.

      More interesting perhaps, are average IQ differences between the various states of the United States. An analysis of the November US presidential election showed that every state with an average IQ score of 101 or more went to the Democrats, while every state with a score of 98 or less went to the Republicans. Of, the eight states with scores of 99 and 100, five went to the Republicans and three to the Democrats. Clearly, whatever politicians do to seduce voters, they should not ‘appeal to their intelligence.’

      Interestingly, there is also an uncanny correlation (possibly accidental, but one never knows) between IQ, economic growth and corruption. Mix all these into one, and Sri Lanka comes a dismal 64th in the world ranking.

      While IQ tests are justifiably controversial, there are other, arguably more objective and scientific, measures of national performance. Recently, the world’s most respected scientific journal Nature (Vol. 426, pages 67-70), carried a research paper on the correlation between natural resource loss and poor governance, authored by respected scientists from the University of Kent and Cambridge University. The study showed that poor governance was directly related, for example, to deforestation. Here again, the base-data show Sri Lanka in an exceedingly poor light.

      With the enormous international attention being paid to renewable natural resources and their conservation, the mechanisms by which natural resources are wasted has attracted serious scientific attention recently. William Ascher’s insightful book, Why Governments Waste Natural Resources: Policy Failures In Developing Countries, should be compulsory reading for every aspiring politician. It does not merely flag corruption as the only reason for natural resource loss, but provides a holistic socio-economic, political and administrative analysis of the causes of this. Although it does not focus particularly on Sri Lanka, every word of it applies to our case: from the cynical indifference of “donors” (read “creditors”) such as the World Bank and ADB, to the short-term policies governments are forced to adopt to keep the present generation happy at the expense of generations to come.

      Finally, a publication that politicians clearly have read in Sri Lanka, or at least pretend to have done, is the Berlin-based Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2002, in which Sri Lanka fared so badly. Transparency International accepts prima facie that the prevalence of corruption in a society is inversely proportional to its punishment. In other words, the least amount of corruption is detected in the most corrupt countries. The same is true for all kinds of misdemeanour condoned by a country’s leadership, including human rights abuse. Rather than examining prosecution statistics then, Transparency International causes surveys to be conducted of the perceptions of citizens to corruption in their own country’s institutions.

      Everyone knows that Sri Lanka scored rock bottom on public perceptions of corruption in government, the judiciary and the police. Indeed, seeing as Chandrika Kumaratunga had been President for a full eight years at the time the report was published, and although it did not name her, she obviously took umbrage. Indeed, so irked was she, that she publicly attacked the police and the judiciary as being corrupt, evidently basing her conclusion on findings of her own (details of which are yet to be disclosed to the public) referring in passing to the Transparency International findings only to corroborate her own conclusions. She claimed also that both the Chief Justice and the Attorney General had endorsed her view, something both have privately denied. In fact, the Chief Justice went so far as to tell brother judges rather coarsely that the Presidential mouth is not fitted with brakes.

      Damning, it is true, but so loudly have her words rung bells in those divisions of the state that not a single judge nor one police officer has chosen to stand up publicly and say, ‘Not me. I am not corrupt.’

      If over 40 per cent of the people believed judges to be corrupt in Transparency International’s survey, then surely almost all the people must believe politicians to be corrupt. Indeed, it is generally the case that politicians who are not corrupt tend to be talked about – and there’s precious few of them. Sadly, the honest ones tend also to be the unambitious ones, lacking in ambition both for themselves and for Sri Lanka. ‘Show me an honest politician,’ one might say, ‘and I’ll show you an inefficient one.’

      Given the widespread corruption in all the estates of government, one might easily despair for Sri Lanka. The silver lining is, of course, that we are not nearly as corrupt as some African states. But when you’ve said that, you’ve said everything. And it is not only politicians, judges and the police who are corrupt: the menace is now all-pervading. Virtually every department of government that comes into contact with the public is ridden with it. Whether you need a driving licence, a bank loan, a birth certificate, a grama niladhari’s letter, or to get your child into school or to clear a parcel from the port, you need to pay paga, kappan or jarawa (Sinhala possesses a rich synonymy for the word “bribe”). It has become a way of life. In the business world, one has to pay a bribe to get almost any kind of payment out of the government: the people who evaluate and award tenders are possibly the worst, raking it in with a vengeance. So much so that even international agencies such as UNICEF, operating in Sri Lanka, smell of corruption. Before you buy their Christmas cards, think a bit about into whose pocket the money goes.

