31 October, 2020

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To Your Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, A Sincere Plea

By Visakha Tillekeratne – 

Dear Excellency,

I am an ordinary citizen of Sri Lanka, born in 1965, twenty years younger than you short of six months and 3 days. You were born on 18 November 1945 and I on 15 May 1965. So I am sure you will take this sincere note as an older brother, or even a father or an uncle would. You are also very fond of children, it is said, especially daughters. I could even be a daughter to you with this age gap. The Mahinda Chintanaya also gives top priority to women. So as a female writing to you, I know for sure you will give this note a thought.

MahindaThis letter is written in the spirit of “the country and our people doing well”.  If you do continue in existence as President for many years, that is not an issue to me personally. I have given up on politics and political parties and have decided not to vote for any of the parties or persons currently in existence, as all have been brutal to the people of this country. We all can remember 1971, 1983, 1989 and 2009. However your continuing to stay for many years could be an issue for good governance, as it is a practice of good governance to rescind power every 5 or 6 years for fresh blood to participate in governing of the country.

In fact if we form a party for animals or the environment, I may vote for them, as the cause is worthy.

Let me begin with the last 5 years. However it was done, you ended the war. I do not support war however trying a situation it is, but you brought the bombs to an end with that able man called Sarath Fonseka. Many people thank you for this, even grudgingly, so do the people of the North and East. I have personally met thousands of these people during the course of my work and this is a fact. There are some post war positive outcomes of your tenure. These are mainly the beautification and cleanup of the capital and some other key cities and we assume that tourism is on the rise. Diaspora are also visiting home, grudgingly admiring the country and coming more frequently. Globally Colombo is beginning to be recognized as some kind of an event hub mainly because of infrastructure development which is considerable. Even though this development may not be pro poor and accomplished not with net foreign investment, but on a number of loans, the result is eye catching and convenient to those who can afford.

However beyond the beautiful tarmac, convenient and luxurious travel stops, billboards with your smiling face, the more frequent carnivals and musical shows, restored colonial buildings, walkways and parks and night races, luxurious and decadent lifestyles of that close club that supports you, the picture is not so rosy.

Governance is in total disarray. An opposition that is impotent is not a reason to ride rough shod over governance issues. You are a seasoned politician and a man of the soil, or rather you were once upon a time, so you already know all this. The Note is merely a reminder.

You are a lawyer no less. It is ironic therefore that the judiciary is not restored and strengthened as the pinnacle of justice and fair play. In fact the dismal state of justice and the judicial system with a lawyer being the President is highly unacceptable and IRONIC. The system has to be restored if we are to have any hope. Let go of the judiciary. You are the key guardian of Latimer House Principles as the sitting Chair of the Commonwealth in the next years. Dispel the saying “Narinta kukul kotuwa baradunna” (the fox in this case you and the chickens being the rule of law viz a viz Latmer House). As people know there is no rule of law, over 300 incidents of extremism and hate instigated by Buddhist groups have been swept under the carpet. Violence against women and children has reached unprecedented proportions, kudu businesses among your own colleagues are thriving. Corruption is rampant. The Root Cause- No Rule of Law!

The fact that an Economic Development Ministry has been named and put in place for the first time in the history of this country by you and the contradiction of failed enterprises such as Sri Lankan Airlines which was thriving before, a flying white elephant called Mihin Air not being restructured at least to be made viable, cronyism and the resultant mess in the Cricket Board, assets that are not creating the expected dividends which ate and continue to eat up billions of public rupees, spending so much on a Conference called CHOGM which has done nothing even to restore the image of the country and thus pacify vociferous voices overseas, is just not good enough. It is hoped that the Divi Neguma Program, an ambitious enterprise will really do something to address the huge economic disparity among regions and the D Pereras vs Siyadoris of Siyambalanduwa . Direct foreign investments are necessary to have meaningful growth rates. Citizens do not see this coming. To our naked eye what we see are loans being taken and our own money being pushed around for development. So where are the net gains? It is also ironic that the BOI and the SEC see a record number of changes in those heading these, the institutions that form the backbone of a robust economy. How come the same person is investing in all the large enterprises in the country, despite a regulatory mechanism called the SEC. Did the SEC not replace the functions of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to avoid exactly this, where all investments are controlled by a “monopolist”? Even a housewife in ancient times knows that one does not put “all one’s eggs in one basket”. Is it not ironic that you have an excellent mechanism called the COPE and you are not giving the green light to “Cope” with the findings and clean up this mess?

Also your Excellency, who is advising you on Casinos as the best form of investment? You are the custodian of ethical business in this country. How can you say “Rate hondama deval lamuntai” or the “best in the country is for the children” and put up vice dens such as these? You know the results of the Casino culture – illicit sex, more drugs, materialism. In short this is a “night race” to hell. Please remove all the Pirith nool on your wrist, when Packer comes to town and put on a Packer wrist band. I was shocked the other day to hear that a foremost corporate in this country had bull dozed their own prime office land in Colombo 2 to put up a Casino Complex!

