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The Force Is Still With Mahinda Rajapaksa

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

When J. R. Jayewardene went back to “Braemar” at Ward Place, his private residence, after leaving the Presidency, he noted ruefully in his memoirs that there was hardly anybody to meet him the next day. Chandrika Kumaratunga too complained that there was no one to put even a spoonful of sugar in her cup of tea once she fell from grace and returned to Horogolla, her ancestral home. Of course, this ”King Lear” syndrome has been enacted in every corner of the earth and it is not peculiar to Sri Lankan leaders. Power attracts mostly the undesirables whose sole objective is to exploit the system for their narrow gains. They swiftly change loyalties and move over to the next power-holder abandoning their former patron.

But there is a remarkable exception seen in the case of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The stretch of Galle Road running from Matara to Kataragama is chock-a-block in Tangalle, holding up traffic all the way to his “Carlton” residence. Buses from all corners of the Sinhala-dominated electorates are parked around the area, with thousands pouring out to mob the place demanding the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Police and Mahinda Rajapaksa are both having trouble controlling the crowds. It has become a kind of a political pilgrimage to pay respects to a leader who had served them in their worst hour of need. Visitors from Colombo are taken aback when they encounter the crowds mobbing the place.

Once Mahinda Rajapaksa was heard telling the crowds to clear the road to ease the passage for those going to Kataragama. But the people milling round him hardly took any notice. When he urges people not to cry saying that this is not the time to cry they cry some more. The adulation for the defeated President is unprecedented. Ministers of his Cabinet and other well-known faces manage to squeeze their way into “Carlton”. But the lesser known faces find it difficult to go in as the Police check them and refuse to let them in unless the word comes from inside.

Mahinda Election 2015

Rajapaksa election campaign|File photo

This mass reaction has never been sighted in any post-election scenario ever before. At least not to my knowledge. This signifies some notable political features in the post-election phase. First, it reveals the extent to which Mahinda Rajapaksa has won the hearts and minds of the grateful Sinhala electorate. Second, it means that he is living formidable force in politics unlike Chandrika Bandaranaike, or Ranil Wickremesinghe who were written off as has-beens with no dynamic charisma to come back on their own steam. Third, he is still in command of a sizeable political bloc within the Parliament with around 130 MPs on his side as of now. His weight still has some clout. If the promised glory of “100 days” is to reach fruition the votes at his command will be critical.

Furthermore, even his worst detractors concede that his image is now embedded deeply in the psyche of the Sinhala electorate. The buses that are parked near “Carlton” have come from remote villages. The peasantry, whose standards of living have risen – just not by the construction of roads etc – feel that they are instinctively indebted to him for restoring their lost heritage. They can identify with his “Mahinda Chintanaya” more than any other ideology imported from the West. Apparently, they seemed to have bonded with Mahinda Rajapaksa as no other leader had done before.

He has transformed the village on a scale larger than the “Gam Peraliya” of Martin Wickremesinghe. He pulled Sri Lanka out of the past into the modernity of the 21st century. His successors, whatever route they take, can succeed only if they pursue the path of developing from where he has left off, whether in politics, economics, inter-ethnic relations. and, of course, foreign relations. He has laid down a solid base for the future and any attempt to reverse the history he leaves behind will have to pay a heavy price.

Even his opponent, Maithripala Sirsena, in the last stages of the campaign, came more closer to him than he intended initially when he broke away from the Rajapaksa-wing of the SLFP. Under pressure from attacks of the government Sirisena was reaffirming Mahinda Rajapaksa political culture than the hyped up issues of constitutional changes. Despite the reduction in numbers at the election the fact Mahinda Rajapaksa retained his grip on the Sinhala electorates guarantees that he is still a dynamic force which can rise and gather momentum against the forces that defeated him.

