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Congratulations JVP, TNA, SLMC & ACMC!

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The Supreme Court has given its unanimous judicial verdict (only verdict that counts) on the unconstitutionality of President Sirisena’s move to sack an elected Prime Minister and dissolve the parliament before its constitutionally allowed term of office. The fact that he is still not willing to concede defeat and even contemplating, according to some sources, on a possible referendum to call for general elections, not only shows his egoistic arrogance, but also indirectly, contempt of court.  There is every ground for his impeachment by the legislature but we hope that Buddhist compassion will ultimately prevail and pardon his stupidity if he quietly withdraws and remains virtually a ceremonious head for the rest of his term. 

However, there is one group of politicians who deserve to be congratulated for their principled stand in this disgraceful political saga, in spite of all financial, ministerial and other temptations, as admitted by the President himself in an interview, offered at least to some of them by SLFP and SLPP. Of this group, those belong to the JVP, TNA, SLMC and ACMC deserve to be congratulated even though the last two of the four are notoriously known for switching sides in return for the right price. TNA on the other hand, is staunchly committed for the welfare of the Tamil community, and so far its members have not sold themselves out for ministerial positions and personal benefits.  JVP is totally of a different category, a political party, progressive in policies, exemplarily patriotic, moulded from a revolutionary background and is beyond ethnic parochialism.  At this crucial point of time, when Sri Lanka was on the brink of losing its democratic heritage, these four stuck together and prevented that from happening. Had one or two of them opted to side with MR and MS the game would have been over long ago.

Reactions to the judicial verdict ranges from jubilation to disappointment and anger. Already one can hear frustrated voices crying that TNA has agreed on a pact with UNP for federalism and division of the country.  Obviously, these voices are another malicious and dangerous campaign to turn the current turmoil into another ethnic convulsion. The writings of certain comprador intellectuals and journalists are full of this malice and poison. Right from mid-1950s, the country’s political history is replete with such inter-ethnic eruptions whenever political parties were driven to a corner. It is the patriotic duty of Sri Lanka’s civil society and peace lovers to repulse this trend through counter campaign.

Once again, the two minority groups, Tamils and Muslims, must have realised by now, at least from the events leading to the judicial verdict that their community’s future in this country is inextricably tied with the progressive elements from the Sinhalese majority.  I have maintained this position throughout my writings. Although the UNP should be thankful for the support it received from the four groups, the party should not misread that support as permanent. Even the MR-MS opposition for that matter, if it is prepared to relinquish its ethno-chauvinism, clannish structure and cronyism and become genuinely patriotic and a-ethnic – a big ask – minority support including that of JVP should be forthcoming.   

The country is caught in a terrific dilemma, whether to go on with this game of political sea saw, sacrifice its economic stability and peoples’ wellbeing while becoming a laughing stock in the international arena or come back to sense, accept the verdict of the judiciary, allow the elected government to complete its constitutionally permitted term of office and then go for an electoral choice. This is not an endorsement of what the RW government has done so far but just a vent for political sanity.

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    i also wish to congratulate all tamil and muslim leaders for safe guarding democracy, i would say the rights of the sinhala majority and on the whole the rights of sri lankans
    for working very hard in spite of all temptations for money and positions. the majority should take this into account very seriously and appreciate their contribution to our mother lanka. pl. note even the people who were deprived of their human rights and citizenship rights in the past were in the forefront. SIR, you have rightly pointed out as in your lectures in 1966.
    -DAYAL

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      Dr. Amir Ali,

      We need to thank All the Sri Lankans, especially the JVP, UNP, TNA, SLMC and all those who attended the various protest rallies as Sri Lankan for Democracy and protect the constitution and constitutional rights. We also need to thank all those writers , reporters and com mentors and others who stood for democracy and the rule of law. This is a historical day for all Sri Lankans.

      May Sri Lanka prosper and the citizens live in peace, respecting each other’s God given rights.

