17 October, 2021

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The Option Is On The Table, Yet The Voice Is Yours

By Anura Kumara Dissanayake

Anura Kumara Dissanayake- The JVP leader

Due to the prevailing COVID pandemic in the country, whilst adhering to quarantine laws, I thought fit to address you all through this webinar. In the circumstance, I humbly invite you to share these ideas as much as possible with others.

Many years of untold sufferings have made the masses to get fed up with the system, instilling a general notion in the minds of people that “Politics is not for us”. Today, people have lost faith in the successive governments that had ruled for over 70 years. They have come to realize that “if we they toil and earn something on their own, they could make ends meet” without depending on others or the government. Another section of the society is gripped with uncertainty about the future of their children. Therefore, the parents are encouraging their children to leave the country to seek greener pastures. A golden opportunity is on the cards for a new alternative political and economic journey towards prosperity.

Disastrous Consequences of Economic Policies

The economic policies implemented since mid 70s have brought nothing but disaster to our country. They followed the dogmatic principle of economic prosperity through competitiveness between supply and demand. Most of the state-owned economic institutions were either closed down or sold. The handloom industry, Embilipitiya Paper Corporation and Kantale sugar factory including the machinery therein were sold as scrap iron for a mere pittance. A total of 449 plantations were given over to private companies in 1992. All profit-making plantations were thus given over to private companies and government retained only a few plantations which were running at a loss. Today, we get only 1/4 of the harvest which we got in 1992. At that time, the harvest was about 900-1000 kg per acre.

Strongholds of power, finance and services were given up by the government. As a result, the state income started to drop. In 1960s the state income was 20% of the GDP in 1980 it dropped to 19%. In 2000, it was 16%, in 2010 was 12% while in 2020 for the first time in the history of the country, it showed a drastic drop of 9%. In the face of this vast decline, it became imperative that we obtain huge loans to cover the daily expenses. In 1952 we had borrowed only Rs.1 billion. In 1972 it was 10 billion and in 1999 it was close upon 1000 billion. In 2017 the figure was 10,000 billion while by the end of 2020 it had risen to about 15,000 billion. This figure which was 1 billion in 1952 has risen to 15,000 billion today.

Today, as a nation, we are entrapped in loans and faced with the problem of repayment. Last year the whole state income was 1367 billion, but the loan instalment and the interest were more than 1900 billion. The entire state income is insufficient to repay the loan instalment and the interest.

As a result of our economic policies, productions slowed down, our share in the world market was diminishing fast. In 1950’s our share in the world market was 0.5%. That means from a transaction of 200$ in the world market we would get 1$ but by 2020 this has reduced to 0.05%, accordingly we would earn 1$ only through a world transaction of 2000$. Can this downward decline of our share in the world market be considered successful? Today, we have to import a portion of our needs. In 1950 our country received a profit of Rs.50 million through exports. The export earnings were Rs.50 million more than the expenditure on imports. In 1976 after various increases our foreign earnings stood at 40 million. Anyway in 2018 the loss in profit has increased to about 10,000 million.  Last year it was around 6000 million. Can this state of affairs be called successful?

The rupee depreciates fast. In 1950s’, 1$ was Rs. 4.77. In 1976 it was Rs.8.88. In 2015 it was 131. At present we are compelled to pay Rs. 206. The loss in production, diminishing of the world market share, decrease in our export earnings including increase in expenditure has contributed to the downfall of the rupee. All these data show how unsuccessful our economic policies have been during the past seven decades.

What is more, the incumbent rulers on the 5th May, several cabinet papers which are detrimental to the country were presented. Udaya Gammanpila in the guise of nationalism brought in a cabinet paper to sell the remaining state shares of the power sector. According to the amendment to the Petroleum act, only refining of crude oil is left to the cooperation. Accordingly at present, neither a company nor a joint venture is permitted to engage in oil refining. Therefore, the new amendment to the Petroleum Cooperation act recommends that this permission should be granted. A cabinet paper has been approved to hand over the functions of refining, blending, distribution and import of oil to the private sector. The related act is to be presented to the parliament and they are ready to relinquish the state monopoly of the Petroleum Cooperation.

