4 December, 2021

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Beyond 50:50

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The jury is in on the Presidential election. Here’s how it went down, according to an interesting source which can hardly be described as anti-Tamil, or Sinhala racist. Listen to Mr. Erik Solheim:

“…The election victory was possible due to massive support from all Sri Lankan minorities. Mr. Rajapaksa won 90 out of 160 electoral districts and came out on top in nearly all Sinhala-dominated provinces. Mr. Rajapaksa roughly won the Sinhalese vote by 55 per cent. This was compensated for by Mr. Sirisena winning around 80 per cent of the Tamil vote and an even bigger share of Muslim votes. For this was payback time…” (‘Can The Unknown Angel Deliver?’ Erik Solheim, the Hindu, Jan 15th, 2015)

So Mahinda Rajapaksa indubitably won the majority of the majority of the island’s citizens: 55% of 70%. He lost. The winner failed to win a majority of the majority. He won. To a great many, this structural asymmetry makes the mandate look and feel like a doughnut.

Mr. MA Sumanthiran a liberal and a moderate Tamil nationalist, spells it out still more clearly in the Sunday Leader:

“This election has shown that Maithripala Sirisena’s victory was assured by those people who are numerically in the minority and therefore the weight of their votes equal to the weight of the vote from the majority community.”

This is at the core of the larger argument which he rolls out as follows:

“Basically, the communities that are smaller in number must also have equal access to power. That is the whole issue of majoritarianism. This election has shown that Maithripala Sirisena’s victory was assured by those people who are numerically in the minority and therefore the weight of their votes equal to the weight of the vote from the majority community.

What we expect is that people would be treated equally as equal citizens and that means even as communities, not as individuals, but collectively as different communities also people should have equal access to decision making processes and state powers. And we expect that this particular phenomenon of this election of those communities making the decisive vote would cause difference in approach and the government in power will be conscious that this is not a homogeneous society but consist of different people. As different people, we must build the nation together.” (‘We All Gave to Accommodate Each Other’, MA Sumanthiran, the Sunday Leader, January 11th, 2015)

What Mr. Sumanthiran is saying is very simple. The Tamil struggle is not for equal rights as citizens—something which, by his airy dismissal, he implicitly concedes has already been achieved. It is for something else. It is for the political equality of the majority and the minority/ minorities. How this can possibly be the case in a democracy one fails to understand. It must be said however, that Mr. Sumanthiran is not merely frank, but well within the tradition of Tamil nationalism and its pre-Independence claim of 50:50—rejected by DS Senanayake—namely that the combined minorities should have equal political weight, or a share of state power equal to the majority.

What is startlingly clear is that at this presidential election 2015, the minorities achieved that outcome. They outweighed the political weight of the majority of the majority.

Then there are the domestic geopolitical and geo-strategic dimensions of the electoral outcome as symbolized by the (post) electoral map. It sure reminds me of the crab-claw like Tamil Eelam map publicized by the EROS, the terrorist outfit that bombed Maradana in 1987 causing a large number of civilian casualties. That map was based not on the concept of ethnic Tamil nationhood but on that of the ‘Tamil speaking people’, which embraced the Northern and Eastern Tamils, the Muslims and the hill country Tamils of recent Indian origin.

Little wonder then that Velupillai Prabhakaran’s staunchest ally in Tamil Nadu termed 9th January 2015 as the happiest day of his life: “Today is the happiest day in my life and every Tamil family is celebrating the fall of Mahinda Rajapaksa,” Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko said in Thanjavur on Friday…Mr. Vaiko claimed that Mr. Rajapaksa has been thrown out by Sri Lanka’s voters, with an overwhelming majority in the Tamil-dominated North and East going against him…” (‘It’s the happiest day of My Life’: Vaiko on Sri Lanka Poll Verdict, L. Renganathan, The Hindu, January 9th 2015).

Now none of this would really matter in a first world society in which the issue of national identity has been historically resolved for the most part. Not so in the far more unevenly developed ex-colonial societies of Asia, Africa and Latin America, still under hegemonic pressure from the West. Ideally it shouldn’t matter in Sri Lanka either, but here’s the rub. In the North and East which voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa, if a referendum were held tomorrow in which the question was “Is your preference for President Sirisena or a separate Tamil Eelam?” one isn’t sure how the vote would turn out. (Well, to be honest, I am fairly sure how it would turn out.) Therefore, the problem is not that President Sirisena’s victory was decided by the huge majorities in the North and East which is mainly Tamil speaking, or that those were revanchist votes against Mahinda Rajapaksa rather than for Maithripala Sirisena but precisely because those areas have a dualistic, almost schizoid political identity—one does not know whether or not they are committed to the single, indissoluble, indivisible, united, political community.

