27 January, 2023

Blog

What Is To Be Done?

Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s Recent Speech at Badulla (A Translation)

Picture | Twitter @anuradisanayake

New Taxes

The Unpaid debt to international lenders amounts to Rs 50,000 per person approximately. We have not paid Rs 116,000 krors. Next year the amount of loans to be repaid is $650 crores. At present the central bank plans not to pay this also. We cannot stop payments like this. Those who have lent money to us will not stay silent. We had to go to the IMF.  It tells us that it will talk to our lenders but Sri Lanka has to give an assurance. There are things we can do to address this situation. You have to reduce expenses and increase the income. What has the government done to increase income? It has introduced many taxes. From October 2022, VAT has been increased from 8% to 15%. As a result, the price of all services and goods will increase. In the past, there was a 30% tax for company profits. Exporters had to pay 30% tax. From business Sales (pirivatuma) a 2.5% social security tax was also introduced. Further, the Govt increased the Pay as you go (PAYE) tax. Another tax was introduced in the budget.  As a result, the prices of pens, exercise books, pencil, school bags and shoes etc went up. Today the prices of goods and services have gone up to such an extent that people cannot bear it.  

High Interest Rates, Impact on Businesses and Job Losses

Next the interest rate has gone up. Last Wednesday, Treasury Bill rate was 33%. They are considered in economics as the most stable deposits.  If you go to a bank to get an OT, the interest is 35% or 36%. Banks have stopped giving loans. Bank of Ceylon branch at Badulla owes money to the BOC head office. Bank of Ceylon head office owes money to the government. Total economy is shrinking (Akilemin tibenava). Industries are being destroyed.  In the construction industry alone, 600,000 have lost jobs. Textile industry is facing an emergency. Orders have declined by 40%. Small businesses with 30-40 employees are dwindling. No new employment is created. People are losing employment in lakhs. About 300,000 people come to the employment market annually looking for work.  Farms are becoming barren. Fisheries industry is destroyed. A decision has been made to increase the electricity bill. All the destructions that can befall a country’s economy are being enforced now.  

This is an unusual situation. This is the most dire economic decline in Sri Lanka’s history. But this is not due to a natural cause like floods, storm, or an earth slip. In recent years, this is a decline (Vyasanaya) created by our ruling groups such as Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Cabraal, Lakshman, Attygalle, Father of this destruction is Ranil Wickremesinghe. At the start of his budget speech, he makes a confession. He says, this and this has happened.  Anura wanted to rise up and ask was it we who did this?  

Follow Old path or an Alternative path

Thus, our people and motherland have been caught up in a long-term decline. What do we have to do now? The question before us is whether we go along this path or change it? I ask parents and brothers in Badulla whether we shall allow this same (destructive) path to continue or we shall change it? We need to change the path. Don’t ever allow this to continue.

Changing Leaders/ Governments with Good Intentions But?

For a long time, our people changed governments with good intentions. No one wanted new governments to engage in theft. No one changed governments asking to protect thieves. They didn’t change governments asking them to put country in a debt trap. People accomplished a significant job in electing Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President in the last election. Many professionals who did not engage in politics such as doctors, engineers, managers, also involved in politics to elect him as the President. Many Buddhist monks also campaigned for his victory. Many businessmen also did so. Why did they do so? People had a good aspiration. As he was a person who did not engage in politics until then, and a new person to the political arena, people expected that he will change the political culture. But it did not happen. The old political culture continued under his rule also.  

People thought he will not allow those in the government to steal (Horakam). Instead the friend circle stole from antigen kits, sugar deals, coal deals, hotel accommodation during the pandemic. People expected that he will create a society where rule of law existed. They thought he will halt the spread of drugs. Police officials will be able to perform duties according to their position and the type of stars given to them in a respectful manner. They thought he will stand firm (against vices).  

What actually happened after he came to power? Drugs business started to expand. Drug dealers were given protection. Today the drug called Ice is spreading in villages rapidly. People thought he will change the country.  They did not expect him to do any wrong. People gave him six months, one year, two years to rule properly but he followed the same old path (Parana Gamana). What happened then? Due to the disappointment experienced (Apeksha Bhangathvaya), people came to the street and expelled the President whom they themselves elected.  Most of such people were those who campaigned to elect him. People believed that he will not disappoint them as such.

Even though people changed governments anticipating answers to their problems, they did not get expected answers. Sometimes, governments have actually not changed. He gives an example of a minister who has been a minister since 1994 even though the governments changed. Though governments changed the man has not changed? (laughter from the crowd). During the rule of Gotabaya, a complaint was made by the Japanese government against a minister for demanding a commission of Rs 200 million from a Japanese funded project in the Katunayake airport. Gotabaya asked the minister to resign and the minister obliged. After Ranil became the President, he appointed a committee of inquiry. Chair of the commission was Kusala Sarojani. It was the same minister who actually asked the President to appoint her as the chair. The committee said that there was no such complaint. Thus, the minister was reinstated in his position. For a long time, such things have happened. Thus, even if people wanted to change governments their aspirations have not been fulfilled. I can tell many things which have happened. You know more than me about such things. You know the problems in the kitchen. When your child doesn’t have a job, you know the nature of the problem. When you don’t have enough business, you know the problem. If you have taken a loan to do a small business you know the problem. 

What Do We Have to do Now? Elect A People’s Government

We now know enough about what the problem is? What do we have to do now? First, we have to get power back from those who have ruled the country in order to form a People’s government through a new election. We need to make sure it will be a government formed by National People’s Power (NPP). First solution is this. If we go along the old path, nothing will change. If you think now Ranil has corrected his wrongs (hadila), you are wrong. He has been in the parliament for 45 years. He was either a minister, prime Minister or the opposition leader. Not a simple MP.  Then he says when he was born Ceylon did better than Japan in terms of the economy but today it is not so.  Who is responsible? There are no solutions in the failed old path to our contemporary problems. To get solutions we need a new political change or transformation (parivartanayak).  

When we look around the world, economies or states that declined were not renewed by those who made them decline. Only a new movement or power force (balavegaya) can revive a declined economy or country. National People’s power is that new force. Now we have to acquire power. When I look at the faces of you from Badulla seat, it tells me that you are ready to give us a big victory (Crowd is clapping). But we should not under estimate the enemy. They have wealth, power, media power, and the underworld. Enemy is very powerful.  

Opponents will not Give Power to us on A Plate 

Some people say that Gotabaya invited all (party leaders) to accept the Prime Minister post but only Ranil came forward. He told Anura also to accept it. Actually, he didn’t ask us. They don’t hand over power like that. Will he give power to me knowing that I will send him to prison? We wrote a letter on 11th May where we stated that we are ready to save the country from this downturn if we can appoint a cabinet to our liking. We said we will then solve basic problems in 6 months, will go to an election, then establish a people’s government. We sent the letter on 11th May but Ranil was appointed on the 14th. They don’t give power to us like that. Not only that they will do everything in their power to prevent us acquiring power also.  

They have launched a lot of attacks targeting NPP. But don’t get rattled. Enemy is rattled now. (Anura explains how the government brought cows from abroad and a Minister purchased 50 cows at a subsidised rate?) Everywhere politicians are talking about us. They are trying to persuade us to travel on a different path. i.e. to push us to the jungle. Some come to us as friends. Others come as leftists. But we are not willing to do so. Our aim is to organise the people and build a grand peoples’ movement. Some suggests us that we should buy a TV channel. But it is not possible to do so. Our enemies have a couple of TV channels. You can start many thousands of channels if you start talking about the situation in buses, trains in Badulla.  

Power Rests with the People: Political Change is for the Good

Many thought that the power rests with them. But it is not so. Recent events have shown that the power rests with the people. Earlier people thought Rajapaksas were an unshakable mountain. People came to temple trees at night and the PM left by helicopter. Then the people thought power rests with the President. People came to his residence and he left through the secret door. Power lies with the people. Same happened to Basil also. When he had to look for a way out of the country he had to travel around the country by air to find an exit. Earlier, people were astonished to see those with power when they come in luxury cars with a security guard. Now the ministers don’t come to villages. Before people were afraid of the ministers. Now the ministers are afraid of the people. It is a good development. Political changes (parivarthana) in our country are desirable. The most important power is the one that is with the people.  

Our task is to organise that power. We need to organise Kottasa Sabha in Badulla electorate. Already 23 Kottasa have been organised. Five have yet to be organised. We need to organise Grama Seva Vasam Sabha also. That way we have to unite the people. That is the grand power we will have. We are getting ready to acquire power. To do so we have to win over the consent of the majority. We need to get power and use it to redevelop the country. Our success depends on the extent to which we are able to gather people (to our cause) in places like Badulla. If we can’t, we have to stop here and now. 

Today other parties can’t come here including Pohottuwa. When I met a prominent member of Pohottuwa in the parliament, I asked why is it divided now? He tells me that it is scattered like a Pol Mal (Coconut flower) when it is thrashed against the floor. Today there is no leader for Pohottuwa. Ranil is an installed leader. He lost his parliamentary seat also. (Anura is laughing by referring to another leader). We travel to villages and organise people to become the main force. Jathika Vidvath Sanvidhanaya held discussions with businesses, professionals and religious leaders who guide people in the Badulla district. Held discussions in Bandarawela also. For each field we need to gather more people and formulate a great people power in order to acquire governing power.  

Need for Elections for New Mandate and Abolition of Privileges to Ministers and Former Presidents

But for this we need an election. For instance, Local government elections are to be held before 20th March 2023.  Ranil is contemplating how to postpone it? Why can’t the government hold this election? 1). How can they contest?  Do they contest Pohottuwa as a separate party or in combination with the UNP? They can’t contest as two parties while in the government together. Could they contest together? No, because people in the villages will not unite. 2) even if they contest, the result will not be to their liking. Most importantly, if Ranil loses at the local government elections, he will realise the extent of his measure. If they get a poor result, they will not be able to govern the country afterwards. They will have to dissolve the parliament. People ask us whether we have to wait another 2.5 years for an election?  No. We will somehow prevent any postponement of local government elections. After the local government elections, we will come to the roads with people for aragalaya seeking a general election.

