24 September, 2020

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Between Modi & The MoD: Mahinda’s Choice

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Mahinda Rajapaksa has just won the Sri Lankan Presidential election of 2015. The Modi mood sweeping India has given a second wind and a fresh momentum to the Mahinda incumbency. However, the dramatic new chapter in the Indian epic, if misunderstood and underutilized by President Rajapaksa, can enhance rather than decrease the pressures on Sri Lanka. Given that he is named after the son of a great leader of India —Ashoka—who bore the message of the greatest son of the Indian subcontinent— Gautama, the Buddha— there’s a question, more geopolitical than metaphysical, that Mahinda Rajapaksa must ask himself: what if King Devanampiyatissa had declined to convert or delayed in converting to the doctrine of the neighbouring metropolis?  

India has caught up with Sri Lanka yet again. It was twenty years after Ceylon, that India spawned a two party system. It was only in the 1990s that India had its first “SWRD/SLFP” type administration— that of the BJP under Mr Vajpayee.  This month, India had its Mahinda moment— the victory of Mr Modi’s tougher minded BJP.

The Modi victory will re-legitimize and reinforce Mahinda’s majoritarian religious nationalism and grind the main democratic opposition, the neoliberal cosmopolitan UNP (with or without its Mangala mediated CBK auxiliary) with its minoritarian profile— it appears to be the country’s largest NGO and possibly its largest INGO— into the electoral dust.

The scenario of the mono-issue monk as a common candidate is merely a symptom of the collective craziness and political paralysis that has seized the Opposition.

Mahinda Gota

Between Modi & the MoD

The fate of being pushed into electoral exile by the winds sweeping India and swelling Mahinda’s sails, giving him a second wind, can be deflected only if the UNP re-brands by handing the reins over to its own (mini) Modi-Mahinda approximation, Sajith Premadasa. The UNP’s Establishment and supportive civil society elite would rather commit collective suicide than do so. Therefore collective electoral suicide is what the outcome will be at the upcoming national elections.

Luckily the non-UNP Opposition (SF, JVP) will survive the tsunami, and the UNP itself will probably have to hand the leadership over to Sajith in the aftermath of the coming debacle, but will all of that prove enough to constitute a credible post-election social and political counterweight, nationally and more particularly in parliament?

The Modi victory will prove a mixed blessing for Mahinda Rajapaksa, though. The handsomely re-elected President Jayewardene and the new PM of India Rajiv Gandhi were the warmest of friends in 1985-86 (and India’s Foreign Secretary Romesh Bhandari was an even firmer friend, so to speak). Yet in 1987 there were Mirage 2000s in Sri Lanka’s airspace, followed by a 70,000 strong Indian peacekeeping force on Sri Lankan soil.

The reason for the drastic about-turn was that JR Jayewardene was unable or unwilling to push through the agreement on devolution arrived at with — and in— Delhi in 1985, because of filibustering by Sri Lanka’s powerful Minister of National Security, Lalith Athulathmudali and the president’s own son and Security advisor Ravi Jayewardene, both of whom thought that the Sri Lankan state could imitate Israel and prevail. When President Jayewardene was asked in the presence of Rajiv Gandhi at a historic press conference after the signing of the Accord, why he didn’t agree to essentially the same deal earlier and therefore pre-empt Indian intervention, he confessed that it had been a “lack of foresight, lack of wisdom, lack of courage” on his part.

Let us hope that history does not repeat itself. The bottom line that any Sri Lankan President has to get is that however close the ideological congruency and warm the initial friendship is with any Indian leader and administration, it can be cemented, protected from hostile lobbies (Tamil Nadu, Tamil Diaspora, the US) and prevented from turning adversarial as in 1987, only if Sri Lanka’s Tamil issue which has inevitable repercussions in and for India (given the 70 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu), is neutralised by sufficient and expeditious devolution of power as agreed to between Colombo and Delhi during and just after the war.

