20 March, 2019

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Democracy, Not Devolution, The Only Solution For The Ethnic Problem

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

I want to establish in this article that in the contemporary world of multi-ethnic nation states democracy has to be regarded as incomplete and flawed unless it includes measures for the safeguarding of ethnic minority interests, measures regarded not as supplementary but as integral to the democratic order. This applies to the vast majority of nation states today as there are only four, according to other reckonings not more than twelve, states that are mono-ethnic. The reason why a new conceptualization of democracy is called for is that the aspirations of ethnic minorities towards a better life have been growing all over the world, and hence the growing salience of identity politics. Unless those aspirations, to the extent that they are recognized as legitimate aspirations, are reasonably accommodated, it can be held that there is no democracy or that it is deeply flawed. The reason is that democracy upholds as its secular trinity Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, the ideal of fair and equal treatment for all. By that criterion Sri Lankan democracy has certainly been deeply flawed.

It has been deeply flawed in other ways as well. Obviously the mistaken notion is still widespread that democracy is the expression of the will of the majority, just that and no more than that. Actually there is no democracy unless democratic values are respected and its norms are put into practice. The “tyranny of the majority” was exposed as anti-democratic by de Tocqueville at the very inception of modern democracy in the eighteenth century. I would add another factor as a requisite for democracy, without which it will be deeply flawed, and possibly collapse altogether: a vigorous civil society. Western theorists of democracy don’t seem to recognize that as a requisite for democracy possibly because they assume that it always exists in modern societies. That assumption does not hold for countries such as Sri Lanka.

I will go into a few more details to show what I have in mind. Rousseau wrote that the British people were free on the day they voted at the General Elections but in the years in between they were slaves. He was showing the prejudice against representative democracy of a Genevan who had direct experience of the participatory democracy of the Swiss cantons. He had not understood that British democracy, with its rotten boroughs and all its other faults, was an organic growth firmly rooted in British soil over many centuries, and that the potential tyranny of the elected Government was kept in check by the Opposition politicians and also by a vigorous civil society. In Sri Lanka there was no such thing in 1977, and democracy quickly collapsed. In India, by contrast, there was a vigorous civil society and that was why Indira Gandhi’s Emergency lasted only a couple of years, while for the rest of the period since independence democracy flourished unlike in Sri Lanka. One of the main reasons why I have written of the elections of January 8 last year as a Revolution was that it was preceded by a vigorous civil society campaign against the previous Government. That civil society still remains vigorously active. It is one of the reasons why I think that we can establish a fully functioning democracy under which we can find a lasting political solution for the ethnic problem. By a “fully functioning democracy” I mean – for reasons given in my first paragraph above – one in which there are adequate safeguards for legitimate ethnic minority interests, without which there is no democracy worth speaking about.

Whatever might be the fate of 13 A our way forward towards a political solution and the establishment of ethnic harmony can only be through a fully functioning democracy and safeguards for ethnic minority interests as in the West, not through devolution alone. It is understood that the Government is engaged in negotiations with the political parties on a political solution as part of the discussions on a new Constitution; the consensus reached will be put up for public discussion from December onwards; and finally a Referendum will be held. But why should a political solution be made part of protracted discussions on the Constitution when the only matters to be sorted out have been land and police powers under 13 A? Obviously the question of a political solution is being put into abeyance as during the period from 2009 to 2015 – for reasons that are quite understandable. The outcome could be a modified version of 13 A or its jettisoning altogether after the Referendum.

Either way, I hold, the way forward can only be through a fully functioning democracy. It is well-established that a system of devolution can work satisfactorily only if there is a spirit of accommodation between the center and the periphery. That, I hold, will be extremely difficult or may be even impossible, if both sides are racist. It has long been an assumption that the essential desideratum for a political solution is that the Sinhalese side surmount its racism. It has not been understood that the Tamils are also an intensely racist people, very probably much more so than the Sinhalese. I don’t believe therefore that devolution on an ethnic basis can lead to eventual ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka. We can learn by the contrast between the functioning of the Provincial Councils in the East and the North: the former functions smoothly enough with good relations with the center; the latter had to return eighty per cent of its unutilized budget at the end of its first year of functioning, and the Chief Minister – it is said – is not even on speaking terms with the Prime Minister. The explanation for the contrast might be found in the following stark dichotomy: the East is multi-ethnic with a Muslim Chief Minister; the North is mono-ethnic.

Devolution on an ethnic basis can work smoothly only if there is a democratic political culture, one in which democratic values are internalized and democratic norms are put into practice as a matter of course. That is far from being the case in Sri Lanka, and it will take some time before such a political culture gets firmly rooted. A democratic political culture is particularly important for the Northern Provincial Council as without it there can be no fair and equal treatment for the non-Vellala castes and the up-country Tamils who have settled in the North, not at any rate on an assured and permanent basis. A further reason why a fully functioning democracy is essential for the Tamils is the oft-repeated point that most of them are living outside the North, and consequently their legitimate interests cannot be secured through devolution.

We can learn a lot from India about the limitations of what can be achieved through devolution. The basis of devolution in India is linguistic not ethnic. All the states have Hindu majorities and the linguistic divisions don’t negate the sense of a Hindu commonality. In Sri Lanka there is no religious commonality between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, except that there are Christian minorities in both ethnic groups. I cannot understand how it came to be thought that the Indian model of devolution should be practiced in Sri Lanka. Furthermore the basic division in India is between Hindus and Muslims, not between Hindus and Hindus on the basis of different languages. But there has been no devolution for the Indian Muslims, except in Kashmir for historic reasons. How has the hundred million and more Muslim minority been faring in India? True there were the Gujarat riots of 2002, but by and large they have been faring well enough, and they have been doing so not on the basis of devolution but of democracy. Why, then, insist on devolution in Sri Lanka? I suspect that there has been some amount of mental confusion among our Indian friends.

A separate article is required to deal with the practical measures necessary to promote a fully functioning democracy with adequate safeguards for ethnic minority interests, safeguards that should be regarded as integral for democracy in the contemporary world for reasons spelt out in the first paragraph of this article. In conclusion I will mention just three practical measures. One is legislation against hate speech, which can do much for minority interests. Another is an Equal Opportunities Bill which was mooted in the late ‘nineties but aborted because of blatant Sinhalese racism. The most important is the setting up of the equivalent of the race relations boards that flourish in Britain, Canada, and elsewhere. Just those three measures can transform Sri Lanka.

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      2 constitutions – so far.

      1 SiriMao and Muslim . 2 JR and Muslim.
      Neither can do only bloodshed a specialty.
      Now BodhiSira and Muslim constitution. assisted by Barack Hussain.

      Can settlers with no claim of ancestral ownership have a role of conduct and constitution- Unlikely and like the stinking new rich will always be another Kuddu constitution until there is Sharia law.

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        Izeth Hussain

        RE:Democracy, Not Devolution, The Only Solution For The Ethnic Problem

        In Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, democracy was the tyranny of the majority.

        The US Constitution is about 240 years old with continuous adjustments and corrections and average IQ of USA is around 99.

        Sri Lanka, occupied by the Paras, with an average IQ of 79, already had two constitutions, when the Para-British, with average IQ of 100, left in 1948.

        n=1, The First Constitution, but the checks and balances were insufficient.

        n=2, The Sirima, Second Constitution, but the checks and balances were insufficient, with the domination of Para-Sinhala, Para-Buddhists.

        n=3, The JRJ, Third Constitution, but the checks and balances were insufficient, with the domination of Para-Sinhala, Para-Buddhists.

        The last two gave the 30-year civil war.

