21 September, 2018

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Yahapālanists Readying To Cough Up Sovereignty

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Sovereignty is about authority. In usage it is about a people or a nation or a state being able to control affairs independeant of outside influence. In this globalized world there are no sovereign states, if you really think about it.

What we have is the appearance of sovereignty even in the best of cases; if you think for example that the USA has it, then delve into the history of the US Federal Reserve and of course its present day operation.

The truth is that if one digs deep enough ‘people’ as a collective have little say. It’s ‘some people’ who have authority or who exercise it on behalf of other people not necessarily identifiable as being part of those whose sovereignty is being discussed. So what we have are degrees of sovereignty or states of sovereignty compromised in various ways.

It’s a word that gets quite a bit of carry from time to time. We had the usurpation of sovereignty and the usurpers returning it without really letting go, putting in place a system, grooming loyal agents of sovereignty-retention and creating a culture of servility. They gave us democracy, a neat anesthetic that moreover had all the trappings of sovereignty without much substance. And they fixed us well and good with the Bretton Woods institutions.

We had alignment, non-alignment and re-alignment. We had J.R. Jayewardene opening doors ‘to the robber barons’ and later genuflecting before Indian hegemony, agreeing to (in Rajiv Gandhi’s words) ‘the beginning of the Bhutanization of Sri Lanka.’ The sovereignty-usurpers were invited and kept by successive governments.

The words are fine. For example, three years ago, commenting on the US-authored UNHRC resolution which Sri Lanka co-sponsored, Rajitha Senaratne said ‘The US initiated resolution clearly recognizes sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.’ In effect it was a shameless agreement to force Sri Lankans to inhabit the so-called international community’s version of Sri Lanka’s reality.

Just the other day, we had Kabir Hashim using the word. He claimed that Mahinda Rajapaksa had not only accepted a bribe from China Harbor Engineering Company, but had violated the country’s sovereignty ‘by getting into a framework agreement with the Chinese company’ which by the way is owned by the Chinese state. The problem he says is that the framework ‘had clauses which denied Sri Lankan Navy the access to Hambantota Port.’ He adds that after Rajapaksa was defeated ‘Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was able to change the agreement and see to it that Sri Lankan Navy had access to the Hambantota Port.’

When a country funds politicians of another country it is a problem, especially if there are benefits to the funding nation. China is not the first. We have it from John Kerry, former US Secretary of State, that the United States gave money to campaigns that sought to overthrow the government. That’s not a first for the United States of course, but let’s not get into all that. It’s wrong. Period.

Here’s the key question: is access of the Navy to Hambantota the only issue pertaining to sovereignty-loss? Would Hashim or anyone else in the Yahapalana Government care to detail the contents of the draft ‘Colombo International Financial City Law’?

We are talking about 239 hectares leased for almost 200 years (99+99). Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who is also the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs is to be in charge of regulating the ‘financial hub’ that the government envisages the Colombo Port City to become. We are told that there’s an ‘Operations Office’ regulating the legal framework and the operations methodology to be pursued in bringing about the International Financial City.

Nothing of the legal framework has been made public so far. Now what if the entire agreement will come under British law with disputes to be resolved in British courts, outside the purview of Sri Lanka’s judicial system? What if there are clauses that require relevant lawyers, judges and professionals to be British qualified?

Let’s ask some more questions.

Is it true that the US based multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie was hired to draft the laws, quite in contradiction of accepted procedure and indeed in violation of the constitution? Let us note here that Baker & McKenzie works lockstep with the US State Department and has been working with China to forge partnership agreements in Europe.

Is it true that the Chinese company paid them US $ 2.3 million for their services? Did this company operate out of Temple Trees and Cinnamon Grand Hotel in violation of the Rules of Supreme Court and in contravention of Article 169 (foreign lawyers cannot be employed)? Is it true that a local company funded by Chinese and US interests is advising the Cabinet Committee on Economic Development on these matters and that among the directors is a former Attorney General, former Chairman of BoI and a former Secretary to the Treasury who is also a senior advisor to the Prime Minister? What would that tell us about the levels at which treachery is being perpetrated? What would that tell us about the nature of the threat at hand?

