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The Madness That Took Over CHOGM

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

It was no mean an achievement for Sri Lanka to have prevailed as the venue of choice for CHOGM 2013 despite calls to change the venue. The government did well to prepare and beautify the capital city and build the expressway from the International Airport. From all accounts Lankans all over the world can at last feel proud of their capital city.

For years Colombo had grown to be more and more a dump. President Premedasa was the first head of state to realize the need to beautify our capital. He started with pavements and roundabouts and acquired some cynical comments from his opponents. Cynicism has now given way to optimism. The main player is evidently Gotabaya Rajapaksa who appears to have an eye for beauty, whatever other reservations one may hold with regard to him.

However, what could have been unmitigated glory transformed into ignominy during the CHOGM sessions that followed. A madness swept over CHOGM. The events were largely predictable but President Rajapaksa and his team headed by Foreign Minister GL Peiris was caught napping and they were simply overwhelmed by the tide of hostility. Tony Abbott tried to douse the flames but everyone knew he did what he did to salvage himself from the daily nightmare of boat arrivals. Abbott sees dreadful dreams of boat people crashing into Australia.

To begin with, there was unfinished business that was foreshadowing the event. This related to allegations of human rights violations during the closing stages of the war that were before the United Nations. Our government plainly did nothing to assuage the international community that it would conduct its own independent investigations into the accusations of war crimes. It had its own LLRC appointed and this Lankan body of eminent persons, too, saw the need for a full scale enquiry besides  presenting other ameliorating proposals  all of which were ignored by the government. Government arrogantly leaned on a false theory of sovereignty. Since the Second World War the notion of sovereignty has been regarded as not being absolute. Interdependence of governments, countries, economies and people has taken the lid off sovereignty. Global consciousness of the need for global-level protection of the fundamental rights of the human beings has come strongly to the fore ever since the horrible days of the holocaust. UN conventions were formulated and adopted to which Sri Lanka also was signatory; an International Tribunal at Hague was set up and so on. The rights of any human being living anywhere cannot be bartered away to individual ruling regimes of plastic Pol Pots or others in the country that he inhabits. As has been amply evident even in Sri Lanka the domestic system has sometimes not been able to give relief to an individual put under extreme circumstances. General Sarath Fonseka is just one instance. He had charges framed-up against him and this valiant soldier was incarcerated in jail for three years until some external pressure secured his release.

To see UN- level HR intervention in extreme instances is, therefore, not to see an enemy invasion of our ‘sovereignty.’ We allowed the UN Human Rights Commissioner Navy Pillay to be slandered and insulted when she came on legitimate business. It had been a non-existent notion of sovereignty propagated by the government that led to this.  UN has a perfect right to intervene and we have a clear duty to obey. If we are to avoid such international intervention then we must avoid paving the way for HR allegations.  The Commonwealth body also has a right to question any member state and we have a duty to obey. The Sri Lankan government had all the time being ducking both the UN and the Commonwealth body.

In the face of this background, government should have either taken pre-emptive steps in the nature of assurances etc. or it should have let go its turn to host CHOGM. To make the clichéd statement one cannot have the cake and eat it.

On the other hand, what we saw was a Sri Lankan government that virtually prepared the population for war against the Western invitees. The media was positioned for a kind of audience – brainwashing that wasn’t healthy or honest. I wonder who wrote our President’s speech. Whoever did that is not his ally as it was bad and poorly defensive. Throughout his speech President Rajapakse kept passing hints on Western Powers. This heated the tone further.  The war was on as far as our Head of State was concerned. Rajapakse’s audience from now on was his electorate and not CHOGM participants. He was bent on a “heroic” speech to impress this electorate.

The main Opposition party and other parties were pre-cast to the lot of foreign enemies whereas a strategy of inclusiveness should have been adopted. Human rights violations continued unabated during the lead up to CHOGM as we saw at Weliverya. It wasn’t a government that had softened on its record of human rights concerns; it was a ruling elite that continued to ride roughshod over people and behave in a “no care” and unaccountable way. This led the Opposition to organize its own human rights exhibition at Siri Kotha. When you give people the message that they are not included they get self-excluded and sit on the other side of the fence. President Rajapaksa lacks the grain of statesmanship that could have done better than what he did. He continues to be a political leader rather than a statesman who can rise above sectional interests.

