26 September, 2021

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Can The Anti-Mahinda Camp Think Straight?

By Dayan Jayatilleka – 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“Finally Gramsci…. If we say – as Gramsci did—that the task of the Italian working class is to fulfil the tasks of national unification that the Italian people had posed themselves since the time of Machiavelli, and in some way, to complete the historical project of the Risorgimento,  we have a double order of reference.”– Ernesto Laclau, Emancipation(s)

A basic reason for the inability of the anti-Governmental forces, political and civil society, Oppositional and dissentient, to compete with the regime, still less supplant it, is the sheer inability to think straight. While it may be argued that the regime does not do so either, that chronic lapse is far more manifest in the interrelated realms of external and ethnic affairs, and much less so in the electoral heartland, the Sinhala majority areas. It must also be remembered that the government, especially one with a popular leadership, can by virtue of incumbency, afford lapses in thinking, while the Opposition, as an aspirant force, can ill afford such weakness.

The inability to think straight translates itself immediately and automatically into an inability to aim straight, politically speaking. This means an inability to hit the political target dead centre.

The absence of straight thinking on the part of the oppositional forces and dissenting elements also means that they fail to win the battle of ideas and arguments, thereby failing to persuade the mass of citizens, i.e. the electorate.

Ranil Wickremesinghe Andf BahuSimply put, the political perspective and ‘general line’ (as the old Marxists used to call it) of the anti-government camp is misplaced. Therefore it cannot hope to prevail.

Let us examine a few of the most serious errors of thinking of the political opposition and the dissenting or critical intelligentsia, and constructively suggest major rectifications of those errors.

A set of serious mistakes continue to be made as regards the Tamil (or ethnic) Question, which is at the heart of the larger problem of Sri Lankan nationhood. It is held that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is an anti-devolution dogmatist or fundamentalist and has been so throughout his political career. This omits two rather large facts, namely that the Eastern and Northern Provincial elections were held precisely under his Presidency and none other. It could be argued that these moves were to secure external support during the war or under external pressure after, but that would undermine the critique. Mahinda Rajapaksa toyed with the district as the unit of devolution during the war, notwithstanding the Indian factor, but was persuaded not to follow through, and chose instead to announce elections to the Eastern PC as the province was liberated, with no evidence of external pressure. As for the Northern election, there was certainly carrot and stick, but the stick was tapped only when there was a chance that 13A would be pruned.

The susceptibility to external realities shows that this Rajapaksa is a conservative pragmatist rather than a fundamentalist on devolution. His critics who seem quite as dogmatic, blinkered and fundamentalist in their blanket condemnation of him as he is accused of being of devolution, fail to acknowledge that it is precisely the defeat of the LTTE on Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political watch that permitted the reopening of democratic space and the holding of PC elections in the North and East—which his predecessors were unable to do for a quarter of a century.

It is correctly held that the Government is responsible for the absence of progress in political dialogue with the TNA. This perception needs several caveats, though. The government is mainly responsible for the absence of dialogue but it is not solely responsible. The point I seek to make is best illustrated by the complete absence of serious, transparent political dialogue between the TNA and the Opposition. If there were, or were to be, the Government could be completely exposed for its intransigence and culpability.

Why is there no dialogue between the UNP and the TNA, or the JVP and the TNA?  Why can’t there be an oppositional roundtable, which elaborates a solution to the issues of national reconciliation and integration? Why can’t there be at least bilateral talks on such issues which result in a joint statement?

If it is because such a dialogue will make the opposition a target of government propaganda, the question is: why should that matter? Is it because such criticism would be effective? If it is effective, why is that so? Is there something wrong with the profile of the TNA or that of the Opposition parties, which make them vulnerable to such criticism?

Is it that the TNA would be faulted in the North and East for a transparent dialogue with the centre-Right and Left Opposition parties?  If so, are we to conclude that public opinion among the Tamils is quite so extreme?

If not, is it the case that the TNA suspects it cannot convince the parties of the opposition of the justice and legitimacy of its political demands? If the TNA’s demands are too expensive for the Opposition to be seen to accept, shouldn’t the TNA moderate those demands? If not, how does the TNA hope to carry centrist Sinhala opinion on these issues?

Surely if the TNA is able to convince the Opposition, that alone can outflank the regime and put more pressure on it to accept a reasonable settlement, or at least attenuate the Government’s apprehension of Southern vulnerability?

Looking at it the other way around, why is the Opposition failing to have an open, structured dialogue with the TNA? If it is the radioactivity of the TNA’s profile, then shouldn’t that radioactivity be sought to be removed by lobbying for adjustments in the TNA’s positions? If the problem is not with the TNA but with the vulnerability of the Oppositional parties to governmental propaganda, should those aspects or personalities that make the Opposition vulnerable be rectified or removed?

The absence of an open political dialogue between the TNA and either wing of the parliamentary opposition reveals that the problem of the absence of a political process does not reside solely with the Government, but is wider or lies deeper.

