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Vimukthi Kumaratunga And Politics: As Slippery As An Eel

By Deneth Thilakasiri

Vimukthi Kumaratunga

A couple of dissenting online media outlets have reported that the son of ex-President Kumaratunga is about to mark his entry into active politics. Where, one would ask. In Sri Lanka, and not in the United Kingdom, his country of residence. The clientelist, family-based political system of Sri Lanka certainly provides fertile ground for the offspring of politicians, even the lesser known from the far ends of provincialism, to enter politics with relative ease. In this sense, it is only logical that the ex-head of state is intent upon establishing a continuum of her dynasty.

Veterinary surgeon Kumaratunga’s possible role in politics has also been raised in a ‘caste-based’ perspective. A politico from Matara, who represents the Durava caste, is said to be among many others of that caste who see the vet surgeon’s political coming out as strategic. A correlation between the notions of political power and caste, however archaic and prehistoric it may sound, certainly is not a dead weight in Sri Lankan politics, to say the least. Electoral politics have been studded with instances at which non-Govigama castes tried to challenge the Govigama monopoly on national leadership – the Sarath Fonseka case is an example.

What the thinking citizen committed to democracy and conscious of his/her civic rights and obligations ought to raise is the futility that surrounds a political hierarchy that thrives on clientelism and a feudalistic inclination to make politics a family business. Over sixty years after independence, the composition of the Sri Lankan parliament resembles a gathering of feudal lords than a representative assembly of participatory democracy, sanctioned by universal suffrage. Young backbenchers are exclusively composed of the offspring of ex-politicos. As the rivalry between the Boss and the ex-Chief Minister of the North-Central Province shows, politics are marred by family rivalries with a medieval strain, in which a marital alliance between political families A and B causes anxiety in political family C.

It is no news that politics remains the field in which no formal qualifications or education is deemed necessary. The inevitable result is an assortment of sorts, from underworld dons, ex-militants and village thugs to private tuition masters. On this issue, Sri Lanka cannot be singled out. As Professor Stanley Tambiah had it, the meanderings of the galactic polity are such that trends of this nature remain unavoidable. It will take a generation or two for Sri Lanka to evolve towards a political culture in which refinement reigns in the unicameral legislature.

Amidst the realities raised above, the news of the imminent political coming out of our protagonist – the Veterinary Surgeon – is of particular interest. He represents the only male heir to the mantle of Sri Lanka’s most influential political family. His maternal great-grandfather was the exclusive beneficiary of a uniquely prestigious position, the Governor’s Gate. Right from the time his maternal forefathers gained influence under British rule and consolidated their economic strength, they have continued to dominate the Ceylonese/Sri Lankan polity with particular flair. As times changed, his maternal grandfather – the expedient utopian he was – moved swiftly on a par with emergent trends, from the three-piece suit to the national dress, from Anglicanism to Buddhism, from a political outlook based on ethnonational inclusion and equality (as articulated in an infamous 1926 speech in Jaffna) to one based on a Sinhala Buddhist supremacist discourse.

His maternal grandmother – the Kandyan aristocrat she was – ruled the land as she knew best. The long-term repercussions of a Sinhala supremacist agenda were ignored. According to accounts by those who worked with her, she was conscious of managing public finance with caution, with a diligent housewife’s keenness to reduce unwarranted expenses. Clad in her iconic attire, and armed with the best of diplomats on her side, she made her mark on the international arena during the height of the Cold War. Despite the positive aspects of her rule (such as the emphasis on financial discipline and laudable foreign policy management  – especially at a time when a need for both is desperately felt), her United Front government’s shortcomings were instrumental in laying the groundwork for the subsequent secessionist woes and thirty-year war.

