20 November, 2019

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The Mahesh Senanayake Candidacy

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The candidates nominated by the big alliances (Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa) will poll in the millions and the left candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD) of People’s Power (PP)-JVP will poll several lakhs. I have talked to many people and all say that the other thirty-odd, but one, are midgets; fleas scrambling to donate their deposits to the Consolidated Fund of Sri Lanka. (If the deposit amount is raised and more candidates encouraged it could go some way to bridging the fiscal deficit!). The exception, the fourth candidate so to speak, is Mahesh Senanayake who I understand will attract several thousand or tens of thousands of votes. To make it easy for me, let me say Mahesh will get X-thousand votes (X=5, 10, 20, 30 – people say all sorts of numbers). Let me also use the shorthand that AKD’s vote will be Y-lakhs. By votes I mean first preferences since second preferences in favour of AK or Mahesh will not be counted; they are wasted. 

I would like to explore Mahesh’s case a little further by comparing his candidacy with AKD’s. I see two similarities and one very significant difference. The first similarity is that nearly all who vote for Mahesh are similar to one portion of AKD’s vote; people fed up

with the big parties and the motely assemblages contrived into alliances (SLPP-UPFA-SLFP, UNP-DNF). Rogues, blackguards, opportunists, scoundrels, you have heard it all; no one has a good word for them. Still by some strange psychological quirk the vast majority, not only in Sri Lanka, holds its nose and votes for such bandits. But this is not my point today; my first point is that AK and Mahesh are both beneficiaries of this disillusion with the bandits.

My second crucial point is what first-choice voters for AKD and Mahesh must do with their second preference. They must use it against Gota. He is a militarist and a potential dictator; his record on human rights, free speech and press freedom is nasty. Some military types support Mahesh since they know who Gota is. It is imperative that all who make AK or Mahesh their first choice take the next step and mark Sajith as second. I am tired explaining this to our sectarians; hope Mahesh’s people get the point better.

Now I come to the difference between the AKD and Mahesh. PP/AKD is the beacon, the starting point for a long-term alternative. Mahesh is a flash in the pan; here today gone tomorrow. I do not mean that he is an opportunist, I do not know him and have never met him. What I mean is that he is not the harbinger of a new political movement, he does not represent the launch of a third alternative. You may challenge me, even if you grant that PP/AKD does signal the birth of an alternative (reasons being; programme, unity of many left and progressive currents and clear perspectives). You may ask “Why do you (Kumar) think that Mahesh cannot be the start of what can become a great political alternative?”

My last point is to explain why that can’t happen. Mahesh does not stand in a deep-rooted, organised history and tradition; he is new kid on the block. The JVP is middle-aged – in its mid-fifties – some others in PP are even longer in the tooth. Furthermore, Mahesh is attempting to carve out space in overcrowded terrain, the terrain of the liberals now occupied by the UNP and its allies, the Tamil and Muslim parties and one could say sections of the SLPP and SLFP. He will be a one trick show and will have no home after the elections. It’s different with the PP/JVP’s traditional leftists (the other portion of the Y-lakhs). The PP alliance including the dominant JVP have ideological cohesion and the alliance seeks to occupy a vacant spot, the currently empty terrain of left politics. Therefore, the movement has huge opportunities before it. Mahesh Senanayake would be wise to withdraw their candidacy and throw his weight with PP so that a bigger political alternative with better long-term perspectives can be forged. There’s plenty of space in PP for progressive liberals who are opposed to the lavatory politics of the two big parties.

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    I dont think Mahesh will support Anura Kumara who is a part and parcel of the Swan that brought the slave government into power.
    It is Mahesh who represents the alternative to UNP, not Anura Kumara.
    Rather lose with honour than joining a yahapalanaya cohort like Anua Kumara.

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    Mahesh Senanayake by now would have realized that he does not have a ghost of a chance. Only 250 people turned out for his inaugural meeting in Colombo, and there is hardly any crowd at others. He has staged a drama by feigning illness at a meeting, to find an excuse to pull out of the contest.

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      Dear Professor Kumar David

      PART ONE

      Thanks for your very clear article with starts with a sane opening sentence. What you say in it deserves to be read a second time before a reader considers the second point made by you, quote:
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      “Mahesh is a flash in the pan; here today gone tomorrow.”
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      So clearly said that nobody should misunderstand it. However, don’t under-estimate the ability of Mahinda Rajapaksa to confuse even us who are reading this. That Gota has zero ability to counter arguments is by now a donnée. This is one of a series of articles in which Kumar has consistently plugged away at the truth: the odds still favour moron Gota to be our President in November.
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      Yet there are other candidates also who must understand that we are all going to be voting 24 days from now and within the next ten days all of them (including AKD) must be prepared to withdraw to ensure that all of who are fed up with what SLPP and UNP stand for, have only one Alternative Candidate to give our FIRST PREFERENCES to. If AKD himself is not prepared to withdraw in favour of somebody better placed, then obviously it would be silly of him to expect that of others.
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      Stubbornest Nagananda is backing a formidable woman, Dr Ajantha Perera.

