18 October, 2017

A Dividing Society, A Divided Self

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Not only is the government increasingly divided, I am too.

It was almost the end of 2016 and at the society wedding of the year attended by the incumbent President, the Prime Minister and two former Presidents (of wildly unequal popularity even in an elite setting), that a very senior retired civil servant posed the following question to me in the buffet queue: “Dayan, have you ever seen a government that was quite as stupid as this one?” My prompt answer was “nope”.

The inter-party, intra-regime contradictions proliferate over quite fundamental policy issues, cracks show in the coalition and the government fissures before our eyes. That said, I have a confession to make. As the Yahapalana enters its third year, I find I am a divided self. One part of me urges that the government stops the nonsense it is embarked upon and changes course– and that part of me publicly recommends viable alternatives. The other part of my divided self hopes the government will continue its nonsense and inevitably ignite the firestorm that will consume it and its supportive strata. These two sides of me are the Realist reformist vs. the Romantic (ex)revolutionary; the policy analyst vs. the political intellectual and ideologist.

The Realist in me is appalled at the anarchy that is manifesting itself in government and the reckless courses of action that it is pursuing. One the other hand the Romantic rebel recalls Chairman Mao’s delighted exclamation that “there is great disorder under heavens; the situation is excellent!”

Consider the Constitutional cock-up. The constituent parties of the misnamed Unity Government are unclear as to whether the objective is a new constitution or the modest reform and renovation of the existing one. The UNP insists that the executive presidency be abolished as allegedly promised while the official SLFP says that no such mandate was obtained and that the executive presidency should remain while devolution should be on the basis of the 13th amendment– thereby avoiding the requirement of a referendum.

That poses a problem within me. I am in agreement with the SLFP’s evolving position because I think it is the best for the country. JR Jayewardene rightly regarded the executive presidency as a sine qua non for economic takeoff and sustainable high growth in Sri Lanka. However the other side of me hopes that the UNP and its TNA partner will do something stupid and overreach – and be forced to go for a referendum which it is likely to lose, with uncontainable consequences to itself. The abolition of the executive Presidency would automatically mean a power shift to the PM and the Chief Ministers, to wit, Ranil Wickremesinghe and CV Wigneswaran. Would that pleasing prospect get a majority YES vote at a referendum? The rebel in me says, says “go ahead, make my day”.

What is quite crazy is that the UNP is openly critical of its coalition partner and its decision to retain the executive presidency while limiting the scope of devolution, even though it is precisely the SLFP’s moderate stance that will save the UNP by stopping short of the referendum requirement. And yet the UNP is openly exacerbating the contradiction within the government by trashing the SLFP’s pragmatic position and thereby undermining regime stability.

The SLFP’s Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has also contradicted the moderate SLFP front-rankers on the issue of the executive presidency and the Presidential election of 2020 (actually December 2019).

The report of the Consultative Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation is a new source of political friction and fissure. CBK has come out swinging in support while swinging her handbag at critics. The Reconciliation Task Force recommendations have been applauded also by the TNA and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), which brings to light the new reality that the TNA is as much the local wing of the GTF/BTF as the old Communist parties were the local chapters of Moscow based Soviet communism. As Chief Minister Wigneswaran has recently stressed in Ontario, the project is “to coordinate the Tamil identity globally.”

The Reconciliation Task Force report has been praised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, all of which have urged the implementation of its recommendation of hybrid Special Courts and a Special Prosecutor’s office.

Connect the dots: CBK- CTF-TNA-GTF-OHCHR-HRW-AI. The network is revealed, the agenda transparent. Proceeding along this network’s anti-national line is electorally suicidal. Therefore the official SLFP will either lose its vote base to the JO or resist and eventually get out from under, with or without President Sirisena.

On the Reconciliation Report too, my attitude is dualistic. One side of me will work with anyone including “the devil’s grandmother” as Trotsky once put it, to block its implementation. The other side of me is aware that such measures were never taken in most countries because they would blow up in the face of anyone who tried to target a victorious patriotic military and threaten the glory of the historic victory. That side of me hopes that the stupid exhortations of the liberal human rights and Tamil lobbies will be heeded by the government, which will then have to face the music.

