1 June, 2020

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The President In The Pandemic

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“…by tomorrow, everything will already look different; by tomorrow, everything will already feel different.” ~ Viktor Klemperer (The Language of the Third Reich)

It was October 1348. Bubonic plague, known to posterity as the Black Death, was sweeping across Europe. In Geneva, a man by the name of Agimet was arrested and made to sign a confession (he was twice ‘put to torture a little’, according to official documents). In his torture-propelled confession, Agimet says he poisoned wells to spread plague among gentiles, at the urging of a rabbi. For Agimet was Jewish. And the witch-hunt against him was an early step in the scapegoating of Jews for the emerging pestilence.

The threat of the plague was a common one, then as now. Instead of facing it together, a terrified Christian majority was driven by ignorance and fear to turn on a religious minority. As historian Norman Cantor points out in his In the Wake of the Plague, Jewish communities in Europe were labelled plague carriers and accused of deliberately sowing the seeds of plague among Christians. The fake news and hate mongering gave rise to a wave of pogroms against Jews. Long after Black Death became a distant memory, anti-Semitism continued to plague Europe.

 The reverberations of that history can be felt today as a new pandemic sweeps across the world. In India, “the mainstream media has incorporated the Covid story into its 24/7 toxic anti-Muslim campaign, writes Arundathi Roy in her essay, The Pandemic is a Portal. “The overall tone suggests that Muslim invented the virus and have deliberately spread it as a form of Jihad” (Financial Times – 3.4.2020).

A similar campaign of anti-Muslim hysteria is gathering pace here in Sri Lanka. Online commentators accuse Muslims of birthing the virus and call Muslim patients ‘suicide bombers’, while the government looks the other way.

When several Sri Lankan returnees from Italy tried to escape quarantine, the government and the media very correctly refrained from mentioning either their race or religion. But this correct practice was cast into the four winds last week by the head of the presidential taskforce against covid-19, army commander Shavendra Silva. Appearing on Hiru TV in mufti, the general said, “Yesterday a patient was discovered from Akurana… Then we discovered another person from Puttlam. He has also associated with a lot of people. He is a Muslim. In both places they are Muslims”  

That gratuitous mention of the religion of two patients signalled a policy of open sesame on racism. In the now infamous Derana video clip, Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage follows in the boot-steps of the army commander, saying. “…today 20 patients were identified. Of these, 19 were of Muslim faith. 19!” The two opposition members on the panel, representing the JVP and Sajith Premadasa’s breakaway group, Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) say nothing to counter the minister’s hate speech. 

Since then, a few oppositional politicians – notably Mangala Samaraweera and Karu Jayasuriya – have condemned the hate campaign against Muslims. The UNP too has issued a statement against ongoing attempts to instigate racial and religious divisions. But the government remains unapologetic and unrepentant. A student and a doctor have been arrested, according to media reports, for claiming that a special ward has been set aside in a military hospital for VIP patients. But those who try to ignite communal unrest in the midst of a deadly pandemic remain above the law. 

The few countries which have managed to contain the virus, notably Taiwan, South Korea, and Iceland, have done so by using aggressive and widespread testing. Test 0 Trace – Test has been their operating principle. According to the GMOA, though Sri Lanka has the capacity to test 750 to 1000 people a day, less than 250 are being tested (Lanka News Web – 5.4.2020). All Ceylon Medical Officials Association (ACOMA) has questioned the quality of the protective clothing provided to those at the frontline of the battle, doctors and other medical workers. 

The government is cracking down on critics. It is allowing racism a free rein. But it seems to be failing in the cardinal task of making tests as widespread and as frequent as possible. Connect the dots, and what emerges is a ruling cabal that is prioritising its narrow political agenda even in a time of national and global disaster.

The unpardonable pardon and the impunity virus

On the sixth day of the curfew, the president set free a convicted killer. 

Army sergeant Sunil Rathnayake was found guilty of murdering eight people; that’s three more deaths than the virus has caused so far. “All the eight deceased persons had sustained the identical fatal injury, a cut on the neck inflicted from behind, as disclosed by the medical evidence,” wrote Justice Buvaneka Aluvihare in the Supreme Court judgment that confirmed Sunil Rathnayake’s murder conviction. Amongst those whose throats were slit from behind was a five year old child. The toddler had accompanied his father, two brothers (aged 13 and 15) and other adults (all of them war-displaced civilians) in their fatal journey to their original village of Mirusuvil. As they were about to leave, writes Justice Aluvihare, the toddler saw a guava tree full of ripe fruits. He begged for some fruits. The group stopped to pluck the fruits. That was when the killers arrived.

What kind of leader would pardon such a killer? What kind of a future can the country expect from such a leader?

What adds to the shame and exacerbates the shock of this pardon is its timing. The pandemic should have put a stop to politics as usual. Instead, the president is using the pandemic to advance his own political agenda. 

When the pardoned killer emerged from the prison, his welcoming party was headed by none other than retired major general and defence secretary Kamal Gunaratne. That presence was as symbolic as the pardon itself because it gave to the pardon the final ideological imprimatur. This was no isolated act, it said, but an integral component of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa political project.

No crime is a crime in my service, the pardon says. Loyalty sanctifies every action, turning even the most heinous murder into an act of heroism. 

Impunity is your inalienable right if you are a true believer, the pardon says. If you remain true to me, the pardon says, I will save you from the consequences of your action, be they official or unofficial.

Barbarism is heroism, the pardon says, and blood lust is patriotism. 

When the sole survivor of the massacre made his complaint, the military did not try to suppress it. On the contrary, the witness was taken seriously, given protection, and the investigation conducted with no loss of time, initially by the military police under the direction of Major Sydney Soyza. If the crime symbolised the dark side of the military, the effort to uncover it and hold the guilty to account indicated that there was another side too, one of honour and decency, of a basic sense of justice, and of compassion. With this pardon, the president has placed his stamp of approval not on those within the military who saw the cold blooded murder of eight civilians as a crime but on those who committed, approved or excused that crime. The pardon will rebound even on those Sinhalese who are indifferent to it or are elated by it – because it also paves the way to two, three, many Rathupaswalas. 