      Part of the problem of rooting out corruption is that it is seldom indeed that anyone is actually caught in the act of accepting a bribe. The way in which corrupt practices are most often detected is when the processes involved patently lack transparency, and when officials administering these processes own unaccounted wealth. Sadly, it is all too easy to wriggle out of such situations by claiming that the process was indeed transparent, or that the wealth was someone else’s (for details, take Anuruddha Ratwatte’s Master Class).

      It is tempting for us, the public, to ride the high horse, self-righteously telling ourselves that it is they and not us who are corrupt. But we need to remember that policemen, politicians, judges and public servants are all members of our society, not a separate breed of particularly evil people. They are an extension of ourselves. The seed of corruption lurks therefore in every one of us, manifesting itself when we jump a queue, use personal contacts to obtain privilege, or evade paying income tax. Corruption is endemic in our society, and what is needed is national moral reform. Sadly, one rarely hears it from the self appointed moral reformists of our nation, particularly the Buddhist and Christian clergy. When did you last hear a sermon on the elimination of corruption? That, it seems, has been left for the life to come.

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      Rajiva Wijesinha

      RE: Sri Lanka’s Self-Destruction; I Cannot See How This Can Be Avoided?

      Yes, if you van increase the Sri lankan I.Q.

      Sunday, August 7, 2011

      Are Indians Smarter Than Sri Lankans?

      http://sbarrkum.blogspot.com/2011/08/are-indians-smarter-than-sri-lankans-in.html

      The Math Olympiad results seems to indicate Sri Lankans are about comparable to Bangaladeshis in Math capabilities (Approximately 70th rank). We Sri Lankans seem to be doing far worse than India and Brazil (23 and 20 respectively). Sri Lanka has a Math Olyimpiad organization too and has quite a bit of information on the site http://www.slmathsolympiad.org/ . Complete results of the Math Olympiad since 1959 is available here.

      Another interesting comparison is IQ. Again we do not seem to be doing any better than the Indians. One must keep in mind that the Math Olympiad is about selecting the best in a country. The National IQ measure is for the country as an whole. India with half its population being illiterate still has an IQ quotient comparable to Sri Lanka. Does that mean Sri Lankans are not as smart as we think or they are just smart alecs who cant be bothered with IQ tests. Steve Sailer comments that new study of Sri Lankan IQ is warranted because it is highly literate, low malnutrition, similar racial makeup with South India…and the only study we have is one way back in 1954 with a sample size of 46, that too on eight year olds, when IQ is not very heritable. The IQ of 79 for Sri Lanka is quite meaningless in the present context

      There is an whole discussion on Indian IQ over here. This location has a summary of the Lynn and Vanhanen study of IQ and the Wealth of Nations. This is the wiki with data of the controversial 2006 book by psychologist Richard Lynn and political scientist Tatu Vanhanen IQ and Global Inequality

      Country/Region IQ (2002)[2] IQ (2006)[1] PPP-GNI per capita 2002[1] QHC[1]

      Germany 102 99 26,980 78

      China 100 105 4,520 39.7

      Australia 98 98 27,440 82.8

      Denmark 98 98 30,600 85.4

      United States 98* 98* 36,120 86.6

      Canada 97 99 28,930 77.8

      Czech Republic 97 98 14,920 64.5

      Thailand 91 91 6,890 50.3

      Brazil 87 87 7,450 51.1
      India 81 82 2,650 36.3

      Pakistan 84* 84 1,730 31.7

      Bangladesh 81* 82* 1,720 29.8

      Sri Lanka 81* 79 3,510 47.7

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      Rajiva Wijesinha –

      RE: Sri Lanka’s Self-Destruction; I Cannot See How This Can Be Avoided

      Intelligence Test

      You are an employment manager in a land where there are only absolute liars and
      absolute truth tellers. An applicant comes in to see you and appears to be sincere.
      He tells you that the next interviewee has told him she is a liar.
      Is he (a) lying or (b) telling the truth?

      The answer is he is (a) lying, because no liar would admit to being a liar.

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      But you have to admire his honesty and courage in the atmosphere that now exists in our country.

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    Is this Dude part of Danapala’s outfit ?

    No wonder they want us to sign and promise that we don not have WMD or Atomic Bombs,, Sorry Nuclear Drones, Subs and satellites which shoot high intensity Radiation.

