24 October, 2020

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Three Days After Anarkalli Meme: No Apology, No Regrets And No Deletion From Namal

Three days after the crown prince of Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa dynasty tweeted an offensive picture of his ruling party colleague Anarkali Akarsha on his official Twitter page that elicited widespread condemnation on social media networks, Namal Rajapaksa is yet to issue an apology or even delete the meme.

namal-anar-budNamal Rajapaksa who regularly portrays himself as Mr. Clean, moderate and pious on his social media networks tweeted a meme of himself and a political colleague making crude and sexist remarks about parts of Anarkali’s anatomy in Sinhalese on March 4.

The picture generated a widespread outcry, but MP Rajapaksa completely failed to grasp the magnitude of what he had done, repeatedly later the same day that he was not offended by the meme and that he regularly shares jokes. The matter was exacerbated when young Rajapaksa’s friend Anarkali defended his actions, saying she was not offended by the meme. Anarkali and several Namal Rajapaksa followers then heckled those commenting on the meme as being in poor taste and widely offensive to women many of whom commented themselves, even though the subject of the crude picture herself appeared to be entertained.

In most other places in the world, even neighbouring India, where political dynasties are not unusual, a young politician would be flayed in the media and forced to apologise or resign over the outrageous slight to women, a women’s rights activist told Colombo Telegraph on grounds of anonymity.

“Imagine if Rahul Gandhi did this? Would the Indian media allow it to pass? Wouldn’t there be an outcry?” the activist said.

The fact that Namal Rajapaksa is yet to even remove the offensive tweet, speaks volumes about the impunity he enjoys and the sense of entitlement he has grown accustomed to, another analyst said.

The fact that so many people are willing to laugh this off, the fact that his ‘friend’ Anarkali is not offended speaks to the larger problem in Sri Lankan society. Have we grown so used to political incorrectness and sexism that we no longer instinctively feel the need to respond with appropriate outrage?” the analyst questioned.

Writing into Colombo Telegraph, a reader asked – “if it was his mother the meme was about, perhaps Namal Rajapaksa would laugh it off and let it go. But the question is, would he post it on his Twitter feed? So why is it okay to tweet it about Anarkali? What is it about her that in Namal’s eyes makes her less of a woman than his mother? And why doesn’t this bother her more?”

Immorality, irreverence and irresponsibility disguised as humour. Utterly unacceptable @RajapaksaNamal, the women’s activist group Women and Media Collective tweeted to the President’s son.

Anarkalli tweeted to Groundviews that she was not offended at all and that as friends “we look at memes and laugh it off.”

“You miss the point entirely, it is no less sexist or outrageous because you or he laugh it off” Groundviews retorted.

When Groundviews went on to say that the tragedy of sexism in Sri Lanka was that it was tolerated and celebrated by Anarkali’s handling of the situation, the actress turned politician said “you don’t know him like I know him.”

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namal response to meme

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  • 6
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    Jimmy, Ram, Abhaya, NAK, K A Sumane, nuisance, chuti, Thrish, ………

    Could you tell us whether wearing saree is part of Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist culture for the past 2500 years, perhaps a fashion accessory created by Vijaya and his hoodlums.

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      N V;

      This is Hambaya Thota Malabari Style.
      these shiteaing Pigs family clan are the Descendants of a linage of plundering and robbing ancestors from down south, calling them selves Saviours of Si lanka [Sic].
      That is the uneducated Cheating, selfish Morons.
      nothing inside their heads, who sit on their Brains.
      They are the Family of “URULAEWAAS” who have come to rule us,
      liberate us, and so called caretakers of sri lankan culture and its people.
      Same clan of Shit eating PIGSs,who Do not know or understand about the relationships cultures of upbringings,
      How can these Leaches Stay on cushion BEDS.
      Not careing about Mother, sister, brother, orclose friends do have shameful sexacts and remarks.
      all are on the same shiteaters boat.

      So what we CAN EXPECT FROM THOSE SHIT EATING PIGS.
      This is called ” LOKETA PARKAASE< GEDARATA MARAGAATHE".
      See how the Father Blaring Dharma to The WOrld.

      ANY DECENT Upbringings and example to future generations.??????????

      • 15
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        Prince Namal Raja should be given the portfolio of Timber Development. He seems to have a good eye for it.

        • 9
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          Like father like son, I would say that our moda Namal Raja has a penchant for kimber development!

    • 9
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      Native Vedda

      Where were you the past week? I thought you had gone to Geneva.
      I missed the breaks you give us from the bouts of extreme intellectual workouts we are forced to undergo while engaging with the emittances of “Decent Upbringings” like Julampiti Marayaa.

      Anyway, don’t you realise there isn’t much of a difference between Prince Namal Raja and you. Both of you are looking at the properties of form rather than the embedded human called Anarkali.

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        MUTTY KUCHAN;

        There is nothing to care about yours, your ilk’s Decency or Jarapassa clan’s { Shit eating pigs].
        We have nothing do with prostitutes and whores of Politicians too.
        embedded or not They are reserved for your ilk’s usage.

        But be carefully to play with Russian Roulette,
        It is said still There is no cure for Hiv/ AIDs.

        About 15 years ago, when I was coming from Trincomalee, I saw some Graffiti writings on Railway compartments in Sinhalese Language.

        “AIDS Maaraanthikai”,.

        “Maekuwoth Hirae”.

