13 November, 2018

Blog

Containing Mahinda’s Racist & Kleptomaniacal Neo-Populism; Crisis Of Govt & Latent Crisis Of State

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Danger has surfaced, there is a threat of a return to authoritarianism which may harden into semi-fascism. The dark side is unifying and mobilising. Those who are for democracy, the Jan 8 Movement, the left in all its complexions, national minorities and liberals must prepare to join battle. In 2015 we decided on a common candidate to use as a lever to resolve a Single Issue, restoration of democracy. Democracy has been restored; the lever MS has rotted and been discarded; no problem. If the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, then the people must reawaken every time peril returns.   

About half the LG councils are “hung” in the sense that no one party has a clear majority to form an Administration. This is a consequence of Compensatory Proportional Representation (CPR). I described CPR with an illustrative table in my column on 4 Feb. Take Jaffna MC; the ITAK polled about 37% and was awarded 16 seats (FPP+PR). All others shared 63% and secured 26 seats (FPP+PR); Gajendra Kumar’s party 13 in total, the EPDP 10 and smaller entities 6 seats. Fifteen of the ITAK’s seats were FPP; only one PR. GK’s party and the EPDP won 9 FPP seats between them, but pocketed a thumping 13 PR places under CPR. Had it been an all-FPP, 40-constituency election, the ITAK would have bagged about 30. (All numbers are for illustration).

This pattern has repeated itself all over the Island; not one LG body in Jaffna District has a single-party majority. SLPP got 40% to 50% in many Sabhas but is unable to form an Administration since the balance of power lies with others, UNP, JVP, UPFA/SLFP or CWC. Wheeling and dealing goes on; as usual in Lanka, politicos are bought and sold by the crate. Those who anticipated a power struggle and crisis between a RW-MS Centre and an MR Periphery bungled their arithmetic, again. 

Crisis of Government, not State

I remember reading 10 days ago in the pro-Rajapaksa Island newspaper (not to be confused with Sunday Island) an assertion that the polls ushered in a state of Dual Power. Rubbish it did not! In revolutionary Paris in 1848 real power (physical control of the city, its institutions and the streets) was contested; two regimes were at war. The writings Pierre-Joseph Proudhon describe it well. It was dual power, though the term was coined 50 years later by Lenin to describe chaotic conditions in Petrograd from Feb to Oct 1917 when two governments, two armies, two state-powers prevailed. The nearest Lanka came to dual power was in the Vanni in the 1990s when two states overlapped. The currency was Colombo’s, Colombo paid salaries, sent food and ran services, while the LTTE had an army, police, Ministries (Forestry, Agriculture etc) and levied taxes. Two governments ruled the same people and the same territory simultaneously. It is like that in Syria and Iraq’s Kurdish territories now. Only a novice would call the post LG-election predicament in Sri Lanka dual power.

Still, let’s not quibble over terminology; is there a latent crisis of state power, is dual power on the horizon, are we heading there? I don’t think so; but here’s a hypothetical scenario, and were things to go this way, it would be dual power. Say Rajapaksa mobilises his crowds for direct action, say the streets are occupied with throngs demanding Ranil’s removal, say Ranil refuses and the President is trapped (he cannot dismiss the PM without a vote of no-confidence in parliament). Say fired up masses flaunt de-facto power like in Cory Aquino’s yellow revolution, say relations between LG bodies and the centre break down, the country becomes ungovernable and the military wavers. Now that would be dual power, but we are nowhere near, and most unlikely to get there – except what I will say later regarding the national question.

One other comment before moving on. Prof Hoole’s “Let’s Not Insult Women: Devolving Powers To Women Is No Burden” (Colombo Telegraph 17 Feb) is lucid and essential reading to understand how the 25% minimum quota for women will be implemented. Many people are not clear how this excellent new provision will be executed.

Can the Unity Government recover?

A crisis of state power it is not, but a crisis of government is upon us. If Ranil goes as PM – possible only if his party wills it – it can be used to advantage by yahapalana. Whether RW continues as party leader while, say #, becomes PM is beside the point. The odds favour the status quo, that is a MS-RW-Administration (MS-RW-A) enduring, but be that as it may, what will the UNP do to try to recover by 2020? It will have to undercut Mahinda-SLPP’s three trump cards; racism, the corruption dilemma and cost of living. This yahapalana menagerie is incapable of addressing the first, but it can make headway on the other two.

The government has blackened its copybook by consorting with rogues and killers. If corrupt Ministers – there are stacks – had been prosecuted and thrown behind bars, if the Lasantha case had not been wilfully derailed by powers at the top, if rogues like Mr Tenpercent, Mr MiG and Mr SL-Airlines were in prison, then MS-RW would not be spat upon as now. If the UNP hopes to rebuild barricades by 2020 it will have to make amends for harbouring criminals. I doubt it has the willpower, balls and guts to mount even a belated offensive to throw felons into whatever pit they deserve to be dumped in (unfortunately the death penalty has been abolished). If the UNP acts even now (forget MS he is dead meat) it could improve its electoral prospects. Those calling for Fonseka to be Law & Order Minister are sending the same message in their own way.

