29 September, 2021

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When A President Loses People’s Respect & Confidence

By Asoka Seneviratne

Asoka Seneviratne

Running up to the 2019 presidential elections, Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the golden glory boy of Lankan politics. It resembled President Obama’s pre-election glory in 2008. Millions of Lankans pinned their hopes on him. Most believed he was made of a different cloth and he was the incoming Mosses of the Lankan people. They didn’t quite care of his citizenship issues, white van gossip or hard hitting attitude on Western media. Or that yet another Rajapaksa was going to be at the helm.

Lankans were fed up with both major parties. 60 long years after independence from British Raj, we were still stagnant in the 3rd world club while our people as a whole are educated, hardworking and enterprising. The largest forex inflow came from domestic workers in the ME which was sad enough. Political culture created by both parties only resulted in many politicians, their henchmen, families getting richer while the rest stagnated. People by and large knew law enforcement / justice system was a myth wherein only the petty criminals were jailed while the super criminals allied to the bigwigs destroying the country and youth were insulated from prosecution. People watched in fear when white vans were abducting brave media men at the dead of the night pre Sirisena and when the central bank was robbed post Ranil/Sirisena apparently  with help from the very top. People watched with anger when a huge Rajapaksa dynasty was ruling the country pre Sirisena and Christians were terrorized with church bombings post Sirisena.

More and more people were beginning to believe that both parties together are playing a game looking after each other’s back at the expense of the wellbeing of the people. While the majority could barely afford to buy a motorbike, political bigwigs, their henchmen, kith and kin were roaming the streets in posh SUV’s, the largest money can buy at times including bullet proof.

So on November 16th, 2019 Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa was handed a landslide victory by a mammoth 6.9 million Lankans followed by another landslide victory at the parliamentary polls on August 5th 2020. Gotabaya’s party asked for a mandate to once again to amend the constitution to hand more power to him. While he fell short of the 2/3rds, they managed a horse trade from the opposition and gave unprecedented power to Gota to rule as he wished. People trusted him to navigate the nation into prosperity. But did he?

Never in the history of Sri Lanka, has one family being handed so much power.  With all this power vested in one family, transparency, accountability, rule of law and broadly speaking Democracy got flushed into the toilet, something the 6.9 million trusting voters did not think about in their unstinted belief in Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well as political immaturity as a people.

Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, said Lord Acton. This has been proven over and over across the world and now in SL, the stage was set for this to be tested.

First Gota rushed to give a massive tax relief to people, blowing a hole into our budget to the tune of about 600 Billion rupees. I have no doubt he seriously regrets this today. This was inexperience 101. Then appointed his entire family to run the nation’s most important sectors. He horse traded to pass 20 Th A. Then a huge import duty cut was granted for sugar imports that was widely criticized as being a billion $ give away to a business buddy. Despite promises of right man for the right job, he appointed a few totally unqualified friends and supporters to top posts.  When the commission report came for the church bombings, he appointed his eldest brother and few party loyalists to study it and hand over the summary of it, totally negating the authenticity of the commission report for which people spent millions. He appointed a one man commission to investigate large number of criminal/corruption cases of loyalists going through our court system, who recommended  dropping all charges and going after the investigators. Then he tried to legislate those recommendations through parliament again directly violating the independence of the judicial system. This indeed was a massive attack on our judicial independence. Land grabs by henchmen from precious preserved rain forests started happening and when a young lady opened up to tell the plunder, police showed to her house to intimidate her to shut up.

To add injury to insult, he also broke the election promise to bring to justice the former governor of the CB who is hiding in Singapore and widely believed to be the mastermind of the bond scam. Yet another broken of many promises. And the remaining suspects are at large as if laws don’t apply to them. Indeed laws don’t apply to the rich and the powerful, sadly.

The Promised Land was not going to be.

People want to know why both parties always protect the big criminals. Why, why. Why?  All people see are photo ops of high powered suspects walking into CID or court houses and magically their cases disappear or drop.

Lack of experience was showing up again and again. Gota wants to transform farming by switching to organic fertilizer but wants to do it in a hurry and in the midst of a global pandemic where almost all our revenue streams have dried up. Farming was still alive and well and at least kept our people fed. That vital economic activity was derailed by nobody other than the head of the country in his haste. This could have waited and should have been introduced gradually. Now farmers are hunting for that most essential of things, the darn fertilizer.

