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The Call For Local Talent – A Response To Gotabaya’s Speech

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

I read defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s keynote address at the inaugural National Engineering Conference, organized by the Institution of Engineers in Sri Lanka (IESL), with great interest. He had given a number of good advices to the members of IESL about positive thinking, initiative, professional conduct, and leadership. The specific examples of success in the infrastructure development projects in Colombo were impressive. His observation – “We need engineers to come up with innovative methods to help mitigate problems such as water, land and air pollution. Even with regard to public security, it is very clear that traditional policing methods are no longer adequate to deal with the increasing sophistication of criminals and terrorists.” – is commendable.

He identifies migration of engineers abroad as a problem while the foreign ministry applauds the foreign currency remittances by Sri Lankan workers abroad. Not only Gotabaya, but also all other politicians including the president keep on re-iterating the importance of professionals in this kind of forums and election rallies, without seeing what they can do to get professionals engaged in the development process of Sri Lanka. I thought of writing this note because some flaws of attitude are clearly evident in the statement by Gotabaya – “Unfortunately, one of the problems we face as a nation is that many of our talented professionals leave the country in pursuit of higher paying jobs abroad”.

There is a mythical belief that “talent leaves Sri Lanka”. This is not true. Talent is there among most professionals already living in Sri Lanka. I can quote not only professionals but also many innovative village youth who would be National assets elsewhere, unseen and unrecognized in Sri Lanka. The issue is that their talent is not visible in the corrupt system till they leave Sri Lanka. Recognition of talent abroad gives the illusion that “talent leaves” Sri Lanka, when in fact those who are already in Sri Lanka are not any less talented. Most professionals who migrate, do so without a job offer abroad. Even if they have an offer, it is not necessarily an attractive one as he implies. With first hand experience, I know that most professionals migrate to expose their children to a fair system where their talent will be recognized. They usually sacrifice their own prospects while doing so. Nowhere in the World, I have heard that a mother has to sleep with a Government officer to get her child admitted to a reasonable school. The increasing level of corruption in examinations too frustrates professionals. Some others migrate in fear of persecution by their own Government for expressing their views. I am sure Gotabaya can take his own example of leaving Sri Lanka to be a US citizen some time back to honestly check if what he said was true.

Taking my own example, I returned to Sri Lanka in 2003 planning to join the academic staff of the University of Moratuwa to set up a laboratory for field robotics with potential applications in landmine detection. I was hoping that the Government expected local professionals to contribute towards such National needs. Visiting the demining sites of the engineers’ brigade of the Sri Lanka Army and NGOs, we noticed that most of them use metal detectors, while others use dogs and rakes to detect landmines. We identified a number of technical areas that could be improved. For instance, the imported dogs cost around Rs. 4.5 million per dog. They fall ill very frequently due to the tropical field weather in the North. Back in Colombo, we conducted experiments to see how far the local animal – mongoose (Mugatiya) – could be used to detect explosives. The results were very promising. The best the academics can do is to publish our findings so that user communities could follow up. We presented the results in the ministry of defense and elsewhere to attract local attention in vain. Nothing moved beyond that point citing financial reasons, though we pointed out that training mongoose locally will be several folds less costly than importing dogs at Rs. 4.5 million per dog.

My laboratory also conducted experiments to develop new design approaches to field robots that maybe used in demining. Due to limited funding, we could not develop complicated robots like in the developed countries. However, our machines developed using material found in junkyards, but with clearly new ideas faced various resistances. Again the ideas could not be developed to advanced stages due to financial constraints cited by the Government. However, later I heard that the Government had the money to import several flails at a cost of Rs. 270 million per unit. Looked carefully, these machines were nothing but modified excavators with a fast rotating drum holding hammers on chains. A used excavator can be bought for a cost of less than Rs. 50 million. The motorized drum with chained hammers can be designed and fabricated in Sri Lanka at a cost less than Rs. 30 million. With other fabrication costs, the same or a better system could be fabricated in Sri Lanka within a budget of Rs. 100 million with full participation of local engineers if the users gave the right specifications. Field robots we tested were developed locally; within a budget of Rs. 1 million including the cost of training three masters students. After four years of struggling, I left Sri Lanka again in 2007 looking for opportunities to continue what I was doing with less resistance. To do so, I had to sacrifice the senior lecturer position at the University of Moratuwa, to accept a postdoctoral researcher position (a lower grade) at Harvard University. Landing on a dream job without delay was purely due to the fair and empowering system I was in. The prospects down the stream was not apparent at the point of leaving Sri Lanka as defense secretary implied in his speech.

Somehow, the final snap shot of the Government’s oversight of local efforts is the status quo that Sri Lanka, after a 30 year war, has not produced enough Globally used technologies, when it imports equipment produced by countries who have not had a such a local opportunity to test various technologies. This includes tiny Singapore that exports many sophisticated systems to Sri Lanka. Now, how fair is it for the defense secretary to turn round and put the blame on those who leave then?

