3 December, 2020

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Their Paradise; Our Pandemonium

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Please. How will we live if you steal from us?” Dave Eggers (What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng)

The price of petrol went up, again, as Colombo was being geared up, on presidential orders, by the military for the Night Races – a pet project of Namal Rajapaksa.

Colombo, this weekend, is a microcosm of the Rajapaksa present afflicting us and an omen of the Rajapaksa future awaiting us. The Night Races are symbolic and symbiotic of Rajapaksa Sri Lanka, a land in which the very worst features of capitalism and feudalism commingle in a toxic concoction, sweetened with generous doses of populist nationalism.

The Night Races ensure an evening of exhilaration for the few, bought at enormous inconvenience for the many and immense cost to the country. The Night Races promote a sport which is non-democratic by nature (motor-racing is the antithesis of most other sports which are open all citizens; any child can play cricket with a few sticks and a rubber ball; a toy racing car is beyond the means of most Lankan families). The Night Races are also utterly incompatible with Lankan geographic and demographic realities such as small towns/cities with dense populations.

The Night Races have no national fan base; most Lankans are unaware of their existence. Their purpose is not to showcase Lankan talent or to satisfy Lankan sporting palate but to satiate a whim of some of the younger Rajapaksas. The Presidential offspring in particular seem to nurture quite a passion for fleet cars and for racing. In and of itself, this is a perfectly comprehensible phenomenon, something common to youth across countries and cultures, and across time. Unfortunately, the very nature of familial rule has turned that perennial, and essentially harmless, youthful desire into a national malaise. That is because in patrimonial oligarchies such asSri Lanka, the youthful passions of a ruler’s progeny inform and shape national policies, consume national income and discommode the nation.

The Night Races constitute a crasser manifestation of a development model which is motivated not by national needs or capacities, but by Rajapaksas interests and desires. Billions are being spent on unnecessary highways while lack of funds has turned 900 railway crossings into death traps. There is no profit and no glory for the Rajapaksas in building rail gates. Rail gates can save ordinary lives, but that saving ordinary lives, Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim, is not a Rajapaksa priority. The only reason Sri Lanka entered the ‘space age’ is because the youngest presidential offspring wants to become the country’s first and the world’s youngest astronaut. Again in and of itself there is nothing wrong in forming such mountainous ambitions. The young must dream, including impossible dreams. The problem is when presidential fathers gut national wealth to satisfy the outlandish whims of their sons.

The Night Races are not only being held in the country’s busiest city; they are being held in a manner which maximises public inconvenience, unnecessarily. Half the roads leading into and out of Colombo are closed, this weekend; and Friday’s road-closure, at the time the city’s working population was heading home, created mammoth traffic jams. If the Rajapaksas are intent on having night races, they could have done so in a less populous suburb, thereby minimising public inconvenience. But public convenience or inconvenience would have never figured in the Rajapaksa calculations. Their sole consideration is their power and their interests, their needs and their wants.

The most destructive Rajapaksa meme is not sadism (though that impulse too is not absent) but indifference. The Rajapaksas are as indifferent to public welfare in the South as they were indifferent to public safety in the North. They do not care. They did not care how many innocent Tamils they killed, in their pursuit of military victory; they do not care what hardships they impose on their own Sinhala-Buddhist base, in their pursuit of power and glory.

A pathological indifference to repercussions (and to the consequent plight of the poor and the powerless) is the deadly thread which connects many a Rajapaksa deed, from the ‘humanitarian operation’ to theColombobeautification programme, from the impeachment to the Night Races.

Pathological Indifference

Vellupillai Pirapaharan’s commitment to Tiger Eelam was rock-solid. And in his pursuit of Tiger Eelam he did not hesitate to sacrifice Tamil lives and Tamil interests and undermine Tamil future. His single-minded commitment to a Tiger Eelam under his sole control not only made him indifferent to the horrific plight of ordinary Tamils; it made him deaf and blind to the harm he was causing to the Tamil nationalist project. For him Tamils were pawns, to be used and discarded, in propelling his megalomaniacal project forward.

Only a leader who is pathologically indifferent to the wellbeing of his people could have turned his own people into human hostages.

