14 June, 2024

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Undemocratic Rule Of Modi’s India Is A Security Threat To South Asia

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

Asanga Abeygoonasekera

“When a significant civilisational state is astray, it impacts its neighbourhood and stability, threatening regional security.”

“West’s neglect of India’s smaller neighbours served to boost India’s ambitions in the region”

“With India’s undemocratic practices, will Modi deliver the strategic partnership Washington seeks?”

Is India a Democracy? One of the fundamental conditions for a democracy to function in a country is that the individual mind should be free to speak what they think. Understanding this, the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in 1913, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote in his masterpiece Gitanjali, “Where the mind is without fear, and the head is held high,” to seek freedom from colonial rule. It is as if the colonial oppressive rule was replaced by another form of oppression, where democracy is bleeding in India today. Had Tagore lived to see the ill-liberal regime of PM Modi, fearing its citizens with the suppression of democracy, he would have been disheartened. Does the BJP want to crush the country’s democratic system and institutions and turn the entire country into its slave?” questioned Arvind Kejriwal after the BBC raid. Today, Kejriwal is arrested. Freedom House 2024 report identifies India as a ‘Partially Free Country’ where independence of the judiciary has been a serious concern. According to the report, India’s ‘Several key Supreme Court rulings in recent years have been favorable to the BJP’, the ruling party. Many Indians know their country’s plight but tend to be quiet, fearing Modi’s aggression. While Modi is projected to win the upcoming elections with Hindutva at the core of his campaign, will he be accepted by the broader global community as a democratic leader? I highly doubt it.

Professor Maya Jasanoff from Harvard University opined in the New York Times that Modi ‘has delivered prosperity and national pride to some, and authoritarianism and repression of many others that should disturb us all. The undemocratic rule is not limited to Indian geography but has spilt over to India’s immediate neighbouring countries. When the centre is weak, the periphery becomes weaker. Such is the case in South Asia when looking at India, the larger civilisation-state with the world’s largest demography and its immediate periphery nation-states. When a significant civilisational state is astray, it impacts its neighbourhood and stability, threatening regional security.

The Indian government has lost its democratic ingredients, from the raid of the BBC office to the arrest of key opposition leader Arvind Kejriwal a month before its national election. One could quickly draw parallels in India and Pakistan’s elections, where its opposition was crushed. A similar autocratic grip crushed thousands of opposition members in the Bangladesh election, paving the way for Sheikh Hasina’s victory. As India moves out of its democratic norms and values, it will directly impact its surrounding nations. The democratic example India sets will be viewed by its immediate neighbourhood as hypocrisy, increasing the trust deficit. This will affect regional stability and how India is viewed by its close allies, such as the US and other Western democracies. Is this another fleeting event? Such as the Indian Intelligence Operation that went terribly wrong on US soil and was swept under the carpet to save face. The message from Kejriwal’s arrest will be much more robust and impactful. Western democracies will view India with doubt about its capacity as a regional democratic leader, setting examples for others to follow and its ambition to rise in Asia. Indian government projects its image as the world’s largest democracy. Unfortunately, Modi’s policies had pushed its people towards a narrow corridor of illiberal rule.

Indian external affairs ministry was quick to defend its position after the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, stating, “In diplomacy, states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others. This responsibility is even more so in the case of fellow democracies. It could otherwise end up setting unhealthy precedents.” The unhealthy precedence was from India and not from the countries questioning India. The US State Department and several Western democracies were appalled by recent developments in India.We encourage a fair, transparent, and timely legal process for Chief Minister Kejriwal,” said the US State Department. Sebastian Fischer, spokesperson for Germany’s foreign office, said Kejriwal was entitled to a fair and impartial trial. In return, India has summoned the US’ Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Gloria Berbena and the German deputy chief of mission, Georg Enzweiler in New Delhi, conveying India’s strong protest for questioning the independence of the Indian judiciary. This was not a case of judicial independence, thus the practice of own government policies targeting dissent.

Several South Asian countries have become a case study of crushing dissent using undemocratic practices with illegitimate means to secure election victories. Electoral irregularities were apparent in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Washington partnered with India due to its like-minded democratic norms and values. India is an important strategic partner to the US in pushing back against undemocratic and authoritarian rule in the Indo-Pacific. Good governance and democratic principles are integral components in the US Indo-Pacific strategy to back against aggression and bullying where China is identified. If US partners can’t sustain democracy at home, then there is a question in the strategy itself. This will further enable China to gradually grow its strategic space in South Asia, underlying the Western hypocrisy towards a rules-based order. An internationally recognised Professor from the University of Chicago explained to this author in a meeting in Washington DC, “I don’t even speak about this rules-based order” due to the ambiguity and sincerity. China will have a better space to grow when India’s immediate periphery loses trust with India. Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu is extending his ‘India Out’ campaign used for the election by upgrading close strategic ties with China, Bangladesh’s import restrictions for Indian products, Pakistan has their traditional rivalry with India, the Sri Lankan former president has dragged India into the Easter Sunday Terror attack, and Modi’s election rhetoric on winning back Katchatheevu the uninhabited island which belongs to Sri Lanka has raised attention in Colombo questioning Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. Nepal’s political shakeup has pushed the nation more towards Beijing. Bhutan is perhaps the only South Asian nation in India’s immediate periphery with a pro-India posture. While the US is making an effort to voice out when undemocratic practices are seen in countries such as India, the arrest of Kejwal, Bangladesh and Pakistan elections, and Sri Lanka’s Online Safety Bill, there is considerable repulse from these nations.

Washington’s considerable attention and dependency towards India to push back against China requires rethinking. With India’s undemocratic practices, will Modi deliver the strategic partnership Washington seeks? How do Washington and its allies build a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific with an undemocratic partner where India’s own judiciary is questioned by the West? Are some questions worth revisiting with the fresh outlook in Modi 3.0, his third term. During the past years, the West’s neglect of India’s smaller neighbours served to boost India’s ambitions in the region and perhaps endanger the security of smaller states surrounding India. There is an immediate requirement to rethink this danger twice and strengthen its relationship with neglected small nation-states in India’s immediate periphery. The exercise will preserve democracy in the entire region, not pivoting to the larger geographical centre. Rather than an unfruitful exercise discussing authoritarianism versus democracy perspectives in Western capitals, where the discussion is not leading anywhere, there should be an effort to restore democracy in the context of ‘Center vs Periphery’ in South Asia, an essential requirement for stability and regional security.

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  • 13
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    Asanga Abeyagoonasekera,
    You are wearing an oversized pair of boots. Be careful when walking.

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      Also extremely blinkered and prejudiced, the biggest security threat to the region is not India but Porukistan and Chiri Lanka, former pracitices Islamic fundamentalism and the later Chingkalla Buddhist Facism and its name has bankrupted the country and is inviting every nation to come and rape its recources and creating a security problem, but he sees no problem with this. Modi’s Hinduthva is a concern but still India especially the South is far more democratic and secular than Chiri Lanka and Porukistan.

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        Instead of finding fault with Indian Democracy, which may be true, it may be wise to put our house in order. If the Sinhala governments treat the Tamils as equal partners not only by words but also by action the need to fear outside forces, India, China, America, and Maldives will never arise.

