23 September, 2019

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Chandrika’s Call For Federalism 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

One must thank Chandrika for letting the cat out of the bag. In her recent address to “the national secretariat for national reconciliation” she has called for a federal, semi-secular constitution. I shall bypass the issue of semi-secularism and the role of Buddhism in the Constitution because it has been quite adequately dealt with, not by a Sinhala Buddhist extremist, but precisely by the senior-most member of the Catholic clergy on the island, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. Instead, let’s talk about federalism.

Chandrika’s call for federalism was entirely consistent with her SJV Chelvanayakam memorial lecture in which she identified the political “monopoly” allegedly enjoyed by Sinhalese as the main source of all our conflicts and advocated its dismantling. Obviously federalism is her chosen instrument for such dismantling.

This is also consistent with Chandrika’s political packages of 1995 and 1997 which called for the redefinition of Sri Lanka as a “union of regions”, as well her PTOMS which would have conceded a greater share of power in the North – to the ratio of 3:2–to the Tigers than it would have to the elected Sri Lankan Government (or the Muslims).

Furthermore it is consistent with her agenda disclosed in Washington DC while visiting in the company of Ambassador Dhanapala in support of his UNSG bid, in late 2005 of tilting to Ranil at the upcoming presidential election, tripping up Mahinda, and the proceeding to offer the Tigers “a federal solution”. (I was informed of this the next morning as I was a visiting professor at the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington DC that semester. I promptly pulled up stakes, returned to Sri Lanka and appeared on TV in support of Mahinda’s Presidential bid.)

Just as there are “self-hating Jews”, there are self-hating Sinhalese. Chandrika is a self-hating Sinhalese. She he not paused to think why, after a brief flirtation with federalism in the mid-1920s, her father abandoned the idea in favor of ‘progressive nationalism’ (the name of the first party he formed) and regional autonomy (as in the B-C pact).

Nor has she asked herself why, with the benefit of a two thirds and five sixth majority respectively in the legislature, both her mother Sirimavo and her mother’s rival JR Jayewardene, eschewed federalism and the appeasement of/alliance with the Tamil federalists in favor of the constitutional embedding of the explicitly unitary character of the Sri Lankan state.

Chandrika has not paused to think why, even while under coercive pressure from India and when federalism might have appeased the Tigers, two very contrasting presidents, JR Jayewardene and Ranasinghe Premadasa refused to consider the federal option.

It was certainly not because all of these leaders were Sinhala Buddhist extremists or were cowed by them. All of them were tough leaders who fought civil wars in the South against Sinhala extremists. No, the aversion to federalism was because they all knew that it was a system utterly unsuited to sri Lanka, a system that would weaken the state and make it more vulnerable to external interference; a system that would enhance the centrifugal dangers while weakening the centripetal factors.

These leaders were opposed to federalism also because they wanted a strong, semi-centralized unitary state for purposes of development, and equity through structural reform and social welfare delivery. For instance the 1958 Paddy Lands Act, the 1972 and 1975 land reforms, the Mahaweli scheme, mahapola and Swarnabhoomi, the million Houses scheme, Janasaviya, the free midday meal and free school uniforms, the Presidential task force on land redistribution – all these would have been fraught, delayed or downright impossible under federalism.

But this sort of thinhg never appealed to CBK which is why in her decade long Presidency there isn’t a single piece of landmark social welfare legislation, or progressive structural reform or large scale development. What she did was to allow private foreign companies, including our competitors the Indians, to buy up state plantations—thereby rolling back her mother’s progressive reforms.

If Chandrika thinks that the opposition to federalism springs from Sinhala extremism, then she has to ask herself why the staunchest opponent of federalism and explicit proponent of the imperative of a unitary system from Sri Lanka was the Marxist-Leninist, Dr Colvin R. de Silva. During the 1972 debates on the first Republican Constitution, Dr. de Silva, responding to Mr. SJV Chelvanayakam and the Tamil United Front, drew on his expertise as a historian who had won the first prize in the British Empire for the subject of History. He pointed out that this island has been subject to more than its fair share of incursions due to its location, that most of those incursions were from southern India and were facilitated by the internal political fragmentation on the island, and therefore, Sri Lankan, in order to safeguard its independence, territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity, mandatorily required a unitary form of state and could not afford a federal system.

In order to get rid of the notion that there are only Sinhala extremist arguments against federalism, Chandrika should also acquaint herself with the determined rejection of federalism by Marx and Engels when the leader of the Anarchists, Mikhail Bakunin, advocated it within the First International, as well as Lenin’s angry rejection of federalism to the point that he preferred a peripheral unit to secede (“go to the devil and secede!”) rather than turn the whole state federal in character.

Given the position of responsibility she currently holds, it would be useful for Chandrika to expand her political literacy and familiarize herself with Lord Soulbury’s sympathetic advice to embittered Tamil nationalist C. Sundaralingam. Lord Soulbury advised the latter to support the UNP in parliament and adopt the strategy of the Irish, but to drop the idea of federalism or an autonomous Tamil state.

…I now wish that that I had recommended a human rights clause as in the constitution of India – and elsewhere. But I do not believe that other federation or an autonomous Tamil State will work. Federation is cumbersome and difficult to operate – and an autonomous Tamil State would not be viable.” (Soulbury to Sundaralingam, April 1964)

Someone simply must tell Chandrika that it isn’t nice to emit large fibs in public. In her recent speech on federalism she characterizes South Africa as federal and commends it as an example. However, even an undergraduate knows that not only is South Africa NOT federal, none other than Nelson Mandela, participating in the discussions on the new Constitution, emphatically rejected federalism (as had the legendary head of the South African Communist Party Joe Slovo, since 1988). It was the displaced, privileged white minority and its allies in Kwazulu and the Bantu homelands, who advocated federalism -and Mandela’s ANC which rejected it.