A key statistic is that 1.49 million UNP voters (13.04% of valid votes cast) abstained in Feb 2018 compared to August 2015. If the UNP cannot win back this vote bank it does not have a hope in hell. Also note that if, say, half these votes had been cast, the apparent percentage of the SLPP would have slipped from 44.7% to 40.7%, the SLFP/UPFA from 13.4% to 12.2%, and so on with others. I make this remark because, perhaps, chastened UNP voters may not boycott in such large numbers in future Provincial, General and Presidential elections.

Let me touch on cost of living concerns. How is MS-RW-A (or MS-#-A) likely to respond to the popular demand for more goodies to eat and enjoy – long-term development be damned! I am not a UNPer and have no role advising it; my job is to judge what it is likely to do. My answer is, it will swing to economic populism. Mangala’s perspective and budget were long-term and development oriented – it is not neoliberal, notwithstanding the ‘analysis’ of left ignoramuses. It is growth-oriented capitalism. Not my cup of tea, but my point is that this will be pruned. Guardian angels in the IMF will permit more deficit financing (jargon ‘fiscal loosening’), allow increased debt (jargon ‘debt slippage’) – it’s the mutts who come after 2020 who will pay – and wink at concessions to consumption over development (jargon ‘hand-outs’).

People want to eat, drink and anjoi no! The culture of sacrificing present consumption for future betterment is not Lankan, unlike the ethos of East Asia. So, our ensnared government will shift gear to give people what they want. What I anticipate for the next two years is that MS-RW-A (or MS-#-A) will swing in a populist direction to recoup lost electoral ground. Even privatisation – good riddance if Sri Lankan Air goes – will be for the purpose of raising cash to feed the masses. Ranil has attributed the defeat to economic setbacks, this of course is to deflect attention from his failure to fight corruption, but it does indicate that more “hand-outs” are on the way.

Populist economics and an aggressive drive to lock up Rajapaksa era crooks and murderers may pay dividends. My view is that with no other options, this will be the government’s game plan.

Dead-end for Tamils

As for the national question, prospects are bleak. Political prisoners will not be released, return of military occupied land to owners will be at snail’s pace and fittings will be looted before return, rehabilitation at 5000 a year will take 20-30 years to complete, and what about devolution and the constitution? Rajapaksa chauvinism killed devolution, Sirisena was an accomplice. Race and religion, overt or subliminal, have been bigoted for 70 years; deep racial pathology changes very slowly, if at all. Even if the government contains pressure by addressing corruption and easing cost of living concerns, the one trump in the Rajapaksa-SLPP pack that can do much mischief is racism.

The Tamils and the TNA are up the gum tree; the poor sods have been taken for a ride for the fifth or sixth time. They are better off buying real-estate from Elon Musk to settle on planet Mars than to expect justice from the Sinhalese. Tamil nationalism will strengthen, overshadowing a progressive trend in Kilinochi (Chandrakumar) and pluralism in Mannar and Vavuniya.

There will be no devolution, constitutional amendments may scrap the executive presidency but not devolve power to minorities, no police powers, no release of political prisoners, minimal resettlement, inadequate reconciliation and aggravation of the psyche of alienation. This is where a crisis of state power will ripen, slowly but surely; this is Lanka’s latent crisis of state.

The government will awaken to the tactical benefits of economic populism and it cannot evade the corruption quagmire any longer, but it cannot do anything about the Tamils. However, it is neither the government or its supine leaders, but mobilisation of people – including of course the lower rungs of the UNP – that can be a bulwark against tyranny. Hey, any UNP Ministers ready to discard comfortable sinecures and come join and organise the real struggle? Welcome!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 24
    25

    Mahinda is not racist but a populist force. The real racists are inside the TNA

    • 15
      13

      There is no doubt in an any rational human being that not only Mahinda is a racist but also opportunistic. I will challange any one if Mahinda contest next election with a propaganda that he will give will devolve powers to the North eastern provinicial councils including land & police powers (13+).

      • 8
        7

        Ajith,

        So people who are opposing the power devolution to weaken the center is being called racist while the people who demand a mono ethnic heartland for one group of people based on a bogus and hypothetical historic tale is called progressive and democratic. What the world has come to?

        • 7
          4

          Shenali

          “Sinhalese want Sri Lanka exclusively because their ancestors have made this island to be what it is today.”

          The problem is not with Sinhalese who are just like their fellow Tamil kallathonies from south India. Please tell us about the island, what it is now and how you managed to arrive there.

