13 December, 2017

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The Chutzpah Years

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“There is something in human history like retribution; and it is a rule of historical retribution that its instrument be forged not by the offended but by the offender himself.” – Marx (The Indian Revolt)

The original Mahinda Chinthana Manifesto was launched with much fanfare in 2005. The theme song of that event referred to Candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa as a ‘King who believed in equality’.

Eight years later, with painful hindsight, it is easy to realise that that monarchical reference – together with the title of the Manifesto (the first time any Lankan leader named his/her election manifesto after him/herself) – constituted the first tentative steps in the country’s descent from a flawed democracy to a patrimonial oligarchy. At that moment, the lyrics and the title seemed just an example of infantile but essentially harmless self aggrandisement many Lankan politicians are lamentably addicted to.

In Milton Meyer’s analysis of how ordinary Germans reacted to – or didn’t react to – Hitler, a philologist, who lived out the Nazi years in apathetic safety, argues that “…one must foresee the end in order to resist or even see the beginning”[i]. It is true that many anti-democratic regimes use the Mithridates method – gradual habituation of the public to autocracy, through the administration of repressive measures in small doses. Yet there are always signs, even at the very beginning of such a journey, which give a fair warning of the intended destination. If a nation misses those signs, it is because it prefers the blessings of inertia to the ‘curse of consciousness’.

In Sri Lanka, there were numerous early warnings of the nature and destination of the Rajapaksa trajectory. The most well known include the constitutional and unconstitutional empowering of Rajapaksa Siblings, attacks on opponents/critics, subverting the 17th Amendment, scuttling the regime’s own APRC and IIGEP, the twin myths of ‘Humanitarian Operation with zero-civilian casualties’ and ‘Welfare Villages’, the vengeful persecution of Gen. Fonseka, enthroning Sinhala-Buddhist Supremacism and the 18th Amendment.

Barely a month after the triumphant conclusion of the Fourth Eelam War, Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga came up with an intriguing proposal: the setting up of ‘spy units’ in every state institution – to combat corruption! In an editorial titled ‘A Timely Move against Corruption’, The Daily News described the proposed ‘spy service’ as “….a mole planted in every state department…working incognito”[ii].

That was a time when dissenting voices were far less timorous than they are today. Faced with an onslaught of verbal opposition, the regime abandoned its Orwellian proposal.

In 2006, the Auditor General informed the parliament that the tax and export income statistics of the government were misleading; these errors have been pointed out on many occasions, to no avail, he revealed, and warned that they will jeopardise the budget and future economic plans[iii].

This fiddling with figures was not an accident or an anomaly. Underestimating costs and overestimating revenues is a key pillar of Rajapaksa budget-making; the resulting gap is bridged by introducing several supplementary estimates annually.

The Rajapaksas were furious about the Auditor General’s public warning. They responded by trying to do to the Auditor General’s Department what was done to the Central Bank – the appointment of an acolyte as the AG. The employees of the Department (with trade union and opposition backing) went public with their protest against the planned politicisation of this key overseer of the financial health of the state. Faced with the resultant politico-societal outcry, the Siblings backed down.

The attempts to reintroduce the criminal defamation law, set up of Jana Sabhas (which would have disempowered not only provincial councils but also government and opposition parliamentarians) and de-legalise minority political parties (under the guise of banning parties with ethno-religious affiliations) failed due to national (and international) opposition.

The opposite is also true. The Rajapaksas succeeded in intensifying familial power, entrenching impunity and weakening dissent whenever apathy – born either or fear, indifference or a combination thereof – reigned.

Namal Rajapaksa began his political career with the organisation, Tharunyata Hetak. Why didn’t the society question how a fledgling organisation, started by an unemployed undergraduate (this was before his controversial successes at the Law College exams), with no known income, was able to undertake hugely expensive projects? Why didn’t the Opposition query in parliament about who donated how much to the First Son’s NGO? Why did veteran SLFP ministers and parliamentarians give precedence in public to Law Student Namal Rajapaksa?

