18 April, 2021

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The Country Does Not Deserve Anything Less Than Success From Us

By Lacille de Silva –

Lacille de Silva

The wrong people teach us best lessons. As a clever Nation, we had always used our ballot and chased wrong people away, when they nose-dived. Despite a few progressive steps taken, such as improved democratic space, MS/RW government is a good case study for bad governance. There is disappointment and disillusionment all over. They have wasted three years in office. In Parliament too, there appears to be big-time confusion. If the promised political reforms had been carried out credibly, i.e., the abolition of Executive Presidency, elimination of corruption, returning to parliamentary system of governance etc., all that could have created a significant impact on the State, the culture of impunity and governance.

The government failed to consider the need to look into promised economic revival, creation of employment, reduction of cost of living. They ignored confidence building measures while moving forward. The government also delayed local government elections, which has subsequently resulted in a political impasse, which is also a creation by choice unwisely. They  furthermore began changing the ‘political will’ to investigate high-profile corruption cases and  their mindset of taking legal action against perpetrators even before the expiry of the first year in office. The first step in that direction, was my removal from PRECIFAC w. e .f 1st March 2016. All these, no doubt was ‘political bungling’ and had now bounced back on the government causing irreparable damage. 

The legislative process in Sri Lanka is based on constitutional provisions and the Standing Orders adopted by the Parliament in terms of Article 74 of the Constitution. Standing Orders are the rules and guidelines for conducting the day to day business of the House, in an orderly manner. In Parliament, the Speaker, who is expected to  act with impartiality and authority, on the guidance of the Secretary-General, should not allow the members to engage in politics. Parliamentary politics is necessarily permitted only if members fall in line with the rules, regulations and practices of parliamentary procedure.

Speaker has the power to rule members for “unparliamentary” language and conduct and suspend a members when they disobey the orders wilfully – which is commonly called naming. Parliamentary practice is inherently procedural.  Since we follow our mother Parliament, being a Westminster model parliamentary system, we need to rely greatly for reference and apply the processes etc., in the “Treatise upon the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usages of Parliament” by the Secretary-General on a daily basis. And it is not meant to be kept under the pillow. It is an essential tool for understanding the foundational concepts of parliamentary practice and procedure and seek guidance on a regular basis. Why don’t they apply the guidelines therein and prevent the parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Thomas Erskine May (1815 – 1886), who had joined the House Commons, in the United Kingdom, as Assistant Librarian in 1831 (at the age of sixteen) had risen up through the ranks, having eventually ended up, as the most senior official, the Clerk of the House (1871 – 1886).  He had been nominated to the staff by the then Mr. Speaker Manners Sutton. Treatise written by May, had been venerated with biblical solemnity, since it was first published in 1844.

The Treatise had subsequently ceased to be the work of May. It is now an expression of the collective wisdom of the Clerks throughout the history. It is also an account of developments that had taken place in parliamentary practice and procedure. The Clerks  since the first identified Clerk of the House of Commons could be described as multi-tasked doyens, such as advice-giver to the Speaker, the Chief Executive Officer – a technocrat, to say the least. In Sri Lanka too, we continued with the same designation and was subsequently re-designated, in order to add more glamour and prestige, as Secretary-General of Parliament.

May had strongly supported the rhetorical view of Parliament as an exemplary deliberative assembly, and had praised the freedom of debate in the Westminster Parliament. Rules of Parliament had been designed to afford every legitimate opportunity for discussions, freedom of debate, generous regard for liberty of individual members, tolerance, within the walls of Parliament. He had added that the members nevertheless could be interrupted during the debate by crying “Order!” “Order!” if the debate is not in line with the procedure.

I have seen with my own eyes having been so very fortunate to serve the Parliament Secretariat for nearly three and a half decades what happened and who destroyed the Supreme Institution – Parliament. In the first place, the Opposition became week and opportunistic after the promulgation of the Executive Presidential system. The governments in power  altered the structures and the systems quoting the war under emergency rule, which lasted several decades. Flood gates had been opened to ruffians to enter politics. Party leadership overlooked and water-down the need to develop the fundamentals to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, responsiveness, transparency of the Supreme Institution – Parliament.

