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There Are Many Problems With Sri Lankan Politics: Colombo-Centric Politics Is One Of Them

By Natale Dankotuwage

Natale Dankotuwage

Natale Dankotuwage

There are many problems with Sri Lankan politics. Here’s another: it’s Colombo centric. Mahinda Rajapaksa was – for all the flaws I fail to mention – a refreshing exception. Investing in parts of the Island that for years; since independence, had been overlooked.

When I visited the Island in 2013 I travelled down the coast of the Southern parts of the Island. When I asked them what they liked about Rajapaksa they brought up the roads and infrastructure he was developing. It was late millennial and some of these villages had just begun to see the sight of a paved street down their neighbourhoods.

As an urbanite of course I liked the rural sites. And the fact, while on the back of a motorcycle, I could look up into the night sky and actually see all the thousands of stars in the sky. But who was I – western privileged urbanite– to suggest that these parts of the country didn’t deserve the same types of infrastructure that made my life easier.

So, besides the fact I find Matripala Sirisena to be a puppet – a decoy – a lovely distraction set forth by power hungry elites like Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika Bandaranaike. Hypocritical by products of nepotism.Feild

Picture by Natale Dankotuwage 

I’m also little upset he, with the guidance of his puppeteers, decided to stop building the Airport out south. When it was in fact a convenient alternative to the two to three-hour drive to an airport that was built for a traveller leaving from Colombo. With no thought that anyone else in the country – from any of the 24 other regions of the nation – would too want to take a flight of convenience.

Those who criticized the building of the flight may not have heard of the young men and women out south. Conducting classes in Japanese. So that they too could go abroad to Japan. Like those before them, who from Colombo, went to America.

Instead we’re now building a Hyatt, Altair, Shangri LA and a Lotus Tower; redefining the Colombo skyline to cater to the country and the world’s elite. With little consideration of whether the investment in the infrastructure will be of any value to the countless rural souls that Sirisena supposes to represent. A man of Polonnaruwa roots, nonetheless.

So I fear that my presumption of Colombo-centric elitism defining the current party in power is true after all. For only western-centric one-percenters would find any value in building hotels for tourists and skylines for sight-seers, rather than airports and roads for locals.

Where once excitement brewed as streets and infrastructure improved on the northern and southern parts of the nation. Rural parts overlooked for far too long. We’re back to devaluing the worthiness of equitable access. And to building things that don’t matter. To serve people that are transitory. Perpetuating the very economic inequity that divided the nation and lead it to the gates of War after all.

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    This is very true. I do not think current regime understand aspirations beyond colombo’s elite society which by the way is outdated and slowly declining. My worry is that the slowly (naturally) dying breed got an artificial boost with the election of this regime. Although they try to show they are democratic, poor-friendly, in reality they seems to be extremely discriminatory, hypocritical, and nepotism is their main tool.

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      Giabao ,

      Shockingly true what you say! And well written by Natale Dankotuwage. Glad people are speaking up about these things. However, let’s hope that in spite of all the much needed infrastructure projects, Sri Lanka will not lose her traditional rural heritage, and natural vegetation and eco-systems. Guess the projects will have to remain in coastal areas should not encroach the inland heritage too much. Coastal development has to be done very carefully so as to complement the traditional lifestyle.

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        Natale seems not to understand that the Intelligentsia of a society is found in the Urban sector and not in the rural backwaters. Unfortunately for us some of the intelligentsia produced from the lower rungs of society thanks to Free Education have been pandering to the Politicians from the hoi polloi that were accommodated after Sevala Banda opened the flood gates to enter the August Assembly.

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          ‘Sevala’ Banda’s last words were “I have been shot by a man in a yellow robe. Make sure no harm comes to him”

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            Pseudo jurno, he died on his own `sinhala buddhist` sword with no words to utter and it was carried on by his `weeping widow` – rice from the moon`

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          gamini,

          Both are connected…..indeed the rural sector has higher parity. For every one bit of intelligentsia, is another 100 who have worked their bodies out, to keep this bit of intelligentsia in its position….e.g. to have farmed and cooked its food, to have baby-sat it, to have made sure it lived in a stable environment with least stress so it could study, to have provided the necessary labor at the cheapest cost possible for it to have gone to uni. abroad etc.

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          Therefore Intelligentsia should pay outstanding taxes towards the rural backbone that brought about their existence. The rural sector needs to be honorably recompensed for their contribution towards country development. Rural sector is the imperative and natural need of the country. Current intelligentsia is a fake version of the Western system, totally unneeded, and only exists out of mistaken and erroneous notion on what modernity and progression for Sri Lanka is about.

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            Dear RTF,

            Since you admire rural guys so much, why not comment on the article that I’ve just sent off.

            On the same boring subject of S. Thomas’, of course!

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      Dear Ms. Natale Dankotuwage

      RE:There Are Many Problems With Sri Lankan Politics: Colombo-Centric Politics Is One Of Them.

      There are no problems in Sri Lanka, the Sinhala “Buddhist” Dharma Deepaya, Faith Island, as per 5th Century monk, Ven. Mahanama Thero of Mqhawansa, the 2,500 year-old Sinhala Buddhist Civilization.

      What are you talking about?

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      Is the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport, a case in point?
      Sengodan. M

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    This young woman makes an excellent point. One that will not be heard from much published little darlings of Colombo elite / much promoted young ‘journalist’ with links to NGO spewing out the usual much repeated ‘copy reading’ and ‘headlines’from cooperate media. Colombo Telegraph readers will now go on their much repeated regurgitating monotone of Rajapaksa sympathiser ect.

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    Natale – One does not make paddy fields or build water canals and irrigation developed methods of agriculture for people living in and around Colombo and her suburbs as much as building hoity international airports and conference centers to predominantly village farmer population of Hambantota. If you can understand this basic logic, you would not have wasted your time and space writing crap.

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    This article is at odds with Jehan Perera’s articles (the latest one today) where he has repeatedly emphasized how this government has gone full out trying to engage civil society from all corners of the Island.

    I believe Jehan’s writings carry more fact and substance including on the ground footage of what is actually happening.

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      Rizwan

      According to our civil society pundits, number of ministers, appointing friends to independent institutions, appointing defeated candidates as ministers, environmental disaster resulting from port city etc. all depend on who does it. Right?

