25 August, 2019

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Betting Against The House

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

As the Sinhalese and Tamils, or more precisely the Sinhala and Tamil nationalists, will eventually learn, there were rather good reasons that the Temple at Delphi bore the inscription ‘Nothing in Excess’, while the Buddha urged a Middle Path and Aristotle, the Golden Mean.

Less than six months before the Commonwealth summit, the Government is engaged in a pincer move. One is a move to circumscribe the 13th amendment and the other to straitjacket the media.

That these moves can be made with impunity in the run-up to CHOGM reflects a weakness of the Commonwealth, which by stark contrast with ASEAN, has been unable to cause a change for the better in the behaviour of the regime as ASEAN was able to do as the price of entrusting the chairpersonship to Myanmar/Burma. It is not that the Commonwealth should boycott Colombo or Hambantota. It is that compliance and conformity with Commonwealth standards and norms should have been and should be verifiably in place before the summit as during Sri Lanka’s incumbency as chair. This is especially so with respect to the freedom of the media, treatment of religious minorities, post-war political reconciliation, adherence to democratic governance and the rule of law.

The opposition and the dissenting intelligentsia have yet to understand the dimensions of the move on the 13th amendment. The formalisation of the de-merger is, to my mind, fairly unexceptionable because the Supreme Court had de-merged the provinces and the constitutional amendment merely gives constitutional status to a situation that is not only de facto but also de jure. In any case the merger of the North and East was not part of the progressive (UNP-democratic Left) consensus of the Political Parties Conference of mid-1986 and was criticised by the principal Sri Lankan supporters of the 13th amendment itself, namely JR Jayewardene and Vijaya Kumaratunga.

What is dangerous is the new clause that it is only a majority of the councils rather than all of them, that need to give their concurrence to any legislation that may impinge upon the powers and functions devolved to them or shared with them. This is a whittling away of devolution through ‘salami tactics’ as the old Cold War phrase went, denoting the systematic and sequential slicing off of democratic power – death by a thousand cuts—rather than by at one fell blow. More significantly, it will affect not solely the Tamils but any democratic opposition party, be it UNP, SLFP or JVP, which may be elected to office in a Provincial Council at any time in the future, while most of the councils remain with the incumbent administration.

Of course the moves against the media and the provincial councils have been made possible by the mistakes of the UNP and the TNA. In far worse times and against the far more formidable administrations of Sirimavo Bandaranaike and JR Jayewardene, the parliamentary opposition of the day, fielding a mere eight members,  resisted with enormous dynamism under the leaderships of JRJ (and Premadasa) and Anura Bandaranaike, respectively. Even when they failed to prevent the regime juggernaut, they never fell silent and imposed a high political and social cost on the arrogant administrations of the day. Given that the UNP parliamentarians have chosen to retain their present leader and remain under his ‘leadership’, they are politically and ethically responsible for the regime’s attempt at the murder of the media and devolution. The UNP leader’s erudite and ebullient father, faced with the threat to press freedom, campaigned and manoeuvred with lightning speed and efficacy, in a world in which the media were far less powerful, diverse and globally networked.

No less responsible is the TNA which failed to defend the 13th amendment, remains uncommitted to it, refused to support those risky efforts made by Chandrika Kumaratunga to go well beyond it, and often lurches rhetorically beyond it (lending credence to charges of potential political putschism). Tamil nationalism, including the TNA just didn’t know to quit while it was ahead. It bet against the house when it continued to bet on the LTTE, and lost. The ongoing constriction of devolution is the price that it has to pay.

The same is true of the question of the military presence in the North. While I certainly urge a recalibration of our military’s role  and a reduction of the military footprint, my sense of historical and psychological realism reminds me that in earlier times and for most of history, when an army has fought long and hard, shedding its blood copiously to liberate or conquer – I would say the former, the FUTA President, the latter—a territory, when it has fertilised the soil with its blood and bones, it regards itself as having a claim, a moral right, to that territory at least as legitimate as that of the original inhabitants who for the most part supported or did not actively resist the enemy.

Marx and Engels cautioned that one should “never play at insurrection”. Of course the Tigers and their vast supportive networks weren’t playing, but the point is clear: the cost of defeat is high and you may wind up way below that point from which you started. So, never fight a war and hope to win against an enemy which consists of and can draw upon 75% of the population. Never place all your bets on anyone who does so, which however is what Tamil nationalism did. Always get out from under and put distance between yourself and such fanatical adventurism, which is what the TNA and TPNF have yet to do in the form of a frontal denunciation of Prabhakaran and the Tigers. If the TNA can author a critique of the LLRC report of all things, which took up 70 pages of a 100 plus page document, surely it can spend a few pages on the Tigers who killed so many of the leaders of its constituent parties?

