27 June, 2019

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The Sinkhole That Is Rajapaksa Rule

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Nemesis, the goddess of measure and not of revenge, keeps watch. All those who overstep the limits are pitilessly punished by her” – Albert Camus (Helen’s Exile)

A former journalist paying a call on President Rajapaksa in the dawn hours reportedly found him standing on his head.  Upon inquiry, the President replied, “We have done so many good things. The opposition cannot see any of them. So I stand on my head to see how I could see the country in that position” (The Sunday Times – 10.2.2013).

The mystery of why the Rajapaksas are doing what they are doing is now resolved: they see the world upside down. From their particular vantage-point inflation is deflation, corruption honesty, despotism democracy, injustice justice, lawlessness lawfulness; their permissible would be our forbidden, their morality our outrage.

Standing on his head, Mahinda Rajapaksa probably sees nothing wrong/dangerous in the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) antics. The BBS’ lay and ordained musclemen are motoring around invading, intervening and arresting at will. The police have been reduced to acting as escorts to these ‘shock troops’, as they move about dispensing ‘vigilante-justice’.

Only those favoured by the Rajapaksas can act with such total impunity.

The BBS’s Maharagama Declaration reads like a recipe for politico-economic-social disaster. For instance, it wants Lankan workers in the Middle East brought back. Is the BBS capable of finding the returned workers jobs with liveable-wages? Or are they to swell the rank of ill-paid domestics and uniformed cannon-fodder? Will the BBS fill the mammoth foreign exchange gap caused by the loss of these middle-eastern earnings?

Fortunately the demented ignoramuses who run the BBS do not have to worry about such life-and-death issues. Plus in the Temple Trees they have an extremely receptive ear. A key BBS demand is an end to birth control among Sinhalese. (Opposing birth-control is a stance common to fanatics of all religions, especially those with secular ambitions and need the numbers voters or foot-soldiers.) After his February powwow with the BBS, the President ordered an immediate stop to birth-control operations in government hospitals. Budget Proposals for 2011 included the payment of Rs.100,000/- to military families on the birth of a third child. In the 2012 budget, this allowance was extended to the police. Since the military, and to a slightly lesser extent the police, is predominantly Sinhala-Buddhist, this policy measure is obviously aimed at increasing Sinhala/Buddhist birth rate, a common desideratum of the Rajapaksas and the BBS. The time when the government euthanizesSri Lanka’s extremely commendable birth-control programme may not be far away.

The thorny issues of how these extra Sinhala-Buddhists mouths can be fed, bodies clothed/sheltered and brains educated does not seem to matter in the topsy-turvy universe inhabited by the Rajapaksas and the BBS.

Unintelligent Governance

There is intelligent governance and there is unintelligent governance. Believing that the subjective can override the objective, ad infinitum, is unintelligent governance. Believing in one’s own hyperbolic propaganda and acting according to that belief is unintelligent governance.

But unintelligent would be intelligent in the upside-down world of the Rajapaksas.

From his upended position, the President must be seeing a crisis-free economy. This vantage point probably explains the Rajapaksa incapacity to grasp even the basics of the dismal science. A sensible government would have pumped money into building an oil refinery thereby reducing the outlay on oil imports and reducing the need for price increases. But for the upended Rajapaksas, airports which can be named after them matter more.

Standing on his head, the President probably sees as perfectly kosher the horrendously callous manner in which Tamils were treated during and after the Fourth Eelam War. In his topsy-turvy world, all Tamils have a Tiger-stripe or two, devolution is separation by another name and human rights is a Western-conspiracy.

In the upside-down world of the Rajapaksas, the impeachment would seem an exercise in justice and fair-play. Shirani Bandaranayake is not a Tiger, or even a Tamil. She is a Sinhalese and a Buddhist, and Sri Lanka’s first female chief justice whose husband was a favoured Rajapaksa-acolyte. Yet, when she refused to violate the constitution to promote Rajapaksa interests, the Siblings treated her as if she was a terrorist in judicial regalia, a threat to the nation and the people.

