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Thousand Other Deps

By Grusha Andrews

The epic poet Homer in 8th Century BCE defined the Goddess of Justice Themis as “the organizer of the communal affairs of humans, particularly assemblies”. The facilitation of the assembly of people and their ideological discourse, platforming their aspirations and beliefs on justice were all viewed as the divine responsibilities of Themis, the Goddess of Justice.

Homer communicated to the reader, a sense of divinity associated with justice via the Goddess of Justice. Sir Moses Finley, poetically dissected Homer’s definition of the Goddess of Justice as follows:

“Themis is untranslatable. A gift of the gods and a mark of civilized existence, sometimes it means right custom, proper procedure, social order, and sometimes merely the will of the gods with little of the idea of right”.

Throughout civilization, divinity has been associated with justice. The law has been interpreted as an extension of gospel. The courts of law are considered the shrines of justice. Why so? This is because few other forces on earth has the shattering effect that injustice has on the human soul. What pains man, even more than injustice is the common belief in society that the quest for justice is a futile one. Even more painful is the realization that society was correct all along. But what is it that compels us to seek justice when our dual with injustice bleeds our souls and tears up our eyes in the dark? 

Former Chief Justice Priyasath Dep

I think what still ignites our quest for justice as Sri Lankan citizens is our indomitable belief in our judiciary. Although there are a few stray dogs, there remains beacons of respect for those who are not. It is easy to ride on the common rhetoric of “everything can be bought for money” and “judges are bought just like that!” belittling the system of justice in a simplistic manner. My belief is that the reality is more complex and more hopeful than that.

On Their Way Home!

In a recent controversial expose, attorney-at-law Sugandhika Fernando entered in to social dialogue about the corruption and impunity within the justice system in Sri Lanka. It attracted unprecedented response in the internet and in society. In the course of a few weeks the wave of consternation and her celebrity died down amidst insults and discrediting aimed at Fernando. I do believe that she spoke the truth; that the demons she presented were indeed demons. However, all lawyers and judges are not demons.

In her own words Eva Wanasundara was “called by Mahinda Rajapaksa on her way home to his office where she was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court and this may have been influenced by her association with him in Law College”.  Former Chief Justice Sarath N Silva who abused the power of his office was found engaging in sexual intercourse on his way home near the Diyawanna. In another occasion he apologized to the nation for sending Mahinda Rajapaksa scot free when he should have imprisoned Rajapaksa for his involvement in the Helping Hambantota fraud.

 In The Looter Land

Why are we still looking at the Goddess of Justice, not forsaking our land? Why do we still feel hopeful of this land? If ever we travel abroad on a scholarship for one or two years, all and sundry advise us to never return to this cursed and luckless land at least for the sake of our children. They advise us to consider being even a coolie in another land rather than returning to this land of babies and princes; Chi-Chis and Yo-Yos; Gota mami and Basil mami; Appachchi of Medamulana; Shiranthi Amma of Siriliya; Banana Sujee and Defender Hirunika; I-didn’t- know Ravi and I-can’t remember Duminda; Political son of DS’s horse Vasantha; Bond scam Ranil; Suicide kit Navin; Little Premadasa Sajith; Aren’t you coming SB and Patali-the-scrubber of old racist stains; Deal Dasa and Suwapathi; Chathura who had a Tamasha wedding at tax payers expense at the Temple Trees; Vayima and the multi-passported Wimal; Chillie powder Prasanna and sarong lifting Wedaarachci; Speaker Chair demolishing Sudarshani Fernandopulle. Yes, they advise us to forsake this putrefied country gone to these kinds of politicians. They tell us to go as far away as possible from these shameless, despotic, murderer looters and close our eyes tight and forget this country.

Chief Justice Nalin Perera

Even when we close our eyes tight, hope is ignited in our hearts because it is the same so called hopeless, hapless judiciary that gives us hope. For every Sarath N Silva there is a Priyasath Dep. We have no idea where Dep lives or what Dep did on his way home. But we sure know that he never collected a due or undue privilege and left as lightly as he came, with honor and dignity. A citizen keeping a note on Dep on Facebook wrote “in this putrid society I may never have the integrity of Dep. But he has left giving me hope that my child may aspire to be a Dep”. For every Eva Wanasundara, there is a Nalin Perera. Many crestfallen citizens believed that the successor of Dep, Nalin Perera hot out the oven of his appointment may become partial to the President in his verdict on the dissolution of parliament. They believed that the other judges hearing that case were “Mahinda Men” and that they too would be partial to Rajapaksa. But the three judges, proving that Dep was not a man, but a venerated idea, unanimously delivered justice proving that a thousand Deps can be born. They upheld the venerated constitution.