      Soma

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        @soma,

        I disagree. Politics is a game of chess. Some like to say that with RW and MS corruption should become zero overnight. But the world doesn’t work that way. RW and MS is itself a political marriage of convenience that was wrought for the purposes of overthrowing MR. Therefore the give and take must happen. The corruption in government must continue until the corruption in government can be removed safely without compromise to political stability.

        I am happy to let the government take one step backward to take two steps forward.

        We are definitely witnessing two steps forward – e.g: general restoration of law and order, freedoms to people, media, ending of white van culture. Changes to the foundations of government and mentality of civil servants.

        Therefore I think things are looking up. Ms. Dankotuwage does not live in the present.

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          Rizwan ,

          “”Politics is a game of chess. “
          Jehan Perera’s is a classic social worker the woman is aspiring for same but has not read philosophy therefore her poor judgement.

          BTW if you get the opportunity ask an engineer planner of cities his opinion on `social worker`. His response would be sociology is neither an art nor a science but Impulsive. so they are impulsive grass root politicians.

          Politician is one who speaks the truth and sandwiches with lies.- Bernard Shaw.

          the rich always win and break their promises to the poor fools who vote for them. (i don’t mean vote a poor man because once he visits Saudi Royalty he would be stunned and take comission like Peter Mandelson a millionaire beyond like tony blair)

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          Rizwan
          “Therefore I think things are looking up. Ms. Dankotuwage does not live in the present. “

          She lives in the present but Canada is magic for her because she has not majored in philosophy.to undersatnd what is hapiness and mindfulness for humans.

          She says: “But who was I – western privileged urbanite”

          Obama Hussain with an Anglo Saxon Social Worker Mother- More people have died under his command than Bushes. He is so privileged.

          At India where folk die of hunger and its related there are people who eat just 1 chappati and pickle they make just one a day no more and they are happy brahmins because they understand `mindfulness`
          There are highly qualified white multinationals at Canada that I know but they are unhappy.
          One must know when to say this is enough for my well being- no more.

          Dali Lama said Lanka is not buddhist because the 4th path of buddha is `mindfulness` which the lankan seura are sitting on and killing people.

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          Rizwan ,

          “”I am happy to let the government take one step backward to take two steps forward.””

          Is the empath the opposite of the sociopath? Yes and no.

          You better take 2 giant steps backwards and run in november when you hear The Trump is Boss and the world would be 3 in one- Putin,Xi,Trump and Bombastic Boris would give you the F word effortlessly and never apologize because he has 30 year thesaurus saying what presidents and prime ministers don’t want to hear.

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      Jehan perera is a well known bummer, he tries to please his paymasters overseas and also worm his way to Ranil. One time he was behind karu but now that karu has no power he is praising Ranil.About two years ago he called Governor Vigneswaran a savant. Is this a correct description of the man ?

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    Hey you bright Spark
    This airport (Mattala) is being embraced by the current ‘Yahapalana’ / no ideas government as the second international airport and will be functioning soon taking tourist you are begging to come to Sri Lanka. (By the way not the white kind you want badly, they have no money!) Then you will be sending ‘Sparks’ from your rear end!
    And there will be a thriving second city / hub of commerce in Hambanthotta and a commercial functioning port there too in the near future. More Sparks from the rear!

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      anotherbuddhist – don’t sell the great Lord Buddha for every damn thing you Sinhalese want to portray, including making comments on this forum. It is also a Sinhalese trait (and now a culture) to make sadistic comments “‘Sparks’ from your rear end” “More Sparks from the rear” to show readers how (un)civilized you chaps can get. I guess that was the same card you monkeys used when commenting about the former UNHRC Chief, only simply because she was of Tamil origin, even to the extent of one government minister wanting to marry her. You Sinhalese are cowards to make similar comments to the new UNHRC head, knowing his response will be not as patient as Navi Pillay.
      “second international airport and will be functioning soon taking tourist you are begging to come to Sri Lanka” promises promises promises…. we are a land of promises. When can the monkeys can get their act together and deliver (leave along the ingrained racism)….that is the day I like to see. I will give you a whole 5 years if you can show me that at least 50% of what was spent for Mattala Airport has been recovered due to bountiful tourist arrival… keep your ingrained racism to your self and not worry whether they are white, yellow, black or even brown… the main thing to recover the huge public investment… never mind about what has been pocketed by your hero’s.
      “And there will be a thriving second city / hub of commerce in Hambanthotta and a commercial functioning port there too in the near future”
      Near future…. oh is that one week, one month, one year…. you forgot to add “investors will be begging to invest …… ” you have the traits of becoming a cabinet minister of your hero’s government who all talk shop… they even said something about space research and technology. We were to be the only country who would be processing petrol from plastic refuse and be self sufficient according to another. We are waiting for all that “manna to fall from the sky”. Until then enjoy six lane high ways in areas where only a handful of vehicles pass within a given time and where the peasant does not have money to even buy a bicycle. Keep singing to yourself.

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    It has sadly always been ColomboCentric and that is why Jaffna and North were neglected too. However I take issue with your following statement.


    “Instead we’re now building a Hyatt, Altair, Shangri LA and a Lotus Tower;”

    ALL THOSE WERE PROJECTS FROM BASIL AND MAHINDA and NOT from Sirisena or Ranil. They were all started, financed and in some case almost completed by the Rajapakses. ShangriLa they brought to Hambantota to start tourism in areas that were underdeveloped and still had superb beaches and wildlife etc. SO IF YOU WANT TO come to SL and see a bit for a week from your perch then you also need to as an academic LEARN FACTS. FACTS ARE ALL THOSE YOU mention are projects ColomboCentric, Elitist or otherwise projects of the Rajapakses.

    I went by Train to Jaffna this week. The track upto almost Vavuniya was bad as the old days. The InterCity Express runs to Jaffna in 7 hours. Nice ride EXCEPT upto Vavuniya it is bumpy and the train sways side to side and up and down bumps too in typical third world manner.

    From Vavuniya it is as smooth as an Austrian Train or Amtrak and the train gathered speed and was going very smoothly on NEW TRACKS LAID BY RAJAPAKSE REGIME(hora hora hora) with INDIAN aid.