Given the domestic geopolitical realities of the island, the most significant of which are the uneven distribution of minorities and the overwhelming preponderance of one ethnic community, two political conclusions may be derived: (i) there can be no purely Northern or North-Eastern solution to the ethnic question; it has to be part of the reform of the state as a whole and (ii) ethnic reforms have to secure the consent of a moderate majority of the overwhelming majority on the island.

This brings us to the second problem with the thinking of the anti-government camp, with regard to the Tamil question. That is the ‘two nations theory’ namely the self-proclamation of the Tamil nationalists that the Tamils of Sri Lanka are a nation; that Sri Lanka is a bi-national or pluri-national society and should therefore be proclaimed such as a state/country; and that it should be recognised that the Tamils of Sri Lanka have the right of national self determination. (For a sophisticated liberal intellectual exposition, see for instance: ‘Realist Modernism in an age of Kulturkampf’ by Asanga Welikala, Groundviews.)

The danger of this political position is that it informs Tamil nationalism and pushes it to adopt or be vulnerable to unrealistic emotionalism. No state in Asia accepts such a position with regard to an ethnic minority within its borders, and with good reason which includes but is not limited to the history of colonial fragmentation and the fear of centrifugalism.

In the case of Sri Lanka the case of pluri-nationalism is patently absurd, because one ethnic group constitutes almost 75% of the island’s population, and according an equal status of nationhood to a far smaller formation is logically untenable. With such overwhelming preponderance of one community, how could the entity that is Sri Lanka be described as pluri-national or bi-national? Take for example the world order: it was described as bi-polar when there were two roughly equal superpowers, the USA and the USSR. It is described as multi-polar with the emergence of China and other Big Powers. It would not have been described as bi-polar, or containing two powers, if the two had been the USA on the one hand and Cuba or Vietnam on the other, nor would it be defined as multi-polar if the polarities were the USA , Pakistan and Sri Lanka!  Where one ethnic group constitutes two thirds of the populace, the other communities are obviously ethnic minorities.

What makes the ‘two nations/pluri-national/self determination’ position doubly dangerous is that it blocks the Tamil community from achieving its fair and just place as Sri Lankans. If a community insists on defining itself as a distinct nation and being recognised as such; has until recently, supported (actively or tacitly) a secessionist war of long duration waged by a terrorist army; has yet to denounce that terrorist army and separatist terrorist enterprise; is sporadically given to praising the terrorist chieftain responsible for the assassination of several leaders of the country; and is located in a sensitive border area across which it has a huge populace of co-ethnics supportive of secession–then the majority community and indubitably the armed forces of the given state are bound to regard it as a potential or latent security threat.

On the other hand if the Tamil community, which manifestly constitutes an ethnic minority on the island, insists on being treated with dignity, integrated as equal citizens with no discrimination whatsoever, granted all rights and protection accorded to minorities according to UN declarations and universal norms, and deserving of an authentic measure of provincial autonomy and self-administration as contained in the bilateral accord between Sri Lanka and India, it  would occupy the moral high ground and generate a broad resonance among the Sinhala majority.

The wide, unbridgeable gulf between the Oppositional and dissident forces on the one hand and the bulk of the citizenry on the other—a gulf which enables the government to step in, manoeuvre and retain the support of the people—is exemplified in the views in the anti-regime camp that (a) there is a moral equivalence between the State and the Tigers and that the War was not between two morally unequal and incommensurable formations and (b) that things are worse today than they ever were in the country.

The irony is that while international civil society may hold or come round to the view that the Sri Lankan state was the equivalent of the Tigers if not worse, in no society anywhere in the world, and especially in the West, would the view be held that when it came to their own country, there was a moral equivalence between a legitimate democratic state and a suicide bombing terrorist enemy. Certainly, this position will never be accepted by the people of Sri Lanka. Still more surreal is the assertion that things are worse today than they have ever been in this country. (‘Realist Modernism in an Age of Kulturkampf’, Asanga Welikala, Groundviews.)

Certainly in several significant respects, this ‘declinist’ perspective is accurate, and I share it. Yet in the most significant respects it is not. What we have is not the peace we want, deserve or could easily enjoy. Yet a post-war present which is not punctuated by school-kids blown up on buses, commuters on trains and political leaders at election meetings, cannot be worse in general or as a whole, than a bloodbath which lasted thirty years.  However culturally claustrophobic the present, it cannot be worse than a past in which the country was sundered and the majority of its citizens terrorised and humiliated. It is that larger existential truth and the failure of the regime’s critics to acknowledge it in order to transcend it that will return Mahinda Rajapaksa to presidential office. Of course President Rajapaksa’s third term will be at least as fraught as President Jayewardene’s second term. Be that as it may, if the silence of the Opposition and the intellectual denial and confusion of the dissident intelligentsia on the defining historic process and event of our lifetime, the war and its outcome, continue, it may entrench the regime, even ushering in a harsher successor and a darker age.

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    Native, you can read it if you like but I am not lol

    But a cursory glance shows that he is still praising the king in hopes of a (diplomatic) crumb !

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      Who cares whether separatists and the terrorists backers and Kallathonis like it or not, but DJ wrote nothing but the truth. Kudos to you DJ.

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        What kind of truth you the blind rat noticed in this writings ?

