14 July, 2020

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The Economy: Gota’s Enemy Number One

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

All good things must come to an end. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s victory over LTTE and limited victory over Covid-19 are fast turning into just sweet but distant memories. A new enemy and one about whom Gota and his power cartel has very limited knowledge, and with no effective weapons to fight with, is threatening to drown him, his regime and the country into the sea of economic scarcity, hunger, malnutrition, starvation and even death. It is pointless to fight an election and grasp more power when the economic edifice is crumbling. 

True, this enemy no.1 is not the creation of Gota but came from outside along with Covid-19. Corona virus hit mostly the elderly, but the economic virus is hitting every one. With an expected fall of 4.9% in global GDP over the next two years, which is equivalent to $12 trillion, according to IMF’s revised forecast, every country except China is in trouble. China’s expected growth of 1% however, should also be accepted with caution, because that country has a history of massaging data for ideological and political reasons. GDP of mighty US is expected to decline by 8%, neighbouring India by 4.5% and Japan by 5.8%. Although the fall is the lowest for emerging economies in Asia, even they will remain stagnant for at least another two years.  By the second quarter of this year, almost 300 million jobs have been wiped out. In short, the world is experiencing the worst economic recession ever. Given this gloomy scenario what chance does tiny Sri Lanka have to swim against the tide? 

The question is what should be done at least to minimise the pain? It is foolish to depend on the Central Bank to pull out a magic. Because, the problem is not in the monetary arena, but in the market arena. Every country in the world has gone to the printing machine as a first resort, and economies are flooded with liquidity. The conservative Central Bank has also done the same, yielding to pressure from the Presidency. Without increasing supply in the commodity market more and more liquidity can only lead to hyper-inflation. That will be worse than the cure. Government is now turning to the fiscal side and tightening the screws. Ms. Gopinath, the Chief Economist of IMF advises that, “Countries will need sound fiscal frameworks for medium-term consolidation, through cutting back wasteful spending, widening tax base, minimising tax avoidance and greater progressivity in taxation in some countries.” Is that enough for Sri Lanka? This fiscal tightening in the midst of scarcities will be a killer to ordinary consumers, because of rising prices and increase in cost of living. As consumer spending falls, businesses will suffer, unemployment will increase, household income will fall, and government revenue collection will fall. It is going to be a vicious circle.   

This is why supply side needs a boost at any cost. It will take at least another two to three years, if not longer, for the external market to reach its pre-Corona capacity. With limited room for exports, supply side must target the domestic market. If domestic production and businesses can survive for the next three years by managing to recover at least their variable cost, fixed cost will be kept safe to work overtime when the tide turns favourably later. Therefore every impediment that blocks full expansion of the domestic market must be removed. This is entirely in the hands of Gota, and not in the hands of the Central Bank or Treasury.   

In several of my earlier pieces I have emphasised the point that economic recovery should be a collective effort involving every community in the country. Any policy or measure that keeps communities divided and disunited is a criminal offence against the economy and the country. This is lesson number one that should be learnt from the experience of 1970s. 

There are influential segments advising and supporting the President that do not want this unity. Those elements consider that certain communities are dispensable and therefore could dispossessed. It was on that basis for example, they were urging Gota to appoint in a hurry a Task Force for Heritage Management, which immediately went into dispossessing lands from Muslim farmers in Pottuvil, in the name of archaeological excavations to preserve Buddhist ruins. Is this the priority of the nation today? 

To defeat the number one enemy military and its weapons are useless. The priestly segment that is advising Gota is a burden to society, and to use a Marxian terminology, it is part of a class of social parasites. Religion does not feed, clothe and shelter people, it does not create productive employment. On the other hand, the priestly class lives and thrives on society’s economic output and income. The crying need of the time therefore is economic survival, and any impediment that disrupts economic output in any part of the country by any section of the population must be removed forthwith. This is a fundamental truth that the regime must understand. Unfortunately, the heat of an election is accentuating disunity and obstructing recovery efforts. 

Economy is Gota’s enemy no.1. If he fails to defeat it, he would become peoples’ enemy no.1.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    The economy has defeated Gota and his fellow Nazis already.

    Madamulana Clan is on its last legs.

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      Gatam,

      Medamulana camp is well at looting – this was proved by
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      Mahinda Rajakshe – divinaeguma account and the facts droped down by former CJ … MR to have stolen over 5000 millions of Tsunmai funds
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      Basil Rajakshe – this man is beyond all ethics and morals – the land property caught in the Gamapa district – was just partly investigated… ” the simple question would have been.. who was the owner if not Basil family ? this simple question was neglected by the mediation of SIRISENA the most stupid man in srilanken politics.
      .
      Namal Rajapakshe- CSN channel and the money grabs were caught in the act, by the investigation, however, MR and SIRISENA together with that bp Wijedasa never let this be further investgated.

      Gotabaya Rajakshe – Most known AVANGARDE theft, MIG purchase theft ( 7.4 millions of US dollars) and stolen money from the govt for building MONUMENTs…. making up over 30 millions of rps- with his president, any allegation became null and avoid.

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        What of LTTE gold looted and transported by Helicopter?
        The two pilots involved are no more!

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          “The two pilots involved are no more!”
          So they got what they deserved. Karma is a b!tch.

