27 October, 2020

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Condottieri Contesting For Presidency?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

Condottieri is the plural for condottiere, which is Italian in origin, meaning the leader or captain of a mercenary army. They are hirelings bought for money or other rewards by a resourceful party. How and whys of a war or struggle is not their concern, and they will fight for their paymaster. They may even switch side if the opponents promise better rewards. They are however, merciless killers. 

It is tempting to employ this terminology to describe some of the thirty-five candidates who have submitted nominations to contest in the Presidential Election in November.  Before that, why such a large number? Has democracy gone berserk in Sri Lanka? The country is already noted for its omnibus cabinets. Now the race for presidency reflects the same love for quantity. If this trend is allowed to continue unchecked, apart from the enormous cost to the treasury, the Election Commissioner may have to print not a ballot paper but a ballot booklet in future, and provide a desk and chair inside voting booths for voters to sit and turn the pages to pick their choice. 

Frankly speaking, there are only two or possibly three candidates representing UNP, SLPP and NPP (National People’s Power), who are the most serious contenders to the job. Yet, none of them can hope to get the 51% needed to cross the line. Therefore, in this election second preferences will be the crucial decider. The other thirty-two candidates are also aware of these facts. 

Why then are these thirty-two contesting? They all know that none of them can win even with second or third preferences. So the question arises, did they jump into the fray on their own volition or at the request of some other party? Not all of them of course. There may be a few who entered just to test their own popularity among voters so that they could work out the odds to consider running at the next election in five year time. To them, therefore, this is a trial run. There may be a few others in the fray just to damage the winning chances of one or more of the leading contenders. To them, it does not matter who wins except the ones whom they hate. One or two may also have entered just for the sake of prestige. “I also ran”, he or she can one day tell the grandchildren.  One can understand and even justify the motives of these three groups.  

What worries is the role of a fourth group, the ones that may have been deliberately pushed into the arena by one or the other of the two leading contenders. The intention is to pull as many votes as possible away from the opponent and towards the hired candidate, but with an undertaking that preferential vote will go to the hirer. These are the condottieri who are obviously promised with tempting rewards, like for example, a governorship or ministerial position or even an ambassadorial post, if the hirer wins the contest.  This seems to be the only explanation why candidates from the two minority communities in particular have entered the race. 

In the prevailing communal politics of Sri Lanka, not even God can push a Tamil or a Muslim, let alone a Sinhalese Christian, into the office of Presidency. It will be occupied by a Sinhala Buddhist. Period. Why then are the Tamil and Muslim candidates running for this office?

In the previous presidential election it was the en bloc voting of minorities that defeated MR and brought in MS. In this election also both Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa think that a repetition of that minority behaviour will decide the winner. This is why at least the GR camp, which is less popular within minorities, would prefer if those votes could split and scatter in several directions, provided that the second preference goes towards its candidate. Hence, the need to find some popular personalities and budding heroes within the two communities who could be bought and asked to do the dirty work. If the minority candidates who are in the arena had fallen prey to this subterfuge, then they have betrayed their own community and jeopardised its future for the sake of personal profit and position. If the ultimate winner emerges with this corrupt record how can he eradicate corruption from his governance?  

To the minorities, including Sinhalese Christians, the greatest danger facing today is the rise of an aggressive Buddhist supremacist movement. The leaders of this movement claim that the Buddhists “own” the country, and that all non-Buddhists are only temporary residents. Like the Islamists in the Middle East, these supremacists have politicised Buddhism and their brand of Buddhism has nothing to do with the preaching of the Compassionate Buddha. Political Buddhism is an existential threat to minorities in this country. A series of violent incidents unleashed by the supremacists have gone unpunished by the current government and un-condemned by the opposition. For example, the latest incident in Mullaitivu Neeraviyadi Pillayar Kovil, which took place in callous disregard to an order of prevention from the judiciary, illustrates the growing power of this unruly mob. Neither GR nor SP has so far condemned this incident in particular and made their position clear about Buddhist supremacy. On the contrary, their silence speaks volumes. Only Anura Kumara Dissanayake from NPP has distanced himself from this group.

Given this situation, minorities need a representative voice from within the majority Buddhists to speak on their behalf and demand justice to their grievances. There is no use fighting on their own, as Tamils did for more than half a century and always lost. Tamils and Muslims have weakened their position further through disunity and political opportunism. The National People’s Power Movement, represented by JVP’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake, appears to be that voice from the majority side. His hands need be strengthened. Muslims and Tamils should at least cast their second preferences to AKD. He may not win this time, but NPP will emerge as a strong alternative at the next General Elections. Minorities should look beyond the presidential election when they cast the ballots. 