I take this opportunity to highlight another flaw in using local professionals in various purchasing decisions at the ministry of defense too. Myself and a lot of other fellow academics at the University of Moratuwa were frequently called to sit in technical evaluation committees (TECs) of the ministry of defense chaired by Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself. Very often the documents to be reviewed were delivered on the same day the TEC meeting was held depriving us of enough time to do a credible review. Very often, I had only the time during the ride from Moratuwa to ministry of defense to review the documents. Due to the urgency of many such purchasing decisions, we signed those documents based on complete trust in Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the chair of the committee. However, it was very unfortunate to see the ministry of defense itself exposing the names of professionals and the recommendations of those TECs when things went wrong. It seemed to us that the professionals who were kept in the darkness whole throughout the TEC process were just used as a cleansing shield in the event things go wrong. I am not alone in this concern. One can check with any academic in the University system in Sri Lanka on this.

Therefore, while commending the remarks made in the above speech by the secretary of defense, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, I kindly request him to be more honest with local professionals. Otherwise, these speeches become empty political speeches aimed at gaining political mileage out of patriotism of professionals.

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    Thrisantha Nanayakkara certainly has problems with Sri Lanka.

    Probably, he does not know or he does not want to know that even the ECONOMICALLY AND TECHNOLOGICALLY DEVELOPED WORLD BEGAN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY.

    He should find how the Photo copying machine or the XEROX machine began it’s life and how many decades it’s design and prototypes were in the storage without any body touching it.

    That is not the only example.

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      Very true Mr softy. These people are against Srilanka. Mr Gota is a super hero but these people dont see it. Its only Mr Gota and hon. Mahinda won the war for us. We must support Mr Gota and his entire family for the good things they do to our country. People say they robbed tsunami money ltte gold, getting commission from China etc., so what? Dont they deserve it? These same people complain of white vans and abductions. Who cares. Its true Rajapaksas are not educated but its okay since they building airports harn=bours and highways. Ships not landing is because there is an international conspiracy.
      I have never seen such a handsome leader ever as hon Rajapakasa. I loced his interview with al Jazeera. What a smart king we have Mr softy!

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        yes YASODARA , Rajapakses were on the top of the hit list of the LTTE , They faced this threat knowing full well that they were targets for the lunatic terrorists. The people should realise this and be grateful to them forever . However there is no way to justify corruption if it did happen . SL talk as if they have seen money changing hands . This is typical of the SL ‘s

        .Why people go abroad is for economic reasons . TN cannot be an exception to that rule though he will never admit it but put the blame on the GOVERMENT , which he is good at .

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          Sarojini, you have missed the whole point of Yasodara’s comment. Can’t you see the sarcasm behind the obvious?

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            It is just Sarojini is one from Rajapskehs, so they would comprehend all very late. That is the problem that the nation faces today in SL. Majority stays – Sarojini just indifferent. I really dont think these people should be counted as literate.

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          Rajapaksa attained GOSL leadership because of LTTE; were it not for LTTE forcing Tamils under their control not to vote, Rajapaksa would not have won. How many former LTTE are now Rajapaksa footmen.

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        Most Probably, Thrishantha is a low Grade Post doc in the West who does not have access to funds for his research. So, he came to Sri Lanka and tried to start something and no one helped him. SO he is Pi$$ed off.

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          This is again your kind of subjective and personal attacks. That clearly shows your knowledge about the research :(

          It is up to TN or any other researcher to become a Dean or not. It is totally up to him.

          And the fact, as I mentioned somewhere below, there are various parameters that truly affect on getting research grants. This you may get to know by talking to the many of the researchers today. And in the same time, having no chance to publish regularly means not that the individual should be categorized as low grade post doc.

          Clearly, it is the best any researcher that would love to continue his or her research being a Senior Post Doc than being appointed as a Dean for a faculty for an Uni in a developing country. It is almost like Prof. Title is valid only the candidate is entitled to teach the students in Unis or the like minded institutions.

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          well said Jim. this thrishantha [Edited out]
          This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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        If Thrisantha studied Robotics in the west, he would not be allowed formidable position in robotics research as those areas are very security – conscious for the country. So, he may be doing an eternal Post doc position.

        So, Sri Lanka did not do what he wanted. Now, he is upset

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        Yasodara Fukushima

        “Its only Mr Gota and hon. Mahinda won the war for us”

        I beg to differ.

        It was VP who won the war for MR.

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      There are still a lot of talented people/engineers are in Sri Lanka.
      Gota and the leaders don’t know how to make use of those talents.

      They have to admit the leadership failure.

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      Jim you replace Lord Buddha statues with MaRa family statues and worship them, Ghotha saranag Gajhami Mahinda saranag Gajjami. You will get a good place in the hell.

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    Gota wasn’t talking to those who cannot see, cannot do, and runaway cowards like you Thrishantha. Get it right, he was talking to guys who can do a job of work.

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      Bando,
      Your analysis is biased. Thrisantha and others in same rank join research being on western soils means not that they ran away the country doing nothing. Most that have qualified like T has no chances at Lanken Unis even if they would get back to the country. Most of the Universities in EU/US/Aus countries are connected with high tech bio companies. Novartis, Roche and biotech companies closely work with Unis around the globe. So regardless of the researchers where they physically exist, their research outcomes are benefit to entire world. Thrisantha and other researchers must not be in Sl. Even better to stay where the resources are there, than living on an island where rule of law is diminishing. Ask your beloved Gota to create a better environment where the law and order is rigorously in action. Then people^s attitudes towards the MR system would gradually change.