Sri Lanka can stave off Western pressures, and contain the rise in global pan-Tamil secessionism (the Tamil Diaspora and Tamil Nadu), only with the solid support of Delhi which is in turn obtainable only through devolution to the Tamil majority North.

President Rajapaksa must also remember that what is true in physics is also often true in politics: like poles repel. If similarity ensured affinity and affinity guaranteed alliance, the Sino-Soviet split and conflict could simply not have happened; President Premadasa and Vardarajaperumal should have been friends, and Prabhakaran should not have gone to war with either Premadasa or Mahinda Rajapaksa.

It is almost certain that no Sri Lankan decision-maker or policy maker, Government or opposition, is aware that in his landmark work “A Clash of Civilizations?” Prof Samuel Huntington classified Sri Lanka’s then ongoing war in his key category of “fault-line wars”. For him, the site of conflict often corresponded t the borders of civilizations and he saw Sri Lanka’s war as a Tamil-Sinhala conflict which was at bottom a conflict at the contested confluence of two civilizations— Hindu and Buddhist. The kinship between Hinduism and Buddhism can make for a political bonding between Modi and Mahinda, as proved by the Zionist-Christian fundamentalist convergence in US Republican politics. On the other hand, it can lead to a sharp polarisation as centuries or more of conflict between Judaism and Christianity, not to mention millennia of conflict between the Abrahamic ‘religions of the Book—-Judaism-Christianity–Islam—amply demonstrate.

Mahinda Rajapaksa must grasp that if it is a choice, a BJP India will always feel closer to the Tamil Hindus or more correctly the Hindu Tamils, than to the Sinhala Buddhists. Similarly the Hindu Tamils (exemplified by Mr Wigneswaran) will always feel closer to a BJP India than to a Sinhala Buddhist kingdom of Colombo or Hambantota. Bal Thackeray, the notorious leader of the Shiv Sena, a seminal contributor to the RSS-led Sangh Parivar penumbra of the BJP, openly regarded Velupillai Prabhakaran as a hero. Potentially, it is a recipe for a Crimea or a Bangladesh— and Mr Modi’s ego might opt to compete with the ghost of Indira Gandhi by creating his own (Hindu Tamil) Bangladesh.

It is up to Mahinda Rajapaksa not to push Mr Modi into thinking/feeling that he has to make that choice.  The enemies of Sri Lanka will already be doing so. Mahinda has to pull or draw him away from that temptation.  If I may be pardoned the flippancy, Mahinda is caught between a rock and a hard place: between Modi and the MoD (Ministry of Defence). It is Mahinda’s sovereign — and deeply existential—choice to make.

Both Mr Modi and Mahinda may or may not be fundamentalists under the skin (as their secular liberal critics allege), but Mahinda cannot afford to forget or overlook the fundamentals of Indo-Lankan relations and Sri Lanka’s relationship with the world. For an administration that prides itself on its achievements in building highways, the Rajapaksa regime must realize that Colombo’s road to Washington lies through Delhi and Colombo’s road to Delhi lies not lie through Kataragama but through Jaffna and Kilinochchi.

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    Welcome to reality Mr.DJ. I have bad news for you in next two days, BJP is set to win only 225 seats and its allies about 25 seats. For remaining 22 seats tehy have to rely their partners in TN , coincidentally that is the time, UNHRC is set to hold its feet on silly lanka.

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      D J is injecting realism into the Mahavamsa dogma infested heads of the Maharajapakse regime: Will they heed? I doubt; their egos are too big to do that.

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      You have to eat your own words now. BJP won without any support and are able to create a government on their own. No need of support from TN parties.

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      Too bad Maniskeran. BJP won 284 seats. Now we have to wait and see. There will be a brief honeymoon period. A reprieve for us to fall in line. if not…..

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    What this guy is trying to say here?? Most of us read political analysis by respected journalist, those analyst trying to tell their views to us and we readers usually understand their opinions to certain extent, me learn something new and we disagree or agree..
    But this man’s wrting.. I think he put so many meaningless words here and there and I can’t understand what he is trying to tell us.. I am wondering whether he knows what he really want to say..
    Example: “Mono-issue Monk”… this man just change wording and I guess he assumes he is discussing the same thing..
    This is ex SL UN representative’s wording….

