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When Enough Is Too Little

By Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

Sarath de Alwis

The regular exegeses of Dr Dayan Jayatilleka on post war reconciliation, have acquired a paroxysmal character. His remonstrations of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera call for an unambiguous refutation. This writer is an unabashed admirer of Mr. Samarawera.

He earns my unequivocal admiration and esteem for being the one and only Sinhala Buddhist Politician in the present firmament who refuses to pander to the ‘Apey Hsamuduruwane’ cult. He reached a chord in the deepest recesses of my heart when as Minister in charge of Urban Development he put a ‘Podi Hamuduruwo’ in place by demolishing unauthorized structures erected on state land around the Beira Lake. The saffron clad collector of vintage cars and tame elephants was told off politely and firmly. Mr. Samaraweera is much more than a designer of fashions. He is immersed in fashioning a modern civilized national ethos that local and universal.

In the 21st century our world is different. There are fundamental rights that are ‘innately endowed upon people because they happen to be humans. Human rights in the global age cannot be discussed or debated by retreating behind Westphalian jargon. In the global age, the crises of ‘state rule and dynamics of war do not constitute a context that justifies setting human rights aside.’ Minister Mangala Samaraweera has an unenviable task.

The censorious remarks are preceded by Dr. Dayan J’s credentials – ‘A Student of Comparative International Politics.’ Indeed it is a realm where he is undoubtedly well informed. That allows him to use good logic and wrong premises to advance his point of view. Since this counterview is on the same subject, this writer would describe himself as a student of comparative presidencies of R Premadasa and Mahinda Rajapaksa- two regimes he served well.

The first did not know how or why Richard de Soysa went missing. The latter still does not know how or why Lasantha Wickrematunge went missing. Both Presidents willy-nilly operated a deep state apparatus, relied on populist slogans, cultivated a servile saffron constituency and spawned oligarchies in the hope of deploying them as their second line of defense.

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka was’ consiglier’ to both ‘god fathers’- Premadasa and Rajapaksa. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was an implacable adversary of both. The dissonances have their integral logic.

The untimely demise of the first made his second line of defense an abstract of no consequence. The Dutugamunu Avatar of MR is a different ball game. The consummate brilliance of logistics of the recent ‘Pada Yatra‘ give us an insight to the second line of defense of the God Father and his Militant Mafia. The oligarchic machine is well oiled. Some among those who replaced the ‘ancien régime’ seduced by their imagined Machiavellian machismo have adopted the MR oligarchs as their own. The two hundred percent proof demanded to bring them to justice has bestowed virtual immunity upon them and their patrons.

The regional and sectoral heads of the Mahinda maze were in competition. Each provided signature body armour in the form of cap, tea shirt and trouser to their hired ‘faithful’. A ready supply of spirits ensured the nonstop tango on asphalt. Dr.Jayatilake called the Nugegoda meet ‘The Rising.’ Leon Uris move over. Make way for Dayan J‘s ‘Exodus.’

The operative paragraph of Dr. Jayatilleka’s submissions encapsulates his abstruse reasoning. “Minister Samaraweera’s model of the OMP derives from contexts that are very different to that of Sri Lanka and thus has little relevance to us. The OMP derives from mechanisms for investigation into persons missing under military juntas in Latin America or mechanisms set up, also mainly in Latin America, in consequence of negotiated settlements arrived at, usually with external mediation/facilitation, between guerrilla movements and incumbent regimes. Sri Lanka’s context is drastically different, i.e. that of a democratic state, with democratically elected governments, and whose legitimate armed forces fought a war strictly within its borders, against a terrorist enemy and won an outright victory. In no such context has there been a mechanism structured as the OMP is.”

The polemically punctilious, abjectly asinine argument leads to two conclusions.