When impunity is the prerogative of the rulers and their acolytes, bad governance becomes the only possible governance. According to COPE sources, in 2010, Maga Neguma defaulted road contractors of a ‘massive Rs. 1.2 billion’ mostly for work done in the Hambantota district. The defrauded contractors remained silent because they feared Rajapaksa vengeance. The officers of Maga Neguma reportedly do not submit their accounts to the Auditor General; according to a COPE member, “they even produced letters from the Attorney General’s Department to support their argument that the COPE has no power to probe them”[iv].

As Meyer said, “Nations are made not of oak and rock but of men, and as the men are, so will the nations be”[v].

Self-Destructive

The Rajapaksas rule in an ‘ought world’[vi] of permanent success and generalised wellbeing while a recalcitrant reality, indifferent to the grandiose claims of propaganda, moves in a tangentially opposite direction. The chasms are multiplying – between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless, between those of different ethnicities and religions, between intoxicated imaginings and the stark reality. A conspicuously consuming 20% exists, side by side, with a compulsorily abstemious 80%, as the country moves inexorably towards an 80-20 society. High taxes, exorbitant prices and low quality services are asphyxiating even the middle class.

A regime wedded to a Sinhala-Buddhist agenda cannot ensure normalcy in a pluralist land. A regime committed to Familial Rule cannot permit democracy. A regime that is blasé about the plight of the poor and the powerless cannot bring about meaningful development.

Sri Lanka as a rest-and-recreation haven for the rich and the infamous, that seems to be the Rajapaksa development-vision.

But the public must be liberated from knowledge about this insalubrious reality; Rajapaksa opponents and disillusioned voters must be held fast in the ‘dictatorship of no-alternatives’[vii]. Thus the regime scuttled the Freedom of Information Act, wields a carrot-and-cudgel method to silence critics and even arrested an astrologer for making a politically unfavourable prediction (another Lankan First). The old myths of wealthy minorities preying on Sinhala wealth and fecund minorities encroaching on Sinhala Lebensraum are used, with an increasingly heavy hand, to keep the South in a patriotic slumber.

A vision circumscribed by familial interests is ultimately inimical to the enlightened self-interests of its practitioners because it blinds them to the accumulation of discontent, even within their own core-constituency. Familial politics equates the interests of the family with public/national interest. The promotion of the Family becomes the primary function of power. When dynastic ambitions are added on, governance becomes even more undemocratic and imbalanced.

Chutzpah might seem great and grand for a while. But it is an illusion, transient, destructive and self-destructive.

The Rajapaksas should know; that was how they were able to defeat Vellupillai Pirapaharan.

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[i] They Thought They were Free – The Germans 1933-45

[ii] Daily News – 30.6.2009

[iii] Irida Lankadeepa – 24.12.2006

[v] They Thought They were Free

[vi] Hannah Arendt

[vii] Roberto Unger

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    Rajapakses are leading the country to a Sinhala Buddhist Rump-Sri Lanka in the future.

    Majority of the Sinhala people admire Rajapakse regime and vote them to power with enthusiasm. Wheres Tamils and Muslims realize the folly of the regime not protecting them.

    This authoritarian Sinhala Buddhist racist regime cannot be corrected: It’s a malignant cancer to surgically removed.

    R2P is becoming more and more relevant as days pass by and more Tamils are abducted, tortured, raped and murdered without any accountability.

    Rajapakses think the world around them is full of fools 0 – but in 2014 they will realize their folly.

    Journey from CHOGM in Colombo will lead to Geneva and finally in the Hague.

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      Thiru ,

      “Journey from CHOGM in Colombo will lead to Geneva and finally in the Hague.”

      even though the war crime investigation were to commence in hague , no one can take MR & company by force to hague , SL government must corporate with Hague officials to facilitate the extradition , say MR is compelled to give up the power , yet no SL leader will ever lend his/her support to extradite MR to Hague !

