22 September, 2017

What The Hell Is Going On?

By Emil van der Poorten –

Emil van der Poorten

Even in a country where corruption has become a part of its culture and where there has been, for a considerable time (at least since the reign of “Yankee Dick” Jayewardene) a total lack of anything resembling ethics, morality or principle in political practice, what has begun to unfold during the tenure of the current Yahapalanaya government is bizarre to say the least.

There is no comprehending what this lot, particularly its United National Party (UNP) component, is doing, even if one justifies the most blatant political opportunism. Often, it seems like an exercise in ascertaining how tolerant and/or stupid the Sri Lankan electorate is.

Take the matter of the Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe fiasco.

From the get go this man has proved as politically useful to the ruling coalition as the proverbial “teats on a boar.”  He was complicit in the absolutely abusive impeachment of a Chief Justice whose “best before” date had passed insofar as the MR1 (Mahinda Rajapaksa) regime was concerned.  Previous to this, subsequent to his residence being “shot up,” he was paid a visit by the earlier-mentioned MR1 at his most solicitous.  The result of their conversation appeared to be Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s resignation as head of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka which had been making mealy-mouthed pronouncements on the need for the rule of law to prevail up to that point.

With the ascent of the Yahapalanaya lot to power, this man was made Minister of Buddhist Affairs and, don’t hold your breath, Justice! He proceeded to use the Buddhist Affairs part of his portfolio to fan the flames of a “Mahavamsa-driven, 2500 years of Sinhala-Buddhist Civilization” discourse in an attempt to dominate every element of life in our nation.

Wearing his other hat, as Minister of Justice he made the statement that as long as he held that portfolio, not so much as a hair on the heads of his namesakes in the previous regime would be harmed. This simply amounted to a proclamation of immunity for those who had presided over the most corrupt and violent government in our post-Independence history. The response of a government which had as its policy cornerstone bringing to book those who had raped and pillaged this country in the ten years before? None, nothing, nada.

Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe proceeded to provide tangible proof of his determination to follow through on his promise to his namesakes. He intervened in the Avant Garde investigation, letting off the hook those who sought to establish an extremely well- and sophisticatedly-armed floating paramilitary force off the shores of Sri Lanka under the guise of preventing maritime terrorism in West Asian waters. If you’d guessed the mastermind behind that particular adventure was someone with the last name as our erstwhile Minister of Justice, you’d have been right.

The other man providing the icing on the Avant Garde Flotilla scandal was none other than Tilak Marapana who, at least, displayed some decorum in resigning from Cabinet at the time. However, that retreat from the political limelight and power has proved to be short-lived because he is now back in Cabinet. Even in the annals of unprincipled political conduct in this country it would be difficult to find an act as bizarre and insulting to the collective intelligence of the electorate as Marapana’s restoration to a position of power and prestige.

Given the preceding, it might, at this point, be appropriate to ask whether this government has adopted the ancient Japanese cultural practice of “Hara kiri” in its governance practices because that seems like the only explanation for what it has done and seems to want to do in the future.

This much-publicized recent behaviour threatens to conceal matters of less headline-grabbing import that preceded it. Those actions should not be consigned to the back-burner of discussion, examination and action.

I speak here of only a very few:

1. Why has NOTHING been done to follow-up on Mangala Samaraweera’s formal complaint to the Criminal Investigation Department about the attempt at a coup on the night of the January 15th, 2015 election? That coup appears to only have been averted by Ranil Wickremesinghe travelling to Temple Trees with a Mr. Thuru Nadesan who was not only a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksa but had, for the time, a huge additional qualification – being married to a close relation of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

2. Why are those with a reputation for being money-launderers of the previous regime being given preferential treatment in the matter of lucrative, government-supported investment in this country and the most senior of politicians placing the seal of approval on such people by projecting themselves as their patrons?