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        In Germany for example, even Bundeskanzlin would not go above the law. She respects it as any average would do. In today ^s sirlanka, Mervin is always above law. Siblings and the low level activities of presidents and minister sons are above law. This is very common to our place than to India as I see it. In Sl, the situation under MR administration would not even see what kind of appalling levels we have achieved in terms law and order systems today. While developing the country through better infrastructure, as they repeatedly boast to the world, they must ALSO focus on nation building by investing more in Education, Higher Education and the related fields. I have seen how FUTA demonstrators dedicated their lives, a couple of months ago, we now need to see that how many of the promises made to them have been fulfilled.

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        I am not against anyone studying, doing research or working abroad, Mr Jay. Indeed, I believe that it is absolutely essential for every professional to get some kind of a foreign exposure. As for me, in addition to working and doing business, I have done my first degree, research and the higher education abroad.

        But that’s not the point, the point is; I have no sympathy for those jerks who cannot complete an assignment or make excuses for not finishing what they have undertaken or are incapable of finishing their job on some pretext and running away.

        Those who read this geezer’s earlier writing knows what I am talking about. As for Gota, you may not know but he had not only completed his signed up time duration and left the army honorably but he had also taken part in very many battles as well while in the army. His contemporaries know it.

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          You Muslims never run away. So, I am in full agreement with you, this time and hands down.

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            If he is muslim, he is far educated than you guys that are trying to oversee the deeds of most corrupted family. No matter we are muslim, sinhalese, tamils or burgher we are all sri lankans. What I cant get is right at the moment is the stupid masses incl you would never realize the danger before us.

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        Jay What is thrishantha doing now ? He is a lecturer at King’s College . He could have been one in SL. and also become a Dean of the faculty after serving a couple of years in a SL University . He will never become the Dean in an UK university . Tough Luck . !it was his choice .

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          Sorry. I never want to become a dean. I am an academic. Running my lab and teaching is good enough for me till retirement. But if one so wishes, there are people who take admin careers too. I am not that one.

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            colombotelegraph website seems to be blocked again!

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          xxI think, this is typical to lankens of your sort. I have no doubt, there are many in the country that would feel the same. Unfortunately, so long this kind mentality would stay with you, I dont think that we would ever see things changing for the betterment of the folks. In Europe, I have met lankens that have just come for their PGs (specially in Life science/Mathermatics); these candidates in general feel, had they studied Medicine, they would not have wasted time for their PhDs. It is just they simply fail to differentiate Medical Doctor (MD or MBBS) from Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). This has lot to do with lanken politics and prevailing legal systems. In many european countries, candidates without a Doctorate are not legally allowed to continue prefix Dr. and it is a punishable act. But this is not the case for local medical graduates in SL; anyone that has completed basic degrees are used to put their prefixes wherever the names are put. Latter is impossible in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and several other european countries.

          And from your comments, you seem to feel becoming a Dean (a head to a faculty of Uni) and serve the faculty could be far recognizable than working as a post doc researcher (Group leader). At the end of the day, all these are just titles only, depending on the person^s interests, he or she would lead to his or her carrier.

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          OMG Sarojini, you are in the same boat as SL politicians. In university system, there are not much researches who wants to go to the admin career. To say the least,they hate it. If you think becoming dean is the best you can achieve as a uni lecture, it just says me that you have never set a foot in uni. Tough luck, in SL it is hard to get to uni.

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            you are well and truly a cowboy . Don’t you see it is “sour grapes” as TN knows that it is not achievable . Zero marks for your detective work !

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      Well said Banda!

      Cow + ard is the word.

      But don’t forget Kothapaya also ran away from the army in 1991! :)

      He came back in 2005.

      Trashantha worked with Kothapaya in killing Tamils. Now they fight because they can’t peacefully share the loot!!

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        I got your point.

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      “and runaway cowards like you Thrishantha”

      So according to your statement that our Secretary of Defense also a coward!!!

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      Banda

      “nd runaway cowards like you Thrishantha.”

      Didn’t superman Gota run away from this island and stayed in USA for many many years until his brother was elected president, with the support of their arch enemy Lex Luthor VP, not to mention a small amount changed hands. MR probably had cleared the path of ascendancy with JVP.

      This is not about history of Kamraj, you can get away with facts.

      This is about Sri Lanka’s recent history.

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      [Edited out]

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    A very perceptive and welcome article. Thank you.

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      Agreed, one point you seem to have missed is that we don’t just leave for good salaries and even for better working conditions. Some of us have left for better conditions for our children.

      The food is affordable and not riddled with pesticides. The education is on a planned and well thought out syllabus. The electricity and fuel are affordable.

      All things that are out of reach of the middle class in the debacle of Asia.

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    Thrish, you hit the nail on the head. First issue is that the government is not at all interested in a low cost solution when millions are available in commissions for high-cost imported solutions. Second, how can Gothabya talk about keeping or discovering talent here when he and his brothers ensure that there will never be a career path for local talent unless they are somehow related to them or they incessantly brown-nose them. I am reluctant to work in the Sri Lankan context because of this pervasive corruption where I know I will not get ahead based on my talent but only on how well I m willing to tow the line.