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    If you and the guys would advise the bugger -who rules the nation, nothing would have reached to this deteriorating levels. Even today, you have been unable to call a spade a spade. You buddy is the other man who does the same job knwoing almost everything that the man in power is now on a total wrong direction, though further making the rural vorters fools.

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      Samuel Bandara

      “Even today, you have been unable to call a spade a spade. “

      Yes. Succinctly stated.

      This problem is widespread. It has infected politicians, administrators and even the so-called religious leaders.

      Yes, they have a hard time facing the facts and data,… read about Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Foucault and a host of others…

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    I am surpised by term powell used ” smart Sinhalese Intellectuals” .Not sure where he found them?

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    No need to flee Switzerland, Douglas the minister is wanted in India for murder, will he dare go there?

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    Oh Rajiva,

    Shameless self-importance.

    You shamelessly hint that you are the ‘intelligent element’; “Sri Lanka can deal with threats if the country is able to use intelligent elements who are familiar with all aspects of the international community, and know how to work with those who can help us, whilst firmly opposing unwarranted interference.’

    Sorry Rajiva, you will not get your job back. You paint such a uncompromisingly pathetic picture “our President had to come back with his tail in effect between his legs, having been debarred from the Oxford Union.” I assure you such statements are not going to get you any favours from our Chakravarti.

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      Professori’s account of affairs is pathetic, as usual. Even I feel embarassed just from reading it.

      Pofessori must realize his King is suffering from a self diagnosis of “Game Baiyya” syndrome.

      Cheers!

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    Indeed the end is nigh, but it won’t be due to either domestic politics, and, the perceived failure or otherwise of the management of Sri Lanka’s external affairs.

    It will be due to the total and complete mismanagement of Sri Lanka’s economy.

    Unfortunately those doing it have placed the economy in an irretrievably destructive trajectory. And, sadly the inevitable is only put back through the running of an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Hence the irrelevance of all politics!

    I’ll leave you with this thought; call money dollar deposits in US domestic accounts pay less than 0.5% p.a. Yet Sri Lanka’s Central Bank guarantees them at over 6% p.a. That is, over 5.5% over what you would earn on such deposits in the US.

    Now that the Federal Reserve is poised to start hiking rates, what rates would the CB have to guarantee to attract US dollars into Sri Lanka and how long do you think this can be sustained for before it all comes tumbling down like a house of cards?

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    True leadership to a country is an welcoming, exceptional occurrence. However, a man like MR to be the leader of SL is a rare misfortune to all SLK people. He has an empty head. But that head is fit enough only to carry out world class robberies

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      Don’t ever forget that he was the ONLY man/woman to have had the political will to take on the Tamil terrorists who had ravaged the country under previous leaders for over 25 years and send them on their way. He does deserve critcism as Rajiva provides above, but not the venom you spit out because of the people he is sorrounded by today. It only takes a few good men to save him from his predicament.

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    So you had to expel the UN observers and foreign journalists before the fighting, starve civilians including babies, bomb and shell those heeded to the call to enter the ‘safe zone’, shoot the surrendered, rape the arrested women, separate traumatised husbands and wives and intern separately behind barbed wires (only other person did this type of barbarity was Hitler), display naked bodies are part of “fighting against terror” and you are glorify yourself to be an intellectual by writing “The attacks on us whilst we were fighting against terror”.

    You are trying to save your boss and yourself by advising him to avoid falling into the “traps” of the international community but not by necessarily doing the right things.

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    Oh No!! I was thinking to myself yesterday that finally RW has realised that he had been giving a lot of pain to the readers of CT and has stopped blowing his own trumpet. But my relief was short lived. I just read the first paragraph and thought enough is enough!!

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    Why is this man Rajjeva trying to not too subtlety denigrate the role played by then High Commissioner in advising against the President’s Oxford visit while calling Amza’s similar so called “Advice” as being ” brilliant” ?Something very fishy here.

    Rajjeva the nutty professor must learn that advice of such importance ALWAYS goes after the High Commissioner takes the final decision and ALWAYS under his signature .So the decision is his and his alone.That is why he called Head of a Mission.

    The reason for Rajjeva playing Jayasinhe’s correct call in this matter down is that Justice Jayasinghe did not care a tuppence for Rajjeva’s self proclaimed intellectual ability .On the other hand Amza always agreed with the Prof besides reverentially addressing as “Sir”
    Who is this man attempting to fool?