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          Democracy is not just holding elections and electing representatives. It involves rule of law, freedom of expression, freedom of movement and good governance. By this definition, Tamils in Srilanka never had democracy. Several state sponsored riots were unleashed on Tamils with perpetrators never punished, makes a mockery of rule of law. Tamils have no freedom to express their views about Sinhala racism and state terrorism, and those who do are arrested. Tamils have no freedom to enter certain areas which are deemed security zones and archaeological reserves. Tamils also have to bear the brunt of the result of corruption and mismanagement by successive Sinhala regimes. First correct all these before pointing your finger at India for obvious reason of hatred. There are faults in the Indian system, but by far it is the best democracy in south Asia.

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    The writer is more concerned about Regional Security than National Harmony, about which he has never had much to say. Another thing is, he is highly critical of the state of Democracy in India. In reality, they have better democracy there than in Sri Lanka, where Hindus are not allowed to observe Maha Sivarathiri Day or Commemorate their dead without being subject to police brutality.

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      C M
      Asanga is no different from other Sinhala Buddhist fundamentalists. He deserves to become a high priest in his area.

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      CM
      This is not to defend what happens here, but to remind that democracy and free expression have taken a severe beating under Modi, especially in his second term.
      Look at the sting of pre-election arrests.

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    Howeve, in lawless racist Sri Lanka where Chingkallam only and Buddhist Facism is openly advocated and practiced and the marginalization of the non Chingkallams, especially the Thamizh and non-Buddhists is the norm of the day, encouraged by the Buddha Sasana and the swindling Chingkalla elite and politicians, who have bankrupted the nation, is a beacon of peace and a non-security threat in the region. They love peace so much that in the name of Chingkalla Buddhist Fascism they destroy Hindu temples and Thamizh archaeological sites and claim everything as Chingkallam. Just like what the Lord Buddha preached they go around the world with the begging bowl, for aid to keep its brainwashed Chingkalla masses with the Mahavamsa mindset barely living, to keep the corrupt Chingkalla elite and politicians in a luxurious life style and to maintain the bloated racist Chingkalla occupying armed forces of 300000 men, who make like hell for the Thamizh in the north and east and steal their recourses and land and create environmental degradation by using all the land recourses and ground water in the north and east and increasing the salinity but they do not care as it is only the Thamizh who will suffer.

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      They love peace so much that they increase the security threat of the region by inviting China, USA and India to rape the resources in various parts of the island and compete with each other, so that the racist corrupt Chingkalla elite/ politicians and the Buddhist clergy can continue living their luxurious life in the genocidal hell bankrupt hell that they had created, whilst everyone else are trying their best to flee the island, except Lanka Scott Amavan who is busy Yodeling in the mountains of Kandy, milking all sorts of living things with his Kandy Lamisi. How about that. Even Jester the racist has fled the sinking ship to London, but frustrated self-hating Thamizh SJ Thaatha is unable to go anywhere and waiting in vain for the coming of China and the rule of the Mandarins.

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        Hello Pandi Kutti,
        You don’t want to hear my singing – the only person I know that is worse than me is one of my younger brothers. The reasons that i came to Sri Lanka and,despite the economic problems, decided to stay are mostly to do with the UK Economic situation. I realised quite quickly that Brexit would not bring Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor to the UK. I was brought up in 1950s “Austerity Britain” and could see it coming back. With Retirement looming I could see many pensioners struggling to make ends meet so I decided to sell my house in the UK and build a new one on my Wife’s land inherited from her father. I had explained that Sri Lanka was going Bankrupt and our area in Central Province would suffer. We brought much needed work to the Village and kept poverty at bay for a number of families. Of course my motives were not purely philanthropic. We have a good size house that our Family in the UK have visited for Vacation and Ramya built and runs a shop that will eventually bring in an income (if and when the economy recovers).
        Best regards

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          LS,

          You bring a wealth of “outside” knowledge and experience …… and a balanced view. Very interesting to read and learn the different perspective/s. Thanks.

          I do not want to intrude on your personal space/life but will visit your village when I’m in SL next ….. shall say Hi but you wouldn’t know me.

          I did it to Sinhala_Man as well …… it was easy to find him. He was playing marbles on Golf Link Road: the story of Lanka in a nutshell.

          OC is still elusive ……. in spite of several trips on the 154 bus …….

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            Hello Nimal.
            Just ask anyone locally where the “tikka, tikka Pissu Sudo Sya” lives and they will tell you, but give fair warning or we might be in Veyangoda visiting the Sri Lankan Grandchildren😎.
            Best regards

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            nimal fernando

            “OC is still elusive ……. in spite of several trips on the 154 bus …….”

            You are looking at the wrong place.
            You will find him in secluded area where middle aged rich single (or married) women live.

            He is a party leadership material.

  • 16
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    I think Asanka is assigned by Sri Lankan undemocratic rulers to study only Modi’s democracy. He must be a citizen of USA like our Gota and Basil family.

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      You must be a great anjanam soothsayer.
      You seem to need only an utterance to disclose the person’s bio-data.

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        Come on man, just thaw your head in the cooker or microwave oven you SLFP campaigners’ usual have at home. It’s so rigidly frozen harder than an ice rock. It is unable to guess or realize the surroundings around you, the situation you are present in, and even the context of the subject going on discussion. before you shoot you load dump loads.

        Your nasty nature sheepishly attempts to ridicule everybody. It is you who are doing your disoriented, unconnected, outdated soothsaying to disrupt the discussion in CT even without Anjanam ink. Such are the misers of SLFP campaigners, most of them have $30B in their UK, US and other foreign bank accounts. Because CT didn’t punish the ones you wanted, you swore to destroy any lively discussion.

        You are apparently, eloquently, demonstrating that you have no idea of how the Anjanam used in sooth saying only because Karl Marx was unaware of that so has not been mentioned in Das Kapital.

      • 13
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        China is your roof. Srima is you Guru. How is it?

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          Oh dear!
          The Anjanamkaraya has got into a fit of fury.
          Om, Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi.

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            Hello SJ,
            I used to really annoy my Indian Hindu colleagues by calling Modi MM. When they asked why MM? I would explain “Murderous Modi” due to his Kashmir Invasion and his role in the killings in Gujarat many years ago. Modi blocked the BBC Documentary regarding the riots and his role – https://thewire.in/rights/bbc-documentary-gujarat-2002-india-truth
            The Indian Courts also seem to take the BJP’s side in disputes – https://thewire.in/communalism/supreme-court-ayodhya-babri-masjid-ram-janambhoomi
            Best regards

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              If you call Modi murderous, you must call all Sinhala heads of state murderers. No of people killed and property damaged in 83 riots in Srilanka is much more than that in Gujerat riots. Moreover Tamils had faced several riots and continuous bombardment and economic embargo for nearly 30 years. Mody or any other Indian head never invaded Kashmir. At the time of independence, Kashmir king opted to be an independent state. So Kashmir should have been allowed to be independent. It was Pakistan which invaded Kashmir against this decision, so Pakistan is occupying Kashmir illegally. When Pakistan troops entered Kashmir, King could do nothing to prevent it, so he signed the accession to India and invited the troops. So Indian entry into Kashmir is legal and cannot be called invasion. Indian troops drove out Pakistani troops from most of Kashmir, and Nehru foolishly agreed for a ceasefire proposed by UN, for which India is paying the price now.

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                Hell Doctor,
                “So Indian entry into Kashmir is legal and cannot be called invasion.”
                Try telling that to my Indian friends that were visiting relations in Kashmir at the time. They personally witnessed the violence and killings first hand. I don’t know all the details, but when they eventually managed to get back to Qatar, I spoke to them about their experiences. Even then they were still traumatised. Ironically they were (previously) staunch supporters of Modi and would argue with me about Hindutwa philosophy.
                Best regards

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                  ‘Hell Doctr”
                  How appropriate!
                  No mass murderer is a mass murderer unless you call another one that!
                  Hell of a logic.

