22 September, 2020

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The Moral Factor In Our Politics

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I have done my share of reading and thinking about morality, a pursuit that could be very interesting but also very difficult and very time consuming. I stopped that pursuit sometime in the first half of the ‘nineties after browsing through a biography of John Dos Passos at the American Library. He was not a philosopher but a writer of fiction whose trilogy USA will I believe come to have classic status. I hold that most creative artists capable of attaining classic status are also capable of dazzling insights that are beyond the ken of common humanity. A famous instance is that of D.H. Lawrence who went on a walking tour of Germany and sensed many years in advance the grisly horror awaiting the Germans: the advent to power of Hitler and the Nazis.

Dos Passos also showed insight in a letter in which he wrote that the moral sense is part of the human equipment for survival. When I read that I concluded straightaway that I did not need to pursue the question of morality in politics any further. I made sense of Dos Passos’ remark along the following lines. Human beings are social beings who cannot survive as individuals without a society. What holds the society together? There have to be beliefs, from which derive values, from which derive norms of behavior: in other words a moral system that dictates what can be done and what cannot be done, what is right and what is wrong. There is no known society that is without a moral system. Something so ubiquitous has to have a fundamental justification. The evident justification is that a society cannot hold together without norms of behavior behind which there is a moral system.

As I wrote in my last article, After two years, the 1977 UNP Government provided a vivid illustration of that fact. It was not a case of double standards in which hypocrisy pays tribute to virtue, something in which practically all Governments indulge. It was a case of outright and outrageous attack on moral standards in public life by President JR and the Jay Gang. I prefer the term “Jay Gang” to the term “Government” because it was not the Government as a whole that was involved but a segment of the UNP power elite, JR and the Jay Gang, that could commandeer the power and apparatus of the State to carry out the rape and attempted murder of public morality. I gave instances: the public thrashing of Sararthchandra and Buddhist monks for daring to speak out against the ills of the liberal economy; the abuse and threats by the Jay Gang against Supreme Court Judges for daring to give a verdict against the Government; the elevation to high UNP status of the convicted gang rapist Gonawala Sunil. In accordance with the theory enunciated in the preceding paragraph, the Sri Lankan State was in a state of disintegration by 1988.

In my last article I wrote as follows: “There was a failure in attracting foreign direct investment: the big multinationals stayed aloof from Sri Lanka not only after the 1983 holocaust but even before that – the reason for which requires exploration”. We usually think of that failure only in terms of the 26-year civil war. I have not seen any explanation for that failure during the considerable period of the first five years of the 1977 Government. We must recall that President JR proclaimed “Let the robber barons come”, and that he had as his exemplar the Singapore success story in which foreign direct investment played the crucial role. But the robber barons didn’t come; only the small-time garment manufacturers did to a significant extent, in the expectation of making quick profits and making a quick getaway if it became necessary. The usual explanations would focus on purely economic factors such as the inadequacy of a docile labor force, the inadequacy of technically qualified personnel and so on. I would find such explanations unconvincing. For me the convincing explanation would focus mainly on the inadequacy of the moral factor in our politics, though not on that factor alone.

The crucial point about the big multinationals is that their investments are on a huge scale and on a long term basis. That would presuppose some degree of confidence and trust in the host Governments. Would that have been possible with the 1977 Government? I will mention just a few details, more or less at random, to show that the moral factor was conspicuous by its absence right from the inception of that Government. It should not have been too difficult to move towards a definitive solution of the ethnic problem by holding the promised All Party Conference and allowing some measure of devolution to the Tamils. Instead JR launched the first anti-Tamil pogrom just three weeks after coming to power, and he kept up the anti-Tamil violence until a civil war became inevitable after 1983. He had a huge Parliamentary majority and could have safely entrenched a fully functioning democracy. Instead he violated democratic norms by for instance depriving Mrs. Bandaranaike of her civic rights, which outraged even his Western supporters. And so on. The truth is that there was no major FDI because President JR and the Jay Gang were morally too low grade to be trusted.

