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Stop The Violent Suppression Of Student Dissent & Public Universities: Sri Lankan Students & Young Scholars Abroad

Stop the Violent Suppression of Student Dissent and Public Universities in Sri Lanka: A collective statement by Sri Lankan students and young scholars abroad

We the undersigned Sri Lankan students and young scholars abroad in different countries express our deep concern towards the systematic violent suppression unleashed on peaceful protesters by the Sri Lankan government during February and March 2023.

We vehemently condemn the brutal attacks on the university students protesting peacefully and the military and police violently entering the University of Colombo and the University of Kelaniya premises on the 07th of March 2023 and 08th of March 2023, respectively.

The Sri Lankan government led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been systematically dismantling the democratic process and institutions of the country in the recent past. The local government elections scheduled to be held in March 2023 have been sabotaged; democratic dissent has been criminalised and brutally oppressed. The government must ensure free and fair elections and space for dissent is protected. It is unacceptable to brutalise the education spaces such as universities and attack peaceful students engaged in learning.

Therefore, we strongly demand the Sri Lankan government conduct an independent inquiry into the incidents of the military and police forcefully entering the University of Kelaniya and the University of Colombo. We also invite all democratic forces in Sri Lanka to join hands to protect the democratic rights of the Sri Lankan citizens to dissent and free and fair timely elections.

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    This is a great statement by 157 of you young people who have had the courage to give your names, just as I have in comments here:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anura-sajith-sri-lankas-tweedledum-and-tweedledee-or-hero-and-jester/
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    I can’t tell you that I’m a young man because I have indicated my National Identity Card number at the end of one of those comments! I have been doing this regularly, as you will see if you look at earlier articles as well.
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    There is little purpose in protesting timidly. You have to speak out boldly – even if fearfully. Yes, it can be dangerous. I will tell you more about myself.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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      Dear idealistic young Lankans,
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      There’s much more to tell. But this must be told early to prevent misunderstanding. I’m an old man, actually a few months older than Ranil Wickremasinghe who is harassing us all.
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      It may be that you will misunderstand the handle that I use. I have always made a plea for us to recognise our common humanity. I have tried to bring that consideration to the fore in everything that I write. “Tried” – I’m a frail human, and you may detect many lapses. Tried to tell “Tamils” that there are Sinhalese who are reasonable; tried to tell Sinhalese that we must be just by all Lankans.

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/university-of-peradeniya-may-1983-when-majesty-stoops-to-folly/
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      Some of my comments there will tell you my experience of 1983 violence in Peradeniya University, before the pogrom engulfed the entire country.
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      There are many strands to this. I can see that you have taken much trouble to contact one another, and get all the details You’ve got my name; the eccentric spelling will make it easy for Google to give you my contact details. Viber, WhatsApp, the lot. And since I’m in this remote place I’ve got a connection with plenty of data.
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      Please establish contact; that way my possible death will get known early.

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      It is tempting to write grandly as a “human being“, and I did just that as an adolescent, writing in Uva in English.
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      But then, one begins to realise that there’s something phony in that. A poor brown boy, with predominantly Dravidian blood coursing through my veins, writing in the language that came with colonialism, now the language of the rich and the powerful. I read widely. The Russians, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. in heavy English translations. I dreamt of World Government, inspired by the poet, Shelley.
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      Very unreal, I now realise: but it may have its uses now, as a fair, smiling, white-haired Barbarian, a few months younger than me, threatens to brutalise all 22 million inhabitants of this paradisaical island. Before I’m chopped up, I may be able to report to the World the excruciating torments that may commence being inflicted on me within hours.
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      I hope not!

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        SM,
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        However, to me, the question arises as to whether you are a “human being” or “some other higher being”, as you often seem to be acting a bit “know-it-all” in many of your comments keeping you above (patronizing). … isn’t it?

        The point is from what what we read in your comment, you probably don’t have the slightest knowledge of the subject being discussed in this forum.

        That’s probably why you keep repeating your ID number, full name, bedtimes and little boy room times and everything else you’ve explored in your life……

        I don’t think the reader is interested in anything other than your comment. …. Why is it difficult for you to understand?

        That is why OC commented on that above.

        What came to my mind instantly was “put the cat among the pigeons ” .

        But telling you the truth, all these make you UNIQUE to CT forum…. Gamabadaiskolemahathatayo.

        May I kindly ask you to think twice ? Thank you.

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      Stop the IMF money from coming in – in the short term. We will definitely need World help after the Tyrant is deposed. But if money comes in now, it’ll prevent us from being /b>liberated.
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      I will remain here, on this lonely hill. Well, it was lonely when I was born. Since then, the population has tripled. That was the first mistake an earlier generation made. now, even this area (two miles away from the town) is now built up. It is for a Municipal Council that I will have (see what an optimist I still am!) to vote.
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      Two miles from the “city centre”, which is an extended slum. The tourists now go to Ella, six miles away from the town.. And there’s a train called the “Ella Odyssey”. Google. You may still see alluring scenery.
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      Please digest this! When I go into the town (on my thirty-five year old 125 cc Honda), I have to go across the Haputale Pradeshiya Sabha. How come? I’ll give you a ward map later.
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      Racism has ruined us!
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      W.J.M. Loku Bandara was the MP for Haputale. He wanted a swathe of “Sinhala votes” in his electorate so as to prevent a Demala (“a hateful Tamil) from being elected for Haputale. The Local Government bodies are still divided like that. Don’t agitate to change those boundaries right now. An excuse not to have elections on April 25th, 2023.

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        Racism has destroyed us! Indeed it did. Where there is no proper enforcement of law and order racism persists.

        I can see discrimination against blacks in Europe, but all this is still far below our level against Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka. Just imagine, if we were born into a minority, how would we feel? I recently got to know how the African microcosm lives in isolation in Trincomalee.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU4ivAwDoUc

        I think the government is not doing enough to improve their standard of living. It is true that we are a poor country, but look at how rich some families in Colombo are. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened tremendously in recent times.

        I know Jewish colleagues, but their hatred of the Palestinians is far less than that of our minorities.