Perhaps those in the know would share with the general public all relevant details so that we can come to informed conclusions regarding the true state of our sovereignty. We do need to know because if, for example, this Law sanctions the annexing of any territory in Sri Lanka in a context where the same terms and laws referred to above are applicable, then Rajapaksa ‘coughing up a port’ is a mere tickle in comparison.

Hypothetically, China could under this law annex the Trincomalee Harbor and trade operating right to India in return for, say, concessions in the South China seas, for example India’s drilling operations off the coast of Vietnam. Of course the President would have to ratify such a move, but then again since Independence we’ve had many leaders who were weak, corrupt, unimaginative and happily servile. We can reasonably expect that in the next 200 years there will be many leaders who through purchase or arm-twisting will sign relevant document to facilitate such annexing.

For those who are puzzled by the China-US connection in all this, let’s offer some ‘bullet points’. Barrack Obama touching on foreign policy in his inauguration speech clearly stated that the USA and China will not be on a collision course any longer. A top level team headed by Hillary Clinton hammered out the details of what was called ‘The pivot to China’ with Chinese counterparts. Part of the agreement was that China would control of the region and along with the USA would ‘globalize the world’ which is another way of saying ‘ensure that the super rich will continue to call the shots and become richer’. It was about burying all vestiges of sovereignty and not just that of Sri Lanka.

As we said, our leaders have coughed up bits and pieces of sovereignty for decades, either for reasons of personal gain or because of ignorance, timidity and a marked reluctance to trust the people. We’ve had outright invasion by the Europeans, retention through proxy post-1948, India playing schoolyard bully, the slick maneuvering through the Bretten Woods institutions and we’ve had democracy, that cost-effective anesthetic that lulls into complacency through the inducing of myopia. The Colombo International Financial City Law may not facilitate guns-in-booty-out operations, but it could be a coughing up of sovereignty that’s unique in character and possibly of unprecedented proportion.

Let’s see the document. Kabir Hashim, sir, will you oblige? Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, sir, can we see the draft?

Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance writer. malindasenevi@gmail.com. Twitter: malindasene. www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    Sovereignty is so overrated in this era of a global society. It is becoming an increasingly contested term as many marginalized communities across the globe struggle to free themselves from the tyranny of their local fascists who use the “S” word like some kind of magic.

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    DR Ranil, Kabir Hashim & Dr Rajitha are ensuring the Super rich are calling the shots to make them even richer…
    And the Trio are coughing up bits and pieces of our Sovereignty for sure.
    I am glad at least Malinda understand Bretten Woods and Dr Ranil’s Colombo International Financial city.
    UN says 5 Million of our fellow inhabitants are not even on 2 Dollars a Day.
    That is only 400 Yahapalana Ruppiah a Day.
    Do these people have any clue what is going on there.
    These are the people who need Lankawe to stay in one piece.
    Because they will never ever be able to be Guests of the West or even the Hindians.
    Wonder whether Sangakkara understand all this?..
    Because the Yahapalanay is now canvassing big time for Sanga to give them the chance to finish the unfinished Business.
    But Field Marshall Ponny and Keselwatta Kid are also keen to get the Gig ..
    I know Dr Ranil has put Keselwatta Kid to look after the Dalits in the South.
    Does he know about Bretten Woods ?….

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      Sri Lanka has no absolute sovereignty. You must understand that sovereignty of Sri Lanka depends on the security concerns of India. This was demonstrated in a forceful manner in 1987, when Sri Lanka toyed with the west which was inimical to security interest of India, and despite repeated pleadings and warnings continued to do so in a cock-a-hoop manner resulting in humiliation. MR government in order to counter the pressure exerted by India to settle Tamil problem thought of playing China card to offset India resulting in presence of Chinese in Sri Lankan territory. The present government which promised India to get China out, is playing a double game stating that they have no other way than to offer China land in order to pay the massive debt incurred. India is not happy about it and is not amused by the mere talk of giving Matala airport to India where Indian war planes cannot land. This situation will not go for long and at one stage India will intervene decisively causing humiliation to Sri Lanka. Non settlement of ethnic problem in a fair manner by this government will be an excuse. Already Indian foreign minister has told SL president to expedite the constitution making to come to a power sharing arrangement with Tamils and implement it without delay. This is a warning sign for Sri Lanka to comply or face the consequences like in 1987.

