26 June, 2022

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Ultimate Insults To Public Conscience; Knighthood To Blair & Padma Vibhushana To Gota!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

It was dubbed as the ultimate, shameful insults to public conscience when two shady ‘leadership’ characters were unworthily and bestowed with the highest merit awards in their countries, as the New Year dawned. The Social media went berserk, when former British PM Tony Blair was made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was bestowed with the ‘Sri Lankadheeshwara Padma Vibhushana’ Award by the  Sri Kalyani Samagridharma Maha Sangha Sabha of the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Maha Viharaya, to the utter fury of the people. Both of them received these awards when they have done irreparable damage to their country’s constitutions and to the very fabric of their society.

It was indeed a knighthood for a war criminal. Tony Blair was the least deserving person of any public honour, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen. The Royal decision to make Blair a knight, was met with furious backlash with social media users branding him a war criminal and military mothers threatening to return Elizabeth Crosses, given to bereaved families, in disgust. More than 350,000 have signed demanding Tony Blair’s knighthood be removed as campaigners say it’s a ‘kick in the teeth’ to victims of Iraq war. One tweet read ‘The contempt in which Britain’s elite holds the public has never been more eloquently expressed than in the decision to award Tony Blair the highest order of knighthood. One million Iraqis dead, three million dispossessed, a trail of blood to 7/7. Rise Sir Tony!’ Another read, ‘’The man should be in the dock of The Hague. What a shameful day.’ Yet another read, He was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts. For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes.’

The 2016 Chilcot Report found that Blair presented the case for war with “a certainty which was not justified” based on “flawed” intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction. Tony Blair betrayed the public trust when he ordered British forces to help overthrow Saddam Hussein despite contradictory intelligence reports, hostile opinion polls, critical media commentary and both the largest parliamentary rebellion and the largest street protests against any UK government, ever. It was a totally illegitimate war which was not sanctioned by the UN; on the contrary both Blair and Bush haughtily went against international conscience. This (dis) honour was thus a kick in the teeth for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a kick in the teeth for all the people who protested against the war in Iraq and who have been proved right.’ “Tony Blair should thus be prosecuted not knighted. Someone like this being honoured shows how corrupt and vile the system is.’  The decision suggested it was ‘okay’ to kill people in their ‘hundreds of thousands.’

Peter Geoghegan, editor of Open Democracy, said the reaction to the announcement has been fairly predictable. He told a local radio station LBC: “It’s not surprising that it’s got people going if you think about the context in which this has happened. There’s something kind of oddly fitting about Desmund Tutu’s funeral, you know, Desmund Tutu was someone who said both Tony Blair and George Bush should be tried at the |Hague for war crimes in connection with Iraq. The whole New Year Honours system is “problematic” as it “operates as a self-serving patronage system”.

Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a former British colony, which has been facing a certain bankruptcy and a deepening financial and humanitarian crisis, an inept, inefficient President leading a highly corrupt regime, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been bestowed with the honorary title of “Sri Lankadheeshwara Padma Vibhushana” by the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha invoking the blessings of the Maha Sangha. This Award supposedly symbolized the need of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s leadership for the motherland as well as considering the unblemished (my foot!)past and present deeds of the President. Ven. Hemaratna Thera, delivering the sermon, said: “President, your journey is on the right path which is in line with ‘Saubhagyaye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour) policy statement. If it succeeds, the next generation will be able to experience the results’.

Gotabaya thanks to a set of cronies among the Maha Sangha who gave him a lifeline, expectedly in gratitude started stirring the Sinhala Supremacist pot in the process. He reminded about the condition of the Buddhist sites like Kuragala, Muhudu Maha Vihara and Deeghawap and pledged to guard and nurture the Buddhist philosophy on this nation. “We must always protect the Sinhala culture and heritage that has a history of thousands of years. Therefore, the government will continue to provide patronage to protect our values, traditions and customs.” Mahinda’s Tirupathi visits and Gota – Gnanakka links shows where their loyalties lie and their hypocritical Buddhist leadership roles! The 69m lakhs Sinhala Buddhist electorate which voted him will bear witness to his ‘services’ to their lot.

Social media was agog with many posts which questioned the wisdom behind this absurd Award to a ruler whose regime, the electorate almost unequivocally calls as the ‘most inept, inefficient and corrupt’ in Post-Independence history. This widely criticised award comes at a time when his government is in disarray and being blamed for putting Sri Lanka in a deepening financial and humanitarian crisis with fears it could go bankrupt in 2022 as inflation rises to record levels, food prices rocket and its coffers run dry. One of the most pressing problems for Sri Lanka is its huge foreign debt burden. In the next 12 months, in the government and private sector, Sri Lanka will be required to repay an estimated $7.3bn in domestic and foreign loans. Food and gas shortages have led to queues and public desperation have led to hooting protests, directed not just against the pro government politicians but at the President himself. Like tightening the loin cloth to stop diarrhoea, Police has warned the public that those who insults the President will be prosecuted.

