13 December, 2019

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The Price Of Freedom: Yahapālana Failures Must Not Drive Us Into The Arms Of An Authoritarian 

By Manilal Dissanayake –

It is in times of great peril that citizens are expected to stand and be counted. Our democracy appears to be approaching a fork in the road, a dark and perilous fork in the road, where all citizens must stand and be counted.

It is no secret that, despite overwhelming, repressive control over the machinery of the State, citizens were willing to stand and (literally) be counted, when they went to the polls in January 2015. Outraged by the manifest corruption and human rights abuses of the then incumbent regime, the citizenry voted for a change of leadership.

Fast forward almost five years, the citizenry is once more being called upon to stand up for democracy, because another presidential election looms, and its choices are as stark and existential as the last. 

But the past five years have raised awkward questions about the choices at this election. To most voters, it seems like they are being asked to take a chance again, after the last experiment has been failing, for the most part, these past five years. 

The incumbent Government pledged to bring the corrupt to book – yet almost all of them still roam free. The 2015 promise was about corruption-free, transparent governance, but corruption persists to this day. 

Some of these questions have reasonable answers. 

There is no doubt that a few members of the Government may have played a part in stalling or delaying action on some corruption related cases. But it is also true that law enforcement has unearthed damning evidence about high profile officials in the former administration. These officials have commanded tremendous resources to defend themselves and the defence has managed to effectively delay the administration of justice through a plethora of objections, appeals and revisions in cases filed against them. 

It was in 2015 that the former defence secretary now running for president, filed an unprecedented fundamental rights petition seeking to prevent his arrest in an ongoing criminal investigation – and had his plea upheld by the country’s highest court by way of interim relief. Since the interim relief was provided in 2015, four judges of the Supreme Court have recused themselves from hearing the case, including the justice who provided interim relief to the former Defence Secretary in the first place, before deciding she was not in a position to hear his case. 

Recent revelations on the cusp of a major national election, have also revealed that the reasons for these justice delays have been the result of infiltration by the loyalists of the persons under criminal investigation at the highest levels of Government and the legal machinery of the state. The minister who held the portfolio of Justice for three years recently boasted that he had personally intervened to prevent the former defence secretary from being arrested, despite the recommendation of senior officials in the Attorney General’s Department. A former Solicitor General, who held office from 2015-2016 also went public with his support for the SLPP and Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently. The Senior DIG in charge of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division from 2015-2019 has found himself at the centre of a corruption scandal, involving his nearest kin and a financial scammer wanted for money laundering in Sri Lanka and the US. He recently used two television networks aligned to Gotabaya Rajapaksa to claim that for four years this Government had conducted a witch-hunt against the Rajapaksa family, confirming allegations that had been swirling for years that the SDIG had built intimate relationships with the members of the former regime, and especially the former Defence Secretary, many of whom were suspects in investigations run by the FCID. 

Rooting out entrenched corruption within the political system is not a task that can be achieved overnight. The process begins by holding the corrupt accountable, and ensuring that breaking the law has its consequences. 

There is a truth too rarely acknowledged, that the last five years have seen unprecedented independence granted to public functionaries (such as the police), that has enabled them to act fearlessly, in investigating crimes committed, even when they were committed by ‘powerful’ people. In 2018, the Bribery Commission arrested the President’s Chief of Staff in the act of soliciting a bribe, together with the Chairman of the Timber Corporation, also a presidential appointee. In spite of stiff political resistance, the CID persisted and arrested the Chief of Defence Staff, the highest ranking military officer in the country, on charges of aiding and abetting the ringleader of an abduction racket run by the Sri Lanka Navy. Cabinet Ministers are under investigation by the CID and the Attorney General’s Department, the Prime Minister has testified publicly before two presidential commissions and one parliamentary select committee, over corruption allegations and the Government’s failure to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings that claimed 258 lives. After much fire and brimstone, even the President of the Republic eventually went before the Parliamentary Select Committee to provide testimony. 

All this was possible because a culture of transparency and government accountability has slowly – sometimes painfully slowly – but surely taken hold over the past five years. 

Post-2015 Structural Reforms

The post-2015 reforms (albeit inadequate) are certainly not insignificant.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution introduced the Right to Information (which coupled with the Right to Information Act) has proved to be an invaluable tool in ensuring transparency, and in the fight against corruption.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution also introduced further safeguards against the abuse of executive power, whittling down presidential immunity, and reducing the hitherto almost unfettered powers of the President in appointing Ministers etc. It was these reforms that stood in the way of the attempted ‘coup’ in October 2018 and allowed the courts of law to hold that the presidential actions during that period were unconstitutional. 

The 19th Amendment also reintroduced the Constitutional Council, ensuring that appointments to high public and judicial office were not made on the whims and fancies of the executive. Since 2015, and particularly since the attempted coup of 2018, the Constitutional Council has been a bulwark of resistance against irregular appointments to the highest courts of the land and independent commissions, and a true check and balance on presidential power. 

The 19th Amendment also established numerous independent commissions, and strengthened the independence of others. The Bribery Commission and the Human Rights Commission are prime examples.

Sectoral oversight committees were established, and parliamentary oversight was strengthened. This enabled (sometimes opposition-led) committees to act as a check on government institutions. A further safeguard against corruption and abuse of power.

Additionally, institutions such as the Office of Missing Persons and the Reparations Authority were set up as humanitarian exercises, to provide answers to families of the missing as to the fate of their loved ones. Sri Lanka’s unenviable history has resulted in an unacceptable number of missingpersons, including over 5000 members of the police and armed forces, whose fate remains unknown.

State of the Economy

The opposition charges that the economy is in tatters, and that the incumbent government has mismanaged the economy. Undoubtedly, the incumbent government’s fiscal strategies may leave much to be desired. The UNP has long been considered to be the party to fix the economy, but that illusion appears to have collapsed over the past several years. 

However, that is but a small part of a much larger story. The Rajapaksa Regime invested heavily in infrastructure. The reasons for this choice of spending is no secret. However, the choice of projects left much to be desired – virtually unused or unnecessary ports, airports, sports stadiums were among the white elephants. At what cost? Phenomenal costs, and foreign debt.

