4 October, 2022

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True Meritocracy Not The Sham Of All Party Mediocracy

By Asoka N.I. Ekanayaka –

Prof. ANI Ekanayaka

With hindsight it would seem that all attempts by Ranil Wickremesinghe and his cronies in a dull mediocre incompetent “Pohottuwa” supported government, to form an “All party national government” have so far been a laughable  exercise in futility and deservedly so. Whatever the enticements  that might have been offered, pressures applied,  manipulations resorted to, pleading and persuation with which they may have sought to cajole politicians of  the opposition parties to come together in the humbug of a national coalition so as to create the veneer of a stable government that would impress international agencies and bilateral donors, have been a dismal failure. All the rhetoric and optimistic speculation intended to raise public expectations of a unity government have come to nothing. Such a pathetic end result to what was from the start a dubious exercise was of course entirely predictable. Any political initiative that is driven by doubtful motives and lacking in moral principle is bound to fail.  

Wickremesinghe’s pathetic struggle to form an all party alliance is a good example. In the first place the whole initiative was fueled by questionable motives. It was seemingly driven more by the imperative of crafty political expediency and survival than by selfless public interest and true compassion for the tragic victims of a nation in ruins; by the need to give the appearance of respectability to a tottering government despised by the people and distrusted by the international community than any genuine desire to harness the best brains and talent bringing together men and women of dedication ability and integrity so as to generate international confidence and promote the  true political stability demanded by the world as a condition for helping Sri Lanka. Whether the impetus to form an all party government might also have been insidiously motivated by the hope that it would break the SJB marginalise its leader and  eventually help resuscitate a moribund UNP, is of course a matter of speculation !

Wickremasinghe himself an inept unpopular political failure having led his own party to ignominious defeat and suffering the humiliation of losing his own seat at the last election had crept into parliament though the proverbial back door. Thereafter through a mixture of fortuitous circumstance and a constitutional sleight of hand (which though perfectly legal was totally lacking in moral legitimacy) he was catapulted  from virtually nothing to being president of the Republic! This meteoric ascent was achieved with the dubious support of some 134 political riff-raff who included the worst and most unscrupulous elements of the former corrupt and diabolical SLPP/SLFP government, which must take full responsibility for destroying the country and the untold suffering of its people. 

That promotion to the highest office in the land should be with the dubious assistance of such erstwhile bitter political foes whose superficial support on this occasion may belie an inward contempt and ultimately prove ephemeral, does not seem to bother the pragmatic beneficiary of their momentary affections. In the dull unimaginative pedantic narrowly legalistic thinking of a pragmatic presidential upstart, all is well so long as it is in conformity with the small print of the constitution. To confidently bear the title and play the role is what matters to “a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more” (Macbeth Act V Sc 5) while with his head in the clouds he nonchalantly performs to the jeers of a national audience that holds him in derision. 

But the grim reality of the situation is not easily dispelled. It is the reality of an unstable government consisting of an unelected president lacking credibility who now rules precariously with the patronage of the very political elements who ruined the country in the first place. No wonder from the time this shaky combination assumed office they have been trying tooth and nail to cover their nakedness with the fig leaf  of an “all party national government” so as to give themselves a shred of respectability. So much for the questionable motivation underlying attempts to form an all party government.  

But it can be argued that the whole idea of an all party government is also misplaced in that it runs counter to the prevailing public mood of  cynical distrust of political parties altogether. The people of this country are not so foolish as the asinine way 69 lahks of them  voted to their own destruction at the 2019/2020 elections would seem to suggest. At least they have now come to detest political parties who are widely perceived as the villains of the peace. Political parties are seen as the systemic cause of the nation’s downfall not the solution. Politicians are by and large despised and distrusted as a class of parasites who have taken to politics drawn by the perks and privileges of power and to enrich self rather than engage in sacrificial service. Political parties are widely perceived as having been the bane of the country ever since independence. Consequently where each political party that has ever governed the country has been in and of itself a dismal failure in the best of times, it is surely ludicrous to imagine that a combination of such political parties in the form of an “all party government” might be a success in the worst of times !