Next, during the period of CHOGM itself we permitted extremist onslaughts on the democratic right of persons to gather. The raucous body of  Buddhist monks called the BBS broke into the UNP organized exhibition and almsgiving and showed their muscle that was met with retaliation. This kind of incident taking place under the watch of the police didn’t do well for our image.  It is rumored that the BBS has government blessings. It is hard to imagine a Buddhist mafia; can you? That phrase is an oxymoron in connection with the world’s most peaceful religion. Well, here in Lanka we have just that.  At least the Taleban is founded on moral illusions. But these thugs break in to any place they want to-churches, meat stalls and so on and usurp legislative and executive powers that belong elsewhere. The government security just watches their antics. A tense background for CHOGM was in the making.

It was a background that inspired David Cameron and his men for what was to follow.

Next, we invited Channel Four and having invited them to go anywhere at will we blocked their journey with organized protests. The politician who organized this protest, Chandrasena, was immediately and without subtlety made a Minister of the jumbo cabinet soon after the event. Why on earth did we invite Channel Four to come at this particular time? No sensible answer can be found. And having asked them to travel freely at will why did we organize protests blocking them? No sensible answer here, too.

We blame David Cameron, the British Prime Minister and call him all sorts of names. Didn’t he announce in advance what he was going to do during CHOGM? So, what’s the fuss about?  We had every right to postpone his trip to the North for a day after CHOGM. We didn’t. That was another blunder. Of course he did look imperious and arrogant. Cameron was like a cyclone. He went right into the heartland of the Tamil people and heard their complaints-exaggerated, false or otherwise. Our all- powerful President and government just meekly watched by as Cameron’s imperial brigade passed through. Did Sri Lanka journey back in time to Governor Caldecott’s period?

Cameron topped it all up with a serious warning given in pointed finger. If anyone says that CHOGM was a success or that the President was victor he is joking. What is amazing is that we blame Cameron and others for what happened without acknowledging our own contribution to this situation.

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    Shyamon. You have spoken the truth and nothing but the truth.

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      Shaymon Jayasinghe,

      ” Government arrogantly leaned on a false theory of sovereignty. Since the Second World War the notion of sovereignty has been regarded as not being absolute. Interdependence of governments, countries, economies and people has taken the lid off sovereignty. Global consciousness of the need for global-level protection of the fundamental rights of the human beings has come strongly to the fore ever since the horrible days of the holocaust. UN conventions were formulated and adopted to which Sri Lanka also was signatory; an International Tribunal at Hague was set up and so on. “

      Thank you for the well articulated summary. Are the Sri Lankan masses hearing it? JVP is trying its best to convey this message, but the state controlled media is suppressing it.

      JVP Press Conference 2013.11.20

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ1r43byDjM

      Published on Nov 20, 2013
      JVP Press Conference 2013.11.20
      Speech of Comrade Vijitha Herath

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      very true Shyamon no one can dispute you

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    JUST TO GO BACK TO THE START OF THIS ARTICLE-EXCUSE ME THE PERSON WHO OPENED UP THE START TO ‘DEVELOPING’ UNTOUCHED AREAS WAS PRESIDENT JR JAYEWARDENE WHO WAS MUCH MALIGNED FOR MOVING THE PARLIAMENT TO KOTTE! SO FIRST THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT JR JAYEWARDENE.DON’T FORGET THE HOSPITAL GIVEN BY JAPAN WHY?BECAUSE HE STOOD UP FOR JAPAN-THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT SPEECH PLEASE FIND OUT AND READ IT!GREAT THAT THE OTHERS FOLLOWED THROUGH AND HAVE DEVELOPED THE PLACE.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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      Stupid sri lankan voters.

      Country’s development is assigned to specific names.

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    Mr. Jayasinghe has missed a couple of things in an otherwise well describing article. This meeting is obliged to allow media who wants to visit, visa. First the GOSL didn’t want to allow specifically Channel4 intgo the country, but after Cameron put pressure on GOSL and specifically on the Commonwealth secretariat to follow the rules, Channel4 was allowed to visit. Their Visa process, by some strange reason however took about three times as long time as other media visa processes to clear for the GOSL…the first hindrance from the GOSL.

