4 October, 2022

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Unelected President Ranil Renounces Sri Lanka’s Status As A Republic 

By Dayan Jayatilleka– 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The unelected President of Sri Lanka has declared that the Sri Lankan flag on all public buildings will be lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II of Britain who died at the age of 96. The President intends to declare a day or days of National Mourning, which will be notified later. 

“President Ranil Wickremesinghe, on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has given directives to lower the national flag in all public buildings half-staff, the President’s Media Division (PMD) says.

The period of national mourning is expected to be announced subsequently, the PMD said further in a tweet.”

This is a travesty. It is a particularly grotesque travesty as Sri Lanka sees the 75th anniversary of its Independence on the horizon. 

It is quite appropriate for the President to send his condolences and if possible to attend the funeral. But to lower the national flag on state buildings? And to declare a day or days of National Mourning? He just has to be kidding. 

In the first place, Queen Elizabeth is not our queen. In the second place, Sri Lanka is a Republic, which is the exact antipode of a monarchy. Since the Sri Lankan state is a republic, there is no call whatsoever for state buildings to lower the Sri Lankan national flag to half-mast in honor of the British Queen or any monarch anywhere.

The Queen was and King Charles will be the sovereign of the United Kingdom. Monarchy anywhere and everywhere at any time in history, acknowledged the monarch as the sovereign. When the monarchy receded in history but was retained ceremonially, the monarch was not so much acknowledged but conceded to be the country’s sovereign. Whichever the case, the monarch was coterminous with, even synonymous, with ‘the sovereign’.

In stark contradistinction, in a republic the people are sovereign. A republic is defined by the fact that sovereignty arises from and ultimately resides in the people: ‘res publica’. This is explicitly clear in every republican Constitution from that of the USA (“We the People”) to Sri Lanka.

Why should Sri Lanka as a state lower its National Flag and observe days of National Mourning on the occasion of the death of a foreign monarch? Why should it do so especially when the monarch in question is the sovereign of the country from which Sri Lanka wrested its Independence, the 75th anniversary of which it is about to celebrate?

Whatever sentiments we may have for the departed Queen Elizabeth, mourning is a private and at best a social matter. Except for the usual condolences, it is decidedly not a matter for the Sri Lankan State and nation.

Mine is not a private sentiment of a left-leaning political scientist. The question of the relationship or lack thereof, between Sri Lanka and the British monarchy was made explicitly clear at great length in 1972 during the promulgation of the first Republican Constitution of Sri Lanka. 

To pull back a bit, in his Five Lectures, the JVP’s founder-leader Rohana Wijeweera had pointed to the fact that Ceylon was still ruled by the queen of the former colonial power, Britain, a fact which for him, was prove of the incomplete character of our Independence. Wijeweera in turn had been influenced by and built on the criticism leveled by the traditional left in 1948, that what we had obtained was an inauthentic Independence and had merely graduated from a colony to a neo-colony.  

In the aftermath of the April 1971 Insurrection, it was noticed that the insurrectionists had to be tried for the offense of armed rebellion against ‘the Queen’, which was the law on the statute books. In his submissions during the Criminal Justice Commission trial, Wijeweera pointed that out. The grotesque anomaly was immediately noted by society at large and that realization accelerated the decision to convert to a republican form of state. 

The very form in which Sri Lanka converted to a republic signaled the end of its political relationship with the British monarchy. The Constitutional process chose not to proceed by way of the previous Constitution, despite its many merits, as that was a product of colonialism, ruled by a monarchy to boot. 

The 1972 Constitution chose to consciously rupture with the previous, pre-independence Constitution. It was a dual rupture: from a colonial product to a product of an independent country, and from the Constitutional acceptance of the British monarch as the head of State, the sovereign, of our state, to that of the sovereignty of the whole people of this island. Hence, an ‘autochthonous’ and Republican Constitution, through a rupture. 

The rupture was to underscore the lack of continuity with even the nominal role of the British Crown. The umbilical cord was surgically severed. 

What President Ranil Wickremesinghe has chosen to do by declaring the Sri Lankan National Flag to be flown at half-mast on State buildings and to observe a day or days of National Mourning, is to reverse the process, symbolically and psychologically. 