On 5th May a proposal was brought to establish a new company by the name of “Selindiva” to sell the old buildings of immense antique value. Cabinet approval had been obtained to sell 1.58 acres where the Grand Oriental Hotel is located, 0.75 acres where the Gafoor Building is located, 1.5 acres where the Foreign Ministry is located, 0.51 acres of the General Post Office building and land, 1.37 acres of the Water’s Edge Development project, 5 acres land encompassing the International Coordinating center KKS Jaffna. Further, the Hilton Hotel and the Grand Hyatt center are to be sold. On the other hand, deforestation and selling prime forest lands too is on the cards. Handing over of 700 acres of land from Muthurajawela forest too is a part of this deal. In addition Mahinda Rajapakse had submitted a cabinet paper to sell the 42 acre land where the Welikada prison complex is situated.

Pawning Our Geography Strategic Positioning

Myopic vision has made our rulers to mess up and underestimate the importance of our strategic location in the Indian Ocean. In fact, we are a tiny island nation with a population of little more than 2 billion living in a land area of 65, 610 km2. Sri Lanka is located in a central point that falls along the maritime network of India, Europe, Australia, and the Far East. Approximately, 36,000 ships ply the maritime route network. 30% of the world trade takes place in and around harbours located in Indian Ocean, including Port of Colombo which is ranked the 24th among top harbours in the world.

In 2005, Sri Lanka obtained a loan of 400 million USD to build the western breakwater/dock of the port. Thereafter East terminal, West terminal and South terminal were built. But the Rajapaksha regime wrote off the West terminal to a Chinese company. They have invested around 500 USD in our ports to handle 38% of its operations, whereas we have spent 1300 USD to build a port in Hambanthota where no ships are arriving. Moreover, the East terminal of the ports of Colombo was safeguarded after much lobbying by trade unions, various professional, societal and political movements, but the government opted to sign a 35 year lease agreement to lease the West terminal to Adani group of India with 49% share, where only 36% and 15% of shares were retained with John Keels Group and the Ports Authority respectively.

Grappling With the Pandemic

At a time when the entire country is afflicted with Covid-19, speculation is rife about government discrepancies and shady deals in the imports of antigen kits, lab instruments and a vaccine scandal purportedly paying 5 dollars more than a particular country, when importing vaccines from China.7 million vaccines are to be imported at this price. Corruption is at its worse, even at the expense of human suffering due to Covid-19. Entire quarantine process has now become a business venture. Overseas work force now returning home is made to pay through their nose for their quarantine in hotels. Adding insult to the injury, the government is planning to import 227 vehicles (Prado) for MPs amidst the current economic downturn and severe pandemic situation. How on earth can the rulers resort to purchasing of new vehicles at a time like this?

Underutilized Human Capitol

Some reports indicate that we have 3 million overseas workforce. Whilst some reports indicate about 2.5 million work force. However, this can estimated to be around 2 million. They remit only 7.8 billion USD. Most of our work force is being sent overseas to fill in vacancies in the lower category job market. A handful of foreigners who work in Sri Lanka receive at least 1000 million USD from Sri Lanka. On the contrary, our massive overseas work force brings us revenue of only 7800 million USD.

Now the people of the country have two options before them to choose from as far as the economy is concerned. Although Gotabaya Rajapaksa comes with his nationalistic approach, or Ranil Wickramasinghe with his neo liberal policies, or Sajith Premadasa comes with his social welfare schemes, all have the same instinct to continue with the same policy. People placed high hopes on the incumbent president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. But he has also marching towards the end of his political journey as an unsuccessful monarch. Therefore, please do not handover this country to individual magicians. Building a nation is a collective process.