An axiomatic fact of our existence is that Sri Lanka is a small island in the Indian Ocean, a mere 18 miles away from a historically hostile populace of 80 million. Our location makes everyone want a foothold in this place while our size means that we can’t afford to give them such a foothold. What we primarily lack is not capital (‘investment’) but sheer physical space.

That is what we cannot afford to give any outsider, for any significant period of time. We fought a war to restore our territorial integrity but now the ruling UNP elite is giving away our territorial space. It is about to give away large chunks for long periods as spheres of influence to outside powers, from all over this island creating a situation defined as “semi-colonialism” by Mao, in which a single external power does not dominate a country (“colonialism”) but several external powers are “granted concessions” i.e. ceded areas of a country, as was China’s situation as the 20th century dawned.

The UNP elite’s willingness to cede vast tracts of land to foreigners, grant more power over control of land to the Northern and Eastern provinces abutting Tamil Nadu, and the PM’s vision of “combining” and “integrating” Sri Lanka’s economy with that of Tamil Nadu and other South Indian states, when taken together, poses such a fundamental threat to the nation’s existence that it has sundered the very basis of the communitarian Social Contract on this island.

This existential threat must be defeated “by any means necessary” (Malcolm X), and that task presents itself to us with “the fierce urgency of now” (ML King).

Until now, however great the crisis, the leaders of this country’s Establishment were always too flexible and pragmatic, and the system itself far too much of a moving target with its competitive two-party dynamics and electoral safety valves, to permit a national liberation struggle fused with a people’s revolution. But with the arrogant, socially insensitive, dogmatic and quite out of date economic neoliberal Mr. Wickremesinghe at the helm, partnered by the no less rootless cosmopolitans Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mangala Samaraweera, and the shutting out and locking up of the numerically significant Joint Opposition, the situation is so polarized, the policy agenda so delegitimized, the safety valves so tightly shut, that the fusion of a nationalist backlash and socioeconomic frustration could actually ignite a people’s national–democratic revolution.

Everybody except for those seated on top of it know that there is a volcano, can hear the rumblings, and are aware that it will erupt sooner rather than later.

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  • 36
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    Me at the society wedding of the year
    Me with former/present head of states.
    Me with Prime Minister
    Me with very senior retired civil servant
    Me find myself divided
    Me the Dirty Harry says “go ahead, make my day” (Me forgot punk)
    Me find myself the existential threat to myself

    Me going to blast my head off – Malcolm X and is the fierce urgency of now (ML King).

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      “Not only is the government increasingly divided, I am too.”

      It was not overlooked the gravity of you and your divisions – even if the size of govt s divisions are still within their frames. Actually, if Dr Merkel too would not admit her govt is divided increasingly, nevertheless she has achieved most of what the govt pledged themsevles at time it was built.
      Likewise, in a country such as hours with almost the population of saboteurs are overflowing than that of supporters, things cant move the same way as is seen in GERMANY, but not having any other options left, you have to wait. Why I consider Germanys model here is their govt is too a grand coalition of higher smiliarities to that of current govt in SL.

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        A well functioning democracy is a consultative process; it’s never going to look clean and clinical. If you want something that looks clean and clinical, go for a moustached dictatorship.

        In all its ham-fisted foolishness, a good consultative process – uncharacteristically open (for SL) – is going on in SL right now. That, my fellow countrymen is democracy!

        This is how a democracy functions; warts and all. Perhaps, not many Lankans have seen one before! So, get used to it.

        People who have rarely tasted freedom, subconsciously, always, look for jackboots to lick.

        Poor Dayan needs Rajapakse-clans’ firm hand to guide him in his dotage!

        Nostalgia for Gota’s white-vans, eh?

        In the absence of the Rajapakses, Lankans are condemned to be free. And freedom can be terrifying.

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          nimal fernando

          The war monger types:

          This existential threat must be defeated “by any means necessary” (Malcolm X)

          Is this a veiled threat to the current leaders of this island? Is he going to bump off the current leadership, create a hate environment in which any one could pull the trigger for him, a right-wing coup perhaps, a putsch, ????

