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Wickremesinghe Safeguards The Rajapaksas; Mega Business Safeguards Wickremesinghe?

By Vishwamithra

“It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.”  ~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables 

Wickremesinghe

The current frail sociopolitical culture cannot withstand a near or total collapse of our national economic life. It is increasingly becoming clear that a system change is not possible, at least in the immediate future. Decades of rot caused by sheer mismanagement of state affairs supplemented by errant corruption running through the entire civil society have shown us that a society that is being held in debt by both external and internal lenders is not easy to raise its head without superficial scars and malignant wounds still oozing without control.

The people have refused to see; they have declined to learn and they have abandoned their fundamental value systems that sustained their ancestors for centuries. Even our history has had its morbid times when two communities couldn’t live in harmony, their eventual resort to violence, especially aimed at women and children, produced generations in that same offensive environment. A cycle of unlearning and seeking after comfort in shortcuts and profound greed is holding us back. Our parents as well as our children have learnt only to hate; they have learnt only to copy and adopt nasty aspects of the human condition. Our leaders and followers have shown that this unending cycle is more amenable to embrace than an overall change.

The great irony is that our history is supposed to have had great characters whose validity and legitimacy in a modern day context is redundant and meaningless. Such a tragic circumstance of great significance and magnitude has enveloped the whole nation and whenever there comes a bright glistening, it always dies prematurely, without ever having a chance to grow into adulthood and full maturity. Psychologically we have never come out of the monarchical cave within which we have been residing and enjoying the crumbs and debris that leaders throw at us.

Two attempts at revolutionary change, one in ’71 and the other in ’87-’89, died in deep crash. Their grievances were true and justifiable but the modus operandi flawed. The forces that are not visible to the naked eye conspire constantly to keep the status quo intact and growing. The third attempt in 2022 April to June, Aragalaya, came to a sudden halt, not for the want of a cause or a final destination but for the want of push from our elected leaders. They feared that the youth have overtaken them in a real and earnest way. Jealousy and insecurity played their traditionally destructive roles in a forward advance of a determined segment of the population.

Commitment to a higher ideal, commitment to a selfless cause deserts with growing age and advancement of years. Exuberance of youth does not last; its shelf-life lasts as long as the youth’s demands are hazy and undefined. Revolutions in the world were not born nor were they made successful in weeks and months. They take years, sometimes a decade or two to harvest the true results of an uprising. 

At the same time, patience is no virtue of youth. Patience, if carefully cultivated and secured, would lead to the final results of any effort of man. But lack of patience would not only bear no fruit, it may kill the roots of the tree too. Our current political landscape is barren; it’s devoid of far-thinking and idealistic yet practical leadership. Where do we get such men? Where do we get such women?

Barren fields do not produce sweet fruits nor would they nurture and ripen palatable harvests. Unfortunately it is in such a barren and infertile field that we are dwelling today. Sri Lanka’s sociopolitical terrain is apparently not suited for greatness; its men and women have been refusing to learn from their mistakes and learn new ways and means to betterment. 

It is in such a barren sociopolitical culture that was produced a President who has no mandate from the people; it’s in such a convoluted milieu that we have produced a Cabinet of Ministers who are in a competition to plunder our national coffers. Where else, other than in the ignominious third world has  this type of corrupt political leaders been produced.

This is the context within which Sri Lanka is now seeking to resolve her burning and irksome issues. The youth is at a loss; they are either fatigued or waiting to depart the shores in search of greener pastures. Parents are even more tired. Their daily lives have been turned upside down. The recent crisis of shortage of basic household items has taken its toll. Their enthusiasm in mundane affairs has withered away; their interests have been shrinking at a faster rate than usual. And their fear of  falling sick is making them sicker. Shortage of drugs and other essential medicines is causing them many a sleepless night. Exorbitant prices of drugs that are available have made them tighten their belts even tighter. Prioritizing expenses has resulted in postponing pilgrimages to Kataragama Kovil and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. 

Village damsels have stopped purchasing makeup kits; lads have relegated their evening parties to a mere cup of tea at the boutique at the culvert junction. To what extent our quality of life has degenerated is reflected in these day-to-day activities of the men and women who live at fixed or no income levels. Such invisible economic indices may not show up in the Central Bank reports. But real life of the average Appuhamy, Natarajah and Hameed is pathetically being ignored by the current crop of politicians. The line dividing their wants and needs is vanishing. Their needs have overtaken everything else and the emerging scenario is not conducive to a thriving society whose short, mid and long term goals are becoming mere illusions. 

Yet when one enters the posh lobby in a five-star hotel, one is invariably taken to a wonderland. Single malt whiskey and XO cognac are the order of the day. One plate of hors d’oeuvres would cost an arm and leg but it’s no big deal for these merchants of corruption and avarice. The gulf is widening and gaping like a grabby animal waiting for its prey. They comprise of leading politicos; they represent the upper middle-class of our society who have made their fortunes, Covid or no Covid. In fact, during the pandemic they enriched themselves even more than at usual times. Some of them too joined the Aragalaya for a little while, not because theirs was the same cause as was those of the underprivileged. Their grievance was shortage of petrol and diesel for their super-luxury Mercedes and BMW cars. These greedy men and women crowded not only the corridors of Five-star hotels; they crowded the passages of parliament and high-end business establishments whose monies sent those parliamentarians to power. Theirs is the sordid story of a nation betrayed by its leaders and a people whose ambitions were a good education for their children and three meals a day.

