23 October, 2020

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The Existential Threat To Liberty, Freedom, Democracy & Justice 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Look what happened to the PM and the Report of his Cabinet committee on 20A! The 20th amendment and the coming constitution will ensure a dictatorship over the country and its citizens, which is not only a familial dictatorship, but also of a dictatorship over that family, within that family—and even an (invisible) dictatorship over the dictator himself. 

Unlike in the Mahinda years when the “Politburo” was indeed the family, there is now a new “Politburo”, a stratum, network or power-elite more influential than the family, not to mention the parliamentarians of the Pohottuwa as well as the GR camp. 

Nicaragua’s Somoza dictatorship was an oligarchy with intra-familial succession, but its deadliest defining feature was that it was a dictatorship, not that it was a family clan. What is happening in Sri Lanka now is not in the identical category as the Bandaranaike-Ratwatte-Obeysekara clan-centric oligarchy of 1970-’77. 

The primary contradiction does not stem from political sociology (‘family’) but from the political form of rule, the political character of regime and state, i.e. dictatorship. 

The rules of the game are clear, and they are new rules. The Gotabaya Presidency is nothing like any previous Presidency including that of JR Jayewardene who took into far more serious account, the views of his Cabinet of Ministers and gave them quite considerable space.

The physiognomy and the dynamics of this regime are also clear. Contrary to the dangerous myth that this regime is of essentially the same type as the Mahinda Presidency in its second, post-18A term, this is a Far-Right or Alt-Right regime, with the decisive influence not wielded by those who are in or came up through the democratic political process of the legislature (as did all but one of the Rajapaksas in politics, starting with DM and DA Rajapaksa).

This is a new, unprecedentedly opaque political model for Sri Lanka but well-known in the world at large. This is the model of a ‘civilian-military junta’ or a ‘presidential-military junta’ as in Latin America, starting with Uruguay in the early 1970s. It is most closely approximated today in its electoral form, in the Bolsonaro presidency in Brazil, except in Brazil, the higher judiciary is far more autonomous than it will be under the 20th amendment.    

The whole affair of the 20th amendment has shown clearly what the character of the coming Constitution will be and the form of State that will result from that Constitution. 

Referendum & SJB-UNP 

The character of the regime should dictate the strategy of any movement for democracy, freedom, justice and liberty. 

The most crucial factor for United Front of democratic resistance led by the Opposition is the equation between the SJB and the UNP. While Sajith Premadasa has proved electorally that he would have been the best choice for the UNP leadership, due to his dynamic campaign style, progressive nationalism and social populism, the youthful and affable Ruwan Wijewardene is the best choice to lead the UNP today and to take it into an alliance with the SJB, in accordance with the actual balance of power. 

However, several questions arise. Why was the same electoral mechanism not used to determine the UNP leadership and not merely the deputy leadership? Surely Ruwan Wijewardene would have won that contest. Isn’t it obvious that if the UNP is to recover in time to pull in votes at the referendum that will inevitably accompany the fast-tracked new Constitution, it imperatively must do so under Ruwan rather than Ranil? 

The very existence of the Ranil factor will either put paid to a united platform against the dictatorial Constitution or will cripple that all-important campaign itself as it did Sajith Premadasa’s promising Presidential election campaign. 

The argument that there has to be a transitional period for Ruwan to be groomed as leader, and that the party must be rebuilt from top to bottom or bottom up before handing over to a new leader, is dangerously nonsensical. It is only the departure of Ranil and the bounce that may be generated by Ruwan’s assumption of the leadership, that can permit even the commencement of the genuine renovation and rebuilding of the UNP as a liberal-democratic party. 

Why hasn’t Ruwan Wijewardene been appointed to Parliament as the UNP’s National List MP? Will it be Ranil who saunters in to take that seat, to the silent cheers of the regime—so he can be built-up as against the Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa?

Is Ranil’s death-grip on the UNP leadership until the Referendum is over, one last favor as part of the “Old Deal”? 

Time is running out as the new Constitution looms and the democracy/dictatorship issue comes to the fore.  

Tamils in a Political Coma

The Tamils face an existential threat of being buried by a politico-constitutional avalanche. The recent incident of the alleged interruption of cultivation in Trincomalee by a venerable member of the Eastern Heritage Task Force is instructive as is the statement by Rear-Admiral Weerasekara on the issue of the return of lands. Note his invocation of “the national economy”. Hardly an area of his specialized competence, it is a porthole into the new paradigm. The Daily Mirror story said:

‘Military occupied lands in the North and East, which have tactical importance will not be given back to the people in view of national security as it is directly related to national economy, State Minister Sarath Weerasekara said today.

