20 April, 2024

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To Be Realistic, There Are Only Two Options

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

There are only two political options (for want of a better word, though “trepidation” highlights another side of the matter) worth taking seriously – the President Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) led outfit and the National Peoples’ Power (NPP) public face of the JVP. The RW-outfit may manifest itself in many forms such as a UNP-Sajith (SJB) alliance under some tactical leadership plan that may or may not include a Rajapaksa rascally rump. Whatever be their specific expositions, there are only two “camps” that matter up to and including the next election cycle. Let me call them the RW-outfit and the JVP-outfit – the Sinhala “kandauru deka” captures the sense better. All other options (Champika, Sarath Fonseka, small left, and ethnic minority platforms) will have negligible electoral impact if they do not align with one of these big outfits. This is in respect of a presidential election; in parliamentary or provincial polls ethnic minority platforms will, of course, have a substantial impact in the areas of domicile of their communities. 

It is necessary to state these encampment options prior to dealing with programmes and strategies. I will call the broad manner in which each camp presents itself to the people its National Strategy and this includes an ‘ideological orientation’, economic development plans, foreign trade priorities, and relationships with the IMF and ADB/IMRD to escape the stranglehold of debt. Approaches will need to be formulated by each side for state-owned enterprises. Foreign policy, especially in respect of India and the US is absolutely crucial. When I say ‘ideological orientation’ I am referring to democracy, militarisation, curbing Sinhala-Buddhist excesses and the democratisation of state-power. All this is a big canvass and strategists, planners and scholars will contribute to this discourse in the next twelve months. I will only make a simple start here; not in any particular order.   

RW is a capitalist-roader in the sense that he subscribes to the view that “by letting market-forces run their course, to enhance their own gain capitalists, will as though by an invisible hand, promote the public good”. (Adapted from Adam Smith’s ‘Theory of Moral Sentiments”). Faith in the free-market with minimal state intervention is gospel among modern bourgeois ideologues and that RW belongs here is no surprise. Unconstrained by other pressures this is where RW will lead the nation as JR did and Felix tried. However, I refrain from calling RW a neo-liberal (neo-conservative extremist) despite his penchant for using the military to subdue political dissent because he is influenced by liberal intellectuals in this personal and political entourage. The obscenity of outright dictatorship is best practised by Generals (gorillas); vide Chile, Pakistan, Argentina, Burma, and Indonesia and so on and so on.  A military regime in Sri Lanka will not fail to string-up RW alongside the left, the intelligentsia, the liberals and the feckless Fourth Estate. Having said this it is frightening to observe that Netanyahu and his simple majority in Parliament are driving Israel (of all countries) in a neo-fascist direction less than 70 years after the fall of Nazism. I will deal with extremism and global threats to liberal values in my next essay in September – I intend to write less than weakly from now on.   

The other camp, the JVP/NPP; how shall we designate it? It is not Stalinist in the sense that it harks to the discredited Soviet-style all-embracing central plan, it no longer subscribes to any variant of Maoist dementia (Cultural Revolution); it acknowledges that 1971 and 1989-90 were wild excesses unrelated to real world possibilities. This is what the JVP now is not; but what is it? It, itself doesn’t know yet, but the demands of approaching electoral challenges will force the JVP/NPP to define and declare its programme; to define its ideology, to publish an economic programme and to declare what it proposes to do about pesky minorities and pestilential Sinhala-Buddhism. 

Allow me to move to a few economic topics. It’s a no brainer that exports need to be an engine of growth. There is a huge amount of experience in other developing countries (Korea, Mexico and South Africa to quote at random from three continents) and indeed in Sri Lanka in the past before Rajapaksa era sleaze snuffed it out. Both the private sector and government agencies were coordinated in the past and this needs to be revived. It may already be on the move behind the scene, but why behind the scene? Participants, product lines (industrial, fruit, marine products etc.), benefit from agreements between countries and future plans should be made explicit. If we intend to give the invisible hand a leg up (sorry, bad pun) let us make it more visible.  Neither the RW-camp nor the JVP-camp have published or made their proposals explicit.

Moribund state-owned enterprises need an action plan and this is likely to be contentious between the two camps. There are rotting corpses like Sri Lankan Airlines that it is universally agreed must be cremated. Mahinda’s recklessness and Gota’s witlessness have brought it to the crematorium and the point now is quick disposal. But there are other cases which are complicated, the CEB for example. The government, for social and political reasons, offers electricity at heavily subsidised prices to low income households. The burden has to be borne by the CEB which does not receive corresponding compensation on imported fuel costs (coal, furnace oil and diesel). Therefore, on the books it appears that the CEB is a huge loss making enterprise but this impression is incorrect. This ambiguity is true though to a lesser extent in the petroleum corporation and the railways. A distinction has to be made between culling white elephants like Sri Lankan Airlines and other state-owned enterprises for each of which separate plans must be prepared.

A crucial matter for heavily indebted countries like Sri Lanka is debt restructuring. I will summarise a Reuters report datelined June 2023 about a deal to restructure debt owed by Zambia to other governments and private creditors around the world. The biggest slab, $6.3 billion owed to China’s Export-Import Bank, underlines the importance of Beijing’s agreement to support the plan. The agreement calls for Zambia’s debt to be rescheduled over 20 years with a three-year grace period during which only interest payments will be made. Private creditors too are expected to likewise restructure the $6.8 billion owed to them. The exercise is viewed by the Group of 20 wealthy nations as a test case. I will make no further comment but ask whether the RW-side or the JVP-side is actively following up the Zambian example

The most significant advantage of the Zambian plan will be a sharp recovery of the value of the Kwacha against international currencies. This will impact prices of imported goods and domestic production. Here in Sri Lanka prices of essential goods and inflation are driving the poor and the middle-classes to desperation. The one matter about which every political actor agrees is prices of food and essentials (medicines, cooking fuel, school uniforms and so on) must be addressed. A debt restructuring programme supported by the IMF and other multilateral agencies is essential. Is it unrealistic to imagine the value of the LKR appreciating to 200 to 250 to the US dollar within a year?

The government (Central Bank and Treasury) from all reports is in thick of it. The RW-camp therefore is involved, but I doubt if JVP/NPP policy makers are giving their minds to these concerns. Since the JVP/NPP is a contender for state power there will be persons of intellectual ability and professional experience who will be willing to cooperate, but the trouble is that it is foolishly dragging its feet.

There are several such policy matters deserving a short discussion in a draft programme. For example a new constitution, inflation targeting, price control of essentials, state-owned enterprises, sovereign wealth funds, and energy policy. I will devote the rest of this essay to energy pricing and policy because a draft programme for the electricity sector is before parliament right now.

The Ceylon Electricity Board is called a huge loss-making enterprise. How fair is that allegation? For social and political reasons the government provides low income households with heavily subsidised electricity. The average generation price is far higher. If the government hands out electricity to low income households at X rupees per kWh but the average generating (net of cross subsidy from affluent customer) is say Y rupees (average generation costs depends on coal, fuel oil and diesel prices), and if the energy so handed out is Z billion kWh per year, the CEB will unavoidably incur a “loss” of (Y-X)*Z billion rupees annually. If Y is 20, X is 5 and Z is 20, it will appear that the CEB is a public sector enterprise “loosing” Rs350 billion per annum. This of course is bollocks! Will the energy ministry make available a detailed breakdown of X, Y and Z? Given the data a child can do the calculations on the back of a postage stamp.    

 The term that echoes across the government’s thought processes is “privatisation”; anything that moves or breaths, grab it, privatise it. While there is a case for handing over some failing state enterprises to private management, the experts on the government’s lobby have little knowledge of the concept of Public Goods. There are some things which by their intrinsic nature belong to the public domain, to the people; scenic beauty, forests, the courts of law, the military, the police, a nation’s communications backbone and the transmission grid and system control infrastructure. The concept of Public Goods has not been discussed or understood in Sri Lanka or for that matter in many countries.

A related matter pertains to privatisation of the electricity distribution systems which like the transmission backbone and system control facilities should remain under public ownership. In the UK for example where the distribution system was privatised, terrible complications have arisen. Once a private owner acquires control it has the right to sell onward into markets where it is chopped, spliced with bits and pieces of other financial assets and sold onward into a maze. Since the financial crisis of 2008 these instruments called ‘derivatives’, and other speculative and ‘leveraged’ financial products have become prominent and it is no longer easy to say where ownership lies. In simple words if we privatise into this fog it’s a maze where ownership of our distribution assets is murky with loss of control and inability to repossess. In the UK, chasing up who owns the now privatised one-time Regional Distribution utilities has become a nightmare.

I need to bring this discussion of electricity sector options into line with my opening theme that there are only two realistic political options – liberalism and the left. True RW liberalism bears the blemish of potential military excesses and the JVP is haunted by its rebellious past. Nevertheless the public and trade unions will be increasingly enthused by the upcoming elections than by these theoretical abstractions as the months pass; let’s wait and see how things pan out in the months ahead.

The privatisation of the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) has turned out to be another of that Thatcher woman’s ideologically driven blunders to rival her privatisation of British Rail. Throughout Europe the railways are state-owned and excellent. Western Europe’s SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, Trenitalia, as well as the networks in Eastern Europe are state-owned. It is in the UK alone that that Thatcher woman careened from Hayek driven blunder to blunder. In Lanka Privatisation seems to be the government and Minister Kanchana Wijesekera’s buzzword; so it seems Lanka is treading the same road? In context, I also do wish people would stop talking about renewable energy projects solar and wind in MW (power) and deal in expected annual MW-hours (energy). What’s the use of a 1000 horse-Ferrari in your garage if your fuel tank is empty?

To tie up these threads to my opening theme, the government hopes that people are so fed up with the CEB and presumed CEB corruption that that it believes there will be overwhelming support for privatisation. That may be incorrect. When all the facts as I have outlined here come into focus in the public mind, I believe that support for privatisation of public goods such as the CEB’s key assets, the telecommunications backbone and the petroleum industry will evaporate.