These are the vultures who sustain the Wickremesinghes and Rajapaksas and their immediate cohorts. They cannot afford to lose the status quo. That status quo is maintaining their lifestyles; that status quo was created by them and that same status quo is promising them more and more riches, not only for themselves but also for their unborn generations. How can they possibly let that status quo go?

It is a great pity that we have arrived at this pathetic situation. It is to maintain that status quo they introduced an Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) when there is already a Public Security Ordinance. Everything to entrench themselves in power and glory that they ask for your vote. How demeaning it is when Sri Lanka is being governed by a habitual loser without any mandate from the people. What is even more depressing is the people at large seem to have come to terms with it- finding themselves in the comfort zone of status quo. 

In one corner are the Rajapaksas; in the other is a Wickremesinghe safeguarding the interests of the Rajapaksas and throwing dirt and debris at the foot of a pathetically hapless people. Misery has visited upon them and those who brought that misery are atop the summit enjoying every minute of their stay at the helm. Encouraged and assisted in more ways than one by the mega-businessmen and women, our politicians in government have come to pontificate to their subjects as if they are the ultimate messiahs.

But the real tragedy will visit upon our nation state when the people at large realize that they cannot uproot the status quo by peaceful means; the day it dawns on them that they have run out of all options, that they have exhausted all efforts and avenues, then they would resort to their ‘nuclear-option’. They will embarks on the streets and run amok; creating havoc, violence and mayhem. Crises don’t erupt; they brew; they come to a boiling point after some time. Status quo will change and will be replaced by a new reality which in turn will become another status quo. Those who understand this cycle will keep on going forward until real change is upon us. That, in short, is the story of man.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com    

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    Viswamithra,
    Viswa,”It is increasingly becoming clear that a system change is not possible, at least in the immediate future”.

    Why not? Do not surprising, unexpected things happen? If there is no alternative, it will happen and should happen.

    Did not JR brought in a series of systemic changes with the 1977 Parliamentary elections!.

    It is another matter that those systemic changes had brought the country to the present plight.

    Not merely systemic changes , but correct, appropriate, viable systemic changes with farsight and timely is the need,

    It is difficult, but not impossible. There is no alternative.

    But we should not forget that what we are aiming is not a single system change but a series of systems changes that will usher in good governance and prosperity.

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      “Two attempts at revolutionary change, one in ’71 and the other in ’87-’89, died in deep crash. Their grievances were true and justifiable but the modus operandi flawed”
      Really, Vishwamitra? What were the JVP grievances in 1989? Was it not mostly to oppose the 13th Amendment? As in 2022, the JVP tried to hijack the people’s genuine unrest for its own purposes.
      “Prioritizing expenses has resulted in postponing pilgrimages to Kataragama Kovil and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. “
      Perhaps that is an indication of what the real problem is. It is a blind dependence on religion and blind obeisance to robe-wearers.
      Vishwa talks of an “unelected President”, but what about those unelected religious dignitaries who tell the government how to run its affairs? The president changes in a few years, but these antiquated hypocrites go on and on, injecting their poisonous ideology like wasps paralysing caterpillars. Even advocates of “system change” don’t dare criticise these characters.

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        OC,
        OOUCH!!!???
        How one would ever Dare to Criticise “THE UNTOUCHABLES”
        Nay.
        You are mistaken again, unlike the frequently ‘talked Indian Variety’!?
        The counterpart SL variety of THE UNTOUCHABLES are of a ‘PRESTINE NOBLE ORDER’, don’t forget!!??
        Who wants to be NATASHA EDIRISOORIYA and governments’ AMORAL dance with ICCPR!!!???
        Sri Lankans are led to the SLAUGHTER like Prodigal SHEEP!!!??? Nevertheless, they will vote same Party next time over too!!!!???
        They call it ALLEGIENCE and PROFOUND LOYALTY to the MESSIAH!!??
        Least said is the best of these Sanctimonious COWS!!!!????
        WASTED BREATH!!!!?

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        old codger, Whatever your juice is, I am truly drunk!
        A word of caution, though.
        The ‘robe-wearers’ was – at the beginning – a make-shift buffer against Tamil demands. Over time, it has metamorphed into a brigade even the Military dares not.