        Not only racism based on ethnicity but also discrimination against tuberculosis patients or disabled people was seen in that country in the 80s. Primitive societies. I have heard that people with Cela syndrome in Pakistan are constantly teased.
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        tbc

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          cont.
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          Many of our people who have not fought against it for a long time are responsible for standing up against it. The people do not accept the responsibility of rebuilding the society. It is a living process and if we don’t, there are big gaps.

          You seem to have honest feelings, otherwise you wouldn’t add “hard lines” on them over and over again, but how many people your age do?
          Instead, they kill time once they enter their retirement years. Talented teachers and other professionals do nothing as seniors. That is the sad truth that no matter what anyone says, they are against it. I think those senior citizens in the 70s and 80s fulfilled their duty to some extent even after they retired. Those retired teachers and other professionals were in demand and treated with more respect and dignity. Senior monks in temples spent time doing their duty to raise awareness. However, their knowledge is also overrated. It is common in Sri Lankan culture. They overestimate their race (I can only speak for mine).

          Talk to people and get your facts straight.

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            Yes, “leelagemalli”,
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            Stop all this lying! Even your supposed name is a lie. I’ve had enough of this. You are going to be known for what you are. That’s on its way for all readers. I shall start teaching everybody who you really are!
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            There is some sense in saying that there are three distinct groups/cultures in Lanka.
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            What we also want is honest representatives in the legislature (at a number of levels – three, I should imagine is again right.) We want the elections held on 25/04/2025.
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            And the Executive – not Ranil who managed to trick his way in. Enough said. Now get ready to face up to who you are, Brown German (yes, yes, I know that you are a dual citizen, with Lankan citizenship as well) I will soon be teaching the readership here your name – but not your NIC number. Mine, I shall give again.
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            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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              SM,
              “I will soon be teaching the readership here your name – but not your NIC number. Mine, I shall give again.”
              Nobody cares what your name is. But other people care about their privacy. Your hang-ups are your concern. Don’t threaten others with them. I can see why STC turned you down in 1990.

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                My dear OC,
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                Isn’t it time to link it to the barbaric era of 89-92 when innocent people were harassed for their National IDs?
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                If you dig into the information, during that time each of my brothers’ IDs were stolen to plan their murders. It is not news to the man who claims to be a Sinhalese who keeps attacking me, half burnt by everything.

                The reason most of us reviewers remain anonymous answers the question intelligently.
                However, stupid people never see it right. They think they know more than others, but in reality they know very little. As Professor Pathegama

                Ghanissara thero repeats in awareness programs, our people do not know that they do not know anything logically.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe-cs2o3BQ

                Also everyone s note, I added the following link so that they have an idea about the gravity of the economic issue before us.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4_Vpsnb8lc

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                Dear oc,
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                I don’t have any problem with your remaining anonymous. In any case, don’t interpret that previous sentence as meaning that I think that I can have a say in that. The Rules are formulated, and implemented by CT.
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                But quite apart from that your comments are balanced, interesting and contribute towards the education of the Public. I look forward to reading your comments, even when I cannot agree with them.
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                The problems with LM are that his comments have always been predictable. They lack discipline. And they are carelessly put together.
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                A few minutes ago, I made another appeal to him to be fair by Harini and the JVP. It’s up to him to start responding positively; a pre-requisite for that is that he should stop using these pages to preach his hatred of all Sri Lankans.
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                Few readers here will be interested in STC issues, although there is more to be said about them than you realise. I’m getting sleepy at 02.00 am.
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                Panini

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                  SM,
                  “I’m getting sleepy at 02.00 am.”
                  You should sleep more and think carefully before you write.
                  Threatening people who have sent you gifts (as LM has) is the height of mean-spiritedness.

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                OC
                It is not easy to deal with obsessions.
                The more you protest, the worse the addiction.
                I think that we should collectively help him by plain ignoring this nonsense.

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          Oh, and readers must understand that the two thumbs, Green and Red are being manipulated. By whom? That I’m not sure, so no accusations, only an alert to say that readers should think whilst reading – accept nothing at face value.
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          One hundred and fifty seven people have placed their names as approving this text. I accept them as honest and not misleading.
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          You, LM (supporter of fake President Ranil Wickremasinghe) are FAKE. I shall start teaching – exposing all that is fake! to be done in my own way, without violating CT guidelines.

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            SINHALA MAN / AKA NIC HUNTER,
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            Thanks for your usual hate speech. But people like me who follow the true teachings of Buddha do not stop supporting any action of politicians by labeling them good or bad.

            I challenge you to prove that I only support RW.
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            I support Dr. Harsha Silva
            I support Mr. Eran Wickramaratne
            I supported the late Honorable Minister Mangala Samaraweera
            I support madam CBK (I still believe, she did a good job, but Sri Lankan politics will be hell if Rajapakse supporters stay for so long)
            I supported the late Mr. Kadiragamar
            I support Dr. Harini Amarasuriya
            I will support anyone in Europe and my home country regardless of party label. I see you as a senior citizen, a real joker. So even though I don’t support you with “likes” anymore, everyone else can see that you’re a real clown.

            tbc

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              cont.
              Haters have only bad health. That I see in you again and again.

              However, I will continue my stand against JVP killers with zero tolerance. That I do as dedication to those friends and their victimized families.
              If you want ME to reveal lot more details about JVP and how they took the life of my friends then, I can bring you coverages (89 – 92).

              I am not a naive person like you, you have done nothing but busy yourself with your kind of hero worship and gossip. It has become your hobby. Your poor view of JVP will not promote them, also your lack of Sinhala knowledge to read them correctly.

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              Dear leelagemalli,
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              You have said, above,
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              “I support Dr. Harini Amarasuriya”.