The post 2015 regime necessarily had to resort to further foreign borrowings to service the debts created. A perusal of the Central Bank Reports will show that post 2015 government revenue exceeded the government expenditure. Therefore the post 2015 foreign borrowings was for the purpose of repaying the pre-2015 (Rajapakse Regime) debts!

Amidst opposition the Government made prudent business decisions by entering into management agreements with regard to some of these white elephant projects, which ensured the servicing of some debts, while ensuring that ownership in the projects would remain with Sri Lanka.

The Government also succeeded in renegotiating certain other projects, the Port City for example. Desperate for Chinese investment, the Rajapaksa Regime had agreed to transfer 500 acres of land to China on a freehold basis (ie: outright transfer of ownership to China) in the Colombo Port City. The agreement would have provided the Chinese Government with sovereign land inside a highly strategic area within the precincts of the Colombo Harbour. 

However, this clause in the Port City contract was renegotiated as a mere lease to China, with Sri Lanka retaining ultimate ownership and ensuring that the Sri Lanka Navy and Coastguard would continue to hold jurisdiction over all areas of the Port City. 

Freedom itself: On the Chopping Block

The biggest threat to democracy however, has little to do with economy or corruption within the body politic. 

The grave and existential danger facing the Republic, is the violence and brutality that has been the hallmark of Rajapaksa Governance over the 2005-2015 decade, and the impunity those perpetrating the violence have enjoyed, not only which the regime was in power, but even after, through the patronage networks created during the decade of darkness.

Politically Motivated Violence

These facts are undisputed: star rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, renowned journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, the cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, journalist Keith Noyahr, Sirasa Media Network were victimised for falling afoul of the Rajapaksa family. All of them were dealt with a particular way. They were dealt with violently. And in cases where it was deemed necessary – they were dealt with permanently. 

Abductions became the order of the day. White vans became symbols of terror. Families were torn apart. The Rajapaksa regime has the singular honour of having introduced the verb “white vanning” to the English language. 

Impunity

Where crimes were not motivated by political agendas, the Rajapaksa regime turned a blind eye to grave crimes committed by military personnel. Police investigations have unearthed a gory abduction for ransom racket perpetrated by a handful of Sri Lanka Navy personnel, who received patronage and protection from high ranking Naval officers. At the centre of the kidnapping racket, were five boys from wealthy Tamil families in Colombo. After extorting ransom from families over a period of time, the boys were never released. The police recently revealed to a Magistrate that evidence has led them to the conclusion that the five boys and six other young men and perhaps several more abducted persons who were illegally detained had been put to death. 

Ethnic Discord as a Political Tool

When the Rajapaksa regime was not using military personnel to serve its political ends, it was busy sowing the seeds of hatred and division. The starkest illustration lies in the fact that the Defence Ministry under Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s tenure as Defence Secretary, actively funded and afforded patronage to hardline Sinhalese outfits like the Bodu Bala Sena and the Ravana Balaya, while also nurturing Thawheed Jamaa’th operatives using funds allocated to the Defence Ministry. Candidate Gotabaya’s own spokesman confirmed these facts on national television during a political debate. 

To date, Gotabaya Rajapaksa continues to offer patronage to hardline monks spewing hatred and violence against minority communities. On October 7, as Rajapaksa left his Mirihana home to file his nomination papers, it was the leader of the Ravana Balaya, Iththakande Saddhatissa Thero who presided over Buddhist religious rites at the residence to invoke blessings on the SLPP candidate. 

By offering patronage to Sinhalese extremist groups on the one hand while nurturing fundamentalist Islamist groups on the other, Gotabaya Rajapaksa executed a policy of running with the hare and hunting with the hound. The Bodu Bala Sena and Ravana Balaya doctrines gave rise to several anti-Muslim riots in the south, bloody and brutal pogroms that became fertile breeding grounds for groups like Thawheed Jama’ath and individuals like Zaharan Hashim to recruit followers and plot violence. 

Easter Attacks: The Launch Pad?

By accident or by design, the monsters Gotabaya Rajapaksa nurtured during his tenure as Defence Secretary, propelled his presidential bid. The Easter Sunday attacks carried out by the NTJ increased the clamour for a “strong leader” to crackdown on terrorist outfits and make the country safer. 

When political leaders across the political divide were pleading for unity and calm, the former Defence Secretary stoked the people’s fears, declaring that had he been in charge of security, the attacks would have never happened. Less than a week after 258 people had been killed in the Easter bombings, Rajapaksa declared his intent to run for president, pledging to make national security and cracking down on extremism his priority. While a nation was in deep mourning, emotional and angry, the former defence secretary used the restive climate to further his political ambitions. 

In fact that Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate into the Easter Attacks queries whether the attacks were part of a design to propel a particular candidate to the fore.

Since his presidential candidacy became official, things have only got worse. 

Promise of Impunity

Launching his campaign in Anuradhapura, Rajapaksa proclaimed that he would ‘acquit and discharge’ military persons in custody. None of the military personnel in custody have been implicated in offences committed on the battle-field. They are accused of attacking and killing journalists, sports rivals or abducting political opponents and dissidents. Nearly all of the crimes these military men are accused of, reek of political motive. There is no rational explanation for why a Major in an intelligence unit would have an axe to grind against Lasantha Wickrematunge, Keith Noyahr or Prageeth Ekneligoda. 

In 2017 the CID told the courts that evidence had come to light that Gotabaya Rajapaksa ran military death squads, to crackdown on political dissidents. These men were pawns, commandeered to commit crimes to achieve political objectives. The Rajapaksa regime put these soldiers in harm’s way and turned them into sacrificial lamb. Of course they must promise to discharge and exonerate them. To do otherwise could have devastating consequences for the former ruling family. 

Candidate Gotabaya promises to acquit and free these military men, but he has no power to do so constitutionally. That is the sole domain of the judiciary. The same judiciary Rajapaksa hailed as independent when the courts threw out a writ application challenging the validity of his Sri Lankan citizenship. The same judiciary Gotabaya Rajapaksa hailed as independent and able to deal with the investigation of the Lasantha Wickrematunge murder in papers filed in a District Court in California. 