In 1950s and 1960s, when leftists took a stand both inside and outside parliament to support the interests of minorities so that they would be treated equally as the majority in terms of rights and obligations, bulk of the Tamils and Muslims rejected those parties. Tamils rejected them, because they were Sinhalese, and Muslims, because they were deemed Godless atheists. It was a historic blunder that is hurting these communities even now. This time, impostors from the two communities, publicly professing to champion the cause of their people, but secretly in bed with one of the two leading contenders are enticed with lucrative rewards to become mercenaries. This is why they are in the presidential arena. It is the task of civil right groups and the intelligentsia within these communities to canvass openly, explain to voters the dangers posed by the condottieri, unmask their face and save the people from charlatans and fraudsters.  Enough is enough. The country and its people deserve an epochal change towards cleaner governance. 

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    Brilliant analysis on why the two minority candidates are running. I hope the Tamils and Muslims do not fall for this. We should not vote for Gotabhaya.

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      AA: JVP’ AKD has supported US puppet Bondscam Ranil for the past 4 years, rather than stand up, DO THE RIGHT THING and call for Ranil’s impeachment for the Bondscam at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka which caused lasting damage to the economy and reputation of CBSL, so that no foreign investment came to the country due to corruption.

      I do not think that AKD who has accepted all the perks and privileges RW dished out in the cesspit parliament and has kept mum about the US colonial project to set up military bases in Sri Lanka is very hones. So, but dream on!

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        The so-called minority problems could have been solved long ago if the Tamils and Muslims got together. But they were taken for a ride initially by the Sinhalese and thereafter they rode on them and the weight was too much to shake them off.

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      Thambi.
      To defeat a candidate vote for another like him or not. That’s the motto. Minorities no show for Herr Gottler. Without wasting vote, cast to AKD or Independents. In the 60s and 70s Tamil and Muslim Leaders were strong and lead the parties with conviction. Not anymore.
      Today minorities will not ‘follow the leader’ blindly. The young especially are looking to the future. They will vote with their heads unlike their elders. Hopefully!!!
      They will make or break the final decision.

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    The objective is to split the votes. But even then voters are well politically educated to vote. Of course, bribing makes to some extent in rural areas as it happened in Pradesh Sabah elections. Who has the Chinese money to bribe and get some Tamil politicians to support One question? is Gotha is physically fit to contest

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    Here is Ameer Ali trying to justify his pro-JVP stance.
    Going by his logic, isn’t AKD trying to help GOTA win one way or another by splintering the anti-rajapakse opposition votes? is he condotierre?
    lets not forget the same JVP allied with the rajapakses/sinhala chauvinists some time ago on a warmongering platform. have they come out bold to even admit their mistakes, let alone spelling out their views on justice and power sharing? bottom line, they are not standing for the oppressed and are more or less ideologically bankrupt. they are doing the same electoral politics as the rest and need to play to the sinhala gallery to survive.

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    Dr. Amir
    You are correct about the Tamils and Muslims rejecting the politically principled stance taken by Left inside and outside Parliament in the 1950’s and sixties.
    It is very sad politics in this little island had gone awry from then.
    Now there is no purpose crying over the past mistakes.
    There is at least a space for the democratically inclined intelligentsia and civil rights group to be vigilant about the ‘condottieri’ you have mentioned and expose and unmask the charlatans and fraudsters in it to the voters at large.

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      U
      The left gathered a sizeable Tamil vote in the North even in 1960.
      It elected a communist MP in 1956.
      The LSSP’s conduct in 1963 was deplorable.
      Both LSSP and CP (Keuneman) joined the communal demonstration in 1966 opposing the Tamil Language rights bill.
      The teo parties silently endorsed the Srimavo-Shasti pact.
      There is more to add, besides that the JVP was utterly racist in 1971 and 1988-89.
      So one has to be appreciative of the reality in a context where Sinhala chauvinism dominated the South.
      The Constution of 1972 destroyed all credibility of the two Parliamentary left parties.
      The FP-TULF capitalized on the situation.
      *
      The author’s memory could be less selective.

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        SJ
        Yes. What you have said are past facts, I am not disputing but all of that is past history.
        There is no point in dwelling in all of that now.
        What can be done now is the question.
        No method can guarantee success if all the leverage is on the other side.
        There is no book to look up how to grow lilies in the desert or cactus in a swamp.
        The only way out is to seize the day.

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          U
          Thanks.
          With all due respect to your generally wise comments,
          I will be the first to ignore the past if the JVP says or does something to convince me of a change of heart or even a sign of it.
          JVP leaders carried the JVP election manifesto to the Mahanayakes in 2002 I think. Such was their opportunism.
          *
          One does not need a book to know what is possible and what is not; some logic and commonsense are more useful. Also we should be clear about what we want.
          *
          We can day dream that we seize the day, but get seized in the process.

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            SJ
            Exactly!
            No point in crying over the past.
            Remember the past to not repeat the same mistakes.
            Logic, common sense, the right strategy and timing is what is important to set out the process to get seized in.
            Thanks.

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    When Native Sinhala Buddhists read your recent writings emphasizing the term ‘Buddhist Supremacists’, we really regret for the decision taken by King Senerath and our ancestors to save your Demala and Arab Muslim ancestors from Portuguese butchers.