This calls to mind an appeal made early last year by the well-known Indian writer Arundhati Roy to the Indian PM Modi to step aside. She beseeches thus: ‘We need a government. Desperately. And we don’t have one. We are running out of air. We are dying. We don’t have systems in place to know what to do with help even when it’s on hand. ..We cannot wait till 2024. Never would people like myself have imagined the day would come when we would find ourselves appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for anything. Personally, I would rather have gone to prison than do that. But today, as we die in our homes, on the streets, in hospital car parks, in big cities, in small towns, in villages and forests and fields – I, an ordinary private citizen, am swallowing my pride to join millions of my fellow citizens in saying please sir, please, step aside. At least for now. I beseech you, step down’. This is the time when Sri Lankans have started protesting about the corrupt inefficient regime of Gotabaya too, for his disjointed sense of direction and lack of strong leadership, abdicating his responsibility to the military personnel and corrupt set of civil servants , which bears all tell-tale signs of  Sri Lanka becoming a failed nation.

Covid crisis apart, the nation is facing a multitude of crises – public debt, rule of law/impunity, with Gota and his unprofessional team of ministers losing their credibility image both locally and internationally. If Gotabaya believes his own words he should resign forthwith. Gotabaya in a message on the completion of on one year in office in November 2020 said, that the ‘Public opinion will measure my success or failure’.  The much hyped up memes ‘ Sir Fail’, but hilarious ‘I only did it well’ which are agog in the social media, are giving an inkling of the general views of the electorate. One post read that ‘you cannot expect a king by just putting a crown on a clown’s head’.  As Arundathi said, it should be said in a Sri Lankan connotation, Gotabaya! ‘This is a crisis of your making. You cannot solve it. You can only make it worse. This virus prospers in an atmosphere of fear and hatred and ignorance. It prospers when you clamp down on those who speak out’.  In his election manifesto, Gotabaya promised to make Sri Lanka a “prosperous” country. But it is only the Rajapaksa family and some of its cronies who have prospered during the two years of Gotabaya’s presidency. The clan has always prospered with a Rajapaksa at the helm. During Mahinda’s presidency too, the family was well placed in top positions and posts.

Even his support among his core 69 lakh constituency, the Sinhalese-Buddhists, is taking a huge dip, and he appears to be rebuilding that support through his set of Sangha cronies. He is already stepping up communal polarization in Sri Lanka; so deep is Islamophobia in the country that any step to weaken Muslims and their identity usually sets off a wave of Buddhist triumphalism, designed to bring him the votes. Gotabaya is already taking steps in this direction. In October, the government set up a “Presidential Task Force for One Country, One Law.(OCOL)” headed by Gnanasara Thero, a virulently anti-Muslim and hate monk, who spearheaded anti-Muslim violence in Post war history. The Gotabaya government is also set to implement amendments to Muslim personal laws using his Muslim Justice Minister as well as the cow slaughter ban. Such steps can be expected to reassure Buddhist hardliners that their interests are safe in Gotabaya’s hands.

In the context of this Award, the controversial role of the Maha Sangha and some Chapters have bene called into question, with public openly criticizing the pro government crony monks getting top appointments and perks. These pro government cronies in Saffron clothing have brought down the Sangha reputation in the minds of the people. How, the graduates refused to receive their degree certificates from Muruthtuwe Thero who was appointed as the Chancellor of Colombo University by Gotabaya for supporting him was in recent memory. Then the Kelani Maha Viharaya chief monk who heard the Naga-Raajaya emerging from the Kelani river waters and predicted good times for the country after Gotabaya’s election, also got his reward too – being appointed as the Chancellor of the Kelani University. Then again Gnanasara Thero who openly supported his racist campaign to get elected as appointed as the Chair of a high profile OCOL Commission, making a mockery of the process of appointments to high posts.

Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist monks have a long and powerful history of influence over the state. For decades, unfortunately some rogue sections of the Maha Sangha led the most radical Sinhala nationalists in influencing successive governments to embrace religious nationalism. But, why are the greater sections of the Maha Sangha and the Buddhist practitioners who hold much influence over the Buddhist populace by implementing the Buddhism they avowed, silent? Why are they allowing the pro government cronies who are boot licking the rulers for petty personal favours to go scot-free without being dealt with for violating the Vinaya Code? Why are the people not voicing enough against these crony monks or Chapters who are bestowing awards to corrupt, inefficient rulers instead of warning, advising and guiding them? Aren’t these Buddhist monks who seek office in corrupt ways, bringing their religion into disrepute? Like Blair’s knighthood, this whole process of boot licking by way of bestowing Awards to unworthy rulers by some Buddhist chapters will reflect adversely on the whole edifice of Buddhist religious leadership as it “operates as a self-serving patronage system”.

