28 November, 2021

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The Turning Point: Opposition On The Offensive

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Nov 16th 2021 was the current Opposition’s equivalent of the Feb 18th 2015 Nugegoda rally of the pro-Mahinda JO forces, but Nov 16th 2021 was more impressive and significant.

Feb 18th 2015 was most striking because of its unprecedentedly rapid turnaround time after the January 2015 defeat.

Though it took far longer due to Covid-19, the SJB demonstration of November 16th 2021 was a more crucial turning point.

It is the day the democratic Opposition went on the offensive. It is the day that hope was reborn in the ranks of society as a whole. The same was true of Feb 18th 2015 in its time and I wrote as much, but the first factor that makes things radically different today is the depth and extent of the national crisis, economic and social.

Thus, the significance and potential of the SJB manifestation is qualitatively greater. It can be the spark that ignites the process culminating, through many intermediate, even dangerous phases, in a democratic transition if not transformation.

There is a second factor that makes Nov 16th 2021 more important. It is the size and extent of the protest, counting the significant numbers that were prevented by the state from coming to Colombo.

The third factor that makes it more significant than even Feb 18th 2015, is the sheer scale of blocking by the regime, which was not the case in 2015.

The SJB’s ‘smart’ demonstration of November 16 in Colombo, the unplanned local protests at every venue that the prospective marchers were stopped by the Police (500 roadblocks, reported The Island), the sizzling speech by Sajith at the edge of Galle Face proved that this was the indispensable formation in the democratic Opposition; the indispensable leading force and main force of the Opposition.

At the political level the competition is now indubitably between the SLPP and the SJB. The SLPP regards its main challenger for power as the SJB, or more accurately, Sajith’s SJB.

The Nov 16th events set an example of resistance to the general public, the entire country. Sajith’s Galle Face speech had a simple message: “Enough of this curse…we are committed to forming a government of the people (‘podujana aanduwak’)”.

It constituted a declaration, echoed in parliament the next day by SJB general-secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara, that the SJB was determined to evict the government through people’s power direct action and elections.

What does Nov 16th mean further afield? For the JVP it means that either a broad bloc is necessary with the SJB or competition must be stepped up in the struggle to change the administration.

The JVP, though far more powerful in the mobilization of social forces, especially the unionized of town and country, is far more vulnerable on its own than is the SJB which has political real estate.

It seems to be solely the pathological sectarianism of the JVP’s leader that forestalls, possibly forecloses, a united front with the SJB.

The SLFP will have to decide whether it can go it on its own, or stay within the government and survive electorally, or join the SJB as a junior partner of a centrist convergence.

The SLFP surely has to abandon any hope of overtaking the SJB.

What is true of the SLFP is truer still of the smaller parties of the ruling coalition. Can they stay in government and avoid the fate of the LSSP-CPSL in 1977? Can they move out and survive at the next election? Can they enter a bloc with the JVP?

Or, would it not be most prudent for the smaller allies of the SLPP to form a united front with the SLFP under the latter’s leadership and then enter negotiations with Sajith and the SJB?

The United National Party (UNP) has been totally replaced and superseded by the SJB. It

has no realistic option but to dump its eternal leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, pick someone willing to work with Sajith and under his leadership, and either join the SJB or enter a united front with it as a (very) junior partner.

The civil society intelligentsia must realize that none of its formulae so far, which do not recognize the central role of the SJB and the leadership of Sajith Premadasa, are relevant. Re-thinking is on the agenda.

Left-oriented civil society intellectuals must learn that if they truly stand for a progressive outcome they must constructively engage with the SJB and nudge it leftwards, strengthening, inter alia, the populist centrism of Sajith Premadasa.

Liberal-cosmopolitan civil society must realize that its values can only be realized by acknowledging that the dominant discourse will always be that of Sajith Premadasa as expressed at Galle Face on November 16th: a ‘Podujana Aanduwa’; a government of the common people, the masses.

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    Time for the opposition parties to get their act together and try to stop what will otherwise be a family dictatorship. People are finally opening their eyes, and realizing that the criminals behind the Easter day bombings were not only these idiot Jihadists, but there were others with their own agenda behind that terrible massacre. They also realize now that racism is a tool used by this regime, to divide the country, and set the majority against the minority, and that pardoned felons, murderers, corrupt cronies, and war criminals, cannot run a country successfully with the best interests of the people, but only for themselves. We were bombarded with information about corruption with the previous regime, but this one is worse, considering the nepotism going on in the leadership. How many more off shore bank accounts have been opened since they took over? It would be interesting to know.

    They are also realizing that the man they thought was their savior, because he ended a war (and accused of war crimes), has made blunder after blunder, all at the expense of the people. They have even sold chunks of our land to China. How patriotic is that Sinha Le?

    “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

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      Ashan,
      “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln
      —–
      It is good if Tamil politicians in the North take note of this. They have been fooling the Tamil community in Yapanaya for a long time. But situation is changing. It is becoming harder for Tamil politicians to fool the Tamil community all the time.

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        The words of Condoleezza Rice come to mind …….. “A Black has to be three times as good to be considered equal to a White.”

        The Rjapakse Inc …….. has to be three times as bad to be considered as bad as the opposition.