        Btw, If Kudos are to DJ, right thinking ones would nominate Thisaranee Gunasekara for her fearless writing skills as next candidate for nobel prize for peace.

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          “Can The Anti-Mahinda Camp Think Straight?”

          Asks the crooked thinking Dayan, can you beat that?

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            You can make every effort to burn down DJ using alreeady available heating sources, but none of them would work to destroy him –
            meaning this man focuses something else, but drops down the not even the least of that.: All these are to come how would people react. Then the next article would be based to continue seeking the rest of his agendas. That is the reason why many find his articles are connected with inconsistencies.

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      Dev@,
      I did the same. Many would not even read the first and the last lines.

      How come DJ has achieved the levels of Kelaniya Mervin within shorter period of time ?

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        It is a well-known fact that Mervin and Dayan are birds of the same feather. They call themselves Dr’s and the latter is no rocket scientist!

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          But dont you think that still there are also in opposition JVP for example think it was not right DJ to be thorwn away like a condom. And several radio senders or TV channels interview him back and forth. Why ? I think even if we ourselves call to have good educated appropriate seniors in the country, not many of them join with the govt to share their thoughts and minds impartially. THis was not the case while CBK was in power. There were a large number of educated srilankens from out of the country joined the govt. Great late LKadirgamar joined lanken politics not through elections.

          This situation is being abused by Dayana Jayathilaka. He there feels that he is ONE of the least able men that the nation could rely on. His articulartions pass the view most of the time. Actually there are lot more personalities that could help SL regime from outside world. I think Mahinda Rajapakshe doe snot know how to work with them… and Jayanth Dhanapala could be more proactive for lanken politics, but many like him to keep away from lanken active politics is really not wise.

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        Sirimal

        “How come DJ has achieved the levels of Kelaniya Mervin within shorter period of time ?”

        It took 25 years for his fans to realise how intellectually banal this man is. Never mind.

        A man asks Dayan:

        I heard you have been depressed lately. Is it true?

        Dayan says:

        Yes sort of …. maybe not in the clinical sense that is.

        Being alone with your own thoughts creates an ever increasing echo. its end up being unbearable. Sometimes I could really use a friendly hand to pull me from my own abyss.

        Modified for the purpose of serene joy from:

        Intellectually Banal
        by Gabriel Mihalache

        http://ibanal.comicgenesis.com/

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      Dev

      My Elders tell me EPRLF won the 1988 North East Provincial Council elections by a large scale ballot rigging. Stuffed ballot boxes were ready even a week before the elections day. The IPKF was occupying the land.

      Remember Dayan was elected/nominated (not sure which method helped Dayan to become a Councilor) and was being appointed as minister.

      Now could he write something about the history of ballot rigging in his days. I am dying to learn and update my little history box.

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        Hi native Vedda
        U Bark, shout And Scream about this Castro loving so called Dr Dayan..but never answer u why? may I am bit noisy…

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          It is the typical nature of socalled self proclaimed analysts.

          As common parlance ” thalagoya cabara wenawa e ayage wasiyata”. – they turn iguana monitors for their advantage. Number 01 example for all the kind is Dayan Silva (Jayathilaka). Anyone who want more can go for an achive check.

          What is essential seem to have no place in his MR loving Castro loving Latin america loving mental asylums. This is kind of a new form of neuro syndromes.

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          J.muthu

          “this Castro loving so called Dr Dayan”

          Dayan loves himself through Castro, he is not in love with Castro.

          “U Bark, shout And Scream”

          Do I do that? I am sorry.

          Next time around, let me shout, scream and then bark. Thanks for reminding me.

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      Dayan Jayatilleka –

      Can The Anti-Mahinda Camp Think Straight?

      Can The Paras Think Straight?

      Are you talking about paras? I mean-para Sinhala?

      A great pastime, with bodies lying everywhere…

      O Para Para Paradise

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      I have the feeling that MaRa spoke in both ends.
      And that is the reason why he reached to standstill in terms of the peace process.
      Keeping one end with him, may be he has appointed to use the other end (posterior) through DJ – that is the reason why DJ always come with this kind of articles, in which none of us find nothing but supportive views to MaRa. Anyway, this cant last that long as his DJ#s Geneva post also held not long – and recalling MR#s one and only interview given to a foreign press during last 5years – so called ALJASEERA interview he made it very clear DJ now works for a powerful NGO. Following day itself DJ met with man and since then he has been entwined to MR. I REALLY DONT KNOW WHY…. does anybody know HOW THIS MR Chamelion became CLOSE to MR even after DJ was thrown away as the USE condom years ago ?

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    Dev

    You know me I love to read the comments.

    “(diplomatic) crumb !”

    Crimea, Iraq,Mosul, Afghanistan,Waziristan, Arctic, Antarctic, Parallel Universe, …… Boko Haram, Southern Sudan, Scotland,

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      Have you considered a more likely danger: NPC Governorship ?

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    @Dev,
    Exactly my feeling are the same except Native’s reading part.