Buddhist monks, like the clergy of other religions, have a responsibility to speak for a spiritually sound approach to both private and public morality. They should speak for the oppressed and suffering masses who contribute to their upkeep. Thus, it seems dangerous allowing these Awards and the pro government Sangha cronies apple polishing the corrupt rulers insensitive to public suffering to go unchallenged. There is a real danger that this practise could corrupt the Sangha Order. When corrupt and unpopular rulers find support from Buddhist Monks to politically survive , it will be the people who rely on their intervention , who will lose. Padma Vibhushana Award is a shame and should be aptly called Pampoori Vibhushana!

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    Imagine a Catholic pastor who is unaware that Jesus was born in Jeruselum! Those are the “Sanga” above. These “Sanga” aren’t real. They’re just blokes in yellow robes. How do you know? During the time of the Buddha, there were people called Bikkhu, or those training to walk the path set out by the Buddha. Finally, there were the “Sanga” who had achieved their goal. It’s clear that these monks aren’t even qualified to be mere Bikkhu. To be a Bikkhu, one must know who their teacher is and where he lived.

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      Gota can’t help it if he is lucky! ……… He has ol’ luck of the draw: the luck of the Irish …….. to be born into a family with the “right credentials” …….. into a receptive welcoming tribe who wants to buy what he has to sell ………..

      It’s like Dr Janapriya’s luck …….. to be born with the right name! ……. He may be the most unpopular man in the entire nation but when introduced “Here is Dr Janapriya” …….. all obstacles before him melts away ……..

      How can you hate a man with the name Janapriya? ….. It’s contradictory ……. Those are the “Sinhala-Buddhist” sacrosanct irrefutable beliefs we are born with. …….. Luck of the name: luck of the draw.

      Some guys have all the luck!


      Thank ye lucky stars ye were not named Native Vedda …….. all the late arrivals with claims to the land …….. to a man, hate him …………


      Idiot wind
      Blowing every time we move our teeth
      We’re idiots, babe
      It’s a wonder that we still know how to breathe

      Idiot wind
      Blowing through the dust upon our shelves
      We’re idiots, babe
      It’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves

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        nimal fernando

        Thanks for reminding us of Bob Dylan’s Idiao Wind.

        I doubt Bob or his songs were ever understood by our idiot people. You will see in a minute why.
        Please read:
        Protection of Sinhala Buddhists is my foremost responsibility: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
        https://www.themorning.lk/protection-of-sinhala-buddhists-is-my-foremost-responsibility-president-gotabaya-rajapaksa/

        I think you should teach/tell/advise/….. Gota, how to stop digging and when to stop digging.
        When the going get tough he is hiding inside Sinhala/Buddhism and behind Saffronistas. Instead of exposing him the saffronistas have bestowed him a title “Sri Lankadheeshwara Padma Vibhushana”.

        Whats going on?
        By the way does almighty Gota is aware of the dire consequences the country is facing now.

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          “Protection of Sinhala Buddhists is my foremost responsibility: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa”

          Native,

          If he sells all of SL to the Chinese, the Indians, or anyone else he can find …….. then pockets most of the proceeds and goes and lives in peace and prosperity among the Christians of America ……… many will still believe he is “protecting Buddhists!”

          The “Buddhist clergy” will support him as long as they can avoid doing a honest day’s work: just be idle all day and mumble some gobbledygook when required ……. and get best of food and luxuries delivered by people who fall at their feet ……

          I’ve been looking for these people all my life, but no luck! ……. At least, Old Codger has found some women!

          Irrespective of the level of “education” ……… for most people, facing reality/truth is a terrifying business ………. so, they go and create their own reality/truth …….. a reality/truth they can be comfortable with …….. for most people reality/truth is the sum total of their unexamined innermost insecurities: subconscious insecurities.

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            continued

            It’s the human condition: universal …….. look, how a brainless imbecile like Trump, with just one simple trick, controlled 74 million Americans ……… playing on their insecurities ……….. Is it any wonder Dr Sunil Abeyratne is a Sri Lankan American: wonder what insecurities are predominant in his subconscious; Lankan or American …….. the poor guy now has two sets of insecurities to deal with! :))

            Look around, observe …….. it’s elementary, Native.


            Let me tell you about the episode ….. when I was a kid, had trouble coping with school, and was taken to a hotshot psychiatrist …….. within minutes the tables were turned: I had him on the couch ……. he was revealing to me all his insecurities ………

            Such is life!

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              nimal,
              The episode you recall is very credible; you still show signs of your eccentricities.
              There is nothing to feel ashamed of. Some of the most brilliant brains are your type. You are a brilliant commenter!

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      In today s context/ Gota cant move inch forward without the support of Ghanakka/ Ghabasara and other yellow pets. .
      .
      This I realised after reading anti Gota comments added to the SM videos on his padam Wibhushaba joker award. .
      ..
      Elected to save the nation but twisted save himself from his vicious brothers and their power gain hidden agendas. .
      .
      Now Gota s life line is only Sanga..
      .
      😎🐃😎🐃😎🐃🐃

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        Dear sensitive commenters,

        did you yourself the video on this vibrushana award ceremony, the reactions of Gota? – to me, he looked as if a little pretended to be brave, pretending and covering all his mischievous/animal like behaviours. So helpless as if EMERGENY men would be invited to help him even publicly to save him from public insults.