Laying Our Hearts At The Feet Of The Goddess Of Justice

The Goddess of Justice in Sri Lanka successfully averted the daylight massacre of our democracy by President Maithripala Sirisena. This shameless, anti-democratic move by the President will immortalize him as a despicable in history. The judges hearing the case of this dissolution upheld the constitution and the law, without being biased towards the aspiration of the executive, nor the wishes of Ranil or Mahinda. They upheld the law. Mahinda Rajapaksa is reinstating well-known criminals and Sirisena gave a birthday present to Mahinda by transferring out police inspectors in the caliber of Nishantha Silva out of the CID, sending a strong message to the Supreme Court. If their wish is not granted they have the power to make the country a blood bath through terrorism and intimidation, destabilizing the whole nation. This is their way of pushing the Supreme Court to precipitate a favorable decision for themselves.

The Supreme Court on the 4th of December will meet, not merely to hear the cases pertaining to the dissolution of the Parliament. Not merely to interpret the law. They will meet again to save us from the unspoken messages of state terror sent by Sirisena and Rajapaksa. We shall lay our immaculate hearts at the feet of the Goddess of Justice and look at her unblinkingly, to see if she can hear our heartbeat. As Sir Moses Finley wrote, we do realize that “Themis the Goddess of Justice is untranslatable”. But we also know that our Supreme Court will deliver us justice on the 4th of December, as Sir Finley wrote, as a “gift of the gods and a mark of civilized existence, sometimes it means right custom, proper procedure, social order, and sometimes merely the will of the gods with little of the idea of right”. They will deliver us justice, not to protect, defeat, make or break the dispicables – Ranil, Mahinda or Maithripala. They will deliver us justice so that as that Facebooker wrote “our children may become a Dep”. We have laid our immaculate hearts at the feet of the Goddess of Justice, so that a thousand other Deps are born. 

Honorable Chief Justice, honorable judges of the Supreme Court, Sirs, we are looking to you, for the sake of our children.

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    Thanks, Grusha.
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    The Sinhala version of this appeared a few minutes before the English. That is how it should be, but I hope that you get the Sinhala version published in places where it would be seen more. Let us not kid ourselves – we do not count for very much when it comes to moulding opinion in the country. A Tamil version, too, obviously.
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    I’m glad that you’ve been more generous to Sugandhika Fernando (and by implication to Nagananda Kodituwakku) than hitherto. I think it’s now time I hit the pillow.

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      Gusha, there is a Trump-land led Economic and Cyber war against the people of Sri Lanka NOW ON– to crash the Lankan Rupee, and push the island further into Washington IMF-WB and proxy Japan and ADB- and US Bond operators debt trap, beggar, and then asset strip strategically located Lanka which is sitting on major global trade and under-sea internet cable routes.
      Bondscam Ranil was a US puppet and his economic policies and Vision 2025 were drafted by right wing Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to benefit America First and the Global 1 percent. The Cold war between US and China in the Indian Ocean is at the root cause of the political-economic crisis in Lanka today. Lanka also has oil and gas and other valuable marine resources.
      Can the few good men in the supreme court save Sri Lanka, with US Peace corps and other CIA funded civil society organizations weaponizing ethic and religious identity politics on social media and Facebook to divide, distract the massed? A tall order! They need help!
      The solution is to educate ourselves about the “resource curse” that Lanka has today, and ensue that the political culture and ‘cesspit parliament’ is cleaned up.
      Bondscam Ranil and his buddy Mahinda Jarapassa who he protected in the past 3 years must be held accountable for looting the people of Lanka and destroying democracy.

