20 May, 2022

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The Youth Will Smoke ‘Em Out; The Rajapaksas Are In Bunkers, People Are On The Streets!

By Vishwamithra

“The first step in saving our liberty is to realize how much we have already lost, how we lost it, and how we will continue to lose it unless fundamental political changes occur.” ~James Bovard

Picture courtesy IUSF

In the fierce struggle of the people for economic freedom, Parliament is not going to end up as just collateral damage. It’s going to be deliberate ouster. It was proven in the last two days when they met. The so-called ‘voices of the people’ spoke could be heard loud and clear; none of them could focus on the real damage that has been committed to the country’s economy; none uttered a single word about a solution or even a potential resolution for the burning issues at hand. When failure is not an option, it looked as if it was the only choice available for their puerile and sullied minds and that is the punishing irony!

While the election of a Deputy Speaker was in process, the youth, led by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF), ferociously displayed a sense of solidarity at the Polduwa junction. At the entrance to the Parliament building, when it was shown that a group of peaceful protesters were brutally attacked by teargas and water cannons, the Speaker, by disregarding the robust request of MPs, proceeded ahead with this farcical exercise. Its nuanced intrigues as to which side of the aisle was going to declare itself the winner and which side the loser is not of grate significance to the people. It’s not what is dominating their lives today.

Their children are crying of hunger; their own stomachs are making unlistenable growling for lack of nourishment; their dwellings are in darkness; their spouses, if employed, have been forced to travel by bus instead of taking three-wheelers to work. Election of a Deputy Speaker for Parliament does not seem to be relevant to the current crisis; the nation’s young do not want to waste time, energy and money on political bargaining. They are not interested in transactional politics.

As usual, these parliamentarians talked. And then they did the most expected thing: they betrayed the people. Not paying faintest heed to the unbearable hardships imposed by the potential economic catastrophe, those who were elected by the people once again let their voters down, in a total and complete way, means and fashion. The process was faulty; the substance was even more appalling. The hallowed halls of the people’s voice echoed the silly and completely meaningless rhetoric. The Parliamentary tactical war was decisive and the perpetrators of today’s calamity won the day. The total absence of strategic and tactical knowhow on the part of Sajit Premadasa and his Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) was bared open; their amateurish approach to political warfare lacked poised leadership; their woeful lack of empathetic feel for the suffering masses was ostensible and their willingness to stay within the status quo sent an ominous signal to an expectant people that their leadership is no longer in existence inside the once-hallowed manors of the Temple of the People’s Voice.

Whichever way one looks at it, whichever way one surmises the day’s proceedings, one cannot be optimistic; there does not seem to be any hope, nor any purpose to trudge on the same old path. Their dreams reaching the land of nowhere, there hopes dashed to the ground, the youth of today have bitten the dust thus far, but how long they remain unprovoked is too precarious to ponder. Their measure of success and failure is not too hard to intellectualize. It’s way too simple but not simplistic as the rulers contemplate. Rejection of the total status quo may not be the choice for the ruling family, but it certainly is an attractive option for the hundreds of thousands of our youth.

The youth-power seems to know no margins. Having confined their frustration thus far and yearning for the slightest of release so expectantly, they made their decision in the last Presidential and parliamentary elections and now they have made their assessment of that judgment and their assessment is not wrong; today’s youth made a deliberate evaluation; can the country move forward in the twenty first century? Can it compete with the rest of our neighbors in the Indian Subcontinent and survive? Could Ceylon be relevant anymore? Is Parliament, the legislative body that makes laws and still is the chief accounting officer for the country’s finances, performing its duty? These are all questions asked by our youth and they don’t get any answers. Having experienced their complete lack of confidence in Parliament and its main occupants and their contributions or lack thereof to the advancement of Lanka’s painstaking journey towards a more satisfactory equilibrium, they couldn’t have been more forthright and palpable.