        These fake patriots would rolling on the floor before their buddhagama monks (fake men dressed and hidden behind red robes)- these incident reminded me my childhood- we young boys behaved mischievous as we could, in the absence of our dear conservative parents, but we pretended to be ” good boys” on their return. Gota – the politically and morally dead man s situation is more helpless than appeared to be. Full brain transplant would give these men some sanity, but if people s choice is to get them led by men with record breaking levels at high crimes, the outcome is what their eyes cant believe today..
        .
        Chain robbers (ROHITHA A), rapists (DUMINDA S, THISSA KUTTI or the like), drug kin pins (LANZA), fake professors (JAYASUMANA), drug alcohol barrons (talkative mouth-johnsten)- just be HONEST to you….. can anyone of this men be LEADERS, if people s average mind set would have been – similar to today s modern ETHIOPIANs that have broken the records of some countries in ASIA ?

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      Jambu dear,
      “Imagine a Catholic pastor who is unaware that Jesus was born in Jeruselum!”

      You are sadly mistaken. There are no Catholic “pastors”. And Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Why don’t you go talk about something you know?😆😆

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        old codger

        Please tell us how did middle class and poor people survive during Siri Mao’s rule between 1970 and 1977? The stories I heard about food crisis during that period has come back under Gota’s Sinhala/Buddhist rule.

        “Govt invites all Sri Lankans to grow vegetables as food prices soar; offers inputs”
        https://economynext.com/govt-invites-all-sri-lankans-to-grow-vegetables-as-food-prices-soar-offers-inputs-89314/

        Didn’t Siri Mao’s government give the people same advice?
        As far as SJ is concerned 1970/77 was the golden period in Sri Lankan history.

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          NV,
          “Didn’t Siri Mao’s government give the people same advice?
          As far as SJ is concerned 1970/77 was the golden period in Sri Lankan history.”
          Yes,
          The golden era the people of SL remembered not to eat outside their homes, lest they should be forced to eat ‘Kurrakkan Pittu’, ‘Batthala’, ‘Tapioca’ et all and people decided to tend their home gardens to ‘save money and stay away from the Pettah Markets’
          1970/77 was the Golden Era, advent of the 2nd generation of the Medamulana Cattle herding and milk producing Industry of Deep South of Sri Lanka, entering parliament as the youngest MP of that time!
          Thus and then did Sri Lankas’ destiny change!!
          Historians will determine, for good or for bad or worse!!!
          Perhaps if any historians “worth their salt” are left to survive thenceforth?!!!!
          They are multiplying in that institution now acclaimed as the most sacred profession they could sustain their (Family) prosperity

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          Native,
          “Please tell us how did middle class and poor people survive during Siri Mao’s rule between 1970 and 1977?”
          In those days, we didn’t have phone bills, water bills, electricity bills, or gas shortages, because none of those were freely available. So it was possible to survive on 5 rupees a day. The SLBC worked till 10 pm, so after that you went to sleep , ready to join the bread queue at 4 am. On weekends, we went to see Hungarian movies, because Hollywood and Hindi ones were banned.

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            old codger

            Hope SJ does not confront you with his romantic memories.

            “On weekends, we went to see Hungarian movies, because Hollywood and Hindi ones were banned.”

            Did those films convert you to become a communist, socialist, Marxist, Maoist, Trotskist, an Orthodox Marxist, a Revolutionary Marxist, or Bolshevik–Leninist, a Stalinist, ……………….?

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              Native,
              Those Hungarian movies didn’t have some inhibitions that Hollywood ones had. I must say our Socialist censor Board was far preferable to the Sinhala Buddhist one that replaced it.

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      Buddhism has been used as a tool, hijacked by extremists, and misrepresented, by war criminals and racists, in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. They have hurt, harmed, and killed, in the name of Buddhism.

      No different from the Jihadists who have done the same.

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        Ashan,
        “They have hurt, harmed, and killed, in the name of Buddhism.”

        Buddhists in Sinhale have not hurt, harmed and killed in the name of Buddhism.
        In Sinhale, Tamils hurt, harmed and killed Sinhala Buddhists in the name of race. Despite all the killings done by Tamil terrorists over a period of three decades, Sinhala Buddhists did not kill or harm a single Tamil. They in fact, sent lorry loads of food and other essential items to Tamils in Yapanaya after Tamil terrorists were defeated.
        Wahhabi Muslim extremists hurt, harmed and killed Tamil and Sinhala Catholics in the name of Islam.

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          Happy European new year.

          “Buddhists in Sinhale have not hurt, harmed and killed in the name of Buddhism.”

