23 June, 2021

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What If The Regime Rescinds The Next Election?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The precipitate reversal of approval of both arms of the Double-Paksa cavalcade is a cause for alarm. The way the wind is blowing regime insiders surely discern that the Gota Presidency and the Mahinda parliamentary majority will be shattered on electoral rocks. I can see no way either can navigate course correction. Often governments get it wrong, but pull themselves up and after a year or two salvage their reputation and go on to survive the next election. But there is a point of no return beyond which salvage is not possible. Covid-related public-health issues, economic buffoonery, foreign policy fiascos and infighting make it clear we have crossed that Rubicon. This regime cannot rescue itself; it’s too late.  The next twelve months are foreseeable; things will continue to degenerate as they are going today. There is no way to change course, no way to revive popularity; things will get worse before they get ‘worser’.    

The public will bang its head and wail “What will become of us”. True, but that’s not my topic. If it becomes clear that the regime has not a chance in hell of winning the next election it will toy with the option of not holding another election at all! That’s my topic. If it is clear even to the dumbest military muttonhead that President and the PM are facing defeat, what will the regime do? Will it like Pissu-Sira and Flaccid-Ranil, hold elections, accept defeat and go home? My hypothesis is that this regime will not hold elections if it is staring defeat in its face. In 1956, 1970 and 1977 there was a groundswell and a likelihood that the incumbent would be sent packing. The powers of the day found morally reprehensible ruses to malinger (a two year extension and a referendum to postpone elections in the second and third examples). However, abrogating the very electoral process and anchoring the regime in perpetuity was never on the cards. The difference now is that Gota and his ex-generals, with Mahinda, the SLPP, and the LSSP-CP-DLF Dead-Left stooging along, are very likely to veer towards annulment. Excuses can be concocted and all these swine will muzzle in at the trough.

Ok that’s what I foresee and let me repeat myself in two parts; (a) the regime cannot carry through a change of course or rescue its reputation and standing in the public eye, hence it is facing electoral defeat. And (b) in such circumstances it will choose to abrogate the electoral process and cling on by fair means or foul. Some of you may wonder if I am not getting enough sleep and cogitating too much. No Madam! No Sir! The way things are going (a) is a certainty and the character of this regime makes (b) a near certainty. If you doubt my sanity, please relax, take a step back and soberly reconsider.

My case so far has been all analysis, intellectual onanism you may say. The real question is what are we going to do? The days of Leninist revolution are long gone, Castro-Guevara was a one-of fluke and Aung San Su Chi is a cowardly punk. Still if the regime imposes dictatorship then surely there is nothing else to do but find feasible ways to resist it and be rid of it. I am not a political leader so it is not my responsibility to work out tactics. I have flagged the matter and everybody would like to know what tactics the leaders of opposition parties are mulling over individually or collectively. If their minds are blank then are they are leading the people to hell and beyond. Aside from tactics, what about strategy, the bigger design? If the Double-Paksa regime abrogates democracy and rescinds the electoral processes, then like the Republic in the Spanish Revolution it becomes obligatory on anyone opposed to fascism to help secure overseas aid to oppose it. Everyone should petition China that if it seeks friendship it is the people and not a lawless gang that should be its comrade. India and the West will appreciate that abrogation of democracy in Sri Lanka is not in their own interests but the point is will they do anything about it? If Burma is an example, they will do bugger all!

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  • 24
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    You have not dealt with the possibility of playing computer tricks with the Vote-
    counting, under all the Districts in the hands of Army Officers now put in
    place. Copying India, holding uncounted Votes for almost a month in so-called
    safe sites , can be organized in such ways to steal Vote Boxes, hidden away from
    the public at night. The EC is a Presidential Appointee I guess? He will be told
    as to what happens, e.g Dissanayake and the criminal skills as with Wassim`s case!

  • 21
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    Mr Punchinilame I always had this is mind. I kind of thought that it is included as a category under rescinding/revoking elections. Our response to this has to be the same – fight it tooth and nail. See how people in over a dozen other countries have risen up against large scale electoral fraud.

