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The False People In Viyath Maga – Living The Lie Destroys One

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Oh My God! What a collection of intellectuals we saw at the Viyath Maga 2nd Annual conference Conference, on March 4th in Boralesgamuwa. The slogan of this movement is “professionals for a better Sri Lanka. “ Or in Sinhala, it is “Piripun Lankawak sandaha” (Towards a fully developed Lanka).

The venue was Rose Garden Hotel Boralesgamuwa. Dayan Jayatilleka has claimed a 2000 crowd of ‘professionals, entrepreneurs and educated people.’ I have seen this hall and in my estimate it cannot accomodate more than a thousand. Of course, some may have seated on the laps of others.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa admits in his speech he formed the front of these awe-inspiring intellectuals. That, somewhat let the cat out of the bag but we will come to that later.

Scrutinising the pics, I and some friends in Sri Lanka didn’t spot any significant numbers of known ‘professionals, entrepreneurs and educated people,” that Dayan Jayatilleka speaks of. I cannot say what Dayan means by ‘educated.’ But there were no noteworthy ‘formally educated’ persons in the audience. Although Dayan doesn’t think that employing the criteria of ‘educated,’ to a specific person raises inherently difficult issues, many would agree with me it does, and that the identification of an educated human animal is wrought with controversy. On the other hand, his confidence in deciding who is educated and who isn’t certainly illustrates Dayan Jayatilleka’s naivety and unsophistication.

The ‘intellectuals’ who graced the front VIP seats included Mahinda Rajapaksa, Dallas Allahapperuma, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, GL Peiris, Udaya Gammanpilla, Nivard Cabraal, former CJ Sarath N Silva, Nalaka Godahewa, Dayan Jayatilleka, Basil Rajapaksa, Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero and Ele Gunawanse Thero.

Gotabaya, in his speech twice addressed a “Janadhipthi Thuma,” and so I looked all around the picture for President Sirisena. In these times-one can never say. Not at all! Gota has forgotten his former strong-man bro has been deposed!

This gives a clue to the psychological condition of the ‘intellectual front’ that is very revealing. These are people living a lie so much so that they have come to believe in the lie.

In a research study, Winnicott (1960) and Rogers (1959) state that we all wear two selves – a false one and a true one. Oftentimes, we put on a false self before others for our protection and to keep conversation free-flowing. For example, for social etiquette purposes, it is common for us to put on a face that, ‘everything is right,’ although actually things may have fallen apart. This kind of behaviour is socially functional as it enables the to and fro of conversation. Politicians and marketers engage in pretences and even then it is acceptable. But only to a point. If one keeps building on this false image too far, without one being aware one is carried away to a psychologically pathological level of make-belief. It continues to be is a self protecting armoury to ward off one’s wrongs; but at great cost to one’s self. The false-self destroys its wearer. Not so much others, unless the wearer is in power or in control over others.

In the context of the intellectual VIPs in the front rows-they aren’t, mercifully, in power. To external observers, however, their true nature is seen in the naked. The false phenomenon becomes a naked one to the many others. The audience and wider public cannot but avoid asking questions about the true self of these posers.

Yes, self-queries simply pop up among observers. Their self-unaware nakedness is so stark that the organisers didn’t bother to create the facade in the first place. Like the fabled emperor who ‘wore,’ clothes. Officially they announced that this is an organisation of intellectuals solely to help form alternative policies. Good. But, then, why these particular former VIPs who belonged to the deposed government? Right in the front? Why let Gota come out and admit that he is among the organisers? The official organisers let this go because they are dangerously afflicted by the pathology of living the lie to such a point of no-return that the lie has become ‘truth,’ to the latter. Why create a facade when the facade is the truth?

In case you have forgotten, take a look at these guys in the front: Almost the whole bunch mentioned above are facing serious charges and are playing for time before going to court again. Gota’s name is tagged to several murders and disappearances. Former Army Commander and now Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka says that Gota ran a special intelligence unit in Colombo for his activities. Many of these men in the special intelligence unit have been the common link in murders and disappearances of dissenting journalists and even the poor young ruggerite, Thajudeen. Gota is also accused of big corruption over the MiG purchase. So much for the organiser of the Viyath Maga. Nalaka Godahewa, a favourite of the Rajapaksas, has also been charged of fraud. Wasn’t he bailed out?

