13 August, 2020

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Too Much Law & Order Leads To Insecurity When The Police Are Communal Gangsters

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

As a Tamil I take the position that I am better off without the police because I get more harassment than protection from them. The video of an IGP assaulting an employee in a lift bears testimony to how committed the police are to law and order. I have dealt in my writings with how hazardous driving on the A9 is. I have been driven by my Sinhalese drivers at 110 km/hr. When stopped they make friendly small talk and move on. My Tamil drivers give their licence with Rs. 300 and all is well. One of my more careful Sinhalese drivers Amarasiri says he has never got a ticket except twice driving my van with NP plates.

I have detailed before my pleading not guilty after being falsely charged by the Mankulam Police of speeding. It was a satisfying exercise to be cleared by the judge; but a costly one that cost me several trips to the courthouse and a lot more than the Rs. 1000 fine. I would not have it differently because I hold my head high as a proud citizen never ever having given or taken a bribe.

However, my problem is when as a public servant I use my own vehicle to come to Colombo for Commission meetings or drive on personal trips. Those in Colombo will lack my perspective. In Colombo, if we make a mistake we get a ticket. Simple. We pay the fine as we should. The police rarely ask for a bribe fearing that the person might be quite powerful. Outstations, however, particularly North of Anuradhapura, we are stopped whether we make a mistake or not, in the expectation of a bribe so much so I am scared to drive to work. Having broken a shoulder and with doctor’s orders not to drive, it is very difficult for me. Standing in a moving bus is very difficult because I cannot raise my hand to hold the rails to steady myself or load my bags on shelves. So drive I must, or stay in Colombo. I will describe three recent traffic incidents from being trapped into driving to work.

Last year I had to take a missionary lady in my van. North of Trincomalee just South of Nilavely on the Nilavely Road, in passing a trishaw I accidentally crossed an unbroken line. Given a ticket, I would have happily paid and left it behind me. This policeman, dark skinned and hugely well-fed on food from bribes I presume, instead took my licence and said, “This is a forged licence. Your job will go. Would you like that?” I told him I got licensed 3 days after my 18th birthday, and if he thinks my licence is a forgery, let’s go to a police station. He said I would need to wait for the judge till Monday. The fine would be Rs. 50,000 he said asking me, “Would you like that?” He was illiterate and did not know that only parliament can remove  a member of an election commission and it is unlikely they would act for my crossing a line. He, Bandara by name I recall, after seeing the European lady in the car across the street realized that he would get no bribe from me. He let me go without any ticket. His intention clearly was not to keep the road free of offending drivers but to get money for his cormorant-like overeating.

The second incident was a week ago. On Saturday 4 Jan. 2020 we had to attend a church conclave at Church of the Living Christ in Talawa. I was driving carefully, overtook a vehicle and returned to my lane just before a pedestrian crossing. A pair of crooks in uniform stopped us. One first claimed I overtook at the crossing. When I denied it, he said I should have stopped at the crossing. He strangely asked me if I wanted to pay a fine or go to court, and whether I wanted him to write a traffic ticket. It was code for a bribe, since either way a ticket had to be given and the fine is paid at the post office. I was wondering whether to go to court and be forced to make several trips to Galgamuwa where I would not be able to invoke Tamil as the official language as I had in Mullaitivu. My only witnesses were my wife, daughter and dog. Would I stand a chance when even in Jaffna after foolishly making a complaint against a Tamil politician for threatening to assault me, I have been regularly going to court for 2 years without a single hearing. The judges ordered arbitration (which they cannot force on me especially when my complaint is not a personal dispute) and threw out the evidence because the police (well-bribed I think) had sat on it for a year without submitting it to court. Worse, the attorney general the chief legal officer who should appear for me is sitting on the file in Colombo for months as if to delay the case further by tiring me out. Why bother!

As these thoughts raced through my mind,  a car overtook another at the pedestrian crossing. A medical doctor’s sign was on the wind-screen. After a conversation there, that lady doctor moved on. Then the policeman came back to my side of the road. He told me that was a government servant and he hates to fine government servants. He claimed that my offence merited a Rs. 2000 fine but because I am a government servant he could make it Rs. 1000. I told him to give me the ticket and moved on with a Rs. 1000 ticket.

When I got to church, lo and behold! The doctor was there smiling: “I am glad he did not give you a ticket. A nice man. He let me go though I overtook at a pedestrian crossing and told me he is not going to give you a ticket either.” She had come for the same conclave as I. 

If the police are interested in instilling a little more discipline than for IGP Pujith Jayasundara, they should really investigate the Galgamuwa policemen and ask Dr. Ms.Ilangasinghe. Her parish is St. Paul’s Church Kandy. She may feel reluctant to give testimony against a man who was nice to her albeit unlawfully, but I am confident she will not lie. The policeman may be identified from my traffic ticket pictured above. As to whether I committed a traffic offence or not, is my word against the crooked policeman’s. But there is a solid witness to say he treats Tamil drivers differently from Sinhalese drivers. With little confidence in the justice system for Tamils, I have sent a friend to pay my fine and retrieve my licence.

