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With A View To A Kill (Master Spy-James Bond)!

By Ravi Perera

Ravi Perera

I know who did it” ~ Maithripala Sirisena on the Easter Bombing.

“We have met the enemy, and he is us”. Even as long ago as the Greek and Roman eras, playwrights have been engaging with the idea of tragicomedy, the dramatic coexistence of the two opposite elements in the human condition. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” suggested the Bard; characters are inter-changeable, the dramatists introduced men as gods, slaves as masters, a trivializing portrait exemplifying the inherence of the two elements in the one moment, tragedy and comedy. The tragicomedy exaggerates and glorifies the trivial, the banal is presented as climacteric, a burlesque denying authenticity.

By the ‘Ceylon Independence Act’ passed in the British Parliament in 1947 we were set on the path to self-governance. The lamentable story that has unfolded since needs no elaboration; we are only left with eyesores- several constitutions, years of economic stagnation, diminished institutions and political turmoil. Only difference between then and now seems sartorial, the tail coats and top hats of the old leaders replaced by the silky white “native” dress of today’s leaders. Except for a handful, the Ceylonese could not afford tail coats and top hats then, an awkward dress in any event for a poor country in the tropics.

Today’s so called ‘native’ dress is even less native, the overwhelming male population in this country are in shabby long trousers and over-worn, sun bleached shirts. If the tail coats represented a confounded caricature, the present day politician’s shimmering white kurta type dress has come to be a symbol of the lowest kind of career making, accompanied with every kind of corruption.

If Sri Lanka were a private corporation, its performance this seventy years would lead to inevitable conclusions, including; that the aims of the company are beyond its capabilities, it cannot produce the requisite directors, and, the stakeholder expectations are at odds with the company’s limited potential. Hard headed business analysts will see a company on its way to liquidation, sometime or the other.

A nation is not a corporation, yet, some of the elements that go to make a successful company, will also apply to a nation. Like every other human endeavour, leadership is fundamental; the leader’s intelligence, abilities and most importantly, his character are crucial to a nation’s progress. The latter, the leader’s character, defies easy definition.  The ill effects of character deficiencies of the leader become apparent only too late, upon his exit the nation is left with diminished human beings, degraded institutions, and perverted values.

When former President Sirisena claimed knowledge of the behind the scenes string-pullers of the Easter Sunday carnage, he was being true to the ways and methods of our clan in white native dress. They have the knowledge; their minds have penetrated the mysteries of the universe and are mysteriously gifted with sweeping visions for the nation; such knowledge/vision equals leadership!

Leaders do not fall from the sky. They are very much a creation of a given society, representing a certain outlook, ethics and beliefs peculiar to that society. In tandem with the common belief in the occult, many Sri Lankans are inclined towards conspiracy theories, tirelessly second guessing the motives of powerful countries and formidable international organisations, viewing the foreigners with suspicion (meanwhile cravenly welcoming the monetary aid given by them, manoeuvring to obtain a passport of a Developed country and grabbing the various scholarships they offer!) We may be embarrassed of our tiny-economy status, rue the country’s limited industrial output and find apologies for their poor quality; our farms may be less productive than those in other countries, our intellectual performances unremarkable and professional attempts wanting; however, when it comes to unravelling wicked plots of hostile foreigners the Sri Lankan deductive logic assumes a velocity of its own. Well aware of this, the politicians are always ready to expand on the next conspiracy theory!

On hearing the word ‘intelligence services’ Sri Lankan ears prick up, hearts beating excitedly. This is James Bond stuff; hush-hush meetings in dark corners, secrets whispered, diabolical instructions given; conspiracies galore!

In reality, the designation could be a misnomer, intelligence services have consistently missed some of the most crucial events in history.

On the 7th of October (2023) the Hamas group based in the Gaza strip launched a devastating attack on Israel. Israel which claims one of the best intelligence services in the world had no idea of the impending attack. America, commanding the largest intelligence network in the world, was taken by complete surprise on 9/11. In their long and expensive Afghanistan engagement, Americans misread the social/political reality on the ground; the Al-Qaeda is back in power in that forlorn country.

In the early 1990s, the Western powers did not anticipate the sudden fall of the Soviet Block. For decades the Soviet system had been groaning under the heavy burdens of economic stagnation, made worse by unbearable military and other commitments. When India sent troops to Northern Sri Lanka (1987-90) it was surprised by the resistance it faced, and later, was in the dark when the Rajiv Gandhi assassination plot was hatched by the LTTE. In the on-going Ukraine war, the parties concerned- Russia, Ukraine and the West, seem to have made serious miscalculations based on their individual intelligence.

This does not mean that all intelligence gatherings/subversive activity are failures. They have had their share of success too, nothing more or less than the usual government department.

While those who make a career out of these things overplay their importance, the hard-nosed policy-maker may question their success in relation to the resources expended. For a people whose actual achievements are thin, the thrills of espionage may be a welcome escapism to a world of exciting subterfuge. We can ignore all practicalities when we enter this never-never land. For example, an Indian agent (Hindu?) may advise an ardent Muslim to blow himself up with a few hundred other human beings, just so that the country’s economy is harmed! (India is jealous of Sri Lanka’s economic prowess!)

People are extremely pliant in this make believe world, mere automations, carrying out unquestioningly whatever they are told by a handler. They are not autonomous human beings, with a mind of their own or even a desire to live. The handler says do it, and, they do it! In the conspiracy narrations, if a person meets a Muslim preacher he has become a convert, if a man met the American ambassador that is conclusive proof that he is now an American agent!

In the real world things happen differently, there are countless instances of under-ground organisations inveigling funds from a sponsor, only to attack the sponsor eventually. India’s experience with the LTTE was an eye opener for them. Then there are many instances of so called stool pigeons spying on the authorities rather than spying on their behalf. There are turncoats, double agents, and even rogue agents out there. James Bond is straight forward, the good versus the bad, the handsome British agent fighting the disfigured master criminal out to destroy the world.

In the usual scheme of things, intelligence reports and conspiracy theories must be assessed by the political authority, the elected leaders of the country. For the system to function well, these leaders must be sophisticated men with high intelligence and sound character, their minds acting as a sieve to separate the nonsense from the valuable(information).

Although our leaders draw validation from the fact of their election, we are wanting in many other aspects of the democratic process. The inner workings of many of our political parties are shrouded in mystery, the various party committees act as mere rubber stamps. Political funds and donations received by these parties are known only to the leader and his close associates. Party members follow suit; their individual funding sources are kept confidential!

Leadership is a possession, routinely bequeathed to family or clan; a tradition emblematic of a poverty, both of mind as well as culture. However, in Sri Lanka this deplorable practice is held up as a claim to fame; ‘our family has served the poor for three generations’! The poor remain poor, but the family has become incredibly wealthy in three generations!

Having alighted on leadership positions due to family connections or sheer chance, our leaders adopt various stratagems to justify their hold on power. One has vision, the other is practical, the third is patriotic while the fourth may be immersed in the customs and culture of the land; but none speaks of the nation’s bankruptcy, the slow growth rate and the deep social disaffection gripping the country.

For a true picture of our leaders, we must examine the Sri Lanka country report from 1948, in relation to other nations in Asia. A repeating theme of big talk, pretentious poses, yet only small results; a tale told by an idiot…

Woe to the nation unfortunate enough to have only windbags, scoundrels and fools as its leaders!

“And, all our yesterdays have lighted fools, the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle. Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage. And, then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”- Macbeth (Shakespeare)

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    Kevinda Jeyawardena of SJB has filed a complaint with CID, that Aiyo has fled country with family , as he did prior to Easter Mayhem. Any idea why Aiyo left with family to Thailand prior to new year, during election year , and when his own party is in shambles. How did he manage to leave when he has not made the court stipulated penalty in full ????

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      chiv

      “…..that Aiyo has fled country with family , …”

      Like Gota Aiyo will return to the island, the man cannot live on his own without his b***s carriers.

      Has he gone to meet clan’s mediators, perhaps gone to eat coppers?