        It’s not there yet …….. but getting there.

        The SWRD/SLFP always had a near majority of the “Sinhala-Buddhist insecurity” in their kitty …….. this increased manyfold for the Rajapakse Inc due to their clever work/marketing …….

        The point where hunger and hardship balance out and overtake “Sinhala-Buddhist insecurity” is fast approaching ……… when reality overtakes unreality …………

        “Sinhala-Buddhist insecurity” is a nice thang to have/afford on a full stomach ………


        When did Native Vedda say …………. “It’s the economy, stupid?” ………. That Native is one clever boy!

        • 7
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          Just 5 years ago, wasn’t Dr.DJ hailing some “Nugegoda Man”? Where is that man now, I wonder, in a gas queue? I would advise Preme jr. not to put too much faith in fickle public opinion.

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            Ah, what fire, sound and fury! :)) …….. Mahinda is not a man …….. but a nation ……..



            Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
            Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
            To the last syllable of recorded time.
            And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
            The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
            Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
            That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
            And then is heard no more. It is a tale
            Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
            Signifying nothing.

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          A N&E tamil is always a terrorist until agrees to become a lackey.

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          What caused KOTUWE HAMUDURUWO and THIS MAD MONK form Mangalaramaya not to be offered any kind of POSTs sofar.
          :
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEsmyVMRf1A

          No matter these men hide behind the SIVURU…. I would have hung them by balls, if I had the powers. THis man, mad monk was then a MEMBER of a music band. Surely, he had some problems being unable to continue as a lay man, then entered to SANGA life as BBS dog did it.

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            They are all same.

            If a boy has a totally useless horoscope with no prospects whatsoever he is handed over to the temple.

          • 0
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            This ‘guy’ i suitable to replace, Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara as Head of TF OCOL.
            if he has such power, he is commended for the post.
            Get the Top to bottom adherence to the Law!
            It will be a great Dream!!

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          Nimal, isn’t it pity that a street protest is now the glimmer of hope to starving Lankans. DJ is writing as though it’s a cards/ sports game where strategically teaming up to get back to the top. In that case he admits there is no principle or manifesto as such to any political party other than teaming up to retain power. No doubt Rajapaksas have to go, but isn’t it a repetition since independence. Lankans pick absolute crooks so that losers get together in unseating the don to continue the same. Who ever get elected its those same crooks hold position. As DJ says if they get together and dethrone the naked king there will be tussle to get positions, intermittent theatrics to pull the rug by those dissatisfied lot, power struggle, infighting and holding government for ransom. We are aware what and all RW did to see SP loose election. With such voter mentality there is no hope or recovery for a failed nation.

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        EE,
        Noting that, you have singled out one community as vulnerable/gullible and naïve to fall for the “antics of power hungry” politicians and thus causing mayhem and starvation, failed Rule of Law and Corruption!
        You, I am sure, seem to be having a very solid reason to claim such.
        However, that does not ‘gel’ with the experience, we have endured all these years and currently undergoing, gazing at ‘Imminent Starvation’ by failed Agricultural and Fertiliser policy and crop failures to boot!
        Is this phenomenon due to the “foolishness and the gullibility” of the Northerners/Easterners and Malayanadu?!! What of Majority?!!
        I doubt it and wager it is due to the ‘Kukul Mus Bath Parcele and 1/4 Gal Botale’ Syndrome of exercising the sovereign Franchise!!!
        Arrakku saha Kukul Mus Syndrome!!!! Very inviting, to some, but definitely not to me – to Barter Votes, on “a mess of pottage”.
        What’s Sovereign about Franchise? Do not care. It is none better than “good old poisonous Molasses”?!!!!
        Cannot blame Yahapalanaya for this, ‘Nut Cracker Calamity’? Damn it!!!!
        Blame, RICHARD WALTER JOHN HELY-HUTCHINSON, 6TH EARL OF DONOUGHMORE KP PC.
        Western conspiracy!!!!
        Is it not? Problem solved.
        Understand, “Sovereignty” voters must be adequately educated and informed/ knowledgeable!!!

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        EE,

        No. It is not changing.

        Only solution is to give Tamils their own country, give Sinhalese their own country and give Muslims their own country in the island.

        Until then SL will be a mess.

        If it is a presidential election, TNA and SLMC will definitely support SJB. That means most Sinhalese will oppose SJB. That’s the end of the SJB’s power even if it wins because TNA always contests alone at the parliamentary election. What happened in 2015 will happen.

        The other side is worse. Because TNA and SLMC supports SJB, most Sri Lankans will have no option than to support useless, racist, corrupt Rajapaksas. In another few years they will topple the SJB regime and grab back power.

        The same old story of SL. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

        One island, three nations. Sinhala Only Elam, Muslim Elam and Tamil Elam!

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      I cannot understand why some people say “………. he ended a war….”. He was just the Supplies Officer who robbed state funds during that time. It is true that one of his stooges wrote a book named “Gota’s War”. Should not also forget how he left the Army and the Country long before the actual battle started.

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        All true, but he happened to be the Secretary of Defense at that time, and all decisions had to go through him, even the killing of thousands of helpless civilians trapped in between the two sides.

