19 December, 2017

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What Exactly Do We Need From A Presidential Poll ?

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Its a mad rush in Colombo these days to find out how Rajapaksa could be defeated at the next presidential polls, he would offer. In the South, there is the “Common Candidate” in Sobitha thero, still insisting he could be the winning horse. There is new hope in the UNP after the Uva PC elections. Ranil is seriously into the game, while opposition groups in Colombo have no confidence he could defeat Rajapaksa. Meanwhile, the JVP having accepted they on their own can not field a candidate and with Sobitha thero below promise, have opted to go on a negative path. Even before Uva PC elections. They were toying with the idea of a boycott, if President Rajapaksa comes forward as the UPFA candidate. A news plant to that effect in Sinhala media is perhaps to test the ground.

Meanwhile the question whether Rajapaksa could contest a third time under the 18 Amendment is being questioned and debated by Colombo middle class fringe groups. After Uva PC elections, the UNP is more interested in headline gossip than the 18 Amendment. UNP stalwarts are now talking of running the race to win and not just to participate. Perhaps some are even counting cabinet ministers in their next government. Ranil is hard on his heel, trying to win more than his due, from Sinhala South. Attanayake‘s statement about discussing the BBS programme was no foot in the mouth statement, but one in step with Ranil’s strategy. Such is the confusion in opposition ranks, wanting to see the end of the Rajapaksa regime.

Mahinda TTReports of old Left leaders in the government trying to persuade President Rajapaksa to avoid a snap presidential poll and advising him to work towards winning back lost credibility, has not convinced Rajapaksa. The old “Left” is said to have told Rajapaksa, even if he gains around 63% of the Sinhala Buddhist votes in 09 districts, which is 05% more than what UPFA polled in Moneragala this time, the possibility of winning on the first count seems difficult. Yet, if President Rajapaksa could find a very auspicious date and time for him in first week of January, EC Deshapriya is all ready to go with the gazette notification for an election. That for now is how the situation is evolving and that may pave the way for a presidential election in 2015 January.

Despite all the shopping for the best the anti Rajapaksa campaigners could have, there remains one single question that needs many answers. Yes, a regime change at the next elections is most welcome and that needs no debating. But that change can not be and should not be a change in names and faces. Change of faces had always been the electoral slogan since Jayewardene created the Executive Presidency. It was qualified with the slogan, “abolish the Executive Presidency” after Premadasa ascended that chair. This time round, such singular demands, even if achieved will not get anywhere near in solving the complex tragedy this country is now going through.

The common and the popular cry to abolish the Executive Presidency with a loud campaign on “mega corruption” as justification for the abolition of presidency is only about a symptom. JVP leader Anura Kumara‘s criticism and rhetoric that highlights mega corruption pinning responsibility on the Rajapaksa family only adds colour to the most conspicuous. The UNP is also happy adding their bit on corruption promising their rule will be without corruption(???). The question is, whether corruption is the only problem in this country that needs an answer and whether abolishing of the Executive Presidency would solve it ?

Corruption will not come to an end with a mere change of government, even without an Executive Presidency. Corruption would not end by reverting to a parliament that in the past proved a total failure in governing Ceylon and thereafter Sri Lanka. We have through bicameral and unicameral parliaments accumulated more than a mountain heap of corrupt and mediocre politicians and terribly undemocratic political parties and alliances leading to ethnic conflict, poverty and crumbling of the democratic system of governance. With a failed system this country needs very serious and far reaching Constitutional reforms for democratic living in a civilised society.

TNA parliamentarian and EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandra who sat with me after the Uva PC elections for an interview given to “Ravaya” was quite forthright, saying Sri Lanka’s situation post 2009 May, is far worse than what was before. The Sri Lankan government he said, will not be able to go on believing China and Russia will bail it out for ever. Tamil national issue is more deeply entrenched in international politics he explained, than when the LTTE was a military factor. That is one major national issue, this coming election will not be able to leave aside, for the Sinhala Buddhists to decide politics in this island. That is one major issue, abolishing of the Executive Presidency will not provide an answer.

Certainly, heavily polarised after the war and living in de facto separation, Sinhala South is gasping for breath in a society living without conscience. While the Sinhala society will have to leave this de facto bifurcation and work towards democratic unity, it has also to find answers to its atomised and selfish society that now lacks any moral and ethical living. It has to find stable answers for a terribly lopsided economy that is plundered without limits, has left rural society at the mercy of cheap migrant labour, drug peddling and politicised local thuggery. It has to re invent a society that would abide by law, respect humanity and establish a trusted judiciary with impartial law enforcement.