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    “When poverty comes to the door love flies out of the window”

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      Country has been poor from that day on. But the levels of poverty is multiple times more than in the past. Cost of living has gone up to unbearable levels.
      Some like Abhaya seems to have got easily hallucinated seeing the change in the country after 8 or long years, but as one who travels to the country twice a year, cant feel as he does. Southern expressway is a good thing, but whether authorities would maintain it regularly is the question. Apart from that travelling by PVT buses are still a struggle in the country. Most of the bazaar like Kiribathgoda, Kadawatha, Pettah are very loud as no times in the past. Customers could easily loose damage their ear drums when going to shopping there. Sound exposure should be permitted to some levels only, in and out pvt they abuse it beyond bearable decibel levels. All because there is no law in action, nobody would care, no rules… it is like anarchic state.

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        You should have seen what Chennai in Natu is like.

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          I have been to many places, but not to Indian metropoles yet. But I have heard from many that those places are very dirty than any places in SL. My q is: if our target is to become wonder in asia, we have to focus on the standards of developed countries, not Chenai or most sophisticated Mumbai:)

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    he only read the speech not knowing what is in it. Like a parrot.

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      You mean to say he doesnt know English?
      If he doesnt know English how did he say ‘we will hang him’
      in an interview with BBC? You remember how he shouted at Frederica
      in English before Frederica ranaway in fear? So, please dont lie. He did that speech like a parrot because he wrote every word himself of that speech. You people are so jealous of our KING family.
      After all Mr Gota worked 15 years in the U.S.
      I love Mr Gota’s and hon. Mahinda’s English.

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        If he is confident enough, why to hire british companies to work on his speeches ? These are losses to the country. CBK or other leaders , I dont think wasted millions on getting speeches written..

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          Jay, CBK has no head to formulate a speech she just utter whatever comes to her mouth.

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            just like what you are doing !

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            Go back to the history and check it properly. But the bottom line is CBK did not abuse colossal sums to get those speeches written by British companies. Your guys continuously do that. Why not the buggers do it through lanken experts so that the funds could be minimized ?

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              Jay,CBK got colossal amounts of monies , That is the difference. She would not spend money but pocketed enough !

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        Gota worked in US as a security guard in TFG

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          mayhem,
          You’re trying to be beat Mangala and his LeN.

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            I could not believe you guys.
            Dont you for heaven’s sake see what Yasodara was trying to say?
            What’s the bloody difference between you guys and regime boot lickers.

            Keep writing Yasodara we do enjoy your comments. You made me laugh like Lapatiya and Native Vedda does.

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          This I cant get. What qualifications that Gota own to hold the keynote address for the professionals in Engineering ? I think a professor in Engineering field could clearly know more what the country needs, not so called secretary of defence ??????

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          Mayhem.Who gave this wrong information . He worked as a systems manager for a computer company . Ref to google for confirmation.

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      This was the case with President too in UN assembly lately. You are dead right :)

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    So Trashantha still reads Kothapaya’s useless speeches. :(

    Trash!

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    Sri Lanka is ruled by the ” Gan Kabarayas ” …they think they know everything ..anything.

    Classic examples…
    .1 ) when the War was won…the Kabarayas did not want to give the Credit to the person who actually commanded the forces to victory… this man had published a book named ” Go At War..” as if he commanded the Army when the guy shamelessly..prematurely retired from the Military in 1992 and left the Country….!!!!

    2 ) the Queen’s Commonwealth baton on it’s way to Kandy at a ceremony in Kegall it had been forcibly removed by the Sabaragamuva Chief Minister’s son “Kana Kaa Herath..” from a school student ..because the CHOGM is not for the People of this Country but it is ONLY for the Ruling Party….and a Victory to the President !!!…how can that be….

    The NGO converted spokesperson of the Govt Dr.DJ also identifies those who speak against the holding of CHOGM against the backdrop of all possible Govt oppression faced by the Citizens ..as Enemies of the Govt, President and the Gan Kabarayas…than requesting the kabarayas to reform and free the Country….now this guy ..a self proclaimed Erudite knows where to touch….so he is aiming to be the Foreign Minister…

    You see the problem…

    Until and unless these “kabarayas ” change their attitude being a Super Class ..super heroes ..and make this Country habitable..the Brain Drain will never stop…ALL THE PARENTS EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN TO FOCUS ON THE WESTERN COUNTRIES AFTER QUALIFYING…THEY TEACH THE CHILDREN OF THEIR DESIRE BECAUSE OF THE TASTE THEY ENJOYED OF THE 5 STAR DEMOCRACY PREVAILING IN THIS COUNTRY OVER THE PAST 68 YEARS…

    IT IS NOT ONLY THE PROFESSIONALS…THE WHOLE COUNTRY WILL LEAVE …IF AMERICA ..AUS…CAN….THAT POSSES THE LAND OFFER FREE ENTRY….have an eye on the US Visa lottery…millions will apply.