          ” From Anuradhapura to Colombo you can see the handy work of the Sinhalayas to prove it.”

          Mostly artisans were brought from South India.
          Even as recently as in 2013 the rock-cut Samadhi Buddha statue at Rambadagalla was carved out of rock by South Indian team of Sculptures, under the guidance of Master sculptor Muthiah Sthapathi.
          Read the article:

          A lasting symbol of communal harmony
          Wednesday, 1 July 2015
          http://www.ft.lk/article/439491/Www.aquavista.lk

          Go thank Master sculptor Muthiah Sthapathi and his crew. Go thank late Deivanayagam Eassuwaren who facilitated the entire project.

          Why are you so stupid, ignorant, dumb ass?
          We know why, you don’t have to explain.

          Remember “You can run, but you can’t hide”

          • 6
            5

            Native Veddha,

            I have categorically explained in details why you are wrong in that particular news article in CT. Please go and check it out rather than copy and pasting your nonsentric rants everywhere.

            • 6
              1

              Shenal

              Please define nonsentric rants and give synonym of the phrase .
              Please also let me have link to your categorical explanation in details why I was wrong in that particular news.

              You can run you can’t hide your stupidity and ignorance.

              • 1
                3

                Native Veddha,

                Sinhalese are not just like Tamil Kallathonies but with the rest of human population. So, in this regard Sri Lanka must belong to the every person on this earth.

                Tamil Kallathonies lived in their respective homeland in Tamilnadu. Sinhalese lived in their respective homeland in Sri Lanka. Why so the Kallathonies want parts of Sri Lanka for themselves just because they arrived during the Dutch imperialist era?

                Who cares about the artisans? Artisans didn’t come to Sri Lanka for settle. They came here because they were paid to do so. In this regard Dubai must belong to Indians. Am I correct?

                —————————————————————————————–

                Here I found my reply for you. Hope you will be happy now. I would like to see your reply to this if you could do so logically. As I said before No Bullshitting. I need precise answers.

                • 2
                  1

                  Shenali the stupid moron

                  Excerpt from FT article:

                  “The master sculptor was very busy building temples all over the world. He was doing no less than 36 kovils in several countries including the USA, England and Thailand. “This was the first Buddha statue he was handling. Initially he wanted Rs. 5 million for his time, technical advice and construction work at site but ultimately he did it absolutely free of charge. “

                  Muthu Muthiah Sthapathi – a world renowned artiste, was not an unemployed and unemployable artisan, but a highly sought after master sculptor.

                  In your earlier typing you denied any involvement of South Indian artisan in the civilisational process of the stupid people of this island and you dismiss the evidence as ” They came here because they were paid to do so.”
                  You can’t have both ways.

                  You typed:
                  “Sinhalese want Sri Lanka exclusively because their ancestors have made this island to be what it is today.”

                  “” From Anuradhapura to Colombo you can see the handy work of the Sinhalayas to prove it.”

                  I commented:
                  “Mostly artisans were brought from South India.
                  Even as recently as in 2013 the rock-cut Samadhi Buddha statue at Rambadagalla was carved out of rock by South Indian team of Sculptures, under the guidance of Master sculptor Muthiah Sthapathi.”

                  What seems to be your problem?
                  Are you immune from facts, truth and evidence?
                  Or are you allergic to facts, truth and evidence?
                  Are you comfortable with your own myth, stupidity, lies and more lies?

                  • 1
                    0

                    Native Veddha,

                    “In your earlier typing you denied any involvement of South Indian artisan in the civilisational process of the stupid people of this island and you dismiss the evidence as ” They came here because they were paid to do so.”
                    You can’t have both ways.”

                    Even if the Tamil artisans worked in Sri Lanka it was done under the patronage of Sinhala kings and we can’t be so sure that it was indeed the Tamil artisans that did the work in Anuradhapura period.

                    And coming back to your argument that Sinhalese had not built anything but everything was built by Tamil artisans is a statement that is blown out of proportion. Sri Lanka has some ancient work that cannot be found no where else even in India such as moonstones, guard stones and Biso Kotuwas etc., and the Sinhalese irrigation schemes were unparalleled in the entire world.

                    How can you judge that each and every one of these engineering and artistic marvels were done by Tamils who had no knowledge of how the things operate in Sri Lanka.

                • 1
                  1

                  Dear Shenal,
                  I was not going to get involved in this argument, but your absolute ignorance provokes me when you say:”Who cares about the artisans? Artisans didn’t come to Sri Lanka for settle. They came here because they were paid “
                  For your info, the artisans, fishermen AND royalty from India have been settling here for centuries, including the ones who brought the Sri maha Bodhi.
                  If you want hard evidence, look at the online Dutch records of land ownership in coastal areas like Kalutara in the 17th Century. What happened to all these South Indian people? Yes ,they were your ancestors. If you have a name like Wijesingha/ Kulatunga/ Kodipilli/ Wickramasingha/ (and many others), they would have been of Indian origin.