Accordingly, the main way to resolve this crisis (arbudaya) is to get a new people’s consent and form a new government. A country that is broken cannot be developed by an installed (unelected) President. People will also have to make some sacrifices to restore the country to its normalcy. But for that National People Power will give a signal.  We are ready to sacrifice in order to rebuild this country.  

Recently the report about the burning of Ranil’s house was presented to the magistrate courts in Colombo. The report says the damage from the burning of house is 204 million (visi koti hatalis lakshayai). Out of this, the damage to his house is 9 million but the damage to his car is 195 million (19 koti panas lakshayai or 1500 lakhs). What is this car? These are government vehicles. The one he used as the Prime Minister. How can Ranil tell people to tighten belts? All ministers (and former Presidents) live in government houses. E.g. Nimal Siripala, Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Hema Premadasa, Chandrika Kumaratunga, Maithripala Sirisena, Dayasiri Jayasekera. What is happening here? These rulers waste people’s wealth in millions and billions (Koti prakoti ganan valin). We are ready to give an example here by removing all privileges (varadana and varaprasada) offered to the ministers.  We will not give houses, not pay their light and water bills.  

Rebuilding the Country after an Election with Parliamentary System of Governance

As the country is broken we all have to come together to reconstruct it. That is how we have to rebuild this country.  Firstly, we need a new mandate from the people through an election. We have to give power to a new team to govern the country. In that case, people will allow one to two years for the new team to run the country. Because it is a new government, people will be patient for a while. During that period, it will be possible to rebuild the country.  Don’t even think about rebuilding without holding an election and getting a new government elected. We need to organise people, win an election and form a government. In short, we unite, win an election and form a government. Secondly, for the reconstruction of the country, we need a new constitution. When the 22nd amendment to the constitution was introduced we proposed an amendment to prevent MPs changing parties. He gives examples.  We suggested that an MP will lose his/her seat if the party is changed. But the parliament did not approve it.  Because the MPs want to change sides. Some in the opposition are waiting to get Ministerial positions. We will introduce an amendment to the constitution to limit the number of ministers to 25 and deputy ministers to 25.  There will be no state ministers or project ministers.

From 1948 to 1979 for about 29 years our country was ruled under the parliamentary system.  Since 1977, for about 45 years our country has been governed under the Executive Presidential system. Executive presidency is not a suitable position or system for our country. More suitable is a parliamentary system. Look what happened to those who held the position of executive presidency? Anura goes through the list. When previous Presidents were elected people consumed milk rice (kiribath). But when they leave office they clapped. This tells the story.  

New Constitution

We will change the existing constitution and bring a new one. Will change the executive president system. If MPs change parties they will forego their MP positions. We will limit the number of Ministerial positions. There will be a chapter on people’s basic rights. Education will be a fundamental right. If a family does not have a school for their child, or no teachers in a school they can lodge a complaint against the government. Health will be a basic right.  If there are no medicines in hospitals, people can lodge complaints against the government. 

Rule of law  

There has to be a law equally applicable to all citizens. Police officers will be able to perform duties according to their training, laws etc. Is there such a law in our country today? No. For those with wealth and power there is one law. The poor has another law. Disabled also has another law. He cites the example of two university students who have been detained for 3 months without any charge. Why? They are poor (duppath) and impotent(dubalai). On the contrary, one MP is still in the open after committing a murder. Why? He is rich and powerful. There is no just law in the country. Can our police officers work in a just manner? Recently we saw how the OIC at Beliatte talked to a police sergeant. The sergeant had arrested kasippu karayo. OIC asks why did you arrest them? Who told you to do so?  Anura mentioned what the powerful MP of the area has told the police? What is this law in our country?  

We don’t have any need for protecting criminals. We don’t have criminals on our stage. We will create conditions for the police, judiciary and the attorney general to implement laws properly. To build a country we need discipline.  When we go abroad we can see how laws ae implemented? If a person speeds, fines are given. For criminals necessary punishments are given. That is how other countries have developed. 

International Reputation

Thirdly we have to become a country accepted by the world (international community). Some people tell us that the NPP is good but you don’t have international relations or you don’t know Suddo (white people). Ranil knows Suddo. For international relations what matters is not whether you know Suddo or not. State to State relations (raja thantrika sambandatha) are the most important thing.  

What is the basis of such relations? It is the nature of a country. Recently the Australian high commissioner came to see us.  He had a few pages with my background details. That meant he had prepared for the meeting. We are also like that.  We also found information about him through Google. We found information about when did he come, where did he work before, which universities he attended, what are his preferred fields? That is how we sit down to talk. When foreigners Google about Ranil, what do they find? Central bank episode. Will they accept him? No.  Thus, whether a country is reputable matters in international relations. (He cites other examples of ministers and their reputation problems). 

For a country to be recognised by the international community, it has to respect the rule of law including that the criminals are prosecuted well. A country with thieves in government will not be recognised. What do other world leaders say about our country? Last April, Bangladesh gave $ 250 million loan on a short-term basis (money SWAP) or six months. We didn’t pay it back in time. They extended the time again and again but ultimately realising that we don’t pay back the loan increased the interest. At last Bangladesh asked us to payback the loaned money without further delay. This is who we are today. World Bank gave a loan to buy fertiliser. While offering the loan it also said it will send a team to ascertain whether there are measures in place to prevent thefts. There is an international relations committee in the US Senate. It wrote a letter to IMF. It wanted IMF to ensure there is a mechanism to prevent thefts of IMF money.  

We don’t have an acceptable image to our country today. Who will recognise it? There are some countries whose citizens even do not require visas. But some countries don’t issue visas for us. Our sportsmen and women went to Commonwealth Sports Games. Ten jumped the ship. Our sports heroes go to world competitions but don’t return. There are TV advertisements warning us not to come by boat.

In short if we are to rebuild this country we need 1) rule of law 2) a new constitution 3) recognised country by the world. We are willing to make this country a recognised one by the world. A country where women and children have the protection. Corrupt and fraudulent people will not rule it. We need to make this an attractive country.  

Will Stop Corruption and Fraud

Today ours is a back listed country. Unable to repay loans (Polu thiyala). It is known as a country with those who steal public wealth. Some international investigations reveal Sri Lankans involved in corrupt activities. He cites the name of a person in the US and Kabral connection. Also, the corrupt activities by Jaliya Wickramasuriya when purchasing a building for the embassy in the US. He was the cousin of Mahinda. An American newspaper revealed how Chinese companies gave commissions to a key politician in Lanka? There was another case in Australia.  A company providing equipment to Hambantota hospital was involved in corrupt payments. Air bus deal by French company was another example. Kapila Chandrasena was involved. What has happened here? 

We will make our image one that glitters around the world. We cannot move forward without rule of law. We will create a country with no corruption and fraud.  When I say this you will ask everyone else told the same story before?  What was the main reason for defeating Ranil at the last election? It was the central bank fraud. Then we brought Gotabaya. Now we have sent him home and brought Ranil back. Then during the budget Ranil says in the parliament speech that we cannot build the country without eradicating thefts(horakam). He cannot stop thefts.   He should go to Welikada voluntarily as an example. He is surrounded by a corrupt circle (Dushitha Valalla).  

Remember as much as the economic policy followed by governments until now, the (corrupt) political culture is also responsible for the situation today. There is corruption when importing gas, coal, fuel, diesel. Do you know the way the price of diesel is determined? There is a Singapore flat rate. That is the internationally recognised price. It fluctuates. When tenders are called, bidders say we will provide diesel for Singapore price plus one dollar. Another says I will give diesel for Singapore price plus 2 dollars. In the history, the Singapore price has not gone above its benchmark price plus 4 dollars. Do you know for how much the government bought diesel in recent times? It was for Singapore price plus 30 dollars!  In a barrel there are 159 litres. When we pay 30 dollars, for one litre Rs. 68 is added to the price. The reason? Fraud. When people are waiting in the ques (Polim), they take money from the transaction. Same happened when the government ordered antigen kits during COVID. Are they leaders? When citizens were stuck abroad, other countries sent a ship to bring them home. We enacted a rule saying we will not allow them to come back. Later the government said we will allow but they have to stay in a hotel. For 10 days the cost is Rs 140,000. Per day Rs 14,000. Will such people reconstruct the country? When our own citizens were in trouble they were exploited.  

We give a guarantee that we will stop corruption and fraud. We will punish those who are corrupt. We know how some politicians bought Benz cars for loved ones. People are suffering. There is no medicine in hospitals.  Malnutrition is ripe. No employment for young people. They are postponing marriages. Mothers have to leave the country and children for work abroad. Women are auctioned for prostitution in Oman. Why is all this? Rulers have squandered people’s wealth in millions and billions (Koti prakoti). Don’t we have to punish them? Only the NPP can guarantee punishments for such corrupt rulers. Even Sajith says he will punish. When he says so Rajitha is on the stage. He has a pending court case. Government estimate for leasing fisheries port at Modara was Rs 175,000. But it was given for Rs 25,000 for 25 years. The loss per month to the government is Rs 150,000. Total loss for 25 years is 450 lakhs. They tell before the people that they will put a stop to waste and thefts. For the Housing authority Sajith placed 3000 people. Today they don’t have jobs.