His peaceful and graceful going away was clearly a reaffirmation of the democratic culture which is now ingrained in the Sri Lankan political culture. His reign, as a whole, can be considered as a monumental example of the commitment of the nation to democratic principles. Though fears were raised about the drift towards authoritarianism – it has been there ever since Mrs. Bandaranaike took office, particularly with the Marxists in her bandwagon – it is inconceivable that Sri Lanka will ever tolerate a dictatorship. Sri Lanka took to democracy like the way duck takes to water since 1931 with the introduction of universal franchise. Neither right-wing military coups nor left-wing uprisings has been successful in derailing democracy. Jayadeva Uyangoda, a political pundit of the Colombo University, aired the opinion that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s graceful exit is a triumphant affirmation of democracy. That is true though it has become a routine practice now. The greatest signifier of deep-rooted democracy, however, is in the historic fact that Sri Lanka fought a 33-year-old war against “the deadliest terrorists of the world” within a democratic framework.

If Sri Lanka could come through such destabilizing upheavals with democracy intact then it is nothing but fear-mongering to raise cries of dictatorships at the first sign of strengthening legislation to meet exigencies of the time. Dr. N. M. Perera, a leading constitutional authority, was the first to raise the fears of a dictatorship rising through the De Gaullian constitution introduced by J. R. Jayewardene. But it has retained its essential democratic character despite various attempts to consolidate the powers of the Executive President. This can be attributed to the vigilance of the people who jealously guard their rights and privileges. In fact, in an early assessment of the Sri Lankan political culture, Prof. A. J. Wilson argued that the success of democracy in Sri Lanka is due to the spirit of tolerance in Buddhism. The emphasis on the factors that protect, preserve and promote democracy may differ. What is undeniable is that there is an in-built institutional and people-based mechanism embedded in the political culture to preserve and protect democracy. That is one of the remarkable and commendable characteristic of the Sri Lankan political history.

Our restless experiments with a variety of constitutions alone indicate our commitment to preserve democracy through the best tried and tested institutional/constitutional structures. Besides, the critically defining factor of any democracy is in handing over power non-violently. If democracy is the triumph of the popular will of the people then it can be assessed, established and enshrined only through the non-violent process of electing the alternative government with the consent of the people. A violent imposition of state power runs against the popular will of the people. It is also possible for a fascist dictatorship to emerge from the popular vote as in the case of Hitler’s Germany. But it ceases to be a democracy the moment it take away the right of the people to seek an alternative through the non-violent process expressed in the secret ballot. Democratic institutions, conventions and practices are in place to protect the critical fundamental of transferring power non-violently. Politics is all about power and if the mechanism to hand over power to the electoral victors is denied then that marks the beginning of the end of democracy.

The accusations made against Mahinda Rajapaksa of being authoritarian loses its credibility once he held one of the most peaceful elections for the people to express their will. It was further confirmed when he accepted the will of the people and handed over power non-violently. Bowing to the will of the people is not the conduct of dictator. Besides, there isn’t a single democratic state that has not resorted to authoritarian rule at one or the time in their history. But the ultimate test of a democracy finds its intrinsic value only if the state retains its norms to test the will of the people through a legitimate election. Mahinda Rajapaksea passed the test with flying colours. Those who do not accept this can visit “Carlton” and witness how democracy works the Sri Lankan way.

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    Mahindapala,

    It appears that you live, eat, sleep, and breath within the Rajapaksas bubble. You have no idea whatsoever as to what the Rajapaksas have been doing to the country! You cannot credit MR for a peaceful election if you want to call that but it was the work of the Election Commissioner who made the difference. Have you heard about the coup attempt and the request made to the Attorney General. The Rajapaksa bubble has burst, it is about time you come out of it to face the reality!

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      Exactly! The UNPers slammed RW and Maithri for calling it a “peacefully” transition of power. If you go to Rajapaksa’s Wikipedia page and in the section of “Election defeated” you’ll find the full story there.

      His action were not so “peaceful” and it considered one of the most dangerous and against people’s will, MP Rajitha and Mangala has ordered special investigations into this matter, If its exposed Rajapaksa could face life imprisonment or capital punishment which would punishable to death.

      I hail the actions by Election Commissioners and the Army Chiefs who refused to obey the orders from the Rajapaksas.

      One day God knows what this devil has done in the behind the scene during the last moment before announcing the Presidential poll result.