                  • 2
                    1

                    Raman

                    Please note there are at least thirteen Nayakes in the parliament.

                  • 2
                    0

                    Raman,

                    Indeed, Indian people have been settling in this island from very long time. Does that mean Sinhalese have come from India?

                    Then according to your own logic Americans must have come from England and US should belong to Britons.

                    People have been migrating from place to place since the time unknown. That is how humans populated and thrived in this planet. Even India had the influence of the migrating Central Asians, Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Westerners etc., but no one condemns India.

                    • 1
                      1

                      Shenal,
                      ” Does that mean Sinhalese have come from India?”
                      Yes, you have got the drift in spite of yourself!
                      The Sinhalese , the Tamils and the Veddahs or their ancestors did come from/through India when the island was not separated . And, if it makes you happy, it has happened the other way too. There is a group of people called “Ezhavas” in Kerala who claim to have been sent there from Sri Lanka to pluck coconuts. Of course they are Hindus now, just as the ones who came here are Buddhists.
                      You don’t need to be be a Mahavamsa believer ro know all this.
                      Further, you should understand that there were no state borders in ancient times. The concept of a Nation State appeared even in Europe only about 300 years ago. Remember that the King of Holland was also King of Spain.
                      ” Even India had the influence of the migrating Central Asians, Persians, Greeks, Arabs,”
                      The difference is that Indians had wise leaders who formed an Indian nationality regardless of race, They don’t claim that Parsis or Muslims or even Syrian Christians are immigrants with less rights, unlike here where even “national heroes” like the still-venerated Dharmapala were out and out racists.

                • 0
                  1

                  Shenal.
                  The story of Tamils arriving in the island during and after the Dutch is a deceit of Sinhalese tinkering by distorting the true historical fact that the Sinhalese language was the offspring of the richer Tamil language. Sinhalese as a language will be an absurd gobblede gook if not for the Tamil foundation.

                  • 1
                    0

                    Uthungan,

                    Well if the Tamil arrival story is a deceit then why did the Dutch call the Tamil inhabitants of Jaffna as “Malabars”? Why did the Dutch patronage for Yalpana Vaipamalai?

                    Sinhala language was born out of Pali and Sanskrit. It is not born out of Tamil.

                    • 2
                      1

                      Shenal,

                      “Well if the Tamil arrival story is a deceit, then why did the Dutch call Tamil inhabitants of Jaffna as Malabars?”

                      In other words will that mean you will consider yourself a donkey if I say that you are one, is it?
                      Good. I have no doubts now about that now.
                      Thank you.

                    • 0
                      0

                      “It is not born out of Tamil.”

                      What ignorance! Don’t you know that Sinhala has a Dravidian script?
                      I suppose you believe that Sankili who fought the Portuguese was a Sinhalese too?

        • 3
          5

          If Switzerland, Germany could devolve power into regions keeping some valuable portforlios to centre, why not rascals dominated srilanken nation go in the same way.
          Rascals and extremists of Shenal nature would stand on their way, but we can please everyone.
          I think it is high time to lock up Rajaakshe traitors but pretending to be patriots… outreaching masses that have been eating punnakku for long…
          Making human fences around EXTREMISTS the manner, racial slogans spread piror to the eelections, as OPPOSITION LEADER articulated as no other, Rajapakshes misled punnaku eating majority masses.
          That is again abusing the VOTERs.

          There they have been abusing the average mindset for their greedy political gains.
          This goes like it move on a circle in this country from that day on.
          Ballige putha Rajapakshe should be taken away by NATURE can heal the long staying problem.. resovling forever.

          • 5
            3

            Simon De Silva,

            One thing is that Germany is made up of all most exclusively on mono ethnic population. There is no problem in devolving power there because there is minuscule chance of secession based on race or religion.

            In Switzerland however the case is different. Switzerland is made up of several independent cantons which are grouped together for mutual defense. Non of this scenarios are suitable in the Sri Lankan context.

            Sri Lanka was never being an federal state where several rulers ruled on different areas within the island who in turn loosely bonded together for mutual defense or any other factor. Sri Lanka has been always ruled by one king from a one centralized location who had the suzerainty for the entire island.

            So, if anyone demands a federal form of power devolution for Sri Lanka just because some other countries had done it is not a correct way to judge what kind of power devolution Sri Lanka really needs for her own good.

            So, Simon; rather than name calling me as racist individual you and your cohorts should bring forth convincing arguments why Sri Lanka really needs a federal form a power devolution. What good will it be for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka not just in Northern Province.

          • 4
            3

            Simon De Silva

            “If Switzerland, Germany could devolve power into regions keeping some valuable portforlios to centre, why not rascals dominated srilanken nation go in the same way.”

