19 May, 2022

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Waiting For Herr Hitler?

By Jayadeva Uyangoda

Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda

Is Sri Lanka ready for an elected dictator? This is the latest question to enter Sri Lanka’s current political debate. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s preparations to contest the next presidential election in 2019 have already precipitated a potentially explosive controversy that can last for weeks and months. An admirer of Gotabaya Rajapaksa has echoed as a positive political desire through a metaphor which his detractors have been using to attack him. A Buddhist prelate representing the Sri Lanka’s most conservative Sangha establishment has said it in a few words: “Let Gotabaya Rajapaksa prove his critics right by becoming a real Hitler.” 

Ven. Endaruwe Upali, deputy chief priest of the Asgiriya Chapter in Kandy, made his rather unusual plea to Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the latter’s birthday almsgiving just a few days ago. In the crowd listening to the monk were former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa and ex-liberal democrat G. L. Peiris, who happens to be the nominal leader of the newly formed Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP). The latter is a political outfit created as a vehicle for the political ambitions of various members belonging to two generation of the Rajapaksa family. 

Viyath Maga

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has begun to build his own presidential campaign outside the SLPP through a new organization called Viyath Maga (“Path of the Learned’), which is a non-party entity. It is a loose association of ex-military officers, some relatively new, to use Dayan Jayatilleka’s phrase, business tycoons, and a few layers of the Colombo-based professionals and academics with high personal ambitions. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Viyath Maga have already given some key signals about their political project.  Two of them can be stated as follows:

  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s political strategy seems to have been designed to build his campaign initially outside an established political party, while projecting himself as an unconventional, non-party leader emerging outside the mainstream of the political establishment. Once he established himself as a formidable presidential candidate, he would be able to force either the SLPP led by his brother, or the SLFP led by President Sirisena, or both, to back his campaign. In this strategy, Gotabaya Rajapaksa seems to follow Donald Trump, the president of the country of his second citizenship.
  • The three immediate social groups that constitute the core of Viyath Maga and their ideological orientations give us a clue to the type of regime that Gotabaya Rajapaksa is promoting: an illiberal meritocracy. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has no qualms about admitting publicly that he is no great admirer of democracy. The uniqueness of his campaign is that he is ready to present to Sri Lankan voters an openly undemocratic regime choice.

Viyath Maga’s Vision

The ex-military officers who seem to constitute Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s immediate support constituency have brought into the Viyath Maga project the fantasy of a new ruler who could transform Sri Lanka into a society of docile subjects who would embrace a Sinhalese –Buddhist strongman savior of their rata, jaathiya and aagama (‘country, nation, and religion). This is the Fuhrer element which Upali Thero also mentioned when he elaborated his political dream. 

Meanwhile, the political consciousness of this group of military offices has been shaped primarily by their participation in the counter-insurgency war against the LTTE. It is a synthesis of an extreme version of Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalism and militarism. Ideologically, they are averse to the basic dimensions of modern democracy such as human rights, minority rights, constitutionalism, checks and balances, devolution, and institutional dispersal of political power in governance. A highly centralized state, a strong leader not constrained by democratic norms and practices, an efficient government free from democratic accountability, and a controlling role for the military in civilian governance are the key components of the ‘vision’ of political transformation they have so far articulated.

This group’s fantasy is shared by some layers in Sinhalese-Buddhist elites, including monks from property-owning and urban-based Temples that still maintain feudal-type relations with the lay society and the state. Ven. Upali from the Agiriya Temple of Kandy is just one among several Buddhist monks who have been expressing quite openly a desire for a Sinhalese political leader with a military background as a savior, who, in Ven. Upali’s words, “can build this country.”  

Tycoons

The business tycoons who back Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s campaign constitute a somewhat new, and extraordinarily interesting, phenomenon in Sri Lanka’s economic, society and politics. They are big-time entrepreneurs. Representing a global trend of this class, some of them are heavily involved in the media, advertising, communication and financial services industries. What is distinctly new about them is that they are investing in politics directly and seriously as a domain of commercial business. For them, politics is a field of investment as well as profit and wealth-making which enables them to exercise control over individual politicians, officials, government decisions, and of course policy frameworks. And they want to possess a direct stake at the election of the highest levels of political leadership too. 

Thus, this is a fascinating class of entrepreneurs who want to emerge as direct stakeholders of the government. Getting hold of individual politicians with presidential ambitions has also been one of their key talents. Arjun Alosyius and ‘Killy’ Maharajah represent two different prototypes of this highly ambitious business class. 

In its political behavior, this class of new entrepreneurs is qualitatively different from its traditional predecessors. Its differentia specifica is that its members as a stratum of the capitalist class have acquired, thanks to globalization, a considerable measure of autonomy from the political class. This class now considers it an essential aspect of its interest agenda to select, sponsor and promote the country’s presidential and prime ministerial candidates. They have thus become a mini version of India’s big business elites headquartered in Mumbai.

This new class of ‘political entrepreneurs’ linked to Viyath Maga has made most of their current wealth, if we judge it by the occasional media reports as well as the gossip and rumours circulating in Colombo, during the rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa. They, for obvious reasons, backed the Rajapaksa’s re-election campaign in 2015 and became active in the efforts to bring Mahinda Rajapaksa back. Both these activities were capital investments seeking considerably high economic as well as political returns. 

Having invested heavily in Rajapaksa’s political project, they also found that the new Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition government was erecting various barriers to their field of political – entrepreneurial activity, the FCID being one of such barriers.  One reason why the present government has failed to win the confidence of the Colombo’s capitalist class, despite Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s credentials of being an authentic voice of that class, is the fact that the organic nature and agenda of capital accumulation of the core of that class has dramatically changed. They have chosen a new representative. They call him Gota.

Ambitious Professionals

Then, there is this nouveau elite class of urban professionals that has also developed its own political interests. Many of members of this social stratum are employed in the fields such as IT, accountancy, medicine, engineering, technology, media management, and security.  Four decades of economic liberalization has at last made them a wealthy and prosperous social layer.

A key feature of their world view is one that is often echoed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself: Sri Lanka’s problem is not the lack of policies, but the lack of discipline, work ethics, and efficiency, and the absence of a tough and robust leadership to implement policies in order to achieve tangible results. Guided by corporate ideologies that are often bandied about by business-school MBA graduates, they admire China as the model of development most suitable to Sri Lanka. 