Already, we have departed from the content and spirit of republicanism by virtue of the fact that we have an utterly unelected leader. He was unelected by the people to the presidency and unlike his predecessor DB Wijetunga who assumed the presidency in mid-stream, serving out the rest of the assassinated President Premadasa’s term, he was unelected to parliament in the first place. Now, we are going one step further, backwards not forward, in making the death of the British monarch with whom we consciously, constitutionally severed the Sri Lankan state, an occasion for state and national mourning.  

While I find this shocking, none of this really surprises me. The so-called Silent Revolutions of 1956 and 1970 were propelled by a national notion that Independence did not feel complete; that the process of de-colonization was unfinished; that there still remained an unacceptably large overhang of British colonialism. No one exemplified the neocolonial profile more than did Sir John Kotelawala, chosen by a ruling elite (not popularly elected) shaken by the Hartal of August 1953– the First Aragalaya– and the resignation of the PM. The year after the Hartal, in 1954, he hosted Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ceylon. In 1955 he took the pro-Western line (actually that of John Foster Dulles) at the Bandung conference which was the zenith of anti-colonial Afro-Asianism, earning the local appellation ‘Bandung Booruwa’, the Donkey of Bandung. 

In all this, Sir John’s advisor was Esmond Wickremesinghe, the father of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. As Prime Minister in 2001, Ranil Wickremesinghe had sought to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Portuguese colonial conquest, which was the cherry on the cake of his economic neoliberalism and appeasement of the fascist Tigers. The electorate evicted him and kept him out of office for 15 years. Now he’s back. As President.  

Truly, the apple does not fall far from the tree. The cycle is repeating itself and will end with a version of that earlier outcome.  

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    Dayan

    “It is a particularly grotesque travesty as Sri Lanka sees the 75th anniversary of its Independence on the horizon. “

    75th anniversary of independence.
    What the hell are you talking about.

    Independence – freedom from being governed or ruled by another country

    Well the president, the patriotic prime minister, gallant armed forces, … found themselves in diplomatic quandary when the Chinese were determined to test the waters of Hindian ocean. China refused to back down. Yuan Wang 5 came and went.

    IPKF came and went.

    Sri Lanka had to fight a 30 year war against Bata wearing kids.

    ….
    ….
    The state does not have anything to feed its people, no medicine, no food, … no fuel, ….
    Hindians are not only lending this island loads of dollars but also feeding the people.
    According to UNICEF 30 of the children are malnourished.

    Bangladeshi government has already given $50 Million loan.
    China now wants to feed school children (in return it expects to have a small piece land in the north or east).

    The country has been begging for dollar and aid for the most part of post Independence. The total loan owed to foreigners remains at $55 billion, the country is officially declared bankrupt.

    Yet you are talking about independence.
    Whose independence are you talking about?

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      We.are shocked $55 billions loans alone then keep up the welfare of 225,then extravagaze opening cerominise ribbon cuttings, there was a time spiritual or.not these sadus comes front of the house we offer food what ever we have
      Blame the VP,but the buddas praise dont kill the cobra first kill the Tamil

      It sad Ranil home was torched, but should realise how many homes were burnt down their treasures, just because of…
      Did we.learn ,not.at all same pattern in Aluthgama, yes Ranawirus were there ,but sadly takes the order,asked for just pure drinking water,

      My conclusion not expert at all ,this Palli being translated in different form
      Pansals, Dansals……….Sunday sill Monday?

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      Native is right right from his side ………. And Dayan is right from his.

      It’s a restless hungry feeling
      And it don’t mean no one no good
      When ev’rything that I’m sayin’
      You can say it just as good

      You’re right from your side
      And I’m right from mine
      We’re both just one too many mornings
      An’ a thousand miles behind



      Toss your chips in with your chances, boy
      Let ‘em lay the way they fall
      For the moral doesn’t matter
      Broken rules are all the same
      To the broken or the breaker
      Who’s to bless and who’s to blame?