It is worth digressing to reminisce how the rot started in 1956 with one political party the SLFP diabolically manipulating the low  passions of the foolish masses and seizing power on a narrow racist platform of rabid Sinhala Buddhist linguistic nationalism. In the words of Lee Kuan Yew “it was the start of the unraveling of Ceylon”. Literally overnight the trust  between ethnic groups was shattered sowing the seeds of racial enmity that would  germinate into  the regular bashing of minorities, inevitably provoking a terrorist response resulting in the horrors of a brutal war that would last for years and ruin millions of lives. Moreover in 1956 all notions of excellence and elitism were thrown overboard as the so called “age of the common man” was ushered in glorifying a cheap populist egalitarian monolingual mediocrity leading to a leveling down and the erosion of standards that has bedeviled nearly all institutions ever since.

From 1956–2022 it has been downhill all the way with sporadic hopes invariably followed by dashed expectations as successive political parties (despite some commendable initiatives from time to time), have in their own way fooled the people and contributed to ruining the country. Political parties enslaved by outdated ideologies and bent on deceiving the masses with false promises have been unable to pursue a consistent rational economic policy. Political parties have been intimidated by militant trade unions and have cringed before the yellow robes of a corrupt racist power hungry Buddhist establishment that is a disgrace to Buddhism, and from whose clutches they are still unable to break free and boldly stand for a secular society. Furthermore over the years political parties have been increasingly infiltrated with half educated riff-raff, political thugs, corrupt racketeers, and moral lepers of various kinds who now call the tune and have increasingly brought the hallowed institution of parliament into disrepute. 

Most of the political parties that have thus failed the nation  since independence have been versions of or coalitions with the original SLFP which started the rot in 1956. They have also included various puerile left wing Marxist parties which like today’s JVP have contributed nothing apart from their nagging self righteous vocal criticisms, and tendency to disrupt public life by manipulating both trade unions and student unions which they have infiltrated and ideologically brainwashed. The charismatic leaders of such left wing socialist parties now long dead and gone, notwithstanding their much acclaimed  intellectual credentials fine speeches and liberal pretensions were at heart diehard ideologues and in their day apologists for the now discredited monstrous regimes of  the former Soviet Union and China where millions were slaughtered in the name of ideology.  Finally especially after 1977 the political putrefaction spread like a cancer to engulf the UNP too which then became enfeebled and corrupt to the point where at the 2020 election the party was wiped out, the best people deserting to form their own party, and its stubborn colourless leader suffering the ignominy of losing his own seat.

That in a nutshell is the sordid record of political parties since independence from the perspective of a disillusioned resentful 77 year old who has seen it all. Now amidst the shipwreck of the biggest catastrophe to hit the country, to imagine that the answer lies in an aggregation of such political parties in some insipid “all party configuration” makes no sense. We hear the atmosphere is fouled by the stench of several piles of garbage each making its own contribution to the foetid malodour, it is fanciful to imagine that a new mountain combining samples taken from each pile would exude a fragrant aroma! 

Notions of “all party governance” are also predicated on the false assumption that each party has the same value as all the others such that in some way the whole would be greater than the sum of its parts. But that is a completely inappropriate application of the Aristotelian axiom. In the present case none of the 17 political parties of the SLPFA (including the SLFP) which made Gotabaya president in 2019, whose 145 MPs formed the government in 2020 and voted for the notorious 20th amendment, can be members of an all party interim government. They are all immediately disqualified because it is their government that precipitated the present catastrophe. They have one and all been shameless lackeys of a corrupt and criminal notorious family oligarchy under whose evil rule the country has been devastated. Those who have caused the problem cannot be part of the solution. Far from being included in an interim “all party government” to rescue the country, if there was any justice in this country some day the members of such parties should at least be deprived of their civic rights for their part in returning Sri Lanka to the stone age.

Notwithstanding the lack of any moral or rational basis for an “all party government”, it is nevertheless sad to observe people (including many from the so called educated and professional classes), who seem to be disappointed that the SJB and its leader have refrained from joining such a dubious coalition, and mistakenly interpret such reluctance as weakness. Perhaps such critics have not thought deeply about the issues discussed in the preceding analysis. Or maybe it is the selfishness of those who want a quick fix to their immediate personal inconvenience no matter who gets together with whom and what principles are compromised. At any rate their attitude is consistent with the contemporary post–modern mindset that rejects any notion of absolute truth and believes in the mantra of inclusivity on the basis that truth being relative and there being goodness in what everybody believes all are capable of contributing. Such thinking leads to endless tolerance and accommodation where unity is considered the highest value and peace at any price the ultimate goal. Sham harmony is preferred to righteous conflict. Engaging in the pretence of ‘good disagreement’, “endless compromise” and ‘walking together’ are  the prevailing fashion in a post modern culture where people are expected to hold their beliefs with as much slack as possible and avoid being judgmental. That is the weak and insipid attitude of Sri Lankans who are critical of opposition parties for having the wisdom to stubbornly stand by their principles and refuse to bite the poison bait of Wickremesinghe’s call to participate in the sham of an “all party government”. 

