19 October, 2017

A Balance Restored: Meeting Mahinda & Maithripala

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

It wasn’t just another Sunday. On the eve of the day that nominations closed and the Presidential race began in earnest, I had a one-on-one luncheon conversation with President Rajapaksa and a late teatime discussion with Maithripala Sirisena, at the invitations of the incumbent and a key personality of the challenger’s camp, respectively. While I shall not divulge the contents of either conversation, I can however, share my impressions.

Most important is that contrary to the lurid propaganda about dictatorship and even Nazi fascism that accompanied the 18th amendment, Sri Lanka remains a vibrant democracy and the race for the top spot in the country is a real one. This was made possible by a simple expedient that I had been canvassing ad infinitum et ad nauseam: the introduction of a viable Opposition candidate in place of Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The two candidates seem roughly evenly poised. Thus is a balance restored. They are both strong personalities, each in their own distinct ways.

One –on–one, Mahinda Rajapaksa is gracious and grounded. As has been the case since I first knew him in 1999, our conversation is in English. Mahinda’s is the cautious confidence of a veteran; he is not gung-ho. He comes across as a Realist who has sensed the opinion currents for change, but is relying on his achievement of ridding the citizenry of terrorism and of visibly, tangibly improving the towns and countryside through electricity, roads and shelter. Ironically, for a former progressive, his is a message of conservative modernization, or a message that is progressive insofar as the defence of national sovereignty in the Global south is a progressive cause and economic and material modernization is intrinsically, socio-historically progressive. It is on the other hand, a conservative message in that I for one cannot discern any further room for enlightened structural reform in the Mahinda Rajapaksa trajectory and project, unless a third and final term faces strong pressures from an opposition led parliament.

He is drawing on maturity and experience in a thousand battles, but is hamstrung by his clan and sclerotic party-state establishment. Mahinda Rajapaksa will have to fight and win this election on his own personality—he will have to romance, persuade, convince and win back the voter, by himself and as himself. The impression I am left with is that his main concerns are national sovereignty and the dangers of eventual transfer of power to parliament which could give a proto-separatist party the veto over governmental formation someday.

I speak straight from the shoulder as I always have with him—which is why his siblings and their crooked, thuggish cronies flushed me out of the System—and sincerely wish him luck. What I really hope for is that if Mahinda wins narrowly, he will be freed from his family oligarchy by the voters who will defeat the ruling coalition at the parliamentary election. I tell him that for his sake I hope the voters will, just this one last time, opt for the parliamentary rather than Presidential channel of change.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is “the Lion in Winter”. I leave with no clear sense of whether he will win or lose, but with the notion that even if he resonates enough with the rural voter to pull off a win, I am witnessing a scene in the inevitable cycle of the tragic hero, whose tragic flaw has been his inability or unwillingness to curb the greedy excesses of his family clan. The Maithri rebellion is the equivalent of the impeachment that damaged President Premadasa and the Karuna breakaway that crippled Prabhakaran. Mahinda may pull off the famous rope-a-dope that Muhammed Ali used in his comeback—but the unipolar moment is over.

I meet Maithripala Sirisena that evening. The President’s camp as well as his own will find that he is no pushover. Maithripala is very confident, calm yet switched-on.  He is slight and friendly with a wiry tensile strength and the zeal of the reformer. He has much to say, to share, to disclose, to convince. To me he is credible. He has drive and energy as a challenger should. I get the sense that the very logic of his campaign has led to a welcome change from the fast-track abolition of the executive presidency to a rather more nuanced, evolutionary gradualism. He is gathering social momentum owing to the combination of sheer anti-incumbency and a backlash against an exclusionary clan-centrism. His activists are far more switched on than the old warhorses, fat cats and gangsta young politicos in the President’s campaign.  Maithripala’s is a Movement while Mahinda’s is a Machine. Maithri is feeding off the energy of the Movement; its strength and weakness being that it is predominantly urban, educated, and professional. Mahinda has the challenge of transcending his Machine while relying upon it. Mahinda’s Machine is itself perforated, permeable, not chiefly because there are UNPers in the System but because the challenger, Maithripala is a senior SLFPer and has sympathizers in its ranks as Ranil would not have.