      Welcome to the human-condition …….. better late than never

      And I’m dancing to Anton Jones’ “Mini Gawuma” …….. doing the duck-walk around the hall, glass in hand, 12-year old VSO: I don’t drink alcohol, just sniffing ……. reminds me of the ol’ motherland ……… one last hurrah

      Wanna join? …….. If ye had any sanity left, ye would.

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        nimal fernando

        Thanks for the poem.
        As usual I am confused.
        I could not make head or tail of the poem.

        On the face of it I am wondering whether you are determined to sit on the fence. If so how long.
        You need to make up your mind.

        Take care.

        After being attacked ( perhaps scathing?) by Dayan do you think Ranil should offer him a job at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

        Now that Norway has decided to close their Embassy in Colombo perhaps Dayan can be appointed being the Honorary Consul of Norway.
        Would you recommend such appointment.

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          Native,

          “On the face of it I am wondering whether you are determined to sit on the fence.”

          Praise be to Nero’s Neptune, the Titanic sails at dawn
          Everybody’s shouting, “Which side are you on?!”

          And Native and Dayan fighting in the captain’s tower
          While Ranil and his 37 ministers laugh at them and hold flowers
          Between the windows of the sea where gullible lovely mermaids flow
          And nobody has to think too much about the desolation of the nation

          When you asked me how I was doing, was that some kind of joke
          All these people that you mention, yes, I know them, met them all over the world, they’re quite lame
          I had to rearrange their faces and give them all another name


          Welcome to the human-condition ……….. so, what else is new?

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            Redux

            Native,

            “On the face of it I am wondering whether you are determined to sit on the fence.”

            Praise be to Ranil’s Churchill, the Titanic sails at dawn
            Everybody’s shouting, “Which side are you on?!”

            And Native and Dayan fighting in the captain’s tower
            While Ranil and his 37 ministers laugh/mock at them and hold flowers
            Between the windows of the sea where lovely gullible mermaids flow
            And nobody has to think too much about the desolation back home

            When you asked me how I was doing, was that some kind of joke
            All these people that you mention, yes, I know them, met them all over the world, they’re quite lame
            Different places, other nationalities but their character’s the same, I had to rearrange their faces and give them all other names …….. Ranil, Mahinda, Sajith, Anura, nimal, Native, Nathan, OC, Ramona, SM, EE ……. fill in ………


            Welcome to the human-condition ……….. so, what else is new?

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      Native,
      I don’t suppose this tirade has anything to do with the fact that Ranil didn’t lower the national flag for Fidel……..

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        OC,
        I totally agree with you. It is his trick to mislead the readers. The Mlechcha man must have thought that if his present article were named so, it would catch on with many people.
        Now his better part asks him to join the current external affairs group and bring “funds” to live out their hidden fantasies. So bugger DJ should react like that. These men are not even good at cleaning toilets. I really don’t know what education has done to our people of DJ nature ?

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        old codger

        BTW I am told Dayan’s favourite leader Premadasa (and JR) attended Charles and Diana wedding at St Pauls Cathedral in 1981(?).
        Did Dayan protest?

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          Native,
          “Did Dayan protest?”
          In 1981? His dear Dad would have thrown him out of the house.

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            old codger

            Of course his dad would have, however his dad used his influence with JR and got him reprieve from the armed forces, NIB, ….. STF, …. Premadasa gave him a job.

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        Dear HP,
        Welcome back to CT. Although there is an economic downturn in our motherland, I wish you all the best.

        “Now Sri Lanka is known all over the world as India’s teardrop”

        I think it is no longer valid. Many Europeans are questioning why our people voted for known bandits in November 2019. So today Sri Lanka is accepted by everyone as a beautiful island “DA Rajapaksa product – ignorant Rajapakse brothers” looted by an ignorant family. Land of robbers -මංකොල්ලකාරයෝ දේශය . The island is naturally beautiful, thanks to nature. However, the people they live in destroy it all to the end. They loot and at the same time misuse public funds for their lavish lifestyles. People pay for their luxurious lifestyles for some unknown reasons. This is not common to any other country, a country whose culture has been destroyed by “Sinhalese Buddhism” – made worse.

