23 October, 2017

Thus Spake Gurulugomi About The Circles Of Power

By Shyamon Jayasinghe –

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Gurulugomi, the renowned prophet of the island of Bakamoona, lies in the home of his adopted land, Australia, having returned from a visit to his island of birth and upbringing. He had visited Bakamoona after twenty two years of voluntary exile in Melbourne. He had left the island because he had earned the wrath of its then rulers for his candid opinions, which he had the habit of expressing regardless.

Fellow countrymen who met in the Community Centre at Glen Waverley gathered around him. They said: “Speak to us and give us your views of our dear motherland. Are our people happy and free”?

Gurulugomi: “Things are far worse, my countrymen-my brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. When I earlier left the shores of my country I thought things cannot be any worse. But see how even worse can be worser. I was invited to a public meeting at the Town Hall and they asked me to speak. I gave my views of the horrible conditions prevailing in the island-of the bribery, corruption, drug dealings, and of Parliamentary and Pradeshiya Sabha bullies and of the total unconcern of rulers to the peoples’ needs. The following day a white van kept following me as if waiting for a suitable moment to take me. I knew the game is up and packed my belongings after a brief stay of just three weeks and here I am with you people enjoying free air and a voice to say anything-even against Abbott.”

“They say we have a High King there. Tell us about that,” urged the gathering.

Gurulugomi: “ Twenty years ago rulers were changed  by Bakamoona citizens like changing pillows in the bed. That happened in regularity. But now we have King Senerath, the supreme ruler, in whom the sovereignty of the people rests firmly and unshakably.”

“But sovereignty should be with the people.”

Gurulugomi: “Not correct. Sovereignty can be left as a fixed deposit with the King. He will give it back if he decides. The King manages to keep his regime from free- fall in a peculiar way in a peculiar way namely, by establishing concentric circles of power. Around him the first circle is formed by the brothers and sons. This is the hard core. They are above the law, like the High King himself. The son, for instance can have night races at anytime and anywhere- even near the Dalada Maligawa. The Mahanayakes protested but the son is above these Sangayas. Next, comes the Ministers who are incompetent but loyal. They are kept by franchising corruption. In other words,  by allowing them to ‘make something.’ ‘So these Ministers cannot afford to leave the ranks. Next, are the MPs most of whom are also Ministers enjoying perks like car permits, and commissions and the power to abuse. The latter, in turn, can sub-franchise their power to relatives and bosom pals. They all get a regular income from the spoils. And then down to the grassroots levels  the High King has the circle of  Pradeshiya Sabha reps who are permitted freedom to harass anyone or rape women. These low-downers also get income from supplies for government projects-sand, gravel, cement, tar and so on. Thus, it is in the interest of the circles  of power to keep the government going. To back these circles in whatever they do there are journalists who write twisting and turning and spinning themselves like circus girls or table- top dancers. The High King gave all of them laptops.”

“But what about the monks? Can’t they advise the King as monks did in the past”?

Gurulugomi: “Don’t talk about them. They do nothing except to have Dane in parliament at 11 am and then go about in luxury cars. Some even sell their extra car permits to Mudalalies. In Parliament they are like Bakamoonas themselves. Now, some of them are helping to stir a new racism that is-anti-Muslim   feelingjust to help the High King to get Sinhala Buddhist votes all onto his side. The old enemy-LTTE-is over; at least government thinks so. A new enemy must be found. You see, every ruling elite requires a public enemy”

“How is the life of the people”?

Gurulugomi: “ People are surrounded by the  circles of power and trapped by them. The poor are fearing if they do not follow the line their Samurdi allowances will go. Samurdi is under the control of the first circle of power- more specifically by one of the brothers, Lisab Appuhamy. No support, no Samurdi. Roads are being built all over even in unnecessary places but roads don’t feed peoples’ hunger. The problem is that the roads bring in the money and when they get washed away  like right now after the rains more cash flow comes in. Feeding people won’t bring money. The circles of power are keeping the government floating. Earlier, we had a small King-type boss called Arrprem. He did not have circles  and he prevented Ministers form making bad money and so some Ministers organized the Dosabiyoga. But now all is quiet as the circles are spinning round and round like in a merry-go-round.”

“But this can bring chaos, abuse of power and corruption. What about law and order and justice?”