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            Native,

            Dayan is the Manuel (Fawlty Towers) of SL political commentary. Sure, he has read a few books and has a few quotations in his kit-bag. But, I don’t think, even he himself believes, what he writes. If he does, then it’s time for the “men in white” to haul him away. And for all the psychiatrists in the place wherever he is taken-to to abandon ship.

            No need to get excited. The truth is, Dayan cant sway one vote! I’m not kidding; that’s the worth of Dayan’s influence on the voter.

            Manuel didn’t last long; just enjoy the entertainment while it lasts.

            Who knows, one day – like Andrew Sachs – we’ll begin to miss Dayan. We, Lankans, should learn to appreciate our blessings.

            Very few, can dish-out such great comedy with an absolute straight face.

            I say, Dayan is a national treasure!

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              nimal fernando

              “I say, Dayan is a national treasure!”

              Are you suggesting Dayan for president by “Being There”?

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          This I reminded while whirling to find as to why DJ is still after Rajanos –
          There is saying in vernacular if you are really really in need – you would even hang on a weakened hay bush. එල්ලෙන්න වැල් නැති වුනහම පිදුරැ ගහෙත් එල්ලෙන්න වෙනවා.

          • 4
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            Why you say that – is he unemployed today ?

            I dont think so -I have seen him appearing only in Killis sender for twice a month or so. Else, he is caught by his 4-walls for the moment if my infomration are right.

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      Me how went to the toilett is not mentioned in the script of DJ.

      Else, almost everything about how I did. Is your being a role model to even compare with as an analyst to this date – considering all the manners you went through since 2009 ? Answer is no – not at all.

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      NV, this man is hallozinated by all theories as nothing can help him further. As a sexagenarian, I never thought the man would repeat his verbal diahrrea the same manner as had been before. But current articles is an another not far different from the previous. I wish him sooner recovery- since if he would become normal only, we can ever expect Rajapakshe evil men to sense to some extent.

    • 2
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      stupid post, again!

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        Nuisance

        Has HLD M sent you his spare spittoon?

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        Yes, for your ilk- stupid is everything stand against Rajapakshes.

        That is your theory. Eusense, when will you grow up ? Your parents above all have long been waiting to see you tick correct. Please my son, grow up see it further. Never again join hands with wrong parties – which are the extremist elements such as Rajanos.

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        Stupid post for stupid articles – that is for sure.

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      Native :
      “the following question to me in the buffet queue: ..”

      buffet queue… at the society dinner of the year?

      come on Dayan…that explains the divided you

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      Yes Dayan is divided:
      He is a Buddhist/Christian
      He is for dictatorship/Capitaisist
      He is Western Culture/Sinhala Vulture
      He is Mahinda follower (corrupt)/Ranil Mocker
      He is supporter of Ransom/against to law & Order
      He is supporter of Lasantha murder/against of innocent prisioner release

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        Let me add few more to the list-please:

        He is Silva/Jayathilaka ?
        He is diving the shakespear literiture but sitting with Wimal Buruwanse et al for spread hatreds and fear mongering pre-programmed by MR et al.

        Quetion: His identity ?

        Trying to score being in the guise of his father (Late Mervin Silva) but he is no means called ” Dayan Silva” why ?

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        It seems everything is mixed-available inthe person of great Dayan Jayathilaka, but nothing of them seems help him taking to right track for some reasons ? Why ? May be he is being subjected to living mutations. Please Monsanto- help this creature to see it right soon. GMO is an another method to teach the kind of men the right path.

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      ME in the BUFFET queue!!!

      Moral in the first paragraph: Prick up your ears when in the buffet queue in an elite setting.

      Moral by the time you get to the last paragraph: Don’t believe everything you hear in that buffet queue.

      What could top Dr DJ’s Look at ME……..

      Vlad the Putin: “We have the best hookers in the world in Russia”
      Trump: “No kidding”

      Don’t ask, Native Vedda, Don’t ask.

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        Spring Koha

        I think you are not aware of the fact that Me founded the “ME INTELLECTUAL TRADITION”

        One needs to be intellectually dishonest if one wants to be part of this “ME INTELLECTUAL TRADITION”.

        I bet you will never be part of this tradition, you lack the basic qualification.

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        Morals are taboos when it goes with stuff related to DJ.