The Mirusuvil case was prosecuted by the AG’s Department. Sgt. Rathnayake was convicted after a trial at bar. The conviction in its most critical parts was upheld by a five judge bend of the Supreme Court, unanimously. 

With the pardon, the judicial system is told that the rule of law is dead, and the law of the ruler predominates. The judiciary can do its best, but the executive will turn all that work into nothing. 

The shameful and shaming silence on the part of Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa and the JVP about this heinous pardon demonstrates that in the oppositional space, cowardice and opportunism prevail. 

The virus of impunity took a great leap forward with the unpardonable pardoning of convicted murderer Army Sgt. Sunil Ratnayake. The pandemic it will birth will flourish long after the horrors of Covid-19 have become nothing but a memory. 

Flouting the law; disembowelling the constitution

Sri Lanka Disaster Management Act, No. 13 of 2005 mandates the setting up of a National Council for Disaster Management, a non-partisan entity to deal with national emergencies. According to the Act, the members of this council should include the president, the prime minister, leader of opposition, 25 subject ministers and five members of the opposition nominated by the Speaker.

Had the parliament not been dissolved, the president would have been bound by law to appoint such a council to handle the pandemic threat. In the absence of a sitting parliament, the president has been able to deal with the pandemic unilaterally. And the result of this unilateralism, of one-man leadership, has not been positive. 

First the president ignored the possibility of the pandemic grabbing us by the throat, and dissolved the parliament, even though the parliament could have continued till August. Then he refused to listen to voices of reason, especially from the medical community, and adopted a politics as usual attitude. The task force he appointed to deal with the virus held televised meetings where members practiced the opposite of social distancing, sitting shoulder to shoulder. The president told the SAARC leaders that he will go ahead with the election and said that 28 Covid-19 patients is no reason to close down the country. 

Once the nomination was complete, he took a great leap in the opposite direction and imposed a country wide curfew. By maintaining and lifting the curfew in an arbitrary manner, he worsened public fears to the point of mindless panic.

Now he is paving the way for a constitutional crisis by refusing to rescind the gazette and re-summon the parliament.

In the early days, when the taskforce meetings acted as if it was some sort of daily show, a participant suggested handing the country over to the military for the duration of the pandemic. The president gave his signature laugh and said ‘I’d like to.’ 

A few days later he appointed another retired military man as the governor of the Western Province. Now some of his supporters are claiming that he can postpone the election at will, with no mandate from the judiciary, until the crisis is over. If the president follows this advice, Lankan democracy will be the most tragic victim of the pandemic.

The managing director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, has warned that the pandemic has created an economic crisis like no other. One of the deadliest outcomes of the pandemic in Sri Lanka would be the creation of a class of new poor as the loss of livelihood and income forces a segment of the lower middle class to slip into poverty. Despair and anger are likely to be the dominant features in the mindset of this class. The recent actions of the government cannot but give rise to the fear that the rulers intend to use minorities as scapegoats, to divert and pacify the Sinhala members of this new poor. 

A Brazilian billionaire flew about in his private jet, meeting people, socialising with them, after he was tested positive for the virus. His crime does not belong to his community. It is his alone. The crime of a Sinhalese is not a Sinhala crime. The crime of a Tamil is not a Tamil crime. The crime of a Muslim is not a Muslim crime.

The narrative of this or that minority furthering the pandemic might help the government in its power project, but it will condemn Sri Lanka to a future of endless societal violence. 

Pandemics have always given birth to change. The world after a pandemic was never the world that prevailed before. If the signals emanating from the government are anything to go by, our post-pandemic future is likely to be one of racial violence and tyranny. Understanding that danger and confronting it is as important as doing everything possible to defeat the pandemic.

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  • 14
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    ‘What kind of leader would pardon such a killer?’

    The same kind that pardoned thousands of LTTE killers.

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      Down playing the pandemic and controlling and manipulating the statistics and flow of information will make the government both unpopular amongst the citizens and ruin the reputation of our country internationally…

      This distortion of reality will only make the situation in the country worse.

      Most of the developed world are releasing accurate data and are sharing pandemic responses with each other to have the most efficient response formulated and implemented…

      Hiding and manipulating data, information and downloading the situation helps no one…

    • 8
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      Barbarian leaders would never have human faces. That they proved until 2015, nevertheless this country is filled with rascals of Pasqual nature, that would go on licking the balls fo Rajapaksehs for their own survivial.
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      Just imagine, how they Rajaksehs now make the use of the time for promotion of their SLPP while the people are caught by all the unexpected. As had been then, the same mistake is being repeated, when distributing so called AIDs to the people as if those came from THEIR family savings. Only SLPP supporters are given while others not. They should have the last brain cells to see, that all are met with the CORONA crisis when the shops and other markets are closed right at the moment.
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      This they should be clear, PEOPLE be aware, that ONLY human faced govt could give you more concessions as had been upto last Nov 2019. Now, you are caught by BALLIGE puthas again, and you will see, even corona is more due to their LATE reactions. Today, if we had the RAJAKSHES already caught by deadly corona, people woul dhave been EVEN more relieved. This nation need only ANTI corona viral drugs, but also anti MMV drugs (anti madamulana musalaya virus drugs)

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        Right at the moment they the MEDIA bps are caught by RAJAPAKSHE biased journalism, because they are well paid by BASIL Rajapashe stolen funds. They stole billions from the state, and kept aside as funds for their future political campaigns.
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        I will bet you, in the days to come BPs will release also that HIRU TV owners brother – multi criminal Kudu silva. So you the guys will be clear about your PRATFALL, having voted for ballige puthas, what you paved this nation to be caught.
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        Today there are enough evidences, to prove, that PASSENGER control at BIA were very inconsistent, and whole lot of passengers arrived from ITALY and other critical destinations were deliberately not quarantined, … chinese were not at all quarantined or controlled properly, and the numbers that have been infected are just HAND picked numbers, lot more are among them, and no proper death tolls are counted … you will see, this clearly withthe rise of numbers in the next days to come. All these were now more than ignored, even if ARMY and POLICE have now been doing great work:
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        Not govt but POLICE and ARMY have been doing a great work, today, .. that should be praised regardless of any biasedness. I think.. Rajapakshes should be taught a lession by the very same people, .. realizing their ABUSIVE politics, should at least be clear to the nation right that this hhighly critical stage of CORONA crisis.
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        Parliament should be resummoned, is a must else as Victor IVON and all toher made it very clear, there will be a constitutional crisis in making… GOTABAYA will bring us making this country and gadafi style country or better said that of Mugabe tyrany in Zimbabawe.

