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Stop This Madness: We’re Not Your Morning Spit!

By Vishwamithra

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Politicians have got used to using the public as if they own them. At the same time and in the same vein, the public also respond in a welcoming manner that beguiles a probing mind. The response from the public to the timely use of rhetoric and sloganeering from politicians is being noted not only in the dirty and nauseatingly stinking slums in the urban and suburban sectors, it is also palpably present in the cocktail circuits in the more sophisticated corners.

Addressing the not-so-wealthy guys and gals in an exaggeratingly approachable way (either Malli or Nangi depending on gender) does not speak to the character of the politician in question. Ever since the entry of the ‘common man’ into the arena of governance, this bastardization of our societal ranks has been able to fundamentally dictate the behavior and terms of our political dynamics; it has eaten into our fabric of movement without any checks and balances; it has been woven into the very vernacular of the politician’s daily tapestry of work. But tragedy struck without our being aware of it. Its multi-faceted character is raising its very posture beyond all expectations; that despicable human quality of complacency has made the ordinary ‘commoner’ into a robot to be manipulated by even more despicable politicians. 

This is the sad story of our life in Sri Lanka. The ‘common man’s’ politics has created a very uncommon man in the end. It’s evident in every corner of the country; whether in the instance in which the entry of his son or daughter into a respectable school; or on the occasion of a graduate-teacher’s transfer from one school to another; or when the permit for a felling of a tree in his own backyard or in the case of a meager job for a driver in a government department, the same ugly beast of bribery and corruption is threatening to devour the ‘common man’. Politicians did not begin their journey to this abyss of bribery and corruption with the entry of the ‘common man’, but his entry did cause the journey to be accelerated and much more wicked and unpleasant.

The consequences of change into this novel phase of social evolution are being manifest now in exponential sequence. The appearance of a halt to its relentless trudge is delusional. In the long journey of human endeavor, history of a nation is too short even to mention as a footnote. Nations come to life with inspirational leadership and ruthless execution of warfare against those who oppose the birth of new nations. Sri Lanka as a new nation came into being in the mid nineteen hundreds. Yet long before the seafaring adventurers Portuguese landed on our shores in 1505, Ceylon existed as a Monarch-nation, sometimes divided and sometimes as a single nation-country. However, Buddhism as a religion was accepted as the leading and most dominant religion our Kings and Queens faithfully followed and made our state as a single Buddhist religious polity, making it look like a theocracy. This dependence on a single exclusive religion, Buddhism, and making it the official state religion has caused many a modern day liberal to think that Buddhism being given exclusive and superior status in the context of constitutional acceptance as a violation of basic fair play. And the entry of SWRD Bandaranaike’s utterly short-sighted policies of Sinhala-only as the official language of the state has quadrupled the ill-effects of such nihilistic political adventures.

Into this array of political adventures of SWRD enters the ‘common man’.Common man’ is not condemned because of his socio-economic status. Socio-economic status of man is determined by so many factors amongst which most domineering is the prevailing material conditions in the country at the time. However, Sri Lanka has been enjoying free education from 1946. This allowed each and every school-going age child to be educated at no cost to the parents of the child and ‘free education’, as it was called, did not associate itself with the necessary educational infrastructure. This lack of infrastructure, especially in the rural districts where more than 70% of our population lived, told another story about our ‘free education’. 

Lack of English teachers in the rural schools made this tale even more mournful. Schools in major city centers such as Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy, and Galle were saturated with top-class English, Mathematics and Science teachers. They enjoyed privileged status with almost all leading schools in the country and were located in those city centers. The resulting discriminatory grading of schools led to these rural schools producing their best children to enter the Universities. But they produced Arts graduates without any knowledge of English and had a marked disadvantage in the employment market. Whereas those who studied in the leading schools in the city centers relished preeminence purely because of their ease with which they conversed and managed their day-to-day business of school-going and extra-curricular activities such as cricket, tennis and other sports.     

The ‘common man’s’ child did not avail him or herself of these luxury elements of ‘free education’. On the other hand the ‘common man’s’ lethargy and over-dependence on government handouts so promised and never delivered by the cunning and diabolical politicians paved the way for an utterly disparate system of ‘free education’ which continued to produce not educated men and women but book-worms whose understanding of the developing marketplace was minimal and was pathetically below expectations. 

