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by Vijaya Chandrasoma

“The devil whispers to the warrior slyly, can you withstand the coming storm. The warrior responds, ‘I am the storm.” Anon.

Hurricane Ian, predicted earlier last week to reach Category 4 levels, hit Florida on Wednesday morning, wreaking catastrophic damage to life and property. By the time it made landfall in the shores of southwestern Florida, the severity of the storm was downgraded to Category 3. But in that time, it had claimed at least 19 lives, a number that is certain to rise.

It continues to cause great damage to environmental structures, homes and property, and power outages. Although the eye of the hurricane has begun to diminish in Florida, it is still packing an increasingly formidable punch as it moves across the state of Florida towards South Carolina.

President Biden pledged on Wednesday that the federal government will be with Florida and South Carolina “every step of the way to help the states clean up, rebuild and get them moving again”. An encouraging reassurance that we now have come to expect from a President of all states of America, Red and Blue.

Beyond human tragedies, the ultimate damage caused by Hurricane Ian will be in the region of $20 to $40 billion dollars. These numbers will increase exponentially as it continues its catastrophic path north towards South Carolina.

Politically, the USA has been experiencing a perfect storm in the White House over the past six years, following the perfect lull of the Obama presidency. During which the nation had enjoyed eight years of integrity, decency and a thriving economy, in spite of having inherited the war-torn, near recession economy left by the Republican Bush administration in the early years of the 21st century.

Eight years when we could look up to the American Dream, when the son of an African immigrant/student and a white woman from Kansas could rise to the highest position of the land. And a descendant of an African slave could aspire to being the First Lady. A president who delivered the greatest scandal-free and prosperous two-term presidency the country has ever seen. Who, together with the First Lady, raised two daughters who grew up in the White House so gracefully from pre-teens to beautiful, highly educated young ladies without a trace of scandal. A family we could all look up to as a role model for the world.

Just after Obama’s presidency was announced in November 2008, Jon Stewart, comedian, satirist and then anchor of the popular TV Daily Show, made, at the end of the live show after the election, this memorable statement: “At last, we are now what we always said we were.” His meaning was obvious; The nation had finally shed its racist fetters of white supremacy and embraced cultural diversity and inclusiveness. Man, was he wrong!

A totally different type of storm has been engulfing the nation ever since the questionable election of the most dangerous, unhinged lunatic to the presidency in 2017. An election which confounded the optimism behind Jon Stewart’s words. The USA was not getting less racist and more inclusive with the election of a black man to the presidency. In truth, it was the complete antithesis.

The USA has, till the middle of the 20th century, been a racist nation of a majority of white supremacists, desperate to maintain their control over people of skin colour different from their anemic pink/orange. But after the Civil Rights Act of 1965, that racial hatred was driven below the surface. Unfortunately, Jim Crow was not dead. He has just been driven into hiding.

Systemic racism and white supremacy combine to threaten the nation with the worst storm of violence in centuries. A storm that will break with the inevitable arrest of Trump and his acolytes, sooner than later, for their attempt to destroy democracy after the 2020 elections. The restoration of accountability will result in an explosion of random violence not seen since the Civil War. And for the exact same reason – the retention of white control and supremacy over dark skinned minorities.

“We are the storm” is the slogan of the Republican Party of Texas, which the New York Times described as “an unusually visible example of the Republican Party’s dalliance with QAnon.” This was one of the catchphrases of the QAnon cult, along with other rallying cries of American and global fascists, known simply as “The Fourteen Words” or “14/88” – 14 words – “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”, followed by the secondary slogan, “Because the beauty of White Aryan woman must not perish from the Earth.” The numbers 88 refer to a repetition of the eighth letter of the alphabet – HH – Heil Hitler.

It is a little known, well concealed, fact that the threat of Nazism in the United States in the 1930s was far more in evidence than we are taught today. The narrative is that America entered the War after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, stepped in to turn the tide for the Allies and helped save the world from fascism. This narrative ignores the fact that there was a considerable minority of Americans who were rooting for Nazi Germany. “America First” was a slogan of the pre-war, pro-Nazi American isolationist movement, now reborn as a slogan for the neo-Nazi cult of former president Trump.

