10 August, 2020

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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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  • 27
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    The doom sayer is at it again. If it is all bad here in Sri Lanka, why does he not leave? Him just splurting out nonsense is not going to deter anyone who is trying to come out of the mess Rajapakses have made. On another note, just realized that that the Disney movie family the Crudes and the Rajapakse family have a lot in common.

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      it is just man orifice was tightened all these weeks – it was a real break for us. [Edited out]
      Some idiotic MEDIA men though give him a chance,[Edited out]

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        “2016: The Fall Of A Nation”

        Which nation is DJ talking about? Sinhala nation or the Tamil nation: The Sinhala rulers starting with D S Senanayake did not build a united nation in the island. He and the others that followed built and reinforced a Sinhala Buddhist supremacist nation – discriminating and rendering Tamils second class citizens, and worse still the upcountry Tamils were made stateless.

        Sinhala leaders never got the consent of the Tamil nation whenever laws adversely affecting Tamils were passed or new constitutions were drafted. The so-called great leaders of DJ even removed the protection provided to minorities by Britain.

        The whole world knows how the Sinhala supremacist regimes since independence treated Tamils.

        What Sri Lanka practiced was not democracy in the modern sense – it was majoritarianism.

        There is nothing wrong with federalism: Many countries have it and they are prospering peacefully.

        DJ simply wants Sinhala Buddhist hegemony over the whole island, which even Duda Gemunu couldn’t do it.

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          Which nation, u have a damn doubt. Let me clear it for u sinhala Buddhist r use less animals in this world. They live in their own world, they believe Buddha born as sinhala, fools fools typical modayas…..what else…

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            Oh gosh! it could be worse! They might have been born as J Muthus !

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      How can this bugger predict about the next year ?- not yet being able to grasp the least about the gravity of the problems left by his god father ?
      [Edited out]

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        Nothing to worry about his prediction and advise. It is his advise and prediction gave the people of Sri lanka an opportunity to save the Nation from Mahinda Family dictatorship. Now people have an opportunity to bring long stand peace and harmony and real democracy by exposing the crimes against humanity and the corruption
        of Mahinda regime and his advisers.

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          If you say so – then royal astroman from Galle too have right to continue regardless of predictions being fallen to that depths.

          For me, DJ is not at all even average to make any kind of preditions for the future. He is biased as no other. Just compare his articles that came one behind the other since 8th Jan- non-stop manner.. most of them contain inconsistent views – but more attacks against RW and CBK but to please him only. Alone his radical nature being against the federalism is really really disgusting.
          Me being living in Germany and having the chance to stay connected with federal states I feel that is the best for our country too. But many of them being paranoid about real federalism, but making every efforts to bring the nation up side down – create only problem.. tantalizing the long standing issue as it is.
          Lanka should be cleaned from these ultra nationlists – is my last wish.

    • 19
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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      RE: 2016: The Fall Of A Nation

      The Fall of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Shills, Cronies, liars, Murders and all the other characters from Sri Lanka, the Land of native Veddah Aethho.

      What a relief, at least an intermediate relief, for the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

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        Amarasiri, please think twice before using Prefix such as Dr. .. this is blood important. At the time, Kelaniya Mervin was running AMOK , press dared to use Dr. refering him. Why you do the same in term of this particular Depeththa kana satha of the current day (sitting on his brain all the time)- selfish creature has no shame at all – he has fully tarnished his fathers image. Dayan Jayathilaka should be a life long loser of the day. Yesterday, I happeend to see former Judge SN silva the other one who would even strip if he wants to drop down in favour of any parties of their choice. These both men in lanken spot light have more in common than you think. They are all ONLY selfish. Dayan would never be able to get posted to anywhere to abuse the office again. His relatives are very worried of his current behaviour. Is it nice him to be compared with Wimal buruwanse – latter is joined from the street and Dayan atleast had a good school education EVEN if both behave in the same manner today. Nugegoda wedikawa was Dayan nemesis.