        Will the current set of Paras, with average IQ of 79, get it? They need to look at the US constitution, with checks and balances, and continuous improvements, that has allowed a black man ti be president and will likely make a woman president.

        Will the Para-Sinhala, Para-Buddhists allow a Para-Tamil or Para-Muslim, born of the soil, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho to be President?

        This “improvement” need to happen.

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          Izeth: Its NOT Either Democracy Or Devolution! Its both, Stupid!

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        That is exactly what happened in the Maldives if your go back in history, you will find no trace or evidence of the ancient Hindu/Buddhist civilisation which once existed on those islets .

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      Izeth Hussain

      RE: Democracy, Not Devolution, The Only Solution For The Ethnic Problem.

      The Paras need to accept that they are Paras, Para-dershis, strangers, foreigners, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. Then democracy and reconciliation will follow.

      Read, Religion For reconciliation: Is It Feasible? By Ven. Galkande Dhammananda

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/religion-for-reconciliation-is-it-feasible/

      //”In this video the underlying message is that we all Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese are defeated; one way or the other. The whole country has diminished in many ways. The catastrophe that tormented the young generation of our society is irreparable. I think we all can agree on these lines.”//

      //”Listen to the lines that the voice of the lady in this video: “ළමයි මහත්තය ඕන”. Most important thing is the children, “හැමෝටම ජීවිතයක් ඕන, හැමෝම ජීවත්වෙන්න ඕන”: everyone wants a life; everyone wants to live”.//

      Video

      https://youtu.be/bREFYFJH-Rs

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    Mr. Hussein:

    One is legislation against hate speech, which can do much for minority interests.

    It is difficult to stop different Mullahs, clerics or others interpreting the Quran the way they want. Because of that, in order to stop Hte speech from muslims against others,ban the Quran.

    You talk about Ethnic problems in Sri lanka. You are saying that because it works for Muslims. That is the best way to man-handle Sinhala – buddhists and establish muslim authroity. Then you start handling christians.

    But, it is the not the muslims who decide how the world should be run. The country that runs the world and policing the world need countries devided along ethnic and religious lines. Certainly in that fight, muslims will not win. They also become capitalists and stop reproducing.

    So, stop your bickering. You are so selfish and self-centered, you don’t want to understand the real world. Your quran is doing that to you by asking you to believe only the quran and nothing else.

    So, you don’t have a investigative mind. Just work to promote Islam.

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    “”if both sides are racist. It has long been an assumption that the essential desideratum for a political solution is that the Sinhalese side surmount its racism. It has not been understood that the Tamils are also an intensely racist people, very probably much more so than the Sinhalese. I don’t believe therefore that devolution on an ethnic basis can lead to eventual ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka. “”

    you got your panties in a twist. SL has only one race (noun) and several races (verb) addu, maddu, meharak, horse races.

    Cause is Faith of the Fascist sinhala buddhist & muslim vs the rest.
    Ethnic violence the Symptoms.
    you don’t have a monarchy like the rest of the world of democracy. these are matters the monarchy resolves not committees or presidents.

    If you look backwards this is a Portuguese disease. Communist/Estado Nuevo
    (Indian army drove the Portuguese away with the collapse of estado nuevo 1970. Lankan changed into Portuguese names. Economic sanctions)

    How do you hold a moonbeam with your hand??

    I would give it back to the British Monarchy and get back a fresh one with ease. We live happy we have it all and its the place to be in the world.Its where everything happens- so many constructive debaters for equality of humans.

    Don’t be panditiyas just for `electrical cutout went out` lets get Germans, no Japanese. Its going to last generations longer than cut out.

    What is important is for all ethnics to appreciate that they are settlers and Islam is a spin off faith to asia. Islam is dangerous ..the partition and blood of the innocent 600,000 beheaded. Keep all religions out of state.

    Someone has to whip the constitution or the island is stuck until the pain in the butt is swallowed by mother.

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    “”The basis of devolution in India is linguistic not ethnic.””

    nappies in a twist once again??

    you are muslim LOOTER of Hindustan and all you know is Camel Race, Beheadings
    but not ethnic because tip cut does not change DNA.
    the partition was plunder by low caste indians called muslims- 1 million square kilometers. they are very mean players of majority by sleeping with any number of women and unloading their offspring anywhere in the world like the cuckoo.

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    Izeth Hussain,

    Your knowledge of politics is like that of a frog in the well:

    Enough of your lop-sided sermons of what is right and what is wrong.

    Why don’t you retire gracefully in your senior years after serving the Sri Lankan state faithfully like an obedient servant?

    Or, you take the paths of racists Mahinthapala and Dayan Jayatilake until you get disgraced by the commentators.

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    Real democracy is the only solution to many of Sri Lanka’s problems. Our politicians, whatever the colour is, have a long way to go on this aspect of governance.

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    Brilliant..thanks mate.

    Even our Sinhala Gurus who are not Yahapalana suckers, would be struggling to put out the reasons like you have done why Vellala Sambandan shouldn’t get his Eelaam by stealth, as Batalanada Ranil and Bodhi Sira are trying to deliver.

    Sorry Dayan, You do a fantastic job too.

    But coming from this representative of the soon to the biggest Ethnic minority, will make more inhabitants realize, Batanada’s Bantustans is not the way forward as far as the great majority of the inhabitant population are concerned.

    And you nailed it, by pointing out the plight of the non Vellala caste inhabitants in the North.

    And the poor Indian Origin Estate Tamils in the South..

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      “”And the poor Indian Origin Estate Tamils in the South.. “”

      they are not poor at heart but you need their lingo; even the one language policy of the english has a strong listening angle so they remain curious and great.

      we thought your Dalit org had completed seducing them??

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        Mate,

        What I can I do when their own leader, Indian Ganeshan is in UNP , Anglican , Vellala and Whabi Faction leader, the Yahapalana PM Batalanada Ranil’s pocket.

        And comes out every now & then comes out with screeching demands to help them.

        The latest is, his demand that Sinhala Dalits must learn Tamil if they want to get a gig in Yahapalana Public Service.

        Now, which Tamil Dialect does he want the Dalits in the South to learn?.

        Do his people in Udu Pussellawa speak the TNA dialect?.

        Yahapalana Leaders do not think or haven’t heard that there are Dalits among our inhabitants.

        I mean Economic Dalits..

        Did you read what Yahapalana Chief Patron , whiskey Madam told the Colombo Elite the other day?.

        She told them that when she left the Presidential Palace , our inhabitants were among the richest 75 nations in the World.

        It is a pity that there is no G75.

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    Salaam Alaikum Izeth Naana

    You have stated;

    “Either way, I hold, the way forward can only be through a fully functioning democracy.”

    I agree with you one hundred percent thank you. However, you have tagged the above beautiful words with a derogatory remark;

    “That, I hold, will be extremely difficult or may be even impossible, if both sides are racist.”

    This particular statement confirms what I said a few days ago ,Izeth Naana you have a habit of defecating in the public;

    Izeth Naana you are one of the oldest bigots, I have ever encountered. Come out of your psychological and physical dungeon; unshackle yourself from the chains of hatred you have developed over the years against Sinhala and Tamil people.

    I may partly agree with you, if you have said: Sinhala and Tamil speaking politicians are somewhat racist but with one stroke of your “Bigotry” brush you have maligned entire peace loving communities of Sinhala and Tamil; especially the Sinhala-Buddhists and Tamil speaking Hindus. They are the children of the same noble way of life; AHIMSA.

    Perhaps Ahimsa is a concept beyond your comprehension or you do not understand the meaning of “RACISM”.