Then came the icing on the cake.  A convicted murderer who whose conviction was reinforced by the Supreme Court was pardoned and then awarded to run a key department (remember right man for the right job?) while all pleas made to release his fierce critic Ranjan from jail went nowhere. Ranjan was an elected and respected member of parliament who spoke fearlessly against corruption, while the murderer was just a goon. Gota could have won a tiny bit of his lost glory by releasing Ranjan too. Pardoning Duminda was a huge slap on our judicial system again and a display of sheer arrogance and abuse of executive power – executive overreach.

Then he rushed to appoint his non-elected dual citizen brother as the Finance Minister. On what qualifications, god only knows but people have taken notice of this nepotism than ever before. This is no doubt a political blunder that will further alienate the President.

All mighty China is its quest for global domination has been making inroads into SL. Port city is a plan to get us hooked. Their loans are a plan to get us hooked. China is no friend of ours. They are a predator. Ruling party tried to legislate the Port City bill that was making port city practically a part of China. Their attempt to rush it just before Sinhala New Year was rightfully thwarted by the Supreme Court thanks to JVP.

20 Th Amendment with all its glory was showing its colors, not to strengthen our democracy or freedoms but to suppress dissent and favor the goons. Thanks to social media people take note than ever before.

Mostly due to Covid, the country is a fiscal mess and broke. No dollars even to pay of the debts. Imports curtailed, black market raising its head all the while the top leaders motorcades have not shrunk thanks to the money printing press at Biyagama. This is going to fuel inflation that will further hurt the everyday man who is already scraping the bottom of the pan. In fairness Gota inherited the fiscal mess thanks to his older brother’s and UNP’s massive borrowings.

The country needed a tried and tested leaders but Gota fell short. He had a golden opportunity to shine and win a part of his lost glory.  He could have pre planned and rushed the vaccines to the nations much earlier on in keeping with his reputation as a doer. But vaccinations came too late and too little. A precious opportunity missed.

Today it is hard to find any of the 6.9 million voters. They have gone into hiding. People are angry and hungry. People are licking the wounds while looking for a rupee to feed their families. We are being compared to Afghanistan. We have become the beggar of the Indian sub-Continent.

Other than seeking China’s help we have an alternate. Gota can take a 180 and build friendship with the powerful West. They do have the capacity and resources to help us out of this fiscal mess. They have done this before to fellow European nations like Greece, Ireland and Spain. But that calls for dismantling many things he resorted to so far including dismantling nepotism, restoring the independence of the justice system and civil liberties, restoring the civil service back to civilian rule, releasing political foes from jail  and observe and respect Democratic norms.

The irony is this. Who is going to dismantle the crazy 20th Amendment? That needs 2/3rds. It is hard to imagine another Sirisena to revert power. Besides, people are fed up of the other major party too. All those who voted for 20th A and the horse traded in from opposition should be treated like treasonist for this one reason.

Finally as a citizen of SL, whose ancestry runs deep into generations, why should I critique, one might ask. Is it because I hate Rajapaksas or Wicremesinghes? No, not at all. MR won the war and deserves a golden mention in our annals. It is called participation in the democratic process. Every citizen has a constitutional obligation to participate by screaming when the country is heading in the wrong direction. I wish more Lankans would do this screaming. That is our sacred duty to Mother Lanka and the least we all can do.

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  • 25
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    Sri Lankans are fed up with all political parties. They have let them down.

    Only hope now is a Chinese takeover. Surely no one can be worse than SL politicians.

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      OK, GATAM.
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      We are both citizens; you may express yourself as you please.
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      I tell you that I don’t want any Chinese here.
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      A few of ethnic Chinese origin have been here for a century. I count them “our people”. Let us not create another problem like the one created by the Colonial British who created an “Estate Tamil Population” who continue to live in ghettos. Them also we must integrate into our family, but they must retain their linguistic, cultural and religious identity as long as they want to – perhaps for ever.

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        Gatam,
        You should have been blind to add like that. How can we expect chinese blood suckers to take over. This is a free country. We must not be slaves of anyone.

