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The Cat’s Paw & The Dog Whistle: Mahinda – Sajith Spat Over “Communalistic Political Parties”

By Rajan Philips                                  

Rajan Philips

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has lately been blossoming into a political writer of sorts. An article under his name appears practically every week in the print and electronic media, including Colombo Telegraph which despite its name shares no love with the Colombo establishment. Mr. Rajapaksa’s latest missive took direct aim at Sajith Premadasa and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), calling the latter a “cat’s paw of communalistic political parties.” Mr. Premadasa lost no time firing back, asking his older counterpart to look into the mirror to find out who the real cat’s paw is. The Prime Minister is accusing Sajith Premadasa of championing constitutional proposals, at the behest of ‘communalistic parties’, that would ultimately lead to the division of the country. In turn, Mr. Premadasa is reminding the PM that he is the one who as President “offered a devolution package which went beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.”    

According to the PM, the communalistic parties which were earlier wedded to Ranil Wickremesinghe have now left him and are partnering Sajith Premadasa and the SJB because they think that SP/SJB can garner a larger number of Sinhala votes for an overall majority than Ranil Wickremesinghe. So, Sajith Premadasa is the new cat’s paw of communalistic parties, although I do not recall Mr. Rajapaksa ever calling Ranil Wickremesinghe a cat’s paw of anybody. The latter, of course, played the role of a political cat’s paw when he was His Excellency’s loyal Leader of the Opposition during the decade long (2005-2014) Rajapaksa-I presidency. 

Political mara-senawa

For whatever reason, the Prime Minister is shy of naming the political parties that he is calling communalistic. The Tamil and Muslim political parties that he is dog-whistling about are treated as nameless. They are branded as the “political ‘mara-senawa’ that came together to capture power through the presidency and to divide the country after trampling underfoot the majority community.” And they are dismissed as catering “to a single ethnic or religious community”, looking “after the narrow interests of that group” and considering “other communities to be outsiders or even enemies.” The Easter Sunday terrorist attack is condemned “as the most recent experience of the dangerous consequence of this brand of politics.” 

Besides not naming the Tamil and Muslim political parties there is also no acknowledgement of real Sri Lankans, either of the Tamils or the Muslims, or even the Sinhalese for that matter, the state of political relationship between them, and between each of them and the State. The only reference to the Tamil and Muslim communities, is to make the PM’s self-serving co-option argument that they were once represented by Tamil and Muslim “stalwarts of either the UNP or the SLFP.” The old stalwarts, according to the Prime Minister were G.G. Ponnambalam (UNP), Alfred Duriappah (SLFP), A.C.S. Hameed and M.H.Mohamed (UNP), and Badiuddin Mohamed and Alavi Moulana (SLFP). They, according to the Prime Minister’s version of political history, rejected the “politics of trampling the majority community underfoot and obtaining privileges for one’s own community through political extortion.” The very politics that the current crop of have made a career of benefiting from. I am of course guilty of paraphrasing for spicy effect. 

Never mind, Stanley de Zoysa, when he was Finance Minister (1956-59), described Ponnambalam in parliament as the “time honoured high priest of unbridled communalism.” GGP shot back that his “distinguished junior” was “talking out of turn.” That was the heyday of parliamentary cut and thrust in stilted English. Alfred Duriappah was no stalwart of any political party. He was an independent one term MP (1960-64) from Jaffna, representing only Jaffna town, of which he was also a selectively popular Mayor from time to time.  

The leading Muslim politicians of the 1970s and 1980s were stalwarts of either the SLFP or the UNP because of their strong roots in the Muslim community.  Just as they should not be called communalistic for what they did for their community from the inside, the Muslim leaders of today should not be called communalistic for what they are trying to do for their community from the outside. They would be insiders today if only they had crossed over in October 2018 in support of the Sirisena constitutional coup. Principle or politics, they chose not to. So, they are vilified now. Earlier, they swayed the other way to vote for the 18th Amendment. They were lauded and rewarded then. 