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      PART TWO
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      Nagananda and Ajantha,
      had their first meeting on Sunday, the 20th, in the Open Air Theatre in a corner of Victoria Park (the colonial name deliberately used by me, for the first time, to stand for the many types of confusion that arise). Attendance 500. How did a Bandarawela guy like me know it was on? The Nagananda Office telephoned me in Bandarawela on Thursday. Why “formidable”? She’s been a Colombo University don for long. Associate Professor now, with a Wikipedia entry. Many well-placed pupils, but more than all else, like half our voters, a woman.

      Suddenly, one finds that people who you thought were quite intelligent, and well-informed (and with whom you exchanged ideas mainly in English) ask you the most naive questions. Go back there for answers:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/presidential-election-the-truth-about-the-ulfs-stand/comment-page-1/#comment-2306905

      Look there – almost all “silly” questions answered by me. For instance, stubborn Kumar is still writing as though you have only Two Preferences, but we each have Three Preferences. It’s a detail of little significance this time, but I think that it must be understood, and I’ve explained it there.

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        Sinhala_Man,

        Well said. A system change is the only way and the media is distorting the true anger against ALL 225+1 up and down the country. We need genuine leaders and a clean system, not more of the same Indian nonsense which has ruined this potential paradise country.

        Nagananda seems to be the best option by far, and if Ajantha is with him, then she might well be the frontrunner here. Looks like Rohan Pallewatte also is saying he will scrap Provincial Councils and has an economic plan. So frankly if voters THINK, then it is doubtful that the Rajapaksas and Premadasa will not achieve anything other than losing their deposit.

        We have at least 5 or 6 preferences here in this election. Ajantha was on a televised programme the other day as was Pallewatte. Nagananda has also been seen with both. Let us hope that the country can indeed be saved and the people use their absolute power to make history on November 16th

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      PART THREE
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      I think that what would be relevant to say here is that Ajantha’s main concern is with the environment. She’s really serious about that and has done a lot of good work there. Her Presidential candidature she’s taking seriously right now, but she agreed that there should be only one Alternative running for office. She hopes that she could be that person, but she said when we talked on the phone that the position should be reviewed close to the election.
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      She communicates well in both Sinhalese and English. Her English is so good that I asked about her schooling. Some of it had been in England. She’s from a distinguished background, but projects herself as “a typical Sri Lankan woman”.
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      No racism at all in her attitudes.
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      As for Nagananda, he’s genuine, but has his obsessions. I think we have to just wait for both these people to make decisions about their candidature. They are good candidates, but I fear that their campaign has stalled.

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        Sinhala_Man

        I concur. What this country needs is a total SYSTEM CHANGE. End the Kakistocracy and clean the Augean stables that Ceylon/Sri Lanka has become under all 225+1 and their sycophants (who have made this country a third world Indian lackey with no future for any of our children). The aim should be to become like Singapore with the rule of law, pragmatic capitalist based economic policies, pro business and pro meritocracy for our citizens. Before we can harness our strategic location and people as our selling point, we need the basics right:
        1. Rule of law
        2. Zero tolerance for corruption
        3. Meritocracy
        4. First class infrastructure

        FDI would shower this country with money if we have the basics and we would develop at lightning speed. But any of the SLPP, UNP, SLFP, JVP, TNA, SLMC etc will continue to drive this country to ruin with their combined incompetence!

        As for the candidates, I won’t call them Alternatives, because they are all candidates and people should vote based on policies. That eloquent gentleman Chrishmal Warnusuriya put it brilliantly on a television programme that we the people must think about securing our Republic and our future rather than being given a fish or arrack whilst the politicians plunder the nation and we get nowhere.

        I personally thought Nagananda and his new constitution was hands down the best plan, because the economic, environmental, educational or niche policies cannot occur in this wretched system where vested interests block everything. The sad thing is the corrupt system blocked him and he naively didn’t nail down a party which is deeply saddening, though glad to see he is fighting the good fight. It is probably true as you say that ONE candidate or alliance forms to represent the “Save Sri Lanka/Ceylon” option on the ballot paper yes.

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      Yes, perhaps his supporters do not have the millions to provide a lunch packet and quarter bottle of arrack and be bussed from location to location unlike the two main parties. Some of my construction workers have attended both the UNP and SLPP major rallies in the last few weeks, kitted out in the free hand-out caps and t-shirts!

      You are seriously missing the point. Do you really think that those crowds ever exceed more than 150,000 at their peak? Do you think all of them vote, and if they do, actually vote for the party whose rallies they are attending? And is that going to make ANY difference to any party in a vote base of 15.7million?

      Read the NPM manifesto, all 96 pages of it, the only detailed manifesto of any of the parties covering all aspects.

      Not sure how you became a doctor if this is your approach to logic.