Politics became a lucrative business. The new breed of politicos began showing a dislike and an indifference towards their parliamentary duties. Absenteeism in Committees became a very regular occurrence. They began defecting their parties for money and ministerial positions. They started using ill-gotten money in politics, the underworld and muscle power because they lacked morality, character and decency. Nevertheless, as trustees of people’s combined aspirations, Parliamentarians have a responsibility to forge new tools, develop new mechanisms and espouse human right causes too. As emissaries of democracy, parliamentarians should also exercise oversight, accountability and  transparency of both governmental and non-governmental spheres and ensure that both State and non-State actors do not waver from commitment to a human rights regime. 

For this purpose, primarily, we need the Speaker, the Secretary-General of Parliament, the Leader of the House, Chief Government Whip, Leader of the Opposition and most importantly the Prime Minister to initiate action to remove archaic procedures for a paradigm shift in order to strengthen legitimacy of peoples’ representatives and the elected government. At a huge cost, infrastructure was also provided for televising the proceedings, which too had been abandoned or curtailed.  Reforms in my view are a sine qua non for making the Parliament effective and strong enough to achieve sustainable growth and development. They have misused their powers totally and failed to uplift the living standards of the citizens.

Shouldn’t these be reviewed from Parliament Secretariat itself? This can be achieved only if the Secretary-General of Parliament devotes his maximum time, effort and energy to constantly review the gamut of its procedures, processes and operations to guard against breakdown and decay from time to time. I am sad the Parliament Secretariat is worryingly bureaucratic, excessively wasteful, heavily compartmentalized, pathetically mismanaged, sloppily unfocussed and totally disoriented.  It is noteworthy, I began reforms, during my days and it has now been shelved. When I enquired from the former Speaker I was told – “I cannot do that, I am a politician”. It is therefore a heavily neglected institution due to bureaucratic bungling. The most hilarious situation is the fact that the need for reforms in the Parliament Secretariat has been approved, about a decade ago, by the Staff Advisory Committee, an all-powerful committee, comprising Speaker (Chairman), Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and a few more.

Parliament has also not used disciplinary and penal powers over unruly members for years. These powers have been granted to maintain discipline and to ensure sole control over all aspects of its own affairs to determine for itself the procedures. The Parliament has unquestioned authority to ensure parliamentary independence to serve the country and the people.  All that is on paper in the Constitution and in other rule books and not beyond.

Parliament is a unique institution. It possesses in-built powers to deal with anyone, who interferes or interrupt it’s legitimate functions to carry out its duties and responsibilities. I give below a few interferences that could be considered and dealt with as contempt of Parliament:

  1. Interrupting or disturbing the proceedings in the House;
  2. Assaulting, threatening, obstructing, or intimidation a member or an officer in the House;
  3. Deliberately misleading the House by way of a speech etc.;
  4. Deliberately publishing a false or misleading report of the proceedings of the House;
  5. Removing the Mace or a property of the House without authority;
  6. Deliberately suppressing information/documents required to be tabled in the House;
  7. Refusing to answer a question/provide information/ produce documents etc., required by the House;
  8. Disobeying a lawful order of the House;
  9. Giving/accepting bribes to change sides/parties;

It is important to understand that the Parliament itself has created a culture of impunity, within its precincts.  Owing to all these shortcomings there is public cynicism towards the Parliament and the peoples’ representatives. This is an unsatisfactory situation. Parliament belongs to the people. Parliament does not belong to MPs, Speaker or the Secretary-General. Parliament is the mouthpiece and the link between the government and the citizens. Without personal and institutional accountability, could the government credibly promote challenges before the country. It appears no effort has been made to find out the root causes that had eroded the respect and dignity that Parliament had earned during the days of our forefathers. 

There is no gainsaying the fact that in a society corrupt to the core, only few – the conniving and the powerful – continue to enrich themselves. The poor become poorer. On the contrary, in a morally sane, countries like Australia, all who work hard, dedicated, capable and disciplined can always make it to the top. It is unfortunate even in the Parliament secretariat such talented men are overlooked. Shouldn’t the parliament secretariat commence rewarding people based on their merit without any further delay?   

We need an army of politicians and an outfit of administrators with the passion who think that in Sri Lanka they have a responsibility, which is vast and intricate to take the country forward. Being a developing country for decades, where the majority does not get the minimum number of calories, their entitlements such as education, health etc., the big men in politics and in top positions in the public sector should not gobble up the little men without any justification or mercy. Dr. Abdul Kalam had said “Government money is people’s money. Don’t waste it. It is destructive. The country does not deserve anything less than success from us, let us aim for success”.