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          Samaraweera

          “Amarasiri, please think twice before using Prefix such as Dr. .. this is blood important.”

          Thanks for the heads up.

          Just used the terminology CT used, and Dr, was under picture. So, was following CT Comment policy.

          If CT claims, it is a duck or a Dr. generally I go along with it. See CT comments policy. Amarasiri frequently gets edited out.

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          10. The platform is ours, but the conversation belongs to everybody.

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            if one deserves only he or she should be respected. Basta.

            This particular Being the way he behaved himself on the Nugegoda stage – almost lost his image if he had some until there.

            Even monkeys on the tree tops are convincing to date, that Rajapakshes were all times wrong leaders to have turned the nation and country in to a place where the IC focus as caculable crime makers. They the Rajapakshe gave a birth to multicriminals but telling and showing something palatable to the nation: Predominately stupid island nation was so tamed, even today, even if Rajapakshe men would go raping them. No consequences are important for them – but Rajapakshes. The all these THOUGHTS are replaced by facts only, the nation can get up. Jayawewa.

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          Samaraweera

          “Amarasiri, please think twice before using Prefix such as Dr. .. this is blood important”

          But the Dr, is qualified as

          “The Fall of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Shills, Cronies, liars, Murders and all the other characters from Sri Lanka, the Land of native Veddah Aethho.”

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      DJ,

      thanks for giving us a chance to add our comments against you and the ilk that you are paid to represent.
      Your god father nemesis is not that far – sooner than later we will have the chance to enjoy nektar. God save srilanka.

      As Royal astrologer and his predictions backfired, those of DJ even if he sometimes added his thought on a consecutive manner.. nothing helped him sofar.
      Actually, if this bugger really wants to help the nation, he has to share his knowledge (not his unique knoweldge) with the young and new comer diplomats. Then only he will ever be satisfied to have done to the nation.
      Else, he will become a laughting stock to the nation hour to hour.

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      japwatch,

      “The doom sayer is at it again….”!

      Ha. Ha..! The DJ bugger after the defeat of this sugar daddy had closed the lid of the dustbin for a while but now what makes him come to fore and starts the dooms-day-clock?

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        It is the media men give him a breath these days.

        This man DJ always wants to be the middle point. That is his nature. Just study how he speaks the press these days. Those who interview him should be number 1 idiots. I also dont like him appearing in this CT FORUM; for my own reasons, his analyses are not consistent. He says something as if any one from the street would add it. Self proclaimed analyst has found

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      it seems people in general hate Dayan AKA Jayathilaka,Silva Rajakshe.

      Not a single comment here seems to be pro for the writer.

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    So, what will happen after the federal solution Tamil problems are over and Tamil will live with Sinhala people happy and content for ever

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      Not only that. In addition to Sinhalas and Tamils being at peace like in Isiah 11:6, all HR Violations will magically cease, We will become a middle income nation, Westerners especially our new BFF the USA, will pour cash into our country like there’s no tomorrow. So much so that China’s infrastructure building record in Sri Lanka will be dwarfed !

      Just kidding. I will be surprised if a single new infrastructure project will be started and completed

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        The pessimists DJ and Malumiris are going to join Boko Haram

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          Ignore this Fossil

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        maalumiris

        “I will be surprised if a single new infrastructure project will be started and completed”

        How many infrastructure projects will satisfy you?

        In the past those that were built either don’t work or will costs millions to put them right.

        In the mean time those who were in power made millions out of these projects.

        The new roads cause more accidents than before as those motorist are not being trained in highway discipline.

        Hambantota harbour can only be used for whale watching a profitable venture for over manned Navy, Matale airport was used for birds and reptile watching now being turned into rice depot.

        You are lucky if Chinese built power station generated any power for its own needs.

        Who benefited from these projects?

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          NOT THE USA or INDIA that is WHY the regime of Rajapakse was changed.

          YET West go behind China for Investment…Why is it BAD for Sri Lanka to Look toward China ????