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        Hi Eratne,
        That decampment was due to the ‘attack’ of Mental Fickleness.
        All sorted, after being resident of California, in USA, the great state and 7-Eleven, intense training, to achieve, goals and objective in pursuit of achievement for 15+ years.
        Better training than SLA training on that subject, which was the cause of retardation of the mental ability in pursuing once goals!
        Highly changed outlook, individual and personae.
        Could now visualise the changed mindset after 7-Eleven training!
        Interested in Bellimissa INC or S’pore L K Yew thoughts.
        All, now replaced by new indigenous thoughts of PBJ, including publication of and withdrawals of gazettes ad nauseum drama!
        Including, Fertiliser and organics to boot, because PBJ has extensive experience in Gazettes and ‘Fiats’ for past 15+ years – Secy. Treasury!!
        Look forward with awe the Indigenous constituition making and TF OCOL to become the Law and then the exemplary Rule of Law, except those governing!!!

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      DJ,

      We understand your situation. Obviously, you ve been feeling not well today because you re not occupied. No doubt, if a diplomatic position would be offered to you tomorrow ´, you would not think twice, but pack your bag and leave to Russia or Europe. So what is the difference between you and the vulnerable voters in this country ? You would forget almost your parents, if any interviewer would put you above ” as most experienced diplomat in recent times bla bla ” but to get in to their bang wagon filled with various kinds of racists. All these are becoming clear to all today.
      Your inconsistent behaviour should also be responsible for the fall of this nation. Mahinda Rajapkashe should nt have been kept above to the manner you did it then. He is just an actor, not taking things seriously.

      And, you were seen no different to Wimal Buruwanse in that Nugegoda gathering in Feb 2015. Today, Wimal Buruwanse is hidden under the bed of Mafia boss Mahinda while you have been making every effort to get a next posting. It is all because you are not honest guy. Get well soon, God bless srilanka !

    • 4
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      Abraham Lincon did not know about Sri Lankan people.

      Soma

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        Soma, I think the converse is the truth!
        Any way, SL was a notable “plot of land” in this world in which USA has been present prominently for 200 years, starting with the “Tea party” in the waters of Boston Port!!
        USA only came to know of any significance, not 200 years ago, after the Frisco speech of SL delegation and notoriously after the petroleum company nationalisation of 1960!
        Pardon Lincoln for that lapse, as SL was only a colony of British!!

  • 9
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    Ashan,
    “They also realize now that racism is a tool used by this regime, to divide the country, and set the majority against the minority.”
    —-
    None of the regimes that ruled this country used racism to set the majority against minorities.
    Racism is the tool used by V-Tamil politicians in Yapanaya from the time Sinhalayo gained independence to prevent unity between Tamil and Sinhala communities for their political survival. They gave the impression to Tamils in Yapanaya that Sinhalayo are their arch enemy and they are their saviors. Even now some Tamil politicians use anti-Sinhala racism to hang on to power.

  • 6
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    Did TNA & UNP miss a trick by not joining the protest?

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      They are waiting to see which side wins the argument.

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      Rajash

      What is happening in Vattukottae?

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        NV,
        It has been renamed “Batukotte” by the evolutionary visionary of these columns as such – not the original name, from wherever he is Australia or Canada, depending on which part of the world is summer at this time to suit his comfort!

  • 15
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    Sri Lanka is facing a bleak/uncertain future. The military regime of Gotabaya will survive because the army has to survive as well, like what is happening in Burma. The Rajapakse family cannot let a new regime take over. The coming dictatorship will last as no other country or UN are bothered.
    Sri Lankans are not welcome in other countries too.
    The rot commenced with “Sinhala Only” and now it is “Rajapakses only”
    More unnecessary projects on borrowed funds will sink the economy soon.
    There will be hunger and unemployment of the majority.

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      Justice, Sri Lanka is nothing like Burma which has been under military rule since independence. SL has a long history of democratic elections, although many were flawed. GR and the Rajapaksas know very well that the will of the majority cannot be supressed with guns. It was the majority that brought them to power and it is the majority that will get rid of them when the time comes.

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    The most important thing now is for SJB to keep the momentum alive. In the past we have seen what happens when Adhoc protests are organized.

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      Omg
      You guys are so.naive .
      SJB will be a disaster .

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        Not just SJB .
        UNP was a disaster
        SLFP was a disaster
        Last 70 years of governance was a disaster.
        The only party that has not governed the country is TNA.

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          Rajash
          .
          These oh so clever arrogant Tamils. Never heard of the JVP, the Liberal Party……

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            Svenson

            “Never heard of the JVP, the Liberal Party……”

            Heard lot about both out of interest, not because both party’s election performance nor their ideology. JVP’s ideology sucks and Liberal’s one time leader Rajiva Wijesinha, I don’t think Nimal Fernando would buy an ice cream from him, ….

            If you wanted a hypocritic party you have JVP, pre AKD. However JVP has to say sorry and make huge public apology to the people of this island.
            AKD delivers long speeches as if people needed to be rock to sleep.
            Ordinary people have only a few minute attention span.

            Amid the October 2018 Mahinda’s coup JVP wanted any party that supported its 20A rather that kicking the illegal impersonator prime minister, which meant going to extend of saving Mahinda and putting his bum on Prime ministerial seat.