The Veterinary Surgeon’s mother goes in history books, whether one likes it or not, as the national leader who performed the burial rights of the precious little liberal democratic space that the Sri Lankan polity possessed. Despite a liberalising youth spent in studying at Sciences-Po and being privy to Paris 1968, she ruled Lanka not unlike a Caucasian colonial patriarch’s rule over colonised natives. As slippery as an eel, she soon proved her mastery of the politics of inversion (i.e. painting a convincingly false picture of reality). Under her dispensation, real power rested in the hands of a circle of friends, who seldom caught media limelight, and operated from within the protective walls of Temple Trees. In the Cabinet, the first six years of her presidency were marked by the prominence of two ministers with no qualms to make a show of their callousness, as one’s sexual overtures to a bright sportswoman (and the other’s evocation of the deed in Parliament) so clearly demonstrated. Sciences-Po never visibly taught her the basic lessons of political configurations and systems, a shortcoming that prompted her to work towards a federal reconfiguration of the Sri Lankan state – despite the elephant in the room – a thin majority of one vote in the legislature. Utopia crumbled in August 2000, when the opposition burnt copies of her draft constitution inside the Assembly. Despite several military successes, crucial miscalculations on the ethnic question led to the wreckage of the military with one tragedy after another, and to an unprecedented deterioration of national security and the economy.

These shortcomings, or ‘bad’ governance, first led to the ‘worse’, and subsequently to ‘the worst’. The ‘worse’ came in the form of the liberal internationalist peacebuilding drive of 2002-2004. Sri Lanka was made an operation theatre of Western-led liberal peacebuilding. The limits and lacuna of this strategy were soon apparent, resulting in an unprecedented rise of nationalism and a rigid political ideology that categorically opposed the slightest move towards a non-violent, negotiated settlement within a united Sri Lanka. Kumaratunga’s strategic miscalculations not only led to an electoral defeat for her coalition in 2001, but also to an ultra-liberalising peace project, which effectively made the liberal democratic minority that supported a negotiated settlement and adopted a moderate, inclusive stance on the ethnic question, increasingly vulnerable, isolated and powerless.

This, in turn, led to ‘the worst’, post-2004. The extremist camp gained a comfortable majority, enabling them to carve Colombo’s official policy on the ethnic question out of their political agenda. The subsequent war, arguably the most violent military confrontation in Sri Lanka’s modern history, not only resulted in unprecedented casualties; it also led to a post-war scenario in which the causers of ethnic unrest continue to thrive. This is complemented by a considerably militarised, and unprecedentedly clientelist and feudalistic pattern of governance. The ailing economy, foreign policy concerns and negative international reputation are the long-term consequences not only of the Rajapaksa administration’s war, but also of President Kumaratunga’s strategically flawed governance, which set in motion a process of dissent to the dodgy times we find ourselves in at present.

If the Veterinary Surgeon is still a citizen of Sri Lanka, and despite the long-lasting negative effects of his family’s rule over the island, he certainly has the right to try his luck in politics. The sheer stupidity of the Gampaha District electorate – as shown in the resounding victory of a drug baron and an inane soap opera actress at the 2010 general election – will guarantee him a seat in the Assembly.  As his presence at the 2012 Bandaranaike death anniversary event demonstrates, his future political feats are likely to be based on the more influential Bandaranaike credential, and not that of Kumaratunga. In hindsight, it is impossible to ignore that the Bandaranaikes have been the foremost exponents of dynastic family politics in Sri Lanka; those who followed suit – despite the idiosyncrasy of some – have inflicted comparatively lesser harm to the democratic fabric of the state than the Bandaranaikes. Another one of them in politics cannot but help cement the anti-democratic, feudal, and oligarchic nature of Sri Lankan politics.

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    very welcome sir .we are looking forward!

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      Randeera, no wonder the way you greet him, this society has quite a number of Donkeys and Monkeys. No wonder the Veterinary Surgeon thought he has immense potential to practise in this country living on the masses who are asses. The Grandfather commenced the rot. The kussiamma destroyed Law and Order and made the Public Servants subservient to the Uneducated Politicians by the ’72 Constitution. The Nymphomaniac Mother robbed the Nation with absolutely no remorse or shame, proclaiming Accountability and Transparency. Now they believe it is the turn for the Grand Son to indulge in State Craft to gain experience to become a successful Balu Dosthara.

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        gamini

        confirms:

        “this society has quite a number of Donkeys and Monkeys.”

        All of them are known as stupid Lankies.

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        True, but the father was a good, well a great fellow

        He is youg, has international exposure, used to human rights being a fundamental right, a man with heart and compassion for human suffering.

        Also, it should not always be the rice-board, but gives the paddies also plenty to cheer about.