So, if one is to agree with Chandrika’s advocacy of a federal Constitution for Sri Lanka, one would have to believe that she knows and cares more than SWRD and Sirimavo Bandaranaike, JR Jayewardene, Ranasinghe Premadasa, and Lord Soulbury, and is intellectually better endowed than Marx, Engels, Lenin, Joe Slovo and Nelson Mandela. It is possible that this is indeed what she sees when she looks in the mirror each morning and asks “mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the smartest of them all?” But is this what we think of her? And are we willing to throw out all the collective aversion to federalism of these stellar minds, and go along with CBK instead? I know I’m not.

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  • 30
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    ‘Pot calling the kettle black’
    Did not Dayan demand Eelam being an active member of an Eelam group. Bloody humbug he thinks he can hide his dirty past by overplaying his act. Get lost you rubble rouser.

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      This man is depitakatuwa of number one.

      Right at the moment, most abusive Rajakashe extremists are like a cobra got hurt by the rival – not being able to see return to power.
      Rajakashes are well aware of the facts that the bunch surrounded by him are crooks and the probablity them of becoming prisoners for all the high profile fund grabs and various accusations being levelled at them , and CBK, Mr Sirisena and RW are becoming more powerful and earning more respect than fomre Rajakashes and their dynasty politics.
      However, Rajakashes cant get on with CBK or anyone that would not bend head to them. CBK is said to be the key archtect in planning the last election against MR et al…. they are even so poisonous against her. If they can eat out of her as a rabid dogs, they would do it on broad day light.

      Dayan and other men who are clever at bringing parties even apart for their various pervert fantasies, or stay in lanken spotlight unless otherwise, will have no oxygeon to continue their devious agendas, make every effort to bring the nation even more devided by writing this way.

      Devil is no black as appeared to be, Dayan DeSilva has always been doing his job no second to Udaya Gonthidipila of the day – to be able to be the middle point of the discussions.

      I personally, believe youth of the day would never respect Daya or the like since their efforts are becoming clear to them than to the gulliable, vulnerable easy targets of the country.

      It is public secret that nearly 1MIO youth consumers of SOCIAL MEDIA in the country was one another crucial part to make the change reality sending Mahinda go home on the 08th Jan 2015.

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        Yes, he is like the knife both sides being sharpened by his tthe kind of thoughts.

        I guess, 40% would respect the thoughts of the kind…

        WHILE 60% would disgree…. since vote eligible people have heads than appeared to be.

        TOday, most that expeirenced the 30 year war would not stay like Dayan or Buruwanse, they would like to see – what can be so bad … if devolution power would be given to the regions. As is the case in Germany bavaria and NRW. Depending their composition of the elected MPs/MINISTERs to the regions, they can govern but under an central govt for crucial issues.

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    All educated men and women will see there is no other system than federalism could help lanken long standing ethinic problem. We dont need to call it as a federal state, but devolution power is a must considering the domination of the folks in particular regions. That cant lead to any kind of country partitions or the like as is the perception of the stupid extremists such as DayanSilva, Wimal Buruwas and Gonthadipila (nations headache). Now please dont paint the picture that way putting it on CBK.

    Talk to diplomats known to you Mr Silva, then you would get it better, dont listen to barbaric Rajakashes or any other extremist fractions in the country. Now having listend to Dr Dewasiri or few others on the national TV, I feel, some fractions tolerate more towards power devolution than had been few years ago. President s recent address contained this word ” we invite all srilankens to get up and join together as one nation”. Why should the race, religion, or whatever be a problem if we are born srilankens. We all srilankens should be treated with the same spoon – LET ALONE after 30 long years of war which took the innocient lives than any one else.

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      You may be right.

      Those who create new forms of racial waves as it is the case with Wimal Weerawanse and Udaya Gonthadipila should be subjected to life long imprisonment for one single reason – their thoughts and provocations undoubtedly contribute more to divisions than healing the wounds of both paties. We need to bring new laws to lanken constitution, to go against anyone regardless of race relgion colour or anything those who make any effort to bring us the nation apart than working for sustainable peace.

      Like Italy and few others states in Europe are against some racial wording to be used in addressing some folks – we need to make new laws against anyone that react racial to be punished with long year imprisonment.

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        Those who create new forms of racial waves as it is the case with Wimal Weerawanse and Udaya Gonthadipila should be subjected to life long imprisonment for one single reason and support Wigneswaran and INGOs.

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      WHY DO I OPPOSE DEVOLUTION OF POWER FOR TAMILS? EVOLUTION WILL LEAD TO DEVOLUTION, HOWEVER I HAVEN’T SEEN AN EVOLVED TAMIL LEADER.
      Do you see evolution in Tamils who conducted the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for more than three decades? Do you see evolution in Tamils who assassinated far more leaders and intellectuals than any other terrorist organization in the world? The answer is no; therefore, forget about devolution of power for Tamils. Don’t even think about federalism. Tamils are still under the firm grip of foreign powers which transformed young Tamils as ruthless terrorists in the world. Tamils are still faithful to foreign powers. Therefore, giving power to Tamils is giving power to foreign powers. If we give power to Tamils surely we will lose our trump card as a country located in the strategic location of the Indian Ocean.

      The Tamil leaders are not smart enough to find a solution. Therefore, Tamils won’t find a solution. It doesn’t matter whether Tamils cry to Indians or the Westerners; there won’t be a solution. You will get zero answer; if you multiply anything by zero. Likewise, Tamils will get zero results, if they continue to multiply their votes to elect foolish leaders. Tamils won’t go anywhere by avoiding smart Tamils; they will continue to go backward. Tamils have achieved nothing by conducting the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for three decades with the help of the foreign powers. Tamil leaders don’t learn, but blindly follow the foreign powers. Therefore, Tamil leaders need to be watched and guided carefully; instead of sharing power with them.

      TAMILS HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO FIND A SOLUTION LONG TIME AGO
      Sri Lankan Tamils’ problem was sorted long time ago, but the Tamil leaders weren’t smart enough to accept it. Tamil leaders always end up in wrong side, and look for ways to create disasters not solutions. When G G Ponnambalam was the leader Sinhalese generously agreed for 40:60 solution even though Tamils’ population wasn’t 40% at that time. But Tamil leaders rejected it. Later on decided to take arms from New Delhi to kill their fellow countrymen. Then the second opportunity came through Indo-Lanka agreement. Again Tamil leaders rejected the good offer, but decided to listen to the West, and turned their guns towards their fellow Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese and Indians.