Strangely, or not so strangely, Mr. Rajapaksa does not mention Lakshman Kadirgamar as a potential role model for Tamil representation in politics. Although, and in fairness, the late lamented Kadirgamar always and very correctly insisted that he should not be seen as a Tamil political representative, he derived almost all of his political weight at home and abroad because of the fact he was a Tamil. Perhaps, Mr. Kadirgamar would have been eligible as an example if he had been not been rejected as ineligible to be Prime Minister in April 2004. 

A somewhat calculated omission is any reference to communalistic parties among the upcountry Tamils. There was a time when it was open war between the old patriarch Thondaman and the SLFP’s matriarchal leadership. Now it is a different world of political cohabitation in the thottam for the SLPP leadership. And the political turnaround of the Catholic Church? In the 1960s, an Anglican SLFP Minister vowed to bring the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka to its knees. Now all politicians are constrained to show political deference to Catholic prelates.   

We can go back and forth on this until the cows come home, but where is the Prime Minister trying to take the country in all of this? What is the promised land he is saying is nigh if only the people would give him a two-thirds majority?  His more immediate concern and his message are, of course, for the August election. The people defeated the communalistic brand of politics, says the PM, in the 2019 presidential election, and he wants “an overwhelming mandate exceeding even that of the presidential election of 2019,” in the August parliamentary election, “in order to put an end to narrow minded communalism in the politics of this country.” Then only, says he, the country will be able “to see the kind of friendship and cooperation that existed between the various communities in this country in times past,” and see as well “a new generation of Ponnambalams, Duriappahs, Hameeds and Moulanas (will) emerge from among the younger generation.” 

The Prime Minister’s appeal for this overwhelming mandate is directed to “all voters”, but obviously is not intended for every Sri Lankan voter. He is not calling for a vote against the communalistic parties, but only for a majority, preferably two-thirds majority, government, first “to ensure that those who engage in narrow minded communal politics are not able to benefit from it,” and second “to put an end to narrow minded communalism in the politics of this country.” He is not making any appeal to Tamil or Muslim voters, but a not so indirect an appeal to Sinhala voters not to vote for Sajith Premadasa or SJB, because they are the cat’s paw of communalistic parties. 

New trope

A new and interesting trope that the Prime Minister uses in this selective appeal is about the “politics of trampling the majority community underfoot and obtaining privileges for one’s own community through political extortion.” We might call this ‘cultural appropriation’, or an inversion of the traditional Tamil, and to a lesser extent Muslim, accusations against not so much the Sinhalese but against the State of Sri Lanka that has an asymmetric and unequal relationship with the island’s ethnic groups. Dr. Colvin R de Silva, the Historian, among other things, described it as “incongruent” at the All Party Conference convened by President Jayewardene in January 1985. The 13th Amendment, that came more than two years later was a complicated attempt to restore some symmetry in this relationship. 

The Prime Minister is not saying anything about the 13th Amendment, while Sajith Premadasa is accusing the PM of pandering to communalistic politics by his earlier commitments to go beyond the 13th Amendment. No political has directly responded to Milinda Moragoda’s succinct call to abolish the Provincial Councils and create a national second chamber as a forum for balanced minority representation. Even President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who as Defence Secretary pushed for rescinding 13A, and told the Indian media during his first presidential to India that devolution is a dirty word in Sri Lanka, has not taken up Mr. Moragoda’s suggestion. 

Instead, and not without some internal cue, Chairman GL Peiris (of the SLPP) has announced that Provincial Council elections will be held before the end of this year to revive all nine councils that currently stand dissolved and disbanded. And he gave a textbook justification for prioritizing PC elections: “According to the 9th Schedule of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, PCs fulfil 36 responsibilities that directly make an impact on the people’s livelihood. Elections are the right of the people, its their sovereign right.” That still does not answer Mr. Moragoda’s reasoning for abolishing the Provincial Councils, or the general skepticism about the reason for their being. What are the real impacts that people have suffered because there were no PCs to fulfill their responsibilities in 36 areas for nearly two years?

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa could have and should have levelled a different criticism, a more statesmanlike criticism, not only against Sajith Premadasa and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, but against everyone who was associated with the yahapalanaya government for the parlous state in which they left the Provincial Council system after five years of constitutional dithering. None of them, including the TNA, would have any moral ground to object if the new Rajapaksa Administration were to move to abolish the PC system. 