Next, take Gammanpila: He is accused of serious embezzlement of funds belonging to an Australian. The case is now on. Basil stands accused of embezzlement of Divineguma funds meant for distribution to the poor. Cabraal’s politics seriously jeopardised the professionalism a Central bank Governer should display. How he danced like a tail wagging behind Namal when they went to campaign for the Commonwealth Games!

Many other individuals in the front have had questionable reputations. Former Chief justice Sarath N Silva is known as ‘gedera yana gaman,” and he admitted he saved Mahinda Rajapaksa from charges over the misuse of Tsunami funds. He attacked Mahinda then but now has camped with the latter. Isn’t Premanath Dolawatte a lawyer in Namal/Yoshitha’s and their grandma (Menik Aachie’s) defence team?

About Elle Gunawansa, here’s a story published in Colombo Telegraph of 20/02/12: “Sinha Ratnatunga’s ( now the Editor in Chief – Sunday Times) book Politics of Terrorism: The Sri Lankan Experience released in 1988, ascribes to Gunawanse an important role in the events of July 1983. He first appears (p.12) trying to whip up the emotions of the crowd at Borella cemetery. Gunawansa, wanted to harness the anger of the crowd and turn it against the Tamils. Gunawanse played on the alleged mutilated condition of the bodies to incite the crowd, demanding that the bodies be shown – ‘even a little dismembered finger’. That was the beginning of the holocaust.

The monk, who was the leader of the Sinhala Mahajana Peramuna is presented on the evening of the 24th of July asking the Army funeral authorities to show the bodies of the dead soldiers before they are interred. There is an oblique reference to him (p.16) as the monk who had come uninvited to the cemetery, who, that same evening, led a mob down Cotta Road, Borella, with a list in hand. He was subsequently reported being seen at the Cinnamon Gardens Police station, having come in a jeep with a pistol tucked under his robes, demanding curfew passes. The longest reference to Gunawanse’s activities appears on page 32 regarding the events following the late night cabinet meeting on 27th July.

And the former President, who is crying to get back, appointed Elle to the Police Commission! Do men who love their country do such things?

Some other ‘intellectual’ participants do not face court charges but they are reported to have made naive utterances not befitting anyone claiming intellectual achievements. Take the former SLFP Minister, Richard Pathirana’s doctor-son. His name is Ramesh Pathirana. Richard himself had a bad reputation of being nasty to public servants. He used to refer to the latter crudely, like “are geheni ta enna kiyanna…(ask that woman to come here). ” However, one cannot hold sons responsible for the sins of fathers. On Ramesh’s own part, he hasn’t a good record of contributing to intellectual discourse. Dr Chaminda Weerawardhana, writing to the Colombo Telegraph on 23 Feb 16 charges that Ramesh Pathirana,”demonstrates a high level of disrespect for women.” Dr Chaminda refers to a social media update by Ramesh. Ramesh’s ideas become more outlandish because of an image it carries of a young woman, presumably a prostitute, exposing her breasts. The image is utterly derogatory of womenkind. Romesh was referring to the issue of HIV/Aids. Are only women responsible for HIV? Has the germ come from air? What about men- on -men games? One would have expected from an intellectual discussion an analysis that is deep and goes into social roots. Apparently, our intellectual hadn’t the capacity for that. How ‘educated’ people like this can make for a better future for Lanka, only Viyath Maga people can explain.

What is worse, Ramesh uses such silly reasoning such as the following:

“In India people with HIV/Aids amount to 2,200,000

In Sri Lanka it is only 130,000

Therefore, the proposed ETCA with India would not be good for Sri Lanka as it would spread HIV”

Ask a secondary level student from any school and he will tell you this is weird logic.