A. Post war Sri Lanka was a text book democracy light years removed from Latin American juntas.

B. Since we won the war we can do what we damn well please.

Pinochet may have had a better trimmed moustache than our Augusto who got title to the war at a book launch. Apart from that insignificant detail, Sri Lanka after 2009 was no different from any Latin American Banana republic. Not unless we qualify it further by asserting that ours was a Republic run by a set of Brothers gone Bananas.

Post war Sri Lanka was no democracy. It was undoubtedly a stratocracy. The stratocracy under the Rajapaksa clan was far more entrenched than its earlier version where the living were roasted in the Kanatte incinerator.

The latter version was more refined. The 18th Amendment made Sri Lanka a full blown banana republic, a land of unchecked corruption and an ever expanding police state.

The three principal elements of a stratocracy and a garrison state were in place. We had a. centralization of power, b. contrived manipulation of an international crisis and c. restriction of civil liberties under the guise of national security. Ironically, it was after the war ended, that the gradual militarization of society began in earnest with political power in the hands of a new managerial class that was less political and more entrepreneurial and economic clout in the hands of a select financial oligarchy. The agenda was implemented by exceptionally talented media moguls whose accesses to wealth was strategized by the Czar of national security. Fear and manipulation of public emotions was so effective in the post war five years that the marketing of war was as routine on electronic media as early morning chanting of ‘Pirith.’

The regime was good at paradigm creation. The Diaspora presented a real and present danger. The mind manipulators were ardent admirers of George Orwell. ‘The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous.” Persistent ethno religious conflict by other means was made the new normal in our benighted land. So, the student of Comparative International Politics persists.

Restrictions on civil liberties were routinely imposed on grounds of national security. The Military was presumed as an institution parallel to the executive under the command of a super patriot. It had its funny and wicked facets. A new oligarch whose access to the mighty was through his brand ‘Access’ declared at a parley at Waters Edge that the country was at the edge of a great renewal. It was crying out for the steady hand of the mustachioed redeemer. Today he has enlisted another Dinesh to tide over the reforms if and when they happen.

The memorial of the massacred of Suriyakanda made way for ‘Diyatha Uyana ‘with an aquarium, a market for foliage and fast foods and a ‘board walk’ whatever that means.

The indolent rich, the percentage artists and hostages of consumerism under neo liberal economics were appeased. It was a replica of the Argentine model. The Retired Lieutenant Colonel was the last word on what was virtue. He was meticulous in organization. He insisted on obedience, discipline and efficiency. Manufactured consent replaced persuasion and consensus building. Competitive politics was eased out. An obliging opposition helped sustain an illusion of electoral democracy. We should be grateful to Dr.Jayatilake for reminding us of those tranquil days of the Rajapakse deep state. It explains today’s cacophony in our liberated Babylon.

Dr. Jayatilleka is right. General Franco who won the civil war did not set up an OMP or ‘anything remotely like the OMP to investigate disappearances during the Spanish civil war.’ That was another time and another world. Generalissimo Franco died in bed.

Dr. Jayatillaka complains that he fails to grasp the logic of the OMP. It baffles this writer because Dr. Jayatilleka himself has been endearingly eloquent on why we need to think on new innovative approaches for national reconciliation.

In 2013, soon after he emerged from the belly of the beast, in a different incarnation Dr. Jayatilleka reminded us of an anecdote about Richard Nixon. Nixon he said agreed that power corrupts. Nixon was equally convinced that absolute power was even better!

He then proceeded to elaborate on what was in store for us. And wasn’t he right? ‘A quasi-oligarchic power Centre was seeking to enhance its own power base quite apart from the Executive presidency that was already wielding considerable power. The thirty year war had unleashed authoritarian impulses. He compared the Rajapaksa regime to a runaway train. Before his affliction of the Weerawansa syndrome his positions on reconciliation were diametrically different.

“Whether Sri Lanka can win the peace and ensure the long-term durability of that peace depends on the nature of the peace. If it is a victor’s peace, and if victory is defined or felt to be one of the Sinhalese over the Tamils, it will not be a durable peace. On the other hand, we can only win an inclusive and fair peace if there is a redrawing of the social contract that addresses the root causes of the conflict—the mutual alienation of the island’s majority and minority communities—and if there is an equitable integration or a reasonable, centripetal measure of devolution.”