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        I look forward to a future trail of the whole Rajapassa clan in Colombo. It is a Sri Lankan matter. Will be settled in SL.

        They have a lot to answer for. And they are not the only ones. Others beware as well!

        An International investigation is only required to track down those who contributed to build world’s worst terrot outfit, the LTTE. From outside Sri Lanka. Doing fund raising, propaganda & arms purchasing.

        Most of those war criminals who caused such destruction and human misery in Sri Lanka are leading comfy lives in London, Toronto, Geneva etc.

        UN should help SL bring them to Justice. Either in Colombo or in The Hague.

        Cheers!

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          I agree with Ben Hurling. There are so many killings in the country from 1958 to the killing of Sinhala young people to Tamil killings over the years. There must be a catharsis to return the country to a new beginning which can only be secured by the trials under Sri Lankan law by a reconstituted judiciary. We have had a succession of rogues as Chief Justice, men and a woman who did not deserve to hold that position and corrupt judges. The civil service has also been corrupted. It will be difficult to clean the stables but a good start would be to put on trial the Rajapakses and their henchmen. Perhaps, we could have judges from the region. The criminal laws of India, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan are the same as ours. Malaysia used this system to solve constitutional problems. Mark Fernando sat on a Malaysian tribunal with other Asian judges. The initial duty to try these criminals is with the state of Sri Lanka. We will do ourselves a lot of good by doing this and in the process reforming the police and defining the limits of the army’s role in society.

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          Ben, you say that “Most of those war criminals who caused such destruction and human misery in Sri Lanka are leading comfy lives in London, Toronto, Geneva etc.”, but in fact there are some of them here as well who contributed to the Tiger coffers and also fit the rest of your description. Remember the money that changed hands as payment for forcing the Tamils up north to boycott an election?

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          Why should Rajapaksa and GOSL crimes be a Sri Lanka only matter while LTTE should be international matter. There have been other world leaders hauled before the international court so why the exception for Rajapaksa.

          GOSL and Rajapaksa received help from other countries and continue to receive foriegn help to escape war crimes investigations . So if they can have foreign help then they should also be held to account by international courts.

          You show your bias by parroting GOSL’s rationale that what happened in SL by Rajapaksa regime is an internal matter. We know Sri Lanka will never hold a tranparent or reltaively impartial investigation of war crimes and will never hold the Army’s feet to the fire.

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      Thiru,
      You paint an interesting career path for members of the kurakkan club. But look carefully and see the real chutzpah of the MR dream. He has led the whole 73% of our sinhala-buddhist citizenry into denial. His victorious armed forces are nearly 100% sinhala-buddhist. These are his shield and sword against the ‘evil’ forces that will him deny him and his brothers the prize of an island paradise to do what he will with. All the impunity of his regime stems from this blind closing of the ranks behind the first family. All the erudite and smart and talented of the land can do is write articles in CT et al and give speeches in overseas universities where PhD’s are given over to the phenomena that is unfolding in our tropical paradise. Elections hold no fear for MR and his regime (certainly not as long we suffer a limp and ineffictive opposition). So, where will our salvation come from?

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      Thiru,
      So this time you have to wait till 2014,eh?After that?Keep on dreaming until you reach your grave.Of course you are not alone.You have the likes of Thisaranee,Dharisha,Nimalka,Brian,Laksiri,Paki,Mangy,Bahu,CH4,the stupid proffs&Drs to accompany you.But hope you will inform me before you croak.I will provide the Minee Band!But we miss you toilet cleaners.

