17 September, 2019

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2016: The Fall Of A Nation

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The coming year will be like no other in recent memory. It will be the Year of the Big Bang. That’s easy to predict because the Prime Minister has pretty much put us on alert in his important Sujatha Jayawardena memorial oration. What is not easy to predict is what that Big Bang will blow up, what will be left standing, and what will be born as a result of the Big Bang.

The PM announced that the coming constitution will have three ‘focus areas’. These are the abolition of the executive presidency, the devolution of power to the provinces and electoral reform. Each proposition contains a catch. If the abolition of the executive presidency rather than its reform was a desirable objective, it could have been done in 2015 with the 19th amendment. Instead it was argued – correctly in my view – by President Sirisena’s camp and supported by the Rajapaksa camp that the mandate of January 8th was for the reform of the executive Presidency by means of shedding the ‘authoritarian’ powers of the post.

The PM plans to change the 2015 aim of reform of an over-centralized presidency by means of shedding ‘authoritarian’ powers, into the abolition of the executive presidency early in 2016, when the 19th amendment has not been tested for even a year.

How is it that the presidency was not sought to be abolished in 2015 when a bipartisan consensus could have been obtained? How is it that the aim of reform of an over-centralized or top-heavy presidency in 2015, turns into the abolition of the presidency in 2016, when the 19th amendment has not been tested for even a year?

If the abolition of the executive presidency is to be a cornerstone of the new constitutional order, why is its implementation sought to be deferred until the end of President Sirisena’s first term? If it is desirable for President Sirisena to serve out his first term as he obtained that mandate, why not bring in the new constitution then rather than now?

Furthermore, how is President Sirisena expected to avoid the fate of a lame-duck presidency for the rest of his term, the very moment the new constitution is promulgated next year?

The game-plan is clear. The new constitution is not mainly about the abolition of the executive presidency. That is mainly a tactic for winning a sufficient number of Sinhala votes at the referendum on the new constitution. President Sirisena is being kept on throughout his first term, as a human face, mainly to keep the opportunistic ‘official’ SLFP on board as a human shield against a possible nationalist backlash.

If the abolition of the executive presidency will not be implemented for four years more, then what’s the hurry for a new Constitution next year? What is it that is sought to be implemented quite so urgently, from early next year? That’s made blindingly obvious in the PM’s speech:

‘He said the new constitution will focus on greater devolution of power to the provinces, within a unitary structure. Wickremesinghe explained that the Austrian model for provincial devolution was useful in this respect. “…It is my belief that the Prime Minister said. Executive power in devolved subjects should be exercised by provincial ministers, he explained, using the Austrian model.’ (‘Ranil outlines way forward for new Constitution’, Daily FT, Saturday, 12 December 2015)

So much for the devolution of power to the provinces within a unitary structure. A simple Google search would show that Austria defines itself as a FEDERATION. It also has an executive presidency which our PM wants to do away with. Therefore, it is not the totality of the Austrian model that is to be emulated but solely its center-periphery relationship, which is federal.

There are unitary states without devolution (Ceylon) and unitary states with devolution (Sri Lanka post 1987) but in the latter case, a measure of power is devolved—shared outwards and downwards—by the supreme parliament, which always retains the power to take back such devolved powers. Without this latter capacity, Parliament would not be sovereign, or more correctly there would not be a single, sovereign parliament as sovereignty would be shared among legislatures. The provincial legislatures would be on the same playing field as the nationally representative parliament. There would be no verticality between center and periphery; between the national and the provincial. The parts would be on the same horizontal plane as the whole. That is federalism without even the stabilizer of a strong apex body, the Executive Presidency– as in the USA and Russia. Where would national sovereignty be vested and where would it reside?

If as the PM says, “devolved powers should not revert to the centre” how does this work in practice? It means that President Premadasa could not have dissolved the NEPC in 1990. Under the proposed new constitution, however badly the Northern Province behaves, its powers cannot be revoked by the national government. This is a provincial legislature that once threatened UDI, and quarter century later, passed a resolution alleging Genocide and gave it to a visiting UN official. An Austrian-model Constitution will lessen and loosen the powers of the center over our island’s Northern periphery. The Northern Province and its sister province the East contain much more land and coastline of the island than its numbers warrant, and if they seek to grab control over the use of land and offshore resources, then national development including the problem of landlessness will be insoluble for generations.

