27 May, 2020

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The Return 

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism is that democracy’s assassins use the very institutions of democracy – gradually, subtly, and even legally – to kill it.” ~ Stephen Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (How Democracies Die)

“As if our democracy was nothing but a short-lived dream,” says Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa in The Edge of Democracy, her new documentary dealing with the slow unravelling of democracy in Brazil. 

It’s a familiar feeling, here in Sri Lanka, as a triumphant national-populism begins its annihilating march over democratic institutions. 

This week, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa summoned the media bosses, to make clear to them the new lay of the land. “I do not intend to pressure the media in any way,” he told them. Most reportage of that meeting focused on this sentence, interpreting it as an absolute assurance of media freedom. Ignored or forgotten was the sentence that came immediately after: “But I think if media propagate lies, it is an insult to the people of the country.”

Take the two sentences as a whole (as they were meant to be), and the presidential pronouncement points not to a state of freedom but to one of freedom-unfreedom. There is freedom to burnish the image of the country, to excoriate the enemies of the nation. But there is no freedom to say anything the rulers would interpret as damaging to the country’s reputation. Building up the country’s reputation is the media’s responsibility and anything that is written or said in the service of that patriotic cause is the truth.  

For instance, there is freedom to attack, in the meanest terms, the employee of the Swiss Embassy who is at the centre of the alleged abduction-molestation case. Turn her from alleged victim to proven criminal, reveal her name and family details, ignore her pitiful attempts to cover her face and publicise her photographs – and you can be certain of a pat on the back from the president himself.  

No official censorship is in place and none is needed. As that master propagandist, Dr. Josef Goebbels put it, “We don’t want everyone to blow the same hone, but only want them to blow according to one plan” (The German Dictatorship – Karl Dietrich Bracher).

The Swiss Embassy incident is seminal in understanding not just how media freedom will work in practice, but how justice will be done in real life. Even as the CID was investigating the case, Defence Secretary and retired general Kamal Gunaratne publicly accused the Tamil Diaspora of instigating the incident. This week, the president himself weighed in, pronouncing that no crime had happened, ergo there were no criminals for the investigators to find, just a woman who is bad or mad of both. Given these unambiguous pronouncements by the men in charge, what hope of an impartial inquiry? What chance for truth? What room for justice, for anyone who earns the Rajapaksa ire by countering their narrative?

Slash and Burn

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected the president of Sri Lanka on November 17th. His investiture took place on November 18th at the Ruwanwelisaya, that ultimate symbol of Sinhala-Buddhism. On 20th November Ranil Wickremesinghe resigned from premiership. On November 21st, President Gotabaya appointed older brother Mahinda as the new Prime Minister.

The next day, the upending of the CID began. 

The three top sleuths of the CID were given transfers which were not just punitive but also humiliating. SSP Shani Abeysekara was removed from the post of Director, CID and appointed as the personal assistant to the DIG of the Southern Province. Inspector Nishantha Silva who headed the CID’s Organised Crime Investigation Unit was packed off to Negambo. Some days later, ASP Tissera, the supervising officer of IP Silva, was banished to the Field Force Headquarters. And the SSP who was reportedly in charge of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security was appointed as the new head of the CID.

All these measures got the instant approval of the supposedly independent Police Commission.

Next came the proposal to the cabinet by Premier Rajapaksa, to set up a special presidential commission “to investigate those government officials who conducted investigations into the conduct of other public officials who were targets of political witch-hunts during the last government” (Daily News – 7.12.2019). In Sri Lanka, presidential commissions (unlike Commissions of Inquiry) had been used by governments as instruments of vengeance against the political opponents. Given this history, the message would be loud and clear. Public officials, especially police officers, who had any involvement in any investigation/trial involving SLPP politicians or their supporters will be targeted.

