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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2710

Yasodhara's mansion in England

By Dushy Ranetunge in London

London, 31 August, (Asiantribune.com): Deformation and distortion are a favourite agenda in relation to Sri Lanka and everyone contributes to this particular gravy train.

The latest to do the rounds is an e-mail with lots of photographs of a grand mansion, which is presented as Chandrika’s and/or her daughter’s residence in the United Kingdom.

This e-mail is doing the rounds like wildfire and the insinuation is that the grand mansion represents wealth purportedly accumulated by Chandrika while she was in power. It is now regular dinner time conversation here in London amongst the Diaspora, with Victor Ivan’s “objective” (note the emphasis) publication thrown in for good measure. The Mansion : The plants in the gardens, the out door swimming pool, and the direction and type of the satellite dish indicates that the property is more likely to be situated in some other part of the world and not quite the United Kingdom. The Mansion : The plants in the gardens, the out door swimming pool, and the direction and type of the satellite dish indicates that the property is more likely to be situated in some other part of the world and not quite the United Kingdom.

A closer examination of these photographs raises concerns.

The plants in the gardens, the out door swimming pool, and the direction and type of the satellite dish indicates that the property is more likely to be situated in some other part of the world and not quite the United Kingdom.

The heating costs of such an outdoor swimming pool in the United Kingdom could only be borne by someone with a continuous and a substantial income flow falling into at least the top 1% earners in the United Kingdom, which Chandrika clearly does not possess even if all the insinuations of Victor Ivan were to be accepted.

There is also something missing from all the photos. There is nothing Sri Lankan in any of the photo's to indicate that the property is either owned or lived in by a Sri Lankan.

It seems that someone has copied photos from an estate agent advertising a mansion for sale in some part of the world, and has maliciously decided to circulate it as a home owned by Chandrika and/or Yasodhara. It has been suggested that these same pictures have been circulated previously as the home of some other personality, Sharuk Khan.

What is shocking is not just this act of maliciousness, but the extent to which Sri Lankan’s from relatively affluent and educated households with broadband(ADSL) internet access who are willing to accept such trash as fact, without examining the evidence on their own or questioning the motives of those involved in such blatant disinformation.

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