    • 14
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      When a war is over, it is customary that except those who had committed war crimes, the rest are released. This is what happened which is nothing extra-ordinary. Those who committed crimes were executed without any trial. This Sinhala murderer was given a fair trial, where there was every attempt to sabotage it, first by intimidating the sole witness, next by protecting the accused and finally harassing the sole witness in court by defence lawyers. All those tricks failed and the accused was found guilty and sentenced. Therefore to pardon a convicted criminal is not the same as releasing those who are innocent. There were several army personnel produced in court at the onset of the trial, and subsequently bar one all others were released for lack of evidence. Just because they were let off does not mean that none of them had a hand in the murder.

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        Dr. Gnana,
        And dont forget the size of the money laundering acts of their cousin – one time criminal to the world, is now granted bail last week.
        By name he is Udayanga WEERATUNA who is believed ot have robbed over 14 mios of dollars in that MIG flight purchasing deal.
        :
        They returned ot power not to allow a better rule for the nation, but for escape of the HIGH crimes that have been subjected to invesgations.

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      “The Mirusuvil case was prosecuted by the AG’s Department. Sgt. Rathnayake was convicted after a trial at bar.”
      Was Ranjan Ramanayake a Deputy Minister at the time? Yes is the answer and, then, Sri Lankans don’t accept that verdict. That’s why there is no counter argument nor any public resistance over what the President has done.
      TG, It is time for you to think before you write! Otherwise, you, among us, will sound like a Jew caught by Hamas, or a Palestinian caught by the Mosad.

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      Steven

      “The same kind that pardoned thousands of LTTE killers.”

      Are you sure you know what you are talking about?
      Your LTTE killers were never been charged nor found guilty nor sentenced. If your LTTE killers were never sentenced why should the president pardon them?

      You should check your state of mind.

    • 1
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      What kind of leader would not prosecute treason and separatism?

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    Worshiping of the mythical ‘virtue of the Jews’ is a ploy of all political vagabonds in formerly colonised countries.
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    They are ignorant that all colonisers from Columbus, Captain Cook and other leading colonisers who killed billions of natives in Asia Africa, and Latin America were Jews. Basically, colonialism was a Jewish enterprise resented by other Europeans like Hitler.
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    This writer is again trying to lament the alleged persecution of a Jew in Europe.
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    When will she work out that this line has worn its credibility now, and has become a joke, after the frauds of the global finance system and the big fraud of globalisation?.
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    The tactics is the same being used by the Muslims who selfishly demand for their myth-based right of burial in the face of contrary medical opinion.
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    When will these people learn to ‘critically evaluate’ historical information without being brain-washed by this rubbish.

    • 9
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      Wake up, can you hear yourself talk? First, accept the fact our president is a moron and cannot even organize a piss up in a brewery. The whole of the Rajapaksha family are a bunch of morons politically and what they are good at is robbing the country and auctioning it off to the highest bidder. It started with SWRD Bandaranaike and has now ended up with this moron via numerous other Suya basa educated spineless morons. I’ll make the point clear further down the line.

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    Unlike India, SL does not fumigate minorities saying Coronavirus.

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      SL does not but RAJAPKSHES do.

      Is not that so ?.
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      Did we have any kind of RACISM based problems under good governance ? no, if found few, they were instigated by RAJAPAKSHE clan.
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      I THINK THE MODEL TO SRI LANKA is UNP/JVP TOGETHER with POLICE and TRIFORCES.
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      TODAY, SLPP AND REST OF SLFP should be driven away from LANKEN politics.
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      JVPrs should grow up and get joined with UNPrs… they should not react as eternal enemies if they want to do some good work for the nation.
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      Real politics and dream politics can NOT be separated from one another so long they would not study the ground realities properly.
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      Majority of srilanka are stupid people. If THANAKOLA would be introduced to the market, they would line up to buy them, i mean majority… if crow excreta or cow dung would be advertised, first to go and have it is RAJAPAKSHES. People just follow up the politicians.

      First we have to educate the Rajapakshes then the PEOPLE and SAFFRON clad monks.
      Saffron clad monks should be warned not to abuse their respect given in the society. Athana metha natana rathana should be LOCKED up … Samantha badra should be derobed… liars such as, MAEDAGODA ballige putha Abheythissa or some one should also derobed. These men are even worst than glyphosat and its threat to eco systems.
      Even worst than COVID-19 virus and its harm.
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      We the POOR srilakens are now caught by both fatal viruses
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      1) MEDAMULAN MUSALAYA VIRUS – MMV 19
      2) COVID -19 virus

      1) is more dangerous than COVID 19 since stupid mind set is EASILY caught by MMV 19.

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      Covidravidian

      “Unlike India, SL does not fumigate minorities saying Coronavirus.”

      Have you forgotten the dark ages in the history of this island?
      Jog your memory, do 1915, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, between 1983 and 2015, 2013, 2018, 2019, …………………….. ring a bell? If not please bang your head on the wall as hard as possible …. you might partially recollect these years, in addition 1971 and between 1987 and 1991, ….

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    “Had cockless Ranil been in charge, the nation would be at sixes and sevens. Clueless Sira would not know the difference between a virus, a viper, and a windscreen wiper.”
    Prof. Kumar David.

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      The fact of the matter is Sri Lanka is and was void of a true national leader Since Independence. Racism, Corruption, and Nepotism has been the curse of our nation. Spineless Modiya vage leaders who corrupted the fundamentals of democracy and ruined a nation. We are fore ever begging for charity. That is all we are good for bloody begging.

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      Pasqual the most known backlicker of Rajapakshe rascals@

      But SO CALLED brave men from Rajakshe family even had no balls to stop that ROYAL -THOMIAN match which brought several more infected sofar ?
      Pasqual, we dont mind you live on the excreta of Rajapaksehs but for the sake of the innocient masses in this country, it is high time you to respect the facts.