    Secondly, if claiming to be a democratic country and following the Commonwealth declared statues, you can’t deny media free access to the country.

    Third, Channel4 has done a great job in revealing what really happened in the final days of the war. Their claims have not been possible for the GOSL to prove false (even if they have tried but failed to prove wring). So why should Channel4 don’t be allowed into the country? Now they finally were and immediately proved what the GOSL continuesly say about press freedom and Government non interference, are totally false! We should thank Channel4 for and Cameron for that!

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      Well said Mohottige,

      you set the records correct.

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      Mohottege , If you dig a little bit deeper , it was reported that David Cameron insisted that his press team should be allowed in SL . This left SL in a dilemma dithering on their decision to allow the obnoxious Channel 4 in . By doing that they opened a can of worms which was expected . Their visa was given conditionally to cover CHOGM. They accompanied David Cameron to Jaffna which they would have done any way , before they sneakily boarded a train to Killinochchi . The protests were by angry people with or without the support from the Government which ruined their plans for the next movie . I agree with SJ that the Government could have halted the damage if they reacted sensibly and decisevely . Instead they created the problems for themselves and are in a big mess now not knowing whom to turn to .David Cameron means business and they better take his threats seriously.

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        Why do they the rulers spread it in two TOTALLY different versions. One against to other. One paradoxical to other. According to your beloved leader, country and nation is blessed by press freedom. As my child raised it – PRESS FREEDOM MEANS – journalists should be given freedom to express according to them, while respecting ethics codes prevailing in the country. But the access should be given to them travel to across the country, be it war torn or other areas. Was this the case for the Journalists – that arrived in SL lately ? Was this the case for the journalists arrived in to the country with Ms Pillay ?
        Was this was the case with ISMAIL, JANZ who left the country, a couple of months back not being able to stand against the threats applied on them ?
        Was this the case Eknaligoda to get disappeared that family with 2 school going children ?

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          Balawathi ,DID you know that only Western Journalists were allowed to cover the war in Iraq ?

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    Shyamon, you have hit the nail on the head. Absolutely true.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe,

    You sound apparently reasonable until what you say about Cameron:

    “He went right into the heartland of the Tamil people and heard their complaints-exaggerated, false or otherwise.”

    This shows your true color: Typical Sinhala extremist who doesn’t care about Tamils’ lives or their opinions, just like what JR said in 1983; you don’t seem to acknowledge all the atrocities against Tamils that went on in the past and going on now in the North-East.

    On the first day of CHOGM one Young Tamil man was abducted in a White van in Vanni, and has disappeared since without trace. Do I need to say more?

    “Why on earth did we invite Channel Four to come at this particular time? “

    They were invited because Cameron insisted all media people from Britain should be allowed in during CHOGM as a condition for his attendance!

    Sri Lanka is a land like no other:
    A land like no other ruled by a war criminal,
    Governed by tyrant like no other,
    White vans operate like in no other,
    People disappear like in no other,
    Laws are not enforced unlike in any other.

    Holiday here is like in no other, you might not go back.

    You can’t prevent the truth from coming out: It is the nature of truth
    to struggle to the light.

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      You are way out of line in your criticism of Shymon. It is people like you who give rise to the Sinhala fascists, it takes two to tango with your extremist ideas, you put Sinhala extremists to shame.

      So tone down your anger and realize that much of Sri Lankan problems don’t involve race, just arrogance of power. After all more Sinhala people have been killed in the past 40 years by their own than Tamils by the Sinhalese.

      They just love killing who ever it might be when they have a gun and go beserk. So the Rajapakses are not against Tamils, just against anyone who may oppose them that is all.

      At least you can claim asylum we can’t.

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        You missed the point Mister! No wonder you are unsuccessful migrating elsewhere..

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        Patta Pal:

        I agree.

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          Patta Pal,

          We didn’t and, do not give rise to Sinhala fascists: They were already there in place. Why did the Sinhala regimes sponsored anti-Tamil pogroms in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977, and mother of all pogroms in 1983?

          It is the Sinhala fascists from independence who created LTTE, now only Sinhala fascism is biting you, and you jump up.

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      did not shayamon j say …their complaints-exaggerated, false or otherwise.” or OTHERWISE.

      Is not anyone allowed to raise doubts anymore?