    Maasalama

    Ranbandu C

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      Who would trust a muslim? Only a komiss kakka.
      Muslim is never grateful outside of faith and will keep suckling infidel like the communist, and socialist do- its a divisive game played at Asia. from the same haveli, same stone comes lucifer.

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    A very sensible flow of thought.

    Soma

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      ignoramus donkey heehaw, heehaw..

      blood of the screech’s.

      beware, when the wind blows…..bound to cause havoc.

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    This writer has some fancy ideas and theories. He has been espousing them in the media for a long time. Fortunately, there are no takers. It is not he but the affected people who should decide between democracy and devolution. As a matter of fact these are not antagonistic theories. In a pluralistic state, they go hand in hand. Devolution enhances democracy. For example Germany is a heterogeneous country. One people and one language. Yet, because of regional differences powers have been shared with the regional states.

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      In a pluralistic state, they go hand in hand.

      So why Only Jaffna has to be monoethnic anf mono-culture when most of the Tamils are living outside the North?

      For example Germany is a heterogeneous country. One people and one language.

      Sri lanka is heterogeneous, Yet, why only one language is not enough for Sri lanka ?

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      Hello Thanga;

      Please do not quote examples without knowing all the facts. Your ignorant comment such as below will lead the innocent Tamils into darkness again just like Wiggy and Sampanthan.

      You have said:

      “Devolution enhances democracy. For example Germany is a heterogeneous country. One people and one language. Yet, because of regional differences powers have been shared with the regional states.”

      My dear fellow I give you a tiny drop of history on how German confederation was formed and advice you to read more on your own.

      “Following the fall of Napoleon, the Congress of Vienna (convened in 1814) founded the German Confederation (Deutscher Bund), a loose league of 39 sovereign states”

      At the time of founding of Sri Lanka, there was no evidence or mention of many Sovereign states within our island known as SWRNA LANKA for many thousand years. Sri Lanka was never formed by amalgamating sovereign states by Prince Vijaya of Vanga of India (543-505 BC).Prince Vijaya unified his tribe (SINHA) and the indigenous tribe (HELA) and declared (in 543 BC) a hybrid-race known as SINHALA and their Motherland which is known as Sri Lanka today.

      On the other hand Germany was formed in 1814 by combining 39 Sovereign states ruled by 39 Sovereigns or monarchs.

      Federalism is used primarily to amalgamate different independent states or territories but not for breaking an existing sovereign state and devolve power to appease the politicians of different demographic backgrounds.

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        Bundu,

        Go and fly a kite! It is you who needs to learn a lot!

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          Hey Burning Issue;

          The TRUTH is bitter and hurts many like you bent on twisting or disputing the history. You will never win but you will certainly “Burn” if truth is rejected every time. I hope the following is not too much for your brain.

          “Satyameva Jayate” सत्यमेव जयते satyam-eva jayate; “Truth alone triumphs.” is a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad.

          “Satyameva Jayate” is inscribed in script at the base of the national emblem of India and it was introduced By the great Buddhist Emperor Ashoka of India in 250 BCE.

          सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं
          सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
          येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा
          यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥६॥

          satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ
          satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ
          yenākramantyṛṣayo hyāptakāmā
          yatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam[3]

          Translation:

          Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.
          Through truth the divine path is spread out
          by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

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        Ranbandu

        “.Prince Vijaya unified his tribe (SINHA) and the indigenous tribe (HELA) and declared (in 543 BC) a hybrid-race known as SINHALA and their Motherland which is known as Sri Lanka today.”

        You seem knowledgeable this island’s ancient history.

        Tell me what was the size of the area that Vijaya was suposed to have ruled?

        What had happened to his two children by Kuvena?

        Could you cite evidence which could prove the non existence of other kingdoms, chieftains, Chakravartins, …. before, during and after Vijaya’s rule.

        When, where and how did Vijaya die?

        I have another 1001 more questions to throw at you however four is suffice for the time being.

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    Yes, Housain! The Tamils must not be given any rights. Please work with our friend Dayan Jayatilaka and try legally introduce slavery, so that the Tamils can be legally and democratically under the control of the Sinhalese. The Muslims, of course, will find ways to deal with any issues.

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    Only once in Sri Lanka we observed something nasty to be described as tyranny of majority;
    The black July where ordinary Tamil people were attacked, their dwelling places and business houses were burnt or demolished in broad daylight without a glimpse of police attention.

    It’s still unknown for ordinary people; the reason/s for the then government’s failure to command police and other relevant bodies to act as required by the law.
    At least the then IGP, a Tamil; failed to give a satisfactory account on what weakened him in taking appropriate action to safeguard innocent people.

    Izeth Hussain’s idea that a weak opposition may make democracy impotent is bit agreeable but we can’t attribute that serious crime to weak opposition and keep our mouths shut.

    Though the opposition representation in the house was low, at least they could have attempted to make a voice strong enough to bring rulers to their feet.

    Why didn’t MUslim MPs support TULF and SLFP in that matter without supporting the government?

    Why didn’t the Muslim community intervene when the innocent Tamil people were being attacked?

    Why did Muslim MPs approve the proscribing of JVP by the government?

    Do you think the majority of the majority community supported attacks on innocent Tamils?

    Why did JVP go underground without using democratic way to face challenges?

    Izeth Hussain, why do you think that existing law of our country isn’t enough to deal with hate speech?

    Do you want to keep the mouths shut especially of the majority through such a bill depriving their freedom of speech?

    Do you think when there’s discrimination for women, talking against it a hate speech?
    Do you think presenting one’s views about god is hate speech?

    Finally, Izeth Hussain I’d like to mention that we have enough low to deal with hate speech and don’t try abolish freedom of speech in this country for silly reasons.

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      Why didn’t the Muslim community intervene when the innocent Tamil people were being attacked?

      Who chased out 60,000 muslims from the North and gunned down the prayers inside mosque in the east ?

      Why do you think only for your benefit ?

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        jimsofty

        Not for anybody’s personal benefit

        What you say may be right, the way innocent Muslims were treated by the LTTE.

        It was in war torn North, not other parts of the country where peace could be experienced.

        Do responsible citizens do tit or tat; involving lives of innocent people?

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          sr

          “Do responsible citizens do tit or tat; involving lives of innocent people?”

          No, they don’t however they keep a deafening silence when they are needed the most, be it Tamils, Sinhalese or Muslims.

          The pathetic history of Ethnic cleansing of Muslims, all riots against minorities and human rights violations, and Muslim Home Guards contribution to atrocities committed against the Eastern people took place amid non existence protest among Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims.

          Please stop being nice to responsible citizens.

          The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

          Albert Einstein

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    Describe how the democracy you recommend will be designed to work in Sri Lanka to guarantee the equality of all citizens in all aspects of life including all human rights, citizenship rights,security rights, property rights, linguistic rights, religious rights, cultural rights, opportunity rights, community rights and impartial application of law.

    How will the democracy you advocate reverse majoritararianism,while the wish of the majority of ‘Citizens’ and not that of a majority community prevails? How will this democracy prevent any citizen being rendered lessor than another in the eyes of the State, because of who or what he became at birth? How will this democracy prevent individuals from particular communal groups using the political leverage they have acquired in sinister ways, to advance the interests of their community at the expense of other communities? How will this democracy remove the communal sting from our body politic?

    What needs to be spelt out is a specific palliative or a slate of palliatives that stand the test of time and the whims and viles of men!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Hey presto!
    It’s Democracy Stupid
    NOT “The Economy Stupid”
    After researching and writing for all these years
    Izeth got his tube light moment!

