19 September, 2019

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For An Island, Internationalism Is A Strategic Imperative 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Will a JO government be primitive nationalist or Smart Patriotic? What foreign policy direction will it take?

Prof Nalin de Silva, co-ideologue together with Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara of the Sinhala ultra-nationalist and borderline racist “Jathika Chinthana”, has devoted a long blog post on his site ‘Kalaya’, just reproduced in Janabala.com, to attacking my ideas on “Smart Patriotism” presented at the recent Viyath Maga annual convention. Apart from an attack on me, he has also attacked Emeritus Prof Carlo Fonseka and most amusingly, dismissed one of modernity’s finest thinkers Antonio Gramsci, while characterizing his celebrated concept of “organic intellectuals” as “kasi kabal” i.e. “ramshackle”. The good professor insists on pronouncing Gramsci as “Gramsky” when any politically literate undergraduate knows that it is pronounced “Graamshi”. In his Kalaya blog post Nalin de Silva attacks me for attempting to formulate an internationalist nationalism, “a nationalism which can be internationalized”, saying that nationalism can do perfectly well without internationalism and that internationalism is an attempt at subverting nationalism. He equates internationalism with “Western-Graeco-Roman-Judaeo-Christian” intellectual, cultural and philosophical influence which must be ‘cleansed” so to speak.

My perspective and Nalin de Silva’s critique are symptoms of an important battle of ideas and ideologies within the Sri Lankan Oppositional space, which Nalin de Silva interestingly and not inaccurately sums up as “Jathika Vyaaparaya saha Ekaabaddha Vipakshaya” –“the national movement and the Joint Opposition”. This battle of perspectives will impact on the shape and trajectory of a future post–UNP administration, which is only a few short years away, given that this Government will almost certainly follow the path of many earlier one-term UNP administrations.

In addition to making the case for a Smart Patriotism in the speech I delivered that evening, Viyath Maga had, to mark the occasion, requested selected personalities for future-oriented policy papers on their assigned themes which were then gathered into a publication and presented to the distinguished invitees. The publication opened with a lengthy, statistic packed essay on “A People-Centric Development” by Viyath Maga coordinator Dr. Nalaka Godahewa. It was followed by a two page paper by me rolling out the rudiments of a Smart Patriotic foreign policy which I spoke about that evening, entitled “For an Island, Internationalism is a Strategic Imperative”.

The publication featured essays on “National Security and the Betrayal of War Heroes” by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, “Reconciliation Through Equity” by Arun Tambimuttu, “Secessionist Demands and Constitutional Change” by Manohara de Silva, PC, “Yahapalanaya and the inversion of the Rule of Law” by Premnath Dolawatte, and “What Future for Sri Lanka’s Education?” by Prof. Sudantha Liyanage.

What follows is my paper setting out the rudiments of a Smart Patriotic Sri Lankan Foreign Policy, as contained in the Viyath Maga publication.]

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Internationalism isn’t just a necessity…it’s a condition for survival.” -Fidel Castro

Sri Lanka must possess and display the political will to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty against anyone who would threaten it. In this effort, internationalism is not a luxury but an imperative; it cannot be an intermittent gesture, but has to be a permanent posture and relentless practice.

Sri Lanka should have an independent foreign policy which is globalist, in the dimensions of politics, security, culture, and consciousness. My argument is for a Gaullist policy of tous azimuths, meaning all points or directions of the compass– or, to use an even more refined expression of the Putinist Russian strategic elite, for a multi-vector international policy, rather than one which privileges partnership with the West.

Such a policy should build cross–regional bridges to all areas (“re-discovering” Latin America), diversifying Sri Lanka’s dependence and giving it more options to engage in power balancing. It would be a globalism that is flexible but not free-floating, solid identified with the global South, the Non-aligned Movement and G 77, while prioritizing Asia, chiefly its drivers India and China.

In addition, building a strategic identification with Eurasia, the part of the world that respects national/state sovereignty, must be the cornerstone of our external relations. It is the Archimedean point of leverage.