It was so depressing to read the full page article in the Sunday Times today on the shell of the Foreign Service or Family Service? If over 60% of key positions are held by your friends, family and political supporters and over 75% of them do not have basic qualifications and do not know the basics of an office environment let alone the analysis and cutting edge business of international relations and negotiations, how can you draft and implement a proper Foreign Policy? We may not condone the US and its double standards. However let us point our finger towards our self on the quagmire in Geneva. This is of our own making. What is preventing us from making the recommendations of the LLRC put together by your late and great friend – Chittaranjan de Silva – CR? The lack of the rule of law from which stems the disregard to restore human rights together with a lopsided economy which is wasting away billions, in turn, depriving needy communities all over the island, especially in the North and East, of the much needed financial resources required to restore basic amenities, agricultural inputs, housing and proper schools.

This note cannot go on. There are many aspects to be mentioned such as the decimation of the environment and crimes against elephants, committed by those nearest and dearest to you, the cost of living which is killing all of us, the sad state of the fuel economy, the dream that is reconciliation, an education system that badly needs the 6% for revamping, a health service that is not free to those who need it most and much more.

THE ROOT CAUSE my dear Excellency are those two Cs that will strangle your political future finally – CORRUPTION and CRONYISM. So please give us a restored Country back! An earnest plea from a humble Citizen.

Yours sincerely

Visakha Tillekeratne

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    Isn’t a USD 500 Million Casino a direct investment?

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      It IS a direct investment, but look at the DRAW BACKS of such an investment ? That is the Key ! Not just FOOLISHLY BRINGING ALL CRAP TO THE COUNTRY AND CALLING IT DIRECT INVESTMENT ! Plus, do you know why these money spinners are being allowed ? Big Commissions to the first family,my ‘genius’ friend ! Weigh the Pros and Cons of these investments FIRST, before opening your brain dead head and mouth !

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      why not try it directly with Kudu business of billions as investments ?

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        Prime Minister & Son Company is importing “Kudu” in container loads. Where is the law enforcement agencies? MR is dumbfound. Thank God, JHU is fighting get rid of drug barons. Will the people approve or reject the crooks in the forth coming elections? May the good Lord help this country of ours!

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      Somehow there’s some shame to it, for Sri Lanka does not have oil, inventions, immigration, diamonds, etc., and somehow, tea, coconuts and gems cannot compete with the former few.

      Therefore with no such capital to balance out such a vice as casinos – unless we raze all our forests and cut down our hills and create a circuit-board of industrial enterprise(minus Buddha’s own good land),- we would look like a dirty disgrace of poor people gawking at the rich bugs coming in to gamble.

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    It is those two Cs that keep the ruling party going!!

    Only a fool will remove them.

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      Are you a job less one or an armchair philosopher?

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      There’s a third C reserved for [Edited out] like you?

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      There’s a third C reserved for [Edited out] like you!

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    Dear Visakaha: A very direct and an easy to understand presentation.

    But there is one statement I do not agree i.e.”you are a seasoned politician….” may be my understanding of such a person is different from your point of view. My understanding of a “seasoned politician” is person who knows and possesses experience in all aspect of “governing a country, managing its resources entrusted to his care by the people in the best interest of all citizens, selfless and devoid of image building etc.” In that sense I do not rate him anywhere even near satisfactory.

    You also forgot to mention the operation of the Provincial Councils under his tenure of office. Haven’t you suffered under or even see what is going on in the Local Government sector run by the worst criminals as Heads of those institutions? May be you could send him an addendum.

    I bet you won’t get a reply. Yet, you have done your duty well. Thank you.

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    If uncle Rajapaksa auntie Shirathi had a girl . she would have been a stunner like Hirunika …..

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      You are indeed a dirty old man.

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        Aren’t they all in the Diaspora ??????….

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      KAS, It would have been Namalie, Namal in a Saree.

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    in order for there to be Direct foreign investment there have to be DECENT infrastructure . we are only 4 years into getting that since those tamil terrorist pigs destroyed 30 years of our time . but even with that only some will benefit . the gonwahenses will not .

    Casinos are not a problem . if they are there should no women also . as according to sharmini’s and god she led adam to vice .