      If Tamil leaders have little brain, little love for their motherland and people they would have found a solution long time ago. Tamil leaders are the least when it comes to honoring smart people. Tamils don’t know the value of unity, the foreign powers can do wonders among Tamils because of their divisions. Jealousy is eating Tamils. Tamils would do anything to undermine their fellow Tamils, even if they have to join with foreign powers. I have been living in Jaffna since last August. I have been to many public events. Indian High Commission and the Westerners are the VIPs for those events, but not smart Tamils or Sinhalese. Therefore, sharing power with Tamils is sharing power with foreign powers; this will lead to disaster. Literally the government has to be on its knees to please the foreign powers; if it shares power with Tamil leaders.

      DANGEROUS CREATURES OF ASIA
      Tamil leaders talk a lot about democracy and human rights, but they hardly value democracy or human rights. Where were those Tamil leaders, including the diaspora leaders, the Western leaders, especially the UN leaders when the Tamil armed groups were mercilessly gunned down each other group members; and assassinating political leaders and intellectuals far more than any other terrorist groups in the world? Tamil leaders do not act as they live among the 21st century humanity. Last forty years Tamils have avoided smart Tamils and gone backward. Generally speaking, Tamils can’t handle smart Tamils. This is why they have ended up in this sad status even though Tamils are five times in population in the world than Sinhalese. I have found that changing Tamil leaders’ useless ideology is like straightening a dog’s tail.

      It is not that easy to make the following statements as a Tamil, but I would like to be honest with myself and others. Sri Lankan Tamils are the most dangerous creatures in Asia. They are the least when it comes to valuing democracy, human rights or unity. Tamil leaders just blindly support foreign powers for their own benefits. They do dirty politics for their own perks and benefits. That is why Tamils have nothing after thirty years of brutal war. Therefore, I have urged the Sinhalese leaders and the other Asian leaders to watch diaspora and Sri Lankan Tamil leaders’ moves carefully. Because, Tamil leaders have the ability to destroy Sri Lanka and South Asia, as they have done for the last three decades. The West has an intention to use Sri Lankan Tamils to dominate the Indian Ocean and South Asia; as it has been using the Jews to dominate the Middle East.

      Chandrika must assess her own political knowledge; before making any political suggestion. In fact, all the South Asian leaders must assess their own political knowledge; and compare with the Western, Japanese, Chinese, and Singaporean leaders. If the South Asian leaders really know where they are; compare to the talented world leaders they would not say a word. Most of the South Asian leaders seem wiser when they say nothing at all. If the South Asian leaders want to say something, ask them to say why South Asia could not get a gold medal in Rio and in London Olympic games. South Asia has almost two billion people; but it can only get a gold medal for breeding like rabbits and reproducing foolish generation. Thanks to leaders like Chandrika, because those leaders never given a reason or value for reproducing.

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        Anthony;

        tell us the alternatives – just being opposed to federal or any thingnear to that is the only wayout.

        You talk about CBK s knowledge but you dont know the least about federal state means.

        We are REALLY sad to see you are still holiding the voice of the nation.

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          Do you really want an alternative way? Acknowledge smart Tamils. During the last three decades, you have eliminated intelligent Tamil leaders, but became puppets of the foreign powers. You need to reverse this disaster. You must create a decent Think-Tank for Tamils, so the local Tamils politicians[Indian puppets] and diaspora leaders[Western puppets] would listen and make intelligent decisions for Tamils, Sinhalese and for South Asia. I have been living in Jaffna for the last 12 months. Uduvil Girls’ College is a perfect example for Tamils’ collapsed leadership and management skills. Thirty years of brutal civil war made Tamils bankrupt in leadership and management skills.

          At this stage we can’t think about the devolution of power; if do, it will be a suicidal move. Sri Lankan Tamils don’t understand the value of unity even after their long suffering for more than three decades. This is really sad news not only for Tamils, but for Muslims and Sinhalese too. Therefore, I believe that Tamils need to be educated the value of unity from primary school children to political leaders before thinking about devolution of power. The government must take steps to create a new knowledgeable Tamil generation; otherwise it will comeback and haunt the whole nation. If the government shares power now with Tamils; it will be like giving bunch of flowers to monkeys.

          • 5
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            Smart Tamil = Antany Peter!

            This guy is full of himself! Beating your own drum it getting louder and louder

          • 8
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            Antany Peter

            ” The government must take steps to create a new knowledgeable Tamil generation;”

            You have valid point.

            Can you import a few knowledgeble Tamils from South India or can you ask the government to convert a few Sinhalese into knowledgeble Tamils?

            By the way how do you start creating a new knowledgeable Tamil generation when Sinhalese themselves are looking for “educated” people?
            The Sinhalese know they are stupid. Tamils won’t accept they simply stupid.

            Does it matter which section of stupids rule this island?

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        Anthony you are real pissu, take your medication regularly.Your friends i know really worrying about you fool….

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          He has got his gene maniulated for noones favour having lived on the west as he reiterated.

          He is very negative when it goes about reintegations of lanken communities or power devolutions or whatever.

          You are very right asking him to have a therapy.

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      AS – It is a well defined comment of yours on a live and let live policy but 8 people(so far) have given negative points. This shows
      the arrogant mentality and less understanding power of the majority people. British believed in divide and rule policy but our majority believe in ‘ruled and the ruler policy’. They want to rule over the
      minorities and not share powers.Devolution of power sharing will not only solve the ethnic problem but also move the country forward.

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    [Edited out]

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    The question to this learned racist fundamentalist is: Why he accepted a ministerial post in the merged North East Provincial Government administration?
    Where was he when Chandrika put forward her proposals in 1990s?