    It was top quality standard for my train. Now Tamils and Sinhalese can go to Jaffna easily and in comfort on an intercity train. Ranil and My3 have not started or completed a single project. IF you ask people, they will tell you all these blokes are doing is replacing foundation and opening stones and putting their names on projects MR almost completed. TAKE BATTICOLOA airport. 95% completed under MR. ShangriLa(The elitist project in the South) 98% done under MR. Lotus Tower done by Chinese with MR. Colombo Port. Only one good thing now is freedom of speech and freedom from fear and Dr. Harsha DeSilva’s Ambulance project. Otherwise, this regime is claiming credit for everything the Rajapakses did. Look at rural electrification. Go to Medawachchiya and Vavuniya or Eastern province and look at the roads and bridges.

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    Young men and women studying Japanese to go and work in Japan?
    Would she not wonder why after nearly ten years Rajapaksas set up no factories nor brought any foreign jobs in order for our men and women to stay home and work?
    Chinese brought their own labour and did jobs Sri Lankans were capable of in most cases?
    Pensions for journalists,interest free car loans,free lap tops to write something nice about them and nothing for the poor masses until sil cloth before election?
    Get your facts right before writing such rubbish Madam, the people had the sense to send them home never to return?
    Let the courts decide their fate?

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    Yes……………
    Next move mooted that was already in the Rajapakshe pipe line is the Free Trade Zone in Hambantota.
    Janaka…………. the chinese showed how to work with their labour though to the workers it was not their Motherland.

    Again a MR Govt initiation. when it gets off the ground the sparks will fly.
    Hambantota Airport & Port were UNP blue prints many moons ago. They did not know how to get it off the ground. If they truly respect them get going with improving them.

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    Natalie Dankotuwage’s pretty youthful looks save her day from the vultures and wolves that prowl the page.

    Yes. Come up with more youthful thinking. Get ready to get bashed BUT need to overcome & muster.

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    This is a really stupid point of view, and appears quite biased.

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    Natale! That is one of the reasons the Tamils are asking for a referendum to be held in the North and East to determine their fate, to secede or to remain. The Tamils do not have the faith in the Tamil leadership either.
    Once the MPs are elected to parliament, they trend to go native and forget those who put them into office. The cowardice and the hypocracy of the political class, democracy is precisely what we are not going to get.

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      Sellam

      Who are entitled to vote in the referendum? All Tamil speaking people in the island irrespective of their religion or the date of arrival or only Hindus in the North and East excluding those who practise Christianity and Islam as their religions and those arrived during the British? In preparing the vote list a DNA test will be required?

      You also want to promote this racket ‘North AND East for us and the rest for all of us’ forcing the Sinhalese to accept majority of Tamils(Tamil speaking people) in their areas, leaving majority of your people to be subjected to utter discrimination by the Sinhalese (the very reason you are asking for a separate area) ?

      Soma

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        village bumpkin, you have a pol geddia oluwa. Go refer UK government web site as to who was allowed to vote at scotland referendum instead of repeating the same on most threads.

        There will never be a partition but you both would go back to mother as before – union territory of India.

        Trump plans to take the american spin out of this world. (last november on CNN) Truman made the spin on sub-continent.

        Your DNA says it all??

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          OK wiseman tell me who will be entitled to vote in this Diaspora proposed referendum.

          Anyone who reads your comment would understand why I have repeat the same question again and again.

          Soma

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            “OK wiseman tell me who will be entitled to vote in this Diaspora proposed referendum. “

            You read and refuse to understand. You got my reply a couple of days ago so it’s not fair for me to write because I am self taught and qualified unlike you folk.

            You got the internet put your question using any search engine and Voila you would find the answer from the Scottish Registrar of elections.

            It’s important that you stop sitting on your head because you only hurt yourself. cheers.

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            Soma
            you have run away because you are frightened of using search engine. Lester, Sekar are the other frightened elk I have encountered recently.
            exception is Native Veddha and his elders because they feel more than think..
            Panditaya, a child without thinking gets an answer first time because it feels- that is how you search using Tamilnadu search engine Google and the answer is first time 100% true.

            The reason you can’t feel is you are a patriot/ last refuge of scoundrel.

            Studies and surveys have consistently indicated that approximately 90% of persons in any given country have strong patriotic sentiments.

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    This writer seems ignorant the development ushered to the rural areas by the Mahaweli Development. Not only the rural areas were developed into new townships but the electrification of certain areas that would not have received electricity for a very long time. This type of publicity seeker is no different to those whose hearts bled for the poor in the ’50s saying down with Capitalists and fifty years later they became even bigger Capitalists than the Capitalist who were brought down. The difference between the Capitalists of yore and the new breed is that the old became Capitalists over a few generations, while the new breed within a decade or two and some overnight.

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      Gamini ,

      She says
      “As an urbanite of course I liked the rural sites.”But who was I – western privileged urbanite–

      She is first generation in the land of refugees and immigrants Toronto Canada but does not reside in the picturesque enclaves of the Anglo -Saxons.. as much as her parents did not live in the picturesque enclaves of Colombo.

      As if there isn’t dirty politics at Canada. to drive home How did the Scarborough girl lose her sure seat?? They redefined the electorate.

      She always writes low down stuff for data collection which gets sold.

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    Natale’s last sentence: “Perpetuating the very economic inequity that divided the nation and lead it to the gates of War after all.”

    In 1948 Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was the envy of our neighbours including Singapore. Politicians introduced the language-divide and added a non-existing ethnic flavour. This led to the gates of war and hell. Singapore learned from this – Lee Kuan Yew firmly silenced Singapore Chinese bigots “Do you want to go the Ceylonese way?”

    Over the past decade there were clear indications of corruption, nepotism, culture of impunity, breakdown in law and order. On 08 January 2015 Lankans voted in a new government which called itself UNFGG. Semblance of law and order has been restored but corruption and nepotism are strong as ever.

    Our problem is corruption. Wake up from your state of denial Natale.

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      ‘In 1948 Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was the envy of our neighbours’

      Was it? That’s because our neighbours measured Ceylon’s success by a Balance of Payments surplus from high rubber prices during the war.

      Did they consider that the country was already divided by race, religion and class? Did they note that the British did not hand over a single unified nation but a nation where the English speaking elite ran everything from the courts to Radio Ceylon? Did they know that almost all schools were run by the Christian churches with government support? Did they realise that the British left several million poor foreigners (Indian Tamils) running the mainstay of the economy (Tea)and that this would obviously be resented? Did they note that the British established a plantation economy because they never dreamt that they would have to leave and that such a skewed system has been the bane of the nation ever since? Did they see that the Tamils held positions in society far in excess of their population due to divide and rule? Did they see that a democratic system had been forced onto a ‘tribal’ society and was expected to work?