The PM’s vision of sharing executive power between the national and provincial cabinets, the conferring of legislative power on the Provincial legislature EVEN with regard subjects that are legislated upon by the national Parliament, the abolition of a the overarching executive presidency, the evident abolition of the role of the governor as the intermediary and transmission belt of national executive power and the explicit adoption of the Austrian (federal) model of devolution, when taken together, not only means that the PM envisages nothing less than the abolition of the unitary system and the country’s conversion to a federal system. It raises the following questions: What room is there for national policies, operating island-wide? Without national policies can there be a national consciousness, a national identity, indeed a nation-state?

A new constitution which goes beyond the unitary framework and the 13th amendment by vesting irrevocable powers in the provinces will not only separate the North and East from the rest of the island, it will separate the Sinhalese from each other, because a powerful provincialism will resurface in the consciousness, negating Sinhala national consciousness. Thus the proposed Constitution will not only end any chance of an overarching Sri Lankan consciousness while enhancing Tamil consciousness; it will end Sinhala consciousness by encouraging provincial consciousness.

So how does the Govt hope to win at a referendum in a country in which the vast majority is Sinhalese? Easy-peasy. Apart from the old formula of the combined votes of the minorities and the UNP, it will count on provincial greed and a not so-secret weapon, namely the amendment of the Penal code so as to criminalize Sinhala nationalist discourse as causing disharmony between communities. Newspaper reports say that a warrant will not be necessary for arrests and the minimum sentence will be two years. This is truly draconian legislation.

The proposed Sri Lankan legislation should be similarly revised or else it will be used to impose a blanket ban on criticism of the dangerously anti-national federalizing constitution and to arrest Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila, so that the referendum can be won. This is what JR Jayewardene did when Vijaya Kumaratunga was locked up on bogus charges of being a Naxalite before the infamous referendum on 1982 December, and then again when the JVP and the Left (including Vasudeva) were outrageously accused of fanning July ’83. On these occasions, our current PM was a loudly vocal cabinet minister.

The 2016 Constitution will blow up the Republican Constitutions of 1972 and 1978, the architecture of strong national leaders of the SLFP and UNP traditions. The new Constitutional superstructure will be the framework for the reconstitution in its internal and external dimensions, of the Ceylon of pre-’56 which SWRD dissented from, critiqued, rebelled against and overthrew. Worse still, it will overthrow even the framework that our founder DS Senanayake, the leader of the UNP, endowed this nation with against the objections of the Tamil nationalists of his time. And still more surreally, the new Constitution will enthrone a federal arrangement which the progressive-minded post WWII British colonialists of the Soulbury Commission rejected.

While Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will put paid to the structures that JR Jayewardene and DS Senanayake put in place and install the very systems that they rejected, his partner-in-crime ex-president Chandrika Kumaratunga will do the same with her father’s and mother’s legacy, the state-centric nationalist project; the construction of a strong, sovereign, nationalistic state.. SWRD fought for the Sinhala majority to obtain its legitimate pre-eminence in the island’s postcolonial power structure and destiny, while Sirimavo (and Felix Dias) Bandaranaike formally entrenched the unitary state. To serve the nationalist state, those Bandaranaikes stood for a Non-aligned (Third Worldist) foreign policy, friendship with the neighborhood, strong ties to China and opposition to the UNP’s servile West-centricity.

For his part, JR Jayewardene gave the country a stronger leading center the executive presidency, elected by the whole people, so as serve as a symbol of an integrated nation and an engine for economic modernity.

Ranasinghe Premadasa spurned the economic neoliberalism and foreign policies of the UNP Right, and utilized the executive presidential system for “growth with equity” through a “carefully regulated market economy”, while zealously defending national sovereignty as epitomized by his closure of the Israeli Interests Section and expulsion of the UK High Commissioner David Gladstone, grandson of the famous Prime Minister Gladstone.