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        Yes this guy Pasqual has to tackle with not just COVID 19 virus but also various other viruses going by her/his jobs.
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        Please god, help this bugger. Else, he would hurt our wounds further.

        We cant be proud of sinhalaya, when looking at the kind men being that servile to RAJAPAKSHE KINGDOM.

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    “The shameful and shaming silence on the part of Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa and the JVP about this heinous pardon demonstrates that in the oppositional space, cowardice and opportunism prevail.”
    Well said Tisaranee. The BASL is missing in this short list.

    And then add to that: Udayanga gets bail on ‘extraordinary grounds..

  • 17
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    Dear Ms Gunasekara,

    thanks very much for your sum up about all the hitherto happenings right at this critical moments of our beloved county. They the brutal high criminal brother duo, reacted somewhat late regarding PASSENGER control at BIA since their brain cells were blocked by the mantra „ 2/3 of mandate albeit over deadbodies oft he voters“.

    Now the srilanken nation, curse to brother duo is exposed to the deadly virus as if knowledge of cancer patient’s initial state was ignored and let the patient metastasized and dead…

    now it is too late, but Nepal and Vietnam and the like country did their best before the FIRE spread and kill the entire flora. Both vietnam and nepal are not far from our economic levels, and their tourist arrivals… even if nepal is even less fortunate than both srilanka and vietnam.

    The two opposition members on the panel, representing the JVP and Sajith Premadasa’s breakaway group, Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) say nothing to counter the minister’s hate speech.
    :

    This I also noticed that OPPOSITION candidates were mum at the time that bitch’s son Mahindananda opened his padikkam style mouth attacking the muslims for reasons. Good thing is Secretary of Health had criticised it as – it was no right to go extra mile and expose the ethinic backgrounds oft he infected and the dead. One of theopposition members had been out of the discussion right at the moment, this had come up. However, even after the grave exchanges, JVPrs and SBPers have not uttered a single word, because they too seek the refuge right at the moment, if people would not agree with them. Most listened to CHATHURA the baggage boy/torch holder of Dilith bp Jayaweera

    I think today#s JVPrs are also made silent for some reasons, may be they might have a deal with BP Mahinda Rajakashe.

  • 17
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    Tisaranee has said it all. Let us hope that sanity will prevail and we will come out of this episode with small scars. We need to look into history and learn from it. Sri Lanka is a land of lost opportunities at the hands of our very own leaders from all sides. That is why people wanted GR in power. If he could turn this country around it will be a validation of the confidence the people gave. Otherwise it will be a big setback. He has a challenge ahead which nobody will envy. Also he should know that true success is when he has achieved victory not only over our economic maladies but also on social inequalities and good governance deficits. Then he will stand to earn the title of the ‘Statesman’. After all he not President of one community but Sri Lanka and to take that route needs courage and commitment.

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    There is a photo of GR currently being circulated on social media, worried looking with his chin in his hands. The poster calls on us to have pity on this “single-handed defender of the nation” who works day and night, and not to criticize him unfairly.There are many comments from motherly females in support
    Well, sleepless or not, Gota seems to find enough time to release convicted murderers and crooks.
    He would command a lot more respect if he gave his racist side a break for the time being.

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    Salute to the author.
    How can war criminals understand anything.
    Just to say we have zero deaths to Corona virus. We are killing the economy of the country and killing people on the long run. Effect will be seen after the Corona crisis.
    Arrogance coupled with the ignorance is.going to kill the country.
    Previous regime if 8n power would have killed more people in Corona but.may less people with hunger.
    Every other country in the world is balancing virus spread and economy will.Sri Lanka under the war criminals are attempting to kill the people by hunger and poverty.
    Even today, safety of the people is at Jeopardy when you opened the front door poor people are forcibly entering.the house and threatening inmates to give food.
    We are fearing to open the front door to receive groceries, thanks to mad men curfew

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    We have a people’s President.
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    And…..
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    Let’s appoint 25 trusted generals as governors for each district.
    Suspend the parliament.
    Suspend the provincial councils.
    Let’s call a referendum vote…..
    We (people) will approve it.
    Lets run the country for 12 years as president see fit.

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      I agree with definitely it is not Gota we have to fine an independent person srilankan citizen

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      S.C Pasqual,

      I agree with you the Gota is doing a good job as President.

      The rest of your points make you sound like a bloody joker

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        Mr.SSC,
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        Of course I am jocking…
        We need our democratic institutions.
        And we need a true representation of minorities.
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        But first time in our history politicians have taken a back seat and professionals are heading the decision making mechanism.

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          S. C. Pasqual

          “We need our democratic institutions.”

          Gota and democratic institutions are mutually exclusive.

          “And we need a true representation of minorities.”

          What for?

          “But first time in our history politicians have taken a back seat and professionals are heading the decision making mechanism.”

          Professionals, or professional butchers?
          What has Shavendra got to do with Coronavirus or heart surgery.
          Is he qualified to perform heart surgery?

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      Kill all the.people by hunger and malnutrition nutrition

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      Pasqual@-
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      may I correct you here. Fools president and hater of Minorities.
      :
      We have to block RAJAPAKSHE kith and kin either by COVID-19 or Karma considering the family’s high crimes committed to this nation.

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      S. C. Pasqual

      “We have a people’s President.”

      Your fellow Aryan Hitler too captured the state power through democratically conducted elections. Mussolini too came to power partially by elections (30,000 Blackshirts – Equivalent to some 24,000 strong Gotas saffron brigades). Many others too came to power in popular elections and ruled with iron fists during the period they also squandered the treasury, …. committed human rights violations…

      Do you find yourself s******y aroused when you mention or think about the president, Mahinda, Gota, ……Basil, Namal, ……?
      Or is it do with your believe in Sinhala/Buddhist fascism?

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      “Let us appoint 25 trusted generals as governors for each district”. Excellent suggestion. Let those 25 Co-Ranaviru-s tackle Corona virus, by dropping cluster bombs, spraying with poison gas, incinerating contaminated materials and dissolving objects in sulphuric acid to eradicate all evidence..

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    Pandemic paves the way for humanity to be one, shedding every difference.