The finest political strategist of modernity, Lenin, concluded at the tail end of his life, in an article published in Pravda on March 4th 1923, that: “In the last analysis, the outcome of the struggle will be determined by the fact that Russia, India, China etc. account for the overwhelming majority of the population of the globe“.

Sri Lanka’s relation to India is almost unique. There are no neighbors to the south of Sri Lanka or around it except for the Maldives, and only the Indian Ocean surrounds it right down to Antarctica. Even if the Tamil factor did not exist, Sri Lanka’s relationship with India would be its most vital external relationship. However, inasmuch as the Northern part of Sri Lanka ethnically mirrors the Southern part of India and is separated only by a narrow strip of water; insofar as there exists a demonstrable and felt ethnic kinship between the Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka and those of the Tamil Nadu state of India, the relationship with India is a vital constituent of its management of the internal ethnic relationships, just as its relationship with its own Tamil minority is intrinsic to the management of the larger and essential relationship with its sole and giant neighbor India.

While Sri Lanka should be active in the global inter-state system, the Government of the Republic of Sri Lanka is primarily responsible to the citizens of Sri Lanka. That is what popular sovereignty in a res publica, a republic, is about.

The four pillars that a strong successful state and a good society must rest upon equally, are national sovereignty, popular sovereignty, individual rights and self-determination.

National sovereignty means that a nation-state (or a pluri-national state) is a political unit or community entitled to its unity and territorial integrity, and has the right to determine its own path, regulate its own affairs, without external domination, intervention or interference in its internal affairs.

Popular sovereignty means that the right to rule rests with the people, who decide who rules, how and for how long. If the rulers violate this social contract, this sacred trust, the people have the right to replace, even overthrow them. The Sri Lankan Constitution makes explicit that as a republic, sovereignty is vested in the people, who exercise it through a regularly and periodically elected Executive president and legislature.

Individual rights pertain to the sovereign individual person; to the equality of every citizen, who is inalienably possessed of a stock of rights and freedoms which must not be transgressed upon.

Self-determination refers to the right of a collective to determine its own destiny. The structural coordinates of that collective or community impose limitations upon the degree to which the right of self-determination is exercised. The right to set up an independent state belongs to a nation, not a national minority. An established nation-state possesses the right of self-determination. The entire (multi-ethnic) nation and not one part of it, is the legitimate agency of self-determination. A nation which is under colonial occupation or annexation has the right of self-determination (e.g. Occupied Palestine). An ethno-national minority, on the other hand, has a structurally more limited right to a reasonable measure of self-governance and self-administration, which may be termed the right to autonomy.

The pro-Tamil Eelam Diaspora has made its case globally, not only in the West and India but also in South Africa and Malaysia. For the anti-Sri Lankan Tamil Eelamist network , the struggle is global. For many of us, it is not yet a struggle that is truly global in scale and scope, mobility and outreach. Since the problem is international (‘jathyaanthara’), the solution cannot be national (‘jathika’). If the problem is international, so, too, must be the response and the solution. It is a global contestation. Therefore, it requires the construction of a global united front.

Sri Lanka can regain the respect and role it once had as a source of guiding ideas and a leader of the global South, which contains the vast majority of the world’s nations, through building a global united front that is ‘sovereignist’, i.e. the broadest front of states, regions and movements that respect national independence and sovereignty and a more democratic, balanced , non-hegemonic and equitable world order, while maintaining friendly relations with all countries, societies and peoples.

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  • 15
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    We tested it long enough Spinn Doctor even if you guys would not sense it yet.

    This particular Nalinda De Silva isa joker of number one kind. He preaches to go against the west, but his kith and kin in the second generation are sent to the west for education. He himself got his PG studies on the west.

    I really dont know you guys as ultra nationalsts, ultra extremists as the representatives of the south the way you march would bring any good to this country.

    Both extremists be them from north or south or any other parts of the country are euqally harmful to the future of this country.

