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The New Rampage

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“‘Are their heads off?’ shouted the Queen.

‘Their heads are gone, if it please your Majesty!’ the soldiers shouted in reply.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

The mass proscription of Tamil Diaspora organisations has been followed by the blacklisting of 424 Tamils of Lankan origin as ‘Tigers’. Unsurprisingly Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, the hand-picked successor of Vellupillai Pirapaharan and the man once described as an ‘Interpol wanted terrorist’ by the Defence Ministry website[i] is not on the terrorist-list[ii].

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

The Rajapaksas are on a new rampage, which is likely to push Sri Lanka into the biggest quagmire of her conflict-ridden history.

The Fourth Eelam War was waged on an ‘eternally and totally wrong them’ vs. ‘eternally and totally right us’ premise. Almost five years after winning the war, the Rajapaksas continue to view the world through those same black and white dichotomised spectacles. The identity of the ‘them’ might change, from the war-winning army commander to a middle-aged Tamil woman trying to discover the fate of her ‘rehabilitated’ child (plus her 13 year old daughter). But there is, and will always be, a ‘them’, so long as the Rajapaksas rule. An enemy, and the no-holds barred ‘just war’ against that enemy, is indispensable in explaining the inexplicable and justifying the unjustifiable.

For a while it seemed as if the Siblings might settle on ‘Islamic terrorists’ as their new strategic enemy. But post-Geneva, their choice had reverted to the ‘Resurgent Tiger’. This does not mean that sporadic attacks on mosques and churches, Muslims and Christians will cease. Such anti-minority crimes will remain a standard feature of Rajapaksa Sri Lanka, given the Siblings’ need to use Sinhala-Buddhist supremacism as a politico-ideological cover for familial rule. So Muslims and Christians will function as tactical enemies while the Tiger – and therefore Tamils – will be made the strategic enemy.

Compared to the 2011 local government election, the UNP vote has dropped in all districts, including the base-districts of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and would-be leader Sajith Premadasa (the UNP vote decreased by 4.79% in the Colombo district and by 5.26% in the Hambantota district between 2011 and 2014). In sharp contrast, the opposition vote, the anti-regime, anti-Rajapaksa vote has increased significantly in most of the districts in which PC polls have been held. This does not bode well for the Rajapaksas, especially if they are still intent on holding national elections prematurely. The need to kill even slightest sign of life in the Opposition and to nip in the bud any possibility of a North-South politico-electoral cooperation assumes an overwhelming importance and urgency in this context. The Resurgent Tiger would be of incalculable help in this task as well.

President Rajapaksa has excoriated Minister Nimal Siripala for admitting that “mega-development projects would not suffice to win votes”[iii]. Cleary the Siblings are not going to effect any course-corrections, post-polls. They will continue to squander national wealth and pile-up national debt via mega projects which benefit neither ordinary people nor economy. Ironically the Rajapaksa lies about a Tiger resurgence and a new war will undermine their economic model which aims at turning Sri Lanka into an R and R (rest and recreation) destination for wealthy foreigners (casinos, tourist islands and the latest project, a ‘gold market’ a la Dubai).

The myth of the infallible leader was a Tiger axiom. It is also a Rajapaksa axiom. In the world of the Tiger, whatever Vellupillai Pirapaharan did in the name of Eelam was considered, ipso facto, good and just, and deserving of unconditional unquestioning support – including such manifest stupidities as the murder of Rajiv Gandhi and such abominations as child conscription. In the Rajapaksa wonderland, the Siblings are always right and anyone criticising/opposing them is a traitor by definition. Now some of these ‘traitors’ (including Sinhala and Muslim ones) can be labelled as ‘terrorists’ and condemned to a living death through prolonged incarceration and material dispossession.

The Travails of a Racist Peace

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is on the Rajapaksa blacklist. According to media reports, the evidence against him include being “responsible for releasing the Black July message on July 25 2011”[iv].

This is a telling accusation. In the Rajapaksa eyes, commemorating Black July is no different from commemorating the LTTE’s Mahaveer Day. Mr. Pirapaharan equated Tamils with Tigers; Messers Rajapaksa wholeheartedly agree.

The vanquishing of the LTTE could not provide Sri Lanka with an opportunity to rectify past mistakes and embark on a new nation-building course because the Rajapaksas continued to rule, post-war. Given the nature of the Rajapaksa project such a forward march towards a genuinely Lankan future was an impossibility.

Almost from the very inception of his presidency, Mahinda Rajapaksa made no secret about his sincere disbelief in the existence of an ethnic problem. He was determined to end the North-Eastern crisis but saw its resolution in purely military terms: imposing a total defeat on the Tigers. Once the Northern crisis is blamed on the malignancy of the Tiger and the avarice of Tamil nationalists, the Sinhala majority, and successive Lankan administrations, are absolved of all blame. In the Rajapaksa version of history, there are only Tamil excesses and Tiger crimes, no Sinhala excesses or governmental crimes. It is this perspective which sees nothing anomalous in equating the commemoration of Black July with supporting the LTTE. Nor is this equation a one-off fluke. In 2008, the Rajapaksa regime ordered Lankan diplomatic missions to request their host governments to ban Black July commemorations by LTTE ‘front organisations’[v] (i.e. any Tamil).