But what hard evidence do I have to show that the moral factor counted most in preventing major FDI? More than one of my readers has sent me a study prepared by Ajit Kanagasundram explaining the contrasting performances of Singapore and Sri Lanka. He is an ex-banker who has worked in both countries and is therefore eminently fitted to provide that explanation. He writes that Singapore has an enormous amount of capital to invest abroad, and has set up industrial parks in China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc. He did what he could to direct Singapore FDI to Sri Lanka, but without success. He writes “Why not in Sri Lanka? Because they do not believe that we will carry through our part of the bargain in providing the necessary infrastructure and tax concessions and regulations, bribery may be required and our labor was considered lazy and unreliable and prone to strike, compared to those in, say Vietnam”. The moral factor, more specifically the inability to trust us, looms large in that explanation.

I wrote in my last article that a moral rottenness was installed at the very core of the Sri Lankan state after 1956. The reason was that the quick rise of the Sinhalese lower middle class to positions of power and affluence was possible only through the state sector, and that meant that the resources of the state were commandeered inordinately for the benefit of that class. It was a form of theft, and the State kleptocracy established after 1956 was strengthened with successive Governments and became part of the natural order of things in Sri Lanka. Positions of high office in the state have been determined far more by ethnic and other affiliations than by merit. I am told that the situation is only marginally better in the private sector. That has meant that able Sri Lankans, the best and brightest of their generation, have fled the country to prosper abroad, and that has been going on for decades. The consequence is that the Sri Lankan ability to deliver on this, that, and everything is very low indeed. We are therefore in stark opposition to Singapore where the merit principle reigns supreme.

I realize that what I have been trying to do in this and the previous article is to develop a cultural critique of Sri Lankan politics. My focus has been on the moral factor which should really be seen as part of the broader culture of Sri Lanka. By culture I mean culture in the anthropological sense: the ensemble of beliefs, values, and norms that shape behavior in a society. I don’t think there can be much doubt that the Confucian culture has been peculiarly conducive to economic performance, the explanation for the excellent performance of the East Asian economies and to a lesser extent the South East Asian economies. It may be that some cultures conduce to excellent political performance. But Sri Lankan culture has a peculiar potency to mess up our politics. Can that be changed?

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    Izeth Hussain:

    The word morality is based on christian principals, thought by western philosophers and tred t explain by them.

    What is the similar word in Islam.

    For buddhists, it is called “Seela”

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      Happy Thai Pongal to All CT readers who celebrate

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        Rajash

        “Happy Thai Pongal to All CT readers who celebrate”

        Happy Thaipongal.

        I was expecting you to be at the Jallikattu (bull taming) protest. What are you doing here. .

        Go support your brethren.

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          Native – Yes. I sponsor a Jallikattu bull in Tamil Nadu :)

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        Rajash

        Anti-Muslim man wishing ‘Happy Thai Pongal’ of the Tamils under an article of a Muslim.

        I can understand your disgraceful cynicism.

        Why don’t you put your ‘best wishes’ under all the news and articles.

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          Ayub Khan “Anti-Muslim man wishing ‘Happy Thai Pongal’ of the Tamils under an article of a Muslim. “

          I deliberately chose Izeth’s article.

          He seems to be a reformed Muslim.

          Unlike you I am sure he will join me in wishing Thai Pongal to all those who celebrate.

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          Ayub Khan

          “I can understand your disgraceful cynicism.”

          Why do you think it was disgraceful cynicism?

          All cynicism are healthy.

          On the other hand not all racism are healthy but destructive and inhuman.

          Izeth Hussain genuinely believes all Sri Lankan Muslims are light skinned and all Tamils are darker skinned.

          I didn’t see your protest then.

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            Izeth Hussain genuinely believes all Sri Lankan Muslims are light skinned and all Tamils are darker skinned.

            Native this is a good advert for spec savers
            the famous “should have gone to the spec savers”

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              Rajash

              You are sick.

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                Ayub Khan

                “Rajash You are sick.”

                Of course Rajash is sick. So are you.

                My Elders tell me all humans are sick. The difference between one another is degree of sickness.

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                sickness can be cured.

                you are stupid. and no cure for that.

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                  Rajash

                  We all see Iseth with the “specs savers” special. When will we see you with your amude, eating Jaffna rice and fish curries?

                  You can spot me if you do a google search under my name. I am one of the many in the images section- stocky built with the stylish musto.

                  I see only a blank page with the name ‘Rajash’ under your name.

                  You are so blank and a real Magul Berra.

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                    Ayub Khan

                    “You can spot me if you do a google search under my name. I am one of the many in the images section- stocky built with the stylish musto.”

                    You just remind me of the late comedian Terry Thomas.