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    Oh. Dear. What a pathetic politics is in Sri Lanka. More than 50% of people who are elected for MPs in Sri lanka are without GCSE A/L and what would you expect from them to discuss in Parliament ? How do you expect to behave? What can they give to Sri Lanka? The literacy rate in Sri Lanka is more 90% and yet we do not elect good and educated people into parliaments . We can not all be Oxford educated? and yet, at least some of them should have basic qualifications..to debate, to discuss and to answer the Questions in Parliament ? Why not set some formal qualifications for MPs ? is it against the norm of democracy? So why not think about this point. Whose fault is it? it is it is the public who voted for some of these thugs .. Public should teach them a lesson next election and send all thrives and thugs home to clean Sri lankan politics .. It is not a easy task..

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      sinahaasle punditi – I can understand if the politicians are uneducated. They don’t run the country. The Parliament Secretariat, the administration machinery, that runs the country. But the uneducated buggesr have to sign on the dotted line…even to do that they demand money…and they have no clue.

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      “More than 50% of people who are elected for MPs in Sri lanka are without GCSE A/L and what would you expect”

      This is a great fallacy/misconception ……………. the way most Lankans behave has nothing to do with education. GL Peris is a Rhodes Scholar, Dayan according to him has won some fancy prize at Peradeniya, SWRD, Rajiva, ………… et al have gone to Oxford. Did it change the man?

      The way we behave has nothing to do with an artificially enforced “Whiteman education;” for Lankans “education” is an out of body experience, nothing much inside the man changes (Did Dayan’s prize change anything inside the man? Did GL’s Rhodes Scolarship change anything inside the man?)…………….our behaviour is rooted in our 2500 year old culture and in our genes.

      I’m no different but I can see it ….soooooo, I’ve just done away with all the cockamamie pretensions ………There’s one person I don’t deceive ………..and that’s myself……….but if Lacille’s gals wanna think I’m Elvis …….I’m your man…………

      We can write here to just get rid of our frustrations and disappointments but realistically there are no shortcuts and nothing much’s gonna change. You don’t have to look to the stars to predict that.

      Unbeknownst to us, we will first shed our imposed Whiteman “training” – which we have almost done/achieved after 70 years.

      For better or for worse the Rajapakses achieved this real quick….(Theirs’ was the first truly Lankan governance with not much regard for rules/regulations that we inherited from our colonial past…….. until then SWRD, JR, CBK, Ranil,……were all half-assed “Whites.” The only exception was Premadasa but he was in a very “Western” UNP. )………Then after few generations our own culture/society will slowly evolve to face the 21st century …….perhaps when others are in the 23rd century……….

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        Continued

        Our problems more than anything else are deeply embedded in Anthropology …………….. living daily in our society we are unable to see it ……….but a simple question to ask is ……….can a modern democracy/governance be imposed in former English colonises of Nigeria (in the 70’s they copied the American constitution word for word; a world of good it did them!) Zimbabwe, Zambia, Myanmar, Maldives …………? What makes us think we are special?

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        Nimal,
        To mix metaphors, you are a voice in the wilderness that has hit the nail on the head!
        I have been saying more or less the same thing. Our politicians are NOT the problem It is us, the voters, and the “shape-shape” culture that unerringly votes for the next snake-oil salesman that shows up. Or the next moustachioed baby-kisser .
        As you say, it has taken 70 years to get rid of whatever the Brits ingrained into us.
        It is interesting to speculate how we would have fared if the Brits hadn’t interfered. But then, look at Thailand, an uncolonized Theravada backwater until the US Army came looking for some skirt in the 60’s. Would Colombo have been like Bangkok? With a couple of ladyboys as Mahanayakas, maybe? AND a real Volkswagen factory of course.

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      continued

      What we had at independence was the “Whitman’s training” ……….which is totally alien to our culture/society………….. it took years to wash away……………gradually we have almost done away with our colonial hangover……The people who brought us home to our own culture are the Rajapakses – irrespective of the colonial edifices left behind ……..Rajapakse rule/governance in its purest form symbolizes how we would have reached the 21st century if the English had not arrived and “trained” us. This is how we would have reached the present ……………..if the line of kings continued from king Rajasinghe without disruptions from outside force/influences.