In 1983, most Sinhalese looked away as a minority of rioters attacked civilian Tamils. That deadly indifference stemmed partly from the belief that Tamils are responsible for Tiger crimes. (A similar unjust justification underlined every Tiger attack against non-military targets, starting with the Anuradhapura massacre.) Under Rajapaksa rule, this deadly mix of racism, indifference and inhumanity made a triumphant return in the guise of official patriotism. This was the mindset which enabled the post-war outburst of febrile triumphalism, unaccompanied by even a modicum of pity for the plight of civilian Tamils – and the subsequent mad rush to visit the North unaccompanied by any desire to help the displaced Tamils. (The comparison with the celebrations which followed the defeat of Nazism is inappropriate for one obvious reason – the Second World War was not a civil war; post-war, the victors did not have to share a small island with the vanquished). The germs of the current crisis were implicit in that heartlessly inane euphoria.

Sinhala-Buddhist supremacism bred Tamil separatism. From the Sinhala Only of 1956 to the Black July of 1983, majoritarian extremists demonstrated that there is no Lankan identity and that Tamils and Sinhalese are incapable of coexisting with each other.

The best arguments for separation were created precisely by those who sincerely believed that they were relentlessly battling separatism.

Motivated by their ideological predispositions and dynastic ambitions, the Rajapaksas are driving the country down a retrogressive course, back to the disease vector which turned a linguistic division into an ethnic problem and bred a long war. Just as the Tigers eventually became the greatest objective enemies of Eelam, the Rajapaksas seems determined to become the greatest objective friends of separatism.


[i] This is what the Rajapaksas had to say about Mr. Pathmanathan before he changed his allegiance from the Sun God to the High King

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20090408_08

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20090402_08

[ii] The list reportedly includes a couple of long-dead people http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/29260

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/29239

[v] The Sunday Times – 6.7.2008

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    I agree with most of the things said by Tisaranee Gunasekara.

    However, I would also like to point out these:

    LTTE terror attacks on Sinhalese civilians were in retaliation to many periodic attacks on Tamil civilians by the armed forces.

    Most Tamils regretted the killing of Rajiv Gandhi as a grave blunder.

    Most Tamils didn’t condone LTTE attacks on civilians.

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      When did ‘most Tamils’ speak out against the LTTE, Thiru? LTTE terror attacks were not always in retaliation to govt attacks. You need to acknowledge the contribution of the LTTE to the mess that SL is in now. Both Mara and LTTE and two sides of the same coin. Sinhala AND Tamil people should realise this. The burden is not only on the Sinhala people…

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        The Tamils will never admit any blame for anything. Even the LTTE were innocents.

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          Paul,

          Who started the spiral of violence against Tamils civilians from 1956, 1961, 1958 and 1977. I remember seeing the vast devastation of Tamil property after 1958 riots from Vavaniya to Colombo by road.

          For more than 25 years from 1956 Tamils put up with the devastation inflicted on them by the state and its arms.

          The Sinhalese retaliated against innocent Tamils for the LTTE killing 13 soldiers by killing thousands of Tamils, destroying vast amount of property, raping women, etc.

          Have the LTTE ever raped a Sinhala or Muslim woman, let alone Tamil women, while Sinhala soldiers have raped Tamil women in the tens of thousands and still raping with impunity?

          Please don’t pull the wool in people’s eyes. Biased Sinhalese press down South don’t report these atrocities committed in the NorthEast.

          AS Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena says the regime and its supporters are blatant liars.

          From Peter to Paul they are all liars!

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            No one is saying that Sinhalese leaders are not at fault.

            But what did Prabha do when he was offered enough and more concessions by the Sinhalese govts under Premadasa and Chandrika? These are the moments at which a Mandela would have yielded and made the life of his people stronger instead of leading them down to Nanthikadal. And is butchering child monks acceptable as Prabaha did at Aranthalawa? One butchery cannot be solved by another butchery, Thiru. This must be understood properly.

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            I remember seeing the vast devastation of Tamil property after 1958 riots from Vavaniya to Colombo by road.

            What sparked the 1958 riots?

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              Vibhushana

              “What sparked the 1958 riots?”

              It is your Sinahala/Buddhist envy, greed an rage.

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              Vibusna you Idiot:

              Go and ask SWRD

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            Thiru
            You asked “Who started the spiral of violence against Tamils civilians from 1956, 1961, 1958 and 1977.”

            History says that mother of all Tamil-Sinhala riots was in 1939. Google and read about what Jane Russel says about it.

            Hindu Organ November 1, 1939 reported that “At a meeting in Nawalapitiya in 1939, GG Ponnambalam attacked the Mahawamsa and the Sinhalese in such extreme terms that the people there attacked him, and the first Sinhala-Tamil riots began, with clashes in Nawalapitiya, Passara, Maskeliya and even in Jaffna.”

            The anti-Sinhala movement of GGP made him popular among the Jaffna people. And his party ‘Tamil Congress’ captured power from the moderate Tamils like Ponnambalam Ramanathan.

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              mechanic ,

              If what you say has any truth in it, GG made a big mistake not getting the lies of Mahavamsa exposed and getting it banned by the British government of Ceylon.