… “MP Wigneswaran said that a Buddhist monk who came from nowhere tried to prevent farmers from cultivating claiming that it was an archaeological site. Buddhist monks are not vestiges of invaders. They are part of this society and have all the right to protect our Sinhala Buddhist heritage,” he said.

…These are grounds of tactical importance and specially, as long as people such as Wigneswaran who promotes separatism are there, it will never be given in view of national security as it is directly related to national economy,” he said.’ 

The crucial phrase in this discourse is “Buddhists monks are not remnants of invaders”. Who are the “remnants of invaders”? Wigneswaran, the Tamil farmers, or both? “Remnants of invaders” are contrasted with those are “part of this society”. Those who “are not remnants of invaders”, are “part of society” and have more legitimate right than “remnants of invaders”. What rights do the “remnants of invaders” have? This is the mentality of the Bosnian Serb militia’s General Ratko Mladic. 

LankaCNews reported State Minister Weerasekara as disclosing that an “expert panel” has recommended the replacement of the 9-province model by a 3-zone (Mahavamsa) model. A graphic shows the existing Northern province replaced by enlargement through incorporation, totally changing the demographics.     

An authoritative insight into the President’s policy on devolution came in an interview with Rear Admiral Colombage, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, conducted by veteran foreign correspondent PK Balachandran. While at pains to flatteringly reassure India on the strategic and military security front, Dr. Colombage made clear by pointedly ignoring India in a reply, that the regime views the Accord as non-existent, and Delhi as having no locus standi in the matter of the 13th amendment and devolution, though the interviewer linked his question explicitly to India’s role. 

“SAM: The State Minister of Provincial Councils Rear Adm. Sarath Weerasekara has said that the 13th.constitutional Amendment (which set up elected Provincial Councils following the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987) will be abolished. What is your take on this issue given the fact that it involves India as its progenitor?

JC: I am not qualified to talk on this issue. But I can say that there is a view that the provincial councils are a White Elephant. However, the country is going to have a totally new constitution. The issue of the devolution of power or the 13th Amendment will be debated from all angles when the new constitution is drafted.” 

Rear Admiral Colombage’s reply reflects the regime’s view that the Tamil question is a purely domestic or internal matter over which Sri Lankan sovereignty and/or Sinhala supremacism are absolute. He is oblivious to the impact on India’s prestige, credibility, strategic standing and soft power, of the imminent ‘disappearance’ by Colombo of the bilateral Indo-Lanka Accord with devolution at its core. This is a fate that President Putin has not permitted to befall Russian-speakers in the ‘near abroad’, given especially the adversarial NATO expansion and perceived ‘encirclement’.  

Minister Keheliya Rambukwelle provided yet another insight into the regime’s paradigm: 

“…I think there are only a few people who are talking about a political solution. The need is more for an economic solution…The 13th Amendment needs to be revisited. From 1986 we have been talking about Police powers and land powers. I feel you can put a better system in place to bring about harmony…My humble opinion is that India was also not really for this. They just wanted to get rid of an issue at that time.”

The regime’s mindset is illustrated also by an article last weekend in an English-language Sunday newspaper by the Deputy Director, International Relations and Media of the Office of the President, which is an explicit critique of a piece by correspondent of The Hindu. The Presidential staffer’s lengthy polemic is against “this demand for self-determination” which is a term that does not appear even once in Meera Srinivasan’s Hindu piece. However, “devolution”, “political autonomy” and “greater control of their lives…to be able to shape their political and economic destinies” do. Universally and legally these are calls for a measure of self-government/self-rule, not even remotely synonymous with “the demand for self-determination”. 

Incredibly, Tamil leaders still say that (a) the Presidential system should be abolished and (b) 13A isn’t enough. 

Here’s MA Sumanthiran, MP, quoted by Meera Srinivasan of The Hindu as follows: 

‘…While it is true that the draft 20th Amendment seeks to enhance executive powers, just as the 18th Amendment did, we should not lose sight of the need to abolish the extremely problematic Executive Presidency system itself. The Opposition to the draft Amendment should be centered on this,” Mr. Sumanthiran said, adding: “By focusing on the technicalities of the 19th Amendment, the Rajapaksas are trying to quietly erase the historic pledge from public discourse.” …’ 

Writing in The Indian Express, Mr. Sumanthiran says: “The Tamil people opposed the Executive Presidency both for its centralization of power and also for its corrupting influence on democracy.” 

The record shows that every single piece of discriminatory legislation, and every single discriminatory policy measure, from Sinhala Only to Standardization, took place under the Westminster model, and none occurred under the Executive Presidency, while the 13th amendment was passed under the Presidential system. And yet, “the Tamil people” or the TNA, or simply Sumanthiran, opposed the Executive Presidency and still do/does. 