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    “Unconstrained by other pressures this is where RW will lead the nation as JR did and Felix tried.”
    This is just one among the frivolous comments that the essay is laden with.
    The author as often relishes a nasty dig at anything which does not fit into his mould and in the process loses his story.
    In what way did Felix try anything like what JRJ tried or RW is expected to try?
    He obstructed efforts by the LSSP tail to wag the UF dog, which he for a long while fancied to be an avant-garde of socialism.
    *
    As for the two options model of the author, I would say “It is too early to tell”.
    Interestingly, many a CT soothsayer including the author, just an year ago, forecast a very short life for the RW presidency.

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      SJ,
      “Interestingly, many a CT soothsayer including the author, just an year ago, forecast a very short life for the RW presidency.”
      And another Aragalaya on the 9th of each month. With System Change, naturally.

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        old codger

        “And another Aragalaya on the 9th of each month. With System Change, naturally.”

        The system is being protected (or prevented from being reformed) by multi head HYDRA.

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    “RW is a capitalist-roader in the sense that he subscribes to the view that “by letting market-forces run their course”.
    I am surprised that, of all people, Kumar David says this.
    Market-forces go off course when over-regulated.
    I could be challenged. Mahinda Rajapaksa allowed free flow. Yet we got bankrupt, didn’t we.
    (The flow was into the family coffers.)

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      Nathan,
      “(The flow was into the family coffers.)”
      That’s the third option, but not sustainable.

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        “the government hopes that people are so fed up with the CEB and presumed CEB corruption that that it believes there will be overwhelming support for privatisation. That may be incorrect” True, many people still believe that the State is efficient. At the height of the LPG shortage, TV showed a clip of people in a gas queue demanding that Litro Gas should be nationalised!
        “The most significant advantage of the Zambian plan will be a sharp recovery of the value of the Kwacha against international currencies. This will impact prices of imported goods and domestic production. Here in Sri Lanka prices of essential goods and inflation are driving the poor and the middle-classes to desperation. “
        Other countries have adopted the USD for internal use, and I am surprised that Prof. KD missed the very significant RW proposal to use the Indian Rupee, ostensibly for regional trade. If we had been using it, our pensioners wouldn’t have had their savings shrink in value over the years.True., even the USD loses value, but it doesn’t drop 50% overnight.

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          Before we decide on to rely on RW or AKD, the SL citizens should concentrate on how to get rid of the unqualified/crooks/ drug peddlers /Murderers etc from the Parliament. We should also consider on how to solve the Ethnic problem.
          In order to achieve the above we a need a New Constitution that has been passed by REFERENDUM.
          I am not for Provincial Councils but for two Federal states in SL.
          There is no need for any type of elections until we get a new Constitution passed.
          Please don’t waste time in appointing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission & waste tax payers money.
          Ministry of Defence needs an urgent OVERHAUL

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            Naman,
            “I am not for Provincial Councils but for two Federal states in SL.”
            Me too. Or one State with a Special Administrative Region, as in Hong Kong.
            But do you seriously expect the voters to approve such a solution? Not while there are Buddhist monks, I think.
            It is foolish to expect voters to agree to reasonable solutions. It should be done without asking them, like 13A.

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              you really think ethno-federalism will lead to solutions in Lanka? for someone who’s suppposedly ‘old’, you lack awareness of history – ethno-federalism hasnt worked well anywhere except with the Swiss and that’s only becuase the Germans, French and Italians arent interested in annexing the cantons.

              With ethno-federalism, you can bet money that the ‘next-step’ – as Sumanthiran loves to say – is to continue agitation for secession and/or anschluss with TN. also the optics are horrible – i.e. that Tamil-supremacists will be able to show the world that the fallacy of a ‘tamil-only homeland’ has been turned into reality.

              the only path towards peace is to diversify the north and east (the latter is actually already far ahead in this aspect) and ensure increase in Moor and Sinhala presence. I saw a video recently where some professor from Jaffna university held a conference to actually ‘complain’ that the north was becoming a sinhala-majority area like jaffna university. this is the kind of racists funded by the tamil diaspora. this is exactly why we must continue to diversify the north (east is already there pretty much). Hallelujah!

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                Liger,
                “With ethno-federalism, you can bet money that the ‘next-step’ – as Sumanthiran loves to say – is to continue agitation for secession and/or anschluss with TN”
                So what, if that is their intention? You seem to be under the impression that secession is an unforgivable crime, simply because it says so in the constitution.
                If you live in the real world, you would know that India does NOT want an independent Tamil state. If the Tamils do want to join TN, you might as well do it too.
                There may be a shortage of toilets, but there will be plenty of parippu, onions, and eggs, and as many Marutis as you want.
                Why the devil can’t people like you see what the real problem is? The Tamils are unhappy because they are treated as second class citizens. They are treated as foreigners in their own country.Can you deny that 10% of the North is occupied by the Army ? What would the Sinhalese in Gampaha say if it happened to them? And you blame Tamils for wanting to secede?

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                  So thanks for proving my point and validating the legitimate fears and concerns of the majority of Lankans. Federalism is actually ethnofederalism which will lead to secession. This will never lead to peace and it certainly will not improve things for Lankans.
                  Wait why should Lankans (Sinhala, Tamil, Moor) be forced to give up sovereignty just because some Tamils want Tamilakam? I don’t think India wants an expanded Tamil presence at all, quite frankly.
                  The Tamils were fine administering/subjugating the island during British colonization. Now they just need to be ok learning to live amongst other Lankans without screaming for their own piece of land. Its not having ‘tamil-only’ that has them constantly complaining about being ‘second-class’ citizens. They are not treated as foreigners in Lanka – stop believing ltte-diaspora BS. The problem is that they want nothing less than a tamil-only state. And that they will not receive. So with such battlelines drawn, what options are left? They will continue to funnel money to destabilize the island and make everyone suffer. I think we are ok with playing the long game.
                  You are also holding the incorrect view that the north only belongs to the tamils. It doesn’t. this is why I say the Sinhalese and Moors must return to those areas to drive out Tamil-supremacy.

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                    Liger,
                    “They are not treated as foreigners in Lanka – stop believing ltte-diaspora BS.”
                    I don’t need to listen to the diaspora to form opinions. I happen to live here.
                    I know from personal experience that there are places which are no- go areas for minority business. I will supply examples if you want. Dont pretend for convenience that you don’t know. They can operate freely in Colombo city because there is no Sinhala Buddhist majority. In Pettah, only ability counts. This was the situation all over the country until 1956. when the Burghers became foreigners and the Tamils were burnt out. Was there secessionism in 1958?
                    Why do Buddhist monks insist that only a Sinhala Buddhist can be head of state? Why is the allegation made frequently that Ranil is a Christian?
                    The Tamils will not “scream for their own piece of land” if they are allowed to live as equal citizens, not demonized as a bunch of invaders as per a ” history book” which among other things claims that the Sinhalese are a result of bestiality, and that the Buddha flew over here 3 times.

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                      again, thanks for confirming/validating the legitimate fears and concerns of the majority of Lankans. Federalism is actually ethnofederalism which will lead to secession. I always wondered what in God’s name you ltte-diaspora meant when talking about ‘living as equal citizens’ when Tamil is already an official language, intermarriage is increasing, and Lanka is FINALLY diversifying with all cultures and faiths starting to move around and put down roots on the island aka LANKA. stop hiding and lets call a spade a spade. you had no problem funding suicide bombers and child soldiers – so just admit that the end-game has/is/will always be secession. that ‘history book’…you mean the one UNESCO recently affirmed?? ok i’ll look it up. in the mean time you should read the Bible and Holy Quran. The factual history is amazing and at the same time the myths are interesting too.

                      The army can go wherever it wants – and frankly, given what you yourself mentioned about tamil-secessionism, thank God the armed forces are still there. No wonder they never left. Accept the diversity of Lanka and stop eating Tamil-supremacist BS, codger.
                      Re: your made-up stories about no-go areas for minority businesses, given that I know plenty of businesses where partners include people of all faiths, i think you’re just one of those keyboard-terrorists spreading filth.

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                      Liger,
                      “given that I know plenty of businesses where partners include people of all faiths,”
                      Can you get more pathetic than that?
                      OK, I will throw you a challenge. Tell me the names of just two SMALL businesses on the stretch of Kandy Road between Peliyagoda and Kadawata, which display Tamil name-boards?
                      “Tamil is officially a national language” my foot.
                      As to your “UNESCO -affirmed” history book, I suppose you do have a tail to prove it. Go away, Liger the liar.And, for your information, I am NOT a Tamil. I don’t have to be a Tamil to see Sinhala hypocrisy .

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                      Liger,
                      I will grant that your English is better than the usual SB racist, but this ability, probably the result of an expensive Western education, has not removed the blinkered mentality. To you guys, anyone who doesn’t think the way you do is a “keyboard terrorist spreading filth”.
                      If that is your best argument, I do understand why your kind prefer to burn people than talk to them.

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                      There are plenty of businesses even in Colombo that have name boards only in Tamil. Yet i dont use that as a litmus test to gauge whether that establishment is pro-ltte. nor do i see that as a failure of the language policy. technically businesses should be given funding to have all nameboards in the three languages but Lankans can adjust well (except you obviously since youre not one) and dont poison the airwaves screaming ‘look here this racist!’. God you people just continously fan flames of hatred. Oh there’s some interesting news out of Canada btw – you should check it out. Looks like your attempts at pouring salt on the healing-wound has been called out.

                      It is of course hard to engage with keyboard terrorists such as yourself, but by God, someone has to at least try and bring you in from the darkness. Thats not burning, you see, you’re just not used to the light. So chill baba.