Thus schooled, the CID is hard at work. The witch hunt targeting Dr. Shafi Sahabdeen has been resumed. This time he will be guilty of whatever insane charge his detractors see fit to foist on him. And, according to internet reports, the CID has formally requested the courts to revoke the red notice on Udayanga Weeratunga. SSP Thilakaratne, the new CID head, had reportedly informed the Magistrate that Mr. Weeratunga was an innocent victim of a vengeful persecution by the previous administration, because he is a first cousin of President Rajapaksa and PM Rajapaksa. 

The reconstructed CID is also in charge of investigating the new conspiracy to assassinate the President or a member of his family. A Muslim man from Valachchanai is in custody and investigations are pending. Will this plot go the way of the faux Naxalite conspiracy of 1982 which was used by the JR Jayewardene government to imprison the SLFP’s best and brightest campaigners in time for the infamous referendum? Is this a prelude to the upcoming parliamentary election, the chosen path to reach the coveted two-thirds?

What comes next?

During the Reichstag Fire trial of 1933, the top Nazis were unhappy about the independent conduct of the judges. “Mein Fuhrer, it is an absolute disgrace the way these High Court judges are behaving. You would think we were on trial, not the Communists,” Herman Goering was quoted complaining. Hitler’s answer was, “It is only a question of time. We shall soon have those old fellows talking our language” (Hitler – Ernst Hanfstaengl).

Former CJ Shirani Bandaranayake, in her memoir, Hold me in Contempt, writes that one of the first indications of the coming impeachment was a series of scathing attacks on the judiciary by the state-owned SLBC. Last week, an infamous Rajapaksa acolyte unleashed a diatribe against five magistrates, three members of the AG’s Department and several lawyers, mentioning by name. Ajith Prasanna, a retired military officer turned lawyer, attacked the magistrates for giving “verdicts that would not be given by judges with a normal brain”. The retired major is a particularly noxious gadfly, but would he have mentioned five magistrates by name and impugned their professionalism, impartiality, ethics and even sanity, without an assurance of political protection from on high?

It is not yet a month since the presidential election. In that short time, there had been three physical attacks on media personnel; one website office was raided and two web journalists summoned to the CID. Several women activists of the Frontline Socialist Party have been detained by the police.

The SLPP loyalists and fellow travellers too have joined in the search for public enemies. For instance, SLFP’s Reginald Cooray was reportedly pummelled by SLPP supporters last week. In another example, the director of the Cancer Hospital, Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake launched a hysterical verbal assault on MHM Mohamed, the head of the non-profit Fight Cancer, using the most uncouth anti-Muslims terms.

In one of his Facebook posts, Dr. Dassanayake is reported saying, “Is this a country gone to Mohammads? The President will discover all. He doesn’t go begging for minority votes.” The doctor’s Muslim-bashing is his doing. But the enabling environment in which it is happening was created by the outcome of the presidential election. This doctor, who is also a public servant, believes that he can display his racism in the crudest terms without suffering either societal opprobrium or official/legal consequences. What gives him that certitude?

“The power to kill and degrade saves the servile soul from utter emptiness,” wrote. Camus (The Rebel). A medical doctor, and the head of one of the most important public hospitals in Sri Lanka, is unashamed to use the most obscene language on Facebook, under his own name. Consider the example he is setting. Doesn’t this herald the coming death not just of democracy and the rule of law but also of decency as a public and private value? 

Rajapaksa Raj; Saffron Rules

Soon after he was released from jail via a presidential pardon, the rabble-rousing monk, Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara said, “We are going to make a government of Sinhalese alone.” (Api thani Sinhala anduwak hadanawa).

Sinhala-Buddhist supremacism’s first article of faith is the rejection of the pluralist nature of Sri Lanka. The refusal to accept minorities as co-owners of the country is justified by claiming that that minorities are untrustworthy aliens, forever conspiring to take ‘our’ country away from ‘us’, aided and abetted by the West and India. From that phobia to the hallucination that Sinhala Buddhists are the most endangered species on earth is but a short step.