The 13th amendment, the Indo-Lanka Accord and the very principle of provincial devolution stand in jeopardy. The electoral system will almost certainly be changed so that the system of proportional representation is replaced by a loaded dice. Any such constitutional change introduced by the regime, will win a huge majority at a referendum. The Tamils are cornered in a political dead-end. 

The one thing that the Tamils and Muslims still have is the value of their vote at a Presidential election. Thanks to the Sinhala attachment to a strong presidency, that will not be taken away. Tamil votes count most at a Presidential election, not at the parliamentary election—especially when, not if, the electoral system changes together with the cut-off point, which, if the original 12.5% is restored, will effectively proscribe all “ethnic and religious parties” except those of the majority. The direct, island-wide Presidential election is the only playing field that will remain level– and Mr. Sumanthiran wants the Presidential system abolished. 

Authentic liberal-democratic thinker and Tamil politician, Harvard-educated Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam never campaigned for the abolition of the executive presidency. 

His murder and the decimation of the Tamil political elite and political intelligentsia (Rajani, Kethesh) by Prabhakaran’s Tigers (often during ceasefires and negotiations) is why the Tamils are politically directionless today.   

On 13A, here’s Sumanthiran’s rival, Mavai Senathirajah: “…However, we do not see that it would be a solution to the issues that Sri Lanka is currently facing. As mentioned, and agreed by both countries, we need to go beyond the Amendment and find a political solution.” 

There is no joint statement by the parties representing the Tamil-speaking national minorities which constitute a majority in the North and East, on the 13th amendment and the Indo-Lanka Accord. Indeed, there is no such definitive, substantive statement from the TNA, still less a joint statement of the Tamil parties. Without such a platform, how can there be the broadest North-South defense of reasonable devolution? How can opinion – and solidarity–be mobilized in India and more universally, against rollback of an existing reform? 

Tamil politicians, their Diaspora funders and ‘global Tamil’ spokespersons/activists don’t understand that it is only the Accord that may approximate the status of international ‘soft law’. Given Indo-US convergence in the Indo-Pacific, it is only a stand that India can legitimately and squarely get behind, that can have traction with a US administration. 

The outcome of Tamil political ambivalence and absurdity will be “the areas of historical habitation of the Tamil-speaking people” (Accord 1987) becoming lands that Tamil farmers cannot cultivate anymore because they contain archeological evidence of “our Sinhala Buddhist heritage” (Weerasekara), while other lands may be settler-colonized for a “self-sufficiency drive” by farmers (with foreign ‘agrarian/irrigation specialists’) from military and/or ex-military families. The Tamils should remember the Palestinian olive groves. 

From Cromwellian settler-colonization of Ireland, through constant westward expansion of the American frontier, coercive colonization has been a standard method of relieving social pressure which would otherwise require progressive reform. In Israel, settler-colonization created a permanent electoral support base for the rightwing Likud, and shifted the center of gravity of politics far-rightwards, blocking the possibility of implementing the Oslo Accords. 

In Sri Lanka, the impending buildup of socioeconomic discontent stemming from an obsolete macroeconomic policy (import substitution and ‘self-sufficiency’) will be diverted towards the minorities, and channeled away from Sinhala society in the form of a land-settlement policy. 

This will also create a permanent electoral support base of military and ex-military families and the Buddhist clergy. Given military deployment already in areas of alleged archeological importance, the model will entail Civil Defense Force mobilization in addition to detachments of the regular military in new encampments –and Buddhist temples to serve newly-opened camps and colonies. 

The regime will have a permanent reserve army of electoral support. Any competitor for governmental office, and any successor administration, will have to pander to this settler-colonial social base (as in Israel).   

The President and the State Minister respectively have highlighted education and land as requiring reassignment to the center from the Provincial Councils. These are highly sensitive in any ethnonational/ethno-regional context anywhere, with education especially emotive in the Tamil community. 

There is also no concession, selective and specific, on issues of accountability and justice – as identified and urged by CR de Silva’s LLRC and the Paranagama-Desmond de Silva Commission. Nor does the accountability/devolution swap (Geneva-2009) continue. 

The resultant buildup of pressure will have neither the safety-valves of provincial-level devolution nor proportionate representation in Parliament, for release. 

Any social scientist is aware that there is nothing that triggers radicalization and unrest more than the removal of a measure of reform and resultant shrinkage of space and status that people of a country or area have got accustomed to. The consciousness of one’s class or community being pushed around or marginalized, is sharpened by the sense of another, by contrast, being exalted at one’s expense. This is especially so if one perceives one’s collective identity as a subset of a 120 million strong cultural-linguistic community which has achieved more everywhere else in the world than here. The phenomenon is termed ‘relative deprivation’ and is fissile material. 

