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AKD’s Challenge: ‘Can He Outdo Ranil & Sajith?’

By Vishwamithra

“I mean this record does not sound like somebody’s maiden voyage.” ~ George Duke

AKD

Polls have been in abundance; but elections not. Opinions many and facts and reality are rare. Every national conversation has held within itself an assumption that, from time one cannot fathom, has had more disagreements than compatible statements. Traditional political architecture seems to be unsound and damaged. The base has become brittle and the pillars are unsteady. The surrounding structure is vulnerable; its lasting powers, in comparison with our age-old monuments, are astonishingly short and could be measured in a few years at worst and one or two decades at best. Most of the masters – whom they call themselves- instead of taking strong and steady strides, are just meandering in the wonderland of futility. Strength has been replaced with impotency; stoicism with vacillation and compassion with hate and wickedness. Consequently they cling on to the results of those polls and the deceptive numbers they spit out.

It certainly is no place for adolescents; their days would be numbered and the end of the road is as close as one could see without aid of a pair of spectacles. The political landscape, its contours, its bends and steeply curves have begun their timely claim on the lives of amateurs. Those few professionals left to stride the rest of the journey, barring less than the number of fingers on one hand, are now hallucinating about grand entry into the exclusive enclaves of power and prestige. Cocktail parties and evening whiskeys at the five-star hotels, hobnobbing with foreign embassy diplomats, offering what they assume that they possess as real are the cruel elements that they go to sleep with and wake up the following morning with fatigued eyes and dried up lips. The unkind ingredients of western culture are slowly and surely taking their toll. The macabre unwinding of daily routine of our leaders has not ceased, not yet.

It has not yet dawned on Sri Lankans that the real and authentic leader of a dynamic democracy is one who has won the acceptance of the majority at an election. The mandate so bestowed upon that leader and his party alone should declare policy and execute such policies. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the current President of the country has had no such mandate; he has had no such acceptance and endorsement of the people. On the contrary, he was an outright rejection of the election held last. Not only he, his party could not muster one single seat in Parliament, the ‘Temple of Democracy’ which legislates, defines and shapes the national policy of the country. The national discourse is devoid of such an endorsement; it lacks the depth and breadth of an intellectually rich and culturally affluent dialogue.

Our President is an illegitimate child of the collapse of our economic life and decadence of our cultural heritage. When such an inscrutability occurs, adjustments to that new reality does take time and requires more space than one would need in normal circumstances. That illegitimate child has misunderstood the glaring reality; instead of embracing the real and far-reaching decisions that he had to make, he resorted to the most malignant varieties of statecraft. Instead of opening a two-way dialogue with the nation’s youth, the country’s promise, he engineered the brutal suppression, the solitary way in which almost all power-hungry cruel dictators attempt in order, not to resolve the issues at hand, but to ensure perpetuity in power. Sajith Premadasa must be still sulking as to what happened to him when Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the last President who opted to call him before he called Ranil to become his Prime Minister. Lack of farsightedness, bereft of wisdom and profoundness to comprehend the nuanced terrain of power-politics, Sajith chose to reject Gotabaya’s appeal.

Sajith was not alone in reaching that historically idiotic political calculus. It has been reported that his close comrades-in-arms in the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) also insisted that adhering to a more obstinate and shortsighted policy of playing from outside would result in a more agreeable outcome for them. They not only misread Gotabaya’s need, but sadly paid the price for underestimating Ranil Wickremesinghe’s greed and ambition. At the time of the economic collapse, Ranil, despite the fact that the United National Party (UNP) had not secured even one single seat at the General Elections, was already in Parliament thanks to the allocation of seats based on number of votes received nationally. Political strategists make calculations wisely; they make fairly accurate reading of a country’s political trajectory and they usually base such forecasts on objective factors and balanced subjective judgments. The SJB is in search for such talent and skill sets.