The  Case for an Interim “Meritocracy”

The obvious alternative to the humbug of an “all party government” is the formation of a strong credible interim government of “Meritocracy”. One hopes the President whatever his own lack of credibility would have the good sense even at this late stage to undertake such an initiative, even though one despairs of him doing so. In practice this would involve bringing together an elite exclusive group to form a unified high profile interim government with the Leader of the opposition as Prime Minister. They would comprise an exclusive “meritocracy” consisting of the most educated,  intelligent, upright, hardworking, competent individuals of known integrity, drawn from amongst the 225 members of parliament. In this team Wickremesinghe must have the humility to regard himself as no more than the first amongst equals. 

This may be a stiff challenge considering the paucity of talent and stature in the present parliament. But it should be possible to identify about 25-30 individuals who meet the criteria of a strict meritocracy. In the event whether such an elite group might inevitably be drawn from one party or several is irrelevant. All that matters is that they meet the rigorous criteria of a meritocracy. As things are it is likely that such a “meritocracy”  might have to be composed purely from amongst members of the opposition parties. If so, so be it. All 145 + MPs who belong to the parties of the previous government would be automatically disqualified for the reasons already demonstrated. Considering their  personal limitations and record of betrayal and sycophancy as members of an abominable government responsible for plunging the country into ruin, none would meet the rigorous criteria required to justify their inclusion in a “meritocracy” . 

The formation of such an interim “meritocracy” would immediately result in political stability. Abandoning the futile attempt to form an all party government will give millions of citizens who have come to detest political parties a sense that their voice is being heard. The formation of such a “meritocracy” will tell the world that  for the moment at least Sri Lanka has an honest government of good men who are committed to eliminating corruption. This will restore the confidence of international agencies donors and creditors, and evoke the compassion of the wider world. Such a government of “meritocracy” as proposed will be a breath of fresh air that will  induce a measure of peace and hope in the midst of suffering, and help mark time until conditions allow elections to be held as soon as possible. 

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    A superb and brilliant piece of analysis truthfully, honestly, and objectively written. Unlike many articles that only discuss the problems, the author of this article, Prof ANI Ekanayake, also goes on to point out to a solution – that, “ the obvious alternative to the humbug of an ‘all party government’ is the formation of a strong credible interim government of “Meritocracy”. He adds, “In practice this would involve bringing together an elite exclusive group to form a unified high profile interim government with the Leader of the opposition as Prime Minister. They would comprise an exclusive “meritocracy” consisting of the most educated, intelligent, upright, hardworking, competent individuals of known integrity, drawn, from amongst the 225 members of parliament”.
    This would verily be the much-needed fresh start for the moribund political state of the country has, over the years by many acts of commission and omission of the vile and the corrupt, drawn the county into a stinking mess of sewage.
    How long are we going to delude ourselves with the insanity which, Albert Einstein defines as “doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results”.
    Are there any group of influential individuals, who love their country Sri Lanka, and who would give due heed to bring about a political and social push and the necessary lobby , aptly advocated by the author?

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      Dear sensitive readers,
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      Should we talk about meritocrasy rather than mediocrity based the rascals? I think it is ridiculous to even mention it knowing that in November 2019 the majority of this nation voted for thugs irrespective of caste, religion and barriers. They grabbed power to aquit from ongoing crime investigations. As everyone notices it today, they did it as of today. That case, based on money frauds whopping numbers, Basil rajapakshe was relased from all charges, how can this be possible, if JUDICIARY in this country is independent ?
      Those known criminals, many of whom were members of the Rajapaksa family, were charged with money laundering, murder, rape and various other crimes. However, along with racism and extremism, over 6.9 million voters elected Gotabaya as their Führer.