        And to my dear ISKOLEMAHATHAYA@
        I dont think it is right to say, that we dont “chinese here”. They could come as tourists but not as our colonial masters/fuhrers.
        Colonisation has spread enough germs in this country with their ghosts reign yet today. However, some of our stupid fractions to pave the way to allow another colonial master ?
        No no, everyone of us, regardless of our various barriers should stand against it.

        • 5
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          Dear LM,
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          Surely you realise that I’m no xenophobe! Since my adolescence I’ve been intrigued by the idea of world government, of travel unrestricted by visas, etc. That idealism I hope remains with me.
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          No, the last thing that I want to do is to foster a culture of hatred of all things Chinese among Lankans. Remember that my primary age grand-daughters are learning Chinese. Nor have I ever advocated the cultivation of hatred to towards any ethnic group within the country. That is what this Double-Paksa government is doing.
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          I’m an identifiable Sinhalese, of less than average pecuniary means, but with an atypical cultural, linguistic, and philosophical outlook. I know that I’m an odd fellow, call me a “Thuppahiya” if you want to.

          • 5
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            Dear Sinhala_Man & leelagemalli:
            On the same page with you both.

            It can be complete hopelessness for someone to wish for a foreign nation take over our country. That hopelessness is perhaps understandable. However, I do not believe it was hopelessness that bore the comment under discussion!

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              Sugandh,
              thank you, where had you been all these days ? I thought you might have been caught by COVID. Thanks god you both are back. I was very worried of SM .. not being able to read from him… since 12th.

              -That hopelessness is perhaps understandable-

              All these were already expected /not overlooked by the masses, even if they themselves cut their neck by their own.
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              I knew all these very well, since my source from LA made it very clear, GOTA during his 15 years long exile did not nothing but lived there in getto. Russian or european leaders in exile would develop their profiles if seeking future carriers in politics. Gota has no whatsoever education in that like, other than, laying jogging tracks and a few other constructional changes made under COLOMBO beautification project. I heard Ms CBK questioning ” how would Gota deliver….. to a question, that people are made to believe he does not speak a lot but he will do his job”:

              Today, GOTA reactions have proved to even SCHOOL going children, even a GRAMASEVAKA could make better decisions in terms of saving the lives.

      • 2
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        My dear English Sir ,
        I hear someone whisper in my ears ” who said that Beggars don’t
        choose?”

  • 36
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    This is a hard-hitting article that calls a spade a spade. Not like the articles written by some of CT’s regular pussyfooting contributors who use very tactful and diplomatic language to avoid treading on anyone’s toes. This author must be commended for his boldness.

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      Very true. He is able to connect with the readers better because he comes off as sincere. And that I think is mainly due to his simple direct style of writing. He doesn’t approach his task like he’s composing a piece of writing, but rather like talking to the reader – the kind of writing much encouraged now. So Asoka’s writing has a good flow and his voice comes off natural and without any ambiguity. It’s like some family member or a friend whom you trust sitting in front of you in your living room and talking to you. Good stuff.

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      Thank you, both Asoka Seveviratne and Captain Morgan for forcing us to see the facts as they are. Among the 6.9 million votes that the “Double-Paksas” received there were almost NONE that were fraudulent (“hora chanda”). They were foolishly cast by our people believing all that was being said.
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      Just because we were not among the 6.9 million we should not feel superior. The task before us is to now patiently explain to those 6.9M that we can still all get together and withdraw any semblance of support towards this junta. Essentially, this must be done in Sinhala. Let me be honest; I can’t really do it. I listen to the villagers, and speak to them, but my Sinhalese reading is slow, and I just don’t write the language, unless it is to fill in a form. But even if English is my best language, I am emphatically “a Sinhalese” not “a suddha” – and I don’t want them back.
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      tbc

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        I must fully agree with you.

        We must stop blaming the politicians and also Gota. The 6.9m people elected them to this position of power and it is these voters who are responsible for what we have now reaped. One cannot expect to plant a chilli seed and get papaws!

        I agree with you that we should try to educate the voters to use a vote sensibly and not treat it as some sort of a popularity contest.