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    Yes, in the final analysis one of the two main contenders (SP / NGR) will be the President-elect on 17 November, 2019. That is as definite as night follows day. Yes, there are those who are disgruntled and totally averse to the two established political parties (rightly so) who are looking for an alternative. The writer has explained the likely refuge of such people. But unfortunately, for various reasons, they will not be able to win this contest this time around. But they may be able to perhaps lay the foundation for a more positive result in the future. So having said that, voters need to be realistic and pragmatic even if they decide to register a ‘protest’ vote. They need to be educated on how this election really works and that there is the option of indicating a 2nd & 3rd preference in one’s ballot paper. That will be of any value and be a factor in determining the ultimate winner only if the 2nd (or 3rd preference in certain instances) preference is given to one of the two leading candidates. This is because, if none of the candidates achieve the magical 50% + 1 in the first count (which is likely in the current scenario), only the first two candidates will be counted to be in the fray, in the 2nd count (the rest will be eliminated). Then the 2nd & 3rd preferences of those ballot papers where the first preference vote was for a candidate other than the two main contenders will come into focus and will be considered for the 2nd count. This process was explained to the public by the EC, but I am not sure if that message has been given adequate publicity so it reaches the entire citizenry. My message to the voters – vote wisely and take the trouble to learn the rules.

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      Dear Gamini,
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      A clearer complement to Prof. David’s article there couldn’t be than yours.
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      Particularly this:
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      ,”[The Alternatives] will not be able to win this contest this time around. But they may be able to perhaps lay the foundation for a more positive result in the future.”,
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      I have placed a link to “MaCo” Mahinda Deshapariya’s four-minute video in a comment here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/presidential-election-the-truth-about-the-ulfs-stand/
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      Voters must start educating themselves now. Then so much that you will hear in the coming 24 days will make sense.

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        Sinhala-Man,
        Whatever KD is telling us about AKD & JVP, in their heart they know that they are facing huge paradox in this election: The need to defeat GoRa and the threat of FSP taking away their Marxist core if support Sajith. I believe that they chose to contest partly as a response to FSP & partly on the confidence that their ant-corruption campaign helped win support of liberals/left. Now, even amidst the pressure to support Sajith from many who joined the NPPM at the outset, I believe that that FSP challenge has put JVP in to the “no-return” mode.

        Why KD suggests Mahesh S to join AKD? B’cos his military credentials is eating into GoRa’s votes. In other words, JVP prefer the return of White Van Culture so that they can pretend to be hero by fighting against it while negating the challenge from FSP at the same time. That is a logical choice for JVP but very bad choice for the rest.

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          Thanks, D. P. ,
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          I am conscious of the FSP factor.
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          https://www.frontlinesp.lk/
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          Too dedicated to 24 X 365 X Eternity political activity for my liking! I’m sure that they are essentially good fellows, but apt to become what you’ve been telling us of the danger of Marxism becoming a religion.
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          I agree that the JVP may have some difficulty openly supporting the UNP with a Preference, but there’s nothing wrong in doing it (perhaps in their house to house visits) since Gota is the greater danger.
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          So much blood-letting in the country, I’m sure the JVP doesn’t want indiscriminate White Vans any more.

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            Sinhala_Man

            Who are you to be talking about candidates when you produced Nagananda Kodituwakku a well known con man who was also thrown out of Customs for accepting bribes, as a credible alternative? This man has taken millions from donors, is hiding from phones and now claiming his entry was blocked when he could have easily registered himself.

            How can we take you seriously when you support such rogues, Sinhala Man?

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              Dear Tamil_Man,
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              I thought I got back to you about Nagananda; I guess it must have been in some other place.
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              This is Nagananda’s most recent video. It is very long, (some 72 minutes) and not really worth listening to for me because he’s mostly defending himself against those charges levelled at him by you.
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              Tamil_Man, we’ll never get anywhere if you try to score debating points using anonymous comments. Most regular users know my real name, and I stick tojust one pseudonym which describes me accurately. I’m sure that you use dozens of names, this one just to address me.
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              I’m too tired to rebut what you say point by point (and besides I have never claimed to know Nagananda through and through). What you have given us is slander. I remain confident of Nagananda’s goodness and honesty.
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              Many of the points raised by you are dealt with in detail by Nagananda himslf. No, he couldn’t have registered himself as an independent since he had never been a Member of Parliament. Obviously, he ought to have effectively worked out the other ways open to him register.
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              You have just proved that most shallow people like you praise the man who succeeds, but heap scorn on him if he fails.

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                I’m sorry, I’ve not given you that link to the video. Here it is:
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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyUP0qTqUhw
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                I think that we must both ensure that we are among those who are sincere and decent in what we say.

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      Gamini
      Your summary of a difficult situation in SL politics is spot on. It is no doubt a two horse race leaving very little room for any new comer to bring about radical change.
      We should not have been in this predicament had the Peoples Will to end all the corruption and nepotism that prevailed pre 2015 been honoured. The president and the prime minister deliberately sabotaged any move to bring the culprits of any crime to book because of their vested interest. Their choice of a law and order minister proved to be a fifth columnist working in their midst. I hope the voters will realise their folly and not vote for these two timing and shameless politicians ever again.
      I agree that the entry of Mahesh Senanayake may not bring about a change in 2019 but his presence should not be treated as a one off event. He himself has indicated that they are here for the long haul.
      He can appreciate the situation and perhaps realise this is not a battle that he will win . His strategy should be to win the war by seeking a voice in parliament in 2020.

      He will have to contemplate on a course of action to deny NGR in taking over the reins of government, Could it be a tactical withdrawal in favour of SP ? It has to be well thought out decision. Because if NGR wins he may consolidate his position by whatever means available and prevent Mahesh Senanayake continuing his political crusade to bring about a System Change he has pledged.
      Remember that Mahesh Senanayke in an act of vengeance was sacked together with fourteen others in 2010 without pay or pension because he was a loyal servant of the Army who served under SF.
      Democracy is at stake.