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    Rajiva,

    23 eye witnesses, mostly highly respected Sri Lankan Government officials have signed a statement that Nonis was actually drunk and fell off the chair or stool. That the accusation Sagin assaulted Nonis was false — just Nonis’ delusion because of his drunken state.

    Do you think we should accept Sri Lankan state officials version and dismiss Nonis’ claim?

    Or do you now think there should be “independent investigation”, a phenomena that you summarily dismissed and continue to dismiss since 2009?!

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      If only we could see those earliest communications that flew out of NJ in the early hours of that pestilential morning, before the President orders the shutters down and a new story was concocted to ‘save’ the skins of the main culprits. Dr No has proved to be an inventive and creative defender of our 2500-year-old civilisation, but I know that he did NOT lie when he admitted to many that he WAS assaulted; for the simple reason that the incontinent EAM Monitor did lose his rag and revert to his natural street behaviour.

      Sadly, nobody at the Court of St James, and in the wider diplomatic world, believe a word of the Sri Lanka version. In fact, most of them would confirm that they have never believed ANYTHING that comes out Colombo stamped ‘by order of the Government of Sri Lanka. What a sorry state of affairs!

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    wow the arrogance in the writing to suggest that everyone else is beneath him (Dayan + Tamara excluded) speaks volumes of this guy !

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    Be delighted in knowing, you too contributed to the self destruction forecast. Oh! how you defended the regime then.

    In days past, we believed past sins will be paid for in the next birth. In this rapid era of technology, sins are paid for in this birth itself.

    Never mind, it takes a man to recognize he was wrong. Time to start praying, no ?

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    This petty quarrels and complains are good only to tell a Nursery teacher. She will be the one give two spanks on the back and seat these romping, naughty kids back on their seats. These are not the essays to appear on the political columns like the one CT prints. These are not the one to receive comments from the CT’s commentators.

    None of these guys served in the foreign ministry is good for anything, other than they give petty complains about the ones in the opposite team and produce false propaganda in support of their team. Tamara, Dayan, Sir Norris, Hamsa, Kshenuka, Kudu Vase, Jalia, Shavendra Silva, Chantula …..no single one of these has produced any good, other than telling lies in home and foreign country. There are clear evidences that nobody ever believed anything Dayan said in UNHRC, in 2009. China, Sonia India, Pakistan, Cuba, Russia, Bangladesh, Iran… these names more, more, more very more worse than the our Foreign Diplomats names. So, those foreign diplomats worked with the Hell-matic countries in the world to defeat a western resolution. The western countries, which setup the UN, UNHRC… all those damn things know how to turn the things around. Now, the lies are caught up red handed. So our low grade un-diplomats are tearing off each other, with the hand, with the leg, with the mouth and even with punching the keys. What a pathetic situation has risen when Dayan’s and others lies are caught in the UNHRC. Dayan’s castle that was built with lac, the lies, is catching fire.

    Right after the western resolution was defeated, Ranil went to New York to have a slice on this juggleries registered on his name too. But, for his disappointment, the SG of UN said to him the reports are not going to be lost anywhere in UN. After that, who do this bunch of lairs telling lies to? Didn’t we see after two years of showing Sir Norris as the most successful diplomats of the Lanka, the British Foreign Sectary had said that Sir Norris didn’t do anything in London other than selling tea and taking selfies with wine girls. Today’s OHCHR investigations means that nobody ever believed anything Dayan said on the floor, but they were waiting for a chance to isolate Lanka from receiving the rowdy countries’ supports.

    Too late to do anything good. Too many enemies has been earned, in and out! Time see the results of the knots and nooses these guys have been creating for them.

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    It is not Sri Lanka’s self-destruction. It is Mahinda Rajapakse’s self distruction! Sri Lanka’s image has been dented and her political system probably damaged beyond repair, but Sri Lanka has what it takes to rebound.

    Mahinda has lost his bus and his marbles. He is on the way to become history, much sooner than I had expected. He dug his own grave and has no one to blame but himself. God gave him an opportunity on a platter and he chose to throw it in the garbage bin. What a shame? What a tragedy?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      The latest is that even Thavaliar’s good Mate Premachandran wants the TNA to go for talks with the President for a private deal .