    If as your cesspit repeats, if such smart patriotism existend in the provably highly corrupted mind sets of your beloved leaders- why cant they come forward today before the nation and tell them clearly ” my dear folks I have never gone against your will – I have not robbed a cent from your tax payers funds, I have never perpectrated crimes as SOME make every effort toput it on me ” –

    DEAR SPIN DOC- PLEASE TELL US SUCH SMART PATRIOTS HAVE FAILED TO TALK TO THE MASSES VIA AN OPEN DISCUSSION ABOUT THE MOUNTANEOUS ALLEGATIONS BEING LEVELLED AT THEM.

    You are on repeated mode and go on say- through discussions we should stay in contact with International communiteis. If they criticise us, we should still stay with them but we need to bear our opinions… the very same manner you seem to be blind folded in the provable charges being mapped on your god father why ?

    Is that the perks offered to you – seem not allow you expose it ?
    Or your genetics ?
    Or any thing else I would say pathological reasons ? Why you the like stay biased even in 2017 ?

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      “Prof Nalin de Silva, co-ideologue together with Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara of the Sinhala ultra-nationalist and borderline racist “Jathika Chinthana”, has devoted a long blog post on his site ‘Kalaya’, just reproduced in Janabala.com, to attacking my ideas on “Smart Patriotism” presented at the recent Viyath Maga annual convention. Apart from an attack on me, he has also attacked Emeritus Prof Carlo Fonseka”

      Dayan,

      Prof Nalin de Silva, Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara, Emeritus Prof Carlo Fonseka, Dayan Jayatilleke

      Don’t have the time to indulge in Ox-bridge/Ivy-league hoopla but keep up the great entertainment.

      It’s nice to see the best comedic-talent Lanka has to offer fighting among themselves to be court-jesters in a future Rajapakse-court – if ever there is one.

      We may not have talented leaders/politicians but we must make use of the talents we are blessed with.

      Serious-comedy is our forte.

      Only in the sunny isle of paradise, eh?

      What would Sri Lanka be without Lankans?

      I wonder!

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        Dayan the war monger and war crime denier types:

        “The pro-Tamil Eelam Diaspora has made its case globally, not only in the West and India but also in South Africa and Malaysia. For the anti-Sri Lankan Tamil Eelamist network , the struggle is global.”

        Hindians shrunk it into a local, many years ago. Perhaps they didn’t inform this paranoid fascist.

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      What a hot air gas bag this DJ spinner is! DJ get real: Diaspora is not the main threat at all: Corruption of political elites – Your hero MR and his corrupt family. Ranil and Sira who are protecting Jarapassa family who should be impeached for Bond scam.
      MR, Basil, Gota, Namal, Nivard Cabraal, Ranil, Ravi K and Mahendran should all share the same prison cell for Financial Crimes against the people of Sri Lanka.

      CORRUPTION, global and local is the biggest threat and at the root of many ethno-religious identity conflicts is ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, discrimination and denial of opportunity.

      Financial corruption in a global pandemic, and the rot starts at the top, Blackguard Christine Legarde faces charges in France for corruption.

      IMF has never bothered to push for corruption investigations, or investigated money trails via networks of secret off shore bank accounts of funds looted from Sri Lankan by corrupt politicians, to assist Sri Lanka to pay off some of its gigantic DEBT and advance accountability. Rather, IMF pushes more loans to deepen the debt trap, promotes money laundering and turns a blind eye to corruption and the financial criminal investigation..

      Although IMF is supposed to be a global FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE institution never uses its useless experts to track money trails and corruption, and it promotes money laundering, and works for the Global 1 percent while impoverishing the rest of the world.

      Far more laundered money ends up transferred from Global South countries to Global North economies via global money laundering networks of corruption, than so called Development Aid also known as Phantom Aid from the north to Global South.

      IMF and its legal frameworks protect off shore secret money laundering operations that have generated massive global INEQUALITY and POVERTY today and are at the root cause of the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War 2. This is why today 8 individuals own over half the global wealth according to Oxfam, while fictitious figures on poverty lines and poverty rates, are generated by World Bank, IMF and UN Agencies, which are FAKE Development and Phantom Aid Czars. Today these so called global governance institutions face a massive legitimacy crisis globally.

      Donald Trump was right that the entire global financial system is a “rigged system”.
      The global financial system rules and laws are written to benefit the rich and powerful countries and protect the corrupt and financial criminals! Hence, Corruption in a global pandemic.