                    By the way you also lost count of your age, 110 even after kicking the bucket in 1974.

                    Is Yahya Khan your elder brother who lost large chunk of land to separatists?

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                    Ayub Khan “You can spot me if you do a google search under my name.”

                    I search your name here in CT and you don’t exist at all. You sign in as Ayub Khan only to post to my comments.

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                      Rajash

                      You are a real Tinkiri Banda.

                      Go and search in the GOOGLE not CT.You are so gullible. Donkey! I make my comments to other articles as well wherever I can.

                      Tell me how to find your photograph in the CT?

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                      Ayub Khan :Go and search in the GOOGLE not CT.

                      I have better things to do.

                      Ayub Khan:I make my comments to other articles as well wherever I can. No You Don’t

                      Ayub Khan:Tell me how to find your photograph in the CT

                      its there in front of your eyes, starring at you.

                      search for Tinkiri Banda

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    In the case of morality, “What the way the King is that the way civilians are”. Short cut of few’s to eliteness has brought the disgrace for whole country. Now all the cats grown up, who can bell them? There were few wanted vote for Old King. There were few voted for UNP. There were few wanted to abstain from election. A sincerer few swing voters thought a new EP will bring change. They failed to note that there was a promise of not to prosecute War Criminals. Now, they are lamenting, disappointed. UNP – SLFP Pit Bull Terriers are hurting themselves in their power hungry fight while hurting innocents too. They both are bragging about their filthy patriotism. Ranil’s and New King’s promise of not to prosecute the war criminals have ended up that they are not being able to punish any criminal for any crime.

    When Malaysian Finance minister was asked that if Malaysia would face similar trap of China that Lankawe had faced, he answered “That is Sri Lanka, this is Malaysia.” That is the stamina of the Malaysian Finance Minister, but we show how the Chinese Ambassador was dragging Lankawe’s finance minister all over on the Colombo Road to punish.

    This is an not isolated case of Malaysia only. Many years ago Singapore Prime Minister predicted where Old King’s Lankawe going to land. Prime Minister David Cameron was saying similar things about Lankawe. It is known MCC is given only to poor countries, but if one look at EU’s GSP+ list, other than Pakistan, no other countries are worth to mention. Specially, at Lankawe’s education level, other than Lankawe no countries are so desperate. We saw the South Indian states started at 43% education level before they started to attract the foreign investments.

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    Mr Izeth Hussain,

    “Life has not been devised by morality: it wants deception, it lives on deception–but wouldn’t you know it?” – Friedricho Nietzschellini

    There never was/is/gonna-be morality ever. (Whose morality are we talking about here? The Pope’s, Mahanayakes’, Trump’s, Clinton’s, Mahinda’s, Ranil’s ……… Man’s? Or of some man who gave away all his worldly possessions and walked into the jungle? His was a one-man philosophy/religion; it started and died with him. It’s so darn difficult, he is the only one who practiced it.)

    Morality is just a cloak – mostly made of deception – man puts on and off like a garment when it suits him.

    The “use” of morality is just another survival-tool. Do you want me to give Lankan examples? :) I can name 99.99% of Lankans. So the question is, is it the rule or the exception?

    The really zany thang is, a man after long years on this earth, still looking for morality. One has a better chance of finding the Holy-Grail.

    It’s like, Lankans, still looking for exemplary leaders! When is it going to hit them, it ain’t ever gonna happen? At this stage, shouldn’t we be looking for something that has even a remote chance of happening?

    PS

    Why do we still write as if some White prof, in grad-school, is still marking us from a scale of 0 – 100?

    What’s wrong in simply looking for the truth?

    I think, there’s a form of Japanese-art – poetry, writing, painting…. – where they try to strip-away everything and distil it down to the simplest form – for example, to paint a painting with a minimum number of brush-strokes.

    If we learn to strip things down to the bare minimum, we might stumble upon the inescapable truths we are so desperately searching for.

    Otherwise we just get snowed-in by all the extraneous hoopla.

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    A thought provoking article

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    Nice one Mr Hussain.

    Morality and Ethics emigrated from the time when devious Sinhala politicians started to jostle for the heart and soul of the Bauddha-Sinhala voter.

    When a political system is inextricably linked to electing people based on religion, and or race, the noble ideals of democracy would be compromised.