      The people have experienced true Lankan rule/governance from the Rajapakses (who are untarnished by “Whiteman-training”) in it’s purest form and love it ……………they are unwilling to go back to the remnants of Colonial/Whitman imposed/trained rule/governance that they do not comprehend ……..within the context of the Lankan culture/society the ordinary Lankans understand/comprehend the governance of the Rajapakses ……..and not the alien “colonial/English” governance that “White-trained” Ranil, CBK, Lacille …..are trying to impose.

      Ranil, CBK , ……et al are remnants from the colonial past that are trying to take the country back to the former colonial “cocoon” without much success……….

      There are different levels/layers of reality/truth ………….here in the forum we are just bogged down in the topmost superficial layer …………..

      To hell with Lanka and all its problems ………now let me go and chase some skirts ………Lacille wanna join? A Lankan reformer’s life is a lonely thankless life ………….Not gonna wait for anyone ……….I make my own destiny………………

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        nimal fernando

        “I make my own destiny”

        So you are leaving the island for good.

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    Humphry says “Yes Prime Minister” to you Nimal:)

    Mr De Silva thank you for the insider information for education of the masses.

    I think we should produce the “Yes Prime Minister” Sri Lankan version soon would be a great idea for educational purposes on administrative issues….. dare I say:)

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      Mr.Thiagarajah,
      “I think we should produce the “Yes Prime Minister” Sri Lankan version soon”
      That would be unthinkable. Your suggestion would go against the authority-worshipping culture that we have. Have you ever seen on local TV a priest of any variety portrayed as anything but holy and wise? Or a real politician (such as SWRD) shown as less than godly?
      The Brits do both on their channels.They have even questioned whether Churchill was a racist war criminal. Do you think any local channel would show SWRD, warts and all?
      This is the problem that we have, the inability or unwillingness to criticize powerful people in public.

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        oldcodger

        How about Pusswedilla.
        Have you forgotten it?

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          NV,
          Yes, but even Puss does not explicitly name any politician. And you have to remember that it is largely in English, and directed at the few people who do criticize.
          Do you think Kalumahattaya from Polonnaruwa would make much of it?

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        oldcodger

        Watch, listen and enjoy:
        Pusswedilla Sri Lankan Stage Drama Episode 3
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGQ1Uk7m2C8

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        old codger

        Agreed. However we need to get this culture in place with regard to transparency otherwise we will go nowhere. I also feel we need lots of chat shows on Radio and on TV where people can participate/phone in and ask all kind of questions on current affairs too. The hosts need to be very neutral and informative with a “back up research team” to share info/knowledge with the masses.
        The film industry/songs/dramas have stereotyped us with the same old mindset and we need to break free from this useless activity as an entertainment. Even a BBC Question Time type of program where politicians are all given exposure to the entire nation where they have to answer the public on TV on a regular/weekly basis will go a long way towards accountability. In fact all the issues Mr De Silva mentioned can be best shared/addressed using the media to educate masses with some excellent chat show hosts etc. Listen to some of the British LBC Radio type of programs amazingly useful for people to express their thoughts even to vent their anger too. BBC Radio 4 type of stations focused on various topics such as parliamentary set up/civil service setup/about our civic responsibilities as citizens too etc. For example Malaysia has invested in “One Malaysia” campaign by setting up a focus group to come up with some excellent adverts on “tv” and in “social media” on unity for younger generation to understand their heritage irrespective of their race/religion and language……..amazingly touching and most effective adverts I have seen will make anyone change their hatred/ignorance into a bundle of positive energy towards fellow beings. Time for change and we can too. My late Father will say yes please too:)

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          Thank you
          I agree with you totally.

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    “As a clever Nation, we had always used our ballot and chased wrong people away, when they nose-dived. ” – Lacille
    I do not understand the meaning of this and its appropriateness at this juncture. Do you mean that those who voted (more than 50% of the Sinhalese) for SLPP lead by Mahinda is the right decision of the people?
    In my opinion, there is no national political parties that is eligible to govern Sri Lanka as a whole Srilankan people. So far, Srilanka did not have a national political leadership who can govern the nation as a whole for Srilankan people. In 2015, people used the ballots to get rid of Mahinda regime because they were wrong. In 2017, people used the ballot to elect again those who were wrong in 2015 because the unitary government was wrong. In other words, people have only vote for two wrongs because there is no choice to vote for the right one. This is the cycle this country and people wants to follow.