The map of the election results corresponds uncannily not only to the Tamil Eelam map of the EROS, but more interestingly to the idea presented by the late Prof Samuel P. Huntington in his ‘The Clash of Civilizations and the Re-making of World Order’ He posited the grand thesis that the post-Cold War world would be driven not by ideologies or even national interest but by a clash of various civilizational constellations which he went on to itemize. This much is well-known. What is little known is his allied thesis of civilizational ‘fault lines’ and his contention that conflict takes place along the fault lines of various civilizational zones or systems.

What is least known among local readers is that he made mention of Sri Lanka. He said that the conflict in Sri Lanka was on the ‘fault line’ between the Indic-Hindu civilizational zone or sphere of influence and the Buddhist civilizational zone or sphere of influence.

What the map of the electoral result in Sri Lanka and the areas won by President Sirisena and outgoing President Rajapaksa corresponds to is pretty much the fault lines of the Indic-Hindu civilizational sphere of influence (the North and East, the plantations and in part, Colombo city) and the Buddhist sphere of civilizational influence on the island.

Beginning with Lebanon in 1958 and in the 1970s, manifesting itself in Malaysia in the late ’60s and currently sweeping through the Arab societies with Sunni-Shia minority/majority composition, there is a mountain range of evidence of the polarizations caused by such asymmetries embedded in the power bases of regimes, compounded by such uneven domestic geopolitical patterning and cross-border interfacing, and accentuated by the centrifugal dynamics of weakened central state structures. With the abolition or drastic truncation of the executive presidential system (“look Ma, I shrunk the State”), and the kaleidoscopic process of political re-composition that is already underway, the convergence of these factors on the North-South/external-internal axis of Sri Lanka’s politics may transmute into irreconcilable “antagonistic contradictions” which President Sirisena, an ex-Maoist will surely need all his old knowledge of Maoist philosophy to “correctly handle”.

Just as the removal of the civic rights of Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike did not help the stability of the system or sustained economic growth in the 1980s and indeed shunted the contradictions onto extra-systemic lines, both ethnic and ideological, any vicious act of framing Mahinda Rajapaksa for a ridiculous putsch attempt will not help bridge the deficit in the new administration’s mandate. Notwithstanding the co-optation of the SLFP MPs, the JVP and the JHU as a protective body armor around an essentially UNP government now in unelected occupation of Temple Trees, such a myopic move will only add to the systemic and structural sources of instability.

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    Dear Readers

    Collectively why can’t we take a decision NOT TO COMMENT
    further any of his articles here after.
    Every body got irritated about his writing.
    I haven’t a seen a single reader accepted/praised his views.
    He is a NUT.
    Kindly think about this

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      No. The pervert that he is he will start gloating that his views were accepted by the CT readership without a single dissent.

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      The punishment prescribed for a former President by one of DJ’s heroes should be transferred to him.

      That punishment: He should be “put down on the ground, trampled, stripped naked and made to run along the streets.”

      Until that happens we must do all we can to chase him away from CT.

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      Just provocative only – he is made unemployed no TV appearences any more. He may be going through all selt of torments being unable to see taking grounds of his so called interlectual analyses.

      Even if I myslf thought to be away – but his way of thoughts provokes me actually. I ask myself if Kelaniya MERVIN of today can see it right – why cant Dayan Jayathilaka.

      What is his motto of life – if not help the goodies ? I have the feeling this man is running after WHAT HE WOULD NEVER BE ACHIEVED.

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        Many of the men are suffering from public attention syndrome.

        Now with nothing like any kind of invitation to be in spotlight may make him depressed. So as a result of that he moves on with his writing. If my memory is right – last article was the last one of this set we the CT readers thought – since he added it to that..nevertheless to break that says everything I would say.