Today we are at the crossroads between a perilous path that you took for the last 70 years and a safe and secure path full of solutions. Should you wish to choose the road full of solutions, we implore you to join us to open up new vistas. Looking forward for the second part of the seminar in which solutions will be discussed

*Excerpts from the online seminar JVP 2021-06-06 at JVP head office Battaramulla by Anura Kumara Dissanayake

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    At a time when the entire country is afflicted with Covid-19,

    Severe floods that struck Bangladesh during the last week of June 2020 WITH Bangladesh suffers from lack of qualified people for industries, NOW readymade garments has been a forerunner which flourished, Bangladesh earns main from apparel industries The industry is the world’s second largest after China’s. the government has managed the crisis well, with appropriate economic stimulus and social protection measures.

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      Yep, appropriate Socialistic response.

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    “The rupee depreciates fast. In 1950s’, 1$ was Rs. 4.77. In 1976 it was Rs.8.88. “
    At the time the Rupee was pegged to Pound Sterling and later to a basket of currencies. So part of it was due to the USD appreciating against GBP. (The rate held at GBP=2.8000 USD between 1950 and 1966. Then it declined to 1.7969 in 1976, a drop by a third, but recovered to better than 2.0 by 1979 and fluctuated wildly for over a decade.
    The first big fall was with the FEECS system introduced under the UNP (1966-70) making it an unofficial 60% depreciation, which was formalised in the 1970s..
    So the figures given by AKD only represent the UNP devaluation and the depreciation of the GBP.
    *
    There was strict (really a little too strict) foreign currency control between 1970 and 1977. Felix Dias B was finance minister after Dr NM quit. I 1976-77 he even resisted IMF pressure to devalue and briefly ‘revalued’ the Rupee’.
    *
    The free fall started after 1978.

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      FEECS was brain child of NM not UNP it has nothing to do with free fall. Until 1978 we were in closed economy. Govt controlled everything that is why it kept steady. Our export import was not indicated.
      As AKD rightly said ruppee depreciated right throughout but never like in two years under war criminal and a thief Nandasena

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        D
        Check it out.
        I was abroad before the UF was elected to power in 1970. FEECS was there during that period. Many paid FEECS to buy foreign currency. Students were among exempted categories.
        The free fall was after the opening-up of the economy.

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        D
        Check it out.
        I was abroad for a few years before the UF was elected to power in 1970. FEECS was introduced during that period. Many paid FEECS to buy foreign currency. Students were among the exempted.
        The free fall began after the opening-up of the economy.
        The climb was nearly exponential from 1978 onward (but for a brief dip around 2010).
        See graph in
        https://www.ft.lk/columns/Fate-of-the-rupee-Culprit-is-untamed-inflation-and-budget-deficits-not-COVID-19/4-698194
        I agree that the past two years have been terrible.

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      SJ

      “The first big fall was with the FEECS system introduced under the UNP (1966-70)”

      The Foreign Exchange Entitlement Certificate Scheme (FEECS) was introduced in May 1968. Misused by Weeping Widow and her merry men subsequently abolished in 1977 just after UNP was elected.

      “Felix Dias B was finance minister after Dr NM quit.”

      Mismanagement of Economy resulted in stagflation between 1970 and 1977.
      Investment hit rock bottom between the corresponding period.

      NM Didn’t quit he was summarily sacked.

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    Anura Kumara the Leftist commie loser. Failed leftist Marxist policies held back Sri Lanka’s economic prosperity for the past 70 years. Government need to get rid of leftist policies as quickly as possible to move forward. Sinhala-Buddhism combined with a capitalist economic model would be the right way forward for Sri Lanka. Marxism is good for losers.

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      Andare 2.0

      “Failed leftist Marxist policies held back Sri Lanka’s economic prosperity for the past 70 years.”

      When did commie or leftist Marxist rule this island?
      Red shirt, red flag, …. alone don’t make parties commies or leftist Marxists.

