21 July, 2024

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Time For Truth Telling     

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

You have no idea how warmly we can welcome you when all we really want is for you to go away. Your thermometer is quite useless here.― Arundhati Roy, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

In his recent update to Parliament on the nation’s economy, President Wickremesinghe claimed that it is “widely acknowledged” that Sri Lanka has achieved a certain level of economic stability. “We’re diligently strengthening the economy each day, striving tirelessly to improve the lives of our people and fortify the economy. Our actions are guided by a strategic plan, ensuring a systematic and methodical approach.” He was also defiant. “Currently, we must decide whether to continue on our current path, reaping the benefits of our economic trajectory, or risk returning to a state of distress,” he added for good measure.

In an election year presumption that it is perception management isn’t unreasonable. This missive is an exploration of ground reality.   

Manioc, Pumpkin available mostly year-round, Jackfruit and Breadfruit inconveniently seasonal makeup the staple food of more than half of the population. Thanks to the availability of these substitutes, our people have learnt to mock deprivation and tease with lingering hunger.

Courtesy Sunday Times

Such nature’s bounty has helped most people to retain their capacity for robust reasoning which has made AKD the heroic truth teller to the people while unsettling the placidity of the establishment elite who see him as an undefinable ogre.

Contrary to claims of ‘technocrats’ claiming robust progress, there is real, visible, touchable, and detectable misery in the heartland.     

According to the latest WFP country report 17% of the population is facing moderate acute food insecurity. 31% of children aged under 5 are malnourished. 20% of children aged under 5 suffer from wasting.

People are compelled to skip meals, beg, or borrow food, or simply learn to live in the gutter, staring at stars.

An eloquent observation buttressed with statistics in a Special report by the FAO and the World Food Program dated 25th May 2023 demonstrates the vacuity of this ‘systematic and methodical approach making robust progress’.

“The percentage of households adopting livelihood-based coping strategies to access food have increased significantly, from 48 percent in May 2022 to 62 percent in March 2023, making households highly vulnerable to any future shocks.”

“Food-based coping strategies were adopted by 56 percent of households, 5 percentage points less than in May 2022, but still 36 percent of households are reducing meal portion sizes and 19 percent are skipping meals.”

The level of economic stability claimed by the Presidential update is best assessed by the findings in the latest FAO report.

How stable are our Paddy Farmers?

“Although all paddy farmers have been affected by the economic crisis, the most severe impact has been for smallholder farmers cultivating between 0.25 and 2 hectares. They have consistently

reported to the mission that the viability of their marketoriented paddy production is at risk, and, with increased production costs, they would rather orient their production toward self-consumption.”

How strategic is our Agriculture Policy? 

“The Ministry of Finance clearly indicated to the mission its intention to move out of fertilizer subsidies.

Past years’ experiences show that sudden policy changes could results in further declines of paddy production and negative impacts on household food security. Therefore, if the government intends to cease the fertilizer subsidy system, the mission recommends implementing it over a transition period of at least three years (2023–2026).“

How stable is our ‘Chicken and Egg’ production? 

“The mission anticipates that poultry population in 2023 will decline substantially compared to the already reduced level in 2022. The main factor for the decrease is the high cost of feed that accounts for about 65 to 75 percent of the production costs of layers and broilers.

Approximately 75 percent of chicken feed is imported. Another factor is the challenges to import parents (for layers) and grandparents (for broilers) birds for hatcheries. As a result, six of the 12 hatcheries have ceased their operation in 2022 and were still closed when the mission visited the country.”

“District authorities reported that a multitude of medium size poultry farms have also ceased their operation. Large commercial poultry farms have a better performance as they integrate vertically the production of feed and day-old chicks. Following the trend of the poultry population, production of eggs in 2023 is also expected to decrease significantly, compared with the 2022 well belowaverage level.”

How stable are our fisher folk?

“High energy/fuel prices to run fishing boats and to produce ice, together with increased costs of labour and equipment, such as packages, containers, and fishing gears, severely curtailed the ability of fishing communities to achieve profitable catch quantities. “

“In the costal fishery, many fishermen have opted to use old non-mechanized boats to reduce operation costs for fishing activities. Considering these factors, the mission anticipates that offshore and coastal fish production will remain below the five-year average in 2023.“

How stable is the future of our children?

31% of our children under age five are malnourished. What will become of them in 2048? Has President Wickremesinghe considered that simple question?