    He confirmed that the Sinhala leadership colonization schemes since independence was to change the demography in the East.He also confirmed that riots against Tamils are planned by Sinhala leadership to eliminate Tamils or change the demography in the North East.

    The question is that whether the Sinhala leadership planning another episode of 1983/2009?

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      Like an DemeNcia patient would do, his has no means consistent over the years. If you have the chance please study his archives of articles. Alone to CT forum he has added inconsistent articles. FOr him to go aginst CBK and RW is more important than discussing on today problems in our society -not being able to come to common view on the long standing ethinic issue.

      If RULING president would call him tomorrow, he will stop attacking CBK or RW for his next post. This has been the cheap culture of the man – if his father woudl have been alive, he would have to face various collapses beiing unable to his offspring behaves. We the nation are even more patient than his late father.

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      @ Ajit

      Bravo

      Episode 1983 n 2009 ???

      Then there will be episode LTTE-2….

      Cheers

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        and then Nandikanal episode 2 to end the problem forever.

        Cheers

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          Sorry next time there won’t be help from 34 countries and chemical weapons from poverty India …so imagine what will happen in Nandikadal for Sinhala card board army …..

          LTTE-2 will copy what Sinhala card board army did to their kith and kin …and follow..preciously .

          it was a fake ..artificial..borrowed victory …and Modayas still reluctant to issue death certificate for Prabaharan `s death ..why ?

          Who cares morays dance for free liquor .

          Show is not over .

          cheers

  • 11
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    With all respect to YOU Dayan.

    You as a student or diplomat SHOULD have had the chance to live in Europe. Above all in Switzerland. There you should have the chance to study Swiss system better than anyone else MAY have done. In Switzerland, even Bezirks are made powerful enough to administer according to their own agendas but not forgetting central govt is still controlling crucial areas. Why cant you LET alone today see it right only wayout ot the lanken problem is federal or any other solution near to that. WE DONT EVEN need to CALL IT FEDRALISM but strenghtheing the teeth of already introduced PCs, we can do lot more for the benefit of all. Just being devided, being supportive to extremist of various kind, you can only waste time further.

    In four Swiss cantons, French is the sole official language: Geneva, Vaud, Neuchâtel, and Jura. There are three cantons where French and German have co-official status: Bern, Fribourg and Valais.

    The Swiss Federal Constitution limits federal influence in the formulation of domestic policy and emphasizes the roles of private enterprise and cantonal government. However, in more recent times the powers of the Confederation have increased with regard to education, agriculture, health, energy, the environment, organized crime, and narcotics.[citation neede

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      Desperate L

      If we were like Swiss we would not be dealing with the most barbarous terrorists the world has seen.

      Soma

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        soma,

        If you were like Swiss, there would not have been a rebellion from the Tamils in the first place. You have got the chronology wrong!

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          Proves that Swis model does not apply here

          Soma

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            soma,

            It proves that you have no clue!

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      Desperate Sri lankan:

      The Swiss Federal Constitution limits federal influence in the formulation of domestic policy and emphasizes the roles of private enterprise and cantonal government.

      As other Tamils do, you also go to Swiss and settle there. Money is good, you are living overseas.

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      Desperate Lanken,

      With all due respect,

      In Switzerland, Federalism works because the German, French and the Italian sides still consider Switzerland their homeland. Same case in the US where all 50 states identify with the US as their country.
      Still, the same in Canada except Quebec which has been trying every 5 years to secede. Why has Quebec not seceded yet? Simply because the majority of people in Quebec identify with Canada as their homeland.
      Even Scotland still identifies with the Queen.
      Which brings us to Tamils in Sri Lanka. They have NEVER identified themselves with Sri Lanka but have always identified with India. So, if a Federation is granted, they will secede at the first opportunity(in 5 years after the formation of the federation).
      So, allowing a Federal set up is akin to separation. If the Tamils cannot integrate in Sri Lanka without a separate Federal set up, then its time for them to go back to their identified Motherland, India.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka, the Sinhala Buddhist demagogue, brings all kinds of arguments to support his premise that Sri Lanka does not need federal system.

    In history, ideologues have cunningly used reasons to support their biased ideas. These include communists, capitalists, and other religious dogmatists.

    As for Soulbury’s constitution, does he know that Lord Soulsbury in his death bed confessed that he made a grave mistake not leaving Ceylon with a federal system after coming to know about state-sponsored periodic pogroms against Tamils?

    Come on Dayan, people are not fools in this age to believe your so-called educated, but cock-eyed analysis. Your arguments don’t hold water.

    You are a pure and simple Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian supremacist – that’s all!

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    Dayan

    I have not read a single sentence in your article “why Federalism is not the right solution”

    your article as usual is all about “I” and “name droppings”

    you argument is Federalism not the right solution because it was the idea of SJV and QC Suntharalingam.

    Lord Soulbury if he is living now would advocate Federalism.

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      Rajash,

      today, there are Wimal Buruwanse and Udaya Gonthadipila to do the job in Sinhala

      while this self proclaimed analyst to do it in English.

      Even today after 30 long years of war – we still fight against the sinhala extremists than anything else.

      Lately, some historians added we cant find a solution to the problem easily so long people are still not to that level to get it really…

      Devolution of power is for them the majority Partitioning the country

      Fedearlism is for them – making ways to partitioning the country.

      Like many feel psychologists are the psychitrists… not knowing it correctly, they just mix it up and make pickle of it – Dayan, Wimal, Udaya are all have much in common – they make every effort to keep the wound not allowing it to seek any healing process. These men are born with all the malice, hatreds, lack of kindness and heartedness.

      Before long, there will be some movements will surely be built in the country against these men

      1) Anti Dayan Movment
      2) Anti Buruwanse Movement
      3) Anti Udaya Gonthadipila Movement

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      Rajash

      What will be the status of Tamils in Sinhala a areas who are presently being subjected to extreme discrimination by the Sinhalese?

      Soma

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        no different to now

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    Only a totally jobless nit will actually bother with what CBK says.