            It is unfair to compare this island which has just successfully entered the dark ages and a Europe that enjoyed Renaissance from 14th–17th centuries.

            One cannot compare dark ages with period of renaissance.
            You will have to wait another 1000 years for the next renaissance period to arrive on this island. I am pretty sure we will miss it too.

        • 2
          4

          Shenal,
          Then why did Mahinda talk about 13+ when he was in power?Why did he appoint an all party committe to find a solution when he was in power? Why didn’t he go for SLPP when Chandrika put forward proposals based on devolution? It is SWRD (SLFP)who put forward first devolution in 1956 and why didn’t he oppose and start this new party in 1956? My point is very clear can he contest next election that he will devolve powers to North east or I will completely wipe out any devolution?

          • 5
            2

            Ajith,

            We don’t know what Mahinda meant by saying he goes beyond the 13th amendment. It could well have been abolishment of the 13th amendment. Nothing came of it other than Mahinda’s rhetoric. So, I don’t think we should give it any importance now.

            Mahinda wanted to find a solution for the ethnic crisis. That is why he appointed an all party commission. He didn’t want to go along the same path as his political opponent the Ranil W blindly.

            What proposal did Chandrika put forward on devolution and when?

            What kind of devolution did SWRD put forward in 1956?

            He can indeed say he would devolve power to North and East in the next election. But, that needs to be categorically described on how he would try to do it. I do not think that he will agree on for a federal type solution or 13th amendment type solution.

            • 2
              3

              Shenal
              He will agree only to land himself on the UN Electric Chair by not agreeing for anything. He could not agree investigate the Rapist Army. But this month Britain has returned one after investigating. UN has returned one. He need not to agree for anything. But the things will take place on their own.He is an extreme modaya to parse and understanding Sampanthar’s speech.

              He won the election. But he could not agree to lead the party. He asked for OPL, last week. When Karu said to him to “the first honestly sit in the opposition benches without playing games”, he is not agreeing to go and sit in opposition. The coward is hiding behind New King.

              All the racist rhetoric going see their time in March 2019, specially yours. Until that put up a little bit with some kind of restraints for your wild thoughts.

              • 1
                1

                Mallaiyuran,

                How can he be landed on the electric chair if he had not done anything? How can UNHR prosecute him without the evidence? Can the biased eye witness reports only be admissible to send a man to gallows?

                Briton and UN didn’t return anyone after investigation. They just bowed down to the peer pressure. The same thing will happen if their was an investigation done by the UNHR in Sri Lanka. They will bow down to the Tamil pressure groups without even trying to investigate the evidences present. Do you still want Sri Lanka to cooperate after all this drama?

                If the current Prime Minister, the President, the opposition leader and the speaker of the parliament have any kind of shame they should have resigned. They have no right to mock a man who has shown time and time again that he still commands the masses support. The current Yahapalana goons have shown the world that they have no understanding of how democracy works let alone full fill the promises based on good governance.

                This is only the beginning. You will see the Tsunami in 2019. The current Yahapalanites will have to find places to hide when the wrath of the people falls upon them.

                • 0
                  1

                  Blah Blah Blah Blah……..

                  New King did not like Old King (in 2015). Old King tried to catch New King on an incident of the other ones rowdy brad assaulted a DIG’s son. So he Left SLFP. Stood in Presidential election. Chased the Old out of the Temple Tree House. Captured the SLFP and became Chairman of that party.

                  After New King captured EP and SLFP leadership, why is he reeling behind New King and hanging in SLFP – Can you explain, with your kind of vocabulary, what kind of honor or pride is this?

                  This guy doesn’t have the courage of even GLP’s, who is an honest guy who said that all the Old Royal thieves are now with New Royals.

                  GLP’s party won an election (LG). Unfortunately he doesn’t have parliamentary representation. He can’t put anyone on there on OPL seat. So he is standing out of parliament decently.

                  Let me ask, Kriela has told to Old King “if you want the OPL you go and sit there”. What is holding this person to hide behind New King? If he asks for Slap Party leadership, he will get it any time. Why is he not taking it? Is that because he is busy building Dams to save water now, so he can create a Tsunami in 2019?

                • 0
                  1

                  Why can’t he make a small wave now in the Parliament by sitting on the Opposition Leader’s Chair instead of making a tsunami in 2019? Is that what they say in Tamils as “The Priest who cannot climb up the roof to catch the rooter there, but teaching how to go up to the heavenly Kingdom?
                  You sound like your 150,000 army is not enough to North-East so you are preparing to invite UN peacekeepers to help you; is that correct?

                  Can I tell you something? Either your vocabulary is very poorly defective you never saw a Drama, so you are calling something else a drama but missing your drama!