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      At the time SIRISENA was in that seat, economists and other experts explained him this on and on, but his reactions were ” scratching his own ears and back side- instead of responding or behaving pro actively – all because the bugger did not get what was being discussed or talked “:
      .
      Now it is even worst with Nandasena – he does not know even the 0.000000000000% of what SIRISENA did – so it will be like waiting looking at the sky until PIGS MIGHT fly if anything would turn out to be positve under the LEADERSHIP of GR and the bunch of his brothers thugs.

    • 15
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      Dr. Ameer Ali

      ” Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s victory over LTTE and limited victory over Covid-19 are fast turning into just sweet but distant memories. “

      There is no end to them reminiscing their victory over LTTE even though 11 years have passed. In every interview and at every opportunity the single handed generals never failed to discuss Evil LTTE and how they won the war. The memories will creep into Mahawamsa and more.

      Hindians in New Delhi know why these lying b******s are lying to the people.

      • 0
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        ….so long as you guys keep reminiscing and resurrecting Thalwar’s ghost.
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        Your new hero seems to be Karuna Amman who is on a vote catching spree reminding you of your glorious past.

        Soma

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          somass

          “Your new hero seems to be Karuna Amman who is on a vote catching spree reminding you of your glorious past.”

          Even until last week Karuna Amman was your hero.
          What happened to you?

          Many moons ago I told you and your fellow racists to have him under arrest, investigate his conduct and charge him with war crimes along with Gota, Mahinda, …. thousands of single handed Generals.

          Do you believe in Karma according to Buddhism, not according to Sinhala/Buddhist fascism?

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            You forgot to include those who promoted LTTE as the sole representatives of Tamils.

            Soma

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              somass

              “You forgot to include those who promoted LTTE as the sole representatives of Tamils.”

              Don’t be silly.
              LTTE arm twisted TNA into doing what they did, it is similar to what JVP did during their reign.
              Did you know how many Tamil politicians and innocent civilians lost their life either for not supporting your brethren psycho VP or opposing him, thanks to Hindians, Sri Lankan state, Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority, particular thanks to Sri Lankan armed forces for being LTTE’s recruitment sergeant?

              Have you decided whom are you going to support in the Indo-China war?

              You should always remember the Swahili saying that goes like this: “When two elephants fight, the grass suffers; and, when the same two elephants make love, the grass also suffers,” .

              Now you know how best to advise Gota, Kamal, Shavendra, Dhinesh, Wimal, Karannagoda, …………………….

              Take care.

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          Soma,

          Karuna never won any seats anywhere within Tamil, Sinhala, Muslim electorates. Karuna is treated as traitor by Tamils; Karuna is seen as dangerous Tamil Enemy by Muslim politicians; Karuna is seen as Child soldier user by INGOs; For UN he is a war criminal; For Ranil, as usual with all other Tamils, Karuna is curry leaves, Same with Sampanthar, Sumanthiran, he sucked Karuna and threw in garbage can. King deported him to outside of Lankawe. For France, Britain,……… he is an illegal international racketeer; Old King made him as a minister, without MP seat. Karuna is treated as Hero by Sinhalese to help wining LTTE.

          Old King wanted to be Dutugamunu (Not the real Tamil King, but Mahanama’s imaginary Sinhala Buddhist rowdy king). Unfortunately on his last days, Mahanama’s Gemunu was killed by his life time enemy, brother Satatissan and kingdom was taken over. The wan nu be Gamunu is in trouble by his brother and already lost the Kingdom to his brother.
          Jeyewewa Satatissan!

    • 15
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      Blatant lies become public perception of the country. Easy targets, the gullible, gaping majority struggle on their surivival. No concessions as they expected Gota to give them once the govt is formed, now 8 months passed and pissed … nothing for the benefit of anyone… instead, SUPPRESSION, SELF ADULATION, HIGH COST OF LIVING, SELF AGGRANDIZEMENT, SELF PROCLAMATION about containment of the virus better than the world powerful folks ????… who have they been deceiving yet again ?

      Former govt was able keep the head over the water in terms of economy, since they managed it well. No unnecessary celebrations on the costs of the people. Nor had they wasted except for the essentials. Tax were taken from the riched and weathy more than those of the poor. Health sector was booming then with price reduction of over 80 drugs and medical devices. Development projects moved forward but with a transparent manner. The press was given the due freedom going beyond the levels as is the case of today. Cost of living was much lower.

      So now people would feel, they took CHILLIES givng thm Ginger. All in all, this is the style of SRILANKEN traditional politics of Rajakashe RASCALs.
      :
      However, bond scam, almost destroyed everything. Well, it can be a plan of virulent Rajapakshe to take the power again.

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      Gatam:
      Correction the economy has defeated the hard working Sri Lankans and the dreams of the younger generation. The gang of thieves are now legally robbing the country.

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    Dear Dr Ali,

    Economy was already in a sluggish state at the time his brother was defeated by various forces in 2015.

    In that govt, their vocal coach – school drop out aka WIMAL BURUWANSE made it very clear, if MR’s secretary to Ministry of finance would continue the way they had been upto, there would be no future to this country. These men leaving their professional knowledge aside, were still the insiders to that govt. That uneducated man, Buruwanse spilled the bean and revealed the very truth.