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      Dont worry, the guy seem to have gone mad… day before yesterday he came with – AKD -JVP leader should be the common presidential candidate to defeat MR.

      Time to time, he comes with his kind of unique suggestions postulating that significant masses in this lost island would agree with him.
      To this day, I have lost the least respect I had to this guy. He is pissu yaka of the nation, not being able to approach his selfish agenda

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        Simon Fernando

        “Time to time, he comes with his kind of unique suggestions postulating that significant masses in this lost island would agree with him. “

        DJ doesn’t agree even with himself.

        “To this day, I have lost the least respect I had to this guy.”

        It was your mistake holding him at somewhere closer to god.

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          Native,

          Hope you laughed as much as I did when you read this part :-)

          only if the UNP re-brands by handing the reins over to its own (mini) Modi-Mahinda approximation, Sajith Premadasa.

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            Dev

            How long MR is going to benefit from Indo China animosity, if there is one between them?

            Now Modi is almost ready to move to New Delhi from Gandhinagar, probably he wants to move closer to Beijing than Washington. Hindia and China have had discussion on Afghanistan as to how best to share resources exclusively between them.

            As normal BJP would have indicated to Chinese communists how the party would like to deal with Washington.

            So what is MR going to do who is caught between two giants. He should stop being an Eel and act like a man.

            Has DJ got some idea?

            He is a disappointed man.

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          Dear NV@,

          Agree with you – vielen dank :)

          “DJ doesn’t agree even with himself. “

          How can he agree with him, not knowing well what he is talking about ?

          Unfortunately, DJ’s ideas are just not good enough even for coffe meetings :(

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            sorry guys ,what have i missed out here ? i didn’t read DJ’ articles here , what is he on about this time ? i read your comment , did DJ try to propose AKD as the common candidate this time round ? i wouldn’t be surprise if he had , actually other way round , i would be very surprise if he hadn’t ( first it was Karu J, then sajith and now AKD , who is next , any guesses people ) !

            DJ’s relentless effort in suppressing the opposition against his chosen master is laughable , not even village type betel eating illiterate kusuma or Appuhami would listen to this type of utter garbage any more.

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              dont take it that serious when it s coming from DJ’s mouth.

              His has become even worst than those of Mervin (Kelaniya), I have no reason to see why, perhaps, could be connected that DJ’s father is also one Mervin as we all got to know (however, Kelaniya Mervin is now in silence mode for some unknown reasons)

              Else, I really dont know why this self proclaimed political analyst, MR regime defender in 2009 to ridicule the CT readers in this manner.

              For him, AKD is good enough to be the common candidate for the next presidential election but not RW/CBK/KJ or even great Rev. Sobitha thero.

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              Srilal@,

              “Sri Lankan ex-radical calls for a JVP presidential candidate”

              here is the link:

              http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/13/jaya-m12.html

              Greetings TODAY from Germany

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                Cheers Sirimal !

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      can’t understand some of his wording.
      this MaRa’s former UN rep,too suffers from madamulana idiocy. he is the king of kings in sri lankan intelligentsia. let him be enjoying his egomania

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        conspicuous to anyone, DJ has no guts yet to criticise MR directly.
        why ?

        He loves MR and Premadasa Junior for unknown reason even if he calls himself as a senior political analyst at least to MR regime.

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      AVB,

      DJ is smarter than all you modayas: He is talking good sense of Geo-political trends in present day world.

      In the back of his mind he knows the fact that the Sinhala regime and the Sri Lankan state committed genocide of Tamils in 2009, though he tries hard to deny it.

      In such damning circumstances the least that could be done by Sri Lanka to salvage itself is to devolve real power to Tamils of the Northeast.

      You fellows are so soaked in Sinhala majoritarianism you cannot even think clearly or objectively.

      I don’t like DJ for many of his views, but at least that man thinks while you fellows emote venomously like fools.