Thus the TNA cannot expect to go back to the proposals it failed to endorse and support when they were on the table. It cannot expect the rest of the country to write off its reluctance at the time to terror of the Tigers when it hasn’t denounced Tiger terrorism even now.

Nor can it expect to go back to a situation on the ground in the North that prevailed before the war on the basis that the war is now over, because a war changes things as almost nothing else does, except losing one. One side lost when it could have stopped fighting in 1987 (Accord), 1990 (talks with Premadasa), 1995 (CBK) or 2005. The Tamil nationalists supported or did not dissent from that side. They could have dissented from the safety of the West (or Delhi), been protected, and returned untainted to politics after the defeat of the Tigers but they chose not to.

Tamil nationalism and the international community must learn the lessons of Guatemala and Argentina, where Rios Montt and Jorge Videla have been jailed for life. Justice and accountability are indeed achievable but only as the result of domestic processes and dynamics, which take decades, and must earn the consent of society and the armed forces as an institution.

Resisting the regime requires correct analysis. In the eyes of the regime, all dissent and criticism forms part of a seamless web of conspiracy, local and global. For the regime’s critics, the Establishment is no less monolithic and politics is no less of a seamless conspiracy, only this time by the Rajapaksas. One conspiracy theory deserves another, and one type of political paranoia mirrors the other. Lacking in both camps is the recognition of contradictions. There is a complete absence of a dialectical analysis of reality. While Karl Kautsky spoke of an integrated ‘ultra-imperialism’, Lenin by contrast understood the ‘inter-imperialist’ contradictions and could thus strategise change. Similarly Nicos Poulantzas saw through to the subterranean contradictions, factional struggles and policy differences that traverse the ‘power blocs’ of seemingly monolithic or totalitarian systems. He asserted that states and regimes were themselves terrains of contestation rather than bastions that had to be or could be assaulted frontally from without. His work helped as that of no other intellectual, to predict and understand the several great waves of democratisation that opened up or swept away impregnable authoritarian systems from Portugal, Spain and Greece to the Philippines, from the USSR and Indonesia to most of Latin America.

The Sri Lankan regime is not going to get clean away with what it is doing and attempting. An article hardly fairly critical of Sri Lanka authored by Tamils for Peace, a US based lobby, has just been featured on the website of the CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS. Susan Rice will be the new National Security Advisor to President Obama, while liberal interventionist crusader Samantha Power, who concerned herself sufficiently with Sri Lanka to pay an official visit, will be the US Permanent Representative on the Security Council. India has elections next year. Just as the Tamil nationalists did, the Sinhala nationalists are betting against the house, only it is the White House (and the Rashtrapathi Bhavan).

The pendulum has swung against the Tamil nationalists but it will swing back against the Sinhala nationalists too, and hopefully settle somewhere in the middle range.

The internal contradictions will be ‘overdetermined’ by external realities until they condense; fuse to the point of rupture. However, the problem in an endgame will remain one of electoral agency. The bottom line then remains: “It’s the election, stupid!”

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    If the TNA can author a critique of the LLRC report of all things, which took up 70 pages of a 100 plus page document, surely it can spend a few pages on the Tigers who killed so many of the leaders of its constituent parties?

    Dr. Dayan,

    Why should TNA critique Tigers? Suppose that they do. The best that can happen is Sinhala hardliners will get pushed aside and we will have power devolution followed by ethnic reconciliation and so on. Now what if they don’t? Things may get a lot worst at first but eventually the most likely outcome is separation. Isn’t that an even better end result from TNA’s perspective?

