27 September, 2022

Blog

An Addendum To “A Fire Has Been Lit”

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The end is nigh indeed for the Rajapaksa Regime and Gotabaya’s Vityathmaga cabal. No amount of finetuning by monetary authorities in the Central Bank could postpone the day of reckoning, and the magic wand of an all-in-one Finance Minister is not going to stop the inevitable collapse of the economy. The people are not prepared to stomach the pain any more, and, in spite of the danger of getting infected by the pandemic, they are coming out in increasing numbers to voice their disgust and frustration and anger. One cannot fool all the people all the time. Yet, the pandemic has given a good excuse for the regime to arrest and quarantine the protestors to prevent protests from escalating. Covid is actually protecting the regime. In any case, barring a de facto military rule with or without Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a regime change is inevitable.

The biggest question confronting the nation is what then? Is there a credible alternative? Regime change itself is not sufficient. Among the available contestants for power, Sirisena’s SLFP is calculating the odds of deserting the coalition now or later to form a coalition on its own with breakaway elements from SLPP. RW has taken over the UNP captaincy to spoil any chance of SP’s SJB forging ahead. Earlier, SLFP and UNP joined hands under Yahapalana but failed miserably to deliver what they promised to the voters.  SJB, apart from criticizing the current regime has nothing original and special to offer. Parties of minority communities have absolutely no hope except, as usual, to join one of the winners. There are no other contenders in the arena except JVP, the only party and with an alternative agenda or program for economic revival that is trying hard to convinced the masses of the party’s credibility.  The purpose of this addendum is two-fold. One, to appeal to JVP leadership to forge a broad coalition with progressive elements within existing political parties including those among the minorities, and two, to convince the minority communities that a pluralist democracy based on a principle of fair-go to every citizen is possible only under a JVP-led coalition. It is time that this party is given a chance to take the nation and its economy along a new direction. Seven decades of communal politics and economic squandering have made Sri Lanka a fragile state.

First of all, voters must be convinced that the new generation of JVP leadership is not even distantly connected to its 20th century pioneers, although reactionary elements in the country are incessantly reminding the public of this connection. In actual fact, many of the party’s current leaders were not even born during the days of the two JVP insurrections, and one or two of them may have been babies at that time. It is simply an act of vicious fear mongering by reactionaries to paint this party with the old brush. The new generation has nothing to apologize for.   

Most importantly, this new leadership is secular in political thought and ethno-nationalistic in public appeal. This is the only salvation to a country and society that has been historically groomed to think in terms of ethnic and religious interests. Yet, JVP’s message is not cutting through to the masses, because the party continues to make the same mistake as previous leftists did to concentrate its campaign mostly among urban populace. Although JVP claims to be rural based, it is not clearly evident from its organizational activities. There is enormous room for a village-based campaign and among womenfolk. JVP also should extend its campaign within the two minorities.

In relation to the two minorities, Tamils and Muslims, it is time they realize that their future would never be prosperous or peaceful under any government that comes to power on religious cum ethno-nationalistic cards. At best, there may be a few crumbs the masters would throw for the minorities to consume and nothing more. Only under a government that is prepared to treat all citizens equally and based on merit that minorities can prosper and live peacefully. This is why voters from the two communities must break away from the habit of voting for their own parties and leaders and expect them to deliver the impossible. Among the Tamils, it was the failure of traditional leadership that led to the revolt of the youth in 1980s, which ultimately ended in disaster to the community as well as the nation. A similar situation is brewing amongst Muslims now. The Muslim community is actually leaderless at the moment, but Muslim electorates are qualitatively different now, in the sense that there is a notable class of educated men and women who are able to think originally and independently. This class has to become the vanguard for change and that change should reflect in the voting behavior of Muslims. The community should therefore think anew and work with a multi-ethnic and multi-class coalition. They should get rid of SLMC and ACMC altogether.

A JVP-led coalition is the only post-fire salvage to both minorities and the country.  

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 28
    4

    Let this government fail …… from the weight of its own stupidity. No need to tell/advice how to save itself.

    Then, eventually what we might like will crop up in time ……

    JVP are Lankans too with many a baggage.

    In Lanka, we can only remove the weeds …….. never know what will crop up ……. will know only after the fact ….

    • 14
      3

      nimal fernando

      “Let this government fail “

      Hindia would be the first country to prevent this island from drowning as it does not want to see one more failed state in its neighborhood. Similarly the West will throw a life line because most loans were provided by West supported International institutions, would hate to see this island defaults. ….

      This would be another chance for Hindian lead group of countries to rest this island from Chinese/Clan control.

      However Hindians do no not have the stomach to see through complete reform/restructure of this island. Hindians come with loud bang, which always transpired to be “All hat and no cattle”.

      • 6
        17

        The global debt numbers like the Covid-19 Numbers Game is a JOKE!
        US is the most indebted country on the planet and money printing in the trillions. The US Dollar, world reserve currency will crash soon. Hence, Like El Salvador Sri Lanka should dump the dollar and go for Bitcoin. The Washington Consensus and its debt trapping days with numbers games is intellectually and morally bankrupt and the entire Global Financial Governance system is corrupt to the eyeballs and should be dissolved,
        The US dollar which keeps this debt and inequality game going should be dumped

        • 7
          1

          Dinuk,

          The US debt is not the same debt as Sr Lanka’s debt. It is not debt at all but money to be paid for actual ongoing and moving commodities and intellectual property involving a network of allied partners.

          Sri Lanka’s debt to China on the other hand is is Fiat currency, but with little potential to it. It is a a debt that never be re-paid unless the established working global monetary system is crushed and stolen over.

          • 1
            7

            US only produces debt and guns and weapons to kill. This is why the US economy is addicted to war – Cold War, War on Terror after the ISIS was created by the Deepstate, and now the war on Asia’s rise led by CHina and other emergeing Economies – Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa using COvid-19 bio terrorism.
            The US economy will crash without war – that is why we now have the Covid-19 biowarfare to try to boost the US Big Pharma and promote global surveillance. Time close down the 800 US military bases – the Covid-19 project is back firing as usual!
            China is the factory of the world and produces real goods that everyone wants.
            The US economy is doomed and time has come to dump your $$$!

            • 8
              1

              Dinuk,

              Weapons everybody buys readily, mostly to protect themselves from their neighbours – take India and Pakistan…..intellectual property for WMD was gotten from mostly US. But didn’t Motherland get weapons from China to end terrorist war? All countries will buy from each other if  there is a need.

              Pharmaceuticals everybody needs too, with much intellectual property of the US in medicine. Other countries can close down and trade within their own networks and money systems, and then they howl that US is placing embargos on them.

              War in Syria and Afghanistan is about Russia trying to gain leverage against the US, blindly following outdated Marxist ideology. US on the other hand installs Marxist ideology in its capitalistic system so they can improve people’s lives.

              800 US based are  protecting their interests so others won’t steal the fruits if the US and then dump US for their own ideology.

              It is agreed that what the US did in Vietnam and N. Korea were horrendous. But it was a different time ; different ideology; different kettle of fish. Now the B3W strives to include all ideologies and all nations.

        • 5
          0

          Dinuk

          “Hence, Like El Salvador Sri Lanka should dump the dollar and go for Bitcoin.”

          Do you really know what you are talking about?

          • 3
            0

            Native,
            Be fair, she has done a lot of research in Kanatte. It seems many of the residents use Bitcoin. Just like them, it’s invisible, you see. Very convenient when a purse is not practical.

            • 3
              0

              old codger

              It must be in the water, little islanders always take it upon themselves to impress others by saying and writing things that they have no clue, starting with their partners, children, parents uncles, equally stupid neighbours, ……………….

              Over the years what I found out is that Dayan is not alone in this writing to impress partners his/her partner activity.

      • 14
        6

        In Maldives and Nepal, India had been successful in deposing China friendly regime and installing India friendly regime. Regime change in Sri Lanka is not that easy. Any trouble makers will be silenced either by death threats or monetary inducements. Moreover China is physically present in the country unlike in Maldives or Nepal. Only way India can bring Sri Lanka to its knees is to empower Tamils and take control of northern and eastern provinces and from there launch destabilization process. Tamils should not support regime change because what happened in Yahapalana days will happen; as once India and west get their goal, Tamils will be ignored. TNA will be used to tell Tamils rosy stories, without concrete assurances regarding rights demanded and problems faced. Tamils should play the cards correctly to keep present regime in power, firstly to let them ruin the country economically and secondly to frustrate India and west, forcing them to take drastic action.