          YOu are not a Veddah BUT a person who is hell bent of destroying the Sinhala-Buddhist Ethos in Sri Lanka saying that veddah is more older than the Sinhalese…

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            sinhala_noise-vice

            “YOu are not a Veddah BUT a person who is hell bent of destroying the Sinhala-Buddhist Ethos in Sri Lanka saying that veddah is more older than the Sinhalese…”

            You don’t need me to destroy Sinhala/Buddhism.

            The Sinhala/Buddhists have been brilliantly doing it themselves over past 100 years.

            Do you think I should stop them? Give me one reason.

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            sinhala_voice,

            “”YET West go behind China for Investment…Why is it BAD for Sri Lanka to Look toward China ????”

            Like your history-The Dutch Government or The British government did not rule until the Indian revolution – 1858 British Raj and Empress Victoria.

            Similarly, Indian UK and US governments have not been having trade directly but private businesses. They have all being buying cheap goods China and destroying the local industry and led to mass unemployment. This has created a trade imbalance. So taxes have been increased on Chinese goods as a starter.

            Now UK government is negotiating with China for specifics as per British Standards as the German government have negotiated and are investing in Chinese Robotics industry (China does not have high tech industry nor the patent rights for most things manufactured there (goods computer chips go back to Taiwan/Korea /japan for testing and release,- China copies and that is of concern)

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          Dear Native Vedda

          One will do.

          Not a single infrastructure project was started and completed by Yahapalana. OK, in the interests of Fair Play, forget the completed part. Filling potholes in the Galle Road does not count.

          One Big Fat Nothing. Everything that is being done today was started by the oh-so-bad MR Administration.

          The only ‘project’ Yahapalanaya started with much fanfare is the FCID which has still to return a single charge, never mind conviction

          Because “New Roads Cause More Accidents”, your solution is not to build any ???? Surely you jest ! Will you start going commando or go back to your Native Vedda Dress Code on the premise that these new-fangled underpants make your crotch sweat ??

          Poor road discipline does not come under the “Infrastructure” umbrella – all Natives have poor discipline, especially on the roads. But I am happy to see that the traffic police is enforcing more lane discipline now. I am hopeful that it will last but not too confident.

          Hambantota was NEVER truly meant for Sri Lankan use. It was and I assume remains part of China’s String of Pearls strategy (Feel free to look it up) and it didnt matter whether the Natives could watch whales or birds, land airplanes or store rice. It had a FAR bigger purpose.

          I dont really care who benefited from these projects. Someone somewhere ALWAYS does. Most people (including you, it seems) have forgotten the massive kickbacks during Mahaweli days. The fact remains projects were STARTED and COMPLETED and now i can travel from Colombo to Negombo in 30 minutes instead of 4 hours if I so wish. Same goes for Jaffna, Kataragama and pretty soon, Kandy. Once the circular roads are completed, maybe I can even get across the city faster.

          Lily-white Yahapalanaya also has it’s “beneficiaries”. Even our dear western friends have bribery and corruption, as I am sure you will agree. They are just better at hiding it.

          As an aside, Yahapalanaya became the overnight darling of the Americans. Obama rushing off to Myanmar (former pariah, new BFF) – same reason. To try kick China out.

          Incidentally, what was built and does not work ?

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            maalu

            Note I have never been a b***s carrier to any of your stupid leaders nor will I benefit from them.

            I am not sure whether you are aware of a document that sets out UNP governments priorities, vision and strategies which was published in 2002.

            Please note, whether UNP would have successfully implemented those plan was unclear. Ranil was the PM of minority government for a brief period less than three years until Hindians got him sacked by Chandrika while LTTE was breathing down on his neck. Ranil brought Solheim to expose LTTE’s weaknesses, a quiet strategy which laid the foundation for Hindians to hammer VP and LTTE in 2009.

            REGAINING SRI LANKA:Vision and Strategy for Accelerated Development

            Government of Sri Lanka December, 2002

            Excerpt from page 26/252

            [1.2.5 Infrastructure Development

            This section of the Action Plan addresses the following sectors – Telecom and IT Sectors; Power and Energy; Civil Aviation, Shipping and Port Development; Transport, Public Utilities and Housing;
            and Natural Resources Development. Initiatives in these areas are expected to establish the basis for Sri Lanka becoming a regional economic and transport hub for the South Asian region.