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              Here’s a video with her in it issued today:
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV_5EnpRb5U
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              Its only 9 minutes in Sinhala. She speaks personally during the last three minutes.
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              What have you got to say to this? Please support her, and those associated with her.
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              Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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      As I write this, I look occasionally at “Sri Lankan News”.
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      Bad news.
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      Sunshine stories – the Junta is consolidating. If elections are held, in the Seven Southern Provinces, (or shall I say in the balance Provinces, after excluding the two in the North and in the East), it is Sajith Premadasa’s SJB or Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s NPP (please don’t call it the JVP) that will win almost all seats. Correction: almost all the votes will come to them, except from those who have corruptly enriched themselves.
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      My vote will go to the NPP. They have only 3 out of 225 Members of Parliament.
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      Ranil Wickremasinghe did NOT come directly in to Parliament. He Piggy-Backed on the votes – country-wide – polled by his Party, the UNP. Only him. He became the President! All legal!! So he isn’t in Parliament. But he barges in regularly.
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      But since he’s not “officially” in Parliament, he appointed one more MP – crook, Vajira Abeywardena, to replace him as UNP MP.
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      Don’t for a moment imagine that Ranil’s Power Grab resembled Rishi Sunak replacing Boris Johnson (with Liz Truss playing a minor role) as Prime Minister in the UK. There was “acceptable” drama in the UK, with poor Elizabeth Regina quitting life itself after meeting Johnson & Truss.
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      Ranil’s was a naked “Power Grab”.
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      Quite “legal” though.
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      Panini Edirisinhe – a VishramikaGambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththayaOfTheProvinceOfTheVeddas.

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      This is what childless Ranil has done:
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      https://www.newswire.lk/2023/03/11/infant-found-abandoned-inside-train/
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      Please click to see the sweet child.
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      “Infant found abandoned inside train
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      March 11, 2023 at 12:48 AM
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      A baby was discovered deserted in the bathroom of a express train heading from Colombo to Batticaloa.
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      The deserted newborn was found at approximately 7:00 pm yesterday at the Colombo Fort railway station.

      The authorities were notified of the infant and subsequently transferred it to the National Hospital in Colombo.

      An investigation has been initiated by the police to locate the child’s parents. (NewsWire) 2023-03-11″
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      I’ve got to stop now! Thanks again to the 157.
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      Panini

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        SM dear,,
        “This is what childless Ranil has done:”
        How could he have possibly done that? You mean he f***ed the child’s mother? But he’s gay, isn’t he? You mean he did it Holy Ghost style, via the Archangel Gabriel?

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          Now, it turns out that the child’s mother is from Bandarawela. Does a certain Iskolamahattaya know something we don’t know?

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            OC
            I thought that you would thank the 157.
            Most ungrateful.

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            If you want to take it to the man, take it to him. Don’t shy away half way down, old codger.

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              Nathan,
              “Don’t shy away half way down, old codger.”
              Admitting that a 74 year old is responsible for a deed that usually takes a Holy Ghost is too much of a compliment, don’t you think? As it is, he already gives himself airs….

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                Dear old codger,
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                That child was not fathered by me. I have no idea who the mother is.
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                No miracles here!
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                The parents loved that child, that is clear from the way the child has been dressed. They were hoping that somebody with the means would look after the child. They cannot because of the way Ranil, the usurper, is acting.

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            Dear oc,
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            I saw this later:

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            https://www.newswire.lk/2023/03/11/infant-abandoned-in-a-train-young-parents-arrested/
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            It is best, for our own health, to believe in conception engineered by the Angel Gabriel.
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            Had I displayed such admirable gullibility when interviewed to be Warden of STC, Mt Lavinia in 1990, I wouldn’t now be so destitute. They had an Acting Warden (Pakianathan) for a long time, went through the torment of this Supreme Court case,
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            https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/eksith-fernando-v-manawadu-and-others-st-thomas-college-cases/
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            and finally appointed Professor David Ponniah (Royal-Thomian centurion when I was in College) only in 1990.
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            Back to the child (Shades of “The Importance of Being Ernest”):
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            Nine months ago, at conception, how to bring up that child wouldn’t have been so much of a problem. Ranil is to blame for the spread of starvation.

            .

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              SM aka Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V):

              “Nine months ago, at conception, how to bring up that child wouldn’t have been so much of a problem. Ranil is to blame for the spread of starvation.”

              The child’s parents have now been found by the police and the 25-year-old mother has confessed that the reason for the abandonment of the child is the fact she and the father were not married and they couldn’t tell their parents they had brought a child into the world out of wedlock.

              Here’s the link to a media report:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT_p2aHifYY

              Now what do you say? Do your research before you write and do not be hasty in jumping to conclusions.

              Also, was the economy better nine months ago? Wasn’t it a severe economic crisis that sparked off the Aragalaya in March 2022 with rampant inflation, daily blackouts, a shortage of fuel, domestic gas, and other essential goods being the order of the day.

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                LJ,
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                Unfortunately, that is the writing style of our school master SM aka Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V). He is a kind and caring person, but his pen is sometimes poisonous. He constantly does not get enough sleep, stays awake until 4 in the morning. Almost every day, doesn’t eat enough, but tries to live his fantasy without a second thought. How was it 8 months ago?
                – He often overemphasizes things. He is often naive and critical. These types of pseudo-scholars never see the impact of their writing before it is published. If this country is to be restored, these people need a paradigm shift in their thinking.
                Ironically, they always point the finger at others.

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                Dear Leonard,
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                This is the third comment that I’m submitting. The other two were written before seeing the video that you have linked me to; the other two were BEFORE, this AFTER.
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                I have noted the contents of your messages, and you are not anonymous. You have expressed your religious views in articles to which you had attached your photograph. Their authenticity is accepted by me.
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                I may have to think out certain other things before commenting on these three people – mother, father and child.
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                But the prime concern of guys like me – and of the 157 authors of this document – is the need for Local Government Elections in Sri Lanka.
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                If it really the funds for the elections that is in question, let’s appeal world-wide for that specific purpose, and spend the money on those elections, and on nothing else!
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                Sweet baby and all that, but once that money is obtained it should be spent only on the elections; not even on milk for the baby. That is a different subject.

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                  SM,
                  “let’s appeal world-wide for that specific purpose”
                  So, then, is more begging part of the JVP’s System Change?

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                    It is not part of any strategy.
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                    It has become a necessity, anonymous coward!
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                    oc, the invective above is what you have to expect from us. I know you to be intelligent enough to realise that you are being unfair by me.
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                    And by the JVP.
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                    Getting the elections conducted is not the responsibility of the JVP (which is not going even to contest the elections.). I explain it to all whom I meet, mostly strangers; it is the National People’s Power (NPP) that is contesting.
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                    Thanks to the the 157 who have listed their names on this page.
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                    I know that whatever I say will be declared “irrational” by you – so go ahead if you want to. Lambast harmless and innocent fellows like me. “leelagemalli” and you know that it’s safe to do so.