        • 5
          2

          You are correct. India and the west only use the Eelam Tamil’s predicament, that Britain created in 1948, as a leverage to get what they want in the island but really care two hoots about their plight and the structural genocide now being committed on them by the Sinhalese Sri Lankan state. They just shed crocodile tears and pass toothless resolutions, at the UN, just to fool the Tamils and the world, that they care. Event the Sri Lankan state knows that these resolutions will hardly be implemented, unless they do not tow the west’s line and become fully pro Chinese. These resolutions in the UN and the so called North East Tamil homeland being passed in the USA senate and congress, is just to get the Sri Lankan state to behave and do the west’s bidding, and if they do, Tamils can go to hell. If India and the west really cared, Eelam could have been achieved, even without shedding any blood or all this violence, especially during the JR era. Eelam Tamils have a far greater right to their land and nationhood, than new nations like South Sudan, Kosovo, and East Timor. The Eelam Tamils were a separate nation until European colonization and have an ancient history to their lands and suffered far more than these people.

          • 3
            1

            Unlike the Eelam Tamils, non of these so called new nations, were ever a nation before Yet other than mouthing platitudes or not even that, plight is ignored.
            However they overtly and covertly gave a lot of aid and are still buying time providing aid to the Sinhalese state to please the Sinhalese majority and commit their structural genocide on the island’s Tamils. Many times done under the guise of economically helping the Eelam Tamils. The Hindian state is the biggest culprit. They are the biggest impediment against the Eelam Tamils getting any justice and will prevent others from helping us too. Especially the west, their new ally. Are you aware that so far there has never been a Tamil High Commissioner representing India in Sri Lanka, as it is an unwritten rule that no Tamil foreign officer in a senior position should be sent to Colombo as this will offend the Sinhalese. This is why you get Hindi speaking North Indians or other non Tamils sent as High Commissioners and senior officers to Sri Lanka and who do not understand Tamil which is the mother tongue of 25% of the island’s population nor the ancient history and the Sinhalese/Tamil relationship from ancient times.

            • 3
              2

              Kachatheevu was gifted to Sri Lanka by Indira Gandhi during a Tea Party with Srimavo Bandaranaike, as it was her own personal property, without consulting the Indian Tamils or the government of Tamil Nadu, or even getting a 2/3 majority approval from the Indian parliament to change India’s boundaries. This island was part of the Ramanathapuram Zamidar and was just gifted away, now causing so much hardship to the fisher folk of South Tamil Nadu.
              Even this year during the human rights debate, India avoided any contact with Eelam Tamil organizations and to please the Sinhalese abstained from the vote. This is all regard that India has for its own Tamils and worse for the Eelam Tamils. We are expendable, in order to keep the Sinhalese in the good books and the Sinhalese are cunningly using this to take India and the west for a ride. It is India and the west that helped the Sinhalese to win the war against the LTTE in 2009 and commit all these war crimes against the island’s Tamils and still do nothing about it as most of them are implicated. What concrete steps has India done so far now to win the hearts and minds of the Eelam Tamils .

          • 2
            8

            Siva Sankaran Sharma,
            How come coolies who came to work for colonial rulers talk about having far greater right to land and nationhood in Sinhale, the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.
            —-
            “Eelam Tamils have a far greater right to their land and nationhood,…”

        • 4
          2

          @Dr.GS – So you are happy to ruin the whole family (all Sri Lankan) just because one of it’s child need to capitalize the situation to enjoy at the expenses of rest of the family. No matter whether its right or wrong isn’t it? To the contrary at the end whole family suffer. Remember the colonial times and how cowardly act of certain people put the whole country face the slavery. People never learn lessons

          • 7
            0

            Dayan

            “So you are happy to ruin the whole family (all Sri Lankan) just because one of it’s child need to capitalize the situation to enjoy at the expenses of rest of the family. “

            What the hell are you talking about.
            The smart patriotic 6.9 Million brought it upon itselve.
            As usual are you trying to blame the long suffering people/victims for what the crooks are doing?
            When will the voters including yourself elect the right candidate and reject the wrong ones.

            The 6.9 millions were made to believe Gota and goons were the best candidates who could deal with LTTE and Muslim terrorists. Asgiriya even recommended a Hitler in Gota to rule this island. As usual the dumb asses elected Gota and his thieving clan.

            Nobody relishes the fact the country is in serious trouble.
            If you are indeed seriously concerned about the people try and do something to unseat the entire clan and its b***s carriers, sack all the Ranavirus from forces as well as from their second jobs, sentd them home.

          • 2
            0

            Dayan, you are no Mandela. So cut the crap. I do not agree with GS on this but then again and your criminal leaders and amoral public who elected them have done enough damage to this country. Colonial time country was facing slavery but at least had food to eat. . Now what are they facing ?? poverty, misery, DAN SEPADA. . Enough for your sermon. You talking about right and wrong ???

        • 5
          9

          Dr.G.N.
          But India has to be mindful of the fact that +50% of Tamils live outside North East and be prepared for a flood of Rohingiyas.
          You are pre warning the Tamils outside NE or the Sinhalese?

          Soma

          • 3
            1

            Choma, you and the rest of the Chingkalla racists, keep on repeating the same lie that +50% of the island’s Thamizh live outside the North and East, when even according to your Chingkalla Sri Lankan government statistics , 51% of the island’s Thamizh live in the north and east and 70% of the island’s indigenous EEzham Thamizh live in the north and east and the all eight districts of the north and east are predominantly Thamizh speaking despite large scale state sponsored Chingkalla settlements of ethnically cleansed Eezham Thamizh lands, especially in the east. Not only that Nuwaraeliya district in the Central Province in 75% or more Thamizh speaking and so is the city of Colombo. They should all be added to Thamizh Eezham. Even is 5% of the Thamizh population live in the North and East, it is still their ancient historic homeland that the Chingkallams only started to steal from them, after 1948, using the resources of the state, to deliberately commit structural genocide on them and make them a voiceless minority in their own homeland, and chasing many of them from the North East by making life very difficult for them there and then tell the rest of the world, look most Thamizh do not live in the north and east, as they love Chingkallams who make life hell for them, so have decided to come and live in hell.

          • 4
            1

            soman

            You have been a loyal b***s carrier to Ranaviruses, for a long time.
            Can you explain the idea behind militarisation of university education (privatisation of Kotelawala National Defence University Bill)?

          • 3
            1

            Soma. firstly 90% of Tamils living outside North and East are of recent Indian origin, and not indigenous Tamils who are demanding autonomy. Secondly go through recent past, where there had been systemic violence unleashed on Tamils from 1977. It is only indigenous Tamils who had left the country in large numbers. How many Tamils from upcountry have left the country. So Rohingya comparison does not exist. In fact if they are harmed, you will lose upcountry also and it is the Sinhalese who should be prepared for a flood of Rohingyas to the south.

            • 0
              4

              Dr. G.S.
              You are seeking a ‘political solution ‘ for Hindu/Christians in Jaffna?
              What percentage are they?
              Is it the official line of TNA? When did they explicitly expressed that?
              Another question, how do I identify an ‘Indeginous Tamil’?

              Soma

            • 1
              4

              Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
              Indigenous Tamils?
              There is no record of Tamils in the history of Sinhale until Ponnambalam Arunachalam, a Demala guy working in the Census Department changed ‘Malabar’, the term used by colonial rulers to refer to Dravidians brought from Malabar region to Yapanaya, to Tamil.
              There are no evidences available to prove that so called Tamils are indigenous people in Sinhale. All Tamils who live in Sinhale are of Indian origin.
              —-
              “…indigenous Tamils who are demanding autonomy.”