            JVP still entertain the idea of forming a corrupt coalition government with Mahinda’s babies.

            We don’t need another public racist Somawansa.

            I am yet to see JVP publicly denouncing its past and condemn all those racist laws and practices, including one country one law and one leader the Führer (“the Leader”).

            AKD and his merry men need to insist on foreign observers(given the record of home grown judiciary and practices) to help resolve the question of Illegal killings, war crimes, genocide, racism, racist laws and practices, land grabbing, …

  • 13
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    I repeat my earlier comments “We won’t be able to bring our rulers from ‘Heaven’ and have to be satisfied with the ones we already have. No point in finding fault with each and everybody. Need at the moment, is all anti-Rajapakse parties join and contest all future elections as one entity by nominating the best from each party as candidates. We should know who the ‘Podu Sathura’ – ‘Common enemy’ is and come together to chase it out of politics and if possible, from the country.”

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      Eratne,
      “We should know who the ‘Podu Sathura’ – ‘Common enemy’ is and come together to chase it out of politics and if possible, from the country.”
      ===
      Rajapakshes are not the ‘Podu Sathura’ – ‘Common enemy’. They are the ‘Sathura’ (enemy) of Tamil terrorists who massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades in order to grab land belong to indigenous Sinhalayo to create a separate State for the Dravidians brought to Yapanaya by Portuguese and Dutch because they had the spine to stand against the deadliest terrorists in the world (Tamils) and eliminate them.
      For indigenous Sinhalayo they are heroes because they defeated LTTE Tamil terrorists and unified the country. Sinhalayo will not chase them from the country because, unlike Tamils they are grateful to leaders who brought them peace.

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    Dayan is reading too much in to the rally. The rally was a pro-test march, not a pro-SJB march. There can never be a government of the people, with leaders like Sajith.
    .
    The protesters were rallying to remonstrate their opposition to the burden dumped on their shoulders by the current regime, not to demand that democracy be upheld.
    .
    It will take several elections before our Democracy gets legs to stand on!

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      Nathan,
      “There can never be a government of the people, with leaders like Sajith.”.
      .
      Tell us why? I dont support anyone yet, but would like toknow why u and some others repeat it. Sirisena with little knowledge became the leader. Then a man with teeny behaviour s , his record breaking high crime acts, Gota became the Fuehrer. If bugger gave priority to discussions before his issue of Gazette s, they would have been powerful but all of them were reversed sofar. Majority in the country would nt care much about when they cast their votes, even rapists, motherfuckers could well hide behind Sanga costume for any low doings.a Hypocrisy and stupidity would nt leave them even if we would keep on dreaming. South asian mentality will work like an incurable cancer in them for another few decades so long main stream media would nt take it serious. Our media is malicious and it s like the uncontrollable desire of the people to Kunu karawala- stinky dried fish. ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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        leelagemalli,
        …. “There can never be a government of the people, with leaders like Sajith.”. Tell us why?
        With Dayan as Sajith’s mentor the answer is obvious.

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        Dear LM: You directed attention to Nathan’s comment: “There can never be a government of the people with a leader like Sajith”

        Then you asked: ” Tell us why”?

        OMG! I had a fall from my chair. Luckily my “Three Wheel” comrade “Piyadasa” was there to give me a good drink of “Gon Thambily” to regain my balance and be on my feet. Yet I am not in proper balance (where to go and what to do) to answer your question: “TELL US WHY”?

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          Hi LM: My friend “Piyadasa” spread the news I fell off the chair. My “Kadamandiya” club members rushed to see me. I entertained them on a “60 Inch” TV the following:

          1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRGiCSbUrWA

          2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdIWDjttH44

          Please get yourself more aware of what is going on and what needs to be done.

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            Hi LM Both videos are not available. But try and go on Utube and see the presentations by Sepal Amarasinge and Abhisheka on 18-11-21. Worth the effort. Both will answer your “Million Dollar” question. Thanks.

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              Abhiseka s videos are good. But Sepal s sounds as if he is ” siyalla dhath – know-all nature”. So I dont respect any of them. If I had time, I would have spoken with a cross section of the hell, during my last stay, however, it was not easy.

              Sorry, it was not my million dollar question, but just a pertinent one in today s context. Any polburuwa could easily get elected no matter who he is… if he would promise – a packet of rice along with a glass of arak, those Kadamandiya bps would become ” wine karapu ewun wage- uncontrolleble but slaves”. … Unawatuna area people are familar to me,because we had few hotels there – the owners being my relatives.

              Besides, very same SEPAL is totally against Ranil, yet today, but in the same time not yet a single word thrown against Mahinda- blood sucker of the nation… what do you make of this ?… That is why our ISKOLEMAHATHTHAYA (sinhala man) feels that SEPAL s nature is not yet clear.

              To be honest, I dont want to be pessimitic, but not the least sign there at the end of the tunnel, in terms of a better future. In the days to come world press will compare it with SOMALIANS and TAHITIANS. Not to every politicians but the curse should go to Medamulana BPs.