Efficient Public Service, Value Adding for Exports and Future Jobs

We have to make the public service more efficient. Politicians have bloated it by appointing many thousands. We have plans to make it more efficient. You have to be able to get services from Kachcheriya or Pradesheeya lekam Karyalaya. Go and see what happens in the latter on a Wednesday. Most people who come there have come several times before. Work does not get done in time. There are 12000-15000 Sri Lankans working in Maldives.  I asked them do they work in the post office or other government offices? No. They work in the private sector establishments. Recently we made our plan for the tourism industry together with Professor Ruwan who is a specialist in the field. We had the highest number of tourists in 2018. 2.4 million (24 lakhs). But our plan is to increase this to 40 lakhs in 4 years. At present our tourism industry brings only RS. 4 billion. We can double this.  This is the way to create jobs. But today where they create jobs? In agrarian services (Govi Jana Seva) or in Kachcheriyas. Graduates do not have jobs suitable for their qualifications.  

Look at our tea. 78% is sent abroad as bulk tea to Dubai. Only 22% is sent as packets. But Dubai does not have a single tea plant yet it has become the central hub for export. We have to value add for the tea export. Then our tea industry will grow.  More employment will be created.  Same for our Cinnamon. We may not be able to export to Europe as they are concerned about quality but we can export to African zone. We have to investigate what they want?  Then we can produce those items in Badulla or Mahiyanganaya. Jobs will then be created. We need to create a new class of entrepreneurs. We have to give them the necessary capital, new technology and find markets for their products. We have to create new conditions in the economy. Jobs will be created this way. Pradesheeya Lekam karyalaya or Govi Jana Seva karyalaya are not places to provide jobs as such. We need more teachers, nurses and doctors.  

We need to develop human resources. It is the best resource we have. We have to create ways people can utilise their knowledge and labour productively. We need to get the whole community (prajava) to back the rebuilding effort. This way we have to bring about an economic revolution. If we collectively work towards the same aim we can rebuild this country in 3-4 years. I am not saying that we will give you a pair of shoes or a fancy dress.  

Anura’s Promise – A New Country After Reforms

We will formulate a plan including a new constitution, stop corruption and fraud, rule of law, country glittering before the world, efficient public service, and a new economic policy. It will create jobs for the children, an income and confidence for their future. We will create a new country. People do not have to suffer any longer like today.  Look at the people living in other countries. Recently I went to Kuwait. It doesn’t have a single river or creek. But we have many resources. We have a good human resource, beaches, climatic zones and a good history. We have good farming and fisheries communities. We also have a youth community who can advance the country.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 21
    12

    Anura and his gang are the wimpiest of them all.
    They bark and bark like toothless dogs and have done nothing really to stop Sri Lanka from sliding into the mess we are in today.
    We all know that religious bias has been one of the major causes of the divisive nature of our society which in turn gives immense power to the ruling class.
    The Buddhist monk is the chief culprit in misleading the Sinhala Buddhists in the wrong direction by corrupting our ideals. Twisting Buddha’s teachings.
    To be honest we don’t have many true Buddhist monks in SL. Most Buddhist do not understand the buddha-dharma, most have defaulted to primal instincts and resorted to practicing the Hindu faith in disguise.
    The JVP / NPP know this but have never had the balls to confront the deranged bastards in yellow robes.
    If they can gather courage and face up to these Yellow robes and put them in their place, I will gladly take my cap off to the NPP.
    Till then no amount of barking on stage shall solve our issues.
    NPP has “CRAB MENTALITY” and that needs to change first.

    • 9
      5

      HT and all,
      A new force should involve in fixing the issue in srilanka: But i am not yet sure that JVP /NPP would be that force.
      if JVP could separate the evil sinhala buddhism from politics and institutionalization of demagogic politics of them that sowed by RAJAPAKSHES forces for a period of last 15 years in this country, they can reap the harvest for a better future. My problem is that i dont see it happening as yet in JVP.

      This is a mamooth task. It needs its time. AKD is not matured enough to do it practically even if his public speeches cover almost every facets.
      Lal Kantha could put the fire as did it in 89, but outcome towards the improvement of people s awarness is not palpable.

      Also now, they the JVPrs should work hard around the clock to convince the people by changing their tactics to proper orientation.

      I hardly believe that middle class would buy JVPrs theories further. Demogodery has become habituated in this country to every corner. That is seen like a parasite that is entwined a strong tree. Step by step, this parsite should be removed from the tree so that TREE could grow further.

      • 15
        1

        “The Buddhist monk is the chief culprit in misleading the Sinhala Buddhists in the wrong direction by corrupting our ideals. Twisting Buddha’s teachings.
        To be honest we don’t have many true Buddhist monks in SL. Most Buddhist do not understand the buddha-dharma, most have defaulted to primal instincts”

        HT,

        Couldn’t have said it any better!

        When one criticises “Sinhala Buddhism” …….. many take it as either criticism of the Sinhalese, the Buddhists or both ……. without realizing what a toxic mix “Sinhala Buddhism” has become and how it holds one’s mind in bondage.

        Buddha was a remarkable intellect and a great human …….. but I’m stunned how many decent/good Buddhists don’t – or reluctant to – come forward to protect Buddha’s good-name/honour …….. and accept the disgracing of him so passively.

        Have the bloody courage to do one’s dirty deeds oneself …….. without taking cover behind the good-names of others.


        I do my unspeakable dirty-deeds myself …….. without getting Buddha, Christ, Vishnu, Mohammad, Old Codger, ………. involved. …….. Native Vedda is different: he is worse than me. I dump all my crimes on him …….. and he dumps all of them on Mao and Ramona

        You’d know Lanka/Lankans have reformed when Native has no complaints.

        • 8
          0

          Comparison between Sajit and AKD forces
          .
          Sajith praises the Buddhist clergy and makes every effort to go through traditional tactics, and AKD often mentions them in his speeches. For me Sajith is not honest enough, however, AKD is right here, the problem arises, how can AKD be the winner without the direct intervention of pinguttara (Sinhala Buddhist Monks) community?
          .
          As with Sri Lankan food, they would not be satisfied without DAHL curry and dried fish, – Sri Lankan politics is inseparable from the place given to a Buddhist monk in that society. So, even if NPP have great arguments to prove that they can bring the country back on track, with this being the reality of Sri Lankan culture, I question how the JVP/NPP will get across to the voters ????ß

          That which is forbidden or out of the reach of sl people
          .
          1) Main stream media mafia
          2) Abusive behavior of Sinhala Buddhist monks
          3) People’s courage is not serious enough for a real change
          4) Pensioners wither after retirement even though they have long qualifying years
          5) Those who could promote the teaching of foreign languages ​​remain lethargic and deaf.
          6) Productivity is not in demand.

        • 1
          0

          Dear SENSITIVE Readers,
          .
          I would like to know how the JVP/NPP will act against the unwanted interference of Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks (if they are educated, it is okay, however, most of them are far from normal education) cleansing in Sri Lankan politics.

          We know very well how ignorant Sinhala Buddhist monks constantly mislead the nation.

          They are clearly abusing their place in society rather than their brains.

          Of course, current debate in Parliament was about the President’s remarks about Hitler. He literally said,
          “They call me Hitler and attack me.”

          But the Sinhala Buddhist monks misinterpret it as “President becoming a Hitler”.
          Youtubers such Sepal Amarasinghe, Suda Creation and very many others too do the same by imitating stupid monks. It later turns out that these are people’s false perceptions.
          This is how SRILANKEN MEDIA handles basic information. Experts are powerless to correct it because there is no demand for their recognition in Sri Lankan society. Their acceptance in Sri Lankan society is secondary to mainstream media.

      • 9
        2

        My Dear LM: We all fear what we do not understand. That is human nature. That is applicable to “JVP/NPP” too.

      • 8
        6

        Dear leelagemalli,
        .
        It is impossible to satisfy you. You consider a 54-year old man immature; really? You keep shifting goal posts.
        .
        You generalise too much. The “middle class” will not buy JVPers theory. It is now the NPP, and I seem to have bought its theories. What class am I?
        .
        You make too many comments; you don’t THINK enough.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe

        • 7
          8

          SINHALA Man,/NIC Hunter/new elected JVP propaganda man,

          If I’m immature, you must be the most stupidest man on earth.
          .
          What else can I read from a man who claims to be a Sinhalese who knows nothing but that he is a “Sinhala man”? . Nothing more than that as far as I can see.
          .
          You don’t even know who DILETE JAYAWEERA is.?????? But lived forever in the island that was punished by Rajapaksa?

          As the person who did the most harm in providing unaffordable covid tests and expensive accommodation to our poor Sri Lankan workers working in MEast countries….

          You really don’t know anything about JVP…….you just know a few guys, …can you mislead us?

          Do you know who did this the most under the Gotabhaya regime?.. It was Commander Nishankan Senadhipathi… an ex-soldier in the Sri Lankan Army, but later became rich in avant-garde scams…

          • 6
            3

            Dear LM
Dilith Susantha Jayaweera (born 18 September 1967) is a Sri Lankan Businessman, he is the Chairman of George Steuart & Co., Sri Lanka’s oldest mercantile establishment and Derana, one of Sri Lanka’s largest media networks.
A lawyer by profession, Dilith Jayaweera set up Triad Advertising (Pvt) Limited in 1993, in partnership with Varuni Amunugama. Triad is the most awarded indigenous advertising agency in Sri Lanka.
Jayaweera’s agency is known to have been behind several high-profile campaigns including ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ created on behalf of the Sri Lanka forces to raise the profile of the army, navy and air force during the latter stages of the Sri Lankan civil war against the LTTE.
The company has been heavily diversified and Jayaweera has set up over 20 subsidiaries. His media investments include a national television channel Derana and Liberty Publishers.
TV Derana is a Sri Lankan private entertainment terrestrial television channel broadcasting in Sri Lanka. Launched on 11 October 2005, it is one of the most popular television networks in the country. Its main transmission tower is on the Kikilimana mountain, and coverage is extended nationwide via eight transmission towers


            • 5
              3

              TV Derana won 47 awards at the recently concluded SLIM ( Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing ) – Nielsen Peoples Awards 2020 including the “ Television Channel of the Year’ ,“Peoples Youth Choice Television Channel of the Year” and the “False News provider of the year ( Jada Derana). This was the first time a local channel had won that many number of awards at this prestigious entirely researched based award ceremony. TV Derana won these awards at the previous year as well including the biggest award ‘The Local Brand of the year”.
TV Derana also holds the all-time record for having the most programmes by one channel, in the top 10 most rated programmes. According to the recent LMRB research data, TV Derana has eight programmes in the top 10 including the first two programmes in the country.
In October 2014, TV Derana has been appointed the first and only Multi Channel Network (MCN) of YouTube in Sri Lanka.
TV Derana’s presence on YouTube quickly became a monumental part of the broadcasting giant’s success, taking its popular Sinhalese programming to viewers on multiple screens, worldwide. TV Derana also became the first channel in Sri Lanka to hit 1 Million Subscribers and 1 Billion Total Views in 2019.