The regime may not mind because any eruption will keep the military busy and the majority community, however hard-pressed economically, supportive of a dispensation that is cracking down hard on the Other. 

GR Regime’s Blindspot

The regime (influenced also by the ‘Moragoda Doctrine’ that calls for the abolition of Provincial Councils) doesn’t understand that unilateral retrenchment from the Accord and the 13th amendment could eventually trigger claims of ‘Uti Possidetis’ as refined and updated by Prof Stephen Ratner, International Law expert formerly of the US State Department, and member of the notorious Panel of Experts appointed by the UNSG under the chairmanship of Marzuki Darusman. Ratner was earlier a member of the IIGEP, the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons chaired by Justice Bhagwati. 

Nor does the regime comprehend that every step from the shocking Presidential release of Sunil Rathnayake to the strange case of Supreme Court lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah and the pathos-suffused one of the ailing Ramzy Razeek, only serve to reinforce the extreme recommendation of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the time, Zaid al Hussein, to all UN member-states, that ‘universal jurisdiction’ be activated on the grounds that the Sri Lankan system couldn’t be counted on to ensure the justice, fair-play and the rule of law.   

Meanwhile the US media widely reported the following story:

Two words summed up Tamani Jayasinghe’s exuberance for the first Indian American and Black woman to run for vice president: “Kamala Aunty.” That title of respect that goes beyond family in Asian circles immediately came to mind when Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. So the 27-year-old with Sri Lankan roots tweeted it as a wink to others who understood the significance of the term. “The fact that she is both Black and brown is what makes this so exciting. The Asian American experience is one that is complicated and nuanced and robust,” said Jayasinghe, who works in financial communications in New York. “I feel connected to that.” …

The Denver Post article is captioned ‘“One of us”: South Asians celebrate Kamala Harris as VP choice’. 

If Biden-Harris make it, imagine the tumultuous welcome “Kamala Aunty” would get on her first tour of India and the soft power tsunami it would unleash in Asia.  

The delusion of Sri Lanka being/becoming another Israel, can last only as long as our neighbor remains too preoccupied and dormant to adopt a ‘tous azimuths’ panoptic perspective which exercises a ‘Look South’ policy to complement its ‘Look East’ policy.  

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  • 14
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    DJ, some of us here were well aware of the existential threat to liberty, freedom, democrazy and justice in 2009/10, which finally seems to have dawned on you. You could not figure your own country but plenty to offer on others.

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      Mr. chiv,
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      Existential threat to liberty, freedom, democracy and justice started with 2015 election.
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      We end that on 2019 presidential election.

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        S. C. Passqual

        “We end that on 2019 presidential election.”

        Many wise people thought it was the beginning of the end of the country as we knew it, the island version of Armageddon the evil likely to win, ….

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          Mr. Native Sudda,
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          That’s The problem.
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          The people you thought wise are just fools.

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            S. C. Passqual

            “The people you thought wise are just fools.”

            I never thought those who perform/provide Rājākariya to Rajapaksa clan are wise nor are their bosses.

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      Dear DJ,

      We question whether Justice is served today…. ?
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      Even if 300 innocient worshippers were killed by that easter sunday disaster in 2019, – but former president SIRISENA was not called for the commission yet today.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU-6o_xJeAs

      This alone proves that GOTABAYA s rule is no different to that of his brother MR….

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      To whom it may concern… see how Russians make every effort to play with human lives.
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      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54036221

      To the understanding of the experts – atleast the vaccine must have been tested for a period of 3 years before going to introduce to the market.
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      Hope not GOTABAYA would let the vaccine be imported to SL.

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        Dear LM,
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        I think that you will believe me, but few others would.
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        I have been following the tribulations faced by Alexi Navalny (I may have got the name wrong – could you please try googling yourself, and get back to me if you face a problem identifying him) for more than ten years.
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        What they recently did to him is quite enough for any rational person to know what to expect of Putin.
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        Must I really know whether Putin or Trump is worse?
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        All readers: please THINK, RE-THINK, and RE-RE-THINK.
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        Yes, I may well be going off my rocker.

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          Mr SM to whom I have a greater respect on this platform!

          My German teacher wrote it bigger on his blackboard

          “Thinking is a hard work”. Our class was filled with more arabs and african students than any other nationatlities. One finish girl and me from Srilanka was were among them. THat was 3 decades ago. The reason behind the teacher’s wriing was that some of his arab students did not behave well in his presetations. And they were too loud in the classroom.

          Situation would be even worst, if you would add it here- since our comments are now being not respected by many on this platform.

          So, I really dont think in a country where almost every second would not care much about thinking, but line up to emulate the other – I dont think they would ever get what you are trying to say.