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      “Self-determination refers to the right of a collective to determine its own destiny.
      The right to set up an independent state belongs to a nation, not a national minority.
      An established nation-state possesses the right of self-determination.”

      The East Bengalis were not a separate nation or even a nationality until India intervened and made it an independent state (Bangladesh). South Sudanese were not a nation until UN intervened and made them an independent state. The same story continues with several others who have become a nation/independent state. All nations (separate countries) that have come into being in recent years following the United Nations intervention and referendums such as ‘Kosovo’, ‘East Timor’, ‘Montenegro’ and so on were NEVER recognized by any state/country or international organization in this world as a separate nation or nationality until they were established as separate countries.

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      Dayan,

      why you permanently respond to the very same nation as if you re born biased ?

      Do you ever believe we would have a way to find solutons to our long held ethinic problems, if the manner you extremist thought bearers do the job today ?

      What is the meaning of reconciliation for you ?

      What is the meaning of srilanken identity for you ? Are minority folks ” not srilankens” ?

      If ones live in Geneva as migrants would not have been treated by Swiss govt as second hand citizens. Why I took the example is you happened to stay in that part of the world representing ultra nationalist govt Rajapakshe at least few years. There you should have seen the real nature than the idiots like Nalinda Silva would even continue extremism seeds further.
      These men are just liars .. they just make every efforts in the name of buddhism to spread their idiotic views that would not recognized by masses in the country.

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    Dude please show some mercy on poor readers, Your EGO is so big which in turn makes you narcissist, histrionic, borderline and anti social, If anyone is looking for a research subject on pervasive personalities here you have a package of all in one,No need to look any further, Dr get a life, it is ok if Gunadasa had pricked your so called EGO BUBBLE.

  • 4
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    Apologies that this comment does not include any personal insult towards Nailn nor Dayan!

    Here is where are we at today. In, perhaps, 60 odd years our foreign policy is aligned more parallel with India. This is after five odd years of very clear “nationalist” MR government. Yet what did it do to the self determination of the Sri Lankan collective (i.e. all of us Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese, Christian, Buddhist…)?
    Virtually nothing. So I would say, no one has self determination in SL. It’s all determined by tug-of-war between foreign forces. In that sense internationalisation of any issue will not present an easy path for resolution. That is crystal clear,
    On the other hand the nationalist, chauvinistic Jathika Chinthanaya, with its best intentions, supported Mahinda Chinthanaya. At least created a support base in principle. Where it failed was, as in Owell’s Animal Farm, created a corrupt crony capitalists that took the whole country into a cultural plunder. This was not to be perpetuated thanks to Jan 8 decision but it still continues.
    So the solution is to me is still local (native). Politicians as individuals will always be influenced by the foreign interests. National interest of a nation cannot be separated from foreign interests. Yet the most powerful factor, the public opinion, has not been strengthened in our policy making and law making. If it ever did, no individual can hijack policy direction to his or her liking and to the agenda of his or her master in charge. We need to get there. It is a local problem. How can it be done?

  • 10
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    This is another nut like Carlo Fonseka who write rubbish to a daily. The duo should be sent to the moon to continue their discussions, disputes and disagreements. Of no earthly use other than damage. They shout as they do the very same things they condemn. Hypocrites.

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    “The right to set up an independent state belongs to a nation, not a national minority.”

    In otherwords, this bloody facist Dayan is trying to say Tamils of Srilanka as National minority, not Nation but Sinhalese are the Nation because they are national majority. His concept is that Tamils, Muslims and others who are in less numbers compare to Sinhalese are not belong to this nation and they have no right to set up an independent state even the majority Sinhalese set up programmes to eliminateTamils and Muslims using violence, land grabbing as they continuously engaged for the past six decades.

    • 9
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      Don’t drag Muslims into your misery.

      We didn’t die fighting the army. We have always been with the army.

      Face the army alone if you can without dragging Muslims into your defeat.