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                I’d like to see this child well looked after – and living a happy life. But unsure of even the gender.
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                Let this not be made into yet another distraction.
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                We must ensure that one, and only one, demand goes forward from all of us:
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                We want a free and fair Local Government Election to be held ASAP.
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                Let’s hope it takes place in April as now planned by the good people in the country. Who wins it is of secondary importance. Winner? Actually it’s going to be 340 separate elections.
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                There are evil people who want to confuse us. Let’s make sure that their nefarious efforts fail. They are wicked people; heading the list: Ranil Wickremasighe.
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                My support for the NPP? That’s my determination to be honest and transparent. Election time is a time for commitment and passion. It may be that I’m learning that for the first time in a life of under-achievement!
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                Conduct the Elections!

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              CORRECTION: of typo
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              It’s difficult for me to deal with the appointment of a new Warden for the Mt Lavinia school because of the politics involved. The truth is that I am still unaware of some important details, because I stayed away.
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              The current Warden is Rev. Marc Billimoria. His subject is History. A flying start! A First Class in History from Poona University in Maharashtra State (the largest city in the State is Mumbai) Poona is inland; both the city and the University represent the best in India.
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              I’m being objective about something that I don’t know at first hand. Marc has written a school history “100 Years at Mount”. He gifted me a copy. May I quote from page 745: “After three years without a Warden at the helm, January 2001, … Ponniah… 16th Warden of the College.”
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              I don’t think that readers here would have wanted to know even that much!
              *

              We now want Local Government Elections on 25/04/2023!

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                SM,
                You deny being irrational. I suppose any nut-case worth his salt would.
                But consider this passage, which LJ also picked on:
                “Nine months ago, at conception, how to bring up that child wouldn’t have been so much of a problem.”
                Are you suggesting that life under Gota, with no food, no petrol, and no gas, among other things, was preferable to the current situation? Or are you actually unaware that many people died in queues then?
                Even an Iskolamahattaya from Bandarawela must think before he puts pen to paper. I don’t think the “Mount Lavinia school” lost anything……..

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            Old codger,
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            The “Sinhala man” who does not know Sinhala is gone wild these days.

            I really don’t know what’s going on in his little head. He should refrain from commenting on such subjects if his knowledge is limited to rudimentary level. No doubt JVP destroyed his little head in no time. Please help this man.

            Isn’t it time to ask how he fared as a school teacher?
            :
            God bless Sri Lanka’s education system!

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              One reason why “leelagemalli” cannot be forgiven is because he deliberately tells lies. I have proved it, and therefore, readers ought to treat everything that he says with skepticsm.
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              I know Sinhala, without being a scholar. But then, although LM knows many languages (according to him!) he’s not a scholar in any.
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              He and I have spoken to each other a little in Sinhala. So, what he states here is not true.
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              I passed Sinhala Language at O. Levels, true though it is that it was Syllabus B. And before the GTC at Maharagama awarded me their certificate, I had to sit a written test in Sinhala. There are anecdotes connected with that, but there was no cheating”. At Peradeniya I was taught the necessary Sinhala background by already retired Professor Sarathchandra Ediriweera and Professor K.N.O. Dharmadasa.
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              LM, have you never studied Ethics? Please study, at lest now. It’ll improve you.

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          OC:

          I don’t want to seem pedantic, but, according to the Bible,

          1. Mary was to conceive Jesus by the power of the Holy Ghost (=Spirit) and Gabriel was only the messenger of God who announced it to her (Luke 1:31, 35). The Quran reflects the same position. (I am assuming that you were not being just waggish in writing “via the Archangel Gabriel).
          2. The archangel is Michael (Jude 1:9), not Gabriel. The archangel is also referred to in 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

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            LJ
            “The archangel is Michael”. True, but I not that much into religious dogma, as you may have noted. You may put me in the same class as those who accuse MR of being Ali Baba, when Ali Baba was actually the hero.🙂🙂

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            LJ
            Please tell us who raped the poor woman?

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              SJ:
              “Please tell us who raped the poor woman.”

              I guess you think you are being “rational” by being sceptical about the Gospel story of Mary conceiving Jesus supernaturally, but you betray your irrationality by the following:

              1. First, I was simply correcting OC, prefacing my comment with the words “according to the Bible.” I was neither affirming nor denying the historicity of this Gospel story. As it happens, I do believe in its historicity but that is irrelevant.

              2. Second, why “rape.” A more rational Rationalist would rather have thought of Jesus being born out of wedlock through fornication than rape.

              You are not as smart as you think!

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                Further to my last comment, if Mary was actually raped, why come up with this cock and bull story of conceiving Jesus by the Holy Spirit?

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                  Raped not by a like of you or me, but by the Holy Spirit, mind you.
                  Can any religion do without cock and bull stories?
                  Why don’t we leave religion out of these matters?

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                    SJ:
                    “Raped not by a like of you or me, but by the Holy Spirit, mind you.”

                    Now you add ignorance to irrationality. According to the Gospels, Mary’s consent was first obtained before she was “impregnated” by the Holy Spirit.” Gabriel told her, “You WILL conceive and give birth to a son” (Luke 1:31). Her last words to him were “I am the Lord’s slave. May it be done according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Therefore no “rape,” period.

                    Comments like yours remind me of the Latin phrase Sir
                    Humphrey Appleby quoted to PM Hacker in the “Yes, Prime Minister” series:

                    si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses.
                    (If you had kept your silence, you would have stayed a philosopher.)
                    Sir Humphrey’s translation was, “If you’d kept your mouth shut we might have thought you were clever.”

                    SJ: “Why don’t we leave religion out of these matters?”

                    Now who brought religion unnecessarily into this exchange?

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                LJ you tell us:
                “You are not as smart as you think!”
                Are you?

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                  My last comment in this exchange will answer this comment of yours.

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                    It was a question.
                    Do I take the answer as an ‘I cannot say for sure’?
                    Relax, don’t you know that nobody is as smart as he/she thinks, and that there is always a fox that will outfox the wiliest fox.

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                      SJ:
                      “It was a question.
                      Do I take the answer as an ‘I cannot say for sure’?”
                      🤣🤣🤣

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              SJ,
              “who raped the poor woman?”
              You are in danger of falling into the “labba” class.