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              Simon, is this what you meant?
              .
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRGiCS6UrWA&t=642s
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              Sepal Amarasinhe 20′ 05″. Listen from 10′ 25″ onward. I did listen to all of this yesterday, just to see what all this is about. “leelgemalli” has said yesterday that Sepal’s nature is not yet clear to me.
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              It is! He is there to make us feel that “all politicians are the same”, and so reject all. Whom does that help? The Rajapaksas because their supporters don’t listen to Sepal.
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              LM is a most honest and sincere guy, and he does perform a vital function by monitoring all that goes on. However, don’t encourage anybody to listen to Sepal.
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              We don’t credit the Rajapaksas with honesty or intellect, but they do have cunning. Zaharan & Co. were crazy Jihadists who felt that they were doing Allah’s bidding. In fact, they carried out acts that benefitted only the Rajapaksas. Proving is difficult, but most of us now accept that the Jihadists were manipulated.
              .
              To disprove what I’m saying, show me something that Sepal says just before voting at an election to persuade (young) people to cast a vote that goes against “Rajapaksa-interest”.
              .
              He may build up credibility between elections by saying things that seemingly contradict his real aims.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe

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                I’m sorry, that was wrong.
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                See if this works; it’s the same as LM has given, but you must put it in a Tab that has only Youtube.

                .
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRGiCS6UrWA
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                Abhisheka Fernando is not there. Her presentations appear to be much more genuine and consistent.
                .
                On the whole we are wasting time.
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                Too few of us are discussing issues:
                .
                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-economy-of-sri-lanka-is-there-a-way-out/
                .
                That article seems sound to me; not brilliant. However, we can centre our comments on something like it.
                .
                Of course, we must also know what goes on at the “kadamandiyas” of Unawatuna, but stay away from Sepal Amarasinghe!

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              Dear LM,
              .
              It is just after midnight, and I have got results for both links. Are they what were intended? I think so, but with so few details supplied by you it is difficult to tell:
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              The first is 6′ 20″, and has some woman complaining that she’s been found positive for COVID. She works at Cargills, but also appears to be following a course at “KIU” whatever that may be. The KIU fellow (in a tie) condescendingly says he can’t spare her much time, etc.
              .
              The second is 16′ 43″: Buddhika Pathirana complaining about how demonstrators are treated.
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              I didn’t really listen to either. We’ll keep getting lost in all sorts of details..
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              It wasn’t difficult finding these: I got a Tab on my browser showing only Youtube: I then pasted the links given by you in the Title Bar.
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              Lots of innovations to help, but they may be confusing us owing to differences in Operating Systems, Search Engines, etc.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela
              .

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          Dear Simon,

          Yours is being read while I was hurt by SRILANKEN mugabe s birth day celebrations y day. Even Sirasa TV adulated the bugger et al for some hidden reasons.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4IGtGfqUl0
          .
          Thanks but It is just a pertinent question in a country even Donkies of high grade (Polonnnaruwa donkey) and high criminals easily get elected, why not Sajith ?
          .
          Sad to hear your emotions caused you to fall from your stool …. If a fracture is the case, not Gonthambily but an Xray would help you further.

          Just now, I happened to watch this below. This lady articulates it as no other. Kudos to her without being biased to any parties
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAdXMA1WAmE

          No doubt, your Kadamindia is the match representing a CROSS section of our nation of the day.

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    DJ,
    Indeed appears to be significant and may be, turning point as people have endured for so long under this, inept and inefficient rule of misuse of powers, especially those garnered through the ill-advised 20th amendment, which believes in the concentrated thinking and misdirected ideas and dreams of a “single individuals and his lackeys only.”
    Amounts to conclude that the balance citizenry of SL as uneducated, uncivilised, imbeciles of no consequence or effect.
    Takes me back to, in addition to February 2015, the dark days of April/May 1977, soon after the strikes of CEB and other trade unions, the turning point of the Sirimavo RDB and FDRB administration!
    The words of Abraham Lincoln to honour the soldiers that sacrificed their lives in order “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” were spoken at Gettysburg.
    Surely but certainly, not in the lexicon of the ‘once and (also) current US citizens of the 200 year history of the great state of US of A and liberation and unification of that state as a Federation, that makes it mighty strong as it stands today!!
    Education or lack of it is the cause?!!!

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    In my last comment, reference, “Surely but certainly, not in the lexicon of the ‘once and (also) current US citizens of the 200 year history of the great state of US of A”, is because my thoughts and many others, I know of, were confident that these individuals have enjoyed the freedom, access freely of goods and services, for them and all concerned in that great country and in the state of California, would be having the heart of Largesse and vision to enable this country and citizens thereof towards a great country of opportunity, soon.
    That does not seem to be the case.
    No vision, mission or objective!
    One that is being pursued is to the contrary!!