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    Malinda Seneviratne

    “In usage it is about a people or a nation or a state being able to control affairs independeant of outside influence.”

    Please explain to us the following:

    What is sovereignty?
    Where did this island get it from?
    Who is responsible for keeping it safe?
    Isn’t it another Mahawamsa myth?
    When did the last time sovereigny was really invoked?

    Every Tom, Dick, Harry, Hela, Champa, soma, John, Taraki, wannihami …. believe in Sri Lankan sovereignty. However when Hindians flew their brand new mirage 2000 over this island and landed 100,000 troops over 6 month period why wasn’t sovereignty of Sri Lanka invoked and whoever was responsible for sovereignty ordered the invading forces out and regained it? It was left to the LTTE and VP the psychopath to deal with IPKF, at tremendous cost to his people while the rich and the powerful in the south feasting with Hindian visitors including Hindu Ram.

    What has sovereignty got to do with the people?
    Do they have any say in the business of sovereignty?
    Do the state and rulers take the people into confidence when they sign deals, with countries and businesses? Well do we know how much it usually cost foreign businesses to lubricate the deals, it used to be 10, 20, or 30% in the past, paid to one stop shop?

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      Native, instead of asking so many ill-defined questions, suggest a solution.

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        He is asking so many questions because Tamils, 80 million of them, have never experienced it.
        Soma

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          somass

          As per my Elders’ request I am trying to find out what the ordinary people think/know about sovereignty, beyond how its been packaged in myth and lies the professional liars and stupid propagandists.

          Can you answer my questions pertaining to Sri Lankan sovereignty and in the process please educate me as to how I should see non existent luxuries in my abstract mind?

          Is it like goodwill of a business which can be bought and sold?

          “He is asking so many questions because Tamils, 80 million of them, have never experienced it.”

          In India there are about 23 official state languages out of nearly 760 languages. Could you let us know who else experience sovereignty? Or did you mean toilet experience?

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            Yes, toilet experience in India was one of a kind. That is total freedom. Unrestricted democracy. For the people, by the people. Totally transparent. Environmentally friendly, sustainable, natural, carbon neutral biological process they say.
            Soma

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          VP the psychopath”

          Native,

          you’re unkind! …….He is not as crazy as one might think ………… perhaps he killed the wrong people ……….

          His was a Sunday school picnic ……….. dunno about anyone but me ……… if I could kill, I ‘ll kill so many ……… starting with the 225 in the parliament

          Gotta remember …….. one is sane not by choice but by necessity …………

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            nimal fernando

            ” if I could kill, I ‘ll kill so many ……… starting with the 225 in the parliament”

            You have great potentials to be another psychopath.
            I think your family should lock you up in dungeon for your own safety.

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          somass

          You should ask your fellow bigot and smart ass patriot Dayan what was he doing when the aliens invaded this island in 1987 too? In fact he forgot all about it like you.

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        Paul

        Sovereignty is a myth suitable/useful only for Kamalika Pieris, Shenali Waduge, Udhaya Gamanpilla, Tom, Dick and Harry, ………………….. to type stories. This was an abstract idea which ended up in the idea of Nation, – as a consequence of Peace of Westphalia, a series of European treaties.

        I know it is too difficult for you to understand those questions simply because you too have bought the myth of sovereignty. Never mind, lets move on.


        Let us start a sovereign citizen movement as a mass protest movement against all those imbeciles politicians as well as state functionaries who were left unsupervised uneducated, unpunished, …………………… since mid 1950s.

        I am sorry I got to go now as my partner is hovering behind my neck, must go and fetch a pail of water and dig out a few manjoka. BTW I guarantee you won’t find any skeletons in my vegetable garden.