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            Dear Leonard,
            .
            You are being tiresomely pedantic, but it’s good to have you around.
            .
            Now, I guess that I’m being condescending!
            .
            However, the fact is that you strive to establish the truth, however skeptical I may be about your chances of success.
            .
            Also, it is welcome that you don’t preach hatred of other faiths.
            .
            I know that this will bring you only cold comfort, but pleae do comment regularly.

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          OC
          “But he’s gay, isn’t he?”
          Nobody is perfect.

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          OC,
          .
          Look, this PANINI has fallen to the level of the man (who lives only in Sri Lanka but does not know Sinhala). He was a good and kind person then. Otherwise, I wouldn’t risk getting to know him. However, now he is like a poisonous reptile.
          :
          My elders always told me that bad association can always destroy you. That’s what I see from his comments. He is now more close to JVP rascals. This man doesn’t seem to know how much destruction JVP has done to this nation. I am not against NPP but JVP?

          Not so long ago this man was a kind person but today, he goes beyond ethics and morality and attacks childlessness. Is that normal?

          That same man said not a single word when Rajapakshe adminstraion were destroying this country.???????
          _
          In addition, Rajapaksa’s siblings are his age.This man s behaviour is totally similar to person in puberty.

          I told him once, they have no right to remove the oil price concession (at the begining of 2020), where this man said “Give the government their state revenue”. How naive must this man be?

          I think we should give him grass instead of vitamins and minerals. I might do that next time I come to Sri Lanka.

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        I express my sincere thanks to this wonderful website, Colombo Telegraph, for being available to us at times like this. It was about 10.00 am, yesterday, 12/03/2023, that I noticed this very significant appeal by 157 named young people who are currently in foreign countries.
        .
        I began writing comments, mostly straight on to the “comment box” on the site – i.e. without getting “Word” to count the number of discrete words. I didn’t care how many. Now, i find that I’ve submitted seven on the trot, with only one falling below where I intended it.
        .
        Yes, there was meant to be order in the sequence. The comments finally got displayed only about 8.00 pm; definitely not there at 7.30.
        .
        The last comment here is also relevant:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anura-sajith-sri-lankas-tweedledum-and-tweedledee-or-hero-and-jester/
        .

        Why so many sore Red Thumbs? My hypothesis later! The time now is 02:01 – that is to say, am!
        .
        Panini

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          Panini /SM,
          .
          As usual you have no idea about them.

          You are a drama queen by nature and don’t know much about facts.

          I know some of them personally. They are not young scholars. By using the term “young scholars”, CT misled it:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGOA7uNm22o

          Please behave normally! That might make all of us at CT feel better

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            LM,
            .
            You have said this, above: “I know some of them personally. They are not young scholars.”
            .
            So they are real people. Why not name the ones you know?
            .
            “Not young” – you’ve got to give names and their estimate ages.

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              You said many that AKD at 54 is “not mature”.
              .
              I’ve dealt with his before.
              .
              Please define the terms you use.

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    “Sour Grapes”, is going to be unhappy, seeing genuine concerns of students and young scholars (matured smart young talent) ) living abroad, telling locals what to do.

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      Dear Chiv,
      Its saddest reality is like a cancer that has now replicated and is either incurable or loose the life. Even if it cant shine a flash light , we should appreciate their voices, however, you re right, that wont do much.
      :
      Professor Pathegama Ghanissara says very clearly that people do not know much about anything. I mean our people regardless of religion, language and ethnic barriers. They don’t even know that they don’t know.
      Rogue politicians keep saying “our people are smart” to mislead the vulnerable and grab votes for their political gains.
      .
      Therefore, the result is that the minorities and the poor are treated like animals and the Sinhalese majority does not have an open heart to see the depth of reality. Deficiencies are scattered in the country not only north and east of the island. Also, there are minority leaders who still do not understand the extent of the political garbage that rogue politicians do..

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    This is nothing compared to 40 yrs ago in the North ,we had fully embargoes no gas electricity fuel even a panadol battery etc
    In our court yard we used to have bunkers ,bombings shellings schools
    Temples etc when ever we see the helicopters we look for covers.
    .

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    old codger, chev, …. Mahil, Sinhala_Man, ……..

    Please do not disturb me as I am keeping an eye on our friend nimal fernando who is also among these thugs wearing camouflage, mask, carrying Elle bat (stick), Cerbera manghas ball, ….

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      Native,
      Better watch Sinhala Man too. He is showing signs of serious irrationality. Not that he was rational earlier.

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        In that case, shouldn’t he watch himself before that?
        OC, unlike you, I care for his health.

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        OC,
        Thanks for the observations on Panini. I thought I was the only one who noticed that lately. He brands me “absolutely despicable,” but he doesn’t seem to have the knowledge of an Oleval student. Poor guy, literally?

        Since I am currently on sick leave, I thought I would watch some videos on YOUTUBE. There I found the following video about “Invisible Forces”.
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe-cs2o3BQ

        The program guest of the session is someone like “Panini”. Although no one who stands against his “universal power” can accept him.

        This guest in the program always behaves like a madman. Is this not the general mentality of our people?

        Where I drive myself to work and business trips, I find the sides of large trees like “Nuga Gasa”, “Nuga Gasa”, however, speed limits are set by law because shades cause road accidents. Maybe but if such “devils” and “ghosts” are there, why didn’t they remove those trees, oops – that’s why I feel grass should be made the staple food of Sri Lanka.
        Today’s Ethiopians have made significant progress with their economic growth thanks to tangible changes in their thinking.

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    Whatever dirty deeds he does, ol’ Ranil is always immaculately dressed for the occasion. …….. He gets his thugs to dress well too; appropriate dress for the occasion.

    Ol’ Adolf was also immaculately dressed: knew the importance of the visuals in capturing people’s minds. He too dressed his Sturmabteilung in brown shirts.

    People go round in circles ……. always end up back in the same palce.

    The renowned pacifist, Native Vedda, has ended up opposing Mahinda’s violence and supporting Ranil’s violence.

    Do people ever change? Does the world ever change?

    Is bullshit, bullshit …….. or could it be something else? Pacifism?