Its a creaking society that has all ills and conflicts seeping deep down into its belly. They have left a numbed Sinhala society in screaming silence and in a cataract of collective blindness. Look how this society have been reacting or rather not reacting to brutal and savage violation of law by the judiciary, legal fraternity and law enforcement agency with very strong political influence and total lack of civility and social values.

  1. Custodial killings – easily well over a double hundred “supposed criminals” have been killed while in police custody. The script played out in such killings have always been the same. Magistrates have had no qualms accepting the same story over and over again. And the police get away killing people, they label as “criminals”. No lawyer, nor any lawyers forum has ever contested custodial killings in Sri Lanka. The society is deaf, dumb and blind, does not want to intervene in any way.
  2. Police thuggery – people have been playing “the audience” to most acts of thuggery by policemen and officers. At the Ratnapura main bus stand when a beastly policeman kept attacking a wailing woman in broad daylight with a wooden pole, there was no collective protest by the people. They simply watched the dirty scene and went their way. Once before a policeman beat a youth till he was drowned in the sea at Bambalapitiya. This society goes its own way.
  3. Big crime and police – the case of DIG Vass Gunawardane accused of contract killing is no small issue. He is not the only officer who went on the mat for such crime. Such has never been an issue for public outcry to demand an independent police department free of political interference.
  4. Neglect of duty and violation of law – There is no public demand to have law enforced when extremist Sinhala Buddhist elements like BBS and RB storm private meetings, state institutes like ministries, break into private shops and publicly incite racial violence. There is meek submission to all such brutal negligence and lapse in law enforcement.
  5. Judicial inefficiency & corruption – It is said, over 80% of the inmates in prisons are remandees and not convicted (in 2011 – over 81,000). A large number of them don’t even get a trial for years. Magistrates and judges are very lavish in giving “long dates” the lawyers ask for. In the meantime magistrates and judges have also been accused of and even charge sheeted for corruption. The campaign against the impeachment of 43rd CJ led by lawyers never wanted to demand an efficient and a clean judiciary. That was not their issue.
  6. Crime and impunity – The Sinhala society is plagued with local government Chairmen, Mayors and Council members accused of child abuse, sexual abuse of women, rape and murder of women and extortion. They continue in office, after securing bail while investigations are rarely completed and the accused indicted. Never have their been public protests against any of these demanding removal of such thugs from office.

They say mothers understand children better and women feel more for women. But that’s never been true in our parliament. No woman MP, not even those in Opposition, have taken serious issues related to women and children with any commitment. They have not demanded special debates on serial killings of women and rape. On mothers killing children and committing suicide. On fathers raping daughters and killing their wives and children. The issue of increasing under age marriages in rural society and the predicament the juveniles are pushed into at times with a baby to milk, has never got women MPs to demand answers for. Neither the Opposition MPs nor women MPs have in the least asked for a special investigation by a committee of reputed women on any such tragic social issue the women and children are faced with.

Women MPs for sure can not be exceptional and above the rest in this degenerating society. In fact, the calibre of people, men and women, and their interventions in parliament is far below what a national legislature should have. The neo liberal economy over the past three decades with a Constitution and an electoral system together have systematically turned the parliament into a forum that would not hold itself responsible to the people. Those who were never mandated by the people to be part of this Rajapaksa government are now cabinet ministers, claiming to be elected representatives of the people. Sovereignty of the people has no validity any more  though written into the Constitution.

All that goes to prove, the issue at hand for the Sinhala society is far more complex than mere “corruption” and an un-wearably large XXL Presidency. All that goes to prove, neo liberalism helps even racist regimes to rule with unbridled authority. Almost 09 such years of rule by the Rajapaksas, preceded by Chandrika‘s tenure of 09 plus years, have left this whole country crying, in want of serious reforms. They can not be reforms political party leaders and few individuals who’d want to deputise an unknown “civil society” could draft and adopt. They are reforms that would have to go through different social segments and social representations with hard talk. They need long debates and dissenting voices, for social acceptance. They need social acceptance through discourse before they go up for debate and final adoption in an elected legislature.

Such reforms will have to take time discussing four major thematic areas.