    One should pose the question to Defense Secretary…1 ) .why his son is yet in the US instead of Sri Lanka….? ..2.) why did he ..the self proclaimed Patriot…leave the Country in 1992 instead of serving the Army and settled down in the US…? …thanks to CHOGM..one need not worry about the white Van..

    Hik…hik…hik….

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    These same issues were there in the 90s 80s and the 70s . In other words this is inherent in Sri Lankan society . When I left in the 90s its was the same story . Gota did not do some thing special to you Trishanta . The way I look at it is is cultural and it invades the job space as well. If you have worked in Chinese dominated countries you will hear similar stories about the “Chinese Manager” . You may still regret it when your coveted job in Harvard never goes beyond where you are where as you may have made Prof in Moratuwa .

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      Abhaya, if being made a Professor in Moratuwa is the criterion for success, over the satisfaction of being able to achieve recognition for One’s ability and research, you are welcome to remain in Sri Lanka. Your level of education will be appreciated by the under-educated Gotabhaya and family.

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        I did not say that , but you have to realize most of these research posts are without tenure and the rug gets pulled from under you out of nowhere . Ive had it happen to some of my colleagues. there pros and cons of every situation even if you dont see them at first glance .

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          Abhaya:-
          “most of these research posts are without tenure and the rug gets pulled from under you out of nowhere”
          reading between the lines, i would say that you have been at the receiving end of the ‘Rug being pulled’.
          Is that why you came back to Sri Lanka and started this sycophanting of the Rajapakse Regime?
          Keep going and you will end up with a Fat Contract, and lots of perks.

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        Dead right :) – but as one who is no different to the southern stupid folks, I mean by thoughts and minds about the most corrupted family – Abhaya would take several years to get this. No point of talking to Abhaya. I just feel Abhaya should be realted to that ugly leela – Leepotter man that abused the huge sums of poor customers.

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          Highly superior northen tamils have been telling this for ever , hoping we will believe their crap .

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            Abhaya Premawardena

            “Highly superior northen tamils have been telling this for ever , hoping we will believe their crap.”

            Yes you have been listening to VP and believed in his threat shi. for 30 years. What more prove do you need?

            Undeniably the war has proved that both Tamils and Sinhalese possess unlimited capacity for stupidity.

            The Sinhalese continue to prove it better than their Tamil brethren even after the end of war four years ago.

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        I wonder why Abhaya failed to visit the country for the last 8 years ? Somewhere, I read, that he is very successful person today etc. If he is, how come he seems to be no different to the village folks, in terms of his opinion about the highly abusive rule of Rajas ? If Abhaya went the country to educational purposes or the like, his visas should easily allow him to get back. Even tamil sri lankans that live as Refugees in EU countries are allowed to travel back to their country of origin after several years.

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          I did not say I was highly successful. The reason for not going back was personal not because I was not allowed to go back .

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            Abhaya Premawardena

            “I did not say I was highly successful”

            As a Sri Lankan you will never be successful unless you are yourself a crook or connected to one or many.

            Therefore as the tradition dictates no Sri Lanky would be successful outside this island.

            No wonder why you were not successful.

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              I have the feeling that Abhaya should also have undertaken a brain surgery as it was the case with Duminda the most corrupted politician but close confidant of President. Else, Abhaya would not behave the way he does.

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      Abhaya – In the 1970s Tender Procedure continued to be relatively clean – although there were a few notorious mavericks in the system. Tender Committees were relevant and represented the different Govt Depts according to old laid down procedure of public purchases. It began to decline in the 1980s and went into collapse in the 1990s. Now it is a big laugh.

      Remember when Chamal R was in charge of Fertilizer imports
      he did a maiden deal of inflating invoices on a cargo of 20,000 tons of Urea that arrived in the Colombo Port in a world record time of about 6 days from the Far East (Manufactured, packed, officially checked by Cargo Supervisors, L/Cs opened including shipping time, which is normnally about a month) When it was pointed out that the entire deal was irregular and did not involve relevant officials to form a Tender Board, the simpleton quickly appointed two of his security men into the Committee??? Such is the stuff Hollywood hit comedies are made of. He is now at the Apex of the Legislature.

      F.N. Stein

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    ‘Very often, I had only the time during the ride from Moratuwa to ministry of defense to review the documents. Due to the urgency of many such purchasing decisions, we signed those documents based on complete trust’………

    Doctor, you are exactly the type of person Gotya would love to have – someone who will sign away his integrity without checking. Good thing you came to your senses and left.

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      If he were not comply ,wouldn’t he face repercussions at his job and in SL academia?

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      Man wrote earlier that he had abandoned his assignment and just ran away.

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        What assignment did i run away from? Where did I say that?

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    Abhaya –

    Speaking of the Chinese Manager, they have advanced to the apex in
    treating humans. Currently a petition is availavle for signature on-line,upto 30-11-13, on forced live organ harvesting, under army control!:

    Transplants have gone up by 300%! Visit –

    http://www.dafoh.org/petition-to-the-united-nations/

    Other links of interest are:

    http://www.organharvestinvestigation.net
    http://www.staatsorgane.org/
    http://www.igfm.ch/organraub.html
    http://www.david-kilgour.com/

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    Sniffer dogs at Rs.4.5 million?? That is around US$35,000 each.
    Even the best of sniffers the FBI/USA use does not cost over a
    few lower thousand dollars. So is this a further instance of padding
    Invoices to hide huge Commissions – in this case balu commission??

