13 November, 2019

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The Naked Saviours

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“‘But he hasn’t got anything on,’ a little child said.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson (The Emperor’s New Clothes)

Mythic Inflation is a concept introduced by American mythologist Joseph Campbell to explain the emergence of a new kind of ruler, the secular king who is also the divinely mandated saviour of the land/people. In this non-hieratic tyrant state, “The role of the monarch, gained by human means, is represented as a manifestation of the will and the grace of the creator and supporter of the universe” (Occidental Mythologies).

After the victorious conclusion of the long Eelam War, a similar redefinition of Rajapaksa rule was attempted in Sri Lanka. Mahinda Rajapaksa was hailed as the king sent from on high with a mandate from the four brahmas to unite the land. Actor Jackson Anthony, in his role as tele-historian, provided a family tree for the Rajapaksas that stretches back to the Buddha by way of King Dutugemunu. If Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes the SLPP presidential candidate (California Central District Court and US State Department permitting), he too will don this apocryphal mantle, depicting himself as the Buddha’s relative and the chosen one of the gods. 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa spent the last four and a half years building his own support base. Through organisations such as Viyathmaga (The Intellectual Way) and Eliya (The Light), he has sought to gain a measure of political and organisational autonomy from his brothers. He cannot win the presidency without the unstinting support of Mahinda and Basil Rajapaksa. But if he becomes the executive president, he is unlikely to act as a mere cipher of Mahinda Rajapaksa. On the contrary, the next few years would be characterised by sibling rivalry and conflict as President Gotabaya and PM Mahinda, plus their respective cohorts, wives and sons, battle with each other for power and influence. 

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s awareness of these future dangers might explain his reluctance to crown brother Gotabaya as his heir. Another reason for this reluctance could be his concerns about the political future of his eldest son. Namal Rajapaksa will be old enough to contest the 2024/5 presidential election. If Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes the next executive president, the chances of him stepping aside in five years and gifting the candidacy to his nephew would be less than zero. He would want a second term, and he too has a son.

Mahinda Rajapaksa might be reluctant to crown his brother, but he seems unable to resist the increasingly vocal and public pressure from the Gotabaya camp. The lure of the presidency shattered the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. The lure of the presidency is also creating fissures in the Rajapaksa clan. If Gotabaya Rajapaksa gains the presidency, inter-familial rivalry will become the new normal and a permanent source of instability. 

Gotabahya’s Advent and Sajith’s Dream

As the citizenship status of Gotabaya Rajapaksa hangs in the balance, his supporters are on a mission, trying to portray him as a hero who is sacrificing foreign honours to save and serve Mother Lanka. A case in point is an internet poster by Viyath Maga containing a picture of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and a kaviya, written in the style of S Mahinda Thero. “When the merit-laden Motherland wants (me), why do I need the citizenship of another country?” the kaviya asks rhetorically. “I will abandon all honours and will return Mother, to (undertake) the endeavour of protecting you.” 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa received no honours in the US; he was just an ordinary immigrant who worked hard and made good, like millions of others. He gained his American citizenship by paying taxes, sitting for exams, renouncing his links to his birth-land and swearing sole allegiance to the US. The only reason he is giving up that hard-earned citizenship, rather unwillingly, is because he must.  

As his supporters hail Gotabhigamanaya (the advent of Gotabaya), it is apposite to wonder why this man, who is painting himself in the colours of lion, take early retirement from the army (probably on a full pension). Why did he abandon Mother Lanka for Uncle Sam when the Second Eelam War was raging? When the question was asked from him, the man of destiny blamed his wife. I didn’t want to do it, he said; she made me do it. 

This blame-the-wife retelling is contained in an article appropriately titled, Ayoma wins the day (The Island – 30.6.2013). Based on an interview with Mr. Rajapaksa, the article goes to painful lengths to convince the reader of Gotabaya’s innocence and Ayoma’s guilt. When Lt. Col. Rajapaksa succumbed to his wife’s demands and decided to leave the army, everyone who’s anyone in the military establishment tried to make him change his mind. The then defence minister Ranjan Wijeratne even flew to Weli Oya to offer the Lt. Colonel a transfer away from operation duties. The offer was rejected. The Lt. Colonel, who was planning to retire from the army and leave the country, claimed that all he wanted to “to serve with his battalion, wherever it was deployed.”