      Going back to the archives, I repeat, if Gotabaya becomes president, the situation is similar to what Uganda or Rwanda faced a few decades ago. That is where we are today – those who opposed me then will not see my eyes when I come back to Sri Lanka.. So the people of this country are very clear that the Covid-PANACEA mixer-Dhammika syrup will not make any difference. Priority was given to racism against minorities.
      The author of this article is a joke to me for knowing all this correctly.

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    Asoka Ekanayaka, a very big salute to you. Yet another article on Silly Lanka’s SHAM politics, from the time of independence THANK YOU.

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    What a thick Buddhist blood country, leaders after leaders what a plongers just pleased and entation the yellow robes, then blame the Tamils for 30 yrs,celebrating the war,against whom ,where you all end up now, greatful for Bangladesh next may be Somalia

    The amount of privileges have these yellow brigades

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    Thank you, Professor ANI Ekanayake, for speaking out with the honest forthrightness that we always expect from you.
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    I have read the article through, and agree with almost all that you say. “Almost”? Well, we are old, and what has to be done now must be by younger persons. I think of you as being extremely right-wing, but totally honest. We must judge all those who are available in terms of how consistent they have been.
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    I agree with you that those who have brought us to this condition can have little (perhaps nothing) to do with the rescue. We have at least twenty in Parliament who are untainted by what has been done to us, the citizens of this country. I think of young Shanakiyan Rasamanikkam, who has, time and again spoken clearly, and in each of the the three languages that we use in this land. I’m sure that he will be able to identify others who have not compromised. And then there are the three NPP Members of Parliament who have stood firm, although I’ve said this to you with hesitancy. And the SJB, a larger group, with, may be, some diversity of views.

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      SM,
      How about Nandalal Weerasingha for President?

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        Dear oc,
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        I don’t trust you any more, but I used to love your comments.
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        Please don’t pose impossible questions. I don’t know Nandalal at all. I have nothing against him, but how can I recommend him?
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        It is the citizens collectively who have to decide who is to be the President. I know more than the average citizen, but much less than the specialists in the field.

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        Just try.and see ……anyone any calibre super69 still there

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      Dear oc,
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      You have changed dramatically since Ranil Wickremasinghe became your “Legal President.” He lacks LEGITIMACY.
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      Voters may not be perfect; I patiently educate them on issues, both here, and in Bandarawela town in Sinhala.
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      My disappointment with you grows. What did you mean by this?
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      “Telling the people the entire truth isn’t practical.”
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      You have said it in a comment here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/government-needs-to-change-course-in-national-interest/
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      I find it shocking. I try not to mislead, and I certainly try to tell the truth.
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      To have “a14455″ saying this was to see the sort of thing that I expect to see from him:
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      “Gota – A very poor politician who naively believed that all the foolish things he promised needed to be implemented. Any politician worth their salt would know that promises are to get votes and running of the country is a different matter altogether.”
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/interim-budget-2022-transformation-of-the-economic-direction-of-the-country/
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      This is cheating.
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      Also see:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/its-time-to-untether-the-kite/
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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    I agree with AE that Ranil W should consider forming of a council of 25 TO 30people with MERRITOCRACY to guide the GoSL in the RIGHT path to BOTH economic and political revival. It is sad to see so many dubious characters being made State Ministers in order to WASTE the tax payers money.

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      Nathan,
      These State Ministers are appointed to dust and clean the administrative offices of their ministries??
      India with 1.25 Billion (125, 000,000,000) population as against 22 Million Sri Lankans(?), doesn’t have as many Cabinet Ministers???
      That only reflects on the efficacy of the Indian Cabinet Ministers, compared to Sri Lankans??!!
      Sri Lanka – Public administration is ineffective?!
      Ministers are inept!!?? and,
      The government as a total body in Incompetent???!!!
      Anyone, wants to wager a contest to prove otherwise???!!
      “YAKKOS”

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    Prof, MERITOCRACY ?? not in Stupid Lanka. How can a President who got less than 20,000 votes come up with such people. 36 SLPP thugs, criminals and crooks are reappointed as state ministers admitting it was to be thirty but the numbers may go up further, as needed. Nishantha ( chief organizer of May 9 violence, threatened judiciary and protesters with bodily harm, now charged with contempt of court), expert in using Chilli powder as weapon , mass murderer Pillayan, guy who threatened prison official with a gun are among many others are appointed, to revive the dead country.