3. Why has the mandate of the single most important body set up to investigate instances of massive corruption during the tenure of the previous regime been permitted to run out? It seems like even the minimal number of cases that have proceeded beyond preliminary investigation will be abandoned and the bandits will go free.

4. When are even a few of the big sharks of corruption going to be prosecuted, convicted and punished? Except for the odd politician from the lowest rungs of the ladder of power, the only ones subject to national publicity appear to be traffic policemen soliciting and/or receiving bribes in the mere thousands of rupees.

The dim distant light at the end of the current tunnel of chaotic governance appears to be (Surprise! Surprise!), Maithripala Sirisena.  However, even his behaviour has been characterized by the less charitable among commentators as being driven by the matter of his entire family being under the most serious of threats – death – at the time he ran against Mahinda Rajapaksa.

For those cynics who will fall back on the claim that “voices in the wilderness” cannot bring about change, I will never tire of reminding them of the words of that famed anthropologist, Margaret Mead, when she spoke to the fact that it was only small numbers of people who had effected change in the world. In fact, I would remind those reading this column that it was a handful of political commentators, almost all of them women, who proved the applicability of Mead’s sentiments, that standing up for all that is decent can and will have positive results as happened in the last National elections.

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    Poorten Aiiya……….How sad…….Walasmulla Rajapaksa didn’t even have a nooky with Rosa….. Didn’t even get one Silver Dollar from Aussie Aloysious, let alone a Penthouse in Collupitiya…….What a pathetic attempt to do a “White King” job on the Right Royal Rogue Dr Ranil…….Is Dr Mahendran your class mate or Uni mate ?…………

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      Poorten aiya doesn’t know that nobody believes Mangalam. That he shared 18 billion with Rajapaksa, 9 each.
      Soma

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        somass ji

        What are you waiting for, lets go to the FCID give your evidence, see to it both are sent to prison.
        I am right behind you.

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      Sumaney::
      Is there truly no end to your imbecilic inanities?

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        Emil, the answer is the Empire’s security interests! Avant Guard had a Los Angeles Connection – bi-partisan UNP SLFP corruption to serve the Trump nation’s deep state security interests. That is why Marapone who worked with Gota is now Foreign Minister and why Ranil goes to New York for medical check ups. The Trump State is building a deep Data bank on Sri lanka so we have biometric ID cards, a national payment platform by a private company called ICTA, National Survey Dept. functions privatized to Mckinsey and Co. to set up a “land bank” so that those in the know can buy and flip land and create monopolies and artifial land shortages, while highways will be privatized too. Land, Transport and Energy security of Lanka will be in the hands of the Global 1 percent soon with the help of the right wing aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) that is advising Bond scam Ranil with lots of Economic Hit men and fake development experts! Miracle of Modayas indeed!

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          Kalupahana:
          It would be easy to dismiss what you say as a conspiracy theory, however there is no denying that there are hard facts in your response that point in the direction of a genuine conspiracy.
          Thanks for that.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Why aren’t you supporting prisoners Anusha Palpita (V18068) and Lalith Weeratunga (V18069)?

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      Emil van der Poorten

      “Given the preceding, it might, at this point, be appropriate to ask whether this government has adopted the ancient Japanese cultural practice of “Hara kiri” in its governance practices because that seems like the only explanation for what it has done and seems to want to do in the future.”

      Not only this Yahapalanaya government., all the governments since independence have adapted varying degree of “Hara kiri” and the Paras, have been entertained by their Para-Political leaders t various degrees, some very gruesome, some very painful, in the current state of evolution of the Paras, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, notwithstanding the lies and imaginations in Mahawansa, Deepawamsa and “Kata Katha”.

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      Journal of Human Genetics 59, 28-36 (January 2014) | doi:10.1038/jhg.2013.112

      http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html?foxtrotcallback=true

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

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      Emil van der Poorten

      “3. Why has the mandate of the single most important body set up to investigate instances of massive corruption during the tenure of the previous regime been permitted to run out? It seems like even the minimal number of cases that have proceeded beyond preliminary investigation will be abandoned and the bandits will go free.”