Minister Wijeratne clearly saw through the sentimental hype. He appointed Lt. Col. Rajapaksa as the Deputy Commandant of the Kotalawala Defence Academy. The Lt. Colonel was in this safe enclave (where his battalion was, the article doesn’t tell), when Minister Wijeratne was killed by the LTTE in the heart of Colombo. As the article says, “Shortly after Minister Wijeratne’s assassination, Lt. Col Rajapaksa sent in his retirement papers.”

The article also mentions the names of several superiors of Lt. Col. Rajapaksa who played supporting roles in this saga. Most of them were killed by the LTTE when Gotabaya Rajapaksa was treading the path to American citizenship in the safe haven of California. 

The beautification of Gotabaya Rajapaksa by his acolytes is as superficial as the beautification of Colombo by Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The focus is on optics; splash the paint and spread the glitter. The end result is easier on the eye, though underneath the shine, the beast is the same.

When Marianne David, Senior Editor of The Daily FT, complained about the harassment women are subject to in public places, the denizens of Gotabaya-land went into twitter-hysterics. Viyathmaga accused Ms. David of shaming Sri Lanka in the eyes of the world and impeding the recovery of tourism. Retired admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, a Gotabaya-acolyte, told Ms. David, “Please leave this country. You do not belong here.” (Economy Next – 11.7.2019).

Mr. Wijewickrama’s Trumpian rant brings to mind an even more dangerous statement made by another Gotabaya-acolyte, retired general Kamal Gunaratne. Speaking at a Viyathmaga seminar in October 2017, Mr. Gunaratne branded as traitors anyone supporting a new constitution. He went on to claim that these traitors deserve death, and must be denied normal funeral rites, as the JVP notoriously did during the Second Insurgency. 

These two incidents clearly forewarn what Sri Lanka will become under a Gotabaya presidency, a place of absolute and violent intolerance. Anyone incurring the ire of the saviour-president and his acolytes will be silenced, one way or the other.

Sajith Premadasa wants the UNP candidacy as much as Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants the SLPP candidacy. But while Gotabaya Rajapaksa makes no secret of his ambitions, Sajith Premadasa is rather coy about his.

Politics of entitlement and familial politics were anathema to Ranasinghe Premadasa. His son’s preferences seem antipodal. “I have been ready and working to take the country’s leadership from the day of birth,” Sajith Premadasa is quoted saying, after highly symbolic meetings with the chief prelates of Asgiriya and Malwatte (Lankadeepa – 23.7.2019). When asked about the UNP’s candidacy, he turned evasive. According to him what is on his mind is not the presidential election but how to build 1123 chaithyas (ibid). 

Sajith Premadasa clearly believes that the masses are asses. Why else would he say that he is not thinking of the presidential election? Moreover, if he believes that building 1123 chaithyas is the need of the hour, he knows nothing of the state of Sri Lanka and the problems of her people. If Sri Lanka has a surfeit of anything other than corrupt and ignorant politicians, it is religious edifices. 

Sajith Premadasa’s statement also reveals that he intends to use the religious card to gain the UNP’s candidacy and to win the presidency. Pandering to religion as a strategy would be both unprincipled and unintelligent. It will worsen the country’s ethno-religious divide, and help rather than hinder Rajapaksa victory. When it comes to ethno-religious politics Rajapaksas are peerless and unbeatable. It is their preserve, and anyone battling them on that field cannot but lose. 

Irrespective of the identity of its candidate, the UNP’s failures will haunt the party come election time. Where was the UNP when the chief prelate of the Asgiriya chapter indirectly supported the stoning of all Lankan Muslims? Why is the UNP allowing the ACJU to scuttle MMDA reforms, again? Why is the UNP silent about the unjust incarceration of the young Sinhala-Buddhist writer, Shakthika Sathkumara, for writing a short story critical of a fictional Buddhist monk? How will the UNP explain the state’s inability to successfully prosecute the Trinco 5 case? Does the UNP think that by pandering to extremists, it can win electoral salvation? Doesn’t it understand that failing to stand up for the values of its core-supporters amounts to a radical loss of intelligent self-interest, a path not to victory but to self-inflicted defeat?

The Road to Impasse 

Abolishing the executive presidency was the foundational pledge of the oppositional alliance that defeated the Rajapaksa behemoth in 2015. The failure to honour that promise has placed in jeopardy every single achievement of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration, notably the partial advances made in democratic restoration and establishment of the rule of law. These advances are significant, but fragile. They require space to take root and time to grow. But Sri Lanka is unlikely to have that space and time as the administration’s many failures reopen the door to Rajapaksa rule. 