      No, they did not see any of these things because all they saw was the surface of an apparent democracy. (Singapore, by the way was not a democracy. Lee Kuan Yew achieved his ends by gagging the press and imprisoning the opposition, but he was a fairly benevolent dictator.)

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        REply Taraki.

        Britain must carry part of the blame for the Lankan predicament but we must take the appropriate measures to straighten the present and future.

        Taraki question: “Did they consider that the country was already divided by race, religion and class?”

        Every country has this race/religion/class “divisions”. In Sri Lanka the “division” is mainly language based. The “divisions” will almost always have grievances which must be addressed with understanding. Relegating “divisions” to second class status will not work – as in Apartheid South Africa. Use of pogroms against a “division” will almost always lead to liberation movements – as in Vietnam.

        India has lots and lots of language based “divisions”. Federal governance seems to be an appropriate way of bridling the language “divisions”.

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          The 2 of you: Seated on head and playing blame game. Great Britain taught you `hit the nail a right boys…..till the irons red.`

          WW2 London was blitzed and the giant across the pond never woke up until pearl harbour.(now you understand why you can only rely on your own biological mother in this world).
          Post WW2 – GB and Churchill did not unload English East or West India Company. It fell into `Marshall Plan ` like Japan, Germany and others where rich former colony America was the Banker.

          On the bankers (Harry Truman’s) very strict instructions it unloaded East India Company in stages. It took over 60 years to pay back the loan.Churchill objected to partition and wanted it to remain the same but Stalin and Mao now fat and free thanks to the American $$ billions had turned around to bite the friend in need – cold war
          The boss of the bank was not accustomed to the sub-continent race and the numerous ethnics plus yours was not the only mouths to be fed in the world. Hindustan lost its land after sacrificing in the war for GB. Here is how present day Desi Americas see-

          According to a Gallup survey conducted earlier this year, more 70 percent of the U.S. public has a positive impression of India, a score on par with Israel’s traditionally-high favorability rating. This is the latest indicator of how decisively American perceptions about the country have shifted in a relatively short period of time. Not too long ago, India was widely regarded as the very epitome of what the term “Third World” meant – decrepit, destitute and pitiable.
          For many decades most Americans were inclined to the views of President Harry S. Truman, who dismissed India at its birth as an independent state as “pretty jammed with poor people and cows wandering around streets, witch doctors and people sitting on hot coals and bathing in the Ganges.” His Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, had an even more incisive perspective: “by and large [Indians] and their country give me the creeps.”
          When Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the U.S. ambassador to India from 1973-75, he regularly lamented that Washington was utterly indifferent to the country’s fate; writing in his diary, he confided that it “is American practice to pay but little attention to India.” In a cable to the State Department, he complained of dismissive attitudes, “a kind of John Birch Society contempt for the views of raggedly ass people in pajamas on the other side of the world.”
          Public opinion kept close track with official attitudes in Washington. Harold Issacs’s classic 1958 survey of U.S. elite opinion on China and India, Scratches on Our Minds, revealed that influential Americans held very negative perceptions of the latter, associating it with “filth, dirt and disease,” along with debased religious beliefs. Influential books in the 1960s, most notably Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb, rendered dim portraits of India’s political coherence and economic prospects. The country did not even rate mention in either Paul Kennedy’s much-discussed 1987 book, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, or John Mearsheimer’s 2001 book,The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. And in the summer of 1991, editorial writers at the New York Times advised readers to “pity India” because the country was in danger of fragmenting along sectarian lines.
          A State Department analysis prepared in the early 1970s found that U.S. public opinion identified India more than any other nation with such attributes as disease, death and illiteracy, and school textbooks throughout this period regularly portrayed it in a most negative light. This view was again underscored in a 1983 opinion poll, in which Americans ranked India at the bottom of a list of 22 countries on the basis of perceived importance to U.S. vital interests.
          So, what accounts for the fundamental shift in American perceptions? An obvious part of the answer lies in the turnabout in India’s outlook that began with the major economic reforms launched in 1991. According to World Bank data, India has now supplanted Japan as Asia’s second-largest economy as measured on a purchasing power parity basis. Lawrence H. Summers, when he served recently as President Obama’s chief economics adviser, took totouting the virtues of the Indian development model.
          And the teeming masses that horrified Paul Ehrlich into apocalyptic prognostications are now viewed as a vast reservoir of highly-trained brainpower threatening to sap the U.S. edge in innovation. A widely-publicized 2005 report issued by an eminent group of U.S. business and scientific leaders warned that America’s competitive position is being eroded by the emergence of skilled labor forces in India and China. This theme was regularly picked up by President Obama in the early years of his term.
          But an equally central piece of the explanation lies in the remarkable growth of the Indian-American community. Nearly invisible three decades ago, it is now the third largest immigrant group in the country and occupies leading positions in government, business, academia and the health care professions.
          Consider, for example, the election of Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley to the governorships of Louisiana and South Carolina (respectively), states in the heart of the Old Confederacy. Or how the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia as well as the U.S. Ambassador in New Delhi are persons of Indian origin.

          ¬Britain must carry part of the blame for the Lankan predicament but we must take the appropriate measures to straighten the present and future.

          wrongly put- you are digging your own grave because you have no understanding of english race or culture which is always for the underdog. you request not by blaming because english have wisdom not old rouge lankan buddha so they rule the world with their tentacles.

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    “I’m also little upset he, with the guidance of his puppeteers, decided to stop building the Airport out south.”

    I agree. Why have only one civilian airport when tourism is still the primary source of revenue? Then again, before airplanes come railways, which, as the tsunami showed, are in need of a major overhaul. Is it worth the expense? Yes, given that such an investment in infrastructure (both railway and airports) could easily double revenues from tourism. A Maglev train can do 375 mi/h. The distance from Galle to Kilinochchi is around 270 mi. Therefore, with the correct infrastructure in place, it is theoretically possible to go from one part of the island to any other part in under 50 minutes. Air travel further reduces this time to a minimum of 20-30 minutes. Air travel might not be affordable to a large section of the native population but tourists would happily pay a premium to see the whole country in a few days.

