20 February, 2019

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The Working Relationship I Had With Congress Government Did Not Roll Over To Modi Govt In 2014: MR Says In India

In his inaugural address at ‘The Huddle’ forum in Bengaluru, Opposition Leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaska admitted that the working relationship that existed between his government and the outgoing government of India did not roll over to the new government of India formed in 2014.

“Lack of communication between both parties seems to have led to this situation. Communication is such a vital factor that can be the make-or-break [factor] in strengthening our countries’ relations. Therefore, an open line of healthy and constant communication should always be the focus even in the coming years,” Rajapaksa said, in his speech.

He also added, “Because we know now in hindsight that the misunderstandings of the 1980s as well as that of 2014 were aberrations that could easily have been avoided, it’s key that India and Sri Lanka evolve a mechanism to prevent these misunderstandings from taking place. Despite the snag of 2014, the Opposition coalition that I lead now has a good understanding with the ruling party in India. In their dealings with Sri Lanka, my suggestion to India is that the rule of thumb with regard to India-Sri Lanka relations should be that if the outgoing party had an adequate working relationship with Sri Lanka, the incoming party should give due recognition to that fact and continue the relationship on that basis. Past experience has shown that the danger of disruption in our bilateral relationship arises in the immediate aftermath of changes of government. Such easily avoidable disruptions have had serious consequences for both countries. ”

The full speech delivered by Rajapaksa in India is as follows,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests,

Let me begin by thanking the organisers, The Hindu, for inviting me to be part of this prestigious event. I believe that sharing ideas and learning from one another is key to our understanding one another better, which is why forums like this can assist in exploring new opportunities, pathways and brighter possibilities for cooperation. I would like to also take this opportunity to particularly extend my warm greetings to my friend of many decades who is present here today, Shri Ram, whose friendship and insights over the years I have greatly valued.

I am indeed happy to be amongst you to share a few thoughts on the future direction of India-Sri Lanka relations. Many academics, politicians, students, bureaucrats and perhaps other groups of people have studied, spoken and deliberated on this subject in the past, and I believe this — no matter at which point in history we consider it — is a topic of utmost importance to both our states and people.

Often I have said “India is our relation”, and the bonds between us are unique. We are neighbours, bound by ties of geographical proximity, of a shared history and a shared system of values and culture. We are one family. And as with any family, the journey is not always smooth or trouble-free. I don’t intend focussing on these ups and downs of our relationship, but would venture to say that through an active dialogue any misunderstandings could be averted, as has been demonstrated in our recent dealings with each other.

If we delve into the past of our relationship, we could see forays by invaders from India as much as extremely fruitful and seminal visits by religious leaders. The three celebrated visits of the Buddha were landmarks and unique milestones in the history of Sri Lanka. The later visits by Arahant Mahinda and his sister Theri Sanghamitta have left indelible marks in our culture and way of life. In fashioning our future relationship, these strengths must be examined and understood. In much later times, the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on our national thought processes too should be taken into reckoning when our relationship is fashioned and moulded. I see that in all these, on the part of India, there was an act of giving something and Sri Lanka was the recipient. Buddhism was the endowment that we cherish most.

Our bilateral relations have not always been what it should be. There have been good times as well as not-so-good times in our relations. Nevertheless, it is important for both Sri Lankans and Indians to understand the trends that would shape relations between both our countries and also to explore how best we could nurture the relationship that could mutually benefit us.

However, through it all, both states have always respected and stayed true to the Non-Aligned Movement’s principles of sovereignty, non- aggression, non-interference, mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence.

I can talk to you today about dark times past, when both our nations experienced the threat and terror that comes from a few who irresponsibly use innocent lives to fulfil their own selfish objectives — a thirst for power and violence that claimed the lives of leaders from both our nations. But all of you present here know the history of our relations. You know about how strained ties were in the 1980s when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who found safe haven in India, assassinated [former] Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and were the cause behind the death of over 1,500 Indian soldiers. The 1980s was undoubtedly the most troubled period in our bilateral relationship. And even though all of us in this room know this past, it’s  important to briefly recall the journey along with the mistakes we’ve made, in order to ensure we learn from them and move toward a future that is not riddled with incidents that could have been or should have been avoided.

If we are to delve a little into the history of our seven-decade-long political relationship, we see that there are two major breakdowns in our bilateral relationship, in the 1980s and in 2014, which have had serious consequences for both nations.

Just before we entered the decade of the 1980s, the good relations between India and Sri Lanka had reached new heights. A period of excellence in bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka was the 1970s when Mrs. Indira Gandhi was in power in India and Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike in Sri Lanka. Both leaders were women, their respective political parties shared much the same ideology and foreign policy, and personal friendships were established between their families. This spilled over into President J.R. Jayawardene’s time and he too maintained excellent relations with the Janata Party Government that was elected to power in India in 1977.

In fact, whilst visiting Sri Lanka in February 1979, addressing Parliament Prime Minister Moraji Desai stated that the problems that were inherited from the colonial past of both countries have been resolved through goodwill and negotiations. He also stated that both nations now stood on the threshold of a new era of cooperation.
History has also shown us that there is no need for similarities in ideology or foreign policy between the parties ruling India and Sri Lanka to share a good working relationship. Post- independence, the new government of Sri Lanka was right-wing and pro-west, while the government of India led by Jawaharlal Nehru was more socialist, centrist and non-aligned. Yet, the relationship between India and Sri Lanka during Prime Minister Nehru’s era was extremely good.

In fact, when the newly independent Sri Lanka wanted to obtain membership of the United Nations, the Soviet Union vetoed our application because they did not believe that Ceylon was really an independent nation. As a dutiful neighbour, Nehru got his Ambassadors in Moscow and in the UN to lobby on our behalf and to convince the USSR of Ceylon’s actual political and constitutional status as an independent nation.

Since the 1980s the relationship between our two countries remained very fragile. But in 2005 when I was elected President, I made it a point to establish a good working relationship with India.
You would recollect that a novel mechanism was in place during our time in government, and in particular when we as a country fought against the most cruel terrorist organisation in the world. The Troika, as it was known, helped in no small measure to build a bridge between the leaderships and the associated thought processes of our two countries and thus prevented any misunderstandings when Sri Lanka was engaged in a crucial war against terrorism. It was the friendly and casual nature of the relationship between the two groups that formed the Troika that produced the desired outcome.

I say without any hesitation that India’s deep understanding of our government’s motive was a key factor that helped us to eradicate terrorism. The respective leaderships were consistently and continuously briefed by the relevant Troika, thus promoting the high level of understanding that was required to keep the relationship dynamic.