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                    Liger,
                    “And that they will not receive. So with such battlelines drawn, what options are left? They will ‘CONTINUE TO FUNNEL MONEY TO DESTABILIZE THE ISLAND’ and make everyone suffer. I think we are ok with playing the long game.”!!
                    The long game was played for 75 years, which included 40 years of war!!! And 14 years after close of the war Bankruptcy, Deprivation, Starvation and consequentially sickness and death!!!???
                    You want to continue, you may, if you know what’s up NEXT??? You want to BARTER all OPTIONS and commit Harakiri??? You’re welcome!!!??? What else is the option!!?? None comes to mind!!!??
                    None need to FUNNEL any money, they need not waste???
                    KEEP THE MONEY SAFE AND KEEP TIGHT LIPPED AS PER THE LAST 14 YEARS and learned and ERUCDITE friends, would lead themselves to the next calamity and get the whole SL population EXTINCT!!!
                    Without exaggeration these SB Sri Lankans are such efficient “DUMBO’S”, TO BREED INEFFICIENCY & INEPTNESS without any other prodding!!!???
                    SELF DESTRUCTION EXPERTISE AT ITS BEST!!!???
                    What for the telling, no external input necessary or required!!!??? Like last time, for another time!?

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                    Liger,
                    “You are also holding the incorrect view that the north only belongs to the Tamils”
                    Whilst for sake of this debate, if we accept your thesis as above, equally well the so called Sinhalese who arrived just before or same time as the Neo Colonists, Western Imperialists to this island, have ANY RIGHT, claiming South or Any part of SL, only belongs to them?
                    The Demala Bauddhayo the possible descendants of Buddha Demala (BD) heritage of the Middle Ages, before the advent of Sinhala as a language, “burnt and in body bags”!!!???
                    Diversification is very good and must be done in the South, with some good addition of Chinese, Javanese (already there is close to MMW in deep south), Russian, Thai and African Uganda, Mauritius and Kenya to be more diverse, which is excellent!!!???
                    We could have Swahili, Thai, Kenyan, Indonesian, Chinese, and Filipino languages as Official languages in the statute, but NO Implementation or Use in any form or shape would be required!!!???
                    Name sake Only!!!??? Breeding excellent Gene Pool!!!

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                      Ahh Manic Mahila – did you learn english from that TGTE guy who tried to accost Ranil in France? Try to do a better job with at least typing the language won’t you?

                      Anyways, the Sinhalese didnt arrive ‘just before or same time as abcdxyz’…lol you know this – why even try to use this as an arguement? The indigenous sinhalese are the amalgam of all the native islanders and immigrants. Hence, the island does indeed belong to us. If the Swahilis, Thai, etc decide to come – well then great!! the official/indigenous language of the island will become even more beautiful with its newest speakers. Can you imagine how much more glorious the native peoples will become?

                      Of course you can’t. You’re just a d*mned dirty tiger aka chola/tamil-supremacist who supports suicide bombers and child soldiers and that witch adele hiding in your bunker, all so that you can poison earth with a tamil-only ethnostate.

                      Lanka is for Lankans – Sinhala, Tamil, Moor etc. Too bad you and your terror-funders still cant get used to it. I guess this is what proper Muslims have to deal with when it comes to those inclined towards isis-ism and talibanism.

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                  old codger

                  “…… but there will be plenty of parippu, onions, and eggs, and as many Marutis as you want.”

                  Alright I can understand free parippu, onions, and eggs, ….. however who is going to pay for Maruti?

                  “And you blame Tamils for wanting to secede?”

                  It is wrong to secede, however there is one solution, that is to pack all Sinhala/Tamil speaking descendants of converts and send/deport them back to South India. Let them go back to their ancestral home and build toilets for the natives in North South India.

                  By the way according to 2012 (2011) census more than 95,000 families in Sri Lanka do not have access to toilets. Will Liar take the responsibility to build toilets for Sri Lankan first?

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                    Native,
                    Second-hand Marutis are as cheap as 50,000 rupees in India. So, quite affordable.
                    That is the natural order of of things in a properly run economy. We have an economy where people actually expect a 10 year old vehicle to be worth more than its brand-new price.

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                      “people actually expect a 10 year old vehicle to be worth more than its brand-new price”
                      Not just ‘expect’ but they do buy and sell at such prices during hard times.

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                      SJ,
                      You have to factor in that our currency depreciates so fast that it loses half its value in 10 years. 🤯

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                    Senile Vedda Native Matta aka piggy’s boyfriend

                    “…..By the way according to 2012 (2011) census more than 95,000 families in Sri Lanka do not have access to toilets. Will Liar take the responsibility to build toilets for Sri Lankan first?”

                    Since you and the diaspora funded so much terror – i.e. in the billions usd (you know the suicide bombers and child soldiers, etc) – definitely you bear this cost towards reparations and reconciliation.

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                Liger,
                You have touched on a very valid point and COURSE CORRECTION in the CHAOTIC MILIEU we Sri Lankans are enmeshed for the past 75 years, since independence!!!???
                Ensure, we DIVERSIFY THE SOUTH OF Sri Lanka forthwith not with Tamils, but with some Chinese, Thais, Vietnamese, Serbians, Croatians, Russians, Chileans & Germans if preferred!!!???
                Once south is so diversified there would be NO SPREMACISTS in SRI LANKA, which would become an exemplary nation state!!!
                Problem solved easily!!!
                QED!!???

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                  Liger,
                  “Tamil is already an official language”?
                  That has met with the SAME FATE as the 13th Amendment to the constitution, with regard to PC’s, as “Primary law of the Resplendent Isle”!!!
                  Both are not implemented, though is part of the STATUTE!!!???
                  To display the ASNINE conception OF THE MAJORITY POLITY – SINHALA BUDDHIST ADMINISTRATION FOR 35 YEARS IN NUT SHELL – “LOW AND ODOUR”, replicating the “manner in which it would sound” when SB’s pronounce it!!!???
                  That is what these Asnine’s, and MEE HARRAKAS hear when they VOICE (LAW & ORDER) AND FOLLOWING IT ASIDUOUSLY IN AN ASNINE MANNER, IT EVIDENTLY TURNS OUT VERY LOW QUALITY BUT HIGHLY OFFENSIVE ODOUROUS!!!???
                  Suer the Minister of Public security, would totally agree with submission as to the pronunciation of the ‘TERM’, because his father chose to educate us on Spelling and speaking the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, soon after his Training College days!!??? EXEMPLARY TEACHER, of high standard!!!??

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              Oc and Naman,
              Regarding PCs I could nt agree more 🙂
              However getting rid of unqualified candidates would nt be an easy task b cos 🤔 even ones with academic titles don’t see simple things in compliance with guidelines.
              .
              Clear examples: Prof R Bandara, Fake Prof Pissu Sumanaya aka Nathadeviya, Dr Nalin De Silva, Dr Godahewa.the list is ceaseless.
              And their diehard supporter like shameless Dayan Jayathilaka or Silva, Malins Seneviratne
              .
              😉😉😉😉😉

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                LM
                I think that the academic titles help them to convince themselves that they aren’t as stupid as the rest.

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            Dear Naman,
            .
            It’s many hours
            since I said that you’d made an intelligent comment. This is just to confirm that I meant it, and why – despite some others (I mean oc, of course) thinking differently. Many oc comments also are intelligent, but I don’t at all agree with what he’s told you about not getting broad people’s approval.
            .
            You were thinking on the right lines when you spoke of the need for a referendum. We MUST get the people’s approval for constitutional changes. Of course, such approvals are rarely unanimous or 100% approval.
            .
            Rulers must be held accountable to the ruled. Let all others disagree with me; I will hold fast to certain truths.
            .
            We have allowed the ethnic problem to get so bad, that I see the rationale in what you say. Sinhalese and Tamil speakers have drifted so far apart that they may have to separate, is what you seem to be saying.
            .
            More to be said!

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            Naman,
            .
            Proceeding immediately from the gloomy comment I made
            about the ethnic problem being really bad, I hope that you and I will both be proved WRONG!
            .
            I’m trying to say that unless we are willing to at least recognise how bad things have now got to be, we cannot hope for improvement.
            .
            Let anyone who wishes to call me stubborn, but I insist on getting my dissent recorded on this. We must insist on certain standards being maintained by legislators – AND – [let me sound like Cato, the Elder! with his “Carthāgō dēlenda est] “Elections must be held on time”!
            .
            Treacherous Ranil hasn’t done that! I repose no faith in him.
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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        old codger

        Is it true Tiran wanted to promote Galle face famed DIG Tennakoon to the post of IGP?

        Does Tiran feel comfortable with his (pattern of behaviour) from bribing VP to …… 2005 elections, ……?

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        OC and Nathan,
        .
        I sometimes, feel that honourable MP Sumanthiran should be the president of future srilanka, whenever I see the growing racists remarks of some ultra racists.

        If America and UK can give a chance to their minority leaders, why not a smaller but begging nation of the size of 22 million cant follow it ?

        If AKD and his men have guts, should work on this dream.
        .
        Sinhala racists will kill me on the spot, but my wish this nation in to permament peace and turning this country a developed nation.

        Whowever whatever being said and done, that PARADISE BIRD in robes, aka Samantha Badda has approached wealthy tamil srilankens in Canada to bridge both North and South.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjKIGLg9r7Y

        We the non-racial sinhalaya dont want to hang on racism entire decades.
        Ranil or other leaders might not have physical and mental powers to achieve it, but AKD should finally see that he should agree with federalism under unitary state model.

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          LM,
          There are many people who might do well as President. In a country where a senior monk in Mihintale says the government is run by “kallathonis”, do you think a Tamil Christian has any chance, let alone a Hindu, a Muslim, or even a Sinhala Christian?

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            They just abuse the mouth following Wimalweerawansism which was established by Jathiye Paraih aka MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE, the damage deliberately done him is far more than what Tripoli man and Mugabe of Zimbabwe done to their folks. 🫣🫣🫣🫣🫣

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              leelagemalli / August 9, 2023
              0 0
              They just abuse the mouth following Wimalweerawansism which was established by Jathiye Paraih aka MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE, the damage deliberately done bY him is far more than what Tripoli man and Mugabe of Zimbabwe all together done to their folks and the world . 🫣🫣🫣🫣🫣

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    Ol’ Ranil is a true believer of free-markets alright ….. who believes that free-enterprise should run all enterprises.

    The only enterprise, he believes, that market-forces shouldn’t be applied to, is his own party, the UNP!

    He is in a selling-off all government assets frenzy …….