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      Here is our latest MERITOCRAZY list 1) Mervyn alleged Dhammika paying one Billion for overnight elevation as minister. Dhammika wants to return soon as minister to save the country 2)”Mother of all crooks” Mahindanada , who lied W.C was fixed is now claiming leading Tea export firm largest food/grocery chain, leading garment outlet store /chain , and most parliamentarians do not pay any taxes. He seems to be targeting Muslim owned business entities with the intention of causing hatred and violence again. Adding parliamentarians to the list, is to give some credibility, if not, no one takes this A.Hole serious. 3) Prasanna.R , a known pervert, claimed he knows “why Sajith visited the activist actress in custody” (obviously he could not, because of his morbid obesity). 4) Minister/Doctor Ramesh. P said, UNICEF was wrong about child malnutrition, According to his own stats, nutrition level among children has improved after bankruptcy ?? But pediatricians and GMOA are claiming otherwise, warning worsening of current situation. Minister of Health and Education Susil. P says it’s possible malnutrition among school children is high. 5) The day after appointment as minister, court of appeal issues notice to Nishantha over contemptuous statment.

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        Nathan,
        These State Ministers are appointed to dust and clean the administrative offices of their ministries??
        India with 1.25 Billion (125, 000,000,000) population as against 22 Million Sri Lankans(?), doesn’t have as many Cabinet Ministers???
        That only reflects on the efficacy of the Indian Cabinet Ministers, compared to Sri Lankans??!!
        Sri Lanka – Public administration is ineffective?!
        Ministers are inept!!?? and,
        The government as a total body in Incompetent???!!!
        Anyone, wants to wager a contest to prove otherwise???!!
        “YAKKOS”

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        Chiv,
        Good morning,
        “”Mother of all crooks” Mahindananda , who lied W.C was fixed is now claiming leading Tea export firm largest food/grocery chain, leading garment outlet store /chain , and most parliamentarians do not pay any taxes.”
        One wonders, how a Minister portending to be ‘know all’, didn’t know the difference between Organic/Non-Organic fertiliser, ‘goof up’ the fertiliser order to China, ordering the wrong fertiliser and ending up the government coughing out 6.9 million USD??!!
        Finally blaming the Attorney-General (AG)??!!
        Great emancipated mind??
        Does he know, what items and under what circumstances, business operation, pay Taxes, to even assess, whether they are evading TAX?!
        HAS HE CONSULTED THE ag FOR THIS TOO, LIKE FERTILISER??
        ON ARTIST!!

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          Mahila , you’re are absolutely right bro. Mahindananda is a disgrace to our alumni , who will never be hired by any private organization after a formal interview. But a minister in Lanka. According to Ranjith M. Bandara, WB reports say 40 % loans are lost by the time it gets to assigned projects.

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      Dear chiv,
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      This is how bad it has got by this month:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpPwsGGGJqU
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      This is thorough. Twenty-five minutes. But all in Sinhala.
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      I’m sure that Professor ANI will realise that it is honesty that counts, not the language used. This is one of the handicaps that the NPP faces. Few JVPers are comfortable outside their native Sinhalese.
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      However, they’ve got their National List member, Dr Harini Amarasuriya who isn’t a member of the JVP. She belongs to a group of Intellectual Women. Alumnus of Bishop’s College, she is more fluent in English than in Sinhala, although she uses the swabasha here in her down-to-earth way:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mT2Fc2jb4A
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      Five minutes in Sinhala.
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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    ” True Meritocracy Not The Sham Of All Party Mediocracy….. But the grim reality of the situation is not easily dispelled.”
    The grim reality is that the voters are mostly mediocrities. So they don’t elect those who tell them the truth, but prefer liars who promise the sun and the moon at subsidised prices.
    We can only have a meritocracy when the voters grow up.

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      “In practice this would involve bringing together an elite exclusive group to form a unified high profile interim government with the Leader of the opposition as Prime Minister. “
      The leader of the opposition was in fact invited, but refused to take up the position. In any case, how long would such a government last given the Pohottuwa’s majority ?

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        Old codger you are still commenting ! How thick can a person be !

        I thought you would be at the cocktail party to welcome the State Ministers appointed by all knowing Ranil .