        • 6
          3

          Well said sir DR.G.S
          Tamils have nothing to do with the regime of Rajapussys, Only thing they have to do is refrain the TNA wimps to play Hindia’s card here, let majority Singa Leys clean their own mess, If they could they clean, if they couldn’t they get drown in it,In either way Tamils can live with it because this not new to them

      • 7
        1

        The question that I can’t find a logical/rational answer to is ……… what did the people expect from Gota and the Rajapakses? What the bloody hell did they want from the Rajapakses? I don’t think even EE can’t give a rational answer! …… other than his usual BS.

        Here Eran lists all what the 2015 government did when they came to power https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7dRlZhQe18

        I believe in increasing goods and services rather than salaries – so not to kick off inflation by too much money chasing too few goods and services – but what people notice and are happy about is the increase in their salaries.

        They reduced the price of gasoline and increased the salaries by more than 100% …….. did the public-servants/workers expect the Rajapakses to increase the salaries by 200%? What the bloody hell did they want from the Rajapakses?

        I don’t think at the bottom of all these ……… you wouldn’t find a rational/logical reason other than a perceived grievance/grudge against something even they don’t know ……. or can pinpoint.

        • 6
          2

          continued

          I read what educated/intelligent Lankans like SJ (nothing personal SJ: only a good example) write and am gobsmacked by their inability to see reality for what it is …… there is always a twist to their perception of reality …… can’t figure out where that comes from

          When the intelligentsia is like that what hope has the ignorant villages that get swindled by the pols in every election got?


          For most people all around the world ………. the sum total of their insecurities (mostly picked up in childhood) is the world/reality out here/there.

          The % of these people in a society invariably decides what types of governments those societies end up with.

          • 1
            0

            Dear nimal,
            .
            That people vote like fools is true of our country; I haven’t travelled all that widely, but I read, and am educated.
            .
            In all countries, politicians are forced to talk like this. I’ve been trying to get this message across to “leelagemalli” as well. I have Eran’s mobile phone number and email, but I won’t overuse them. He’s no fool, and he’s also a good man.
            .
            I refuse to stray beyond my competence. I’m sorry, but that’s what you’re doing in asking what the NPP programme of work is going to be – socialist, inspired by Marxism.
            .
            You are right when you say that there must be production and the provision of services – and honesty. Face it: few are absolutely honest. Well, I’m not a dishonest man!
            .
            I have no great objection to capitalism, if there is honesty, fair play and compassion. A realisation that there must be social mobility.
            .
            Don’t you think that it is our duty to say positive things about these people? (Of course, denounce mercilessly if you find them to be crooks.)

        • 1
          3

          nimal fernando,
          What Sinhalayo wanted from Rajapakshes is to screw separatist Tamil politicians, Tamil terrorists and Muslim terrorists very hard that they will never resort to massacre Sinhalayo again. Sinhalayo believe that Rajapakshes fulfilled their expectation.
          —-
          “What the bloody hell did they want from the Rajapakses?”

      • 1
        1

        Native Vedda, “Let this government fail” you took up. It is failing but can course correct. “All hat and no cattle” you discuss. PM just banned cattle slaughter to appease as if that will bring up economy. There are brains but none so blind as those who cannot see, may be due to sickness. Others are blind listening to the wrong voice saying “You can be like God” while all the time they were already created like God. Same as the failed voice which said “I will be like the Most High” even before man was created Isa.14,14 Pride and arrogance hated by all. Haunted by the past prevents future march and hence the need to prevent repetition. The west, however brain washed we are, improved our health, education, roads etc. We cannot blame China as it is their communist BRI which will finally fail when army marches across the dried up Euphrates. But our struggle to bring black money to build own kingdom will without fail backfire on us like an aimed arrow.

    • 8
      11

      The Economic Crisis is Global not just in Sri Lanka and was designed as part of the Covid bio war on the emerging Economies by the biggest Rogue State in the world. Please read Oxfam’s new Report the Hunger Virus proliferates.
      The US, the biggest Debtor Nation of the planet’s currency, the world reserve currency which is the USD is about to crash. China and Russia are de-dollarizing, and even little El Salvador has dumped the dollar and is using Bitcoin. The US dollar is a Fiat Currency and the GLobal Financial System a massive Ponzi scheme of debt and derivatives that is about to crash with the USD!
      This is why the Deep State which knows the USD is on borrowed time staged the Covid-19 and fake postive PCR test data hoax and printed Trillions of dollars as “Covid-19 bailouts’ chanelled through Black Rock and other hedge funds also to outfits like India’s Adani and Ambani via RBI in order to asset strip and reboot US EU colonialism in Asia, Africa and Latin America and crash tbe emerging BRICS economies and the rise of Asia led by China. Geopolitics is the Covid-19 Endgame under the bio-security mask.
      Finally, Sri Lanka should be Taxing and charging Submarine Undersea Data cable (UDC), companies and their corporate for use of Lanka’s Maritime exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and will get rich quick!

      • 5
        2

        JVP is a party of common man.JVP consistently gets about 3% of the popular vote nationally. That is the core. The party should buildup from the core- the rank and file. JVP is a cadre based disciplined party and any policy decision should evolve from the base.
        If there is a grand coalition, let it be on JVP’S terms and under the leadership of JVP.
        Those who are dissident intellectuals and armchair critics , dissatisfied with both SJB/UNP SLPP/SLFP are doing their best may be with good intension to lure JVP into a trap with sweet talks. The JVP should exhibit utmost caution in dealing with these well-wishers., but kept them at arms length.
        The ordinary people are the natural allies. Any adventurous false steps will invite repression worse than that experienced in 1971 and1989.

  • 8
    2

    At election time it makes far more sense to vote for the individual leading the party based on his character and policies instead of focusing on the history or current standing of the party itself. It is a bad idea to be influenced by a party, however powerful and popular it might be, if the leaders of that party are corrupt persons. What I say is, focus on the policies and principles of the leadership of a party instead of considering the party as a whole as the party is a constantly changing entity with an uncertain life. See what happened to the UNP and the SLFP?

  • 10
    3

    It is good to talk about a pluralistic coalition to take the country forward with the JVP leading it.

    However, Sri Lankan politics has reached the international stage with China, India and the West have their own vested interests, especially with China having established bridgeheads in the island.

    It would not be wise for us to live in an imaginary world when big players who shape the world order may be thinking entirely different things for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has squandered the opportunity to shape its independent fate wasting seven decades.

  • 3
    1

    Among the available contestants for power, Sirisena’s SLFP is calculating the odds of deserting the coalition.

    When he was in SLFP he was supporting for UNP and when he was in UNP he is supporitng SLFP,
    Lacking was seen from leader involvement throughout the reform process, We have a powerful potential in our youth, leaders must have courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends

  • 8
    4


    nimal fernando,

    .
    Stop being a back number, man!
    .
    True as it is that the JVP has baggage; but the NPP is what we should be talking about. Here’s a Member of Parliament who isn’t JVP. She has JVP friends, but she is not a member of that party.
    .
    Last night, there was an even more suitable, more informal discussion, on Youtube, but I can’t locate it right now. Mostly the same subject; protesting against the militarisation of Education.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDDVHHbN3XA
    .
    About 27 minutes in Sinhala, like the other.
    .
    This is not a Youtube, it is a transcript, in English:
    .
    https://www.themorning.lk/for-more-women-to-contest-parties-must-change/
    .
    Submitted by retired teacher, Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela, (NIC 48 3111 444V)

    • 4
      1

      Sinhala_Man & nimal fernando: Please watch the following vedio.

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

      “Education” is one particular “AREA” that a “Dictator” (Military type) would definitely do a “CHANGE”. The other three “AREAS” would be (2) “Religion” (3) Art & (4) Justice.

      In the above, a press briefing is given by Prof. Hinuduma Sunil Senevi of “Mass Guiding Artists”. It is also available in: JVP Media.

      • 3
        0

        Simon,
        .
        thanks for the link.

        LM

    • 2
      2

      SM,

      JVP are also Lankans with a different set of slogans.

      Show me their plan for the country.

      The plan Lankans always have, is going to Singapore to ask for help. When Ranil came to power in 2015 he went to Singapore to ask for help ……. that showed he had no plan …… and I wrote here then the country is going to end up in the usual disappointment we are so accustomed to since independence.

      LKY (not a fan but gotta acknowledge his achievement) had a plan …… didn’t run around asking for help.

