19 August, 2019

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Emerging Alternative President Of Sri Lanka

By S. Sivathasan

S. Sivathasan

S. Sivathasan

Rarely in history do we see leaders of various hues seeking to fuse together for a singular purpose. Rarer still is for a very wide political spectrum to secure a Presidency through a consensus candidate only to terminate it. It is a mode chosen advisedly to obtain a mandate from the polity and to have legality in addition. Strange as it would seem, this is a course to seek and to destroy. Stranger still the endorsement will be given. Such is the level of rejection to which the Executive Presidency has been trashed by the present incumbent. He had the mandate, the authority and the goodwill to make a heaven of hell.

The President is neither angel nor brute as the people know him. “And the unfortunate thing is that he who would act the angel acts the brute”. This truth became incontrovertible and it has made abrogation inevitable.

‘Force of 9’

Five political formations, a respected monk and a former Chief Justice, all with credentials for nationwide appeal are now together and in the forefront. Two more weighty entities, Muslim and Indian Tamil may be in the process of discarding their sold away spokesmen in a bid to select responsive leaders, burn the dross and to join the new national leadership. With such solidarity the ‘Force of 9’ will be too formidable to retract at a show of force. It will be adequately powerful to galvanize the masses and to break the government’s current monopoly of the street.

CBK RanilThe amalgam of 7 has taken about 8 months to form. The ‘Force of 9’ may take a month more. Nothing unnatural. From pollination to fruit, puny coffee takes 9 months. SWRD’s MEP took but a few months to assail and to dislodge the UNP which seemed to many to be immovable then. Sir John ridiculed the MEP as achcharu (pickle) but it gave him a good taste of resounding defeat. Just 3 months were enough for Modi to give a foretaste of his mettle in the 5 state elections. In May, 5 months of electioneering placed him in unprecedented power.

Modi and Executive Premiership

It is now well known the world over that Modi carried forward his parliamentary campaign in characteristic Presidential Style. Can Sri Lanka’s Presidential Campaign be worked out in parliamentary style? Never. The five months of Modi campaigning was path breaking for organization, financing and leadership. Little or no space was given for democratic shibboleths. Modi knew all too keenly that Nehru was not for India. “A man of compromise” Bose called him in an uncomplimentary sense. “He was like a banyan tree giving shelter to all and underneath which everything grew” was Indira Gandhi’s description of her Father. She was the first to fit the bill for India. Modi is the second to be so minted.

Institutions and Values as Restraints

What the writer has been able to see in the first two months of his stewardship is Executive Premiership, at once forceful and dynamic. He is Primus without Pares. The hour has produced the style. The same mode of governance is what Sri Lanka cries for. Checks, balances and democratic restraints cannot be and need not be through constitutional prescriptions. They are for institutions like a public service proud of its stature, a judiciary uncompromising about its independence and an ever alert press with transnational networks to evolve and to foster values and norms. Above all a freedom loving polity eternally vigilant in safeguarding its liberties, should at all times promote the public weal over private priorities. A leader to whom  such concerns are articles of faith will make a success of governance in Sri Lanka.

Brand New Forge Without Tinkering

The need of the hour is for the ‘Force of 9’ to be cast in the same mould, to remain compact throughout, to move together in the same direction and to speak with one voice. To catch the worm the Force has to be the early bird. Victory will seem assured then. Never otherwise. After victory is secured, what next? Three indications are clear. No more of the Executive Presidential system of governance. No truck with the much reviled 36 year old constitution and no 13th Amendment.

Dr. Udugama has asserted pointedly and quite correctly that there cannot be any tinkering with the present constitution. Yes, as the country is aware it has become too frayed and brittle. It is all rust and no metal to permit of tinkering. To the Tamils there need be no mention of 13th Amendment because it is beyond tinkering. It needs total replacement. If perceptions be so strongly held, academics and legal circles can set out on the arduous task of a new draft for the newly elected President and the cabinet. Working it out will be by the Prime Minister and the cabinet.

Constitution Making

After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, in a bid to frame a good constitution for Japan, experts in the field and who had an orientation in politics fanned out to the west. It is said that the most dynamic had gone to Germany and was greatly impressed by the country, the constitution and their governance. Above all was the personality of Bismarck. Ultimately Japan’s constitution displayed more features from Germany. Their development too has been parallel. Growth, militarism, war and destruction. Most remarkable is post war economic miracle in both countries placing them on top of the scale.

If constitutions make for realizing deeply felt priorities, then they should conduce to ethnic peace and religious amity in Sri Lanka, above all others. Where will the country be if there was no internecine warfare for so long from 1956? Is it not time to turn a new leaf? This is the greatest challenge before the new leadership soliciting the people’s mandate.