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    Pohotuwa supporters will not vote for Mahesh. Only UNP and JVP supporters will vote for Mahesh.

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    I wish Mahesh or a candidate OTHER than the 2 + 1 (Gota, Prema, and the ’71 and ’87 killer party will have a chance! God only knows best!

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    If I am correct SF is also a militarist and as per news reports, SP will appoint SF as a defence minister if he is elected in an unlikely event. Since SP endorses a militarist, SP also should be considered as a militarist.
    In addition, with due respect, prof David makes assertion ( re “potential dictator” ) without providing reasons for his assertion. The term “potential” is vague and it also means it will not happen as well.

    Further, I hope Prof David is aware that SP endorses death penalty which is against human right principles and norms. Asking People to give their second preference to SP, Prof David miserably failed in his so called stand to respect human rights.

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    As a person who places value for life at the utmost, the single statement of Prof. Kum is significant, namely, “He is a militarist and a potential dictator; his record on human rights, free speech and press freedom is nasty.”. My assessment is that every significant nominee of this election is a potential dictator and has the potential of muzzling human rights, free speech, press freedom and snuffing out life. The hallmark is that there is no space within them for a different point of view. What now matters, to me, is that for the average citizen to setup a strong organization to counter such threats to human life and dignity. There is no point closing the stable doors after the horse has bolted.

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    If both Mahesh and AKD contest AKD will out poll Mahesh, but AKD’s vote is fixed. He will not more than the usual 5%. Whether Mahesh withdraw or otherwise it does not make a difference. However, if Mahesh is the common candidate, he will get a nice boost.

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      Mahesh and others need to focus more on the General election and try to win several targatted sats in the parliament. Whether he resigns from the current contest and support AKD is immaterial. Power has to be built incrementally . If alternative movements can become a force in the parliament, that will give recognition and negotiating power.

      Use this election to build up identity, organisation at district and electoral levels, and present the critique and policy.

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    I was glad and thrilled beyond redemption that the good decent General had entered the fun and war games.

    With him and Anura his doing so modaibaya’s votes will get chopped and chopped.

    His hallucinations will become nothing but

    He will become nothing but a real loser, his kith and kin are born with the soiled losing loin cloth’s.

    They are nothing but killers of hapless humans and low bred petty thieves.

    Cheers, R. J.

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    Mahesh was mislead by self centered arrogant shallow thinking professionals who do not have much common sense who believed that while world will believe them and will be behind them.
    Predominantly Engineering professionals do not.understand the importance strategic.well organized campaign for election win

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      Message is one thing.How to communicate it is another? People like to listen to stories and be entertained in meetings.

      Developing grassroots communication strategy that can cut through to the voter is the key.

      Here again the voter is not living in a vacuum. He/she is part of a social network/structure. Ideas alone won’t win them. Coloured Ideas will get traction

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    Writer admirer the AKD of JVP anarchist of Terrorist Presidential of PP. Which that JVP outfit politics of south since 1965 by Wijiweera of PND later “Rohana” :; an incident of 1971 April and 1988/89/90 by “Attnayake” clan & mode that by JVP terrorism ? The Senenayake of Mash that Presidential candidature is just exit fro Army his roots also training by point of Gun not that fit for norms of Democracy .
    According to that writer “GR is anti-Democratic person” who is candidature running of that for 2020 Presidential preferential election. This is a political fallacy by the witter.

    In fact it has proven while that writer of hard line politics of Trotkist of currently right-wing streamline by USA of Department of State …that nexus to CIA & FBI .
    Indeed that David Kumar’s that political ideologue was his roots which that has goes to “Tamil Homeland “or so-called right of “self-determination” of advocted by comrade Lenin theses .
    I have to say Lenin principle are not an APPLY at all for Tamil Homeland in our Island.
    Current slogans are an advocated for Political Separatism of Island by David Kumar . While that “Tamil homeland” could be divide for Tamil Regime by vital interest right-wing in north-eastern provinces by aim separated of People of
    Sri Lankan.
    Political separatism is extremism that by action by gun rule of politics Terrorism of Tamil homeland .
    We are an opposed ethnic and religion base division of Island for Tamil and Muslim in coming elections by AKD and Sajith Premadasa and Mash Senenayake in 2020 !@ by $$$.

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    Mahesh the good military man…………So he becomes a “thalagoya”………..Hilarious political punditry…….

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      Hela

      “Mahesh the good military man…………So he becomes a “thalagoya”………..Hilarious political punditry…….”

      He has been admitted to hospital, suffering from viral flu.
      Did Gota send you to visit him at hospital with flowers?
      He is discharged.

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    One must realize that votes cast for MS and AKD will benefit Gota. Moreover TNA should realize that any form of boycott by Tamils will again benefit Gota.
    If MS and AKD have wisdom they should at least advise their supporters to cast second preference to Sajith to block Gota from winning.

