26 April, 2018

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Dayan Jayatilleka’s Oracle

By Somapala Gunadheera

Somapala Gunadheera

Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ), the rolling stone that appears to gather no (dogmatic) moss as it rolls, has made a prophesy at the Nugegoda Rally, as claimed by him in the Daily Mirror last week. DJ prophesizes a political “Titanic” and admonishes, President Sirisena that he should eject Prime Minister Wickremesinghe before it hits an iceberg and sinks.

Leaving the possibility of a political Titanic for later consideration, it will be useful to discuss DJ’s comments on the PM, which are leading to the disaster as he claims. “PM’s policies, personal style and the aggressiveness of his loyalist UNP hawks have become alienating and polarizing factors all around the political compass. The PM is radioactive; a hate symbol; the target on the back of the Sirisena dispensation, the SLFP and the UNP itself”. One cannot dismiss this charge offhand. But if the forecast is valid, it can be avoided by considering the validity of DJ’s reasons for the charge and taking positive action to correct the faults, if applicable.

Speaking for myself, I felt disappointed by the PM’s personal style and the aggressiveness a few months ago. His interventions in Parliament sounded rude and offensive, unbecoming to his position. But of late, he has corrected his tone and attitude, may be under professional advice. One cannot also deny that ‘loyalist UNP hawks have become alienating and polarizing factors all around the political compass”. That fault also can be corrected by honest introspective reflection and a Cabinet reshuffle that appears to be long overdue. The charge that ‘the PM has a crisis of legitimacy’ and that ‘the bond scam has blown a hole below the watermark of his incumbency’ also rings a disturbing bell in the public mind. The devious route that the relevant investigation is taking has become a joke and the sooner that matter is finally disposed of is the better for the Government in power. These corrections would naturally remove the hate symbol on the PM, if any.

“Governmental dysfunction and deadlock leading to disinvestment and implosive collapse” is also a matter that should receive close attention. The root of dysfunction appears to stem from the attitude to entrust functions to a few selected favourites and hope for the best. There seems to be no managerial coordination, supervision and targeting. The ‘deadlock leading to disinvestment and collapse’ can be prevented by positive and pragmatic action on the ground. RW has a tendency to keep rattling on future plans to disbelief and ridicule. It appears to be an extension of the ‘bracelets syndrome’ in his youth. An ounce of investment on the ground is worth a ton of boasting about imaginary plans in the pipeline. The challenge is to see that investments become visible to the public eye and that they are credible. Unfortunately, investments made with much fanfare and celebrity participation have led to embarrassment. The Volkswagen factory at Kuliyapitiya and the Horana tyre factory are clear cases in point.

However, I do not believe that DJ’s admonition to President Sirisena that he should eject Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is a workable proposition. MS’s presidency is only an impeachment motion away under the present power configuration in Parliament. He can be removed from power more gracefully and plausibly than the ejection of Her Ladyship Shirani Bandaranayaka from the seat of Chief Justice. Of course, a split in the current coalition might result in the loss of the two-thirds majority of the Government but even after a breakup in the current coalition, RW will retain enough seats to continue in power. Judging from his restraint, tactful course corrections and self-negation, it is clear that MS is more aware of his vulnerability than anybody else. Being a hardboiled politician, he would know that for him to jump out of the coalition is to jump over the Nilvala Bridge. That automatically rejects DJ’s admonition to eject the Prime Minister.

Although the current rate of performance is obviously below par, I do not believe that the “Titanic” would hit an iceberg and sink in the long run, if only the government resorts to course correction and effective governance even at this late stage. That calls for efficient delivery on several fronts.