The third incident was last night, 12th Jan. I had driven from Colombo against doctor’s advice and my shoulder was aching so much so I had to lift my left hand and put it on the steering wheel which I could turn clockwise but not the other way. I had turned into the Eastern Campus Road at the sixth mile Post towards Konesapuri. A vehicle began following me. It was behind me for 4 km or so. At the end was my destination Baldaeus Theological College. The vehicle was a police jeep with policemen accompanied by green uniformed men whom I take to be from the army. If so, I think there are laws disallowing the army from travelling in a police vehicle. New dispensation? 

The army-like leader asked for my documents and I asked why. My number plate says NP he said. Is there a law against driving a Northern Province vehicle in the Eastern Province?, I asked him. The soldier questioned me in Sinhalese and I told him I know only Tamil. He called a Tamil policeman who seemed friendly and free of the sour look of the army-like man. After all, it was the Eastern Province where the language of administration is Tamil. The army officer was obviously poorly trained to be so foolish as to admit that he had stopped me because of my NP number plate. When I gave him my licence, it was my temporary licence from Galgamuwa (the crooked cop had taken away my licence). At the end of my tether, it just came out that that is my licence because I refused to bribe your crooked police at Galgamuwa.  That offended the officer. Having put my foot in I had to go all the way. I told him I have no respect for the police because they are always after money. He denied it. So I l told him, “Why you have that Bandara in your Nilavely police station who …” I told him the whole story. The translator seemed sympathetic and translated my story even though the officer seemed not interested. They looked into my van after my dog was taken out. They went away after photographing my temporary licence insisting they had a right to inspect an NP van while I insisted that as a law abiding citizen I can drive my NP number-plated van anywhere in Sri Lanka.

I am not very popular at the college today. The people here remember the massacres of civilians by the army in the wattai next door. They remember Nanthikadal. Our college administrator’s wife immediately went into her house and I heard her praying loudly for safety.  

My relatives in Mutwal/Modera have been told they cannot let their dog out. Others have been told every flat must be painted white and not in different colors. As one lady in our conversation praised these changes, an older experienced aunt said “Rules are good but when there are too many …”

What is law and order? Security for some while making others feel threatened? Different laws for Tamils and Sinhalese? No prosecution of soldiers accused of ethnic carnage?

The president would do well to ponder on these matters. Simply asking people who I am promotes insecurity for me but not law and order for anyone. Refusing to try soldiers accused of war crimes also makes Tamils feel insecure while denying equal treatment in the justice system.

 

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    The law should apply equally to all citizens irrespective of color, race, religion, caste etc. As for bribes, when politicians and people in power resort to it at the highest level what could one expect from other ordinary citizens.

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      Steve,
      Hoole is correct! Impartial law & order and the real democracy has no much effect at the community level. That is why enormous efforts by UNP Gvt to establish law & order & democracy went unnoticed. Instead, voters selected exact opposite. That is b’cos public is constantly looking for a “Good tyrant” to clean things up. Unfortunately, they have still failed to assess their past experiences & come to the realization that such “good tyrants” are extremely rare. They can never come from a SLPP Gvt.

      Bribes are much more closer to police than to their uniforms. At the grass-root level, power of police and the abuse of it is well established fact. That is why Democracy has no meaning at the community level. This is the result of poverty. In countries with strong middle class, such problems are not rampant as in SL. That is b’cos authorities such as police are more afraid of media than the law itself. SL has a long way to reach such a level. Bureaucracy & politics cannot improve without cultured society. That is b’cos bureaucrats themselves are the product of the society.

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        Not only police force, but the entire judicial establishment consisting of police, bar and the bench is institutionally racist. I am a medical witness to cases where Sinhala judges without batting an eye lid exonerating Sinhala murderers of Tamil civilians, despite incriminating evidence against them. Now Ramanayake episode has exposed that they are also corrupt and politically influenced to miscarry justice.

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      Steve,
      The law should be applied equally. Former President Sirisena openly said during 2018 political coup and appointing MR as Prime Minister illegally he himself accepted that Mahinda Rajapakse’s bribe deal reached more than $500, 000. It is also well known talk at the time a secret deal was made with Viyalanthiran MP. It is true that viyalenthiran moved to MR side after October plot. Even the top level are free to bribe do you think this culture will change.

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      Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole,

      RE: Too Much Law & Order Leads To Insecurity When The Police Are Communal Gangsters

      It is not restricted to the police. That extends to the politicians, monks and the populace, who claim to follow “Buddagama”, Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism”, by prostrating to the monks.

