By Granville Perera –
Dayan Jayatilleka, the incorrigible nitpicker’s performance at the Nugegoda meeting of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), organized by the discards of the Sirisena coalition to bring back the tyrannical Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate at the next general elections, could have put Joe Abeywickrama’s best cinematic performance to shame.
He was tasked to read out a simple message from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and our dear Dayan, the nitpicker takes the podium, reads out the message with such drama, that Mahinda Rajapaksa, if present in person would not have been able to perform better with such rhetoric exhilaration. A nomination for the next Oscars would be very much in line.
Dayan, continues to be a political thorn, as far as the majority of Sri Lankans are concerned. His aggressive attacks and accusations on the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration after his un-ceremonial dismissal from his diplomatic postings in Geneva and Paris brought a lot of sympathy towards him as he did well to defend Sri Lanka in Geneva at the UNHRC sessions, when he was functioning as the permanent representative of Sri Lanka. His sudden turn around to stand by Mahinda and defend him at any cost has exposed his hidden agenda of being the “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, or was it another Vasudeva gimmick to continue milking state resources to replenish his thirst for luxury.
The media, unfortunately has played right in to Dayan’s agenda and has provided him with much space to achieve his hidden objective of portraying Mahinda Rajapaksa as the savior of the nation. Two private television channels, primarily are the cause for this mediocre political analyst to gain so much prominence. One channel of-course has an axe to grind with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and will use anyone or anything to destroy Ranil. What they failed to achieve with millions worth of financial backing and airtime through Sajith Premadasa, Maithri Gunaratne and Shiral Lakthilake, they are probably succeeding through Dayan Jayatilleka. Dayan conveniently ignores the responsibilities of Rajapaksa as President who failed to ensure that rule of law prevailed, democracy, human rights, independence of the judiciary, police and media are prerequisites for an enlightened society to live peacefully. He had been trained to lie for his country in his diplomatic postings and now he is using his newly acquired skills to lie to the nation about a despotic leader, who along with his family has looted enough to buy a few Islands in the Seychelles and live in luxury for generations to come.
I consider Dayan to be an extremely intelligent and capable intellect, but his sudden bootlicking of Mahinda has turned his former colleagues and friends in media and civil society to look at him with total disdain. A man who stood by democracy, human rights and ethnic harmony has overnight joined a bigoted band of political discards to spearhead a racist and extremist campaign to bring back a tyrannical leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa back in to power to meet their narrow personal objectives.
Dayan’s lost love for Prime Minister; Ranil Wickremesinghe is no secret. He despises Ranil as if he is a scourge that would destroy him. This dates back to many years and it is difficult to fathom as Dayan was also a stooge of the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, and Ranil was an ally of Premadasa when Lalith Athulatmudali and Gamini Dissanayake challenged and battled for the UNP leadership. Dayan is a habitual betrayer, and history is clear about his betrayal of Vijaya Kumaratunga’s Sri Lanka Mahajana Party when he crossed over to support Ranasinghe Premadasa after he returned from exile in South India. He left the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party voluntarily but not without betraying Vijaya Kumaratunga, which led to his killing in February 1988. So, few expected him to continue his hatred towards Ranil, but this wound seems to have festered beyond healing.
His support and commitment to the 13th Amendment that also cost his lucrative position in Geneva should have made him friends with the United National Party (UNP) and Ranil Wickremesinghe, but it seems that, his support for it was purely to satisfy his handlers in India. On the other hand, it is also alleged that he pissed off the Israeli’s that cost him his job as the permanent representative in Geneva. Whatever, are the reasons for his dismissal, his arrogance and superiority complex in him that is the root cause of his diplomatic debacle.