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      Please forgive him because he is writing something he doesn’t understand himself. Or is he showing off? I wonder why many of the educated class go nuts these days. The educated class of the former generation were someone we were always proud of. Why is he bringing the 50-50 now? 50-50 voting was among the Majority votes. Yet Mr.Sirisena won the presidency with the Tamils and Muslims voting overwhelmingly. The matter ends there. it is up to the President and the Prime Minister to fulfil the anticipations of the minorities as early as they have suffered enough under Rajapaksa and his family.

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    Very fine and critical analysis Dayan, SL should be proud of people like you who have a vision about the bigger picture. Unfortunately, MR failed to maximise on your intellect and ability to communicate ideas at international forums. Inspite of being sidelined in favour of persons with lesser ability, your steadfast belief in the type of leadership required to develop our country expeditiously is amazing.Sincerely hope you will have the courage to pursue with espousing your views and there will be lots of silent supporters who appreciate your work.

    • 10
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      Reliably understand from inside sources at CT that DIL is a pseudonym of Dayan Jayatilleka.

  • 7
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    The fellow has gone mad.
    What do the Gods do to those whom they want to destroy?

    But we cannot depend on the Gods – he is now into serious racist mischief.

  • 17
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    So what is wrong Dayan?

    The Sinhalese majority must dominate the minorities?

    PhD in political science.

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    ‘So Mahinda Rajapaksa indubitably won the majority of the majority of the island’s citizens: 55% of 70%. He lost. The winner failed to win a majority of the majority. He won. To a great many, this structural asymmetry makes the mandate look and feel like a doughnut.’

    MR got 55% off the 100 % sinhala vote not 55% of the 70% because 55/70 is close to 80% of the vote.

    MR didn’t even get 80% of the vote in the south
    retake O/L maths Dayan

    and My3 only just won in puttalam by about 1% so those colours are misleading
    That coulouring system is good for US presidential elections where it is first past the post where the person who carries the state gets all the electroral college votes.
    Unfortunately this political scientist doesn’t get that.
    OK we will discount the votes in the north and east if we can discount the vote in the south and then see who wins

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    For a supposedly learned man you are surprisingly unintelligent

  • 10
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    mr.crazy, i think everything is wrong with DJ. even ex.president and his coterie/cabal has accepted the verdict but the ph.holder has other views. this is reflection of the frustration and reslt of doomed expectation of him to go to some high position in the un or some inter. body. those who tasted that life become lunatic when rgey find that things are impossible. let us sympathize with him.
    -sundaram

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    mr.crazy, i think everything is wrong with DJ. even ex.president and his coterie/cabal has accepted the verdict but the ph.holder has other views. this is reflection of the frustration and result of doomed expectation of him to go to some high position in the un or some inter. body. those who tasted that life become lunatic when they find that things are impossible. let us sympathize with him.
    -sundaram

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    Dayan:

    I am simply getting worried that your acclaimed intellectuality has been intoxicated with the tinge of racism that has gradually impaired your analytic disposition and what we now see is a fading tubelight trying to glow its last.

    For a moment, forget about minorities, notwithstanding they too are citizens and have voting rights. The Sinhalese who voted against MR are substantial although not enough for Sirisena to win in most of the Sinhala areas. Such a large Sinhala bank voting against an incumbent president who had kept on thumping to sink into the Sinhala psyche of his efforts to win the war is curious and warrants askance of how they abandoned the “king”. Unlike in the North and East, where only a fraction voted for MR, the South had voted for Sirisena in large numbers. With the majority of minority alone Sirisena could not have made it.

    Beyond the war and race, bread and butter issues, the allegations of rampant corruption, familial autocracy all played to unmask and unseat MR from his pedestal. Worse, and shameful it is, he seemed to have more faith in his phony astrologer rather than on the electorate. If mainstream news are to be believed, he even tried to dash for a cheap shot through undemocratic means.

    Again, a noteworthy omission is the fact that Sirisena is a Sinhalese and your picking that he was once a communist shows the cheap shot you will resort to sneak in between the lines while hoping that most are in slumber. It doesn’t matter to you that he had been the SLFP secretary from 2001 and was, in fact, the acting defence minister during the final days of the war. Despite the calls for a boycott like what Prabhakaran did, the minorities in the North and elsewhere voted overwhelmingly for a Sinhala candidate.