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                Actually, many a British educated scholars not only accepted Mahawamsa as the general truth about Sri Lanka history they used it to confirm the time-line of the world history. Tamils have nothing of the sort to prove their history in Sri Lanka. If not for Mahawamsa Tamils would never know about Asela and Elara or even Kalinga Marga.

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          The terror diaspora’s next assignment is to lobby the Pope to declare Paryabakaran a saint!

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            While the PM’s office sells Dope to papa and opens an offshore account with the KP plundered wealth.

            all via eusense the nonsensical who talks all the time every time

            – `answer my question` which answer is blowing in the wind.

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            Now we have talk of the Pope from this Nonsense! What stupidity!

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        Chandra

        “When did ‘most Tamils’ speak out against the LTTE, Thiru?”

        I am told Tamils were allowed to open their mouth only to have their meal. It seems the custom still continues to this day.

        “You need to acknowledge the contribution of the LTTE to the mess that SL is in now.”

        The rot had already started in 1948, war intensified only after 1983. In between there were 35 years already lapsed. The damage had already been done by the Sinhala/Buddhist chauvinists and their political masters. And the Sinhala/Buddhists were happy to vote for the most anti minority parties.

        While all these anti democratic culture was taking root, not many Sinhala/Buddhists spoke out against the majoritarian lead governments and the state’s attack on human rights.

        How many Sinhala/Buddhists raised their voice against the state and its armed forces while both committing war crimes since 5th April 1971?

        Even those who protested against JVP & State terrorism were gunned down and burnt in pyre of tyre. How many Sinhala/Buddhists did rise against both brutal forces? Why didn’t they?

        Hope you would revisit your own history.

        “Both Mara and LTTE and two sides of the same coin.”

        Mara is a recent arrival, in all fairness to him, he is using the state to his maximum advantage for which he would be eternally grateful to his predecessors and the voters who helped to build a rotten state.

        Remember the Sri Lankan state was not built in 2005.

        Rather than undermining the minorities, empower them so that they can one day join hands with down trodden Sinhala speaking people.

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          NV, you seem a sensible fellow.

          I am not denying what you have said. Nether am I denying that the racist Sinhala State was a long time in the making. The point I was trying to make was that the LTTE contributed to this. If blame is to be parceled out, then yes, the Sinhala State has far more on its side through decades. And yes, again many of theSinhalese did not speak out against the JVP. They were scared of the gun as much as the Tamils were scared of the LTTE. But what angers me is in this stage, when the sins of the LTTE are sought to be whitewashed.

          That is all.

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          Kallathoni Vadda. In our Sinhala collicular we say ‘Vadi Bana’ for preachings that are of no use.

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        On the contrary there were many Tamil voices at home and in the diaspora condemning the excesses and wanton murders of the Tigers from the time when they killed the mayor of Jaffna and having got the taste of blood started to kill indiscriminately others such as the Principal of Jaffna St.John’s College,the Jaffna GA and many others following the burning of the Jaffna library and Black July of 1983.They are now a distant memory.
        So to accuse and say that the Tamils did not speak out is only a problem of those who wish to nit pick and seek to justify their stance and opinions.

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          Who were these Tamils? Name one Uthungan and where what they said were carried. I can only think of UTHR and Thiranagama.

          But forget about all that. Are you brave enough to criticize the Tigers even now? Or like Thiru, do you still whitewash them?

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            Tell me how to convince those who nit pick and pose absurd quesiions?
            May be I will then make an attempt and criticize the LTTE to convince doubters like yourself.
            But what can I do if you pretend to sleep?

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      “The mass proscription of Tamil Diaspora organisations has been followed by the blacklisting of 424 Tamils of Lankan origin as ‘Tigers’. Unsurprisingly Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, the hand-picked successor of Vellupillai Pirapaharan and the man once described as an ‘Interpol wanted terrorist’ by the Defence Ministry website[i] is not on the terrorist-list[ii].”

      “The Rajapaksas are on a new rampage, which is likely to push Sri Lanka into the biggest quagmire of her conflict-ridden history.”

      Is it Time for Tomahawks, Derones and Assassins yet? Or is it still the age of Terrorism, both state sponsored and rebel sponsored?

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      thiru,
      So, what you are saying is that if SLDF stayed inside the barracks nothing would have happened? In that case what would the LTTE terrorists do? lay down arms and go home?
      How stupid you think CT readers are?

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        eusense

        “How stupid you think CT readers are?”

        Thiru aimed his comment precisely at you and not at rest of us.

        You must stop patronizing us.

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          Nvedda@,
          when reading the comments of Eusense – many of us feel
          “How stupid you think CT readers are?”

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      Thiru

      “LTTE terror attacks on Sinhalese civilians were in retaliation to many periodic attacks on Tamil civilians by the armed forces.”

      Did LTTE’s terror attacks on Sinhalese civilians stop Armed forces’ terror attack on Tamil civilians?

      And you believed and supported LTTE’s stupid, cruel, reasoning.

      “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
      ― Mahatma Gandhi

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        Native,

        I never said that I agreed with LTTE’s attacks on civilians, I only said that LTTE did it as retaliation for many attacks on Tamil civilians by the armed forces.

        The point I was making is that Many writers give the false impression that it’s the LTTE that started the attacks on civilians: That is not true, it’s the other way about. That’s all I was pointing out.

        Is that wrong in your eyes? If it is so, so be it.