By the looks of it, the aiya-malli government is not going to rescind 13A or abolish the PC system, because they need the Provincial Councils not to fulfill their 36 responsibilities, as Peiris is piously professing, but as tentacles of personal power from the centre to peripheral corners. What the task forces are becoming to the President, the Provincial Councils will be to the Prime Minister. The big fly in the ointment could again be the Northern Provincial Council. It will be accused of “trampling the majority community underfoot and obtaining privileges through political extortion.” And the parody of politics will continue for yet another term.    

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    Dear Rajan

    Such a wonderful balanced writing/informative with lots of humour too. Pleasure reading this and tq.

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      Srilanka’s BOTOX BABY aka Sai Baba LOOK – Mahinda Rajapakshe behaves as if very same people would remain ultra fools. So long they remain that stupid only, these criminals could manipulate their mind set further.
      Besides, this man s maintenance is the biggest burden to the fallen srilanken state today. Not for any others but their purposes only, new helicopters are odered, no matter srilanken labouerers die on the roads of Kuwait, Quatar or any other destination being lost their jobs and not being able to return home.
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      If this man is genuine, he could do a lot more changes to srilanken politics immediately after war is over. That was the case also for Germany after WWII: However, our bitch s sons are not genuine enough to see it right yet today. – instead MaRa thought of pocket filling tactics not only to his family but to all close to him. Godayta majic style politics ruined this country. No matter he went on looting, grass eaters never reacted upto now. Consequence is how the economy ended up being that sluggish as nothing can help further. Now the blame is being passed to the former govt even if that govt saved his bum not having done the due for they were elected.

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        LM
        What do you hope to achieve with name calling?
        Cannot we stick to information.

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          SJ,
          nothing actually, but I cant see this guy. I know how much harm he has made to this nation aind being made. The kind of leaders are only in far poor countries in african continent (malawi, burundi, lesoto, uganda, ruwanda etc).
          Enough is enough.

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            Rajan it was the Provincial Councils that blocked Basil Jarapassasa , Mr. 10 percent attempt to create a Divineguma Super Ministry to appropriate land and financial powers for himself and for the MCC project in the Rajapaksa years and the CJ Shiranee Bandaranayake lost her job for insisting that the Divineguma Bill must pass the PCs. So too the PCs blocked the Development Special Provincials Bill of US Puppet Bondscam Ranil to advance the Millennium Challenge Corporation Land grab project. This is why the UNP following their MCC masters decided to debilitate Provincial Councils. PCs have blocked the MCC , SOFA etc project and for this alone they are worth keeping!!

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      Dear Sir

      (1) PC was an align(quire literally) concept for SL in the first place. We had FP/TULF elected through thuggery/hate speeches/slaying of opponents most of the TNA yet to tried for etc..they never ever have delivered nothing except death to the Tamils.
      (2) Allowing the Tamil children to be stolen and taken to India to be trained/poisoned was under the supervision off the FP/TULF. How these children were stolen yet to be investigated, training camps yet to be put on the world map, yet to be discussed in the UN, Parents yet to receive justice.
      (3) There was nothing wrong in SL in 1970 except JVP revolution + Prominent FP/TULF thugs were being voted out fare the historical blunders/dysfunctional Members of Parliament to deliver “normal scope of work” that is to guide and assist the public in their daily life connecting them to the respective departments and ministries of the land.

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        (4) Having seen the JVP revolt and the unfortunate numbers of the Sinhalese children died it was the responsibility of the elected government then to give the Buhddism some kind of recognition and the standardisation that will help the needy as part of the Republican constitution.
        (5) Even after the miserable war what Hon MR did was to give the same a measured response acceptable for all parties that is to place TNA as an opposition and NPC a journey we should have peformed to serve the Tamil people who’s life have been made upside down by the war. Equally, the Sinhalese, Muslims including the Armed Forces who have died lost arms and limbs too needed to be brought on board the new future without conflict a well measured response.
        (6) The TNA done it again to disrupt the entire effort.
        (7) Hoping JVP can put some sense into TNA to dissolve and create a party with National policies so we did not have to waste 10 more years to give some dignity back to citizens of Sri Lanka…..not to be.