      Cast aside the blooming slogans and the nice talk …….. what is JVP’s plan?

      Perhaps they should hire Boston Consulting ……. but they are Capitalists ……. has Putin or the Chinese got a “ideologically Left” consulting outfit? :))

      BTW China copied LKY’s blueprint and applied it on a larger scale ……. with great success …… so far the Chinese money-men have been brilliant!

      • 2
        0

        Dear nimal fernando,
        .
        Could you please tell us who LKY is? We cannot usher in any changes if you talk in riddles.
        .
        I was genuinely at a loss, and was mulling this for an hour. Now, whilst typing, it struck me that you must mean Lee Kwan Yew. For all my simplified persona as GambadaIngirisiIskoleMahaththaya, I know that I’m neither moron nor ignoramus, but you must at least start your comment by naming him in full.
        .
        SM is presumably me, but I’m hardly famous, though known to regular users of this domain. Use my name! Do you know that Dr Janapriya thinks that even you are a Tamil masquerading as a Sinhalese? I said rubbish!
        .
        Addressing me, you criticise the JVP although I have said we must now talk of the NPP.
        .
        All you bloody Americans are nuts! So, there!

        • 2
          0

          SM,
          Please read it below. Many refer him with the acronym LKY.
          .
          LKY = Lee Kuan Yew (senior minister of Singapore)

          • 1
            1

            LM, (i.e. “leelagemalli”) so what?
            .
            This comment of mine is being made as an observation on what you have said, so, it may be that LM would have been enough, but sometimes it gets placed far away, for explicable reasons.
            .
            Sometimes I realise that you are not clear in your own mind about what we’re trying to do.
            .
            As it is there is truth in this observation of mine: “our side” decides the moment we see a comment by Eagle Eye or soma that we will dislike it, and see no virtue in it. Malliayuran has decided, a prior, that anything coming from Sinhalese people is unacceptable. Would you like me to show you where he called me “an extreme Sinhala racist”?
            .
            In other words, those visiting this site casually find this like a social club where we are addressing those whom we know well, without taking the trouble to organise our answers.
            .
            This has been told to me by many intelligent people to whom commenting is not an addiction. I greatly value your contributions, but you are addicted, and sometimes naive.
            .
            I have my own share of faults!

        • 3
          0

          SM,

          “Dr Janapriya thinks that even you are a Tamil masquerading as a Sinhalese”

          So now Dr Janapriya is an expert in Ethnic studies eh? :)) …… A year and a half ago he was an expert in dictators! It didn’t take too long for him to be proved spectacularly wrong; now did it? :))

          Ask him to find out who was the first ever Lankan DHS (Director of Health Services) ……. and also who designed Galoya-Walawe ……. he would easily know my ancestry.

      • 3
        0

        nimal fernand: You say: “Show me their plan for the country”. During both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections, there was no JVP, but “NPP”. Even the “Three” MPs in Parliament are identified as “NPP”. Didn’t you read and understand the “NPP” Manifesto? No wonder, of that “6.9 million”, if you are like this.

        • 1
          0

          Great observation, Simon.
          .
          I sometimes wish we could devise some way to tell nimal fernando how much we value his humour – and also his decency.
          .
          I think that that decency will lead to his acknowledging that your observation is spot on. We cannot treat him as a sacred cow who is always beyond reproach.
          .
          How can we, who support the NPP manifesto possibly help them live down their unfortunate past except by never referring to those three fine M.Ps (BTW, I’ve talked a few times to Vijitha Herath who remembers me as one of the teachers in his secondary school) as belonging to the NPP?
          .
          nimal’s comment here amounts to unwitting sabotage!
          .
          Contrast with Kumar David’s consistently constructive approach (and never mind the typos!).

        • 2
          0

          Simon,

          “Manifesto”

          Gota also had an impressive manifesto …… what did it amount to?

          When it comes to Lankans, I work with the rule, not exceptions. ………. all Lankan pols’ “manifestos” end up in the dustbin soon after the election.

          Is there a link where I can read the economic-plan of the JVP (or whatever they are now?)

          Even though Weerawansa was once a prominent stalwart of the JVP ……. now I have to admit the current lot sound honest and sincere compared to the rest of the Lankan pols.

          But appearances and perceptions only go so far …….. where is the implementable/feasible economic blueprint?

          LKY not only had a plan but more importantly knew how to implement it!

          I’m yet to see a Lankan/Lankans who is/are capable of implementing a comprehensive economic plan.

          Ronnie De Mel had some good capabilities ……… we can argue till the cows come home if all what he did was right ……… but that’s a different matter: the man had some capabilities.

          • 3
            0

            NimalF,
            “Ronnie De Mel had some good capabilities”
            Every single leader who actually did something for the country was educated in pre-1948 missionary schools.
            That’s the difference.

            • 0
              0

              OC,

              Those people were properly qualified, had the experience and the abilities to perform the tasks they were appointed to carry out ……… now you mostly get political-lackeys who have no clue.

              I don’t have time now …… when I have, I’ll write about why these people are so advanced compared to us …… and their plans/feasibility-studies/implementations.

          • 1
            0

            nimal fernand: Your ignorance of the “Manifesto” (Action Plan) of the NPP backed by the JVP looks “Pandemic”. It reminds me of the “6.9 million” who like you were ignorant of a workable plan plus of a team of dedicated and committed persons pledging to uphold those proposals for the future of the country. Period.

            • 0
              0

              Simon

              No need to lose your cool buddy ……. I’m just one person ……. and I’ve never voted in a single Lankan election ……. so, it’s not I who you have to convince but a majority of the Lankan voters ……. If NPP wins I’ll be happy for them as a set of new faces who will certainly be less corrupt than the Rajapakses.

              But turning plans/talk into action is another whole different kettle of fish …… and when it comes to Lankans I know their capabilities. I know them like my own people; only too well!

              If NPP/JVP wins and implements an economic plan that usher SL into the modern world I’ll be the happiest guy …….. but until then I’ll stick with the rule ….. whoever wants can believe in exceptions. To each his own ……. after all it’s a free world. :))

  • 4
    1

    Dr. A says a regime change is inevitable. It would be better as the PM said for some to leave the party and those left behind to stop thinking robbery of state and with electric cars, and do some nation building for a change and be proud of some positive results. Have we no brains to give what we cannot keep to gain what we cannot lose. We appeal to all MPs to make this change before the entire nation becomes a corrupt cess pool of evil communist military marxism in which MPs themselves will eventually drown. When they see the kingdom government followed by the righteous remnant moving in eternity, it may be too late to exercise wisdom and understanding to come into unity. Blood money of betrayal taken by Judas was thrown back while he went and hanged himself.

  • 10
    1

    The people of Sri Lanka have dabbled with the two main parties of green and blue for far too long. The coup that enabled a family to come to power at the national level, treating the land as their family business was a disaster of magnitude. As the writer suggests, it would soon be time to ‘experiment’ with the JVP. After all, the country has nothing more to lose, as it has lost most of its negotiable assets already. What is reassuring is that the JVP is not corrupt in the sense of the other major parties, and that itself should be enough reason to experiment with it next time round.

    • 3
      1

      Lasntha P ,

      Pen named as Ayn Rand , a philosopher and writer , born and educated
      in Russia and lived in the US , said this : ” When the law no longer
      protects you from the corrupt but protects corrupt from you-you know
      your nation is doomed.”

  • 5
    5

    There is a seemingly worsening crisis.
    The government may fail or even fall. However strong these possibilities are they are only possibilities.
    What next if/when it happens?
    I doubt if anyone who is speculating on an immediate fall has a clue.
    *
    Such things have precedents.
    Italy has seen 33 post-Mussolini prime ministerial successions under whom there were 70+ governments comprising different coalitions in 78 years.
    But there was political stability until early 1990s with mostly Christian Democrats in power. The far right regionalism has changed the picture since, with 10 prime ministerial successions and 13 governments in less than 30 years.
    Not an amusing prospect for a country with too many political loose ends and a shaky economy.