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      Journalist Lester please don’t go away.
      Boogeyman, You are an ex_pert at Islam bashing -very good.
      But your free education `top notch university` is pie in the sky.

      “I agree. Why have only one civilian airport when tourism is still the primary source of revenue?”

      Not True but hearsay for the sake of having a fun palace.

      Sri Lanka exports mostly textiles and garments (52% of total exports) and tea (17%). Others include: spices, gems, coconut products, rubber and fish. Main export partners are United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Italy. This page provides the latest reported value for – Sri Lanka Exports – plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Sri Lanka Exports – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on August of 2016.

      Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals 1977-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast
      Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka increased by 19.2 percent year-on-year to the record of 209351 in July of 2016. The number of visitors from China rose 21.9 percent (14.5 percent of total); from India grew 12.1 percent (13.2 percent of total) from the UK went up 16 percent (11.4 percent of total); from Germany jumped 29.2 percent (5.2 percent of total). Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 42210.42 from 1977 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 209351 in July of 2016 and a record low of 5536 in June of 1977. Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is reported by the Ceylon Tourist Board.

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        Why do I need to bash Islam when you Muslims are killing each other by the hundreds every day? You are correct that Islam is not popular in Sri Lanka; then again, in which country is it popular?

        Now, why don’t you post the amount of revenue generated from exports and the amount from tourism? According to your link, export revenues are decreasing.

        “Exports in Sri Lanka decreased 12 percent year-on-year to 776.3 USD Million in May of 2016, attributable to lower tea sales (-27.1 percent), rubber products (-25.1 percent) and textiles and garments (-4.6 percent). “

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          “Why do I need to bash Islam when you Muslims are killing each other by the hundreds every day? You are correct that Islam is not popular in Sri Lanka; then again, in which country is it popular? “

          I have observed your CT comments for long- you are fanatical as the muslim unlike the peaceful christian/catholic it’s due to pedigree not faith.You are have not because you did not endeavour to be. say mea kulpa.Very rarely are the followers of the faith honest folk therefore the wise confide in another faith member to do their bidding- fact of life-

          Lester your stats are a disgrace because you are not honest to self and perhaps no self respect, i suppose so.

          Ignorance and fraud go hand in glove- Freud.

          You waste others like most stupid school teachers/university who work for pay and power because they can’t stand on own.- that is fact of life
          Trying to convince you is asking for wool from rock.

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            Again, where are your statistics showing revenue from exports is greater than revenue from tourism. Is this how jihadis argue? Oh I forgot, they don’t argue, simpler to chop the head off the dissenter!

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              You are clerical jack you can never use a search engine and get the best answer in one click so i shall transfer you to a man you like to duel like you – Muslim vs jaffna tamil- desert storm

              he says This is a very good discussion with factual details…. Those who are serious about doing a service to the whole humanity in their own small way….must watch it to get to the truth that the mainstream media (owned by the Jews) is hiding from the general public. Israel Has Declared War On Humanity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu08kIK0SDI
              Desert Storm
              August 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm

              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-gets-us-thumbs-up/comment-page-1/#comment-1999442
              Ellara vs Mahinda

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                Lying idiot. I asked you for statistics and you have none. Learn some English before barking here, you sound like a year 1 government school prodigy.

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          “Now, why don’t you post the amount of revenue generated from exports and the amount from tourism? According to your link, export revenues are decreasing.”

          You said I have no sense like the typical JT talle tel.
          move your but stop sitting on brain like the muslim.Now refer `CIA Fact Book of the world` (its in tab form nation wise) you may use Tamil nadu Search engine google

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    The bigest problem…..NEPOTISM. Too many fathers,mothers,sons,daughters and uncles together in the parliment and in ministries.

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    “So I fear that my presumption of Colombo-centric elitism defining the current party in power is true after all. For only western-centric one-percenters would find any value in building hotels for tourists and skylines for sight-seers, rather than airports and roads for locals.”

    It appears that the writer has woke-up couple of days back after a very very very long sleep to realize that politics in Sri Lanka is “Colombo Centric”. It has been “Colombo Centric” from colonial times. Shall I say since 1818. The problem is not that it is Colombo or Madamulana centric. It (Government) has been run by two Schools of Corruption. a) SWRDB School of Corruption and the other b) JRJ School of Corruption. The graduates of these two schools have defined the politics of the beautiful nation of yours and mine since 1953 to satisfy their vested interests. Every government apparatus and institutions established by these two schools of corruption, be it Judiciary, Financial, administrative, Education, Health or Agrarian Services are corrupt. As a result, whatever the plans, trade agreements or policy matters introduced by the governments since 1953 were (are) tainted with corruption. For example the root cause for the debilitating war with Tamil Speaking minority was corruption. It was not a clash between the Sinhala Buddhist citizens and Tamil Speaking Hindus or Christians as portrayed by the corrupt regimes in Colombo.

    Also you have said;
    “So, besides the fact I find Matripala Sirisena to be a puppet – a decoy – a lovely distraction set forth by power hungry elites like Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika Bandaranaike”.

    You are spot on that. Ranil and Chandrika both are closely associated with the Schools of Corruption.

    Since the untimely death of D.S.Senanayake the first Prime Minister, the families of these two Machiavellians have equally contributed to turning Sri Lanka into a failed state. I am sure these two old school mates are having a “gala time” right now. For these two, Maithripala is not a Pukka Sahib to be the President but as you have stated he is a good puppet under their control. Appointing a Pukka Sahib from Colombo Circle to the CB Governor post recently shows how the PUPPET and the PUPETEERS work in this government.

    On the other hand you may wonder what was wrong with Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena, both claim to have come from rural Sri Lanka and not from “CINNAMON GARDEN”. Well my dear, they may have come from “THUMPANE” but both were graduated from the SWRDB School of Corruption. – “Corruption breeds Corruption”.

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      The first mistake was Sinhala-Only, which drove the Tamils away from the civil service and exacerbated their difficulties (due to lack of sufficient representation). The second mistake was the civil war. The net effect was a massive brain drain. Even with the exodus of intellectuals, I can personally testify that Sri Lankan universities are top-notch, although not for research purposes. The question now is whether the country can create another class of intellectuals (who stay in the country) to again put the country on a proper footing. With that said, MR came along at exactly the right time. No academic or NGO could have won the war; one had to take rather unorthodox measures to get the job done. The present government seems like a waste of time, but perhaps a period of monotony is okay, given 30 odd years of non-stop violence.