      ” I have been driven by my Sinhalese drivers at 110 km/hr. When stopped they make friendly small talk and move on. My Tamil drivers give their licence with Rs. 300 and all is well. One of my more careful Sinhalese drivers Amarasiri says he has never got a ticket except twice driving my van with NP plates.”

      It is certainly, a different Amarasiri. However, he seems to know the tactics of imbeciles and the bribe takers, but the racism against the NP seems too much.

      The police are making a risk assessment in getting a bribe. The probability of getting into trouble is lower with a Tamil driver and a NP Plate. The same with the politicians.

      So what can you do? Do the Rajapaksa Mafia deception.

      Have pictures of the Buddha and statues of the of Buddha in the vehicle. Have a CD playing, Pirith or even better the song Buddang Saramam Gachhami.

      Buddan Saranan Gachchami _ (Original) Mohideen Beg _ New Sinhala Songs 2013 – 2014

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJjj3hsahyU

      In addition, get Photoshop modified photos of you inserted into the pictures of some prominent politicians and monks, keep it inside a file, and pull out, and ask the policeman if he recognizes them. Tell them you have an appointment with them, not yet finalized.

      It may do the trick, depending on their degree of imbecility. After all they all prostrate to the monks who hijacked Buddhism , and turned it into Buddhagama, for the imbeciles to prostrate.

      Buddan Saranan Gachchami

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        Amarasiri,
        “but the racism against the NP seems too much.”
        It is the other way around. Racism from ‘Para’ Demalu against Native Sinhalayo is increasing in spite of spending billions of tax payers’ money to promote reconciliation.

        The 13 demands put forward before the Presidential election by ‘Para’ Demalu who are descendants of slaves brought to Sinhale by colonial parasites and live in this paradise island thanks to Native Sinhalayo who gave them citizenship in Sinhale shows to what extent they are racists. They demanded that:
        • Sinhalayo who are in the North should leave
        • Buddhist temples in the North should be removed

        On an earlier occasion Vigneshwaran told ‘Sinhalayo are not welcome in the North’.

        How the hell these ‘Para’ Demalu tell such things to Native Sinhalayo who are the rightful owners of Sinhale.

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          Eagle Confused Eye,

          Buddan Saranam Gachammi,

          Shaman Saransm Gachammi,

          Save the Buddha and his Dhamma from the monks , and the imbeciles, who follow Buddagama, Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism “

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    Mr. S. RATNAJEEVAN H. HOOLE,
    /
    Best line in the whole article is when you say “………..So drive I must, or stay in Colombo………”
    Its good to hear that being a Tamil you prefer to stay in Colombo with us Sinhalese people.
    Waiting for the day we Sinhalese can say the same lines….
    Thank you sir.

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      I will comment on all this in detail later.
      .
      It just isn’t possible today.

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        Ha ha ha…….

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        Mr Sinhala Man,
        .
        Please dont waste your time for this PASCAL who has proved to be stupid as no other.

        Please do some good work to those who are really in need. That can make your day much nicer.

        I know you are in your early 70ties, and dont get upset much having read from the like evil srilankens. I am bit upset today, not being able to see any justice towards RR who is re-arrested yesterday. I wodered with hm few times for the poor, and i know him to be a HEATED AND CLEAN soul in lanken politics.

        If all would be investigated, almost every poltiicians would have held such phone calls regarding injustices being familiar in lanken system.

        But it is upto them to interpret if that was influences for the court s decision OR not.
        Besides, Judges in general would never have to rely on false advice being flown on to them. They became judges not for anything but to serve the real verdicts.

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          Dear Desperate Sinhalaya,
          .
          I have sent a special personal message to you,
          below the comment that you had made there.
          .
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/royal-institute-defence-secretary-rules-above-supreme-court/
          .
          I hope the moderators don’t get confused and censor both my comments. No, I don’t think that anything so disastrous will happen. Those guys are pretty intelligent.
          .
          “If we meet again, Desperate Sinhalaya, why, we shall smile. If not, this parting were well made.”
          .
          Those are not really original words. Brutus said them to Cassius before the battle of Philippi. You’ll find them in, probably Act Five, if not Act 4, of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”.

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            Dear Mr Sinhala Man,

            thank you… and may god bless you. I am born buddhist, but i believe in super natural powers behind human beings. Some call it god and other as I do – ” supernatural powers”:

            I call you Sir, because your calibre personalties are real gold in SL. Others enjoy their retirement, but you sit before screens and do the maximum your pen allows you. Pen is very powerful than it is appeared to be shold be made clear to the nation … that have now been caught by Rajakshe draculas.

            Please take good care of you. Take enough water and sleep at least 5 hrs a day.

            I am somewhat busy for this week (Paris, France) but I will get back to you whenever time permits me to add my thoughts on your comments.