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        Fathima,

        Eventually, the Sinhala and Tamils will reconcile but there are irreconcilable differences between the Sinhala and Muslims. When it comes to protecting the Muslims, the Tamils will be hospitable despite enduring hatred from the likes of you.

        By contract, when the Tamils were being beaten and driven out you guys were very busy grabbing land and businesses!

        • 0
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          See again innocent Tamils are victimised by Muslims….in every instance it is the innocent like swan Tamils who are victimised by everybody, Sinhalese, Muslims, India,etc etc ….and boo hoo hoo we Tamils did NOTHING wrong

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        Yes nasty low caste immigrant Tamil Dravidian convert from South India, who is using some poor devout Arab or Iranian Muslim woman’s photo to spread your hatred. This is a beautiful photo of a devout West Asian Muslim women praying to god not of an evil hate filled back stabbing South Asian low caste convert
        We all know that you backstabbers were with the Sinhalese racists and armed forces and government to kill rape loot and ethnically cleans Tamil people and steal their homes lands and businesses in the east and in the south if the island. Your community benefited the most from this war and now want to play the victim and benefit again from the misery and sacrifice of the Tamil people.
        Nasty immigrant backstabbers from South India who in the name of religion and a fake Arab origin and culture are trying to kill their won Tamil origin and culture and steal everything from the Tamils. Even the Sinhalese know this in their hearts, that they can never trust you people.
        Many Sinhalese and Tamils in this forum acknowledge the mistakes of what really happened and are concerned about true reconciliation. However it is the opposite not a single Muslims blogger or commentator every acknowledges the atrocities that was committed by their people on the Tamils, it is always how they were hard done by, when it reality they were the biggest beneficiaries of this conflict and how they helped the Sinhalese racist to keep the Tamils in check and kill them in the east and the south, therefore now should reap the benefits. Especially in the east. Never acknowledge how much the Tamils have done of them. Only backstab them, get as much as possible from them and ultimately steal their land

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        The Tamils and Sinhalese have lived together in this island for many centuries like husband and wife, yesterday they were together in peace, today they fight, tomorrow again they will be together in peace but remember, the day they get together again, your people will have no place to run because they both know that you people are not only hat flippers but also with a hidden agenda to reproduce like rats and become a majority.

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        Fathima,
        we know very well You didn’t fight the army but the truth is you are waiting for the opportnuity to completely take control of Srilanka as a Muslim Nation. Your double standard is well established. That is the reason you still continue to accept ministerial posts even though Sinhalese military state attack on Muslims. If you think Muslims have the same right as Sinhalese that is fine.

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      Ajith:

      Tamil migrents in Sri lanka are thinking that thy are majority in that region. that is why we have problems since 1815.

      All these removal of Army from the north, asking lands for Tamils are all for building the mono ethnic enclave for Tamils.

      Muslims are getting help from Saudi Arabia.

      Ranil is protecting his voter base in Colombo.

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        Sinhalese migrants are thinking that they are majority in the South West region means they are majority in every region of this island. There was no Sri lanka before 1972. Since 1500, Sinhalese are slaves of foregin rulers but before 1815, there were Tamil, Sinhala Nations side by side. When are you planning to go back to your original land?

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    I do not bother with Professor Nalin de Silvas opinions. Since Dayan has refereed to his blog post and CT has made it possible to refer to the subject under reference I discovered the following confident assertion by our Lankan incarnation of Alfred Rosenberg.

    ‘මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා මෙන් ම ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතා ද ස්මාට් බුද්ධිමතුන්ට නොමග යැවිය නොහැකි ශක්තිමත් නායකයෝ වෙති.’

    This is the genius of Gotabhaya Rajapakse. He is the quintessential pied piper.

  • 1
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    Now we have Jathika Chinthana, and Viyath Maga -two predominantly Sinhala Buddhists entities and both may define Sri Lanka as the country of Sinhala Buddhists where Tamils , Muslims and Christians are allowed to live provided they agree to accept their definition of Sri Lanka primarily as a Sinhala Buddhist country with unitary state and with foremost place to Budhism as basic principles

    .The competition among these groups is an illusion, it will only held to harden the stands of these two groups to take extreme position.