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        Dear Sir. Thank you for these sentiments and I agree with most of your views. A few good men will start the era of change. I think the people in this country are finally disillusioned about the three main political parties. This change will start with the Supreme Court on the 4th and the 7th of December. It is my prayer for our troubled nation . Thank you. Sincerely, Grusha Andrews

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          There was an attack on the Chinese embassy in Pakistan today. Prime Minister Khan stated that it was a conspiracy against economic and development corporation between Pakistan and China. Khan has been very critical of Trump. There has been a lot of fake news and dubious economic analysis, particularly from NYT, Nikkai Tokyo, Nomura Ratings, Moodys and Reuters about the reasons for the crash of the Lankan rupee.
          There seems to be a cyber war against China for Sri Lanka’s debt trap. However, most of the debt is owned mainly be Washington and Japan related bond holders, and ADB, WB, JICA IMF. China only hold 10.3 percent of Lanka’s external debt. Similar attacks to that in Pakistan, will be forthcoming in the days ahead in Sri Lanka. Minority Report is dead on, that ethnic and religious identities have been weaponized by External parties, just as India weaponized ethnic tensions and set up the LTTE in 1980s to divide, distract and push its agendas. With Facebook, fake news, analysis and cyber warfare is easier. Meanwhile, the Debt trap is being used to attack the Sri Lankan economy and people by those who want to push their strategic security and business interests in the island, and bring back Bondscam Ranil as PM. Buddhism and Islam in particular have been weaponized in post-war lanka, and also the TNA and even JVP seem to be used by external parties at this time..

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            External powers have nothing to do here and we know wo were unruly in the parliament which tells all.

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        Why don’t you stick to being Kalinga, dear Minority report?
        Or have your Jewish keepers at the asylum found you out?

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        Minority Report is pretty much a crap report mostly. SL is strategically important to India & China, & perhaps to the US as convenient port for it’s Eastern fleet but as for exploiting mineral resources & such like is utter crap. MR exploited the situation for his sole benefit & sold the country to China but is back for more & Sirisena wants a piece of the action as well. People like you are living in denial, dreaming of conspiracies against a poor small island by the developed world but I do agree that it’s time the parliament is cleaned up & all those responsible for looting the country are at least held responsible, even if they are not put behind bars.

        It’s time people with integrity & honour came forward & for that to happen, we need them in our justice system first, instead of cronies, bum suckers & ex lovers blatantly displaying their allegiance & interpreting the law to the tune of their lord & masters.

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        Yes they must be made accountable and who may I ask could do that?

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      Of the 3 branches of a democratic government – Executive, Judiciary and legislature, it is the latter – the Parliament of legislators that is most corrupt and in need of reforms.

      Civil society and JVP should therefore press for reform and banning of MPs crossing the floor of Parliament for the highest bidder. and MP who jumps parties should lose his seat, instead of trying to abolish the Presidency which now has reduced power after 19th Amendment and should also press for participation of younger generation and ban those over 67 contesting elections.

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    Case of beating death of Ganesan Nimalaruban – Judge Mohan Peris comes to mind.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ganeshan-nimalaruban-case-de-facto-cj-denies-petitioners-right-to-see-replies-filed-by-ag/

    Subsequently, Mohan Peris denied compensation to the parents saying that he “knew of his personal knowledge that Ganesan Nimalaruban was a terrorist”.

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      Gusha, thanks, good points. But, it seems to me that after many years the 3 branches of democratic government are working as “Checks and Balances” — the executive, legislation and Judiciary are “checking and balancing” each other, albeit in a Banana Republic style. This is a good thing but in Lanka because Parliament is a cesspit of corruption, we have Banana Republic style ‘checks and balances. This still better than no “checks and balances” at all, as was the case in the past 3 decades of war..
      The 19th amendment watered-down the Executive Branch, which never-the-less checked the legislative Branch led by Bondscam Ranil and his partner in crime Mahinda Jarapassa who had turned parliament into a Cesspit of Corruption. Bondscame Ranil after looting the Central Bank with impunity was asset stripping and selling off Lanka’s strategic assets (land, transport and energy infrastructure and resources) to his Washington backers ad related Economic Hit men because there is a COLD WAR against China in the Indian Ocean and Washington wants to own and operate Sri Lanka through their puppet Bondscam Ranil.. Then, the 3rd Banch – the Judiciary weighed in to check the executive.
      But the fact is that Judiciary however great the judges cannot clean up the Cesspit Parliament and corrupt political culture which is the root cause of our misery.

      Civil society needs to campaign for reform of party political culture and the Cesspit Parliament by :
      1. binging in legislation to prevent anyone over the age or 65 contesting elections so that younger cleaner generation of politicians may take over.
      2. Banning crossing floor of house and party jumping .
      3. Push for reform of political parties and bring in a 2 term limit for party leaders is necessary.
      Bondscame Ranil and Mahinda Jarapassa have controlled andcorrupted the UNP and SLFP for too long and destroyed Lanka. BOTH must be banned from party leadership and contesting future elections, and should share a prison cell for looting Lanka?!