The Rajapaksas too regard the Sinhalese the same way Mr. Pirapaharan regarded the Tamils. The Rajapaksas need the Sinhalese the same way Mr. Pirapaharan needed the Tamils. The Sinhalese are the main pawns in the Rajapaksa project of familial rule and dynastic succession, and in that capacity, the Sinhalese are indispensable to the Rajapaksas. But the safety or wellbeing of Sinhala people is of no consequence to the Rajapaksas.

This dissonance between Rajapaksa rhetoric and Rajapaksa action is clearest in the indifference the Siblings display to the actual welfare of flesh and blood military personnel, even as they venerate the war-hero in the abstract. For instance, even according to official sources, nearly 400 soldiers have committed suicide, post-war.  “A majority of soldiers who committed suicide were suffering from Adjustment Disorder (AD). Only five of them were those under treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya said” (The Island – 24.12.2012). Though the army is said to be taking remedial measures, for many it will turn out to be too little too late. If the inevitable psychological issues were acknowledged and dealt with as soon as the war ended, most of those 400 lives could have been saved. But for the regime building victory monuments and holding victory parades were more important than attending to the human needs of the men and women who made that victory possible. For the Rajapaksas, lionising the army in the abstract will always be more important than helping ordinary soldiers in real life.

The maximalism of fanatical leaders includes a visceral unwillingness to contemplate a life without them. Adolf Hitler believed that aGermanydestroyed was better than aGermanydefeated. Vellupillai Pirapaharan tried to take as many Tamils as possible down with him to the grave.

The Rajapaksas are taking the same annihilationist path. They are clearly determined to destroy any institution which stands in their way, including the most august. In their pursuit of power, nothing is inviolable, nothing is sacrosanct. This annihilationist mindset is evident in their orchestrated attacks on the entire judiciary, in the dangerous talk about a Hulftsdorf-coup, and in their attempt to cause a devastating schism in the Bar Association.

For the sake of Rajapaksa power, the Rajapaksas will not hesitate to undermine/destroy anything, including the unitary state they purport to venerate.

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    Dear Thisaranee, hope you are not living in Sri Lanka. These brutes will kill you for this article. But wait- can those ignoramus Rajapakses read?

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      Well, it is not the elites that bought them to power

      It is the rural poor.

      Perhaps they like being peasants & being taken for a ride.

      They selected, let them pay.
      Education was rarely the basis of a candidate
      Was always bits of thuggery, bouts of ploughing, heaps of racist banter.

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      And can you still claim that the Media is not free in Sri Lanka?Putting the lawfully elected President at the same level as a terrorist chief… even the Pope travels in a white van called the papa mobile. People like you are disgusting apologies to the noble profession of journalism.

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        What are you? Black Monkey Army screw the pope.

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    Thanks Thisaranee — Car racing is part of the neo-liberal development model promoted by the World Bank and the IMF to benefit the wealthy car manufacturing countries and the BRICS (China, India etc) now, at the expense of the poor and the ENVIRONMENT. Rather than invest in a good public transport system – trains and bus services for the common man – this development model is for the rich and super rich.
    It is a fundamentally anti-ENVIRONMENT development model.
    The Rajapassa development model is about denuding Colombo of its ancient and valuable trees which are cut down by Gota the white van goons’s MILITARY TIMBER THIEVES, while the city is paved and turned into a CONCRETE JUNGLE that traps heat. Today there is no sense of “appropriate development” or the notion that SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL because the so called Minister of economic Development has not got a clue about development or economics and has not got a basic degree and has never been to university. Hence the Rajapassa fear, hatred and contempt of education and professionals.
    While there is a lot of hot air and money spent on disaster management – indeed this development model generates the very environmental disasters that they then spend millions repairing.
    The current World Bank and IMF promoted Rajapassa development model is in this sense quite anti-national and anti-people and pro-auto industry. Only, the Sinhala masses who vote for the Rajapassa brothers are too STUPID to see this and the academics don’t speak about this!
    The massive gas guzzling super luxury cars and SUVs more often than not are driven by a single individual who wants to feel KING of the roads like the Rajapassa brats. The sports cars should be stoned. Sri Lanka needs a different pro-people and environment transport policy but the World Bank and IMF that claim to be the “knowledge” Bank is working with Rajapassa dictatorship to prevent democratic development.