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          Native, your arrogance is breathtaking. You imagine that you alone understand the peace agreements made after the Thirty Years war.

          Where are you starting this sovereign citizen movement from? Will you lead it, if not who will? Must there be leaders in the first place?

          Please tell us the date and place of the first demonstration.
          Please let us know whether we need to bring banners and flags.
          What should these banners say?

          Do you see what I have done? The same type of inane (refer dictionary) questions and comments that you post.

          PS Careful what you do with that manyokka.

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            Paul

            “You imagine that you alone understand the peace agreements made after the Thirty Years war.”

            Which peace agreement are you talking about?

            “Do you see what I have done? The same type of inane (refer dictionary) questions and comments that you post.”

            Yes I did check the dictionary in case being part of sovereign majority you would have completely and unilaterally change the meaning and spelling of the word. It still remain the same.

            Its no good arguing with me. However please take time to define the word and tell me what it means to the ordinary person.

            Whoever wants let them start organizing.
            We need only organisers not leaders.
            You really don’t want to carry leaders b***ls all the time, it is a burden hence forget the leader.

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              Which peace agreement are you talking about?

              The agreements between Austria, Russia, Prussia and GB. Others between France, Sweden, Portugal and Spain etc, all eventually combined at the Congress of Vienna.

              So you won’t walk the walk.

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                Paul

                The war lasted nearly 80 years not 30 years which made me to believe you are referring to the battle between VP and JR/RP/…. CBK/ MR/GR/.

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                  Native, 1648-1618 = 30 but I dare say historians could justify adding another fifty years if they include the root causes.

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War

                  So you won’t walk the walk.

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        Answer is simple. Fall at the feet of India, and ask them to be the guardian of Sri Lankan sovereignty. Get rid of China with or without repaying the debt, because the loans were forced on Sri Lanka in a deceptive manner obtained by a corrupt person without a mandate from the people. Do not allow any other power to set foot in Sri Lanka on a permanent basis. Settle Tamil problem by sharing of power and territory in a genuine manner. Control all anti-Indian elements in Sri Lanka.

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      Dear Native,
      You don’t seem to know much about History.
      My Elders tell me it was Dr Ranil’s dear dead Uncle who first Sold our Sovereignty to Hindians.
      That is why Hndians came in their spanking new Mirage 2000s.
      Being the cunning fox he was Old JR probably thought that was the best way to F***** his nemesis , the UNP Icon from Keselwatta ..
      But the Hindians didn’t know that Keselwatta Kid’s Old man was not a fan of Hindians.
      And the Keselwatta Kid’s dad made the Hindians pay big time..
      How many Body Bags did the Hindians take back?….

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        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

        “My Elders tell me it was Dr Ranil’s dear dead Uncle who first Sold our Sovereignty to Hindians.”

        You can’t sell anything you don’t have/own. Your Elders must be as stupid as you are.

        “And the Keselwatta Kid’s dad made the Hindians pay big time..
        How many Body Bags did the Hindians take back?….”

        Yeah, the brave soldiers of the Sri Lanka fought the Hindians from behind their women folks bum. The Hindian IPKF could not reach the Sri Lankan armed forces because VP was hiding them with his fat bum.
        I know you are a long term secret admirer of VP the psychopath.

        “But the Hindians didn’t know that Keselwatta Kid’s Old man was not a fan of Hindians.”

        That is what you think or made to think.
        Premadasa’s close golaya was asked to keep in touch with the Hindians in Colombo, in order to find out if there was any imminent threat to his life from JVP. This was published in Colombo media.

        Once the Hindians left the island Premadasa ordered his ministries to give priority to Hindian businessmen, contractors, ………………………… What he meant was leave the petty matters such as sovereignty (whatever that may be) and self determination to us and let Hindians keep all the big matters with them which includes business, foreign policy, ……..

        You must persuade the state to declare a day of holiday in order to celebrate sovereignty day.

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        MRS KA Sumane,
        My elders told me it was Mr & Mrs SWRD sold our Soverginity by bringing Sinhala only act and an agreement with Sasthiri to sell our natives.