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    Ours is a country which had gone through numerous ordeals due to venal politicos. Corruption, abuse of power, mismanagement, waste, etc. It is sad the country had suffered so much during the last several decades owing to the culture of impunity too. We also had to go through a devastating war and two insurgencies. In addition, there were other natural disasters as well. It is sad self-serving politicos have ignored the burning issues. Nevertheless, I am happy Westminster parliamentary democratic governance system has survived for several decades under extremely difficult circumstances.. I have therefore maintained the position that the people used the ballot to change governments which did not live up to their expectations. In a democracy, that is exactly what people could do, and nothing more. The problem is we have so far had the wrong people engaged in politics. They were nominated by our leaders, who have caused endless suffering to our people, whether it is MR/MS/RWCBK/JR. Why did they do that? Didn’t they inflict so much of pain on the citizens and seek happiness and satisfaction for them?

    It is unfortunate we did not have good leaders, with altruism, with love, affection, sincerity, who could have put the country on the right track. If we had such leaders, I have no doubt my motherland would have been a better place to live more than all the other places in the world. It is my very sincere opinion that if we have good leaders the existing system could be easily improved. We could put the country on the right track within a few years. I am a firm believer that all what we need to do is to manage the country well and we could do better. My article was an effort to discuss that issue in detail. If we could now think of generously with altruism and do our job well we could improve our country easily to make it a liveable place. I must add that there is no greater mission than serving the fellow human beings for politicians and public servants. In my case, may I hubly mention that I have the greatest satisfaction, in my life and in my retirement, because, when I was in service, I had done my job well, under very trying circumstances.

    Nimal Fernando, it appears, feels that I too think like RW and CBK. I am sorry I do not approve their systems and thinking. I am also a man from down south and I too believe if we have an altruistic leader with competence we will be able to put the country within a few years. As you had said MR did an excellent job to end the war. I agree with Nimal that MR was a great leader. All that what he did after having ended the war, I believe, people did not approve. And he was defeated in 2015.

    I have never said that we must drag the country back to ‘Sudda’ days. I am believer that if we have a good leader, this country could be put on THE RIGHT TRACK.

    I have made an attempt to give my version why a Westminster model Sri Lankan parliament is facing DECAY AND DESTRUCTION. That is the utmost I could do in retirement.

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      Lacille,

      Geeze ………..Don’t take all what I write too seriously :)) ……..I just tease people; pull their legs ……. Nothing is ever personal.

      One of the very few people I go hard against is Dayan ……..then again it’s not personal. ………It’s just that, with his background/education he shouldn’t be doing what he is doing. He should know better. …..There are many who don’t know what they are doing and that’s forgivable…….”Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”……….but not Dayan. :))

      I tease you for your name ……….because my parents used to talk about a journalist named Darcy Vitthacchi (or such name) who did interesting pieces ……one was about names of Lankans’ houses ….and one house – in the vein of Lankan tradition of naming after the youngest son – was named Sexville ….the youngest son happened to be named Sextus.

      I appreciate the efforts you make ……in all your articles …………

      I guess, people sometimes misinterpret what I write…………I don’t think going away from the system of governance imposed by the English is a good thing …………Ranil – especially – in his usual ham-fisted way is trying to impose some rule-based order in the country and in the parliament/governance …….. and it showed in the way the recent election was conducted ……….

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        Thank you Nimal

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      continued

      I think Mahind’s “greatness” is more myth than real …..it’s just mass hysterical self-deception by the people, with a lot of help and “edging on” from him and his sidekicks who stand to benefit. …..throughout history these type of people have appeared all over the world ………and left nothing else but devastation…………….

      There are/were many people who contributed more to the war-victory than Mahinda ……..but he ended up getting all the accolades …..other more modest leaders – who are not into the personality-cult business – would have spread it around ……….and that shows the class of the man….

      Take away the war-victory (which rightfully belong to many)………..can you or anyone else name one single good thing Mahinda has done for the country for his “greatness?” Just one? ……..This is the unexamined myth ………..one says he did great things and the others without thinking just parrot it …………all he is good at is giving an allusion of “greatness” and selling it to the ignorant/uneducated Lankans ……….who don’t have the capacity for critical thinking……… Believe me, I can do it to many gals ……..convince them that I’m the knight on a white horse that they have been waiting for all their lives……..All you have to do is cross a certain “moral” line in the sand……If one crosses the line or not shows the measure of the man.