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        Tomorrow to Kandy:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJqpp7VG_UA
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        Well, Harispattuwa is Kandy, isn’t it?
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        I had a black bike of this model whilst in the University.
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CB125
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        Five speed it was. That new bridge linking Rajawatte to Gannoruwa wasn’t there. So, I had to go past the Botanical Gardens, 200 yards on Colombo Road, and then go past Gannoruwa
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        https://www.sundaytimes.lk/120325/Plus/plus_17.html
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        There was a macadamised road, the river rapids to one’s right, and on to Katugastota. From there the road to Galagedera and Weuda. That’s the area.
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        Btw, where are the three NPP MPs> They were absent from Parliament this week. In their place, Professor G.L. Peiris performed yeoman service on Wednesday. I’m sure that he will retire from politics once this, the most horrible parliament we’ve ever had, is dissolved.
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        What a brilliant man! Would that he had never entered politics. But then he couldn’t have practised Law, because he’s not an Attorney-at-Law.
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        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of Bandarawela

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          SM:

          “Five speed it was. That new bridge linking Rajawatte to Gannoruwa wasn’t there. So, I had to go past the Botanical Gardens, 200 yards on Colombo Road, and then go past Gannoruwa.”

          I don’t see the relevance of the above or the rest of your comment to the article but it gives me an opportunity to suggest an article idea for you– some thing I have wanted to do for some time: Since you have been a resident of Bandarawela from birth, why don’t you write an account of your life at Bandarawela, including especially your childhood recollections, how Bandarawela has changed over time due to “progress,” etc.? Some say that Bandarawela is now hotter than it used to be. This could also touch on such landmarks as the Bandarawela Hotel, which is situated in the heart of the town.

          If you write this–it could even be a series–you can count on at least one avid reader.

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            LJ,
            Thanks for the great comment. I hope 🙏 this would be an eye opener to our B wella commenter.

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            Thanks, Leonard,
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            You have clearly identified why I’m a “bad” commenter, and was a bad teacher. The very good students liked it.
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            Sometimes the digressions get more interesting than the subject that one is dealing with, and those details can stimulate clearer thinking.. May not be so here, but at least it should make it clear that I’m real. Many, like “leelagemalli”, who accuse the JVP of forcing cannibalism on their opponents, live abroad, and don’t know what they’re talking about, and suggest unrealistic punishments, like hanging Mahinda Rajapaksa “by his balls” on Galle Face Green. LM was in Peradeniya University, but the average undergrad wouldn’t have been on that Gannoruwa Road. He knows the Galle District, but Giruwaattu is the Rajapaksa area.
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            He may imagine that “Harispattu” is somewhere there. Had he listened to the meeting (I don’t blame him for not doing so), he would have heard a little Tamil. There are many Muslims in the area; Akurana, just beyond, towards Matale is entirely Muslim. And Palapathwela?
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            AKD is aware of these complexities, but he knows that some of these have to be ignored, and it may not really matter. One has to forget minorities of one!

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              I find that all the material that I need for “Bandarawela” is there. Somebody has to put it all together for a guy like you to spend an hour or two with it.
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              Occasional “mistakes”: somebody had merged the Anglican and Catholic Churches and labelled one wrong.
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              That may sound a very negative comment. But no, I’m most grateful to those who have placed such a lot of interesting material on the Web.
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              Panini Edirisinhe
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                Leonard,
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                Here is three minutes of interesting material which will interest you:
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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za5B5QSIvto
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                The old Millers changed to Cargills about fifty years ago, and by thirty years ago efforts were made to make it look close to all the other “Food Cities” within the country. It totally ceased to operate two years ago, and a great deal of construction, which puzzled us began. These three minutes explained a lot to me:
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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za5B5QSIvto
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                No members of the public has been in there yet, but enough of what is to be already seen from outside makes it credible that this will be running by August 2023 – just two months from now. Whether this town is ready for all this, I’m not sure.
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                Contrastingly, these authentic and realistic thirty minutes, maybe, are what you’re looking for:
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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGJ3NZD6dDs
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                Yes a guide to the way this town has changed during my life-time will be of interest when studying the changes taking place in other cities as well.
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                Panini Edirisinhe

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          oc, your comment continues to blame Buddhist monks. Because my background is not Buddhist, I’m not going to talk about monks.
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          About ten days ago, I sent Kumar David a PDF copy of the book referred to here:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/buddhism-pure/
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          Charles Sarvan sent it to me a month before he published that article. Non-belief in Nirvana shocked “Human Touch”. He asked if I had read it. I said no – so he wasn’t going to read it. This is the problem. I know that Buddhism is great psychology, but it’s difficult; requires a whole life-time. I will not “dabble” in it.
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          Christianity has sparked great work in all art forms. They provide me with spiritual upliftment.

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        Dear old codger,
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        You have said this: What were the JVP grievances in 1989? Was it not mostly to oppose the 13th Amendment?
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        I think that this is a distortion which I will not try to counter now at 10.00 pm. Perhaps after midnight; short of data!.
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        This is Rajan Hoole in writing in 1983:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/30th-july-1983-the-second-naxaite-plot/
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        [Ananda-Tissa] de Alwis blamed the violence on three Left oriented parties, the JVP, the Communist Party and the Trotskyite NSSP. ……………. They were banned“.
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        That banning (after they had tried to play fair) was the problem. I’ll come back with AKD speeches. This is important.
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        And I upbraid you, oc. (and Ranil) for exploiting the charm you posses to slip this past us.
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        I don’t think Wijeweera a very nice man. But AKD can’t quite say that. He grants however that Tamils are keen on the 13th Amendment. Opposing it has become a habit of the average Sinhalese. We may have to give devolution some other name.