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      Native, seems DJ’s ego is pricked or he is just diverting issues as usual. Country is dysfunctional, failed and bankrupt. Does it matter whether flag is flying, lowered, half mass or even there. 1) DJ, the flag doesn’t respect/ reflect or treat all citizens equal.2) did you have any issues when people were running around with alternate SinhaLee flag. 3) What we have is INdependence, Constipation and Democrazy. The country and flag are nothing but SHAM. 4) You lower flag for despots, autocrats and our own criminal, crooks, thieves, murders , why not for the queen ??5) Your flag doesn’t even give the right to citizens to sing the anthem in mother tongue. 5) DJ, you can shove that meaningless flag and constitution of yours , where it belongs. 6) I repeat your so called constitution is not worth the paper it’s written, but good enough to pack lunch parcels. Your flag ????(you figure out) 7) More than flag, seems you have run out of ideas / spin.

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        chiv

        Dayan has run out of all forms of gimmicks connected to sham patriotism. Now he has chosen the most devious nationalist symbols, wrapping himself around in lion flag hoping to revive his fortunes.

        He should stop digging.

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        I was at Independence Square this evening and saw the Buddhist Flag (which is placed much above the National Flag for over the last several years) too was reduced to half-mast.

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        Chiv
        I answered your point on the earlier article. While I appreciate your earnestness, sometimes in politics, if they cant dazzle you with brilliance they hazlle you with bullshit.

        Its time you had a drink like a wise man here is saying and I am converted to have chop suey with duck.These things are not in your hands.

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      1/

      All of Europe mourns the Queen’s death. Our poor lunatics in Sri Lankan politics are trying their best to lower the national flag to half mast to show how lame our politics is.
–
What did Dayan Weerawansa learn from political research? When will this salaried henchman of the Rajapaksa criminal gang realize the truth? Srilanka is known to be gay paradise to some europeans, they know about ” Hikkaduwa” more than I do, so to me, not only a gay paradise, it is paradise for cheap political goons such as Dayan Weerawanse (nee jayathilaka De Silva).
–
His dream was to elevate junior Premadasa for his own selfish gains. However, junior Premadasas need to do a lot more “homework” to become a strong statesman. It does not help that he also licks the “bo tree” and the “yellow pets that live in the temple” to deceive the same people who are now in the grip of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s deceivers.
.
Needless to say, even if Gotabaya is in that seat, he should agree to half-mast the flags, because we are members of common rich countries. CW’s rights were violated by the Rajapaksas and his henchmen, and the good government fought to repair all the damage and took it back.
.
      TBC

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        2/
        Dayan Weerawansa is the best example of inconsistency we all know. If our student of political science digs up the information, he will not forget the character of this Malecha and the cheap man in Sri Lanka’s external affairs. Their reactions are related to the juvenile complex generated in their genetics.
–
One cannot suppress the memories of how this scoundrel was happy to continue the “lapdog role” of “Mahinda Rajapaksa, the nation’s greatest criminal”.
. He never adhered to what the facts were, and once he was positioned somewhere, every successive government sealed both his ends. A man who mixes jokes like Wimal Weerawansala is cheap. After being offered a position to please his 4th wife all his crying will die as usual.

        There is no doubt that the current President was elected to Parliament by the majority vote of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and not by the popular vote, but we accepted that. We also accepted his illegitimacy as argued a few days ago. However, at this critical moment in Sri Lankan politics, even Yaka had to be appointed because the entire country was in anarchy.
For at least 6 months; Our people must unite for one purpose, that is consensus building for a common cause. Steps should be taken to bring the economic crisis to some credible level so that the people of the country can face the favorable situation.


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      native you are getting a bit confused.The question to be asked is independence from whom.We got independence from Great Britain which is not great anymore but just a small island nation like us now.However they had a great adventurous spirit and took sail to see the world and created the largest empire in history.

      however we have still not got our independence from our native corrupt politicians who state that now we are the owners of the country but exploit us more than the british.That is why i say the question is independence from whom?