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      Trial run of vote manipulation was conducted at last election in Jaffna constituency.
      First result – 1 Sritharan
      2 Mrs Raviraj
      3 Sidharthan
      Second result 1 Sritharan
      2 Sumanthiran
      3 Mrs Raviraj
      Final result 1 Sritharan
      2 Sumanthiran
      3 Siddharthan

      • 9
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        Here he goes again with the earlier debunked Sumanthiran conspiracy theory. Man seems obsessed.
        I do not go through the debunking of his myths once again.

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        Nothing is impossible.
        We have seen in the US high-handed attempts to block the postal vote and a massive unruly protest against the outcome of the vote. We had earlier seen how black votes were not counted in Florida in order that George Bush got elected.
        While not ruling out anything here, I dare say that it is not quite rational to speculate and stir panic about something that is not due for another four years.
        *
        Much of this is possible in the absence of a credible opposition. The people are losing faith in GR, and that affects the entire government. But what has the parliamentary opposition to offer to the disillusioned?
        True opposition has to develop outside electoral politics even to protect electoral democracy.

      • 3
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        Trump was leading too and then he lost. He also blamed the computer and postal votes , dead people…..etc.

        • 2
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          Very true.

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        Dr Gnana Sangaralingam,

        Who declared the first result and Second Result? There was only one result declared by the Returning Officer. That is the official result.

        In India, unlike Sri Lanka the status of candidates when each round of votes was counted was announced in news media.

        Thus Actor Kamalahasan in Tami Nadu and Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal were leading during the earlier rounds of counting but when the final results were announced both of them were declared defeated in their respective constituencies.

        You are imputing corrupt motives to the honest and sincere Public Servants who had conducted the last General Election for Jaffna / Kilinochchi Electoral District in an exemplary manner.

        Why nobody filed any election petitions?

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      “over a dozen other countries have risen up against large scale electoral fraud”?
      Be cautious. Even Trump supporters rose in mass protest.
      One has to discriminate between losers stirring up protest and genuine mass mobilisation, which is not that common yet.
      In Myanmar there is genuine mass protest against a stolen electoral outcome, not electoral fraud.

  • 20
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    For the sake of the country ………. I hope I’m right.

    What the Singhalese from the “renowned” deep-South have is cunning ……… more than intelligence.

    In less “developed,” half-made societies, cunning is mistaken for intelligence.

    Fear, intimidation and brute force alone won’t work …….. all that have to be marshalled with some degree of intelligence.

    The best defence we have against the Rajapakses is their stupidity, especially Gota’s. …….. none of them are very smart …… the smartest among them, with some very good political acumen, is perhaps Mahinda …… their much ballyhooed “political strategist” Basil, is just a dime a dozen two-bit swindler working in the shadow of Mahinda’s popularity.

    Without Mahinda, Gota or Basil can’t win an election in their own right.

    Except Mahinda, none of them are very popular ……. I don’t see how the rest of them can keep this going on their own when Mahinda is gone (kicks the bucket ……. for SJ.)

    Many things will combine to topple them ……… the worsening economy, most of all …………..

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      Another distant possibility, I overlooked ……. some young guns in the forces with JVP “sympathies” might do away with the entire family.

      Like what happened to the Father of Bangladesh, Mujubur Rahuman or someone and his entire family.


      Put a little fear back on to the Rajapakses ………. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown ……… :))

      • 9
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        nimal fernando

        “Another distant possibility, I overlooked ……. some young guns in the forces with JVP “sympathies” might do away with the entire family.”

        We are aware of the many incidents in which active members of Patriotic JVP enlisting in the armed forces simply because that was the only option available to if they were to avoid encounters with state’s own death squads which were headed by Udugampola, Fonseka, J Perera, Gota, ……………………….and their executioners one has become the sole defender at UNHRC, ….. (please fill in the blanks, please bear with me for not providing all the names as I am too bored to give you all the names, ..). Remember Rohana Patritic Wijeweera was captured, tortured and burnt alive at Kanatte.

        Patriotic anti Hindian Somawansa couldn’t stand the heat, took a Kallathonie back to his ancestral homeland Tamil Nadu, and then to much hated Europe (didn’t seek asylum in China, North Korea, Russia, Cuba, Albania, ….Romania, …. ) and sought asylum in a capitalist country. This is not just Hypocrisy of Soma, but he was an example of general trend.