The OPM may or may not reduce the pain or heal the wounds and scars of war. We derailed the runaway Rajapaksa train. Today, Mahinda walks. Whither? Ask Ranil.

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    There should be a way to settle the long standing grievances of Tamils. Though they are minority group they too are human.Our salvation should be independent of that process.

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      sadly for you it’s a write off.
      Exports in Sri Lanka decreased 0.9 percent year-on-year to 706.60 USD Million in April of 2016,which is half of all imports.
      The main export :Sri Lanka exports mostly textiles and garments (52% of total exports) and tea (17%). Others include: spices, gems, coconut products, rubber and fish. Main export partners are United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Italy.

      USAID built 3 garments factories in the north and it was given to Gujarati, Muslim and Italian collaboration. The increase in government sector wages would add to the overall inflation of 6%.
      So there is really no work for the tamils in the government sector or private sector.- write off.
      The west cannot help because all are thieves and power hungry and the situation can only get worse with Brexit.

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        tatcher

        You are off your track.

        The present economy is the product of Mahinda. This govt is struggling to mend.

        Where are the money stolen from the government coffers by Mahinda. Where are the wealth of the LTTE looted at the war end. From where did they get the money to pay for Bell Pottinger likes? How did Wimal Booruwanse build a massive house? How did the profit making Air Lanka became loss making one under the name of Sri Lankan. Do we need a state run Mihin? Did they cost the road building programme in an economic sense? Matala airport and the harbour are colossal failures that we are paying for now.

        Then our foreign service went to the dogs losing decent inward investments. The fellows who cannot piss properly were appointed to the foreign missions. Hilarious of those are:

        Dr Dayan Jayatillake is a beneficiary of Mahinda government. He was pen pushing on all kinds of issues without realising he was an Ambassador in Paris. He was not a career diplomat but was privileged to get a job as ambassador.

        Then his paternal uncle Neville De Silva- a down right rabid racist, became Deputy High Commissioner overnight at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. [Edited out]
        This family of Silva’s will not walk away from Mahinda because they have to down load their gratitude to their guru. The clean suited (at taxpayers cost) Foreign Minister Bogollogama looked after these fellows very well. Why? It is everyone’s guess.

        All these few of the drained wealth of Sri Lanka and we are struggling to mend.

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          “”The present economy is the product of Mahinda. This govt is struggling to mend.””

          The present economy is the result of your power hungry vote and nothing to do with the ousted. The car mechanics might be telling you the truth and loving you.

          People who enter politics have a craving for money and power. There are no saints without sins.

          In the west we use and throw yet we have some crooks but you never throw and build dynasties and call the incumbent emperor, king etc.

          The fault is not with corrupt leaders because all are corrupt but the arrogant voter craving for power without working towards it.

          When Cameron told the Nigerian leader that Nigeria is very corrupt (quite rightly) he said UK is assisting in that corruption with AID.
          So Samanta P did her last jaunt to save American face by flying down to Washington on 29th June and requested Christine Lagarde to loan the money 1.5 billion (+0.7) which CL could not refuse because she needed an extension of her term as chief IMF.

          Life is a moment in time. 9/11 gave lanka lots of money but the music has died after May 2009.
          If Trump wins which he would then lanka would become a failed state.
          70 years is too long a period of independance and it seems whether you like it or not the land would go back to India like Sikkim, Nagaland, Bhutan is due.
          Who initially gave FDI to China 30 years ago? The adjoining yellow skins with their technology and patent rights secure.. The others (UK/USA) wanted to rip China off under FDI.

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      S.M.