            Priority Actions
            • Telecom and IT Sector – To develop the telecom sector on a competitive basis to facilitate the growth of ICT (Information and Communication Technology Sector) services. This is to follow the
            principles set out in the ITC road map report – including the strengthening of the regulatory framework. Overall this would help stimulate investment, increase job creation and productivity
            throughout the economy. A rapid expansion in the IT sector will also help catalyze the accelerated growth of other sectors.

            • Power and Energy – Move towards achieving a competitive power tariff structure by working towards the restructuring (through progressive unbundling) of the CEB and CPC.

            • Civil Aviation – To develop both the international and domestic airports. For example, it is expected that the BIA-Katunayake Airport will emerge as regional hub, building on its central location between Singapore and Dubai. Development of the domestic airports as well as the tanks and lagoons that can be utilized to facilitate seaplane transport, which would greatly assist tourism.

            • Shipping and Port Development – The development in this sector aims at establishing a greater presence in servicing the region and the next generation of deep draft ships, by increasing
            competitiveness within the subcontinent (south Indian ports) and the gulf region. Major private sector participation is expected in these areas.

            • Transport – There is an urgent need to invest in improvements in the road network as it is now inadequate to meet the economic and social development needs of the country. The goal is to build a
            modern road network along with the immediate upgrading of existing roads. National highway development, particularly the Southern Highway and improvements in secondary road systems will improve economic opportunities in rural areas.

            • Housing and Construction – There are major housing requirements that must be met throughout the country. The needs in the conflict-affected areas are acute, especially in the North and East. Large increases in the supply of affordable housing, including the expansion of housing in Colombo and housing units in cluster townships will also be necessary.

            • Natural resources development – A sound framework to address the preservation and sustainable development of the country’s natural resources is being established. This will be consistent with the broader economic and social objectives of Sri Lanka as well and will be mindful of improving and/or maintaining environmental integrity. ]

            By the way you seem very happy if this country is ruled by China rather than USA or Hindia. Can I take this opportunity to remind you that this country belongs to everyone who wants to be a good citizen of this island.

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              Boru Vedda

              if wishes were horses dear boy, beggars would ride.

              The fact remains that VERY LITTLE came to fruition under Ranil/UNP/Yahapalanaya. I will say that Premadasa tried and managed some positive things but it was ill-planned and did not have the desired results.

              All of the above was superseded (and implemented, though not totally) by the RDA’s National Road Master Plan. It was easy since all the roads in UNP’s “Regaining Sri Lanka” was still being regained only on paper !

              A small story to illustrate my point. Since before 1948, my village has had a dirt road which is an impassable morass during rains and a dustbowl during the dry season. Every election, the local administration comes by and unloads a heap of stones with a promise of “we will build the road”.. after the election is over, the stones are carted off. This was repeated ad nauseaum up until MR comes into power, The road is now 2 lanes of blacktop with regular bus service – Rinse-and-repeat in all corners of the country.

              This is why I say that MR’s administration (NOT his morals) was positive for the country. I challenge you to outline any other administration that did half as much. “We will do” and “We must do” is BS. “We did” is the measure of the administration.

              So far “Yahapalanaya” is long on “Will Do” and very short on “We Did”

              You claim you don’t polish anyones apples, Come, come.. You clearly dislike the MR administration while giving Yahapalanaya a free-ride.

              Thank you for the reminder. Coming from someone who confirms having no stake in the country, it sounds rather hollow.

              Yes, I do prefer China and India to the West because the West is duplicitous. Always has been, always will be, except among their Anglo-Saxon selves.

              What are YOUR reasons for preferring to be ruled by the West ?

              By the way, You still have to tell me of “What was built that does not work”.

              Happy Christmas !