Fundamentally, all politics is pursuit of power. When a political leader loses that focus, when he or she loses that uncomplicated and primary knowledge in political configuration, he or she loses it all. And that is what happened to Sajith and his SJB. It always happens when one, instead of understanding the simple and uncomplicated factors, ventures into looking beyond the obvious. Analysis has caused irreversible paralysis. This is where not only the SJB, all traditional politics has failed not only these traditional political parties, but have claimed the innocence of the country’s youth and caused untraceable deviation to the country’s path to cultural progress and economic advancement.

If all traditional political parties have failed and do not show any signs of rectifying their mistakes in order to engage in serious nation-building, what is left for the country to look forward to remains the National People’s Power (NPP) and its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD). But AKD is no JR Jayewardene nor SWRD Bandaranaike. While JRJ could be classified as a ruthless yet calculating political animal, Bandaranaike was a insensitive hypocrite. Both had their chances and both let the nation down willy nilly. I have written extensively on both JRJ and SWRD hence no need to repeat the same over and over.

Nevertheless, for an objective mind and a keen student of history and its continuous flow, the subjective condition of a moving society is leadership under dire and increasingly unbearable national calamity. The economic collapse that occurred in the April/May 2022 in Sri Lanka might have a parallel yet no match in terms of the emptiness of the national coffers and dearth of talents and skills of those could handle such a catastrophic situation. The parallel is the era of the Sirimavo Bandaranaike regime in the ’70 to ’77 period. With all the bright brains of Felix Dias, NM, Colvin and Keuneman in her Cabinet, Sirimavo still managed to lead the country to the abyss of economic nothingness. Her sense of accountability and transparency was totally absent and both public and private conduct of her parliamentarians was fast-nearing perversion of political power. Nepotism reached a new high and a ‘Bandaranaike/Ratwatte Family Tree’ had begun its cruel blossoming to the fullest. With absolute lack of empathy for her countrymen and callous behavior towards her political opponents, Sirimavo and the then first family entered the 1977 General Election campaign with fake confidence and downright arrogance.

The macro picture of the country was totally unreadable for her unsophisticated mind; she failed to recognize the brute force of the prevailing social conditions. A pulverizing result at the hustings took care of her, at least for the next two terms of the political cycles. JRJ changed the direction of the country’s economy; but he too failed to take note of the cultural nuances of a developing nation whose age-old habits and inhibitions had been well entrenched in the Sinhaleseness of the electorate and exclusivity of a pseudo-elitist mindset of the majority ethnic group. What SWRD allowed to raise, the saffron-robed army of Buddhist Monks to indulge in the political machinations of the time, did not go away during the JR-era; It just went dormant. The Sirimavo regime, despite the presence of the Marxian and atheist-like minds such as NM, Colvin and Keuneman, cornered the Tamil population by the introduction of University quota system and standardization of University entrance. The Tamil community which regards education as its supreme aim in life suffered an irrevocable setback. The rest, as they is history. A thirty-year war ensued and the two communities were set apart, the gulf between them widening by the day.

Into this quagmire entered the Rajapaksas and for them political power became a handy tool for self-enrichment. 10%, 20% and 30% commissions from each and every government-funded projects ended up as the beginning and end of all deals. Concealed under the canopy of wicked state-spending schemes, these brothers of avarice and indulgence, made Sri Lanka look like a paradise for them and hell for its average citizen. How did Ranil Wickremasinghe, a son of Esmond Wickremasinghe, a celebrated strategist of yesteryear, fit into this milieu? A legitimate son of a legitimate father became an illegitimate creature of constitutional malignancy and economic chaos. In a strict sense, Ranil need not be answerable to the electorate, for he was not the elected leader of the country. Placed there by the force of constitutional circumstance, this man whose dream was to lead the nation by hook or by crook, is presiding over her destiny and is determined to stay there as long as it allows him to.