    To be fair, you should ask yourself why the Sinhalese in the south and the minorities, particularly in the North and East voted against Rajapakse. Even though he may have done only precious little for the people of the war ravaged areas, and incidentally that precious little
    was to show the world that he was and has been doing something, the Tamils wanted to move on but unfortunately people like you and MR were trapped in the past and refused to understand what the real needs of the people are. Your take that the Tamils voted for Tamils’ nationalism is a load of bullshit. Take, for instance, the voting for Sarath Fonseka who was before the sworn enemy of the Tamils. What the wounded, ravaged and the deprived people needed was honesty and sincerity, which has always been a rare commodity on the shelf of MR’s stores. He robbed them of their dignity to live even as ordinary human beings. He lied through his teeth. Funny though, unlike your idiotic remark and analysis, the Tamils in the N/E have moved away from the notion of terrorism, Eelam, etc but it is your friend Mahinda and his sidekick GR who shamefully mortgaged the lives of those worn down people for his own political games. And you ought to be ashamed of yourself to even suggest that those people who hardly have the time and means for anything else but to scratch for a living should be toyed as pawns in your erstwhile and silly game. Despite the several voices from the diaspora and a few within, the Tamils took the cue from their CM and Sampanthan to vote for Sirisena. Are you are going to now blame the CM as a separatist.

    Now, let us look at the Muslims. They had voted for the regime consistently but what do you think made or forced them to change their allegiance. Is it your phony analysis that they have now joined the Tamils to seek a separate state? Surely you cannot pretend to sleep on this, can you? Most of us were, in fact, scratching our heads in disbelief that a sly fox like MR has not been able to think out of the box but alas he had more faith in a phony astrologer who finally did him in, just like Saguni did. Similarly, you seem to have lost your pulse on the ground and have become more clueless and confused. Hope Dayan you would salvage whatever little credibility and sense that may be left of you.

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      …..”What the wounded, ravaged and the deprived people needed was honesty and sincerity, which has always been a rare commodity on the shelf of MR’s stores. He robbed them of their dignity to live even as ordinary human beings. He lied through his teeth….”

      After all an individuals percious vote is to decide For and Against, so
      why cannot DJ say that the NE Tamils voted Against MR and not for MS.
      This was so in the MR-SF scene. The request for a full turn-out in N/E
      went against MRs plans, despite extending Chandrasiris stay for this
      purpose. MR holding CW Chairmanship & the presence of their Observers
      curbed MRs activities.

      50:50 could also mean “equal rights”. Each one has an equal vote.

      MR fell from politics due to sheer over-confidence, by self-confessing
      to be the known-devil, whilst humbly pleading for votes in “enemy-territory”

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        punchinilame:

        “After all an individuals percious vote is to decide For and Against, so why cannot DJ say that the NE Tamils voted Against MR and not for MS.”

        Dayan stating the obvious is and cannot be an issue. It is known to all and sundry that the Tamils did vote against Rajapakse (the known devil). The problem is he goes on to pin this down to Tamil nationalism as exemplified in a map. How else and how on earth would it be different. Tamils have been the residents of these areas and they voted in large numbers against MR. His “stellar” finding that, therefore, this is to be interpreted as a sign of Tamil nationalism is sheer silly.

        The extension of Chandrasiri for the reason you have mentioned, if true, is another silly game of utter ignorance. MR had found out earlier during the NPC election that neither Chandrasiri nor the stationed army were of any use. Even with intimidation, the Tamils made their point loud and clear. The probable reason could be to show to the Sinhalese that he may be the only one to “put the Tamils in their place”, and this simply backfired. He was arrogant to the core but failed to understand or realise the resilience of the Tamils/minorities. Within a week, the new president had withdrawn the recalcitrant governor and replaced him with a civilian, and a Sinhalese at that. Such a small and important request was tossed up and down by Rajapakse. Did he learn a bitter lesson. Never put all your eggs in one basket.
        MR is the greatest fool on earth. If only he pauses to ponder, his brothers and his own arrogance taught life’s valuable lessons.

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    Dr.DJ,
    Why don’t you for a change, to enlighten yourself and fellow citizens, write an analysis on the essence of Pope Francis’ s three speeches and the discussions he had with the Political and Religious Leaders of Sri Lanka ?