      Grape Vine, Bulath Vine, Vettila Vine News ……JO to collect donations to pay Lalith’s fine ..The crooks are collecting to pay other crooks fines……

      Why don’t they collect from MaRa, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who amassed the bulk of the loot?

      The joint opposition with the help of Buddhist monks is hoping to collect cash donations to pay the fine imposed by the High Court on former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga, MP Bandula Gunawardena said yesterday.

      Mr. Weeratunga was ordered to pay Rs.50 million as compensation to the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) after he was found guilty of misappropriating Rs.600 million of its funds to distribute ‘sil redi’ during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

      The MP told Daily Mirror a meeting was to be held last night at Sunethradevi Pirivena in Pepiliyana to launch this programme.

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      KA Sumanaya, aiyo what an idiot you are. Aren’t you ever going to grow up?

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    what the hell is going on? Business As Usual aka BAU

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    Mr. Emil Vander Pooten: It looks you people are mourning your bet on the wrong horse. Ranil can not run the run that you people expect. He screwed up you all. Now, it is clear. Avamangala Samaraweera is another big mouth talked and can not produce results. He complained about the copu who has become a haux. He became top class sleuth when he found the $ 18 billion that Mahinda Rajapakse. But, that again beczme anothe rlie and he could not find anything. He just wasted money for a group of NGOs to have some big bucks earend. ——————— Why don’t you complain about your thoughrough bred Ranil who did not run the race that you wanted to do. Instead keep on blaming Ranil. what is wrong here. IT looks all I KNOW NOTHING RAVI, WIJEDASA RAJAPAKSE fooled Ranil as the way CBK fooled him the last time. Only the MY3 is there for Ranil to console him and continue the fooling of voters. what do you say ? Continue protecting him.

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      Jimsofty:
      I really don’t know whom to bet on in the Imbecilities Stakes: you or Sumaney.

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        Emil, it is a draw. Both idiots cannot survive without the other.

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    KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

    I can understand your desperation. One thing is certain you want a share of the loot.

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    Emil,

    In your tireless discourse you have provided the answer to all our ills:

    “Often, it seems like an exercise in ascertaining how tolerant and/or stupid the Sri Lankan electorate is.”

    THIS is the crux of the matter. All fish, we must remember, rot from their heads.

    This country cries out for leaders strong of character and will, to turn it around. Sadly, we have none.

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      Justice & Fairplay:
      I am the eternal optimist and hope for a miracle in the matter of leaders for this country!

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        Emil van der Poorten

        “Often, it seems like an exercise in ascertaining how tolerant and/or stupid the Sri Lankan electorate is.”

        “I am the eternal optimist and hope for a miracle in the matter of leaders for this country”

        The average IQ is 79 for Para-Sinhala “Buddhist” Sri Lanka, whereas the IQ for “Buddhist” Singapore, Korea and Japan are 108, 106 and 105 respectively.

        A miracle could come in the form of a DNA cloning/transfer to the Para- Sinhala “Buddhist” genome, so that they will not be fooled by Sil Redi and other tricks.

        https://photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

        National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

        The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

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      We need a LKY, unfortunately Sri Lankans are not Chinese!

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    Appe Aanduwa is what is going on, pure and simple:
    They can’t rise above it – keep people poor, ignorant, divided, corrupt and under-developed.

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    The reason is they took over saying we can do it. but, they do not know what to do and become sloths and theives. So, elect a group who knows what they are doing. Problems in the system. Need to change the system atarting from the party constitutions and the rotten ones who have become pests and parasites.

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      JImmy,
      It’s simple!
      Q. When did the system work properly?
      A. Before 1956
      Q. Who kept the economy going properly?
      A. Indian labour/ Tamil civil servants/ Burgher/ Christian police officers
      Q. Who screwed this up?
      A. Ape aanduwa /Buddhist monks / Sinhala Buddhists.