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      You not a Sinhalese but a Thootukudi low caste Paravan now converted to Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism . Just like half the present so called Sinhalese population , all descended from recently migrated Indian Tamil low castes and untouchables , now beating very anti Tamil and beating and dancing to the Sinhalese Buddhist Aryan drum

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        should read now being and not now beating

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        3S
        Is the resentment that the “low caste Paravan” has converted and talks back rather than continue to be kicked about by the Tamil Vellalas and their Brahmin sidekicks?

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          As usual siding with an obnoxious racist whom even other Sinhalese have taken to task and condoning his remarks against the Tamils , as you secretly agree with him. Listen nasty spiteful nit picker , all these Indian Tamil low castes and untouchables who converted to the Sinhalese identity , migrated straight to the Sinhalese lands from South India and never entered Eelam Tamil lands for any Vellalas or Brahmins to kick them about or discriminate them. If they were discriminated on the basis of caste , it was in their original South Indian homeland and now by the so called Sinhalese upper castes, most of whom still discriminate them and considered them low , not by any Eelam Tamil high or low caste. That is fine and acceptable to you. Stop posting garbage , just to score some petty point, as you are indeed a very petty person. If the Eelam Tamil Vellalas and Brahmins were kicking and discriminating their lower castes , why haven’t they converted to the Sinhalese identity but still remain staunchly Tamil and are resisting this state sponsored Sinhalisation. The reason is they do not get marginalised by the Tamil upper castes , as many Sinhalese racists and fake Arab Muslim fundamentalists love to claim. In many parts of the Eelam Tamil areas it is these so called Fishing castes . like the Mukkuvar in the east and Karaiyar in the north , who are the dominant powerful caste , not the Vellalar or Brahmins. Native Sri Lankan Tamils do not easily convert to other identities , as they live in their own land and are proud of their ancient identity , this is why sacrificed so much and fought for our land , language and heritage and still do.. It is Indian immigrants , Tamil and others who convert to the Sinhalese and a fake Arab Sri Lankan Moor identity and then beat the anti Tamil drum and dance to the fake Aryan Sinhalese tune or fake Arab Moor origin tune .

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            3S
            Obnoxiousness and racism are not exclusive to a particular tribe.
            A bigot obsessed with caste and talks down to others on the assumption that he/she is of higher birth is more despicable than any racist.

  • 6
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    If you take the case of Ex-SSP Shani Abeyasekera in the back drop of the news currently circulating in the media, he cannot even to be considered a tadpole among the monster frogs populating the entire Force including the NCP. Several decades ago an entire police station was taken over by an underworld criminal gang with the patronage of the Police top hierarchy. There is a well established Klu Klux Clan with in the Sri Lanka Police Force.

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    We must appreciate the boldness with honesty in this article by Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, about the issues he encountered with the police on duty mainly in Northern and Eastern province. It is quite true that police and armed forces are suspicious and biased whenever they handle matters pertaining to those areas. If ill treatment meted out to a person in the calibre of Professor Hoole who is a high ranking government servant we can’t imagine the untold misery faced by the ordinary citizens from north and east. Crux of the matter is that private vehicles plying along A9 road carry mainly Tamil diaspora, whenever police stops their vehicle they get scared and urge the driver to settle the police and get away asap. Policemen on duty along A9 are thriving with extra income.

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    You should stay inside the tax payer provided fully air conditioned accommodation at Glenarbour Place, to avoid getting in to trouble with the traffic police (and then having to complain about it).
    /
    We will pay to put up Election Commission officers coming to Colombo on duty in hotels paying again for their accommodation.
    /
    Thank you for introducing yahapalanaya to this country, thief!

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      Dear Amila Gunaruwan,
      .
      Why
      have you said all these misleading things, without even mentioning that Mahinda Deshapriya also has an abode at 32, Glen Aber Place, Colombo 4 (can’t you even get the spelling right?)?
      .
      I know that sounds a respectable enough address, but sensing about how things were shaping I actually snooped round that part of Bambalapitiya/Colpetty a few days before your comment, but I’ve been otherwise busy since then. Some guys pointed out the dilapidated building and said that Mahinda Deshapriya lived there. Another inquiry, and I found that this building was something government-owned but marked for demolition. It certainly didn’t look “fully air-conditioned”. By now, even poor guys like me are observant enough of the ends of air-conditioners sticking out of closed windows (and with the sun shining, it was hot). I walked down to Marine Drive and the up St Kilda’s Lane. Semi-posh neighbourhood, I’d say, but that building looks on the verge of collapse. It’s not large, and to me it looked as though there were two downstairs sections and another two upstairs. A third person told me that Deshapriya lived upstairs, Hoole downstairs. Much too close to sea and railway line, I’d say, if looking for accommodation.
      .
      I’d love to think of ourselves as treating Tamils reasonably well, but your garbled comment appears to confirm that you think even the most distinguished Tamil as not worthy of being treated with dignity.
      .
      By contrast, this fellow seems to be a clown:
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biJ5-l2C2IQ
      .
      A clown who “forgot” to check on candidates’ citizenship.
      .
      Amila, I await your response.