  1. Post war North-East – total implementation of the LLRC Recommendations immediately including demilitarisation of the two whole provinces and their administration and accepting 13 Amendment in full to pave way for more serious discussion on power sharing within a New Constitution that would have to be adopted with far reaching reforms.
  2. New Constitution – that abolishes Executive Presidency, include clear and unambiguous provisions to depoliticise the State and establish independent mechanisms to monitor and regulate the judiciary, public administration including the police department, elections and the media, entrench democratic and firm safeguards for all ethnic and religious minorities to avoid the fate of the minorities under previous parliaments, have clear demarcations in sharing power with a much reduced parliament and a cabinet restricted to 25 members.
  3. National Policy – create policy frameworks for (i) education (ii) health (iii) transport (iv) national economy (v) environment and (vi) power & energy
  4. Democratic politics – include strict and unambiguous Constitutional provisions that (a) give all citizens the right to information (b) make assets & liabilities declaration of all senior public servants, candidates for any public office and all elected representatives mandatory and public (c) legislate laws to hold all recognised political parties responsible to the people and mandate all such political parties and their affiliate organisations to publicly declare assets and liabilities annually and election funding to the party and all candidates from the time elections are fixed to the date of election.  

These certainly need more detailed drafting for serious discussion. Yet this country now needs such far reaching reforms to turn around all State institutes to function independently and efficiently. To create new thinking for secular and plural living in a civilised society. These short notes on reforms may provide a draft framework to kick off such debate in advance on what we actually need to focus upon, with a possible election in 2015. If not in January, may be months after the Pope’s visit. Defeating Rajapaksa should not go with mere cosmetic changes.

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    .
    JRJ ruled for 10 years…helped Ltte grow from 10 men team to a 10,000 strong army.

    Chandrika ruled for 9 years…during that period she captured Jaffna. Almost 300,000 Tamils left Jaffna and went to Vanni but not many casualties.

    MaRa is ruling for 9 years…..captured Vanni, wiped Ltte, killed thousands of civilians.

    But when comes to corruption…. MaRa is the winner.

    :-)

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      Only stupid doesn’t understand that at each of those instances how many civilians were to get killed and or injured had been decided by Velu well in advance as per LTTE propaganda and survival strategy. Only MR stopped Velu and the gang repeating their game for good on May 18th 2009.

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        mechanic

        “Only MR stopped Velu and the gang repeating their game for good on May 18th 2009.”

        MR didn’t stop Velu. MR was only obeying Hindian order.

        It would take two or three decades for you to understand and accept as to how the war was conducted.

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          From Kusal’s analysis it is clear that:

          The Barbarians Within Our Gates. – Sinhalese civilization has collapsed;

          Executive presidency or not, how to resurrect the civilization sans a brutal revolution sending hordes from Mara downwards to the guillotine?

          That’s the question now, everything else is secondary noise.

          Aape Aanduwa has shown its efficacy in 66 years: Utter failure.
          Suddha rule at least kept the racist monks locked up for the good of the society: They have gone berserk from the top to bottom!

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        “Such reforms will have to take time discussing four major thematic areas……..1………2……..3………4…….”

        Man I am with you. This guy Perera has become absolute “Porimaathondi”(the story of the greedy beggar wanted to rule over his wife). He would ask this and even more than it too.
        You keep up your good work of spreading the Mahanama’s Kuran and Sinhala Jihadism. This will guide to the see Triple Gems on 90,000 widowed Tamil women’s Thalikodi. After all they no longer need it!

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      The 300,000 were forcibly marched to the Vanni by the LTTE, when Jaffna was about to be captured during the Chandrika presidency. Those in Vadamarchchy were spared. Thenmarachchy also gave gave refuge to thousands.

      Dr.RN

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        Dr.Narendran

        Stop giving false information. No one was forcibly marched to Vanni by my men. They all went voluntarily. What you are saying is no different to what MR said that the army didn’t kill any Tamils during the final battle except save them from LTTE.

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          Praba from Grave,

          You are right, this guy Dr.Rajasingham Narendran gives false information from time to time full stop.

          He has an axe to grind.

          You have to take his words with a sack of salt.

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            Praba from Grave & Thiru

            “No one was forcibly marched to Vanni by my men. They all went voluntarily.”

            Please stop recycling LTTE’s lies.

            In the past 15 years I have had the misfortune of meeting some of those unfortunate innocent Tamils who were herded into Vanni and then oblivion.

            Some of them lost their old and feeble parents during the forced exodus.

            Please also stop insulting innocent victims who paid a heavy price subsequently for being Tamils.