The pledge that on the morning of 17th November, all the suspects implicated in the murder, abduction and torture of ordinary citizens who fell foul of a ruling regime, hints that Candidate Gotabaya is already threatening to exercise judicial power, or at the very least, intimidate the judiciary into complying with the wishes of the executive. The stage is already set for gross abuse of power and executive overreach. 

An independent judiciary is a sine-qua-non of a democracy. The rule of law and due process guarantees equality to all citizens, enshrined in the constitution. The Gotabaya promise is to undermine the judiciary. His promise is to enforce the law as he pleases. His promise is to establish a system in which those close to him enjoy a special status – extending even to immunity for crimes.

The Writing is on the Wall

The conduct of Gota’s cohorts, even when not in power, is telling. Two civil society activists challenged the validity of his citizenship in a Court of law. His cohorts went on rampage issuing death threats on those activists. Such is the tolerance for dissent, or questioning of authority.

This is the kind of society the SLPP claims will usher in an era of development, prosperity and security. The pledge is hollow. The instability created by interference with the rule of law and the justice system will have ripple effects on investment promotion. A rotten human rights record will bring back a threat of economic sanctions and international isolation. Forcible evictions of the poorest in cities will widen gaps between the rich and the poor and create new fault lines and conflict, as marginalised and impoverished communities agitate. Markets will be manipulated. White elephant projects initiated. The public will be called upon to gasp in awe of the big roads and empty airports. None of this will be good for the economy. None of this will ensure stability. Development without rights and freedom – this is the Rajapaksa way. 

Gota’s Economic (mis)management Record

The myth of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s efficiency and management must also be challenged at the core. 

Under his watch, Mihin Lanka was run to the ground. 

The Rajapaksa Government decision to withdraw from the Emirates management agreement has left the national carrier in tatters, bankrupt and struggling to stay afloat. 

Only months after assuming office as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa executed the controversial MiG-27 procurement for the Sri Lanka Air Force. Subsequent police investigations have found that monies from the Sri Lankan Government paid 28 million USD to a shell company in the British Virgin Islands, after claiming that the aircraft were being purchased in a Government to Government contract. 

As Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa took away a lucrative business opportunity away from the Sri Lanka Navy, and handed it over to an associate running a shadowy private security firm. The Bribery Commission found the “contract” signed without Cabinet approval had resulted in losses of over Rs. 11 billion to the Sri Lankan state coffers and indicted Rajapaksa and others for the crime. 

In 2013, as Secretary to the Ministry in Charge of the Urban Development Authority, Rajapaksa ordered the Land Reclamation and Development Board to fork out over Rs 80 million to build a monument for his late parents in Hambantota. He used the Sri Lanka Navy to construct the monument. The auditor general notes that from time to time, the LRDB doled out payments to the Navy for raw materials and construction work. 

The ‘discipline and law and order’ candidate embezzled money from the Sri Lankan state, to finance a private tribute in his hometown. A multi-million rupee tribute. When investigators started sniffing around, Rajapaksa paid back half the money in 2016, after his brother’s fall from power. In 2018, the Attorney General indicted Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others on charges of criminal misappropriation. 

He makes history in the November 16 election as being the first candidate to stand for election to be President of Sri Lanka while on trial for corruption and embezzlement. These are not the acts of a disciplinarian or efficient CEO. 

The Core Issue

All of these factors pale in comparison to the issue that is of essence at the election facing the country. 

Citizens fought hard to win the freedoms and space to dissent in the 2015 election, going up against the juggernaut that was the Rajapaksa incumbency. Five years later the dominant discourse is about how it might be palatable to sacrifice those hard-won freedoms to the promise of economic prosperity and strong leadership. Decades down the line, citizens may realise they cut off their noses to spite their faces. 

The failures of this Government have brought the citizenry to this desperate brink. Delivery on promises made in 2015 have left much to be desired. While there has been some progress on accountability, corruption persists. At a lesser degree, impunity continues. But frustration with the status quo should not drive citizens into the arms of a dictator. In the fight for systemic change, progress is incremental. Only if the space remains open to wage that battle for change, will change in the longer term be possible. 

In some cases, democracies die slowly, in barely visible, gradual steps. But that is not the situation facing Sri Lanka today. The election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President of the Republic on November 16, will ensure that democracy will die abruptly, and to raucous, thunderous applause. 

When we vote on November 16, let us remember that the price of democracy is eternal vigilance. Let us vote to defeat any prospect of a tyrannous Rajapakse Regime taking root in the soil of our nation.

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  • 18
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    your name implies you are a dictator..
    Let us hope you do not win this like that of 2015.
    you could not win when you were in power what you expect now.
    people are not fools

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      A very well written readable piece by Mr. Manilal Dissanayake.

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        Yes.
        Not only that the author has also point by point clearly made a good case to educate and convince undecided voters to know whom they should vote in the interest of democracy, social justice, and the concept of the rule of law.

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      Lankan, Are you sure UNP, Ranil & MY3 were in power after 2015 until now? I mean even after seeing these intermittent ethnic violence, strikes, October 2018 coup and ,etc?

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      Sajith Premadasa, will you take action against the Rajapaksa Criminals or will you fail to take action against them too? Will you allow the criminal case against the Rajapaksas to go forward or will you slow them down and protect them? We need a guarantee that justice for Lasantha Wickrematunge, Wasim Thajudeen, Prageeth Eknaligoda and all those white vaned and wronged by the Rajapaksas will be brought to justice? Don’t just be the candidate that got votes to save Sri Lanka from a Fascist Dictatorship.

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        Anonymous – If Ranilpaksa is made PM again, it will be smooth sailing for the Rajafucksas. The MOU does not expire!

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    In which case why did the UNP government saved the Rajapaksas being sent to jail. Because the Ranil and others are too faulty of such crimes. They all are in the same boat including the TNA. All of their activities are in the name of the people. How could the people bring a change in Sri Lanka?