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        NV,
        “Perhaps gone to eat coppers?”
        Yes, that’s his strategy to any attempt at moving, which requires a ‘Himalayan’ Effort!!??
        He prefers ‘EGG added version’ of that culinary!!??? Special recipe to enthuse him to achieve objective and “Lull the Opponent”, into DEEP slumber and Numbness, and induce any counteraction!!!??? ‘MC Follows’, as standard procedure!!!???

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        NV,

        The man (Udayanga Weerathunga) who is repeating the names Brother Gota, brother Mahinda is a big thief who got caught in a financial fraud by buying airplanes from Russia. Today the bugger is shamelessly in the spot light of the bankrupted country. Why on earth, dare MEDIA stand against it ?
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        However, today the shameless Sri Lankan media (TV channels) dare to interview him for views and clicks. This is a country that has destroyed MLECHCHA media and TV channels.

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      “Any idea why Aiyo left with family to Thailand prior to new year, during election year , and when his own party is in shambles.”
      Thailand is a land for Aiyo’s of Sri Lanka. This is a Buddhist land where Srilankan Aiyo’s for return back to Buddhist Mother land (Shri Lanka) safely with full security and all the benefits paid by people. The question is who is next?

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        Ajith, A little bit of confusion like Palestinians claiming land given to Israel. You say this is a Buddhist land when the bible says that the earth is the Lord’s and all it’s fullness. Ps.24,1, because he created it. Is it not better to say that the majority who live in Sri Lanka are buddhists, but there are others also.

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          “A little bit of confusion like Palestinians claiming land given to Israel. “
          Given to or stolen by?

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            SJ, When God gives land for a purpose to birth his son Jesus through Israel for a purpose on this earth, it is sacrilege to go and steal others land which has no good purpose for human beings except to create warring. God made humans on earth as Adam and Eve, male and female to create a kingdom family and all their family names and geneology is recorded in the bible in the gospels mainly. Humans supposed to exist long ago is a myth from satan and if so, what were their names, clothes, dwelling places, jobs, foods, and did they have religions. Current religions could not have existed then, without Allah and Buddha and Brahma and Jesus. On what lands did they live and who gave them life.

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              How much land did Mary need to give birth to baby Jesus?
              Not even a few hundred square feet shall we say?

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                SJ, The land was not for Mary but for shepherds watching flocks and overseeing lambs to be used for sacrificing in the Temple indicating the sacrificial death of Jesus later. John 10,11 refers “I am the good shepherd giving my life for sheep” vs. 14 says ” I know my sheep and I am known by my sheep” and they will never perish (eternally) SJ, if you really wish to understand, you need to know how and when and why and where Jesus was born and lived to bring his father’s kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.

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                  You said land to give birth to Jesus.
                  Now it has become a huge grazing land.
                  Jeez!

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                    SJ, My wish for you is that you get it right. Join a church, read and believe the bible in a bible study group, pray to God and ask him to reveal himself to you and he will. Jesus said in Luke 21.36 “watch and pray to be counted worthy to escape things that will come to pass” In John 17,20 Jesus prayed for all believers down the ages. WOW

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      Chiv,
      His trip, partly to find, “Funds to PAY FINE”!!?? That’s why he was allowed!!??

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    Dear Ravi Perera,
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    I have read it all.
    I’m now wondering where we go from here.
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    The Presidential Election, to be preceded by a debate.
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    What is the latest on that? I googled. The latest news is said to be carried by the same newspaper.
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    This possibly for the Sinhalese,
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    https://island.lk/sjb-jvps-call-for-rws-participation-in-proposed-debate-diversionary-tactic/
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    And this for the Tamils?
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    https://island.lk/tna-rules-out-fielding-candidate-at-presidential-election/
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    So the TNA says that there will be no common Tamil candidate. Does that mean that there will be no “uncommon” Tamil candidates? Where will their SECOND and THIRD Preferences go?
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    Mercifully there is no talk about actually preventing persons from contesting at gun point. However, the latest news on this move, is only one hour old:
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    https://www.newsdrum.in/international/contesting-elections-in-sri-lanka-set-to-become-more-expensive-as-cabinet-proposes-increasing-security-deposits-4477715
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    The cabinet of one presumed candidate, Ranil wickremasinghe, has decided that contesting this particular election will become more expensive.
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    But we’ve been told by “election monitors” that such changes will take time.
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    However, will elections be held at all?
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    Yes, it is a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing!
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    Panini Edirisinhe

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    I seldom, nay never, disagree with Ravi Perera. However, I see a vast gap between my thinking and his.
    Not that he is wrong, but I that am different.
    I looked at:
    Leaders do not fall from the sky. They are very much a creation of a given society, representing a certain outlook, ethics and beliefs peculiar to that society.
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    Leaders fall. May not be from the sky, but certainly from the womb. Leaders are born!
    My humble opinion is that we have not seen a Leader that fits my description.
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    In life, the leader is the best learner and the most adaptive. In running the nation the Leader has no time to learn. He is born, having learnt whatever is needed already!

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      Nathan

      “My humble opinion is that we have not seen a Leader that fits my description.”

      How about Namal Baby?
      He said “No difference between JVP and LTTE”, dailynews.lk/2024/04/12.
      He forgot, his dad went all the way to Geneva to protect JVP.
      Perhaps baby cannot remember things.
      During 2018 October coup, Namal baby offered to talked to his dad regarding the release of Tamil detainees, provided if Tamil MPs supported his dad in the parliament.
      During the crisis he was seen horse trading in the East.
      He is desperate to lead this country.

      How could we make him unlearn what he has learned from his clan and other crooks?

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        NV,
        My memory serves me right, that time he was in a Cosy “Baby Cot”, or ‘Child Playing Pen’ sans any siblings and under intense care of Mum Shiranthi, in Medamulana, devoid of all “pollutants” he acquired with other assets, which, came by his way, since then!!!??? His innocence didn’t permit him play any dice or Monopoly!!?? Coveted, valued Progeny of the Master Strategist!!?? He would have heard but not know much of ‘Mawbima Sura Keema’!!!??? Thathi’s Magic – Regain Power post “1977 CONFINEMENT”, to Medamulana, Weeraketiya by JRJ and UNP!!!???

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        NV,
        “HE IS DESPERATE TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY” – Sri Lanka’s “EL DORADO”, envisioned long ago, at least 75 years since Independence, NOT achieved!!!??? He seems the ‘MAN OF THE HOUR’!!?? Why Not!!??
        That’s a good try, now that the siblings and MULTI Mega MAGA’s, failure to attain, “Vistas of Prosperity and SPLENDOUR”, in the ‘DUSTBOWL’ of Chinese USD 6.7 Million Organic fertiliser scam and subsequent, Deprivation instead and leading to STARVATION of the Sri Lankans, once claimed ‘Asia’s RICE BOWL’!!??

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    “ A nation is not a corporation, yet, some of the elements that go to make a successful company, will also apply to a nation.”
    so some elements helps the Company/Nation to be successful and some results in failure.
    Has Ravi P analysed them thoroughly!
    As a human being when he /She gets a chance to be a Leader of a Country or Party He /She doesn’t like to give it up to any other person other than their own kith & Kid. The UNP was made to lose all seats by RW because his unwillingness to pass the leadership to next in line for years and years.
    The main ELEMENT for failure is due to making the country a a Unitary state and not a UNITED one especially when their is multi- National/religious groups in the country.

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      Naman, Whether unitary or united, a country need not fail with its multi-national/religious groups unless the leaders are non-caring for the citizens. All countries are MULTI. The bible gives very clear instructions in Rom.12,18 “If possible, live peaceably with all men” Also Heb.12,14 says strive for peace with all and holiness without which no one can see the Lord. Also Eph.4,32 says to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving all as Christ forgave us. Service is the theme.

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    There are rules and exceptions ……… 99.999999% of the world believe the sun will rise tomorrow ……. and act accordingly.

    99.999999% of politicians take up politics to serve themselves: not the people or the country.

    We believe, 00.000001% exception is the rule.