      You must be closer to the CC to be so sure about the President getting done at the Election than the Alliance partner TNA heavy Premachandran……

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      Dr Narendran correctly identifies the self-contributing causes of the downward spiral in the Presidential standing. We would fail if we did not also acknowledge the efforts of many sycophants, and unfunny clowns who contributed much to the present predicament of our President and government. Among many, we must highlight

      – the clown of Kelaniya and his sex-pest son

      – the sharp-shooter of Kolonnawa whose temporary memory lapse has saved him from the clink

      – an army of advisors and spokesmen who ‘crafted’ the dreams of the Prez for public and international consumption

      – the government official who murdered a tourist, and more

      – those many ministers and deputy ministers who swanned about the country and overseas annoying and inconveniencing ordinary people, and abusing privileges.

      – the family sycophants of the Prez and his army of ministers who distastefully demanded all those privileges, and more, as they treated our country as a family fiefdom

      – those in public office whose dereliction of duty failed the people; think Katunayake, Chilaw, Rathupaswela, Aluthgama……

      – those who compromised our system of Justice

      – the growing army of saffron-robed masqueraders who have showcased the failings of the President and the government

      Enough said, for this list can go on, and on, and on…..

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    Leaders of a Country need to be respected, able to solve real problems of all Citizens, be democratic in accepting positive criticism, able to think positively and do corrective measures where a mistake has been previously made, be of sound knowledge of various community needs. Let all communities live up to their own custom. Stop setting one community against the other community. In case of a violent flare up, bring it down in the quickest time possible before even the neighbours knew. Find reliable solution to make communities friendly. Never misuse public funds. All will be happy and the Country will prosper. Make the neighbouring Countries jealous of your prosperity. Never give a chance for the neighbouring Countries to share parts of your country because you are not a good Governor. Good Governance make its Citizens have good confidence in the Government.

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    All the comments here about Rajeeva tells the story.
    Nobody sympathies Rajeeva.

    Rajeeva and clan created this Frankenstein monster MaRa, now don’t come and complain to us about him.
    This Rajeeva and clan directly or indirectly helped MaRa to pass 18th amendment. Now country have to live with the Frankenstein forever.

    Country would would curse you forever for what you guys did to the country. !!!!!

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    Man I could have told you all this 5 years ago did the prof take this long to to figure things out.

    The Prof, Dr. Dayan and Dr. Nonis should understand that they are just used condoms and get used to it.

    does he keep writing CT only because no one else will publish his dribble

    And If the british are just interfering [Edited out] why is the prof so happy getiing praised by them

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    You shameless Dr or Prof.
    Whichever name you prefer to be known by.
    Resign, first as an MP of the administration you so openly critiseize.
    Then write whatever you want.
    You can’t have the cake & eat it too.
    Foolish bastard.
    Regards

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    Dear Rajiva,

    Having browsed through some of your articles, more than someone else praising you for your knowledge or your efforts, YOU seems to be the one who is praising yourself directly or indirectly.

    You must be are aware of the fact that you will sink into oblivion should a new government come to power. It is alright for you are to look for a livelihood… but distorting the truth, trying to whitewash the ruling family and criticizing mildly the MR government in gaining some sort of credibility in the eyes of opponents of the government, says a lot about your pathetic self.

    Your knowledge of the English language is no use when you write BS. Nor are the readers impressed when you put down every government official and indirectly portray yourself as the best candidate for positions that you will be dreaming of till end of your times.

    The senior citizen that you are, it is best you do some soul searching and have a graceful exit since your expiry date is not far off… It is not too late to think write and say the right things… If you are so destitute, I am sure a lot of readers on CT will contribute towards your up keep should you start becoming an honorable man!

    Looking at the comments for all your articles, I am surprised by your failure to respond to some of them and also for the fact that you continue to write shamelessly when you are being ‘shredded in to pieces’ when exposed of your true self…

    Yet, I sincerely hope you will put your education to good use and stand your ground for the right causes… God bless.

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      Rats they say flee a sinking ship….Rajiva through his writings is trying to curry flavour with the opposition in case they come to power but also keeping his options open with Mahinda !

      What is often not said is..the rats when they flee one ship, usually board another to continue to feast and be merry….

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    Rajiva:
    I howled with laughter when I read your statement “with the President the prey of those who attack the intelligent”……. you must surely know that those attacks are grossly way off mark, or are you not brave enough to say so?!!!

    Thanks for making my day.

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