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      To bring change to SL, the first guy should go home is Ranil. Notice his gestures in public rallies and how he speaks; he indirectly says “I am more comfortable in Opposition Leader post than UNP’s victory”

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      Sellam, it was Maithripala Sirisena protecting them(the Rajapaksas) all along and this was made clear at the October CoupeLk…

  • 35
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    If Gotabaya is elected president, Sri Lanka is doomed.
    He and a small coterie will hold absolute power in a dictatorship.
    But most Lankans appear unaware of the peril.
    The judiciary which has enabled him to contest is unique only to Sri Lanka.
    Judges have ‘recused’ themselves from hearing cases, and giving long dates for resumption of the judicial process in cases in which he is involved.
    This is the most important election ever.
    Our children’s future is at stake.

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      Dear Justice,
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      I agree absolutely with you.
      However, the author of this article, Manilal Dissanayake (whoever he may be), must understand that the Rajapaksas were allowed to get away with all their crimes because of “a deal” at the very top not to prosecute the leaders of either Party. The UNP had its own corruption, which the Rajapaksas, in turn, will not prosecute.
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      I do appreciate the fact that we have had relative peace and a great deal of freedom of speech under Yahapalanaya. But we have had little progress in actually weeding out corruption and bringing about any real reconcilliation with Tamils and Muslims. If the UNP were at least now willing to address these issues at this late stage, then we could pardon them.
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      However, what we now hear are a good many platitudes from Sajith. It may be unfortunate that the prospect of a debate between Sajith and empty-headed Gota doesn’t look great. So, we only hear Sajith screaming platitudes at election meetings. When he talks quietly, in both Sinhala and English, he is rather more rational. Guys like me would like to hear sober discussion of serious issues.
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      We just have to stop Gota from being elected. So, we have to forget the two JVP-led insurrections, and the chaos induced by them even now in Universities, appreciate their over-all good record, and vote First for them. One of the Alternatives will get my Second Preference, and Sajith only my third. Few know how to even mark the Preferences, and I hope that not to many voters spoil their votes by marking crosses (X). A “kathire” on a multiple vote means that the vote is invalid.
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      An “educated electorate” indeed!

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    Dear Manilal Dissanayake, All what you have stated is true. But, who is listening. The media has been bought over; the people have been kept in the dark. Only a miracle can save you and me, and our beloved country.

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      Dear Unreal,
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      You are from the North, I know. Please forgive us for what we are continuing to do to our country.
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      The situation in the South is that too many people have fallen prey to xenophobia. They’re just not taking this election seriously enough. They don’t take the trouble to even study Preference voting.
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      I’m ignorant of your language, but I understand that Prof. Jeevan Hoole has explained, in Tamil, how to mark Preferences. I hope that you ensure that those instructions get through to all voters there – I explain in Sinhalese to almost everybody I meet, and ask them to vote intelligently.
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      We have to respect the right of people to cast their votes as they see fit. However, please encourage a high turn out, and the casting of valid votes. Sivajilingam, if that’s what you feel is best (I personally hope not!).

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        Dear Mr.Sinhala Man

        did you note my email ?
        rgds
        F.Knight

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          Dear Fahim Knight,
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          It is against CT policy to publish even your own e-mail address. If we do get in touch, I’ll tell you why it is a necessary policy. I notice, that on the next page, one of your comments has been edited out. That must be where you placed your email address.
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          My identity is not secret. Most know my name, but I have inherited an odd spelling of it. I reveal it off and on. If you have my name, you’ll be able to contact me by Googling.
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          Best wishes.

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        Dear Sinhala_Man, You are steering electors towards strategic voting. I appreciate that. As a Tamil my wish is that no Rajapaksa comes to power again. Whoever Tamils vote for it will be some Sinhalese with no sympathy towards our plight. How can I influence any voter, under these circumstances. Sivajilingam seems to have taken my rationale to the futile extreme!

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          Dear Unreal,
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          PART ONE
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          I agree that in the case of the two major parties you can’t anything akin to “sympathy”. They will offer just enough concessions to keep the minorities quiet.
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          From the Marxists, one can expect more. The Party that concerns us most is the JVP. Going back to about 1970, they were almost all Sinhalese who were from backgrounds that were disadvantaged. Their support was mainly from the poor Sinhalese. However, they had a philosophy which was universal. The 1971 uprising was pure foolishness. I knew a lot of them in my Peradeniya University days, commencing late 1982, when I was an undergrad (on study leave from the Education Ministry) a dozen years “overage”, but I was determined to be as normal an undergrad as possible. In 1983, they were definitely not racist. Wrongly blamed for the pogrom, they were forced underground.
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          When they re-emerged I guess that they were conscious of having been wrongly blamed, and they also knew that their support came from “depressed Sinhalese”. Then came their reign of terror. I was not in the country at that time. It is this period that goes against them when they strive for support from a wider section of sinhalese society. This is what makes me feel that they cannot exceed that 6% support.

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          PART TWO
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          I’m just writing this off the cuff. I think that there are as many as four or five tiny Marxist parties. They don’t really expect to have an impact on National Politics. They are definitely non-racist, but in an intellectual way.
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          As for the JVP, they have greater expectations, and they’ve been almost exemplary during the past six to seven years. I have been genuinely impressed with AKD’s speeches, and in his case, I feel that the minorities have a genuine friend. Sunil Handunetti too is outstanding. On the whole, I feel that you can trust them.
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          I’m scheduled to do some house to house campaigning in my immediate area of Bandarawela. The official party line appears to be “no strategic voting” mainly because they are afraid of being labelled “Red Elephants” – i.e. supporters of the UNP. I think that they will allow me to explain how Preferences work, since I’m not a member.
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          I think that everybody is quite fed up with the current politicians (Parliamentarians plus Provincial Councillors), but many say straight away when asked that they support the Rajapaksas. I’ve recently begun to detect that many actually want neither of the two main parties. At these Presidential Elections I feel that there is the possibility of showing them that strategic voting is possible. However, explaining it seems to be very difficult – and not just to the villager – even to those who consider themselves “educated.” Cynicism and intellectual laziness create an impermeable filter.
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          Well, let’s see how it goes.