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        “If its exposed Rajapaksa could face life imprisonment or capital punishment which would punishable to death.”

        Can he be prosecuted even if he found guilty ? doesn’t MR enjoy the immunity for any misdeeds which he might have committed during his tenure ? i just wonder how this latest coup attempt saga will be defined ? will it fall on post or pre presidential term ?

        if it falls under post presidential term , then he will have to face the charges !

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          Untill Hindia has at least a dozen nuclear subs your life can only get worse.

          Check out with SRI SRI SRInivasan born at Chandigarh who refused the JT’s all the way- present Judge District Court of Columbia and both sides have agreed to make him a judge of Supreme Court USA.

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala –

      RE: The Force Is Still With Mahinda Rajapaksa

      “Once Mahinda Rajapaksa was heard telling the crowds to clear the road to ease the passage for those going to Kataragama. But the people milling round him hardly took any notice.”

      Most of the other MaRa shills have moved on. Why don’t you? For example Dinesh Weerawansa

      https://twitter.com/dineshw2000

      The People still do not know him, have the people forgotten as to what this Mahinda Rajapaksa did to our hero Sarath Fonseka?

      Do he got 440,000 less botes than Mer. Siridena.

      If people know the facts, which the Medamulana was trying to hide, he woyld have got less than 20%.

      Punish those responsible, and free the innocent. The people want that. Let Democracy and Law and Order Prevail. Include the conspirators as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=e0uQRQ4mzHU

      now, the average IQ of sri Lankans is 79. So Maninda is going after those with IQ of below 79.

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      28 Sri Lanka 79

      Now, People ewanyt tpo know why he was tryomng to nullify the Election anf Grab Power?

      Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa , the Actor is a Sore loser, and is a bad sport.

      Besides he is no longer the Leander of SLFP.

      Maithri wins majority in SLFP

      Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has won the majority in the Central Committee of the SLFP held today (11th). At a media conference held a short while ago it was stated that Mr. Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the president of the SLFP by majority vote.

      Mr. Duminda Dissanayaka has been elected as the Secretary General of the party while Mr. S.B. Navinna has been elected as the treasurer and Mr. Janaka Bandara Tennekone has been elected as the national organizer. More than 30 ministers and MPs of the SLFP have participated at the meeting.

      Mr. Gamini Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa speaking at the occasion said, “The president and the secretary general of the SLFP contested the presidential election. The president was defeated and the secretary general won. There is crying when the father of a family dies. We too cried. But we wouldn’t keep his dead body at home.”

      A powerful group from the SLFP that had been working hard in the election campaign of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa joined Mr. Maithripala Sirisena a short while ago.

      Among the stalwarts who joined Maithri faction are former Deputy Minister of Finance Sarath Amunugama, former Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama, former Minor Export Crop Promotion Reginald Cooray, former ministers Athauda Seneviratne,S.B. Navinna, Janaka Bandara Tennekone, Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa, Piyasena Gamage and Jagath Pushpakumara.

      SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY 2015

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      Burning Issue

      May the force be with him when brotherhood of Darkness strikes him.

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala –

      RE:The Force Is Still With Mahinda Rajapaksa

      an you climb coconut tress, There is a big demand. Commissions on the pluck

      Many Medamulana MaRa shills are looking into it.

      Besides, coconut prices are going up too, and good exercise as well.

      Any Interest?

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        N V;

        What This Court Jester Mahinda Paala say is correct.

        “The Force Is Still With Mahinda Rajapaksa”.

        That is why He went to So many Hindu Temples In India getting Forces From God Vencataithaleiwar Of thirupathi,,
        Kerala Sawurimalai God Krishna,
        And
        Munneswaram God Kaaliamman.
        But He does not have Real People’s Force for a real push.