        Embedded media and its columnists have a habit of distorting facts to suit their agenda.

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    What the government and its supporters are doing will eventually precipitate the creation of a seperate state in the north and east, unless they rein in their madness and treat the ethnic issue on humanitarian grounds.

    Well done, Tisaranee. This is yet another incisive piece.

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      Well said Hameed Abdul Karim,

      Sri Lankan rulers have got away from mass murders of both Tamils and Sinhalese with impunity for a long time now. They think that the international community will always tolerate this murderers.

      Good luck to the mass murderers! Justice shall prevail to all.

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    [Edited out] is becoming all too predictable. Just 2 weeks back I predicted that [Edited out] the mouthpiece of tamil separatism will come up with an anti Rajapakshe rant to avenge the proscription of Tamil diaspora groups. Tamil diaspora had 5 years to shun their hateful campaign but what they did all the while was to accelerate themselves motivated by the bullying tactics of US/UK. Common Sri Lankans fully condone the proscription of these hateful anti sri lankan diaspora groups but look at these pathetic brainwashed slaves! Every move we make to secure the military victory over the arm wielding terror thugs becomes an embarrassment to these brainwashed parrots.

    UNP which is more or less aligned with this slavish mindset under Ranil/Mangala got a hard spanking yet again from citizen while other opposition parties that don’t pander to separatists gained inroads into Rajapakshe popularity. Good choice by the Sri Lankans, let’s keep the Rajapakshe clan in check but never let the racists like [Edited out] to divide our country into Tamil only and Sinhala only areas.

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      This Liberal One is more a mouthpiece of the Sinhala racist from what I can see.

      Maybe he/she does not understand the meaning of the word ‘Liberal’ What jokers these pro-government fools are!

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        Looks like you have misunderstood liberalism with violence and separatism. I won’t expect much more from an irresponsible traitorous parrot who compared tiger violence with legitimate military responses.

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          Hey Stupid One, ‘liberalism’ means advocating equality, non-violence and equality of the individual (all morons who use this term without knowing what it means should look it up on Wikipedia at least)NOT spewing hatred. You spew hatred and racism. That is NOT LIBERALISM. TAKE NOTE AND BE AWARE.

          And what is meant by ‘legitimate military responses’ oh Stupid One? Do wholesale massacres of civilians come within that term? Thiru and you both belong in the same bunch of extremists, one tamil and the other Sinhala. May the plague be on you and those of your ilk for the curses that you have brought upon this country.

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            Liberalism advocate equality not separate mono ethnic states or apologizing violence using lame excuses. If you can come up with any inequality in this country towards Tamils that Sinhalese and Muslims enjoy come with such facts so we can discuss such without slandering out country.

            Where did a massacre happen? What evidence do you have to slander the military of the country like this you fool? Did you know your separatist buddies created a human shield around them been afraid to face the military? Do you know that over 300,000 such hostages were rescued? Do you call that a massacre you pathetic separatist mouth-piece?

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              A typical sinhala Buddhist chauvinist of pro rajapakshe regime and a perfect example for a sheeple

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              No massacres, oh Stupid One? Ignorant One! Remember Kokkadhicholi where an army court of inquiry found the army responsible for the massacre of villagers who had not connections to the LTTE after the LTTE attacked a soldier in that area? There were many more. Lift your lazy bum and do a simple Wikisearch.

              I find it funny that the best these morons can do is to accuse everyone who opposes their stupidities, of separatism. What pathetic fun!

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                lol looks like the bitter fool has switched to wiki entries to support his slanderings now. Isn’t it pathetic that this irresponsible fool who claimed that army massacred Tamil civilians and that legitimate democratically elected governments should be blamed more than her terror buddies had to go 30 odd years back to unearth an exceptional incident which was not the norm in the 3 decade war? An incident that was fully investigated too?

                Donkey, nobody is saying that crimes didn’t take place in the 3 decades long war, your white masters of US/UK have done much more crimes in much shorter wars. What we oppose is terror loving west and their slaves left behind among us trying to blame the civilian deaths causes by the tiger human shield on the legitimate military of the country that risked their lives to unite this country and save 300,000 Tamil civilians.

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                  Again Oh Stupid One, read English properly.

                  I suggested Wikileaks for a simpleton like you. Otherwise, look at the government reports in Parliament on the Kokadhicholai murders. And again (oh how long should this be said for these Stupid One to understand) we do not care a hang for the west and what it does. I do care a hang for what my own government does.

                  But as you get paid by govt lackeys to do their dirty work, what should you care, eh? Your mutterings cannot stop those with courage to speak out against the Maras.

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                    lol the goda sudda has run out of evidence to support the slandering campaign entrusted upon her by her diaspora buddies so continues to bring up an incident that I accepted and have been investigated.

                    But the goda sudda has nothing good to say about the military risking their lives to save 300,000 Tamil civilians from the human shield of her terror buddies while the pathetic loser did nothing to lesser the suffering of those Tamil Civilians other than repeat the propaganda of the terrorists, her western masters and NGOs.

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        Chandra,

        This Liberal One is the manhole through which the Jarapassas defecate! This pig has no brain and just writes the lies the rogue Jarapassas command this to write.

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          Yes, agree silva. One should treat this kind of shit with the ignoring that they deserve. I thought a well deserved reaction would be good for once. And true to form, they can’t answer properly. Fools.