          On the other hand the Public Racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala’s Children, the Sinhala/Buddhist converts continue to hurt Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, ….

          Since you are blind you cannot see the suffering of all those people and you cannot hear their cries because the public racist HLD M is sitting on your head.

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          Eagle Eye says: Buddhists in Sinhale have not hurt, harmed and killed in the name of Buddhism.

          I see rabid buddhist sri lanka monks shouting at tamils and trying to take over thier temnples.

          This guy Eagoe Eye must be living in cuckoo land.

          Good thinking Eagle Eye when the West that you sinhala beggars are queuing to go to considers that sinhala buddhist were involved in the genocide of tamils. Maybe if sinhala racist buddhists disagree with this Western approach they shoud do themselves a favour and not go to these countries and CONTAMINATE them.

          In addition good thinking. Hasten the completing of the sinhalas being the BEGGAR RACE of south asia. NOTE that Nepal whose rulers kept the peoples down has the THIRD highest nos of PHDsin the USA. Beggar sinhales has per capita the highest house mailds exported!

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      “It’s clear that these monks aren’t even qualified to be mere Bikkhu. To be a Bikkhu, one must know who their teacher is and where he lived. “

      What is this mumbo jumbo Jambu is talking?

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        Eagle,
        “What is this mumbo jumbo Jambu is talking?”
        Aren’t you guys birds of a feather?

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      Removed minister Susil Premajayantha said Gotabaya cannot even be a toilet cleaner!

      Now that sticks better than Vibhushana!

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        Gatam,
        No, that’s insulting to toilet cleaners.

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      Padma VIBHURSHANA to Rajapakshes…… while BHEESHANA award to Dr Susil Premajayantha ?

      Wimal Buruwanse and DRIED PUMKIN Vasidewa are on the top of the list to be award the BHEESHANA award (design by GOTA-BAYA – the man arose to give a life to an unrest of the style of 89 insurgency that killed over 50 k youth across the country). I escaped myself leaving the hell hole – but my batchas were caught to shed their last breath on tyre pyres….. so my pains are enormous….. even if no revengeful acts on on my calender.

      😎🐃😎🐃😎🐃🐃😎🐃😎🐃😎🐃🐃😎🐃😎🐃😎🐃🐃😎🐃😎🐃😎🐃🐃😎🐃😎🐃😎🐃🐃

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    Racism against own minorities/fellow
    citizens and blatant lies paved the way Gota-Baya to get elected as the leader also with the direct mediation of the yellow pets…
    .
    Dr Safi was almost publicly crucified by srilanken main stream media dancing to the tune of mlechcha men ☹☹☺️☺️☺️
    ..
    Now at a time/ even a little child would perceive that Gota-Baya pays total ignorance to the grave issues of the very same people/ as if his senses are fully impaired/ him to be awarded with padma vibhushana? Are these yellow pets totally unconscious mode ? .are they sitting on their heads?
    .
    Or the value of the award should be similar to offering honorary doctorates by joker Prof LF led UOC to the war criminals and the scapegoats like Mervin the Silva or the like pimps in 2009 ?
    What do so called high chapter monks make of this? If their senses are yet normal?.are they today permanently under saline?
    .
    This award is the biggest joke to the eyes of the 6.9 millions of mercy cows if they realized it at all.
    .
    And under the guide of Mediaminister aka former senior journalist Alahaperuma to allow the kind of breaking news be telecasted in main stream media?..

    I think even Sirasa TV telecasted it?
    .
    Wow what miracles Rajapakshes have made this time !!
    .
    .People over to u/ wake up if not today when?
    🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃😉😉😉😉😉

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      GOTA is made a clown by his own sibling brothers because their hidden agendas to grab power on to their hands. .
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      These men play with gullible people led srilanka also at a critical time it has become the soccer ball of Giant rivals India and China. .
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      Intern instability leave more space foreign forces to ruin this island nation. .
      ..
      At least today these men in leadership should listen to senior advisers. What if advisers of GOTA are punnaku drinkers?.
      .
      This nation is on edges to thanks power struggle of a mlechcha family. Uncultured uncivilized sentinelese in that island would have better thought s 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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        LLM,
        “What if advisers of GOTA are punnaku drinkers?”
        You are on target.
        What difference is there between the Punnaku drinkers and the ‘Grass Eaters’??
        Are they Horses???

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        LM,
        “Racism against own minorities…”
        —-
        There is no racism against minorities in Sri Lanka but there is racism from minorities against indigenous Sinhala majority. Terrorist campaign against Sinhala Buddhists was based entirely on racism against majority by a minority community.

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          EE,
          .
          I hope the dawn year will help you the kind of MASTER MINDS of ultra racism in our motherland, to grasp atleast little before kicking the bucket soon- so that the hell would not be worst, if you would just leave us the way you ve been .