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        maalumiris

        “I will be surprised if a single new infrastructure project will be started and completed “

        There will e fewer loan, and mo loan payments.

        Mattala Infrastructure Project was a disaster.

        They should give the Mattala to the Jungle, and Call it Mattala Jungle. Let the animals and birds maintain it, as they have done before.

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          Amarasiri

          I shant repeat myself about Hambantota., most people (I am surprised to count you among them) don’t understand what it’s true function would have been

          You can read my response to our resident “native” (yeah, right !) Vedda if you want more information and then do some of your own research

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    Indian wants 13 fully implemented because of that they ask for 13+.

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    [Edited out]

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    [Edited out] would never learn it even if Kelaniya Mervin does so.

    Just becasue DJ personal vendetta works above any grievances of lankens today, DJ would remain hanging on attacking current regime, as if we had good days under Mr Madamulana who has been visting his friendly criminals in their prison rooms today.

    What does actually DJ want to achieve ?

    I thought we would never get to read any article of his kind again -since his inconsistencies were so conspicuous to any 10 year old – but the bugger never stopped writing his kind of verbal paranoid – irrespective not many would consider him as neutral to this date. Baluwalige keline koran ba wage-never be possible to straigten the dog s tail, [Edited out]

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    Dayan,

    The concern is not that Executive Presidency is innately horrible – it is just that the risk of its likely misuse by morons overwhelms its merits. Just as much as a flower garland is a thing of beauty worthy of much merit, until it falls into the hands of monkeys!

    This was amply proved in Sri Lanka’s progressive misuse by one-regime-after-the-next, culminating in the epitomized mishandling by the Rajapakse leadership that ransacked the entire nation to build family-estates around the globe, while pawning the country’s entire future to China via grotesquely vanity-driven initiatives.

    As long as the nation remains brainwashed to elect monkey after monkey, capable only of replacing one bad one with one that is even worse, as has happened since at least JR, if not Banda, then it is best that no flower garlands remain anywhere within the vicinity of these demonic group of primates!

    The near-unstoppable and imminent slide to hade’s hell was avoided just in time, just about a year ago (Remember January 8,last year?). It is good enough of a time now to put away the garland until the nation gets civilized enough and clear their brain-washed stupidity of racialism and chauvinism, to elect responsible leaders and opt for responsible policies.

    But then, when even guys who are highly educated and very well exposed to global civilization remain so foolishly narrow minded and continue to relentlessly promote self-serving racist sentiments, what hope in hell does the poor Appuhamy’s and Manikke’s have getting things right?!

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    Dayan

    I am pleased that you are writing again after a period of silence to mitigate yourself following the defeat of Mahinda.

    I wholeheartedly supported Mahinda and believed he cannot be defeated. His defeat jerked me downright.

    I blame the cronies around him and the astrologer for his defeat.

    If Mahinda had appointed you as his political guru he would have been the Raja- the Lion King now. What to do? There is no point crying over the past.

    Let us (You, me and my buddy Rajash) work together to enhance the chances of Mahinda becoming the President again. You are Jaya meaning success. Rajash is Raja meaning Lion King. I am also a descendant of a Lion King. We three together can make all the difference in our remaining lives.

    Let us work on the Mahinda Chinthanaya. It has to be refined. Let us put our bright intellects to make it a Mahinda Chinthanaya Capitaal ( not Das Capital) and then market it politically. You have more knowledge and experience to get a pukka dossier that would help Mahinda win.

    Join us and you will have the auto right to join our Gin & Tonic club. I am now going for the best. Gin gives me and Rajash some heavenly feelings. Gin will do the miracles.

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      Kumar R.

      You are a tailless barking dog come again after relative silence like Dayan.

      Where were you? Were you mollycoddling Dayan all these while with your Gin & Tonic.

      Can I too join your G & T club to enjoy some rough exchanges with you?