The abolition of the political monument of President JR Jayewardene, the executive Presidency directly elected by the island as a whole, will remove the strongest institution symbolic of Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation. It will be a decapitation of the only overarching political authority which represents the sovereignty of the Sri Lankan people as a whole, rather than in diverse segments. While the political legacies of SWRD and Sirimavo Bandaranaike and JR Jayewardene, and the socioeconomic legacy of Ranasinghe Premadasa, are overthrown and buried, the North and East will be strengthened through federal powers.

The 2016 constitution will be a historical counterrevolution, a reactivation of parochialism, a parceling of the state, reversing the unifying effects of even Western (British) colonial modernity.

There will no longer be a single center to keep the country together, and the links with the island’s vulnerable northern periphery will be lessened and loosened. The abolition of the unitary state and the substitution of federal powers while the directly elected executive presidency is abolished is a terminal weakening of Sri Lanka. Such a weakening of a strong state on a small island next to a huge landmass, with demography pattern in which the small island’s North eastern periphery is peopled by the co-ethnics of 80 million others just 19 miles away, is nothing short of the murder of a state and a nation. If we allow it to pass at the referendum, it will be the suicide of a nation.

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    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

    The Fall Of A Nation:

    *** For the first time I am going to agree with you on many things.

    First of all the Fall of the Nation is intertwined with the RISEV& FALL of Mahintha the fallen King.

    From your Article I am going to Choose what is relevant for the Tamils and the Tamil Nation.

    1)It will be the Year of the Big Bang. What is not easy to predict is what that Big Bang will blow up, what will be left standing, and what will be born as a result of the Big Bang.

    *** After the Big Bang Galaxies are formed comprising of Planets. In Sri Lanka after the Big Bang we will have a Tamil Nation and a Sinhala Nation left Standing.

    2) He said the new constitution will focus on greater devolution of power to the provinces, within a unitary structure. Wickremesinghe explained that the Austrian model for provincial devolution was useful in this respect. “…It is my belief that the Prime Minister said. Executive power in devolved subjects should be exercised by provincial ministers, he explained, using the Austrian model.’ (‘Ranil outlines way forward for new Constitution’, Daily FT, Saturday, 12 December 2015)

    *** MS or RW are not going to fool the World. It is a Federal Structure Comprising of Two Sates a Tamil State and a Sinkal State. What you do with yours is your problem and how many pieces you want to cut to is for you to decide. Nothing else will do,

    3) So much for the devolution of power to the provinces within a unitary structure. A simple Google search would show that Austria defines itself as a FEDERATION. It also has an executive presidency which our PM wants to do away with. Therefore, it is not the totality of the Austrian model that is to be emulated but solely its center-periphery relationship, which is federal.

    *** Be realistic and dont talk like a Moron. Austria is made up of Austrians. Not Austrians , Somalis and Ethiopians.

    4) There are unitary states without devolution (Ceylon)

    *** Ceylon was a Colony then .

    5) And unitary states with devolution (Sri Lanka post 1987) but in the latter case, a measure of power is devolved—shared outwards and downwards—by the supreme parliament, which always retains the power to take back such devolved powers.

    *** Are you day dreaming as it has already happened. Until Prabakaran took over Vanni and that also for a brief period the North or East never exercised or enjoyed Power except limited power in the spehere of Education.

    6) Without this latter capacity, Parliament would not be sovereign, or more correctly there would not be a single, sovereign parliament as sovereignty would be shared among legislatures. The provincial legislatures would be on the same playing field as the nationally representative parliament. There would be no verticality between center and periphery; between the national and the provincial.

    *** You really are talking rubbish. The power of the Federal State will be enshrined in the Constitution and if the Stae acts outside it it becomes ” ULTRA VIRES”.
    Stop Scaremongering. You owe it to the Nation to be Truthful and dont act like an Illiterate.
    7) The parts would be on the same horizontal plane as the whole. That is federalism without even the stabilizer of a strong apex body, the Executive Presidency– as in the USA and Russia. Where would national sovereignty be vested and where would it reside?

    *** It would reside in the people who signed up to it in a Democracy. Tamils , Sihalese and Muslims as Stakholders.

    8) If as the PM says, “devolved powers should not revert to the centre” how does this work in practice.

    *** It works in strict adherence to Rule of Law and respect for Law & Order by the entire Citizens as opposed to what happened under the Hanbanthotta THUG.

