24 September, 2018

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The Song & Dance About Enrique Iglesias

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” – Plato

Recall of the dark days of repression has become the routine response of the administration to its critics. True. The internet is freely accessible. Public protest is permissible. The deep state is dismantled. We write and speak with no fear of physical harm. It happened when the people refused a third term to the ‘redeemer’ and elected a ‘reformer’ who promised to change the system.

How did it happen? It happened because of an aggregate enterprise of a citizenry, mobilized by the initiative of an exceptional leader, Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero who spearheaded the ‘Movement for a just society’. The people made it happen. We owe it to ‘we the people.’ Nobody else. Read my lips.

Sobhitha thero’s mission was not to replace President Rajapaksa with President Sirisena. His declared purpose was a ‘just society.’ That he wore a saffron robe but fast acquired the repute of a secular saint is an important aspect of the political transformation that took place one year ago.

The significance of this detail occurred to this writer when listening to the portly provincial councilor Azath Salley. He offered a combative defense of the Presidential outburst against flying brassieres and the concert ‘Sex and Love’ in the town of Ampara.

Enrique Iglesias‘They wouldn’t have dared to do what they do today he admonished the critics of the Presidents whipping remarks. ‘Gota’s Goons’ would have done the needful to the protesters” he intoned.

By some strange coincidence Mr. Azath Salley was followed on electronic media by the Mayor of Colombo Mr. Muzammil. He announced that the organizers of the concert ‘Sex and Love’ will not be allowed to hold any more concerts in the city that he administered with great relish under the benign eye of his macho mustachioed earlier patron until 8th January 2015. The people of the city numbering a near million remembered his mayoral excellence and rewarded Madam Muzammil with less than 20,000 preference votes.

The underlying refrain of the orchestrated responses in defense of the righteous outrage at the erosion of Sinhala Buddhist values by two prominent minority politicians was clear. Your freedoms are restored. Therefore be grateful.

The President who first made his trenchant observations far away from the venue of the concert, returned to the subject in Colombo a few days later. Apparently taking note of his detractors in cyber space he said that these people – the ‘Web Karayas’ demanded the right to parade in the nude.

Now that remark was really unfortunate. He forgot about his minister S.B. Dissanayake who at the last Presidential Election announced that former President Chandrika Kumaratunga should be “put down in the ground, trampled, stripped naked and made to run along the streets.”

The electorate which is usually ahead of the curve than most politicians punished him at the last Parliamentary elections. The reformer President appointed him through the national list. A legal provision that helped him circumvent the popular will of the constituency.

If newspaper reports are to be believed there is also a senior minister who caused titers and guffaws for an unfortunate episode due to his reliance on induced integrity in performance. One may rightly ask why this hullabaloo over moral degeneration of the nation ‘Apey Hamuduruwane? Therein lies a tale. The initial admonition was made as an appeal to ‘Apey Hamuduruwane .’

Obviously, threatening a former president to be stripped in public or the drug induced erectile integrity of an aging politician were not issues of sufficient gravity to cause concerns or make appeals to our ‘Apey Hamuduruwos’!

This missive is not about panties, brassieres or nudity of writers in the cyber space. We saw Enrique Iglesias holding a brassier. We did not see the thrower. We did not see any exposed breasts.
So, we must ask “What is the foundational logic of the Presidential outrage?” Why is it so vulgar for a plucky vivacious lass to get on the stage and kiss the young Spanish heartthrob of a singer? Are we not forgetting the Buddhist tale of Mathanga and Ditta Mangalika? -A story of passion.

No. This is our post-colonial Sinhala culture. I weep. I have five granddaughters. Are women to be only progenitors and home makers? Why should their sexuality be subject to the monitoring of the Apey Hamuduruwos? Do Sinhala Buddhist girls constitute a eugenic avant-garde (Pun Intended) that would produce a morally superior Sinhala Buddhist tribe in plural Sri Lanka?

Should we not get back on track towards a just society? This is about reforms and the promises made to create a just society.

We cannot afford to ignore Sobhita thero and hope to consolidate the gains of 8th January 2015. His public activism from 1978 to 2015 needs to be comprehended in context. Over three decades of fighting incipient fascism he turned from militant monk to secular saint.

He was the true ‘Apey Hamuduruwo ‘of the Sri Lankan nation that is yet in struggle to overcome tribal trauma. When other ‘Hamuduruwos’ questioned his sanity, the Hindu, Muslim and Christian minorities in unison called him ‘Apey Hamuduruwo’.

We should not allow his memory or his contribution to become a foot note in our contemporary political history. Sobhitha thero led a civic enterprise. He did not lead a parochial retreat into a tribal refuge.

Our leaders take up the issue of Sinhala Buddhist morals in a particular context. They situate our pristine values in the hands of the Buddhist clergy. This is not something new.