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      Dayal
      Do not get too sentimental about parliamentary politicians.
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      The leaders of “the people who were deprived of their human rights and citizenship rights in the past” have been treating the parliament as a casino for two decades now. their role was not particularly commendable.
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      As for the TNA its tarnished its newly earned all-island reputation by placing demands on the UNP to support the vote of confidence in Ranil, yielding to pressure from within and outside.
      *
      The Muslims are still bitter about the anti-Muslim violence and the proximity of the perpetrators of that violence to the SLPP. But they are not thrilled with the way the UNF -SLFP regime handled recent events in the Hill Country.
      The Muslims and Hill Country Tamils are blessed with the most opportunist leaders one can imagine.

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      Well written article. Congratulations to you, Dr. Ameer Ali!

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    It is not UNP or SLFP or Mahinda or m&s …
    But it is all about of democracy; the human right and the rule of law ..
    It is future of this nation
    It is all about lives 22 million Sri Lankans ..

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    Dayal, you drew tears from eyes.

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      Looking at the list of petitioners to the Supreme Court, more than 90% of them, from Kabir Hashim to the others, are Muslims, is there a hidden agenda underneath all this, Ameer Ali?

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        NonRacist
        My advice: stop calling yourself thus. The question you pose, frames and is framed by racist ideology. Muslims can’t be democrats, that’s what your question presupposes; damned if they defend democracy, damned if they don’t. For you, Muslims’ impulse for democracy carry a secret, a hidden agenda. You prefer to remain blind to their political commitment to democratic norms.

        Lets consider the history of so called Muslims’ “hidden agenda” as fantasized by Islamophobes who claimed to be non racists. It says more about non Muslims than about Muslims. One of the hidden agendas attributed to Muslims, not so long ago, was sexual reproduction in pursuit of demographic majority, displayed by the poisoning of food (served to the Sinhalese) with illicit birth control pills. Now it’s the nefarious Muslim passion for due process, procedure and the rule of law- democratic norms which the Sinhala chauvinists led by Sirisena and Rajapakse find odious and intolerable.

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      Noor Nizam well done ! You’re edited out again, scurry back to your Racist Web!
      , Hurry , you have no place here on CT.
      Get lost.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali,
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    When you didn’t include UNP in the list, it looks like other minority parties helped UNP or RW, and not the intention of safeguarding democracy.

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    Yes,
    Congratulations JVP, TNA, SLMC & ACMC! for fighting for democracy.

    But what happens tomorrow when UNP forms the government and SLMC and ACMC leaders take cabinet posts leaving the other two in the opposition..

    Democracy will take a backseat and power blinds them.

    A United Front will only be a pipe dream!.

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      S K.
      Agree.
      SL”S are a very emotional lot.
      It’s an illusion to be a “Democracy” and has
      “Buddhist Philosophy” as a state “Religion”
      This is only a temporary respite.

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        Sarrij
        A perestroika observation indeed.
        The State is constitutionally wedded to a particular Language,Religion and Poya holidays.
        It’s just a fleeting illusion.

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    Now Ranil must resolve the issues with minority , especially what the tamils of waht they asking for, Any reasonable demands must be meet and take the country forward. Hope for a better Lanka in the future

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    The political ideology of Islam of ISIS is working very hard to be established an Island to by occupy Eastern Province for Muslim regime back by USA UK and Indian ruling classes.
    The aim of partition of Island for Tamils for North Eealm , Muslims for ISIS of MC that has political region in Eastern Province; and Upcountry for New Tamil Region led by Tamil Progressive Front of Mano Ganash and Digabaram build grand alliance in incoming govt. led by UNP of RW.

    The UNP +JVP+TNA are that key players of New grand coalition incoming govt. led by RW and CBK of New UNP leadership . The change Map of Sri lanka will be draft in Table of PM office led by RW+ CBK drawer ready in their table. Partition of Island is Absolut after judiciary coup led SC judges initiated by UNP leadership of RW.