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      Likely out come of separation?
      Navin, You are too much dependent on the opinions of people like Dayan …

      Dayan says “… The opposition and the dissenting intelligentsia have yet to understand the dimensions of the move on the 13th amendment. ….”
      I am pretty sure he included himself in the dissenting ‘INTELLIGENTSIA” …
      This intelligentsia should be very careful in sitting because the thing it matters in “intelligentsia” will be damaged in the process.
      This white elephant, 13th , in full implementation would only empower the councillors (many are robbers, rapists, corrupted to the their last bone) to take the country into the hell hole …   Parliamentarians in this category is more than enough … Country does not need even one more than the number already in the parliament … But, 13th designed by our thug neighbour multiplied this unsavory characters by many folds … Enough is enough …
      This country of 268X139 miles does not need many politicians with land, police and many other powers … It should actually reduce the number of ministers/deputies drastically .. People of the country knows about politicians with power and their behavior … Lesser the number better for the people …
      Taking the position by calculating (Extreme Tamil position + Extreme Sinhalese position)/2 with margin of 10% is only good for people who want to be a darling in the international area and so called ‘intelligentsia’ …..  It only serves  their flamboyant ego to bulge out so that it could see from distance far away …

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        Bruno,if your problem is that there are too many politicians,then reduce the number at the central government level.You also say that there are too many poor quality politicians.If so reduce the number at the central government level,because what does it matter whether the poor quality is at the provincial or central government level.As long as you reduce the number it is the same for the country whether the reduction is at central or provincial level.Whichever one you choose to reduce,the number of politicians will be less,so don’t try to pull the wool over our eyes with your concern about the number of politicians and their quality etc.

        It is better to be straightforward and just say you are a racist and don’t want to allow the tamils in the north and east to manage their own affairs but instead will like to keep them under your thumb.How will you do that when due to idiots like you who don’t want to have a political solution,the north eventually separates.Are you still going to whinge that the tamils in the north should not be allowed to manage their own affairs?After that when you have lost the control of the palk strait and men and materials are shipped from tamilnadu to the newly formed country,and then sent to the east,how are you going to stop the east also from forming their own country one day.people like you are aiding and abetting the future balkanisation of srilanka by trying to remove the little bit of threads that India has stitched in to see that the north will not separate.a stitch in time saves nine they say.

        If you are genuinely concerned about the number of politicians,poor quality etc why don’t you get rid of the provincial councils,other than the northern and eastern ones?After all the provincial council system was mainly brought in by India to solve the ethnic crisis in the country no?

        In the alternative,you can also reduce the number of provincial councils to 5 of equal area consisting of northern,southern,western,eastern,and central provinces.

        As for your contention that the country is too small to have provincial councils,i suggest you see the swiss model.It is a country half the size of srilanka with a federal system,whereas you are grumbling about a non federal system.Another country i can think of is the UAE.Also Malaysia,though i agree it is a bit bigger than us though only a little more populationwise.

        It is not size that matters,but the quality of the administration.Whatever system we put,unless there is an concerted effort to improve the quality of governance,country will not progress much and if it does it will be because other developing countries are also in the same boat,but when they get their house in order we will be sunk.When constitutional amendments like the 17th amendment to improve governance is ditched,you can see that we are heading in the wrong direction.So the problem is elsewhere in culture and mentality and not in the provincial councils,so don’t use them as red herrings to divert attention from the main problems,which are governance issues and not structural ones.

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          Come on Shankar …. Open what you are hiding… You guys think that Golden path to Eelam under current circumtances is 13 th … We all know that …. NOW, You would goto war IF possible to keep the 13th… The fatty is different … He thought that the terror alone could easily bring the bacon, Eelam, without stopping in motels on the road to mythical country.. Those days, the LTTE rump was deadly against 13th … Now, the time is different and tune has tobe different … Yes! There psedo intellectuals theoreticians with huge egos like Dayan do not want to see the reality … Emotionally attaching to a ‘foreign made’ constitutional amendment would go nowhere …
          It is exposed as the vehicle to eellllaam … Anybody think otherwise is behaving like Dayan who does not want see the reality …
          13th is dead guys … It is running it’s last leg … It may take sometime to declare it is completely dead …. Country has much much more important thing to attend rather than debating over a dead body which was imported to the country by the thug neighbour …. Only outsiders like Dayan would be very very unhappy … Times have changed….. Adopt to the current reality, guys ….

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            Bruno,you modaya,without devolution it is separation.They move inversely,not conversely as you believe.That is why those who want eelam don’t want devolution.The fatty you refer to even took on the IPKF and also killed rajiv to stop the 13th amendment.Biggest mistake he made.India brought in devolution in order to stop separation.Do you think India wants separation?Once a modaya,always a modaya they say because it is in the genes and ancestry and it will be useless to talk to people like you.