In 2014, the second major breakdown of bilateral relationships took place. The government that had ruled India for a decade was voted out in 2014. Unfortunately, the working relationship that existed between my government and the outgoing government of India did not roll over to the new government of India formed in 2014. Lack of communication between both parties seems to have led to this situation. Communication is such a vital factor that can be the make-or-break [factor] in strengthening our countries’ relations. Therefore, an open line of healthy and constant communication should always be the focus even in the coming years.

Because we know now in hindsight that the misunderstandings of the 1980s as well as that of 2014 were aberrations that could easily have been avoided, it’s key that India and Sri Lanka evolve a mechanism to prevent these misunderstandings from taking place.

Despite the snag of 2014, the Opposition coalition that I lead now has a good understanding with the ruling party in India. In their dealings with Sri Lanka, my suggestion to India is that the rule of thumb with regard to India-Sri Lanka relations should be that if the outgoing party had an adequate working relationship with Sri Lanka, the incoming party should give due recognition to that fact and continue the relationship on that basis. Past experience has shown that the danger of disruption in our bilateral relationship arises in the immediate aftermath of changes of government. Such easily avoidable disruptions have had serious consequences for both countries.

I hope my discussion of history has not been too boring, but it’s important to recall, to understand, what we’ve done right over the years and ensure we correct where we went wrong.
Now in reflecting on the future of India-Sri Lanka relations, it is useful to identify the main elements having [a] bearing on the relationship and focus on how we can better that relationship.
The traditional government-to-government dealings alone cannot give shape to our future relations because the world is becoming more complex by the day. However, political leaders would continue to play the most coveted role as they determine the policies, be it foreign, economic, security, and a host of other policies that would impinge on our bilateral relations. Tangibles like these are easier to monitor and even control, but intangibles pose grave threats. Political leaders and other societal leaders must always keep a tab on the intangibles; for instance, a wrong word from a leader would sour the relations, as we have witnessed in the past.

It would not be out of place for me to state upfront that a strong mechanism at the country- to-country level fully endorsed and supported by each of our governments should be in place to clear any misunderstandings that may crop up from time to time. The Troika system should have been a forum that we continued, and perhaps there is still opportunity to bring it back from 2020.

It is a truism that the world has become smaller due to modern methods of transport and communication. In a relationship between two parties, and in this case between two countries, inevitably there are the third parties involved in determining how the relationship would be. These third parties will play an important role in influencing our relationship. Therefore, we need to look at not only ourselves but others as well to determine what our future would be.

In the case of our two countries, there are those geographically near as well as far. To what extent these entities can influence us must be borne in the minds of the leaders. Whatever the influence is, as long as the two countries in the relationship clearly understand the foundations on which it is built, nothing could be done to jeopardise the relationship. In today’s world, therefore, bilateral relations cannot be narrowly envisioned.

Future bilateral relations would be influenced by many other factors, among which national security, political stability, economic and social well-being, modern communication technology, climate, international transport would play key roles.

For Sri Lanka and India, national security is vital. In future, it would be crucially important given the destructive forces that operate now and also those that would spring up in the future. It is natural for countries like us which are so closely bound together to be sensitive to our national security issues. Of course, national security is not just focussing on military strength or any other related ability; it is my understanding that national security encompasses many aspects that would impact on the well-being of a nation.

The issue of national security needs to be understood in the right perspective. Regional terrorism influenced by international terrorism will greatly affect how we, Sri Lanka and India, look at each other. Since we are geographically in very close proximity, we have mutual obligations to ensure the security of each other. Often, we have heard Indian leaders emphasising the need for Sri Lanka to ensure that the Sri Lankan soil is not used by any third party that would pose a threat to India. Similarly, we too would want India to ensure that any threat from any groups operating within Indian soil does not pose a threat to Sri Lanka.

Interestingly, in recent times, maritime security in the Indian Ocean has become an important issue in regard to respective national security of our two countries. In future bilateral relations, Indian Ocean maritime security too would be an important aspect in forging a well-founded strategy. In all these, I strongly believe that a vibrant, on-going dialogue between the two countries would ensure each other’s national security. This dialogue, as I have emphasised earlier, should transcend the normal diplomatic boundaries, and there are experiences such as the Troika that we could draw from.

Through the Troika, we can go further to create forums and collaborations that take into consideration the pressing social, economic and cultural issues that affect our peoples, and elaborate on best practices and advances that we could learn from one another. The formulation of such an entity is foremost in my party’s plans for the future.

When addressing political stability, as we have seen in the recent past, this is one of the most crucial factors that would determine the character of our future relations. If any of our two countries has political turmoil and instability, foreign relations would be put on the back- burner.

A strong government and political stability would always facilitate the blossoming of bilateral relations. In future bilateral relations between our two countries strong political leadership would be a key factor towards a vibrant bilateral relationship.

As much as political stability on either side would influence the strength and quality of our future relationship, our economic stability too would be a key influential factor for future relations. Economic stability encompasses many subsets and [a] majority of these subsets such as food security of each of our two countries would influence to what extent our bilateral relations would prosper.

An important facet of economic stability is how we look at our national assets. No country, in my understanding, can achieve economic stability by disposing of national assets. I would emphasise that a policy advocating sale of national assets inevitably generates tensions among our people, and this has a negative effect on our relations with the country acquiring these assets, whatever that country may be. This has been our stark experience in the recent past. This does not however mean we should not explore joint initiatives for mutual benefit.

An example is the disposable income of our people. A Sri Lankan would choose as his first choice of international travel, India. This is certainly true for many Buddhists but the money he can put aside for international travel matters. It is when people travel from one to the other that they would understand the mind-sets and even go on to forge personal relations. This may seem to be an insignificant detail, but all these matter when we speak of bilateral relations.

Today, the whole world, even remote communities, use modern communication technologies. Bilateral relations too would be greatly influenced depending on to what extent countries have advanced in the field of Information and Communication Technology. Both our countries have large rural communities and ICTs would greatly facilitate these communities to become prosperous and productive and thereby enhance their quality of life.

During our time in government, we made huge strides to take ICTs to the most remote communities and enable them to use such technologies in their day-to-day life. Cheap telephone rates and affordable Internet use will undoubtedly promote connectivity between communities in each of our countries.

I am a strong believer in fostering people-to- people relations; it goes without saying then that travel between our two countries must be made much easier. Sri Lankan Airlines has the largest number of flights into Indian cities. The government of India has taken vigorous initiatives to assist pilgrims from Sri Lanka in every way. Border control measures should be in place but with a friendly face.