    Malabaris pretending as Tamils and Muslims all the time keep on talking about ‘Minority Problems’. Actually, at the moment the ‘National Problem’ is the threat from descendants of Malabaris brought by colonial parasites and descendants of Muslims who were given refuge for the existence of Native Sinhalayo in their own country. Wellala Malabaris are trying hard to calve out an exclusive area for them in the Land of Native Sinhalayo while living all over the country and exploiting Sinhalayo and Wahabi Muslims trying to wipe out Buddhists to establish their Caliphate.

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      @ Eagle Eye

      Another load of recycled garbage free but no buyers.

      Malabaries = Modayas

      Why you follow their (Kerala once Tamil Sera,kingdom)..dress..worships (Pathini )..black magig ..traditions?

      Kekekekekek

      Modayas are all genetically weak people.This is why still these jokers believe Mahavamsa craps .

      Cheers.

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        Choolan, since 1948 the Tamils have always been Losers. Keep it up.

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          Bawa

          “Choolan, since 1948 the Tamils have always been Losers. Keep it up.”

          So have been the ordinary Sinhalese and Muslims.
          So what is new?

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            ‘So have been the ordinary Sinhalese and Muslims.’

            Vedda, do not be so sure.

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              Bawa

              “Vedda, do not be so sure.”

              I am damn sure about what I write.

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        Cholan,
        ‘Koti Diaspora’ members ridicule Mahawamsa because Malabaris do not have such a document.
        As Jane Russel points out “The Ceylon Tamils had no written document on the lines of the Mahavamsa to authenticate their singular and separate historical authority in Sri Lanka, a fact which Ceylon Tamil communalists found very irksome”. (Russel, Jane: Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, Tisara Prakasakayo, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, 1982. p.131)
        In addition to Mahawamsa, Sinhalayo have Chulawansa, Deepawamsa, Bodhiwamsa and several other books that provide the heritage of Sinhalayo in the Land of Native Sinhalayo..

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          ‘Koti Diaspora’ members ridicule Mahawamsa’

          Does Mahawamsa not ridicule itself?

          Be honest.

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          Eagle Blind Eye

          “As Jane Russel points out “The Ceylon Tamils had no written document on the lines of the Mahavamsa to authenticate their singular and separate historical authority in Sri Lanka, a fact which Ceylon Tamil communalists found very irksome”. (Russel, Jane: Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, Tisara Prakasakayo, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, 1982. p.131)”

          The British do not have constitution.
          What do you say to that.
          Hindians do not have written history instead they have Ramayana, Mahabharat, Agni Purana, ….. Bhagavata Purana, Arthashastra, Kamasutra, …………….. just like your Mahawamsa. Even the name Lanka was found only in these Puranas and not in Mahawamsa.
          What seems to be your problem.

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      Tamils are natives of this land, living here long before the boat people arrived to this island!

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        vithura

        “Tamils are natives of this land, living here long before the boat people arrived to this island!”

        Go, go away.
        Descendants of Tamils are also Kallathonies maybe their ancestors came bit earlier than when they converted to Sinhala/Buddhism.

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      Eagle Eye Mahindapala,

      There are no ‘descendents’ of “Malabaris” in Sri Lanka.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Tamils

      Correct/get rid of, your phobia, or, quote sources.

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        justice,
        There were no Tamils in Sinhale. Sinhalayo called the Dravidian invaders ’Demalu’. British called the coolies brought by Portuguese and Dutch ‘Malabars’ because majority of them were from Malabar until a guy called Ponnambalam Arunachalam who prepared the Census Report in 1911 change the term ‘Malabars’ to ‘Ceylon Tamils’. Because Demalu licked the a*s of Brits they allowed that change. Using a customary law of Malabar called ‘Thesawalamei’ by Demalu in Yapanaya confirms that they are not Tamils but Malabaris.

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          Eekel guy did you hear of a recent archaeological finding at Pannikkankulam a village situated on Mankulam to Kokkavil road. Ten kilometers south of the road amid thick jungle along the river bank they accidentally came across stone age hunting tools made of stones, jade, quartz and tiles, bricks and utensils made of iron and stones, similar to those found in Tamil Nadu, suggesting that the same people lived on both sides of the divide. Ask you racist friend Somadeva not to waste time to prove that Sinhalese descended from Balangoda man and embark on this mission of excavating the ancient civilization lying buried in the Wanni. I hope that archaeological department will not cover this up or worse bring some Buddha statues from elsewhere, bury them and say it was a Buddhist site.

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            they accidentally came across stone age hunting tools made of stones,….
            But the people who were using the stone tools and living even in Tamil Nadu were NOT Tamils. Tamil as a linguistic, cultural and distinct ethnic group came into being around the Sangam period (2century BC to 1st Century AD) LONG AFTER the time of these mealithic hunters. They were people who spoke various tribal languages partly proto- dravidian, and partly prakrit.