In this corporate ideology of nouveau professional elites, democracy, which tolerates strikes, work stoppages, protests, demonstrations, frequent elections and political instability, is utterly anachronistic with Sri Lanka’s urgent development needs. A strong government led by a strong leader, who relies on the ideas and guidance of corporate professionals, is their political model. Their vision is the closest to the ideal of a meritocratic regime for Sri Lanka.

Gotabaya Project

When we reflect on the social and ideological composition of the Viyath Maga, Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s principal organizational entity, it is not easy to describe it simply as a Hitlerite project, or one that seeks a military dictatorship in Sri Lanka. If we want to understand the Gotabaya Rajapaksa project seriously, we must separate it from the wishful Hitlerite dreams of his admirers such as Upali Thero. 

The real threat posed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not fascism; but the replacement of the present weak democratic regime by a hard authoritarian regime, with popular support. That is what needs to be prevented. That is also what the democratic forces in Sri Lanka should discuss, debate and strategize.

The involvement of retired senior military officers in Viyath Maga to bring an ex-military man to power is indeed worrying and dangerous for other political reasons. Firstly, this ex-military group is fast emerging as the core group of a new social coalition, and of a political class too. And it is committed to altering the political orientation of the next government as well as the nature of the Sri Lankan state. A government under their influence is certain to dispense with liberal institutions and practices of democracy as soon as  trade unions, student groups, workers, peasants, ethnic minorities, and civil society begin to challenge their regime  

Secondly, under their influence, the existing equilibrium in civil-military relations in Sri Lanka will be altered decisively in favour of the defence establishment. Then, the civilian political institutions, including the judiciary, would be brought under the control and influence of the military, Pakistan being the closest model.

Thirdly, the forces organized in Viyath Maga have the capacity and also the need to achieve what Mahinda Rajapaksa failed: that is, the transformation of Sri Lanka’s government into a hard-authoritarian regime. That regime will rest on a grand alliance of three ambitious social groups – the military establishment, the new business class, and the new professional elites. 

Strong-Ruler

How strong is the support for ‘a dictatorial ruler’, as dramatically articulated by Ven. Upali when he invoked the analogy of Herr Hitler, in Sri Lanka at present? In the absence of reliable public opinion surveys, it is difficult to get an accurate picture of people’s preferences for the political nature of the government that they want to see in place of the present government.  

Ven. Upali’s wish is for a complete transformation of Sri Lanka’s model of government into an authoritarian regime that can ‘fix’ the country’s problems without being constrained by usual institutional checks and balances, constitutional controls and procedural delays associated with parliamentary democracy. This is not necessarily a desire for a Hitlerite fascist regime, despite the fact that Ven. Upali has used the most inappropriate analogy to make his point. Rather, it is a political expectation being nourished in Sri Lanka at present in two social constituencies, Sinhalese-Buddhist elites, and ordinary citizens.

Among sections of Sinhalese-Buddhist elites, ever since the ethnic conflict escalated, there has emerged from time to time the clamour for a truly Sinhalese-Buddhist leader who would protect the interests of the Sinhalese-Buddhist majority from the challenges of the minorities without being constrained by democratic norms or international opinion. Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he was the President, nurtured these ethno-political dreams of the Sinhalese-Buddhist elites and he continued it even after he left office in January 2015.  The Jathika Hela Urumaya also played with this dream in its pre-2015 life. It managed to recruit a faithful support constituency among the urban Sinhalese-Buddhists of elite social backgrounds who entertained the millenarian fantasy of the coming of Diyasena Kumaraya (‘Prince Diyasena’). 

Political Choices

To understand this question free from our personal biases and polemical preferences, survey data obtained from professionally conducted studies would be of great help. In two public opinion surveys conducted in Sri Lanka, the first in 2004 -05 and the other in 2014-15, the level of public support for this dream of an authoritarian alternative to parliamentary democracy was carefully probed. It was part of a larger South Asian study on the status of democracy in the region. It was also part of a global study of on-going trends in democracy. On both occasions, Sri Lankan data indicated a rather low public support for non-democratic and non-civilian alternatives to democracy. 

The 2004 -05 Survey revealed the following facets of Sri Lankan citizens’ political preferences in percentages:

Table I

Political Choice Agree/strongly agree Disagree
Rule of leaders elected by the people 98 02
Suitability of Democracy for the country 92 08
Satisfaction with democracy 63 37
Army rule is preferable 27 73
Monarchy is preferable 21 67
Strong leader is preferable 62 24
Rule by experts is preferable 61 17
Rule by religious leaders preferable 20 57

Source: State of Democracy in South Asia, A Report, 2008, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

When the 2013 – 14 Survey was conducted, Sri Lanka’s civil war had ended. . Even then, when confronted with political choices, respondents of Sri Lanka’s sample came out with surprising indications, as shown in the following table:

Support for Different Types of Regimes and Political Leadership in percentages

Table II

Type of Regime and Leadership Support
Government led by strong leader 31
Army rule 14
Expert rule 43
Rule by religious leaders 37
Representative government 97

Source: State of Democracy in South Asia, Report II, 2017, Bangalore: Jain University Press.

The most interesting data from this table is that in 2013, the support for army rule, the rule by strong leader as well as experts had significantly declined. The rule by religious leaders had gone up substantially while the preference for representative democracy was astonishingly overwhelming with 97 per cent.

Of course, these figures reveal a complex picture of voters’ political preferences in Sri Lanka amidst exceptional political conditions of civil war, violence and democracy in perpetual crisis. However, the most noticeable fact revealed in the data is that Sri Lankan citizens, across gender, ethnic, and class divisions, had expressed an overwhelming preference for representative democracy while acknowledging its limitations, shortcomings, setbacks, and disappointments.

A few figures that are relevant to the political debate in Sri Lanka today are the following: Support for military rule in 2004-05 was as low as 27% and it had dramatically declined to 14% in 2013-14. Choice of rule by religious leaders was still lower in 2004-05 with only 20% support, yet went up to 37% in 2013-14. Strong leader had greater support in 2004-05 with 62%; yet it too declined sharply in 2013-14 to 31%. The overwhelming public support, of course, was for democratic government in 2004-15 as well as 2013-14. And this was when Sri Lanka’s democracy was in continuing crisis and no political alternative to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was yet visible. The trends suggested by these findings were soon to be confirmed by the electoral outcome of 2015. 

What Now?