Many leading opponents of the regime in power are accused of grave crimes but not a single of the charges against them has been proved in a court of law, so far. People are getting tired of seeing VIPs of the last regime being arrested and re-arrested in a row and being remanded. It is true that charges involved in these cases normally call for time in the investigation. It is for the Government to cut short these delays by law reform and assignment of efficient prosecutors to handle them. If the legal system could be vitalized to finalize a few sample cases in quick time and if the cases end up with the conviction of at least one or two leaders of the past, the tide against the Yahapalanaya is bound to turn. That would automatically put the current rubble-rousers on the defensive and create space for the rulers to show positive results.

As much as expediting the cases against persons opposed to those in power, it is necessary to do the same in the case of those with the Government, if they are accused of wrong doing. The bond scam comes to mind here. May be that those who are accused will be proved innocent after investigation. The duty of the rulers is to arrange for prompt investigation so that the impugned may come out of the cloud at the earliest opportunity. The Government does not have to worry about insiders taken to task for their crimes, crossing over. They will only bring embarrassment to their destination and glory to Yahapalanaya. There will be many volunteers competing to replace them.

Reviving the decadent economy is a prime duty of those in power. Any amount of blame placed on the management of the economy by the predecessors will not help here. They have been displaced for their faults. The newcomers have been brought in to correct them. The situation is reminiscent of Andare who took a bet to carry a rock stone asking his challenger to lift it on to his shoulder. The greatest need of the time is income generation and poverty alleviation. That calls for more and more investments. It is important to ensure that such investments do not compromise the country’s future. The demand for vitalizing the economy cannot be met by trivial increases in fines and the price of sweep tickets. While the output from these ventures is negligible, they result in the alienation of hordes of supporters who helped to bring the regime into power.

National reconciliation is another priority. That can be brought about by ensuring equality to all the citizens of the country. Economic and cultural discriminations against the minorities in the past have taken a heavy toll. The resulting conflict has led to the death of thousands on both sides and to a stagnant economy. However, much circumspection is required to solve this problem, given the tendency of power hunters to rouse the masses on this explosive issue and upset the apple cart. Nevertheless the sooner the mindset of the people is removed from favouritism, discrimination and separatism, the better it would be for a united and prosperous Sri Lanka.

My own belief is that our own Titanic sank shortly after it was floated 69 years ago. The task before us today is to refloat it. If those in charge act sincerely and positively to rectify the mistakes of the past and rebuild the economy and grant equality to all citizens, I am convinced that our Titanic would surface at the next election, manned by an educated, law-abiding and uncorrupt crew consisting of sailors of all communities carrying the national flag triumphantly.

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    If the country becomes ungovernable due to protests and the step motherly treatment of burning issues, some elements of the society will resort to violence which is not acceptable at all.However what is the option that you suggest? Course correction is just two words that make no meaning to me. What if the majority MPs feel the heat and suggest to president to resolve parliament and go for a new mandate? I believe that will resolve a lot of issues and obstacles instead of dragging and postponing everything with no solutions!

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      Somapala Gunadheera

      RE: Dayan Jayatilleka’s Oracle

      “Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ), the rolling stone that appears to gather no (dogmatic) moss as it rolls, has made a prophesy at the Nugegoda Rally, as claimed by him in the Daily Mirror last week. DJ prophesizes a political “Titanic” and admonishes, President Sirisena that he should eject Prime Minister Wickremesinghe before it hits an iceberg and sinks.”

      Is Dayan Jayatilleka suffering from a disease? Can some doctors cure him? What about so me Kattadiyas?

      He sees massive crowds, when others do not see massive crowds>. Is that an eye ailment? Just curious.

      Given below is a picture of the “mammoth Nugegoda rally “ Dayan described.

      Did Dayan get Wimal Buruwamsa of 2/2=0 fame, to count? Just curious.

      https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16265272_1369047033168041_8507111925270553086_n.jpg?oh=9e2df6651f91ed333b9bb802cb203b0a&oe=591329AF

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        Another “intelligent” comment from Marakkalamasiri!

        Has this idiot sitting on his brains completely destroyed all grey matter within his skull?

        He needs to see a doctor about that!