    What are the differences to be shed? Answer – everything that’s practically possible.

    Practically impossible is complexion only.

    Single language to the world & a man made law, to be the religion.

    How can a military officer or any other be blamed when they identify resistance from a particular religious segment to abide by the law.

    They have a right to utter that word; whether it’s Muslims or Sinhalese or Tamils.

    Talking the truth is not discrimination.

    Shavendra De Silva is right.

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    The President is doing a good job.
    The right man at the right time.

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      Citizen Silva
      Kallathonie convert

      “The President is doing a good job.”

      Corona kills people.
      Gota and his goons killed people.
      There isn’t much difference Gota’s Rana-viruses and Coronavirus.

      “The right man at the right time.”

      He won’t kill until the next general elections.
      You seem to have secret desire, killing innocent people in large numbers.
      Wait until the elections are over, which may well be the last one.

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        Aiyo Vedda
        What are you talking.
        Gota is a nice guy be positive.
        He will ensure that elections are held at the right time
        The problem is will there be an opposition? UNP is already dead.

        By the way I am proud of my Kallathoni , Convert heritage thanks for the compliment.

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          Citizen Silva

          “By the way I am proud of my Kallathoni , Convert heritage thanks for the compliment.”

          When are you leaving, when you leave take your American nice guy with you. Modi loves Americans. Isn’t it why he gave some $550 Million to begging Gota when he went on his first visit to Hindia?

          His commission agent one stop Basil is working on his own project bringing retail trade under his control.

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    “All the eight deceased persons had sustained the identical fatal injury, a cut on the neck inflicted from behind, as disclosed by the medical evidence,”
    This is the state how those poor victims lost their lives. Surely Gotapaya Rajapakse cannot deny he did not know all these. Army sergeant Sunil Rathnayake was convicted unanimously and upheld by the Supreme court.

    If Gotapaya felt ok to set free this criminal then he too is in the same wavelength as the criminal. His past certainly is in tune with this mentality. Gotapaya a man without any feelings for the dead victims which includes a child had set him free. If there is a God, and if there is karma then the only way to make him understand the feelings of the innocent victims, the agony they would have faced at that time of death, he and his family too should suffer the same fate as the victims. That is the only way to make him learn what justice and fairness are.

    “When the pardoned killer emerged from the prison, his welcoming party was headed by none other than retired major general and defense secretary Kamal Gunaratne.”
    This man felt proud to welcome this murderer, speaks volumes about him and his parental family. Normally one should shy away from associating with such murders, but he felt proud to identify with the killer. They all are of the same mold, everyone knows that that is the reason no one felt surprised when the killer Sunil Rathnayake was set free.

    Once again if there is a mighty God above and if there is karma then they too deserve the same and that is only way these crimnals will understand what pain is.

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      ”welcoming party”? Isn’t the purpose of the curfew not to allow people to congregate? It is my understanding (as implied by police spokesman in a recent TV discussion that he has not slept for more than 4 hrs a day as he has been attending meetings) that pundits & VIPs have been meeting regularly for top level decision making & TV discussions, whereas in other countries, communications have been by internet or telephone, not physical presence at meetings. In UK, even TV presenters have been working from home. I suppose the SL VIPs have been tested & found to be negative, so can move about freely unlike others who are forced to stay at home, drinking kothamalli at the first sign of flu symptoms.
      The Scotish Chief Medical officer has been forced to step down when a newspaper revealed that she has been going to her holiday home on weekends defying her own advise to people to stay indoors even without a curfew in force.

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    President himself is a part of the Co-Ranaviru-s pandemic which has infiltrated all echelons of power. It causes loss of speech, blurring of vision and paralysis of system. If it is allowed to spread, it will destroy democracy, justice and peace. This pandemic has to be brought to an end, even at the expense of seeking foreign expertise, to save the people from sure misery.

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      Dr. GS, A minor correction, – I think that you wanted to say ‘endemic’, not ‘pandemic’.

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        Endemic means it is there all the time but in small amount not giving much concern. Epidemic means it is wide prevalence causing concern, but is only for a short period. Pandemic means it has spread all over the country in large amount and is likely to remain for a long time. It was endemic before 16th of November with Co-Ranaviru-s lying low, but now it is pandemic, with those creatures rampaging.

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          I politely pointed out an oversight. Going round in circles doesn’t make it go away.

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            There is no need to get angry. I have to explain because you do not seem to know the difference between the terms. I agree that it may not be classified as pandemic, but it should strictly be epidemic and not endemic.

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          Dear Dr Gnana Sankaralingam,

          How did the Easter Sunday Bomb happen during the Endemic time?
          People don’t care if it is Endemic or Pandemic as long as Bombs don’t go off in public places.

          Ranil sidelined the “Ranavirus” and allowed Terrorists to plant 5 Bombs at 5 places simultaneously.
          Please allow us to live in peace, we don’t want incompetent leaders like Ranil who allowed Terrorism to resurface in Sri Lanka.

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            Citizen Silva, Easter bombing was the work of Rajapakse brothers with Sirisena’s consent who got the help of Pakistani intelligence agents working with Muslim extremists to brainwash them to attack Catholics and not Buddhists and Ranil and Ruwan Wijewardena turning a blind eye to it. Welgama MP told parliament that all MPs including JVPers knew about the bombings. Everyone expected that it will be confined to eastern province where only Tamils will be killed and so did not take action to stop it. Rajapakses wanted to use this topple the government and usurp power. The fact that Gota announced his candidature soon after the incident, even before the bodies of dead were not buried is a strong circumstantial evidence of Rajapakse complicity. Unfortunately Sirisena fellow wanted to make use of it to please Rajapakses and go for a second term. So your Co-Ranaviru-s are part and parcel of this terror.

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              This is all Bla Bla Bla

              Are you a real doctor ?

              If what you say is true Ranil is a “patholaya” for turning a blind eye.

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    What kind of leader would pardon such a killer? What kind of a future can the country expect from such a leader? ———–
    You cannot call the killer as a leader because he was the person who gave orders to kill Tamil civilians.Sorry he even ordered to kill a Sinhala boy when he was protesting for good drinking water. Unfortunately, Srilankans wanted to lead this country by murderers, liars and cheaters.