The primary challenge AKD and the NPP face today is from Ranil Wickremesinghe and his runaway kid Sajith Premadasa. Both belonging to the traditional way of politics, they would get together and make every conceivable attempt to safeguard what is traditionally called the status quo. AKD’s former leader, Rohana Wijeweera tried it twice, violently, first under the feudal Sirimavo and later under the autocratic JRJ. Both times he failed. AKD’s challenge is different in that his declared commitment to the democratic process has made the JVP and its successor NPP more acceptable to the majority of the current national mindset.

But he has to define his policies on the four major issues:

1. How to recover from the economic calamity

2. How to resolve the Northern Tamil Question with more equanimity

3. How to eradicate corruption, not only among politicians but also in the bureaucratic machinery and society at large.

4. How to establish public trust and empower a more equitable judiciary

Can AKD and the NPP handle these thorny and complicated national issues to the satisfaction of the country? That is the question the country is asking them. They have to deliver answers that are clear and uncomplicated. Then the poll numbers that I mentioned at the very outset of this column could be correct and accurate.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com  

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    “AKD’s Challenge: ‘Can He Outdo Ranil & Sajith?’” ………. For the sake of Sinhala_Man, he better! ……… If not, it’s nothing but Pannani for him sans the ID No.

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    The main and most important question is not whether Anura Kumara Dissanayake and his committed, educated and sincere network of activists can handle the economic crisis and bring the country out of it. Both major parties and their various opportunistic offshoots have worked in cahoots over the years, in sharing the bounty of public monies every four or five years. They are one entity, and the best of friends while the cattle vote for one of the two. This system needs to be broken, dismantled and a new, honest system of committed government must be installed. This is the ONLY main objective. Coming out of the economic crisis and making things better for the people cannot be achieved by either of the two sets of grand crooks who keep jumping here and there, fattening themselves and their corporate cronies. There is no other way, other than the NPP, if future generations want a livable country to call their own.

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      “It has not yet dawned on Sri Lankans that the real and authentic leader of a dynamic democracy is one who has won the acceptance of the majority at an election. “
      Churchill was a dynamic leader who didn’t get his position by winning an election, but in fact even lost the next one after completing his task successfully.
      Be that as it may, is Vishwamitra suggesting that Gota is our legitimate leader?

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        “Churchill was a dynamic leader who didn’t get his position by winning an election, but in fact even lost the next one after completing his task successfully.”
        oc,
        Britain did not want to go on with a wartime leader and destroy itself through his socially divisive policies. (He may have even held on to India at any cost?!)
        *
        I fear that the Jehan Perera habit of sailing with the wind is infecting quite a few pundits.

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        old codger

        I wonder who is funding JVP/NPP.
        Is it Sinhala_Man, Xi, Qi, Un, Chung, …. or … ?

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          “I wonder who is funding JVP/NPP.”

          Native,

          You can rest assured it’s most certainly not the Rajapaqkses! ……… Rajapakses at this moment are only funding your God Ranil: they have all their bets on just one horse!! :))))))

          You are trying to cast doubts on one party …… while craftily trying to sweep Ranil’s own corrupt-dealings with the Rajapakses under the carpet! …….. How can you be so juvenile? Joined Ranil’s Jungvolk for his last stand, eh? ……. “Besser tot als rot?”

          Native, how can you sink so low? ……… You are better than this …….. at least for your sake, I hope so ………


          Your hero trying to be a hero ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD5ZQvH3Sc0 ………. without saying he is the only slave/lackey willing to function under the dictates of the Rajapakses and sell the country/people down the river. ………… The others didn’t come forward because they wanted nothing to do with the Rajapakses and wanted to start with a clean slate. ………..:)))))

          Never a dull moment in the sunny isle!