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          Dear SM,
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          Btw, CT has now settled it. All these weeks, SCP was able to add “likes” as much as he thought was right. That is why our comments were seen as not welcome by many of the CT readers. But my request made to CT I think has worked well. Wait and see.
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          SCP is behind that DRAG QUEEN – Iraj Weeraratne. in order to spread lies but in favour of Rajapakshe rascals.

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    The so called Champion of Democracy – Ranil, where is he hiding. He should be the one in front, on the road, campaigning against 20A. However, we do not see him. What is his game? What deal has he got with the Rajapakses. He is going to be recognized by the Historians as a “Traitor of Democracy” soon.

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      Mr. Buddhist1,
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      Your “Champion of – NO ELECTION – Democracy” RW is counting his 3%.

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        Yes, Pasqual,
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        It looks as though you and your ilk are bloody happy about the coming armageddon.
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        I despair!

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          Mr. Panini Edirisinhe,
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          Yes. Of course we are bloody happy.
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          Because we can prevent coming Armageddon like…..
          #….. Tamil separatism
          # ….. Muslim fundamentalism and Expansion.
          # ….. bond scam
          # ….. Easter Sunday bloodbath
          Etc.. Etc..

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            S. C. Passqual

            “Because we can prevent coming Armageddon like”

            You couldn’t, instead you have elected one + 150 .

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          Mr. SM,
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          Do you think that this SCP could ever be free from the clutches of the rascal bands ?
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          Never, the bugger would be hated by their circles next days.
          :
          The kind of dimwits paved the way murderers be back to power. But nothing is achieved within the last 10 months. They talk high, manipulate the COVID statistics, leaving those poor labourers in ME and Italy be dead on the street. How would Rajapakshe ever manage to do any little good to their voters. Loads of failures made by them sofar is estimated to be more than what MS-RW govt did during the 4.5 years. No transparency, nothing about the state funds, for what they have wasted sofar. ?

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    Dear Mr Jayathilaka, we are so glad to see, you seem to be away from the criminal bunch today. But

    Who would care today about anything ? What happened to our people in this country ? Are they even miles away from the Ethiopians (a nation filled with more tribal folks than the literate ones)?

    – Justice – can we talk about justice knowing the high criminals got reelected to govern the nation today ? Perhaps, we have to define “justice” in today s context or not ?
    – Democratic norms – should that restrict to holding elections ?
    – Even if demolition of historically valuable ancient buildings are being destructed
    – Unbiased media – why media men mislead the nation further ?
    – Sky high cost of living – nobody pays any attention today why ?
    – Devaluation of hard currencies – if that was the case under GG rule, Rajapakshes would have rabbleroused almost everyone. Today the very same audience is mum why ?
    – Increasing CRIME rate
    – prices of daily needs go up as no times in the past

    So what have they achieved within last 10 month to treat with WOW effect today ?

    If GOTA is unique ? why does he allow HIGH criminals be his cabinet ministers ?

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      Mr. leela ge …..,
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      Yes.
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      And….
      Still we rule…..
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      You have any problem with that…..?

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        Ms SCP,

        If I am not wrong –
        at least 6 mio would not find it fine.

        Neo Kallathonies of you nature, would continue holding the torch, but we would never.

        I think SOMALIA is in making. –

        All these remind me – so called good old days of Gadafi and his family.

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          Mr. leela ge … .,
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          Who cares whether you are right or wrong.
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          Fools are entitled to their opinions.

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            wow, if I may say so you are the ultra fool on this page Ms SCP. Nobody else.

            Please readers, add your thoughts about this dimwit – Pasqual who seems to know nothing but to please the bums of Rajapkashes for some hidden reasons.

            Why should a man/woman in 60ties to behave so ?I really dont know why… ?

            This man /woman does not seem to know ABC in Microbiology but believes all the subjective statistics locally published on CORONA cases – in a country led by a bunch of rascals today. If things would have gone normal, those who are in leaderhsip should long be jailed for their high crimes. But in a country law and order is highly corrupted, even convicted murderers can turn up giving oaths as MPs.

            COVID death rate sofar should at least be 112, but they are forced to read “12”. If Rajakshes would ask these buggers to spice COW DUNG, they would do it on one go…. so long PEOPLE like SCP would be the marjority, apita budu sarnayi !!!!!


            I have not read the kind of self congradulatory texts in any other countries, but these men in SL that are made WEERAYAS under criminal leaders, SPREAD blatant lies fooling around their ilk.

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              Mr. leela ge …..,
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              How many Anglicans did you find in Germany…??

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                Why should I care them bring anglicans or Catholics I as atheist dont even respect buddshagama followers in sl today? Go back to your cage leaving us in peace, thank a???????????

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                  Why should I care them being………????

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      Criminal from death row in the Parliament bothers me about the integrity of the new administration.