    This is really a fascist dogma that will in due course destroy the Sri Lankan fabric which in turn appeal to patriotism and have already defined their ideology and scope within which they proposed to operate and they in turn will claim lineage to the great Sinhala Buddhist civilization in Sri Lanka.

    These people are exploiting the disenchantment of the people due to failure and utter incompetency of the present government.

    It may not be possible to reform the present government and expect them to return to the original path, but remaining inactive merely denouncing Dayan and Nalin and watching developing scenario helplessly is suicidal.

    But these people will definitely exploit the present situation and bring back a racist, nepotistic corrupt parties in the long run if not immediately.

    I know very well a large number of people from all communities, racial and religious groups including a very large proportion of Sinhala Buddhists themselves will not tolerate this development.

    But time is running out, we must mobilize all democratic and patriotic forces around a united, sovereign democratic and an all inclusive Sri Lanka with Good governance, rule of law and corruption free as their core ideology and lessons learnt during the last two years as guiding strategy and crush these opportunists and create history.

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    Dr.DJ ,
    Before talking about Internationalism you must come clean as a political analyst ? My question to you is will there be a coup by the armed forces to replace Maithiri by Gotha within the next 2 years ?

    Can a regime brought to power through such a coup promote Internationalism without violating the UN charter. ?

    If Gotha regime come to power will they leave UN and SAARC ?

    DJ please enlighten the CT readers.

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      People say that Ranil hired Fonseka to counteract any such possibilities.

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    Whats wrong with the phoney political scientist
    H.E DR DJ. Day by day DJ is getting frustrated without power of his boss. Seerasa is the only media coolie paying DJ for his 2 cent worth inputs.

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    Dr DJ

    What a long way we’ve come in our 2500+ years! There was no ‘territorial integrity’ in the good old days when the Kallathonis poured in from the north, and every warlord established a little ‘kingdom’ in our paradise island in the sun. Even the Noble One made it in without a visa.

    Then came the procession of colonial masters to give us high-falutin ideas of statehood (and talk to us of politics, books and…..teach us to play cricket.) So when they pushed off it turned in to a right old free-for-all. The devious politicians of the time (SWRD, JR et al) were frothing at the mouth in their rush to win the Bauddha-Sinhala vote and take power.

    DJ, your four pillars will not be enough; you will probably need as many pillars as there are in our Independence Memorial Hall to build an enduring edifice.
    One of your pillars refers to ….. The right to set up an independent state belongs to a nation, not a national minority. …..and the corollary I say would be that the majority owes a sacred duty to the minorities destined by circumstance to share this sovereign space. A duty that includes respect, freedom to use their language(s), worship their Gods, and equality of opportunity. We the people abandoned this as we marched to the evil machinations of those post-independence politicians.

    DJ, dad might just have mentioned about the insane time when we abandoned these basic decencies, and then showed utter surprise when our Tamil community couldn’t take it anymore. There would have been no diaspora, and none of the ills that beset us if only we had enough good people to stand up and be counted at that time.

    As for…………Sri Lanka can regain the respect and role it once had…………………..I would respectfully suggest that universal respect for Sri Lanka would follow when we bring about genuine reconciliation between all our communities, we clean up the shitty mess that we piled up in the last 50 years (justice, anyone?) restore law and order, ban the hate speech of men in robes (now available on You Tube worldwide), and purge our political milieu of the thugs, crooks, and shysters who are a cancer holding the country back.

    And finally Dr DJ, your rebuking of Professor Nalin De Silva is in very poor taste. A spat between two Sri Lankan ‘academics’ on the proper sounding of a Sicilian surname is about surrealist as it gets.

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      S.K,
      ” Even the Noble One made it in without a visa. Then came the procession of colonial masters to give us high-falutin ideas of statehood (and talk to us of politics, books and…..teach us to play cricket.)”
      On the dot. We never were a unitary or any sort of “state”. Just a collection of fractious princelings running their enclaves and calling for assistance from the much bigger collection of fractious kingdoms across the Palk strait . I believe history will repeat itself. If democracy does not stick here, neither will state sovereignty. Forget all this theatrical nationalism. Sign up with India. At least we’ll have a currency that can actually buy something, and we can go to work in a REAL Volkswagen factory.