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    “Sajith Premadasa must be still sulking as to what happened to him when Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the last President who opted to call him before he called Ranil to become his Prime Minister. Lack of farsightedness, bereft of wisdom and profoundness to comprehend the nuanced terrain of power-politics, Sajith chose to reject Gotabaya’s appeal.
    Sajith was not alone in reaching that historically idiotic political calculus. It has been reported that his close comrades-in-arms in the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) also insisted that adhering to a more obstinate and shortsighted policy of playing from outside would result in a more agreeable outcome for them. “

    The author is known for his -badly disillusioned, dreamy thoughts, and not for any fact based, systematically developed idea. His following explanation for the above passages was not connected to the statement he made here.

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    The time these matters happened was when Valaiththodam Jr. was trying to set up a political policy and technical strategy to achieve it. Other than tricks and turns trained by his father and Evil, he is a man who goes only the straight road, barefooted. He did know a simple thing that “Harsha, Attanayake, Rajitha, Hakeem, Nasser, Haris, Rishard, Diana, and other few upcountry Tamils- who constantly convulse to find ways to dodge Mano Ganesan strategies, are top hitters had followed him and put in the party SJP. 99% of this clique are beggars of ministry posts. Mano Ganesan is the only one there who doesn’t swing 360 but talks too much to annoy his bosses. Before setting up the ruling party, he had created Minister posts for white cloth thieves (“in Tamil, it is referred as Vellai Vetti Kallar ”: the thief dressed in white Dotti.) He is not a mastermind, but he understands this simple notion. For him, the answer for the question of how to control these defiant criminals is “Let see it on the fly.” So, he cannot negotiate with anybody, anything until he has a government for himself.

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    What is offered for Valaiththodam is only the PM position in a bankrupt country, where no one on the earth knows how much its total debt to creditors. Langkang Economy has been turned into a dog tail by the 75 years of unimpeded corruption, impunity, murders, kidnaps, gag orders, Media squeezing…………… Country’s CJ, from the time a mad man called Buffoon De Silva is perfectly compensated double metal pendulum, even a high school graduate cannot make a mistake in calculation of where that person, whether it was a man or woman, will be found in his swing path. The author keeps saying Valaiththodam “lost” but the author is not aware if Valaiththodam has lost anything or saved real life for true, (which is not assured even to Langkang, as a country.) But Anura lost some valuable time from 2010, by not taking an independent, cut & tried decision by 2010. If he had done that in 2010, he could have scooped up all the UNP & SLFP votes in 2018. Now he has to find ways to save the country from loan lenders, while fixing corruption, and law and order. Then he has to save his next election from the enemies he makes by introducing the correction changes.

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    Alas, another false dawn is about to begin. In today’s context, even Shakraya, let alone NPP, cannot do a miracle for this nation.

    The only option is to get together and run the country for a while through a special commission. To hold elections after making some progress. The depth of the fall is still unclear to people. That is what should be taught to them every day rather than pirith chanting broadcasts or telecasts.. They should rather avoid unuusual pIRITH chants, instead they should organise workshop in order to feed the DONKEYs dominated nation with facts.

    Greece waited a decade to feel “breathe” even though EU funds are a boon to them. The first thing that needs to be done is to revive the economy to some extent. What should be done next is to hang Rajapaksa and the media mafia (Dlith Jayaweera, Hiru TV owner and some other artists) involved in various massive crimes. Not a single person complicit in their crimes should be released from prison.

    -> 2

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      AKD’s PUBLIC speeches are similar to that of anyone with some knowledge. I have been listening ot them for some month now. But I don’t think there is anything special about it. So as Mahendra Rajapakshe,, he is trying to be popular today in order to garner more votes by hook or by crook.

      Leaders born in developing countries must be talented individuals in many ways to create miracles. That is important. The IMF or other external financial bodies must be convinced to save the nation out of the pit fallen in. If AKD took it from Gotabaya last year, would this ever happen? Answer is NO because AKD cant work with his rivals. That is why NPP or JVP led NPP was rejected by voters over the decades. This is what SA exposed before he died.
      And as we all know, they have been in Sri Lankan active politics for more than half a century. They have though enjoyed conspiracy theories since the beginning, what have they achieved for the benefit of the masses… rural masses ? As world experts repeat today, for a country’s economy to develop, it must bridge with other progressive countries. JVP radicalists would never agree with that…..
      However, their stage presenations say something else. And they know that our majority of people are in favor of corruption and mischief. What have they been doing in order to improve thinking patterns. Blood cancers can only be cured through whole blood transfusions and similarly, a complete rebuilding of the nation will allow better systems be established.