        When is Ranil appointing Dinesh Weerakody senior Director of the Access Group as Sri Lanka’s Central bank Governor. Weerakody became chairman of Commercial bank with the support of the Rajapaksa family . For that appointment his father in law Long John worked hard.

        Ranil finds these people Mahendran aloysius, Paski and now Dinesh birds of one feather-conmen !

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          deepthi silva

          “I thought you would be at the cocktail party to welcome the State Ministers appointed by all knowing Ranil .”

          Who made the appointment? Was it Ranil? It was part of long established and practiced norms, tradition, ……….. a revolving door or part of Horse Trading.
          Ranil’s hands are tied. The crooked clan and their hooligans still rule the country.

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            Vedda So you are saying Ranil is helpless ! !

            If he had any principles he would not have become president with PA votes ,

            If he had any principles ranil would not have come to Parliament having being rejected by the voter at the elections.

            People like you are so one sided .

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              deepthi silva

              “If he had any principles he would not have become president with PA votes ,”

              Why do you think many of us chose not to participate in the politics, contest elections, become MPs, ………?

              People like you will continue to support most corrupted crooks, bent over backwards to satisfy members of saffron brigades, vote for the most racist leader, …..

              Tell me why 6.9 million voted for Gota?

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                NV,
                Morning.
                My guess, if I may dare to is that, 2500 years old culture, coupled with the promise of “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, promised by the Presidential Nominee in 2019, made them (electors of minimal education and knowledge of worldly affairs) to then purportedly, critically evaluate and conclude that 6.9 Million, must vote for that particular candidate – for the salvation and emancipation – of all 22 Million Sri Lankans???
                Simple Mr. Wilson – nothing complicated???!!!
                Only significant thing about that voting is that, the result after 2.5 years after election was the reverse of what was envisaged by the enlightened voters??!!
                That is sad and unfortunate, and the educated and emancipated voters and the leaders of the ‘CLAN’ are certainly not convinced at all, that it was a very bad decision, if not a BLUNDER??!!
                That means they will vote the same way to elect INEPT and INCOMPETENT to govern Sri Lanka to continue the TOM BUFFONERY??
                Results are Starvation and deprivation of basic necessities??!
                “FOOLS DARE, WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD” – they say!!!?
                Quo Vadis Sri Lanka/Sri Lankans??!!

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              Dear deepthi silva,
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              I don’t know who you are, nor have I attempted to study your CT oeuvre. I know that some react against you.
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              However, what you have said here is acceptable.
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              I would, personally, be inclined to take anything said by NV seriously.

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                Sinhala_Man

                Thanks.
                Next time I visit your area I like to have a cup of tea with you.
                Lets see.

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                  Welcome!
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                  Please write to me early. This is my email:
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                  paniniedirisinhe@gmail.com
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                  Make sure that you don’t inset a “g” in the surname part of that address. My great-grandfather was a careless man and lost it.
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                  I hope that Amrit Mutukumaru also sees this. I had thought of him as a Colombo wallah; he probably is. However, he’s clearly honest and fearless. Qualities that are greatly needed.
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                  Panini Edirisinhe (NIC483111444V) of Bandarawela

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          deepthi silva

          By any chance you are fond of old codger?
          I won’t trust old men when it comes to romance, …. .
          Hope you are careful about your mutual experience with him.
          nimal fernando (bit jealous of course) believes old codger is the modern day Casanova of Sri Lanka.
          What do you thing?

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            Native,
            DS is male, as revealed by SM our resident P.I, some time ago.
            I wouldn’t therefore welcome any fondness from DS.

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              Not even platonic?

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                SJ,
                “Not even platonic?”
                It seems the situation has changed, since DS claims to be female now.

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              old codger

              “By any chance you are fond of old codger?”

              The question is not whether you like a man or not it is all about deepthi’s choice.

              “I wouldn’t therefore welcome any fondness from DS.”

              Would you welcome Ramona’s affection?

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                Native,
                “Would you welcome Ramona’s affection?”
                Not done ! No way! Ramona is married to Nihal!

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                  old codger

                  “Ramona is married to Nihal!”

                  I am sorry what is harmless brotherly/fatherly/grandfatherly …. affection got to do with Nihal?