      Non political grievances of Tamils (Tamil speaking people) must be attended to with utmost urgency and at whatever financial cost. As for their political demands there is no practical way of solving them as majority of them live in non- contiguous pockets scattered across the island. Their political leaders led them by nose from Vadukkodai to Nandikadal and mired the entire country in a brutal war for 30 long years. The war has left them worse off than us and it is our moral responsibility help the recuperate – they are our brothers and sisters. As has always been throughout our post independence history their political masters are standing in the way.

      Soma

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    “He earns my unequivocal admiration and esteem for being the one and only Sinhala Buddhist Politician in the present firmament who refuses to pander to the ‘Apey Hsamuduruwane’ cult. He reached a chord in the deepest recesses of my heart when as Minister in charge of Urban Development he put a ‘Podi Hamuduruwo’ in place by demolishing unauthorized structures erected on state land around the Beira Lake. The saffron clad collector of vintage cars and tame elephants was told off politely and firmly. Mr. Samaraweera is much more than a designer of fashions. He is immersed in fashioning a modern civilized national ethos that local and universal.”

    One Matara kattaya is no better than the other- professional politicians interested in power like Mahinda.
    Podi hamuduruwo still has taken most of the land near the Beira Lake by planting Bo trees.He was initially Premadasa man when he went on the rampage.

    Isn’t buccaneering boomeranging on you?

    How the Americans would treat him and the island after January 2017 is what matters now that the island is on dreaded IMF lifeline. Neither he nor CBK can make the Chinese budge and offer hand outs to be reclaimed later.

    The island cannot live for ever on handouts.The orders are not there so one has to move to alternative products.The racial issue won’t go away by self.

    Setting one thief to counter another thief is counter productive now that all are thieves and power crazy.

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    Dr.Dayan is a lost soul looking for a new abode! He has traded logical, incisive, sensitive thinking and independence for bombast, pseudo intellectualism, meaningless words, misconstrued history, illogical conclusions and degrading servility.

    Sad.

    Dr,Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham is a lost soul looking for a new abode! He has traded logical, incisive, sensitive thinking and independence for bombast, pseudo intellectualism, meaningless words, misconstrued history, illogical conclusions and degrading servility.

      Sad.

      Dr. Perriappa

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        Perriappa

        You are a stupid fellow.

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          Those who have followed both doctors in question, Narendran and Dayan will find many uncanny similarities in their personalities.

          Hence, Narendran’s words regarding Dayan are equally applicable to him.
          Don’t be fooled by the academic titles of both men.

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        Dr Perriappa,

        Very interesting and thought provoking comment. Just a PhD won’t be enough, one need to be wise to understand your comment..

        Excellant.

        Dr. AVB

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      Dr,Rajasingham Narendran

      “Dr.Dayan is a lost soul looking for a new abode!”

      Dr.Dayan Jayatileke had started off supporting Eelam being a member of one of the militant Eelam groups and now he speaks totally against Eelam oriented parties and groups. He should actually criticize him first before trying criticize others for their Eelam contributions. He has conveniently hid his past.

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      I think you have said it all in a nutshell, Dr Narendran. Very well presented indeed!

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    Super piece by my former co-worker.

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    WE need a home grown solution. Let us discuss with TNA and he other parties an come to an agreement to the overall situation with a time table. This is a offer he west cannot refuse. Let the TNA join the national government. We won our independence by being united.

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      “”We won our independence by being united. “”

      Stupid man Ceylon never won independence but American president Truman who had a dislike for your culture asked Churchill to unload the island from British Raj along with a partition of Bharat.

      The recent victory was manipulation from one sinhala buddhist cheat to another buddhist cheat by kapurala Mangala and the `boat people` of UK.

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      “”WE need a home grown solution.”

      From 48 the solutions proposed by the sinhalese have turned out to be `poos appa` citizenship act, like the joining of north and east then revoking.
      Last one is the government promise to the prince heading the UN.
      You already have Tamils KP, Karuna, Douglas who are exactly like you folk playing 4 & 6s so what is your problem??

      Your problem is not racial because you need it to run the island divisively.
      The Tamils of north east have no international friends like Kuwait had for desert storm 1 but the northerner will never be your slave.