        By the way the unlucky ones perished. Rest joined the armed forces, now they have all converted to Bonapartism just like our old firebrand Vasu Nayakkar. Therefore nothing should be expected from them, they have become part of the mentally dormant Sinhala/Buddhist state establishment.

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          Gezze Native, …….. I was trying to put a little fear and doubt in the minds of wanna be dictators …….. put the fear of Mahasona into Lester and EE …….. and you had to come and spoil it!


          Is SJ a cog in this Bonapartism?

          Never know whose side he is on or what he is on about! …… He is too slippery and clever a customer to pin down.

          Somewhere SM said he is a prof at Pearadeniya ……. We have some very good Tamil family friends ……. we might know each other in a roundabout way.

          It’s a small world, SL!

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      nimal fernando,
      “Fear, intimidation and brute force alone won’t work …….. all that have to be marshalled with some degree of intelligence.”

      That is what Velupillai Prabhakaran did not have.

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        Mr Mahindapala,

        What is the cause of your rabid hatred of the Tamils?

        Did a beautiful red hot Tamil gal let you down in your distant youth? …… Give you the boot?

        Or do you envy Prabakarans’ Tamil movie-star matinee-idol looks?

        Come on, come on, spit it out ………. whatever your beef ……… you’ll sleep well tonight ………..

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          Nimal,
          “What is the cause of your rabid hatred of the Tamils?”
          It’s that Tamil supervisor in the sewage plant, who won’t give him a transfer to the garbage plant unless he gets a PhD.

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          NF,
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          some time back, EE himself shared us to have studied at Peradeniya uni. None of us yet know EE is Mahindapala or someone else.
          .
          Might be possible, that he had some problems with tamil srilankens during EE s hostel stay.
          As is the case with Lester, …. EE would never come back to you giving you reasons for his hatreds on tamil srilankens.

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            Leela,

            I will clarify my thinking for you. I support the peaceful repatriation of most Sri Lankan Tamils to Tamil Nadu. Is it not logical… if Sri Lanka is a genocidal, apartheid entity with Rajapakse dictator, what is the motivation/incentive for Tamils to live there? Jews reached the peak of their dominance after the creation of Israel. Sri Lankan Tamils will also be a stronger people if they accept their ancestral roots, surrounded by their own people, not military occupiers. Sri Lankan Tamils can be much more productive in this type of setting. However, GOSL should include a quota to allow some Tamils to continue living in Sri Lanka. Otherwise, we are not abiding by Buddhist values. Lastly, if Sri Lanka is homogenous like 99% of East Asian countries (Japan, Korea, China) that are also Buddhist, it can follow a similar path of economic development without these questions of human rights that seem to plague only multi-ethnic democracies.

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              Lester,
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              I know nothing can help you the kind of ilk, since you guys are irreversibly brainwashed by Rajapakshed doggy doctrine. This was also the case with Madagaskar and some parts of Brazil. …. such nations have only stupid majority.. that would behave like Mercy cows on the easy tricks being played on them. The kind of vulnerable would not know that those potliicians would just abuse the guillibility of easy targets for the political surival of vicioius circle drivers. In our time, most abusive politicians are the RAJAPKSHE born to Medamulan cave.:::: this would not be twisted, alone looking at th emanner ballige puthas ruled the nation during the last 15 months.

              Nothing but rascal culture is back to action bitch s sons returned to power. Not even a tiny issue such as distribution of granted japs to those who are really in need failed under GOTABAYA-MAFIA BOSS governed srilanka. Here, if you are a real SINHALA /TAMIL /MUSLIM should slapp you by SEREPPU, since you guys promoted them… not we the educated srilankens.
              :
              Where on earth free JABs were sold out to their kith and kin, while leaving the innocient elderly people who are really in need ? That is in our country where Weeraketiya rascals abuse the very nation.

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                to be continued.

                To your information if you guys permanently think to send srilanken TAMILS to TN…. then,… we the sinhalayas should be ready to return to Bengal.. region of the INDIA.. LEAVING NATIVE veddas to allow buidling a country for their youth…. is not that so ? And DNA research have proved that we the srilanken tamils and sinhalayas are from india.
                .
                I simply dont like to waste my precious time for an idiot of you your nature… but I must have added my thoughts here giving you some food to think…. God bless srilanka.