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    Hello Ravi Perera,
    This may sound like nit-picking, according to you “Al-Qaeda is back in power in that forlorn country”. This was in reference to Afghanistan where the Taliban is in power. I am sure that Al Qaeda has a foothold in Afghanistan as does ISIS-K (who carry out attacks against the Taliban), but neither are actually in power. I lived in a 10 story building in Doha Al Jadeeda, a group of Taliban lived in the next building. They were there at the behest of the Qatari Government with the full knowledge of the US administration. Most were very well built Patanis that were very affable and greeted me every time I met them in the passing. Occasionally a group of men would arrive and start throwing stones towards the entrance of the Taliban House. Very shortly the Police would arrive and disperse them. As far as I could see the Patanis behaved calmly, without responding to the provocations. I disagree fundamentally with their political and religious outlooks, but they are not Al Qaeda or ISIS.
    And as for Sirisena – he knows exactly who organised the Easter Bombings (as do all the Politicians and Malcolm).
    Best regards

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      Maybe a more apt quote from Macbeth would be – “I think our country sinks beneath the yoke. It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash is added to her wounds.”
      Best regards

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        LankaScot, We call this our country whether yoked and bleeding or in better times and the easter bombings 5 years ago came from those living here and with a different ideology and religious belief. Is it not the different religious beliefs coming from different competing gods that have put foolish human beings into this murdering situation. In the bible, the first murderer of his brother Abel was Cain, from the seed of the deceiving serpent, his karma. Later all the killings came from those who were disobedient to creator God Jehovah, and his one enemy with many names was satan, the devil called Lucifer the fallen archangel with a long body. All humans had names and could be traced back finally in geneology to Adam and Eve, created male and female only. He did not create LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, nor did he create a giant unredeemable mix of human and animal genes.

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          Hello DTG,
          If you have an omnipotent, all compassionate, all powerful, all good creator of the Universe, did he also make evil, wars, destruction, Hades, Sin etc. If he (or she) didn’t, then who did and how (and why) did your God allow this. Sin cannot come from goodness unless you are a Dialectical Idealist (apologies to Hegel). By the way where in the King James Bible can I find the word “Karma”. “He did not create LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender” – then who did?
          PS we share 98% or so of our DNA with Chimpanzees.
          Best regards

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            LankaScot, Creator God Jehovah did not make evil, wars, sin etc. He created angels first and beautiful Lucifer in his pride wanted to be worshipped like God and hence was cast out of heaven with his deceived angels(demons). Later only he made humans. Both angels and humans were given free will to obey God rather than be forced as he had the solutions to all problems that would crop up. Karma is word I used to make clear as sin is vast and misunderstood as it is really disobeying God. LGBT created themselves, but can be healed. Our DNA is from God in his image and not from animals. God made animals but Adam named them and they became that. The sin of humans could be released as sinless Jesus was crucified as a substitute. This was God’s solution for sin.

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              DTG,
              “Both angels and humans were given free will to obey God “
              You mean they have no free will to disobey God? Can free will be conditional?
              “LGBT created themselves, but can be healed”
              Humans are not the only homosexuals. Many animals are too.
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              https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals

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                old codger, Free will to obey God means they are already in disobedience which too is free will. Homosexuality is a sickness and a sin but cases have been corrected to live a normal life. What animals do will not matter as they at death go into nothingness like the description of nirvana end. Must make sure it is not hell from which it is impossible to come back. Believers in heaven with Jesus will come back with Jesus.

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                  DTG,
                  “Free will to obey God means they are already in disobedience which too is free will. “
                  But if they don’t obey God, they will be punished in Hell, right?
                  That isn’t free will, because God created Hell. .

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                    old codger, God created hell for the devil and demons and not for humans except that their free will makes them choose hell. He created heaven as a prepared place for his children in the kingdom family who choose to be with him so they could be redeemed from their sins eternally. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11,1 Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Heb.12,2 Apostle Paul who wrote Hebrews wanted believers to be accountable to a local body.

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                  Dear davidthegood,
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                  I haven’t recently given much thought to the question of God’s existence. I do not believe that such a being exists; if he does, his (or her!) nature cannot be understood by us.
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                  I have studied this:
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                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Ways_(Aquinas)
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                  Any argument which seeks to prove that God exists usually becomes a re-statement of one of those Five Ways. One usually ends up by having to concede that one can neither prove nor disprove the existence God.
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                  I have listened to these highly civilised debates; It may be that you have heard them yourself. this in Cambridge:
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                  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=dawkins+vs+rowan+Williams+debate+on+the+existence+of+God#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:69c4a5b2,vid:HVxciEFyBT0,st:0
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                  And this, I think was on a different occasion, in Oxford:
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                  https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=dawkins+vs+rowan+Williams+debate+on+the+existence+of+God#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:8dacc997,vid:bow4nnh1Wv0,st:0
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                  I listened to both; most interesting. I’d almost say “enjoyable”. However, we are faced now with more daunting, and definitely less polite discussions. Nobody “won” either debate.
                  .
                  Panini Edirisinhe

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                    Sinhala-Man, That God exists is truth from his word in the bible where Jesus called him Father. Conviction also comes when you personally experience him and it is very real. Also some godly person can pray for you while laying on of hands. You too can personally pray to him to reveal himself to you and he will. You may even have a disease like cancer without a cure and can suddenly get healed without a rational explanation. If you are focussed on people like Dawkins, I understand your unbelief. Listen to some believing pastors who are freely available on the web today and are giving accurate descriptions of wars in the middle east escalating to Armageddon.

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                old codger, You say humans are not the only homosexuals. We are not animals who know and can choose to do good. Absence of soul makes them act reflexly. In humans, God created them male and female only and not LGBT. Lev. 18,22 says it is an abomination for a male to lie with a male as with a woman. It is considered a serious abomination in Lev. 20,13 to put them to death. Finally, Rev. 21,8 sums it up as unbelievers, murderers, sexually immoral, idolaters, liars etc having their part in the lake of fire where the devil.is. Jesus says he is coming quickly, and there is a reality in the context of the wars building up around Jerusalem today

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                  DTG,
                  “It is considered a serious abomination in Lev. 20,13 to put them to death. “
                  So, then, you must agree with this too from Leviticus:
                  “for adultery is clearly provided in Leviticus (20:10-12) which reads: “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, even with the wife of his neighbour, both the adulterer and adulteress must be put to death”.
                  And this from Deuteronomy?
                  “she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.”

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              “beautiful Lucifer in his pride wanted to be worshipped like God and hence was cast out of heaven with his deceived angels”
              That is Jehovah being envious, quite unlike a merciful God.

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                SJ, Worshipping Lucifer is not envy but sinfulness, and is to prevent him from having authority over humans. Already many in ignorance worship him as idol gods.

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                  “Sympathy For The Devil”

                  DTG,

                  The world is what it is ……… more people go to Rolling Stones concerts than go to church ……. it’s easier to get to people …………. through their darker sides than the good – well, if they have a good side.

                  Mick Jagger has cracked the secret the Pope couldn’t. ……… And is grossing millions.


                  “He’s stoned on himself. He’s always in complete control and the whole thing is manipulation. It really bothers me that a twerp like that can parade around and convince everybody that he’s Satan.” —— Ry Cooder’s assessment of Mick Jagger

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                    “Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
                    ‘Cause fire is the Devil’s only friend
                    Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
                    My hands were clenched in fists of rage
                    No angel born in Hell
                    Could break that Satan spell
                    And as the flames climbed high into the night
                    To light the sacrificial rite
                    I saw Satan laughing with delight
                    The day the music died”

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                      Hello Nimal,
                      This was one of our Anthems that we all sang at the top of our voices at Parties and get-togethers.These were the days when we went on Anti-American demonstrations against the Vietnam War and the Kent State University killings and told our parents that they couldn’t dictate our future. For us singing American Pie was like nailing the 95 Theses to the Church Door in Wittenberg but without the religion (we were all Atheists).
                      We resurrected the Music, demonstrated against Apartheid, stopped the Vietnam War, broke down the Berlin Wall and then the music died.
                      So tomorrow we are going to Chevy to the Levee – in reality, walk down to the banks of the Mahawelli Ganga and feed the kids “Tea and Oranges that come all the way from China” – Sorry that’s another song.
                      Best regards

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                    Hello Nimal,
                    Bet you can’t guess my name?
                    Best regards

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                      LS,
                      “Bet you can’t guess my name?”
                      You’ve already spilt the beans., A.S…

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                  DTG you can blame Jehovah for creating Lucifer in the first place. He knew in advance what Lucifer would do, just as he knew in advance what Adam and Eve would do.
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                  This is what happens when you try to justify myths. You end up with tortuous and convoluted explanations that convince nobody.