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      The academics who should be doing cultural analysis and culture critic of the super luxury car culture, machismo, boys with their toys, playboy babes who market cars, the billion dollar auto advertizing industry, desire for the good life that Lambughinis signify for the new rich in a Banana Republic, are all in the Rapajase racket – they are happy with their DUTY FREE cars and have abdicated social and cultural analysis of the fashion industry in cars or cloths or bodies for their duty free vehicles!

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      Lady Gaga:Quote”the notion that SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL because the so called Minister of economic Development” Unquote

      It’s the local fools who voted for the regime that are responsible not the banks who lend the money.

      A Bank is a Bank that lends money for a fee. World Bank (American)/ADB (American) IMF (UK) are all money lenders. The sooner the loaned amount comes back they are a happy lot. Generally their local consultants are from campus and not necessarily the best at campus because their own consultants are from a similar background. The staff at campus is a frustrated lot trying to get a footing as top consultants and only a very small percentage achieve that in a lifetime so the rest are into politics changing sides to suit their desire and messing it all up for the public.

      The interest rates are known and $60 billion budgets are also known. The banks have a short list of the companies and countries that the recipient nation can buy goods and services from an exclusive club. So when you talk of buying cars for the race track well 95% of that money goes back to the source nations in a short period of time and all that is left is the annual interest.

      Before WW2 and the Marshall Plan both Germany and Japan were highly industrialised nations. Idealism, the Marshall Plan funds and the Allied forces stationed there made it all possible. Small is Beautiful or that the Japanese are born detailers lies within their culture. Vijaya the bandit and his offspring what are you? Just recently UK PM held a conference of low caste JT’s 1500 businesses, 150k employees, £2 billion turnover per year and all these rags to riches in 30 years. Aren’t you missing something?

      Even in the west folk don’t like the private banks where most unwanted politicians take up top consultant positions. They are all in it.

      The root cause is the fool who votes for a stupid regime.

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    ” Vellupillai Pirapaharan tried to take as many Tamils as possible down with him to the grave. The Rajapaksas are taking the same annihilationist path. They are clearly determined to destroy any institution which stands in their way, including the most august”

    Two sides of the same coin?

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      Peter says:

      “Two sides of the same coin?”

      Only the South Indian gene pool has the magnificent properties to produce such people. Language is no bar.

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    Always Thisaranee makes sure that she is Anti-buddhist.

    Anyway, Some articles give the clue that these racing cars won’t be sent back, there is no gurantee on that and instead those can be sold in Sri Lanka. Treasury lost over 200 million in Tax revenues alone.

    It looks they don’t even have a business model and organizers have no idea how many tickets they are going to sell.

    They could have earned more with bullock cart races except for the possibility that these cars were imported by circumventing the import rules with the help of president who gave tax free status to import.

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      Where did you get the “anti-Buddhist” thing?

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    Night Car races have all the signs of the involvement of politically very powerful people. This is not the first instance politically powerful people in Sri Lanka have used govt properties (roads, police etc.)and in this case Tax free status to import cars, to earn money for them. If they do this with a proper business plan it will be a colossal business failure. But, these people can do it save themselves because they use mostly govt resources.

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    Presenting a slightly contrary view to Mr Gunasekara, one sees the Colombo Night Races as a bargain-basement, in terms of cost, opportunity for the City to engage in the type of mega-event that is so necessary to project the image and the event content required to attract the tourist, the entertainment industry, and the investor dollar.

    With the world economic centre rapidly shifting Eastwards it is unsurprising that countries such as Bahrain, Malaysia, Singapore, and Lanka are today investing in non-traditional sporting events that capture the contemporary interests of their younger, technologically savvy youngsters. Nobody has been sneering at European countries who have hosted and benefitted from such sporting events, in a somewhat exclusive manner, for many, many decades.

    In the coming years it is likely that the SL motor racing “kindergartens” – such as the gokart enthusiasts and the amateur racing bodies – will be the source of SL racing drivers whose skills will not only be exercised in Colombo and Kandy, but will be seen demonstrated on the world-stage.