Standing on his head, the President must be regarding the impeachment as a necessary deed, well done. Already the advantages of imposing an acolyte of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa atop the judiciary are becoming apparent. A bench headed by Mohan Pieris had given the green light to the Defence Secretary’s Slave Island Development Project “and vacated the earlier order stating that the status quo pertaining to the matter to be maintained subject to variation in respect of valuation of property. The Chief Justice emphasizing the urgency of developing the city and upgrading the living standards of the under-served warned all parties concerned with the issue to ‘refrain from violence whatsoever or else perpetrators of such acts will be visited by very severe action’” (Ministry of Defence – 28.2.2013). The order not only enables mass evictions; it will also turn into a criminal any citizen who tries to resist this colossal injustice (Incidentally the ‘development project’ will be implemented by the Indian conglomerate TATA; it is with such economic bribes the Rajapaksas hope to neutralise Delhi).

The world’s understandable horror at the way Sri Lanka’s fourth citizen was treated cannot but seem a conspiracy in the President’s topsy-turvy eyes.

For decades, Vellupillai Pirapaharan got away with every outrage he committed, from the murder of opponents/dissidents to child conscription. With each outrage he got away with, he grew bolder and his sense of his own impunity became stronger. What he did not realise was that someday the cumulative effect of the horrors he committed in the name of Tamil liberation will tip the international scales against him. In the end the world not only turned its collective back on the Tiger leader; it also ignored the plight of the Tamil people.

The Rajapaksas seem to be cursed with the same blind-spot. They too will get away with much, for many more years, before the world does anything more than pass resolutions – and perhaps prick the Rajapaksas’ Hambantota Commonwealth bubble. Clearly the Siblings’ upended brains cannot realise how embarrassing it would be for some Commonwealth leaders to be seen endorsing a regime which hounded its chief justice out of office. During the Cold War, Western leaders coddled, wined and dined a long line of third world despots in the name of democracy. Such hypocrisies still happen, but only if you have a lot of oil, like Saudi Arabiaor is a frontier state in the struggle against ‘Islamic terrorism’, like Afghanistan.

This, perhaps, is the perverted logic behind the BBS’ Rajapaksa-enabled campaign to incite a ‘Muslim conflict’.

The Rajapaksas, with their unintelligent governance is creating a gargantuan sink-hole which can submergeSri Lanka. In the Siblings’ upended vision, a sink-hole would look like a summit. And they will plumb the depths, exultingly, believing that they are scaling the heights.

That day-of-reckoning may not be close-at-hand. But when it comes, do we want to go down with the Rajapaksas?

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    “In his topsy-turvy world, all Tamils have a Tiger-stripe or two, devolution is separation by another name and human rights is a Western-conspiracy.”
    Well sadly, this not only MR view of the Tamils but also the view of many Sinhala Buddhists.

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      Hi Mr. Bean

      So, how is the view of many Tamil Hndus? Could they by as narrow minded as Sinhala Buddhists? Or is it only Sinhala Buddhists the only racist, religious extremists? In your well researched opinion.

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        Ben Hurling:
        Before you ask rhetorical questions of Mr. Bean, I’d suggest you CHECK THE RECORD (of self-avowed Sinhala Buddhists). Actions speak far louder than empty words!

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    Tisaranee, your IQ is super.

    Please take care of your health to help us from sinking further.

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    A good exposure of Rajapakse thinking using the ‘seeing everything upside down’ theory. It explains his (and his family pack) thinking and acting true to this theory. We need to save ourselves from this stinking sink hple for sure. No opposition, no hope.

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    Tisarane – Superb article.

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    I notice this lady’s writing is again appearing in The Sunday Leader. Is this sanctioned by her or is it a bastardized version, doctored to suit the tastes of the man who performs “laundry functions” for the Rajapassas at that paper?

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    I am afraid I am right and I see the BBS is the best panacia for all the ills. Also the Next contender to the Post of PM Mervin Silva would be the best Doctor one can imagine.

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      I have an additional suggestion in the interests of the health of ALL Sri Lankans: Make Doctor Mervin (the only) family physician to the Rajapaksas.

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    Great article Tissaranee. It seems the BBS is becoming more and more like the Taliban. Now even trying to control how many children Sri Lankans can have, without a clue how poorer people will feed the extra mouths.
    Short sightedness and ignorance, a bad combination.
    The longer the Rajapaksa’s does nothing to curb these extremists, the harder it is going to be to control what could be a violence and communal problems in this country. Something we all thought was behind us.

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    Tisaranee, each time Hitlerpaksha reads your articles, I am sure he must be shitting bricks!!

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    Tisaranee,please keep writing,we are starved of real news.what do we get in the televisions and newspapers?news that are forced down our throats so uninteresting.