              • 10
                1

                “TV Derana also became the first channel in Sri Lanka to hit 1 Million Subscribers and 1 Billion Total Views in 2019.”

                This is nothing new ……… it’s as old as human history!

                The Greeks had their amphitheatres, sports and games: Olympics …….. The Romans had their colosseums, pantheons …….. the sport of feeding Christians to lions ( predates feeding Tamils and Muslims to Sinhala lions: Ranaweerus ) …… all fun and games to keep the populace distracted/disengaged/alternatively-engaged ……. while the rulers/ruling-class were screwing them left, right and centre.

                So, what else is new?

                • 7
                  0

                  nimal,
                  This is easily one of the good ones, I have come across on CT.

                • 5
                  0

                  Dear NF
                  I didn’t write this in support of Derena or Dilith Jayaweera. These were the facts I gathered from the net.
                  I wrote a 2nd comment decoding Derena and Dilith. That has not been featured sadly.
                  Anyway, here goes the same.
                  Derena started operating in 2005, the same year Mara came into power.
                  Dilith carried the experience he gained from advertising and marketing to the media realm through Derena.
                  He applied the art of twisting and turning people’s minds through news casting and media to swing the mindset of the average Sinhala person.
                  Derana was the main tool used by the Mara gang.
                  Derana systematically broke down the little remaining values in our society by perverting the truth.
                  Dilith deserves to hang for high treason on an entire unsuspecting population.

                  • 5
                    0

                    “I didn’t write this in support of Derena or Dilith Jayaweera.”

                    HT,

                    I knew that: I knew you were just stating some facts and statistics.

            • 6
              3

              LM,
              .
              Please see
              what I have recommended for “whywhy”.
              .
              The real Sri Lanka is a villager.
              .
              I live in a village (it’s far enough away from the Bandarawela town for this area to have the characteristics of a village.
              .
              The NPP is systematically covering the country. Please see this video, and others on the same site:
              .
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb5cCQbYqng
              .
              This shows the NPP fearlessly carrying its message into the heart of the Rajapaksa fiefdom. I have sometimes seen the criticism that all the publicity is in Sinhalese. Not all, perhaps MOST. Please go to 1 hour 40′ 23″ of this video. See how their main Tamil speaker, as I understand it, is introduced. Not as a “Tamil”, but as their women’s organiser. Here she speaks in fluent Sinhalese.
              .
              Why have I not hitherto been able to link you to the Badulla speech which has been translated here for you? It’s on a site named “visanduma” (sic)

            • 6
              3

              Yes, dear HT.
              .
              I have by now looked at the Wikipedia entry.
              .
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilith_Jayaweera
              .
              You’ve copied this from there, haven’t you?
              .
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFTX3hyjrg0&t=37s AKD in 2021, 12 minutes including the apology. See if that apology, @ 9’.28” satisfies you.
              .
              Thanks.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe

            • 9
              0

              1/
              Television media giant crime in Sri Lanka
              Unfortunately, TV channels in Sri Lanka are totally dependent on the number of viewers and not on the direct contribution of the people. Former media minister Dulas Alahaperuma boasted that he was a former journalist but did nothing to correct this, but this has destroyed this nation. JVP or other forces must change this in a big way to overcome the media fraudsters who currently dominate Sri Lanka’s crime scene.
              .
              1) We have already informed who this Dilith Jayaweera is
              His TV channel came into existence through black money raised by Rajapaksa at the beginning of MR’s rule.
              This is similar to the case of “Basil Rajapaksa’s Gampaha Resort” where the owner did not show interest in the Sri Lankan courts.
              -Lawyers and Judges- Why are you silent? Who is the owner of Gampaha Resort if not Basil?????
              If anything needs to be corrected for the criminal actions of the Rajapaksas, everything is in their hands.
              Ranjan Ramanayake was imprisoned on charges of contempt of court.
              But that court and the same court dealt with the Rajapaksa’s and their media outlets.
              -…>2

              • 6
                0

                2/
                2) Hitumathe-jivithe – A fake killer is made to earn a lot of money through a “film” from a released prisoner. The producer’s contract was given a major advertisement by Derana TV….. If a country is subject to the law, how can this happen?
                The ground reality is that the story of JEEWITHE is a complete lie. Please follow the link below
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jChwwmLYDik
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzKfEUlJxeQ&t=63s

                3) Shortly before Gota’s presidential election in November 2019, Derana TV aired a plant-planting story based on a fake fairy tale, but the myth-controlled and regulated Sinhala Buddhists seized on it and called it a “panacea”. This revealed to the whole world that GOTA was good enough to be a refugee in America but not at all good as a statesman. He broke all the records of the Polonnaruwa donkey.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3BhK3pAxJ8

                -> 3

                • 6
                  0

                  3/

                  4) Innocent Sri Lankan guest workers, mostly laborers from Middle East countries, were victimized by the Covid crisis by forcing them to undergo expensive PCR and ANTIGENT tests. Many of them cannot stay in the hotels recommended by the government at that time…the Gota who gave power to those crooks in the dangerous situation of the country should be put in jail. We were speechless. Many like me could afford it, but whole lot of poor workers couldn’t. I observed them with my own eyes. I was helpeless. Not a single news paper stood against this. No state media gave it due publicity being on the side of poor victims.
                  :
                  Those who came to Sri Lanka on the orders of Dilitha Jayaweera and Nisshanka Senadhipati had nothing else to do. We wasted a lot of our money for no good reason. During Covid, I spent more than 12 lakhs instead of 3-4 lakhs for a trip in Sri Lanka. It would be better if the money was given to the homes where the innocent elderly people I have helped for the past 15 years are struggling with their lives.

                  ->4

                  • 7
                    0

                    4/

                    The main media in Sri Lanka will not discuss this as yet…..which proves their level of fraud in the mainstream media.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbExDBbacjU

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN7fs2zAgVE

                    .Those two ruthless businessmen and their illegal networks enabled them to make billions from poor people. Gotha’s government was a goldmine for both criminals. Instead, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan extended all their support to the people of their country, but Sri Lanka completely ignored it.

                    • 7
                      2

                      Hurrah!
                      .
                      Somebody has liked this link, which, hopefully, indicates that the said body has confirmed that we’ve got at the original video. Let me hope that a comparison follows. Translation is extremely difficult work; more difficult than writing creatively, giving full reign to one’s imagination.
                      .
                      It is work for a patient man in his/her prime. It is arduous work; LM would have the necessary skills, but is probably too busy. HT, having left Lanka at age ten, and having had his education in English, may have the time, but wouldn’t know sufficient Sinhalese to undertake the work; he could comment on the adequacy of the translation. My Sinhalese (although less than LM’s) would suffice, but it’s too difficult (and boring?) for an antediluvian like me.
                      .
                      Simon would seem to be the man of the hour. Although I don’t know you personally, you seem to have the commitment and the energy for the job!

          • 6
            3

            Dear leelagemalli,
            .
            In the comment above, you have said this:
            .
            “If I’m immature, you must be the most stupidest man on earth.”
            .
            That is a direct quote from you.
            .
            What had I said, ” You consider a 54-year old man immature; really? “
            .
            Whom did I mean? Anura Kumara Dissanayake. I had checked here:
            .
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anura_Kumara_Dissanayaka
            .
            The only problem that I have with you (and I know you pretty well) is your feelings. More below
            .
            Panini Edirisinhe

            • 5
              0

              I apologize for my overreaction. I’m not backward on apologizing for human mistakes. May our average folks in our srilanken society be understood it, so that we may finally see a better society where norms are more respected while protecting dignity and human dignity.

              LM

    • 9
      2

      This is the original Sinhalese video of the speech that has been translated for you above.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BbAU1mfsjI
      .
      At least I think that it is. Those who have already read through the “article” above, will be able to confirm that the content is the same. It is now difficult for me to read the English!


      In my case, I had heard this speech and then lost it, because I hadn’t noted the YouTube site on which it appeared: “visanduma”. the “n” in that spelling is there to indicate the nasality in the Sinhala pronunciation of “d”.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

  • 16
    4

    What is the purpose of tamils investing in sinhala land when periodically the sinhalas BURN and destroy Tamil owned business. In addition the budget of sinhala land has massive billions of rupees for 300,000 armed forces to keep the tamils down!!! (not fight external forces as any such attack the sinhala army will fall on its face within a week)

    • 19
      2

      “Many professionals who did not engage in politics such as doctors, engineers, managers, also involved in politics to elect him (Gota) as the President”.
      “Professionals ” is a rather loose description of the Viyathmaga gang who ruined this country.
      Nalaka Godahewa the professional stock market swindler?
      Dilith Jayaweera the professional Derana Goebbels?
      Padeniya the professional paediatrician cum geologist?
      Channa Jayasumana the professional racist and fallopian expert?
      Glyphosate Ratana the professional agricultural expert?
      With friends like these, did Gota need enemies?