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    What has devolution got to do with democracy. They can be democracy and devolution like is Canada Britain India Australia, Switzerland, Belgium to name a few. This person’s arguments are bullshit. Another pretend Arab Indian origin Tamil Muslim who does not want self rule for the island’s indigenous Tamils, especially in the east, as they are fearful of loosing their dream of a Wahhabi homeland in the east/ Therefor all this anti devolution talk.

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      Absolutely correct for spotting the Wahabi’s perfidious sleight of hand.

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    Arab worshippers. Can you please NAME 3 DEMOCRACIES IN the Arab and Central Asian regions where there is FREEDOM FOR ALL RELIGIONS and ALL ETHNIC GROUPS? Iraq experiment failed but at least Christian America tried to inculcate democratic habits into useless Arabs. Mr. Hussein LIST 3 democracies where there is freedom for all. Sure Indonesia and Malaysia are democracies but they are NOT ARABS. And even then in Malaysia with ONLY 60% Muslim Malays you have an OFFICIAL STATE RELIGION. SL does NOT have an official state religion but the 1972 constitution gives it prominence as it says in the wording itself; MALAYSIA has a STATE religion. If your Muslims go over 50% you will force Islam and destroy all other faiths because that is the character of your faith system. Destroy everything else.

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    What you say here is interesting.

    How has the hundred million and more Muslim minority been faring in India? True there were the Gujarat riots of 2002, but by and large they have been faring well enough, and they have been doing so not on the basis of devolution but of democracy. Why, then, insist on devolution in Sri Lanka? I suspect that there has been some amount of mental confusion among our Indian friends.

    Actually India has the world’s third LARGEST Muslim population and they are not homegeneous at all. They are different races and colors of skin from dark skinned South Indian Muslims to East Indians to very fair skinned North Indian muslims. Almost half of Indian Muslims (47%) lives in 3 states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar. When Pakistan was carved out by the British, they left behind a sizeable population of Muslims in West Bengal and also a lot of the OPTED to stay in India. You can see they do not speak one language or are of one race.

    India’s Muslim population is 180Million (2015)and India is home to about 9.2% of the World’s muslim population. So what you say is quite interesting. Indeed it seems DEMOCRACY is a solution if it is implemented correctly?

    Muslims, India’s largest minority group, now make up 14.2 percent of the country, up from 13.4 percent in 2001 because like in Sri Lanka they breed fast and have large families and the girls are married off very young.

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      Understand the meaning of english language `words` before singing with them
      Its a second language desease. Refer American Constitution for `race` ethnic.
      then appreciate why the Italians were lynched just like black slaves.

      European Romanian Gypsies are from Hindustan. The Land India of today as demarcated by Harry Truman/Churchill is to do with the division of English East India Company-British Raj from afghanistan to Nepal in the himalayas and down south to ceylon andaman nicobar, bangladesh.

      By 2050, India to have world’s largest populations of Hindus and Muslims
      BY CONRAD HACKETT.

      In the coming decades, India will have the distinction of having the largest populations of two of the three largest religions in the world – Islam and Hinduism – according to new religious projections data from Pew Research Center.

      India is already home to most of the world’s Hindus. In 2010, 94% of the world’s Hindus lived in India, and this is expected to remain true in 2050, when 1.3 billion Hindus are projected to live in the country.

      But India also is expected have 311 million Muslims in 2050 (11% of the global total), making it the country with the largest population of Muslims in the world. Currently, Indonesia has the world’s largest number of Muslims.

      Muslims will go nowhere but will learn to read other literature and accept reality for survival.Gibran is sweeter than izeth moron at dehiwala zoo.

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      “”Gujarat riots of 2002,”” another partition pilau picked up by a negative western press to boost their world rankings.
      Have you trekked the partition line of 4 states?? No. If you did you would understand north east ceylon.both faith based.

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      “” because like in Sri Lanka they breed fast and have large families and the girls are married off very young. “”
      Yup,

      Muslims are expected to grow faster than Hindus because they have the youngest median age and the highest fertility rates among major religious groups in India. In 2010, the median age of Indian Muslims was 22, compared with 26 for Hindus and 28 for Christians. Likewise, Muslim women have an average of 3.2 children per woman, compared with 2.5 for Hindus and 2.3 for Christians.

      Due to these factors, India’s Muslim community will expand faster than its Hindu population, rising from 14.4% in 2010 to 18.4% in 2050. But, even with this increase, Hindus will make up more than three-in-four Indians (76.7%) in 2050. Indeed, the number of Hindus in India will still be larger than the five largest Muslim populations in the world’s biggest Muslim countries (India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria and Bangladesh) combined.

      India also has a number of smaller religious minorities. In 2010, approximately 2.5% of the country’s population was Christian, including members of Scheduled Castes (historically referred to as Untouchables or Dalits) who sometimes identify as Hindu when completing official forms. Christians are expected to make up 2.2% of India’s population in 2050.

      Religious Composition of India Religious turmoil (between Muslims and Hindus, but also involving Sikhs, Christians and others) has long been a fact of life in India. The year the country won its independence from Britain, the Indian subcontinent was partitioned along religious lines, into Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India. Even though the separation was intended to ease religious tensions, it led to a spasm of violence that left up to a million dead and more than 10 million displaced.

      In the nearly 70 years since independence, religious violence has claimed thousands more lives, including that of modern India’s founder, Mahatma Gandhi, as well as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. A recent Pew Research Center report on religious restrictions found India to have one of the highest levels of social hostilities involving religion in the world.

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    Izeth again harps on “Devolution over my dead body” slogan which is what certain sections want to hear. Izeth’s theory is “Complete control by centre”. Lankans know that this form of governance led to the difficult-to-get-rid-of culture of impunity, nepotism and corruption. Lankan Muslims are prospering and Izeth’s mission is to prolong the present structure.

    Izeth starts with the pedantic statement “I want to establish in this article that in the contemporary world of multi-ethnic nation states democracy has to be regarded as incomplete and flawed unless it includes measures for the safeguarding of ethnic minority interests, measures regarded not as supplementary but as integral to the democratic order.”
    This is not original Izeth. The gist of this was expressed by Abraham Lincoln and thousands of political thinkers.

    The Lankan problem is language based tinged with religion. Sri Lanka is a bi-lingual nation – not multi-ethnic Izeth. EU, US, Russia, China, Africa place all Lankans under Indian ethnic group. Lankan politicians introduced the non-scientific race card ‘Aryans and others”. The SWRD B cabinet Minister Sinhala CAS Marikkar called all Tamils Sakkili race. The CAS Marikkar effort is being continued by Sinhala Izeth to create a Muslim race – which will hierarchically be equal first (??) or second (possibly ??).

    Izeth calls Tamils as extreme racists – implying Muslims are not! Of course he has to sing the Vellahlah song.