Sir Edwin Arnold in his preface to the ‘Light of Asia ‘writes ‘The power and sublimity of Gauthama’s original doctrines should be estimated by their influence, not by their interpreters; nor by that lazy ceremonious Church which has arisen on the foundations of the Buddhistic Brotherhood or ‘Sangha’.

The lazy ceremonious outfit is a far more politically potent outfit than in the times when Sir Edwin composed his epic poetry. In addition to being lazy and ceremonious, today they claim influence and authority far beyond their province.

By purpose, deliberate and designed, the ‘Reformer’ President has embarked on a project to confront the ‘redeemer’ predecessor for the hearts and minds of the imagined majority of the majority.

His vitriolic concern for Sinhala Buddhist values that are under attack is unfortunate. When preserving moral values becomes an emotional preoccupation, we lose sight of the rationale needed to determine what is just and equitable.

That is a serious retrograde step in the age of global connectivity. President Sirisena’s bid to outflank Mahinda Rajapaksa has made him a ‘slave’ to his project to capture the SLFP Base. Aristotle tells us that a slave is three things: he is a tool, is not of his own, and lacks reason.

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    Preserving our culture is extremely important.My question is we are in a very critical stage of time. Why people are so interested about this bad smelling issue

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      Can you point out 3 things which we can call our culture and which we practice in our day to day life ? if you live with Thai’s you will see what culture they have and how they put it in to practice (Thailand is just one example being a Buddhist country)

      Cultural values are not things which we do in awurudu period.

      I can clearly call one thing as our modern culture which means customs and social behavior of a society, that is getting drunk regularly from young to old. I can add many more such examples.

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        Yes Afzal, Culture is, not about performing Ceremonies; not about Building Thoranas and Dansalas, not about offering Sheaves of Betel Leaves; not about knowing the correct way to Speak to Monks and Politicians; not about chanting Pirith in the correct Way; etc. etc…

        True Culture has to come from the Heart; It is about Kindness, Caring, Honesty, Helpfulness, Speaking the Truth, Treating all Beings as Equals, not Spreading Malicious Gossip, I can go on and on…..

        Unfortunately the Negatives of these qualities are the ‘Culture’ of Today!

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    “Godaya te magic” may be the best way to describe President Sirisena’s outburst!

    “That is a serious retrograde step in the age of global connectivity”, is a good way of describing the abject ‘unworldliness’ of the man we had so much hope in.

    Alas, his actions (and non-actions) thus far is a major let-down!

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    Sarath de Alwis

    RE: The Song & Dance About Enrique Iglesias

    1. “Sobhitha thero’s mission was not to replace President Rajapaksa with President Sirisena. His declared purpose was a ‘just society.’ That he wore a saffron robe but fast acquired the repute of a secular saint is an important aspect of the political transformation that took place one year ago.””

    2. “‘They wouldn’t have dared to do what they do today he admonished the critics of the Presidents whipping remarks. ‘Gota’s Goons’ would have done the needful to the protesters” he intoned.”

    3. “in defense of the righteous outrage at the erosion of Sinhala Buddhist values by two prominent minority politicians was clear. “

    4. “This missive is not about panties, brassieres or nudity of writers in the cyber space. We saw Enrique Iglesias holding a brassier. We did not see the thrower. We did not see any exposed breasts”

    5. “His vitriolic concern for Sinhala Buddhist values that are under attack is unfortunate. When preserving moral values becomes an emotional preoccupation, we lose sight of the rationale needed to determine what is just and equitable.”

    Thanks.

    The above 5 points are related to the ‘Sinhala” Buddhist vales, before and after independence. What are they?
    The values shown during the events of 1958, 1971, 1977, 1983, 2009, 2014, or the showing of brassieres and knickers by by excited and horny girls?

    I bet, the Buddha would have been deeply concerned about the former actions of the Sinhala “Buddhists”.

    Who is being fooled here?

  • 18
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    There was no reason for President go for such an outburst. Sigiriya bears testimony for our forefathers acceptance to admire nature. Vulgarity is in the minds of those who see them as vulgar. Today’s fashion is merely motion of clothed more fat/water and little bit muscle borne human torsos of some shapes. Minds of the opposite sexes are programmed to believe what they see is sexy.This attraction is essential for the population balance.

    Some one throwing their inner wears, or rushing to the stage are just symbolic of their need for attention and nothing vulgar. Kissing the singer should not be mistaken for shame. At least she did it openly, how many parliamentarians are doing this behind closed doors? Where was our culture guards when Mervin openly made vulgar remarks about other parliamentarians or when his hands were busy with the things of the hamudhuruwo?