Then, we have Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka who hasn’t been sure for the last four decades as to what political stand he should take. Dayan joined The Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) some decades ago and became a Minister in an EPRLF Northern government. He says he resigned shortly. But can that absolve him for his decision to join in the first place? Then, he flirted with Premadasa and he used to submit ‘political analyses’ to the latter. Premadasa, a practical man, couldn’t digest long-winding theoretical discussions and he gave Dayan’s analyses to his Private Secretary who was clueless. Dayan, next, tried out his presentation of analyses on Ranil Wickremesinghe. Ranil, who is particularly savvy about charlatans and jobseekers, scoffed at the analyses. That began Dayan’s unbending hatred of Ranil. Dayan, next joined Mahinda Rajapaksa. He got a billet as a Diplomat and couldn’t keep it. It is said Gotabaya was responsible for pulling him out. Dayan then wrote against Gotabaya, but now he sees Gota as the future saviour of Lanka.

The problem with Dayan Jayatilleka is his inflated ego. He thinks he is God’s gift to Sri Lanka and that the analyses that come out of his brain are so brilliant that anybody should agree. If he were to honestly take stock of himself he will have to reckon that most of his past analyses have been off the mark. For instance, his prediction of the last Presidential and General elections went haywire. He even forecasted that Anura Kumar Dissanayake will do better than Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Gotabaya himself said some stupid things at the meeting that raises questions about his own intellectual capacity. In the first place, he shouldn’t have stated he was one of the organizers of this Vityath Maga. That’s strategically unwise. He next, stated that his government gave total freedom to public servants to carry out their duties and bring creative ideas. A blatant lie! How was the poor Samurdhi Niladhari tied to a tree by a Minister of his government? How was former CJ Shirani Bandaranayake illegally removed from her post for defying his brother Basil’s Divineguma Bill? In a collective crude act the entire former government of Mahinda Rajapaksa removed the CJ in a bogus impeachment. Actually, Mahinda should lose his cvic rights for this, alone. Our complaint is that the Yahapalanaya government is too soft.

The whole ostensive concept of the Viyath Maga exercise is to ensure educated persons lead in the development of the country. One thing MR, Gota, Basil and the whole shoot didn’t do was to engage educated men and women and listen to them. Dissenting journalists were killed or sent missing in White Vans. That was an age of untruth like the one Trump has started in America. Trump must have learnt it from the Rajapksa Government. MR thought it fit to appoint a gold -necklace -snatcher as one of his Ministers. Gota thought it fit to co-opt Duminda de Silva, now in the place where he should have been long ago, as MP supervising Defence! There you are! That was Viyath Maga.

A particularly outrageous and nasty thing happened at the meeting that gave away the real self of these false people who met to claim that they must lead the nation.This was when two stand-in comedians were employed to hackle Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Two of our talents artistes-Rohana Beddage and Bandula Wijeweera gave a display of foul and low-bred taste. Being an artist myself, I am shocked and utterly disappointed with these two artistes for the things they said. They suggested that our Prime Minister was a homosexual and that the Honorary degree he recently got from an Australian University was an “anaachaarya upaadiya”( degree for adultery). Bad as that was, the worse was the scene where our VIP intellectuals- Gotabaya, Cabraal, Sarath N Silva, Vasu and others went into fits of laughter-enjoying the tripe that the artistes dished out. Basil showed all his 33 teeth-implanted at state expense- and smiled away.

One can write a whole chronicle about the misrule of the men and women of the last government. It is another chapter in our glorious Mahavamsa!

Viyathmaga should disband and join Gammanpila’s “Pivithuru Hetak.” A leadership vacancy might arise if Gammanpilla goes ‘inside” (athule).

Please do not howl in laughter at this piece pf mine. I haven’t brought in the laughter. The persons behind the Viyath Maga have done it. Their false face, like Basil’s teeth, stands exposed to the audience and this explains the awesome humour they generate. We laughed at “The Emperor Without Clothes.” In like manner, we laugh at Viyathmaga.