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                    Paul, what Apostle Paul (your name’s sake) reeived from the resurrected Jesus cannot convince you as you assume that he too is justifying myths. Actually spiritual things as opposed to physical and rational, sound like myths until one experiences it and receives it. Nobody can then be convinced to reject that. Lets hope for better times when the apostolic will transfigure seeking humans. Ask and receive, seek and find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.

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                  It is fair competition that Jehovah feared

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                    LankaScot, You are unaware how many have been deceived by the devil to worship him as gods in most religions in the world. He is crazy on being worshipped and humans ignorantly will follow him into hell fire. There is only one creator as a meaningful God who has a purpose for this world. Please pray.

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                    SJ, Why should the Almighty Jehovah fear all the competition from the different gods humans worship, who are all demonically inspired. God does not know fear.

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                  Hello DTG,
                  Apart from a small Lunatic fringe, nobody worships Auld Nick, Hades, Lucifer, Mephistopheles or whatever else names the Devil has.
                  Now have I got enough money to pay the “Ferryman” or will Charon keep me wandering the banks of the Styx for a hundred years?
                  Best regards

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                  Envy was not in the worship, but in the mind of one who was envious that L would fare better than Him/Her.

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    With warm spring weather coming to Europe these days, I am planning to go for a bike ride today with my volunteer physical trainer (76). Throughout the week, I am busy as a bee with my work. However, we enjoy better times.

    I felt that Lankenscott would be happy to read our thoughts, as he analyzes almost everything impartially and turned CT a good place to exchange as of today. LS is getting a lot of respect today from some of the other good commenters on the CT forum. LS’s thoughts seem to have worked well to change the attitudes of some of the commenters on the forum today. SM is no longer violent today for good reasons. He is an honest person by his nature, however, NPP lacks experience to govern this nation- these are my thoughts, and I am forced to think so far.

    People who mix with different cultures over the years are forced to see better the dichotomy of societies and cultures. They should guide the our society, not those who have decayed in the island mentality. Media rabble rousers should be replaced by fact checkers. Social media has changed that to some extent but even today the main stream media still misleads people with scam TV channels.

    tbc

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      Hello leelagemalli,
      Thanks for the comments. Most Writers and Commenters on this Forum take a Professional position and refrain from personal attacks on others. This is one of the reasons that I have always had a dislike for Social Media sites like FaceBook. On FaceBook in general “anything goes”. Here on CT although it can get a bit heated, it is Interesting, Entertaining (mostly 😎) and Educational. It takes time to build up a picture of the other contributors and I try never to jump to conclusions about their motives etc. I saw the huge divide in Northern Ireland and the consequences of “The Troubles” (basically a low key Civil War). However a younger generation (the bitter older ones have either died or mellowed) seems to be improving things slowly. Are there lessons for Sri Lanka where there has never been a proper Truth and Reconciliation process to uncover the truth and address the losses (Human) incurred by families. The main participants would have to be from both sides of the divide. The Tamils have genuine grievances that need addressing, whilst the Sinhalese have nothing to lose (The Government has impoverished most of us anyway).
      TBC

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        Continued
        I have learned a lot about Sri Lankan Politics & History (and Mythology) thanks to yourself, OC, SJ, Native, SM, Pandi Kutti, Champa, Chiv, Sugandh, Chiv, Lester, Raj-UK, Ruchira, DTG, Ramona, Champa, Naman, Dr Sankaralingham, Nathan, SSS and many others. Apologies if I missed anyone (blame my age or disposition 😉). So Happy New Year, සුභ අලුත් අවුරුදු புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள் and may your Gods be with you
        Best regards

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          You certainly have left out a few. Among the prolific, Sinhala_Man aka Panini Edirisinhe, stands out.
          You compensated that with a double-Chiv!

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            Guess my age! I missed out the perky nimal fernando, my favourite!!

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            Sorry. My mistake.
            Sinhala_Man is given as SM.

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          Ah Scott what a ridiculous lot of teachers you have gone to learn Sri Lankan politics and history from ! Is this how you learnt whatever profession you are in ! Similar teachers ?

          All I can see are a lot of insignificant old men with huge egos, commenting on various things as if they are the last word ! This ego thing is what makes peace impossible in South Asia. They all think they know it all but their countries are so dirty and corrupt !

          Only that man Nimal F’do and OC have good IQ level.( I dont like OC but think he is intelligent) This Leela guy has escaped from an Asylum .Like Leela this guy Scott goes to great length to show his Western connections. Mad egos !

          Any way I hope you people change your minds and reduce your egos this new year !

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            “Only that man Nimal F’do and OC have good IQ level.”

            What is your metric for IQ? F’do is just bashing SB’s without any sophistication, while OC thinks insider trading is okay and VP was some kind of genius for building takaran planes in the Wanni jungle. TBH, one rarely meets intelligent people outside of STEM fields, so these two are not some abnormality. You are spot on about the Leela character. As for myself, I merely claim to be educated; I do not possess any superior intellect.

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              Lester,
              “one rarely meets intelligent people outside of STEM fields,”
              Another profound-sounding but idiotic theory. Do you want a list of intelligent people outside those fields?

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                (1) All knowledge outside STEM is subjective

                (2) Technology has improved human living standards more than any other human endeavor. Unsurprisingly, technology is not based on human rights, religion, or some similar gobbledegook.

                “If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”

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                  Hello Lester,
                  To paraphrase Pontius Pilate “What is knowledge?”.
                  According to Lenin, knowledge is the ever closer approach of thought to the object. I know that sharp knives, crossing busy roads without looking, jumping off high buildings etc are dangerous. STEM didn’t teach me this. Shakespeare wrote a play called Macbeth, Steven Pinker wrote a book called “How the Mind Works” – these are facts. I have knowledge of them; I know they are true, objectively.
                  What makes STEM objective (mostly) is the Scientific and Mathematical Methodology employed to turn the facts, theories and procedures into “knowledge”.
                  Hunter Gatherers were healthier (collectively) than Farmers (even with their superior technology) http://www.unionkitchen.com/resources/hunter-gatherers-ancient-diets-and-modern-man
                  And always remember “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”
                  Best regards

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                  Lester,
                  “All knowledge outside STEM is subjective”
                  Ah, so, what you are saying is:
                  1. All people in STEM fields are more intelligent. Does that include doctors who amputate a patient’s arm for a headache?
                  https://nyupress.org/9780814796894/medical-blunders/
                  Or engineers who designed these.
                  https://interestingengineering.com/lists/19-engineering-blunders-you-wont-believe-are-real
                  2 Those who weren’t Scientists, Engineers, etc are less intelligent. So that includes the Buddha? Aren’t you supposed to be a devout Sinhala Buddhist?
                  .
                  I thought your pal Ruchira was the heavy drinker.

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                Hello OC.
                Amongst the living Stephen Fry, Mary Beard, Antonia Fraser, AC Grayling, Roger Scruton, Julia Neuberger – British
                K. M. de Silva, Osmund Bopearachchi – Sri Lankan
                Romila Thapar, Partha Chatterjee – India
                I will stop before it gets too contentious
                Best regards

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              Lester

              ““Only that man Nimal F’do and OC have good IQ level.”

              old codger is the official Casanova of this cite.
              nimal has been competing for the top place for a long time.

              You can’t beat both of them.
              So sit tight and watch them having fun.

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                Oh God ! You always miss the point !

                What I meant was that OC with an IQ 50 looks good comparing to people like you with an IQ of 40 !