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        ” I can personally testify that Sri Lankan universities are “”top-notch””, although not for research purposes.”

        You are like the one man cheering cricket party.

        You have never seen professors at IIT who lecture for 2 hours like smart englishmen with perfect accent (you are not supposed to write when he is speaking and there’s got to be pin drop silence) Then at his next secession he will dictate and students to take down the notes.
        Only on saturday (1/2 day) he would arrive in his national dress and discuss subject freely.They are not products of Harvard Oxford Cambridge either and don’t bow to western bullying but have great sense of humour. They are brahmins from families with president’s award for english literature. Of course not the stupid Dr Swamy the non technical.

        “The question now is whether the country can create another class of intellectuals (who stay in the country) to again put the country on a proper footing.”

        Only Gota without his extended family can put the unruly nation on track.

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          Less than 1% of Indians (out of a population of 1.2 billion) attend IIT. Why are you comparing Sri Lankan universities to IIT? I am referring to the Sri Lankans who do their first degree in Sri Lanka and then go overseas for post-graduate.

          By the way, IIT doesn’t have research facilities either; IIT is only famous for the first degree (B.Sc).

          Gothabaya taught the LTTE terrorists a good lesson. Now, if your Saudi imams try to export jihad to Sri Lanka, Gothabaya or Gothabaya Jr. will come for round two.

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            “By the way, IIT doesn’t have research facilities either; IIT is only famous for the first degree (B.Sc). “

            please look it up – up to PhD.
            http://www.iitd.ac.in/research_abstracts

            2nd tier: National Institutes of Technology also has Phd
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Institutes_of_Technology

            “Less than 1% of Indians (out of a population of 1.2 billion) attend IIT.”

            August 4, 2015: They show that with 68 million graduates and above, India still has more than six times as many illiterates.

            Only 8.15% of Indians are graduates, Census data show

            How many half baked graduates does SL have??
            shape, shape ,shape is a SL strait.

            If you lankans get 4A’s A ‘levels and sit the open competition i guarantee you only 1% of lankans would get entry (its been so from my days in the 70’s.). The lankans who get there are on reserved quota of 1/2 dozen or more seats.

            SL folk find it easy to get scholarships for postgraduate- less competition from corrupt civil servants with chit for their families.

            “Gothabaya taught the LTTE terrorists a good lesson. Now, if your Saudi imams try to export jihad to Sri Lanka, Gothabaya or Gothabaya Jr. will come for round two. “
            I think you may have got an jewish tip cut, obama has one too not i. If you can’t think try eating banana not your odiyal kelangu.We are “Shalli” Kumar, R.H.C and The Trump’s

            The people need the stick like kids got when we went to missionary schools.- therefore Gota.Only fear will open your stupid corrupt minds you vote one corrupt party to another 70 years on expecting corrupt system to change.
            Gota would order this: Mine is a very matter-of-fact approach to the problem. If you can select a population and they’re educated and they’re properly brought up, then you don’t have to use too much of the stick because they would already have been trained. It’s like with dogs. You train it in a proper way from small. It will know that it’s got to leave, go outside to pee and to defecate. No, we are not that kind of society. We had to train adult dogs who even today deliberately urinate in the lifts.- LKY
            Lock up commies, kuddu dealers, etc
            No one else has the thinge to do what he has shown- no pussy footing
            Like america is in a spin and trump would unspin it.
            The thing about him is use and throw the begging bowl old rouges.
            SL is a fudge and I don’t believe it can be done another way but be swallowed by hindustan

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              I work for a foreign university, there are many Sri Lankans here. The first degree from a Sri Lankan University is almost equivalent to the 2nd degree from many Western Universities. Some products of this system are Nalin De Silva and Rajan Hoole. Sri Lankan universities are producing more academics than madrassas; that is the reality of things.

              IIT does not have proper research facilities, that is why many IIT graduates choose to go overseas for their 2nd degree. Secondly, IIT is only good for engineering. Research facilities for engineering are very expensive; anyone with sense (maybe not you) will go to the West where the equipment is there, to work with reputable names in the business.

              “SL is a fudge and I don’t believe it can be done another way but be swallowed by hindustan”

              Your jihadi comrades like Babur ruined North India for 400 years, luckily they didn’t make it to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has always prospered thanks to Buddhism. Even with the war, the universities produced first-class graduates; that is why there are so many Sri Lankan doctors and engineers in the West. Now the war is over, there is a path forward. If you want Shariah, you may join your ISIS comrades in Aleppo.

              

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                You think too much but feel too little because of your cast/class complex like the 2 names you mention. 3 of you could never be professionals but asslicking school teachers depending of master to promote you.

                “Research facilities for engineering are very expensive; anyone with sense (maybe not you) will go to the West “

                Its the JT strait to boast till the chicks come home. The fact that 3 of you are working class proves it all. Most of us have refused East/West and Fulbright scholarship because we have established industry.

                I am neither demala, sinhalaya, or marakelya crusader faith like the 3 of you.

                “Your jihadi comrades like Babur ruined North India for 400 years, luckily they didn’t make it to Sri Lanka. “

                That is because Maratha Army did not let them cross – Hindu and sanskrit.

                You are no different to buruwans and fight for the sake of fighting because you are working class salaried – pin padde from government funding
                Go live with DJ another crusader. It was the letters (chilli/onion) from both christian and catholic bishops of jaffna that sent hordes of JT’s to Nadu to start terror.
                working class 3 afraid of your own shadow.- school teacher Peiris performed higher than you 3 to be.
                Profs /school teachers/priest are primarily crowd controllers.
                Both IIT/NIT always provided funds for research without too much ado.
                If a book was not available at library or country it was delivered in 2 weeks.

                You shameless pricks boast about what another race has done while your race pollutes the planet.