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    ”……Your Excellency, return us to Paradise! Return us to Paradise!” –
    http://www.colomboherald.com/news/full-transcript-of-welcome-speech-in-houston-by-tamil-attorney-george-willy

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    Visaka, enjoyed reading your concerns presented to the Head of State. It seems to be a plea to restore law and order and good governance for all devoid of corruption and cronyism. It is like asking a tortoise for feathers. Your idea of not voting for anyone in future elections will be like pouring honey in the ears of MR as their power remains intact. You mention about impotency of the Opposition. If you trace what the Rajapakses did and are doing to keep the Opposition impotent you will realise that it is not due to the weakness of the Opposition but due to the cunning of the regime and it’s media that people have lost faith in the Opposition. So I ask two things from you.1) please vote at every election to get rid of the current Regime,there are enough educated people in the opposition.2) If people lose faith in elections the next best thing that will happen will be an uprising of people in large numbers. since you are in a position to mobilise people please take this message to them for the sake of the future of our children.

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      but why many of the rural masses still feel that MR is the leader ?

      Either majority masses are sick or irrepairably hallozinated ?

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        You are dead right saying that there are enough candidates in the opposition to lead the country to proper. But how long would the average lankens take to grasph this ? I also believe it is the media of this country makes it like that Opposition under true leaders like RW are incapable of doing anything for the sake of the country.

        As one of the commentators put once, the rulers in general try to show a nice picture about press freedom while keeping media men in favour of rulers. They even interview journalists that raise very same questions like those of Visaka, but none of them would appear in the media. Latter is the sad reality.

        Rajapaskehs oligarch are the most brutal leaders that the country ever produced. This message should finally go to the majority folks. Poor folks should believe that they are not alone if they would go against the bunch that are highly corrupted top to the bottom.

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    Hello Visakha,

    I take umbrage at the words you use to address Mahinda Rajapaksa. You address him as “Dear Excellency”, “President” etc. This is not right.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa is the “Godfather” of a crimes syndicate called Sri Lanka. It is run on the lines the Mafia runs its business. The Provincial Councils are run by local hoods. Main business of close associates is gambling and drug peddling. Scores are settled by thuggery and intimidation. Dissent is not tolerated. He is cocooned by a bunch of die hard ‘Luca Brazzis’ who will do his bidding without a hum. This ‘Corleoni’ clan aims to run Sri Lanka with an iron fist into perpetuity.

    Do you see parallels in Sri Lanka to legitimate democracies or the systems of the Cosa Nostra. I will argue the latter to be the case.

    When you next make a plea Visakha, appeal to the correct persona – address him appropriately ‘Dear Godfather’etc.

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      But believe me, Premadasa senior was equally brutal like MR. Perhaps, MR is even worst. Ditta damma wedaneeya is not that far from MR as I feel it now. I really dont think that we need to wait that long. Alone the fractions that would respect Rajapske politics within the seniors in the SLFP, are now on a mode of changing their views towards CBK. In coming days, much more will come to surface.

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        This morning I read that MERVIN the worst ever uncivilised creature has now been reappointed by MR as the Kelaniya ruling party organizer. This will be against the people´s intrests. I know very well how people would vote in that area. Almost every 9 out of 10 hates Mervin in that area. Nevertheless megalomaniac to chose MERVIN as the only alternative proves everything of this man.
        MR is comparable to a deadly virus that spread to kill the entire nation.

        In this reappointment, people would ask what happened to the accusations against Mervin:

        a) Money extortions made him rich allowing his son to drive LAMBOGINIS; leaving all the charges, incl mervin´s direct involvment in the killing of waragoda MP 2 years ago, leaving all the requests made openly by the public in that area

        b) Mervin´s is reported to be number one highly corrupted MP. If authorities would stand against him, there are enough evidences to prove

        c) He is the only person who brought the enitre world ridicule,by challenging Ms pillay – un HR commissioner visiting lanka some 6 months back

        d) He is the only man from the brutal coalition, who threatened of breaking the legs of journalists, if they would report against the govt

        And please any rightthign lankens living in the country, add more to this list.. this is a hell hot situation….. negitiyaw, negitiyaw.

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    A most sincere letter Visakha. I recommend you post a copy to him as he does NOT read Colombo Telegraph. Better still, send him the Sinhala version of this letter. Good luck; maybe this will be the appeal that turns him around!

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      Spring Koha

      “maybe this will be the appeal that turns him around!”

      Or it could be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

      You will never know.

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    Would you kindly repost this ” Sunday Times today on the shell of the Foreign Service or Family Service?” if you have. Looks like it has been taken down.

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    A very sincere letter which any right-thinking citizen of Sri Lanka could have written. Thank you,Visakha, for writing this-and as suggested pl translate (into all 3 languages) and send it to the President by express post! It may be intercepted by one of his sycophants-that is a risk you will have to take!

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    What superficial comments by Mr Sumanasekera? Talking about Hirunika, she has just gone to bed with the Rajapaksas, sacrificing her own father. is this the kind of person you admire?

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      Yes, her reactions reflect the stupid nature of southern voters.