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    Mr.AKD
    Country started its decline from the day of independence,
    When we started with Racism depriving the citizenship of Estate workers who were the mainstay of our Economy.
    We continued it in 1956 by sinhala only. In 1958 by state supported Riots in 1971 by language based standardization for university entrance. 1n 1977 and 1983 state sponsored riots and continued massacre of Tamil minority.
    In 2009 committing crime against humanity and continued structural Genocide.
    Then started with Muslims and when Nandasena got Saharan to carry Easter bombing we went and hammered innocent Muslims.

    If you want to salvage this country your first solution should be towards this. In your problems of the country you did not mention 25% of government budget goes to Armed forces. Only politician who has said that should be reduced to 5% is Nagananda.
    Be truthful and sincere MrAKD. Do not build on racist Foundation. Follow Lionel Bopage

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      Akd – ” you did not mention 25% of the government budget goes to Armed forces…”

      Can we the SB voters know the % from the budget to this lot?
      President .. GR
      Def.Minister.. GR
      P.M. M R
      F.M M.R
      Urban Devel. M M R
      Home Minister M R
      Bud,& Cul. Minister MR
      Irrigation Min. CR
      State Min. Defence C R
      ” ” Disaster Mng C R
      ” ” Home C R
      Youth & Sports Min N R
      State min.digital dev N R
      Rural Developm. Nipuna Ranawaka
      Ms Chief of Staff Yos. R
      Dir. Aviation Co./Airport: F-in-L of N R
      ” ” ” ” M-in-L of Roh.R

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      Dilshan,
“When we started with Racism depriving the citizenship of Estate workers”
—
This has nothing to do with racism. Millions of Demala coolies were brought by British and abandoned them in Sinhale making them Stateless. Sinhalayo were under no obligation to give citizenship to people brought by colonial rulers.
******
“We continued it in 1956 by sinhala only.”
—-
Sinhala, which is the language of Native Sinhalayo was the official language of Sinhale before British changed that and made English the official language. So, what is wrong with reversing the decision taken by British after Sinhalayo became a free nation?
*****
“In 1958 by state supported Riots”
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1958 riot was started by Tamils in Yapanaya by attacking Sinhalayo after the Government decided to change the English letters in car number plates to a Sinhala letter. Tamils had no problem with the letters of the colonial rulers but did not want to accept a Sinhala letter.
      *****
“in 1971 by language based standardization for university entrance.”
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Standardization was not a racially motivated policy. It was introduced for the benefit of students from areas where education facilities were poor. That policy helped Tamils from the East to enter universities. Sinhala students in Colombo also got affected with that policy.


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        Do not behave like authors of Majawamsa twisting history.
        Everybody knows how SWRD stated 58 riots. Good account of it is in Emergency 58 By Tarzi Vitachi the fly by Night
        Standardization In 1971 three ot 88 Tamil students.
        Do not twist history to suit Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalism the curse of this country

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          Standardization in 1971 threw out 88 Tamil students

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    Nobody is perfect under the Sun, the past is just learning book for the future. For the sake of our Mother Land and hers children, let build our young generations. They are our future and hope….make the education the most important Step in them and make them it’s compulsory. By the age of 16 every young should know what is his or her future. With the holistic approach and with compassion and love, committed and dedicated souls in place.

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    JVP is the only salvation we have. Anura Kumara, Vijitha Herath, Handunhetti etc all graduates and highly committed and shown exemplenary behaviour. However, JVP must also change with time. Admit publicly 1971 and 1988 insurections were mistakes and they were driven that way as JR banned the JVP. Also strict communism has failed. Entire Soviet system and China with old style central planning failed. China growth and Russia revival due to accepting free market economy. All state owned companies have failed. Need to follow a socialist – market economy approach. CEB, CPC , CTB, Railways etc are a major drain on the economy. Follow the Singapore TAMESEK model. All assets ownerd by Government, but managed by professional managers. No political interference.