                Please do us a favour, if you have anything better to do, please go to MEDAMULANA and help them cleaning their toilets…. that could help you a lot…

        • 0
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          Dear nimal,
          .
          I agree with leelagemalli. EagleEye cannot be H.L.D. Mahindapala. That Mahindapala has a reputation as a Tamil-hating racist is true, but he isn’t going to be as crude as Eagle Eye. Look at this article from earlier this year:
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          https://island.lk/t-s-eliot-a-response-to-kumar-davids-dislike/
          .
          That article of his had been written in response to this by Kumar:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/enhancing-the-delights-of-reading/
          .
          Maindapala is far more sophisticated than Eagle Eye. I grant that EE writes good enough English, but Mahindapala’s command of English is way above that of EE. However, I’m not bothered about levels of English attained by Lankans. Discussing that sounds nasty, snobbish, etc. English is a foreign language, after all.
          .
          I have asked EE to identify himself. What troubles me is that there are so many cowardly fellows who hid behind pseudonyms and say things that are just not true – and they are so often racist.
          .
          Actually, Kumar himself is possibly sure that Mahindapala and EE are quite different people. He may not know who EE is. They work on different planes. Your views, Kumar?

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            SM,
            Comparing SLDM to EE is seriously insulting to the former.

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            SM,

            Thanks.

            Ms Sharmini Serasinghe, few times identified EE as Mr Mahindapala ……. and that has stuck with me.


            Those 2 articles are written at a level – in language and content – rarely achieved these days by many Lankan writers.

            That was the level of scholarship in Lankan schools/universities those days ……… my parents’ level was similar and Tarzie Vittachi was a friend and a frequent visitor ……. I have never met him – a little before my time – but my parents used to talk about him.

            I studied in the Sinhala stream and was never interested in studies; just played the fool. There was a mock/practice exam 2 months before OLs and all my marks were near 0 ……. that prompted me to study in earnest on my own and ended up getting the best results in the school – I will write about this when I have a little more time. ……. That’s why I don’t have much regard for exams and formal teaching; it leaves something lacking …….. I believe more in commonsense and venturing out on one’s own ……

            Haven’t read Cats; seen the play ……. read The Waste Land

    • 4
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      Nimal F
      Do not pin your hopes on a palace bloodbath to deliver democracy.
      You mentioned Bangladesh, but also remember what followed.
      I do not think that essays in the CT will frighten the family.
      There are other dangers lurking including a palace coup.
      But none is a shortcut to democracy.

  • 14
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    There will be another Myanmar in Sri Lanka.

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      AR
      Like somebody winning the election and victory denied by an Army in actual control?
      We have to cross a few more bridges to get there.

  • 16
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    Even before the Rajapakse Family won the election and started to rule the country, there were so many of my friends who predicted if Gotabaya’s and Mahinda’s win the elections then there will never be another election in Sri Lanka.

    Shavendra Silva is being groomed and by granting so many promotions to armed forces personnel, where the Government has to pay higher wages after the promotion plus benefits. This is at a time when the same Government is running around with a begging bowl to buy Covid vaccines. This clearly shows that the Government is also grooming the armed forces for a military coup.

    There were rumors when Mahinda lost the Presidency last time, Gotabaya as the Secretary of Defence was hell-bent on the army to take over, at least it was the talk of the town. Now that he is the President there is nothing to stop him.

    How can we stop this from ever happening? Should we all nip it in the bud? How?

  • 3
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    Prof., The progression of the current desperation of citizens now is in such a state that it looks possible they will take to drastic measures against leaders and MP representatives very soon. Leaders need to reverse this state now and move on behalf of citizen’s welfare urgently rather than their own monetory benefits. We hope that leaders will become wise and other centered, and avoid chaotic calamity which never gives peace.

  • 7
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    What If the Regime Rescinds the Next Election?

    Thoppi Thamai!
    I have borrowed this term from SJ. appearing elsewhere on these pages.

    But, seriously, that old Fox JR had shown the way out. How about a referendum to extend the life of Parliament on the premise that the Archaeological excavations in the North and East are far from complete. A good many of those 6.9 M plonkers could still be kept on board!