            I see no difference between the lying Sinhala/Buddhists and the lying Tamils.

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              Native Vedda

              Please stop recycling LTTE’s lies.

              Stop talking rubbish. The lies and Liars are you lot. During the war the Mahinthas Lying machine was working to full capacity.

              In the past 15 years I have had the misfortune of meeting some of those unfortunate innocent Tamils who were herded into Vanni and then oblivion.

              Get your facts right if you don’t want to get caught lying. Let us go through your lie and disprove your facts.

              The war finished in 2009. The 15 year period you are talking about would therefore have started in 1993. The exodus to Vanni triggered by the Sri Lankan army started in 1996.
              How many Tamils who were herded into Vanni did you meet and I have two questions for you and give me a straight answer.

              1) You have a gap of 3 years from 1993 to 1996 when no Tamil was forced to Vanni.
              2) If they went into oblivion meaning disappeared where did you meet them. Was it in Hell.

              Stop lying.

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                Praba from Grave

                “You have a gap of 3 years from 1993 to 1996 when no Tamil was forced to Vanni.”

                I wrote:

                ” In the past 15 years I have had the misfortune of meeting some of those unfortunate innocent Tamils who were herded into Vanni and then oblivion.”

                We are in 2014 – 15 years = From early 1999 on wards or there about.

                The forced exodus took place in December 1995. Tamils were restricted leave from Vanni first by the LTTE. If they were lucky they were issued with exit passes on surety. Those lucky ones were detained by Armed forces for considerable time in those camps.

                Those whom I met outside Vanni were probably in 1998 or early 1999. I had had extensive discussion with enough of them to form an opinion.

                1) You have a gap of 3 years from 1993 to 1996 when no Tamil was forced to Vanni.

                I didn’t mention those two years namely 1993 and 1996. You must be hearing voices in your head just like your brethren Vibushna.

                2) If they went into oblivion meaning disappeared where did you meet them. Was it in Hell.

                Oblivion meaning:

                1. the condition of being forgotten or disregarded
                2. the state of being mentally withdrawn or blank
                3. (Law) law an intentional overlooking, esp of political offences; amnesty; pardon

                Read my comments, read it again and again until the cows come home.

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                  Native Vadda,

                  The link to the UTHR ( Jaffna) report on the 1995 exodus from Jaffna is:

                  http://www.uthr.org/Rajan/truth.htm

                  It. Matches what I have heard from my friends and relatives who were part part of this exodus.

                  Dr,.RN

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                    Dr.Narendran

                    When did you go in to exile and what was your means of communication. Was it telepathy.

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                    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

                    I completely agree with you in this instance.

                    I also had access to UTHR as soon as they were published and aware of what had happened to the people.

                    Praba from Grave the stupid writes “- 15 years from 1996 covers upto 2012”

                    This is what I wrote “In the past 15 years I have had the misfortune of meeting some of those unfortunate innocent Tamils who were herded into Vanni and then oblivion.”

                    I think Praba from Grave is living without his head yet thinks he has outsmarted me.

                    What a pathetic lot these Tamils are.

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                    Dr.Narendran

                    I know you are an animal Doctor but the treatment of Humans is a lot more complicated and if you are negligent you will be subjected to law suit.
                    The Link you have given is not Authentic and full of lies and I am sure you will admit Rajan Hoole is not a Tamil Lover just like Laxman Kathirgamar who made the famous speech about the Long March which the Tamils will never forget.
                    You have given some ammunition to Native Vedda to clutch on to but even that wont help him to free himself from the trap I set.

                    I wont him to admit that the Unfortunate Tamils he claimed to have spoken to are all victims of Mahinthas brutality since 2009.
                    I hope you manage to save as many animals as possible and they need your help.

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                      PFG,

                      You apparently know at least part of what my professional background is.
                      What was your’s before becoming a ghost? Further, what qualifies to judge Dr.Rajan Hoole? What you are promoting will destroy a whole community. It will not be professional negligence, but criminal misconduct leaading to the destruction of a people.

                      Further, I emphasise what Dr.Hoole relates exactly matches what I have personally heard from those I trust. Many of these individuals who were forces to leave Jaffna, returned soon and lived in relative safety, if not peace.

                      Dr.RN

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                  Native Vedda

                  You know I am a master at setting Traps and you have walked straight into one and have been captured alive and let me tell you why.

                  First of all the meaning of Oblivion

                  the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one.
                  So the question is how did get the information from them.