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    All those PETITIONERS must not take any political advantage of this verdict; but take a “JOINT EFFORT” to tell the people that it is a “PEOPLES’ VICTORY” and further inform and educate them, on what “PRINCIPLES” a struggle has to be launched. Towards that end the “Writers” too must inculcate that aspect in the minds of the people while thanking the leadership given by political parties as well as the citizens who stood against violations of PEOPLES FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS and UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION of the country. In the same manner, awareness must be established in the peoples’ thinking of the “1st Respondent” – the Attorney General who challenged the legitimacy of the SC to hear and determine the petitions which were filed on the basis of “Violation of Fundamental Rights”. The SC has dealt with this “Objection” at length and DISMISSED the AG’s written submissions and clearly established that the SC is the proper CUSTODIAN of preserving the citizens rights enshrined in the Constitution. For this DECLARATION (refer pages 28 to 34 of the final report of SC), I extend my unreserved BIG THAN YOU to the panel of seven Judges . I request all future WRITERS to address this matter and educate the PEOPLE of all walks of life the NEED to be vigilant at all times and check the political gangs who usurp the PEOPLES POWER.

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    During the debate in Parliament S.J.V Chelvanayakam, C.Vanniyasingam, Dr, EMV Naganathan spoke vehemently against the bill and voted against it. However, GG Ponnambalam who was the leader of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress went through the motion of opposing the bill but never spoke or voted against the bill. The reason being he was secretly negating with DS Senanayake for a portfolio for himself and Parliamentary Secretary posts for two other Congress MPs. GGP was sworn in as Minister of Fisheries and Industries on September 03, 1948 even before the law came into operation. SJV felt that this was a gross betrayal on the part of GGP who has sold his soul for a Minister post. SJV broke away from the ACTC and formed the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) at a meeting held on December 18, 1949, at the GCSU Headquarters in Colombo. In his inaugural speech SJV, the founder of the ITAK declared that only those who pledge that they will not accept office until the establishment of an independent Tamil state should join the party. Later this was restricted to elected representatives in the parliament. For the last 69 years of existence, the ITAK has faithfully stood by the pledge. It is obvious that this pledge was the direct result of GGP fought for 50:50 suddenly somersaulting for the sake of a Ministership. This piece of history explains why the ITAK refuses to accept office in a cabinet formed by the Sinhalese parties.

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      Dear Thanga, Thank you for summarizing relevant history. If you are supporting the view that ITAK must not accept positions in cabinet formed by Sinhala majority parties, I must say it is people like you in both communities are the primary obstacle for any reconciliation of the two communities and you offer opportunities for people like MR and Wiganeshwaran to thrive by appealing to the so called ‘nationalistic’ opportunists.

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    Congratulations are well in order as we are now one step closer to becoming the next Libya! The crabs in the pot are enjoying themselves not knowing what is in store for them.
    The UNP has just one and a half years more left in this government. Why can’t they go in front of the people and say what they plan to do in that time and ask for their approval?
    No, they can’t. They know the people are fed up with them and they’ll never get the approval of the people for what they are going to do…….namely to make another Libya!!!

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    Thank you Mr Ali.

    Step 1. Well said.

    Step 2.Can all the participants you mentioned ‘now’ loose all their identities and form a Sri Lankan Green Party with a green manifesto for a bright future representing and giving alternative to ‘all’ Sri Lankans a non partisan progressive politics? with minimum adminstrative bureaucracy/red tapes/waste of resources/racism working to ‘One Mother Lanka’ concept?

    As a starter can they reach out to Sri Lankans and ask forgivemeness for their crimes too? Peace and reconciliation starts at home. So we know the parties you mentioned understand ‘what free and fair elections’ are all about during the ‘truth’ admitting process for the past 40+ years and we can accommodate in the mainstream body of SL politics. We SL are interested in this process rater than a war crime process limited to the last few days of the war.

