18 September, 2018

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Vasu, Ranil, & Sumanthiran

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

I once wrote about Pissudewa, Buruwansa, and Gommanpila, the latest incarnations of Sri Lankan Three Stooges; their hallmark is political farce, chauvinism, and Mahinda-nostalgia. Recently, as we say in the vernacular, Ape Pissudeva went bananas; in front of hapless school children, he displayed his arrogance and vituperative skills by using profanity. Bravo, my friend, you gave a pukka performance! You have concretized and given credence to my hypothesis. What an exemplary Marxist-Leninist? I don’t recommend a literal public beheading because Vasu has done it politically on national TV; however, I heard the following suggestion from another Sri Lankan: if Vasu has any decency, he should find a public toilet, immerse his swollen head filled with political fecal matter and flush it several times; by the way, if Vasu cannot do it himself, he should ask the former swine-faced, pseudo intellect, education minister, who appeared on TV and gave a lecture on the Sinhalese word “Paiyya,” to be a companion and participant in this ritual. After listening to my colleague, I watched Bandula’s comment. Folks, you got to watch this on YouTube; just search for the following: Bandula Explains Derogatory Word Used by Vasu in Parliament. Once upon a time, the name Vasudeva was synonymous with “integrity,” but now with the Sinhalese word “Pakaya.” What a pukka Shakespearian tragedy? A noble protagonist, who was somewhat flawed, ended up with an obscene conclusion. Vasu is throwing fuel into his own house on fire: He will not apologize, a true quality of a hallucinogenic revolutionary.

Sumanthiran

I think we have a candidate, not for President, but for Prime Minister: M. A. Sumanthiran.

The latest political fiasco is who is going to be our next Prime Minister. Pissudewa, Buruwansa, Gommanpila, swine-faced Bandula, and their ilk, in hallucinogenic ecstasy, keep regurgitating the same mantra: Prime Minister Mahinda. The majority of Sri Lankans are neither subversive nor incendiary. The majority of Sri Lankans are fairly intelligent and capable of critical reflection and reason; they were tired of corruption and knew that they had lost their freedom of expression. It is true that Ranil was appointed, not elected, due to peripheral issues. Ranil’s biggest faux Pas is to continue supporting Arjuna Mahendran, when the perception is that Mahendran’s son-in-law had inside information, participated in financial skullduggery, and swindled the hapless Sri Lankans. Speculation, trust, rumors, and ethics are the wheels of financial markets. I hope Arjuna Mahendran is not another Raj Rajaratnam. As I have written in my previous articles, Sri Lankans would not accuse Ranil of stealing, but the perception is that Ranil would protect his friends without justification. The conclusion of this debacle was that Mahendran was not directly involved, implying that he was involved, indirectly. Ranil had an opportunity to be a political giant, instead he dwarfed himself, politically. So, now, our quagmire is: Who is going to be our next Prime Minister?

Mahinda should not be our next Prime minster. You can tell a lot about a person’s character and integrity from the way that person behaves after losing power. Why would a person who was President and Prime Minister, crave to be the next Prime Minister, again? Only a pig would have a craving like that; surely, you do not want a pig as your Prime Minister. To paraphrase something that I have read somewhere—do not accuse me of cryptomnesia—pigs are intelligent, emotional, and sensitive; they like to be around people; pigs are not like dogs or cats; dogs obey, and cats ignore us; pigs even seem to have a good sense of humor when a pig says, “Boo and hoot at me because I have protected criminals, drug dealers, and rapists.” Do you want such a creature as your Prime Minister, again?

In one of my previous articles – A Tamil President In Sri Lanka -I asked whether the Sinhala-Buddhists in Sri Lanka would elect a well-educated, suave, Sinhala-speaking Tamil—someone similar to Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar—as our President in Sri Lanka. I think we have a candidate, not for President, but for Prime Minister: M. A. Sumanthiran. To me the only major difference between a Sri Lankan Sinhalese and a Tamil is the language. All the other differences are inconsequential and peripheral. If you are a Sinhalese, when you get a chance, listen to Sumanthiran, who always articulates cogently. For example, juxtapose Sumanthiran and Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi, a Sinhalese lawyer. Would you rather listen to Pavithra Devi or Mariyakade Magalin, who makes an honest living? My point is that even education and fluency in Sinhalese are not good enough to be our next Prime Minister; we need to go beyond Sinhala-Buddhist hegemony to find a person with integrity, decency, and fairness to be our next Prime Minister. Both Ranil and Mahinda have held the post of Prime Minister. Do you think either one of them has the decency to suggest that someone like Sumanthiran be our next Prime Minister? I do not think either one of them would endorse a Tamil, because neither Ranil nor Mahinda has either the wisdom or the spiritual development to be such a far-sighted, magnanimous virtuoso in politics.

JVP, the watchdog of our nation, is wagging its tail to a different tune. Without focusing on recent changes that took place since 08 January 2015, JVP is talking about stagnation in economy. This Parliament must be dissolved, and JVP must do everything in their power to dissolve it; there is no other alternative. I do not know why Sirisena wants to keep this parliament. Sirisena, for God’s sake, use your executive powers to do something for the people who elected you. Do not give nomination to crooks, drug dealers, rapists, and yahoos, even if they have degrees, because we all know how Namal got his degree; surely, he did not earn it.