                  In your own words

                  In the past 15 years I have had the misfortune of meeting some of those unfortunate innocent Tamils who were herded into Vanni and then oblivion.”

                  As soon as I read this I knew straight away that you are another Typical Sinhalese who pretend to speak for Tamils but in reality just the opposite. I worked out that to catch you out I had to wrong foot you so I deliberately mis interpreted the years. I knew to get out you would fall in to the Trap of the 3 year Gap or the four years since 2009. If you want to get out of the Trap explain the following.

                  – You admit 1993- 1996 doesnt appply and doesnt make any sense.
                  – 15 years from 1996 covers upto 2012.
                  – But vanni has been under the control of Sri Lankan Army since 2009.

                  So in reality the people you claimed to have talked( and in Oblivion) to and who came from Vanni are the ones brutalised by Sri Lankan Army and not by LTTE.
                  Explain the above and I will set you free.

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            Praba from the grave and Thiru from the surface,

            Do not try to bury a pumpkin in a plate of rice! What is a well known fact/truth cannot be denied from either within the grave or its surface.
            In the process of white washing the LTTE, do not accuse others of giving false information sometimes.

            Native Vedda,
            Thank you for underscoring the truth.

            Dr.RN

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              Dr.Narendran

              Yours is a sour grapes. You were once an ardent supporter of me and my men and when you couldn’t account for your misdeeds you swapped horses. No one other than Native Vedda will believe you.

              What is a well known fact/truth cannot be denied from either within the grave or its surface.

              You know that the above is a lie as even the Western Countries have come to accept our version of events and that is why they have offered us safe houses.

              The House of Parliament to host meetings.
              The head of Transitional Government lives openly in the West and carries out his functions without any restrictions.

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                Dear dead, cremated and ashes buried Praba,

                “Yours is a sour grapes. You were once an ardent supporter of me and my men and when you couldn’t account for your misdeeds you swapped horses. No one other than Native Vedda will believe you.”

                Please clarify. I was not looking for grapes and walk away calling the unattainable grapes sour. It is you who offered sour and poinsonous grapes to the Tamils. Yet no regrets? I was neither ardent nor a supporter. Misdeeds? Can you enlighten me? I was not on any horse to swap.

                You created illusions and became deluded by same. That is why you are where you are!

                Do not distort history and continue to create make belief from your unknown grave.

                May your soul rest in peace at least now. Do not haunt us from your un known grave.

                Dr.RN

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                  Dr.Narendran

                  Let us not go into your past as the readers know how muddied it was.
                  As for the illusions created by me I like to let you know that it is still resonating through Tamil Eelam.
                  I am sure even an Ettapan like you will admit every politician has to respect my message and any one who ignores it will do so at their own peril as it was made clear at the last election. Mine was a message of Hope and yours is a despair of Rejection. So don’t talk rubbish.

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                    Praba from Grave,

                    There are confederates planted by the Mara junta in CT commentators.

                    Just like the Mara junta and the Mahanayakes claim that people are spreading false information in Geneva that Sri Lanka committed war crimes, these confederates are spreading “truths” for their masters.

                    By wary of these confederates, some of them flaunt their degrees to impress upon the gullible readers.

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                    PFG,

                    You cannot escape from the trap you have vindictively put your foot in. I insist on knowing my muddied past.
                    It will be quite a revelation that will tell me who I am and the persona I am yet unaware.

                    Dr.RN

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                      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

                      “I insist on knowing my muddied past.”

                      Is it to do with Kandyan hospitality? Well we love to hear about it.

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                      Dr.Narendran

                      I set the Traps and others walk right into it. You certainly have and you are struggling to get out.Too late.

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    Dear Kusal Perera –

    RE: What Exactly Do We Need From A Presidential Poll ?

    “Its a mad rush in Colombo these days to find out how Rajapaksa could be defeated at the next presidential polls, he would offer. In the South, there is the “Common Candidate” in Sobitha thero, still insisting he could be the winning horse. There is new hope in the UNP after the Uva PC elections. Ranil is seriously into the game, while opposition groups in Colombo have no confidence he could defeat Rajapaksa. …. “

    Whatever opposition candidate comes forward, there need to be exposure of MaRa corruption and nepotism. There is a dire need for a Common Sense Pamphlet, like what Thomas Paine did in 1776 for the American revolution, exposing King George III.

    What can writers and other do? Expose.. Expose and Expose the Mara regime.