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        old codger

        “We never were a unitary or any sort of “state”. “

        Now you are asking for trouble.

        The historical short story tellers such as Kamalika Pieris, the publishers including leading news papers, the historians, academics, Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto builders, … believe the island has been a unitary state since it was discovered, civilised,unified, ….. by Vijaya on his arrival in 543 BCE, the day the awakened one attained Parinirvana.

        How could you go against them and established norms unless of course you have natural tendency to commit suicide or invite literary assassination?

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        “Never unitary, nor a state.” Yes, indeed, this is a political fiction/fable, and it works well for not so contrary ideologues like DJ and NdS. The irrevocable myth of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism is that such a thing called “Sri Lanka” existed historically and continuously, and remained “unitary.”

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    “Will a JO government be primitive nationalist or Smart Patriotic? What foreign policy direction will it take?”

    Whatever direction it takes, a JO regime will be rotten to the core.

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    It looks Dayan Jayathilake has taken the next step in his building of the Smart Patriots. Now, it is clear even earlier he may accepted the minister post in VarathaRaja perumal govt in order to creata an anglican empire among Tamils.

    He wants self determination. so that, anglicans can build their own country inaide Sri lanka.

    The ultimate result is sinhal-buddhists arefked up again by the smart patriots.

    Deep state in full force and in another form.

    why there is no rights for majority Sinhala people, majority sinhala-buddhists ?

    Now sinhala people have lost their flag, their sinhala language, Sinhala buddhist culture is almost like that existed in Havanna before Fidel Castro came, Why sinhala-buddhists should lose their rights to have their own culture, own country ?

    Because, Tamil christiand want their way, sinhala anglicans want their way, and Muslim wahabis want their way and Evangelicals are also in the race.

    On the other hand, Catholics are building churches in the middle of Wilpattu.

    Maitri is preaching because he has so many things to hide. Ranil openly says, he fighting to stay in power.

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      Jimbo,
      What rights? The right to send your daughter to some Muslim country, get drunk and rape the other one?

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        Yusuf:

        What rights? The right to send your daughter to some Muslim country, get drunk and rape the other one?

        One Sri lankan girl was beheaded by your barberic religion and she was Muslim, Remember ?

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          Idiot Jimbo’
          Remember this?
          “Seya Sadewmi (16 September 2010 – 12 September 2015), was a four-year-old Sri Lankan child who was abducted, raped and murdered. … Four arrests were made by the Kotadeniyawa police, and two of them were later exonerated””

          This was done by a Sinhala Buddhist. By your idiotic logic, is Buddhism a barbaric religion?

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            yusuf

            It is quran that becomes barberic when mixed with the culture.

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    So, do sinhala buddhists have any rights as their rights are not mentioned or discussed anywhere ?

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    Dont know why this stooge of Mahinda Rajapaksa getting so much space in CT. I think that this fellow is better left to hang himself with the Tyrant Mahinda

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    Sri Lanka can regain the respect and role it once had as a source of guiding ideas and a leader of the global South, which contains the vast majority of the world’s nations, through building a global united front that is ‘sovereignist’,..

    interesting point – don’t we have respect now?

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    Vanguard

    “interesting point – don’t we have respect now?”

    Unbelievable isn’t it?

    When did Sri Lanka have respect and role as a source of guiding ideas and a leader of the global South?

    Could we have some examples of guiding ideas and how it become and stayed a leader of the global South?

    Does South mean Hambantota?

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    Is Gnanasaro’s “Buddhist-Sinhala Sri Lanka” and that of yours an “internationalist” aspiration?

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    Dreaming of a JO Govt? This sure shows he is suffering from hallucination. Let him dream till 2020. Then when he wakes up, let reality dawn on him.

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    gamini

    “Let him dream till 2020. Then when he wakes up, let reality dawn on him.”

    Can he dream about 2025, 2030, 2035, …… if not 2020?

    In the meantime can he gloat/brag/boast/ about himself being the centre of everything including the universe and wedding parties?

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