                Not that OC is super intelligent ! He lacks standards too ( he supports RW and Mahendran operations !)

                Relative IQ is acceptable. But to consider this kind of guy as a Casanova ( Italian reference with chivalry, generosity and style assumed ) is a put off .

                Genetically this kind of guy cannot be attractive- repulsive avaricious and utterly stingy.

                That is my picture of OC,NV ,Leela and Co

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                  Deepthi,
                  “kind of guy cannot be attractive- repulsive avaricious and utterly stingy.”
                  Really, I did wonder who the old bird was, sitting at the bar the other day, talking to a stethoscope.
                  You ought to put out a feeler to Pandi Kutti, who knows how to get nice Punjabi boyfriends.

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                    Boyfriends? OC Amava, I only have only had one boyfriend, and he will most probably end up being my husband. I say probably, as nothing is definite in life.

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                      sorry only have had one boyfriend.

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                  Prof. Deepthi Silva,

                  My new year wish ..may you be blessed with better treatment as a mental patient.

                  Only then will we be able to see beyond the Sri Lankan society.

                  Paradoxically, the person who talks a lot about IQlevel doesn’t seem to have a high level of knowledge about a lot of things.
                  To you readers, please check out Deepti Silva’s comment archive for your fact check.

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                OC and Native, ” I do not posses any superior intellect”, so so humble, is that a new year resolution.(I guess didn’t notice the word EGO) Poor soul left behind by partner , who dumped halfway to celebrate New Year with his father. One rarely meets intelligent people outside of STEM fields “. Even the intelligent needs sense, to know, when, where, and how, to use it.
                I know this girl of my age, from up country, who never attended school, went to work as a child due to poor financial / family back ground. Not just me my doctor sister too, consider her extremely intelligent and smart, so much so, we call for her advise, to deal with complicated matters.

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            LS,
            It seems Deepthi has noticed you. Be very careful. Wear a hard hat.

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              OC,
              A few months ago, DS criticised almost everyone in CT
              LS was no exception. Remember? She was the only exception who escaped her criticism. This is the number one symptom of “Delusion de Grandeur” patients. Please google .. you will find more on this topic.

              Psychologists say it’s clear that older women, unfortunately, struggle more than men in the same age group when it comes to living alone. They are seeking more attention than their male peers.
              German health insurance usually takes good care of them, however, I have no idea how falling UK health system handles it. I can update you on this in the coming days after consulting my colleagues at NH hospitals.
              Tbc

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            Hello Deepthi silva,
            My apologies for missing you out, and a few of the less regular contributors. I did some research into the causes and conduct of the participants in the 1850s Crimean War. I was researching into my 2nd Gt Grandfather who was engaged in most of the Battles. If you only take evidence from one side in a war all that you have is Propaganda (especially from the Winning side).
            To obtain a balanced and hopefully objective view you must cross-check the references, Newspaper Reports, Military Documents. Even the Muster Lists should be checked as they contain information on Injuries, Deaths and Desertions. From looking at multiple sources and a selection of Historians, you can see the lies, distortions and mistakes (Balls-ups) made by each side.
            Look at the history of South African Apartheid. Mandela fought against the Government and was jailed, but eventually he was freed and, after the ANC won the Majority in 1994, agreed to become President Apartheid was dismantled in a series of negotiations, NOT by a military victory. The question for the Tamils is how can they achieve this in Sri Lanka? It is in your hands (collectively).
            Best regards

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              LankaScot,

              South Africa is still a racially divided society. The issue in Sri Lanka was never race, but economics, specifically class warfare and wealth inequality. Most of the human rights champions and social scientists have missed this important point, with the exception of people like Kamalika Peiris and Kumari Jayawardene. I read a book by Hoole once. He says that when the Indian soldiers came to the North of Sri Lanka in the 90’s, they were shocked by how wealthy the people were. The “freedom struggle” was, initially, just a proxy for Vellalars to retain their privileges. Megalomaniac VP, who is very similar to Hitler, hijacked this movement and the rest is history. Similar to how Hitler took out his major rival, the SA (Night of the Long Knives).

              https://thuppahis.com/2012/02/13/inspirations-hero-figures-and-hitler-in-young-pirapaharans-thinking/

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                Slight correction: the IPKF came in the late 1980’s

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                Hello Lester,
                My point was that major changes took place in South Africa as a result of negotiations following a protracted armed struggle by the ANC. Unless the Sri Lankan Tamils think that their grievances will be solved by another armed struggle then they will have to engage in dialogue with other groups, parties, NGOs etc. There is no point in bitching and moaning about how horrible the conditions are. They have to unite amongst themselves, build a strong political movement, and come up with a Manifesto that will address the ways to achieve their aspirations. They should engage with the Sinhalese (Buddhist or otherwise) and others to form a United Front against Political Corruption (which is rife in Sri Lanka). The Aragalaya proved that the youth in Sri Lanka wants change, irrespective of Ethnicity.
                I was puzzled as to why I saw Soldiers in uniform driving tractors in the North of the Country. To me it looked like the Palestinian West Bank (a slow creeping inexorable occupation). As you said before the Marshall Plan restored Germany’s economic prosperity.
                What is your plan for the North and the East of Sri Lanka?
                Best regards

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                  LankaScot

                  “Unless the Sri Lankan Tamils think that their grievances will be solved by another armed struggle then they will have to engage in dialogue with other groups, parties, NGOs etc. “

                  The Tamils complain every negotiation with Sri Lankan state and Sinhala/Buddhists parties have been a waste of time which has gone on for a long time and the state had used past negotiations to undermine every legitimate representative of the Tamils. More over Sri Lankan state had made sure Tamils and Muslims are divided among themselves and Muslims and Tamils do not forge close working relationship (LTTE is equally responsible too).

                  Is it possible to bring peacefully rising China into the scene and let it bang Tamil, Sinhala, Muslims heads together?
                  SJ will be ……..

                  Or our former Colonial masters, including Pandyas, Cholas, …..?

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                  LS
                  This is the wrong space to look for Tamils or Sinhalese who want to resolve the problem.
                  Most of them are racists who want enmity forever. Exile distorts many minds in cruel ways.
                  But I think that at person-to-person level people in this country get along well far better than ethnic/religious rivals in several parts of Europe.
                  Yet, there is hope here amid all the hindrance we see.

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          One and all , wishing you a very happy and peaceful traditional New Year.

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            Chiv,
            Similarly, my best wishes to you and yours and also every one of them who would be celebrating the New Year!

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            Not surprisingly , A CHILDISH person here, couldn’t even tolerate New Year Wishes.
            “Dear weirdo , wishing a Happy New Year, to you too”.

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          Thank you HAPPY SINHALA HINDU NEW YEAR !
          Thanks LS. Your humility inspires many Sri Lankans. Many CT comments are not worth reading and are inconsistent.
          Our so-called scholars continue to pretend so. Because of that, our culture in this country has become worse and worse.
          Having experienced it in Europe, the Middle East and many other places, now living in the central province of the island is your strength. Your analysis is more important than most because you are not biased towards any political party.
          .
          Few people like you give them food for thought. To me whole life is a learning process, so let’s call it a living process.
          . I have been fighting the two cultures for three decades and I visit my homeland at least 2 times a year. So I know what I’m talking about.

          tbc

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            cont.
            I shouldn’t be angry at the pathetic comments made by a frustrated woman (a coconut) branding me as a refugee in Europe. She always acts as if her mentality is caught up in “delusion de grandeur.” Fake doctor Deepti Silva has insulted almost everyone who comments on CT. It could be her mental state as a socially marginalized elderly woman.
            Arguing with her or the like sick people is like banging your head against a stone wall. It wastes my time. The poor woman does not seem to be respected by anyone, let alone in London. She doesn’t seem to have the same life as my cousins in London. Unlike DDS, my cousins live in both countries as retirees. They are doing much more for the poor people of our motherland. Not as philanthropists but it has been their real hobby.
            .
            I don’t want to justify it, because I left for Europe in the early 90s during the university closures. Unfortunately, the judgmental nature of some people makes the CT environment absolutely unbearable. I have never read a balanced opinion posted by Deepti Silva who claims to be a former doctor. And she will never grow up to that level… in this life … period.