When the nation is stifled by unendurable economic conditions, when her mothers, fathers and children have been subjected to humiliatingly dismal living standards solely due to the wrong policies implemented by the ruling family, the parliamentarians- the so-called representatives of the people, cannot reach a consensus as to how to pull themselves out of the rut.

But with the dawn of Friday, May 6, the countrymen led by their youth, declared a ‘Hartal’, a total stoppage of work and closure of all businesses. The Hartal may well have given our parliamentarians and our rulers a narrow window of escape, because it, the Hartal, was an unambiguous success. The assault on the IUSF students near the Parliamentary building not only attacked the students, it hurled an unequivocal blow to the conscience of some parliamentarians who happen to belong to the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB). They invaded the Speaker’s chambers and forced him to assume his legitimate chair as the presiding officer of Parliament. The Speaker told the House that he had called a Party Leaders’ Meeting on Monday, May 9, with the possibility of calling back Parliament sessions that week itself. Wheels are moving, thanks to the youth of the country and some bold MPs of the SJB.

Soon after such announcement by the Speaker, Gotabaya called an emergency Cabinet meeting and stories leaked out that he had asked his elder brother Mahinda to resign from the post of Prime Minister. However, later that story was denied as per an official media communication issued by Prime minister’s office.

It is becoming increasingly clear and harsh that the breaking point is way too nearer than far. Three weeks of talking and debating, three fluid (certainly not solid) sessions of sittings have displayed the sheer inability of our politicians that they are indeed finding it impossible even to climb a molehill leave alone a mountain. Once again, the youth of the country have delivered. But it is no time for celebrations, yet.

When the nation’s young are engaged in a much-clichéd do-or-die battle for their very survival, when the halls of the People’s House were shaken by the thunder of a yearning generation, when the ruling family is spinning in a whirlwind of a power struggle, can the country relax again? The answer is an emphatic no.

There is no easy solution on the horizon. Political stability, the catchword for the International organizations which have been alerted to providing emergency assistance, is nowhere near helping us in a real tangible fashion. Whoever takes over power after the Rajapaksas leave (when they leave is very much in the air) will have to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the people. There are no ifs and buts. If truth is told by a trustworthy gentleman or lady, the people will accept it, not as a matter of fact, but as a statement of a statesman, as a sincere leader who seems committed to the cause of the country. Recovery may take two or three or even five years, but if that sincerity is not misplaced and if the leader and his men and women are ready to undergo the same hardship along with those who are being led and above all, if he is above petty politics and corrupt and corruptible practices, there might be a fighting chance for the country to emerge as victorious, however much she has been beaten, bloodied and soiled.

*The Writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com  

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    In Lanka, trust is in short supply ……… dunno how legit this guy is ……… but it looks like this is worth considering ……

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNNYTAPdI8w

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


    I’m up for it, if I get 1 for recovering 15 of the 30 ……….. everyone has their price ……. don’t have a need/use for morality: I leave morality to others …….. to Native, EE, Mahanayakes, Cardinals, Buddhism, Buddhist-Sinhalayos, Sinhala-Malays, Sinhala-Tamils …………..


    In the absence of God, man is condemned to be free …….. to be moral or not.


    In the absence of Man, there is no God. …….. God has to be alive for him to be dead: so, Nietzsche was wrong, Native.

    In the absence of Man, the world consist of simple truths. :))

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      NF,
      Gotabaya mini marayi (Gotabaya is a murder). All these were well known facts long before the bugger was made as the PE nominee, nevertheless, majority of the country, incl. the youth voted for him.

      So what can we say today, – good riddance to bad rubbish.

      My worry is those who stood all along against Rajapakshes are also to suffer today.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CCtaaqFncc

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      Hello NF,
      .
      you will like this song.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRfwtK7nUWk
      .
      Rajaapkshes sucked the last blood drop of our nation !
      LM

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        LLM,
        That was good!!
        Do these people remember what thye promised and if they can’t they must go away or ‘Fade away’!