            • 3
              1

              So, your answer to my questions are “don’t know”. This clearly proves the use of Eelam fear is nothing other than opportunistic racism. It is sad that you don’t know anything about Banda-Chelva pact or Chandrika proposals. Have you heard of Oslo accord between Srilanka and LTTE?

              • 1
                1

                Ajith,

                Not even me even you don’t know about it but unlike me you pretend to act like you know it.

              • 0
                1

                Shenal does remember anything other than Tsunami and Helping Hambantota. She has already started of dreaming of it again after next (2019) election, even before the election is won by Old Royals

          • 0
            1

            MR was talking about 13++

      • 2
        2

        so this moron’s definition of a racist is not giving in to minority tribal racist demands..lol….classical racist!

    • 12
      9

      He is a racist…

      not once but several dozens of times he has proved it.

      But the abusive folks get caught by cheap tricks being played by [Edited out].

      I tihnk not only Rajapakshe but those who get caught by his tricks are both to be cursed.

      WE THE LANKENS WANT NOT O BE BETRAYED TO THE WORLD AS WE ARE A RACIAL NATION.

      My wish is, nature should punish the bugger et al leaving us in peace.
      us MEANS all those who belong lanken CITIZENRY.

      • 6
        4

        Why only Mahinda.?. Vigneswaran, Baduideen, Hakeem, Sithambaran, Mano Ganshan, even Sambandan, Arn’t They Racialist ?

        • 5
          2

          Somass

          Could you define a Racialist so that we can be sure we mean the same thing.
          Don’t bother if you haven’t got a clue.

          • 4
            2

            NV – “Racialist” by SomAss is cold-blooded murder of the English tongue!

    • 4
      1

      Kumar and Sach: The fact is that ALL the political parties of the Sinhalas are corrupt and the people are between a rock an hard place. . This was a protest vote from a people who have Hobson’s Choice.
      People clarely voted against the collapsing economy and Debt servitude that Bondscam Ranil’s ECONOMIC POLICIES have bought to the country because they know that all the hog wash about development put out by Bondscam Ranil’s and his FTAs is really to impoverish the masses and benefit the elite and global 1 percent. They also know that Ranil was protecting Rajapakse but this did not held Ranil!
      The JVP has still not shed the ghosts of the past and is unconvincing. When will you peddlers of ethnic identity politics realize this?

    • 1
      1

      If that’s true, its even sadder because the population itself has turned racist

  • 15
    10

    Published news items say MR’s wealth is $18 billion. Isn’t that sufficient reason to put him behind bars?

    • 12
      8

      For some petty political reasons the rulers seem to be away from taking actions to punish Rajapakshes and those pigs.

      If I would have been the law and order minister, I would do anything to corner them.
      It was our funds that have been abused by the BUGGER et al. They are shameless. Now they have been given the ground to mobilise human shield as their protection.

    • 2
      0

      Why? Published news is not always correct…

    • 1
      0

      MS also in the same list. Both should go together.

    • 2
      1

      Agnos
      Wealth on that scale could be a reason why he is not in prison.

    • 5
      3

      This $18 billion story first came from Mangala Samaraweera and from the filthy mouth of the liar Rajitha Senaratne. All this money must be hidden in Samaraweera’s back canal. That is why the police can’t find it. Right?

    • 3
      2

      How do you prove…if it is true he will be the richest person in South Asia. don’t just charge at people if you do not have evidence…

      • 3
        2

        Mr. Weerasinghe,

        Many news sites are quoting Forbes Asia as the source. I didn’t have a chance to check Forbes myself. Forbes may not always be correct but when they are wrong, it is usually by millions, not by billions.. But let us say his wealth is only $2 billion instead of $18 billion. Would that not be robbing the country on an unimaginable scale? Compare that to the country’s GDP.

        • 1
          0

          Mr.Agnos

          Lets take a simple example. Average
          Economic growth rate of SL in 2015- 2017 is 4.6 The same in between 2007 – 2014 is 6.4. How come that happen while a thief ruling the country???. Aren’t people who supported the Bond Scam the real thieves??? Reports from foreign nations don’t tell anything but real situation of the country tells everything…

          • 0
            1

            I have no sympathy for those who were involved in the Bond scam.

            But corrupt activity and kickbacks can be easily hidden within economic growth calculations, so your point economic growth means the Rajapaksas didn’t swindle state wealth has no merit.

  • 9
    4

    Current govt s political masturbation almost destroyed everything. Mr Sirisena should be made accoutable for that.
    Just saying that he would punish anyone and everyone but did not do the due.
    FCID – Ms Dilrukshi Wick was sacked by preseidnet just because Gottabaya was to be arrestED:

    Had the men gone through that speedpunishing all, nothing would have ended up this way. Now the mandate given by people have been abused … So what to do now if not go radically against Rajano ?