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            leelagemalli

            “Thank you HAPPY SINHALA HINDU NEW YEAR !”

            Tamils tell me it is Tamil New Year and not Hindu New Year as many tend to believe.
            Can I suggest to you we all amend our mistake.
            We should wish others a Sinhala Tamil New Year.

            A Tamil friend insisted that he wishes a Tamil and Buddhist new year.

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              Yes NV. You may be right.
              It should be:

              It is for Sinhala-radicals – Sinhala and Tamil New Year

              For Tamil radicals, Tamil and Sinhala Tamil New Year

              For me, I don’t mind calling it any of the above. What is important is that it is the Sri Lankan New Year.
              .
              Although I was born as a Sinhalese, I will not waste my time in long discussions about who came to the country first, where Buddha was born, etc… Some say Rajawangala, others say Lumbini in India. The country is sinking, they are running out of money… Even low-level people like Lester are talking about Sinhalaism, even though Gotabhaya is hiding like a lost dog.

              Regardless of what anyone says or does, thanks to the current government, people have been able to celebrate the New Year 20234 with a large number of tourists coming to this country.

              Cyber nomads travel back to Sri Lanka promoting and making Sri Lanka the best tourist destination, some have returned for the 5 th time during the last two years.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxLnfnZpv48&t=718s

              . With the dawn of the NPP government, all that will disappear like a drop of water on a hot sheet of metal. That’s for sure.

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              You are right, dear NV.
              .
              But, I have read, “The New Year, is celebrated in Thailand, Laos, and some other parts of Southeast Asia on April 13-15 according to the Western calendar.”
              .
              North India doesn’t celebrate “our” Lankan New Year – or so I thought.
              .
              But this complicates matters:
              .
              https://asiasociety.org/celebrating-new-year-asia
              .
              Now, who wrote that?
              .
              Unlikely to have been the former British Prime Minister!
              .
              Whoever wrote this next article last year, has forgotten to renew it this year.
              .
              https://www.holidify.com/pages/new-year-in-india-celebration-3553.html
              .
              And he/she has tacitly acknowledged that it is the “Christian Calendar” which now prevails in most places; “davidthegood” will be happy.
              .
              But then scholiasts favour around 4 to 6 BC for the birth of Jesus.
              .
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_of_the_birth_of_Jesus
              .
              Basta!
              .
              There are more important things for me to do – like canvassing votes for the NPP.
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe.

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                Gambada Iskolemahaththaya@

                Please watch the video by clicking the link provided below
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xlPlpcyG0I

                Please start at 2.19 minutes…. there you will see how our average sees things.

                Everyone on the road is an expert in Sri Lanka. Just because they have a smart phone is enough to make them experts. Subject matters are secondary to them. Everyone else is used to listening to them without asking “why”.
                .
                Tourists even today say that some people told them that it would take 30 minutes to climb Sigiri Rock… Others guessed it to be 90 minutes… Why our people are not that accurate. About nothing? If someone in Sri Lanka asks for a road map, they are all ready to help, but none of them tell the right way…. This is what some Italians and Germans told me recently.
                .
                So are the politicians to blame?

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                SM,
                “And he/she has tacitly acknowledged that it is the “Christian Calendar” which now prevails in most places; “davidthegood” will be happy.”
                Some Buddhist temples have taken to holding poojas on January 1st.

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                SM and others, there was an ongoing discussion about who came from where. In India various communities like Punjabis ( call it Vaisakhi ), Keralites ( Vishu ), Tamils ( Puthanndu ), Odias ( Pana Sankranti ), Bengalis ( Pohela Boishakh ) , Kannadikas ( Sankranti ), Assamese ( Bohag Bihu ) celebrate as their New Year. There are other communities, who celebrate with different significance
                ( like harvest……). As you mentioned there are countries in South East Asia celebrate new year.

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              leelagemalli

              Tamils don’t mind whichever order in which you write it, Tamil Sinhala or Sinhala Tamil new year.
              The point my Tamil friend was making is that since it is not a religious festival it should NOT be addressed as Hindu New year, instead it should be TAMIL NEW YEAR.
              Have a prosperous and happy new year.

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          LankaScot, Thank you very much for meaning well towards all, but I do not welcome Gods in my life except the one true creator God Jehovah who is even now defending Israel in the middle east and you will finally see him defending Israel as Jesus arrives in Jerusalem. May have to live a little more to see all these biblically described events coming to pass

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        LankaScot,

        “The Tamils have genuine grievances that need addressing, whilst the Sinhalese have nothing to lose.”

        Sinhalese have a lot to lose. They have been fighting foreign invaders for 2500 years. During the war, there was a concerted effort by NGO’s and other interested parties to permanently divide the country:

        https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EgGZhOGXsAAPLIj?format=jpg&name=large

        If you don’t think permanent division is possible, look at Syria or Iraq. The Iraqi government has no control over Kurdistan, while the Americans have occupied Deir Azzor (Eastern Syria). All it takes is the intervention of some foreign country.

        The Tamil Diaspora spent millions of dollars lobbying Western governments to sanction Sri Lanka.

        Rathika Sitsabaiesan, a former Candian MP, commemorated the LTTE heroes day, which includes glorification of suicide bombers.

        By the way, good call on Iran attacking Israel. Smart minds predict the future, weak minds are stuck on binaries and name-calling. Though I think Russia will restrain Iran from further escalation.

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          Chingkallams have been fighting invaders for the past 2500 years, this is news for me. How did you calculate 2500 years, when the Chingkalla language and identity only came into existence from 7AD the earliest. It is the Chingkallams and their ancestors before that who have been largely inviting foreign invaders and kings first from Thamizh South India, and later from Europe and created most of this mess. Now the corrupt Chingkalla rulers and elite after bankrupting the island are again inviting the USA, China and India to name a few to come over and rape the island of all its resources. Even the Chingkalla language and identity resulted because of foreign immigrants/invaders and a foreign religion and language that came into the island. Buddhism and Prakrit.

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            Chingkallam fighting invaders! It was they who, largely invited the South Indian Thamizh kings, who were the close relatives of their so-called Chingkalla kings to come and interfere into the island’s affairs. Did not put up a fight against the Portuguese when they arrived but surrendered meekly and then contributed Chingkalla soldiers to fight with the Portuguese armed forces against the Thamizh kingdom of Jaffna, that put up a fight against the Portuguese. Later the Chingkallams invited the Dutch to get rid of the Portuguese in created a bigger mess and then later due to the treachery of the so called Chingkalla aristocracy, the British were able to take over the Kandyan kingdom and get rid of the Thamizh king. It was the Chingkalla elite and so-called aristocrats and not the Thamizh elite who were in bed with the British and other elite, this is why they were rewarded with immense wealth and when the so-called independence arrived the British rewarded the Chingkallams and their elite for their loyalty and gave everything on a platter, and nothing to the Thamizh.mizh.

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              Who invited the IPKF in 1987 and who fought and chased them out? It was the Chingkallams who invited them to do their dirty work and suppress the Thamizh and it was the LTTE who chased them out. This is the reason Hindia still loves Chingkallams as most of them are traitors. Talking about fighting but you like many Chingkalla racists and elite have run to the west and from the safety of the west, post lies, incite racism and structural genocide of the island’s Thamizh.

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                Ah my little black kuttu, your lying is laughable. The Punjabi is not keeping you happy?

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                  Hello Svenson, my fake Nordic Reindeer herder, your friends from the southern Sri Lankan beaches are missing you. Have not seen you here for some time. Did you get lost in the wilds of Lapland or was very busy with Sukkar Pappa? Hope he kept you busy, satisfied and you were not groaning or waddling like a duck, after each encounter. Oh, the Punjabi, actually half English half Punjabi is lovely, cute and very handsome and also quite rich and unlike your old Sukkar Pappa, who treats you like a toy, respects me and keeps me happy. Now please return to Pappa and the Reindeer. As you are only fit for two things, to look after reindeer and to please Pappa. Especially if you do not have anything sensible to post. I know life is hard and bitter for you and can see that from your posts, but this was a choice you made to escape the southern beaches. Will pray for you my bad sad bitter reindeer herder.