      Are u not falling, thiru, into the “with us or against us” line of the powerful in sl?

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    Thanks Shyamon, You with your Sinhalese Surname proves that there are (lot of ?) people who are capable of logical thinking among Sinhalese.
    But sadly there are very few ShyamonJ we could write something that we can read and think, and give us some courage or satisfaction about our genetical inheritance..
    Unfortunately most of Sinhalese are like Guppy fish who just follow stronger looking Guppies going ahead of them..

    Shyamon mentioned about BBS Gnanasare, there is no single prominent SL Buddhist monk who could criticise Gnanasara openly. For SL Guppy monks, BBS Gnanasare is a big Guppy, they just follow him or pretend they haven’t seen him.
    Anura .

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      AVB@,
      why the people not criticising the bunch or their inhuman acts are undoubtedly connected with BEESHANAYA – FEARS of unexplainable kind. let alone, as you noticed it few days ago, nation^s know VASUDEWA pays blind eye when asked about to leave his own VIEWs…. can you imagine ?
      This was similarly to my experience, I faced myself towards the end of 80ties in the country. Recalling how the JVPers/Govt thugs went on assaulting, killing any youth they found doubtful to be against either to JVPers or then GOVT (GOVT of Premadasa Senior). Premadasa even confessed it ” if they killed ours, why not I kill them”. ….. stupid premadasa even stood to his perpetrations…

      We then Pera batchmates left those premises leaving our belongings there. We escaped our lives for our luck while our batchas were found killed – burnt on tyre pires. One of my good school mates was abducted in an evening while taking his dinner in his hostel near to punch borella, he was 3 year medical student. And did not come back … nor has his family of the only child been informed what happened to their son. This incident made his father life long sent to madness. All these were the days, I try myself to compare today – when looking at growing unhappiness in teh country today. People and senior professionals/LAW professionals/former PRESIDENT/senior politicians seem to have UNEXPLAINABLE fears to open up to share what they REALLY feel.

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    Mr.jayasinghe,
    This is the second in the series of your articles I’ve read, and find them very sensible and discreet.The pattern of your articles reminds me of the Sinhalese saying ” oluva aththagahala tokkak ennawagey” ( like giving a knock to the head after affectionately stroking it). The way you matter of factly bring out the truth warrants a lot of praise. Well said, very well said!

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    “Why on earth did we invite Channel Four to come at this particular time? No sensible answer can be found.”

    Shyamon: One of the condition of the British Monarch , British PM and British Foreign Minister visting any country is that accredetion must be given to all the News Media of the UK.

    This is to ensure that their visti is covered by all News Media so that there is no spin or you could say every news channel spins it to their own politcal belief, so that there is leftist view, rightist view, liberal view etc

    If not the UK readers/viewers will only get what we get in Sri Lanka “The Lake House” view

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      I shold also add The “Rupavhani view”

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    Yes media has to be allowed but that is to cover the event and not to go all over. GOSL could have let them to the North after CHOGM.
    SJ is right. Well written, Sir.

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      How can you advise them not to go everywhere, so long govt has been insisting about their press freedom ?

      Now or later, they will get it that we dont have press freedom in the country run by MR thugs.

      Today, I read somewhere, that German tourists are being openly attacked, in the same time repeating that their target to get more tourists to the country. A opposes the B – that proves the wisdom of state mechanism.
      The way now it moves is giving us all DARK ERA ahead of us than nearing the wonder of asia – may be in some other aspects, srilanka will be annouced as wonder in asia – that will no means be in terms of human development and progress of life, but BEING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS…

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    Mr. Shyamon, well said! Yes, we have a leader that plays to the gallery..he sets the stage and example for many other small time politicians to follow his footsteps.. A statesman he does not know!

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    Mr Jayasinghe you have nade an excellent analyis of the situation before and after CHOGM.All the incidents that you referred to happened while the meeting was going on. Even if the Leaders themselves were not aware.
    the Embassy staff would have made sure that the Leaders were made aware of what is happening in the Island.
    The SL Govt’s outlook is the view of a frog in the well. They dont seem to understand that with the media (Internet) the entire world comes to know the law and order situation in SL. The Govt is clearly responsible for internationalizing SK’s problems especialy the treatment of the IDP’s and the Tamils.