    The current perception is that Rajapaksa Hegemony has taken over the UPFA/SLFP and people do not want dynasties.

    What can the writers do? Expose. what can the people do? Vote against MaRa and the criminal gang.

    Kusal Perera, thanks for a very good analysis. Can you be the Anonymous Author and Produce a Sri Lankan version of Common Sense in Sinhala, Tamil and English? You will do as much service to Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, just like Thomas Paine did for America and France.You can expand this write up, and get there.

    Say, Because I have Common Sense, I will not vote for Mr. Rajapaksa and their criminal cronies for a continuation of a Family Dynasty, and say that Sri Lanka is a Republic.

    Rajapaksa had the opportunity. The power corrupted them. The People are sick of them. They even used Buddhism towards their ends. Even Sinhala Buddhists are fed up them, and they are showing their true colors.

    An Anonymous Author like Thomas Paine is needed with a Common Sense Pamphlet to expose the King, King George, the Rajapaksa Clan. Read, the Common Sense Pamphlet , by Thomas Paine, that inspired the American Revolution along with the other events. Common Sense (pamphlet)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

    Produce a Commons sense Pamphlet for Sri Lanka and say why it is in the best interest of the people of Sri Lanka to remove the King, aka Rajapaksa Dynasty from power and let the Republic be a Republic and Not a dynasty. This Pamphlet, in Sinhala, Tamil and English, need to be sent to each and every Sri Lankan Citizen, just like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense pamphlet.

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    In MR type of governing, cunning handling of judiciary, armed forces, the police, state sector together with the ball-game played with a handful of rich people by holding on to the throat of 90% poor and middle class….. in the country is the identical repetition of the same silly games played by those stupid rulers in number of regimes in the third world who handled national affairs of their people completely wrongly and precariously. Finally such ruler were became victims of the people or of the military or by the both. A lot of people do not understand the danger involved that kind of dark tricks used to govern countries. They see it as sweet as honey in the first few years in power until results of such actions begin to turn around to touch their red-nerves. Eg: Muhammur Gadafi, Sadam Hussain and Hosni Mubarak to name a few. However these men at least had the luck to enjoy the luxury for a much longer period of time than MR. MR has no chance to go that long, his time period is now numbered into a few months actually, that too if he has the luck.
    Pressure he is having from int’l community is much worse than faced by any leader in the world. People still has some a sympathy from the small percentage from Sinhalese. No world leader is going to give any regard to a man who does a monkey dance wherever he goes. MR is a victim of his own actions. He is in a struggle with his own self from trying to hide showing to the rest of the world as bloody fool. This, is in effect, is the truth and the reality like an ostrich trying to bury its head in the sand. From his actions we can see the degree to which he is used by others. That’s not something you should see from a leader. That type of a man is only a stupid, stupid idiot

    In line with the question in this letter: I can say that there is not a single thing he can do to offer to the nation other than more destruction.

    The message: for aspirant leaders to be careful in wrong ideas in their mind other than the welfare of the entire county not that of their own, kith and kins

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    Kusal Perera –

    What Exactly Do We Need From A Presidential Poll ?

    Will the President Launch another False Flag Operation?

    See what they did in Syria, berfore ISIS/ISIL emerged.

    Syria false flag and sarin deception

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/04/08/357693/syria-false-flag-and-sarin-deception/

    America’s leading mainstream investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, has just published a second article in the London Review of Books exposing last August’s al-Ghouta chemical weapons attack as a false flag provocation.

    Hersh’s new article, entitled “The Red Line and the Rat Line,” builds on his earlier article “Whose Sarin?” In the two articles, Hersh provides evidence that top US officials knew that the al-Ghouta chemical weapons attack was a false flag just days after it happened – and that President Obama canceled his plan to bomb Syria because British Intelligence informed him that “the gas used didn’t match the batches known to exist in the Syrian army’s chemical weapons arsenal.” Instead, Hersh shows, the attack was conducted by the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front with help from elements of Turkish and Saudi intelligence. And Obama knew it. He decided that it wasn’t worth bombing Syria, in case the whole thing ended in disaster and the false flag got publicly exposed.

    If you were getting your news from Press TV last August, you already knew that.

    But Western governments and their lapdog corporate media have continued to peddle the lie that the Syrian government was responsible for the sarin atrocity at al-Ghouta. In reality, the attack was conducted by the enemies of the Syrian government. It was designed to deceive the world into bombing Syria. And it almost worked.