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          Deat LM,
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          That comment about Charles Sarvan and the Palihakkara book had to come here. Sarvan wants that book distributed I can send it to you. I’m sure that it will be a treasure trove to you, but not to me.
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          I’m sure that you had a go at the music of Beethoven, but you found that you cannot relate to it at all. Same with Buddhism and me.
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          I’m prejudiced against all clergy to start with, but I recognise saintliness in some. I’m indifferent to most of the other clergy but won’t deny full political rights to any except those who are criminals.
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          When a new Constitution finally comes, it cannot contain a clause prohibiting election to Parliament, Let’s all discourage voting for them.
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          Gnanasara, Matthew Peiris, Jerome Fernando, and some Ayatollahs have to be denied political rights, probably deserve prison. The same as Ali Sabri Raheem, Ranil Wickremasinghe (scuttling elections is a serious crime), a number of Rajapakss, “Harak Kata”, .Jude Shramantha Jayamaha, Choka Malli..
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          All the last named are evil, but given the situation, prime target has to be Ranil.
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        Dear ALL serious readers,
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        [Especially, innocent Raj-UK, “leelgemalli”, Human Touch, & old codger,].
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        Please see this:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi3cyHcGnI4
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        Not all sixty-nine minutes. Just 37:15 to 41 minutes. My asking you to listen carefully to 4 minutes isn’t asking much, is it?
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        If comments are yet open, please respond. See, comments are over, here.
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mass-graves-lack-of-political-will-culture-of-impunity-in-sri-lanka-exposed/
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        I had much more to say there, but mistakes were creeping in owing to fatigue.
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        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)
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        P.S. This comment has reference to old codger’s comment dated June 23, 2023, commencing ““Two attempts at revolutionary change, one in ’71 and the other in ’87-’89”. That comment by you misrepresents, I fear deliberately.

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          SM,
          I don’t know if you have read the JVP’s famous “5 lessons”, which among other things, contains the JVP’s neat solution for the upcountry Tamils, and landlessness among the Sinhalese. It was to uproot all the tea, and replace it with manioc. The estate workers were labelled as agents of India, to be deported. Granted, the JVP of the time was not racist in the Sinhala Buddhist tradition(Kumar Gunaratnam was a senior leader in 1989).
          KG and his cadres carried out operations against the IPKF, the only JVP unit to do so, so how can you deny that the JVP’s main grouse was 13A?
          In the rest of the country, the JVP murdered anyone who openly supported 13A, including many Tamil businessmen.
          True, due to JR’s 1983 repression the JVP may have had no option in 1989 but violence, but why was it directed against mostly defenceless civilians? Only later did the state too start doing the same. AKD has never explained or apologised for that.

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            oc
            The JVP held perhaps worse views of the working class and trade unions, but started wooing them since 1978, without an important 5-letter word starting with an s.

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    Its high time that the story of Man takes a turn, and the chapter of impunity and lucre is replaced by a set of young and energetic souls who will implement proper safeguards and dismantle the corruption in systems and institutions starting at the grassroots level. The status quo enjoyed by the hangers on, corporate enablers and sycophantic supporters needs to be uprooted with no possibility of re-emerging for generations to come. Otherwise, it would be totally unfair by the unborn generations who will be born into entrenched poverty while the state is sucked dry by the parasitic ruling class and their corporate cronies. It is perfectly legal by international human rights conventions to use any means to re-establish the will of the people if their oppressors do not provide the means to do so.

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    Vishwamithra:
    “Those who understand this cycle [of repeated change of government through non-peaceful means] will keep on going forward until real change is upon us.”

    Which will be never. Is not writer old enough and wise enough to understand that real change can only come from people first changing themselves? Then the right sort of candidates will emerge from the people, who will have the wisdom to elect the right people to power. True change can only be achieved organically and not through sudden and artificial means. Any one who thinks otherwise is a fool.

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    Natrajah and Hameed are okay. Natrajah has relatives in the diaspora who send him money. Hameed has his businesses and compounds and a religious culture that will look after him. It is Appuhamy whose Karma has caught up with him. After killing Tamils and Muslims, he now finds that the Crooked politicians who urged him along have stolen the money that belonged to him and the Maha Sangha who kept him in ignorant bliss have preached anything but kindness and peace. Appuhamy will still study Pali and Sanskrit, listen to pirate every Poya day, kill when his political masters tell him to and deny that anything bad happened because, as the Mahavamsa proclaimed, killing Tamils is his duty. He will go on living his stupid life in ignorance for a long time to come. His more literate brothers would have found places to live overseas. The best he can hope for is to send his wife to the Middle East and live off her earnings. Pathetic Appuhamy

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      Cicero , Simply Superb. Reality in a nutshell. Amazing.