    Silly Mid-Off

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      My friend in the US bred and trained dogs for Police and other Law enforcement agencies; the cost was around 5-8 thousand , but that includes and the the dogs are fine examples of their breed.

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    Dr. Thrishantha, thanks for that revelation. The Brothers are good at political speeches and some local fools listen with their eyes wide open. Now for your own well being, don’t think of coming back…..they have parked the White Van near the Airport.

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      No Kalu nangi, as commentators pointed out above, the speech was written by someone else – the content was not comprehendable to Gota or anyone among Rajapskehs.

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      Kalu Nagi,

      I disagree with your finding that some Local fools listen with their eyes wide open. The Criminlas speak to wide audience who are made up of intelectulas , bankers , businessmen, thugs and they all have one thing in common and they are all born racists just like the speakers.
      As for the White Van it is there just in case after Mrch 2014 if they cant make a get away to another Country by plane to make a quick dash in to the Wilpathu Jungle .

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    I do not know this writer at all. But the facts stated are true and explain the present situation of the country as far as the Professionals are concerned. We know how the whole of the educational system has gone into disarray. The “haves” are having a field day with the growing International Schools education leading to the foreign degrees and that with the ultimate goal of leaving the country. Of those opt to stay back will have the edge over the other students getting out of the local educational institutes, because of the quality of academic and technical know how acquired. The “have-not” will for ever remain in the rotten corrupt system of governance.

    It is not a secret that the whole system is corrupt to the core. If one reads the COPE reports it would be quite visible how the “State Sector” is managed by the most incapable buffoons and some of the men appointed to run massive international commercial ventures such as the Sri Lankan Ariline and Mihin Air- THAT MAKE THE 90.9% OF THE LOSSES have not been able to get through a simple educational standard of GCE (O) Level. If at least these people have had related practical skills in the relevant field anyone can disregard the educational qualification side and be happy that the ventures entrusted are in safe hands. So what do the “Professionals” and other skilled people have to look for other than to be a “Relation” or somehow connected to the big wigs of the Governing class.? Then the others who are professionals remaining at the helm at present while away the time, because the are not given or enjoy the freedom of engaging in professionally by the heavy handed politicians who interfere in every aspect of things that are entrusted to be managed. It is also true that out of frustration, greed etc. some of the professionals have also become “compatriots” of these corrupt politicians and their only motto is “make hay while the sun shines”.

    The other aspect is the whole system and the people have been corrupted to such a high level and to explain this in short, I have only to quote from one of the comments posted above by Yosodara Fukeshima:

    “People say they robbed tsunami money, LTTE gold, getting commissions from China etc.. So what? Don’t they deserve it”.

    Doesn’t this show how the corrupt system has corrupted the people into thinking of resorting to corruption is the best way to live. Even if I point this out as bad, the people will say: “SO WHAT?” WHY DON’T WE TOO HAVE A SHARE OF THE LOOT?.

    In the above atmosphere what do the true dedicated professionals and other educated men and women have to do other than to leave the country and lead a free and happy life with their families.

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    Yes yes aney…anybody want to risk their lives asking Gota why his son lives overseas, if there is sooooo much of opportunities for the talented and capable?

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    To all our proffesional Associations in SriLanka- Please Invite our own Sri Lankan proffesionals to Sri Lanaka as CHIEF GUESTS – Lets hear them, what could be done, a forseable future with innovative ideas.

    What does Gota know about Engineering.same rhetoric over and over again.He should only address the defnse Corps.

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      Hannah,,

      Dont under estimate Gotha. He returned from the US as a failed businessman but has managed to build a Giant White House from the Loot.
      He knows how to manufacture Killing Machines , operate them and he knows how to fire 120 mm calibre Guns into Civilan Population and destroy the evidence.
      He knows how to order Extra Judicial Killings ( the evidence which is now infront of the UN and all the visting Heads of State )as confirmed by his Author Chandraprema.
      He is a master of many talents including addessing the Defence Corps. ( by Corps I mean dead bodies)

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    Credit has to be given to every Sri Lanken who won the war. starting with the housemaids who financed the war with there hard earned forex. Ranil for breaking the eastern LTTE. kARUNA SEPARATING. etc…
    Army/Navy/Airforce all have to be credited.Not only MR & Gota like some of the fools write.
    I agree that most Investment decisions are done in the public sector looking at the commissions to be made. now this corruption has even come to the private sector. bigger the project bigger the kappam.
    Small scale and very use full innovations have been sidelined. In Mozambique land mine detecting is done by rats.And cost factor is negligible. Its better we as Sri Lankens come up with our own solutions.
    In Sri Lanka most businesses are started by accountants not engineers.
    This has to change for our country to increase inovation oriented businesses.

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    we are living in fruity times. banana shakes rock!

    SL – a land like no other!!!

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      Jack Daniels,

      When you take the stuff first you go through a feeling of elation and that is what you are going through.