    Parliamentarians are the cause for all mayhem. President must first start the code of ethics for the parliamentarians and their family members and then advise the people.

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      What do you think about these journalists or who ever is milking it?.

      IS this the way they try to become popular or well known ?

      In North America this kind of People are called Tabloid journalists.

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    The honeymoon is over. Our worst fears about this President are now manifest. Conceived in a moment of opportunism, born in a month of hope, his leadership, and his much touted Yahapalana government, is nothing but a masquerading cuckoo. President Sirisena is, day by day, getting less presidential. Playing to the gallery is becoming his stock-in-trade. Those in his confidence are slowly, but surely, realising the limitations of the man. Here is the Peter Principle laid clear, before our very eyes. The outlook is dismal because the jackals of yesterday, those that were ousted with a fanfare of optimism and expectation, are watching, slowly circling, plotting, and planning. Sometime soon the fat lady will sing a farewell, mournful dirge, to our hopper hero.

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      Spring Koha

      “The honeymoon is over. Our worst fears about this President are now manifest.”

      The Law of Averages, the Regression to the Mean.

      The Average National IQ is 79. The IQ of the President is not much different.

      So, what can you expect from a President whose IQ is 79?

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

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    MS missed a trick here and no doubt about it. He should have never commented about it.

    Also stupid Mayor joined the band wagon as well. Unfortunately these are the types of catchers who are ruling us!!

    We have far more important issues to talk about and address in 2016.

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      The Mayor’s stupidity is seen each time he forcibly basks in the shadow of a superior politician on TV. His ‘peeps’ into the camera is what ‘Godayata Magic’ is all about!

      Let’s give him his due – the beautification of the City was all Gota’s work, because this mayor has not the slightest clue how to set about it. No way.

      That Gota destroyed himself, is a completely different story, which he must truly regret at leisure.

      “Power corrupts ………”

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    It’s amazing how much time, image and effort the president lost in addressing this useless issue. It’s not fit to be commented upon by the country’s president!

    Discreetly, however, he could have instructed his inner circle to make sure there would be systems in place to prevent such incidents in the future.

    If someone wanted to distract the president’s focus on key issues, they succeeded here.

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      The President made an observation among other items, but the Media have taken it up and made an issue out of it!

  • 12
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    I agree President was way out of line with his comments and follow up comments the organizers or the artist are no way responsible for these actions. It’s freedom of expression. They were there by choice. they paid for the show, they have all the right to enjoy the night.

    This is not something extraordinary after all it has been ages since a singer of the caliber of Enrique Iglesias was brought down to Sri Lanka for a live show. All the credit due to organizers for this event is lost due to one stupid ill advised (or not advised) remarks by the president. As the author has suggested the mayor jumped in to the band wagon and aggravated the issue.

    If the organizers have broken the law they should take them to courts, you don’t have to pass judgement through the media.

    I commend the organizers and I look forward to many more such live events which enhance our tourism sector too.

    Problem with Sri Lankans is when one section of the society does what the other don’t like we tend to make a big ha hu about it and try to stop it. This is related to tolerance which we all are lacking. It is evident in all aspects of our day to day life.

    I don’t even want to say a world about our culture. It only exits in paper and with selected few.

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    Great piece of writing Sarath. Finishing with Aristotal’s definition of a “slave” is very appropriate. I think MS is “Accidental Hero President”, and now his problem is maintaining that heroism representing justice.

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    Well written and brilliant tongue in cheek piece by Sarath De Alwis to which I have nothing more to add. It hits many nails on their heads with one blow.

    It is a pity that the assiduously built image of our President as a fair, just and liberal leader will now be shaken and eroded worldwide. As said before, the President will do well to limit himself to matters of state and be truly ‘presidential’ with his pronouncements.

    Of the other political types listed in the article including the Mayor, the less said the better.

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    That is some thing diversionary.

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    You lunatics are still asleep and writing articles about brassiers, while the militant monks have set in force the next “revolution” that will bring this country down

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    Bra incident was not a big deal, until the so-called “concerned” writers made a big issue about it.

    Looks more like political motivated.

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    Another storm in a Bra(tea) cup this time.

    I am sad because all the good things HE Sirisena and Hon Ranil W have tried to accomplish are being derided now because of one statement. If one must also examine Sl’s President’s statements then he said another more important thing that should apply to all including Buddhists and Wahabists.

    President Sirisena said “one philosophy of a religion should not suppress another religious philosophy” and voted to protect ALL religions..

    BRAVO Mr. Sirisena. That is more important than your emotional outburst on a simple incident of a bra being thrown. This is a storm in a bra cup(what size?).