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      “Natrajah and Hameed are okay.”
      C, then why is it that Natrajah and Hameed are complaining a lot more than poor Appuhamy about the way things are here?
      Is it their Karma that makes them complain?

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        SJ when I watch tv news, all I see is demonstrations in the SOuth about lack of food etc, The ones in the North are about missing persons and land grabs. Appuhamy is the one in plenty big trouble.

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          C
          The Tamils, perhaps their leaders, haven’t the energy to protest on the streets about poverty.
          Take a look at videos of Tamil dwellings outside urban centres.
          Do you have any idea of which districts of the country are the poorest today?
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          Natrajah and Hameed are far from okay.

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        “why is it that Natrajah and Hameed are complaining a lot more than poor Appuhamy about the way things are here?”
        I think Natrajah and Hameed are not complaining to SJ or China but they are worried about his status after Appuhmay lost his son and daughter to help his Rajas to rob his land and to hand over it to China Uncle recommended by Some Jews.

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          So you too think that “Natrajah and Hameed are okay.”
          Great.
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          BTW, have you understood my sentence at all?
          It may be the Chinese bee in your bonnet that is confusing you here.

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    “Un Okkoma Yaluvo Malli”- (They Are All Friends.) This is what Ranjan Ramanayake said.

    It will remain the TRUTH and REALITY until and unless Rajapakses and Ranil GANGS in politics are kicked out. A thorough CLEAN-UP is necessary. To do that a “TEAM” of young talents must take over and clean the stable. Along with that cleaning, the BUREAUCRATIC MAFFIA must also be removed. The entire POLITICAL CULTURE has to be changed. It is not that difficult. What is needed is dedication, commitment, and sacrifice on the part of the Executive and Legislative.

    To get a good picture ( a reality test) just see some of the COPE meetings that are being held. You will be alarmed to see how this “Bureaucratic Maffia” is operating, by filtering, wasting, and mismanaging the State Institutions to the tune of millions and billions of taxpayers’ money. In addition, the most cynical is the way the Chairman and the members of that Parliamentary Committee conduct its business. It is only a “NATO” – “No Action Talk Only”. So far, not a SINGLE of bureaucrats has been taken to task. This is the area that needs an IMMEDIATE overhaul, meaning “RESPONSIBILITY” and “ACCOUNTABILITY” have to be implemented with a “NO NONSENSE” approach.

    That is the WAY to BEGIN to salvage this country.

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      Simon ,

      ” What is needed is , dedication , commitment and sacrifice on the
      part of the Executive and Legislative . ” And you say it is not
      difficult . But I take any bet , it is not Easy . No need to prove it is not
      easy because that is what we are experiencing ! ” Responsibility and
      Accountability have to be implemented with a no nonsense approach . “
      Three disciplines , only a handful can be trusted and in massive
      shortage . ” That is the way to begin to salvage the country . “”
      Of course this is exactly what everyone wants but from Wrong Bunch !
      And Simon , can you also do me favour please ? Is there anyone you
      know who wants a Country ? In my archives of knowledge and past
      experience , everyone Wants a Piece of it !

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        WW,
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        People at large are unaware of the appalling levels of corruption and abuse because they have lived with it. It is in turn intertwined with everything. There is a clearer picture for those who live abroad and return to their home country.

        Noise exposure in buses and shops in every city exceeds permissible levels. Some PVT transport buses are very noisy and passengers are left with no other option. The bus driver behaves like a mayor of the city. Choon pan bread vehicles are becoming a big nuisance in Colombo today.
        Bus stands and bus stops are full of beetle saliva and sometimes passengers bathe in them. However, commuters do not say a single word against. These brutes will never learn because strict enforcement against the culprits is yet to be done.
        :

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          leelagemalli ,

          Let me start with your first three lines . Spot on dear ! People in
          general , I mean Srilankans , have first of all , failed to respect
          themselves as Respectable , Equal and Civilised Men and
          Women . I am not able to elaborate on it as it is a painstaking
          laborious job but I can say that I have identified a few areas ,
          if you put them in proper order , could lead to improvements in
          many other areas . Let me take you to one such project . Get the
          people , both Drivers and Pedestrians Respect Road safety on
          all roads of the country including public and private transport
          and see where that can led you to ! My attention went here
          because this is one hell of a Mine Field and Mother of many
          evils !

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        ww: Thank you. You asked: “Is there anyone you know who wants a Country”? YES. We, the people definitely want a country. Now the question, you probably would ask will be WHO will make and give that country to us? I am also still undecided. But let me tell you, Yes, the three disciplines I have mentioned are no doubt a rare find. But let us not give up. That “Never Give Up” is my motto and discipline. I have written off ALL who have and are in power at this present day even though they have changed their colors and formed into various groups.

        For your information, still I am on the lookout but in definite terms TESTING some groups. I know that my demand for “NO NONSENSE” is a very high benchmark in S/L politics.