The crucial question that emerges when we relate the above survey findings to the political debate in Sri Lanka today is the following: Are Sri Lankan voters likely to choose an avowedly authoritarian alternative to a weak democratic regime? In other words, are the political preferences that the Sri Lankan voters indicated in 2013-14 likely to be dramatically changed within five-to six years in 2019-20? In the absence of reliable survey data, we have to depend on informal observations, gestalt assumptions and informed guesses. The following three are important background factors that need to be factored in making such guesses:

  • The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration has left an unsatisfactory record of a weak democracy.
  • The weak democracy record of the present regime has made the option of illiberal and undemocratic alternatives somewhat attractive. They are also in the political menu on the table.
  • For the first time in its recent history, Sri Lankan voters would be presented with an avowedly non-democratic alternative, which is absolutely open about its authoritarian project as a regime choice.

Those political forces that want to defend, protect and preserve democracy in Si Lanka cannot be complacent. The greatest failure of the UNP-SLFP coalition regime is that it has allowed the public trust in democratic governance to weaken. Even its supporters are not sure whether either of the two leaders really deserves a second chance. Both Viyath Maga and the PPP are exploiting this extraordinary political weakness of the present government. 

Finally, by introducing just one word to Sri Lanka’s hitherto lackluster pre-election political debate, the Asgiriya prelate has done an irreparable and irreversible damage to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s  ‘strong-ruler’ hype in a manner none of his detractors could ever have even imagined. It would not be easy for Mr. Rajapaksa to shed that dreaded nickname ‘Hitler.’ 

Such is the dialectic of politics.

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  • 23
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    This man should get the same treatment as the Serbian Leader Slobedan Milocevich received at Dan Hague.

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      These brainless monks want to go against the teachings of Buddha and put Sri Lanka under an authoritarian military dictatorship with Gotabhaya Hitler Rajapaksas trying to turn us into a North Korea. (Might end up turning into something worse)

      At least at this 11th hour some educated Sinhalese Buddhists are waking up to the damage allowed to happen under the name of Buddhism to this country and its people and the Damage these monks have done to Buddhism worldwide.

      If you stay silent and don’t stand up to these monks misleading the people and misrepresenting Buddhism to the people of Sri Lanka and turning the followers of a peaceful religion into a destructive militant outfit like the Al-Qaeda that destroyed the Muslims and tarnished their religion.

      These militants will think just like the Al-Qaeda that they are protecting their country while in reality they will undo and destroy any and all remaining good in the country setting the stage to be exploited by any and all international forces.

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        I think it was not the mistake of lanken monks, but lanken media.

        See how they spread it as if the monk meant lanken would expect a Hitlar.

        Lanken Media men are so biased. Premier has insisted this not once several times.

        Those men work for HIDDEN forces should be beheaded. Those edited out] in Media Institutions should be punished by all gods. They just twist the information in favour of them.

        No printed media has the guts to interpret it in favour of the nation. They just kept away not spreading it while TV media only ones spread it ..
        May be GOTA PHOBIA is governing already in the country.

        Current day media are run by MAFIA net work. If any good work done by current men would not outreach masses. They just attack only.
        But we perfectly know at the high days of Rajpakashe we had no whatsoever human rights as is the case today. But not many criticised then govt.
        If criticised, they would have been sent dead or go missing.

        This country will never lernt it… majority people should learn to think twice not being prey of Rajapakshe Rascals.

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          Simon De Silva ,

          Majority of people don’t do mainly two things in the developed
          world . They don’t watch TV and no religion except on three
          occasions . We are the total opposite and not slightly , glued to
          these two . There are more than eight political debates a week
          on four channels repeating the same thing over and over again
          and again . Gossip , rumours and politics dominate the News in
          all channels . Why ? Because that is the culture of our Media and
          the TASTE of our viewers . And even the Tele dramas , same fate,
          nothing creative . Why blame only the institutions , it is the public
          who buy the rotten products . People are asking for rubbish and
          the institutions are supplying them ship loads !

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            No i studied this very finely.

            Not many but few senders like Derana brought the coverage of the hitler story and no printed media had the guts to do so.

            For some reasons, not unbiased thoughts are being spread in this country.

            There are so many issues that Press can focus on, but they only go after Rajapakshes – Today, I happened to see Derana TV telecasting about Basil Rajapakshe to become the next Prez candidate.
            How on earth with any good health can allow the bugger Basil to become the prez canddiate to our nation. The bugger left the country for America on the 8th Jan 2015 and did not show up until the investigations called him to return.
            Then he arrivedin and ended up in Prison hospital.. Remember ?

            But none of these are wrong news to Media men, they just stay mum for some reason.

            And all other investigations done against those men, are not being of topics today.. only Bond scam is being mentioned. why ?
            Sirsas is obssessed of Bond scam as if it is the only big loss made to the coutnry.
            But in the reality, Airlanka issue is even multiple time more.
            But no body writes about that why ?

          • 0
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            Agree.

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        Sunil ,

        My memory goes back some years when I shared my apartment
        with a senior police officer who later became a SDIG . Once I met
        one of his family members and upon seeing this member doing
        something wrong I started giving a lecture . SDIG was also present
        at the time and soon after the scene was over and SDIG and myself
        were left on our own , he said to me ‘ useless lecturing them , they
        never change and we waste our time.’ That day I learned something
        in my life from him as his words were from police training and he
        was an attorney too. Coming back to this monk’s rubbish utterance ,
        he has exposed the feeling of the whole of Buddhist establishments
        of their politics towards the nation and THERE IS NO POINT
        EXPECTING ANY CHANGE IN THEM ! General understanding about
        fools is that they don’t know they are fools ! My view on this
        outrageous utterance is that , these monks given too much attention
        by their followers for too long and they are in deep belief that the
        country must be under their command never mind who the hell the
        rulers are ! The purpose of propping up religious establishments
        by rulers of many countries for the benefit of their rule is now
        getting exposed in many countries dangerously . And in Srilanka , all
        these have a touch of racist smell. Gotabaya , the man who humiliated
        Tamils and ignored Muslims is being blessed to take the sword to
        SERVE BUDDHISM .Heil Hitler

      • 0
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        S.
        Spot on.
        Myanmar is a good example.

      • 0
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        Yo Sunil, FYI- Al Qaeda and even the LTTE, Sinhala Zionist groups (JHU, BBS, RAWANA, MAHASON etc) are all created by the US/ISRAELI Zionist forces to destroy the Non-Jewish Gentile population of the world. Check yourself by typing ” Three World Wars of Albert Pike” and the “AGENDA 21” by David Icke. You will change your perception about your indoctrination that’s holding you back from knowing there’ll truth.