He is a voracious reader. I recommend he read former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajans latest book coauthored with economist Rohit Lamba – Breaking the Mould Reimagining India’s Economic Future.

Speaking at a symposium at the Indian School of Business on his new book he  asked how India can become a developed country in 2047 when malnutrition is prevalent.

“We are fixated with becoming a developed, rich country by 2047. I use this as an example to say, you must be joking about becoming a developed rich country by 2047 with 35 per cent malnutrition today”.

The two authors Raghuram Rajan and Rohit Lamba explain “We don’t spend a lot of time in the book on whether it should be private ownership or public ownership.”

“We think that’s a tired game. Go with the ownership that works best and works best under different circumstances. A lot of the time it’s about getting the incentives right.“

Of the three current contenders for the ‘Presidency” Ranil Wickremesinghe born to privilege, wealth, and ready access to portals of power would have read about malnutrition and regard it as just another statistic.

Sajith Premadasa who claims to follow the footsteps of his father   may have heard his father speaking about hunger and undernourishment among rural and urban poor.

Only Anura Kumara Dissanayake would have had to skip meals as a child and learnt firsthand the ‘know-how’ of surviving hunger and deprivation.

Malnutrition and undernourishment stunt the brain and affect the body. It is not an issue to be resolved in 2048. Nutrition is intergenerational. A malnourished mother will give birth to a malnourished child. The problem of hunger and nutrition awaits structural reform.    

The President’s economic update in parliament was patently a pre-election excursion into perception management.

At the risk of sounding sermonic I end this missive with the concluding paragraph in the introduction by the two brilliantly incisive and diligently humanistic economists Raghuram Rajan and Rohit Lamba to their latest book.

They see India’s future shaped by an “Irreverent, diverse, and argumentative society, at harmony with its energetic chaos, one from which creative ideas emerge that will change the world.

Instead of seeing our journey so far as an aberration and our democracy as a weakness, we should find our strengths in them and chart a path going forward that draws on the capabilities of all ….”    

Rhetoric is just words. Reality is about facts. This is the hour of the heroic truth teller.

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    Only the rich pay attention to politics. Ordinary folks earn barely enough to feed their children. The politicians keep people hungry so that votes can be bought.

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      Good to know that you are rich.

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        Three toes,
        am I wrong to assume that N pays attention to politics?

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      Money from the ticket sales at the Big Match should have gone to the hungry. RC and STC could have set an example for other schools to follow. Ranil missed an opportunity here. But what the hell, as long as you have a full stomach and a beer in your hand machan, who care about the hungry?

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        The air fare of some of the old boys who came to attend would have made a tidier sum than the tickets.

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    “Rhetoric is just words. Reality is about facts.”
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    True.
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    But are there any quick fixes to problems like increased poverty, malnutrion and the resulting effects and other food security related problems?
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    Even if any other leader comes to power these problems would take time to be resolved.
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    What is obvious is the complete disregard to these crucial issues by President Wickremasinghe and his cohort of supporters within and outside the government and across party lines, that includes lack of any long term plans to uplift the livelihoods and economic conditions of the people affected by these issues to reduce atleast some of the multigenerational impacts of the same.
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    Despite the popular belief and the notion promoted by many that claim Gotabhaya’s policies and practices to be the main culprit of the crisis, core problem/s run much deeper and systemic in nature, of which President Wickremasinghe has been very much a part of… Is he therefore the leader the country yearns at the moment is also doubtful.

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    The people guilty of economic crimes against humanity must face the full force of the law when an administration led by the NPP comes to power. These heinous crimes are punishable according to international law and would probably be present in the statutes of Sri Lanka as well. All the parties, their lackeys and acolytes who shared power over the last few daces must be charged and summarily punished without recourse to years’ long court battles. The supreme court’s indictment of the poxes and their acolytes, together with their present-day proxies will be the main culprits.

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      Yups! First things first!

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        I heard that the NPP will pass laws to make anyone owning more than x perches of land grow fruit trees or vegetables. Its not a bad idea but is it true?

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          P
          Let us be careful here.
          Unless the NPP declares such intention, such speculation has dishonest purpose.
          The NPP cannot go very far with such land reform even if it wants to.
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          People with bare land have been under pressure to cultivate or risk seizure for some years I think. I know of people who strategically planted a few coconut seedlings and banana saplings to avoid such problems.
          Someone could advise us on the legal position in this.