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    It is now crystal clear that Sri Lanka with Rajapaksha Bros will go do wn the sinkhole or asshole soon. They cannot fool the world any more. No CHOGM in Hambantota. May be no more cricket in SL. No more exports from SL due to sanctions. People will be staving and the prices will go up. Bad, bad times ahead for sL.

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    The liberal and plural-minded Tisaranee G is unlikely to be communal or bigoted. The comment “Shirani B is not a Tiger; or even a Tamil. She is a Sinhalese and a Buddhist” That just about sums up how the races have been identified in this divided society for sometime – both by the man in the street and even those more initiated – with rare exception. The Doctrine of 1956 has hit home years ago. To be Tamil is everything bad and unpatriotic – the enemy race. The country entirely belongs to the other – good, religious and patriotic. That is the extent to which the toxicity in the average mind in the South has been engineered. The Dogs of War in the gutter gave vent to the expression in 1958, 1977 and 1983 – and certainly many a time in between in localised issues. This dogma is now spreading to other “un-patriots” too. That is the dividing line this country has to consider as one of the main priorities to change in its composite endeavour in the March to meaningful unity and reconciliation.

    Senguttuvan

    Senguttuvan

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    All are sinking along with them, nothing in the world is capable of saving those politicians, no country in the world could reverse this self-destructive process, too late when they realized that, some have not realized yet.

    They have no idea what is the meaning of the term procedural. Many cannot understand when and where it is going to happen.

    Large majority cannot perceive what exactly is going on in the outside world.

    They do not know how the other countries look at these things in their point of view.

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    The stoppage of Family Planning – birth control – which enables women to have manageable familes is absurd and is against a fundamental right of citizens.
    Mahinda Rajapakse should reverse this,lest he be seen as another idiotic despot who will do anything to enable his regime to survive.

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      Justice:
      When you say, “Mahinda Rajapakse should reverse this,lest he be seen as another idiotic despot who will do anything to enable his regime to survive.” are you suggesting that he has not already passed that milestone?

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    I doubt if a president would hold audience with a visitor while standing on his head. Surely the visitor would have to wait while he completed his yoga or other exercise?

    If indeed such was the case when the former journalist found him, surely he could not have been attired in his formal costume?

    All in all, despite the efforts of the writer and the skill with which she handles the language, I find the background setting to this article somewhat contrived….

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    Tissaranee well done! Cynicism at its best.

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    Problems starts after April, then only they understand real consequences of current stupidities.

    They themselves have to be blamed for their failure and inability to understand political realities.

    Real procedures may start elsewhere.

    Politicians do not seem to realize what is going on elsewhere, what exactly is the next move what are they planning next.

    If they understood they wouldn’t have been in this precarious position. Thy still do not seem to understand.

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      Look like US and other nations are taking this issue from Geneva to New York.

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    “Is the BBS capable of finding the returned workers jobs with liveable-wages?”

    That’s easy! 2500 rupees a month, right?

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    BBS wants our Sinhala Buddhists domestics in Dubai back to the base according to Ms T.

    Didn’t her Fan Club write volumes here how bad Rajapksa is to collect the FX from these Sinhala Buddhists?.

    How terrible it is for Rajapaksa to allow these poor domestics to be molested. assaulted and even executed by the Arabs?.

    BBS wants our Sinhala Buddhists to have more bubs and the Govt to pay Baby Bonuses and it is bad according to Ms T.

    Do the 133 Reverends who wrote to Ms Pillay recently tell their congregations that it is bad to have babies ?.

    Is Ms T out of tune here?.

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      Tsunamisekera:
      You obviously haven’t anything to do except spout your never-ending stream of idiocies in CT! Isn’t it time that CT stopped aggravating its readers with your nonsense? Your rubbish epitomises what Hannah Arendt called “the banality of evil.”

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        I object to Mr K A Sumanasekera being banned from CT. He is the only joker in the pack. Without him CT would be boring.

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    BBS should be allowed to marry 5 times and have more babies. What a superb solution for the economic ills of the country, no need for IMF or WB loans. Good lesson for the diaspora and western conspirators.

    Also BBS should do watalima of all the casinos and brothels around kollupitiya area. People going to these places should be forced to go to their wives and produce more children. More votes for the future govt, superb strategy to win elections?

    BBS should also do watalima of all pharmacies selling condoms and other birth control devices. No to to condoms courtesy BBS.

    BBS should immediately raid all kassipu joints, taverns, bars, liquor shops. Mathata Thita courtesy BBS.