    Few months after the public statements made by WW, then president MaRa thought of calling an early election – can you imagine???????????????????????
    , it was 2 long years ahead of the his tenure. Misleading the very same audience filled with various kind of grass eaters, it was annouced, it is worth holding elections for a new govt because they were very sure of getting over 2/3 mandate and walk to the same manner MUGABE of Zimbawe state did.
    :
    With all these being the recent history, gullible filled srilanka seems to be not caring much about the future of their young generations, but let them be further caught by the same bunch of thieves. Those saffron clad men stay stand still in today s context as if they are practising ” shock theory”.

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      leelagemalli,
      “Economy was already in a sluggish state at the time his brother was defeated by various forces in 2015.”

      This is rubbish. Economy started to grow after Rajapakshes eliminated LTTE Tamil terrorism that ruined the economy over a period of three decades. Economy was growing around 7% in 2015. ‘Jadapalana’ Government’s ‘Royal Gang’ advisers ruined the economy and by 2019 the economic growth went down to around 2%. All MPs of Unpatriotic National Party, the so called ‘Opposition’ led by Sambandan and Muslim MPs who protected the Government should take the blame for pushing the economy in to this downward spiral.
      If Mahinda Rajapakshe won the Presidential election in 2015, political stability could have been guaranteed to private investors. Gamarala ruined that opportunity.

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        Economy started to grow- My gosh ? Loans and discount poured into the country and to the pockets of the Rajakashe family/henchmen/ making the simple men wealthy people.. ( but how many families ?).
        .
        The poverty levels of the real day srilanka …

        -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBf7WGMHTQk
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZaL1tiZdiE
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA3Wfk2-myQ
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igfBy_dKvBg


        how ? Were there any kind of increase of the jobs during that epoch ? And please come with the facts.
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        Economy was seen as grown since WANDIBATTAYA Ajith Kabral doctored the documents.
        :
        Sure, if funds would flow in to a country by varioius means, the per capita would go up… that is also the case in Angola though their inflation rates are over 52% .

        But for a nation whose school literacy is over 92% should necessariy be comparable with that of a Black tribal country ?
        .

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          leelagemalli,
          Go and read reports of the Asian Development Bank. They do not publish cooked up data.
          You guys have a psychological problem in facing the truth. Can tell the truth to the dong keys but cannot force the dong keys to accept the truth.

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        Eagle Eye
        Haha, haha.?
        =
        In your teenage year of 90 are you contemplating a change of career.?
        From being a classless low caste petty moron racist are you attempting to infer that the rajapuka gang are honest.?
        =
        If you still continue to do, you will become the world’s best dry junk joker and the ideal abode for you is the angoda mental hospital.
        =
        Do not worry about the well-being of your Tamil meenachi, the likes of genuine original Tamil’s like me will ensure that all her minute needs will be fully taken care of happily.

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        Eagle,
        China broke his(old King) computers and took the Colombo Pong Cing. Then it started to pull his amude to get Hangbangtota harbor and 7500 acres land. That is why he untied his Amude and left it in China’s hand, run out of Temple Tree House, two years early. Remember, he had passed 18 A hoping to make TTH as his private resident. But it was China scared him out and made him to run away. Ranil went there and saw that Old King had played him out on the emptiness of treasury. So he did it back to Old King in 2019. Ranil willingly resigned the PM position, one year early than he should be. Old King had warned King not to go for EP election. But who escaped from the fate? Now Old Royals’ ship is nearing inch by inch to Inchcape rock. Let us sit back and watch the wreck without fighting among us.
        Happy Show!

    • 22
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      Dr. Ali has spoken the truth. “Religion does not feed, clothe and shelter people, it does not create productive employment. On the other hand, the priestly class lives and thrives on society’s economic output ” It is time Sri Lankans woke up to how they are being taken for a ride by politically ambitious miscreants hiding behind the Buddha’s robe. These unscrupulous messiahs have now become self-proclaimed experts on everything from glyphosate to fallopian tubes, not to mention archaeology and the strategic significance of Trinco. The gullibles who take them seriously don’t have the backbone to correct them.
      Dr. Ali ,I am sure will come in for a lot of abuse for stating the obvious.

      • 20
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        Gota has been taken for a ride by his “intellectual” hangers-on. These self-proclaimed Viyathmaga experts are clueless when faced with a real crisis. Gota shouts at economists, but what was he himself doing when his brother spent borrowed money on useless vanity projects?. If those loans had not been taken, would the economy be in such a mess?
        As Dr. Ali says, the government is shooting itself in the foot by allowing rabid monks to harass Muslims. Like it or not, Muslims control the economy far out of proportion to their numbers. From the biggest garment exporters to the smallest kade, Muslims use their innate skills to make a go of it, unlike the lethargic majority. Sadly, in many places, minorities are not given a level playing field. To allow nut-cases to harass Muslims is utmost stupidity.

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          Old C@

          See immediately after they returned to power they gave concessions to the business men with their taxes.
          :
          Now the very same men shamelessly impose the same taxes to be collected with effect from July

          And with huge price reduction in WORLD oil market., srilanka is one of the few countries that have not given the concession to the people. Name of COVID crisis, they saved or wasted them for their own.
          :
          There is no PROPERLY held cabinet, but FAKE cabinet similar to that of 52day govt of Sirisena/MR, does nothing but mislead the nation and they the looters are at their usual modus operandi regarding wastes.