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    DJ

    I must admit that MARA is a shrewd politician. He showed the world that he is for devolution by conducting the PC elections. No external pressure for him to do it. In his crooked mind he knew the toothless/powerless PC cannot function with any authority. By appointing military Governors and his stooges as Chief Secretaries he was (is) able to control the Chief ministers (someone recently said the Urban Council’s have more authority than the PCs)

    It is sad to see some educated crowd with the same crooked mind and with the same shrewdness is still backing him up for mere personal gains. They are still not thinking straight. For them there is no difference between 4% and 25%. For them there is no difference between 0 casualty and 40000 dead. For them there is no difference between innocents and terrorists.

    Its all going to come to a conclusion very soon. Two things will change:
    (a) Whether you like it or not there will be an independant international investigation which will make many people to think straight.
    (b) recent conference on Rape and Violence against women in Conflict will definitely bring people to see the true picture of Sri Lanka too. No one in the thrones can say I wasnt aware of these things happened in my country. They will have to face the justice. Travel embargo/freezing assets will be on the cards.

    Only place MAra and co (including DJ) can visit for holiday will be China/Iran/Zimbabwe/N. Korea and it will be non-stop flights.

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      Everyone with sanity mind would agree with you. No doubt about that.
      This hypocratic creature who was found pants down in late 80ties should be the one who should know it better about the realities of the politics played by ill fated buggers. To attack RW – I really dont know for what reason, DJ would even [Edited out] of Rajanos being on repeated mode. As you articulated above clearly, it is only for this personal gains. This bugger has become a laughing stock to this day. More he brings this kinds of article, worst it will be for him.

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    Not sure Dayan, what this is all about. On the eve of the meeting between Modi and Modaya – you were quoted in the Indian newspaper

    “Modi-Mahinda (Rajapaksa) friendship will be the key to all this,” Jayathilaka said. “There are similarities in Modi’s and Mahinda’s political discourses. Both have a nationalist flavour in their political approaches.”

    Guess it has not worked out the way you had thought it would – because you got it wrong. They are both not nationalistic. One is the other is feudalistic, familial and dictatorial.

    So you clearly cannot think straight. Why do you expect others to Think Straight ?

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      As it was the case with every efforts made by MARA sofar, trying get close to MODI will also get backfired is crytal clear to any one with a bird brain.
      Srilanken MODA and India#s Modi are sky and earth like characters. Srilanken Moda (MARA) is born fool not being able to see it beyond his nose interms of the ethic issue. As it is the case for butcher holdres, his tactics worked well for taking the lives of the many- that perhaps had not the least relation to the war but got killed for no reason… all these Karama is what guide MARA future from now on. I have no doubt in my mind, MARA will get isolated in world soon. Now the waterloo of this regime is becoming sharpened.

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    What is wrong with Dr Dayan. He always sacred of MR send always supporting MR in his next term. He is always persmistic about political change and he always says that MR will win next election. But Dr Dayan is blind about reality:
    He has been saying that MR has got vote banks from Sinhalese people because MR won war for them:
    Why Dr Dayan explore about corruption of MR and his family ?
    Why Dr Dayan could not explore the facts of price hiking in all items: and bring out drug dealers out
    Bring all Currptiosn outs

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    Kiri Yakka

    Man you don’t learn do you?

    Dayan is a hardcore Sinhala/Buddhist lion-man in cheap intellectual sheep’s clothing.

    Both covers were blown off many many moons ago.

    He has no friends. Many moons ago the wife asked him to move to a spare room in the attic.

    Poor fellow.

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      Ok Native Veddha, being a Vedda you can judge animals better than I can. But I must confess that I could always see that Sinhala Budhist ( which he is not) tail hanging out of the sheeps clothing.

      But as you and other even less evolved onse can see the aminal in its naked state – tail spotting is no longer an enterating sport for me.

      in future i will rely on the good veddhas jugment on animal spotting.

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        Kirri Yakka

        Thanks

        When you are in self doubt ignore Dayan.

        “in future i will rely on the good veddhas jugment on animal spotting.”

        You are rest assured you won’t spot any tiger or lion in our jungles.

        Its our moral duty to cage them in zoos where they actually belonged to.

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    People would not shed a drop of tears if this UGUDUWA (pole cat) would be harmed by anyone at least in the coming days.
    I am helpless why the bugger goes on defending an alleged war criminals supporting them further. This he should do as one of the former lecturers worked for the building of the youth in the island. If students would raise it as to why DJ thinks that he should further extend his support to MR regime, how would he add his balanced views ?

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      Appologies:
      This he should NOT do as one of the former lecturers worked for the building of the youth in the island. If students would raise it as to why DJ thinks that he should further extend his support to MR regime, how would he add his balanced views ?

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    Hey Dayan,

    Why are u putting all the blames on Powerless Tamils & Hapless opposition instead of the Sinhala regime which holds all the strings ???

    It shows which side u r in considering Sinhala is referred only 3 times while tamils are refereed 9 times in article.

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    .
    I am serious DJ…..go get some help.

    :-)

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    This is called ‘singing for one’s supper…or leftovers’.

    Amendment 13 is not required if the govt in power does the right things by all its people. I have a problem if just the North are given powers the rest of us jokers, do not have.

