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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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    This Joker and the other Joker Malinda and their writings will have a Natural Death , whilst readers like us will Laugh to Death reading their articles………

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      This guy has been paid forward for the entire 2015. So, he has to sing hosanna to his client Leader like Dayan Jayatilake, Michael Roberts, Rathnavalie, Malinda Seneviratne etc..etc…

      All the popularity comes to a naught when the corruptions comes out exposing the magnitude of the theft that these guys (Mahinda & Co.,) has stolen from the people of Sri Lanka.

      Its so funny that even thieves have ardent fans and scholarly writings about him. BUT, IT IS WONDER OF ASIA….I HUMBLY ACCEPT THAT FACT NOW!!!!

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        “”Its so funny that even thieves have ardent fans and scholarly writings about him. B””

        Nothing funny all men lie but genius has limits.

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          Javi you Jihadist:

          The medicine is begining to work. You are agitated and lost for words and that is what a fataly wounded animal does.

          We are the new force you idiot and we can make and break Kings. But all you can do is behead and why dont you take the first plane available like your mate GOTHA & BASIL and go to IS.

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    Dear Mahindapala,

    Looking at your previous articles, it is clear that you are a big skeptic of the current situation. It is true that there is some crowd visiting him at his house and he still has “some” support from SLPF. However, one thing you have missed here was that most of these people who visit him are coming from very rural areas of the country who are mainly uneducated and brained washed by the wrong propaganda that was spread by MR during the elections, while others are those people who illegally benefited from the corrupt political and economic culture that Rajapakshe’s promoted. Even if you look at the SLPF now, there is no one in the party who can have a political future without Mahinda. Majority of SLPF will have to go home if there is a general election. Therefore, it is kind of clear that majority of people who is visiting MR now do that either because of their blind beliefs and uneducated nature that prevents them from thinking beyond highways and war or to use him again as a political weapon for their own ends (Esp, the once like Wimal Weerawansa, who will not have any political future).

    Also, you praised the way Mahinda left office. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the gentlemen politics of Ranil and Maithree haven’t started a mud and hate campaign against MR and his family (Contrast to waht MR did to SF in 2010), that prevented the drama that was about to unfold on 9th morning. But others in the new government, (Pataki Champika, Rajita Senaratna, Managala Samaraweera, and Ranjan Ramanayake) have spoke about this at several occasion.

    Do not forget, just because MR won the war, it does not give him the opportunity to use Sri Lanka as his personal property. Presidency should be and is a job like any other, and the person who take up that job should not exploit its privileges and amend the terms and conditions to keep the position forever.

    So I urge you to stop worshiping Mahinda!!! He is not a saint!

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    What scares me when reading the tone of many of the posts is the calibre of the writers. No not the Sri Lankans who used to be
    but ………………………………………………….

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    Mahindapaaaaal;

    My Younger Grand son Asked me Showing your Photo,” He looks like is in the Little riddinghood Story”.
    I just Smile,

    Because in the story There was A Sick FOX WERAING CAP AND SPECTACLES.

    AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!.

    There were Many foxes Roaming In Sri Lanka when Ma Ra ya Jarapassa And Clan Regeme was ruling .

    SO THEY, Your Bossa, His Brats USE POWER TO RAPE SRI LANKA GIRLS, And Women?????

    “JHU Sri Warnasinghe also said that they have also received information and proof of countless young girls who have been sexually abused and even raped by the Rajapaksa princes.

    “Some of the girls who were victimized in this manner have been given various diplomatic postings to cover up their crimes. We will be revealing all these details and more and we also urge the public to inform us of any additional information they would possess on the crimes committed by the Rajapaksa princes,” he said.”””.

    So You are Depending This vultures Family Because Of you are A southerner and Related to Jarapassa Clan.?????????.

    Where is Your Buddhist SinhalseNess?????.

    Oh, You are West hating, But West Arse Licking, Another Educated MORON????/
    Any way HOW OLD ARE YOU????????>

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    Yes, It is 100% true and I totally agree with Mr Mahindapala. Reason to say is I have eye witness about this situation when I travel from Katharagama to Mathara. I even had a chance to talk with several people and they say that They were from Thalawa and Thambutthagama from Anuradhapura district and came specially to see Mahinda Mahatthaya. Once again I would like to thank Mr Mahindapala for writing this true story with very good analysis. I also feel sad about some people who has written garbage with crazy mind only without thinking about reality. Hope those will find true and learn about the Sri Lankan culture before they write hate comments in future.