*The writer can be contacted at sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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    TO DAYAN JAYATILLEKA AND OTHERS INTERESTED
    1. DJ’s posting today at 1.43 pm quotes some piece written by some guy for the Daily Mirror.This writer makes an assessment of what he thinks the public feels about GR,MR ans RW.This is somebody’s opinion. It is not the outcome of an opinion poll done on scientific lines from among a carefully chosen representative sample. Sri Lanka to date has never been able to come up with scientifically acceptable opinion polling. This is, therefore, a silly and fatuous posting by DJ. I challenge DJ to respond to this
    2. Can DJ define what he thinks is an educated person?
    3. DJ’s posting at 1.28 pm is a prediction of what would happen in 4 years time at the Presidential Elections. DJ has been in the habit of making predictions; but I am not interested in predictions especially realizing that DJ’s past predictions have all gone wrong. Between today and the eve of the elections, lots of things can happen
    4. My interest is in encouraging this government to pursue the YP program promised at elections so that Sri Lanka will have in place a strong and free democracy of prosperous people. Only those who are focused on seeking opportunities in the political game are interested in election forecasts. I have no ambitions in Sri Lanka

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      11

      1. we live in SL so we know it
      2. How do you define an educated person?

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      Sapare is getting a bit restless now!

      Keep calm Sapare, the CT readership knows where you coe from (in more than one sense)!

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      The only prosperous people there are your Idol Dr Ranil’s mates. And Galleon’s of course.

      Even Dr Rail’s best mate from Singapore put in his last Report that 30 % of the inhabitants are earning less than LKR 900 a day.

      And collected LKR 12 Billion for the family Trust.

      Wonder how long “they” have to endure your “free democracy” for them to earn even one tenth of the Dole income in the Diaspora.

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        “And collected LKR 12 Billion for the family Trust.”

        Do you think Rs 12 Billion > US $18 Billion

        $1 US = 150.07 Sri Lankan Rupee

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    Come on guys… These guys are Pro/Intellectuals for sure… Take Mahinda?? He stole Tsunami funds as a start, now thats a serious pro… Then his bro the Gotaya, this pro started the white van culture and got so many murdered… Then we have the Basils and other family members, all pros in their own fields… And the old speckled Pro Peiris… All pros indeed, the Intellectual part of them all is that they still walk free… I really hope they win the next election but dont see it happening cos they lost their most important pro… They need that Dr Mervin back…!!!!

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    Some of you guys are amazing… Instead of sticking to the current problems, you guys are rolling in the past, whats up Doc?? Trying to help the tsunami hora and co.???

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    Dear Shyamon Jeyasinghe,
    I agree with you that it is difficult to predict who will be the president or prime minister in 4 yrs time. Both Ranil and Gotha will be 72 years ol by then.. There is a possibility that Gotha’s son may be brought in as a candidate.

    In my view DJ wants one of the Rajas as President or PM so that DJ will have a chance to be the SL High Commissioner to Cuba or US. Also there is a possibility that DJ may lead a Cuban style revolution with the help of Viyathmaga members backing install a govt led by one of the Junior Rajas. I think GoRa’s son may be more qualified than all his cousins.

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    Great article SJ. What a bunch of f… wits calling themselves professionals. This group is well versed in
    murders and pillaging of the country’s resources and it is laughable to see them spouting mouthfuls of crap thinking the people are dumb as they are. You are right SJ in identifying each of these crooks as criminals who are now being hauled up before the courts. They are all living in fantasy land and are so cuckoo that they don’t know their arse from their mouth. God help this country if these idiots are allowed back. we have got rid of the scum but the smell is still around. I can just imagine the stink that must have filled the conference hall from the gas that emanated from their mouths and arses. A bunch of losers who have no hope in hell of ruling this country. Just look at the faces of these guys who polluted the front row you see vermin, garbage, decadence and corruption embodied in their expressions.

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    I enjoyed Shyamon’s article.

    The “Viyath Maga” is nothing but a failed attempt to promote nepotism, conceal corruption & fraud and cultivate suppression.