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    old codger

    Why do I keep remembering the words “The Rising: Nugegoda Feb 18th”

    “Overall the speeches were of high political quality, with progressive veterans Podi Appuhamy, Vasu, and Dinesh giving classic performances. The younger stars, Wimal Weerawansa, a pure Jacobin orator and Udaya Gammanpila, seemingly softer and more humorous, if you ignore the glint in his eye, turned in superb performances. The senior-most speaker, Dinesh Gunawardena spoke last and appropriately evoked anti-UNP memories not only of 1956 but more emphatically of 1960, in which there were two elections, the first won by the UNP and the second by the SLFP under a new leadership which could bring out the votes.”
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-rising-nugegoda-feb-18th/

    In this typing Dayan completely forgotten to mention Vasu, Dinesh, Wimal, and Udaya.
    Do you know why?
    Don’t you think I ought to remind Dayan what he wrote only a few years ago and diviously positioning himself for diplomatic Job?
    I don’t mind recommending an assignment in North Korea.
    How about Afghanistan?

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      Native,
      I suppose Nugegoda Man is unable to attend because he’s stuck in a gas/ petrol/milk “polima’.

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        old codger

        Do you think a smart ass self proclaimed intellectual possess patience to wait in the queue the sun/rain? They usually pull some strings and everything is delivered to their doorstep.

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    I cannot contest the author’s comparison of the two public gatherings of Feb 18th of 2015 and November 16th of 2021 nor the issue of the use of Police, legitimate or otherwise. Sri Lankans always gloat at chasing away of an “undesirable” government to elect the significant “opposition” to power, only to say, “Our vote was wasted on another set of corrupt megalomaniacs who will make hay while the sun shines.” Who on earth expected “Bond-scams”, “Sugar daddies” and “Garlic daddies” after the respective elections? What is the cause? Those who are always happy with any government will sing the ballad “Politicians may come, and politicians may go but we the racketeers will go on forever.”. The key question that any political leader must ask himself or herself is how can I get rid of the racketeers? If the honest answer is “I have no answer to that issue” then whosoever political leader going on the street now is yet another humbug. The last paragraph addressing the Liberal-cosmopolitan civil society is interesting. On a sample basis their response was “does this fellow have that International recognition?”.

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    JVP lost its way since joining the UNP in 2010 to support the common candidate. Dropped to just 3% and then even lower.

    This will prevent the JVP from joining SJB again unless it is a parliamentary election where SJB agrees to field as many JVPers with it. Can SJB do it like UPFA did in 2004 when JVP won 39 seats at the expense of the SLFP?

    SLFP and UNP are now dead.

    UNP must join SJB. The problem is SJB is a village party. UNP is a city/town party.

    SLFP must join JVP and other small parties to survive.

    Whatever happens the next parliament will be a hung parliament.

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    Thero carried a major campaign for Ranil in 2014. Wrote many long uncalled consulting essays in CT that how to win Old King. In Feb 2015, he read Old King’s note in Narahenpita meeting, standing shoulder to shoulder with Muduthedu Vegama. Then he started to wind up Joint Comedy Club to break out from Yahapalanaya; he joined Ranil’s Club and went to Russia to drink all free Vodka. Then he and the New King started to cut the Branch they were sitting on; worked against the Yahapalanaya. It sounded like Thero lifting Ranil on the Papaya tree and pushing it down to fall with Ranil. I don’t know whether that was a blacksheep work or a sheepish job. Now neither Thero has his Russian job nor the New King has a minister post. Now, Thero is back again on the Drumstick Tree like the Vampire of Vikramaditya. This time he is clinking on the shoulders of Valaiththodam Jr, instead of Old King. Muduthadu is a VC. Alone without his partner, Thero still has turned around the Join Comedy Club. Working on Old King. Thero doesn’t control the parliamentary votes. It is always done by the Joint Comedy Club. Like in 2015 Old King, 2019 Ranil and New King, Thero is targeting Hitler King in the next election. Operations were always successful for Thero; but never Sinhala Buddhists survived after elections.

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      👍👍👍

      Soma

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    @

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    Reminds me of JVP rallies where all the JVPers in the country crowd together at each rally.

    Soma

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      soman

      I have been looking for you:
      Why hasn’t Gota sent his goons to disperse the impressive rally in Colombo although he could have used Pandemic as a portent excuse, not that he needed one.

      Have you applied or renewed your passport?

      It looks like funny, Gota, Shavendra, Prince of Darkness Sarath Weerasekere, …. are trying to be tough on people of North and East but people of the West are allowed democratic freedom, to protest?

      When are you leaving the island for good?

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    “ …but Nov 16th 2021 was more impressive and significant.”
    —-
    Certainly. Because a set of morons who do not have any common sense decided to organize a protest bringing people from faraway places to Colombo while the country is grappling with a deadly pandemic. These guys ignored the health guidelines given by health experts. Only ‘Thanakola’ eating ‘Punnakku’ drinking voters will cast their votes to this kind of irresponsible people who put the lives of ordinary people as well as the whole country at risk to gain political advantage. These guys who talk about ‘Saapaya’ (Curse) have forgotten how they brought ‘Saapaya’ to this country when they were in power.
    Not only the guys who organized but those who decided to participate knowing the risk are also morons. May be lot of people took the risk and joined for a packet of rice and some ‘Gal’. If they thought in that line, it is a rational decision at a time food and liquor are so expensive.