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              K
              A people emerge with a linguistic identity far before literature appears in their language.
              If the emergence of linguistic identity and literary works were to coincide, when would one say that the Sinhalese came into being?
              *
              What does one mean by tribal languages?
              There were regional languages and dialects in land masses where mankind settled.
              Languages have merged and languages have fragmented in the course of history.

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    Amir Ali; The back story on the Mullaitivu Neeraviyadi Pillayar Kovil, is foreign hands Weaponizing religion in Sri Lanka to pursue their strategic Security interests in the Indian Ocean region.

    The BBS, Rana Balaya, Mahasohon Baakaya, Tawheed Jamat with funding from Saudi and Trumpland, were set up by US citizen Gota with the blessing of US puppet Bondscam Ranil.
    Meanwhile USS funded new churches are also at work while India is promoting the Ravana cult and hinduthva Ravana Senai.
    Religion in being weaponized in Sri Lanka by foreign powers to colonize and promote their strategic security interests in Sri Lanka. The media narrative of religious conflict is done with US Peace Corps “volunteers” also manipulating social groups and social media to divde and rule.
    The Eastern province is where America wants its military bases and International Airport in Batticaloa to supply it Trincomalee base.
    This is why we are seeing the stage play in Neervelai, like the Hollywood Style Easter Attacks organized by foreign Special Operations Forces (SOF) to sign SOFA, MCC and set up military bases in Sri Lanka to turn the island into an “unskinable US aircraft carrier.”

    JVP’s AKD has studiously turned a bind eye at Bondscam Ranils looting of the Central Bank and failed to call for his impeachment.Indeed this is a fools Paradise!

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      Shamil,
      ‘Funding from”Saudi & USA(“Trumpland”) “set up by Gota………….”…………………….!!!
      Your imagination is running riot.
      It has no connection with the Neeraviadi incident – which was due to racial/religious supremacist prejudice – of Gnanasara and fellow monks, and thugs.

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    I’m 100% Sure Gota will WIN this election post counting 2nd preference by 43%

    Mark My Words

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      BukiPaala

      “I’m 100% Sure Gota will WIN this election post counting 2nd preference by 43%
      Mark My Words”

      When did you become the next Abeygunawardena, Mahinda’s court astrologer?
      I wish you well.

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    JVP ADK’s first Salvo at the UNP candidate and its Master Dr Ranil is pretty devastating.
    ADK called Keslwatta Kid a puppet which the Master approved at the eleventh hour to protect the Rogues who looted the Central Bank.

    To me it is more than that..
    If Keselwatta Kid gets the Gig, it will be Bye Bye to our Mahavamsa Constitution which Uncle Junius fine tuned to to retain the Sinhala Buddhist nature of this 2500 year old Nation.

    ADK went even further to accuse the Puppet Master Dr Ranil as the chief perpetrator who must be prosecuted..
    That I don’t think will ever happen.

    Our Muslim ,and Tamil Brothers and Sisters may put JVP ADK as their Second Choice..
    But JVP supporters I am sure will not tick Keselwatta Kid as their second ,after their Leaders’s Mortar Attack on Dr Ranil and Ravi Karunanayaka ..

    Most Sajith supporters will be struggling to locate the correct names to put the X in the Box let alone number them according to their preferences.
    If they put 2 Xs there goes even Keselwatta Kid’s First Preference ..

    I am glad that our EC Commissioner has recognized the capabilities of our Keselwatta supporters and allowed them to use the X in a preferential Ballot Paper.

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    If Gota wins this election, MR Brothers, MR Sons, MR Daughters , MR Relatives back in Power

    If Sajith wins this election, RW, Rauf, Bathurdeen, RaviK , the notorious UNP clang back in Power.

    As Sri Lankans whom are we left to vote with ?

    Is it AKD (White elephant of UNP) ? Or Mahesh and his generous Crew.

    Remember that Mara’s Quote from 2015 ” Known Devil is better than the Unknown evil”

    I might go with the known devils here..

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      BP
      Safe journey with the Devil.

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    In SL people are not used to vote for the second preference. You do not need 50% to win the presidential election. At the end candidate who received more votes than second candidate will be the winner.

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    Thank you very much for your good analysis of this political culture in SL. First of all, some political thugs dominate Sri Lankan politics. Historically speaking, some educated people came into politics in the past, many of them were educated S.W Bandaranayake, JR, and other leaders. today , the quality of politics has gone down. Look at some SLPP members. Some are drug dealers and thugs. That is clearly evident from last parliament incident: If Sinhalese want to vote for this group, they will regret later for their mistakes. These thugs bought Hizbullah and some Tamil politicians in North and East. Tamils know all this. UNP knows this well as well.
    As for JVP. There are good people with clear mission and yet, I doubt about their politics on minority communities. They do not have ground support from Sinhalese public, public do not trust them at all yet, So, it will take some time for minorities to vote them. today, voting for them is wasting your vote. that is basic contention today. Choice is to go for lesser evil. That is UNP for me at this time.