    I am a normal person. If you have it, I want it too! Whats wrong with that? Just figure out what the hell you are arguing about, and let me know, OK?

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    “Inability to think straight”, very interesting comment. Is it the people who oppose the actions of the Rajapakse regime who are not thinking straight, or is it the regime that is not thinking straight, or is it the stooges – such as you and Rajiva who are not thinking straight?

    Lets start with you Dayan and Rajiva, you both supposed to have been thinking straight, what happened? You both could not do anything constructive to bring about a solution to the minority problem. You both are still trying to suck up to the President even after he has kicked you on your face.

    The problem in Sri Lanka is not a Tamil problem. Its a minority problem. “Think straight” my friend. Minority relates to minorities in every group, may be from the Tamils themselves and Sinhalease themselves. So stop calling the problem and start “thinking straight” and identify the issue as a minority problem.

    What is the point in conducting Northern and Eastern provincial council elections when the rights given to the provincial councils under the constitution are illegally withheld from them? Are you “thinking straight” DJ? The only reason why these two PC elections were held was also due to the international community pressure, not because the President on his own wanted to conduct them.

    Words such as Pragmatic, Dogmatic or even if you coin a new word “Balumatic” does not mean anything if the fundamental reason for the issue is not recognized by the President and so called “straight thinking” pundits like you. The main reason why we have an international inquiry today is because you lied to the UN, GL Peiris lied several times to the International Community, the President lied to India and the other foreign governments and to Sri Lankans, LLRC recommendations are not implemented, Norther Province is under military rule, no law and order in the country and above all there appears to be a silent military coup that has taken place in the country. Further the investigation, although is called Sri Lankan investigation, its is not. Its being conducted to identify only those who have committed war crimes, and its not against the citizens hence not against the country. Are you “thinking straight”?

    Why is the Govt not solely responsible for the issue with TNA on discussions? There have been various bodies that were set up to bring about a solution, what happened to all those bodies and the discussions, absolutely nothing. Why even this week your good friend Rajiva has written about it. If the President can make the biggest change to the constitution which only protected him by bringing about the 18th amendment within a short period of time, why cannot he bring another amendment to solve the issue. He made sure that he can be a life long President. If he could make changes to the constitution for his own benefit why cannot he make changes to the constitution which will benefit more than 25% of Sri Lankans (minorities)? Who is not “thinking straight”?

    Even at this point of time after informing UN that the SL Government will not cooperate, he has referred it to the Parliament (after the announcement), which clearly shows that he himself is not “thinking straight”. This clearly shows that TNA and UNP are correct in not participating in the Parliamentary Select Committee. What happened to the “uththareethara parliament” sologan which the President was brandishing during Chief Justice Shiraniee’s impeachment?

    No Tamil Sri Lankan, other than some of the Diaspora (not all Diaspora) are asking for a separate state. Separate state is not a requirement today. Sambanthan and Sumanthiran have clearly stated this. It has been further confirmed by CM Justice Wigneswaran. Even today where are the LTTE leaders who are living? They are with the Government enjoying a luxury lifestyle while the people in the NOrth and East who got into difficulties because of these LTTE leaders are suffering today. Where is the “straight thinking” here?

    The solution for the President to come out of the present crisis is simple. Dissolve the Parliament appoint a National Caretaker Government where all the political parties participate and let them bring an amendment to the constitution with the assistance of UN. Let there be law and order brought back to the country and let us all live in peace and harmony in a United Sri Lanka. This is “thinking straight”!

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    Rcently JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that there should be a third force to put the country back on track and and now People have started to rally behind JVP.

    People are fed up of both UPFA and UNP governing systems and policies and are now looking for a third force.
    With mega corruptions from top to bottom and with no independent Judiciary, police, election and bribery commissions and with mega human right vioations happening on daily basis and with no independent media, Sri Lanka is at a grave danger of collapsing any time.

    That’s why NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa said if not today, Sri Lanka anyhow will collapse tomorrow and he wanted to prolong it. what he ment was under President Rajapakse, Sri Lanka is heading towards an economic disaster pretty soon.

    Therefore Dr.Dayan’s theory of Sri Lanka collapsing under any other government other than Pres.Rajapakse is not logically correct. In fact Sri Lanka will face immediate economic doom under Rajapakse’s governing in coming months and this could turn into another communal war.

    What people, both Sinhala and Tamil are asking is to live in peace, dignity and a corrupt and thug free society.

    If any party could deiver these to the society, they definitely going to win next elections.

    President Rajapakse cannot win any election through just and democratic means. Bribing opposition party members and voters and using all state appratus including Judiciary, police, election and bribery commissions, media, state resources etc, to win elections cannot justify as impartial and free elections.

    That’s why we need UNHRC inspectors to come to Sri Lanka and to look into all of these corruptions, allegations and thuggeries.

    That’s why president Rajapakse said “Eva Balawa” come and see the truth by your selves.

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    Colombo based and Colombo raised TNA MP Abraham doesn’t want the landless people in the South to be settled even in the East, according to Prof Wijesingha.

    Dr Dayan is finally seems to come around to think like the ordinary punters.

    Govt Lands belong to the whole inhabitant population , whether they be Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim or Bhurger.