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        Hope your plan works

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      The manner former CJ Mohan Peris, how he handled Ganesan Nimalaruban’s Habeas Corpus application filed by his parents was the worst Miscarriage of Justice in the annals of Dispensing Justice in this country. It was a bloody disgrace that how CJ Mohan Peris took up position from the bench that Ganesan Nimalaruban was a Terrorist, therefore does not qualify for the case to be heard and dismissed the application even before it could be supported. CJ Mohan Peris as the sitting Judge on the bench should have allowed the Lawyers to present the case and then decided on the merits and demerits of the case. Here the CJ without allowing the case to be heard, he had a preconceived false notion that Ganesan Nimalaruban was a Terrorist. If he had such prior knowledge, then he should not have sat on the bench in the first place. Besides no where has Ganesan Nimalaruben had been tried and convicted as a Terrorist in any other Court of Law in the country. Then how did CJ Mohan Peris come to the conclusion that Ganesan Nimalaruban was a terrorist? The truth is that he did not want the matter argued in his Court, fearing it would expose the excesses committed by the Higher ups in the establishment of violating Fundamental Rights of people in the custody of his MR govt. The function of CJ Mohan Peris as a Judge in Court should have been to hear the case and not to brand Ganesan Nimalaruban as a Terrorist, thus preventing a fair trial for the grieved parents.
      Of all people, CJ Mohan Peris should have understood the pain of mind of the parents of Ganesan Nimalaruban losing their child, when CJ Mohan Peris himself lost his only child at the age of 17 through an illness not very long ago.

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    For each honourable man there are hundreds of Mohan Peiris ( con patriotic type !) types and thousands of Sarath Silvas( intellectual Frauds-Buddhist in the morning ,by the river side in the night !) They are politicians wearing the judges robe.

    But we miss the most important question.What about the abilities and competences of both the good and the bad ? Going by accepted international standards, our judges and lawyers( and other so called professionals) are very mediocre.They skills are only humble and simple stuff.

    They don’t write judgements which can be read by an outsider or reproduced in a law book outside of this country.

    When it comes to producing, products that our industries produce are very primitive. Very basic stuff. Even in agriculture we are low level producers. Our universities don’t produce intellectually advance stuff.Our service standards are below par.

    So, whether honest or dishonest, both groups are not able to compete internationally.

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      Kola
      Yes. Our’s is a country which is full of entertainment. Politicians succeed in cheating people,religions on credulity of suckers,to opinion makers, spin doctoring is a way of life and we have got used to a way of life to philosophically live in hope to face the final doomsday.

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      Then we need the colonials back to put things right.70 years was wasted by our homebred rascals.

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    Grusha Andrews: the problem is Ranil is a MODAYA but he doe snot know it. some how, he will come back and will be in the parliament (GODs DruthaRashta, Dedimunda, Suniyam and Kalulambili – group from Navagamuwa.).

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    I have some material of a case which should be of interest to Grusha Andrews with reference to this Article. May I please know how I can get it across to him.

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      Dear sir , many thanks. I can be reached through the editor Colombo Telegraph. Thank you. Sincerely. Grusha Andrews

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    Can the Former Chief Justice Priyasath Dep come as a common candidate to contest the Presidential election.
    If he can we all the citizen of this country should approach him and get him to come forward so that we can change Sri Lanka to be a better place for our children and the generations to come.

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      Good Governance: Do not corrupt the scene. Sarath Silva an ex CJshould not take to politics. By his action he had disgraced the judiciary. He has to be independant even after retiring. I cannot understand why no lawyer or any politician stand up to him.He cannot enjoy the privilege of a State pension as an ex Cj and participate in politics. That is why the ExCJ is compensated high.

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    Sarath Silva exonerated MaRa from infamous Tsunami fraud of 800 million Us Dollars after MaRa bribed him with 2 million dollars.

    Willie Gamage was the architect of Helping Hambantota NGO to help MaRa embezzle 800 million dollars from Tsunami funds

    Finally, it was Willie Gamage who handed the cash bag with 2 million dollars to Sarath Silva.

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    Thieves Den. A country like no other.