QAnon is a radical right political movement, consisting of racists espousing far right conspiracy theories, who crawled out of the woodwork in 2017 after the election of Donald Trump. The core QAnon conspiracy theory is “that a cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic sexual abusers of children, operating a global child sex trafficking ring, are conspiring against Trump, claiming that this cabal (read Democrats, progressives) has been conspiring against Trump in a continuing “witch hunt” since the beginning of his presidency. In their demented minds, Trump is still the president of the United States, the Chosen One, who has been chosen by the Christian God to lead America into its destiny of White Aryan domination. Aryan Shades of the 1930s of Hitler and pre-WWII Germany.

From its inception, Trump has been denying any connection with, indeed ignorance of, this lunatic fringe of the Republican Party. He said at a public rally that he had no connection, indeed no knowledge of QAnon, except that “he has heard that they really like me.” He also denied all connection with violent white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys and, the Oathkeepers, until he used them to incite the insurrection of January 6, 2021.

It would have been difficult to top the accusation and conviction of a defeated president for the crime of sedition, of inciting a violent insurrection against the legally elected government carrying out its constitutional duties at the citadel of American Democracy, the Capitol.

But nothing vile is beyond Trump. He has now been accused of stealing 28 boxes of classified documents from the White House, and storing them in an unsecured basement room at his resort/club in Mar a Lago, Florida. On being informed of this theft, the FBI requested that all documents be returned to the National Archives, where Top Secret and classified documents are stored in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). Such documents are accessible to only those with the highest security clearance.

Trump’s lawyers returned 15 of these boxes, with a signed statement that these contained all the documents removed by Trump when he left the White House. The FBI received information that more boxes containing documents were still at Mar a Lago. When Trump’s lawyers denied this, they obtained a search warrant, signed by a Trump appointed Judge, to search the Mar a Lago resort. During the search, conducted in the presence of Trump’s lawyers, 13 more boxes were found, again in an unsecured location, accessible to any tourist/guest/member at the resort.

Trump has said that all the documents were his, mainly newspaper clippings which would be needed when he was writing his memoirs. They were not. They were classified documents, more than 100 containing the title: Top Secret SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information), a heading given to documents of the highest secrecy. Some of these documents gave details of the nuclear capabilities of allies and adversaries, and CIA and Secret Service operations.

Trump said that he had declassified all the documents found at the White House. When it was pointed out to him that no evidence of such declassification was available, Trump, remaining true to his image of narcissism, ignorance and complete denial of the rule of law, said that he had declassified the documents in his mind, telepathically. I kid you not.

Of course, this is most credible when we read some of the ignorant statements made by Trump during his presidency. The choicest of these were that “disinfectant is a cure for Covid” (of course it is, death is a certain cure of all ailments), that “the noise of windmills causes cancer”. And the winner, that Puerto Rico is “an island surrounded by water. Big water. Ocean water!”

What completes escapes his criminal mind is that the stealing of ANY White House documents, classified or unclassified, and storing them in an unauthorized location is a felony, tantamount to espionage and treason. These documents belong to the people of America, and are stored in National Archives.

What was Trump’s motive in stealing these documents? Ever the grifter, ever the criminal, he planned to sell them to the highest bidder. Evidence is emerging that he has already sold some of these Top Secret documents, especially when it was found that some documents in folders marked Top Secret were missing.

Attorney General Garland is closing in on Trump on both the insurrection, espionage and treason charges. The District Attorney of New York last week brought a $250 million civil lawsuit against Trump and three of his children, Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka, for tax evasion, insurance and bank fraud. The Attorney General of the state of Georgia is said to be finalizing its case against Trump, Lindsay Graham and Rudi Giuliani for election fraud in 2020. And the January 6 Special Congressional Committee has unearthed video evidence showing Trump minions, headed by felon Roger Stone, planning the overthrow of the results of the 2020 presidential election in June, 2020, a full four months BEFORE the election they were sure Trump was going to lose. This incriminating video was supposed to be shown at a public hearing of the Committee last Wednesday. The hearing was postponed because of the hurricane, and will be aired next week.

Trump has at last realized the inevitability of his conviction for multiple civil and criminal crimes: tax evasion, bank, insurance and election fraud, extortion, obstruction of justice, and the biggies – sedition, espionage and treason. In desperation, he has publicly aligned himself with the radical right, violent organizations like QAnon and others, hinting at violence if any legal action is taken against him. He is now wearing QAnon lapel pins in public, overlaid with white supremacist phrases “The Storm is Coming” and “WWG1WGA”, an acronym for “Where We Go One, We Go All.”