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      Wake mister and smell the coffee ! Not the ‘behind’ of the ‘rajapassa’s. These people are obviously deceived by the handouts given just before the elections. Disgustingly the UPFA used their illeteracy to fool them. seems he has even fooled you. not that it would have been difficult…. your response proves how dumb you are and even dumber than the villagers.

      By the way, whu have you written your ‘name’ backwards !

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    ha ha ha….. These are walking fossils. Wait till the people hear the truth……..it will be NO MORE SATAKE!

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    Mahindapala is a vile revengeful snake in human garb.
    He has always had animosity towards Ranil ,that is why he is writing bullshit ,which should be blocked by CT, because it is not worth the read. His writings are not fair but vengeful.

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    At his age day dreaming is the only past time. Let him enjoy it. We will see to it that MR is locked behind bars for the rest of his life. My dear, basil has already fled. Raththaran will be the next. All crooks are now coming to MS with their tails wagging behind. And you, dont you ever come to Sri Lanka, because people will lynch you .

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    is peaceful and graceful going away was clearly a reaffirmation of the democratic culture

    Which world are you leaving, he tried everything possible to stay in power

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    People have different opinions. We have to respect them. MR is the one who saved the country. Everyone who is responding to this do so because we live without fear of terrorism.

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    Mahinda cannot be left alone or he will come back to power using Sinhala racists which is the most ignorant race I have ever seen in this entire planet. JVP, JHU, CBK has understood this correctly. Hope Ranil doesn’t try to be a gentlemen which will cost him dearly later.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala

    The Force Is Still With Mahinda Rajapaks

    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.

    *** Which planet are you Mahinda( pala)on mate. From where I am it sounds like the Planet of the APES.

    The run up to the election was riddled with violence and there were fatalities and MR tried to intimidate the electorate. He tried to butter the Tamil voters with the words better the DEVIL you know and by his own admission he confirmed he is a DEVIL.Even after losing the election he tried to hang on to power by begging the Army and the Police chiefs to save him and fire on any one who rebelled but the chiefs defied him.
    Do you know that history repeats itself and when the Phone Call came from the UN LTTE were told to wave the white flags and surrender guaranteeing that they will not be killed and we all know what happened. MR received the dreaded Phone calls( from India and USA) and was reminded that any attempt to deploy the Army will not be tolerated and MR caved into pressure and surrendered at least he wasnt killed.

    As for the Force is still with MR I agree that the Majority of the 20 million Racists are with MR but that will all change after UNHCR delivers its verdict.

    GOTHA the butcher has fled but he will be hunted down and he will join MR in the Dock in the HAGUE.

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      “and he will join MR in the Dock in the HAGUE. “

      They would happily jog along to compassionate europe where the death penalty is a taboo and parole is the norm.

      Will you then go there like the 50/50 VOC chariot and do the gundu mani??

      Satakaya Natta! Sevura Hato!

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        Javi

        You Jihadist. Your boss has been summoned to appear in Court and why dont you take him in a flipping hat. You must have a lot of it as you do that for a living. If you have run out of it ask Hakim. By the way what is happening with IS.

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          kali the village nalavar,

          try your own porriki nadu thats where your home is.

          the same goes to Gujubhais from kenya in the UK- by order of her majesty.

          Hari Krishana belongs to American Jews as selected by the other of the movement.

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            Javi you Jihadist:

            The medicine is begining to work. You are agitated and lost for words and that is what a fataly wounded animal does.

            We are the new force you idiot and we can make and break Kings. But all you can do is behead and why dont you take the first plane available like your mate GOTHA & BASIL and go to IS.

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        Javi you Jihadist

        You sound like someone who has been in and out of Prison regularly. I should have known with your Jihadist background.

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    Absolute crap… “His peaceful and graceful going away” .

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    u forgot Mahinda was defeated on simpathy only people visited mind it he won hambathota district and his supporters visiting him is not a story. You must appreciate how our president and prime minister treated him knowing that he was trying to declare emergency and want to keep power. We had some regard for finishing war but when sarath fonseka contested against him. After winning election how he treated war heroes.it all shows his quality and Ranil.did u think his corrupted brothers left this country without his knowledge. If he is genuine he should have asked them to stay and face any charges.he has shares whatever they earned

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    I am fully agreed with the writer. Our leader will emerge one day unlike other leaders. Perhaps he made mistakes with the issues of minorities. I am sure once he rectifies these short comings since our main communities are with him, wait he will emerge as a best leader ever Sri lanka produce. Those guys who hates him, please watch on Youtube, MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA’S WALAK THE TALK WITH SHEKAR GUPTA ON NTDV.COM,then you can come to a conclusion how sincere person is our great ex president. I wish good luck for Mahinda Rajapaksa, have a good rest and holiday. Read lot of books as you got time now. Hope you will hold the helm again with out any shadow of doubt.