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          Go forth Vimukthi – be of good courage and rescue the SLFP from the barbaric Rajapakse thieves! Lanka is desperate for change but both Rajapakse and Ranil Wickramasinghe are dictators and it is time for the YOUNGER GENERATION to take over!
          God what a biased piece of crap this so-called article by DT is!
          Obviously he is funded by the Rajapakssa brothers who will be trembling at a Bandaranaiyake challenge!
          Lanka has had enough of the murderous, rapacious godayas from Hambantota who need to be sent to the Hague for a war crimes trial.
          Let’s hope this highly EDUCATED and cultured young man will rescue the SLFP from the barabaric Rajapakses and give us a break from Barbarism.

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          Yeah, I know of families who had given their entire life time or fortune to the country, but never get ellected.

          As the prerequisite was boughts of plouging.

          The Uncle Nephew Party and the Si Lanka Family Party culls them before they grow.

          The need for justice and good governance is a party that represents all the other people who are beyond the paddy field.

          Even the victimized paddies deserve a chance, as one brand is apparently better than the others. One needs to take the Island as it is; not just as a paddy field.

          Collectively all minorities, secular people, progressive people, the oppressed, open-minded paddies can come to power or become the opposition, as it is vile to have them occupying both power and opposition, and it is stuppid we allow that.

          They can parade relics in only rice-board temples, vandalize Buddism and our herritage and those with servant mentality can follow them till dooms day, but we need liberation, civil-rights, Mandela type, Malcom X, Martin Luther King and a space for all to grow and for all citizens of the state to have a future.

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      Excellent article by Deneth Thilakasiri.

      Idiotic South Asian populations are obsessed with corrupt family clans. Welcome them into politics with open arms. As long as their celebrity is in tact. The sole qualificaion.

      In return, these family clans rob the country when in power. Ironically, stolen wealth increases their celebrity. Masses do not realze family clans are rich because they robbed the nation.

      May god bless Sri Lanka.

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    Sooner the better.

    Anthony

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    An excellent sociopolitical analysis. Congratulations!

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      Most obviously!!

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        These are just speculations. I guess.

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      Dayan Jayatilleka says:

      “An excellent sociopolitical analysis. Congratulations”

      Deneth Thilakasiri writes:

      “The sheer stupidity of the Gampaha District electorate – as shown in the resounding victory of a drug baron”

      Could we have your comment on the above observation by Deneth as you obediently serve/defend the regime which constantly and consistently cover the back of the Baron and his family.

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        Native Vedda:
        Very interesting point made!
        Dayan Jayatilake’s pomposities coupled with his sycophancy sans principle are well enough known not to require further emphasis here.
        However, let’s be honest, all that distinguishes Deneth’s “exposition” is his ability to write grammatical English. It really doesn’t say anything new because it is simply old history regurgitated one more time and that’s why DJ suggests it’s another example of something that’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!

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    deekirata balalluth sakki

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    YOUR ARE THE LEADER OF SRI LANKAN FUTURE

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      After what CBK did to Lanka anybody from that shameful family is not good for SL. What we need at the moment is a leader who has an understanding of the political culture, economic situation, society of SL. This man surely doesnt.

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      Who Else???

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    Wittily written indeed! Congrats!

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    What culture? All the Bandaranayakes did was leech off the country, cause trouble by introducing sinhala nationalism, taking english,,out of schools, while their children went overseas to study in english.good riddance to all them. Vimukthi, if he had an ounce of his fathers decency will stay away.

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      Agreed , he may be neither a good statesman nor a crafty politician.

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    He inherits the genes of political prevarication,religious & attire turncoatism,cut-throat politics,lying for political advancement at any cost,corruption at high levels,& disdain for religious & racial minorities.
    A veterinarian to discipline donkeys in politics!
    A new breed enters the fray!

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    isnt this the guy who said he was shamed to be a Sinhalese and srilankan?

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      Of course, he said that he was ashamed. We should all be ashamed frankly, given the things that are happening in the country. Of course, there are those among us who prefer to bury their heads in the sand.

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      Hey, right at the moment, almost many of us SHOULD BE ashamed to be Sinhalese when looking at the manner almost everything is taking place in present day lanka under the current rulers?

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      HEY MAN.
      YOU Princerly dagastan;
      don’t you feel ashamed of what is happening in the wander of Asia [the miracle government of world].