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          (8) Told time and time again children never to be allowed into TN / India (nothing against the innocent people of India) and the Development Council elections were another well measured response from late Hon Premadasa. Once more it was disrupted by the FP/TULF.
          (9) Something that should have ended with late Hon SWRD sacrificing his life to give some Tamil use which would have further evolved into better things the FP/TULF created the same with 1977/1983 riots putting the Tamil people in harms way.
          (10) If all these are not collectively a crime agonies humanity am not what else is etc.
          (11) Infact Killing of Hon Gandhi is not what we need to focus but the end game would have been the same as it was the Indian foreign policy to exploit the FP/TULF folly a folly so evil walking all over the dead Sri Lankans to date having committed treason and treachery.

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            (12) The Tamil people need strength to feel secure to think for themselves again without being bullied/patronised/misinformed after being traumatised by the war for such a sustained periods they are an easy victims to the FP/TULF/TNA sick games.
            (13) NPC was a proof how incapable these lots are for development work/Nation building even after all the lessons learned of all the death and misery that never existed to this scale before 1970 election losses of the same.
            (14) Having we now travelled and learned how prejudiced the world is, how the world over have managed million more issues than we had to deal in Paradise SL then now grown to be the great Nations navigating hard time, even though none of are perfect we are happy to call all those places home but not Sri Lanka.
            (15) Please send this lot to every Sinhala and Indian Tamil villages the they will know the SL history a little bit more.

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              (16) Whatever you do not return them to Jaffna please

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    Many believe today, that Mahinda Rajapakhes is talking like a mad person. This man himself raised the question, ” if onion prices are cheap…. and almost anything and everything were expensive etc prior to presidential electon”: Today, even if 8 months passed, nothing is cheap in the country. Actually, since COVID 19 hit the country, the state expenses should have been much less. Alone world market ‘s oil price concession kept away from the people. Even today, there are no signs that the govt would ever give that concessions to the people, even if almost any country in the world did it long ago. In europe we enjoy it …. going by the FORMULAR… 15% percent is cheaper today than 5 months ago.
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    What have they been doing with the funds being kept away from the people ? Not even 5000 bucks were continued to the poor people even if any govt gave lot more grants to their people. May be Rajaskhe brothers kept them for their election campaigns. Are these not curseful ?

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    Neither Rajapakse I or Rajapakse II has enough grey matter to understand the messages in this essay, and sadly, neither has the young Premadasa, who increasingly sounds like a speaking thesaurus whenever he opens his mouth.

    This is the sorry state of politics in mother lanka.

    It will be an interesting period post the 5th of August. I personally doubt the pohottuwa can muster a 2/3 majority, but whether they do or don’t, the battles royal will begin. I hear that the arch schemer Hora Basil has advised Aiyya the caretaker to bide his time until he becomes an elected PM before turning the screws on Malli, the war hero president; he who should never have been.

    Both are sick and neither may last the term, so Lanka can still have hope that we can get shot of these parasites forever.

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      EASTON!
      Your doubt thatPohotuwa can muster 2/3 majority may be right. But do not forget the fact the new MP’s could be bought over to ‘fill the 2/3’ with ease. Plenty of money is available with the ‘brothers’.

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    Amazing how gullible politicians think us. Look at this:
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    ” The significance of assigning a No. 1 preferential vote number, if nothing else, tells the story. To be sure, Ranil Wickremesinghe (Colombo) is No. 15 and Mahinda Rajapaksa (Kurunegala) is No. 20. . . . Champika’s No. 1 slot, on the other hand, seems intriguing: why assign that slot to a man whose past political associations have little in common with the party he’s contesting from?”
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    Strange, author Uditha Devapriya, is intelligent and knowledgeable enough to know. Ranawake’s name in the gazette is given as:
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    Achchige Patali Champika Ranawaka
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    And this is what the gazette says abut the assigning of numbers:
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    “the names of candidates (as indicated by the candidates) . . . placed in alphabetical order in accordance with the Sinhala alphabet”.
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    I explained this to a neighbour. He asked, “Why the Sinhala alphabet, and not English.” I said that is all right. Why have the Roman alphabet (in its English version with 26 letters) instead of our own? Rational enough – except that I can’t recite it from memory, whereas every Sri Lankan can rattle off the English alphabet.