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      Tamils are Sakillis that is funny as most of the Sri Lankan Muslims like this Marrikar and Izeth are largely descended from South Indian sakkili and other similar castes that converted to Islam. Anyway Sakili are not Tamil. They are Telugu by ethnicity and were largely imported into the Tamil country to collect nightsoil. Even in Sri Lanka the older generation Sakili used to speak in Telugu amongst themselves.
      When did a Marikar become a Sinhalese? The name Marikar or Lebbai Rawther Thambi or Kutti is synonymous with being a Tamil Muslim.
      When these South Indian Tamil Muslims left their homelands in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and migrated to Sri Lanka and to Malaysia,they decided to shed their ethnic Tamil identity and give prominence to their religious identity and harp on an Arab heritage, as they felt this will be advantageous to their immigrant community. Especially in Sri Lanka, as the majority Sinhalese are anti Tamils. In Sri Lanka this ploy worked, as the British and then the Sinhalese wanted to divide and rule the Tamils, so eagerly bought into this fake Arab/Moorish origin myth, despite knowing in their hearts it was a lie. It did not work well in Malaysia for the following reasons.1) A very large number of Indian Tamil Muslims still stubbornly and proudly clung on to their Tamil identity language and culture 2) Despite the common religion the native Malays did not want these Muslim Indian immigrants whether from the north or south of India to be lumped into a common religious identity in order to gain benefits that was reserved for the ethnic Malay Muslims. They can Muslim but will be classified as Indian Muslims and are not entitled to privileges given to Malays and are considered as second rates. Ethnic Tamil Muslims are called Mamak and the ones from Kerala are called Kaka. Many smart and fair Tamil Muslim Mamaks like in Sri Lanka realised the Malay liking for Arab names and ancestry and started to pass them selves as Arabs of Yemini descent and like in Sri Lanka did not object to being referred as Arab. Many of these so called Syed and Sheiks in Malaysia are of Tamil Mamak Indian descent now passing themselves as Arab heritage.
      One good example is Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhari. Among the Malay elite Tan Sri Syed Mukhtar Bukhari passes of as being of Yemeni descent. His family actually comes from India. The former mayor of KL Tan Sri Elyas Omar is also of Tamil mamak origins from Penang.
      Among kampong Malays the name Syed and Sheikh are supposed to indicate Arab ancestry, the name Syed being associated with ‘keturunan nabi’ or lineage from the Prophet. To the kampong Malays these names are a really big deal. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Another common mamak name is ‘Maricar’. Actually it is ‘Marikiyaar’. This has evolved into ‘Merican’. Hence the thousands of Malays who bear the ‘Merican’ name today are also of mamak ancestry. They call themselves Jawi Peranakan. They are actually mamak.

      The Indian Muslims in Malaysia today can be classified as follows :

      Those Mamaks who have inter married with Malays for generations and have actually become Malays. You can only know their Mamak ancestry by their Mamak sounding names like Merican, Shah, Syed, Sheikh etc, by their ‘Indian’ appearances – prominent nose, rounder eyes etc.
      Those Mamaks who have not inter married with Malays but who have assimilated closely into the Malay culture. They can only speak Malay and have cut off almost all their links with India. These would include thousands of Mamaks in Penang, Kedah, Melaka and other parts of the country. Only their DNA remains Indian. But practically, for all intents and purposes they are Malay.
      Those Mamaks who are still very much Tamil and who can only speak pasar Malay. They may not have links with India but they watch Tamil movies and do not read the Malay papers or know much about the Malays. Despite being born in Malaysia they still would not know a ‘kuih talam’ from an ‘otak-otak’. Many KIMMA members fall in this category. That is why they still call themselves Kongres Indian Muslim Malaysia after the Indian Congress Party of Panditji Jawaharlal Nehru.
      Those Mamaks who are still very much Tamil and who cannot even speak pasar Malay despite being born in Malaysia. They will not know ‘nasi lemak’ from a hole in the ground. They will have strong family ties to India. They watch Tamil movies and know more about Tamil Nadu politics than Malaysia politics. They read Tamil Nesan and Malaysian Nanban religiously everyday to find out what is happening in Tamil Nadu and India. Again many KIMMA members also fall into this category.
      Now in Sri Lanka the same thing is happening especially down south. Lots Muslims now called themselves Sinhala Marrikar, Lebbai, Rawther and now speaking Sinhalese only in public and them many others still speaking Tamil

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        Real siva sankaran sarma
        Fantastic comment on South indian muslim roots in Malaysia.

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    Democracy, Not Devolution, The Only Solution For The Ethnic Problem

    DEMOCRACY?
    Participatory Democracy
    not Representative Democracy (simply sending Representatives to Parliament and lament).
    Even Participatory Democracy
    is not possible
    as long as Sinhalese Buddhist Supremacy oriented Unitary state
    remains at the cost on minority.

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    Devolution could well prove to be the only effective antidote to the tyranny of the majority in a multi-ethnic society.

    Izeth Hussain should try to give some advice to the Muslim countries of the world (which need it badly) and see what the response is like!

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    A separate article is required to deal with the practical measures necessary to promote a fully functioning democracy with adequate safeguards for ethnic minority interests, safeguards that should be regarded as integral for democracy in the contemporary world.

    Providing adequate protection for minorities has not worked anywhere in the world. See what is Europe going through. Muslims used the european system and they are converting it to a muslim – Europe. On the other hand, it is the opposite that is happening in the muslim countries.

    See how much talking North america, australia, NEw Zealand have done. They are either assimilating or their immigration policies are selective. Even the muslims migrating to those countries become very different.

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    This is what UNP said in 2012

    The UNP says that the devolution of power is a principal factor in reaching a settlement between the ethnic groups and the government must take the initiative by placing a set of proposals for discussion based on the existing constitutional arrangements.

    UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said this in Parliament today.

    The UNP Leader earlier attempted to table his Party’s observations on the LLRC report and recommendations in Parliament but was prevented by the Chair as Wickremesighe had not submitted a written copy of his document to the Secretary General of Parliament.

    Later it was released to media by the Opposition Leader’s office.

    Here is the full text of UNP’s standpoint over LLRC recommendations:

    1. The Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation which had been requested to “look back at the conflict Sri Lanka suffered as well as to look ahead for an era of healing and peace building in the country” submitted an interim report which was then followed by their final report. At the very outset we wish to put on record the lack of specific and factual findings in crucial areas which was very much a part of the mandate of the Commission.

    2. The findings of the Commission that the Ceasefire Agreement is conceptually flawed are untenable. The reliance on Mr. Javeed Yusuf who had little or no knowledge of the background or the working of the CFA and on the University Teachers Human Rights of the Jaffna University who were totally opposed to talks and a negotiated settlement with the LTTE leaves much to be desired. The conclusion reached by the Commission as to the failure of the Ceasefire Agreement does not take into account the impact of the understanding reached between President Rajapaksa and the LTTE prior to the Presidential Election of 2005 and the failure of the direct talks which were to take place after this election. The Commission has omitted to mention that the LTTE rejected the peace formula offered by the UNP in 2005 which included the Tokyo Declaration. Further, the Commission failed to consider the commitment of the international community to find a settlement as well as to combat terrorism after the Peace Process started. The Commission has also not taken into consideration the positive effects the CFA had on Sri Lanka’s economy. Within a year a negative GDP growth of -1% in 2001 became a positive growth of 4% in 2002. The Commission is also silent regarding the social and economic benefits of the Ceasefire Agreement.

    3. The arena of conflict encompassed both the Northern and Eastern provinces which saw continuous military activity by both the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE affecting a large number of civilians. The collateral damage included the displacement of a large number persons estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands affecting their livelihood and living conditions in the North and East. No part of the country was spared in this conflict which also left deep scars in many parts of the South. The number of deaths and those injured and requiring assistance remains yet to be properly counted. The Commission has also failed to adequately inquire into the reasons as to why the government failed to properly estimate the number of persons who would be confined to camps and trapped in no-fire zones. It is also observed that there has been inadequate preparation to accommodate the civilians fleeing the no-fire zone in the last week of the wars but the Commission failed to examine the Government’s preparedness for such a consequence.

    4. The Commission has very rightly recognized that the conflict affected all three major communities resident in these areas. One of the more pressing problems relates to the resettlement of the displaced persons together with the attendant problems relating land ownership. The Commission has not specifically addressed its mind to this problem and seems to place reliance on better trained administrative officers to resolve this problem. Comprehensive legislation is required if a lasting solution is to be put in place. The Centre for Policy Alternatives in their report titled “Land and Property Rights of Internally Displaced Persons” and a report titled “Legal Analysis of Property Issues affecting Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees in Sri Lanka” commissioned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka have addressed these issues. In addition, the Court of Appeal in CA Application 620/2011 had also issued a Stay Order restraining action on the basis of the programme “Bim Saviya, National Programme on Land Title Registration” issued by the Ministry of Land and Land Development.