  • 13
    2

    The line that caught my attention in Ameer Ali’s argument(s) is, ‘SJB, apart from criticizing the current regime has nothing original and special to offer’. Indeed!
    .
    SJB is not a political party. A political party has to have a vision and a mission. SJB has neither. SJB is a group of anti-Ranil UNPers, tired of Ranil’s ineffective leadership and intransigence. Sajith saw in it the opportunity he was waiting for. He has no merit of his own to lead any, other than that he is a scion of Premadasa.
    .
    JVP may appear to be the alternative. But, for JVP to win the votes of the minorities it has to shed its reticence on a solution to the national question. Until such time it can forget votes of the minorities; when it does, it may be forced to lose much of its share of the votes of the majority community. What a conundrum!

    • 7
      2

      Dear Nathan,
      My sentiments exactly.

      SJB can very well be a partner to ousting the double-Paksa regime but it will be because of the double-Paksa regime’s doings.

      JVP’s reticence on the National question is perhaps cowardly!

      But would you say rights activist and academic Dr. Harini Amarasuriya’s presence as NPP and endorsement and/or membership of minorities like Prof Kumar David and Dr Ameer Ali is a ray of hope that JVP can be a genuinely pluralistic party?

      I do get the sense that a socialistic policy platform can be popular in the North and Northeast at this time.

      • 3
        0

        Sugandh,
        Not many see NPP as a party that could garner enough popular support. It wouldn’t be easy to convince the Jaffna man to support NPP. He does not see a rational politician, among the Sinhalese.

        • 1
          0

          Nathan,
          .
          Please think this out carefully.
          .
          I’m not a politician, and never will be one. I’m pretty old.
          .
          Look at the comments that I have made as “Sinhala_Man”. Regarding how many of them can you fault me?
          .
          In the case of the NPP politicians, I don’t think that they can go much further than they do now without losing the support that they have in the South.
          .
          We must also be clear about “the other 27 Parties”. How many members do they have? I’m not a member of any of them – I wouldn’t mind taking on membership if it would help actually.
          .
          Let the “Jaffna Man” beat his breasts with “mea culpas” for the way they drove the “Estate Tamils” into the arms of cynical UNPers. Dr Rajan Hoole (bless him!) will be bringing out a book soon which will be full of those very necessary “mea culpas”. Of course, he will be harsh on the opportunistic Sinhalese politicians as well.
          .
          Remember, in that context, that the NPP depends heavily on committed grassroots JVPers. I’ve been to a few local “committee” meetings. To a fellow like the late “innocent” Rohan Joahnpillai, they would be the “riff-raff” that he felt that he was superior to. Their hearts of gold he saw not.

      • 5
        0

        Dear Sugandh,

        “I do get the sense that a socialistic policy platform can be popular in the North and Northeast at this time.”

        I am full in agreement with you having spoken with some SL notherners in Europe. But most of them are from tamil community not the muslims. They loved the policies of MsB.
        I think as was the case in 2015, NPP will be backed by various civil society groups in the days to come. JVP is not yet considered as a matured political party by the rural people. That Sepal Amarasinghe made it very clear – JVP is yet trying to hide behind so called grand party-shadows.

        • 1
          0

          Dear LM,
          .
          Many thanks for monitoring the Youtube Programmes of Sepala Amarasinhe. The problem is that you are seduced by some of them. The fellow is a crook who is undoing (at some crucial point) all that we are attempting to do.
          .
          Remember Banquo’s warning about the “witches” to Macbeth. They “win us with honest trifles, to betray us in matters of deepest consequence.”
          .
          I’m not bothering with giving you the exact quote; nor should you indulge in the easy riposte that Banquo himself tried to have it both ways – and received his quietus sooner than Macbeth.

        • 1
          0

          Another – quite different – observation, LM.
          .
          “Matured” is the wrong word.
          .
          I’d say that there are two “main” problems in getting “rural people” on our side.
          .
          1. The fear engendered in villagers by the 1971 & 1988 pogroms carried out by the JVP.
          .
          2. The effectiveness with which a dominant male decrees whom the clan should vote for.

    • 1
      6

      Dr Nathan
      No one has so far presented a draft proposal for discussion with a possible solution which encompass political ambitions of at least 90% of Tamil speaking people scattered across the island.
      It is now upto the intellectuals of your calibre to face upto that challenge.
      Never too late.
      How do you expect JVP to produce that magic formula which I believe even Einstein would shy away from?

      Soma

      • 3
        0

        soman

        “How do you expect JVP to produce that magic formula which I believe even Einstein would shy away from?”

        “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

        You better first stop digging if you want to get out of the pit that you are in now which you and your fellow racists created over the past 75 years or so.

        FYI here is Albert Einstein again:
        “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

        • 1
          4

          NV
          ““Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
          If only you had come across this quote before Nandikadal.

          Soma

          • 3
            0

            soman

            “If only you had come across this quote before Nandikadal.”

            If only you had regularly read Transcurrent, DBS Jeyaraj, Tamil Canadian, the old Sri Lanka Guardian, …………………. before and after Nadikadal.

  • 10
    2

    Aiyooooooooooooo

    One cannot compare relatively advanced Italy (a member of EU and NATO) with a third approaching fourth world (developing) country Sri Lanka. Europeans make mistakes however they learn from mistakes and try democratically to put them right.

    In this island the leaders, parties, saffron brigades, ………………….. are clever and no need for them to make course correction. Any democratic or economic reform were forced upon the country because the dumb asses believe they make no mistakes, for example 1977 economic liberalization and 1987 political democratization (13A).

    Dumb asses cannot see beyond their nose as if they are too big, too strong, preside over a strong economy, technologically advanced …………….. therefore they believe they could determine their own destiny.

    SJ would suggest more of the same (1970/77).

    • 2
      7

      Native Vella,
      “Europeans make mistakes however they learn from mistakes and try democratically to put them right.”
      —-
      If Europeans learn from the mistakes they have done and put them right, UK should apologize and pay compensation for the war crimes and crimes against humanity they committed against Native Sinhalayo during the period they ruled Sinhale before they preach Human Rights to Sinhalayo.
      When Sinhalayo in Wellassa rose against the brutal rule of Brits, they adopted ‘scorched-earth’ policy that aimed to destroy anything that might be useful to the enemy. Brits burnt houses, paddy fields, paddy stored in the houses, killed all able bodied men, cut down all fruit bearing trees, destroyed irrigation systems, dumped dead bodies in wells and starved people to death. Aren’t these things war crimes and crimes against humanity?

    • 5
      2

      Native,
      “Dumb asses cannot see beyond their nose as if they are too big, too strong, preside over a strong economy, technologically advanced …………….. “
      Have more toilets, have the most strategic harbours, the world’s best tea, have clean coats, have the world’s emptiest pockets………

      • 4
        0

        old codger

        “have the world’s emptiest pockets……”

        Have the world’s most empty-headed morons.

    • 1
      0

      Today being holiday there is free time to go through comments. Native I too read SJ’s in depth analysis on Italy.I was about to type and then saw your comment. This is the guy a educated buffoon who cannot see what is in front of him but can see miles away.

  • 7
    22

    “Only under a government that is prepared to treat all citizens equally and based on merit that minorities can prosper and live peacefully.”
    —-
    Talking usual humbug again. In Sri Lanka, minorities are more than equal to Native Sinhalayo.
    Tamils have a Malabar customary law called ‘Thesawalamei’ that they brought from Malabar region which prevents land belong to Sinhalayo grabbed by Vellala Tamils through colonial rulers getting into the hands of Native Sinhalayo.
    Muslims have their customary laws introduced to this country by British that allow them to have special privileges that Native Sinhalayo do not enjoy e.g. Muslim men can have fun with underage chicks legally but for Sinhalayo it is illegal.
    It is high time that the Government scrap these privileges given to Tamils and Muslims and make them equal to Native Sinhalayo.

    • 11
      5

      EE,
      Your reference, “In Sri Lanka, minorities are more than equal to Native Sinhalayo.”
      In case you have not seen with your Eager Eagle Eye, what you claim to miss in life, is lack of ‘One country One Law’ of the vision envisaged by our President, which should be upheld at all times.
      The investigations and arrests of over 100’s of alleged perpetrators in the rape and sexual assaults’ of a underage (under or over age is immaterial); on the intervention purportedly by a “Podi hamuduruwa” in the vicinity of the Janathipadhi Mandiraya, principally because of the involvement of a High priest in north Colombo and personnel from security establishments of all colours and hues.
      It speaks volumes and is “Fair” according to your esteemed intelligence?
      When did Buddhist Priests, Navy and police officers become part and parcel of the Minorities?
      Joke, is a misnomer!