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      Dayan [Edited out]

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      Those days, Dayan [Edited out]

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    Dr Zero,

    Sri Lank is a nation which does not have a constitution that has the consent of all her people and as such it can not be considered a de facto sovereign nation. As it is, it is a nation of usurped sovereignty, a sovereignty that has been usurped by the majority race. It has to put in place a constitution that has the endorsement of all her people for it become a true sovereign nation. The Tamil people gave a conditional support to the first constitution of independent Sri Lanka or Ceylon as it was known then. At no time in history of independent Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese leaders upheld the plural values on the which the first constitution was erected. In subsequent times the successive constitutions were used to sacrifice the values of a plural Sri Lanka in pursuit of the Sinhala chauvinist state through the usurpation and subordination of Sri Lankan state process. This objective has led the country to be ravaged by war and bringing disrespect to the country among the community of nations.

    Sinhalese have approached every affair of the state building in the independent Sri Lanka as if they own the entire island. Based on cooked up and concocted history and the culture of usurpation and abuse of state, the Sinhalese have demonstrated time and again that they can not engage in the state process of united Sri Lanka outside their agenda of realisation of the chauvinist ideal. This inability has brought immense suffering to all the people of Sri Lanka. Their difficulty in upholding the constitution and even implementing the 13th Amendment is an indication of the possessive hold of the chauvinist ideal over the Sinhala race.

    Today there are about two million Tamil people from North East who have been dispossessed and without a livelihood and living as refugees in their own homeland and abroad. Land is crucial to provide for resettlement and livelihood of these people. The ‘Okkama Appe’ (every thing is ours) mindset of the Sinhalese grippes them to the extent they are unable to devolve the powers over land to the North East. Their scheme of territorial annexation and the sinister designs they continue to harbour over the territory of Tamil homeland prevents them from engaging in settling the dispute in any honest manner.

    The land ceded to Sinhalese which are now included in the North Western and North Central provinces still remains largely under utilised. Other than those that have been utilised for irrigation schemes, there has not been any significant progress in transferring Sinhalese from more congested south to these newly acquired land.

    The heroes of Sinhala chauvinism should remember their adherence to this ideal brought untold misery to the people of Sri Lanka since independence.

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      Mr Anpu

      Though I disagree with much of the content and the intent of your comment I appreciate that you have refrained from personal vilification of the writer. The racial lunatics and Rajapaksha haters here go berserk as they spot the author and start outpouring their own venom instead of patiently reading through and tackling the opinions expressed.

      However, you too have totally avoided addresing any of the specific points raised. Say for example his contention that Sinhala provinces themselves may become autonomous monstors acting on their own conflicting one another giving rise to uncontrollable situations is worthy of discussion. (For the present I hold that Jafna people are equally entiled for Mahaweli waters as much as the provinces it is presenly flowing through.!KK Will this remain the same with the proposed set up? – I just mean these are points to ponder)

      Let us discuss the message, not the messenger. Thrash out the messenge if you will, don’t sidestep it. Hatred towards the meesenger will only cloud your own judgement.

      Soma

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        Dear Soma,

        The nation is falling in 2016. Why don’t you forsake it and leave? What are you doing here? Take DJ and other similar ones along. You will be doing a favor to your self and to many others like you.

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          Japwatch

          “The nation is falling in 2016. Why don’t you forsake it and leave? “

          Seriously, where do you want them to go? North Korea?

          Then both have an option, how about Tamil Nadu, their ancestral homeland?

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            Hey Native,

            The way you write DJ and friends are not wanted in North Korea too? I would guess Kim Jong Un fancies people like DJ. No?

            Why did you have to remind me of that Tamil Nadu? What a mess that place is? Artificial floods caused by the car factories they say. Are you serious that DJ’s ancestry is in TN? Not Bangaladesh? Not Bengal. Mm mm interesting.

            In short, let him go anywhere where he is accepted. He is paranoid about the immediate future of Sri Lanka. Why keep him here?

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    First DJ predicted that MR would win the Presidential election. Then with the Nugegoda man, he predicted that MR led Opposition would win the Parliamentary elections on the 17th of August. Now he is predicting 2016 as the year, ‘Fall of the Nation’. I do not know about the Fall of the Nation, but can firmly state that it will be the fall of Dayan from grace.