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      ajith,
      The Tamils and the Muslims played a pivotal role in arriving at this point.

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    There are a lot of fake experts at GMOA and WHO and CIA funded Johns Hopkins university with Fake data and Fake models keeping Sri Lanka in lock down with fear psychosis and groupthink – George Orwell’s 1984.

    The is an experiment being run in South Asia- to install CIA’s total surveillence systems with USAID funding using the Covid 19 panicdemic narrative throughout the country.
    Covid panicdemic will do what the Easter Bombing last year failed to do – to set up the surveillance and group control infrastructure to enable setting up of US military bases to fight its dirty war with China.
    Long live miracle of Modayas!

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    Thissaranee after an absence to PICK UP bones have come out again chewing them with criticism from her arm chair.
    Thisaranee…need to first put the question elsewhere to know what kind of Head of State would pardon a convicted killer who ordered the desimation of an entire village Mai Lai in Vietnam???
    Lt. Calley was released in just (03) years.

    Also, let it be known to the managing director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva what kind of of Organisation she heads as comments come from a respected Journalist than YOU, in Ms. Arundathi Roy had to say recently.
    It is better T(p)hissa Ranee focus on COVID-19 and suggest improvements to effectively overcome it.
    Being used to coughing up for $$$, the slavishness in pissu ranee with never change.

    China will overnight deliver 1000 Ventilators to NY & Trump has thanked Prez Xi & Jack Ma.
    Russia’s Putin had sent 60 m/t of equipment and gear which landed at JKF….. We hear Trump thanking Putin in the midst of PISSU People condemning at a time the Big Apple is going under with COVID.
    When the biggest economy in the world is unable to provide the best or take firmer action on time, what do you expect from President in Sri Lanka?? Miracles?

    STOP THE CRAP THISSA RANEE. JUST POCKET YOUR $$ GO TO SLEEP. LET SRI LANKA SOLVE HER ISSUES WITHIN HER OWN LIMITATIONS.
    Thissa Ranee for Presidency???

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      Thondamany

      “Thisaranee…need to first put the question elsewhere to know what kind of Head of State would pardon a convicted killer who ordered the desimation of an entire village Mai Lai in Vietnam???”

      Calley completed 3 years under house arrest until President Richard Nixon reduced his sentence. Liberal honest American would not buy an ice cream from Tricky Dicky just as honest people of this island wouldn’t have anything to do with any of the crooked members of the clan.

      After long silence on 21/08/2009 Calley apologised to what he did in the war
      Excerpts
      He said:
      “There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai,” “I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry.”

      When asked if he broke the law by obeying an unlawful order, the newspaper reported, Calley replied: “I believe that is true.”
      “If you are asking why I did not stand up to them when I was given the orders, I will have to say that I was a second lieutenant getting orders from my commander and I followed them — foolishly, I guess,” Calley said.

      http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32514139/ns/us_news-military/t/calley-apologizes-role-my-lai-massacre/#.XotAz8hKiUk

      Remember this is not about USA, it’s about this island and now.
      Do you think citing US behaviour in war and peace will absolve war crime activities of your homegrown war criminals?

      What an ass you are.

      “LET SRI LANKA SOLVE HER ISSUES WITHIN HER OWN LIMITATIONS.”

      When, in about another 2500 years?

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    Ms. Tissaranee Gunssekera,

    Re.: COVID-19 and Racism

    “When several Sri Lankan returnees from Italy tried to escape quarantine, the government and the media very correctly refrained from mentioning either their race or religion. But this correct practice was cast into the four winds last week by the head of the presidential taskforce against covid-19, army commander Shavendra Silva. Appearing on Hiru TV in mufti, the general said, “Yesterday a patient was discovered from Akurana… Then we discovered another person from Puttlam. He has also associated with a lot of people. He is a Muslim. In both places they are Muslims“

    Thanks. The biggest question is what percentage of the Wuhan China virus Muslims, Sinhala, Tamil and Chinese?

    Thanks for your article on double standards. However, the COVID-19, the Wuhan , China virus, or simply the China virus, because that is where it originated, just like the Ebola virus should be blamed on the Chinese, not the Muslims, not the Sinhala, not the Tamils, not the Italians and others.

    In fact the Chinese visits was introduced to zero Lanka and Italy by the Chinese, or those infected by the Chinese.

    Let the Para-Sinhala saffron clad monks, chant purity, and the China virus does not care, and the cases explode. President Trump and his Christian fundamentalists had prayers, and the virus exploded further. Today the US case count is over 300,000 and the dead over 6,000 and still climbing.

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    as malcom x said chicken is coming home to roost

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    You are absolutely correct.
    But COVID-19 will deliver the true verdict soon .
    Those who have committed crimes and abused the power given by innocent people are definitely subject to accept the natural verdict.
    They think now they have power and everything but CORONAVIRUS do not care it.
    I always ask if the God or Almighty is there these criminals, public money thieves and their henchmen must be the vanished from this world.

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    God has chosen to be a super spreader of the virus.For his chosen people it is a window of opportunity

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    Ms. Tisssranee Gunasekera,

    RE: The Wuhan -China-19, COVID-19 virus. Should be evidence-based.

    The Chinese first introduced to Sri Lanka,

    Are the stupid Indians, mean IQ 81, going to blame the Muslims for the Corona virus spread? Will the stupid Sri Lankan’s, mean IQ 79 , do the same instead of blaming the Chinese? The Wuhan, China virus originated in China, just like the Ebola virus originated in the Ebola river in Africa.

    There Are At Least 75,000 Coronavirus Infections In India TODAY: 21 Days Not Enough.

    How many In Sri Lanka today? 166? How many are out there spreading? Identifying and isolating then is the key.

    How many days does Sri Lanka need?

    The new coronavirus , the China virus, disease turned into a global pandemic because this novel virus could spread weeks without detection. There are several data points that indicate that 20-50% of all coronavirus infections are asymptomatic. Almost all countries are merely reacting to this virus rather than proactively working on preventing its spread. India is one of these countries even though it moved faster than most countries to impose a national lockdown to stop COVID-19 speed train on its tracks.