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      Dear Mr SM,
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      Not only politicians re to be blamed, but the people too. I think people should finally get it right. And also media mafia men should be hearted enough to improve the awareness of the gaping people.
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      I now see, the poverty levels in our country is much higher than those men close Rajakshes falsified them for IMF records. Just imagine Mr SM, how many of the poor families struggle in your UVA region. I got to see in some video clips, .. most o fthem have nothing to eat.

      Rajaakshe should be hung by his balls to have wasted that much of funds for the gigantic projects which brought nothing to the state income yet today.

      Opposition is not strong enough about the loans that the nation has to pay off because of mismagt of Rajakshe then. Why dont they make it clear, that Rajaakshe was the person to be blamed for all. Former govt had no other option than paying them. Now the situation is worst in many areas.. There are lot more hospitals that lack the essential medicine for their patients today. They attack Dr Rajitha Senaratene, but I believe his ministry achieved a lot during his days as the minister of health.

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    PART TWO

    Heading the SLPP list is “Achchige Don Susil Premajayanth”. I wonder if these two have these “-ge” names in their Birth Certificates, or whether they have got their names changed just for this purpose? The article is here:
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    https://www.pressreader.com/sri-lanka/daily-mirror-sri-lanka/20200710/281891595568101
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    or if it keeps slipping away, you could look here:
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    http://epaper.dailymirror.lk/epaper/viewer.aspx
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    The article goes on to say this of others in his own party:
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    “Which means, of course, that Champika has a high chance of emerging as a face in the party, in a context where most other faces – barring Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickramaratne – look unpopular and unseemly.
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    I want to vote for this party in the Badulla District, and the guy who said “vote for the Party. If you think me any good, indicate my Preference number, but that is very much secondary.”
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    If you really want to see the gazette, here it is:
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    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MUhtQKxRL0Jx_Rlx5S1bE-V9YK9x2AJz/view
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    The typical politician that Ranawaka is, he takes all of us voters to be fools.
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    Or, aren’t most voters really fools?
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      …”.Or, aren’t most voters really fools?”
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      I strongly suggest that all University Staff, being mostly SB, pass
      on the version “No 2/3rd for our democratic well-being” via their
      students to their respective families mostly in Villages, as a sincere guide and seriousness the occasion demands.

      5th of August is a decisive day for all Sri Lankans.

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    Mahindan Rajapuk is now thanks to the roll-on effects of the pleasure-giving coronavirus is behaving like a raving lunatic of a mad bugger and his rightful place is in the VIP suite of the Angoda Mental Asylum.
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    He is desperately seeking a 2/3rd majority win at the upcoming poll to get rid of the 19th Amendment by which when achieved will be able to become the life-long big bad wolf of a chieftain hora boru president.
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    Now he has got around a maestro in the queen’s lingo and is posting bull-shit totally hoodwinking crap garbage articles to cajole the voters.
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    As I have forecast the present Kallan kallathoni of a president who resembles a devil in doings and looks along with his family and rest of his crime loving performing fellow rogues now know for a fact that on the 5th August 2020, a few weeks away from that they will have to be at the receiving end of a massive thrashing.
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    At the moment, I am reliably informed from authentic sources that every available effort is currently being made to get hora boru votes to become the victors.
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    Now Sajith has become his nemesis.?

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    “Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has lately been blossoming into a political writer of sorts.” We are missing our friend Amare. He is the one advocate here in CT that people think “The Sun revolves around the Earth; but the truth is “It is the Earth revolved around the sun”. Old King could not ever become a journalist. Journalism is a direction he hates to keep his to sleep. The Tamil saying is “Chettikku Velanmai Senmathu Pakai” (Farming is Chetty’s life time enemy. Because, unlike the loan interest, which turns out quickly, the crops takes too long to grow). In Old King’s time Lankawe was 174th out of 179 countries in Media safety. Even CT editors ran out of the country. CT itself became a deadly enemy to him. He banned CT out of Lankawe. But the inverse is true. It is GLP is growing up as a new cunning politician. GLP has no problem with media.
    “trampling the majority community underfoot and obtaining privileges through political extortion.” That is the periphrastic euphuism Old King use to substantiate (Describe) his Sinhala Buddhist hegemony- Chauvinism. That clown, right after winning the war with the help of 32 nations, declared with double meaning that there was no more minorities in Lankawe. Now he is boozing his henchmen with”trampling underfoot” to fuddle them and make them be boorish beasts.