When SWRD’s so-called revolution introduced so many ‘common men and women’ into politics mainly as a political ‘gundu’ (bait) and not as a result of a puritanical intention of giving him a place in the sun, the ‘common man’ took the stick by the wrong end. The House of Parliament used to preside over some of the best oratorical and thoughtful exchange of ideas and ideals. With the ominous entry of the ‘common man’ it instantly transformed itself into a House of irritating and cantankerous men and women of half or uneducated kind. The ‘common man’ is not condemned because of his socio-economic status. Nor is he judged for his family background. But his refusal to learn from the prevailing discriminatory systems and introduce meaningful and positive changes into the system is open for criticism ad condemnation. When those who have refused to learn have entered politics for its lure of power and an opportunity to earn money has corrupted the uneducated mind of the ‘common man’-politician.

This convoluted context of socio-political reality made the well-intentioned ‘uncommon’ politician feel bad for doing what’s right. Bandaranaike’s policies and principles made the country’s ‘common good’ turn into thorns in the eyes of the public, 80% of whom were ‘common men and women’. Whichever way one looks, it’s not a good sight. The present-day corruption of all layers of government, beginning from politician down to Ministry officials, and grama niladharis is a dangerous symptom of that malady. Politicians of both sides, government and opposition, have entered politics not for the noble cause of ‘service of man’ but for self-obsession and material enrichment. That pathetic characteristic of humanity has devoured our politicians and there doesn’t seem to be a way out. They have come to treat the public as trash and their spit on the face of a gullible voter is welcomed with a docile demeanor and complacency.

If we are intent upon changing this gruesome system, we need to first realize that it is gruesome and unwelcome. Educating the masses towards a more amenable and positive way of socio-political life is difficult and time-consuming. There will never be a perfect society. Such dreams are essentially utopian and far too optimistic. Yet an effort towards improvement of men and women by providing a fundamental structure to enable man to develop himself without the expectation of government handouts and political patronage and defense of that structure is of utmost significance and dispensation of justice and execution of a work plan that would benefit the public even at the expense of the super-rich class of commission-merchants and politico-dealers is a must in the current context.

Yet all these measures and dreamlike policies could be blindsided by a single stroke of a politician’s pen. Corruption has gone into the marrow of our politicians. They live by it sometimes they die by it. But the public simply cannot wait any longer without making a hearable noise. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and its able speakers have performed admirably well in the current circumstances but their history is brimming with terror, murder and mayhem. Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Handunhetti alone cannot do this job and it is essential that they, the JVP, support a common candidate at the next Presidential Elections with the support of all civil societies and the UNP. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) are beyond repair. They are the ones who are mainly responsible for this mess and their intentions are well recorded in our post-Independence history. Let’s leave them there, as an unprintable footnote in history.         

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com     

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    Simply Brilliant Vishvamitra.

    pancha maha bala vegaya is the cause for all these troubles.

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      Looks like Ludowyke is breathing his fumes from the grave. He loved being the fifth husband of the Hungarian Psychotherapist. So he may have fallen in love with Gee-dirick!

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    What’s the point having these common candidates when the current one has failed the nation miserably.
    Let those who aspire to be the Presidential Candidates declare the plans of actions that he/She will carry out during their tenure.
    Have plans for each year of their rule. Let the minorities know whether inequalities;racial & Religious discriminations will cease. And assure that there will be no more corruptions and commissions!!!

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      Please tell us your common Candidate Vishwa?
      Is it Bondscam Ranil, who has made Sri Lanka an Indian Ocean “Hub of Corruption”? Bondscam Ranil on fake advice of IMF-MCC Washington’ Economic Hit men (who are now over-seeing the asset stripping of Lanka after crashing the rupee), destroyed the reputation of the Central Bank and looted – the highest financial institution of the country, effectively ensuing that no foreign investor would invest in Sri Lanka- the Indian Ocean Hub of Corruption, rent seeking and Money politics? Lee Kuan Yew made Singapore great by making it a corruption-free, meritocracy because this is the way to get FDI rather than speculators to invest in a country. LKY invested in Research and development and industrialization. Tourism and related services was a side show

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        DS.