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      Is Dayan a rolling stone failing to gather moss or is he a moss trying to cling onto a rolling stone.

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      If Dayan or the like men would have been born on a western soil – they the health professionals would fearlessly catergorize his as a psychological problem – but poor srilanka seems not seeing it yet today.
      The man himself goes on record to tell about his boasts in every second line – is believed to be a specialist to Sirasa even today while not any of the othe rmedia seems to be even thinking of th eman and his existence by today. All the predictions made by him last time were like that of Sumanadas Abewickrama and other like minded astrologers, however, to sound the articles professionals, he was tricky enough to include few references and repated narrations about his own experiences. All in all, I feel the kind of men – with devious thoughts and agendas to stand against his choices RW, CBK or anyone in that category are the main problem of the country today.

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    DJ a dejected politician trying to survive thru MR.

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    The Lankan tin pot Titanic became unseaworthy when it hit the disenfranchisement iceberg of Indian &Pakistani Act in 1947/8 and sank into the narrow gap of the sea channel that separated it from it’s subcontinental neighbour.
    Now it has got so rusty and has wide gaping holes,it has become impossible after 69 years to repair and make it re- float because further de- construction work for the country is been performed and is continuing based on that rusty foundation of that sunken vessel up to date because the possibility for a new crew emerging to refloat is yet to be born and get re-educated on how to do it is very remote as I see.

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    DJ should have advised MR of the iceburg looming at a distance to save him. Too little too late. Anyway MR abandoned ship two years before that saved him from drowning.

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    DJ’s only objective is for MR to become the President and then he will become an Ambassador?

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    It looks like Dr.DJ is going to be an oracle to both Donald Trump and Theresa May. Dr.DJ is going to teach some rituals so that John Bestcow become ineffective in banning DT’s address to British Parliament.

    So called Fiedal Csatro worshiper Dr.DJ, loves both DT and TM.

    Oracle & smart patriot DJ has so many dreams to fullfill and wants MaRa back at any cost.

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      I think not even young students at the Univesity would take them serious when it comes out of the mouth piece of DJ – it is just an insult to Fidel to even cite DJ with him. DJ s nemesis is becoming clear to the nation with the time, however, SIRASA sender seems to be abusing him to stand against Ranil.
      As if pests like coconut beetles are targetly irradicated by introducing counter attacking beetles, Sirasa has chosen the personlity.
      However, DJs fall is inevitable. Please check his archives if the guy has ever been consistent. For me and the like the boy is YET similar to one who is in his transission age.

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        Sirasa desperately tried to get rid of MR ;thus, they backed the then common candidate MY3 with their ulterior motives , now Sirasa reveals their hidden agenda openly by slinging mud at RW . in return Sirasa wants their man Sajith in power at any cost , period ! who is backing Sajith ? none other than our so called political analyst DJ , who would ever take DJ seriously ? only Sirasa seems to be doing this dirty game . please boycott Sirasa , don’t watch , spread the message !

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          what are the ulterior motives of Sirasa ?

          I would like to know why Sirasa was not that active with Gambadda prior to the elections ? Was that becasue the fears kept on Meeharaka Rajapakshe ?

          Yes, right at the moment Sirasa, Hiru, Derana are all three notreliable. Not the least.

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            Sirasa wants their version of politics to market and sell straight in to SL masses ;thereby , portray a pseudo image of the incumbent regime. no body would buy their BS like Gammadda crap , they are fully aware of the current status quo of their channel ratings ;hence, they just adapt cheap popular programs to attract vulnerable audiences. furthermore , Sirasa is single handedly responsible for the deterioration of SL youth’s values.

            Dearana , Hiru are in the same boat , all they want is , their Maha raja back in power , whereas Sirasa wants their blue eyed boy “sajith ” at the helm.

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    Thanks, Somapala Gunadheera, for an excellent article.

    “People are getting tired of seeing VIPs of the last regime being arrested and re-arrested in a row and being remanded.”