    10) A new constitution which goes beyond the unitary framework and the 13th amendment by vesting irrevocable powers in the provinces will not only separate the North and East from the rest of the island, it will separate the Sinhalese from each other, because a powerful provincialism will resurface in the consciousness, negating Sinhala national consciousness. Thus the proposed Constitution will not only end any chance of an overarching Sri Lankan consciousness while enhancing Tamil consciousness; it will end Sinhala consciousness by encouraging provincial consciousness.

    *** The essence of Federalism in Sri Lanka is to recognise the Ethnic Divide and if that is flouted at the ouset it will be a recipe for disaster . The Power brokers India and USA should be put on notice. We are not talking about Provincialism which is to fool the Tamils.

    11) So how does the Govt hope to win at a referendum in a country in which the vast majority is Sinhalese? Easy-peasy.

    *** By opting for Federalism not Provincialism.

    At the begining I said I agreed with the Title Fall of a Nation and what I meant by it was Sri Lanka cosponsored the Motion by UN and signed up to toe the line to avoid the consequences.

    Sri Lanka wont be allowed to Deceive the World and by signing up Sri Lanka has voluntarily diluted its SOVEREIGNTY ( Falen)

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      Kali

      “*** MS or RW are not going to fool the World. It is a Federal Structure Comprising of Two Sates a Tamil State and a Sinkal State. What you do with yours is your problem and how many pieces you want to cut to is for you to decide. Nothing else will do,”

      There is one thing more left to do – Immediate disfranchisement followed by physical repatriation of Tamil speaking people presently living outside North East to the Tamil State.

      Ranil is no fool. He has put this into a national refrendum. Most favorable division will be that of January 8th. The possibility of above
      ekventuality may cause a significant split among the +50% Tamil speaking people presently living outside North East.

      Keep your fingers crossed, Mr Kali.

      Soma

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        Soma:

        I understand your cautious appraoch. But a recent study by CBK has ( according to her) revealed that 58% of Sinhalse are favorable with the setting up of a Federal Structure. Following the election many things have happend such as giving a clear signal to the RACISTS.

        1) Cancellation of the Port City. Although people are talking about the project finding a New life that is all rubbish. India has already put paid to that and there will be no Chinese Involvemnt which threatens Indias Security.
        2) The building of the Tunnel and Bridge is in its inception whether we like it or not is going to happen.

        The Sinhalse are not fools and they know that for them it is a Fight for Survival just as much as it is for us.

        So it is COMPLY or DIE.

        If they choose to go on the War Path they will face the Might of India make no mistke.

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          The news the other day was Jaffna is likely to go under water due to sea level rise resulting from climate change before the rest of the island. The tunnel will certainly help the citizens of Tamil State.

          Soma

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          I have been always wondering mr Kali, why doesn’t India do this Port City thing. Rajapaksha used to say he insistently offered India the Hambantota port project before he handed it over to the Chinese which I belive.

          The proposed tunnel will be built for India by Chinese engineers? Modi signed an agreement with the Chinese for investment in infrastructure development in India.

          Soma

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            somaaass

            “Modi signed an agreement with the Chinese for investment in infrastructure development in India.”

            Indians are running more than 150 IT institutions in China. Indians have investments in UK, USA, ….. man and head IT houses in USA, Europe ….

            This is a globalised world where capital and labour know no frontiers. Your ghettoized mind cannot see beyond your nose.

            “The proposed tunnel will be built for India by Chinese engineers? “

            This island is famous for its ancient Hydraulic Civilisation. However this country hired foreign firms to design and build Dams and consultants to advise on Socio economic development, since its independence. Do you know the reason? If you do please let us know.

            ” Rajapaksha used to say he insistently offered India the Hambantota port project before he handed it over to the Chinese which I belive.”

            What you know is MR’s offer but what you do not know is he wanted India to build those projects for free whereas he was willing to pay exorbitant prices for these projects including for slave Chinese labour, materials and machines made in China, skilled and professional consultants from China, profits for Chinese companies, and interests at 9% for loans, and clan’s commissions.