The immediate task demanding single minded devotion however is to mobilise all the strengths of the constituent formations into a composite whole. From now to the elections it will move like an iceberg. Visibility will be a fourth and subterranean will be three times more. Concerted and tireless action can give it momentum. If the emerging leadership plays its cards well, the incumbent regime will tremble at the impending upsurge.

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    Look here, whats your name again chunky brows?

    I saw how you write kind of well before the NPC election but then the quality of your output deteriorated quite rapidly. The quality ran down parallel to the performance of the Northern PC I might add.

    I wondered whether you are a victim of the incompetence of TNA or whether it was unrelated. But then I realised what ails both you and TNA is the culture have always surrounded yourself with.

    The reason I say this is because Ceylon leadership of varying ideologies, qualifications have come and gone. Although what has remained static is your attitude and the problem it creates.

    What is needed is not yet another ‘alternative President’ but a permanent sea change in your culture.

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      Vibhushana

      “What is needed is not yet another ‘alternative President’ but a permanent sea change in your culture.”

      However you have chosen to remain in your mythic past.

      Please stay there, don’t leave the Aryan Myth Pool.

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        Hello NV this might interest You and S. Siva Modi maddness.

        See where our two big neighbors are heading. Chaiwalla is in for a big shock from congress in Sept. (he may also like it because the propaganda was subscribed by small NRI’s) He will be asked to do exactly what Anthony refused Secretary of Defense Panetta :South China Sea and now fight Russia and loose the Rouble payment- main agenda of US having tamed the Hindutava.
        China has gone into auto mode in their 10 year internal development plan and it is shocking US.
        Modi will be a right off in Hindia within a year because of his FDI loss one way. FDI insurance is on because Hindians are known to run away or kill when it’s payback time even with chit funds payments.
        Unfortunately Lankan’s don’t know how to romance to even think of being loved by our immediate neighbour. Attached yet Detached.

        http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/south-central-asia/india
        India was the United States’ 18th largest goods export market in 2013.
        U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in India was $28.4 billion in 2012 (latest data available), a 15.3% increase from 2011.
        U.S. direct investment in India is led by professional, scientific, technical services, manufacturing finance/insurance, and the information sectors.India FDI in the United States (stock) was $5.2 billion in 2012 (latest data available), up 6.7% from 2011.India direct investment in the U.S. is primarily concentrated in the professional, scientific, and technical services, and banking sectors.Sales of services in India by majority U.S.-owned affiliates were $16.4 billion in 2011 (latest data available), while sales of services in the United States by majority India-owned firms were $9.3 billion.

        http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/china-mongolia-taiwan/peoples-republic-china
        China was the United States’ 3rd largest goods export market in 2013.Trade: The U.S. goods trade deficit with China was $318.4 billion in 2013, an 1.1% increase ($3.3 billion) over 2012. The U.S. goods trade deficit with China accounted for 46.3% of the overall U.S. goods trade deficit in 2013.The United States has a services trade surplus of $17.0 billion with China in 2012 (latest data available), up 9.9% from 2011.
        Investment :U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in China (stock) was $51.4 billion in 2012 (latest data available), a 7.1% decrease from 2011.U.S. direct investment in China is led by the manufacturing, wholesale trade, banking and finance/insurance sectors.
        China FDI in the United States (stock) was $5.2 billion in 2012 (latest data available), up 38.2% from 2011.China direct investment in the U.S. is led by the banking and wholesale trade sectors.Sales of services in China by majority U.S.-owned affiliates were $35.2 billion in 2011 (latest data available), while sales of services in the United States by majority China-owned firms were $1.4 billion.
        http://allthingsd.com/20131219/china-to-spend-5-billion-on-microchip-industry/
        China to Spend $5 Billion on Microchip Industry
        China Microchip Plan Worries Industry Group

        http://www.pcworld.com/article/2367300/china-sets-out-to-become-global-leader-in-chip-manufacturing.html
        Lately, China has also been pointing to the dangers of using foreign technology, in light of the U.S.’ surveillance programs. Last month, the Chinese government threatened to ban vendors from selling their products in the country if they failed to pass a new “cybersecurity vetting system.”

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      When I see Ranil’s photo, I get more anger.. What MR doing is to keep the power as the number n in SL and controlling everything… What is this coward Ranil doing,!!!! I think he is doing more damage to the country than MR and Gota.

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      Vibhushana will loose his job in Kangarooland if Jarapasse looses election. -:)
      So he is not happy anybody writing anything about that matter. -:)
      nothing is permanent, even your job.

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    Wonder whatever what happened to the US$ 180 million USAid had earmarked to educate the Sri Lankans on how to vote, and practice democracy properly. A lot of the CEOs of the anti-national NGOs have been left high and dry. Would they be forced to take a leaky boat to Australia ? The rumpus created saw the departure of the US Ambassador to another post to play second fiddle to a junior, elsewhere.