    No public indecency laws were broken. This is typical of a lot of concerts of this nature and overreacting only makes things worse. Abhorrence of female nudity is something that came to tropical islands from Christian missionaries who were sexually aroused as seen naked breasts amongst Islanders. Otherwise how do you explain Sigiriya, Ajantha Elora cave paintings of damsels? Horny missionaries were sexually repressed about sexuality and nudity.

    Generational conflicts exist over music, values, dancing and sex etc in every society. Conservative Christians were up in arms and wanted Elvis Presley’s brand of music banned because they felt it will lead to “immorality”. He was the first white mega star to carry over black dancing styles to white music. People were afraid.

    In more recent times including this election season in the USA, Christian Evangelical Conservative Candidate Mike Huckabee has on many occasions decided to insult President Obama’s children because they listen to Beyonce’s music.

    Liberal icon AL Gore’s wife(ex wife now) Tipper Gore arranged events to burn records that had sexually explicit lyrics when Al was a Senator from Tennessee.

    When politicians overreach it creates a backlash. We are in the open internet Social media era. While this concert was relevant only to a few thousand more than likely western educated, International school types and kids of rich powerful politicians, arms dealers, and heroin dealer types(otherwise who the hell will spend 35,000 to 50,000 for a ticket in SL?) it is a generational conflict also in addition to being a rural vs urban westernized clash.

    This is typical of almost all societies including more hypocritical conservative ones like India, Sri Lanka or Saudi Arabia etc.

    We cannot repress people. This was a silly incident blown out of proportion simply because the kids who went were upset and took to social media to complain about the Event being poorly organized.

    It is a typical Lankan thing not to respect public property or other people’s rights; That is why people refuse to stay in queues. Even at the famous Bradby Shield Rugby game boorish people(sinhala, tamil, muslim included) who are thugs and powerful grab seats reserved and paid for by old boys and their families and security is too timid to ask people to move. In this event, according to reports the people in the cheaper sections broke the barriers and pushed out the VIP seat section ticket holders. Is this the fault of a brassiere?

    And about the kid who got on stage. What is wrong with it; it is typical at concerts for guys (in case of female pop stars) or girls to jump on stage for some attention. Are you saying we must be like Bollywood Cinema which have far more passionate sexually suggestive gyrating dance scenes and revealing sexy clothes but pretend Kissing is against Indian values?

    I know Kissing itself is not known in societies which are more conservative and tradition bound and sex is even a bigger taboo. But reality is when we have absurd situations where there is typical Victorian double standards this sort of news just gives everyone their chance to engage in derision.

    If we want to talk about values let us talk about value of life. Riots in 1983 when the Govt did not do a damn thing to stop innocent tamils from being burnt(like happened in India in 1984 too) we have a huge problem. So many uprisings, Batalanda torture and lack of regard for life is a bigger issue. I think late Thondaman was not far off when he said “Sunday Sil; Monday Kill”.

    Perverts engaging in “jacking” in Buses as a predatory sport; rape of minors, massive numbers of abortions and pregnancies, drug abuse and the alarming rise in Heroin addiction(same problems as in the USA) are far more important or even politicians taking the law unto their own hands are far more egregious.

    PARENTS need to inculcate values. When you have a school system which now encourages people not to be multi lingual but worship broken nhot phot English and value everything western but not the good western values like respecting private property rights, privacy, personal freedoms and above all work ethic and respect of law and order we are losing. Someone did mention Thailand: Buddhist but ultimate sex tourism destination. WE cannot go become a moral police and pretend sex and prostitution etc does not happen.

    I am sad because all the good things HE Sirisena and Hon Ranil W have tried to accomplish are being derided now because of one statement. If one must also examine Sl’s President’s statements then he said another more important thing that should apply to all including Buddhists and Wahabists.

    President Sirisena said “one philosophy of a religion should not suppress another religious philosophy” and voted to protect ALL religions..

    BRAVO Mr. Sirisena. That is more important than your emotional outburst on a simple incident of a bra being thrown. This is a storm in a bra cup(what size?).

    I think they need to focus on increasing nepotism, corruption etc and intolerance of each other. When we bleed, we do not bleed Govigama, Karawe, Vellalam, Muslim(where Sunni are slaughtering Shia with gusto in the ME), Christian, Hindu, Tamil, Burgher. Who the f**k cares whose blood is given to us in hospital(unless one is a Jehovah’s witness type extremist cult). Also we are all of the same DNA which is predominantly S.Indian Dravidian despite all our protestations to try to make ourselves superior artificially.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my ignorant posit that this is a storm in a bra cup(made by Victoria or Triumph?) Stop hating each other.

    “Hatred begets hatred; violence begets violence. It is only through right understanding and compassion that this ancient vicious cycle can be ended”

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr

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      @Mano Ratwatte

      You will agree that the President should have kept check of his emotions and kept his opinions to himself, I think ?