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      continued


      The more things change the more they stay the same
      The more things change the more they stay the same
      Ah, is it just me or does anybody see
      The new improved tomorrow isn’t what it used to be
      Yesterday keeps comin’ ’round, it’s just reality
      I didn’t mean to cause a scene
      .
      The more things change the more they stay the same
      The same sunrise, it’s just another day
      If you hang in long enough they say you’re comin’ back
      Just take a look, we’re living proof and baby that’s a fact
      You know the more things change the more they stay the same
      The more things change the more they stay the same
      .
      You’re either runnin’ round in circles or you’re runnin’ out of time
      Everybody somewhere either 12, 3, 6 or 9
      The times they aren’t a-changin’
      We’re here just to turn the page
      It’s the same old story but it’s told a different way

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        Thanks, nimal.
        .
        What for? Well. primarily for taking the right line – strong and consistent denunciation of the Tyrant.
        .
        But also for educating an old bugger:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnxX8jn6Uqs

        The More Things Change – Bon Jovi
        .
        Thank God that you don’t go for those horrible things called, “Golden Oldies”!
        .
        Panini E

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        Nimal, whatever it takes, ‘The Show Must Go On”.

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      I think that immaculate dress and dirty deeds go together!

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        N
        Is dress sense a sign of evil mind?

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    Checking the Sri Lankan News:
    .

    https://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/SL-in-need-of-institutional-reforms-to-achieve-long-term-debt-sustainability-Prof-Hanke/155-255642
    .

    May Ra, Zeus, Jupiter, Yahweh, Siva and Gauthama, all bless Professor Steven H. Hanke.
    .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Hanke
    .
    .
    Yesterday was “International Women’s Day”. This is what I said earlier. Why can’t every day be a “Homo Sapien Day”? Hold on! Do you agree that Humans are special, and rightfully have Inherited the Earth?
    .
    I ask, because tomorrow is possibly “International Cockroach Day”.
    .
    Anyway on IWD, our Mutant, declared that three Females – “Indian Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva comprised the Team that is sealing our DOOM.
    .
    “May all the curses of Sycorax—toads, beetles, bats—light on the Trio”
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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      Harsha did the decent thing and did not raise the alarm about the vulnerability of Lankan banks. And got shafted by Ranil by way of thanks.

      While you still can, withdraw all ye money and keep them under your pillow ……. and pray no one knows where you live. …….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbc1ooJWG3I

      You are so inquisitive about everyone else ……. this time, with ye money in the house, you are the one who has to hide …… and wish OC’s 153 bus doesn’t go your way. …….. See, how things always come back and bite ye! :)))

      Forget the head, wear ye helmet in ye most vulnerable. ……. Or tie a few pol lellas …… if ye can find them in Bandarawela.

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        Nimal,
        “While you still can, withdraw all ye money and keep them under your pillow ……. and pray no one knows where you live.”
        I doubt there is anyone who doesn’t know, and his ID number too.
        Be that as it may, are you telling him to forgo the 22% on his FD? Haven’t you noticed that pensioners aren’t complaining about interest rates?

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          OC,

          “the 22% on his FD? Haven’t you noticed that pensioners aren’t complaining about interest rates?”

          It’s 22% while inflation is 65%! …… You have bought wholesale into Ranil’s economics and his mystique, OC! Gotta put some daylight/distance between you and Ranil!

          See, the distance between you and Pittsburgh …….. you don’t always buy into all that!! :)))

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            Nimal,
            “It’s 22% while inflation is 65%” But that’s Advanced Economics. Pensioners only see that they get double the rupees they got last year, a 100% gain. That’s Simple Economics. Ask Sinhala Man.

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              OC
              The pensioner thinks in terms of money to spend.
              Depending on other resources, the visible gain may not be 100% but could match 65%.

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            Absolutely, nimal.
            .
            Unless interest rates match the rate of inflation there’s no point whatever in saving.
            .
            I don’t consider myself knowledgeable in the field of Economics, but that 65% inflation is not going to last. It will come down.
            .
            Right now there has been overproduction of vegetables; they were ridiculously cheap at the Sunday Fair yesterday. Very good carrot, capsicum, and tomatoes were BELOW Rs 150 per kilo. The farmers will be getting less than half of that. Some of the vendors are indeed farmers – I’ve even got the telephone numbers of Nandapala and Nandawathi (who live about six miles away from Bandarawela, on the Ettampitiya Road).
            .
            They are both in the 58 to 60 age range, and they have a son whom I haven’t met. However, I discuss these prices with them, and they fully trust me. They bring Avocado Pears regularly. Some vegetables they bring from their village of Malwatte, some they buy at the Wholesale Fair (Thoga Velandapola) and sell from 6.30 to 6.00 pm on Sundays.
            .
            T.b.c

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    This “Evil Monster” – the “President of 134 Slaves” in Parliament is an “Artificially Inseminated” and “Brain Damaged” child of “Rajapakses”. This “Illegitimate” birth could not even be “Aborted” by the “Aragalaya”. In another sense, “Aragalaya” too must “Share” the blame for that “Crime” of providing the environment (for not having a plan in the event of chasing away both GOTA and his Government) for this “Illegitimate” birth.

    If someone takes the trouble to analyze the “GENES” – (the SOFTWARE) of this human form, it would reveal the “CRIMINAL MIND” that starts with “JRJ” (the man who only could not make a man a woman v.v.) to the days of this “Monster’s “Batalanda Torture Camp”. This is the “Background” to the birth of a blood-hungry monster that has “CAMOUFLAGED” as a “Gentleman and Man of Wizard”.

    Now the task before the country and the people is to find ways and means of getting rid of this “AMORAL MONSTER”.

    Thank you – all the signatories for contributing your share with S/L people at this critical moment.