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    What cannot be achieved by the bullet can certainly be achieved by the ballot via a smoke screen aka Sirisena

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    DJ hurls a bad insult at all Sinahalese by calling the satellite a self-hating “Sinhalese”

    The Bandaranaikes are not true Sinhalese. Their earliest known ancestor is a South Indian called Nilaperumal (Kalukapuge) who came to the Kandy palace as a horoscope reader.

    Their ancestry is known only since the early 1600s when they started kow-towing to the Dutch. They took their names and religion. Since then they have been inbreeding with the De Liveras, De Alwis, Illangakoon a, Dias Abeysinhe and few such Karawe families.

    Their links to the Sinhala Buddhist race is thus very tenuous and Satellites views and behaviour show it.

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    I was not privileged enough to be at the Lord Solbury’s death bed. Those who were no doubt are his close relatives. Good on them. I’m not as smart as this fellow Jayathilaka as well. But all I want to know is what’s in it for the Sinhala Buddhist ahinsaka buwa? How can it be guaranteed that it doesn’t lead to two states which will inevitably at war with each other forever. Mind you when that kind of crap happens, it is the Sinhala Buddhist Bayya’s sons and daughters are the first to become cannon fodder. Think about that.

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      Nuwan, this is precisely the reason why I am opposed to federalism or any kind of devolution. It certainly will lead to unimaginable bloodshed. Besides, right from the beginning a federal Sri Lanka will need enormous military resources to maintain it federal.

      Soma

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    To the credit of Chandrika it must be said that she is the only Sinhala leader who had come forward to grant the reasonable demands of the Tamils. Her proposal for Regional Councils was the best solution that had come out from a Sinhala leader in the past sixty years. But unfortunately it was scuttled because of the opposition from Ranil’s UNP. Sampanthan & company too fearing the Tigers failed to support her in her bid to take forward her proposal.

    In the past sixty years, from time to time moderate Tamil leaders believed that one Sinhala leader or another will find for them an acceptable solution and in that belief entered into either open or secret agreements. The latest is the agreement Sampanthan had with Sirisena and Ranil. Perhaps on the basis of this secret agreement or understanding Sampanthan promised the Tamils that there will be a solution to their problem before the end of 2016. Only another three more months are left for the year 2016 to end and there is no way that Sampanthan could keep this promise he made to the Tamil people at the last General election. It is going to be another empty promise by a Tamil leader to his people.

    Sampanthan and other TNA leaders have been boasting that it was the support of the Tamils that enabled Sirisena to become the President on 8th January 2015. But, neither President Sirisena nor Ranil are in a position to do anything for the Tamils. Time and again moderate Tamil leaders have failed to deliver. It was this very fact that made the Tamil youths to take up arms. Prabaharan had two golden opportunities to achieve for Tamils what the moderate Tamil leaders failed to deliver. Unfortunately he did not seize the opportunities when first the Indians and later the Norwegians came forward to find a solution within a united Sri Lanka. He spurned these opportunities and let down the Tamils when he foolishly pursued a military solution and wanted nothing but Eelam. Thus ended the best hope the Tamils had in the past sixty years. Now Tamils are a defeated people and no Sinhala leader is prepared to give at least some more powers to the provincial councils.

    The proposed new constitution will further entrench the views of the Sinhala supremacists like this guy Dayan and voices of sympathetic leaders like Chandrika will be drowned. Nothing tangible for the Tamils will come out of the proposed new constitution.

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    How can you fit Nine Federal States into Twenty five thousand square kilometres.

    No wonder Whiskey Madam had to go to France to get a degree.

    Any way Madam is a bitter woman.

    She is consumed by the hatred and anger for being chased out from the Presidency by a Dalit from the South.

    And she couldn’t careless what happens to the Sinhala Buddhists now, because she has abandoned Srilanka alltogther, with her two children , who couldn’t make the cut.to perpetuate family rule over the Sinhala Budhist Dalits.

    Now she wants to give Velalla mates what they couldn’t get from her parents or uncle.

    If Vellalas get a Federal State , Wahabis will have to get one too.

    Then the rest, the 70 percent of the inhabitant population will have to live in less tan two thirds of the Land , sharing it with the Tamils whom Vellalas reject.

    (Reference Vellala CM’s submission to Batalanada Ranil’s CC).

    There is no problem as long as our Dalits who are the great majority get a fair go in their Federal state.

    Can they get a fair share with Batalanada Ranil and Bodhi Sira’s unholy alliance in charge?.

    If it happens there will be no option but we will have to do a French revolution. Or even a Bolshevik’s one.

    But then who is there now?.

    JVP is in Batalanda’s Right pocket .. JHU is in the left pocket. Malwattu Mahanayaka is in Ranil’s front pocket.Not that the last one cares about the Dalits.

    May be Dayan should take the lead here and pick up a few talented youth and mould them in to a proper Dalit Party, which can get a fair share for our Dalits in the Sinhala Buddhist Federal State.

    Otherwise Vellalas in the Federal State of Tamil Eeelam will gobble up the South, with the Diaspora dosh to annex it as well, and keep the Elite and Anglicans rule for ever.

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      You don’t need 9. Two or three is enough.

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      “If Vellalas get a Federal State , Wahabis will have to get one too.”

      Good point. Wahhabis are already asking for Shariah in UK and France. They don’t practice birth control, they breed like rabbits; 5 or 6 children per family. If we gave them the East, they would become the majority in 20 or 30 years. Then do the jihad in the North and go after the South. 90-year Batalanda will be there to do peace talks with the cane and coconut.

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    people should not wary about what CBK says as she is not even represent the parliament. She may have her own views. But what Dayan says here is totally unacceptable and crap due to his lack of credibility and extremist ideology.