      • 10
        5

        Dear oc,
        .
        Who is Dilith Jayaweera?
        .
        Is he different from the Gamini Jayaweera who wrote this article nine days ago?
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/olcott-oration-2022-keynote-speech-ten-years-too-late/
        .
        It looks as though leelagemalli, you, and I can still agree on a few things.

        • 11
          0

          SM,
          You ought to be more in the loop.
          Dilith Jayaweera is the co-owner of Derana.Among other things, he owns George Steuarts, which was given a monopoly on Covid test kits, and made a thumping profit.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilith_Jayaweera#Post-war_investments
          As you can see, being young and educated is no guarantee of anything.

          • 10
            0

            Dear oc,
            .
            ought to be, yes!

            .
            There are huge gaps in my knowledge.
            .
            I find it encouraging that many of the regular contributors here are becoming less dogmatic.
            .
            Even many of hanchopancha’s comments are becoming more acceptable. I always knew that he was intelligent
            .
            And “leelagemali” seems to be willing to think of JVPers as having some good in them. I hope that these become permanent “improvements”.
            .
            However, we all seem agreed that we will be better off without any Rajapaksas.
            .
            Panini

            • 9
              3

              Dear SM,
              I did not say that I do not agree with JVP./NPP: Please, you do not need to speak for me.

              But I say they are not mature enough to run a government.
              They may be good at stage speeches. Other than that, nothing particularly good has been proven from them yet. They have equally used the amount allocated for their vehicles through tax-free vehicle permits.

              Even in some cases the charges made by JVPrs against the real criminals … are based on mere anecdotal information.That i dont expect from a party of pure nature.

              They knew that it was Mahinda and Cabral who brought about the 2008 bond scam. Now there is ample evidence… Despite this, JVP continued to make accusations against UNP. .. these are not mature …. for a party full of graduates.

              How is Cabral still powerful if Mahinda Rajapaksa is not behind him? But CABRAL will be found in a prison cell in the near future…that’s for sure.

            • 11
              0

              SM /HP,
              .
              Since Christmas is coming, why don’t both forgive and stop it..?. I really don’t think there is an afterlife. So you must agree to peace.

              In Kindergarten, that’s acceptable, but here we can’t .. can we? How can people become archenemies forever?

              I find HP writes good comments without attacking anyone. Why attack someone who has no basic knowledge of what is happening in the country?

              • 7
                0

                “der kluger gibt nach”

                the wise give in

                ප්‍රඥාවන්තයෝ යටත් වෙති

                புத்திசாலிகள் விட்டுக்கொடுக்கிறார்கள்

              • 3
                0

                LM. There is nothing personal. I did not go after his wife nor he came after mine. He fed you with the wrong information about me. I took him to be a Good Samaritan and did not think twice before sharing personal information. He was embroiled in arguments with the hierarchy of the Anglican Church and he was canvassing support by netting in Fahim Knight and me. Where my land matter is concerned two highly controversial Chief Justices breathed on the necks of their subordinate judges to make judgments not based on purely on cogent facts recorded during the trial but on fabricated fakes. Without getting the facts fully straight and arriving at inferences is very dangerous.

        • 14
          1

          Dilith Jayaweera -I thought everyone knew who he is. ???
          .
          Dilit Jayaweera was the right hand of GOTA ; Owner of Derana TV channel and several other companies under Gota’s government.
          You may have heard about the famous “water snake carrying stolen relics to Kelaniya Raja maha viharayatemple” shortly before Gota’s presidential election. The fake story was planted by Dilith Jayaweera to distort the minds of the majority of the Punnaku-eating nation. I hope you now know who this evil man is.
          .
          I know Jayaweera who said he went to school in Galle and later became a lawyer. Simply put, his Derana TV came into existence in the same way as Basil ‘s money laundering operation.
          If we go back to confirm Jayaweera’s assests even schooling children will clear the quiz because it is clear to everyone that this Pachavahini is made for RAJAPKSHE survival.

          • 12
            0

            leelagemalli ,

            In 60s and seventies , still Ceylon , we had Mubarak Thaha , Mukthar ,
            Naleem Haji , Moosajis , Jaffarjees , Abdul Gaffoor , Kaleels , Ratnams ,
            Hydramani , Kundanmals , KG (K Gunaratnam) to name a few
            established Businesses and Businessmen , among whom Mubarak
            Thaha was a controversial Betting Figure . Some of them are still there
            but opaque to the public eye ! Why ? Because of Public Racism and
            Racist Nationalism ! We don’t have to dig up all these if the situation is
            going anywhere near the right direction . No , that is not happening !
            Direct and Indirect Govt sponsored Businesses came up in the name of
            Dasa Group and Nawaloka in that 70s ! I don’t think this man
            Jayaweera or Dammika were even in existence at the time ! All Racist
            products created by Racist politics to wilfully destroy Muslims and
            Tamils , I would take any bet ! They invite Foreign Investment but can’t
            stand the progress of its own citizens if they are not Buddhist
            Sinhalese ! Muslim means an International community , Tamil means
            the same but Sinhalese are not , they are an isolated community that
            needs both these Muslims and Tamils to go in the right direction !
            As long as they don’t see this reality , they have no directions to go !
            They are creating with public wealth , so-called Business Magnates
            only to march towards bottomless pit !

            • 7
              0

              WW,
              1Illegal businesses became legal and normal with the advent of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Village-level thugs empowered to commit village-level thuggery. Matara Notary Public cheated old fathers and robbed them of their property while signing contracts. It doesn’t matter if anyone collects something secretly, and the Rajapaksas have been kept aside for so long… Salumdoora (even big criminals have been made eligible, the door has been opened for anything, if you can control villages and districts, you should do it. But support the Rajapaksas).
              They bought thugs, ex-prisoners and any other heinous criminals and sorcerers (eg Galle Krisantha Pushpa Kumar aka Rattarana, a proven rapist) and opposition MPs and turned almost everything upside down for their dirty and survivalist politics.

              ->2

              • 5
                1

                2/
                The whole world thought that Sri Lanka under MR rule was not respecting world standards… Pictures of Lybian Gadafi siding with MR went viral in the West………. making Sri Lanka another LYBIAN STATE… …former leaders Mahinda Rajakasha made all those images ugly in his two seasons as if a HONEY BUDGER would do it even if he set an example…..
                ….. Some professors in Europe welcomed me saying “a young student has come from Bandaranaike’s country”. That was in the early 90’s…however now if someone comes to Europe…..they are not welcomed,but they talk…”Are you from Sri Lanka? Thugs have looted the state”…..the difference between then and now That’s it…
                .
                Most of the projects that were called per TENDER under CBK were executed without feasibility and tender procedure under MR. The MR force continued to blame it on CBK and carried on, then rivalists of CBK promoted that MR did was right…. that was to marginalize CBK/SLFP and her supporters ….. that way, he also destroyed SLFP of bandaranayaks… Srilanken airlinens profited under CBK, but MR regime it was turned to totally bankrupted airline… remember those Mihin AIR and the huge wastages made by them ?

                ->3

                • 4
                  0

                  3/
                  CHOGEM was squandered by the MR administration to open the eyes of other common rich people in the developed world. Whatever it was, it was not even recorded…. How much was wasted…. That’s how the Rajapaksa’s wasted public money for their mismanagement…. Today, people have forgotten almost everything for some reason…. Or Their shyness.

                  As of 2015, not a single CW country was on the MR administration’s side….. Only Swaziland and Belarus were reported as close allies of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
                  .
                  People suddenly forgot everything. Everything that Mahinda Rajapaksa destroyed was won by the late Honorable Samaraweera Minister with the advent of the good governance government… but it was also hijacked by Mahinda and other thugs because a large number of criminal investigations were filed against the main criminal. . Including his wife Shiryanti in the murder of the rugby player..

                  ->4
                  .

                  • 7
                    0

                    Those so called artists, along with their fans, and media fraudsters (DIWAYINA and ISALND newspaper) were bought without question at taxpayer expense. There are no records of what the state did under two terms of MR presidency, … this is at the beginning of good governance….. I still believe, the good governance at the beginning is exemplary compared to many. But it was hijacked by the then joint opposition led by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his thugs.

                    MAHINDA RAJAPKASHE HAS NO RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM A PRISON CELL::::
                    legal authorites, over to you…. you are to be blamed for the mess in this country.

            • 5
              0

              Why why,
              “In 60s and seventies , still Ceylon , we had Mubarak Thaha , Mukthar ,
              Naleem Haji , Moosajis , Jaffarjees , Abdul Gaffoor , ……..Some of them are still there but opaque to the public eye!”
              Yes, they are definitely still there and still outperforming the others. But they have learnt their lesson and don’t put their names on their company billboards. Nobody wants to get burnt down every few years.
              Only casino Kings cum brothel keepers pose as saviours of the nation.

    • 2
      11

      Well then there you go, keep your money and go your own way

      • 4
        0

        Dear a14455,
        .
        As far as I can tell, your somewhat surly response is to old codger. You have also made it clear to me that you don’t like me. That dislike may have reasons since you’ve told us that you were in the Peradeniya Engineering Batch of 1986, and you’re a Sinhala Nationalist, just like Punchi Point.
        .
        We all have our differences, but let me assure you that to you and your like, “our swords have leaden points”, since you’ve been hopefully doing an honest job of work in some Western Country. To illustrate what I mean, I suggest that new readers navigate here:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-childs-guide-to-the-behavioural-pattern-behind-menike-mage-hithe/
        .
        Despite all the sufferings inflicted upon them,

        There are a few details that have to be worked out, but as you can see there, all were appreciative of young Yohani de Silva. Nobody grudged her the success she had achieved. The father my have to explain himself. He may even have to be punished if he is indeed a War Criminal. It was only after comments closed there that I found that he had been so named.
        .
        tbc.