    The electoral map would be rolled up after the Referendum and your Rescind will take effect.

  • 4
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    The plan seems to be to hold the presidential election in 2024, win it and then hold a referendum like in 1982.

    Sajith cannot win the next presidential election because of his father’s legacy. Rajapaksas know this. Besides the “LTTE” might make a cameo appearance near the election boycotting election!!

  • 7
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    Prof Kumar David

    A timely warning

    ,Election process in Sri Lanka is foolproof to the extent the results are generally reflected the will of the voters.. It is true whether the elections are conducted by the election department or by an independent commission.
    However in few occasions in Sri Lanka the independence of elections were seriously compromised by the governments in power..
    First in 1980 during Jaffna District Development Council Elections, all election laws were violated when even ballot boxes simply vanished.
    Then the referendum in 1982 where massive electoral fraud took place and thereafter during 1999,Wayamba Provincial Council elections when Chandrika was the President.
    A shame election with military connivance is a possibility.
    The civil society and all democratic forces irrespective of any political,racial or religious differences should be mobilized and be vigilant.

  • 7
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    Next Election ?????

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      As was the caseZimbabwe under Mugabe, very likely, no elections in the future.
      :

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    Rajapaksas are still capable of buying MPs and using the military to making plots as they were successful in 2018, 2019, 2020 and already bought some Muslim MPs to replace the Sinhala MPs who are now against to Rajapaksas plot to sell Colombo Port City to China. If necessary, like Easter bombing another Vesak Bombing using even Tamils can happen in this island.

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    A well-argued piece from the Professor. If it is indeed too late for a course correction, one might re-phrase the question ‘will they hold another general election?’ to read ‘can they afford to hold the next election?’ We are tempted to say, ‘given all the corruption and mismanagement, can they afford to lose, for surely, they will be held to account’. But so we thought the last time as well but then we did not bargain for a set of losers like Ranil and Sirisena. Far from holding the villains to account, they facilitated a ‘great escape’. This time, the Rajapakses are not going to be caught napping. They have not changed their venal ways but they have also systematically and efficiently set about making sure they are not going to let go of the levers of power. The pervasive power of the armed services is only too obvious and with 20A it is silly to even think of an independent elections commission. The prospects are indeed bleak and if there is going to be a change for the better it will surely come from good fortune rather than good management.

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    What If The Regime Rescinds The Next Election?
    .
    What if they don’t?
    .
    This is the Professor who predicted that JVP will form the next government.

    Soma

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      soman

      “What if they don’t?”

      What if the clan get the elections fixed?
      All what you have do is appoint Kamal Gunaratne as the Chief Justice, Election Commissioner, Inspector General of Police, ……..

      He could manage everything single handedly.

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      Why does this Soma lie so brazenly? Do some people have no shame at all? To have differences of opinion is reasonable, but to lie is despicable.
      My wildest favourable expectation was that the NPP would win 10 seats. I am on record many times and even on TV interviews saying this. I hope CT readers take careful not of the nature of this Soma and usefulness of his comments.

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        Kumar
        People misread willfully, remember selectively and distort.
        One need only browse cursorily to find that quite a few do it systematically on all sides of the major political divides.
        It is a pity that there is much silly name calling when one cannot confront argument with argument.
        Have no illusion: CT readers are predominantly irrationally biased.
        I would rather ignore after a few rebuttals.
        *
        Be thankful that Soma does not use abusive language.

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          SJ
          Those who are not confident of their logic try to fill the gap by the means you have mentioned.

          Soma

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        Who are you?

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          Gamini Somaratne, I know full well that you write as “soma” – the problem is that you deny it.
          .
          I have a good enough idea who “leelagemalli” is, but he doesn’t want it broadcast because he fears it to be dangerous. I have no problem with that. The danger from Gota is real.
          .
          SJ – I sometimes disagree with him, but everyone knows that he is the brilliant Professor Sivasegaram. I remember him from my University days, but he has no memory of the insignificant “GambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththaya”.
          .
          “eeakdavi” is the equally brilliant Professor Kumar David. I hardly ever find myself in disagreement with him. I’ve met him only once, and given our ages, it was relatively recently. I think him a wonderful human being.
          .
          At whom was your question directed, Gamini? Kumar has just called you a liar. What is your response to that?
          .
          Me? I’m Panini Edirisinhe. That never changes. NIC number 48 3111 444V. Dr Gnana Sankaralingam (who doesn’t seem to like SJ!) once calculated my date of birth from that NICN. No mystery about me. I’m an open book; I have my share of faults, but I try not to lie!