    The stark truth is Morality, Ethics and Legality are missing from Sri Lanka today, and show no sign of making an appearance anytime soon.

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      Spring Koha

      While we are pondering about morality I must admit that I am bothered by certain story I overheard while travelling to Katharagama.

      The story is as follows:

      A sage sitting under a Bodhi tree in front of a prostitute’s house continued his meditation for many years. One day both die at the same time and taken to Registrar of Good/Bad deeds. The chief registrar told the prostitute to go to the sign marked “Heaven” and the sage to “Hell”.

      The prostitute went through the gates of heaven and the sage protested, “All my life I worshiped god nothing but god, I lived a holy life, never touched a women, never ate meat, never harmed a fly, never …. never ….., .. I should be sent to heaven, no way I am going to hell. The prostitute should have been sent to hell for she was sleeping with men who visited her on a daily basis, …. This is unacceptable.

      The chief registrar told him, “look old pervert while you were in meditation you were keeping a mental record of who went to see her, how many of them, ….. and so on. In her case while she was sleeping with men she always meditated and prayed to god.”

      He called the enforcer and ordered him to throw the old pervert into “Hell”.

      How come the prostitute got away with her immoral acts and the sage was sent to hell?

      I suspect the old pervert is the present day jim softy and the enforces is Navy thug Ravi Wijegunaratne.

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        Native Vedda

        Thank You for this uplifting morality tale, most suitable for a Sunday morning.

        I am impressed by your casting; Jim Softy as the pervert, Perfect. AND Ravi, the Goonda as enforcer, Super!

        I was heartened by the role of the lady; I hear that in the ‘mother country’, the lady is expected to ‘lie back and think of England’.

        All this reminds me on another morality tale waiting to be told. It involves a leading local politician who observes ‘sil’ regularly, and is a frequent visitor to the Isipatanaramaya temple in Bambalapitiya. He is good to his wife and children, and his mother is a ‘dasa sil mata’. He is well respected by those who work for him. His penchant is to visit establishments where he can observe live sex performed. Repeat, he doesn’t take part; only observes. I have this assurance on good authority. I expect he does some meditating too as he observes. I wonder what will happen, at the gates of heaven and hell, to this man who dresses in pristine pure white Arya-Sinhala and already looks like an angel waiting to ascend.

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          Spring Koha

          Thanks for the real life stories.

          “I expect he does some meditating too as he observes.”

          I understand practitioners of Tantric Sex enjoy sex without physical contact.

          Teaching Tantric Sex is a growing business in the USA and Canada.

          Is this Aryan Sinhala Amude wearing politician practicing a form of Yoni pooja?

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            Native Vedda

            I remember the first time ‘Tantric Sex’ was explained to me, and all I could think of was ‘Look no hands’.

            I don’t know about Amude man pooja, but I remember when on a visit to the sacred city in Polonnaruwa with my dear wife, we hired a guide even though we knew the history of the place. When we got to the Lingam and Yoni shrine, the guide went all coy and froze; when I asked why, he squirmed an answer along the lines “I am embarrassed to go into detail because of the lady”. What a let down!

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      Good to see you guys swapping interesting stories.

      In America, Trump the Terrible, takes office in a few days. Let’s hope better people make a come back in that most powerful country in the world.

      Sad that a man like Kerry never got a chance to be President. there’s this story I’ve just seen:

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/15/john-kerry-returns-to-site-where-he-killed-man-during-vietnam-war

      That taken in conjunction with his Senate Testimony many years ago, indicates that there have been politicians who were essentially decent people:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucY7JOfg6G4

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        Sinhala_Man

        Thanks for your youtube link on Kerry.

        Stupid young brave man Kerry taking on the Washington Establishment, questioning the morality of war, crossing sword with military industrial complex, brilliant performance.

        Well will we see any military men owning up their mistakes, crimes, etc in South Asia.

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    Izeth – you used to blame everything on Tamil Racism.

    Now you are talking about Moral Factor in Sri Lankan Politics.

    Izeth – you had a moral awakening?

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    Izeth Hussain

    What is moral in your immoral crusade against the Tamils?

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      Sundaram K

      “What is moral in your immoral crusade against the Tamils?”