          So how can ECONOMY ever be recovered ????????????????????????????????ß

  • 16
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    The economy is the greatest enemy for the country, but economic status of Mahinda Family is the greatest opportunity. However, Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists now have a challenge in its close relationship with Kauna Amman who himself told Sinhala people that I killed more Sinhala than Covid-19. It is not the only murder but he attacked the Daladha Maligawa which is the heart of Sinhala Buddhists and Arangala Monks murder in a bus. How long Mahinda family can cheat with lies. All srilankans are proud because of our cricket. Another Mahinda Golaya after 10 years accuse of national cricket victors as corrupt.Is it the way we do politics? Government servants are threatened by the Mahinda family now. Mahinda is now defending Karuna by accusing that Sajith’s father Premadasa gave arms to LTTE. Yes, every one knows he gave arms to LTTE to fight Indian army who is attacking Sinhala people from the East with former North East Chief Minister Varatharajah perusal. Later, Premadasa was murdered but Mahinda celebrated his murder with crackers.

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    Dr Ameer
    Are you trying to say defeating economic enemy is only his responsibility? Isn’t that is the responsibility of all professionals in all sectors? This is the problem of Sri Lanka. When the match is lost, it is the captain’s fault. You should know the captain is only good as the team. This is why every professional should wake up from their slumber and work hard. GR will facilitate them with resources. The nation should be happy that they got a progressive president. Imagine if Mithree remains in power one more year. Your blame should be directed to lethargic professionals. Write something how professionals should behave. You know better Dr Ali. In Australia, ( your home now) PM has nothing to do with economic decision making. He is just a messenger of the professionals’ decision by facilitating to do the job. Just imagine what would have happened to GR in Sri Lanka if he faced a similar situation when PM Scott Morrison faced 60 billion Australian dollar estimation error done by the Australian Tax Office. Did you write an article blaming Scott? Be fair. You should be ashamed of misusing your expertise.

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    Shall we get rid of all Buddhists monks, Christian Clergy, Hindu Poosaris, Muslim Imams?

    “Religion does not feed, clothe and shelter people, it does not create productive employment. On the other hand, the priestly class lives and thrives on society’s economic output and income.”

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      Who are buddhist monks ? How do you define them ? I learnt it in Daham School, going by Dhamma padaya….and that is why I feel very unfair whenever I read news being aird from our motherland.
      Are they buddhist monks or BUDDHGAMA monks ? Mahawansa was never subjected to any revisions. Yet to kneel down any rogues wearing SANGA costumes should go out of the average mind set. Just learn to respect good monks that hold on to true buddhim should be promoted.
      :
      Maedagoda Abhayathissa is known to be a MUDALALIya hidden behind sanga costume. For some reasons, the vicious men are now in silent mode. But next days we can see them running naked smearing their own excreta. … this is the nature of Rajapakshe politics.

      Buddhist monks would not care much on promotion of racism and extremism, because buddhism as taught by LORD BUDDHA – solely beased on ” NON-VIOLENCE”.

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      Eagle Eye,

      A wishful thinking. We should get rid of those Monks, Clergy, Hindu Priests and Muslim Immams and those political leadership who bring the fundamentalism into politics. The respective Monks to Immams is to guide the people with the principles of Lord Buddha’s teaching about do’s and dont’s such as don’t hurt others, don’t rob others, always be honest, respect the people, help to needed etc. Politicians have no duty to protect religions or faiths. Politicians have the duty to implement the rule of law and justice to all. Politicians are servants of people, not masters of people. So, they don’t need luxury life.
      The problem: Is it possible? Not in Srilanka for another century.

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “Shall we get rid of all Buddhists monks, Christian Clergy, Hindu Poosaris, Muslim Imams?”

      What a brilliant idea!!!!
      Please refer to this cartoon by Awantha Artigala.
      https://www.facebook.com/Awantha.artigala/photos/a.580926191924881/4540524309298363/?type=3&theater

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      Eagle Eye P….y.?
      Yes, a great idea.
      First you a petty Klu Klux caste of a despicable classed moron of a two-leggedA beast has to consume a capsule or two of Velu Anna’s much spoken out and much potent CYANIDE capsule which will guarantee MAHINDAPALAN a quick ride to nirvana.
      =
      Then I can woo your widow will real low caste Tamil guile and endeavour to give her along with me a great blissful life till death do one of us part.?
      =
      A brilliant idea, is it not.?

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        Dear rj1952,
        .
        You might be known to Eagle Eye in person. Chances are high you to have met him in life that we thousands of miles away from him. As my info reveals he should be living in Sidney.

        If not from his circles, you could better collect realities about him from many others. I have no doubt, he should be suffering a mental disorder – ” hating minorities, though he himself belongs to the minority in Down Under”.

        His unstoppable hatreds against srilanken minorities may well be connected with his personnal vendetta.