    The will of the people is expressed at election, and the majority prevails. A temporary coalition of failed politicians with little cohesion as to what they want is not an answer to the present system. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the system, but only with the inability to get away from the vile ethnic politics perpetuated by the LTTE-TNA nexus. Will they ever rise above it is the question.

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      “”The rumpus created saw the departure of the US Ambassador to another post to play second fiddle to a junior, elsewhere.””

      Who Is; Who Is???

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    If you look MR his oratory skills and crowd gathering speech he is not that great. Even CBK same.

    So for the common candidate it is not necessary to have good speaking skills.
    What is needed is opposition uniting together.

    MR has all news media under him.
    During last 10 years So much money saved from corruptions to buy votes.
    Then he has all police, armed forces under him so MRs and Gotas thug armies will have free hand.
    On top with 18th amendment election commissioner under him.

    Opposition need to find out counter all these points.
    They need to get organized well.

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    So who pray, is the Opposition’s Modi–a modernizing, majoritarian nationalist?

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      Undoubtedly, You can pray like Franco!!

      By Sept Mallai-Chai Walla will just be an indenting agent for NRI’s. eg.
      Ambani was rejected by Canada Oil so he plans to enter via USA.
      USA/UK has set up his conershops to do the seduction.

      Unfortunately Lankan’s don’t know how to romance like the clean Swiss to even think of being loved by our immediate big neighbour or near distant big neighbour.

      Lankans are happy go lucky; free food free medicine, free health by the uduran kana pakshya socialist and compassion ;)

      Conservatives’ first Asian female MP M/s Patel(corner shop owners daughter, like Biswas of US) RIGHT-WINGER WHO BACKED DEATH PENALTY GOES TO THE TREASURY.
      She was bought in to seduce NaMo for investment and has lambasted the press for calling him a Hindu nationalist. NaMo is nowadays at Chennai to seduce Jaya to vote for his bills in the upper house – without her support nothing would pass.
      Her father Sushil Patel caused a storm last year when he stood as a Ukip council candidate in Hertfordshire.

      Political Triggers
      The difference is Obama appoints Indians of quality/class. Check this simpletons profile (2 patent rights for optics) Vinai Thummalapally, the US Ambassador to Belize, became the first Indian-American Ambassador in the US history.
      While John Kerry selects Nisha Biswal,,(from corner shop background) assistant secretary of State for South Asian Affairs who does not know her job as confirmed by many an intellect in South asia.

      Padmanabhan Srikanth “Sri” Srinivasan (born February 23, 1967) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit- Obama selection and is tipped to be Supreme court judge by 2016. Look at the profile of his simple parents- at inaugration visit by Manmohans wife and daughter Why So??? He made the news in 2010 for representing Skilling in his appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Skilling on the “honest services” fraud statute, but rejected the trial location argument.

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      Dr.DJ,

      TBC London datelined July 26, reports that Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake is selected as the Common Candidate.

      For a Modi, we have to wait for 2 more generations.

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        the crook who refused to resign! ha ha!
        this is like `
        sinnathamby scooter had a puncture in the tyre
        and he fixed it chewing gum.
        chewing chewing chewing gum.

        smile and the world smiles with you.;o

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    Ram, you said it well. Rev. sobitha has FAILED to understand that the two “REJECTED” leaders, i.e Ranil and Chandrika are not the people to be presented to the voters. If he does not “understand” that much, how can he make a change in the voting trends towards MR? So long as these “rejected” and “hated” persons who MISMANAGED the country’s affairs during their tenure of office are brought to the forefront, Rev. Sobitha too will be rejected and hated by the voters. That will also boost the image of MR as the only “alternative” though not “wanted”. As far as the “funds” needed for this campaign, I am sure MR will “donate” handsomely to keep it going as he knows it will be more helpful for his “winnings” at a future election than those 3d posters and cut outs that are in the print.

    What Rev. Sobith must do is to “push” these rejected leaders out of the “stage” and accommodate them to “stand” among the crowd of voters who are attending the meetings. Of course, you will need to provide them with very strong “protection” from the very predictable attacks from the crowd. Then only they will know and learn their “actual” standing among the voters. Who knows; it might do some good to them by way of “self realization”.

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      Anura Dissanayake, Sarath Fonseka could be good candidates.
      Any way my opinion is Anybody sitting infront row would be better than Jarapasse.
      We need a change. Not another Rajapakse again !

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    Sri Lanka is cooked. There is no hope for the minorities, except for those elements therein who are willing to sell their soul to the President and his Gang, and harm their own community. Government does not hold out any promise of security to members of the minority communities.