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                “Who invited the IPKF in 1987”
                Did it not invite itself?
                Did not some people welcome it very much until they got a taste of what it was really about?

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          Lester,
          So, what’s wrong with “permanent division” if people want it? Is it some kind of deadly sin, and who says so?
          In case you are about to use this as ammunition in your puerile way, I am against division, but will go along if the Tamils really want it.
          “former Candian MP, commemorated the LTTE heroes day, which includes glorification of suicide bombers”
          What’s wrong with that if the JVP is allowed to commemorate Wijeweera in Colombo?
          Can only Sinhala terrorists be commemorated?

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            Who said “Sinhala Terrorists”??? Such does not exist in this country!! There is nothing of that category!? At the WORST THEY ARE LAW-ABIDING DISSIDENTS!!?? There cannot be with the ‘Sinhala Adjective’!!! On the other hand, there are plenty of Tamil Terrorists, in abundance, though most of them wouldn’t know how to handle and AF-47!!???

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              Hello Mahila,
              Did you mean AK 47 or possibly T56?
              Best regards

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            “I am against division, but will go along if the Tamils really want it.”

            So you support the creation of some monoethnic apartheid state where you yourself can’t live or own land. It shows you have no idea what you’re talking about. The references to JVP are amateur.

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              Lester,
              Why would I want to go live in the NE? I am quite happy here thank you (unlike you🤣).
              Why not let the Tamils decide whether they want a mono-ethnic state or not.? If you want to visit, you can always get a visa. Perhaps even a work visa for their export submarine industry?

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                So you would rather live among SB’s than Tamils. But you claim SB’s are racist. Regarding your new fascination, the JVP, they are anti-Indian and anti-Tamil. I’m sure you’ll enjoy their company.

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                  Lester,
                  “So you would rather live among SB’s than Tamils. “
                  How silly, coming from someone who doesn’t want to live anywhere in Sri Lanka 🤣🤣

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                  L
                  He is not a Tamil I think.

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          LS,

          As I wrote on CT some time ago, the Arab “rulers” (dictators is a better term) are bought by the US government. A very sneaky move by the US. Today I was watching a video of Iranian missiles over Jordan being shot down by Patriots. So the Arabs are in a sense paying for the defense of Israel. A comical situation indeed.

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            Hello Lester,
            I spent a long time in Qatar, a couple of years around the time of the Iran/Iraq war in Saudi Arabia and a couple of years in Nigeria before that. I saw changes in Qatar that made it more democratic. It is not a Democracy, but it is not a Dictatorship. The vast majority of the wealth in Arabic Countries that have oil is down to (in the past) American Technology and Know-how. I went to the USA and saw the Nodding Donkey Pumps all over Oklahoma and Texas. Back then we in the North Sea Oil Industry depended on US Equipment and Manpower until the US changed the Tax Law to include all Overseas Workers. I was on an American Oil-Rig and the Toolpusher asserted that we would always need the Americans. After the Tax Law change he was gone. So we developed/adapted our own Technologies. The same thing happens with the Military Technologies when Countries switch their allegiance away from the USA. The “Arabs” are not a homogeneous lot. Some use Russian S 400 systems. Some are duplicitous and use whatever. Others have American Bases and generally side with the US.
            Best regards

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              LS,
              “The “Arabs” are not a homogeneous lot. “
              Yes, that’s something many people don’t know. It’s like saying all Asians are the same.

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          Hello Lester,
          Unless Israel does something stupid – this was a “face-saving” attack by Iran and hopefully won’t be escalated. Netanyahu would dearly love for the US to join him in a War against Iran. John Bolton would probably agree, but he ain’t in power any more. But you may have noticed that US and others deployed missiles from various ships and sites to take down the Iranian Drones. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/14/us-and-uk-forces-help-shoot-down-iranian-drones-over-jordan-syria-and-iraq
          Could be “Mission Creep”?
          Best regards

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            Hello LankaScot,

            The RAF and USAF did indeed minimize the damage to Israel. But there are other implications here. Iran’s ballistic missile technology has improved to the extent that it can accurately target Israel from within Israel itself. Israel now has to consider the possibility of nuclear warheads being attached to those missiles. It would be suicidal for Iran to do so, yet, they have nothing to lose if an American attack is imminent. Remember Iraq fired scuds at Israel during the 90’s, so this is nothing new. However, if Iran is able to transfer “dirty bombs” to groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, Israel faces a real dilemma as any missile salvo could come from multiple directions, in which case Iron Dome would not intercept all the projectiles. Just one nuclear warhead hitting an Israeli city would be a major humanitarian disaster. So I will go back to my earlier prediction that there will be a US-led invasion of Iran after Joe Biden wins the Presidency in 2024. October 7th accelerated the process by a factor of 10.

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              *From within Iran itself

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              Lester

              “The RAF and USAF did indeed minimize the damage to Israel. “

              How did you access this secret yet serious information whereas the damage assessment has not been released to public?

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              Hello Lester,
              Many countries have Nuclear Materials that could be used to construct a “Dirty Bomb”. However in a war between Iran and Israel they would be completely useless https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/dirty_bombs.htm
              Iran does not have Nuclear Warheads so who is going to supply them – not Russia or China or any of the Western Countries – so that leaves North Korea or Pakistan. I don’t think so. Who says Biden will be elected? After his support for the Gaza Genocide most of the youth in the US will not vote for him, so he will probably be replaced by another Candidate before the Election. Trump has Dementia (in the clinical sense) and cannot sustain an electoral campaign, apart from that, his criminal charges might preclude him. John Bolton is clever and dangerous, but not likely to be a Presidential Candidate. Where is Nostradamus when you need him, or is this your real name Lester?😉
              Best regards

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                LankaScot,

                You are correct that we’re only speaking of hypotheticals at this point. There is no precedent for a dirty bomb or nuclear war. Regarding the dirty bomb, if it’s just a small area, the damage could be somewhat contained. Dozens of dirty bombs in multiple cities is another question.
                Iran has enriched uranium to 60%. The breakout level is 90%. Here is the expert opinion: https://isis-online.org/isis-reports/detail/how-quickly-could-iran-make-nuclear-weapons-today. According to this expert: “Iran could also immediately start preparatory work on transforming the weapon-grade uranium into nuclear weapon components in anticipation of later receiving weapon-grade uranium. It accomplished a considerable amount of such work during the Amad Plan.” The expert claims that Iran could build a nuclear weapon within 6 months, while the reaction time of the US and others is significantly less (under 2 months). While Iran would not rush to produce warheads for ballistic missiles, the expert says development of a missile-deliverable warhead would be on the cards.
                Israel is not going to wait for the situation to completely deteriorate. They will take some pre-emptive action, similar to bombing the reactors in Syria and Iraq.

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                  Cont…

                  To put the above in context. For the time in history, Iran has missiles and drones capable of hitting Israeli cities with great accuracy. Iran has shared this technology with its proxies in the region, such as Hezbollah, who are in possession of 5000 long- and medium-range missiles (200 km or more) and 65,000 short-range rockets/missiles (rockets up to 45 km, missiles up to 200 km). As a result of the Oct 7th attack, Iran has demonstrated that it is able to successfully use its proxies to carry out attacks directly on Israeli soil. Furthermore, Iran has the potential to make a nuclear weapon within a span of 6 months. Of course Israeli still has the “qualitative edge” in military power envisioned by the US. It’s still an asymmetric battlefield, but the capabilities of Israel’s enemies are growing at a rapid rate. The status quo is more and more fluid. With Iran being the prime culprit.Pre-emptive strikes seem logical to prevent a crisis even bigger in magnitude than 7th Oct.