Had the government honoured another of its signature promises and achieved some success in redefining political culture, the bar for potential candidates for the presidency could have been set a little higher. Thanks to the duplicity, venality, cowardice and inefficiency of the current administration, any two-bit character, from politicians to retired soldiers, from entrepreneurs to tuition masters, can present himself as a candidate. 

Just a couple of months ago, businessman Dhammika Perera was being touted as a possible ‘Common Candidate’ backed by the UNP. Hayles Free Zone, the company at the centre of the garbage importation scandal, is a subsidiary of the Hayles Group of which Mr. Perera is the majority shareholder and non-executive chairman. This is not the first time a Hayles subsidiary has been caught devastating the environment in search of a quick buck. In 2013, another Hayles subsidiary, Dip Products PLC, was at the centre of the Rathupaswala tragedy. The company was reportedly responsible for the contamination of ground water in 28 grama niladhari divisions. When the affected residents protested peacefully, the Rajapaksa administration responded by sending the army. Three people died and many were injured when the army shot at the protestors. What the fate of the country will be if such a businessman obtains the powers of presidency isn’t hard to imagine.

In the run up to the last presidential election the dominant consensus was pro-democratic, non-racist, progressive and secular. Today the dominant consensus seems to be pro-dictatorial, majoritarian supremacist, regressive and quasi-hieratic. The present moment is characterised by a strong love affair with the idea of the good tyrant. So we have a leading Buddhist prelate exhorting Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to ‘even be like Hitler.’ We also have Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s repeated broadsides against democracy and human rights. Clearly the Cardinal is a throwback to the pre-Vatican II era, when Pope Pius XI signed the Lateran Accords with Benito Mussolini and Cardinal Pirelli (the future Pope Pius XII) sought and won a Condorcet with Adolf Hitler. Since the Cardinal also seems to believe the crazy Divaina story that the Easter Sunday massacre was an international conspiracy and the IS leader is being held in an American camp, one can only surmise he knows not what he says. 

As the government’s many failures are being equated with failures of democracy, the myth of the strong leader is regaining political traction. Saviours emerge from behind every bush, and under every rock offering salvation to an electorate that is too disenchanted or angry to be rational. When politicians, businessmen, retired military-men, and religious leaders sing the song of the strong leader, their aim is to return the country to a time when rulers could break every law and norm, commit crimes and make mistakes and yet don the mantle of infallibility. Because none would be free to say the Emperor is naked. 

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  • 44
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    These naked saviours will suck all what Srilnka has … and siphon all the assets to other counties and make Srilanka naked.

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      Just goes to show how unstable a country can become owing to the Presidency. The real dangers unseen by JRJ will come into use as we go along with non accountability of predidential actions high on the list.

      Let us be done with this evil Presidency as we revert to a true democracy. The real dangers must at least now be seen. .

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    As per this essay Gota has to clear a few hurdles before he could contest for the Presidency[ Thank God Amendment 19 has removed the teeth of the Executive Presidency!]
    a] California Central District Court.
    b] US State Dept: clearance.
    The fact remains that Gota ran away from the Army when even his Superiors were falling to LTTE fire.
    Whereas Sarath Fonseka led from the front and even survived an attempt on his life.

    Who is the Coward?
    Who is the Hero?
    Giveaway questions to schoolboys and schoolgirls!

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      Plato

      “As per this essay Gota has to clear a few hurdles before he could contest for the Presidency”

      Of course he has to please many, bribe a few, promise sectional interests, ………….. mindful of regional powers and international muggers, …………….. However he needs to do big poojas for South Indian deities and get authorisation and support from Northern Hindians. For this and other reasons I hear that he is planning to visit Sultanate of New Delhi soon. Gota is hoping to meet Modi.

      Modi might insist a role for his saffron thugs and freedom to rollback Arabisation of this island.

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    SKM ,

    Blame game is the solution game ! You blame India , China will
    enter , blame China , the US stands by and blame both China and
    the US , what else you think India would want ? This is the secret
    of FAST DEVELOPING MIRACLE OF ASIA WHICH WAS FORMALLY
    THE PEARL OF ASIA !