Gurulugomi: “Justice?  Justice system is a joke there. High King removes any head of Justice and is able to replace the person even with a criminal. Cops are subjugated by political leaders and one cannot appeal to a cop boss because that guy is also a political catcher kept in position long after retirement-just because he is ever willing, like Barkis. Even for a local dispute Police is compelled to take sides-the side of the political boss.  This means people have to run behind pollies. They cannot walk with their heads high anywhere. That is justice. If a political high up is caught he is convicted and then released. If such a person says he cannot remember that excuse is accepted. There is a TV star who was jailed recently having been convicted of assaulting his mistress’s husband with an iron rod and breaking the husband’s rib. This guy contests elections although he should be in jail. Recently, he spoke at a rally against Western imperialism, shouting aloud along with another broken down artist who had retired from cinema decades ago.”

“These artists must be patriots. Are there many other patriots in our land, Bakamoona”?

Gurulugomi: “ Bakamoona is full of patriots. There is a monk called Gnanassara who is the most patriotic of all. He is going to kill all Muslims. There is Wimal Singho who goes to fast unto death but never dies. There is Dr  Mervenna who has descended from Dutugemunu. And so many others.”

“So is there no hope at all for the people like in the old days when they removed bad rulers”?

By now the sun has dimmed and it was getting dark. Gurulugomi bent down his head and wept.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe –

    “Around him the first circle is formed by the brothers and sons. This is the hard core. They are above the law, like the High King himself. The son, for instance can have night races at anytime and anywhere- even near the Dalada Maligawa. The Mahanayakes protested but the son is above these Sangayas. Next, comes the Ministers who are incompetent but loyal. They are kept by franchising corruption. In other words, by allowing them to ‘make something.’ ‘So these Ministers cannot afford to leave the ranks. Next, are the MPs most of whom are also Ministers enjoying perks like car permits, and commissions and the power to abuse. The latter, in turn, can sub-franchise their power to relatives and bosom pals. They all get a regular income from the spoils. And then down to the grassroots levels the High King has the circle of Pradeshiya Sabha reps who are permitted freedom to harass anyone or rape women. These low-downers also get income from supplies for government projects-sand, gravel, cement, tar and so on. Thus, it is in the interest of the circles of power to keep the government going. To back these circles in whatever they do there are journalists who write twisting and turning and spinning themselves like circus girls or table- top dancers. The High King gave all of them laptops.”

    “But what about the monks? Can’t they advise the King as monks did in the past”?

    Gurulugomi: “Don’t talk about them. They do nothing except to have Dane in parliament at 11 am and then go about in luxury cars. Some even sell their extra car permits to Mudalalies. In Parliament they are like Bakamoonas themselves. Now, some of them are helping to stir a new racism that is-anti-Muslim feelingjust to help the High King to get Sinhala Buddhist votes all onto his side. The old enemy-LTTE-is over; at least government thinks so. A new enemy must be found. You see, every ruling elite requires a public enemy”

    “How is the life of the people”?

    Thank you. Well articulated. If you are in the circle, great.

    Here is a kid who was not in the circle, and her father was murdered by the monks , the sate and their goons. Sinhala Buddhist Racism and Chauvinism.

    Aluthgama attack

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTbhlVxs5xc

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    Fine piece of writing Shyamon Ayya!
    ‘Have ye ever spoken thus? Have ye ever cried thus ? Ah! would that I had heard you crying thus! Lo, I teach you the Superman: he is that lightening, he is that frenzy. ( and he is that Miracle of Asia).” -Thus Spake Zarathusthra.

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    “But see how even worse can be worser. “
    But but worsest was “kanu-kata”‘s time during which the writer Gurulugomi was one of the prominent “raaja-purushayas” and wholesale burning and disappearances of fellow countrymen occurred. Who knows but these raaja-purushaya’s had hands in them..

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    SJ if you know Gurugomi please advice him to spend the next 22 years also in Australia, as Rajaappakasa regime members approximately 387 family around Mahinda may not like this straight dis- information given by him to the poor Victorians.

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    A true story, well told. It is also a story that can be comprehended by the simplest amongst us. The Samurdhi subset is quite true. It is the Damocles’ sword hanging over the poor and wretched.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    When sj quotes from what he plagiarises from western philosophers and writers, our lot here treat them as gospel coming from a messiah because of their admiration of thuppahi colonial culture. Please be aware that sri lanka had a 2,000 + years of culture and civilisation before these fellas came and begun to destroy them beyond recognition by dividing us, setting one group against another and treating sinhala buddhists as third class citizens through overt and covert means.