  • 22
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    Good day to one & all over the planet.
    Does our alluring Mother Sri Lanka, need a repugnant parasite of a termite of a human beast to take over the mantle of even attempting to bring our lovely isle back to its pre-independence glory
    During his heydays which was between the period 2005 to 2015 he was an intimidating coward who ran away shedding his military uniforms to the salubrious safety of a 7-1-1 petrol filling station attire in the safety of the USA
    After his brother by corrupt doings became His Excellency the Executive President he boldly became the Defense Secretary and what a tedious tormentors period it was to the hapless citizens unlike the lucky one similar to my good self who had to seek abode in a true democratic nations as being born a mighty Tamil was tarnished as a benefactor to the Tamil cause.
    This I can proudly deny, I am still & was sympathetic to the legitimate Tamil cause to this very second.
    During his turbulent period of time, many an innocent soul just was made a vanishing into thin air yokels
    He also gained international notoriety for the erection in the wrong sense as usual massive shark tanks at public expenditure on government assets and am reliably informed that the feed & fodder for his pet sharks were the hapless victims of his thriving White Van Business Enterprises which are now thriving to raise it’s ugly head again.
    Do we really need this monster & his antics again after 4 years of peace & calm?
    I can boldly & proudly state that it is a big no, no & the biggest No.
    Please, please, please messes Voters, cease sitting on your brains and cast your precious votes for the clean, always perfect like his late dad [ whom I used to admire & respect today tomorrow and forever and ever ]

  • 11
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    There is a candidate by the name Siritunge Jayasuriya who considers everything on humanitarian basis and not on racial basis. He has a broad vision acceptable to all communities. He is not like the corrupt politicians. Why can’t the Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims consider his candidacy for President? After all it is a person from the civil side who should be given the absolute authority what is best for the country. Any person from the military background or from religious fanaticism should not be considered as a fit and proper person for President. People who do not have a blood-stained hand, should be given authority to govern the country. This is where a glorious revolution can be witnessed in a country.

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      Yes, Siritunge Jayasuriya is fine. So is Ajantha Perera (women form 50% of the electorate). I have little against the other Alternatives, Mahesh Senanayake, Rohan Pallewatte, the candidates from the Front-line Socialist Party and the Social Equality Party (not racists).
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      But there are just too many Alternatives. Dear Ayathuray Rajasingam, by all means give your First Preference to Siritunga, but remember that it will only be an effective means of appreciating honesty, decency and humaneness. He just won’t be elected.
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      And remember this, your Second and Third Preferences will be looked at only if no candidate achieves 50%. By voting for many different candidates you will do much to ensure that there is a counting of Preferences.
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      However, it is important that I cast my First Preference for the JVP, although their record, and that of the FSP, in University Affairs is bad. Political discussion in the Universities is necessary, but what seems acceptable in Sri Lanka is coercion and parading the streets.
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      It is the Preferences only for the candidates who emerge First and Second that will be looked at. So the first task for me is to get an acceptable candidate into at least SECOND place on first count.
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      Once that has been done, there is no need for the winner to have a plurality of valid votes. Please calculate whether Sajid Khan actually got upto 50% to be elected Mayor of London. I made the calculation for the 2000, and found that the winner got only 44%. The guy placed second could overhaul the leader after the First Round, but it has not happened in the five elections held so far. This system of selecting the winner has not been used anywhere else than Sri Lanka and London.
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_London_mayoral_election

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        If only the people of Northern & Eastern Provinces and the hill country Tamils and Muslims together with the Western Province including the Sinhalese can vote for Siritunge Jayasuriya, there will be awareness. Sajith Premadasa has already made some remarks which had shocked Ranil Wickremasinghe. If Ranil Wickremasinghe can openly support Siritunge Jayasuriya at this stage there is a likelihood of a CHANGE. I do not know whether such miracle will happen. However, let us wait and watch.

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          Dear Ayathuray Rajasingam,
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          Miracles just don’t happen. Siritunge Jayasuriya is not known to even 1% of the public.
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          I’ve seen articles by you. Are you this naive?
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          I respect you, and all that, but you really will have to be more rational.

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    If Gota comes to power, we will have a different Lanka.

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      lankan – “If Gota (GOTLER) comes to power, we will have a different Lanka.” You mean murder, rape, robbery etc. under the guidance of the National Hangman? Please be specific!

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      Lankan, you cd. not have said it better. A new constitution for sure, not for tamil and muslim equality, but for the power hungry dynasty to remain rulers for ever and ever and ever, or may be no elections altogether. GMOA Paniya against whom health ministry has to now investigate his presence on stage, is already aligned in his trade union how to hold fake elections each June and corruptly remain permanently in power. Other dictatorial vices too are established long term on a sleeping profession. Threats, fear and murder of patients is unleashed on citizens, with strikes to topple govt. when they lose. Name is Lawlessness

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      lankan,
      That much we know for certain but, I can guarantee that the picture you’ve got will not be the one you going to see!

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      Yes, it will be somewhat different. I would have been disappeared in a white van.

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        Sinhala man
        So you attach so much importance to yourself. That would have happened to you in 1989 if you were a young man then. Your UNP tortured 60,000+ youth to death while you probably were cheering behind closed doors. IN RETURN YOU ARE ASKING THEIR SECOND PREFERENCE! Shame.

        Soma

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          Soma, while you are a clever commenter, and probably a decent enough human being, your responses are predictable.
          .
          There are some 7.7 billion humans on this planet. We treat all of them as valuable because not to do so undermines our own worth.
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          Looked at objectively, we are a plague that has overcome all living things on this planet. So we are really “kochinomi” – a Sanskrit word I’ve been told (I don’t know the language). However, all living beings have an instinct for self-preservation, and so do I. Yes, so for me, my life is the most important, but I don’t expect anybody else to think so.
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          Our genes are selfish, as Richard Dawkins says. So, I also value four humans who carry my genes, and also my wife who helped me produce those four (not all are my children, two are grandchildren). What’s wrong in that?
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          No, I did not support either the UNP or the JVP when they were killing each other and even innocents. You should know by now that I’m not a secretive guy who does naughty things behind closed doors.
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          Don’t you remember how I asked you to please stop throwing specious arguments at me? Let us respect each others points of view.

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      Lankan: Better or worse? Don’t be vague, man!

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      You mean there will be no Lanka, hahahaha.

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    After reading this I have to think of ticking Keselwatta Kid…But then who are his puppet masters?.