    Ladies and Gentlemen of Sri Lanka, proudly start your engines………..

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    Who cares about these night races? Stupid, stupid, stupid. Ordinary people should march on Temple Trees.

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    If Namal baby, Rohitha baby and Yoshitha baby want to have some fun let them have it.
    Even Saddam Hussein’s sons enjoyed when their father was in power(by the way where are they now?)
    Don’t be jealous men.

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      It is reported that the President too grumbled on his being unable to travel freely. Does that mean that the babies have become incorrigible and the parents are unable to…….

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      I wish my father is there to give me a Rs 200 million tax break so that, I also can have some fun. I wish my father is also powerful so that, I can army’s help to make sang bag barriers along the road.

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      Rajapassa’s three rowdy rugby players displayed their capabilities recently in Kandy. They did have some arranged fun afterwards!!

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    Per Capita is heading towards the US$4000 mark.

    Unemployment under 4%.

    Even our Northern brethren are back in action, in their pre Prabakaran activities, which they marvelled in like culitivating onions, chillies catching fish etc.

    In addition a new breed of entepreneuors ( mostly Diaspora residents ) are gradually becoming hotelliers and hospitality business owners thanks to the thousands of tourists from the South.

    Foreigners can’t get enough of our SBs even in LKRs.

    Hyatt Regency is the latest on the list to build 600 rooms to rake in some dough from the Million plus Foreigners from next yesr.

    By the way Malaysia a potential future Eelaam land, holds the Real Thing and Thisaranee surely can and and should work out how much the Malay Tax payers including the large Tamil population fork out.

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      Sumanasekera:
      You should apply what you put on this website to your fruit trees (if a dolt like you has any)because it certainly would qualify as that substance that comes out of the south end of a bull going north! Didn’t anyone think to give you Rajapassa stooges a couple of brains to rub together or is it a basic qualification that those who trail behind the Royal Family have nothing upstairs?

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      K.A Sumanasekera you says

      “Per Capita is heading towards the US$4000 mark.

      Unemployment under 4%.”

      I found other interesting statistics which you may find interesting.

      Corruption

      Sri Lanka Placed 79th in Global Corruption Perception Index in year 2012

      “Living in a world of political instability, economic volatility, social insecurity and moral decadence, we witness that the evil of corruptions has become a way of life, so widespread and so deep in the fabric of our society,” stated Hon D E W Gunasekara, Senior Minister of Human Resources addressing a seminar on UNCAC organized by TISL to mark International Anti-Corruption Day – 9 December.

      Population
      below poverty line in 2011, 8.9%

      Sri Lanka suicide rate one of the world’s highest

      In 1950, Sri Lanka’s annual suicide rate was 6.5 per 100,000. By 2001, it had climbed to 55. In 1996, the island nation had the highest rate in the world, with almost nearly 9,000 suicide deaths that year. Though the rate declined to 16 per 100,000 in 2011, it remains among the worst globally.

      At least four rape cases are reported in the country every day and most of them are of children under 16, Police statistics reveal. It has come to light that many schoolchildren are either forced or coaxed into sex by people known to them or sometimes even by close relatives.

      With over 700 incidents of rape or abuse of children coming to light during the first six months this year, cases of rape and molestation of children, and crimes like rape of teenage girls, have risen alarmingly in Sri Lanka. According to police the number of incidents was out of a total of around 900 complaints of rape and abuse of women and children received by the police this year

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    SUVs that are manufactured in Sri Lanka has you know who as a partner!!!! So obviously they have to be bought by all car permit holders!!!! Then those out dated , jeeps and busses from India? The transport minister ,obviously has a hand but is the same family in partnership?

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      PB Quote” those out dated , jeeps and busses from India?”Unquote

      Back in the late 60-70’s the bus drivers spoke of the Isuzu (made in japan) getting heated up quickly not the Layland made in South India Trivandrum (the automobile components and car manu. of india left by the brits- morris, ford perfect, austin, MG)

      TATA has more than 1000 years’ experience in the UK with over 50k employees and presently is reviving the auto industry of UK with its Range Rover, BMW etc. being exported to China, Russia India Brazil etc.