    Seymour Hersh has confirmed that the alternative media got al-Ghouta right.

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    Has Mr Ravi Karunanayaka returned the USD 3 Million Galleon dosh to Mr Rajaratnam ?.

    This is important as Ravi is one of the senior ministers who would be entrusted to look after our inhabitant,s once this corruption free Common Candidate UNP Leader Ranil takes over..

    On Law and Order side, if the only major issue is the sending of two dozen A grade Crims to Gods Kingdom , the inhabitants wouldn’t be that perturbed one would think..

    But any soft spot for the crims from the CC once he/she becomes the Prez? PM would certainly would frighten the day light out of our poor inhabitants.

    And same goes for any deals with Mr Suresh Premachandran and his LTTE proxy TNA is given full control of the East and the North after chasing the Army out as Mr Kusul Perera has recommended.

    Inhabitants the great majority who now live in peace and harmony should thank Mr Kusul for bring the TNA , the main constituent of this Opposition to the fore, as all the CC aspirants have kept the TNA under wraps so far in all these u beut things they are going to do to the inhabitant population to make their lives rosier than any time before.

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    “With a failed system this country needs very serious and far reaching Constitutional reforms for democratic living in a civilised society…This country now needs such far reaching reforms to turn around all State institutes to function independently and efficiently”, argues this writer. [ VR: I totally agree. However, I don’t think such a fundamental change could be achieved without the revolutionary intervention by Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim forces in a united struggle. But, can such a transformation could happen through electoral means? I don’t think so. For, this regime is NOT in the mood to transfer power to liberal bourgeois reformists to do that. They have too much to lose. Thus, the ‘Socialist-Left’ should find strategies & tactics to expose the real face of this regime. Building a Sinhala-Tamil-Muslim united front behind a campaign to abolish the Executive Presidency would merely be an initial step in the right direction.]

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    What madness?

    No country has demilitarized provinces! Why should SL?

    There cannot be a new constitution. For that there should be 2/3 in parliament. Only MR had it with this election system.

    Earlier Kusal said Vigneswaran should be the common candidate.

    He should not change his story.

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    Kusal Perera,

    A timely essay that challenges our current and past political follies, societal passivity, institutional degeneration and general national degradation.

    However, you have not explained why the executive presidency has to be abolished instead of being redefined in a new constitution.

    Further, as you have alluded, why should any political formation, especially the UNP that is promising to send the country and its institutions to the LAUNDRY , even touch the BBS proposals with a barge pole? Isn’t political opportunism, the curse of our country, the elephant in the room?

    The JVP cannot contest to win the presidency or a majority in parliament. However, it can play a critical role in exposing the failures of MR and the monstrous value system he has created to the masses. It should not forsake this national obligation.

    I agree with you that politicians should not design the new constitution. An independent Commision off eminent persons should be appointed to carry out this function, after wide consultations, deep study and with far reaching vision. The new constitution should be for the people and this country and not designed for our politicians.

    I hope you will address these issues in a reply or a new essay.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Kusal you are right.One cannot trust any one of these characters, be it the SLFP, The LSSP, The cP, and the others with the Govt and the UNP.Even the JVP is not facing the problems involving the division of the society. Everybody is playing the Sinhala Buddhist card.None of these people can be trusted.Nobody is willing to take a chance with principled politics.I am at the last stages of my life. I predict that very soon the Sinhalese will fight Sinhalese for a place to live.Our politicians and the administrators have ensured that.

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    Kusal:

    “What Exactly Do We Need From A Presidential Poll”

    The answer is quite simple. What we need from a Presidential Poll is to elect a PRESIDENT not a CRIMINAL. If MR stands which is a big if Sarath Silva has his way ( and from the defining silence from him it is quite possible he has been got at) and wins ( which is a forgone conclusion) Sri Lanka would be the only Country in the World which would have re elected a CRIMINAL.

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    Thanks Kusal for this very incisive and thought provoking analysis of the prevailing political atmosphere and culture, and the need to focus on the four thematic areas. But for these to be realized we need someone or some organization that can inspire and mobilize the masses. There is no common focus to change the existing system as each political party is more concerned about promoting its candidate and agenda and not combining their efforts to bring about a systemic change that would be beneficial to all. The masses are ready. Their hopes for a better life has been shattered. They need a leader who can rally them and harness their energies for the much needed change.The need for a trustworthy leader is all the more evident.

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    Present reality of stage and growth that capitalist political-economy-social form of Sri lanka has been confuse and misdigonaist by Kusual Perera.