        Only Jesters and Clowns Like, Date Expired Mahinda paalu,
        Kudu Mervin, Sookara wansa, Pistol Eraj, Daily Noice Jarapal , Malinda, And paid shill like KAS Kas

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala

      RE: The Force Is Still With Mahinda Rajapaksa

      One of Medamulana Mahindas Shills or Whitewasher Dilrook Kannangara had an write up”

      Sinhala Voters are the King Makers and the Ray of Hope for the Defeated
      Posted on January 10th, 2015
      Dilrook Kannangara

      But Lankaweb will not put it up… Amarasiri still gives them Constipation.

      Can you post it for Amarasiri? After all Amarasiri responds to your write ups.

      26. Amarasiri Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      January 10th, 2015 at 12:26 pm
      Dilrook Kannangara

      Mahinda Rajapaksa got approximately 55% of the Sinhala Buddhist Votes and Matriplala Sierisena got about 45% of the Sinhala Buddhist Votes.

      More Sinhala Buddhists who live in Urban areas voted for Sirisena than to Rajapaksa. Why? They had better information.

      Rajapaksas said lies, deceptions and all other crimes. The urban Sinhala were more aware than the rural Sinhala. However, by controlling the media and the lies, they were able to fool a good fraction of the Sinhala Buddhist masses. After all, the average IQ of Sri Lanka is 79, and that helped.

      The interesting question to ask is that suppose information was freely available, and the opposition was able hold rallies, put out cutouts and posters just like the Rajapaksas and use state resources, equally, what would have been the outcome?
      Then, the Sinhala ignorant and uninformed would have realized the deception of the Rajapaksas.

      Hold the election 60 days from today, with more information of the deceptions, Mahinda Rajapaksa will lose more.

      The Problem the Rajapaksas were facing was that the deception was becoming known, and their popularity declining. Uva Elections. So, they decided to hold early elections, when the opposition was still arguing about a Common Candidate.
      They Expected Ranil, and had posters printed.

      Got Mairiuplal Sirisena. Got completely confused.

      What Maitripala Sirisena did in 6 weeks is amazing.

      Mahinda Raapaksa had 4 years to prepare, and he lost it. With the 3rd term and 4th term, he wanted to be pig.

      Bulls succeed
      Bears Succeed
      Pigs get slaughtered.

      Dictators and Despots will lose one day. Mahinda Rajapaksa was no exception.

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    If the ‘force’ is not fuelled by racism, it will wane off in due time…

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      There are pathetic loyalties, with disturbed mind, working hard for some thing.. and the writer is one among!

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    Jayadeva Uyangoda who is quoted here prefers to capture power by Bolshevik action. In dealing with terrorism, he prefers to set up an asymmetric solution where the elected state is the under-privileged partner, while the militant leaders who usurped power by assassinating Amirthalingam and other elected leaders get equal treatment with the elected government. So, political “scientists” have a bizarre way of thinking.

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      “”The Force Is Still With Mahinda Rajapaksa””

      The year of the watersnake is past and we are on the threshold where

      Krishna Vanquishes Kaliya (several headed gutter snake)

      Satkaya Natha! (kolla karakille- Pakistan healing dance PhD)

      Sevura Hatao!

      Pungi Bajao’ (play that organ sound)

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    The “force” is created by his own fart that propelled him with tremendous force from Temple Trees to Medamulana. Let me tell you, Mahindapala, that it has left a terrible stench all over the country. The new president will, I am sure, cleanse the land of this stench without delay.

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      Hahaha… Thats a nice way to put it out!

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    Of courses….it’s too early days

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    The pic clearly shows species that do not evolve they are scared to open their eyes

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      For too many Sinhalese what matters is that Mahinda screwed the Tamils over , so they will always support him.

      Plus we internet posters read news from a variety of sources whereas the people in the pics most likely only read it in Sinhala and from State run media.

  • 16
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    This old man must be taken to Lunatic Hospital.

    May be dementia or completely lost.

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    Blinded by ignorance.

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    ………….with thousands pouring out to mob the place demanding the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    ………RETURN WHERE, LIKE YOU TO AUSTRALIA.

    H. L. D. Mahindapala – If you are in Sri Lanka, I will advice you to consult a good Doctor at Angoda, unfortunately you are Australia.

    Mahindapala, don’t forget that you are talking about a dead insect! Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ego is finished.