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          Citizensilva,@

          If you are in the view that people s awareness should be improved.
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          Please tell us what would you suggest to go for it, in a situation, PVT TV channels work closely as – biased media networks with Rajaakshes and drug dealers ?

          In this country, TV channels have become the prime source of info for the commoners. Most of the people keep away from reading NEWs papers or do some reading on the web.
          :
          With PINGUTHTHARAYA community which was the life line of the rural people those days have now turned out to be – highly corrupted bunch in the country created by Rajaakshes world of thugs.

          And THOSE TV channels and their journalists including that ballige putha CHATHURA alwis would continue with their back pleasing tactics as many others. Chathura alwis should be coming from a colombo family, however, his behaviour is no different to that of a hired cheap journalist who would do anything and everything to earn their living.

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          Dear LM,
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          When you talk about the media you refer only to means and strategy.
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          There’s no point going into that without being clear about our aims. And those aims must take into account that the entity known as “Sri Lanka” is one of the roughly two hundred nation states on this planet.
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          These states manage their economies quite separately, leaving me a poor third-world citizen, and you (despite you origins in the “RuhunuRata” of Lanka) as a prosperous “First World citizen”.
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          Some of these comments may seem unkind to you. No. You are greatly to be admired for your sincerity and sensitivity; the problem is that you’re not hard-headed enough.
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          Tell me, in your advanced country have they devised a means whereby it can be ascertained what your heart is made of: seems to me it is made of gold!

    • 12
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      I’m for fostering a “Lankan identity”, but I cannot do it by myself. I don’t know any Tamil (I wish I did) so I don’t dare call myself “a Lankan” and I’m not asking Tamils to do much. Almost all the 6.9 million votes came from our Sinhalese “brothers and sisters”. They must remain our foolish brothers and sisters whose fickle minds must be changed in whatever way is possible. However, let us make a firm resolution. Let us be tactful, but tell nothing but the truth.
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      Please express yourselves fearlessly here (using pseudonyms if necessary). I’m not a prominent person; I’m a retired “GambadaIngirisiIskoleMahattaya” whose real name is Panini Edirisinhe, and who continues to live in Bandarawela where I was born. My NIC number is 483111444V. I have decided to speak out clearly, but I’m not asking all to do so in public. However, all must start speaking clearly to their associates. If you can’t do that, you must find some other place to live in. Note that I now drop the “Sri” part of our country’s name. We were “Ceylon” to the world, “Lankawa” in Sinhalese, and “Illankai” in Tamil. Let us get back to being that.

      • 7
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        Sinhala_Man (AKA Panini Edirisinghe),
        Appreciate your commendable sentiments on Sri Lankan identity.
        I must confess I had done this almost 40 years ago and successfully too.
        I tried this in October 1983, in my passport application embarking on a business tour commencing mid October 83, heady with the “revolution” of July ’83, yet fresh in my mind.
        Subject clerk, Head clerk, the OA virtually gave me a demarche, “Conform to tradition, for new passport issued same day.
        Probably, I should have not because wrong timing. I almost jeopardised the business trip overseas. My immediate boss and the MD were not impressed by this. The risk was not being able to get the Visa for The UK, Western Europe (Germany) and Nordic countries.
        At the end of the day a meeting with the then commissioner was conclusive and my request was granted.
        My submission to the Commissioner included, that, “I am issued with the new passport stating answer to the question of ‘Nationality’ as ‘Sri Lankan’ as Nationality derives from the word “Nation” and as such Race, Caste, Religion has no relevance.”
        Although validity has expired but First of its’ kind, probably and I cherish and retain possession to date.

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          My view is all this talk on differences of race religion and ethnicity is bunkum as modern Genetics of Srilankans have proved beyond any doubt.
          Across all ethnicities Tamil Sinhala Muslim and Malay, over 60% of the population carry the same Maternal mitochondrial haploid genes confirming that almost 85000 years ago this 60% of the population across all ethnicities arrived from a single mother!!
          More so when we focus on so called Tamil and sinhala speakers. They share the same maternal mitochondrial haploid gene to the tune of 70%.
          Even More surprisingly still, when we analysed the so called “Estate Tamils” as Mr Edirisinghe described, they had the same Maternal mitochondrial gene up to 94% showing they are even purer children of the same maternal line as the other two majority ethnics Sinhala and Tamils!
          I can understand politicians would like hide this completely as the basis of their power trade will be destroyed!
          Why don’t our academics speak of this widely? It’s a puzzle.