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        Why anger on him? He is reasonable in his most of the postings, Mr.Thiru?

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          For one thing he justified holding war victory celebrations.

          He justified the war and defended the war crime laden regime in Geneva.

          There are more views of his I don’t agree with.

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            I was saying about AVB, not DJ the master of hypocrite

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            So you didnt like war?
            Didnt you justify war?
            Did you talk against the war?
            which war did you talk against? war from SLA or war from LTTE side?

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    After recommending and endorsing the JVP head as the best shot among the Lilliputians in the Opposition, , now Dayan is trying to unsettle Rajapaksa by making Modi the bogey man.

    Washington of course loves the guy after his job on the poor Muslims in Gujarat.

    Is that a performance to be proud of?.

    Can Modi use similar tactics in Srilanka?.

    Doesn’t Dayan realize that the Social, Economic and Geo Political ,landscape today is not what it was under Uncle JR’s watch..

    Besides our inhabitants are a lot smarter too.

    Dayan surely must have seen how well our Hypsters in Colombo are doing..

    Can the Diaspora and Washington push Modi to partition Srilanka.

    Even Indian Mr Tata doesn’t seem to think so going by his latest project to house our well off in Slave Island with his USD 400 Million luxury Condos.

    Dayan should do a bit more Physics and learn Newton’s law on Action and Reaction..to understand the not so pleasant happenings in Srilanka.amdist her phenomenal development.

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    “The enemies of Sri Lanka will already be doing so”
    Who are these enemies? The BBS, RB et al? Or some other group?
    The difference between Modi and MoD is only a single letter. That I is not a small one but big one representing EGO. The question is whose EGO? Is it that of MaRa or GoRa? After all they are siblings!
    What a puzzle!

    Sengodan. M

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    For once at least Prof. Kumar David and DJ seem to agree on a view point.

    Sengodan. M

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    Can’t make head nor tail of this article.
    I heard somewhere that some journalists were hired to
    confuse people with regards to a common candidate. Kusal Perera
    so on are already started the ground work. Its DJ’s turn now.
    These fellows will keep writing and boast to boost Gonraja’s image.

    Dayan, don’t rush just stay put until Uva elections is over, to confirm the decline of this Samupakara Manager’s regime. Then you can decide if you have to carry on washing dirty linen or keep shut forever!

  • 9
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    Modi is not Manmohan Singh or Sonia Gandhi. He is a go getter who will first worry about the position of India in the Indian Ocean region and India’s position globally. Since Sri Lanka is running behind China and supporting Pakistan which is planning terrorist attacks on India, Modi is going to be extremely hard on Sri Lanka. Further Modi has a very close friend in Jayalalitha. Unless Jayalalitha gives up on Sri Lankan Tamil issue this is going to be a dangerous time for Sri Lanka.

    Modi will become the Prime Minister and he will try to prove that he is a strong leader. In order to do that he will act swiftly in changing the economic climate all over India as he did in Gujarat and in addition to show India’s leadership role in the Gloabal scene he will force Rajapakse Government to resolve the minority issue very quickly.

    Further Modi needs to clear his name with the US due to past issues re: Hindu Muslim riots in India. Here again he will follow the US line against Sri Lanka.

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    Compared to the guilt-ridden state of Sonias Govt. Modi will make a
    fresh start, using to his advantage cornering US to keep away Chinas
    influence in the region. Any act of Modi will have diaspora backing via
    EU etc. relating to Tamil issue, being encouraged by DMK to keep ties
    with madame Jayas support to the Centre. Changes are not afar now.

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    King Devanampiyatissa ( Theva Nampiya Theesan son of Mootha Sivan a.k.a Muttasiva )did not convert anyone.
    He and all of his subjects were converted to Buddhism after listening to the sermon by Mahinda.
    This was the largest and fastest religious conversion of an entire nation in human history.
    It is too early to ‘psycho analyse’ Modi’s mind.
    He is a hindu,but will ensure equality of all religions and racial groups.
    If he abolishes the pernicious ‘caste system’ which ensures that “dalits” are most disadvantaged and the most brutalised group,he would have ensured justice too.
    BJP would not necessarily ‘favour’ the hindu tamils of sri lanka,but would try to ensure social justice and equality of all racial and religious groups in/of sri lanka.