In this context, partnerships, collaborations and similar relationships matter very much. We need much stronger relationships between similar
groups such as academia; business leaders; social, cultural and religious communities; research groups and think-tanks; and our respective bureaucracies. Formal links between our respective foreign ministries alone would not be sufficient. This is why forums such as this is so very important in bridging that gap.

Exactly how this relationship will evolve, we cannot foretell. But the foundations of our relationship is certainly too strong to be shaken by passing tempests. We need to harness the quality of our human resources and our rapidly improving technology in our mutual interest. We have the institutional mechanism for this purpose; and the will of our leaders will serve as the dominant factor in strengthening our relationship further. We are now in that critical period and I cannot stress enough on the importance of having strong leaders at both ends with the will to move progressively in the right direction, particularly with this being an election year in both India and in Sri Lanka.

As in any key partnership the strength or the weakness of the past relations would determine how strong or weak the future relations would be. Here Sri Lanka and India stand tall because of our bonds that run into thousands of years. Our two countries are so bound to each other in innumerable ways. The culture of the Indian sub- continent is unique and that alone should provide us with the platform on which we should build and nurture our relationship. We are two nations that have a remarkable range and depth in our relationship. That, my friends, should never be forgotten in fashioning our future cooperation.

I believe it’s now time for me to conclude. Let me therefore express my warm thanks to The Hindu newspaper for your kind invitation to participate in this prestigious event. I have greatly enjoyed my interaction with you, and I wish your event all success. May the Noble Triple Gem bless you all.

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  • 25
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    In a Democratic Country, suppression and subjugation of the minorities by the majorities works against the progress of the entire country. Always State Terrorism results in the minorities wanting liberation.
    There had been no active support from other countries or UN to bring peace between the two races in SL. It isn’t RIGHT for a sovereign country to commit untold humanitarian violations against their minorities and then tell other countries to mind their own businesses. We need a recognised ‘World Organisation ‘ to solve both national and international problems.
    The Northern Irish problem was solved without huge humanitarian sacrifice. Why could not the UN bring in peace in SL at the beginning of the 21st century. India should have played a decisive role to prevent blood shed but FAILED to do so.

    • 28
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      I really dont know why INDIANs invite this bugger ? A tthe time, his constitutional coup, Indian press louded that Rajaakshe and Sirsena are the most uncivilized leaders to have been produced by SRILANKA since independence.
      :
      And most of th etime, Rajaakshes attack indian and other IC of having involved in lanken issues.
      If MR himself does it – lanken press too says nothing about his trip or anything regarding that loudly.
      :
      If the coup was the case in Europe, this bugger MR woudl have been kept in cell by today.

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        “I really,don’t know why INDIANS invite this bugger?”

        MR is invited by the Indians just to gauge his mind to know what new plans he has to undermine their country and the devious extent he will still go to sabotage and cheat them.

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          ‘The Hindu’ Ram , I believe is a Bhramin. Bhramins seldom supported the Tamil language. They were not even happy with the formation of Tamil Nadu as they feared that their top position will cease to exist. In fact very few Bhramins supported the Periyar of the Dravida Kalagam or the DMK of Annadurai. They were keen to give top most position to Sanskrit and supported the imposition of Hindi as official language along with Rajagopala chariyar in 1937. If not for the continuous agitation by DK/DMK Hindi would have been imposed in Tamil Nadu as the official language supported by ‘The Hindu’. But fortunately Annadurai and Karunanithi successfully prevented what the Bhramins wanted to achieve and continue the superior position of Bhraminism.
          Likewise Ram never supported the LTTE as they feared the Tamils taking a superior position. In effect an enemy of the Tamils is a friend of Ram and the reason for his invitation to Mahinda is to assess his requirements to keep the Tamils at bay. If not for the agitation against imposition of Hindi in the mid 1960’s, Tamil Nadu and the south as a whole would have succumbed to the pressure of the imposition of Hindi with the support of the Bhramins. You can write a million words about Bhraminism, but time is short and Bhraminism appears to be rather dormant at present awaiting an opportune moment to raise its ugly head.

          • 4
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            It is ironic because the Sinhalese hate India. And Brahmins played a big role in wiping out buddhism across India. But both Sinhalese and Brahmins hate Tamil. So they work together in that regard. Similar to how Sinhalese used muslims in Sri Lanka against Tamil. But actually despise them also, hence the anti muslim violence post 2009. You basically have a complex game going on where people are trying to use each other for their own agendas.

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              JohnSiva (?) – Brahmins wiped out Buddhism across India is a travesty. After all, it is argued Prince Siddhartha came from the Shakya/Kshatriya Suryavanshi varna.
              This Varna is also aligned to Brahminism.

              There are many other reasons why Buddhism in India diminished from the heights during the time of Emperor Asoka.

              That there is no comparable word in Tamil to the term “hate” you use, renders your belief with little foundation.

              Kettikaran

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            K. Anaga is doubtless aware that there are millions of Tamil Brahmins – including the
            much respected Kasturi Ranga Iyengar.family from Kumbakonam – from whose time
            “The Hindu” gradually gained prominence and an influential place as a daily. Narasimhan Ram comes from this family.

            The contribution of the immortal Tamil Brahmin poet Subramaniya Bharathiyar is venerated by all Tamils everywhere, irrespective of caste.

            While Anna worked with Periyar, Muthuvelu Karunanidhi was a late arrival. This very talented script-writer owes his political success to CN Anna/DMK entirely.

            “Brahminism awaits an opportune moment to raise its ugly head” is an unfortunate comment. Most Tamils in India today don’t feel bitter about Tamil Brahmins. Marriages across the caste barrier is common in India now. Are you aware one of Ram’s nieces is happily married for long to a grand-nephew of Kalaignar?

            Kettikaran

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      Naman,
      Do you live in Mars? Who says there is no peace in Sri Lanka. After the Rajapakse regime wiped out Demala terrorists, all the communities; Demala (Hindu and Muslim), Sinhala, Vedda Eththo, Malay live in peace and harmony. Only ‘Koti Diaspora’ and Vellala politicians think otherwise. On top of that there is freedom for Muslims to desecrate Buddha statues and Demalu (Hindu and Muslim) to vandalize Sinhala Buddhist archeological sites in the North and East.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “Who says there is no peace in Sri Lanka. “

        It appears even if peaceniks achieved peace in this island, you will be the sort of person who will still be fighting your own shadow, and live in total disharmony.
        I suggest you leave this island.

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          NV – Eagle BLIND Eye cannot fly!