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            Dear R Fernando,
thanks very much for your valuable comment. Average mindset is kept in dark for such a long time. It is public secret and a symbiosis between vicious politicians and media mafia networks. No matter media giants mislead the nation omni tempore.
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No doubt, I dont think many would comprehend your comment because you have used ” biological/genetic terms ” in it. However, the average in our Rajapakshe-punished hell, constantly believe, that offsprings look alike their parents. If anyone would see different,mothers would be attacked as nowhere in the world.
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Irony is that the very same average dont seem to give a damn when unrelated peoples look alike.
As is the case in Madagaskar, Mauritius and like minded countries where the apparences of varied communties look comparably varied prove it per se. that the origins should have been subjected to consecutive mutations or combinations of genetics..
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If awareness would be improved, that will lead people to come out of their conditioned mind set and relinquish their political lords.
            If experts would help them understanding filling the gap, they would definitely change their conditioned mindset. Religious leaders should first be educated about the need to transporting the message to grass root level of people.


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              Continuing.
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              And unlike in europe, and other developed countries, not many among the specialists/experts (from Univesities) join the public disclosures in Srilanka yet today.
              Recalling that weekly program (Yatharuppa by name) and how powerful setbacks it experienced in that point in time, and how it was then suspended says almost everything where srilanken society (cultural forces) lies.
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              And I think if those experts would join the public forums transporting the message to the public, outcome will drastically improve towards the awareness. As a result, people, regardless of their education will tend to act positive.
              In our country, no matter minority communities would face permament disicrminations in the society, responsible politicians and authorities stay as if their eyes and ears are totally impaired.
              :
              Not everywhere politicians would like hiding the truths/factual info. But in south asian region it has become their life line.
              Just imagine, how can a president with some sanity totally ignores the predictions made by senior medical specialists regarding the warnings about DEATHs: These are human being not ” cats and dogs”, but Gota-MR did not give a damn on serious warnings. How come ?
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNjqJ0bIRj8

              This was already in the middle of MAY 2021. Just imagine, many incl Uni DONs attack stupid leadership, but why dont have balls to come to roads to convince the people ? That is where our peoples should see it right

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        Dear Sinhala_Man:
        Standing with you on your sentiments, along with Mahila, R Fernando, and the others.

        Fostering a “Lankan” identity that shall be the gold standard for all nations!

  • 18
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    Only mad dogs scream – and, those in pain.
    Both categories were captured and gassed to death in the past, by the Anti Rabies Campaign, and thus, rabies was controlled/eradicated.
    Today, the a new type of rabid canines run the state – under the chief canine.
    But, these care only for their ‘fellow canines’, even those abroad.
    What all of us feared – a totalitarian state, has been born.
    It will “progress” like the one abroad, which has most influence, and owns large patches of land in Sri Lanka, under various ‘projects’.

  • 24
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    First of all a person should have respect to lose it. Are we sure that this person had the respect of the people when he was elected the President? I doubt, he became the President only because of the Easter Attack, and now there are questions on “maha mula karu” of the attack. It’s not only the President, the entire Rajapakse Family which has an iron grip on Sri Lanka may face the same fate that Gadafi faced soon.

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      You are spot on my dear Buddhist 01.
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      Please take good care COVID and Rajapakshe Marayas.
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      God bless Srilanka😐😐😐😐😐😐😐

  • 31
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    I simply can’t understand how 6.9 million got fooled by this man, when all I had heard about him was that:
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    1. He was an American citizen;
    2. He was minding a 7-Eleven Store in LA, California;
    3. He had killed over 50,000 innocent civilians at Mullivaikkal;
    4. He had killed and tortured several journalists;
    5. He had ‘disappeared’ many people with his magic white van;
    6. He had defamed his parents by building a memorial for them on state land with state money;
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    7. And finally, I must admit there was one positive thing about the man to the effect that he had made nice sidewalks for Colombo’s streets [But, here again, there was some hush-hush that he was getting so much for each brick … blah … blah]

  • 19
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    Ask the Tamils if ever Sri Lanka had democracy since independence: The answer is a definite no.