      I really dont know why the miserable girl took that step. We will have to read it next day, that she is even ready to the killer of her father.

      DOG WEDDING AGAIN IN THE COUNTRY – HIRUNIKA AND DUMINDA – RATA TA GIYA KALA::. if those strays dogs would have let stay there, they would have thought, see.. we were better…

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        Some in europe go to do it if those females would see no other way forward – that is simple prostitution. Lanken kind of politics today is comparable to those european or russian women seek for easy cash.
        Geetha kumarasinghe clearly sounds to have no head. I heard people that seek food items to survive are offered lipsticks and make up sets by the woman. They are going to establish make up culture in sl. Stupid masses seem to be caught by easily. Even huge india would not have such this kind poor female personaliteis becoming politicians. All these try to involve in lanken politics because MR has opened the door any idiot to become politicians under his umbrella. Nothing like such regulations seem to shape up in the selection of candidates.

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    Hurrah for Visakha!
    I know this young lady, Visakha, very well. She was an exemplary student leader at Musaeus College where my late wife taught. What an inspiring article from someone representing the younger people of Lanka! When all seems lost- with everybody buying into perks and positions given by MR; with opposition leaders ready to cross for positions,pittances and commissions;with journos made subservient by the royal gift of free car loans and free laptops; and with the Sangha more corrupt than sacred- here is this lady who is fearless to stand up and tell MR that what’s been done is bad and evil and disastrous for our beloved motherland. MR’s tactics rakes up the worst in human beings and all his bought-overs are just a manifestation of that.
    Good on you, Visakha. Please email me on [Emil], if you like.

    @Shyamon, we will send your email to her – CT

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    Dear Visakha Tillekeratne,

    You wasted your time typing this. You think a crook like MR is going to listen? Like pouring water on a ducks back. Democracy is dead and buried in SL.

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    If premadasa^s fate ended in that way – multi criminal energies like MR and his clan to stay further – is a great question to me and many like me

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    UNP is a collection of fags. Otherwise Rajafucksas would be no more.

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    If I wrote this letter, I would never start it with his excellency..

    instead – Dear merata wanasana lokaaparadakari Balla, This man is a my number one enemy. This man should be not there.

    See that – Tangalle murder case – now only they have issued warrants to take him to custody, but this was due atleast a year ago. Since british premier and prince charles personally made the request this to be ended up with a fair verdict – now for sure, MR has helped him the key witness ( the rapist – president^s son’^s close friend PS member) to leave the country. All these will come to light in coming days.
    This is how a state leader reacts to MURDER cases, but not the only case.

    Who thought that this country/nation would be fallen to this levels ?

    The writer has added facts about the war winning giving credit to the great man of the nation – SF. There I am thankful to her. More of this kind of writers should remind the masses the need of making aware of the FACTS. Facts will not die easily… EVEN if the abusers try their best to bury them under the carpet.

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    Reading this “letter” is more depressing than the things it purports to talk about. Because it is typical of the confused thinking of so many Sri Lankans today. It is also full of negativity reflecting the writer’s dismal outlook on life.

    It looks like the usually worldly Sri Lankans are labouring under the illusion that you can have western style “democracy” and “development” without the concomitant “hedonist” culture and political disillusionment. Show me one developed western nation without red light districts, brothels, massage parlors, pornography, pedophile-priests, STDs, casinos, drugs, street gangs, organized crime, underworld mafias, fundamentalist cults, neo-Nazis, fascists, white-supremacists, feminists, social activists, politicians, traffic congestion, garbage, pollution, environmental destruction, McDonalds, Walmart, and teledramas?

    Hey! can you have fun in life without these comforts of western democracy and industrial development? That means life is not so bad in Sri Lanka. Relax. The writer sounds she wants Sri Lanka to be like Mother Theresa’s convent. I don’t think the worldly Sri Lankans would buy that.

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    thank you visaka for writing on behalf sri lankans.. all should be writing similar articles.. thousands should appear to move “his excellency” .. let’s do it

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    I think Kutti Machan has got it totally wrong. There are plenty of countries that have clean development eg: close to home Bhutan for one. Also what is western style development? Development should be in the context of the country. The writer refers to ethical business. Quite right. If you have a choice of offering technical services to the world like back office IT operations vs Casinos, what shouuld you choose? I think Kutti you enjoy all these vices and have totally crossed your wires. Youu are ideal for the Rajapaksas who have got the development model totally muuddled up.

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    I think this shouuld be translated into Sinhala and Tamil for dissemination. Lots of people do not realise what scumbags the Rajapaksas are

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    All what has been achieved, primarily end of a protracted civil conflict, restoration of peace and right to live well received and appreciated, yet masses do need justice and fair-play, a war against drugs trafficking,thuggery by associates in the political arena against those critics and open minded people,and finally an end to totalitarianism.

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