          IF THE YOUTH WERE MISLED BY ASKING TO WALL PAINT – SINHALAYA SHOULD BE KEPT ABOVE- THEY WOULD HAVE GONE THAT FAR.. BEACUSE YELLOW PETS AND THEIR FAIRY TALES BLINDED SINHALAYAS.. but I believe today, youth got it right – most of them known to me would throw the biggest GALGEDIYA – a stone, to kill MARA and henchmen, if they are allowed, not being able to see continue their RACISM-BASED politics.
          :-
          I wish that MADU MADAWA – so called singer/artist who was the masterhead of POST EAST BOMB BLAST riots in srilanka would be hung today,… as a good will act serving some justice to those who lost their livelyhood in that calculated-rajapakshe riots.
          :
          Martin Luther wished a country where LAW and Order be equal to all – but if our EYES are not impaired and our senses are not similar to that of yours, we are all well aware that SINHALA BUDDHIST RACISM – destroyed our nation which was then about to be another SINGAPORE by its devleopments.
          :
          As of today, public masturbators have become the LEADERS, that make every try to hide behind SO CALLED PINGUTHTHARAYA community (dont get me wrong, this is not to 10% good monks in our country) but majority of deceitful monks such as MURUTHERTTUWA bp and KOLLUPITIYA BP…. or the like… not forgetting that WADAKAYA of the nation Ghanasara……

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      leelagemalli

      “Dr Safi was almost publicly crucified by srilanken main stream media dancing to the tune of mlechcha men “

      You mean Channa Jeyasumana?

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    Or the value of the award should be similar to offering honorary doctorates by joker Prof LF led UOC to the war criminals and the scapegoats like Mervin the Silva or the like pimps in 2009 ?
    What do so called high chapter monks make of this? If their senses are yet normal?.are they today permanently under saline?
    .
    This award is the biggest joke to the eyes of the 6.9 millions of mercy cows if they realized it at all.
    .
    And under the guide of Mediaminister aka former senior journalist Alahaperuma to allow the kind of breaking news be telecasted in main stream media?..

    I think even Sirasa TV telecasted it?
    .
    Wow what miracles Rajapakshes have made this time !!
    .
    .People over to u/ wake up if not today when?
    🐃🐃🐃🐃😎😎😎😎😎😎😉😉

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      Hi LLM,
      Prof LF led UOC, was a Joke!
      They gave D Lit., to people who could not say “Pang!”
      Like High Commissioner Nominee for Australia the esteemed Mr “Wellawatte”
      Some are saved by the teleprompter plus hi-tech Wi-Fi earphones these days! What a feat?
      No wonder LF “turns their coat”, likened to a Chameleon!!
      This is todays’ world take on Professionalism!!!
      You do not need to look very far too Where is Viyathmaga?
      Got muddied and bogged down in a muddy road trying to envision a Road Map!!!!
      Success has many Fathers, failures have none!!!!!

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      LLM,
      “.People over to u/ wake up if not today when?”!
      We the valiant people of Sri Lanka are overwhelmed by the fumes of LPG gas released to the environment and are in ‘Deep Slumber’!!
      We need a little more time to wake up.
      It is so cosy; I mean this deep sleep.
      We do not want to get right now!!!
      All’s good and well here now for the last 2 years and almost 3 months.
      Why bother getting up now??

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      LM,
      “…offering honorary doctorates by joker Prof LF led UOC to the war criminals…”

      War criminals are those who:
      • Grabbed children by force and recruited them as child soldiers
      • Kept innocent people as a human shield and shot those who tried to escape
      • Put jackets with explosives on women and sent them as suicide bombers to kill innocent civilians
      • Massacred people who were worshipping and praying
      Just to name a few.
      —-
      Those who gave the leadership to get rid of those barbaric war criminals deserve to be honored and respected.

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        EE,
        .
        Please come to sanity –

        Check yourself the balance sheet….
        .
        MR did lot more harm to this nation- with pave ways them to raw killings day by day today… is it not that harmful than the manner TERROR/GURRILIA groups acts…..

        Not notherners but southerners behaved alike…. Ethiopians, Sudanese, Venzulians would not be different but as ” rebells”, but elected govt, by cheating innocent conditioned mindset bearers – to repeat the same failure ???????????????????????

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    I propose conferring Evil Eagle with the highest title SillyLankadheeshwara Padma Vibushana and Ven. Hemaratna for next chancellor, anyone ??? This settles the debate on ” SB responsibility in electing Sir Fail”.

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      MR wines and dines in Italy and pays penance in Thirupathy, GR parties in USA and then goes to Singapore for cardiac checkup, Basil goes to USA/home absconding for months, whole family goes to Uganda for no good reason and Susil.P goes home in a tuk tuk. Happy days are ahead.

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    Saffron mafia has turned into clowns.

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      That was for a long time. Nothing new to confer. What about the Benz cars of the 70’s?!
      That was Sirimavo Bandaranaike nee Ratwatte, paradigm difference from the current clowns seeking what they failed to achieve in Thurstan, Ananda/Nalanda colleges in their prime youthful selves!!
      I pat you; You pat me; We both pat each other devoid of any outside competition at all!!!