        • 4
          0

          Dear SM,

          Thanks for the valuable comments.
          Our people want real change. All progressives dream of it today more than any time in the past. They know very well who and what their obstacles are. They constantly hate those obstacles that block their dreams coming true.

          At the same time, to my surprise, (a14455, Deepti Silva / Leicester) some who left the country remain Sinhalese nationalists, even though their eyes and all other senses constantly prove that there are better systems in the developed world. People with such a mind are irreversibly sick. It’s called the “engraved mind” from the experts’ POV:

          Most of srilankens are from Middle Eastern countries and Italy’s diaspora community. Can you guess?

      • 4
        0

        Continuing………..
        .
        Message also meant for SarathP.
        .
        You know well enough that both the JVP and the Tamil-speakers of our country, were wrongly persecuted after 1983. Let’s say that it is just my view. I think that “we” have to establish all that. Whilst stern Justice may have to be faced it will not be “revenge taking”. It is the Rajapaksas who have now got our money.
        .
        Justice, but also reconcilliation. These cycles of violence must end.
        .
        Too many comments from me. Thanks to both Raj-UK and Manel Fonseka.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

  • 25
    0

    Ah promises! ……. Who among ye can still remember AKD/JVP and his erstwhile buddy ol’ Wimal (can Wimal be good when he was with them and now be bad because he has left them?) ……..worked very hard to bring Mahinda into power in 2005? Went campaigning door to door?

    “Lankans have two week memories.” — Native’s only hero.


    Remember all the promises the presidential candidates give before all the elections: CBK, Mahinda, Ranil, Sirisena, ……… Mein Kampf?

    Even in promises, they are not world-class …….. I’ve given better promises to gals! …….. And true to form, most of them were fulfilled. Oh Boy!


    Hang down your head and cry
    Hang down your head, Native
    Poor boy, you’re bound to believe

  • 19
    13

    The JVP brutalized our society in 1971 and again in 1988-89. Led hundreds of thousands of young men astray. Ruined a number of business enterprises with meaningless strikes. Yet, haven’t even apologized. Name one constructive thing the JVP has done over the years?

    Get lost, JVP.

    • 1
      0

      Sarath P,
      .
      Who did not brutalize our society? Are they just the politicians or the people? Or both?
      Why and how did the LTTE come into existence? Why were JVPs non-rhythmical rebels in 71 and 89?
      Suppression of all kinds is depressing for everyone. And human error will be the consequence. These are common facts that need no further argument or explanation.
      .
      Isn’t it time to rethink where we went wrong? Do you like stay stagnant ?

  • 11
    9

    AKD can TALK but cannot WALK.

    • 12
      1

      HP,
      They must finally understand that they have to deal with the same people, the same voters, the same Sinhalese-Buddhist dominated, witch-hunting slaves like people.
      Until JVPrs see it right, it wont be easy them to score more, even if crowds would enjoy them constantly.

    • 14
      2

      hanchopancha: You and many others who opine this dictum “AKD can TALK but cannot WALK”, I would ask the question: HAVE YOU GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO AKD TO WALK THE TALK?

      Please remember: The TASTE of the pudding is in the EATING.

      Haven’t we TASTED the same pudding in different ICINGS for the last seven decades and suffered many sufferings but continue to opt for the same over and over?

      Why we cannot opt for a change of the “PUDDING”?

      Give JVP/NPP “ONE” opportunity to WALK the TALK and see what it tastes like.

      • 7
        0

        Simon. If he is the Walker it should be AKD and not Wasntha Mudalige who should be withering behind bars. Is it logical thinking to give JVP/NPP a second chance?

        • 12
          0

          hanchopancha: Wasantha Mudalige is not in JVP. He is the convener of Inter University Students Movement and has an affiliation with the “Peratu Gamini Socialist” party. These are two different entities.

          You asked: ” Is it logical thinking to give JVP/NPP a second chance”? Have we ever given ANY CHANCE to “JVP/NPP” to run a Government? Are you referring to that “14 Month” period JVP engaged with the Government of Chandrika? Even then it is worth evaluating the work they did during that “14 Months” and why they left Chandrika’s Government.

          In my opinion, at this critical juncture, the people must consider bringing “JVP/NPP” to run a Government and regularize the State Functions.

      • 10
        1

        Simon Mahaththayo (Mahathaya suffix is being used by JVPrs from the begining on ).
        I could be wrong, but this strikes me every time I read about JVP’s theoretical approaches.
        .
        Most of the leaders of Janatha Vimukti Peramuna are from the rural areas of the country. Most of them are argumentative about anything but far from real practical knowlege ( I dont know yet if i can genralize it though)
        That means they can read the minds of people in rural poverty very well. That is a greater prerequisite in finding sustainable solutions to our rural communities ( 70 % of our population).
        In fact, it should be commendable, that they leaders are local graduates and have enough knowledge based on their degree courses. However, have a significant number of them proved anything big in the last 30 years?
        I am not an adherend of controversial figure, but Reverend Samantha Pididuwe, held above as a successful agricultural model for Sri Lanka, has provided examples of his sweat and results.

        He has so far proved that our people in Sri Lanka can also achieve some rural prosperity if he puts aside his ego-centric nature and gets only his own motivation and leads people properly under certain methods… Samantha Badda has proven. Hard work is important for some subjects.

        • 0
          12

          LM. If you have my email address please get in touch with me. I have many things to clear the air.

          • 0
            2

            Does the three thumbs down means that all people can fool all of the people all of the time?

          • 4
            1

            Sorry, lack of time reasons, I could not read this comment. I am short of time for email correspondence HP. Please understand . Thanks for your valuable comments.

        • 15
          0

          My Dear LM: To know the performances of JVP, it would be worth making an analysis of the “14 Months” period they were with Chandrika’s Government in 1994. The next to consider is the administration JVP carried out in Tissamaharamaya UC in 1980. During that period, Tissamaharamaya UC was judged the BEST Local Government Institution in the country. There are many more “Social programs” carried out by them in the country, but no media coverage is given at all. Do you remember how JVP “Red Star” built the “Peraliya Railway Line” destroyed by Tsunami in a matter of “80 Days”? The irony is even JVP doesn’t speak of the social work they did and do with their own funds.

          At this very critical juncture, the BEST for Sri Lanka is a JVP/NPP Government. I am certain of the fate that would fall on “Rajapakses & Cohorts” if JVP/NPP is given the mandate to Govern the country. Don’t expect any other party to do it.

          • 9
            0

            Dear Simon @
            .
            First they need to win the hearts and mind of the rural masses in the country..
            .As u know 70% of lanken voter eligible is coming from country side of the island population
            .
            Are they near to that endeavour? .are there any opinion poll that say ” we are ready to go with JVP/NPP next?
            .
            Why cant NPP build up a powerful voter base also getting close all other new candidates? .
            ..
            Knowing thst they cant do the job being alone, what actions , new strategies they have today? .
            .
            Are yellow pets not barrier to them? .
            .
            How close are they with minorities? .
            .
            Looking forward to reading constructive responses.
            .
            🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

            • 6
              0

              Dear LM: Thanks. First, let me correct you on the title “Mahaththoyo”. It must be “Mahathmayo”. “Mahaththoyo” is a “FAT” bugger while “Mahathmayo” is an honorable man. I made a little fun to cheer you up

              Let me answer your concerns. Yes, NPP has already set in motion to address the people by organizing an “Executive Council”, “District Electoral Councils” and “Kottasa Saba” (village committees) A series of meetings at all these levels are being held at the moment country-wide. You will be able to find those meetings on Youtube. As I see those, a large majority of attendees are my “Kadamandiya” types. Also, NPP has insisted that the attendees must only be from the particular “Kottasa Sabas” and not imported from other areas. That is to address the voters of that area and I find that strategy works very well.

              These meetings are well-organized and focused. That “FOCUSED” thought injected into peoples’ thinking and debate could affect literally anything. I am sure that strategy is working well.

              Unfortunately, I have no way of communicating with you other than through CT. If I do have more and more could be said. Pl. visit: npp.lk and read “Rapid Response”. That document is in all three languages. Sinhala, Tamil & English.

              • 3
                0

                Dear LM: Please listen to the following:

                1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPHrTXB7Ros

                2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khews8sjH-Q

                3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCYmey2arYM

                In might awake your interest. Keep in touch.

                • 1
                  0

                  Simon@

                  thank you for the links.
                  No doubt many like me who are moderate minded but wish the best for real change love their stories filled with facts,
                  but the common people (majority) of Sri Lanka are not thoughtful as we are, their sensitivities must be reached by using conventional tactics.

                  Paregedara Balawathie and Welimada sinchoappu would always continue emulating the other for lack of knowledge. But if society builders would target their wisdom, I believe message could be transported to them successfully.
                  :
                  Please don’t ask me what the other conventional methods are, it should be obvious to those who have lived there forever. Retired teachers and other healthy-minded professionals can do more in public awareness efforts.
                  I’ll watch the videos on them over the weekend and keep you posted.
                  .
                  It is no doubt a good move with Kottasa Sabas. Small and smaller groups at the village level can become successful eye openers. I think rebuilding voter awareness should be at the top of the agenda at every meeting. apart from that, as to why people did not vote for JVPrs in recent elections should be addressed again and again.

                  • 1
                    0

                    My Dear LM: Thank you for your response. I am a little encouraged by your interests. But take time. Don’t be in a hurry. I too had difficulty but after careful evaluation, a decision was made for a change. A change must happen, if not we are doomed.

                    Hope for the BEST!

