By Dayan Jayatilleka –
It is bad enough that the Yahapalana 2015 ‘regime change’ project planted Mr. Sampanthan as a settler in the post of Opposition Leader, a post in which he continues to be a squatter, demanding ‘internal self-determination’ and the full implementation of the Geneva resolution. Now, another de facto member of the Yahapalana 2015 regime change coalition, the JVP, is attempting to do to the Sri Lankan State and Constitution, what its serial assassin did to Vijaya Kumaratunga in February 1988: shoot it in the chest and face. In the 1980s the JVP waged a barbaric war to destroy the Sri Lankan State. Today it is trying to do the same by means of a constitutional Cold War, taking aim at the executive power. Instead of a T-56, it is using 20A.
Our generation went through two civil wars, and civil wars within civil wars—in the South and the North and East. In the 1980s we had to defend the state as the bulwark against barbarism and anarchy, against the JVP onslaught. Today we are called upon to do the same in the political, constitutional and ideological arenas.
The JVP tends to excuse its massacres of the late 1980s by saying it was fighting against Indian intervention. This is a lie. Daya Pathirana was killed before any Indian set foot on Sri Lankan soil. The JVP’s trigger issue (pun intended) was devolution. Wijeweera’s magnum opus on the Tamil Eelam problem was a report he presented to the Central Committee, worked up into a book which he published while underground. It contained (in its concluding part) a blistering critique of every single form of autonomy/devolution whatsoever, including the modest district development councils (for which the JVP had contested). So the JVP massacred people in a civil war against devolution; a war it lost.
The JVP had no real antagonism towards the Executive Presidential system, because if it did, Rohana Wijeweera would not have contested the executive presidency in December 1982, now, would he?
What’s happening now is that the JVP proposes to abolish the executive Presidency which it did not oppose and actually sought election to in 1982, and uncage the power devolved to the Northern and Eastern (and other) provinces against which it waged a Pol Pot like civil war of extermination in the late 1980s, murdering Sri Lanka’s closest approximation of Bobby Kennedy and Barack Obama, namely Vijaya Kumaratunga!
Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD) says the Prime Minister and President will be elected by Parliament– and the President elected by Parliament will not be an Executive President. This is not the case in South Africa which has autonomous provinces. There the President is elected by Parliament but has executive powers.
Anura Kumara forgets that devolving much more power to already semi-autonomous Provinces while there is an overarching Executive Presidency is quite different—and much safer—than such devolution once the Presidency is downsized and elected by Parliament rather than deriving its power and legitimacy from the people of the country as a whole. Let alone a generous replacement, even the present 13th amendment without the overarching Executive Presidency, will be tantamount to federalism, or in our case, a dangerously centrifugal ethno-federalism!
AKD’s abolitionist formula eliminates any political office being elected by the whole of the country and thereby from representing the whole of the country. Instead all we shall have are representatives of parts of the country. The whole will be undermined and atomized!
Anura Kumara deliberately overlooks the fact that a Prime Minister and President elected by the Parliament will be dependent upon and the captive of the minority parties, especially the Tamil nationalist parties in that Parliament.
AKD’s formula (intentionally?) undermines economic stability and rapid growth which was JR Jayewardene’s rationale for the introduction of a nationally elected executive Presidency “free from the whims and fancies of the legislature”.
Even though AKD may not know it (and I am being charitable here because he is well-informed and literate), we must know where this dangerous nonsense came from, most recently: the insidious Singapore Principles of 2013, which were the launch-pad of the regime change project of January 2015.
The recent incarnation of the idea of abolishing the executive Presidency does not date back to the Maithripala Sirisena candidacy. His was an utterly ambiguous pledge. The recent revival of the ‘abolitionist’ slogan dates back to a conclave and a document dating from 2013, when Maithripala Sirisena was a loyal Minister of the Rajapaksa administration with no idea of breaking away and running for the country’s top post.
The abolition of the Executive Presidency is in actuality, a vital part of an agreement between Mangala Samaraweera, MA Sumanthiran, Jayampathy Wickramaratne and representatives of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), arrived at in Singapore in 2013. TamilNet (Thursday, 22 January 2015) released the text.
“Mangala Samaraweera came as a ‘beggar’ urging Tamil support for regime change and abolition of the executive presidency. It was 2013,” said one of the participants, reflecting on the Singapore meeting.’ revealed the TamilNet report.
The new AKD proposal clearly reflects the agreed upon 10 point Singapore text, of which I reproduce the crucial line:
“The Executive Presidency shall be abolished and the form of government shall be Parliamentary.”