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    Dr. Nanayakkara,

    “He identifies migration of engineers abroad as a problem while the foreign ministry applauds the foreign currency remittances by Sri Lankan workers abroad”

    Sri Lanka expatiate labor is one of the greatest foreign exchange earners.

    So, produce more engineers and other other professionals and let the excess migrate out and give some income to the country. That is what they are doing with maids, after all, at some social cost.

    It is better than casinos and the criminality that comes with it, along with the corruption of the society.

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    Did Trishantha have excelled in how to domesticate Mugataiyas and how to use domesticated mugatiyas before he was looking for funds to use mugatiyas as detectors of Land mines ?

    OR in the middle of urgent need Trishantha was trying to test his hypothesis of mugatiyas can be used to detect mines ?

    Why did a robotic man think of mugatiyas instead of a low cost robot ?

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      Don’t you think, he should have thought of using you instead of mugatiyas ?

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      Jim Softy@, the biggest Meeharaka (wild buffaloe) that the so called republic has ever produced:

      Apparently, Mugatiyas (mongoose) like you would never be able to see it the way as it has been. When it goes for research, regardless of the specificity of each field or even obtained higher qualifications, there are numbers of researchers today in Europe, US and on developed world, that get difficulties getting sufficient funds for continuation of their specific fields. This is common to many on the west today. I know dozens of Associate Profs (life sciences /medicine) that have changed their jobs just because of the mentioned reason. And the fact depending on specific field they work on, time needed to achieve their final goals are often varied. See, the field of COMMON cancers and some intestine disorders, researchers still struggle to find selective drugs. Not forgetting, that cardiac patients still lack the biomarkers in ruling IN and OUT of acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) for example. Latter is the key cost factor to Emergency Depts of almost every hospital across the Europe and US today. Just because of lack of proper biomarkers, patients have to spend long hours in hosps, longer they stay those wards, higher the costs will be.

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        Actually “KULU Haraka” is the real wild buffalo but that is a dignified and noble beast.

        Wal meeharaka will do in this case !

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    Sri Lanka was not in a position to delay strategic planning to suit the research program of Dr. Nanayakkara. As there is no war now he has two options: either to recommence his work here or to conduct same research at Harvard U. Whatever it may be, if he develops technologies and techniques based on Sri Lankan battle front challenges he should be grateful to Sri Kanka for the opportunities given to him to realize that the soldiers and commanders in the battle front faced many challenges.

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    So did General Sarath Fonseka,the 4 Star General who was praised to have won the war.- Now in prison.

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      So did VP, who was responsible for carnage and destruction. He faded into oblivion. Those who ran for cover to western countries are now trying to recreate the environment for carnage and destruction by using politically bankrupt Tamils in the North and the East. Dear Ms. Hannah Rajaratnam, you appear to be one such instigator.

      Forget about SF. He will also go into oblivion preaching values of democracy aftermath a prolonged war. It will be the business communities in the North and South, who will guide the destinies of Sri Lankan politicians after the CHOGM 2013 and international investment links with Sri Lanka will ensure that regime changes happen according to the business interests of international players.

      The collective ideals of next generation of politicians in Sri Lanka will prevail over fanaticism, fundamentalism and conservatism and many names and statues in the public domain will be struck off or pulled down. When it happens Ms. Rajaratnam, you and I would be spectators watching it from the other side of the world. Therefore it is better for both of us to work now to make a better Sri Lanka free of communal hatred.

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        Shame on you fake professional for your sarcastic comments on SF. If anyone that tried to win a vote using democracy as a platform, then it was SF. If he wanted to topple MR and his family, he would have done it while he had the power in hand. He did not do so as he respected the values that he learnt and practised as a soldier. If anyone who manipulated voting system and encouraged intimidation during elections, it was the UPFA candidate, now pretending to be the model of democracy enforced through fear and intimidation. CHOGM will teach his some lessons, I hope.

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    Dr. Nanayakkara,

    As an engineer and a scientist, I would like to humbly thank you for writing this article. It spoke directly at a lot of things I, myself have been feeling. Due to the plight that you have explained, many talented scientists like yourself have had to leave this country. There is still hope for this country, if a leader with integrity and honor comes into power. So, I hope you don’t give up on our motherland.

    As for the fools who comment saying you went because you didn’t get a deanship or your research wasn’t recognized or because you are a coward, are just that; fools, who can’t think for themselves, and can’t understand the damage that is being done to the country. Please do ignore them, for there is no medicine for foolishness.

    I hope you can come back one day and work for the betterment of the country and the children of the country, as you did once before. May the triple gem bless you.

    Best Regards

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    I gained admission and followed a degree program in our local UNI for two years. About half the time we spent at home due to the closure of the UNI due to student unrest. The balance half was spent rushing at break neck speed thru the course work with no text books and only your own notes for reference. Then my father a Gov engineer who had managed a stint in the mid east caved in and funded one year of a five year degree in Engineering in the USA. ( I funded the balance for the most part on my own ) I was determined to make the most of it. I applied to only one university which was among the top ten in the field. After completing I wanted desperately to return. Parents advised against it. After working in silicon valley for many years again I felt the urge to return but again I was put off. After a fifteen year career in the USA and then in the UK I did finally return. I did not last for more than two months during which time I used every avenue I had to try to find work in Sri Lanka to no avail. After a brief telephone interview I was recruited by the Australian government for a very lucrative job down under. I will never return to Sri Lanka until I retire if at all. I rapidly advanced in my current posting winning awards along the way and now work at the level of a scientist. Sri Lanka’s loss Australia’s gain as it should be for a nation that does not care for its professionals. I know this not only from my own experience but also from the experiences of others including my own father who faithfully slaved at a pittance of a salary as a Gov engineer for most of his career.