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    Give him a break guys,let time be the answer.
    Lets all not jump into one ugly boat.

    He might not be the person to lead sri lanka,but least we have someone new,rather than the Mahindas Sons eating away the balance wealth from our country.

    l think Vinukthi + Karu + SF and old timers from both UNP and SLF get together ASAP.

    Lets see the drama in a few more months to come. He is damn to young to become a president,but at the end,he wont have a country to be a president.

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      Nalaka,

      WE do not think that, there is any balance wealth remain in our country.

      Only a huge amount of debts loaded by the looter,his relatives and the clan

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      Bottomline is to say good bye to MOST corrupted, uncivilised low grade leaders who may know nothing but the boast of the defeat of LTTE terror.

      All kinds of buddist sektors together with other regligious leaders ( incl. ones from Pinguththara Nikaya :)) should encourage and work collectively to drive them away soon.

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      You may be right? Just may be. What they said about his mother grandmother and the grand father are true. They destroyed a whole generatin of Sri Lankans. We are little fogs who believe ours is the greatest population sans a good education.
      Dayan Jayatilleke is an opportunist in spite of his education [lack of wisdom.?)
      Do you think in spite of his terrible Leniage his education will make a difference?

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    “An excellent sociopolitical analysis”… without ever mentioning the ruling political family and its dynastic ambitions.

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    How come a person who is so ashamed to be a SL and a Sinhalese choosing to return to SL .Lofty ambitions no doubt. He will be a dismal failure in SL . Better to stay in the UK .The mother would have groomed him well in the art of lying prior to embarking on a political career.

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      again kumudini, I can only say the below

      ‘Of course, he said that he was ashamed. We should all be ashamed frankly, given the things that are happening in the country. Of course, there are those among us who prefer to bury their heads in the sand.’

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      kumudini

      has checked her crytal ball:

      “He will be a dismal failure in SL”

      Name one who commanded respect accross all communities and a popular politician.

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        [Name one who commanded]

        Greatest of them all His excellency Rajapksa.

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          len

          is being sarcastic:

          “[Name one who commanded]

          Greatest of them all His excellency Rajapksa”

          Did you actually mean: Greatest conman/war criminal of all time.

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    We are in Stage of Bourgeisois Democarcy reavoluation, what ever the cast and family nepotism in our island are irrevelant, need task has to be undertaken by wise leadership and policies and political class to lead the nation for 21st century until end of the mission.Task undertaken by SWRD and SLFP is still incomlpeat and unfinshed.
    MR has undertaken after 2004 is ongoing task need more fast track developement of economy and soiacl changes of system had been inherated since 1948.Sucesses are more wiser than ongoing rulars.

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    Sri Lanka’s two major political parties – the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) – embrace democratic values, international nonalignment, and encouragement of Sinhalese culture. Past differences between the two on foreign and economic policy have narrowed. Generally, the SLFP envisions a broader role for the state, and the UNP a broader role for capitalism.

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    Political dynasties are a sign of the ignorance of the masses.

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    I cannot understand the ulterior motive of the writer.It may be to perpetuate the current regime.Lies and half lies will not make an article smart.As an observer and a student of politics I wish to say over and over gain that not only Vimukti but every intelligent citizen of Sri lanka should be ashamed of the type of governance that we are burdened with today.The motive of this article seems to drive away aspiring young people to shun politics and pave way for Namal Rajapakse,Duminda Silva,Malaka silva and the likes to rule the Island.

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    What sort of politics for this lad , he told after seeing Chanel 4 video , shame to call him as a Sri Lankan. Therefore we don’t need you in SL politics because you are vet and Wije’s and chandrik’s son, what do you really know about SL, Living in UK and try to parachute to SL politics through your parents’ reputation No No !!!!! we need proper educated SL people for SL politics

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      KK,
      Will you then accept G(great) L(lier) Pieris?
      He is educated, a professor?
      But he does not belong to a high caste!

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    His maternal great-grandfather banned himself from attending the banquet for the heir to the British throne on some confusion that SL was not an island.

    For the worlds greatest ever maritime and naval empire, this may have sounded like a joke

    Apparently the Prince attended the event in his Admiral regalia.