    5. The displacement of hundreds of thousands from their homes, the deaths of a large number of civilians, the destruction of private property and the wholesale disappearance of village communities, is a national trauma which will haunt us for a very long time and will be in our memories specially the Tamils, for many generations to come.

    6. We also note the failure to consider the Report of the UN Panel of Experts. The publication of the UN Report resulted in the Government taking the stance that the Commission Report will deal with the issues relating to accountability and human rights. The Commission Report’s failure leaves large areas of the UN Report unanswered.

    7. The statement of Hon. Navin Dissanayake that 10,000 civilian casualties was a‘necessary sacrifice’ requires further investigation. Therefore, the Commission should have gone deeper into the evidence that was available before coming to a conclusion on the last phase of the war and on the issue of accountability. The Minister concerned was not even called before the Commission. Unfortunately, the findings of the Commission do not answer the question whether a reasonable effort was made to limit the destruction and damage that would have resulted on such an outcome.

    8. The Channel 4 video has caused much concern among international Human Rights agencies. The Commission has addressed its mind to the video broadcast over Channel 4 and has rightly recommended that“the government initiate an independent investigation into the matters to establish the truth or otherwise of the allegations arising from the video footage.” The mechanism for this independent investigation must be acceptable both domestically and internationally as being able to conduct an impartial inquiry including the examination of the video footage. There is a great urgency for this matter to be concluded in order that the government can move forward on the human rights record.

    9. The conclusion of inquiries into the matters in respect of the detainees is strongly recommended by us.

    10. No meaningful steps were taken to investigate the deaths and disappearances of the civilians which were reported to the relevant authorities together with credible information. Therefore, the Government must further appoint the several Independent Committees recommended by LLRC to conduct further investigations into such cases such as those referred to at paragraphs 9.37(a), 9.41 and 9.50 of Chapter 9 of the Report.

    11. All displaced persons are naturally anxious to get back home and restart their lives. The government should grant all facilities necessary to enable themselves in a vocation in which they are experienced and skilled. The government should also ensure that development activities should take place in a significant manner in the North and East. The Government must also make available the necessary financial resources for this purpose.

    12. The erosion of democratic principles, the political interference with law enforcement, politicization of the public sector, the lack of good governance and the absence of independent Commissions have all been acknowledged in the Report. This was also responsible for marginalized groups losing faith in the Government’s ability and willingness to address their grievances. The UNP will be failing in its duty if it does not commend the Commission for recognizing the problems threatening democratic institutions and the need to enhance the principles of democracy, good governance and human rights.

    13. While welcoming the observations and the recommendations relating to Reconciliation (paragraphs 9.167 – 9.285) and in particular regarding Human Rights (paragraphs 9.42 – 9.120) the UNP wishes to emphasize that the need of the hour is a fully functioning democracy wherein no sector be it ethnic, religious or political will be discriminated. The UNP proposes:-

    (i) New legislative provisions on abductions, involuntary disappearances including the procedure for arresting/taking people into Police custody under the Emergency regulations and so on.

    (ii) The need for an effective witness protection programme.

    (iii) A Select Committee of Parliament to investigate into the attacks on journalists in the recent past and even today.

    (iv) The speedy enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill accepted by Cabinet in 2003.

    (v) The appointment of an oversight committee whose members will be nominated by both the Government and the Opposition to report on the enforcement of law and order in the country as well as disarming all armed groups in the North and East.

    (vi) The immediate establishment of a separate Ministry for the Police, as done by the UNP in 2001. The Government should announce a specific and detailed programme for inducting Tamil speaking personnel into the Police and make the existing personnel trilingual.

    (vii) The de-militarization of the North and limiting the role in civil administration in the North to the public service.

    (viii) A new role for the Army be spelt out keeping in mind their need to protect the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country. The Army’s role in securing territorial integrity of the nation is recognized but merely rewarding the high ranking personnel does not suffice. A programme to meet the requirements all ranks who are serving should be put in place.

    (ix) The establishment of a Special Institution to deal with citizens grievances (9.218) must be based on a bi-partisan agreement in Parliament. It should be an independent institution and having the same status as the Independent Police Commission and Independent Public Service Commission.

    (x) The implementation of the reconciliation programmes without resorting to the use of one-time combatants and armed political groups whose involvement in the government’s political process is seen as a definite hindrance to achieving effective reconciliation.

    (xi) The fundamental rights chapter to be strengthened by repealing Article 16 of the Constitution and incorporating the ICCPR as a part of our law. The Public Security Chapter xviii should be revised restricting the extraordinary powers to the immediate crisis. The power of Preventive Detention should be specified in Chapter xviii. A Standing Committee of Parliament should be established to review the enactment of Emergency Regulations.

    (xii) The establishment of a Constitutional Court to deal with Constitutional matters including reviewing legislation, resolving disputes between the government, the Provincial Councils and Local Authorities and uphold fundamental rights. The pre enactment review system presently in force has been found to be totally wanting. We strongly recommend a post enactment review process.

    (xiii) A Constitutional Amendment establishing a new mechanism to ensure the independence of the following agencies:
    (a) the Constitutional Court
    (b) the Election Commission
    (c) the Police Commission
    (d) the Public Service Commission
    (e) the Supreme Court
    (f) Appeal Court
    (g) High Courts
    (h) The special institution referred to in paragraph 9.218
    (i) Inspector General of Police
    (j) Human Rights Commission
    (k) Monetary Board
    (l) The Attorney General.
    The Judicial Service Commission to consist of the Chief Justice, President of the Court of Appeal and the senior Judge of the Supreme Court. This amendment will also repeal the relevant Articles of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

    (xiv) The devolution of power as conceded by the Commission, is a principal factor in reaching a settlement between the ethnic groups. The government must in the first instance take the initiative by placing a set of proposals for discussion based on the existing constitutional arrangements, negotiations which are already taking place and the recommendations in 8.224.

    14. The onus is now on the government to announce a detailed road map for implementing the recommendations together with a clearly stated timeframe. The UNP also notes that the Government has so far failed to implement the interim recommendations of the Commission. Therefore the Government must establish its bona fides by taking immediate action on all recommendations which are agreed to by the Opposition Parties in Parliament that have submitted their observations. This road map must finally make a reality of our commitments to the Affirmation of Commonwealth Values and Principles by the Heads of Government in Port of Spain in 2009. Sri Lanka as a member of the Commonwealth is a Party to this Affirmation.

    15. The failure to find a concept to share power between the centre and the periphery has contributed in a large way in bringing this unfortunate position. Therefore, all “parties and all people must come together, understand the tragic traumatic period we have gone through and commit ourselves to reconciliation and peace. The government must take the first step to create an environment to build a national consensus based on unity, strengthening democracy, power sharing, equality and respect for the rights of all communities. All of us have a duty to respond and a role to play. This will also enable the government to implement in the fullest our obligations under the international agreements on Human Rights to which we have subscribed. The success of such an approach depends on the ability to transform our attitudes and thinking.

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    Hussain “holds” that “both sides are racist” and therefore “a system of devolution” cannot work satisfactorily. Yet somehow he assumes a “race relations board” and the like will produce wonders. What stark contradiction! What balderdash!