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          Mahila,
          .
          they dont just care what was prior to 16 Nov 2019.
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvu9cLbEO64

          Delete Jayaweera (owner of Derana Pachwahini) ran away naked not being able to face the challenge. My thanks go to Darshana Handhungoda.

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        Thanks LM.

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      nimal fernando

      What does Achcharia Chanaka Senanayake mean by
      One Country, One Law, One Nationality, One Language?

      By the way Saffron Brigades are slowly saffronising (the root course) the protest.
      I am worried.
      Is the protest fizzling out?

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        “One Language?”

        Native,

        Yes, I did wonder about that.

        “Saffron Brigades are slowly saffronising (the root course) the protest.”

        Don’t think so ……. other religions are there too …… as forcefully ……. no one/religion is sidelined ……. For the first time, I feel it’s a true representation of the composition of Lankan society ……….

        “Is the protest fizzling out?”

        The protests will ebb and flow ……. but wont fizzle out as long as the hardships continue ……… hardships will only get worse with time …… I’ll be worried if the food runs out; the poorest will suffer the most ……

        We have a coconut estate ……. earlier when the watchers confronted robbers they run away …… now they just stay put and show them a knife; people are desperate for food ……. we have told them to let them take a few coconuts

        I am afraid, they will start killing for food …….. and in the end, kill the rulers too ……

  • 14
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    My fear now is he will unleash terror in order to stay in power. He will be thinking that it is a small step from #gohome to #gotojail and if he yields to the former, the latter is a logical outcome. This much, he has the brains to figure out.

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      SAV
      It is only a possibility
      In politics, things often do not happen in such linear logical sequence.

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        SJ: Of course it is a possibility. Just like saying “I fear it will rain. When I see dark clouds, rain is a logical outcome.” A possibility, it is. Yet, good to take an umbrella.

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          Only a possibility, SJ? It did rain!

  • 0
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    In the fierce struggle of the people for economic freedom the the Emergency imposed Diplomatic Missions question state of Emergency imposed of peaceful protester. The Government is

    From frying pan into fire

    There should be daily update to the country progress to people ,The secret of success is determined by your daily agenda and feel more fulfilled in their daily lives and there will be more peace what has the 225 addressed to people for there tergets.

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    ” Whoever takes over power after the Rajapaksas leave (when they leave is very much in the air) will have to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the people. There are no ifs and buts. If truth is told by a trustworthy gentleman or lady, the people will accept it, not as a matter of fact, but as a statement of a statesman, as a sincere leader who seems committed to the cause of the country.”

    The author has bravely highlighted the need for the truth that was missing for long in this country for many decades. We were told the President was a good administrator because his administration brought an end to the war and we all believed it without any question. Will a good administrator give ministerial powers to all of his family? Will a good administrator pardon a convicted murderer? What did he do to those administrators who made mistakes? What will do a genuine administrator when he found that he brought bankruptcy to this country?

    • 2
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      Que sera, sera
      Whatever will be, will be
      The future’s not ours to see
      Que sera, sera
      What will be, will be
      *
      Let us not wildly speculate.

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    Reading these things and observing what is happening I like to ask that one sided Old Codger whether he still thinks ranil w is a great leader ? Do people like Old codger impose on Ranil what they have read of other leaders ?

    Ranil is a fraud. but there are about 5000 people in Sri Lanka ( many are in this forum) who want to be taken for a ride.

    Now don’t talk about the Rajapaksas . That is the main battle. But we must not forget this ranil rat who has made it possible.

    The day ranil was born was inauspicious for the Country and deadly for the UNP !

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      All the youth say all 225 + 1 got to go. New set of people should come to power. The current MPs And Gota not allowed to contest. They should be in jail. Country need a fresh start. No one older than 50 years old.

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    Ranil Wickramasinghe is an utter disgrace. Although beaten badly in the polls, he kept postponing the national list nomination and eventually put himself forward ( was it a ploy by the Rajapaksas?)
    He was the only one among the UNP leadership who was not assassinated by the LTTE; perhaps they did not want to waste a bullet on him!