    * Dr Ranil who helped his ex Royal mate to help his SIL to make LKR 11 Billion commission from our Dalits EPF.
    * Mr Ravi Karunanayaka who bought that Penthouse with the money one of his company Bosses brought in a couple of Gunny Bags which prevented Mr Ravi submitting any accountability reports..
    * Mangala Samare who is hell bent on getting his Western Judges to lock up our Rana Viru Boys.
    * Kabir Hashim who does not seem to know whether he is UNP or SLMC or Wahabi Party
    * Akila Viraj Kariyawasma who is giving free uniforms to School Boys , But Keselwatta Kid is not happy that the Boys have to report to Akila’s agents to collect them.
    * SLMC Boss Minister Hakeem who sat on that PSC while having that Video Clip with Zaharan in the archives.
    * Minister Bathudeen whose brother has “bought” 40 Acres with doctored deeds.

    The list goes on and on..
    But the most important Puppet Master is the Field Marshall Ponseka whom Keselwatta Kid has nominated to be the Minister of Defence as well as the Minister of Justice under one Department..
    Some of the things he said recently frightened the hell out of me.

    I should also check how the Yahapalana Economy has done before I make up my mind after the Mass on last Sunday before the 16th…..

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    As long as the so called majority, we Sinhalese are subconsciously afraid of the minorities taking over, we will continue to be stimulated by those who will continue to milk this weakness. Using all manner of emotional blackmail.
    Come to think of it, we have justification to be afraid of others as we are not ready to take necessary measures to ensure that our security is guaranteed. The justification being that we are not driven enough or lazy to do what it takes to establish a solid defense system using our brains and military hardware.
    What we rely instead on is to suppress the minorities through our numbers and intimidation. What a stupid way of doing things.
    The 30 year war went on not because the LTTE was so fantastic, but we were so stupid that instead of using our brains, we continued to do the conventional thing over and over for the better part of the 30 years.
    It just took 1 man, general SF to think outside the box and come up with tactics and strategies to defeat that of the LTTE. He won the war in less than 3 years.
    If we are afraid of our security, we should upgrade our systems, instead of suppressing minorities so crudely. And using that fear to propagate all sorts of racist, sadistic, crude, inhuman, outdated, insensitive, cussed unbuddhist methods.
    We should rely on hardware and advanced defence tactics and systems just as other countries keep adopting.
    Presently we are back to the good old days where we don’t have any combat capable aircraft. Our military hardware has not been upgraded. And most other forces have retrogressed. Our soldiers had become labourers. No wonder we are shivering in our pants.
    On top of that we have compromised the judiciary and allowed corruption to envelope our social fabric.

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      Gemini Cricket,
      “It just took 1 man, general SF to think outside the box and come up with tactics and strategies to defeat that of the LTTE. He won the war in less than 3 years.”

      While not denying the role played by Sarath Fonseka in eliminating ‘Para’ Malabari Demala terrorists, I would like to tell that SF worked in the army under several Presidents and Secretaries of Defence but could not think outside the box until Mahinda Rajapakse and Gotabhaya Rajapakse took the leadership with determination to defeat Malabari terrorists militarily.

      Until Mr. Sri Mukhaya told that he will appoint SF to be in-charge of National Security, he was ridiculing Mr. Sri Mukhaya. As soon as Mr. Sri Mukhaya told this, he became a hero to SF. During the last four years SF was in this Government but failed to prevent Wahabi Muslim terrorist attack.

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        Eagle Eye
        Yes you are quite right in what you say, why was SF was not effective under other Presidents. You have actually hit a nerve here, however I have a very plausible explanation to this as follows.
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        But first let me ask you this, do you think Prabakaran actually did what was right by the Tamil people or do you think he used their plight to gather their support to further his selfish interest? Some pipe dream that only he knew.
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        I would say the latter, his motivation to capture choice lands was perhaps with the expectation that there could be oil in the eastern province. He sacrificed lots of Tamils in trying to realise his dream.
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        After experiencing Tsunami dollars, I think Mahinda also had the same idea, he was focused on making lots of money, oil would have been the easiest avenue for that.
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        Hence the very first thing he did after winning the war was to change the constitution so he could reign for ever, then the very next thing was to award several contracts to foreign companies to prospect for oil, thank God they didn’t find anything in commercial quantity, otherwise it would be a very different picture in Sri Lanka today. It would be like an African country.
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        So here is my answer, Mahinda wanted full control by all means, SF had the capability, Mahinda gave a free hand to SF, SF exercised his powers to the fullest, most times Mara and Gota didn’t even know his plans, the rest as you know is history.
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        Praba sold BS to the Tamils and they were fooled by his deceit while our man Mahinda and his family wanted fortune at our expense we continue to get fooled.
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        I say we start relying on a rational well planned system based on advanced thinking and advanced technology rather than empty promises of the politicians.

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      It is good you recognise. Sinhlaese only lived on bribes given by foreigners who stole Sinhalese identity in colonial to time fool majority and stay in power while Sinhalese society is completely destroyed.

      I attack any conspiracy, which is normal, but I won’t blame Tamil, Muslim or any others.. However, these fake Sinhalese Buddhists leaders have to be removed and teach Sinhalese Buddhists how to rule the country. Sinhalese Buddhist have been given bribes by these fake leaders to make them lazy and go bankrupt.
      They also, supply alcohol. And drugs These are not done by Tamil or Muslim.
      But all foreigners love what these double agents who have been doing these since they took power from British.

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    It is a joke if anyone called this govt as YAHAPALANAYA govt. We all can see the truth about this govt on 16th. It is the opinion of what majority of people matters at the end.

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      Look at what has been achieved under YAHAPALANAYA as explained in this article, and what was not achieved, and why not. It is easier said than done. True, corruption is rampant and is a major problem, but the people are free to express their views, even if critical against the leadership. There is a lot of truth expressed in this article, we know as we have lived through it, and would be worthwhile to have it translated, so that it would create a maximum impact. This will remind people of past experiences and influence in their judgement to make the right choice at the hustings.

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      Would Gauthama have said that ” It is the opinion of what majority of people matters at the end?”