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          Dear Paul,
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          Quite careless common-sense makes me feel that it will not be possible for you to understand what AKD told his audience on (of women!) in Homagama on Sunday, 10/03/2024.
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkyJCMFRVjU&t=512s
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          That’s almost 200 minutes, and AKD speaks for almost 62 minutes at the end. Part of the tragedy could well be that what AKD sincerely says is not understood by many.
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          I persuaded my wife and my daughter to go for it from Maharagama. They went, and their interest was kindled, but they left before AKD began to speak. I’ve sent them this link, and suggested that they listen to it all.
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          So we all have practical problems when trying to think. Some lack the language skills, others under-estimate the importance of the issues and don’t find the time to listen.
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          So here I am in Bandarawela, NOT growing fruit trees, but hoping that it will “get done”.
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          More to come from “impossible” me!
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          Panini Edirisinhe, 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela.

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          Continuing, dear Paul.
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          AKD is making it clear
          that we will have to work very hard to put the country right, but he specifically says that it will not be by dictatorial fiat. He promises honesty and planning by the State that he hopes to run, but knows that passing laws often prevents production.
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          He uses the same example as Harshana Nanayakkara used here, in English:
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-hKjlng-88
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          The example given by both is that threatening to take away an extra house is going to prevent the capable guy from working, and is going to make the lazy guy to not work at all, since a hand-out is on its way.
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          Another major point made by AKD in Homagama last Sunday, is that urgent action is needed to ensure the proper nutrition of children, using exactly the same data as Sarath uses here.
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          Two great minds thinking the same thoughts. Yes, why not make a start here: acknowledge that both these guys can think!

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            “it will not be by dictatorial fiat.”

            We talk about benevolent dictator and tyrant dictator. Law always has an element of harassment, because law must be obeyed, and it will be enforced. So the inverse of “it will not be by dictatorial fiat.” the benevolent fiat is not true or reality. A law to cultivate all arable land is certainly time dependent. At the condition of the Langkang food supply, a fair law maker will think of it. The laws passed to the benefits of citizens, which are not intended for maintain law order, must add a provision to compensate the harassment, a kind of freebees. You know how the international government devised tactics to persuade people to have vaccinated – A kind of carrot and cane. These are accompanied by education. In Geetha’s manner, it is the “Duty of the Citizen”. Education will contain examples, the oldest president living alive is Jimmy Carter, a peanut cultivator. Langkang Ministers depots in foreign Banks, decorate the pets dicks with multi sovereign gold bangles and then employs washers, hangmen, hits men, coolies, they make the citizens corrupted, lazy, criminals, lethargy…..

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            If you legislate anything it will end up dictatorial. In such cases the brave Heroes of Lankan will bribe the ministers and get out of it. Only the weak will be caught into that. A sick man holding a piece of land to give his daughter as dowry and get her marries before his death will lose it. But the ones who wash the minister will be able to buy more and add to the existing stock. When the benefits are more than the pain, then one goes for it.
            You cannot legislate these matters like the provisions of 19A, where so many tricky secrets are inserted to benefit a certain class but a complete disappointment for others. But it changed Langkang democracy in to a clonish road show. Once the international community praised it had achieved the purpose of regime change of 2015. It should have service provisions sharply projecting towards the goal. It is not the Tyran Alles Kuyukthi or Kusthi. Those who cannot use temporarily can be made to lease it through semi – government, NBO, Co-ops…. They don’t lose the land, instead get some new income.

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    “How stable is our ‘Chicken and Egg’ production? “
    True, as the author says, chicken feed is both expensive and imported. But the tax on the most expensive components is around 35%:
    https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ch-23.pdf
    Which begs the question, why is chicken selling for around LKR 1200 when it is around 400 in our neighbourhood? . I don’t think the farmers are ripping off the customers, but clearly there is an element of inefficiency in production techniques.
    The same applies to paddy production. Land reform broke up a lot of landholdings that could have done well with new and efficient techniques. For example, integrating bananas, Poultry and cattle in the same farm . The Pussella group already does it, but they don’t have thousands of acres to play with.

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    Why did we ever kill the only saviour we were blessed with: Velupillai Prabakaran?


    Is Mahinda a saviour? Is Ranil a saviour? Is CBK a saviour? Is Gota a saviour? Is Sirisena a saviour? Was JR a saviour? Was Premadasa a saviour? ………. Was Wijeweera a saviour?

    All they had going for them was ……. they were Sinhalese ……. 80% could accept ……. only because they were Sinhalese.