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      continued

      I do not blame him for the murder/corruption/nepotism……….. in his rule as he didn’t know any better….he couldn’t have imposed any other type of governance even if he wanted to ………..because he was “pure-Lankan” untarnished by a “white education.” That’s the only governance he knew ………it’s a little crazy for anyone to expect a pure Westminster-system from him. He wouldn’t have known it even if it fell on his head. ………But one would expect such a system from Ranil.

      The rule/governance Mahinda (and the Rajapakses) imposed on Lanka is a pure and simple Mafia-system ……..this is what people untainted by “education” do when they come into power/leadership because that’s all what they know ……….study how Al Capone, John Gotti …….. et al ran their outfits……..fear/repression/murder ……….was part and parcel of the whole shebang ……..and don’t tell me it didn’t happen…….

      And even among the Mafiosi there was one very smart guy (without much education but very intelligent to observe and pick up from others) Lucky Luciano , who transformed the way the Mafia operated ……..

      I’m afraid Mahinda was no Lucky Luciano ………except in deception ……….and then again Lankan voters don’t set the bar too high……………..

      Like all our past leaders ……one day we will look back and think what was all that about……………

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      continued

      Anyway enough about all these Lankan political claptrap ………….Lacille, tell me about gals……..

      Like the lines of a 18th century poet who died of hunger at 19 in the gutter …………

      To the future generations ………….
      Don’t tell me, if you have bridged the seas
      Or flown the skies
      But tell me if you still have wine, song and women…………

      Lacille, where would one be in Lanka ………without a Dionysian outlook on life? Time to let you hair down ………………and reach for your Leopard-skin shirt!

      God of Wine (Dionysus)

      Distinguishing Features: Leopard-skin shirt, walking shorts, purple socks and sandals, the general pasty demeanour of someone who has been up partying much too late.

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      Dear Mr De Silva
      I appreciate all what you have written and shared with us openly for educational purposes. Change can not come if people like yourself after retirement do not share respective knowledge from respective carrier/field then all what you have learned will be wasted. We need to encourage all our professionals to do the same and a web platform to be created where our children can access such knowledge base/have discussions/seek corrective actions in all areas of life. There is nothing wrong or right about what could be written in the above category except it is once owns very personal experience/journey/morals/professionalism/opportunity/misfortunes which is shared. This is exactly what we need from all our people – from the armed forces/civil servants/medical professionals/people affected by the violences since independence/politicians/head of states/police officers/road cleaners/the maids work overseas/Sri Lankan diaspora their journey/children fought for various causes/university students…etc etc. We should form a Focus Group to seek such info and filter/consolidate and pass it to the respective government departments for further evaluation/action. After-all the democracy is “by the people for the people” and each and every countries/communities problems can not be generalised therefore it is the only avenue to progress constructively taking into consideration of the ground reality. With this kind of mindful approach we can feel the pulse of the nation 24/7……….respond to all the emergencies so effectively too before it becomes a cancer like disease……………which is what we have today…………prejudices/wars based on race/religion/language/cast and class…….thank you Mr De Silva.

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        My dear Venu

        Let me pl request you to call me Lacille. I am also so happy to call you Venu. It is ondeed a great pleasure to read your comments. I am so happy for all the nice words above and it gives me so much of strength to keep on writing in future too, I really want to discuss what had gone wrong and the steps that could be taken how to put it right. I trust as you had mentioned, authorities will do the needgul. Thanks

        Lacille

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      ” I agree with Nimal that MR was a great leader. All that what he did after having ended the war, I believe, people did not approve. And he was defeated in 2015.”

      Dear Lacille,
      You say “people did not approve”. My question is: did you approve the peoples believe?
      Can you illustrate what are things people did not approve?

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        Dear Ajith,

        MR’s contrubtion to end the war was a great achievement. He raised the country having ended the war to a higher level. We expected Sri Lanka to grow even further thereafter and become the WONDER OF ASIA.

        It is sad MR, after having won the war, introduced the 18th Amendment and dragged the country to a different direction. He allowed his cronies to rip the country off mercilessly and he himself confessed that he did not take action against corrupt politcians.

        I was personally aware there were two COPE REPORTS that was tabled in Parliament and it was pushed under the carpet. Those losseses highlighted in those reports ran into billions and billions.

        My snswer to your question is – YES. I

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