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          Simon ,

          Thank you for your reply . Quite pleased to know that you belong
          to the lot , even though handful in numbers , that wants a
          country . I am not going to make it big fuss about your ” We the
          people , ” because your wind up lines state ” still I am on the
          lookout but in definite terms TESTING some groups . ” Good Luck
          my friend , be cautious , the 6.9 million and some more from other
          colours , Not Really In Your Camp !

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    These lot never change and will not kandy Mullas in AC palace with V8
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    To save our selves pls implement one country two nations .These super 69 can read and write …….
    Even if implement 13A country will be divided but super 69 believe that.
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    What do they have proofed last 70 yrs build stupas and high power yellow brigades
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    Aragalaya was the product of frustration faced by the youth against rampant corruption , abuse of law by politician , judiciary and police and destruction of common social norms and civility established in the Sri Lankan society.
    Rajpakse family gradually created a feudalistic society and got themselves disillusioned and started robbing public properties by looting foreign aid and selling assets of Government openly thinking they were above the law.
    When there power was collapsing they crated status quo by passing baton to tie and coat wearing Wickramasinghe. Country went down in to the dumps and any act created by Wickramsinghe is now seen by English educated middle class people as savior of the country. They can’t see the fact that Rajapakse and wickramasinghe are two sides of the same card.
    Also they can’t accept any young politician appealing to destroy this cycle when he or she is not coming from so called established family or social class.
    These people are IN BETWEEN”S who want be be little critical about Rajapakse and Ranil duo in order to get them to correct path which is never going to happen.
    I think this article is showing some reality to those crippled minds.

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      J
      Wasn’t Gotabhaya aka the former petrol shed assistant wearing a tie coat?
      It doesn’t fit at all, but nobody criticised him?

      At the time, Rajapakshe’s men destroyed the Sri Lankan Parliament in that 52-day coup, and the Western world analyzed it as a cultural problem. The Rajapaksas are born bastards and never learn to be civilized. However, through media prostitution the resentment against the civilized people of the society grew. Even today, the same media men and women praise Gotabha, the person whom the whole world hates for the downfall of Sri Lanka.xxx

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    Wickremesinghe is losing his hair in the front and the hair at the back is standing up. ………. One way or another Wickemesinghe’s days are numbered.

    Native, you have played it safe all your life ……… what you need is some wild gals ……. to show you the possibilities, adventure ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_8_BTCPweA

    Something to keep Sinhala_Man awake at 2.34:05am in Bandarawela ……. and forget AKD.

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      nimal fernando

      “Native, you have played it safe all your life ……… what you need is some wild gals ……. to show you the possibilities, adventure …….”

      I know what your intentions are.
      Isn’t this what you want to read in the papers?

      The moment John Bobbitt realized his wife had cut off his p***s: ‘It was a nightmare’
      “It was a nightmare.”
      https://abcnews.go.com/US/moment-john-bobbitt-realized-wife-cut-off-penis/story?id=59962578

      Did you hear Ranil met with a rich Diaspora Tamil in London?
      It appears Ranil promised to release rest of the detained Tamils after talking to him and remember just after Ranils meeting with the same man last time also he promised to release a few from detention, some of them were detained for more than 15 years without being charged.
      Could you explain to me as to how Wijedasa Rajapaksa and the security establishment (including prince of darkness Weerasekera, ….) agreed to allow such random acts of release of most dangerous detainees.

      nimal
      I never heard of Katzenjammer however thanks for introducing the band to us.
      Tell me why do you like the band? Is it for their music or their physical fitness?

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        Native,

        Like they say, they push the envelope; something different …….. “Katzenjammer felt that their music school didn’t encourage originality, but “only wanted to teach what had been done.”

        Unlike Ranil hogging it and prolonging the old order, old-politics ……. a little bit longer.

        Look how Ranil hogged the UNP and killed it ……. do you think he’ll do better with the country? A man of your intelligence/experience/knowledge should be able to see these things quickly …… and glance towards alternate possibilities ……. than sticking to your comfort-zone, the same security-blankets of the old-order. In Lanka, just once in my life, the youth of the Aragalaya showed something original, something different.

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          continued

          You know (as well as Rainl :)) ) once an election is held the politics won’t be the same: thanks to the bankruptcy and the resultant Aragalaya. …….. It doesn’t matter if the Aragalaya was riddled with conflicts and infighting …… it opened up eyes and minds. All the initial leading figures of the French Revolution got guillotined themselves …….. but it paved the way for the ascendance of ol’ Napoleon whose self-interested self-emperor-rising fermented wars all over Europe that ended almost all European aristocracies and the power rested with the middle class …… that initiated some form of “Democracy.” That’s why I say things will happen by fortunate/lucky accident/coincidence …… than by any effort or vision of any Lankan; especially a “Sinhala-Buddhist.” At one time people were worshipping Pagan Gods …… until the realization dawned on them that it was bloody stupid. Unthinking “Sinhala-Buddhism” has a mind numbing effect: which has nothing to do with Buddha. Buddha was a thinker. “Sinhala-Buddhism” is non-thinking; if ever there was one! Observe.