Maithripala is a man with a message: he will clean the place up; save money and invest it for the public benefit by clearing out the crooks—the kleptocratic clan. In that cause, I support him and sincerely wish him luck. Win or lose, I think a leader has emerged whom we should protect. Even if he narrowly loses the Presidential election, I hope to see him lead a coalition to victory at the parliamentary one, and become our Prime Minister, balancing the President.

Maithri’s critique resonates with me but I cannot suppress a larger historical question which is essentially ethical, even moral:  if we gave two terms to JRJ and CBK who failed to save us from terrorism and did not try hard enough to do so, should we not give Mahinda a third term almost as a bonus for having achieved what these others did not? Should we reward dramatically unequal performance equally, with two terms? Is it historically fair and just that Mahinda should be sent home, having saved us from Prabhakaran, while Ranil Wickremesinghe should be installed as Prime Minister, having genuflected before Prabhakaran?

If it were only Mahinda without his ubiquitous family, I would have no hesitation in supporting him. Similarly if it were Maithripala without Ranil and Chandrika, I would have no hesitation in supporting him. The reality is that neither is the case. Both candidates, strong and worthy men, are embedded in their respective reactionary matrices. I shall therefore remain agnostic and equidistant; opting for bipolar power-balancing and rising, as Isaac Deutscher recommended, “au dessus de la melee” (“above the fray”).

A Movement has the edge over a Machine, but the battle in the electoral arena will be, in the final analysis, mano-a-mano, man to man. It is here that Mahinda may still have an edge. When I left Temple Trees after two hours and a bit, Elvis was still in the building.

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    DJ

    Too much white on your beard and moustache. Too much cs king.

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      DJ – Sad to say you are the greatest REACTIONARY of them all! Disingenuous to the core and blinkered.

      You also confuse democracy with dictatorship and have lost the ability to write critically. Democratic governance is about multiple voices working together and that is what Maitri represents.

      Dictatorship is when you have a macho thug and his family in power like Mahinda Jarapassa aka. South Asian Gadhaffi!

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    He is still hell bent on marketing himself as a bloody expert. First he unequivocally supported and stated MR is invincible at elections. Now he is riding a see-saw with his typical academic (Dayan is a self proclaimed intellectual) fiffle. So he gives this scenario so he can come out on Jan 9th and say “See I told you so” even if MR loses. MR is probably not going to lose the way Saddam and Kim family never lost. The machinery of state is in his hand. The opposition is a motley crew of discredited old has-beens and an angry man and a man who will win even MS loses(Ranil); because RW is comfortable with the perks and keeps his skeletons hidden in the closet. If he were the nominee all the dirty on his private life would have come out in the private media and state media that supports MR. Already the discredited former President CBK is being villified and attacked and she is not above being catty and vicious herself so far. Why can’t we hear from MS and not from CBK or RW?People need to know who candidate MS is and if he is fit to be Commander in Chief and President. MR oozes charisma and can speak from the heart and also has taken time to learn and speak in Tamil

    Dayan has never told us what his PhD is in; where he got it; and whether he is an academic who has ever published in global or local Peer Reviewed(very important to stress peer reviewed) top quality journals or is he a hack marketing his PhD for lucre and just prattles off his “intellectuality”. Has he even told us whether he hates his father and took another name because of a conflict between incredibly erudite ethical journalist father and son? A lot of diatribes and insults maybe a result of a bad childhood or abuse or alcohol led abuse. Don’t know but he has appointed himself as the only expert. But kudos for him for doing an excellent job in Geneva as Ambassador. Far better than tea trader relatives and in-laws and whoever is a Rajapakse DNA holder or relative or cousin who are all across the world now.

    Dayan De Silva, you write well but you are balancing a tight rope because you are afraid to be wrong and make the wrong prediction and get egg on your face. But at least you are unafraid and not a yes man to H.E. The President.

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      Who let you out of your Pakis Pettiya? Should be sentenced for letting loose another gona trying to be sophisticated in using Dayan de Silva as his Dadha Miwwa (Sri Lankan “Stalking Horse”)
      All these b..s trying to look clever while making excuses for a rotten government and a Jarapassa is a disgrace to Sri Lanka.