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                Dr. GS, Lankascot,
                Isn’t it interesting that both the Indian and Pak armies in 1948 had British officers leading them?

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                  Hello OC,
                  There is a long history of “Divide and Rule”. Colonialism is not new, Spanish, British, Roman and Mongol Empires to name a few. The British were experts even to the end (and possibly longer).
                  Best regard

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                    LankaScot

                    ” Colonialism is not new, Spanish, British, Roman and Mongol Empires to name a few.”

                    Mahinda too an expert on divide and rule strategy.
                    Somawansa was kicked out of JVP, Wimal went away and started his own, …
                    Gamanpilla went away and started his own,…
                    SLPP was created out of SLFP.

                    In the early 1980s RAW made sure Tamils are divided into 34 groups and sub groups, and Micro groups and Nano Groups, … Every Tamil has his/her own party, in other words every Tamil Tom, Dick and Harry has …. his/her own party.

                    Ranil divided LTTE into two factions, VP and Karuna headed.

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                Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

                “No of people killed and property damaged in 83 riots in Srilanka is much more than that in Gujerat riots. “

                Who says so?
                Any comparative studies to support your case?

                “If you call Modi murderous, you must call all Sinhala heads of state murderers.”

                Murderers could not claim to be murderous on their own they will always have to follow Sinhala Head of states murderers.
                Are the Sinhala heads of state murderers the best in the business?

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              LS
              Modi was guilty of enabling mass killings in Gujarat when he was CM.
              He was saved by manipulation of the courts.
              The US refused him a visa until after he became PM.
              You will know better than many that courts of law are not courts of justice.

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    It is a great joke for the Singhalese to call N Modi’government undemocratic as if any of the leaders of a Sri Lankan government were truly democratic. They all exhibited MAJORITANISM, ORGANISING STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM time to time. It is his government came to rescue when SL was in dire financial situation. Even Tamil Nadu contributed food etc.They pay lip service to their religion and don’t live according to its preaching. With people like Asanga A country is not going to be peaceful or prosperous.

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      So the Sinhalese have no right to comment on democracy.
      Do others have? Let us look at the leaders they choose.

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    I don’t like Modi or his evil communal politics. But maybe the man has figured out how to survive politically and improve the economy at the same time.
    When he first came to power, India was a shadow of what it is now, mostly ramshackle and poverty-stricken even compared to Sri Lanka. Now just one company, Tata, is said to be richer than Pakistan. But the rich-poor gap has increased. Modi still has no clout in the South, and I hope he doesn’t get it, since the South is doing well enough without Hindutva.
    Democracy in South Asia is too adversarial. People will oppose for the sake of opposition. There is no Asian country that developed to first world status while being a full democracy.

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      oc
      Modi is a most divisive force.
      You can go so far but no further with divisive politics.

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        “Modi is a most divisive force.”

        So was Banda.
        He unified religious nutters so did Banda.
        Modi believes in one nation one religion one language, ….
        So did Banda.

        Modi needed riots, so did Banda.

        Luckily Modi doesn’t have a working wife nor any children.

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      old codger,
      Before you go further, would you not have a Modi in Sri Lanka… .
      We can talk later.
      .
      As regards to, ‘Modi still has no clout in the South’ …. .
      The South has learnt survival tactics, Modi or Not.

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        Nathan,
        We can’t have a Modi because a President can serve only 2 terms. Even that guy with the moustache lost on his third try.
        I would prefer one who can keep the hamuduruwos in line, or better still, making sure that the top hamuduruwos are selected on brain power rather than caste.

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          old codger,
          We are on two different tracks! Thank you, anyway.

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          OC,
          How about, COMPETITIVE TEST for selection ONLY on MERIT!!??

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    I find it strange that there wasn’t any article on Isael’s aggression on Iran.

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      Champawati,
      Iran’s revolution of 1970s looks like being cremated under the roof of the Israeli Iron Dome.
      If Manel is here, she would start to shed tears to the Jordanians being massacred by Iran in tens of thousands with UAVs.

      People who depend on conspiracy theories, and refusing to look at reality are, whether they are characteristically good or bad, but as useless as the UOJ Sadampi.

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      Champawati,
      Is that you? Emmmm. Long time no see!

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    Did India condemn Israel’s attack on the Iranian Consulate in Damascus which is a blatant violation of the Vienna Convention? Oh, never mind. Even the US and UN didn’t.
    I had a feeling that Iran might exercise its right to retaliate by attacking the Israel Embassy in Damascus. Instead, Iran retaliated by attacking Israel itself. Given the fact that Israel enjoys the US’s “ironclad support”, who thought that Israel would ever be attacked? The impossible has happened!! The world is stunned!!! Even Donald Trump was stunned!!!
    Iran is said to have retaliated against Israel by targetting Israeli military bases which unfortunately killed one child. No matter who did it, civilian casualties should be condemned.
    On a separate matter, I never knew Iran’s teeny-weeny combat drones can fly that far – over 1,500 kilometers – smoothly. Ballistic missiles, yes. But, drones, and hundreds of them? Israel went too far by provoking Iran. But, I think Iran’s retaliation is symbolic, and they may have used the opportunity provided by Israel itself to test the capabilities of their drones and are very happy with the outcome.

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      Oh, a correction. I think I was wrong about the death of a child at one of the military bases targetted by Iran. According to Israeli sources, Iranian retaliation caused only a minor damage to a military base and no injuries were reported.

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        Hi Champa,
        “Iranian retaliation caused only a minor damage to a military base and NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED”
        My apologies, ‘BBC News’ and ‘France-24’, stated “A CHILD was injured and recovering under treatment”!!!???

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        Israeli Iron Dome’s invitations to treat the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ UAV had an extravagant party last night. We know this morning you will be beating the chest in CT. That is not your luck or fate, but the selection as the outstanding Sinhala Intellectual (Viyathmaga) citizens of Wildlife Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe. Chest beating is a culture coming from Tamil women whose Thali cling on the chest. That is why they beat their chests to demonstrate that their Thali has fallen. Iranian Guards took the lesson from Savage Indra and Gothapayal in the annual conferences conduct to propagate the Rapist Army’s losing method. Who in the world, excluding Sinhala Buddhist Rapist Army, when Israel went there and hit and came back waiting home, would use a strategy of parading 500 vehicles in the sky? Before these poor drones took flight, Israel military technicians had put their fingers on their guns’ triggers and were ready to shoot them. These propeller drones, worse than the blind impotent bees, took hours to fly and after badly tired, shot down by the Israeli military, without compassion or mercy. The job of Iron Dorm was something similar to farmers spraying pesticides to crickets. There goes the fate of the poor Drones! Absolute Genocide. Anne Pavum Thamai.