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    Mr Ranil Wickramasingha is most often misunderstood, according to my understanding. He is definitely a leader with a vision. He has contributed much towards the nation on many spheres, education, respect for all religions, ground rules for good governance and he exhibited and advocated unity among the varying groups of people in the country.
    He has undoubtedly accomplished much more for the nation than any sitting parliamentarian. His contribution cannot in any imaginable way be compared to that of the power hungry breakaway Sajith Premadasa.

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    Mr Ranil Wickramasingha is most often misunderstood, according to my understanding. He is definitely a leader with a vision. He has contributed much towards the nation on many spheres, education, respect for all religions, ground rules for good governance and he exhibited and advocated unity among the varying groups of people in the country.
    His in-depth understanding of the economic situation of our country is unparalleled. He has the added advantage of being recognised and respected by the international community. He is a leader who has worked towards the welfare of the youth of our country, providing a forum for their voices to be heard and creating a national youth centre for the enhancement and development of their innate skills.
    He has undoubtedly accomplished much more for the nation than any sitting parliamentarian. His contribution cannot in any imaginable way be compared to that of the power hungry breakaway Sajith Premadasa.

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      Indi, there is a serious difference between good statesmen and good politicians. Ranil is neither!! Ranil fails seriously as a politician as well as a statesman when he unconditionally align with this bloody rogue Rajapaksha gang. That is what he did for a long time…. since he lost in 2005. His reading is that Sri Lankans are idiots, vote for R gang forever, so be with the trend and enjoy the benefits as the leader of the opposition!! So he ruined the oldest party UNP to 0 MPs …whats more for his credentials…!!??? Such a back-boneless, impotent, vision-less man!!….How can he lead a country!!!

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    ‘Chawra Regina” and ‘Maha Benku Hora’ are the most notorious people for swindling public funds in this country. There was a protest in front of ‘Maha Benku Hora’s’ house in Kollupitiya against voting to Siyabalapitiya but not to ask him to return money he robbed. ‘Aragalakarayo’ got their priorities mixed up.
    So far, no protests in front of Horagolla Walawwa asking ‘Chaura Regina’ to return what she looted.

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      So called Chawra Regina and Maha Benku Hora – nobody could prove their allegations.
      I have some respect to Victor Iwan but he is so biased to have written sucha book on lies, but to stay mum against Rajaapkshes high criminals – there I feel that VI too is highly biased. The kind men would not have better life ahead of them.
      If CBK was not their, defeating LTTERs would have been a dream. However, Medamulana WPs grabed the credit – as usually the Rajapakshes are used. The same was the case with honourable MP SF how they treated him in the post war episode.

      Today, almost 99% of this country hate Rajapakshes. If they would walk down, no doubt, they would not return home live. That is why they deserve. Mynah would not stay that long… he has got all SOHON LAKUN (signed sooner death) in his face. ANyways, they bugger would not deserve anything else.

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        LM, true, Maha Banku Hora was an utter fake slander by Rajapaksha gang on yahapalanaya, but Chaura Rajina is 100% true!! CBK robbed the country left right and centre in her 12 years of an infamous regime. CBK utterly mismanaged our finances and it was in her time SL went to minus GDP growth and a recession (1999 – 2001) for the first time since 1948. She gave heaps of business deals to Sumal Perera, Sanath Gunathilake, Thilan Wijesinghe, Hary Jayawardene, as well as selling Air Lanka, Gas companies, Insurance, and most state business enterprises for huge bribes. She has huge wealth in UK and France which was revealed by Victor Ivan many years ago. She is the one who is mainly responsible for today’s mess by killing the well-run UNP govt in 2003, and allowing Mahinda to be the presidential candidate in 2005. She also connived with Ranil and brought in that scum bag Sirisena in 2015 as the presidential candidate when Karu J was the choice of Rev. Maduluvawe Sobhitha. How that sh*t bag Sirisena ruined the entire country is a debate for another day!!!