    Does he owe you any many like he owes some money to people overseas who working for his REGIME on information gathering. They say that they were not paid since September.

    Don’t be a fool. Mahinda Rajapaksa is out of Sri Lankan history for ever.

    Now it is a time for him to face all corruption charges.

    Wait for another few days until Sarath Fonseka sworn in as the Minister of Defence.

    Then you write you article with all reality.

    It is a shame to know that one time you were a Journalist in the Lanka House.

  • 10
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    If he left after serving the 2nd. Term, could have done with dignity. However greedy for power and black money, he lost his mind and acted weird amending laws and introducing new, to remain in power for ever and got him rejected and kicked out.

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    .
    What Karuna did to VP, My3 did to MaRa.

    VP is dead, not MaRa.

    He’ll be back.

    :-)

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    “Even his opponent, Maithripala Sirsena, in the last stages of the campaign, came more closer to him”. “more closer” ? The veteran journalist seems to have not gone past English Grammar 101 ? Also Martin Wickremasinghe’s “Gam Peraliya” ? it was work of fiction, wasn’t it ? This writer is surely losing his marbles.

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    Mahindapala will spend his last days under Ranil’s rule.. haha

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    A good overall article – with one necessary correction: Hitler never came to power by popular vote, even after 3 General Elections within 18 months he still did not have a majority. Then President Hindenburg appointed him to form a minority government, Hitler’s thugs just arrested the large communist block of MPs and that gave him a majority.
    But the German people never gave Hitler a majority, despite the 6 million unemployeds one often hears about in this context.
    Hitler gradually went on to seize a 2/3rd majority in Parliament which gave him the power to change the constitution – at which point he just abolished democracy via democratic vote – a first in democratic history worldwide!

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    Mr Mahindapala,
    Why don’t you write this as ” mentality of a new form of tribalism”

  • 7
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    In coockoo land what this joker says must be true. But not in the real world. Lets take some of his claims. J.R. never left Braemar he lived there all thru his presidency. He enjoyed the peace and quite of own home. RW was mobbed upon returning from abroad by crowds which shut down the Airport road when he was prime minister and his government was under threat from CBK. RW has performed the most spectacular upset in political history and this joker calls him a washed up politician. How absurd and ridiculous can one get? Those buses mentioned must have been paid for by the poor villages who decided on their own free will to hire these buses and come see the former president. If this were true then pigs will fly. I think it is high time nut cases were barred from publishing delusional nonsense. Freedom of the press does not mean freedom of the wild ass.

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    The lament of a fool. the new government will be investigating how MR got the funds to bring all these villages to his palace after he lost the election. Kiributh and orange barley is also being supplied to the visitors as an incentive. Please note the new hotline number that the new government has established for the public to make submissions on corruption, the number is 0112884583. Modapala’s next interview with the corrupt prick will be in jail!!! dumbhead please stop writing this crap- makes you look an idiot.

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    Mahindapala, you should popularise the Kurakkan Shawl in Australia and Sri Lanka, by wearing it yourself, and persuading others of your ilk to do so – but beware, you may be labelled as a ‘nut’ case.
    Also, dye your beard and mustache like your master.
    Then maybe, people will sit up and take notice.
    You still cannot take the defeat of the military dictater.

    Your master has gone into oblivion and he will live in history books as a modern day tyrant.
    You may bleat like his puppy, but justice has triumphed over tyranny and you should accept it.

    Your long maligned “vellala racists” did the trick – a hard pill to swallow, is it not?
    Take a sedative – your dreams will be long and pleasant.

  • 4
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    BULLSHIT !!!

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    Even Marcos, Ceocescu, Bokassa, Polpot and Ian Sari, and so many other dictators had their own followers. They – particularly the uneducated, ignorant , brainwashed and so called Sinhala-Buddhists who have no knowledge of Buddhism whatsoever – may have had various reasons to hero worship those tyrants.What have Rajapaksas done? During the second tenure, this Emperor of Madamulana Kingdom and his clan have plundered the country mercilessly and sucked the blood of the nation like vampires and the damage they have done to their “much loved motherland” in various fields – economical, social, cultural, international relations, environmental, educational, racial harmony. and even geographical – by caving out a useless harbour and building an airport in a stretch of land which could have been more profitably used for cultivation of Manioc. Mr.Mahindadasa, are you sure that you are talking about Rajapaksas of Sri Lanka or some other dreamland of your senile imagination?