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      Suppression leads to repression
      Repression leads to oppression
      Oppression leads to dis-appearance
      Oh man, that is not heroism
      .
      My country is a precious one
      Buddhism foster self-discipline
      People yearn for benevolence
      No room there for malevolence
      .
      The name is “Good Governance”
      From the day one is opposition
      Social values are collapsing
      Drug menace is so alarming
      .
      The value of life gone missing
      Women has no protection
      Exploitation, molestation
      Most suffered are prized children
      .
      Killing spree is daily rising
      “Good Governance” means inaction
      Lady Justice seen yawning
      Whose fault is the question
      .
      Minister Finance is lamenting
      Not for the policeman but for the rogue
      Both are killed, whose business is it
      Donkey is barking watchdog sleeping
      .
      Mother Lanka is weeping
      Society needs restoration
      Everything is upside down
      “Hitler” is in, “Dhamma” forgotten
      .
      Iron hand is not the solution
      Marionnettes, go, sit in the field
      Buckets of water should be thrown
      President, PM, wake up, stupid!

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        Champa the ……………………. profession

        “The value of life gone missing Women has no protection, Exploitation, molestation
        Most suffered are prized children.

        True Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa urged the air force to carpet bomb vanni where I am told thousands of children too lived.

        • 2
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          A Kalavedda is encroaching
          In to my once clean ceiling
          Urinating and fornicating
          The stink is so beyond bearing

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          • 0
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            Edwin,
            you may have been very busy with your slavary tasks.
            Anyways, we did not miss you on this platform.

            Just try to behave so that we can keep the standards of CT discussion.

            Thanks,

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              Sorry man, I am not going to read any comments by you or the other people of your pack. Without knowing the contents of your comment I cannot comment on any comments by the same group. I suggest that you guys do the same. Theruwan Saranai.

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            edwin rodrigo
            -.
            “The stink is so beyond bearing”

            Go get Taraki to give you a scrub clean bath.
            Get Champa to burn your clothes, bed, bed sheets, towel, …………… buy new ones.

            Read Sigalovada Sutta and Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala’s pamphlet “The Daily Code For Laity”. There are about 200 rules how Buddhists must behave including their personal and public hygiene.

        • 0
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          Machang Keyboard Vedda – the founder of ………………………
          Wimal Wimal Wimal – Man, you drag his name for everything. What is this? Are you thinking of him more than I am? I feel jealous, Vedda.
          I never believe Wimal said anything like that. Did the Air Foce carpet bomb Wanni? No. Why do you accuse someone for something that never happened?
          .
          “Women has..” Ooops, I didn’t see. “Women have no protection, Exploitation, molestation, Most suffered are the prized children” applied to Good Governance government.

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      THE REAL HITLER OF SRI LANKA are IN ‘ KAAVI REDDA ‘ who just left Welikada Jail.. We need to get rid of these type of Kaavi Hitler from Sri Lanka.

    • 0
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      Cometh the hour , cometh the man .

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    Uyangoda’s spin is not surprising given his allegiance to the fake yahapalana project. His lauding of fake yahapalanaya in the letter he signed against possible appointment of Dr DJ as Russian ambassador present another indication of the context of his spin. He defines having regular & timely elections as a key indicator of a functioning democracy. He cleverly hides the fact how having elections is such an anathema to this present mob that he so laude. So do we have a functioning democracy today? He talks about FCID as a proper instrument as a barrier against ambitions of profit seeking business. What a load of crap! FCID is in fact the modern day Gestapo of Uyangoda’s yahapalana darlings……..I know of many top businessmen & women who ardently supported yahapalanaya and have got so disillusioned and are now turning towards project Gota. They know what true leadership means. That’s why they see clear ingredients of true national leadership in Gota. No spin can take that sentiment away. That sentiment grows everyday that this yahapalanaya in power. Like Maharagama chose the “bicycle” in 2015 LC elections, electorate only needs MR nod for Gota. Rest of the key constituencies will fall behind Gota delivering the critical mass he requires. It is MR who is the deciding factor. Gota is aware of it and he is making a flanking move to limit MR’s choices. If Uyangoda and his ilk wants to prevent Gota succeeding they should work towards bringing back Mahinda to the centre stage through a parliamentary coup and let him be the country’s leader again.

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      Helass

      ” If Uyangoda and his ilk wants to prevent Gota succeeding they should work towards bringing back Mahinda to the centre stage through a parliamentary coup and let him be the country’s leader again.”

      The idea of a Military coup flopped in the wee hours of 9 January 2015. In the last 3 and a half years all effort to undermine democracy by the bureaucracy, armed forces, … elected members of parliament, and by the president Sirisena too didn’t come to fruition.

      Now again you want to try parliamentary coup. It sounds like Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch. You must be a very desperate masochist, could not wait Dr Gota’s official b***s crushing ceremonies to start.

      On the other hand is your great grand son looking for a job as a white van driver?

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        NV,

        The story of military coup was a concocted crap of Mangala, the self professed liar. You become a vermin under Mangy’s shoes if you opt to propagate such lies which of course your choice. Parliamentary coups are not an unheard phenomenon in Sri Lanka. In fact Dr Ranil becoming the PM in Jan 15 and the subsequent fake “national unity” govt with it’s attendant bloated ministerial gang was the last major parliamentary coup in this country. So don’t try to show a fake alarm when you see the words “parliamentary coup” which your ilk so enthusiastically endorsed in 2015.

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          Helass

          Please clarify the following:

          Why was Sirisena in hiding?
          Why did Ranil accompanied by Thirunesan (married to Nirubhama, a member of clan) visit the mass murderers and crooks.
          Why did Hindians speak to thief in chief during the night?
          Why did Americans speak to the thief in chief?

          Why do you always defend the crooks, mass murderers, …………….. of the clan?
          What is in it for you?

          Personal, party, parochial, feudal, concocted race, concocted religious …………………… loyalties are tearing this island apart not because of politicians but because illinformed ignorant like you and your misplaced loyalty.

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            NV,

            Do not try to dramatise…………The country at large witnessed one of the most peaceful power transitions. MR, the most formidable personality in the country relinquished power well before final results were announced (because he knew it with the available information & he respected the democratic mandate like he did through out his parliamentary & executive career). Ranil did a good job in arranging the transition in discussion with MR, though Sirisena didn’t have a backbone even then to manage it. That ‘pathola’ back bone would have indicated to observers the things to come in the ensuing period to date.

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            NV,

            My support is based on the criteria I use to evaluate the most suitable among practically available options. I don’t expect ideal options to fall from the sky. I look at what is on the ground. If a better option emerges than what I currently support, I will change my stance. I could have actively involved in creating better options than what we have……Then I am too selfish to spend my time on such a venture…………..