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    Sri Lankan corruption is nothing compared to the West. Today I read the USA, after illegally invading Syria, is selling Syrian oil for $30 million USD monthly profit. Corruption is everywhere in politics, East and West. Even if you get rid of Gotabaya, you will still have corruption.

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      Gota is not the leader of corruption. No one need to bring him as the one introduced corruption to Sri lanka. Corruption was introduced by the system which introduced by group people in 1948. It was the foundation and gradually increased corruption by both people of two main political parties.
      People who was living in Sri lanka should know better than me.
      In the first place, Sinhalese can’t blame Tamil, Muslim, others or foreigners. Non of them have power. The power is on the hand of Sinhalese and if they don’t know how to find a leader who does not take bribes, who does not do traitor duties, it is solely Sinhalese Buddhists’ problem

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      In this case, you are absolutely true. Stolen gold and stolen billions of dollars from Africa are in Europe and American bank. We have to ask Jewish people isn’t these gold and billions of smell bad from “Shit holes” in Africa. May be they cleaned them before deposited into Western banks.
      President Trump said All Arab land and Africa land are “Shit holes”. But How come Jewish immigrant settled down in ” Shit holes” in Palestine? So according Jews, Jesus were born in a “shit hole,”
      How come Jews bring gold from South Africa’s’ “shit hole” and put them European banks. Did Jewish people clean all African when they smuggle them into Europe from Libya and Central Africa?

      WE have a lot of fun questions to be asked from Jewish people in US, Canada and Europe. One such question is “How they felt when they smuggled Somalis into Canada, US and Europe from “shit holes” in Africa.

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    In 2005 if this writer foretold me about freedom/corruption/crime under a Rajapaksa administration I would still have voted for elimination of terror and war hemorrhaging the nation for thirty long years.
    And I was proved right. Where would we be today if Ranil Wickramasinghe was in that place coinhabiting with Prabakaran to this day. It was truly Devine intervention.
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    Though Prabakaran is gone Ranil is still there.
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    He managed to fool Sobhitha Thero with his Civil Society cabal, break Rajapaksa party and do a regime change with American funding.
    He carried out a vehemently anti Chinese election campaign knowing fully well the geo polical realities AND FULLY CONSCIOUS OF THE IMPLICATIONS THIS NATION HAD TO FACE AS A RESULT OF THEIR ANTI INDIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN 1977.
    He started off with appointing a friend to head the Central bank, bringing it under his preview and making Ravi Karunayakke Finance Minister while he still had a Forex violation charge.
    Then he halted all on going infrastructure projects including the Port city ( Project cancellation penalty for two years amounted to one million US a day which had to be settled by granting additional land to the Chinese.!) Stored paddy in the Mattala airport.
    He sold off the Hambantota port fully conscious of Indian sensitivities. He wanted Indians to be in control of Mattala while Hambantota under the Chinese. He is not a baby – everything goes according to a plan. Next step was to bring in the US armed forces through ACTA and SOFA and facilitating land sale to foreign entities through MCC.
    He pursued an agenda in Geneva criminalising the armed forces who sacrificed their life and limb to save the the country. Allowed the LTTE to commemorate their dead terrorists and Wahbism to grow with land bragging while Buddhist priests are humiliated. All consciously, deliberately, right on plan.

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      Dont be fooled. It was not Raajapakses who formulated strategy to win the war, but the Military strategists who planned and sacrificed a lot of lives of youth, as is usually the case in any war situation. They were the real heroes of the war. Ranil nor Rajapakse could not have conducted and won the war on their own. There were even foreign pilots from Pakistan who were instrumental in winning the war. They were able to smoke out the enemy, and soften the targets through ambush and strikes, with precision weaponry, and later the foot soldiers marched in for the kill. Rajapakses happened to be leaders at the right place at the right time. But they took all the credit over the lives of all those who died fighting for territorial integrity of the country. They even took the architect of the strategy Field Marshal Fonseka into custody not permitting him his due share of the victory. Misplaced loyalties

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    It is bloody democracy and freedom (wal booru nidahasa as Sir John Kotalawala said) imposed on Sinhale by British ‘Awajathakayo’ in order to keep ethnic groups divided and go on fighting after they left that ruined this country. In Sinhale, Malabari Demalu used the freedom and played havoc and created instability in order to gain the ‘Traditional Homeland’ that never existed in Sinhale. How can the slaves brought from Malabar have a ‘Traditional Homeland’ in Sinhale.

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      This what exactly true. Sinhalese are kept divided under this system to make Tamil Tigers grow until Western countries get fully control of India through black mail by using Tamil Tigers

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    Most of what the writer has written is true. But articles such as these are only viewed and read by one class of people of Sri Lanka (& overseas), comprising a small minority (remember there was a time during the previous regime this website was banned in SL?). Information such as these needs to be written in Sinhaleses and disseminated, so the majority Sinhala Buddhists in the villages are reached, informed and educated as to the true nature of this criminal mafia mob. Unfortunately that criminal mob has been able to brain wash those vulnerable folks into believing they are the patriots and saviours of the majority whereas that is the furthest from the truth. They have also cleverly manipulated the private media (in their vernacular anything private (e.g. SAITM) is taboo. But if it works to their benefit that’s ok! That’s hypocrisy) to their advantage. It is also unfortunate the Government media / publicity is found wanting to counter the effects of the criminal MR mafia outreach.

    Educating the majority Sinhala Buddhist Village folks is the key. I understand 52 year old SP is covering the entire country in his campaign (grandfather NGR may not have the stamina to keep pace!!). The candidate whose outreach is higher and who is also more convincing to the voter will win.

    Voters , please use your franchise judiciously.

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      Yes, educating the Sinhalese voter during the next two weeks is what is important.

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    Mr.Sri Mukhaya has promised to give sanitary towels to ladies free of charge to be used during menstruation. I will not be surprised if he says that he will give condoms free of charge to get votes of young people. This guy is a joker.

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      Dear all women everywhere,
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      You make up half the electorate! See how this guy insults you.
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      I’m not particularly fond of Sajith, but let us send the likes of Eagle Eye packing!
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      Please read carefully this very serious and well-written article:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/menstrual-hygiene-a-necessity-not-a-luxury/

      Written more than a year ago. Compulsory reading also for “all of woman born”.