    The day he sells off Angoda to free-enterprise …….. I’m gonna pay for the best suite for Native ……. and pay for specialist psychiatric training for Gundivindu to treat him ……

    That’ll be the start of the beginning of Lanka’s road back to redemption ……..

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      Nimal , the biggest blunder is to rule out or underestimate Rajapaksas by over estimating the intellectual function of our 7 million SB masses. The last time it happened, not many thought of a return of family Mafia. They came back in larger numbers. They created a proxy family party, almost pulled out a constipational coupe, grabbed power by taking over 90 % finance ministries, became PM / President, showed SLPP minions
      ( including GLP the xpert ) who the real bosses are , organized Easter Mayhem followed by call for Hitler, citizenship sham , RW / UNP wipe out, SLFP disintegration…… Thanks to Covid for getting rid of family pandemic. Who knows if not they may be still around. Using 13 / reconciliation ghost and a small drama to follow they sure can return to power. What ever Ranil thinks he achieved is not enough to keep him .

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        NPP / JVP are just amateurs and no match to our oldest constipational bteakers and makers.The tussle is between Rajapaksas and Ranil. ( not counting Ranil Rajapaksa option). Remember Modi has his hands full with his own election Maths to do and Rajapaksas are so good in exploiting opportunities , including copying answers , you know what I mean.

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          Dear Chiv,
          .
          You are right.
          First, rebuilding society by improving voting knowledge and general awareness of the average (70%) can make a real difference.

          It is like if your patients would not listen to your therapies, outcome is glass clear to you as physicians. likewise, Knowing this, making roundabouts or avoid approching ” rank and file” is just procrastination time. JVPrs are not yet upto it. Late predecessor leader Somanwasa Amarasinghe predicated about JVP s future.
          Besides, if JVP-NPP dont do their home work well, how can even get to close to winning an election ? Did any camps succeed elections withhout being coalitioned with other parties in recent times in our hell ?
          :
          All these self-proclaimed NPP promoters know, but they don’t even know enough to enlighten us with constructive answers to our critical questions.
          :
          Of course SM doesn’t care much about them, instead he talks about returning to his usual home in Bandarawela. Most of them in our motherland are like that, if you ask about simple things, they just prevaricate or dodge.

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          chiv,

          There’s no limit to human stupidity; it’s the same all over. …….. Look at the support Donald Trump is having ……… he has a good chance of getting elected again! …… Even from prison!!

          They play simple tricks ……. Mahinda plays on “Sinhalese” supremacy …….. Donald plays on “White” supremacy ……… and many insecure people buy it wholesale ……….

          They have no other saving grace ……….. other than being a unit of a majority ………..

          • 8
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            nimal fernando

            In recent months and years the Saffronistas are building Vihares where they find Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa) especially in the North. The speed at which Saffronistas and Archaeology Department finding these trees in the North is astonishing and building Vihares near it is mind boggling.

            If it is the way to achieve speedy Nibana (Nirvana) soon they might run out of enough Bodhi trees. I am told Bodhi Tree grows in many countries, for example Pakistan, Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Malaysia. Introduced in Israel, Western Asia (Iraq), China, Indochina (remaining), USA (Florida), Venezuela, … as ornamental trees perhaps bonsai, …

            Why don’t the Saffronista extend their Project Vihare building (near Bodhi Trees) starting from Afghanistan? Will you … advise the Chief of Saffronistas?

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              Native,


              They are all in building frenzies, all over; it’s a sure vote-getter and a free meal-ticket ……. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46748492

              You might find this interesting ………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of7RiGxtAhE

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              Native Vedda,
              Ficus religiosa – locally, Banyan tree -, grows from its seeds as well. The seeds get scattered, far and wide, when the birds that feed on them excrete.

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        Dear chiv,
        .
        I fear that you could be making a valid point. We still have to make sure that the Rajapaksas do not come back.
        .
        I’m back in Bandarawela, but two weeks ago, I visited the NPP Headquarters. There were a few things that I told them need attention. We have to (as much as each of us thinks is possible in the circumstances that currently prevail) do what we can. An intelligent comment by Naman, above, that must be examined later).
        .
        However, my faith in the NPP remains. One strategy of the those opposed to the NPP is clear. They will try to show that there are factions within the NPP.
        .
        However, the NPP will, for many years to come, remain a United Group; individuals will have different personalities, but all have contributions to make.
        .
        Anura Kumara is an outstanding human being; do not look for a better leader. I know Vijitha Herath better. How come? He says that I was one of his teachers in school. So, he naturally has more time for me.
        .
        Please look at this article:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/connectivity-or-captivity/
        .
        And at others by him. Why? Ameer is a minority guy, but before that, he’s a decent human being.
        .
        We must fight all manifestations of racism.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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          “I’m back in Bandarawela, but two weeks ago, I visited the NPP Headquarters. There were a few things that I told them need attention. We have to (as much as each of us thinks is possible in the circumstances that currently prevail) do what we can. An intelligent comment by Naman, above, that must be examined later).”

          He believes he knows the SINHALA language, however, this man’s sinhala knowledge is no different from female singer Umara Sinhawansa, who was recently hounded by the Sri Lankan media. But I appreicate his efforts on this, however he should be aware what his capabilities should be.

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            This self proclaimed former teacher should better listen to the videos of Dr Chaminda Wije Siriwaradhana.
            :
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG49NOQCLyQ&t=780s

            The million dollar question is if he would comprehend them properly so that he could change himself .

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              LM,
              No wonder the 6.9 million voters did what they did!!??? Naively!?
              Those voters majority of them couldn’t have been able to study, or even see the inside of one and could be excused!!! See the repercussions of that insane act, because the “Leader of the flock” asked them to do so, to vote a Hitler!!!???
              Though that leader too was of ‘RIPE OLD AGE’, wouldn’t think that person would have had sufficient ERUDITION, except for some irrelevant ‘hearsay’ as to Hitler’s RUTHLESSNESS IN GOVERNANCE and NOT THE COMPOSITE OUTCOMES OF THE IDIOTS ACTIONS!!!???
              The prayers of the ‘HEAD OF THE FLOCK’ seems to have been answered and we did get a leader accordingly and went off the scene, equally UNCEREMONIOUSLY!!!???
              Narrow shave!!!??

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                Mahila,
                Thank you very much for your comments. At least a few CT viewers add something meaningful. It looks beautiful. Just imagine how those racists participated in the parliamentary discussions yesterday? It was all beyond disgusting. Above all Gevindu Kumaratunga and Attana Metana Ratana – they were perverting the Sinhalese invasions in front of everyone. It is now becoming clear that the biggest headache of not allowing the implementation of 13A Plus is the sons of Rajapaksa Ballian, who are creating our hell Mozambique today.

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          “Anura Kumara is an outstanding human being; do not look for a better leader.”

          Lanka is awash with outstanding human beings!

          For Lankans, SWRD was an outstanding human being …….. look at the gigantic monument they made for such an outstanding human being! ……… People like Sirisena still talk about his “prethipathi” ……. Don’t ask me what they are: Native is the expert.

          His monument will be out done only by the monuments Old Codger and Ramona will construct for each other. …….. Watch this space Taj Mahal !!

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            Nimal,
            “Anura Kumara is an outstanding human being; do not look for a better leader.””
            Says the guy who thinks Nalaka Godahewa is “respected “.

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              OC,
              .that is why I call him today the symbol of Naiviry.
              .
              He may be good at hero-worshipping but his IQ level is similar to that of Dhammikapaniya maker?

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                Naivity, Hero worship and gossips
                Not only politicians but also these patronizers should be responsible for lanken fall.🫣🫣

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              Dear oc,
              .
              I hereby formally abjure whatever I may have said about Nalaka Godahewa being respected.
              .
              I had merely heard of him as being a guy with lots of academic and other qualifications;
              .
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalaka_Godahewa
              .
              Yes, it looks as though he has certain qualifications, but I don’t know the man, and I am no admirer of his.
              .
              I may have said in one place (I don’t think there was a second place, but include that also if you want to) that he was “respected” by some people. I don’t think I ever put myself in that category of persons.
              .
              As for Anura Kumara Dissanayake, although I have met him only once, I have listened on YouTube to him for many hours. I do consider him to be an outstanding man.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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                “whatever I may have said about Nalaka Godahewa being respected.
                .
                I had merely heard of him as being a guy with lots of academic and other qualifications;”


                That’s what’s called “cognitive bias” …….. unbeknownst to you, subconsciously, you are a sucker for “qualifications.” …….. Typical of your age-group: in your time, qualifications would’ve amounted to something.

                That’s why I hang out with Native: he has no qualifications, read no book, under-educated. A “knowledge-system” is not imposed on him from infancy: however hard it may be, he has no other option but to think for himself.

                Besides, he hates women, I love women. Opposites attract.


                Namal’s 400 million commission from Krist (or some Indian firm) was funnelled through Godahewa ………. Godahewa took his cut before giving the rest to Namal and was banished from Mahinda’s touring party. He forcibly came on the touring party and tried to ingratiate but Mahinda ignored him right throughout the tour.

                How come you buggers living there don’t know any of this, and I know? ……… You sorry sods better start listening to me ……. now and then ……….

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                SM,
                I accept your explanation. But next time, check carefully whom you are praising.That is also further proof for you that your oft-repeated call for old farts to give way to “young, educated politicians ” is fallacious. Perhaps you don’t know that a 100 year old Henry Kissinger was welcomed in China on a patch-up mission the other day.
                As for AKD, even I think he’s outstanding, but he would be more convincing if he wasn’t a JVP member. Why? Because I heard Vijitha Herath denouncing the issuance of liquor licences yesterday on moral grounds. I thought this sort of morality is more suited to Buddhist monks than purported Socialists. I believe that most of the JVP carries its old SB chauvinism just under the surface.

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                Wimal Weerawansa (the bad breath of the nation) is equally good at pleasing the stupid majority.

                He goes the extra mile to animate punnaku eaters who are the majority across the country. It goes viral. Even the most literate voters in the Western Province of Sri Lanka voted for Wimal Buruvamsa. He is the most known school dropout. At the same time, how come Nimal Lanza (former beach boy-cum-bumster) and Godaheva, with certain bachelor titles but qualities overshadowed by the rascal Rajapaksa, were all loved by the same audience? That is the point that experts should selectively focus on for a better future and rebuilding the nation.