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        Correction should read more than “100 years” 1907-2012

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        Tata BMW? NOT A CHANCE.

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          Rover/BMW was one operation when it was handed over to TATA along with Jaguar and £3billion by Gordon Brown before the collapse of the government because the Chinese purchased the latest model of MG and ran away with factory and all putting the British out of jobs. The crazy chinese dont know what metal the British are mede of that now they cannot build the new version with out the foundation which UK never sold so they have to almost invent the wheel. Everyone hates the Indian version because India never had hardware and thanks to japan,Korea, Taiwan china has. The Indians paid $2billion in 1990 for engineering plastic patent rights to make bumpers for ambassador.What the Indians make in Europe depends on the market overseas with the rich clients of BRICS. If SL needs cheap stuff you may soon look at Burma because of shipping cost.

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          Janaka: Quote”Tata BMW? NOT A CHANCE.Unquote
          Ignore the content just before within the hour 10:00.
          Sorry you are right the BMW (UK) has not gone their way either. The original Gujarat may have a BMW plant sooner. These Persian folk (not the Muslim Iranian) were civilized before Lankans and are around 130k worldwide. The king of Gujarat gave them refuge when the invading Arabs showed the Quran or Sword and they are keeping the promise of blending with the locals with their way of wearing the sari etc. but abiding by their old religion. The king of Kerala gave similar refuge to the Jews running away from Romans. During the European rule of the subcontinent all of them Portuguese, Dutch, and British preferred business with them because they were Indo Europeans who had fewer inhibitions and worked hard to be there. Jinnah the father Pakistan and Indira Nehru’s daughter both married parses (petit a very rich heir to business and Gandhi a handsome man) you see how they have grown with the dynasties.SL has around 30 families I suppose so. You see their product for the western market with buses the TATA Marco polo- you can’t have it there as it is in use at a futuristic city Chandigarh. The advantage is let’s say like before the government bans the import of spares then there is always next door across the straits and that’s what kept our Morris’s and Austin’s, Ford’s alive and kicking. Leaders know the diplomatic sachet what about the majority?

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    Lady Gaga

    what TG has described is typical in a Kleptocracy or what may be commonly referred to as CRony capitalism.

    It is a common misconception that the IMF and the World Bank promote such policies. Much of the funding for these comes from China, not the World Bank.

    Have gone into more detail into this on my blog, see the post below.

    http://jestforkicks.blogspot.com/2012/08/kath-noble-on-chinese-projects.html

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    Spot on Tisaranee! However I wish such an important eyeopening piece such as this was translated into Sinhala and distributed to the unsuspecting masses who vote for the cretins who use the ordinary citizen to further their malevolent cause and pad their bank accounts to breaking point!

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      nothing like a radio ham transmitting it to the southern pudu’s because news print is outdated and expensive except the toilet roll.

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    I read again and again the Rural Development section of ‘Mahinda Chintanaya’ to know whether the Night Racing is mentioned in it as a form of rural development. But could not find.

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      You missed it mate. It was a spelling mistake. Rural should have been spelt “RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRL” (sounds from those racing cars).

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    Tisaranee you are the living Lasantha not frightened to tell the truth.I hope a white van will not call on you.
    The Rajapaksa’s had no wealth and the father was not a rogue,our parents southerners knew about him.
    Today all are billionaires.Chamal’s son has bought a house on Arcadia Gardens Off Rosmead Place.The private road was bad now fully tarred.
    Jeyaraj left behind for the wife a signatory for truth a property on Longdon Place which was purchased for 100 million demolished and Nawaloka was building a new house when he was killed.Sudarshani answer from where did the money come have you declared Is Balapatabendi behind you no not at all

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    Despite these anti Srilankan and anti Sinhala Buddhist spin doctors,Srilanka is progressing well ,both in Social and Economic aspects, not forgetting the freedom of travel, freedom of worship and freedom from fear that were denied for thirty years.

    People who shout the loudest haven’t even been to Srilanka in recent times.

    The others like the politicians who demand the Military forces out from the LTTE bastions, are quite happy to have Srilankan special forces most probably Buddhists as their body guards and live in most expensive real estate suburbs.