    Hussain refers to India’s Muslims but ignores the fact that a large section of Indian Muslims never forgot their ancestors were converts to Islam and are comfortable with moderate Hinduism, Indian nationalism and secularism. India’s educated Muslims are largely secular. Fareed Zakaria came to the US and married a Jewish lady. Everyone knows about Abdul Kalam and actors like Shah Rukh Khan. And in Tamil Nadu, Muslims have been entirely comfortable with their Tamil identity, working smoothly with the Dravidian parties.

    [Edited out]

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    Dole is the stabilizer of Democracy..

    Yahapalana PM Bodhi Sira promised to give free land to all in the North who are not landlords absentee or not, or who do not have a legal title to a patch.

    Then he promised to eliminate poverty next year …2017 to be exact.

    Wonder whether Bodhi Sira is doing the same in the East, where most of Mr Izeth’s poor cousins are domiciled, except that patch close to Nilaweli Beach Front.

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    devolution is the only solution to building up a srilankan identity,nationally.

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    Our Racist Propagandist, Izeth’s Solution for the ethnic imbroglio did not work last time so he put it on abeyance and reactivated this week again.

    His essay’s heading is “Democracy, Not Devolution, The Only Solution For The Ethnic Problem” and the subject he wrote is “through a fully functioning democracy and safeguards for ethnic minority interests as in the West, not through devolution alone.. As a propagandist who does not care about the truth, the mountainous difference between those two is nothing for him. But almost all Western democracies are devolved of people’ power to various levels of governments. There are no or minimal stateless minority problems and practically no state minority problems in those countries. So the visible matter for a both eyes blind camel is the recently migrated ethnic minorities likes Tamils. The biggest outstanding truth in them is, other than in immigrant New World Countries like Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil… the stateless minorities’ presence started in this nature only after their democratic devolutions took place. The Tamils and Sinhalese presence in Island, Ceylon is completely a different issue. Even Mahavamsa has accepted Tamil lining there. This is more than clear to Izeth. But his crook nature is arguing against the fact he is clear of. So he has come from his abeyance to solve the ethnic imbroglio again.

    Either way, I hold, the way forward can only be through a fully functioning democracy. It is well-established that a system of devolution can work satisfactorily only if there is a spirit of accommodation between the center and the periphery. That, I hold, will be extremely difficult or may be even impossible, if both sides are racist.
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    the latter had to return eighty per cent of its unutilized budget at the end of its first year of functioning, and the Chief Minister – it is said – is not even on speaking terms with the Prime Minister.
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    One of the main reasons why I have written of the elections of January 8 last year as a Revolution was that it was preceded by a vigorous civil society campaign against the previous Government. That civil society still remains vigorously active. It is one of the reasons why I think that we can establish a fully functioning democracy under which we can find a lasting political solution for the ethnic problem.

    Let’s look at the Izeth cunning story telling. Let’s look at the last paragraph fist.
    There is big assumption that a strong Civil Society Exist in Lankawe and it changed the power in 2015 so Izeth has taken the credit of calling first it as revolution. Izeth can drivel but that is not the truth. On the matter of Civil Societies, Izeth, may be, as part his copy catting, is imitating Prof. Laksiri’s failed article. The Civil societies in Lankawe are not Lankawe’s. They work for foreign Funders. There are no real funding sources for these. When calling for democracy or Communism they don’t reflect the SinhaLE’s voices –Either Russian Chinese funding or Western Funding.. None of these current organizations failed to work with Old King wearing mask of wiping the terrorism. These are reed when there is water or wind. So when the rivers of fund flow they are with the funders, who are outside of Lankawe. When the funders’ effects fade on these, these are organizations lean to the wind side and become the trend followers. A good example of that is Friday Flasedom was led by Dhanapala, Radhika like SLFPyers when Old King was in power. Beyond that, there was a one man band in the CC promotion. It is very interesting to note what happened. Ruling and oppositional parties must be there for a normal democracy to function. CC is not a good idea when the political parties are matured. When they are weak only CC needed. When Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero looked for a CC, he wanted only candidates from one of UNP or SLFP. They abruptly rejected when Kusal Perea’s suggested to use c v Wigneswaran, Supreme Court Justice. Sobitha Thero died and election was cited as the reasons in different directions. Some of them are “he over worked for election when he was already in bad health, he was poisoned to stop him working for CC, he died because of the agony he had by the broken heart of having seated a bad, dictator government while having promised to people to stage a Yahapalanaya government.” When Sobitha Thero was poisoned by Old Royal doctors UNP refused to Investigate. It is the same case with Watareka Vijitha Thero too. UNP is refusing to an investigation Old Royal doing Sunneth to him. This is case for Sinhala Buddhist Theros. The reason for non-investigation in Yahapalanaya is, their activism of was not to bring Ranil to power. So the power pressure on NGOs well and alive. New King has let out all who supported him, Including American State Secretary Kerry. We know it was one man who gets the credit of ousting Old King out of Temple Tree House that is Secretary Kerry. This is not civil society activity. Election would have been technically (But not really) won but the power would not have change on the morning of January 9th, 2015 unless on the morning of 8th Secretary Kerry did not make the phone call. Election was not really won, but it was the electioneering of Chandrika. Chandrika fooled many people in that election. One of them is Sampanthar, whom got the promise of Solution, Investigation, Army withdrawals……..In her last visits to Jaffna Chandrika accepted that Tamils were not given anything that was in that promise. After getting these promises (as per Sumanthiran, TNA has these in writing) Sampanthar asked the Tamils to vote to CC claiming then only Tamils will get a solution. But in the South, CC, UNP and Chandrika campaigned and promised to Sinhalese that nothing beyond 13A, no army withdrawal and “No Leader, No Commander, No Soldier will be investigated”. Two opposing promises for two different people were given in the election as per ideas of Chandrika’s electioneering techniques. This is not revolution carried out by Civil socirities.

    The second unsuspecting person fooled by Chandrika was Sobitha Thero. Sobitha Thero was having a hard time finding appropriate CC, betting on who is safe and who will bring a victory to protect the heads all who were involved in the CC coup. (Soon you understand why I am calling it as coup in contrast to Izeth calling it as revolution. ) Not finding anybody for his satisfaction and though many were suggested to candidature but nobody had the courage to oppose Old king and the candidates lacked moral strength too, he was leaning he standing as the CC. Tamils were concerned by this as they never wanted to set an example of a Buddhist Monk winning an EP election. He said he wanted only 90days to abolish EP and resign, but for Tamils it would better they continue with Old King instead of setting up new very dangerous precedent (Tamils were correct in the 90days talk because the candidate came though the this coup as CC never resigned after abolishing the EP. In fact there many manipulations, nobody understand these secret activities) . In the meantime New Prince had beaten up a DIG’s son. This had lowered New Kings status in the party below Hakeem, who was limping with the Cooray’s death. New King has already shouldered to White Flag Murders. Those files are with old King. While Old King was black mailing the New King on that side, Chandrika used these to Blackmail New King to take a suicidal risk. They say that in Tamil, as “Karanam Thappinaal Maranam”. Chandrika had created her own “Black Lion”. So after eating Appa with Old King, the New Judas became a traitor for 30 silvers in the next morning. In the above real things, not one is a civil society action.
    Even after all these by hook or by Crook, the election was a loss, in the sense of Izeth’s theory. The Muslim votes in the Island are the most unpredictable (or in some sarcastic sense predictable) because they vote for the winning party. That is no democracy or civil society activity. That is influenced by crooks like Hakeem, Rishad, Athavulla, Basheer, Hisbulla, Izeth Ashar, La Thief……..These guys lead a life to the East side to West side Civil Societies’ activities They are right opposite to Civil Societies. Tamils don’t like to vote in Sinhala Elections. Time to time they are forced or electioneered or both. Then to come to Sinhalese side, they defeated the New King and they overwhelmingly voted for Old King. This is the part trickily Izeth is twisting as the existing glimpse of democracy on which he banging to build a real democracy. What he said in Total is Sinhala Civil societies made a revolution and have turned the country to democracy. That is only Izeth’ s crazy mockery, but no democracy. So then how the New King, who could not democratically win the Sinhalese vote, came to power? That is the preplanned armless coup of Chandrika. She had covered to fool Sampanthar and Made Hakeem, Rishad group to CC.