                Our people in general do not try to correct the mistakes of the past. It’s in their genes. That is why even the great criminals like Mahinda Rajapaksa have kept above in the society, similar to the followers of Saibaba do. Late Saibaba in India and MaRa in SL are almost alike THAKKADIYAS.

                tbc

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                  cont.
                  .
                  My wish is that SRILANKENS should finally see it right. Unfortunately, SINHALA_MAN or the like CHEAP pundits have been bought by AKD et al today for their promotion.

                  I doubt how long this will go on.

                  Any leader who needs to the power should be able to do some good work by hook or by crook. They must pave avenues for revenues by increasing the numbers of tourist arrivals. That’s what RW led teams do. That is not easy at all, He could be gunned down by POHOTTUWA criminals at anytime. People are not grateful, atleast by today they can at least open an LC account to pay the container ship.
                  :
                  AKD’s mountain-sized accusations against any rivals won’t bring the country a lot of dollars.

                  Such men have not the least knowledge about the western world so that they can have an idea about developed world.
                  .

                  :
                  TBC
                  .

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                    cont.
                    Since people tend to be equally abusive and corrupt rather than the opposite, the shower of accusations only lasts a few minutes in their minds.
                    Those who listen to them will see in the next week a list of vagrants who have sold their friends and mothers for their own profit.
                    As far as I’m concerned, AKD doesn’t stand out at all as a potential leader for future. People who can speak loudly cannot carry the speech at the same speed.
                    In countries like ours, people expect rascality rather than gentility. I lived at least 2 decades in that country, enough to see how people make their opinions.

                    The way that bloodsucker Gevindu Kumarasinghe attacked the current President in Parliament YESTERDAY clearly showed the amount of poison possessed by those human reptiles.

                    May our SINHALA BEEASTS be free from RACIAL thoughts.
                    :

                    .

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        Chiv,
        U are spot on dear. U articulate it as no others . Thank u and greetings from north Europe 🙏

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        Dear chiv,
        .
        I have just made a comment (mostly about Godahewa) that was called for owing to certain things that others had said.
        .
        chiv, now let’s put the ball in their court and ask those great admirers of Ranil Wickremasinghe whether there isn’t some symbiotic relationship between Ranil and the Rajapaksasa.
        .
        To further clarify what I mean: it is now clear that Ranil and the corrupt Rajapaksas support one another, and it is up to the admirers of Ranil to explain clearly how and why there is so much apparent goodwill and co-operation between between Ranil’s camp and that of the Rajapaksas.
        .
        For our part, let us not be misled by them.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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          SM,
          “ask those great admirers of Ranil Wickremasinghe whether there isn’t some symbiotic relationship between Ranil and the Rajapaksasa.”
          Yes, of course there is a symbiotic relationship between them. So what?
          It is Ranil economics , not Rajapaksa economics, that has pulled the country back from being a Lebanon-style disaster. The Pohottuwa group is largely supportive. The racists like Weerasekara, Weerawansa, Jayasumana, Godahewa, have left.These are the ones, along with Johnston and other dregs, that caused that caused all the problems in the first place.
          They are firmly OUT of government along with the Rajapaksas.
          The Pohottuwa crowd have realised that a functional economy is good for them too, and Ranil can provide that.

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          May our senior citizens be blessed with brains 🧠!!!!.
          .
          Keeping key fueher of Medamulanism in front of him, president RW made it y day that Gewindu K and other poisonous reptiles can discuss the 13A plus with MaRa.. The reality is obvious none of these men are serious about most alarming of all.MaRa did nt utter a single word but continued to be silent, similar to the last days of Mugabe.😗😗😗😗🤪🤪🤪

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            In a country where Mlechcha culture is yet praised, and dominated by their support, stupid masses smashed their heads on kalugalrock due to their total 🤔 ignorance and indifference. We are moving to become a Mozambique 🇲🇿 sooner than later.. it is high time to punish Mahinda Rajapakse in public and nationalise all their assets of sooner than later. As was the destiny with Wijeweera family after his murder, all Rajapakses should be kept in Bussa camp until they face natural death oneday. They deserve it , no doubt😗😗😗

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            RW deliberately attended in Parliament to show the world again the degree of mlecha state of Rajapakse-supporters [sb hardliners] who are always the real obstacle to any sustainable solutions to long extended ethnic issue 🙄 in the country.
            Athana methana natana radical monk was also present in that discussion. They might think that minorities have no hearts.🫠🫠🫠

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    KD, It was all private a long time ago around world war 2, including bus travel. We gradually came into order by state owned institutions and government servants. To privatise now will be going backwards. Then what is the need for MPs if not to look after state ministries. With low work, they will rob more into their private pockets.

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      DTG,
      If you look at history, we have always been following what happens in Britain. Before WW2, everything was privately run there, just like here. Then Churchill lost to the Socialists , and they started nationalising. After a lag, we followed in 1956, and both countries kept it up till JR and Thatcher arrived.

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        In Britain Thatcher became a bad dream.
        Here too …….. ……….. ………… ……………. ……………… (fill in the blanks)

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    Dear Kumar,
    .
    It seems amazing that Ranil Wickremasinghe whose Party got so few votes, islandwide, in the Parliamentary Elections of 5 August 2020 should now be seen as a contender for President next year:
    .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Sri_Lankan_parliamentary_election
    .
    But, you’ve got a point because the Rajapaksas whom we knew to have been once so popular, and now unpopular, still command a Political Party that won a huge number of votes, not all of them for the Rajapaksas. Maithirpala Sirisena also is discredited, but they may have some decent and uncontroversial SLFP supporters and even MPs (.e.g. Medical Dr Ramsh Pathirana. Kumar Welgama, and Dr Nalaka Godahewa) who are respected by the people. But will such persons actually campaign for Ranil?
    ,
    At a Parliamentary Election they may decide that they still belong to the old Bandaraniake SLFP. but will they run a candidate for President? The people are unaware of how to use the Preferential vote; the political parties know that, but realise too late that educating the electorate of its use is now next to impossible. Our politicians prefer manipulation to education.

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      A candidate from the Rajapaksa family will stand no chance in 2024, but our people’s interest in politics is so perfunctory, desultory and slipshod that they may be able to clambour back ten years from now.
      .
      And Sajith Premadasa? His is the Party that represents the UNP of old. That UNP was destroyed by Ranil (who is hoping to get votes because of the Rajapaksas). Some of the hoi polloi may give them some votes, too. We may have no clue to the identity of old codger, but he is clearly both educated and cultured. Readers will have to decide for themselves who he is, and why he supports Ranil. We all know who Dan Silva is. His motivation was complex enough to fool me for long. He hates Brown people, and he hates the JVP for what he understands to have been their unprovoked violence from 1988 to 1981. He imagines that Batalanda did not exist.
      .
      Ranil forced Sajith on the SJB (

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        chiv,
        .
        Please note that I wrote that before I saw your comment on the same lines..
        .
        Co-incidence, I guess.
        .
        We mustn’t flatter ourselves that we have great minds that think alike!

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      Sorry,
      .
      Ranil forced Sajith on the SJB
      ( Continuting) and didn’t allow them to use the name that they were entitled to – “United National Party” – with then President Gota gleefully getting away with his major achievement – getting Parliamentary Elections nominations done in such a way as to split the Grand Old Party).
      .
      What that group of Conservatives ought to do is to fight for control of Siri Kotha and kick Ranil out. After that, select an abler leader than Sajith, and contest the elections. They may get into Second Place, at least.
      .
      Could some clever person explain to me who Diana Gamage is, and whom she represents in our Parliament?
      .
      So now Ranil will depend entirely on Pohottuwa votes, plus (if he votes at all, the well-known Dan Silva ). Who is old codger ? – identity unknown but a Ranil voter,
      .
      So, that’s the line-up against the NPP candidate, who I hope will be AKD.
      .
      And the sincere, intelligent, able but monolingual Anura must ask himself why the Party isn’t making sufficient headway with minority groups.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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        Please don’t miss this, though:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaWTfuYo4Ac
        .
        Nagananda Kodituwakku speaking after 11.30 am today. I have made a comment there.
        .
        “Dear Nagananda, thank you very much for speaking out, although I don’t agree with some of what you say. I hope you will tolerate a telephone conversation from me later today. I’m not a politician, just an old man from Bandarawela, who wants a decent government.

        That you’re a totally honest man, I accept.”
        .
        Please look again at this:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

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          S-M: Don’t trust and rely on this man Nagananda. He is a “Bull in a China Shop”. Have you not seen him doing his all might to sell “HIS” (no one knows yet and neither NK has divulged the parties) “Constitution” to the people and political parties? He collected millions from people and was supposed to have produced “HIS” “Constitution”. Now when nobody accepts it, he is angry with everyone. How many Court cases he filed and bungled? Once he was ORDERED to Apolagyze to Courts and he did it. Recently he bungled another case of a UK citizen (participant of the Aragalaya) who was ordered to be deported but gone missing. Once he was debarred from appearing in Court.

          He is all “FART” but no “SHIT”.

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            Mr. Douglas,
            I partially agree with you, but I don’t believe that NK has looted the funds raised for his campaign.

            And what is true about him is that he is a naive and honest person.
            – Most of court cases he handled were never successful. The case filed against GOTA’s presidential candidacy has now been swept under the carpet. Mako (another backlicker of RAJAPAKSHES) has not yet been jailed. However, our Bandarwella Joker may be suffering from dementia, which is forgetful again. We have repeatedly discussed the case based on NK’s funding and GOTA’s nomination on CT.
            .
            If he had done so, all the AKD-led groups should have done the same.
            As my information revealed to me recently, he paid a million or something like that to appear on lanken TV for a single 1-hour telecast. Lankan TV channel made a lot of money by spreading lies all the time.
            :
            The truth is that NK or similar think he is the only senior lawyer on the planet. He is also very superstitious in Sinhala Buddhism.
            .
            He must have thought he was the only lawyer in the world. Unfortunately, such personalities are not suited to the political spheres of Sri Lanka, where Melechcha politics is practiced.