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          Hello Mallaiyuran,
          Don’t be fooled by the Israelis or the US. France, Jordan, the USA, the UK and others all contributed to the downing of the Iranian Drones and Missiles. This was a face-saving attack by the Iranians, however the West could not allow any significant damage to occur that would show the Iron Dome limitations, hence their intervention. “These propeller drones, worse than the blind impotent bees” as you call them, have been causing devastation to Infrastructure and People in Ukraine since Iran sold them to Russia.
          By the way the Drones are unmanned as are the Missiles.
          Best regards

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            LankaScot,
            “have been causing devastation to Infrastructure and People in Ukraine since Iran sold them to Russia.
            That is because USA, UK, Germany…….Small honest EU countries like Netherlands, Sweden are giving arms to Ukraine, these big fake democracies sent the Ukrainians youth to the war front and now slipping through the back door. Playing more cunning games than the Sinhala Buddhists! That is why Ukraine is losing, not by Ayatollahs’ drones. Remember we all thought Russia may walk over Ukraine in a day. But the Ukraine youth are blocking the Russian tanks fire with their chest bones. That is they are still on the war front. In Israel, American and British media are bragging about celebrating it as they did it. Ane Ane Comedy Thamai! But everybody does know that it was the Israeli Iron Dorm.

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            LS
            What would have happened next if Iran stopped at war of words after the embassy was bombed?
            It is more than face saving. It is a signal as much.

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              What would have happened if Iran didn’t export to Hezbullah through bunkers and land, but had worked on UN to push harder the two country solution?
              Iran might have been wiped out of the map ?

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        Iran has hit back, and they cannot afford to escalate any more.

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          ” Iran has hit back, and they cannot afford to escalate any more.
          Ah, for the money received you are brewing another conspiracy theory for your masters in the SLFP!

          Where did Iran’s Blind drone hits? They didn’t know after they flew hours that they didn’t go out of Iran. They hit the buttocks of Ayatollah’s, but never reached Tel Aviv?.

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            There are no independent reports about the damage suffered by Israel, but for all intents and purposes, the Iranian attack is a failure. Saudi Arabia and Jordan did not allow Iran to use their airspace to attack Israel which made Iran to go round via Syria / Iraq / Lebanon to send their missiles and drones to Israel which made the attack ineffective. There are reports that Iran is fuming with Jordan and want to attack it. US and UK air crafts have taken part in the defense and have shot down Iranian drones. This is why I have been telling that Israel will get divine assistance to save it from the enemies. Iran is acting like a thug to hijack merchant ships plying in international waters. When NATO bombed Chinese embassy in Belgrade, nothing happened. Iran started this war through the proxies Hamas, Hizbollah and Houthis and needs to be punished.

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              Hello Doctor,
              Jordan intercepted some of the Drones crossing their airspace and as for Saudi Arabia did they intercept anything? Yemen fired missiles – “The US defence department said US forces intercepted dozens of missiles and drones launched from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The Iran-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon also said it had fired two barrages of rockets at an Israeli military base in the occupied Golan Heights” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68811273 Have a look at a map to understand the trajectories of Iran’s missiles. Ballistic Missiles go into space and then re-enter on their downward journey to the target. What “divine assistance” will Israel get – will Thor help next time by using his Hammer against the missiles?
              Best regards

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              “Iran started this war through the proxies Hamas, Hizbollah and Houthis and needs to be punished.”
              Will this logic apply to wars started by the Tamils (although not all of them as in the case of Iran)?

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                Will this logic apply to wars started by the Tamils (although not all of them as in the case of Iran)?

                Certainly India paid for Deva, though latter he could not go to India without Indian Official escorts. Anyway, what is your anjanam is saying? Will it apply or not?

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        Champa, Nobody needs to be stunned when Israel is attacked mainly by Iran and any other nation as well as the bible says all nations will finally come against Jerusalem, Israel in the strongest antisemitism seen. Donald Trump knows this and yet shifted the US embassy to Jerusalem and made it the capital of Israel as per bible for the return of Christ. Wars and rumors of war will continue Mat.24 as foretold by Jesus, not just ballistic missiles but finally a nuclear explosion and fire as well. But all nations will learn they cannot annihilate little Israel in their midst as God is with them and will carry out his plan for the world he created which is not evolution from Chimpanzees. They will learn who God is, a loving father of his family.

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          davidthegood, You are having a free ride. Enjoy as long as it lasts.

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      Champa
      “I had a feeling that Iran might exercise its right to retaliate by attacking the Israel Embassy in Damascus”
      Isn’t that rather imaginative, even for you? Don’t you think that Iran would find it very difficult to find the Embassy? Even Google Maps has hidden its location.

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        old codger
        Oh, I thought Iran’s reaction to Israel’s “Declaration of war against Iran” in Damascus on 1 April would be even. Instead, Iran retaliated 100 fold while still exercising utmost restraint and calmness. Moreover, it wasn’t a surprise attack. Iran apparently has conveyed the timing and the manner of its retaliation against Israel to the US and several other countries well in advance

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          Hello Champa,
          Isn’t it strange that the US is claiming that they didn’t get any warning of the Iran strikes and yet they managed to shoot down the majority of the Missiles and Drones and even engage the services of France and the UK to help. They did not want to expose “Iron Dome’s” limitations. Remember Israel bombed the Iranian Embassy in Syria killing 13 or so people including Military Personnel. Israel claimed it was hosting Military Personnel. Every Embassy/High Commission that I have been in had Military/Intelligence Personnel. Everyone knows this.
          Best regards

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        Hello OC and Champa ,
        Israel has limited amount of Embassies across the world. It does not have one in Syria.
        Best regards

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          LankaScot,
          You got the point, a bit late! Champa still doesn’t get it.
          Israel is practically at war with Syria. It doesn’t have an embassy in Damascus to be attacked by Iran 😄

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            OC,
            Champa is busy with Putin, so where does she find time to see things right ?

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          LS
          But it has plenty of US embassies working as proxies.

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        old codger, The day that Damascus is totally destroyed and cannot function again just like what happened to Babylon and does not function anymore, it will be another bible foretold sign that the march to Armageddon is on its way. Those who reject the creator God of Israel Jehovah, and try to kill all who do not worship Allah, will eventually come to a different reality when Jesus comes back to Jerusalem. The reality of saints being resurrected with Jesus and recognised by some who were living then is unbelievably true as a first fruit offering to coincide with that celebration at that time. God also has a first resurrection of believers in Rev. 20,5 and one thousand years later, the resurrection of the rest in vs.11 but no nirvana here.

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          The day that Damascus is totally destroyed will be the day Israel and your OT myths with explode to smithereens.

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            SJ, Even if your myths explode, Israel will not explode. Then you will know the truth

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          DTG,
          “Those who reject the creator God of Israel Jehovah, and try to kill all who do not worship Allah, will eventually come to a different reality “
          I read ,in some holy book, that Jehovah killed all the firstborn children of Egypt.
          “Exodus 12:12
          For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and fatally strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the human firstborn to animals; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am Yahweh”

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      Hello Champa,
      I spent a couple of days on a Qatari Oil Platform in the North Field (South Pars) right on the Iran/Qatar Border. This is one of the biggest Gas Fields (shared between Qatar and Iran) in the World. Iran has been subjected to US Sanctions for many years and has developed its own Technology to extract the Oil and Gas. I saw the Iranian Oil Platforms doing exactly the same as the Qatari ones.
      They have done the same in the Military field.
      I was present in same area (but further South) in Saudi Waters during the Iran/Iraq War. The Iraqis were bombing Oil Tankers whilst the West was blaming the Iranians for it. This was one of the most protracted Wars between Developing Nations. The Americans were surprised at how the Iranians managed to survive against the Iraqis (supported by the US). The US knows well how sophisticated the Iranian Weapons and Programs are.
      Best regards

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        LankaScot
        Thank you for sharing your valuable experience in West Asia.
        The US pits Arab countries against each other for its economic benefit. What exactly do the US military bases do in the oil and gas fields in West Asia? They extract oil and gas. When Iraq comes to its senses, it will tell the US to remove its military base from Iraqi gas and oil fields and sign a peace agreement with Iran.