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      Gamini,

      Are you implying “the fall from grace” is still to come for Dayan? Even after MR characterized his as prostituting? MR should know best on that count. (CT: just to reiterate, I am using the term in its broader definition)

      Oh Gamini – you are sooooo polite!

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        Kumar R.

        This is too womanly comment.

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      gamini

      Do you remember Dayan the war monger not so long ago typed

      “So Wimal was probably right when he said to rapturous applause “Mahinda is not a name, Mahinda is a country!-The Rising: Nugegoda Feb 18th- CT 19 Feb 2015 ”?

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        may be he should have said that by his other end- this man is a shameless bugger all times. Like no other. People talk about his education, but what bring his if he beahves as no difference to Wimal Buruwaanse.

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      DJ has become the joker of all times to this date. Gamini, this man has called himself an analyst, but delivered nothing since 2009. Not even worth to add our 2 cts wasting our times.
      Man is now isolated in his 4 walls with only a few giving him a chance to utter his bla bla. As you predicted it – it will be the year of all depths for DAYAN JAYATHILAKA RAJAPAKSHE SILVA.

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    Dayan,

    Your “education” has given you words; plenty of them, and you are throwing them around aimlessly like darts thinking they will hit something. But the nation does not move in ways what goes on in the air-pocket in your skull.

    The nation cant fall. It’s got no place to fall; it’s already on the ground. Rajapakses and their side-kicks made sure of that.

    Whoever the next wrecker of the nation is, it most certainly aint gonna be Mahinda. Get used to it.

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      nimal fernando

      “Your “education” has given you words; plenty of them, and you are throwing them around aimlessly like darts thinking they will hit something.”

      Education has nothing to do with wisdom or common sense. Here is a story which explains why the war monger is wrong all the time:

      THE TENT: Watson and Holmes Go Camping

      Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson went on a camping trip. After sharing a good meal and a bottle of Petrie wine, they retire to their tent for the night.

      At about 3 AM, Holmes nudges Watson and asks, “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see?”

      Watson said, “I see millions of stars.”

      Holmes asks, “And, what does that tell you?”

      Watson replies, “Astronomically, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and we are small and insignificant. Horologically, it tells me that it’s about 3 AM. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Holmes?”

      Holmes retorts, “Someone stole our tent.”

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    Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Occums Razor

    Always with the most complex theories. We should not view the future based on past encounters with JR and Vijaya and SWRD and lessons learnt and so on from that era. We view the future with optimism and hope that the new generation will bring new ideas and new solutions.

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      Without history there is no way of understanding the present but would stay backward.
      Are you planning to create planes without wright bros concept when the nation cannot even manufacture nuts & bolts with alloy’s to suit varying conditions- leave alone couplings for underwater gas pipes.

      the 7 lamps must be understood but it is not necessary to repeat but can be modified.

      Domino Effect is a well known theory so we don’t necessarily believe.

      There is no `logical necessity` in human affairs is how easterners especially Chinese think.

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    [Edited out]
    He has become a new astrologer ( Sasthrakaraya).

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      Saman

      “He has become a new astrologer (Sasthrakaraya)”

      Dayan Silva is very close to MaRa these days, washing his loin cloth!

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    Garbage in garbage out from the Master Creep.

    So what else is new???

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    Pity you did not get the job in North Korea for the Minister of National War Mongering.

    Glad to see that you are back in buisness here though badly bruised with your former boss releasing pictures of him hanging upside down.Please oblige us with similar antics as your writting is getting a bit tedious.

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    For God’s sake Dayan Jayatilleka you pestilence, just leave us in peace! Just get lost! You are NOT needed here!

    [Edited out]

    You and your ilk can climb the Nugegoda Railway station platform and take a trip to Marijuanaland.

    Pests such as you should be never given the chance to spoil the peace EVER again!

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    [Edited out]

    No thanks to CT for having given you this space again. I thought only a private TV channel was MAD.