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    ” Buses from all corners of the Sinhala-dominated electorates are parked around the area, “

    The author has no idea how Sri Lanka works. Poor people from all corners would not pay for a bus to come to greet Mahinda. These like the buses used to bring people to his rallies are organized by the party.

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    you high bro?

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    The writer is not being factual when he says that the ex-president peacefully yielded and conceded power. On the contrary, he had apparently attempted to stage a coup d’état with powers he already had, to subvert the results of the election, invoking a state of emergency. It would help this man’s credibility if he examined the facts before writing public letters.

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      L.P. Perfect.

      However, have you ever given a thought as to why he called the election 2 years before time??

      Its the force of Greater Hindia and a new chapter dawning till they have at least 12 nuclear subs.

      Goo`ta perhaps in his little lion Kfir and Tel Aviv for his long siesta.

      BTW Hindia for the first time has stopped supporting Palestine and reverted to the wise ones Israel- there are 32 synagogues spread throughout starting from Roman times and many are active still.

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        Javi you Jihadist:

        What a load of CRAP

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    Don’t worry Mahindapala, Julius Casear does not end with Cassius coming to power. Surely there will be an Octravius and Marc Antony amongst the Sinhalese.

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      –“Octravius and Marc Antony amongst the Sinhalese.–

      Hoonk Hooonk

      Jack Lemmon’s Avanti!

      perhaps surprise would be Nero the Hero

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    Dumbhead modapala, your hero can have all the support he gets from the medamulana villagers, but fortunately the despot will not be able to creep and slime his way back to power because his retirement will soon be spent in jail for crimes of murder, rape, human rights abuses, abductions, corruption, assault, treason, abuse of power, fraudulent conversion and use of state resources, inciting hatred and racism, tax evasion, bribery and a myriad of other serious crimes. The despot will have the company of his crooked, criminal brothers and sons and family members and business cronies who will also be experiencing the joys of incarceration for the criminal activities they participated in. Rajapakses are to be thrown in to the toilet pan of history and no amount of sucking and crawling by the creep Modapala is going to change the course of this history. CT, please continue publishing farticles from this creep, we need to keep ourselves entertained by this nut case who is singing for his supper.

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    This man lost the election, so when you are lost and down with hurt more people come to help you that’s how we live, do things, don’t forget about it. We are Sri Lankan. When he lost even the people voted for MS was also sad, it’s the nature, it doesn’t mean and the MR has same attraction from people. It’s just that they are there for him to show some gratitude, and after couple of days, weeks they’ll be all gone and people will back to normal state and will not need MR.

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    Check below the photo.
    It is taken from the ‘election campaign/ file photo’

    Certainly not taken after his return to Carlton House.!!

    The writing also says the villages came in buses.That was during Mahinda’s time.
    Not now sir.

    Please stop writing rubbish.Give us the truth. Of course he still has the faithful who voted for him and they will feel the pain of his loss.

    USA

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      Good point Ruba. The important thing in the picture is the vast space behind the so called crowd bussed into
      adulate the dictator. The space will increase and the crowd will diminish as with Ozymandias, “the lone and level sands stretch far away”. The mindless moron Mahindapal will have to smell the farts of the mindless sheep in Australia and count the sheep that stray away from his fallen master, Mahinda, who will be forgotten and be buried in the sands of time, like Ozymandias.

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    HLD Mahindapala is part of the generation of our earlier able journos.
    He analyses and writes well. In the capacity of a shrewd journo, he has the talent to try to make black into white – as he ably does here. But being economic with the truth has its own limitations.

    “… he (MR) is still in command of a sizeable political bloc within the Parliament with around 130 MPs on his side as of now….” says our friend – obviously beholden to MR very much still. The truth is MR’s ranks of loyalists in Parliament is less than 50 – some of them (like
    the inimitable Sajin Vaas) are already negotiating with MY3’s team to
    jump. From the looks of it MR may not have sufficient MPs to back him to lead even the SLFP.

    “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…” Come on! Mr. Mahindapala, who’re you trying to fool. The head of the overseas Inspection team has called it an election marred by violence inflicted by State actors. The Election Commissioner had to break tradition and personally visit the State-run TV Station Rupavahini to deny a major falsehood calculated to mislead a large number of voters. Rajapakse had conspired to air a Q&A session hours before official closing time of the campaign both to mislead voters and deny his chief opponent an
    equal chance. It is now known foreign leaders had to phone MR and caution the regime to respect the will of the people – at the pain of consequences.