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    What a dysfunctional picture this paints. The protesting students in our universities are coerced into protesting by the JVP run IUSF. Some of them are useless drop outs who have repeatedly failed their exams. Others from economically backward families brainwashed by the militant ideology of the JVP. If such a situation arose in any one of the countries these idiots study in they would all be thrown in jail and promptly deported. Socialism as practiced by the JVP is a failure. It failed in all the countries it was practiced. This is why the Soviet union and all the Warsaw pact countries collapsed. It is also why Cuba suffers in a quagmire of economic stagnation. What GOTA destroyed wil remian at the bottom never to recover if these idiots are given a chance. Forget rapid recovery. Forget the clean up of Rajapakshe stooges form the government

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    There has been a great proposal to deny these serial protesters of government jobs by creating a register with their names on it. Not only the government but the private sector should also follow this example. Marxist indoctrinated graduates are nothing but rabble rousing headaches to institutions they get a job in. It is bad enough that we have the Rajapakshe graft that will take years to cleanup. All the unqualified no nothing Rajapakshse sycophants that infest every single government institution. We also have sahodarayas creating mayhem. Unfair perks granted to various sectors of the government institutions thru virtual blackmail by powerful unions. All of this has to stop.

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      Thiha,
      “There has been a great proposal to deny these serial protesters of government jobs by creating a register with their names on it.”
      There are already some fine upstanding citizens who were student activists in their time. I suppose they learn something when they actually work for an employer and find themselves having to deal with the new generation of protesters.Marxist indoctrination doesn’t last long when you have a family to feed.

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    My next statement may be considered very controversial, but let me ask this question. Should the protesters also carry sticks, buttons, and metal rods to protect themselves but not to attack? Only to protect themselves when they are attacked?

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    Contd> Should school-going children carry gas masks too?

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    Dear Panini,
    I admire your courage and your comments. The image conveys something in stark contrast to a military defending the country – those crude weapons stuffed in the shirts of the soldiers, meant to hurt and cripple. The 1983 you mention was very different. Orders were given to pro-UNP students and followers by political leaders and the army and police were at the start of the riots invisible. It had the image of spontanity by enraged ordinary Sinhalese people.

    Until then Tamils were quite prominent in national life. The spectre of disappearing Tamils is evident in the list of signatures. Where have these Tamils gone? They have settled abroad, given birth to children and many of them are mobilised against Sri Lanka using soft power. Its effect will be felt but not seen like the crude poles peeping from military jackets. No one is making predictions. The need to defuse the communal problem cannot be over-stated.

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      RH
      “Where have these Tamils gone?”
      There are two factors:
      One is alienation from the Sinhalese living abroad.
      The other is the strong disinterest in anything other than Tamil nationalist concerns.

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      Dear Ratnarajan Hoole,
      .
      It’s good that you’ve spotted this lack of Tamil names. I find that there are only two, Numbers 25 and 108, who have specifically Tamil names. Quite a sprinkling of non-Sinhala/Buddhist names. I tried to copy/paste, but that list doesn’t allow copying names.
      .
      Btw, you have renamed yourself – not a bad thing! Your brother, Ratnajeevan Hoole and you are both prominent on these pages (and among the Public, where Jeevan is more “notorious” because of his controversial Election Commission work.) I have often had to explain to people that you are quite different people, although both of you are great.
      .
      SJ’s observation is valid.
      If I can find the time tomorrow, I’ll think of other ramifications of this phenomenon.
      .
      Panini

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    The signatories of this petition, all past university students, are all too ready to condemn the police actions against “peaceful” protesting students and their entering two universities. As far as know, no person has been directly killed by the police in these two cases. Have these students ever condemned and voiced their opposition to the decades-long practice of ragging in Sri Lankan universities, as a result of which a number of students have died, chiefly through suicide, starting from Roopa Rathnaseeli, who jumped from the top floor of a university building to escape ragging and then committed suicide in 2002 after suffering for 27 long years as a permanently disabled person? The list of signatories no doubt includes both victims and perpetrators of ragging in their time at university.

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      “As far as know, no person has been directly killed by the police in these two cases.”
      How kind!
      LJ, do you suggest that the signatories should profusely thank the police for not killing anybody ‘directly’?
      *
      Why are you drawing red herrings to detract attention from the core issue, namely police brutality.

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        SJ:
        I am simply saying that the signatories should have got their priorities right and that applies to you as well. In addition to the deaths, thousands leave university every year unable to bear the ragging and they and others who opt to stay on suffer psychological trauma.

        On whose side are you, a bunch of rascals and hooligans who are ready to protest, disrupt and sabotage at the drop of a hat, invariably for the wrong reasons, and support ragging to boot, or the police, who are trying to preserve public order with a court order, the “brutality” you mention being a consequence of it?

        But then you are a communist, a socialist and a Rationalist (with a capital ‘p’). 😍

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          Correction: “…a Rationalist (with a capital ‘r’).

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          LJ
          “I am simply saying that the signatories should have got their priorities right ….”
          If that was what you meant to say, why should you go out of you way to soft pedal police brutality?
          *
          Thankfully, they have priorities different from yours.

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            “In addition to deaths, THOUSANDS leave university every year unable to bear ragging”. I believe this is nothing but hype, people who graduated and now studying in Universities should verify this statement. Anyway hundreds may be leaving Lanka daily through BIA. There is a third factor to “where have these Tamils gone”? For years, when Tamils were attacked, there were not many Sinhalese raised concern. Obviously it will make Tamils living abroad to alienate from Sinhalese more than the locals.

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              chiv:

              Yes, “thousands leave university every year” is an inadvertent exaggeration on my part. I checked again and this is what I saw in a newspaper report dated 1 Feb 2023.

              “It is an alarming fact that owing to ragging many students leave the universities after registration. ‘Due to ragging, 637 registered undergraduates for the 2016/2017 academic year have left universities due to the fear of ragging and other forms of violence. The amount for the 2015/2016 academic year is 1,350. There are a large number of students leaving the universities due to ragging and there are also instances of suicide attempts,’ the sources added.”

              But even 1,350 for one year is too many–Don’t you agree?

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                Dear Mr Leonard Jayawardena,
                .
                PART ONE
                .
                Although I may puzzle you, don’t I treat you respectfully?
                .
                Socially, I belong to your group of people: “Protestant Christian”. It is not clear to me where you worship, but all my family also are “Upper-class Protestant Christian”. Well, my son-in-law is Roman Catholic, but definitely not anything below “Upper Middle Class”. I have only two grandchildren; both were initially admitted to CMS Ladies’ College, but are now being educated in an expensive International School in Malaysia.
                .
                Culturally, I’m terribly “Westernised”. I listen to lots of Christian Music on the Internet: Bach and Handel still thrill me, although I acknowledge that my favourites are more secular: Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. All passive appreciation.
                .
                I used to swim and play tennis – not very well, though. And I cannot afford them any more, except the occasional swim. And yet, see where I have been driven politically.
                .
                Unfortunately, you don’t seem to realise just how effette and corrupt our social class is. Please look at the this article, written less than three weeks ago. Of the 13 comments there, nine are by me. I know what I’m talking about.