      • 14
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        Eage Bye,
        You and Mahinda Rajapakse are the two bloodthirsty terrorists are in peace. all other true Srilankans are not in peace. If peace was there why there is a political coup and why Mahinda should pay Rs500 million to buy just a Tamil MP?

      • 12
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        @eagle eye

        How long you are living in Angoda hospital?

        Cheers

      • 8
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        @ Eagle Eye

        It is because of the Tamils this cursed country earn foreign exchange by exporting so-called TEA.

        Your Buddhist Ayotullahs are erecting Buddhist temple whenever they find a Bo tree in north and east where no Buddhists live/lived but do you expect Tamils to suck fingers and watch?

        There are no Sinhala archeological sites in N-E but there are thousands of Tamil archeological sites all over this cursed Island.

        Ready for a vertical excavation with the help of foreign experts then you will know the lies mentioned in Comic Book Mahavamsa.?

        Indeed the territory of N-E should cover Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa where till the end of 18th century Tamils were the majority, Census by British proved this.

        Listen Polonnaruwa was created by Tamil kings and then it was called Jananathapuram
        even today can see Temples and Tamil rock inscriptions here.

        If you like to live here you can migrate to Kerala ( then the Tamil Sera Kingdom) where from your ancestors came want proof try DNA test with a Kerala sample.

        Cheers

    • 9
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      To whom it may concern.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAa9whxBLU0

      This will reveal all the bits about former BP Mahinda Rajapakshe

    • 1
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      You really don’t know what happened in Ireland or what happens in SriLanka. What are the horrors minorities go through in SL?

    • 5
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      Hi Guys, those who are not aware of Egle Eye, he is none other than that old man from Down under. Mahinda Pala. he is most known racist journalist… so please be informed that the bugger would never bring anything else, but anything against PEACE, keeping us the sinhalaya above anyone else. THis is the psychological problem these buggers are far from grasping yet today.

    • 4
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      Mahinda Rajapaksa,

      Just after the War ended in 2009, you had a great chance to build a nation and move forward, like America did. However, you blew it, and tried to promote corruption and your family hegemony. You hailed the real war hero Sarath Fonseka.

      You also accepted the shameless. Fake Prime Minister post of Traitor Sirisena, who stabbed you in the back.

      Please retire and fade away.

    • 1
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      I wonder what is happening in Kashmir and in the Eastern states.
      I wonder why Muslims are targetted by Hindu goons.
      Ask the Dalits about their status in India.

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        SJ

        “I wonder why Muslims are targetted by Hindu goons.”

        They must be following their brethren in Sri Lanka, the Sinhala/Buddhist as well as Tamil Saivaite gundas.

  • 19
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    Lies, All Lies. Testing the water for his Brat . That’s all. No chance .
    Mud cannot be washed away easily it will stick forever . Sivasankaranmswamy must have invited . Another Mr Nobody.

    • 4
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      Mr Swamy a nobody?

      You don’t even know how to Google, you dumb ass moron.

      And you want part of Sri Lanka? Go jump in the Beira Lake.

      • 12
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        CT where did you find this dumb ass moron Original Owner? Go jump in the Beira Lake or
        Ganga Jamuna along with Mr Nobody.

      • 13
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        A & O-O
        Do both of you have in mind Subramanian Swamy?
        He is a nasty bundle of mischief.

        • 10
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          Swamy/ India is playing a double game with our old fool who is dying to crown the Brat, Dark days are ahead to fall into a Right big Trap for our SL.

          Greedy for power even to sell the country to the Neighbour..the next Agenda after the Failed Fake Coup.
          The family is crying out loud for power , by hook or by crook.

          Join Serpants?? the Answer?
          Are we so Dumb??
          Our Country COMES SECOND ! Family COMES FIRST among the Unpatriotic shills .
          Please save our Country from plots.

        • 9
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          Ask Subramaniam Swamy, he will say the N.in, Ram stands for Naxilite Ram.

  • 21
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    It’s not miscommunication but MR’s flirtation with China, in their backyard, infuriated, Modi and the Indians. MR is sadly mistaken, if he thinks that the Indians are novice and babies in this game. They know very well, any amount of ducking to cover himself from their rath wouldn’t help. It’s very clear to them, how he played in the past, and where he stands as far as China is concerned.

    • 11
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      Modi, Gandhis or any other Indian political leader will be guided by a well-informed, scholarly bipartisan advisory structure built into the Indian governance system. This mainly includes the efficient Indian Civil Service, the Foreign service, senior Security advisors in the South Block and the like. The low IQ MR cannot fool them. The Indians know MR and many SL political leaders are covertly anti-Indian. The two-tongued Rajapakses pro-JVP street behaviour against the Indo-Lanka Treaty during the 1987/88 period will not be forgotten by Delhi. Neither will the fact he is a pro-Chinese shill willing to do Peking’s bid lost sight of. A few men like N. Ram and the venal toad Dr. Subramaniam Swamy are willing instruments – for their own personal agendas -to build a strong PR platform with Delhi for the Rajapakses. This will not work in the long run. Delhi looks for advice and a nod from the Tamilnadu leadership while shaping their current policy on Sri Lanka and its leadership. This has been so from the 1980s. This in turn will depend on how the incumbent political leadership here treats her Tamil citizens – notably those in the Tamil-majority NEP. The very slight movement in this regard in recent years, some investment in development infrastructure etc., by the Colombo political leadership is only due to this factor and not because of any new found affection or sudden Buddhistic compassion. If SL wants a good relationship with India the Sinhala leadership – the racist clerical hierarchy, the anti-Tamil Sinhala Buddhist mafia in the now powerful trading-industrial sector etc must begin by giving their Tamils their long-delayed just dues – not excluding the right for Provincial governance that is allowed to all other 7 Sinhala-dominated Provinces.

      Vanangamudi

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      R
      China became friendly in 1952, despite a pro-West regime during the Korean War.
      India’s plans to dominate South Asia were based on Soviet backing until the USSR collapsed. In the 1962 Sino-Indian conflict, Sri Lanka refused to take sides and even offered to make peace, which the Chinese welcomed. India, although resentful, did not hold it against Sri Lanka.
      *
      Indo-Lanka relationship was affected not by the China factor but the US factor.
      India messed around in Sri Lanka when the latter took a pro-US line since 1977. Plans went awfully wrong after the invasion of 1987– thanks to Premadasa, Pirapakaran and Wijeweera.
      India’s opening up of the economy and flirtation with the US started much later, but mutual suspicion lurks.
      So, India’s ambitions in this country have little to do with China.
      *
      The US is making inroads on the quiet, and very few even mention it.
      The US is using India for its plans to encircle China, rather too late.
      India is using the “Chinese threat” to push its expansionist agenda here.
      When it comes to foreign relations we know who is most aggressive in the region.
      *
      MR cannot make the country China’s proxy even if China wants it that way. The risks are too many.
      *
      Let us seek ways of avoiding unnecessary borrowing for ambitious projects that offer little benefit to the majority of the people, and let us resist foreign military presence of any kind.