    BBS Galboda Athhage Gnansara thero should be the next governer of the CB or Sec of the Treasury. BBS can do a watalimak of the treasury and pull the plug as modawanse says. He should stop all halal aid from muslim countries. Also all housemaids to immediately come home and produce more children.

    After BBS has finished with the us, we will all automatically attain nirvana.

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      Safa:
      Thank you very much for clearly enunciating what BBS and their newest acolyte, Tsunamisekera, are espousing.
      “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first drive mad” and these guys are over the edge and given carte blanche to do whatever they want to whomever they want by the Rajapassa regime!

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    TG may have chosen a difficult analogy for the title of her piece than what most readers here are familiar with. The Sinkhole where Jeff Bush (37) vanished in his own Florida home last week is front-line news in all the major networks in the USA. But it has clearly confused those like reader Kumaraya who apparently suffers a fetish for holes of the different varieties.

    Senguttuvan

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    What a fitting article to describe the Rajayaksha developemnt and in fact the
    ‘WANDER(O)R OF ASIA’ in the Making!!!!

    Bravo lady! Bravo!!!

    aj

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    A MUSLIM CANNOT BE A PESSIMIST OR NEGATIVE.
    IF HE IS ATTACKED,FOR STANDING UP FOR HIS RELIGION AND VALUES HE WILL FIGHT, WHICH IS EVERYONE’S RIGHT. IF HE KILLS THE ATTACKER HE WINS.
    IF HE IS KILLED IN DEFENDING HIS RELIGION, HE DIES A MARTYR AND HE
    WILL GET PARADISE.SO A MUSLIM NEVER LOSES, NOT EVEN WHEN HE LOSES HIS LIFE. IT IS THIS THAT MAKES MUSLIMS STAND FIRM AND STEADFAST FOR THEIR RELIGION.

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    Very well put it Tisaranee

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    I don’t know who Tisaranee is but she has real guts to publish the TRUTH in Sri Lanka. Hitler exploited racism and everyone knows what repercussions it had (except, may be BBS and their followers).

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    I wish to join reader Lawyer in coming to the defence of our good friend Mr Sumanasekera, if the call to have him out is serious at all.
    Sumane adds energy and colour to these pages. Besides he writes well and appears to be well informed. If he wants to offer mookuwa to the tottering regime that, forgive me, is his business. White-washing is also a necessary industry.

    Senguttuvan

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    Some say Tissaranee has the guts to say what she does. Others differ.
    They say she is from the gutter for the only thing she does is bash the Rajapaksas,main among them Percy Mahinda.

    The way she has been moaning and mourning every week, now in the CT and before in The Sunday Leader, will for sure win some sympathy for the Sri Lanka President among Sri Lankans. After all, the people are all what they call in Sinhala Karunawanthai.I am not talking about a few who are heartless and mindless.

    Not that I contest Tissaranee’s ability to write English or her talent
    to put together some readable, interesting pieces which are food for
    thought.But, doing what she does only gives intellectual orgasm to a section who are avowed Rajapaksa haters. Of course CT will have to give them their daily dosage lest they become impotent.

    I have a suggestion for Tissaranee. For a change, why don’t you use your golden hand to write a few pieces on our great, beloved Leader of the Opposition and life-leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Quisling Wickremesinghe. After all, he is the President in waiting and serving member of the Rajapaksa cabinet. Of course he does not sit at meetings. This is why some are suggesting a name change, Ranil Rajapaksa.

    He wants to introduce Shariah Law in the UNP. Can someone tell me what is the punishment under Sharia law for adultery and for homosexuality.
    I am not a Muslim. My bosom friend Abu (not the right name) told me
    they are thrown in a raging fire. So is he courting disaster by trying to introduce the Shariah Law? Maybe perhaps he should apply that law to his colleagues like Sajith Premadasa, the man with no vision, no strategy and not much between the ears.

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    I DONT WANT RAJAPASSA TO RUIN THE COUNTRY AND I DONT WANT RNAIL EITHER. THERE SHOULD BE GOOD CHANGE. SOMEONE LIKE SARATH FONSEKA WHO IS GENUINLY A HERO WHO WILL RULE THE COUNTRY. EVERY SRI LANKAN DEPT. IS A CORRUPT EVIL UNDEMOCRATIC INSTUTION. THESE INSTITUTIONS EXIST FOR MINISTERS AND THIER SUPPORTERS TO STEAL.

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