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        Today, cyber forces are completely controlled by AKD-led groups. This is similar to the days of Gota. Lies again and again. Gota did the same thing before grabbing power. Much of the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna is of rural origin, but the AKD-led groups do the same. most of them abuse the bad langaguge. The youth have no knolwedge at all. Most of them are Z-genzers.
        JVP MPs or regional leaders failed to convince the farming community about new methods of agricultural development. why ? You don’t need to become government ministers to improve the general knowledge of rural people. Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia or similar countries developed their rural corners with the direct involvement of the opposition and other parties. It is the same in some African countries as of today.

        tbc

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    False dreams led the nation astray in 2019. It was clear to everyone that Rajapaksa was only good at murder and robbery. Despite the facts and truths, people were made to believe in favour of the power gains of muderous Rajapakshes. This is similar to the behaviours of Some indian singers, even today, put above on a swing, to overrespect them in primitive regions of the india. where there are more poritions of gullible majroity, things such as these are very easy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXZQomvJn4Q
    I just returned to europe from SRILANKA, having spent two weeks, and i keep visiting the country for various reasons, there I come to know their mentalities closely, even if I permamenatly live in Europe.-

    tbc

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      LM,
      Don’t you think that this guy, performing without any flashing lights or gyrating dancers, is onto something? Besides, he’s managed to fill the hall even though there are no chairs, and he has 9 million views.

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        It is in india Douglas.
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        Over 500mio or more live under poverty line. To Europeans India is a living hell as well as a Paradise.
        Their only comfort is the affinity to music..
        Some die for music while others become stars and save their generations thanks to music

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    people were constantly misled by giant media spectacles. There is no law against the MEDIA mafia in our hell. No one talks about that either. There is a saying that the same thing is rewashed in mud water, likewise, the same FAKE news is repeated by main stream media.
    To spread untruths but fake news about crrminal rajapakshes, abusive partisan Sinhala Buddhist monks( Athuraliye rathana, Alle Gunawansa, Madagoda Mudalali, Iththagkande ballah etc) behaved like pimps in sex industry in developed world.. All this happens because of the place of the Sanga CONSTUME being given in the Sinhalese society, which is above the law. This should be openly criticized. Also yesterday Mahendra Rajapakshe sat in Parliament like a deadbody, no matter what was being attackingly criticised about him. ….. this rascal nature is the primary GERM of this destruction.

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      Dear LM: Thank you for that link. I love music and enjoyed that “Kavali” performance.

      As you correctly said. we have from DS to now Ranil W put these vagabonds onto a swing and recited and continued to recite those “HOSANNAS” until the realization of the truth of near EXTINCTION.

      This we have DECIDED to STOP and it will definitely and decisively be STOPPED with a Government OF the People, BY the People, and FOR the People. That Government will be none other than that of the NPP. It will not allow “Hosannas” to be played for anyone not even AKD. This “AKD” will be one link among many. I assure you that.

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        “Kavali”? (Means rowdy in Tamil.)
        Was it Qawwali? I love it too.

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          SJ: Thank you for the correction. I never meant to discredit my spelling mistake in any music. My ignorance is admitted in saying “Kavali” to Qawwali.

          I have the best collection of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – that legend of this music who is no more.

          Thank you again for correcting me.

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          SJ, Douglas,
          This unusual Qawwali might interest you:
          https://youtu.be/WyZZBpxcLMw?si=3ir6QojAjeYyHng-
          A Hindu girl from Batticaloa singing a Muslim song,
          accompanied by Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians, in a Christian church in UK.