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    “Excuses can be concocted and all these swine will muzzle in at the trough.”
    Just 15 minutes ago I put in a comment in another article that, “The pigs (à la Orwell) have taken over.”

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      Dear “Captain Morgan”,
      .
      I remember, with gratitude, your timely warning about my revealing my identity. Yes, the threats are real. However, my strategy will not change – after all, we die only once – and die we must.
      .
      Today I received again a strange call to one sim in my mobile phone. Two seconds only – they’ve always come during office hours. The first had lasted more than a minute, but can’t remember the details. Since then, it’s been either 2 or 3 seconds. As soon as I respond, the caller cuts off. I used to ring back with the other sim; today I tried both, many times. It doesn’t even ring there; blocked?
      .
      Orwell wrote a novel in 1948, and called it “Nineteen Eighty Four“. I had put off reading it, I finally read it in 1984, as an undergrad.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four
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      Gloomy and heavy going. Did Winston Smith receive such warnings?
      .
      The pigs are in “Animal Farm“; despite the pessimistic conclusion it is actually entertaining. And don’t forget the two films, which are available free on Youtubes. This recommendation is for readers other than Morgan; google for more information.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

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        Sinhala_Man
        “…after all, we die only once – and die we must.”
        .
        Die if you must – there is a proven path for best after life rewards.
        Convert yourself to Islam and explode yourself among some unbelievers.

        Soma

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          You see the nastiness in you, I hope.
          .
          Yes, even if I die screaming because your goons have inflicted unbearable pain on me, I shall die with what is ultimately the dignity of having lived a human life.
          .
          I respect most other humans, even Muslims! Why should I convert to Islam? I don’t go around insulting Islam since some humans care deeply for what is said there. I not only don’t believe in any of their eschatology, there even are some aspects of their social teaching that I dislike – at least the way I understand it. Ditto with Christianity, which I understand well.
          .
          I see no need to be a “believer”. What do you believe in? Racism and lying?

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      Captain Morgan,
      “The pigs (à la Orwell) have taken over.”
      —-
      Pigs were chased away by the lions. Now lions rule.

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        Eagle bp,.
        Please name of god, dont insult the lions. Lions would never let own race be caught by pandemic, but weeraketiya cattle thieves do. There are speculations that the buggers got the jabs secretly.
        .
        Bps have achieved 1% of good governance did within their first 100days. Now polonnaruwa donkey is in demand. Just imagine how it works for them in the days to come.
        .😎😎😎😎

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        Does your hero, Gota, still keep sharks?
        .
        What depravity! Worse than a pig, he is!

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    Hey CT, have you stopped talking about the Port City Separate State Bill? I don’t see any article. Sorry, I missed the other article.
    Fake patriots are trying to sell fake patriotism again to get the Port City Bill passed.

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      My Dear Champa,
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      We want you the kind of SINHALA NATIONALISTs to teach a lession/ be proactive against your former gurus (Mahinda B Rajapakshes): It is no right the kind of buggers to allow this island be sold for their discount gains.

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      Champa

      “Fake patriots are trying to sell fake patriotism again to get the Port City Bill passed.”

      Isn’t it your job? How dare fake patriots could take the forum from you?
      What has happened to your genuine 100% patriotism for your patriots?

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        Dear Native,
        Champa is silent so as her beloved Wimal Buruwanse.
        It s said Buruwanse did nt turn up in parliament not a single day in the past few weeks.. so is the case with that palace hora Gonthadipila.
        .😎😎😎😎

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      Champa,
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      We’ve been missing you! Leelagemalli had been doing a fantastic job here, and we were so confident that you would come in and assist us here:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/m-m-janapriya-14-may-2021/
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      Dr Janapriya had tried to reach the Sinhala-speaking audience, and has written there in colloquial Sinhala, but see what he says in comments. I never pretended that I was a great writer of Sinhala, but you are amazing. Please see what you can make of this article that is still active.
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mangala-de-silva21-may-2021/
      .
      There is a 32-minute video there which I haven’t yet listened to. Shall start on it in a few minutes. Listening is easy enough, and then I shall make some comments there.
      .
      I leave it to young people like you to launch a rescue operation for our country.