Quite clearly, the abolition of the Executive Presidency was a top priority for the 2013 Singaporean conclave because Sumanthiran and the GTF knew that without it, any devolution including the existing 13A, would automatically federalize the country!
AKD says that all provisions pertaining to 13A and the Provincial councils, the Governors etc. will remain as they are, vested in the Presidency. He must take us for fools. What is the earthly use in the powers remaining as they are when their repository, the executive presidency, is itself abolished? What acts as a check and balance on the 13th amendment is the fact that the Presidency represents the sovereignty of the people as a whole since it is directly elected by the country as a whole and requires a majority of votes to occupy the post. This gives the Presidency greater legitimacy than any province. The part is subordinate to the whole. But a castrated Presidency wielding the same powers is as if an eagle were substituted by a chicken but had an eagle feather. As Fidel once said (in 1967) about the Venezuelan CP “even a chicken can stick an eagle feather in its back and call itself an eagle, but it doesn’t become one”.
I must say that unlike AKD, the young politicians of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), the most significant breakaway in the JVP’s history, and which is now in control of the university student movement, engage in straight talk. Duminda Navagamuwa raised the question at a media briefing as to why the JVP, “having relegated its slogan of the abolition of the executive Presidency to the toilets of its party headquarters for several years, wishes to abolish it now?”
Whatever may be said by the anarchic ‘abolitionists’ in both Government and Opposition ranks, a social movement will and can defeat the 20A trap at a Referendum as a prelude to the launch of a powerful anti-Establishment Presidential candidacy next year; a heroic candidacy that society is hoping for and waiting for.
Rajash / April 28, 2018
is this your explosion number one?
this is more like “meow meow”
Kamalawathie Sameer / April 28, 2018
Rajash – Die-Yarn the racist and warmonger eats Koss-Ata on a daily basis so that he can deliver his routine “Throne Speech” like thunder!
Native Vedda / April 28, 2018
Dayan the public racist
Do you really understand what “semi-autonomous Province” mean to you in Sri Lankan structural context or the mechanics of it?
Could anyone define “semi-autonomous Province” without re-balancing the pivot.
Punchiburampi / April 28, 2018
This time punnaku packet should be directly addressed to Dayan Silva Rajapakshe Jayathilaka.
He is in his mid 60ties now, but the bugger does not show any signs to even sense near. Just cover up his masters thinking that his posts would be guranteed once they are back.
This man is beyond all bearing to me. Native V
Please provide us with the latest address of Dayan Jayathilaka where he is currently kept in colombo. This unique public racist should equally be punished to have twisted the average mind set of this god punished nation.
Native Vedda / April 28, 2018
Dayan the public racist is perhaps in transit, he could take many routes, for example Green path, Navin Nayake-Sajith Premadasa or blue path Gota-Mahinda. Whatever the route is his final destination is whoever is stupid enough to give him a diplomatic job.
Until then he will hold on to 64 positions all at the same time.
Bunjikirilli / April 28, 2018
We can understand that THUNMULLE WIMALE to go for it, but we would never see it right a man with a doctorate though achieved few years ago to continue licking the balls of highly abusive rascals of this nation.
Please CT readership, enlighten us with the facts as to why we should tolerate this man Dayan Silva any more.
Desperate Sinhalaya / April 28, 2018
This man himself woul dnot know what that means,.
His articles are just to show that the bugger is talented. But not outreaching the masses. However, he is part of Joint desctruciton group filled with entremists.
Mostly, the bugger when he would utter anything, he does not know what he has been talking about. Either he proclaims louder as he can what background he has been coming .. bla bla.. or lick the balls of those who ate out home as no other.
Today s economic struggle is mainly connected with the debts deliberately made by former MAFIA King WHO looted it as no other.
Not just few but anyone close to him are now on the list of interpole search.
That man from US, whose credentials are not even good enough to sweep the streets up there were just appointed as former Ambassador to the US while lanken Americans stayed as if they are made to be so: Even entire world would laugh at the manner how Jaliya Wickram handled or responded to forums.
We could better find some one in maradana street, whose could be better than that of Jaliya. All because former President cousins or nephews, things ended up that way, but to date, Meeharaka Rajapakshes is still godded by punnakku eating majority.
Jornos and Dayans play housana in favour of him.
Can you tolerate all these any futrther ?d
Native Vedda / April 29, 2018
Samitha / April 28, 2018
Poor Daya day dreaming to sit on Executive president Gota’s lap
Ajith / April 28, 2018
The great Dayan has replaced Jesus Christ with Godapaya Rajapakse (GOD). He now stopped going to Christian church and now sleeps at the entrance of this GOD’s palace.