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            continued

            I enjoy renewal ……. pushing the boundaries by the fringe elements of societies ……. music, art, food, writing (I’ll leave “literature” to snobs like SM :)) )

            When you travel …… you stumble on to customs of other societies ……. we stumbled on to Russefeiring in Bergen, were taken around by school-leavers and shown their customs ……Norway is musically very talented and innovative ………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqx7qcRpCzc

            Stumbled onto a student-protest in Chile …… which happens every Friday like a ritual …… girls tuck their uniforms way up high and march in protest …… it’s sorta a sexualized ritualistic weekly protest …… that would’ve cured Sinhala_Man of all his peccadilloes: instead of wasting time with the JVP he’d be jumping mountains in Bandarawela like Evel Knievel on his Honda; wroom wroom …… and put a spring in OC’s step!

            Stumbled on to the Cusco carnival and got water thrown on and the food soaked ……. stumbled on to mind-blowing Peruvian-Chinese fusion food (KION Peruvian Chinese restaurant.)

            Expand you mind, Native …….. get off your comfort-zone, Ranil is holding ye captive …….. there’s more to life than fighting with women …… or Ranil’s late-life foolish conceit ……. hubris.

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            Nimal,
            “At one time people were worshipping Pagan Gods …… until the realization dawned on them that it was bloody stupid. Unthinking “Sinhala-Buddhism” has a mind numbing effect: which has nothing to do with Buddha”
            Both the French and Russian revolutions had opposition to clerical power as a main plank. The Aragalaya didn’t explicitly say so, and the current JVP-FLSP Aragalaya has monks in front.
            People’s minds are still numbed.

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              “The Aragalaya didn’t explicitly say so”

              OC,

              The Aragalaya was a small step in the right direction: against the old-order brought on by unbearable hardships …….. The French and Russian Revolutions were against the old-order of the aristocracies – clerical-power would’ve fitted in there somewhere but both the Revolutions were mainly against the monarchs.

              I vividly remember …… in a YouTube clip …… a young boy first worshipping a Buddhist priest and then chasing him away. The Aragalya was a haphazard thing that just sprung up spontaneously ……. perhaps an “ideology” would’ve later developed.

              Then there’s natural attrition …… like what happened with the Pagan Gods. ……. In Scandinavia people do not attended church; they have progressed past that point. Cant find people to take up the priesthood: the archbishop of some country (Denmark?) is a Lankan or an Indian. It just happened naturally …… not with revolutions with distinctly spelled-out goals ……

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        NV
        I am surprised at what you are saying. Not just surprised but disappointed as well.
        You say there are people who have been in detention without being charged and at the same time you say they are the most dangerous detainees at the same time.
        I wonder if someone is dangerous why the government has not been able to bring charges against them for the past 15 years.
        Don’t forget that KP, Pilleyan, and Karuna Amman were at the top of the LTTE and yet they became best friends with Rajapaksas and were even given government positions.
        I really don’t understand the justification for keeping people in detention for 15 years without bringing any charges against them and what is more disturbing is that people like you think it is normal.
        Sad sad sad…
        Why don’t you drop the act. You are no Vedda, you are just another Fascist sinhala buddhist bigot.

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          HT@
          .
          Let s see what NV got to say about ur comment. As I know him- he is often 😐

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          HT,
          I think Native is not very good at sarcasm. He should have put that in inverted commas. Like this :”most dangerous detainees”…

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            old codger

            “”most dangerous detainees”

            You are right.
            I missed inverted comas perhaps my partner was hovering over my head.
            I am sorry.

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          Human Touch

          “most dangerous detainees”

          It was a mistake on my part.
          I am sorry.
          As told old codger that my partner was hovering over my head.

          “you are just another Fascist sinhala buddhist bigot.”

          Even if I try harder I can’t be a fascist nor a bigot let alone a Sinhala/Buddhist one. I am not cut out for such a role.
          By the way even nimal fernando could not convert me into fascism and bigotry.

          Our fellow commentator the Sinhala Speaking Demela, Ravi Perera believes I am a hardcore LTTE supporting Tamil.

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            NV
            Thanks for clarifying.
            I always read your comments and have come to respect you as an unbiased person.
            Sorry if I over reacted🙏
            Thanks for clarifying your position.

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    “I scratch your back and in turn, you scratch my back” mentality of Ranil, Rajapaksa, and the Ranil-Rajapaksa slaves (the corporate sector) is in place today. This is not a new trend, this has been seen for many many years. The only way this trend could be changed is by the electoral voters demanding or the Parliament legislating an act, for the nominee contestants of political parties to be elected by the respective voter community in that electorate and not by the party leaders selecting the candidate.

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    As far as I can remember, there has always been subtle corruption, nepotism, cronyism, mismanagement & abuse of power in SL but in recent decades, it has grown exponentially & blatant as well. Undoubtedly, MR is responsible for the current level of corruption but, dumb as he is, apart from his street cunning, it was probably CBK who inspired him to take corruption to dizzy heights. CBK bought property in fashionable St. John’s Wood in central London where even a studio apartment costs over a £1m soon after her term as President. How did she acquire such wealth during her time in office & even so, manage to convert her Rs to £s? Her siblings were just out of Uni & there is no way they could even get a mortgage with their combined income to buy such an expensive property.