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            Dear Douglas,
            .
            Much as I respect you
            , I must tell you that you have gone too far in denouncing Nagananda.
            .
            It is 01:00 am: there now are 29 comments below the YouTube. All except two (mine being one) are rude.
            .
            I totally disagree with your claim that he “He collected millions from people”. He collected, yes, but your statement is exaggerated. He is an honest man, but it was a largish waste of money. He is so obsessed with proving to the world that he is making that “Autochthonous Constitution” by himself that one can’t reason with him.
            .
            I forgot to telephone him. I’ve just begun composing an email to him. I’m going to include a link to this Kumar David article as well. Shall try telephoning him tomorrow. You’re right! It could be a harrowing experience for me. The guy just doesn’t listen!
            .
            I won’t rely on him for anything, but good guys like Raj-UK seem to set so much store by him. But I do trust him! An honest “problem child!“
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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              SM,
              “It could be a harrowing experience for me. The guy just doesn’t listen!”
              May I know who is speaking, please?🤣🤣

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                OC,
                Dr Chaminda W siriwardhana [psycho expert about our average] makes it very clear our people are forced to believe brain 🧠 is located in their stomach.
                That is why they eat dagaba-sized plate of rice, but not thinking twice.Facts 🤔 are before their eyes but act like elephant is in the room, no single word about the beast.

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              Dear S-M & LM: Thanks. I regularly listen to NK. In my assessment, there is no single person on this earth above him other than himself. He is “Mr. KNOW ALL”.

              There are absolutely no LEADERSHIP qualities in him. He talks of the “Paramadhipathya” of people. Did he consult in drafting HIS “Constitution”? What type of dialogue he had with people? But he wants that to be “Accepted”. What rubbish is that? Then he says, under “His” Government all the Judges will be considered “Resigned” and re-appointed strictly on a selective basis. What that “Selective” basis is not known. That is why I call him a “Bull In a China Shop”. Imagine NK becoming the “President”. He has to be a “Cultured” human first.

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                D,
                .
                I could nt agree more. Birds of a feather flock together, that is why Bandarawela tourist aka Sinhala_man is back to him..
                .
                NK@
                Beware of dogs !

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            Dear Douglas,
            .
            After I made my first response to you, there appear to be others intent on making mischief.
            .
            I almost totally agree with what you say about Nagananda Kodotuwakku. I spoke to him very briefly about two days back, but I realise that there’s no way I can get him to listen to me.
            .
            When I spoke to him he was polite, but said that he was busy preparing some papers for some court case. Later his phone appeared to be always engaged.
            .
            As you say, he has a huge EGO, and he has a talent for bungling all that he touches. I began commenting on Colombo Telegraph only in January 2015. Nagananda appears to have been writing articles here since before 2013. He used always to write on sensational topics. Here’s one:
            .
            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/chief-justice-and-three-other-former-chief-justices-charged-for-judicial-corruption/comment-page-1/#comments
            .
            Many of us used to comment, but not often in my case.
            .
            However, I don’t accept these vague stories that he’s dishonest. Nor am I happy with using four letter words to denounce him.

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              NK is honest, but a bit one-sided. His profile does not suit Sri Lankan politics. His know-it-all nature prevents him from shaping a good politician. He is not the only lawyer with that much of courage standing against injustices.
              Besides, his belief in Buddhism may have hindered him from knowing the basic facts about LANKEN elections. He is the only candidate who was deceived by the party vendors in the Sri Lankan election market. It damaged his image although people thought he was the only savior of the doomed world.

              His former place is now caught by poverty as any other countries in Europe.
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK68yyrKUOA

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      SM,
      Nalaka Godahewa is respected, you say? The stock market manipulator and committed racist?
      As to Kumar Welgama, he does indeed campaign for Ranil.

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        Dear oc,
        .
        Thanks for pointing out.
        When I made both those statements, I think that I was talking about guys I don’t really know.
        .
        You’re probably right about both Godahewa and Welgama. I shouldn’t have said that without personal knowledge.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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          SM,
          It might interest you that Welgama is a Thomian. But so is Namal…

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            Dear oc,
            .
            I try to avoid using this term “Thomian” unnecessarily; but I do use it for specific purposes – sometimes.
            .
            It seems to be used to refer to those who had studied at S. Thomas’ Mt Lavinia, and now seems to getting extended to those who studied in the three branch schools as well.
            .
            I don’t think that people become “special” by studying in a school. No, it doesn’t interest me much that Welgama and Namal studied in the Mt Lavinia school.
            .
            Welgama succeeds in politics because he is abundantly equipped with common sense; but I have heard it said that certain aspects of his life leave something to be desired. However, I’ve listened to him quite a bit; he’s a pretty effective politician.
            .
            As for Namal Rajapaksa, I see little that is positive in him.

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        Thanks OC.
        :
        Kumaraa Welgama was the only candidate who stood against Gotabhaya’s nominnation. I observed that he respected none other than Mahinda Rajapaksa in that rascal bunch.However, he respects CBK and Bandaranayakas more. NV would call him to be a “maoist”.
        .
        Welgama accurately predicted that it will be similar to a bull entering a porcelain shop after Gotabhaya became president. We should put some gold his mouth.
        This man was going to hero worship Mahinda Rajapaksa over a period (the cattle rustler known in Beliyatte), but he is planning to do some good work today.

        Btw, our NPP promoter has confessed his mistake. Bravo ! There I respect him. Real change is that such patronizers see it right.

        Godahewa was a prominent man that stood by Gotabaya blindly, also at GR s last moment, when people drove away Gotabaya out of the country to Thailand or Maldives.
        Had he owned brains, would Godahewa ever act like that ?
        Readers over to you, whoever whatever being said and promoted, we should not be like SINHALA_Man (the symbol of the naivity in our hell).

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        A SIGNIFICANT portion of our senior citizens act like Bandarawela Man/tourist. This man is not exceptional. So how can we improve the voter awareness of Sumanawathie and Piyadasa who are the majority 🤔? Readers over to u yo see it ✅️. The level of stupidy is beyond estimation. 😔 good luck to the youth!!!!
        .

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      “Our politicians prefer manipulation to education.”

      not only politicians but also our people at large.

      This is very true, but how can you, who have lived there for so many years, only now see the essential qualities of our wicked politicians?
      If people in your age group did their job right, would cheaters repeat themselves?

      Today’s situation As of today, deficiencies have piled up. Be it in education, culture, society, health, religious affairs and all. I feel you could have done more if the senior intellectuals of your age group had done their job properly. The task was to educate people properly.
      :
      Now that your new friends are evil and power hungry, we are worried that our country will become another Niger country and wont be a free ground to practice 2019 Easter Sunday style bombings for the second time.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_LL4ktTr4k

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        we are worried that our country will become another Niger country and I don’t hope, it ll be a free ground to practice another 2019 Easter Sunday style bombings for the second time.

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      Readers,
      .
      How many more times do I have to come to answer again and again regarding the atrocities and atrocities committed by the JVP itself in Matara, Weligama, Deniya, Akurassa, Galle and many parts of the island between 89 and 92? ????

      There may have been battalions, however, the atrocities committed by JVPrs were brutal, and university students who refused to hand over their IDs were beheaded or tortured without excuse. That is why when SINHALA_Man came after the annonymous commenters today, asking our IDs, we expeirenced ” goose pimple”: Heartless men would never get the feeling but we do yet today.

      A man with zero compassion about the victims in 89, how can he EVER have a mind to even think of it?
      Patronizing SM once said, he was working in Oman to that time. If one would not have enough experieince about the insurgency period , he or she should better study them properly before trusting unsubstantiated news.

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      Sinhala_Man

      “Dr Nalaka Godahewa who are respected by the people.”

      In this clip Nalaka was seen surrounded by his fellow Sinhala/Buddhists and delivering a nasty piece of racist oration(?), ….. half truth, no truth, basically lies and ……
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c27ScIZi-QY

      Now tell us how do you judge a person?

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        NV,

        “Now tell us how do you judge a person?”

        The COMMENTER who is calling himself “SINHALA MAN” without knowing sinhala language properly, is the JVP promoter on CT forum. Bandarawella_Tourist would fit better.

        That answers everything about him.
        And this man has branded me as a Ranil supporter just because I add some comments being against to his JVP-NPPrs.

        If the JVP led NPP government is real, when I go back home next year to see my mother’s grave, SM or the like will kill me on the road and make soup out of me right there? Aiyooooooooooooooooo…

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        Dear Native Vedda,
        .
        I agree that Godahewa has a nasty streak in him.
        .
        Therefore, let us look forward to the day when the people are allowed to vote for a fresh lot of MPs.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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    What factors are going to make influence on the votes? It is too early to predict in Sri Lanka because the voters and politicians behaviour can change any time. However, the possible factors are economic crisis and recovery process, recent acheology programme (Building Buddhist Temples in North East) and 13th amendment and politicians behaviour in Sinhala politics (Party changes). RW as a UNP leader he is favoured on the side of Western block and India. On the other hand MR is on the side of China and and internally in favour of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists. Sri Lanka military was traditionally on the side of Buddhist Fundamentalists in favour of Rajapaksa family but I understand there were some of the high level military leaders have now changed that stand in favour of RW. However, it is not clear whether change is permanent or temporory. I still doubt about the influence of Aragalaya with JVP/NPP on votes because they were denied any measures such as Local Government elections to indicate voters behaviour throughout the country but it is possible to see significant change.

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      Ajith,
      .
      How do we know if the JVP/NPP would change their mind like it did in 2005? He’ll get cold feet because he won’t be able to face the nation with his theories and if elected he won’t have enough experience to face the music.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-pUUz3vW9E

      AKD can again be unpredictable.

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        leelae,
        In Sri Lanka, you cannot predict the behaviour of politicians or people incluning AKD.

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          Ajith,
          That’s why I call them today “human beasts”. Unfortunately, AKD behaves like a teenager-politician yet today.