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              Helass

              “My support is based on the criteria I use to evaluate the most suitable among practically available options.”

              Please don’t tell me you and your ilk are rational. Since mid 1950s the country had been mislead by self serving racists with ample support from the clergy and a sheep like voters kept voting for the most racist, corrupt and murderous regimes.

              You may be a life long supporter of SLFP however I believe you would have supported other parties and their racist policies backed by acts of violence, racist laws, racist treatment of certain people, ……………. In other word you don’t care who is in power as long as they continue to hurt “other people”. I never seen you protesting about the major incident in which the magnificent Jaffna library was burnt down, nor did you protest about the armed forces burning books taken out from Hardley College, nor did you protest when the armed forces burned 500 odd books belonging to one Nagamani Vijayaratnam in Point Pedro. – Madras Hindu reported these facts in mid 1985.

              What have the collection of books got to do with Armed forces. None of them were found guilty nor punished for these kind of stupid violent and barbaric acts. You are worried about existential threat.

              Keep an eye on yourself and your fellow Sinhala/Buddhist fascists. They have been and will be the permanent threat to this island since the public racist Aryan Anagarica Homeless Dharmapala unleashed his …………………..

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    What this government should have concentrated ,is first to undo the wrong decisions done by all past politicians, not Just MR.

    From abolishing executive Presidency to Stopping the Port city to putting an iron fist on protecting our Environment and resources .

    What they should have done ,
    Concentrated fully on Food production ,not just rice and vegetables ,but meat too.

    Completely modernized The entire railway and public Bus services island wide ,

    Homes for every family , Best of healthcare ,subsidiary fuel to taxis , special interest rates for the middle class ,lower middle class and the needy to establish self employment, education and skills training .

    Take duty &_Vat off medicines ,food and educational and skills materials,
    Develop our Cultural Tourism (Not just night life and Gambling ) we have a proud culture .

    Instead unwanted flyovers are built ,the grants are not accounted ,no one knows where the money went ,The bonds scam was created to divert the public away from .the larger squandering.

    All the talk of gsp + ,ended zero , the actual financial situation is unknown.

    Every single penny in is strategically distributed among the cronies .
    What a shame.

    Vehicles are imported aimlessly ,traffic is purposely created by letting in all heavy vehicle at the most heavy traffic times ,to burn more fuel this is to make more money ,all at the cost of people .

    Pitting Sinhalese against Muslims creating riots and making Muslins the scapegoat ,even the Muslim politicians are behind this conspiracy.

    When will we the people embrace each other as brothers and save our beloved Island ?

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      A dictator can force us to get along with each other. Not a bad idea

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      Fahim K ,

      There are simpler measures to win hearts and minds without
      having the need to pump in more resources ! Not in proper order
      but if you just number them ,

      1 . Establish road discipline for all motorists – This will introduce a
      whole new culture of mutual respect and dignity on the road .
      2. Stricter laws should be introduced to stop sexual harassments in
      public transport . Restricting standing passengers could be a
      better start .
      3. Roads in the majority of immediate outskirts of Colombo have no
      pavements for pedestrians , people are mixing with vehicles risking
      their life . Serious situation . Disgusting to even write it here , we
      have a southern expressway where public transport is in service but
      THERE’S NO MATCHING BUS SHELTERS AT BOTH ENDS !
      4. Coming to Public Health services ! Patients have to bring in blood
      donors for surgeries ! Prescription for medicines and blood tests
      from outside are still issued in many circumstances . Some in-
      patients are asked to bring in somebody to help them during the
      stay ! All these and more need to be dealt with immediate effect .
      5. Mothers and Fathers of school children are at school gates from
      morning till after noon , even of the O/L students . It is really a mad
      situation that parents too going school with children .

      Just imagine , do you need to break the bank to correct these
      simple situations but huge impact on the whole public
      welfare without much hassle ! Instead , all are after mammoth
      brick and mortar projects , just non-stop ! There are more things
      you can do without much pain to your pocket .

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    Mr Uyangoda,

    Ordinary masses of Sri Lanka are much wiser and more with wisdom than so called academically qualified Professors, Professionals, Economists ETC and the masses are so much wiser after the decieving on 08th Jabnuary 2015 more than ever in the history and people similar to you will never ever able to deceive them anymore.

    Therefore, masses of Sri Lanka can very well understand the real meaning of the Anusasana delivered by the Most Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Chapter although so called Professors, intelectuals failed to understand and for your information, Gotabaya Rajapakse will be the next President of Sri Lanka without semblance of doubt and we wish him Good Health and Long Life to serve the country as same as the Anunayaka wished on his 69th Birthday and the great wishes of the People of Sri Lanka.

    Please note that sanhindiyawa or reconciliation will never come by threatening the majority and it will come naturally as same as fitting farewell given to a military officer and in the process fitting reply given to racists thugs of Wigneshwaran, Sivajilingam, TNA etc. Therefore, rehabilitated LTTE hardcore members with no uncertain terms recognized genuine reconciliation and that is also the work has been led by a military officer when other racists thugs blaming the same military for Genocide.

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    Today the farmer is committing suicide because he cannot pay his petty loans and his rightful due of grants offered by international organizations are robbed by political cronies and lavishly spent ad not accounted nor the farmer .

    When will the international grant organizations realise this and bring in laws so they can try these criminals who abuse grants in an International court ?

    Why cant our Inland Revenue investigate on such peoples ill gotten income ?

    People like Satath Fonseka and Sajith Premadasa are not likely to get the right positions ,because ,even among the people there are a large segment who support such behaviour.

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    It could lacklashed in him..

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    In 1956 SWRD unleashed the SOCIAL forces; Buddhist Monk[ Buddharakita, Somarama], Native Physician -Carolis Amarasinghe, Lumpen element -Newton Perera etc. Eventually, SWRD was killed by these very same forces.
    In 2020, the Three ambitious social groups identified by Prof: Uyangoda -The Military Establishment, The New Business Class, and The New Professional elites would be unleashed should Fuhrer Gota win the Presidency.The eelam cry created the Tamil diaspora. Likewise we would soon witness a Sinhala Buddhist diaspora in the foreseeable future!

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      Plato
      “Eelam cry created the the Tamil diaspora”?
      So you think “Sinhala Only” and “Sinhala Buddhism”,foremost did not ?