    • 0
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      Shhh…, don’t remind them of the many things they adopted from Dravidians/Tamils.

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    “Imagine if Rahul Gandhi did this? Would the Indian media allow it to pass? Wouldn’t there be an outcry?” the activist said.”

    rahul and his friends took turns [Edited out] congress party memeber’s daughter,nothing happened did it.Lets not compare ourselves always with that big shithole next to us as a yardstick,but look further afield like to south east asia such as singapore,malaysia,australia,NZ etc.

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    “it was tolerated and celebrated by Anarkali’s handling of the situation, the actress turned politician said “you don’t know him like I know him.””

    I don’t know whom I should feel sorry for! Certainly, I am worried about the Sri Lankan people in the years to come!

    • 9
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      Rohan

      “I don’t know whom I should feel sorry for! Certainly, I am worried about the Sri Lankan people in the years to come!”

      Are you worried that there is a female Rasputin in the making?

  • 5
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    will the police look away if they were kissing in Viharama Devi Park

  • 9
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    WOW; Namal mongel boy has made his hair dyed even if part of his costume is father´s loin cloth but wearing around the neck. This has now become Rajapkshe uniform.

  • 3
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    “matchan” is a Tamil word
    in Sinhala it should be “machnag”

    vaanga matchan vaanga
    neenga valiya paarthu poonga

  • 6
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    The great Sri Lankan Tamasha with Anarkali’s, Pabawathies, Malini’s, Geetha’s, Ginger’s etc. Anyone serious about politics?

  • 4
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    It has to be a sick mind to compare our Prince to Rahul G in an alleged aberration involving a woman who had hijacked a Persian
    name – whether she is aware of this is another matter. It is common
    knowledge the virtuous lass has, from a very young age, been to many places and seen many a thing – breaching even the age factor.

    Punnakku

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    First of all any self respecting women would have demanded an public apology from Namal, this did not happen, which clearly shows the character of Anarkali. It clearly shows she will stomach any comment as long as she can remain a politician. She has sold her self dignity to Rajapakse family.

    Secondly any educated decent person will not make such a comment. Just imagine if some one made such a comment about Namal’s mother! Again this clearly shows Namal has no respect for any female.

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    At personal level this kind of crude joke is not a big issue in SL.However there may be lots of young women following his twitter account.This shows the irresponsibility of his behaviour and also his arrogant attitude . Shame on you Anarkali for not standing for your dignity . What a shameful woman . Our women’s rights groups should show their displeasure to this woman who is trying to portray herself as a saviour to womanhood.

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      Priya

      Don’t you think you are the one who is trying to target Anarkali for humiliation by urging her to take seriously and react to a lighthearted joke by our horny prince? Show me a young man who doesn’t respond in some way to something “delightful/undelightful” (depending on one’s predilection) positioning itself right in front of him at his eye level? At least Namal is human, unlike the programmed robots feigning political correctness in their comments.

    • 8
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      Priya – This woman is not a savior to womanhood. She dropped rape charges against Kudu Duminda for reasons best known to her! Possibly she wanted more of it?

  • 4
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    This is a democracy of the idiots by the idiots for the idiots.

    How can someone blame Namal if you have heard some university students talk to fresh girls in the university. They speak to them like they have no mothers sisters. If the educated lot behave like this, What do you talk about Namal?

    Where is in the education system that teach people the democratic values and Human rights? Try to educate someone in SL about the human rights. They will laugh at you.

    We try to solve every problem by taking out guns and battons.
    Police beat up people, Politicians beat up people.

    The ordinary people in the country has no services to vent their sexual desires. So adults rape children.

    Has it even been an year that his bappa used the filthiest languages in the English to address woman journalist?

    How do you talk about ethics in a country where there is no just legal system?

    Why do not people least believe in karma, sin and merit,
    What goes around, comes around. that is a certainty.

  • 5
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    Kuddu Duminda’s former rat.

    She said “Please cheese me Nam-wal!

    Because she ratted on him.

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    This is the tragedy of a nation when women acquire power in exchange to sexual favours. Look at the list of women in politics. Except a very few, all have ascended in politics by prostituting their bodies or principles. Everyone knows who each of the jokers in this story are. It shouldn’t surprise one that Anarkalli doesn’t mind sexist , crude jokes. To ignore and continue her form of “exchange”is a part of her craft. That is her job. One cannot do her “job” if one minds a comment here or there.She does not understand that she too is a victim. The men and women in politics are all the same , by and large, in Sri Lanka. Its not only women who prostitute themselves. No woman in parliament in power or opposition represent my interests as a women or a citizen. All political parties are guilty of propagating the misrepresentation of the real women and not giving an opportunity for real representation. Soon we will realize that even this episode is tolerable when the ultimate betrayer of all that is sacred wins the election- Hirunika . Atleast Anarkalli did not stoop that low.

    • 4
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      Given the opportunity Anarkali of kuddu duminda fame would have repeated it better than Hirunika (^O^)

    • 3
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      That reminds me, even Mervyn asked for “kuku” from Paba! I wonder whether she complied?

  • 0
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    Do any one think this will take serious by “Anarkelly,”if she took it share has to lose lot,she has no corrector to defend her caractor has taken as a joke her self…she has given out everything form money and power.As long as this kalakaanni pawala run this country has no salvation. Unforthunatly sri Lankan burwo have no guts to fight against this wasalayanta.

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