      So you Sinhala Buddhists screwed yourselves. What are you complaining about?

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    When assimilating this information one can see various types of snakes operating under political pastures. The so called leaders of the country past and present are the deadliest and most venomous reptiles now injecting their venom openly not caring two hoots for the solemn pledges they made to the people at the elections. I for one cannot believe my eyes how these leaders could be so dishonest and deceitful to a
    people who put them in power with the sincere hope that they will honour their pledge. We have only to strike our breasts saying ” Mea maxima culpa” but let us be resolute to dump them into forgotten limbo .

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    The writer ably voices what most of us have got used to putting up with in disbelief, wondering where it would end. For 70 years we have avoided change of government by coup or rebellion; perhaps it is part of our genius to allow the growth of an extremely abusive system under the appearance of constitutional rule. Many of us confront stark reminders of what the writer says, when we have the opportunity to speak to persons in high authority. One could appeal on the basis of laws and rules meant to safeguard the integrity of the system, and go away with the feeling of something positively achieved. Days or weeks later one realises in shock that one had spoken to a brick wall.

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      Hela

      Brilliant
      Thanks
      Keep up your good work.

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        Veddo,

        Censorship is not new……….It doesn’t stop me seeking truth and exposing the frauds in this forum and others…………..

        Keep partying…………

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          Hela

          “It doesn’t stop me seeking truth and exposing the frauds in this forum and others…………..”

          Seeking truth?
          Hela and truth are strange bedfellows.
          I know you want to bury truth, don’t you?

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    Just a continuation of the hell that was created by a learned but not intelligent power crazy politician who first proposed that Sinhala be the official language of this country in 1944 in the State Council, and after having gone to courts against a very honest and amiable leader, finally made his dreams come true by promising eight seeds but conveniently forgot about it when he returned after his first state visit out of the country to that country where George Carlin said you had to be sleeping to experience that so called dream, he changed the constitution, which I do not remember as having been a promise in the election manifesto of his party in ’77, but at the behest of his Yankee advisers..’

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    your optimism will definitely be eternal
    there is no Cromwell on the horizon

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    [Edited out]This is shown by the singling out of Wijayadasa Rajapakse to attack, leaving alone much bigger thieves like S. B. Dissanayaka, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sarath Amunugama and Rajitha Senarathna. The reason is Rajapkse stood up to defend Buddhism and Sri Lanka, including by asking the British Jew agent of the UN, Emerson to swim back up the canal he first came to see the light of this world. [Edited out]

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      I presume the part that is edited out referred to Van der Poorten’s focus on Wijayadasa and not other crooks from the Rajapakse era. It is indeed intriguing as to why Poorten chose Wijayadasa for attack because he is not accused of ‘financial’ corruption, even by his worst enemies. The flimsy charge of breaking cabinet solidarity would have been brought about by the financially corrupt ones like SBD, Nimal Siripala and others fearing disclosure by him. People like Rajitha S. and Sarath A. have been changing sides after every election like Orangutans, enjoying the perks and life style of politicians no matter who wins, with Rajitha busily planning his own dynasty with (low IQ) Chathura. So under the circumstances, Poorten’s motive in picking Wijayadasa as the target needs to be questioned..

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      I am curious to know who are the people who attacked Buddhism and exactly what acts they committed against Buddhism. Name the the dates and the places where the attacks occurred.

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    “1. Why has NOTHING been done to follow-up on Mangala Samaraweera’s formal complaint to the Criminal Investigation Department about the attempt at a coup on the night of the January 15th, 2015 election? That coup appears to only have been averted by Ranil Wickremesinghe travelling to Temple Trees with a Mr. Thuru Nadesan who was not only a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksa but had, for the time, a huge additional qualification – being married to a close relation of Mahinda Rajapaksa.”