    Rajapaksa can’t just hand them over to Politicians to be used as as their private properties.

    This is just one of the sticking points of this “Indian 13 A” which has totally put the Opposition on its back foot for 5 years since Nanthikadal.

    TNA can’t have the cake and eat it too.

    As Dr Dayan said TNA has to pop a reality pill and think and adjust to the aspirations and needs of the majority of the inhabitant population and their generations to come.

    They can’t just cater to their aspirations and the Diaspora needs.

    The great majority of the people have nothing to do with the Diaspora.

    The main Opposition party can not use the cat’s paw to sneak in to the Govt by forcing Rajapksa to hand over the Land and Police powers to the LTTE proxies.

    So it boils down to the TNA and the UNP putting up a joint platform and going to the inhabitants and asking for a mandate.

    Otherwise they will be sitting in the Opposition until natural retirement or a “Egyptian Spring” engineered by the West.

    Ms Pillai’s Police Posse with the Hanging Judge seems to point in the direction of the latter.

    But it is going to be very costly for the inhabitants as well as the Opposition,if the latter chooses to go along with the West.

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    Lost touch with reality = Psychosis = Dayan/MR/GR/WW/CR/GLP etc.

    There cann’t be a meaningful Dialogue with psychotic people.

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    DJ (spin-doctor) was stripped naked and had to run in circles around (could not run straight) the brushers for safety at Lalith Athulathmudali’s funeral at the Colombo cemetery by some angry mourners who manhandled him when Dayan went on a spy mission for the Premadasa government. Dayan was a Director, Conflict Studies, Institute of Policy Studies (1990-94), functioning as Advisor/Consultant to President Premadasa (1989-93), now a leading spin-doctor for Rajapaksa regime

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    What TNA and other extremist Tamils are doing inadvertently driving Tamils in NP out of that region. Tamils in the NP have been seeking a solution to their perceived problems but, TNA plus the extremist Tamils are withholding progress. Soon they will find the remaining Tamils a minority in the NP and, have fully integrated with the rest of the nation.

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    All this b.s by DJ is to cover up the fact that the governors of NP & EP have been instructed by the President not to allow the two PCs to function democratically,so as to benefit the peoples living in the two regions,but allow an “army rule” to all intents and purposes.

    What happens the other seven PCs does not happen in the NPC and EPC.

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    Dayan is utter confused. Now, I really wonder if this guy can think and act straight.

    First let me ask q question. Why the self-determination to the Tamils is so bad for Dhayan? After all Dhayan(after cheating for 65 years)has given the Tamils all the political rights, economical freedom …in his dream, whatever the Tamils wanted to live together with Sinhalese. If they give the Self Determination to Tamils how will that kill and wipe out all the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka? Will Dhayan explain to me, after England, France, Germany Italy, Poland.. … killing each other in the second world war, now, why they have formed a Union? Why the Self Determination, between Tamils and Sinhalese, in case if they ended up in division, will not come back as a Union? The truth is, the Mahavamsa Modayas, to eat free rice, wanted upcountry Tamils, even after disenfranchise them. It is the same way they need North-East Tamils. But, on the others side, they know that there won’t be any benefits for Tamils to live with Sinhalese, so they would use the self-determination and go alone. Who in whole Mahavamsa Modaya world would like to tie them up in King Gamunu’s anarchy, just because Dhayan like to keep him on his head and dance? To hide that sense, Dhayan is taking about the dream right that the Tamils are going to get.

    The 13th Amendment was written in way not to work out for implementation. JR did that to fool the politically novice Rajiv. This has been repeatedly written all over and over everywhere from the day S. Nadesan published his “Thirteenth Amendment to Sri Lanka Constitution –
    – Devolution or Comic Opera”-1988.
    > Now Dhayan trying to claim King is the only one ever attempted to implement this Comical Drama. But, shamelessly he is saying that someone may say it is because of external pressure (it is not like the way Dhayan trying to cover up as external pressure- It was only Sonia Congress was there). Is Dhayan doing know that the King has appointed PSC to abolish the 13th Amendment or not? Sonia Congress, after Krishna openly said that Tamils can take only whatever the Sinhalese willing to offer, why did they wanted Lanka to conduct the election? 2012 march the American resolution was about to bring the International Independent Inquiry. Sonia Congress, who was seeing the PSC was formed to abolish 13A, sent Subramanian Swami to America after extracting the election agreement from the King- to save the King and that is how to save its face from PSC.

    JR pretended like implementing the 13th Amendment. That time he kept the north and east was merged. Dhayan was part of that RAW’s puppet government. (During that time, he personally saw that the Amendment is worse than a white elephant. Now, he is crying through the nose that by trying to implement the 13th Amendment he lost his masters favors and he has been kicked out of the master’s service- Dhayan is better actor than Gamini Fonseka). In any case, whether Tamils accepts it or not, JR brought it, merged the North and East, Conducted an election, let Dhayan and EPRLF to rule it too. How come that is not visible to Dhayan’ s eye, but the King, who separated the North and East, wanted to conduct an election for East only, conducted it, when TNA participated and won the election, King is not letting the TNA to rule it, looks better ? Further for just suggesting of implementing it, King has fired Dhayan according to Dhayan. When the contrasts are so enormous like mountain and valley, how come Dhayan eyes can see only the valley, not the mountain? It is not that all, The King, though failed on his first attempt to abolish the 13th Amendment, he still having the PSC and his henchmen are still putting up lot of dramas to abolish it. Everybody understand that it will be gone on the first occasion when Modi arrest some Lankan fisher man to retaliate Royal Navy arrests some TN fishermen.