Minority phobia and Western conspiracies formed a key component of the SLPP’s presidential campaign. Sinhala-Buddhist monks manufactured an unbreakable link between the survival of Sinhala-Buddhism and the restoration of Rajapaksa rule. The election was presented as the last chance to save Sri Lanka for Sinhala-Buddhists. The relics from Naga Lokaya  (Cobra World) drama, in which the chief incumbent of the Kelaniya temple played a star role, demonstrated the irrational and absurd depths to which Sinhala-Buddhist monks (as distinct from Buddhist monks) were willing to plummet in the service of Rajapaksa raj. 

Days before the presidential election, Ududumbara Kashyapa Thera, a well known preacher monk, started a fast unto death against the MCC agreement. The fast was given hyped publicity by the pro-SLPP media. Since the monk concerned had no history of rabble-rousing, and a reputation for piety, his stand against the MCC carried weight and gave some credence to the demented stories about the agreement as a tool of separation. 

Asked about the MCC Agreement, the monk is reported saying that he had not read the treaty, had no time to study the implications of the treaty. So this erudite and pious monk started a fast unto death against an agreement he knew nothing about. His opposition was based not on knowledge but on hearsay. The agreement was in the public domain, yet he didn’t think it was necessary to read it. Even now, he doesn’t see a problem with his actions. 

This is the new ethos – the unravelling of democracy, the deification of the irrational, and the normalisation of indecency. 

The work to turn a flawed pluralist democracy into a Sinhala-Buddhist raj is taking place in a landscape increasingly characterised by ‘degraded values and gangster morality’ (to quote Camus). Its main victims will be Tamils, Muslims, Christians, and anti-Rajapaksa Sinhalese. But the madness will not stop at that. Extremism is cannibalistic, always and everywhere. Already pro-Rajapaksa monks have publicly targeted two key pro-Rajapaksa personalities, Milinda Moragoda and Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, accusing them of being Christian fundamentalists and fifth columnists. 

When purity is the deciding factor, every road ends in the inquisition or the concentration camp. 

The Gotabaya Rajapaksa victory is being hailed by some as the new 1956; correctly so. But 1956 would not have happened had it not been for the politico-social upheaval caused by the rice price hike of 1953. SWRD Bandaranaike took the resulting discontent and directed it into an ethno-religious channel. Once elected, he tried to distance himself from the forces he himself unleashed, and paid the ultimate price. 

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is unlikely to tread that path. SWRD Bandaranaike used an already existing extremist fringe for his benefit. The Rajapaksas created their own extremist fringe. Having being elected on a Sinhala-Buddhist platform, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is likely to rule as a Sinhala-Buddhist leader, irrespective of the cost to Sri Lanka.

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    SALUTE to TG. Madam I sincerely thank you for not just being honest but having the courage to come out and say it. There are very few journalist left , who seems to have ethics (being honest and willing to tell the real facts to the public) but yet not all have the courage like TG to say it. For all those browbeating, chest thumping, Trash talking Machos , I say “you are nothing in front of this Iron Lady. Go suck your thump.” Though our immoral public may not understand any what this lady wrote, yet it is refreshing and a glimmer of hope, that humanity is still alive in our Sorry Lanka.

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      Ay, ay, thou speakest the truth, chiv.
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      Happy the land that produces at least a handful of such people.

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      Well said. TG deserves a global recognition for her fine analysis, balanced stance, erudite writing but above all, courage.

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    Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

    Sure from the Swiss cheese liars will come. You cant even come to examine and be OBJECTIVE THE HOAX pulled by the Swiss Miss chocolate. You are like NY Times and BBC who have not printed a single follow up to the hoax. How did your beau taste Rajitha Dentist the pathological liar get to lie and dramatize the hoax? Read today’s Sunday Times. Your visceral hatred saw you defend all the crooks of the RW-Siridena regime.

    Gota isn’t doing anything differently from the TRUMP regime and FoxNews. And guess what? He will win again in 2020. Look at all the relentless attacks and tweets. Gota hasn’t done anything like that. Ask sister Alaina Teplitz . Facts.