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    What is the option do we have,just follow the devils.people are fleeing ,
    People like Sanakiyan have to come forward and work for the course of the whole masses,to do that break the marriage of Sam and Suman.
    Rather than Ganapilla should bring the motion against Govnt should be secret ballot not reveal the names,

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    Can’t get away from the numbers can we? They speak louder than all the words that try to circumvent and justify the failure of capitalistic greed – Lankan style.
    *
    Greater Socialism of the type of Sirimavo’s would have weathered all global currency fluctuations,  kept ethnicities productive in their farmlands and fishing grounds, and guided Sinhala-Buddhism to work for the suffering masses.

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    Everyone talks of “History……History……….History” and even AKD. Do we talk about what we want? Whenever JVP talks of “History” PLUS what we must do, the opposition again hits at it with “History” dating back to 1971 and the mayhem generated thereafter. That “History” remains the only attack against JVP and all that they want to do to face the “Present” and “Future” are blackened and made to throw away. Who does this? This must be answered by the people.

    The above “Perception”(historical) injected and embedded in the minds of the people is not “Identified” and the ways and means of “Eradicating” it too have not been addressed by JVP. The net result, JVP has come down to “3%”.

    We NEED an “ALTERNATIVE”. The present JVP made a “MOVE” and that is named “National Peoples Power” “NPP”, with a new symbol ” Malima”. I can’t understand, having contested the last General Election under “NPP” why, this “NEW FRONT” is not planted in the minds and hearts of people. If this “NPP”, with NEW faces, is not “OFFERED” to people as the NEXT BEST ALTERNATIVE, with a comprehensive “Policy” and most importantly an “ACTION PLAN”( on the Economy, Education, Health, Agriculture & Industry) Mr. AKD, I have to say “SORRY” to you and JVP.

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    Dilshan, You say quite rightly that this country needs to be salvaged from racism. Chamuditha interview with engineer working in France is a classic example of how our debts can be reduced by allowing diaspora to invest in this country. Why is Sinhala Buddhism with such an overwhelming majority and including corrupt and murderous political outfit, so insecure about the tamil community. The wise thing to do is to accept their help and also get rid of any international pressure exerted on Sri Lanka, as diaspora after all have their roots here. Terrorism had to be defeated we agree, but young diaspora earn money unlike our jobless parasitic families, and are ready to help. Its almost suicidal to be arrogant and not receive diaspora investments and get out of debt. Why crazily sell all to China with disaster to future generations. Port City could sink and be destroyed like history of Tyre. Sangha needs English to go international.

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      davidthegood,
      That will be a great opportunity for Tamil Diaspora and LTTE guys to convert their ‘Black Money’ earned from human trafficking, drug business, arms sales, credit card scams to ‘White Money’.
      —-
      “Its almost suicidal to be arrogant and not receive diaspora investments and get out of debt.”

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        Eagle Eye, I said earlier that diaspora educated earned much white money which they could bring here and we could pay off debts. Any having LTTE black money here even if confiscated will only get robbed somewhere down the line and we can’t pay our debt.

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    This is a thoughtful essay. clearly the slide from prosperity to the bottom has been outlined and the reasons identified. Neo-liberalism and crony capitalism have proved to be failures. They were accompanied by spiralling corruption. the Rajapakse years saw the rise of populism and the groups of newly rich as well as the army having an interlude which led to further bankruptcy and selling of the family farms to the Chinese. They have no firm politicise to offer. In addition, there is the pandemic driving the people to despair. You cannot shoot the virus. The army’s ineffectiveness and GR’s incompetence as a manager are on display. But, does AKD provide an alternative. He and his outfit are the only honest politicians left in the country but the past of the JVP remains to create doubts. Do let us know what firm policies you have to offer.

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    We won’t be able to bring our rulers from ‘Heaven’ and have to be satisfied with the ones we already have. No point in finding fault with each and everybody. Need at the moment, is all anti-Rajapakse parties join and contest all future elections as one entity by nominating the best from each party as candidates. We should know who the ‘Podu Sathura’ – ‘Common enemy’ is and come together to chase it out of politics and if possible, from the country.