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        Dayan Says “…Sri Lanka remains a vibrant democracy…..”

        He has no shame what-so-ever, still licking MR’s bones.

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    This fellow Dayan is a disgraceful fellow who would do anything to defend MaRa. I cannot believe this fellow writes garbage and CT publishes it.

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    Dayan and Mahinda yet drooling for a losable candidate from the opposition and ever droning about the most winnable challenger.

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    Poor DJ, still hoping to get the post back. Even MR wins you will not get it back because he has not given up nepotism. MR do not think that it is because of you people in the international arena, the SF with our war heroes in the forefront of the battle field, and public enduring the austerity at that time that we won the war. He thinks that it is because of him. If so why can not he do it right now when Geneva is against us. MR never fought a fair Presidential poll in history nor will he this time. However, public is ready to send him home this time. If he does not opt to accept the defeat, and does the same to EC what he did at last PE, people will come out and send him home. I wish MR is not that stupid to choose such fate.
    When MR got the news of winning the war and tried to get a seat of SL Airlines to come back to SL, where the then operator Emirates did not wish to trouble the already booked customers, MR was furious at Emirates and got them out. Was it a right move? such things would never happen in countries ruled by intelligent leaders. When I just heard the I knew it that moment that this is stupid decision and we are going to face a huge loss in our carrier in coming years, which was the case now and public is suffering for stupidity of MR.

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      Hey Du.. Before MR we had several leaders – JR / Pre /CBK / Ra – for a short time as PM – why none of them could not wipe out LTTE terror from this country — under them also we had armed forces ( most of the commanders who contributed for the victory over LTTE – including SF – were also there in the rank and file of these armed forces)- but still we failed miserably over and over again – which created a false image about the invincibility of LTTE in the minds of international peace brokers and their backers in here – Fortunately MR came to power at a crucial juncture of this country and exactly understood what is needed to win this war – Correct Strategical planning + Correct mixture of weapons + Unwavering political backing and moral support + correct selection commanders and other officers of armed forces and proper strengthening of the armed forces with trained solders – MR selected GR as his trusted right hand man to oversee the war operation and stood behind him providing the necessary political backing – That is the difference between all the other leaders ad MR – he also could have dance according to the International Peace brokers tune and had a Gala time at the helm of the country – as all the others did during their time at the helm – Now today we are having election almost every year – people are living freely without fear which tormented us for 30 odd years – developments that were lagging for decades are happening – we all can express our opinion on public media as long as you know where your limits are – So we are having democracy – If we compare Western democracy with our model of democracy those are not similar – we in a fluid stage of transition and still there are vast difference between income levels / educational levels – that is the very reason why MR and this Gov. should remain in power – Of course we cannot agree all what is happening under this Gov. – I sincerely hope MR will be able during his future term to eliminate all the Tics ans parasites on his body and on his Gov. — Regarding your claim about SF (your war hero ) – Please remember it is not only SF who contribute to the war winning — what about the commanders of Navy and Airforce and many thousand foot solders – they also have contributed equally – the difference is – they did not became intoxicated with their own contribution – Regarding the MS – I certainly do not think he is a street smart politician – he may express lots of smart ideas – but a big question hangs over him – Can you acheive what you want to acheive – may be I am wrong because I am gauging him by reading his comments and watching his stratergies on the web – since I am not physically living in Sri Lanka

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    ‘Gangsta’?? Why does this old douchebag constantly yearn to sound young by being ‘down with the kids?’.. does he think the youth won’t understand him if he spoke like a sensible academic? Or perhaps this is his way of saying nothing and duping the older reader into thinking he’s talking to the kids and vice versa.

    Anyhow, pat on the back DJ, you were invited to meet the two main candidates. You’ve told us how nice each one is and you’ve mentioned your lack of understanding of the cbk-rw-kadirgamar peace offensive against the ltte (ptoms, followed by the breaking up of karuna, splitting the ltte and so on).