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                PART TWO
                .
                If you want to go back further, please look at this article which is almost twelve months old. Sixteen out of thirty-one comments there are by me:
                .
                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/chelvanayakams-124th-birthday-the-need-to-honour-him-with-transparent-cms-administration/
                .
                Let’s forget the NIC number. You can have no doubt that I’m as clearly identified a person as you. What has been said there has been precisely substantiated by me. Do you think that it would be possible for me to survive this long unless every word that I have written there is true?
                .
                My news regarding what should be the fifteen member Board of Governors of the S, Thomas’ Colleges is as recent as only a week old. Two resignations. No replacements. Bishop Dushantha Rodrigo (not a bad man) has been urging at least one very distinguished Public Servant to join the “Prestigious Board”. Yes, he had actually used the word “Prestigious”. No work, only signing the occasional paper. Absolute refusal.
                .
                I don’t demand an early response – or any response ever. But please think all this out.
                .
                Does our social group measure up to the standards expected from decent human beings?
                .
                Panini Edirisinhe

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                If true I agree. But none of the statistics coming out of Lanka is reliable. Today’s news is Universities are planning to do Psycho Analytical Testing ????, on all new comers, reason being almost 10 % seems to have mental health issues and in some , leading to suicide. ( this is after leadership / combat training for all students and staff, by Rajapaksas ) . Just to reiterate, I do not agree with such BS , but that is what the University news say.

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                  Don’t you’ll thinking a mandatory Psycho Analytical Testing, personality inventory, Polygraph, forensic financial auditing of personal assets and other battery of testing should be done on all Parliamentarians, LG, PS . . . . .members. Today, doctor wife of potential Gampaha LG council candidate, was admitted to Ragama teaching hospital with critical injuries after being stabbed by her husband.

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                    Sorry, read above as Don’t you’ll think Narcoanalysis, Psychoanalysis, Poly graph, Forensic financial auditing, Personality Inventory and battery of other tests should be performed on all Parliamentarians, LG, PS members ????? . To add more on “where have these Tamils gone ???”, AKD, says regardless of murders and war crimes Shavendra committed , he will be protected and saved by JVP / NPP, because he decided not to attack the protesters as per orders from Gotha. In that case, does AKD, imply, ” Tamil lives do not matter” to him or his party. How on earth do we expect any minority including Tamils to support any national resistance ??? Isn’t it up to judiciary to decide on such matters ??? How many more does AKD have on his “wish to save list ???”

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                      Vajira . A, not to be outdone by others has come up with, brighter idea, confiscate the property of people who protest against govt. Sure the PTA may come in handy. Long live DEMOCRAZY. Minority says “seen it all, heard it all”

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    Dear Readers: Please know the “Dangers” of using “Tear Gas” in crowd control. Listen to:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QteYd7idp8

    Already three persons have succumbed to this “Tear Gas” by the Police. It is on record even a “Police Officer” died when the Tear Gas canister exploded. Already there is a Professional receiving (an Engineer) treatment in the ICU of the Colombo General Hospital.

    Please join the campaign to BAN the use of this “Lethal Weapon”.

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      S
      They had once the theory that rubber bullets were non-lethal.
      It will take a lot more convincing to get it banned as a crowd control technique.

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      Dear Simon,
      .
      This is probably much more important than you realise, unless that is you actually open that YouTube and see the comments. I have given the link again here:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/impeach-ranil-wickremesinghe-he-thinks-that-the-country-is-one-big-batalanda/
      .
      The time now is 22:17. There are only 17 comments on that article by Vishwamaithra, and the last two are by me. “Your” YouTube appears there also, and there are 211 YouTube comments there now. Two are by me. How can you find them? When I look they are at FIRST and SECOND positions. But not on the computers of others when they get sorted as “Top Comments”. WhatsApp dishonestly makes me think that mine is the “Top Comment”.
      .
      But now get them sorted as “Newest First“. At this moment my comments are at numbers 4 & 5. They can still be found without difficulty.
      .
      It is extremely important that you all learn not only how YouTube comments work, but also what I have told you there.
      .

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      Simon,
      .
      The situation in the country is not good at all.

      .
      The blame has to be ascribed to our Sinhalese ethos.
      .
      The rich are selfish anywhere, and the top 05% of the Sinhalese are probably quite happy with this Ranil-Dictator arrangement. I don’t exactly live in poverty; I have some relatives who are poorer than me.
      .
      However (and note that I have never spoken this crudely before), all those who are acknowledged by us to be relatives belong probably to the “Top 2%” of Sinhalese, whether endodus or diaspora.
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      I have been tolerated all these decades only because I know that I belong to the top 01% of the most educated Sri Lankans. I mean that. But please don’t let anybody tell you that I ever said that I’m “the most educated Sri Lankan!”
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      There are some, like Sarath de Alwis, Kumar David, Tisaranee Gunasekera, Dr Ratnarajan Hoole, who must be placed much higher than me – but this is how I think that I have survived.
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      But my being a simple villager is not cinema either.
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      Basta!
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      So, look at this (tear gas in English):
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1cHf3qHIrg
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      and my English comments on this:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QteYd7idp8

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    Student protest is an issue and needs to be tackled so that the state does not become an armed gang using primitive weapons. The weapons on display point to a state that is crude in the extreme. This history of ‘Sri Lankan’ riot control could be read in the PSO of 1947 adopted by the fathers of independence – whose meaning is the ‘State kills in good faith’. Originally it did not do much harm. The 1971 JVP insurgency was the first time the state started showing its colours. The next step could be seen in the Nallanayagam case of April 1985 where 23 Tamil youths were abducted under the PTA and killed. Nallanayagam who made the incident public was again detained under the PTA on a charge amounting to unverified slander. Nadesan won the case and Nallanayagam was released. But the case was never investtigated – if murder, it was in good faith. Ranil knows this history and the worst would be seen much later.

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      RH
      Sad to say that every evil deed is found a noble intention.

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