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    On the spot, Tissaranee. The caption could not have been better

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      HaHaHa…You are also on the spot mate..

      5.6 Millions Masses are smart Asses..They didn’t Tick, Dr Ranil, My3 Sira, Sampathar, Bathudeen or Hakeem,

      But I feel really sorry for our dear Brother Cardinal and his masses , for the dividend Dr Ranil paid them, by withholding the Intelligence on Muslim Suicide Bombs and passing it only to Dr Ranil’s Yahapalana Ministerial Cabal lead by Digital Harin.

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    American citizen Presidente of Sri Lanka, cia at it again. narco tourism and south American 1980s back again in sri lanka, not to mention shark tanks for jounos.

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    So if these corrupt team is related to poor Gautama Buddha then these guys are not Sri Lankan’s and also not sinhalayas instead Para indians and indeed the true history of Lanka. Also, if I am correct Buddha preached something else and not greed, hatred, violence and back stabbing. Or is this Sinhala Buddhism as described by some blind morons including of course Blind Eagle. If so the original buddh Gaya Buddhism has nothing to do with with Sinhala Buddhism and evolved entirely in Dukka Deepa. If so then are these matara gang really related to Buddha. Or was there a Lankan Sinhala Buddha who preached greed, hatred, violence and back stabbing. I am really confused. Can any Sinhala historian or an archaeologist to explain this confusion. So this buddhism did not come from Hindu India, or Barat Madha. Ok then, as Moda Blind Eagle laments, it is a home grown stuff, a really local badu. If so then I am happy.

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      Nathan
      Why don’t you stick to your own faith rather than frequently make derogatory statements about other people’s beliefs.
      Thankfully, you seem to belong to a small minority of bigoted contributors to CT .

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      Rajapaksas have absolutely no connection to the royal sakyan tribe of Siddharta Gautama. If you dig a little deeper, you will discover that the Rajapaksa clan’s lineage is Marakkala. This is not rumor but fact. Nothing wrong in being a moor but dont pretend otherwise. Many of the present paksa clan too exhibit facial features (esp Basil, Gota, Namal) of the trading tribes that came from afar and settled in the Hambantota area.

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    The Rajapaksa s are hell bent on projecting themselves as savior s of all Buddhists and now the harm that
    The muslim community is going true in Sri Lanka because of the manipulation of dirty politicians like Weerawansa Gammanpila through Racists monks and the like are now being seen as ” you Muslims turn towards Rajapaksa s and you will be saved” seems to be the slogan for their comeback. Until they get the Muslims to their line the poor innocent Muslims will live in fear of being harrassed everywhere . What a way of winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim community.

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    In 2015 the “VOTER MASSES” who the then “Maharajah” thought were “ASSES” did one good thing and chased away the “KING”. Now in 2020 the same “VOTER MASSES” with some more such “ADDED” , once again the “KINGS” and “COURT JESTERS” think they (the voters) are “ASSES” have TWO , good and intelligent decisions to make and that are (1) CHASE AWAY the present “Kings” and the “Court Jesters” who have DECEIVED them and (2) PREVENT and once again CHASE AWAY the former “KINGS” and all those “COURT JESTERS” who are attempting to capture power. Hopefully, the “VOTER MASSES” once bitten ,will this time prove that they are not any more “ASSES” but an “INTELLIGENT FORCE” to reckon with.

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    MAHINDA KNOWS THE ART OF PLAYING DOUBLE GAME VERY WELL.He is getting his sakili golayas like BOORUWANSA AND GONPULLE to attack muslims and tamils and MAHINDA Is closing his eyes and pretending he knows noting and FURTHER MORE VISITING TO KURUNAGAL DR.SHAFIS HOSE TO PLEASE HIM.BY CHANCE IF GOTHA WINS IT WILL BE A SEMI ARMY GOVERNMENT AND ALL HIS GOLAYAS LIKE KAMAL GUNARATNE AND OTHERS WILL TAKE RULE OF LAW IN THEIR HAND.SHRANTHI WILL HAVE TO GO TO KATARAGAMA DEVEYO TO SAFE THE FUTURE OF NAMAL BABY IN POLITICS.COMING DAYS ARE NOT GOOD FOR MAHINDA AND HIS GOLAYAS LIKE BOORUWANSA AND GONPULLE AS THEY HAVE TO COMPETE WITH FORMER ARMY GOLAYAS OF GOTHAPAYA.