            I’am a sri lankan tamil,not a tamil sri lankan,hence i do not want eelam.We can only warn you,but if you don’t want to listen……

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    TNA is like an eel, pretends to be fish and snake as convenient! Has the TNA shown consistent political behaviour? It is truly a bunch of warring tribes, loosely held together by a common goal – namely to grab power (and for the moment remain in parliament). Of course their stripes are just whitewash and those stripes show through. Analyze their strategy since 2009 – does it demonstrate any national character or reconciliatory behavior? Do the voters of the North and East realize that the TNA has so far not divulged any plans for economic or social development should they win the NPC.

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    Dr.Dayan says the TNA has failed to defend the 13th amendment.They don’t need to defend it because it is an accord between India and srilanka and not with the tamils and the sinhalese.It is india that will have to defend the 13th amendment,not the TNA.If the government wants to cut its own nose to spite its face by weakening and not implementing the 13th amendment,that is the problem of the sinhalese,not the tamils.India brought in the 13th amndment as a desperate measure to stop seperation of the north of srilanka,because of tyhe acscading effects it will have on its 25 states held together as one country through the thread of devolution.So India brought in the thread of devolution into Srilanka to stich up the north with the rest of the country.It must be quite bemused and perplexed to see the modayas here trying to get rid of the stiches.

    TNA has to just wait patiently and bide its time while their brethren abroad make progress towards their goal of separation,which finally India also will have to agree to because it will be under tremendous pressure by the world community because they cannot see any political solution.India will just throw up its hands in disgust and say “we tried our best with this modayas in our neighbouring country to stop the north from being separated,but they did not listen to us so we are also going to vote yes for a referendum to determine what the tamils in the north want just like in east timor and south sudan”.

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    Dr. Dayan Jayathilake:

    Every thing what you talk is related to your political beliefs.

    If President Rajapakse wants to provide what USA needs (Because all the Indian needs can not be satisfied) SL -govt can simply forget Tamils.

    See how Israel is behaving in the middle of so many Islamic countries.

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      Srilanka is not a israel by any standard.

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      Jim sothi, Your brain soggy brain as usual. Comparing Israel with Sinhala Buddhist big joke. Praba made stupid mistake that’s why u Sinhala budshits talking veeraya talk. go on hope it will end soon u muppet…

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    Addendum:

    Tamils can be sacrificed in order to give what the USA wants.

    Then the 13th amendment is worthless.

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    Betting Against the Terrorists and Contract Killers…

    POLICE TAKE BRIBES. IN ADDITION THEY TAKE CONTRACTS!

    http://www.dailynews.lk/2013/06/07/sec01.asp

    Murder of wealthy businessman:
    Four Police officers arrested
    Chandrika Perera
    The Criminal Investigation Department yesterday arrested four police officers in connection with the alleged murder of a wealthy businessman named Mohamed Siyam of Bambalapitiya.

    The CID also obtained a statement from DIG Vaas Gunawardena in this regard yesterday.

    Initial Police investigations revealed that Siyam’s murder was a contract killing undertaken for a consideration of Rs. 3 million. The four Police personnel arrested had been members of a security detail of a DIG.

    According to the DIG this murder had been committed on May 22 on a contract given by a rival businessman who had given an initial advance of Rs 500,000 promising to settle the balance after the job was done. But the businessman who gave the contract had failed to settle the balance due for executing the contract after the murder had been accomplished.

    The CID said the four policemen were arrested following clues obtained during interrogation of two suspects arrested earlier. Among those arrested are one Sub Inspector and three constables.

    Initial investigations into this alleged murder were handled by the Colombo Crimes Division.

    But the IGP later directed the CID to take over further investigations. The CID which took over the investigations arrested one of this police officers on June 5 and arrested the other three yesterday following interrogation.

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    Being a small punter my self, I agree with the comment that Sambandan put all the TNA money only on a Prabakaran Win .

    Astitute punters on the otherhand put a little on a “place” too , to reduce the losses .

    Having lost big time, Sambadan now has put whatever left on a Win with his Diasora IC.

    His strtegy this time seems to be based on his win win line of thinking.

    That is if Rajapaksa don’t give what he wants, the IC will.

    Can the IC do it is the question.

    Lankan Prez is elected every five years, There is only two to go for the next one.

    Massive infrastructure,Plenty of jobs, Mobile phones for each member of even rural families,IC loyalists raking in big time,and not even single roadside bomb let alone suicide attacks.

    Over 75 percent of the population do not want ethnic enclaves.

    They are all for living peacefully in any part of the land, without asking permission from any CM, whether it be Mervyn or Premachandran.

    Is that Sinhala Nationalism?.