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                  Whatever rubbish you’re talking, the fact is that Islam (historically speaking) has conquered by the sword and continues to conquer by the sword. No one has tried to impose Buddhism violently on another group of people. The only reason the Sinhalese went to war against a small group of Tamil terrorists is to prevent division of the country. This is different from your jihadi philosophy that has put bombs in Bali, Australia, London, Spain, France, Israel, India, Pakistan, Germany, Libya, Argentina, Croatia, China, Tanzania, Phillipines, Jordan, Saudia Arabia, Iraq, Kenya, and Syria. As part of your “global jihad” your comrades have thrown people off roofs, flown airplanes into buildings, chopped off heads, cut off arms, put people in cages and drowned them in the lake, stoned them to death, burned them alive, shot them, etc. etc. This is the difference between Buddhism and Islam! Sinhalese Buddhists were only defending against terrorists.

                  You obviously have zero knowledge of IIT or the university setting, which is why you’re quoting from Wikipedia. Keep quoting, I am having a good laugh!

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                “Even with the war, the universities produced first-class graduates; that is why there are so many Sri Lankan doctors and engineers in the West.”

                Free education is bane of all your suffering. To top it british trade union system.
                you are not humble or understand- hippias minor of plato- where socrates wins because of verbal virtuosity then admits he wrong.

                If you want Shariah, you may join your ISIS comrades in Aleppo.

                Stop your waffle stupid muslim basher go and fight your crusade as a foot soldier.
                You know how your women were killed in the war because of your `way of life` in the north so the FBI statement.

                Nov 2015 Trump told sound box media CCN reporter like you – What Iraq it would be off the map and Kim Jung would vanish- i wish gota had completed North East because your way of life is Ghetto.

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                  Free education is what civilized nations offer their citizens. There is no free education under the Shariah, which is why your Mujahideen burned girls’ schools in Afghanistan. Sri Lanka is more civilized than Aleppo, even though Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Dubai are sending millions of dollars to your ISIS comrades to support the Wahhabi conquest in Syria. You see, women like Natale Dankotuwage can express their views in a free setting without retaliation. In the Shariah you dream of, women must wear a bedsheet just to stand in the sun. I understand you are angry about halal rights and haram rights; at the same time, understand that you are the minority and your wishes cannot always take precedence over those of the majority.

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                    Zombi,

                    Next year Trump would award your sacred island a medal for DEADICATION and how Modi/NaMo assist is still to be worked out.

                    watch the space- Republican Hindu Congress.

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                      You like to bash Sri Lanka, yet you live there. Probably a product of the lower classes. It’s better you stay there, you wouldn’t get far in the West.

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    Natalie has brought up an issue that Sri Lankan leaders in Colombo have not understood or given any thought to address. This is not a party of person issue. Please come out of that kind of self benefiting political thinking, and think about the essence of what she has written. Colombo centric politics and economy has been a curse to rest of the country. This is not a political issue. In the past it has been difficult to keep bright and efficient public servants, doctors, engineers, scientists and other professionals in regional areas due to lack of facilities such as health and good education. Trickle down principle, that is benefits of economic activity created in the centre flowing to the periphery, did not work in Sri Lanka. Instead it works the other way, that is trickle up. A good example is Rural banks. Most of the money saved by rural people in rural banks ended up in investments in Colombo creating jobs and development in Colombo, contrary to the expectation of creators of rural banks. Projects like Mahaweli have created the same economic activities the rural people have been engaged in for ages. They did not give new opportunities to rural youth, or at least new investments did not follow up to create opportunities in new economic activities for rural youth.

    It is high time that the intellectuals in Sri Lanka give their attention to this issue and devise methods to address this long running problem. Remember it is not only Tamil youth in the north that rebelled against the Sri Lankan Government, not only once, but twice, Sinhala youth took weapons disapproving the Colombo ruling class’s negligence of their needs in the regions.

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    Agreed on the “Colombo centric” leadership issue. The “Kolamba hathei posh kattaita” or “Kollupitiya aarthikaya”. In a proper social democracy the wealth, development, standards of living, etc must be distributed throughout the island. Particularly the former war-torn areas as well as constantly neglected areas like Hambantota should be given a lot more attention than “Posh Colombo”. More than 80% of resources should go to the development of those areas. But that doesn’t excuse the nonsense MR did. Hambantota needed proper infrastructure development and uplifting of the local economy creating stable long term opportunities. What did MR do? He made worlds emptiest airport and 8-lane highways with almost no traffic. That is not development! That is just symbolic, insecure BS. MR and regime had golden opportunity after the war ended in 2009. But guess what? As with all leadership since 1948, they squandered the opportunity.

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    If he had given equal importance to all regions in terms of infrastructure development, we could concede to what she has thrusted. however, he was determined to develop Hambantoda, and other places had seen superficial developments.

    How can you ignore this South-centric development? You should have talked to people in other parts of Sri Lanka before inferring such.

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    “There are many problems with Sri Lankan politics. Here’s another: it’s Colombo centric. Mahinda Rajapaksa was – for all the flaws I fail to mention – a refreshing exception. Investing in parts of the Island that for years; since independence, had been overlooked.”

    “Instead we’re now building a Hyatt, Altair, Shangri LA and a Lotus Tower; redefining the Colombo skyline to cater to the country and the world’s elite. With little consideration of whether the investment in the infrastructure will be of any value to the countless rural souls that Sirisena supposes to represent. A man of Polonnaruwa roots, nonetheless”.

    Natalie when did you mooncraft land? Yoo who love the rural life seem to have abandoned what you love and taken refuge in some Western clime I presume(going by your own admission when I landed in the island in 2013)has the audacity to talk of “gamey life”

    The above first para you say MR was a rare exception and in the second para you accuse President Sirisena of building a Hyatt,Altair,Shangrilq and a Lotus Tower thereby exposing your complete ignorance of happenings in the land of your birth whom you seem to have abandoned. Are you aware that Hyatt,Alitair,Shangrila and Lotus Tower was started by the Rajapakse regime and was proceeding on till its fall and it was burdened to the Sirisena regime to complete the half done job.If the Sirisena regime was to abandon these projects which have all been already signed and in the process as you wish on your presumption, it would have been disastrous and millions of foreign exchange would have to be paid to these foreign companies (like the Port City project)as damages.

    Natalie before you put pen to paper get your facts straight or you will be classified as a jackass or sorry a Jennyass displaying your stupidity in this the land of your ancestors and mine

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    Good point

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    Natale,

    Sorry to disagree. The whole idea of developing the South was to enhance the Rajapaksa clan’s standing in their immediate community. So much money wasted on a small population. No matter what you say Mattala airport stuck in the middle of a forest is a white elephant. Hambantota port is yet to prove itself even as a miniature hub of activity. Besides, all these projects helped the Rajapaksa clan to enrich themselves enormously. If only they helped the rural folk instead of helping themselves, we would have seen real progress.