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    Forget about JVP (the left alternate) killing scores of left activists (of CP, LSSP, their own dissenters and others) when they had guns, the blatant interference in bending the rule of law (as attested by revelations from Dilrukshi Dias and Suhada Gamlath) while sitting in yahapalana executive council can never be the role of a left alternative or a third force. It is a farce…….

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    The purpose of his (Mahesh S) being a candidate is unclear.

    People know what happened to FM SF some time back.

    This man will get not more than 0.001% of what FM SF scored.

    If he withdraws (@ least) now he’ll save his dignity.

    Nobody talks about him except prof. Kumar David.

    (Wonder whether sb forced or promised st).

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    Sir, in science and engineering, we are taught not to neglect any data or observations. You are completely ignoring the Astrological data of the candidates, especially their horoscopes. The famous wiz kid in astrology, Indika, has predicted (with a probability of 100%) that the Mahinda camp will be defeated. So, where does that leave you with your predictions?

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    Kumar David,
    The problem is the widespread perception among those who do not want Gota that to give one’s first preference to Dissanayake, rather than Premadasa, would be a wasted vote. You have not addressed this dilemma in the present article.
    From my cursory following of the election campaign, I have not seen Sajith Premadasa expound a vision that people of all communities find attractive. The country’s politics has been bankrupt ever since independence and I agree that we must help build a credible third force. The only option we have is the JVP which we must try to shape. If voting for Dissanayake is the best way of having a credible alternative in time for the Parliamentary elections, we must advocate it, perhaps even at the risk of allowing Gota to gain his throne..

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      Rajan,
      Comments like this makes me lose whatever respect I had in you as a rare intellectual among dull SL bureaucrats. I’m truly surprised your inability to separate Marxist politics from others after so much proofs regarding the failure of Marxist and/or socialist “dreams” all over the world since 1917 Bolshevik revolution. Like the JVP, they all started as the biggest anti-corruption liberals of the day only to become worst corrupt HR violators once came to power. SL also saw its fair share in 1970 ULF Gvt even though the Gvt did last long enough for the corruption to take over the top leadership.

      Their is a natural reason for this inevitability: Human nature itself, b’cos we are evolved to be “fit by surviving by any mean possible”; not necessarily to be fair & just. Can we expect mere mortals to follow strict rules & regulations if even monks who give up secular life in search for supreme values regress back to the levels of mortals? JVP, despite their current self sacrifice, won’t be any different. That is what the history of Marxist regimes tells us.

      My point is simple: I don’t expect JVP to withdraw from the contest even if their presence help GoRa. That is b’cos, according to their calculations, the more ruthless the new regime would be the better for their success. Besides, supporting Sajith means taking a risk of losing the hard-core loyalists to the rival FSP. Therefore, KD’s expectation of making JVP the “harbinger” for tomorrow’s anti-corruption liberal movement by tying PP/ to its tail will never work. The better option is for the PP to move out to stop GoRa.

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        D.P.
        My comment was the statement of a dilemma that needs to be addressed. Your response mainly reminds us that no human institution should be trusted and left to itself. Our responsibility does not end with voting. Was Jayewardene’s UNP government any improvement on its ‘Marxist’ predecessor?

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          Rajan,
          I don’t deny the existence of the dilemma involved in voting an electing a Gvt. As citizens, our responsibility never ends for if we relax by leaving all the decision making to politicians alone, we will end up losing. Only recently, with the spread of education, newly emerged intellectuals began to challenge existing political discourse. This is very good development but we also should be able to understand difference between mere failures due to lack of knowledge & experience and failed ideologies like Marxist socialism. The errors from the former can be corrected if we keep raising our voices (for example, we should try to make candidate selection process Sajith employed a permanent feature at all levels in all parties. I believe that a huge portion of corruption can be eliminated by this process alone. The current system helps to cover up each other) but the latter, if put into power, can never be corrected b’cos of their ideology. Pls read my addendum to Sinhala-Man just above.

          My answer to your last question: Yes & no! Yes b’cos it freed the country from outdated nationalist/socialist economic policies; no b’cos 78 constitution ruined the democracy. Problem in SL politics is not the corruption; it is the lack of strong middle class that help to produce thinkers/doers who are free from patron-client relations with politicians. SL intellectual community has two huge weaknesses: 1. Relatively small in number and, 2. Too lenient to Marxism/nationalism. Time will solve the first but the second can/needs to be resolved right now if to be an effective force to direct the political discourse in desired direction if that involves forming a strong third alternative. Trying to support JVP as the third option even if it means allowing GoRa’s win is like cutting off the nose to punish the face.

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            Dear D. P.
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            This is from what you have written: “Marxism/nationalism”. It looks as though you imagine that Marxists are nationalists = racists.
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            Wrong – any adult should know that.
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            True- racism is so endemic that some Marxists may have used subtle or not so subtle racism. They were wrong to do so.
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            You can be sure that Rajan Hoole will do his best to defeat Gota – it’s just that he has had the intellectual honesty to admit the risk. None of us thinks Sajith is wonderful, but we’ll settle for him as Third option at this election, with AKD as First. To make sure that no cheating is attempted each of us should insert a different dummy as Second. If you are a Tamil, vote Sivajilingam – or “Gunaratnam” – the problem being that nobody knows who the latter is.
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            I shall vote for the Social Equality Party (which is harmless, and to please some fellows whom I know) because I hope that all the other fairly decent “Alternatives” will indicate within the next week that their votes should go to AKD. Who knows, we could get him winning. No logical reason why he cannot; common sense says “almost impossible”.