    Have you read Sharmini Serasinghe’s article titled ” The Mighty Fall From Grace ” ?
    To understand Dharma, Patriotism and how to practice them and also how to be a fair minded writer/ communicator and a Political Scientist , if you are willing to learn from a lady I am sure one of the CT readers will volunteer to arrange a free tuition from Sharmini Serasinghe.

    By the way are you a nephew of Mervin Silva ? There seems to be behavioural similarities.

    If Hindu civilisation is Indic- Hindu , then Buddhist Civilisation also Indic- Buddhism. Do you agree ?

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    you bet the wrong horse stop ranting B.S. as we all know where you are coming from. All your so called intellectual writing is only to stir racial disharmony shame on you.

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    What a coincidence, only today, just before this article appears, I was able to read your previous article and noting that you are not intending to write to English medium, I made a comment encouraging your decision.

    Seems you are completely lost. And, about this article, I am not sure what you are trying to convey to the reader. Now, I can see the reasons for the way MR treat you. Sought assistance from your Stanford graduate, still could work out what was coming, bluffed your way through with Prof Mendis article, and now this rubbish. Trying to show your master that he still won the race, if not for the Tamils. In other words, do you trying to say, in a united SL, MR cannot win, if he needs to win separation is the only way?. You seems to ignore the voter fall out in the Southern areas that MR faced. Refer Tissarani’s Article then you will see.

    Attempting to drive a wedge between the majority and minority even after seeing what had happened to MR is very explicit. Why couldn’t you see their votes as a votes sending a strong message to MR Government saying these road building, railway, etc. aren’t the main things that would buy votes from Tamils. Or, why do not you consider it as a protest vote for the way MR treated them. You cannot see the feeling of a minority in Sri Lanka. But in one of your recent articles you said you were also a minority by religion. What did you do when BBS uprooted the Virgin Mary’s stature?. How did you feel when MR’s Govt turned a blind eye to this sort of incidents. The pope was here, and spread the message both in the North and the South to heal the wounds of the war victims and reconcile with the minority. And, here you are trying to spread a message that would only help aggravate the misunderstanding. MR & Gotta able to fool the majorities by flocking dead horse in LTTE, but how long it can go. You cannot fool all the people all the time. If I can figure out a family that benefitted most by LTTE, that is none other than MR’s, it started with 2005 election and went up to 2014.

    Things now started unfolding indicates how much assets that baggy boy guy Sanjin Vass, who was a store keeper not able to buy a motor cycle then, are owning. If that was true, and if a monitoring MP able to earn that much in 4/5 years, could not comprehend how much the top guys would have amassed. If you trying to show the majority of majority supported this robbers, you are trying to embarrass the majority. Tamils didn’t want to support them as they didn’t want to share his sins. But not the majority of the majority didn’t have chance to know what these guys were doing there. When Champaga made a comment during election campaign that the damage MR Govt Did worse than VP did for SL in in 30 years I thought it was a stunt, but things emerging one by one seem to evidence what he said was quite right.

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    DJ’s hope of a diplomatic posting has evaporated – this is the truth of the matter why he is so desperate and crest fallen.
    He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing as far as tamils are concerned.
    It was he who encouraged and tried to justify the army occupation and suppression of civil liberties of tamils of the northeast.

    Even now he desists from referring to the corruption and nepotism of his master of the ‘kurakkan shawl democracy’.

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    This guy is crazy and stupid. He lives in a world of old theory and history not in the modern world where humans are all equal and should be treated as such. All people are humans. Do not create divisions. Leaders should be preaching unity for peace and harmony and not division, for the good of everyone.

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    Why cannot majority and minority have political equality? Look at USA and Canada. In USA blacks are a minority and in Canada French are minority but they all have equal rights.

    Talking about separation, well Dayan was part of it and his boss wanted a separate eelam when he supported the Tamil political party. Why is he now talking about Tamil Nationalism?

    This article clearly shows that “Puss Pundit” Dayan, as usual has not understood what Sumanthiran said. All Dayan is to do is to take a call to Sumanthiran before trying to put a spin to what Sumanthiran has said.

    Stupid “Puss Pundits” like Dayan is the reason why Sri Lanka has gone to dogs. President Mithreepala will teach these “Puss Pundits” what is “fair governance”.