        As if a geriatric mental patient would do, he repeats… he is against facts…. knowing that we are all from India, he has yet audacity it is only tamils came from India. DNA and genalogical outcomes have proved the truths – no matter leaving them aside, he goes on adding his 2 cts worth as if he would be talking to a deaf person. –

        Until his death, he would be entwined with his hatreds – for sure, this I have learnt in basic human psychology. All I can say is – may gods be on his sides to show him the way, during the little time ahead of him.

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          leelagemalli#
          This sad human is hooked up with a Tamil lass, worked for Lake House and to the best of my knowledge is polluting a suburb in Melbourne where I too live.
          =
          I have been hitting him hard below the belt about the sad fact that being a fornicator with a Demala meenachi but he never has the balls or the courage to counter-attack my facts.
          =
          All his biased to the core reeking with petty racist hatred against the minorities are with hundreds of dislikes but these do not bother the likes of him who in my humble opinion desperately need to be behind bars in many a reputable mental institution.
          =
          Thanks to the good Lords these spewing of vile petty racists are in the minority in this prestigious forum.

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            rj1952 / June 26, 2020 @

            Are u 100% sure of EE s identity him being the same old MahindaPala that then added his usual columns to LANKAWEB ? and also he was once the editor of lake house new papers. These I gathered from the web.

            Old Codger@
            over to you – please add your thoughts on this subject. Ms Sharmini Serasingher was the first to call EE as Mahindapala among the CT posters. But you were the one who insisted that EE is not the MAHINDAPALA. Great if you could help us here with some clarity. That can help all of us really.
            :
            Some time back many commenters denied saying that EE is not at all Mahindapala.
            :
            However, if you RJ prove this here, that can do lot good to all of us.
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            From what I read about ” Mahindapala”, he should now be in his 80ties or 90ties. His hatreds towards the tamil community remain cemente, as a psychopath would take it long. I dont think anything can help him reverse.We have to see it further to mind up. Actually, what he has been doing to the nation is only spreading hatreds and further divisions only. His affinity to Rajapakshes are no differnt that of Royal astrologist who would even taste the excreta of that family. THere exist a sort of people in some populations for some reasons.

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              Leela,
              I don’t think it is appropriate to try to find out the personal identity of EE or anyone else. Their domestic arrangements aren’t our business either. HLDM usually writes under his own name , and being an ex-editor, writes much better than EE.

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                PART ONE
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                Dear leelagemalli,
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                I think that “old codger” is right.
                .
                H. L. D. Mahindapala was editor of the Sunday Observer from 1990 to 1994 and when he writes it is usually with caustic hatred of anything Tamil. Nobody has told me how old he is (in any case one doesn’t go round asking every acquaintance inane questions of that sort), but obviously he’s more ancient than any of us. Yet I have seen articles by him even this year. He continues to write well.
                .
                I would never give fail marks in English to “Eagle Eye”, but he definitely is not a writer with HLDM’s power. Both tend to be one-track in their approach to any ethnic issue. Well, “leelagemalli”, we often seem to go much too far in the other direction!
                .
                The problem with HLDM and EE is that they appear to be consumed by hatred; however, as oc says, we can’t object to that, per se. I have no thirst to know your identity, just because I do otherwise. It doesn’t matter much because none of us usually spews actual loathing – no, not even for the Rajapaksas!

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                  Dear SM,
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                  Yes, let s leave it not going after IDs further.
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                  The question regarding „who is who“ came up, because of the growing hatreds against srilanken minorities (more against Tamils in general) in EE’s repeated posts, not once but in a consecutive manner. RJ from DU felt him being treated that racial so his focused on the identity of EE/HDLM. The truth is both EE and HDLM shamelessly continue their ULTRA anti-tamil posts irrespective oft he facts.
                  :
                  Even if leaders in Europe ( Dr Merkel and Mr Johnson) and developed countries in Asia could move free to buy their daily needs to the manner any other citizens would do, in a country, where contract killers are reported to be sitting with the current leadership, how can anyone feel like being secured ? Do we have any better choice than hiding behind pseudo names ?

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                PART TWO
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                This is what we Sri Lankans must expiate – hatred.
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                I agree with you that we ought to ask rj1952 to accost HLDM and talk him into being more human. I know it would be an almost impossible task, given the man’s age. As for rj1952, let me hope that he takes up my renewed challenge – of at the very least, eschewing vulgar expressions when he comments. When he wrote me a few emails he was able to write effectively enough. One can pick holes in anybody’s language (including mine!) if one really wants to.
                .
                The problem with rj1952 is that he can’t laugh at himself occasionally. You all saw that even after it had been conclusively been proved that he had mistaken the identity of Ravinatha’s parentage, he came back stating it when commenting on the next article.
                .
                I think that we must all learn not to make things worse for ourselves by getting stubborn. I will hold fast to what I see as truth, but we must face reality.

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                  Dear SM,

                  Main barriers of expiating sins are well connected with sinister politician’s agenda leading to harvest of more votes.
                  Easy tricks work on the vulnerable easily. People dont question twice before their emotions. Media mafia fertilizes politician’s acts. If they are whole hearted as their SINNHALA rhetorics say, how come the poverty levels within the country remain to be elevated to the manner some SM videos reveal to us today ?
                  .
                  I added you some links before, but the link below will inform you more:
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeQIgGKs600
                  :
                  I studied a lot about WWII and post war Germany. There I thought that the germans should have been the worst folk to promote racism the way HITLOR led it. But when closley looking at the facts about sinhala supremacy growing in our country, even after a 30 year brutal civil war, I become speechless.
                  .