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa must ask himself: what if King Devanampiyatissa had declined to convert or delayed in converting to the doctrine of the neighbouring metropolis?

    Looks like DJ has reached limits of knowledge.

    It is said King Devanampiyatissa was approached by a Bikkhu who tested his mental faculties with a simple logic test. The Bikkhu then realized the king was intelligent enough to understand the doctrine. The king was then gifted Buddhas teaching. The king took it upon himself to spread it among his subjects.

    King Asoka sent disciples far east and west sharing a knowledge that helped him in his salvation. Some adopted the teachings and others did not. There was no coercion.

    Buddhism is the only world faith spread sans crusades, evangelism and forced conversions. The only method it adopts is known in Pali as “Ahi Passoko” – “please come and see”.

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    As the Americans in Vietnam and Iraq, the NATO in Afghanistan, the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s, and the Indians in Sri lanka in 1987 learnt, getting into countries is easy but getting out is NOT.

    Modi – being the quintessential Indian Northener – will think seriously about all this and decide that getting rid of all the human waste and garbage clogging Indian city streets is the most important question facing India in the 21st century

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    SL will appease Modi by hammering her Muslim Brothers and Sisters. So you Take Care our Muslim Brothers and Sisters. Life is going to get a bit moe harder.

    Btw, Modi n MR are both street fighters. Let’s see whether MR can take Modi for the same ride he took the IC and Manmohan Singh. Now that will be worth for waiting.

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    DJ – Are you out of mind to suggest for UNP to hand over the leadership to Sjith Premadasa.? Among we villages this is called: “Kehi Ganee Dila, Hotu Ganee Gathawagai” ( Give up the “Coughing woman” and take over the “Woman with Cold”)Definitely, it will be “Tsunami” for UNP and in a way it is better if that happens, because all these men who are playing along with MR must get washed away.

    Your next assertion: JRJ had good relations with Gandhi family until he backed out of concessions to Tamils, and that led to imposing “arm twisting” techniques to control his Government. In my observations, it is also not correct.

    We know how Nehru and Bandaranaike families were connected, both socially and politically. No sooner JRJ took over the Government his fist task was to punish Mrs.SB.and in that he went to the extent of converting the whole Parliament into a “Judiciary” and deprived her civic rights and confiscated some of the properties too. Mrs. SB who was acclaimed to be the “Fist Woman Prime Minister” in the world was reduced to “Nothing”. This drew the contempt and outrage of Mrs.Indira’s Government and the result was to punch JRJ and create a very chaotic situation in the whole country. This is the legacy we have inherited from India right from those days of Gandhis’up to now. As otherwise, I do not think India would have given training, funding etc. to a “Monstor” like Prbakaran who allegedly gunned down another SLFP stalwart and a friend of MRS SB and fled to India to avoid arrest. Think about this scenario deeply and you will undoubtedly find some interesting things happening in these “Family Circles” in politics.

    I agree with you on one thing; i.e. MR is “so far” the winner if a Presidential Election is to be held in 2015. Also please note, as I said earlier it will be also the “Demise” of the UNP with your suggestion of Sajith Premadasa is given the leadership of the party or become the “Common Candidate”. MR will welcome and love it and will very handsomely “REWARD” the people who would make that decision.

    So DJ come down the pedestal of your “AUXILIARY” position and think as we commoners do and then only you will start realizing that there are must more hidden agenda on the political arena.

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    Is Dayan now spruiking Keselwatta Kid?.

    Who is better, JVP Kumara or this one?.

    Ordinary punters would say anyone is better when the Shadow Prez or the Opposition Leader is absconding.

    Specially in light of the intense speculation that the Chintana Boss is ready to put his hat into the ring for another term.