        No matter what anyone would feel, but to be stuck to his way. Why to please some groups. This has been the nature -if one would study his articles. Why he is behing cuban castro idealogy ?

        Tell me anyone of you – do you guess that any kind of maxistic or left related thoughts you find in the person DJ known to you.

        Go back to last 30 years and tell me please if anyone would ever think DJ is consistent with what he keeps stressing by his pieces of communications.
        At once, who would listen to him, become clear.. the man is unique to self-descprition- not seeing beyong own nose.

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      Srilanka had always been a divided society especially along ethnic lines, and there is nothing new to crow about. I salute the Sinhala members of the task force on war crimes for the bold and impartial recommendation. It is people of this calibre that Srilanka needs and not racists like Dayan, to unite its divided society. Please remember that Sengalese troops are waiting to enter Gambia to oust the President who is refusing to vacate despite losing. Same is likely to happen in Srilanka if either Military or Mahinda/Gothabaya try to usurp power. A fair political solution is a must for reconciliation, which should empower Tamils to rule themselves their lands of historic habitation. That area abutting Tamil Nadu is not a good reason to deny Tamils their inherent right. If Sinhalese refuse to set things right, international intervention will become a certainty to restore justice.

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        He is no racist but a mutation.

        Anyway, it can be a health related issue. I mean psychologically he should be sick – socalled their superiority complex. Not even EU or US born noble laureates would repeat what they went through until they achieved their set goals, but this man does it repeatedly as if we the readership are considered to be so stupid to his eye/conscience.

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      “Failure to recognize one’s own absolute significance is equivalent to a denial of human worth; this is a basic error and the origin of all unbelief. If one is so faint-hearted that he is powerless even to believe in himself, how can he believe in anything else? The basic falsehood and evil of egoism lie not in this absolute self-consciousness and self-evaluation of the subject, but in the fact that, ascribing to himself in all justice an absolute significance, he unjustly refuses to others this same significance. Recognizing himself as a centre of life (which as a matter of fact he is), he relegates others to the circumference of his own being and leaves them only an external and relative value.”
      ― Vladimir S. Soloviev, The Meaning of Love

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      DJ,

      whenever I read anything coming from you: I feel the following:

      “The subsistence mentality of a person is a prison in which his personal joy is detained. If you want to live in joy, you don’t live for yourself alone. Live for others too!”
      ― Israelmore Ayivor”

      I really dont know why, may be I am wrong not having comprehended you, but I think others could explain their thoughts too accordingly.

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      The miserable Mr Me needs to see an ophthalmologist (as he seems to have a serious “I” problem)!!!

  • 7
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    It is all ‘divided’ under the present government.Can you write something to bring everyone back into a united Sri Lanka.Probably you will start with the Rajapakse government and you as an Ambassador in Europe!

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      Thamilan@- he is not a peace maker..WHAT ARE U TALKING about? dont you know his profile ? Man he could bring people apart rather than getting them united. He has energies as no other to do thejob if his own devious and malicious agendas allow him. Sofar he has been all along in that mode. Now being an uneployed, he just waits to be posted somewhere that is it.
      If he had been taken to Davos today, the boy would have been very happier than anything else. He just wants to show his abilities which he proclaims to be in his person.

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    Not only are you divided, you are confused as well. Have been for a considerable period of time, as a matter of fact!

    A serious case of a derailed mind; or should I have said ‘deranged’?

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      Justice & Fairplay

      What did the rest of the guests think about “Dining With The Uncultured Hate Monger”?

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        Native V,

        Sadly to my mind, DJ will remain forever, a man of unfulfilled promise, driven largely through his incurable tendency to dine with the wrong set – be they uncultured or not – all the time. He has lacked the independence to think independently, and be respected.

        In a pea-nutshell, he is a romantic who has sat on his compass and didn’t know it. As a consequence he followed a compass needle which showed up the wrong Pole all the time.

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    All of us would do well to remember that this is the same romantic revolutionary that penned ‘The Nugegoda Man’; predicting Mahinda’s return to power in the general election of August 2015.

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      Mahinda and Mahinda’s people were Alibaba nd gang of thieves.

      Did Ranil do differently ?

      Ranil wants to destroy Sri lanka for Sinhala buddhists. Besides Ranil is still believing in failed American -Capitalism. Chinese Capitalism in which govt is the richest doing better.