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      GATAM,
      “Saffron mafia has turned into clowns.”

      Guys who lack knowledge on the role played by Buddhist monks in protecting the Sinhala nation from Dravida invaders, European colonizers and terrorists and suffer from ‘Defeat-Syndrome’ might consider Buddhist monks as clowns.

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      Pin Bath Gotto! Anything to fill their stomach.

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        Bro I chose not to give a spoonful free to today s sanga/ they asked me to offer them smart phones as pirikara/ can u imagine? ..
        .
        I am asked to make their evening much nicer/ the days condom packets become part of pirikara is not far from us/ so knowing the realities why to march further behind “saghu sidhu effect”
        .
        Rata ta giya kala🐕🐃🐕🐃😎🐕🐃😎🐕🐃😎🐕🐃
        Today I offer free meals to beggars and innocient stray dogs instead/ I become innerly happier not mingling with yellow pets that stole our honesty..
        .

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    One set of idiots the robbed kind, conferring titles to the proven failures in governance and these very Idiots appointing the robbed kind to high posts in the Universities as Chancellors. A case of patting each other with Titles. What Morons?

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      gamini man

      Welcome back.
      How are you?
      You should pay us regular visits,
      Take care.

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    Appropriate one is ‘Sri LankaVinashadheeshwara Pajatha Vibhushana’ .

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    For the first time in Sri Lanka history people have elected a man with allegation of Murder, Fraud, Corruption etc. to lead the nation and expect him to deliver “Prosperity and Splendor”

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      RohanaW

      “For the first time in Sri Lanka history people have elected a man with allegation of Murder, Fraud, Corruption etc. to lead the nation ……”

      This is not the first time “a man with allegation of Murder, Fraud, Corruption etc” has been elected or won’t be the last.

      People blame nimal fernando.

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        RW
        Let me remind you that Mara also had the same credentials when he was elected president.
        True to hisrecord mara developed more adverse skills while in power, skills such as spreading corruption to the public, putting family members in all key positions, selling prime property to the Chinese, perverting the rule of law in his favour, killing journalists, the list is endless…

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          PS
          I forgot to mention: twisting the Buddhist clergy around his little finger and degrading them to the status of yellow pets 🐱 🐈🦒🐤🐥
          2,500 years of so-called Buddhist civilization down the drain.
          What a shame. 😱😭😱😭

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      Correct. It is not as if he was an unknown quantity. They knew jolly well how he functioned when his brother was President, and it was public knowledge.

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      RohanaW,
      “…a man with allegation of Murder, Fraud, Corruption etc.”
      —-
      In 2015, ‘Regime Change’ mafia brought countless allegations against Rajapakshes. People who believed those nonsense elected ‘Yahapalana’ Government that promised to punish them but they did not do anything because those were allegations fabricated by ‘Regime Change’ mafia.

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      “President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has urged his ministers to stop being unethical when criticising the government”

      That’s what he has a problem with, not robbing the same people that elected them.
      Or somehow or other grabbing power to bury cases of murder and fraud.
      Here is another ethical thing releasing accused and convicted criminals for political gain.
      How about appointing a convicted criminal to lead to create one law.

      This is what happens when uneducated idiots get elected to higher office. We saw it in America. You could be popular, you could be rich but if your stupid your going to bring down the country along with you.

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    …the ultimate, shameful insults to public conscience……
    Yes both instances quoted are that.
    But nearer home, have we not, as a country, condoned :
    Appointment of Gnanissara in spite of Ali Sabry who is still for ‘JUSTICE’.
    Appointment of a publicly discredited Upali Abeyratna to head the RTI Commission.
    No action against Litro officials and two Ministers involved for criminal act of selling dangerous goods resulting in death, severe injuries, destruction of property of the public.
    Release of a convicted murderer (DS) and given him to Head a Govt. Authority.
    Release a convicted person in robes for insulting Court, and appoint him to head a Commission on matters of Law, while another is yet imprisoned (RR), under the same offence but has more merit for pardon.
    May be more. So why comment on what happens in UK without even one iota of morality back home. Would the above happen in UK without due consequence.
    …. the clergy of other religions, have a responsibility to speak for a spiritually sound approach to both private and public morality. ….
    True but what about civil society itself – hardly a murmur or action, they must be at the forefront too to defend the “public conscience”.

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      The above begs the question, Is Sri Lanka in a terminal decline with regard to morality and the social conscience.
      Passive acceptance and inaction contributes to this situation. Has any NGO or Civil Society Group taken up matters in Court. Only Nagananda is making some effort in this. In spite of the talk, no political party has canvassed anything in Court. All are in it.

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      MyView,
      “…the clergy of other religions, have a responsibility to speak for a spiritually sound approach to both private and public morality. ….”
      —-
      Clergy of other religions also have skeletons in their cupboards.