Rajapaksas were defeated because Sri Lankans knew that they were stealing money and abusing power. Now, we are in a different situation. Mere accusations of financial skullduggery is not enough; people want concrete action and proof; to say that Rajapaksas have stolen 18 billion is just asinine. Find evidence and prosecute them now, because we have the support of the international community; they have the wherewithal to prosecute the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.

Since 1948, only one ethnic group has managed to keep the positions of Prime Minister and President. This approach is neither pragmatic nor wholesome. By electing members from other ethnic groups as Prime Minister or Speaker, we can truly say that we all are Sri Lankans with the same rights, privileges, and opportunities. If we want an undivided, stable Sri Lanka, we must share power, willingly; justice must be swift and blind, obviously.

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    Most commentators appear to be under the impression that the Sinhala people will never elect a Tamil as PM or President. I don’t agree with this point of view.

    I am a Sinhala/Buddhist, a writer by profession and have met people from all walks of life, including Sinhala people living in far flung villages. I have so far not heard a single anti-Tamil sentiment expressed especially by the villagers, even during the war.

    The majority of the Sinhalese are NOT racist. Its the power-hungry politicians – both Sinhala and Tamil – who pollute the minds of the people, expressing racial sentiments, in order to grab power or remain in power.

    It’s the power-mad, Colombo-based political elite, backed by business interests, who ultimately decide who rules this country. So, please don’t blame the Sinhalese and call them racist.

    As for me, I have no hesitation in voting for a suitable non-Sinhala Prime ministerial or Presidential candidate.

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      They dont talk like that because they believe so. They talk like that for a political aim. Never ever trust them.

      You dont make a person who attempts to poison yourself your family doctor. Same case with making sumanthiran as PM. Dont act and make decisions thinking what others would think.

      Take decisions that are right for you.

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        sach

        What is your point if there is one?

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          it was not directed to you, only to a fellow sinhalese

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      Lilamani

      “The majority of the Sinhalese are NOT racist.”

      I agree completely, however the Sinhala/Buddhists are.

      “It’s the power-mad, Colombo-based political elite, backed by business interests, who ultimately decide who rules this country.”

      Tell us who did stop Kathirkamar being appointed as Prime minister?

      MR was/is power mad but not Colombo based elite and not backed by business interests, but was and is supported by the Sinhala/Buddhist smart ass patriots and cronies whose corrupt interests were catered for by his family’s grip on the entire state institutions.

      The so called Colombo elite Dayan is one of MR’s smart ass patriots.

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        MR is the leaders of the sinhala buddhists , the REAL and NATURAL citizens of the country. MR did have many weaknesses, but still he stood for the interests of the country.

        The colombo elite hate MR simply because he is from village

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      ‘ Its the power-hungry politicians – both Sinhala and Tamil – who pollute the minds of the people, expressing racial sentiments, in order to grab power or remain in power. ‘

      No..not sinhala, only Tamil if you refer to history…Check GG ponnambalam, chelvanayama, C.Suntheralingam…then you will identify the roots of this

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    Dr. Jagath Asoka

    1) I once wrote about Pissudewa, Buruwansa, and Gommanpila, the latest incarnations of Sri Lankan Three Stooges; their hallmark is political farce, chauvinism, and Mahinda-nostalgia.

    *** The word that best describes Vasu is Pisasudeva the Lackey. Everthing you have mentioned flow from being a Lackey. You cant take the Piss out of a Pisasu it is very risky.

    2) Recently, as we say in the vernacular, Ape Pissudeva went bananas; in front of hapless school children, he displayed his arrogance and vituperative skills by using profanity. Bravo, my friend, you gave a pukka performance!

    *** The School Children that you are referring to along with the MPs who were present are all Toddlers who were brought in by Child Minders and what they heard is common Language in the era of ” Vithya ” where Rape and Murder is the order of the day.
    This is what upset the Hambanthotta THUG when he said the outpouring of Grief by the Tamils should have been put down Ruthlessly as in his opinion this is how Eelam Struggle Started.
    But what he actually meant was that any Rape and Murder commited by EPDP and the Barbaric Army should not be challenged as happened under him.
    Although it was a token Gesture at least MS had the decency to visit the scene.

    3) I don’t recommend a literal public beheading because Vasu has done it politically on national TV; however, I heard the following suggestion from another Sri Lankan: if Vasu has any decency,

    *** I have a better suggestion and he should go his Son In Laws House ( Wigis son) and ask him to chop his Pakaya off and send it to MR for Sunday Lunch.

    4) I think we have a candidate, not for President, but for Prime Minister: M. A. Sumanthiran.

    *** I remember the last time you suggested a Tamil President you were lynched by the majority Sinhalese Mob. Let us not have another Race Riot. We are on our way out of the House of Horrors.

    5) The latest political fiasco is who is going to be our next Prime Minister. Pissudewa, Buruwansa, Gommanpila, swine-faced Bandula, and their ilk, in hallucinogenic ecstasy, keep regurgitating the same mantra:

    *** I hope it is the THUG MR as we have an unfinished job of creating Eelam and who better to bring that forward than MR.