      Why do you worry without cause?
      Whom do you fear without reason?
      Who can kill you?
      The soul is neither born, nor does it die.
      Whatever happened,
      happened for the good;
      whatever is happening,
      is happening for the good;
      whatever will happen,
      will also happen for the good only.
      You need not have any regrets for the past.
      You need not worry for the future.
      The present is happening…
      What did you lose that you cry about?
      What did you bring with you,
      which you think you have lost?
      What did you produce,
      which you think got destroyed?
      You did not bring anything,
      whatever you have, you received from here.
      Whatever you have given, you have given only here.
      Whatever you took, you took from God.
      Whatever you gave, you gave to Him.
      You came empty handed,
      you will leave empty handed.
      What is yours today,
      belonged to someone else yesterday, and
      will belong to someone else the
      day after tomorrow.
      You are mistakenly enjoying the thought
      that this is yours.
      It is this false happiness that is
      the cause of your sorrows.
      Change is the law of the universe.
      What you think of as death,
      is indeed life.
      In one instance you can be
      a millionaire, and
      in the other instance you can
      be steeped in poverty.
      Yours and mine, big & small
      erase these ideas from your mind.
      Then everything is yours and
      you belong to everyone.
      This body is not yours,
      neither are you of the body.
      The body is made of fire, water, air, earth and
      ether, and will disappear into these elements.
      But the soul is permanent – so who are you?

      Dedicate your being to God.
      He is the one to be ultimately relied upon.
      Those who know of his support are forever
      free from fear, worry and sorrow.
      Whatever you do,
      do it as a dedication to God.
      This will bring you the
      tremendous experience of
      joy and life-freedom forever.

      Bhagavad Gita

      PS

      Izeth Hussain

      I am told that unlike an light skinned Arab or Aryan a darker skinned person preached the Gita to a lighter skinned Aryan.

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        This is why we opposed the Yahapalanaya. Within two years even Native Veda has gone corrupted.
        Gita was written by unknown poet-Philosopher (possibly a Indus Valley Siva), older to Mahabharata. It was embedded into Mahabharata, written by a black poet, (Dravidian) Vyasar, much latter. Krishna is tricky womanizer warrior – not Philosophical. But Gita is treated as preached by Krishna (black) to Arjuna. Arjuna’s mother queen Kunti, a black. Kunti’s husband, King Pandu (Pandy?), an impotent, perceived (not sure) as white. Kunti had three children, fathers unknown (Chief Minister, General and Guru/archer?).Pandu’s other wife had two (fathers Astrologer & chariots leader?). Utistra & Vema 100% Dravidians, but Arjuna could be 50:50. Kunti is Krishna Aunt. Krishna could have played a pimp role for both queens. So Pandu disliked Krishna.
        Pandu disliked his kids too. On Arjuna’s 16th birthday Pandu boycotted it and went to jungle with his second queen. Though Madri, a nice &low profile woman hated when Kunti was arranging a big celebration for her son’s birthday Pandu boycotting it. Though not real aunt, Krishna treated her like one. Krishna grabbed the opportunity & wanted her to kill Pandu in the jungle. I don’t know she killed or used a hitman; Pandu was hit with a bolder rock on head while sleeping. Madri came out and told that Pandu’s head blasted into 1000 pieces because he touched her with indulgence forgetting the swear he had. Everyone believed her and Krishna’s drama worked.
        Once Pandu is dead the kids easily attached them to Krishna. Krishna used them to build a hedge against the Northern Aryan invasion. But it did not last too long. Aryan used a tsunami to capture elderly Krishna to kill him. They broke the hedge protection too. Don’t believe in that story Krishna wrote Gita.

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        Native Veddah

        Nice work – quoting the venerable Gita. Lower down a reader dedicates his comments to the Writer referring to Mattu Pongal!!!! But, surely, the cow is a noble beast.

        Kettikaran

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    Izeth Hussain

    RE: The Moral Factor In Our Politics

    1. “Dos Passos also showed insight in a letter in which he wrote that the moral sense is part of the human equipment for survival. When I read that I concluded straightaway that I did not need to pursue the question of morality in politics any further.”

    Thanks for the write-up.

    The Moral Factor In “Our” Politics?

    Alternative question to ask is, Is there morality in our politics, since Independence in 1948?

    The only Moral Parties in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho occupied by the Paras, Paradeshis, Foreigners, initially (before they sold themselves to the immoral racist parties) were the leftist parties of LSSP and Communist Party (CP), who voted against disenfranchising the estate Para-Tamils, while the Para-Sinhala-racist UNP, and the Para-Tamil Tamil-Parties, voted for it.