    Then you foolishly ask thr reader to ponder on how ‘fair’ it is if we don’t give mahinda an extra term since he won thr war for us. You believe he is somewhat entitled to it. Ha, I’m sure those are his precise sentiments, which, however, do not stop there. Like you MR must think he’s entitled to unlimited terms, over 300 vehicles, 2000 bodyguards, unlimited usage of state resources for kith and kin, a billion dollars in tsunami aid, kick backs from all the infrastructure deals etc.

    DJ you are the biggest phony around. You stand for nothing, despite your intellectual capability, and for that I liken you to scum. Far worse than the barely literate mervins, dumindas and sajins since you have a moral responsiblity given your academic background and the veil of a left leaving democratic which is slowly wearing off. Get @#$%&! mate.

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      That’s indeed so very true. Spot on. He’s trying to figure out a way of getting a diplomatic post once again, and be on the safe side whoever wins. But alas, no chance. Chandrika hates him to bits, and will never let a Maitripala Sirisena govt to take him anywhere near it. Gota and Sajin Vaas/Kshenuka S. can’t stand him either, so no chance in a Mahinda govt. Good riddance for crazy characters of this nature. Now, just like in the olden days, school bag hanging on one shoulder, long-sleeve shirt three-quarters folded, DJ can knock around Colombo city and let politics be.

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    Mr. Jayatilleke,

    Too many IF’s to my liking.It should be either or. Maybe you think it sounds more intellectual this way.

    Fortunately you and I have just one vote!

    Maithripala will not be CC without Chandrika and Ranil.

    And, Mahinda would not be in the present predicament without his clan.

    Astrology aside, ‘the boss’ always has the last laugh. Most discover him/her when it is too late. For those already enlightened, what is unfolding in front of our eyes is just free entertainment.

    We shall all inherit what is due to us, not a paisa more, not a second more!

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    Now I find it difficult to differentiate DJ from SB and Mervin. From 1980’s to 2000’s his colour changed back and forth. Couple of month back he was a strong critique of the president, corruption, nepotism,etc. But since the presidential election was announced, he seems to be changing the clour again. Suddenly President has become a Mr. Clean and only his family is bad. He is again trying to give character certificates to him and build his personality as the “cut outs” hanging in concrete pols have failed to do so. He made it a point to mentioned that his first conversation with the president in 1999 was in English. That is where he is trying to create the “point of difference” between two candidates. I doubt very much whether president was capable of having that conversation in 1999 in the said medium of language.

    DJ , your target market is quite convinced and has no doubt what so ever in voting Maithree. Yet your MARCOM is very strategic but will not be good enough to sell the rotten, expired and unsafe product ” Rajapaksha”.

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    DJ you are pathetic. You are no better than MR and his corrupt brothers, and their uneducated group of deal brokers who ruin the country. If you have stayed away, all this time keeping your boring self serving opinions to your self while keeping somewhat earned respect during the War as a UN representative you were better off. The more you talk/write more you expose what a crook you are, what little knowledge you have.

    This until last week, DJ was all over the news, interviews, papers, websites as a political expert spouting MARA talking points and a paid goon.Parading the idea why MR is ahead and why Maithree is losing. Ah, all of a sudden you have seen sohon lakunu of MR’s campaign. Not only that, since he is getting a sound beating at progressive websites by readers, he uses his lackey Ms Thamara Kunanayakam to attack Mr Sirisena’s candidacy and she elaborately tried to peddle DJ the same idea, that Win of Mr Sirisena, is a coup Orchestrated by Ranil to hoodwink voters, and it is actually him you are voting for. So don’t.I am not even sure if she really wrote it.
    Then towards Wednesday he changed tune, ah JHU is there now I feel relieved. As if JHU joined the opposition during the last weekend. I want to find out what MR has promised him , or what kind of a corrupt file MR has on DJ, for him to ignore this many educated people thinking this regime is violating the law, civil liberties of this country. I am hoping that Rajeeva will not be able to sway Mr Sirisena’s mind to give this guy another important position in the coming gov(if they’d win). These are the kind of white collar criminals we need to get rid of. not only the politicians. Since they will happily change the tie and join who ever in the power, and to enjoy all the privileges. When he was not sure if JVP will field a candidate, he was all trying to do rear-end kissing for AKD. What a shame!!
    You will feel important only for two months, MR again will use you and discard in two months. After the election, MR hates people who speaks English well since he can’t. I don’t even understand why you think him speaking with you in English is that important. Language is just a tool, idea or message is what is more important.