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          lol at the bitter defeated UNPer. We also supported UNP when support was due but we are not 0 IQ-ed morons to keep supporting a political party when it side with separatists and foreign forces against the country.

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            Liberal One (more aptly ass cleaning janitor),

            UNP never had or wants the support of pimps like you. Please get recruited to the nearest brothel house of vermin Silva where you can try to improve your 0 Iq level by metabolizing penetration fluid. By the way, time to reserve your pit at Borella Kanatta and order a carton box to wrap your lying dustbin body.

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    The anti development mindset of [Edited out] is pathetic. From where did this fool get the idea that countries should stop development until corruption is rooted out completely? Does this illiterate fool even know that Sri Lanka score much or less the same as India or China in corruption index of Transparency International?

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      Good golly. this Liberal One just can’t stop his vomit. He/she should join Thondanamaru purging in his pants because of fearless writers who openly challenge this govt under their own names not under some silly pennames. Not one solid point are they able to make. Instead, it is abuse all the way. India and China now are our role models for government corruption! What rot.

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        Another bitter anti development fool that is frustrated that Sri Lanka is finally developing it’s much neglected infrastructure after decades of stagnation due to the violence of his/her separatist buddies. Any one can see who is engaged in non relevant attacks here.

        I just pointed out that Sri Lanka like most developing countries has corruption issues but Sri Lanka ranks not bad compared to other developing countries and that we can’t postpone development citing corruption. Only donkeys like Chandra and the anon writer will expect zero corruption from a developing country.

        Will this anti development fool now question my liberalism bc I support the infrastructure development?

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          Who the hell talked of zero corruption, oh Stupid One? We are talking of minimal standards of transparency and your paymasters the Maras, are robbing this country blind. Don’t go only by your payments and perks that the Maras dish out.

          There is no use comparing us to India and China which are massive economies and massive countries Even a first grade student of economics would know that. But the Stupid One can’t understand this simple fact. Also liberalism is nothing to do with development. It is more to do with a liberated mind which you, Stupid One can’t even begin to comprehend. Kapiche?

          Be careful when you write your normal bullshit as you are getting tangled up in what you say

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            lol where did you find out that the size of an economy have an impact on the corruption level of a country? No wonder illiterate elitist clowns like you get spanked in each and every election that pushes you into hating the democratically elected leaders and common Sri Lankans for voting for them.

            You may have your own weird reasons to hate the development efforts but my liberalism and my unwavering support for development to whomever in power have no contradictions. get it bird brain?

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              so its seems that my pin pricks are rousing the Stupid One to fury! Don’t wet your pants. And I never said that I was anti-development. I just want your paymasters the Maras to stop robbing the country blind. Got it, pea brain?

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                looks like the anti sinhala/sri lankan paid agent has run out of silly theories like the size of an economy has an effect on corruption level and reduced to attacking me and the democratically elected president using filth.

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              “No wonder illiterate elitist clowns like you get spanked in each and every election that pushes you into hating the democratically elected leaders and common Sri Lankans for voting for them.”

              what did you say ? democratically elected leaders ???? what would you call Robert Mugabe, Saddam Hussain,Hosni Mubarak led elections ? what are the differences among them and our current despot ? may be for you all the other leaders whom i ‘ve mentioned above are despots but MR , right ?

              if you want to see democratically elected leaders , implementation of the much awaited 17 th amendment is a prerequisite , without independent election, police and judicial commissions , only fools would talk about election results.

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      Hey Lib,
      Do you know what direction those indicators are pointing in SL in last 30~40 years? And check again where China and India are heading..

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        Care to enlighten us? The last time I checked both India and China were more corrupt than SL according to the index but we have to look at these indexes with a grain of salt because they use the perception of citizen to create the index and because transparency international is an US controlled NGO that takes pleasure at taking shots at China and Russia.

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          “Care to enlighten us?”

          Its difficult but not impossible, let me try.

          Read the following

          Buddha’s Quotes

          To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

          When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.

          One more important quote:

          There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

          Please do continue your comments if you haven’t understood the above quotes.

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          What a dimwit – how can you compare with 22 mio folk with that of over 1200 mio folks ? Statistically, india and china come very behind on the lines, whatever the issues being addressed. But if my memory is right, immediately after a swiss female tourist was raped 6month ago in India, their police and court did the job even speedier than EU country would have done, convicting the rapists within 3-4 months since the incident occured. But RODI rajapakshes promote crimes instead of fulfiling the people´s rights accordingly. This is typical to Raja but no any other leaders that the country ruled in the past.

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            The discussion is about corruption. Don’t drag rapes to the discussion just so you can attack Sri Lanka and it’s leaders. Transparency international’s corruption index does not include rapes.

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              If I were one of the top, I would have physically removed BBS skin head behave in all abusive forms

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

              Crime friendly MR regime will ruin the nation.

              BBS criminals in monk constumes should be removed from srilanken society. The day we see it happening, MR ´administration will earn credibility.

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              Check it again, if you are born dimwit, Mervin resounds that the mercedes benz he owns few hundreds of lacks ?
              I did not know that lanken lawmakers are paid with huge salaries
              (10 000/15000 Euros/month).And I did know that srilanka is a place where can afford to earn that collosal sums within few years. Even automobile pioneers from Europe would not hardly earn that huge sums.