  • 11
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    I wonder whether the President ever reads CT, or similar publications on line – or whether he has someone to read them and brief him on instances of misconduct by public servants etc.
    If not, he should entrust the task to someone in his staff.
    Such knowledge will enable him to make decisions about the conduct of public servants, which is essential for good governance.

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      justice

      “I wonder whether the President ever reads CT, or similar publications on line – or whether he has someone to read them and brief him on instances of misconduct by public servants etc.”

      Gota’s present b***s carriers should make it a point to read out loudly from CT pages every morning without fail, as if its important Intelligence briefing or from Holy book.

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        Mr. Native Vedda,
        Mr. justice,
        /
        Don’t bother….
        /
        Alice Wells – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of States for South and Central Asian Affairs.
        “”delivered a letter from her President Donald Trump to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa underscoring his government’s commitment and interest in furthering and depending partnership with Sri Lanka””
        /
        Wang Yi – Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister.
        “”assured China won’t allow any outside influences to interfere with matters that are essentially internal concerns of Sri Lanka.””
        “”China stands for Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.””
        /
        Sergey Lavrov – Foreign Affairs Minister of Russia.
        “”The delegations of Sri Lanka and Russia are ‘comparing their notes and coordinating closely in their efforts in UNESCO and in the UNHRC,’””

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          S. C. Pasqual


          “”China stands for Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.””

          China also stood for the sovereignty of Pakistan until 1971, Yugoslavia until 1992, ….. by the way what is sovereignty?

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    “As a Tamil I take the position that I am better off without the police because I get more harassment than protection from them.” I totally agree – Muslims included.

    “What is law and order? Security for some while making others feel threatened?”
    This culture is not new. It has been so for a long time now!

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    “As a Tamil I take the position that I am better off without the police because I get more harassment than protection from them.” I totally agree – Muslims included.

    “What is law and order? Security for some while making others feel threatened?”
    This culture is not new. It has been so for a long time now!

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    The writer of this article has been harassed and subject to a great deal of nuisance. No one should be the victim of such travails. But that is not important in the longer view of things. What is important in the article is the atmosphere that has been with us for a long time; an atmosphere reminiscent of the seedy atmosphere of Eastern Europe not long ago, where minorities, particularly Jews, were subject to harassment and pogroms. We did not have it in this country before Independence.
    The atmosphere is to do with a succession of political regimes that have taught the Sinhalese to behave as though the minorities do not matter. I was optimistic when Chandrika became President. Subsequently, with help from the Tamil extremists, things have got worse. It has also kept the Sinhalese backward in a well-endowed land. They may have to face the prospect of becoming a forgotten people, like the Burmese, who are mostly a nuisance unto themselves.

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      RH
      You say: “…Eastern Europe not long ago, where minorities, particularly Jews, were subject to harassment and pogroms.”
      *
      Anti-Jewish pogroms were common in Russia before the October Revolution. Is that not long ago?
      *
      There were attacks on Jews soon after the war.
      This piece from Wikipedia (not always Soviet friendly) is interesting: Upon the Soviet takeover of Poland “only a fraction of [the Jewish] deaths could be attributed to anti-semitism” wrote Jan T. Gross. Most have been caused by the raging anti-communist insurrection against the new pro-Soviet government. The anti-Jewish violence in Poland, 1944–46 took the lives of at least 327 Jews.
      *
      The Gypsies have been a persecuted lot and suffered much more in the “Free World than under “communist Ttyranny”.
      *
      If the comment is about post-USSR developments, the worst form of racism in Eastern Europe has been anti-Muslim.
      *
      The most appropriate parallel is what happens to Arabs in Israel and Occupied lands. But many around here do not like to hear bad things said about Israel.
      BTW, was 1915 after Independence?
      Were the Malayalis chased out after Independence?
      Was the Citizenship Act something that came out of the blues?
      Pre-independence leaders were mostly communal, exceptions being mainly from the left movement.
      *
      I wish I could share your optimism about the War for Peace lady, I had my doubts from the time I knew her in London.

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      Rajan Hoole

      The atmosphere is to do with a succession of political regimes that have taught the Sinhalese to behave as though the minorities do not matter. I was optimistic when Chandrika became President. Subsequently, with help from the Tamil extremists, things have got worse. It has also kept the Sinhalese backward in a well-endowed land. They may have to face the prospect of becoming a forgotten people, like the Burmese, who are mostly a nuisance unto themselves.