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    Is this the best that funded civil society in Sri lanka can do to protest the brutal curfew that is destroying livelihoods?!
    Fixate on ethnic issues to distract from the big economic debacle and poverty and inequality caused by the Fake GMOA experts and WHO which called to congratulate dictators for the brutal lock down in South Asia – Modi and Gota?!

    There is no trade off between lives and livelihood – both must be protected.

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    Is Sri Lankan Buddhist true Buddhists? Do they follow the true teachings of Buddha? I begin to question the true status of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Buddhist monks are today political animals.
    Today Rajapakse doctrine is to win elections using Racism as the main tool with the direct support of Buddhist Monks and tacit support of the Catholic Cardinal. Those religious leaders who have to protect the country are the ones who are flaming Racism in the country. These religious leaders are supporting Rajapakse doctrine for the “santhosams” they have got from Mahinda.
    The front line of these religious leaders are the “dirty” politicians who have pending cases in courts which get postponed over and over again Dilan, SB, Weerawansa, Gammanpilla, Keheliya etc. These politicians are/were allowed to steal from Govt coffers by Mahinda as Mahinda uses them as the front line fighters. These dirty politicians do not have a voter base but have to hang on to Mahinda’s sathakaya for their survival. We also have Ranil who with all his excellent political acumen has proven beyond doubt that he is a useless leader and has indirectly given way to Rajapakse doctrine. He is today like a dog in the manger.
    Gotabaya, whom came to power with the majority Sinhalese votes promised in his maiden speech he will be the “President for all”, but within days of declaring that he showed beyond doubt that he is the “President for Pohottuwa”. He has now installed a military government. There were rumors that on the night when Mahinda lost his Presidency, Gota who was the secretary of defense was pushing to establish a Military take over, but the AG and Army Commander of that day did not allow it. Now Gota as President is appointing all ex-Military officers to key positions.

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      Absolutely you are correct.
      all are criminals that you have mentioned in your comment,
      Coronavirus will answer them
      First all must go.
      Good people will remain for the betterment of the country.
      Coronavirus has come to Sri Lanka to clean it from THUGS, CRIMINALS, CORRUPTED SO CALLED POLITICIANS, THEIR HENCHMEN AND ALSO THOSE WHO SUPPORT TO POWER HUNGRY PEOPLE.
      This is A blessing id disguise.
      COVID-19 is not bias and partial to any.
      It does not whether you are Head of state or beggar.
      It definitely attack you.
      Get ready to meet the challenge but ultimate truth will come to deliver the real verdict.

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      It is simply the prostitution of Buddhism. That why Sri Lankan themselves call with an adjective in front of Buddhism, which absolves Buddhism elsewhere.

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      Buddhist,

      Sri Lankan “Buddhists “ are called Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists “, who follow Buddha- Agama, Buddha’s Religion, that is a distortion of Buddhism and is an insult to the Buddha, exploited by successive politicians.

      COVID -19, is Para-COVID-19, first brought to the Land by the Chinese, and Europeans, and subsequently infecting the locals.

      Initially, 100 percent of the Para-COVID-19 infected were foreigners, before infecting the innocent locals.

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    It is becoming obvious that SL is heading for a military regime. GR’s autocratic decision in pardoning a convicted mass murderer, making the judicial system a mockery, & the appointment of alleged war criminals to be responsible for the security of the country, sends the message loud & clear that it’s ‘his way’ & any opposition to his governance will be brutally suppressed if necessary. Rathupaswala is confirmation that even without the military regime, the Rajapakses are capable of crushing any ‘Arab Spring’ type uprising in the bud. I understand a new directive has been issued that any criticism of the current handling of the situation will not be tolerated. Freedom of speech?Not in this case apparently. Ironically, incarceration of such critics defies the purpose of the curfew due to over crowding of prisons. In fact, the British govt is planing to release early those convicted for petty crimes for this reason.

    However, my friends in SL are quite happy the way the govt. is tackling the problem &, in fact, proud of the brilliant contribution by the armed forces & the GMOA, having got together to control the epidemic better than even developed countries. The curfew, which I think is an unnecessary burden on poor people, I am told, is working, & nobody is left behind with the army providing relief packages to the poor, distributing through the local temples, so I am sure, come election time, a grateful nation will vote for GR to give him the 2/3 mandate to become the new Lee Kuan Yew of SL. The Easter massacre brought GR to power & now a pandemic will provide the opportunity to strengthen his grip on power. I suppose the stars are in the right place for GR, wonder if its going to be the same for SL.

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    While agreeing with all that the author has said, what is most alarming is the paucity of public figures standing up against the progress of blood and ancestry politics that has swept the country since before independence. The battle was lost as far back as 1941 when the Registration Bill (which re-emerged as the Citizenship Act of 1948) was passed, but remained inoperative because of the Colonial Laws Validity Act passed by the British Parliament in 1865. It is ironical that after independence the minorities lost the only protection they had in the form of repugnancy to acts of the British Parliament, in place of progressive laws worthy of an independent nation. The attack on our legal tradition has continued relentlessly. One of the purposes served by the 1972 Constitution was to protect Sinhala Only that was passed without the requisite two-thirds majority. We are now heirs to the Jayewardene presidency which made minced meat of what was left of our legal protection. It was the Rajapaksas who showed that the legal protection we now enjoy is a mere fig leaf.
    But we must not despair. Many of us have lived long enough to know that as bad as things now are, the communal violence of 1977 and 1983 felt incomparably worse. The anti-Muslim violence under the Rajapaksas did not touch the same scale of murder and anarchy. After the recent corona-virus we are even less an island than we were. On a global scale we are all insignificant minorities.

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      Rajan Hoole, I have witnessed riots in 58, 77 and 83, While 83 was the worst, 58 riots was worse than the one in 77. In 77, on saturday the first day of the riot, I traveled from Dompe hospital starting after lunch, first by bus up to 4th mile post junction and then as there was no public transport, walked five miles along railway lines avoiding Dematagoda junction, to my home in Borella next to Cotta Road KV station, and on sunday the second day of the riot, I was transported by police jeep for a post-mortem in Pugoda. I stayed overnight in Dompe hospital quarters and returned home after working in the hospital on Monday evening by public transport, because by that time violence had subsided. In contrast to it, 58 riots went for a few days as SWRD refused to declare emergency and quell violence, and it was left to GG Sir Oliver Gunatilleke to take command and restore order. Fortunately at that time majority of high ranking officers in police and security forces were either Burghers or Sinhala Christians. Riots in 58 and 77 were passively sponsored, where security forces and police turned a blind eye, while 83 riots was planned and carried out by the government, where security forces and police actively took part, in murder and arson joining with rioters.