      The day we have rulers who exploit us less than the british then we can say we are truly independent.When we have been exploited more than the british we are not independent yet.People don’t care who rules or who exploits us do they.They only want minimal exploitation.YOu can’t get rid of it totally because rulers always will exploit the people,only the degree of exploitation will vary from ruler to ruler.Whenever you look at history of monarchs even all over the world we see some are called parakrama the great,akbar the great.katherine the great etc etc.Under these great rulers the people would have had great independence.

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    Fly at half-mast they may, but he’s not going to get any IMF loans for it.

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      ramona therese fernando

      “but he’s not going to get any IMF loans for it.”

      Surely Brits still have the ability to drop a few pence in your begging bowl or still have some influence over most or all of the International Institutions.

      Don’t rock the boat.

      I believe our old codger is listening to this song right now:

      So I’d like to know where, you got the notion
      Said I’d like to know where, you got the notion
      (To rock the boat), don’t rock the boat baby
      , don’t tip the boat over
      (Rock the boat), don’t rock the boat baby
      (Rock the boat)
      Ever since our voyage of love began
      Your touch has thrilled me like the rush of the wind
      And your arms have held me safe from a rolling sea
      There’s always been a quiet place to harbor you and me
      ….
      ….

      https://genius.com/The-hues-corporation-rock-the-boat-lyrics

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfBwsG8ubFw

      I am glad nimal fernando is watching.

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        “Ever since our voyage of love began
        Your touch has thrilled me like the rush of the wind “

        I am always the last in getting the cinema news, Anee! (some label it as gossip); nothing is a big surprise but few are fresh as morning’s flower petal dew.

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        Native Vedda,

        Oh yes. The Brits will surely drop a few pence in our begging bowl.

        Like Samantha Powers grants and loans, they will ignore the government and give it directly to the Suffering-Masses — money to farmers to grow their crops & fishermen to fish their fish. Nothing of what Ranil Rajapaksa and Pottuwa want. Port-City with ultra-modern buildings and jazz sessions for Ranil to do the jitterbug is a definite no-no.

        HM King Charles III will put the Brit. money onto the climate-recovery techniques via the post-modernistic Traditional Lifestyles, uniquely for the Sri Lankan climatic conditions. Long live HM!

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    Don’t know whether am sure may be wrong,he praised how important to keep the intact of executive prez when Muhinanda was in power and benefited, cracks always inevitable.

    This the lion with sword ……not good gesture , but in Jaffna we were forced to fly the flag by forces,but now half full bottom …..Look after your own home

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    Correction Bangladesh (Henry Kissinger said will be a BASKET CASE) Government has provided USD $500million. International organisations say 80% of sinhalas face food insufficiency.

    Sinhala coolies are exporting themselves to every country (that will take them) to be toilet cleaners. The sinhala women are per news reports being used as sex slaves or in prostitution after being lured overseas on employment pretexts. (Karam for the rapes and murders of tamils by the sinhala armed forces). Great independence??? working as sinhala coolies are being in most case illtreated and exploited in my observations!

    The 30 year war against Bata wearing kids was won because of indian and USA intelligence and mainly chinese weopens

    China controls the Rajapakses who enriched themselves via corrupt kickbacks for armes purchases and other kickback from the chinese to the extent that sinhala land is a near vassal state of the chinese. A friend who travelled to sinhala land just before covid said that saw chinese in sinhala colombo airport behaving obnoxiously in a manner that he has never seen in other airports – manifesting their chinese cotrol of sinhala land!

    I am sure that the standard of living of the sinhalas would be million times better if the sinhalas had they not got their bastardised independence.

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      Gus

      “The 30 year war against Bata wearing kids was won because of indian and USA intelligence and mainly chinese weopens”

      I beg to differ.
      Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan won two elections and the war for Mahinda.

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      Oh! can you please tone down all this horrible hatred for the Chingkallams. Are you really from Sri Lanka or a Malaysian of Sri Lankan heritage?