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    Hey Dayan,

    What a show -not one single response that shows even the tiniest tolerance for your garbage!

    As the old adage goes – it is better to keep the mouth shut and be considered a fool than to open it establish that!

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    Hey Dayan,

    What a show – not one single response that shows even the tiniest tolerance for your garbage!

    As the old adage goes – it is better to keep the mouth shut and be considered a fool than to open it establish that!

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      Kumar R.

      Old adages are in millions in all kinds of languages.

      Even Dayan can a pull out one in his favour and repudiate you.

      Instead of making nonsensical corroborations, do something positive in live without playing hide and seek games.

      Dayan is a straight forward man, He will fearlessly make comments unlike you d**. You only know to ambush anyone who is sincere. Come out of your cage and enjoy the supper with G & T with us on the Christmas day. Make sure you bring a good bottle of Gin and some sprats varuvval with you.

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    DJ,
    Why didn’t you go public with above views when you were part of EPRLF provincial governance ?

    Also after you returned from exile you did not bring up the above views under Premadasa or Chandrika or MaRa regimes.

    You claimed last year that you are a “smart patriot” and now you are standing naked again and showing the world that you are “smart racist” too.

    Your focused interest now is to bring back MaRa at any cost through Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism and fear mongering that the Sinhalese are going to be fragmented if devolution is carried out.

    You are not interested in the future well being of Sri Lanka. I am sure the majority of the Sinhalese understand your games well and will respond in an enlightened way.

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    right now the govt can not be run because of so many MPs who are not elected by the people of any particular electorate. when Everybody has executive power, It will be Good.

    Every provincial council has some sort of executive power. It will be administratively balkanized Sri lanka.

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    The fall of Dayan J. – 08 January 2015. His cremation – 17 August 2015. RIP (Rest In Pieces!)

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      Hey Brian, when can we expect to see the return of your dog & pony show starring “Alan de Cruze”, “Thalpahewa”, “Albert Ranasinghe” etc? Maybe for the next tour they can form an ensemble cast with the We Thamizh suffering from multiple personality disorder like “Suresh” and “Paul” :D

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    This has been added to the dustbin basket in addition to the private cahnnel funded by by the previous hor aregime to make this kumnathiranaya. This stupid aling with ex CJ De silva should be tied by chain at Angod if not Mullieriyawa.

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    The Ghost lives on to haunt the living. A federal system will make the Southerners compete with the Northerners.

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    dayan and gevindu are last acolytes of mahinda. Nalin , wimal are discredited now.

    But watch out viyathunge handa and uthukama. They are counterrevolutionaries.

    Tsar family including the dog were killed, by revolutionaries.

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      I think that Gewindu- with chilling and cowardice voice would even stay in the extrements pits of Maharaja to protect him. He is so radical – for the like would respect only villagers of that kind. He radical to CBK, RW or any other leaders but falling in love with MR and any criminal minded men. I once happened to listen to the man, but I could not listen to him anymore. Bugger is born – frog in a well like. These men can never see it unbiased. They feel still feel that Magical powers of Maharaja freed the nation from LTTERS – for them no need to see any kind of factful information- but to be entwined to theirs is sufficient. Law should work against these men AT least today.

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    Here we go again.
    There is no need for a new constitution.

    “For forms of government let fools contest.
    Whatever is best administered is best”
    – Alexander pope.

    If the present constitution is empowered to the letter, we should have a ‘utopia’.

    DJ is most worried about Tamils in the north – they are not going to run away with the NP across the Palk Strait, especially if all injustices including fraudulent ‘recruitment’ and harassment, is removed.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=38057

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    Dr DJ,

    Welcome back.

    “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.”

    Maybe our collapsing economy will force us to stay together?

    “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,”

    They are very near us while you are far away.

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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.”

    People would have thought, that Portuguese, dutch and British would had done the same thing ans they would have finished Sri lanka. Even with almost 500 years of work, they could not do it.

    My guess is if it goes that way, something very drastic happens and the attempt will be spoiled.

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