      Or at the very least, asked himself “is this a suitable thing for me to be talking about ?” Does he have no advisers ?

      I am of the opinion that he was playing to the gallery, appealing to the basest instincts of man, when he CHOSE to make it an issue by commenting, and comment quite volubly and at length on an issue that is NOT presidential fodder. Instead, he thought to make some mileage from it, bringing up the spectres of nationalism, “apey sanskruthiya”, “deshiya de” and the like.

      He has to face the consequences, surely ? As others have done before him and doubtless, many more will do after him.

      Many a politician has been undone by self-inflicted wounds

      I have little sympathy for him.

      And if he takes the Prime Minister down with him, well, perhaps it’s time that the umbilical cord connecting them was severed and they each take their chances.

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      Dear Mano Ratwatte,

      What a wonderfully balanced article you have written yourself.

      As you say, there is so much of value that we don’t recognise in the values that Maithri upholds. Unfortunately, our liberals themselves don’t realise that only a man with his strict morality, and village roots, could possibly have managed to get rid of the tribalists who ruled us earlier.

      About 36 hours ago, I myself tried to say something on the same lines, but I was trying too hard to defend Maithri; the consensus seems to be that he shouldn’t have commented at all.

      “President Maithri has got bashed over his spontaneous reaction – but not by me. A man of his age and background was obviously going to be outraged by what happened – and I’m glad that he spoke as he did. Obviously, I wouldn’t have, but I don’t imagine that the world should be filled with my clones.”

      You will find that here:

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/its-time-sanga-mahela-corrects-yahapalanaya/

      I did not comment on the terrible English of Granville Perera who had written the article, imagining that others would point it out – but they haven’t. So, let me urge anybody going there to focus on the unnecessary/ inappropriate/ hackneyed adjectives that he uses: I mean things like: “Asela’s beautiful wife”.

      I contented myself by saying: “The bottom line for me is: use language responsibly!”

      You are right:

      “When you have a school system which now encourages people not to be multi lingual but worship broken nhot phot English and value everything western but not the good western values like respecting private property rights, privacy, personal freedoms and above all work ethic and respect of law and order that we are losing.”

      There’s much more that you have said, and said well. We just tend to forget how bad things had got, and can’t see things in a clear perspective.

      However, let me balance this comment by saying that the President himself must address these issues of The Chairmanships of Telecom and of the Ports Authority. Those are serious issues, what his young children do are not – those are trivialities; thanks for giving us those examples of the fuss made in America over the music that Mali and Tashi Obama listen to. How irrelevant!

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    Ratwatte, with all due consideration for your mano, the notion Sirisena is a good man is rendered meaningless when, among many other misdeeds, he is actively maintaining P.G.Kumarasinghe, his brother, as Chairman of SLT. Kumarasinghe is a well known thief. Sirisena too is a thief. Read in today’s Lankaenews “May lightning strike..! As New year dawns so Sirisena family safe fills -Many millions of public funds siphoned off!!” .

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      Dear Frank,

      I, too, am worried about the issues that you talk about, but I’m hoping that it’s not as bad as you fear.

      We DO need politicians – who else is going to run the country? Maithri is much better than most, although this over-reaction of his may help us identify one of his limitations.

      I know that I have more limitations, but I am careful in casting my vote. At Presidential elections I usually cast THREE preferences (many don’t even know that that is possible). The first goes to a person (can even be a woman!) whom I know to be honest. And let me tell you that there ARE honest people who contest – only they get almost no votes.

      On January 8th 2015, I cast only one vote – for Maithri.

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        Noted, that you, like most of us, wisely cast your vote for Maithri: otherwise we today will have to remain silent. But we need to do something to make Sirisena not take us for granted.

        What do you think of an organized mass protest, bringing the Administration to a standstill by taking to the streets and remaining there until he fires that thief Kumarasinghe from his post? How many million $$ is he trying to make on the Hutch deal?

        Next time he appoints someone he will know we are watching.

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          Interesting.

          Frank, ultimately I’m going to disappoint you, but I will contribute this much to the debate on how much a company like Hutch is worth, if nobody wants to buy it. Perhaps a rupee!

          I suggest that we start studying the example that I will provide: the person buying such a company has to take on all its liabilities as well. In Sri Lanka, too, there are all those labour regulations. In a free market, the parent company of Hutch cannot expect only to value its Milagiriya building and whatever number of towers they have. To close down, they would have to forget all that until compensation is paid to all the workers. Cruel truth, perhaps; a question of vital importance may be: will it discourage other foreigners from investing in Sri Lanka?

          I know I’m asking pretty inane questions, but it’s worth our while putting these arguments to Maithri. Let’s ask him to study this seemingly ridiculous DEAL (a popular Sinhala word, now-a-days!):

          “But the endeavor was a complete failure, and in 1978, Chrysler sold off its entire European arm to Peugeot Citröen for one U.S. dollar.”