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    President Rajapaksa lacks the grain of statesmanship that could have done better than what he did.

    Shyamon Jayasinghe:

    I agree with you that MR’s conduct since 2009 lacks statesmanship.

    I wonder what you think of the conduct of David Cameron?

    How much statesmanship does one need to go to a pint size country and pander to the demands of one ethnic group while ignoring the sentiments of the majority ethnic group? That too, to ensure his party can secure as many diaspora votes back home! Recall this is after meeting with LTTE leaders in UK! So what’s your take on his statesmanship? Thanks.

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      DC was challenged by both media and opposition on the account of him visiting/ attending Sri Lanka when overwhelming human rights violations are being meted against it. He watched the Channel 4 documentary; Spoke to the UN Secretary for Human Rights; visited India and made consultation with Prime Minster Singh; consulted the Tamil Diaspora groups; consulted his own advisors. He then made public his stance and that he intend to ask tough questions and shine the spot light on Jaffna. He did exactly what he said he would do!

      Have you paid any attention to the despicable arrogance of MR? There are two pending UN Resolutions against Sri Lanka; Fudged up LRRC implementation; ultimatum give by the UN Human Rights Secretary for investigating the Human Right Abuse and Crimes against Humanity pending. He decided to hoodwink the entire world by hosting CHOGM and project him as a statesman of international repute. You expect Cameron to come and shake his hands and be merry!

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        I didn’t not say DC was not within is right to demand and inquiry. My question was whether he was being a “statesman” in doing so? LTTE was free to operate in UK for a long time and in spite of the ban LTTE flags can go up in UK anywhere with no punitive action. Monies raised in UK contributed to death of civilians here in Sri Lanka for many years. UK’s own Chilcot report is gathering dust; it hasn’t even being released let alone talk of implementing it and punishing the wrong doers. Now IMO honesty, integrity, forthrightness and setting an example are essential qualities of a statesman. I do not see these in DC. He is just another politician like MR perhaps one who is far worse for the man has had his education in the first world and led wars in two countries and more… Its reasonable to expect higher standards from DC right eh?

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    Is this an apologist for the arrogant Bull dog?.

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    What a spot on assessment of CHOGM 2013 and how it was handled. An absolute PR disaster for the government, and us Sri Lankans look like a rabble of soft minded idiots led by a bunch of thugs. We will believe anything we are told, we will blame anybody but ourselves for our sins, we will stick our heads in the sand and pretend that actually we showed those white buggers who was boss.
    At the end of the day, nobody cares apart from us. Sri Lanka will still be a small country with no money, big pretensions, corrupt leaders, a collapsed democracy, a compromised judiciary, and a human rights charge sheet a mile long that we are all in denial about. The only problem is, now everybody knows.
    CHOGM shone the worlds spotlight on us, and for the first time we had to handle the full force of the world media. We not prepared for it and we did not like they told us. So we looked for someone else to blame, and Channel 4 and Cameron were handy, even if what they said may have had a couple of grains of truth. We don’t want to hear the truth. In any form. From anybody. Lets carry on believing that Sri Lanka is perfect. Just like it says in the Daly News.

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    Who was like a bull in a china shop? Cameron or ?

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      The shop was full of flimsy objects and even a brisk walk of Cameron would have caused a havoc!

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    You are right, Chris. In this Reign of Terror everybody sucks to the government line. Today’s Infolankanews has a report that a senior official has described the Sports Minister as having set in motion a highly politicized reign of terror. In this way every Ministry is a reign of terror under the super reign of terror.

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      It is just that none of those minister are allowed to make decisions by their own. If these ministries would react independently, we could see the progress that people expect. But Rajapakshes, as that ORAL PATIENT, TURN POLITICAN once louded to the nation – today, instead of buddan saranan gachchami… we should better train to say ” Rajapakshe sarann gachchami”. He could not control his emotions WHILE others do. That was a great hint to the nation depicting the reality within them. Wait and see, it is not that far that UPFA will explode….
      Let alone, can minister of Justice make any independent views today, even if UNP head quarters was attacked by Gnasara (most notorious pseduo monk) run by BBS. In such incidents, who would come forward and make remarks – if not the minsiter of JUSTICE.. did you hear any kind of statments made by him regarding the issue ? These so called ministers are being intimitated by Rajapaske BROTHERS.
      They dont work in compliance with ministerial consitution but being surrendered to RAJAPAKSHE guidelines.