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        Sop there a lots of them. What happen to the Sin Rump

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      Thanks for another super piece! Please translate to Sinhala to educate the Sinhalaya Modayas..
      Quite right that the Rajapassa’s ignorance and arrogance will bring about their own downfall..
      Take CHOGM: that if Rajapassa had not willingly JUMPED into the CHOGM WELL, he would not have a ticking time bomb of an international inquiry into war crimes from the British on his head!
      What a friggin clown this UNEDUCATED Godeya “village idiot” Rajapassa is – wasting billions on a British Colonial relic organization CIRCUS that celebrates colonialism just because he wanted some attention from the international community and foreign trips.. and now the Buddhist lambs Pathala Champika and Balu Sena are doing their number protesting British colonialism..!
      Rajapassa and the Sri Lanka foreign ministry have got their brains up their ASS and Balls in a ROYAL TWIST!

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        Well if you translate the truth will be lost. Every things have to be translated to lies. Nearly an impossible task

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    Ben
    You still hurling for the truth who funded LTTE , you know KP told Gota where the money came from

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    The dark maroon noose worn around the neck in many different ways seems to have become the family badge! Can anyone else wear it in the same colour? A subtle way to establish family identity and define political territory. The family ‘ Territorial Imperative’ is being defined with a piece of maroon cloth! Contrast how plainly dressed are Angela Merkel, Barak Obama, Manmohan Singh- persons of substance and intellect! The maroon noose, reminds me of the symbols that men like Jomo Kenyatta, Idi Amin and Mobuto carried when in power. The latter, who were much lessor persons were trying to play royalty!

    Dr. Rajasingham. Narendran.

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      It will be interesting to reveal the other accessories these Kurahan clan is wearing like :

      Underwear from Louis Vuitton
      cufflinks of Namal Baby from Gucci
      Shoes from Prada
      watches from Cartier

      this is how these morons used to cheat and rob the vote of those peasants in Ruhunu Giruwapattu – the modern day Humbugtota.

      Interesting if some normal Singhos in Colombo start to wear this Satakaya and what will befall them ? probably a tour from a white van !

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      Dinesh Gunawardena also wears this Kurakkan shawl, right?
      http://www.lankabusinessnews.com/13.08.August/094.Water.html

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        It is not Kurakkan shawl – but older day LOIN CLOTH.
        Anyway, wearing alone such shawls around the neck can convince the stupid folks, for how many more years ?

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        http://www.president.gov.lk/mahinda_rajapaksa.php

        He continued a tradition of pro-people politics initiated by his paternal uncle, DM Rajapaksa, known in his time as the Lion of Ruhuna (the traditional name for the southern region of Sri Lanka), who was elected to the State Council from Hambantota in the 1930s as a leader of the emerging movement against British colonial rule, giving voice to the largely impoverished rural peasants of the South. He wore an earthy brown shawl, the colour of kurakkan (a type of maize) cultivated by the rural masses, whose cause he championed throughout his life, till his sudden death in 1945.

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      “Satakaya” is nothing, but primitive theatre for the gallery.

      Objective is to deceive rural voters of Sri Lanka about their “sons of the soil” credentials. While they rob & mismanage one of world’s poorest nation’s wealth.

      “Satakaya” scam has so far been a roaring success, in electoral terms, for this family.

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      Dr. Rajasingham. Narendran:

      Why the personal attack? Should the “family” have the freedom to wear whatever they want? The dress is not something that MR invented but something that even his father wore.

      What is wrong with the family having their own “trade mark”? Everyone has the freedom to pick their own as long they don’t try to steel someone else’s right?

      Won’t it be better to leave the personal insults and mud slinging to others who are more apt at it like Tisarane Gunasekara for instance and get on with more important issues?

      At this rate I won’t be surprised if you get perturbed by Murali’s English skills in a few days…

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        Navin,

        It is not a personal attack. It is a national concern. The Rajapakse family is no longer in the private domain. They are in the public eye and have adopted a ‘ Brand’ and are marketing it in many ways that are not consonant with our cultural values and so-called status as a democracy. Our culture is not based on self- aggrandisement, but on self-effacement. Whatever one’s attainments, capabilities, power and wealth are, modesty is admired as a virtue in our country.