      *** Attacking your family is a family feud. But the above is a load of rubbish coming from a man who I hope is an intelligent individual . The Regimes have not taught the Racist Majorty anything but they have learnt from them Cradle to Grave. Regimes have given all the encouragement as it is a Vote Winner. It hasnt kept the Sinhalese bckward as they were born backward by that I mean in terms of Racial & Religious Tolerance.. You either have it or you dont. Dont forget Chandrika is the daughter of SWRD how can she give you hope. The resolution to our problems is not going to come from within but from outside

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        Dear kali

        Please try to understand that some Sinhalese, like me, may be sinners but never did all the horrendous things that certain “nationalists” and successive Governments did, and that we have been trying to get the “average Sinhalese” to get extremists like Gnanasara and Ampitiye Sumana Thero under control.
        .
        I know that we haven’t met with much success, but we do run risks, just as Prof. Jeevan Hoole does – in his case for all Sri Lankans.
        .
        Please accept my apologies on behalf of all Sinhalese.
        .
        By the way, what do we do about Gota being elected President without citizenship issues being resolved? All of us will have to accept it, however little we like it. If most of his actions now and in the future are reasonably good, we’d better accept him and be grateful for small mercies.
        .
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        I don’t think that we can correct all that is wrong in the world.
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        Panini Edirisinhe (aka Sinhala_Man)

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    Instead of visiting and inspecting government departments and institutions unannounced, the president should read Colombo Telegraph, dbsjeyaraj, Groundviews, and similar websites regularly. If he does that, he will be able to govern better.

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    What an appalling state of affairs. Professor Hoole must dread setting out on a journey.
    I’m so glad I decided to get rid of my own car some years ago (gave it away) & rely on trishaws & taxis whose drivers save me from encountering these crooks.

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      Manel
      The Police are a tribe in their own right.
      You have not heard anything about how they treat the Dalits in India I guess.
      Are you sure that your tuktuk driver is more trustworthy?

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        SJ

        “You have not heard anything about how they treat the Dalits in India I guess.”

        Remember Manel Fonseka is not living in India. She lives here and does care about the culture of police in this island. Just because the Indian police treat Dalits India very badly it does not justify Police culture in this island. We want the best. Indians police is India’s problem not ours.

        Therefore let us keep questioning the police and their political masters until they put everything right.

        You will do well to remember how the Arab spring started in Tunisia. If and when it starts here in this island you better restrain yourself defending the crooks in uniforms.

        Please come back to real world.

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        SJ — true, some tt drivers may not be too “trustworthy”, etc., but while I have had some grumpy, unpleasant ones (who, after all, do a tedious & tiring job in the hot sun), most of the time they have been quite decent. Here’s a note I sent a friend in June last year:
        —–
        Just back from marketing.
        When the trishaw arrived at home I could see it was 58/- on the meter. So I pulled out 90/- in notes + two 5/- coins + handed them to the driver while still sitting behind him.
        —–
        He turns + gives me back the money, saying something that I dont follow.
        —–
        “No, no, I say, that’s right!” And give it back to him.
        —–
        Once again, he the thrusts it back, & I begin to be a bit irritated. I slowly count the money out to him and point to the meter: “It’s only 58/-,” I say.
        —–
        “YES,” he replies, “It’s ONLY 58 rupees!”
        —–
        He must be the only hiring car driver in the world to refuse a tip!
        And, many others here now have a minimum 60/- rate on their meters. He is one of the few whose minimum is still 50/-.
        —-
        Damn! I was so taken aback by his honesty, I didnt think to do what I should have — given him an extra 100/-, at least.

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    What Hoole points out is that things are bad for Muslims and Tamils. The truth is that it is also quite bad for Sinhalese with no political connections as well. Gota and the regime will NOT act since they are dependent on the support of the forces and religious extremist monks to retain their grip.

    Until ordinary people protest in tens of thousands nothing will happen.

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    From Elephant Pass onward up to Medawachchiya or so, it is straight line. It is hard to imagine you did not speed and the police was hiding while the Camera was on.

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    The experiences Prof Hoole relates are just the tip of an iceberg. There are a diminishing number of decent, professional policemen but so few they are rarely seen. Those we encounter are the dregs of the force, mostly looking for an opportunity to enrich themselves, or do bugger all except when driven to by a twisted politician. Have you seen them quake in the presence of rabid Buddhist priests? So much for law and order in our blessed land. The more who follow Prof. Hooles’ example the better, and the quicker we will get some one high up to act.

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    It is up to the fair minded segments of Sinhalese society to work on changing the current reality of what Dr. Hoole has experienced.

    No amount of external intervention can bring about fundamental changes in values, morality, etc. It has to come from within Sinhalese society.

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      Ay, Agnos, I agree.
      .
      I’m doing what I can, but it may not be sufficient.