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    Justice.
    Thanks for the link relating to Ganesan Nimalaruban,and Judge Mohan Pieris.
    Sarath Nanda Silva and Mohan Pieris are two individuals who should have never been appointed to the Supreme Court.
    The former was appointed by CBK on the advice of Prof:GLP.
    The latter was the nominee of MaRa.
    Many years ago, THE MAESTRO OF Hulstdorph HV. Perera KC/QC was invited by the Chief Justice then [Sir Anton Bertram?] to sit on the bench immediately after a brilliant submission in a case that came up on Appeal before the Supreme court. Incidentally, HVP appeared exclusively in the appelate division of the SC.This was during colonial days when the standards at the Bar and Bench were of very high standards.
    HVP politely refused the honour and instead he was made KC/QC. He had refused since there was a legal problem relating to his Marriage.
    Compare that to our onetime CJ; Sarath Silva.He walked away with another mans wife whilst on the BENCH and as such lives in adultery. Compare the standards then and now. Men with no morals whatsoever have adorned our Bench in recent times.
    Retired CJ:Priyasath Dep was indeed a silver lining.

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      Dear Plato,
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      Many thanks; I had overlooked that link given by Justice to the Ganesan Nimalaruban case. It set me off on some lengthy explorations of the web; by the time I returned, I see that “gamini” has has eloquently condemned Mohan Peiris (mind your spelling many others: this animal, together with Sarath Silva, must be prosecuted.):
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohan_Peiris
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      That earlier article, appeared on 22nd May 2013, at a time when I knew almost nothing of Colombo Telegraph. I’m sure that that applied to many of us who didn’t understand how to juggle with proxy servers etc. Thank God some others did. Let us not forget this: there was some good achieved by Yahapalanaya. In those early days, perhaps with the good Ven. Sobhitha Thero supervising. It is that achievement that has now embolded us to turn on the treacherous Maithirpala Sirisena, and has almost succeeded in thwarting his attempts to bring back the tyrant who has blood on his hands.
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      It may be that Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa performed a necessary service for us by ending the life of Velupillai Prabhakaran. That was on 19th May 2009. Nimalaruban was arrested on 05th November 2009. What “national security issues [ were then ] concerned”? It is not soldiers who arrested, nor the prison guards, nor even the prisons commissioner, who should be tried at the Hague for War Crimes. It is the Rajapaksas, and this “de facto Chief Justice” who ought to be dragged off the Hague. It may not be that they ought to be charged with murders committed before the death of Prabhakaran, but after. Nimalaruban died on the 04th of July, 2012. By then there was no “Terrorism”.
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      Or, were there terrorists? The Rajapaksas and Mohan Peiris.
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      I did not know this until today. Dear Ganeshan family, I’m sorry.

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    Dear Garusha Andrews,

    I have some interesting news for your. I wonder how I can get it across to you.

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      Dear sir , many thanks. I can be reached through the editor Colombo Telegraph. Thank you. Sincerely. Grusha Andrews

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        Dear Sir, Thank you. I am not clear how to reach you through Mr. Editor of CT and also maintain privacy.

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          Dear Charles Cooray,
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          If it is CT policy they will publish this address:
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          Uvindu Kurukulasuriya Colombo Telegraph

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          You have to trust somebody at some time. Does “Privacy = Secrecy”?
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          For some reason Grusha Andrews keeps her identity secret. Period
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          One has to take calculated risks all the time. I’m not in an aeroplane; I am in a village some distance from the flight path of commercial aircraft. But I’m sure that there still is a one in a trillion (or something like that) chance that I may be hit by a plane that falls out of the sky. In any case it is certain, they say, that this Earth will some day be hit by a meteorite, and that will be the end of us all – if our species survived that long.
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          My solution: I keep virtually nothing secret. In any case I get warnings form my virus guard that my connection is not safe and that my Internet provider (My3’s brother!) can monitor all that I’m doing, if he so desires..
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          To send your message one thing that you could do is to make a (fake) new e-mail address, for free, from one of the “big three”. But if you send information that way, who will take you seriously?
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          You must have the courage of your convictions. No other way.
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          Waste of time to say more!

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            Dear Sinhala_Man,

            Thank you very much for your surreal advise.

            It is the letter I sent to the Chief Justice which carries individual names. Therefore be inappropriate to go public but has a direct bearing to the gist of her Article. I just wanted to leave it at her feet to her own discretion on how to make use of the information. The point I need to raise refers to the gutter level the Srilankan Judiciary has sunken down to, to the detriment of all Srilankans.