        The Maroon ‘Satakaya” is being worn even with Western attire! The whole exercise combined with the promotion of the Mahinda and Rajapakse names in bill boards, schools, ports, airports, national program’s, etc., are not the way we should be moving in a modern democracy. Public service spending public money, cannot be a means for self or family promotion. The ‘ Brand Name’ and ‘Logo’ should be Sri Lanka and not its functionaries. We can honour our ‘ Greats’ in life and remember them in many ways, once they are no,longer with us. How does a family ‘ Brand’ qualify for such honours?

        Dr.RN

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          Dear Doctor RN ,

          please don’t waste your time on a person like Navin , i have tried it once , its like flogging a dead horse.

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            srilal

            “please don’t waste your time on a person like Navin , i have tried it once , its like flogging a dead horse.”

            Why not?

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      Doc they wear something else around something too. But you cant see that. All same color

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    MARAs regim is filled with corruption,nepotism,inefficiency,lawlessness,bribe,commissions from projects etc.etc.The whole family of MARA is highly corrupted politically and financially.This will definitely bring the country very much down in all aspects and affect all citizens irrespective of their national identities. So don’t try to protect him by finding faults on others.The people support him also will go to hell and undergo severe punishment by god.Be careful.

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    man is beautiful without the bogus robes?
    and simple words even the blind and deaf appreciate!

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    A good resume of the current political situation – reflecting the thinking of the President and his regime which has slowly cast its tentacles over the common man while favouring the family members.
    There are reports that the principal of law college who had to resign his post in the wake of disclosures of how he passed his own son when the latter did not deserve same,is now favoured to be appointed to the appeal court as he had done the same favour to Namal Rajapakse. But it appears that the supreme court is bent on prosecuting Rodrigo.
    Is there a rift between the president and his acolyte Mohan Peiris?

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    clowns they are. all wearing the satakaya… even Namal, of what significance is a satakaya to them I wonder….. to Hoodwink the masses…

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    Whilst we wax eloquent from our more salubrious climes…Punchi Singho, Devi and Mohamed are wondering how much bread to feed their children!!!

    Until and unless we as a people overcome the ME mentality, nothing will change because we have become the cogs in a giant thieving machine.

    I cannot blame anyone for the mental block because it has been reduced to a game of survival. How can a man earning a paltry salary turn down a bribe when he knows the school van fees are due next week? It is as simple as that.

    For those who are milking the system in a grand scale…April is not N’eliya anymore. Its Dubai, Seychelles and Timbuktoo!!

    Hard earn money some might say. Look in the mirror and say that to yourself!

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    The regime that scuttled the APRC, shelved the LLRC report is now going to toy with a TRC. What for, other than to continue to dupe the world?

    Sengodan. M

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    Another great Piece of work by Tisaranee. Tisaranee has a born writing skill which we don’t see among many others.

    Tisaranee should get a Nobel Peace price for her writing skills and should come out with her own publication on Rajapakse Dynasty.

    Hope one day we will be able to read it.

    Also I think India sent a Strong message to Pres. Rajapakse by not attending CHOGM. Same with Canada, UN and UK.

    Only those who have ears may hear, but the blind will keep playing Trumpet until the Titanic sink in the ocean. It will be too late then.

    International War crime Investigations will begin using CH4 news clippings and by testing their authenticity.

    Yes Karuna, KP, Daya Master and many others included in those clips will also have to face music. Many came out after Jailing Gen. Sarath Fonseka and many more could come out.

    Too little, too late.

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    Thank you Tisaranee Gunasekera. Governance in Sri Lanka is a true reflection of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s character. It has all the ingredients of a tri-shaw driver’s mindset, break all the rules and get ahead before the rest.

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    All the messages in the world is not going to change the fact that this govt. has over-whelming support of the masses and MR is even more popular than his govt.

    T.G. is basically preaching to the converted, who are in electoral terms quite insignificant.