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        if you have two devils known,

        I will join the lesser evil Devil… this is what we teach to our young ones. Our parents also taught that. But some bastard of your ilk seem not getting it easily. That has been our pain by today.

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      Elijah Hoole

      “All of us would do well to remember that this is the same romantic revolutionary that penned”

      That was the time me suffering from false consciousness.

      Me now with lumpenproletariat lead by comrade Wimal.

      As circumstances changed me too changed, me now a reactionary and a public racist, and proud of it.

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    Exciting! But I guess the attack on the nationalists may come in the form of leadership suppression and dirty tricks to approve the constitution without major approval!

    Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese are being cornered on different corners!

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      srinath.gunaratnam

      “Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese are being cornered on different corners!”

      Did you realise that he has been feeding your paranoia?

      You seem enlightened and thrilled by your mental condition.

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      IF I MAY CORRECT YOU HERE – NOT SINHALESE; BUT SINHALESE EXTREMISTS

      “Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese EXTREMISTS are being cornered on different corners!
      “Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese EXTREMISTS are being cornered on different corners! “Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese EXTREMISTS are being cornered on different corners! “Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese EXTREMISTS are being cornered on different corners! “Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese EXTREMISTS are being cornered on different corners! “Need to keep the eyes open! Sihnalese EXTREMISTS are being cornered on different corners!

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    I say Ranil Lied to Sri lankans. Mangala Paid back what he promised to Tamils in Singapore. CBK told that Sinhala domination Sri lanka should be destroyed. So, it is happening. Soon after the election win, Ranil planned the Central Bank Robbery. He is the instigator. HE took over the ministry of finance. He did that robbery twice. The second time, even when people objected to it. He is that arrogant, that shameless and ridiculing and humiliating voters. He simply did not care voters at all. I think, because of that, Ranil’s UNP is very rich. He is preparing to fight any comeback of Mahinda Rajapakse. Ranil keeps FCID underhim and made FCID uselss becuase he knows next time he would be caught for the grand theft of a central bank. They use their power to rob the country. So, no one goes to jail. Does that means sri lankan laws need to be changed confrnt these thieves?

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    ““Dayan, have you ever seen a government that was quite as stupid as this one?” My prompt answer was “nope”.”

    Was this man in coma during the period of MR’s rule?

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      To that time, his front end was not surgically set as is the case for today. TOday, both ends being mixed – he does not know what he s been talkinga bout. Sorry person. These the kind of men would never grasp it.

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      Last night on GERMAN TV, I happened to watch a programme, in which a panelist was under hypnosis. She was not aware of that she was hypnotised by a hynotist in the production. However, keeping her in the hypnotised condition, she was explained things how she would market her music. So she reacted as she was asked to so. After some times, the hypnotist too her back to normal state.
      Now to the context we have been discussing here – I believe DJ-themost known mythologist of the nation is hypnotised by MR vicious groups or some others for their devious agendas.
      So, for some he has been an analyst
      So for some he has been chamelian
      So for some has seen as a laughter figure.
      So is also GLP – the man was oxford educated. So was Malinda Seneviratne -he was harward graduate. All in all, no matter what university education these fellows have obtained, their stances have not been changed helping the masses of this country. This is very natural to developing nation folks

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    Would not the title “A Dividing Society, A Divided Self” read better as “A Divided Self Dividing A Society”

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    DOES RYAN REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN HE BELONGED TO “EELAM REVOLUTIONARY” GROUP AND JOINED THOSE WHO TOOK ARMS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS RESPECT FOR THE PATRIOTIC GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS WHO WERE HIS POTENTIAL VICTIMS.

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    Batalanda Ranil’s UNP Faction which now has GTF & BTF lead TNA as a major partner. in addition to the traditional Elite, Anglican and Vellala factions has a secret agenda.

    That is to destroy the Sinhala Buddhist influence in Srilankan Politics.

    Divide the nation in to Paddocks along Ethnic lines , so that the UNP Rule can be perpetuated in at least a few centres , mainly the ones which are affluent and Hip, along side the Tamil and Muslim Paddocks.which will be run by their own.

    That is the big picture.