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    Prof: DJ: My attention is drawn to two facts you mentioned, i.e

    1. “….18th Amendment, Sri Lanka remains a vibrant democracy…” You are wrong. This is what put the whole country in jeopardy. Perhaps you would have been blinded by the number of elections that have and are being conducted. NO. The damage that this amendment did to the whole system of governance is unpardonable. Why, with all your education and experience in Governmental affairs failed to see it? Besides, can’t you see what happened to the Judiciary of the country? Do you see and feel that there is “Democracy” in the matters of governance of the country’s public affairs, after this 18th Amendment?

    2. “…….which is shy his siblings and their crooked thuggish cronies flushed me out of the system….”. When this is your experience, how do you continue to associate him as a “Leader” of a country on whose shoulders the entire population has placed trust and confidence to run the governmental affairs?. Do you still believe he will correct himself and has the strength and courage to “KICK” out these “cronies, thugs and his clan” and come clean at an election?

    As most of the comments say, you are planning something very “sinister” at this critical point of time. If you were “kicked” out because of the influence of those “clan, thugs, and cronies” and you still find them with him, why you want to have even “one-on one luncheon” with him? Either, you are shameless and have no self respect to be a “Professional” or keep contact with ulterior motives. That behavior does not speak well of you.

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    Though DJ is trying his best to park himself with the winner whoever may be, both MR and MS would not trust him

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    While meeting Rajapaksa and noting how gracious he was, did you take a look in the fridge where they have the ghosts of those murdered? Or the white van parked behind?

    What depraved creature are you to brush aside all the horrendous rights abuses under his ‘gracious’ watch, and focus only on the family banditry of those around him?

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    “Even if he narrowly loses the Presidential election, I hope to see him lead a coalition to victory at the parliamentary one, and become our Prime Minister, balancing the President” (DJ). That is the ideal of course.

    Surely the opposition towards Rajapakse retaining presidency is not to do so much with family cronyism? I mean, the clan is surely using money doled out to them for development projects. Guess family is difficult to rap on the knuckles, so the propensity for corruption is greater, than if money is doled out democratically.

    But isn’t the problem more of a long-term heritage issue (of both Sinhalese and Tamils); of better sustenance of the unique Lankan identity through the democratic process?

    For example, are we to kill our natural heritage with ultra-capitalistic undertakings (stolen from historical Western strategy, that even the West is regretting in this day and age of greater introspection), and replace it with the uninspiring and plagiarized Chinese vision of a New World Order?

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    No point asking Dayan, but can one of the Christian faction friendly Political Analysts / Journos do an interview with the UNP Leader Ranil?..

    I mean he is the real deal .. Right…

    CC Sira is going to last only 100 Days.

    Inhabitants have to put up with Ranil for 3000 days at least…

    And guess what ..He is going to build Brides too, besides eliminating corruption..

    And fill the pockets of the Dalits with the money he saves from waste .

    With all this u beat programs, wonder why the hell this able Ranil who seems to be specifically bred for ruling, goes behind a discredited .ex Prez to deliver these goodies to out inhabitants.

    Mind you, this ex Prez is not even from his own party … Right….

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    Let’s grant what you say: “..if we gave two terms to JRJ and CBK who failed to save us from terrorism and did not try hard enough to do so, should we not give Mahinda a third term almost as a bonus for having achieved what these others did not?”. But you also mention an “essentially ethical or even moral” sense as your criterion.

    The problem is that impartial readers find it hard to defend the damage MR has done to the moral foundations of the society, which is far greater than what he achieved by defeating the LTTE. A leader who truly deserves our gratitude over defeating the LTTE would have reflected on causes that gave rise to the LTTE in the first place, and proceeded to address them.

    Instead, MR took for granted the “defeat of terrorism” as a license to commit unheard of abuse of power. The chorus that “Mahinda delivered us from terrorism” is no longer effective, especially among the masses of the countryside who are the decisive voters in the election.