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    The Essay and the comments following the essays, (surprisingly, Including Fathi Akka’s too) are following their own logic. But I see some points in Buddhist1’s comment are interesting. Should Royals fear about the aftermath of losing the election & because of that they should abstain from conducting an election? I do not think so. At least the 2015 election has taught a different lesson, which Old King conducted two years earlier, fearing if he delays it to the full term and loose by that, he would be in the IC’s hands for war crimes. On Jan 9th Morning, Old King was fleeing from IC and running out of Temple Tree House with one slipper. But Ranil went in at 4:00AM and assured him full protection from West and provided Heli for him to fly to home, instead of running with one foot slipper. Then Mangala got into that that & protected their $18B assets, until the Pong Cing takes off so they can invest their unlaundered money which IC had an eye in case of they need to control King. Some women activist fancied bout prisoning Royals.

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      Mallaiyuran,
      Were you present at the time Ranil assured full protection to Mahinda Rajapakshe from West or did Ranil tell you that he assured full protection to Mahinda Rajapakshe from West?
      You appear to be a very good fiction writer.
      —-
      “But Ranil went in at 4:00AM and assured him full protection from West”

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        Eagle,
        I cannot read it for you if you are selectively reading Colombo media or not reading them at all. UNHRC has started to put together all evidences of your deeds. Lets move along instead of getting stuck on your type of stupidity! Sorry man for your incapacity.

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        There is a saying in Tamil that “cat drinks the milk closing it eyes so others would not see it drinking the milk”. Pretty sad & pathetic your situation man!

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    At the start of Yahapalanaya, Dilrukshi was going after the bloody Princes. But Old King appealed to Vaalaiththodam, that it was he who saved Dulanjali in her counterfeit bank note case. Dilrukshi lost the job; criminal Princes got out. Sandhiya , Huruni, Nirmaka Fernando like women were fearing for their own lives and tried persuaded Ranil to punish Royals. He did not budge. Ahimsa started her efforts and took it up to America. But Ranil, the emperor of impunity, with iron fist handedly, neutralized everything. Muslim leaders, who describe Tamils as “the beggars who beg in the West showing their beggar wounds “, in talks with Royals for a new national government. Royals want Ranil to go back to parliament. Sampanthar, who refused to utter a word in parliament during his opposition party leadership time about taking Royals to UN Electric Chair, is now taking a three month off. He may not return to politics after the leave. Vaalaiththodam is arguing against the investigation of 4/21, because in which, Yahapalanaya had a visible hand. The Modayas who vote for opposition party may defeat Royal’s ruling part in a election. But who the Royals must fear for if they lose the election? Or what consequence of their past crimes they have to worry about if they lose the election action?

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    Kumar David you say:” Everyone should petition China that if it seeks friendship it is the people and not a lawless gang that should be its comrade.”
    ~
    In my opinion such a petition would be a waste of time and effort. China will always support a ruling regime that serves its own interests and one that it can control – even if the regime is chronically unpopular with the people. Why do you think the people of Myanmar haven’t submitted a petition to China?
    ~
    There are only three truly powerful forces in Sri Lanka:
    – Maha Sangha
    – Military
    – President
    ~
    I hope you will agree with me that the Sri Lankan regime won’t be able to cling on to power undemocratically without the backing of the military. So, if the regime were to decide not to hold another election at all, it’s better for the people to petition the Maha Sangha rather than China. If a huge swell of people were to petition the Maha Sangha, it would side with the people. In which case the military will not go against the combined forces of the Maha Sangha and the people and ditch the regime.

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      KP
      Do you think that the author seriously expects people to petition China in such general fashion?
      *
      In state-to-state affairs, China will do what any other state (excluding the few that habitually intervene in the name of democracy and human rights but really to serve hegemonic ambitions) will do.

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        SJ you ask: “Do you think that the author seriously expects people to petition China in such general fashion?”