It has taken a long time to come this point, especially as there has long been overwhelming evidence against Trump on felony counts of fraud, obstruction of justice, sedition, espionage and treason. The USA is fast becoming the Land of the Free – Felons.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is a very patient and cautious man who has, in the past got convictions by gathering indisputable evidence. He is acting in character, and consensus is that he will indict Trump very soon.

And the violence that will be wrought by Trump’s white supremacist allies on his arrest will be swiftly quelled by the National Guard, with weaponry that will make these thugs’ AR 15s look like mousetraps. A National Guard which will be immediately called to action by a President totally dedicated to preserving the safety of all citizens of the nation.

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R. Sampanthan: ‘We cannot go on like this’




Member of Parliament Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, who has kept together a diverse coalition of Tamil political parties under the umbrella of the Tamil National Alliance since 2001, has witnessed many phases of the struggle since Sri Lanka became an independent country in 1948. Now 89 and largely confined to his official residence in one of Colombo’s well-guarded areas, Sampanthan still pins his hope on India and the international community to encourage Sri Lanka to arrive at an amicable solution to the issue of the Tamils’ hopes and aspirations.

In a rare interview, Sampanthan, who had the distinction of being the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament from 2015 to 2018, outlines what the priorities of the government should be. Excerpts:

Q: What is your assessment of the aragalaya (struggle in Sinhalese)? I see that all those who were in power are back in Sri Lanka and thriving.

A:The aragalaya was successful in the sense that they were able to make the main wrongdoer realise that he could not continue in office [President Gotabaya Rajapaksa]. Unfortunately, Ranil [Wickremesinghe], for his own personal reasons, supported the government. And by virtue of this support he was able to become Prime Minister. Now, he is the President. He became President with the support of those whom he opposed [earlier].

The aragalaya was partly successful, and the main offender, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was compelled to resign. Now the question is do we have a government? Which is the government? Who is supporting whom? What is their stand on the economy? No one knows. It is all very confusing. I don’t know what policies they are pursuing. [Wickremesinghe is the lone member of his United National Party in Parliament. He survives with the support of MPs of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Rajapaksa’s party].

As of now, what is inevitable and what should happen is there should be general elections. The people should be asked to decide who should be given the mandate to rule.

Q: I think President Ranil Wickremesinghe is following the same policies as the SLPP.

A:The credibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa [former Prime Minister], Gotabaya Rajapaksa [former President], and Basil Rajapaksa [former Finance Minister] were seriously questioned. They were the ones ruling the country. Mahinda Rajapaksa had to go into hiding in Trincomallee [at a naval base] at the peak of the aragalaya. The time has come for the people to be given the opportunity to decide who should govern this country because this [the current state of SLPP controlling despite people wanting the party out of power] should not continue. It will only get worse.

I don’t think the economic debacle is being tackled in any sensible way. They [the government] had gone to the IMF for a bailout. So far, the IMF has said nothing. This is of great concern.

Q: So you think that the only solution is going back to the people?

A: I really don’t know how they continued because the whole country was against them. It was the peak of opposition to any government. I don’t know why it [ aragalaya] did not continue [after Wickremesinghe took charge as President]…. The people wanted this government to go. Hence, they should go back to the people for a mandate.

Q: A negotiated settlement to Tamil political aspirations is the dream that is fast turning into a mirage. We do not see any gains for the Tamils. In fact, they are losing out because of demographic and cultural changes in the north and the east. Tamil political parties have not been able to make much headway.

A: The resolution of the Tamil national question has been a big issue since [Sri Lanka’s] independence. The Tamil people supported independence. They were compelled to change their stand after the citizenship law and the resettling of Sinhalese in large numbers in the east and the north. This changed the demographic composition in those areas.

The Tamil people demanded autonomy and devolution of power in those areas. This was the basis of the [1957] Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam pact and the [1987] Indo-Sri Lankan accord. Both contained provisions on identity of the Tamil people, the territory, and arrangements with regard to self-determination, or the right to determine their own destiny. Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan government breached the agreements.

As far as Sinhala politicians are concerned, whichever political party they belong to, they are primarily concerned about gaining the support of the Sinhala people on the basis of an anti-Tamil stand. As long as this continues, nothing can be done. Sri Lanka is party to the international covenant on civil and political rights, and to the covenant on economic, social and cultural rights. Both covenants give the people the right to self-determination.