    The current ammendments are somewhat a generous gesture to keep this 20th Century separatist type arrangement which was forced on the inhabitants by an Indian PM to please Prabakaran and his LTTE which was created in the first place by his patriotic darling mum.

    Surely there is nothing here for the Diaspora IC to do a Syria on us.

    But the Norwegian inspired and financed monks and other recalcitrant groups plus the Vigilantes succeed in creating a pogrom , the Diaspora IC will be there in a flash with all guns blazing literally.

    That is Sambandan,s “place bet” this time around.

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    1) “..Given that the UNP parliamentarians have chosen to retain their present leader and remain under his ‘leadership’, they are politically and ethically responsible for the regime’s attempt at the murder of the media and devolution…”

    Who do you think you are to teach UNP Parliamentarians ? (Ranil was 02 times PM) You were only a PC member of EPRLF Vardaraja Perumal’s NEPC , who declared Eelam(UDI)?

    2)”What is dangerous is the new clause.. affect not solely the Tamils but ..be it UNP, SLFP or JVP,..”

    Do you think you can fool UNP/SLFP/JVP ? with grass root support ? , perhaps your mentors, donkeys & monkeys in LSSP/CP/NSSP without any grass root support.

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    Dayan, the problem is not the extremists. They are very few and democracy ignores them as the majority is not extremist. But the problem is Tamil demands are not compatible with the right to life of others.

    Politics is not a pendulum. Once swung it may remain there.

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    Lets assume SL fails to give a political solution. There will be international pressure, intervention and finally war. Same outcome.

    Let me post what an articulate commentator posted in another website. Very interesting.

    “According to UN reports there are 89,000 Tamilian Mahaveer war widows in north and east of SL.

    According to the 2012 census, there are 2,200,000 SL Tamilians in SL.

    Roughly 70% of the population are adults.

    So there are 1,540,000 Tamil adults in SL.

    If those 89,000 Tamil men were alive and assuming men:women 50:50, there would have been 859,000 SL Tamil adult men. (1,540,000 / 2 + 89,000)

    89,000 / 859,000 = 11%

    AT LEAST 11% SL Tamilian men DIED from war!

    You want another 11% of Tamilian men to die?”

    In comparison, the casualty as a percentage is not that great for the other communities. Given this fact, do Tamils really need a political solution? I wonder.

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    “All parties must get together for an all-inclusive political solution. We cannot import a solution, and it cannot be a Rajapaksa-Sampanthan agreement,” the President told a visiting Indian Parliamentary delegation.

    At last our generally not so smart president has got some brains.

    SWRD Pantaranayaka died 2 years after signing B-C pact.
    Dudley Chenanayaka LOST power forever 5 years after signing D-C pact.

    Don’t follow them Raja.

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      Dear Muliyawakkal, You say:” ” I say “DeJa Vu”, excuse my French

      DeJa Vu……
      “SWRD Pantaranayaka died 2 years after signing B-C pact.”
      “Don’t follow them Raja.”
      DeJa Vu………

      Question: Where is the 64,000 pound Gorilla?

      1. Buddhist Sinhala Racism or Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism?

      What is the Basis? Racist Monk Mahanama Myths?
      What are those Myths? Lion Grandfather of Vijaya, Buddha and Lanka Linkage, Sinhala Buddhist Island etc.

      http://mahavamsa.org/mahavamsa/original-version/06-coming-vijaya/

      2. Demonization of natives Veddah, Yakka and Naga.

      3. Downgrading of Native beliefs, Animist, Janin and Hindu

      4. Establishing the Monk,or Sangha hegemony and Monk-King Axis to control the people.

      5. SWRD and Duddey phenomena shows that it NOT the Sinhala people. It was the Mahanama Monks, who realizing that the Monk-King(State) axis is not respected, wanted the the King removed or replaced. Both wanted to correct the errors, build the nation and move on, but unfortunately, we had this curse, which still haunts us all, and new curses are being added.

      On the other hand, NOT ALL the Monks are Racist Monk Mahanam types like, Somarama, Buddharakkita and those populating the BBS, Sinhala Ravya and other “Harak” Urumaya types.

      We are very fortunate to have excellent Good Monks, who understand Lord Buddhas teaching of Middle Path, like the Honda Hamuduruvo,Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero.

      http://www.colombopage.com/archive_13A/Jun06_1370529905JR.php

      Jun 06, Colombo: Chief incumbent of the Naga Vihara in Kotte and Convener of the National Movement for Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero has requested Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to discuss the proposed draft constitution of the United National Party (UNP) with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      Ven. Sobitha Thero and Wickremasinghe along with several UNP representatives discussed the party’s draft constitution for the country released last week.