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    Proffesional,
    I am mostly ‘in’ than out working for the betterment of the North and East of sri Lanka.It is not something that started after the war.The ones who just woke up after the war – that I find very interested in working for the betterment of the country.It is hard to work with the government especially devolopemnt ministry.Tried,failed,
    dissapointed.

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      there is an option called ‘reply’. If you are using that the person to whom you are replying would see your response. Just sayin!

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      Dear Ms. Rajaratnam,

      Thousand apologies if I hurt your feelings. I can imagine how you feel about not being able to work with the government. I remember a saying that “Failures are pillars of success”. Do not tell me how expensive the pillars would be. Yet my personal experience is that people of your caliber are rare to find. Therefore be not disappointed. Keep on trying. Now that the NCP is functioning, try to work with them instead of the Government Development Ministries or with Local Authorities, if your intention is to make the lives of people better. Was it Herbert Schumacher, who said “Small is beautiful”? Or Mahatma Gandhi who said “Technology for Mass Production and Techniques for Production by Masses”? There are many such encouraging words for people like you.

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    I was usually a critic of Dr.Nanayakkara on his previous write ups. However, I can’t disagree with him on this occasion. He is absolutely right when you look at his facts. Thank you Dr.Nanayakkara for sharing your abundant experiences with the masses. This is truly an eye opener for our politicos. It is quite heartening to see patriots like Dr.Nanayakkara who never seems to forget his motherland. Thank you Sir.

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    Great article T. Nanayakkara. You are a rear Sri Lankan who has a strong backbone. Today in SL it is hard to find people like you. Do not get upset what ‘kade yana un (කඩේ යන උන්)’ says. Some of them have no idea that once you do good research work in the USA you have unlimited opportunities. I think most of the people bad mouth you are uneducated like Rajapaksas. Good luck Dr. Nanayakkara.

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    What do the “Kurakkan” Maize Farmer “Satakaya” wearing signature Maroon color shawl who robbed the election to come to power and who is always surrounded by village “Mattayas” mutts goes not understand the value of Professionals and academics.

    This is how the Maize farmer wants to run the country for ever.
    The simple truth is Professionals, academics and Talented individuals are a hazard and hinder to the Gan Kabaraya’s self centered rule.

    Therefore they prefer to silence them while buying up the few academics who are left in the country for his selfish purposes.

    That’s why there is rampant corruption, thuggery, Rape, drugs, Brothel, casino, murder etc, unlike we witnessed in our country’s history.

    This is their way of thinking and governing……by thuggery, violence, intimidation and murder which suits them…….and not to seek Professional or academic help.

    The real rowdy Hambanthota Walasmulla type living came to haunt Sri Lanka where now nobody is safe and Rajapakses wanted that way for their family dynastic survival.

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    How nice to see a Family of all Sinhalese ( not a Single Tamil Comment) Professionals , Historians , Well Wishers and Nut Cases for a Change having a Picnic and sharing their thoughts for the future with occasional mention by a few of how living with the awful Tamils have destroyed their lives.
    But at least I take comfort from the fact ( all be it a late realisation ) that if we had NOT shared a Country Together under one roof we could have avoided the Race Riots which killed so many innocent Tamils followed by the freedom Fight and then the holocaust and no doubt the Killing of so many combatants on both sides. The War Criminal Karuna alone single handedly killed 2000 Soldiers but he has found happiness marrying a Sinhalese.
    The point I am trying to get across is that we have to have separate sleeping arrangement so that we can avoid further Blood shed for future Generations.

    I think we owe a sense of gratitude for Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara
    for highlighting the benefits of Separate development.
    I hope you all live happily ever after enjoy the benefits of LOCAL TALENTS .

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    Kali, you are another terrorist in hiding. Do not fish in the troubled waters, you are going to be exposed. Don’t try to demonise Gota. He has done and he is doing his bit for the country. Everyone commits mistakes. This article is a good eye opener for him. Don’t bring your pathetic warped thoughts and hallucinations in to this discussion.

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      Sinhaya you Moron,

      Your intelligence is very low and my language was not terrorist extremism. But terrorist who are hiding are in your midst and that is Karuna and Gotha. Don’t try to be too clever. Wait until March 2014 and we will see whether or not your masters the Criminals MR , Gotha and the lot are not brought to books.
      Milosevic with the backing of the Super Power Russia couldn’t escape justice so how are you going to shield Gotha the CRIMINAL.
      Mine is not hallucination but where as your is both Hallucination and Day Dreaming.

      Just for your information Gotha has been summoned to Delhi (Just as Basil was summoned and ordered to hold Elections which have come and gone) to be given Marching orders to withdraw the Occupying Army.

      WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO MAN. BLOODY ANSWER IT.

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