              So tell us please, if you are highly concerned of corruption in the country – how come those lawmakers escape from lanken laws in compliance with local laws: that will not allow illegal business men to earn big sums.
              Why dont they – the respective authorities, closely study the sums collected by Mervin De Silva during last 5years ?

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              That is because you are still the 200 metric tonnes Dates for Rapes higanno No??

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    They will not disturb the gold mine that KP is. It will be like killing the goose that could lay the golden egg. They have not got all the related information as to all the hidden treasures. KP is shrewd enough not to let out all the information that could spell his demise. He is now a devout Buddhist whose conversion was inspired by no less a person than Gotabhaya! It is quite appropriate that “the best arguments for separation were created precisely by those who sincerely believed that they were relentlessly battling separatism”.Bensen

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    I have often wondered how nicely the term “kleptocracy” will describe the Government of Sri Lanka. CT readers and particularly TG fans please read the article at following link and think whether there can be a better word:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy

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      To ease the burden – a quick ref:

      “Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, (from Greek: κλέπτης – kleptēs, “thief”[1] and κράτος – kratos, “power, rule”,[2] hence “rule by thieves”) is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often with pretense of honest service. This type of government corruption is often achieved by the embezzlement of state funds.”

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    So called Tamil diaspora were silent for long time when LTTE was massacring both Sinhalese and Tamil civilians and destroying properties of the people. In fact they were funding these terrorist organization expecting a dream of Tamil state. Now after LTTE was defeated they never tried to activate reconciliation process. They never want to engage with Rajapakse government to solve their issues amicably. In fact TNA was indirect voice of LTTE . Now they temporarily try to get distant from the terrorist organization. I thing their is some hope in CM Wignaswaran as he is well educated and can understand mentality of Southern people.
    President Rajapakse is trying to bring the country to the dictatorship. UNP is led by very weak leadership. If Tamil parties want to participate in government in post Rajapakse era, they should aligned with any party of southern Sri Lanka in principle and fight to topple the Rajapakse govermnet and try to establish non racial Sri Lankan goverment.
    American led resolution will make Rajapakse government stronger. People see him as hero saving country from imperial powers. More anti sri Lankan diaspora activities again make regime stronger and more suffering to fellow Tamil’s living in North.
    Both sides has to sacrifice some their aspiration to bring lasting peace. Otherwise I will predict that people will eternally suffer under Rajapakse family rule.

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    Silva –
    “…will predict that people will eternally suffer under Rajapakse family rule.”

    The family has bought the N/E Voters in one go, so they will have the
    impunity to govern as they desire:-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DnyMAvNr6A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSZO8OZb9us

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    Sinhalese Gov/military/family criminals, thugs and thieves should be banned from traveling oversees .
    Civilized Tamil organizations should openly produced a list of SL Gov/military war criminals to UN/UNHRC according to their understanding to verify.. ASAP.
    Sinhalese Buddhist monks should not be allow to practice/propagate S-Buddhism in civilized countries unless they declare BBS/Rawaya monk’s act of harming other religions (Christianity/Islam) as barbaric or as “Disgusting” as described by real Buddhist scholars like Ajan Brahm or Dalai Lama..

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      A very valid, rational, ethical viewpoint and conveying an implementable proposal. It is good to be snowballed into an avalanche.

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      International Community should stop issuing VISAS to BBS Thugs and their followers. BBS thugs are under Rajapakse patronage. BBS is a Terrorist organization like Taliban and Al Quada.

      All extrimist organizations that spread dis harmony among communities should be banned from opreating.

      Only open discussions and views among parties should be allowed.

      Final decision makers are Citizens, consumers and voters.

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    Dr.Nimalka Fernando on Geneva-(Lanka-e-News -05.April.2014, 11.30PM)

    “It is apparent, a former High Commissioner of Sri Lanka is of the view like some politicos of the government that the resolution passed by the Geneva Human rights council (HRC) should not be allowed to be implemented within SL. This is a most strange stance. Five years have elapsed since the war ended. Still no independent investigation had been conducted into the human rights (HR) violations during the war. There are no signs too of such an investigation. In such circumstances , how can it be said an international investigation is not the right thing? If an investigation is not being conducted locally within the country, is it wrong to conduct an investigation from outside ?

    The United Nations has the power to ban the travel of those individuals abroad. Their bank accounts can be frozen.

    Sri Lankan spin-doctor Dayan read this.you looks like a fool.

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    MR RajPak / GOTA are surrounded and advised by followers who thinks like a frog in a well. If RaPak/GOTA ask them to jump, they will ask how high

    It seems to me current regime is losing all avenue to control and it desperate there are going down on the wrong path.

    LKA economy is heavily depend on export to Europe/USA/Canada.Majority of tourist comes from Europe. When income from west dries up , the the poor people of Sri Lanka will have the greater impact. They will chase the this Regime down like and mad dogs.

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    Another bad day for haters and non believers of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka beats India to be world T20 champions. Expect more frustration, vile accusations and insults in the coming days.

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      As a true cricket fan, I cheered for our team.