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            Old Codger: Thank you very much. I enjoyed it.

            Just imagine what ART could do to bring the human souls that have been disintegrated by varying forces could be BROUGHT and BOUND together to make this world a happy place to live.

            Thank you again.

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              Douglas, I think u may be speechless today.
              .
              I told u that srilanka majority is stupdier than appeared to be. .it became evident today.
              .
              My assumption became the reality in terms of the attendees of SLPP rally at Sugathdasa today. People are human beasts 😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😟😟

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                My Dear LM: “Speechless”. NO. Not at all. This crowd does not speak the REALITY. The SLPP (Pohottuwa) still has “3%” of the voter base, according to the latest polls.

                Did you listen to the speeches of MR, BR, and the Secretary? Can they say all these at an election rally? Can their MPs visit the villages and defend MR & Co.? I doubt.

                Don’t be surprised if they even get more than 20 seats. That is POLITICS in any country not sparing S/L. I look for a MAJORITY of NPP, for sure.

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          I love Qawwali.
          .
          Melodies to my ears is unbelievably good.the kind of music brings me back to my childhood at parents house with our beloved mother who loved varied kind Indian music.

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      My Dear LM: Please FREE yourself from that antagonistic attitude towards AKD and NPP listen to the following link and give your thoughts on the ideas expressed yesterday in Parliament.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHn50Vvv70w

      You want ALL to get together and form a Committee to run the country. Is it a possibility and a practical move with these “CORRUPT” and “INCOMPETENT” politicians and slave “Bureaucrats”? As AKD says, FIRST all these CROOKS must be chased away.

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    AKD should canter in, given the dismal track records of his two main opponents. I think a vote for him would be a vote to give back the country to the people – irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

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    I do not agree that AKD has a challenge only with Ranil and Sajith. There is no doubt that AKD is a better option compare to Ranil, Sajith and Rajapaksas. You cannot ignore Rajapaksas because of their corruption but they are still powerful in terms of finance, racism and fundamentalism. Ranil is the choice of the western countries such as USA,UK, EU and Japan. Its look Sajith in the middle of both Rajapaksas and Ranil. AKD is a good choice to make the system change but the people have moved away from the stand they took in 2022 on system change. AKD cannot continue with the same old leftism or communism. He should have a close friendly relationship with West, East, South and West leadership. I think so far he did not make any effort towards reaching them.
    I would advise AKD not to give any committed promises to Tamils or Tamil politicians about devolution of power to provinces more than 13th amendment but ensure that they will maintain the law of the country operates equally because any commitments or agreements with will be misused by racists against him.
    In the mean time I would like to advise Tamil people they should not miss this opportunity to elect one and only political party that is committed to unite the Tamils together and not to produce a program for a future to deal with the government of Sri Lanka.

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      Ajith: A commendable comment. Your statement is rather a suggestion that AKD and NPP must have a close relationship with West, and East………

      I am sure, you would have missed a series of discussions that NPP had with the Foreign Missions of West, East, and South at their Heard Quarters in Pelawatta, Battaramulla. All these discussions were held both on invitations and on the request of Foreign Missions. The two noteworthy were one by Julie Chang, the Ambassador of the USA, and Guptha of India. One another was with the Ambassador of Norway. I also hear some more are scheduled for the near future.

      On that “13th A”, AKD was questioned at a meeting in the USA, if I remember, it was in Virginia or Boston by the audience. In reply, AKD said: “There is no way that this 13A could be halted as it is now Constitutional. However, it has to be fine-tuned to meet the aspirations of not only the Tamils but also to the benefit of the entire country and people. A Government of the NPP promises to implement it with the utmost caution to reach National Reconciliation”.

      So, as you correctly pointed out, Tamils (I hate to use this term) must not miss the opportunity.

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        Douglas,
        You may not want to call the term to identify “Tamils” as Tamils you should make the whole country as common name that is acceptable to all. In other words the name “Sinhala” or “Muslim” should not be used.