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    More bond scams and terror attacks if UNP is elected. None of these buggers resigned; they are not accountable to anyone. At least Gothabaya has a proven track record in defense.

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      Bond Scams required. Peoples Bank is bankrupt because of the loans to politicians, their henchmen and to the govt institutions. Country need to go bankrupt, destabilized, politically mess, in order to achieve the international goals. So, Ranil, Mangala and team will sell every thing. Mahinda Rajapakse won’t be that different once he comes.

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        JD,

        UNP leader Ranil does not care about corruption. That is how he stays as party leader, by letting others do what they want. UNP was bribing the Muslim ministers for votes, meanwhile the Muslim ministers were promising the Muslim voters there will be a Caliphate in the East, that is why we had the Easter Sunday attacks. There will never be any investigation because UNP leader RW was directly involved.

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      Lester,
      I agree. GR has a proven track record. He ran away as a coward from the battle field. As usual in Srilanka he is blaming his wife.

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        Upali,

        The writer is a mouthpiece for the UNP. She has been bashing the Rajapakses for a long time. Gothabaya was in the SLA for 20 years before going to America after his retirement. He was part of the Vadamarachi Operation in 1987. If India had not intervened, this would have been the end of the LTTE. He also participated in Operation “Thrividha Balaya” in 1990. He was given various promotions by the Army for his good work. That is why the LTTE tried to kill him in 2005, they knew he is effective. GR’s best accomplishment was to order the execution of all surrendering LTTE cadres in 2009. The Eelamists are so angry about this act, they are still begging the White Lawyers at the UN to pass a “genocide act.”

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    Gota was in Jaffna working under Maj. General Denzil Kobbekaduwa. When General was killed by a land mine at Kayts on August 1992. This coward got scared and managed to transferred away from operation duties to Kotalawala Defence Academy with the help of then defence minister Ranjan Wijeratne. When Minister Wijeratne was also killed by the LTTE at Dickmans rd. heart of Colombo, he deserted the army (with his wife’s advise) abandon Mother Lanka and ran away to USA (safe haven) worked in a petrol pump. He came back as a brave man when his brother became president. What a brave man he is? Do not boast this coward as brave man. This patriotic brave man now trying to play they are (Rajapaksas) the saviors of Mother Lanka. What a brave man he is? Do not boast this coward as brave man.

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    What funerals for Gota’s enemies. The guy has sharks in his back garden to feed.

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      What inquiries for Ranil’s friends they can rob the country and hide in Singapore and live the good life while the poor are getting poorer.

      At least Gota will not Rob the Central Bank of the nation.

      And let bombs go off in places of worship. Killing innocent people in their hundreds.

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        completely disagree

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    Excellent analysis by Tisaranee as usual…she is articulate, has a keen sense of ground realities and is very much in touch with the pulse of the nation. Except for a few minor glitches, her accurate insights outweigh any errors of judgment.

    Look at the photograph, and the smiling faces in the background..I see pathetic sycophants desperate to please the power-elite, their potential paymasters and they seem to be eagerly inhaling the fart-smells from the fat-cats in the foreground, hoping to find merit in that also..

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    A very rational analysis backed by facts. Bensen

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    I am no fan of GR. But to be fair, he spent 17 years in the SLA before resigning and migrating. Can arm chair general Ms Gunasekera tell us how long did she serve in SLA doing what GR did for 17 years? Does she have any sons and if so, did any of them serve in SLA? I have the same questions for critics who themselves migrated to Australia, USA, Canada etc., not forgetting those who claimed asylum claiming persecution and genocide but travelled to Sri Lanka regularly on vacation no sooner they received asylum?

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      Agree 100% with Eagle Eye. Many of those who write to CT against the Rajapaksas never speak about what they have achieved for Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans. Just take the LTTE terror war; Millions of Sri Lankans including the Tamils and Muslims live in peace now without fear of Tigers. Does Tisaranee G talks about it anywhere on any website. NO!
      Tisaranee G et al all sang hosannas to Yahapalanaya and now they can no longer compose ‘baila’ songs about it since Y-palanaya is a complete failure and ridiculed in Sri Lanka; it is now clinically dead.
      Now the muckraking webs have turned toward the Rajapaksas because they can not stand the popularity the Rajapaksa enjoy in the country.
      Many Sri Lankans have very well understood this dirty and hate-filled game of so-called self-appointed journalists and websites. Unfortunately they don’t write in English and have become a voiceless people. However, it doesn’t mean they have no voice!
      I support them and they are the working people and decision makers at many elections to come in Sri Lanka.