    …and who seems to have been in charge of a large part of the Rajapaksa loot which he seems to have deftly moved out of the country using certain religious institutional funds along with gold jewellery looted from the people in the north by the LTTE and seized from them by the Sinhala Buddhist War Heroes…

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    An excellent and characteristic exposition of the political hypocrisy obtaining in Sri Lankan politics. Bensen

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    Emil.

    The Japanese Cultural Practice of Hara Kiri has been improved and given a new dimension by the Yahapalanaya boys. This practice is now called Kiri Hora.

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    EVP’s “Hara Kiri at the next election” is Priority Two consideration to our corrupt politcians: it might come or it might not. But Making Hay while the Sun Shines is Priority One to them.
    Even fake elitists like RK and Rosey are at it, and who knows what RW and MS are up to on the quiet. Everyone keeps appealing to MS for justice, as they used to appeal to MR in the previous regime over the corrupt dealing of his retinue politicians; but only now the public acknowledges that MR was right at the centre of all massive scale corruptions.

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    Emil van der Poorten ~ “What The Hell Is Going On?”
    Majority of the silent majority of Lankans are asking the very same question.
    Lankan politics is a Game of Bridge going on in the exclusive Lankan Bridge Club of mega-mega rich. At stake is the corrupt structure built over the last two decades or so. Removal of the whitevans has created a change in bidding. It has been sorted out by mutual consent – the Club building will be strengthened.
    The Club rule is “When in doubt play trumps”. The Ace of language/religion divide is missing! Not to worry – it will be found!

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    Its time for a new kind of politics to rise up in Sri Lanka. This in my opinion has commenced. UNP backbenchers started it and now its upon them to take it forward. Its time for the Prime Minister and President to recognize the services these young professional backbench UNP politicians have come up with. Appoint them to keep positions and give them a free hand to lead the country. Old politicians including Ranil has to retire. Ranil is protecting Mahinda and his family in return for Mahinda saving the leader’s position during the last internal struggle. Its time the UNP backbenchers take the leadership, if not given, then by force and lead the country forward. The masses in the country will welcome and support them.

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      Park:
      Sounds logical. The only question is who (singular or plural) will bell the cat?

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        Hiran Wickremaratne, Harsha de Silva Ajith Perera, Ranjan Ramanayake, Mano Ganesan and Marrikkar jointly can lead. One MP cannot do it.

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    Poor-ton, ton ton. How’s about the ‘Bond Scam’. Great eh ? No worries just attack the Rajapaksas and your ton will be fully rewarded !

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      Goddo:
      I am really tempted to tell you and your ilk where and how to go and what to do with the horse you rode in on, but CT might not appreciate the language, however appropriate it might be.

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    For Emil and their ilk, meaning of “yahapalanaya” equals Rajapakse bashing. But for the rest of the country, “yahapalanaya” now means, robbery, corruption, incompetency, nepotism, law of the jungle etc…etc…..

    It is time for Sinhalese and Buddhists to rise against use of their value systems such as “yahapalanaya”, “dharmishta samajaya”, “Liccavi principles” by anti national elements to destroy those very concepts and values. For those anti national elements 2500 plus years of Sinhala Buddhist civilization is a real threat that needs to be eliminated from the face of the earth. Sinhalese and Buddhists must treat it as a matter of life and death situation and respond accordingly.

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      Hela

      “It is time for Sinhalese and Buddhists to rise against use of their value systems such as “yahapalanaya”, “dharmishta samajaya”, “Liccavi principles” by anti national elements to destroy those very concepts and values.”

      Good.
      Lets Liberate the values from Sinhala/Buddhist fascist. Please let us know once you have liberated yourself from Sinhala/Buddhist fascism, we will join your crusade against rest of the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

      Its time we liberated Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhism and Sinhalese from Sinhala/Buddhists (a recent concoction).

      I will be right behind you.