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      PartI
      EE,
      Reference,
      “Not only the guys who organized but those who decided to participate knowing the risk are also morons
      May be lot of people took the risk ……………in that line, it is a rational decision at a time food and liquor are so expensive.”
      Happy to note, you are at long last in agreement with my claim, the questionable manner SL voters have been exercising their franchise, Sri Lankans, have enjoyed ‘Universal Franchise’ – near 100 years!
      Reference, “it is a rational decision at a time food and liquor are so expensive”
      It isn’t rational as it is an emotive decision – controlled by the heart and not the mind to participate and it is incorrect to condone such irrational emotive actions, especially in ‘life changing’ actions and outcomes- food shortage!
      Totally, irrational by any standards.
      Such “Bath Parcel and ¼ Gal Bottle influence” to decision making, by any one (voters & ‘perspective’s included) This bribing should be decried and denounced, in whatever form or shape, without exception!
      Even though in this occasion is only to participate in a political rally and not exercising your franchise to, convert “a government to opposition and vice versa”!! Affects Lives and Livelihood!

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      Part-II
      Decision on franchise, should never be conditioned by bribe or influence by monetary consideration condoned mindset!
      Clearly that is the mess, we are at present (2 years and after 20th amendment) struggling to unravel – the consequences economic downturn, rising food prices, crop failure due bad (or ill-timed and/or ill-fashioned) fertiliser policy and consequent inability to access food at reasonable prices due to an inept administration due to an illogical exercise of Franchise!!
      At least we didn’t have food shortage and starvation prospects under the previous regime whatever other bad outcomes the had to change!!!
      The problem enunciated recently, by the president, “YOU CHASE US AWAY AND ELECT THOSE WHOM YOU DISCARDED, AGAIN”, rings loud and clear, which is the manifestation of illogical use of franchise!!
      HE is absolutely right in that thought and bringing to the forefront the disastrous action of the SL voters, whether they are SB’s, Catholics, Muslims, Burghers, Malays and parses’ or Tamil background, not matter!!!
      The effect and outcome of “Bath Parcel and ¼ Gal Bottle influence” – the Common Factor (CF) on electors voting decision has been disaster!!!.
      This is not right and rational under any circumstances.
      I FULLY AGREE WITHYOU, WITHOUT ANY RESERVATION WHATEVER

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    There is a divine law by which every Country is goverened by and the Citizens are very much connected with it by their thoughts and actions.

    There is no truth in blaming Politicians.

    We need to think without prejudise and make known to politicians clearly that we need a governence that can provide equal opportunity to all citizens.

    While gauranting religous freedom to all, same should be granteed to those who do not agree with organized religions and athiests.

    We keep refusing to accept reality .

    Politicians fail to deliver because it is not possible to deliver to different demands of each Citizen’s personal wants and not needs , if its needs then it would be a basics needs common to all citizens .

    It does not matter which party is being voted again , after a few months Henry ( the voter) will be singing there is a hole in my bucket.

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    The SJB wants to rule the country using religous law the way he believes in , do not be fooled
    This means no freedom at all .
    Wolf is preparing to put on the sheep clothings.
    All your freedom will be denied.

    Vote and regret ..for sure

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    Rest assured , Present President will never ever turn to junta goverence .
    He just needs to get of some traitors and do a proper reshuffle.

    Those who sit in a circle be it government or even family or socalled friendswho keep.stabbing in the back and hang around with you as if they know nothing about it and pretend they are your buddies who will die for you are worst than Hyenas.
    ==============================

    “There is honor even among thieves”
    Time to kickout traitors
    ====
    Re emergence of Hopper feed seems like being prepared.
    ==appa kena time is on

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    Excuse typos
    Just needs to get some traitors out

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    Impressive garbled propaganda which will end up in naught since the majority have realized at last the bitter fact that they have been taken on a futile journey by a set of crooks masquerading as their saviour whilst being jfor the past couple of years.

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    lovely . These smart demonstrations are exactly what Covid is looking for.

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      Will it put the lid on the Covid infection scare mongering?

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      a14455 / November 18, 2021

      You the kind of toilets would never change your affinity to BPs born to Medamulana. I wish I could see, them being found on drains to the manner Tripoli people then experienced…
      I have no doubt you are kind of people and their support paved the way stupid Rajapakshes to suck the last blood drop of the destitute.
      Get well soon, if not, we would be identified ONLY with Somalians.

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      a14455

      “These smart demonstrations are exactly what Covid is looking for.”

      On the contrary Gota is looking forward to dumping bodies in the Kelani Ganga and creating rivers of blood on the streets.

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        NV,

        That newly appointed VC to Kelaniya uni did nt want face me during my visit to the place, 3 wks ago..
        .
        Not only that naha carried fake relics to THE TEMPLE but the very same yellow pets celebrated srilanken Mugabe s birthday yesterday on the cost of the destitute, simply tasteless but in the guise of Sinhala buddhism 🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹

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    Does the SJB have a serious credible programme that addresses the critical issues facing the country?