      Your predicament is IMF rules are applying from August so learn to love the rules and work hard to come out of the quicksand. In the west interest rates are below zero but the economy is not really moving and when it moves again most business that once went to the east would return (call centres, tailors etc)

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    Thank you Sarath for the article well written to expose the ludicrous character of Dayan J. [Edited out]

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    Dr. DJ’s ‘history’ says it all – regardless of his vainglorious efforts to paint himself otherwise.

    Nice post, Sarath!

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    A well articulated opinion by Sarath de Alwis .
    I am afraid I do not know enough about Minister Sarath Samarawera to comment on; except having had read few articles by him
    The question of parity is a long standing demand and aspiration in various forms since and little prior to Independence. I refer the readers to the Donoughmore and Soulbury commissions.
    “Ethic Politics in Colonial Sri Lanka” by Nira Wickramsinghe a doctoral thesis , at Oxford, is a good read for those interested .

    As I have commented on Dr.J’s article , for the life of me I fail to comprehend why the so called educated men behave and act the way they do. Why can’t we live and thrive as “one nation” . Divide and ruin seems to be the motto of most of our power brokers, of all colour and shade. This is sickening sign of a society that has lost its path.
    Charity begins at home!

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    Absolutely and unequivocally agree with all what you say about Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

    He’s a dashed sight more than what Dayan J tries so valiantly to make out, and has achieved more recognition and respect in a nice way for the country, than what Dayan J could ever have achieved, in 10 years of diplomatic dealings (had he been allowed!).

    “Ask Ranil” is a good answer to a lot of our questions. He holds the key, and therein lies the fear of the birth of another ‘dictator’? One hopes not.

    There must be a VERY good reason why Thajudeen’s murderers are still not brought to book. “Ask Ranil”.

    The judiciary and the police and the news-media, MUST be allowed to function whichever the way they want. Doctoring with the truth will finally unfrock the best of men.

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      “There must be a VERY good reason why Thajudeen’s murderers are still not brought to book. “Ask Ranil”. ” Here`s what Ranil says when it comes to
      investigations and Charges:

      “Cause for delay?……. the PM has said, “Let us allow them (FCID) to do their duty. This is not a game of hide and seek. Obtaining evidence should be done skilfully. Lawyers for the defendants are waiting for an opportunity for a loophole. This is like striking with a two-edged sword. If the target is missed, the striker too, will be cut.”Supporting the PM’s views, a renowned criminal lawyer told us, “Rajitha, Champika, Arjuna and Fonseka do not have any knowledge of the law. What they want is to have media hypes saying Namal is caught, Gota is caught, Basil is caught. Then, the people will not question them about the increase in VAT and the cost of living. Especially, evidence in financial crime should be built very skilfully, like bringing out a valuable artifact hidden by the sand sheet of time. In a crime, the case should be built upon circumstantial evidence if there is no eyewitness account. So, if the CID goes to act according to the haste of politicians, such cases can be brought down easily.” As webed on 18-5-2016

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    “… earns my unequivocal admiration and esteem for being the one and only Sinhala Buddhist Politician in the present firmament who refuses to pander to the ‘Apey Hsamuduruwane’ cult. He reached a chord in the deepest recesses of my heart when as Minister in charge of Urban Development he put a ‘Podi Hamuduruwo’ in place by demolishing unauthorized structures erected on state land around the Beira Lake. The saffron clad collector of vintage cars and tame elephants was told off politely and firmly. Mr. Samaraweera is much more than a designer of fashions. He is immersed in fashioning a modern civilized national ethos that local and universal.”

    No truer set of words have been expressed. Admire the guts.

    However, the unauthorized stuff have come up again. Maybe we need Mangala to keep this activity in check.