    To give the banquet he must first have a mansion fit for a king

    Being a Christian, Solomon forgot that his saviour Jesus was quite the efficient fisher.

    It did not however stop him from accepting the governor’s mudliyarship.

    Strange, his maternal grandmother – the Kandyan aristocrat with the Sinhala supremacist agenda was actually of Tamil herritage.

    Silly, even the king they served was Tamil and so was his paternal Nilaperumals.

    A severy family confusion and national tragedy !!.

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      Siri Ranasinghe

      says:

      “A severy family confusion and national tragedy !!.”

      Both the Tamils and Sinhalese suffer from identity crisis.

      Dravidian, Aryan, Tamil Saivaite, Sinhala Buddhists, descentents of Europeans, Nayakkars, Ibn Batutas, Chera Chola Pandya’s, Kalingas, Sinhapurian, Bengali, Karapan, Lemurian,……….are some of the name tags Tamils and Sinhalese like to wear whenever it suites them.

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        Your correct, I agree

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        Native veddha,what to do, we are mongrels.Our country(not only yours by the way)is in a strategic location and everyone who passes by drops in and says hi and puts a bun in the oven which is taken out after nine months.

        Don’t forget mongrels are very hardy and will survive through any conditions.

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    A well-written analytical piece. During Vimukthi’s stay in Sri Lanka he was not known to show up in drug-infested, prostitute-frequented 5-star night clubs with groups of misguided nouve riche friends – protected by hordes of security men. All paid by the common citizen.
    Well, the mother did try to map out a plan for his political “arrival” during her heights. There was some speculation he was almost involved in a sleazy Hotel project deal related to tourism – that was not to be.

    The Bandaranaike name, for better or worse, is likely to find a place in the upper echelons of our political spectrum for sometime to come.
    The dynastic factor is something that is written in the core of the being in voters in the Sub-Continent is an argument that cannot be easily vanquished.

    A good Veterinarian in an Assembly of near-canines is long overdue.

    Senguttuvan

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      [A good Veterinarian in an Assembly of near-canines is long overdue.

      Senguttuvan]

      ————-

      Provided he puts them to sleep.We don’t want him to extend their lives do we?

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    Come on guys give this guy a break,he did not ask to be born to this feudal family just happenstance.At least he is educated and cultured I believe.He may turn out to be good please do not judge before there is any evidence and sins of the forefathers should not be stacked against him, have a open and objective mind to free our motherland from the looters.

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    you are the man

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    Please do not insult the canines, felines, caprines , equines and the bovines. I am a Veterinarian too! I can vouch for these animals.. They are far superior to man, because they give more than they take and are grateful for what little they get. With few more years working with animals, the best of lives around us, Vimukthi, I am sure will be able to deal with a largely despicable species that is called MAN!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      says:

      “They are far superior to man, because they give more than they take and are grateful for what little they get.”

      Are you sure about tigers and lions?

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        Native Vedda,

        Are you asking about the four-legged or the two-legged types? The four -legged types hunt and kill only to eat and satiate their hunger. They do not kill in the name of their kind, liberty, language,religion,freedom, sovereignty, self-determination,homelands, unitary-state,federalism, etc.What the two-legged types did is part of our ugly history . What they want to continue doing, to repeat the nasty past -especially by some of the surviving two-legged tigers and lions- is saddening!

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

          So I take it that animals are far superior in their choice of killing than the two legged stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese.

          However if we go by the same logic these two legged animals also justify killings of their fellow two legged varieties in the name of necessities. The necessities may be different from one type to another.

          As a veteran animal doctor have you noticed any psychopathic tendencies among the four legged?

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    ha….guys let’S GET OUT from looters….then will see……….