    Since then, a series of immoral acts were committed by the Para-Sinhala racist parties, initiated by SWRD Banda, the Sevala Banda, Sleazy Banda, and followed by many including J R Jayawardene and many others, and we all know the rest of the story.including the Para-Tamil LTTE(formed as a result of the immoral Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists”) who carried out ethnic cleansing of fellow Tamil-speaking Muslims.

    Should President Sirisena’s new “Moral” titles he has earned over the past 2 years be disclosed?

    CT says “Comments should not exceed 300 words”, and Amarasiri is beginning to reach the word limit, and will stop here.

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    Hussein is saying “I have done my share of reading and thinking about morality, a pursuit that could be very interesting but also very difficult and very time consuming.”

    Obviously your immoral pushing of Muslim interest shows that morality has not sunk in to your brain!

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    I think, Sri lanka, India and Pakisthan – all have a very indisciplined workforce because of politician involvement. Foreign countries do not like to establish production plants in these three countries because, the systems are very corrupt, and people are very indisciplined.

    In Sri lanka, I heard, ever govt work place is over crowded with people who are not willing to work. Theft is also a major problem.

    I think, even politicians promote importing because that gives them donations. Politicians know what is wrong. but, they don’t want to change it. Instead, they live in the same cesspit that they created. Country does not have an escape from it.

    If that can be corrected Sri lankan work force become very productive.

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      JIm Softly…I think, Sri lanka, ….have a very indisciplined (sic)workforce

      is that seela?

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      jim softy dimwit

      “If that can be corrected Sri lankan work force become very productive.
      jim softy”

      Eureka, …..

      Thanks Jimmy

      “I think, Sri lanka, India and Pakisthan – all have a very indisciplined workforce because of politician involvement.”

      How did you come to know about these facts when you never had worked during your entire unproductive long life?

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    There is no “morality” in politics, journalism and religious practices. Unfortunately these pervade modern society.

    Izeth may address immoral journalism and Islam as practiced.

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      Izeth is seeing the light at end of the (Islamic) tunnel.
      I am sure others like Ayub Khan will eventually get there

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    The little I gather from this article is that Governments of countries must be credible if non-citizens are going to be a part of economy, such as investing. Inability to trust a Government means it is not credible and there is no rule of law. Courts! Oh! My God! it takes years to sort a dispute. All this means there has to be some morality in the state of affairs of a government.

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    I would have been happier if a Maddu Pongal Wish had been given as comment on an article on Moral Issues like this one. Because Thai Pongal is one meant for the Heavenly Forces that bless a happy and prosperous life in this Globe.

    Maddu Pongal is for the noble beasts that would not mind being degraded to the level of evil minded human beings.

    Happy Maddu Pongal Greetings to all!

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    Many Tamils are these days attaching too much hypocrisy to the Pongal. The atmosphere out there, the Colombo’s and Delhi’s extreme racism, is pushing Tamils to blind on this.
    Delhi took off Pongal as national holidays and banned Jallikattu. Jallikattu is not Rodeo or bull fighting. But it is still a dangerous game. Safety of the players not assured. Animals involved. But Tamil Nadu is resenting because of their suspicion of Delhi enforcing its cultures on Tamil Nadu. Sangam songs suggest boys used to do many stunts to attract girls in public events. These appear to have functioned like common man’s “Suyamwaram”. They are no longer needed. So without Delhi or Tamil Nadu forcing, Tamil Nadu Jallikattu organizers has to teach people to give up that game. It has nothing to with Pongal though it has been played on that day too. Pongal is only about the Milk rising and people being happy about the coming harvesting season.

    That is a small aspect. But funny thing is about the Eelam web Medias’ dress code prescription. Some of them went to declare the Pongal celebrations of some palaces are not Pongal because they did not dress as per those webs’ codes. These Medias action is a big deal?. But look like a big deal. Because the target of these web Medias is seems to be the Pongal Events presided by non-Hindus. Sadly, though Hindus have saved from extinction, Pongal is not a Hindu day. Pongal is celebrated in different, different land in different ways. For example North Americans do not have dress code their Thanks Giving. Is the Thanksgiving going die because of no dress code enforcement? I don’t know that but the Vibachara media pundits who are first in dividing people to make buck has to tell about that.

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