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                  Dear oc,

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                  Married to Nihal or to nimal fernando?
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                  Ramona is wasted on those guys. Poor thing!
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                  Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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                  Na-ha……wrong name old codger.

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                    You two old Oligarchs do love Ranil, don’t you! How how outdated y’all are.

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                      Ramona,
                      I wish was an oligarch.

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          DS,
          “How thick can a person be !”
          Clearly not as thick as someone who got caught lying about bond scams.🤣🤣🤣🤣

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            What is lie I said about the Bond scam , nonsensical old man ?

            So you are now investigating me ! I am so flattered.

            I will not spend one minute wondering about you old Codger. My standards are higher.

            You old people think I must be male ! ! Chauvinist pigs who think women cannot think !

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              deepthi silva

              “You old people think I must be male ! ! Chauvinist pigs who think women cannot think !”

              There is no difference between male and female. As far as Sri Lankan’s are concerned both male and female are equally stupid, very stupid.

              The proof is both male and female enjoyed Universal suffrage for 75 years. See where these stupid people have driven the country to?

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                Old Codger and Vedda are very fond of calling others stupid, foolish etc !

                What about them ? May be because they speak in English they are not foolish ?

                Is there anything to show them not to be foolish or stupid.

                By reading their comments I can see they are both very bias and with closed minds. Only their view should prevail !

                2 Old evil men .

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                  deepthi silva

                  “2 Old evil men”

                  What made you think I am as old as old codger?

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                  deepthi silva

                  “2 Old evil men”

                  What made you think I am as old as old codger?
                  Stupid is as stupid does.

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                  DS,
                  “fond of calling others stupid, foolish etc”
                  Where have I called you stupid? Please produce just one example? Of course I can’t wait as long as I have for your bond scam calculations.
                  Oh, BTW, are you also known as punchi point?

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                    Stupidity is excusable, but you have guile and wit.
                    .
                    I have applied a straightforward adjective to you: dishonesty.
                    .
                    Your response?
                    .
                    Sorry, but that’s what you now exhibit after Ranil became your sponsor.
                    .
                    Panini Edirisinhe

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                  deepthi silva

                  Why do your educated professionals say, write, broadcast, host, publish,…… stupid things on public domain?

                  Here is something you should have spotted and have it amended by your highly qualified professional functionaries. Aren’t they stupid enough say something like the following:

                  (Even from the time of the arrival of Aryan settlers from India),
                  Tax System in Ancient Sri Lanka
                  http://www.ird.gov.lk/en/about%20IRD/SitePages/Tax%20in%20Ancient.aspx?menuid=110401

                  When did they come,?
                  How many of them came?
                  Where did they originate?
                  What language did they speak?
                  Were they all Buddhists or they were Sinhala/Buddhists?
                  Can I safely say they were the original Kallathonies?
                  Please find out from them:
                  Department of Inland Revenue, Sri Lanka,
                  Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 02

                  They don’t like to answer my reasonable questions.

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              DS,
              “What is lie I said about the Bond scam”
              Well, you said there was a bond scam. I told you to prove it. You can’t. So you lied.

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              DS,
              “Chauvinist pigs who think women cannot think !”
              Where did I say women can’t think?
              But that doesn’t mean all women can think, does it?

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        OC
        I reject the attitude that people are stupid to disagree with us.
        In electoral democracies people have limited choice. We need to understand why people vote for or against one rather than praise when they vote how we want and curse when they don’t.
        No electorate is fully informed, and is subject to much disinformation. (“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do, you’re misinformed.”– Mark Twain)
        Germans chose Hitler at one time, not because they were stupid. If Hitler deceived them, let is study what made deception possible so that it may hopefully be avoided in future.
        This country, like many others, has slid into parochial majoritarianism. Cursing any gets us nowhere.
        Would GR and SLPP have won big majorities if the previous government did not under-perform badly? Schemers for the removal of MR at any cost, seem to have failed to count the final cost.
        *
        I am truly amazed at people who call the whole country stupid assigning much credit to the number of votes gathered by one.
        Will not receiving very few votes (perhaps from a handful of wise people) be a qualification in a stupid electorate?
        *
        We cannot have it both ways when we protest the verdict of a stupid electorate.