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    Dayan, Chandrika is a better politician than you. You wanted to create a separate state when you were the political adviser to the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council. How come you now accuse Chandrika? Her suggestion or to put it correct her view is much better than yours. You were kicked out by MP Mahinda Rajapakse when he was the President and now without any shame you are now hanging on to his “sarong pote”. The so called political “puss pundits” like you are the reason why we have so much of issues in Sri Lanka. Chandrika is living in an era where we all Sri Lankans have to face numerous issues because of the decisions and suggestions made by SWRD, Sirimavo, JR, Premadasa, Lord Soulbury, and not to forget the destruction of law and order by MP Mahinda as President. In their times dynamics were different and today its different. A “puss pundit” and your leader MP Mahinda will never understand this concept as you both are inferior to Chandrika. We have not forgotten the lies you told at the UN as well.

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      Park, exactly what I thought to add contain in yours.

      DJ was rejected by MR – but for some reasons he went after him again and again but his efforts or that of others were not accepted by Rajakashes men towards the end of 2014.
      DJ s cry I cant get at all.. he has been against CBK, SWRD and all, but not against all known abusive king of the nation of recent years – is MR, but he still licks his balls as no other would do. Why ? Anyone with a brain would just notice that MR nature is no means a fit to lanken politics.
      Even today MR is making every statements being on a temple premises to outreach masses. That alone is a highprofile crime.

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    There is nothing wrong in CBK or Sambandan proposing a federal solution to Sri Lanka. As we know, what Wigneswaran proposing is not a federal system but a loose confederation. If I understand correctly, Sambandan asks for full federalism. When one listens to CBK’s speech carefully, it is clear that she was using the term ‘federal’ but talking mainly on devolution. That is one reason why she was saying the South African system federal or India devolution. South Africa is a system of devolution bordering on federalism.

    Federalism is not a single model. Today, devolution is a more popular term and a process when a system moves from a unitary state towards ‘awarding agreeable powers to regional units’ or what we call provinces. Whether it is devolution or semi-federal, or devolution towards federal, what has to be avoided is ethnic federalism or ethnic devolution in my opinion. What is needed is cooperative devolution.

    There can be some people who are ‘averse’ to federalism for some reason. Aversion is a term repeatedly used by Dayan. It is a myth to say a federal or devolved state ‘would weaken the State’ and security. When the centre or the national government devolve power, it is a relief to focus more on security and national interests (economic interests included). The aversion to federalism/devolution may come from other sources like love for authoritarianism etc. Devolution is also necessary to promote balanced regional development which is neglected under a ‘centripetal’ state.

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      Dear Dr. Laksiri Fernando,

      please help DJ and other extremist representatives to clear their thoughts.

      DJ has been making every efforts to paint picture in favour of extremist sentiments.
      Prof. Nalin De Silva does the same job. He prevaricates on and on not answering the questions not to the letter, but all these men have no balanced views on the cross section of lanken society.
      Only Dr. Dewasiri is the person seems to be adding valuble analyses about the ground realities.

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        Hi;

        “please help DJ and other extremist representatives to clear their thoughts.”

        If you don’t like the message, you will identify the messenger as an extremist. It is not even worth paying any attention to the comments made by guys like you.

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      As we know, what Wigneswaran proposing is not a federal system but a loose confederation.

      Who ever what ever sayas, it is chandrika’s father who started dismantelingof Sinhale. SWRD could not foresee whart would the bost buring issues in future sri lanka. He di dnot have the backbone to make Sinhala is the only national language and give Tamils to learn Tamil. Since then sinhala is disintegrating govt by govt.

      SWRD’s daughter want to finish it.

      It is her tamil past coming up.

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      Dr. Laksiri;

      You have stated;

      “There is nothing wrong in CBK or Sambandan proposing a federal solution to Sri Lanka. As we know, what Wigneswaran proposing is not a federal system but a loose confederation. If I understand correctly, Sambandan asks for full federalism. When one listens to CBK’s speech carefully, it is clear that she was using the term ‘federal’ but talking mainly on devolution. That is one reason why she was saying the South African system federal or India devolution. South Africa is a system of devolution bordering on federalism.”

      You have attempted again to hide your true identity; an agent sponsored by Ranil. We the citizens are being entertained by the various agents planted by dubious and conniving political leaders of Sri Lanka.
      Dr. Laksiri your sponsor, Ranil used FEDERALISM as one of the cornerstones of his presidential election campaign in 2005. Did LTTE supremo Prabhakaran or any other significant Tamil political leader support the idea. You know the answer, if that had happened, we would not have seen Mahinda Rajapaksa as the President. Federalism is a hollow idea, there is nothing tangible to gain under the Sri Lankan CONTEXT. That is why Prabhakaran accepted money from Mahinda. Your new found friends Sambandan knows it, Wiggy knows it.

      Under the Sri Lankan context ( An independent sovereign nation established within undivided boundaries and surrounded by Indian ocean by SINHALA people. It is not a country established through an agreement between various kings, tribal leaders or maharajas or ethnic leaders- It is not an amalgamation of fiefdoms, kingdoms, bush lands, territories or homelands controlled by different rulers)

      Prabhakaran knew that truth, before him SJV knew that, Now Sambandan knows that and Wiggy surely understands that undeniable truth. Therefore, this concept is thrown time to time by various conniving politicians to safeguard and preserve their political interests.

      Even, Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modhi said that a few months ago that “SRI LANKA IS A UNITARY STATE”

      Chandrika and Ranil are in a sinking boat you and other Anti-Sinhala Buddhists are beating the Federalism drum to save them. Timing was wrong man, it should have been closer to 2020 presidential or general elections.

      After all what is said and done, Prabhakaran was a wise man, he knew FEDERALISM is nothing but a buzzword to hoodwink the voters – that justifies his acceptance of a big bounty from Rajapaksa in 2005. There is nothing tangible for the average Tamil speaking citizens of Sri Lanka.

      So, Dr. Laksiri, under the Sri Lankan context all of your mumbo jumbo of political science theories on (Federalism, Confederation and Devolution) are useless political hoaxes and they prolong the agony experienced by Ranil and Chandrika.