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                    Leela,
                    “There I thought that the germans should have been the worst folk to promote racism the way HITLOR led it.”
                    If you study a bit further , you will find that Churchill was as racist as Hitler.

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                PART THREE
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                I’m partly writing this uninspired appeal partly because you tend to panic if you don’t hear from me. I’m now back in the Badulla District where I must vote. I must study the situation here to make up my mind, but my pessimism is extreme. Explicitly, about the Economy. The Rajapaksas will prevent the “man in the street” from realising just how bad it is – it will inevitably become clear to us the moment we have finished voting.
                .
                Forecasts as gloomy as this are even dangerous to make! It will be made out (with some credibility – I don’t know if you’re familiar with the lines from Shakespeare’s Henry IV “”The Wish Was Father To The Thought”. No, I don’t expect you to know it – explained here:
                .
                https://www.enotes.com/topics/henry-4-part-2/quotes/wish-was-father-thought
                .
                What possibilities have been opened up by technology! Yet, we’re bound almost to not improve our lives.
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                This is the tragedy!
                .

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                  Dear SM,
                  thank you. very much. I had good reasons to go panic. But you dont need to add any posts that could lead you to life risks.Please do what you think is right going by growing dangerous situation in the country today. It is no worth risking your life.Take good care of you. The mardhanaya- suppression in a new form even going beyond to the levels we experienced it prior to 2015 could come on any dissidents. That is called, mlechcha politics of the criminals in power. All these are public secret. Nevertheless man on the street, would not have the sufficient knowledge to cotton on it yet it yet. There is a saying – . Ginipenellen batakaapu miniha kanaamadiri eliyatath bayayi lu (ගිනිපෙනෙල්ලෙන් බැටකාපු මිනිහා කණාමැදිරි එළියටත් බයයි ලු) The man who has been beaten by a fire-brand dreads the light of even a firefly. When someone goes through a traumatic experience, he/she tries to avoid everything that even closely resembles that experience.
                  Mine too is extreme, but we dont have any other options.Being honest to you, I wont give up. The spirit in me by my beloved mother would not allow me to give up anyhting easily.
                  Thanks also for the link. That is great, I have read it in German and also heard it from my colleagues the way they interpret it.
                  I will support SJB and JVP since their thoughts go close to that of mine.

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            CT
            What I see above is a string of vile personal abuse.
            EE is himself/herself guilty of offensive utterances against communities as a whole. That is deplorable, just as other utterances of such nature here.
            *
            Personal attacks are, however, most avoidable as they lead to personalizing of issues and making CT a CT-M** forum.
            Knowing a person’s identity is no basis for personal abuse.
            Does CT not have no policy on such matters? Many of the personal attacks are among the worst of trolling.

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              CT

              THE SERMON ON ABUSE BY THE AWAKENED ONE:

              “A wicked man who reproaches a virtuous one is like one who looks up and spits at heaven; the spittle soils not the heaven, but comes back and defiles his own person. The slanderer is like one who flings dust at another when the wind is contrary; the dust does but return on him who threw it. The virtuous man cannot be hurt and the misery that the other would inflict comes back on himself.”
              https://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/btg/btg58.htm

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              I wonder who will be most covered in sputum and dirt.

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      Of those you’ve listed the ones who have been at the jugular of all governments of country since independence, are the real culprits! Even the 30 year old war that ravaged the country can be traced back to their undue influence and control of post independent politics. No Hindu poosari preaches politics or even religion in temples, a place of worship where only pooja rituals are performed. Take a few minutes off your time and see what happens in temples without making foolish statements!

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    ……The priestly segment that is advising Gota is a burden to society, and to use a Marxian terminology, it is part of a class of social parasites…..

    Dr. Ameer Ali, you have got to the bottom of the crisis that maligns this nation,beginning 1956.
    Sir. John Kotelawela was the first to sound their danger to SWRD. Bandaranaike in 1956, so much so the latter was even killed by one Buddhist Priest..
    JRJ, the no nonsense politician had them under a leash.
    The Rajapakses have now taken them aboard in their political journey.
    As the Economy takes a nose-dive, the days are not far away when President Gota would say:Save me from my enemies and deliver me from my friends!

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    the famous phrase “it’s the economy stupid” used during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign comes to mind

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    The country’s economy is a more complex subject. It is connected with ethnic unity, Productivity, Economic management, and well-planned away of utilizing the natural resources and more than using experienced educated professionals to plan and develop the economy GOTAS lacks all these parameters He knows only how to be Vindictive and promote his favorite army men and refuses to listen to advice. Foreign investors are reluctant to invest. After COVID 19 Tourist and hotel industries are badly affected. So it is foraign employment. Besides corruption among the politicains are at peak. China is waiting like hawk yo give loans. Using military arms will not solve economic criis. Even of GOTS gets two-third majority it will NOT solve the economic ciis