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      Not a big deal, just for nickname Chidambaram, a Patriotic LA, CA Sinhala Royal has stolen the Tamil name. When this Solomon West Ridgeway Dias standing in the 2030 King (EP) Election, that name Chidambaram will appear in 3000 BCE Sinhala Lexicon as Sidemparaiah and Shenal and Malay colleagues will put the photo of the stone writing from Champika’s Carbon Dating Florida Lab.

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    Another untalented nobody who had to quote Westerners to show how knowledgeable he/she is. Unfortunately we have to put up with their BS almost every day.

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    [edited out] She and others like her are the ultimate enemies of Lanka, and no different from Prabhakarans and Zahrans. Gotaby should ensure that this type of banshees are not allowed to utter untruth and generate fake news, not by arresting them, but by immediately disputing their claims with facts and figures. Gotaby and the Sinhalese have the moral majority with them, and they can crush these snakes as well as the Moslem hydra who is temporarily disabled but will rise again to devour the poor Sinhalese both commercially and morally. Utmost protection should be given to the people because ISIS loving Moslems, who are well over 80% of the entire Moslem community will strike back at them with suicide missions and Jihadi fanaticism. I would watch out especially for schools and children. Moslem monsters who are trained ISIS cadres are waiting for the fatwa to strike the Sinhalese and other Kaffirs. I sincerely hope that the apparatus of safety put together by Gotabys security forces will soon uncover and destroy these elements and using the most lethal weaspons possible totally annihilate the Moslem terror groups from the country.

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      Jay Chambers,
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      “Moslem monsters who are trained ISIS cadres are waiting for the fatwa to strike the Sinhalese and other Kaffirs” – If you’re sure, why not work with intelligence to save us all and do something for the country, instead of behaving a kid in the limelight? Hey clown, do some online surveys that pay you better, at least you can buy a big Mac once in a while..he..he

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    Besides all odds , I was delighted to hear from a source who had worked for the SLPP Presidential campaign, The New Caretaker government along with The President are trying out ( small part of my favourite Swiss constitution),
    At a very minimum level in the villages , a system similar to the swiss “Gemeinden”, I sincerely hope this is true ,I fully understand it need to be implemented in a home grown preference , if it does not work, it is still okay , At least it would mean we tried , if it works , The people in every corner of the island will benefit and will become enthusiastic in development, as it provide the space for the entire people to become stakeholders in running and developping the nation.
    I sincerely hope I was informed properly and most of all U hope I understood it properly .
    Any further information about the above from the government would be appreciated .
    And if this succeeds and if we can move to a full Swiss system written in a home grown adoption, we would stand out in whole of Asia , not just South Asia Sub Continent.
    We will have lot of transparency,almost zero corruption, reduced waste on elections and white Elephant administrations.
    Which will also mean the Parliment becomes SUPREME.
    Elects its own government, Presidents (on a yearly period) Attorney General and even Judges .
    And what’s more the people will be happily and honestly collecting the taxes too and become responsible citizens by getting involved in Sri Lanka’s developments , which will actually give the politicians in the future better credentials and zero allegations .
    I hope am right , if am mistaken please advice and correct .
    Thank you

    Fahim Knight

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      Fahim Knight. Thank you for your hope. CPA had a conference in Lugano, Switzerland as soon as the 2002 Ceasefire was announced. Sambanthan, Radhika, Jayampathy, Rohan Edrisinghe and other Asian constitution specialists were there too. I was invited because since 1994 I was in Kilinochchi and part of those who practiced “2nd Track Diplomacy” to bring about conflict resolution and political solution and peace. We were taken to all the Cantons and received much information on how it functioned. I agree with you that a form of the Swiss Model is what we should promote. But at the Oslo peace talks both sides discussed to explore federalism. US Ambassador Wills recommended federalism in writing. The Chandrika government was not in favour and UNP was also not keen. I do not want to go into details of what transpired then which lead to Chandrika summarily dissolved parliament. (The 19th Amendment addressed that problem.). What GR and MR (Don’t forget Basil who is the strategist since 2005.) may want is to directly rule through Prethesiasabais without going through Provincial Councils.