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        LS
        There is a significant change in the political map since Saudi–Iran patching up last year this time.

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      Champa

      “Did India condemn Israel’s attack on the Iranian Consulate in Damascus which is a blatant violation of the Vienna Convention?”

      Did you condemn Sri Lanka’s history of perpetration of war crime, crimes against humanity. genocide, …… police brutality, … in this island since April 1971 to date?

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    “West’s neglect of India’s smaller neighbours served to boost India’s ambitions in the region. “ What a stupid start! Didn’t these donkeys fight with England calling for freedom. Now, what is this Gilmat story that the West didn’t take care of them, the cups of a wild lion? If they don’t know how to manage them properly, why can they straight away tell the West to come back and rule them again? Ha ha ha he he he……Utter comedy Thamai!
    What are these meaningless pompous quotes, not related to reality. The West, until yesterday, oppressed India and India was covering it under the USSR’s Munthanai. Now, suddenly the West is starting to wag its tail behind PM Modi and reeling behind him because from the wider perspective of the world, the dishonest Western democratic campaign is fizzling. Democracy or Communism, where people know the tricks of the political trade, are prospering, but the democracies who should have led the path are eating dust. You hear, Israel, a democratic country, where it stands. The UN resolution to Middle East Peace has been shot down and invalidated by Israel’s Iron Dome.

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    The rest of the rule of war is going to be “you take it. Only I give it. “Iran could have stayed off this spectacular loss, if it had let Palestinians fight for their land. What is the take from this is if by provoking a world war the land roaming mighty dinosaurs face demise, the holes and anthills dwelling mammal could become the rulers of the earth.

    Sinhala Buddhists and Pakistani Jihadis who set the example to world, after their independence, on how to corrupt morality of well-built societies are, still without readiness to start to turn their attention to their internal corruption but like in the style of the Bald Head priests of Langkang, preaching what is immediately important for West, as at right now.

    Anyway, why this new awakening from a filthy, politically manipulating & cunning diplomatic culture, Appe Aanduwa consultants? What is the subliminal message to the Western democracies from these Anti-West, anti- Democratic, Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals (Viyathmaga) Aanduwa consultants, who hide their corrupted past and preach puritanism democracy? This is not the awakening of the Appe Aanduwa consultants. How honest are you if you are one whose government sent back the Western planes by which their diplomats came to Langkang to negotiate some decency in the Genocides wars?

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    Those who violently opposed & labeled the West as the past and neo Colonialist (though every Sinhalese, from Royals Rowdies to countryside drug addicts wants to live in America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland…..), now blaming the West for not spoon feeding them politics. Are those who blame America for not babysitting them, truly and honestly prepared to fight with China as America is expecting. The author indicates very well that they have not changed from or have forgotten the past and present barbaric, violent, cunning techniques they have been practicing in achieving their objectives. Author is still having high hopes on the age-Old Sinhala Buddhists’ Appa diplomacy, Idiyappam Pol Sambol Diplomacy to give him a hand. But the only advancement he is using here is the AI Era psychological, subliminal messages to control the West.

    Though the recipients will be aware of all the background realities of these messages, nevertheless he/she will be subconsciously bound by the message and kindle to the wishes of the opponents. That is why the secret policies of the world still use a package of drugs or pretty women to lure their target in on their sting operation. That is what you call spreading the mat for killing love! The poor author has no knowledge of that in the 1700s, Robert Knox has identified the Sinhala Buddhists as people who misunderstand their lower-class cunningness as higher-class intelligence.

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    Laughably, this author is thinking if he sets up America against India with his subliminal messages to American diplomats, PM Modi will be defeated by America in the next election, and India will not invade Langkang to retake Katchatheevu. Naïve perspectives! Yet we have to wait and see how many Bushes and Rices will fall in the author’s net.

    The trick is one time these Sinhala Buddhist Extremist Pundits thought that setting up China and America against India in their little land will help them to balance with India. They were reasonably success on that and in the decade that followed the civil war, the Tamil Media was systematically calling Langkang as the third largest super power because of its effortless control over Manmohan Singh’s government, while America & China considered that Langkang friendship & closeness was more important while neglecting India. Can you tell me a day the softest spoken Langkang FAM, the idiotic GLP, ever have honestly negotiated anything with another soft spoken Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the betterment of both countries? Then, now why blame PM Modi? One-time Langkang had produced Kadirgamar, Mangala, Bogollagama, Rohan Gunaratne…like Buddhist Jihadists and sent to president Bush and Secretary Rice to corrupt, and the Appa, Idiyappam pol Sambol, diplomats were extremely success in that project.

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    That is why American and EU policies are positively focused on a highly corrupted-criminal nation. If not, why does the IMF keep praising Langkang Aanduwa as the world’s most successful rebuilders, while other than IMF’s numbers, all other international statistics are still highly negative. Langkang Modaya missed the train of Mrs. Gandhi, Rajiv, Vajpayee, Sonia like friendlier PMs of India to forge real deals with India.

    Modayas’ arrogance, stupidity, conspiracy theories (like the one India planted the Jihadi war 4/25 on Tamil Christians) ……. forced them to miss the Bus. The author is so ignorant that the 6 famous world countries sent their investigators to Langkang immediately after Jihadi war and found out the truth for themselves. The author thinks that his concealed trial will create doubts even in those six nations’ people’s minds that they were wrong in believing that It was UNP-SLFP union Jihadists with the accent of Muslims minister. If the Muslim ministers have had no share on that, can one explain to me why Saudi Arabia ordered its Colombo diplomats to stay in houses or in the embassy on the Jihadi day? Honestly, it was the Muslim ministers who revealed the secret to SA. Other than UOJ Sadampi, nobody needs any Anjanam Soothsaying for this open secret. Langkang was blaming for a long time that America was keeping a Navy ship in Galle, if needed to foil the Jihadi war.

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    It is on same ground, the author too kicking, hoping America saving Katchatheevu for Langkang while they (Langkang) plugged out USA by using rowdies, who were faking as environmental activists in the Somawathi Forests’ plantain farms of Dole.

    They are fearing that now, India is going to reannex Katchatheevu back to India and probably send the IPKF a second time to Langkang. Didn’t last week, the Indian External Minister, Parai Demulo, publicly said that “We cannot accept Ceylon Tamils as Indian citizens!” Where are the start and end of these talks, please! Cuba has maintained its communism just on the doorstep of America. Taiwan is still a democratic country. Ukraine is trying to be liberated from the Evil Axle, USSR. Palestinian have a resolution at the UN for their own country. But Langkang, to become a liberated country yet to start to fight for its freedom against America, India, China, EU and the most dangerous and barbaric force, the Sinhala Buddhists, called UNP-SLFP Union. Before Langkang Modayas have over powered these misdirecting teachings of the author like Sinhala Buddhists, and have liberated them, the lions and their cups in all wild jungles would have flown to a greener planet and would have secured better caves for them. Leave alone, man and primate like most advanced animals.

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    These Modayas are cursed to live like this by Queveni and others who suffered on the hands of this in valid lion hybrids, until Buddha flew back from the sky 2500 years later.