    He is bringing America, USSR, China, Cuba and Vietnam to define a nation. That is the climax of this article. Here I give a prediction. This time he denied the nation status for Tamil by showing this America- Cuba classic example. Tomorrow’s climax will he will be denying the votes to North-East Tamils (not in the way DS denied to upcountry Tamils) because militarily powerful countries like America France, Britain, China and Russia are allowed to have veto and the militarily lost ones Japan and Germany was not allowed in UN-SC, he is going say that the militarily lost Tamils cannot have votes, only Sinhalese can have it.

    Dhayan is asking lot of questions that why TNA did not talk with opposition. Is he suggesting that TNA asked King to abandon the all-party recommendation and wanted a talk with SLFP? In what ground he is expecting that TNA need to talk with JVP or UNP? Is he trying to induce the TNA to have a talk with UNP so that UNP-Ranil can be also easily defeated like Fonseka, who lost last time by taking to TNA? If that is not the case, only other thing I think of is, Dhayan must have created an ocean with the bottles and swimming all night in that all alone. Otherwise how so conveniently he forgot that?

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    DJ,

    About your prediction of a ‘darker age’ – is the only viable proposition given where the Sinhala Buddhist psyche rests today.

    Tamil intransigence that you talk about with regards to failing to recognise that they are better off now than when under the LTTE is arguable. Tamils are still living under the jackboot of the Sri Lankan army and winning the provincial elections by the TNA has not resulted in an iota of dignity being restored. The promise of integration as equal citizens with no discrimination has not eventuated 5 years after the end of war. A universal norm is not something that is understood by the Sri Lankan body politic, either now or before nor in time to come.

    The war for the Sinhala south has ended. But for the ordinary Tamil in the north the war has not ended. They were under the harsh rule of the LTTE before and now under the harsh rule of the Sinhala Army. The ordinary Tamils in the east are not better off either. Those appointed to key government positions are former LTTE war criminals. These war criminals are in collusion with the war criminals within the government. The only civil rule they know is still via the end of a gun.

    You are not far too wrong in surmising that the government in the eyes of the international civil society was the equivalent of the Tigers if not worse.

    As for a viable opposition, I think the starting point should be the removal of that parasite RW.

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    Look at the image of DJ’s face carefully. Note the white patches on his beard. That’s MR’s semen.

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      Are you implying our Meeharaka wanted DJ to give him a ‘[Edited out]’??

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    . Of course the international community has to twist the arms of Mahinda and forced him to hold the elections. It is a ritual Mahinda went through with out his heart and mind agreeing to the holding of the elections. If it is true that Mahinda liberated the Thamils from the clutches (or jaws) of LTTE, why there was no celebration on the streets? When the allied forces marched into Berlin the German people received them with both hands hailing them liberators. Did this happen in the North? In fact the people have soundly voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa in EVERY election held since 2009! Is this not an utter shame Dr. Dayan? Finally for the elucidation of Dr. Dayan and M.A.Sumanasekera the Thamil people were happy under the rule of Prabhakaran and the LTTE. The likes of Dr. Dayan and others should not fall victims of pernicious illusions. If the majority Sinhalese continue to deny a fair share in the government and treated justly with dignity, like the Russians in Crimea they may opt to join India. This is not an empty threat, but a reality. After all Ceylon was once a part of Madras presidency under the British.    For too long the Sinhala – Buddhist hardliners have been dinning into the ears of ordinary Sinhalese people that any form of devolution – District Councils, Regional Councils, and Provincial Councils – will lead to the division of the country. If this is true then countries like Canada, USA. Switzerland, Pakistan, Malaysia would have been broken into pieces by now. There is a growing conviction that federalism enables a nation to have the best of both worlds, those of shared rule and self-rule, co-ordinated national government and diversity, creative experimentation and liberty.  On the other hand in Sri Lanka British designed unitary structure has had catastrophic results that might have been avoided if the Thamil regions had possessed some degree of self-rule under a federal arrangement.
     

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    Judging by the responses…..MR will be the next president of SL after elections…..

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      His astrologer and the computer have both predicted that. No doubt, Hitlerpassa will continue as President of the Banana Republic.

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        No – only his licking astrologers were in that opinion while others were highly critical about his future.

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    Of course not my lord! Only you my lord – and of course your lordships dear consort Gramsci can think straight. In fact between your lordship and the said Gramsci it is clear that only your lordship can even think, let alone think straight. So thank you your worship for so kindly condescending to advise all those who cannot think and cannot think straight. I am sure they will be eternally grateful to your conceited Lordship.