    Here Izeth is twisting or swallowing many points. January 2015 election was not a bloodless revolution (that is a copycat phrase); In Original phrase, it was an armless coup against Old King. It was not democratic activity of Civil Society (Sinhalese look at them a CIA, RAW, KGB, Mozart …agents), It was one Royal Woman’s Electioneering. Yahapalanaya Government is only another Royal Government. Tamils brought the government. That loophole is being closed now. EP is curbed and power handed over to parliament so it can maintain 1972 level aggressions with much safety away from Tamils. Then it is two party governments. Neither party really had majority in General election. This shut off the ordinary democratic activity. Now, the police and the thief are in the same team. No real opposition. In corrupted country like Lankawe, when there is no functioning opposition, there is no word to describe the dramas taking place. So weather there was a bloodless revolution or not, but Sinhalese did not change, government’s power base did no change, Government did not change the master who ruled did not. It is in the same Old Bottle, the same Old Wine.

    The biggest Central-Provincial fight took place was in Eastern Province. Ahamed Nazeer wanted to use the Presence of American Ambassador Atul Keshap to his personal promotions. He rammed into a Tamil school when its science lab was being opened. This is a school liberated by Sampanthar and Tamils. SLMC, Hakeem and Ahamed Nazeer did traitor job to the Navy to occupy it. At the end Austin Fernando warned that Nazeer misunderstand his authority. Nazzer backed off and apologized to Austin Fernando, Ranil and New King. Why would Nazzer apologize to that extent? There is solid reason behind it. When Dambulla mosque was demolished Hakeem was locked with criminal Old Royals to avoid some personal crimes blamed as committed by him. When the Eastern election came he pretended as not with the government. But Muslims did not believe and they only voted to Sinhala Parties. The split of the Muslims voted defeated SLMC in the East. Hakeem right away cheated TNA and joined Old Royals. Old Royals refused to give the half term CM to Hakeem. But Old Royals lost 2015, January and August election. Second time the crisis submerged as power had to be returned to winning party TNA. SLMC agreed to take the CM under a condition that development funds will be mainly spent on Sinhala and Muslim areas. But he took care of Muslims only. The split caused him to seek the Atul Keshap favor in an awkward way. The entire Island laughed at Muslims somersault and Sinhalese hated Nzeer very badly. Ranil ordered an inquiry. New King was exploring path to fire him. Nazeer agreed to the conditions laid out by Sinhala Masters. But Last week he accused the Yahapalanaya as when one woman bearing child somebody else is naming it. But from the beginning NPC refused do what Rishad was doing. Now Rishad is in much worse grip than Hakeem. Any time Yahapalanaya Goverment would arrest him, using the files collected about him, if he deviates from the traitor job. NPC was putting real developments project. This had created a friction between Yahapalanaya and NPC. The money was forced return. But foreign countries involvement has forced the Yahapalanaya to redistribute most of it. So Izeth’s story of 80% returned is special propaganda he is doing for his Sinhala Master who pay for him, but it is outright lie. There is no flourishing milk and honey flow in East. What service Nzeer is doing to Yahapalanaya is what Badiudin Mohamed did for Sirimavo. Batticaloa has become the poorest town in Lankawe in the time of SLMC- UPFA mrule. It has been trimmed down further by Nazeer to get developments for Muslim areas.

    Izeth is saying he not aware of how the Indian Model 13A came into Lankawe. Then he wants to “We can learn a lot from India about the limitations of what can be achieved through devolution. The basis of devolution in India is linguistic not ethnic. “ Interesting outcome he coming out is because Kashmir is devolved on religious line they are not doing well , but other Muslims are doing well because those states are divided by languages. That is how he is honoring the proverb of “Arappaddichcha Palli Kool Paanaikkul Vizhunthuthaam.” He very badly got stuck in his Indian theory; in the end could not get out with his full figure. He trying to say that Muslims are doing well in India because Indian devolution based on Languages failed. What a comedy at his age?

    We are not completely out of his Indian Theory. But in between, we would like to see the other side of his theories, in that his Camel that in some places left blind and eating the leaves on the right side and in other places it is right blind and s eating only the leaves on the left.

    For some peculiar reason he believes that in Lankawe, there cannot devolution and democracy exist together like the models he is proposing the West. He believes the Tamils in those countries doing well only because those countries are strictly democracy and if the devolution comes there they will start to fail to do well. His confusion about whether left or right blind his camel is making him to think that the Tamils are doing only well now and that in the foreign countries and they never did well in Lankawe. Then he is saying that if Tamils and Sinhalese share the power they will fight. If Sinhalese does not share the power, Tamils do well. Further another time he proposed that the people who 75% of the jobs will be doing better if the democracy put cap that they should share a 30% with Muslims. It is not clear if the Tamils have gone alone they will have the all 100% and then why still they would not do better. It is not practical need not to concern him. In that time Tamils will have their 100% of the jobs and Sinhalese will have their 100% of the jobs. As this is good for both communities why is he not campaigning and make it practical. Further he is seeing the limited success of devolution on the Indian Muslims minorities only, but Tamil Nadu has only 90% of the Tamils and rest is outside. Aren’t the outsiders are doing well or in what way the 10% Tamils outside Tamil Nadu finding a difficult life than the Muslims. If the Tamils outside the Tamils Nadu is doing nothing different than the well doing Muslims in failed Indian Language line devolved India, why that would not work when the Ceylon is split as Lankawe and Tamil Eelam for the Tamils living outside Tamil Eelam? He is not sure which of his eye is blind; that is why!

    Izeth preaching about India is showing his myopia symptoms. India may be democracy as he says; But Muslims are not Ok there. Further Izeth’s racial Myopia did not allow him to see the conditions of Christians (The truth is this racist Muslim care only about Muslims and put forward destructive proposals to others) . Sikhs may be ok. The caste system is affecting entire Indian communities, whether they are Muslims or Christians or Hindus or Sikhs. The women’s right is at the bottom of the well. In that Lankawe is much better. Muslims mainly and some copycat Hindus are honor killing their own children for out of religious or caste marriages. No courts can do anything about that. In the eyes of West India is equated or even seen worse than Lankawe on rapes. Education is not equal for everybody even though democracy is there. On the corruption Index, India would the last on full-fledged democratic countries. No other countries in the world with the level Indian democracy would even come close to India in corruption. Indian democracy is a complete failure to solve those problems. But India sees success in having the country split in language line states. So it is going ahead and splitting more. Telangana and Andhra are the latest. Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra are really using their Language based devolves and fast growing in economic developments. Tamil Nadu had created a unique Language model different from any others. These all have been possible only by the devolution of power.

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    Izeth Hussain, the notorious anti-Tamil, is against devolution (to the Tamils)is understandable. As a Muslim subtle fanatic, he will do anything to keep the fire between the Sinhala-Tamils burning. But the bad days for him and ilk is the worm is turning. Ideal democracy certainly is a way out of our impasse but
    Hussain knows very well in this tyranny of the Sinhala Buddhist majority, the ideal is a pipedream.

    The real issue for the Muslims is the days when Muslims benefited from the long Sinhala-Tamil division is coming to an end.

    Kettikaran

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