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    At his old age Dayan is loosing reality from the truth. The Wins in Sinhalese areas by the former President was not due to any popularity as claimed byu this lost soul. The factors which rallied for Rajapakse were
    a) The unethical and dictatorial use of Public Broadcasting Channels, The Television and Newspapers which were dishing out lies favouring the former President and going against the opposition
    b) The manipulation of electoral registers with enhanced voter base which were used for former President by using the Nil Balakaya.
    c) Donating gifts, money, dry rations collected by plundering public funds to poor people in these Sinhalese areas.
    d) Creating a false sense of insecurity in the minds of majority by false propaganda of threats from the minorities.
    e) The poor Sinhalese families always believed these gullible falsehood and never expected the King to do wrong.

    Not only the rural Sinhala population but some of those living in Colombo like Dayan, Gamanpila, Tissa all believed the propaganda and the belief that Mahinda is indispensable and chose the wrong person to back.

    People like Dayan are political animals who always want to be in the lime light and lead a luxury life at somebody elses cost. When he looses this position he becomes sarcastic and is full of venom.

    It seems like he is trying to create racial mistrust in the country and trying to drag the present regime into another crisis.

    It will be a favour to the readers of this website if no prominence is given to this loser to use his journalistic capabilities to create another racial uprise by his venomous ideas. Please at least edit his writing or otherwise give him some time to settle down and come back to his senses after licking his wounds before publishing his rubbish.

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    This man has cannot be trusted. His does not mean what he says. Only a couple of days ago he proclaimed to the rest of the world, that he will not write in the English media implying he will write in some other language media where his writing will not be subject to critical scrutiny by the enlightened and the informed. But he continues to offer another a totally flawed piece of writing based on misinterpreted statement of Sumanthiran and misleading the public.

    Why do you not give a context to the statement of Mr Sumanthiran. He has always made comments in the context of Human Rights and the Tamil people.

    Tamil people have been subject to all sorts of discrimination since independence based on the premise that in a democracy majoritarianism is absolute. This the Tamils have challenged. Even the EROS map showed graphically the congregation of Tamils, Muslims and the Upcountry Tamils who were subjected to discrimination. Look at the EROS map closely and interpret the election results, does it not reveal that victims of discrimination are looking for some oxygen for relief.

    A self proclaimed socialist like you should be hanging your head in shame when you join the bandwagon of chauvinists and behaving like a sewer inspector looking for dirt to produce a twisted vision from the depths of your inner darkness. You are a reactionary and a scoundrel of the worst sort.

    The world has moved on since those principles of majoritarianism were used to decolonise the world. Now there is more understanding of democracy, and human rights take the centre stage. For example, one of the oldest and the stablest countries in the world, the United Kingdom was prepared to give independence to Scotland based on its right to self determination. That is the spirit of governance these days.

    The world has moved on and passed you by. You are slowly becoming irrelevant to the new world. Think about adaptation and evolution or you will end up as vermin.

    Mr Jayatileke, in the Human Rights community it is accepted that each human being is born with some inalienable rights and no majority can take it away from him or her. This is what the racists and the chauvinists in Sri Lanka have not yet grasped.

    You are still too consumed by the poison of your Master and you are too blind to see. You peddle old hat. You better go an update yourself and stop peddling this reactionary stuff like a clown in the dark.

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    Dayan Says,
    “In the North and East which voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa, if a referendum were held tomorrow in which the question was “Is your preference for President Sirisena or a separate Tamil Eelam?” one isn’t sure how the vote would turn out. (Well, to be honest, I am fairly sure how it would turn out.)”

    This hypothesis may become true if nothing substantial is offered as a solution to the National Question,for the Minorities to live with Dignity and honor as equal citizens.

    Don’t expect the Minorities to put up and live with Majoritarian Subjugation indefinitely.

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    Shameless Dayan, using his racist card like his boss MR.

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    Very good analysis by Dayan.

    It is definitely the case that (Tamil+Muslim)Nationalists voted with Sinhala Liberals to defeat the Sinhala Nationalist.

    A Majority of the minority and a relatively small swing in South-West regions in the country ensured a Maithripala Victory.

    I wonder how long this cozy honeymoon of the coalition of liberals and minority nationalists going to last.

    Although there is a 100 day program I wonder what sort of input the public will have in the process.

    I would say right NOW the constitution of the democratic socialist republic is suspended. As the prime minister is lead by a minority party with a minority cabinet. This is very similar to when JRJ introduced the 13amendment under duress from India.