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    13A and 13+ were his Machiavellian crafty talk. While he was promising 13A + to PM Manmohan Singh in India, back in Lankawe, he had formed a PSC under the leadership of Nimal Sri Pala De Silva to find ways to get rid of 13A. Deva was a member of that committee. Deva always wanted to be the CM of NPC. So Deva objected and skipped the committee meetings. When S.M. Krishna came to Temple Tree House to eat Royal Pukkai on Maaddupongal day, He told TNA that they cannot ask anything more but have to accept whatever the Old King gives them. He is a crafty crook. He appeared for JVP girls on barter system and went to Geneva with Communist Pakkaya to file a case against Vaalaiththodam Sr. (Richard. P). It was the comedy GLP issued a joint statement with S.M. Krishna in Delhi, after the war that they will immediately solve Tamils problem by enhancing 13A. But back in Lankawe Old King issued a statement that anything GLP said was his opinion and GLP’s statement was not acceptable. Sampanthar Aiya is saying again that he is going talk with Royal his Secret Solution. History repeats. That is just the repetition of same messing of March 2015 in March 2021.

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      Mallaiyuran it is a well known fact that the former Sonia government and her Malayali and other anti Tamil mafia , were more intent on Sonia’s welfare and to appease her Italian style of taking revenge , with regards to the assassination of her husband by stupid short sighted Pirapakaran, than the long term welfare of the region or even India , had made a secret pact with then Rajapakse government to not only destroy the LTTE and its leader but also to destroy the entire Eelam Tamil nation an d their lands history and to colonize their lands with Sinhalese and others. This is the reason they overtly and covertly helped the Sri Lankan government in 2009 , provided them arms, armed forces, logistic and international support and to their luck they had extremely cunning. corrupt and crafty Karunanidhi at the helm in Tamil Nadu, who whilst pretending to be the saviour of the Tamils, was in fact suppressing all dissent and with the help of Hindu Jam there was a new blackout. The center had this corruption hold on them. Later they could not or were not able to do anything or get out of this, especially after , Sri Lankan discarded them for China, as the Rajapakse’s were blackmailing them

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        Siva Sankaran Sharma,
        During Portuguese rule, they brought Dravida laborers from Hindusthan to work in tobacco plantations in Yapanaya and changed the population composition in Yapanaya peninsula where Sinhalayo lived. Demala people who were confined to Yapanaya peninsula during Portuguese and Dutch periods were settled in the North Central Province (Nuwarakalawiya) and coastal areas of the Eastern Province (Tirikunamale and Madakalapuwa) by British Governors; Torrington in 1848, and Ward in 1856.
        The land that Demala people are occupying now in North and East was where Sinhala Kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa existed. Sinhalayo do not have to colonize their own land in the North and East.

        “…also to destroy the entire Eelam Tamil nation an d their lands history and to colonize their lands with Sinhalese and others.”

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    Most Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims love racism. It is a fact.

    They don’t go about screaming it but silently votes accordingly.

    Welcome to Srilanka.

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      G
      As for racism, are things any better in the USA or Israel? (The list can be pretty long.)
      This country has had its moments of madness, but it is not as bad as countries where the state is structurally racist.

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        “As for racism, are things any better in the USA or Israel? “Unless you have run out of stuff, how do you connect Israel here? Under what premise you bring American and Israeli Racism, to defend Sinhala Buddhist Racism? Do you know what will happen if a Jew walk into Pakistan by accident, though Arabs daily commute to work in Israel? We know you have a too long list even beyond the countries in UN list, because in your history you never substantiated any one of your poisoned prophesy declaration you make day and night, in CT talking like you are the God’s messenger Prophet Mohamed.
        Have you talked or even seen a previous USSR colonies’ residence? Do you know what they think about Russians? Have read people written comments here about inside Iran, Saudi, Pakistan & how the other people lives?
        I know is in Nov 2019, 7 Million Sinhala Buddhists got together and voted to keep minorities out of government because Muslim MPs & Ministers united and paralyzed Yahapalanaya government opposing Rishard being investigated. Please explain how the racism is getting better in Lankawe than the time Britain left.
        (Pls don’t start to pollute CT, if you don’t have substance to explain your Prophecy Statements, by getting into Medicine story as you didn’t send the Docs for the Badu you spread).