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    Ami Ali

    “In the prevailing communal politics in Sri Lanka not even god can push a Tamil or a Muslim. “

    Who communalized politics in Sri Lanka?

    It’s accepted some small Sinhala groups had started political parties with Sinhala identity but they didn’t get support from the whole Sinhala community.

    But look @ the behavior of Tamils & Muslims, with political parties with racist/religious identity.

    Isn’t it Tamils & Muslims themselves segregated on communal lines in politics in Sri Lanka so let me tell them to be careful not to charge/blame peace loving & humane Sinhalese community for that.

    It might be the reasons for recent formation of revolutionary type Sinhala Buddhist organizations.

    I think God is reasonable for not allowing Tamil or Muslim to be the leader for the protection of innocent Sinhala community.

    Any country in the world may be identified according to its main community so Tamils Muslims need not be jealous of calling SL a Sinhala or Sinhala Buddhist country.

    “To the minorities, Sinhalese Christians the greater danger facing today is the rising of aggressive supremacist movement”

    I’d like to mention that whether Buddhists or Christians or even Hindus; Sinhalese are Sinhalese.

    When a Sinhalese meet another Sinhalese they never ask about their religions, it’s so unimportant for them. So keep it in your mind Amir Ali that Sinhala Christians aren’t a minority in SL.

    Finally I’d like to mention that if Tamils & Muslims are ready to shed differences on communal lines, a possibility for a Tamil or a Muslim to be a leader as a Sri Lankan, not as a Tamil Or Muslim, like what’s happening now; not a Sinhala president is elected but a Sri Lankan president is elected.

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    Hizbullah and his Tamil cohort are acting against the interest of all minority communities : they are hand in hand with Gota to bring him back MR family into power. They do not any moral or ethical values in doing this. They are like thugs. People in East know this well. he would not get 10.000 votes for Gota in this election. He is in a wrong side in this election.

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    AA,
    You are missing the point, as usual. Your reading of voting history of minorities is plagued with your bias towards somewhat reformed current political tactics of the JVP. Minorities used to vote for major parties before racial politics became sharpened after 1956. Even then, until the proportional system came in 1978 minorities didn’t abandoned party politics. For example, some majority Muslim, Tamil (Hindu) and Christian electorates always selected candidates from the then three major parties – UNP, SLFP & LSSP. the truth is that the original bomb-making JVP never tried to make a conscious effort make any inroad into minorities -Muslim & Tamils in particular. They treated Muslim in the way Karl Marx treated Jews: “Jewish problem”, while abandoning Tamil completely. In fact, the very first class of infamous JVP five classes which was designed to brainwash innocent rural youths, Indian Expansion, made Tamils a worse enemy than the so-called western imperialism. Even estate Tamils were described as privileged working group than the rural poor.

    The true enigma for the JVP to redefine its political goals to fit with modern world. For example, can they abandon the Marxist concept of class struggle and work instead on defending basic HR including the right to become “mega rich? If so, how can they convince their own descendants to make harsh sacrifices in their own lives in order for political correctness? I doubt whether the so-called “leftist intelligentsia” has clear logical answers to these questions except for throwing out some popular terms like anti-corruption, modernization, equal distribution of wealth, etc which are the major campaign themes of all candidates. In that sense, I’m struggling to figure out whose “condottiere” the JVP is!

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    A word of advice to my Muslim brothers and sisters:
    At this juncture of your history , after what your Wahabi brothers did to the Sinhalese, you need the goodwill of ALL the Sinhalese to move forward. Do not swallow the poisonous UNP propaganda that Rajapaksas are anti minority and risk antagonizing majority of the majority.
    Even if you win remember that logical 50% +1 is confined to the Parliament.

    Soma

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      Soma,
      There is no doubt that Rajapakse’s are anti minority. Gotabaya’s initial meeting clearly points out that. Rathena’ and thero’s call against Muslims and Gotabaya’s release of Military personal and Rajapakse.s Kallathoni speech and division of country are simply to cheat ordinary Sinhala people.

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    35 candidates contesting for the Presidency; A good many may not even know that the next President will not even have the powers of the present incumbent–Hopper Sirisena! Thanks to the 19th Amendment.
    So why is all this fuss and frenzy?
    The hired candidates are [ Condottieri] in alphabetical order…..
    Hisbullah. M.L.A.M.
    Sivajilingam M.K.
    Are both vying for the Governorship of the North and East respectively?

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      Plato,
      Hisbullah is from Kathankudi which is the breeding ground for Islamic terrorism. He was given lots of power under Sirisena and Gotabaya.Although he was cleared from the allegations for political reasons, his extremist influence and anti Tamil activities are well known. After October political coup by Sirisena and Mahinda he was promoted to Provincial governor as part of their programme.
      Sivagilingam’s move is indirectly help Mahinda is towards a protest action against TNA.
      Mahinda family will do anything to capture the power including murder, bribe and coup. He completely wiped out SLFP. SLFP gave him everything including the presidency but he completely destroyed it without any remains. The same will happen to this country if the people give them the power. They want to keep this land for only his family.