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    Pandi Kutti, I hope you are taking tablets for your depression. The Eastern Tamils and the low caste Tamils think you are the racists committing genocide while murdering the Kings language ! ( I don’t know which s worse ! )

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      Looks like our Deepthi Grandma the Chingkalized daughter of South Indian cinnamon peelers who were imported to the island by the Dutch from the Coromandel coast, is very depressed and want her pills badly. When did an anti Thamizh, recently Chingkalized descendant of South Indian Thamizh low castes become the spokeswoman for the Eastern and low caste Thamizh. First go and worry about your own Salagama community who largely treated like dirt by the Govigamma. Charity begins at home. Happy reading and don’t forget to take your tablets after reading this racist anti Thamizh Granny.

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        “South Indian cinnamon peelers”
        Were there South Indian cinnamon peelers?
        I would have thought that cinnamon grew in abundance in this island and the Dutch only needed labour to cultivate and peel, the way the British later needed tea pluckers and rubber tappers.

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          SJ,
          “Were there South Indian cinnamon peelers? Yes!!??
          I would have thought that cinnamon grew in abundance in this island and the Dutch only needed labour to cultivate and peel”
          I am confused!!
          ‘Cinnamon grew in abundance in this island’ – perhaps I would agree with that as ‘True and given’!!
          The Cinnamon Bark had to be peeled, stacked and bundled for EXPORT – which, requires Manual Labour, for which, ‘Cinnamon Peelers’, so aptly termed were needed and employed – Due Dirth of sufficient, to meet then export demand of Dutch East India Company (DEIC), ‘Indentured labour’ from South India were sought and sourced from states/regions controlled in India by DEIC!!!???
          Would appreciate your contention, if any, of disagreement!!?? Thanks, in advance for your assistance in clarifying.
          SJ,
          “Were there South Indian cinnamon peelers? Yes!!??
          I would have thought that cinnamon grew in abundance in this island and the Dutch only needed labour to cultivate and peel”
          I am confused!!
          ‘Cinnamon grew in abundance in this island’ – perhaps I would agree with that as ‘True and given’!!
          The Cinnamon Bark had to be peeled, stacked and bundled for EXPORT – which, requires Manual Labour, for which, ‘Cinnamon Peelers’, so aptly termed were needed and employed – Due Dirth of sufficient, to meet then export demand of Dutch East India Company (DEIC), ‘Indentured labour’ from South India were sought and sourced from states/regions controlled in India by DEIC!!!???
          Would appreciate your contention, if any, of disagreement!!?? Thanks, in advance for your assistance in clarifying.

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            Te catch is in South Indian cinnamon peelers.
            They were not peelers by trade. No cinnamon was cultivated in the regions that they came from.
            They were made cinnamon peelers here by the Dutch.
            There were also members of the same community (perhaps weavers as the name Salagama would suggest) who were employed in other trades and held relatively high positions.
            Many of those who were taken to sugar cane plantations in Fiji and West Indies, tea, rubber and coffee plantations were impoverished peasants and agricultural labor.
            As such no tea plucker or rubber tapper or cinnamon peeler or coffee picker was brought here.
            But many coconut toddy tappers were people in that trade probably in Kerala. Likewise teachers from Kerala, Brahmin priests from Tamilnadu and musicians from Taminadu and Andhra were practitioners of those trades.
            I hope that this satisfies you.

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        Kutti Kutti !

        What foul language ! Is this your national language ?

        Do you want to give the tablets the Doctor prescribed for you to me !
        Sure sign of incurable lunacy !

        Are you saying that because the Sinhalese came from India ( South ?) they are also low like you guys ?

        Please explain why you use supposed Indian origin as a way of insulting

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          Granny, Granny crying are we. Please go and check your family ancestry and the ancestry of the vast majority of the Chingkallams and you will find out that they are indeed of South Indian ancestry. Just like the way this man did. Even modern DNA studies reveal the same. I also wish you a happy Vishu( Malayalam New Year)
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydOTzdSa4j8
          Now listen to this song and enjoy it Granny. Either in its original Malayalam or its Thamizh version
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZTgZrs5OYo
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyvY2F1-2kg

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            Kutti your songs sound like mourning .

            I suppose any one with that kind of background has much to mourn about !

            By the way you are saying that I am crying . You haven’t seen me.

            Are all your opinions like this ? Talking about things you haven’t seen !

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              This is because you are a sad bad racist granny

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          DS,
          “Please explain why you use supposed Indian origin as a way of insulting”
          Don’t you too use “South Asian” as an insult? Be consistent.

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            OC I thought you had an IQ !

            I was asking Kutti who has ash all over his forehead why he thinks Indian origin is insulting .

            I did not say what I think of it.

            I was questioning the hypocrite ( like you, pretending to be a Whiskey drinking Casanova when you really are a petty man with a big ego and I am sure like the rest of your kind stingy and greedy)

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              DS,
              PK is a quite pretty lady (according to her). Not a bald old guy. But never mind all that. Are you as pretty as PK?

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              ” Ash all over his forehead” Oh you are indeed a racist grandma; this is what you Thamizh great grandpa Muniyappa would have done. Do not disrespect your ancestors. Grandma first of all I am not a he but a she and I definitely will not have any ash on my forehead as I an Christian, most probably some Ash-on-Ash Wednesday. -:)

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        PK,
        wishing you a happy new year !
        .
        Btw, what is wrong with you?
        .
        At least, can Sinhalese and Tamil people be free of caste discrimination on the days when they celebrate the festival of eating Kawum Kokis? Even domestica animals would see it, but you guys not ?

        Some smokers do not quit their habit. Similarly, you cannot separate yourself from your kind of racial remarks. why is that ? FYI@ Prof Deepthi De Silva is mentally sick for the past few years.
        .
        I think If we try to wash it in muddy waters, how can we ever hope for reconciliation between the communities?

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          Leelagemalli uncle, wishing you a happy new year. I will call it Vishu as my mother has a lot of Malayalee Hindu connection and my father is Jaffna Thamizh Anglican. I am Anglican like my father, consider myself as a Jaffna Thamizh Christian and studied in the Thamizh medium in Colombo, and then migrated to the west with my parents, when I was twelve. I can also speak Chingkallam and Malayalam. I look like a typical very light skinned Malayali Nair/Menon female. Very similar looking to actress Nithiya Menon.

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            Now coming to foul language and caste it was Deepthi Grandma who started all this and now crying because I gave it back to her in her own style. She can now slink back to whatever hole she came from. She is an anti Thamizh and a racist. It is funny to see these Thamizh hating Chingkalla racists, especially of recent South Indian ancestry (obvious from her family name) talking about caste amongst Thamizh and shedding crocodile tears, when they hate all Thamizh, irrespective of caste or region. Crying about caste and eastern Thamizh when it is these eastern Thamizh and the low caste Thamizh who are largely at the receiving end of state sponsored Chingkalla racism and army brutality. People in glass houses should not throw stones, when there is so much caste discrimination amongst the Chingkallams, she talks about Thamizh. I do not want to offend others, especially SJ Thaatha but hypocritical racists like this should be kept back in their places and at times you have to be harsh in dealing with them.

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              PK my little black kuttu, I know you want to look like Nithiya Menon. But what to do? You have to accept that you are a short, black, ugly, hate filled woman. Don’t dream of the Punjabis, they have standards.

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                Jealous are we that I am happy successful pretty and have a nice handsome boyfriend, whilst you lead a miserable sad life somewhere in Lapland herding reindeer and an old ugly sukkar pappa. Well that is too bad . You made your life and me mine and out attitudes are different. I will always be happy satisfied with my life, whereas you will be always be a nasty piece of work, miserable and spiteful. Full of hate and venom. This oozes from all your comments

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                S
                Have you not heard of Black and Beautiful as the Black power movement would have it.
                There are as beautiful as any other race.

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    Dear Readers, Please watch the video below. It is all about PEOPLE s awarness about elections.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zQ8q84aPwc&t=1252s

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      leelagemalli


      I watched a part of the clip.
      I love this man for mentioning the 40/100 as idiots.
      He did not name those who dwell in CT from the 40/100.

      The provision of fishing rod to hungry instead of food is a noble idea.
      However are the people ready and trained how to fish?

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