          That was taken from here:
          http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/7-european-car-brands-that-american-automakers-ruined.html/?a=viewall

          The information is confirmed here:
          Decline and sale to Peugeot
          Which is a subheading of this:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Europe

          Yes, the Hutch deal looks really bad. I’m just hoping that our comments are being monitored by somebody in the administration. I have no fear of being white-vanned any more.

          Hmmm! Taking to the streets – where will it end? Going back to the origins of the problems of Chrysler Europe, you arrive at this point: “The Honeymoon Strike”

          http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article/freepress19591021-1.2.24.aspx

          This is the problem: where will it end? Kumarasinghe Sirisena is, perhaps, taking unfair advantage of our loyalty to the causes espoused by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero. But let the debate, on what to do, gain in strength and depth!

          Hopefully, by posting comments such as these, we are both demonstrating that we are watching.

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            Sinhala_Man the crux of the matter is how do we stop Sirisena acting with impunity. Most of his appointments demonstrate he is clearly doing so. His brother is a well known thief. That probably was Sirisena’s first appointment. Then came the back door MP appointment of persons rejected by the electorate. The CJ read the character of our President when he declared that the matter was not of public interest. The CJ has realized quite early on that lending arse can be a profitable business. More and more of this kind of appointments are continuing. See, corruption breeds corruption!

            When those appointed to the Government and Administration are thieves and incompetents ‘we the people’ pay, everyday. Sirisena will never learn unless we TEACH him a lesson. Where ever he goes we follow. Surround him; shout him down; barricade him; until he gets rid of Kumarasinghe. If we do not, he will turn out to be the hooligan Mahinda Rajapaksa was, or even worse.

            Btw, Hutch is worth nothing. Why is Kumarasinghe so keen to purchase it for $100 million of our money? Can you even imagine a reasonable explanation?

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              If we can ensure that our drastic shouting and barricading doesn’t spill over into chaos, I’m all for what you say. Please see the fine article that has just come on the net:

              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/one-year-later-what/comment-page-1/#comment-1921840

              However, the problem with mass protests is not just that they disrupt normal economic activity, but that each protester has a different issue in mind – and many, in today’s context will be getting nakedly racist.

              We certainly seem to agree on the Hutch purchase!

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                Unfortunately the corrupt politicians in Sri Lanka including Sira will not change until we have guillotines installed on the streets. Mere talking will not achieve anything. Hope we can agree atleast on these!

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                  Yes.

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    Happy (bra) year to all contributors.

    Sira attempts to score brownie points through Amparai peasants and gets his Foot in the Mouth well and truely.

    Ayendra Bulathsinghala was in heat and what was the presidential brat who accompanied his father to the UN doing at the concert? reporting all happenings to the Father?
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    Yahapalanaya is in a POL (bra) MESS…… Now Smells like Jadi.

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    Mr. President: No doubt you went overboard with this incident of “Bra” affair and the “punishment” that was “recommended” viz. must be thrashed with “Madu Walige”. To me that “Bra” held by this singer, in the picture, does not show any sign of that has been “removed” instantaneously. It looks a brand new one. Anyway from where it came and who went without it has not been “caught” in the “mayhem”. Isn’t it very strange with all the electronic equipment in the hands of the people. It is also known that your own son-in-law was in attendance and he is also your own “PRO”. So you being the “First Citizen” of the country, if you have consulted your own “PRO”; whom you TRUST MOST to award that job (as has been done by another Minister in awarding the job of a Chairmanship of an organization coming directly under his control)all this “Madu Walige” talk would have been avoided and most importantly NOT SIDETRACKED another incident that should have been taken very seriously by you. That is none other than a UNP MP from Kolonnawa, Ms. Hirunika’s involvement in the “ABDUCTION” of an employee from a drapery store, by her own “Security Staff” in her own official vehicle. You would have probably heard how the ex President described it “earlier it was white vans; now it is black Defenders”.

    The above “Abduction” where an MP, her Security Staff and Official Vehicle are involved; I would have SALUTED you in HONOUR, had you recommended and did in fact EXECUTE that “MADU WALIGE” punishment on all those “Bastards”. The fact of your very SILENCE on that incident but taking up “BRA THROWING” seriously suggests to me YOU ARE HIGHLY INCAPABLE OF SELECTING NATIONAL PRIORITIES. Can you blame me or all other citizens making that ASSESSMENT of you?

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      About that PRO:

      Does anyone know why the Ministry of Defense needs a ‘Public Relations Officer’? And if so, does this guy have the qualifications to be one??

      This has that rotting-fish stink of Nepotism, does it not???