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    Vimukthi : Not only him but also any Sri Lankan has their rights to do politics. However because of his/her parents or grand parents were politicians it shouldn’t be a qualification which is valid both CBK’s and MR’ children. Foreign exposure is good; if his degree would have been in Law or political science then it is better. However he shouldn’t follow his mother and it is better to follow his grand parents because they are GREAT.
    His mother: Her punctuality is very poor because her ‘time-management’ was nil. She didn’t have proper vision to govern the country. Her vision regarding the biggest issue of the country (terrorists) was hopeless. Without making real efforts like MR she believed that we cannot defeat the LTTE hence she was trying to resolve the issue with talks and allowed LTTE to strengthen toward separating the country. Basically, according to ‘management principles’; she doesn’t have leadership qualities as a leader. In management, leader should be an example to others. Can we take CBK as a role model for others? She didn’t know how to gather people as a TEAM and maintain like MR. Always late. She lost GL, SB ..etc type of her close associates and later criticized GL saying ‘profesaraya’ (in Sinhala). That is why she lost in 2002 election. Instead of using MR sort of talented people she had cornered them. She is an utter failure as a President. Can we say any valuable thing she did to the country?
    She didn’t help MR as their (SLFP) presidential candidate in 2005. After MR won the battle against LTTE she made anti-government and Tamil Diaspora supportive statements. Can we accept? She even supported SF against MR. This is because of her ‘jealous and revengeful’ mind against Rajapakses. Likewise, what Vimikthi can learn from his mother??????? These are the real facts.
    MR: The only leader who really understood LTTE’s cunning game and he had put the full stop utilizing all human and physical resources timely and tactfully.
    If Vimukthi can stand on his own assessment regarding Sri Lanka’s politics without taking her mother’s instructions it is ideal. When a person got UK exposure he/she could take his/her own decision unlike Sri Lankans. That is UK’s culture (parents cannot influence children). That may be the reason her daughter married to a British man. If Vimukthi is a smart person I suggest him to listen to everyone (including his mother) but take your OWN decision without falling into a wrong path and don’t follow mother’s and uncle Mangala’s revengeful style of politics. All the best….

    Important : I am sure (my prediction) she would be the net Presidential candidate of the joint-opposition as she also can contest 3rd time. This will be occurred because existing leaders (RW, Karu, Sajith , SF or Somawansha) cannot think even battle against MR hence they will put your mother ahead assuming that she can grasp some SLFP votes as well.

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      Interesting :( but to some extent biased views.

      Quoting: MR: The only leader who really understood LTTE’s cunning game and he had put the full stop utilizing all human and physical resources timely and tactfully.

      You sound to be biased verteran :)

      So, can you PLEASE explain me why the magical leader (MR) has then failed to address enforcements of law and order issue today, if his so called tactfulness SOLELY led to crush the Ltters within the country?

      Why is it under his regime – Justice is now deeply buried ?

      I can add you dozens of supportive examples if you wanne(Today news papers say that MR denies attempt to interfere in judicial affairs – but every 10 year old would EASILY realize that no fair investigation was the case in terms of last week´s incident in which Army major was charged while perpetrators set free)

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        Dear Bala,
        I am not an ungrateful citizen to forget the era till 2010. After captured the LTTE area, everyone had seen their power and equipment (even Submarines) that they had. It’s not ethical to forget the breaking point we were in and passed. If MR did not lead his carefully appointed team (Gota, capable 3 service Commanders) providing necessary resources (obtaining weapons from China …etc), LTTE would have air-bombed on our key places like Parliament, Port …etc and would have been killed all our key people in the country. When other 4 leaders were failed, he is the person who was able to safeguard the nation. Don’t we go freely in the country unlike said era? Are Tamils living freely now?
        Talking that reality may be allergic for certain people but that is the truth. That is why majority is with MR. Is talking that reality bias to him? Did I suggest Vimukthi any single unrealistic idea? Did I tell anything wrong about CBK? Did she act like a patriotic leader after winning the war? Can her son follow his mother?
        Law and order (L/O) : Don’t forget the way the parties who talk about L/O now loudly were acting in 1989 era. I can remember, as youngsters we couldn’t go out from the house fearing for both JVP’s and government’s (PRA group) terrorism. Those days L/Os were sailing in the rivers. Till 2010 LTTE was breached L/O. Cannot you see good outcome after the war? If we don’t accept this situation, somebody can say bias for them as well (like you).
        My dear Bala, we cannot talk perfect situations in a country because those are RELATIVE factors. We are considering relatively (comparing) good situations, parties, leaders …etc. For unbiased people; what is the PRACTICAL alternative exist for the leadership and a party(s) to lead the nation? People will not change the leader or government like appointing bus drivers in the private buses.
        If former President Hon Premadasa governs the country now; will he allows either FUTA, some NGOs, certain Medias act freely like today? Some media were trying to support LTTE during the war, trying to change the leadership of the UNP and appointing government in the Eastern Province according to their requirements.
        I agree some unacceptable things are happening under MR’s regime where he shall stop though he should walk in a wire with proper balance in the circumstances of powerful nations are trying to defeat him in various ways.
        Unbiased mean, we should consider all said factors in a nutshell.