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    Ameer
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    A few comments.
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    You say “Not even God can push a Tamil or a Muslim, let alone a Sinhala Christian, into the office of Presidency.” Is that not the way of many parts of this part of the world? Do you think a non-Hindu will ever be PM of India (President yes but not elected by a popular vote). What about Muslim majority countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and the Maldives? So how does Sri Lanka become different? I will not go into minority rights in the Middle East.
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    To change that cycle, we must first become a secular Republic. How many would endorse a Constitution with one law for all?
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    Buddhist supremacists will reign so long as we have leaders hell-bent on donating Ata Pirikera and going down on all fours seeking blessings from the clergy. I most certainly agree, Neeraviyadi Pillayar Kovil’s incident, despite a court ruling, was a disgrace. But do not forget the fact, at least the Court gave an order prohibiting it.
    *
    You may or may not recollect, Director of Muslim Affairs.announced around 21 April 2019 of over 500 illegal mosques in the country. These have been constructed without any approvals. The matter has been brushed under the carpet, no one talks about it and the matter not even referred to the Courts.
    *
    Construction of these mosques has been funded by affluent members of the local Muslim community and foreign donors.
    *
    When a community amounting to roughly 10% of the population acts in such a manner, they are punching above their weight. The government plays politics and does nothing. It encourages supremacists, Buddhists or any other to take the law into their own hands. They would be inclined to remove some of them, brick by brick. It is best for the community to self-police and avoid such a development.

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      rajeewa

      AA
      My views on building too many mosques are already on record, if you care to back issues in CT.

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      AA
      My views on building too many mosques are already on record if you care to read back issues in CT.
      When Muslims are desperately in need of land to build houses why should God take that land? Same argument applies to all other houses of worship.

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        Ameer
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        Had it been a personal debate between us, I can understand.
        *
        However, you are expressing an opinion related to a community, in this instance, the majority community if I may use the term.
        *
        Under the circumstances, we have to discuss mind set of both or all communities.
        *
        What I am driving at is the fact, when misdeeds such as illegal mosques are involved in the said magnitude and govt. does nothing, there will be consequences involving the Buddhist supremacists. 500 illegal mosques were not built by one, a hundred or even a thousand Muslims. It was an act endorsed by a large number of the Muslim community. What do you call that? A majoritarian mindset of a minority?
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        I was hoping you would comment about even God being unable to make a non Hindu PM of India and a non Muslim President/PM as applicable in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Maldives. Why do you expect Sri Lanka to be the odd man out in the region?
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        I would certainly endorse a moratorium for construction of all places of worship in the country foe next 10 years!

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    Political Buddhism is here to stay as long as terrorism 1slam causing terrorism. Cunning Muslims think that they can hide their criminal shenanigans by falsely accusing Sinhalese of racism and of their patriotism.

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    The erudite Mr. Ali jhas made a mistake about the Buddhist Temple and Neraviyadi Kovil supporters’ clash.

    The Bodu Bala Sena monk is an American Agent set up by the Nordics during the time they were the “peace fakers” in Sri lanka. (see also the article by the Last Sunday Island political writer Chandrapperuma regarding the BBS and its US funding and links). Gnanasara has done what he has done with the full knowledge of the top UNP strategists as well as top CIA people.
    This is part of the election process to raise angst against Gotabhaya that the US does not to have in power. Or may be Gothabaya is in it, as he can claim that sinhala-buddhist rights are being trodden by the Kovil Hindus because buddhists down south simply do not understand why their priest cannot be cremated on temple grounds. No Tamil leader including Sampanthan has enough credibility to go to the south and explain matters to southern people. This breakdown in dialogue started long ago, even before the second world war when GG Ponnambalam set Tamil politics on a race-based approach. That was GG P’s trick for throwing out the Arunachalam Ponnabalam family which ran a caste-based approach and dominated both Tamil and Sinhala politics. They didn’t mind Sinhalese as long as they were from the upper castes. If Kadirgamar had been alive, he could have spoken to the Sinhalese and he would have had credibility. But the LTTE ensured that all such leaders including Tiruchelvam were assassinated. So don’t just blame the Sinhala Buddhists.