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    If Gotabaya does all the right things when it comes to the economy, development of agriculture, protection of flora and fauna etc, that would be good. A good thing is a good thing, whoever does it.

    However, the Rajapakses haven’t absolved themselves of past allegations.
    That’s a different matter altogether, to do with meting out justice.

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    Tamils knows their politician’s ability in fulfilling their promises. This started from GGP and came up Sampanthar passing through even SJV-Leader Pirabha, but no continuing to Karuna. He is the only Tamil politician who kept at least one of his promise, ever in Ceylon history. He said the Muslim empire is coming to end. But he didn’t say for how long. He has kept his promise. Now Muslims leaders are trying to beat Karuna by painting the Eastern Province walls. Especially Hakeem trying his best to remember the wall paintings to keep out the Kumari’s ghost appearing and reappearing in his dreams. He led and flexed muscle at the end of the empire of Yahapalanaya by withdrawing 10 ministers from government, few of them had as much as 40 institutions under them.

    Bravo Karuna, it is worth for you having destroyed Leader Pirabha and Tamils all together.

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    Here comes the end to Western Empire too. The American Citizen and his CID has achieved it. Congratulation CID. It has cracked the Swiss Embassy trials and have now traced where the swiss Embassy was hiding and have arrested her.

    Tamil women has the lesson that if they are tortured or raped better justice is fully hiding it. Sinhala Women will take some time learn it.

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    I am glad TG has mentioned that “1956 would not have happened had it not been for the politico-social upheaval caused by the rice price hike of 1953”. This factor is often overlooked when looking at SWRD’s victory. The fact is that the incumbent government was unpopular and the public was waiting to turn it out of office. SWRD’s Sinhala Only policy no doubt had a significant impact but I believe that, given the prevailing discontent with the government, SWRD will have won with or without that policy. We really don’t know the exact difference that policy made. We should remember also that if the elections had been held on the one day – instead of being staggered as they were – the UNP will have won more than the 8 seats it secured. This time again we don’t know to what exact extent the Sinhala-Buddhist policies so vigorously promoted by the likes of the Rev Gnanasara ( who was so obligingly pardoned by Sirisena to enable him to campaign so actively) accounted for GR’s victory. The Yahapalanaya administration was just as unpopular as Sir John’s 1956 government was and the people wanted it out. GR’s victory was therefore due only in part to his Sinhala Buddhist platform, and no one should over estimate that aspect. Anyway, whether he likes it or not, GR cannot expect to carry the country with him if he decides to rule only as a ‘Sinhala-Buddhist leader’. Nor do I think will the likes of India and even the Arab states let him do so.

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    Native Vedda: You asked me – “If Buddha was around what would he say to these war criminals”. Please remember to “Buddha” war is a crime and as such, all those involved and engaged in war are criminals. This he proved even before becoming the “Buddha”. At the age of twenty eight, when being a member of “Sangha”- the King’s Court of Sakya, he moved against a “War” with adjoining kingdom Koliya, over a dispute that arose on the use of water of river “Rohini”. For his continued stand against the “War”, he was “Exiled” from the Kingdom and later became the “Gauthama Buddha” whose name was “Siddhartha Gauthama”. For further details of this history , Google : “The Buddha and his Dhamma” by Dr. B.R.Ambedkar. Whatever that history, I am of the same opinion – “THE WAR” for whatever the “REASON” is a “CRIME” and all those engaged in are “CRIMINALS”.

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      Douglas

      ” I am of the same opinion – “THE WAR” for whatever the “REASON” is a “CRIME” and all those engaged in are “CRIMINALS”.”

      Thanks a lot.
      I agree with you.
      However the problem is ho do we prevent it?
      How do we prevent merchants of death making money out of war?
      They want wars, they want good ward, and they want to make people paranoid, …. which makes easier for them to sell unwanted security equipment and arms, ….