        Bondscam is a sham.
        There was no scam only media hype by Sirasa and Silly

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          The RAW truth is that the Fake news assassination plot was meant by RAW / IB to distract the Prez and Lankan public from the Corruption and Asset stripping of Lanka now being done by Bondscam Ranil and his Royal College Mafia that are selling off national assets 1) land 2) transport sector infrastructure (ports, airports, rail and highway tolls etc) and 3) ENERGY SECURITY infrastructure (Trinco. oil farm) to foreign interests (India Japan, US) via dubious PPPs with front companies, like the US govt.s right wing and dodgy Millennium Challenge corporation (MCC), and the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) that appear to be behind the light rail train project scam via dubious Italian investors and local front companies. Sujeeva Senasinghe was paid by MCC to go to Harvard University and then write a book to justify the Bondscam at Central Bank.
          Also, Texas Pacific Group (TPG) that was fiddling with Sri Lankan Airlines and is also going to Trump’s buddy Saudi Arabia for its “DAVOS in the Dessert ” Investment Confab that has been marooned by the barbaric murder of dissident journalist Khosshoggi in Istanbul. Trump’s buddy Saudi along with Israel are the biggest Human Rights violators in the Mid East, rather than Iran.
          President Sirisena did the right thing to disband the BOI single window operation and BOC and PB boards at this time which are primed for asset stripping of Lanka by local and foreign Economic Hit men.

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        Don Stanley

        Could you explain the nitty gritty or the mechanics of Bond Scam, and let us have your computation for total loss to this island.

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    it is time to think whether universal suffrage has outlived its usefulness
    especially when it comes to parliamentary elections

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    When Banda introduced the Pancha Maha Balavegaya, the Sanga, Veda, Guru, Govi and Kamkaru we did not have a Dughi class. Had there been a Dughi class then, he would have called it the Shad Maha Balavegaya. But after embracing Banda’s Socialism they created a Dughi class of abject poverty. Before that the Kamkaru class, all had a vocation to engage.

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      Gamini
      Sanga veda guru govi kamkaru and lastly with MR horu

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    Vishwa As a Lankan I do not have any empathy for the common man of Lanka. They truly deserve what they get. There has been enough and above chances for them to make a change and they did not want to do so NOT because of naivety,ignorance,lack of literacy/education or any other justifiable reasons. It is only because of there self centered thinking,apathy, jealousy, resentments, bigotry,religiously driven rabid behaviors, co dependence on crooked politicians…..etc. There has not been a change in Lankan politics since Independence. The same two party system taking turns in screwing the common man who seems to be enjoying it for now. So a real change is any ones guess???? The so called common candidate, joint opposition and other hybrids are like putting band aid over an ulcer.

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    Well written article about the present state of government mechanism that is abused by corrupted politicians. SWRD Bandaranayaka brought the fateful language issue in an inappropriate time that put Sri Lanka on the reverse gear. All government departments lost the true merits in which they operated under the British in the systematic method was ruined. His eye-catching ‘Within 24 hours’ was an absolute disaster was like the ‘Bull in a China shop’. Political henchmen of the political parties rule the roost in the public sector.

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    Lankan politicians just do not spit alone they also trample after they spit to make sure the non existence of the common man and his family/generations(in some cases)

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    Your “common man” wanted to defeat LTTE when so called leaders refused to do that. Common men had to die on streets every day because of LTTE antics while so called leaders were preaching peace. The problem is not the people its our inept spineless leaders. It is not just them so called civil societies ,most of the journalists and pundits are as bad as politicians People don’t trust any of them.

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      Pissu Hutan

      “Your “common man” wanted to defeat LTTE when so called leaders refused to do that. “

      It was the Hindians who not only politically forced Chanrika to prepare for long drawn out war but promised to supply everything needed to win the war, including, training in Hindia, loans amounting to 2 Billion dollars, political and diplomatic cover, Hindian Military advisors on the battle ground, satellite intelligence, search and destroy LTTE warehouse ships and logistics, supplied two ships, ..radars, …………………….

      And immensely helped MR to win the election who in Hindian opinion the best butcher in the market along with his brother Dr Go.

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        So what ? India didn’t help us all that much. They armed,trained,fed almost every tamil seperatist group. At the same time they also assisted the government forces. uma maheswaran used to be their darling at one time, another terrorist. But prabakaran killed him. That was long ago though. Whatever they too wanted to get rid of LTTE so they helped us somewhat. But in return they expected the government to provide a resolution to the so called Tamil problem. They demanded 13+ ,Mahinda accepted it. That’s why they kept silent during the war. Fortunately after the war Mahinda threw away their demands. Rightfully so. And then India worked towards his defeat in 2015. But its not over yet. They are still demanding some sort of a solution. Give something to those poor Tamils. Why do we have to promise India or west various resolutions to a fake non existent Tamil problem ? Tamil separatism was based on the lie of north eastern Tamil homeland which was never existed. The solution to that lie is already given in nandikadal. There is nothing left to talk about it anymore. India or anyone else need to understand that. No resolutions with or or without LTTE.