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    All Sri Lankans should be proud of this national hero who is now being recognised by India, regretting their support to the Ranil-CIA conspiracy of 2015.

    The remaining Thambi extremists should also prepare for the future with Mahinda at the helm.

    We thank the Triple Gem for this blessing to our country, nation, our Sinhala race, language and religion.

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      To: Original Owner ,
      first of all what a stupid bloody name as stupid as the stupid bloody Arsehole you support M Rajapaksa.
      What the Hell do you mean ” All Sri lankans should be proud of this National Hero who is n
      now being recognized by India. “
      Just because one damn Arsehole recognizes another damn Arsehole it does not mean that all Sri Lankans need to do same .
      Mahinda will be at the helm of a sinking rat infested ship in the future and you will be one of the rats in that ship.
      What is this so called Triple Gems you are talking about. Is it MR + GR + BR ????????????
      That is the only triple gems available in Sri Lanka. There is nothing other than that.
      Your Sinhala race, language and religion is now wallowing in the bloody stinking cess pit of corruption founded by the above mentioned Triple Gems.
      Stop wanking with your left hand in dark corners you arsehole and give up looking at porn from your mobile phone. Most probably you must have learned these bad habits from the Triple Gem. It is stated that Sri Lankans are the highest porn watching wankers in the world and your politicians watch porn in parliament.
      Go out and make your lovely country into something good and progressive before the whole land sinks into the shit bucket created by the Triple Gems.
      Its a pity that wanking arseholes like you and your so called triple gems exist in a blessed land among a few good people.

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      He He He

      Today the OWNER of this cursed country is Greater China.

      Soon you will have little cousins, nephews, etc.with Chinese face.

      We are not ready to share power with Tamils but ready to sell the entire country to Greater China.

      Cheers

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    Shri Ram of The Hindu and Dr Subramanian Swamy are ardent supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa. I simply can not understand why this the ‘highly Educated ‘ Doctor is supporting a war crime committed ex Leader of SL. May be he knows that MR has lots of $$$

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      Money is the answer.

      Secondly, Subramaniya Swamy is a descendant of Ramu Paiyan who was the Military General for Telugu rulers who massacred Tamils during the 13th century.

      Ram who received a cardboard tile called “Lanka Ratna” is a Brahman.

      Telugus & Brahmins are always anti-Tamil.

      Cheers

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        Cholan ,in Tamil Nadu you get the native Tamil Brahmins , who have been in the Tamil country from ancient ties or migrated to the Tamil land thousands of years ago. Then you get Brahmins who migrated into the Tamil country from the north of India a few centuries ago for various reasons Eg fleeing Muslim rule Etc , these people belong the Vadama ( Iyers) Vadaglau( Iyengars) sects and also ethnic Telugu Brahmins who arrived with the Nayakar rule. Eg. Mulukunadu Brahmins , Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan was one of them. Now all of them call themselves Tamils and largely speak Tamil at home but many ( not all ) from these recently migrated sects despite calling themselves Tamils are anti Tamils , unfortunately it is these Tamils Brahmins who are very influential and rich , whilst most of the native Tamil Brahmins are poor and are Tamil priests.

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    MaRa thinks that he could play out the Indians; Whether it is the Congress or the BJP, Indian Policy, as formulated by the South Block remains the same. Best of luck Mahendra Percy Rajapapakse!

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      Plato – The Indians will screw this BP, WP, MF, AH, Tsunami Hora, Medamulana Meeharaka Mahendra Percy Rajafucksha left, right and centre!

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        Why Medamulana Meeharaka is welcome by Indians, while lanken Tamil rebels assasianated Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi ? This is what reminded me today. Do you have an answer ? Lanken problems related to racism and extremism would have been gone, when Rajakashes are no longer there, is that not the hidden reality in the country Mike ? Who else, than Rajapakshes are into racism in the country ? Very< simple exmple, is while his loyalists vandalized the most noble institition of the country, Parliament, so called PRAGAMTIC Rajaakshe was seated and enjoyed the incident. THere are also enough evidence, that the bugger to have given the command those rascals to continue with the brawl… are all these just negligible just because the bugger first term, destined the stoped to ELEMINATION of terror within lanken bounderies ?

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    Doyen of Sri Lankan journalism Shenali Waduge will be awarded with Bharatha Padma award on 1 March 2019, ‘the Hindu’ has just reported.

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      Another Mr . Nobody from the blood dripping website gets the award!!!
      Choristers of Medamulanas are queueing up for awards. Congratulation!!

      Is there a hidden Political Agenda?? . By playing a double game in pretending to be in favour of the return of the fallen regime the Racist regime with war crime charges??

      A Racist Regime / Racist country that will never be able to Compete with the Giant India with its Democracy recognised internationally??
      Where would Srilanka be internationally in this game?? A second fiddle??

      MR &Co are so much in a hurry to return to power, the Brat on tow , the father will do anything for his son by hook or by crook to get him crowned.
      The urgency is there before it gets too late for the aging father??
      They jumped at the first opportunity to get trapped in the ” Failed Fake Coup” masterminded by we know who, ? the plan was in the making for months according to the Brat in waiting.
      A troubled country always attracts wrong friends with wrong intentions.
      Are we ready for the next round of gun running and war planes?? For some to get Rich??

      Smell of A Rotten Fish here!!
      Can SL be at the beck and call of the neighbours and internationally with its War crime stigma??
      There’s no sign of the Stigma will ever leave us . Twice a year of gritting through the teeth of the Denials at the UN is just a comedy for some, but for the people who have lost their loved ones ! there’s no CLOSURE.

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    Bloody lies.