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    The author seems unable to shed the habit of generalizing.
    There are certainly a few mercenaries among the 32. But one cannot exclude those who are planted to split the votes of a leading candidate.
    The point that the author has not understood is that many political parties do not contest elections with the aim to win.
    In 1982 the the JVP, Tamil Congress, LSSP and the NSSP contested. That tradition has continued for reasons that people who only look at winners and losers will never understand.
    1988 was an exception because of the turmoil and JVP threats. The SLMP played the spoiler to help Premadasa, who was also aided by the JVP wrecking polling in several divisions.
    Tn 1994 the was a concerted effort to be rid of the UNP rule.
    In 2010, the smaller left parties and the TNA were among 22 candidates.
    in 2015 there were 19 candidates. (Interestingly the JVP kept out in 2010 & 2015 to elect MR once and eject MR the next time,)
    The numbers that jumped ship was small and the votes that the small parties gathered was small.
    If this is a democracy, people should have a choice and it is undemocratic to protest against number of candidates, simply because that does not fit well into one’s agenda.

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    Ameer

    SLPP wins Elpitiya comprehensively

    It is tempting to employ this terminology to describe some of the thirty-five candidates who have submitted nominations to contest in the Presidential Election in November. Before that, why such a large number? Has democracy gone berserk in Sri Lanka? The country is already noted for its omnibus cabinets. Now the race for presidency reflects the same love for quantity. If this trend is allowed to continue unchecked, apart from the enormous cost to the treasury, the Election Commissioner may have to print not a ballot paper but a ballot booklet in future, and provide a desk and chair inside voting booths for voters to sit and turn the pages to pick their choice.

    *** First of all the election commissioner is a low level incapable servant of MR & Gotha. Who would publish the results of SLPP too close to the General electiion which no doubt will have an impact on the election . In the US the time difference between New York and Califfornia is 4 hours which means when polls close in New York Califirnians are still voting so they dont publish exit poll Canapredictions so as not to influence Califirnian voters.

    As for your article if Elpitiya results is anything to go by there is only one winner Gotha . The other 35 Candidates will be classed as also ran.. Many will fall at the Beeches Brook , some more will fall at the Melling Road and almost all will not reach the run in..
    Your story cant even be considered as a Bedtime story because when you read a bedtime story you will sing ” Kalamithu Kalamithu Kannoranku Mahale” ( this is for a toddler) . But in Sri Lanka when Gotha takes over and once you put the Toddler to bed there is nothing to wake up to.
    It is a ” Doomsday” Scenario

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      The Toddler should have been put away when he was surrounded by Kobbekaduwa when he ran around gunning people in Jaffna starting from DoreiAppa, Amirthalingam etc. . But Gandhi dropped Parrippu from the air and JR got frightened. So the Toddler grew up to be a monster. In Malasyia the LTTE toddler is trying to rise up, but Malaysia is dealing with it correctly: the arrests of seven LTTE operatives in Malaysia. Two Malaysian Tamil lawmakers are among the seven arrested. Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-terrorism Division (E8) principal assistant director, Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay says,
      “To the police, it does not matter who the individual is. Anyone found to be involved in terrorism activities, regardless of their political party, religion, race, if there is evidence that they are involved in terrorism activities, we will arrest them,” The who TNA would have been locked up and tried for aiding and abetting Prabhakaran if we had a law abiding government. So why is Amir Ali grumbling about this Palliyar Kovil when Sampanthan Wigneswaran and others go about promoting Prbhakaran’s ideology with Impunity?

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        So Bidin you Sinkalam

        So Bodin you Silkalam,

        Let me put your mind to rest.
        Your Kobbekaduwas didnt put the toddler to bed. Your Kobbekaduawas were drugged and shot from behind by Indian Pankwalas and shot at to advance to kill the Toddlers . Thousands of your Coolies were sacrificed .Without the Indian Pankawalas you would never have beten the Toddlers. So get it out if your system that you had any part .The standard of your coolies is so awful and that is why you are barred from even Peace Keeping duties let alone Combat.
        JR was ordered by Rajiv to invite IPKF to hide it was an invasion ( which it was) to drop Paruppu, Sakarai Pukkai and a lot of other goodies.
        I think you are confusing youseslf as to who the Terrorists are. You are the terrorists enaged in STATE Terrorism and and we are the FREEDOM FIGHTERS to free ourselves and your turn will be next when India annexes you when Gotha takes over and invites Cheenavedi in. If you dont understand ask Rambukawella.

        Dont forget India has taken over large parts of Sri Lanka and has driven China Out. Palaly is built by India and is an Internatinal Airport and we will not be landing in Kattunayake and that means loss of Income .