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          There is a Tamil homeland in the north and east and it is historically proven , just like the Sinhalese homeland in the south and do not distort history racist. If not for the British, you Sinhalese, largely descended from recently migrated Indian Tamil low castes , would not have had your greedy racist paws on the island’s Tamil areas. All you so called Sinhalese Buddhist racist like the Neela Perumal Pandaranayagam, Thambi Mudaliyar Jayawardene, Sirimavo Ravathai ,are all of recent South Indian origin. You are indeed a Pissu Hutan like your name states.

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            “historically proven”

            Then

            1. Name 5 Tamil kings,
            2. Name 5 Tamil ancient stone Scriptures in Sri Lanks. I don’t need to listen to crap like king Mutasiva is Tamil and other garbage like that. Just name them.

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              Piassu Hutan

              It is the umpteenth I am giving you and fellow Sinhala/Buddhist stupid fascists details of books you should have read and understood history of Tamils in Sri Lanka, go read books that record ancient & medieval inscriptions:

              History of the Tamils in Sri Lanka
              The Nagas and Tamil in Eastern Sri Lanka – Vol I
              Edited by Prof S Pathmanathan, 2016

              Tamil Inscriptions in Sri Lanka volumes I & II
              Edited by Prof S Pathmanathan

              Caacanamum Tamilum
              By Prof A Vellupillai 1971

              Ceylon Tamil Inscriptions.
              By Prof A Vellupillai 1971

              Epigraphical Evidences For Tamil Studies
              By Prof A Vellupillai 1980

              Tamil place names as gleaned from the Brahmi inscriptions of Sri Lanka
              By Prof P. Pushparatnam. 1990

              Tamils in Sri Lanka: A Comprehensive History (C. 300 BC – C. 2000 AD)
              By Dr Murugar Gunasingam 2014.

              Don’t come back in about 3 months time with your stupid questions. First read then discuss.

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    UNP has created set of policies of economies since 1977 then 2001 and 2015 January 8th that we as nation cannot move one-step forward. The jargon of UNP-think-tank an economics movement are is
    in- equilibrium .
    Because of UNP non-industrials equilibrium is where most of Sri Lankan capitalist lost as nation production. All in all our resources confined to agriculture, rather than modern industries.

    We have to that kept MEP led SWRD policies beside which initiated that 1956 social reform for the vital interest commoner. Policy of SWRD of SLFP was progressive and democratic It had been undergone certain liberation task of western de-colonization our country over 425 by that including British Colonies had been plundered wealth of our nation.

    The Old UNP leadership was unaddressed any of those key issues since 1948 of People of all nationalities suffered and suppressed by British Empire. The writer want that core of hardline UNP’s affiliated with JVP +TNA joint operation undertaken New Political task by future and back to by type of “Democracy governances” led by UNP -SLFP federalist leadership? Those days has dead and gone for ever.

    What we want is certain mode of sustainability of development balance industrial base on manufacturing sector is with domestically uncompetitive for jobs created in all fields .
    Therefor Labor in consequently more productive in agriculture ,so rural poor are content to work the land. Make it more competitive of growth of capitalism come to end that simple commodity production mode of economy gradually shifted large-scale production. Will make Democratic norms accpaects by New emerging Political classes and parties.
    By denied anti- establishment politics of TNA, JVP and Tamil Diasporas of LTTE agitation of separatism
    must be eliminated in our soil once and for all.

    No democracy can permitted an enjoy that RW of UNP political vandalism working against right to Vote is key pillar of very foundation of People’s mandate. .

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      Ranjit Gunawardena
      “The writer want that core of hardline UNP’s affiliated with JVP+TNA joint operation undertaken New Political task by future and back to by type of “Democracy governance’s”led by UNP -SLFP federalist leadership?
      Please. I am unable to make out anything of what you have said.
      Whom shall I ask for help.

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        Uthungan

        “Whom shall I ask for help.”

        Perhaps, Pissu Hutan

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      Ranjith Gunawaradana

      Feel free to type in Tamil or Sinhala see if you could get across your point if there is one.