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    if one classifies the kallathoni to be capable of resurrecting the dead about to be embalmed then burnt on a funeral pyre economy it will be the JOKE of the CENTURY.?
    =
    He and his fellow siblings along with his fellow SLPP boru hora crooks are great at cheating the innocents and have brought this country to its best beggar status on this wonderful planet of ours.?
    =
    The only petty thief who is capable of achieving anything economic wise is that guy with the name P.B.Jayasundera who is always praying on his 3 wobbly knees that the kallathoni led government must stay on in power till death do his part and if there’s a change of government/leader he will have the honour of becoming a toilet cleaner at the jail where the rest of the rajapuka goons along with their SLPP comrades will be cellmates.
    =
    This is why the Kallan of a kallathoni is continuing within a short time frame of 8 months stacking up the important job positions with many a fellow war criminal military thugs to further eat into the almost empty coffers of this much suffering ever since 1956 Kotama Uda nation…

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      RJ1952
      This comment is not for you specifically.
      I am disturbed by the liberal use of the term Kallaththoni (a Tamil word). It referred specifically to unlawful Indian immigrants who came by sea, mostly in the 1950s, but was soon extended to the Hill Country Tamil population in the plantations as a whole.
      I would say that its use is rather insensitive owing to its racist connotations.
      *
      There was no serious immigration control before the 20th Century, and none at all before that.
      There were invaders and there were settlers.
      Yesterday’s settler asks of today’s settler “Oh when did to arrive here from home?”
      It is the same attitude that prevails among all settler communities, including the later settlers.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali: “…… priestly class lives and thrives on society’s economic output and income”. You are absolutely WRONG. That class lives and thrives on two sources: (1) The Generous handouts by the Political Mafia for favors of supporting them to “Power”. (2) By “HOOD-WINKING” the “Slave Followers” of the “Concocted Preachings” of the Master Guru with the sole aim to drain out the meager resources those followers have. That “Priestly Class” of about 90% have overrun the rest of the minority segment and that minority have to depend on meager resources of the poorest of the poor, who provides sustenance out of “Sympathy”.

    This “Ruling Class” of “MR & Co. Inc.” has and will continue to use LTTE war-winning and now the “GOD’S” given “COVID 19” to win all the elections and rule the country, no matter what happens to the people. That “ELITE” class together with the “Priestly Class” will have a good laugh at the “SLAVES”- “CHEER LEADERS”.

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    “Economy is Gota’s enemy no.1. If he fails to defeat it, he would become peoples’ enemy no.1.”
    A rather amusing second sentence.
    I think that the economy has suffered severe battering under successive governments, especially since the economy was opened up. Further ‘defeat’ can only mean its destruction. I guess that the author had ‘conquer’ rather than ‘defeat’ in mind.
    *
    Let us say that the SLPP gets a sound drubbing and GR is forced to submit or quit.
    What will the government that succeeds do to rescue he economy?
    Does any bidder for the task have a clue?
    The quarrel could be about to whom the country is to be re-mortgaged. Some do not to seem to mind anyone but China. Others do not care two hoots as to who as long as the mortgage brings home the dough.
    *
    The economy is everybody’s big challenge.
    The question is not who can overcome the challenge but how it can be done.
    I do not know how many have used the sentence “You cannot unscramble a scrambled egg” before.
    The economic egg was scrambled in 1978 and there have been acclaimed bids to unscramble it since.
    *
    It is time for a fresh egg and fresher ideas.

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    Let GOTA think about getting some advice from SAJITH who studied and the prestigious London School of Economics

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      Has Sajith P demonstrated the worth of his degree in any political statement or parliamentary interventions?
      Many people hereabouts claim to have attended prestigious schools colleges or universities, but much of what they say shows little evidence of learning.

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        SJ,

        very correct !

        LM

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    The essay is completely object-less and the title has nothing to do with the write up. Why the writer seeing the economy as King’s No1 Enemy? He has no idea, but leaving it for everyone’s guess. Metaphorically, this is how. Last month, the 8 parties submitted a case at SC to have the parliament reconvened before the reach of June 2nd. But the five justices bench Court even refused to read it. In the past, other than for Dudley and JR, for every leader else, the economy was their No1 Enemy. That is the reason economy has come to this level. In addition to that, Don Stephen, Siri Ma-O and Old King have been No1 enemies of the country too. Don sowed the seeds for the Mother of all racism and destroyed the Lankawe’s only export industry, Estate Products. Siri Ma-O nationalized everything and wrote back those possible on her name. Old King sold the country to China and deposited the proceeds in his Foreign Bank Accounts. For these Modaya Socialist crowd, nationalization is like Abhin, or even like one time Biriyani Parcel and Arrack. Their hands don’t feel shy to touch and steal other man’s property with bogus economic theories. They still keep selling this this jeopardy to Modayas crowd, even after USSR massive failure.