    I wonder how they would dismantle the executive presidency when the 13th amendment is reliant on the executive presidency.

    How would the provincial councils issues be tackled by a parliamentary prime minister when he deals with provinces.

    What are the functions of the executive ?

    How do you provide political rights based on group identity ?

    What is to become of Sinhalese Buddhist community who are denied of group representation due to presence of various ideological political parties unlike SLMC, TNA EPDP CWC etc etc….

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    Hello Dayan Jayatilleka… Please do humanity a good… As you stated, STOP WRITING… Your words do more harm than good! Accept defeat like your master and fade back into the chasms where you emerged from…

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    What struck me most was Vaiko’s declaration of his happiest day. I hope this happy day would have helped him to neutralise his saddest day when he and his party were thrown out at the last Indian elections, by his own community, the Tamils, in Tamilnadu.

    As for the analysis of the election by Dayan Jayatileke, the main message is that the majority community is broad minded like the majorities in other countries and they did not vote on racist lines. This cannot be said of the minority communities, and as such the Govt must never give land and police powers to the two Tamil/Muslim majority areas.

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      Isn’t it funny how people pretend NOT to understand DJ’s reference to ‘beyond 50:50’. These are the very same people who constantly denigrate the ‘Sri Lankans’ as low IQ.

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    I have known DJ from the University days and seen the trajectory he traveled from supporting the right of self determination in a dogmatic fashion to trying to form a revolutionary organisation, Minister in the ill fated NE provincial council, flirting with SLMP and then Premadasa’s admire and then negating whole his past and became scaremonger of arguing devolution as a danger and finally as MR’s defender. There is nothing wrong with this evolution if it had happened due to genuine reflection of his past. But every move is motivated towards being in power or closer to power as the only focus. He is a spoiled brat of a respectful journalist. This man thinks he is a Che but in reality he is power hungry intellectual. He claims to be political scientist, but his analysis always centered around individuals. Former “revolutionary” who is prepared to support UNP or SLFP if he likes the leader who will give him some room play a role. He claims he could have supported Karu or Sajith but could not support Maithree because of Ranil or Chandrika. What a marvelous political analysis. If he wants to talk about failures of Chandrika or RW, it is good, but if some one analysis DJ’s somersaults and total betrayal of he comrade at various junctures, no one should go near him. Yes, he is intelligent, articulative but morally bankrupt, who will sell his intellect for the highest bidder.

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    Urgent Dyan go and see a psychatrist

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    Hi Dayan?
    Your talk were 80:20 before election. Last few days of bebore election suddently become 20:80. Reversed. No?

    Now better go 100:100 but i dont thing our new president will entertain you..I feel sorry for all aducated and uneducated hench men..ane pow..

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    This guy’s bonkers!

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    DJ did not get audience before the Pope to redeem his sins.

    It is not a rocket science to understand DJ’s confused/prejudicial/ scatter brain writings.

    With the regime change he is trying to wear a new coat and whitewash his past muddle.

    Prof. Wijesinghe is up the ladder and unfortunately DJ is in the litter.

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    If SL is going down the Lebanon route of power sharing, we are heading towards disaster. Therefore, I hope that is not the case.

    Entitlements based on caste/ethnicity has become thorny issues all over the world. In the US for example, university admissions based on ethnicity has been deemed unconstitutional.

    As for DJ’s question on whether the people in the North and East support separation or not, I think people have a practical approach of wait and see. If their day-to-day lives and aspirations are fulfilled by the government and private sector of a unified Sri Lanka, they would probably not want separation.

    If on the other hand they cannot use their language in dealings with state agencies and the economy in their areas is stymied compared to other parts of the island, they probably would opt for separation in the hope that Ealam will fulfill their economic aspirations better than a united Sri Lanka. It’s that simple.

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    Please stop publishing this stinking moron’s articles!
    His writings stink with blood and corpses of MR regime’s ruthless killings.
    This bugger is an insane Gobbels attempting to whitewash the ousted dictator.
    The new generation pities this idiot’s ignorance.
    You have a peaceful death.
    You will meet the criminals GR and MR in the hell!

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    What Dayan forgets is that Tamils and Muslims didn’t vote against the Sinhalese. They voted against the despicable dictator Rajapaksa, who is an enemy of not only the Tamils and Muslims but all citizens of Sri Lanka.

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