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          (Continued)
          We cannot have an elected meritocracy even with a highly (politically) literate electorate.
          Merit is not an absolute quantity.
          Competence is by sector.
          So to elect a person to serve in a sector, an electorate should have full knowledge of the expertise of the candidates. Some of the best in their fields do not advertise themselves, and have unimpressive CVs.
          We may even be condemned to choose between big boasters.
          I think that where expertise is required to carry out tasks, it is best that decisions are left to people who know the subject, but ensure that all decisions are transparent.
          *
          I wonder how many subject experts will be happy if they are not selected for a job.
          Keep politics and personality out of professional matters and let good people do their job outside the limelight.

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            SJ,
            I read a piece somewhere in which the author postulates that the Rajapaksas and their kind keep winning because the electorate see themselves in the Rajapaksas, that nepotism, “shaping”, violence, racism, have always been part of our culture. Interesting idea.

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      Very true!!

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    If we have a dozen younger people of the caliber and vision of Prof. ANI Ekanayaka, Sri Lanka will become like Singapore in a couple of decades.

    It’s a pity such is not the situation today. May be when Sri Lanka reaches the rock bottom some such people with dedication,ability and vision may emerge from the society.

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    LM did you read the interview with Ranjan R ( DM )???

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      Please add the link😶

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    We can pontificate on how Ranil W should act next. But does he listen to the SANE voices of SL well wishers. R.W. is only able do things that the Rajapaksas clan wants.
    Who would have thought Gota to come back to SL and live luxuriously with lots of security and wasting precious Tax payers money.
    Could the Colombo Telegraph readers help in the formulation of a NEW CONSTITUTION (NC) that can be put for public Referendum.
    The country needs the NC at the EARLIEST. This should be followed by Parliamentary Election.
    Meanwhile an Interim council consisting of parliamentarians of VERY good standing can run the GoSL.

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    “The formation of such a “meritocracy” will tell the world that for the moment at least Sri Lanka has an honest government of good men who are committed to eliminating corruption.”
    Brilliant author sir no one can say it better. Instead we tell the world what is wrong with them,deflect the truth while all the time it is we who carry the begging bowl.
    But new interim government recruits Sinhala and Tamil recruits, some , with fudged criminal cases records appear in pure white dress.
    Muslims politicos seen with clean suits that can sell easily!!
    Burghers “God only knows where they are” as we say of the missing.

    Same old Humbugs with chilli powder skills and more that kills .Now multi ethnic. Recruitment problem is soon the economic problem when they steal.
    There is a hole in the bucket—no deflection they need to mend it, not defend it.

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      F
      Do you seriously believe the educated people are incorruptible?

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        Many are stupid as well.

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    Better put back Gota again ,he has learned his mistakes, has seen through on his own eyes how the multiculturalism working in Singapore, how Ranil Mahathya played his tricks to punishim not extend the visa in Singapore and request the Thai authorities to put him in self lock up
    Now he is after Aragalaya to pleases the Rujapukas
    Who exactly or which community destroying or rapping the mother
    Bangladesh is benefiting from garments factory, tourism catching up Kerala,Toilet nadu do more buissnes with chased away

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      SJ
      Not at all, but must we deliberately choose men with bad records??? The truly educated mind goes beyond qualifications to human responsibilty, often though not always. Singapore demonstrates this.

      Voters disliking IMF “ talking down” or with Ideological differences dielectric, Hegelian, or not , can dump them at proper elections. Right now this is the Sham of shams, against the voter who says they are fooled out on the streets.

      If they are NGO backed (I don’t see them opulent, like their leaders) and voters chose to borrow from China I have no say or issue, regardless of my philosophy.
      I would say go for it.

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        Fakeculturebug, answer is simple. If not stupidity then it has to be RACISM , which is much more malignant . It’s the attitude of taking pleasure in others (minorities) suffering. After 75 years of condoning kleptocracy, nepotism, corruption, political murders , violence, hatred, immorality , jealousy . . . . not so stupid people are now getting it back in return.

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          Chiv —
          I agree—Simple also because even an honest Singhalese youngster told me this last month.The author here says it as well. There is a deep state that benefits from it. Check out how arrogant Trump was raided and naughty Boris went home to his Turkish father for lesser faults.
          Rule OF law is different to rule by (changing)law. Im not being romantic but love is the answer even for people responsible politics!
          Yet educated Cardinals and law professors have to sadly learn this on the hop !!

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    Superb article indeed Prof E!

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