    Consequently ,when the colonial isolated of Sri lanka, was forcibly unbroken and nation not an open for national capital intercourse as a result of outside pressure British Imperialist,the shock was devastating our people. As the imperialist countries of rich nation and advance capitalism passed through the bourgeois revolution and matured as modern societies and their capitalism into Global Imperialism. Hence the pressures on colonial of Sri lanka to an open the country carried with them the oppressed and suppressed danger of re-colonization.

    The crux of matter is colonial remnants are still remain in ours political democracy norms dominated by incoming elections. No one can overlook the facts that the momentum was provided by the threatening appearance off the cost of Sri lanka by anti-democracies forces coming from the foreign powers.

    End of war 2009 May, that democratic institutional perspective can hardly help to understand Sri Lankan central and provincial relations properly. Until Sri Lanka lack a sound legal system of political democracy that since 1977; and it is still in the process of developing a new system which ensure political rule of law by changing Republic Constitution of 1978 was originated by 1977 JRJ of UNP political undemocratic norms and practices.

    Bargaining in different forms between President and Parliament takes place in the enforcement of laws, and clauses of constitutional amendments of Republic been challenges by unelected and
    un- represtaitaive, who are in the outside democratic framework.

    They an informal behavioral of perspective of anti-people move can shed bad light on Sri Lankan tested democracy since 1931.Supermacy of Law is an essential part of Sri Lankan of constitutional political democratic fundamentals of our system.

    Dr Kusual eassy has ignore empirical experiences and lessons of political evolution of existent democratic governances since 1948. Sri lanka political system has developed de facto unilateral mode that how this our system actually functioning today.

    We have to understand fact after 2009 May Sri lanka political democracy is NOT static.The different social forces are expectations of changes by different actors within the system ultimately lead to change democratic the our political order by misdirected reforms by the vested interest of foreign power, who want to bully people of Sri Lanka.

    Various factors that including such peace stability and economic development driving force are the reconciliation and rebuilding country that become priority of nation, agenda that serve for task of the sustainable Capitalism path and model new growth will come into being.

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    What we need? We do not need a President!

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    What I mean is Sustainable Capitalism that we are NOT YET substantially mature enough and ripe to accommodated for Advance society, which like Socialism that by passed the era of Capitalist development path in Sri lanka. We like it or not social forces and ground reality compelled us to meet the requirement by democratic stage of Revolution of masses led by bourgeoisies class in power.

    The cause, task and mission of bourgeois revolution and anti- colonial struggle led by People’s led task and its leadership by Old left of Trotskyist, anti- Marxists, that dogmatist Socialists and anarchists of Terror politics parties totally betray and escaped from undertake bourgeois revolution by so-called name of ‘Socialism’.

    Needless to say Socialism is NOT OUR URGENT STAGE or ERA of social forces requirement of Sri Lankan social classes changing our democratic society and its order. Leadership baton of Democratic task has change into bourgeois’ class from People’s leadership and their political parties very inception in Sri Lanka/Ceylon 80 years before since 1935.

    Since then Bourgeois led Capitalism path of reform that taken long struggle which cost of entire people life had been paid was very, very high price and oppressed of majority People had been sacrifice their life are tremendous and incredible. We are not too late revaluated this past great errors by political democratic by self-criticism by right thinking elites in our soil.

    Our so-called short sighted thinking politicians and elites has still not yet elevated past failure of cause and effects social ills and incompetent to digest case of fail capitalist democracy our nation. But all of them by now ongoing debate focus on that how to Elected of President of SL.

    Ours system of democratic order of political and economic base has vast gap between politics of democracy, its culture, religion and Economic fundamentals. Economically we are in stage of initial period of Capitalist growth, but ours political superstructure is more advance than her economic base. Ours politics of democratic of bourgeois form of rights and norms are equivalent and more closer to modern developed class societies in west but enjoy by certain advance capitalist nations and their people in majority our land.

    What we need is sustainable development mean that, if are demand by reform capitalism is essential. The balance of politics democracy , economics of development of even and remove gap between income of have and have not’s, culture differences and treat the ethnic wounds ,that seek and address and revalued so-called language’s barriers take into account by means of high banner of values of Sri Lankan society.

    The SUSTANABILITY will definitely address and treat of environment, climate changes the policies of energy and innovation of Technology and Science is driving factors of path and model of modern REFORM capitalism in Sri lanka.

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