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    As long as the likes of Mangala Samaraweera are around the greater would be the chances of achieving a comprehensive settelemet to the so called ethnic conflict .His vision for this country goes far beyond academic credentials.Actually such credentials amount for very little in the process of recocialiation.What is required is broad mindedness and Mangala has got tons and tons of it and that is all what is required.He is a chip of the old block in this regard.

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      I agree with your main line of thought.

      Then, aren’t we in this bloody mess because the ‘old block’ failed the Motherland ?

      Along the way we pariahed our Tamil Brothers and Sisters so much that they have no confidence in any Govt in the South to come up with a practical solution to their grievances.

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    [Edited out]

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    An admirer of Mongorilla ? What a sad case. Admirer of an abject servile servant of the West. Embarrassing the way Mogorilla bends over backwards to accommodate the dictat of foreign forces. Welcoming any accusation lambasting or humiliation by such entities on bended knees and ready to enslave the sovereignity of a nation shamelessly. Treacherous, gormless idiot has an admirer !!!

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      @Gos: Looks like there are far more than “one admirer” of Mangala here.

      And what about the “embarrassing” way Dayan J “bends over” to be shafted repeatedly by Magorilla and his gang,”welcoming any accusation lambasting or humiliation by such entities on bended knees … shamelessly. Treacherous, gormless idiot”!!!

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    First Off. Hats Off to the Minister for doing a hell of job of turning the fortunes of the country globally.

    The minister is doing an awesome job when compared to the former learnt professor who along with his masters made it a basket case in the eyes of the world.

    Mr. Sarath De Alwis, we are 1000% with you shoulder to shoulder concerning the Minister. He is great and doing a fine job.

    Our people – like Dayan, no clue where he got his education and what kind of it – has a great fixation that only people with paper qualifications could do great things, and this been often seen in the comments in CT. Most often, it’s not the case in the real world, and there are thousands of examples for it.

    When, some one asked the greatest prolific inventor of the century Edison – apart from the his greatest discovery the light bulb, he has over many hundreds of ground breaking inventions to his credit- how could he do all these without any formal education, he said – I’m like a steam engine, when the steam goes down, they fill water and run. Same way when I do something, when I want to know some thing about it, I learn it and move ahead.

    One eccentric man filled a case in the US court against Henry Ford saying he was doing big and great things with out any formal education like paying way high wages, way more than minimum wages, to his workers etc. Ford went to the court and said – I don’t need any qualifications to get all my works done, if it’s managing my business, I hire a manager, engineering – hire an engineer, accounts – hire an accountant for I have the money the to pay them. I pay too way high wages to get top job done and to have happy contented workers. In the process of building the internal combustion engine so many hundreds of his engineers gave it up for they couldn’t achieve his specifications. In the end case was dismissed.

    Andrew Carnagie when he landed in the US as poor Scotish immgigrant, he worked as laborer in the steel mills. Later he went on to built the world’s biggest steel company – US Steel Corp. and pioneered the integrated steels mills.

    After buying from Saetle Computors for UD 57,000/- and perfecting it from his parents garage the MS widows operating system, Bill Gates offered it to IBM to install in their ThinkPad pcs free of charge. When he went to meet them all the IBM top guns were in their pin stripped suits with blue and black ties but they saw 17 years in blue T shirts and blue jeans. Gates knew IBM the biggest PC company installs his system, the rest would follow suite, he could make a big killing, he did it, and in the end he became the richest man in the world. All these by a college drop out.

    Araham Lincoln studied under the street lights, abolished slavery, won the US rival war and became one of the greatest presidents of the US.

    Ronald Reagan was an actor, brought the cold war to end by breaking the back of the communism.

    Narandra Midi, the tea boy, became the Prime Minister of India, and spear heading Indian Inc and making a revolution there. The whole world is coming to India to get their share of the pie. Right now, it’s the fastest and highest growing country in the world but our gullible people don’t want top get the benefits of it being at their door steps.

    It is always the ability and grit determination to achieve and get results matters not qualificatiins, many qualified persons fail miserably.