              • 4
                1

                Excellent guidance, Simon.
                .
                However, when asking them to visit the website you have forgotten to include the all important “https://www” that this man introduced when creating the Internet:
                .
                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee
                .
                So, let’s have everybody visiting this site:
                .
                https://www.npp.lk/
                .
                Then one mouse click gets you there.
                .
                Just about everything is there in Sinhalese; I think that there now is more in Tamil and in English.
                .
                The way that Simon has give it, you’ve got to highlight, copy, and then paste. These little things appear to be so simple to us, but they may frustrate others.
                .
                VishramikaUvaPalatheGambadaIngirisiIskoleMahathmaya

                • 1
                  0

                  To our ISKOLE MAHATHMAYA: Thank you. I am just doing my little bit to save our country from the never-ending “TYRANNICAL” and “PADADA” (Bastard) clans who are ruining the affairs of Governing.

                  Hope we will succeed.

              • 5
                0

                Dear SIMON,
                Thanks for all the updates. Honestly, I didn’t have any updated information. That is the way to go. They should promote agriculture in rural areas so that the parallel time is beneficial. People need to be trained to be effective. Everyone should contribute as much as possible. Our people are being misled into thinking that others will solve things. It should be kicked out.
                When I travel around the world, what immediately comes to my mind is that people cannot use the land for their crops. Now many people will excuse the lack of fertility of the soil or various other reasons, however, compared to those tiger countries in Southeast Asia, our culture often kills time. Also they waste time in the long run for their daily meals.
                I would like to know the overall outcome of the Mini Saba meetings. I believe that simple language should be used without adding statistics to bring the message through their daily activities. Unlike in Europe, the general knowledge of common people is very poor. In Europe, the average is also well informed by tabloids, the Internet and other information materials. I know it may not be the case in developing countries, but in Sri Lanka the Internet is still not properly used for education.

      • 8
        0

        Simon ,

        ” Give JVP/NPP One opportunity to walk the talk and see what it tastes
        like.” A reasonable kind request which I want to highly respect . And I
        honestly want to appreciate their commitments towards their goal and
        their reasonable amount of sacrifices inside and outside the parliament
        within the maximum amount of freedom of expression and some
        legal actions as well against Govt oppression . But again , I have
        personal experience with their one time senior member behaving very
        foolish in public spending sometimes lavishly without any sense of
        guilt or regret indicating , anyone else among them can any given time
        turn out to be the same ! And then , I , while watching an Interview of
        AKD with Sudaa creation , was able to pick up one thing he was
        outlining to Sudaa about capturing International market for some of our
        products , was not up to the mark ! He was referring to pineapple that
        is being served in Air lines are far inferior to ours and we can capture
        that market ! That was just a small example he said . As for me , that
        was an instance he showed his lack of knowledge about what
        majority of International Travellers prefer to taste in some fruits and
        food !

  • 2
    4

    Who does he think he is? Lenin? https://www.bolshevik.info/the-revolutionary-lessons-of-lenin-s-what-is-to-be-done.htm More to the point, is he advocating a third JVP uprising and will RW’s threats to crush all dissent work?

  • 13
    0

    OK, AKD, we have heard you talk, so let see if you can walk the talk. Can you produce your election manifesto with the following pledges, provide a time frame, & if you fail to deliver, a promise you will resign immediately?
    1. Abolish Presidency
    2. Hold a Nuremberg style court with international judges, if necessary, to go after all those who plundered the country & seek international assistance in recovering laundered money abroad?
    3. Immediately stop all perks & privileges of politicians, such as, duty free vehicles, housing, including pensions of all politicians. If private sector employees can be without pensions, why not MPs?
    4. Same applies to past presidents, apart from a reasonable pension only, as provided to past PMs/Governor (in UK, govt. pension is the same for everybody but with an additional pension if contributed to a pension fund as with EPF/ETF)
    5. Reduce the number of Parliamentarians, Ministers, deputy Ministers, etc & hold Ministers accountable
    6. Ensure those who enter Parliament have a basic education & a prior good employment history, not just the gift of the gab (gold chain snatching, drug peddling, acclaimed village thug, are not considered good vocations).
    7. All nominated candidates to disclose their wealth, including those of the extended family.

    • 12
      1

      Raj-UK: All your DEMANDS from 1 to 7 are listed in their Manifesto. Strangely, you have not come across it. However, all those have also been stated and promised at all “Central/District/constituent” meetings.

      In addition, NPP has promised to include that MANIFESTO in the Constitution in a schedule titled “Human Rights”, so that any break or non-compliance could be challenged in SC by any citizen.

      Thank you for raising this matter.

      • 9
        0

        Simon

        I don’t live in SL, so not up to date with the political scenario & that includes the political manifestos of all the mainstream parties. In my thinking, manifestos of SL political parties are just a document, hardly read by the masses & forgotten once in power. What I wanted from AKD is to display their manifesto in public meetings to indicate their seriousness & pledge to enforce it word by word. Human rights abuse, mismanagement of power, judicial independence & a few more should also be in the list but for starters, I am happy if AKD can deliver what is in my list.

        • 8
          0

          Raj-UK: Thanks for your response.

          Here is a link to get at NPP: npp.lk

          You will find a Policy and an Action Plan document titled “Rapid Response”. On this page, you can find it in all three languages: Sinhala, Tamil & English.

          Presently they are having meetings in all Districts and Electorates. This “Policy/Action Plan” document is explained in detail to the constituents. and a firm promise is held out to act on it.

          I invite you to read this document: “Rapid Response”. Thanks.

    • 8
      1

      SRILANKA IS THE WONDER LAND OF THE EARTH:
      :
      Even after 30 years of civil war, Sri Lanka is number one in terms of extrajudicial human killings.

      But they value their police dogs above human life.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leGgTWxvJGk
      .
      See Dichotomy of Human Reactions

      • 12
        1

        LM
        Are you shocked by this kind of idiocy?
        Don’t you know, many of us worship trees, mud figurines, and pictures, not to mention the worshipping of cows, monkies and snakes in some parts of Asia?
        Yet after such high “MORALITY” we trample upon fellow human beings on the basis of the caste system.
        What kind of demented twisted practice is that?
        The religion actually is in support of this lousy practice.
        The foundation of our society is completely messed up.
        Look at India, after 6,000 years+ of “So-called civilized history” look at the squalor in which many people still live. So much for “civilization”
        No proper sanitary facilities for a sizeable percentage of the population, talkless of equity, justice, fair play, or dignity.
        Sri Lanka is at least better than India in the human quality of life indices.
        Unfortunately with the rise of the fascist illiterate yellow pets, we are on a downward spiral too.
        The Buddha said ignorance is the root cause of all our suffering. Time to wisen up

        • 8
          1

          Please visit a slum in India and you will understand what I am saying.
          The slum dwellers live like they are not human.
          Like they have died and gone to hell. I do not think such poor treatment of fellow humans can be found anywhere else in the world.
          Go to Calcutta, Mumbai, or Chennai, not to mention places like Haryana where the entire state is a hellhole.
          This is our civilization for you.
          Yet Indians go to the USA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, or even THE MIDDLE EAST and live better lives than they do in India.
          Hope you are getting my drift.
          Charity does not begin in the subcontinent.
          The Buddha was completely opposed to these barbaric systems, yet even in Sri Lanka, the Buddhist monks are extremely guilty of this.

          • 10
            1

            Human Touch

            “Please visit a slum in India and you will understand what I am saying.”

            Do you think poverty in India is also our problem?
            If you think so please ask SJ for solution.

            • 4
              0

              NV
              .
              Poverty in India is certainly not our problem.
              .
              The point I am trying to make is this: Indians have nothing much to show for their exceptionally long history.
              .
              The foundation of their society is completely flawed. Discriminating against your own people is even worst than Racism.
              .
              It does not support the required development trends found in progressive countries.
              .
              That system of thinking is also affecting Sri Lanka. Though the Buddha preached against typical Hindu beliefs (like the caste system and worshipping of objects), we the Sri Lankan Buddhists have forgotten the Dharma and gone back to primitive ancient practices.
              .
              This is going to cost us a lot in the time to come.
              We have to move past archaic practices and beliefs and embrace what is correct and practical in order to progress.

          • 8
            0

            HT
            I “visited” slums in India in the 1970s and still have photos of them. Unbelievable. I hope that 50 years has seen at least some change.

            I also visited (strayed into, rather) lines rooms in SL in 1991, in Dickoya, & recently discovered my diary record about that, as well as a copy of a letter I sent to a friend who escaped that hell-hole to move back to Madras (where his family “came from”). Where, amazingly, he opened a bookshop!

            I was stunned by what I experienced. Shocked by the callous indifference of the estate hierarchy to the plight of those who produced one of this country’s mainstays.

            Thirty years later, what do I chance upon in, of all places, the grand Independence Arcade in Colombo 7, but 30 tragic photographs of descendants of those very linesroom occupants.
            >2

            • 8
              0

              2
              Originally part of a much larger exhibition titled “Thay kahata” they were a sort of aside in a large exhibition of children’s paintings. They were among 1000s of photos by estate youth who were trained in photography etc for 2 years.

              Absolutely heart-breaking record of the providers of one of this country’s mainstay for over a century.

              It amazes me how the estate hierarchy who must be regularly confronted by the living conditions of those they manage, can “live” with them!

              No wonder it was forbidden to cross a certain line on the Dickoya Estate when I wandered that way in 1991.
              >3

              • 8
                0

                3
                Very sadly, I learnt recently that my old friend from that area (who was a target of anti-Tamil aggression in his youth), is now an ardent support of the BJP in India.
                A Modi man.

                And so vocally, actively, anti-Muslim, that Israel issued him an invitation (!) to the land that is being cleansed of Muslims! The Zionists loved him!

                • 5
                  0

                  Manel,
                  It is indeed shameful that the very people who provide a good part of the country’s export income are treated so shabbily. For a few years now, plantation workers pay in Sri Lanka has been less than even in India.