    I held Gotabhaya in high regard but last December he proved me that I was wrong to think he is different.

    The suppression of people’s independent voice and Rajapaksas go hand in hand. It will have to happen to you so that you will realize why do people accuse them of suppression of freedom of expression.

    The “Viyath Maga” cannot provide any contribution to a better Sri Lanka by way of promoting politicians. The intellectuals should be able to stand on their own. Rajapaksas are making their ardent supporters, arch enemies. They have to take responsibility of digging their own grave.

    The people will move forward abandoning them who are not ready to listen to the majority but trying to force their own will on people.

    In 2020, people will go for a real change rejecting dynasties further (there are a few still), in the Sri Lankan political arena. Those who are not ready to adjust their thinking will perish, while those who possess progressive thinking and those who are nationalists and patriots will strengthen their base.

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    Lovely rebuttal to the self promoting bovine excrement Karadara Dias posted here. Basil Rajapakse an intellectual? Really? Gota is a patriot but to claim people like Gomanpila and others were intellectuals is bs. There are indeed patriots in that crowd but there were also unDemocratic crooked lying thieves in the crowd. Some of the Expatriates were like salesmen without degrees but ok for Karadara Dias they are intellectuals. But it is MY3 and RW and his gay cabinet that is under scrutiny now.NOTHING has been done by this regime that can compare to the dynamism and infrastructure development under MR. If not for Coal power we will be up shit creek now. So it is time the UNP barking dogs explain Central Bond issue and be honest; time for Sirisena to fire the Finance Minister who is building a mansion (go down Parliament road from Colombo it is no the left hand side on a side road ).. I am talking about the road that leads to Parliament. On the right hand side is the park and the lake.

    So much for all this Sinhala muttal modayas. Create Eelam and let at least one part of the dark skinned tribes succeed.

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      KalaVeddha

      “Gota is a patriot”

      My friend owns/hires white van and employs a few well build men. Is he a patriot?

      “but to claim people like Gomanpila and others were intellectuals is bs.”

      Who else have been running this island for the past 69 years? Mostly bull s******s and rest are crooks and stupids call themselves orators, politicians,and smart ass patriots .

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    These are the guys, the ‘intellects ‘, seated either in the front or back row that helped the …king to rule the Country from 2005 – 2015…We all know the achievements under these …kers. people totally rejected them in Jan 2015. So how can they make this country better again..?

    However this meeting proves one important fact…. AT LAST A VIBRANT DEMOCRACY HAS BEGUN TO BLOSSOM.. we observe it with protests all over the Country…. TODAY PEOPLE ARE FREE…ABSOLUTELY FREE TO SAY ANYTHING…THEY DO NOT HAVE THE FEAR….LOOK AT THE MEDIA… and see the artists at this meeting who in their song hurled insults at RW openly…it is the PM of our Country…but did he react ..?

    Would all these have been possible under the vassals called ‘ intellects ‘ who sang hosannas to the leader of the Garrison state…?

    The Country is in the right path under MS & RW …

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    Quite right, LION. Under the MR regime, the two artists would have been carried away in White Vans

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    Dear friends the criticism against Mr, GR, BR has been there for the last two years. Out of all the port city and over estimation of highways to take bribes has been in the top of the list before elections . Has anybody saw at least a complaint in the bribery commission against those? Any way let the law act against the crimes done irrespective of the person. That stand will be acceptable to everyone including viyathamaga members and the critiques. The gathering is definitely by more than thousand decent professionals(not private bus owners) . Many could not get the entry pass due to the lack of accommodation. Two things can be done one is to criticise all the professional s who are around viyathamaga and the thousands who are daily gathering around viyathamaga or find the reasons why they gather against present government policies and help to resolve the issues. The more professional way is the second option. As members of viyathamaga the critiques are well come to a healthy discussion for a better future. Yet you have freedom to say all these professionals were the people who did contracts for MR and further criticise viyathamaga. So be it. Hatred never resolve any issue.