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      o you are saying Raj rajaratnam or Emil Soundranayagam are of the same class as Mangala??

      Modi was RSS puppet because Maharashtra wanted neutral and unknown.
      Presently he is finding it difficult.

      SARC is sick because it plays cricket. ASEAN does not and is rich. china is playing football.

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      “When he went to meet them all the IBM top guns were in their pin stripped suits with blue and black ties but they saw 17 years in blue T shirts and blue jeans. “

      now that the chameleon (slfp minister then unp minister) is the big man why does he not come in his ambude to UK? An African did it and he was sent to the zoo.
      When it is formal dress Bill G always went in his suit without dog collar/tie. even the present cEO does it.

      You are another lankan spin doctor who votes a thief to oust a thief.

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    Sarath,
    That was a sane and thought provoking reply to this chameleon by the name Dayan J Silva. He thinks that with his prowess of the English language could make black look white and we will forget all his previous incarnations.
    His comparison with Franco is laughable. His assertion that OMP is only meant for the missing persons in South America and our kith and kin in Srilanka can go missing without a trace and we have no right to question His Maharajano and the colonel brother.
    Just to remind him, if some benevolent friends of his family didn’t hide him safely in the late 80’s from the prowling hordes, his name too would have been added to the long list of persons to be searched for by the OMP!

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      “Prowess in the English language? ” – Ranjan Fernando, it was I who had to point out one day that he went up to 84 words in a sentence without using a full stop. That is not prowess. Ask any accomplished English teacher on the use of simple words and short sentences. DJ Silva has read a bit on political science no doubt but he goes about hitting everyone else with such a sense of self importance, anyone capable of seeing through the smoke screen tires of his self boasts and propaganda very quickly.

      Only those who are fooled by his verbosity worship at his wayside shrine.

      If he had any sense, he should have got away a mile from MR but now that he’s climbed the stage at Nugegoda, he can no longer be considered a ‘professional’.

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        “”he went up to 84 words in a sentence “

        Peanuts from teacher of second language.

        According to a 1983 Guinness Book of Records, this monster once qualified as literature’s longest at 1,288 words, but that record has long been surpassed, in English at least, by Jonathan Coe’s The Rotter’s Club, which ends with a 33-page-long, 13,955 word sentence.16 Jul 2014.

        “he can no longer be considered a ‘professional’. “
        All lankans have the peculiar habit of raising the roof and sending their alter ego up. Mara became your emperor, king etc.

        He is a a school teacher by profession and at present a `professional politician` like the many who can’t help write Dr as prefix though they are not from medicine and confuse us till we read them fully.

        It’s the faulty public built on lies by the state that you are non settlers.

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          Amal Perera, I am not sure what you are getting at.

          I was alluding to Ranjan Fernando’s remark of Dayan Silva’s prowess in the English language which I refuted.

          Those who have a good command write simply and write short sentences. To be understood is a fundamental in good writing.

          Going up to 84 words in a sentence was not during a competition. That was his usual writing and of course a lot of people fell for it and saw it as “prowess”. Often at the end of a sentence one didn’t know what the start was about.

          The bloke who got 1288 words into a sentence must have been in a competition. This Silva bloke wasn’t. It was his bread and butter writing.

          Dayan J Silva depends heavily on bombast and verbosity and plays heavily on a half ignorant public for the upkeep of his image. You may or may not agree. It doesn’t matter.

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    A brave piece , expressing a clear opinion. Not something that our so called journalist could ever do.

    Of course you have to cop the flack for being forthright.

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      Well said Don Quixote.

      When copping the flak, I guess it depends from whom. I am sure Sarath would take the comments of only a very few, seriously!

      It is clear Dayan Silva is not on that short list!

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    Sarah, please send this article to Daily Mirror and will see whether they will publish it. Because Dr. J’s article appeared in that paper.

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    Sarath:
    SUCH a pleasure to read the return on your sanity, particularly in the context of the unadulterated sycophantic crap that DJ insists on visiting upon us!

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