Kamalawathie Sameer / April 28, 2018
Ajith – If GODapaya Rajapucksha is GOD then Die-Yarn is his poodle (GOD spelt from the rear) !
Buramphisincho / April 28, 2018
Let him dream. At least something for him.
Boy is now cornered to his 4 walls. So hopes should be there, but the poor man does not know that Rajapakshes are merciless buggers. There are no high crimnals of that nature in the country.
I happened to watch a video how Gota ordered prisoners to be killed out in the welikada.
They have been found dead as cats and dogs.
How come no investigations are properly held yet ?
ARE WE REAL BUDDHISTS OR WE ARE JUST HYPOCRITES NOT ALLOWING JUSTICE TO BE SERVED IN THIS COUNTRY ?
Jim softy / April 28, 2018
I say politicization of the universities are simply DISGUSTING, University students who are part of tht is ldestructive to the parents who sweat to earn that money that they are spending. JVP very well knows how hostile Mahinda rajapakse to JVP is and how Mahinda rajapakse is trying to build NEw-JVP against OLd JVP. I say, what AKD doing is the right thing. President is not an executive president. If he was or is executive Why Mahinda Rajapakse to had to buy 100 ministers and 100 advisors, Natioal List MPs etc., to go to war. Now, it has become the norm becaus eno one party can win a majority. so they have to bribe MPs in in order to weaken the opposition. JVP knows that they are not given publcity. It is the same with JHU. IT is claer that 31% of the minorities want Executive presidency abolished. I also say do it. LTTE came but we won. It is bankrupt political parties who need fights over executive presidency, self determination. IT is the stupid sinhala politicians and socialist LSSP like parties for political reasons that destroyed Sinhale and produced Sri lanka, Destroyed Sinhale flag and produced Sri lanka Because Two Tamils migrated from Malaysia wanted the state for them even the British said NO. LOTUS movement of MahindazRajapakse is not for that. they are just making troubles.
Ajith / April 28, 2018
Your poisonous dirty politics is much more worse than the Gota’s white van politics. You are a disgrace child to your father.
Jim softy / April 28, 2018
Mahinda chintanaya was a corrupt govt. thsoe were neglected by Rnil.CBK govt was chora rujina. that was neglected by Mahind achintanaya. Now agan bond scam and many other thefts neglected becuse sharing power among Palhoru#1, Palhoru#2 and Palhoru#3 is the mpst crucial issue for Sri lankans, Three teams are very competitively efficient and trustworthy. Selelcting the palhoru Team is the most burning issue. So, what will DJ gets. Unfortunately UNHCR and LTTE can not be used anymore.
K A Sumanasekera / April 28, 2018
ADK is now ready to sell the Nation to to please Mangla. Abraham ,Suren and Solheim
It can’t be just for the LKR 25 Lakhs Dr Ranil paid him..( I came to know about it from none other than the only honest UNP MP Dr Wijedasa)
Feb 10 pushed the once mighty Wijeweera Party to the 4 th Place with only a few hundred thou votes.
That is a good indication that the poor rural Sinhala youth don’t buy the JVP Bull Shit whole sale anymore ,unlike in the past.
The new strategy of ADK is to divide the country into 9 autonomous provinces , hoping to grab at least one of them to rule themselves.
So they can have their own Government to go along with the Sampathar, Abraham Northen Government And the Bathudeen Hakeem. Eastern Government.
Wonder what Lalkantha has to say about this ADK plot.
Jim softy / April 28, 2018
wow, Mahinda Rajapaske’s LOTUS MOVEMENT does not have anything else to sell. So sell 20A.
Native Vedda / April 28, 2018
KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera
“That is a good indication that the poor rural Sinhala youth don’t buy the JVP Bull Shit whole sale anymore ,unlike in the past.”
The last time the poor rural Sinhala youth bought Bull Shit was when Dr Mahinda sold the idea of teaching the Demela a lesson they wouldn’t forget forever. The stupid Sinhala youth bought the Bull whole sale went to the war front and died and got maimed.
About 30,000 died, 26,500 maimed, 30,000 deserters still missing, 300,000 soldiers are building mini Vihares over mass graves, …………….
Do you know how many of these stupid godei youth were missing in action?
Mallaiyuran / April 28, 2018
Fidel once said (in 1967) about the Venezuelan CP “even a chicken can stick an eagle feather in its back and call itself an eagle, but it doesn’t become one”. It is funny, Thero needs Castro even to teach him this. Thero is just a puppet.