        It is not only Tamils but also Sinhala leadership (If it is AKD lead NPP) should not miss this opportunity to make the Tamils to feel that they belong to this land under any government.

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          ” …you should make the whole country as common name that is acceptable to all. Etc. “
          Does this narrative apply to India with Muslims feeling utterly marginalized, Manipur on the boil as is Kashmir, and caste-based violence still much in the news?

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      “I would advise AKD not to give any committed promises to Tamils or Tamil politicians about devolution of power to provinces”
      How generous of you!
      So there is a Sinhalese that you will trust at last!
      But AKD was the joint first major violator of 13A. He got the N&E split.
      *
      Are we not getting a little capricious these days?

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      “AKD cannot continue with the same old leftism or communism.”
      No worries on that count.
      The JVP was never really communist.
      Its ideology has yet to break out of the shell of RW’s famous Five Lessons.

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    When posing the questions on AKD’s ability to find solutions to the four major issues raised by the writer it is forgotten that AKD represents a collective leadership of the NPP and its politices and programmes are designed by this collective and the affairs of the Govt under the leadership of AKD for all purposes will be conducted by this collective leadership breaking away from the hitherto followed practice of a President or Prime Minister being the master of all affairs.. As for the particular issues raised the Manifesto of the NPP clearly sets out what its approach would be and it has been and is being explained clearly by AKD and other leaders of the NPP at various briefings public engagements. In short AKD and the NPP will be completely having a new form of approach in seeking solutions to all the problems of the coiuntry braking away from the past failed forms of approach.

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      Whom are we fooling but ourselves when we try to set apart the JVP from the NPP?

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    Author: “But [AKD] has to define his policies on the four major issues:

    1. How to recover from the economic calamity.”

    Apart from criticising the present Government’s fiscal and economic policies, the JVP don’t have a better economic plan or any publicly declared plan for that matter (as far as I know). My fear is that if they come to power, there is a high probability they will take us down us down Venezuela’s path and do irreparable damage to the country’s economy.

    Author: “2. How to resolve the Northern Tamil Question with more equanimity”

    This author is deluded. Does he forget that the JVP opposed the establishment of even the Provincial Councils in 1987?
    “Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunnetti has revealed that his party is not in agreement with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution” (Source: http://www.adaderana.lk, 23 February, 2023 ).

    Continued.

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    Continued from my last comment:

    Author: “3. How to eradicate corruption, not only among politicians but also in the bureaucratic machinery and society at large.”

    Well, if elected to power the JVP might make a difference on this score but at most only to the extent that “a new broom sweeps well.” After a while they will be indistinguishable from most politicians corruption-wise.

    Author: “4. How to establish public trust and empower a more equitable judiciary”

    Have the Sri Lankan judiciary been so inequitable in their judgements as to lose public trust and make a “more equitable judiciary” a desideratum?

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    The “FOUR MAJOR” issues this article has pointed out are the very matters that an NPP Government has promised and presently their attention has been drawn to a “TO DO” list. Among those “four”, (3) and (4) are the easiest to handle. The action needed is only a complete CHANGE and establishment of the “Political Culture” of NON_INTEFERENCE and NO-NONSENSE in administration. In this respect, I am very much assured of this “Change” and I say it is easy because in the “Dismissals” of their erudite and erstwhile “Comrades” – Wimal Weerawanse, MP Polgampola and many more, there was no hesitation in taking action against even at the expense of losing assets.

    Remember, in Parliament, when AKD was challenged by the Leader of the House, Prasanna Ranatunga, and asked: “Why didn’t you in the Yahapalanaya” Government take action against those accused of corruption? Did you hear what AKD said? He said: “If I had that power none of you seated on the front seats of this Government would have been here”. When he said it, MR and all other “Top Leaders” were seated on those chairs. Even three or four days ago, AKD said, when this same accusation was directed, ” All of us would have to visit the jail to see them”. That ASSURANCE is more than enough for me.