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    Isn’t it convenient? The Easter day terrorists blew up the churches, and it was perfect timing for the recently elected president, to announce his candidacy a few days afterwards, when people became afraid once more and thought they needed a man like him to deal with it…..why did a parliamentarian stand up in parliament and accuse GR of funding these terrorists? Why haven’t we still seen the official document cancelling GR’s citizenship in the US? What part has he played in the anti Muslim campaign that goes on in other parts of the world, and seemed to have affected us here?

    Think, Sri Lankans. With the Rajapaksa’s what you see is not what you get.

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      Dear Nalin,
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      You have me sitting at a computer which is working all right. Both of us being homo sapiens, and Sri Lankans of that species, it is clear to me that your mind is able to make connections between events better than my computer can.
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      Yes, you are also good and decent. Even in my case, I strive to be more good than bad. Let us, therefore, join with all the other good people (Tissaranee, Fahim Knight, Native Veddah, Fred, and Douglas come to mind), to banish War, or at least reduce the unhappiness caused by it. It is true that we should wish nobody ill. However, we have to recognise the American paedophile, Jay Chambers, the guy calling himself Chidambaran, and that Reginald fellow as evil, and undo all the horrible things that they do.
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      I agree, that the crux of the matter is that while we recognise that many ballots were cast for Gota by unthinking people, Gota should prove to us, at least now that he had a right to contest the Presidential election.

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        Sinhala-Man. Did you mean Homo Sapiens Sapiens or Homo Sapiens?
        Speaking of “Sri Lankans of that species” I like to see a donor group sponsor random samples of saliva taken from members of the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim Communities and get analysed by Genographic that National Geography promotes. The summary results of my ancestry is:
        0.4% Neanderthal and 0.1% of other species next down the line. 98% South Indian. There is 1%, from my father’s side that are found in the people in the South China Seas. Will be interesting to know, Veddahs, GR, Ranil, Chandrika, Your and others from the various locations in Sri Lanka.

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          Dear Ethir,
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          You’re an amazing guy as I have said here already (yet to appear, I find):
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/how-popular-presidential-election-promise-can-be-fulfilled-university-education-for-all-those-who-qualify-at-gce-a-l/
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          I used “Homo Sapiens” in its almost jocular sense. I hadn’t realised that some scientists speak of “double sapiens” meaning more specifically modern intelligent man. I’ve googled a bit, and learnt something!

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          https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199271016.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199271016-e-12

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          However, I think that all readers would understand that we’re speaking here about things unproven and both Ethir and I are being good-humoured.
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          This Genographic Analysis is something that I’ve also been wondering about. It would solve many of Sri Lanka’s problems if seriously undertaken, the results properly taught and Sri Lankans prove more sapient than they have recently been seen to be.
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          I actually asked a specialist doctor about how I could get it done. He said that it is possible today in Sri Lanka only for the identification of criminals and for tests of paternity. Cost about Rs 40,000.
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          No, I don’t think that racism will get solved that way. We are beginning to realise that we are not as rational as that. However, I’m pretty sure that my genes are mostly South Indian. Looking at myself in the mirror is sufficient. I look nothing like a blue-eyed Aryan.
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          However, I hope other readers, too, will take a look at Ethir’s amazing comment on Higher Education that I have already alluded to. In case you don’t know, Ethir is a very famous man:
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagalingam_Ethirveerasingam
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          More importantly, he’s obviously a good man. I have not met him, but his elder brother was one of my teachers.

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    “The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism is that democracy’s assassins use the very institutions of democracy – gradually, subtly, and even legally – to kill it.” ~ Stephen Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (How Democracies Die)”

    Killers of democracy? Have you heard the saying and watched the movie “Go tell the Spartans? In our land of the modaya and executioners of democracy, the finger needs to be pointed to our very venerable Mahanayake PIMPIYA’s who shepard their Sinhala Bauddha MODAYA flock in greater numbers than the SWRD Bandaiya’s era.