    Mrs. Gandhi sent the troops to save Sirimavo in 1971. But Sirimavo allowed Pakistani Military Planes to land in war against India, in Katunayake Airport. . Mrs. Gandhi gave Katchatheevu to turn Lankawe on her side. It did not work. She was planning to launch an attack on Lankawe, like she did in East Pakistan. In the meantime, her Sikh Guard killed her. Rajiv was ill advised by Malayalee messed the whole things up. He was much below to JR in political tactics. It is a lie saying Sirimavo left with a good relationship with India. Tamil Rebels were trained in TN by India even in Sirimavo’s time. The India started to practice a noninvolvement under Vajpayee’s government. But Kathirgamar made successful penetration in that. So BJP stopped LTTE going beyond Kaithady, in Jaffna. Then Kathirgamar was killed by Old Royals and New Congress followed the BJP’s noninvolvement policy. After the victory in Kudumpimalai, Sonia saw an opportunity to revenge LTTE. India again started to work for Old Royals, voluntarily though Karunanidhi played dramas. After the war, Lankawe went to China in full surrender. Manmohan Singh refused to meet Old king in New York, UN. Lankawe allowed Chinese submarines to birth in Colombo and Galle. Old King gave Colombo Pong Cing free to China. Once Modi became PM, the Indian Lankan relationship fell apart. But in 2017, Ranil invited PM Modi for International Buddhist conference to cool him before selling the Hangbangtota Port.

    The relation existed between Old King, Chidambaram, Karunanidhi, Shiv Sanger Menon and Sonia was perceived illegal trade relation. It was not considered as India –Lankawe working relationship. In reality,

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    The then Congress government helped MR win the civil war. But MR did not honour undertakings. The Congress government showed their displeasure by virtually boycotting CHOGM2013 held in Colombo. The Modi government was able to see MR trying to exploit the China-India but tacitly extended support to MR.
    .
    MR turned a blind eye to the culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity. Voters punished him in the 2015 January Presidential election AND in the August Parliamentary election.
    MR must face this.
    .
    At the recent Local Government elections, the SLPP put in lot of hardwork and money promoting the language/religion-divide. MR noted the success and in MR fashion transferred ownership.
    Lots of ‘happenings’ later the layLankan has realised the value of the vote.
    If MR were to lose future elections?

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      But MR did not honour undertakings.
      Like?

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    Everything was OK for the Hindians as long as their Nehru was breast feeding China and took it to the UN membership. But after the China India Border conflicts Sri Lanka’s relationship with China has suddenly turned to a bone choking the throat of India.

    Big Brother mentality on the part of India and Arm twisting has caused us the ethnic war and Tamil Genocide. It is the Tamils who paid the costs with lives and life long savings. Does anyone care for the Tamil victims of the war? what justice has they been meted?
    Are we to forget and forgive INDIA thrusting down our throats the INDO- Ceylon Pact of 1987, the IPKF atrocities and put all the blame on the Tamils and LTTE?

    The various Trade pacts, joint military and naval mock war games in favour of India are the Highlights of Love our God Sent Good Neighbour has for Sri Lanka.

    When both countries gained independence from GB, the currency exchange was 1 Ceylon Re. approx. 1.5 Indian Rupee. Now check up the latest currency exchange rates between the two countries to see your of IQ. WE ARE FOOLED !!!

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      Mano will surely know the parity values of currencies is directly related to the GDP of the countries concerned. Compared to their weak economic status in poverty-stricken India from the 1947-1980s she has since worked herself diligently to an economic power – one of the leading in the world today. From a net importer of rice, sugar, lentils and hundreds of food items she is now a massive exporter of rice, wheat, sugar and many other items. Her production capacity of industrial goods (Steel, Machinery, auto-mobiles, farming equipment Cement, textiles etc.) making her shift from importer status to that of an exporter makes the Indian currency relatively strong. Her Manpower resources both within and outside of India in IT and other sciences brings in billion of dollars yearly. Tamilnadu’s Union Minister C. Subramaniam is credited with the successful Green Revolution while
      Dr. Manmohan Singh mastered the Open Economy and the Economic Revolution there.

      Kettikaran

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    The most “Important” and singularly the most “OMINOUS” summary of the entire speech , in my understanding, contained in one single statement: ” The Troika system should have been a forum that we continued and perhaps there is still opportunity to bring it back from 2020″. With this “Statement” , I would urge people to abandon personal attacks, insults, and of course not forgetting “Glorification” of a “Demon”, to keep constant vigil of this “…Bring back in 2020”. This is the “RUTH” and “NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH” of this “INVITATION” and “FORUM” addressed in salutation in the words ” Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguish Guests” by this “DESPOT”, who even tried to capture “POWER” by “Unconstitutional” means . Aren’t those “Ladies and Gentlemen & Distinguish Guests” were such a bunch of idiosyncrasies to have forgotten what this “Invited Guest” did in the morning hours on “26th October 2018” to capture “Power” in a “Coup” with the President of Sri Lanka? I don’t think so. Let that message be conveyed to the very “Organizers” ; those who “Invited this Guest” and the attendees , those “Ladies, Gentlemen and Distinguish Guests”.

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    Asshat Mahinda talking about Arahant Mahinda

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    In the article he claims Indias national security is vital. Is that why he allowed the Chinese to setup base in Sri Lanka?

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      JS
      “…he allowed the Chinese to setup base in Sri Lanka…”
      Really?
      Where?

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    MR looking for a Presidential.Candidate for Sri Lanka from India?
    And a Sponsor!!

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    Just to confirm Original Owner’s comment above.

    Glad to see some sensible people also making comments on this website that is being polluted by the shit of cowards like Bum-rasiri, Lansi Vedda and a few other names these ‘kalakannis’ go by.

    People of Sri Lanka have now realised the mistake they made in 2015, falling to the Ranil-CIA plot (as OO says), and this is the reason why Bum-rasiri, Lansi Vedda and other fifth columnists are panicking.

    Hell awaits these cowards’ arrival.

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      T. Devendra

      We are glad you are still alive.
      At this age you may find it too difficult carry your own padikkama (spittoon), leave alone thinking straight and remaining sane.

      “People of Sri Lanka have now realised the mistake they made in 2015, falling to the Ranil-CIA plot (as OO says), and this is the reason why Bum-rasiri, Lansi Vedda and other fifth columnists are panicking.”

      In 2005 it was Hindians’ plot and VP’s massive vote rigging support that helped massively Dr Mahinda to park his bum on the top seat of governance. He never understood what democracy meant to the people nor did the people who voted him in knew.

      You are desperate to see “your leader” become the country’s leader. however the people are not that stupid. At this age what is in it for you to support the Mahindawamsa?

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    Although both India and Sri Lanka are Republics, they still have inherited the British way of governance through a “non-political” bureaucracy. Experience has shown that bureaucrat to bureaucrat relationships between India and its neighbours are heavily decided in favor of India. This is one factor that can deteriorate relationships with India and her neighbours. However, whenever the link is through politicians the relationships are generally equal and cordial. No one can deny that the best level of understanding between India and Sri Lanka was during the tenure of premiers Mrs. Indira Gandhi and Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaike.