      I refuse to let racists and moneygrubbing sarong jhonnys to have the exclusive right to patriotism. I am proud to be Sri Lankan – but not because of our politicians. I am proud to be Sri Lankan because of the hundreds of decent ordinary Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims folks who go about their lives in the country. Not the money grubbing Maras and their hounds who sing for their supper like the Stupid One and this Thonamaru idiot who was once living off Prabha!

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        lol a patriotic and proud Sri Lankan is slandering the democratically elected president when the subject of the comment is Sri Lanka winning T20 championship. Do we need traitors like Prabakaran when we have patriots like this?

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          Oh dear, the Stupid One is getting his pants in a twist every time Mara is criticised!

          Heehaw! What fun!

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    Tissa ranee, its the Sri Lanka team that are on the rampage right now in bangaladesh being crowned 20/20 world champions.

    Give Rajapakshe a break. he is enjoying 20/20 cricket.

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      It is Government Politicians that brought lot of pressure and politics to our cricket team. That’s what Sanga said when he went to England few years ago to receive Cricketer of the year award.

      Soon after his statement, Govt. Politikkas stayed away from interfering with our cricketers.

      Even the Buddhist monks were against out Cricketers Travelling to India for 2012 IPL 20/20. But Mahela, Malinga,Nuwan Kulasekera, Matthews, Thisara Perera and Sanga went there to gain experience, while not heeding to BBS/Rawaya protests. They were accused of making noney and been selfish.But actually they gathered experience there. Those experience in India IPL with International players and coaches paid them off today. The true heroes of Sri Lanka.

      Sinhala Political “Mottayas” do not understand anything. They are the down fall of Sri Lanka…..the ever famous commission kakkas who work only for commissions.

      This time our team did not have Bad Luck due to absence of………..and they did well. Malinga is truly a Lucky Captain.

      Also our team is united as one, where the two captains are both Sinhala and tamil, Buddhist and Christian and have Muslim Players.

      Our Politikkas should learn from our cricket team.

      Sanga and Mahela should be our Joint Presidents after they retire from cricket..

      Great Guys, keep our country proud.

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    TG:

    Banning in Sri Lanka is immaterial if Those organizations and individuals are not identified as terrorists or such organizations in their countries.

    Read this;

    “Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Palitha Kohona said the proscription of 16 organisations under the UN resolution 1373 which called for international cooperation for suppressing terrorism financing, was what required now after years of patient tolerance of the actions of these fronts.

    Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona

    He however opined that the Sri Lankan ban, to be fully effective, it must be mirrored in the countries where these organisations operate freely. “

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      Palitha Kohonna is guided by uneducated and uncivilised Hambanthota Buffalos.

      Read the following web to see the real reason behind banning them.

      http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14159

      Banning tamil Parties and tamil people is not the way to resolve a 65 year conflict old conflict.

      This is another MR political blundar.How about banning TNA and other tamil political parties in Sri Lanka……

      Learn from our cricket team, and learn to ball Yokers, and wides to win a game and not to hit the Batsman with the ball.Also unity with all minorities helps to solve issues in our country. Not to supress them.

      Mahela and Sanga should lead our country.

      Ants have better brains than

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        ..”banning Tamil parties and Tamil people is not the way to resolve a sixty five year old conflict…”
        Why not?

        Mr Amirthalingam and the TULF MP’s were banned under JRJ’s famous Sixth Amendment for a variety of allegations in the 1980’s.
        Compare to that with this ban.

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      Jim Sooty:

      That is the problem for you lot. Dr. Kohnas plea to the Countries matter has been ignored and instead they now listen to the Organisations that yoiu lot have banned. You cant fool the Countries that matter anymore.

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    We need British Administrators to Govern our country.

    Our Cricket team proved it by winning world 20/20. It is under a British coach.

    Kick out the ever Loss making,currupt Parliament Gon Haraka Leeches, and bring in American, British and Japanese Administrators to run our country.

    They will truly make Sri Lanka a paradise.

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      Are you missing something out from your theory Einstein? English team was also coached by an Englishmen. How did they do?

      If anything born slaves like you and this writer should be kept in the opposition for another decade to make sure the progress we made in irreversible.

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        Liberal One,

        Come on Liberal one. You sound more of a Moron than Liberal. The British team also beat Sri Lanka in the T20 Quarter finals. But due to their over confidence, they lost to Bangladesh.

        You may still could Play your native “Chhk Gudu” or “Pora Pol” or “Elle” “Batta” or “Kavadi”in your home town and leave “Slave Cricket” to the rest of the world to play.

        The ever barkin mottaya’s cannot understand the Reality.

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        Liberal One,

        Do you think getting dow a British coach to train our cricket team is a slavery……

        Our cricket team for ever, trained by either Australian, British or South African coaches.That’s why they win or become Runner up all the time. It is Western coaches with our Players are the best combination.

        Do you think this is slavery……Looks like you are a nut case.

        Pres.Rajapakse also could get the service of some Western Brains or even Japanese Brains and their Scholars to help us administer our country and advise on our Economy. Remember this is 21st Century Globalised World and not tarzan in the Jungle.

        Still it’s not too late to get their advise, before people start eating Grass or Kurakkan roti from Hambanthota.

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          No but claiming that Sri Lanka won because of the English coach and that we should get them to run our country is slavish mindset. Getting down foreign experts is not wrong, even USA does that. But they would never ever suggest to run the country using foreigners. It is time for our elitists left behind by the British to become a little more Sri Lankan. It is 60 odd years already.