    • 4
      0

      The best “Koheda yannay, mallay pol” comment I have seen so far.

  • 6
    19

    AA,
    “Only under a government that is prepared to treat all citizens equally and based on merit that minorities can prosper and live peacefully.”

    Implying that minorities do not have equal status and did not prosper and live peacefully in this country is a blatant lie.
    Native Sinhalayo accommodated Dravidians who came to work for colonial rulers in their country when they were abandoned by colonial Masters and gave them citizenship with equal status.
    Native Sinhalayo accommodated Dravida Muslim refugees and Arab Muslim traders in their country when they faced persecution by Portuguese and gave them citizenship with equal status.
    Both these communities lived peacefully and prospered in this country but sad to say that both these communities are responsible for shattering peace in this country and converting the country to a pool of blood.
    Muslims did it in 1915 at Gampola attacking Sinhala Buddhists and again in 2019 by carrying out several terrorist attacks.
    Tamils did it by passing Vaddukkodei Resolution to create a separate State for the descendants of coolies who came to work for colonial rulers, declaring war against Sinhala Nation in 1976 and slaughtering Native Sinhalayo for three decades.
    Sinhalayo did not bring Tamils and Muslims to their country but they were allowed to settle down in this country by giving citizenship.

    • 4
      1

      Eagle eye: The best “Koheda yannay, Mallay pol” comment I have seen on this site.

      • 2
        1

        Hari@
        .
        No point of adding anything against MAD MAN, Eagle Eye. What is evident is, his last breath would not be that easy. This guy s hatreds against minorities are comparably multiple times powerful than that of Hiroshima-Nagasaki bomb.

    • 7
      2

      Eagle Blind Eye

      As I told you before you should stop using the word Native to describe the ancientness of Sinhala/Buddhists in this island. Sinhala/Buddhists and Sinhala/Buddhism are concocted identities by the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala, about 100 years old.

      Let me reiterate to emphasise you are free to claim your rights over land back in your ancient motherland South India.

      • 1
        4

        Native Vedda,
        Who the fk are you to tell me what to write and not to write?
        —-
        “As I told you before you should stop using the word Native to describe the ancientness of Sinhala/Buddhists in this island.”

        • 4
          1

          Eagle Blind Eye

          “Who the fk are you to tell me what to write and not to write?”

          Unlike you the descendant of Kallathoni South Indian I am the original son of the soil. Did you learn to use “fk” while HLD M is sitting on your empty head? Doesn’t matter, its too late for you to unlearn.

  • 7
    5

    EE
    Vaduukoddai,SJV……….. as usual what’s happening now in your curse land,Prez hide his US citizenship,then comes finance min we all knows how he sneaked when they lost 2015.election ,now Mr clean…….comes to fix .
    Now mostly rely on our lassies serving in ME…….brings remittance……. sadly these lassies’s children left with vulnerability……either boy or girl …..put all the people in jeopardy,

    • 4
      7

      Cugan,
      “Now mostly rely on our lassies serving in ME…….brings remittance…”
      —-
      Tamil and Muslim traders use that money to import all kinds of junk and get rich.

    • 2
      0

      Cugan you talk real facts but not a solution which recognizes how sinhala buddhism was used to get votes but never practiced from temple to parliament to executive office. What a farce now when PM says to leave for an all inclusive silence of all during agenda of all doing robbery. The citizens are now suppressed on the streets. Religion without morals is of no use, and money worship ignoring God worship will go wrong in this nation of multiple agendas. Like the washing of the disciple’s feet, leadership is meant to serve it’s citizens. Too many political parties means too many leaders rather than submission and the essential unity. Not many know how to come out of the debt trap from China, which is mixing animal DNA into soldiers to make superhuman, so that unlike Covid mutations, these soldier mutations of evil wickedness will murder us. We are again in the time period of days of Noah and giants, like Dragon man and Peking man. Also Goliath and brothers of the philistines of Gaza, Hercules and the Titans. Dinosaurs were a failed DNA mixture destroyed by the flood, but Lucifer deception as light being is still alive for a purpose. If the current loan begging leaders turn to the larger IMF, there is a solution.

      • 2
        3

        dtg
        “If the current loan begging leaders turn to the larger IMF, there is a solution.”
        Do you think that the IMF will do a better job than God himself?

        • 1
          0

          SJ, The current loan begging leaders have no faith in an unseen creator God however loving and merciful and forgiving he is. Without agreeing with God, he will not act but let the money they worship in IMF give them answers. So let the monetary fund they believe in, bail them out as the fund has been very reliable in many countries and acts on principles rather than cheap bribes offered in the east. God does not drop money from heaven and will let the IMF be used to give the necessary dollar bills. We live in a sin sick fallen world which has to eventually be fully restored.

          • 0
            1

            dtg
            If they are so rotten and not even God can help them, why recommend IMF?
            Why not the Devil for a change– cannot be worse than the IMF.

            • 1
              0

              SJ, The devil has only deception, and cant even save himself from the lake of fire and has no dollar bills to give in order for this nation to get out of debt. Yuan available puts us into deeper debt trap and hence slavery to an atheistic blindness.

              • 0
                1

                dtg
                I have no reason to think that the Devil is worse than the IMF. Also more people are alert to the former’s mischief.

                • 1
                  0

                  SJ, The devil is a spirit and subject to spiritual law which is different from natural law which applies to the physical body called IMF dealing with tangible dollars.

  • 10
    2

    Really a well-rounded solution. I hope it happens. Running a country with a religious card is so archaic and the time has come that for the country to progress it has to be the voice of the youth. Any country that is run under religion remains in the “Dark Ages”. Unfortunately, the youth of Sri Lanka have been honed in an ethnocentric culture that has harmed them. So sadly, I don’t see the youth wanting a secular government at this point. I truly admired the prolific article.

    • 1
      8

      LotusPrins,
      “Any country that is run under religion remains in the “Dark Ages”.”
      —-
      What about Western countries that identify them as Christian countries and Church has a tremendous influence on Governments. Germany impose a separate tax to support Churches. What about Muslim countries. Do these countries remain in the Dark Ages?

  • 3
    9

    Sinhalayo should not forget that JVP and ‘Batalanda Wadakaya’ are responsible for the death of about 60,000 Sinhala youths. Sinhalayo also should not forget that during ‘Jadapalana’ Government, AKD sat on the lap of ‘Batalanda Wadakaya’ who is responsible for torturing and killing Sinhala youths and ordered CID and Police to arrest members of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces and Intelligence Services who eliminated Tamil terrorists that terrorized the country for three decades, fabricating charges against them. These people were kept behind bars for a long time without charging with the intension of ruining the morale of ‘Ranawiruwo’. So, the question Sinhalayo should ask is ‘Do we want such a traitor as the leader of our country?’

  • 2
    5

    These are no solutions.

    Only solution is to divide the island into 3 mono ethnic nations equitably and relocate people based on ethnicity.

    Until then it will be racism, misfortune and underdevelopment.

    • 3
      6

      Two.
      Muslims are Tamils practising Islam.

      Soma

      • 3
        0

        Choma what Jadam aka Pathima means is, Muslims in Sri Lanka badly want to be fake Arab Wahhabi wannabes instead of largely low caste converted immigrant South Indian Thamizh with a little bit of Arab/Camel or whatever in some families. This is why Pathima and her sisters have now discarded their traditional Thamizh Islamic dress of wearing a saree with the end covering the head and now wear black sack cloths like some she devil and prefer to boil in the tropical sun. The men also have discarded their traditional Thamizh Islamic dress and now look and act like some pathetic Arab wannabe characters that you see in many Indian movies. They now even grow date palms instead of coconut palms in their gardens, as they think it makes them Arab. Given half a chance will start having camels and ride a donkey too. Have discarded their traditional Indian Islamic food and music and now eat only Arabic food, Camel meat and listen to wailing Arabic music. Only thing is 99% of them still cannot change their typical South Indian Dravidian Thamizh looks. If they can will do this too.