    Latest is that this leader of the English speakinig Elite is being put through an intensive training in the US, on how to give our Sinhdla Buddist inhabitants good governance.

    Shouldn’t he be the Leader of the country to perform that task?..

    Or are there any other avenues in the pipe line to get there?.

    His shadow cabinet however seem to be on the hustings and even venturing into the Chintana Turf, spoiling even the little support which the KK enjoys .

    And their latest findings about the Hambantota Harbour is a gem..

    They said the Indian Companies refused to build it.

    Can you believe theis..

    When did the Indians build anything of substanc in Srilanka,..

    Still our inhabitants must give it them for focussing on Economic and Development policy matters, although for the wrong reasons.

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    Doesn’t make any sense.

    Muslim killer Modi is not the only one living in the international community. There are plenty more!!

    Dayan can’t see beyond India!!

    Modi will bring back HINDU MUSLIM riots. MOD can benefit from these when they spread to SL!!!

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    If Rajiv Gandhi was not killed that election(1989) congress was to lose. Janata Party was won after that, but it was another Congress. But it indicated that Delhi was starting to pick up from the states. TN throw Congress in 1969. West Bengal always favored Lefts. India’s party politics is in evolution. It has still a lot of fat to be trimmed from Kingship of Nehru Family. Vajpayee is second best gentleman within those who held Indian leadership. Sastri is number one. Bandaranayake is not a comparison for Vajpayee. Lanka did not evolve into two party system in 1956. It was another JVP (1956)revolution,but that got victory too. 1956 indicated that DS’s effort to plunge the country into anti- democracy has gained momentum. Bandaranaike’s end was not Vajpayee’s end. Lanka has now a King. India possible will see a devolving more towards federalism. Lankans are in full Mahavamsa coma. They do not know what is happening in India. King knows how to use this Mahavamsa Modayaness. If he says, at the next election, to Mahavamsa Modayas that Shiv Sena has come to power in India and that is the end of Lanka, they will take. If he says Modi is the Tripathi’s chief priest that he always visit and one of his best friend, they will take it too. India has only one constitution, as I said it may move towards lose Federalism. India wrote its constitution right after the freedom and continuing on that base still. India has earned its name as the world’s biggest democracy.Lanka is having its yearly constitution. After election, whoever come does not matter, 2015 it will be changed again to another disaster constitution. The final end of Lanka’ party system will reach its ultimate Kingship with that election.

    DJ’s analysis is completely wrong. Poor DJ.

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    I feel Modi and Mahinda will be the best of bedfellows. Both hate the Muslims and do their utmost to decimate them.

    Oops sorry, yes, there is the Tamil question. Shame, it is sure to drive a wedge between these two strange bedfellows.

    BTW – with regards to DJ, I must laugh along with Dev above. DJ is such a mixed up entity I wonder if he is standing on one foot or two feet.

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    .
    Is this the reason why Rajapaksa’s are after Muslims? To get Modi’s sympathy?

    :-)

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    It is unlikely that Modi will be interested in Mahindas local politics. Being a nationalistic leader he will be more interested in Mahindas foreign and economic policy vis a vis India, China and Pakistan.

    TN may also be able to lever some anti Sri Lankan policy with the center as it will hold some 30 odd seats which is significant in order for BJP to form a majority govt.

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    The Chinese game we have played to rattle Manmohan Singh will not work with Modi. Let me tell you Modi may not care for Tamils(well this depends on how much alliance he needs with Jayalalitha), but he will not tolerate the Chinese Ping -Pong played by Rajapakse.

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    It was with the unqualified support extended by the Ministers and MPs within the governing Muslim Peoples Alliance that they passed the 18th amendment to the constitution and then illegally impeached the country’s de jure Chief Justice.What ensued thereafter is history. What we now have as the our apex court is an entity packed with corrupt stooges of the MR clique. Now the independent Police Commission too is gone and you cannot expect them to independently enforce the law, without fear or favor.In this context, its ridiculous for Muslim politicians to expect rule of law and justice from our justice system. For instance, Rishard Badurdeen going to courts when Bodu Bala Sena monks stormed his ministerial office in broad daylight was indeed preposterous. The public perception is that the ruling family clique politically re-circumcised him for the second time and, with that, the dignity of the Muslim community stood affronted.