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    Hoole is right……………………..as always.
    Then observe here the Caste & Racism and everything raises its head.

    Whom do we submit your dis-satisfaction & complaint?
    To Alice Wells, Wang Yi or to Sergey Lavrov ?????????????

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      Thondamany

      “Then observe here the Caste & Racism and everything raises its head. “

      As usual blame the victims.

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    Police harassment of the minorities and the weak is not new in Sri Lanka. The law should be be adopted so that drivers could be stopped only if there is a traffic violation. More Tamil police personals need to be employed in the North to minimize the discriminating treatment of Tamils. More training ans harsh punishments to the offending police men will be helpful. Drivers should do their part properly by paying attention to speed limits, signs , etc. Stop signs at major intersections and busy cross walks will slow down the traffic.

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      What about the east ? The Tamils are the indigenous and still the largest community there but all government jobs( including Police ) given to new arrived Sinhalese and the Muslims and both these communities take pleasure in harassing and discriminating the Tamils

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    Impunity and overt racism and discrimination demonstrates a further deterioration of social values, and will clearly lead to a state of anarchy and lawlessness if not draconian iron-fisted oppression. Either way, the citizens will then be justified in rising against their oppressors.

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      Lasantha Pethiyadoda,

      This is the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, occupied by the monks who formed a new religion called, Buddhgama, aka Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhism “ , that is a distortion of Buddhism and an insult to the Buddha, to whom the imbecile followers prostrate.

      It is that “Civilization “, we are observing and is being practiced.

      Given the low mean IQ of 79 of the imbeciles, who follow Buddagama, the Rajapaksa Mafia had a strategy, of deception and join them, and prostrating to the monks and letting them have their hegemony, while getting their support to get the power.

      The monks are happy, because they have their hegemony. ( Same concept for the Ulama and the Priests, to different degrees).

      Are the prostrating imbeciles happy? They have no clue!

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    may be some years ago, i found myself in a compromising situation in my private car. The lady told me to give rs. 500.00 to the policeman. Actually the lady was a thamil, her name selvi. the policeman threatened to take me to police station but eventually told that his petrol tank is empty.
    So i parted with thousand bucks.

    Some days later i found that the lady has been put in prison for drugs. Of course the lady would have been a seller, but the the police introduced some drugs and put her in jail

    Mee too

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      Good heavens, Jagath!
      .
      What a story that is!
      .
      By the way, I’m a pedantic retired teacher, so, let me tell you that when you write out 1,000 in words, you should say “a thousand bucks”.
      .
      Those may well be the last words I ever type, but we really must get our English right!

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        Entire society is compared to that of Kunu Kanda (Garbage mountains) – which would erupt with all smelling gases soon WHILE entire world is talking about vulcano eruption.

        Let me be clear, what is going in compliance with world standards in our mother land today ?


        People are highly corrupted so long they are SRILANKENS.They dont care about less corrupt leaders. over 7 mio of voters proved lately how corruption and crime friendy they are.

        Parliament -corrupted as no times before
        Legal system-corrupted as no times before
        MEDIA MAFIA – IS HIGHLY CORRUPTED – and biased to their pay masters. Derana AND Hiru TV owner make records.
        Schools – corrupted as no times before
        Universities – corrupted as no times before
        Health – hospitals and other responible – corrupted as no times before
        Govt sector offices -corrupted as no times before
        Road and Development -corrupted as no times before
        Food and beverages -corrupted as no times before

        and and —

        Ironically – we talk high about our 2500 years lod sinhala heritage `?

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        Dear Sinhala man,
        .
        you may be not aware of them closely. But drugs are almost everywhere in the Island. Those who became wealthy wihtin months are well connected with drug trafficking and various other illegal business next works. Rajapakshe himself openly support that Nimal Lanza from Negambo, a then beach boy, who sold his backside, being on sea shores of the negambo, now has turned out to be wealthy men comparably to African monachial families. YOu know what I mean some african princes coming to Europe are untouchable wealthy even some american business men would not afford themselves can long be done by those princes. Africa is the richest continent with its natural resources.

        I was once compelled to watch parade of vehicle consisting of white pajeros – moving forward near to Negambo area – entire fleet is owned by Nimal Lanza the drug kin pin to that area. How his drug trafficking became much close Rajakshes is a hidden story-
        If you guys would raise the question, where the Rajakshe got their funds for their ELECTION campaigns as no other leaders had them, the answer is in there itself.
        Not just stolen funds only, but Drug and other illegal funds are in their deponies to manipulate the LANKEN media owners so that they could politically become even more stronger.
        People in this hell bent country woudl dont care about facts, but blant lies in favour of any high criminals. That is the truth and the saddest side of the story.