We don’t want the country to be broken in any way; we stand for an undivided Sri Lanka. At the same time, we cannot go on like this. We have no alternative but to approach the international community, which is well aware of the issue. There should be some arrangement regarding the north and the east. It is the duty of the international community, including India, the US, and the UK, to take the lead and push for an arrangement in the north and the east.

The Sri Lankan government is not delivering on the political question. On one side, the Sinhala population in the north and the east is being increased by resettlement, and on the other side, the Tamils are fleeing because of the violence and the unstable political situation. If this goes on, the people will be unable to maintain their identity, self-respect, and even their dignity. The international community should not permit that. It will set a bad example to the world. If they want peace in the region, and peace in this country, this problem must be resolved. (The Frontline)

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Path to disaster



Either we as a world have failed our human expectations to lead a normal life of peace and progress, or our leaders are nowhere close to offering that satisfactorily. Interestingly, war and destruction are not new phenomena to our civilization or to the world. We have been fighting wars in one way or the other. It seems we have been unable to evolve the right way to live with lasting peace.

The longer the Russia-Ukraine war goes on, the further hope of peace and recovery is pushed away. After all, months have passed, and everyday destruction and destitution have increased, not only in the war zones but beyond.


It is a new-age world, intensely interconnected and interdependent like never before. What happens locally may soon spread globally. The longer the Russia-Ukraine war goes on, the further hope of peace and recovery is pushed away. After all, months have passed, and everyday destruction and destitution have increased, not only in the war zones but beyond.

The possibility of ending the war is not high. Today, the situation is such that everyone in the world is anxious about the morrow. The war is not just making the two warring nations bleed every day in many ways, it has impacted many other nations.

Europe is anxious to save itself from a hard winter, many others are concerned about how to revive their economies that the war has ravaged without visiting their borders. Thousands are dying, millions have become homeless, many innocents have gone to the grave for no fault of theirs, and many more cannot come out of closed doors in the war-impacted zones.

Inflation is growing exponentially, businesses are shaky, and the high hopes of a post-Covid boom have given way to terrible gloom. With rising unemployment, the youth are feeling hopeless. The scale of poverty is set to rise phenomenally; nations and governments around the globe are clamoring for solutions that are simply not there.

But amidst all this, the rising voices of war and revenge are filling the air and more plans are being hatched to intensify the war. For whatever reasons, one thing is conclusive.

Either we as a world have failed our human expectations to lead a normal life of peace and progress, or our leaders are nowhere close to offering that satisfactorily. Interestingly, war and destruction are not new phenomena to our civilization or to the world. We have been fighting wars in one way or the other. It seems we have been unable to evolve the right way to live with lasting peace.

Wars haven’t left us, and we have not stopped warring. It has been and is still around as a monstrous reality, teaching us to justify it as a necessary evil. But the evil is growing bigger by the day, and we remain unmindful of its perils. Time and again, we promise ourselves that we will not embark on wars again, but soon we seem to forget and get embroiled in them. What could the reasons behind this madness, or if I can say self-deceit, be?

After every war, we think and talk of peace. Then the very essence of our pledges evaporates into thin air. Are we thick-skinned, hypocritical, liars, unmindful, or simply incapable of keeping the promises that we make to ourselves?

This demands deep introspection. With the advent of pacifism in the late 19th and early 20th century, it felt like the world would embrace peace and harmony over violence. Then the First World War happened. The optimism at the start of the century was gone. There was widespread destruction, millions lost their lives, and several empires were reduced to rubble.

When the war ended, political leaders of powerful nations agreed on several treaties to ensure lasting peace and the world breathed a sigh of relief. That relief, however, was short-lived. Twenty years later a bigger war broke out. The Second World War was uglier and more destructive in all respects. It was the deadliest conflict in the history of human civilization, leading to a loss of around 80 million lives with several more being brutally affected.

Nobody wanted a third world war. So, nations sat down and decided to form a global body that would work towards ensuring world peace, and the United Nations was formed. Cut to a little less than a century later, and you will agree that the UN has become nothing but a symbolic organization that serves no practical purpose.

Several nations are in armed conflict with each other, and tensions are building across an increasing number of borders. It is as if war has been our way of life. This is not to say that devastating tactics are only used by the United States. Russia too uses these often, although only half as often as the US.