      • 3
        0

        soman

        “Muslims are Tamils practising Islam.”

        Sinhala/Buddhists are genetically Tamils who now speak Sinhala.
        Sinhala/Buddhists were Tamil Saivaites who now practice Sinhala/Buddhism.

        • 0
          3

          Native
          DNA or History is not my cup of tea.
          I am seeking solutions today for the problems today.
          This clamour for a ‘political solution ‘ has caused enough bloodshed in our life time despite similarities or differences of DNA or questions of who came first.
          IF you are concerned let us begin from the beginning.
          In respect of a ‘political solution ‘ my definition of Tamils is “all Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion or the date of arrival “
          What is your definition? Only Hindu/Christians in Jaffna?

          Soma

        • 0
          1

          NV
          You have a serious issue with Sambandan seeya who says ” Tamils must be considered a distinct ethnic entity “. His words, not mine.

          Soma

          • 0
            1

            S
            Do not the Muslims have a say in this matter?

            • 0
              1

              SJ
              Hindus and Christians too.
              Those who are as ancient as the Sinhalese, those who arrived during the Dutch as well as those arrived during the British -all Tamil speaking people irrespective of where they live. All must unite to demand a SEPARATE Homeland.

              Soma

    • 2
      2

      Gatam,
      Sinhalayo did not invite Dravidians (Hindu and Muslim) to their country but they were allowed to settle down in this country. If the descendants of those who decided to settle down in Sinhale are not happy to live with Native Sinhalayo in a Unitary State they are free to return to their ancestral homeland across Palk Strait and live there happily ever after.

    • 2
      0

      GATAM, Are you really ready to pack up and go to your relocation, as the Sinhalese nation will be very much bigger than the other two.

  • 2
    0

    We know that the existing regimes have not delivered what is expected and basic tenets of governance are thrown overboard. In a situation where the very fabric of society is thrown overboard, it is difficult to expect any group could rebuild the same and earn the confidence of the people to claim “This is the group! They are delivering!”. The solutions proposed by Prof. Kumar David (KD) and Dr. Ameer Ali (AA) appears acceptable in the absence of any other. The real issue is there are no checks and balances. Today, anybody in authority can simply implement any blessed idea of his without much scrutiny or analysis. AA lives in an environment of governance like that of UK. It is reported that one-time Prime Minister of UK, Harlod Wilson, stating that decisions of Cabinet meetings had to be changed after having the customary consultation with the Queen where some gentle questions based on sound common sense was raised. In Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew states that a lot of analysis takes place before taking a firm decision. The “Executive”, if not the “Executioner” Presidency here only permits one thing: To say, “YES SIR!” to any “divine” idea of the top.

  • 4
    0

    I use this space to express my strongest objection, disapproval and anger to the Colombo Additional Magistrate FOR RELEASING A LARGE NUMBER OF RAPISTS who were arrested in the Mt. Lavinia child sex trafficking case involving a 15-year old girl, on bail.
    Pandemic is not a reason to free rapists including child’s own mother who sold her own child on line for prostitution for 34 times and made her raped repeatedly.
    Anybody who heard about the case would have been shocked to the core, except the female Additional Magistrate who released rapists. I don’t see any reason for her to release a large number of rapists unless she was approached by the Rajapaksas or promised her a promotion or she is in this position due to political connections. What made me angry was that the rapists who were released on bail weren’t in jail for even one day!
    Police say, out of 34 suspects only 22 have raped the child. How do they know? Rapists never admit what they did. Police should charge each and every rapist for X number of counts of rape and also find out whether the rapists have forced the child to take drugs.
    Contd’….. 1/3

    • 2
      0

      2/3
      .
      All the rapists in this case are people who have a high profile in the community.
      There are doctors, SLPP politicians, policemen, website owners, captain of a ship, a Maldivian politician, wealthy gem dealers, businessmen and a Buddhist monk among rapists. The saffron robed rapist, Pissan Kotuwe Podi misogynist, who was secretly funded by Basil & Gotabhaya to preach vulgar as Dhamma sermons, was not even arrested. He should be arrested forthwith and his Brothel cum Ashrama should be demolished.
      Some high profile rapists seem to have bribed or intimidated the child-victim to give a statement in support of some of them that they never checked her age. Did the female Additional Magistrate misuse this statement to release some selected rapists on bail? I won’t be surprised if the female Additional Magistrate finds fault with the 15 year old victim for not divulging her age to the rapists!!!
      The child-victim is further humiliated by electronic and social media by highlighting certain sections of the statements made by rapists.
      Cartoonist Avantha Artigala has correctly expressed how a child-victim is repeatedly abused at various levels. Here is the link.
      .
      https://www.ada.lk/cartoon/2021-07-15/14-381557
      .

      • 3
        0

        3/3
        .
        I earnestly urge the intervention of Honourable Jayantha Jayasuriya, Chief Justice of Sri Lanka to do justice to the child-victim by appointing an experienced Magistrate to hear this shocking case.
        The female Additional Magistrate’s bizarre decision to release a large number of rapists on bail shows her reluctance to treat rape as a crime.
        As the 15 year old victim was first raped by her own father and then sold online by her own mother, the court has an obligation and responsibility towards the child-victim to make sure that she will not see her abusers ever again.
        The female Additional Magistrate who failed the child-victim has failed society too.
        Moreover, the society is shocked again by two more similar incidents where a 10 year old girl and a 13 year old girl were raped by their own fathers and then a number of other men.
        It is pretty obvious that rape has become an epidemic in Sri Lanka.
        I, therefore, strongly appeal to the Honourable Chief Justice to take immediate action to advise the Magistrates of Sri Lanka to take rape cases serious and also to convince them that RAPE IS NOT A NATURAL DISASTER!!!

      • 2
        0

        Champa: “I won’t be surprised if the female Additional Magistrate finds fault with the 15 year old victim for not divulging her age to the rapists!!!”.
        .
        I won’t be surprised if the “child’s” mother had advertised the age as being a year or two less, to make the kid more attractive to the brutes.
        .
        BTW, Look at the title of this article: this is a bit off-topic. Sometimes there are unrelated jokes – doesn’t matter! The rape of these kids is too serious a business to be taken up as “any other business on the agenda.”
        .
        However, I note the words you started with, and also the sincerity of your writing throughout.

  • 3
    1

    Under President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, rape has become an epidemic in Sri Lanka.
    Today, there is no Cabinet Minister who is responsible for women and children, as Gotabhaya, the bloody misogynist, has abolished the Cabinet portfolio in 2020.
    Mahinda, the ‘Aadambarakara Thaaththa’, who sold the souls of children, youth and women to come into power, has become a part and parcel of the Gotabhaya’s rapist culture.
    Gotabhaya is someone who concealed sexual assault and rape statistics in 2012 by preventing them from being published in the Police website. As per the information available in Parliament, the number of rape cases in 2012 had been a massive 8419 which explains the current rape epidemic in Sri Lanka under Gotabhaya’s Presidency.
    Sri Lanka’s illegal drug trade and the largest prostitution ring are family businesses of the Rajapaksas. School girls, teens and young adults are forced to take drugs and then trafficked into a world of prostitution. The newly appointed Finance Minister, Basil Rajapaksa is someone who offers prostitutes to various people as bribes and rewards. The wholesale release of rapists in the Mt. Lavinia child sex trafficking ring is proof that the Rajapaksas want to cover up the case.

  • 1
    0

    The current regime has failed in every way & a change is needed pronto but the billion $ question is who should take over. Among the current mainstream parties, the UNP is a lost cause under the current leadership & is relegated to the bottom. Ditto with the SLFP with slimy Sirisena as the head (CBK is no better either despite the Bandaranayaka legacy) The new kid in town is the SJB, the breakaways but Premadasa jnr, despite his international credentials, is still riding on his old man’s wave & Premadasa snr. is not with clean hands either. That leaves the JVP/NPP but despite a name change, the fact remains that JVP was responsible for murder of innocent civilians & a destructive terror campaign, which they have yet to denounce. Nevertheless, AKD & JVP have exposed failings & blatant corruption, so will they pledge to hold those responsible accountable for the crimes? In true socialist principals, will they

    • 1
      0

      Mr.Nagananda Kodituwaku as common candidate? Not representing any messy political parties!