    Compare with what is happening in the USA at this very moment of my writing. It is really fascinating watching this 15 minute YouTube clip of what happened just about three days ago when a Judge, below the rank of Supreme Court stopped Donald Trump in his tracks:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfOSmXTaH1A

    PLEASE click on that link; the civilised behaviour that you see there is incredible.

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    Dayan Jyatilleka got belly full from Shyamon Jayasinghe in this column.He has no answer. He pretends to have the forecasting ability but all his recent political forecasts misfired. Why did he not advise Mahinda in time to prevent him from losing to Sira?

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    Impeachment assumes the President is less popular than the PM in parliament. I would argue that the official SLFP, the JO, and the JVP would hardly impeach MS and open the door for RW to be strengthened.

    The tone in parliament and on TV debates is far more hostile to the PM than to the President– and that hostility comes from all around the party-political spectrum.

    The PM is vulnerable in several ways: a no-confidence motion ( on the bond scam among other things), a defeat at a referendum on a new Constitution/constitutional change, a simple removal from above a in 2004 and a Hartal ’53 situation which caused a PM to retrench.

    Let’s revisit this topic one year after Nugegoda Jan 27th i.e. in January 2018, and see how the oracle has fared shall we?

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      A fair enough request, that we wait a year.

      But by January 2018, the chances are that DJ’s present humiliations would have been forgotten.

      And let’s grant that the guy is more learned and intelligent than any of us!

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        Dayan’s problem is, he thinks he can fool some – at least they are kind enough to pretend they believe Dayan – but Ranil has never bought Dayan’s bull and never will. And Dayan knows that. Ranil may be not that smart, but he, at least got this one right.

        Hell hath no fury like Dayan scorned.

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      Your first enemy is

      Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe

      Then your second enemy is

      Mr My3pala Sirisena

      —————-

      Your favourites are

      a) Mahinda Raja/Jarapakshe

      b) Mr. Sajith Premadasa

      So it is public secret the manner you twist things in favours of your men.

      Vitage point and the only programs you are currently given a space
      you make every effort to be the key man .. except your sad particiatioon to the Nugegoda Stage which every one looked down upon… seeing you again sitting with the dogs publicly… however, your tick s problem will be much more contrast in the near future. That is inevitable. Basta

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      DJ should know that this is not a good time for astrologers. At this moment astrologer Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni (Yes that’s him; the Sri Lankan coward who hit the defenceless Rajiv Gandhi from behind during a ceremonial inspection of the guard) is suffering for having predicted the death of our President last month. When I last looked, the Blessed Maithripala looked very hale and hearty, and quite natty and debonair in spotless national costume.

      DJ is getting strident in his desperation (so visible in Nugegoda). In all the excitement, DJ forgets that we are a democracy and that the people could turn quite unforgiving if we should descend to the level of a Mango Republic. (The sight of DJ sprinting trouser less down Bauddhaloka Mawatha will not be a pretty sight).

      The President and his PM are in a ‘danse macabre’. Both know that for one to let go of the other would mean the end for one, or probably both. They need each other like knickers need elastic. That said, this government, from day one, has been all about working together and getting the job done. They had better get better because the alternatives are waiting in the wings, daggers in hand.

      As always, WE the ever-suffering PEOPLE will wait patiently to give our verdict when the time comes.

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        I never thought DJ would take the role of Royal Astrolodger or the like men. Tell me the very same man shouted all high at the time, his god father was about to be reelected in last 08th Jan 2015.

        May be if a person would fall to the level, he cant know what his mouth piece can add.. so pathetic.

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      ” Let’s revisit this topic one year after Nugegoda Jan 27th i.e. in January 2018, and see how the oracle has fared shall we? “

      Like you revisited the previous ‘Nugegoda’ to check on your forecast at that time???

      Get real, man – your forecasts are abysmally inaccurate, so stop being a joke and spare us your crap!