    In your moral equation you need to ponder the following: “Armed with a new “mandate”, will MR hesitate to exercise more freely than he does now, the arrogance of power, and commit more unspeakable crimes, including the economic ruin of the country?”

    I respect your intelligence and wide reading. But it saddens me to find these being recurrently misused. You owe yourself, are capable of, and deserve a better intellectual and moral position.

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    “ver out of your puss. patriot with brains between hind legs. Buruva/Buro/Kalede kalu kollo!”

    Welcome to My3 philosophy of governance :-)

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    “Most important is that contrary to the lurid propaganda about dictatorship and even Nazi fascism that accompanied the 18th amendment, Sri Lanka remains a vibrant democracy…”

    Dear Dayan, Really we have a “vibrant democracy”? What about killing of Lasantha,the editor of Sunday Leader, the purchase of his news paper by government cronies,killing of Taraki,Joseph Pararajasingam, Maheswaran, using Karuna to kill Tamil dissentors,white van abductions,military intimidation and killing in the North, violence against Muslims in the South, burning of churches ,and these with impunity.Is this vibrant democracy? What about arresting the opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka. Is it part of vibrant democracy?Bribing press editors with lap tops, offering money to MPs who cross over or prevent cross over are part of democratic principles?

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    Dayan Jayatilleke is trying to butter his slice of bread on BOTH sides and struggling not knowing which side to hold. What an opportunist he is!

    Sengodan. M

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    Dude, your vengeance and connivance is apparent. You/Thamara/Rjeeva trio – May be forever apologizing Rajeewa(for Rajapakshes) joining opposition too is part of your plan. You all can’t seem to stand Ranil getting any position in the country as he will not get what he plans. The he wants entitled Sajith baby to somehow get leadership. and get his kushy appointment what ever it could be. So pls spare us with your incorrect analysis, unprofessional opinions. You are such a disingenuous, self serving pompous a@*$$..For the way you defend, MR I can feel what a bigot you are about the rest of the minorities of the country. You are in Sajith/Tiran/Killi derailing UNP camp. What a hypocrite, you are putting your selfserving agendas before the need of the 20million people of the country. Shame on you!!

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    Truly pathetic – what a creep! Vibrant democracy indeed! Have you forgotten the kangaroo court that the CJ had to deal with to get the present disaster in place? The list of undemocratic actions are countless and yet you keep defending the perpetrators. Did you also forgive and forget MR’s dismissal of your efforts, calling you a NGO crawly? Rajiva and you are like Tweedledum(b) and Tweedledee forever defending the ‘King of Hearts’ and blaming all and sundry around him. Surely if he is so frigging dumb to allow it to his detriment, then do we need a ‘leader’ like him?

    Take a good look in the mirror and reflect on the reactions to your hypocrisy.

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      Americans are trying to cut and paste their model of democracy in many other countries of the world without understanding the local situations in those countries (like tribal rivalries, religious rivalries, vast income gaps etc.) Americans never manage to establish democracy in those countries – instead they created wars and more chaos in those countries — When Li Quan U came to power in Singapore he did not establish a democratic rule in Singapore – instead he establish a democratic looking authoritarian regime – but selected the best uncorrupted brains to run the country and establish his version of democracy ruthlessly – The American democracy who boast about their freedom of speech ,expression are not allowing Wikileak originator Julian Assanga to enter America – still he is a prisoner inside Ecuadorian embassy in UK – the Solder who gave secrets to Julian is suffering in prison – Snowden who revels America’s infamous data tapping is not allowed to enter the country – and all these undemocratic activities are covered under their Patriotic Act – So on the skin Americans and most of the western countries are democratic – but their core is rarely democratic and rotting – I think democracy is purely an academic myth and cannot exist in its pure form when the situation of its host is not conductive for its full implementation and development – the situation in Sri Lanka is no difference – we can enjoy some democratic rights at this stage – however when the democracy start meddling with social and economical development of the country – we need to select what should come first – I think MR is smart in selecting where it should be democratic and where he should be otherwise

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    CBK says M.R.has anti Bandaranaike phobia, D.J is suffering from anti Ranil Phobia.This time around you will be in the wrong side of history as the “arch of history bends towards Justice”.Pivithru Hetak,sadharana Samajayak udessa Maithri Palanayak is the rallying cry of the nation.

