29 November, 2020

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The Arrest Of Sanjeewa Bandara Marks A Turning Point

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Ajit Rupasinghe

The arbitrary arrest by the CID of Sanjeewa Bandara,  Convener Of The Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF), on 19th September marks a critical turning point, not only in the evolution of the struggle to defend the right to equal opportunity for Education, but also in the political future of the country. The IUSF has been engaged in a protracted and pitched struggle against the State and the Mahinda Rajapakse Regime(MRR) to defend the right to equal opportunity for Education. This struggle has arisen due to the deliberate policy of the MRR to let the state education system to decay, in order to make way for the privatization of education, including primary, secondary and tertiary  education.

As it is, the right to equal opportunity for Education has been fatally undermined. The entire education system is structured to favor the privileged classes and to deny the vast majority of poor families the equal right to quality education. In fact, the education system is classified according to local, central and national and private schools, differentiated and  rated according to quality and performance standards. There are the elite schools which are accessible only to the highly wealthy and privileged families, while the vast majority of schools lack even the basic infrastructure, facilities and teaching staff. The system of education is structured to reproduce the class  structure to ensure that only the upper classes shall enjoy the power to rule society, command resources and enjoy wealth, status and privilege, while ensuring that there will be  a permanent resource pool of stratified laborers  who will be forced to sell their labor just to eke out a means of survival in order to grease the machinery of private profit. Furthermore, the entire education system is structured, from top to bottom, to ensure that a whole class of parasitic, corrupt Neanderthal ministers, officials, bureaucrats and administrators, including the ‘tuition mafia’  shall rake in fat salaries, perks and incomes and ‘terrorize’ the student population into mute, robotic submission. While the elite schools have ‘state of the arts’ research laboratories, libraries, computer and IT facilities, extra- curricular and recreational facilities, teaching staff, maintain  positive teacher-student ratios and overall provide a most conducive creative environment to foster learning, the rest of the schools are denied these standards in every single aspect. While the elite schools have swimming pools, some of these other  marginalized schools do not have drinking water. This structure of discrimination, by itself, denies the fundamental democratic right  of equal opportunity to education for the vast majority of the toiling masses. The drive to privatize education will only serve to intensify this discrimination, violation and injustice.

The drive to privatize education is a key demand of the World Bank and the IMF, since it is at the core of opening up the flood-gates and breaking all barricades and resistance to the neo-liberal capitalist-imperialist  agenda. It is in this context that the MRR is deliberately following through with the policy of allowing the State education system to decay and disintegrate to pave the way for the complete and irreversible privatization of education. This is so that Education shall no longer be a fundamental democratic right, but a commodity to be bought and sold for private profit and providing fat commissions. This policy has already resulted in such profit-making monstrosities as the Malabe Medical Facility, which has not only flouted all laws, norms and regulations, but cheated the students and parents into buying into a system of half-baked, unqualified and low-grade medical degrees.

The recurrent  bungling  manipulations and shameless fiascos witnessed in the field of examinations have the effect, if not the intent, of building frustrations and despair among the student population and parents and creating a complete breakdown of confidence in the system of State education. This breakdown facilitates consensus in seeking alternatives through private education.

Besides, the entire university system has now come under a new form of military occupation and political domination. University security has been given over to Rakna Lanka, a security firm under the defense Ministry and commanded by the Secretary to the Ministry, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakse. University students have to compulsorily undergo ‘leadership training’ in military camps, where the tribal ideology of the MRR is instilled and drilled. Furthermore, only some 1.9% of the GDP is allocated to Education, while the defense budget runs into several hundreds of billion Rupees.

The IUSF has spearheaded the democratic struggle against all these abuses and violations and to advance the right of equal opportunity to education. In this context, it has become a standard bearer in the struggle for democracy and freedom. As a consequence, it’s leadership and ranks have been hunted, hounded, legally persecuted and brutally repressed. The arrest of Sanjeewa Bandara, the fiery, articulate and fearless convener of the IUSF, signals the qualitative intensification of the violent repression of the IUSF by the MRR. The repression of the IUSF is aimed at silencing and burying any and all resistance against the MRR and the State. It is a duty of all decent, progressive people who know the meaning and value of the right to equal opportunity to education and who refuse to endorse the corrupt terrorist-fascist agenda of the MRR, to build collective resistance by calling for the release of Sanjeewa Bandara.

*Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe: Secretary: Ceylon Communist Party (Maoist)

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    THIS ARREST CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED. THERE CAN BE A “BACK-LASH” WHICH THE
    “GOAT-ABAYAH” MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL. MARK MY WORDS

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    Excellent.Give the correct picture of our education sysyem and reality in the education sector.We are lack of people like you to educate public in the true pers[pective of our education system and the conpiracy of the govt to destroy our free education system.
    Thanks

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    Mr Ajith Rupasinghe,…Sanjiwa Banadara belongs politically in-out of to JVP roots of anarchist politics since 1965.JVP inbrone terrorist outfit,party had been totally undermine the Marxsist Revoluationary movement since 1965 May in over 45 years our Island, post indepandane history of LEFT politics IN THE ISLAND.
    In case by case if you evaluted individul-revoluation heroism,it will leads to extremism.Even bourgeiosis revoluation ,in essance cannot politically lead by Anarchist.
    Arrest of Sanjiwa Banadara by ruling classes, IS principally viloation of democratic RIGHT.This case you need to be address by peoples movement but not by JVP anarhcist.
    But actionby state is not facsist,its natures of capitalist class throug out the Globe.
    The book of OCCUPY by Noam Chomsky upheald PEOPLES-POWER.
    “Driving the shift are Occupy’s relentless and increasiingly creative action in hundreds of cities, including occupying foreclosed homes and disrupting aucatios where people’s stolen homes are sold off highiest bidder.These actions not only expose the HERATLESSNESS and INHUMANITY of the syatem;they offer meaningful solodarity to those being crushed by it” Chomsky states he mean people-orinted movemat,but not few armed bandits like JVP and LTTE.
    Aggred your text of context of essay,but cannot such movement leads by JVP to unrest of undermine emerging people’s in young generation LEFT MOVEMENT IN Sri Lanka.

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      FASCISM; a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

      certainly both capitaist and fascist.

      Ajith Bandara was not even born in 1965

      All big LEFT movements world over had been anarchist

      Governing classes also use violence as in SL

      Traditional left (educated & rich) was near dead a long time ago as they lost the post independance momentum to fascism

      Maintaining the 6% funding since the free educetion bill is a REAL issue than the ‘JVP’ excuse.

      However, I am with the Paksas with this one, ‘go to hell’ for the poor education,….. the poor elected them and they will ellect them again, well, if you believe in the SL ballot.

      Some like dabbling in dung, they deserve what they get.

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    The 1978 constitution allows to established a system of ” Electing of a King through a Democratic election process” After the election of the King, HE will take over the full charge of all aspects of ruling of the country according to his wish and will “for the benefit of the people”

    The Legislative and the Judiciary is also under his mercy and the “Executive power”He may sack the both if he wishes.He is so powerful within his party and elsewhere. He may use his powers to control his own party members and put them under his foot. There is no adequate in the constitution. system of monitoring of the behaviors and the performance of the HE. Unless the people get rid of this undemocratic constitution there won’t be any hope for the brighter future of the country and this includes the Free education as well.

    First of all there must be a intra party campaign for “Democracy within the political parties in the country.This may have some say or control over the HE within his party.The present system compels all citizens to abide by the decisions of the HE.including his own party members.

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    HERE COMES THE DOWNFALL OF THE DEVIL DANCERS OF RUHNU. MARK MY WORD. THE PARENTS AND ALL CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOLS FROM THE KINDERGARTEN TO THE UNIVESITY, AND ALL THE JUDICIARY, SOLICITORS, LAWYERS, BARRISTERS, MAGISTRATES, JUDGES AND ALL STAFF IN ALL THE COURTS, SHOULD GET ON THE MARCH FROM GALLE. LET US SEE HOW FAR THESE DANCERS COULD DANCE.

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      Desilva getting madder by the day!
      Interesting suggestion, anyway …
      I vaguely remember you people have tried this before with ‘free Sarath F’ campaign …
      Now he is free … Why not ask him to lead, desilva?

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        Pacha Vambotta:
        You really are tiresome with your idiocies! The only good thing about them are that they are, basically, incomprehensible!

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      THE DEVIL DANCERS ADORNING ALL COLOURS; GREEN, BLUE, GREEN/RED MIXED AND BLUE/RED MIXED, HAVE BEEN DANCING FOR THE LAST SIXTY YEARS OVER THE SUFFERING BODIES OF THE INNOCENT PEOPLE AND ALL THE ACADEMICS, PROFESSIONALS AND THE OTHER EDUCATED WERE PROVIDNG MUSIC FOR THE PERKS AND PREVILEGS THEY RECEIVED FROM THE DEVILS. AL LEAST NOW THEY HAVE BEGUN TO REALISE. THIS IS AN ENCOURAGING SIGN. LET THE DEVIL DANCING COME TO AN END AND GIVE THE PEOPLE A REASONABLE AND PEACEFUL LIFE.

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    All analysts/commentators will agree that there is one sector that
    can make a Regime change Democratically – the Education Sector – the
    higher classes will be the core. Will the opposition ever think in
    this direction?

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    Ajit Rupasinghe, welcome! We didn’t hear from you for a long time and this time you have written an excellent analysis on the education crisis. Unfortunately the general majority fools have not advanced so far as to see this danger yet. This country is bound to retard to pre-1977 era where the majority population were de facto beggars.

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