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    I do not think a hartal situation would work under the present context. The nation’s cultural background is such that the ordinary people are averse to conflict and himsa due to centuries of Buddhist influence. That may be why they did not join the JVP riots, in spite of the fact that the JVP’s policies were more people-friendly than those of the Government in power.

    I attribute the success of the 1953 Hartal to the sensitive, renouncing and humane values of Dudley Senanayake. JR in his place would have nipped the hartal in the bud in the ruthless way he tackled the incessant protests after his takeover in 1977. With unending protests, demonstrations, strikes and marches that appear to be causing a public nuisance, openly resented by the man in the street, we seem to be progressively approaching a 1953 scenario. If it materializes JR’s protege is likely to handle it in his mentor’s way. The repetitive tear gas and water cannon attacks are suggestive.

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    Many leading opponents of the regime in power are accused of grave crimes but not a single of the charges against them has been proved in a court of law, so far.

    Both Maithripala sirisena – by reappointing politicians rejected by people and Ranil wickramsinghe – by stealing money from the Central bank, began their this turn of professional lives with corruptions.

    There are many, e.g. Sena Wijesinghe, who screamed about previous govt corruption. Yet he also legally got a car permit to earn some extra cash. That is legalized corruption.

    People wanted disciplined politicians and qualified politicians. Ranil and all the politicians said it is because of JRJ’s contitution. As soone as the govt came, Ranil says needs a new constitution.

    Who wanted the new constituion is GTF, NGOs, foreign countries, and Tamil christians.

    Ranil is blaming the previous govt for borrowing. But, he should reveal how much he has borrowed.

    Ranil’s failure does not mean, Mahinda Rajapakse should come again. Besides extensive corruption, people should understand how arrogant, how respectless, how dithering or misleaind Mahinda Rajapakse was. So, don’t talk about him again.

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    Somapala Gunadheera

    People are burdened with higher taxes and higher cost of living!
    So do no underestimate the voice of the people!

    The biggest course correction required is the getting rid of the corrupt/ineffective elements from the cabinet.

    When honest people lead, The rest will take the correct course. Until then nothing happen!

    I am happy to hear PM has deviated from bully/bullshit tactics and talking sense in the parliament and speak like a statesman.

    But if the choice is between corrupt UNP and Corrupt PA, I would still prefer corrupt PA. They were doing something to the poor and to the rich both.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka has alas made another prediction. Namely RW will be removed by 2018! DJ is competing with Sumanadasa and other astrologers. All his previous predictions flopped. He said MR will win. He said UNP will fare badly . He said Anura Kumar would stand a better chance than his hated objectRW. Despite all these jocular failures DJ is trying it again. He is not really bothered if his prediction will work-to be serious. He just wants to create some uncertainty about RW and the yahapalana government. Pity is RW doesn’t take him seriously at all.
    2.Somapala Gunadheera has rightly pointed out the inappropriateness of the hartal comparison by DJ.
    3.DJ states the PM is ‘vulnerable’ for defeat in Parliament. Very farfetched assumptions. He assumes President Sirisena will get his SLFP numbers to vote against Ranil. He ignores TNA and Muslim votes and he ignores the big majority bloc of UNPers. DJ has got his arithmetic mixed up. This political analyst tries to say something or other and get away with it. He assumes CT readers are bloody fools.
    4. DJ is hooked badly and pathetically in personal vendetta politics and so he cannot distinguish the wood from the forest. He is in a mental trap

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      Good comment Dr. May i also advise sirasa not to hire phoney political scientists DJ to throw mud at ranil at every given opportunity.

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    Dear Mr. Somapala Gunadheera

    I personally do not want to waste anyone’s time and energy on DJ, this would do diss service to CT readers and contributors.
    But I must congratulate your general theme of the article and I particularly like your last paragraph, which gives us hope and enough impact to move forward.