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        Veddo,

        The imperialist “bath gottas” who have pawned their back sides to anti national forces can scream and call us any names. But you/they cannot stop us from exposing your/their true nakedness and bankrupt & fraudulent projects like “yahapalanaya”.

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          Hela

          “But you/they cannot stop us from exposing your/their true nakedness”

          I haven’t got much clothes on me. What are you going to expose? You can only expose what is inside my Amude. Not much there either. Your paranoia might find big plots under every amude.

          However, by typing whatever comes to your mind, you are proving Mark Twain was right all along when he said “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt”.
          _
          Keep up your good work, join hands with Ravi Perera the Sinhala speaking Demela, somass ji, HLD M the public racists of SPURistas, ………………………

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    Poorten Aiiya……………Is this Native Vedda a Domestic of yours?………….Or is he volunteering to cover up Dr Ranil’s Yahapalana droppings with his bare hands, even though they reek to High heavens …………….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      I know bird watchers, train spotters, ……………..
      Are you an expert poo watcher?
      Congratulations, I am happy that you now have a hobby.

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    Amarasiri wrote : ” …the Paras, have been….Para-Political leaders…..Paras, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, notwithstanding the lies and imaginations in Mahawansa, Deepawamsa and “Kata Katha”.

    Please stop insulting the ancient literary works of the Sinhalese people. Insulting the Sinhalese people or their cultural heritage is not going to get you anywhere or prove anything except that you have a mental problem and trouble accepting facts given in these documents. We can understand that the Tamils have a big problem with these ancient literary works of the Sinhalese, but it is not only the vamsa literature of the Sinhalese which spells out the history of the island, its all of the literature of the whole region, inclusive ancient Tamil literature. When it comes to proving who the paras (since you like this term) in this island are, the Sinhalese people’s vamsa literature does not state anything different from what the Tamil literature states, namely that the Tamil country is in south India with Cape Comorin as the southern border and the Sinhalese country is in this island. In addition the whole island is covered with Sinhalese Brahmi inscriptions from pre-Christian times and facts stated in the vamsa literature can be confirmed in these inscriptions and archaeological evidence. Everything Sinhalese originated here and was produced here, nothing Tamil has been ever originally produced here not even a single piece of ancient Tamil literature has been produced here, everything is produced in Tamil Nadu, and then brought here by Tamil immigrants. You are showing your para nature when you insult the Sinhalese people, as nothing is more para than insulting what this island has produced.

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    Also please don’t take sections of published genetic studies and misquote and distort them to misuse them in your political agendas. When you do that, it just falls right back to prove the complete opposite of what you are saying. The study clearly states that none of Tamil groups share any haplotypes with the Veddas while they share haplotypes with the Sinhalese. Not that it is going to prove anything much, in regards to the Sinhalese either, but it definitely shows that Tamils could never have been here from pre-historic times, sharing the island with the Veddas, who are the aboriginals of the island, unless it is also one of those Tamil miracles, which goes against all natural laws.

    •==>> This is what the study states – There were a total of 147 haplotypes observed in the five Sri Lankan populations of this study. Thirty of them were shared between
    at least two populations. The Vedda population has the lowest
    proportion of shared haplotypes among their subgroups (63%)
    indicating their greater genetic diversity among subgroups. Sri Lankan
    Tamils and Indian Tamils possessed similar shared proportion (85%)
    whereas Up-country Sinhalese has a little higher number of population specific haplotypes (73%) than Low-country Sinhalese (70%)
    (Table 1). Interestingly, highest number of haplotype sharing was
    found between Vedda with Up-country Sinhalese and with Low country Sinhalese. On the other hand, there was no haplotype sharing
    between the Vedda people with any of the Tamils
    (Table 1).

    However many manipulations and cooked-up theories are made to explain away the Sinhalese as a native population, the fact remains Sinhalese people became a distinct people here. If Tamils are native to the island they would at least show some genetic affinity with the Veddas.

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