    These anti Racing fans surely must have watched the Grandprix’s at least on free to air TV in their comfortable homesteads.

    Right now ,the Immigration and the AG are in urgent disscussions to reintroduce the Dual Passports.

    On to of the 50,000 plus applications poured in n 2010, there are thousands more requests coming in on daily basis.

    Now these applicants surely can’t be from Sinhal Buddhists, because they still have their Lankan passports.

    Now why people who have given up are so desperate to have the citizenship back to live under Rajapaksa,who according to Miss Thisaranee is worse than Prabakaran and Hitler,and destroying the country?.

    If I had a FP I would be lining up for sure.

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      “Now these applicants surely can’t be from Sinhal Buddhists, because they still have their Lankan passports.

      Now why people who have given up are so desperate to have the citizenship back to live under Rajapaksa,who according to Miss Thisaranee is worse than Prabakaran and Hitler,and destroying the country?”

      Tamils, non-Sinhala Buddhists, want to come back to, visit or live for a short time in Eelam where they grew up and still regard it their homeland. Tamils have always nurtured an emotional attachment to one’s village (Ur) or landscape unlike some transient social groups. This is well- attested in classical Tamil literature.

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        Dual passports will not be issued that easily.

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          You know “money makes the world Spin” Jokes aside the tamil diasporas have between them turnovers of over $120billion per year therefore the west has been asking rajaporkistan to ask them for development funds which can only be negotiated not by the gun.

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      “Now why people who have given up are so desperate to have the citizenship back to live under Rajapaksa,”

      They want to come back to the island and kick the clan out of office out of the country and rest the country from the family run Kleptocracy.

      What is wrong with their aspiration?

      You say

      ” Srilanka is progressing well ,both in Social and Economic aspects, not forgetting the freedom of travel, freedom of worship and freedom from fear that were denied for thirty years.”

      You have unlimited imagination coupled with far greater capacity for stupidity. Please refer to my comment above (December 17, 2012 12:10 am).

      “Now these applicants surely can’t be from Sinhal Buddhists, because they still have their Lankan passports.”

      Do all the Sinhala/Buddhist asylum seekers who escaped on Kallathonis to western Europe, Americas and Australia still have their Sri Lankan passport?

      One has to ask oneself that why did they leave their Sinhala/Buddhist country in the first place.

      “according to Miss Thisaranee is worse than Prabakaran and Hitler,and destroying the country?”

      Sorry remember this you could not compare two different dictatorships and then say this despot is better than that despot.

      Why are you sitting on your brain?

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    One can only remain indifferent to an entire nation at one’s own peril is the lesson swollen-headed despots like Mubarak of Egypt, Ben Ali of Tunisia, Ceuasescu of Romania were to learn, eventually. The longer you stay in power the lesser the coterie of those whom you trust become. They usually tell the ruler what he wants to hear – and leave aside the ground reality. You lose sight of reality – until it is too late.

    You can fool some of the people some of the time
    Many of the people many times
    But you cannot fool all the people all the time

    Senguttuvan

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      Quote”But you cannot fool all the people all the time” Unquote

      Just found it link.The last was Brian’s son a bounty hunter- Subsequently, I found his name on a GOSL web site looking for terrorist suspects and he was giving them information further to these comments- Sic- (http://ltteagents.wordpress.com/contact-us/ I have information regarding LTTE activities in the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia. I have also identified a few inaccuracies and several omissions from your list. I can provide further details regarding some who are named as LTTE agents. It is important to differentiate, though, between agents and supporters.)Scum looking for Cum.
      He means all bent backs inclusive of himself are “honorable men with unimpeachable values”.
      His stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.

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        Inverted commas are quotes you idiot, You should have stayed at Wesley and learned something.

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          Peter: Quote”commas are quotes you idiot,Unquote

          What is Wesley? Go tell your commas to sakkili chetti mutti’s kallathonis.

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    I think most of the cars brought down for races, came here to stay.

    The races were mere decoy to import these expensive racing cars evading taxes.

    Only time will tell. If so a half bottle petrol and a match box should make the cars go invincible.

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      …with uneducated and uncultured playboy M.P. and synthetic lawyer, Namal, inside one of the cars??