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        Dr Gnana Sankaralingam do you think riots are bad? I witnessed Tamil suicide bombers, I saw Tamils bombing Colombo from the air, I was witness to Tamil attacks on helpless Sinhalese and Muslim villagers. A far greater menace to Sri Lanka than any number of riots.

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          Reggie Silva

          Didn’t you see Sinhala/Buddhists killing Sinhalese, Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Tamils, Hindus, ………………..?

          ” A far greater menace to Sri Lanka than any number of riots.”

          You must have based your above observation on some kind of comparative studies. Could you let me have details of all such studies.

          Are you running away from yourself?

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        Rioting is an ugly thing that should never ever be allowed agin in Sri Lanka.
        Politicians should never use race and creed for political gain.

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    Tissaranee does not like Gota. I don’t like Gota either. But, it is better that Bondsman and Patholaya are not in power at this time. Hopefully, Gota will hand this virus problem to people like Dr Jasinghe to solve than his brother or the army man or his cronies.. He should take this opportunity to plan for other issues.
    During this period, there are things that could be thought about:.
    1. Return the country to a semi-agricultural economy so that there is food sufficiency. Food security will become a problem as climate change bites. In farming areas like the one where I live, it has been easier to cope with the curfew.
    2. Ensure that the young are gainfully employed ( not driving autos in Colombo)
    3. Pressure of overcrowding in cities is reduced. Next time there is a virus, it can be dealt with more easily
    4. Reform the universities. Make most of them fee paying at least for the rich with loans for the poor. This settles ragging problems and ensures that those who pay will do relevant courses. Keep Peradeniya and Colombo as research universities free for the very bright students selected from all around.
    5. The country does not become too dependent on tourism as it takes one bomb and one virus to wipe out the economy. Bombs seem a regular feature in our lives.
    6. An independent foreign policy, not overdependent on China, is pursued. The debts are onerous and should be renegotiated.
    7. Solve the ethnic issue through asymmetric autonomy . Devolve power to the provinces in a more significant manner. Gota has the overwhelming support as a Sinhala extremist to reach an acceptable solution to a problem that will drain our economy.
    Gota has yet another opportunity to bring about change. One after the war was missed.

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    We need 15 million Tisaranee Gunssekaras to pull our SriLanka from this hell of putrid politician’s.

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    Re: last para of Tisaranee’s article:
    .
    If there was any sinister move to racialize the COVID-19 patients and deaths by former Muslim MPs and TV Derana, Sri Lanka’s visionary Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has splendidly thwarted that attempt at the second all-party meeting held at Temple Trees.
    While stressing the point that the deceased are treated with respect and dignity, the Director General/Health Services of Sri Lanka has issued strict guidelines with regard to the disposing of bodies of those who died from COVID-19. As such, individual final rites and rituals such as; Panshukula, burial in the ground, scattering of ashes, embalming are all forbidden now.
    As all sane people can understand, the direct cremation of those who died due to COVID-19 is not a denial of one’s beliefs, but a matter of well-being and safety of all beings.
    Therefore, contrary to Tisaranee’s prediction, there won’t be any post-pandemic racial violence in Sri Lanka, entirely thanks to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statesmanlike explanation, admired by everyone.

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      Champawathiyo,
      .
      The problem is not cremation of the dead:
      .
      But Rajapakshes propaganda on the death ceremonies – and not having improved the awareness of the people. I dont think except few any would not stand WHO cremation guidlines on the CORONA deaths.

      THere are always some portions in a society, that would stand against. Like for Example the public statements made by SENIOR muslim leader was irresponsible. In the same time, COUNTRY S PRESIDENT to ignore PROPER quarantining measures in SRILANKA as of 04 th March, is irresponsible. Even after 12 th March, there had been a load of people returned from INDIA-PILGRIMAGE were not subjected to 2-weeks quarantining…. all these are not given the publicity by DERANA AND HIRU TVs because they work on the agendas of RAJAPSKEHS family.
      :
      Please see how they give the publicity to some thoughts of some minority people, creating new divisions of the society, so that they could succeed more votes among EXTREMIST supporters.
      :
      Rjapakshes political survival is through EXTREMISM and RACISM based propaganda. That is their fuel, then only they can stay in power.
      :
      But you the kind of ONES ROTTEN with Wimal WEERANWASE doctine should finally be clear – replacing it with the truths and realities of the people, let alone at this criticial turning point of us the hunger nation.
      :
      More of you could if you would continue your kind WIMAL weerawanse propaganda, bring us all edges. That I dont think this nation deserves.

      Get well and stay healthy. Dont give a chance to spread COVID 19.. no matter, even if you would not agree with me.

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        Sensitive S
        Wimal is verbal diarrhoea, worse than Covid – 19

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      Champa my sweet little angel, why do you not reply me? My heart aches for you everyday and yearns to spend at least one day with you. Will you be mine one day? At least let me kiss your beautiful feet. That will be enough for me.

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        I think CHAMPA ‘s reigncarnation is PASQUAL… and vice versa

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    What kind of leader would pardon such a killer? What kind of a future can the country expect from such a leader?

    You’ve said it well Thisaranee

    They say birds of a feather flock together. Gota has reduced himself from a President to the Murderer he was known for before being elected.

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      Gunsi,
      .
      we at least 60 lacks of people in the country did not vote for RAJAPAKSHES was connected with our conscience. THese men in Rajapkshe family would win the hearts and minds of the rascals and criminals… meaning not necessarily all those 69 lacks were criminals, but a larger portion of them.
      :
      So thi sis the ground reality of srilanken society vitalized by RAJAPAKSHE medieval methodologies. These were rejected by any civilizations but not from some low level societies.

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