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    Mr.Nagananda Kodittuwaku working so hard and expose the corruption, how the people are misguided and giving wrong information etc he needs back up,all of us have to unite and make change,people are trapped,and scared brought Ranjan Ramanayaka for.check up to reminds people watch your steps ,swarm Harin’s residence to shows despite the covid their radar is still active.
    All communities have to unite and treat all are lankans.
    We could see how the law works the guy asked released mayor “Dan sapada”was arrested and on bail.

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    I have much respect for AKD as the competent opposition holding the govt accountable but at the end of the day, it is not enough as long as there are blind faith Sinhala Buddhist supremacists living in denial.

    Does AKD now admit that the socialist regime of Sirima was a failure, which, in fact, was the birth of nepotism & cronyism & the country going backwards economically? Then there are rumours of AKD’s own unaccounted wealth. Anyway, hat off for AKD for standing up against the current regime, so, in these hard times, lets start with the JVP refusing the new SUVs for their elected members & proposing reforms in Parliament to reduce the numbers & abolish perks, like generous pensions, number of bodyguards, etc etc & the wealth of those entering parliament (including that of their extended family) disclosed & available for public scrutiny. Then there is incompetence & corruption that even amounts to treason. Will such people be made accountable in a court of law if the JVP ever comes to power? So before I give my whole hearted support, lets see your proposals because critical evaluation of facts we already know of (maybe not in detail) only makes it more depressing without an action plan.

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    The gist of what Anura says cannot be disputed. The complete switch over to a market economy has been a failure (except for the interests of big capital). The plans of this government to sell off valuable land and resources is dangerous – I foresee buyers as both domestic and foreign big money. The government is in turmoil, it just doesn’t know what it is doing. Though the JVP still has only three seats in parliament, and though it has made mistakes – big ones – in the past, as it matures in the coming years it must be given the opportunity to govern. It is 100% free of corruption, utterly serious minded (maybe too much so, since except Harini few have a lively sense of humour) and is eager to learn and improve. It is open minded enough to note the necessary balances between state- direction and entrepreneurial capital, and understands the well managed role of FDI in the 21st C.

    The JVP must step forward and speak boldly to the Sinhala people (and Tamils) on the National Question. Be fearless, the people will listen to you and trust you! It will be different from the way they think about all the other pariah dogs floating around in politics.

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      Dear EKD,
      I do not doubt your sincerity but to say :
      …. It (JVP) is 100% free of corruption…. needs a comeback.
      Well I am not sure. I have in times past voted JVP but since 2019, I have had other ideas.
      JVP is not that virtuous.
      Please listen :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYxRNekhhTc&t=1504s
      Politics in SL is a game with one idea – fool the people. Without exception every party, North East West and South included.
      We need a system change. But the big question – Are we as a Nation ready. Even the so called “intellectuals” are mostly not national minded enough but quite happy not to rock the boat but see what they can get out of it. What can you expect of the “hoi polloi”.

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    I stumble onto this …… for me, it was a source of some info on SL’s past history …….. some of you might find it interesting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ittw-iRHB3M

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    The best characteristic of the best governments/democracies around the world, is high turnover of leaders. When leaders lose, they go into retirement or into another vocation/career.

    In SL – and many other unsuccessful countries/governments – they hang around like a bad smell.

    At this juncture, it’s hard to trust any Lankan politician ……. but feel, to break away from the SLFP/UNP two-party alternate governments of the past …….. the JVP deserves a chance. Of late, they have been fighting for the right causes.


    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

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      nimal fernando,
      Did Winston Churchill do that?
      —-
      When leaders lose, they go into retirement or into another vocation/career.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “Did Winston Churchill do that?”