That may be not because of a lack of a will for supremacy, but because of the inability to afford the risks and resources so effortlessly. China, seeking to become the dominant power in the East and later the world, has also employed this methodology occasionally. And the intent is unfolding more vigorously along with matching actions. The question arises: why does the global leadership in general and the US in particular use mean to escalate conflict rather than defuse it?

Hasn’t anyone learned a lesson from the major world wars and their aftermaths? Nuclear conflict is a looming possibility, and everyone knows there will most probably be no human civilization left to tell the tales of that war.

On global forums, all nations repeatedly warn others to avoid nuclear war, but ground reality proves otherwise, as these same nations openly or secretly acquire nuclear weapons. That is the game plan, isn’t it While big nations churn profits from war, war-ravaged nations suffer brutal damage.

Aside from the destruction of their economies, the humanitarian losses are huge. Millions lose livelihoods if not their lives, families are displaced and the after-effects last for several generations. And this is when two nations clash across borders.

With the number of provocative tactics being applied by the USA around the world and Russia, China, and North Korea, adopting an eye-for-an-eye attitude in response, a third world war seems an increasingly likely possibility. To a neutral observer, this might seem childish, or even laughable. But there is nothing laughable about war, especially in modern times when almost every powerful nation is equipped with nuclear armaments.

What is frustrating is that world leaders do not recognize this. Or if they do, they don’t do enough to emphasize the point. Do our leaders ever realize that they are chosen by the people to lead them to progress and peace, not death and destruction? Are our leaders not accountable for their karma?

The karmic theory has its own bona-fide, unfailing principles. As you sow, so shall you reap. Often, I wonder what will happen to our leaders who flaunt their strength and arrogance and unleash acts of hegemony, rather than ensuring harmony for humanity to live in peace. Do they have no fear? Do they think that their power is eternal? Or are they simply not concerned about all this, blindly driven by their own misplaced missions?

Many questions arise in both mind and soul when one thinks of these destructive leaders. In many countries, the financial systems are fast collapsing and soon many banks may shut down. The world with its aspirations for better standards of living has been pushed a decade back. Every thinking human must have apprehensions about a dark future. (The Statesman/ANN)

(The writer is Chairman and Managing Trustee, Paras Foundation and can be reached at

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Twin personas; reaction long after the action



I am pleasantly surprised and marvel too most times I read the editorial in The Island. Why? Because they are so very apt on the most current issue in the land. The editor has the clever knack of hitting the nail right on the head and is fearless even when the nail represents a VVIP.

Friday 25 November had the sharp, truth writing editor commenting on President Ranil W and his stunning metamorphosis from a peace promoting, democracy advocating politician to a persona that he himself says is Hitler like. And as the editor has written, one wondered if he and his immediate predecessor, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had swapped bodies, for the former sounded just like the latter. Gota was expected to be a dictator; a monk called out to him to be Sri Lanka’s Hitler while his brother Basil bracketed him with the ‘Terminator’.

Ranil seems to hear cries for protection of human rights as a cover for violent protests. Gota, though an army man and later as a civilian, cosseted the army at great cost to the exchequer, did not threaten to bring the army out to quell protests. It was done once or twice: e. g at Rathupaswela and at an FTZ. These orders were not proven to be directly emanating from him nor directly connected to him. However, peace proclaiming Wickremesinghe with his new surname added on is outdoing the former army officer. He maintains the PTA and now says (probably in all truth and belief – scarce characteristics of politicians) that he will call out the army to quell protests, which have been and will be, mostly peaceful.

What this woman, a former teacher and counselor, opines with common sense and intuition is that he is going about it all wrong. He is inciting protest and lawlessness, even violence, since the youth of the country, with others, are utterly frustrated, angered, troubled and volcanic – waiting to erupt and so are the sideline catalysts: the terrorism promoting core politicized protesters of the IUSF, FSP and certain JVPers. Ranil should have been wiser and less outreaching, and negotiated with leaders of the groups mentioned, including trouble rousers like Stalin, and convinced them of the dire state the country is in. Negotiating with die-hard protesters may not be his cuppa; he shies away from direct contact with the hoi polloi. But talk to them he must. He should include persons like Guv CB to the negotiating table since Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe is one of the very few, if not the only high-up, that all respect. The rabble-rousers should be convinced, even threatened privately, that at this juncture what the country needs and the IMF promotes is encouraging money making projects, the surest and largest-inflow-of dollars earning tourism to resume and continue with peace prevailing in the country. With so many countries with so much to offer, why should tourists visit a near warring Sri Lanka? The reality of course is that this dot of an island has most to offer the tourist as pronounced by even Lonely Planet guides.