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      Dear Senstiive Readers,
      .
      The plate being passed to next govt is full of garbage dumps. Again they have to clean it as GOOD GOVERANNCE govt did it at the begining. Whoever whatever being said and done, to my own knowledge, good governance started in a good way. Those days our eyes coul dnot believe but POLICE did not violate it to the manner they are upto behave today. POLICE has become Rajapkshe SECURETY guards as of today. Judiciary has become their legal department, with that PANDOARA bitch is not yet caught by the law.
      All in all, this country #s destrctruction is not because of all previous leaders but due to Rajapakshes. 🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹🐃🐕☹

      I officially hear the name of THAT CHEEVARADHARIA as the incumbent VC to uni of CMBO, with Prof. Dewasiri and the like men, are still caught by hibernation mode.
      Why cant they protest again the appointment.

      https://cmb.ac.lk/past-vice-chancellors/#-
      Check it out if previous VCs were that low grades ?

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    The moment I saw the headline and the author’s name, I knew how the article would end: “Make Sajith President”. What Dayan should also add is “Make me Minister of Foreign Affairs”. This is the man who read MR’s speech at Nugegoda, who went as Maitree’s Ambassador to Russia, the man who advised Maitree during the latter’s unconstitutional coup in 2018. SJB seniors should warn Sajith about Dayan.

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      JS,
      Dayan the KATUSSA is making every effort how he could please his wife…. by getting his another posting.
      :’
      No matter anyhting and everything have gone damaged, these buggers would not care much about NATION and the country, but continue their life styles on the cost of the destitute in this country.
      :
      Thanks to SOCIAL MEADIA today our eyes would not believe we see how poverty strike in rural corners. All these were not focused by Rajaakshes becasue they wanted to display a ” mid income earning nation” picture for their political gains.
      :
      It is similar to the beautification of COLOMBO city driving away the beggars and poor people from the city. The master mind was barbarian Nadasena.
      :
      The KARMIC retribution is seen just started – I saw that MAHINDA could not move A to B easily today….. with his HERNIA becoming like a ” a good size of jackfruit” for all the sinns his MLECHCHA politics have made to this country.

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    Unchain your minds if you truly want to become apart of the 1st world.
    ===============
    Prejudice is a baseless and negative preconception towards a member or members of a group.

    Prejudice has a strong influence on how people interact with others and most of the time it happens unconsciously without even realizing they are under the influence of a systematic prejudice be towards an individual or a group.

    The damage caused to an individual or a group is one of the worst crimes against humanity.

    A prejudiced mind becomes too lethargic that it no longer can know the difference between fact and factoid.

    Prejudiced is fed by various people that we come across in life, once formed it becomes the basis for normal prejudgment.

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    👆👆👆👆
    How many of us varify any news , information or rumour we recieve ?

    If its gossip about someone we are all exited to spread it.

    Even if its true , remember you need to think, Is it right to publishize ? by which you may destroy the innocent members of the family who had no share in the Crime.
    What if it happens to you or loved ones tomorrow ?
    Ya that is why we need empathy.

    This is why Islam forbids backbiting and gossip.

    If there is a victim wronged then the matter of justice must remain between the Criminal and the Victim along with the family and not drag the innocent family who had no share in the crime.

    But no muslim follows this regret.

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    Islam forbids Backbitting and slander.
    In Islam it is equal canabalism

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    I have to talk about Buddhism and Buddhist people because they are the deciding people in this country. Buddhists think they are majority, so they they are special and they can decide what they want. So, what is the point in crying about turning points? Why the turning points?
    How many turning points Sri Lanka need to have to realise the what is true Buddhism and What is fake Buddhism? If you have a clear understanding of Buddhism you don’t need to wait for turning points. Frequent Turning points means you are confused about Buddhism and Buddhist leaders.
    Please understand those who are greedy of power and money cannot save Buddhism. There is no majority rule in Buddhism. Buddhism is sharing love and kindness.

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    The need of the hour is strong , charismatic leadership . I personally don’t think SP has it in him. Hope he proves me wrong .

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      Pundit

      “The need of the hour is strong , charismatic leadership “

      Sorry, we do not want strong leaders, we want just the right secular, benevolent wise leader, who is also honest and listens to the people, care about them, ….

      I propose a three man Junta comprising old codger, nimal fernando (although partial to Chinese women), Sinhala_Man, .. to form a supreme council to monitor all politicians, state functionaries, …….. and take necessary corrective actions, …….

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      Hi Pundit,
      “The need of the hour is strong , charismatic leadership . I personally don’t think SP has it in him. Hope he proves me wrong”
      I wish to disagree, when you see the outcome of one such claimant’s performance up to now!
      We need:
      1. Just,
      2. Righteous (Not “Darmista” – it was disaster last time)
      3. Open minded and receptive towards public/electorate opinion
      4. Secular
      5. Benevolent, well educated, Intelligent/wise person
      6. Honest, Caring and Humane
      There is a dearth of such quality specific people in SL. True.
      We have at least, 3 years to the day (1095 days) of serious and persuasive search without any filibuster to accomplish this masterly deed!!
      ‘Are up to it’ is the million dollar question?
      Awaiting an answer?
      If the answer is yes, then we have salvation!!!

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    Turning back.
    The same guys (sans Ranil Wickramasinghe) who took us several times to the promissed land.
    Oya porondu ahala ethiwela.
    At a time when people are grievously yearning for a real change.
    .
    I expected better than that from a self proclaimed intellectual.

    Soma

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      If power corrupts, imagine what it will do to people who are already corrupt. This is the history of the last 72 years.

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