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    Dayan USA, India and many other countries are lowering their national flags in state building and embassies as a respect for the Queen who was the head of the commonwealth or what ever of it was left , for the last 70 years.She has seen and dealt with Male leaders all over the world during the 70 years
    ===
    I am not a Royalist and I am not a fan of Ranil.
    ===
    But you are an opportunist – if Ranil decided not to order – that the Sri Lankan flag on all public buildings should be lowered to half-mast..
    you would have gone the other way and have said ..
    ” USA is doing it India is doing it …..and Ranil the backs door unelected President of Bankrupt Sri Lanka is so arrogant not to do it.
    ===
    you are a joker

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    DAYAN WHAT FU,,,,,,,,,,ING INDEPENDENCE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AFTER 75 YEARS.WE ARE STILL BEGGING FOR EVERY THING FROM COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD.ONLY INDEPENDENCE IS ENJOYED BY ALL POLITICAL LEADERS AND THEIR CATCHERS TO ROB THE COUNTRIES WEALTH AND FILLED THEIR POCKETS.IN THIS CONNECTION THE MAXIMUM INDEPENDENCE IS ENJOYED BY RAJAPAKSE FAMILY FREE FROM JUDICIARY AND LAW AND ORDER.

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    With his predictions and advice on politics and the aragalya coming to nought, Dayan Jayatilleka is now picking up a trivial topic to talk about.

    Instead of that, why don’t you tell us where the country is heading? You may predict better than Gnana acca, I am sure.

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    Should I involve myself in a controversy? I shouldn’t start it!
    .
    Yes, what Dayan argues about is controversial. I would not have brought it up on my own. But, now that he has raised the issue, I should cast my vote.
    I vote for him!

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      Nathan

      For a change listen to this Raag Jog on flute.
      Do you like it?
      https://player.darbar.org/videos/rakesh-chaurasia-pandit-anindo-chatterjee-raag-jog

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        Thank you.
        Flute is a favourite instrument of mine. Veena, the other.
        (I am absorbed by Carnatic music; Hindustani music, sounds similar.)

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          Nathan

          ” Hindustani music”

          If you want to be a patriotic Tamil you must not show interest in anything remotely North Indian in public, for example Sanskrit, Hindi, Hindustani music, Hindi Films, North Indian Politicians, …………………

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            Thank you, NV.
            Now that you have alerted me, let me tell you a little more.
            The performance was marvelous; kept me spellbound.

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              Nathan

              “The performance was marvelous; kept me spellbound.”

              True, I too enjoyed it immensely.
              That is why I posted the link here so that rest of this forum could enjoy it too.

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    dayan don’t be so boorish.Queen elizebeth was a great and disciplined human being who maintained high standards of behaviour and work ethic and has never harmed sri lanka.What is wrong in acknowledging that.Don’t bring all this republic crap.patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

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    2022 ARAGALAYA want the People of the Country to get out of the grip of crooked & murderous looters of the National Wealth.
    It’s okay to show our sympathies by way of flying the SL flag half mast. We have not advanced much since the British left Ceylon. Railways, Sewerage etc etc are those that were left behind by the British.
    Tamils still feel that they are under an alien force that is making them unable to breath free and develop their areas.

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      naman
      ” Railways, Sewerage etc etc are those that were left behind by the British.”

      don’t forget the most important one,tea.Our politicians will be even now talking about planting it if we did not already have it.

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    DJ
    Did you not change your name to hide the colonial past? One has to accept the past -colonial days since Portugese.

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    We need to cry out loud: British or otherwise please come back and save us. On February 4th 1948 a day to be mourned, Ceylon was known to the rest of the world as a paradise and appropriately named Pearl of the East. Now the Sri Lanka is famous all over the world as a Tear Drop of India. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II participated in person at the inaugural celebration. Thanks to the Anglican Schools there are some descent heads around who still can stick up their heads above water showing off the colours of a highly distinguished curriculum of education.

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    She was the Head of the Commonwealth and we are in the Commonwealth.

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      perfect one from jaffna for dayan.he must be speechless after reading that one.

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      JM
      That is the most pertinent comment here on the subject.

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    Dayan has more indignation than he could possibly contain in this essay written in the language of the Queen………….

    Srilanka is only a Republic on paper. For all purposes and intents it is a leading Failed State………..