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    Had Wimal Weerawanse, described by Dayan Jayatilleka as French Revolution-style orator, been out of jail, he would have also been among the Viyathun! Gota thinks he can win Presidency and roll back all the enquiries against his kith and kin. So he has formed this Viyathmaga. One good thing is that these frauds will have spent a good portion of the money they robbed while in power for this Viyathmaga movement and so money will trickle down to the people.
    The other plan is to get Karuna to form a Tamil leadership and try and organize a Prabhakaran style boycott at elections. That is the plot.
    JO louts should be thankful that under the new yahapalanaya all charges against these smart patriot scoundrels are been examined under strict judicial procedure and so they take time. Ranil and Siri are damn too decent for them. Had it been Gota in power the White Van would have done the job and Mohan Peiris would have okayed anything.

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      Although you sound sarcastic, I think you are wrong in judging Wimal, the “Jacobian Orator”. I don’t think he will support GR to come to power. If he is ambitious, he will know which path he should take without being a tailwind to Rajapaksas. Had he succeeded in his attempt to act as an independent Party Leader in the Parliament, the next thing he will do is strengthening his Party starting from grassroots levels. Being the only party that has JVP roots, they should pay more attention to garner support from former JVPers. JVP secured 39 seats at one time. Their members are scattered now without a proper leadership.

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    Sach, for example would you think DJ is an educated person? If a PhD behaves like a donkey is he educated? What do you think?

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    Anyone knows what Gota’s educational qualification is? Did he go beyond GCE O Level? How can he be the leader of the viyathas?

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    Gota did not pass A level. He joined the forces with CBK’ support and left it under false reasons to be a computer data processor in LA.

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    I listened to the video. Thank you. The young lady doctor Seetha Arambepola spoke best like a real ugatha. She did not put the blame on this government but stated that all past governments neglected health

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    Now look at this Breaking News:
    “Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and adviser to Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), has been shot dead today at the airport in Rangoon.The assassin’s bullet aimed at changing the course of Myanmar’s future came from point-blank range, in broad daylight, amid the bustle of the country’s biggest airport. KO Ni was working hard for constitutional change in Burma handing over power to the elected Prime Minister,Su Ki. The military had long been targeting him for this as they didn’t want their powers eroded.They believed only the military must rule Burma
    The Pm Suu Kyi is said to be missing after this assassination and Burma’s democracy dream has disappeared with that.”

    These are the things that are going to happen if Rajapakses are back. We heard similar things during the last ten-year rule. Lasantha was just one case. Thajudeen was quickly dressed up as an accident.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      This is the sort of intervention (by any means necessary)the war monger and war crime denier suggested in this forum a few weeks ago in order to stop the drafting of new constitution, and potential referendum.

      Every well wisher of this island should start worrying about the democratic process and the fascist in intellectual clothing.

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    That’s well put, Native Veddah. “The fascist in intellectual clothing.”

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    DJ has been exposed badly by the comments of the writer dated 11 March. He is captive of his own false positions, dumb-struck and cannot reply. But this has happened so many times to this doctor. He withdraws in silence and come sup again to face similar situations

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    Dayan is like Sumansekera. When tight, they go missing

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    Why was Bandula not in the Viyathun audience? Was it because he was caught lying two days before when appearing before the Pres Commission? He was forced to admit he lied

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    DayanJayatilleka is gone hiding unable to reply the writer

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    I think Viyathmaga is a good proposition However it is best that people in active politics must keep away to give credibility to the organization. We must be apolitical in our approach. None could dispute that economy is in dire straits. Economic numbers are appalling. We need plan with objective of pre determined economic numbers meaning targets such as GDP Unemployment and host of others The plan should also encompass not only annual targets but methods and sectors from which the targets are achieved and quarterly target must be given and quarterly review meetings must be held to analyse successes and failures And Viyathmaga should communicate to the Governments the manner in which the plan to be designed and also how to plug in the responsibilities

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    I posted a comment it was not posted saying I have duplicated It is nonsense Check and see whether there is anything under my name Its funny nn

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