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    Dr Dayan Jayatilleka
    You have done a good job of analysing the possible outcome in Srilanka due to the introduction of 20A.
    One thing that many reasonable , educated and unbiased sriankans know for sure is that there is no coherent opposition to the policies of the current government. The complete disarray is due the selfishness of the opposition politicians, led in main by ranil and co, as well as Tamil and Muslim politicians.
    AS you have pointed out Tamils and Muslims should concentrate on 13A and try to get India involved . But I am not sure how far will India take up the issue of 13A , which is an Indo-Lanka Accord, to defend its honour when one country renegade , unilaterally, an International agreement signed by them.
    Tamil and Muslim politicians should accept executive presidency similar to the French model, rather than all out opposition to presidency.
    I only wish you came out with such articles a few years back, rather than supporting madman maithiripala and imbecile ranil.
    Good luck with you and your new find hero sajith.

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      There may be some hope in the rationality displayed here.
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      25 minutes in Sinhalese (Harini’s English is better). If you study this properly, Kalu, all your queries get answered.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4uNjiZXGE
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      I’ve quoted that from an e-mail that I sent yesterday. I listened twice. Most Tamils on this forum may be able to follow it. The Sinhalese used is fairly simple – but there can be no doubt that it emanates from a brilliant mind.

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    It is hilarious to see Lankans who prefer to be in coma or stupor , just to wake up in time to make some hysterical gestures.

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      My dear chiv,
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      We are very much awake and in great vitality.
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      That’s how we chased away “Yahapalana” setup under 5 years.
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      Don’t forget they had the support of all these idiots who are wailing against 20A.

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      Hilarious, chiv?
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      I know you well enough to realise that there could be sarcasm here.
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      But please don’t be sarcastic with any of us. The “coming tragedy very terrifying”.
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      Basta!

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    Exactly! The President has shown his tyranny even before the 20th Amendment is enacted. He has bulldozed the democratic changes recommended by his own Cabinet.
    As the country remembers, last time when Rajapaksa brothers ruled the country, democracy was almost frozen. With the proposed 20th Amendment, it will expire.
    The economy is in limbo.
    Remittances from expatriates in West Asia and elsewhere, are record low which will not recover for many years, if not at all, as the world is taking measures to accommodate the “new normal.”
    Sri Lankan garment factories are operating at half capacity or closed down entirely. It is predicted that the US apparel sales will shrink by 50% in 2020, while industry experts have suggested that the fashion industry in the UK will hit twice as hard during the pandemic. (USA and the UK have been our major buyers.)
    According to the Central Bank, there is a steep fall in the earnings from tourism, as well.
    Yet, the President and his government seem to know or not see anything.
    Gotabhaya’s “Vistas of Prosperity & Splendour” is no longer valid in the Covid-19 recession.
    Instead of finding ways and means to strengthen local and foreign commerce, the President is talking about building 100,000 kms of roads!!!!
    Contd’.1/3

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      2/3
      I guess, Rajapaksa brothers are eying the infamous MCC grant, which will pave the way for them to sell hastily-cleared virgin forests and archaeological lands to foreign companies.
      I wonder whether the MCC is aware and approves the President’s plan to commit an ECOCIDE in Sri Lanka utilizing MCC grant.
      A large number of forest reserves and wetlands have already been razed down by Rajapaksa hooligans since Nov-19.
      The Global Forest Watch, which uses Global Land Analysis & Discovery (GLAD) Satellite Imagery System to detect forest loss globally, has received unusually high deforestation alerts in Sri Lanka from January to May. It is obvious that Rajapaksa hooligans have (mis)used curfew passes to cut down the forest without a limit.
      According to LNW, from August-mid September the country has lost 282 acres of forest cover, excluding Sinharaja.
      After the President has given the “green light” to construct a road through the world heritage forest reserve, Sinharaja, it seems the razing down the forest has become a “new normal.”
      Itmt, the President is hell bent on passing the 20A, which will make Sri Lanka a stratocracy.
      At a time the debt strapped Sri Lanka desperately needs global support, 20A will only hinder Sri Lanka’s recovery from covid-19 recession.

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        20A will isolate our country and hinder its recovery from covid-19 recession.

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          Dear Champa.

          exactly the truth.

          In today #s context, srilanken leaders shoul dnot have any enemies. But brother duo would not realize it easily. Like or not, they should pay off over 3 billions of dollars as loan payments.

          By end of the year, srilanka will be another poor country that will be no different to Zimbabwe.

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            Dear LM,
            .
            It is with some satisfaction that I note the good understanding that prevails between Champa and you.
            .
            Do I flatter myself foolishly in thinking that I brought some of that goodwill into existence?
            .
            What to do with “Mally”. I think that either him or all of us are mad.
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            Driven mad by guys with the surname Rajapaksa.
            .
            No, that is too broad a generalisation. Doesn’t apply to Raj-UK.
            .