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    Some American writers say President Clinton didn’t know anything about Economy. But his whole 8 years it kept growing. Their explanation to that is, because he didn’t know anything of it, he didn’t touch on it or meddle with it, so it kept growing. Nevertheless, there is some hidden truth in that also. Whether president Clinton contributed or not, the burden of making a market economy as profitable, growing & flourishing falls in the hand of the country’s industrious labor and the entrepreneurial minds. If no obstacles are present, under normal circumstances, a market economy will feel comfortable to grow with the toil of the businesses function in that. If the international relationship of the country is excellent, Import/export will be on the driver seat for its growth. For developing countries, it is good gift. That is how the Kings’ time economies worked. If the kings have been engaging in wars too much or taxing, then their economies failed. So the question is why then Lankawe economy kept failing for 70 years and now Mangala is predicting it is going crash next year?
    One doesn’t need to be a Nobel Prize winner to run Lankawe like a small country. PBJ’s consultancy is excess for King to run it, provided the country’s current economic condition is a difficult subject for him, and /or his knowledge in Economics is zero.

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    Every time, when a non-economist writer picks a point or two, he/she starts to shout Eureka, Eureka. There may be a real point or not. But a country’s economy includes aspects and properties of the country. Either bank loans or King Education is not only thing the economy going to depend on. Avai said if you want plug young-Coconut water from the top the tree, one has to water the root. Lankawe’s root cause for failure of economy is not anything to do with Economic forces or resources- it is with the race-ses. If 70 years is not enough to find out for this, Sinhala Buddhist Economists and politician are real pathetic cases. As Including Tamils, who kept the Miracle of Asia a magnificent in the past, is no longer possible for Sinhala Buddhists, their only choice they should let Tamils to go alone, so the Sinhala Buddhist can concentrate in Economy, education health care and other welfare matters for themselves. So the King can make his No 1 Enemy as best friend, if he is willing to bring a political solution to the National question. Still banging on LTTE war and hoping for economic miracle is not going to happen as long as Tamils are humiliated and their plight is ignored.

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    Economy stupid!

    Clinton in his Presidential Campaign for his first term.

    Dr Ameer Ali

    Could the supply side boosted in the short time without or with restricted export and imports. The supply of commodities depends on imports whether we like it or not!

    Local agriculture or Tourist/Hotel or Garment industries depend on imports for local production.

    This is a dilemma facing our country.

    Sri Lankan is used to a life style more and more with imported goods.

    Closed economy or a variation of a closed economy could not be a solution. Our experiment with closed economy in the 70s ended in a disaster leading to an authoritarian government with JR.
    Only insane people repeat mad proceedents? Do we have mad people at the top?

    Could populist Mahinda/ authoritarian Gota regime find a miracle solution to the economic ails facing our country.
    Sri

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    Yes, the Economy is the No 1 Enemy of President Gotabhaya. He is fortunate to have perhaps the best person to steer the Economy as his Secretary, but has failed to use foreign investments to accelerate the economy and create jobs.

    His cancellation of the LRT project, inability to even commence the construction of the Kadawatha-Mirigama stretch of the Colombo-Kurunegala Highway and attract any foreign direct investments during his first six months, have tarnished his image as a results oriented President who is ideal to steer the economy under trying conditions.

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    “Religion does not feed, clothe and shelter people, it does not create productive employment.
    No, it does.
    Look at streets on Friday mornings.

    Soma

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      S
      Hindus go to the temple in the evening on Fridays, and Muslims to the mosque in the afternoon.
      Buddhists will go to the temple on a Friday if it is a Poya day.
      I know that Good Friday is an occasion for Christians.
      But what happens on the streets on Friday mornings?

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    The enemy number one of any government is the Srilanka Government Service which is manned by unprofessional, deviant, lethargic, ill disciplined and corrupt seat warmers. They are there for not what they know but whom they know. The spoiled education system where the pupils have been coached to lie from day one in school by their parents has grown out to be a terminal cancer.

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      Good one hanchopancha

      True and highly relevant.
      (“They are there for not what they know but whom they know.”)

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    Managing the economy of any country is very challenging. Its leaders cannot mismanage it to the extent of creating scarcities and deficiencies. A glaring example of how not to be was the North Korean regime during the time of Kim Jong Il where thousands died out of starvation. Turn of events can be a politicians’ enemy if it results in a big dip in confidence and popularity. The author’s portrayal of an Economy as one’s enemy is not a correct description but the Economy must be managed well; It is now very clear that the Pohottuwites now want to institute practices of the 70 – 77 regime. Already the results are visible. No more new cellular phones are available among reputed dealers. That is the starter for a regime that wants to use more and more IT by the people. Yes! Hon. Mrs. Sirima Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike won the Ceres medal from FAO for preventing a famine in the country but miserably lost the next elections and subsequently her civic rights. Of Course! We should encourage and see to that there is more local manufacture and more exports. But is this the approach? May God Help!.

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    Many Sri Lankan Politicians have no knowledge of the complex subject ECONOMICS. as the majority are with OL qualifications. Th most important qualifications are
    A dozen qualifications needed to be a Sri Lankan politician
    1. Singhala Buddhist
    2. High caste Singhalese
    3. Belongs to Political dynasty
    4. Link with underworld
    5. Could speak only Singhalese
    6. Bow their heads to Buddhist monks
    7. Unaware of the issues of all communities in Sri Lanka
    8 Link with drug kings
    9. Double tongue
    10. Manipulate the law of the country
    11. Know about political prostitution and opportunism
    12, Unaware of the heritage

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    Mr. Kuviyam.

    You have inadvertently left out the most basic qualification needed to be a successful Politician.- CORRUPTION.
    This is his OXYGEN. Without it he as good as dead!

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