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    Our learned Prof Foreign Minister (discoverer of the New Math of ‘Less is More’ at the UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka), supported Russia’s move on the Crimea. Now we have to wonder if the Monster Modi is going to do a Crimea crime on Sri Lanka. Who will then speak up for Sri Lanka? No doubt Russia and China will make some noise but they will not put boots on the ground to save Sri Lanka. The US, UK, EU trio will not impose sanction on India like they did on Russia. So where do we go from here? Who are our real friends? Here are our friends at the UNHRC: Algeria, China, Congo, Cuba, Kenya, Maldives, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and VietNam. What is their capacity to help? Other than China and Pakistan, non of them would want to antagonize India.

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      Kevin

      “Other than China and Pakistan, non of them would want to antagonize India.”

      China a major exporter to Libya and Iraq purposely did not help.

      Do you think China and Pakistan are willing to take on India for the sake of little islander MR? Both know they still have to deal with Hindia the morning after the day before.

      Now, the stupid VP is no longer alive to fight the Hindians, the armed may be forced to seek asylum in India. If you are lucky there may be a few left over LTTE cadres in the camp or in detention. You may need them.

      Don’t rely on JVP, they would be the first ones to cross the park strait. Once they are in their ancestral home you are guaranteed of scathing statement from their leaders condemning Indian invasion.

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        Oh Vedda. If only the Sinhala and Tamil folks went back to where they came from – INDIA – and leave the original inhabitants – the VEDDAS alone, Sri Lanka will be such a peaceful and quiet place. Why was the island ever blighted by the lawless Vijaya and his gang of misfits whose behavior could not be tolerated even by Vijaya’s dad who threw him and his gang not only out of the city and the kingdom but threw them out of India altogether? And then followed the warlike Dravidians. Geologically, If the island had been a thousand miles from India it could have been paradise.

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    Dear Dayan,

    Moda analysis again. “The Modi victory will re-legitimize and reinforce Mahinda’s majoritarian religious nationalism and grind the main democratic opposition,”

    No Modi will see what you now call the “Sinhalese Budhist Kingdom ” as “traitors to Lord Shiva” as the Cholas saw them. They are like to see the Sinahalese as “Half Lives” or even less than that and the global community will not be in great disagreement.

    Vigi is running round with a vell and is positioning Tamils as Hindus in preparation of what is to come.

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    If one look at indian governs closely one thing is clear, indian policies do NOT depend on emotional behavior. They are vey RATIONAL. The most rational along with the chinese in the whole world. And I am talking only about the North indians, we know what sort of immature kids the TNs are.

    Indian admins will not act emotionally and come to SL tamils thinking they are Hindus. The tamil issue might be influential in TN, but in rest of india it is a non issue. Then what are the issues in rest of india that made the people vote for Modi?
    1. Increased islamisation
    2. Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh
    3. Corruption and poor economics.

    Modi has already talked against China and Pakistan in election rallies. So he will have to act tough on these countries and immigrtaion issues that will surely create problems with Bangladesh. And amidst such issues it is hard to imagine Modi would want to create another issue in SL.

    Between LTTE’s new face is Rev Emmanuel, a catholic father.

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    DJ’s analogy of Huntington’s theory of the Clash of Civilizations may not be quite relevant here. Huntington also believed that …”blood and belief are what people identify with and what they will fight and die for.” The difference between Modi and Rajapaksa is that the former has beliefs for which he will fight and die for while Rajapaksa lacking in any integrity has no beliefs as such but only that will help to keep him and his family in power.Bensen

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    Keep writing Dr Dayan. This is hilarious. Analysis of politics in Sri Lanka at its best..

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    Between Dr. Dayan and Dr. Mervin : Hobson’s Choice (i.e. NO CHOICE AT ALL)

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