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              Native, that railway line restoration project carried out by Indians (which was opened in 2014 with much fanfare) in the North West cost 800 million. Guess what – 800 MILLION US DOLLARS! I could not believe my eyes when I saw the documents at CECB (Central Engineering Consultancy Bereau) main office where the Indian Consultants were siting. [http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/33777 ]

              The way you boast on the Indian development it looks like soon we are going to face a reverse Kallatoni situation. At long last it could be the God’s solution to an intractable problem. God bless India.

              Soma

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      Why Tamils are This dumb ?

      Because, they lived since early times of evolution ?

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      The only problem with your letter Kali is that it is longer than the article in question.

      Regrettably it will lose on the readership.

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    Thank you Dr.D.J for your well thought article!

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    There are 64 comments above and this will make 65th. No wonder DJ has got a fan club. Why not we all let him die a natural death by not reading or commenting on his writings (I have stopped reading his writing but the comments only for my amusement. All jokers stop this.

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      Govi, join the club!!!

      Quite sometime ago I did the same; stopped reading him but commented on the comments.

      He misses the vital point all analysts must have: stay on the middle of the road. He cant.

      He will NEVER be the respected columnist he wishes to be, BECAUSE he cannot resist the temptation of veering to one side, ALWAYS!

      His caliber can be gauged by those whom he joined at Nugegoda, politically. That was letting not just the cat but a lot more out!

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        Respected by whom ?

        Peelamists ?

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          Dayan is our man, he is also a respected columnist. RESPECT him

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    This is like water on a Duck’s back…

    Don’t waste your time mate..

    All Ranil’s master plans aim for one and only one thing.

    That is, Elaam for Sambandan before the latter karks it.

    It is in the agreement.

    If Samabanadan gets his Eelaam , Baththudeen is not going to go quiet and hand over the East..

    That means two Federal States at least.

    Can the Elite and the Dalits be accommodated in just one and keep the Dalits as second class citizens?….

    Sira has a son and daughter who at least show the ambition to take the mantle.

    Ranil has no such issues.

    Sira ‘s off springs can never do it without the Dalits in the South.

    So these are the competing interests of this unholy marriage.

    Can Sira fulfill Ranil’s wishes and still get his off springs their desired jobs, even if they take full membership of the UNP?…

    Merry Xmas Dayan ,,

    And hope that our brave Soldiers will be safe, Dalits won’t lose their rights to free education, free medical and descent jobs, with Ranil’s Free Market Manoeuvrings…

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    The nation has already fallen..a long time ago. No point worrying now Mr Dayan J. Thank your kind of people for that !

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    The Australian model is pretty good.

    Everyone should have a fair go!!!

    The dignity of all citizens should be safeguarded.

    And the federal government should comprise of two houses , the house of representatives and the senate.

    state police for state level policing and federal police for serious crime such as terrorism, narcotics, national security etc.

    Dr Dayan should study it carefully and contribute towards a better Sri Lanka.

    look at things differently rather than being trapped in the same old same old way.

    What is the pulse of the people?

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      You got a point mate..

      Aussies have 5 states.

      Once Vellalas get their Federal State of Eelaam and Baththudeen carves out their Federal Islamic State..there is room for only 3 others .

      Can we expect 75 % of the inhabitants to pack themselves into that when our land mass is not even one tenth of Tasmania. let alone Australia.

      If Vellala Sambandan and his Diaspora mates agreed to Aussie Nodel , we could have had 10 % plus growth since Nanthikadal.

      And the amount of Infrastructure would have been a lot more and another USD 1000 at least could have been added to the the per capita GDP .

      This is nothing about equality among all and equal distribution of Wealth.

      Colombo men and women wouldn’t understand that or they don’t want to understand.

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    This is a request to CT. [Edited out]

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    2016: The Complete Fall Of Dayan Jayatilleka and his Master.

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    No merging Muslim eastern province with south Indian northern province.

    That is all the people care.

    Keep them separate. Otherwise Muslims will support Mahinda.

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      “Otherwise Muslims will support Mahinda. “
      Like the Republican The Trump Lanka must learn to send the muslims to porkistan.

      Donald Trump is the dominant Republican candidate heading into the 2016 presidential election year, after a poll released Wednesday gave him double the support of his nearest competitor.