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    Dr.Jayatilleka,

    “I shall bypass the issue of semi-secularism and the role of Buddhism in the Constitution because it has been quite adequately dealt with, not by a Sinhala Buddhist extremist, but precisely by the senior-most member of the Catholic clergy on the island, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. Instead, let’s talk about federalism.”
    The senior most member of the catholic clergy being a good Christian gave to Caesar his due. You may by pass it. You are no improvement over the stupid Pope who coerced Galileo !
    What exactly did Chandrika say, which prompts you to misquote Lenin, treat Soulbury as the last word in constitutional law and discover ‘progressive nationalism’ as an euphemism for political cowardice?
    [as displayed in abandoning the BC pact?]

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      This reveals he hs no pain about the divisions, but to attack CBK and RW is his top of the agenda. DJ has always been against CBK and RW. Some believe that accompany his life – may vendetta from childhood.

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      Sarath, this guy who “misquotes” Lenin (for one) has the gall to also say (from the other side of his mouth) “Someone simply must tell Chandrika that it isn’t nice to emit large fibs in public”!!!

      Talk about hypocrites!!!

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        The pus-pundit DJ is a depath naya…… what an intellectually bankrupt scoundrel he is!

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      Mr. Alwis:

      The senior most member of the catholic clergy being a good Christian gave to Caesar his due.

      As a senior journalist, I am pretty sure, you know what you are taling.

      Catholicsm being a political religion, realizing the threats to Catholics, all over the world, from protestants you know the weight of the statement by the Bishop.

      It is called symbiosis.

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    ‘Dutu’ Dayan at his usual games again!

    Can he refute the following equation?

    Equal rights + Equal Access to power for every citizen = 75 % share of power for the Sinhalese +. 25 % power for the minorities.

    Could the ‘Sulu Jatiya’ ever overcome the ‘ Maha Maha Jatiya’ controlling the government at the Centre and the armed forces and the treasury, unless they have international support. This international support will not materialize , if the “Sulu Jatyya ‘ is accorded equal citizenship rights and their share of power .

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Equal rights + Equal Access to power for every citizen = 75 % share of power for the Sinhalese +. 25 % power for the minorities.

      Why do you want 25% of power here, when you can have 100% power in Tamilnadu ?

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        jim softy dimwit

        “Why do you want 25% of power here, when you can have 100% power in Tamilnadu ?”

        No, Dr.Rajasingham Narendran can’t have 100% power from Tamilnadu simply because state government has imposed 20% power cut right across the state due to shortage of power generation.

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      Dear dr RN

      Out of that 25% how much for the ‘Tamils’?
      Does your ‘Tamils’ include those who practise Islam and those arrived during the British?

      Soma

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        Soma,

        Isn’t it obvious? If every individual is equal to another , every type we have as collectives will have power equal to their their proportions. The Muslims , Sri Lsnkan Tamils, the Tamils of recent (?) Indian origin and Sinhala- Christians, would have their share of the power. No one group can deny another group of their rights as citizens.
        They will compete as equals and enjoy the fruits of their efforts and abilities, given equal opportunities and equal security.

        Dr.RN

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          Dear dr RN

          This is precisely my hope and prayer for the future of this country which you have succinctly expressed.

          The purpose of all my comments here on CT is to demonstrate that anything else is not FEASIBLE. Though it is a long, hardous, uphill task that is only way we can move rather than sliding down into the morass of officially recognized ethnic and religious differences. It is a pool of blood.

          Soma

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            somaassss

            “Though it is a long, hardous, uphill task that is only way we can move rather than sliding down into the morass of officially recognized ethnic and religious differences. It is a pool of blood.”

            Therefore, make Sinhala as the only oficial language, banning English and Tamil altogether, declare Sinhala/Buddhism as the only religion banning the rest, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, destroy all religious establishments including Vihara, temple, mosques, churches, …. building Sinhala/Buddha statute at every nook and corner, open more liquor bars just opposite all the schools, abolish all courts, judiciary, …. burn all statutes books, …. make Mahawansa as this country’s constitution, Crown MR as the Mahawansa Monarch, appoint KASmallam as the royal b***s carrier, appoint the saffron clad thug as the Sinhala/Buddhist pope, do away with elections, write few Sandesha kawy and MR Hatana in praise of the king, ……………. live happily (nobinaa santosaya) ever after in your Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto.

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            Dear Soma,

            Thanks for agreeing.

            However, for this to come true, every citizen should be treated as equal , wherever he /she lives anywhere in this island and guarantied equal opportunities. Further, citizens should be able to choose where they live without government interference to change demograplcs and distort history. The provinces also should be granted extensive devolution to manage their affairs, regardless of their predominant ethnicity. Every province must be treated equal in terms of devolution and allocation of funds. The provinces should be in the lead in the development process. The principle of equality of Lankan citizens, should apply to every province too.

            Dr.RN

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              DR RN,

              Soma may be genuine but he/she is utterly naive and irresponsible. On the other hand, he/she is not genuine but ostensibly advocating to remain as a unitary state knowing full well that Sinhala Buddhism will trump given their overwhelming superiority of numbers and their will to use that advantage. For 60 years they have demonstrated that they will stop at no point until they achieve their goal of creating a Sinhala Buddhist state in a true sense of the word.

              The Tamils must push for federalism with centre as the galvanising force.

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    Dr.D.J,
    Sorry, Another question. What did U S S R stand for?

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      “”What did U S S R stand for?”

      Here is a prompt.

      Chiquitita, tell me what’s wrong….

      We will bury you.(Nikita)

      Cancel Christmas Coma Party.

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    “One must thank Chandrika for letting the cat out of the bag”

    Hey Dayan,

    There will be a lot of negative responses to you but we don’t have to take them seriously because they originate from the defeated terrorist force LTTE and LTTE’s creation; TAMIL DIASPORA Inc. Also I am not a fan of you either; how can I forget your relationship with the former strongman.

    Nevertheless, Chandrika was carrying this CAT for a long time in her bag. First of all Chandrika was one of the dirtiest and incompetent political leader just like her childhood friend; you all know the fellow. Except in isolated semi-urban pockets of Gampaha district, Chandrika does not have any nationally acceptable political support base. Nada , Nil, None. But she is a cunning woman just like her dad and the grand dad of Malayalam Ancestry. One should not dismiss or forget this Malayali trait very easily.