    Too bad, a messiah comes only once. …….. Now suffer. ….. with the only consolation ……. that only thing going for ye is ……. ye torturers are fellow Sinhalese.

    If ye end up in hell ……… will ye be happy if the devil is a Sinhalese?

    There is this crazy zany masochism …….. where people want to be tortured by their own kind: no one else.

    Native, where did ye put the Cat o’ nine tails? ………. Don’t keep Ranil waiting.

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      Prosperity and splendor, promised by Kapputas, Viyathgama . . . . . . . . . .

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    India may be an argumentative society from which ideas emerge. Sri Lanka is a society mired in the Mahavamsa mud-hole from which it would be difficult to greep out. Knox long ago said that the native lies under the jak tree waiting for the ripe fruit to fall without trying to pluck it from the tree. Is there an innate sense of a lax life in us that we are satisfied with manioc and pumpkin and the few dollars sent from abroad by the women sent to work in rather menial types of employment abroad. Is AKD to be chosen because he knows what it is to be hungry without telling us what his plans for the country are. The choice is not great. Cicero once had to choose between the Republic and rule by the imperial Caesars. Now the choice offered in this incarnation is to choose between which leader went hungry. The choice must be between men or women and their plans. Ranil has to be ruled out because of his past deeds. There must be an informed choice made between Sajith and Anura, discarding others, based on their economic and other plans.

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      “Knox long ago said that the native lies under the jak tree waiting for the ripe fruit to fall without trying to pluck it from the tree. “
      We have come a long way from there.
      Such stereotype images have been built of other communities too. But ceased to be valid before long.
      Such laziness has context.
      When one is happy with his lot, why should one bother to change anything?
      Change is most often a child of necessity.

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        Correction
        Change is most often a child of necessity– or utter boredom

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    The reality is that the middle class are fleeing India in droves, while a BJP government spearheaded by an RSS zealot named Modi celebrates temple-building. For those who unaware, the Gujarat riots were much worse than Black July; take a guess who the Chief Minister was.

    The author mentions malnutrition – a fair point. But he does not mention obesity. Sri Lanka is a rather unique case, in which obesity and malnutrition are both highly prevalent.

    “Sri Lanka is a low-middle-income country that suffers from the double burden of under- and over-nutrition. A high prevalence of under nutrition has been observed among Sri Lankan children (Galgamuwa et al., 2017), hospitalized patients (Pathirana et al., 2014) and institutionalized elderly (Rathnayake et al., 2015). Alternatively, obesity related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (Katulanda et al., 2008), metabolic syndrome (Katulanda et al., 2012) and hypertension (Katulanda et al., 2014) have also reached epidemic proportions among Sri Lankans. Excess adiposity; particularly abdominal adiposity which is a unique feature among Sri Lankans, has resulted in high waist circumferences attributing to 94% of dysglycaemia in Sri Lankan women (Waidyatilaka et al., 2013).”

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      “…the Gujarat riots were much worse than Black July; …”
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      That’s what I thought too… but our Pundits here seem to think they are neglible events…
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      “….Modi celebrates temple-building…”
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      Did you see the recent underwater stunt he did?
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      Paying homage to some Hindu (I believe) artefact that is completely submerged in water, by diving down wearing a full diver’s suit, along with couple of other flankers, probabbly from the Navy, that were helping him – All the while the whole drama being video recorded – underwater!
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      I couldn’t help laughing! Luckily for me I am not much in to rolling on floors!

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        When billions are suffering in India without food clothing and shelter Modi provided a home for the Statue of Rama without his asking. This money could have been spent on the suffering lot for homes and food. Raman has been dragged into politics. Modi went underwater to wash his sins, perhaps.

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          “Raman has been dragged into politics.”
          Did he not fight a war supported by allied forces?

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        Ruchira,

        How does China with its authoritarian regime so grossly outperform India (world’s biggest democracy) in every metric, save perhaps “human rights?”