    One has to be a nuff nuff not to read it.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “That is to destroy the Sinhala Buddhist influence in Srilankan Politics.”

      The country cannot be held to ransom by a noisy minority. Therefore whoever destroys the influence of minority Sinhala/Buddhists should be welcome.

      Please carry on with your normal job, go carry MR’s b***s, you do it very well.

      This country belongs to the silent majority as well.

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    From long ago, Lankawe and Thero have nothing below to go. But these two innovative handicaps or flunkies keep going deeper and deeper for everybody’s’ astonishment. If this guy says that in May,2009 UNHRC listened his talk and praised Lankawe, That is a comedy thamai.

    The entire communist are programmed to hold umbrella to Moscow’s rain. This guy does it additionally for Cuba and China. Other than the ones fell off from the mouths of Old Devilish Grandma Trotsky and Old Dragonish Grandma Mao, Thero has nothing that comes from his mouth.

    “Connect the dots: CBK- CTF-TNA-GTF-OHCHR-HRW-AI. The network is revealed, – This is coming from Batalanda Anglican Sumane’s Bible.

    What he is attempting do with this so poorly composed essay is wedging between Ranil and New King. He is trying hit on the known, two opposing parties political opinion. That is a Childish endeavor. But the truth is SLFP has ditched out the Old Royals. Old King could not form a new party. Thero is ashamed to accept that. So he ended up calling SLFP as official SLFP. Is there another SLFP too? What a comedy he writes!

    The UNP elite’s willingness to cede vast tracts of land to foreigners, UNP gave HangBangtota on leased hold. Old King gave. Colombo Pong Cing on freehold to berth submarines.

    ” SLFP says that …. that the executive presidency should remain while devolution should be on the basis of the 13th amendment” New King gave some promises to Secretary Kerry for saving him for Old King. Nothing fulfilled. Secretary explained some SLFPers(Joint Comedians) blocking. Kerry who saved New king is gone New King is now tapping Donald Trump to save Old King. This is the lesson Thero teaching to CIA and President Elect. Watch out the SLFP Crooks.

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    When CBK promised to abolish the Executive Presidency (ExP) in 94, RW opposed it, but now 20yrs on he’s in power thanks to MS, now he wants to abolish or does he really or just going through the motions until 2020, as he steadfastly rebuilds the country (nah…the UNP) cos he believes he can finally score the big goal for himself and his party.
    Implement 13A, and let the provinces govern and fund themselves, police and judiciary too, land to be managed via 33yr leases, the centre be responsible for sea/waterways, arterial roads, rail and air space, foreign and monetary policy.
    If we waste more time experimenting with changes nothing will happen and before long will be in turmoil again

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      JG:

      You think, you can organize it better than what LTTE did ?

      Try it.

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        LTTE or JVP the style of 89 insurgency were not just mushrooms sprung up for nothing. Right ? We the sinahalya should be made accoutnable for all the mess together with all the politicians that failed to resolve things as it should have been.

        You theguys that are inthe mode of licking the balls of some extremist elements of this soil, do all the harm even today.It isjust you guys not getting it right. Conditioning perceptions in favour of them have been the mantra of Rajaakshe politicians. Even today, you guys and Rajaakshe field supporters behave as nothing can get you reverse even most sophisticated and new drug therapies would have been applied.
        This country cant be run this way, like a sick person needs proper therapies – sustainable therapies, this nation need sustainable solutions to the problems that long decades.

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    Someone should decapitate this Putinist punk so that his “divided self” can rest peacefully.

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    Thamilan,

    His aim now is to become a Minister with important portfolio and not to get an Ambassador,s post. He is typing these write ups without substance frequently to impress MR, it appears.But,I am doubtful whether he (MR) will be able to understand this script.

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    Dayan is finally admitting one aspect of his chameleonic character by admitting he is schizophrenic. So what else is new??!!!

    He goes on to say “… we cannot afford to give any outsider (a foothold .. in this place), for any significant period of time. We fought a war to restore our territorial integrity but now the ruling UNP elite is giving away our territorial space. It is about to give away large chunks for long periods as spheres of influence to outside powers”.