    Whereas CBK confined corruption to her inner circle, MR was generous, allowing anybody to make hay while the sun shined. Everybody was happy & excused the Rajapakse clan & their cronies to indulge in extravagance at the expense of the country, after all, it was a small price to pay, considering the Rajapakses, singlehandedly saved the Sinhala race & Buddhism, or so we thought. However, in reality, the ‘errant corruption’ ran through the entire civil society, as correctly stated by Vishvermitra.

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    Cont.
    Today, it is not bribery but extortion, having to pay as demanded for the services for which govt. employees are being paid a salary to perform.
    The cancer has spread all over & recovery is impossible until all the corruption ‘cells’ are removed. I believe some of these cronies were stripped & dipped in the Beira during aragalaya. I do not subscribe to vigilantism but I think we need that kind of action now to remove all the cancerous corruption ‘cells’. Law enforcement & the judiciary would be overwhelmed by the corruption cases, not to mention the over crowding in prisons if all these despicable yobs are to be brought to justice, therefore, although I do not condone violence, I would be happy to see them strung up by their balls (an alternate method for females) on the Galleface Green, French revolution style (but without the beheading, even though some deserve it, because I am against capital punishment)

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    Evil’s administration has come up with magnificent ideas. The Monkey Business poop import or in other words poop for Monkey has now passed us. This is tea for gas. Many gas guzzling Benz and Toyotas of ministers are remaining parked even after priority given in QR code. The tea producing Tamil laborers after fighting for almost for decade, now tired of increment. So, it sounds like a deal. But reality in that exchange could be even worse than the poop for Monkey business. Tamil workers can get more pay if the tea fetches a better price. That means it has to be sold in auction and the return must be counted in dollars. That is the only way the workers and the country can benefit. Dirt rascal Evil administration keeps lying there is no gas shortage, because the Evil is tapping from the Galoya. But the ministers are not ready for that kind of mirage. So, the Pahatu party cabinet is holding Evil on the pants for gas. So, they have come up with the worst deal of tea for Oil.

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    Rubber for Rice is the one that broke in the 50s the western relationship of Ceylon. America and other Western countries may be watching this new monkey business. This can hinder loan restructuring. This can annoy the IMF because it wants to organize the local import/export in the proper manner. Poop import is a nasty business for farmers to handle or the public to think of. But importing banned Iranian oil, refusing ministers and elite business organizations to cut down the oil use can hurt the tea industry as an unsustainable white elephant like Hangbangtota Port, and a big dent on the relationship of Democratic countries.
    The competitors want to lower the dollar’s dominance in international trading and want to introduce their currencies instead. “The sesame seed is being dried in the sunlight because the farmer wants to extract gingerly oil from the seed. The poor rat dropping within that also drying in the light for no use”. Why do the dollar deprived Langkang engaging in challenging the dollar’s dominance by entering into anti=dollar businesses?

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    Will Ranil ever retire???

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

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    Wickremesinghe Safeguards the Rajapaksas; Mega Business Safeguards Wickremesinghe?

    President is taxing people and making future generation to pay for what he has borrowed standing high that he has achieved the goals and not punishing the people those who defrauded the country is his experience, Fellowship in treason is bad ground of confidence, The power creates constitution the corrupted rule is that when imposing strictly on some people and disregard others

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    Well said Vishwamithra ! I‘ve seen this kind of Lankan culture when I was child in Sri Lanka. It never sat well with me. I saw it again in the early 1980’s when I was a teenager, and subsequently on the many visits to the Motherland after that. It has only got worse since I was a teenager. Nobody I knew spoke against it, but I found it unbelievable that there could be such rich snobbery on an ailing island like ours. It is so different from the other places I have lived in, even America. I believe that the private school systems produces this kind of crazed, grotesque culture (and the national schools attempting to be on par and rival them).

    Considering that there is little to no innovation from Sri Lanka, this business community is merely in the process of capitalizing on our natural resources like the money that comes in from the hardworking worker-diaspora, and local the produce. I mean, we are surrounded by ocean, and fish is impossible to be served on the average person’s table. They utilize the global financial system to amass wealth which they keep outside the country. Any money that is used for the country is only there to only keep the worker-slavery intact so their businesses can sustain.

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    And they are to remain untaxed by the Ranilian regime that only sees that Lankan Masses as a nuisance to their high-flying international gambits.

    We direly need the power of the Socialist groups to break the cycle of this horrendous spell we are under. We need to convince ourselves to accept the power of the JVP, and let them lead the way.

    Great song by Eric Clapton- Let it Grow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIP961nxobQ

    Sri Lanka is at the cross roads, trying to read the signs,
    To tell them where to go to find the answer.
    They are looking for a reason to check out of their minds……

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