    She and her childhood friend know very well that perhaps after 2020, there won’t be any one to carry forward family traditions; the campaign to discredit Buddhism and deny the birthrights of the Sinhala people. Both of them did utmost to destroy Sinhala Buddhist identity and achieve their only political objective; BE THE RULERS OF SRI LANKA.

    A rationale mind assumes that both of them are a spent-political force, we most likely see the end of covert political operations of these two families in 2020 as both of them getting closer to their natural end of life cycle. The Curse of SWRDB and JRJ will be gone forever.

    We should not be so sure, knowing the ancestry of both families. They know the only trump card remains for them to thrust one of their own “kind” to be the leader of Sri Lanka, is the prevailing political discontent of Tamil Politicians. Maithripala Sirisena proved that on January 8th 2015, one needs to divide Sinhala Buddhist vote and get the full support of Tamil speaking minority to occupy the seat of power.

    Chandrika and Ranil have hatched this message (about Federalism) over a glass of wine in a recent evening. They were dropping hints here and there including using their pervert tactics at Malwathu viharaya in Kandy. But “Chandrika” is Chandrika and “Ranil” is Ranil, her blabber mouth did not know how to time the message.

    It is the wrong time; she should have reserved the statement closer to 2020. The Tamils after the defeat of their violent campaign to divide the territory of sovereign Unitary State of Sri Lanka will realize the idea of FEDERALISM; a misguided political dream is a meaningless , hollow promise and suicidal effort in the land of Sinhala Buddhists. This realization will occur very soon not in 2020.

    The only viable option for average Sri Lankan; Sinhala and Tamil or of any other minority is to look for a truly democratically elected government to solve their economic and social problems. We must forgive Chandrika for her ignorant actions for personal greed.

    We the citizens should not fall into the political traps of past and present Machiavellians of SWRDB and JRJ traditions.

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    Federalism for what. To give more power one set of greedy politicians to another. Will people get any benefits. Answer is a big NO. By making SL a federal country will only make things worst as it could ignite extremists from both side of the equation. And the result will be eventual break of the unity and the harmony and finally a divided country on ethnic basis.

    What SL need is not federalism but equality. Laws should be equal to all. There should not be any bias for influential and powerful people. Any poor from the village should be able to face challenges set by any influential figures in the town.

    One thing should also be remembered, As Cardinal Ranjith said, This country have been cultured Buddhism, so Buddhism should continue to be the main religion while all other religions are accepted as equal.

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      Raj:

      What SL need is not federalism but equality. Laws should be equal to all. There should not be any bias for influential and powerful people. Any poor from the village should be able to face challenges set by any influential figures in the town.

      See else where in CT. How Ranil wicramasinghe is asking Medical officer to shut up and be happy with what they have. Doctors cannot have the same things that politicians enjoy.

      On the other hand, Politicians are having every benefit, salary increases, perks that they can have. They are willing to legislate things retroactively but not to catch any thieves or thieves who are active right now but in the govt. Politicians are kudu Dimu, Kudu duminda, John amratunga like people who goes to because of viagra overdoses, and the children of politicians.

      It is another kind of family affair.

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    He demeaned himself again. He is not to be considered seriously as he’s exposed the attitude of flippancy especially in matters regarding the future of Sri Lanka.

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    Chandrika is[Edited out]

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    D.J. is always harping about a unitary state with a strong center. This kind of governance setup tends to concentrate power in the hands of an authoritarian president or prime minister and it eventually tends to end up as a ‘One Man Show’. If the wrong person is put at the helm that could possibly lead to dictatorial tendencies on his part.

    We have gone through this twice in the past, with J.R. Jayawardene and Mahinda Rajapaksa. We do not want a repeat of it.

    As for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, he is more of a political animal than a religious leader, and what he says does not carry much weight!

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    Federalism is not a good idea, as there are no moderate Tamil parties. Any party that assumes control will keep asking for more and more powers, until the equivalent of secession (Eelam) is reached. The focus of the present government should be the development of infrastructure and investment in education.

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      The focus of the present government should be the development of infrastructure and investment in education.

      Education for Tamils does not work.

      Then they go overseas for more money and start working for free real estate and a country for they themselves.

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        Actually, Tamils value education very highly. Even Sun God Velu read many books before starting his Eelamist mission. Being so highly educated, it is surprising that many Tamils are not keen to integrate, but insist on an ethnic mono-state.

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    She is old, outdated and mad. She just want to show she has to do something.

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      manu

      “She is old, outdated and mad. She just want to show she has to do something.”

      After all there isn’t much difference between you and her or any Tom, Dick or Harry.

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    After making it federal, after removing the military from the region, provide them with a military regiment too.

    Another R Pemadasa can come and provide them with expensive weapons too for a war with the South.

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    Dayan the Phoney Political scientist is trying to comment on what ex president CBk call for federalism. CBK calls a spade a spade and she doesnt care a f..k about what other sinhala buddhist fundamentalists think. A solution must be found no matter what it takes for the Tamils.

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    G.L. Peiris, was the lead author of the Sri lanka as a union of regions, when he was with Chandrika.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/07/world/sri-lanka-offers-tamils-more-power.html?_r=0

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      everything GL and most lankan lawyers learnt were from Indian Laws of evidence so he is aware of the union territories of India and how they function. New Delhi, Puducherry etc.
      they function different from states of India.
      He never invented anything. if he could then he would have been a practicing lawyer.

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    “So, if one is to agree with Chandrika’s advocacy of a federal Constitution for Sri Lanka, one would have to believe that she knows and cares more than SWRD and Sirimavo Bandaranaike, JR Jayewardene, Ranasinghe Premadasa, and Lord Soulbury….”

    Given that Sri Lanka has gone through decades of war and strife, all of those past leaders and Soulbury have been wrong. So one could say that CBK is thinking afresh.
    Of course, your brain, addled by years of sycophancy to Premadasa and Rajapaksa, has been oblivious of such glaring contradictions in your thinking.

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