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            Liberal One,

            What have the Sinhala Politikkas have done to our country 60 years after Independence.

            They have ruined our country much more than the Western occupiers did. They spread hatred among all communities.

            See what has happened to our economy. All Govt. institutions run with Billions of rupees Loosing. All Govt.Projects are Fake and white elephants to the country.

            The simple analysis is the RAJAPAKSE GOVT.POLITICIANS ARE MERE MUTS WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT DEVELOPMENT, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ECONOMY.

            It’s time to get rid of MUTS and give the country to Intellectuals, just and honest people to govern.

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              Jayantha, please look at literacy rates, child mortality rates, per capita income, live expectancy and any other development index in 1948 in Sri Lanka. You will be pleasantly surprised about the track record of the european occupiers here.

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                This Stupid One is now comparing literacy rates with those of the colonial times!

                Poor ass! He is retreating from one point backwards to another when he falls into the drain every time! What a joke.

                Can’t the Maras find better asses to bray in their defence?

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                Liberal One,

                What surprise you are talking about that I don’t know.

                What Literacy rate we had prior to 1748, 0r 1815 or 1505. Please let me know.

                Who opened Ananda College,Deva Balika, Museus,St.Bridget’s, St.Pauls Milagiriya, Royal Colege, St.Peters, St.Joseph, St. Benedict’s College, Trinity, St.Sebestian, Holy Cross Kalutara, Ave Maria Convent Negombo, St.Patricks Jaffna, Joseph Vaz Wennapuwa, Deva Balika, Good Shepherd convent, St.Mary’s Negombo and Dehiwala,Holy Family, St.Alosyus Galle, Zahira college Gampola Hindu colege Coombo and Jaffna, St Thomas, Public libraries in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna, and Colombo etc,etc….and many more.

                Could you show a single School or Library functioned in Sri Lanka prior your so called “Occupiers” arrived.

                What Child Mortality rate you talk about…….Do you have figurs with you…..
                Who introduced Polio vaccine, Dipthria Vaccine, Yellow fever vaccine, vaccine for Malaria where milions died before, all vitamins and minerals, surgery and x ray, western medicine etc,etc,

                You are another ungrateful crook who do not appreciate what europeans did to Sri Lanka.

                At the moment GOSL spends one hundred million rupees, to put up a one mile road…..and that is also loans from China.

                Can you imagine how much GOSL would have borrowed from Foreign banks to put up all the infstructures icluding Railway, roads,Harbour, airport, all schools,electricity, water, radio stations, theatres,all armed forces and poice Dept. hospitals, churches,Temples, mosques, parliament, all sports including Cricket, soccer, rugby, basket ball,boxing,track an dfield,
                and hotels and rest housre, all plantations and bungalows,Troly busses and transportation systems etc,etc, that Occupiers put up. How much mor it would have cost and borrowed to put up all these…….

                Only thing is…..We did not have white vans then.

                Yes keeping bashing the “occupiers” card, like Politikkas to cover your naked bodies.

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              “See what has happened to our economy” unpatriotically asks this anti-Buddhist, anti-Sinhala brute Jayantha. He must be on Diaspora and LTTE payroll to insult this great country – the Miracle of Asia.

              Why, CDN today says when MR was presented the CBSL Report “claiming” 7% annual growth he had “advised” the economists of the CBSL and the country he wants nothing but growth above this level TILL 2050 repeat 2050. What a wonderful leader and patriotic economist? This must be another world record for Sri Lanka – this time from the wonder family of Medamulana.

              Horikadey

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    TG:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly United We FALL Divided we STAND.
    King MR is going to take the country down the River. He thinks what the Western Countries have called for is a bluff but it is the people who are going to suffer when Sanction begin to bite. The reason why he lost 17 seats ( his support in Colmbo dropped to 45%) is beacuse the educated Sinhalese and those who stand to lose most now realize that the King is a liabilty and they know whe he is taking the Country.
    His fate has been sealed. He is sliding down a slippery slope and you cant defy gravity.

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      ” MR is going to take the country down the River “

      I doubt that the person who liberated the country from long standing Tamil terrorism is seeking that end. The fact remains that he democratically won the recent provincial elections, polling more than all of the opposition parties put together.
      Never let it be said that ONLY what the 4% of the population living in the northen province wants is all that matters in Sri Lankan politics.

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        Ram You Sinkalam,

        The so called Man who Liberated you lot is going to plunge you into DARKNESS when the Sanctions begin to bite. If you are outside the country and working for the Diaspora ( Sam Chicken) you are alright. But if you are in Sinhala Lank you will drawing your last Salary in a few months time. A Country richer than you are Iran was brought to its Knees by the West. Russia the Super Power is going to go face the wrath of the West.

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          kalistani

          “Russia the Super Power is going to go face the wrath of the West.”

          Could you give a date and time.

          You have a very good chance of becoming MR’s court astrologer if not the court clown.

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    Banning these organisations is only effective within this country, whereas the tit for tat response of naming war criminals will have international ramifications. So guess who will finally be at the receiving end? As the President rightly said, ‘People in Glass Houses should not throw stones’. Is this the idea of Geneva Loser Pumbaya or Goebbels Reincarnate?

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