    The upcoming elections in early 2014 will prove my point once again.

    Yes, i agree that this govt. has several faults, but the question is why the masses continue to support this govt? Could it be because the UNP as an opposition and as a ‘govt. in waiting’ has not stepped up to the plate. If we truly want better governance, then where is our opposition UNP? Why are they in total shambles? At present, the UNP is not capable of administering a tea boutique leave alone an entire country.

    T.G.’s thoughts and actions are similar to someone critisizing the Indian cricket team whenever they beat the Sri lankan team. T.G wants to tell the world how weak & uncordinated the Indians are at fielding and how unsporty they are. This may be true, but the fact of the matter is that they have been thrashing us lately. Some of the games are not even a contest. It’s very similar to the thrashing that the UNP has been getting from the MR govt. for the past so many elections. Wouldn’t it be more prudent for T.G. to focus more attention on the weaknesses of the UNP and why they continue to be rejected by the voters?

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    Mahinda Jarawapakka’s son looks like an egg plant lol.

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      You RODIYA want to attack anyone – not knowing who you are. That is the nature Rodiyas. I am against MR politics, but i hate cast system in SL. I know how our grand parents behaved then. They always looked down upon their servants. Thanks god, now adays, CS has already disappeared among sinhalese families. But tamils only go after that.
      They always suffer from inferiority complex

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        We never went under nobody’s feet and never will. Unlike you Sinhala Rodiyas who dance topless for crumbs and leftovers, we worked hard from fishing to farming on our own land.. :)

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          Man you judge them from their appearance. Thanks god, many tamils are not like you. If we would behave the same. The situation would have been totally different. You should better come and see how some (I guess significant fractions among the migrated tamils) tamils (illiterates) are cornered in Switzerland, Germany, France any many other countries in EU and Canada. I have got reports about them, if you just want to see the ground realities.. just let me know. U sound to be VERY MUCH interested in castes and races in an epoche the majority of sinhalese are not even known to that. I have met a large number of tamils in Europe, and make good friends too, but most of them would never want their offsprings to get married to low caste tamils. That plays a key role in their arranged marriages. Unfortunately, some among those offsprings suffer a lot being unable to go against parents, but living alone further.
          You the folks seem to have more within your folks than with any other folks. So it will take many more years your kind of tamils to see it good.

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            Are you telling me that Tamils are illiterates? Are you for real? Look at the history if the Rich culture if the Tamils and the Sinhalese. Tamil language is one of the most ancient language in the world. Do you know how many Tamil, poets, Scientists, Engineers, doctors are there? Sinhalese are a bunch if dumb arseholes compared to any others in the world. Please don’t even go there Nangi. Sinhalese uneducated Rodiyas made this Island into a crap yard. Remember that if the Portuguese invaders didn’t invade this Island in the fifteenth century all you Sinhalese buggers would have been dancing topless to entertain the Tamil Mudalalis and would have been a servant in every Tamil household. Don’t ever compare Tamils to the Lame Sinhalese. Sinhalese have nothing to be proud of. Sinhalese are a waste of space.

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              Nangi is VERY right saying that many among migrated SL tamils (90%) are not even completed school education. It is all because of the politics in the country. However, you seem to be the guy who is going after RODIAS or caste system. Sinhalese make up nearly 14 mio in SL. The facts as they really are – not many tamils from SL are poets, Scientists, Engineers and doctors; but can agree with you that many from TN, Malaysia and South A have produced well educated tamils. Numbers produced from SL are relatively less.
              However it is very true that SL tamils that abuse asylum laws in Europe have not even lived in any of lanken metropoles before leaving for abroad. You could get all statistics by calling to GERMAN FOREGIN BUREU, SWISS FOREIGN BUERU, FRENCH FOREIGN DEPT and the respective depts of other countries as well.