  • 2
    0

    the mistake made re the lg elections was that they should have stuck to the wards only and not added prop reresentation
    this woulld have solved most problems and greatly reduced the number of members to manageable proportions
    since it was a first 15 percent for women would have been enough

  • 5
    6

    Kumar David: I think the way things go, Only Mahinda rjapakse and gotabaya Rajapakse are the solution to Sri lanka. Otheriwse, it will be disaster because we can not go to India talk our language, and live culture etc, Maithripala Sirisena has also become a big liability.

  • 5
    3

    All in all case that Tamil national question failure to address for New Homeland of that Tamil Speaking people, in Sri Lankan that having their own WORLD and their own Homeland in Tamil- Nadu… India?
    Why is that David Kumar bothered about their survival of future ?
    Absolutely there is 75 Millions of own Tamil ethnics of sibilates of that Tamil nationalism are in Madras India?
    What is that D…Kumar has to do NOT that Allowed and give permitted to Sinhalese live peacefully In Island of Sri lanka?
    It is not look nice make trouble majority Sri Lankan have been inhabited this Island over 2600 years by Tamils having own soil In India? Find another place for better life for Tamils?

  • 6
    3

    The comforting reality is Tamils have a better life now than when VP held them in poverty. Go to Jaffna now and do your own comparison.

    Kumar you seem to be a bit of a racist….

  • 1
    2

    Law and Order will remain with New King. Many FCID, CID officers will face Dilrukshi’s fate. New King is worried only about his businesses and family.
    When this Coalition is over, UNP, (along with SLFP) will bite the dust.

  • 9
    3

    Talking against breaking this tiny country to nine pieces is not racism. Demalu have been doing everything possible to ruin the country from the time of receiving independence because they did not get what they expected from colonial parasites. No separate state or 50:50. Simply because Dravidian Tamils in Tamil Nadu do not have the guts to fight against Aryan North Indians and declare Tamil Nadu where 98% of Tamils live as a separate state, Tamils who do not have a country of their own are trying their best to grab at least a small piece of land from Sri Lanka and call it ‘Thamil Eelam’. Now LTTE is gone; they should form LTTN (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Nadu) and fight for a separate state.

  • 2
    1

    “Containing Mahinda’s Racist & Kleptomaniacal Neo-Populism; Crisis Of Govt & Latent Crisis Of State”; What a heading for a cry of despair from one of the self-claimed fathers of the yahapalana ‘bastard’! This idiot professor of a former leftist, the other political bankrupt Wickramabahu are the only support left for the yahapalana fraud. People will not take any notice of these frauds with vested interests, some are mercenaries paid by Taiwan.

  • 5
    2

    I am really disappointed about your view as a professor. I would like to know what are the rights that have been prohibited for person who has been born as a Tamil in Sri Lanka???You should blame for Tamil politicians for letting Tamil people down…what are the good things mr.Vigneshwaran has done for Tamil people as chief minister..you do not blame him….you say about mr.MIG but he has done his job what people expected then what about mr.Bond Scam why don’t you address that issue which has been severely affected on SL economy…finally backing these empty leaders(MS,RW,A) who do not have any clear vision but endless story telling ability won’t make any betterment for peoples in this Island…please use your educated brain for the betterment of the people of this country…tell the Tamil politicians to take the government allocated funds and work for their people rather singing old racism song…..please fight for that dear professor….

    • 0
      1

      Chandana,
      ” I would like to know what are the rights that have been prohibited for person who has been born as a Tamil in Sri Lanka???”
      Hiding your head in the sand does not change the facts. Even Ranil got himself interviewed by some Buddhist monks in 2004 because there was a rumour that he was Christian ( in 2004).
      In such a situation, how can a TAMIL become President? You know what happened to Travis Sinniah.
      There are many things which are not prohibited by law, but nevertheless are barriers for many different communities.
      Would you explain for example why the forces are about 95% Sinhala Buddhist?