        “Together, superior human capital and greater gender equality have enabled much higher Chinese total factor productivity growth, the most comprehensive measure of resource-use efficiency. Assuming that the two economies were equally productive in 1953 (roughly when they embarked on their modernisation efforts), China became over 50% more productive by the late 1980s. Today, China’s productivity is nearly double that of India. While 45% of Indian workers are still in the highly unproductive agriculture sector, China has graduated even from simple, labour-intensive manufacturing to emerge, for example, as a dominant force in global car markets, especially in electric vehicles.”

        https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/why-india-unlike-china-wont-be-an-economic-superpower/

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          Lester – Yes. China I believe is far ahead compared to India despite the hype whether India would ever catch upto China remains to be seen. I have not looked at the exact figure but China’s success is an extraordinary tale in itself. While there may be issues with the CCP and it’s methods of governance and economic planning tge fact remain that most Chinese people seem to be satisfied with their government’s performance. Our current policy to rely on India’s growth for economic development may backfire unless we charter a course for own ourselves. But even to suggest something like that would be to show lack of gratitude to India.

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            “China I believe is far ahead”
            Ah, yes! The country that never invaded Sri Lanka, the East Pole of the universe. Or did it?
            And who was so impolite to leave a memorial in Tamil but not Sinhala?

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            Ruchira

            “China I believe is far ahead compared to India despite the hype whether India would ever catch upto China remains to be seen.”

            Of course I too believe China could be far ahead of Hindia.
            However, it appears it is Hindia that is continuously helping the begging Sri Lanka in many ways by providing fuel, loan, free food, medicines, …………….

            China on the other hand never stopped charging interest (9%) on loans that were given to Mahinda clan but payable by the people of this island, refused to consider debt relief for its mango friend, used its debt trap to grab prime land in Hambantota, ……

            “Our current policy to rely on India’s growth for economic development may backfire unless we charter a course for own ourselves.”

            You don’t have to rely on Hindia or China provided if you vote for farsighted, wise, honest, secular, ……. party and leaders. Your racist ideas and practices made this island what it is now.

            “…………….. tge fact remain that most Chinese people seem to be satisfied with their government’s performance.”

            So you know this for a fact by just looking at them…………………
            I wonder why governments/charities/professional organisations spend millions of dollars/pounds/Euros/Rupees on researching opinion of people, instead why don’t they just ask you …..

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      See who’s talking. The guy who meditated his way to become a health expert. Couldn’t even bother reading the title ” time for TRUTH telling”. Not just the author but global health agencies like WHO, WFP, WB and others use child nutrition as a basic heath index along with infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate, immunization, life expectancy at birth, to assess the basic health of a nation ( especially among developing nations ). Prevalence of obesity, diabetes , hypertension ( are of late onset, acquired, and mostly global ) . . . . . no relevance to child malnutrition. When author is signifying head and arm circumference ( development and malnutrition ). Jester is talking about his waist circumference. What he forgot to mention is Lanka with the population of millions has always fared better than India with 1.5 Billion population. In global human development Lanka is placed between 70 to 80 and India beyond 130. The author is concerned about the changing scenarios.

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        Crackpot Chiv,

        Perhaps if you had attended a real medical school (not the fake one in a nation of beggars that costs 10,000 RS a year), you would know that childhood obesity is a huge problem these days, including in Sri Lanka. But we know you probably didn’t even attend medical school, you are likely some supermarket clerk.

        “Childhood obesity is also increasing in Sri Lanka with 14–15% prevalence of overweight and obesity among 8–12-year-old school children within the Colombo Municipal area and the world bank report in 2016 estimates that 2% of the under five-year-old children to be affected [7, 8].19 Jan 2021”

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        As expected bankrupt Lanka rejected the recent WHO study reported on Lancet concerning underweight girls. Based on data collected from 1990 to 2022, Lanka was ranked SECOND globally trailing only behind India, for highest prevalence of dangerously under weight girls ( > 16 % ), aged 5 to 19 years. The Health Ministry earlier rejected the UNICEF study reported on child malnutrition. But, according to our own Health Ministry report , bankrupt Lanka witnessed severe acute malnutrition ( SAM), with the prevalence of 1.4 % in year 2022 and 1.3 % in year 2023. The statistics presented above by the author is again from our own dept of census and statistics. Now, Who is “TELLING THE TRUTH “.

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          Not only the children, but the entire population suffers from obesity. Multiple studies have documented this.

          “Evidence is provided showing a high prevalence of overall and central obesity in adolescent girls in Sri Lanka, and the need for further large-scale surveillance programs and preventive strategies in the population to reduce the incidence of obesity is emphasized.”

          https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Prevalence-of-obesity%2C-overweight-and-central-among-Karuppiah-Markandu/8ad6669de56c6478ec47cfef7b41c66d73d6cdf8

          What does a supermarket clerk in India know about obesity in Sri Lanka?