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          Thank You Simon De Silva for highlighting the antics of The King of Fishtown – LanzaBoy – Yes, he changed his career plan from being a Kudapaduwa sunset bendover boy to become King of Fishtown after finding out the power of the white stuff. LanzaBoy has many important politicians of all the main parties in his big deep pockets, ensuring a trouble-free island wide business. MR urgently landed his helicopter at the Lanza ranch some years ago to make a simple statement to everyone, repeat everyone. Lanzaboy is untouchable! You fuck with him at your peril.

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    Too Much Law & Order Leads To Insecurity When The Police Are Communal Gangsters

    *** What we have in the North & East is Racist Police force running riot terrorising people to make quick bucks . They charge people for non existent motoring and other offences and under Gothas patronage you what that means if you dont cough up. We as a race will be wiped out under Gotha unless Mr.Modi makes 13th Amendment a reality and from what I have read he has put a time frame and no doubt MR will be given an ultimatum. Dont forget it was Indian pressure which forced MR to hold provincial elections. LADDU is better than PUTTU

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    Doesn’t AG rule apply to most of the cases talk about recent past and currently, filthy media is giving judgments all the details are divulge in print media and social media the implementation of law by the same AG in Sri Lanka change from regime to regime media is above the law of the country and above the parliament and judiciary, things are moving from bad to worse there are outside forces more powerful than the judiciary and supreme parliament media hype is given to cases in courts to satisfy the politicians without following any ethics or values but we talk highly about 2500 years of Buddhist civilization unless corrective actions are being taken by all relevant authorities as a nation where are we heading ?

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    Time has come for people to come out and protest against oppression to protect their rights before it is too late . The people , media should have there freedom for constructive criticism for wrongdoing of the government and corruption but certainly we have to support the development work of the government , but unfortunately we can see witch hunt and political revenge from government side at the same time all politicians should be punished for criminal acts and corruption irrespective of their positions or affiliations to PM and the President which is very unlikely under the present rule.

    Also the bond scam has to be investigated and those involved should be punished the forensic report of the cope has to be table in the parliament as citizens of Sri Lanka we want to know what is in the reports.

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      Ranjith@

      Sometime back there had been one another Ranjith on this platform. He was very like a Kattadiya, but you should not have been same person right ?

      I agree with you more, but to whom are u saying this – knowing that entire society is filled with predominately rascals and bastards that would even rape their lovely ones for money and any hidden gains ?

      Be them wearing SIVURU or without, both have the same criminal energies as you see them today?

      Trust my word, Hamuduruwos today are MADHURUWOs (Mosquitoes) by their practices. They eat free, live free and enjoy free – no matter there are even over 40% live under destitute levels. They dont care about the food being eaten by those poor famlieis. Why ?

      So long criminals leaders deliberately forget them for their own life styles, with press being covered them on and on.. as is the case today, HIGH PRICE HIKES with daily needs, but not a single CULPRIT stand against ballige putha Rajapkshes why ?

      People are made SLAVES. they would even LICK the asses fo Rajaakshs and their kith and kin for free. Why ? Why the sinhalese drove away the English ? They talked high right ?but very same our sinhalaya today are fallen even more slaves of some vicious politicians ? One day or other- in the future, there will be a day that Rajakshe would have been hung by their balls in Galle face green. That day would usher THE HOPPES for a better future for all srilankens under one umbrella in this country. As the blood vessels are metastaisized with all the virus, Rajapaskeh virus is inflitrated in lanken structure, them being a large family and they have all been RAJAKSHE ABUSIVE politcs:

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    If we are to take the good professor at his word, the Police must take great delight in harassing him. But I see he is seeing things again through the prism of race, convinced of being treated badly because he is a Tamil. He tells us his Sinhalese drivers when stopped “make friendly small talk and move on” but his Tamil drivers “give their licence with Rs. 300 and all is well”. Actually, all is NOT well. These drivers are actually offering bribes! He has not said whether he approves of the practice; Does he acquiesce in it? And how does that gel with being able to hold his “head high as a proud citizen never ever having given or taken a bribe”? Clearly, for him, policemen are, almost by definition, bad. He cannot even refer to them in decent terms. He says of a couple of policemen, “A pair of crooks in uniform stopped us”. Why presume they were crooked? He says of another, “dark skinned and hugely well-fed on food from bribes I presume”. Why presume his food came from bribes? He recalls telling one policeman “I refused to bribe your crooked police at Galgamuwa”. Then he adds, almost surprised, “That offended the officer”. How else did he expect him to react?. Incompetent, unfair or crooked policemen are nothing new. But I don’t think they are selective about the race of their ‘victims’. If the professor will only care to ask, there will be enough Sinhalese to attest to also suffering unjustly at Police hands. If he could be a little more objective – and try not to think the worst of the police – he’d be better off. And, when dealing with the Police – indeed with anyone – a little tact will not be misplaced.

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