  • 2
    2

    This may help explain why so few Tamils want claim Federalist Region or State of Tamil –NORTH from majority Sinhalese nation said by David Kumar of (Dr) that “this is Lankan latent crisis state” .
    What really they want and on SPEAK by David Kumar of DR new theory of Homeland for Tamil speaking people land in Sri Lankan?
    DK claim that he want “New Constitution” by ‘power devolution’, ‘Police-Power of state’, ‘ Land power for Tamils state’ , while “scraped Presidential power of Republic Constitution”, while ” released all LTTE hard core Tamil prisoners” — without any legal & judiciary procedures and totally “demobilization of security forces” from North region ?
    What is the aim and claims behind that demand by David Kumar? No other than New Tamil Homeland for Tamil Eealm, whom has been claim by Gun Point 30 years war by LTTE-Tamil -Terrorist against Sovereignty- Independent – Democratic, nation of Sri lanka.
    Meantime DK claim that he is/was LSSP of left-oriented school of thought or Party members that level by claim dicramanacation Tamils by majority Sinhalese-race since 1948?
    This is a Tamil Eelam political road map by propaganda and agitations want laid down for an organization network for to be justifies Tamils Territosist armed struggle?
    What I understand that DK want another Eealm war to be undermined and destabilitying our hardly won Independence and Democracy of ours sovereignty after defeated LTTE in year 2009 May 19th?
    The vast swaths of Tamil policy based on the notion key features of emerging Tamil chauvinist of Nationalism. Those outfits of Tamil enforcement agencies are; of Global Tamil Forum, World Tamil Congress and Exile Tamil Eealm state base in USA by Rudakumar and bunch of Tamil diaspora financially sound and physically support by many Anglo-Saxon regimes in Western vital interest base in UK and USA.
    The aim of game plan has political prespactivities and divided Sri lanak for Tamil Regime in north-east.. No body knows where is that DK-Dr stand time being that only knows by God and his Messenger ?

  • 1
    2

    Quote ” lets not insult women” ………. OMG, its none other that Kumar David who insulted Women folk by running NAKED in and around his University Quarters in Hung Hom in his drunken stupor.

    Its Rascals & Extremists of Shenali nature were glaringly evident during the recent demonstration held in front of the SL Foreign Mission in the UK. Pictures showed scores of Eelam Tiger flags that were banned and accompanied by voice ferocious demonstrated Mr. Simon De Silva.
    That show of force was dispecable even to the most peace loving Tamils.
    Locking up Rajapakshes is not the answer………..

    The reason for Dilrukshi’s transfer or resignation from the BC was it because Rajith Senaratne was summoned several times & he never turned up & ultimately ??????????????????????????

  • 2
    2

    Professor Kumar David, you are being very generous in forgiving the MR gang as kleptomaniacs.
    Kleptomania is the insatiable desire to steal SMALL items even though the person has no use for it. The kleptomaniac enjoys stealing and hoarding.
    Where do you think the SLPP funding came from?

  • 2
    0

    “The Tamils and the TNA are up the gum tree; the poor sods have been taken for a ride for the fifth or sixth time. They are better off buying real-estate from Elon Musk to settle on planet Mars than to expect justice from the Sinhalese. Tamil nationalism will strengthen, overshadowing a progressive trend in Kilinochi (Chandrakumar) and pluralism in Mannar and Vavuniya. “

    My Dear Mr. David, enough of this polarization of views. Come on now, old boy, don’t be so miffed about the situation. As you know there are many types of Sinhalese, the hard liners, who thinks lion blood runs in their veins, to the moderates to those who are ashamed of being Sinhalese. Many Sinhalese protected Tamils during the dark days of the past, and some of us even will say ‘well, give a separate state, no harm done.’

    The solution will come when younger Sinhalese and Tamils lose their sense of culture, its already happening with the new Link Language – Facebook, and whatever else. It is the old guard that must fight to keep their ethnicity alive, we have a lot in common. The country will progress.

    What I suggest is that the hardliners unite into a new party, called the Sinhala-Tamil Ethnicity Preservation United Party (STEP – UP), open to only 60+ old codgers where we can both defend tour respective cultural heritages against the soulless curse of modernism, liberal and empty headed and heartless. Together we can keep up the Ethnic Conflict going (attacking each other in words only, of course) while the rest of the country progresses into the future.

  • 2
    1

    The author David is stoking communal fires. We Tamils live in Colombo and have been living here for centuries with. The Sinhalese Moors and Burghers. I don’t know from which part of Sri Lanka he comes from, but he sounds like he is from an estate worker family. But he should not poke his communal ideas here. All this is going to lead to a bloodbath so that David can find refuge in another country. That may be his objective. It is wrong to antagonise the Sinhalese who are friendly and peaceful. David please stop this sort of thing.

  • 0
    1

    VC
    Your reasoning that AKD is stoking communal fires is poor judgment. You should know better about who is stoking communal fire here.
    But to attribute the charge to his probably being from an estate worker family, speaks volumes about your attitude towards fellow communities.
    I can assure something: one does not avert disaster by pandering to the oppressor. Some Jews tried it in Germany, but not successfully.

  • 0
    0

    I understand the benefit of frank open discourse and the value of debating ideas. But reading through the comments, responses and rejoinders, which often descend into personal vitriol and tribal flag waving leaves me somewhat perplexed. I wonder whether allowing comments is really adding value or simply entrenching existing divisions and allowing those with extreme views on both sides to vent. Ultimately this is a question for the editor but also a question to our inner-selves. Has debate in this country really reached rock bottom, or do those with more moderate and nuanced views taken a sensible step away from these public channels of “mis”communication.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 300 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically shut off on articles after 10 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.