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    The worst Indian diplomat who led in destroying Tamils is Shiv Shankar Menon. He is relative to Old Royals. The runner up is Narayan. They both worked very closely with Old Royals. Narayan stopped coming to Lankawe only after a very good lesson he learnt. He was in Official visit to Lankawe. Other Indian Diplomats and some others were too there. Our Official Transport was taking all of them from the hotel they stayed to the meeting place, of cause with Presidential Guards of Old King. They purposely left Narayan in front of the Hotel & escaped to meeting place. Bad luck, unfortunately Mano Games was there. He guessed quickly that possibly that guy going to be white vanned that is why they had left him behind alone. He immediately hired a taxi and sent Narayan to follow others.

    One time American Ambassador wanted to go and see Aanduwa’s liberation of Kudumpimalai from Tamils. Everybody knows Old King put many diplomats in a Heli and set LTTE’s fire to the Heli and UN had to get involved to rescue them.

    This was the story of regional super India and world super power America, when they wanted to help Lankawe to annihilate LTTE. Swiss ambassador wanted to save a Sinhalese woman from white vanning. For that, today, like a moth fly flies into fire, Swiss Ambassador had gone into the King’s office. God, it is not that bad anyway, I hear he is back at Embassy.

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      Malli Yu Ran: Why did Swiss ambassador want a sinhala woman to be air lifted saying she was so sick and could not talk. Why, A wife of a UNP provincial councillor, A Visa officer in the Swiss embassy, had multiple names and wanted to do this ?. I think she is Tamil and new names are both Sinhala and non-sinhala.

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        Don’t play games Softy.

        What would you do if a neighbor give sweet, invited to his home & used your child to detect the place of where your wife’s jewelries are kept in your house? Very first thing is, you will walk into his house and pick your child and come out. Won’t you? Or would you tell the neighbor that you have a latest movie to watch and keep the child with him for three hours? For SinhaLE Lankawe, it is a violation of international treaties to use an embassy staff to spy that embassy. For Sweden, it is an obligation to protect a refugee under Geneva Convention.
        You assume that she is Tamil and it is punishable, irrelevance of whether she did anything right or wrong, as Tamils are untouchable in Sinhala Buddhist Wildlife Sanctuary. Your resentment is Sriyalatha, a Tamil, evaded her due racial punishment by misrepresenting her name to sound like a Sinhalese. You know this a common technique used by Tamils to escape the annual celebration of Pogroms. When they are caught by rowdies, they claim that they are only Muslims. Then the rowdies pull down their sarongs to check. When they find out the truth Wildlife Sanctuary SinhaLE Lankawe species beat the Tamils to death, nude.
        There is no legal obligation for Swiss to attempt to protect her. They can leave her as where she was and try some diplomatic actions for spying on them. But that will only make her leaking the embassy information and at the end, Lankawe white van her and kill her. That is only Swiss embassy staff weakening them and destroying her too. So they wanted to rescue her. It makes full sense to me, but I could not understand why won’t you comprehend it, after all you know well about the Appe Aanduwa.

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    Is not present president and government of SriLanka primarily a Buddhistic-priesthood operated theocracy, secondarily a family-run kleptocracy and a tertiarily a sociopathic-pathocracy with a Pathocratic president and prime minister needing public adulation and flattery due to their own inner mental inadequacies? Does not this pseudo-royal family to continue to hoodwink the global community and carry on with its deceit and plunder treating the citizens as denizens of SL? Did not the global policeman help Gotha to gain this position due to its own well-founded fears of regional and global threats from another rising superpower?

    Has there not been a periodic need and greed for Gota and his henchmen to indulge in his and the SL Govt’s past and present pet hobby of periodic ethnic, religious and other diversions and cleansing programs? Has this not been akin to Hitler’s greed for his so-called larger living space for the German people and other types of periodic murders, mayhem and plunder since 1956? Are not him and his family beholden and owing a debt of gratitude to the USA, Israel, China, India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabian and a host of over 20 odd other governments for helping him, the family and their coterie received, to defeat the LTTE?

    Does not Gota, Mara’s and their clans and tribe’s escape from past criminal acts survival and thrival needs and greeds depend on them being the law and a law unto themselves as well as being above law; that has made SL become repressed democracy from being an obstructed democracy well on the way to becoming a closed democracy unless something miraculous happens?