    Absolutely agreed on! However, he neglects to add that this “giving away .. our territorial integrity … to outsiders” was initiated by his heroes of the prior administration, to which his opposition, at the time, was invisible and unheard. How hypocritical can one get??!!!

    His post is full of such ‘gems’, which only go to substantiate all the negatives that incisive CT readers expose about this charlatan who, like a dog with a bone, keeps on with his drivel.

    Give us a break, man!

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      Official Thero De Silva is suffering from MPD(Multiple Personality Disorder). It was unofficial Thero De Silva or Dayan Jayathilaka, during January 2015 wrote many essays to New King & Ranil how to defeat Old King. It was successful. Once the election was lost by Old King, Official Thero De Silva went Narahenpita to Advise him to form a New Unofficial SLFP. The problem is When unofficial Thero de Silva supports something it wins and if Official Thero De Silva supports it loses. Now Old King is out of any party.

      Same case with Official Thero De Silva’ past attachment to EPRF and India. That time, His Manaseega Guru Number 2, Richard.P Chased his leader Varadhar to India. Leaderless Castro Communist, Thero Returned to his base, JVP and Castro Communism. JVP became a political party. Castro died. So this Castro communist has no roof over his head.

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    DJ: The Realist in me is appalled at the anarchy that is manifesting itself in government and the reckless courses of action that it is pursuing. One the other hand the Romantic rebel recalls Chairman Mao’s delighted exclamation that “there is great disorder under heavens; the situation is excellent!”

    Is that true?
    Somehow I have the feeling that DJ is relishing the ‘great disorder’ that the Yahapalanaya regime seems to be rushing into, if it is not already under one.

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    The reality of intra-state division is nothing new, however I have never seen it adressed in academia in the way that Dr. Dayan J. has adressed here. Thank you, sir for being so honest.

    Like many countries we are a divided land. In some place the solution to a divided self was a physical division of territory. I cannot recall successful divisions or secessions, unless you count Bangladesh and Pakistan. These still
    have their problems.

    The second best think to unity is peaceful division – not physical division that will result in violence but division where the peaceful expression of widely varying ideas from the nationalist to the cosmopolitan from convervative to liberal is taking place. To put it bluntly, as long as no-one suffers physical violence, that is OK.

    It’s up to each person to make the best of the situation within whatever political situation that we find ourselves in, and try to make a change.

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    Dear Dr. DJ

    Don’t divide yourself yet. Wait until 2020 when a new opportunity to choose your sides will arise.

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    RW will easily win the Presidency; and therefore he is not that keen to change the system. Sirisena will be left stranded in an Amudey possibly in a third place if the MR faction puts forward Gota. RW will win. The so called come back rally on Jan 27th will be a big failure for MR. Look at all those surrounding him. Best bet for MR to sate his greed for power is to hitch with Sirisena and plot to become a PM but his ego is bigger than Donald Trump’s small hands.

    Prediction: Executive Presidency will remain. Sirisena has tasted power; and so has his gamaraala family. Cars, mansions, servants, liveried dinner service, silver serving plates, chefs etc mesmerizes all ordinary commoners.

    Prediction. RW will win and either become the best liberal forward thinking man or the insecure accuse everyone; I love to peep in Batalanda autistic madman.

    Sirisena cannot win because Sri Lanka elects presidents with a popular vote. Tamils and Muslims will never vote for Gota; and between Sirisena and RW they will vote for RW hands-down.

    Karadara Dias will still remain the way he is writing about archaic communist crap that is irrelevant and trying to show off his knowledge of bankrupt Cuba, dead socialism when the entire world is becoming Nationalistic, anti trade, anti immigrant, anti refugees.

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    Is Dayan, as I mentioned in one of the earlier comment of mine, trying to climb the wall as he could see that Rajapakse gang is losing the fight with the Yahapalana Govt? Dayan wants to sit on the wall so that he could jump on to the winning side. He calls some SLFPers “Moderates who are opposed by Chandrika”. How can they be moderates? They all worked against President Sirisena and supported Rajapakse. Subsequently when President Sirisena won they all jumped ship. How can they be moderates? Dayan please do not tell us stories, write the truth.