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        Uthungan

        The advent of Sinhala/Buddhism and the concoction of Sinhala/Buddhist identity and its offshoot active demand for Exclusivism found practical manifestation in Sinhala Only. Not only Sinhala/Only but other measures such as organised riots, colonization of habitats, standardization, New constitution 1972, …………………… above all the undemocratic nature of the state and state building process.

        Please bear with Plato, for his partner might have been hovering over his head.

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      Plato
      Do you know the meaning of Diaspora?
      Ofcourse there are Sinhala Buddhist Di assspora. Plenty of them in Niall forms and shapes all over the world boasting about their monumental lies about their formation and existence in this world.
      All big farts nothing else to boast about.
      Their existence can be compared to ” lives of frogs in wells “nothing more.

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    Some commenters claim that the Ven. Vendaruwe Upali Thero, the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter did not refer to Hitler at all. Another faulted the media for publicising the news. GR was present and so he is duty bound to clear the air.
    The reputation of the country and Lankan Buddhism has been tarnished. GR must tell the world that the opinion expressed by Ven. Upali Thero is unwise and dissociate himself from the incident.
    He must do this for his love of the country and Buddhism.

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    I have not voted for MR.
    If there is a time to bring back Rajapaskhas, it is NOW.
    We are witnessing the end of Sri Lanka.

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      What you ask for will be the end of Sri Lanka…
      Fascism has always been a destructive force. It eventually destroys those who subscribe to it.
      The country will lose all of its remaining Human Resources to other countries leaving us with pseudo intellectuals who will fall prey to unhealthy international agendas because of their inability to understand and respond to them in a way that is benefits the country.

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      All Rajapakshas are not the same. Mahinda has no other sibling of his calibre. That is the biggest dilemma faced by those who love Mahinda. Two of them are total opposites of him. There is no guarantee any of them act according to Mahinda’s wishes, if elected.

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        What about FORMER speaker… he is the only person i nthat family I believe can be human.

        Maninda scores just because the terrror elemination worked duirn ghis first time. But [edited out] is a most known rascal coming from Beliaththa. Recalling my thoughts in 70ties and 80ties.. MR was no second to a high criminal. Even to hear his name on the Radio , tremoured the nation.

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        Champa ,

        True and equally true is Mahinda knows them better ! Mahinda
        brought them down , Basil and Gota from US to give them a better
        life and not to give the country anything . Mahinda didn’t care a
        damn about people watching him making family life comfortable
        before anything else ! That is the case even today and we have no
        shortage of fools in this country to run after them only for one
        reason . War victory ! Sorry , victory over insurgency !

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        false dichotomy. in every conceivable scenario mahinda will immediately be PM and the real constitutional/executive power. also, gota will always be the younger brother and raised very much as a younger brother.

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    What’s wrong with Hitler. He was a nationalist and cared for his country, Germany. He wanted to stop foreigners ripping off its assets, and putting people out of work etc. So is Gota. Unlike Hitler, Gota did not rounded up minorities and put them in gas chambers, when he had the opportunity to do so. He rescued them from their own PolPot type dictator and murderer, of their own kind, fed and cared for them until they were able to be resettled in their own villages. Unlike Hitler, Gota has no territorial ambitions, and he received due support from India when it came to defending its territorial waters at the time of war. We need strong man with a vision good for the country and its people, all people. Gota, I say, Go for It. It’s not CT or the two dozen losers here that will decide his future, but the people out there in the electorate. Let us see what will happen!

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      You need to read up about Hitler, and learn what was wrong with him.
      You sound totally ignorant.

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        It is the terrorists scared of Gota. Hitler is dead. He is not coming here.

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          thrishu

          It is the drivers of the white vans who are fed up with their job description and specification.

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      I never thought, you would behave this way. How dare you to add the kind of thoughts.

      Shame on you Richmondians. As a scholar to add the kind of low level contents, should be condemned by any one with a little brain.

      My god, where had you been bastard ? Alone to question What is wrong with Hitler ? proves me that you have not the least knowledge.

      Man what is wrong you Mongoose ? I dont think you could be good even to do the kind of research. … You the like idiots mitigate the harm done to humanity by hitlor. How come ? You have been subjected to any brainwashes ?

      Lanken Gota is a babarian. He can even beworst than germany #s Hitlor. No anyone with a good knowledge would ever support Gota the most canibalist to become future president of the country.

      I tend to support Mr Nagananda Kodithuwakku since he is the only person to have a good profile.

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      Hitler was a great leader in many ways but he was a brutal dictator too. Germany was economically ruined when he came to power and he made Germany a great nation again. We must also accept that afterwards he became drunk with power and invaded other countries and killed 20 million Jews in concentration camps.

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    Waiting For Herr Hitler?

    will have a long wait.US will not let him get rid of his citizenship until war crimes are investigated.

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    Jayadeva Uyangoda (JU) says that Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) is promoting “ an illiberal meritocracy.” I am wondering whether JU considers that there is a difference between GR’s “illiberal meritocracy” and the neoliberal meritocracy that RW has been promoting under the Yahapalanaya regime?

    Isn’t what JU calls the group’s fantasy of the ex-military core of GR’s Viyath Maga poised to become reality soon due to the behaviour of Yahapalana regime?

    Contrary to what JU thinks business tycoons who back Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s campaign are not necessarily a new group of people.

    Killi Maharaja is not under the scrutiny of FCID. Arjun Aloysius is. But he is investigated foe his deals with the Yahapalana regime. Arjun Aloysius has been around since the last Rajapaksa regime and he got the most benefits under Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Yahapalana premiership with Aloysius’ father in law Arjuna Mahendran, son of former UNP stalwart Charlie Mahendran being appointed for the post of Governor of the Central Bank. Killi Maharaja also was allied perhaps with Chandrika first and then Ranil later, for some time till they fell out.

    Dilith Jayaweera of TRIAD and Derana fame, a product of Univeristy of Colombo and business partner of Varuni Amunugama, the daughter of Minister Sarath Amunugama is identified as the main propaganda strategist of Gota’s 2020 presidency bid. Then there is Duminda Silva’s brother Raynor Silva, whose TV channel Hiru, together with Siyatha media supporting the Rajapaksas.

    Dayan Jayatilleka has reportd how “ the heaviest hitters of Colombo’s corporate class” [were] flanking Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Viyaht Maga meeting: Ken Balendra, Harry Jayawardena, and Merrill Fernando among them. Then there was Dian Gomez too.  