    Right or not, my opinion is that Modi’s gang invented this Katchatheevu Issue as an alternative to Sinhala Buddhists’ anti-Tamil campaigns to win elections. Here Modi’s BJP is not creating serious lives lost, extensive women and children’s rapes, arsons to the homes and business places and centuries long years of celebrations of pogroms……… As soon as the election is over, if BJP didn’t get any seat in Tamil Nadu (as usual,) they will abandon Katchatheevu, but will return to Sethu Bridge, Mannar-Trinco Highway, Colombo Harbor. They won’t waste their time on bridging a solution between TN & Jaffna Fisherman for fishing spaces or ETCA which can teach some technology to the wild lion cups and uplift them in their economy or any other useful things.

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      Hello Mallaiyuran,
      After the UK left The European Union the thorny question of Fishing Rights had to be addressed. This is the Agreement Link – https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9902/
      The problem for Sri Lanka is not necessarily one of reaching any agreement but how to enforce it. They do not have the Technical means (Radars and Control Centres) or the Logistical (Coast Guard manpower, Boats etc.).
      But I am sure this is a very low priority for whatever Government is elected. At the end of 2023 the debt was $37.3 billion, of which China accounted for $4.7 billion. https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Sri-Lanka-crisis/Sri-Lanka-s-debt-repayments-to-be-suspended-until-2028
      Best regards

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        .
        Come on LankaScot,
        I understand that you cannot easily let go of anybody attacking your Lady Love’s land. I can understand that humanistic feeling. Still, I have to stick to logic to protect my people’s interest. Gothapayal was a popular trader of arms for international criminals with the name of Avant Garde. That time America tipped Saudi and Saudi held that pirate ship at their port for a long time. Now America has equipped the Rapist Navy and took them to fight in the Red Sea. America equipped the Appa Langkang Navy as guardians of the Indian ocean. If America hears what you are writing, they will deny you a Visa next time. India, Australasia, America, Britain, France all the countries have given free frigates, destroyers, spy ships, underwater research vessels, special flying airplanes, radars…….Langkang has sent the SuperSat to Moon, beyond bringing rice from Moon to hungry stomach. Langkang has gone far away but you are still wallowing in the Katchatheevu flood water. Isn’t that telling, why you, when all Lankaweyans are going to the Middle East and Israel, you went from Scotland to the Middle East and came to Langkang, without going to your motherland. Anne Pavum Thamai, LankaScot. You better stop this nonsense, Scottish Atheism and starts to believe in Karma by learning it from your life! Ha ha ha.

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          Hello Mallaiyuran,
          I have an Multiple, Unlimited Visa for the USA. We spent 2 months in the UK in 2021 before coming to Sri Lanka and if Karma existed all 225 Politicians would have been transported using “the SuperSat to Moon”.
          It was Avant Garde that prevented our return during the Covid Crisis at the beginning of 2021, The Government changed its policies almost daily – to use a British expression “They couldn’t organise a piss-up in a Brewery” When we eventually managed to get on a plane (after much arguing) we were transferred to Quarantine in Kandy (2 Lakh Ruppees paid in US Dollars) to Avant Garde for 11 days).
          Your Juju and mind reading skills are failing you. Maybe you should change professions?
          Best regards

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            LS
            Do not waste time with small minds that readily distort anything to hurl personal abuse.
            You owe no apology or explanation to any creature unless a view expressed by you is contested for factuality.
            In your own interest, please do not be tempted to give personal information about yourself.

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              Thanks SJ,
              I am careful what information I give and I understand that the sort of people that took part in Civil Wars are still here. I met the same people in Northern Ireland from both sides of the divide. However in Northern Ireland they did sit round the table and started the Peace Process that led to the “Good Friday Agreement”
              The Israelis think that they can solve the Palestinian problem by Genocide. I am sure that Mossad or Shin Bet were giving the Rajapaksa Government similar advice re the Civil War.
              Best regards

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              Looking for larger mind’s partners like SLFPyers, who LankaScot indicated as the 225, who could not be touched even by Karma to carry on the Deva Business? What kind is great mind who said he/she will see a diaspora not coming to UOJ when was working to Jang out Dr. Thiyaga lingam. Aren’t you the only one trying to induce others to write filth in CT. Is there any worse fool, idiot or, low minded is writing in CT but continuously hide under classy Munthanai like LankaScot? What is big in LankaScot for you to struggle to throw you under the feet? Does any person’s opinion of person like Lankascot differ from yours, when LankaScot’s who did not visit to north during civil war, which was started by, the Sinhala Buddhists and SLFP cookies, using Indian Pakistani citizenship Act, Sinhala Only, Standardization, Buddhism only Siri Ma O constitution riots and pogroms like 1956, 1958,1961,1977, 1983….?Are you recognizing there are some similar to yours in his feathers too? Is he expressing interest in a partnership in Deva Business?

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        Can you tell me Langkang’s political rascals honoring one single Pact they made with anybody. You are downplaying that the Langkang loan with China is only $4B (to make China look worse than the IMF). Today I read in the Tamil media that Sakala has said he has made a deal with China on loan reduction, but he could not make any deal with the Western Sovereign Bond Holders. You better learn Tamil to come to know the truth of Lanka. Langkang made America punish a Chinese citizen who is holding these bonds. Do you think, when one of them is suffering like that, all other bond holders are stupid to sign a deal blindly with Langkang? Langkang played a dirty game for a Chinese private lender to be punished. Then Sahala said that China still has agreed to loan reduction. How do you explain this? You don’t want to accept that Langkang Government debt is beyond $90B. Then why do you think Peter Bruer, the Project Chief of IMF is insisting Appe Aanduwa sell the local Banks? They all honestly know that it was the people’s bank that triggered the country’s bankruptcy. Two years after the IMF put the condition to restructure the past loans, without finding any deal to the past loans, the IMF wants to release more tranches, Sahala lying worse than Mangala, the world’s greatest liar.

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          Hello Mallaiyuran,
          “You are downplaying that the Langkang loan with China is only $4B (to make China look worse than the IMF)” Where have I said or implied this?
          Did you not notice the link to the source of my information – it was ” At the end of 2023″ to quote my comment. Please read the article to get a fuller explanation of their figures. My point was that Sri Lanka has serious problems that are NOT being addressed. I see the poverty all around our Village and beyond. The IMF Loan only paused whatever steps have to be taken to drag Sri Lanka out of the swamp that was created by the consistent theft, by Politicians and others, that caused the Bankruptcy of the Country. Many thousands of young (and not so young) people have left for jobs in the Middle East and other places. The skilled workers in our Village have all gone. No houses are being built, small businesses have closed down. They didn’t cause this, the corrupt Politicians and their equally corrupt Business Associates did. I have asked before in this forum “What are You going to do about the situation in Sri Lanka?” How would you solve the Debt issue?
          Best regards

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    India is only “democratic” on the surface. The much touted “economic progress” is a sham. Underneath the hood, it is much more corrupt than S. Lanka. Casteism is also quite rampant. The mentality of Indians, even educated ones, can be quite astonishing. Arranged marriages, gender segregation, authoritarianism, casteism – these are not the hallmarks of a democracy. Surprisingly, there are some buffoons in Sri Lanka who actually think India is a model for “progress.”

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      Lester,
      “Arranged marriages, gender segregation, authoritarianism, casteism – these are not the hallmarks of a democracy.”
      So, Sri Lanka isn’t a democracy either? But, unlike India, it is bankrupt too.

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        old codger

        “But, unlike India, it is bankrupt too.”

        Yet India has lent $4 Billion without any collateral unlike SJ’s decent China.
        The truly liberated Sri Lanka is being clothed, fed, oiled, vaccinated, ….. by casteist, …… India.