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      You know even a dimwit would get it DJ is fully against RW from the beginning on. He feels that he belongs to the top analaysts – but I have not heard anyone calling him as such. But whenever he comes to conversation, he boasts about 2009 and whatever speeches he had made saving the nation. I really dont think that any average man is aware of who is DJ. For all of us on CT, he is just an another Mervin THE VERMIN like charactor who fights for the publicity and belong tob e a lapdog of most corrupted man in srilanka Meeharaka Rajaapakshe.
      Did anybody of you check it yesterday how they ate kiribth at Templetrees y day, using tax payers funds – how can a leader behave this way while EC is resounding the rules and regulations in terms of upcoming election ?

      Are srilanken that stupid to tolerate all these ?

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    A vibrant democracy! Dayan, you call yourself a political scientist. You are worse than all the political stooges we have ever seen. We know you it’s posting you are looking for, but get off it, time to try your hand at something else.

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      Dont take them serious – he changes his ends time to time. Sooner he chances of his posts, quicker his attitudes will be. Now having no options since Sirisena is nominee, he has lost his all hopes about makinghis favourite Premadasa into power – so now he is divided in his mad world. This guy calling himself a veteran continues to be a fool before CT readership – is beyond all bearing to this day.
      I can see the man appearing Sirasa or other senders these days to leave his 2 ct worth further thinkin that he is the man. Brains filled with all extrements should have damaged it to that extent him not leading to a healthy conscience. Thesedays almost everyone on the road are happy being seen a light towards wayout to remove the highly abusive rulers – why the bugger cant join them is more than questionalble.
      I have no doubt, those who are fighting for basic human rights will support common opo candidate in the next election – but I doubt whether people will be aware of all the huge frauds bein made by MR THESE DAYS… abusing tax payers funds to unestimable levels.

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    Did Dr. Dayan see the Mahinda ‘Pligu bole’ when he met him? Dr. Has forgotten Rasputin story.

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    It is very clear how popular DJ is. No one in their right mind would want to be associated with a humbug like this, except those who are in extreme desperation.

    The Gymnyst is a liability – but the mutts in power do not read CT. So they do not know of DJs popularity. Ranil probably does. No wonder he has not had any visitations from this creature happy to go on all fours for the well being of the Sinhalese Nation of course.

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    Dayan

    You come across as a very weak and uncertain man. You lack a firm opinion. Your statements, articles, opinions all have an inbuilt door so you can getaway should you predictions not come true.

    I say give-up. Just cross over to MR’s side ( and since Elvis is in the building). The country does not need people like you or that Wijesinghe fellow. Both of you are opportunists and weak links.

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    Now I am not sure whether to call you DJ or DdeS? Whoever it is you are a shameless man. It looks like you go to places where the food is. You had lunch with MR and tea with MS. What a pathetic man. Do you know that you used our money to have lunch? At least tea was not using our money. At least for the next few weeks be a man who does not write for a plate of rice (or grass).

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    national sovereignty and the dangers of eventual transfer of power to parliament which could give a proto-separatist party the veto over governmental formation
    This must be stopped at all cost. One proposal could be that if Mahinda loses he would have the second chance to form a government.government. Ranil can be given the first chance. If Mahinda can help to push forward the reforms that both the government and opposition members want he will be able to continue as Executive Prime Minister or with enough strength to ensure his above desires.
    Ranil has shown his desires for freedoms by the amendments he passed as prime Minister. Appointing a prime minister and then suspending parliament or other method should be discussed by both presidential candidates.The ammendments will ensure control of corruption. The tracking of fuds here and abroad may have Ranil with the edge with contacts abroad. The Maha Sangha should watch over the nation. This not Mahinda wasthe main reason for our victory. The forces were able to recruit men and be motivated because of this. The General trained the A4my and relocated new recruits to administritative duties. All of must sharem with the victory. Chandrika armed the forces.Karu ensured a stable government.

    As Ranil, Maithri and mahinda says we must pledge in a concrete manner toform a national government.

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