          Readers can watch any video of “Aragalaya”, it’s very easy to spot the fat people. This obesity is due to a combination of tropical climate and a diet high in cane sugar, salt and fat. The extra carbohydrates from rice (staple food) don’t help either.

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            Jester, still measuring your waist circumference ?? Let me know the right size, to send the adult diapers you desperately wanted. ( will not help with oral incontinence) . Still working hard to show central obesity makes child malnutrition irrelevant. Even a super market clerk in India, like me know, spotting few obese people in Aragalaya videos doesn’t mean “prosperity and splendor”.

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              ” Jester, time for TRUTH telling “

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                Jester, read again. Above facts are provided by your own, Department of census and statistics , Health Ministry, Lankan pediatric association, physicians who treat children and adolescents . . . . . . We know , you cannot comprehend easily , try looking at those pictures to understand what is being discussed.

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            Lester,
            “the entire population suffers from obesity. Multiple studies have documented this.”
            Isn’t that over the top, even for you? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
            Is it from the same guy who said SL is the 2nd happiest country?

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              OC, here are some interesting facts on nutrition 1) can malnutrition in children cause obesity , answer is YES 2) in general there are 4 types of malnutrition A) Marasmus – is deficiencies of all MACRO nutrients where stunting, wasting or underweight is observed B) Kwashiorkar is predominantly PROTEIN deficiency ( protein energy deficiency , now a days, more common due to widening food gap ) where child may be of normal weight or in some cases excess weight due to water retention 3) Marasmic – Kwashiorkar, combination of both, where there is wasting and water retention 4) obesity is, deficiency of individual MICRO nutrients, such has not having easy access to healthy food ( in Lanka ) or unhealthy eating habits (in the West ). So in short, lacking nutrition or protein or micro nutrients are all termed as malnutrition. This may be a reason, people go to medical school to gain knowledge. The study provided by Jester is similar to what we heard before , correlation between Dosa and Glycemic index.

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      “The reality is that the middle class are fleeing India in droves”
      Really?

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        SJ,
        “fleeing India in droves”
        One believes what one wants to believe…..

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    What a pathetic state of mind— to be consoled by the thought that there are racist bigots who are worse than our lot!

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      Is that the extent of your education, to call other people racist like a blind parrot. And then the other guy with his beggar background thinks he’s clever because he can change a letter in someone’s name to something useless. Is this the great “Jaffna brain” extolled by GG in 1937? By the way, take a look at the author. You claimed in the other thread the Burghers ran away. What now, more racism or facts?

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        Jester, now tell me what ECFMG and FLEX means ??? First you learn to give respect to get in return. As I said before call me anything you want I do not care. But I will not put up with a hypocrite like you. For your own sake read the article before you comment. You keep calling me a beggar without realizing the whole country including you is begging.

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          You keep calling me a beggar without realizing that the whole country including you is bankrupt and begging. Unless you’re not a true Lankan but pretending to be one. Shut up , if not put up. (stop whining )

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            Oh look, the beggar has identified himself. Who wants respect from a bottom feeder like you, go and ask the white lawyers Bruce Fein or Francis Doyle paid to bash SL. Whether they reject your 10 Rs is up to them.

            https://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=79&artid=39963

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              Jester, did you find the meaning for ECFMG and FLEX ????? Didn’t you have all the fun asking me your stupid questions. I just asked you, one. Anyway, who’s Bruce Fein and Francis Doyle ?? Are they threatening to put you behind bars for shopping spree. Feel pity for you. As OC suggested, ask mommy to take that foot out of your mouth and then, you may feel better.

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                Jester, why are you being so hysterical about those white lawyers. Just calm down, Didn’t you say you are a meditating lawyer. As long you don’t jest too much, you’ll be fine , and always remember “Time for truth telling”.

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            Chiv,
            Lester isn’t a beggar in SL. He gets paid $34510 as a Sanitary Analyst in Europe.

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              OC,

              How are the egg prices these days? With Commie Revolution 2.0 on the way, you might be able to purchase directly by slaughtering the farmer and stealing the chickens. Of course if you have salmonella, you can ask Modi to send over crackpot Chiv to “assist.” By that time, the actual doctors will have left SL or been executed Pol Pot style.. Maybe Ranil can re-open the “ward” at Batalanda to treat the “Comrades” as they call themselves. This is surely utopia, with no Rajapakse, quacks from India, and a Five Year economic plan to distribute looted commodities to all the victims of Mahavamsa racism.