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    Pls leave us alone had enough of these big thug thaddias for last 70 odd years, we look after our own affairs, you keep plenty of army and the navy.but your police force is no use at all for north and the east.
    Super 69 thinking federalism means it’s separate country or so.basically you all cant governs yourselves, sad state of affairs.

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    I will not use high flying theory to advance my opinion to say that breaking the political relationship with the British Monarchy is one thing and flying the national flag half mast is quite another. Singapore too has nothing to do with the British Monarchy but yet it chose to fly their national flag half mast on this death. One of the well known reasons to fly a national flag half mast is to display the sign of national mourning. One also cannot ignore the fact that the late majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the UK was the Queen of Ceylon from Feb 1952 to May 1972. Further the late Queen is the head of the Commonwealth where Sri Lanka continues to be a member to date. His Axcellency Ranil Sriyan Wickramasinghe can be cockeyed but in this instance there is nothing big to fuss about except for the sake of fussing.

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      Exactly. Why should Sri Lanka fly her national flag at half mast as a respect to late Queen Elizabeth who reminded us of brutal British colonization? Even her successor Prince Charles is known to be a downright racist. But, at a time when Britons and Queen Elizabeth’s supporters all over the world mourn her death, I refrain from making any comment on the matter. However, I take this opportunity to stress the point that the British Monarchy should be abolished, the Commonwealth of Nations should be dissolved and countries that are still poor as a result of barbaric British colonization should be adequately compensated.
      In the case of Sri Lanka, the government should STOP wasting millions of rupees for STUPID independence day celebrations. Actually, February 4 should be declared a Day of Mourning to mark British barbarity, brutality and genocide against the Sinhalese Buddhist nation. For the sake of civility, I refrain from commenting further during the period of Royal Mourning.

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        Sinhala Racist Champa,
        .
        The majority of Sri Lankans are more racist than all Europeans. That is now a fact.
        .
        The majority of Sri Lankans are more racist than all Europeans.

        As someone who has been living in Europe, I know it well. We know that from our experience. Just wearing Buddhist banners, but many who lick Bo-tree are real criminals. Real big hypocrites. The best example is Medamulana Musalaya, Mahinda, who destroyed this nation.
        Champa, what do you think?
        All of Europe mourns the death of the queen today. Whether they come from the UK or non-English speaking EU countries, not a single person I have met is against the Queen. It was because she was their “risk figure”. The Queen has served the nation for 70 years. She has become a role model in terms of discipline in the country.

        They have a parliament without a written constitution, thanks to the excellent service of the Queen in the line of DISIPLINE. Compared to other European nations, the English people are more into their traditions.

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          They have a parliament without a written constitution, thanks to the excellent service of the Queen in the line of DISIPLINE. Compared to other European nations, the English people are more into their traditions.

          I wonder how our people will act when Mahinda Rajapaksa dies in the future.( sooner the better). There is no doubt that many people will light crackers and start eating milk rice. With the death of Mahinda, all the hatred will attack and kill the other Rajapaksa’s and their henchmen. The degree of anger towards Mahinda Rajapaksa’s politics is rapidly growing day by day.
          Many sources say that today the miserable man cannot walk from A to B without assistance.
          There is a support group that gets him out of bed and back to sleep in the morning and evening. The amount of karma aimed at him is doing his duty well these days. .
          Not any other leaders, but Mahinda is the first among the leaders who served this country but will be punished breaking all records.

          The damage the sinner has deliberately done to this nation is greater than the crimes committed by the late Prabhakaran.

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        Matie
        If am wrong you got pleased to have white man shoes, polished it ,you big head ,our head our Mr perfect took the oath in Welissaya dont know why then fled ……
        Now eager to go to US good god his son managed to secure, like so many ….flee flee ..sadu

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        Champa

        ” Even her successor Prince Charles is known to be a downright racist.”

        I wonder if you could compere racism of Prince Charles to that of our own public racists, Dinesh, Wimal (your lover boy), Gota (the Champion single handed Sinhala/Buddhist), Champika, Weeping Weerasekere, Elle, Asgiria, .Omalpe, Muruththettuwe, The Chandya Ampitiye…….. Champa, Siri Mao, Cyril Mathew, Dutta Gamani, ….. 6.9 Million, ……….