        My short short answer is ‘Yes’.
        My long answer is I looked at what Prof Kumar David within the context of the rest of what else he said alongside. This is what he said:

        “Everyone should petition China that if it seeks friendship it is the people and not a lawless gang that should be its comrade. India and the West will appreciate that abrogation of democracy in Sri Lanka is not in their own interests but the point is will they do anything about it? If Burma is an example, they will do bugger all!”

        Let me now ask you this:
        What do you think the Prof meant when he said: “Everyone should petition China that if it seeks friendship it is the people and not a lawless gang that should be its comrade.”

        The Prof did not go into details regarding the shape or form of how that petition should be carried out. So, I unless he spells them out, I wouldn’t know. Do you?

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          KP
          If your answer is ‘Yes’, I wish you good luck and a very very long life for your wish to materialise. (No guarantees though).
          *
          “The Prof did not go into details regarding the shape or form of how that petition should be carried out. So, I unless he spells them out, I wouldn’t know. Do you?”
          Regretfully, I am nobody’s mind reader.
          But what is the point in proposing a petition without a clearly laid out content?

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            SJ
            On the one hand you say you are nobody’s mind reader and then ask me:

            “Do you think that the author seriously expects people to petition China in such general fashion?”
            ~
            I am sorry, I am unable to answer your question because I am not a mind reader either! You will have to ask Prof Kumar David.
            ~
            For the purpose of clarity, I was not wishing for anything but simply making an observation. So, to wish me good luck is pointless!

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              KP
              I asked: “Do you think that the author seriously expects people to petition China in such general fashion?”
              And you responded: My short short answer is ‘Yes’.
              *
              Wonder how you managed to read his mind.
              *
              Glad to know you are distancing yourself from that proposition.

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                SJ
                You will find that I followed up my short answer with a long answer by quoting the full text of Prof’s statement. My two answers, therefore, went together:
                “Everyone should petition China that if it seeks friendship it is the people and not a lawless gang that should be its comrade. India and the West will appreciate that abrogation of democracy in Sri Lanka is not in their own interests but the point is will they do anything about it? If Burma is an example, they will do bugger all!”
                ~
                I wasn’t trying to read anything more from Prof’s statement than what he had actually written -so, I was certainly not mind reading him. I noted from his statement he was flagging the idea of a petition to China without going into the details of how it should be done.
                ~
                I hope we are not on a ‘merry-go-round’ here with this conversation!

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                  KP
                  I promise that will not embarrass you further by talking about your mind reading skill or its absence.

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                    SJ
                    I have done my best by giving you as much explanation as possible by way of responses to your comments and questions. But you want to carry on with flogging a dead horse and who am I to stop you? Besides a troubled mind often has the tendency to display poor human interactive skills. So, I genuinely wish you peace with yourself.
                    ~
                    Have a good weekend, wherever you are. For my part, I am enjoying a staycation in the beautiful County of Devonshire after many months of lockdown here. What a joy!

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    Professor David, your warning is to be taken seriously. But I think, rather than rescinding the next election and triggering off a backlash both in Sri Lanka and internationally, the Rajapakses will steal the next election. With the 19th Amendment out, now they have an Election Commission headed by a family acolyte and consisting of loyalists, they can do it. The question is how to stop that. Only a combined and non-sectarian campaign by the entire Opposition- SJB, UNP, Tamil parties, Left parties, JHU, Muslim parties, Upcountry Tamil parties, JVP, FSP and others-can do that. Professor David can do his bit by putting pressure on his newfound love, the JVP to seriously consider this. No need to have political fronts but, if possible, co-ordinated work now and when it comes to the crucial point, not to try contesting alone and go down to less than 3%. They do a good job which is appreciated but people don’t necessarily vote for them. Same thing happended to the Old Left.

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      JS
      “Only a combined and non-sectarian campaign by the entire Opposition- SJB, UNP, Tamil parties, Left parties, JHU, Muslim parties, Upcountry Tamil parties, JVP, FSP and others-can do that.”
      *
      You can curtail the list to just any three of your choice and check if it is feasible.

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      Jayasiri Samarakoon
      Demand international supervision for elections.
      .
      By the way have you ever spoken to a Returning Officer participated in conducting elections. If not please do to get an idea of how easy or difficult to manipulate election results.

      Soma

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