  • 4
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    Ado EE
    Are you still white wasing the Rajapakshas?
    Shame on you.

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    leelagemalli,
    If VI is lying, ‘Chawra Regina’ could have taken action against him. She did not. Can ‘Chawra Regina’ explain how she got money to buy houses in France and UK?
    Evidences against ‘Maha Benku Hora’ are available in the Commission Report. AG can take action against him but nothing is happening probably because Rajapakshes are protecting him.
    ‘Aragalakarayo’ should protest in front of ‘Maha Benku Hora’s’ house and in front of Horagolla Walawwa demanding to return what these two thi*ves looted from people in this country.
    They also should protest in front of the houses of UNP and SJB politicians who are corrupt. Recently, AKD exposed how Sajith swindled billions from the Central Cultural Fund.

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      If Victor Iwan is/was clean and neutral- he should also be able to bring a book on ” all the high crimes and money laundering acts deliberately made to the nation by BPs of medamulana “. But he could not.He could good be at several other reports, but he too was silenced by ballige puthas of rhte ir political survival.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUNA8PGYpkU

      He could desrve some respect on some injustices being fearlessly reported by him, but regarding Rajapakshes – VI was highly biased.

      Nation s bp is said to have worshipped ANURAPURA buddhist places today, if I were there, I would have killed him by a stone throw. My hatred to the bugger is knowing the facts how the bugger s criminality ruined this nation.

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        LM, spot on about Victor Ivan. He is one of the very shrewd and smart operators in SL journalism. Yes he did some investigative journalism on certain people who misused their offices to rob public wealth or abused the power vested in them. Ivan has always criticized JRJ, Premadasa and Chandrika openly for the said reasons. He quite boldly banged with powerful former CJ Sarath Silva, even risking his own life. Yet he NEVER put a finger on the Rajapaksa gang. Even the Montessori kids today know that Rajapaksha gang has siphoned billions of dollars out of the country! Ivan never did ANY ‘investigations’ on those, never alleged these mega robbers in public! In fact, Ivan pathetically blamed Lasantha for creating his own coffin (for writing scathing articles on the infamous Mig deal) and shamelessly defended Gota, weeks after LW was gunned down. Have a look at those YT clips Ivan appears in the past decade ‘analyzing’ the situation of the country where he still fires very strong shots at JRJ et al for the mess we are in. True, JRJ created the mess, but Ivan conveniently hides the fact that Rajapaksha gang benefited the most from JRJ’s destructive constitution and dictatorial pathway. The reasons why Ivan is an obedient servant of Rajapaksha gang is anybody’s guess!

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    nimal fernando

    What does Achcharia Chanaka Senanayake mean by
    One Country, One Law, One Nationality, One Language?

    By the way Saffron Brigades are slowly saffronising (the root course) the protest.
    I am worried.
    Is the protest fizzling out?

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    Indi and kaley, both of you are a very tiny minority. Last general elections the UNP led by ranil failed to win a single seat in parliament.

    Also consider the fact that nearly every UNP leader and MP who had worked with ranil in the past decades have left him to join the SJB.

    It is however a social and psychological fact that these are about 500 Colombo based guys who say similar things to you.

    That see things differently or cannot see a world without leaders like Ranil( a Wickramasinghe (hamu ! ), and a man with a huge ego who speaks like he knows everything( humanly impossible !) Only conmen talk like this to trick the victims.

    Also these people dont give him a point of failure, meaning, ranil has been in parliament for 50 years PM about 5 times, when will they say he is a failure ?

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    We must be large hearted enough to give credit where credit is due but wise and prudent enough to read the signs of the time to choose a leader that is most relevant to the need of the time.
    I did not intend to promote Mr Wickramasingha but reminding ourselves of the contribution he has made in his political life. The UNP lost its vote base because the power hungry Sajith broke away dragging a section of the party along with him. The result is the mess we have now; a candidate who had so many criminal cases filed against him was jolted into power because his opponent was selling nonsense to the voters.

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