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    Part II – The article states: ” Our President is an illegitimate child of the collapse of our economy and decadence of cultural heritage”.

    Isn’t it that our President became “Illegitimate” of his own free will? As said by the writer, he could not establish his “Legitimacy” even to be an “Elected MP” by the people, and not that fortune was available to anyone in his party. As a result this President, after a lapse of a few months short of a year, “Nominated” himself to enter the Parliament through the “National List”, too shamelessly ignoring the moral principles of the ideals of that “National List”.

    An “Illegitimate”, in whatever way, he/she realizes that “Truth” acts in a vied way. This is the very reason this President puts on an act of “Superiority” in whatever he says and does. He is lost in the woods. The danger is “Illegitimacy” when accompanied by “Anger”, a “MONSTER” is created and I feel that is what we see today. The sooner we get rid of it, the better for all of us.

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      Illegitimacy is a legal not moral concept.
      His election as national list MP is legitimate.
      His appointment as Prime Minister was legitimate after two potential candidates declined.
      His appointment as Acting President was legitimate.
      His election as President was legitimate too.
      The was nothing illegal about his becoming President.
      *
      If we ask questions of morality, then the whole system has to be examined in detail.

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    First of all the writer has ignored the fact that had Sajith accepted the presidential responsibilities, he too would be dancing to the tunes of the corrupt thugs of SLPP. He wouldn’t have been able to fulfill one of his important promises that all stolen money to be brought back to the country. Parliament would have gone berserk had he attempted to arrest the looters amongst the Rajapakse clan, hence good that he opted out. Secondly AKD & Co. are no doubt a reformed lot now. But who will be their main men/women to run a future government? What are their economic policies. Will they allow re-structuring of loss making SOE’s, or continue honeymoon with trade unions? Will they allow accredited foreign universities to open up in Sri Lanka, that would prevent foreign exchange going out for education? And of course the biggest question – settlement to the ethnic issue. JVP/NPP will remain unknown angels, unless they spell out on these matters very clearly. Lest it will be another failed experiment for the country.

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      Wiraj:

      Many observers, including myself, noted that the real reason Sajith declined to accept the prime ministership was the fear of failing to turn around country’s financial and economic crisis after Gota’s administration’s debacle and so losing the value of his political stock. This was soon afterwards confirmed by media reports of what certain senior members of his party (including Harsha de Silva) had advised him: Don’t accept the prime ministership because the crisis is not repairable.

      I do share your concerns about the JVP (except the ethnic issue, because I don’t think there really is one).

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    Vishwamithra has asked 4 important questions which I too would have liked to ask, among a few other questions, as well. Would any official spokesperson from the NPP care to respond?

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    @ Leonard, You mean to say that the Tamil youth took up arms for fun? Firstly the very same Indian Tamils who were the backbone of Forex earnings were disenfranchised (to-date not much has changed in their lifestyle). Then Sinhala only policy came up. The Tamils were sidelined from govt. jobs ( one of the important reasons for the pathetic civil service experienced now in the country, apart from cronyism). Standardization was brought in to shut out bright Tamils students from gaining university admissions. Then the state sponsored ethnic riots from time to time, in 1958, 1977, 1981, 1983 to cap it all, that too under a president who pleaded pardon for the Japanese but audaciously said he doesn’t care about the opinion of Tamils any more and that if they want war he will give war, and the Sinhalese will be happy if he can starve the Tamils to death! Apart from these pogroms, attacking the International Tamil conference in 1974, killing 10 people, the burning of Jaffna library and systematically building Buddhist Temples in North East conveniently hiding the history that there were Tamil Buddhists in North East at the beginning of the 20th century.

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    Wiraj

    I am saying there is ethnic issue NOW (present tense). Everything you mentioned relates to the past.

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      Sorry, I just saw this typo. What I meant to say was “.. there is no ethnic issue NOW….”

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