        “However, I take this opportunity to stress the point that the British Monarchy should be abolished, the Commonwealth of Nations should be dissolved”

        These are none of your business and I would urge you to find ways and means to abolish executive presidency in this island, abolish head of racist Sanghas, throw all your corrupt politicians in prison, …..

        “February 4 should be declared a Day of Mourning to mark British barbarity, brutality and genocide against the Sinhalese Buddhist nation. …”

        I agree, however I also urge the government, state, …. to declare a day to remember all those killed in 1958, 1961,1971, 1977, 1981, 1983, between 1987 and 1991, 2013, 2019, 30 years, ….. and the recent killing.

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    As others have pointed out, other republics like India and the US are lowering their flags as well. So that is not controversial. It is simply a matter of common courtesy and decency.

    The day of mourning may be somewhat controversial for republics. India seems to be observing it on a Sunday with no disruption to normal life. As far as I know, there is no day of mourning in the US. It might be justified in India and SL by her role as the head of the Commonwealth, but the latter was probably created for the Queen to have an illusion of empire without actually having one.

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      Agnos

      “but the latter was probably created for the Queen to have an illusion of empire without actually having one.”

      I agree, that is one among many other illusions for other stupid people, for example Sri Lanka is an independent sovereign country, LTTE’s de facto state and its Thesiath Thlaivar (national leader), …… Sri Lanka is Sinhala/BUDDHIST country, .. and the year 1956, …..

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      Dear Agnos,
      In general, the national flags of all common rich countries are flown at half-mast at deaths of leaders. This time, it is even more important to do so, because it is queen that just demised now.
      Why should Sri Lankans make every effort to send a special message as usual?
      That is the stupidity of this nation. I hate DJs or parasites abusing their writing power and making every effort to represent the nation in that abusive way.

      UK and other rich countries have supported Sri Lanka and we are not a powerful nation to compete with them. It means bowing to nothing but the Queen’s death, mixing it with any other controversial facts and trying to send the wrong message to the world will re-brand us as a “stupid” nation.

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      Agnos,
      “but the latter was probably created for the Queen to have an illusion of empire without actually having one.”
      Great job description!

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        This is how our so called folk interpret it. Every common wealth country does it as a gesture.
        It is not a big deal but a sign of civilized nature of a state. Our people are far from getting the simple things.

        I think the Queen did a lot to teach discipline to the world. That’s why all Europeans say goodbye to her today. I learned that some ordinary Germans went to London to attend the funeral.
        :
        It is better if those countries donate to us, otherwise they are considered as enemies. Didn’t they help us in 2004 when more than 50 lakhs of our people died in the Tsunami? They did their best every time. Again, our Northern Sri Lankans were accepted by them as refugees during the brutal civil war. In addition, some of our postgraduate students are studying in that country. I think we should not be ungrateful. No nation is bound to serve us. Why should they?
        .
        Isn’t that very selfish? I have no doubt, if Sri Lanka was not a colony, things in our country would be similar to tribal Africa. Just think what we have achieved after independence is very less compared to the colonial period. That road and construction was blocked until the end of the war.

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    Agnos

    “but the latter was probably created for the Queen to have an illusion of empire without actually having one.”

    I agree, that is one among many other illusions for other stupid people, for example Sri Lanka is an independent sovereign country, LTTE’s de facto state and its Thesiath Thlaivar (national leader), …… Sri Lanka is Sinhala/BUDDHIST country, .. and the year 1956, …..

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    Given half a chance the majority of the buffaloes that voted for Rajapakses and possibly a significan number of sinhalas who did note vote for the pariah Gota clan would work as toilet cleaners for the British Royalty and other British in UK despite any negatives from such work. Independence my foot!!!!

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    what is wrong in saluting one of the greatest women of our times.Do i sense some misogyny in all this dayan?It is male chauvinism that has resulted in all this feminism we men are facing now.

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      SRILANKA is filled with two-legged animals. They dont care about anything but misinterpret it.
      That is why we are no different to that ” stagnated” Baira lake- basta.

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