            .
            “Democratocide” says GATAM.
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            Bless you, LM.
            .
            Panini

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              Dear SM,-
              yes agree with you more. I respect CHAMPA today a lot. S/he is one of the best commenters on this website today. Only what I dont like her/his affinity to Wimal WEERAWANSE who is believed to be an empty vessel in today’s politics. The harm WW or the like have done to this nation is multiple times more than the little good. Champa did not like GOTABAYA be the leader – since then only, I started studying her comments closely. As for me, I was surprised the way people gave them a mandate that nobody ever expected. Something should have gone wrong in ballot counts, was what I was forced to think. Yet today, I cant believe, that people voted for Rajapkashes knowing that even their infants were complicit with high crimes also in the post war period.

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                apologies. It should be agree more with.

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          Champawati,

          Sorry to say, you and Thero are equal dishonest in defending this war criminal. He accused a Murderer, looter of $18B, dictator, Ex JVP terrorist, law breaker, an anti-Buddhist who wanted to close down Asgiya Chapter, running family car race in front Daladamaligawa closing down the road, his own brother recorded that man’s lewd-prostitution activities with the help of Mervyn De Silva, suspected in container scales or even ship loads of drug smuggling, Human smuggling to Australia & Middle East, selling country’s land to China (Colombo, Maha Oya), ….. you name any crime, this mother of all crimes man would not have missed. He even said to the SLFP MPs who went to him to ask resign from Coup Prime Minister Job, he asked them in turn, then who was going to save his family.
          Can you ask him to do, if one blood cell accidentally left in his body as honest:
          1). Resign from PM position in protest of 20A which down grades his authority.
          2). Walk for Kandy to enlighten the Mass.
          3). Make a Radio & TV speeches that this 20A is about to create a family rule and dictatorship.
          4). This 20A is going to isolate country from IC so he welcome friendship countries, & UN instead retaliating to them?
          Thanks

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            I dont think that Trump will be the winner in upcoming election in the US.

            If democrats would be back – things will be changed to srilanka as well.

            Wait and see, how it will affect on all with Democrats being back to power.

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            Much of what you say is true, Mallay, but why are you directing it at an honest person like Champa?
            .
            Yes, Sir!
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            It is high time that many honest people who don’t agree with many other honest people on every detail, realise that others are good, decent and honest. All of us, Sinhalese, except a mongrel like Pasqual, recognise evil when we see it. I hope that what I’m saying is coherent.
            .
            Our divisions will make it possible for these rogues, more predatory than any Tiger, Lion or leopard, to decimate us. I’m sorry that I can’t organise this response any better.
            .
            Let me assure you that it is shorn of all irony, sarcasm or ridicule.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 48 3111 444V) aka Sinhala_Man

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              SM
              May well be because CHampa was then different. Mallyai may have not read recent comments added by Champa.

              Do you thiink that SCP would ever change ? You need to write their circles in Col.ombo… perhaps that could help further.

              Not just me, but many did not like Champa then. Champa has now become so different by her thoughts and minds.

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                leelagemalli,

                I didn’t try to circumvent all Champawati’s past comments here. There we had lot of disagreement. In this I was talking about her support for Old King. If she had moved away, as you said, then I didn’t know that. Pls, Remember it is Old King brought King from California and brought up to this level. 18A was passed by Old King. King is reviving only part of 18A. So, while we oppose any form UN-democratic activities, we cannot agree with Thero’s logic that Old King is an angel and he created 18A but King is evil because he reviving the 18A. Thero is staying out of giving the devil its due credit for 19A, that’s is Ranil.

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          Even that Gamaraage SIRISENA ignored or better said, did not care much about what international community has to say about his rule. He behaved as if a mad soldier took the weapon. He did not know what he was talking about. Now with untold stories coming to light, the man should be going through all mental struggles. He cant be sure, if Rajakashes would protect him. But one thing is clear to me as a neutral person, Mr wickramasigne will succeed it by cleaning his image. There is a saying in Germany that lies have short legs.

          What happened to SIILLYSENA was – ended up today being the man hated by many.

          Today, Gamarala is welcome by NOBODY. The bugger is isolated in his 4 walls. Masses wish if he would be hung by his balls for his total ignorance in easter sunday avoidable disaster, which killed over 300 injuring 500 or more.
          :
          The very same or even more curseful would be the case with GOTABAYA in a few months

          . Wait and see, if this would not be the reality, then the true teachings of LORD BUDDHA should not be right. May LORD BUDDHAS blessings be with all those good people of my home country.