    “Sri Lanka boasts of a rich literature from the time of the ancient kings. The development of the Sinhala script, just like architecture, painting and sculpture, had a close link to Buddhism”.
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/090913/FunDay/fundaytimes_1.html

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe has quite accurately summarised the current state of affairs of Sri Lanka in a very interesting way. One wonders how the ordinary people could stand this regime for many more years. Without an effective opposition, surely the Rajapaksas are going to govern this country for many more decades. May be what the Rajapaksas want is for all Sri Lankans to get on to boats and go to Australia so that they can live without any undue interference from anybody.

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    The news is that Ranil is gathering mass support in an unexpected way. MR is in a spin. Saw the Gampola meeting report in LankaEnews (Sinhala). Gamopla was a sea of heads for a Ranil meeting.Dayan, what do you say?

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      Prem Vaidyaratne

      “The news is that Ranil is gathering mass support in an unexpected way. MR is in a spin.”

      In the final analysis Ranil should ask himself a very important question that is does the Election Commissioner honestly adhere to law of the land?

      The next question is does Gota support Ranil?

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    WELL SAID Shyamon. Bensen

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    Sovereignty in Lanka lies with the people except that the President must approve the exercise of sovereignty

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    Paul what is this 2500 years of civilization you are talking of? The rogue monk Gnanassara is a symbol of this civilization. Sinhalese people are as foolish as they were in ancient times.What is important is to modernize and not to dwell in the past

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      “Sinhalese people are as foolish as they were in ancient times”.

      Mr Fernando, I do not expect anything else from a portugese descendent.
      Your clan would certainly be better of if this still a colony…

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    Well said Wasala. We Sinhalese are still the modayas we ever were. We deserve this Rajapakse government

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    It has been said long ago that “most of those who deserve Samurdhi do not receive it,and most of those who receive it,do not deserve it”.

    The old Samurdhi Niyamakas decided receipients on political affiliation and not on their financial status.

    Now,their designation is changed, and all of them work during and inbetween elections to keep the MR regime in power.

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    Beside the ex LTTErs and their supporters, there are lots of Bakamoonas who have become Economic refugees.

    They can’t stomach the current development of the ex Motherland which finally is providing some benefits to the great majority of the inhabitants who have been the underdogs since the ancestors of the current custodians of World Human Rights conquered the land.

    This is one of them who has an additional dislike for the Sinhala Budhhists, although his Spiritual Leader from the Holy See is coming over soon to bless the Land and her Bakamoonas..

    Perhaps this one is from the Protestant or Born Again clans who are now working OT to take even the Catholics to the Gods Kingdom on a short cut.

    Will the President call a snap Election after the Holy See bless the Land and celebrate open High Mass in front of the Protestant/ Anglican built GFH ?.

    Will the Ranil Faction be able to retain even the .Catholic vote after the poor in the Catholic Belt get this once in a life time opportunity to see their Spiritual Leader?.

    These are the important issues which the anti Govt lobbyists must focus on rather writing Kindergarten stories.

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    KA Sumane the writer, Shyamon Jayasinghe, is a confirmed atheist and rationalist. How can he be a Christian? Study your facts before you write. What he has said is true. Why don’t you challenge any one point?
    This government does only roads because of the huge commissions. Not a single industry set up. No agricultural projects. Rajapakse is collecting money and selling overseas jobs to poor youth. For Korea they must pay 4 lakhs.

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    Gurulugomi: “ Bakamoona is full of patriots. There is a monk called Gnanassara who is the most patriotic of all. He is going to kill all Muslims. There is Wimal Singho who goes to fast unto death but never dies. There is Dr Mervenna who has descended from Dutugemunu. And so many others.”

    So many others include Charm Puka R , Udagiya Gamma Puppa also

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    Mohan has tried to complete the list of patriots in Rajapakse Sri Lanka but he will not be able to finish the job as the numbers are endless. Gunadasa Amarasekera is seen going about shouting with banners against ‘imperialist NGOs.’ His voice is weak as he is now very aged. Now MR is going to wage war against US and more patriots will join him. These patriots are not concerned about the big drug business going on that will engulf our youth. Duminda the drug lord is put in charge as MP supervising the Defense Ministry!

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    Rajapakse has given up going to the Commonwealth Games opening in UK because he will be hooted out

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