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      Justice would prevail one day. Think of what is happening to former Pakistan’s dictator and president Brigadier Mubarak now! , who has been sentenced to death .God is watching all political leaders and would punish them accordingly even that’s is far too late !

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        Dear Lanka,
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        What you have expounded is a popular sentiment, and I wish it were also true.
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        No, I’m more pessimistic than that. There is no rational reason why good should triumph, and evil be punished.
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        But let me not impose the gloom in my mind upon you. If you really believe all that you will be the happier for it.
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        I’m sure that you are a good man. Thanks for the thought.

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        Mr Lanka, this is why I too feel each time read the news.
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        I wish Rajaakshe the all last punishment a man could get. He has abused the nation to the core. Gonthadiyos are filled in SRILANKA. See, instead of doing better politics ironing out his previous politics, what the bugger as the minister of law and oder and police is doing today is filled with revenge and vengeance.
        Gadafi was found dead …. in a dirty drain, I don tthink that Rajakshe will ever fate less than that of Gadafi brothers.
        Perhaps, Gota cold be the killer of Mahinda next days for sure.

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    In the recently concluded General Election in the UK Boris Johnson broke down what is know as the “Red Wall” in the north of England. A Labour heartland,,,, Where for generation after generation they have voted Labour.

    But in the 2019 General Election they broke form that tradition and voted for Conservatives for the first time . These are the working class voters of the indutrrail north represented by string unions, the very unions that donate to the Labout Party coffers.

    They are skilled or semi skilled or lower skilled workers churning out industrial out put form the factories of the North.

    But they voted with their intelligence and defied gravity to vote for Boris Johnson]

    Until such day come to Sri Lanka …..we will be ruled by the likes of racist Rajapakse clans

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    What distortion could be more pronounced than this article that appeared in yesterday’s Island newspaper?
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    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=215554
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    We are generously invited to agree with this opening statement:
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    “It will be no exaggeration to suggest that the Chairman of the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has a cult-like following in the country.”
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    Dare we disagree?

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    Yet for many of us, this article by another Member of the Elections Commission is still fresh in our minds:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/
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    I’m sure that most read it; few commented.
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    How can we possibly assent to the statement that the subject of electronic voting has re-surfaced owing to Deshapriya when we read somewhere that he had peremptorily asked Professor Hoole to shut up when he had mentioned that electronic voting was possibly the way things would go in the future?
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    When I first saw that brave article, I felt that the opposition would pounce on it, and that there would be at least 300 comments on it. Instead, only 110 Comments came in, and I find that as many as 23 were by me.
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    What Hoole’s article clearly imputes is that the Citizenship Status of Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the time of his nomination was not quite right. It is astounding that none of the losing 34 Candidates thought fit to even make a comment. What it means to me is that the fearsome reputation of Gota has struck terror into the hearts of almost all Sri Lankans.
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    So many wanted to contest. Is there not one to speak out now?

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      I’m sorry.
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      Something that I have done must have caused my gravatar to change. It was indeed the “regular” Sinhala_Man who just made that comment.
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      Let me try again. Yes, I appear to have entered my e-mail address wrong.

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    That comment was indeed by me, despite the strange green gravatar.
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    Let me try to bring back my familiar dark pink gravatar.
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    That is important on this website.

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      I wonder why I was edited out? Did I exceed 300 words, I wonder?
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      As I remember, I provided a link to this article:
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      http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=215554
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      About a “Mahinda Deshapriya cult” – for some, perhaps, but not for others. I did indulge in some of the old-fashioned “Practical Criticism” – I.A. Richards style. The subtle suggestions embedded in the middle about his being “outspoken”. Quite the contrary. It was Tamil Hoole who spoke out.
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      We possibly elected an American citizen as President. Ah, no, scrolling up I see I’d already deal with that. Never mind. I try always to write seriously and truthfully.
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      I just can’t bring that comment back!

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