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    First I would like to ask Can you think Straight? Or can you write without being biased. Your writting shows your inner self. I didnt read your article as I dont like your writtings as they are biased.

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    Yes Sir the Opposition is on defensive by hanging on abolishing of Executive Presidency, restoring of Democracy etc etc. Now you see before the Nationalistic ideas came into being in 1956, Sri Lanka’s per Capita income was far ahead of all the countries in the region inclusive of S.Korea and Singapore. We were second only to Japan. Now see all other Asian countries have surpassed us in development we are still lagging behind talking on NAtionalism and making utterances on Anti imperialism.

    The main reason for this is the people do not know what and how to wage the things during an election. SWRD articulated the things in his favour and all left oriented governments did the same thing by inciting nationalism which did not bring any benefit to the country other than bringing disrepute to all of us as a nation.

    I remember once MR said we know how the people vote at elections. So feeding them with nationalism inciting majority against minority, creating a minority phobia, are the main slogans. Thyere are henchmen in civil and saffron to handle and articulate the things in favour of nationalism. At last the Lion share will be born by non other than the Police.

    Until we create a discerning society Sri Lanka will go bad to worst in development is my humble view

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    DJ is sounding more and more like a stuck record. The basis of all his arguments is that the Sinhala majority in Sri Lanka see all of Sri Lanka as their country / land. Thus any claims by the Tamils to be a nation in their own right, with their own territory, culture and history will be rejected and so any such solution is ‘absurd’. Of course during the time of the LTTE such an idea was not ‘absurd’ as the Tamil militants held most of the ground they claimed.
    The Rajapaksas sought and received world support to crush the LTTE in return for a promise to devolve autonomy far being 13A. What they didn’t expect is that the world would hold them to that pledge. The big surprise for Dayan and the Rajapakse’s is that the international community no longer has faith in their pledges to accommodate Tamils within a unitary or 13A minus Sri Lanka. That’s also the reason the stick was used to get Rakapakse to hold the NPC election.
    The International Community now sees 13 Plus / significant autonomy as an acceptable solution and so do some Tamils it seems. DJ’s entire position is based on the ‘unbreakable rock’ that is Sinhala Buddhist ambitions for the island – without their buy in nothing can be done.
    Well, there is news for DJ. There have been extremist hardline majorities in many countries – from the Serbians, to the Indonesians. The world order will no longer accept the will of intransigent hardliners no matter how big a majority they are. Eventually, it was the Serbians themselves who handed over their war criminals to the Hague. The future of the Rajapake’s was sealed the day they choose to ignore international law and massacre over 75,000 people. The future of the Tamils will be autonomy or more – the only people who don’t realise it as DJ and the illiberal world of the absolute sovereignty, majoritarians.
    DJ’s advice to the Rajapakses should be strike a deal on substantial autonomy now or face worse later.

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    Besides being superfluous, the paper has also a mischievous intent in that it seeks to put both the TNA and opposition on the spot. Rajapaksa by no stretch of imagination can be considered having any democratic motive, if at all, especially insofar as the people of the north and the east are concerned. Bensen

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    Ally, I completely agree with you on ‘nationalism’. So question – would it be worth it to have an autonomous or even separate Tamil North and have two nations with no nationalism than have this issue now? After all sometimes it is better to be separate and prosperous than together and arguing and poor? Clearly, even in twp states they would both be liberal. So there would be Tamils in the South and Sinhalese in the North. But the official languages of the South would be Sinhalese (and English) and the official language of the North, Tamil (and English)? Isn’t that a better future?

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    Dr.Dayan always harps on the words “the people of Sri Lanka will not accept………………” When he says the people of Sri Lanka he is certainly and without any ambiguity refers to the Sinhalese. Not the Thamil people. Thamil people are only a minority in comparison to the majority 75% Sinhalese. Anyone who speaks or writes in this manner should be considered as a fascist. The racial policy of Nazi Germany was a set of policies and laws implemented by Nazi Germany, asserting the superiority of the “Aryan race”, and based on a specific racist doctrine which claimed scientific legitimacy. These policies targeted peoples, in particular Jews, as well as Gypsies, homosexuals and handicapped people, ethnic (1) Poles (2) Russians who were labelled as “inferior” in a racial hierarchy. In other words Hitler considered the Germans as a master race. It placed Germans at the top, and ranked Russians, Romani, Serbs, Poles, persons of color and Jews at the bottom. The feeling that Germans were the Aryan Herrenvolk (Aryan master race) was widely spread among the German public through Nazi propaganda and among Nazi officials throughout the ranks. This led to the believe that the lowliest German worker is racially superior to Non-Germans. Dr. Dayan thinking is exactly like that of Hitler. According to him the Sinhalese are the ‘master race’ and therefore they are superior to the minority Thamils. We can see this in practice in the NPC. Although the CM is an elected representative of the people, an ordinary police constable or a soldier considers himself superior to the CM. Last week in Mullaitheevu during a protest by those parents and relatives looking for their disappeared kith and kin, a police constable took out his shirt and his batch and went to assault Suresh Premachandran, MP. The Policeman is not to be blamed since the entire state machinery treats the Thamils as sub humans not worthy of respect or dignity.

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