Anura is, as in earlier occasions Thero said, is trying to be Social Democratic Smart Patriot. So he understands that Brother Prince going to stand in EP election and it is going to be on America’s sponsorship. Unlike Thero, Aunara cannot take America telling what to do to Lankawe. Further he worked hard to bring down Old Royals. At start of the CC talk, he swore he would not work with Ranil. Unlike Thero, who only pretend to be anti -Ranil, Anura really hates Ranil. But he ended up working with Ranil to bring down Old Royals. Now they want to come back. So he knows the coming EP election is about Old Brother Prince and Ranil. That is why he wants to have the EP removed from constitution. But, unstable Thero is now going wild against Anura. But Anura has a stance and he wants to stick to it.
Thero has given up on NCM on Sampanthar because Joint Comedy Club has abandoned it. This is what the reason Vasu said to give up NCM on Sampanthar. “I don’t want to go for that because Tamil will swear on me”. All these guys’ communism is in a petty sad state.
loku kaluge / April 28, 2018
DJ as usual ranting away with garbage articles that we have now got accustomed to. Completely disagree with his foolish and ignorant diatribe which only evokes laughter and pity this joker who is trying to make a living attaching to the Rajapakses. AKD has made a very intelligent analysis of the political situation and as experienced by all Sri Lankans have seen the brutality and stupidity that the previous Prez MR exercised , Gross abuse of power and nepotism and a complete destruction of all institutions so that he could be another Dutugemunu. The yahalpanaya government was given a mandate by the people to get rid of the presidency and the sooner this is done the better. We have another idiot now as Prez who does not know the difference between his facial and anal orifices. No need to have an idiot with the title of President running the country and AKD should be fully supported in his endeavour to get rid of these useless vermin.
K.Pillai / April 28, 2018
Dayan says ~ “………..As Fidel once said (in 1967) about the Venezuelan CP “even a chicken can stick an eagle feather in its back and call itself an eagle, but it doesn’t become one”…………”.
A pig can stick a (Chinese made cheap) lion mane and call himself a ‘political analyst’. In DJ’s case the MR tail shows. A pig is a pig is a pig.
jayalath / April 28, 2018
Dear Colombo Telegraph Readers,
The problem really lies with us who expect Dayan to be a journalist and hence come out with a balance view when commenting on politics!
Looks like his one ambition is to see the return of a Rajapakse (Mahinda, Gotabayiah or even Namal Baby) and get some prominent place late in his life. The solution may be to get him married off with a thumping dowry though no sane woman is unlikely to marry this beggarn who has no principles in life except sucking to Rajapakse’s.
romani / April 29, 2018
“though no sane woman is unlikely to marry this beggar”
Mr. DJ is happily married to his (third) wife. So there!
Kumar Paran / April 28, 2018
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, I refer to your article dated 28 April 2017 entitled “The Executive Presidency: Who Wants It Abolished & Why?”
In that article you identified the following as those who want to dispose of the executive presidency in Sri Lanka:
– Ranil Wickremesinghe
– Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
– those who want to prevent Gotabaya Rajapaksa from being elected president in 2019
In your article dated 25 April 2018, you claim that your specialist field is Political Science. If that’s so, I am sure you would like to modify your list (I repeat “your list”) by adding the following so that it’s up to date:
– Mahinda Rajapaksa – http://tinyurl.com/y7tlvxxb; https://tinyurl.com/yc5un8to
– Joint Opposition
Maharage, Nimal / April 28, 2018
Dayan is a bankrupt pseudo political scientist who knows no real politics other than having daily hallucinations about MaRa and Gota. Your hero, Fidel Castro is a sex predator like MaRa. Do you know that you icon, Fidel is one of the dirtiest dictators of our history: Here is what we know of Fidel:
“The dictator had a rapacious sexual appetite, according to a former Castro insider. The New York Post reported that Castro had sex with at least two women a day; at lunch, dinner and sometimes at breakfast. His guards would prowl the beaches of Havana to recruit women. A Vanity Fair reporter in 2008 revealed that he loved to flirt and littered his speech with crude sexual innuendos. When asked how many children he had, he said, laughing, “Well, I don’t have a tribe. Not that much, fewer than a dozen.”
Kumar Paran / April 28, 2018
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, you say: “Anura Kumara deliberately overlooks the fact that a Prime Minister and President elected by the Parliament will be dependent upon and the captive of the minority parties, especially the Tamil nationalist parties in that Parliament.”
That’s a valid point and I accept it and one can cite examples of minority parties wielding disproportionate influence in shaping the policies of a government, especially if they have a pact with the ruling party. One such case in point is the DUP having the current Conservative government in the UK in their pocket on certain important issues (eg Brexit).