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      Muslim Eastern Province! When did the Eastern Province become Muslim? Immigrant asylum seekers who came here a few centuries ago do not have any claim to the land .
      The Eastern province from ancient times has always been Tamil. Occupied by Tamils ruled by Tamils. There is no ancient Muslim village or ruins in the eastern province. All the place names( until recently ) are all in Tamil all the ancient ruins are Tamil Hindu or Tamil Buddhist. Nothing Islamic. Tamils are still the individual major ethnic community in the eastern province 40% and if many of the ethnically cleansed Tamil refugees from India return their percentage will increase further.
      You converted low caste fake Arab immigrant Dravidian Tamil beggars from South India only came to the east as asylum seekers and refugees a few centuries ago, fleeing the western and central parts of the island from European colonial and Sinhalese racist persecution. You were settled there by the grace of the Tamil Naicker kings of Kandy and the Tamil Vannimanai chieftains of the east. The Tamil of the east gave protection to you ungrateful backstabbers, because you were fellow Tamils. Now you backstabbers want to steal our land and heritage with the help of the illegal Sinhalese racists that were settled in the east after independence and make it a Salafist/Wahhabi Islamic haven for your immigrant Tamil Muslim refugee community from South India. We Tamils will never allow this to happen. This is the reason all Muslim communities are looked upon with suspicion and hatred throughout the world. Especially in the west. They come begging for refugee and asylum fleeing from their Islamic heavens and once they are established want to establish the very same Sharia nightmare that they wanted to escape from in their new land and take over the land from the original host community that gave them refuge in the first place. This is what is happening the in the east. These immigrant refugee low caste Tamil Muslim backstabbers from South India now feel that the Tamils are weak and helpless, so now want to take over the ancient Hindu Tamil east with the help of the Sinhalese racists. More than 70% of you South Indian Dravidian converted immigrant low castes live amongst the Sinhalese and they are large amounts of Muslim enclaves in the Sinhalese south, only around 29% of you live in the Tamil north east. Why aren’t you evil sly selfish backstabbers asking for Islamic homelands for the 70% Muslims living in the Sinhalese south and only for the 29% of the Tamil Muslims living in the North and east who share the same language and culture? It is needed more in the Sinhalese south as more than 90%of the Muslims in the Sinhalese south speak a different language and have different culture from the majority Sinhalese. The answer is because you low caste fake Arab converted Indian Tamil backstabbers know that if you dare to open your mouths for any Muslim rights in the Sinhalese south the Sinhalese government armed forces and police and the largely racist Sinhalese population will kill and massacre you, whereas the same racist Sinhalese, the government and the armed forces and police will jump and help you to kill and ethnically cleanse the indigenous Tamils of the east( just like the Muslim home guards were doing in the east , that caused the LTTE to chase away Muslims in the north ) to get a Salafist/Wahhabi/ISIS inspired Islamic enclave that will be supported by Saudi Arabia and Porkistan in the east. This will be deliberately done in order to weaken the Tamils. However this is a stupid solution that will turn into a nightmare for the entire area.
      The TNA won the most amount of votes and seats in the east, however what did these Muslim backstabbers do, despite speaking a common language, having the same culture as the eastern Tamils and in many instances blood ties with the eastern Tamils, they choose to join hands with the racist Illegal Sinhalese settlers and denied the TNA and Tamils who rightfully should have been ruling the east, as the major partner. This was done,so that they can rule the east and take over the province from its rightful Tamil owners. Now that these backstabbers have taken over the east, Tamils are being denied service employment and even their rightful lands.
      No wonder you people are hated throughout the world and this is the reason people do not want to take you in as refugees,1) Never integrate 2) one generation comes in very humbly asking for refuge but within a generation or two, want to take over the island from the original population, introduce the very same barbaric laws and practices that their grand parents fled from in the new land. Can never trust you people. Eastern Sri Lanka is a good eye opener to the world. Humbly came as refugees and deny their own rich ancient Tamil Dravidian 1000 year old very tolerant Tamil Sufi Islamic tradition. Claim a fake Arab origin and blindly flood a barbaric form of Islam from the deserts of Arabia, that belongs to the middle ages. With the help of a racist Sinhalese government armed forces and police Kill and ethnically cleanse their fellow Tamil Hindus and Christians in the east, who are the real owners of the land and take over this land for their new found Salafist/Wahhabi Islamic paradise, that will be overtly and covertly funded by the Gulf Arab States and their vassal Porkisan to breed Islamic Jihadis. Just look at the way they dress, you think you in Saudi Arabia or in some part of the Arabian Gulf and not in South Asia. Even the names have now changed from Muslim Tamil names to Arabic. Very soon they will give up Tamil and spout Arabic or Urdu