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    Can you believe Hong Komg was leased only for 99 years to UK.

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      What is there to believe or not believe?

      Ranil still claims it is a lease, but Old Royals said, in their period, they sold it. Is that what you mean?

      Ceylon was ruled by Europe for 500 years. Before that, by Tamil Nadu for, at least, 2000 years. There was never anytime people’s sovereignty lost before 1948. Everybody was free to study what they wanted, no Sirimavo standardization. No Old Royal’s white vans; no Ranil’s coolie workers in North called EPDP, paramilitary.

      You have to get out of your cocoon and start to understand things, instead of teaching from Jaffahistory.com

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      After which that bastion of democracy and freedom (UK) handed it’s Chinese citizens over to a communist dictatorship (with a few ‘safeguards’ to save face).

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    A nation divided cannot stand. In the past, when we were invaded and occupied by the Portuguese, then the Dutch and finally the British we were a disunited nation, from what we learn in the history books. Now again, we are one against another: ethnically, religiously, and class wise. So, it appears that we will be eventually taken over by the Chinese and when they go away, after several decades maybe someone else will come by.

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    Malinda,

    “we’ve had many leaders who were weak, corrupt, unimaginative and happily servile.”

    Not just the leaders ……… the above is true of journalists too! ……… Just step up to the mirror.

    “We are talking about 239 hectares leased for almost 200 years (99+99)”

    How come you forgot ………. that the Rajapakses signed this off in perpetuity/freehold? ……….. Is your eyesight patchy; you only see things in spots? ……… Or is it your “education?” :))

    Ah! Where would Lanka be if we did not have “Lankan” pols, quacks, silks, priests/pedos journos ……… and voters ………… at times I wonder!

    Perhaps ……… paradise on earth …………..

    Oh Boy! ………. why did I have to be born in this shithole? ………. Or should a false-patriotism and a manufactured-love take over and ………. I should call it beloved motherland?

    A day in the life on a Lankan ……………..

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      “why did I have to be born in this shithole?”
      Because you are a load of shit.
      Soma

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        somass

        “Because you are a load of shit. -Soma”

        I take it you too were born in this island and made the shithole your home by making it a shithole in the first place.

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        Got hurt a little Soma ?

        Great! At least I got under one guy’s skin …….. Makes my day!

        22.1 million more AHs to go. :)))

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          Naturally, when shit goes under one’s skin.
          Soma

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            That’s good Soma.

            Everyone here thinks it’s in your head!

            See I sorted it out for you ……….What are friends for, eh? :))

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              Thanks a lot NF. Few people admit what they are.
              Soma

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                somass

                Don’t mess with Nimal Fernando who is a potential killer, wants to be a mass killer, ………… perhaps wants to outdo Gota.

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                Cheer up buddy ………. don’t sulk………

                I was just kidding ………you are a very smart guy ……… a lot of gray matter up there …… Lanka should have more of you; all problems will disappear …….

                Now that’ll put a sile on your face!

                Have a nice weekend ……….. :))

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            somass

            Most of the time it goes up and hit the fan while you are sitting under it. Make sure you close your mouth just in time.

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      Nimal Fernando: The norm in the parliament is one can not progress, if you are well educated or if you are capable. then there is a Caste problem too. On the other hand, prominent politicians are constatn struggle of making deals. PEople complain about china, but in directly we are selling it to USA (MCC is the agent) too. I jeard prominenet politicians would inform the other politician in advance watch out they are coming behind you. FOr example Ranil says what ever assets I have they may be with brother too. Now Sri lanka has press freedom in the sense they are not killed, their hands are not broken or the JAw is not flattened. but Ask CT, they can not write anything they want because they are being paid for every article and if we write negative comments, they want get paid there after. Ask that Catholic Alwis. what BS he is writing. Because, there are so many in sri lanka who uses the underground economby get rich. that is journalsits are selliong the most precious things they have for a few coins.the world is money rules. It doe snot matter whether you earn it by flattening countries and sending those to oblivion and just roasting innocent children and women with a massive dirty (nuclear) bomb.