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    Dayan do you realize all the problems the Yahapalana Govt has is because of the Joint Opposition and Rajapakse not accepting defeat? Rajapakse is stirring the pot in order to protect his family from the noose of the law. If Rajapakse like all previous Presidents accepted defeat and waited until the next election to fight his battle, as any decent politician would do, then we will not have all the issues we have now. Why don’t you write about this truth?

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    Besides making personal attacks on DJ

    Has anyone yet made any counterpoint to his arguments ?

    Nope

    Instead, every “educated commentator” has sunk to trying to insult the guy.

    How Sad !

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      maalu

      “Has anyone yet made any counterpoint to his arguments ?”

      Can you please fish out the points if there is any?

      Please let us know what is amusing or intellectually relevant attending a wedding?

      “Instead, every “educated commentator” has sunk to trying to insult the guy.”

      Are you just pulling his legs?

      “How Sad !”

      Yes he is.

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        Native

        All you have to do is read the comments..

        ’nuff said

        So the guy went to a party.. why should that be a bone of contention ???

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      Maalumiris, read By Jingo’s comment above and then reflect on DJ’s hypocrisy.

      There have been innumerable “counterpoints to his arguments” by “educated commenters” if you have read responses to his articles before.

      Maybe you’re missing the forest for the trees!

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      Be honest to you mate – what is your own opinions having read his article ?

      And the question has always been -why him to fall that deep compelling the commentators to disagree with him this much ?

      His idiosyncratic thoughts and provocations but in the same time supportive arguments to please and comeback of Rajapakshes WHO MORE LOOTED THAN TO HAVE DONE something for the folks. Now you and DJwoudl disagree, if not MR who did ? Actually, it was collectivity succeeded elemination of Terror within the country -not anything else. That must not be the licence to loot the nation as no other SA leaders ever did.

      Not only on CT but also other platforms too, DJ has been becoming not that welcome. It is just readerships cant bear his self proclaimed boastful inputs.
      Any writer should focus on the topic than anything else about the writers own experiences in the targeted areas. But what is not overlooked in DJ s articles or comments, how he found them…. how his high ranking colleagues did it, how his parents narrated him bed time fairy tales …. bla bla..
      It is upto you to leave your own opinions this way, but truly saying, his articles contain nothing valuable than some citations to sound the article even more abstract.

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    It all shows that he is going shopping for MR & cabals by finding ways to divide both camps in the government, My3 and Ranil, and wants to score cheap brownie points.

    For the champion of the left – It is no secret that socialism always ends in food shortages and bankruptcy. In Venezuela, they run out of other people’s money. The country will go bankrupt in 2017. What you may not know is that Venezuela has 20% of the global oil reserves and sends its oil to the US for refining. In 2016 it exported 2.15 million barrels a day. This too is dropping rapidly, no longer pays wages, keeps lights on, and not afford to pump any more. So friend this your great sociliams.

    Keep in mind ” Capitalism is the Catalyst for the change”, and when they realized this, it got China and Vietnam moving to the top of the world. Only communist party’s ruling but other wise they are worst capitalists than the western capitalists, and could teach them great lessons in capitalism. Now, your Fidel’s Cuba too on their path to get to the great heights.

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    That is Dayans thinking. Well and good. He has to be reminded that there are 15 million voters

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    “A Divided Self”

    Dayan were you divided on which Buffet queue to join?

    standing there thinking “hmmmm the one on the left is moving fast”
    sods law as soon as you join the left queue the one you just left moves fast ?

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      This time he seems to have overflown with the kind of comments. THat is why he may be on silent mode.

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    We are not ready to compromised with proposed Federalist Constitution that support and sponsor by UNP-Rani. W.. CBK, TNA and JVP’s.

    That will destroy whole Identity of Strong centre related of State.

    I do not agreed for many centres theory by dismantle nation state in politics of Indian Ocean monsoon democracy will created uncertainties of power rival of South Asian nations.

    Modern politics are not mere “democracy”, its combined with Territorial Integrity, Sovereignty and Nation Independent are three pillars of Democracy. So-called power devolution was that NOT that nation oriented constitution ,it was imported from Indian Gun point of IPKF-1987.

    Therefor we Sri Lankan are for to safeguard of Nation by unitary characters of Constitution is guide line of governances of Democracy by the WILL of People .

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