    Muslims, Tamils, Catholics, Christians, Malays, Burghers – they all know that anytime he pleases, Gnanasara is empowered to declare his Aba Sarana, and they will be done in.

    Buddhists will be delighted if the Government declares that 4 million human beings of the minorities will be killed – it is not implausible as Hitler killed 8 million in one go. That is the Sinhala Buddhist mindset – make no mistake.

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      “Buddhists will be delighted if the Government declares that 4 million human beings of the minorities will be killed – it is not implausible as Hitler killed 8 million in one go. That is the Sinhala Buddhist mindset – make no mistake. “

      Mate , get real ! just because government back few thousand religious fanatics going on rampage , don’t put all the Buddhists in to the same basket , stop insulting our intelligence dude !

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    The lives of the “other races” has been reduced to that of those whipped into submission. The arsenal is both political and military. The Tamils learnt this truth long time ago. The Muslims are gradually learning this. There is no sanctuary for the rights of these people. Just like Douglas Devananda, Karuna, Pillaiyan and Thambimuthu who have made “begging” their business, the likes of Rauf Hakeem and Rishad Bathiudeen will warm their chairs for some pennies. While Hakeem was denouncing the UNHRC earlier resolutions, it was the Tamils and the TNA who have been resolute in ensuring that a bloody regime does not get off the hook for its dastardly crimes. Now that the UNHRC action has been set in motion, MR and his coterie are groping in the dark, seeking out through desperate measures that lead to nowhere, merely to hoodwink everyone. Rauf Hakeem is still warming his chair in the cabinet despite being “reprimanded” by the president.

    The common streak weaned through this cobbled partnership has nothing for the “others”, and expecting magical wonders to emerge from this fountain can be very deceiving. To the majority sinhalese, if they do have the brains, which I doubt they have very much, this could be a welcome change. May be the coming election should not be termed as one between an incumbent recalcitrant president and the opposing political fources against his rule, rather it will be to decide whether the majority sinhalese has “matured” at all.

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    MR and cabal have their counter-plan no doubt. MR will fall in line with
    the trend – he will use his 2/3rd majority to find a democratic-way to
    postpone even the PE as the UN/IC war over SL must be dealt with as an
    urgent priority!!

    Should ex CJ stand-in Independently as the Single Issue Common candidate
    her life will be endangered – by MR norms. The situation is bleak. The
    required funds are already reserved for al action. [Edited out]

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    Mr Sivathasan,

    I am disappointed. You are being naive or do you still believe Rama to take a new avatar to rescue Sri Lankans.

    Modi may be reincarnation of lord Krishna!

    Politics is only what is possible.

    The social forces at a particular time will determine the direction.

    Politics is a science like any other discipline.

    I am not referring to political science or Party politics!

    Admirers of obama are now disappointed.

    It may take another couple of years for the admirers of Modi.

    I do not want to sound pessimistic.

    Yes! It is not a crime to be idealistic or imaginative, but be a realist!

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      Sri

      What I wrote about Modi has gone over your head. It is seen from the blithering stuff coming from you. I invoked Modi’s example to convey that 1)Time at the disposal of the emerging coalition is not too short
      2)Governance style should be strong and dynamic.
      Missing the point, you have gone off at a tangent.

      Writing is addressed generally to the percipient and seldom to the commonest denominator. Sri, as if you waited for the drop of a hat you have engaged here in political punditry.

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        Mr sivadasan,
        Modi came with a bang. But that’s it.
        Peoples expectations were so high when he had that historic win.
        Although the Indian journalists kept mum about his minister selection they all know it was such a weak selection for instant two major portfolios to Arun Jaitly defence & Finance its too heavy for him (Actually one is too heavy for him who couldn’t even win his seat) in a big country like India and then the external affairs minister to Sushma Swaraj was indeed a joke.
        However, Modi put a blind eye many major issues happened so far. Is he running the country or is it RSS as in India’s rival Pakistan where ISI & the army is running the show.
        So please stop praising him now. He has people like Subramanian Swami, Amit Shah around him who are extremely bias and prejudice. Modi or the BJB contribution will not be there to benefit the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka. They will just play ‘one ear in and out the other’ game. The only person concern about the Tamils in Sri Lanka is JJ.

        In Sri Lanka, its high time the family is eliminated for good. The entire family members should be kicked out of politics forever. I get irritated and its so disgusting to see when an opposition MP used the words ‘Hon speaker’ to address the speaker simply because he is another Rajapaksa, who’s FAT son is playing havoc in Uva and given the Basnayaka Nilame position by wrong means at Kataragama. The same speakers daughter in law is a parter of distilleries – How do you like that?

        Everyone must get together to chase the despot away by any or all means.
        Enough is enough.

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