    “My own belief is that our own Titanic sank shortly after it was floated 69 years ago. The task before us today is to refloat it. If those in charge act sincerely and positively to rectify the mistakes of the past and rebuild the economy and grant equality to all citizens, I am convinced that our Titanic would surface at the next election, manned by an educated, law-abiding and uncorrupt crew consisting of sailors of all communities carrying the national flag triumphantly”.

    If we all reasonable citizens may be 70 to 80% of the populace can contribute to the above belief, the nations’ potentials are limitless;
    provided the ship is mastered by a master mariner and ably assisted by a crew worth its salt. Do we have any one to fit the bill, as things are I doubt very much, given the ground situation. The current crew is so entrenched in their own importance and selfishness and with no ideology, it would require a gigantic crane that would “attempt” to lift the ship from the depth of the sea. Then starts the real work!

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    Mr. Gunadheera:
    I agree that National Reconciliation is a priority. But, your statement “Economic and cultural discriminations against the MINORITIES in the past have taken a heavy toll.” is incorrect (only if you mean Tamils as the minority). It should be discrimination of “Rich vs Poor” and “Powerful vs weak” have taken a heavy toll. JVP uprising was not by minority Tamils.

    My point is that the rich and the powerful (Sinhala/Tamil/Musilms) are discriminating the poor and the weak (Sinhalas/Tamils/Muslims). Yes, restoring equality (Educational and other opportunities for the poor, the rural and the weak people in all communities) will help all of us. There is no need for a constitution change for the Tamils. Changing the governments but keeping the same corrupt MPs and crooks does not work either. Enforcing and respecting existing rules and laws; electing educated/refined/qualified/fair leaders will bring peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka. Opinions/debates of folks like Dayan J., and Somapala G., are important to educate the public.

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    OUR TITANIC SANK 69 YEARS AGO, IS SO TRUE. NOW WE ARE ON OUR LIFE BOATS PADDLED BY CORRUPT ARMED FORCES AND IGNORANT BUDDHIST MONKS.

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    What I cannot understand is why all these so called intellectuals are commenting on a quintessential LOSER like DJ. Don’t we have better things to write than to contradict what DJ – the MR NUT SUCKER has uttered. Are we this intellectually bankrupt?

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    The rantings of a frustrated and isolated self proclaimed egoist and political buffoon in social isolation and limbo. DJ is trying his best to impress people with his narcissistic empty headed comments which no one takes seriously and makes for good reading in the toilet to relieve flatulence. Big chip on his shoulder and appears to be scrounging the garbage bin for a meal. Don’t waste your time SG trying to analyse the mumblings of a puppet and turncoat. A waste of energy on the unworthy.

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    What Somapala Gunadheera wishes and dreams here are all good. He agrees with DJ with regard to specific faults of yahapalana regime and wishes course correction while DJ doesn’t believe such course correction through self initiative on the part of the regime would occur or possible. It may be possible that Somapala was one of those so called intellectuals who voted yahapalanaya into power hoping for a true yahapalanaya similar to the folks who hoped for a dharmishta samajaya all those long years ago.

    The problem however is that yahapalanaya has not been built on a solid foundation. The architects were a collection of personalities with disparate agendas and questionable history including questionable competencies in delivering such a noble outcome. Therefore it was very clear from the inception that yahapalanaya was indeed just a slogan and nothing else. The only objective was to defeat a single person (and his family) with no plan of building a yahapalanaya from the day after.

    The subsequent events clearly demonstrate it and it is not difficult for a person of reasonable intellect to understand it. While it is understandable that it is still a massive shock for those who voted genuinely believing a dawn of yahapalanaya and their disillusionment, they should not continue to deceive themselves by living in self denial.

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    Dogs drop fecal matter when it smells something while doing a stroll in the garden or road. In the same way, DJ drops fecal matter whenever he thinks of Ranil Wickremasinghe.

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