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        Sri Lanka is no longer bankrupt, although that might not be the case for certain individuals. Japan and China also had a sovereign debt crisis in their histories, must be a “Buddhist” thing. You separatists need to broaden your thinking a bit.

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          Lester
          “Sri Lanka is no longer bankrupt, “
          What is your metric, as you love to ask?
          Is it paying its creditors? Are imports freely allowed?

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            OC, according to today’s news, debt restructuring with bond holders hits a snag with disagreements, says Sagala Ratnayaka.

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      ” Arranged marriages, gender segregation, authoritarianism, casteism “
      Lester, Sanga by caste and MMDA are not in India, they are in Langkang.

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      Lester

      “Underneath the hood, it is much more corrupt than S. Lanka.”

      Could you cite comparative studies on corruption.

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        “India has the highest bribery rate in Asia and the most number of people who use personal connections to access public services, according to a new report by corruption watchdog Transparency International.”

        https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/with-a-bribery-rate-of-39-india-worst-in-asia-survey/articleshow/79421493.cms?from=mdr

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          Lester,
          “India has the highest bribery rate in Asia according to a new report by corruption watchdog Transparency International.”
          BUT they aren’t bankrupt. What does that tell a great logician like you?
          By the way, you’re trying to fool people again with stale data from 2020.It isn’t a new report.
          The position in December 2023 puts India at 93 and Sri Lanka at 115.
          https://tradingeconomics.com/country-list/corruption-rank?continent=asia
          If you stopped lying, I might believe you’re in a STEM field.

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            OC, visiting chief of delegation of German Industry and Commerce, Maria Antonia in an interview with DM said ” the effectiveness of the legal system in handling investment related matters is often questioned due to corruption and inefficiency. Despite the existence of laws implementation remains a challenge , which deter investors from choosing Lanka over other alternatives “. I still remember how Kaputa’s with Cabral played porker by hedging oil prices, losing millions of $ and then tried denying, paying back the lender Standard Chartered Bank.Though Lankan Sham courts played game with Kaputas, the arbitrary courts in Singapore ordered paying full money with interest. Do anyone know, who pocketed the pearl ship compensation ??

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              On the same note, German ambassador to India Philipp Ackermann said that Germany was observing in admiration the world’s biggest elections in coming days. He further added India deserves G 20 Presidency, like no other country. I’m sure regardless of the elections or govt we will see more of India on international stage. Whether it’s UNSC or elsewhere , India is and has to become more visible and recognized “.

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              “Do anyone know, who pocketed the pearl ship compensation ?? “

              Chiv,
              Who gave them what to pocket?
              Everyone knew the ship came to Langkang shore on the invitation. It was not an unforeseen accident. Langkang attempted to gamble with a ship in danger by inviting to shore, without proper instruments, personal and insurance to handle that kind of work. Can you drop an atomic bomb on your country, and you go and ask the company who sold it to pay you for that. I never in any news the Singapore court awarding any money, other than the judge yelled at these guys. Shipping cases, if you lose a billion goes, if you win a billion comes. Langkang would have paid billions for the lawyers.
              Lankawe is still old Lankawe. But the IMF is struggling to brush it, wash it, dress it and put it on the international display. I guarantee that this snake will bite the nurse at the end of the show.

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            Old Codger,

            Learning to read is an essential requirement for STEM fields. Although it might not be a requirement for asking the monks to give free food.

            The CPI ranked 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

            India: Rank:Rank = 93/180

            Sri Lanka: Rank = 115/180

            https://www.transparency.org/en/cpi/2023/index/ind

            Also, you are too dumb to realize you’re quoting from tradingeconomics, which uses different metrics than transparency.org. Ask Ranil to give you a janitorial position.

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              Lester the STEM genius,
              Back to “metrics”, are we?
              You believe CPI if you like. I’ll believe the other one, because neither you nor I are personally aware of anything except that Sri Lanka is bankrupt, and is begging from India.
              You already have a janitorial position, with that hi-tech scraper. I wouldn’t want to compete with you in stupidity.

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                Old Codger,

                Sri Lanka is not bankrupt, according to your hero Ranil. “With the IMF approval, Sri Lanka will no longer be considered a bankrupt nation and the country can resume its normal transactions, Wickremesinghe said in a brief recorded statement on Tuesday.”

                Did you miss Deepthi Silva’s tribute to your intellect in the “James Bond” thread?

                deepthi silva / April 15, 2024

                Oh God ! You always miss the point !

                What I meant was that OC with an IQ 50 looks good comparing to people like you with an IQ of 40 !

                —-

                IQ of 50? Holy pluck man, according to DSM IV, that’s considered mild-moderately retarded. See for yourself: http://www.assessmentpsychology.com/iqclassifications.htm

                Good news though: you quality for “reservation status” in T Nadu. Just find a boat to take you there and apply. In three months you can become a quack doc and join Mr. C on standby. If your degree is denied, just throw a shoe or blame Aryans, like your hero Periyar. 🦆🦆🦆

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                  Lester,
                  I see you’ve rediscovered your up vote machine. What a miserably insecure oscilloscope specialist….

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                    With an IQ of 50, what can you possibly discover? The Colombo U profs are telling you that you are mentally retarded. These guys are good. Find a bridge.

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                  Hello Lester,
                  O yeah, you said “Sri Lanka is not bankrupt, according to your hero Ranil.”
                  Ranil actually said –
                  “After we get a declaration that Sri Lanka is free from bankruptcy, we also expect to have joint discussions with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in April,” said Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe. ‘“I expect to complete all these matters by June-July.” 21st March 2024 https://economynext.com/sri-lanka-team-to-europe-to-begin-negotiations-with-bondholders-president-155435/
                  Best regards

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                    Hello LankaScot,

                    Sri Lanka is in the process of restructuring its debt. I don’t know at what point of this process the “bankruptcy” status changes. I am not an accountant or financial specialist.

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    When Sri Lanka cannot solve the ethnic problem where there are only two language speaking people, how can the writer that Modi India is undemocratic. He should realize that India is a country with the largest population in the world, where there are 22 official languages and people speaking more than 600 languages. Moreover there is about 80 percent Hindus, 14 percent Muslims, 2.3 percent Christians, 1.6 Sikhs and 2 percent unspecified faiths. They have drafted a Constitution in a manner to meet the aspirations of all the people and demonstrated that India is a diverse multi-ethnic country that is home to thousands of small ethnic & tribal groups – a society where followers of many religions can live & practice freely. To date India has never changed its constitution, but Sri Lanka had three constitutions and India finally made a stop to changing constitutions by signing the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord. Moreover, there was no undemocratic practice adopted by Modi when he has demonstrated by electing Murmu Draupathi, a member of a tribunal community, as the President of India. Can a Tamil ever dream of becoming President of Sri Lanka. Modi never practised undemocratically and is certain to obtain close to 400 seats in the Lok Sabha in the election and DMK to lose drastically in Tamil Nadu.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM


      “When Sri Lanka cannot solve the ethnic problem where there are only two language speaking people, how can the writer that Modi India is undemocratic. “

      What does Amit Shah mean by One nation, one language, ……………………… eventually one religion, ……… one food, one region, one people, one leader, …. one dress, one music, ….. one culture, ……

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        Native Vedda,
        India cannot be represented by one language. Hindi alone cannot represent India, every language born in this soil has the same potential to represent the country as much as Hindi. One language cannot integrate India. But it can be accepted as a common language, but it will take a long time. In India there are people who can speak four languages also. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman is a case in point. According to the Indian Constitution there are 22 official languages. Amith Shah’s ‘One Nation, one language, one law etc’ may be to ease the administration, but his main aim is to attract the Hindi speaking people for his support, like what S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake did with Sinhala only. It is only an election stunt. But with Sinhala Only ideology, Sri Lanka is facing many problems. But in India there are people speaking with more than 600 languages.