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              Sinhala-Man,
              I’m shocked to see you formulating wrong equations from my responses. I have never imagined such a relation. I did say that during pre-Somawansa era JVP tactics (first the infamous five classes and treating estate Tamils as privileged group. Some say that Wijeweera developed an animosity towards estate Tamils b’cos his father was killed by them) ) alienated Minorities (Tamils & Muslims). Gorbachec & Shevardnadze were not Marxists. As far I know, Rajan is also not a Marxist; he is only a dedicated HR activist. I don’t know much about Chedi but from what I read, he may have been influenced by leftist/nationalist ideas that were very popular at the time. Political leaders in those days were influenced more by anti-imperialism fanned also by Soviet propaganda. In SL SWRD or Mrs B were not Marxists but NM was but their economic policies looked similar.

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                Dear D. P.,
                .
                I know that Rajan Hoole is no Marxist. He too has a Wikipedia entry. He wants to read more Immanuel Kant and Karl Popper! But must one really attach labels to people?
                .
                As for the three others whom I have named they definitely were Marxists. Quoting from their Wikipedia entries:
                .
                ” Winston Churchill was alarmed by fears that Jagan was a Marxist-Leninist.
                .
                Gorbachev was among those who saw themselves as “genuine Marxists” or “genuine Leninists” in contrast to what they regarded as the perversions of Stalin.’ That’s from a pretty long entry!
                .
                [Shevardnadze] “created agencies attached to the Central Committee of the Georgian Communist Party whose main task was studying, analysing and moulding public opinion. And we are told that earlier that “Nanuli rejected Shevardnadze’s marriage proposal, fearing that her family background would ruin Shevardnadze’s party career.” They were, however, married for 52 years upto her death.
                .
                D.P., what you are doing is this:

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stipulative_definition
                .
                None of this “proves” anything. People are placed in certain situations, cogitate on what to do and then act in certain ways which they know is best. How much of my thoughts are original – probably very little! All I’m saying is don’t come to “a priori” conclusions about anything in the real world. I hope you realise that I’ve spent a good deal of time to provide you with this response, hoping that a few people will study those lives.
                .
                Let’s keep open minds, and ensure that as many living beings as possible are happy. Rajan is a vegan! I’m much more a sinner!!

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                  DP from where did you get the news that Wijeweera’s father was killed by estate Tamils. What was told that Wijeweera’s father was a communist who worked against UNP and at one instance UNP goons pushed him off a lorry and killed him. Because of this incident, Russia offered a scholarship to Wijeweera to study medicine in Lumumba University. When ideological split in Communist party occurred, he supported China wing and campaigned against Russia wing, for which he was was expelled from the university. JVP had always been anti-Tamil, even going to the extent of filing action in the supreme court to demerge north and east. Unless JVP changes its policies about Tamils and behave like Marxist parties pre 1963, they will not receive any support from Tamils.

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            Dear D. P.,
            .

            I’ve said that nobody knows who “Gunaratnam” is. It strikes me that he could have been planted by the JVP to confuse FSP supporters who know Kumar Gunaratnam is the leader of the Frontline Socialist Party.
            .
            This is standard practice in Sri Lanka. I don’t like it, but I’m not so infantile as to get side-tracked into declaring war on those who did it.
            .
            The UNP have obviously done something again: nominated “Namal Rajapaksa” for the second successive election. In 2015 he came fourth. Two weeks ago, from the caption of some photograph, I found out that he’s an “Attorney-at-Law”. He’s obviously not Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son who goes by the same name.
            .
            Please let us leave this moronic talk behind and discuss a Rajan Hoole’s very real intellectual level.

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        Dear D. P.,
        .
        I view you as a serious and honest commenter, but I sometimes see inconsistencies in what you say. I remember that once, when expressing reservations about the JVP you quoted Dr N.M. Perera favourably for his waning of the JVP’s “Dadi bidi approach.” Now you condemn all Marxists.
        .
        No not ALL of them have turned nasty after being put in charge. Chedi Jagan in Guyana, Mikhail Gorbachev in the USSR, his protege, Edvard Shervanadze later in Georgia. I don’t think that I can come up with a full list. I’m no Marxist! However, they have an essentially altruistic political philosophy to guide them. The others
        seem to have only self-interest to guide them.
        .
        I appreciate Rajan Hoole’s admission of “the risk of allowing Gota to gain his throne.”
        .
        What we must do is educate every person whom we meet (even strangers!) if we judge them to be relaxed enough to listen to how the system is supposed to work.
        .
        For instance, Kumar David has not yet told us how to mark the ballot paper. He’s been saying so much about TWO Preferences that some may leave out a number 3 – with possibly disastrous results.
        .
        http://www.sundaytimes.lk/191020/news/1-2-3-or-x-polls-chief-explains-voting-procedure-374161.html
        .
        The risk is minimal if his suggestions are followed properly, but I notice that in this article he’s left the second choice vague. What if somebody votes for AKD, Mahesh Senanayake, and leaves the third blank. The counting staff can always insert a 3 for Gota.
        .
        These are the things to worry about at this stage.