    Since then many laws have been passed by the Sinhalese (majority community) leaders to the detriment of the existence and well being of Tamils. This continues at an accelerated pace even today.

    Sri Lanka and rule of law parted ways since 1956 when pogroms against Tamil community were let loose periodically sponsored by the state and the ruling class. Mother of all pogroms was late loose in 1983. Nobody was taken to courts or punished. Is this democracy, no it is barbaric majoritarianism.

    The 30-year war against Tamils culminated in the genocide of Tamils with 150,000 innocent Tamils massacred in one fell swoop.

    What is happening now is the most virulent form of governance that started in 1948. Ape Aanduwa virus has naturally selected to the Delta variant today.

    Unfortunately there is no vaccine for this malady of a decadent civilization.

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      T
      If Sri Lanka hadn’t, what was the Federal Party doing in government from 1965 to 1968?
      What was Amirthalingam dound as Leader of the Opposition?
      *
      The issue of democracy concerns all and I think that it is time that Tamil nationalists took leave of their self-pity and started to work with others for justice and fair play.

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        What was Amirthalingam doing as Leader of the Opposition?

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      People want to know why both parties always protect the big criminals. Why, why. Why?
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      Because they are all freemasons (illuminati)

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      T,

      But still Tamils want to be under Sinhala rule.

      Only solution is to split the island equitably into 3 mono ethnic nations and relocate people. Otherwise it will be a Chinese takeover of the entire island.

  • 15
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    Mosses of the Lankan people
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    How can a sinhala leader in sri lanka be a moses?
    Sinhalese in sri lanka are like the ancient egyptians in egypt.
    The majority. Nandasena is akin to the wicked pharaohs.

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    He could have pre planned and rushed the vaccines to the nations much earlier
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    Haha! You want him to poison his own voters at an accelerated rate?

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    Gota can take a 180 and build friendship with the powerful West
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    No amount of chess moves is going to save this genocidal fraud loving country from its karma.

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      Humble @
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      GOTA and making friendships?
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      Pigs might fly.
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      Any low level military man could do a project like ” laying jogging tracks ,’ or the like if political leadership would be on ur side. .
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      This was misinterpreted by local media and put him above as it is described by —post tutle—–so now the outcome is not overlooked today to those who elected him.
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      Hundreds incl my own family ones die today due to GOTA s inability but his election slogan was “national safety ” . What he has proved is that he is champion saving his criminals from ongoing crime investigations 🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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        Fate of ‘post turtle”
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        The very same people should take him from the post and place him where he really belongs.
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        Which is ” hang man position”. Ladt week specialist Dr Guarantee sent the report to stupid president- Gota” that the death rate increased by 60% or more, but mercyless mlechcha man did nt take any actions???????????
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        I report the decision is stii on you.
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        🐃🐃🐃🐃🐕🐕🐕🐕😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

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      Humble, what are you doing, as a Freemason yourself?

  • 3
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    Captain Morgan , We all like hard hitting, clearly expressed articles.

    But we must not encourage one sided, bias, crude writing either.

    These public discussions must be conducted in a moderate tone, and with the understanding that even the writer can be wrong , one sided or wrongly informed

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    Yes, very disappointingly done by Gota. Thought he was of more substance, with much bravado to break out of the vainglorious molds of his predecessors. But in the end, he lacks the skill, imagination, and intelligence to install a multi-lateral and broad-based democracy that will serve the masses and boost up country prosperity. He has ended a small-minded autocrat.

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    I agree with the author and some who commented about his forthright writing. But I strongly disagree that 6.9 million were fed up with major parties and were looking for an alternate candidate. Gotha is no alternate. He is a Rajapaksa , was there before in government for years and has a track record for people to see. May be Trump and to some extent Obama can be called as alternate but not Gotha. Majority who voted were not thinking in terms of this author , but wanted him to continue discrimination and ethnic cleansing. He had clearly verbalized it under MR and before elections. Voters did not consider Covid and Economy as X factors in decision making. When he fails, 6.9 million will still consider NR,CR, BR or even MR.