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        Hello Native,
        Sounds like 1984, oops sorry that should have been 2048.
        Best regards

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          LankaScot


          “….. that should have been 2048.”

          1948 or 1958?

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    Continued …….
    Moreover, Sri Lanka has no right to speak on Kachchativu when it has violated clauses 5 & 6 of the Kachchativu Agreement. Kachchativu issue was not placed before the two houses of Parliament and even has not obtained the consent of Tamil Nadu. Modi and Annamalai have fully explained the illegal procedure that took place in the handing over of Kachchativu to Sri Lanka. Mention should be made that Kachchativu was known as Vali Theevu where Lord Rama fought Vali as mentioned in the great epic Ramayana. Thus it was known as part & parcel of sacred land of Bharath. Will India maintain silence if China is brought by Sri Lanka on various pretexts in the backyard of India (close to Kachchativu) in a manner to threat India’s sovereignty & territorial integrity., after India helped Sri Lanka financially when there was a crisis. I can write an article on Kachchativu if permitted. Even Modi was not bullying Maldives. It is Mohamed Muizzu who started the ‘India Out’ campaign and today Maldives is begging India for help. Mohamed Muizzu had forgotten how India helped Maldives when some Tamil terrorists invaded Maldives.

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    Asanga,
    “Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu is extending his ‘India Out’ campaign used for the election by upgrading close strategic ties with China,”……….!!??
    That being the on which he was elected as President, WHY is he NOW begging for help from, undependable INDIA!!!??? Is this a case of a MORON being elected, solely based on electorate believing his FALSE PRETENCES!!??? Just similar to the SL’s Messiah’s campaign in Presidential Elections held some decades ago!!!???
    HE (Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu) SEEMS TO BE IGNORANT, WHETHER HE IS “CLOTHED OR NOT”!!!??? Undressed unceremoniously, Post Elections, of the MYTH China is fully warmed to his entreaties!!!??? What a Drama?? Good example to be followed!!?? Good similarity to SL Politics, “VISTAS OF PROSPERITY AND SPLENDOUR”, vanished into thin air, one year after elections, when he agreed to India’s wishes when in New Delhi, on a state visit, and revolted on his return as the Religious ERUDITE, vetoed!!?? Finally ate Humble pie!!!??? Deprivation and Starvation for the People!!!??? But not so much for the Religious, their Dayakayas kept them WELL-FED, starving themselves!?
    “F(P)UNNY” COUNTRY OFCOURSE, as it has been always Post Independence!!??

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      Mahila, my line of thinking is exactly the same. Nepal, is another country not so far from this BS politics.

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        Land-locked Nepal has been bullied for too long.
        Things could change before long.

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          ” Things could change before long. “

          Pls tell me the day ever your anjanam became true.

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      Mahila,

      There are no Tamils in Maldives to use as pones in the Maldivian election, so they used “India Out”
      Don’t you remember Evil campaigned in 2015 that he would take back Colombo Pong Cing, but he sold Hangbangtota to China to find redress for the sin he committed in the 2015 election? Evil thought China was also too cheap as Tamils to use in any way on his election rhetoric. His arrogance didn’t allow him to remember that China had brought down 50 government computers in 2013 to make Old Rowdy kneel in front of it. Poor Maldivians’ Allah was not as generous as Buddha so never gave them somebody like Tamils to be used in any manner in all needs. Didn’t Valaiththodam Sr. promise in his election _”India out in 24 Hours”. These rotten Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals, (aka, Viyathmaga” are the example said in the Tamil saying – Even after cow is dead, the tick(Unni) is not leaving” They like brokers who knows to make profit in bear market, these guys are making deposit in the bankrupted Langkang to their bank accounts using IMF.

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    According to President’s Media Division (PMD), soon after the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s visit to China, the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, has engaged his counterpart in Sri Lanka, in a bi-lateral discussion.
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    https://pmd.gov.lk/news/u-s-nsa-jake-sullivan-engages-in-bilateral-talks-with-sl-counterpart-sagala-ratnayaka/
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    According PMD: “Central to their discussion was the unwavering U.S. commitment to supporting Sri Lanka’s security and sovereignty.”
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    The US seem to learn albeit slowly.
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    Instead of using India as its cat’s paw finally it has decided to directly engage Sri Lanka. A welcome move. A move that compell them to exercise greater degree of intergrity and sincereity, as it can no longer out source it’s dirty work to India wash their hands off.
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    What is next?
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    An invitation for Sri Lanka to join Nato Plus?
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    Time for Modi, Jaishankar and Co. to rethink their stance on matters relating to Katchatheevu and everything else…
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    Bharat, it seems no longer matter…
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    Best I believe is yet to come.

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      Ruchira

      “Instead of using India as its cat’s paw finally it has decided to directly engage Sri Lanka.”

      Please tell us when was USA disengaged from Sri Lanka?

      “Bharat, it seems no longer matter…”

      Bharat is only when urgently needed to save sinking ship?

      “Best I believe is yet to come.”

      Are you looking forward to seeing more foreigners and strangers groping your women folks?

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      Ruchira,
      ‘Time for Modi, Jaishankar and Co. to rethink their stance on matters relating to Katchatheevu and everything else…’ Likewise it is time for Sri Lanka to rethink about having dealings with China about investment in the backyard of India. There is also a case pending in the Supreme Court about the handing over of Kachchativu, especially when there were improper procedures. Let us wait after the announcement of results of the Lok Sabha elections.

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        AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM – It will be difficult to do when China is one of the biggest lenders to Sri Lanka. Lok Sabha election has got nothing to do with Sri Lanka.

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          Ruchira

          What if Hindia decides to swap debt with Sri Lanka/China?

          What if Hindia sends a Governor to administer Sri Lanka?

          What if IMF, Western Bankers, Hindia, …. send in Bailiff?

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        “it is time for Sri Lanka to rethink about having dealings with China about investment in the backyard of India.”
        Even Bhutan seems to have second thoughts of being another’s backyard.

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    The authors father was blown up by LTTE suicide bombers, but some commentators are replying with “Sinhala racism” and “state terrorism.”

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    Lying Jester, when? where? and the reason? Let the author himself come here and lie about it. What about the hundreds of thousands of innocent Thamizh civilians and orphans who were killed bombed, became victims of banned Chemical weapons by the Chingkalla state and the Chingkalla armed forces and police? Victims of state terrorism deliberately killed maimed bombed under the pretext of Sri Lankan state terrorism. However, I heard that you and your friend or Avatar Svenson greatly benefited from Sri Lankan state terrorism against the Thamizh. Is this true? Please visit your friend Svenson the reindeer goatherd living within the artic circle in Lapland. He is very lonely sad and bitter and will benefit from your lonely sad company, unless you are him. Sukkar Papa will be very happy and can play with both of you..

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      PK,
      Lester the Liar is not lying this time. But Ossie was also a great supporter of Premadasa, who gave weapons to the LTTE to kill 600 policemen among others.
      So Lester supports killing policemen……

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