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          Sinhala-Man,
          Bickering among Marxist groups has been common since the beginning. This the nature of strict ideologies (this is true for religion & science as well); those who have different opinions on details, even if the differences are insignificantly small, have no choice but to break off from the main line. NM ridiculed JVP for rushing a revolution b’cos as a Trostkyte and being a student of Harold Laski he believed in socialism via parliamentary democracy. But the final outcome is the same.

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          D. P.,
          .
          .
          You’ve said,
          .
          “But the final outcome is the same.”
          .
          I say:
          .
          But the final outcome is NOT the same.
          .
          I’m sure that neither of us is an authority on Marxism. but please google these four names and explain away their very real goodness. Chedi Jagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Edvard Shervanadze, Rajan Hoole .
          .
          All far better than the average homo sapien. Please respond to that request. My intention is not to win this argument, but to improve life in this country.
          .
          “Bickering” in Science is qualitatively different, but that is outside our subject. “Capitalists” don’t bicker. The selfish fellows are too busy exploiting the hapless. Racists (like Gota) don’t bicker either – they just undertake “Humanitarian Exercises” to further “ethnic cleansing”. Don’t you realise the urgency for us to stop “bickering”?
          .
          Anura Kumara Dissanayake may not be the very best human being that has ever lived, but, too me, he appears to be a pretty decent man.
          .
          Now let’s support the guy!

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    Dear Mr. Kumar David,
    Again……
    What you are saying is………..
    Vote for AKD… or Mahesh.
    And / But……….
    Please please please… pretty please…… elect Sajith Premaasa.
    …………
    Please come out of your hide and tell us to vote for Sajith. Don’t be shy like a 15 year old girl. They are more forward than you these days.

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    A JVPer who casts second preference to UNP is a Maxi-moron.

    Soma

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      Soma..

      Cant put it better than that.

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      somass

      “A JVPer who casts second preference to UNP is a Maxi-moron.”

      What about those ones who vote for the braying, neighing, insulting and lying clown, American Coward, …..racist, war criminal, ….. Aren’t the grand mothers of bigoted morons?

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      Prof is scared of the military man Gotabhaya.
      But all the Tamils including our good Professor once voted for ‘war-winning’ Sarath Fonseka after the war. ( That is before the Western powers one fine day decided to turn the ‘Humanitarian Operation’ into a ‘Genocide’ , declare their own UN stats were wrong and Tamils didn’t find anyone missing among them.)

      Soma

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      Somu,

      Will that category be more moran-ic than the oxymorons wants to vote for American Communist?

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    What these JVP little men do not understand is the title they have earned ‘Rathu Ali’ is the most damaging thing that ever happened to them.

    Soma

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      somass

      “What these JVP little men do not understand is the title they have earned ‘Rathu Ali’ is the most damaging thing that ever happened to them.”

      Can’t you think of anything else?
      I envy your ability to remember selectively.

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    “Wikalpaya” idea was first brought up by Rohan Pallewatte and Nagananda Kodituwakku about 2-3 years back and it gathered momentum. NKs method would have been better as it was to come into power simultaneously introducing a new constitution. Some individuals – Ariyaratnes, Colonnes, Gamini Wijesinghes ……………. came to the scene with an NPM and broke up that enthusiasm and ruined the whole thing. Their plan is to get elected as the president, get 10-15 MPs into the parliament and continue with the same old failed system. That way they will take another 71 years to put everything right. They opened the road for the same set of rogues to get elected.

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      Nagananda was never serious from the day 1. Or else he could have used the millions he took from donors to form his own party and pay his deposit on time. Instead, he tried to fool people into thinking he has given up british citizenship (revocable) and basically vanished with the money.

      Pallewatte is a known crook and political lackey. His imagination that he can fix Sri Lanka’s debt overnight alone was proof of his living in utopia.

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    Contd. /-

    If you wish to register a protest vote, by all means do so (that is your right). But please remember to indicate your 2nd and 3rd preference in your ballot paper (preferably for one of the two main contenders – if not it will not impact the final result), if you really wish your vote to matter and count in determining the winner and your next President. May that person be young, energetic, efficient, an articulate / educated person with a vision for the country, and most of all a person with an unblemished record with no ‘baggage’.

    Voters, please use your franchise wisely!

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      Thanks, Gamini.
      .
      To complete that explanation of why both 2nd and 3rd Preferences ought to be marked if you have started off with 1st, instead of X:
      .
      If you do that, the Counting Staff can always insert a 3rd Preference for somebody – i.e. cheat.
      .

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    Do you want this country to be the Republic of Sri Lanka or the Kingdom of Rajapaksas? If you want the former, give up AKD and Mahesh and rally behind SWAN. Let us be pragmatic here. Do you want to live in a country which has no space for the freedom of expression, freedom for dissent, and private property rights? If so, help Gotler by voting for unwinnable candidates such as AKD, Mahesh, and Rohan.

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      Mahoshada

      It’s well understood now that Gota & AKD are the forerunners & the uneducated’s hero is lagging far behind.