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          Time for bed.

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        SJ,

        I thought Germany is worst, but when looking at current day srilanka, I am speechless.

        If anyone of us would go back to our own family circles, no doubt we would see it even better. I mean majority of us in SL are bearing a racial gene in their genomes. I have very often attacked my own relatives for them being that selfish about their rights while ignoring that of minorities.

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          LM
          We still do not have fascist/racist gangs systematically attacking minorities.
          There have been unacceptable outbursts of communal violence.
          But the people as a whole are far less willing to accept racist violence.
          Germany has a stigma to live with, and the state is sensitive to communal violence. But check with Turks and Kurds among others.

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            Turks & Kurds are not the only world. There is nothing equivalent to what Russia did in Chechnya or China is doing Xinjiang, in recent history. Russia escaped but China already facing international sanction for what it is doing to Uyghurs. CT writers have repeatedly pointed out that US cited as example to racism but it is the most beloved country minorities try to migrate.
            In Lankawe, with 90 years of Universal Franchise, the devastation of the leading community into poorest community is “Still communal violence”? Government selected only on the basis of Sinhala Only is communal violence. 30 years of freedom fight is communal violence? Pre-planned withdrawal of International Witnesses and use of Chemical, thermobaric, cluster bombs and killing 150,000 is communal violence? More than a Million Tamils seeking refuge in Western countries can be brushed off as communal violence. Keep your lame excuses with you, but UN has rated these as War crime and IC level expects suggested it is genocide. 1958 & 1983 were rated as pogroms. In Nov 2019 70% of the majority voted with sole intention of keeping minorities out of government. Rest of the 25% Majority voted to a party this guy hates most, day and night.

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        Quite right SJ. Racism is alive and well in Israel against their majority Arab citizens as well as against coloured Jews https://www.timesofisrael.com/topic/racism-in-israel/ As for the US, one only has to watch the News.
        .
        Mallaiyuran asks under what premise you mention Israel, and then brings in Pakistan, the former USSR, Iran and Saudi Arabia!

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          Do you take M seriously?

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            ‘Do you take M seriously?’

            No, he cannot write the word ‘Sinhala’ without the adjective ‘racist’. Nor the word ‘army’ without the adjective ‘rapist’. For many of the diaspora the war continues and they fight feebly as best they can in fora like these.

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              Stanley if each of us is to respond to an insult with another, there will be nothing worthwhile to exchange as a viewpoint.
              Often, inability to meet a serious argument leads to abuse and vile allegations. It is wise to laugh them off.
              This should desirably be a forum for honest exchange of ideas and not blowing one’s own trumpet, flattering friends and insulting imagined foes.
              One can say things to prove a point, but of what benefit are such statements if they are untruthful or dishonest.
              Cannot we make CT a forum for a healthy exchange of views.
              I think that the Internet is far more abused than used. But there still are green patches for healthy discussion.
              *
              As for the diaspora, all diaspora carry an emotional burden. It is not easy to adjust to one’s surroundings that are often not very endearing, despite better material comfort and security.
              Ignoring emotional outbursts will give us peace of mind.
              It is for those remaining here to deal with the problems that they are burdened with.
              It is the generations to come that they owe anything.