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    One wonders what is special about “Morning Spit”. A spit is a spit is a spit Vishwamithra
    We Lankans (formerly Ceylonese) started day one under the impression that Democracy is about the will of majority prevailing and therefore minorities do not matter at all.
    The language/religion-divide was a spit!
    SWRD B’s “Sinhala Only” was a spit that missed the spittoon and it took us seventy years to accept this.
    In the meantime we experimented with this ‘Executive President’ concept. Without waiting to see how it works we introduced the ‘proportional’ representation.
    This led to MPs being traded as horses, perks, jumbo jumbo cabinets etc……you know what! We have ended up into the inevitable quagmire of the culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity.
    .
    There is no doubt that an executive President treating MPs as Wimals is not good.
    Luck will have it that we stumbled on this ‘Coalition’ which seems to have some checks and balances. We must try this out Vishwamitra.
    .
    SLPP floating in language/religion-divide is a spit.

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    I am sure people have been watching what is coming out of Saudi The Animal Kingdom. Now before jumping into arguments about Muslim countries I will like to remind the readers the world is horrified by the brutal killing of a journalist by an animal. But in Lanka there are more than 40 journalist have been murdered by a regime where the world did not react the same. If so we will not be staring the menace again. So this is not about religion. This is about individuals who are sick,criminals,psycho path and a curse to the human kind.This is taking place in most of the Asian countries including China and India. The real irony is all the human right abusers have been elected as members into HR council in this year election. Take a look.. No surprises why UN has no more reliability or dependability.Only Lanka is missing there in the list and very soon it may be reality.

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    Vishwa, it is a pity that people do not still see this reality. This clearly shows the cunning and deceitful manoeuvring of an ignorant society by the politician SWRD..Under his political chivalry we remember he gave nomination to a Postal peon too who won a parliamentary seat. I think the senior citizens of today might remember how Sir John Kothalawala treated him when he addressed him in the way he did at a casual encounter. I do not mean in anyway to belittle our country’s under privileged people. They are who they were to this day is solely due to the selfish attitudes of the politicians of yesteryear, but they saw to it that their children are afforded the best available education opportunities abroad, even to this day it is being done surreptitiously at Govt. expense irrespective of their ability to pursue them. Now of course these opportunities have expanded to the black sheep of the families of the politician and their kith and kin when they are unable to control them. We can cite enough and more examples and instances where the politician is the root cause of this degeneration and it has gone viral. only way possible to put an end to this political culture is to get rid of all present day and past politicians and dictate our terms to the prospective candidates of our choice .
    We have already listened to the manifestos of some individuals in brief and campaigners of Most Venerable Sobitha Thero’s concepts are still valid and should be a guiding light in our endeavour to usher in a new era for our Country and the Nation.

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    The dialogue of democracy of Island having two school of thoughts:
    One is an Independent development of democrtiac task and its reform undertaken by national & petty bourgeois classes. Which is that represtanted of by larger population of rural base social forces…urban poor.
    Two depend force grown out of colonial elites and bourgeoisie of depend class purely line with colonial or Neo-Liberalist political -economy led by UNP and allied forces.
    In fact TNA of Tamil separatist, the Terrorist of LTTE and other Tamil splint outfits are basically playing political anarchism against mandate of majority of people .
    While that denied norms of democracy replace by politics Vandalism LTTE and JVP by is undermined harmony and stability in North-eastern provinces…….as well an Island-wide by encouraging political anarchism of JVP’s since 1971 April.
    No doubt that UNP, TNA JVP and LTTE which that NEW Grand Alliance have been formed are same school of thought of aim of that surrender national sovereignty to any outside forces.

    Therefor current UNP+SLFP headed regime by in control of State power immediate task is out-right sell ours whole national assets and wealth to big hegemonies led by USA, UK and Indians multinationals.
    We as nation have to be Resist this anti-nation task undertaken by TNA JVP and UNP allied with CBK’s SLFP line of anti-democracy elements led by RW!

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    Aswamitra, I don’t know who the fuffing hell you are. But as a Dutch citizen of this country I disagree with your version of history of Sri Lanka. As a recent fly-in we know how great a history that was destroyed by the Europeans. They themselves are now realising the value of Buddhism. so don’t give us your distorted view. We know our place here as secondary blow ins to a Sinhala Buddhist country.

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