    Contrary to what JU argues we can see the leading members of the business class the world over themselves becoming part of the political elite. In Sri Lanka we have the examples of Karu Jayasuriya, Ravi Karunanayake, Eran Wickremaratne, Malik Samarawickrema all of whom are in the UNP. Some of them have prime ministerial if not presidential ambitions.

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    Referring to the professional class backing Gota, JU says that “[A] key feature of their world view is one that is often echoed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself: Sri Lanka’s problem is not the lack of policies, but the lack of discipline, work ethics, and efficiency, and the absence of a tough and robust leadership to implement policies in order to achieve tangible results.”

    But then isn’t this Ranil Wickremesinghe’s neoliberal vision as well?

    JU argues that “A strong government led by a strong leader, who relies on the ideas and guidance of corporate professionals, is their political model. Their vision is the closest to the ideal of a meritocratic regime for Sri Lanka.”

    Isn’t this Ranil’s neoliberal “fantasy” as well?

    When JU argues that “[T]he real threat posed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa is ….the replacement of the present weak democratic regime by a hard authoritarian regime, with popular support” one cannot help but asking that ‘isn’t this the fantasy of Ranil Wickremesnige as well?’

    But how is the Gota option different from that of Ranil? Only, the latter wants a democratic façade.

    The challenge to democracy this time around comes from neoliberalism, its failure to win over the public to a democratic agenda by alienating them from the regime through its neoliberal policy regime.

    Finally, If Gota switches sides from the his pro-China stance to pro US-India stance, then he  can become the President with US blessings, can’t he? Because, what Gota wants to bring Sri Lanka is to a policy regime just like that of Trump, isn’t it?

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    Plato,
    You can day dream about Sinhalese Buddhist diaspora and we leave you to be in the dreams and enjoy the dreams.

    Pillai,

    Nobody said that Most Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Chater did not refer to Hitler. Why are you telling lies as same as Tamil Diaspora and the so called Tamil leaders here about discrimination and Genocide?

    What he urged from Gotabaya Rajapakse was to be a Leader with firmness in decision making, Loving the nation, loving the people, and be religious and run the country without giving in to so called elamist, who are threatening the very fabrication of the country and the underworld threatening the Law and Order. The name of Hitler was taken to give the message of Firmness as success of anything depend up on firmness of the decision making by the leader of the country. For this we can cite very recent examples where His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse was very firm in annihilating Terrorists LTTE once he has taken the decision. Besides, he was very firm in his commitment when David Miliband and Berhard Kuchnar representing EU come to Sri Lanka and asked to stop annihilation against LTTE Terrorists.

    Hope that you could be able to understand what was meant by Most Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Chapter in the Anusasana given on the occasion of the 69th Birthday of Gotabaya Rajapakse.

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      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga, read the comment by ‘good sense’ ~ “………..There are some websites giving out a transcript in Sinhala of the talk made by the Anunayake Thero. Such transcripts do not contain the word Hitler…………”.

      thrishu extols the patriotism of Hitler and implores Gota to follow the same path.

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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      “What he urged from Gotabaya Rajapakse was to be a Leader with firmness in decision making, Loving the nation, loving the people, and be religious and run the country without giving in to so called elamist, who are threatening the very fabrication of the country and the underworld threatening the Law and Order.”

      Did Ven. Endaruwe Upali, deputy chief priest of the Asgiriya Chapter in Kandy say all that you have typed above or are you reading his mind. If you are could tell us when exactly did you learn to read mind?

      Are you a mentalist or are you suffering from mental disorder?

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    Prof. Uyangoda included in his analysis the Maha Viyath too. But he did not show Kandy team of Ayatollahs as additional force, with ones he discussed, nor he included it as part in the Maha Viyath. He feels Maha Viyath as the most important backing of Old Brother Prince. It is not clear even from other sources if Old Brother Prince wants to be associated with Ayatollahs, like SWRD did. Old King though managed Ayatollahs well in keeping them under control (Includes Asgiriya Chiefs, Mathulawe Sobitha, Watareka, Gnanam) and even profited by using them in Halal campaigns, he never gave space to them any kind of Administration as SWRD attempted. Podi Ayatollah’s all attempts is his natural sycophancy behavior, not scripted by Old Brother Prince or other Buddhists extremists. Buddhist extremists may still want Old King team (Slap Party) to lead not this guy Brother Prince.
    Podi Ayatollah was not really dreaming the “Hitler the Solution” to economic deployment. He simply reflecting the past old Sinhala Chauvinists’ theory, that extreme advocacy of Sinhala Buddhism will lead to the election victory. He was banking on the LG election victory slogan of Slap Party, i.e “Want One country or Two country?” Everyone noticing Yahapalanaya’ 2015 moto of “No Leader, No Commander, No Soldier will be prosecuted” is either losing the stamina or becoming irrelevant, especially after America has quit the UNHRC which is the one asking for investigation. So stepping up above “No Leader…..” will be the next election winning moto. The problem Podi Ayatollah saw was “One Country …Two Country” moto was already used Old King’s teams, who are against Brother Prince. So went with “Hitler the Solution”. It should be noted it was not an answer to a question on the spot. It was quoted in thoroughly thought well prepared speech’s body. Other sentences appearing back & forth of that statement are well connecting that specific statement. They complementing the statement, whenever the critics needed avoided, by avoiding and inviting them whenever all needed to do so.

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    There is no excuse on this one, ,even a child understands ,it is a shameful insult to humanity to directly or indirectly use one of the worst enemies of humanity’s name such as Hitler in praise of any form or as a inspiration.

    How can you deny when you have asked the man to become Hitler and say you meant something else ,do people call oranges ,apples ?

    When you ask a man to become Hitler no matter how hard you try to pull your foot out of your mouth , its stuck in .

    You were insinuating him to do all what Hitler did ,even put some communities in gas chambers if it takes that to make it .

    It was never a prophecy ,nor a destiny of the Jewish people of six million ,along with many others ,like the mentally restarted children ,handicaps ,many other races and any German who refuse to join his wagon of ruthless destruction of human beings who ate different.

    The Venerable is kindly requested to stop this famous Sri Lankan habit of denials and offer an apology.

    Instead he is finding ways of justifying his advice by self denial.

    Shame ,not the civil society ,the Religious heads nor politicians have breathed a word condemning it.

    After all ,I guess its understandable in Sri Lanka ,. you hardly see anyone among the lot mentioned above condemning atrocities such and likes of Hitler today in other Countries against minorities.

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    Gota is an accused murderer. Until and unless he faces the courts for all his cases and comes out clean (if he is so judged) then he can contest any election. Until he goes through this process no single honest SL should even consider him a potential candidate for any election. If people consider him as a candidate they are traitors to the mother land.