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      Thisaranee,s analysis is quite babyish.

      The time Mr G Rajapaksha served as the Deference Secretary he was the number one target of the LTTE.

      To coordinate the armed forces, civil service and the parliament under such pressure is not a task to be taken lightly.

      We should not forget that there was an attempt on Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksha’s life during his tenure as Defense secretary.

      Our Sri Lankan reporters are quite basic when it comes to unbiased investigative journalism.

      It is quite pathetic if this piece of garbage is considered as good journalism.

      Although you can articulate well in English that doesn’t mean that Thisaranee is a good Journalist.

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        I agree with Wimpy Kid, it sounds crazy but it is the truth in a way, there are still many alternative options such as keeping politics how it is today, but with tight regulations.

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        Seriously, you can’t get any more absurd than that

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          Who are you, – Akila pushpakumara or dhar.

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      Eagle Eye,

      How many of those who migrated to Western countries wanted to be President? How many of them are only prepared to give up western citizenship only if they were given presidential nomination? Why Gotapaya could not give up his US citizenship when he served as Secretary of Defence if he loved this Nation? Those who travel Srilanka after migrating to Western countries are not traveling illegally as some of the ministers travelled to western countries and back to Srilanka in fraud passport given by Government by the same Gotapaya.
      Todays Daily mirror says : A certificate distributed yesterday purporting to show that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has renounced his US citizenship has been debunked as a forgery.

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    So long as the singhala chauvenism exists Gota and Mahinda dynasty can survive One-day Giotabaya grandfather of Dutugemunu got up from the grave and asked his grandson Putha why are fighting against Tamil when the Tamil blood is running in my gene
    Grandpa I have to do it because that is the way I can deceive the people and capture power and rule Sri Lanka Gota baya again got up from ho=is grave after nearly 2400 years after and he saw a man called US citizen and Sri Lankan Citizen carrying his name keeping hid legs in two boats
    He asked this ex-army officer why are you spoiling my name
    Well I have to listen to my elder brother Mahinda as he is running short of money If I become the president he top up his wealth I will get a share

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    “Gota’s alleged US renunciation certificate circulating in social media a forgery” (Daily Mirror 30/7).
    I wonder if this contrivance is the sort of operation professionals (intellectuals?) in Viyath Maga are utilising their skills/brains in.

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      “Gota’s alleged US renunciation certificate circulating in social media a forgery”

      It’s elementary :))

      When has a Rajapakse ever told the truth? Can you think of even one occasion?

      Gota is no different to his boss Donald ……….. and they are both roaring successes

      That’s the world we live in.

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      Manel,
      I am amazed you refer to Viyath Maga in an article about the Medamulana Rajapakse gangsters. Do you recall Ranil’s oft made claim |”add all the Rajapaksas together and you will not a GCE (OL)” Surely one does write of intelligence and the Rajapakses in the same sentence, good lady. Whatever happened to that much hyped wonder work “Mahinda Chinthanaya” believing in which millions of Sinhala Buddhist folks (suckers?) voted Mahinda and his brothers in. No one in his senses would equate that brilliant Mao Tse Tung with our MR. Mao was an intellectual and his enduring Red Book will live for many centuries. As to, MR’s Mahinda Chintanaya??? My left foot!!! Neither Mahinda, nor GR or Basil can think – in the intellectual sense. What they are good at is unethical scheming, plotting and misleading the public with gross lies.

      Mark my words. The Rajapakses will cheat, mislead and win again – unless there is divine intervention or the likes of it. The Sinhala Baudhaya is a congenital modaya. He will do anything if he is told the Tamils – and now the Muslims – can be made to suffer. If this is assured he will blindly follow the Rajapakses.

      Good lady, the country that is dear to you and me and our forefathers
      is about to be destroyed.

      Backlash

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        Backlash

        “Neither Mahinda, nor GR or Basil can think – in the intellectual sense. “

        In recent years he appears to do lot of reading because most of his photographs were taken in front of well stocked shelves. I never thought these were stage managed spins.

        As being the former National Hangman he should pose in front of gallows not book shelves. That will give him some authenticity and attract some votes.
        Asgiriya believes Gota will make a good Hitler.
        The public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala was proud of Hitler’s Aryan heritage thus making him an Aryan relative of Hitler.