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    T. Devendra

    We are glad you are still alive.
    At this age you may find it too difficult carry your own padikkama (spittoon), leave alone thinking straight and remaining sane.

    “People of Sri Lanka have now realised the mistake they made in 2015, falling to the Ranil-CIA plot (as OO says), and this is the reason why Bum-rasiri, Lansi Vedda and other fifth columnists are panicking.”

    In 2005 it was Hindians’ plot and VP’s massive vote rigging support that helped massively Dr Mahinda to park his bum on the top seat of governance. He never understood what democracy meant to the people nor did the people who voted him in knew.

    You are desperate to see “your leader” become the country’s leader. however the people are not that stupid. At this age what is in it for you to support the Mahindawamsa, I wonder?

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    the relationship did not roll over to Modi Govt because he knew this bugger is a fake…and Congress collapsed in 2014 followed by this bugger in 2015 ..
    Modi will Govern India for the next 5 year…MR is peanut compared to charachters Modi control in India ..

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    Mahinda’s prime objective is power to get rid of all his political enemies and bring back dictatorship for ever. He will do whatever to do this including licking the a*s of Modi. His political coup play with Sirisena failed and he lost the support of Sinhalese as well. Now he needs to pretend surrendering to Modi. During his regime he bribed some Indians like Sithamparam, Karunanidhi, Malayali officials of Sinia Congress, Vije Nambiar in order to escape from the massacre of 50,000 Tamils. He thought massacre of Muslims will get Sinhalese votes and it backfired. There is no future for Srilankans if he comes to power.

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    Indian ILLEGALS are everywhere from City hotels in Colombo to Paddy fields in Amparai. Modi can talk big about Motherrrr Yindia and becoming a super power. But 600 million still shit in the open. Under privileged people of so called lesser castes get raped. Muslims get lynched for trading beef. ILLEGAL indians are now working in steel mills at 500 rupees a day living in hovels. They are digging drainage canals. Indians import Indian labourers for so called “Aid” projects like the Chinks bringing in chink labour too to Sri Lanka. Pakis running restaurants. Bangalideshis, Indians all enjoy post war Sri Lanka. Post war boom in Construction thanks to the Rajapakses defeating Tiger Terrorist Tamils. This government keeps changing foundation or opening stones for project started during Rajapakse regime and not one has been started with the exception of Kandy Highway where Milk rivers are milking commissions via wife and daughters and it is an open secret. Modi is a Hinduvta nutjob

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    Kettikkaran . Perhaps you are not aware of politicised statistics now all countries employ it as an electoral tool. Ordinary people are fooled and Modi’s propaganda of Indian Rupees 15 lakhs to each family if he were voted to power. That lie worked wonders and even his party top heads still reel in a daze.
    In return he robbed all the peoples savings by a sudden demonetisation many poor people lost their lives and several millions lost their jobs. Hundreds of small and middle entrepreneurs and businesses have been closed down. Big fraudulent businessman taken loans from Banks in millions and left the Country.

    You know, India is importing Red Onions from Pakistan and lentils from Malaysia among other items for its consumption. Importing many consumer items from China !

    Big Multinational concerns like Walmart , Mcdonalds , Coca Cola and Amazon have squeezed out the local businessman and Atraders out of their business and the Unemployment rate since 2014 is over 6 million annually. The Latest budget by the Modi Govt. is criticised as an Election Manifesto sprinkled with sugar toppings.

    The country’s poorman savings has been channelled to the Private Bankers against loans irresponsibly declared irrecoverable. Against such backdrop who will swallow the Per capita figures as genuine?

    I accept Modi is a better Kettikaran than you.

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      Mano – I am not a Modi-supporter. I oppose his sometimes ultra-right politics as much as he is alleged to force Hindutva down the throat of all Indians. Yet compared to the corruption-rid Congress Govts that preceded him, the average Indian seems to want him back again .In the most neutral survey by highly rated Times of India related pollsters, Modi’s BJP is expected to win with over 350 seats – though as a minority Govt. This is because Regional party bosses in Bihar, Orissa, UP, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and other States are ganging up against him/BJP. The other reason is at All-India level the faith in a possible Rahul-Gandhi led Govt – now infiltrated by his ambitious sister Priyanka and her avaricious husband – to form a Govt that can arrest India’s many challenges is insignificant. The fact Modi has no family members to benefit economically from his politics works in his favour. This is one factor that always works in Modi’s favour.
      Although demonetisation adversely affected many small time traders and depositors it is conceded, it met its main purpose in flushing out trillions (black money) from sources outside the income tax net. Voters seem to be satisfied it has met the other main objective of neutralising Pakistani/ISI inspired fake Indian high-value notes circulating in the market. The latter politically calculated to discredit the integrity of the Indian rupee.
      It is not unusual for India to temporarily import limited quantities of Onions, Lentils, Sugar, Wheat etc. during times of crop failures in growing areas. That this is to protect consumers from the hands of the black-market is always appreciated.
      In giant economies like India, occasionally one or two scheming businessmen turning dishonest and defaulting on large loans is not unusual. Vijay Malaya is being extradited.
      Modi, the fugitive billionaire jeweller is returning. They have proposed settlements within acceptable levels. Importantly, there has been no collusion between these defaulters and major Modi-Govt politicians.

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    Is it not shameful for a leading Indian News Paper and other organizers to invite a person who has UN Charges against him for human rights violations as a key note speaker? Are Indian media too gone to dogs?

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      Leading Indian newspaper?
      How many people in the village in poverty India read this.?
      The leading newspaper in poverty India is “MALAYALA MANORAMA” from Kerala with 1 Million circulations per day even in remote Kerala villages people read this.
      During the massacre of Tamils, ONLY this HINDU was allowed inside Mullaitivu and DOORDHARSAN TV was allowed telecasting the massacre in live to the ex-Italian barmaid`s kitchen.in Delhi.
      So this Ram is grateful for Murderpakse.

      Cheers
      Cheers

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      Buddhist
      The Indian government itself is trying to warm up to MR.
      India has a mass murderer for Prime Minister, and many do not talk about it.
      Despite flaws, the Hindu is a high quality newspaper with a wide readership.
      *
      US, the biggest killing machine in the world is talking about human rights.
      It is time that we realize that human rights have nothing to to do with the plight of humanity and only for bullying those that do not toe the US line.