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    Its these type of irresponsible advises by all religious leaders all over the world that creates extremism in the minds of people and also gives our country a bad name.

    Like I mentioned in my earlier comments the word Secular is more dangerous than religious.

    It gives the space to the rise of new ideologies among the existing religions thus creating sectarian tensions and on the basis of seculars others can create unwanted issues .the best would be to provide a monitored freedom ,let it be religion or secular thinking .Religious leaders (of all Religions) must be accountable .

    Today in Sri Lanka and the world at large ,only The Catholic and The Shia Muslims have such a system ,where religious leaders are not permitted to speak out as they wish .its commendable.

    In Sri Lanka while we have the Catholics ,we have the Borahs
    ,both live in harmony ,it is because from the priests to the whole community ate accountable.

    They both have the priests and their community members to reach out for advice and guidance .

    Please don’t change ,remain same or keep progressing is my wish to them both .

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      Pope is the head of catholic church. He always speaks his mind about political issues, and runs his own territorial state. I wonder where this Knight chap has been. Is he a left over remnant from Crusaders? Borahs are remnants of Gujerati mahomedans specialized in commerce. As we know good traders keep their mouth shut and focus on the money, don’t care where it comes from. Sri Lankan monks have always been political and I don’t think anyone can shut them up.

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        thrishu

        “Sri Lankan monks have always been political and I don’t think anyone can shut them up.”

        They have never been peaceful hence the problem with the Sinhala/Buddhist saffronistas.

        First you need to learn about the role and responsibilities of monks and then teach them.

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    some lessons :Hitlar finally committed suicide: his defeat led to the division of the country-east, west germany; total distruction of germany during WW11.. ven. thero is plotting to achieve this situ, against sinhala wishes, a al carte diaspora.
    -dayal

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    The impression created that businessmen sit outside politics is not exact. They play politics in Sri Lanka like they do in other countries. A Murdoch or the Koch Brothers in New York influence politics considerably. The business people in Sri Lanka play a similar role. We must have laws on disclosure of money paid to politicians and political parties. We must also have laws disclosing private assets of the top business people. If they want to play politics, then, they must have obligations that are similar to those of politicians. There must be disclosure laws applying to all those who want to pley politics. Busness subverts democracy. There must be efforts to prevent this subversion. Business people are worse than terrorists. Why not apply the Pubic Security Act to them?

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    Uthungan.
    I need to clarify.
    What I meant was the Tamil Diaspora was created in the EVENTS leading to the call for a SEPARATE STATE[eelam].
    But the fundamental cause for the call for a Separate state, I admit, was due to the Tamils being marginalised, politically,socially and economically,over the years since Independence.
    In this new line-up ,as espoused by Prof: Uyangoda, to project Fuhrer Gota as their saviour to create a pure Sinhala state would end up in the same way that Hitler set about in his stupid political exercise. But the opinion polls given by Prof: Uyangoda suggest that the Sinhala voter will not fall for this trap!

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    Unfortunately the ‘Hitler-issue’ has come to the forefront in comments. The article is in simple language, very well sequenced and point out several issues. It does not use bombastic words and sentences. No mention of names like Marx, Fidel, Darth Vadar, etc., to confuse us.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Jayadeva.

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    Gotabaya alias Hitler will never ever be the President of Sri Lanka.
    He is hallucinating like Hitler.
    He is not fit to be in any kind of governance in Sri Lanka.
    Nandasena Gotabaya is security guard material or a option could be to employ him in the Colombo Municipality to clean the city like what the staff at Abans do.
    If not he can go back to USA and do what he did before.
    He is not needed or welcomed in Sri Lanka.
    What is he doing here anyway when he deserted the army and ran away to the USA .

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    Gotabaya alias Hitler will never ever be the President of Sri Lanka.
    He is hallucinating like Hitler.
    He is not fit to be in any kind of governance in Sri Lanka.
    Nandasena Gotabaya is security guard material or a option could be to employ him in the Colombo Municipality to clean the city like what the staff at Abans do.
    If not he can go back to USA and do what he did before.
    He is not needed or welcomed in Sri Lanka.
    What is he doing here anyway when he deserted the army and ran away to the USA .

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    Vasishtha Vaayaal Vishvamitra”

    That is a saying Tamil. King Kaushika got jealous of sage Vasishtha and sat down on penance to beat him on penance. The fierceness of his action made the all three worlds to shake. Angels, Humans and Demons went and asked Vasishtha to go and stop him. Vasishtha went to Kaushika and called him “Vishvamitra that is enough, you are the greatest, stop it now please”. The name “Vishvamitra” basically a title Vasishtha gave to King Kaushika.

    The story of Hitler is burning all the Colombo media’s leafs. 1 (one) is pouring water and 1.1 (one point one) is pouring oil on those leaves. Vazhaththoodam Junior too, poured the water and Oil on it. “Last few days we are hearing that this country needs a Hitler. Somebody saying we don’t need Hitler, but we need Mussolini. Some others are in the opinion that neither Hitler nor Mussolini is good for us, we need Idi Amin. Aren’t these all are shameless stories?”

    There is something seems to be shameful even to Vazhaththoodam Junior. But, very proudly, there is nothing shameful for Bald Heads and Ayatollahs. After hearing the story of Idi Amin from Vazhaththoodam Junior’s mouth, Ayatollahs may change now, like king Kaushika changed.

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    The canard that Mahinda Rajapaksa destroyed the LTTE terrorists and freed the Tamil people is repeated ad nauseam by Sinhala – Buddhist extremists. If this is true why then the Tamil people decisively rejected him as well as his party in all the elections held since the end of the war. I like these zealots to explain how a Buddhist country created terrorists in their midst. Coming to Hitler, he is described as a German nationalist who wanted Germany to be a great nation. But then Hitler lost the war and also lost the admiration of the German people. Today, his name is taboo in Germany. The Buddhist monk wants Gotabhaya to be a Hitler. That means the Thera wants the former defence secretary to commit suicide like Hitler at the end of the day.

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    “The Island” of 25 June 2018 carries the explanation by Most Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Venduruwe Upali Thera how some elements had distorted a section of his sermon at an alms giving organised by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

    Ven. Venduruwe Upali Thera says ~ “…..……..I used the word Hitler, military rule, and army, in a limited sense, to make some points……”.

    Gotabhaya Rajapaksa now must tell us what this ‘limited sense’ is. That will close the saga for good!

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