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        “then there is a Caste problem too.”

        I’m intrigued ………. please eloborate. ……….. didnt know/think there was such a thing.

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    The ‘Regime Change’ project was initiated by USA and India to oust President Rajapakse because he was leaning towards China. Both these countries did not want China getting a foot hold in Sri Lanka which is a strategic place in Belt and Road Project. They managed to get rid of President Rajapakse but failed to achieve their objective. PM had no choice but to go and sit on lap of China and give Hambantota harbor to China and continue with Port City Project under a different name. Then came pressure from India. So Government decided to give Mattala airport to India to please them. Two rival nations competing with each other are controlling two places that are vital for security as well as for economy. Sovereignty is only in the dictionary not in real world!

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    MAlinda, there is something related to financial security. One person who knows this well says every politician hide their stolen wealth within their house premises. The reason is no one dares to search it. That is common among prominent politicians. This is not justa rumour. Some one well known new thief is saying I am not leaving because all the money that I earned is in govt buildings including diyawaana Oya. Can you believe it.

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      They have tunnels built inside the house. One prominent one is hiding einside his ULUWASSA. Money is wrapped in cloths. They don’t allow outsoders inside the house.

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        Jim Softy, JD, JS, Dimwit.

        If you have problem typing your name just use Dimwit, we will know it is you.

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    In relation losing our sovereignity, there is something strange is happening now. That is Ranil wants to sell the MORAWAKA MEDITO Facility one PEradeniya university don who had joined with one SUDDA Fellow. Some how PREsident says, I am the top man here sell it to a white man of my choice. What do you think is happening here. Besides, when we seel our recipes, what will happen. NO country sells their important assets of that kind. PAtents are for that purpose.

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    Malinda Check on this. SOme Politico From KEgalla ( A Dalit one one, he says he is not wearing Swords or KAsthana)has bought an irrigation channel from Ranil’s people (with the Knowledge of Ranil). and they are checkig it for Gems which they did not find. Now, Villagers are mourning saying WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR PADDY FIELDS because the politoco is digging deep in the channel as he di dnot find anything on the surface.

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    The selling price for the KEgallA irrigation canal is RS 2 -3 million.

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    It’s the Rajapase’s who sold the sovereignty to China…

    Malindam Dayan et el trying yo fool the people

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    As it is customary, some are trying to shoot the messenger without heeding the message. Could we not look at the issue highlighted? two wrongs don’t make a right and if MR did something wrong, it is wrong and is not a justification for another lot to do a wrong. The author has presented many thought provoking questions that the current generation of Sri Lankan citizens should ponder these very seriously as the impact of some activities that are going on will have to be faced by the next generation and many after that.. As the author says, if the agreements or the drafts of agreements should be public knowledge as it cannot be privileged information for a few. To the best of my knowledge, the agreement that MR had with the Chinese government on the Port City was also not made public and that was wrong. The current agreements including the ones mentioned by the author as well as the bi lateral agreements being negotiated and some which have been inked without the details of such agreements being made public could make this country the prostitute of many as none of them have a particular love towards us but just their self interest (or gratification!). Granted we have a set of buffoons in the Parliament who probably will not know which end of the document they should read or they will be looking for avenues to enrich their pockets. This however does not excuse the government from not making them public and inviting submissions from qualified, competent people with proven skills. We have many such people living in Sri Lanka or elsewhere who will be capable of objective comments and assessments.

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    To understand the importance sovereignty or to understand what it is one has to look at the immigrant populations of their new countries. Even after three generations many British/Canadian/Australian of Sri Lankan origin whether Tamil or Sinhala does not drop their ancestry, but they culture it. Whether it is right of wrong is beside the point, the point is the sovereign land that you or your ancestor belongs to remains your home.
    Identity is huge part of human dignity, and belonging to a sovereign landmass is the root of that.
    Just fact that people of Sri Lankan ancestry who comment that sovereignty does not matter, not on Indian Express, or Toronto Sun or Daily Mail, but on Colombo Telegraph shows that it matters!