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    Only one man/1 party to be blamed for all these high handed acts by sons of MR and they are none other than the opposition and Ranil W and the controlling committee of the UNP for appointing him for 6 more years.
    I find it rather difficult to understand the thinking of Mahinda Rajapaksha. As most of the country know how can a very ordinary family in 1980,s gain so much of wealth to buy sports cars, to have sports clubs with unlimited financial resources etc.Sri Lanka,s wealth has become the dowry given to 3 sons of MR.
    When I try to analyze what MR thinks of these acts it has to be one of the following reasons to allow the sons to act in the manner.
    1.HE DOES NOT CARE WHAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC FEELS OR THINK ABOUT HIM.
    2.HE IS TAKING REVENGE FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR DEFEATING HIM IN THE PAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.(I FEEL THAT HE LOST THE ELECTIONS AND USED A COMPUTER GILMART TO WIN THE ELECTIONS.
    3.HE IS NOT MENTALLY SOUND.

    WITH ALL THE ABOVE COMMENTS THE FINAL CONCLUSION IS THAT “HE IS A SON OF A BITCH”

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    From what I heard from VIP source this night race was basically a way to get income into the government. Tickets were sold and there were about 5 laks + in attendance and each sponsor was to give 5 million rupees. and there were about 20+ sponsors there including most of the srilankan banks.
    All the sand bags were done by army so no cost there, generators, lights, and bit of road works and some stage work, thats it. Rajapakshas got plenty of money in their pockets again.

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    Buggy cart Or “Karathe” Races would be more appropriate for our country & culture.It is environmental friendly, hardly costly & could be enjoyed by all Sri Lankans.It used to be a must event at all Sinhala New year events especially in the deep south. It is because these fellows are half baked that they try to project a Sri Lankan culture but at the same time try to emulate and long for western acceptance.Hypocrisy at its highest.
    They must realize that you cannot change the colour of you skin!!These type of fellows have an ego problem & a inferiority complex even with all their power & money!

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    Gnanakoon. If you are a man…

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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    Those Racing cars came here to stay. Racing event was the bait for public to get down the cars …..duty free.

    These Racing cars are not Taxies…..They are highly sophisticated, very delicate, highly complex and ARE MADE TO WIN….WIN… and WIN…

    Therefore after each race these machines go through a full overhaul….including dismentling the whole engine and replacing all the worn out parts….even thay are re-usable. They are including Pistons, piston rings,other engine, mechanicle and electrical parts, gear box, exhaust systems, wheels incluging the tires etc. A pair of Lamborghini tires could cost between US $ 2,500 to $10,000 depends on the model.

    The point I want to bring is….after the race…. to replace the parts and labor cost on these highly sophisticated racing cars are costing almost equal to BUYING ANOTHER CAR….They are built and race to win….and have to be in topping condition and ….not for old crocks rally.

    Therefore I guarantee the company or the guys who leased these toys will charge almost the cost of buying a new one….for leasing these highly sophisticated racing cars….

    Do you know that Michale Jordan who is a Racing motor bike fan…has employed a hugh full time employes to upgrade his racing motor bikes (Michael Jorden Motor Sports -initiated 2004) Invested Billions of Dollars and yet to win a race.

    My Final conclusion is TO LEASE THESE MOTOR CARS THE LESSOR CHARGES ALMOST THE AMOUNT AS TO BUY A NEW CAR…..leave alone Comprehensive full insurance and liability coverage and cost of shipping back to Lessor.

    So these toys are here to stay…….duty free.

    Yes Pretty soon these toys will be driven by Namal, Rohitha,Yoshitha, Mervin, Malaka and other Govt. A.s Lick..’s Sons.

    Await for the next Race car Muppet show.

    Good luck Sri Lanka.

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    Also please don’t forget thousands of middle income families who had a dream of owning a car, after paying the full down payment…….still could not own their vehicles due to sudden increase of higher Taxes on them by the Govt.

    Those thousands of vehicles are still langiushing in the huge yard next to new Kelani Bridge and the harbor, with shrubs grown in between and left to corrode.

    All could see how the society been wrapped by the evil…with clear DOUBLE STANDARD.

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