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            Are you telling me that Tamils are illiterates? Are you for real? Look at the history of the Rich culture of the Tamils and the Sinhalese. Tamil language is one of the most ancient language in the world. Do you know how many Tamil, poets, Scientists, Engineers, doctors are there? Sinhalese are a bunch if dumb arseholes compared to any others in the world. Please don’t even go there Nangi. Sinhalese uneducated Rodiyas made this Island into a crap yard. Remember that if the Portuguese invaders didn’t invade this Island in the fifteenth century all you Sinhalese buggers would have been dancing topless to entertain the Tamil Mudalalis and would have been a servant in every Tamil household. When Ceylon was invaded by the Portuguese and the Brits, the Sinhalese were licking their arses to get power to the land. Sinhalese were doing the same thing as what Muslims are doing right now. Don’t ever compare Tamils to the Lame Sinhalese. Sinhalese have nothing to be proud of. Sinhalese are a waste of space.

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              Thanks to TAMIL FOLKS… Swiss, German and French municipal councils have got very cheap labourers today. So are with restaurants. They have become cheapest labour force for all of them for their kitchens. If you just travel across these countries you will get to see all these ; for example in Germany and France, you will meet them working as cleaners, road sweepers, taxi drivers/cleaners, small shop keepers (but gingerly oil smells are still there – as I got to know from my friends). In Switzerland, people dont even respect them at all. For some reasons they have become alcoholic or drug addicted. And even Hamburg, Paris, Hannover, Berlin, Bern, Basel many other towns I have seen tamils girls of second generations are busy with night life as well (red light areas). I myself have seen new generation tamil women smoking as no other communities. So get your facts right before attacking Sinhalese folks. We are all srilankens, but I really dont want you to attack SINHALESE in this way. I just check it again and again, you are the one who has been raising it going after CASTE SYTEM. Not Sinhalayas on this platform.
              So, Mr.Maaveeran, try to be little bit decent if you want to be treated decent. You would make us CT readers fools here, get the facts and study them properly. Then you can be one who can help your community. I like the MR SUMANTHIRAN has been. There are very few tamil politicians of his kind are active today.

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    Out of curiosity, is this Mahinda Chinthana equivalent to Late Gaddafi’s Green Book. Psychopaths are obsessed to stand out of the ordinary. Again the Late Colonel wore colourful attires to attract attention. Despots and Dictators always end up in the gutter.

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      Perfect Analogy !

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      Let’s hope their destiny to work to the very same manner that of Gaddafi.
      Man seem to have no respect at all on anything being passed by International community. But the minister who would face in Geneva in March 14 has already assumed that it will not be easy him to defend the country in the next session.

      Coming colour is not good for them, as I see it.. :)

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      Perfectly correct.In the gutter with their offspring, siblings
      and henchmen. May that day dawn soon for a subha anagathayak
      for Sri Lanka!

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    Mahinda’s son is a look alike of my nob head.

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      If Malaka grows a moustache, he will look like his father!

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        WOW, that means, MR has produced MALAYAKA – that could well be – why the bugger stays mum whatever Mervin would do. This kind of complacency will have no chance on long run – wait and see..
        This regime will face its waterloo in March 14.. no doubt about that. Jaya niyathai ..

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          and without that too, I meant the moustache, he has some similitude when you look at Malayaka’s offspings.

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    Speaking of corruption got reliable news that Basil. Rajapakse has a 600 acre farm in Sacramento California, will try to access public records to authenticate this.

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    “The old myths of wealthy minorities preying on Sinhala wealth and fecund minorities encroaching on Sinhala Lebensraum are used, with an increasingly heavy hand, to keep the South in a patriotic slumber.”

    Tisarannee, I have not read another who has put it so succinctly to summarise the problem we face.
    I have met several Singhala associates of mine, who are well read and in high positions both in SL and abroad who implicitly believe this to the last word.
    Until and unless we educate them how wrong this is, the country has no way of liberating itself from the iron grip of people of the likes, in power at present.

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