          Even one’s own family circles will not act polite as before. I don’t know why they have been so brutal lately. Vengeance, jealousy, malice, hatred overflow even though every nook and cranny is facilitated by “Pirith chanting loudspeakers”. What happened to SRILANKA is a beyond bearing alas !

          Person – Family – Team – Society -Country. If this chain would not function properly, and remain abberated further, how can we expect them to build consensus even for minor agreements ? Everyone regardless of expertise or knowledge are today experts on CYBER. They dont give in. That is really dangerous. Youtubers are like hay suckers.

          I simply don’t trust anyone out there. Betel-eating private and public bus drivers are like contract killers – on the road.
          . No one has any dignity and it is a dilemma how people can continue to their lives.

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    1
    Thanks a lot for the valuable article, no doubt your articles are the best in CT. Many articles refer to different thinkers looking beyond. It is versatile and a really good approach. Food for thought. It makes my day, thank you very much.
    I wish you and the senior citizens good health. Let’s make our savvy senior citizens the primary source of community awareness. Commenter, Sinhala_Man’s complete ignorance may pave the way for some JVP mobs (Nalin Hewage, Lal Kantha or the like) to prey on innocent commenters.

    May the mild but mentally ill or oppressors have a brain to understand the birth of anonymity of our commenters on CT and other public forums.

    It goes without saying that this country is full of murderers, various racists (like Madhu Madhava and pro-Rajapaksa artists) saboteurs and criminals with a higher density than any other nation. The second is the underlying reality and reality no matter what anyone does to stagnate the brain.

    tbc

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      2
      I have repeatedly said that after the declaration of war is over in the country in May 2009, the torn society must be rebuilt immediately. If HAD done so, that could be the wonder making stuff of the nation in order to find its way back to progress. However, to our bad luck, it was caught in the stepmotherly cares of elected leaders. It is now becoming clear that it is not easy to improve people’s thoughts even if everything is destroyed because nothing can be easily repaired.but it is somewhat late .
      .
      Yes, two massive camps are before us, but people’s awareness of suffrage is comparable to their stony superstition, hatred (Sinhalese man), malice (Sinhalese man), racism (Deepthi Silva, Melbourne Mahindapala, Tony, Liger. etc) behind their heads. I’ve added appropirate examples in parentheses so that CT readers can guess what I’m talking about. South Asian psychology is the biggest obstacle preventing them from reaching their goals for a better future. It accounts for 25% of the global population and is the poorest country in the world today.
      tbc

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        Welimada Piyadasa, Bandarawella Simon Appu and Unawatune Sumanawathie hardly know about the powerful weapon of the common people of this country, “voting power”. Their conditioned minds are completely occupied by Atapattam-style Sinhala Buddhist myths rather than any facts.

        Dr. Chaminda W (Psychologist and Psychiatrist) makes it very clear that many people think that the brain is in the stomach.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCuT_yksP9M
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG49NOQCLyQ&t=780s
        According to him, today our people cannot develop their brains at all. This is why parents force-feed their growing children without letting them decide what they eat. Healthy child development is the path to “creating intelligent voters in a society/country”.
        But the truth is that it is their votes and looking back at our past elections, commoners’ votes are the decisive factor in the success of any election in our country. In Europe, it is different, because hundreds of immigrants and their votes can easily elect some candidates to parliament. This has helped a lot in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark and parts of UK today.
        tbc

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          4
          . They will be more than happy with a few Sinhala rude remarks about someone because their brains are not trained to see beyond that. Wimal-weerawanse-style filthywords must flow in society to meet their affinities. People are inclined to “eat stinking dried fish than anything else”: similarly, they prefer to indulge in dirty gossip about political candidates. Childless Ranil and Sajith and the related gossips became their food for thoughts in previous elections. Womb-wars spread by WW drove away Dr Safi’s innocient family, even if it was the most cruel and inhuman act ever occured in recent srlanka. Now the very same stupid people behave faceless before the truths revealing about Dr Safi Saga. Media prostitutes worked with MAHINDA RAJAPKSHE mlechcha racists forces are today deaf and blind.

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            tbc
            All these things were well studied and used by Mahinda Rajapaksa or similar rascal leaders and became popular in the society of this country in recent times.
            .
            More than 95% of our population in the region would not be without myth-based lifestyles than the other way around.
            Today, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia (economic tiger countries) are gradually abandoning such forces. So today the investment boom is being pushed away from the Indian subcontinent rather than South Asia. India remains a marvel, the dichotomy between poverty and wealth reigns supreme. But the poverty in that country is different from all other countries.
            .
            It would take another millennium for the mythologists and mystics who ruled the South Asian region to learn the facts and figures – and then respect the truth.

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    David Kumar: I remember you telling us that you are a member of the “Executive Committee” of NPP.

    Am I correct? If not, I apologize.

    If YES, I would welcome you to spell out what NPP is proposing to do in all matters that you have raised in this article.

    If NPP has not answered your questions (on the understanding that you are a member of that EXco) I would request you to QUIT the NPP.

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      Douglas,
      you might be misled because our self-proclaimed NPP promoter (by name sinhala_man, not speaking sinhala langauge). He does not know what he is talking about when he starts commenting. Many thought KD is to be an active member of NPP, going by sinhala_man prevarications.
      SM’s attacks on me and Old codger seem to be forgetting him everything, poor guy. May SINHALA_MAN be blessed with brains

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        Dear LM: I remember very well DK in one of his articles mentioning that he is an “EXco” member of NPP. Anyway, I have asked NPP this time to check my information. I hope NPP will respond.

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      Dear Douglas,
      .
      The terms that you use may not correspond exacty with Professor Kumar David’s ro;e in the NPP. At the 5 August 2020 Parliamentary Elections he was a candidate of the Party, since he was on the National List.
      .
      I’m going to talk vaguely here: Kumar is allowed a good deal of freedom by the NPP. He deserves it, and it is beneficial to us all.
      ,
      He should certainly not quit the NPP! He is an outstanding man in many fields, and it makes me proud to have him as a member of the same Party as I belong to.
      .
      Am I a member of the NPP? I dunno! I filled in a form, and handed it over. All a bit vague.

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    It is no more “Rocket Science” to know that the State and Private sectors related to the Economy are in tatters and that has resulted in a total collapse of the Political and Social systems. This is not a “Tsunami” and neither a “Natural Disaster” like a Flood/Drought etc. It happened over a period of decades and all “MAN MADE”. However, it is “HISTORY” and there is no purpose to “Cry Over Spilt Milk”.

    If we admit all the “Disasters” had been “Man-Made”, it is equally clear that this collapse has to be “RE_BUILD” by none other than “MAN”. So the big “QUESTION” is “WHO” will and can make it happen?

    In my opinion, we have come to a point in the selection between TWO camps. The camp (1) ALL (Directly involved) who have run the State and Governing Functions for the last few decades and (2) Those who “DID NOT” but were PRESENT being aware of what was happening.

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    continued: Of the two camps mentioned, I would prefer No. 2.

    In camp No. 1 are the people whom we have given opportunities (over and over again) and obviously the “FAILURES” and Responsible and Accountable for the collapse.

    In Camp, No. 2 are those who were “Present” and “KNEW” what was happening and what went wrong. That means they have the knowledge (information) and possibly possess the capability of correction.

    In the above context, I would select the NPP (National Peoples Power) and DISCOUNT all others whom I described in Camp No.1. including the fringe parties divided on communal/religious bases.

    Next, we have to KNOW what NPP proposes and offers to the people. Let us wait and see.

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      Douglas ,

      ” Next , we have to know what NPP proposes and offers to the people .
      Let us wait and see ” . There are two things that they do not shy to be
      proud of .

      1 . AKD , at more than couple of his rallies emphasised the point that
      those who attend his rallies , do so with no intention of seeking
      benefits from them if they come to power .
      2 .They maintain that they are being looked after by their families ,
      friends and well wishers / comrades .

      Now , my view , based on these two approach is , they have chosen a
      hard road for their journey in a country where one hundred percent of
      general public is bent towards ” You scratch my Back , I Scratch Yours ” .
      Also , I want to share an experience with you which could help
      influence my view . About more than 25 yrs back , one beggar
      approached my car and asked for help and he did ask for an amount of
      money of his choice , not allowing me to choose it . So , I was not
      allowed to offer him just anything . That was about a quarter century
      ago ! Even our Beggars were sharp in dictating terms ! Today we are a
      Beggars paradise . If the JVP / NPP believe in lashing out their
      opponents with corruption and frauds alone will take them somewhere
      in elections , I take any bet , they are under illusion .

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        WW,
        .
        I really don’t think that all JVP representatives are not using their own funds for their daily purchases. It sounds clean, but in practical life, being in a country like SRILANKA (law and order is worst almost unquestionable). According to me this must be a myth.
        Today there are JVP but also regional leaders who have been ” caught in the act” for common crimes or corruption.
        That is the culture of Sri Lanka guided by the Rajapakse Doggy Chinthanaya.

        We warned as much as we could, however, we were all attacked as NGO workers or Tamil diaspora supporters. Their JVPness lasted until they become MBBS holders or business men. Short lived.

        If you go back to my school days (mid 80’s), the people who worked as JVP promoters today don’t even care to think of JVP.
        Some of them are doctors, while others are successful businessmen or lead rich lifestyles.
        In those days, they as students came from very poor economic background and their parents were very uneducated similar to plantation tamil people.

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    In my opinion, this article is biased. I say this because I suspect the author to be a sympathizer of JVP or Ranil’s Golaya. In both situations the ultimate beneficiary of this article is Ranil.

    Yes JVP can bring/ship people to their meetings, but at the voting booth, people hesitate to vote for JVP. In a global environment, a JVP leader who cannot even conduct a simple conversation in English will not stand a chance. Anura Kumara has not proven anything other than making fiery speeches. Even when JVP held ministries in the past their performance was poor. If JVP comes to power, SL will become an inward-looking country and we all will become frogs in a well. For SL, which has a very small land mass and a small population we cannot survive by inward looking economy. What we need is to open our hearts and minds to expand our commerce to foreign countries. In this JVP will not succeed.