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        Dear EE,
        …Clergy of other religions ALSO have skeletons in their cupboards……
        Glad you used the word “ALSO”. Admitting of course that the clergy you defend have their own skeletons.

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    A decade worth of massacres, murders, abductions, racism, robbery may have key factors to evaluate the performance for knighthood and Padma Vibhushana?

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      Ajith,
      “A decade worth of massacres, murders, abductions, racism, robbery may have key factors to evaluate the performance for knighthood and Padma Vibhushana?”
      —-
      Isn’t eradicating three decades of massacres, murders, abductions, racism, robbery by Tamil terrorists worth ‘Padma Vibhushana’?

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    Both of them are freemasons. Both of them are serpent seeds from the bloodline of cain. And they get awarded by others of their kind.
    It is the most high who is making them expose themselves. He is also making them crazier with each passing day, before taking them out!

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      Humble, well I’ll be darned, the most high has turned them into flashers.

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    To the author,
    True, there are many who campaign for the removal of Tony Blair’s knighthood.
    I agree with such sentiments, although Tony Blair’s criminal actions (mainly to appease USA) are entirely different in nature from the legitimate actions in fighting a separatist terrorist movement in Sri Lanka. Please note that I have qualified only ‘legitimate’ actions.
    Remember both USA and UK did not seek UN sanction (they would not have succeeded because France was opposed to it). As such, a comparison of the actions of Tony Blair and Gota is misleading!
    Even in the UK, there are some who support the honour bestowed on Tony Blair. Refer to The Daily Telegraph UK (Tory paper) that justifies the knighthood!
    Here is the link (may be gated!)
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/01/04/course-tony-blair-should-knighted/
    I disagree with the reasons noted in the UK Telegraph.

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    Racist Slaves honoring their master!

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      Buddhist1,
      “Racist Slaves honoring their master!”
      —-
      Tamil racist slaves also keep on honoring their terrorist Master who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by massacring Sinhala Buddhists for three decades.

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    ‘Sri Lankadheeshwara Padma Vibhushana’
    Award by the
    Sri Kalyani Samagridharma Maha Sangha Sabha of the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Maha Viharaya
    ======
    who is “Sri Kalyani Samagridharma Maha Sangha Sabha of the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Maha Viharaya” – ?
    who gave them authority to bestow honours? – The President himself? –
    Gota pleading please award me an award?
    ====
    is it really valid to compare British Monarchy’s New Year’s Awards with some worthless award given by some Maha Viharaya” – ?
    ===

    Dont get me wrong – I am not in favour of Tony Blair’s Knight Hood

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      Rajash,
      “who gave them authority to bestow honours?”
      —-
      Talking nonsense by guys who have no idea about the traditions and customs of Sinhala Buddhists in Sinhale.

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        “who gave them authority to bestow honours?”
        ====
        Its the Prez of course.- he gives them authority to bestow honour
        The Monks Honour him and in return received luxury cars and vice chancellor appointments
        -====
        That is Sinhala Buddhism
        =======

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    Senior monks went to Burma in the past, for “Higher Ordination”. Now, Burma/Myanmar is in ruins due to murderous army men.
    Now our senior monks have promoted themselves into title giving “royalty” _ after being made “Chancellors” of universities !
    Gotabaya should be ashamed of titles from these monks.

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      They are all birds of the same feather.
      Neither the monks nor the leaders have the slightest shame.
      Shame on us for giving alms to monks and voting for scumbag politicians.
      Come to think of it, we are also equally shameless, are we not?

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    Dont call me a racist when I was created by beggar sinhala racists and them did a really good job. Growing up and living overseas I did not really comprehend that I was different race or the PARA word till I was in barbaric sri lanka told that the PARA word is used as an adjective towards minorities by the Para sinhalas.

    My other comment here is that seems that the sinhala brand of buddhism is being succesfully exported to barbaric pakistan from recent event there

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      Gus,
      “My other comment here is that seems that the sinhala brand of Buddhism…”

      There is nothing called ‘Sinhala brand of Buddhism’.

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        “There is nothing called ‘Sinhala brand of Buddhism’.”
        There is and that’s what the govt is practicing.
        Going from country to country with a begging bowl. Most countries know that this is a fraud like Buddhism in Sri Lanka and not willing to drop even the left over.

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      Gus don’t blame others for your own crimes. Nobody made you a racist, you did that by yourself.

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    Tony Blair is a war criminal who cooked up stories to invade Iraq whereas Gotabhaya Rajapakse is a person who played a crucial role in liberating Sinhale from Dravida terrorists who went on a killing spree of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people for three decades to grab a part of the country belong to indigenous Sinhalayo to create a separate State within Sinhale violating the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

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    Gross potential, ne’re to be realized
    Deep, the regret of the
    Lion heart.
    Calming the illusion in the native bosom,
    Was honor given ; the legend done.
    Dark is the day,
    ‘Tis time to depart,
    Goodbye forever our unfavored son.

    Q

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