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        Backlash (an old/former Maoist?), I am mystified. Isnt Gota the Chairman of Viyathmaga? And isnt VM supposed to be an organization of professionals & intellectuals advising & promoting him?
        But I concede, of course, that my understanding of local politics is not great, & am therefore happy to be corrected by yr superior knowledge. Please explain why you are amazed by my ref. to VM.

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    Are they not great citizens of Sri Lanka?

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    Old King is whining that 19A is targeting his family.
    We don’t want to go for witch-hunting of anyone. But we have a question. If the people reject politicians, they are keeping coming back to election. If they lose election they are coming as nominated MPs and ministers. If People reject them for a junior position they are coming back to senior position. If their term is ended, instead of election, they are going for referendum to dodge the electorates that select them individually. If the constitution restricts a person’s term they are amending the constitution and to insert them back. When they trying to come back forming new party. Instead they are democratically facing the party refused them opportunity, destroying the party. If they are caught in crimes, they are not resigning. If they don’t have majority, they are engaging in Donkey Trading, pumping in Arabian & Chinese laundered money to buy the nominated MPs. If they cannot win election they are stirrups country with racial riots until they can win. If they are sued at court they are murdering judges. If Media write about them they murder reporters until the country becomes 174 out of 179 countries on media freedom. If UN ask them investigate about their war crimes, they refuse and give fake explanation of Country’s sovereignty is not allowing.
    Is there a way in Lankawe’s constitution to get rid of the master crooks when the people don’t want them?

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    If the 19A targeted Old Royals, Who did the 18A targeted? Didn’t it target every citizen of Lanakwe who was entitled to become EP, In SLFP and UNP?
    If the People will duly elect them again, can Old Royals resign their membership of SLFP and which created the 19A, and come back with Slap Party. Some people thinking Lankawe is their family owned quarry and dig and cash their wealth is their job.

    Come on Biryani and Arrack consuming Modayas! You can’t be such that Modayas to listen to these crooks without knowing a way to punish their crime, but allowing them to come again and rob the country for 70 years. Bring a strong legislation by that Families cannot hijack the country any more.

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    I agree with WIMPY KID. His or Her ideas are a little bit out of the ordinary yet they work just as fine. We need to understand the future of Sri Lanka. The future is about moving forward, not recreating the past. Good on you wimpy kid for being the change in modern politics. I really appreciate your efforts. You have my respect. All of you need to seriously consider about his unique but amazing answer to fix Sri Lanka. If Sri Lanka is made into a super country or a megacity, it is because of people like WIMPY KID. Those people are the ones that will retain our paradise island.

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      dharam

      Like Gota you are not a very good forger, are you?
      Why are you using my name for typing your stupid advice?

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        Native Vedda, Akila pushpakumara, dhar, dharam, all enjoying your company!

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    SL politics so messed up

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      dharam, You are the one who is messed up! You are no Native Vedda. Why do you want to steal some others name?

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    Just who cares about this one article, do more important things in your life and stop dwelling on little things.

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    Nosey Blind, you only see my back but not the backs of the morons that churn out lies and hatred. Luckily only a few like you in this forum. Why Nosey you are so blind. Put your nose into others backs and feel what they have to say.

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    The family who got filthy….filthy….filthy rich after the 2004 X’mas Day Tsunami became obscenely rich after the civil war ended.
    The family take it for granted that they own SL. Probably they do.
    The Patriarch has decreed that the males wear Emperor’s New Clothes.
    The silver lining: More and layLankans see the underwear and laughingly mutter “Saviours my foot”.
    .
    Masquerading as a Saviour, Gnanasara Thera has outmanoeuvred, outwitted/gunned/run them all.
    Will he try Emperor’s New Whatever?
    PS: Psssst…..Hope not. He never used underwear.

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    Knock knock

    Who’s there

    Potato

    Potato who

    Sri Lankan potato

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    Rajapaksas have absolutely no connection to the royal sakyan tribe of Siddharta Gautama. If you dig a little deeper, you will discover that the Rajapaksa clan’s lineage is Marakkala. This is not rumor but fact. Nothing wrong in being a moor but dont pretend otherwise. Many of the present paksa clan too exhibit facial features (esp Basil, Gota, Namal) of the trading tribes that came from afar and settled in the Hambantota area.

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