                • 5
                  0

                  Dear Manel
                  I understand what you are saying.
                  Our oppressive treatment of the upcountry Tamils is inexcusable.
                  But I am trying to make a deeper point by taking India as an example.
                  Let us take the Sri Lankan Tamil community as an example closer to home, there are many established subdivisions, just as we have in the Sinhalese community.
                  The Jaffna Hindu Brahmin has no regard for the Jaffna Karava Hindu and The Jaffna Karava Hindu looks down on the Jaffna Christian, who in turn see the Batticaloa Tamils as low class and they all look condescendingly at upcountry Tamils.
                  This is there in the Sinhala community as well. There are up country and low country, then we have the different castes, and so on and so forth.
                  Ultimately we are so divided that it makes it impossible to come together and fight for our rights. Even within the Buddhist clergy, we have so many divisions. Ironically, totally against Buddha’s dharma.
                  This kind of primitive thinking is engrained into our psyche. Until and unless we are ready to accept all Sri Lankans as equals, there is no solution in sight to our plight.
                  Note: I have not mentioned the Muslim community, their ways are far more in line with the teachings in the Holy Quran, and as far as I know, as a result, they are far more successful than the average idiot on the street.

                  • 4
                    0

                    I’m sorry, H.T. for deviating from the main thrust of your statement. It’s partly because I have encountered the misfortunes of this particular group in our society again recently.

                    But I am not so sure that such fissures do not exist in more “advanced”/”progressive” countries. Class is still a great divider &, in England, at least, when I used to live there, snobbery about ways of speaking also caused people to look down upon others. A cockney accent, or even a regional one, was a social impediment in my youth.

                    • 1
                      0

                      Dear Manel
                      Sure there are class issues everywhere, but there is a fundamental difference between the Asian flavor and that found elsewhere.
                      The Asian class distinction is backed up by religious beliefs while in other places it is not.
                      Christianity, Islam and even Buddhism are dead against class or caste systems.
                      Hindu religion propagates it.
                      Do you see where I am going?

                  • 4
                    0

                    Actually, I more or less agree with you totally, but there are also communities in “those” societies whose attitudes may be coloured by religious beliefs. I am thinking, for instance, of the born-again Christians in the US who refuse to see anything wrong in the Israeli state’s treatment of the Palestinians. Their religious beliefs award Palestine to the Jews, cos their God is supposed to have promised it to them. No matter what crimes are committed in “His” name.

                    • 1
                      0

                      Dear M,
                      However, the Chinese new generation does not think about any religion. They do not question themselves about life and how humans are created, etc. Nevertheless, they are highly motivated in their aspirations and achievements for a better life. The same is true of young people in Eastern European countries.
                      It allows me to reinforce my own opinion that religions or other ideologies only help people shape their lives.
                      So is the younger generation in Germany. Most of them don’t think about religion. But most of them are well disciplined in universities, hostels, libraries, supermarkets or any other places where they are used to socializing. Their adolescence is devoid of mythic explanations.

                      All other religions and philosophies convince people to nurture the supernatural and the unseen, witchcraft,. This is clearly evident in “Sinhala Buddhism” practiced in several countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and Myanmar. In such societies, if the elders ask them to do something, the youth will do it without cross-questioning. At the same time, one can see the relative failure of discipline, credibility, law-abidingness and other respectable postures in such societies.

                      tbc

                    • 1
                      0

                      Dear M,
                      More than ever, today in Sri Lanka, especially in the south, young people (ages 3 to 25 or older) kneel before an adult like “hypnotized patients” because they have been trained to do so. The difference between then and now is striking during my recent visit to the motherland. Sri Lankan television channels are infecting the youth strongly. If someone does something wrong, it doesn’t matter, the next person will copy it. I really don’t know why. Gejji style wristbands are widely worn among youngsters. I asked why it is only done for the mod…..
                      .
                      When parents leave somewhere, they say “Budusaranyi”. Many of them practice wearing “thick PIRITH noole wristbands” to show others that they are strongly Buddhists. I rejected it all long ago because I no longer feel it.
                      Even when going from A to B, it is customary to say “Buduaranai”. It seemed like a “knee-jerk reaction” from them to me: . But many of them are used to say “Budusarnayi” even if they go to illegal assignements such as contract killing or drug trafficking. they are used to say “Budusaranai” anyway.
                      However, Japanese Shinto focuses more on the “meditative aspect” of Buddhism, which I think will be my future direction after I retire from my job oneday. .

                  • 1
                    0

                    Dear HT,
                    .
                    You have summed it up wonderfully..
                    thank you If more of our people are so careful, there is no doubt that the society will go in the right direction. Not even 5% of Sinhala Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka are good at Dhamma. Instead, they behave like parrots.
                    Religions should not be a subject in school curricula, but so called experts in Sri Lanka have allowed it for decades. Unfortunately, Buddhism did not thrive in either age group.
                    .
                    I am saying that if anyone knows the Dhamma, which is the most crucial part of Buddhism, neither parents nor their own grown children know. it at all. People’s lack of knowledge and floating mentality are targeted by tyrannical politicians to keep their bias alive. That’s why our motherland turing to a hell as of today.
                    .
                    If you are good at dharma you will not fall for WEERANSE or DJ style political bragging. However, srilankens at large, fell on their tricks on a repeated manner.
                    Rather progressive mind building will guide them properly. To be honest, I could not understand how Weerawansa, Sarath Weerasekara or others were given so much vote weight in the more literate Western Province??????

    • 6
      0

      Raj,
      There is some sort of hope that the same group will not give the green light to its election manifesto, similar to the vision of GOTAs saubagaya. Or because they are still good old Sri Lankans, I am not sure.. Their failure will seem to have gone full circle again. Or people simply don’t have options to improve their awareness, so long media fraud has been re-connected with the agendas of evil politicians.

      No matter what anyone says or does; The Sri Lankan media is primarily to blame for the mess created by criminal politicians: all other factors are though complicit, however, they are secondary effects.

      All the intellectuals who joined Gota were not wrong. I remember that Mr. Gunawardena or someone in the position of Director of Consumer Authority acted bravely, it should be appreciated. Individually, they dreamed of a better and new country and a new dawn under a man named Gota…but their dreams shattered like a wall of broken glass.

      For me, it was very clear, already at November 2019 that it wil be like PIGS MIGHT FLY. We made a big analysis about Gota and Mahinda and speculated about the destruction they can do. The problem for me is those who challenged me in Colombo then, are silent today or will never want to see in my eyes.

      • 5
        1

        cont.
        Manifesto should be something to focus on especially rural mentality to win their warmth and mind.
        .
        Villager mentality, helpless mentality, extremist Sinhala bully mentality, Hela mentality, Sinhala romanticism, Ravana mentality, Sinhala Buddhist mentality, fraudulent mentality are easy targets of Rajapaksa’s thinking. The Rajapaksa force is a cancerous and dangerous force for the people of this country. Saying something and doing the complete opposite is ingrained in their thinking.

        Noble Buddhist monks who are impartial to party politicians (there are not even 100 out of 30,000 Sinhala monks in the country 0,3% ) who love the proper systems should play a major role in conveying the message to the rural people. Magicians and astrologers should stay away from any kind of propaganda machines.
        .
        If the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna really intendes to get a mandate, it should finally break the silence and get closer to the rural people of this country.

        Only then can you win their hearts. JVP should always work with artists and genuine professionals who have practical experience rather than paper qualifications.

        Finally, the country’s media should be warned that they should forget Rajapakse’s hidden agendas and rather focus on the hopes and grievances of the people of this country….

  • 6
    0

    Walk the Talk

    As pointed out by some readers here, it is important for the JVP-NPP to walk the talk before they acquire power. They need an action element in addition to organising electoral committees and speaking before the supporters. Why can’t they organise a vcoluntary service branch as part of their campaign to help the needy in villages and towns? If their supporters and members engage in some community service activities, people will start to change their attitude. Attacking the rulers and previous governments alone will not be sufficient to change voter behaviour. Ratherh than witness another failure at future elections, NPP needs to prepare the ground by offering whatever assistance to communities hard hit by recent tax hikes, economic down turn, interest rate hikes and shortages of goods and service. For example, help an elderly orm sicki man or woman, Help in the repair of a poor man’s house or well, find information about health services in city for an illness, help students in learning.

  • 7
    0

    AKD talks in terms of an MP from Badulla who has been a Cabinet Minister continuously since 1994. Phew; A period of 28 years.
    Introducing Nimal Siripala De Silva- A man for all seasons…………….

  • 1
    0

    AKD

    you have to put out your policies clearly.For examle you shout a lot about corruption but never give any details about how you are going to eradicate it.People also are fed up over corruption and if you give a firm policy of how you will get rid of it then from 600000-650000 votes you can increase it to 1000000,

    • 0
      1

      shankar ,

      It is hard to believe , with the voting pattern from generation to
      generation that we have experienced for a considerable
      amount of time , JVP would have built up any hope of coming to
      power anywhere near future ! The country is in Visible mud and
      the guys who are well trained to survive in mud are the guys in
      play today ! What the JVP doesn’t tell us is that they know they
      are part and parcel of that mud and there’s no space left for you to
      fill with clean water to have a Swimming pool ! After all , they
      too are products of our Prestigious Universities that provide degrees
      for Memorisation . Not the JVP / NPP , 100 % of our population is
      well versed and experts on picking on anyone , let alone politicians ,
      to an obsessed level . Srilanka has no mechanism in place to
      produce creative talents . If you take a deep look at our way of life ,
      you just get there in no time ! They are now Team Players of our
      mainstream politics . Their hands are clean because possibly they
      were not licenced to touch anything .Take an example , Somawansa
      after exiting from the party , at the age of over seventy , wanted to
      start a new organisation ! Never planned to retire ! And two years
      after the exit from the leadership , he was no more ! So , why ” Eat
      the Pudding ” to taste it ?

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 5 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.