            I find her thoughts and sentiments are gratifying and therefore commendable.

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              It is obviously not Colombo Telegraph policy to reveal the e-mail addresses of other individuals. I had given you the editor’s personal e-mail address, which has been edited out. Many times, however, I have given my regular e-mail address (using which I post those comments where I use my real name.) That address gets published.
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              Actually, when I post as “Sinhala_Man” I use a different address (one which I made for a guy who is computer illiterate, so I was left with it in my hands). Can you follow that at all? Possibly not, and I now begin to regret that I’ve been using two live addresses which generate different gravatars. I’ll post this in my name, and the gravatar will be green.
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              When those who write comments adopt all sorts of ruses because they don’t want to be open, it further complicates matters for those who run the website. And few readers can be bothered working out this bluff and double bluff which we indulge in. I see below that someone calling himself “ebraham seeya” has said that I’m a Tamil, which has been contradicted by “Plato” who knows me, and whose own identity Prof Thiru Kandiah and I thought we could now work out.
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              Owing to my usual habit of not name calling, I have addressed you politely throughout, but there are ambiguities in your comments. Which “Chief Justice” did you write to? Dep or Nalin Perera? One doesn’t ususally write “letters” to people in that position, one files a case. To me it looks as though you’ve had a personal vendetta with Dep.
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              Please forgive me if my surmise is wrong.

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        Dear Sir, Mr. Grusha Andrews. I got the idea how to put my question to you. The scenario is just like the quandary faced by Hon. Mr. Speaker, after having convincingly proved the NCM four times with the backing of 122 members in favour of it but yet the illegitimate Government is not convinced. Similarly, it was proved in court without an iota of doubt with a fat big demarcation line separating gospel facts and naked fiction but yet six of the judges under gratification, accepted the fakes and ignored the real and genuine. Ex-CJ Mr. Dep also happened to be one of them.

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    Thank you Grusha Andrews for acknowledging that Attorney-at-Law Sugandhika Fernando called a spade a spade.
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    Over the past few days we find that the intent of the usurpers is sinister and undemocratic.
    Should we call a spade a spade?
    We may soon find that “Thousand Other Deps” may be insufficient. We may need a million.

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      Yes, K. Pillai and Grusha Andrews,
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      I didn’t think that Sugandhika Fernando presented her case with much finesse. And when Grusha wrote unsympathetically about Nagananda Kodituwakku, it was such things that she stressed.
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      We can’t be crying for the moon if we want a credible challenge to the crook politicians whom we are now saddled with. If I compare our efforts to the Blind Men of Hindustan describing the elephant does it get something of my message across.
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      Every one of us will have to compromise with regard to expectations – but no, not principles.

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    Minority report and Shamil are precise and accurate. It began with JRJ’s Sri lanka will be a Singapore project. Politicians are for their bottom line.

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    Let the Retired Chief Justice who came in, did his job and who went out quietly, be left alone in peace. He tried his best and did what he can. Even in the English judicial history people still talk of judge Jeffreys. So will every country have its own brand of judges who are not admired. In my opinion we are not doing a service or respect to a good man by dragging the names of all other controversial characters along with his. The aim of the society should be how to nurture good judges. They are the select few whom the entire society depends on adjudicate on contentious matters. Even in the old civil service, a new recruit is under study of a veteran for five long years and it is not merely the application to work that is looked into but the very character of the person. Is he a true gentleman to shoulder onerous responsibilities? Alas! Since the setup changed in early 1960’s and it was alright for the recruit to marry his own chief clerk’s wife! We, by changing our value system allowed the rot to set in. We talk of Judges who confess later that they gave wrong and partial judgements in favour of some politicians. But we dismiss the fact that he is a “wife stealer” and a lecher with a façade of preaching Buddhism as personal conduct. Little do people realize that personal conduct is intertwined with official conduct. In Singapore, even Members of Parliament are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct. The result? A sitting Speaker had to leave the position, membership of Parliament and as well s the Party. Not so in Sri Lanka for politicians even in 1948.