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                OC, Jester isn’t a beggar in SL. He gets paid ….. as a sanitary ANAList in Europe. I’m not sure about that, see his above comment. Egg price .. . commie revolution . . . slaughtering farmers . . . salmonella . . . Modi . . . . Pol Pot . . . Ranil . . . re-open ward at Batalanda . . . no Rajapaksas, 5 year economic plan . . . .distribute looted commodities . . . victims of Mahavamsa racism. Can you make any sense out of his work salad. I’m NO doctor, just a super market clerk, but I’m told the term for this is “LOOSENESS of ASSOCIATION” ( original word ENTGLEISEN, meaning derailment in German, LM may know better ) introduced by Bleuler in 1950. In addition peppered with plenty of paranoia and delusions (persecutory, nihilistic, jealous . . . . ) . Do you think he is a Ashkenazim Jew or an Aiyar from Toilet Nadu ??? ( “great thinkers have mental health issues ” – says Jester )

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                  sorry, any sense out of his “word salad”

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    The elections that we anticipate this year is one between the Haves and the Have-nots.
    There are a good many Haves who have a heart and hope the Have-nots have a place under the sun. Sarath de Alwis is an example.
    But, God Forbid, if the Have-nots begin to sympathize with the Haves…….
    Match Over……….

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    Customary Langkang politics from 1948 is opposition-less (unopposed), though two parties alternatively kept capturing the power. Langkang political parties do not oppose each other because the process of changing the custom can backfire on them too. (One can see, though from CBK, all parties came to power kept promising to abolish EP, yet never a protest was conducted by any opposition party against the ruling party for not keeping its promise on that; purposefully they let the opponent’s election promises to die only as campaign rhetoric, but do not exert pressure to change the system, until it now where it has necessitated only a systemic change can fix the situation.) That kind of political custom is worse than the single party communism. That is the reason Langkang under-performed to communist countries in Human rights and Aanduwa’s tyranny. Compare Vietnam’s changes in all aspects of human life with the Wildlife Sanctuary Sinhala Buddhist Democracy of Langkang. So far, the opposition party SJB has not contested the fake numbers Evil Emperor is serving out from the Central Bank. Evil increased Central Bank employees’ salary by that staggering number only as a bribe, so they won’t secretly release any true facts and figures through social media.

    Think about this situation: A man is six feet; don’t know how to swim. The man goes to the sea shore to take bath. It is 4 feet deep.

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    That is the maximum he can survive. One day the water height, due to a tsunami wave, started to rise at 70% every minute for 3 minutes. Water never recedes after those three minutes because of the earthquake, the shore land had sunk to match the water level, permanently. Do you think the man might have come out of the water alive, after the tsunami ceased? He might be about 15- or 16 feet under the water, dead. This is what Evil’s new Inflation counts. This is the gimmick Evil emperor playing with the cost of living of the Langkang masses. If the Inflation has been rising at 70% for three years, it has to recede (decrease at -70% for three years). Evil is saying that everything is back to normal because inflation is now at 6%. Where is the income for the people to pay the past 70% increase and the current 6% increase for their essential goods? This is how the IMF and Evil administration got rid of the lines standing in the queue.
    Last election SJB campaigned with free maxi pads because Yahapalanaya had increased the maxi pads’ price unaffordable for school girls and they cut the classes. Now they don’t wear it. I do not have any honest statistics, but the living standard of the Ceylon masses must have certainly sunk many feet below the shore level by now.

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    Time for Updating lies to ” Digital.”

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    In Tamil they say if you beg “Peacock, Peacock give me feather” it cannot give you one. One needs to understand the circumstances of whether one event can happen or not. One needs to make it happen by overriding the existing issues. So, you have to plug the feather from the peacock, without its approval. The truth may not be delivered without one being charged even the UPS charge.

    Entire Colombo is mushroomed with so many uniting clubs and alliances forming for the purpose of defeating socialist dismantling the UNP-SLFP legacy system. Media quoting the IMF as leading matchmaker on these ceremonial events. Evil invited the opposition to forge an Indo Lanka Pact with the IMF. But I don’t see Chief of Project Peter Brewer in that photo. MP Sumanthiran was there. Sinhala Opposition parties skipping that event is an indication how matured the Sinhala politicians in making pacts and how infantile the TNA MPs in Secret Solution cooking.

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