      If sb has Gota phobia, the only available option is planting the idea on 3rd man’s (SP) supporters to mark 2nd choice for AKD.

      It’ll make AKD the president & give the country a hope again.

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      Dear Mahoshada,
      .
      I will vote for AKD first, somebody else second, and the SWAN third.
      .
      Could you please tell me in what hypothetical situations Sajith will get fewer votes as a result of my voting that way?
      .
      I will provide what I consider to be the only situation in which my voting that way will lead to ONE precious – (Sinhala – vatina chandaya) vote less for Sajith.
      .
      It will happen if Sajith ends up with the third greatest number of First Preference votes? Do you think that possible? Hurrah! Then AKD must have beaten him. The problem may be that with AKD and Sajith each getting around 25%, the Preferences for AKD may be too few to catch up with Gota who may have 45% Firsts . That 20% difference will be as many as 2.5 million votes.
      .
      That being the case, dear Mahoshada, please ask all those voting enthusiastically like you for Sajith to give AKD a Preference Vote. Come, come, be a sport, Mahoshada. I’ve promised a Preference for Sajith.
      .
      However, I do grant this: my indulging in merely luke-warm talk about Sajith may lead to others realising that He and his Aariyawa are not divine beings.
      .
      Your response, please?

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    Kumar David
    You sums up with your mathematical terms,but we ordinary have been screwed up.
    In 2015 we all united (regardless of who is the 1st kallathonie our contender took the plane all the way to US and becomes citi no way he will gives up)
    **JRJ made this mockery by introducing prez system ,this follow promised he will abolish,the past wanted to be sit on the kings chair ,this fellow wanted to live in that house.people in the shantiies being evicted in order to beautify the city with the help of war heroes.these heroes being used for ,no ethics,
    10 yrs gone where is this blessed by Buddha’s land now?another one 1000 more chathiyas! If he win so pls voting him need of the hour!
    Jai weya

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    There is no doubt that so far AKD has been the most impressive candidate on most national issues . However it must be quite plain to see that the election will boil down to contest between the two main candidates. The entry of Maj Gen Mahesh into the fray is a similar distraction. If GR is the preferred candidate, then a vote for AKD/MS will do nicely, thank you. Whatever Prof David says, few will bother with the second vote. However for those who would rather GR did not become Head of State, a vote for SP is sadly essential. SP has disappointed many who looked for a change from the old guard, but what did he do? promised welfare goodies which the public will pay for, rejected the demands of the north unconditionally, etc embraced Sajin Vaas as a new voice piece and not to be outdone, promised to build a 1,000 temples islandwide. This I fear is a surplus of piety even the most devout will struggle to stomach. Its a pity that despite his studies at LSE, he did not learn the perils of the welfare state with a touch of theocracy for embellishment and that he has overlooked a fractured nation waiting for justice and healing. Despite all this, one must not underestimate how officers of the Government and Judiciary will bend over to please a GR president and his vision for the General election. In fact the mood of anticipation is already here. The best course forward is for SP to strike a deal with AKD to withdraw on condition of a formal agreement on some key elements of true good governance, which RW/MS have carefully avoided for the past 4.5 years.

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    What we know is the so called professionals in the NPM took Dr. Ajith Kolonne a good ride and dumped him at the last minute after using his honesty and clever public speeches to their benifit. There had been strong opposition going secretly by these professionals not to give leadership to this clever gentlemen . No one come forward to answer this question. They know by now the general public is aware of their secret agenda with the JVP and the UNP after Maheshes meeting with AKD and SP on the very first day he was appointed as the presidential Candidate by the NPM. Apperently the executive committee members of Srinath Perera’s party are aiming guns at him for not informing them about the decision taken to appoint Mahesh as the candidate. There is no support for Mahesh now within the party itself.

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    In an election for presidency, people don’t have 2nd choice.

    They mark only their choice; only one person.

    So any provision to mark on the ballot paper the 2nd choice to relieve the EC won’t be productive.

    Only people/politicians with corrupt minds in order to grab a chance for rigging are crying for marking 2nd choice.

    The EC must go for 2nd step of election closing the 3rd & beyond in case nobody has over 50%.

    The best option is incorporating an extra notification on polling cards (the card posted to voters to acknowledge their voting right) for possible 2nd round of the election.

    So if a 2nd round is sought the EC has just to fix date for it & re-arrange the already prepared polling stations.

    People want a perfect election.

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    Prof Kumar David has used the retired Lankan Army Commander Lt Col Mahesh Senanayake Candidacy towards his own agenda to project GR as a front runner.
    .
    Kumar David may use his own creation ‘People Power (PP)’ to ingratiate himself.
    Keep off JVP.

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    Prof is scared of the military man Gotabhaya.
    But all the Tamils including our good Professor once voted for ‘war-winning’ Sarath Fonseka after the war. ( That is before the Western powers one fine day decided to turn the ‘Humanitarian Operation’ into a ‘Genocide’ , declare their own UN stats were wrong and Tamils didn’t find anyone missing among them.)

    Soma

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    Soma.

    It is not just Prof: Kumar David who is afraid of the Military man but a sizable number of people in this country. The actual number could be seen either in the morning or afternoon on the 17th November
    Cheers until then..

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