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      wannihami

      “the point is the sovereign land that you or your ancestor belongs to remains your home.”

      How did we lose our ancestral land to the Kallathonie immigrants from North/South India, mostly from South India?

      If you are right, how can we claim back our sovereignty over our ancestral land and the authority to govern ourselves and kick all the descendants back to whence their ancestors came?

      Don’t bother if you haven’t got the answers.

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    Malinda IF you ask the president where your brother hides money, Bank , Underground tunnel or the ULUWASSA. He would say ULUWASSA.

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    Melinda opined what is axiomatic in the modern world ~ “In this globalized world there are no sovereign states, ……”.
    There was a time when the subjects exerted their own sovereignty. The “My home is my castle” is no more.
    Malinda goes on and on about the effects of colonialism and the like.
    .
    In 1948 we joined the democracy club. Ideal democracy has yet to emerge but several shades have. Our leaders directed us and we unwittingly chose to follow the language/religion-divide shade. This led us to regimes of corruption/nepotism/impunity. Right under our nose, the Armed Services evolved into a monoethnic Frankenstein. Other ills? Plenty but enough of this.
    Are we in a mood to change?
    No no no. SLPP adopted the born-again version of the ‘divide’ at the recent LG elections. SLPP will use this ‘divide’ in future elections.
    .
    Do we have hopes? Yes. Look at Pakistan. They shunned secularism and chose to become a religious state. Their governance got into dirtier and dirtier shade of democracy.
    The Pakistan Army evolved into a ‘Law unto themselves’.
    “Lo and behold” last week Imran Khan won. Will the Pakistan Army spare him? Watch this space.
    .
    Malinda Malinda Malinda: You have confessed to Presidential ambitions. Which path will you take?
    PS: It is an open secret that Yahapālanists did not have the loyalty of the Armed Services or Police.
    Can you bridle them?

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    I think the path is getting made for the emergence of a Fidel — or should I say “Sara”-diel?

    None of our “elected” “representatives” seem to give 2 hoots about the country or its sovereignity. They have not learnt from the most recent colonial period, when the Potugese/Dutch/British controlled our lives and economy by controlling access to the island via the oceans. Now the air space is also being “leased”.

    The saying “Sinhalaya modaya” is being exemplified by this and the previous regimes. A new constitution is hardly the answer – we have plenty of good laws, but none of it is being properly implemented. Where there is no discipline in society, there is no country.

    Ironically we continue to harp on about our ancient “buddhist” civilization, while totally disregarding the basic tenets of non-egotism, non-materialism and non-violence of the historical Buddha.

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    Malinda is right. They scream saying china is devouring Sri lanka. but, silently and secretly even the USA (via MCC) is doing that. All the multinationals and even small western companies are busy in Sri lanka. International insurance agencies, real estate firms, pharmaceutical companies, Shipping companie slooking for terminals. the ultimate rrsult will be Sri lankan present infra structure, and every thing will be globalized. People will go all over the world looking for jobs, Sri lankan Sinhala buddhist culture as in Singapore will be desteoyed. Look even the Anglican culture is existing only in cetain areas I suppose.

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    Ranil’s govt is doing a lot to make the country suitable for Western businesses. I think, the dismanteling of Intelligence network in the Prison system may be to desteoy the information collecting of Drug king pins who would give information about the origins of the drug network. thalatha Athukorala, I heard knew about her nomination to politics only in the morning of the nomination date. that is how her politics knowledge is. She may easily cancel or do when a senior minister like Ranil says do it. Many things inthe govt are happening with the knowledge of Ranil. Mangala onforms everything to President. Removing the Prison intelligence gathering may be connected to imposing DEAth Penulty on drug lords. They are not really drug lords, they are middle men. Lords in sri lanka are politicians and top officials, real lords are in latin america, pakisthan like countries who do it with the knowledge of foreign countries spy networks.

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    seneviratne must blame his own self and his masters for the mess that we are in with the Chinese. He is a defender of the masters

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