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        Cool story bro :D when will it be available on Kindle? I’m building up my collection of fiction and comedy :D

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          Mr Blacker, please try to remove your mask let alone today.
          Then you can try to read it on KINDLE. Good luck. Buggers of your kind are the biggerst commedy makers of the day.

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          A low born Sudra who has stolen by name and identity is not my brother. Why don’t you post your crap under your own identity instead of stealing mine. Badly want to be a Brahmin, you are not fit even to be a garbage cleaner.

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            Cool story, bro :D I’m looking forward to getting a signed copy of “How ‘Paul’ went from supposedly ‘knowing’ the real me to actually ‘being’ the real me” as well at some point :D

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          But you yourself are a comedy. Your identity is fake and what you post is comic. Only and idiot will believe that you are a Tamil Brahmin

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    I don’t understand what Dayan is trying to say…

    If power and wealth are shared fairly, and if the politicians stop playing the communal card, and if people respect each other, there is no real need to split the country and form Eelam or any other separate country. Nobody will even think of separation if things are decentralized.

    ‘Unity in Diversity’ should be the motto for every human. Why cannot Dayan see things positively or is he working with a hidden agenda to scare the people by saying in 2016 you will be doomed.

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    The new counter Revolution led 2015 January 9th by UNP-Ranil W….MS-President, CBK of SLFP -rightwing Neo-liberalist has widen the
    neo-liberal policies and movement not only boarding it and that will place the responsibility and accountability incomplete capitalist revolution on the backwardness of ruling bourgeoisie (UNP MS and CBK)and not on the lack of understanding that MR alliance previous achievement of Peace and Development of the people since 2009 end of war era—-Sri lanka.

    We should not adopt so-called new form of -neo-liberal political agenda by local democracy back USA, UK and Indian led, which is absurd and impossible under an undemocratic by our system of ongoing democracy that UNP centered ‘good governance & rule of law’.

    Hence we should not adjust TNA -separatism ,JVP TERRORISM OF ANARSCISM POLITICS and Muslim Congress ISIS or Jihads of petty bourgeoisies reforms to bourgeois/capitalist new revolution .

    Our concentration the attention of masses on actual conditions after end of war 2009 May on the actual situation for the victory of the WAR AND PEACE AS CAPITALIST REVOLUATION ON THE NEED FOR ACHIEVING NOT ONLY Republic constitution ,but center of DEMOCRACY.

    What we required is democratization of unitary state -and not merely democracy in general, but the absolutely terms and conditions of that fullest and higher forms of political democracy. Other wise ongoing sustainability of capitalist revolution has been laid by MR alliance of new bourgeois revolution in Sri lanka will become reactionary one in the democratic sense of term.

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    Dear Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka. I haven’t seen your name for awhile, I thought you have woken up to the fact that the Rajapakses are no longer in power, or dead. I am sorry.
    Your bone of contention appear to be that the Sirisena government has not kept his pledge to abolish the Executive Presidency and for that, it is rich that you expect it to become the lame-duck presidency for the rest of his term. Your mentor President Rajapakse pledged this too but there was not a peep out of you. His authoritarian dictatorship is well and truly over and you can stop licking his boots.

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    “There will no longer be a single center to keep the country together, and the links with the island’s vulnerable northern periphery will be lessened and loosened. The abolition of the unitary state and the substitution of federal powers while the directly elected executive presidency is abolished is a terminal weakening of Sri Lanka”

    I have a question for you Dr. Dayan, is this what The USA wants? Is this what the West wants? If so, we had better do this now, to our colonial masters or suffer like before.

    The West seems to be very happy with the current situation, visiting, inviting, and being smug overall. I mean would you not want a weakend Sri Lanka, if you were Uncle Sam for example?

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