      • 1
        1

        cugan, I have met Nagananda, and consider him honest and upright.
        .
        I made an accidental discovery about him: he’s a vegan. That is a positive observation by me, although I’m pretty omnivorous.
        .
        A loner like Nagananda cannot do it, and he’s not exactly young.
        .
        It’s sad that we cannot have him as “an independent MP in Parliament. a really good and fearless man, but he mustn’t be “the common candidate”.
        .
        The stakes are so high that we cannot try “experiments” of this sort.
        .
        Since your concern here is with the Presidential Election, please commence the task of educating the people about the possibilities of using the three preferences strategically.

  • 1
    0

    The current regime has failed in every way & a change is needed pronto but the billion $ question is, who should take over? Among the current mainstream parties, the UNP is a lost cause under the current leadership & is relegated to the bottom. Ditto with the SLFP with slimy Sirisena as the head (CBK would not be better either despite the Bandaranayaka legacy) The new kid in town is the SJB, the breakaways but Premadasa jnr, despite his international credentials, is still riding on his old man’s wave & Premadasa snr. was not with clean hands either. That leaves the JVP/NPP but despite a name change, the fact remains that JVP was responsible for murder of innocent civilians & a destructive terror campaign, which they have yet to denounce. Nevertheless, AKD & JVP have exposed failings & blatant corruption, so will they pledge to hold those responsible accountable for the crimes if they come to power? In true socialist principals, will they crack down or oligarchy & cronyism, have the guts to abolish the generous perks of parliamentarians? If not, they are no better than the rest of the pathetic bunch of current politicians.

    • 1
      1

      They’ve already been doing that, Raj-UK.
      .
      Check on the lifestyle of a man like Sunil Handunnetti.
      .
      With Sunil in Parliament, the mother was continuing to pluck tea-leaves near Waralla (whence Vijitha Yapa of bookshop fame hails).

  • 1
    1

    A Fire has been lit no doubt Dr.Ameer Ali. You and Prof: Kumar David seem to feel the Heat.
    The opposition, SJB/ JVP/ NPP ARE BLISSFULLY STILL IN COOL CLIMES.
    Only when they feel the heat, the Rajapakses will over each other to send for the fire-fighters.

  • 0
    0

    ”The purpose of this addendum is two-fold. One, to appeal to JVP leadership to forge a broad coalition with progressive elements within existing political parties including those among the minorities, and two, to convince the minority communities that a pluralist democracy based on a principle of fair-go to every citizen is possible only under a JVP-led coalition. “
    Here is a man who sounds like himself is in the well, in his political ideas & perceptions, calling the mass “Guys let me help you come out of the pit that you are in”. His techniques & thought are still at last century’s Don Stephen time that is: “Brothers, we don’t want the colonialist rule us, let us rule ourselves”. He is in search alternative for the Lankawe political corruption inside the JVP. He is saying Anura was not born or might have been even a child when Wijeweera and gang were shooting people and throwing them on the roads & in the ditches. In that case, can Dr, Amir to move the next part and explain to himself (we do not want it) that what inspired the sage child Anura become a JVP communist?

  • 0
    0

    Can Dr. Amir, if his ideal candidate wanted to be a communist, who couldn’t he be one of the other 22 million communists’ parties in Lankawe, but joined only in JVP? Dr. Amir is washing a charcoal promising the Sinhala Mahajan a ivory statute out of it. Because of his vengeance against IC and the Tamils, he wants to resurrect the JVP that is completely is rejected by Sinhala Buddhist and make Sinhala Buddhism rule. He says even if it is annihilation for Muslims, let his enemies feel his anger. He earnestly thinks that there is no Tamil or Muslims can lead the country. Then he is preaching about equality among the communities. He does not have a tail long enough to tell to the face of Sinhala Society that “you guys failed; move aside; let us to lead”. Tell me something that how this is different from Nazeer and Harris’s words, who two are sleeping in front of Presidential palace for political job, saying that the Royals are the only ones sent down to earth by Allah to rule.

    • 1
      2

      Mallaiyuran,
      Do you expect Sinhalayo to allow people from Tamil and Muslim communities that turned this peaceful country to a pool of blood by massacring Sinhalayo resorting to terrorism to lead this country?
      —–
      “He does not have a tail long enough to tell to the face of Sinhala Society that “you guys failed; move aside; let us to lead”.

  • 1
    0

    How is this guy thinking that he can bring some changes in the thoughts of the mass? He is saying the Muslim community is now facing a leaderless situation like that Tamils had before 80s and Muslims are about to go through the same self-destruction Tamils went. With that much hidden poison in his mind, how can he guide the masses to think honestly.
    Let’s summarize his thinking. Muslim leadership was right until it has been clinging to Sinhala Buddhist government and made the third community to be the first by its traitor’s work. Now they are no longer with the government unlike Harris or Nazeer. So, they are going to bring destruction to Muslims like Tamil nasty leadership before the 1980s, that brought destruction to Tamils. I don’t know what stupidity he is talking about, But Sampanthan Ayya, Mavai and many others from their birth with ITAK are now TNA. In reality Rishard, Hakeem, Hezbollah with other Sinhala Ministers worked to organize and stage 4/21 to bring Royal to power and thus teach a lesson to UNHRC which was asking to implement Resolution 30/1

  • 1
    1

    Amazing! He is comparing with SJV, who refused to accept not just Minister post, but even the CJ post from Don Stephen with the Meethotamulla hunues, Hakeem, Rishard and Hisbullah, who in order to bring Royal back to power, staged fake ISIS rebel with some Muslims rowdies who were in the government payroll.
    If an iota of a functioning neural network in one’s brain, would they suggest bringing a communist and seat as the King of the Lankawe, with the blessing of the current dictatorship constitution? Sadly, the poor Modaya community, with all their puny intelligence, have managed to keep out communism from the time of NM & Colvin gang. What a sin for someone, by these kinds of words. try to trick poor Modaya into the well in which they have fallen?

  • 1
    0

    Lord Soulbury wrote a biased constitution the way Don Stephen wanted so that Britain could keep its interest alive in Lankawe. Later, step by step, Sinhala Mahajan threw Britain out of the window. But, unfortunately, Monkey see monkey does. The sad reality is Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals, immediately learned to write constitutions to promote their own interest. Gone are Lord Soulbury’s mistakes. The International Organizations who have no interest in Lankawe political figures (like Mangala or Ranil), but have interest in Lankawe people, should be brought in and make them write the constitution, so the Sinhala society can take their destiny in their hand.

  • 4
    2

    Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
    Have you forgotten how Tamils ended up in Nandikadal after Hindians empowered Tamil terrorists by providing training and supplying arms and ammunition to massacre Sinhalayo? I do not think Hindians have forgotten what happened to Rajiv Gandhi and IPKF after empowering Tamils. Once bitten, twice shy!
    —-
    “Only way India can bring Sri Lanka to its knees is to empower Tamils and take control of northern and eastern provinces and from there launch destabilization process.”

  • 2
    1

    Rajapaksas will do anything to cheat Buddhist Sinhala. I think the recent visit of Basil Rajapaksa to USA and return to Sri Lanka as a Finance Minister tells something. Rajapaksas have made an arrangement with USA to sell part of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will be divided into half between China and USA (India). Poor Buddhist Sinhala, Tamils, Muslims and Christians are going to be ruled by Americans and China.

  • 1
    0

    The JVP though carries the sickle and hammer red flag on Mayday celebrations is in fact a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is the party that went to the supreme court to nullify the temporary merger of the northeast under 13A. This party is opposed to the devolution of power at the provincial level and the use of the Tamil language in the Northeast. At the last parliamentary elections, the Tamils rejected the JVP reducing the vote count to a few hundred in Tamil dominated electorates.

    The rape of the 13-year-old girl by her own father was sold online by her mother only to be gang-raped by VIPs including a saffron-robed Buddhist priest. This makes nonsense of the claim that Sri Lanka is an island thrice blessed by Buddha! The perpetrators of this dastardly crime may claim they are Sinhalese, but certainly not Buddhists!

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 5 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.