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    I bet Mahindapala spoke too soon. Once the skeletons from the closet emerges, the reverence still hanging around him will gradually dissipate. When part of his “staunch” ministers have bolted, MR and his family will have enough on their plates till their end of lives to count the prison bars. The “princes” are already being scanned already. What future awaits them?

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    Mahinda Pala, do one thing useful instead of invading CT with your gossip. If you are a true patriot return to Sri Lanka and live and work here, instead of living in a foreign commonwealth country, trying to put right things in Sri Lanka. You are a traitor and a hypocrite by virtue of the fact that you have abandoned your motherland and living in luxury elsewhere amongst the very white people that you detest and criticize.

    It has been proven in this election that no king could rule the country with Sinhala only majority. SLK is a muli ethnic country, and there is a free vote. As long as gun totting henchmen do not intimidate the voters, minor ethnic and religious groups would become the king makers. So, it is better to cast away the notion of Sinhala supremacy in a democratic SLK.

    Sinhala as well as Tamils and Moors are foreign invaders to this Island, but after 26 centuries of occupation together, they all have equal rights to live there. Tamils asking for separation is a pie in the sky, as much as Sinhala asking the Tamils to go back to Tamil Nadu or them asking Sinhala to go back to Andra Pradesh.

    Be real, if not you will also die with cancer incited by hatred, the same way Balasingham died without achieving anything in life except inciting people to shed blood for nothing. Is it all worth it? Life is short,and this bit of geology on earth will outlast all of us and may end up as a barren land one day.

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    HLDM says that “Power attracts mostly the undesirables whose sole objective is to exploit the system for their narrow gains.”

    Looks like he is describing himself and those other stooges – a few of them who have already started migrating to the ‘power’. Remember his ‘head up Premadasa’s ass’ period? Not unlike Dayan J!!

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    Sorry, Mr. “Maithree”…..You are a good man…. But, Sri Lanka needs a dictator for another 10 years, to take care of the ‘diaspora’…Hope you will take a very close look at what happened to Egypt after the so called “Arab Spring” : a Once-prosperous and booming country now lie in ruins………Please make sure that SL does not become another Egypt: It will be hard with everyone of your alliance waiting to have a piece of the pie. Try Hard! Best Wishes!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The reason masses are visiting the former President is because he is a loser. He is the only President in Sri Lanka to lose a Presidential Election. People feel sorry for him and also worried he may commit suicide.

    With JR and Chandrika people new they retired and knew they wouldn’t cry or commit suicide.

    By the way you should seriously consider changing your name by deed poll to Mahinda Daasa.

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    There unfortunately, is a faction of Sri Lankans, who either do not care about corruption, nepotism, silencing of the media, attacks on journalists, attacks on minorities and their places of worship, and the soaring cost of living. For them this man ended a war, and anything else is okay. Either that, or they are ignorant of the facts.

    People have short memories, in a few years another Rajapaksa will run again, just like another Bush is considering running again in the US. You can be sure idiots will vote for them again.
    People never learn lessons in life, when it comes to politicians and leaders.

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    *MAGNIFICENT*

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    Mr. Pala,

    You are still maintaining that it was a peaceful transition.
    You are a Mahinda breed of deniers.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30769188
    Also They have to investigate whether you are a terrorist sympathizer.

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    Mahindapala you seem to be living in another planet.Mahinda can be given credit for only finishing the terrorism with Fonny and Gota,beyond that he has pillaged the country for generations to come by pure GREED.Mahinda has to answer and pay for the sins of his family ,cronies and self.

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    Mahinda is the first president to lose a presedential election in Sri Lanka . Other presidents mentioned here left with dignity after completing their term . So it is rediculous to compare the two scenerios .

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