    6)Prime Minister Mahinda. The majority of Sri Lankans are neither subversive nor incendiary. The majority of Sri Lankans are fairly intelligent and capable of critical reflection and reason;

    *** My friend which planet are you on . You are begining to sound like ” Vasu the Pisasus” Planet of the APES.

    5.8 Million the Majority are subservient , Explosive ( like an incediary device ready to go off any time) and damn right stupid.

    7) I hope Arjuna Mahendran is not another Raj Rajaratnam.

    *** Arjuna was a perfect prey for the ill of the Central Bank. You are being unkind to Raj Rajaratnam. His crime was insider dealing to make money for his clients.

    8) M. A. Sumanthiran. To me the only major difference between a Sri Lankan Sinhalese and a Tamil is the language. All the other differences are inconsequential and peripheral. If you are a Sinhalese, when you get a chance, listen to Sumanthiran, who always articulates cogently.

    *** Have you ever heard the “Rivers of Blood” speech by Enoch Powell.
    Kelani and Mahaweli will be turned into Tamil Rivers of Blood if Sumanthiran Stands for PM.

    8) Rajapaksas were defeated because Sri Lankans knew that they were stealing money and abusing power. Now, we are in a different situation.

    *** You are wrong my friend. Paksas were defeated because Tamils have had enough of him. Look at MS and RW they are protecting him.

    9)Since 1948, only one ethnic group has managed to keep the positions of Prime Minister and President.

    *** That is because this is the Land of BBS under the Patronage of Gotha.

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    How about pissu drama from Ponil, Gon Sira, One eye Choura Rajina. Current government is full of Jokes. Best episode is 100 days political revenge program.

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    Hats off to Jagath for the brave effort to question the system and how things (or rather minorities) are percived.

    I too think Sumanthiran is an excellent choice as future PM but for that the people of the country need to think beyond racial and religious lines

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    Isn’t Mano Ganeshan a better alternative than Abraham !!!

    Intelligent people will think it is.

    Mano Ganaeshan’s people, 1.2 Miillion , according to him don’t live in the North or the East.

    And they have nothing in common with the TNA followers.

    These people , are not going to enjoy the TNA Police or the TNA Land Bank either.

    The draw back is Mano Ganeshan is UNP when almost all of his followers don’t qualify to fit in to the Elite Class.

    The new Ganeshan Troika with the Mahinda alliance is a good fit.

    It will be a win win for the Dalits all across the country.

    As the Ex Minister Bandula said in his revealing interview in AD, Baiyas out number Toiyas by many many times in our Motherland…Right

    So is it fair for the Toiyas to expect the Baiyas to totally depend on the crumbs which fall off Toiya Dinning Tables ?….

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    I am not a Tamil but I will have no problem in accepting a Tamil (or any other non Buddhist, non Sinhalese) as PM or President. But while it is all well and good for Jagath Asoka to say that most Sinhala Buddhists will not accept a non-Sinhala Buddhist in those positions, he must be realistic in what he says; the point he overlooks is that for a very long time now, Tamils have chosen to only belong to Tamil political parties. Let them join the mainstream, national political parties that are not racially or religiously based and earn their stripes as members of those parties before people can be asked to consider them for these positions.

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      Know All

      “Tamils have chosen to only belong to Tamil political parties. Let them join the mainstream, national political parties that are not racially or religiously based and earn their stripes as members of those parties “

      Does Laxman Kathigamar ring a bell?

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        Native Vedda,
        Of course the name rings a bell. And the example of LK in fact serves to support my point. Like LK let other Tamils also identify with the mainstream parties and not with race or religion based parties if they are to be considered worthy of high national office.

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          Know All

          Who stopped him being appointed as Prime minister? The racist SLFP party particularly MR.

          Sinhalese have chosen to only belong to Racist political parties. Even the so called Marxist have themselves have been racists over the past 50 years. SLFP was born out of racism and won elections on racist platforms.

          If you seriously believe in what you believe you should have a conversation with UNP, SLFP, all those Marxist parties, …. people with majoritarian mindset and then beyond.

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            Native Vedda,
            OK. I take your point. But my point is still valid – you cannot just pick a parliamentarian from a party that is race based, even if the individual has demonstrated sane and moderate attitudes, to consider him for high national office. Just as much as the Sinhala Buddhists should realise that these positions are not their exclusive preserve, those from the minorities also should learn to think outside their ‘minority’ outlook. I suppose that, realistically, we need for a paradigm shift in thinking, all round, before we get to that position. In the meantime, thanks for your comments.

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        Dear Native,

        Sure it does ring a bell..

        He was one of the prized Trophies in Prababa’s display cabinet..

        Wonder how much your Diaspora mates contributed for the Hunt?…

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          “Wonder how much your Diaspora mates contributed for the Hunt?”

          The best person to ask is Gota, did he do a favour to his brother? Did he hire a paid assassin? Did VP second his best sharp shooter to assist Gota?

          Many questions yet too little information to prove this, that or other.

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