You say Anura Kumara has deliberately overlooked. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black because you have overlooked in your article (conveniently or otherwise) that even in the case of a directly elected presidential system a minority party can become the kingmakers in bringing a presidential candidate to power if the race between the candidates is tight. For example, in the 2015 Sri Lanka presidential election, the TNA vote bank went lock, stock and barrel to Maithripala Sirisena. So, both systems can have shortcomings under certain circumstances and neither system is totally perfect.
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, you really ought to beef up your political science abilities by being more objective and balanced in what you say if you want your readers to take you seriously. As I have said here repeatedly Colombo Telegraph readers are no fools!
Agnos / April 28, 2018
Did you see the latest ITJP report on STF atrocities in Sri Lanka, and how orders came directly from Gotabhaya? Justice will come to him and those who are around him.
sach / April 29, 2018
As usual Tamil Ds are triggered
Mallaiyuran / April 29, 2018
In another topic, while explaining to Sinhala Man the stability Tamil’s words and grammar over the years, I had mentioned him about the Auvai’s Moothurai, a more than 1000 years’ work, we learn in our 1st grade 2nd grade stages.
Here is a good chance of introducing one of that:
‘kaana mayilaada kandiruntha vaan kozhi
thaanum adhuvaaga paavithu than
pollach chiragai virithu adinal polume
kallathan katra kavi’
Forced by jealous of watching a peacock,
A forest dwell majesty’s exquisite waltz,
Poor Turkey spread out its punky feathers,
Thus is the poem of a non-erudite poet.
The last four lines are my translation of what Auvai said in her stanza. The etiquette used by in educations exposes the eruditeness of the educationist. Let’s put it back to Auvai. That is the reason her works are still taught from kindergarten, to young & unmolested minds, in Tamil classes.
What here we see is, if a 1st or 2nd class were asked to find a metaphor on the similar circumstances with Thero, he/she would perform better than Thero. In those circumstances, Thero would be turkey or chicken and the 1st grader would have been the peacock or eagle. Instead of flying high to Cuba to drag Fidel into this and struggling to put his Spanish speech into un- readable English, Thero could have stayed in Lankawe and used simple English to compare like: “a President with Executive powers is an Eagle and a president stripped of that will be like Chicken.” That tells lot to reader how a president will lose the control over the Provinces. Instead Thero unnecessarily raising his tail to sky high and jumping up and down proclaiming “ He (Anura) must take us(Thero) for fools. “
I believe, if there is a voting in CT, the unanimous verdict of writers and readers of CT will be “Anura is perfectly correct in that Take”.
Mallaiyuran / April 29, 2018
Let’s look at what are the implications there:
13 A was brought in by the request of India to devolve the power to Tamils. JR fooled all; JVP and Weerawansa Fooled all; extremely corrupted Sinhala Jury only Supreme Court fooled all; so the 13A is only a chicken, not an eagle, when it comes to devolve the power. In 2013, when TNA won the NPC election, Old Younger Brother Prince said, “What are they going to do with that victory? That is not enough even to change a bulb on the lamp post”. That is the kind of the devolution given to Tamils by Sinhala Government. Thero himself was a Light Post Bulb Changing Minister in NEPC. He, once in a while, croaked to stick on to 13A too.
President, under normal circumstances, don’t administer the Princes, directly. For Ex. in NPC, a guy named Reginald Corey, the so called Governor, hold the leash of the NPC. Any development process NPC budget is rejected and using Rapist army to harass on going women with name of erecting Vesak Panthal erecting or installing Buddha statues under all Boos trees or burning corps in public place is done through this agent, by the President. This bull dog wears the dentures of the Wild Lion in Colombo and implement in NPC what Colombo wants. This is the story Thero wanted to tell but got confused with Fidel’s chicken wearing eagle’s feathers. TNA is not specifically asking the removal of EO with a stealthy idea of stealing the governor’s leash. They ask for Secret Solution that is devolution itself, not closing down EP and stealing that power. If EP is not removed, America’s like power sharing or if removed Canada’s like power sharing would be basic Federal structure. (We are not in TNA’s calls!) The smart Patriot Thero, to show that Anura can’t fool him, inventing this new idea and confusing himself Castro’s Chicken.
Hela / May 1, 2018
Largely agree with DJ argument. JVP is the left flank of RW/CBK/Mangy/TNA combine. They don’t have ANY meaningful national representation. Such a peripheral lot should not be allowed to subvert the state as a whole.