    What JVP can do is join Sajith and demand certain ministries such as law and order, rural development, women’s affairs, health, etc.

    Sajith is a much stronger disciplined politician. He is on a mission to do “clean politics” and given a chance he will make progress. If JVP does not join hands with Sajith it will be doomsday for JVP.

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      Buddhist,
      Thanks for the balanced comment. As you know, people of our country do not engage in one-party politics. They are heterogeneous in thoughts and this is represented by belonging to different political parties. Unfortunately, JVP led NPP does not seem to realize this yet. why ? How can we expect such a society be stand behind one party ?

      Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s dream is to create a clean, corruption and abuse free world. Anyone who has some knowledge for that will salute them. The biggest question is whether the Sri Lankans possess the prerequisites to try it out today. JVP and NPP should be realistic. W tried VIYATHMAGA and any other models, but does it function in corrupted SL filled with rapist, money launders, goons of diverse nation and rabblerousers are the majority ?
      Even coconut sellers at road sides do behave fair , let alone fish mongers ? They themselves break any laws round the clock. Public and private bus drivers are the programmed killers of the day. No law and order at all, but people at large behave like DEAF and blind.
      tbc

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        cont.
        However, to solve this in practice, the society must first be well organized and trained. The media must play the biggest role in getting the message out, just like Nazi Germany did with their “Goebbels theory based tele and broadcast”. Saying bye to all corrupt systems, if we want a tangible change, we can use it for our good in our country. Media houses should be free from their frauds. Derana and Hiru TV or the like channels should be banned.
        .
        Can the present condition of our hell created by the Hambantota rascals do the job? no it is impossible. What are the options ? WHAT SHHOULD THE ALTERNATIVE BRING WITH ? Toleranace, and knowledge about ground realities of srilankens (they are also highly corrupted and abusive by nature, easily cheatable, sinhala-buddhists).
        YouTubers can do the job, if they are not selfish, unfortuatnely they are like blue flies on roadside dumps.

        Most of sinhala YouTubers are real scammers of the day (Chapa Bandara, Suddhata Thilakasiri, Nuwankade Bamuna, Sepala Amarasinghe and many others). They will sell the people’s “duka-duka” for their dollar profit. All these selfish men and women make their occupations at the expsense of the poverty of our people

        tbc

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          cont.
          .
          Also, when 70% of nation has been in poverty for so long, struggling to survive from day to day, is there any brain space to even think about being law abiding citizens?

          Kiribathgoda, Sangaramaya, Abhayaramaya or the like temples intentionally waste their electricity while Vavurukannala and Mihinthale temples struggle to pay their bills and they are today subjected to be in dark. Why cant those rich temples take care of the less-fortunate templs by their overflowing funds ?

          Sinhala-Buddhism,Astrologers, sorcery promoters and deceitful media all work together for more downfalls.
          News that has no basis has become hot news in this country today. So the vulnerable cannot improve their knowledge at all.
          .
          A prime example is that long before the walls came down, former Soviet Union countries like Bulgaria, Poland and Georgia still had high standards of education, health, sports education and other means that they could easily afford. The transition from socialism to democracy was easy for them because they completed all the basics of democracy.

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            Leelagemalli,

            Thank you for your comments. In my opinion, if SL is to change its course the first requirement is cleaning up of the Judiciary and Police. If these two organizations are cleaned up 50% of the work is done. Secondly, all extra benefits to politicians past and present must be cut. They should be paid a good wage for their job with no benefits like in Western countries. They have to be taxed the way the public is taxed and their pensions and benefits should be similar to senior government servants’ benefits and pensions. Next, the Buddhist Monks should be controlled as they are behaving like street thugs. If the Mahanayakes cannot control them special legislation should be drafted to ensure not only them but also other religious monks behave. If we do these changes 90% of our issues will be solved.

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    All major parties who kept power based on social status, wealth , class and other elements like casts are now exposed their nakedness. In the past they divide themselves into two camps and share the power between alternatef elections.
    so all these element are now flocking around Ranil.
    He get the support of all crooks including Mahinda, Gotabaya, Lansa , Dinesh and other.
    Also he is desperately trying to bait TNA by trying give 13 amendment illusion.
    He will ask SJB to join him or try to break them in to peaces and get some in to his side.

    People should understand current generation of youth could not be deceived any more by this process

    National people front led by JVP is the only alternative for common people who wants to get rid of corruption and established rule of law.
    Readership and contributors to Sunday Telegraph are in old school but genuine people misguided by
    thought that discarded element like Ranil can be invigorated to do miracle.
    Please don’t make a mistake 69 million people did in the last election.

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      Jack,
      .
      Sri Lanka was on the brink of a precipice a year ago. Let me clearly remind you, that was after Gotabaya was ousted from the presidency. People died while queuing for petrol and cooking gas. Some used helmets when using cooking gas in the kitchen. Poor mothers burned, some died.
      .
      Anarchy reigned. Stupid dominated nation deseved it.
      Fierce undergraduates performed aqua gymnastics in the pool at the Presidential Palace, sending a message to the world that Sri Lankans are beyond disciplined and law-abiding nature.

      Farmers across the country struggled for their manure or fertilizer and now everything is resolved. Due to the lack of fertilizers, they did not expect a proper harvest. They protested for months against GOTA’s shameless government.

      Not a single party leader had the courage to come forward and accept the challenge, but Ranil alias Ranil, the scapegoat of the nation, risked it irrespective of burning down of his ancestral home. If i were the victim, i WOULD end up in a psycho clinic.
      .
      His motto was “I have nothing to lose”.

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        cont.
        Not even 8 months have passed since he accepted the challenge, put the IMF deal on the table and as usual, got approved, while that of PAKISTAN was rejected, people can be freed from the troubles created by the Rajapaksa brothers and their open political self-indulgence.
        :
        To date, over 700 000 tourist arrivals have been REPORTED in the last 7 months and their target is 1.5 million by the end of the year.That means at least 1 billion of dollars should have entered to the country. JVPrs say nothing is done, ……. AKD is either blind or malcious as any average citizen ?
        :
        LCs can now be created thanks to the improvement in foreign exchange reserves. New normal is dawned, without doubt.
        :
        We cannot expect Sri Lanka to be the best place for investors yet, however, it has picked up from where we fell… isn’t that miraculous?
        Although I do not support any party, I always take the side of poor people. I give credit where credit is due. Other leaders couldn’t do it but RW managed it. So I have a special Repcet about him today. Among those who don’t speak like that, many do

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      Jack ,

      ” People should understand current generation of youth could not be
      deceived any more by this process ” . Well , you put too much sugar
      in here I reckon Jack . One should never ever forget the lesson we
      Srilankans learned a year ago with a run away president who was
      elected with this same ” current generation of youth ” . And then
      within a couple of months , Hero turned Coward is back and very well
      looked after by another World Famed Historic Loser ! Where is that
      ” current generation of youth ” ? Remember , there were young runners
      in the president race but the so-called youth craved for the Old and War
      Hero (so-called) , sooner to find how stupid they had been ! They are
      responsible for the current situation in the country because of their
      lackadaisical attitude in creating a better nation for the ones before and
      after them . They are the ones who are forcing their parents to sell the
      properties for buying them luxuries and seeking foreign education and
      trying to escape to safer territories . Their parents are not second to them
      either . Nobody should try to blame recent governments , the habit has a
      long history . JRJ made it fast track after 78 . Now it is a madness !

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    Sinhala Man

    Welgama , Godahewa “are respected by the people”. Do you personally vouch for the “respectability” of the aforementioned gentlemen ?

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      Pandit,

      The biggest question is who are these people? We are in a country dominated by human beasts.

      4 years ago, 6.9 million voters (more sinhala voters than others), regardless of their political experience or education, elected a man as its Führer, the ultimate savior of the nation, calling it a “kingist”. One uneducated but Mahanaya thero called him ” hitler”.
      .
      If they had done their feasibilities better before electing him, they would have found it crystal clear that the man was not fit to be a village servant or a small bezirk of the country. Now the bastard, is under the pay role of the tax payers, with not a single protest against it. Why on earth, JUDICIARY silent as a clay fed crocodile ?
      :
      But as the reality proved by 9th July 2022, the man was elected with huge mandate and 22A powers and could not solve the kitchen cooking gas problem but “prosperity for all” ??????
      .
      Today, the same stupid domineering nation shuts up and questions why we blame only “Rajapaksha”? In a powerful european country, if a leader would have ended up like that, would be put in jail or indicted going by all the huge failures committed.
      .
      Can you imagine?

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    It’s TIME for all the Political parties and their Leaders to publish their manifestoes on how they will take our country out of Economic, social. racial & religious issues.
    Keeping silent is NOT the way to go. Sajith Premadasa/ AKD / RW/ M Sirisena/ Rajapaksas should tell us on they are going to go about. Tamils have suffered since the Independence Day 75 years ago. Why can not the Sinhala Leaders openly APOLOGISE SINCERELY to the affected minorities. The minorities are still being targeted by religious extremists.

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      Naman,

      Some believe that AKD is different, but what evidence does he bring?

      He is a monolingual physics graduate, and he brings few years of Sri Lankan politics with no practical experience to bring miracles to the country.

      His team is similar to the Viatmaga composition which pushed Gotabhaya to intensive care unit by July 9, 2022. So our voters have proved that their psyche is similar to those wait to see ” pigs might fly oneday”.
      .
      Will that dream set on ANURA KUMARA end the way people put it about Gotabhaya? Or by paving the way for even another insurgency of barbaric 89-92 era? JVPs only recognize black and white, they don’t care about the colors of a rainbow, so those who disagree with them are beheaded like they did to our brothers in the 89 rebellion and feed them with own flesh and bones.
      :
      He says that the current government has not brought in even a cent of dollars despite knowing that 700,000 tourists to srilanka are reported in the last 7 months alone. if they each spent just 50 dollars, it is all together make 35 000 000 US dollars , which circulated in the country. The rain of accusations against rival politicians cannot bring in dollars to widen the gap in foreign exchange reserves. It does not either bring relief to the nation.

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