    Please remove your glossy pink contact lenses and you will see the Rajapaksas in their raw tribal regalia where corruption was rampant, where nepotism was even more rampant, where white vans made people disappear, where journalists who were critical were gunned down or made to disappear, where love struck young men who competed for the favour of a lass were brutally murdered and the list goes on.

    Being a western privileged urbanite means nothing, you are still a child of a very retrograde culture that I have seen and experienced personally, that living for long years in a western society, makes only the most basic of cosmetic change. But underneath that western gloss lurks that very dominant and strong ‘wakutuweyang’ culture with its inherent weakness of gulping misinformation wholesale.

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      Spot on near perfect judgement.

      This is same as the woman canadian minister teaming up with UNDP recently and funding cattle farming in the occupied areas of the north. Obesity is high at Canada so they unload their useless ideas. While all over the west folk are turning to Soya milk for the cup of tea. Environmentally friendly less Co2 imprint than cows. They think we don’t know John Mackey with a salary of $1 only or eat at Whole Foods nor that we have read Conscious Capitalism, by John & Raj.

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    I think some really important points have been made here. Some which make me feel that I should readdress some of the statements I have made.

    Someone suggested that Mahinda Rajapakse is behind a lot of the funding of building the Colombo skyline, which is true. But I guess what I should have suggested is that it’s interesting that the current government is hyper-critical of developments made in the Southern parts, rather than accounting for the unnecessary developments happening in Colombo.

    Ultimately, who ever is in power – maybe I’m just suggesting that trying to cater to a upper-middle class clientele doesn’t put money where it should be going, which is in the development of the country so that under-privileged individuals have more access.

    I guess I’m not really upset at any political figure as much as I question the value of investing in certain infrastructure. For example 5 star hotels versus airports and harbours.

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      Natale,

      At least you had the courage unlike the brigadier’s daughter in the usa to post a comment- cheers.

      “I question the value of investing in certain infrastructure. For example 5 star hotels versus airports and harbours. “

      All 5 star worldwide;Starting with oberoi colombo 3 to hilton, colombo fort etc they were fully funded by the hotel chain group(they are bigger than governments money wise)- government did not pay anything.due new Shangri La at old army barracks too on 99 year lease.
      Naturally Airports and Harbours are funded by governments because of national security.

      “Ultimately, who ever is in power – maybe I’m just suggesting that trying to cater to a upper-middle class clientele doesn’t put money where it should be going, which is in the development of the country so that under-privileged individuals have more access”

      This sic you would end up like old labour Commie Ken the Mayor- people refused to buy the homes because intermixing of haves and have nots- crime, drugs prostitution (if you read any detective novel you read it- mafia art) Funders refused to build.
      In came Boris and funders came in drones – no mix and match. I am sure you would not live next to crime den. so he built . now the new labour Pakistani mayor has plans and even the staunchest say ken could not he would not- nothing racist like lankan politics- it’s the quality of life we care most so 50% don’t vote at all. Please don’t go on haves and have nots path unless you want to be a swindler. i wouldn’t because I like a peaceful sleep.

      Literacy is not a criteria because if it was otherwise then you won’t have insurrection from 1968 JVP onwards and 3 million women housemaid serving the ME slave market at a pittance of $200 per month. The land i was born lives on the toil of its women and it makes me cry- tea, garments.The rulers copy all the disgusting things of the west as if it is what we in the west wanted and says life is like that.
      Begging bowl of the old rouge Buddha on purpose started the landslide and floods – tsunami horas.
      80% villagers in an agricultural economy with debt of 72% GDP
      Only when you have money in your pocket the world spins for you at will.
      Look at USA and

      Canada Density- 4 persons per sq Km, Urban population of 81.9%, Area: 9,071,595 Sq km

      Sri lanka: density- 332 persons per sq Km, Urban population of 19.3%, Area: 62,702 Sq km

      Skyline:
      When I went up the Tower at Montreal (july summer) reached the top I felt sick of the grey sky I see on a foggy London day (like an original Turner monochromatic painting) and the boats below were obscured so I descended quite quickly and went away window shopping because there was no human scale but nothing like the niagara falls and the play of water spray in early morning sun. There are several other waterfalls too and have trekked. Montreal is charming – cobble stones the the bistros etc..

      The human scale- When I went up Eiffel Tower July summer I felt I was in heaven romancing with nature’s gift- it is truly a wonder of this world. I spent an hour and then the lawns – could not help crying in happiness- tear and a smile like a Gibran.

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      Natale I am happy that you realised that the brickbats you threw at the Sirisena/Ranil Govt should have been flung at the Rajapakse regime for the development of Colombo. Admission of guilt is a good trait you possess.
      In fairness to the Rajapakse regime they did a good job where Colombo was concerned especially Gothabaya he really transformed Colombo into somewhat a dream city. Even at a price it was a commendable venture which even the critics admit.Developing the capital city is a wise m move as a priority because its the gateway to our island.
      As for some developments in the South there is a big question mark whether those projects were feasible? Only time will tell

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        colin
        Dogs smell the truth.
        Dignified humans feel the truth
        Patriots think the truth- 90% at any nation.

        from 1948 to date yet going strong.
        Voodoo magic like in the days of gladiators – kill kill kill.
        Your freedom fighters hid in a woman’s saree at Madras ahnd did not fire a shot at the British Raj madras Presidency for Freedom it fell on your lap WW2 Harry Truman.

        Unuth Ekai, Munuth Ekai

        But this is all the inevitable result of a big government capable of enriching those who run it – those who seek office will look to use that power. And we’ll keep electing the most corrupt people to high office in the mistaken impression that it takes a corrupt person to dismantle a corrupt system.

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    I am pleasantly surprised with the comments made by young Natale. She seems to grasp the nature of the current elitist & urbanite regime with a decoy at the head of the table. She also seems to grasp the significance of Rajapakse led economic expansion into the hinterland.

    Unfortunately though, Natale seems to be not a representative from Colombo. She seems to be a person living overseas. It perhaps explains why Natale is an exception to Colombo centric yakkos who have very little understanding of the hopes and perceptions of the large rural based population.

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