However, as is always the case, the country pleases but men in it are vile and utterly stupid. The protestors do not realize their protests will not change things immediately. But they most certainly cost the country much. These fire breathing, loud mouthed protestors and so-called protectors of peace and human rights are at present the principal harmers of the land.If after sincere one-to-one negotiation, some remain recalcitrant, then the police should be called in to deal with them.

Bang shut empty stable door

Mentioned many times before by Cass and other writers, Sri Lankans in general suffer short memories: will vilify a person today and praise him tomorrow not only because they are turncoats but because the people have forgotten and of course forgiven yesterday’s sins of leaders. Another characteristic is shutting the stable door once the horse has bolted. The preliminaries of the flight of the horse are seen but no alarm is raised. Once the horse has bolted; then come forth loud hues and cries of damage done.This last character trait of the Sinhala race mostly, was exhibited and exposed in the news telecast on MTV 1 Channel on Sunday November 27.

Villagers of a certain forest area, with voices raised women to the forefront, confronted a man who was in a new built, multi roomed hut-like construction. He seemed settled down. The crowd that walked across a vast area of bare land accused that the forest that covered this area had been illegally decimated. They demanded evidence of his right to settle down there. He said the police and other officials had cleared him. Trespassing was not even mentioned. Cass’ wonder at this loud fracas was why the fuss now with land bare and a house built when the villagers surely heard if not saw trees being felled en masse. Why had they not informed authorities then? Why wait for the deforestation and illegal building to be completed before protesting? Had they been waiting all these past months for the TV cameras to arrive to act angry and national minded?

It was suspected, if not known for sure, that vociferous Diana Gamage was a dual citizenship holder or maybe even a citizen of another country visiting her home turf. She was up front for long and since being made a State Minister by Prez Wickremasinghe, his hand guided by a crow pulling strings from even thousands of miles to the west, became prominently vociferous with forex earning projects foundationed on fun and good times. She proposed the growing of ganja plants; creating a Disney theme park; making Mannar an international gambling den and what else Cass fails to recall. Now firmly in Parliament as an elected member she faces the public rising up and declaring she is not eligible to hold a Parliamentary seat since the passage of A21 or 22. The mare had bolted to the green pastures by the Diyawanne and now people are a-rising to close the door she galloped through. Confine her at home with no powers and privileges or deport her to turf in her adopted country?

Bandula Gunawardena, holding the portfolio of Minister of Trade, held forth on the subject he thinks he is omniscient in. He claims economics as his forte of intellectual knowledge; certification of this fact being he was a tuition master in the subject. He refers to himself as Doctor Bandula G; the doctorate coming to him from where we know not. In a pontification in Parliament on the Sunday, he waxed eloquent on mismanagement of the Central Bank and trotted out figures in billions and decimals thereof of printed money. He blamed past CB persons. Why was this economist considering himself on par with Amartya Sen, Paul Krugman and Maynard Keynes, silent then when Nivaard Cabral kept the printing machines in the CB turning day and night churning out 5000 rupee notes? (PS. Cass wonders very much whether he has heard of Krugman and knows Keynes was one of the Bloomsbury Group. Cass can wager her life that he does not know who this group was).

Speaking of this Mr Cabral, he was recently seen on TV at a press interview passing the buck adroitly and proclaiming he was obeying orders to print money. Was he a robot and of whom?

Short take

A very good move was mooted recently in Parliament and will soon be law. Cass refers to the stricture that university students will be allowed one extra year after their graduating date whether they fail the final exam and wish to repeat or when they dodge sitting the final exam. Here again the closing of the loophole after damage is done. Firebrand Wasantha is said to have been in the University of Sri Jayawardenapura for eight solid years. Wasn’t this truancy of sitting the finals seen earlier? Authorities too scared to report the fact; saving their scalps by ignoring anomalies. just as they turn blind eyes to filthy and dangerous ragging in universities?

This land of ours which is truly incomparable, is derogatively a land like no other when speaking of it with tongue in cheek.

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