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    This Sinhala Culture that we boast off is a total farce. Prior to the advent of the British there was no such Culture of a dress code or on sex. One could visit the Archives and see many small children and even adults completely nude or semi nude. It was the Victorian influence that clothed the people from neck to toe and introduced the single family unit of marriage, because what was widely practiced before, was large extended families where the children were referred to as our children and not my children. There was no record of Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Furthermore the general practice of burial of the dead in coffins was introduced by the British. Otherwise the bodies were disposed in the thickets. Even offering pansakula as a religious rite was after seeing the Christian funeral services. Even during Buddha’s time there was no such thing as Pansakula. Another Human being, be he a Buddhist Priest has no power to grant grace of Nirvana to a dead body after three days, where life has ceased. What mockery we practice in the name of Religion? The Sinhala Buddhist Culture is no different. Imagine if someone were to Organise a Cabaret, these very Puritans will bring the roof down, opposing such show as bad Western influence. Cabaret is not Western. It originated in the East and Asia where women semi nude danced for music for the pleasure of the Kings and the elite in society. The night ended allowing the King or the Elite to select a female of one’s choice for service if wanted. It is no secret to the Buddhists as it is clearly stated in the Buddhist scriptures where Prince Siddhartha was also entertained in like manner. So much so the night he left the Palace to become a Priest he had to step over semi nude women in various postures fast asleep. My view is that we should get out of this false pretext of a Sinhala Culture which we have burrowed and be more civilised to recognise people of different faiths and different ethnicity and rid this society of Corruption, Rape, Murder and the Lawlessness that prevail to make this society more civil.

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      Well said Gamini.

      Utter hypocrisy is what rules the roost in Sri Lanka today.

      I hope President Sirisena will climb Sigiriya and berate those who painted the ‘Apsaras’ also. Unfortunately he can’t whip the painters with the ‘madu walige’.

      And better still he wears the ‘Amude’ while berating the painters. After all the Amude is the most culture appropriate clothing compared to the indeterminate origin of the pristine white ‘Ariya Sinhala’ suit that he prefers.

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        BBS Rep:-
        Although I do not support all the Rituals practised today in the name of Buddhism, I can understand the Buddhist Sangha of long ago, who incorporated them into Buddhist Practice, when they saw how the Rituals of Hinduism, Catholicism and Christianity, practised by the Missionaries, were luring the Buddhists away from The Dhamma of the Buddha.

        As the Buddha himself stated, it is only a Few that can understand His Dhamma. The Majority have to be brought into the Temples by means of Rituals, so that they can Hear the True Dhamma spoken, from the Sangha residing there.

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      Gamini

      You are right about the culture and the dress codes all these came to civilize the Sinhalans even in marriage the Sinhalans were practicing five brothers were allowed to keep one women and the brothers take their turn symbolizing their Amudey hanging in the verandah signaling his presence indoor, yet we talk loudly about some countries practicing polygamy.

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      @Gamini

      Absolutely right. Well said !

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      Correction:
      The night ended allowing the King or the Elite to select (a female) males and females of one’s choice for service if wanted.

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    Mr Alwis reckons the Spaniard holding that Colombo Chick’s strapless ( or is it with straps) and or Bulasinhale’s daughter getting smooched on the lips on stage and in public is no big deal.

    Can someone do a search and check whether Mr Alwis really started as Alves…

    Because there seems to be a clash of cultures here…

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      Sumanasekera, your types can be seen a mile off when spotted. For public consumption you sport one face, in actual life it is quite another.

      Go to Wellawatte beach and see for yourself, what happens in those bushes in broad daylight. That must be then, the pure sri Lankan culture you talk of?

      Why not take the President along as well? He might have missed these sights while traversing those paddy fields of Polonnaruwa. It would be quite a sight to see him go about those bushes with a sting ray tail, with Sumaney giving him directions?

      Oh, what a ‘PURE’ society we live in, and how pure, the likes of Sumanasekera!!!!

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        @justice & Fairplay

        What happens in Wellawatte that is so much against “deshiya de” ?

        I go there almost every day and haven’t noticed anything objectionable.

        Can you elaborate please ?

        Were you never young ?

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          Malumiris, you are missing my point ENTIRELY!

          What I am insinuating is, that what happens there is considerably worse than a stray bra thrown at a singer on stage, which has caused such a cultural reawakening since some find highly objectionable and even lewd.

          If you wish to know more about the happenings on the beach, please enquire from the Wellawatte Police who have taken many into custody for indecent exposure / behavior during broad daylight.

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            @justice & Fairplay

            I agree with you that this bra-flinging is blown all out of proportion.

            El Presidente decided to (hypocritically) score some (he thought) easy political points on the back of some mythical “deshiya de” and “sanskruthiya”… all of which is BS.