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    Garusha, the hard truth is in a democracy, even in a democracy like ours, people have the sovereignty, and they decide, not just a few good men. If you read the 1978 Constitution, the 19th amendment, the Parliamentary proceedings (Hansard) and the Gazettes of the last three and half years you will see that our system is flawed not because the players are incompetent (some are but there are some smart people too), or corrupt (some are but not a majority), but because the players have not understood or do not want to understand the heartbeat of the country, i.e. what makes this island a Nation and what are the wants and the needs and the fears and the nightmares of the people of this Nation. As long as we wave the flag of democracy but forget the hungry, as long as we scream what we want the country to do for us but not what we can do for the country (credit:JFK), as long as we fight not just for our share but part of the other’s share too, as long as we think the good old days were when white man told us what to do, as long as we think we are better because we look west or east instead of looking what is wrong with our selves, all the good men in all boroughs of the kingdom will not be able put this Humpty Dumpty together for the future generations.

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      All very true, wannihami.
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      The only thing that I don’t understand is why some of you have begun misspelling the author’s first name. I thought that everybody of our generation had, at the very least seen Henry Jayasena’s adaptation of Brecht’s “Chalk Circle”.
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      I had written up to that, when my phone rang – and that gives me a chance to say that not all are so selfish. It was a guy whom I had trained as a teacher of English (but he was modest enough to say that I wouldn’t remember him). He had no purpose whatever to ring me except to renew acquaintance. He has not picked up any qualification except what we had given him, but he’d got through an exam and is now the Principal of Bibilegama M.V. (near Passara). They have about 350 students between Grades 6 and 13, with A. Levels only in Arts and Commerce.
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      He had heard that I remain an independent-minded man, and wanted to to know my prognostications for the political future of the land. I told him something, but asked him to e-mail me so I could put him on to the sort of thing that we’re saying here.
      .
      He was surprised (and delighted) that my 5 and 3 year old grandchildren are to return to Sri Lanka in December to start schooling in January. Well, I said, our family can afford to do so, since we already know English.
      .
      Yes, we forget the majority, amidst our grumbles.

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        Oh yeah, Sinhala-man, I stand corrected, that happens when one has a close friend by that name, ah hope the pseudo named author won’t mind

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    Garusha you say “They upheld the venerated constitution.”, please do tell when.

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      wannihami

      “Garusha you say “They upheld the venerated constitution.”, please do tell when.”

      Whenever it suits the crooks, …………………….

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    Sri Lanka had all the traditions until we had a leader called JR.
    He changed the constitution acted as a King. He had the audacity to seek people’s wish NOT to hold elections and continue with the 5/6th majority.
    I wonder where the lawyers were then!
    The educated shun the parliament and it is an embarrassment to Sri Lanka.
    UNP can’t talk about democracy – it is the UNP that destroyed democracy.
    Not people like Dudley Senanayake though!

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      Dear Sunil,
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      I, too have voiced that thought; that Dudley was the one really good leader whom we had, although there were some other curate’s eggs.
      .
      Yes, he was better than his father, who frustrated the able Bandaranaike in to adopting unfortunate strategies to realise his ambitions. Dudley just happened to be more popular than the morosely clever J.R. (Junius Rex, we used to call him). Actually, he had managed to keep the Roman name away from the public until he became the President. Western journalists thought it necessary to have a first name, and began using it.
      .
      Of course, they too, occasionally used initials to identify people. There was the soap opera, Dallas. The protagonist-villain was known as “J.R.” Junius Richard got the programme banned.
      It is funny how Mahendra Percy has so far managed to keep his birth name hidden. You can be sure that his ancestors, too, were Christians, although Don Mathew had turned Buddhist to creep in to the State Council. I don’t want to repeat what I have already said on that score – unless some new reader really wants to know. You might imagine that many are aware of it; but these are kept away from children in their formative years – the same way that very little awareness is given to children that Bandaranaike was assassinated by Somarama Thero and Buddharakkitha Nayake Hamuduruwo, the patrons of whose temple were the distaff side of Ranil Wickremasinghe’s ancestry.
      .
      Yet so much is made of the fact that on the spear side there was the outstandingly godly Anglican Bishop Lakshman Wickremasinghe.

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    It is a shame we lost Priyasad Dep, a magnificient CJ. About Nalin Perer I have doubts after that innocent Accountant was incarcerated for weeks in remand for a neighbourhood dispute

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    I thank God for delivering Grusha to this world

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    Sinhala_Man, you are Tamil aren’t you

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    Tammy God has given a fine pen to the hand of Grusha. Yes we must thank Lord for that.

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    ebraham seeya.

    I could assure you that Sinhala Man is a full blooded Sinhalese just like Dudley Senanayake.

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    Gursha has done a fantastic piece. Thank you Gursha.

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