      The Thero expressed the view that the Opposition Leader should seek a meeting with the President to discuss the salient features of the constitution like the abolition of the executive presidency which the President has also pledged.

      The Thero noted that the areas highlighted in the UNP draft constitution are issues that have been spoken by many politicians and members of the civil society.

      He says that all forces could therefore unite in implementing the proposals in order to establish good governance and a just society in the country.

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        No it is Jihadi terrorism.

        The whole world is rallying against them and I see no reason why Srilankans should live like frogs in a well when the whole world is against Jihad.

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    I enjoy reading Dr. Daayan Jayatilleke’s articles because of the intellectual insights, academical inputs and analytical approach he provides. However, they are more in the real of postmortems and rarely provide a futuristic or solution based perspective. He is yet an academic in approach, which though filling a big void, leaves a yearning to hear something of a more ‘Applied’ nature from him. What would be the ideal solution to the so-called ‘National Question’ considering our history and circumstances?

    “We cannot import a solution and it cannot be a Rajapaksa-Sampanthan (main Tamil party leader) agreement,” Rajapaksa was quoted as telling Prasad.

    Why did the President reject the APRC proposals which were touted as ‘Home Grown’ at one time? He has not given reasons that I am aware of. Why does the President not want to place the APRC proposal before the PSC?

    Dr. Dayan, can you explain why you think the President rejected the APRC proposals and let us know your personal opinion on what you see as its merits, problems and appropriateness?

    Further, do you think that devolution of any sort is a no-no with this President? Is he leading us on a wild goose chase after a mythical ‘Home Grown’ solution? What do you think are his intentions?

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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    I enjoy reading Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke’s articles because of the intellectual insights, academical inputs and analytical approach he provides. However, they are more in the real of postmortems and rarely provide a futuristic or solution based perspective. He is yet an academic in approach, which though filling a big void, leaves a yearning to hear something of a more ‘Applied’ nature from him. What would be the ideal solution to the so-called ‘National Question’ considering our history and circumstances?

    “We cannot import a solution and it cannot be a Rajapaksa-Sampanthan (main Tamil party leader) agreement,” Rajapaksa was quoted as telling Prasad.

    Why did the President reject the APRC proposals which were touted as ‘Home Grown’ at one time? He has not given reasons that I am aware of. Why does the President not want to place the APRC proposal before the PSC?

    Dr. Dayan, can you explain why you think the President rejected the APRC proposals and let us know your personal opinion on what you see as its merits, problems and appropriateness?

    Further, do you think that devolution of any sort is a no-no with this President? Is he leading us on a wild goose chase after a mythical ‘Home Grown’ solution? What do you think are his intentions?

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      What is your solution? I don’t ever remember reading it but it probably is my fault so it would be ideal if you could succinctly explain.

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    Dayan, You are unreasonable to TNA when you criticize TNA for their failure in defending 13 Amendment as well as the Political Package presented by Chandirica from time to time during 1994-2000.

    Well!

    Who did not capitulate when LTTE was around?

    Of Course Ranil is the best example!

    But did not Mahinda blink and provided helicopter trips to Tamilchelvan of the LTTE and others in the year 2006 for Geneva talks?

    Was he not ready for talks with LTTE during 2005/2006?

    Everyone from the south who now claims that since LTTE is crushed there is no necessity for any political solution.

    why?

    who did not appease to LTTE?

    Are they not taking different stands when LTTE was active and when LTTE was crushed?

    Thus LTTE during their days had affected the political stand of almost all politicians from the south!

    Why you blame omly Sampanthan and TNA?

    Is it not double standard?

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    Hon Sambandan is very old now. After him there are no capable leaders to keep TNA together.

    National list MPs are ineffective. So SL should delay as maximum it can giving any political solution. It will be easier to deal with a weak and leaderless TNA in a few months’ time.

    He reminds be Yassar Arafart.

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      When GGP and SJVC died many thought Tamils are left without real leaders. It was so when Amir – and later – Mr Sivasithamparam died.
      I am confident when the time for Mr Sampanthan to go the void will be
      filled satisfactorily. However, I agree, following the national average, the quality of the political leadership even in Tamil ranks has suffered due to the drop in the quality of education in the country.

      Senguttuvan

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