            Now he is bemoaning the fact that “Internet Karayas” like you and I, are objecting to his ill-timed and downright stupid outburst

            Some people excuse him on the basis that “he got emotional”..

            President’s DON’T have that luxury. If he wants to be emotional, let him be emotional without being President.

            As for Wellawatte Police, I think we all know that some people get their jollies by harassing others. I am not sure why you picked on a set of (mostly) young people sharing some personal moments as an example though.

            They are doing what any normal person will do when trapped in a falsely straitlaced society like ours. Personally I feel it’s a pity they have to resort to such.

            You may have had the luxury, as I did., of understanding and enlightened parents who did not view healthy relationships as “dirty” and somehow Culturally prohibited.

            But that’s a topic for another time

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    Sarath de Alwis:
    I have a bone to pick with you: you keep anticipating what I want to say and keep saying it better!
    You must be the single exception to the broad accusation that Sri Lanka is THE land of English-illiterates!

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    Mr.Sumanasekera,

    Evil lies in the eye of the beholder.

    Emil,

    Thank you. I don’t deserve the compliment.I can only quote from the poem Invictus by Henley.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

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      Sarath:
      You don’t know how far back in time that quote of yours took me! It just goes to show that the adage about short-term memory and long-term memory of those approaching their final years is so damned true!

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        Emil, here is another Quote from ‘Far back in time’, This Time from Rabindranath Tagore:-

        “Where the Mind is Without Fear, and the Head is held High,
        Where Knowledge is Free,
        Where the World has not been Broken up into Fragments
        By Narrow Domestic Walls.
        Where Words come out from the Depths of Truth,
        Where Tireless Striving Stretches its Arms towards Perfection,
        Where the Clear Stream of Reason has not lost its Way,
        Into the Dreary Desert Sand of Dead habit,
        Where the Mind is Led Forward by Thee,
        Into Ever-widening Thought and Action,
        Into that Heaven of Freedom, My Father, Let my Country Awake!”

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      Mr De Alwis,

      No probs mate.

      In fact I loved it.

      At least our Colombo chick didn’t send her knickers for Enriquies to hold on stage.unlike in the West where Size 42 upwards come flying every time old Tommy belts out his love ballads..

      And I believe Enrequies old man gets the same treatment from old Spanish and French ladies.
      i
      But my gripe is how the Elite have made so much Dosh in in just one Yahapalana year, to pay LKR 35, 000 and 50, 000 a ticket.

      And a legal elite ( lawyers of course )couple who bought two for LKR 70,000 is suing Sange & Mahela for LKRR 22 Million for allowing the lesser Elite who bought the LKR 5 and 10,000 tickets to invade their VVIP space.

      And causing them grievous harm by obstructing their view, disturbing their peace , polluting and violating their pure Elite atmosphere which they expected for their 70,000 Ruppiah.

      Wonder how much the damage claim would have been if Dalits did this to the Legal Couple?..

      As for St Peter, I always wondered how he got the gig to man the Pearly Gates when he denied even knowing Jesus.

      Sorry Mr Poorten, I am in to Wines but not Poems..

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        One of the greatest connoisseurs of wines – John Arlott – was actually a poet, besides the prose and the commentary!!

        So KAS, if you are into wines and missing the poetry, you are missing the bus!

        And wonder what the dickens you having wines for – for doesn’t it clash with the culture you espouse? Or do say these things merely for a lark?

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    Couldn’t agree more ! The president won by default, it looks like even a donkey would have won this election. The vote was against Mahinda and all he stood for.

    Democracy has no place in a society like ours, in a Country conditioned to live with autocracy .

    The British rule was a brief sojourn into a lifestyle that was totally alien to bum sucking, kowtowing peasants used to living under a ruthless king.

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    Mr. Alwis has over looked the real reasons of the outburst of Sirisena.
    He jumped on the chance to attack Sanga for rubbing his nose and also hoped to divert attention from the pathetic state of his governance where nothing really happens but are always going to do this and that all the time.

    Mr.Vanderpoorton,unlike for you for most of us in this country,english is a foreign language and since there is no proper engish education in the school system we have to bear with them and apprecate their courage to come forward to express themselves with what little they know.The other option will be to limit the thread to english literaries only

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    Strange that there isn’t any song and dance (hue & cry) on what takes place during and after those numerous local open air musical shows (Sangeetha Sangdarshanayas) featuring our popular artistes. Evidence of what is strewn around the premises is astonishing and beyond comparison to the recent ‘elite’ bra throwing and kissing incident.
    Hence should such musical shows be banned too?
    Is western culture responsible for the drop in the indecent behavior of our younger generation?
    Isn’t it time that we put our house in order before pointing fingers at others?

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