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                The rubbish you have written above here is your imbecile psychological research on commentators& labelling commentators. You rarely write a comment to the writer or on general point. But only openly declare that you can ridicule anybody and trying to ridicule commentators. Because you have avoidance dieses to answer, you insult others and constantly seek Muntanais to hide. Why are you trying to drag Stanly into your creations? Why do you put things into Stanly’s mouth or trying to couch Stanly? Are you his lawyer or you two are here in CT as acolytes? You are shameless because from the time I am here I am reading you struggle to manage CT. In 2016 you wrote you want to have CT fixed. If you have an iota of editorial talent, wouldn’t you have opened your own site have busted all other media? Then you are trying an outdate Goebbels method to supersede all others, thinking all in CT are babies!
                You openly insulting everybody that they are mad but you are smart, because your extreme inferiority complex. It was beyond prove when Dr. Thiyagarajah VC application was being considered you shouted, from back benches. You read about that in CT. That is the proof of extreme inferiority. You probably are burning alive by jealous day and night.

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                  ZZZZ….
                  Do not disturb!
                  ZZZZ….

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            “Do you take M seriously?”
            Do you want to hire a polling agents to see if your campaign yielded any fruits. Careful, if that result leaks I guarantee the pay will be affected. VC post will remain only as a dream for ever.

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              Zzzzzzzzzzz

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                This type insults should be removed by CT, then & there. Sleepy dumb, ridiculous people who cannot get even a nap, day and night making dull a vibrant a discussion channel. .

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          Stanley,
          The Times of Israel is a paper recognized in Israel. But that is not the case of CT in Lankawe. CT is time to time banned in Lankawe. So, instead shelling Times of Israel for your proof racism in Israel, start read CT with attention for racism in Lankawe, more useful. Of cause CT bring all essays under one heading “Opinion”.
          ” Mallaiyuran asks ………, and then brings in Pakistan “ I never thought you could be that a child that I need to answer even that small question for you. I asked a person who systematically ridicule and disturb others comments by bring in unrelated topics and make foolish, nasty suggestion like “see your doctor, wash your hands” why is he doing that. You are pontificating that with me bringing Russia when he brought Israel. I brought in Russia which is an angelical country in his opinion though not reality, as the reply to Israel. Though you still have no answer for the why he brought Israel here, you want to become master on your Guru’s path i.e. expert only in “asking question, not answering”. Mine is not retaliation in the path some replies appear here like “Because America doing Genocide in Middle East; so we do it to Tamils”. Israel faced genocide for centuries, like Tamils faced.

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        A question is raised whether racism(communalism) is worse in Sri Lanka than USA. This is a laughable question. Following is a small list of comparison
        1. Black people are about 12% of USA’s population. US’s previous president for eight years was a black man. Is this possible in Sri Lanka.
        2. When Mr Floyd was killed by the US police there were big protests through out the country. A large number of white people joined the protest against this police brutality. Donald Trump may even lose the election partly due to that. In Sri Lanka how many times minorities have been killed in large numbers. How many Sinhalese people raised their voice against it.
        3. When MR called Parties of minority ethnic groups as communalist parties, doesn’t he realise that he leads the most communalist party. He believes that since he and his brother hold all the instruments of power, he can get away with anything as long as Sinhalese Buddhists believe that he is the most communalist leader.
        4. MR calling leaders of minorities as communalists is akin to a wolf calling the lamb a ‘killer’

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      CT
      It cannot be a lengthy ridiculous comment.
      You tolerate much of it here.

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        You still searching your level platforms to avoid the smelly Muntanaies you hide? Best Luck, but you are stuck here in Muntanais.

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        There is a proverb in Tamil “Excreting in the plate one ate in”. The meaning is somewhat similar to kicking the ladder after climb. some guys are doing something similar to, excreting in the plate while they eat. They wants to see CT destroyed for the benefit of their team’s election, while even GLP is now a loyal denizen of the bar, on the name of Royals . There are many medical medias in Colombo are singing for Aanduwa. I doubt if CT even knows that music, singing is another story.

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    Right after Royals Took over, Deva seems to in full control of UOJ. One media named Pathivu says there were meeting of UOJ were conducted in Deva’s home. It has printed a photo in that three or four UOJ professors sitting in the front row of a small propaganda meeting and listing to Deva’s lectures. In North two candidates, a young dance teacher and few young chaps died immediately after complaining they were sick, within last few days. Three Rapist Army soldiers and one officer placed to take over Gramaservaga’s duties. Pulluruviyal(weeds) are penetrating deep. In the North, Vadak Ivarai man!

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