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          The name gives us Sri Lankans the creeps . One messed with the judiciary. The other has buried his head in the sand?

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    I am not surprised by the move. Because, especially in Sri Lanka, politics is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

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    Yes just see his IQ when he is interviewed at NAM. It was SF and soldiers who liberated country from LTTE. MR applying same political and terror tactics to south will back fire. Signs are visible in the horizon.

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    This young man is no fool or milk-suckling baby. He knows that being a politician in Sri Lanka is more lucrative than doing 9 to5 treating sick four-leggeds in the UK. Also, he is aware that his family connections will clinch well with the adulating and illiterate masses in the home borough here.This is the only motive behind this firebrand young man who is ‘determined’ to correct the state of affairs in his ‘motherland’? .Boo…..Hoo…Hooo………..

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    Hi Dedunu (IQ Test)
    Before you comment IQ level of a proven leader (MR) you should check your IQ level.
    How could you criticize MR’s IQ level in the situation that you are unsuccessful at least understanding the fact behind wining the war????? You say “SF and soldiers who liberated country from LTTE.” It is absurd ….. Please read below comment that was stated by Mr. Sarath Silva (above).

    QUOTING : “ If MR did not lead his carefully appointed team (Gota, capable 3 service Commanders) providing necessary resources (obtaining weapons from China …etc), LTTE would have air-bombed on our key places like Parliament, Port …etc and would have been killed all our key people in the country.”

    If LTTE would have air-bombed ; what could have SF been do as the chief of ground force (Army)? If LTTE leaders would have flew via sea in the absence of powerful Navy at the last stage of the war; what is the situation now? If Air force didn’t bomb on right targets when ground forces were moving forward: can they win? If political leadership didn’t supply weapons and equipment; how could three service commanders fight? Can they fight with ‘Leaves-less Coconut branch’ (Pol piththa)? When international pressure was mounted to stop the war, if MR would have ordered to stop the war like JRJ did in 1987; what would have happened? Can SF single-handedly fight? Can fight Army alone against with ground-sea-air powered terrorist group especially being in Island nation?

    Likewise wining the war is MAINLY because of the leadership of the country. Gota and service commanders are next level of pillars of the outcome. For all three should obtain similar tribute. Therefore majority of citizens including me would give main credit to MR and similar respect to all commanders unlike you.

    Please understand your gigantically level of POOR IQ ? I should say sorry for you.

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      JR was threatned with invasion, MR was not
      MR (or any elected) was supported by the post 9/11 GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR.

      Saying that, Kobekaduwa is the man who nearly won, not JR
      Theres a different between a political (JR/MR) and a military (SF/DK) victory

      Both JR and MR did not allocate their personal money
      Though MR & Co robbed the public’s gold.

      Gota was the man that knew about great commanders
      Good job co-ordinating, bad job war crimes / white vans
      SF the man with the 4 year plan, shuffling the army to be a fighting army, innovative strategy, refusing Ranil’s Jaffna plan & security withdrawal, even MR & Gota’s effective security (Premadas, CBK, Gamini, Lalith, Ranjan….)

      International pressure was very much in our favour in post 9/11 Eeelam war, whole of Europe stalling UK parliment for over a month; only some foreign minister visit and camera pose, getting Chinese agreement is no worry even for Sudan, Somalia…, but Western and Indian ban on funding, training, vital intelligence especially on arms ships and the Navy & Air Force crucial.

      Vira Alakeshwara; fighting man, not Buvenakabahu
      There is hawkish, then there is the ‘Greatest’.

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    Native Vedda,

    The four-legged types turn vicious (Psychopathic) only when mistreated/harmed by our two-legged kind! Imagine what a beautiful place this world would have been without us and our viciousness! It is well neigh time we learned somethings from the animals!

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    All this are “holmang” kathas.

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