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    “Today it is hard to find any of the 6.9 million voters. They have gone into hiding. People are angry and hungry. People are licking the wounds while looking for a rupee to feed their families. “

    the million dollar question is will they still vote for gota when he contests in nov 2024.He has only done 40% of his term.Also the people might not hold the hardships caused by covid against him cos they know that it is a global problem.He has 60% of his term left to reverse his unpopularity.

    ps if he loses 10% of the votes he got and sajit gets 10% more than he had,then gota has a fight on his hands with a two horse race in the second round,when nobody gets over 50%in the first round, and if then the JVP votes go to sajit, the next president is going to be sajit premedasa on a thin margin.

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    “MR won the war and deserves a golden mention in our annals.”
    MR family not only won the war but also won the Sinhalese people as well. The successful of Rajapaksa family is the unity of the family. How do they keep the family is sharing the power? Even though the name of the political party is SLFP/SLPP it is the party of Rajapaksa family. When they are in power whether it was in 2005 to 2015 or from 2019, every one in the family shared almost 90% of the governments finance, defence and all other important ministries and power. Even though people understands that it is a dictatorship of governance against people, creating violence and robbing the nation and destroying the economy or selling the nation to China or USA or India , they are powerless to question about this because the family and associates are united and share it. The first think they did was to create wealth for themselves and allowed their associates to create a limited wealth under their control.
    They also make sure that power sharing does not go outside their family to bring peace, harmony and wealthy Nation.

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      Ajith,
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      I am also against it to be said that way. MR should not be credited for a war victory because it was not as being painted by them. It was painted for their political survival.
      :
      Besides, SRILANKEN CIVIL war was not started wit the presidency of Mahinda Rajapkashe in 2005.

      It was the plast phase of the relay race that went on 30 long years. CBK’s foreign affairs minister Late Mr Kadirgamar was very successful getting LTTE terror activities being mobilised on the powerful western countries. Mahinda is always actiing in his politics, .. it is his shameless nature to manipulate the masses. Those who know it , though the minority know it well.

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        leelagemalli,

        It is true that MR should be credited for a war victory but they are successful in making Sinhalese to believe that it was won by them only. My point is that nowhere in the world you find all the family members (brothers) are ministers in a government in a democratic country. Their personalities and characters are different but MR gave every one ministerial posts to keep their differences but allowed to maximise their financial wealth through MIC deals, Hambantota deals, Tsunami fund, Chinese deals and even vaccine imports.
        Yes minorities know it, but they are bothered about minorities. They are only bothered about Buddhist Sinhala who are happy as long as they oppress and kill as much as minorities.

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          DearAjith,
          Credit should be given to MR but not the full cake should nt be stolen by him. Or not ?
          .
          Please understand at least today all that floor kissing drama was set on a ” script”.
          .
          Mlechcha media (Hiru Derana TV and biased printed media).
          never cross questioned but let it be painted so that Rajapakshes would be the sav6 of the nat6.
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          Today the outcome is 100% doubtless. .
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          Weeraketiya cattle thieves let thousands fall dead , people are caught by the untruths spread by their fake abilities 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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    The Taliban have more or less consolidated their Power in Afghanistan in recent times.
    But in Srilanka the Rajapakses had consolidated their Power much earlier.
    They knew deep down the average Sinhala Buddhist voter could be taken for a good ride on Race and Religion.Simple as that!

    The essayist has very clearly identified the failures of the Gota regime.
    Would China permit the Govt: to move towards the West as suggested by the essayist?
    I am reminded of quicksand……….

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    I must fully agree with you.

    We must stop blaming the politicians and also Gota. The 6.9m people elected them to this position of power and it is these voters who are responsible for what we have now reaped. One cannot expect to plant a chilli seed and get papaws!

    I agree with you that we should try to educate the voters to use a vote sensibly and not treat it as some sort of a popularity contest.

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    Too late to realise. The sinhalayo who voted him to power has to pay the price for it. When Covid is accelerating, He is busy in erecting Buddha statues in the north. Feel sorry for Buddha. Recovering SL from Rajapakses is a lost hope.

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