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    This is a detailed and comprehensive article well articulated and presented with facts.

    The title “Yahapalana failures must not drive us into the arms of an authoritarian” is realistic and no less compelling warrants a need for wider circulation and action.

    The reasons for the yahapalana failure rests largely on the inept leadership of the President and PM and some politicians with divided loyalties. and no sincere commitment to fulfil its election pledges to eradicate corruption.

    The Law and Order minister proved himself to be a fifth columnist and sabotaged the legal process and prevented the now presidential aspirant to face criminal charges.
    It is that successful evasion over four years to dodge court proceedings that has permitted him to contest the post of President.

    The judiciary though now labelled as independent is still fearful of the return of the previous regime and thought fit to recuse themselves. This is not confined to the judiciary alone but a threat that looms over many an establishment infiltrated and dominated by partisan supporters of the previous regime.The storming of Lake House and Rupavahini and the re-instatement of political cronies during the October coup was a case in point.

    In the face of the fearful threat of a looming dictatorship it is time that we stand up and be counted once again to save Democracy.

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    Manilal Dissanayake, Thank you for a well researched and truthful analysis.

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    It is vital for all Sri Lankans to think of their future and the future of the island nation. Where do you want to be in 2, 3, 5 & 10 years and what sort of leader do you want to put in charge. You have had enough post-independence experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. Whatever the mindset you have, one does not need to be Einstein to make informed decision on November 2019.
    Over to you, Sri Lankans.

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    Sadly even a prelate asked him to be Hitler !
    These are the midst of masses
    Telling Muslim’s to go to Saudi,while sending their sisters and mothers to serve the Arabs.
    Telling us to go to TN,while crawling in Thirupathi

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    Its a democracy , and we will vote for who we think best for our future. Who are you to tell us? We’ve seen how your intelligent choice of governance has worked in last 4 years

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      Dear Words,
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      Did anybody compel you to read this article? Ignore it if you want to.
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      I think that it’s a very good article, but you needn’t agree with me.

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    They themselves said that MR got defeated in 2015, because of GR and BR. Now they want same GR as president. This is Rajapaksha “Washiya” nothing more.

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    1)Mahinda Rajapaksa held ALL elections on time and in time. Brought democracy to North East.
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    Sri Lanka is a Democratic country. Neighbouring giant India is a Democratic country. How can anyone become a dictator here who comes to power with a slim majority? The rest of the people will be passive on lookers? Hello, Dictatorship is not a spectator game. Even new generation children don’t believe in Goni Billa stories. The author is taking us for suckers.

    Som6

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    Anura, Mahesh and all others should support Sajith at this election to get rid of Rajapakses and then contest against UNP at the parliamentary elections.

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    Manilal, Thank You So Much for speaking out real facts. It hurts me thinking , “If we had thousands of decent right thinking people like you we would not have reached this sorry state in the first place”. Hope, it is not yet “too late for hope”.

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    Looks like Gommanpilla, agrees with me. He says people believe that “Gotha is behind the Easter Murders”. Yes shit head “HE IS”. Gotha refused for an open debate because he needs those 500 people who prepared his campaign manifesto to answer questions addressed to him. Because he dosent know a shit other than discipline and security, which are not a major priority at the moment. Gotha him self announced the world, “LTTE is no more” and claimed credit for it. So to make security a priority Easter had to be staged for Lankan retards.

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    Terrorist king pin Gota and his party:

    1. Pillayan. LTTE eastern commander
    2.Gnanasara BBS -Terrorist
    3.Zaharan- need we say more
    4.Wijeydasa Rajapaksa-convicted fraudsters
    5.Duminda Silva-Drug king pin
    6.Nivad Cabral- financial fraudster
    7.Arajun Mahendran-Rajapaksa financial advisor and bond scam thief.
    8.Weerawansa-Man with two passports and a fraudster
    9.Gammanpilla-Australia wants the fraudster.
    10.MR and family-fraud incorporation and killing of Thajudeen.

    Archievement:
    1. Sri Lanken Airline frauds
    2.Mig fraudsters
    3.Urban development authority fraud
    4.killing of Lasantha
    5.Extortion of funds and kidnappings of Tamil children and Muslims.
    6.Avanguard fraud and mercenary gun running.

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      Jehan, You forgot the achievement of GMOA striking mafia to topple govt. by killing patients and demanding nominations for health minister and parliament.

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    1)Mahinda Rajapaksa held ALL elections on time and in time. Brought democracy to North East.
    .
    Sri Lanka is a Democratic country. Neighbouring giant India is a Democratic country. How can anyone become a dictator here who comes to power with a slim majority? The rest of the people will be passive on lookers? Hello, Dictatorship is not a spectator game. Even new generation children don’t believe in Goni Billa stories. The author is taking us for suckers.

    Soma

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    Gotha, s supporters boast about Gothas strength which is discipline, security and winning the war. The truth is he promoted Mafia, “white van culture”, corrupt businessman,murder, torture and harass the minority (which is what actually his supporters like about him , his immorality and hatred towards minority). Other than the minority it is the poor who get killed when ever they tried to protest for justice. And his voters call him a “National Hero “. A pseudo patriot who ran away to US during active war, changed allegiance, came back to help his brother in killing the minority, nefarious activities, political murders, and kill or threaten journalist.While this act was in play, Basil took care of finances and Chamal pretended, to be the judge.(sounds like a cheap B Grade bollywood script).”Mother of all” MR is the leading cast “the Pavlovian Magician who keeps conditioning his SB followers”. Then there are supporting artist like Namal, Jaliya Shiranee ,Nirupama —-etc . The Lankan SB call this family show as “True Patriotism and Nationalism”.

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    All of you can blame Sirisena and Ranil if Gota is elected President. They did not let the law take its course and punish the Rajapakses.
    Don’t blame Gota, he is just taking advantage of their corruption. In these many articles and scare-mongering they are trying to do the same.
    This is hard to swallow (Gamini), but its true.

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    Eagle eye, if you want both free (pads and condom), for your grand or great grand children come at get it. I am sure you want have the need for both.

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