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        Champass

        “I guess, Rajapaksa brothers are eying the infamous MCC grant, which will pave the way for them to sell hastily-cleared virgin forests and archaeological lands to foreign companies.”

        It appears the Rajapaksa clan is really stupid business people. Had they taken a hard long term commercial view they could have sold those part of land that V Prabaharan thought formed the basis of their cherished Tamil Eelam, indeed for a good competitive price.
        Really stupid clan.

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      Champa,

      All these were expected by some before his election. All these were crystal clear to the people ( at least to some portions of the society), nevertheless they voted for him and the bunch of criminals. Today, they have to be ruled by them. Or is there any other options ?
      :
      Srilanken voters behave as one would moves on a curve. Why not you add a few lines about your Wimal WEERAWANSE these days ?
      :
      So not only politicians, but also the majority mind set should be changed if this nation would want ever to achieve something in the future.

      So what are your hopes ? I have already lost my hopes. Can anybody keep hopes knowing that the leadership fo the country is no different to that of a Mugabe in Zimbabwe ?

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      Yah, Champa, about roads!
      .
      Have you made this connection? the circumference of Planet Earth is 40,000 kms. So this is two and a half times around the world!
      .
      Of course, if one normally goes round the world one covers more than that distance. Do you remember reading Jules Vernes’ “Around the World in 80 days”. The guy won his bet at the very last moment, if I remember right, after despairing for almost a full day.
      .
      I can “remember it as if it were yesterday” – but not very relevant, is it? I probably sound mad, but I think that Gota IS mad.
      .
      [edited out]

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      Today, I have noticed an amusing change that appeared in the Global Forest Watch about the deforestation alerts related to Sri Lanka.
      The graph I saw yesterday pertaining to June, July, August upto 14 September is altered. Yesterday, in my comment, I mentioned only upto May. Although I had the data, I was compelled to omit the forest loss occurring in July and August due to word limit.
      Although the deforestation alerts in June was very low, almost at zero, there was a significantly high number of alerts in July and August.
      It is funny to see how the graph became zero from June to September 14, in one day!
      I couldn’t help recalling Covid-19 death statistics and graphs published by the government and their allies. The alterations were so dramatic, after public protest, the owner of the Derana TV Channel offered a public apology. Upto today, nobody knows the exact number of deaths. Even the health authorities didn’t have a record about the number of cremations during the same period. The number of people who died during the curfew period due to inaccessibility to healthcare is still a mystery. Only one media reported about 30 deaths in one month in a city in down-south.

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    The only justification for 20A is Tamil and Muslim terrorism.

    But if none of them is real, then the victims will be Buddhists.

    In 1989 JVP boycotted the presidential election, helped Premadasa win only to be massacred by him.
    In 2005 LTTE boycotted the presidential election, helped Mahinda win only to be massacred by him.
    In 2019 public sector workers voted with the feet to Gota only to be massacred by him.

    Free lunches???

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    New word to describe what Rajapaksas are doing…………………Democratocide.

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    poor DJ has got his panties in a bunch.

    Article after useless Article.

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      a14455 / September 21, 2020

      Never forget -not only mercy cows are the majority in SL -, but at least 6 mios or more stood against Rajapakshe criminals.

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      THIS is a useful article.

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    The root of all evil is money. Too much of it means you can buy off enough support to win an election. However, money alone wont work an ideology based to racism and hatred of the other works like a charm when it is combined with money. The puppet master can hide in plain site with this winning formula. The UNP has had a money problem for some time. It is the lack of it. With a leader like RW who alienates his own donors it was destined for doom as a political party. The ideology department was also lacking tolerance, democracy, multiculturalism have all gone out of fashion. Where the funding for the SJB comes from is a mystery but could very well be dubious. Time will tell. The failure to seize assets and stamp out the money train of the Rajakshe’s brought the country to its current crisis.

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      See, they do it with you as well. I thought, CT is only against me.

      Sinhala Man is like a guru to me. if he comes with some comments, not only me anyone would read it with much consideration.

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    Gota is planning to crown his son after him. That is why 20A. He will remain an American. Of course he is better than Namal but there are far better suited people to the top post than any Rajapaksa.

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      Do you think China is that thick?

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    The poem To a Mouse by Robert Burns……

    ………The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry……
    Applicable to the Rajapakses too.

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    Pala
    The root of all evil is lack of money.

    Soma

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      somass

      “The root of all evil is lack of money.”

      Not really, the root causes of all evil are greed, jealousy, bigotry, stupidity, myth, political shenanigans, Fascist Tendencies, condemn for human life, …………………….. another million and one reasons. Money would be the last item at the bottom.

      Do you think Namal Baby’s son will become the first Chakravartin of this island?

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