    As to Mahindapala’s claim “It was further confirmed when he accepted the will of the people and handed over power non-violently…” the chilling news is slowly trickling down of the many dubious cloak-and-dagger conspiracies resorted to by the Rajapakse regime to undermine the democratic process while votes counted island-wide showed matters moving in favour of My3. The country owes a debt of gratitude to the Army high-ups and the IGP for standing firm against a Coup by the Rajapakse brothers.

    It is time Mahindapala washed his typewriter with much water and soap before he dares write to Lankan audiences from Down Under, where he is said to be holed up.

    Kettikaran

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    The force was never with MR. It was with his astrologer. Now, it has left him. MR himself did not know which magic man the force was with. He used to run to India to find the Force. He could not find it in the people of Sri Lanka. Mahindapala finds the force in the money he was paid to write such rubbish. We will see the SLFP guys leave in droves like the sheep in Mahindapal’s new home.

    We still do not know whether the Force that is with the Sri Lankan people has found an answer to their problems. Only time will tell. The ministers that Maithri has appointed are the same old tired and tainted crew.
    The permanent secretaries are flawed men who were lap-dogs of Mahinda. The slate has not been cleaned.

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    Mahindapala,

    In a way Sinhalese were closely associating with Chinese, and now Sinhalese because of CIA vote ballot ink rigging have the opportunity to start a new page.

    This can work out well for Sinhalese. Evenetually the CIA Agent will no power and then Sinhalese can bring up a new leader.

    This leader can have balanced diplomacy with Inida, China, USA, & Tamils.

    And Sinhalese can survive without being under the yoke of anybody.

    Just make the best use of the situation and come up from it.

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    Rajapakse clan faces no dearth of errand boys, but hardly anybody could beat the zeal of H .L. D. Mahindapala seeya. He is the dream servant boy or ‘Appu’ at ‘Rajapaksa Walawwa’. (As we know, according to Ceylonese aristocratic traditions, even an 80 year old ‘seeya’ will still remains a ‘boy’) Mahindapala seeya – the perfect Appu – does everything that his masters demand: He runs errands to the market; polishes masters’ shoes; white washes their dirty underclothes; keeps the toilets clean and once in a while offers a foot massage to the master. As a return he gets the leftovers from the kitchen of ‘walawwa’ which he would devour like Divya Bojana – the food of the gods, sitting on a low bench, only after completing all household chores.

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    This is a joke. The drama at Carlton is stage managed show to a large degree. We now know that the ‘graceful’ exit was not at all graceful. MR is simply running on a Sinhala-Buddhist racism platform, carefully hidden behind a screen of international conspiracies and patriotism. There are always easy converts for that type of ideology. In the long term this can do so much harm to this country, earlier we expose this to the Sinhala-Buddhists, the better.

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    Sinhalise are moaning the loss of our President Rajapaksa. The clock is ticking and the days are numbered for the temp regime of Sirisena.

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    For those like the writer of this article saying the Force is still with Mahinda, how do you explain the following:

    MaRa had immense support following the 2009 defeat of LTTE and is well known to be an ultra nationalist Sinhala Buddist.

    Fast forward to today and Maithiri got close to Mahinda in Sinhala votes.

    As an ultra Nationalist Sinhala Buddhist Mahinda really had to screw up pretty bad to lose soo many Sinhala votes, because remember JR Jayawardene said that if he starved the Tamils the Sinhalese would be happy.

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    HLDM tells us that “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”. No-one will quarrel with that statement, and dare I say that HLDM should certainly know!

    But the comparison he has made of JRJ’s and CBK’s return home after leaving the Presidency and the welcome he says MR received in Tangalle on his way home after his defeat, is not a fair one. Both JRJ and CBK went back after completing their terms of office, not upon being defeated at an election. There is a vast difference in the two situations. As for the enthusiastic reception itself that MR received in Tangalle, HLDM is doing no more than stating the obvious. Whilst losing the Election, MR still commanded 48% of the vote – almost half of the total, and Tangalle is Rajapakse country anyway. So, what is so extraordinary about how they greeted their man?

    There is one feature of MR’s Presidency for which people will always remember him – overcoming the LTTE. Reports now coming out suggest that MR did not leave office with the grace and readiness with which he was originally credited and these reports serve to detract from MR’s image. There were also other very unsatisfactory aspects of MR’s Presidency which we cannot simply ignore. It would seem the electorate certainly did not.

    It is understandable that HLDM must be disappointed that his man did not win, and just as understandable that HLDM should seek to present the situation now in the best possible light. But he cannot ignore the simple fact that MR was beaten fair and square, and all this stuff of the force still being with him, avails little.

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