    We need a country with no Language/Religious/Race politics where such parties are banned.

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    When it comes to saving Democracy in Sri Lanka all ethic difference was forgotten. In the same way, resolving the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka should be the next step. Democracy belongs to all communities and should not be abused by the majority community. Will the majority community take action to resolve the HR violations issues against the communities that saved democracy. It is a question of GRATITUDE.

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    Democracy is the catch phrase touted and prostituted. But what is this so called democracy? Can anyone give a definition to it?
    Meaning of Democracy may have many meanings to many people.

    RANDY: Ranil has nothing to resolve with minorities and specially with Tamils in Sri Lanka.. “Nalliah Thayabarans’ criticism is self explanatory.
    Evil in Tamil Culture which was transmitted to VP is represented precisely & accurately in the LTTE Flag flown by the “Tamil Diaspora” as their symbol of pride.
    RANIL WILL HAVE TO SETTLE WITH DIASPORA WHO ARE FOREIGN PASSPORT HOLDERS.
    Every inch of the LTTE flag question the value of our capacity to Co-exist with other Communities in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic & multi-religious Sri Lanka.
    So, GGP too has back stabbed SJV.
    MS back stabbed MR in the South.
    As for the Muslims (ALMS & ACMC) who have taken a lead role in petitions what their motive or the hidden agenda?

    WHOM DO WE TRUST GOVERN SRI LANKA?

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    Ameer Ali

    Good to see you making some sense now. Here is hoping that you will continue in this fashion in your future articles

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    Ameer Ali,

    It is too soon to celebrate.
    Thanks also to the Judiciary. I am sure their decision was a based not only on the legality but also on circumstantial evidence.
    The threat of Indian intervention if MR was confirmed was a key factor. The Nation breaths a sigh of relief. Malidives must be at the back of everyones mind.
    Maldives is 2000 miles away and Sri Lanka is only 22 mies from India and India will never allow any foreign power to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka and Sinkalams must realize that.
    In Maldives at the last election there was a Pro Indian Party and Pro Chinese Party and the campaign was all abbout Indian Intervention. In the end people were sensible and voted for Pro Indian party and India has offered to pay off all the Chinese debt in return for a Miitary present.
    In Sri Lanka if there is an election MR will sweep the board .
    The choice for the Nation cant be any starker.
    RW will hand over Hambanthotta , Colombo Port , Palaly to India voluntarily ( which was the cause of the feud between MS & RW ) whereas under MR India will take it by force . Make no mistake. .
    INDIA has totla Jurisdiction.
    I have an advice for Maahintha Lovers like Dayan, Laksri. If you want to avoud an Indian take over campaign for a prudent leader like RW who can work with India and the Choice is yours.

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      A lot in common with TNA too as PLOTE (COMPOSITE PARTY FOR LIBERATING THE Sri Lankan and the World TAMILs IN MANY WAYS) try to ovethrow Maldives 2000 miles away in 1988 was a lesson Maldives never forgotten an in-fact they were saved by Indian intervention then. Cool what do we know.

      Democracy is the catch phrase touted and prostituted indeed. A regional success for a culture allowed their children to be mercenaries for someone else. That is why I keep saying we should have Tamil crime against Tamil for the past 40+ years for us to have a real discussion on human rights.

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    TNA is not a political party. Court papers recognized Sampanthar as Opposition Party leader. Like all other Political Parties, Mano Ganesan’s TPA also filed the court case and appointed its Lawyers. Fight for democracy ended up as worldwide fight. TPA can duly call it progressive, because this might the first one in this kind of Political activity of any upcountry political parties. Ranil had recognized the whole thing in his speech. But amazing Manohara De Silva was trying to make it as a Tamil -Sinhala fight inside and outside of court. But other Lawyers, even from his group, did not entertain. So it died inside the court.

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