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    World`s stupid fools today are in so-called South Block (foreign policy cooking kitchen) in Delhi in poverty India. During PM Indira Feroz Khan time guys here sold government secrets DOCUMENTS for whiskey bottle to foreign missions in Delhi.
    Because of these donkeys today Greater China which was just an onlooker till 2009 May today indirectly ruling this Cursed SL soon engulf entire Island.
    Poverty India today is surrounded by proxies of China soon Indian ships have to obtain prior permission to move in the Indian ocean.
    Poverty India deserve this for their foolish involvement in SL Tamil problem, when ex-Foreign Secretary Malayali Siva Sankara Menon landed in Madras after visiting Murderpakse during Tamil massacre ,then CM of Tamil Nadu (like a car without engine) wanted to meet him,Malayali replied I don’t have to meet CM, I have to report ONLY to Italian ex-barmaid who went to Cambridge to work as a baby sitter because of the family situation in Italy.
    Two Indians one was a Prince Madavarav Sindia & other Rajesh Pilot who knew about her dark side of her life in Cambridge while they were studying there , died mysteriously in India.
    The largest illiterate population in the world are in poverty India who believe that this ex-barmaid went to study at Cambridge University and she is a granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi.
    Her mother-in.law Indira Feroz Khan ( this Iranian Musulim was delivering Wine to Nehru house) fell love with him .went to London converted herself as Musulim and married him. Nehru who doesn’t like his Musulim son-in-law told him to adopt the name Gandhi to fool the illiterate, poverty Indians.

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      Among other flights of fancy, how did you strike upon this gem:
      “Her mother-in.law Indira Feroz Khan ( this Iranian Musulim was delivering Wine to Nehru house) fell love with him .went to London converted herself as Musulim and married him. Nehru who doesn’t like his Musulim son-in-law told him to adopt the name Gandhi to fool the illiterate, poverty Indians.”
      *
      Feroze was son of Jehangir Khan , a Muslim small time shop keeper in Allahabad. They were of grocers to Nehru Family. After Jehangir Khan’s untimely death , the widow got married to a Parsi having surname Ghandy, not Gandhi.
      It was MK Gandhi’s idea that Feroz took his stepfather’s name.
      *
      As for IG’s conversion and wedding:
      Writes M.O. Mathai (a long time Private Secretary of Nehru) in his renowned (but now suppressed by the GOI) reminisces of the Nehru Age on page 94, second paragraph: “For some inexplicable reason, Nehru allowed the marriage to be performed according to Vedic rites in 1942.

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        and also after second child Nehru permanently separated Indira Feroz Kahn…and Feroz Khan.

        But to fool the biggest illiterate population still, this family use GANDHI without shame for marketing, even many top diplomats are confused that Indira Feroz Khan is connected to Mahatma Gandhi but poverty illiterate rural Indians believe this.

        While Nehru kept Lady Mountain Burton as his keep his daughter had her own friends still some people are questioning who is the real father of Sanjay Feroz Khan.

        Now this family has brought a joker called Rahul Gandhi who was kicked out from Harvard within 3 months and arrested at US AIRPORT with million USD currency with his Colombian chick remanded for hours.

        Nehru`s daughter–grandson ..great-grandson are not good in education ..such a quality of this family. Rahul Feroz Kahn was admitted at Harward on quota allocated for Tata’s funding not on merit he has no such thing.

        Now idiots are fooling poverty illiterate Indian by bringing one Priyanka her husband who was door to door sales person before marriage now own 10 Hilton Hotel franchise in India, villas in the UK and millions in banks.

        Indians are not allowed to have double citizenship but this Italian-Iranian gang has got both Indian and Italy passports. Also during Congress rule, these family members were exempted from the customs check at the airports thus lot and lot of Indian antiques went out direct to Italy from there went to the International antique market.

        Even a third rate African country will not allow a foreigner inside the corridor of power but with the population of 1 billion Congress government was run by ex-Italian bar girl and except this family, no Indian is qualified run this Cong-Grass parrrrrrty. Shame.

        Thus poverty Indian once again proved they love worshiping white skin. slaves.

        Cheers

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        Feroz Kahn was a Mususlim but Indira Feroz Kahn and her two sons never followed Isulam still technically all 3 are Mususlims.

        Bravo Nehru family took poverty Indian for a good ride and still continue.

        Read this book again which will tell you who was the real father of Sanjay Feroz Khan.

        Cheers

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    Dear Former President Sir

    You are perhaps referring to the plot to remove you from office, planned in the US by Rajapakse-haters and political opportunists both local and foreign?

    Did you meant to say what you said in 2015 to an Indian Newspaper?

    “India’s spy agency RAW behind my poll defeat, says former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa” India Today , March 13, 2015

    I am sure Modi got the message.

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    Mahinda Rajapaksha’s speech was excellent, he was eloquent and fluent in English with a beautiful and mild south asian accent, I am sure the elitists would be salivating and singing hallelujah for a person speaking this well if he was not a Rajapaksha.

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    Kettikaran !

    I would rather not discuss Indian Politics in these Columns. There are only a very few countries in the world that have the natural resources that India has. Whether Modi comes to power again or not is my wish. India and Ceylon gained Independence the same year.

    While Sri Lanka can boast many countries as true friends, name me a country that India can claim as its true friend ! Not one neighbouring country would dare to call India it’s true friend in return. Only as Diplomatic lies India can name a country.

    India has a very vast resource of River waters and crop failures are not possible with proper government management. Bribery and corruption are rampant in all spheres including the Police and Judicial systems.

    It is very strange you are not aware of the corruptions in which Modi himself involved. The latest is the Rafel Warplanes deal with France running into millions of fraud and dark dealings.

    Vijay Mallaiya is about to be brought back to India for trial and until he is courts and found guilty of any crime and punished nothing is certain and final. Though you have openly said not a Modi man, I could see in your comments lots of love you have for Modi. It is no Sin and I do not blame you.

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      Mano – For starters Sri Lanka and all its leaders claim from 1947 they are friends of India. Premadasa arguably less so.

      The Dassault Raphael Jet issue has been in the public domain for long now. It is common knowledge this is the usual political punching bag game in Indian politics with Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and friends doing it rather unconvincingly to score petty points against the BJP Govt. The name of the Ambanis is also thrown in – perhaps to add spice. This is standard fair in high Indian politics. Nirmala Sitharaman seems to handle her defence fairly well.

      “Crop failures are not possible”??? Mmmm..

      Lots of love for Modi??? I have no hatred for anybody. I must admit, however, I admire the man’s phenomenal rise in Indian politics. Who can claim to become No.1 in Indian politics this fast. 1st time MP and PM simultaneously. That’s really something.

      Kettikaran

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