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    Where is the “political analyst,” Dayan Jayatilleka? Can he write as well as this?

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      This I myself questioned THIS morning… before CHOGM he went on saying that it is a great success of MR regime to go for CHOGM .. now in the post CHOGM he is speechless… ? How come ? Perhaps, his hopes are shattered to this date. Hopes to get posted to somewhere as dreamt of..

      … the self proclaimed KNOW ALL character was not seen in CHOGM SPOT LIGHT either. Somehow the man seems to have grasped it if not fully to some extent.

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      Sorry you have down graded him; he likes to be know as a Political Scientist!

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    Shyamon, The analytical articles about events , ideas and concepts reach only a minuscule of our population as they are written in a language where the majority of Sinhalese and Tamils do not understand.Therefore they fall prey to false propaganda of the State media. can the CT fill this vacuum. Till the masses are informed of the correct picture the maharajah can go on.

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    The BBS Gnanasara got it tight by going to attack the UNP exhibition. More to follow on Gota’s BBS. Gnanasara must be having a few shots before going for his attacks. How many do you guys think?

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    Well said, Shyamon. A failed state and a banana republic, that does not deserve to be the tail of The Commonwealth , has by mistake , become the Head ( without a brain !! ).

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    Well said Shyamon.Bensen

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    All these convince us that CHOGM backfired though the leaders kept hopes them to have advertised their progress ( not THE PROGRESS OF SRILANKA but the progress of alleged war criminals).

    It was like an unaffordable CNN advert that one has risked for. Now the stupid masses are compelled to bear the burden in a form from PRICE HIKES.

    Now entire world is well aware – for what the LANKENS are famous…. hi hi .. :(
    Today after CHOGM circus – people across the globe are well informed that both srilanka and CW are headed by an alleged war criminal.

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    You people criticize MR but what about the massive development work? Next Colombo-Kandy highway

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      Why cant he better focus on NATION BUILDING rather than ONLY rd constructions ? Any leader can go on with those physical constructions in a country across the globe today. Go to Kenya, Nigeria or far poor afro states and see how Chinese build their bridges there. What if all these rd constructions would stay blocked when ALL EMBARGOS WOULD BE IMPOSED against SRILANKA. Do you guys want people to stay fears, while they continue with their concrete constructions ? No matter, poor of the poor stay BADAGINI not knowing how to cover their 3 meals, but you guys allowing those HIGHLY abusive criminals to go on with their projects ?

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    Balawathie, you forget that these leaders get elected by the people.
    What do you say to that? They take big commissions but the job is done and people elect them

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      Refering to last Presidential eletion – there people did not re elect MR.
      Only computer jilmarts that stay unanswered to this date allowed him to become the reelected president. This was clear to significant masses. Ballot sheets were found scattered in remote areas that were all supportive to SF – but no investigations ended up in favour of the victimised. Latter is comparable to the all crime investigations handley by the rulers for their sake today. No convictions punishing the perpetrators, as it was known to the folks before 2005. So if you lived or living in SL, all these should be clear to you. I was out of the land for the last 3 decades, but from what I read and see, I can read the thoughts and minds of the silence folks in the country today. …

      About taking big commissions and doing the job; So do you think that is then done – who is going to bear the burden if not the poor folks… 2014 is going to be darker than 2013 for those who have been struggling with their 3 meals. I am not talking about tiny minority run lamboginis being supporitve to Raja clans.

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    Shameonu Jayasinghe

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    No medicine for stupidity,Eksath

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    According to “Acts Of God” madness precedes destruction. Wait a bit destruction will catch up soon.

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    How about the 2 free warships?

    That makes CHOGM worth it!!

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    The CHOGM brought a lot of commissions to the Clan, be it buying vehicles, beautifying Colombo,Payments with “Gota Gal” coloured Blue & Red but (some area, like Galle Road in Wellawatte & Ratmalana could not be finished before the event). Shyamon hats off to your proper analysis of the event, but having the CHOGM here was to lift the Image of MR,( but it was ruined) and of course,fill the pockets of the family for generations to come( List of Contractors could be provided)

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