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          So you are freedon fighters? How is it that 22 countries have labeled them as terrorists?
          So why did these freedom fighters kill more tamils than they killed sinhlaese or muslims that the “freedom fighters” think are dominating them?
          Then, if Sampanthan and the TNA are working with “Freedom fighters”, what is there for Sampanthan to complain about in Parliament, about the Palliyar Kovil in Mulativu? What is he doing in Parliament if he is a “freedom fighter”?
          You and the TNA will have to train a new breed of freedom fighters and have to fight it out. The first lot led by Parbhakaran got annihilated after having killed all the educated Tamils or driven them out of the country to USA and Canada and such places.
          The game is NOW over. Kali and his/her “freedom fighters” were ROUTED, BEATEN and done with, both in the East and in the North. MATCH OVER for you. When your “freedom fighter” got hold of 600 policemen, they were all murdered. When Prabhakaran held 300,000 poor low caste Tamils as a human shield, the Singhala army with the help of many Muslim officers FREED the poor Tamils, fed and resettled the IDPs, demined the land and built roads. So the land actually belongs to that army, and you are there only by the grace of that army. The army can at ANY TIME drive you out, because you lost the battle – just like Hitler lost the battle. The Winner talkes all. But the Silly Rajapaksas did not take the poltical party which was a spokesman of the LTTE into custory and deal with the act of treason properly. Instead the Rakapaksas allowed them to form the Nporthen Provincial council. That error will get corrected.

          All this is as willed by Allah in his Glory. There is NOTHING you can do, and you are doomed for what you did to the Muslims at Prayer in Kattankudy.

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            You are a typical racist Sinkalam and your racism has for the last 71 years brought death and destruction on an unprecedented scale and Gotha & MR are a living embodiment of that. I am not prepared to take lectures from you and in my view Sri Lanka should be grazed to the ground and rebuilt.
            Let me give you a history lesson before I deal with your crap which is Toddlers talk.
            1) You have had power in your hand simply by being the majority and look at the mess you have created. I dont know whether you realize that you are no longer a Sovereign Nation. Whether you like of not India has taken over large swathes of your land forced upon her by MR.
            2) You have the World record for the number of Race Riots which produced Prabakaran.. No body will sacrifice his or her life for fun which you seem to suggest.
            3) MR was dilly dallying until India forced him to have the Provincial Election which brought TNA to power and India forced MR to open a Consul General Office in Jaffna.. Your tiny brain may not know this. I accept that TNA dont control everything which is in the hands of the Occupying Sri Lankan army. But that will change when MR & Gotha take over and bring back China. India has kept China out for that last 18 months and Rambukawella has admitted this by saying Gothas priority is to bring back China and threaten India. That will suit us fine.
            As for your Crap let me deal with it.
            How is it that 22 countries have labeled them as terrorists.
            *** It was post 9/11 when all the other Muslim Organisations were banned and LTTE were not singled out.

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            The same 22 Countries supported sanctions against Sinhala Lanka which you managed to wriggle out by voting MR out. RW”s betrayed by not carrying out all the UN resolutions and that will change with MR & and Gotha at the helm.
            So why did these freedom fighters kill more tamils than they killed sinhlaese or muslims that the “freedom fighters” think are dominating them.
            *** That is your version and you are not the authority and you are a liar.
            Then, if Sampanthan and the TNA are working with “Freedom fighters”, what is there for Sampanthan to complain about in Parliament, about the Palliyar Kovil in Mulativu? What is he doing in Parliament if he is a “freedom fighter”.
            *** Why don’t you ask him You lot bribed him with limousines and drivers and he is about to die. What is the connection with the Kovil you stupid.
            You and the TNA will have to train a new breed of freedom fighters and have to fight it out.
            *** Don’t worry you will need our help when you start to fight Indian army when Gotha takes over. Jaffna International Airport is now run by India , Colombo Port , Hambanthotta are all the hands of India thanks to MR who sold you lot out.
            The game is NOW over.
            *** Yes the Game is over for you GAME , SET & MATCH. Kaput
            Kali and his/her “freedom fighters” were ROUTED, BEATEN and done with, both in the East and in the North. MATCH OVER for you. When your “freedom fighter” got hold of 600 policemen, they were all murdered.
            *** But the Sinhala Army didn’t kill Karuna who killed 2000 Sinkala Soldiers single handedly. Where is your morality. Because he married a Sinkala “ Pussy” he is safe.
            The Winner talkes all. But the Silly Rajapaksas did not take the poltical party which was a spokesman of the LTTE into custory and deal with the act of treason properly.

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            Part 3

            The Winner talkes all. But the Silly Rajapaksas did not take the poltical party which was a spokesman of the LTTE into custory and deal with the act of treason properly.
            *** Speak to “ Karuna “
            As for the Winner takes all yes you are right . India the winner has taken all from you. Your Land from Palaly to Hambanthotta to Trinco . Your SOVEREIGNTY ( By driving China out against your will) LOCK STOCK & BARRELL
            LOOSERS

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    Bidin

    You Ignorant Toddler have you worked out the answer to the followin.

    What is the problem with LTTE killing 600 Policeman when Gotah made Karuna a minister when Karuna singel handedly killed 3 1/2 times more Soldiers in combat.

    Just one other thing what is Gotha doing trying to lead the Country when he is a CRIMINAL, CROOK, LIAE, THIEF. Dont you ghave anyone decent. Short supply is it

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    Ameer Ali

    You have categorised 32 of the contestants into 4 groups. Into which group will you place your fellow Kattankudy mate, Hisbollah? How many votes do you expect him to poll? Whose condottieri is he?

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