        No between 1951 and 1955 he was wheeled out occasionally to warn/threaten the iron curtain and red menace . Soon you are going to wheel out Mahinda and Gota, both look and behave sickly to threaten the people of this island with Asgiria’s blessings.

        Is HLD M still sitting on your head?

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      nimal fernando

      ““The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

      When did you start plagiarising Einstein’s brilliant quotes?
      Its alright we know you didn’t mean to.
      Take care

      Please read:
      Sri Lanka shuffles senior health official after Rajapaksa reveals wrong COVID-19 death figures
      https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2021/jun/19/sri-lanka-shuffles-senior-health-official-after-rajapaksa-reveals-wrong-covid-19-death-figures-2318540.html

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    Muslims and Tamilians never vote for JVP. So the JVP can only get Sinhala votes. In order to win Sinhala votes, JVP will have to fight against Rajapaksas and Sajith which is impossible because Sinhala people vote for multi-ethnic political parties (UNP, SLPP).
    Unlike Tamilians and Muslims, Sinhalese do not vote for mono ethnic parties.
    Few Sinhalese do not like multi-ethnic parties. They vote for Sinhala nationalist parties.
    JVP is neither!
    That is why JVP fails.

    JVP should first get sizable Muslim and Tamilian votes. Then convince Sinhala voters who love harmony to vote for the JVP. They too will vote.

    Or the JVP should become a Sinhala nationalist party like it was from 1994 to 2004 increasing 1 seat to 39 seats in 10 years.

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    This country was ruined by:
    • Marxist politicians who encouraged workers to strike instead of working.
    • JVP led by megalomaniac Rohana Wijeweera
    • Racist separatist politicians who promoted terrorism to grab a part of the country of Native Sinhalayo to create a separate State
    • LTTE Tamil terrorists led by megalomaniac Velupillai Prabhakaran who massacred Sinhalayo for three decades
    • Wahhabi Muslim extremists who resorted to terrorism
    • Muslim politicians who directly or indirectly supported Muslim extremists

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      Are you suffering from amnesia?
      Have you forgiven or forgotten the following:

      Malayali immigrants brought by Dutch to work on Tobacco farms in the North?
      Dutch
      Portuguese
      Brits
      Pandyas
      Cholas
      Chelva
      Amirthalingam
      Sambandan
      C V Wigneshwaran
      Vellalas
      ….
      …..
      Somawansa

      Don’t be stupid, Velupillai Prabhakaran fought to preserve this island’s sovereignty against invading IPKF, protected Premadasa, helped Mahinda win two elections and a war, and accumulate enormous wealth and power, brought in his clan to enjoy power with impunity, …………………..

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      Dear EE
      These are aftereffects only.
      The real cause was the politicians wrongdoings, and thirst for power and greed to loot.

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      Eagle Eye, We’ve got to leave the past behind and take some small steps. Huge action plans have deceived us as they are just lies. A journey begins with one step at a time and a wrong step can be corrected unlike the confusion which follows deceptive large action plans. AKD seems to talk sense now

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    Pawning Our Geography Strategic Positioning

    Myopic vision has made our rulers to mess up and underestimate the importance of our strategic location in the Indian Ocean.

    *** I have always said Sri Lalnkas Sovereignty is limited to Indias Security. Modi has finally woken up to the dangers posed by Chinese encroachment and Colinisation of Sri Lanka by China. Through the Indian Navy Comander he delivered the following message in an article in todays news. ” The Commander said we will not be taken by surprise and India is currently closely watching the Chinese involvement in Sri Lanka and Indian Navy is patroling the Island Nations Coastal waters and ready anytine to intervene. Make no mistake the impending ” MILITARY PRESENCE.” Sinhala Lanka becomes n Indian Colony.

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    Let us bury the hatchet and march forward! Let bygones be bygones! It is no use crying over spilt milk. Let us toe the line with AKD and rid our country from all forms of corruption and strive to clear the 70 odd year mess despite all odds to develop our country. Lost time is never found again.

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